45 years ago

This week in 1972…

Danny DeBerry, a 1972 graduate of West Montgomery High School and a student at Sandhills Community College, participated in the 1972 Forestry Tour sponsored by Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. He qualified for this honor by winning the FFA Forest Management Proficiency Award at the State FFA Convention this past June in Raleigh. Danny will fly to Houston, Texas to join the state winners from five other southeastern states in Atlanta. The winners will spend the weekend touring Houston and will speak to a luncheon of Houston-area businessmen and dignitaries. Each state winner will present a country ham to an official or dignitary that he meets. Danny’s ham will go to the mayor of Houston. Danny will then fly to Kansas City, Mo. to join the rest of the North Carolina delegation to the National FFA Convention.

Club members of the 21 women’s clubs and the six junior clubs of District 5 will attend the annual fall meeting this week. Hostesses for the day will be members of the Albemarle Junior Woman’s Club. Featured speaker for the day’s activities will be Mrs. H.W. Odenwald, of Greensboro, president of the N.C. Federation of Women’s Clubs.

35 years ago

This week in 1982…

The most popular sport in the world has made its debut in Montgomery County. Boys and girls from the Biscoe and Star area have combined to form the East Montgomery Youth Soccer League. Approximately 85 youngsters, ages 6 through 12, signed up to participate the first time. The league will be broken up into three age groups. After a sufficient amount of practice, each age group will be divided into two teams and each will play only each other for the first year.

Star Police Chief James Myers has reported that several sticks of old dynamite have been found lying around in various places in the town of Star. Chief Myers said he is not at liberty to discuss the investigation, but that a thorough investigation is in progress. The first stick found had the cap intact, making it potentially very dangerous. Some of it is soft and seeping. “The sticks that have been found are old and very unstable,” he said. “We want to warn citizens not to touch them, but to contact the police department immediately. It is best left alone.”

25 years ago

This week in 1992…

Final selection is expected late this year or early next year for a new president at Montgomery Community College. The college’s Presidential Search Committee has spent the past week reviewing a total of 156 applications for the vacant post from across the United States. “Shortly before we began our search, officials from the state board made the comment that no one would want the position because of the board’s dismissal of the president,” said Co-Chairman Gelynda Capel. “We didn’t agree with them then and are pleased with the interest in the position. Capel said that the committee has narrowed the number of applicants they are considering down to 39. “Those 39 people represent 20 different states and 72 different universities and colleges across the state.”

Scott Hunt and Louis L. LaBella, second year gunsmithing students at Montgomery Community College, have been awarded scholarships for their second year of study by the N.C. Gun Collectors Association. “They have not only given us moral support and sound advice, the NCGCA has also donated equipment and materials for use in the classroom,” Gene Anderson, chairman of MCC Gunsmithing Department, said. “We were delighted when they funded the scholarship program four years ago and have had some fine young men graduated because of their generosity.”

15 years ago

This week in 2002…

Every Monday and Thursday since July, four women from Star and surrounding areas gathered at Forks of Little River Baptist Church to work on their handmade quilts they will be auctioning off a the church's annual Fall Leaf Sale. Arlene Freeman, Levena Singleton, Barbra Stewart and Elizabeth Freeman are producing five quilts with proceeds going to church mission projects and to help build a new fellowship hall. “We thought this would be a good way to make money for our projects because everyone loves a handmade quilt,” commented Stewart.

Authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the larceny of law equipment from a storage area near US 220. Two men were charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of first degree trespassing, two counts of injury to real property, possession of stolen property and larceny. Both were jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

10 years ago

This week in 2007…

Spaghetti and gospel music from Eastern Sonrise were on the menu at the Montgomery Baptist Association’s fundraiser at the Mt. Gilead Fire Department. Volunteers from Montgomery County dished out pasta, salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts to raise funds so that the association’s disaster relief trailer will have gas and equipment the next time disaster strikes.

The fourth-graders at Star-Biscoe Elementary once again enjoyed Safety Day provided by Montgomery County Safe Kids in conjunction with Montgomery County 4-H. Safety Day involves various short presentations provided by community volunteers where students receive hands-on instruction on safety topics.