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Stallings shifts on strong turnout Paxton, Dunn will stay; write-in Stokes defeats incumbent Graham for council seat BY TIFFANY LANE
Lynda Paxton was returned to the mayor’s office with 55 percent of the vote.
email@example.com MONROE Lynda Paxton won four more years as Stallings mayor Tuesday, claiming 959, or 55.7 percent, of the votes. After a day at the polls battling the flu, she gathered at the Shannamara clubhouse with fellow candidates. Paxton said her biggest accomplishment in the past four years has been “increased transparency” in local
government. She is also excited about upcoming park renovations and will push for a capital improvement plan that would specify how project money is used.
Write-in candidate Harry Stokes grabbed the District 1 seat from incumbent Al Graham. She hopes for a tax decrease by next year. “We’re on a good path,” she said. Watching the results for other candidates, she said she is happy to have
Reed Esarove won election to the District 2 seat on a platform of long-range planning.
Voters returned incumbent Wyatt Dunn to the District 3 seat with 77 percent of the vote.
Newcomer Paul Frost carried 1,002 votes to win the District 6 seat over Doug Hutton and Jason Klingler.
a “supportive council ... not running on their own agendas.” Stallings results include a pocket of residents who live in Mecklenburg County, but vote in Stallings
elections. According to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, there are 175 registered voters in that category. Other Stallings candidates ran on a few hours
of sleep Tuesday, spending most of the day at the polls. Prior to hearing results, mayoral candidate Louis
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Three towns go for mixed drinks 1,420 vote for liquor by the drink in IT BY JASON deBRUYN
Staff photo by Rick Crider
Indian Trail council candidates Robert Allen, back to camera, John Marshall and Larry Kindley joke with Kathy Broom supporter Ken Howe, right, dressed as Uncle Sam at the Brandon Oaks Clubhouse precinct on Tuesday. Allen and Darlene Luther won the seats vacated by Howe’s wife, Councilwoman Shirley Howe, and Dan Schallenkamp
Allen, Luther lead field in race decided by 12 votes BY JASON deBRUYN
firstname.lastname@example.org INDIAN TRAIL The candidates who ran as a team took the victory in Indian Trail. “We worked our tails off, not just today but since we signed up to run,” said Darlene Luther, who won a Town Council seat along with Robert Allen. “I’m glad we gave it what we had.”
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The race was one of the closest in the county, with four candidates receiving between 17.1 percent and 17.61 percent of the total votes. Allen was the top vote getter with 653 votes and Luther, with 650 votes, finished ahead of third-place finisher Danny Figueroa by only 12 votes. Kathy Broome finished fourth with 634 votes. Only 19 votes separated first from fourth
place. “Obviously Indian Trail is a very split community,” Luther said. “I mean, one cul-de-sac could have changed it.” Luther said the tight race emphasized the need to encourage voters to go out to the polls. Of 19,213 registered voters in Indian Trail, 3,708, or less than 20 percent, cast ballots. Third-place finisher
Figueroa said he was “disappointed” especially at losing by such a close margin. “This was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.” Figueroa said it was “encouraging” to receive 638 votes and did not rule out future campaigns. “It just shows that we, as a town, are going to continue to debate those important issues.” Allen said he wanted
to tackle economic issues right away by determining what the largest occupations are and attracting those industries to the area. “We have a very educated work force that lives here,” he said. “Well, they sleep here, they live in Mecklenburg; and I want to change that.” — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org MONROE Liquor-by-the-drink referendums passed in Indian Trail, Waxhaw and Wingate on Tuesday, a decision that made restaurateurs raise a glass. “I’m very ecstatic,” said Buddy Parker, owner of Shooters Corner Bar in Wingate. “We love it,” said Beth Watts, manager of Rippington’s Restaurant in Waxhaw. “We are going to expand our business.” A previous referendum permitted the sale of beer and wine in Indian Trail and Wingate, but Waxhaw only allowed beer and wine sales in grocery stores. Now, restaurants in all three towns can serve beer, wine and liquor. After passing referendums on Tuesday, Indian Trail and Wingate will also join Monroe and Waxhaw in permitting ABC — Alcoholic Beverage Control — stores within town limits.
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A safe home for the holidays Habitat for Humanity puts grandmother in new, safer neighborhood Editor’s note: This is the first of a weekly series of stories about families helped by United Way agencies. BY TIFFANY LANE
email@example.com MONROE Sudie Allen grabbed a broom left by the construction crew, swishing it side to side on the dirt
UNITED WAY STORIES porch. “I’m practicing,” she said. The huge smile on her face made her eyes squint so that they were barely visible behind her glasses. Allen will move into her Habitat home Dec.
19, just in time for Christmas. An inflatable Santa Claus will decorate the front porch, and there’s just enough room for a Christmas tree in the living room window. “I’m ready to get in that
baby,” she said, glancing back at the house. Allen applied for a home through Habitat for Humanity a few years ago, but had to get her credit straightened out to make mortgage payments. Allen is on disability because of her back problems. Habitat director Mike Reece said the average
home costs his agency $75,000. “When Sudie makes her payment, she’s actually giving back to Habitat,” he said. The United Way agency received $51,000 from United Way this year; Habitat’s total budget is $1.47 million. Most of that
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UCPS studies student drug and alcohol use Survey: 15.3 percent of students had alcohol in last 30 days, up from 2006 report BY TIFFANY LANE
MONROE Forget 21; among Union County students who have tried alcohol, the averagestudent had his first drink before the age of 13. There are other signs that addictive behaviors are increasing in this yearâ€™s drug and school safety report, which surveyed 3,000 middle and high school students. Alcohol is the drug of choice for local students, Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Denise Cavoly said, but marijuana and prescription drug use are also rising. Union County Public Schools spent Monday through Friday celebrating Red Ribbon Week, the nationâ€™s oldest and largest drug prevention program. A one-week anti-drug campaign isnâ€™t that effective on its own, Cavoly said, but can have a long-term impact when problems are addressed throughout the year.
Drug use in Union County
There are about 19,000 middle and high school students in UCPS; 3,000 were surveyed for the 2009 UCPS drug and school safety report. Of those surveyed, sixth-, eighth-, ninth-, 11thand 12th-graders were represented. Because of the caffeine they contain, energy drinks are considered drugs, even though they are legal, Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Denise Cavoly said. It is the amount and speed at which people drink energy drinks that can make them dangerous, she said. In the past 30 days: 42.8 percent of high schoolers drank at least one energy drink 30 percent of middle schoolers drank at least one energy drink 15.3 percent of all students drank alcohol 15 percent of all students used some kind of tobacco product; 11.6 percent smoked cigarettes 7.6 percent of all students used marijuana 5.9 percent of all students took pain pills
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Sun Valley High School students planted red tulip bulbs and pansies during Red Ribbon Week. From left are Igor Popowich, Kayla Theriault (background), Liz Keech, horticulture teacher Amanda Price, and Derrick Streater. This year, for example, schools are attempting to send the â€œconsistent
messageâ€? of drugsâ€™ harmful effects by integrating campaign lessons across
the curriculum, she said. Drama classes might write and perform plays about the physical and emotional disadvantages of drugs, while social
studies classes focus on the social norms. Each day across the nation, Cavoly said, 7,800 children ages 12 to 17 take their first drink of alcohol. In a sample of Union County middle and high school students, 15.3 percent of them drank alcohol in the past 30 days, up from 14.2 percent in 2006. The average student has had alcohol a few months after his 12th birthday.
Another 7.6 percent used marijuana, also up from 6.2 percent in 2006. Cavoly pointed out that drug use might stem from other â€œpoor choices.â€? The first national Red Ribbon Week was held in 1988. Red Ribbon Week tries to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs. Fewer schools planted red tulips this year because of budget cuts.
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Continued from 1A comes from grants and Habitat owners making house payments. For every 50 houses under mortgage, Reece said, Habitat can build another one. The agency has worked on 10 in Union County this year, building eight from the ground up. Some of those were special projects, including a three-house “blitz build” and a “women’s build.” Allen’s house is the first she will have in her own name. The house will be complete about three months after construction began, thanks to an average of 30 volunteers each weekend. Allen held a piece of lumber steady as the first wall went up in September. “My first thought was, ‘Wow, I got a house,’” she said. “I don’t have much yard, but I have a home. ... I keep comin’ by and being nosey.”
Staff photo by Rick Crider
Sudie Allen, a soon-to-be homeowner, stands with her granddaughters Maleea Allen, 8, Iyanna Bennett, 12, and Shinese Allen, 16, outside of their new, four-bedroom house, which Habitat for Humanity volunteers will complete before the holidays. Allen drives by the house almost every day, often at the request of her three granddaughters.
“They’re ready to get in here,” she said, and can’t wait to paint their bedroom walls different col-
ors. Allen had three daughters before her youngest died in 2001. She took
You don’t see people down there hangin’ on the streets, selling drugs like they do where I stay (now.) — Sudie Allen, grandmother and Habitat for Humanity homeowner
custody of her granddaughters, but said the house they are living in, near Morgan Mill Road, doesn’t feel safe. “It’s a bad neighborhood. They shoot over there and you get afraid of the area. ... You don’t know what bullet’s gonna come, you don’t know if it’s gonna end up in your house.” Allen heard gunshots one morning as children boarded a school bus. Speaking of her new neighborhood, she said “you don’t see people down there hangin’ on the streets, selling drugs like they do where I stay.” The quiet Monroe neighborhood is in walking distance to her church and favorite drugstore. It is also more spa-
cious. “Sometimes when the kids get mad, they don’t want to touch each other,” Allen said, but that can’t be avoided in her current home. The hallways are narrow, the bathroom cramped and counter space sparse. Allen constantly cracks her toes on the dresser and hits her knees on the night stand. Because her current home has only three bedrooms, Allen’s youngest granddaughter sleeps in her bed. Allen said she is just as happy to have four bedrooms as the girls are. “They won’t have to be in my bed,” she said with a satisfied smile. Minutes later, Allen was circling the house again “just to look at it.”
• 130,000 local children and 40,000 seniors live in poverty. • 40,000 Seniors and grandparents cannot afford proper nutrition. • In the last year emergency pantry requests have increased over 30%
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Mullis, Pressley win seats on Hemby Bridge board
Uncontested Brad Horvath was elected mayor, replacing Mayor Tracy Clinton, who did not run for re-election. He received 353 votes, and there were 48 write-in votes for mayor.
Incumbents go unchallenge in LP
LAKE PARK Mayor Kendall Spence ran uncontested, taking 255 or 97 percent of votes. There were eight write-in votes. Councilwoman Sandy Coughlin was re-elected with 229 or 51 percent of the votes, and David Cleveland will replace Councilman Clint Newton. Cleveland received 211 or 47 percent of votes.
BY TIFFANY LANE
MONROE Rodney Mullis and Kevin Pressley will replace Jim Simpson and John Miller as Hemby Bridge aldermen. The two winners were just one vote apart, with Mullis taking 143 votes and Pressley taking 142 â€” about 28 percent of
Moser, Jacumin keep council seats
WINGATE Councilman Brent Moser was re-elected for a second term with 174 or 51.6 percent of the votes. Councilman Johnny Jacumin was re-elected for his fifth term with 152 or 45 percent of the votes. Wingate commissioners serve two-year terms.
Becker gets sixth term in Springs
MINERAL SPRINGS Incumbent Mayor Rick Becker was re-elected for a sixth term. He received 236 votes, and there were 21 write-in votes for mayor.
MONROE With 63,404 registered voters in Union County, only 15.5 percent, or 9,862 residents, cast their ballots. Numbers will not be official until Nov. 10, but show a significantly
MARSHVILLE Incumbent Mayor Frank Deese was re-elected with 155 or 88 percent of the votes. There were 21 votes for write-in candidates.
WESLEY CHAPEL Incumbent Councilman
the votes each. Simpson received 118 votes; Miller, 106. Simpson, along with other board members, watched election results in Union County Libraryâ€™s Griffin Room in Monroe. He said if he doesnâ€™t win, he still thanks his supporters. His fellow aldermen are â€œgood guys to work with,â€?
Simpson said, adding that he takes pride in his last four years as mayor. The town built its Town Hall and renovated its old Volunteer Fire Department into a community center since Simpson was elected and then appointed as mayor. Each term, Hembyâ€™s aldermen appoint one of their members as mayor.
â€œIf I lose, I can still hold my head up high,â€? Miller said. He would like to keep serving his community on the board, he said, but a loss means â€œmore time at the beach.â€? Pressley has served as the townâ€™s mayor, as well as Union County commissioner. Mullis and Pressley could not be reached for comment.
Voter turnout below 16 percent
No challenge for Marshville mayor
Horvath to replace Clinton as mayor
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lower turnout than last year, when residents also voted for president. Nearly 87,000 residents voted last year for a 77 percent voter turnout. Union County Board of Elections Director John Whitley called this yearâ€™s turnout â€œdisappointingâ€? and â€œvery low.â€? Whitley
was not sure why so few people voted. Election volunteer Dick Wright visited precincts in Indian Trail, Stallings and Weddington. â€œVoting is such a great part of our freedom,â€? he said, adding that heâ€™s unsure why younger generations seem to skip that privi-
lege. A total of 116 residents worked the polls at 32 voting locations. Libby Nash was stationed in Waxhaw and said there was a â€œsteady flowâ€? of voters all day. Her location had 50 percent turnout, with the youngest voter at 18 and the oldest at 81.
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