Union County News Briefs Nov. 2

Election Day is Tuesday

The final day of voting is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and here are the candidates running for local office as they appear on the Union County Board of Elections website:

U.S. House District 8
• Larry Kissell (D)

Second-graders at Poplin and Sardis elementary schools develop their own Box Cities with small boxes decorated as buildings typically found within a community.

• Richard Hudson (R)

U.S. House District 9
• Jennifer Roberts (D)
• Robert Pittenger (R)
• Curtis Campbell (L)

N.C. Senate District 35
• Wyatt Tucker (R)

N.C. House District 55
• Dale Nelson (D)
• Mark Brody (R)

N.C. House District 68
• Kenneth Baker (D)
• Craig Horn (R)

N.C. House District 69
• Dean Arp (R)

County Commission
• Frank Aikmus (R)
• Richard Helms (R)

UCPS School Board At Large
• Terri Evans
• Mike Guzman
• Toddy Haynes
• Christina Helms
• Laura Minsk
• David Scholl
• Lynn Southern

UCPS School Board District 1
• John Crowder

UCPS School Board District 2
• Carolyn Lowder
• Chris Randall
• Kevin Stewart

UCPS School Board District 3
• Dennis Rape
• Allan Baucom

UCPS School Board District 5
• John Collins

Town celebrates planning month with kids

INDIAN TRAIL – With October being National Community Planning Month, Indian Trail Mayor Mike Alvarez visited Sardis and Poplin elementary schools recently to create a Box City.
Box City is an interactive planning exercise that provides students an opportunity to act as planners while developing their own “cities” out of small
decorated boxes. Alvarez created cities with second-graders at the two
schools.
“Children play an important role in city planning,” said Shelley DeHart, planning director for the town. “Our goal is to educate children on the importance of the urban form and how it can enhance their quality of life now and in the future. The Box City activity provides an opportunity for children to learn and interact in city planning while educating us on their perspective about Indian Trail.”
Find more information at the town’s website, www.indiantrail.org.

Kids to try hockey for a day

INDIAN TRAIL – Sixty kids will hit the ice this weekend for Try Hockey for Free Day.
The event, held at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail and with the help of USA Hockey, will see 60 kids between the ages of 4 and 9 try youth hockey for the National Hockey League’s Come Play Hockey Month. The event is Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the center, 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road.
Also, the center will play host Nov. 13 to Round One of the National Meat Cutting Challenge. “The frigid conditions and large venue make it the perfect place to test the skills of master meat cutters,” according to a news release from event sponsor, Texas Roadhouse.
Fourteen meat-cutting specialists from Texas Roadhouse restaurants across the state will compete, and one will move on to the next round in the competition in hopes of winning $20,000.
The event is Nov. 13, a Tuesday, from noon to 2 p.m. Keith Williams, who works at the Matthews restaurant, is the closest competitor to Union County.
Find more information at the center’s website, www.xicenter.com.

Free classes at Cultural Arts Center

INDIAN TRAIL – There’s a number of free classes coming to the new Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center.
The first, Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., is Masterpiece Studios – Mixed Media Animal Collage. The class is for all ages, and participants will use textured and recycled papers, water colors and more to create unique art.
The next class, Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m., is KidzArt, for ages 6 to 11. Kids can experiment with a wide variety of artist-quality mediums, and no experience is necessary.
Classes are free, but space is limited. Register and find information about future classes by calling 704-821-2541.

Local leaders meet for State of Union

MONROE – Leaders from towns across the county will meet Friday, Nov. 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for the State of Union County discussion.
The forum will be moderated by Kathryn Burcham, of WSOC-TV Channel 9, the local ABC affiliate. It will be a time for representatives from the county and towns to share highlights of their work and the projects going on around Union County. It also will be a time to discuss future projects.
From western Union County: Buffie Chaney will represent Hemby Bridge; Joe Fivas will represent Indian Trail; Lisa Thompson will represent Marvin; Brian Matthews will represent Stallings; Cheryl Bennett will represent Wesley Chapel; and Mike McClaurin will represent Waxhaw.
The meeting is hosted by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. It costs $15 for chamber members to attend and $25 for nonmembers.

ScanFest 2012 is next weekend

INDIAN TRAIL – The Scandinavian American General Assembly will play host to ScanFest 2012 on Nov. 10 at Indian Trail’s Carolina Courts.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include cuisine, activities and culture dear to the Scandinavian people. Some of the vendors involved in the event are Café Scandinavia, Swedish Inspirations, Sons of Norway and Nordic Treasures.
The event is free to attend. Find more information at www.scandinavianconnection.org.
Carolina Courts is at 7210 Stinson Hartis Road, in Indian Trail.

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