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Youth gather at Mt. Zion to learn more about the All Youth Movement in Kings Mountain. Photos by Justin Osborne

Churches partner for All Youth Movement in KM

By Loretta Cozart

A partnership between Mt. Zion and Mt. Olive Baptist Churches, called All Youth Movement  (AYM) has collaborated to help youth transition into the best versions of themselves spiritually, interpersonally, and physically as they approach young adult life with complete confidence and understanding of who they are in Christ Jesus.
The AYM program is for youth ages 12- to 17-years-old. The churches kicked-off on March 18, and more children are welcome to participate by attending a group meeting.
AYM meets twice a month on the second and fourth Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The second Saturday of the month, they meet at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 146 Dixon School Rd. The fourth Saturday of the month, they meet at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 220 N. Watterson Street.
If you or your organization would like more information about AYM, call Henry Gilmore III at 980-404-1185, or 980-277-1293. Currently the churches need assistance in providing book bags for middle and high school students.
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Pictured left to right in the NC House Chamber: Kenneth Ledford, Bill Turpish, Speaker Tim Moore, Wayne King, Allen Langley, and Jason Hurst. Photo by Cleveland Community College

Local leaders advocate for systemwide priorities
Community College Day
held at state’s capital

More than 300 community college leaders from across the state gathered last week in Raleigh to advocate for the NC Community College System’s legislative priorities.
From Cleveland Community College, President Dr. Jason Hurst, Trustees Chair Bill Turpish, Vice Chair Allen Langley, and Trustees Wayne King, Kenneth Ledford, Larry Hamrick, and Dennis Bailey participated in the day’s events, which highlighted the importance of community colleges in our state.
Among the Community College Day event speakers were NC Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, NC House Speaker Tim Moore and chairs of powerful education and appropriations committees. All legislators emphasized the critical mission of the community colleges to train and retrain the state’s workforce.
   “Businesses know what they need from their workers, and community colleges know how to build a workforce,” Berger said.
Legislators also commended the community college leaders’ work at all 58 campuses. “Community colleges are 58 strong in North Carolina and are truly the lifeblood of workforce development and education improvement in our state,” Moore said.
The NC Community Colleges System is advocating for a legislative agenda focused on students and employees as community colleges work to support the businesses in their communities. The legislature is currently holding its long session when budget matters are decided for a two-year biennium. 
“Our legislators are incredibly busy,” said Dr. Hurst. “We appreciate having this opportunity to spend time with them and talk about the positive impact community colleges have on our individual communities and the entire state.” said Dr. Hurst. 
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Members of Kings Mountain Woman’s Club and KMPD planted a pinwheel garden to remind the community of Child Abuse Prevention month. (Photo provided)

April is Child Abuse
Prevention Month

By Loretta Cozart

On Friday, March 31, GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club planted a blue pinwheel garden with assistance from KMPD at the police department to draw attention to child abuse prevention month. Members of the Woman’s Club, along with members of KMPD placed the garden at the intersection of S. Piedmont Avenue and Mountain Street.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the Center for Disease Control, child abuse and neglect are serious public health problems that can have long-term impact on current and future health, opportunity, and wellbeing. Prevent Child Abuse America is a national organization dedicated to child abuse prevention.
Prevent Child Abuse America recognizes that all community members have a role in ensuring children have positive experiences and families have the resources they need when they need them, well before they are in crisis. The theme of this year’s awareness and impact campaign that we lead in partnership with our national network of state chapters, is “Building Together: Prevention in Partnership.”
Child abuse and neglect are preventable, and all communities benefit when children and families are well supported.
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Chamber Luncheon at
Patriots Park April 19

Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce will hold their April Members Luncheon at Patriots Park in Kings Mountain on Wednesday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is sponsored by City of Kings Mountain.
The featured speaker is Kings Mountain  Mayor Scott Neisler. Chamber members and guests can network, meet new members, and gain knowledge on issues that impact them during this event.
The Earl Scruggs Center is at 103 S. Lafayette Street in Shelby. RSVP to Kathryn@clevelandchamber.org
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Mauney Memorial Library
April events scheduled

By Mari Slaughter

Mauney Memorial Library has the following events scheduled during April. The library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Be sure follow us on Facebook and Insta-gram.
Mauney Library Closed in Observance of Good Friday and Easter, Friday April 7, and Saturday April 8.
The following events are scheduled for April:
• Technology Assistance - Make an appointment 704-739-2371
• Book Club: “Where the Crawdad Sings” (Adults) - Monday, April 3, 6:00– 7:00 pm. Join the Mauney Library book club and meet with people every month to discuss popular books. Contact info@mauneylibrary.org to join!
• Library Storytime in Person (preschoolers) - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am, Mauney Library Community Room. Come to the library to enjoy a story, music, and a take home craft with Miss. Anne.
• Learn Grow Play (preschoolers)  - Fridays 10:00-11:30 am. Mauney Library Community Room. Play in centers, then enjoy a story, music, and a take home craft with Miss. Anne.
• Lego Club (ages 6-12) - Third Thursday of every month 3:30-4:30 pm, Library Community Room
Free build and participate in group projects, snacks provided.
Zoom’N On-Line Book Group (Adults) (Registration Required) Read. Relish. Recap. Read a book of your choice and share with the group. Fourth Wednesday of every month 4:00-5:00 pm
Register: www.mauneylibrary.org event calendar. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
• Stem Toy Saturday (Children ages 6-12)
Saturday, April 29th 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Last Saturday of Every Month in the Harris Children’s Wing
Enjoy a rotation of fun Stem toys
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April events at the
Patrick Senior Center

The Patrick Center is a SHIIP site and can help with Medicare questions and check to see if you qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs. We can also assist with transportation, loan equipment, incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements, and other services. Please call the center at 704-734-0447 for more information or to sign up for programs. Programs are open to people ages 55 and up unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming April Special Events:
• Women’s Health Series: Tuesday, April 4, 12-1pm.  A Certified Nurse Midwife will be here to discuss Menopause. Please call the center to pre-register.
Easter Bingo Party: Thursday, April 6, 10-10:30am.
• Craft Class with Claudia: Tuesday, April 11, 1-3pm. Also available via Facebook Live. Cost is $2. Please come by the Center to sign up.
• Red Cross Blood Drive: Friday April 14, 10-2:30pm. Please call the center to schedule an ap-pointment.
• National Healthcare Decisions Day Presentation: Monday, April 17, 11am-12pm. Learn about Power of Attorney and Healthcare Medical Power of Attorney. Call to sign up.
• Trip to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens: Wednesday, April 26, 9:30am-3pm. Admission and bus fee are $13.00. Please come by the center to prepay and register.
• Art Night with Janie: Thursday, April 27, 5:15-7:15pm. Sign up and pay the $15 fee at the Front Desk before April 20. Open to all ages. Seating is limited.
• Ladies Pool Tournament: Friday, April 28, 10am-until. Playing “Eight Ball” singles. Sign-up in the Pool Room.
Ongoing Activities at the Patrick Center
• Ceramics: Mondays, 9:30-10:30am.
• Technology by Trey Ross with Mauney Memorial Library: 2nd Mondays, 10-11am. Learn about important concepts for your smart phone and devices.
• Facebook Chat: Mondays, 10-10:45am. (Online via Facebook) No FB Chat on April 10.
• Seniors in Motion: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am. Suggested donation of $1 per class for non-YMCA members.
• Quilting: Mondays, 12:30-3pm.
• Beginner Quilting: Thursdays, 1-3pm.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Dance Floor Rockers): Mondays, 1-3pm.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Southern Class): Thursdays, 10-11:30am.
• Beginner Line Dancing: Mondays, 11:30-12:30pm.
• Clogging: Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm & Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm.
• Knitting: Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30am.
• Veterans Meeting: 1st Tuesdays, 9-10am.
• Bible History: Tuesdays, 10-11am.
• REFIT Dance Exercise: Tuesdays, 11am-12pm.
• Monthly Birthday Celebration: 4th Tuesdays, 10-11am.
• Chair Volleyball: Tuesdays, 1-3pm and Fridays, 12-2pm.
• Dutch Lunch Bunch: 2nd Wednesdays. April 12-Verona Italian & Greek, 11am. Please sign up at the Front Desk and pay $1 bus fee.
• Jewelry Class I: Wednesdays, 10-11am.
• Jewelry Class II: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 1-2pm.
• Canasta: Tuesdays, 1-3pm.
• Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 11:45-12:45pm. (Fee required)
• Blood Pressure Clinic: 1st Wednesdays, 10-11:30am.
• Food Giveaway: 3rd Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm. Please call to sign up each month.
• Online Book Club: 4th Wednesdays, 4pm via Zoom. Please call Mauney Memorial Library to join.
• Leaving a Legacy: 1st Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm.
• Bridge: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-4pm.
• Healthy Lifestyles Class: Thursdays, 8-9:30am.
• Gentle Exercise: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15am.
• Bingo: Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am.
• Coffee & Conversation: Fridays, 8:30-10am.
• Chorus: Fridays, 10-11am.
• Friday Lunch: Fridays, 11am-12pm. Call to sign up by Thursday at Noon. Cost is $3.
• WII Bowling League: Fridays, 12-1pm.
• Ping Pong/Corn Hole: Fridays, 1:30-2:30pm.
• Shred Truck: Bring your items to be shredded at any time the center is open and put them in the locked bin in the lobby.

3 Parks 2 States Hike, April 15

The Friends of Crowders Mountain will host a 3 parks, 2 states loop hike on Saturday, April 15.  Limited to 20 hikers.  Registration is required by Friday, April 14.  This is an intermediate level 10-mile hike.  No pets.  Meet at the Boulders Access, 108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC at 8:30 a.m.  Boots On The Trail by 9 a.m.  Approximate return is 1 p.m.  Group enjoyment does not permit a definite return time.  No transportation nor lunch provided.  Please bring sufficient food and water, along with any medications, sunscreen, and insect repellant that you may need.  Restrooms at Start and Finish only.  Hike is weather dependent.  Donations appreciated.  Register by contacting the main visitor center at 704-853-5375.  Please see facebook.com/FriendsOfCrowdersMtn or www.friendsofcrowders.com.

Friends of Crowders Mountain
Trailwork, litter pickup, April 22

The Friends of Crowders Mountain, Inc. invites volunteers for trailwork and/or litter pickup on Saturday,  April 22.
Meet at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC at 8:30 a.m.; finish at noon.  Tools, snacks, and water will be provided.  Dress appropriately for outdoor work and bring any necessary medications.  Trailwork days are heat index(90+) and weather(rain, snow, strong wind, lightning, storms) dependent.  Please see facebook.com/FriendsOfCrowdersMtn or www.friendsofcrowders.com   If questions, contact the park office at 704-853-5375.

West Elementary
PTO fundraiser
raffle underway

West Elementary PTO is doing a fundraiser raffle  and the money raised will go towards the purchase of new electronic signage for the school.
The raffle will have three cash winners and tickets are $5 each. All West Elementary students have raffle tickets available to sell right now. Deadline for ticket purchase is Wednesday, March 29th.
Winners will be pulled at the spring program on Thursday evening, March 30 on Facebook Live, and notified via phone call. You do not have to be present to win. The first ticket pulled gets the $1000 cash bag, the second ticket pulled gets the $500 cash bag, and the third gets the $250 cash bag.
If any local businesses would like to help sponsor the sign, please reach out to WestSchoolPTO1@gmail.com. We are a non-profit and can provide a receipt for any donations.
All students will have a little fun through the competition, as well. Those who sell at least 10 tickets will receive an ice cream treat. Students who sell 20 tickets or more will receive an ice cream treat plus a ticket to watch Mr. Cooke get his hair cut. The top 25 sellers get to cut off a piece of Mr. Cooke’s hair on Friday, March 31st, and Mrs. Robinson will shave the rest.
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Kaydence Dayton

Dayton wins Battle of
the Books competition

North Elementary’s Kaydence Dayton received the Dr. Ruth Pace Award at the Cleveland County Battle of the Books  competition. The Dr. Pace Award is being given in honor of Dr. Ruth Pace to the student on each team who is considered, by peers, to be most knowledgeable regarding all the books.
Dr. Ruth Pace has been working with Battle of the Books in Cleveland County since it began at the Middle School level in 1992. She has helped coach teams, moderated numerous local and regional competitions, and written hundreds of practice questions for every book on the middle and elementary school list each year.
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Students read with Al Conklin

Read Across America Week at North Elementary School

By Anna Hughes

North Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Week February 27-March 3. Students and staff dressed up to match different book themes.
Several guest readers also came to school to read to the students. Readers included former North students, the fire department, police officer, GWU Ladies Basketball Players, Kings Mountain High School football players, and other community partners. Al Conklin from WBTV and Chris Mulcahy from WCNC were our two "famous" guest readers that visited. Students enjoyed meeting different people in the community.
All the readers also talked with the students about the importance of doing their best in school and that reading will always be a major part of their lives.

See more photos in the March 8, 2023 Issue of KM Herald (Pages 8A and 3B)

KM Intermediate School selects students that exemplify courage

By Trey Robinson

Each academic team at Kings Mountain Intermediate School was tasked with selecting one student who exemplified the meaning of COURAGE.
The following students were selected by their teachers for demonstrating COURAGE. Students were rewarded with a certificate and treats from KMIS administration. We appreciate their hard work and outstanding character!
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Patrick Sr. Center March events

By Lynn Lail

The Patrick Center is a SHIIP site and can help with Medicare questions and check to see if you qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs. We can also assist with transportation, loan equipment, incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements, and other services. Please call the center at 704-734-0447 for more information or to sign up for programs. Classes/Activities open to age 55 and up unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming March Special Events:
• Financial Fraud Presentation by SECU: Tuesday, March 14, 9-10am. Call to sign up.
• St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Party: Thursday, March 16, 10-10:30am.
• Tips for Disasters and Emergency Preparedness: Tuesday, March 21, 9am-12pm.
• Medicine Drop-Off: Tuesday, March 21, 9am-12pm and Thursday, March 23, 1-4pm. KM Police will be at the center to collect old medications.
Intermediate Computer Classes: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-12pm starting on March 13 through April 19. You must attend one of the first two classes to complete the session.
• 2023 Cleveland County Senior Games: March 27-31. Registration deadline: March 17, 2023. Please call the center for more information.
• 2023 SilverArts: Display Dates: April 10-14. Registration deadline: March 31, 2023 at 12 Noon. Please call the center for more information.
Ongoing Activities at the Patrick Center
• Ceramics: Mondays, 9:30-10:30am.
• Smartphone Clinic by Trey Ross with Mauney Memorial Library: 2nd Mondays, 10-11am.
• Facebook Chat: Mondays, 10-10:45am. (Online via Facebook)
• Seniors in Motion: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am. Suggested donation of $1 per class for non-YMCA members.
• Quilting: Mondays, 12:30-3pm.
• Beginner Quilting: Thursdays, 1-3pm.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Dance Floor Rockers): Mondays, 1-3pm.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Southern Class): Thursdays, 10-11:30am.
• Beginner Line Dancing: Mondays, 11:30-12:30pm.
• Clogging: Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm & Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm.
• Knitting: Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30am.
• Veterans Meeting: 1st Tuesdays, 9-10am.
• Bible History: Tuesdays, 10-11am.
• REFIT Dance Exercise: Tuesdays, 11am-12pm.
• Monthly Birthday Celebration: 4th Tuesdays, 10-11am.
•  Dutch Lunch Bunch: 2nd Wednesdays. Please sign up at the Front Desk and pay $1 bus fee.
• Jewelry Class I: Wednesdays, 10-11am.
• Jewelry Class II: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 1-2pm.
• Canasta: Tuesdays, 1-3pm.
• Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 11:45-12:45pm. (Fee required)
• Blood Pressure Clinic: 1st Wednesdays, 10-11:30am.
• Food Giveaway: 3rd Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm. Please call to sign up each month.
• Online Book Club: 4th Wednesdays, 4pm via Zoom. Please call Mauney Memorial Library to join.
• Leaving a Legacy: 1st Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm.
• Bridge: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-4pm.
• Caregiver Support Group: 4th Wednesdays, 1-2:00pm.
• Healthy Lifestyles Class: Thursdays, 8-9:30am.
• Gentle Exercise: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15am.
• Bingo: Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am.
• Coffee & Conversation: Fridays, 8:30-10am.
• Chorus: Fridays, 10-11am.
• Friday Lunch: Fridays, 11am-12pm. (Call to sign up by Thursday at Noon. Cost is $3)
• WII Bowling League: Fridays, 12-1pm.
• Chair Volleyball: Fridays, 12-2pm.
• Ping Pong/Corn Hole: Fridays, 1:30-2:30pm.
• Shred Truck: Bring your items to be shredded at any time the center is open and put them in the locked bin in the lobby.

Local businesses asked to help with job fair for veterans


By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain Post 155 is seeking local businesses that are interested in taking part in a job fair supporting veterans in May as part of their Legion Walk and Roll for Veterans May 20 -29.
A kick-off for the event will be held at the Post Home on May 20. From May 21 to 29, volunteers are asked to complete laps at Deal Park Walking Track at 211 N Cleveland Ave. in Kings Mountain. Anyone who completes a lap can participate in special evening events at the American Legion Post, featuring entertainment, motivation and informational speeches, job fair, games, food, vendors, free haircuts, dog grooming, and much more.
For nine days, 22-hours each day, volunteers will walk the Deal Park track to draw attention to veteran suicide and prevention. The numbers are symbolic: nine days represents the end a cycle, and 22 represents the number of veterans who die each day to suicide. It is the Legion’s goal to draw attention to veteran suicides and encourage those who are hurting to reach out for help.
If you are interested participating, contact Veterans Walk and Roll at veteranswalkandroll@gmail.com or call 704-710-6301.
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Councilman Allen completes advanced leadership training

Councilman Allen completes advanced leadership training

Kings Mountain City Council Member David Alen successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) training offered annually to select local elected officials by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ALC is an intensive leadership development program designed by the School’s Center for Public Leadership and Governance. The weeklong residential program is a dynamic experience that helps participants learn about their own leadership styles, inspire others to work toward a shared vision, and gain insights into how to work together to build better relationships and achieve far-reaching results. More than 185 local elected leaders from across North Carolina have completed this selective program since its inception.
Councilman Allen shared his thoughts on the ALC training, “The opportunity gained through this Academy not only grew my leadership skills, but also allowed me to connect with leaders from all over the state. This network will afford me a connection with the knowledge of many great leaders to help Kings Mountain.”
Generous financial support from North Carolina Association of County Commissioners allows elected officials from across the state to attend with only modest cost to the local unit of government.

KMLT  seeking volunteers

KMLT is seeking volunteers for front of house duties for “Nunsense, the Mega-Musical”. Those interested may respond to this message or jim@kmlt.org. Volunteers will need to arrive at the Joy one hour before the performance time.
  The 2022-23 season of Kings Mountain Little Theatre will continue with our production of “Nunsense – The Mega-Musical” on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM.
 KMLT and Corporate Sponsor – Edward Jones Investments, Jack and Pam Buchanan are pleased to announce that performances are also scheduled for March 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 PM and March 19 and 26 at 3 PM. Tickets are $15 for all ages and are on sale at www.kmlt.org or by contacting the box office tickets@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408. Tickets for groups of 10 or more is $12 for all ages. Please call or email KMLT to make a group reservation.
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. Reserved seating not claimed at least 10 minutes before show time is subject to release.
 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.

Grover Elementary’s
special Valentine’s Day delivery

By Wendy S. Lemons

Residents at Summit Place in Kings Mountain all received a special delivery on Valentine’s Day this year. The planning for this special delivery began in December 2022, when students at Grover Elementary School started bringing in stuffed animals to donate to a Stuffed Animal “Pet Adoption” the school planned in conjunction with Summit Place.
In addition to what the students donated, PetSmart of Shelby also donated seventy-five stuffed animals including dogs, cats, fish, birds, hedgehogs, and iguanas.
Each third and fourth grade student selected a stuffed animal. The students named the animal and wrote a pet profile about their animal.  Students used their imagination to create a profile that included the pet's likes, dislikes, where it liked to sleep, what its perfect day would include, and how the pet came to Grover Elementary School to be adopted. 
The students worked on this project in their guidance classes with the School Counselor, Mrs. Lemons. This was a project that incorporated the character traits of kindness, empathy and service to others that are taught as part of the Social-Emotional Curriculum at Grover Elementary School. A Pet Profile Notebook was created with each profile and a picture of each pet. Residents were given a chance to look through the notebook and select the pet they wanted to adopt. 
On Valentine’s Day, sixty-one “pets” in student decorated bags were delivered to Summit Place in Kings Mountain. Each bag included not only the pet, but also the pet profile, picture, and a personalized adoption certificate.  
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Jack Dee

Dee makes Dean’s List

By Loretta Cozart

Jack Dee, a freshman at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, was named to the Fall 2022 Dean’s List. Dean’s List students are those who have achieved a 3.7, or higher, grade point average over the semester. This is a significant accomplishment at Denison, where academics are rigorous and faculty members place a priority on close interaction with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Jack is the son of Phil and Sandie Dee of Kings Mountain
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AKA Day of Service at Potter’s House in Gastonia. Photos by AKA members

AKA Service Day helps
the local community

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Zeta Mu Omega chapter members, after leaving the MLK, Jr. Breakfast honoring Mrs. Ina Hager, enjoyed an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship with the residents of the Gastonia Potters’ House in Gastonia.
Joined by General Members and inactive members for the “We Are One” AKA Service Day, chapters members provided a meal for the event, played games and donated household cleaners, printer paper and a Walmart gift card to the Gastonia Potters’ House.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated ® is the oldest Greek-lettered organization founded by nine visionary African American young women at Howard University in 1908. For over 114 years, the sorority has embodied its mission to be of “Service to All Mankind.”
Together, over 100,000 active sorority members in more than 1,024 chapters worldwide are making a positive impact on the lives of individuals, families, children and those in our local communities.

KMLT auditions being held February 25-26

KMLT, Director Amy Hardin, and the Jim and Penny Larson Family is happy to announce auditions for FARCE OF NATURE, a Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten play.
Auditions will be at the Joy on Saturday, February 25, 10:30 am-1pm and Sunday, February 26, 1pm-4pm. Call backs will be Monday February 27th from 6pm-7:30pm. 4 men 5 women are needed.
The story: The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn is the owner of the Reel ’Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Lately business is down and the lone guest who’s just checked in, Carmine DeLuca from Chicago—is only there due to the Witness Protection Program. Doesn’t anybody just want to fish anymore? Not D. Gene’s frustrated wife, Wanelle, who’s fed up with their lackluster romantic life. She’s taken steps to improve it through hypnotic suggestion. D. Gene cannot understand why his pants keep falling down. D. Gene’s sister Maxie has her own problems, battling ageism to resume her career in law enforcement. She’s determined to prove her worth by keeping Carmine DeLuca alive through the weekend. However, she keeps losing both her gun and the bullets. And she never anticipated the gangster Carmine’s been dodging, Sonny Barbosa, is about arrive in pursuit of his sexy wife, Lola. This funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to win your audiences over—hook, line, and sinker!
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<http://www.kmlt.org> or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page. We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!

Appalachian Gear honored by Our State Magazine

By Loretta Cozart

Appalachian Gear Company (AGC) was recognized by Our State Magazine in their “Made in NC Awards” receiving honorable mention.
AGC was recognized for their AG Tee, the first tech tee to be made of 80 percent alpaca fiber and 20 percent Tencel, a cellulose fiber sustainably made from eucalyptus trees.
“We came up with the idea to utilize Alpaca fiber as we were brainstorming ideas for performance fabrics with less environmental impact than polyester and nylon. We also wanted fabric that would improve upon the benefits and production methods of merino wool,” said John Gage.
AGC owners John Gage and his business partner, Mike Hawkins  started their careers with different Fortune 500 textile manufacturing companies, and, for over 25 years, they've been friends and business partners in various entrepreneurial endeavors. They've developed and produced fabrics for different industries and many well-known apparel brands. They saw American textile apparel manufacturing eventually lost to offshoring, but they always hoped to re-enter the apparel industry.
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King Mountain Intermediate School held their Spelling Bee

On January 31, King Mountain Intermediate School held their Spelling Bee. One student from each class participated. Winning this year is Devin Hope (right). Runner-up is James Welsh (left). “We are very proud of all the students who participated,” shared Trey Robinson. Devin will complete in the countywide spelling bee in February.

Photo by Trey Robinson
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Members of Bethware Elementary Wizard Warriors Robotics Team include: Cody Black, Nicholai Cochran, Myles Lesniewski, Finn McNeilly, Taylor Rothwell, and Tyler Stanek. Photos by Jenny Hardee

Bethware Robotics Team Challenge Day

On Friday, January 27, Bethware Elementary School’s Robotics Team, the Wizard Warriors, participated in their second Challenge Day. The team worked on their teamwork skills, robot runs, and got more information on their project for this season.
Students worked together to build a cup pyramid without touching the cups with their hands, and then they had to carry a golf ball from one area to another using only string and a metal ring.
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Actor Leon Rippy, center right, and his party visited the Kings Mountain National Military Park on Monday, January 20. Photo by NPS

Actor Leon Rippy visits
KM National Military Park

By Loretta Cozart

Actor Leon Rippy dropped by Kings Mountain National Military Park on January 20. The park posted on their Facebook page, “You never know who's going to walk in the door. Today we got a visit from Leon Rippy, who played John Billings in The Patriot. Of course, we had to ask him and his party for a picture with our patriot, Colonel William Campbell.”
Rippy has appeared in numerous films and television roles including Earl the Angel on the series Saving Grace, saloon owner Tom Nuttall on the series Deadwood, and militiaman John Billings in The Patriot.
According to his biography on IMDb, Rippy was born in Rock Hill, SC in October 1949.
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Chamber’s Women on Fire luncheon Feb. 15

By Loretta Cozart

Cleveland County Chamber announces their inaugural Women’s Professional Luncheon event “Women on Fire” at Cleveland Country Club on February 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“The Chamber is proud to be hosting the first annual Professional Women’ Luncheon sponsored by Greenbrook Design and venue sponsor Cleveland Country Club. This event was created for women to hear inspirational stories from phenomenal women on managing it all – work, family, and health,” Chamber Executive Director Christine Crib shared with the Herald.
The chamber has three phenomenal women speakers for this event: Stacey Walker, self-described mother, business owner, and interior designer with Greenbrook Design, and Jennifer Thomas with Truist, who describes herself as a wife and mother, business leader, community servant, and fitness instructor who will be telling their inspiring stories. Lori Keaton, of Lori Keaton Law is the Keynote Speaker.
Lori is an award-winning attorney who has been named one of the Lop 50 female lawyers in North Carolina, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County and a “Leader in the Law’’ by the Mecklenburg County Times. She left big law to open her own practice in February 2017, and has never looked back. Lori Keeton Law was created to advocate for all types of municipal employees with a particular focus on serving and protecting those who serve and protect.
Though she has faced numerous battles in the courtroom in her twenty plus years as a lawyer, Lori’s toughest- and most rewarding- victory to date has been overcoming cancer. She will share how God showed up and showed out throughout her illness and recovery. Her testimony will leave your faith strengthened and your heart full.
All professional women of the community are invited to register on the Cleveland County Chamber website. The event cost is $35.

Bethware Elementary celebrates
100th day of School

Bethware Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of school on Friday, January 27. To celebrate, students dressed up as if they were 100-years old. Pictured are a few students who dressed up for the occasion.

See more photos on page 8A of February 1, 2023 KM Herald

Patrick Senior Center February events

By Lynn Lail

   The Patrick Center is a SHIIP site and can help with Medicare questions and check to see if you qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs. We can also assist with transportation, loan equipment, incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements, and other services. Please call the center at 704-734-0447 for more information or to sign up for programs.
Upcoming February Special Events:
• Trip to the Discovery Place Museum and Cracker Barrel in Charlotte: Monday, February 6, 9am-3pm. Come by the center to sign up. Cost is $24.
• Shred Truck: Tuesday, February 7. Bring your items to be shredded at any time the center is open and put them in the locked bin.
• Valentine’s Bingo Party: Thursday, February 9, 10-10:30am.
• Valentine’s Dance sponsored by Summit Place of Kings Mountain: Friday, February 10, 7-9pm. Cost is $3 per person.
• Black History Month Event: Tuesday, February 14, 9:30-11am. Call to sign up.
• Craft Class with Claudia: Tuesday, February 21, 1-3pm. Cost is $2. Call to sign up. Zoom option available.
Ongoing Activities at the Patrick Center
• Ceramics: Mondays, 9:30-10:30am.
• Smartphone Clinic by Trey Ross with Mauney Memorial Library: 2nd Monday, 10-11am.
•  Facebook Chat: Mondays, 10-10:45am. (Online via Facebook)
• Seniors in Motion: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am. Suggested donation of $1 per class for non-YMCA members.
• Quilting: Mondays, 12:30-3pm.
• Beginner Quilting: Thursdays, 1-3pm.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Dance Floor Rockers): Mondays, 1-3pm.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Southern Class): Thursdays, 10-11:30am.
• Beginner Line Dancing: Mondays, 11:30-12:30pm.
• Clogging: Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm & Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm.
• Knitting: Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30am.
• Veterans Meeting: 1st Tuesday, 9-10am.
• Bible History: Tuesdays, 10-11am.
• REFIT Dance Exercise: Tuesdays, 11am-12pm.
• Monthly Birthday Celebration: 4th Tuesday, 10-11am.
• Dutch Lunch Bunch: 2nd Wednesdays, February 8-Small Town Kitchen in Cherryville; Please sign up at the Front Desk and pay $1 bus fee.
• Jewelry Class I: Wednesdays, 10-11am.
• Jewelry Class II: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 1-2pm.
• Canasta: Tuesdays, 1-3pm.
• Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 11:45-12:45pm. (Fee required)
• Blood Pressure Clinic: 1st Wednesday, 10-11:30am.
• Food Giveaway: 3rd Wednesday, 1-2:30pm.
• Online Book Club: 4th Wednesday of the month at 4pm via Zoom. Please call Mauney Memorial Library to join.
• Leaving a Legacy: 1st Thursdays, 11am-1:30pm.
• Bridge: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-4pm.
• Caregiver Support Group: 4th Wednesday, 1-2:00pm.
• Healthy Lifestyles Class: Thursdays, 8-9:30am.
• Gentle Exercise: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15am.
• Bingo: Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am.
• Coffee & Conversation: Fridays, 8:30-10am.
• Chorus: Fridays, 10-11am.
• Friday Lunch: Fridays, 11am-12pm. (Call to sign up by Wednesday at Noon. Cost is $3)
• WII Bowling League: Fridays, 12-1pm.
• Chair Volleyball: Fridays, 12-2pm.
• Ping Pong/Corn Hole: Fridays, 1:30-2:30pm.
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Post 82 Foundation sets up their bank account. Pictured L-R: Pictured left to right: Kelli Steele, Shelby Home Trust Branch Manager, Ric Francis, Post 82 Foundation President, Jim Quinlan, Post 82 Foundation Board Member, Victor Darville, Post 82 Foundation Board Member, Martha Bridges, Post 82 Commander & Foundation Treasurer, and Zach Parker, SAL Squadron 82 Commander & Foundation Secretary. Photo by Linda Quinlan

American Legion Post 82 creates foundation

By Linda Quinlan

Martha Bridges, Commander of American Legion Post 82, announced the establishment of the Post 82 Foundation, a Charitable Trust for Post 82. The IRS and the NC Secretary of State have approved the trust.
The Foundation was created because of the growing activities and programs sponsored by Post 82. Commander Bridges explained that ten years ago, Post 82 had 140 members between the Post and Auxiliary. Today we have over 400 American Legion Family members (since we added the Sons of The American Legion and Legion Riders).
They have increased the number of youth programs from a single oratorical contest to additional programs involving over 100 students. The number of youth programs now includes not only the oratorical contest, but baseball and softball teams, Junior shooting sports (air rifle team), Student Trooper, Tarheel Boys and Girls State, and a sponsored Boys Scout troop.
The Foundation is permitted to receive corporate and United Way contributions. The creation of a Foundation will enable individuals or corporations to contribute to the local post’s many programs, which benefit veterans and youth in our community. As a 501c3, donors can now deduct their contribution.
The Foundation’s Mission Statement is to improve the lives of veterans, youth, and citizens of Cleveland County by supporting the four pillars on which The American Legion was founded. Those four pillars are National Defense, Americanism, Children & Youth, and Veterans Rehabilitation.
At the initial meeting on January 10, Post 82 Foundation Board officers were elected: Ric Francis, President; Martha Bridges, Treasurer; and Zach Parker, Secretary. Two additional Board members were elected: Jim Quinlan and Victor Darville. The Board has approved their bylaws and mission statement.
Foundation Board members recently met with Kelli Steele, Home Trust Bank Branch Manager, to finalize financial requirements. As the Foundation grows, Shelby’s American Legion Post 82 and Unit 82 plan to be more visible in the community and eventually to be able to provide financial assistance adhering to its mission statement and guiding principles.
   For more information, please address correspondence to Post 82 Foundation -  Ric Francis, President, PO Box 82, Shelby, NC 28151, or email  Post82foundation@gmail.com.
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Dr. Lamont Littlejohn

Senior Center celebrates Black History Month

Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain will be hosting a Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, February 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  The theme is "The Strength Behind Us, The Strength Within Us and The Greatness Ahead."
Dr. Lamont Littlejohn, Pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelby, NC will be the Guest Speaker and a light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 7, by calling the Patrick Center at 704-734-0447.

American Legion
veteran’s breakfast
Saturday, Feb. 4

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s American Legion Post 155 veteran’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the post home on East Gold Street.
Veterans and guests can order a made-to-order breakfast of eggs, bacon, liver mush, gravy, grits, biscuits, toast, coffee, and juice.
Members of three American Legion branches, Auxiliary, Legion Riders, and Sons of the American Legion volunteer to take requests, deliver orders, and clean up afterward.
All veterans are invited to this free breakfast. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation that helps fund future breakfasts.
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Caleb Ross was selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland County Student of the Month for December. Photo by Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland County

Ross is Boys & Girls Clubs
December Student of the Month

Caleb Ross was selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland County Student of the Month for December.
Photo by Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland County
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Bethware School’s 4th grade Spelling Bee 2023 winners – Pictured L-R: Shalee Messer, runner up with Hayden Wray, the Spelling Bee winner. Photo provided

Bethware Elementary 4th grade Spelling Bee 2023 winners

Pictured L-R: Shalee Messer, runner up with Hayden Wray, the Spelling Bee winner.

Photo provided
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West School students named to State Honors Chorus – Alston Ladd, Kate Fulton, and Seth Tate were recognized at Cleveland County School Board’s January meeting for making State Honors Chorus. The students serenaded those in attendance with one song from the concert. Alston, Kate, and Seth received a certificate of achievement from Cleveland County Schools for being selected to sing in the State Honors Chorus. Photo provided

West School students named to State Honors Chorus

Alston Ladd, Kate Fulton, and Seth Tate were recognized at Cleveland County School Board’s January meeting for making State Honors Chorus. The students serenaded those in attendance with one song from the concert. Alston, Kate, and Seth received a certificate of achievement from Cleveland County Schools for being selected to sing in the State Honors Chorus.

Photo provided

Sheriff Norman recognizes outstanding staff at CCSO

Sheriff Alan Norman recognized several individuals this morning for different awards, promotions, retirements, and actions in the line of duty.
Deputy B. Tesseneer and Detention Officer T. Swaney were presented member of the quarter awards.
The Criminal Investigative Division was awarded the 2022 Squad Fitness Award. The top five finishers from the division were:
1. Sergeant D. Shaffer
2. Investigator M. Clayton
3. Investigator C. Carpenter
4. Investigator A. Shumate
5. Investigator A. Paz.
   Deputy S. Staton was awarded the 2022 Top Fitness Award.
Ten members of the agency were presented 2022 Top 10 Shooter awards:
1. Investigator M. Hinson
2. Deputy A. Beal
3. Investigator A. Shumate
4. Lieutenant D. Bryson
5. Investigator D. Toney
6. Deputy K. Smith
7. Deputy M. Lawrence
8. Sergeant M. Blanton
9. Sergeant T. Lee
10. Lieutenant B. Pearson
Deputy E. Barkley was recognized for his recent retirement and awarded his service weapon.
Tim Sims was recognized for his actions during his line of duty injury in August 2018. He was presented a shadow box with his service weapon and badge.
Detention Officer G. Woodard was promoted to Corporal.
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Kalashja Womick

KM Middle School student publishes children’s book

By Loretta Cozart

While most middle schoolers spend their summers watching television, spending time at the pool with friends, or chatting on social media, Kalashja Womick spent last summer writing her first book, “To The Mountains We Go!”.
Kalashja is a ninth grader at Kings Mountain Middle School and was inspired by her aunt Cynthia Stitt to write her first book. “My aunt inspired me to write this book and with the encouragement from my parents, Barbara, and Trent Dillard , I finished it in three months.  My aunt is an author, and she knows the process of publishing through Amazon. Once I finished writing and illustrating the book, she took it from there.”
“To The Mountains We Go!” is a story written for children between 5-years and 10-years-old. The main character, Lay is an adventurous little girl. She is excited about her trip to the mountains. She spends time there fishing, hiking, and camping. While there, she gets sad. According to Kalashja, the moral behind this story is, “Your destination stops when you do.” The book asks readers, “Would you like to see the amazing things to do in the beautiful mountains? If so, let's take a trip to the mountains with Lay, ‘Here we go!’"
   “I didn’t find the publishing side of the book too hard. It took three months to write and illustrate the book and two months to get it published. The book went on sale Amazon on August 7, 2022. So far, I’ve sold about 250 books. I am grateful for the support of my family throughout this process.”
“I want to tell others not to let your age get in the way of things you want to do. Once you set your mind to do something, you can do anything,” Kalashja said. She has begun work on her second book in this series titled, “To The Beach We Go!” Who knows what adventures Lay might find there?
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Highway Patrol graduates
37 new troopers

The State Highway Patrol welcomed 36 new troopers on Friday, January 20, at a graduation ceremony held for the 157th Basic Highway Patrol School. The ceremony commemorates 27 weeks of extensive training to prepare the graduates for a rewarding career in law enforcement.
Three of the state troopers will serve the local area. They are Brian Hawkins, serving Cleveland County; Cody Childress, serving Gaston County; and Jason Marshall, serving Gaston County.
The ceremony was held at the Shepherd’s Church in Cary at 10:00 a.m. Department of Public Safety Secretary Eddie M. Buffaloe, Jr. served as guest speaker and provided congratulatory remarks to the graduates.
The oath of office was administered by Judge Jeffrey K. Carpenter of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Colonel Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol, provided remarks to the newest sworn members of the State Highway Patrol.
“As new state troopers, we feel you are ready to fulfill this role and be ambassadors who represent the State Highway Patrol,” said Johnson. “My charge to you is to be a leader in your community by your actions, your character and your important role as a law enforcement officer.”
These new state troopers will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to begin a demanding field training program.
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Nunsense, The Mega-Musical coming to KMLT in March

Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc., and corporate sponsor Edward Jones – Jack and Pam Buchanan, announce that Nunsense is returning to the Joy Performance Theater with “Nunsense, The Mega-Musical, by Dan Goggin. The musical includes all the fun of the original Nunsense but it has been super-sized!
Mega-Nunsense, starring the original five nuns features five new male and female characters, including the never-before-seen infamous convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God.
Nunsense, the winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, was called “A hail of fun and frolic” by The New York Times. And now it’s bigger and better than ever! It would be a sin to pass up the opportunity to see it!
Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 17 and 24, and Saturday March 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are scheduled for Sunday, March 19 and 26 at 3 p.m.
Director Jim Champion and Music Director Libby Putnam urge everyone interested to come join the fun of participating in the production of this musical comedy.
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The Arts Council asks, “Do you feel lucky?”

The Big Chill returns to the Cleveland County Arts Council this year with lots of fun and the chance to win big!
The Arts Council is starting the New Year off by giving you a chance to win $5,000 or $2,500 or $1,000 plus other exciting items during the first Big Chill Reverse Raffle and Party.  Only 250 tickets will be sold so the chances are good that you could win.
Folks have two ticket options to purchase. Reverse Raffle only tickets are $100, and you don’t have to be present to win.
Reverse Raffle and VIP Party tickets are $150. This ticket is a raffle ticket (chance to win) but also allows two people to join us at the party which Includes an evening of BIG fun – a huge Charcuterie table, Chili Bar, Silent Auction & BIG dessert finale and of course the reverse raffle. The silent auction will include great items and experiences such as beach trips, pottery, paintings, jewelry, photography sessions, and so much more. The silent auction will go live the week before the event so that anyone can log on and make their bids. The online auction will continue through the evening.
“We’re excited to put a new twist on a favorite community event,” said Shearra Miller, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “The Big Chill has been taking place for years but this year we thought it would be fun to try something different. This is one of the largest fund-raising events that we hold each year; it is a fun way for us to raise the much-needed funds that allow us to offer enriching cultural arts programs for the community.
The VIP party and reverse drawing will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Arts Council, beginning at 6:00 pm.
Reverse Raffle tickets are available now at the Arts Council or from any of the members of the Board of Directors. Call 704-484-2787 for more information or to purchase tickets.
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Golden Leaf Scholarships
now open

By Loretta Cozart

The application for the Golden LEAF Scholarship is now open. Each year, the Golden LEAF Foundation awards 215 scholarships to high school seniors and community college transfer students who reside in a qualifying rural and economically distressed or tobacco-dependent North Carolina county, including Cleveland County, and are planning to enroll full-time in a participating public or private college or university located in North Carolina.
High school seniors entering college as freshmen are eligible for a scholarship totaling up to $14,000 ($3,500 a year for up to four years). Community college transfer students are eligible for $3,500 a year for up to 3 years).
To apply, visit CFNC.org and fill out the Golden LEAF Scholarship application form.
The deadline for applications is March 1, for application, transcript, and FAFSA. Awards will be announced in late April..
Students awarded the Golden LEAF Scholarship to attend North Carolina Colleges and Universities are also eligible to participate in additional leadership and internship opportunities. These engagements allow scholars to gain experience in future career fields/areas of passion and build key communication and leadership skills. Opportunities include:
• Lead 4 Excellence (L4E) Experience: This two-year experience provides Golden LEAF Scholars with leadership training through the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), one of the nation’s leading leadership development organizations. The opportunity offers flexible online leadership training courses, personalized support from a highly trained executive coach, and collaborative learning partnerships with other scholars in the cohort.
• Rural Internship Initiative: Golden LEAF offers a paid internship opportunity for students to gain experience at an eligible business, non-profit, or government entity located in a rural North Carolina community. Visit our website at scholars.goldenleaf.org to learn more.
Participating NC colleges and universities include: Appalachian State University, Meredith College, Barton College, Methodist University, Belmont Abbey College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Bennett College, Montreat College, Brevard College ,North Carolina A&T State University, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, North Carolina Central University, Campbell University, North Carolina State University, Carolinas College of Health Sciences, North Carolina State Univ. - Agricultural Institute, Catawba College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Chowan University, Pfeiffer University College at Southeastern, Queens University of Charlotte, Davidson College, St. Andrews University, Duke University, St. Augustine’s University,  East  Carolina
 University, Salem College, Elizabeth City State University, Shaw University, Elon University, University of Mount Olive, Fayetteville State University, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Gardner-Webb University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Greensboro College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Guilford College University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Johnson C. Smith University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Johnson & Wales University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lees-McRae College, Wake Forest University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Warren Wilson College, Livingstone College, Western Carolina University, Louisburg College, William Peace University, Mars Hill University, Wingate University, Mercy School of Nursing, and Winston-Salem State University.
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Chris Stone, Madison Avery, and Angie Dolan go over their parts at one of the play practices for “The Importance of Being Earnest” play, set to be produced by the Cherryville Little Theater. (photo provided)

CLT’s play,  “Importance of
Being  Earnest”, to start  Feb. 3

by MICHAEL E. POWELL
Editor
michael@cfmedia.info


The Cherryville Little Theatre has an upcoming play scheduled to be performed Feb. 3 and 4, at 7 p.m., according to play producer, Lutricia Bennett. The theater is located at 301 W. Academy St., Cherryville.
“The play will also be performed Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10, and 11, at 7 p.m., and Feb. 12, at 3 p.m.,” said Mrs. Bennett, adding, “The show is ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, and instead of it being set in the 1890’s in England, the director is taking liberties and changing the setting to America in the 1960’s.”
For those who may not know about the play Bennett said, “‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, is a ‘Trivial Comedy for Serious People’. It is a comedy where two friends use the same pseudonym (Earnest) for their on-the-sly activities.”
Bennett noted Erika Shelton is directing this comedy, originally set – as was noted – in the 1890’s.
“However, as I noted earlier, Erika is changing the setting to 1960’s America. This show has brilliant acting and promises to be an entertaining show full of punch-lines,” said Mrs. Bennett.
Essentially, and to firm up more about what the gist of the play’s story arc is, Bennett said, “It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. Jack and Algy struggle to maintain their deceptions and as the
plot thickens, become entangled in lies, disguises and misadventures.”
The cast is comprised of the following actors, with their roles in parentheses): Chris Stone (John Worthing); Terrell Barnes (Algernon Moncreiff); Angie Dolan (Lady Bracknell); Laurie Ricardo (Cecily Cardew); Madison Avery (Gwendolyn Fairfax); Mary Bolton (Ms. Prism); Charlie Reep (Dr. Chasuble); Noah Bolton (Lane manservant); and Joseph Bolton (Merriman Butler). Lucas Dolan is the assistant stage manager and Matt Walega and Ryan Richards are the backstage techs.
For more information, call (704) 435-1742.

PAWS gets a major upgrade

By Loretta Cozart

PAWS, the mascot for North Elementary School Tigers, got a major update that was unveiled to students on Friday, January 6 during its first semester awards day program.
It appears PAWS has been working out over the Christmas break and came back to school sporting a more muscular physique, thanks to Flooring America.
The old PAWS, circa 1980, needed an upgrade and a former North School student answered the call.
The school thanked Ty Toney from Flooring America for his donation for the new Tiger Mascot costume! Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger! 

KM girls win two at ER

Kings Mountain High’s Lady Mountaineers defeated West Charlotte 50-46 and Masters Academy 61-32 and lost to Hopewell 58-33 in the recent East Rutherford Holiday Tournament.
CoRey Simpson scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the way in the win over West Charlotte. Farri Martin and Khalia King each had nine points and two boards, Tyasa Bell had six points and 10 rebounds, Myracle Davis four points and eight rebounds, Austyn Dixon three points and two rebounds and Alayna Patrick three points and 10 rebounds. 
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Biltmore House at Christmas. (Photo by biltmore.com/media/photo-media-library)

Picture yourself in a  Hallmark movie Channel shooting at Biltmore in January

An exciting new made for television movie is filming in Asheville, NC this January. Casting Office, Inc. is now seeking Asheville area North Carolina locals as Background Performers for a new Hallmark movie being filmed at Biltmore Estate.
“A Biltmore Christmas” will be filmed entirely on location at the Estate in Asheville, NC, and stars Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha.
Extras help make film atmospheres look and feel realistic, are seen in non-speaking roles, and are the fabulous people hired to fill a scene on a tv/film set, like a crowd in an arena, diners in a restaurant, pedestrians walking in a park, etc.
No experience is needed to be an extra and you should be prepared for long 12–14-hour workdays. Extras must arrive as early as needed, and stay as late, or long as needed. All communication and information will be sent via email, so you must be available to respond to emails sent to qualify. All ages, ethnicities, and genders are needed for this film.
Anyone interested in being an extra for one of next year’s Countdown to Christmas movies should apply online at the company’s website.
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Cherryville New Year’s Shooters, Inc. travel throughout Cherryville on New Year’s, a tradition that has carried on since the 1800s. This year’s event is on January 2. Photo by Cherryville New Year’s Shooters, Inc.

Cherryville New Year’s Shooters begin new year with a blast

Cherryville New Year’s Shooters, Inc. will hold their annual event on Monday, January 2, at Blacks Grill at midnight and concluding at Rudisill Football Stadium on E. First Street in Cherryville at 6:30 p.m. In the interim, they will make 49 more stops to perform their New Year’s ritual.
The history of the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters goes back thousands of years, according to their website. The "Chant" and producing loud noise is a ritual that has been in existence since the 1300's. Celebrating the "New Year" on January 1 can be linked back to the Romans in 45 BC during the reign of Julius Caesar. The act of celebrating the New Year goes back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.
The pioneer immigrants that settled in the Cherryville NC area can be linked back to the area of the Rhine River in Germany. In that area of the world many Old-World customs were formed from the Bohemian, German, Scottish, Irish, and English.
In the 1750's German Immigrants settled in the Indian Creek and Howard's Creek area north of the current Cherryville. Along with the German immigrants were the Scotch-Irish, Swiss, Dutch and French. It is believed that the actual tradition is a cultural mix of all these immigrants. The last 250 years of the tradition parallels the history of the Cherryville area.
Land grants from the King of England began in the mid 1700's for the area known as Anson and later Tryon County. The area along the Indian Creek began to grow from a few pioneer families to many. Names which appear on early land grants and records include Black, Wise, Stroup, Beam, Horse (Huss), Houser, Baker, Whitesides, Homesley, Sullivan, Roberts, Eaker, Carpenter, Brown, Anthony, Havner (Heafner), Reynolds, and Cyzer (Kiser).
In the 1800's the area became known as White Pines. After the railroad was built, the name was changed to Cherryville in 1865 due to the many cherry trees that were planted.
Most of the early settlers came through Pennsylvania where the Cherryville tradition can be traced. The Philadelphia Mummers were a group who shot in the New Year going house-to-house, singing songs, shooting guns, performing dances and all were rewarded with food and drink. The early Mummers appointed a leader or speech director who recited such rhymes like this:
"Here we stand before your door,
As we stood the year before;
Give us whiskey; give us gin,
Open the door and let us in."
The first president, George Washington, welcomed the tradition and was entertained by the Mummers in Philadelphia, the first capital of the United States.
The early Cherryville area pioneers walked house-to-house which could be very far apart and perform a version of the Mummers' New Year's Celebration. The "Chant" would be said or "cried" to the welcoming household. Then the firing of the current day weapons which were black powder muskets and pistols.
After firing the loud blasts, the shooting party would be given food and drink for their due diligence of performing the act. And what was the purpose of this affair? With the Old-World customs came superstition and folklore tales of witches and spirits. It was believed that the loud noises would drive out demons, witches, and other non-desirable entities on the property and bless the land for the upcoming year. Since most of the pioneers were farmers and depended heavily on their crops, not "shooting in the New Year" could be detrimental to their future success.
The event today takes on the same form as it did hundreds of years ago. The shooters will go house-to-house, the family will be "called out", the speech crier will recite the "Chant" and the shooters will fire their muskets, loaded with black powder only-without bullets, until all have fired. The muskets used today are originals and reproduction models from the 1800's. After the shooting, the guests are treated with refreshments or gifts. The refreshments may be a full meal or just a treat such as a cigar or apple. Cherryville NC is the only place on earth that the event still takes place. The Philadelphia Mummers continues today with a New Year's Day parade but without the "Chant" or musket blasts.
The tradition centers around the "Chant". The origin of the "Chant" is unknown, but part of the current version can be found in a circa 1777 hymn-prayer by British writer John Newton called "Time by moments steals away".  The version that is cried today is of older English style grammar. Hearing the mysterious "Chant" is a must to get the full intent of its sayings. It is part sermon, song, poem, and speech with religious and spiritual under tones in its three-minute version. A lady's version is also available but is rarely cried.
Today the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters group consists of 450 members and travels to approximately 50 locations in the Cherryville area. The group starts at Midnight on January 1st of each year and shoots for 18 straight hours ending at the Rudisill Football Stadium in Cherryville.
Some of the families and homes are the same ancestors of 250 years ago. Shooting still takes place along the Indian Creek, Howard's Creek, and Bethpage area as it did some 250 years ago. Many of today's shooters are of the same bloodline as the early pioneer shooters.
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Reagan Hutson of the Civil Air Patrol in Gastonia honors great-grandfather Hicel Fred McKinney during Wreaths Across America Day on December 17. Photo by Karen Hutson 

Cadet honors great-grandfather at Wreaths Across America Day

By Loretta Cozart

One might question if things they do in life really impact others. Through the actions of Reagan Hutson, a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Gastonia, and those who attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony on December 17, one can answer that question with a resounding, “Yes!”
On Wreaths Across America Day at Mountain Rest Cemetery, hundreds gathered to honor veterans and lay wreaths. Among them was 13-year-old Reagan Hutson who contacted the commander of the Shelby Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron asking if she could lay a wreath with his group on her great-grandfather Hicel Fred McKinney’s grave. McKinney served in both theaters during World War II, including Omaha Beach.
Reagan knew her great-grandfather, but according to her grandmother Karen Hutson, “She laid the wreath with honor not remembering how close, inseparable, the two of them were when she was a toddler.” While Reagan’s might not remember her great-grandfather in such detail, that bond between them compelled her to honor him during this annual ceremony. It is heartwarming to see such respect from one so young.
Like Reagan, hundreds gathered to remember all the veterans at Mountain Rest Cemetery. More than 1,300 veterans in all, but some have no family nearby to honor them anymore. The community remembers their service just the same.
Another remembered veteran was Otis D. Green, who according to the Hon. Clyde R. Hoey, was the first casualty from Cleveland County during WWI, killed in action on March 1, 1918. During his funeral service in 1921, the community lined the streets of town between Central School and Mountain Rest Cemetery, an estimated 2,000 people, as he was carried by fellow soldiers to his final resting place.
It is impossible for everyone to know each veteran at Mountain Rest Cemetery. But we do understand their sacrifice, and the sacrifices made by their families, as they went to foreign lands to fight for our freedom.
This year, 800 veterans had a wreath laid upon their graves in Mountain Rest. Hopefully next year, a wreath will be laid at each veteran’s grave.
Kings Mountain remembers its veterans and places them in highest esteem, just the same as Hicel Fred McKinney and Otis D. Green. Lest we not forget, freedom isn’t free and many of these veterans paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep America free.
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Having a blast outside Santa’s Workshop. (Photos Damien O’Brien)

Week 2 of  KM Christmas celebrations

By Loretta Cozart

Holiday festivities in downtown Kings Mountain continued December 9 and 10, as families celebrated the holiday season. Some stores remained open downtown, providing additional opportunities to shop local. The Streetscape project on Mountain Street is now completed, so there is easy access to shops, restaurants, and parking along Mountain Street. With new shops open on Mountain Street, the area is seeing more shopping traffic.
Children performed at Patriots Park, as proud parents looked on. Activities were plentiful, and children could put their letters to Santa in a special mailbox available downtown.
Santa’s Workshop was also open Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., as it will be for one more weekend of the Kings Mountain Christmas Event, so be sure to bring family and friends to experience this fun and unique family friendly event.
Stroll through Patriots Park and experience Costner’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza. This yearly tradition gets better and brighter every year. Liberty Mountain Garden at the Joy Theatre has been transformed into a Downtown Artisan Market that opens at 4:30 p.m.
December 16 and 17 are the final days of this year’s KM Christmas event, so make plans now to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the last weekend of holiday fun in downtown Kings Mountain.
With less than two weeks left before Christmas, many were looking for those perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. Shopping local supports local merchants during the holiday season and is a great way to find fun and unique gifts for everyone in the family.
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Train Exhibit

Enjoy the trains exhibit Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Kings Mountain Historical Museum from November 25 through December 31.

Photo by Loretta Cozart
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Santa Visits KM Historical Museum

Santa visited with children at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum on December 9, meeting with each one to hear special Christmas wishes.           

Photo by KM Historical Museum

KMIS recognizes
responsible students

Each academic team at Kings Mountain Intermediate School was tasked with selecting one student who exemplified the meaning of responsibility. The teachers and staff at KMIS appreciate their hard work and outstanding character! The following students were selected by their teachers for demonstrating responsibility. Students were rewarded with a certificate and treats from KMIS administration.
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The Nutcracker, presented by Kimberla’s School of Classical Ballet will be performed on December 9-11 at the Joy Performance Center. (Photos provided)

The Nutcracker performances at Joy Performance Center in Dec.

Believe it or not - the holidays are fast approaching. This holiday season enjoy a family classic, The Nutcracker, the all-time favorite story of Clara’s magical trip to the land of sweets, presented by Kimberla's School of Classical Ballet.
The Nutcracker will be performed on Friday, December 9 at 7p.m., Saturday, December 10 at 2p.m. and 7p.m., and Sunday, December 11 at 4p.m. at The Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain.
Tickets are $15 each for general admission seating and $100 for a mezzanine seating cluster of 4 with hor d'oeuvres. Tickets are  available by calling 704-300-4130 or at  https://sites.google.com/site/kimberlasclassicalballet/the-nutcracker-tickets