45 years ago

This week in 1972…

Two new members of the Montgomery County Board of Education were officially seated at the board’s regular December meeting. The new members are Mrs. Charles (Clara) Scarborough, a Star mother and housewife; and Larry A. Preslar of Biscoe, who is a banker. The two new board members spent several hours Monday in orientation sessions conducted by Superintendent John Jones and members of his staff.

The historic Boggan-Hammond House is decorated for Christmas in the eighteenth century period by the Wadesboro Garden Club. The theme will be an “Old-fashioned Christmas.” Refreshments, music and the dress of hostesses in keeping with the eighteenth century period will lend an old-fashioned yuletide feeling to the gala.

35 years ago

This week in 1982…

Mary Maynor is 77 years old and although her health hasn’t been good in recent years, she still volunteers her time and effort to help make clothing for dolls to be distributed to underprivileged youngsters at Christmas. Ida Williams, 72, is another volunteer who helps wash old dolls, fix their hair, and then dress them in bright new clothes to go in youngsters’ stockings on Christmas morning. Maynor said the dolls and other toys are picked up by Scouts and children in the public schools. Others are funneled to the Department of Social Services by churches and individuals.

This year’s 4-H Achievement Night Program was held at East Montgomery High School. Approximately 150 volunteers, 4-H’ers and parents were present for the annual awards. Beth Maness, 4-H Council president, presided over the program. Awards were presented to youth on the basis of outstanding achievement in project work, demonstrations and community service.

25 years ago

This week in 1992…

Enrollment at Montgomery Community College has again hit an all-time high with 531 students enrolling at the school for the winter quarter, according to Phil Kissell, dean of student services. Kissell said that the winter quarter is not traditionally a high enrollment period, but that this year enrollment has continued to increase. “Last year we had 507 students enrolled in the winter quarter,” he said. “There really isn’t a cycle to this.”

Royalty abounded at the annual Star Christmas Pageant Saturday night as area beauty queens were on hand to watch Libby Robinson crowned Miss Merry Christmas. Robinson, 17, a student at East Montgomery High School, was crowned by last year’s Miss Merry Christmas, Jody Cullers. Carrie Cleaveland, the East Montgomery Cheerleader’s mascot, was named Little Miss Merry Christmas.

15 years ago

This week in 2002…

Montgomery County appears to have fared better than its surrounding neighbors last week as a devastating ice storm hit North Carolina. While initially thousands were left in the dark as trees and limbs brought down power lines, the restoration moved much quicker locally than in other areas of the state. As sleet and freezing rain fell early Wednesday afternoon, roads became slick and traffic slowed to a crawl. During the evening hours the freezing rain picked up and a coating began to cover the trees. Shortly after 3 a.m. many began to hear the cracking of trees as the power flickered and many were left in the dark. When light dawned, the roads were in amazingly good shape but huge trees were down and limbs littered the roadways. Many seeking to leave their homes were forced back due to the downed limps.

Students from Gray Stone Day School competed in the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers 2002 High School Mock Trial Competition in Fayetteville The students competed against six other schools in the region in this annual national competition. The “mock trial” is a critical thinking exercise in which students take on the roles of lawyers and witnesses at a trial. The trial in this case was based on an actual personal injury case that was argued in court a few years before.

10 years ago

This week in 2007…

Montgomery County Historical Society held their annual Holiday Tour of Homes. The fundraiser event featured five homes on the tour including the newly built home of Mike and Lucille Sabiston, the former Brown House owned by Harold and Susie Pope, and three historic homes on Main Street.

Capel employees worked to make Christmas brighter for several families. They raised $1,700 through hot dog lunches, a raffle and a silent auction to provide gifts for three youngsters, aged 9 through 16. In addition to purchasing gifts, they donated funds to the Communities in Schools’ Back Pack Pals program to sponsor one child for a year. The elves included Aletta Haywood, Amy Roberts, Kim Batten, Dree Wynkoop and Betty Ann Williams.