Shop With A Cop Highlights At Target In Wesley Chapel

Union County, NC – The Fraternal Order of Police of Union County recently held their “Shop With A Cop” event at Target in Wesley Chapel. The event helps buy gifts for underprivileged children.

The Wesley Chapel Target donated one thousand dollars to 40 children so that they could buy toys, clothes, and other necessity items.

Santa met the children for pictures, and the Wesley Chapel Chick-fil-A donated breakfast.

Story & video courtesy of WBTV

2010 Union County, NC

Scoop Movie Reviews | Little Fockers | How Do You Know

Little Fockers Movie Review

Usually a sequel becomes rather long in the tooth the third time around however the Little Fockers still has the zing that makes this franchise so popular. You do not have to have seen the first two, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers to appreciate this newest one. Ben Stiller as Greg, a registered nurse is now head of a big nursing department in a Chicago hospital. He and his wife Pam played by Teri Polo have five year old twins. Pam’s parents Jack and Deena played by Robert DiNiro and Blythe Danner come to visit for Christmas. Jack a former CIA operative is paranoid and is concerned that Greg may be fooling around.

Greg is contacted by Jeri Garcia, Jessica Alba, a drug rep for an ED drug for men with heart issues. She wants him to represent the drug and he is reluctant to do so. Greg gives a speech to a group of doctors but does not tell his family about it. He comes home with a box of samples not telling the family. Jack takes a dose with hysterical results.

Pam’s former fiance Kevin, played by Owen Wilson, is a wealthy kook having made his money in the stock market. It is apparent he still likes Pam and that is okay with Jack.

Greg’s parents Roz Focker played by Barbra Streisand and Bernie played by Dustin Hoffman play minor parts but are funny. Roz is a sex therapist and has a TV program ala Dr. Ruth. Bernie, a former attorney has been a house husband for the past twenty five years. In the words of Roz, he is going through Manopause.

All in all, the film is very funny and the humor may not be suitable to the little ones. There is chemistry among the members and it is obvious they enjoyed making this film. I may see it a second time.

Rated 4 out of 5 for a comedy.

How Do You Know Movie Review

Lisa, played by Reese Witherspoon is an Olympic softball player. She just discovered she was cut from the team due to her age. She is dating Matty, Owen Wilson, who is a star pitcher for the Washington DC baseball team. He is totally insincere in his feeling for Lisa and for women in general. He keeps a stock of new sweat suits for his conquests to wear home. He can throw a 95 MPH fast ball and makes $19 million a year. Lisa knows she can do better but for some unexplained reason doesn’t try to hard to do so.

George played by Paul Rudd is head of a successful business created by his now retired father played by Jack Nicholson. He discovers that he is the subject of a federal investigation and does not know why. Lisa and George meet and it is apparent that there is no chemistry between the two. George was dating a physics professor who promptly dumped him when she realized he may be in trouble.

As with any romantic comedy, boy meets girl, falls in love and they live happily ever after. Reese Witherspoon was very good in this role as she is in every role. Owen Wilson plays Owen Wilson and that gets a little old. Paul Rudd is convincing as the innocent who is in trouble and Jack Nicholson plays an irascible and arrogant no so loving father. We enjoyed the film and although it does not have some of the punch of some other chick flix I enjoy, this film was worth the $7 price of the popcorn. Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorites and she saves this film.

Rated 3.75 out of 5 for a romantic comedy, Chick Flick

Bruce Kantor

2010 Monroe Scoop

SPCC's Phi Theta Kappa Helps Fire Victims

Union County, NC – South Piedmont Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa jumped into action recently to help an Indian Trail family whose house burned Dec. 3.

The chapter gave Randy and Ronnie Sims $5,000 to pay the deposit for a new place to live and the first two months rent. The group also collected clothes, toys, furniture and household items and will deliver those on Friday (Dec. 17). The Simses lived in the home with their son Chris and granddaughter Grace (Allie).

South Piedmont Community College Phi Theta Kappa helps fire victims

From left, Phi Theta Kappa members Barb Firestone, Kim Gibson and Cindy Hinson pose with fire victims Ronnie and Randy Sims and SPCC President John McKay.

Phi Theta Kappa Public Relations Officer Kim Gibson set the wheels in motion when she e-mailed Barb Firestone, receptionist on the Old Charlotte Highway Campus and the group’s secretary-treasurer, about the fire. Gibson works part-time at Pebble Creek Golf Course, which was next door to the house that burned, and she knew the family through Allie.

Firestone saw an opportunity for Phi Theta Kappa and sent an e-mail to its members. Cindy Hinson, a student in the Medical Sonography program, took the lead in collecting money and items for the family. Almost all the donations were collected on campus.

“It’s Christmas time,” Hinson said. “I try to do something every Christmas for a family that needs help.”

“This was something nice to do for Christmas,” Gibson said.

The Sims family was certainly appreciative, and surprised. “We knew someone was going to pay the deposit,” Randy Sims said. “We didn’t know who.

“I don’t know how you put it in words, if it hadn’t been for them, I don’t know what we’d have done. I thank God for people like that.”

- Ronnie Sims, South Piedmont GED Graduate

The Simses said they were also grateful for help from others, particularly Stacy Burnette, the counselor at Sun Valley Middle School where Allie attends. “They have been really good to her,” Ronnie Sims said.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year college students.

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Kayla Iannetto Wins Sun Valley Middle School Gingerbread House Contest

Union County, NC – The media center at Sun Valley Middle School was filled with the wonderful sights of the holiday season courtesy of the gingerbread houses created by faculty and students in the school’s eighth annual competition.

The delightful creation of SVMS eighth-grader Kayla Iannetto won the school’s student competition.

“I love making gingerbread houses,” she said. “I’ve been making them for a while and I wanted to try something new. I watched a few movies and took some ideas from them.”

- Kayla Iannetto

kayla Ianetto

This winning student entry was created by Sun Valley Middle students Kayla Iannetto, an eighth grader, taken from ideas she saw in movies.

The second-place winner, Megan Firman, said Candyland was her inspiration. She worked on the entry with Jordan Summerfield, both 7th graders. “We didn’t win last year, so we needed to improve and do better this time,” she said.

Sun Valley Middle School Gingerbread Contest

The second-place winners in the SVMS gingerbread contest were, from left, Megan Firman and Jordan Summerfield, both 7th graders.

Event coordinator SVMS teacher Tiffany Medford says the annual competition is a lot of work, but both the students and staff enjoy the challenge. This year, there were a total of 40 entries; 38 created by 52 students and two created by Sun Valley faculty.

The first-place faculty winner was science teacher Diana Ollis, while assistant principal John Grexa took second place.

The rules for the competition are based on the Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House Contest guidelines. Judging was Monday (Dec. 13, 2010) after school. The winners were notified Tuesday.

Entries had to be edible, with the houses being made primarily of gingerbread or graham crackers. They also had to have a Christmas theme. Judges gave each entry points in appearance, originality, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme.

First-place winners in both the student and teacher categories win $60, while second-place winners win $30, and third-place winners receive $15.

This article was provided courtesy of the Communications Office of the Union County Public Schools.

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Winter Driving Tips From Trooper Mark Helms

NC State Trooper Mark Helms

NC State Trooper Mark Helms

Union County, NC – Winter driving can be hazardous even for experienced drivers. Listen to your local radio or television station and obey the instructions of the governor or local authorities. If they say not to drive, then stay home. If you have to travel, be sure your vehicle is equipped with emergency supplies in case you find yourself stuck on the side of a road.

Keep emergency supplies in the vehicle, including cell phone and car charger, boots, gloves, hat, blanket, ice scraper, snow brush, flashlight, matches and candle and reflective triangle or flares.

Watch for shady spots, bridges and overpasses that freeze first as the temperature drops.

Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times to prevent moisture from freezing the lines.

Pack a brightly colored cloth or road signs to attract attention of passing motorists who can report your situation to law enforcement.

When you are starting or stopping on snowy or icy roads, increase or decrease your speed slowly. Get the feel of the road, and then move in second gear or higher.

Maintain extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.

If you encounter an intersection with traffic signals that are out due to weather, remember to treat the intersection as an all directions must stop intersection.

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Obituary, Durrow Curtis Hall Jr., 73

Durrow HallMonroe, NCMr. Durrow Curtis Hall Jr., age 73, died Sunday, December 12, 2010 at Hospice of Union County.

Mr. Hall was born September 29, 1937 in Rock Hill S.C., son of the late Durrow Curtis and Lucille Broadnax Hall, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Patricia “Pat” Littleton Hall who died December 31, 2009 and a son Durrow Curtis Hall III.

Durrow was a retired Medical Technician with Presbyterian Health Care. Memorial Services to celebrate the life of Durrow will be 12:30 P.M. Thursday, December 16, 2010 with Reverend Paul Saleeby officiating.

Visitation will begin at 11:30 until 12:30 P.M.

Survivors include one daughter: Luanne Hall Sherron and husband Steve of Wesley Chapel N.C., two grandchildren: Stephanie Sherron Crisco and husband Ron of Mooresville N.C., Jake Sherron and wife Mitzi of Greenville N.C., one great grandchild: Carter Dean Crisco of Mooresville N.C., two close cousins: Ron and Bob Bell, and many Fraternity Brothers.

Durrow grew up in Charlotte N.C., Graduated from Central High School in 1955, Member of the Charlotte Boy’s Choir during the 1950’s, Graduated from Wake Forest University in 1959, a Member of Theta Chi Fraternity and a member of Benton Heights Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe N.C. 28110 or to the charity of one’s choice.

McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Hall.

We will miss you PawPaw

Treehouse Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room Opens With Union County Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Monroe, NC – Union County Chamber of Commerce members, including City of Monroe elected officials, employees and friends celebrate with new Chamber Member, Treehouse Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, located at 301 Bay St, Monroe, at a ribbon cutting and open house on Friday, December 10, 2010.

Treehouse Vineyards

Lorayn Deluca
Monroe, NC Photographer

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Karla Davis Appearing Live At La Vida Mocha Coffee On Saturday December 11

Monroe, NC - North Carolina native, Karla Davis, will be releasing her debut album, “Here I Am,” in her hometown of Monroe, NC on December 11, 2010 under the title sponsorship of La Vida Mocha Coffee.

Davis finished recording her first album after moving to Nashville last October and winning the National Final of The Colgate Country Showdown in January of 2009.

In March 2010, Davis teamed up with Manager Gabrielle DiMora and British Producer John Eden to form 3 Chord Entertainment, Inc., with whom she will be releasing her debut album.

When asked about what fans could expect from the album, Davis described it as “everything that my fans will want to hear from me.” “Here I Am” is a breath of fresh air for any listener, with songs that range from an inspirational ballad to a hard-driving, down home country song. “There is no doubt this album is different than most,” said Davis, “this album is who I am.

Live at La Vida Mocha Coffee in Monroe
Karla will be performing live at La Vida Mocha in Monroe, NC on December 11, 2010 from 6-8PM, where she will be selling her album along with other merchandise.

The “Koffee with Karla” meet and greet will follow the performance for fans to get pictures and autographs.

“It has been an unbelievable ride, and it’s been tough, but what I have gained from all of this is amazing.”

- Karla Davis

Video highlights of Karla Davis performance last year at La Vida Mocha Coffee

You can order tickets and pre-order the album at

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