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Precision Textiles has moved in and begun operations at the facility on Glenn Road formerly occupied by Auria. In addition to putting the facility back into operation, the new company has brought back many of the former staff, with plans to add more.

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A student at Montgomery Central High School told administrators yesterday that a threat against the school was posted on Snapchat yesterday. Administrators searched for hours and were unable to verify a threat of any nature but chose to err on the side of caution by having extra law enforcem…

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On September 30, 2021, Travis Leon Barrett, 48, of Biscoe, pled guilty to three counts of statutory rape of a child, each being a B1 felony in North Carolina.  Virginia Ann Sullivan, assistant district attorney for Montgomery County, prosecuted the case.  

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The town of Troy will host a Trunk or Treat event for the kids on October 30, but this in no way means that kids cannot still Trick or Treat on the following evening, October 31. Troy Town Manager Greg Zephir said at last week’s board meeting that the Trunk or Treat event is a kids’ event th…

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Candor Police Chief Jody Majors will begin his new position as police chief in Robbins today. Majors turned in his resignation on Monday but does plan to work a two-week notice in the evenings.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has lost another School Resource Officer. Jimmy Rich, West Middle School Resource Officer, died unexpectedly Sunday morning while out of town with his wife and 15-year-old son.

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The Montgomery County Board of Education took the first step in redrawing their seven districts to conform to the new census data during a recent meeting. The board heard a presentation from Marshal Hurley and Bill Gilkeson, attorneys who specialize in redistricting and are a part of Local R…

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The driver involved in the September 22 hit and run on N.C. Highway 24/27 in Biscoe has been arrested. Melissa Privett, 36, of Troy, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet when she hit Timothy “Ozzie” Blake, 54, of Biscoe. Blake was in the center lane of the highway when Privett crossed into the cente…

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Three individuals, Brantley Moore, Steve Hair and John Shaw have asked to be considered as the replacement for former county commissioner Mike Criscoe, who resigned from the board. Criscoe has taken a job as utilities director for the county; and by North Carolina General Statute, the remain…

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Precision Textiles has moved in and begun operations at the facility on Glenn Road formerly occupied by Auria. In addition to putting the facility back into operation, the new company has brought back many of the former staff, with plans to add more.

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A student at Montgomery Central High School told administrators yesterday that a threat against the school was posted on Snapchat yesterday. Administrators searched for hours and were unable to verify a threat of any nature but chose to err on the side of caution by having extra law enforcem…

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It was a sad day when the White Star Pharmacy in Troy closed, mainly because of all of the memories that were made inside the pharmacy, as well as the hometown feel it provided to its customers. With White Star Pharmacy gone, there was a void and a need for a pharmacy that felt more like a f…

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The Montgomery Herald recently reported on a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant that was given to support an initiative called Better Together Montgomery.  The multi-year grant is an attempt to incorporate a community-centered health approach, focused on the Brutonville and Peabody areas. 

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Montgomery County Commissioners are on a roll when it comes to shortest meetings. Last week’s meeting of the board of commissioners lasted fewer than 11 minutes and included a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The month prior, the meeting lasted just over 11 minutes.

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A hit and run driver landed a Biscoe man in the hospital, where he faces a long recovery as he learns to walk again. The man, Timothy “Ozzie” Blake, 54, was walking in the middle lane on N.C. Highway 24/27 not far from True Worship Ministries when the incident happened.

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It took almost two years, but officers finally apprehended Jamarl Letre Chappell, who is wanted for the murder of Larry Junior Williams. Williams was shot while sitting in a vehicle on Etta Drive in Candor on October 12, 2019. 

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An 11-month-old child was found dead last Tuesday evening after emergency service personnel were called to Uwharrie Ridge Apartments for an unresponsive child. Troy Police Officer Marco Spinks was first on the scene and as he prepared to do CPR, he realized the child was deceased. The local …

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In last week’s edition, there was a story about Mike Finnegan and how he and the Brotherhood Ride rode from Naples, Florida all the way to Ground Zero in New York City. They did this ride to honor the first responders who have fallen in the line of duty.

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Emergency services workers were called to a residence at Uwharrie Ridge Apartments on North Main Street in Troy Tuesday evening for an unresponsive child. 

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Board of education members recently heard a midyear update on the school system’s strategic plan. During that review, dates aligned with plans were presented along with the goals, strengths, weaknesses and plans for improvement in each area.

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Rick George, who described himself as a relative newcomer to the county, spoke to the school board at their most recent meeting regarding the mandating of masks in schools. “I know it doesn’t follow the science and I’m assuming, maybe, for lack of a better term, some of you are ignorant. I d…

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Mt. Gilead Town Board members tabled a vote on the proposal by LKC Engineering firm to “conduct a study of the existing sewer system to evaluate the needs for rehabilitation and the recommended pathway for expansion.” The study would involve seven various aspects of the system and a final report.

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A shooting on Friday evening involving two Mt. Gilead males and at least two Troy males kept Troy Police Department busy into the early morning hours. By Monday evening two people had been arrested and the investigation was continuing as officers searched for additional suspects.

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County commissioner chairman Mike Criscoe has been hired by the county as the utilities director. The offer was made to him last week and he accepted on the same day, according to County Manager Frankie Maness.

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Deaths from COVID-19 took a significant jump locally last week, adding four more to the tally, bringing the total to 104. After the initial round of COVID-19, the number of deaths leveled off for several weeks; however, deaths are on the rise again with what is likely exposure to the Delta v…

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It’s hard to believe that it has been two decades since the tragic events of the September 11 attacks; and while most Americans say that they will never forget that day, one Montgomery County resident biked over 1,700 miles to help ensure that never happens.

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Better Together Montgomery is one of the nine entities chosen by Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation to “implement unique approaches to emerging health needs within their communities.” Beginning with three areas, Greensboro, Asheville and Gastonia in 2015, six more areas were added in 2019, wi…

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Representatives from each town and the county recently came together to discuss issues of joint interest. Some of the topics included COVID-19, recreation, and census numbers. Most everyone in attendance said they would like to see these meetings happen at least once a quarter, indicating th…

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In addition to the normal issues that arise with the beginning of school, Montgomery County teachers have to deal with a lot of unknowns and fear when it comes to their classrooms during this pandemic. Superintendent Dr. Dale Ellis stated yesterday that since the beginning of school 47 stude…

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Saturday, a 5K run was held in Troy in order to help raise money for Kyle Packer, who is currently undergoing cancer treatments. Packer lives an hour and a half from Troy, but he is no stranger to Montgomery County. Packer grew up in Troy, graduated from West Montgomery and his family curren…

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Troy Police Officers recently had another successful drug seizure and arrest. This time officers found meth scales, money and packaging material. 

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Montgomery County native Savannah Heath began her work as the county’s new economic development director this week after previously serving as director of the Small Business Center at Montgomery Community College for the past three years. 

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COVID-19 is impacting sports at the local level, with Montgomery County Schools’ having to “pause all football operations at the high school and middle schools.” Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dale Ellis said, “We’ve had a positive case among a player at the high school and pos…

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Covid-19 cases continue to rise and the pace is picking up across the state and locally as well, leaving hospitals in this region overwhelmed. According to state data hospital ICU beds were nearing capacity on Monday, with 118 COVID patients taking a large portion of those beds.

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While it may go unnoticed by the majority of county residents, Montgomery County is growing, primarily along the lake corridor on Lilly’s Bridge Road. This growth should come as no surprise since developers have tried several times to capitalize on the popularity of water access. 

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North Carolina General Statutes says that smoke screens are illegal. In fact they are a felony. Tell that to the Biscoe Police Department. 

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Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Criscoe is applying for the job as Public Utilities Director. And he apparently has no plans to step down should he be hired. In all five Montgomery County towns that is not allowable; however, it is allowable in the county but calls int…

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture, millions of people visit the four National Forests in North Carolina every year. The Uwharrie National Forest is no exception, seeing thousands of visitors annually. Nature enthusiasts will travel near and far to visit the Uwharries, …

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Montgomery County Commissioners upheld a decision by the local Juvenile Crime Prevention Council regarding funding to a program called Life Connections during their July board meeting. During the work session the week prior to the board meeting, the issue was discussed and the board at that …

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While the numbers vary slightly depending on the official sites you use, all data indicate an ongoing rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County. Just as important, those same sites show little increase in the number of vaccinated people.

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Montgomery County students will join students in at least 10 other school districts that are requiring masks to be worn while inside the school building when they return to school on August 24. The Montgomery County Board of Education decided to err on the side of safety Monday night during …

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State officials interested in the purchase of the East Montgomery High School property as an extension of Samarcand Training facility, has appraised the EMHS property at $1,060,000. The county has the property appraised at $6.5 million. 

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It has been 17 years since Daniel Kern began his teaching career, and in those years he has left quite an impression on both his students and his colleagues, so much so that he won the district Teacher of the Year award for 2021.

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On Friday, July 30, Chasin’ Aldean, a cover band for the country music star, Jason Aldean, played at TownStage in Troy. It was a hot evening in Troy, but that didn’t stop lead singer, and Aldean look-a-like, Darrin Fitch, from putting on a good show as he and his band had the crowd dancing, …

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Lake Tillery is one of the most visited spots in Montgomery and Stanly counties, and it’s not hard to see why. With a wide open lake, plenty of spots for kayaking and fishing, and beautiful scenery, it’s a perfect place to take the family for a day, or even for an overnight trip camping.

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The renewal of the emergency services contract with FirstHealth drove most of the discussion last week during the county commissioners’ meeting. Commissioners had expressed concern during an earlier work session that the proposed cost increases for the next three years were outpacing the cou…

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A confrontation between law enforcement and a local resident captured on social media finally had its day in court last Tuesday, July 20. Court proceedings revealed that only a portion of the confrontation was posted to social media according to assistant district attorney, Arthur Donadio; h…

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Montgomery County’s newest school board member, Anne Evans, was sworn in last week, making her the official replacement to fill the seat once held by Sandra Miller who passed away earlier this year. Evans was one of two applicants to apply for the position.