Current Events

Montgomery County Commissioners declare Apr. 8 “Day of Prayer”

On behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, chair Dottie Robinson has issued a declaration designating Apr. 8, 2020, as a “day of memorial, prayer, and reflection” amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The statement memorializes Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Bud Phouang (Sypraseuth Phouangphrachanh), who died Tuesday of complications from the COVID-19 illness and who would have turned 44 years old on Apr. 8.

Click here to read the official statement.

Officer Bud Phouang dies from COVID-19 illness

200401-Bud-PhouangMany in Montgomery County are mourning the loss of a beloved member of the law enforcement community. Reports say Sheriff’s Deputy Bud Phouang died shortly after 9 p.m. Tue., Mar. 31, 2020, from complications of COVID-19. He received the diagnosis Mar. 29 and was hospitalized at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst Monday afternoon, Mar. 30. Affectionately known as “Officer Bud”, Phouang was known to many students and parents as the School Resource Officer at West Middle School. He lived in Candor, and is survived by his wife and two children.

An Apr. 1, 2020, press release from Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins can be seen by clicking here.

As of Apr. 1, 2020, Montgomery County had five additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 illness. Sources say cases are located on both the east and west sides of the county.

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Governor’s stay-at-home order takes effect

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order (Executive Order 121, March 27, 2020) is effective as of 5:00 p.m. Mon., Mar. 30. The order requires state residents to stay home until Apr. 29 unless traveling for work or business that is considered essential. Click here to see a press release on the order from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to see the full text of the Governor’s Executive Order.

Montgomery County government declares State of Emergency, facilities closed until further notice

Montgomery County NC government facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Click here for the full text of the State of Emergency declaration issued Fri., Mar. 20, by Montgomery County Commissioners. It includes alternate plans for provision of government services and information for directly contacting many departments.

Montgomery County Schools meal delivery information

Click here and scroll to the “Headlines & News” section in the center of the page to find the latest meal information on the Montgomery County Schools website.

During the ongoing school closure, Montgomery County Schools’ Child Nutrition Department is providing Grab-and-Go lunches and breakfast for the following day, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following drive-thru locations: Star, Candor, Green Ridge, Page Street, and Mt. Gilead Elementary Schools.

As of March 27, buses are delivering lunches and breakfast for the following day to the following community sites at the designated times:

• C & M Trailer Park – 11:30 am
• Brutonville/Emmanuel Pentecostal Church – 12:00 pm
• Pepsi Land Trailer Park – 11:30 am
• Belle Acres/Hummingbird Lane – 12:00 pm
• Acapulco Drive – 12:30 pm
• Weavertown/Mt. Moriah Church – 11:30 am
• Crosstown/Hood Chapel – 12:00 pm
• Forest Drive Apartments behind Bojangles – 12:30 pm
• Parkertown/St. Luke Church of God – 11:30 am
• Montgomery Learning Academy – 12:30 pm
• Rocky Knoll – 11:30 am
• Holt Circle Drive – 12:00 pm
• Black Ankle Convenient Store – 11:30 am
• Dollar General on Blaine Road – 12:30 pm
• Lamonds’ Trailer Park – 12:30 pm
• Dixie Shores – 11:00 am
• Pine Haven – 11:30 am
• Badin Shores – 12:00 pm

A community volunteer in the Badin/Eldorado area is working to deliver lunch and breakfast to anyone in the Badin Lake/Eldorado area who cannot pick up at the Dollar General on Blaine Rd. Those with a need can contact Donna Hurley at (704) 985-9549.

The non-profit Communities in Schools is offering a hot dinner meal for students. The first meal at Mount Gilead Elementary is Fri., Apr. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.

School officials say delivery times between sites may vary as they work to accommodate demand. More information is available at (910) 576-6511.

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