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Union Update
September 21, 2010
In This Issue
Important information about the Nov. 2 General Election
4-Hers attend NCACC Conference
Hoof Helpers assist the hungry
North Carolina observes Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 20 - 26
October 4

The Union County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. in the first floor Board Room in the Union County Government Center at 500 N. Main Street in Monroe.

October 5 
The Union County Planning Board will
meet at 7 p.m. in the first floor Board Room in the Union County Government Center at 500 N. Main Street in Monroe.
Public Service Announcement
Attention North Carolina voters. When you vote on November 2, you can select a Court of Appeals Judge by method of voting called Instant Runoff Voting. After selecting your first choice, you can rank your second and third choice candidates. For more information, contact the State Board of Elections at 886-522-4723 or visit . This message is a public service announcement from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
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 Important information about the Nov. 2 General Election

A General Election will be held on Nov. 2 in Union County for voting on federal, state, county, judicial, board of education and soil and water conservation supervisor.   There will also be a state-wide referendum to amend the Constitution of North Carolina to provide that no person convicted of a felony is eligible to be elected Sheriff (For or Against) and a county-wide referendum to increase the membership of the Union County Board of Commissioners from five to seven (Yes or No). Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.


All residents of Union County who are registered to vote with the Union County Board of Elections may vote in this election.   Voters who are previously registered need not re-register for this election.   Those residents who are not registered to vote must register on or before Oct. 8 in order to be eligible to vote on Election Day.   Any voter who has moved since the last election must notify the Board of Elections in writing by Oct. 8. Persons who will be 18 by the General Election may register and vote in this election.    Forms are available at the Board of Elections Office at 316 B East Windsor Street in Monroe , all Union County Public Libraries, town halls, and a form is available on the Union County Board of Elections website at    Forms should be mailed to Union County Board of Elections at P.O. Box 1106, Monroe, NC 28112 .  


Absentee ballots are allowed.   Requests for an absentee ballot must be made in writing and received in the Union County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 26.   Absentee mail-in voting began on Sept. 3 and ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.   The Board of Elections will meet on Oct. 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 1 and other times as may be necessary, for the purpose of approving absentee ballot applications.   The board will also meet on Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. to approve any absentee mail in ballots that were postmarked by Nov.2, but received not later than three days after the election by 5 p.m.  


One-stop voting hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the Monroe Library located at 316 East Windsor Street .


There will be four satellite locations for voters' convenience:    

  • Stallings VFD located at 4616 Old Monroe Rd. in Indian Trail
  • Hemby Bridge VFD located at 6628 Mill Grove Rd in Hemby Bridge
  • Wesley Chapel VFD located at 8821 New Town Rd in Marvin
  • Wingate Community Center located at 315 W. Elm St. in Wingate.  


One-stop satellite voting locations will be open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Voting at all one-stop locations begins on Thursday, Oct. 14 and ends on Saturday, Oct. 30.


Persons wishing to register and vote after the Oct. 8 registration deadline may appear in person at a one-stop voting site, complete the voter registration application form and provide proof of residence by presenting valid documents showing current name and address.  


Canvass Day will be held at 11 a.m. in the Union County Board of Elections Office on Friday, Nov. 12.


Per General Statute 163-166.4. (a), (Buffer Zone concerning election day electioneering), county board of elections, shall, where practical, set the limit at 50 feet from the door of entrance to the voting place, measured when that door is closed, but in no event shall it set the limit at more than 50 feet or at less than 25 feet.   (Buffer Zone)


For additional information contact the Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809.

More than 80 youth from throughout North Carolina attneded the Youth Summit.
4-Hers attend NCACC Conference

Jordan Purser of Monroe represented Union County 4-H in August at the inaugural North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, YouthVoice 2010, in Greenville , N.C. The Summit was held in conjunction with the NCACC's annual meeting.


More than 80 youth and adults from 74 counties attended the Summit . Participants had an opportunity to interact with county commissioners, attend the annual Horn of Plenty event sponsored by N.C. Cooperative Extension, and take part in workshop sessions.


In addition, the youth attendees debated and decided on the top 10 issues facing youth.   These issues stemmed from ones that 4-Hers and youth in every county identified and compiled.   The youth then met in groups to prioritize the top 10 issues in their Cooperative Extension district.   The state 4-H Council officer team shared the top 10 issues with the county commissioners.


YouthVoice 2010 was developed because of NCACC's 2010 President Mary Accor's commitment to youth and to developing youth leaders.   North Carolina 4-H Youth Development and North Carolina Cooperative Extension were the lead partners and led the efforts to plan the conference and organize YouthVoice 2010. 

North Carolina 4-H has more than 240,926 youth enrolled in the program as well as 21,200 youth and adult volunteers.
Horse Hoofers provide food to Deb Stein of Operation Reachout.
Hoof Helpers assist the hungry 
The Hoof Helpers 4-H Club did not waste anytime getting involved in the North Carolina 4-H Youth Development new initiative, Hungry to Help.   This initiative is a partnership between NC 4-H and the Food Banks of North Carolina, all of which are affiliates of Feeding America, our nation's largest hunger-relief organization.

The Hoof Helpers definitely set the example for others to follow. They planted potatoes, worked hard to care for their crop and harvested the potatoes. Yet, they did not stop here. They donated 160 pounds of potatoes to one of the Second Harvest Food Bank's distribution centers, Operation Reachout of Monroe.

Operation Reachout's Director, Deb Stein, says their programs feed more than 4,000 people a month in Union County .   Operation Reachout has an in-house lunch, a dry good's pantry, and a gleaning program.   In order to assist Operation Reachout, the Hoof Helpers 4-H Club also collected and donated 100 pounds of non-perishable goods to help feed the hungry.

North Carolina observes Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 20 - 26
Gov. Bev Perdue has declared the first week of fall, Sept. 20-26, as Falls Prevention Awareness Week .  North Carolina joins 35 other states and the Falls Free™ Coalition in the effort to raise awareness of fall injuries and the serious problems they present for seniors. 
Over the course of a year, more than 40,000 emergency room visits across the state are the result of fall injuries suffered by seniors, according to the N.C. Division of Public Health's Injury and Violence Prevention Branch. That's over 110 visits each day. In 2008, 627 North Carolina seniors lost their lives due to a fall. In addition to the high toll on people's health and well being, fall injuries are also very expensive. In 2007, hospital charges alone added up to more than $425 million statewide.  

"Fall injuries not only reduce mobility for seniors, but they often lead to a loss of independence and earlier admission to nursing homes," State Health Director Jeff Engel said.  "With a growing senior population, it is critical for us to educate individuals and caregivers about ways to prevent falls."  

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls in the older adult population. Experts recommend a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components; consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment; having medications reviewed periodically; getting eyes checked annually; and making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.  

At senior centers across North Carolina, programs like A Matter of Balance and tai chi classes help older adults gain the strength, improved balance, and confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence.  

"We need to raise awareness of prevention programs and opportunities available to seniors to encourage them to take part in those activities," Dennis Streets, director of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, said. "Many senior centers and community programs across the state offer opportunities for seniors to become more physically active. "  

"Participating in some kind of exercise, like tai chi, which improves balance, can help seniors stay strong and help prevent a fall," Streets said. "However, the general idea is to get moving, and if other activities like dancing or walking better suit someone's ability, we encourage them to start there."  

North Carolina is part of the Falls Free™ Coalition, which includes 35 states and 70 national organizations, professional associations and federal agencies across the country dedicated to reducing fall-related injury and death among older adults.

Events for Falls Prevention Awareness Week are happening in many communities across the state. Contact your local senior center or Area Agency on Aging (AAAs) for more information.  For a list of senior centers, visit .  Contact information for AAAs may be found at  

Consumers can easily find locations for evidence-based health promotion programs like A Matter of Balance and Tai Chi on the NC Roadmap for Healthy Aging: .

Highway Patrol to enforce child passenger safety laws 
September 20-26, is National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week in North Carolina .  During the week, members of the Highway Patrol will be actively enforcing all child passenger safety laws across the state.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, an estimated 8,959 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975 to 2008.  

"The Patrol is committed to educating and assisting the public with child passenger safety seats," said Lt. Colonel Michael W. Gilchrist, deputy commander of the Highway Patrol.   "The safest way to transport children is in an approved, weight appropriate child restraint seat." 

It is a violation of North Carolina law to place a rear-facing child passenger safety seat in front of an active airbag. Children are five times safer riding rear-facing than forward-facing into the second year of life. Children under the age of eight and less than 80 pounds must be properly secured in a weight-appropriate child restraint system. All children under age five and less than 40 pounds must be in a child safety seat.  Children under age 16 are required to wear a seat belt in both the front and back seats.  All drivers as well as front and back seat passengers are also required to buckle up. Penalties include two driver's license points and fines up to $161.  

Statistics show motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death and injury to children in the United States .  However, when child safety seats are used correctly, they reduce infant fatalities by 71 percent and toddlers fatalities by 54 percent.  

"Using child safety seats and seat belts are not only the law, it's also common sense," said Reuben Young, Secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.  "As a parent myself, I want to make sure every citizen knows how to properly use a child safety seat."  

For more information on child and passenger restraint laws, please go to .

2010 Taste of Union
Saturday, September 25 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church in Monroe
Supports Operation Reachout
For more information, call 704-290-6255
Rabies Clinic
Saturday, September 25 from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Union County Animal Shelter
3344 Presson Road in Monroe
For more information, call 704-283-8303
Operation Medicine Drop 
Saturday, September 25 from noon - 4 p.m.
Get rid of old, unused or out-of-date prescription or over-the-counter medications
Wal-marts in Monroe and Indian Trail
Waxhaw Police Department
Food Lion in Wingate
New Town Market Shopping Center in Waxhaw
Stallings Municipal Park
For more information, call 704-283-3765 or 704-821-0306
Monroe Art Walk
Friday, October 1 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 2 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information, contact 
Wesley Chapel Fall Heritage Festival
Saturday, October 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In front of Hickory Tavern and Brooklyn Pizza in Wesley Chapel
Parade, games, food, entertainment, pet contest and much more
To register for the pet contest, go to
Sheriff's Office Golf Tournament 
Monday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start)
Stonebridge Golf Club
Supports Sheriff's Youth Programs
For more information, call Jim Kennedy at 704-226-3844
Indian Trail Family Fun Day
Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Downtown Indian Trail
Free rides, entertainment, activities, give-a-ways, etc.
Contests - pie baking, best dill pickle and pumpkin decorating
For more information, call 704-821-8114 or visit
Hendrick Hurricane Golf Classic
Supports Union County Chapter of American Red Cross
Thursday, October 28
Registration and lunch at 11 a.m.
Play begins at noon
Stonebridge Golf Club
$95 per player
Sponsorships are available
For more information, contact Sheila Crunkleton at 704-283-7402 or
Vacancies on Union County boards and committees

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Union County Board of Commissioners is requesting that persons who are interested in serving on the following boards and/or committees complete a personal profile sheet.
1. Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee (at least 4 vacancies)
2. Agricultural Advisory Board (1 vacancy as of June 2010)
3. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (1 vacancy for each of the following: a substance abuse professional; a member of the business community; a member representing United Way or other non-profit; a commissioner appointee, and 2 vacancies for persons under the age of 18)
4. Nursing Home Advisory Committee (at least 3 vacancies. Members cannot have a financial connection with or have an immediate family member in a nursing home)
5. Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (1 vacancy for a member with a physical disability)
6. Planning Board (4 vacancies as follows: 1 unexpired term for regular member ending 4/20/2011; 2 unexpired terms for regular members ending 4/20/2012; and 1 unexpired term for regular member ending 4/20/2013)
Profile sheets may be obtained by calling Lynn West at 704-283-3810 or from the County's website at Please submit completed profile sheets by Tuesday, September 28, 2010, to the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 500 N. Main Street, Room 922, Monroe, NC 28112, or by fax 704-282-0121 or by email to
Note: Information provided in the profile sheet shall be considered a matter of public record and may, therefore, be subject to disclosure upon request pursuant to North Carolina's Public Records Law, N.C.G.S., Section 132-1, et seq.