Early voting turnout nearing 10% in Montgomery County

More than 9% of Montgomery County’s registered voters have already cast their ballots in this fall’s general election.

130705_Vote_ButtonAs of Oct. 30, 1,394 county voters (9.34%) had used one-stop early voting to register their choices. There are currently 14,924 registered voters in Montgomery County.

Sat., Nov. 1, is the last day of early day voting in North Carolina. Locally, the final early voting session will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Troy.

Regular polling places will be open Tue., Nov. 4, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WMTG will air a final rebroadcast of a meet-the-candidates event held last month in Star. The program is scheduled for 8 p.m. this Sunday. Audio clips from candidates and other resources can be found in the Decision 2014 section of our website. Our live local election results coverage will start Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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NCDOT responds to Town of Troy bypass concerns

Updated Oct. 31, 2014, 10:47 a.m.

A state transportation engineer has responded to concerns raised by the design of the planned N.C. Hwy. 24/27 Troy bypass.

141001_caution_u_turnIn a resolution adopted Oct. 20, Troy Town Commissioners called on the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to add stoplights to every intersection on the new bypass. The future of local businesses and the possibility of job loss were among the reasons cited.

In an Oct. 30 letter addressed to Troy Mayor Roy Maness, NCDOT Division Engineer R. W. Stowe maintained the “Superstreet” design offers the best combination of traffic movement, accident prevention and efficient use of taxpayer money. Stowe said his office has “recommended keeping the proposed Superstreet design … as shown on the plans.”

In recent weeks, some Troy residents have raised concerns that local businesses will suffer from a lack of easy access to the business district and that through traffic on Pekin Rd. will be inconvenienced by the need to make u-turns to cross the new highway. Stowe said stop lights and other features already in the plans will facilitate easy access to Troy from either end of the bypass, and the current design of the intersection at Pekin Rd. is safer because it eliminates the need to cross several lanes of traffic at once.

Stowe did offer some suggestions for signage that could help increase visibility of local business and services.

Click here to read the Town of Troy resolution.
Click here to see the full text of the NCDOT letter of response.

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Hundreds voting early in Montgomery County

141029_Voting_StatsTue., Nov. 4, is election day in North Carolina. Voters will be electing federal and state representatives, judges, and a variety of local officials, and deciding on an amendment to the state constitution that would allow some defendants to waive their right to a trial by jury.

One-stop early voting continues through Sat., Nov. 1. As of Oct. 28, 780 Montgomery County voters had cast their ballots during the early voting period. Of those, 53% have come from voters who identify as Democrat, 29% Republicans, and 18% Unaffiliated.

An additional 334 absentee ballots have been requested for this election. The overwhelming majority – 226 – are civilian absentee requests. Another three are overseas, and five are military.

Early voting continues weekdays 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Troy, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library in Troy. The final early voting session will be Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the courthouse only.

Lists of candidates and information on the amendment are available on our website at http://www.wmtg.org, where you can also find audio clips from many candidates in and representing Montgomery County.

WMTG will provide live local election coverage Tuesday night, on the air and on our home page at http://www.wmtg.org.

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Small business seminars in county this week

A series of business skills seminars begins this evening at Montgomery Community College.

140425_MCC_LogoThe seminars are being offered by MCC’s Small Business Center, and tonight’s session is titled, “Fifteen Common Mistakes that Will Undermine Your Business”. It begins at 6 p.m. in Building 100 on the MCC campus on Page St. in Troy, and there is no charge for the course.

Other sessions in the series include “Financing Your Business Venture”, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at MCC, “How to Make Money with a Worm Farm Business”, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Star Town Hall, and “Why Successful Businesses ARE Successful”, Thursday at 6 p.m. at MCC.

Richard Hinson is director of the Small Business Center. More information is available from Hinson at 910-576-6222, ext. 216.

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