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Town of Biscoe has held two public hearings and a work session on two rezoning requests. The first request asks that a portion of land on Sedberry Road be rezoned from agricultural to single-family residential with a manufactured home overlay. The second request is for a piece of property on…

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A grand jury indicted the parents of an 11-month-old on charges of murder on Monday. The murder charges follow the receipt of the official autopsy findings that state the child died from malnutrition. The child weighed 12.6 pounds at the time of death and was in the 0% for weight for childre…

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COVID-19 is raging in Montgomery County once again. The positivity rate has soared to 25.6% and the county has seen at least one more death from the virus. In early December the positivity rate for COVID-19 had dropped to just under 5%, then Omicron and the holidays set off a new round, with…

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Opening a business is both difficult and rewarding, with both of those things being interchangeable; and the hope is that some day, the new business will become a staple in the community. There are some times where the business that has already become a staple in the community is available t…

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In early December the positivity rate for COVID-19 had dropped to just under 5%. That number was a milestone everyone had been waiting on and then came holiday gatherings and Omicron. The positivity rate has now shot up to 13.3% locally with those numbers expected to rise, at least for the s…

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If there is one thing that most everyone in Montgomery County has encountered, either up close in their vehicles or in a field, it would be deer. Many county residents have just grown accustomed to living around deer, and locals have also grown accustomed to keeping a close eye out for them …

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Town of Biscoe has held two public hearings and a work session on two rezoning requests. The first request asks that a portion of land on Sedberry Road be rezoned from agricultural to single-family residential with a manufactured home overlay. The second request is for a piece of property on…

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A grand jury indicted the parents of an 11-month-old on charges of murder on Monday. The murder charges follow the receipt of the official autopsy findings that state the child died from malnutrition. The child weighed 12.6 pounds at the time of death and was in the 0% for weight for childre…

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COVID-19 is raging in Montgomery County once again. The positivity rate has soared to 25.6% and the county has seen at least one more death from the virus. In early December the positivity rate for COVID-19 had dropped to just under 5%, then Omicron and the holidays set off a new round, with…

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Patricia Atkins has been involved in the beauty and esthetician field for many years now, and has grown to love the field throughout the years of helping others discover both their inner and outer beauty. 

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Opening a business is both difficult and rewarding, with both of those things being interchangeable; and the hope is that some day, the new business will become a staple in the community. There are some times where the business that has already become a staple in the community is available t…

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The lack of broadband connectivity remains a critical issue in Montgomery County and a recent study contracted by the county confirms much of what is already known, particularly when it comes to cost. 

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In early December the positivity rate for COVID-19 had dropped to just under 5%. That number was a milestone everyone had been waiting on and then came holiday gatherings and Omicron. The positivity rate has now shot up to 13.3% locally with those numbers expected to rise, at least for the s…

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If there is one thing that most everyone in Montgomery County has encountered, either up close in their vehicles or in a field, it would be deer. Many county residents have just grown accustomed to living around deer, and locals have also grown accustomed to keeping a close eye out for them …

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Several residents of Yank Road in Mt. Gilead were in attendance at last week’s county commissioners’ meeting to express their concern over a proposed sale of land in their community. The Yank Road property involves over 100 acres, with plans to locate a poultry farming operation on the site.…

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Sometimes the best inventions come from a simple need or want, and that is exactly how Patrick Coyne started DecoShape – a company that makes the balls of lights that are seen around this time of the year. Coyne and his wife, Carol, are originally from Greensboro but have been living on Lake…

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Add one and then lose one. Montgomery County is struggling to keep a full slate of county commissioners, with the announcement that Dottie Robinson, who is at the end of her third year on the board, is stepping down at the end of this month. 

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Montgomery County Commissioners met at the new community food distribution site in Troy on Thursday evening for their monthly work session. In the end most of the discussion centered on the athletic fields at Montgomery Central High School.

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Montgomery County Board of Education approved a retention bonus for all staff at their regular monthly meeting last week. The bonus money is part of the funds given to the county from the federal coronavirus relief funds. 

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Mt. Gilead’s town board meeting room was standing room only during last week’s regular meeting. A presentation to the family of the late Craig Cloninger and the swearing in of a new mayor were the reasons for the large number of people.

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Troy resident John Shaw has officially been named to fill the remaining term of former commissioner Mike Criscoe. Shaw, along with Troy resident Steve Hair, was locked in a tie vote among the four remaining commissioners, with the two Democrats voting for Hair and the two Republicans voting …

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The Montgomery County Board of Elections, along with Elections Director Rhonda Johnson, was notified by the state at the close of day on Wednesday that all filings, including that of local offices, are suspended. The notice stated, “By order of the North Carolina Supreme Court, filing for al…

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John Williams, better known as “Jack,” is much like any other 15-year-old in Montgomery County. He enjoys hanging out with friends; he attends Montgomery County Early College; he enjoys being outdoors, and he especially enjoys shooting his firearms. While Jack certainly enjoys the simple ple…

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At the regular meeting on Nov. 8, Jay Patel took the oath of office and was seated on the Biscoe Board of Commissioners to replace Daryl “Dutch” Anliker, who has moved to Moore County.

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With just a few weeks on the job behind him, Biscoe Police Officer Jay Yarborough has already been suspended. His suspension comes after Yarborough posted a video of a motorcycle chase he was involved in.

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When the clock struck noon at the Montgomery County Board of Elections in Troy, sheriff candidates Pete Herron and Jamie Kerney filed the appropriate paperwork. The two have been waiting well over a year to file, and they were first in line to do so. Current sheriff, Chris Watkins, is not se…

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On Sunday, November 7, Candor Presbyterian Church held a service in celebration of the church’s 100th birthday. A lot of things have happened in Montgomery County in the last century, good and bad, happy and sad; and yet through everything, Candor Presbyterian has been a shinning light in th…

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The message delivered by North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson on Sunday, November 21, at Family Worship Ministries in Troy, was not about homosexuality, as many of his messages have been lately; instead, his message, in large part, was an attack on the news media. Robinson repeatedly attack…

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Star held its Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 27 with about 40 people present for the ceremony. “We held a simple ceremony this year to continue our tradition. We had to cancel last year’s celebration because of the pandemic,” said Wesley Brown, public works director.

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While 31.6% sounds pretty weak, it was actually a fairly high turnout for voters in the most recent election. Two years prior turnout was 26.1% and in 2017 voter turnout was 26.3%.

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The chairman of the Republican Party, Deanne Brown, is asking for an investigation regarding an “election irregularity” that was reported to the board on the day of the election, November 2. Brown filed the request for an investigation on November 9.

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It is finally nearing the time for candidates to file for Montgomery County Sheriff. Two candidates, Pete Herron and Jamey Kerney, announced their intentions to run well over a year ago, causing confusion for the last two years, with people thinking they should be voting for the office of sh…

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Former Biscoe Police Chief Brent Tedder was sentenced to 60 days in jail last week during Superior Court following his guilty plea of assault on a female. The guilty plea came on the second day of his trial, with his attorney telling Superior Court Judge Brad Long that his client did not wan…

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The North Carolina Legislature recently passed new maps for the N.C. House and Senate, as well as a new Congressional map placing Montgomery County in a new House and Senate district once again. Several court cases have been filed opposing the new maps, so it will be some time before the pub…

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Veterans are a special group of people, and while many of them share similar stories, each of them is unique in their own way. They come from all over the United States – some come from big cities, while others come from the suburbs; still some come from small towns. And yet no matter where …

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Montgomery County Commissioners adopted a new set of district lines during a special called meeting last week, bringing them into compliance with the new census data. 

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A cluster of drug overdoses has law enforcement on high alert as they work to pinpoint where the drugs, believed to be laced with renantyl, are coming from. Last Thursday evening, following another overdose death, authorities finally received the lead they needed. 

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In his weekly update to county commissioners, county manager Frankie Maness said he recently met with representatives of the local Democratic Party and NAACP “in response to questions regarding the proposed districts.” Maness is referring to the three districts recently created by Maness to …

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It has taken 10 months and hours of investigation, but the final individual wanted in the murder of 20-year-old Romaro Deshon Kennedy of Eagle Springs has been arrested. Laquan Zaki Ewing, 19, of Mt. Gilead was officially charged with murder last week. He is being held in Montgomery County J…

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Troy Police Department continues to work three major, but separate cases that have occurred in their jurisdiction over the past few weeks. One of the latest cases involves the discovery of Shameka Johnston’s body last Thursday evening off Horne Road in Troy. The body is believed to have been…

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Election Day in Biscoe, Mt. Gilead and Candor got off to a rough start in at least two of the towns. Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Rhonda Johnson said she went to Biscoe after receiving a call from Town Clerk Laura Morton about the escalating situation outside where people we…

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A computer tech with the state Board of Elections district office is on his way to Montgomery County according to Board of Election officials. While the board has the unofficial results of all three municipal elections the state will not let them publish the results until they resolve an iss…

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A local woman, Shameka Kay Johnson, has now been missing for two weeks, and law enforcement needs your help to find her. 

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Montgomery County Board of Commissioners continues operation with a vacant seat after the board could not come to an agreement on who should be the board’s replacement for former commissioner Mike Criscoe. Criscoe resigned earlier this month to take a position with the county. 

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A 23-year-old Troy man was found lying in the road early Saturday morning. The man, Kelly Scott, had been shot multiple times and was deceased.

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Heather Phouangphrachanh and her two children, Aidehn and Kristina, along with Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins and deputies, Jim Lewellen and Darrell Latham, took part in the recent National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, DC. The Memorial Service was a part of the Nat…

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Next Tuesday is the day three local towns, Biscoe, Candor and Mt. Gilead, go to the polls to select who will be their representatives. There is competition for all the seats on the board with the exception of the Candor Mayor’s seat, which is currently held by Phillip Hearne, who is running …

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Biscoe Board members Kay Cagle-Kinch, Lashunda Ryan and Barry Jackson voted unanimously to name Jay Patel as their newest member on the board, replacing Dutch Anliker, who has resigned. Patel was one of four individuals who applied for the job. The others included former board member John Be…

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During last week’s work session, Montgomery County Commissioners heard from the three candidates that had applied for the vacancy on the board, created when Mike Criscoe resigned to take a job with the county. Only two of the three candidates attended the meeting, John Shaw and Steve Hair. C…

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Montgomery County Commissioners split 2-2 on who they wanted as a replacement to fill the seat of former commissioner Mike Crisco. Commissioners Dana Dawson and Mary Hassell voted for John Shaw and commissioners Dottie Robinson and Kay Robinson voted for Steve Hair.

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Montgomery County Commissioners are on a very quick turnaround timeline to redraw their current district lines before the November 17 deadline. Every 10 years the county must look at their districts and if there is substantial inequity between the districts then the county must redraw distri…