Jun 232012

One of the consistent fears about candidate Robert Pittenger, a former NC State Senator and currently running for the United States Congress in the 9th District (Union-Mecklenburg-Iredell) has been his connections to a network of land speculators who have used their elected office as a means to direct, coerce and cajole state road projects to their own benefit.

In Union County, Mr. Pittenger has a sordid reputation, specifically involving a specially tailored satellite annexation bill passed by the NC General Assembly to allow his Lawson subdivision to be annexed into Waxhaw for triple the density allowed under county zoning at the time and promise of the 30 arce gift to Waxhaw that has never happened.


Rep. William Current Sr., a Republican from Gastonia, sent an email to Perdue aide Pryor Gibson on June 12 saying that the lack of funding “would probably kill the project.”

Gibson, who represented Anson and Union counties in the N.C. House, is the senior adviser on legislative matters to the governor, who is not seeking re-election.

Records show that Current has had a financial interest in the road, too. He was an investor in land owned by former legislator Robert Pittenger, who is now in a Republican primary runoff for the 9th Congressional District. Pittenger has a stake in roughly 2,000 acres near four proposed parkway exits.

Current, who has lobbied to keep the parkway moving forward for years, said in 2008 that he had sold his interest in the Pittenger/Parkway land to his son. Current was at a funeral Monday and could not be reached for comment. He issued a statement saying the Garden Parkway “promises major economic development potential for all of North Carolina.”

via Perdue staffers altered letters on road projects | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

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Jun 182012

State transportation officials will hold meetings Monday and Tuesday nights to update the public on the status of the Monroe Bypass.The bypass, proposed as a toll road between Stallings and Marshville, was sidelined earlier this year when a three-judge panel from the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of a group trying to block construction of the roadway.

via Monroe Bypass meetings this week | CharlotteObserver.com.


The meeting schedule:

Monday: 6 p.m., Next Level Church, 4317 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews.

Tuesday: 6 p.m., Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe.



Jun 082012

Union County board approves marker honoring slaves who served in Confederate Army

By Adam Bell

MONROE: Long ignored by history, local slaves who served in the Confederate Army finally will receive some rare recognition.

The Union County Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve a plan for a privately funded marker to honor 10 black men, nine of whom were slaves, who eventually received small state pensions for their Civil War service.

It will be one of the few public markers of its kind in the country, and arrives in the midst of state and national commemorations of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. The granite marker will be placed on a brick walkway at the Old County Courthouse in Monroe in front of the 1910 Confederate monument.

“I’m glad to see Union County is finally stepping out of the Jim Crow era and being all-inclusive of its history,” said Tony Way, the local amateur historian and Sons of Confederate Veterans member who has led the push for the project.

To read more: Union County board approves marker honoring slaves who served in Confederate Army | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

Related Story: Quest to honor black Confederate soldiers continues

Congratulations to Tony May, whose years of effort and persistence paid off.

Jun 042012

Fake Craigslist post lists Porter Ridge High School as for sale

By Kathryn Burcham
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — A fake sales listing on Craigslist shows new concerns about funding issues at Union County Public Schools.

The anonymous poster first listed the ad on Saturday in the “For Sale by Owner,” listing Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail as a property for sale.
The poster described the school as a “treasure” with a price tag of $30 million, and made several tongue-in-cheek references to things that were wrong with the school, including out-of-date equipment, a sewage smell and broken air conditioning.

The person behind the advertisement also poked fun at school administrators, and chastised Union County commissioners for failing to provide the district with the funding it requested to save 350 teachers and teachers assistants jobs for the 2012-13 school year.

The listing comes just days before the teaching assistants final day on the job on June 8.

“I think parents are just frustrated and don’t know how to get the message out,” said parent Valerie Secker.

Secker is a PTA president of a Union County school and has been advocating with other parents in the funding battle for the past few months.

She said the posting seems funny at first but points to deeper issues.

“There is overcrowding. We’re reaching the point where I just can’t see how we’re going to fit another desk in the classroom,” Secker said.

District officials did not address specific questions about the listing, but sent a statement to Eyewitness News that said, “There is no truth to this Craigslist posting and is obviously some sort of prank. We have reported it to Craigslist for removal.”

Fake Craigslist post lists Porter Ridge High School as for sale | www.wsoctv.com.