Early voting underway, constitutional amendment among decisions

Early voting continues across North Carolina ahead of the Nov. 4 general election. On the first day yesterday, 280 people voted early in Montgomery County. Of those, 162 identified as Democrat, 71 Republican, and 47 Unaffiliated.

Voters in Montgomery County are electing a sheriff, a clerk of superior court, two county commissioners, four members of the board of education and a soil and water conservation district supervisor. Local voters are also helping elect state and federal government representatives and state and district judges.

One item on this year’s ballot that hasn’t received much attention is a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow some defendants in superior court to waive their right to a trial by jury. If adopted, the amendment would allow defendants to choose a trial by judge in criminal cases where the death penalty is not being sought. The full text of the proposed amendment is as follows:

“Constitutional amendment providing that a person accused of any criminal offense for which the State is not seeking a sentence of death in superior court may, in writing or on the record in court and with the consent of the trial judge, waive the person’s right to a trial by jury.”

Click here to see more about the amendment from the office of the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Montgomery County’s early voting schedule follows:

Oct. 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Troy
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montgomery County Library in Troy

Nov. 1
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse only

Audio clips from many candidates in and representing Montgomery County can be found in the Decision 2014 section of our website.

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Montgomery EDC receives international award for MegaPark

FORT WORTH, Texas (contributed) — Montgomery Economic Development Corporation received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 Heart of NC MegaPark project in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

An aerial photograph with overlay depicts the location and master plan for the Heart of NC Mega Park, on the Montgomery-Moore County line near Biscoe, N.C. (Montgomery EDC photo)

An aerial photograph with overlay depicts the location and master plan for the Heart of NC Mega Park, on the Montgomery-Moore County line near Biscoe, N.C. (Montgomery EDC photo)

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Mon., Oct. 20, during the IEDC Annual Conference, running Oct. 19-22, in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country,” said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. “As the nation continues to tackle challenges in the midst of global uncertainty, these efforts have taken on an even greater significance. With this award, we laud trendsetting organizations like Montgomery Economic Development Corporation for leading the charge.”

A joint project of Moore and Montgomery counties in North Carolina, this is a 3,000 acre, fully-optioned industrial park located in the geographic center of North Carolina. The park sits between two interchanges of Interstate 73/74, with four-lane N.C. Highway 24/27 as the southern border and railroad by the Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Company as the northern border. The project is managed by the Executive Directors of each county’s respective Economic Development Organization and is governed by a board of directors comprised of public and private representatives also from both counties.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities

—from Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, http://www.montgomeryedc.com

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Friends, classmates gather to remember Mount Gilead accident victim

Family, friends and fellow classmates gathered last night for a candlelight vigil to remember Shayla Dawn McKinnon of Mount Gilead.

Shayla Dawn McKinnon (family photo via Facebook)

Shayla Dawn McKinnon (family photo via Facebook)

The 16-year-old McKinnon died Friday as the result of a two-vehicle accident on N.C. Hwy. 109, just north of the Mount Gilead town limit and south of the intersection of McKinnon Rd. Last night’s vigil was held at Garmon Field at West Montgomery High School, which will also be the site of the funeral service for McKinnon, Tue., Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.

Also injured in the accident was 33-year-old Brandon Heath Parnell, driver of the second vehicle. Parnell was airlifted to the hospital Friday, and a family member said he had surgery Saturday to insert a metal rod in his leg.

Law enforcement told media that McKinnon was traveling south on Hwy. 109 and crossed the center line. Parnell swerved, but the vehicles collided head-on. State Troopers say the drivers were alone in their respective vehicles, and neither was wearing a seat belt.

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Community Calendar, Oct. 18, 2014

There are lots of things going on in the area today…

130502_WMTG_Community_Calendar– Friends of Uwharrie will have a trail workday today in the Uwharrie National Forest. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Hunt Camp. Information at http://www.friendsofuwharrie.org.

– The Uwharrie Mountain Jamboree, a family-friendly event for off-road enthusiasts, starting at 9 a.m. and running all day at the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center, across from the Eldorado Outpost on Hwy. 109 North. All are invited, and details are online at http://www.uwharriejamboree.com

– It’s International Archaeology Day, and Town Creek Indian Mound will celebrate with demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Historic Site, just east of Mount Gilead. Details at 910-439-6802, or http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

– There will be a benefit for David Hurley, including a hamburger and hot dog supper, Thickety Creek Bluegrass, and an auction, 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Ag Center on Glen Rd. in Troy.

– A chicken and dumpling supper, live music and an auction will be held 5 to 7 p.m. at the Little River Community Center on Okeewemee Rd. Proceeds go toward upkeep of the building.

– Trinity Music Academy will host Sophia Pavlenko & Friends in concert tonight at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Troy. Information at 910-572-2583.

– The Cedar Plantation will host Broken Yesterday and JayWill live in concert tonight. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday for the all-ages event at 518 N. Main St. in Troy.

– Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will be in concert tonight at the Garner Center in Troy. The show will start at 7 p.m., and information is available at 704-985-6987.

– The Movin’ On bluegrass band will play tonight at the Mount Gilead Music Barn. Showtime is 7:30, and details are online at http://www.mgmusicbarn.com.

See and share event details from our Community Calendar page, or call us toll-free at 1-855-881-WMTG (9684). We also air the calendar at about half past the hour at 88.1 FM in Mount Gilead, or listen online at http://www.wmtg.org and with the TuneIn mobile app.

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