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Inside: See home sales in 28079, 28104 & 28173 zip codes ã Page 3AFriday, Oct. 11, 2019 ã Vol. 14 ã No. 41VonCannon named top UCPS principalABOUT US P.O.…
Inside: See home sales in 28079, 28104 & 28173 zip codes • Page 3AFriday, Oct. 11, 2019 • Vol. 14 • No. 41VonCannon named top UCPS principalABOUT US P.O. BOX 1104 Matthews, NC 28106 (704) 849-2261 justin@cmgweekly.com unioncountyweekly.comNursing Foot Care Trimming toenails Reducing thick toenails Reducing Dianne Nguyen, RN corns and calluses Cell/text: (704) 957-5458 Web: www.TheraTouchFootCare.com 65 S Trade Street | Matthews, NC 28105THEMONROE – Sharyn VonCannon fought back tears as she described to colleagues how unbelievable, humbling and amazing it felt to be named 2019-20 Union County Public Schools VonCannon Principal of the Year. VonCannon has worked 12 years as principal at Unionville Elementary School. “This is an honor for me, my staff, my community and our children. It truly feels like a community award,” she said. “I’m a product of“I realized I can do something like this. I can take a challenge and complete it.” Simon BarnesPORTRAIT GALLERY RESTAURANT & BAR NEW WEEKEND LUNCH SERVICE & HOURS We Open at 11AM Saturday & SundayUnion County Public Schools, and to me, this award is confirmation that I made it because of people sitting in that room. So many people have nurtured me, and to be nominated among such an amazing group of peers is amazing. This is truly a village award.” Not only does Unionville Elementary continue to maintain a NC State Report Card grade of an A, but it regularly meets and exceeds growth each year. Unionville Elementary is also home to a thriving Spanish Dual Language Immersion programand was the first school in the district and the second school in the state to achieve the NC Model Global Ready School distinction. VonCannon is hesitant to take any of the credit. Instead, she credits the work of her team. “I lead with my heart because I believe that people are our greatest assets. None of us would be as successful as we are without a collective group of professionals that support us,” she said. “I also know that leading with a growth mindsee PRINCIPAL, Page 5AROAD LESS TRAVELED$5 Drink Specials! 118 E. Charles Street, Matthewswww.pgmatthews.com (704) 369-9982Signs of Heaven developed from a startup to sending products across the country in a matter of months. Lee Noles/UCW photoWHAT'S INSIDE:Following the signs Mompreneur’s rustic sign-making business takes offServing seniors Thrive Over 55 was a success, 1BGap year leads to major breakthroughs by Lee Noles ContributorBig win Weddington wins over Catholic, 3BMONROE – Simon Barnes was at a crossroads when he started his senior year of high school in 2018. College wasn’t right for him then, and he really didn’t have any long-term goals. It was then Barnes made a life-changing decision. Instead of packing for college after graduation, he’d backpack morethan 500 miles through Europe along the world-famous Camino De Santiago. The trail traverses France and Spain across the picturesque Pyrenees mountain range before plunging into the sweltering heat of central Meseta. It all culminates when the trail ends at the historic Cathedral in Santiago De Compostela. “I realized I can do something like this. I can take a challenge and complete it,” said see BREAKTHROUGHS, Page 4AFrancePrep football New powers emerge on field, 2BThe Camino De Santiago trail traverses France and Spain across the Pyrenees mountains.Spain PortugalHunt offers insurance for memories by Justin Vick justin@cmgweekly.comSweet kicks Engineer sells stylish safety shoes, 4AINDEX News Briefs......................................................... 2A Classifieds..............................................................5B Community.......................................................... 1B Calendar................................................................... 6B Puzzles.........................................................................4Bby Lee NolesSimon Barnes takes a fun moment to capture a view of the Pyrenees Mountain with his 15-pound backpack. Photo courtesy of Simon BarnesSTALLINGS – Shane Hunt has long specialized in scanning documents for companies. Over time, hospitals converted to electronic medical records, while smaller cash-strapped firms cut down on spending during the recession. Hunt thought about how to make his business, Records Reduction, appeal more to consumers. He realized his firm had the infrastructure to digitize people’s most cherished memories. Hunt describes his work as “insurance for your memories,” noting Records Reduction can give you see MEMORIES, Page 5AShane Hunt, who lives in the Stallings area, shreds confidential documents at a community shred event Sept. 28 at Matthews United Methodist Church. Alec Smith/UCW photoExpires October 31stMONROE – Growing up in Lancaster, S.C., Laura Lynn Nixon remembers enjoying summer days swinging on the Nixon front porch of her family home in her quiet Southern town. The memories of Nixon’s youth influenced her to open Signs of Heaven, a business she runs with her teenage sons. They create rustic farmhouse signs and sell them throughout the country. “It’s not run of the mill,” Nixon said. “It’s unique. You can tell a lot of time has been put into this. There is a quality to them.” The opportunity of owning the business almost passed Nixon by after she thought it was too late to make an offer to buy the sign-making company. Nixon found the business online, but the advertisement had been there for several months. It wasn’t until the next morning when Nixon decided to text the owner. “It was still for sale,” Nixon said. “I was excited about that.” She bought the company, renamed it and got pointers from the former owner on how to create the signs. Nixon starts by going to a lumberyard and picking the wood she would like to use. Pine and poplar wood are the best Nixon said because of their abundance and the ability to stain and paint them. The process is certainly a family affair with her 16-year-old son, Matt, cutting the wood and designing the sayings that go onto the piece. Nixon’s oldest, 19-year-old Davis, uses machines to sand down the wood before switching to doing it by hand to give the piece a more distressed see SIGNS, Page 5AMAFC Group Fitness ClassThink Pink 50% OFF Joining FeeContributorOffering 90 classes per week! Health & Weight Loss coaching provided by onsite Novant RN Free Childcare for members 3 months to 10 years oldLocated off Hwy 74 Offering across the90street fromper Lowe’s on Hanover Dr. in Monroe classes week!704-282-4680Page 2A • Union County Weekly • Oct. 11, 2019NEWS BRIEFSIN THE KNOW PHOTO OF THE WEEK STAY CONNECTED • Instagram: @ucweekly • Twitter: @UCweekly • Like us on Facebook • Web: www.unioncounty weekly,com • E-edition: issuu.com/car olinaweeklynewspapersCONTACT US PRESIDENT Jonathan McElvyCharlotte Media Group staff Andrew Stark, Kayla Berenson, Karie Simmons, Rebecca Jensen and Kylie Sark serve breakfast and lunch at the Thrive Over 55 Senior Expo on Oct. 4 at Calvary Church in Charlotte. Justin Vick/UCW photoPUBLISHER Adrian Garson adrian@cmgweekly.comMOST POPULAR STORIESBUSINESS MANAGER Rebecca Jensen rjensen@cmgweekly.com• Stark: New powers emerge in high school football • UCPS receives $3.7M school climate grant • UCPS honors East Union assistant principal • VonCannon named top UCPS principal • Horse farm owner riding off into sunsetMANAGING EDITOR Justin Vick justin@cmgweekly.com NEWS EDITOR Karie Simmons karie@cmgweekly.comTWEETS OF THE WEEK • “Congratulations to CHS junior Bhargavi Chinni who was invited to attend the prestigious CIA STEM Camp from the National Society of HS Scholars on Aug. 8 in Langley, VA! Out of hundreds of applications received, only 30 students were selected to attend.” – Cuthbertson High (@CHSCavaliers) • “State Senator Todd Johnson sent these flags that have flown over the State Building to recognize 2 very important staff members in honor of their long service to Union Co. Mr Price & Mr Wilson” – Marvin Ridge HS (@Marvin RidgeHSNC) • “Sam Howell has been named the ACC Quarterback and Freshman of the Week after setting UNC freshman records for completions (33), attempts (51) and yards (376) while also tying the touchdown record with four in the Tar Heels’ win at Georgia Tech.” – Pat James (@patjames24)SPORTS EDITOR Andrew Stark andrew@cmgweekly.com CONTENT PRODUCER Kayla Berenson kayla@cmgweekly.com ART DIRECTOR Kylie Sark art@cmgweekly.com ADVERTISING Charlotte Conway Kate Kutzleb Maya Cann adsales@cmgweekly.comUPCOMING EDITIONS • Oct. 18: Arts & EntertainmentUCPS receives $3.7M school climate grant MONROE – Union County Public Schools received a $3,747,360 School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support 11 schools: Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle, Monroe High, Parkwood High, Parkwood Middle, Piedmont High, Piedmont Middle, Porter Ridge High, Porter Ridge Middle, South Providence School, Sun Valley High and Sun Valley Middle. Over the next five years, the grant will develop, enhance and expand systems of support and technical assistance for the UCPS Multi-Tiered System of Support framework. Highlights include hiring six culture coaches, providing training and creating programming to promote academic achievement, pro-social skills and positive character development. The grant will also cover prevention and treatment strategies for substance abuse, addiction and serious mental and behavioral health issues. With the funding, staff expects to increase student engagement, reduce behavioral referrals and decrease the number of substance abuse, mental health concerns, suicide ideation and acts of violence at the 11 schools.Voter registration deadline for Nov. municipal elections MONROE – The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 11. Voter registration applications received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline are accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election. Voters who are not registered in the county by the deadline may register and vote during one-stop voting only. Same-day registrants at early voting must attest to their eligibility. Call the Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809 or email union.boe@ncsbe.gov for details.Teen charged in Weddington Chase stabbing MARVIN – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 17-year-old Marvin resident accused of randomly attacking and stabbing a 13-year-old jogging on a neighborhood traillast month. Officials said the suspect ran up behind the teen and stabbed him in the upper back area. The victim sought help while the suspect ran away. Deputies arrested Rider Gage Walther, 17, of Marvin, on charges of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He faces additional charges for injury to real property and injury to personal property in connection with graffiti markings discovered at several locations, including the running trail in Weddington Chase and Marvin Ridge High School.Robbery suspect captured by law enforcement FAIRVIEW – A Fairview area man wanted for an alleged robbery with a dangerous weapon during a drug deal was located at a home outside Monroe. Joshua Franklin Stewart, 32, also faces charges of resist, delay and obstruct as well as narcotics violations. The victim told deputies he was robbed at gunpoint by Stewart and an accomplice, Elijah Tyler Thorne, of Roanoke Rapids. The victim was grazed in the arm as he was leaving by gunfire as he tried to leave the scene. Thorne was arrested, but Stewart had eluded authorities.Performances are fusion of science, theater MONROE – Piedmont Natural Gas and The National Theatre for Children have partnered to educate and inspire North Carolina students and their families by bringing energetic, science-based live performances into local elementary schools. Through Nov. 22, professional actors from NTC will visit elementary schools to perform “Once Upon a Flame,” sparking conversations on natural gas efficiency and safety in classrooms throughout the Piedmont Natural Gas service area. The program will focus on how we use natural gas, the geology and history of natural gas, how to conserve natural gas and how to be safe around natural gas. Upcoming shows include Sandy Ridge Elementary (Oct. 15), Sardis Elementary, Oct. 15), Marvin Elementary (Oct. 16), Waxhaw Elementary (Oct. 16), Poplin Elementary (Oct. 17) and Rock Rest Elementary (Oct. 17).Thurs., Oct. 17th, 4 - 6 p.m. You’re invited to Waltonwood Providence for a fun culinary experience. You’ll enjoy delicious options from a variety of food trucks and have the opportunity to tour our senior living community.RSVP by Oct. 11th P ROVIDENCE704-753-7045Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care 11945 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277Follow us on instagramWaltonwood.com | SinghCareers.com@UCweeklyCHARLOT TE MEDIA GROUP’S2019 VOTER’S GUIDE Ensure that the Union County Community gets out to vote..for YOU! On October 25th, inform and present your unique election campaign to our over 21,000 local readers. Please contact charlotte@cmgweekly.com for more details.Union County Weekly • Oct. 11, 2019 • Page 3ASeptember 2019Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and www.sales.carolinahome.com Homes sold for less than $210,000 were not includedHome Sales DATE SOLDADDRESSSALE PRICEDATE SOLDADDRESS28079SALE PRICE28104Annadale 7007 Sedgewick Road Sept. 11 $290,000 Arbor Glen 4010 Edgeview Drive Sept. 27 $225,000 1002 Glen Hollow Drive Sept. 24 $211,400 3913 Edgeview Drive Sept. 23 $242,000 3916 Laurel View Circle Sept. 18 $230,000 3011 Thistlewood Circle Sept. 10 $265,000 Beacon Hills 6201 Gail Drive Sept. 25 $220,000 6405 Clearwater Drive Sept. 10 $218,000 Bent Creek 1005 Banaba Court Sept. 20 $276,000 Bonterra 1042 Thessallian Lane Sept. 27 $357,000 3100 Xilingol Drive Sept. 24 $346,500 1400 Native Diver Lane Sept. 12 $365,000 1502 Saratoga Blvd. Sept. 10 $300,000 1029 Preakness Blvd. Sept. 10 $248,500 1609 Saratoga Blvd. Sept. 10 $392,500 Brandon Oaks 4021 Rosewater Lane Sept. 25 $348,000 1034 Briarmore Drive Sept. 24 $278,000 1004 Craven St. Sept. 20 $277,000 3016 Canopy Drive Sept. 20 $265,000 1001 Aldridge Court Sept. 17 $273,000 1009 Hamstead Court Sept. 12 $276,000 1003 Andrea Place Sept. 12 $254,900 4014 Rosewater Lane Sept. 11 $346,000 Colton Ridge 1003 Talbot Court Sept. 19 $328,500 1001 Sentinel Drive Sept. 10 $260,000 Cottages at Indian Trail 2325 Whispering Way Sept. 27 $335,216 2332 Whispering Way Sept. 25 $299,990 Crismark 2010 Chimney Wood Trail Sept. 27 $250,000 4003 Caboose Court Sept. 10 $249,000 1006 Jeweled Crown Ct. Sept. 6 $263,500 2015 Cornflower Lane Sept. 4 $230,500 6105 Follow The Trail Sept. 3 $262,500 Fieldstone Farm 2016 Houndscroft Road Sept. 10 $286,000 Glendalough 1761 Seefin Court Sept. 25 $306,000 4531 Parnell St. Sept. 10 $338,000 Hemby Commons 3008 Hemby Commons Parkway Sept. 25 $243,000 Heritage 1200 Curling Creek Dr. Sept. 19 $407,065 1145 Curling Creek Dr. Sept. 12 $388,035 1305 Vintage Walk Drive Sept. 4 $327,000 Holly Park 2256 Shumard Circle Sept. 25 $250,000 2007 Cadberry Court Sept. 13 $225,000 Hunters Pointe 414 Hunters Pointe Dr. Sept. 11 $395,000 Lake Park 6609 Bobbie Lane Sept. 30 $288,000 3903 Lake Park Road Sept. 23 $342,250 6306 Colby Court Sept. 18 $264,000 4100 Saint Joseph Drive Sept. 17 $310,000 4021 Lake Charles Way Sept. 17 $240,000 7602 Taft Place Sept. 4 $328,000 Liberty Estates 7908 Seclusive Drive Sept. 5 $705,000 Sheridan 1006 Stoney Ford Lane Sept. 20 $405,000 Taylor Glenn 2028 Magna Lane Sept. 12 $255,000 2000 Matilda Lane Sept. 9 $285,000 The Enclave at Crismark 1103 Caraway Lane Sept. 23 $490,000 Union Grove 3017 Doughton Lane Sept. 20 $305,000 2018 Union Grove Lane Sept. 12 $305,000 Antioch Woods 1005 Antioch Woods Dr. Sept. 3 $713,000 Atherton 313 Red Winter Court Sept. 24 $883,430 Blackstone 4007 Tillingmere Circle Sept. 20 $415,000 Bromley 1269 Delaney Drive Sept. 18 $775,000 Brookhaven 1005 Lugano Court Sept. 6 $717,045 Callonwood 383 Millbank Drive Sept. 30 $265,000 1304 Woodglen Lane Sept. 27 $299,900 1008 Altara Lane Sept. 24 $523,000 1036 Murandy Lane Sept. 20 $433,500 1634 Hammond Drive Sept. 19 Carmona Woods 817 Carmona Court Sept. 23 $329,000 Casalino 305 Hollyhock Drive Sept. 30 $612,500 Chestnut Oaks 4121 Cedar Point Ave. Sept. 27 $304,000 1113 Gainsborough Dr. Sept. 20 $301,500 6008 Brookfield Court Sept. 13 $331,000 Emerald Lake 6007 Four Wood Drive Sept. 20 $435,000 6172 Four Wood Drive Sept. 6 $429,900 Fairfield Plantation 7026 Brookgreen Terrace Sept. 27 $247,500 Fairhaven 011 Blue Iris Drive Sept. 23 $255,000 1251 Tranquil Falls Lane Sept. 13 $320,000 3109 Shadowy Retreat Dr. Sept. 13 $256,000 1608 Yellow Daisy Drive Sept. 12 $266,900 1076 Mountain Laurel Ct. Sept. 9 $247,000 Heather Glen 1029 Kite Court Sept. 16 $425,000 Indian Brook 6041 Indian Brook Drive Sept. 19 $375,000 Lakewood Knolls 640 Lakewood Drive Sept. 23 $220,000 Lake Forest Preserve 2017 Weddington Lake Drive Sept. 6 $620,000 Lake Providence 2303 Rising Sun Lane Sept. 6 $532,500 Mandy Plantation 106 Cari Lane Sept. 12 $375,000 Morningside 2042 Bluebonnet Lane Sept. 13 $329,900 Olde Blair’s Mill 610 Caroline Aubrey Way Sept. 5 $385,000 Prestwick 5612 Falkland Lane Sept. 30 $271,000 3109 Royal Troon Drive Sept. 12 $250,000 5913 Parkstone Drive Sept. 9 $266,802 Providence Forest Estates 5012 Woodview Lane Sept. 16 $597,000 Providence Place 1439 Longleaf Court Sept. 13 $530,000 Providence Woods 4518 Glen Oaks Drive Sept. 9 $553,250 Providence Woods South 2509 Greenbrook Pkwy. Sept. 13 $420,000 Shannamara 2012 Caernarfon Lane Sept. 25 $370,000 3001 Cardigan Court Sept. 19 $420,000 4301 Shannamara Drive Sept. 16 $347,000 809 Clonmel Drive Sept. 10 $430,000 Sierra Pointe 1000 Raywood Court Sept. 11 $230,000 Stevens Mill 1120 Millwright Lane Sept. 27 $282,600 8025 Stevens Mill Road Sept. 10 $324,000 The Falls at Weddington 200 Eden Hollow Lane Sept. 20 $720,754 217 Eden Hollow Lane Sept. 12 $688,547 205 Rainbow Falls Lane Sept. 3 $798,524ADDRESSDATE SOLDSALE PRICEThe Highlands at Weddington 5122 Hyannis Court Sept. 26 $625,900 5118 Harwich Circle Sept. 25 $568,600 Vickery 1304 Vickery Drive Sept. 11 $515,000 Vintage Creek 716 Vintage Creek Drive Sept. 6 $624,999 Walden Austin Village 2019 Laney Pond Road Sept. 20 $388,556 2034 Laney Pond Road Sept. 5 $332,635 3023 Laney Pond Road Sept. 3 $460,564 Worwood Acres 101 Robinson Ave. Sept. 20 $212,000 28173 Alma Village 7905 Antique Circle Sept. 23 $260,000 Anklin Forrest 4425 Hoffmeister Drive Sept. 18 $450,000 Barrington 8437 Fairgreen Ave. Sept. 30 $399,500 Berkshire 5304 Glen Cove Court Sept. 19 $299,000 Brookmeade 904 Brookmeade Drive Sept. 5 $459,900 Canterfield Creek 9603 Belmont Lane Sept. 24 $527,500 Champion Forest 1310 Dobson Drive Sept. 26 $537,000 Charlton Oaks 5904 Bryant Lane Sept. 19 $219,000 Conservancy at Waxhaw Creek 6105 Hawk View Road Sept. 27 $347,000 6002 Hawk View Road Sept. 9 $340,000 Cortona 2103 Abundance Lane Sept. 27 $375,874 Cureton 3016 Scottcrest Way Sept. 17 $339,000 2768 Collaroy Road Sept. 3 $576,000 Foxhound Estates 3919 Fox Hound Lane Sept. 18 $354,500 Foxwood 312 Deerwood Court Sept. 4 $685,000 Greenbrier 1528 Brooksland Place Sept. 30 $417,556 1312 Oakhurst Drive Sept. 25 $474,990 1209 Brooksland Place Sept. 23 $269,990 1521 Brooksland Place Sept. 5 $453,575 Hunter Oaks 8903 Calthorpe Lane Sept. 30 $541,000 601 Queenswater Lane Sept. 19 $415,000 720 Coachman Drive Sept. 19 $465,000 605 Queenswater Lane Sept. 12 $510,000 602 Gressenhall Lane Sept. 10 $406,000 1006 Staghorn Lane Sept. 4 $418,000 613 Birchwood Drive Sept. 3 $496,400 Jaars 6219 Dogwood Lane Sept. 9 $211,000 Kingston on Providence 3705 Chesapeake Place Sept. 30 $211,450 Ladera 1233 Ladera Drive Sept. 13 $756,000 Lawson 2112 Lord Proprietor Ln. Sept. 20 $361,000 1100 Brough Hall Drive Sept. 20 $455,000 1209 Nightingale Road Sept. 18 $478,000 1821 Old Bennington Dr.
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