45 years ago

This week in 1972…

The Montgomery County Public Library has a “talking book machine” and “talking books” so the people in the county may see just what these terms mean. No longer is it necessary for individuals who can’t see or can’t hold a book to lack the pleasures of reading. The Library of Congress has a division known as Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. They will loan talking machines and talking books to anyone who is qualified. The talking book machine is similar to a record player and the books similar to records. The machine stays in the eligible person’s home as long as needed, even if that is a lifetime.

Margaret Kirk of West Montgomery High School has been cited as one of the outstanding high school students of English in the country. The National Council of Teachers of English has named her a 1972 semi-finalist in its annual Achievement Awards. Last spring, the English department of the high school nominated Miss Kirk to represent West Montgomery in the competition. After being nominated, Kirk submitted samples of her best writing, including an autobiographic sketch, and wrote a one-hour impromptu essay. These materials were evaluated by state judging teams of college and high school teachers.

35 years ago

This week in 1982…

A Montgomery County tree farm will be the site of a North Carolina Division of Forest Resources demonstration on salvaging unused timber by using a portable sawmill. The portable sawmill will be demonstrated at the Bill Maness Tree Farm. Over 300 million board feet of lumber are lost each year in North Carolina because thousands of pine and hardwood trees cannot be economically harvested. “If only 10 percent of this annual loss could be salvaged, it would provide enough lumber to build more than 2,000 homes, or could eliminate the need to harvest and regenerate over 8,300 acres of forest land,” Forester H. J. Green explained.

West Montgomery’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter attended the District IV Fall Leadership Conference. The FBLA Chapter of North Moore High School hosted the conference at Fayetteville State University. Thirty-two members from West attended the meeting. During the conference each member attended two workshops. Some of the topics covered in the workshops included the future of telecommunications and how it may affect you, leadership skills and creative problem solving.

25 years ago

This week in 1992…

East Montgomery High School girls' tennis team was one of four of 15 teams in the South Central Region to qualify players for the State 1A-2A playoffs held in Raleigh. Caryn Eggleston and Christie Mabe were seeded three in regional doubles play. They defeated teams from the N.C. School of Math and Science, Union Pines and Graham. These victories brought the Eagle duo to the final four in the region and qualified them for the state playoffs.

Montgomery County is among 24 North Carolina counties to share in the 1992 National Forest receipts. The county will receive $21,010 from the fund, which totals $520,351. The county received the sixth highest amount. The figure represents the interim payment, which is 75 percent of the estimated total payments due to counties for the year. The total payment equals 25 percent of the income generated from the sale and use of national forest products and services. The North Carolina national forest receipts came from timber sales, mineral rights, land uses and recreation fees.

15 years ago

This week in 2002…

A dead blue jay found on Bruton Street in Troy tested positive for West Nile virus. Montgomery County Health Director Kathleen DeVore Jones said the bird was sent to the state lab. Jones said that Montgomery county was the last county in this area to have a positive test result. West Nile virus in the bird population has now been confirmed in 60 North Carolina counties. Only two human cases have been confirmed in North Carolina so far.

There were games of skill, games of chance, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting and a cakewalk, as well as the Scholastic Book Fair and PTA Hot Dog Supper, all under one roof and with but two goals- ensuring that the children had a good time and raising money for the school. This was the first time that the book fair had been open during the carnival, and sales were exceedingly good. PTA President Stephanie Kornegay indicated that almost $400 was netted from the hotdog supper.

10 years ago

This week in 2007…

Montgomery County will be well represented during the award ceremonies at Preservation North Carolina’s (PNC) annual meeting in Raleigh. Two of the 12 Carraway Awards for outstanding commitment to promoting historic preservation in their communities will go to Earl and Hilda Poplin of Mt. Gilead, and Jim and Claudia Bulthuis of Troy.

West Montgomery football standout Vincent Jordan was selected to play in the 21st annual Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, S.C. Jordan will join 43 other top senior football players from the state in the annual game pitting the best players from North Carolina against the best from South Carolina.