Union County

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Union County no longer has to pay its school system $91 million. In 2013, that’s what a jury said the county owed the district for years of under funding. The North Carolina Court of Appeals Tuesday granted a new trial. 


If you live in Union County or Anson County in North Carolina, or Lancaster County in South Carolina, you’ve probably noticed a stronger smell or taste of chlorine in your water. You’re not imagining things; the municipal water system is midway through a month-long flush that customers are definitely noticing.


At least twenty people are recovering from injuries sustained from an accident involving a Union County School bus this morning.   

Union County Emergency Medical Services says the students’ injuries are mostly minor like cuts, bruises and scrapes. 

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The Union County Public School board voted yesterday to file a criminal complaint regarding one of its board members.  The board says it appears Marce Savage stole $2,600 from taxpayers by double-dipping and filing false mileage reports. 

First, the board censured Savage a couple weeks ago. Then, it turned over her expense requests to the Sheriff. Yesterday, the board approved this motion from board member Rick Pigg:   

Union County Commissioners OK 15.4% Tax Hike

Jul 1, 2014

MONROE Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.

The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.

“It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we’ve got to raise taxes on the people of Union County,” said commissioner Jonathan Thomas, who blamed an “out-of-control school board.”

The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner Todd Johnson were the “no” votes.

Union County and its school board have tentatively agreed on a budget this year.  That may not seem like a big deal, but last year a budget dispute between the two led to a court battle.  A new local law may have helped them reach consensus faster. 


Union County Sheriff's Office

A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years. 

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Union County is one of two North Carolina school districts accused of making it difficult for youth who are in the country illegally to enroll.  The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed the complaint with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 


Lisa Miller

Union County Public Schools got word of an unexpected offer last night that could allow the district to avoid a controversial redistricting, at least for now. The county has agreed to give the school district $3 million for mobile classrooms to ease overcrowding. 

Union County might be spared a controversial countywide school redistricting plan after all.

School board chair Richard Yercheck said Tuesday morning he expects his group will accept the county commissioners’ surprise $3 million offer to buy 49 mobile units. Commissioners on Monday said they made the offer to eliminate the need for countywide redistricting, and solve an issue that has been tearing the community apart

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