Town of Matthews wins first place in communications competition


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The Town of Matthews won first place in two categories at the third annual Excellence in Communications Awards presented March 31 at the Historic Cumberland County Courthouse by NC3C, the North Carolina City & County Communicators. The town won for Marketing Tools – a Direct Mail Campaign (Advertising the Town’s Redesigned Website and Social Media) and first place for Communication Technology – the Town’s Website.
Government communications professionals from 14 North Carolina cities and towns won awards.

The awards program was part of the fourth annual NC3C Spring Conference, held March 30-April 1 in Fayetteville. Awards were presented in the categories of TV & Videos, Communication Technology, Special Events, Printed Publications, Most Creative Project
for the Least Amount of Funds, Service Delivery, Marketing Tools, and Communications Plans.

Over the two years the Town of Matthews has worked extensively on a branding plan that included a communications plan, a logo and website redevelopment. This plan is part of the economic development initiative that is underway in Matthews.

“I am very excited that award winning judges from around the U.S. recognize the hard work and thoroughness we have put into our website redesign. We are working hard to ensure that our citizens have current and relevant information on a daily basis,” said
Annette Privette Keller, Matthews Communications Director.

Judges for the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards were government communication professionals from around the United States, all of whom had previously won first or second-place in the national Savvy Awards, presented annually by the City-
County Communications and Marketing Association. States represented by the judges were Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia.

The purpose of North Carolina City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March, 2007 by 27 professional communicators from around the state. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 50 members.


Matthews names employee of the year

Debbie Hartman has been named the Town of Matthews Employee of the Year. Debbie has worked for the Matthews Police Department since 1998. Her fellow coworkers nominated her for this honor because of her compassion and care for women who are victims of domestic violence as well as going the extra mile for her fellow employees.

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Debbie Hartman

Debbie worked as a dispatcher with the department from 1998 to 2010 when she became the administrative assistant in the Criminal Investigations Division.
She constantly volunteers to accept additional responsibilities beyond her normal daily duties such as filling in other positions when employees are absent.
Her true calling has been to accept the role of Domestic Violence Advocate at the department. Debbie monitors incidents of domestic violence in the community and when she learns of a person who may be in this situation she contacts them in a confidential manner.
“I just let them know that we are aware there may be a problem and that we are here for them. I give them resource information and help them as much as they want to be helped,” Debbie said. “Due to a knee injury I was not able to fulfill my dream of being a police officer but this job gives me the opportunity to make a difference – to help people who really need assistance.”
“While we are fortunate to be staffed with employees who are dedicated to serving their community, it is rewarding to have employees, like Debbie Hartman, who are passionate about that commitment. Debbie has single-handedly developed our department’s Victim’s Advocacy program and leads our department’s commitment to serving victims of domestic violence,” said Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter.
Debbie and her husband, David, have three children: Danielle, Deirdre and David II and three grandchildren, Scott, Cody and Addison.

600 trees will line greenway in Matthews

Work is underway to plant more than 600 trees on the Four Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews. The trees will be planted along Four Mile Creek and will deter erosion of the stream bank. The trees will be of various sizes and species and will be planted over the next couple of weeks. They should be in place for the official opening ceremony of the greenway on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 1 pm. Continue reading


Matthews offering grants to downtown businesses

The Town of Matthews is launching a Façade Enhancement Grant program for businesses in the Downtown Overlay District. Businesses in this district may apply for funds to improve the facades of their buildings.
Projects that may be eligible include: canvas style awnings, paint removal from brick surfaces, cornice repairs, mortar repair, masonry repair and/or cleaning, repair/replacement of windows and doors, removal of false facades and other inappropriate additions and pedestrian friendly enhancements. Continue reading

Matthews Police update last month’s fatal motorcycle accident

Matthews police have updated the information on the accident between an SUV and a motorcyle in February that killed two people. Craig Anderson (37) of Monroe and passenger Tiffany Johnson (24) of Matthews were pronounced dead shortly after the accident.

Police thought that the person driving the SUV at the time was Gloria Escobar of Charlotte. However, they learned that she was actually the passenger and the driver was 37 year old Alfredo Luna Morales of Charlotte.

See a picture of the SUV after the accident here.

Morales has been charged with resisting a public officer by obstructing or delaying an investigation and driving without an operator’s
license. Warrants were issued for Mr. Morales and he was arrested for those two misdemeanor charges. Morales is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on an immigration detainer for not being a legal resident of the United States. Continue reading


Matthews will host workshop on caring for trees

The town of Matthews will host a two-part workshop called, “A Homeowner’s Guide to Successful Tree Care” at 7 pm on March 29 and 10 am on April 2.
The workshop is sponsored by the Town of Matthews Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee. The classes will be held at the Matthews Community

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Center with the second class moving to Four Mile Greenway.
David Grant, an Urban Forester with Union County, will teach the class. David is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University. He is a
certified arborist and a registered forester. He has an extensive background in professional tree care and urban forestry. He is chair of the N.C. Urban
Forest Council Executive Committee. He is a recipient of the N.C. Urban Forest Council’s Young Professional Award.
He will discuss the common mistakes and problems that may harm your tree as well as tree care, maintenance and what trees will work in your lawn.
Both classes will be held rain or shine and are free to the public. Dress comfortably and for outside weather.