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Veterans and citizens commemorate Veterans Day in Patriots Park. Photo Loretta Cozart

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as The Great War - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France according to VA.gov. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926.
Later that same year, on October 8, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."
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Wreaths Across America Dec. 18

By Loretta Cozart

Local DAR volunteers are working hard to ensure veterans laid to rest at Mountain Rest Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year’s ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 2,500 participating locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 18. At noon, Col. Frederick Hambright DAR Chapter will host a wreath laying at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Members of the chapter will be at the Veterans Day event on Thursday, Nov. 11, offering the opportunity to sponsor wreaths. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going to the DAR Chapter.
The event is open to the public. All veterans, active-duty military, and their families as well as the local community are all invited and encouraged to attend and learn more about Wreaths Across America’s yearlong mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. This event will help to teach not only the next generation but all community members and visitors about the services and sacrifices of our nation’s military.
With COVID-19 numbers increasing, many events in which DAR members could participate have been cancelled. So, the DAR has set the goal to place wreaths in the veteran’s section, along those individually order wreaths purchased for specific veterans in other areas.
You can sponsor a wreath for $15 that can be ordered at http://WreathsacrossAmerica.org/NC0200P. Each sponsorship goes toward a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the grave of an American hero. Please take a moment to honor local veterans now, so they won’t be forgotten.
Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America, said “With each local event held across the country, volunteers help build community awareness and understanding of the organization's year-long mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. Considering the current health crisis, we feel events like this one have taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something that is both educational and fun, while supporting and giving back to the community when it is needed most.”
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Handmade for the Holidays Gift Shop

Join us for a unique shopping experience as the Cleveland County Arts Council hosts Handmade for the Holidays, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby, Nov. 18 – Dec. 23.
“The Arts Council has hosted Handmade for the Holidays for over 15 years and the community has come to anticipate this as a location to purchase wonderful locally handmade items. This is a great way to do your holiday shopping right here in Cleveland County (shop local) and help support our artists as well as the Cleveland County Arts Council,” said Arts Council President Shearra Miller.
There is a great selection of one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list, for every taste and every budget! Or, if you don’t know what to get that hard to please person, we have gift certifi-cates that can be used for artwork or classes.
Artwork includes handcrafted jewelry, hand woven scarves and hats, ornaments, jellies, fused glass, soup bowls and designer coffee cups, stained glass, lamps and candle holders, cutting boards, bottle stoppers, mosaics, holiday cards, and much, much more.
Shoppers are welcome Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, and Fridays, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10, and17, 9:00am – 7:00pm, and Saturdays 10am – 2pm. 
For more information please call 704-484-2787 or visit our website at www.ccartscouncil.org or https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandCountyArtsCouncil/.
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Delta Tau celebrates 10th birthday – Delta Tau Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International celebrated their tenth birthday on September 23 at the home of Beth Sellers. DKG is a professional women educator organization that promotes excellence in education. Members were recognized for their years of service. They celebrated with birthday cake and soft drinks. Pictured L-R: President Lisa May, Vice President Stephanie Hinson, Megan Allen, Membership Chair Valerie Boyd, Patty Smith, Connie Savell and Beth Sellers. Treasurer Bendatra McDowell not pictured. Photo provided

Delta Tau celebrates 10th birthday
 

Delta Tau Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International celebrated their tenth birthday on September 23 at the home of Beth Sellers. DKG is a professional women educator organization that promotes excellence in education. Members were recognized for their years of service. They celebrated with birthday cake and soft drinks. Pictured L-R: President Lisa May, Vice President Stephanie Hinson, Megan Allen, Membership Chair Valerie Boyd, Patty Smith, Connie Savell and Beth Sellers. Treasurer Bendatra McDowell not pictured.

Photo provided
 
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Loretta Cozart

Loretta Cozart to speak at
Broad River Genealogy Society

The Broad River Genealogical Society presents Loretta Cozart, speaking on the Kings Mountain battleground and the role the Col. Frederick Hambright DAR Chapter played in honoring often overlooked minority patriots who participated at the Battle of Kings Mountain, on Sunday, November 14 at 3 pm at American Legion Post 82, 1628 S. Lafayette St., in Shelby.
Cozart is a member of the Col. Frederick DAR Hambright Chapter in Kings Mountain. She has been a member for 19-years and has served three terms as Chapter Regent. She is a Kings Mountain native who enjoys local history and writes for the Kings Mountain Herald. Her column, Pieces of Kings Mountain History, runs every other week and features observations and tidbits of history about the community.
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American Legion Chili Cook-off Nov. 20

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 announces a Chili Cook-off at Otis D. Green American Legion Post 155 at 613 East Gold Street, Kings Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
All those who wish to enter the contest must have their chili at the post by 6 p.m. Bring your warmed chili in a crock pot. along with a drop cord.
To enter the chili cook-off, the American Legion Auxiliary asks for a $5 donation. Cost to sample all the chili entered, and one vote for your favorite chili recipe, is a $5 donation. All proceeds go to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155.
There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners chosen which entitles the winners to bragging rights for one year.
 The Chili Cook-off will be followed by karaoke at 8 p.m. Please be sure to follow all social distancing guidelines during this event.
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Staff and volunteers have been getting ready welcome back the trains to Kings Mountain Historical Museum. Photo by January Costa

KMHM Sneak Preview to welcome the trains back

By  January Costa
Director & Curator


The 19th Annual Toys, Games and Trains Exhibit at Kings Mountain Historical Museum is soon to open! On Monday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. there is a chance to get a first look at this year’s exhibit in the magic of a nighttime atmosphere and with festive snacks that will remind you of holiday seasons past.
If you love coming to see the trains every year, this is a great chance to add to your experience. If you’ve never come to see the trains before, this is the perfect way to be introduced to the excitement of a Kings Mountain Holiday must-see.
This event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP by Friday, November 19 by calling (704)739-1019. Tickets can be purchased on the KMHM website.
This year’s exhibit has filled the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted as they explore the miniature snow-covered scenes that line the tracks, and discover the interactive carousel, hot air balloons, and mailbag pickup. Parents and grandparents will enjoy reminiscing about the toys and games of their childhood.
The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, November 26, and end on Friday, January 7, 2022. Admission to the museum is always free! Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Foothill Farmers Market
now open year-round

Foothill Farmers Market hosted a Ribbon Cutting at Bobby Bell Pavilion in Uptown Shelby on November 6, to celebrate the beginning of their Winter Market and becoming a year-round market.
Foothills Farmers’ Market was founded in 2008 through a grassroots movement of farmers and local food advocates and was officially incorporated as a charitable non-profit on May 3, 2010. They initially operated under tents on Washington Street, moving to our permanent home in Uptown Shelby’s beautiful Bobby Bell Pavilion in May 2015.
The Farmers’ Market shares at their website, “We provide easy access to food produced in Cleveland County and the surrounding 50-miles and are proud to showcase the family-owned farms and small businesses in our region. Our vendors have deep roots in the rolling soils of the North Carolina Foothills, producing an astonishing array of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry products, baked goods, artisan cheeses, honey, nuts, herbs, and other specialty food items. You’ll also find an assortment of ornamental and edible plants, plus handmade arts & crafts offered for sale each week.”
Foothills Farmers’ Market values family farms, endorses sustainable food production practices and innovation, contributes to the health and wellbeing of the local community, and supports the growth of a robust local food economy.
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Pictured L-R: Miriam Harvey, East Elementary Principal; Mathias Tabares-Betancur, KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen and Mark McDaniel, Booster Club President. Photo provided

Mathias Tabares-Betancur chosen
as KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen

The East School fourth grade KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen is Mathias Tabares-Betancur. He is a very hard-working dedicated student. Mathias always follows directions, works well with others, participates in class and completes tasks to the best of his ability.
He is well respected by his peers and teachers. He responsible and very successful at anything he tries and enjoys a challenge.
Mathias’ favorite subject is math. He is enjoying seeing his friends and teachers in school. His hobbies include: playing baseball and soccer for the YMCA and being a member of East’s robotics team.
Mathias is the son of Yohan Betancur-Arango and step-father Oscar Ortega.
Congratulations Mathias for being chosen to represent your school as an outstanding Good Citizen.

Scenes from KM Baptist Fall Fun drive thru on Oct. 31

Arlene “Go – Go” Barrett celebrates 90th birthday

By David Barrett
 and Loretta Cozart


On November 9, Arlene Schneider Barrett will celebrate her 90th birthday. Of those 90 years, 67 have been in Kings Mountain. Her early years were spent on a farm in Southern Indiana where she rode horses, even a mule. While still a child, she was kicked in the mouth by a horse and it knocked her out, as well as her two front baby teeth.
After high school, Arlene attended business school in New Albany, Indiana. Her first job was with Commonwealth Insurance in the same town. Arlene’s mother passed on early from cancer, in 1953. She had an older brother, Robert (Bob) Schneider who was born in 1925.
Arlene’s first cousin, Virginia Turley, lived at the next farm across the lane and was dating Lawrence Clunie, who was serving in the US Navy during the Korean War. Lawrence had met, and become best buddies with, Jackie Dean (JD) Barrett, also serving in the Navy. JD accompanied Lawrence to Corydon, Indiana during an extended shore leave. Arlene and JD clicked, began dating, and after JD’s enlistment was finished, were married in Lanesville Methodist Church on September 4, 1954.
   The new couple moved back to JD’s hometown of Kings Mountain, where JD joined the police department as a patrolman, and Arlene began work in the office of Foote Mineral. JD eventually moved up through the ranks until he became Chief of Police in the late 1970s. He retired from the force in 1985.
Arlene and JD bought their first house on Falls Street, which previously belonged to the then current police chief, Paul Sanders. Arlene gave birth to her first child, Cheryl Lee (Barrett) Butler, on Sept 10, 1956. Soon after, she began work as the secretary for the First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, a job she held for 44 years and 4 months until her retirement in the early 1990s. While employed there she was a regular choir member until about 2 years ago. She also served on many committees.
Arlene gave birth to her second child, David Dean Barrett, on June 12, 1961. Shortly after, they moved to Park Drive, which is still ‘the home place with the same phone number’ since 1962, and just a stone’s throw from North Elementary School, where her two children attended 1st through 6th grades. Arlene encouraged both of her children to engage in multiple extracurricular activities, such as dance, theater, band, and scouting. Arlene also spent many years as a girls Cadet Scout Leader through the 1970s and early 80s.
Arlene loves to travel, has visited all 50 states, and many foreign countries, Australia being one of her favorites. The late Gary Bryant, former minister at the First Presbyterian Church said, “Her middle name is GO.” Arlene’s last big trip was visiting France a few years ago with a large group of Kings Mountain women, including her daughter, Cheryl.
Many of her travel events happened while as a tireless member of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), which she joined in 1970 and is still a member of today. “Arlene has been a member of Unit 155 for 50 years. I became a member in 1969 and she became a member in 1970. Arlene and I have traveled together and roomed together at state meetings of the ALA, and she traveled all over the state with me when I was state president of the auxiliary in 1976. We had 25 districts then from Murphy to Manteo. Arlene was herself the President of the Department of NC She also traveled with me to South Korea, Taiwan, and The Philippines when I was National President in 1999 -2000,” said good friend and ALA member Lib Stewart. Arlene was state president of the auxiliary in 1986.
Arlene described herself as ‘a staunch Democrat,’ and made many trips to Washington, DC for Auxiliary business. She has attended lunches with four former first ladies, met multiple past Congress members, and on one overseas trip, attended dinner with the Prime Minister of Taiwan.
Arlene and JD also took part in a yearly reunion trip for JD’s Navy buddies who served on the USS Neches (A0-47) during the Korean war. These reunions were held in many US states over the years. Their favorite was held in Alaska, where they took part in a cruise along the Alaskan shoreline.
Until recently, Arlene and her family would travel back to the family farm in Indiana for a yearly visit her father, Otto, who passed on June 24, 1983, her brother Bob, who passed on November 1, 2012, and his family, as well as many childhood friends she’d grown up with. Jackie Dean (JD) Barrett passed on April 2, 2011
Arlene served the community throughout her life in Kings Mountain. At First Presbyterian Church, she served as an elder, chaired the outreach committee, sang in the choir, and served as moderator of Presbyterian Women. For the American Legion Auxiliary, she served as a past state president, past unit secretary/treasurer, and chaired the membership committee.
After her retirement, Arlene was a Pink Lady volunteer at Kings Mountain’s hospital. She has been a member of the Town & Country Garden Club, the Friendship Club, the Kings Mountain’s Women’s Club, a social Birthday Club, and a Breakfast Club who would travel to Shelby once a week. She enjoyed weekly lunches with Mary Neisler, Mary Adams, and Bob Maner at Keith Fall’s diner.
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Mark McDaniel winner of 200 Lb. Pumpkin

Mark McDaniel was the winner of the 200 lb. “Great Pumpkin” from Tom’s Family Mart on Stoney Point Rd.             
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Spirit week at North  Elementary

North Elementary School celebrated Spirit Week October 11-15 in honor of Kings Mountain High School’s Homecoming. Students and staff had the opportunity to dress up in different outfits each day.
The days consisted of North Spirit Day, Superhero Day, Favorite Sports Team Day, Survivor and Class Color Day, and Mountaineer Day.
Students were also able to see videos of former North students that are now on the football team, cheerleaders, and in the band. The former North Tigers encouraged the Current North Tigers to do their best and stay in school so they will be able to enjoy the real meaning of Homecoming.

Helen Williams Bullock celebrated 104th birthday

By Loretta Cozart

Helen Williams Bullock celebrated her 104th birthday on Monday, October 25. Most who know Helen are aware that she and her husband, Welford Bullock, returned to Kings Mountain to care for her sister, Maud William’s McGill, when she became ill and needed someone to care for her.
Readers might even know that that Helen and Welford lived in his hometown of Seaboard, NC for most of their adult lives. Earlier this month, one of Helen’s former students from Seaboard, Carol M. Hartline, reached out to share details of their life in that community so people in Kings Mountain would know a little more about her life there. This is Carol’s story.
“Helen Williams attended WC-UNC, later called Women's College of Greensboro. After graduation from college, she taught at Seaboard High School. Her main subject was Home Economics.”
“While living there, Helen became acquainted with Welford Bullock of Seaboard. During the war years, Helen enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Welford, like most young men, was either drafted or enlisted. In 1944, they were married in Cleveland County, North Carolina.”
“Welford’s brothers, at least three of them, P. A. (as we knew him), Reese, and Welford, married ladies who were schoolteachers. I'm not sure if they all met when the ladies moved to Seaboard to teach, but this seemed to be a good place for young female teachers to meet nice fellows to marry,” she shared.
“Welford eventually opened a gas station on Railroad Street and Helen returned to teaching. Along with their work, they were both active in the Seaboard community and at Seaboard Baptist Church. Helen sang a sweet alto and was in the choir for many years. She also taught Sunday School.”
Before teaching Carol, Helen also taught Carol’s mother, Irma Foster Moore, and her aunt, Janie Foster. They graduated Seaboard High School in 1948. “When I entered high school, it was my turn to be her student. She taught me Biology, Typing and Home Economics.”
“During our second year of Home Economics, our project was to make a suit. I remember quite well how she stayed late several days to help me finish mine. She told my mother I did very nice work, but it took me a long time to finish a garment,” she wrote.
“Mrs. Bullock was also the advisor for the Seaboard High School chapter of the National Beta Club. I greatly enjoyed being a member and we had two great trips to Raleigh and one to Asheville for the annual conferences.”
“By 1986, the school had been closed for some time and Helen had retired from teaching. She never had children of her own, but she was part of the ‘village’ of Seaboard that helped bring up a lot of Seaboard kids.”
“My mother and Janie were both Helen's students when she first came to Seaboard to teach, before she served in the military and got married. It's amazing to me that she outlived both and so many of her students. She is the only staff member or teacher from our school who is still living. She has outlived many her students, including seven members of my class, the class of 1964. We only had seventeen students in our class when we graduated.”
Helen Williams Bullock has enjoyed an amazing life. She grew up on a farm in Kings Mountain, witnessed the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, attended Central School when it burned and graduated just after the school reopened in 1937, served in the Women’s Army Corps and worked in intelligence during D-Day. After Welford passed away in 2003, Helen moved to White Oak Manor. She has seen a lot in her 104-years, not the least of which was educating a community of children in a little town called Seaboard in Northampton County, NC.
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November library news 

By Mari Slaughter

November 2 Municipal Elections - Place: Mauney Library Community Room for voters in the Kings Mountain South District. Time: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
November 11 -  Closed in honor of Veteran’s Day
November 25 – 27 - Closed for  Thanksgiving Holiday
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne - Register: www.mauneylibrary.org event calendar.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:00 am.  Event URL will be sent via registration email. Ages: preschoolers
Library Storytime in Person - Register by going to URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary event calendar. FridayS, 10:30-11:00 am, Library Community Room. Ages: preschoolers
Zoom Bedtime Storytime - Join event by typing in URL: https://zoom.us/j/96659968320. Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30 pm
Drop-In Computer Lab for personalized help with any technology questions you may have. Thursdays, November 4 and November 18, Noon – 4 pm, Carolina Room at Mauney Library. Ages: Adults. This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources  (IMLS grant number LS-250229-OLS-21).
Lego Club - Free build and participate in group projects, snacks provided. Third Thursday of every month, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Library Community Room. Ages: 6-12 years old
Intro to TinkerCAD: Learn the basics of 3D modeling using the free online program TinkerCAD. Registration fequired. Friday, November 19th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Library Community Room. Ages Teen to Adult
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 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.                            
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Bring the kiddos and drive thru Kings Mountain Baptist for Fall fun Sunday night. Photo provided

KM Baptist holds Fall Fun drive thru Oct. 31

Sunday October 31, Kings Mountain Baptist Church is holding a treat bag drive thru at 101 West Mountain Street in Kings Mountain. The event starts at 5 pm. There will be directions on how to drive thru and everyone will be able to stay in their cars and be safe. Join us for a unique way to celebrate Fall Fun. they will be open until treat bags run out. 

Hall of Fame
holds 2-year
induction

The Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame held its 33rd and 34th induction ceremony Saturday at Central United Methodist Church.
Because of COVID 19, the 2020 event could not be held so the ’20 and ’21 classes were honored on the same night.
Joining the 2020 class were the 1999 KMHS track team that finished second in the state 3-A championship; former Mountaineer football standouts Joseph Bell and Jim Medlin, WNCHSAA tennis champion Tim Riddle, KMHS and Western Carolina University star pitcher David Ray Robinson, KMHS and Lenoir-Rhyne four-sport standout Diane Williams, and KMHS basketball star Marquiz Williamson.
The 2021 class included the winningest coach in KM Middle School history Monty Deaton, KM’s only female East-West all-star game representative Trina Hamrick, and former NC State All-American and now professional baseball standout Will Wilson.
Wilson could not be in attendance because he is competing in a fall league with the professional San Francisco Giants. His award was accepted by his father, Brad, who was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2016 following an outstanding golf career in the collegiate ranks.
Retired KMHS principal Julie Rikard and John Gamble were recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards. Hall of Fame scholarship recipients from the past two school years were recognized.
The Hall of Fame committee will begin working on next year’s ceremony in early 2022. Normally, it is held on the Saturday night before Mother’s Day.
Committee members are Dale Hollifield, Steve Baker, Jay Rhodes, Lucille Williams, Diron Bell, David Bolton, Ed Guy, Katherine Hicks, Paul Ingram, Terry McClain, Curtis Pressley, Larry Sipe and Gary Stewart. 
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Pictured L-R: Amy Jones, Bethware Principal; Madison Noll, KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen; Jamie Johnson, classroom teacher and Mark McDaniel, Booster Club President.

Madison Noll selected
KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen

This week’s 4th grade KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen is Madison Noll from Bethware Elementary School She is recognized by her peers as being kind, caring, helpful, compassionate and reliable.
Mrs.Cochran, one of Maddy’s teachers says that she shows leadershiop in her class when given challenges. She represents Bethware as a member of the Cleveland County Schools’ Book Club. She has a passion for reading, especially graphic novels.
Mrs.Kerns says that Maddy’s positive attitude, smile and go-getter attitude make her a role-model to others. Maddy loves to draw, play with her friends outside and play with her cats.
Maddy is the daughter of Christopher and Kimberly Noll. They said, “We are all so rpoud of Madison for her outstanding accomplishments as Bethware’s Good Citizen.
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TIM MOORE

NC House unanimously
passes Energy Bill

In a bipartisan vote of 90-20, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed HB 951, Energy Solutions for North Carolina on Thursday.
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The time for energy independence is now. North Carolina needs these innovative solutions, both for our state and our national security.”
He continued, “Once this bill is law, North Carolina citizens and businesses can be confident that the future of energy policy in our state prioritizes both the stewardship of our natural resources and keeping energy costs low.”
HB 951 will now go to the Governor’s desk for his signature or veto.

North Elementary’s
Relay for Life kicks-off

North Elementary School kicked off their Relay for Life fundraising event Friday, October 1. Staff and students wore pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.
Students were also able to pay $1 for a sno-cone and $1 to wear a hat. Together the students raised $435.00. “We are very proud of our North Tigers,” said Teacher Assistant Anna Hughes.

North Elementary
celebrates International Dot Day

By Anna Hughes

Students and faculty at North Elementary School celebrated International Dot Day on September 15. They dressed in dots to recognize that “We all can make our Mark”. Students completed many fun activities that included creating their own dots, transforming dots, and much more.
Students also met and listened to the author Peter Reynolds on a FlipGrid Live. Dot Day is a celebration of creativity, courage and remembering to never give up! International Dot Day began in 2009 in honor of the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds.
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GWU Fall 2021 Career
& Internship Fair

 Looking for an intern? Start your talent search with Gardner-Webb University at their Fall Internship Fair on October 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tucker Student Center. If you're looking for interns for fall, spring, or summer, this is your chance to recruit in-person on the Gardner-Webb University campus.
Participants will be provided one table and two chairs. All organizations are responsible for tablecloths and display items. Lunch is provided. Contact GWU with any questions at career@gardner-webb.edu.
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A typical day recently at Foothills Farmers’ Market, whose hours are now extended to include Winter Market hours. (photos / Foothills Farmers’ Market)

Foothills Farmers’ Market to extend to a year-round market

by MICHAEL E. POWELL
Special to Herald

According to a media release from Emma Budzinski, Market Manager for the Foothills Farmers’ Market, the Market plans to extend their hours of being open for business.
The market is located at 126 W. Marion St., in Uptown Shelby, at the Bobby Bell Pavilion.
Noted Ms. Budzinski in her media release, “The Foothills Farmers’ Market will extend to a year-round market with adjusted hours in order to accommodate both vendors and customers from the months of November to March.”
She continued, “The Winter Market will take place each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the exception of holiday weeks which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.”
Long a well-known shopping place of the Shelby community, the Foothills Farmers’ Market provides the community access to the freshest local foods available anywhere, noted Budzinski. “They value family farms, endorse sustainable food production practices and innovation, contribute to the health and wellbeing of the local community, and support the growth of a robust local food economy,” stated Ms. Budzinski.
It is because of what all FHFM does for the community, she added, that the “…market staff and board seek to provide these opportunities throughout the entire year.”
“The year-round Market will provide local farmers and artisans with even more opportunities to sell their products, meet their customers, and serve their community,” continued Budzinski, adding that, “Market vendors will provide winter greens as well as other more shelf-stable produce. The market seeks to host even more artists that will display their craft, and live music will continue on these days to add to the ambiance of the market.” She said further, “The Power of Produce (POP) Club activities will also continue for our kids. The continuing goal is that the Foothills Farmers’ Market will remain as ‘the place to be’ on a Saturday morning for the entire family.”
To ‘stay in the know’ about future market information, sign up for the market newsletter that will be delivered to your email inbox every Friday, added Budzinski.
“This is a chance to find out about exciting opportunities at the market as well as be informed about the activities that will take place each Saturday,” she concluded.
As their website says, “The Foothills Farmers’ Market provides easy access to food produced in Cleveland County and the surrounding 50 miles, and are proud to showcase the family-owned farms and small businesses in the region. The vendors have deep roots in the rolling soils of the North Carolina Foothills, producing an astonishing array of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry products, baked goods, artisan cheeses, honey, nuts, herbs and other specialty food items. One can also find an assortment of ornamental and edible plants, plus handmade arts and crafts offered for sale each week.”
For more information on the Foothills Farmers’ Market, call (704) 470-7603, or email them at info@foothillsfarmersmarket.com.
To sign up to receive their emails, visit www.foothillsfarmersmarket.com.

Kitchen closed at American Legion

Otis D. Green American Legion Post 155’s kitchen has been closed indefinitely, resulting in the suspension of all food services. As a result, the monthly Veteran’s Breakfast has been put on hold until further notice.
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Dr. Andrew Rawls

Eastside Baptist Homecoming
to be held Sunday, October 3

On Sunday, October 3 at 10:00 am., Eastside Baptist Church in Kings Mountain will celebrate their 70th Anniversary which will also be Homecoming Sunday.
Dr. Andrew Rawls will be the guest speaker. Dr. Rawls currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory. Previously, Dr. Rawls served as the Pastor of Sandy Run Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, NC.
His undergraduate work was at Appalachian State University in communications. Later, he received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Gardner-Webb University.
He and his wife, Ronna, have three children, Annlyn, Eva, and Caulder and reside in the Bethlehem Community in Alexander County.
During the pandemic many folks who have been worshipping from home have been able to watch the live worship services aired each Sunday morning from Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory on the Hickory Channel WHKY.
Leading the music for Homecoming will be Ms. Liz Hill and Mr. Tracy Bolin.
Rev. Ron Caulder, Eastside’s pastor, extends an invitation to all former members and friends to join in this Homecoming celebration. After the service, everyone is invited to remain for a covered-dish dinner in the church’s fellowship building. Safety precautions will be in place.  Pastor Caulder said, “Our sanctuary and church fellowship building has been equipped with ultraviolent protection systems to help safeguard from Covid and other viruses.  Eastside Baptist is located at 308 York Road in Kings Mountain.  Come and be our guests!”
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Dr. Shelly L. Bullard

Pinnacle Classical Academy’s 
Headmaster named to 
State Charter school board

Dr. Shelly L. Bullard, headmaster of Pinnacle Classical Academy in Shelby, has been appointed to a four-year term on the North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board.
The appointment, made by the North Carolina General Assembly at the recommendation of House Speaker Tim Moore, became effective on September 1, upon approval of legislation by the state House and Senate.
“We are so proud of Dr. Shelly Bullard’s work at Pinnacle Classical Academy,” said Debbie Clary, board chair of Pinnacle Classical Academy. “Our lawmakers have recognized that she is one of the premier charter school leaders in the state.” 
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Bullard earned her master’s degree in school administration and her doctorate in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.
Dr. Bullard is one of the 11 voting members of the 12-member Charter Schools Advisory Board. The board works to ensure the existence of high-quality charter schools in North Carolina by making recommendations to the State Board of Education on the adoption of rules regarding all aspects of charter school operation, on the final approval of charter applications, and on charter renewals, nonrenewals, and revocations.

Girl Talk Ministry helps girls rise above adversities

By Loretta Cozart

Tiana Roberts just started Girl Talk Ministry, that allows minority girls to discuss everyday life challenges and empower one another on ways to rise above adversities. The program allows adolescent girls to transform their mind and enhance a better life through Christ. A ribbon cutting for the program was held at Vestibule AME Zion Church on September 9.
The ministry’s first group meeting will be held at the church the first Tuesday of the month, October 5, for 5th and 6th graders. The second Tuesday of the month, October 12, is for 7th – 8th graders. And the third Tuesday of the month, October 19, is for 9th – 12th graders. Groups meet once monthly from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
When speaking of her motivation for starting the ministry, Roberts said, “The ministry is going to allow girls to see who they are. First, we must know who we are in Christ. If we don’t have a value and understanding of who we are, we will fall for anything. We will draw accustomed to the ways of the world. We are meant to be so much more than who the world tries to make us out to be. God has a purpose for each of us. If we are aligned with what He is doing on the Earth and inside us, we will then be aligned with His purpose to serve Him.”
Roberts attended UNC-Greensboro and earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She then earned her master’s degree in Social Work in a joint program with NC A&T and UNC-G.
Girl Talk Ministry’s first month of meetings will focus on building trust within the group. Roberts explains, “The first month is for building confidentiality, getting the girls to understand that this is a safe space. The girls shouldn’t need to worry if what I say is going to be heard in the public. We are going to work to build trust within the group and let them know that this is their space. They are safe here and are safe to say whatever they need to say. And it is okay to be vulnerable because this space is sacred.”
Internships helped Roberts decide her path in life. Her first internship was at the YWCA, one of the oldest and largest multicultural organizations, that works to enhance problem solutions for women, girls, and families. “I feel that within our own environment, we don’t always recognize the limitations because we are so immersed in it.”
During an internship for her master’s degree, she realized, “Anxiety and depression are real because the students who are so anxious, they can’t function in the classroom. With COVID-19, many are mourning the loss of a loved one. Often, students must decide, ‘Do I stay at school, or do I go home to support my family. They want to be successful in school but often must decide what is best for them and their family. Women don’t normalize the heavy issues we face; we don’t verbalize our emotions and just try to be strong,” she said. “We must say it is okay to reach out for support. We need to create a space to support each other through things and to encourage one another.”
    “But when you go off and become a part of something different, you recognize the opportunities that are available,” Roberts said. “People don’t always recognize their potential because they are limited by their environment. So, if you don’t have the resources to go to college, college might not be in the forefront of your mind. We really are a product of our environment, and we only know what we know.”
“We, as parents, must realize that we sometimes don’t know all the important information our children need. We must say, ‘I am okay to let those that do know how to help my child and talk about it with them. It is okay to have a mentor and others who can help my child with things I don’t know.’ We shouldn’t limit our children based on our own limitations,” said Roberts.
   “In the grand scheme of things, our children should go to college if they desire to do so. Not only will it help them, but it will also help the entire family. Sometimes they just need the resources to move ahead. We just need to let them know that the resources are there.”
To find our more about Girl Talk Ministry, visit their website visit www.girltalkministry.org.
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Tim Sims Sworn In 

The City of Kings Mountain swore in Police Officer Tim Sims on Thursday, September 9. Pictured  with him at the ceremony were his wife Cassidy and parents, Dr. Timothy and Angela Sims.
                                                                                                     
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Battle of Kings Mountain 
featured in new fiction novel

By Loretta Cozart

John Hood, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate has authored eight books, including his first fictional novel Mountain Folk, a story that explores the events of the Revolutionary War from multiple vantage points.
“I decided to write the book, and its coming sequels, as an unapologetic celebration of American principles and traditions,” Hood said in an interview with the Herald. “The Battle of Kings Mountain forms an entire chapter of the book entitled ‘The Overmountain Men,’ and there is no doubt whatsoever which side the reader should be rooting for!”
Mountain Folk is an historical-fantasy novel, meaning that it depicts historical events, themes, and characters but also includes elements of myth and folklore. “It is designed to be a young adult/crossover book. That is, I deal with some weighty themes and don’t talk down to readers of any age. But there is absolutely no inappropriate content, no sex or gory violence, and there are plenty of adventure scenes that teen and young adult readers will particularly enjoy.”
Through research, Hood read a study done regarding the ways middle school students learn. “One group read about   an  historical  event using their textbooks. Another group read about the event in a fictional novel. The students who read historical fiction scored higher on the test than did those who read the textbook. It was then that I realized that historical fiction is a valuable tool for teaching history,” Hood said. “History can be dry and boring, but fiction can add excitement to the story and engage parts of the brain to create a lasting impression that stays with the reader.”
   Hood uses four themes throughout his fiction series: History, Heroes, Heritage, and Human Nature. This book is based on historical events, even though he incorporates fairies and monsters. “Key characters were heroes in history, warts and all. We are human and even heroes have flaws,” Hood explains. “Our nation’s heritage is diverse, and all Americans should take the time to learn and understand about all those who participated. The final theme is Human Nature and I use the abuse of power as a broad theme.”
   Mountain Folk has six main, point-of-view characters. Four of them are historical: Daniel Boone, Peter Muhlenberg (a minister and one of Washington’s generals), Nanyehi (a Cherokee heroine also known as Nancy Ward), and Isaac Shelby.
   Two characters are fictional, including one named Goran who is featured in the back cover blurb of the book. “Goran is one of the rare fairies who can live without magical protection in the Blur, the human world where the days pass twenty times faster than in fairy realms. The young journeyman’s missions for the Rangers Guild take him across colonial America — from far-flung mountains and rushing rivers to frontier farms and bustling towns. Along the way, Goran encounters George Washington, Daniel Boone, an improbably tall dwarf, a beautiful water maiden, and a series of terrifying monsters. But when Goran receives orders to help crush the American Revolution, he must choose between his duties to guild and family and his fierce loyalty to his human friends and the principles they hold dear.”
   Mountain Folk is available online and at Amazon and is the first of a series of historical-fantasy novels by John Hood. His second book is based around the War of 1812 and is scheduled for release in the spring of 2022.
 

Museum’s Reverse Raffle and Online Auction in full swing

Every September, Kings Mountain Historical Museum hosts a fundraiser to generate the revenue necessary to support their programming. If you have not yet bought your Reverse Raffle ticket, the time is now to do so. You have until Friday to purchase your tickets for the museum’s 18th annual virtual Reverse Raffle.
Each ticket is $100. It also includes a one in 300 chance of winning the $5,000 Raffle Prize, along with other raffle items.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions on the museum this year, and the need to social distance for safety measures, they are continuing the reverse raffle and auction in an online format. So, the museum will not have an in-person event as they have in prior years. Instead, a ticket drawing to be posted online on September 18, through their social media.
In addition to the virtual event, an online auction started on Friday, September 10 at 10 a.m., and will end on Sunday, September 19 at 6 p.m. You can find the auction link at: https://www.32auctions.com/KMHMfundraiser2021
      This event is a great opportunity for local business owners to showcase their business while investing in the community. It is also a great way for the community to support the work and programs of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, like speaker’s programs, the annual train exhibit, and preservation of two wonderful examples of early homes in the community.
The Museum is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization; donations are tax deductible as permissible by law. To find out more about sponsorship and donation opportunities, please call 704-739-1019 or email kmhmdirector@outlook.com.
Support the museum during this time to help with their fundraising efforts. Proceeds go toward the everyday operations of the museum that preserves local history.
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KMLT kicks-off 
Capital Campaign

Kings Mountain Little Theater, Inc., its Officers and Board of Directors, announces a Capital Campaign in support of their project to renovate the mail lobby and provide for the long-awaited expansion of the restrooms and concessions area of the Joy Performance Center.
KMLT and Project Architect Ken Pflieger, AIA, began work on the plans in 2018, and a successful capital campaign will see the project break ground around the third quarter of 2021.
Since KMLT purchased the Joy Theater in 2001, it has been the goal to identify those projects which enhance the venue’s amenities, improve the patron’s experience, and upgrade the technical attributes. Earlier successful projects have replaced the seating and updated the auditorium décor, allowed for the purchase of the adjacent property, and the creation of the Liberty Mountain Garden venue, along with recent renovation of the balcony.
The planned expansion project will bring the 1950’s era movie theater up to date for restroom fixtures and accessibility, will enhance the lobby areas for appearance and usability, and will incorporate features compatible with the original art deco design.
The campaign’s goal is ambitious, approaching $595,000. However, they have already received initial pledges from local families that are helping make the monumental campaign a reality. KMLT’s officers and Board are 100% in support of the project with their pledges.
If you would like to support the capital campaign, consider donating. Various donations levels exist: Partner, $300 per year for 5 years billed at $25/month; Patron, $1,000 per year for five years; Ambassador, $2,000 per year for five years; Founder, $3,000 per year for five years; Benefactor, $5,000 per year for five years; or Naming Opportunity. Contact Jim Champion for details.
KMLT is a tax-exempt, 5019(c)3 non-profit and will provide a receipt for any donation.

Westmoreland brothers help
establish River Hill Refuge 

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina is expanding services into Cleveland County with the aid of two Shelby natives who seek to provide refuge for children in need while honoring their late father, Dr. Ted G. Westmoreland.
Brothers Jay and Wes Westmoreland donated acreage within their family’s River Hill Angus Farm near Shelby for the future site of three foster care homes to be owned by Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). Baptist Children’s Homes will hold a public celebration and groundbreaking ceremony on September 11 at the property.
“We see the needs of so many disadvantaged children—their current circumstances are troubling,” explains Wes Westmoreland. “Our efforts come from a desire to provide a solution.”
BCH Trustee Jay Westmoreland adds, “We look forward to children finding hope and refuge on the beautiful ridge at the farm. They will be able to see for miles. And with God’s help, they will figuratively glimpse a future of hope and healing.”
River Hill Refuge’s mission is to bring freedom from the past and hope for the future to children in need. In addition to the property donation, the brothers made a lead gift to build the first of the three foster care homes in memory of their father.
Ted Westmoreland was a long-time veterinarian in Shelby and supporter of Baptist Children’s Homes. He began the farm in 1969 and for the next two decades, Jay and Wes enjoyed countless hours working with their father raising championship Angus cattle at River Hill.
Wes remembers, “Dad demonstrated that hard work, patience, and integrity often lead to success. These are traits we would like to share with the children.”
But success was never an end unto itself. Jay stated, “Providing opportunity has always been important to our family. Our parents modeled generosity and we are delighted to be a part of providing opportunity for a bright future for children in Cleveland County.”
There is a great and growing need for foster homes that can meet the needs of multiple children and siblings. “It has been a long-held dream to establish a location for children in this area of the state,” said Dr. Michael C. Blackwell, Baptist Children’s Homes President/CEO. “With the gracious support of the Westmoreland family, this dream is coming to fruition, and children’s lives will be forever changed as a result.”
Each home will have a set of BCH-recruited and licensed foster parents who care for as many as five children at one time. The foster parents will also have the ongoing support from BCH’s experienced Foster Care staff.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking celebration to be held at the property on September 11, 2021. Barbecue lunch will be served at noon and the ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. Registration is required by Friday, August 27, 2021. Directions and details are available at www.riverhillrefuge.org
Despite the pandemic, River Hill Refuge is well on its way to reaching its $4.3 million capital campaign goal to build, furnish, and endow the foster homes. Anyone interested in helping with the expansion may contact Brenda Gray, BCH Executive Vice President of Development and Communications, at 336-689-4442 or bgray@bchfamily.org.
​ BCH is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Thomasville that operates services to children and families in 30 communities throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Guatemala.
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Patrick Senior Center September calendar

H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center activities for the month of SEPTEMBER. Some activities have been postponed or cancelled. You may want to check ahead on activities prior to visiting.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1: Faith and Fellowship (via conference call) 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Jewelry Class I 10 - 11 a.m.; Blood Pressure Clinic Sponsored by Kindred at Home: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Seniors in Motion ON HOLD; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.; Jewelry Class II from 1 - 2 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: Healthy Lifestyle class 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo $ 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: LEAVING LEGACY ON HOLD.; Beginner Quilting 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; GAME DAY 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; REFIT 5:15 pm – 6:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Coffee and Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus ON HOLD; Seniors in Motion $ 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ ON HOLD; Wii Bowling League: 12 noon – 1 p.m.; Chair Volleyball ON HOLD.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: SENIOR CENTER AND NUTRITION 6 SITE CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER  7: Knitting 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.; VETERANS’ MEETING 9 - 10 a.m., SPONSORED BY BROOKDALE NEW HOPE; VA BENEFITS PRESENTATION BY KINDRED AT HOME 10 -11 a.m.; Bible History 10 - 11 a.m.; Color Me Calm 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; REFIT 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8: Faith and Fellowship (via conference call) 9:30 - 11 am; Dutch Lunch Bunch $ ON HOLD, Hamrick’s and Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ & Grill; Jewelry Class I 10 - 11 am; Seniors in Motion ON HOLD.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.; Jewelry Class II from 1 - 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: Healthy Lifestyle class 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo $ 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., VOTER REGISTRATION 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: LEAVING LEGACY ON HOLD; Beginner Quilting 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; GAME DAY 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; REFIT 5:15 pm – 6:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: Coffee and Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus ON HOLD; Seniors in Motion $ 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ ON HOLD; Wii Bowling League: 12 noon – 1 p.m.; Chair Volleyball ON HOLD.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: Ceramics 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Smartphone Clinic 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10 – 10:45 a.m.; Seniors in Motion 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Quilting 12:30 - 3 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Senior Center Survey This Week.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Knitting 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Bible History 10 - 11 a.m.; Color Me Calm 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; REFIT 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Art Class $ 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Faith and Fellowship (via conference call) 9:30 - 11 am; Jewelry Class I 10 - 11 am; Seniors in Motion ON HOLD; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.; Jewelry Class II from 1 - 2 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Drive-thru Food Drive Give-A-Way 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Shred Truck.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Healthy Lifestyle Class 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; VACCINE PRESENTATION (In the Dining Room or via Zoom)11:00-11:30; Bingo $ 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., FLU SHOT CLINIC BY MOUNTAIN STREET PHARMACY 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; LEAVING A LEGACY ON HOLD; Beginner Quilting 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; GAME DAY 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; REFIT 5:15 pm – 6:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: Coffee and Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; “WALK-A-THON” ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISER 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.: Chorus ON HOLD; Seniors in Motion $ 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ ON HOLD.; Wii Bowling League: 12 noon – 1 p.m.; Chair Volleyball ON HOLD.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: LEGAL AID OF NC WILL CLINIC 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (By Appointment Only); Ceramics 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10 – 10:45 a.m.; Seniors in Motion 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Quilting 12:30 - 3 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: Knitting 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Bible History 10 - 11 a.m.; Color Me Calm 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; REFIT 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; FALL PREVENTION BY PATRIOT MOBILITY PRODUCTS 11:00 a.m. -11:30 p.m.; VOLUNTEER MEETING 12:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: Faith and Fellowship (via conference call) 9:30 - 11 am; Jewelry class I 10 - 11 am; Seniors in Motion ON HOLD; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.; Jewelry Class II from 1 - 2 p.m.; CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: Healthy Lifestyle class 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo $ 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., LEAVING A LEGACY ON HOLD; GROCERY SHOPPING 12:00 --2:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; GAME DAY 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; REFIT 5:15 pm – 6:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: Coffee and Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus ON HOLD; Seniors in Motion $ 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ ON HOLD; Wii Bowling League: 12 noon – 1 p.m.; Chair Volleyball ON HOLD.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: Ceramics 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10 – 10:45 a.m.; Seniors in Motion 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Quilting 12:30 - 3 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Knitting 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.; MONTHLY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SPONSORED BY FOOD LION 9:45-11:30 a.m.; Bible History 10 - 11 a.m.; Color Me Calm 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; REFIT 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Art Class $ 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29: Faith and Fellowship (via conference call) 9:30 - 11 am; Jewelry class I 10 - 11 am; Seniors in Motion ON HOLD; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.; Jewelry Class II from 1 - 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: Healthy Lifestyle class 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; SCOUT THE THERAPY DOG 10:15-10:30 a.m.; Bingo $ 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Beginner Quilting 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; GAME DAY 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; REFIT 5:15 pm – 6:15 p.m.
SHIIP Counseling is by appointment only.
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Sheriff Alan Norman

Sheriff Norman offers tips
for a safe Labor Day weekend

With the approach of the Labor Day weekend, Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman asks all citizens to join him in making this Labor Day holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.
Traditionally during the Labor Day holiday, highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The sheriff reminds all Cleveland County residents to follow these safety tips:
• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you.  Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.
• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass.  You will know instantly if the car is about to veer - giving you extra seconds to respond.
• You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front.  This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise.  Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.
• Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.
• Drivers should always “aim high” in steering.  That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you.  Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.
• Never follow too close.  Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop.  Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.
   “Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving.  Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers.  Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way,” Sheriff Norman said in closing, “Let’s make this Labor Day weekend a safe one on the roads in Cleveland County.”
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MONTY THORNBURG

Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

Monty Thornburg

By Loretta Cozart


On Wednesday, August 18, a beloved Kings Mountain native, Monty Thornburg, passed away at Atrium Health Cleveland and his death came as a shock to the community. Some knew him as a brother, uncle, co-worker, classmate, church member, deacon, and advisor. But to everyone who knew him, he was also a friend.
Monty and I attended junior, middle, and high school together and he was a proud member of the KMHS Class of 1978. After high school, he attended Gardner-Webb University earning a degree in Psychology. In 2006 he graduated with honors from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an AS Degree in Funeral Service.
For 32-years, Monty served the citizens of Kings Mountain as the Director of the senior center, later known as the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center. During his time there, the center grew from a modest facility at the Depot into one of the nicest senior centers of its kind in the area.
Monty had a kind and patient manner that suited him well for this work. He also advised seniors on their Medicare SHIIP options. He was a dear friend to many of Kings Mountain’s seniors during difficult times in their lives.
After retiring from the city, Monty transitioned to Harris Funeral Service, where he had worked since 1998. At the funeral home and mortuary, he took on the role of manager. Here, too, he helped countless families during the loss of a loved one. He continued serving the people of Kings Mountain there until his recent illness.
Monty was a person who didn’t seek attention. He considered his work at the funeral home as a noble profession and a ministry. He was a man with a servant’s heart, as was evidenced in all that he did.
A few years ago a childhood friend of ours became ill and went to Hospice. She reached out to Monty, and he helped her get her affairs in order. She conveyed her funeral wishes and he, as a classmate and friend, did as she requested and saw that everything she wanted was carried out to the letter. But I am not the only one who saw firsthand his kindness. He helped so many people.
When word got out of Monty’s passing, people posted tributes to him on Facebook. Four classmates shared their thoughts, and their words are much more eloquent than my own. They were kind to let me share portions here.
Sharon Eaker, past Administrative Assistant and Director at the Patrick Senior Center wrote, “As many of you already know, our dear friend, Monty Thornburg went to heaven today. Monty was a very special person and personal friend of mine for over 55 years. We started school together in first grade in Mrs. Bridges class at West Elementary School and went through high school together. In 1990 Monty hired me at the Kings Mountain Senior Center as his Administrative Assistant and I worked for him for about 25 years. We became really good friends through those years. He was a great boss, kind and considerate at all times. We laughed, cried, fell down hills, shoveled shingles, moved furniture, vented to each other about difficult people and things on the job,  and (we) had much fun even though we worked hard.”
“He was a true gentleman, giving, generous and loving to all,” Eaker continued. “He taught me so much about how to treat people. He supported and had confidence in me and recommended me to replace him when he retired, but nobody could replace him because he was one of a kind. I am so thankful I got to call him my friend. Our hearts are broken, and we will miss him so much.”
Classmate Billy Hughes wrote, “I lost a wonderful classmate and true friend to the virus today.  He devoted his entire life to serving others. First, as a devoted advocate in the Aging Profession and then as our town’s Funeral Director/Mortician. Over 30 years of caring for us, did he. He was there for us when we were at our lowest, and now his number has been called.  God help us. God, please help us!  Rest in peace Monty Thornburg. You took care of us and now God will take care of you! God will have a special seat at the table for you because of all you did for us. My heart is broken but rejoices in the fact that you are with all those you honored in that last act of love.”
Another classmate, Nancy White Mauney shared, “I’ve known Monty since we took piano lessons from Mrs. Martin Harmon. That’s where I first met Monty Thornburg, at Mrs. Harmon’s house. I also knew him from the time I was 6-years-old because he was always in the Kiwanis talent shows with me. He was so very funny. He and I have had some side splitting funny conversations about many things during our lifelong friendship.  He was a real gentleman, the likes of which no other man can compare. He was always there if you needed to laugh, smile, cry or feel loved. What a wonderful privilege to have had him as our dear friend!”
Sonya McAbee Gregory shared the thoughts of many when she wrote,” My heart is truly broken. Monty Thornburg you were so very precious to my heart. You have left us way too soon. I will never forget your sweet heart and gentle love for every one of us. My heart hurts for your little animals, as I know they will miss you too. Rest in peace, as we all look forward to seeing you in Glory very soon. I know your sweet Ina was waiting at the gate as you passed into Heaven.”
In Monty’s 61 years of living he did what very few of us are capable of at any age. He helped everyone, regardless of who they were. He helped the elderly in the hour of their need. And he helped families mourning the loss of a loved one when they were suffering. We called him our friend because he called us his friend first. He cared for people without exception. And he did so because he truly loved us. And that is why it is so hard very to say goodbye.
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Watch where you step,
literally, during Chalk Fest

Let your inner artist escape on the sidewalks in Uptown Shelby as the Cleveland County Arts Council presents Chalk Fest, a fun, family friendly, sidewalk chalk competition on the Court Square, around the Earl Scruggs Center, Saturday, Sept. 18, 9am - noon. Children through adults, groups and individuals are invited to sign up for an individual square on which to create artwork during Chalk Fest.
Judging will begin at noon with the winners announced when judging is completed.  Prizes are $125 for best in the Group category (two or more people), $100 for Adult (age 18+), $50 cash prize for best in Youth category (age 11 – 17) and $25 for best in the children’s division (age 10 and under).
There will also be plenty of “free space” for those who wish to participate without competing.  The public is invited to watch the artists as the sidewalk masterpieces are created or to enjoy them later in the day.
Pre-registration is suggested to ensure your space; registration the day of the event will take place at 8:30 am on the Warren Street side of the Earl Scruggs Center.  The registration fee is $5 for individuals and $10 for groups and includes a box of chalk.  Additional chalk can be purchased during the event.
Chalk Fest is brought to you by the Cleveland County Arts Council in partnership with Uptown Shelby Association and is sponsored by Cleveland Animal Hospital.
Street art is thought to have originated in Italy in the 16th century.  Originally, the artwork was of a religious nature, therefore the artists were called “Madonnari”.  Vagabond artists would travel throughout Italy between festivals, living solely on the coins tossed onto or next to their drawings as homage to the Madonna or possibly to their abilities.  For centuries, the Madonnari were true folk artists, but suffered a decline after World War II.
For information about the chalk fest and to register, please call the Arts Council, 704-484-2787, or visit us at http://www.ccartscouncil.org/Opportunities.htm or https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandCountyArtsCouncil .

NC BeachBlast 2021

The City of Kings Mountain brought the NC BeachBlast Festival to downtown Kings Mountain this past weekend on August 20-21. The event was presented by Carolina Power Partners  and held in Patriots Park. There were many  activities for the entire family. The event was well-attended and folks had a blast.

Photos by Damien O’Brien

KMHS Class of 1971
50th Reunion

The Kings Mountain High School Class of 1971 will be having their 50th Reunion on Saturday, October 16th, 2021 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Trackview Hall; 205 S Battleground Ave; Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Cost per person is $40.00, includes Dinner. Casual Dress. Please RSVP by Saturday, September 18th.Checks/Money Orders should be made payable to “KM Class of 1971” and mailed to: Lynn Lovelace Brown; 3034 Vernell Lane; Shelby, NC 28150. Questions? Call/text Lynn at 704-813-9552 or e-mail: lbrown3504@aol.com.
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SHERIFF NORMAN

College campus safety tips
from Sheriff Norman

How to avoid a
dangerous situation

This fall thousands of students will leave their families and friends to attend college. For many, it will be their first time away from home and their first experience with total independence. It’s an exciting time and a dangerous one. Concerned with this safety issue, Sheriff Alan Norman of Cleveland County urges college students to exercise caution when living on campus.
   Across the United States college campuses are increasing security measures by installing emergency call box systems designed to immediately contact a 911 operator. They are usually located in frequently traveled areas such as parking lots and main routes used to and from class.  Another popular security measure involves campus escorts. This program recruits qualified volunteers to walk students to and from class after dark. Security cameras and bright lighting are also being used to heighten campus safety.
   “College campuses are extremely vulnerable to crime because of their openness,” said Sheriff Norman. “It’s difficult to keep buildings and dorm rooms locked because people are constantly coming and going. Another contributing factor is that students tend to develop a false sense of security because of the seemingly peaceful surroundings.”
Campus crimes can take many forms – theft, date rape, and drugs to name just a few. It’s impossible to avoid all dangers. However, Sheriff Norman has some suggestions on how college students can better protect and educate themselves through campus safety education.
• Never post information as to your whereabouts on your dorm room door, or on social media.  If an intruder knows that you are away – it’s an open invitation for them to break in.
• Even if leaving your room for only a few minutes – lock your door.
• When studying in out-of-the way places, inform campus security as to your whereabouts.
• When meeting a study partner for the first time, arrange to meet in a public place.
• Encourage campus security to establish a photo identification program to deter outsiders from entering school buildings.
• Work with your local law enforcement to organize a safety education program to teach incoming students the dos and don’ts of campus safety.
• Familiarize yourself with emergency call box locations and save the telephone number for campus safety in your cellphone for easy access.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let cellphones become a distraction by walking while texting or looking down at your cellphone.
• Learn to trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, get out of it.  Don’t allow anyone to violate your comfort zone.
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All students to receive free breakfast and lunch this school year

All Cleveland County students will eat breakfast and lunch for free during the 2021-2022 school year. If you want additional services listed below, parents must apply at https://www.lunchapplication.com/.
• Discount for internet services
• Qualify for potential P-EBT funds
• Waive cost of ACT, SAT, AP and other tests
• Provide discounts for college application process
If you received a letter from the school saying that your children were automatically approved (directly certified) for free meals for the 2021-2022 school year, then you do not need to apply. Only one application for all the children in your household that attend school in Cleveland County Schools.
Your US citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits.
If you have questions at any point during the application, click the question mark icon to get help with the current section.
   If you would like to apply using the paper application, please contact Shanna Lewis at 704-476-8130 and we will send you an application.
Things you'll need
This is a list of the information you might need to complete the application. If you have this information handy, it will make the application process fast and easy.
• If you participate in an assistance program you will need to know your case number (not your card or account number).
• If you do not participate in an assistance program, you will need to report your total household income. In that case…
 • if anyone in your household has a job, you may need to reference the earnings statements or pay stubs to report your gross income, which is different from the amount you receive in your paycheck.
• if anyone receives Social Security or retirement benefits, you may need to gather the benefit statements to report the amount and frequency of the payments.
• you may also need to reference other financial documents for additional sources of income.
The income section of the application contains detailed instructions and explanations about the sources of income you must include, and you can gather additional information then.
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SHERIFF NORMAN

School bus safety
Make sure your children know the rules

Everyday millions of students use school buses as transportation to and from school. Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a many safety factors of which both student and drivers should be aware. Hoping to ensure school bus safety, Sheriff Alan Norman encourages caution whenever school buses are present.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in recent years there were an average of 128 fatalities in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year and more school-aged pedestrians have been killed during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. than any other time of day.
“Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun, they had at school that day,” said Sheriff Norman.
“It is crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school.”
Sheriff Norman also suggests that parents drive their child’s bus route with them to practice the proper safety precautions they can take to help ensure their child enjoys a safe ride to and from school.
Sheriff Norman encourages all parents to discuss the following safety measures with their children:
   Students
• Always arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early.
• While the bus is approaching make sure to stand at least three giant steps away from the curb, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.
• Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus.  Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.
• Never walk behind the bus.
• If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away.
• Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus. Take extra precautions to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the handrail or door.
• Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is stopped.  Tell the bus driver or wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.
   Motorists
• Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.
• If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.
• Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.
• Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights and the stop arm is extended.  This is a sign that children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.
• Learn and obey the school bus laws in North Carolina.
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Winners that were introduced on the field Thursday night during the ALWS opening ceremonies include: Southeast - Baby Miss: Paislee Rose Haskin; Northeast - Toddler Miss: Parker Davis; Western - Mini Miss: Jayleigh Dallas; Great Lakes - Tiny Miss: Stokley Rowlands; Northwest - Little Miss: Mia Ridley; Mid-Atlantic - Junior Miss: Miley Littlejohn; Central Plains - Mini Grand Majestic: Annalayah Poston; Southeast - Grand Majestic: Wrigley Benfield; Mid-South - People’s Choice: Hattie Cooper. Photo by Victorian Rose Studio of Photography

Little Miss ALWS Competition winners

On Saturday, August 7, Wrigley Benfield of China Grove, was chosen as Grand Majestic of the Little Miss ALWS Competition in Shelby. Her grandmother, Martha Corriher, is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary unit in Landis.
Each Little Miss is assigned to a Region and were introduced on the field during the ALWS opening ceremonies Thursday night. Some of the little girls take an opportunity to visit with their team and even provide them with treats

ALWS luncheon
hosted at Post 155 

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain Post 155 hosted the American Legion World Series luncheon on Friday, August 13 at 11 am at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street. They fed over 200 attendees including eight teams and coaches, along with National American Legion officers, National volunteer staff, and local Legion members.
Seated at the head table were Post 155 Chaplain and Legion Rider John Braford, National American Legion Auxiliary President Nicole Clapp, former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals Mitch Harris, Past Department of NC Commander Evan Thompson, Department of NC Commander Jim Quinlan, and American Legion Post 155 Commander Ken Breakfield.
   American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 assisted in the dining room and member Kim Sexton provided desserts including a variety of different flavored cupcakes. Her two grandsons, Lucas (age 12) and Tyler (age 5) helped decorate them.
National ALA President Nicole Clapp commented that she had a choice between the MLB Field of Dreams Special game between the Yankees and White Sox held Friday evening in Dyersville, Iowa, or coming to the American Legion Baseball World Series. She did not hesitate to come to Shelby for the ALWS.
Keynote speaker was Mitch Harris, a Mt. Holly native, U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Navy veteran, former Legion baseball player, and an MLB player who has pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals.
   In his remarks, Harris told the gathering of 200 American Legion World Series participants, "When we die, there's going to be a tombstone or monument listing the day you were born and the day you died," Harris said. "For us veterans, we'll have a flag folded that is given to our next-of-kin.
"The 'dash' is the key and the difference. What are you doing during the time of that dash?”
He then shared what he wanted hi his "dash" to be. "I don't want to be remembered as the guy from the Naval Academy that made the big leagues," he said. "I want to be the guy that encouraged people to do special things and to do things that people say you can't do."

American Legion Breakfast serves 54

By Loretta Cozart

On August 7, American Legion Post 155 fed 54 veterans and guests at their free monthly breakfast held the first Saturday of every month at the post home on E. Gold Street.
The monthly breakfast is an outreach service to all veterans. American Legion Post 155, with assistance from the Sons of American Legion, Legion Riders, and American Legion Auxiliary honor veterans with a made to order breakfast.
The gathering is an opportunity for the community to support veterans by joining them for a meal and visiting with them in fellowship. Non-veterans are asked to make a small donation to offset the cost of the meal, enabling American Legion Post to continue the program monthly.
The next breakfast is scheduled for September 4.
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Your chance to win $5K:
18th annual virtual Reverse Raffle & Auction


By January Costa
Director and Curator


   Every September, Kings Mountain Historical Museum hosts a fundraiser to generate revenue necessary to support our programming. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on the museum this year, and the need to social distance for safety measures, we are continuing the reverse raffle and auction this year in an online format. The museum will not have an in-person event as we have in prior years.
This year the 18th Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction will be back to the tradition again of the reverse raffle for prizes with a ticket drawing to be posted online on September 18, through our social media. Tickets are on sale for $100 to be entered into the drawing for door prizes and the chance to win $5,000!!!
Please support the museum during this time to help us with our fundraising efforts! Proceeds go toward the everyday operations of the museum.
The online auction will start on September 10 and run until September 19 and is open to all bidders. You can find the auction link at: https://www.32auctions.com/KMHMfundraiser2021
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Board Members, calling the museum, emailing the museum at  kmhmdirector@outlook.com or by mailing a check to Kings Mountain Historical Museum, P.O. Box 552, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Each ticket is $100. It also includes a 1 in 300 chance of winning the $5,000 Raffle Prize, along with other raffle items!
This event is a great opportunity for local business owners to showcase their business while investing in the community. Kings Mountain Historical Museum is currently welcoming event sponsors as well as in-kind donations for auction items. The Museum is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization; donations are tax deductible as permissible by law. To find out more about sponsorship and donation opportunities, please call 704-739-1019 or email kmhmdirector@outlook.com.
For more information, please visit our event page:
https://www.kingsmountainmuseum.org/annual-fundraiser You can also call (704) 739-1019 or follow us on Facebook & Instagram.

Joy Theater’s original façade revealed

By Loretta Cozart

Construction has revealed the original brickwork façade of the Joy Theater as renovations of the 74-year-old building continue. The stone façade, added while the facility was used as a church, has been stripped away. Underneath, the stone are bricks run in a stack bond pattern. Along the wall, cinder blocks now fill the once used outdoor display areas that showcased movie posters advertising running and upcoming films. As second display is on the right side of the theater and provides architectural balance to the building.
Instead of having a center ticket booth, the ticket booth was located on the right side of the entrance. It, too, has also been revealed. That space was also filled with cinder blocks.
It will be interesting to see how these areas are handled during the renovation.
The Kings Mountain Little Theatre continues its fundraising campaign, and it allows for a one-time donation or up to a five-year pledge with a variety of giving levels.
The campaign’s goal is ambitious, approaching $595,000. However, they have already received initial pledges from local families that are helping make this monumental campaign a reality. KMLT’s officers and Board are 100 percent in support of the project with their pledges.
KMLT is a tax-exempt, 501c3 non-profit and will provide a receipt for any donation.
Please contact Jim Champion for further information at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.  Kings Mountain Little Theatre appreciates your support.
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Window Upgrades for McGinnis Building

Windows on the McGinnis Building have been replaced. In May, John B. McGinnis was awarded a Downtown Façade Grant application in the amount of $5,000 for the property located at 245 and 247 South Battleground Avenue.  
                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Loretta Cozart 
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Hospice events

“Reflections”
 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: August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Thursdays: September 2, 9, 16, 23 from 6:00pm - 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.
Grief-Walk Group with Steps to Healing After Loss
“We can’t escape or walk away from grief; we walk through it. And walking-not running, not crawling-is the proper pace to be traveling.” Linus Mundy In sharing time walking together we will experience nature, physical movement, and the memories and  spiritual interpretations that assist this period of grieving.
Wednesday, August 11 & 25, 2021, 3:00pm , Court Square in Uptown Shelby, corner of Washington and Warren Streets .    
Call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas 980-295-8596 for more information.
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David Caldwell, the Cleveland County area’s Broad Riverkeeper, preparing to canoe one of the rivers in his area. (photos provided)

Broad Riverkeeper David Caldwell helps keep our NC rivers clean

by MICHAEL E. POWELL
michael@cfmedia.info

David Caldwell and many like him are heroes for our N.C. environment.
Caldwell, 57, is the  Broad Riverkeeper and, by definition, is the primary protector and spokesperson for the rivers and streams of the Broad River watershed in the Western and Piedmont regions of N.C.
Caldwell, who loves being outdoors, is with MountainTrue, an environmental conservation group based in Asheville.
“We have 23 full-time employees including four River-keepers,” he said. “We have programs for Clean Waters, Resilient Forests, Healthy Communities, Green Energy, and a Creation Care Alliance. We all work within and across our programs to support each other. We also rely heavily on volunteers who get involved in our efforts.”
They also, noted Caldwell, “…work with communities and citizens to monitor water quality and advocate for best management practices that will improve our waters for drinking, swimming, and fishing.” His jurisdiction starts in the headwaters along the Blue Ridge Escarpment and in the South Mountains and goes downstream to the S.C. state line.
Caldwell said he has been fishing, swimming, paddling, and exploring the Broad River and its tributaries for over 30 years. Additionally, he started the Broad River Paddle Club (a Facebook group page) in 2011, began doing river cleanups in 2012, started Broad River Alliance, a Water-keeper Alliance Affiliate program in 2015, worked part time and mostly on a volunteer basis for 3.5 years, and in 2019 became a fully licensed Riverkeeper.
He said no particular training is required to become a Riverkeeper, but added, “A good understanding of science and ecology is helpful. Mostly, one needs to be passionate about the work of protecting our waters, diligent in the pursuit of science, truth, and environmental justice, and willing to stand up and speak out for the communities who depend on these resources.”
For Caldwell, a memorable moment occurred when he and others helped bring about Duke Power’s coal ash re-moval from the banks of the Broad River in 2020.
His advice on keeping the rivers and forests clean and clear?
“Don’t pollute and don’t accept pollution as a normal part of our world. Simple things like ‘pack it in, pack it out’, or joining a stream-side or roadside litter cleanup make a difference. If you see pollution, report it. NCDEQ has a great website with plenty of opportunities for citizens to get involved. Get in touch with me if you have concerns about pollution or water quality in our streams and rivers,” he said.
For those interested in keeping up with or donating to MountainTrue, Caldwell said to visit https://mountaintrue.org/.
“Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated  and help to fund the work that I do,” he said.
Follow his work at Broad Riverkeeper on Facebook and Instagram.
If you are interested in this type of work, he said to find out what programs/organizations are already doing work in your area, and start volunteering.
For more information on what Mr. Caldwell does, email him at david@mountaintrue.org, or call (704) 284-9002.
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Miss Gastonia Julia DeSerio waves to the audience after being named to the top 10 of the Miss North Carolina competition on Saturday, June 26 at the High Point Theatre. DeSerio lives in Shelby and works as the chorus and piano teacher at Crest Middle School. (photos provided)

Crest music teacher takes her place in the spotlight on
the Miss NC stage

Julia DeSerio,
the reigning
Miss Gastonia,
finishes in the
top 10

by TODD HAGANS
Special to Community First Media

Julia DeSerio, the chorus and piano teacher at Crest Middle School in Shelby and reigning Miss Gastonia, was a top 10 finalist in the recent 2021 Miss North Carolina competition.
Through her participation in the Miss Gastonia and Miss North Carolina programs, DeSerio, 24, has won more than $10,000 in scholarship money. Earning the scholarships moves her closer to being debt free after receiving a music education degree in 2018 from Gardner – Webb University.
“I want to thank the people who have invested their time, love, advice, resources, wisdom, and encouragement so I could represent my community in a successful way,” said DeSerio.  “Being involved in the Miss Gastonia and Miss North Carolina organizations has made me into a version of Julia that I never knew I could be.”
DeSerio said serving as Miss Gastonia has given her the chance to become a local celebrity, make connections in the community, and promote the importance of the fine arts. Young women like DeSerio, who live in Cleveland County, are eligible to compete in the Miss Gastonia/Gaston County/Mount Holly competition, which serves as the area’s qualifying program for Miss North Carolina.
“Being able to represent the Gastonia community has been so special,” said DeSerio, who sang “Memory” in Italian for the talent competition. “In addition to winning scholarship money, being in the spotlight, and having the opportunity to compete for Miss North Carolina, I have grown as a person and gained so much through this experience. It really has changed my life.”
As Miss Gastonia, DeSerio has promoted her “Art: The Highest Form of Hope” program that emphasizes the importance of music and the fine arts. In addition to being an advocate for the arts and speaking about how music influenced her life, she organized music programs for children and youth, conducted virtual talent shows to showcase the artistic abilities of others, and awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a student planning to pursue a music/arts degree in college.  
The Miss North Carolina pageant provided plenty of suspense for the area’s representatives. In addition to DeSerio reaching the competition finals, Miss Mount Holly Anne Marie Hagerty and Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen Keelie Jones were among the top 10 with Jones finishing as the third runner-up in the Outstanding Teen division and Hagerty being named the first runner-up to Miss North Carolina.
Carli Batson, a 21-year-old ballerina from Wilmington, edged out Hagerty for the state crown and the opportunity to advance to the Miss America pageant in December. In the teen competition, 17-year-old Harley Tilque of Charlotte emerged as the winner and gained the opportunity to advance to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando.
Other contestants with connections to the Gaston area include Miss Gaston County Mariana Linares; Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen Lexi Foy; Sophia Kellstrom of Kings Mountain, a former Miss Gastonia who competed this year as Miss Mecklenburg County; and Belmont’s Maddy Wilson, who competed as Miss Charlotte.
Collectively, Gaston County’s titleholders earned more than $30,000 in scholarships by participating in the local and state programs.
Sixty-seven young women from across the state competed in the pageant, which was held June 24-26 at the High Point Theatre in downtown High Point. It marked the first time in more than 40 years that the event was held outside of the state capital.  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium had been the pageant’s home before the move to High Point.
Gaston’s five pageant winners have had an extended reign because of the pandemic. DeSerio, Jones, Linares, and Foy won their crown in November 2019, and Hagerty was crowned Miss Mount Holly in February 2020. When last year’s state pageant was postponed and later canceled, the young women agreed to keep their title for another year. Although competing at Miss North Carolina technically marked the end of their reign, they have the option to continue making public appearances until their successor is crowned.
“We are extremely proud of the five young women who represented our local organization at the state competition,” said Delores Cox, executive director for the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association. “To have your titleholders win awards and scholarships is wonderful. You beam with pride when they get recognition in front of a statewide audience because the positive attention is good for our program and the community.”
Cox said organizers of the annual Miss Gastonia/Miss Gaston County/Miss Mount Holly competition are focusing now on the next pageant, which will likely be held in January 2022. Young women ages 13-25 who live, work, or attend college in Gaston and surrounding counties may enter.
Contestant recruitment begins in September, and information will be posted on the Miss Gastonia website and Facebook page.