Two to vie for mayor, four for commissioner, in Mount Gilead

130705_Vote_ButtonThe slate is set for this fall’s local municipal elections. Filing closed Fri., Jul. 17, at 12 noon.

Mount Gilead Mayor Earl Poplin is not seeking reelection, and two candidates will be vying for the seat. Chip Miller is a 1973 graduate of N.C. State University and has been with Jordan Lumber and its associated companies since 1981. Brooke Crump is a member of the class of 2014 at Charlotte School of Law.

On the town’s Board of Commissioners, Paula Covington and Vera Richardson have both filed to run for reelection. They will be challenged by former mayor Patty Almond and by Mitch Taylor, who worked with BB&T before become finance director for Montgomery County Schools.

From the Montgomery County Board of Elections, here is the full filing report:

TOWN OF BISCOE MAYOR
James E. (Jimmy) Blake
Eddie Reynolds

TOWN OF BISCOE TOWN COMMISSIONER
C. Jerry Smith
John Beard

TOWN OF CANDOR TOWN COMMISSIONER
Jerry L. Brewer
David Kellis

TOWN OF MOUNT GILEAD MAYOR
Chip Miller
Brooke Crump

TOWN OF MOUNT GILEAD TOWN COMMISSIONER
Mitch Taylor
Patty Almond
Paula Little Covington
Vera Collins Richardson

TOWN OF STAR MAYOR
Mary Hughes O’Brien

TOWN OF STAR TOWN COMMISSIONER
Eddie Bernard

TOWN OF TROY MAYOR
Roy Maness

TOWN OF TROY TOWN COMMISSIONER
Damon Prince
Wallace Jones

Election day is Tue., Nov. 3.

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Teacher, coach Ben Misenheimer, 1984-2015

West Montgomery teacher and coach Ben Misenheimer died Jul. 15, 2015, following a brief illness. (family photo via Facebook)

West Montgomery teacher and coach Ben Misenheimer died Jul. 15, 2015, following a brief illness. (family photo via Facebook)

Funeral services will be held Sat., Jul. 18, for a West Montgomery teacher and coach. Ben Misenheimer was a math teacher and a baseball and basketball coach at the high school.

Published reports say the 30-year-old Misenheimer suffered a brain hemorrhage Fri., Jul. 10, and was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He remained hospitalized and underwent surgery Tuesday in Charlotte, but died early Wednesday morning, Jul. 15.

Misenheimer was a Stanly County native and a teacher and coach at West Stanly High School from 2011 to 2014. He began working at West Montgomery just last year, teaching math and serving as the head coach of the varsity baseball team. He was also the interim varsity basketball coach this past season.

More on the web:
Obituary at Stanly Funeral Home
Article from The Stanly News & Press

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Troy resident designs state’s newest license plate

RALEIGH (NCDMV) – North Carolina has unveiled a new state license plate that recognizes the state’s historic role in the creation of the United States. North Carolina motorists can choose a new “First in Freedom” standard state license plate for the first time since 1982. Effective July 1, the “First in Freedom” plate joined the “First in Flight” plate, as the second standard-issue option for vehicle owners.

Charles Robinson, left, receives one of the first "First in Freedom" license plates issued on July 1, 2015, from Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. Robinson, of Troy, designed the plate, which recognizes two "firsts" established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. (NCDMV photo)

Charles Robinson, left, receives one of the first “First in Freedom” license plates issued on July 1, 2015, from Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. Robinson, of Troy, designed the plate, which recognizes two “firsts” established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. (NCDMV photo)

“North Carolina is a state of firsts and we continue to be a leader in innovation,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “What a great way to celebrate North Carolina’s rich history and the birth of our nation by offering drivers a chance to proudly display a plate that honors our contribution to freedom, here in one of the most military friendly states.”

The phrase “First in Freedom” recognizes two “firsts” established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves have been noted throughout history as the first steps by one of the original 13 colonies to secede from Great Britain.

“As a veteran I’m proud to help issue the ‘First in Freedom’ plate, honoring this important value that many North Carolina servicemen and women continue to fight for and uphold everyday,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “We look forward to seeing these plates displayed proudly on our state roadways soon.”

This new version was designed by Charles Robinson, a Troy, N.C., resident, historian and license plate collector. The plate features an amber quill pen, which symbolizes the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves. The signing dates of these two events, May 20, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence) and April 12, 1776 (Halifax Resolves), are featured at the top center of the plate over the title letters, which display “First in Freedom.”

Robinson used the amber color as a key component of the quill pen as a tribute to the primary color of the classic state license plates of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Those plates were manufactured in amber and black.

The original First in Freedom plate was unveiled Jan. 10, 1975, as part of a collaborative initiative between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The initial plate was established to promote recognition of the 200th anniversary of the nation’s independence.

To apply for a “First in Freedom” license plate at no additional charge, NCDMV advises that the plate should be requested at the time of your registration renewal. A standard charge will be due if the plate is requested at non-renewal times.

On the web: http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv

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NC troopers encourage safety for the Fourth

RALEIGH (NCSHP) – According to the American Automobile Association, it is estimated that 41.9 million people will travel during the July 4th holiday period; the most in eight years.

A State Trooper stops a motorist along one of North Carolina's highways. (NCDPS photo)

A State Trooper stops a motorist along one of North Carolina’s highways. (NCDPS photo)

As a friendly reminder, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is advising motorists to be careful as they enjoy the July 4th holiday. Motorists who slow down and travel at posted speeds will not only increase their chances of arriving at their destination safely but will also conserve fuel. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws. There will be an increased presence of troopers on the interstates, major four lane highways and rural paved roads across North Carolina.

Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 7 fatal collisions and 257 injury collisions during the July 4th holiday period.  This included 3 fatal collisions and 48 injury collisions due to impaired driving.

“Throughout the Independence Day weekend, the Highway Patrol will be working to insure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.” said Col. Bill Grey, Highway Patrol Commander. “We continually work to educate the public about the hazards of impaired driving; unfortunately, some people will still choose to get behind the wheel while impaired.”

With many celebrations across the state, drivers should make sure they are designating a sober driver. The Patrol would also like to remind motorists to wear their seatbelts and use the correctly fitted child safety seats, as they are the best defense should you be involved in a crash.

In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, troopers will also target aggressive drivers who tend to cause the most crashes. The aggressive driver has been identified as those drivers who flagrantly violate the motor vehicle laws, including but not limited to: excessive speeding, following too closely, erratic lane changes, safe movement violations, texting while driving and other forms of reckless endangerment.

Citizens may report crashes, drunk drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller with the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.

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