Small business seminars this week in Montgomery County

140425_MCC_LogoThe Small Business Center at Montgomery Community College will offer three free seminars this week.

“Marketing Your Art or Craft” will be the focus of a seminar Tue., Apr. 21, followed by “How to Enhance Your Negotiating and Forecasting Skills” Apr. 22, and “Fifteen Common Mistakes that Will Undermine Your Business” Apr. 23.

Each session is available separately and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on MCC’s Troy campus on Page St. More details are available from Richard Hinson at 910-576-6222, ext. 216.

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Widening of Hwy. 24/27 expected in governor’s bond referendum

Funding for the expansion of Hwy. 24/27 from Dairy Rd. to the Pee Dee River in Montgomery County is expected to be part of Governor Pat McCrory’s bond referendum in November.

150420-WMTG-Logo-Local-News-WebMontgomery County Manager Matthew Woodard said he received word late Fri., Apr. 17, from Rep. Justin Burr that the governor’s proposal includes funding for widening to four lanes about ten miles of Hwy. 24/27 between the western end of the Troy bypass and the Garrison Bridge at the Stanly County line. Work is underway on the Troy bypass, and right-of-way acquisition has already begun for the expansion of 24/27 from Albemarle to the Montgomery County line.

Once the three sections are complete, there will be continuous four-lane highway from Charlotte to I-73/74 at Biscoe, with the eventual plan to expand the highway from Biscoe to U.S. Hwy. 1 in Lee County.

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Mount Gilead police chief out, sheriff’s office to cover

Officials in Mount Gilead this evening (Apr. 16) confirmed police chief Ralph Lee Vieux is no longer working for the town.

130520_Mount_Gilead_Town_LogoThe separation came after several days of reports and rumors surrounding a domestic situation involving Vieux and his wife. Published reports say Ralph Vieux has filed for an annulment of their 2014 marriage and that his wife has secured a restraining order against him.

The confirmation of the chief’s departure came at an emergency meeting of town commissioners tonight (Apr. 16). The board also confirmed that one other Mount Gilead police officer is no longer working for the town, but declined to reveal the officer’s identity because employment separation papers had not yet been delivered.

No official reasons were given for the separations, and the town declined to disclose whether they came as the result of firings or resignations.

With a diminished police force, the town was left without enough personnel to cover its law enforcement needs. Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins offered to supply deputies on an interim basis, and commissioners voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with his office.

After Town Manager Katrina Tatum talks with Sheriff Watkins Fri., Apr. 17, it is expected the sheriff’s office will assign deputies for around-the-clock coverage in Mount Gilead. The arrangement will continue as long as necessary, though Watkins said he thinks the town should work to resume its own law enforcement staffing as soon as possible.

The Town of Mount Gilead will compensate the sheriff’s office at a rate of one-and-a-half times the regular salary of the deputies, plus the standard federal reimbursement rate for mileage in the county vehicles, which will be used in their work.

Tatum indicated some of the town’s reserve police officers and some who had resigned earlier may be available for assignment.

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Emergency meeting of commissioners set to discuss police coverage

130520_Mount_Gilead_Town_LogoThere is conflicting information this afternoon (Apr. 16) about the status of Mount Gilead Police Chief Ralph Vieux.

Earlier today, we reported that Vieux’s suspension had been lifted, but two sources tell WMTG the situation has changed. We have been unable to confirm details with town officials, but we do know there will be an emergency meeting of town commissioners this evening to discuss “policing and police coverage”.

The meeting is set for Apr.16 at 6 p.m. at the town library on W. Allenton St.

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