45 years ago

This week in 1971…

Russell Hosiery Mill of Star, which at the time manufactured the largest line of hosiery of any company in the county, diversified into a double-knit business with a plant to be located in Candor. President Charles J. Russell announced that the company had purchased the old Candor airport property on Highway 211 as the site for the new operation.

Mrs. Emma Gower Connor, a teacher of English and French at East Montgomery High School, was named Montgomery County’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year.” Mrs. Connor was selected from a group of eight teachers in the county school system. The faculty in each of the schools in the county selected one teacher as representative from the school to compete for the award.

35 years ago

This week in 1981…

The five municipal governments in Montgomery County received $100,630 for local street construction and maintenance from the Powell Bill Funds. The allocations are based on the community’s population and its miles of local streets.

The county board of education was told that funds were available through Region H Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) to help with projects to correct and prevent soil erosion at certain schools in the county. RC&D agreed to furnish the materials to bring stabilization if the board of education would provide the manpower.

25 years ago

This week in 1991…

Gary McCaskill, who has worn a number of different hats as Montgomery County administrator/finance officer, was elevated to the new position of county manager at the monthly meeting of county commissioners. Commission Chairman D.T. Scarborough Jr. said that the idea of going to the county manager form of government had been discussed for many months.

The Biscoe school property became the first of four abandoned middle schools to be disposed of by the county. County Attorney Russ Hollers auctioned off the property to Save the Old Schoolhouse Committee for $50,000. The Biscoe property will be developed by the committee, which is a non-profit organization, as a community center.

15 years ago

This week in 2001…

Greg Hankins of Mt. Gilead came before the school board at their October meeting to urge men and women to vote against a random drug testing policy. The policy, brought before the board at their September meeting by West Montgomery High School Principal Art Paschal and supported by EMHS Principal Kevin Lancaster as well, would apply to all students involved in any type of extracurricular activity, from athletes and club members, all the way to students who park in the parking lots.

A retirement reception honoring county manager Gary McCaskill was held at Montgomery Community College. A large crowd of friends and county associates turned out to pay respects to McCaskill who had served the county for 20 years.

10 years ago

This week in 2006…

Members of the Troy Mafia gathered in Boone to honor the boss. The Troy Mafia is former Town Manager Bruce Radford’s term for the dozens of local government administrators across the state who began their careers as administrative interns in Troy under the leadership of the boss, Troy Mayor Roy Maness. The occasion was the announcement of a $10,000 endowed Roy Maness Scholarship in Appalachian State University’s Town Administrator, City-County Manager and Master of Public Administration programs.

Montgomery County Commissioner Sally Morris was elected to a two-year term to the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners during the NCACC’s 99th Annual Conference. Morris represented District 10, which includes Anson, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond counties.