Community Calendar, Aug. 16, 2014

Here’s some of what’s going on this weekend in our area…


SAT., AUG. 16

130502_WMTG_Community_Calendar6 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Free adult dental clinic at Page Street Elementary School, Troy; 1-855-896-2666

9 a.m. — Friends of Uwharrie OHV trail workday; bring loppers, saws, etc., and meet at Hunt Camp.

10 a.m. – 12 noon — Montgomery County Public Schools back-to-school rally, with entertainment, activities, free haircuts and school supplies; at Montgomery Community College, Page St., Troy

10 a.m. — West Montgomery High School Class of 1984 reunion planning meeting at the library in Troy; 910-220-3322

7:30 p.m. — Passin’ Through Bluegrass Band at Mount Gilead Music Barn;


SUN., AUG. 17

12 noon — Charity ride for Candor volunteer firefighter Earl Harrington; Fitzgerald Park, Candor; non-riders welcome; games, 50/50 drawing, door prizes; 910-220-0392, 910-571-1061

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Fraternity members exonerated in Montgomery Co. hazing case

In Montgomery County District Court yesterday, a judge found one defendant not guilty and dismissed charges against three others in connection with an alcohol poisoning incident last fall in the Uwharrie National Forest.

Jordan Litaker is identified as a "pledge educator" in this image from the 2012-13 composite photograph of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members at UNC Charlotte. (from Facebook)

Jordan Litaker is identified as a “pledge educator” in this image from the 2012-13 composite photograph of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members at UNC Charlotte. (from Facebook)

Kerby Ballard, Casey Bost, Zachary Foust and Jordan Litaker were all charged with hazing. The four were members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at UNC Charlotte, and reports say the fraternity organized the camping trip to the Uwharrie Forest in September 2013.

18-year-old Marcos Maganares testified that he and 15 other fraternity pledges were on the trip. Maganares said he did not remember details after drinking 12 beers, but it was reported that pledges also drank a substantial amount of liquor.

Maganares wound up in the hospital with a blood-alcohol level of 0.42% — more than five times the legal limit for driving (0.08%).

According to reports of his cross-examination, Maganares testified that pledges were not required to make the trip, and he was not forced to drink during the outing.

The judge dismissed charges against Ballard, Bost and Foust, and found Litaker not guilty of hazing.

A UNC Charlotte council already took disciplinary action against Pi Kappa Alpha, revoking its charter on the campus for eight years.

Mike Bednarik, attorney for the Maganares family, told WSOC-TV he plans to file a civil suit with regard to the incident.

The case was heard Tuesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Troy. Fraternity members were represented by local attorney Butch Jenkins.

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Spectators, protestors turn out for KKK rally in Troy

TROY, N.C. — It was described as an anti-immigration event, but the rally held today in Troy by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan amounted to little more than a shouting match between Klansmen and protestors.

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It appeared both groups were comprised mostly of out-of-towners, though a few local folks could be seen among those protesting the KKK’s gathering. A couple hundred others gathered to watch the event.

As the KKK assembled on the lawn of the Montgomery County Courthouse around 4 p.m., some of their first words were directed to the protestors along the sidewalk across E. Main St.

“You’re all going to hell,” one Klansman shouted early on, prompting an exchange during which each side quoted bible verses and condemned the other.

Posters held high by the KKK read, “Obama=Broke” and “Open borders for Israel!”, while protestors displayed signs with slogans such as, “Hate not welcome here,” “KKK, go away,” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

About two dozen law enforcement officers from the towns of Troy, Biscoe and Mount Gilead, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were on the scene, and there were no reports of violence during the rally, which concluded just before 5 p.m.

Reports broke earlier this week that the KKK had applied for the permit to hold the rally, but it was unclear until today whether the event would take place. Troy Police did not respond to WMTG’s inquiry regarding the status of the permit and if it had been picked up by the deadline of 10 a.m. Friday.

The non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center says, “The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”

Information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has been working since around the end of the first World War “to protect the American people — especially minorities and other groups — from the evils of the modern-day Klan.”

On its own website, the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan describes itself as “a law abiding Christian organization who holds up the principles of 100% pure Americanism.” The same page indicates that rallies are free to members and friends, and robes are available from the National Office for $130.00 after probate.

The KKK was also rumored to have organized a private rally to be held the same day in the Davidson County town of Welcome.

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Truck driver hospitalized following crash at Windblow

The driver of a log truck remains hospitalized following an Aug. 6 accident in eastern Montgomery County.

Reports say 60-year-old Larry David Thomas of Troy was driving a loaded log truck on Windblow Rd. when a car pulled out in front of him from Pooles Mill Rd. Information provided to media by the N.C. Highway Patrol said 27-year-old David Michael Rubinstein of Charlotte was driving the car.

The car was struck by the truck, and the truck then turned over on its side, pinning Thomas inside. Rubinstein was able to walk away from his car uninjured before the car caught on fire and was completely destroyed. Thomas was freed from the cab of the truck by emergency workers from Montgomery and Richmond Counties and was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Trooper Josh Talley of the Highway Patrol told the Richmond County Daily Journal Thomas’ injuries were “serious, but did not appear to be life-threatening.” An inquiry to UNC Hospitals this morning has not been answered.

Larry David Thomas was hauling logs for Lemons Trucking of Troy.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Pooles Mill Rd. We apologize for the error.

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