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OCTOBER 28, 2020 – Halloween will be different this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises skipping traditional trick-or-treating and other festivities involving crowds — which are high-risk for spreading the virus. However,…

RALEIGH — Elections officials in North Carolina will count absentee ballots mailed in by Nov. 12, nine days after Election Day. The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-3 vote, refused Republican legislative leaders’ request to enforce a state law setting the ballot deadline at Nov. 6.

STAR, NC —STARworks will hold a virtual Firefest on October 30 and 31. Streaming videos of artist talks, live demonstrations and fiery finale events can be viewed from the STARworks YouTube Channel or Facebook page.

Ron Niland, town manager consultant, continued his discussion on the state-mandated plan to update the Planning and Zoning Policy and the Land Use Plan at the regular meeting on Oct. 5.

On Tuesday morning Sheriff Chris Watkins released the following statement concerning an incident that happened last week at a residence in Jackson Springs:

While COVID-19 numbers continue to rise statewide, Montgomery County is not seeing the big increases it once was; however, the virus is still very active in the community.

The expected recommendation from the monument committee to move the current doughboy statue from the grounds of the courthouse and place it in an educational setting was not forth coming during the county commissioners’ meeting last week. The committee stated earlier that they would recommen…

By close of day on Sunday, nearly 6,000 voters had already cast their ballot, either through absentee voting or One-Stop Voting. That is within 100 votes of the total absentee and One-Stop Voting from the 2016 General Election. One-Stop Voting continues through this Saturday.

The Town of Mount Gilead presented Highland Community Center with a check in the amount of $10,044 to help with the opening and operation of a virtual learning center at Highland. The money was a portion of the allocation that the Town of Mt. Gilead received from Montgomery County for the CA…

FirstHealth of the Carolinas made history last week when Moore Regional Hospital was the first site to enroll a patient into a clinical trial using a combination treatment regimen for COVID-19 consisting of the antiviral remdesivir and a highly concentrated solution of antibodies that neutra…

On Friday October 2, a group of 13 bicycle riders took a quick break in Troy as they made their way from Thomasville, to Cherry Grove, South Carolina. Around 38 miles into the journey, Troy was their first rest stop on the almost 205-mile ride.  The riders left at 6 a.m. that morning, and we…

Montgomery County Schools have long faced losses when it comes to feeding Montgomery County students; however, that loss is likely to jump another 10% if parents do not fill out the free and reduced lunch forms as needed and that deadline is fast approaching.

A rifle used by the Biscoe Police Department for training was left on the shooting range at Montgomery Community College. An MCC gunsmith instructor found it on Saturday, October 10. While the investigating officer has not been able to determine the length of time the gun was at the range, i…

The number of new cases for COVID-19 has jumped significantly over the past two weeks, with the local health department reporting 85 new cases. This brings the total case count to 1,328, including 40 who have died from the virus. Currently, there are 12 local individuals hospitalized from th…

Lines formed outside Early Voting sites in Montgomery County last Thursday as voters waited patiently to cast their ballots in what is looking to be an active voting season. There are three Early Voting locations across the county and all three are open seven days a week, a first for the county.

Shooting range, sporting goods store proposed for Mega Park

The Biscoe Presbyterian Women’s annual quilt raffle, featuring the quilt that represents East & West Montgomery & Montgomery Central High Schools, will be awarded to the lucky ticket holder on Sunday, December 6th. For tickets call: Judy Stevens 572-7952, Faye Miller, 220-1920, Beth …

Montgomery Community College is pleased to announce the arrival of Shyla Hairston to its board of trustees. Hairston, a resident of Mount Gilead, replaces George Gilbreath as the newest MCC board member appointed by Governor Roy Cooper.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas was recognized for the third consecutive year by The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in the 2020 CHIME Healthcare’s Most Wired program, earning a certified acute and ambulatory level 8, and improving its previous certified level 7 …

Mt. Gilead continues its search for a new town manager following the resignation of former town manager Matt Christian, who left in late summer. Since that time, two individuals who have applied and were offered the job ended up changing their mind. During this same period, Larry Kirby serve…

The pandemic has changed our way of living, even in the smallest of ways. For the women of Biscoe Presbyterian Church that has meant no gatherings for their annual quilt-making time. That time always resulted in a quilt that was raffled off with the proceeds going to Relay For Life, a charit…

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges recently approved a $72,750 allocation from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship Fund to Montgomery Community College. These funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES)…

Montgomery County’s ranking as number one or two for COVID-19 cases has dropped to number five over the past week, with nearby Scotland and Robeson counties seeing a surge in their cases. Duplin County continues to see high numbers, as does Sampson County. These are the top five counties in …

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection of breast cancer. While most women are aware that screening is an important part of their health care routine, heightened coverage during …

Have you ever heard the term upskilling? The term describes a relatively recent workplace trend that facilitates continuous learning for employees. Individuals can “up their skills” by participating in training programs and development opportunities that expand an employee’s abilities and mi…

Exercise truly is medicine for Mary Ellen Buckley, who avoided taking blood pressure medication by joining FirstHealth of the Carolinas Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a physician-referral program she also credits with increased protection from potential complications from illnesses like COVID-19.

Due to popular demand, the Med Instead of Meds program is coming back to Montgomery County this fall – and expanding!  Earlier this year, Rhonda Peters and Hayley Cowell, Family and Consumer Science Agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Montgomery and Stanly counties partnered …

MCC has filled its third cohort of students pursuing new opportunities or a new work-from-home career. The Google® IT Support Professional Certificate, an online training program developed by Google® and hosted by Montgomery Community College, teaches students the skills needed to start a ca…

Applications are due October 15 The program has been a staple of the General Assembly's economic recovery legislation signed by the Governor to support the state's economy during the pandemic. The Rapid Recovery program has new key business-friendly features including an expanded loan size c…

Three Rivers Land Trust is thrilled to announce the conservation of a 130-acre property located in Randolph County. The landowners, Mark and Jessica Wilburn, placed a permanent conservation easement on their family farm, known as Uwharrie Ridge Farm, on September 25, 2020.

The 2020 Census Count has been extended until the end of the month. That is good news for Montgomery County considering the county is one of the lowest in the state, ranking 93 out of 100 counties, for self-reporting at this time. The state response rate is 62.2%. The county’s self-reported …

The death toll from COVID-19 jumped from 32 last week to 38 this week, one of the highest increases in the number of deaths the county has seen since the start of the virus. Eight individuals are currently hospitalized with the virus and there has been an increase in the number of cases as w…

Montgomery County continues to see a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, dropping from the No.1 spot in the state to No. 2 on a per capita basis. The percentage of positive cases dropped from 17% last week to 10% this week. Duplin County, which has run close in numbers to Montgomery be…