Spay and neuter services continue, clinic reaches milestone

(photo courtesy pixabay.com, public domain)

(photo courtesy pixabay.com, public domain)

Organizers with the Montgomery County Spay and Neuter Van made what they call ‘another successful run’ this week.

The volunteers carry pet dogs and cats to a clinic in Vass for comparatively low-cost procedures, and they say the clinic itself reached a milestone Tuesday, having performed spay and neuter services on 40,000 animals in the past five years.

An unidentified spokesperson with the non-profit in Montgomery County said, “We are very fortunate to have (the clinic’s) service available in our area.”

Information on the spay and neuter van is available at 910-974-7051.


 

Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter continues to operate at capacity. Animal Control officers say there are many unwanted and unclaimed dogs and cats available for rescue and adoption, and they encourage those seeking a new pet to consider the shelter.

Because Animal Control officers do much of their work out in the county, they suggest that anyone interested in seeing animals make an appointment by calling 910-572-3067.

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Biscoe church fire ruled electrical

Authorities say the fire that heavily damaged First Baptist Church in Biscoe this week was electrical in nature, but from an undetermined source.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms made the ruling following their investigation into the fire, which broke out early Tuesday morning in the southwest corner of the sanctuary, to the left of the front entrance. Fire, smoke and water damaged about half of the sanctuary.

Individuals and other churches are offering to help, and the church is hoping to have worship services this Sunday in its Fellowship Hall, which was mostly unaffected by the blaze.

On Mon., Jul. 21, the historic Jersey Baptist Church in Lexington, N.C. sustained minor damage when lightning struck its steeple.

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No official cause yet in Biscoe church fire

Authorities are continuing their assessment of the fire that damaged First Baptist Church in Biscoe early Tuesday morning.

First Baptist Church, Biscoe, N.C., sustained heavy damage as the result of an early morning fire, July 22, 2014. (Steve Tedder photo)

First Baptist Church, Biscoe, N.C., sustained heavy damage as the result of an early morning fire, July 22, 2014. (Steve Tedder photo)

About half of the church was damaged by fire, smoke and water, and the State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called in to help determine how the fire started.

Firefighters who were on the scene said the fire appeared to have started near the front of the church. An unidentified church deacon told WFMY-TV that the fire may have been electrical in nature, and Biscoe Fire Chief Tripp Myrick told reporters that an initial look did not indicate “anything suspicious.”

Reports say church members were able to salvage some hymnals and musical equipment from the Sanctuary. They are planning to have worship Sunday in the adjacent Fellowship Hall, which was protected in part by a firewall that separates the main sections of the church.

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Fire causes heavy damage at First Baptist Church in Biscoe

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An early morning fire has caused significant damage to the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Biscoe.

Riley Beaman of Uwharrie Mountain Radio told WMTG that Montgomery County Fire Departments from Biscoe, Troy, Star and Candor were dispatched to the scene at 2:04 a.m. in response to reports of a structure fire with heavy smoke and fire visible. Biscoe Fire Chief Tripp Myrick and his engine were the first company on the scene, arriving to a fully-involved working structure fire.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, but eyewitnesses told Uwharrie Mountain Radio that the fire appeared to originate in the front entrance of the church, working its way into the attic space, where it then vented itself through the roof.

The church steeple collapsed into the Sanctuary.

Authorities told media that about half of the church sustained heavy damage, but Beaman said fire crews were able to salvage a large part of the church and its structure.

Reports say the State Bureau of Investigation arrived around daybreak to assist in the investigation. As of this morning, the Biscoe Fire Department remained on the scene for observation and to assist investigators and law enforcement on scene.

Earlier this week, Davidson County firefighters responded when lightning struck the steeple of Jersey Baptist Church in Lexington early Monday afternoon. That church was not seriously damaged.

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