Arbor Day festival Apr. 21-23 in Norwood

The Town of Norwood will host its annual Arbor Day Festival Apr. 21-23. The event takes place in the area surrounding Town Hall on U.S. Hwy. 52, and the following events are scheduled:

THU., APR. 21
7 p.m. The Camino Praise Band

FRI., APR. 22
7-10 p.m. The Swashtones

SAT., APR. 23
9-9:15 a.m. South Stanly High School Band
9:15-10:15 a.m. Pine Ridge Tradition
10:30-11:30 a.m. Keith Byrd
12 noon-2:30 p.m. Dixie Sundown
3-5 p.m. Valhalla
7-10 p.m. North Tower

Other events Saturday include a fossil dig, a beauty pageant, and the VFW car show.

More details are available at http://www.norwoodnc.com at 704-474-3416.

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Water advisory issued again in Lake Tillery area

UPDATE — From Montgomery County Public Utilities Director Chris Hildreth: Laboratory analysis of samples collected Apr. 21, 2016, throughout the affected areas have confirmed that the water is safe for human consumption and it is no longer advised to boil water. The future service interruption (affecting the same area) required to complete the utility work associated with the bridge project has been delayed and will NOT take place this coming Mon., Apr. 25. Customers will still receive advance notice of this future interruption and the BWA that it requires when more details have been confirmed.


UPDATE — From Montgomery County Public Utilities Director Chris Hildreth: System flushing to remove air and discoloration is taking longer than expected and is continuing today (Apr. 21).  Water quality samples will be collected later today for analysis.  Chlorine levels in the affected areas are good and no problems with analysis are expected.  We anticipate rescinding the BWA late tomorrow (Apr. 22).

At that time, we will be notifying customers that the planned interruption to allow the NCDOT contractor to make the tie-in of the relocated line is scheduled for Mon., Apr. 25, 2016.  At 8:00 a.m. crews will close valves and water service in the affected area will not be available until the tie-in is completed and valves are reopened to pressurize the system.  Service should be restored by 5:00 p.m. the same day.  Upon interruption, and until the system can be flushed and water quality samples analyzed, a Boil Water Advisory will be in effect.  Assuming no unexpected events, we anticipate rescinding the Apr. 25 BWA late Wed., Apr. 27, 2016.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will continue working closely with NCDOT staff and the contractor to minimize service impacts.


UPDATE — From Montgomery County Public Utilities Director Chris Hildreth: Crews completed repairs to the 12-inch water main on Lilly’s Bridge Rd. last night (Apr. 19) at approximately 11:30 p.m. and began pressurizing the system at that time. System flushing is continuing and it appears we will be able to collect water quality samples this afternoon (Apr. 20) and begin analysis as planned. Chlorine levels in the affected areas are good, so we don’t anticipate any problems with the analysis. If all goes well, we are still on schedule to rescind the BWA late tomorrow (Apr. 21, 2016).


Customers may continue to experience air and discoloration.  Flushing their systems should remedy these issues, but if problems persist, please call  Montgomery County Public Utilities at 910.572.1221, and a technician will be dispatched to flush our system in the problem area.

Late Tue., Apr. 19, crews working for a NCDOT contractor again hit and ruptured the 12-inch main water line on Lilly’s Bridge Rd. while excavating. Montgomery County utility crews began repairing the damage Tuesday evening.

Montgomery County Public Utilities Director Chris Hildreth said water system pressures along Lilly’s Bridge Rd. and River Rd. (just north of Fairway Shores to north of Carolina Forest) will fall below 20psi during the work. Due to the pressure drop and the potential for siphoning, Hildreth’s office issued another Boil Water ADVISORY (BWA) for the affected areas until water quality test can confirm the water is safe for human consumption. A map delineating the affected area can be seen from a link at http://www.montgomerycountync.com.

Montgomery County crews will be flushing the system once repairs are completed. Hildreth anticipated the work to continue well into the day Wed., Apr. 20. He said once most of the air and discolored water has been removed, technicians will collect and analyze multiple bacteriological  samples, which will take an additional 24 hours.

Hildreth hopes to be able to rescind the BWA late Thu., Apr. 21. [This post will be updated when the advisory is lifted.]

Hildreth reminded water customer that this same NCDOT bridge replacement project will require an additional service interruption and BWA in the near future. He said that interruption is a planned event required to complete the project. The utilities office plans to provide customers with advance notice of the planned outage.

 

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Boil water advisory issued for some Lake Tillery area customers

UPDATE: This Boil Water Advisory was lifted late Fri., Apr. 15, after tests showed water quality samples were normal.


Earlier this morning (Apr. 13) a NCDOT contractor working on a bridge replacement project hit and ruptured a 12-inch main water line on Lilly’s Bridge Road. Montgomery County crews have repaired the damage and are opening valves to restore service now.

However, water system pressures along Lilly’s Bridge Road and River Road (just north of Fairway Shores to north of Carolina Forest) fell below 20psi.

Therefore, Montgomery County Public Utilities has issued a Boil Water ADVISORY (BWA) for the affected areas until water quality test can confirm the water is safe for human consumption. A map delineating the affected area can be found at http://www.montgomerycountync.com.

Montgomery County crews are beginning to flush the system. This will continue through today and into tomorrow. Once most of the air and discolored water has been removed, county personnel will collect and analyze multiple bacteriological samples. The analysis takes up to 24 hours.

As of now, the county anticipates being able to rescind the boil advisory Fri., Apr. 15.

The same NCDOT Bridge Replacement Project will require an additional service interruption and BWA in the near future. This is a planned event required to complete the project and the county says customers will receive prior notice of the interruption.

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Back and neck pain practice to open in Montgomery County

Kondie Lykins, PA-C (FirstHealth photo)

Kondie Lykins, PA-C (FirstHealth photo)

TROY (FirstHealth)– FirstHealth has announced the opening of a new local medical resource for Montgomery County residents experiencing problems with chronic back or neck pain.

A FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain location will open Wed., May 4, in Suite 104 of the Medical Arts Building adjacent to FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy. Physician assistant Kondie Lykins, PA-C, will be the provider.

Beth Walker, R.N., president of FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital, welcomes the program’s addition to the Montgomery County medical community.

“Many residents struggle with back and neck pain issues, and transportation out of the county can be challenging,” Walker says. “Bringing this outpatient specialty service to Montgomery County makes perfect sense, and we look forward to making it conveniently available to residents of our community.”

According to Brian K. Thwaites, M.D., medical director of FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain, chronic back or neck pain can have many causes and can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
“Sometimes it takes a combination of therapies to stop or reduce severe, persistent pain and keep it under control,” he says. “Our program gives pain sufferers one place where they can go for a thorough evaluation of their problem and access to a variety of pain-relief options.”

Lykins, the physician assistant who will staff the Troy Back & Neck Pain office, was originally trained in manufacturing engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He returned to the university setting in 2011 and earned a degree from the Masters of Physician Assistant Program at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2015.

Fluent in Spanish, Lykins is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. He is married and the father of seven.

FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain-Troy can be reached by calling (910) 715-1794.

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