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People filing for office in Biscoe, Candor and Mt. Gilead are few and far between as of midday on Tuesday. Since last Wednesday, only five people have added their name for consideration.

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Montgomery County residents continue to see some new cases of COVID-19 and even the occasional death associated with the virus, yet only a third of the county’s residents are fully vaccinated. Currently there are just over 9,000 residents vaccinated, a trend that has held fairly steady after…

Calendar: STARworks glass resident artists, husband and wife team, Ekin Deniz Aytac and Joshua Davids, and ceramic resident artist Megan Thomas will present slides and discuss their work, Friday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. at STARworks, located at 100 Russell Drive in Star. The Smokehouse Bistro f…

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Throughout the summer the Timberwolves’ men’s basketball team has been competing in exhibition games against surrounding high schools. The goal is not necessarily to win, although that is always encouraged, but it’s more about getting better with each week, something this Timberwolves’ team …

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On June 25, the Montgomery County Ozone All-Star team competed in the district tournament in Locust. While the team competed well, they did come up just short, falling to the West Chatham All-Star team in the championship game.

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The 8 U Montgomery County Darlings All-Star softball team recently competed in the district tournament that was held in Norwood. The girls played hard and their efforts were good enough to win the entire district tournament. This means that the Darlings will compete in the state tournament.

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One Montgomery County woman has lived to see the world change a great deal, from Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and World War II, to the invention of the television and the birth of computers. Viola McRae turned 101 years old on March 24 of this year.

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Last week Montgomery County Sheriff’s officers arrested two individuals who are believed to have been involved in the recent pointing of an assault weapon at a deputy. Those individuals, Darius Lamar Williams, 37, of Ellerbe and Tanasha Arion Greene, 23, of Candor are believed to be the occu…

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The U.S. Marshal’s Service has been asked to assist in locating three individuals who are wanted in the January 19 death of 20-year-old Romaro Dasho Kennedy Jr. Last week they located one of those individuals, Dwight Gilbert Wall Jr., 28, of Star, at a residence in Rockingham. Two other susp…

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When filing opened on Friday at noon, Matt Crump of Mt. Gilead, was the first one to file, placing his name on the ballot for mayor of Mt. Gilead. Before the close of business at 5 p.m., a second resident, Zach Shea, had also filed for mayor of Mt. Gilead. Current mayor Chip Miller, has stat…

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Filing for the municipal offices in Biscoe, Candor and Mt. Gilead begins this Friday at noon and will run through July 16. These are the only three towns that have an election this year. Troy and Star opted to move to a general year election cycle a few years back when given the opportunity.…

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Former Troy Mayor Sherri Allgood and her attorney Brooke Crump faced a setback in a civil suit against the former mayor when Superior Court Judge Kevin Bridges denied their motion to dismiss and awarded sanctions against attorney Crump. The suit, filed by attorney Thomas Van Camp on behalf o…

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Troy Town Board approved this year’s budget last week, keeping the town’s tax rate at 46 cents per $100 valuation, the same tax rate the town has maintained for the past 35 years. While the rate has remained the same, slight growth in the amount individuals are paying is mitigated by revalua…

Mt. Gilead residents finally got to see the comprehensive plan the town has been working on since 2019. Much of the early work began long before COVID arrived, with Mosaic gathering information they would need for the plan during the early months of the contract. The group was able to conduc…

Star Mayor Mary O’Brien told the board of commissioners at the May 10 meeting that she had “signed the papers” to finalize the purchase of 2.5 acres of the town-owned plot adjoining Town Hall on US 220 Alt by Rhetson Company to build a Dollar General Store.

The town of Troy is looking to address the growing issue of trash in and around the town by hiring an individual to focus solely on trash pickup. Town Manager Greg Zephir noted that he is also talking with private contractors about this position as well. Zephir said he will keep the board up…

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Star’s Brian Hinson has achieved what few people ever do...selection for induction into the Catawba College Hall of Fame, recognized for his contribution to the football team while a student at the college from 1996 until 1999. Hinson was a four-year starter who accumulated a number of recog…

On April 26, in the company of 15 graduates, Basic Law Enforcement Training Program Director Pete Herron got a surprise. Mid-way through his cohort’s graduation ceremony, one graduate, Taylor Graves, stepped to the podium to announce a scholarship had been established in Pete Herron’s name i…

RALEIGH — A bill temporarily shortening the length of time required for a driving learner’s permit was signed by Gov. Roy Cooper this week.  Republican bill sponsors proposed Senate Bill 69 in response to the growing waiting list of new drivers seeking a spot in mandatory driver’s education …

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Just how much can a seven-year-old do? Don’t make the mistake of asking Michaela Harden that question. This young lady does gymnastics in Stanly County on Thursdays, takes dance classes in Biscoe on Wednesdays, does Double Dutch with Jumping Dreams in Charlotte on Mondays, participates in Gi…

RALEIGH – As the nation continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot more travelers are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend. The AAA is estimating a 60 percent increase in traffic compared to a year ago.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23 calls for no tax increase and no increase to the water and sewer rates, despite living in a pandemic the majority of the past year. The current tax rate is 62 cents per $100 value. One cent brings in $343,000. Two cents of the tax is set aside for …

Operating with no agenda, Montgomery County Commissioners met last week in a work session to informally discuss whatever they wanted, which ended up including a number of different topics during the nearly two-hour meeting. Those topics ranged from the tourism development authority to recrea…

RALEIGH — An executive order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday, May 21, requires recipients of unemployment benefits to prove they are searching for work to continue receiving benefits. The move makes North Carolina part of a growing number of states to reimplement the work-search requirement.

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Here in Montgomery County, there’s a young guided fishing service that’s making waves figuratively and literally on the local honey holes. “Outdoor Finatticz,” run by Brian Elam Jr., started last year around May, and 2021 will be its second year in operation. The charter is a catfish guide s…

An emotional presentation was made to Mayor Chip Miller last week during the regular meeting of the Mt. Gilead Town Board. A resolution honoring his late wife Sandra Miller was presented on behalf of the board. The resolution recognized the late Miller’s service to the town, noting she was t…

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Two Montgomery Central High School seniors held a signing event on Tuesday, May 11, in the media center at the high school, which was attended by teachers, family and friends. Photos by Luke Brantley

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Montgomery Central High School has hired Chris Metzger as the new head football coach. Metzger was previously the coach at Pinecrest High School and was hired after Benjie Brown announced his retirement, which will take effect on June 1, earlier this year. 

Veggies and Fruits Increase Provides More Nutritional Access to WIC Families

After suspending operations for a period of time, the Montgomery County Tourism Development Authority reorganized last year with a three-member board and a 3% increase in the tax, bringing the TDA tax to 6% for visitors staying overnight in Montgomery County. That increase will double the cu…

RALEIGH — Legislation introduced in this session of the General Assembly seeks to reduce restrictions created by certificate of need laws, which critics say reduce access to health care and increase costs.

A teacher shortage has led Montgomery County Schools to revisit an older scholarship program offered by county commissions many years ago in an attempt to entice students to return to their home county to teach. That program was ultimately not successful for a number of reasons; however, boa…

RALEIGH — In a compelling community forum, a woman described her heartbreaking involvement with the criminal justice system before Democratic party activists across the state.

Editor’s Note: Tomorrow is the third and final day for the East and West Montgomery High School memorabilia sale. Memorabilia may be viewed, and bids placed Thursday, May 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed bids will be accepted for items and must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021…

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An emotional Joe Huntley was taken by surprise when he showed up to what he thought was a budget meeting and saw all of his family, as well as some of his senior firemen, inside the meeting room at Troy Town Hall. Realizing something was amiss, Huntley said, “I’ve been lied to.”

 At its business meeting last week, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2021-22 waterfowl, webless migratory game bird (including doves) and extended falconry seasons.

RALEIGH — A House committee discussion over an omnibus alcohol bill amounted to yet another debate involving people wanting to free regulations on spirituous liquor and those wanting to tighten the state’s stranglehold.

 Biscoe commissioners voted on April 14 to ask for a development agreement in writing from developers Billy Hudson and Deke Abbott on a housing project they are planning on Martin Road and NC 24/27 East.

Coyotes are common in all 100 counties of North Carolina, and although they are generally elusive and avoid people, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reports that coyote sightings peak in May as they ramp up their activity searching day and night for food to support their newborn pups.

County Commissioners approved a deal negotiated by County Manager Frankie Maness with Pfeiffer University that allows for the sale of three tracts of land, two of which are owned by the county, with the third, adjoining parcel, owned by Pfeiffer University. The combined parcels, known as the…

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Editor’s Note: East and West Montgomery High School memorabilia sale will be held in the WMHS Gym. Memorabilia may be viewed, and bids placed at the following times: Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursday, May 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. …

Troy Police Department Officers were called to a shooting incident on Barnhill Street early Saturday morning where a vehicle and a house were hit by the shooter. A second shooting incident, early Tuesday morning on South Pearl Street, where nothing was actually hit, is believed to be related. 

Last month, our office warned you about a jury duty scam targeting North Carolinians. The scammer calls to say that the Wake County Sheriff’s Office is putting out a warrant for the call recipient’s arrest because of their failure to appear for jury duty, and then purportedly connects them t…