News Briefs: Aug. 14 to 20

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger presents a copy of the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, signed by President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy, to Kirbi, Leslie and Brian Davenport at the Club at Longview in Weddington.  More than 100 local officials, family friends and child abuse prevention advocates attended the reception. Photo courtesy Rep. Pittenger’s office

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger presents a copy of the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, signed by President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy, to Kirbi, Leslie and Brian Davenport at the Club at Longview in Weddington.  More than 100 local officials, family friends and child abuse prevention advocates attended the reception. Photo courtesy Rep. Pittenger’s office

Family of Kilah Davenport honored at event

WEDDINGTON – The family of Kilah Davenport, a local girl whose death spurred legislators to pass new child abuse laws, was honored last week by local and national leaders

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger presented Kilah’s family members with an American flag flown above the U.S. Capitol building, as well as a framed letter of appreciation signed by Pittenger and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and a framed copy of the Kilah’s Law bill signed by President Barack Obama and others (pictured right).

The event, held at the Club at Longview in Weddington, also included N.C. Sens. Jeff Tarte and Tommy Tucker, who helped pass a North Carolina version of Kilah’s Law, Union County Sheriff Ed Cathey and Trey Healey, who was Kilah’s favorite performer.

Tax bills in the mail

MONROE – The Union County Tax Office will send out 2014 annual property tax bills in August, according to a news release.

The bills will be mailed directly to individuals who pay the bill, either property owners or mortgage companies with which taxes are escrowed, the release said.

Residents in Wesley Chapel and Hemby Bridge will receive one tax bill that includes both county and municipal taxes. 

Find more information at www.unioncountync.gov.

 Senior Appreciation Day coming in October

MONROE – The 18th annual Senior Appreciation Day for seniors living independently at home will take place Oct. 28, a Tuesday, at the Union County Agricultural Center in Monroe.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Crime Prevention Committee and the Agricultural Center will sponsor the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

People should call Lt. William Thompson at 704-283-3765 to reserve a seat at the event.

The Agricultural Center is located at 3230 Presson Road. 

Weddington Country Festival scheduled

The annual Weddington Country Festival will take place Sept. 20, a Saturday, at town hall and the Weddington Corners shopping center.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include Art at the Corners to showcase local artists in addition to a Kids Corner with family-friendly events such as a bounce house, trackless train and face painting, according to a news release. 

The event also will include a baking contest, free barbecue for seniors and live music.

Find more information about the event at www.townofweddington.com. 

Friday work session to discuss Waxhaw goals

WAXHAW – Waxhaw’s Mayor Daune Gardner has called for a special work session to be held Friday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the town’s major “goals and priorities,” according to the event announcement. Officials have recently been discussing the need for a new town hall.

The discussion will take place at the Waxhaw Police Department, 3620 Providence Road S. The morning’s discussion is also expected to focus on town boards and committees, according to the announcement.

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