Stanly authorities arrest break-in suspect

Marqes McCormick was arrested Nov. 21 and charged in connection with break-ins along Lake Tillery in Stanly Co. (Stanly Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

Marqes McCormick was arrested Nov. 21 and charged in connection with break-ins along Lake Tillery in Stanly Co. (Stanly Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

Authorities in Stanly County have made an arrest in connection to a string of break-ins along Lake Tillery.

Reports say 22-year-old Marqes McCormick of Lowder St. in Albemarle has been charged in four robberies. An arrest warrant has also been issued for 18-year-old Marcus Crump, who lives at the same residence.

The action comes after Stanly County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a security alarm around 3 a.m. Wed., Nov. 19.

Capt. Charles Hatley of the sheriff’s office told the Stanly News & Press there have been “as many as 20 break-ins” in the last two months at lakefront homes along the lake from Norwood to Badin.

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Mount Gilead Christmas parade expands to “Winter Festival”

Mount Gilead’s annual Christmas parade is growing into a winter festival this year.

141125_Jingle_Bell_DashThe parade is traditionally on the first Saturday in December, which falls on December 6 this year. The day will start with the first-ever Jingle Bell Dash 5K run and walk, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The 5K is being organized by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and participants are being encouraged to wear bells during the run.

Following the 5K, live music, vendors and other entertainment will start at 11 a.m. along Main St., then the parade will begin at 2 p.m.

5K information and registration are available from the Chamber of Commerce at 910-572-4300. Details on the festival and parade are available at 910-439-0017.

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West Montgomery to face Starmount in playoffs

141125_West_Starmount_SmallWest Montgomery’s varsity football team is headed to round three of the state 1AA playoffs, where they will host Starmount Fri. night, Nov. 28.

West stands at 12-1 overall on the season following their win against Walkertown last week. West was down early in that contest, but rallied to win 35-26.

Starmount is 10-3 overall this year and last Friday defeated Bessemer City 34-16. Starmount High School is in the Yadkin County town of Boonville.

West head coach Nick Eddins talks with Jackie Morris on “The Fifth Quarter”, Tuesdays and Thursdays following the news at 1 and 5 p.m. on WMTG.

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Montgomery Commissioners thank Sheriff Owens

Montgomery County Commissioners have expressed appreciation to outgoing Sheriff Dempsey Owens.

130524_Montgomery_County_NC_SealThe commissioners took several minutes at their Nov. 18 meeting to offer their remarks to Owens. Commissioner Jim Matheny said he was grateful for the sheriff’s service, even though desired funding wasn’t always available.

“There have been real struggles,” said Matheny. “You know, a lot of things could be solved with money, and we all recognized (the county) didn’t have a bottomless purse.”

Matheny continued, “You effectively used what we could provide and have updated equipment and — most importantly — have kept our county safe, and that’s what we appreciate the most.”

For his part, Owens said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve the county as sheriff, and he offered special appreciation to the office of County Manager Matthew Woodard.

Owens lost his reelection bid to Chris Watkins, who will assume the responsibilities of Sheriff at a public ceremony Dec. 1 in Troy.

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