Local Briefs for Dec. 7, 2012

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 04:06 PM

Sheriff’s Office searching for wanted man

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is looking for James William Long, Jr., who has outstanding warrants for sexual offenses involving a minor. The warrants have remained unserved and little information has been acquired regarding his whereabouts. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to Long’s apprehension. The agency is currented distributing a Wanted Poster with Long’s photo and information. According to the Wanted Poster, Long is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sex offense. He has an alias of GOOB and is described as a 37-year-old black man who is 5 feet nine inches tall, His last known address was 202 Alda Drive Monroe. Anyone with information regarding Long should contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3768 or Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.


MillBridge welcomes holiday season on Dec. 7

MillBridge homeowners and the Waxhaw Community can invite friends and family to a holiday event from 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. and will be the first stop on the way to First Friday with the lighting of the MillBridge ceremony at 6 p.m. Trolley rides will be offered from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. to and from downtown Waxhaw. You can also enjoy Christmas carols from MillBridge resident Rachel Sawhook, a visit from Santa Claus and treats and cocoa. The event will take place at 1401 MillBridge Parkway in Waxhaw.


Registration under way for SPCC Massage Therapy classes

Registration is under way for two Massage Therapy classes that will begin in February at South Piedmont Community College.

A six-month course that begins Feb. 4 and ends July 23 will be taught from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A yearlong course that begins Feb. 5 and ends Dec. 19, 2013, will be taught from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The 500-plus-hour course provides all the skills and competencies needed to sit for the national accreditation exam and begin a career in massage.

Cost for either course is $1,099, which covers uniform/holster, lotions, school books and materials. Payment is due at time of registration.

Prerequisites, which must be met by Jan. 25, are college-level English or a 10th-grade reading level on the TABE test; attendance at an Introduction to Massage Therapy class on Jan. 25; an interview with the Massage Therapy program director; completion of a student medical form for massage therapy; and payment of tuition.

To schedule an interview with the program director, contact Mary Berger at 704-290-5865.

To register and pay for the class, go to www.spcc.edu and scroll down to “Massage Therapy” under Corporate and Continuing Education.


Monroe student wins Victor E. Bell Jr. Scholarship

College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) has announced 10 winners of the 2012 Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship. This is the sixth year the Foundation has awarded scholarships to encourage North Carolina seventh grade students with high potential to aspire to a college education.

The scholarship is named in honor of the visionary former chairman of the CFI Board of Trustees who served for 30 years and left a strong legacy of service to North Carolina.

Winners receive $2,000 per year, from middle school through the fourth year of college, up to a maximum total of $20,000 per recipient, as long as they continue to meet annual renewal criteria. Awards are contributed to an account in the North Carolina 529 plan with the individual recipient named as the beneficiary of the account.

Among this this year’s Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship winners is Rosalba Barojas, Monroe Middle School, Monroe.


UNC-C trustees OK tuition, fee increases

The UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees on Thursday recommended modest increases in annual charges for tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year.

By a unanimous vote, the trustees approved a $69 increase for undergraduate students, and $79 increase for graduate students, in annual in-state and out-of-state tuition. The amount equals a 2 percent tuition increase for resident students.

In addition, the board approved a $113 across-the-board increase in general fees, which included a previously approved $50 increase for football. Chancellor Philip Dubois also recommended a $50 increase for campus renovations and repairs to physical infrastructure.

The total cost for tuition and fees for undergraduate resident students with the addition of the $232 increase for this year equals $6,105. That is approximately 3.95 percent more than the $5,873 in current tuition and fees for undergraduate residents.

The proposed increases require final approval by the UNC Board of Governors and the state legislature.

“Given the recent data on the financial circumstances of our students and the effect these have on their retention and graduation rates, I am recommending this very small increase,” said Dubois.

Chancellor Dubois told the Board of Trustees that the effects of the economic recession can be seen clearly in the financial challenges facing students. “We have the largest number of Pell-eligible undergraduate students in the UNC system (almost 8,700), 74 percent of our undergraduates receive financial aid, and 63 percent are receiving loans. Our tuition policy needs to reflect these realities.”

Dubois said that the administration would re-direct some of the tuition revenues to expand on-campus employment and internship opportunities for students, including summer research programs. “With so many of our students having to work to make ends meet, we think employment on campus is a positive option,” Dubois noted.