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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No developments in Vanderwal murder

Kit Vanderwall, at the "Celebration of Seagrove Potters", Nov. 2008. (photo from

Kit Vanderwal, at the “Celebration of Seagrove Potters”, Nov. 2008. (photo from

It has been three weeks since the murder of area potter Kit Vanderwal, and no new developments have been announced in the investigation.

Vanderwal lived in the Westmoore community, about five miles northeast of Star, where he operated Lantern Hill Pottery. The Moore County Sheriff’s Office said Vanderwal was murdered and his shop and home set on fire Aug. 22.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff’s tip line at 910-947-4444, or contact local law enforcement. A reward is being offered.

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