Mount Gilead’s “One Community” to host downtown cleanup

Mount Gilead’s “One Community” initiative is planning a downtown cleanup this weekend.

150324-trash-296726_640The cleanup is being coordinated through One Community’s “Instilling Pride” committee, and organizers are hoping to pick up a lot of trash and other debris in an effort to start improving the overall appearance of the town. The committee has discussed the possibility of developing an adopt-a-street program, similar to the highway cleanup program operated by the state Department of Transportation.

Mount Gilead Town Commissioners voted March 10 to give the committee $2,000 previously earmarked for downtown facade improvements to help facilitate the committee’s plan to work with business owners to freshen up the appearance of several vacant properties.

One Community works under the auspices of Mount Gilead’s Economic Development Council, and the Instilling Pride Committee is led by co-chairs Kenna Feis and Florence Leake. Volunteers wanting to participate can contact Feis at 910-439-5600. The committee also has a public Facebook page called “Mount Gilead Pride”.

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Superintendent, principals to speak on the “State of Our Schools”

150304-Montgomery-County-Schools-logoMontgomery County Schools Superintendent Dale Ellis will address the public on the “State of Our Schools”.

Dr. Ellis will be joined by principals from around the county, and the program is set to start Saturday at 9 a.m. at Montgomery Community College in Troy. The public is welcome, and breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m.

More information is available from the county schools office at 910-576-6511.

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“Town Creek Under the Stars” set to usher in spring

Part of the Town Creek Indian Mound village is seen in this photograph that also captures a striking view of the night sky. (TCIM photo)

Part of the Town Creek Indian Mound village is seen in this photograph that also captures a striking view of the night sky. (TCIM photo)

MOUNT GILEAD (NCDCR) – Following the first day of spring, Town Creek Indian Mound will host “Town Creek Under the Stars” on Saturday, March 21, from 7-10 p.m. A very young waxing crescent moon will be setting in the western sky along with Mars, Venus, and Uranus. Interestingly, Mars and the moon will only be half a degree apart from each other. Participants will also view Jupiter and learn about the constellation Leo, the Lion.

“With the hope that cold winter days are behind us,” says Historic Interpreter Karen Bowles, “warmer spring nights bring another level of excitement to stargazing this time of year.”

Town Creek Indian Mound was so enjoyable that it was featured in Our State Magazine’s “10 Places to Enjoy the North Carolina Night Sky.”

Interested stargazers are encouraged to dress for the weather. Participants may also bring binoculars and telescopes. The staff will have a scope available if you do not have one. Advanced registration is requested by calling or emailing the site. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Please contact the site at (910) 439-6802 or at to register.


For more than 1,000 years, American Indians farmed lands later known as North Carolina. Around A.D. 1000, a new cultural tradition arrived in the Pee Dee River Valley. Throughout Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and western and southern Piedmont North Carolina, inhabitants built earthen mounds for their leaders, engaged in widespread trade, supported craftspeople and celebrated a new religion.

The mission of Town Creek is to interpret the history of the American Indians who once lived here. The visitor center features interpretive exhibits and audiovisual displays. A national historic landmark, Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site is North Carolina’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage.  Tour groups are welcome and encouraged. The site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. It is closed to the public Mondays and most major holidays.

The historic site is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR). It is located at 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead, NC, 27306. For more information on Town Creek, visit or call (910) 439-6802.

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UNC-TV visits Flashbacks from the Ford Place

Food expert Bob Garner samples the fare at Flashbacks from the Ford Place Restaurant, Mount Gilead, N.C., Mar. 7, 2015. (image courtesy UNC-TV)

Food expert Bob Garner samples the fare at Flashbacks from the Ford Place Restaurant, Mount Gilead, N.C., Mar. 7, 2015. (image courtesy UNC-TV)

Mount Gilead’s newest restaurant is featured this week on a statewide television program.

Flashbacks from the Ford Place was visited Mar. 7 by Bob Garner and a crew from “North Carolina Weekend”, and the segment is airing on the show this week.

Garner is a respected authority on food in the state, having written extensively for Our State magazine and appearing on the Food Network, Discovery Channel, and ABC’s “Good Morning America”. He is also the author of three books on barbecue in the Tar Heel state.

The report on Flashbacks from the Ford Place is in the closing segment of “North Carolina Weekend”, Thu., Mar. 12 at 9 p.m., with a repeat broadcast Fri., Mar. 13, at 8:30 p.m. The show also airs on the network’s expanded programming channel, and it is available on demand at

Find UNC-TV:

  • Channel 4 on Time Warner Cable in Mount Gilead, Lake Tillery & Stanly County
  • Channel 4 on Charter Cable in Troy
  • Channel 5 on Time Warner Cable in eastern Montgomery County
  • Channel 26 on DirecTV and Dish in Montgomery County
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