45 years ago

This week in 1972…

Wadeville’s volunteer fire department is the “red-headed stepchild” in the Montgomery County rural system. It doesn’t have town taxes to assist with its expenses, and the county furnished only a truck and pays for repairs to the vehicle. The Wadeville Volunteer Fire Department has been in operation for the past seven years, providing protection for approximately 150 families in the Wadeville Fire District encompassing roughly three miles from the heart of the community on Highway 109 between Troy and Mt. Gilead. Funds for the operation of the fire department consist solely of profits made off the turkey shoot in the fall, fish fries, chicken suppers and a few donations. The fundraising activities are time-consuming and physically exhausting for the volunteer firemen who recently have been thinking about a special tax on property in the district for fire protection.

The spirit of Huckleberry Finn is alive and well and living at Carolina Boys Camp near Candor. A group of nine 15-year-old boys and two counselors from the camp began a journey that includes a 900-mile voyage by raft on the Mississippi River. The Carolina Boys Camp began its voyage at Cairo in southern Illinois, and will end up about six weeks later in New Orleans. While Huckleberry Finn went floating down the Mississippi to run away from his abusive and evil-tempered father, the boys are making the trip to find self-reliance, a successful team effort and a learning experience.

35 years ago

This week in 1982…

The Energy Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Alternative Energy Corporation this week announced the selection of a Montgomery County solar home for inclusion in the Governor’s Showcase of Solar Homes. The Governor’s Showcase of Solar Homes is a program featuring moderately priced and conventionally styled homes through the state of North Carolina. The Bruton house is one of several energy-efficient passive solar designs offered by the Mayhill Homes Corporation of Gainesville, Georgia. The home features heavy insulation to minimize heating and air-conditioning needs and a south facing solarium for solar heat collection.

Residents of Norman Rest Home in Star recently enjoyed a concert by Al McCanless’ folk music class. The folk music class, some of whom were beginning musicians eight weeks ago, played their entire repertoire for their first public appearance. The audience was invited to join in singing old favorites such as “Golden Slippers” and “Amazing Grace.” On livelier tunes, a little clogging was in order by class member LeRoy Monroe, Nurse Glenda Taylor, and residents Jesse Freeman and Terry Grass.

25 years ago

This week in 1992…

Nearly 1,000 people turned out to enjoy an evening of country music at Little River Music Festival at East Montgomery High School. While many people wanted to see the show’s local talent, a large following came to hear Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen. The band appeared at the concert, courtesy of some local businesses. Waller and his “Gentlemen” are known throughout the U.S. for playing old-fashioned blue grass music. One of the “Gentlemen” is Montgomery County’s own Greg Corbett. Corbett began playing with the group in the summer of 1991. He considers being chosen for the band, which has been a starting point for many famous names, as a big accomplishment.

Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Zion Church of Candor held a dedication service for a new wing on the church. The wing consists of a pastor’s study, choir room and a multi-purpose room. The addition is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Etta Bostic, who served as the secretary of the building committee.

15 years ago

This week in 2002…

Crystal Douglas of Biscoe had a vision to bring the musical talent of youth from churches in Biscoe and surrounding areas together. The teenagers, who call themselves Teens for Christ, have been practicing together at Alley Grove Missionary Baptist Church. They represent many churches including Alley Grove, Hoods Chapel AME Zion Church, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Greater Faith Holiness Church, Belford Baptist Church, Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church, Sydney Grove Church of Deliverance and New Life Church of God. The Teens for Christ sing gospel music, clapping their hands, and “getting down” throughout their performances.

On a cool autumn afternoon, Troy Rotary Club hosted their annual golf tournament to benefit polio eradication. While the weather was cool, the golfers kept the heat on as they competed for a chance at a 2003 Chevrolet from Friendly Chevrolet in Troy.

10 years ago

This week in 2007…

Senior adults from across the county flocked to the James Garner Center for Senior Fun Day. The annual event has grown tremendously from its small start at the Troy Montgomery Senior Center several years ago. A broad range of public and private agencies provided participants with information as well as health screenings, flu shots by the Montgomery County Health Department and lunch.

Kids and adults had a ball at the Badin Lake Fire Department, as the volunteer firefighters sponsored a Trunk or Treat. Begun years ago at the Badin Lake General Store, Trunk or Treat brings together adults who decorate the trunks of their cars or backs of pick-ups in Halloween themes and kids from throughout the Badin Lake Community who are happy to get treats from the trunks. Firefighters also organized games for the kids.