Animal shelter groundbreaking, future building projects on agenda for commissioners

Montgomery County Commissioners will meet today.

130524_Montgomery_County_NC_SealThe first item on their agenda is the groundbreaking at the new county animal shelter, to be built on the existing site on Landfill Road, off N.C. Hwy. 24/27 West. The new facility is expected to alleviate space problems that have plagued the shelter for some time.

The agenda for the commissioners’ work session includes discussion on a proposal to seek architectural services for various potential projects in the county. Documentation released ahead of the meeting says future projects may include renovations to the County Administration and Community Services Buildings and the courthouse, parking upgrades at the county library and Agriculture Building, and a possible new General Services Building.

The agenda for this evening’s regular session is relatively light, including the monthly public forum, regular administrative reports and some board appointments.

Montgomery County Commissioners usually meet on the third Tuesday of each month, with a work session at 5 p.m. and the regular session at 6 p.m. Meetings are held in the County Administration Building on E. Spring St. behind the courthouse in Troy.

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VA Medical Center to host town hall meeting

The Veterans Administration Medical Center at Salisbury will hear comments from patients and families when it hosts a town hall meeting tomorrow night.

The William G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salisbury, N.C. (VA photo)

The William G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salisbury, N.C. (VA photo)

The open forum follows a directive from the VA Secretary, asking that each of its facilities host meetings to hear directly from veterans, family members and other beneficiaries. A spokesperson for the Veterans Administration said Congressional stakeholders, Veterans Service Organizations, non-governmental organizations and other community partners are also welcome.

The VA is asking veterans to refrain from discussing personal case information during the forum, but said there will be opportunities to address those issues before and after the meeting.

The forum will be Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury. Seating is limited to 350 participants, and more information is available at 1-800-469-8262.

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One dies in Friday night wreck in Montgomery County

140114_Police_Lights_AbstractOne person died Friday night in a single-car accident in eastern Montgomery County.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said a car ran off McCaskill Rd. near Biscoe, then hit a tree and caught fire just before 8 p.m. Friday. Investigating Trooper J.D. Barker told the Asheboro Courier-Tribune that the driver died.

A name has been circulated via social media, but, at last check, the highway patrol was still asking the press to withhold the driver’s identity, pending the results of an autopsy.

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Friends of Uwharrie to meet Monday

140912_Friends_Of_Uwharrie21The non-profit “Friends of Uwharrie” will meet Monday evening, Sep. 15.

Officially formed in late 2012, Friends of Uwharrie says it represents the interests of those who enjoy all kinds of recreation in the Uwharrie area, including, but not limited to, hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking, gold panning, horseback riding, hiking, OHV riding and mountain biking.

The group organizes regular work days in the forest to maintain riding trails and other recreational facilities.

Monday’s meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Eldorado Outpost on N.C. Hwy. 109. More information is available online at

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