“National Night Out” to be observed in Mount Gilead

Plans continue to take shape for the “National Night Out”, set for Tue., Aug. 5, in Mount Gilead.

140728_NNO2014WThis will be the 8th year for the local program, a collaborative effort of the Mount Gilead Concerned Citizens and Community Watch and local law enforcement to heighten crime prevention awareness and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

According to figures from the National Association of Town Watch, over 37.8 million people in more than 16,200 communities participated in the National Night Out last year.

The Mount Gilead Concerned Citizens and Community Watch are headed up by Johnny Greene, and the group encourages all area residents to join in this year’s National Night Out.

The event is set to start at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the pavilion behind First United Methodist Church on Main St., Mount Gilead. More information is available from Town Hall at 910-439-5111.

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Town Creek Indian Mound to resume Sunday hours

Sunday operating hours will return this weekend at Town Creek Indian Mound.

This sign marks the entrance to Town Creek Indian Mound, a North Carolina State Historic Site just east of Mount Gilead. (Town Creek photo)

This sign marks the entrance to Town Creek Indian Mound, a North Carolina State Historic Site just east of Mount Gilead. (Town Creek photo)

The State Historic Site just east of Mount Gilead plans a celebration to mark the occasion, with hands-on activities, games and tours of the reconstructed village from 1 to 5 p.m. this Sun., Aug. 3.

Town Creek is calling it a “Sundae Fun-day”, and Chappell’s Homemade Ice Cream will be available throughout the afternoon.

Site manager Rich Thompson said staff are “excited to welcome the public back on Sundays.” The day was removed from the site’s operating schedule in May 2013 as a cost-saving measure.

Thompson said, “It’s important for Town Creek to be open on one of the two days each week that most families are available for recreation and travel.”

Town Creek is the state’s only historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage, and is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m., closed Mondays and most major holidays.

More information is available at 910-439-6802 or online at http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

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Fugitive recaptured in Montgomery County

Authorities have recaptured a Richmond County man wanted on federal drug and weapons charges.

John Adam Rillo escaped from law enforcement Jul. 11, 2014, and was captured Jul. 24, 2014, in Montgomery Co. (Richmond Sheriff's Office photo)

John Adam Rillo escaped from law enforcement Jul. 11, 2014, and was captured Jul. 24, 2014, in Montgomery Co. (Richmond Sheriff’s Office photo)

The Richmond County Daily Journal said 40-year-old John Adam Rillo was taken into custody Jul. 24 at about 2:30 p.m. He was said to have been found hiding along the edge of a pond just inside the southern Montgomery County line.

Rillo eluded law enforcement for 13 days after escaping from a Richmond County deputy sheriff on Jul. 11 near his home on Cemetery Road, south of Candor. Montgomery, Richmond and Moore County deputies, Troy and Candor police, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the state Division of Adult Correction cooperated in searching for the fugitive.

John Adam Rillo is wanted on federal charges related to allegations he possessed ingredients and maintained a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine and for possession of stolen firearms.

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Spay and neuter services continue, clinic reaches milestone

(photo courtesy pixabay.com, public domain)

(photo courtesy pixabay.com, public domain)

Organizers with the Montgomery County Spay and Neuter Van made what they call ‘another successful run’ this week.

The volunteers carry pet dogs and cats to a clinic in Vass for comparatively low-cost procedures, and they say the clinic itself reached a milestone Tuesday, having performed spay and neuter services on 40,000 animals in the past five years.

An unidentified spokesperson with the non-profit in Montgomery County said, “We are very fortunate to have (the clinic’s) service available in our area.”

Information on the spay and neuter van is available at 910-974-7051.


Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter continues to operate at capacity. Animal Control officers say there are many unwanted and unclaimed dogs and cats available for rescue and adoption, and they encourage those seeking a new pet to consider the shelter.

Because Animal Control officers do much of their work out in the county, they suggest that anyone interested in seeing animals make an appointment by calling 910-572-3067.

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