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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Friends of Uwharrie to work on OHV trails Saturday

The Friends of Uwharrie will host a workday this weekend in the Uwharrie National Forest.

The work will focus on OHV trails, and volunteers are asked to meet at the Hunt Camp at 9 a.m., Sat., Jul. 19.

Friends of Uwharrie is organized around the mission of supporting recreational activities in the Uwharrie region, and more information is available online at http://www.friendsofuwharrie.org.

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Art camp to start Monday in Mount Gilead

The Piedmont Art Guild of Mount Gilead will host an “Arts for Children” day camp next week.

Children entering grades 3 through 5 this fall are invited to come learn about painting, pottery, photography and other crafts.

The camp will run 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day, and enrollment will be done at the opening session Mon., Jul. 21. Children will be able to display their work at a closing exhibition for families and friends on Fri., Jul. 25.

More information is available at the Piedmont Center for the Arts on Main St., Mount Gilead.

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Two-day closing at Troy License Plate Agency

140718-dmv-logoThe North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists of a two-day closing at the License Plate Agency in Troy.

The office will be closed next Tue. and Wed., July 22 and 23, while some staff attend a training. The Albemarle License Plate Agency will also be closed for the two days.

DMV vehicle registration services will be available at other area offices, including Wadesboro, Rockingham, Asheboro and Robbins.

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