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Union Update
October 5, 2010
In This Issue
Bill Whitley named director of Parks and Recreation
Judicial candidates appear on UCTV 16
Scholarships available for children of veterans
Vacancies on Union County boards and committees

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Bill Whiley named director of Parks and Recreation
WhitleyBill Whitley has been named director of Union County Parks and Recreation. Whitley replaces Wanda Smith who retired earlier in the year.


During his 10 years with Parks and Recreation, Whitley has served as interim director, assistant director and park superintendent. Prior to his employment with Union County, he spent 22 years in the United States Coast Guard.


Whitley received his bachelor's degree in business management from Phoenix University. He lives in the New Salem area with his wife Donna.

Judicial candidates appear on UCTV 16
Interviews with candidates for state-wide judicial offices are now airing on the Union County Government Channel's "This is Your Court" program.


"This is Your Court," hosted by Chief District Court Judge Chris Bragg, is designed to inform the citizens of Union County about the judicial branch of government. "This is Your Court" guests have included Clerk of Superior Court JR Rowell, Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey, District Attorney John Snyder, Superior Court Judge David Lee, Magistrate Trudy Eudy, and many more individuals working in Union County 's court system.


"Oftentimes I hear from family and friends that they know very little about candidates running for judicial offices, especially those at the state level," Judge Bragg said. "In an effort to educate the public before the next General Election, I asked candidates for state-wide contested judicial elections to appear on 'This is Your Court' to share their qualifications and vision for the office they seek."


From now through the Nov. 2 General Election, interviews with candidates for the NC Court of Appeals and NC Supreme Court will appear daily on UCTV 16. For a schedule of air times, visit the Union County website at . Air times may vary from week to week.

Scholarships available for children of veterans

Children of North Carolina veterans may be eligible for scholarships to North Carolina colleges and universities. According to Union County Veterans Service Officer Michelle Marcano, there are several classes of scholarship eligibility.


Class I & IV - Children of certain veterans who died or are 100 percent disabled as a result of wartime service or children of peacetime veterans whose death or 100 percent service-connected disability was incurred as a direct result of armed conflict; or while engaged in extra hazardous service; or children of certain veterans who were prisoners of war or listed as missing in action. The veteran must have been a legal resident of North Carolina at the time of entry into service of the child must have been a life long resident of North Carolina.

Class II - Children as described above whose parent was a war veteran who has or at the time of death had a 20 percent or more but less than 100 percent service-connected disability or was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Certain children of peacetime veterans may qualify based on the nature of their parent's disability.


Class III - Eligible children as described above whose parent was a war veteran and who is receiving, or was receiving at the time of death, nonservice-connected disability pension benefits. Veteran parent is a deceased war veteran who was honorably discharged and who does not qualify under any other provision. Veteran parent served in a combat zone or waters adjacent to a combat zone, any campaign, expedition or engagement for which the United States Department of Defense authorizes a campaign badge or medal, who does not qualify under any other provision.

The scholarships may be used at schools located in North carolina which are state-owned institutions of higher education, community colleges and technical institutes or privately owned non-profit colleges and universities. Scholarships, with one exception, provide free tuition, certain fees and reasonable room and board allowance in state-owned institutions and $4,500 per academic year in private institutions. The exception being that awards under the 100 percent service-connected disability provision provide free tuition and certain fees in state-owned institutions and $1,500 per academic year in private institutions.
For more information, contact the Union County Veterans Service Office at 704-283-3711/3744. You may also request an application packet by email to Please include your return mailing address in your email. 
All completed applications will be reviewed by the Union County Veterans Service Office and must be received by december 31, 2010. All applications are reveiwed and forwarded to the Charlotte District Office for potential interviews, with a final submission deadline to the director's office in Raleigh by March 1, 2011. Class I or IV applications will be accepted anytime. Applicant must be under 25 years of age at time of application for such scholarship.
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 6 vacancies)
2. Agricultural Advisory Board (1 vacancy expiring 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 4 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, October 12, 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.


UCNLF 2010 Fall Educational Conference
Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Hartis Grove Baptist Church
Presented by HOA Professionals and Neighborhood Leaders
For more information and to register, visit
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

8th Annual Hope Stout Golf Classic

Monday, October 18

Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Firethorne Country Club

Registration deadline Oct. 15

Signup and pay online at

$200 entry per person/$800 per foursome  

Union County Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, October 23 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Union County Ag Center at 3230 Presson Road
Bulbs, trees, shrubs and perennials
Rain barrels available for pickup (preorder by October 18)
Call 704-283-3822
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