45 years ago

This week in 1971…

Rev. Sam McMillan, president of Montgomery United Services, Inc., congratulated persons who were presented special citations Friday for outstanding efforts in the fund-raising campaign that was completed. Jerry Scarborough, Star drive chairman, was awarded for Star’s being the first community to exceed its assigned goal. Arron Capel represented the employees of Capelsie Mills, Inc., which was the only industry to have 100 percent participation.

Inmates at two state institutions, Dorothea Dix at Raleigh and O’Berry Center at Goldsboro, were able to receive Christmas gifts this year from Montgomery County citizens. The Rev. H. D. Draper of Star Methodist Church and the Rev. Paul Boone of Troy were shown loading the gifts for the delivery of “Operation Santa Claus.”

35 years ago

This week in 1981…

A veteran teacher in the Montgomery County Schools was named assistant principal at Troy Elementary School. Arlester Simpson was appointed following an executive session of the county board of education. Simpson had taught in the local schools for 18 years.

Tammy Jean Brewer, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Brewer, was selected as “Little Miss Merry Christmas.” Sonya Elise Maness, a 17-year-old Star resident, was crowned “Miss Merry Christmas” at Star’s annual Christmas parade and pageant.

25 years ago

This week in 1991…

Old Saint Nick, riding on the Springs Industries’ float, waved to onlookers attending the 37th annual Star Christmas Parade sponsored by the Halcyon Woman’s Club. Despite threatening weather, the parade drew several thousand people who lined the streets to watch over 175 entries strut their stuff. Later, Jeanelle Blake was crowned Little Miss Merry Christmas at a pageant also sponsored by the woman’s club.

Montgomery County’s dropout rate has fallen close to one and a half percent in the last year, according to figures released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. According to State Superintendent Bob Etheridge, the statewide rate for the last four years has dropped dramatically. In Montgomery County the rate has dropped to 5.32 percent and that is something that School Superintendent Dewey Jackson is proud of.

15 years ago

This week in 2001…

Larry Furr of Denton drove his Model A Ford in the Star Christmas Parade. Furr provided the toe-tapping music to go along with the car’s theme. Granddaughter Courtney Rhae Loflin rode along with her Pa Paw.

Springs Industries Aileen Plant Manager John Newhouse told employees he was proud of them, that they’d done everything they could and everything they’d been asked to do, but come May 2002, the plant would be permanently closed.

10 years ago

This week in 2006…

It was standing room only at the Montgomery County School Board’s meeting. Youth Leadership Montgomery participants attended the meeting as a requirement for the program and were able to see first hand how business is conducted in that kind of forum. The first order of business was to elect the officers for the 2007 year. Steve DeBerry remained chairman and James Spivey vice-chair. DeBerry welcomed Frances Reaves, the newest member of the board. Returning for another term were Tommy Blake, James Spivey and Almetta Armstrong.

Two new industries for the county are in the works following the sale of two vacant industrial buildings. The former Mid Atlantic Building System facility on N.C. 211 in Candor has been purchased by Indiana-based Commodore Homes. Commodore is a privately owned corporation in business since 1952. The company manufactures modular homes. The former Norwood Yarns (Mastercraft Fabric) building in Troy was sold to Troy Polymer. Richard Dickson, a partner in the new company, said they will make no physical changes to the building but will be installing machinery for the plastic processing business. Troy Polymer will take plastic items such as PVC pipe and vinyl siding and break it down into its components for reuse by manufacturers.