A FRESH LOOK art exhibit
and competition 

By Jewel Reavis

A Fresh Look art exhibit and competition opens this Wednesday at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain. Artists from around the region have submitted over sixty works of art to be judged for cash prizes. Artists were asked to show their most recent work taking a fresh look at the world around them. The theme for this show is very open, allowing for a wide variety of subject matter to be entered.
Even after a year being on lockdown due to the global pandemic, the artwork in the exhibit is bright and uplifting showing that the participating artists have chosen to see the beauty and color in the world around them. There are a lot of landscapes and wildlife reflected in this show, perhaps looking to a more comforting view of the world outside of the confinements of home. Artists entered work in a variety of media: oil, acrylic and pastel paintings, photography, mixed media, and collage.
    The public is invited to meet participating artists at a public reception on Saturday June 19th from 6-8 pm. Awards will be presented at 7 pm. This is a Free event and dress is casual. Winners will then be posted on Southern Arts Society’s website and Facebook page. The exhibit is on view June 9th through July 30. Artwork in the exhibit is available for sale.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Ave. at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground Avenues in the historic Southern Railway Depot. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing art exhibits and competitions, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours:  Tues through Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by Appointment. Admission is Free. For more information please visit SouthernArtsSociety.org, or call 704.739.5585. Email southernartssociety@gmail.com.
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Craig Cavender Photo by Windy Bagwell

Cavender selected  
KMMS employee 
of the month


Congratulations to 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Craig Cavender on being selected as our KMMS May Employee of the Month. 
   Mr. Cavender is always willing to step up and help anyone (adult or child) who needs anything, from carrying or delivering something someone needs, to propping a door in the morning for others, to watching a class. 
His efforts make him a thoughtful colleague. He cares for the students, knows tons of kids (and taught a lot of their parents), and they know he cares about them. He deserves to be recognized as Employee of the Month for KMMS! Congratulations to Mr. Cavender; thank you for all you do for KMMS!

North Elementary Author’s Tea

By Anna Hughes

North Elementary School First Grade Classes wrote books about their year in first grade. Mrs. Deason's Class book was called: "What Made First Grade Fun?" Mrs. Smith's Class book was called: "In the First Grade Together" Mrs. Wyte's Class book was called: "Flying Through First Grade".
The students got to enjoy a snack and teachers came by to meet the authors and have them autograph papers for them.

CLT auditions
begin June 26

Auditions for “Anne of Green Gables” by Cherryville Little Theatre will be held June 26, 27 and 28 from 6:30-9:20 p.m. at the Cherryville Little Theatre.
Rehearsals will be held in July and August.
Performances will be Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 22 and 29 at 3 p.m.
Jim Chandler is directing the show which is the classic tale of a plucky girl who touches the lives of everyone she meets in 1905 Prince Edward, England.
The play is written by Judy Johnson Davidson and produced by special arrangement from Pioneer Drama Services, Inc., Denver, Colorado.

The Gilded Age of Kings Mountain exhibit

By January Costa,
Director & Curator

Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites the public to mark the calendar for their upcoming exhibit opening, PEOPLE & PLACE: The Gilded Age of Kings Mountain, NC.
The city of Kings Mountain, NC was incorporated on February 11, 1874, during the era termed the Gilded Age, which refers to the time period between 1870 and 1900. This period of time often evokes images of great wealth and businessmen such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and G.W. Vanderbilt who became wealthy as the steel, oil, and railroad industries flourished.
This exhibit explores the beginnings of Kings Mountain and how the Gilded Age in North Carolina was a time of dramatic cultural transformation bringing new technology, new consumer goods, new patterns of living, and new opportunities for women.
To find out about other upcoming exhibits and events, please visit our website at www.kingsmountainmuseum.org. For more info, call (704) 739-1019 or email kmhmdirector@outlook.com.
This event will adhere to social distancing protocols and guidelines in place at the time of the event. Masks are recommended.
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This week at the Library

There are lots of activities at Mauney Memorial Library this week. Three programs aimed toward those who enjoy gardening, traveling, and science are scheduled.
For those gardeners who enjoy gardening with heirloom variety seeds, the Seed Library is now available! Come into Mauney Library and see what we offer: true-to-type seeds, Heirloom seeds, and advice on planting. Take seeds or contribute some of your own to share with others. Summer Reading line up of events are listed on our calendar at www.mauneylibrary.org.
Architectural Tour of the World, Monday, June 14 at noon. Buckle your seat belts and get ready for a tour of the world right from home! The international traveler, Jasmine Blaze (as played by educational entertainer Martina Mathisen), takes you around the globe to discover the fantastic super structures that have stunned the world and will leave you in awe.
Of the one hundred super structures that stand on our planet today, the first fifty took eighty years in total to build. The second fifty have taken five years! See for yourself the unparalleled advances in architecture today.
Go to URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary for this virtual event.
Casey’s Laugh and Learn, Wednesday June 16. Casey Nees presents two exciting science programs that will have you laughing along at home! 10 am - Kids Program • 1 pm - Teens Program
Go to URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary for this virtual event.
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Kings Mountain Woman’s Club members Ann Bennett and Doris McGinnis assist a customer. Photo by Anne Gamble

Woman’s Club
Indoor Yard Sale June 19

GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club announces its annual Indoor Yard Sale at the clubhouse on June 19 from 7 am until noon.  All proceeds go directly into our Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship Fund.
The Woman's Club gives a $1,000 scholarship each year to a senior boy or girl attending a 4 year university in North Carolina.
Huge variety of items from household, craft, home decor, toys, and clothing. Come early so you do not miss out on the best selections.
Kings Mountain Woman’s Club is located at 108 East Mountain Street.
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Little Miss American Legion World Series Pageant contestants compete for nine positions as queens. Photo by ALWS

Little Miss American Legion World Series Pageant
set for August 7

The Little Miss ALWS Pageant has become increasingly popular since its inception as part of the 7th Inning Stretch Festival in 2015. Girls from infants through 12 years old compete for nine positions as queens, each one assigned to a regional team as a goodwill ambassador.
The 2020 Little Miss ALWS Pageant was cancelled because of coronavirus concerns, as were all other events associated with the 7th Inning Stretch Festival. Though the local ALWS committee felt it necessary to cancel the Festival for the second consecutive year because of virus concerns, the members decided that two smaller Festival-related events — the pageant and the ALWS 5K — could be revived for 2021 without creating health or safety issues.
The American Legion gave the local committee approval for the 2021 ALWS in April and plans for the 15-game national tournament Aug. 12-17 are proceeding.
Registration for the Little Miss ALWS Pageant opens June 1 with a deadline of 5 pm Monday, July 26. For information on age divisions and registration, visit
www.7thInningStretch.cc. Applications and payments will be accepted online. Mailed applications should be posted by Thursday, July 22; pageant organizers will confirm receipt of these applications via email. No applications will be accepted at check-in or on pageant day, Saturday, Aug. 7.
Parents and applicants need to remember that “first in is last out”: The first applicant will be the last contestant on stage in the applicant’s respective category.
The pageant will feature again a People’s Choice Award based on the highest dollars raised by applicants. This year’s recipient of the money raised has been determined and will be announced by the end of July.
“The pageant gives a segment of the community that may not otherwise be engaged in ALWS activities a way to participate in this national event,” said local committee Chairman Eddie Holbrook. “The girls enjoy being adopted by the teams and invited to events held by the team hosts. We believe bringing the pageant back is one more step toward normalcy for the ALWS and its fans.”
For information about sponsoring the Little Miss ALWS Pageant, contact Kim Davis of Dragonfly Marketing at 704-600-6599.
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Illuminated Market returns to KM

The second Illuminated Market, comprised of local artisans and vendors, will be held on June 26, from 5 to 9 pm. “Our inaugural Illuminated Event was a huge success! With over 20 vendors, music and giveaways, the attendees and vendors were a happy bunch!,” said Cobb Lahti, owner of Uncommon Artisans.
“We're planning our second one for June 26, from 5-9 pm, co-sponsored by the Main Street Program of the City of Kings Mountain. Our event is held in downtown Kings Mountain on West Mountain Street. The second event will include food trucks, music, and face painting. The event is free to attend and kid and dog friendly.”
“The downtown Kings Mountain area will be hopping that night, with a fundraiser concert for local venue, The Rooster, happening at the Joy Theatre down the street from the Illuminated Market. The concert will feature local musical groups as it raises money for the completion of a live music venue planned for downtown Gastonia, NC,” Lahti said.
While walking between events, local restaurant 133 West will feature music on the patio on West Mountain Street, and locally owned Scoops Ice Cream will be serving their freshly made ice creams, sorbets, and handmade shakes on Railroad Avenue. Revolution Brewhouse will serve adult-beverages and live music at their venue on Battleground Avenue.
For more information about our events or to become a vendor, contact events@uncommonartisans.net or call 704-271-9661.

Bolin's Daycare Center Graduation!

Another graduation is in the history books at Bolin's Daycare Center. Congratulations to all of the little graduates who are heading to K-5 in the Fall. Hats off to the CLASS OF 2034! Pictured: Greyson Peeler, Braylen Smart, Mason Roof, Trevor Green, Harper Williamson, Aiden Adams, Adalyn Powell, Grayson Stanek, Kaden Hester, Hunter Sahms, Jaxon Jarvis, Liam Pierce, and Jared Smith. Not pictured: Piper Davis.

Photo Bolin’s Daycare Center
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City of Kings Mountain Main Street receives accreditation

The City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program  has been designated as an accredited Main Street™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.
“We are proud to recognize this year’s 889 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During an incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to drive impressive local recovery efforts, champion small businesses, and foster vibrant downtown districts. I am inspired by their hard work and confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their downtowns flourish in the next stages of recovery.”
In 2020, Main Street America programs generated $4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings, and clocked 983,702 volunteer hours.
The City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program’s performance is annually evaluated by the North Carolina Main Street Program which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
Following the guidelines of the State and National Main Street Programs, The City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program has helped keep downtown businesses open and helped six new businesses open.  The program has worked with city staff to help bring the concept of a new streetscape to reality. The second phase will be complete in late 2021. The future of the downtown and our small entrepreneurial businesses is bright, and the City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program will be here to help the business owners in every way possible.
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Storywalk® at the Gateway Trail

Mauney Memorial Library in collaboration with The Gateway Trail will present Storywalk® beginning Wednesday June 16, 2021. Stories will be change out weekly.
   For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.        

DAR Memorial service
and installation of officers

​​​​​By Libby Putnam

On Saturday, May 15, the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held a Memorial Service for those members and friends of the chapter who have passed away in the last two years.
Members who were remembered were Fran Sincox, Norma Fuchs, and Pat Plonk. A special friend of the chapter who was also remembered was Doyle Campbell, the organizing President of the Kings Mountain Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. A candle was lighted for each one remembered, and the attendees shared special memories and achievements of each.
Following the Memorial Service, a business meeting of the chapter was held and new officers for the 2021-2023 term of office were installed.  New officers for the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter are Robin Meyer - Regent, Renee Bost - Vice Regent, Chaplain - Becky Scism, Recording/Corresponding Secretary - Allison Falls, Treasurer - Ann Brogdon, Registrar - Heather Robbins, Historian - Sherry Sando, and Librarian - Natalie Bishop. Installing Officer was Libby Putnam, Past Regent.
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Governor Cooper issues
Executive Order to help
NC return to work

Governor Roy Cooper today issued an Executive Order directing the Department of Commerce to encourage and help people who are receiving unemployment benefits transition back into employment.
“Unemployment benefits have provided a critical lifeline for many North Carolinians living on the edge due to the pandemic. As our state emerges from the pandemic, we want to help people safely return to work as soon as possible. Reinstating the work search guidelines will help connect claimants with employers, resources and tools to help them return to the workforce,” said Governor Cooper.
Under Executive Order 216, all existing claimants of unemployment benefits will be required to fulfill work search requirements beginning June 6, 2021. All existing claimants will be required over the next several weeks to register with a jobseeker account on NCWorks.gov.
The Order also directs the N.C. Department of Commerce to explore opportunities, consistent with federal law and through the use of certain federal funds, to establish a reemployment incentive program for jobless workers who find and maintain employment.  
Today’s action expands upon Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 200, which reinstated work search requirements for new claimants after March 14, 2021. As North Carolina makes progress on its key COVID-19 metrics, the work search requirements will now apply to everyone currently filing for unemployment benefits.
Under the Order:
• Claimants must contact at least three different employers each week and keep a record of their work search, as is required by state law. One of the three weekly job contacts can be satisfied by attending an approved reemployment activity offered by a NCWorks Career Center or a partnering agency.
• To continue receiving benefits, all unemployment claimants will be required to register with a jobseeker account on NCWorks.gov, North Carolina’s online portal for employment and training services. Jobseekers can use NCWorks.gov to search and apply for jobs, access labor market information, and find opportunities for workforce training. Over the next several weeks, existing claimants will receive notifications about registering for NCWorks.
Since the start of the pandemic, North Carolina has distributed more than $11.7 billion in unemployment benefits across multiple state and federal programs. Approximately 245,000 North Carolinians are currently receiving benefit payments each week.
For work search assistance in North Carolina, jobseekers can contact NCWorks at NCWorks.gov or 1-855-NCWorks. Information about unemployment benefits can be found at des.nc.gov.
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NC House passes COVID-19
Relief bill with bipartisan support

Last Friday NC House of Representatives passed the 2021 COVID-19 Response and Relief bill with overwhelming bipartisan support.
The COVID-19 Response and Relief bill is focused on getting federal dollars where they are most needed in our state. Of the $6.4 billion total appropriated, $556,611,000 has been designated for rental assistance and $805,767,400 toward child care stabilization grants.
A total of $3,224,272,535 is designated for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, plus $21,500,000 allotted to charter and residential schools.
 Local governments will receive a total of $705.4 million. Cleveland County has been allocated $19,025,057 and Gaston County was allocated $43,612,126.
“As North Carolina and the rest of the country move forward and rebuild in the wake of a global pandemic, these are needed funds that will get businesses back on track and the economy moving in the right direction. The passage of S172 will ensure that these federal dollars get to those North Carolina businesses and citizens who need it,” commented Speaker of the House Tim Moore.
Senate Bill 172 was signed into law by Gov. Cooper. on Monday.

Shelby church helps the hungry, supports CC Potato Project

By Doug Sharp

Membership at Lily Memorial Baptist Church has voted to utilize some of its recreational space, to the Cleveland County Potato Project.
Located at 406 Whitner Road in Shelby, potatoes will grow where sluggers formerly hit balls into the nearby woods.
The grounds will receive a year of soil preparation before white or sweet potatoes will be planted next spring. There will be several harrowings and tillings with a cover crop coming later in the year.
Anyone who would like to renew their farming license by bringing their tractor and equipment and working on the soil should contact organizers. This land has been a sports field for many years. One member estimates that as much as $6 of lost coins may be plowed up.
This property and church sits in the middle of an old mill village.
"We have the highest respect for this generous offer of land to be used by the Potato Project," said Bill Horn, co-founder of the CCPP. "We have promised the Rev. Aubrey Folk to be good stewards".
The CCPP does not own any land or equipment, depending on donations to pay for potato crops. All potatoes are given to local folks who may need a little boost in their food supply.
A $10 donation will pay for one hour of help for planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. Volunteers workers are always welcome. Checks may be made payable to the CCPP, 107 Quail Hollow Dr., Kings Mountain, NC, 28086. For more information, call Doug Sharp at 704-472-5128.
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New application period
for NC HOPE emergency
rent and utility assistance

North Carolina’s emergency rental assistance program has opened a second application period for very low-income renters that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The NC Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program promotes housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility bill assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. To date, the program has awarded over $133 million in assistance to help more than 36,000 families statewide.
   The HOPE Program will serve very low-income renters in 88 North Carolina counties. Very low-income is defined as earning less than or equal to 50 percent of the area median income for the county where the renter lives. Twelve additional counties and five Native American tribal governments received direct federal allocations to operate their own emergency rent assistance programs. A complete list of the counties served by the HOPE Program, county programs and tribal government programs can be found online using the NC HOPE Interactive Map at www.hope.nc.gov.
   In addition to first time applicants, people who received rent and/or utility assistance funding from the first phase of the HOPE Program are eligible to reapply for additional help. Eligible applicants may receive up to 12 months of rent assistance, which may include up to nine months of past due rent. Rent assistance provided during the first phase of the HOPE Program counts towards the 12 months of total rent assistance that an applicant can receive. Utility assistance is available to applicants that apply and qualify for rent assistance. Utility-only applications will not be accepted in this phase of the HOPE Program.
 Complete details about the HOPE Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits and an online application, are available at www.hope.nc.gov. Applicants who cannot access the website may also call (888) 9ASK-HOPE or (888) 927-5467 to speak with a program specialist. The HOPE Call Center is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. 
Funding for the HOPE Program is provided to the state through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant−Coronavirus Relief and U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations, and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. The HOPE Program is managed by the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the HOPE Program, visit www.hope.nc.gov.
   Do you need assistance with an issue concerning North Carolina State Government? Please contact my Legislative Assistant, Lynn Tennant, in Raleigh at 919-715-0690 or via email at Lynn.Tennant@ncleg.gov regarding any constituent-service related issues. We welcome the opportunity to assist you.
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Cleveland County Arts Council’s
2021 Garden and Outdoor Living Tour

By Shearra Miller

Like a painter, a gardener experiments with colors. Should a plant with bright orange blossoms go behind a dark purple bush?
Like a sculptor, a gardener will look for plants with interesting shapes.
Like a photographer, a gardener considers the changing light during the day.
Join us on Saturday, June 5, 10 am – 5 pm, for our first, self-guided tour of seven lovely outdoor living spaces and see the “artistry” created outside.
   Tickets ($20) may be purchased from the Arts Council, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby, Mon. – Fri.  9am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm and on our website www.ccartscouncil.org. You can also purchase them at the individual homes the day of the event (cash/check only).
The Arts Council is partnering with the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association to hold their Annual Plant Sale in the Arts Council parking area from 9am until 2pm, the same day. Master Gardener volunteers will help you choose just the right plant for the right place! No ticket is required for the plant sale. For more information on the plant sale, please contact Julie Flowers at 704-482-4365.
Also that day Paradise Garden Center, a sponsor of the event, invites you to stop in to see their selection of indoor, outdoor, annual, and perennial plants, many grown on site. While there, enjoy a slice of wood fired pizza in their outdoor kitchen from 11am – 2pm. Paradise Garden Center is located at 460 Cherryville Rd Shelby, 704-480-1012 and is open 9am – 3pm.
The homes on the tour include:
Jim and Pat Parr 
1322 Vista Drive
   Twelve years ago we moved from the Shawangunk Mountains in New York to Shelby. While we loved our new home in this wonderful southern climate, there were a number of issues that needed attention on our property—invasive plants, water flooding, too much lawn, lack of plant diversity, not enough birds and insects and a lack of knowledge on our part, to name a few.  For the first two years we studied NC fauna and flora. Then for the past 10 years we have worked to create a sustainable native habitat.  We are pleased that our property is now a Certified Native Plant Habitat.
   To make the property more self-sustainable we added trees, shrubs, a butterfly pollinator garden, vegetable and herb garden, shade garden and perennial flower beds throughout the property. While it has taken 12 years to create a diverse landscape around our home, it continues to be a joyful work-in-progress.
The Burrow
849 West Marion Street
Wes Westmoreland
Ettie and A.V. Hamrick, Sr. built The Burrow in 1928 on his father, Leander Hamrick’s wooded property on West Marion that was for many years known as Lover’s Lane. The backyard at The Burrow reflects the Italian Renaissance-revival architecture of the house and was designed by the owner. The gardens are recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, a Certified Butterfly Garden, and a Monarch Waystation.
Parking will be limited, please park on the street to the West, or at the County Library a block to the East. Enter down the drive, and enjoy a glass of Baker Buffalo Creek wine, sponsored by Westmoreland Printers.
Jim and Mary Esther Toole
514 W. Marion St.
   Jim and Mary Esther have spent over 40 years developing this one-acre plot for one of Shelby’s two oldest wooden homes (circa 1852) which was passed down from Jim’s Great Grandfather. This traditional Southern Garden contains hundreds of plants including Azalea, Camellia, Sasanqua, Tea Olive, Gardenia, Japanese Maple, Peony, Daylily, Iris. It also contains Jim’s extensive Hosta collection along with a very rare Camellia “Mount Hoku”.
Bill and Beth Cameron
3016 Bettis Rd., Grover
   Forty years have passed since we built our home in our patch of the woods. Situated one-mile south of Earl near the SC line, our land is former cotton fields now forested over. Digging up daffodils, day-lilies, shrubs, and trees over the years helped transform this red-clay land into gardens suited to our NC Foothills. You can hike to our creek cabin or ride a golf cart around as you explore our gardens.
Bobbie Gibson
138 Columns Circle, Shelby
   Amazing what can happen in small areas.  Originally, the condominium’s side yard was steep and muddy, and the courtyard brick was falling apart.  With the help of a landscaper we increased the courtyard space, added a raised bed planter and a small water feature.  The back area is now accessible with rock stairs and pavers descending from the courtyard. We enjoy the outdoors on the refurbished deck and screened underdeck.  Accent lights make the once dark yard beautiful at night.
Fred and Nancy Blackley
505 South Washington Street, Shelby
   The Blackley garden spreads across three adjoining in-town properties and is the setting for the Blackley House ( 1927 ), Bostic House ( 1900 ) and Beam House ( 1895 ).  Seven accessory buildings, a special willow oak, chicken coop, vegetable garden, tiny frog pond, propagation nursery, tree house, unusual plants, quirky objects, and a relaxed approach combine to define this 1.4-acre place.
   For more information on this event call 704-484-2787 or visit ccartscouncil.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/286085626511205/.
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Bluegrass Jam returns to the Earl Scruggs Center this Saturday

Musicians are invited to bring their instruments for a weekly acoustic bluegrass jam session returning to the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby May 29 from 1 pm to 3 pm. All ages and playing levels welcome. Jam session may take place indoors in the Great Hall or outdoors on the court square. Visitors are welcome to join in or sit and listen.
Pickin’ on the Square returns on June 12 from 5 pm to 8 pm for the 7th Annual Pickin’ on the Square Series presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners. Pickers are invited to jam informally around The Earl Scruggs Center grounds.
Secure instrument check is available. Not a picker?  Bring your family and friends and sit back and enjoy as The Earl Scruggs Center celebrates the tradition of bluegrass music. The center’s Gift Shop will be open during the event for guests to purchase refreshments and souvenirs. In case of inclement weather, Pickin’ on the Square will be moved to the Great Hall inside the Earl Scruggs Center. Additional dates for this event are July 10 and August 14.
The jam session takes place each Saturday at 1 pm, except for the days when Pickin’ on the Square is scheduled in June, July, and August, or if the Earl Scruggs Center is closed for a holiday.

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Rosie Allen

Cleveland County Partnership for Children says farewell to Rosie Allen;
launches executive director search

The Cleveland County Partnership for Children (CCPFC) has established a search committee for an executive director to succeed current CCPFC Executive Director Rosie Allen.
Rosie Allen, Executive Director of CCPFC, announced her retirement effective July 1. Rosie has contributed over 40 years of leadership to North Carolina's statewide and local non-profits, public education, and volunteerism.
 "Ms. Allen was hired in 2018 with the Board's expectations to elevate community awareness of the Partnership, ensure the continuation of the Early Head Start program, recruit new volunteers, and direct program implementation and accountability. She has accomplished these goals with a wealth of knowledge and experience while enthusiastically advancing the mission of CCPFC: to ensure all children enter kindergarten healthy and ready for success in school," said Betty Crow-Kennedy, Board Chair.
Commenting on her retirement, Ms. Allen said, "To end this season of my career in such a wonderful community is truly a privilege. The opportunity to work with many dedicated citizens for child well-being has been an honor. Leading the organization through COVID, we completely transitioned how we delivered services. This speaks to the resiliency and the determination of CCPFC to adjust to the most challenging circumstances while doing such important work. With dedicated Board leaders, a strong team of staff, and committed community partners, the Partnership is positioned for even greater success. COVID has also caused many to reflect on personal priorities. I am very blessed to retire soon, marry my best friend, relocate to Florida, and spend time with family and friends."
Ms. Crow-Kennedy stated, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and recipients of the various programs and services of CCPFC, we want to express our gratitude to Rosie for the outstanding leadership she has provided during her tenure. Rosie Allen is leaving an everlasting footprint in the legacy of our organization."
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Engagement announced

John and April Blaine of Kings Mountain, N.C. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Laura Nicole Blaine to Jack Edward Zyble, son of Jim and Lisa Zyble of Shelby, N.C.
Laura is a 2017 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. Jack graduated from KMHS in 2014.
Both are recent graduates of Appalachian State University where Laura majored in Recreation and Parks Management and Jack earned a degree in Geology with a concentration in quantitative geoscience, as well as a minor in math. A wedding in Asheville, N.C. is planned for July 30, 2021.

Friends of Crowders Mountain
begin trail work, Sat. June 5

Friends of Crowders Mountain, Inc. will begin trail work on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5, at 9 a.m., ending around noon.   Please arrive early to complete registration at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC.  Work is planned on the Pinnacle and/or Turnback Trail.  Litter pick up volunteers are also needed.  Tools, snacks, and drinks will be provided.   See facebook.com/FriendsOfCrowdersMtn or www.friendsofcrowders.com   If questions, contact park office at 704-853-5375.
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More than 1,000 applicants waited in line for their chance to fill one of 200 positions at the casino. The line stretched from the second floor, winding down the staircase and out onto the sidewalk. Photo by Scott Neisler

A thousand plus turn out for Catawba Two Kings Casino job fair

By Loretta Cozart

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, a steady stream of people converged upon the LeGrand Center at Cleveland Community College to apply for 200 positions available at Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. The casino plans for a pre-launch opening on July 1.
“This is exciting,” said Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris. “We have been talking about this for years and the day has finally come. Today we are hiring. I arrived at 11 am for the noon job fair and people were in line from the mezzanine, down the stairs, and continued out onto the sidewalk in a long line. This is amazing!”
The casino’s General Manager Chuck Kilroy said, “These people aren’t just looking for jobs. They are looking for the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an exciting gaming and hospitality operation that offers full-time employees health, dental and vision medical plans, life insurance coverage, paid vacation, and a 401K retirement savings plan. They want to become part be part of something bigger and build their careers.”
Once inside the Grand Ballroom, applicants went through four steps toward employment. To start, they completed an initial application. Those whose skill-sets matched positions open at the casino were processed into the next room. There, they were divided into groups and completed additional paperwork. Next, each applicant had a one-on-one interview. Finally, applicants were sent to the last step, going into the room where the magic happened, and they received job offers. The room was abuzz with conversation as those who started as applicants left the event as part of the casino’s first 200 employees. One new employee was so excited he was seen running to his car with an offer letter in hand.
“Not everyone who applied today got an offer,” General Manager Kilroy explained. “But we have many positions to fill and are keeping the names of all those who applied in our database. When we need more employees, we’ll refer back to this list and invite folks back for second interviews.”
One such applicant spoke to the Kings Mountain Herald saying, “I didn’t get an offer today, but my daughter did. She is so excited. I currently work in a local plant and the operations are winding down by the end of this year. I stood in line for six-and-half hours, but I didn’t mind. Everyone is so excited to be here. I have no doubt my experience will match with future positions as they become available, and I’ll get a job with them soon.”
When the casino opens, a temporary pre-launch gaming facility with 500 slot machines will provide an initial opportunity for patrons to game with limited food & beverage and other guest amenities.  In a year, the casino will move into it’s Introductory Phase with more than 1,800 slot machines available. “As we grow, we’ll need more staff in all areas of our operation, from finance, marketing and surveillance positions, cage personnel, drop team members, slot techs and attendants, housekeeping personnel, security staff, bartenders, cocktail servers, culinary and guest service representatives, as well as various supervisory positions,” Kilroy said.
Applicants must be 21 years old and have two valid forms of identification. Applicants were encouraged to bring a resume if they have one and be prepared to fill out an application and be interviewed.
Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort is being developed by the Catawba Nation at a 17-acre site at 538 Kings Mountain Blvd. in Kings Mountain. The site is near Interstate 85 and about 35 miles west of Charlotte.
The total $273 million casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout and thousands of construction jobs in the region. The Two Kings name celebrates the Catawba Nation’s history and hopeful future in their ancestral lands in North Carolina, paying tribute to the 18th century Catawba Chief King Hagler and the City of Kings Mountain.
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Wilson donates water to KMMS 

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Dianne Wilson donated 10 cases of bottled water for the students at Kings Mountain Middle School. She heard that students were unable to use the water fountains this year due to COVID guidelines and wanted to use her community  outreach program with this wonderful donation. KMMS thanks Mrs. Wilson for supporting the KMMS Patriot team. L-R: Susan Cloninger receives the water from Dianne.
Photo by Windy Bagwell
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Beth Yarbrough and Ashley Oliphant

Get your tickets now
Museum presents story of
Pirate Jean Laffite on July 15

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Join Kings Mountain Historical Museum for a local author talk and book signing with mother-daughter team Beth Yarbrough and Ashley Oliphant and dive into their research on the Pirate Jean Laffite connection to Lorenzo Ferrer in Lincolnton, NC. Were they the same man?
Tickets are on sale now and are limited to 35 people. Cost is $8 per person and can be ordered via the Kings Mountain Historical Museum’s Facebook page. Scroll down to the Eventbrite link.
One of America's Longest-Running Mysteries takes a fresh look at the various myths and legends surrounding one of the last great pirates. Beginning in 1805, the book traces Laffite through his rise to power as a privateer and smuggler in the Gulf, his involvement in the Battle of New Orleans, his flight to Texas, and his eventual disappearance in the waters of the Caribbean. With stunning revelations, this book picks up the trail from there a trail that no one knew existed until now. This carefully researched work is a bona fide wild ride that will silence long-held speculation about Laffite's ultimate fate.
Speaking of  the book, Myrick Howard, president of Preservation North Carolina said, “This book offers a deep dive into a lingering mystery in American history. Hero and villain Jean Laffite deserves - and gets - a fresh look, and the authors reveal the last hidden decades of his complicated life. They also give us a history lesson about the times and places surrounding the unfolding drama. A fascinating read!”
This event will adhere to social distancing protocols and guidelines in place at the time of the event. Masks and temperature checks will be required upon entry.
Kings Mountain Historical Museum is at 100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Kim Eagle

Eagle joins Wingate
Board of Trustees

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Wingate University is pleased to announce the addition of Gaston County Manager Kim Eagle to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Eagle has a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Wingate University. While at Wingate, Dr. Eagle got her feet wet with public service by working for Gastonia’s congressional district offices for two consecutive summers. "As an alumna and with a master's degree in higher education, Dr. Eagle is a great addition to our board and will help drive the university forward," Dr. Rhett Brown, President of Wingate University said. Dr. Eagle will serve until 2024.
 “Dr. Kimberly Scism Eagle is the daughter of Gene and Eleanor Scism.
She is married to Keith and they have 3 children”

Free six-week summer school program
available to NC families

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

On Friday, Governor Cooper passed into law H.B. 82, Summer Learning Choice for NC Families to create a new summer school option for students who have fallen behind due to remote learning.
Governor Cooper spoke of the Bill saying, “This pandemic has challenged students and teachers like never before. Providing a summer opportunity for academic growth plus mental and physical health will help schools begin to address those challenges.”
Specifically, House Bill 82 will create a six week in-person and fully-funded summer school program available to every family if they so choose.
“Parents are ready to see their children going back to school and to recover from the learning loss that has occurred during the pandemic,” said Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), who is also the lead sponsor of the bill. “After bipartisan work from the House and Senate and input from educators around the state, this legislation will give North Carolina families an option for their children to grow and learn during this summer.”
Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston), who is Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee, said, “I am proud to have been a primary sponsor of HB 82. This legislation is crucial for us to combat the learning deficit that has occurred due to the pandemic. As always, I will continue to work on legislation that will help our children during this time so that they can reach their American Dream.”
The summer school program would offer core academic courses, as well as enrichment classes in the arts and physical activities. The bill has strong support from local superintendents and education advocates, including Disability Rights NC.
No specific details have been provided regarding the optional six week in-person and fully-funded summer school program available to NC families. As details become available, they will be shared.
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April Library news

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library offers a variety of activities for children and adults. Throughout the month of April, the following activities remain:
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Pre-school, 0 – 5 years. Register at the library’s website and you will be sent a URL. Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. Registration Required.
Document Shredding, April 12, 3 pm – 6 pm. Have you been meaning to shred those personal documents piling up? Bring them to Mauney Library! The shred truck will destroy your documents on-site to keep your information safe. 3 document boxes or 75lbs limit. Personal shredding only.
Author Talk: Myla Athitang, Monday, April 19, Adult. This local Kings Mountain author talks about her poetry and her first published book, Annalise: Twenty Years Everlasting. Register for a free copy of Annalise (while supplies last). This is an online event. Register at the library’s website and you will be sent a URL.
Bedtime Storytime, Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 - 8 pm for Pre-school, 0 – 5 years. Miss Anne presents a bedtime story every month, live over Zoom, held the fourth Tuesday of every month. This is an online event over Zoom. Visit the library’s website for the URL.
3D Printing with the Mauney Makerspace: Turn your 3D creations into physical objects with our 3D printer! Compress your 3D file into a .ZIP or .RAR file and send it to us using the following form. Don't worry about the cost: it's free! To use this service, complete the 3-D Request form at the library website. (3D Model files must be submitted as a compressed file such as .zip or .rar)
Seed Library Now Available: True-to-type seeds, Heirloom Varieties, Advice on planting, Take seeds or contribute your own. Call or visit for more info.
Library hours: are Monday - Friday - 9a to 5p.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue Kings Mountain, NC 28086 Phone: 704-739-2371
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Gateway Trail damage

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Gateway Trail damage at Hamrick Overlook $500 reward offered – Last week, Gateway Trail President Shirley Brutko reported damage to the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Hamrick Overlook at the top of the Cardio Trail and offered a reward of $500 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever was responsible. To make a report, call 704-739-9663 or call the local police department at 704-734-0444.

Text Mountain Street Pharmacy
now for COVID-19 vaccine

Mountain Street Pharmacy is offering free COVID-19 Moderna vaccines to anyone 18-years of age and older. Those wishing to get the vaccine should text immediately to 980-291-2089. Include your name, phone number, and that you want your shot.

Streetscape work continues

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s Streetscape work continues this week. Listed below is the planned work for the next two weeks.
Week of Apr. 12 
• Sewer "slip-lining" project will be completed along Battleground. (This work was delayed one week due to materials)
• Water main replacement (revised). Public Works crews will be temporality closing Mountain Street on April 12 beginning at 8:00am and requiring approximately 6 hours. Work will remove the existing sidewalk in front of 138 W. Mountain to install a waterline for fire protection. The street pavement and sidewalk will be replaced with a temporary asphalt sidewalk after the waterline is installed until the new streetscape sidewalk is installed this summer/fall.
Week of Apr. 19 
• Gas line extension in the parking area north of Mountain Street to serve new users
   Remember, this project is going to be disruptive at times for all of our downtown businesses. Please park in the parking lots and/or opposite side of the street from construction activity to enable our team to complete their tasks as efficiently as possible. Please read our periodic updates so you're up to date on what's going on or may have changed.

Hospice CC holds Daylily Fundraiser

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Hospice Cleveland County is currently hosting a Daylily Fundraiser. For $100, donors receive a beautiful Daylily. Director of Marketing and Public Relations Pam Sharts shared, “We are very grateful to Mr. Paul Owen at Slightly Different Nursery for creating this beautiful Daylily named "Definition of Peace" just for Hospice Cleveland County.” Paul Owen is a multi-award winning Daylily hybridizer.
To support Hospice Cleveland County with your donation, visit HospiceCares.cc and click LEARN MORE at the bottom of the page, or call 704-751-3573. The fundraiser continues until May 21.
You will receive a special invitation to pick up your plant in late June at Slightly Different Nursery located at 2812 Hollis Road in Polkville.

East Gold Street Wesleyan Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church held their Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10 am-12 pm. The free event was for children ages birth-5th grade.
“We are just so happy with the turnout. There were so many kids here today and they looked like they were having a good time with their families,” organizer Rainey Frady said. “We are glad they could spend time outside with their families and celebrate Easter.”
There were plenty of snacks, music, prizes , a story time, and lots of fun.
Others who helped organize the event included Kansas Pardo, Iris Frady, Allison Houser, Carmen Houser, Lynn Butz, Renee Whitney, and Eric Pardo.
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Artist’s rendering of Jimmy Wayne’s mural at the Joy Performance Theater. Photo provided

Jimmy Wayne mural coming soon to a theater near you

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

A mural of Jimmy Wayne will soon grace the north side of the Joy Performance Theater, as work begins in April as part of the North Carolina Musician Murals project. The Kings Mountain native became a foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author, whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.
"Jimmy is a shining example of the power of music; but more than that, he's never forgotten where he came from and is always giving back," said Angela Padgett, Vice President of the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame. "We're thrilled to have Jimmy, a true hometown hero, be part of our board of directors."
Having recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of finishing his walk halfway across America - Project Meet Me Halfway - to raise awareness to the plight of more than 30,000 children in foster care, Jimmy, a Cleveland County native, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author of 'Walk To Beautiful'. Jimmy's songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for these forgotten youth.
Jimmy's hits include "Stay Gone," "Paper Angels," "I Love You This Much" and "Do You Believe Me Now," which earned BMI's prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving more than one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded "Sara Smile" with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.
In 2005, Jimmy became the youngest recipient of The William Booth Award, one of the highest honors that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army.
In 2012, Jimmy lobbied to pass legislative bills extending the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in California and Tennessee.
In 2013, Jimmy's first film, 'Paper Angels' (UPtv) became an instant holiday classic and in 2014 he released 'Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way' (Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins) which became a three-time New York Times bestseller, crossing the 170,000 sales milestone, in early 2019, and becoming a #1 bestseller at Amazon.
In 2016 Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), while simultaneously contributing to the extension of foster care services from age 18 to 21 in North Carolina and Ohio.
In 2017, Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University. In 2018 he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Cal State University San Marcos and most recently, (May 2019) he was honored by the National Council for Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.
Jimmy has shared his story - The Power of One - around the world as a keynote speaker and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 224 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to give back through his non-profit awareness campaign, Project MeetMe Halfway. For more about Jimmy Wayne, visit www.jimmywayne.com.
The North Carolina Musician Murals project describes how this project evolved. “The trail to the North Carolina Musician Murals begins in Chapel Hill, on a wall inside Pepper’s Pizza (pictured below), more than a decade ago. It’s where Scott Nurkin, owner of The Mural Shop, arranged portraits of renowned musicians from around the state, many of whom he idolized as a drummer growing up in Charlotte. The deal worked in his favor two ways: it showcased his work and, in exchange for the decor, he received ‘free pizza for life.’”
“When Pepper’s shuttered in 2013, Nurkin ate his last comped slice, but the art lived on, thanks to Mark Katz, then chair of UNC’s Department of Music, who purchased the lot and commissioned more to display in Hill Hall on campus. They remain there, a small piece of North Carolina music history preserved.”
“Today, the NCMM trail is coming together as Nurkin ultimately envisioned it—as large-scale murals in the hometowns of the musicians he originally honored at Pepper’s. In collaboration with Backdrop, a Raleigh-based consultancy, The Mural Shop is hitting the road; from John Coltrane on the historic Opera House in Hamlet to Earl Scruggs on Newgrass Brewing Co. in Shelby, the project reaches communities small and large, rural and urban, in every part of North Carolina. It’s our hope you visit, share with friends and family, and help us appreciate the legacy of some of the finest musicians the world has ever known.”
In the next few weeks, keep an eye on the Joy Performance Theater, as Kings Mountain’s Jimmy Wayne takes his place in history.

Patrick Senior Center events

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

By Lynn Lail

 Steps to Health – Take Control: The Patrick Senior Center is offering the Steps to Health–Take Control program via Zoom by Nancy Abasiekong with the NC Cooperative Extension. Join Nancy in this 8 week program to learn lifelong habits to help you eat healthier and be more  physically active. Classes will be on Thursdays, 1:30 pm—2:30 pm. Class Dates are April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Session materials can be picked up at the Senior Center. Please call the Center at 704-734-0447 to register and get the Zoom link.
Interest Meeting for Upcoming Rock-a-Thon Fundraiser: The Patrick Senior Center is sponsoring an Interest Meeting for an upcoming Rock-a-Thon fundraiser in support of the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Join us on Thursday, April 8 via Zoom from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm to learn about how to get involved to support whose who are affected by Alzheimer’s. We need people to donate rockers for the day, sign up to rock, and also people who can donate to the cause. Everyone is welcome to support this fun event! Please call the center at 704-734-0447 to register and get the Zoom link.
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Kathlene Frances Miller and Charles David Canipe

Engagement announced

(March 31, 2021 Issue)

Tim and Shearra Miller of Kings Mountain, NC, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kathlene Frances Miller of Kings Mountain, NC to Charles David Canipe of Cherryville, NC, son of Dale and Teresa Canipe of Cherryville, NC.
Ms. Miller is the granddaughter of Mrs. Geneva Beachum of Charlotte, NC.  She is a 2006 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, and a 2010 graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She is employed as a first grade teacher at East Elementary in Kings Mountain, NC.
Mr. Canipe is a 2004 graduate of West Lincoln High School and a 2011 graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.  He is the founder and co-owner of Canipe Farms Shavings and Hay Supply Company in Cherryville, NC.
The happy couple met through mutual friends.  A small family ceremony is planned for April 10, with a formal wedding celebration September 11, 2021, at Zimmerwald Estate in Ellenboro, NC.  The couple will reside in Cherryville. 
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From left, Dr. Nicole Waters, associate provost of the GWU College of Health Sciences; Brooklyn Kilby, nursing student; Kim Downs, GWU First Lady; Carlene Smith, nursing student; Georgie McAbee, assistant nurse manager for the Neo-Natal ICU, Pediatrics, and Peds ICU at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System; and Dr. Tracy Arnold, dean of the Hunt School of Nursing.

Kim Downs, Gardner-Webb First Lady, Sews Pillowcases for Children in the Hospital

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Handmade, Cheerful Designs Donated to Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—For a child, going to the hospital can be an unpleasant, frightening experience. Volunteers have discovered a way to help ease the fear and tension by donating hand-sewn, colorful character pillowcases that children can call their own. Joining the ranks of those volunteers is Gardner-Webb University First Lady Kim Downs, wife of president Dr. William M. Downs.
On March 11, Kim donated 100 pillowcases to Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Healthcare System, which were accepted by Georgie McAbee, assistant nurse manager for the Neo-Natal ICU, Pediatrics, and Peds ICU. Also on hand for the presentation were College of Health Sciences Associate Provost Dr. Nicole Waters, Hunt School of Nursing Dean Dr. Tracy Arnold and Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator Dr. Sarah Tate.
Before McAbee took the pillowcases, Waters said a prayer of blessing over them, which she adapted for the occasion from a prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Little ones, this is our prayer for you.
We pray these pillowcases bring smiles when sadness intrudes, comfort on difficult days, rainbows to follow the clouds, and hugs when your spirits are low. We pray for the faith in healing so that you can believe and accept the truth of the Great Physician. We pray for blessings upon the hands that created this work, the courageous hands that will surround this work daily to provide care, and the tiny hands of the little ones as they seek comfort in this beautiful work. We give you thanks in all circumstances!
May God be the Glory for this Joy! Amen.
Kim first heard about the need for children’s pillowcases from Maynard’s Children’s Hospital when she and Dr. Downs lived in Greenville, N.C. “It was an ideal ministry for me, because as a pharmacist, I had an odd work schedule that often prevented me from getting involved with weekly, set time ministries,” Kim related. “After we moved here, I met Gardner-Webb alumna Barbara Greene, and that’s when the idea of a Gardner Webb pillowcase ministry really took off.”
Greene and others from Boiling Springs Baptist Church have been sewing pillowcases for various children’s nonprofit organizations for several years. During halftime at a GWU men’s basketball game last season, Downs and Greene shared pictures of the pillowcases they have made. “Barbara even gave me a tutorial of how to sew the pillowcases with French seams, so that there are no frayed edges on the inside,” Kim elaborated. “In hindsight, the timing was fabulous, because soon COVID shut everything down, and all of a sudden, I had a lot of free time on my hands. So, I sewed.”
When Leah Clevenger, director of Alumni Relations, and Nate Evans, vice president of Advancement, saw the cheerful pillowcases with koala bears, mermaids, dinosaurs, kittens, dogs, flowers, planets, airplanes, etc., Clevenger immediately had an idea. “She suggested donating them to the hospitals where our nursing students train,” Kim explained. “I love that these pillowcases will bring some sunshine to hospitalized children. It’s a blessing to me to sew them, and I hope they will be a blessing to the children as well.”
Kim plans to keep sewing to have more pillowcases to donate. “I’ve since recruited several friends who love to sew, and they are making pillowcases as well,” she shared. “My hope is that we can make 500 pillowcases per year for the hospitals, but I’d love to expand the ministry to some of our United Way partners, as well. I encourage others to get involved too—either by sewing or making donations to help cover the cost of fabric.”
Monetary donations to the Bulldog Pillowcase Ministry, may be made to Clevenger at lclevenger@gardner-webb.edu. Those who want to join the “Seam Team” and sew pillowcases, may contact Kim at kdowns@gardner-webb.edu.
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(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Editor’s Note: (The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “50 Years of Serving Children” by Cleveland County School 
Food Service Association.)

Diana Hamrick
KM Middle School
6 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken 
2 cups rice
1 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. sage
¼ cup margarine, melted
Pour rice in casserole dish. Place chicken on rice. Mix soup with 1 can of water and chicken broth. Pour over rice and chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix sage with melted margarine. Pour over chicken and rice. Cook for 1 hour on 350 degrees. Serves 6.

Patsy Rountree
KM Schools
1 chicken, cooked and 
2 cups broth
1 can cream of chicken

1 stick margarine, melted
2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups buttermilk
Place chicken in 9x12 dish. Bring broth and soup to boil. Remove from heat and pour over chicken. Mix margarine, flour, and buttermilk and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Brown at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

Mary Bennett
4 cups cooked squash, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients together. Drop by tablespoons into pan with oil and fry until browned.

Annie Mae Berry
Grover Elementary
2 ½ cups self-rising flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 pkg. yeast in ¼ cup warm water
4 Tbsp. Crisco
1 cup buttermilk
Mix all ingredients; kneed and set in refrigerator overnight. Kneed again. Cut  biscuits and  let rise for at least 2 hours, then bake. Makes 12 to 16 biscuits.

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church
Easter Egg Hunt April 3

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church will hold their Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, 10 am-12 pm. This is a free event for ages birth-5th grade.
There will be snacks, story time, music, prizes and lots of fun.
Bring your own basket.
They will follow Covid-9 safe guidelines.

East Gold Street Wesleyan
Food Pantry March 25

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

The Good Neighbors food pantry at East Gold Street Wesleyan church will be open Thursday, March 25th  from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Drive around to the back of the church and we will deliver to your car.

KMPD welcomes Officer John Tinoco

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s newest Police Officer that was sworn in on March 11, at City Hall. City Clerk Karen Tucker swore him in as Mayor Pro Tem Keith Miller presided over the ceremony.
“KMPD is very proud to welcome Officer John Tinoco to our KMPD family. He will be an asset to this department and to the community in Kings Mountain that he serves,” said Chief Proctor. “We are very proud to have him join our team.
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Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

I recently learned of a time capsule buried on the campus of KMHS in 1964, while the Phifer Road facility was under construction. Former teacher Carolyn McWhirter taught history at KMHS, then housed at Central’s campus on Ridge Street.
As an assignment, students brought to class items for a time capsule. A student’s parent fabricated the capsule, and all the items were sealed inside. The students put the capsule in the courtyard of the new school for safekeeping. The year was approximately 1964 and Carolyn’s husband Carl recently shared the story with me. He cannot remember the exact date the capsule was placed, but said it was done while the walls of the school were under construction.
It has been a tough year for me, and even more so for the McWhirter family, because Carolyn passed away one year ago last week. Carl remembered the story and shared it with me on Thursday. He participated in the project and said the students dug down several feet, placed the capsule, and put a bag of concrete on top of it, “to prevent the Shelby Lions from digging it up.” (The schools were in a heated rivalry then; I guess some things never change.) The time capsule was then covered over with dirt.
I am interested to see if the time capsule is still there. Wouldn’t that make a great story for the paper and a great lesson for students? The exact location of the capsule was also shared, and I wondered if the school would be interested in digging the time capsule to see what the students of 1964 thought future generations might be interested to learn about them. I reached out to Dr. Stephen Fisher at Cleveland County Schools and await a decision from him.
Carolyn McWhirter was an excellent History teacher. Later in her career she impacted countless lives as a guidance counselor by encouraging students to continue their educations after high school. From my own personal experience, I can attest that Carolyn was an exceptional teacher, mentor, and friend who loved her students dearly.
Carl estimated that 25 students participated in the project, going to new KMHS campus to place the marker. If you participated in this exercise, please let me know. When I write my next article on this topic, I would love to include students’ perspectives on the activity and the process they used to determine what should be placed in the time capsule. If we do find the capsule, I’ll be sure to photograph the contents to share the story with our readers.
Loretta Cozart can be reached by email at LHCozart@cccom.com.
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Legislators allege wrongdoing
regarding casino, but offer no proof

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

AG Stein says he has no jurisdiction 

By Loretta Cozart

Mayor Scott Neisler reached out to the Herald on Sunday regarding a story that ran on WRAL News on Friday, March 19, and an interview he had with the news outlet earlier that day.
“I am being open with the Herald, because I want to be transparent and say there is no truth to the allegations regarding my family and the casino, as is alleged in a letter written by Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, and thirteen NC Democrats and who requested an inquiry by Attorney General Josh Stein.”
In the story by Travis Fain, WRAL’s statehouse reporter, “Fisher and other lawmakers who signed the letter asking Stein to intervene said they couldn't point to specific wrongdoing, but they worry about land deals surrounding the project and who stands to gain.”
Mayor Neisler is mentioned specifically in the letter alleging he and his family stand to benefit from the casino being built nearby. “This is, yet again, another heavy handed attempt by the Eastern Band of  the Cherokee Indians to influence the outcome of the casino in Kings Mountain,” Mayor Scott Neisler said. “The Cherokees have estimated they will lose 100 million dollars when the Catawba open up so it is understandable why they are doing anything they can to stop it!”
The story also reported, “The casino letter was circulated by a lobbyist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,” however the lobbyist was not named. The story went on to report that “many of the signers are from western North Carolina, where the Cherokee tribe has stronger political influence. But some are from the Triangle area.”
   The letter got no traction with AG Stein and the story went on to report, “The attorney general plans to decline, with a spokeswoman telling WRAL News on Friday that the office ‘does not have authority to launch an investigation like this’ without a request from a local district attorney.”
In the article, WRAL reported “Neisler told them Friday that he would welcome an investigation. He said he doesn't expect to profit from the casino and that the roughly 700 acres his family owns a few miles from the project is, for the most part, being mined and ‘not buildable because of the mineral rights on it. This heavy-handed pressure the Cherokees have put on our state legislators by attempting to manufacture a conspiracy theory is shameful,’ he added.”
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Pictured L-R: West Elementary Principal Heather Pagan, Jazmine Jimenez-Chaires and Booster Club President Mark McDaniel.

Jazine Jimenez-Chaires
KMHS Booster Club
Good Citizen of Week

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain High School Booster Club would like to honor Jazmine Jimenez-Chaires as their Good Citizen of the week. Jazmine is a 4th grade student at West Elementary School in Mrs. Patrick’s class.
Jazmine is an incredible student that exemplifies positive characteristics in the total school environment each day. She excels academically and displays an optimistic attitude that is contagious. Jasmine is always willing to help others on campus. She is very kind to her peers and respectful to all adults. Outside of school she enjoys art and dance.
Jazmine is the daughter of Alex Gutirrez and Claudia Chaires.
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John McGill, left, received recognition as a Main Street Champion in 2020. Photo by Christy Conner

John McGill named a Main Street Champion of 2020

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

34 North Carolina Main Street Champions were recognized virtually for their commitment to downtown revitalization and strong communities during a virtual recognition ceremony    on March 11.
Kings Mountain’s John McGill was recognized for renovating 133 W. Mountain Street last year and the building is now being used as one of Kings Mountain’s newest restaurants. Thirty-eight Main Street Champions received honors for contributions to their Main Street programs and downtown districts last year. Including the 2020 honorees, 804 Champions have been recognized since 2000.
 “There are three keys to economic development success: public-private partnerships that share in the effort and jointly celebrate the successes of projects; economic development strategies that leverage local assets for authentic enhancements and improvements; and local champions that are leading the effort every step of the way,” said Kenny Flowers, Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development at the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  “The Main Street program throughout the state, is the epitome of the implementation of these three key components of success.”
“N.C. Commerce and N.C. Main Street have been recognizing Main Street Champions for more than two decades. We know that the success of downtown districts is because of the people behind the effort, and each year, we recognize the visionary individuals that have a strong sense of commitment to their community. They develop projects that improve quality of life, grow cultural and recreational development, renovate historic properties and spur investment and create jobs and businesses,” said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center.
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(March 17, 2021 Issue)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “Monumental 
Recipes,’’ a cookbook by Kings Mountain 
Woman’s Club.)

Cup & Saucer Tea Room
2 or 3 tomatoes sliced to
  cover bottom of pie 
Sprinkling of dried basil
Bunch of chopped green 
1 9-inch prebaked deep 
   dish pie crust
1 c. cheddar cheese, 
1 c/ mozzarella cheese, 
1 c/ mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer tomato slices, basil and onion in baked pie shell. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together cheese and mayonnaise. Spread on top of tomatoes and bake until lightly browned.

Marty Blanton KMPD
1 lb. No. 3 can Pork N 
1 lb. sausage
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. molasses
½ cup catsup
½ cup water
Prepared mustard to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large deep casserole dish, empty Pork N Beans, cooked and drained sausage, brown sugar, molasses, catsup, water, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for one hour in 350- degree oven. (if you don’t have molasses, increase brown sugar by 2 T).

Jerry Tessneer KMPD
1 lb. cube steak
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can cream of chicken soup
Flour and salt and pepper steak. Then fry it until it is brown on both sides. Put your soups in a large pot. Mix well and put cube steak in the soup and let it simmer for about 1 hour. It will melt in your mouth.

Jean Davis
16 oz. marshmallows, melted
1 box white raisins
16 oz. cherries, sliced
1 box graham crackers, crushed
1 cup milk
3 cups chopped pecans
Save 12 cherries and 12 pecans for top of cake. Mix ingredients together. Line graham cracker box with foil. Pack mixture into box. Refrigerate 12 hours before serving.

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Denise Wright

Denise Wright named
Realtor of the Year

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Denise Wright wof Coldwell Banker Mountain View, was named Realtor of the Year by the Cleveland County Association of Realtors.
The purpose of this award is to recognize a Realtor member of the association who has made significant contributions during the year or over a period of years to their profession and their community.
Wright is a Realtor/Broker and President of Mountain View Real Estate Inc.  She is a native of Cleveland County, a graduate of Burns High School and UNC Charlotte. Her career in Real Estate began in 2004.
She has been very active in Cleveland County Associations of Realtors, having served on the Finance, Legislative, MLS, Scholarship and Core Standards Committees, on a NCAR committee and as an officer of the Association.  Denise has served the association as Treasurer for 6 years.
Within the community, Wright serves on the boards of the Department of Social Services and Crime Stoppers. She is a member of the Junior Charity League of Shelby and Eastside Baptist Church, and participates with a team in the annual Relay for Life.
Denise is also a multi year recipient of Coldwell Bankers Presidents Award, most recently Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle for her production in 2020. This is Awarded to individual sales associates who are in the top 5% of all Coldwell Banker Agents.
Coldwell Banker is the oldest and most recognized name in real estate with offices all over the United States and the world. Coldwell Banker has been working since 1903 to help clients b    uy and sell real estate.
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Cub Scout Pack 93 with K9 Officer CJ Cooke.

Cub Scouts meet for first time in a year  to thank law enforcement officers

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

After a year without meeting, Cub Scout Pack 93 from East Elementary school has joined forces with Pack 92 at Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain where can finally meet.
As a recent service project and a thank you to Kings Mountain Police department, the Lion, Tiger and Wolf dens put together a thank you treat bag. Each bag contained a  Survival Kit for Law Enforcement Officers.
• Life Saver: To remind you of the many times  you’ve been one.
• Starburst: For the burst of energy you’ll need.
• Payday: Because you are not doing it for the money.
• Paper Clip: To help you hold it all together.
• Hershey Kisses: To show our Love for you.
• Gum: To help your unit stick together.
• Tootsie Roll: To help you roll with the punches.
• Peppermint Patty: To help keep your mind cool.
• Snickers: To remind you to keep your sense of humor.
• Mounds: For the “mounds” of courage you need.
Thank you for your service.
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Deborah Hoyle, left, accepts her American Legion Volunteer Hospital pin from District Director Linda Quinlan. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Hoyle and Lemmon honored for service to Veterans

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Deborah Hoyle and Patsy Payne Lemmon were recognized for service hours to veterans during the March 11 meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155. District 13 District Director Linda Quinlan awarded Deborah Hoyle the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Hospital pin and bar for 4,000 hours of service.
Patsy Payne Lemmon was unable to attend, so Hoyle received on her behalf the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Hospital pin and bar for 300 hours of service. Lemmon drove Hoyle to purchase materials and often contributed toward her projects.
Hoyle crochets afghans and lapghans for veterans in local nursing homes. Together, she and Lemmon delivered those needed items to veterans for many years.
“These women exemplify what it means to be American Legion Auxiliary members. Supporting our veterans is at the core of the American Legion Auxiliary and our mission. The number of hours these women volunteered is amazing. It is with great honor I award these pins to Deborah and Pat,” Quinlan said.
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Kellie Jayne Ford – Blake Stillwell

Ford-Stillwell Engagement

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Mr. and  Mrs. Jay Ford of Kings Mountain, NC are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kellie Jayne Ford of Kings Mountain, NC to Darren Blake Stillwell of Gastonia, NC, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sonny ‘Pete’ Stillwell of Gastonia, NC.
Miss Ford is the granddaughter of Mrs. Patsy Shumaker of Charlotte, NC and Mrs. Mamie Ford of Lenoir, NC. She is a 2013 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, a 2017 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree of Communications, a 2018 graduate of Liberty University with a Master’s degree of Human Resource Counseling and is currently working on her PHD. She is employed as a 6th grade teacher at Kings Mountain Intermediate School.
Mr. Stillwell is the grandson of Carol Garrison of Gastonia, NC. He is a 2012 graduate of Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia, and a 2017 graduate of Gardner Webb University with a Bachelor’s degree of Sports Management. He is currently employed as a Residential Sales Representative for Dominion Energy in Gastonia, NC.
The happy couple met at Chapel Grove Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. The wedding is planned for November 6, 2021 at Spinning Leaf Vineyard in Shelby, NC. The couple will reside in Cherryville.

State Highway Patrol 
non-profit foundation

 (March 17, 2021 Issue)

The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the first ever non-profit 501(c)(3) titled “North Carolina State Highway Patrol Foundation.”
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s non-profit foundation was founded by Board Chairwoman, Melissa Sutherland and is comprised of local business leaders, community members, legal and financial professionals whose primary mission is to support the organization’s needs in the areas of training, equipment and other invaluable tools which would strengthen our mission by providing the highest level of service and protection to the citizens of this state. More importantly, the foundation will provide immediate financial assistance to members and their families who are either critically injured or die while in the performance of their duties.
"Our resolve to carry out our honorable mission is unwavering and will remain steadfast as we address the needs of our members and their families," said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr.  "The bravery, courage and tireless work displayed by both past and present members, truly merits the cause behind this great foundation."
For more information, please go to www.ncshpfoundation.org to learn more about the foundation’s mission, the Board of Directors, donating options and upcoming events.

Easter Sunrise service planned

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain Ministerial Association will be leading in an Easter Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 7:00 a.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The service will be held around the large white cross in the cemetery.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to Eastside Baptist Church, 308 York Road, Kings Mountain.  If the event is held inside, everyone  is requested to wear a mask.
The Easter Sunrise message will be delivered by Pastor Ron Caulder from Eastside Baptist Church.  Special music will be provided by East Gold Wesleyan Church.
Everyone is invited to attend.  The service will be approximately 30 minutes.
Come and let’s celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus!
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Dr. William Downs, President of Gardner-Webb University received his COVID shot from Jacob Wallace at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Cleveland Community College on March 5. Mountain Street Pharmacy and Shelby Drugstore in conjuection with Cleveland County Health Center hosted the clinic. Photos provided

Community responds to administer additional vaccines

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Mountain Street Pharmacy and Shelby Drugstore, in conjunction with the Cleveland County Public Health Center, hosted a COVID-19 Vaccine clinic on Friday, March 5 at Cleveland Community College.
Organizer and Pharmacist Allan Propst, BS R.PH, spoke of the event, “All in all, I was very pleased.”
This was a team effort, and he thanks everyone who assisted in organizing and manning the vaccine clinic, putting 300 shots into arms, and moving Cleveland County closer toward herd immunity.
“First, I’d like to thank DeShay Oliver, Deputy Health Director of Cleveland County Public Health Center for reaching out to Mountain Street Pharmacy and Shelby Drug Store to administer the COVID vaccines,” Propst said. “I also want to thank Director of Pharmacy, Dr. Chris Breeze, Pharm.D. for his help”
Once the decision was made to move ahead with the clinic, a location many could access was needed, and Cleveland Community College (CCC) was a logical location. “Many thanks to the COVID Response Team of CCC who got the necessary approvals from President Dr. Jason Hurst. Allen Kniceley, Director of Human Resources, Safety and Organizational Development and Bruce Mack, EdD, were a great help with the logistical aspects at the site,” Propst said.
The team was tasked with vaccinating 300 people from the community, including faculty and staff from Gardner-Webb University and Cleveland Community College. President Dr. William Downs and Barry Lane, Director - Environmental and Occupational Safety approved additional support from the university.
“Many thanks go to Gardner Webb’s Hunt School of Nursing, including Dr. Nicole Waters, Associate Provost for the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Anna Hamrick, Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Nursing, and Esther Porter, Clinical Administrative Coordinator of the PA program who managed the workflow and provided nine nursing students for the clinic,” Propst said.
Mountain Street Pharmacy provided Pharmacist immunizers including Allan Propst, Everett Lewis, Jr., Jacob Wallace, and Retired Registered Nurse Mary Lou Ware.
Shelby Drug Pharmacy Pharmacist Immunizers were Gary Hardin and Jeff Nunnery, along with Certified Tech Immunizer Mark Woodall and Pharmacy Tech Angela Poston.
Community volunteers from The Walt Disney Company included Jim Larson, Wayne Hawkins, and Barbara Justice. Additional community volunteers included Tricia Propst, Megan Poston, and Allison Houser.
Allan Propst also thanks Tabitha Thomas from Patrick Senior Center for taking calls and scheduling screenings. Additionally, CCC’s EMS Instructor, Matt Childers approved providing Adjunct Instructor Brandon Ferguson to be on-site the entire day.
“This was definitely a group effort and I am grateful to all those who helped through the roles they played. The event ran very smoothly and that can be attributed to the professionals who volunteered to help in this effort. It was hard work but made for a very rewarding day,” Propst concluded.
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Pictured L-R Principal Amy Allen, Marshall Frye and Booster Club President Mark McDaniel. (photo proviced)

Marshall Frye honored as
KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High School Booster Club would like to honor
Marshall Frye, fourth grader from North Elementary School as their Good
Marshall is the son of Justin and Kimberly Frye. His grandparents are Randy and Lynda Frye of Kings Mountain, Cathy Carter of Martinsville, VA and the late John Carter.
Marshall enjoys playing video games, spending time outside with his brothers, working in the garden, swimming, reading, drawing and playing piano. His favorite subject at school is reading.
Marshall exemplifies the true meaning of citizenship. He believes in treating other individuals the way he wants to be treated. He stands up for what he believes to be the right way. Marshall is a responsible, hard-working student, and he is a true example of integrity.
He is a positive role model to others by being informative, active and involved with his family, peers, school, teachers and community.

Food pantry
March 11

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

The Good Neighbors food pantry at East Gold Street Wesleyan church will be open Thursday, March 11th  from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Drive around to the back of the church we will deliver to your car. 

Peoples Church
31st Anniversary

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Peoples Church, Kings Mtn. NC will be celebrating the 31st Pastoral Anniversary of  Dr. John and Lady Fonda Houze on Sunday, March 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM.
All are cordially invited to come and celebrate this  historical and blessed event  honoring all God has done, is doing and will do at Peoples Church.
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Patrick Senior Center happenings

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

By Tabitha Thomas

• S.H.O.P. Food Pantry: Please call if you need food, Depends, Boost, or a mask. We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by!
• Friday Drive Through: Feel free to drop by each Friday morning between 10 am and 12 pm to pick up a goodie bag and say hello! We ask that you drive around the front of the center and pull around to the back under the canopy. We will be smiling behind our masks and ready to say hello! Please stay in your car, and we will bring your goodie bag to you.
• Facebook LIVE: We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show every Monday through Thursday morning at 10 am. Come join us for conversation, updates, and riddles!
• Weekly Wellness: Join us each Thursday morning on Facebook LIVE at 11 am to 11:30 am for an exercise routine, some deep breathing or stretching. You will be glad you did!
• Senior Center Donations Needed: Personal hygiene products, Depends, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, cleaning & laundry products, masks, activity books, canned and dry goods, microwavable meals, and pet food. Individually packaged items: pudding, fruit, soup, Pop Tarts, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, oatmeal, grits, etc.
• Conference Call Programs: Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am to 11 am and Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Once you sign up, you will be given a phone number to call and a list of guidelines will be mailed to you, or you can drive by the Senior Center to pick them up.
• Senior Games: Monday, April 12—Friday, April 16. If you would like information about the 2021 Senior Games, please call Karen Grigg. Deadline to sign up is April 1.
• Mobile Red Cross Blood Drive: Friday, April 16, 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Patrick Senior Center. Please call Karen Grigg at the Center to schedule an appointment. Your donation could save a life!
• Zoom Knitting Class: (Online via Zoom) on Tuesdays, 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Call Karen Grigg to get the link to join.
 • Programs are open to people ages 55 and up. For updates or more information of any of these events, please call 704-734-0447.
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Recipe Corner

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “100 Years in the Kitchen,” a cookbook by Women of the Church of First Presbyterian Church.”

Ginny Maner
½ lb. butter
½ cup margarine
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ t. baking powder
½ cup cocoa
1 ¼ cup whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
(All ingredients at room temperature.)
Cream butter, margarine and sugar well. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa together. Add 5 eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Add flour mixture alternately with milk. Add vanilla last. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes in a greased then dusted with cocoa in a Bundt pan.

Jane King
3 small pkgs. instant 
  vanilla pudding
5 cups milk
1 small carton sour cream
1 large Cool Whip (leave
   some for topping)
Vanilla wafers
Mix first 4 ingredients and layer beginning with wafers, adding bananas, then pudding, etc. Place remainder of Cool Whip on top layer of pudding.

Christine Ramseur
Trim off some of the fat. Add 1 can onion soup and 1 can mushroom soup undiluted. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 3 h ours. Serve over rice.

Arlene Barrett
2 c. shredded lettuce
1 c. celery, chopped
1 large Spanish onion, 
1 c. sliced water 
1 No. 2 can early peas, 
1 c. mayonnaise
Parmesan cheese
Put the above in layers. Spread with mayonnaise. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and Parmesan cheese. Cover and refrigerate several hours before serving. Mix together before serving.

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Judy Ford of MML talks to YMCA students about gardening. (Photo by YMCA)

YMCA and Library teach children to grow food

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library, in partnership with the Patrick Senior Center, will be creating a community garden on the Patrick Center grounds this spring. This garden will be an educational, instructional and leisure place for all community members.
Part of the educational/instructional component of the garden is a collaboration with the YMCA student care program. Instruction sessions will be facilitated by Judy Ford, Master Gardener, in conjunction with the library. Student participants will be learning how to grow seeds into plants and care for the seedlings until they are transplanted into the garden. These plants will then be planted in a raised bed in the community garden that will be only for the YMCA student participants.
If conditions permit, YMCA students will go to the community garden and be taught how to plant their seedlings into the bed and how to bring them to harvest. They will then be encouraged to come to the garden and take care of their plants throughout the growing season. YMCA participants will be able to take a sample of their harvest home to enjoy. This educational opportunity will teach community children how their food is grown and allow them to be able to know how to produce their own gardens through the instructional workshops provided.
“The YMCA would like to thank Christina M Martin and City of Kings Mountain /Mauney Memorial Library for allowing the YMCA participate in the gardening project,” shared Ranata Wingo, YMCA Director of Family Programs.
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Cat in the Hat’s virtual
birthday bash this Thursday

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Join everyone’s favorite cat in a madcap adventure as we celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Sigmon Theatrical  is well known for their signature performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, and they've crafted this interactive performance (starring that crazy cat) exclusively for virtual streaming. This program is jam-packed with stories, cake baking, magic tricks, songs, circus feats, and shenanigans out the wazoo! This virtual birthday bash will leave everyone laughing and saying WOW! Presented live on the Mauney Library Facebook page.
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McVay’s art featured in book cover

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Janie McVay’s art was seen online by Larry B. Hill, a childhood friend, and he reached out asking her to illustrate the cover of his newest book, The Bizarre Adventures of Jesse Wilson: A Journey Into Self Destruction. The book was recently released on Amazon
McVay began drawing as a child in South Carolina, where she and Hill met, and she has continued to draw throughout her life. “I am self-taught. Drawing was a favorite pastime of mine. I remember drawing on brown paper bags when I was young. As I got older, I was told that there was no future in art because there was just no money in it. I received little encouragement there, so for me art became a hobby.”
In 2014, she retired from City of Kings Mountain’s billing department after working there for 15-years. It was then she turned to her art in earnest and began taking classes at the Southern Arts Society. “I learned a lot from the other artists and began working in different media.”
“I find great joy in drawing and have been commissioned for several pieces. Even though I am retired, I stay busy. I enjoy the arts and it helps me stay active in the community. Friends have also encouraged me to write, so I have written some poetry that others say is good. But my true love is drawing.”
When illustrating the cover of Hill’s book, McVay listened to the author’s description of the character and the many places he visited. “I can visualize something and draw it. In this instance, I envisioned a dreamscape filled with the character’s visions of things to come and memories of things he had experienced,” she said. “I drew him sitting on a rock overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, intertwined with images of the Empire State Building, mountains, and other things he saw on his journey from New York to California. As he looks out on the bay, he is lost in thoughts about his own life.”
The Bizarre Adventures of Jesse Wilson: A Journey Into Self Destruction, welcomes the reader into the mind of a truly lonely child growing up in Harlem New York during the 1960s. He witnesses much too much, and much too soon. The horror and mayhem becomes a part of his daily life, and he struggles to make it from one day to the next; with only his mother to rely on...even though he also had a father.
   The book explores his teenage years in South Carolina after the death of his best friend...his mother. It is in the military where he first experiments in the dark world of street drugs. That is the time when his voyage of self-destruction begins.
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Sophia Wilson  Good Citizen

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High School Booster Club would like to honor Sophia Wilson, fourth grader from Bethware Elementary School as their first Good Citizen for the week for KMHS football. Sophia always has a positive attitude and  a willingness to help everyone around her. She is a model student and everyone who meets her calls her a “ray of sunshine”. Sophia’s favorite subject is math and during her free time she loves to play outside, watch tv, and have quality time with her family. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Erin Wilson. Pictured above left to right: Bethware Principal Dr. Amy Jones, Sophia and  Booster Club President Mark McDaniel.
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All of these students truly personify the Rotary motto of  "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" to wake up early on a cold Saturday morning to help beautify their school and city.

KMHS Interact Club 
Serves community

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High School Interact Club, an offshoot of KM Rotary Club, was " back in action" last Saturday doing a service learning project-performing a trash pick up around the school properties and on Kings Mountain Boulevard.
The club, which is primarily a service and leadership program, has not been active since the Covid lockdown last March. "My club members were ready to get back in the saddle- serving Kings Mountain" said Margot Plonk, the club's faculty advisor. "We were thankful that Mrs. Rikard allowed us to hold this service event." It was held Saturday, February 20th, in a safe manner, with each participant practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Plonk says that Mayor Scott Neisler was most helpful in securing tools for the club to complete this clean up event. 10 students showed up to help, including present Interact Club president, Harley Dallas, and former Interact Club president from 3 years ago, Gracie Plonk, who is now a Junior at East Carolina University. 
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Joy Barbee

North School announces spelling bee winner 

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

Joy Barbee is the North Elementary Schools’ spelling bee winner. She is a fourth grader in Mrs. Orders class and will compete in the Cleveland County Spelling Bee on March 24th at 10 am at Cleveland Community College. 
Photo provided by Anna Hughes
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Senior Center March schedule

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

By Tabitha Thomas

Senior Center participation is open to adults age 55 and over (registration required – call for details.)
Hours of Operation: Staff available by phone 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri.
Outdoor Walking Track open 9 am-4 pm
Rentals: No rentals through March (Call Bonnie Hale for later dates)
   NC SHIIP Program
If you are getting ready to start Medicare, please call for information about enrollment periods, supplements and drug plans! You may qualify for Extra Help with your medications! Also, please call between Jan 1-March 31 if you are on a Medicare Advantage plan and want to make a change.
Check out our “Medicare 101” presentation through Zoom!
Tuesday, March 9, 5:30-7 pm
Please call to register and to get Zoom link.
St. Patrick’s DayDrive-Thru
Wednesday, March 17 10 am—12 pm
For the wee bit of Irish at heart! Just drive around to the back of the building for a quick hello and a St. Patty’s surprise! Please call to RSVP by Friday, March 12.
   Friday Drive-Thru
Friday Mornings, 10 am -12 pm. Please drive around to the back to say hello! Please stay in your car and we will bring you your goodie bag and masks if you need them. Food bags, Boost and Depends will no longer be distributed at the Drive-Thru in order to cut down on wait times. Please call Glenda to register for food, Depends or Boost and to be given pick-up times for these items.
   Income Tax Assistance provided by Liberty Tax 
Beginning Monday, January 25, you may drop off your tax documents at the Patrick Center back entrance on Monday or Tuesday afternoons between 12 pm and 2:30 pm.
When you drop off your documents, we will make a copy and get them to Liberty Tax, and you will be given an appointment to complete your taxes curbside at the Patrick Center on a Wednesday afternoon or at their office in Gastonia on a Thursday afternoon. Returns can also be sent to you via email for completion. Please call the center for more information including what documents to bring.
   Conference Call 
Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am 11 am
Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am
This is a chance to meet new friends and participate in a program over the phone! Call the Center for more details and to sign up!
S.H.O.P. Pantry
Please call if you need food, incontinence supplies, or nutritional supplements. We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by! (Delivery also available if needed).
All clients must a registered participant before picking up these items.
Telephone Reassurance
Designed to help homebound elderly to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Volunteers will provide reassuring telephone calls on pre-arranged days. Please call Glenda for more information.
   Donations Needed: 
Personal hygiene products, Depends, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, cleaning & laundry products, masks, canned and dry goods, microwavable meals, and pet food. Individually packaged items: pudding, fruit, soup, Pop Tarts, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, etc.
   Facebook Live!
We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show on Monday through Thursday at 10 am. Come join us for conversation, updates, and riddles!
TACC can currently take you to your doctor appointments or bring you to the Senior Center once we reopen. Call Bonnie Hale to find out more about this service.
Other services we can help connect you to:
Home Repairs, In Home and Respite Care, Job Placement/Job Skills, Hospice and Palliative Care, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, Medicaid/Social Security Benefits, Home Delivered Meals, Mental Health Services, Disaster Preparedness, Long-term care/Ombudsman, Rehab Services, and Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program. Call Glenda for more information about these services!
   Mass Call System
We have a way to call all our participants and give them updates. If you have not been receiving calls and would like to get them, please call the center to be added to the list!
The Patrick Center is located at 909 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086, (704) 734-0447.

Alzheimer’s program presented on March 10

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library and Kings Mountain Senior Center present Virtual 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's online on March 10 from 3 – 4 pm.
Alzheimer’s causes changes in memory, thinking and behavior that are not normal aging. Join us to learn about:
• The difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s.
• Common warning signs.
• The importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis.
• Next steps and expectations for the diagnostic process.
• Alzheimer’s Association resources.
• Visit alz.org/CRF to explore additional education programs online and in your area.
Participants will be given the option of joining via video/webinar or through a toll-free number. Registrants will be sent conferencing details prior to the date of the program. Registration closes the day before the scheduled program. If you are registering late or need the link/ phone information, please call 1-800-272-3900. This program is open to all.
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Summer Learning Option clears NC House with support from local superintendents

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

Legislation giving North Carolina families the choice to attend in-person summer learning programs in public schools cleared multiple state House committees on Tuesday with support from local superintendents who spoke in favor of the bill.
House Bill 82 Summer Learning Choice for NC Families would provide six-weeks of classroom instruction, five days a week, for families who choose to participate this summer. The programs are targeted to students falling behind during remote learning but are available to all North Carolina families.
The bill is designed to encourage student participation by offering core academic courses mixed with enrichment and physical activities. It provides time flexibility to local school districts by prescribing hours requirements instead of days, allowing districts to tailor the program to their specific needs.
Disability Rights NC joined local superintendents in support of the legislation in public comments to the House Education Committee.
"This bill will positively impact students with disabilities who are at risk of retention, particularly middle school and high school students who have been subject to 100% remote instruction for nearly a year," attorney Meisha Evans with Disability Rights NC told the House Education K-12 Committee.
"There are students with disabilities who do not have access to remote instruction due to the nature and severity of their disability. This bill will give students with disabilities a chance to make up some of the critical in-person instruction that they lost."
   Harnett County Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Fleming spoke in favor of the legislation on Tuesday.
"There's no doubt that losing close to a full year of full-time, face-to-face instruction, we are starting to see a lot of loss of learning in our student population," Dr. Fleming said.
"Being physically present in a classroom with a quality teacher is best for our students. This bill will help us in regaining some, but certainly not all, of this time back. It is an opportunity for our students at the most significant risk of falling behind to catch up and prepare for the next grade level or course."
Mt. Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison said her district had over 400 students attend a summer program in 2020, and the success of those classes informed her support for the bill.
"Each district is different, in their local context, need for programs, access to resources, and support for students," Dr. Morrison said.
 "I believe that House Bill 82, at its heart, supports what we fundamentally believe, which is that summer programs are a good start to a productive academic school year. Our goal is to work with the state legislature to provide a strong network of support for every student in our state. We appreciate your willingness to give local flexibility when possible, such as allowing districts to decide how many hours are needed each week...and opening the possibility for retirees to come to work."
  Speaker Moore addressed the House Education K-12 Committee on Tuesday. "This bill simply provides for a very robust summer learning program to allow these children to get caught up from missed time away from in-person classes," Speaker Moore said.
"We hear support for this from parents, teachers, administrators, and really from everyone involved, so I hope this bill will get good bipartisan support. It stands for the proposition that we know these children have really had a difficult time with COVID-19, not having that classroom experience, and giving them a very robust summer program."
H.B. 82 was approved by the House Education K-12 Committee and the House Committee on Pensions and Retirement on Tuesday. It was heard in the House Rules Committee and the full state House of Representatives passed it on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
That day the Senate read the bill and it passed its first reading. It as referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations for consideration.
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Enforcement of the
Community Appearance Code

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

The Codes Enforcement Department asks the citizens of Kings Mountain for their participation in cleaning up their property of junk and litter. The Community Appearance Code is a city adopted ordinance that regulates the open storage of junk and litter located on private property.
 A Codes Enforcement Officer will issue notices of violations to property owners and tenants of properties in violation of this ordinance which may include a civil penalty of $50 for each day that a violation continues to exist.
The main objective for the enforcement of this ordinance is to establish and maintain clean neighborhoods for the enjoyment and comfort of our citizens. Thanks for your support in helping to make Kings Mountain a beautiful place to call home. For more information please contact the Codes Enforcement Department at 704-734-4561.
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First Baptist Kindergarten
 CLASS OF 1968

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

Dale Greene shared this photo for our readers. Pictured front row L-R: Dale Greene, Janice Ivey, Rhonda Ross, Jane Hambright, Rhonda Guy, Ann Ballard, Brent Shytle, and Trent Thomasson. Back row, L-R: Chris Hinson, Terry Bumgardner, Jennifer Pruitt, Wally Davis, Craig Champion, Steve Crawford and Mike Cornwell.  

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A destroyed home on Cambria Court in Ocean Ridge Plantation, Brunswick County, NC. Photo Weather.gov

KM native survives
Brunswick County tornado

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Monday, February 15, an F-3 tornado touched down in Brunswick County, NC at approximately 11:45 pm, traveling at 160 MPH and leaving a 22-mile path of destruction in its wake. Three were killed and 10 were injured in the freak tornado. Residents had a five-minute warning before the tornado hit. Kings Mountain native Renae Nolen Pruitt and her husband lived through the tornado in a neighborhood nearby.
“It was devastating. The tornado hit about 2-miles away in a retirement community called Ocean Ridge Plantation. Houses there are brick, and two homes were totally demolished. There was nothing left of them but the foundation,” Pruitt said. “We were experiencing a bad storm. Right before the tornado hit, we heard a BOOM when a transformer blew out. The lightening was so bright and every window lighted up. Then the power went off.”
“We got a tornado warning on our phones about 5 minutes before the tornado touched down. I heard a sound like that of a train and thought, ‘There are no trains near here,’” Pruitt said. “That was when I realized I was hearing a tornado. After it hit, we went without power from 11:50 pm until 4 pm Tuesday.”
“The Doppler Radar is in Shallotte and it is about 30-years old. We didn’t get much warning,” Pruitt said.
The American Red Cross arrived Tuesday morning and provided shelter and distributed hot meals to people whose homes were damaged Monday night.
“The police told people not to go to the neighborhood to see the damage, and they are not letting anyone into Ocean Ridge.” Volunteers are helping with the clean-up and local restaurants are providing them food, according to Pruitt. “Local sources estimate that 50 homes were damaged.”
The houses there are ripped to shreds, cars and houses are all messed up. Two houses were completely destroyed, but right next door the house was fine. It is crazy how that happened,” Pruitt said. “This tornado just came out of nowhere and we are just thankful to be alive.”
Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper visited Ocean Ridge Plantation to survey damage following the tornado that touched down in the community on Monday night. Governor Cooper spoke with local emergency management officials as well as homeowners already beginning to recover from the tornado.
“People in Brunswick County were hit hard by this ferocious tornado and we want to make state resources available as much as possible,” said Gov. Cooper.
   State emergency management and State Highway Patrol have been on the scene since Monday night and continue to assess damage to determine what resources may be available to assist in recovery efforts. 
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COVID-19 Vaccine update

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

The Cleveland County Public Health Center’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Line (980-484-6019) is open every Friday beginning at 1 pm to schedule appointments for the next week. The line remains open until all available appointments for the next week are filled.
Several weeks ago, NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) announced NC will transition to Group 3 (Child Care/Pre-K-12) effective February 24. As a result, the Cleveland County Public Health Center has begun working with local schools to schedule eligible school employees for next week’s vaccine clinic. The health department is already making plans for school clinics.
"We are working directly with our local schools to schedule these appointments,”. Depending on our dose allocation, we also anticipate beginning to schedule appointments for childcare workers through our COVID Vaccine Appointment Line on Friday for a clinic on Feb. 24 as well.”
Next week, Cleveland County Public Health Center will begin vaccinating Group 3 (Education staff in Pre-K – 12th grade and Childcare workers) in accordance with the NC Vaccine Prioritization Framework. They plan to begin vaccinating other essential frontline workers in Group 3 beginning on March 10. More details for scheduling these appointments will be released as this date approaches.
School employees whose school administration has communicated with them about vaccine scheduling should not call the COVID Vaccine Appointment Line to schedule appointments for next week. This will lead to duplication and take away from available appointments for other eligible recipients.
The public is advised to continue to monitor the Cleveland County Public Health Center’s Facebook page and website for more information regarding scheduling as well as any additional Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics that may occur between regularly scheduled clinics.
Cleveland County Public Health began scheduling appointments for childcare workers last Friday through its COVID Vaccine Appointment Line for their vaccine clinic this week. Childcare workers, as well as individuals in Group 1 or Group 2 that have not yet received their vaccine, may call our COVID Vaccine Appointment Line (980-484-6019) on Friday beginning at 1 pm. Once all available appointments are filled for next week, the phone lines will be closed, and you will receive an automated message stating all appointments have been filled.
   In accordance with NC DHHS guidance, Cleveland County Public Health plans to begin vaccinating other essential frontline workers beginning March 10. Continue to follow Cleveland County Public Health on Facebook and check their website for updated information on scheduling for other essential frontline workers.
As of February 19, the total COVID-19 First Dose Vaccines received by Cleveland County Health Department was 8,100. Of those, 6,866 first doses have been administered, or 85%. Appointments scheduled for Feb. 20 were 960. As of last Saturday, Cleveland County Health Department has administered 97% of the first dose vaccines, according to their Facebook page.
As of February 19, there have been a total of 9,987 cases of COVID-19 in Cleveland County. There are an estimated 231 active cases and 9,545 cases have recovered. There are currently 11 Cleveland County residents who are hospitalized, and the county has had a total of 211 COVID-related deaths.

Food Pantry open Feb. 25

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

The Good Neighbors food pantry at East Gold Street Wesleyan church will be open Thursday, February 25th from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Drive around to the back of the church and they will deliver to your car. 

Ministerial  Association meeting

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

The ministers of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 4, at 12:00 at Italian Gardens in Kings Mountain.  All local pastors and staff ministers are invited to come and be a part of the meeting.
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Dixon School

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Last week, Dale Greene shared a photo taken at Dixon School. Names of the students were also shared, but several first names were omitted. If you know any of those names, see a mistake, or if you have old photos like this you want to share, email loretta@kmherald.com. Students pictured L-R. Row 1 kneeling: John Logan, Marshal VanDyke, James VanDyke, ? Black, John O. VanKyile, Buddy Huffman, Arshall Sanders, Wilford Morris, Marshal Cash, and ? Johnson. Row 2 standing: ? Black, Orville Sellers, Joe Biddix, Ralph Stewart, Irene Greene, Nell Howell, William Aullender, Gertrude Ferris, Prentice Hambright, and Mary Childers. Row 3: Armitty Farris, Litha Cavney, Helen Greene, Sarah Ann VanDyke, Maxine Eubanks, John Lewis Hughes, Ted Farris, ? Bell, Arthur Howell, and Dougless Eubanks. Row 4: ? Bell, Lid Black, Buck Stewart, Teacher Hazel Lee, Gene Farris, Clarence Johnson, Herman Greene, and James Childers.

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History of Kings Mountain High School

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain High School celebrates its 145th birthday this year. In Nov. 1951, Kings Mountain High School journalism students interviewed members of the community regarding the school’s history for a five-segment story. At that time, the school was a mere 75 years old.
This segment was written from interviews with S.S. Weir.The history of Kings Mountain High School was written by students at Kings Mountain High School’s journalism class Nov. 23, 1951, with the help of S.S. Weir.
The first free school in the Kings Mountain community, serving children from the old gold mine through the surrounding county, was a one-room building located on the present lot of Mrs. G. D. Hambright, on Battleground Avenue. The property then was owned by W.M. Falls.
The seats were made of heavy, unpainted slabs with fastened to the backside. They had no backs. Desks were not used and there was one blackboard on legs. The pupils used chalk similar to that in use today. Students used slates for figuring but used copy books, pen, and ink for practicing penmanship. To one side of the room was fastened special writing board, planned smooth and about two inches thick. The ink was kept on the board. There was a special bench for it and the children went to their bench to practice penmanship. On one side of the room there was a rock chimney and an open fireplace in which wood was burned. The students cut the wood, made the fires, and cleaned the room.
   The teachers were hired by free school committeemen, who relied on their own judgement in selecting someone capable of teaching. There were no special requirements for teachers in that day. The term consisted of three months of free school each year. Generally, the fourth month was paid for by subscription, the charge being about $1 per child. Those who could not pay stopped.
Pupils started school at the age of five and had the privilege of attending until they were twenty-one. The majority stopped before they were fifteen because they had to go to work. There were no grades, and pupils advanced as fast as they could learn in each subject.
Subjects studied were penmanship, arithmetic, spelling, and reading. Students used the “Blue Back Speller” for the reading and spelling textbook. The reading material was printed between the lists of words at the top and bottom of the page. Reading consisted of practical sentences or clever sayings.
The only arithmetic textbook was handed down from parent to child until it was completely worn out.
To protect the pages of the book from wearing, students used “thumb papers,” pieces of paper about the size of a dollar bill, folded and held so that the thumb would rest on it instead of the book page. Mr. Weir recalled that he used Confederate money because paper was exceedingly scarce, and the family owned a bushel of Confederate bills. The school lasted from 8 am to 4 pm with one hour for dinner. Students brought lunches with them and played games after eating.
About 1871 Boyce Falls wished to build a house near the site of the school; therefore the one room building was moved beyond the present railroad track below Crescent Hill near a good gum spring. A gum spring is one that is surrounded by four planks, about two-feet long, nailed together and place so as to keep out trash.
  During recess boys and girls played separately. One favorite game of the box was fox. One boy as the fox  would run and the others would chase him.
Another favorite game was bull pen, played with soft a wool-yarn ball made by students. The thrower tried to hit a boy by throwing a ball at him. The purpose was to avoid being hit.
Still another favorite was round cat, which was also played with a yarn ball. Boys used a paddle to knock the ball and if a boy didn’t throw the ball so that the others  could hit it, he was taken out. Round cat was a forerunner of present day baseball.
Baseball was first brought from New York by the Stewart Brothers, who ran the gold mine. The gold mine organized a team called the “Gold Mine Nine,” Nine young men from the Kings Mountain community then organized and called themselves the Kings Mountain Nine. Two of the first players were the late Captain Freno Dilling and Phillip Baker. After Captain Bell opened the Military Academy, the Kings Mountain Nine became the Bell Nine.
Kings Mountain then erected a one room building on the present site of the Teacherage, which until a building was erected for Captain Bell, served the children living in the center of town and toward East School.
At the same time, the late A. F. Weir, a school committeeman, erected a one-room school on his property just above the present W.T. Weir Store at the Park Yarn Mill. That building except for a new roof, stands today, and is used by W.T. Weir as a warehouse.
   Mr. Weir made double desks, with a back rest for the pupils. At the front of the room was a recitation bench. When a class was ready for their teacher to hear their lesson, the members sat on the bench. They stood when they were called to recite.
   Mr. Weir bought a chart on a frame that had reading and spelling on it. Students could turn the leave and read something different from what was on the Blue Back Speller. The school served the children from the Gold Mine Community to Pott’s Creek, which rises near the depot and runs this side of Nebo.
Colored children attended a small school that was built for them in the community. Later they went to a school near the Gold Mine.
Practically everybody was in the same spelling class regardless of age and knowledge.
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(February 17, 2021 Issue)


Bertha Blalock
1 lb. ground beef
¾ cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 chopped onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine and make into small patties and brown lightly on both sides.
Make sauce and pour over patties in deep baking dish.
4 tsp. Worcestershire 
2 Tbsp. vinegar
3 Tbsp. sugar
½ cup water
2/3 cup catsup
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

Nadine Turner
1 1/4 lb. ground beef
2 c. macaroni cooked as 
1 can black-eyed peas, 
1 (18 oz.) medium salsa
1 med. onion
Saute ground beef and onion in large frying pan; cook macaroni as directed. Add salsa and rinsed black-eyed peas. Stir together and enjoy.

Eva L. Moss
2 to 3 lbs. boneless 
   sirloin beef roast
3 cups quartered
2 cups carrot chunks
2 cups onion rings, raw
Cook roast in slow cooker for 3 or 4 hours. Just before leaving for Sunday School, add raw vegetables, continue cooking. This will be ready when you return from worship service. Make a salad and warm a few rolls. Lunch is ready.

Becky White
1 head cabbage
4 carrots
1 bottle Ranch-style 
1 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Grate cabbage and carrots. Add Ranch dressing to desired consistency/ Add celery seeds, salt and pepper. Mix together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Peggy Henderson
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. shredded coconut
1 box German chocolate 
  cake mix
1 stick butter, melted.
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 box 10X powdered 
Spread pecans in bottom of pan; place 1 cup coconut on top of nuts. Mix cake mix as directed. Pour over coconut. Melt butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and pour over cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Leave in 13x9x2 inch pan.
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Daisies and Butterflies - Mixed Media by Annie Sylling

Upcoming Art Classes at Southern Arts Society (SASi)

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis

Southern Arts Society announces upcoming classes for March and April. Students must pre-register and pay in advance to reserve your seat. Call SASi at 704-739-5585 or visit in person for details and class prices. Class sizes are very limited to provide adequate social distancing. Students must wear a face covering during the class.
For a list of upcoming programs, meetings and exhibits Email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com or visit their website at www.SouthernArtsSociety.org.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Ave. at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground Avenues, Kings Mountain, NC, in the historic Southern Railway Depot.
SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits and art competitions, programs and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat 10 am to 2 pm. All visitors and are required to wear a mask due to COVID-19.
• Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving with Sue Helmken
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021   Time:  10 am - 1 pm
All materials are included.  Looms are provided for class use. Open to all levels. The simple design of rigid heddle looms make them the perfect weaving loom for anyone wishing to learn the craft.  The most common types of projects are scarves, placemats, dishtowels, or shawls. You can also weave fabric and then sew it with other fabrics to create garments or bags.
For this class, the looms will already be set up. Sue will demonstrate how to set up the loom, then you will dive right into weaving. Sue will cover color blending, creating texture, lace techniques, pick-up, knotting/shag and more.  A wide variety of yarns will be available for you to sample and explore.  You'll leave with a colorful sampler and a greater understanding of the weaving process.
• Inkle Loom Weaving with Sue Helmken
Date:  Saturday, March 13, 2021  Time:  10 am-1 pm
All materials are included. Looms are provided for class use. Open to all levels. Inkle looms, also known as belt looms, are characterized by a wooden framework upon which dowels have been fastened. They are used to make narrow strips of cloth that can be used for belts, straps, edgings, and fringe. The basics can be learned in one easy lesson, which makes this a great starting point for anyone interested in weaving.  In this class, you will make a sample at least a yard long showing how different sizes and types of yarn affect the pattern and then try variations on the basic weaving.
• Pottery Classes - Next Session begins April 12 thru June 21. (There are 4 sessions in the year) SASi offers both Day and Night classes for beginners, intermediate or advanced persons working in hand building or on the wheel. Classes meet twice weekly Mon and Thurs for 10 weeks. Day Class meets 9 AM till noon. Night Class meets 6-8 PM.  Class Fee includes 1 bag of clay, glazes, use of studio tools and instruction. Additional clay may be purchased onsite. Details: Night Classes Rhonda Withers 704-773-6138, Day Classes Renee Matthews 704-674-4517.
• The Joy of Color Strength in Paintings with Anne Harkness
Date: Saturday April 17   Time: 1-4 pm
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate
This class is recommended for oil and acrylic painters (watercolor painters are welcome but will have to do some gleaning). The instructor will teach using oil paints.
Description: Color, design, and paint application are a few of the important ingredients that go into a strong painting. We will mix paint and create studies while in class.  The concepts of color family, and mood, will be discussed. If you want to strengthen your paintings or just have an infusion of joy, pop in for this class.
For supply list: see www.SouthernArtsSociety.org under the class page or Email us.
• Working and painting with Collage with Annie Sylling
Dates: Fri April 30 & Sat May 1
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate (knowledge of color mixing will be helpful)  This class runs for two sessions so that your collage can dry before you apply paint.
First session – Friday April 30 from 6-8 pm (2 hours) Collaging: using different papers/cut-outs, Layout and pasting.
Second Session – Saturday May 1st from 11 am to 1 pm (3 hours) Painting: underpainting, subject outline and subject painting.
For supply list: see www.SouthernArtsSociety.org under the class page or Email us.
Printing on a Gelli Plate with Dianne Garner
Date: To be determined
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate (knowledge of color mixing will be helpful)
For supply list: see www.SouthernArtsSociety.org under the class page or Email us.
More classes coming soon!  Please check the  website and Facebook page for details.

Hospice Cleveland County 
Hearts For Hospice

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Hospice Cleveland County would like to thank Morgan Elliott for putting together snack baskets for families visiting their loved ones at Wendover Hospice House. Each had a beautiful card attached. Morgan is from Lawndale and a graduate of Burns High School. She is currently a Sophomore at UNC Charlotte majoring in Pre-Nursing and minoring in Public Health. “We appreciate Morgan for taking the time to do this for our Hospice families.” To learn how you can help Hospice Cleveland County, call 704-487-4677 or visit their website at www.hospicecares.cc. Hearts for Hospice Fundraiser is going on now until February 26th.  Hearts can be purchased at several locations including the Hospice Administration Building (951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby), The Hospice Store (1450 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby) and the Testa Family Hospice House (321 Kings Mountain Blvd., Kings Mtn.).  For a full list of locations, please call 704-751-3573. Hearts can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.com.  Your support is appreciated.
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The US Monument at Kings Mountain National Military Park in fog. Photo provided by NPS

Fun activities for the entire family

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Despite the fact that winter is here in full force, there still are plenty of activities to enjoy with your family. From special presentations you can watch at home, to quick road trips just to get out of the house, there are a variety of things to do to entertain your family nearby.
   The library has several programs scheduled through the end of the month:
• Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
   Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 am. Visit www.mauneylibrary.org event calendar to register.
• Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home!
   Thursday, February 11 at 4 pm,  Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home! Caleb Sigmon of Sigmon Theatrical presents a live interactive magic show on the Mauney Library Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary.
• North Carolina Slave Narratives
   Monday, February 22 at 6 pm webinar, Laurel Sneed, veteran history educator and media producer, will talk about three 19th century African Americans from North Carolina who resisted slavery by escaping to freedom and writing about their experiences. The narratives or memoirs are by authors Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern.
   Sneed has been teaching educators and members of the general public about the era of slavery for over two decades through the Crafting Freedom Institute, an African American history education organization for which she serves as executive director. Through CFI, Sneed has brought 1000+ teachers to North Carolina from around the country and several foreign countries to study slavery, with a focus on enslaved and free black North Carolinians in the 19th century. This webinar will include several short videos Sneed produced dramatizing the words of two of the authors. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout. Visit www.mauneylibrary.org event calendar to join Zoom event.
• Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers
   Tuesday, February 23 at 3 pm  join the official Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers, for a virtual Zoom meeting. Visit www.mauneylibrary.org calendar to join the event.
• Black Men in White Coats
Mauney Memorial Library is screening the documentary Black Men in White Coats beginning at noon on Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28.
   Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder of Black Men in White Coats, hopes to provide role- models for others, the same way he had great mentors that looked like him to help him on his path to becoming a doctor.
   Learn more about Black Men in White Coats at www.blackmeninwhitecoats.com, and register for the screening at www.mauneylibrary.org or call 704-739-2371.
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
There are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day with your family.
• Kings Mountain boasts its own Gateway Trail. If your little ones are too small for along hike, the area around the Trailhead will be plenty to keep the entertained and get some exercise. If you prefer a longer walk, you can plan a longer hike at Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, or Kings Mountain National Military Park. Be sure to check-in at the Visitor’s Center so they know where you are hiking.
    •    If you do not feel like taking a long hike, the historical trail at Kings Mountain National Military Park is only a 1.5 mile battlefield loop takes you past monuments and markers along the trail. Because the battlefield is also a burial ground, picnics are not allowed. However, picnics are allowed at Kings Mountain State Park. If you prefer to visit from the comfort of your home, visit a virtual tour at https://kimo.oncell.com/en/index.html.
• Visitors at Kings Mountain State Park can enjoy fishing for bass, bream, crappie, and catfish from a rental Jon Boat in the park’s 65-acre Lake York. Bank fishing is allowed on 13-acre Lake Crawford. A South Carolina fishing license is required. Picnics are allowed.
   Personal kayaks, canoes and non-motorized john boats may be launched at Lake Crawford and Lake York for a $5/day charge. Watercraft must be carried to the shore from the parking area. Visitors may obtain a permit at the Trading Post or park office. Non-motorized fishing boats rent for $20/day.
   Canoe and kayak rentals are offered at the 13-acre Lake Crawford. Check with the park for availability.
   Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at Kings Mountain State Park.
   Playground Equipment is available, and the Park Store/Gift Shop is available on weekends from March-Nov. Picnic Shelters make a great play area for imaginative play and a playground is located near Shelter 2.
   Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.
   Biking is allowed, but there is no bike trail at the park. Visitors may ride bikes on paved roads.
   The park has a volleyball court, basketball court and ping pong table available for visitor use.
   Equestrian Camping: The equestrian camping area includes 15 equestrian campsites which rent for $12/site/night. Central water is available and privy toilets are nearby. Equestrian campsite reservations are required. The park’s 30+ miles of equestrian trails connect to the national park’s equestrian trails.
   The park has several hiking trails. The 16-mile Kings Mountain Hiking Trail, the 1.5-mile Farm Trail and the 1.8-mile Ridgeline Trail. The Ridgeline Trail provides a unique trail experience connecting three parks and two states. The trail connects Kings Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park and Crowder's Mountain State Park in North Carolina. The .7-mile Nature Trail at the park provides a leisurely walk.
• If getting out of town is more to your family’s taste, take a road trip to western NC and enjoy a drive along US Route 64, the longest numbered route in all of NC, stretching 604 miles. This drive is also called North Carolina Waterfalls Byway. The route takes you down a windy two-lane road that passes many waterfalls including Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Silver Run Falls, Rainbow Falls, Upper Whitewater Falls, and Toxaway Falls, to mention a few. Many of the falls can be seen from your car so you can stay warm while enjoying the scenery.

Items needed for Hospice

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Hospice Cleveland County is in need of the following items:
Pill planners (twice a day and four times a day), antibacterial hand soap (8-12 oz.), hand sanitizer (8-12 oz.), hypo allergenic baby wipes, baby monitors and sippy cups (no straw), 16 oz. cups (hot and cold), heavy duty Styrofoam plates, plastic forks and spoons, mini fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, individual beverages: canned sodas, fruit drinks, water, individual wrapped snack items: cakes, cookies, chips, soups, cereals, fruits, puddings, candy bars, peanut butter, oatmeal, grits and apple sauce, paper towels, toilet tissue, family size boxes of tissues, monetary donations for other patient needs.
Please drop off items at the Hospice Administration building located at 951 Wendover Heights during business hours.
For more information call 704-487-4677. Your support is appreciated.
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Prescribed fire may be used to maintain a cultural landscape, such as on a battlefield. Photo provided by NPS

Series of prescribed burns scheduled through end of May

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

 NPS Superintendent Diana Bramble announced that Kings Mountain National Military Park will be conducting a series of prescribed burns within the park boundaries through the end of May 20.
   Locations to be burned include:
• Battlefield burn unit – 175 acre area that is located north of the main park drive and includes the area around the visitor center. Prescribed burns will be performed in multiple sections throughout the inner loop of the battlefield trail, and the outer loop of the trail.
• Piedmont burn unit – 144 acre area that is located south of the main park drive and the battlefield. The unit is flanked by the horse trail on the eastern boundary, main park drive on the northern boundary, Whitworth fire road on the western boundary, and the boundary shared with Kings Mountain State Park to the south.
Wildland fire crews are working to prepare these units for safe and effective prescribed burns, which are conducted in accordance with the approved fire management plan and as weather conditions allow throughout the spring season. Surrounding communities may expect minimal smoke and visibility impacts during the burns. Some access to trails and grounds within the burn areas may be temporarily restricted during burn activities for visitor and wildland fire crew safety.
The timing of the prescribed burn implementation is dependent upon a variety of conditions as burns are conducted within specific parameters that consider temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture, wind speed, and wind direction.
   Fire is an essential and natural process that has shaped the landscape of Kings Mountain National Military Park for thousands of years. Prescribed burns are conducted at the park to reduce the risk of wildland fire, and to restore native vegetation and historic landscapes. All areas of historic, cultural, and ecological importance are identified and protected throughout the planning and implementation of prescribed burns.  

Man-Up Men’s  Conference
at Christian  Freedom

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Christian Freedom Church will hold their Man Up Men’s conference with Nikita Koloff on Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The theme is “Restoring Biblical Manhood”.
 Cost is $20. Lunch included. The church is located at 246 Range Rd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Contact: Ron Carroll for more information at roncarroll@live.com

Hospice Hearts
available through Feb. 26

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Hospice Cleveland County “Hearts for Hospice” area available through February 26. For $1 or more donation, you can purchase a heart in honor or in memory of a loved one and display it in your home, office, church, anywhere you wish.
Hearts can be purchased at the Hospice Administration Building or online at Evenbrite.com. Online orders will be emailed a heart to print and display. Don’t forget to tag us them Facebook with your hearts so they can be shared. Packets are available for businesses, groups, individuals to sell by calling 704-751-3573. All donations due no later than March 12.
Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County.
For more information call 704-487-4677 or www.hospicecares.cc
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Schiele Museum Winter Wonderland

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd.,  has opened its newest, original exhibit Winter Wonderland.  Winter Wonderland will be an adventure geared towards the youngest visitors to the museum as participants are urged to take off their shoes and sock “skate.”  It was opened to the public on Saturday, Jan. 16th for just $3 per person and will be free for Schiele Members. Tickets can be reserved online in advance at SchieleMusem.org. The exhibit is currently scheduled to be open through March 2021.
Winter Wonderland is fashioned to look like an outdoor pond that has iced over.  The winter scene is complete with taxidermy mounts of deer bounding through the forest and other wildlife peeking at the skaters. Children up to age 12 will be able to kick off their shoes and skate off some energy, practice some ice skating techniques, or just enjoy twirls and sliding across the floor.
As the coronavirus continues to be a concern for our community, The Schiele staff wanted to provide a low-contact experience for our youngest visitors to enjoy.  An anonymous sponsor provided support to help make this exhibit possible.  The Winter Wonderland experience will give children a way to exercise while having fun as families enjoy spending time together.
The museum has also opened its weekly Friday Night Light programs scheduled through February. These special planetarium programs will be offered each Friday evening at 5 PM, 6 PM, & 7 PM and will give families, couples, and adults an opportunity to experience a planetarium program after hours. New programs will be available each week, from live star shows to science theater programs from across the national planetarium industry. Limited seating provides ample room for visitors to spread out and pick their favorite seats to enjoy the show.
For more information, please visit schielemuseum.org or follow The Schiele Museum on social media.
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Kings Mountain High School’s Girls Basketball Team 1920-1921. Photo provided by Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Early history of KMHS

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart
Part 3

Kings Mountain High School is 145 years old this year. In Nov. 1951, Kings Mountain High School journalism students interviewed members of the community regarding the school’s history for a five-segment story. At that time, the school was a mere 75 years old.
Segment three was written from interviews with Mrs. C.E. Neisler (Ida Pauline) and S.A. Mauney and from an article written in 1934 by D.C. Mauney.
In 1905 the school was changed to a graded school with Professor S.W. Carlier (1905 – 1908) as the first superintendent. Since then the following have served as superintendents, up to 1920: S.J. Hunnicutt (1908-1909); Miss Bryte Baker (1909-1910); J.Y. Irvin (1910 – 1911); E. A. Harrill (1911-1912); Cox (1913-1914); R. A. Yoder (1914-1915); Frank Orr (1916-1917); Miss Bonnie Mauney, now Mrs. F.R. Summers (1917-1918); Rev. J.E. Berryhill (1918-1919); Theron Allen (1919-1920).
Just prior to and during the First World War, the school was organized into nine grades with eight teachers. The school term lasted eight months.
Each room was heated by a crude wood burning heater. In the school room, double desks added much to the fun of the pupils and brought additional disciplinary problems to the teachers. At the front of the room were the long benches for recitation.
There were no pencil sharpeners. In fact, at first only slates were used.
The subjects taught were arithmetic, spelling, English, Latin, and at one time, French. The classes lasted from one-half hour to one hour, with one hour for lunch. Sometimes the lunch hour was shortened so that the pupils could leave school earlier. A few of the pupils that lived nearby went home for lunch. Others, however, brought lunch since there was no cafeteria.
There were no extra-curricular activities. For games, boys and girls played whip cracker, beanbag, jump plank, jump rope, base, football, baseball, and outside basketball.
Emphasis was placed more on knowing of the lesson than outside written work. Because there were no libraries, parallel reading was not required. There were no lectures, only questions.
The most accepted forms of punishment were cleaning the classrooms after school and chopping wood for the heaters.
Pranks of every sort were always being played. Some of these were stuffing sacks down the chimneys so as to fill the classrooms with smoke and pushing cannon balls down the stairs from the top floor. At other times, various fowls were thrust through windows.
The tenth grade was added when a new school building was erected in 1910. The superintendent at the time was E.Y. Irvin. The late William Lafayette Plonk, who was on the school board, was very much interested in the welfare of the school and the children. He would visit the classrooms and bring before the board requests for anything he found lacking and though obtainable.
Later, students participated in the county speaking and essay contests. Each year the school fair was held, with each class donating an art of craft to the display.
Miss Laura Plonk, who taught expression and physical education for four years in Kings Mountain High School, had both private pupils and regular classes. In the classes her students were given readings to memorize and assimilate.
During the time Miss Plonk was here the plays that were given were so well done that the players were asked to present them in Shelby, Gastonia, and Bessemer City. The furniture for the plays was borrowed because the school had few stage properties.
In physical education, the girls wore uniforms with pleated skirts and middy blouses. Some of the games played were racing, jumping the stick, exercising, and tumbling. This was the first physical education class in Kings Mountain High School.
The girls’ basketball team was exceptionally good and was one of the best in the vicinity. Their rival was Lowell. The players wore black bloomers, mercerized cotton stockings, and white middy blouses.
Before a game, each girl was required to swallow a raw egg to increase her strength. To make the egg more palatable, the students added salt and pepper and made sure the yolk was unbroken. The players declared the egg helped them run and never grew tired.

26th Annual Treasures of the 
Earth Pottery Show
February 11 – March 24, 2021

 (February 11, 2021 Issue)

 The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to announce the upcoming 26th Annual “Treasures of the Earth” pottery show and sale.  This promises to be an exceptional show with 26 local and regional artists. Many artists are your favorites from years past but this year we are welcoming three new artists and welcoming back two who have nott participated in a few years.
   The works on exhibit include sculpture, jewelry, functional and decorative ceramics in a wide variety of styles.  It is a must see and must shop show!  “This exhibit has always been a community favorite; we are pleased that it has continued over the years and we’re especially happy that we are able to hold it this year. The quality of work has always been exceptional and this year the attendees will not be disappointed,” stated Shearra Miller, President of the Arts Council. This year pottery may be taken home at the time of purchase.
   Participating potters include:  Cathy Babula, Pam Bailey, Bobbie Black, Ronnie Blackburn, Rene Calder, Shari Crouse, Hal Dedmond, Vicki Gill, Corine Guseman, Dot Houlditch, Mandy Huffman, Robert Iseman, Susan Jones, Doug Knotts, Barry Ledbetter, Raine Middleton, Dana Paul, Katherine Petke, Ron Philbeck, Freddie Phillips, Judy Riley, Taylor Short, Lin Venhuizen, Lisa Wassen, Tricia Woodland, Lee Zimmerley, and Debra Zimmerman.
   The Arts Council is open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. It is always free to come see our exhibits! For more information please call the Arts Council at 704-484–2787 or visit www.ccartscouncil.org or https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandCountyArtsCouncil/

Delta Kappa Gamma Society publication of photo entries by local artists

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

By Connie Savell

The Arts and Humanities Jury of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International announces the publication of photography entries by Lisa Edwards May and Connie Phifer Savell.
Lisa’s pictures are titled “Roses for Moma” and "The Beauty of Bodie Island Lighthouse.”  Lisa Edwards May, a resident of Kings Mountain, is the President of the Delta Tau Chapter.
Connie Phifer Savell’s color photography entries are “Mist on the Blueridge Parkway” and “Sunrise on Surfside Beach.” Connie is the NC DKG Immediate Past President and a member of Delta Tau Chapter in Cleveland County.
The photos are published in the Fall 2020 DKG Gallery of Fine Arts, an online gallery of works of art at www.dkg.org.
DKG is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 68,000 members. Established in 17 countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.  Society headquarters are in Austin, Texas, where Dr. Annie Webb Blanton founded the Society on May 11, 1929. 

Library News

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

By Mari Slaughter

A variety of opportunities await you at Mauney Memorial Library in February. Below are some presentations you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 am. Visit www.mauneylibrary.org event calendar to register.

Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home!
   Thursday, February 11 at 4 pm,  Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home! Caleb Sigmon of Sigmon Theatrical presents a live interactive magic show on the Mauney Library Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary.

Fantasy romance
with author 
Jeffe Kennedy
Mauney Library will present an interview with fantasy romance author Jeffe Kennedy. The interview will be available to view beginning 12 pm on Friday, February 12. Register drawing to win a set of her books on mauneylibrary.org.
She has written more than a dozen series and many stand-alone works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In the interview you will learn about the genre of fantasy-romance, her writing, and forthcoming titles.
   She has won multiple awards and serves on the Board of Directors for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. See her website to learn more about her at jeffekennedy.com.

North Carolina Slave Narratives
   Monday, February 22 at 6 pm webinar, Laurel Sneed, veteran history educator and media producer, will talk about three 19th century African Americans from North Carolina who resisted slavery by escaping to freedom and writing about their experiences. The narratives or memoirs are by authors Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern.
   Sneed has been teaching educators and members of the general public about the era of slavery for over two decades through the Crafting Freedom Institute, an African American history education organization for which she serves as executive director. Through CFI, Sneed has brought 1000+ teachers to North Carolina from around the country and several foreign countries to study salvery, with a focus on enslaved and free black North Carolinians in the 19th century. This webinar will include several short videos Sneed produced dramatizing the words of two of the authors. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout. Visit www.mauneylibrary.org event calendar to join Zoom event.

Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers 
   Tuesday, February 23 at 3 pm  join the official Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers, for a virtual Zoom meeting. Visit www.mauneylibrary.org calendar to join the event.

Black Men in 
White Coats
   Mauney Memorial Library is screening the documentary Black Men in White Coats beginning at noon on Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28.
American hospitals and medical schools are currently suffering a shortage of Black male doctors. Less than 3% of active physicians are both male and Black. Black Men in White Coats hopes to showcase this disparity and promote resources to those who wish to go into the medical field.
Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder of Black Men in White Coats, hopes to provide role- models for others, the same way he had great mentors that looked like him to help him on his path to becoming a doctor.
Learn more about Black Men in White Coats at www.blackmeninwhitecoats.com, and register for the screening at www.mauneylibrary.org or call 704-739-2371.
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
(February 3, 2021 Issue)


1 lb. sliced bacon, cut into thirds
1 (14 oz.) cocktail wieners
3/4 cup brown sugar
• Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
•Refrigerate 2/3 of the bacon until needed. It is easier to wrap the wieners with cold bacon. Wrap each cocktail wiener with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar generously over all.
• Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the sugar is bubbly. To serve, place the wieners in a slow cooker and keep on the low setting.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp.  paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 chicken wings
oil for deep frying
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 dash black pepper
1 dash garlic powder
• In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large, nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
• Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
• Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.
Bowling for Dollars features beautiful bowls made by local potters. Photo by Cleveland County Arts Council

Cleveland County Arts Council reschedules Bowling for Dollars

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

By Shearra Miller

Bowling for Dollars is one of the Arts Council’s favorite events and we know many folks feel the same. We are still working on the logistics but YES, we are planning to hold it again this year. However, it will look and feel different. Due to COVID restrictions, and for the health and safety of our volunteers and participants, we are making some changes.
We ask for your patience as our situation will be fluid based on COVID protocols and recommendations; in the meantime, please update your calendar with the new date: Thursday, March 18.
Each year Bowling for Dollars features beautiful handmade pottery bowls donated by local potters. Participants then enjoy a delicious soup, bread, beverage, and dessert. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event is take-out only. All proceeds go towards our Arts in Education Program.
Tickets will be available as soon as we finalize all of our plans. Plans will be announced on our website, www.ccartscouncil.org and on social media, https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandCountyArtsCouncil
If you have questions call 704-484-2787. Stay tuned and stay healthy!
Darlene Godfrey poses with the finished piano. Photo by Shirley Brutko

Piano project complete and now on display

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Five years ago, Mayor Scott Neisler purchased a piano at an estate sale and the Southern Arts Society volunteered to restore it. The Mayor bought the piano with the intent that, once painted, it would be displayed at various locations in Kings Mountain for people to play.
This unique project brought together the talents of Beth Caveny, Darlene Godfrey, and Diane Garner. Caveny prepared the piano by having it tuned and primed for painting. Artists Darlene Godfrey and Diane Garner decided on specific scenes important to the community and painted those scenes on the piano.
Scenes include the American Flag, US Monument at the Kings Mountain National Military Park, Major Patrick Ferguson’s grave, Log Cabin, battle scene, Cardinal and Dogwoods, and the View of Kings Mountain.
If you would like to admire the result of this collaborative project, the piano is currently on display at the Southern Arts Society.
   Mayor Neisler heard about a project called “Play Me, I’m Yours”, the brainchild of British artist Luke Jarram that he began in the UK in 2008 with 15 pianos brought to various public places throughout the city for three weeks.
The project was a huge success, and it was estimated that over 140 000 people played these pianos or listened to others play. Since then, more than 1,000 pianos with a simple instruction – “Play Me, I’m Yours” – have been installed in 37 cities across the globe, reaching about six million people worldwide.

Adopt an Officer  program remembers
Tyler Herndon and honors
law enforcement  officers

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Often when a family and community experience a devastating loss, as the Herndon family and friends in Kings Mountain did on December 11, when Officer Tyler Herndon lost his life in the line of duty responding to a call in Mt Holly people often search for meaningful ways to honor the one who was lost. Such is the case with Officer Tyler Herndon.
Micha Autry started the Tyler Herndon Adopt an Officer Program with hopes of encouraging the officers of the Mt. Holly Police Department. She wants the officers to know that the community supports them and that we are all in this together.
It did not take long before the word got out and now other communities in the area are doing the same, including Kings Mountain. The group’s mission remains the same, no matter which community supports the project.
“We want officers to know they are appreciated and valued by members of their communities,” wrote Matthew Autry.
The wounds of loss run deep, and this is an effort to remember Tyler Herndon and honor his memory by adopting the men and women of law enforcement who wear the badge and serve the Kings Mountain community. Only time will heal those wounds, but this is a good to start.
Just four days after Herndon’s funeral, Cpl. Lee Whittington was shot while responding to a call near the Country Club. Luckily, Whittington survived, but his healing will take time and the community has supported his recovery with fundraisers throughout January.
A Facebook page was setup to learn more about the Tyler Herndon Adopt an Officer program at https://www.facebook.com/tylerherndonadoptanofficer. A video honoring Tyler can be seen by scrolling down that page to find the link.
So far, Kings Mountain Police Department, Cramerton Police Department, Mt. Holly Police Department, and Dallas Police Department have joined the program. Officer adoption sheets can be found locally at the Kings Mountain Police Department.

Gateway Trail Committee
volunteers hard at work

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Shirley Brutko reported that last week a lot was accomplished at the Gateway Trail by volunteers from the trail committee, along with Ranger Cliff Laurich.
City of Kings Mountain donated all the new mulch for the overflow parking lot. Pine Straw was raked by volunteers and moved from the Cardio Hill to the trailhead, beautifying that area along the sidewalk and other areas.

Still time to hit the Tar Heel slopes

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

Snowflakes were flying in the North Carolina  mountains last week and ski slopes were open for business with all COVID precautions needed in place. This includes social distancing, mask wearing where appropriate, and in many cases skiers needing to call ahead and make reservations for their time on the slopes.
Here are some popular NC Snow Ski vacation resorts: Call ahead before visiting!
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, North Carolina- Snowmaking on 14 lighted slopes. Five  lifts including three moving carpet lifts. Snowsports School for all ages and abilities. Tube World, six lanes of snowtubing fun. Easy four lane access.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 5,400 ft. • 14 Slopes • Tubing • Base Elevation: 4,660 ft. • Lifts: 1 Double, 1 Triple, • Vertical Rise: 740 ft. 1 Quad, 3 Carpet Conveyors A fireplace, restaurant and lounge, plus The Shop at Cataloochee located in the lodge.
Appalachian Ski Mountain- Blowing Rock, North Carolina- Eleven slopes, three terrain parks. Two Quad chairlifts, one double chairlift, one conveyor lift, one handle pull lift. Home of the French Swiss Ski College. NC’s only Burton Learn to Ride Center. Snow ski, snowboard and skiboard and rentals. Rentals for jacket, bib, glove, goggle and helmet. Refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink, 46,000 sq. Ft.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 4,000 ft. • 11 Slopes •Ice Skating • Base Elevation: 3,635 ft. • Lifts: 2 Quads, 1 Double, • Vertical Rise: 365 ft. 1 Conveyor, 1 Handle Pull Bavarian-style lodge with wireless Internet. 200’ observation deck. Restaurant with fireplace overlooking slopes, Ski Shop, Gift Shop, nursery, locker room, TV lounge and group meeting rooms.
Sugar Mountain Resort-Banner Elk, North Carolina- Sugar Mountain Resort offers many winter activities: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing day and night on 115 skiable acres. Several 700 ft. long tubing runs.  A 10,000 sq. ft. refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink. Snowboard schools accommodate all ages and abilities. Daycare is just a few steps from the base lodge. The ski, snowboard and skiboard rental shop offer top of the line equipment.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 5,300 ft. • 20 Slopes •Ice Skating • Base Elevation: 4,100 ft. • Lifts: 1 Triple, 4 Doubles, • Tubing • Vertical Rise: 1,200 ft. 1 Surface, 2 Carpet Conveyors The base lodge houses 2 cafeterias; the Last Run Lounge; our group sales department; locker room; and the Sugar Mountain Sports & Gift Shop.
Beech Mountain-Banner Elk, North Carolina- The highest ski area in the East at 5,506 feet in elevation. Snowmaking capabilities that cover 100%of the skiing terrain. Has a large variety of skiable acreage including a terrain park that is all lighted for night skiing. Ski Beech offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, or skating on a 7,000 square foot outdoor ice rink. Skiing and snowboarding instructions are available for all ability levels. A program for youths that includes equipment rental, a hot lunch, and a day of instruction in proper ski and snowboard technique. Equipment and clothing rentals. Shopping and dining. Accommodations, including chalet rentals and inns, are close by.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 5,505 ft. • 15 Slopes •Ice Skating • Base Elevation: 4,675 ft. • Lifts: 1 High Speed Quad, • Tubing • Vertical Rise: 830 ft. 6 Doubles, 1 J-Bar, 1 Surface
Hawksnest Resort-Seven Devils, North Carolina- The largest Snow Tubing Park on the East Coast. Twenty lane snow tubing park with four areas to snow tube. Lanes are 400 – 1000 feet long. Two conveyor lifts take snow tubers back to the top.  Snow making and lighting on all lanes.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort-Mars Hill, North Carolina-  Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is for any ski and snowboard enthusiast, beginner to expert. Twenty-two  ski runs. Five ski lifts. Two quad chairs. Two double chairs and one surface lift. Two ski lodges-Ridge Lodge and the Base Lodge. Terrain park. Full ski rental equipment services, food, gift shop, sport shops. Large wood burning lodge fireplaces.
Jason Hurst, Cleveland Community College President

CCC’s Jason Hurst named President of the Year

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

The NC State Board of Community Colleges on January 21, 2021, announced its selection of Dr. Jason Hurst, president of Cleveland Community College, as the recipient of the 2021 President of the Year Award.
Dr. Hurst arrived at CCC in April 2018 with a clear vision to grow the College, strengthening its community presence, expanding its top-quality educational opportunities and fostering highly effective partnerships with industry.
In addition, he has led the launch of Yeti Athletics, not only recognizing the strong correlation between a vibrant athletics program and student retention but also working to deepen the College’s relationship with the broader community.
In the award announcement, the State Board of Community Colleges said:
Dr. Hurst came to Cleveland Community College with extensive experience in workforce education and economic development in several states. His career includes leadership roles at community colleges in Florida and Alabama, most recently Senior Director for Workforce Development for the Alabama Community College System. As president of Cleveland Community College, Dr. Hurst has championed strong relationships with industry and community partners. His accomplishments include expanding the Electrical Lineworker program to include CDL truck driver training, and renovating BLET and Criminal Justice classrooms to include a defensive tactics training space and an interactive firearms simulator. He is currently overseeing the construction of an Advanced Technology Center to address local workforce training needs. Dr. Hurst also worked with the college’s Chief Financial Officer to purchase simulation software for virtual instruction and software for virtual advising to help keep students and staff safe during the pandemic.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Hurst said, “I am so honored and grateful for this recognition. This is a great day in the life of our college and a true testament to the tremendous work we are doing at CCC. We have a wonderful team, and this award reflects our group’s effort. We are a part of this community and strive to meet meeting its needs and those of our business and industry partners.”
Madeline Norman, center, with 20 bags she and two friends donated to help homeless and those in need.                                                         Photo by Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office ​​​​​​​

Girl Scout project helps those in need

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

Madeline Norman, 12, of Cleveland County, donated 20 bags to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office for deputies to give to homeless people or people in need. Madeline and her two friends started this project to achieve their Bronze Award for the Girl Scouts. The bags include items like blankets, scarves, gloves, can foods, water bottles, and toiletries.
Madeline and her friends also donated bags to agencies in Burke County and Caldwell County.
“It is not very often that a 12 year old thinks of others enough to go above and beyond to help people in need. Thank you for thinking of others, Madeline. These bags will be a blessing to people in need,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook Page.

Senior Center
February schedule

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

By Tabitha Thomas

The Senior Center participation is open to adults age 55 and over (registration required – call for details.)
Hours of operation: Staff available by phone 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri.

Outdoor Walking Track open 9 am-4 pm

Rentals: No rentals through March (Call Bonnie Hale for later dates)

Valentine’s Day Drive-Thru - Friday, Feb 12, 10 am – 12 pm. Stop by so we can say, ”We miss you! And Happy Valentine’s Day!” We ask that you drive around the front of the center and pull around to the back under the canopy! Please stay in your car and we will bring you a special sweet treat! Please call to RSVP by Monday, February 8.

Hearing presentation online or by phone through ZOOM by Shawn Lane, NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, Wednesday, February 17, 11 am – 12 pm. Join us on Zoom to learn more about this free service. Please call to register and to get Zoom link.

Facebook Live!
We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show on Monday through Thursday at 10 am. Come join us for conversation, updates, and riddles!

 Friday Drive-Thru, Friday Mornings
 10 am -12 pm. Please drive around to the back to say hello! Please stay in your car and we will bring you your goodie bag and masks if you need them. Food bags, Boost and Depends will no longer be distributed at the Drive-Thru in order to cut down on wait times. Please call Glenda to register for food, Depends or Boost and to be given pick-up times for these items.

Income Tax Assistance provided by Liberty Tax
Beginning Monday, January 25, you may drop off your tax documents at the Patrick Center back entrance on Monday or Tuesday afternoons between 12 pm and 2:30 pm.
When you drop off your documents, we will make a copy and get them to Liberty Tax, and you will be given an appointment to complete your taxes curbside at the Patrick Center on a Wednesday afternoon or at their office in Gastonia on a Thursday afternoon. Returns can also be sent to you via email for completion. Please call the center for more information including what documents to bring.

Conference Call 
Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am 11 am
Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am
This is a chance to meet new friends and participate in a program over the phone! Call the Center for more details and to sign up!

 Donations Needed: 
Personal hygiene products, Depends, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, cleaning & laundry products, masks, canned and dry goods, microwavable meals, and pet food. Individually packaged items: pudding, fruit, soup, Pop Tarts, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, etc.

TACC can currently take you to your doctor appointments or bring you to the Senior Center once we reopen. Call Bonnie Hale to find out more about this service.

S.H.O.P. Pantry
Please call if you need food, incontinence supplies, or nutritional supplements. We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by! (Delivery also available if needed).
All clients must a registered  participant before picking up these items.
The Patrick Center is located at 909 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086, (704) 734-0447.

Clev. Co. library card design contest

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

Cleveland County Library System announced a library card design contest for its new library card. There are three entrant age categories for the contest: kid, 12 or under; teen, 13 – 17; and adult, 18 and over. The winner will receive a $25 gift card.
Designs must be created using a 7 inch by 4.25 inch template and designs can be either horizontal or vertical. Entries must be accompanied by an entry form and only one entry is allowed per person.
Artwork can be traditional, in colored pencil, pen, paint, etc., or using computer based graphics. Digital submissions must have a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Digital image size must be 1050 pixels x 638 pixels. Do not include your name within the borders of the design.
Artwork must be original, previously unpublished, and free of copyright restrictions. Upon submission, the Cleveland County Library System has all rights to the artwork and its display. The library may showcase/reproduce all submitted artwork without limitation or compensation.
Email digital artwork to cclsmainandspangler@gmail.com . Drop-off or mail submissions to Cleveland County Library System, 104 Howie Dr., Shelby, NC 28150 or Spangler Branch Library, 112 Piedmont Drive, Lawndale, NC 28090.
The design submission period goes through January 29. Finalists will be notified by February 8. Finalists will be announced by February 11. New library cards will be available this summer.

City of Kings Mountain:
Online event honoring
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
extended through Jan.  29

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

Honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Kings Mountain is set to host a virtual online event, “Meet Dr. King”, January 15th-29th.
Performed by Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville, NC, Meet Dr. King, introduces audiences to Dr. King and follows key moments in his life beginning as a young boy experiencing racism for the first time, to meeting his wife, Coretta, to becoming a pastor and finally a national inspiration.
Audiences will get the opportunity to watch the production live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary and www.facebook.com/CityofKMSpecialEvents.
In addition to this special production, Mauney Memorial Library will honor Dr. King by providing a “Doves of Peace” paper craft in select businesses throughout the City. Businesses participating are Big Red’s Café, Mauney Memorial Library, Mountain Holiday, and Swooger’s.
Schools throughout Cleveland County will receive the link to allow students to watch the production as well.
For more information, please contact the City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department at 704-730-2101 or access their website at www.kingsmountainevents.com

Gas Station Demolished

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

In the last few weeks, the gas station at 259 Dixon School Road was demolished. The property, once owned by the Plonk family, has been the site of a Sinclair Gas station, a BP station, American Petroleum station, and a FINA station before it was purchased by Roadside Truck Plaza in November of 1997. Most recently, it was a boat repair shop. In an artist’s rendering for development near the casino released last September, the property was slated for gas and travel center with a restaurant.                                                                                                                                           Photos by Loretta Cozart
A veteran lays a wreath to honor a brother in arms. Photo by WAA

DAR BOGO wreath sale ends January 15

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Col. Frederick Hambright Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and Wreaths Across America BOGO wreath sale event ends January 15. Historically, this off has only been offered once per year.
Each December, Col. Frederick Hambright Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and GFWC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club honored local veterans with wreaths at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath for this coming year’s event and take advantage of the BOBO 2 for 1 sale, wreaths are $15 through January 15 and can be ordered at http://WreathsacrossAmerica.org/NC0200P.

Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Tuesday, I traveled to Washington DC to cover the Frally on the Mall, get pictures, and share that experience in an article for the Herald.
Before I share what I saw, let me state that I do not condone the actions of those who attacked the US Capitol. Their violent behavior resulted in the deaths of five Americans. In my opinion, the peaceful protest that occurred up to that point was overshadowed by those who took advantage of the situation to advance their own cause.
The people who simply gathered at the Mall in Washington had every right under the First Amendment to do so. The Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But those who turned that peaceful protest violent should be held accountable for their actions.
   As a reporter, I can only describe what I witnessed. There is much that happened that I could not see, including most of what was broadcast on National television in real time during the afternoon and evening, and in the days that followed.
I began my day at the Crystal City Metro in Arlington, Va. and took the subway into the city, exiting at Smithsonian Station. I arrived at the Mall shortly after 10 am. The weather was brisk, but not terribly cold. Vendors were interspersed throughout the area selling Trump memorabilia. People carried Trump flags, American flags and protest signs.
Speeches were slated to begin around 11 am, so I walked toward the Ellipse located just south of the South Lawn of the White House. I have been in Washington DC on several occasions and am familiar with the area. Many people were walking in that direction also, a sea of bodies moving as close to the Ellipse as possible.
   The closest I could get to the Ellipse was just north of the Washington Monument. I looked around as others filed in. Over the course of 30-minutes every square inch of space was filled. People chatted in groups or struck-up conversation with others nearby. The atmosphere was calm and jovial. As people made their way from one place to another, they would often cut through groups, apologizing as they passed. Nobody got angry about it, because there were so many people there and very little room to get around. I have no idea the actual size of the crowd, but I would estimate 50,000 people, maybe more.
Eric Trump was the first to speak. He was on the Jumbotron located a good distance from where I stood, and I could clearly see that he was speaking. However, I could not hear a single word. People around me began chanting “Turn it up. Turn it up,” but we still couldn’t hear. When Rudy Giuliani spoke, I could hear only part of his speech. The sound cut in and out throughout his entire message.
   As President Trump took the stage, it seemed that they had solved the sound issue. However a second speaker, experiencing a slight signal delay, caused an echoing effect that made it difficult to hear. Trump’s speech went on for quite a while and repeated points he had mentioned on several occasions. There was no new information being shared. The weather turned colder, so people began leaving. As the President wrapped up his speech, he told the crowd, “We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Then he encouraged them to walk with him down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, but Trump did not join them.
   At approximately 1:24 pm, Trump’s speech ended, and the crowd turned toward the Capitol. Most traveled along three routes to get there: Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, or through the Mall. People walked peacefully and chanted. Along the way, they acknowledged the police, and some stopped to shake hands and thank them. Through all of this, the protest remained peaceful.
   Approaching the Capitol, I noticed that contractor’s fencing, like ones used at construction sites, had been knocked down. But there were a lot of people ahead of me and did not think much of it. There were no police, no National Guard, and no security directing people as they arrived at the west side of the Capitol just before 2 pm.
   Looking around, I noticed people had climbed what appeared to be a camera tower constructed for the upcoming inauguration. I took a few photos and then heard what I thought might be flash bangs, sounds similar to mortar shots. Next to me, a man commented to a group nearby that if they wanted to go into to the Capitol, a side door was open. At that point, I decided it was time to leave.
   As I walked away from the Capitol and down Independence Avenue, I attempted to text my family to let them know where I was and that I was leaving
 the city. However, my cell phone did not work; I can only guess that signals were  blocked due to securwity reasons. I had texted several people from the Mall earlier that day, only to discover those texts had not gone through either.
   As I arrived at the United States Botanic Garden, I noticed that Independence Avenue was empty. In the distance, I heard sirens approaching and a black SUV, followed by two police cars, passed me at a high rate of speed. After they passed, I watched barricades pop-up from the roadway that spanned the entire width of the street, blocking the road to traffic.
   When I finally arrived at the subway and found a seat, I heard a woman had been shot. It seemed the protest had turned violent and that had I left at the right time.
Until I arrived home, I had no idea the magnitude of what had happened at the Capitol on January 6. I am still stunned that I could have been so close to the situation and yet totally unaware of what was happening on the east side of the Capitol.
   It is clear to me now just how much our nation needs healing. I pray that Congress and the new President realize this and works to unify our nation. Their actions now will set the tone of politics for decades to come. If they do not take steps now to bring the American people back together, I question what kind of America we will leave to our children.
This is an artist’s rendering of Catawba Ridge and is not a final map. Photo by City of Kings Mountain

Community Meeting on Catawba Ridge development January 13

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Wednesday, January 13, a community meeting is scheduled at 5 pm in City Hall Council Chambers to allow members of the community to ask questions of the developer, Wallace Cheves, regarding a new development proposed by of Let’s Roll Holdings, LLC in the Dixon Community. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.
The development consists of approximately 82.73 acres on Dixon School Road (Parcel #11598, Map 4, Block 1, Lot 10), for which the developer requested a zoning change from R-20 to Conditional District R6-PUD (Planned Unit Development). Phase 1 of the development will contain no more than 200 apartment units. The name of the development is Catawba Village.
Of concern to city council was that the rules regarding public hearings changed during the Nov. 24, 2020 city council meeting, now only requiring one public hearing instead of two, before they take a vote.
Development in the Dixon Community near the Casino impacts many people and city council voted to continue the meeting until later this month, hoping the developer would schedule a community meeting to discuss plans and share information with those who have interest.
On Monday, January 11, City Councilmembers visited The Cliffs at Walnut Grove in Arden, NC, a gated property developed and planned by Wallace Cheves.
Due to COVID-19, the public must wear face masks in City Hall and follow protocols set out by Governor Cooper.

Southern Arts Society Calendars available

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis

There is still time to purchase a handmade calendar for 2021 at Southern Arts Society (SASi) in Kings Mountain. Local artists work together to produce the calendar as a fundraiser for SASi. Funds raised support their ongoing art programs and classes. The 2021 Calendar themed Windows and Doors consists of 12 original pieces of hand pulled silk-screened art. Each month is designed by a different artist, giving you twelve individual original art prints.
The artists at Southern Arts Society managed to complete their calendars in spite of a global pandemic, political upheaval, and social unrest. After the gallery was closed for almost two months in the spring, artists began the process of finalizing their designs and getting the images put onto screens to print. Down to wire, some of the images were not dark enough and had to be redone, leaving very little time to get them signed and put together.
Three or four artists worked together to print each page by hand, with each page taking over 3 ½ hours to print and everyone wearing masks the entire time. Finally on Friday November 27, SASi artists and friends gathered to collate the calendars all wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to keep everyone safe.  The Calendars went on sale to the public Saturday November 28.
Artwork featured in the 2021 calendar reflects windows and doors across time and around the world. The twelve month calendar set sells for $25, and a frame (in black, gold or silver) to hold the calendar may be purchased for $30. While most of the calendars are reserved each year by loyal followers, there are still open editions available to purchase at Southern Arts Society (SASi) located in the historic Southern Railway Depot in Kings Mountain.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. In the Galleries now through January 9th is SASi’s Holiday Boutique with artsy gifts for sale.
New Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs–Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. All visitors are required to wear a mask. Admission is Free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

JACK & georgia moved to new location 

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Women’s clothing store JACK & georgia moved to their new location at 209 S. Battleground Avenue last week and announced their grand reopening for January 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.
December 26 was the last day for the business in their old location on E. Gold Street. “We closed that location right after Christmas and began moving our inventory over,” said owner Emily Harris. “The old location, including our storeroom, was 800 sq. ft. The new location is 2,700 sq. ft. This is a very exciting move for us. We hope to see everyone for our grand re-opening!” The first 25 customers in the door will receive an exclusive discount on our brand new collection.
The shop includes cute tops, bottoms, sweaters, shoes, swimwear, outerwear, and accessories for young women.
L-R: Pottery student with instructor Rhonda Withers.

Pottery Classes at Southern Arts Society

(January 1, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis

   Southern Arts Society (SASi) offers both Day and Night classes for beginners or intermediate level students wanting to learn pottery making by hand building or on the wheel. Classes begin January 11 and meet twice weekly, Monday and Thursday, for 10 weeks.
Instructors are Renee Matthews (daytime) and Rhonda Withers (evenings). Cost Includes: one bag of clay, glazes, use of studio tools and instruction. Additional clay may be purchased as needed. Class size is limited to 4 students. Masks are required to participate.
   To sign up for pottery class visit or call Southern Arts Society 704.739.5585 or contact the instructors:   Rhonda Withers 704.773.6138 and Renee Matthews 704.674.4517.
   Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs–Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. All visitors are required to wear a mask. Admission is Free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

Blood donors needed!

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

There will be a Blood Drive at Eastside Baptist Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, sponsored by OneBlood.
The Big Red Bus will be parked on the west side of the church. All donors will receive a $20 e-Gift card, long sleeve T-Shirt, a free appetizer coupon courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and a wellness checkup including Covid-19 antibody test.
Appointments are encouraged but not required.  Appointments can be made by visiting www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #63074.
Donors must be at least 16 years old with an ID and parental permission.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit community asset responsible for providing safe, available, and affordable blood.
The first part of the year is usually a time when the need for blood increases.  Your life-saving gift will be greatly appreciated! 

American Legion Veteran’s breakfast January 9

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Post 155 holds its next monthly Veteran’s Breakfast on Saturday morning, January 9, from 9 am to 11 am at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street.
All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation that helps fund future breakfasts. Everyone is asked to follow Governor Cooper’s guidelines for social distancing. The following month’s breakfast will be on February 6.

Banker’s House
Christmas Reveal Friday

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

The Banker’s House Christmas Reveal is scheduled for December 4 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at 319 N. Lafayette Street in Shelby. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Cleveland County Chamber office. Your ticket includes live music, delicious deserts, and seasonal beverages.
Additional dates included December 12 from 11 am – 3 pm, December 15 from 10 am – 1 pm, and Thursday December 17 from 2 pm to 5 pm. You can also arrange for a private tour by calling 980-404-0096.
This event will follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines, requiring face masks and social distancing.
L-R: Ranata Wingo, Natalie Hammett and Abby Williams (all Y Learning Academy Staff) accept the gifts donated by sisters Gibby and Diane.

Sisters share holiday warmth with Y kids

(December 16, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Friday, Gibby McClarran and Diane Toffolo dropped off 100 handmade mittens and scarves for their Y kids at Kings Mountain Family YMCA. They made a few extra adult sizes too, to give the parents who might need them this winter too. The sisters have been knitting them since March.
The ladies knitted them for the children in the YMCA Learning Academy and the staff will distribute them to parents when they pick up their children.
Diane and Gibby love the Y and missed being there. To keep themselves busy, the duo so went for walks and knit during the shutdown. Their knitting was a good way to stay busy.
Gibby said she could knit one pair of mittens a day, it is very time consuming. The scarves were a little easier.
Kevin Osborne said, “The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is very thankful for the hard work and generosity of Gibby and Diane.”
Grandfather Mountain welcomes visitors to celebrate the winter and holiday seasons from a mile high. See more photos on page7B. (photos by Skip Sickler/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation or Frank Ruggiero/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation)

‘Tis the Season at
Grandfather Mountain


(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Holidays bring
discounts, shopping
and more

With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls – and hills – for the holidays.
Visitors are invited to celebrate the season from a mile high, where they’ll encounter idyllic winter scenery, invigorating outdoor adventure and more at the Linville, N.C., nature park.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the park officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery – a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Avery County.
In previous years, Smith has provided Christmas trees for the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh, the U.S. Naval Observatory (the residence of the U.S. Vice President), the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the White House itself.
Donating a tree to Grandfather Mountain, however, is a literal high point in Smith’s career.
“People come from all over the world to see Grandfather Mountain,” he said. “And, of course, this tree is from Avery County. We don’t want a tree from outside Avery County to go up on Grandfather Mountain.”
Although this particular tree is on display in the Grandfather’s Nature Museum, Fraser firs can also be found in the mountain’s more natural surroundings.
“The Fraser fir is basically the Cadillac of Christmas trees,” Smith said. “There’s only a few mountaintops in the world they’re native to, and Grandfather Mountain is one of them.”

Choose & Cut & Save
Although Grandfather Mountain’s official tree is now on display, guests are welcome to bring their own – to enjoy a festive discount on park admission during the holiday season.
As a gesture of support for local Christmas tree farmers, anyone who arrives at the mountain with a tree atop their vehicle or a receipt from a local tree farm will receive $2 off each adult admission and $1 off each child admission.

Located in the Nature Museum and Top Shop, Grandfather Mountain’s gift shops carry a variety of artisan crafts and goods, as well as signature Grandfather Mountain souvenirs, from apparel to hiking gear to drinkware and all things in between.
The shops, along with the mountain’s Entrance Gate, also offer Grandfather Mountain gift cards, which are applicable toward admission, souvenirs, food, fudge and more.

Looking for a gift that’s warm and fuzzy? While Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals are not for sale, the Adopt-an-Animal program is the next best thing.
The program allows participants to symbolically adopt any of Grandfather Mountain’s furry or feathered residents, including black bears, river otters, cougars, bald eagles, elk and more.
By adopting an animal, individually or on behalf of a friend, family member or loved one, the sponsor will receive a special gift package. Gifts vary, depending on the donation level, and can include photographs, plush toys, plaster footprint castings, day passes and more.
Visit https://bit.ly/gfm-adopt to learn more.
Animal Wish List
Make our animals’ season merry and bright by treating them to gift items and enrichment treats.
To see what the animals are wanting this holiday season, visit their Amazon.com wish list at https://bit.ly/gfm-wishlist. For more information, email habitats@grandfather.com.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Treat your favorite animal lover to an up-close-and-personal experience with Grandfather’s resident animals.
Hosted by Grandfather’s knowledgeable and experienced keepers, Behind-the-Scenes Tours show guests where the park’s resident animals sleep overnight, while sharing the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round.
To reserve a tour, email habitats@grandfather.com.

Think the views are sweet? Try the Grandfather Mountain Fudge Shop.
The park’s sustainably operated fudge shop boasts a colorful variety of homemade, delectable and seasonal flavors. Best of all, it’s only a phone call or email away.
To place an order for pick-up or home delivery, call 828-733-6518 or 828-733-1058, or email fudgeshop@grandfather.com.

Season Passes
For a gift that keeps on giving, shoppers can purchase an annual membership to Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club.
Bridge Club membership offers unlimited, free admission to Grandfather Mountain for a year, exclusive discounts on and off the mountain, invitations to special member programs, a Bridge Club car decal and more. Group passes are also available.
To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/gfmbridgeclub.

Grandfather Mountain is owned and operated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.
All of the park’s funding is derived from admission, souvenir sales, food and beverage sales and donations, 100 percent of which goes right back into the mountain, ensuring its pristine beauty is preserved for generations to come.
The foundation’s Fulfilling Promises campaign is underway, and funds raised through donations will help create a new Conservation Campus to share the wonders of Grandfather to more visitors more broadly and deeply than ever before.
Through these new facilities, which will nearly double the size of the park’s current nature museum, guests will gain an even greater appreciation of nature and become even more passionate about protecting and preserving it.
Charitable giving also benefits the park’s many educational programs and initiatives, such as the Field Trip Scholarship Fund in Memory of Nathan Pribble, which helps groups from underfunded schools come to Grandfather Mountain’s “classroom in the clouds.”
Those hoping to contribute in their or someone else’s name may do so by visiting www.grandfather.com/donate, which allows them to sponsor a particular project, such as the Fulfilling Promises campaign, or donate to a cause of their choosing.
Winter Hours
Grandfather Mountain is open from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. every day in winter, weather permitting, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. During times of inclement weather, park opening is delayed until all roads and paths can be cleared of snow and ice. As such, those planning a trip are encouraged to contact the park’s entrance gate before visiting to confirm the day’s conditions.
Due to COVID-19, the park is also requiring guests to book their visit online at www.grandfather.com.
To learn more about Grandfather Mountain’s COVID-19 operating procedures, visit www.grandfather.com/covid-19-update.
For more information, call 1-800-468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com.
Jennifer Holt

Jennifer Holt KMMS
employee of the month

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

By Windy Bagwell

Jennifer Holt, 7th grade Guidance Counselor, was selected as the Kings Mountain Middle School Employee of the Month for November.
Staff describe Holt as awesome, caring, and having a servant’s heart. “She takes care of kids, here at school and remotely. She holds them accountable while helping them learn how to be accountable.”
Another shared, “Mrs. Holt is always available for students and staff with an open door policy. She goes above her call as a school counselor to assist teachers and staff in any way possible. She has such an amazing work ethic and is an incredible problem solver and team player.”
“Mrs. Holt is the sweetest lady and shows kindness to all students and staff,” one staff member wrote. “She continuously goes above and beyond to help teachers out, as well as, work one on one with students to help get them going in the right directions. Mrs. Holt, YOU are awesome!!”

Aldridge Concerts perform
at Joy Performance Center

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Darin and Brooke Aldridge 2020 Christmas Concerts will be held on  December 12th at the Joy Performance Center, Kings Mountain, NC.
A matinee will be performed at 3:00 pm and evening concert at 7:00 pm; Limited Seating Available:  Two tickets: $56; four tickets: $112;  six tickets: $168.
Purchase tickets online at www.ticketsnc.com W
Covid safety protocols, including masks and social distancing, will be followed.
Scene at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain. Photo by Carolyn Henwood

KM City Council thanks
Building Maintenance staff

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s City Council publicly thanked members of the Building Maintenance staff for their hard work in refurbishing Grady and Katie Costner’s Christmas lights display for use in Patriots Park this holiday season.
“Mayor Neisler asked me to speak on behalf of council and mention all the positive comments we have received from the community regarding the Christmas lights,” said Councilman Keith Miller. “Their work to repair and update the lights to LEDs during the last year testifies to the hard work and dedication these employees give to their work. Special thanks goes to Darryl Dixon, Brian Horn, Rick Ford, David Morrow, and Mike Gaffney prior to his retirement.”
“After spending a year working on this project, this crew requested that they personally deliver the lights to Patriots Park this year. They used great care to make sure the displays arrived at the destination safely. The employees of City of Kings Mountain are hard-working and dedicated individuals, doing their best work for everyone who lives and works in the city,” Miller said.

Work continues around Exit 5

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Land continues to be cleared near Exit 5 adjacent to I-85 and Catawbas Two Kings Casino Resort. Saturday morning, grading equipment continued on the Catawba Indian Nation’s property. Trees have been cleared from the property and extensive grading, along with retention ponds have been done.
Along Exit 5, all the trees were felled in preparation for construction of the diverging diamond interchange that will replace the current bridge there. No start date has yet been set for that project.
According to the NCDOT website, a diverging diamond interchange allows free-flowing turns when entering and exiting an interstate, eliminating the left turn against oncoming traffic and limiting the number of traffic signal phases. It is easy to navigate, eliminates last-minute lane changes, and provides better sight distance at turns, resulting in fewer crashes.
The design reduces congestion and better moves high volumes of traffic without the need to increase the number of lanes in an interchange.
In a national study, the design reduced crashes by an average of 37 percent after it was constructed at 26 interchanges across the United States. The design also reduced injury and fatal crashes by an average of 54 percent. (Source: 2019 article published in the Transportation Research Record, the journal for the Transportation Research Board)
Winners from the ALA Chili Cook-off, pictured L-R: Third place, Michael Clinton; second place, Shondi Dellinger, and first place, Jeff Kelly. Photo provided

American Legion Auxiliary
Chili Cook-off winners

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 held a Chili Cook-off at the post on Saturday, November 14 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Thirteen entries were received. Each entrant submitted a $5 donation and those willing to judge gave a $10 tasting donation.  A good crowd of judges participated and by all accounts everyone had a good time. Winners were, 1st Place – Jeff Kelly, 2nd Place – Shondi Dellinger, and 3rd Place – Michael Clinton.

Murphey’s toy run
Saturday, Nov. 21

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

Murphey’s 26th annual toy run to benefit Shriner’s Burn Center and Oxford Orphanage Masonic Home for Children, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office,  Kings Mountain Police Department’s  will be held Saturday, Nov. 21. Rain date is Nov. 22.
Motorcyclists should meet at Scooter Shed, 114 Camelot Court, at 11 a.m.  and will depart Scooter Shed at 12 noon.
Police will escort the cyclists. The groups goal is $5 and a new toy per person.
Barbecue will be served after the ride.
For more info call 704-739-4707 or 704-477-5762.

Senior Center news

The Patrick Senior Center does not have a definite reopening date set just yet. They are waiting until the Governor lifts the Safer at Home recommendation for high-risk populations, keeping in mind the number of cases in our region and the onset of flu season as we determine a reopening date. Call the center for the latest updates.
“We will have an updated calendar available for pick-up at the center and posted on our Facebook page once a reopening date has been set, which will be announced on Facebook, CityofKM.com, and through our mass call system,” Director Tabitha Thomas said. “In the meantime, please check out the activities and services we are currently offering; there’s something for everyone.”
Upcoming Events include:
Weekly Wellness, Thursdays, 11 am - 11:30 am. Join in each Thursday morning on Facebook for an exercise routine, some deep breathing or stretching.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment: Counselors will be meeting with folks over the phone to review Part D Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans during Part D Open Enrollment, October 15 - December 7.  Please call the center to  arrange a time to pick up a Plan Finder Form, or we can send it to you through the mail or email. Please return the form to our office so we can make you an appointment!. You may qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs.
Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru: Sponsored by the Kings Mountain Rotary, Wednesday, November 25, 11 am to 1 pm, Call the Center to sign up for a meal.
Outdoor Walking Club: Monday-Friday, 9 am -4 pm. There is a sign-in sheet with participation guidelines at the front entrance of the building, as well as a few chairs to sit in if you need to rest. Please call the Center for more info.
Conference Call Programs: Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am -11 am, Begins November 10.
Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am Began November 4
Coffee & Conversation—Fridays, 8:30 am -9:30 am, Begins November 6
Once you sign up, you will be given a phone number to call and a list of guidelines will be mailed to you or you can drive by the Senior Center to pick them up.  This is a chance to meet new friends and participate in a program over the phone!  Call the Center for more information.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: (ONLINE OR BY PHONE through ZOOM) by Elizabeth Novak with the
Alzheimer’s Association, Wednesday, November 18, 11 am – 12 pm. Please call the Senior Center to sign up and get the link to participate.
Holiday Food Drive: Giveaway date: Wednesday, December 16, 9 am -12 pm. Sponsored by Walmart   Neighborhood Market for seniors age 55 and older who need assistance with emergency food.
Christmas Dinner Drive-Thru: Friday, December 18, 11 am – 1 pm, please bring a new baby item to     donate to the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Shelby. Call the Center to sign up by Thursday, December 10.
In partnership with Mauney Memorial Library, the senior center offers a Zoom Book Club. Books are available in various formats including book, audio, e-book, and e-audio. A Zoom meeting to discuss the chosen book will be held early each month. Call the Mauney Memorial  Library to sign up and get access to the book. Ask for Mari at 704-739-2371.
Current senior center services include:
Transportation: TACC can currently take you to your doctor appointments or bring you to the Senior  Center once we reopen. Call  Bonnie Hale to find out more about this service.
Telephone Reassurance: Designed to help homebound elderly to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Volunteers will provide reassuring telephone calls on  pre-arranged days. Please call Glenda for more information.
Phone Buddy Program: Want a buddy to talk to?  Give us a call and we will match you up with a Phone Buddy.
S.H.O.P. Food Pantry: Please call if you need of food, Depends, Boost, or a mask.  We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by!  (Delivery also available if needed).
Facebook Live: We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show on Monday thru Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 11 am. Join in for conversation, updates, and riddles!
Mass Call System: We have a way to call all our participants and give them updates.  We have been sending out calls to    remind folks about the drive thru. If you have not been receiving calls and would like to get them, please call the center to be added to the list.
The Senior Center can connect you to various services including  Home Repairs, In Home and Respite Care, Job Placement/Job Skills, Hospice and Palliative Care, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, Medicaid/Social Security Benefits, Home Delivered Meals, Mental Health Services, Disaster Preparedness, Long-term care/Ombudsman, and Rehab Services. Call Glenda for more information.
The H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center is a non-profit public organization that provides services to persons 55 years of age and older.
The Patrick Center offices will be closed on November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving, and December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holidays.
SENIOR CENTER HOURS:   MONDAY — FRIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION:  Staff available by phone 8am-5pm
Outdoor Walking Track open 9am-4pm (see details in newsletter)
RENTALS:  No rentals through 2020 (Call Bonnie Hale for later dates)

SASi Holiday Boutique
call for artists

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

It is time for SASi members to bring work to sell for the SASi Holiday Boutique – paintings, pottery, jewelry, mixed media, photography, woodwork, note cards, wearable art (knit, crochet, dyed silk), etc.
Delivery and setup dates have already passed but other times can be scheduled by appointment. Table space is shared (depending on how many items you have) and is available first come, first serve. You may bring your own table and tablecloth if preferred. You are responsible for setting up your own table display.
You MUST be a current Member of SASi to participate. You may renew your membership at time of entry. There is no entry fee, but SASi retains 30% commission on all sales. All sales are made thru SASi.
Artists must clearly label items with: Your 3 initials and item number, Price, Title or Item Description, Medium, Your Name. Download form and inventory sheet from the SASi website.
Due to production delays in their 2021 Calendars, SASi’s annual Open House to kick off Calendar Sales will be the weekend following Thanksgiving on Saturday Nov 28, 10-4 and Sunday November 29, 1-4 pm.  This kicks off the sale of our 2021 silk screened Calendars Doors and Windows.  They will also be open on Fridays in December (Dec 4, 11, 18). Artists pick up their work after the event on Jan 12-16, 2021 from 10 am – 2 pm during gallery hours.
 SASi needs volunteer help during gallery hours. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
Application forms are available at http://southernartssociety.org/exhibits/art-for-christmas-2020/ Call SASi at 704.739.5585 or call or text Jewel at 803-448-4578. Email: SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com
SASi will be CLOSED Nov 26-27, Dec 24-28 and Dec 31-Jan 1.

Patriots Park gets a landscape renovation

(October 11, 2020 Issue) 

By Loretta Cozart

During the last few weeks, Patriots Park received a facelift with new plantings. “After 20-years, many of the planting beds had seen their better days,” according to Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks. “Many of the shrubs had root rot, so we had to replace them with new plants.” In addition to new plants, Patriots Park also got new sprinklers and more lighting.
With the help of a landscape designer, new plants were chosen for their beauty, heartiness, and with regard to future growth. As Patriots Park becomes a hub for the city, and with the city hosting more festivals and events annually, the more important it is to choose the correct plants for the venue.
“What a beautiful renovation of the landscaping around the gazebo! Being constructed more than 20 years ago, Patriots Park has become more important to us today since we are having to practice social distancing,” Mayor Neisler said.
“And the re-beautification of an already great place to go, just makes it better. You will see in the coming months that improving the beautification of our downtown will be a big priority, with streetscape. It will help our downtown businesses to thrive while increasing the area where we all want to be!” he added.
With Christmas around the corner, and Thanksgiving just two weeks away, it won’t be long before the Kings Mountain Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show on 87.9 FM begins downtown. Luckily, this event was designed to be seen from your car while listening to Christmas music on the radio and is perfect for social distancing.
After watching and listening to the show, drive by Patriots Park and admire the hard work of many city employees and staff making this place one all can enjoy and be proud of for generations to come.
Photo provided by Edy Jakubiak

Dressed up for Halloween

Kings Mountain family Eric, Edy and Jack dressed up for Halloween. They are pictured at the tip of Chestnut Ridge.                                                                
(Photos provided by Edy Jakubiak)


Grant Bergstrom, MD (left)  dressed up for halloween and visited Atrium Health/KM Hospital . 
Photo by Marilyn Sellers

City of KM Vehicles Rebranded With New Logo

Earlier this year, City of Kings Mountain rebranded using an updated city seal and logo in new colors of tan, green, blue and white. Last week, city vehicles were rebranded using the city’s new logo and each vehicle is identified by department. The two vehicles shown here sport the logo: Kings Mountain, NC Living. Elevated. Beneath the logo, the city department is identified. ENERGY SERVICES.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Central United Methodist Blood drive Nov. 11

Central United Methodist Church of Kings Mountain will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 10:00am-4:00 pm in our parking lot. All donors will receive a $10 EGift Card, a wellness checkup, including a COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. To make an appointment visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #62201.

'Til Beth Do Us Part’ casting call Nov. 9-10

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Director Jim Champion, and Sponsor Ken and Liz Pflieger announce audition dates of November 9 and 10, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. Rehearsals will begin in January 2021 with performance dates set for early March 2021. For further information contact us at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.
Parts are available for two men and four women.
In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (ages 45-55) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (ages 45-55). Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been.
Enter Beth Bailey (ages 30-40), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael (ages 60-70), the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner.
Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go!
When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo (ages 40-55), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (ages 40-55), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner.
Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten Comedy!
   Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
 For more detailed information, please visit www.kmlt.org or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page.  We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!
Michele Williams (left) and Pastor Curtis Williams

East Gold St. Wesleyan Homecoming 2020
to be held November 8

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church is holding their Homecoming 2020 Service on Sunday, November 8th at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of the Worship Center (701 East Gold Street)!  Pastor Curtis Williams will be the guest speaker.  Pastor Curtis served as Youth Pastor at East Gold for 10 years (1993-2003).  During his pastorate, the youth group flourished as it significantly grew both in number and in spiritual depth.  When asked to describe his pastorate at East Gold, Pastor Curtis quickly replied, "building relationships."  His legacy here continues to be one of doing just that.
Pastor Curtis went on to serve as Lead Pastor in other churches and also served on the mission field in Papua New Guinea.  Currently, he serves as Lead Pastor at The Wesleyan Church in York, South Carolina.
We extend an invitation to the Kings Mountain community; especially, to former members of the church, as we welcome Pastor Curits and Michele Williams for Homecoming 2020!
There will be no fellowship meal after the service this year.

KMLT presents Frozen Jr.

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

The 2020-2021 season of Kings Mountain Little Theatre will open with “Frozen Jr.” on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  Due to the limited audience capacity allowed by Phase 3 of the North Carolina Covid-19 Plan, KMLT has added the Thursday evening performance to their schedule.  KMLT and Corporate Sponsor Edward Jones Investments – Jack and Pam Buchanan are pleased to announce that performances are scheduled for November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 PM with matinees on Sundays, November 8 and 15.
As of this date, KMLT will have 100 seats available for each performance. Additional capacity may be available if NC has a change when the current Phase 3 order ends. Please look for further updates from KMLT.
Priority is given to our wonderfully supportive season members and they are able to make a reservation to attend a performance for our plays. All others may purchase tickets at the box office.  KMLT will have 20 tickets per performance for purchase at the Box Office on a first come first served basis.  Reserved seating not claimed at least 10 minutes before show time are subject to release for purchase by others seeking tickets.
Season members may make reservations by calling the theater at 704-730-9408 and leaving a message or send a request to us at tickets@kmlt.org.
KMLT will maintain stringent health and safety protocols!
To protect the audience, cast, crew and volunteers they will:
• Check each individual before entering the building and ban anyone who has a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees F
• Log attendee and or group name, plus answers to the following questions (a yes answer to either question bans the individual and/or group)
• How many in the group?
• Have you exhibited any Covid-19 symptoms?
• Have you been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19?
• Wearing masks is mandatory for non-actors (KMLT will provide as needed)
• Maintain social distancing when seating our audience
• KMLT will provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer
• Due to these protocols the box office will open 90 minutes prior to the performance time. Please know that KMLT will work diligtently to get everyone into the Joy for a fantastic theatrical experience.

Recipe Corner

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “Monumental Recipes,’’ Volume II published by the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club as a fund-raising project.)

Tom Tindall
2 med. cabbage heads
20 oz. bottle ketchup
1 cup vinegar
1 tsp. Texas Pete
½ tsp. pepper
1 T. salt
1 cup sugar, white or brown
Cut cabbage fine. Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate overnight. Will keep 6 months or more.

Margaret McGinnis
16 oz. pork and beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 t. chili powder
3-4 T. molasses
Ketchup or tomato sauce to taste
2 slices bacon
Combine all ingredients except bacon. Place in greased 2 quart casserole and lay bacon slices on top. Bake uncovered at 360 degrees 30-40 minutes or until mixture has thickened and bacon thoroughly cooked.

Lori Cruise
2 lbs. hamburger, 
  cooked and drained
1 can Rotel
1 can petite diced 
1 cup half and half
1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut 
  into chunks
2 (16 oz.) cans chili beans
Cook and drain meat. Add Rotel, tomatoes, half and half, and cheese; cook on low heat. Stir constantly until cheese is melted. Add chili beans and heat. Ready to eat. May be served over rice. A chopped onion may be added as meat is browned, if desired.

Sandra Murphrey
4 pieces cube steak
Meat tenderizer
1 can Golden 
   mushroom soup
Flour and use meat tenderizer on steak. Fry in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes until brown and turn to brown other side. Place I n 6x10 inch baking dish. Spoon undiluted soup on top of steak. Fill can 2/3 full of water, pour into side of baking dish. Do not wash off any of thick soup from top of meat/ Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Turn off, leave in oven 1 more hour. If any liquid remains in baking dish, lift out meat onto serving plate and serve. Serve over rice. Very good next day.


Mauney Memorial Library News for November

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library has several special presentations scheduled for November. These imaginative presentations will keep you and your family entertained.

Author Talk: 
Jennifer Estep
Monday, Nov. 9
Presented on Facebook
Join Mauney Memorial Library as bestselling author Jennifer Estep talks about her books and her writing. The interview will be available to view on Facebook beginning Monday, November 9th, and will be available through November. Be sure to register for a chance to win a selection of her books.
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer’s next book will be A Sense of Danger, out on Thursday, Nov. 12, from Audible Original.
 Jennifer is the author of the Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, Elemental Assassin, Bigtime, and other fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasy fiction.
The Wizard Experience
Presented by Sigmon
Thursday Nov. 12 at 4 pm   
Presented on 
Facebook Live
Wingardium leviosa! Let your imaginations take flight with this fully interactive wizarding adventure. You’ll feel like you’ve enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as audience members help make objects appear, disappear, and transfigure. You’ll see a broom take flight, the magical talking sorting hat, and objects zoom across the room. Come take a magical journey into a world you’ve only dreamt of. ​This immersive theatrical program features live actors, magical illusions, musical sound effects, and lots of audience participation.

The Real Mae West
Presented by Martha Mathison
Monday, Nov. 16 at noon
Mae West shattered box office records and public sensibilities. She rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Her one-liners scandalized the censors yet made her an icon. She rescued studios from bankruptcy and created stars.
Without her, Cary Grant would have remained a nobody. Meet the woman behind the wit. Who was Mae West, really?
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.     
Col. Frederick Hambright DAR Chapter celebrated the Day of Service by collecting snacks for area nursing homes. Pictured (L-R): Chapter Regent, Libby Putnam, Becky Scism, prospective member Karen Richardson, and Robin Meyer. Photo provided

DAR celebrates Day of Service

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Libby Putnam, Chapter Regent

   The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated the National DAR Day of Service on October 11. Each year the Day of Service honors the anniversary of the founding of the DAR on October 11, 1890 in Washington, D.C.
   Chapters and individuals are encouraged to engage in meaningful service projects in their communities each year at this time. This year the members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter DAR donated bags of treats to the workers at Summit Place, White Oak Manor, and the Hospice House in honor of service to their residents.
   The Daughters of the American Revolution is a society founded on service and DAR members across the country have logged almost 2 million hours of Service to America hours this year.  
Iris Hubbard (center holding scissors) is joined by John McGill, to her right, for 133 West’s ribbon cutting. To her left is Cleveland County Chamber President Bill Watson. Beside Watson is Executive Chef Evan Garr. Photo provided

133 West holds ribbon cutting

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

 Kings Mountain’s newest restaurant, 133 West, located on Mountain Street, held its ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 22, at 11 am.
Those in attendance included owner Iris Hubbard and Chef Evan Garr, Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce President Bill Watson, Mayor Neisler, John and Beth McGill, US Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, NC House Speaker Tim Moore, Kings Mountain City Council, Kings Mountain’s Planning and Zoning Department, as well as chamber ambassadors.
Watson welcomed Mayor Neisler, who addressed the crowd saying, “The City is so thrilled to be here this day to enjoy this opening. This is all because of the roots of a guy named John Knox McGill because he loves this town. He moved away but came back because he loves Kings Mountain. It’s a roots thing.”
“Just like all the people coming back downtown like David Stone, Rob Bolin, Bobby Horne and Jimbo Thompson who are coming back and investing in downtown Kings Mountain, making it a place for us to visit, have dinner and enjoy this community,” Neisler said.
“Iris and John, I just want to wish you the best of luck and hope you have success well beyond your expectations.” He added, “This was not easy to open a restaurant in the middle of a COVID virus.”
Hubbard thanked everyone, saying, “I am a little overwhelmed by the crowd, but I’ve been overwhelmed since the day we opened by the support of so many of the faces here. Not just the support of getting this place off the ground, there are many you who helped in the background. Since we’ve opened, there have been so many challenges. But without all of you guys and the support of the city, it would not be possible.” She thanked John and Beth McGill and the patrons who visit once a week or once a month for their continued support.
  Watson asked Hubbard for the restaurant hours. She responded by saying, “133 West is open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for brunch. We will expand our hours once all this craziness is over. Our goal is to be open 7-days a week. That’s our goal, and we’ll keep pushing to get there.”
School Resource Officer, Hannah Yarborough wears pink in honor of Chief Lisa Proctor and to remind others that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo by Angela Padgett

Think Pink

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Angela Padgett

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fountain at City Hall has turned a gorgeous shade of pink to bring awareness to this awful disease.
A special thank you to School Resource Officer, Hannah Yarborough for thinking pink in honor of her Police Chief, Lisa Proctor.
Remember, early detection is the best protection!
A coat drive is being held in memory of a Rutherford County woman, Pat Parker.

 “Keep Cleveland County Warm”
 Coat drive

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Submitted by Regina Arrowood 

A coat drive called “Keep Cleveland County Warm” is being held in memory of a Rutherford County woman, Pat Parker. Organizers are asking the community for donations to help keep people warm this winter. The donations will be distributed to schools, nonprofit organizations, and shelters in Cleveland County where they will then be given to children and families who need warm clothing.
The coat drive is being held by Parker’s family and citizens of Cleveland County in honor of her.  “We lost our mother a few years ago. She was always thinking about people in need and how she could help. We organized this event in memory of her, with the hope of helping families in need,” said Event Organizer Regina Arrowood. The coat drive has been a huge success in Rutherford County for the last four years.  Tim Early and Leigh Ann Self, local natives of Cleveland County, decided this year to expand the coat drive to include Cleveland County.
Now through December 4, 2020, donations of new and gently used coats and outerwear will be accepted at the following locations: Shelby Fire Dept (Grover Street), YMCA (Shelby), Shelby Police Dept, Cleveland County Library (Shelby), Cleveland Community College (Bailey Bldg. and Hunt Bldg.), Main Street Hardware (Lawndale), Casar Fire Dept, YMCA (Kings Mtn), Rose’s (Kings Mtn), Boiling Springs Fire Dept, and YMCA (Boiling Springs).   New and Gently Used:  Coats, Hoodies, Socks, Scarves, Gloves, Shoes, Jackets and Hats.
 Other local citizens involved:  Alison Steel, Debra Hoover, Molly Hoover, Beth Fox, Anne Harrelson, Abby Self, and Jake Self.
For more information, contact Regina Arrowood at 828-464-2489, Tim Early at 704-724- 4769 or Leigh Ann Self at 704-472-5295.

Cleveland County Potato Project update
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Muddy conditions kept folks at the Cleveland County Potato Project out of the Botts plot until Saturday. Twelve volunteers from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church came to help with the work on Saturday and the family that owns the Botts site treated all workers to a pizza lunch.  Just a few weeks ago, this site was predicted to not bear many potatoes. However, it has produced 38,000 lbs. of really nice potatoes.  Only 10 rows remain in finishing this plot and the group hopes to have finished the field by Tuesday. For more info on the Potato Project, call Doug Sharp at 704-472-5128.                                                                                                                                    Photo provided
MichEAl Woods Executive Director CCRM and Heart2Heart Place

Shelters welcome those in need
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

With temperatures dropping over the last few weeks, and significantly over the weekend, local shelters encourage those in need to utilize their services. While the shelters mentioned below are similar, they are not identical. Be sure to reach out to the shelter regarding availability to make sure space is available.
Cleveland County Rescue Mission in Shelby is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs, and support services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. The Executive Director is Pastor Micheal Woods.
The Rescue Mission incorporates a holistic approach to recovery, addressing the needs of the mind, body, and soul. By doing so we help our residents confront and overcome the problems that led to homelessness in the first place.
In addition to providing basic services such as housing and food, the program also integrates practical life skills such as vocational training and educational classes. Work therapy and individual therapy assist in the recovery of each client, and Bible study classes add to the men’s total transformation. Upon graduation, the goal is that all residents live both independently as part of society, but also depend on their relationships with Jesus Christ.
In the residential transition period that follows on site, the rescue mission remains available to assist their graduates in obtaining housing and employment, giving them their greatest chances for success in returning to the outside world as a contributing member of society. The shelter currently has 10 spaces available and plans to expand in January 2021. 704-751-1255 www.myccrm.org
Heart2Heart Place is the Women's Division of Cleveland County Rescue Mission in Shelby. The Executive Director is Pastor Micheal Woods. The rescue mission provides a women domestic violence shelter and services. It is an emergency shelter for women and women with children. Each woman is taught how to overcome barriers to success and independent living by providing access to needed services. Capacity is limited to 20 and space is available but filling quickly. (704) 751-1262 Website: http://myccrm.org/heart-to-heart-place/
Both Heart2Heart Place and Cleveland County Rescue Mission require a negative COVID-19 test before entering the program. An ID is required.
Crossroads Rescue Mission is a long term residential shelter. The Founder and Executive Director is Rocky Shelton. As Shelby, NC’s oldest and largest long term residential shelter, the Crossroads Rescue Mission currently serves up to 50 men, 365 days a year throughout the area providing safe shelter, addiction recovery programs and more. Currently they have seven openings.
As long as a client has no fever, they can be admitted. If a fever develops, they must be tested and receive a negative COVID-19 test.
The program is designed to meet the needs of the whole person: spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, social and vocational, so that those men who have hit rock bottom may become fully functioning members of society. (704) 484-8770 https://www.crossroadsrescuemission.org/
The Quiet Heart Women’s Rescue Mission is in Gaffney, SC. Executive Director Deborah Shelton. The Quiet Heart Women's Mission is a faith-based residential women's facility for ladies, 18 and upward, struggling with substance abuse, behavioral problems, and coming out of abusive homes.  Located in Gaffney, SC, we have been in operation since September of 2015.  They are the women's division of Crossroads Rescue Mission in Shelby, NC.
They offer services completely free of charge, so that anyone who wants help can get help. The Quiet Heart is an initial six month program which focuses on recovery and restoration.  During this "new beginning," each resident will receive sound Bible instruction and focus on life-skills to help them in the future. 704-473-4394 https://www.thequietheartwomensmission.org/
The Quiet Heart operates a thrift store, Handfuls of Purpose, at 112 Wilkinson Blvd. in Gaffney. Girls residing at The Quiet Heart work in the store to support the rescue mission. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm.
Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry doesn’t offer shelter services but helps in other ways. Director Lisa Harrison. 704-739-7256. The Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry is an emergency assistance agency sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association and is ruled and governed by an eleven member board of directors consisting of interfaith ministers and community leaders. They are a non-profit organization and give hope to all in the name of Jesus Christ.
Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry provides temporary assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis. They facilitate the distribution of food and clothing and give financial assistance for rent, utilities, medicine, fuel and gasoline.

Delta Tau recognizes
beginning teachers 

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Delta Tau Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recognized forty-one beginning teachers in Cleveland County with goodie bags filled with treats in September. Four Beginning Teachers were selected to receive $25 to use in their classrooms.
The teachers honored  with mini-grants were Taylor Davis, Fifth Grade Teacher at Kings Mountain Intermediate School; Terun Patterson, Fifth Grade Math Teacher at Shelby Intermediate   School; Cruceta Jeffeirs, Third Grade Teacher at East Elementary and Marla Baughman, Second Grade Teacher  Marion Elementary
Vietnam Veteran, Jamie Shytle, honors all branches of the military during the 2019 Wreaths Across America Ceremony. Photo by Gary Smart

Why DAR daughters use fresh wreaths to honor veterans 
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

As October arrives, so do cooler temps and the beginning of production for the live, balsam veterans’ wreaths that sponsors purchase and place this December.
Why does Wreaths Across America only place live wreaths? The answer is simple, the wreaths are not used to decorate headstones. Through this program and the network of tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers across the country, Wreaths Across America honors all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths.
Fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. This tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.
 Ultimately, the sponsorship and placement of a veteran’s wreath means so much more. The veteran’s wreath serves as a catalyst to bring together communities, unite families, create opportunity for fundraising by other nonprofits and civic groups doing good locally, and teach children about the service and sacrifice that gives us our freedom in this country.
This December, Wreaths Across America, DAR, and local citizens will work together to ensure every name is spoken out loud and that every service member laid to rest is remembered.
December 19 is National Wreaths Across America Day. The Col. Frederick DAR Chapter, along with many volunteers, will honor veterans at noon and join a grateful nation in honoring all veterans and active military members. Through this work, they strive to Remember. Honor. Teach.
If you would like to purchase a wreath, or help in the laying of wreaths, contact Renee Bost via email at ncdaughter@gmail.com or by calling 980-406-6659. 

Neisler fabrics featured in
1956 Indianapolis 500 pace car

By Hayne Neisler

On May 30, 1956 the Indianapolis 500 Auto Race was held before nearly 150,000 enthusiastic fans at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Selected as pace car for the event was a beautiful gold and white 1956 Desoto Fireflite convertible. The sleek Desoto had upholstery and door panel fabrics woven at the Margrace Mill in Kings Mountain.
Designers from Chrysler/Desoto met with Neisler Mills officials Mike Milam, Fred Finger, Charles Moss, Jr. and Allan Julin in New York City to give Desoto's final approval of new jacquard patterns woven at the Margrace Mill for their upcoming 1956 line of cars.
The Indy 500 Desoto Fireflite had special gold tweed metallic rayon fabric woven exclusively for the pace car. In the summer of 1956 the Indy Pace Car model was made available to the public with very limited production of only 400 automobiles. Today these autos are highly coveted by car collectors with auction prices of nearly $200,000 for pristine examples.

Patriots Park Pumpkin
Patch new additions

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Visit the Peanuts gang at the Pumpkin Patch in Patriots Park. Special visitors will make a surprise trip to Patriots Park for the interactive Great Pumpkin StoryWalk™ program. While there, enjoy your favorite fair foods from Anna's Sweet Treats and fun for the entire family. Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Candy Apples and more of your favorite treats will be available October 27 and 28, from 1 pm-7 pm. Keep your eyes open for surprise appearances from LIVE inflatable pumpkins, too.

Family Worship Blood Drive
to be held on November 7

Family Worship Center will hold a blood drive in their fellowship hall at 181 Shelby Rd., Kings Mountain  on Saturday, November 7, 11 am-3:30 pm.
Please visit RedCRossBlood.org and enter: Family Worship or call Vickie Black at 704-418-0418 to schedule appointment. Donors with blood types 0-, O+, A- and B- are needed for Power Red donation. Please ask a red Cross staff member if you qualify.
Bring your ID or American Red Cross donor card. Eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of water before the blood drive.
Download the blood donor App today. Get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to a hospital.
An aerial view of Kings Mountain Hospital taken April 1951. (Photo DigitalNC.org)

Kings Mountain Hospital to celebrate
70th anniversary in March 2021

By Loretta Cozart

In March of 1951, Kings Mountain Hospital opened to much fanfare after years of hard work in bringing a medical facility to the city. Mauney Textile Interests purchased a full page ad in the Herald, sharing that “It was built primarily for use of Kings Mountain area citizens, and its facilities are the most modern available.”
In 1942, Miss Lottie Goforth bequeathed her entire $30,000 estate to “build and equip or help build an institution, clinic, or hospital, located within Kings Mountain, to give medical and surgical aid, free or at reduced cost, to the poor and helpless citizens of Kings Mountain.”
   Miss Goforth’s estate had been invested in US Bonds in 1944 and 1945 and would be worth considerably more upon their maturity, according to an article in the Kings Mountain Herald. However, the original 22-bed hospital facility was not built with those funds. Executor of her estate, Dr. O.P. Lewis, suggested Goforth’s money would be used to build an additional wing, or to establish an endowment fund and the revenue would be used to aid needy patients in obtaining hospital care.
   The facility was dedicated on March 30, 1951 and according to the Herald, “Kings Mountain’s Hospital has been a dream of many citizens since 1942. Then a period of disappointment began,” according to the article.
   In February 1943, the NC General Assembly considered establishing a Kings Mountain hospital commission similar to the one established in Shelby, but that went nowhere. Then, the Duke Endowment determined that Kings Mountain was too small to support a hospital.
In 1945, good things began to happen and the “General Assembly enacted legislation empowering  counties to go into the hospital business,” the paper reported. That year, citizens voted to borrow $400,00 to build two hospitals, one in Shelby and one in Kings Mountain. Of those funds, $160,000 was allotted to Kings Mountain Hospital. The county hospital board was established, and Kings Mountain’s members included C.E. Neisler, Wray A. Williams and L. Arnold Kiser. They soon realized they didn’t have enough money to go forward with their plans.
In 1947, the General Assembly adopted a medical care program where state funds could be used in a shared cost federal building program. Because some counties did not exercise their option for state-federal monies, more funds were available to those counties who applied. On July 27, 1949, the North Carolina Medical Care Commission approved the plans for Kings Mountain Hospital. Investments on the part of Cleveland County Citizens was estimated at $241,000. Senator Clyde R. Hoey and former state senator Lee B. Weathers participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to Martin Harmon, owner and editor of the Herald, “When the red-tape pinched tightest, when the penalize-the-wealthy building formulae of the federal and state government seemed to bar all doors to a Kings Mountain Hospital, when other interested citizens were ready to give up in disgust, Mr. (L. Arnold) Kiser continued to push.”
“He has worked diligently on the project, and many feel that he, more than any other one individual, is responsible for the fruition of this community need,” the Herald reported.
   In that 20-page edition of the Herald, several doctors were noted as planning to practice at the hospital. Those include: Dr. Craig Jones, surgeon; Dr. Paul Eugene Henricks, general practitioner; Dr. William Lee Ramseur, general practitioner; Dr. James Edward Anthony, general practitioner and Dr. Phillip Grover Padgett, surgeon.
Interestingly, under the county setup, neither Shelby or Kings Mountain had a resident surgeon or medical staff. All doctors in good standing in Cleveland County Medical Society were eligible to use the Kings Mountain Hospital, as well as all Cleveland County dentists who are members of the dental society.
On March 31, 1951, Kings Mountain Hospital was formally dedicated. It opened its door to patients the following Monday, April 2, 1951.
Kings Mountain citizens embraced the project and did their part, many offering their services. Landscaping for Kings Mountain Hospital was provided by Kings Mountain Garden Club. The club set out dogwood, redwood, pussy willow, oak and flowering trees.
Following the dedication, Mrs. Kiser, Mr. Mauney, and Hunter Neisler, Kings Mountain members of the hospital board, were hosts at a dinner to some 30 trustees and distinguished guests at Kings Mountain Country Club.
Within the first week, Kings Mountain Hospital admitted 13 patients. Mrs. Doris L. Styers of 209 E. Kings Street was admitted opening day and became the first mother at Kings Mountain hospital when she delivered Victoria Elizabeth Styers. Dr. Padgett was the attending physician. Patients three and four were Mrs. Eoline Keeter Hord and her baby daughter Barbara Spake Hord who transferred from Shelby.
The first boy born at the hospital was Barry Wray Bumgardner to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bumgardner. The first man admitted was Bobby Earl Mabry. Others admitted in the first week were Mrs. Elizabeth Ebletoft of Shelby, Mrs. Jurica Monroe, Mrs. Billie B. Mauney, Mrs. Lydia Dover of Clover, SC, Mrs. Virginia Holye of Shelby, 13-month old Carolyn Falls and Mrs. Mary H. Gaffney.
At the time of the hospital’s opening, Dr. William Lee Ramseur was the second doctor in seniority and the only Kings Mountain native practicing medicine in town. Robert L. (Bob) Moser was the hospital’s first administrator.
Citizens like Miss Lottie Goforth and Mr. L. Arnold Kiser gave their all for a local hospital that served the medical needs of the people of our community. The community was behind the effort and businesses followed suit. Upon the announcement of the hospital, Harris Funeral home purchased the town’s first ambulance.
The 20-page March 30, 1951 special edition of the Herald featured ads large and small but Kings Mountain businesses, exemplifying their appreciation for a hospital in the community. Those running ads included: Mauney Textile Interests (Bonnie Cotton Mill, Kings Mountain Manufacturing, Mauney Hosiery Co., Mauney Mills Inc., Sadie Cotton Mills), City Auto and Home Supply, Neisler Mills, Inc. (Margrace Plant and Pauline Plant), Kings Mountain Drug Company, Carlisle Studios (over B&B Soda Shop), Baird Furniture, City Service Station, Community Implement and Supply, Dellinger’s Jewel Shop, G.W. King
Garage,  Kings  Mountain  Building and Loan Association, Kings Mountain Cotton Oil Company, Margrace Store, Marlowe’s Center Service, Sterchi’s, Ware & Sons, Wee Folk Shop, Western Auto Store, Home Building and Loan Association, Burlington Mills, Belk’s, Plonk’s, First National Bank of Kings Mountain, Superior Stone and Griffin Drug Company.
Atrium Health Kings Mountain will celebrate its 70th birthday on April 2, 2021.In its 69-year history, services have expanded to better serve the citizen of Kings Mountain. It is certain that the hospital will continue to carry out its new mission: to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing - for all.

Photos by Loretta Cozart

It’s Fall, Y’all!

By Loretta Cozart

Fall officially began on Tuesday, September 22. As if on cue, the change of season brought cooler temperatures and a break from the dog-days of summer. For many the change of season  prompts decorating their homes and offices with seasonal plantings, including mums. Winter veggies replace tomatoes and corn in the garden  and
pumpkins replace planters on porches, as quickly as long sleeved shirts and blue jeans return to one’s everyday wardrobe.
Cooler weather causes outdoor plants to wither as overnight temperatures drop. Mums and Pansies are a favorite alternative during the fall because they are hearty to about 20-degrees below zero, perfect for the areas’ normally moderate winters.
Pumpkins make great fall decorations because they are associated with both Halloween and Thanksgiving. They pull double duty across two beloved holidays.  
This is also the time to plant a fall garden. If you have plowed under your summer garden, this is a great time to  plant fall vegetables. Yes, some plants thrive in cold weather. According to NC Cooperative Extension, many favorite cool weather vegetables can be planted in September for harvest through fall and into winter. You might be a little behind, but local garden centers, like Bridges Hardware & Home Center True Value and Hometown Hardware and Garden Center still have a variety of plants in stock.
On the other hand, if you rather just enjoy the bounty of the season, visit Rhodesdale Farm on the Shelby Road and stock up with pumpkins, apple cider, jams, and butters. They also have a good variety of delicious organic apples available.
Whether you like the change of the season, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that cooler weather is coming. Embrace the season and take the time to enjoy the fall with your friends and family.

USDA shares food safety steps for school lunches

With the 2020-2021 school year here, many parents are dealing with changes to their children’s lunch routine. Many students may be returning to school for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began and others may be distance learning. Don’t let food-borne illness – commonly called food poisoning – keep your child from learning. Take the time to plan and prepare your children’s lunch meals safely. 
While children rely on teachers for daily lessons, the task of making safe lunches falls squarely on caregivers. Unlike cafeteria workers who take food safety trainings on a regular basis, most parents preparing lunch for their kids at home, or to take to school, haven’t received any formal food safety instruction. Nutrition counts, too.
The lunch you’re making not only satisfies hunger pangs of busy kids, it fuels their cognitive abilities. Studies have shown that proper nutrition improves students’ scores, memory capacities, motor skills, social skills, and language skills. Keep them well fed and safe with the four steps to steps to food safety – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.
Clean: The best way to prevent many forms of illness, including food-borne illness, is with proper hand washing. Children should always clean their hands before eating, and parents should do so before and during lunch preparation. It’s easy to get preoccupied by busy schedules and rush through the five steps of washing hands; however, hand-washing is vital to remove any germs that may be present. Hand washing should always include the following:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Separate: Prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat and poultry away from ready-to-eat foods. When preparing perishable foods that require cutting (for example, raw bacon and raw chicken you plan to cook for salad), make sure you separate these items from fruits, vegetables, cheeses and other foods to avoid cross-contamination.
Cut up and prepare your raw ingredients ahead of time to avoid cross-contamination as you handle your ready-to-eat items for salads or other sides.
Different colored cutting boards are a great reminder to prevent cross-contamination (you can use a green cutting board for fresh produce and another color for meat and poultry).
Cook: Have a food thermometer easily accessible to ensure you’re cooking to recommended safe internal temperatures:
Cook whole cuts of meat, including beef and pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit  and allow them to rest for at least 3 minutes before carving.
Cook ground meats, like burgers and sausages, to 160 degrees Fahrenheit .
Cook all chicken and turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit .
Chill: When preparing lunch ahead of time, remember perishable foods should not enter the Danger Zone – temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit  – where bacteria multiply quickly and can make food unsafe.
Make sure all perishable items are refrigerated within two hours of coming out of the oven or refrigerator.
Discard food that has been left out for more than two hours to prevent foodborne illness.
   If your child needs to carry their lunch themselves, never pack perishable foods in a brown paper bag because they will be unsafe by lunchtime. Use an insulated, soft-sided lunch bag and add a frozen gel pack and a frozen juice box or bottle of water with the lunch.
These four steps– Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill – give parents and caregivers steps they can use to protect their children from food poisoning. Now that we’ve covered all the basics, you’re ready for the big test – hungry students!
   For more information on food and food safety, visit  https://www.fsis.usda.gov/.
North School staff will be treated to lunch as winners of the library card sign-up campaign. Pictured (L-R): Media Specialist Amy Bailey and Principal Amy Allen. Photo by Anne Gamble

North School wins library card sign-up campaign

By Anne Gamble

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, Mauney Memorial Library united in a national effort to ensure  that everyone has the opportunity to sign up for a library card.
The focus of the Mauney Memorial library effort in 2020 was to make getting a card easy for our local school’s staff and administrators.  A contest was held to see which Kings Mountain school could have the highest percentage of staff and administrators with a library card.
The winning school was North Elementary with 82.93% of staff with cards. 
Pictured are Media Specialist Amy Bailey and Principal Amy Allen.  The staff will be treated to lunch as a fun way to conclude this campaign.
Mauney Memorial Library thanks all the schools that participated.


The recipes in today’s Cooking  Corner are from “Something Old, Something New” 
published by 
White Plains 

Betty Sue Morris
2 lbs. chuck roast
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups water 
1 pkg. onion soup mix
In skillet, brown roast on all sides. Mix remaining ingredients together and put in slow cooker. Add roast. Cook on medium to high heat 6 to 8 hours. If desired, add potatoes and carrots to slow cooker about 3 hours before roast is done.

Aileen Sheppard
2 pie shells
1 lb. sausage
2 cups milk
8 oz. grated sharp cheese
4 eggs
Onion salt
Seasoning salt
Brown sausage. Place in uncooked pie shells. Sprinkle cheese over sausage. Beat eggs and milk. Pour  over sausage and cheese. Sprinkle seasonings over top. Cook 40 minutes at 400 degrees. May use ground beef in place of sausage.

Lorena Falls
1 ½ lb. ground beef
2 c.  breadcrumbs.
1 onion chopped
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
6 Tbs. brown sugar
½ c. ketchup
4 tsp. mustard
Mia ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, eggs and salt. Put mixture in loaf pan. Pour mixture of brown sugar, ketchup and mustard over meat loaf before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Carolyn Carringer
2 large cans crushed 
1 ½ c. sugar
5 Tbsp. flour
2 sticks margarine
8 oz. grated Cheddar 
2 pkg. Ritz crackers, 
Mix together flour and sugar. Stir in pineapple. Add 1 stick melted margarine and mix well. Pour in buttered 9x12 inch casserole dish. Top with grated cheese. Melt 1 stick margarine and toss in crackers. Layer cracker crumbs on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Shirley Brutko’s Butterfly & Bloom in photography

Southern Arts Society Art Competition and Trail Photography:
“Nature Reconsidered”
and “Trail” competitions

By Jewel Reavis

“Nature Reconsidered” art competition and “Trail” photography competition opened this week at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain. Both are judged shows with cash prizes.
“Nature Reconsidered” is an art exhibition and competition sponsored by Southern Arts Society that aims to explore the ever-changing relationship between humans and nature. Artists were asked to create work that references, investigates, challenges, and/or celebrates our relationship with the natural world. There is a wide variety of media featured in the show - painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel), drawing, glass, photography and mixed media.
Twenty-five artists from around the region entered 57 pieces of work for this year’s exhibit. Entries are down for this show, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the quality of the work is still impressive to see.
The “TRAIL” photography competition is sponsored by the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail and Southern Arts Society. This exhibit features photos taken on the Gateway Trail over the past two years. Photographers walked the trail in all types of weather to seek out flora and fauna to photograph for a chance to win a cash award.
There are 27 entries from 11 photographers in this show. The butterfly garden at the top of the Gateway Trail is a prime spot for great photos and is well represented in this show. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees which requires photographers to be patient and search out interesting wildlife to capture on film.
   Judging both shows is Myles Calvert, Assistant Professor in Fine Arts at Winthrop University, South Carolina. Mr. Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking, before travelling to London, UK where he completed his MA in Printmaking, at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity culture.
During this time, he worked for the National Portrait Gallery before moving to Hastings in East Sussex, to teach printmaking at Sussex Coast College and become Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (Hastings Contemporary). Myles' toast-based work continued with a 43000 slice installation during the Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ with college students, drawing BBC media attention, and culminated in two solo exhibitions before making a return to the University of Guelph to teach. 2019 residencies included Art Print Residence (Barcelona, Spain) and Proyecto’ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina), as well as a lecture/workshop at PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catòlica del Perú) in Lima.
Awards for both competitions will be announced virtually October 10th on the website and Facebook page of Southern Arts Society.
“Nature Reconsidered” and Trail” will be on display in the galleries of Southern Arts Society through November 6, 2020. Visitors are asked to please wear a mask and practice social distancing while visiting the gallery.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue in the historic Southern Railway Depot, at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat, 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

Melvin Ware’s garden bounty

With the frequent showers this summer Melvin Ware’s little COVID Victory Garden did exceptionally well. Bushels of corn, beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra and peppers. Freezer and cabinets are well stocked for winter or another quarantine shut-down.

Revolutionary War Iron Sword part of museum’s collection

Since Kings Mountain National Military Park just commemorated the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, the Herald sought out a Revolutionary War artifact to feature in this week’s paper.
Kings Mountain Historical Museum Director and Curator January Costa shared the following about am Iron Sword donated to the Kings Mountain Historical Museum from the W.P. Wellmon Estate.
This iron sword in the collections at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum is mounted on a wooden plaque. The sword was found by Wilburn Palmer in the attic of his grandmother’s house circa 1950.
The wooden handle was previously in poor condition with rusted iron, so the handle has been replaced and the iron cleaned around 1985. The sword was owned and used by William Wellmon during the Revolutionary War.
As a young boy, William was born in Maryland and raised by his mother Katy Wellmon and stepfather George Riley in Virginia. At the age of 16-17 old, William and his family moved to Alabama. On the journey there, William met a farmer in what is now Waco, and chose to hire himself out to him and stay with him on the farm.
Shortly after, William Wellmon served as a private in Elias Longhorne’s Company, Colonel Locke’s NC regiment.  After the war, William married Rebecca Moss and started a plantation in Fallston, NC. He had five children with Rebecca, and then married a second time to Presley Williams, with whom he had four more children. He became extremely wealthy from the farming of 1600 acres of land using over 300 slaves for labor.
His Last Will and Testament is dated January 27, 1856. He was one of the last Revolutionary War soldiers remaining to pass away after the war. He is buried in the graveyard on the family plantation, and on September 31st, 1931, the Federal Government erected a marker at his grave honoring his service as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

KMLT auditions for
For ‘Til Beth Do Us Part’
October 19, 20, 21

KMLT, Director Jim Champion, and sponsor Ken and Liz Pflieger have announced audition dates for the performace of ‘Til Beth Do Us Part’. Dates are: October 19, 20, and 21 from 7 PM until 9 PM at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. Rehearsals will begin in January 2021 with performance dates set for early March 2021. For further information contact us at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.
The audition will include parts for two  men and four women.
 THE STORY: In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (ages 45-55) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (ages 45-55). Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been. Enter Beth Bailey (ages 30-40), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael (ages 60-70), the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner. Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go! When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo(ages 40-55), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (ages 40-55), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner. Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy!
Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
For more detailed information, please visit www.kmlt.org or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page.  We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!

Padgett born into
a life of NASCAR

By Loretta Cozart

Angela Patterson Padgett was born into a family whose lives revolved around
NASCAR. Growing up, all she wanted in life was to follow in her family’s footsteps and work in that industry. Due to a series of fortunate events, she achieved that goal.
“My great-granddaddy was Glen “Pat” Patterson and the family lived off Putnam Lake Road, near Oak Grove Road. My dad’s whole side of my family lives out there,” Angela shared, “Pawpaw raced in the ‘60s driving a 1949 Ford Coup. I have a picture of me in his race car.”
“On the other side of the family is my mom’s brother, William Rayfield, who went to work for Henrick Motorsports in 1986 and I visited the shop when I was 13-years old.” Family member, Keith still races dirt track, William is retired but does radio and cousin Keitha handles social networking for Joe Gibbs.
“NASCAR has been a family business of ours, one way or another, since I was born,” Angela said.
Padgett went to college at Appalachian State and earned her degree in Radio and Television. While there, she and a friend produced a radio show called NASCAR Thunder at WASU that was patterned after NASCAR Country. “Bill Dollar was my hero.” Patterson said.
  In the summer of 1994, she accepted an internship with Doug Rice, president of Performance Racing Network. “My professor, Dr. Porterfield, said ASU didn’t offer internships in that area. But I convinced him. I told him it was for Fast Talk, so he made up a new category called Broadcasting in the Racing Industry. That’s where I met Benny Parsons.” Her internship required 120 hours and she completed it in just three weeks.
“During my senior year of college, my uncle William called to tell me that Hendrick Motorsports was adding a museum and they needed someone to run it for them. He knew I wanted a job in NASCAR, so he called and told me to get my resume in,” she said. “I knew the museum wouldn’t open for a year, but I really wanted that job.”
After college, Calvin Hastings offered her a part-time job with Performance Racing Network calling races at Lincoln County Speedway. “It was crazy out there. They didn’t have a sound booth, so we sat amongst the people while we called the races.”
Angela didn’t realize that Benny Parsons had once driven for Hendrick Motorsports when a driver was out. He called the shop on her behalf weekly asking Chuck Mack if he had hired Angela yet. “I was so disappointed when I learned they hired in house, but never knew Benny Parsons was working to help me,” Angela said.
“He kept calling and in August 1996, Chuck Mack offered me a job on a Friday to start work on the following Monday. I was also selling tickets at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and had taken a job as a receptionist for the City of Kings Mountain. By then, I was working in the Police Department, she said.
“Bob Hayes was my boss at the Police Department and understood I had a passion for NASCAR, that was all I ever talked about.” In fact, the folks at the city nicknamed her Lug Nut because of her love of the sport. “I spoke with Chief Hayes and he interviewed someone I knew who wanted to become a police officer. My job was filled right away, but I still worked a notice.”
“At the speedway, I knew someone who could help them immediately and they let me move on to the new job,” Angela said.
  “September 23, 1996 was the best day of my life, the day I started working at Hendrick Motorsports. I have always been sad that Papaw didn’t live to see me working at Hendrick Motorsports. He would have loved it.”
Daddy was away in the military at the time and when he called I told him, “Oh Daddy, you’re not going to believe it. I got a job at Hendrick Motorsports! He was excited for me even though he was a Dale Earnhardt fan. Daddy liked Earnhardt, because he was like us… he was born on a mill hill.
Angela Padgett worked for Hendrick Motorsports from 1996 to 2012, a time she considers the best years to work in NASCAR. That experience helped her get another job at the City of Kings Mountain. “The experience I gained at Hendrick Motorsports was invaluable. I helped manage events of 10,000 plus people and that was the experience the city was looking for in my current position with Kings Mountain Special Events. It’s funny how one thing just leads to another.”
Angela’s mother, Cathy Rayfield Taylor, worked as Executive Director for the Cleveland County Partnership
for Children and suggested she speak to Scott Neisler regarding doing a show on his network. At the time, I was working at Cleveland County Partnership for Children as a coordinator for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. That contact lead to her continuing NASCAR Thunder on WGNC.
“NASCAR Thunder is not your usual racing show. Yes, we recap the weekly races. However, the biggest part of our show is interviewing folks who worked behind the scenes in NASCAR. Folks like me who worked in Marketing/Public Relations, Accounting, in the Engine and Chassis shops, Museums and Events Departments,” Angela shared. “Everyone who worked in NASCAR has a story. I use my show to honor those that are not in the spotlight. Our show is made up of NASCAR news, stories and music.”
Join Angela Padgett each Monday Night at 6 pm for NASCAR Thunder on AM1450 WGNC and FM101.1. Listen online at www.WGNC.net.
Ted Alexander

NC Teaching Fellows program recruits best and brightest

Senator Ted Alexander shared information regarding the NC Teaching Fellows Program last week. Since being reauthorized by the General Assembly in 2017, the program has been a primary tool for recruiting the best and brightest in North Carolina to become teachers. “Teaching Fellows is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) subject in a North Carolina public school,” said Senator Alexander.
The program is open to the following categories of applicants:
A North Carolina high school senior
• A student applying to transfer to an educator preparation program at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions
• A student already enrolled at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions who transitions into an educator preparation program
• An individual with a bachelor’s degree pursuing preparation for teacher licensure at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions
Should you want additional information about this opportunity, including a detailed FAQ for prospective applicants, it is available at the NC Teaching Fellows website here: (www.ncteachingfellows.com).

Recipe Corner  

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

(ED. NOTE: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner come from a cookbook published by Central United Methodist Church.)

Edie Potter Brucker
1 (6 oz.) pkg.  strawberry 
   or cherry gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 (8 oz) container yogurt
1 (16 oz.) can whole cranberry sauce
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped pecans
Dissolve gelatin with 1 cup boiling water. Set aside. In separate bowl, combine yogurt, cranberry sauce, celery and pecans. Mix well. Combine with gelatin. Mix thoroughly. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set.

Bessie Bumgardner
4 skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cornflake crumbs
1 cup skim milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse chicken breasts and dry. Season. Coat each piece with milk; shake to remove excess and roll in crumbs. Place chicken in oiled baking dish or dish sprayed with Pam. Do not crowd. Pieces should not tough. Bake for 45 minutes/ Yield: 4 servings.  Contains approximately 270 calories.

Jane Clemmer
8 eggs
2 cups milk
3 slices bread, broken 
   into small pieces
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
1 lb. sausage, browned and drained1
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Mix together beaten eggs, milk, salt and mustard. Add in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased   13x9 inches pan. Refrigerate overnight.  Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Nell Gault
3 lbs. ground beef
1 med. Onion, chopped
1 c. chopped celery
1 (10 ¾ oz. can tomato soup
1 cup catsup
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Brown meat in large skillet. Add onion and celery. Cook until tender. Drain and set aside.
Add tomato soup, catsup, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. Spoon on warm bun halves and sprinkle with cheese. This freezes well for future use. Makes 16 servings.
Library localauthor
Local author and recent KMHS graduate Myla Athitang will be featured in this year’s virtual book fair. Photo provided

Library hosts virtual
Read Local Book Fair

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library hosts a virtual Read Local Book Fair from 9 am to 5 pm on October 12.  Local authors share in their own words about their works and the thought that went into their books. Links will be provided to support our local authors on the library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary.
“This year's Read Local Book Fair was originally scheduled to be held at the Patrick Senior Center but was cancelled due to COVID. The library has successfully transitioned programming to virtual, so we decided to go online with this event, as well.  Many of our authors were willing to participate by recording short videos about themselves and their works,” said Library Assistant Terry Bivens.
Here  is the list of authors participating in this year's virtual book fair.

Myla Athitang
Bill Barnes & Charlotte Corbin Barnes
Misty Beller
Tonia Brown
Doris Cole
Audrey Frank
Paul Michael Garrison
Kathryn Hamrick
Robert Lamphier
Ardrue McMahan
Linda Osborne &
   John Osborne
David Poston
Doris Elaine Smarr
Matthew Tessnear
Sandra Warren
Rhonda Waterhouse
Patriots discuss the upcoming battle and the plan of attack during the 2019 performance of Liberty Mountain. Photo by Torrence Photography

Paying tribute to patriots at KM

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

By Jim Champion

   An historical landmark is approaching as the Carolinas look forward to the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain.  It was on October 7, 1780 that a fierce and determined band of Patriot fighters took on a larger, well-trained force of Loyalists on the mountain near the state line of the Carolinas and won what historians call the turning point of the American Revolution.
 The cast, crew and company of Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama are drawing attention to this year’s commemoration as they prepare for the stage drama based on the battle at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, next summer.  It will be the production’s 7th season after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 performances. 
“This is a story every American, young and old, must know,” says Robert Inman, the author of the play.  “If those sturdy Patriots hadn’t won that battle, we today might be singing, ‘God Save the Queen.’  We owe our freedoms as Americans to those brave men and the women who supported them and sent them off to battle.”
The Liberty Mountain company is appealing for strong public support for next year’s production, as they try to recover from the 2020 production being cancelled.
“On behalf of our company I want to thank our public, corporate, and private sponsors who have helped make the production successful,” says Jim Champion, the play’s Executive Director.  “For our 2021 season, one of the best ways to support “Liberty Mountain” is to join The Brigade of 87, our volunteer organization.  We need for businesses and individuals throughout the area to get involved and to help us prepare. We also encourage you to participate in all the virtual programs about our region’s unique Revolutionary War history, being kept alive by many great organizations.”
Liberty Mountain is a production of Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc., a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Gilbert and Jancy Patrick are the Presenting Sponsor. Further details about our drama can be found online at www.libertymountaindrama.com.  Requests for information about 2021 volunteer and sponsorship opportunities should be sent to jim@kmlt.org, KMLT/Liberty Mountain Drama, PO Box 1022, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, or you may call the Joy Performance Center at 704-730-9408.
The anniversary of the battle is traditionally marked with a large public gathering at Kings Mountain National Military Park, complete with members of the Sons of the American Revolution in authentic uniforms.  Like so much else, this year’s public celebration had to be cancelled.  But the military park and the SAR have arranged for a virtual commemoration at the monument. It can be viewed beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, October 7 by logging on to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81700673468. The men in their colorful uniforms will be there, along with the spirits of the Patriots who took up arms and helped secure the America we enjoy today.
Susan Geratz, $5,000 Grand Prize winner of KM Historical Museum 17th Annual Raffle & Auction. (Photo provided)

Museum’s event a success thanks to community support

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

By January Costa,
Director & Curator

Kings Mountain Historical Museum’s 17th Annual Raffle & Auctions took place virtually from September 18th to September 27th. The museum also held the raffle and drawing at the museum on Saturday, September 26th and had a total of 23 winners. The Museum Board Members and staff are proud of the success of the event and appreciate the support of the Kings Mountain community.
The event was themed around the museum’s rebranding this year, and it also being the museum’s 20th year anniversary in the Post Office. The proceeds from this annual event go to support the funding needed for the museum to provide educational exhibits, events, and outreach programs free of charge to the public.
The Museum owes special thanks to our event sponsors and in-kind donors for their generous contributions, and for the people who purchased tickets and auction items. With tremendous community support, we were able to have a successful fundraiser even through the pandemic, as well as give away a Grand Prize of $5,000, which went to Susan Geratz, daughter of Mary Ann Hendricks who is a KMHM Board Member.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum looks forward to continuing to provide a home for the artifacts of Kings Mountain, interpreting our local history, and seeing you all soon for future exhibits and programs!

Recipe Corner (9/30/20)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from ‘Monumental Recipes,’ a cookbook published by Kings Mountain Woman’s Club as its Centennial celebration collection.) 

Hilda Leonard
3 cups apples, chopped 
   and unpeeled
2 cups raw cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup quick-cooking oats 
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
½ cup butter/margarine 
In a 2 qt. casserole, combine apples, cranberries and granulated sugar; top with mixture of oats, brown sugar, pecans and melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until bubbly or light brown. Serve warm. Compliments chicken and turkey dishes.
Serves 8.

Marty Blanton, KMPD
1 fryer cut up or breast, thigh and legs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. pepper
1 cup uncooked rice
½ cup chopped onion
2 T. butter
3 cups chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes
1 tsp. celery salt
Sprinkle chicken with paprika, salt and pepper. Brown rice and onion in butter. Spread rice mixture in a 13x9x2 inch buttered baking dish. Add broth and celery salt. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove cover and bake 15 minutes longer or until meat is tender.

Ann Bennett
¼ cup melted margarine
½ cup honey
¼ cup prepared mustard
1 tsp. salt
6 to 8 chicken breasts
Combine margarine, honey, mustard and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Pour into 8x13 inch baking dish
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Add chicken, coat with honey mixture. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hours. Uncover baking dish and turn chicken. Bake for 15 minutes longer.

Linda Morrow
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar 
½ cup self-rising flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup melted margarine
7 oz. flaked coconut
Mix eggs with sugar. Add milk gradually and blend. Add all remaining ingredients and pour into two eight- inch pie pans which have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Crust forms as pie bakes.
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Mauney Memorial Library’s Somethin' Pumpkin Contest

Mauney Memorial Library offers its 6th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin – Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Contest. Pumpkin pickup begins October 5 and the entry deadline is October 23.
The Mauney Memorial Library’s Pumpkin Decorating & Photo Contest is for all ages and is an extension of the 6th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest & Festival. Here’s how it works….
• Complete the registration form and either email it, or drop it off to the library when you pick up your pumpkin.
• Pick up your pumpkin at Mauney Memorial Library at 100 S. Piedmont Ave., beginning Monday, October 5, while supplies last. You are welcome to purchase your own pumpkin, but please keep the size of your pumpkin to under 8 lbs.
• Decorate your pumpkin to portray the characters or scenes from The Serafina Series books by Robert Beatty, or from the Biscuit series of books, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. NO CARVING ALLOWED. Your pumpkin must be based on one of these children’s book/characters to be eligible to win.
• Photograph your pumpkin entry, and email the photo to info@mauneylibrary.org, no later than Friday, October 23. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and entry category in the email. In the spirit of fairness, please do not include your name or face in the photograph. All submissions will be entered into the Photo Contest.
• Contest winners will be announced on Monday, November 2 . There will be a winner in each of these categories: Best Photo Entry, and Mayor’s Choice Award for Grades K - 2, Grades 3 - 5, Family, and Teen/Adult
• In addition, library patrons will be able to vote virtually for the “People’s Choice” winner the week of October 26-31 via the Mauney Memorial Library Facebook page. The “People’s Choice” winner will be Pumpkins will be on display virtually. Just go to:
   Entry Deadline: October 23 More Info: 704-739-2371
Visit www.mauneylibrary.org for more details. Current Library hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Masks are required. Limited computer time.
Curbside is still available from 10 am to 4 pm for those who want that service. Use the email: info@mauneylibrary.org using the subject line "Curbside Pickup."

KM  National Military Park
adding access for visitor services

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Ninety Six National Historic Site (NHS), Cowpens National Battlefield (NB), and Kings Mountain National Military Park (NMP) are all increasing access.
   The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
   Beginning September 16, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks will reopen access to:
• Outdoor visitor services area with staff will be open 10 am – 3 pm, Wednesday – Friday
• Traffic flow of visitors will be controlled. One-way entry/exit.
• Interpretive programming will resume with the use of voice amplification, limited to no more than 10 people, maintaining social distancing.
• Limited America’s National Parks™ store sales will resume in outdoor area.
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:   
• All grounds, trails and parking lots
• Cowpens NB tour road for motorized vehicles.
• Cowpens NB restrooms located near visitor center and picnic area.
• Ninety Six NHS Star Fort Pond area including: parking, boat launch, fishing pier, shore fishing. Fishing is allowed 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, now through November 1.  
• Ninety Six NHS restrooms located near visitor center.
• Kings Mountain NMP restrooms located near visitor center 
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed:
• All park visitor centers
• Ninety Six Star Fort Pond area - no portable restrooms/wash stations
   The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Cowpens National Battlefield, our operational approach continues to be centered public health guidance and are regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean.
   A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 
  We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/cowp and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
  For further information contact Dawn Davis at 843-297-6051 or dawn_davis@nps.gov.

Historic Ware truck moved last week

By January Costa,
Director & Curator  

On Wednesday, September 23, the W. A. Ware & Son Truck was moved from the old McGill’s Service Station located on E. King Street in downtown Kings Mountain. The service station property has been bought by Kaimesha Young to be used for her realtor business, so the truck needed to find a new home.
For several years, the Kings Mountain Historical Museum has been using the building as a storage space to house its one of a kind collection piece. The truck was originally donated to the museum by Corky Fulton of Kings Mountain, and once restored by Terry Bowen of Kings Mountain in 2004.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum has just recently learned that the W. A. Ware Truck is a White Model 56 Truck built in February of 1927. Additionally, it was owned by the W. A. Ware & Son Roller Mill  which was previously located at the intersection of Gold Street and Railroad Avenue in downtown Kings Mountain. That location is currently the location of Patriots Park. The truck would have been used for Feed deliveries in Cleveland and Gaston Counties up until the 1960s.
The museum has had the truck moved to a private garage where it will be examined for any repairs and restoration work that need to be completed. The Kings Mountain Historical Museum plans to have the truck stored at an off-site location and hopes to get the vehicle in good enough shape to show it off more in the future at Kings Mountain events.
For more information, or to donate funds to the truck restoration, please visit www.kingsmountainmuseum.org. You can also call (704) 739-1019 or follow us on Facebook & Instagram.
Christina Thompson, EC Compliance Manager for KMMS and her son. Photo by Windy Bagwell

Thompson named KMMS
employee of the month

The September Employee of the Month for Kings Mountain Middle School is Christina Thompson, EC Compliance Manager for KMMS. This is her first year at KMMS.
Her peers agree she is deserving of this honor and shared these compliments. “Mrs. Thompson deserves this because she goes above and beyond to meet the needs of students and to help staff. She is willing to help in any way.” Another co-worker shared, “Christina has gone above and beyond in helping and supporting the EC teachers. She will meet in a group setting or individually to help guide EC teachers through the new Remote Learning Component that EC teachers are having to fill out for each student. She is an asset to the EC department at KMMS.”
“Christina has and is going above and beyond to help all of us EC teachers this year. We are all overwhelmed and she is helping us with scheduling, filling out paperwork/forms and doing meetings for us. Even though we are still very stressed and overwhelmed, she has taken on more work for herself in order to help us,” another educator said.
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Shannon Huneycutt helps you tidy your home in a simple and effective way. Photo Mauney by Memorial Library

Mauney Memorial Library News

Tidying in a simple and effective way is the topic of Mauney Memorial Library’s Sept 25 webinar at 4 pm entitled Spark Joy: KonMari Method Tidying Webinar.
Have you wanted to clean up the clutter in your house, but don’t know where to start? Certified KonMari Method Consultant Shannon Huneycutt of Spark Joy Charlotte will teach you how to approach tidying in a simple and effective way on this online webinar.
 Enter the raffle before the webinar starts for a chance to win a two hour virtual tidying session! https://sparkjoycharlotte.com/mauneylibrary/
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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Five generations, forty years apart

The Hullender family has lived in the Kings Mountain area for almost two-hundred years. Becky Walker shared two photos, taken 40-years apart, with five different generations of her family. One photo was taken in 1979, the other in 2020. 
Your vote county

Five steps to vote by mail in the NC 2020 General Election

By Libby Putnam

Each year on September 17, we celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Sixty-five years ago, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Past President Gertrude S. Carraway encouraged the DAR to make a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. DAR Members adopted the resolution on April 21, 1955. 
When members of the United States Congress received the resolution, they initiated a discussion on June 7, 1955 that resulted in Senator William F. Knowland of California presenting a resolution to observe Constitution Week. After the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation on August 19, 1955 to celebrate Constitution Week. The celebration was so successful that Senator Knowland spearheaded a move to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution  was signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.
   In honor of Constitution Week, members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter NSDAR assembled Constitution Study Kits which they delivered to all of the Kings Mountain Elementary Schools. The Study Kits contain pocket sized Constitutions, fact sheets, games, and puzzles which teachers can use to teach their students about the US Constitution.
Pictured (L-R) Allison Falls and Ann Hoyle hold completed Constitution Study Kits which were assembled by DAR members during their chapter meeting on September 15. Photo Libby Putnam

DAR celebrates Constitution Week

By Libby Putnam

Each year on September 17, we celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Sixty-five years ago, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Past President Gertrude S. Carraway encouraged the DAR to make a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. DAR Members adopted the resolution on April 21, 1955. 
When members of the United States Congress received the resolution, they initiated a discussion on June 7, 1955 that resulted in Senator William F. Knowland of California presenting a resolution to observe Constitution Week. After the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation on August 19, 1955 to celebrate Constitution Week. The celebration was so successful that Senator Knowland spearheaded a move to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution  was signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.
   In honor of Constitution Week, members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter NSDAR assembled Constitution Study Kits which they delivered to all of the Kings Mountain Elementary Schools. The Study Kits contain pocket sized Constitutions, fact sheets, games, and puzzles which teachers can use to teach their students about the US Constitution.

Hospice Cleveland County calendar of events

Sharing Group
“Reflections” is a support group offered by Hospice Cleveland County. Through the use of group dynamics and personal reflections, we come to a better understanding of why we feel the way we feel and what may help us cope better.
The next Reflections Groups will be Zoom Online Support Groups.
Thursdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursdays: November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
If interested, please call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas at 980-295-8596. They will then provide the participant with instructions and information for joining this online group.

Sponsor a Holiday Meal
This year Hospice Cleveland County will again provide holiday dinners for our patients and families who need them. Any contribution will be appreciated. If you would like to help sponsor a holiday dinner for a patient and their family, please mail your donation to: Hospice Cleveland County, C/O Holiday Dinner, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. • Shelby, NC 28150
You may designate your donation In Honor or In Memory of a loved one.
For more information, please call 704-487-4677.

“Coping with the Holidays”
The Holidays can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Our HCC Grief Counselors will offer helpful ways to deal with this year’s holiday rush. Available on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:00am - Noon & 5:00pm - 7:00pm
If interested, please call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas at 980-295-8596.We will then provide the participant with instructions and information for joining this online group.
Christmas Card Fundraiser
During this holiday season, experience a unique opportunity to celebrate the love and warmth of giving. For a $10.00 per card donation, Hospice will mail a beautiful holiday card stating that you have made a contribution in honor or in memory of your loved ones, friends and / or business associates. Forms are available at the Hospice Administration Buildingor online at www.hospicecares.cc Deadline to order is December 14th.For more information, please call 704-751-3486. Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County.

Lighting the Way
Please join Hospice Cleveland County on Friday, December 11th as we light the way in Uptown Shelby. For each contribution of $10, a luminary with the name of the individual to be remembered will be placed on the Court Square in Uptown Shelby. A special military luminary is also available. Forms can be found on our website at www.hospicecares.cc and must be turned in no later than December 4th, 2020. Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County. For more information call 704-487-4677.

Patriotjack copysmall

Patriot Jack’s Outfitters needs help identifying shoplifters

On August 16, two individuals entered Patriot Jack’s Outfitters at 832 King Street in Kings Mountain just after 11 am and allegedly stole items while shopping in the store. If you recognize these individuals, please contact Kings Mountain Police Department. Patriot Jacks is offering a reward to the first people to turn them in. More video is available on the Patriot Jack’s Facebook page.

Advent Lutheran new preschool

Advent Lutheran Church announced the opening of Advent Academy at 230 Oak Grove Road in Kings Mountain for children ages 2½ - Pre-K, with classes being held Monday through Friday from 8:50 am to 12:45 pm.

The academy’s mission is to minister, educate and nurture each student by being positive Christian role models. They have begun enrolling new students.

Advent Academy’s curriculum, experienced staff and small class sizes allow for safety while providing a caring and fun environment and facilitate learning through play, classroom instruction, song, and group activities.

Advent Lutheran Church’s new mission grew from a need within the Kings Mountain community to provide quality care to students displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staff and board of

Advent Academy are taking precautions to ensure safety and cleanliness. Measures include taking temperatures upon arrival and carefully monitoring students for signs of illness. They will adhere to social distancing guidelines between each class cohort and follow all state recommendations.

Contact Advent Academy with questions at adventacademy554@gmail.com.
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Mauney Memorial Library News

By Loretta Cozart

While Mauney Memorial Library is closed to the public during the pandemic, the library continues with plenty of activities and programs of interest to all ages. Take advantage of the library’s resources including Curbside Pickup, Wowbrary, and Facebook Live activities for the entire family.

A variety of online resources for any interest is available through the library’s website. hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10:30 am to 11 am, Mauney Memorial Library hosts Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne for pre-school children age 0 to 5-years. Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email. Registration is required.

Mauney Library offers book grab bags for sale through August 31. Each bag is $5 and contains at least seven books from a variety of genres, as well as a Mauney Library water bottle. Proceeds from the book sale will go towards making much needed repairs to our historic building. Call the library at 704-739-2371 to purchase your grab bags. One lucky bag (selected randomly) even contains an extra prize.

Stuffed Animal Storytime on Wednesday, September 2, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Miss Anne tells a special story with her animal friends. Stuffed animal kits have all been distributed, but you can still watch on Mauney Memorial Library’s Facebook page.

On Monday, August 31, New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb Sharyn McCrumb will talk about her latest books and more. McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times Best Sellers : The Ballad of Tom Dooley, She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. Learn more at www.sharynmccrumb.com. Register to get a free Sharyn McCrumb novel, while supplies last.

Monday, September 14, Cleopatra herself will come from the pages of history to visit with you. Her story is more amazing and incredible than a fiction author could imagine! She will share her astounding story, audacious spirit, and astonishing guile in this educational, entertaining, and engaging presentation. She may be quite surprising to your audience by revealing the real Cleopatra, strikingly different from the Hollywood impression of her. This is an online event. Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary

Mauney Memorial Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day on September 5.

Delta Kappa Gamma installs new officers

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Key Women Educators, met June 20 in the backyard of Immediate Past NC DKG President Connie Savell.  New members Sharon Capps, Beth Sellers, Aftan Smith and Katie Patton were inducted.

The officers for 2020-2022 were installed. They are President Lisa May, First Vice President Stephanie Hinson, Treasurer Bendatra McDowell, and Parliamentarian Julienne Hambright.

Delta Kappa Gamma’s mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. “Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide” is the vision statement of the Society. Members honored outgoing president Valerie Boyd with a beautiful gift basket.
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Shaquia Jimson

The Life God Gives You

By Loretta Cozart

Shaquia Jimson was born in 1979, the daughter of Kenneth Wayne Jimson and Grace Ann Watkins Jimson. Within 10 months, her mother would be dead at her father’s hand and the family broken apart. Grace Ann’s daughters were fathered by different men, so each daughter was sent to be raised by those families. Shaquia was 10-months old, her sister just two.

The story of her mother’s murder made headlines in Cleveland County and the region in 1980, and Shaquia said, “That story has always loomed over me. As I got older, I decided to learn more about what happened that caused this tragedy. My father was a military man. My mother was only 18 and didn’t finish high school,” Jimson said. “My grandmother orchestrated my parent’s marriage, but they were so young they didn’t understand what marriage really meant.”

Prior to the marriage, Shaquia’s grandmother would sell Grace Ann to men for money. “My mom was between 12 and 13-years old when that began. I’ve come to realize that what my mother experienced was nothing less than sex-trafficking. And I suspect the same may have happened to my grandmother. I think it was multi-generational. After marriage, my mother experienced domestic violence from my father,” she said. “They had a very volatile relationship.”

“When I was 10-months old, my father locked my sister and me in a shed out back of my grandmother’s home in the Compact Community and killed my mother. Then he set fire to the house.” He was charged with first-degree murder and arson.

“What I try to do after learning all this is to bring awareness to single parenting. No matter whether the children are raised by their mother or their father, it isn’t fair to the children. There aren’t many helpful resources for single parents available. Single parents have to think

of their children first and be aware of their decisions in life. They should ask themselves if they are making a choice for their children or for themselves?”

Today, Shaquia Jamison is a certified Life Coach and owner of Overcoming Bondage, LLC. She wrote the book, The Life God Gives You, to honor her mother. “Once I learned the story, that my mother was only 18-years old when she lost her life, I wanted to do something in honor of her. She was too young, and the situation too tragic, for her to be forgotten.

As a Life Coach, Shaquia specializes in dealing with the pain in life. “I started my own business to help people overcome the things that hold them down. No matter what we are bound to, God has a purpose, he has a plan for each and every one of us,” she said.

“People should humble themselves and let God be who he is. I am a witness that he can open up doors no one can shut. I am a product of not having parents. So, I know if he did it for me, he will do it for anyone else.”

“In helping others, I try to transition the hurt to joy, because joy is something God gives us, not man. I try to stick that joy to a person’s soul so they can understand it is something nobody can take from them. “God gives us hope and motivation as an avenue to transition from where we were to what we want to become,“ Shaquia said.

“Everyone has room for better, but we can’t become better until we deal with the pain.”

Shaquia Jimson’s book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. “My next book is due out in late September, The Devil’s Plot vs. God’s Plan.” www.overcomingbondage.com shaquiajimson@gmail.com

In her personal life, Jimson has three grown children, “My youngest is 21-years old, two boys and a girl. In raising them and in my life I have ended the multi-generational curse on my family.” She took the lessons learned from her parents and now helps others. “I reach out to lots of people and have no stipulations to receive my services,” she said.
Jimmy Wayne performing his 224th show on the Grand Ole Opry stage. (photo by Marushka Media)

Clev. Co. Music Hall of Fame names Jimmy Wayne to Board

Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame – formed in August 2019 to honor the county’s rich music history, artists and music business pioneers, and serve the youth in its community – welcomes hometown hero, Jimmy Wayne, to its Board of Directors.

Jimmy, who was born in Kings Mountain, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author, whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

“When the Hall of Fame approached me with the idea I was honored; not just because their goal is to celebrate local artists and pioneers, but because they want to give back with scholarships and provide instruments to kids who are interested in learning to play, sing and create,” said Jimmy. “Music and songwriting changed my life, and maybe it’ll change the life of a kid who is growing up like I did.”

“Music is universal in North Carolina, regardless of where you live in the state,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “We are delighted that Cleveland County is recognizing its own heritage with the Music Hall of Fame and that hometown musician, Jimmy Wayne, is sharing his time and talent to celebrate its musical roots.”

Fellow Kings Mountain native Tim Moore, the Speaker of North Carolina House of Representatives, said the addition of Jimmy Wayne to Cleveland County’s Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors shows why the region is a must-visit stop for music lovers.

“Jimmy Wayne is a legend in our community not only for his music but his advocacy for vulnerable children who need a strong voice like his,” Speaker Moore said. “We deeply appreciate Jimmy’s commitment to our local Music Hall of Fame and statewide programs like ‘Come Hear NC’ that tell the story of the Tar Heel State’s proud cultural heritage.”

“Jimmy is a shining example of the power of music; but more than that, he’s never forgotten where he came from and is always giving back,” said Angela Padgett, Vice President of the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame. “We’re thrilled to have Jimmy, a true hometown hero, be part of our board of directors.”

The Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame (a 501c-3) will honor nationally and locally known artists, songwriters, disc jockeys and other

individuals and groups whO have promoted all genres of music.

The Hall of Fame plans to induct an artist, band, songwriter or music business pioneer, annually.

Eventually, scholarship(s) will be offered to a local high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in music, as well as underprivileged children interested in owning and learning to play an instrument.

The Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction ceremony was to take place in 2020 but may be rescheduled to next year due to the COVIDx19 pandemic, and the health of the community as the board’s main priority. More information will follow as the board assesses viable options.

About Jimmy Wayne

Having recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of finishing his walk halfway across America – Project Meet Me Halfway – to raise awareness to the plight of more than 30,000 children in foster care, Jimmy, a Cleveland County native, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Walk To Beautiful’. Jimmy’s songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for these forgotten youth.

Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving more than one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

In 2005, Jimmy became the youngest recipient of The William Booth Award, one of the highest honors that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army.

In 2012, Jimmy lobbied to pass legislative bills extending the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in California and Tennessee.

In 2013, Jimmy’s first film, ‘Paper Angels’ (UPtv) became an instant holiday classic and in 2014 he released ‘Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way’ (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins) which became a three-time New York Times bestseller, crossing the 170,000 sales milestone in early 2019, and becoming a #1 bestseller at Amazon.

In 2016 Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), while simultaneously contributing to the extension of foster care services from age 18 to 21 in North Carolina and Ohio.

In 2017, Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University. In 2018 he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State University San Marcos and most recently, (May 2019) he was honored by the National Council for Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.

Jimmy has shared his story – The Power of One – around the world as a keynote speaker and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 224 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to give back through his non-profit awareness campaign, Project Meet Me Halfway.

For more about Jimmy Wayne, visit www.jimmywayne.com.  
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Betsy Wells

Wells serves as Democratic National Delegate this week

Betsy Wells again is a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention which started Monday, August 17. Due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s convention will be virtual, instead of in-person in Milwaukee.
Betsy has already cast her vote for Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for President and looks forward to watching him accept the nomination on Thursday, the final night.

This is Betsy’s fifth National Convention, beginning in 2000 in Los Angeles, 2004 in Boston, 2008 in Denver, 2012 in Charlotte, and 2016 in Philadelphia.

Betsy has served as Chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party , Chair of Congressional District 10 Democratic Party, and currently the 1st Vice Chair if Congressional District 5 Democratic Party.

Long-time Democratic activist, Betsy was honored by the NC Democratic Party in 2019 with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor Roy Cooper.

Five KMHS graduates receive Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship

The 2020 winners of the Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship, all graduates of Kings Mountain High School, were Kylie Bearfield, Brandon Dover, Jesse Hughes, Alyssa Newton and Nicholas Stewart.

Steve Wells was a teacher and administrator in the Kings Mountain District Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2000. His career began at Central School, teaching Special Education, before going to Grover Elementary to teach at the elementary level for many years. Later he became the Assistant Principal at Grover and finished his education career as the Assistant Principal at Bethware Elementary School.

Steve was a product of Kings Mountain Schools, attending both Grover and graduating from Kings Mountain High School. He continued his education at Appalachian State University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Social Science and later a master's degree in Special Education.  Later in his teaching career, Steve obtained a master's degree in School Administration from UNCC.

“Steve always valued education, and in his memory, I bestow $250 each to the graduating seniors to be used at the universities of their choice for the 2020-21 college year,” said Betsy Wells, Treasurer of the Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship.
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GW Marching Bulldogs receive lead gift from David and Marie Brinkley

$10,000 Gift Designated to assist in relaunching Marching Band at GWU 

In March, Gardner-Webb University announced plans to reestablish the University’s marching band under the direction of Dr. Mark R. Cole. Today, GWU comes one step closer to that day with a $10,000 gift from long-time university supporters David and Marie Brinkley.

“We are so very grateful to David and Marie Brinkley for their generous lead gift in support of the Gardner-Webb University Marching Band.  The Brinkleys certainly know good football, and they appreciate a good gameday experience.  The return of our Runnin’ Bulldog Marching Band in fall 2021 will make Saturdays in Spangler Stadium something special, and it will give our talented musicians a new stage upon which to showcase their skills.  GWU is indeed fortunate to have friends such as the Brinkleys,” noted GWU President, Dr. William M. Downs.

David and Marie Brinkley have provided GWU with financial gifts throughout the years with assistance for student-athletes, the Godbold School of Business and various other programs. 

“First, Marie and I enjoy good music. We both come from a small town where the marching band was an integral part of Friday night football. Today, the bands are more sophisticated and talented. When we read about this, we decided to help launch this project. I encourage others to get involved no matter what level. We cannot wait to hear the Gardner-Webb Marching Bulldogs,” said David Brinkley.

Gardner-Webb previously fielded marching band programs in the 1940s, 1970s and most recently, from 2007-2017. Cole is currently recruiting musicians for the Marching Bulldogs, which will take the field in fall 2021, with hopes of having 75 members. Cole’s experience includes leading several high school marching band programs. During his career as a Navy musician, he served as musical director for the Midshipman Drum and Bugle Corps at the U.S. Naval Academy, director of the Navy Band Memphis, Tenn., director of the Sixth Fleet Band in Naples, Italy, and assistant director/associate conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

 “There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds, and pageantry of college football Saturdays here in the South,” added Downs.  “With the return of the Marching Bulldogs to Spangler Stadium, we will elevate the gameday experience for our fans and help create that 12th Man that all great football teams want on their home field.”

David and Marie have lived in Kings Mountain, N.C. for several decades, and have two daughters who graduated from Gardner-Webb as student-athletes. David is also a former high school football coach, and operates the Brinkley Financial Group investment firm.

The Gardner-Webb Bulldog Club will host the 7th Annual Bulldog Club Golf Tournament, on August 6 at Riverbend Golf Course in Shelby, N.C. Proceeds from the event will also benefit the Marching Bulldogs. If you have interest in supporting the return of the marching band at Gardner-Webb, contact Aaron Hinton at 704.406.4101 or ahinton@gardner-webb.edu. You may also sponsor the band directly online at tinyurl.com/marching-bulldogs.

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Adams reaches highest rank possible in karate

Dave Adams, a 1963 Kings Mountain High School graduate, was awarded the highest rank possible in the martial art of karate, a 10th Degree Black which is signified by the Red Belt.

Adams was inducted into the Legends of the Carolinas Fraternity of Black Belts In North and South Carolina and is credited as the Power of Karate in North Carolina. The Museum of Martial Arts for the United States awarded him the History of Generals Award for his years of promoting, teaching, and competing in the martial arts.

His Black Belt line of students has promoted over 2,000 Black Belts who have become teachers, doctors, lawyers, preachers, politicians, nurses, and leaders in their community. Three time NC fighting and form champion, 1967 Tri-State (NC, SC, GA) fighting champion, and 1968 Southern Coast Middle Weight Champion, Adams is recognized as one of the most productive instructors in the county. His Black Belts have won three world titles and their awards and stature has rivaled his accomplishments.

“My goal was to make them better than me,” says Adams. “God has blessed me, so I have tried to bless each of them.”

In high school, Adams played on the football and baseball team. His brother was the late Coach Jerry Adams who made his mark in football while in high school making all-conference and all-state. Dave currently resides in North Myrtle Beach, SC and is CEO of Adam Stone Motion Pictures, now in production of four major films to be released over the next three years worldwide.
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Exterior of the Imperial Theater today. (Photos by Loretta Cozart)

Pieces of Kings Mountain History

Two years ago, David Stone and his family moved from the Crowders Mountain area to Kings Mountain when they began purchasing and restoring key properties in Kings Mountain’s history.

Their company, Stonewright Properties, LLC, is owned by David, his wife Janet, and their son, Christopher. You might recognize Christopher Stone’s name from his performances in Liberty Mountain over a six-year span. The family’s love of history, historic landmarks, and all things old runs deep as is evidenced by the properties they purchase and things they collect.

David understands what is required to restore and preserve historic buildings, both commercial and residential, through his real estate work. He also sits on the Historic Shelby Foundation board.

In 2019, Stonewright Properties purchased the W.A. Mauney home at 107 N. Piedmont and the Bonnie Mauney Summers property at 1220 N. Piedmont, becoming the owners of two of the most historically significant properties in the community.

Their most recent purchase occurred on April 30 for property at 138 W. Mountain Street, formerly known as Friendly Billiards. Although, the history of this building goes back almost a century as it was the first modern theater in Kings Mountain and the first built exclusively for that purpose.

The first task Stone took on with the newly acquired building was to repair the leaky roof and address other issues related to those leaks. The ceiling downstairs was taken down to the studs and the moisture issues have now been corrected.

The building itself is equal in size to 213 S. Battleground Avenue, with approximately 10,000 square feet combined across two levels. “Our thought about this building is to divide it into two retail spaces or keep it as a single,” David Stone said. “If we keep it single, we’d love to see a general store here. We think they could use the courtyard outside for a farmers market in the little alleyway, which would be a big draw. The other idea might be a tea and spice shop”

“To me the town needs three to five good anchors. Getting anchor stores to come in is difficult, because they have to be willing to see forward with you,” he said.

It is hard to determine the exact year the theater was built, due to spotty records from that time. Cinema Treasures.com lists the theater as opening in 1930 and having 600 seats. An ad from a 1939 Herald shows the theater offered several double features: Two-Gun Troubadour and Murder on Diamond Row on Wednesday and Thursday, Riders on the Frontier and The Girl from Rio running Friday and Saturday. The feature on Monday and Tuesday was Man in the Iron Mask. All seats were 10 to 15 cents.

A 1945 map shows the property with two retail spaces at the front, and a center entrance for the theater itself. The theater was segregated, as were most of that time. Outside there were separate stairs to balcony seating. An oval sign hung high on the building and the anchors for that sign remain in the brick facade. A marquee cover sheltered guests from both summer heat and inclement weather.

While the facility has been used as a billiard hall for decades, many items from the original theater remained with the building. Bent plywood theater seats are similar to ones in Central School Auditorium remain. Restroom facilities contain the original cast iron sinks and fixtures; they don’t appear to have been updated during the life of the facility.

At the back of the first floor, the theater stage area can be seen. Countless acts performed on the stage once there, and movies played on a screen now long gone.

Upstairs, the theater had a tin ceiling; Stone plans to repurpose it in the downstairs retail space.

After the theater closed, the second floor area was closed in, completely separating it from the downstairs, but the date of that remodel is unclear.

In 1948, additional steel I-beams were added to the roof, much like what was done at 213 S. Battleground around the same time-frame. Notes made on the I beam give us the only evidence of the date of their installation.

The upstairs space has most recently been used for storage. The new owners have now cleaned out that space. All that remains is a metal fan that hangs in the center of the ceiling.

If they do decide to divide the space, Stone plans to put lofts upstairs since access there is separate from that of the space below. “If we do divide it,” Stone said, “we’ll put five lofts there of various sizes. But that remains to be determined.”

The old pool tables have been sold and buyers are currently moving them to various locations, along with pool balls and cues. Vending machines line the wall.

A few other items from outside the original facility are being stored in the building for now. “I collect things like reclaimed timber from Firestone Mill,” David said. “I had a storage building in Gastonia and a sink I have here came out of that building. I save stuff like this because I can use it in other projects.”

Luckily, the other two properties the Stone’s own are currently being restored as primary residences for he and his wife, and the other for his son. As those projects near completion, I’ll be sure to share those stories.
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Lewis’ barn quilts honor loved ones

By Loretta Cozart

Emma Kay Lewis has been making barn quilts for six years and does so to honor loved ones by incorporating their interests in the pattern. “I consider barn quits an extension of traditional quilting, which I also enjoy. Both continue the tradition of story telling, a means of passing on history and what is important to a person,” she said.

While barn quilts have been around for many years, there's been a spike in popularity in the last two decades.

“The first two barn quilts I painted were for my daughter,” Emma Kay explained. “My daughter lives in South Carolina and I fell in love with barn quilts because it creates a whole different was something that connects to a person’s interests on the individual level. “My brother moved to Virginia a few years ago and has a cattle farm, so his barn quilt has cows on it,” she said.

Retiring in September 2018, Emma Kay planned to move to SC to be closer to her daughter. But she found a house she loved in the Bethlehem community of Kings Mountain and decided that it was close enough to visit her daughter easily. Prior to retirement, Emma Kay was an Elementary Teacher Assistant in Wayne County, NC.

While vacationing in Western NC 10 to 15 years ago, she saw barn quilts and had to find out what they were about. But with children and obligations, she never found the time to start. “Five years ago, a friend of mine in Wayne County put a barn quilt up and I decided the time had come for me to begin. My friend was instrumental in getting started properly. We talked and compared notes on paint, sealers, hanging hardware, and things like that,” she said. “I’ve made 30 – 40 barn quilts now and they are on display in NC, SC, VA, and PA. Most are made for people I know.”

Barn quilts aren’t only for barns, they can be used on sheds, homes, and fences. Emma Kay also has two-sided ones for mailboxes. Each piece is more complicated to create than it might seem. After priming the plywood square, the artist must transfer her design to the wood. Each section is masked-off and given three coats of paint. Adjacent colors must be painted at different times due to the tape required for the straight-edge. And after all the paint for the work has dried, it must be sealed since it is displayed outdoors.

Recently, Emma Kay learned about the Gateway Trail located just a few miles from her home and she ran a 5K there during the trail’s 10th anniversary. “I run 5k and 10k races and people have encouraged me to use the trail more often because it is safe, especially during COVID-19. What sold me on the idea is that everyone shared how safe it was,” she commented.

“While walking the trail one day, I saw a lady walking her little dog. She had a grabber tool and a bag, picking up any trash she saw. I thought how wonderful it would be if everyone did their part to make the Gateway Trail as nice as possible. Then, I realized I could offer my time and talents to create a barn quilt for the trail. That is something unique I can offer to give back,” she said.

Before making barn quilts, Emma Kay spent time with traditional quilting and still makes them. “My mother-in-law taught me, and I made quilts for my kids when they were younger. As a mom, that’s what I did. I am a very sentimental person,” she said.

“Driving between VA and NC recently, I stopped in at the Visitor’s Center and found that NC has a barn quilt trail. I would love to see Cleveland County develop its own barn quilt trail here. Enough people in the community already have barn quilts and that number will only grow in time, because they are so popular now,” Emma Kay said.

“A pamphlet with a map and addresses could be created that includes the story behind the barn quilts. It would make a great day-trip and give folks something to do now and even after the pandemic is over,” she said.
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Library presents Chicago: True Stories of the 1920s

The 1920's are saturated with surprise, sequins, and murder! Martina Mathisen, as a 1920's flapper named Flora, tells how fashion, crime, and prohibition mixed with explosive creativity to shape the decade of the century, Thursday, July 23 at noon at www.mauneylibrary.org. If you miss the original presentation, it will be available for a week.

Learn fact from fiction and how reality relates to the 2002 Oscar-winning film Chicago.

For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support. Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Real to Reel Film Festival

By Violet Arth

The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to begin another decade of offering amazing cinema to film festival goers. Originally slated for the end of July, this year, the 21st annual International Real to Reel Film Fest has been rescheduled for September 9-12 at the Joy Performance Theatre in Kings Mountain. 

Although the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by filmmakers, event planners, and venues around the world, Real to Reel organizers are hoping the delayed dates and a new virtual companion component will expand the outreach and preparation time for this exploration of international film.

“Postponing the festival was not a decision we took lightly but one we felt was best for everyone, and it gave us the opportunity to add a virtual component. We are excited to work with Seed and Spark to bring Real to Reel Film Festival into the virtual festival space via their platform,” commented Festival Director Violet Dukes. More details are forthcoming in regard to this online element of screenings.

The selection committee screened nearly 150 film submissions, from amateur and professional filmmakers, including animated shorts, live-action shorts, documentaries (shorts and feature-length), feature-length narrative films, and films made by children ages 14 years and younger. International countries of origin for submissions include India, Japan, Iran, Russia, and Slovakia, among others.

The festival will screen approximately 1- hours of runtime (30+ films) based on the selections made by the committee, (selections are still being finalized). “This year, I’m particularly energized by the virtual/companion component of the festival. We’ll be able to introduce an entirely new audience (outside of our geographic area) to this long-standing festival,” says Noel Manning, co-founder of Real to Reel and tenured member of the film selection committee. Awards categories will be classified by their student/amateur or professional submission status.

This year especially will bring some unique and exciting virtual components to the Real to Reel Film Festival, notably for online audiences. The virtual aspect will allow audiences to catch films they may be unable to see in person (or that they may want to view again). Tickets will be sold to stream the films online through Seed and Spark. Several filmmaker interviews conducted via Zoom will be available online for general viewing in the weeks leading up to the September festival. Additionally, for the on-site portion of the festival in September, pre-recorded filmmaker Q&A sessions will be made available to audiences. As in years past, audience members can expect live in-person filmmaker Q&A panels as well.

Last year’s Real to Reel Film Festival saw an attendance of approximately 300 people. “While this year’s festival will certainly have a different feel, we’re excited to once again bring diverse, educational and entertaining independent films to our community and beyond,” said Shearra Miller, President of the Cleveland County Arts Council.

For more information about this year’s festival, contact Violet Dukes at the Cleveland County Arts Council by email violet.arth@ccartscouncil.org or phone 704-484-2787. You can also visit the film festival website at http://www.realtoreelfest.com

  The mission of the Real to Reel International Film Festival is to offer a forum for independent film, video and multimedia artists from around the world to showcase their talents and expose the works of these artists to our region.
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Library features local author on website July 27

Watch local author, Misty M. Beller, tell you about her newest adventures writing her Hearts of Montana book series. God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Misty will be on location in Montana to show you the beautiful scenery that surrounds her new series, and she will tell you a bit about writing, too. You will find her story on Mauney Memorial Library’s Facebook page, as well as the library website. To receive a free copy of one of her latest books, register online at mauneylibrary.org, while supplies last!

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
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Pieces of Kings Mountain History, July 15, 2020

I’ve always been intrigued by theaters in Kings Mountain. As a child, we only had one movie venue in town, the Joy Theater located where the Joy Performance Center is now.

I knew the town had several theaters over the years, but I learned of a new one this week. The first movie theater was on Battleground Avenue, then known as Railroad Avenue on the East side of the tracks. The road was renamed Battleground Avenue later on. Viewing the 1908 Sanborn Map, The Opera House was located on the second floor above a Hand Printing Shop; the town’s Armory was located next door. It was just north of the Gold Street railroad crossing.

I just learned that the next theater was called Pastime Movies and was located near, or perhaps in the same building that later became the Imperial Theater on East Mountain Street. As indicated on the 1919 Sanborn Map, the theater had lights, electric, and heat stoves.

The Imperial Theater was owned by a businessman in Shelby and the Cash brothers ran the establishment and it was likely in business after 1920. By 1935, the brothers operated the Dixie Theater in a building owned by the Plonk family at 216 Railroad Avenue. The Cash brothers bought the fixtures and seating for that theater. They played movies and, during the ‘20s and ‘30s, hosted Loretta Lynn and countless road musicians on their circuit tours.

Next, the Cash brothers expanded their theater empire adding the Victory Theater in Cramerton in 1943, and the Gaston and Holly theaters in Mt. Holly the following year. With those, the Cash brothers owned four theaters.

On June 1, 1949, David and Charlie Cash opened their fifth theater, the Joy Theater, in downtown Kings Mountain. As was customary in the time, the newspaper grew from six to 20 pages that week, filled with ads welcoming the new business. The Joy Theater had the most modern equipment and seated 772 patrons. The seats were made of padded leather.

When the theater was bought by a church in the late 1970’s or early ‘80s, there was no theater in town for over 30 years until the Joy Performance Theater opened. It is now a performance venue and shows films from time to time. But the experience of catching a movie at the local theater on a Friday or Saturday night is now gone from downtown Kings Mountain.

With the Dixie property still available, one hopes a visionary with a passion to create a draw in downtown Kings Mountain might reclaim the old building for a theater or live entertainment space. We are witnessing a lot of growth in town of late and it won’t be long until that large space has a new lease on life. One can only imagine what the future might bring for the old theater, and our town.