Union County

  ‘Parents want to be there’: Families rejoice after state expands prep outdoor athletics capacity to 30 percent

Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order that allows more fans at all sporting events in North Carolina, including high school athletics. The order, that goes into effect on Friday, Feb. 26, lifts the Modified Stay at Home order, which in turn removes the state’s curfew.Outdoor sports ven

  Missing man found dead in wooded area near Wingate, N.C.

Former police officer arrested for impersonating a Deputy U.S. Marshal

  Beloved Union Co. teacher dies days before birthday after battle with COVID-19

Union County officers search for man missing for nearly a week

Three arrested, one on the run, in connection with Union County drive-by shooting

  Indian Trail family working to turn dental practice into COVID-19 vaccine, testing site

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  Union Co. Public Schools works to vaccinate elder teachers, CMS staff asks when plans will roll out

Union County elementary school back to remote learning after four students test positive for COVID-19

Two arrested for breaking and entering in Monroe

Atrium Health offers COVID-19 vaccine to those 75+ in rural counties

Two killed, four injured in Union Co. accident

2 charged after detention officer exposed to Fentanyl found in Christmas cards mailed to inmate in Union Co.

  Union County school board votes to go fully remote for a week

Union County Public Schools has voted to go fully remote for a week in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Monroe accident in front of Dollar General leaves two dead

The accident took place on Lancaster Avenue at the Dollar General. Police were called out around 6:13 p.m.

City of Monroe, N.C. unanimously declares Juneteenth as a city holiday

Monroe City Council unanimously approved the recognition and observance of Juneteenth as a city holiday at its regular council meeting on Dec. 1.

Highway 24/27 shut down after serious crash in Midland

All lanes were completely closed following an accident that took place around 8 a.m. at Highway 24/27 and Bethel Church Road in Midland.

More than 27 pounds of fentanyl, 34 pounds of pressed pills found in Union Co. home

  The healing powers of dogs: N.C. non-profit raises money to donate puppies to become service dogs

Union Co. couple uses lottery winnings to help feed those in need on Thanksgiving

  Emails raise questions about DHHS oversight of Cardinal Innovations

Car chase leads to accident involving Matthew’s Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle

  Union Co. Schools leaves new transportation center open after workers contract COVID-19, raising concerns

Four staff members test positive at new school bus transportation center in Union County

Four staff members from the new school bus transportation center have tested positive for coronavirus, Union County Public Schools confirms.

Union County elementary school returns to remote learning after three students test positive for COVID-19

School officials say all students and staff at the elementary school will work remotely until the school reopens on Nov. 30.

  'She was always the one who cheered us up’: Community mourns death of Union County school employee

Melissa Bowman, a longtime employee in the Union County Public School System, died Friday after she had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

64-year-old inmate serving part of sentence out of prison captured after leaving Monroe home without notice

Officials have captured an inmate who is serving part of his active sentence outside of prison and left his home in Monroe without letting anyone know.

  Some Union County parents say new bus stops are dangerous for students

Some parents are frustrated after they say Union County Public Schools changed their children’s bus stops and now they’re being picked up and dropped off on busy roads.

Union County high school student charged with bringing rifle onto school property

Cannon Nash Davis, an 18-year-old senior at Forest Hills High School, has been charged with felony possessing a firearm on educational property.

  What happened on election night in Union County and what happens next

20,368 ballots were cast on election day in Union County, but there are still votes to be counted.

  Practically no lines at Union County polling sites after record breaking turnout for early voting

Union County poll workers said Election Day started off slow and for the most part stayed that way. The county saw a huge turnout for early voting, which may have contributed to the smaller number of voters at the polls on November 3.For abentee and early voting, more than 109,000 voters cast their

  Man charged with murder in deadly shooting at Airbnb pool party in Union County

Police say the shooting occurred early Sunday morning.

Man shot multiple times, robbed by three men outside Union Co. home

After the shooting, the men forced the victim's wife to take them inside where they took cash and other valuables.

Flags to fly at half-staff for N.C. native Morgan Garrett, woman killed in Navy training plane crash

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett, the Union County native who was killed in a Navy training plane crash.

  A grieving family asks: Why aren’t county jails doing more to stop spread of COVID-19?

While state-run prisons in North Carolina have been court ordered to take extra steps to protect inmates from COVID-19, the same rules do not apply to county jails. As a result, each county sheriff is operating their jail by a different set of rules.

  'Morgan was a leader’: Union Co. schools mourn death of Weddington High grad killed in Navy training plane crash

Morgan Garrett, 24, was an athlete and a scholar at Weddington High School in Union County.

  Union County Public Schools transitions elementary students into Plan A

Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade are doing four days of in-person learning and one day of remote each week under Plan A.

  Unionville Elementary moves to remote learning for two weeks following COVID cases

Union County Public Schools is requiring all Unionville Elementary students and staff to work remotely for two weeks after a student and staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Wingate man sentenced to prison for conspiring to steal millions from Medicaid

In addition to the prison term imposed, Jerry Taylor, 55, was also ordered to pay more than $6.1 to North Carolina Medicaid and more than $346,000 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as restitution.

Firefighters rescue person from burning home in Union County

Firefighters rescued a person from a burning home in Union County Monday afternoon.

Deputies search for person involved in Union County shooting

Deputies say a man was shot in the leg around 2:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Clark Street near Wingate.

  What you need to know if you are voting early in Union County

Early voting will take place at eight sites throughout the county, including the Monroe High School gym.

  Middle school going remote as students, staff members possibly exposed to COVID-19 in Union Co.

A middle school in Union County is moving to remote learning for two weeks as officials say several students and staff members may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

  Community mourns Union Co. elementary student fatally struck by car at soccer field

The girl was one of three people injured after a car, driven by a teen, jumped a curb at the Fieldstone Farm subdivision soccer field in Indian Trail.

  Woman killed, two hurt in head-on crash in Union County

One person was killed and several others were hurt in a crash in Union County Monday morning, closing down part of NC 218, officials say.

  Petition calls for Monroe animal welfare committee after 50 dogs rescued from hoarding situation

A new petition in Monroe has gained more than 1,200 signatures in 24 hours to help stop the abuse and neglect of animals in the area. Rescue groups who work in Union County say it’s an ongoing problem. Just recently they rescued more than 50 dogs from a hoarding situation.

  Group of Union County elementary parents ask for ‘middle ground’ option for returning to school

As of now, there’s no formal discussion scheduled for the board to consider this request.

  Teen turns self in after 5-year-old ‘critically’ injured in hit-and-run at Union County soccer field

Deputies say the driver of the car left the scene.

N.C. trooper hit by car on I-485 returns home after 84 days of treatment

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Adolfo Lopez-Alcedo, who was seriously injured when he was hit by a car on I-485, has returned home to his family after 84 days of hospital treatment.

Union County school moves to Plan C after COVID-19 exposure

Four positive coronavirus cases were reported in association with South Providence School in Waxhaw, Union County Public Schools said Wednesday.

  Union Co. schools to add day of in-person learning for all grades, move to Plan A for K-5 in Oct.

Union County Public Schools decided on a plan to add an extra day of in-person learning for all grades next week, and move to Plan A for elementary students at the end of October.

7-year-old recognized for helping to save mother who fell down flight of stairs in Union Co.

Officials recognized a 7-year-old boy for helping to save his mother who fell down a flight of stairs in Union County.

Union County schools to be fully remote on Thursday due to flooding concerns

Union County Public Schools will be fully remote on Thursday due to flooding concerns stemming from the remnants of Tropical Storm Sally.

  Teen missing from Union Co. found safe in Virginia

A Union County teen who was reported missing, believed to be with a man from Virginia, has been found and is safe.

Union County government employee and husband die from COVID-19 complications

A Union County government employee and her husband of 40 years both passed away from COVID-19 complications over the weekend, according to officials.

Union County Public Schools adds one more day of in-person learning a week

This means students will be back in the classroom for two days a week. The schedule change will begin Sept. 29.

  Neighbors concerned after stray bullets hit several homes

Residents in the Glendalough community are hoping someone comes forward after multiple homes have been hit by bullets in recent weeks.

  ‘Black Lives Matter’ spray painted on front of high school in Union Co.

Authorities say surveillance footage showed a mask-wearing vandal spray-painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on the front of a high school in Union County this week.

Union Co. alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta named Chapter of the Year

The chapter was recognized in August.

  Wingate football team organizes campus march against racism, social injustice

More than 100 students, as well as coaches and university representatives, chanted and carried signs geared toward social injustice.

  Elementary school in Union Co. to close temporarily after COVID-19 exposure

Officials say the staff member may have exposed several other staff members and students to the virus.

Retired Union County sheriff’s K-9 ‘Champ’ passes away

Champ, a retired K-9 from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, has passed away.

Schools in Union and Iredell report COVID-19 cases during 1st week of school

School officials in Union and Iredell counties have reported COVID-19 cases during the first week of in-person instruction for students and teachers.

  Elementary school temporarily going remote due to positive COVID-19 cases within staff in Union Co.

An elementary school is temporarily switching to remote learning due to positive COVID-19 cases within staff in Union County.

N.C. man still missing weeks after vehicle found at abandoned house

Elgin Ray Houston was initially reported missing to the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday evening, Aug. 1.

School resource officer rescues choking elementary school student in Union Co.

A school resource officer rescued a choking student at an elementary school on the first day back of classes in Union County Monday.

  Union County Public Schools head back to in-person learning, superintendent reports few problems

Union County is one of the several school districts in the area who opted for Plan B, which is rotating sections of students for in person learning. On Monday, the first group went to school whereas the other groups stayed for remote learning. Although the superintendent for UCPS said the first da

  Union Co. teachers say district-issued cleaner is dangerous for students, staff

Teachers in Union County Public Schools have raised concerns about a cleaning solution issued for use in classrooms this school year, the label for which advises it can be harmful to human skin and cause eye irritation. The district hasn't provided any alternative.

  Union County teachers rally for safe return to school

A rally was held Sunday in Union County with a hearse leading the procession.

  Off-duty Union County deputy killed in motorcycle crash

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said the Deputy Sheriff Christopher Scott Horne, 50, died just before 6 p.m. in the 4600 block of Griffith Road in Monroe.

Man charged in Union County shooting

Archie Lemario Blount, 49, has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.

Four pregnant cows shot and killed in Union County

Officials say someone shot and killed four pregnant cows in Union County.

  ‘I’m ready to rock and roll’; Some Union Co. teachers ready to return while others push for Plan C

Many Union County teachers continue to push for an all virtual start of the school year. Many, but not all. There’s another group of teachers who say, unlike some of their colleagues, they’re ready to be back in the classroom and say they are accepting any risk there could be regarding the spread o

  Parents question school bus safety in school districts going back to school

For some schools district in the Charlotte area, school buses are being prepared as students will go back to in person learning this coming Monday. But not all parents are happy with the plan to keep kids safe while getting to and from school. As per guidelines from the state, students will be aske

Fire destroys part of Union County home

Two people who were inside a home that caught fire in Union County Monday morning are OK.

Former Matthews teacher sentenced to six years in prison on child pornography charges

A former teacher and coach in Matthews was sentenced to six years in prison for receiving child pornography, court officials announced Thursday.

  Some Union Co. teachers continue to push for remote learning, board moving forward with Plan B

Librarian Brittany Gendron was emotional at the school board meeting Tuesday night because she felt her voice was not heard.

  No changes made as some Union Co. teachers call for fully virtual learning at school board meeting

One school employee broke down in tears at the end of the meeting after only two board members addressed teacher’s concerns who came to the meeting to speak.

Monroe church holds service less than week after ‘heartbreaking’ fire

On Sunday, the congregation at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Monroe was back in service.

Missing 15-year-old girl from Union Co. found safe in Charlotte

The Monroe Police Department said a missing 15-year-old girl has been found safe in Charlotte.

N.C. man sentenced for lying to FBI about helping with person’s plans to join ISIS

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to five years in prison for lying to the FBI about buying plane tickets for someone who planned traveling to Syria to join ISIS.