Highway Patrol announces Operation Drive to Live

With many schools celebrating prom season, and in conjunction with national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the State Highway Patrol is conducting Operation Drive to Live. This annual campaign is aimed at reducing collisions involving teen drivers on our roadways. Beginning Monday, April 4, and going through Friday, April 8, troopers will step up their enforcement efforts in and around school zones between 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers are significantly over-represented in fatal crashes. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America and in North Carolina. Engaging in risky driving behaviors combined with inexperience are primary factors contributing to fatal crashes by young drivers, especially during the first six months of driving. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes than all other drivers. Two common errors accounting for nearly half of the crashes involving teen drivers are speeding and driving while distracted.
In 2021, the State Highway Patrol investigated over 32,915 motor vehicle collisions involving young drivers and passengers. Of those collisions, 8,498 injuries were reported and 124 resulted in one or more fatalities.
“Teen drivers face a great responsibility when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, we must be committed to ensuring they have the tools, resources and knowledge needed to stay safe on our roadways,” said Colonel Freddy Johnson, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “The choices they will face, along with the consequences of making a poor choice are important conversations we must have with young drivers as parents, educators and law enforcement professionals.”
During the week-long campaign troopers will focus on enforcement, but equally important they will conduct educational initiatives throughout schools, at community events and in driver education courses. Parents and caregivers will hopefully use the campaign as a catalyst to discuss safe driving with their young drivers especially as the forthcoming summer months are considered the deadliest time for collisions involving teens. 

East Gold St. Wesleyan Easter Egg Hunt April 16

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on  Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come and join them for a fun Easter-rific afternoon! There will be lots of fun for all ages. There will be a bouncy house, games, tattoos, face painting, a kid friendly Easter story and an Easter egg hunt for all kids up to 5th grade.
A bagged hot dog lunch will be served until they run out. Please come and join in the fun as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. The church is located at 701 E. Gold St., Kings Mountain.
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James Welsh made his school proud by bringing home the second-place trophy in the Spelling Bee.

North School student places second in county Spelling Bee

James Welsh, fourth grader in Mr. Hamrick's class, represented North Elementary School well in the County Spelling Bee.
He placed second on the competition. Students watched the live feed from their classrooms and cheered James on all the way.
James was greeted at North to a hallway full of staff and students clapping and cheering his name. “We are so proud of James,” said Teacher Assistant Anna Hughes.

Friends of Crowders Mtn. hike planned

By Loretta Cozart

On March 15, the Sunshine Protection Act passed the U.S. Senate, with amendment, by unanimous voice vote. The bill was then sent to the U.S. House of Representatives for their consideration.
If passed by both chambers of Congress, this bill makes daylight saving time the new, permanent standard time, effective November 5, 2023. The amendment added also provides that states with areas exempt from daylight saving time currently may choose the standard time for those areas.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced her personal support of doing away with daylight saving time but added that that discussion would have to occur with their caucus and Congress.
Due to the war in Ukraine, it is uncertain how long it will take for such legislation to be brought before the U.S. House. Even if the Bill were passed, it would not go into practice until November 2023.
Daylight Savings Time was introduced in the United States in 1918, during WWI, when Germany used the technique to save energy during the war. The practice went into place again in the 1960s and has continued since in many states. During WWII, Daylight Savings Time was adopted year-round and was again in 1973 during the oil embargo. It was later repealed.
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Tiana Roberts

Girl Talk Ministry holds
prom dress program with CCS

By Loretta Cozart

Last Fall, Tiana Roberts started Girl Talk Ministry, a program 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.
We caught up with Tiana last weekend to learn about a new event she is facilitating with Cleveland County Schools. Tiana told the Herald, “Whenever you follow His will for your life, He will make sure what you need will come to you, or that you are attracted to people you need in order to fulfill the calling He has for you.”
Recently, she became reacquainted with a person she had known years before, a woman who had her own organization. Due to COVID, that woman’s path changed. The two exchanged numbers and went on their way. Months later, the woman called saying she had 20 prom dresses she needed to give away.
Tiana thought, “What am I going to do with 20 prom dresses?” So, she reached out to counselors at Kings Mountain High School for suggestions. When she did not hear back, she reached out to counselors at Shelby High School who suggested she sponsor an event. She discussed the idea with the clinical supervisor for her licensure who suggested she use the event to broach other important topics like safety recommendations and etiquette. “By the grace of God, everyone was in my ear at that moment,” Tiana said.
But she did not stop with just 20 dresses. She posted a flyer on social media, and before she knew it, people started donating. Eventually she collected over 90 dresses. And Quickway Cleaners in Gastonia agreed to deep clean the dresses.
This year, four schools are involved in the program: Kings Mountain High School, Cleveland County Early College High School, Crest High School, and Shelby High School. Burns was already partnering with another group and plans to participate next year. Each school identifies the girls who participate in the program and the program for this year is full.
The first event will be held Saturday, March 26 at the Cleveland County Chamber, from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for Crest and Shelby. The second event will be held on April 9 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Vestibule A.M.E. Zion Church for Kings Mountain and Cleveland County Early College. The girls come in groups of six in half-hour intervals and get one-on-one attention in choosing their dresses.
The joy could be seen on Tiana’s face when she said, “It is every girl’s dream to go to prom and be cute and experience those memories. It is amazing just being able to let them shine for that moment and allow them to feel loved and be seen. I am excited to give back and bless someone who needs it and I give God all the glory!”

Shelby mayor speaks
at chamber luncheon

By Loretta Cozart

City of Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony brought members the State of the City address in his half-hour presentation to the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby.
Executive Director of the Earl Scruggs Center Mary Beth Martin welcomed guests to the host venue, followed by remarks given by paying sponsor Damon Scott. Members gathered for networking until 12:15, when lunch was served.
The monthly chamber meeting affords members the opportunity to network, meet new members, and gain knowledge from speakers on current issues that are important to the business community.
Other chamber events throughout the month includes an Ambassador’s Meeting, a Membership Matters for new members, an Ambassador Mixer, Lunch and Learn on pertinent topics, and a Business After Hours event.
The first Friday of the month, in partnership with NC Works, the chamber also sponsors a Career Cafe. Chamber members receive a table for display, collateral for employment inquiries at no charge, and provides a private office for interviews.
For more information about chamber activities or membership, call 704-487-8521.
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American Legion Auxiliary
to hold craft and vendor show

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Unit 155 announced their Spring Fling Craft and Vendor show scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from noon until 7 p.m. and the Post at 613 E. Gold Street in Kings Mountain. More than 25 local vendors have already signed-up and all spaces have been filled. Come support local veterans and artists. Concessions will be available for the event.
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Girls Who Code
program at the library

By Loretta Cozart

Mauney Memorial Library announced a coding program for girls, called Girls Who Code, beginning on Thursdays and Fridays, starting on April 28 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the library. Girls Who Code is a free six-week program for students to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world.
Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis of all programming languages in a safe and supportive environment over this six-week course.
There are two programs by age: Thursdays for girls in grades 3 – 5. A second program will be held on Fridays for girls in grades 6 – 12.
Girls in 3rd - 5th grades will meet on April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, and June 2. Girls in 6th – 12th grades meet Friday, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, and June 3.
Registration is required, and space is available, so register today to save your seat for this unique program for girls!

Read Across America Week at North School

By Anna Hughes

North Elementary School in Kings Mountain had an awesome Read Across America Week. They celebrated reading by having a spirit week that went along with five book themes that included Reading Jogs the Mind, Surfs up for Reading, Western Wednesday, Pawsitively Wild about Reading, and Freedom Friday (Red, White, and Blue).
Staff was thrilled to have seventeen guest readers on campus to read books to the students that went along with the theme of the day. Our students were excited to have different community partners join us for a wonderful week of celebrating reading.
The readers included Officer Peeler - KM Officer and SRO, Sarah Lee Owensby - 96.9 the Kat, NYC Tree Girls, David Allen - SHS Principal (North principal's husband), Melissa Ploeger - Former North Guidance Counselor, Dr. Bruce Mack - Husband of Kindergarten teacher at North, Noah Allen - KM Fire Department, John William Eagle - Former North Student/KMHS Junior, Dr. Carrie Carpenter - Optometrist with guide dog in training...Reilly, Larry Sprinkle - WCNC News Weatherman, AJ Richardson - Former North Student/KMHS Junior, Lisa Proctor - KM Police Chief, Melissa Wilson - KMHS Assistant Principal, Former North Student, Current North Mom, Sherry Jones - Former North Lunch Lady, Taylor McSwain - Former North Student/KMHS Junior, and Dr. Greg Grier - husband of CTC at North.
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Mauney Memorial Library
activities this week

By Loretta Cozart

A variety of activities are being offered between March 16 – 23, at Mauney Memorial Library from Cricut for Beginners, to Lego Club, to Marvelous Monograms, along with Storytimes with Miss Anne.
Cricut basics for the absolute Beginner will be held Wednesday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Community Room. Learn the basics of using a Cricut cutting machine and make a simple craft using Cricut Design Space. This class is reserved for those with no prior Cricut experience. Registration is required but is currently full. A waitlist is available.
Drop-in computer lab business workshop is available every Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Drop in personalized help with any technology questions you may have.
Lego Club is held the third Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for fun group projects, free build time, and snacks! Children ages 6 – 12 years are welcome.
Marvelous Monograms will be held on Friday, March 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required, but is currently full. However, a waitlist is available. Make beautiful monograms using the library's Cricut cutting machines in this fun two-hour class. All materials are provided.
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne is held on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. Preschool, ages 0 – 5 are welcome. Registration is required.
Bedtime Storytime via Zoom is available the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Preschool, ages 0 – 5 are welcome. Registration required.
Mauney Memorial Library is at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue in Kings Mountain. For more information, call 704-739-2371.
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Pictured left to right, Ms. Sarah Sherrill was chosen as North School’s Teacher of the Year and Ms. Malisa Littlejohn is their Teacher Assistant of the Year. Photo by Anna Hughes

North School honors staff

North Elementary School in Kings Mountain announced that Ms. Sarah Sherrill is the school’s 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year and Ms. Malisa Littlejohn is the Teacher Assistant of the Year.
Ms. Sherill graduated from Gardner Webb University in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. She has been working in education for seven years and six of those years have been at North School. She is a third-grade teacher.
   Ms. Littlejohn has a Medical Office Degree from Cleveland Community College. In 2006 she became a substitute at North Shelby School. In 2015, she became a full time Teacher Assistant. She moved to North Elementary as the EC Teacher Assistant in 2016. She also drives the morning bus route for KMMS and an afternoon route for North.
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Small Business Startup:
Ready, Set, Go!

Do you have a great business idea, but you aren’t sure if you are ready to start your own business? Join Cleveland Community College Small Business Center on Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring speaker(s): Eileen Joyce in an online session to learn about legal and licensing requirements, creating a business plan, options for securing financing, marketing and the perks and challenges of operating a small business.
You’ll walk away with the:
• Basics of business startup so you’re READY
• Essentials of becoming credit-ready and be SET
• Resources available in the community to help you to GO!
Cleveland Community College Small Business Center is in The LeGrand Center, 1800 East Marion Street, Shelby. Twenty-seven seats are available for this workshop. To register, visit their website at https://www.ncsbc.net/reg.aspx?

Friends of Crowders Mountain
to host hike, April 23 

The Friends of Crowders Mountain will host a 3 parks, 2 states loop hike on Saturday, April 23. Limited to 20 hikers.
Registration is required by Friday, April 22. This is an intermediate level 10-mile hike.  No pets. Meet at the Boulders Access, 108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC at 8:45 a.m.  Boots On The Trail at 9 a.m.  Approximate return is 1 p.m.  No transportation nor lunch provided.  Please bring sufficient food and water, along with any medications, sunscreen, and insect repellant that you may need.  Restrooms at Start and Finish only.  Hike is weather dependent.  Donations appreciated.  Register by contacting the main visitor center at 704-853-5375.  Please see facebook.com/FriendsOfCrowdersMtn or www.friendsofcrowders.com
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Pictured left to right, Stephanie Hinson and Valerie Boyd who were the 2021 recipients of two awards at the NC DKG Virtual Convention last year. Photo provided

Delta Tau news

Stephanie Hinson and Valerie Boyd were the 2021 recipients of two awards at the NC DKG Virtual Convention last year. Delta Kappa Gamma is an organization of key women educators. Stephanie and Valerie are members of Delta Tau Chapter in Cleveland County.
   Stephanie was recognized for the Rising Star Award that honors five members across the state who in their early years of members reflect strong potential of leadership at the chapter and state levels.
   Valerie was recognized for being one of the members who continually work behind the scenes and contribute to the chapter and the state. One member per region is selected for this prestigious award.
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Pictured left to right: Madam Johnsie R Brevard, Tabitha Thomas, Karen Grigg, Glenda Tate Williams, Annie Blanton, Lynn Patterson, Gary Pearson, Karen Richardson, Barbara McCall, and Deborah Oates. Photo provided

Leaving a Legacy Sr. Project held at Patrick Senior Center

Madam Johnsie R. Brevard, founder CEO of Neighbor 2 Neighbor Foundation, Inc. / Historical Societies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, recently sponsored the Leaving a Legacy Senior Project at the Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain during the month of February.
The organization’s mission is to promote the importance of preparing an accurate written record of family roots and to pass on to younger generations photos, relevant information, stories of sacrifices, and the contributions of their ancestors. “We believe it will save and enhance the youth lives,” said Madam Johnsie R. Brevard.
Neighbor 2 Neighbor Foundation, Inc / Historical Societies thanks Walmart Supercenter #1034 in Shelby’s General Manager David Thomas for all the materials, instructor, and researching. The Patrick Senior Center provided the location and the supportive services. Ancestry Partnership provided the services so Madam Johnsie R Brevard could research the participants family Roots. “Neighbor 2 Neighbor Foundation, Inc., would like to thank each of the partners for investing in the lives of our seniors,” Brevard said. “We believe seniors can still make great contributions to today’s society!”
The participants of Leaving a Legacy Senior Project were excited to receive priceless information and photos to pass on to their younger generations.
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March Library news

By Mari Slaughter
   Mauney Library has many more programs than what are listed below. Follow us on our website. Classes and programs fill up fast. Registration is required for many of our calendar events. We would hate for you to miss out!
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne - Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your home. 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 - Come to the library to enjoy a story and sing songs with Miss. Anne, then take home a fun craft! Register by going to URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary event calenda. Fridays, 10:30-11:00 am. Mauney Library Community Room. Ages: preschoolers
Drop-In Computer Lab for personalized help with any technology questions you may have. Thursdays, Noon – 4 pm. Carolina Room at Mauney Library. 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).
Cricut Basics for the Absolute Beginner - Learn the basics of using a Cricut cutting machine and make a simple craft using Cricut Design Space. This class is reserved for those with no prior experience. Registration Required. Wednesday, March 16, 10-12 pm Mauney Library Community Room. Ages: Adults
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
Zoom Bedtime Storytime - Join event by typing in URL: https://zoom.us/j/96659968320. Fourth Tuesday of every month. 7:30 pm.
A Company of Readers Book Club - Meet with other book club lovers to discuss what you have been reading for the month. This is a unique group. There is not a designated read. Monday, March 28th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Mauney Library Community Room Ages: Adults.
 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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Patrick Senior Center March events

   Classes/Activities open to age 55 and up unless otherwise noted. Participants are asked to follow any COVID restrictions in place including masking and social distancing.
Special Events in March: 
Steps to Health-Take Control:  Wednesdays, March 2, 16, 23, and 30, 10:00-11:00am
Shred Truck:  Wednesday, March 2 (bring shredding to center up to a week before)
Disaster Preparedness Presentation (Zoom Available):  Wednesday, March 9, 10:00-11:00am
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo: Thursday, March 17, 10:00-11:15am
Will Clinic by NC Legal Aid: Monday, March 21, 9:00am-3:00pm (appointment required)
Art Night with Tammy:  Tuesday, March 22, 5:30-7:30pm (ages 16+, registration and fee required; open to any age)
Trip to Jenny Do Nails:  Monday, March 28, 8:30am-12:30pm (registration and fee required)
Craft Class with Hospice of Cleveland County:  Tuesday, March 29, 11:00am-12:00pm
AARP Defensive Driving Class:  Wednesday, March 30, 9:00am-1:00pm (registration and fee required)
Ongoing Activities at the Patrick Center:
Ceramics:  Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
Facebook Chat:  Mondays, 10:00-10:45am
Color Me Calm:  Mondays, 10:00-11:00am
Quilting:  Mondays, 12:30-3:00pm
Beginner Quilting: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm
Intermediate Line Dance (Dance Floor Rockers): Mondays, 1:00-3:00pm
Intermediate Line Dance (Southern Class): Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am
Smartphone Clinic:  2nd Monday, 10:00-11:00am
Knitting:  Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30am
Gardner-Webb Nursing Students Wellness Talk:  Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30am
Gardner-Webb Exercise Science Students: Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30-9:30am (sign-ups recommended)
Bible History:  Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
REFIT Dance Exercise:  Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Volunteer Meeting:  3rd Tuesday, 12:15-1:15pm
Monthly Birthday Celebration:  4th Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am
Chair Yoga:  Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:45pm (fee required)
Blood Pressure Clinic:  1st Wednesday, 10:00-11:30am
Food Giveaway:  3rd Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm (registration required)
Caregiver Support Group: 4th Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm
Healthy Lifestyle Class: Thursdays, 8:00-9:30am
Gentle Exercise: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15am
Bingo: Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am
Coffee & Conversation: Fridays, 8:30-10:00am
Friday Lunch to Go: Fridays, 11:00am-12:00pm (sign up required)
WII Bowling League: Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm
   The Patrick Center is a SHIIP site and can help with Medicare questions and check to see if you qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs.  We also can assist with transportation, loan equipment, incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements, and other services. Please call the center at 704-734-0447 for more information or to sign up for programs.
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Bowling for Dollars is back,
Thursday, March 10

The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to be able to hold this favorite community event again this year, but it will be a little different.
Here is how it will work:
Purchase your ticket for $20 in advance for a specific 30-minute time slot:
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Come during your reserved time to pick out your bowl, do some pottery shopping if you wish and then pick up your soup.
Lunches will be dine-in or carry-out. There will be  a warm container of soup, crackers, dessert, and beverage for you to take home, back to work, picnic OR you can dine downstairs at the Arts Council.
Please do not arrive too early – you will only be allowed inside during your reserved time.
Tickets are $20 and available at the Arts Council and by phone, 704-484-2787, and must be purchased in advance.
Call 704-484-2787 today to purchase your ticket! We are open Monday – Friday 9:00- 4:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00.
For more information, call 704-484-2787 or visit www.ccartscouncil.org.

Entrepreneurship Workshop
series for youth, March 19-26

The Cleveland County Library System in partnership with NCWorks WIOA NextGen Youth Program and Cleveland Community College Small Business Center will host a four-session Workshop series on Entrepreneurship for youth between the ages of 14 to 24 years old.
The workshops will be held at the Cleveland County Memorial Library located at 104 Howie Drive, Shelby on four Saturdays: March 19, March 26, April 2 and  April 9, from 11am to 1pm. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost for these workshops.
The Cleveland County Youth Entrepreneurship Program (CCYEP) will focus on providing an introduction to entrepreneurship, creating a business plan, designing a prototype, and building a prototype using a 3D printer, heat press, and other materials available in the library’s Makerspace.
This four-week workshop series will aim to be an experiential learning opportunity that is designed to provoke young people with thinking “outside the box” strategies to creating useful, marketable, and consumer products.
The main objective of these workshops is to not only give participants a framework for pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, but to give them the tools to construct a viable plan in which they can pursue the opportunity.
During the first two sessions, students will be introduced to the entrepreneurial mindset. During the last two sessions, students will rapidly prototype their own innovations as they learn about different aspects of entrepreneurship from personal branding, leadership, and how to start their own businesses.
At the end of the four-week program, participants will leave with a clear understanding of their own entrepreneurial orientation and the potential gaps that exist between their capabilities and what is needed to be a successful entrepreneurial and leader. They will also be empowered to transfer ideas into business opportunities, which is the core ideal of entrepreneurship.
The Cleveland County Library System and their partners are committed to empowering the youth in Cleveland County in gaining knowledge and capacity in the areas of entrepreneurship, social innovation, and global leadership.
All of the workshops provided will be structured in ways to deliver fun and interactive activities while teaching the participants critical skills and valuable life lessons such as intrinsic motivation, passion, self-esteem, teamwork, and initiative.
All interested youth must register as space is limited. For registration or for more information, call Wright Adams at the Cleveland County Library System at 704-487-9069 or WIOA Youth Case Manager Robin Bamberg at 910-7343339.
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See something, say something
and stop child sex trafficking

The non-profit organization Awake & Bold have commenced a new program (Open Your Eyes Campaign) to educate the public on human trafficking. It has implemented the image displayed above on billboards across the state to make the North Carolina public aware of cries for help. Additionally, videos are being dispersed to educate the public of this pertinent issue in North Carolina.
Working in conjunction with local law enforcement agents and State Bureau of Investigation agents, Awake & Bold hopes to decrease the number of yearly cases of human trafficking. The billboard presents different hand signals to demonstrate that a case of human trafficking is occurring. By recognizing these displayed hand signals, law enforcement will then be able to act.
The signals are presented above. They are a thumb tucked into your palm, followed by a closed fist. If you witness these signals being performed, please do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888
State Bureau of Investigation: 919-662-4500
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Clev. County Potato Project prepares for planting Mar. 25

It is that time of year again. The time has come to cut up white potato seed for planting and the Potato Project can use all the hands they can get to get the job done. Starting March 10, a class from Gardner-Webb University will help with cutting from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Cutting continues Thursday, Mar 17 at 9 a.m. at Shelby Farm and Garden Supply at 310 Market St. in Shelby. Bring your favorite potato cutting knife and dress for outdoors.
Doug Sharp explains, “Planting date is Friday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mangum Farm off Kings Road. Much of the manpower will be provided by students from North Shelby School and Jr. Civitan members from around the county. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.”
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HATS OFF! A History of Headwear

By January Costa
KMHM Director & Curator


Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites the public to mark the calendar for their upcoming exhibit opening, HATS OFF! A History of Headwear.
The production and use of hats has seen cultural and social changes throughout history. In the past, hats were usually more about fashion than function.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum has collected a variety of hats and head coverings over the years as part of an overall effort to preserve our communities' shared history.
This exhibit will feature highlighted pieces from our collections and explore the history of headwear and its place in our culture. We will examine the creation and evolution of hats, symbolism and style, and how they are an expression of functionality and form.
Exhibit is on display February 22 – May 14, Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Admission is free!
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Delta Tau members held their February meeting at the Depot Center in Kings Mountain. Pictured Front Row: Member Stephanie Hinson, visiting member Anne Briley, NC DKG State President Beth Winstead, and member Connie Phifer Savell. Back row: Members Missy Short, Valerie Boyd, Patty Smith, Bendatra McDowell, Lisa Edwards May, Marlene Bennett, Julienne Hambright, and Ann Nance.

Delta Tau news

By Lisa Edwards May

The Delta Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International met this past Saturday, February 19, at the Kings Mountain Depot Center at 10:00 am.
The monthly meeting was in-person and regular business was attended to, including nominations for the slate of officers for the upcoming biennium, as well as nominations for new members for the upcoming year.
The chapter was honored to have their NC DKG State President, Beth Winstead, attend and give the program. Her message focused on “Linking the Past, the Present, and the Future of DKG.” Refreshments were served and door prizes given out.
The chapter’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 21, at 5:30 at the Cleveland County Arts Council in Shelby.

KMPD promotions,
new officer sworn

By Loretta Cozart

On February 16, Kings Mountain Police Department held a Promotion and Swearing-in Ceremony for Kings Mountain Police officers.
Lance Hamrick, with 22-years on the force, was promoted to Lieutenant. Michael Howard, with 14-years of service, was promoted to Sergeant. Brett Earls was sworn-in as a Kings Mountain Police Officer.
Chief Lisa Proctor said, “This is one of the highlights of my job, watching others rise in rank and building Kings Mountain Police Department in moving forward. All these officers are very well qualified.”
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Seventeen Scouts and eight leaders from Boy Scout Troop 92 made the trip to Winterplace in West Virginia for a January ski trip. (Photos by BSA Troop 92)

Boy Scout Troop 92 takes
to slopes at Winterplace

By Loretta Cozart

Seventeen Scouts and eight leaders from Boy Scout Troop 92 sponsored by Central United Methodist Church took to the slopes at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, WV for skiing fun last January.
Several Scouts commented on the recent outing. Nathaniel K. said “I enjoyed the skiing, playing in the pool, and the Italian food at Casablanca. This is one of my favorite trips we go on. “
“I teamed up with Jed and Nate and we went on a lot of easy but fun trails, and we got to sleep in a hotel this trip which was fun,” said Joey S. “We also had a bunch of new Scouts go and some people decided to snowboard--so a bunch of people took lessons which was good! At the end of the trip, we did ‘roses and thorns’ and we had a lot of good roses meaning that most people had fun on this trip. We did not have many thorns either...except for people wiping out.”
“I enjoyed learning to ski for the first time and swimming in the indoor pool at the hotel,” commended Zane O.
“I enjoyed skiing at Winterplace. Mostly the freedom of skiing with my friends, said Wade H. “We had the freedom to ski where we wanted and eat when we were hungry. The weather was cold but once you were skiing and the sun was out you warned up. It was a great day. I can’t wait till next year!”
Boy Scout Troop 92 meets locally on Monday nights. If you would like more information, please visit us online at https://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop92KingsMountain/
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Grandfather Mountain’s forthcoming Wilson Center for Nature Discovery is officially under roof and is expected to open in spring 2022. (Photos by Frank Ruggiero/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation)

Grandfather Mountain’s  Wilson Center for Nature Discovery nears completion

Stewardship
foundation
celebrates success
of “Fulfilling
Promises”
capital campaign

Grandfather Mountain is widely known for its lofty heights, offering guests a breathtaking vantage point to the natural world.
But with the forthcoming opening of the park’s brand-new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, guests’ experience on the mountain will soar above and beyond the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
The new facility is officially “under roof” and is expected to open in spring 2022.
Under construction since fall 2019, the Wilson Center – part of an all new Conservation Campus – will nearly double the size of the park’s current Nature Museum with 10,000 square feet of education space, including state-of-the-art museum exhibits, three classrooms, restoration of the ADA-accessible auditorium, enhanced food service facilities to allow for catering and serving educational groups, and expanded capacity for hosting conferences, seminars, receptions and community events.
Outside the center, guests will enjoy new outdoor learning spaces, including an amphitheater with terraced seating and a pavilion, as well as a new botanical garden.
In turn, the park will be able to offer an expanded, mile-high slate of programming opportunities for audiences and participants of all ages.
“It’s been a long time in the making,” said Jesse Pope, president and executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park. “To see this come to fruition is a dream come true for me, and it’s something that will be a wonderful enhancement to a visit to Grandfather Mountain.”
“Nobody can look up at Grandfather Mountain and not realize that this mountain is exceptional,” said Catherine Morton, GMSF board secretary and daughter of the park’s late founder, Hugh Morton. “But because Grandfather was advertised as a tourist attraction for decades, visitors came with the expectation of walking across a bridge, seeing some pretty views and maybe taking a picture of a bear or two.”
Since 2009, when the attraction became a nonprofit nature park with a mission of inspiring conservation, “guests have had their eyes opened to the significance of Grandfather as a sanctuary for an amazing web of life,” Morton said.
This includes unique combinations of elevation, terrain and climate that accommodate 16 distinct biological communities, providing habitat for 73 rare and endangered species.
“The Wilson Center for Nature Discovery will allow the stewardship foundation to tell the story of Grandfather Mountain’s biological significance,” Morton said. “New interactive exhibits and interpretive programs will give guests insights into the natural world, and while we know the experience will be ‘educational,’ our guests will describe it as ‘entertaining.’”
While the original Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum was Hugh Morton’s vision, the Wilson Center represents the passion and creativity of his children, the foundation’s board of directors and the project’s generous collaborators.
This includes Bob and Susan Wilson, after whom the center is named.
“Grandfather Mountain is a unique mountain, a unique ecological center … and this is about taking our young kids and letting them learn about it,” Bob Wilson said during the Wilson Center’s groundbreaking ceremony in 2019. “It’s something that I think we need … more now than ever.”
The Wilson Center is designed to weave fun with education, offering experiential learning opportunities for guests young and old. New exhibits include a 3-D interactive map of the mountain, showcasing Grandfather’s ecological and geological history like never before; flora and fauna walls, which shine a spotlight on the mountain’s unique biodiversity; a weather and climate section designed to dynamically explain the science behind Grandfather’s extreme weather; and much more.
The design of the space itself also plays a part.
“The original design for this building was about bringing the natural world inside,” Pope said, “and allowing the learning and education that happens inside that space to symbolically spill out into the world. From the outside, it’s an extension of the historic architecture with some new flairs and modern takes on the original design, and it’s going to feel and look like it belongs on Grandfather Mountain, which was very much the intent.”
Designers, architects and landscapers went to great lengths to ensure the facility wouldn’t be visible from any other vantage points and that the view-shed would be preserved. “And we’ve tried to make it as energy-efficient and sustainable as possible,” Pope added.
Morton cited “the energy and inspiration” inherent in the new space, specifically “soaring ceilings, expansive windows, the aesthetics of manmade concrete blended with mountain-made boulders and trees.”
“The space makes you feel alive and invites you in to participate in a program or interact with an exhibit,” she said. “It’s a space that celebrates life.”

Fulfilling Promises
Creating the Wilson Center took mountains of effort — and a true community.
Grandfather Mountain’s Fulfilling Promises capital campaign has raised more than $6.8 million through donations of all sizes, from benefactors like the Wilsons to everyday guests rounding up their bill at Mildred’s Grill.
Park employees and volunteers contributed, too, pooling together to present a check of more than $4,000 toward the cause.
“It’s a dream come true, being part of something so special,” GMSF vice president Lesley Platek said. “So many amazing donors stepped up to invest in this project and in expanding our educational mission – so many of whom already loved Grandfather Mountain. They really wanted to be a part of the Conservation Campus and new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery.”
Platek thanked every donor for their vision and commitment and said the project would not have been possible without the leadership of the foundation’s board of directors.
In particular, Pope recognized former board president and Hugh Morton’s son, Jim Morton, who passed away in 2017.
“Jim was a big part of that vision,” Pope said. “There were some real educational goals he wanted to see come to light on Grandfather Mountain.”
With the Wilson Center, Pope feels that vision is being fulfilled.
“I’m sure I’ll get emotional walking through the doors on the first day it’s open,” he said. “Again, it’s just a dream come true to see this happen. When you walk around, most people will see different exhibits, classrooms, new features. But when I walk through that space, I’ll see every person who helped make it happen.”
For updates and more information, visit www.grandfather.com/fulfillingpromises.
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Bowling for Dollars is back!
Thurs., March 10

The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to be able to hold the favorite community event  “Bowling for Dollars” again this year, but it will be a little different.
Here is how it will work:
Purchase your ticket for $20 in advance for a specific 30-minute time slot:
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Come during your reserved time to pick out your bowl, do some pottery shopping if you wish and then pick up your soup.
Lunches will be dine-in OR carry-out. We will have a warm container of soup, crackers, dessert, and beverage for you to take home, back to work, picnic OR you can dine downstairs at the Arts Council.
Please do not arrive too early – you will only be allowed inside during your reserved time.
Tickets are $20 and available at the Arts Council and by phone, 704-484-2787, and must be purchased in advance.
A HUGE Thank you to our potters who once again have donated 100’s of beautiful bowls. We could not do this without them. Thanks, also, to Dressing on the Side for providing the delicious
Call 704-484-2787 today to purchase your ticket! We are open Monday – Friday 9:00- 4:00 and Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00.
For more information, call 704-484-2787 or visit www.ccartscouncil.org.
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Mayor Scott Neisler (center) gathers with folks at the Patrick Senior Center to celebrate Black History Month. (Photos provided)

Senior Center celebrates
Black History Month Feb. 8

The Patrick Senior Center held a Black History Month Observance on Tuesday, February 8, with approximately eighty-five people in attendance.
The event featured a gallery viewing of the artwork of Mr. Frank Barrow, as well as historical items, African dress attire, music, literature, art, and more.
Mayor Scott Neisler made the opening remarks followed by soloist Sarah Miller singing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem. The Patrick Center thanks all the artists and other contributors who helped make this event a success.
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1958  KM Heralds
available online

By Loretta Cozart

Library Services Manager, Christina Martin, announced that DigitalNC.org has completed digitizing the Kings Mountain Herald for 1958. Currently, issues are available for 1914 through 1919, and 1935 to 2015.
The Kings Mountain Herald was begun in 1886 by W. A. Mauney and many issues of the paper have survived. If you have issues, other than the ones noted above, that you would like to give to the library for digitizing, contact Christina Martin at 704-739-2371.

Huge Jeep gathering and road run honors
MHPD Officer Tyler Herndon

The Just Jeepin’ 4 A Cause group held a gathering Sunday afternoon to honor MHPD Officer Tyler Herndon and donate funds to a foundation in his name. Herndon lost his life in the line of duty on Dec. 11, 2020. Over 300 tricked out Jeeps arrived at the Municipal Complex in Mt. Holly and from there they formed a caravan that went on a road run. Jeeps came from all over North Carolina and beyond. Here are some faces and scenes from the great afternoon of fun and fraternity for a good cause.

The Imperial Lofts taking shape

By Loretta Cozart

Last week, David Stone continued working on his newest project downtown, The Imperial Lofts. Framing went up and windows were cut and framed into the west side of the building to provide ambient light for the new residential units.
The eight units, along with mercantile space at street level, are slated for completion in May, according to the developer.
Last week the Herald erroneously stated that these lofts were the first in downtown Kings Mountain. However, the fist lofts offered downtown were by Jackie Falls above the Edward Jones Investments in 2014.

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church supports 
Cleveland County Sheriff’s office Deputies

By Loretta Cozart

On February 2, Pastor Toby Bird, and members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Shelby dedicated a room of his church for deputies to take a break in while they are on duty. Sheriff Alan Norman said to those gathered, “Thank you for allowing us a safe place to take a break in your church.”
Pastor Bird said, “As a congregation we have been in a season of prayer about how God could use us in reaching out and ministering to our community. One of our members pointed out what most all of us knew, that several (deputies) in the Sheriff’s dept. used our parking lot as what we perceived as a central point. We decided to reach out to the Sheriff to see if a type of dedicated room for the deputies to utilize would be beneficial. After his confirmation that it would be we were excited to move forward with the project.”
He continued, “It has been an encouraging time of preparation and has started what I believe will be a snowball effect of continued growth in our efforts to minister to our community and move our focus outside of our familiar four walls and away from our comfort zones and be the type of New Testament church that God is calling us to be.”
“Our mission statement is simple: ‘Experience God, Encourage each other, and Engage our community.”
Pastor Bird went on to say, “We believe that the hope that Jesus Christ offers must be proclaimed to our community and that is the reason for our efforts to reach out to our community and providing this service to our local law enforcement is one way we can do that.  I look to Matthew 5:16 to guide us as we move forward, with all our desire to bring glory to God though His son Jesus.”
Sheriff Norman thanked the citizens of Cleveland County, and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church specifically saying, “It goes without saying in Cleveland County the outpouring of support from our citizens is amazing. When other sheriffs discuss the support in their jurisdictions, we know how blessed we are here. Our citizens always rise above the occasion to support Cleveland County Sheriff’s Deputies.”
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Hearts for Hospice
now through February 28

Hospice Cleveland County is holding their annual “Hearts for Hospice” now through February 28.
For a $1 or more donation, you can purchase a heart in honor or memory of a loved one or your favorite pet and display it in  your home, office, church,anywhere you wish.
Hearts can be purchased by the Hospice Administration building or online at Evenbrite.com. Online orders will be emailed a heart to print and display. Don’t forget to tag Hospice Cleveland County on Facebook with your hearts so they can share it.
Packets are available for businesses, groups or individuals to sell by calling 704-751-3573.
All donations are due no later than March 14.
Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County.
For more information contact 704-487-4677.

Steps to Health nutritional program
for senior adults take control

Patrick Senior Center is Steps to Health, a supplemental nutrition assistance program for adults featuring education for seniors. Take control now to prevent or manage chronic disease. Steps to Health is on successive Wednesdays, from February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 16, 23. Learn lifelong habits to help you eat healthily and be physically active.
Program Benefits include:
• Recipes, water bottle, and spice jar for you to keep
• Information to help you control sodium, fat, and added sugar
• Eight engaging and interactive sessions are available virtually
• Complete the sessions at your convenience online
• Optional weekly web-based office hours with your county agent to ask questions, brainstorm solutions, and get feedback
The Patrick Senior Center is at 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain, NC Sessions are made available by NC Cooperative Extension Cleveland County Center and Patrick Senior Center. Registration is free of charge. For more information or to sign up, contact Karen Grigg, Program Coordinator, Patrick Senior Center. 704-734-0447. 
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February Library News

Activities are planned for Mauney Memorial Library during February for patrons and their families to get the most out of Kings Mountain’s library.
• February 19-21st
Closed for President’s Day Observance
• Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your home.
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
Come to the library to enjoy a story and sing songs with Miss Anne, then take home a fun craft! Register by going to URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary event calendar
Fridays
10:30-11:00 am
Mauney Library Community Room
Ages: preschoolers
• Drop-In Computer Lab 
for personalized help with any technology questions you may have.
Thursdays
Noon – 4 pm
Carolina Room at Mauney Library
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
• Zoom Bedtime
 Storytime
Join event by typing in URL: https://zoom.us/j/96659968320
Fourth Tuesday of every month
7:30 pm
• Successful Seed Starting with Judy Ford
Learn how to grow delicious produce with expert Judy Ford. Take home free seeds to get your garden started.
Registration Required
Wednesday, February 23
10-12 pm
Mauney Library Community Room
Ages: Adults
• A Company of Readers Book Club
Meet with other book club lovers to discuss what you have been reading for the month. This is a unique group. There is not a designated read.
Monday, February 28th
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Mauney Library Community Room
Ages: Adults
Follow Mauney Memorial Library on Facebook and Instagram. The 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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Dominique Bess

February Library News

Activities are planned for Mauney Memorial Library during February for patrons and their families to get the most out of Kings Mountain’s library.
• February 19-21st
Closed for President’s Day Observance
• Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your home.
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
Come to the library to enjoy a story and sing songs with Miss Anne, then take home a fun craft! Register by going to URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary event calendar
Fridays
10:30-11:00 am
Mauney Library Community Room
Ages: preschoolers
• Drop-In Computer Lab 
for personalized help with any technology questions you may have.
Thursdays
Noon – 4 pm
Carolina Room at Mauney Library
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
• Zoom Bedtime
 Storytime
Join event by typing in URL: https://zoom.us/j/96659968320
Fourth Tuesday of every month
7:30 pm
• Successful Seed Starting with Judy Ford
Learn how to grow delicious produce with expert Judy Ford. Take home free seeds to get your garden started.
Registration Required
Wednesday, February 23
10-12 pm
Mauney Library Community Room
Ages: Adults
• A Company of Readers Book Club
Meet with other book club lovers to discuss what you have been reading for the month. This is a unique group. There is not a designated read.
Monday, February 28th
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Mauney Library Community Room
Ages: Adults
Follow Mauney Memorial Library on Facebook and Instagram. The 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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Patrick Senior Center February events 

Revised February Patrick Senior Center events
Due to continuing COVID restrictions, the senior center made revisions to their February 2022 calendar. Some activities and classes have been cancelled. Please review the calendar below for the most updated information.
Tuesday, February 1: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Veteran’s Meeting 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by Senior TLC; Gardner-Webb Nursing StudentsWellness Talk 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Bible History  10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Re-Fit 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Day By Day Support Group 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 2: Steps To Health – Take Control 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Blood Pressure Clinic sponsored by Kindred At Home 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 3: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; GERD & Acid Reflux Presentation  10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 4: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, February 7:Ceramics 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Color Me Calm 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Quilting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Gardner-Webb Nursing StudentsWellness Talk 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Bible History 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Re-Fit 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Game Day 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Black History Month Celebration 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, February 9: Steps To Health – Take Control 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class  10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 10: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo (Valentine’s Day) 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Grocery Shopping 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Art With Tammy$ 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 11: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, February 14: Ceramics 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Smartphone Clinic 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Color Me Calm 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Valentines Day Party 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Quilting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 15: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Gardner-Webb Nursing StudentsWellness Talk 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Bible History 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; RE-FIT 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Demo Day With the Mauney Memorial Library 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Volunteer Meeting 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, February 16: Steps To Health – Take Control 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Food Giveaway Drive Thru 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 17: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo 10:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 18: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, February 21: Senior Center and Nutrition Site Closed for President’s Day.Tuesday, February 22: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Gardner-Webb Nursing StudentsWellness Talk 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Monthly Birthday Celebration sponsored by Food Lion 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Bible History 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Re-Fit 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Game Day 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Art with Claudia (Zoom) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Art Night with Janie $ 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23: Steps To Health – Take Control  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Chair  Yoga 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Caregiver Support Group 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 24: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dancr 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Scout The Therapy Dog10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Bingo (Pajama Day) 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Grocery Shopping 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 25: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, February 28: Ceramics 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Facebook Chat10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Color Me Calm 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Quilting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Drop-In Activities: Exercise Room Billiards Room Indoor Walking Track Outdoor Walking Track Computer Lab Library.
Individual Exercise Sessions with Gardner-Webb Exercise Science Students are available 8:30-9:30 in the Exercise Room, Monday thru Thursday. Please call the center to sign up for a time to receive tips on how to use the machines and get help with an exercise plan!
Random Acts Of Kindness February 14—20 Check out the bulletin boards for ideas on how to make someone feel special! Kindness is contagious
S.H.I.I.P. Counseling by appointment only.
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Small Wonders Art Exhibit opens Feb. 1

“Small Wonders” Art Exhibit and Competition
Exhibit run dates are February 1-25, 2022.
The NEW Reception date will be Saturday February 5 from 6-8 pm.

Southern Arts Society proudly presents Small Wonders, a new art competition and exhibit open to all artists in the region. This is a judged art show with cash prizes ranging from $50 to a $250 first prize. Regional Artists are invited to show small scale works in a variety of media showing the difficulty and skill to create works of smaller size. (Image size limited to 5”x7” or smaller.)
Judge for the show will be Seymour Simmons III, a Professor of Fine Arts emeritus from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, where he taught art education and studio art, primarily drawing. Prior to moving to South Carolina, he taught at Massachusetts College of Art and did research in arts education at Harvard Project Zero. He holds a B.F.A in printmaking from Colorado State University, as well as M. Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard. As an artist, he works primarily from the figure and landscapes in drawing and watercolor. His research focuses on the theory and practice of drawing instruction from ancient times to the present. His most recent publication on that topic is: The Value of Drawing Instruction in the Visual Arts and Across Curricula: Historical and Philosophical Arguments for Drawing in the Visual Age (Routledge, 2021). Early in his career, he co-authored with Marc S. A. Winer: Drawing: The Creative Process, (Simon and Schuster, 1977).
 2022 CALENDARS
SASi still has SASi 2022 Calendars for sale. Calendars are $30. Frames are available in Gold, Black, and Silver and are $30 each. Can't come in person? Call SASi to have your calendar shipped to you.
2023 CALENDAR PLANS
If you would like to design a calendar page for our 2023 Calendar, please come early to our FEB 1st SASi meeting at 6:30 pm. We will vote on a theme for 2023 and go over the design process. If you can’t make the meeting, email us back and get your name on the list for a page.
WATERCOLOR CLASS Rescheduled – Still time to sign up!!
 Introduction or Refresher into Watercolor Painting (An Interactive Workshop) with Ron Shepard
 NEW DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2022
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: Southern Arts Society
Supplies: Paper: please bring at least 5 (9x12) sheets of watercolor paper (Strathmore or Arches)
Paints: different hues of 3 reds, 3 blues, and 3 yellows, and a black
Brushes: what you have or #4, #8, and #10 (not so critical at this point)
**If you lack paints or brushes, SASi has some to share, but please bring your own paper
Description: Choosing the correct paints, painting techniques, choosing brushes, using watercolor paper, framing your painting. See class info sheet for more details.
SASi Programs
Feb 2 – SASi Program – Jan Welborn will lead us making Felted Animals. Please RSVP so we can have a head count for supplies. SASi will provide the supplies. If you have your own supplies for felting, you can bring them.
And please wear a mask. - 7 pm, doors open at 6:30.
Come early at 6:30 pm if you want to sign up to do a Calendar Page for 2023!
Shutter Light Photography Group
 Jan 11; Feb 8, Mar 8 – The group meets the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7 pm. All levels of photographers are welcome to attend their monthly program. Special time is set aside each month for questions from beginning photographers.
Special Planning Meeting – at Big Red's Cafe in Kings Mountain at 8 am on Tuesday February 1. We will be discussing and planning on how to move forward with the club.  Contact Club organizer Nelson Stegall at nelson@nelsonstegallphotography.com with questions or visit their Facebook page.
Color Pencil Group Meeting
Jan 27; Feb 24 – Thurs – Anyone with a desire to learn more about color pencil is welcome to attend these meetings. All levels of artists are welcome, no prior experience necessary. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month from 6 - 8 pm.
Attendees are encouraged to bring something to work on, and feel free to share any product, resource or other info that may be beneficial to the group. Please email Todd with your ideas for meeting topics and techniques you would like to see.
Thursday Morning Open Studio Sessions
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24  – Thurs – Open Studio Sessions every Thurs 10 am - 12 pm or longer. Bring your current art project – painting, pastels, colored pencil, knit or crochet, etc., to work on. Fiber artists are welcome to join this group. No instruction — just time to create on your own and enjoy fellowship with other artists. Led by artist Darlene Godfrey.
CALL TO ARTISTS – I AM WOMAN COMPETITION
Artists get ready for our annual I Am Woman art exhibit and competition. We will take in artwork Feb 26-27, 2022. This is our annual exhibit dedicated to the feminine, and/or female perspective and point of view. All media will be accepted. Watch our website for the prospectus.
ART TRACKS
February 2022
Feb 1 Tues – SASi Program - Jan Welborn will lead us making Felted Animals - 7 pm, doors open at 6:30, 2023 Calendar Meeting at 6:30.
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 – Open Studio Sessions Every Thurs 10 am - 12 pm or later
Feb 5 Sat – New Date Reception Small Wonders Exhibit & Comp 6-8 pm; Awards presented at 7 pm
Feb 8 Tues – Shutter Light Photography Group Meeting - 7 pm
Feb 12 Sat – An Introduction or Refresher to Watercolor with Ron Shepard $$
Feb 16 Wed – Currently on Hold – Knit & Crochet Group Meeting 10:30 am
Feb 24 Thurs – Color Pencil Group Meeting 6:00 pm
Feb 25 Last Day for Small Wonders Exhibit Pick up work Feb 26-27, 2022
Feb 26-27 Deliver Art for I Am Woman art exhibit & competition $$
Deliver Art Sat Feb 26 from 11 am to 4 pm and Sun Feb 27 from 1-4 pm. Please deliver art on scheduled dates or earlier during gallery hours.
Events FREE unless noted otherwise $$
Events may be impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak
Please check with SASi for cancellations and postponements
For more Information call 704.739.5585, email southernartssociety@gmail.com or visit Southern Arts Society website http://southernartssociety.org 

Sponsored by O. Max Gardner Foundation, display features different roles of Bibles in society

The Gardner-Webb University archives announced a new exhibit created in conjunction with The Earl Scruggs Center. Bound by Faith: The Bibles of Cleveland County offers visitors a look at some of the Bibles that were owned by Cleveland County residents and some of the interesting ways in which they were used in the secular world of the 19th and 20th centuries.
This exhibit features a dozen Bibles which include The O. Max Gardner Inaugural Bible, The O.M. Mull Inaugural Bible, a 1648 Field Bible, and many others. Make sure to drop by the Ali Pouryousefi Memorial Art Gallery in the Tucker Student Center from January 10 - March 31, to see this can’t miss exhibition. The formal exhibit opening, and reception will be held Feb. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The idea was proposed by Earl Scruggs Center Curator Zach Dressel, who approached the University Archivist Dr. Natalie Bishop, with the possibility collaborating on an exhibit that utilized artifacts held in both the Gardner-Webb University Archive and Cleveland County Historical Collections. “I noticed that we had all these old Bibles in the Cleveland County Historical Collections, and I really wanted to find some way to display them,” Dressel noted.
As Dressel and Bishop reviewed their collections, they decided to create an exhibit that examines how the Bible has been used in society outside the scope of Biblical or spiritual study. The exhibit focuses on the role of the Bibles as a tool for family record keeping, historical research, political ceremonies and in the military. Included in the exhibit is a range of Bibles dating from 1648 through the early 1900s.
Visitors can enjoy seeing the actual Bibles on display in protected cases and get a glimpse of the inside by viewing high-resolution scans of the pages. The Bible used by O. Max Gardner when he took the oath of office as North Carolina governor in 1929 is included in the exhibit. Also featured is a scanned page from the family Bible of James Milton Webb, with notations by his great-granddaughter Fay Webb Gardner (wife of former N.C. Gov. O. Max Gardner and Gardner-Webb namesake). Bibles of interest to genealogists include the Hamrick, Whitworth, and Young Bibles, all of which contain extensive family history pages. The Hamrick Bible includes a rare feature in family Bibles—several pages of tintype photographs, which are also included in the display.
Panels also describe the importance and process of preserving Bibles for future generations. Included are videos demonstrating how artifacts, such as Bibles, are scanned and made available online. Visitors can learn about how to transcribe historical, handwritten family history pages and participate in transcribing Bibles in the exhibit.
Generous Support for Bound by Faith: The Bibles of Cleveland County provided by The O. Max Gardner Foundation. Special thanks to the Gardner Webb Communications, Art, and Design Department.

More Scenes from KM’s first 2022 snow

See Photographer names inside this week's issue (January 26, 2022) of KM Herald (Pages 5A and 8A) 

KMLT’s 20 years at the Joy Review
date changed to weekend of March 18

The 2021-22 season of Kings Mountain Little Theatre will continue with their “20 Years at the Joy Review” on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
KMLT has been performing at the Joy for 20-years. It’s time to celebrate the thousands of people who’ve been entertaining and/or entertained there.
This show is for our wonderfully supportive season members. Without your support, KMLT would not have the Joy as it’s fabulous home. 
KMLT and Corporate Sponsor – Edward Jones Investments, Jack and Pam Buchanan are pleased to announce that performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 at 3:00 p.m.
All tickets are by reservation only by season members. If season members choose to attend without reservations, KMLT will do its best to seat them, but cannot guarantee seating. Reserved seating not claimed at least 10 minutes before show time is subject to release.
Season members may make reservations by calling the theater at 704-730-9408 and leaving a message or send a request to us at tickets@kmlt.org.
Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
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Patrick Senior Center February events 

Tuesday, February 1: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Veteran’s Meeting 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by Senior Center  TLC; Gardner Webb Nursing Students Wellness Talk  10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Bible History 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Refit 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Day By Day Support Group 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 2: Faith and Fellowship (via Conference Call) 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Steps To Health - Take Control 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Blood Pressure Clinic Sponsored By Kindred At Home 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 3: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; GERD & Acid Reflux Presentation 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 4: Coffee & Conversation  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Seniors In Motion  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Chair Volleyball 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 7: Ceramics  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Color Me Calm 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m.; Quilting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Gardner-Webb Nursing Students Wellness Talk 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Bible History  10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Re-Fit 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Game Day  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 9: Faith and Fellowship (via Conference Call) 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Jewelry Class 1 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Steps To Health - Take Control 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Seniors In Motion  10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.; Dutch Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. Ken and Mary’s in Shelby; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Food Giveaway Drive Thru 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 10: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo (Valentine’s Day) 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy  11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Grocery Shopping 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Art With Tammy $ 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 11: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Chair Volleyball 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 14:
Ceramics 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Smartphone Clinic 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Color Me Calm 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Valentines Day Party 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m.; Quilting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Intermediate Dance 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 15: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., Gardner-Webb Nursing Students Wellness Talk 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Bible History  10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Re-Fit 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Game Day 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Demo Day With The Mauney Library 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Volunteer Meeting 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 16: Faith and Fellowship (via Conference Call) 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Jewelry Class 1 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Steps To Health - Take Control  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Food Give Away Drive Thru 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 17: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Bingo 10:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 18: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Chair Volleyball 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 21: Senior Center And Nutrition Site closed for President’s Day .
Tuesday, February 22: Knitting 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., ; Gardner Webb Nursing Students Wellness Talk 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Monthly Birthday Celebration sponsored by Food Lion 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Bible History  10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.; Re-Fit 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Game Day  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Demo Day With The Mauney Library 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Volunteer Meeting 12:15 p.m.; Art with Claudia (Zoom) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Art Night with Janie $ 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23: Faith and Fellowship (via Conference Call)9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Jewelry Class 1 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Steps To Health - Take Control 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga $ 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Jewelry Class II 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Caregiver Support Group 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 24: Healthy Lifestyle Class 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Gentle Exercise 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Scout the Therapy Dog 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.; Bingo (Pajama Day) 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.; Leaving A Legacy 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Beginner Quilting Class 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Grocery Shopping 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 25: Coffee & Conversation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Chorus 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Seniors In Motion 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday Lunch $ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; WII Bowling League 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Chair Volleyball12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 28: Ceramics 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Facebook Chat 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Color Me Calm 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Basic Computer Class10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Seniors In Motion10:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m.; Quilting 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Intermediate Line Dance 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Supreme Court Stays OSHA vaccine mandate

By Loretta Cozart

On Thursday, January 13, the US Supreme Court issued two decisions on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, blocking one requiring a vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers nationwide, and allowing another requiring a vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities.
Regarding the issue of the OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers, the court voted 6-3 against, blocking the requirement. The mandate would have required 80 million workers to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus, or to wear masks and be tested weekly. It also required, “Covered employers must fire noncompliant workers or risk fines and termination of their Medicare and Medicaid provider agreements.”
An opinion issued by the court noted that the sweeping mandate from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration “draws no distinctions based on industry or risk of exposure to Covid-19,” the majority opinion said, adding that it was “a significant encroachment into the lives — and health — of a vast number of employees.” However, the opinion indicated that more tailored regulations might be lawful since “most lifeguards and linemen face the same regulations as do medics and meatpackers.”
In the same ruling, the court allowed a vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities. The vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh joining the liberal justices to form a majority.
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LORETTA COZART

Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

The founders of Kings Mountain were men determined to make a name for themselves. They were men driven to create a new community and build their fortunes doing so. Within two years of incorporating the town, they built churches and a school to benefit the people of the city. The same is true today, but many who now make decisions for the community, in city government or on the city council, show little desire to preserve the town’s history. A case in point is that in the spring of 2021, the City of Kings Mountain declined an opportunity to acquire Central School. And only a few council members made that decision.
The decision to not protect Central School causes citizens to question why those at city hall so easily discard the history of the community without asking their opinions. 
To understand early priorities for the town, one need only review important events heralded throughout its history by the founding families themselves.
 In the late 1870s, just five years after the town’s founding, city fathers planned and successfully celebrated the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, drawing thousands. That feat brought Kings Mountain notoriety and helped shape the political landscape of Cleveland County for years to come.
These town founders were marketing savvy. They recognized that they did not have the power or influence in pulling off the massive centennial event alone, so they reached out to the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia to use their influence in planning the event. Those efforts were a resounding success and drew attention to the City of Kings Mountain.
Until then, Kings Mountain was a dot on a map, a place quickly dismissed on the way to Shelby or Asheville. By aligning the community with the historic Battle of Kings Mountain, they knew they could draw thousands to town annually and the community would benefit from the resulting tourism. One hundred-fifty years later, the city still benefits from that decision to align itself with that historic event.
Men like W. A. (Andrew) and Jacob S. Mauney began their fortunes here as merchants but quickly expanded their interests into textiles, land, and banking - among other endeavors.
The Mauney brothers were proponents of educational, religious, and civic growth because it benefitted all the people, not just a select few. Along with various other notable citizens, Andrew Mauney provided the land for a school in 1876, and Capt. W.T.R. Bell’s Military Academy operated there for a decade. Students who attended that school, including Ida Pauline Mauney Neisler, formed strong alliances with classmates that helped shape the next generation of citizens who loved the community as much as their parents had and who continued to work to see it flourish. Those leaders sought growth, all the while taking every opportunity to preserve and celebrate their town’s history.
Andrew Mauney also served in the North Carolina State Legislature and as a Senator in 1907 and 1908. He became a man of wealth, influence, and power, often inviting notable dignitaries to the community.
After Central School was established as the fundamental cornerstone for education in Kings Mountain, the facility itself became a historic part of the town’s story due to the events that were held there.
When William JenningsBryan ran for President, he visited Kings Mountain. He arrived by train and was taken to Central School by carriage. His visit drew political supporters and members of the media to hear him speak, drawing more attention to the town as a progressive community.
During WWI, the first war casualty from Cleveland County was Otis. D. Green, who registered for military service just after the war began. He was killed in battle and brought home to Kings Mountain. Clyde R. Hoey delivered his eulogy in the auditorium of Central School, and 2,000 people attended. Hoey later became the fifty-ninth governor of North Carolina, and the service at the school was reported in papers across the region.
Central School’s auditorium was the most prominent gathering place in town. That remained the case until the completion of B.N. Barnes Auditorium at Kings Mountain High School. In 1924, just five years before Andrew Mauney’s death, the new auditorium at Central School was completed and it served as a gathering place for community events for 50 years.
 Moving forward to 2021, city council members have been working on their own legacy to expand utilities in the city, which benefits both citizens and future development. Last year, the city approved a budget of $50.5 million and completed a water transmission loop at a cost of around $40 million paid for over decades. At the January 25 Kings Mountain City Council Meeting, council members considered an installment financing agreement of around $2,000,000 to pay for the cost of an expansion of the city’s natural gas infrastructure. The town is growing and has the funds to take on large projects. Improving infrastructure draws new development to the town, and the city will benefit by selling its utilities to those businesses.
What has the city done recently to protect its history? Historically, the city controls three buildings in or near the historic district of town: the old Post Office where Kings Mountain Historical Museum resides, the Hord Mansion, which houses Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library, and the Southern Railroad Depot that houses Southern Arts Society. The city has owned these properties for decades and has invested millions of dollars into the repair and restoration of these properties. In return, the citizens of Kings Mountain benefit from through the services offered at each facility.
Even though each of these facilities are deemed important, the city refused to consider purchasing Central School which surpasses the others in historical importance because it was a place all citizens gathered for education, celebration, and remembrance.
In March/April of 2021, the City of Kings Mountain declined to acquire Central School without consulting the citizens. The town should have reached out to the community for input on this decision. At the least, they should have addressed this issue at a city council meeting. They did not. And, since there was no public discussion at a city council meeting, a public vote was never taken. How individual council members feel about the acquisition of Central School is not known. The Herald asked council members their opinion, but none responded to that question before the paper went to press.
An ad-hoc Committee was formed in November 2021 to discuss possible uses for Central School. Ultimately, the committee members had no sway because the city had already decided not to pursue the project.
  What will become of Central School? This historic landmark could become anything the new owner decides. Will the building be preserved? Will it be bulldozed? Sadly, this grand historic building has no protections under the National Park Service’s Historic Landmarks designation, so anything is possible.
The only control the city now has over this property is to hold the new owner to a high standard of maintenance and to make sure zoning for the property remains true to the historic district that surrounds it. An entire neighborhood depends upon it. Downtown revitalization depends upon it. Citizens of Kings Mountain must stay actively engaged regarding this property to ensure city hall hears them.
It is easy to get distracted by all the new development in town and the trappings those opportunities might bring. Is historic preservation of important structures in the city too much to ask? Not consulting Kings Mountain’s voters on this matter was a mistake and citizens should demand that city council listens to the opinions of those who elected them, ensure those opinions are being heard, and demand accountability if they are not.
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LOOKING BACK!

Kings Mountain High School’s first football team (1922 – 1923): Front row, left to right, Joe Lee Woodward, Herman Hayes, Hoyt Matthews, Tom Fulton, and Jake Hord. Second row, Forrest Houser (standing), Howard Pursley, Lloyd Ormand, Tom Saunders, Hoyle McDaniel, Charlie Saunders (standing). Back row, Clemonsee Boone, J.M. McGinnis, Plato Goforth, Odell McGinnis, Fred Plonk, Boyce Green and Lawrence Lovell. The man standing in back is Supt. J.Y. Irvin.

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Earl Scruggs Center announces: 
Center Stage Concert Series

Live music returns to the heart of Cleveland County in early 2022 with the announcement of the Earl Scruggs Center’s Center Stage Concert Series. This series features an outstanding slate of award-winning artists, Grammy award-winners and nominees and IBMA and Americana recognized artists, including a five-time winner of the IMBA’s Banjo Player of the Year award and the prestigious Steve Martin Banjo Prize.
The Center Stage Concert Series includes seven shows running from February 19 to August 4, with performances by Joe Collins & Friends, Chatham Rabbits, the Foreign Landers, Hubby Jenkins featuring the Down Hill Strugglers, Zoe & Cloyd, Wyldwood String Band and Kristin Scott Benson. Tickets may be purchased for individual shows or a season pass for the entire series may be purchased for $100.
Center Stage Concert Series shows take place in the Great Hall at the Earl Scruggs Center, a beautiful 120-seat venue that gives music fans the opportunity to experience outstanding performances in an intimate and comfortable setting. Doors to the Great Hall open 30 minutes prior to show time and a cash bar will be available. Exhibits will also be open during this time.
To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Earl Scruggs Center’s Summer Concert Series, visit www.earlscruggscenter.org/events, or call 704.487.6233. At this time, face coverings are required in the Great Hall. Follow the Earl Scruggs Center’s Facebook page for updated information on Covid safety and guidelines for ESC programming.
Earl Scruggs Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm with extended hours on Wednesdays until 6 pm.
Line-Up and Artist information:
Joe Collins & Friends
Saturday, February 19, 2:00 pm
Ticket Price: $10
Joe Collins is a National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, winning the contest at Winfield in 2007. Over the past twenty years, he has had the opportunity to teach and play in festivals from California to the east coast, from Florida to Vermont, and a lot of places in between.
This show features Joe and his talented friends for a concert of beautiful mountain dulcimer music. Following the performance, join Joe and friends for a jam session and mountain dulcimer workshop, free with the price of a ticket.

Chatham Rabbits
Thursday, March 3, 6:00 pm
Ticket Price: $20 presale
As one of North Carolina’s most beloved roots music outfits, Chatham Rabbits has swiftly emerged from the fertile Americana scene in the Triangle with intimate-close harmonies and mature songwriting.
The husband-and-wife duo of Sarah and Austin McCombie favor rich, minimalist arrangements, and their stage banter and presence connects to the audience in a way that is both warm and universal.

The Foreign Landers
Saturday, April 2, 
2:00 m
Ticket Price: $10

The Foreign Landers is a duo hailing from opposite sides of the Atlantic united by their love of bluegrass and traditional folk music and their love for each other. Together they combine the musical styles of their respective homelands, along with their instrumental prowess and haunting vocals to create something new.
Both excelled at their instruments and found themselves playing with some of the most promising young acoustic bands on the scene today—David with the Boston-band Mile Twelve and Tabitha with both Cup O’Joe and Midnight Skyracer from the UK. With such unique common threads, there was an instant connection when Tabitha and David finally met.
Hubby Jenkins
 featuring the Down Hill 
Strugglers
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 pm
Ticket Price: $20

Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Hubby got his higher musical education started as a busker. After years of busking around the U.S and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and was an integral part of the Grammy-winning group from 2010-2014.
Since 2015, he has been an active touring and recording member of the Rhiannon Giddens band. He performed on her album “Tomorrow Is My Turn” in 2015 and in 2017 “Freedom Highway.” And around these projects, Hubby continues to make solo performances.
The Down Hill Strugglers is an old time string band based simultaneously out of Kentucky and New York. They have released albums on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Jalopy Records and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Zoe & Cloyd
Friday, July 10, 
6:00 pm
Ticket Price: $20 
Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian Mountains, Zoe & Cloyd is renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Their show is as diverse as their upbringing: coming from a lineage of klezmer and jazz musicians, Natalya trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts before moving south in 2004. John, a twelfth generation North Carolinian and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler, Jim Shumate, is a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Wyldwood String Band
Thursday, July 14,
 6:00 pm
Ticket Price: $10

Wyldwood Stringband is the collaboration of Caroline Tanner, Sarah Hollis, and Phil Lanier. Each of them separated by a decade, but with the same passion; the evolution of bluegrass and old time folk music. Sarah’s father and Phil’s uncle played in a bluegrass band together “Bitter Creek” in the 70s, they are from right here where the music began in North Carolina. Caroline in from western Canada and fell in love with bluegrass on Vancouver Island before moving to the heartland of the music that stole her heart. Bringing their various backgrounds together, Wyldwood Stringband strives to honor the traditions from which the music came, while pushing it forward and having a good time along the way.

Kristin Scott Benson
Thursday, August 4, 6:00 pm
Ticket Price: $20

Kristin Scott Benson is the five-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year and recipient of the 2018 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Since 2008, she has been a member of Grammy-nominated and two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals, making an indelible mark on the bluegrass music industry.
Kristin has attained a national identity as one of the top bluegrass banjo players on the scene, exhibiting impeccable taste, timing, and tone. With an attentive ear to back-up, she is known and respected as a true team player among her peers.

January city closures and trash pickup

Leaf season
ends February 14


City offices will be closed on Monday, January 17 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and on Monday, February 21 in Observance of President’s Day Holiday.
Garbage collection will be one day behind schedule for both weeks. All trash should be placed in bags and put inside the garbage container for collection. If you have questions, please call Public Works at 704-734-0735.
Leaf season will end on February 14. Crews will survey the streets on that day and any piles out that day will be vacuumed the following week. Three leaf trucks are running, and the city has been divided into three sections. It may take up to four weeks to run the complete route and then return to the beginning. As the volume of leaves decreases, the time between collections will get shorter. Please remember to place all brush and limbs, as well as bagged debris, for collection behind the curb and out of the street to prevent rainwater from washing them into storm drains and ditches.

Family Worship Center
Blood Drive
February 17

Family Worship Center will hold a Blood Drive in their fellowship hall on Thursday, February 17, 2022, 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at 1818 Shelby Rd., Kings Mtn., NC.
Please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Family Worship or call Vickie Black at 704-418-0418 to schedule an appointment.
Maximize your blood donation. Help more patients. If you are an eligible type O, B- or A- donor, consider making a Power Red donation. Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused blood component.
Bring your photo ID or American Red Cross Donor Card. Eat iron-rich foods and drink plent of water before the blood drive.
As a thank you  for giving  blood, the Red Cross will send you a $10 Amazon.com Gift card via email.
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RENEE BOST

Bost to speak at Broad River Genealogical Society Sunday

Broad River Genealogical Society presents Renee Bost, speaking about Daughters of the American Revolution and Wreaths Across America, on Sunday, January 9 at 3 pm at American Legion Post 82 at 1628 S. Lafayette St., in Shelby.
Renee serves as the North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution Recording Secretary. Vice-Regent of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter DAR, and Chair of the Wreaths Across America Committee.
Employed as the Deputy Director of the Cleveland County Board of Elections, Renee is a nationally certified elections registration administrator and State certified elections administrator. When she is not busy with work and DAR she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
The purposes of Broad River Genealogical Society are to preserve area records and to disseminate genealogical and historical information through book publishing, educational meetings, occasional genealogical classes and guidance for the public, and a bulletin published quarterly. This quarterly magazine “Eswau Huppeday“, which translates as “land between the rivers” and refers to the territory between the Cherokee & Catawba Indian Nations, contains over 250 pages of historical and genealogical information each year.
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Winter 2022 Art classes at Southern Arts Society

Southern Arts Society offers a variety of classes and workshops for all skill levels. Workshops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your seat. Class size and seating are limited.
Introduction or Refresher into Watercolor Painting (An Interactive Workshop) 
with Ron Shepard
• Saturday, January 22, 2022
• Location: Southern Arts Society
• Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Cost: $35. Members; $40. Non-Members
One-on-One 
Tutoring with 
Ron Shepard
• Date and Time: by arrangement with instructor
• Description: Southern Arts Society instructor Ron Shepard is offering individual art tutoring sessions.
Pottery Classes (Day and Evening) with Renee Matthews and Rhonda Withers
• Next Session: to be determined; on hold due to fire in the Pottery Studio
• Times: Day Class: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Night Class: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Cost: $160 SASi members, $185 non-members
• Includes: one bag of clay, glazes, use of studio tools and instruction
Weekly Oil Painting Classes with Todd Baxter in his Studio
• Fridays from 10:00 to noon
• Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00
To register or for more information, call Southern Arts Society at 704-739-5585 or email us at SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com