Montgomery Commissioners to reconsider position on Troy bypass

Montgomery County Commissioners decided this week to reexamine their position on the Troy bypass.

141001_caution_u_turnAt their regular monthly meeting Tue., Dec. 16, county commissioners faced criticism from the Town of Troy’s economic development committee for not supporting the town’s desire for a redesign of the bypass to include more traditional intersections and stoplights in place of the “superstreet” design of right turns and u-turns to cross the highway.

Speaking on behalf of the town’s economic development committee, Winn Dozier asked commissioners to pull from their meeting agenda a statement that backed the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s decision to proceed with the superstreet plan. Dozier called the plan “heinous” and said it would “do irreparable harm to (Troy’s) economy.”

After some discussion, commissioners decided to table the statement and appoint commissioners Tripp Myrick and Jackie Morris to work with the town group and DOT representatives and develop an alternate statement of the county’s position on the project.

Morris expressed his belief that there continues to be much miscommunication about the facts surrounding the bypass.

No DOT representative spoke at the meeting, but project engineer Rob Stone told WMTG earlier the superstreet plan is much safer and offers more efficient traffic flow than traditional designs.

WMTG will have more details on the discussion in local updates on the air in the coming days and online at wmtg.org.

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Community college schedules vocational, technology, EMT classes

140425_MCC_LogoA number of new classes will start in January at Montgomery Community College.

Registration is open now for the classes, including electrical, welding, HVAC and small engine repair. Also being offered are banking and finance, phlebotomy, nursing assistant basic and advanced computer applications, and certified production technology. Many of the classes will start Jan. 12.

MCC is also offering an EMT-Basic course starting Jan. 6 at Biscoe Fire Department.

Details on all the classes are available on MCC’s campus in Troy, online at http://www.montgomery.edu, or by phone at 910-576-6222.

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Tree of Hope reaches 2014 goal

A "Tree of Hope" holds cards with the wants and needs of local children. This one was on display at First Bank, N. Main St., Troy, Nov. 12, 2014. (Communities in Schools photo)

A “Tree of Hope” holds cards with the wants and needs of local children. This one was on display at First Bank, N. Main St., Troy, Nov. 12, 2014. (Communities in Schools photo)

Montgomery County’s Tree of Hope program has reached its goal to help children in need this Christmas.

The program had achieved only about three-fourths of its goal by early December, prompting a last-minute appeal for donations of cash and additional gifts. Communities in Schools Executive Director Lynn Epps said the response ensures that each child in this year’s Tree of Hope program will receive something at Christmas.

803 children are included in this year’s effort. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number represents more than 12% of all children in Montgomery County.

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Student recovering at home after bus stop accident

17-year-old Lilly Yang is recovering at home after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to board her school bus around 7 a.m. Fri., Dec. 12.

Yevgeny Rekhson of Troy was charged after a Montgomery Co. student was struck while trying to board her school bus Dec. 12, 2014. (Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

Yevgeny Rekhson of Troy was charged after a Montgomery Co. student was struck while trying to board her school bus Dec. 12, 2014. (Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

The West Montgomery High School student was crossing Hwy. 73 between Mount Gilead and Pee Dee when a pickup truck hit her. Yang was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she was examined and kept overnight for observation. Reports say she sustained a cut to her forehead, but no broken bones in the accident.

76-year-old Yevgeny Rekhson of the Holiday Shores community on Lake Tillery was identified as the driver of the pickup truck. Information from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Rehkson was arrested Friday and released later that day on $15,000 bond.

Rekhson is scheduled to appear Dec. 16 in Montgomery County District Court on a Class I felony charge of passing a stopped school bus and striking a person.

By North Carolina Statute, a person found guilty of the violation faces a minimum fine of $1,250. In general, Class I felonies carry sentences ranging from three to 60 months of community, intermediate or active punishment.

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