News & Notes, Aug. 28, 2014

Here are some things coming up in the area…

— The American Red Cross blood drive will be in the county tomorrow. Collection hours are 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Star Municipal Building. Donors should bring a photo ID to the blood drive, and information is available at 910-975-0952.

— The Montgomery Youth Soccer Association is getting ready to kick off its fall season. Participation forms are being distributed through schools, and more information is available by phone at 910-439-0017.

— Armstrong Pool at Stanback Park in Mount Gilead will close for the season after this weekend. Details and hours are available from Town Hall at 910-439-5111.

— In Asheboro, a local community theater group will offer three performances of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” this weekend. The comedic play is presented by RSVP Community Theatre, and the free performances will start at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday in Bicentennial Park in Asheboro.

— Danny Pate and the Red Bluff Ramblers Bluegrass Band will be at the Mount Gilead Music Barn this weekend. Proprietor Ralph Thompson said the special Labor Day weekend show will begin with free food at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the band will start at 7:30 p.m.

Have a news tip or event information? Send it from the link at the top of our home page at http://www.wmtg.org, or call us toll-free at 1-855-881-WMTG (9684).

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WMTG Program Alert: High school football, G. Money’s Beach Party

Here are some programming notes from WMTG…

— The high school football season is underway, and WMTG will be airing the West Montgomery games starting tomorrow night. Join us for John Inman’s coverage, beginning with the pre-game show tomorrow at 7 p.m.

— Also, again this year, we are airing the West Montgomery coach’s show called “The Fifth Quarter”. Jackie Morris is the host of the show, and it can be heard as part of our news at 1 and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the season.

— Finally, “G. Money’s Beach Party” will have a special Labor Day program this weekend. There will be a special, all-new edition of “G. Money’s Beach Party”, Labor Day afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. (A new weekly edition of the show will air at its regular time, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and again Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.)

WMTG can be heard on the air at 88.1 FM in and near Mount Gilead, online from a link on our home page at http://www.wmtg.org, and with the TuneIn mobile app (search for “WMTG”). If you have trouble finding us, call our toll-free listener line for help: 1-855-881-WMTG (9684).

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Travel up, gas prices down for Labor Day

(NCDOT image)

(NCDOT image)

AAA of the Carolinas says 34.7 million people nationwide are expected to travel during the long holiday weekend, up 1.6% from last year’s figures. Gas prices in the state are about 11 cents lower this Labor Day than last, and airfares are up about 2%.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says officers will be on a stepped-up alert for speeders, aggressive drivers and others who may cause trouble on the roads this weekend. Statistics from the Highway Patrol show troopers investigated 14 fatal collisions and more than 400 injury collisions in North Carolina during the Labor Day holiday period last year.

Remember, most local, state and federal offices, banks and the post office will be closed Monday.

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Area potter’s death ruled homicide

Authorities in Moore County say a popular potter was murdered before his home and shop were set on fire last weekend.

Kit Vanderwall, at the "Celebration of Seagrove Potters", Nov. 2008. (photo from bulldogpottery.blogspot.com)

Kit Vanderwall, at the “Celebration of Seagrove Potters”, Nov. 2008. (photo from bulldogpottery.blogspot.com)

71-year-old Kit Vanderwal was the owner of Lantern Hill Pottery on Brewer Rd., just off Dover Rd., about four-and-a-half miles northeast of Star. He lived adjacent to the shop and also operated a retail store in Seagrove.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and told media Vanderwal’s death was a homicide, and the fire was arson. The case remains open, and no suspect has been named.

Kit Vanderwal’s work included functional pottery like dinner and ovenware, plus folk art including jugs that featured faces.

Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to contact local law enforcement or the Moore County Sheriff’s Tip Line at 910-947-4444.

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