NCDOT responds to Town of Troy bypass concerns

A state transportation engineer has responded to concerns raised by the design of the planned N.C. Hwy. 24/27 Troy bypass.

141001_caution_u_turnIn an Oct. 30 letter addressed to Troy Mayor Roy Maness, NCDOT Division Engineer R. W. Stowe maintained the the “Superstreet” design offers the best combination of traffic movement, accident prevention and efficient use of taxpayer money. Stowe said his office has “recommended keeping the proposed Superstreet design … as shown on the plans.”

In recent weeks, some Troy residents have raised concerns that local businesses will suffer from a lack of easy access to the business district and that through traffic on Pekin Rd. will be inconvenienced by the need to make u-turns to cross the new highway. Stowe said stop lights and other features already in the plans will facilitate easy access to Troy from either end of the bypass, and the current design of the intersection at Pekin Rd. is safer because it eliminates the need to cross several lanes of traffic at once.

Stowe did offer some suggestions for signage that could help increase visibility of local business and services.

Click here to see the full text of the letter.

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Hundreds voting early in Montgomery County

141029_Voting_StatsTue., Nov. 4, is election day in North Carolina. Voters will be electing federal and state representatives, judges, and a variety of local officials, and deciding on an amendment to the state constitution that would allow some defendants to waive their right to a trial by jury.

One-stop early voting continues through Sat., Nov. 1. As of Oct. 28, 780 Montgomery County voters had cast their ballots during the early voting period. Of those, 53% have come from voters who identify as Democrat, 29% Republicans, and 18% Unaffiliated.

An additional 334 absentee ballots have been requested for this election. The overwhelming majority – 226 – are civilian absentee requests. Another three are overseas, and five are military.

Early voting continues weekdays 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Troy, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library in Troy. The final early voting session will be Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the courthouse only.

Lists of candidates and information on the amendment are available on our website at, where you can also find audio clips from many candidates in and representing Montgomery County.

WMTG will provide live local election coverage Tuesday night, on the air and on our home page at

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Small business seminars in county this week

A series of business skills seminars begins this evening at Montgomery Community College.

140425_MCC_LogoThe seminars are being offered by MCC’s Small Business Center, and tonight’s session is titled, “Fifteen Common Mistakes that Will Undermine Your Business”. It begins at 6 p.m. in Building 100 on the MCC campus on Page St. in Troy, and there is no charge for the course.

Other sessions in the series include “Financing Your Business Venture”, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at MCC, “How to Make Money with a Worm Farm Business”, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Star Town Hall, and “Why Successful Businesses ARE Successful”, Thursday at 6 p.m. at MCC.

Richard Hinson is director of the Small Business Center. More information is available from Hinson at 910-576-6222, ext. 216.

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Methane-powered electricity project completed in Montgomery County

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. (PRNewswire) – DTE Biomass Energy celebrated on Oct. 23 the completion of its 9.6-megawatt landfill gas-to-energy project at the Uwharrie Environmental Landfill in western Montgomery County.

Generating equipment converts methane gas to electricity at a DTE Biomass Energy plant at the Uwharrie Environmental Landfill in Montgomery County, N.C. (photo by Tricia Norris Webb)

Generating equipment converts methane gas to electricity at a DTE Biomass Energy plant at the Uwharrie Environmental Landfill in Montgomery County, N.C. (photo by Tricia Norris Webb)

DTE Biomass Energy last month started operating the facility at the landfill, which is owned and operated by Republic Services of North Carolina. Landfill gas at the site is used to generate renewable energy which is subsequently sold to Duke Energy Progress. The Uwharrie facility will more than double DTE Biomass’ generation capacity in North Carolina, where it already operates six renewable energy projects.

Representatives from DTE Biomass Energy, Republic Services and Duke Energy Progress gathered to recognize their partnership that has resulted in enough renewable energy to power more than 6,000 North Carolina homes. The plant includes six Caterpillar engine generators and a staff of three.

“We have built strong relationships with several North Carolina-based contractors, Montgomery County, Republic Services and Duke Energy Progress,” said Mark Cousino, DTE Biomass Energy president. “This collaboration was instrumental in the successful launch of the project and provides a solid foundation for continued growth of these partnerships moving forward.”

DTE Biomass announced at the project dedication that it will fund an endowed scholarship at Montgomery Community College. The scholarship will enable students that meet the financial need criteria to be able to pursue a degree in the college’s Electrical Systems Technology Program.

“The college is excited to be in this new partnership with DTE Biomass,” said Mary Chesson, interim president, Montgomery Community College. “This endowed scholarship will provide continuous support for our students and is clear evidence of DTE Biomass’ long-term commitment to the college and Montgomery County.”

In business since 1988, DTE Biomass Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a diversified energy holding company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.

–from PRNewswire


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