45 years ago

This week in 1972…

Bill Maness of Biscoe has been nominated to receive the American Farmer Degree, the highest degree presented by the National FFA organization. He was nominated by the North Carolina FFA Association, and the nomination was approved by the National FFA Board of Directors at a meeting held recently in Washington, D.C. Maness is one of 471 FFA members nominated to receive the American Farmer Degree, which will be presented at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. The American Farmer Degree is a highly coveted award, which is earned by only one-tenth of one percent of the total 432,000 FFA members. It is presented to members who have demonstrated exceptional agricultural and leadership ability. Each recipient will receive a gold key and certificate by the national organization.

More than 207,000 forest tree seedlings were sold in Montgomery County last planting season, the Montgomery County Ranger’s Office reported. The reforestation projects were carried out on both abandoned croplands and nonproductive woodlands in different parts of the county.

35 years ago

This week in 1982…

A project agreement has been signed between the Montgomery County Board of Education and the Soil Conservation Service for the Resource Conservation and Development funds to perform erosion control work at Biscoe Elementary and Troy Middle School, according to Charles l. Whitaker, RC&D coordinator. Paul R. Britt, soil conservation technician, states these sites have erosion problems due to sloping land, lack of vegetation and uncontrolled surface runoff. Conservation practices such as catch basins, splash pads, diversions, drain tile, retainer walls, gravel mulch, grassed waterways and critical area seeding will be installed at these schools.

On March 9, 1980, Trinity United Methodist Church members began work on a gift to the church. Nine needlepoint altar cushions and one wedding kneeler are down to the last few stitches. Eight of the cushions repeat the themes shown in the church’s stained glass windows. The ninth is the Trinity cushion, the Alpha and Omega, and the 10th symbolizes the union of matrimony. Everything in the designs was taken from the church windows, including the quatrefoil background design

25 years ago

This week in 1992…

The N.C. Agribusiness Council, Inc. has launched a one-year public awareness campaign for the agribusiness industry. The campaign’s purpose is to educate the non-farm public about the industry’s accomplishments and the challenges it faces in continuing to meet the world’s food and fiber needs. Public service announcement materials have been prepared for the campaign for use in outdoor advertising, newspapers, radio and television. The messages address the agriculture industry’s positive impact on North Carolina’s good supply, environment, economy and employment.

15 years ago

This week in 2002…

Fighting drugs sometimes calls for unconventional measures. Such was the case on Monday night, when Sheriff Jeff Jordan lit the fire to burn down one of the county's “crack houses.” Jordan explained how he was trying to fight the continuing drug problem on whatever front necessary. “The people of the community asked for our help. In turn, I asked them to help us. This is the first of three crack houses we hope to burn on that street.”

The Mt. Gilead Parent Teacher Organization got to participate in a puppetry workshop, “Learning Literacy through Puppetry.” The workshop, attended by parents, teachers, as well as Mt. Gilead Elementary Principal Rick Shaw, was put on by Parents Are Teachers Too (PATT), a program sponsored by N.C. Cooperative Extension. The event was geared to caregivers of children ages zero to five and helps them to gain knowledge about literacy and school readiness, build skills using puppets, feel more confident in their role as a parent and as a child's first teacher, and learn activities for children so they can develop a love for reading.

10 years ago

This week in 2007…

Lots of new adventures happened at the Second Annual Uwharrie Mountain Festival. The festival included a Pro Lumberjack Series event, the Spook Island Paddle Quest, pottery making, disc golf and a Tree ID Challenge.

Troy Rotary Club hosted their annual golf tournament at Montgomery County Country Club. Coordinated by Dr. Mary Kirk and Eric Credle, the tournament was viewed as highly successful once again. Special thanks were given to Bruce Hric and Rick Harris for the sponsorships they were able to recruit.