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Reagan Hutson of the Civil Air Patrol in Gastonia honors great-grandfather Hicel Fred McKinney during Wreaths Across America Day on December 17. Photo by Karen Hutson 

Cadet honors great-grandfather at Wreaths Across America Day

By Loretta Cozart

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

Week 2 of  KM Christmas celebrations

By Loretta Cozart

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

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

Photo by Loretta Cozart
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Santa Visits KM Historical Museum

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

Photo by KM Historical Museum

KMIS recognizes
responsible students

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

The Nutcracker performances at Joy Performance Center in Dec.

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

The Kings Mountain High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce their newest Good Citizen is Amelia Jones.
Amelia is a fourth grade student at Bethware Elementary.
Amelia is a kind and caring student who goes above and beyond to help her peers and make them feel welcome. She is a great role model to other students.
Amelia’s favorite subject is reading and her favorite series to read is the Babysitter’s Club. When she is not at school, Amelia enjoys art, especially painting, dancing and playing with her siblings, Cowan and Eva. Amelia’s positive attitude and willingness to help others is what makes her an outstanding citizen.
Amelia’s father is John Jones and her mother and step-father are Katie and Tyle McDaniel. She is the granddaughter of Lee and Hal Bryant, Jodie and Mark McDaniel and Ellen and Brad Jones.
Bethware congratulates Amelia on all her successes now and in the future.
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KMHS Class of 1965 57th REUNION – Attending members, front row seated, L-R: Bill Mullinax, Jerry Bedsole, Lynda Mauney Frye, Becky Burton Smith, Sarah Mauney Faunce, Gloria Hull Valentine, Diane Henson Dellinger, Dorothy Etters Lane, Donna Manning Anthony. Second row, L-R: Jim Wright, Pat Murphy, Kenny McAbee, Dennis Patterson, Hubert Ledford, Susan Littlejohn Gibson, Eddie Hinson, Helen Owens Putnam, Lyn Cheshire, Dianne Dixon Senn, Roxie Sellers Trammel, Marlene Hartsoe Bennett, Kathy Yarbro, Becky Payne Barrett, Jim Pressley, Jewel Hayes Dancy, Mickey Bell, Connie Dixon Bell, Gerald Matheny, Andrew Dunn, Tommy Black. Third row, L-R: Sid Carpenter, Mike Butler, Joe Patterson, June Marlowe Higgenbotham, Rodney Smith and Steve Griff.

KMHS Class of 1965
57th Reunion held

The Kings Mountain High School Class of 1965 held their 57th reunion on Saturday, October 15. Their  55th reunion could not be held due to Covid complications.  The event was celebrated at the Joy Theatre Event Center at 7PM.
The class of ‘65 was the last class to graduate from Central High School, Ridge Street.  219 members were graduated as they were the first of the Baby Boomers to come through Kings Mountain Schools.  The class was most remembered for their undefeated football championship season, basketball conference championship and conference runner-up in baseball.
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Dr. J. C. Patrick was Mayor of Kings Mountain from 1907 – 1909. Painting by Timmy Hord

City unveils portrait
of Mayor J.C. Patrick

By Loretta Cozart

On October 25, just before the city council meeting, City of Kings Mountain Mayor Scott Neisler remembered an early mayor who played key roles in the modernization of Kings Mountain: Dr. John Christopher Blair Patrick (J.C. Patrick) who served as mayor for the city from 1907 –  1909.
Mayor Neisler said that Rev. Rob Patrick of Boyce Memorial ARP Church once came to give the invocation during city council and mentioned that he had a photo of J. C. Patrick. Rob is the grandnephew of J.C. Patrick and offered to share a photo of his family member with the city to create a portrait for the Mayor’s Wall in city hall.
To learn more about Patrick, Mayor Neisler searched City of Kings Mountain Minute Books from 1908. From those official records, he learned that under Mayor Patrick’s term, the city of Kings Mountain made to significant strides in public health and public education.
A significant action occurred when the city went to the bond market and borrowed $50,000 to start a city water system. “Until that time, the city had no public water. The amount borrowed would equate to $1.6 million dollars today,” he said.
“At that time, the city also borrowed $15,000 in bonds to start a graded school. That would equate  to $316,000 today. The city had no public school until 1908 and we have Mayor J.C. Patrick to thank for that,” he said.
Rev. Patrick then shared a little early history of the Patrick family. “John Christopher Blair Patrick was the third generation of my family born in America after coming here from Ireland. I have been told he was also the first dentist in Kings Mountain. He passed away in 1912. He and his wife had no children. He married Nellie Brown of Kings Mountain, and she remained a widow for the rest of her life,” he shared with those in attendance as he unveiled the oil painting by Timmy Hord.
According to, Dr. J.C. Patrick was born in York County, SC, and was a well-known dentist who served as a council member for the city four years. He acted as mayor from December 1, 1907 –  November 30, 1909. He suffered from facial cancer four years which eventually led to his being confined at home for a year before his death. He and his wife Nellie were married for eight years. He died at the age of 42.
Using the city’s cemetery information online, one can see that Nellie was 35 when her husband died. She lived until December 12, 1959, and died at the age of 82. Both are buried in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Mayor Neisler pointed out that what Patrick did then is no different than what any mayor and city councilperson has done since the town’s inception. “They have all worked to do what is the best for Kings Mountain,” he said.
The city is missing two more images from the Mayor’s Wall who have served Kings Mountain since 1874: Dr. F.M. (Frank) Garrett and L.T. Mann. Mayor Neisler asks if you are a relative of either mayor or have a photo the city can use to create a portrait, that you call city hall. 704-734-0444. Your photograph will be returned to you once the portrait is completed.
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Two KM firefighters graduate
NC Breathing Equipment
Firefighter Survival School

By Loretta Cozart

On October 14, KMFD Firefighter Clark and Firefighter Allen graduated from North Carolina Breathing Equipment Firefighter Survival School at Gaston College. The course is demanding and considered the most advanced firefighter survival school participants ever attend.
According to the NC Breathing Equipment School participant application, Fire Chiefs are required to write a letter of recommendation and are advised, “This is an advanced firefighter school, physically and psychologically demanding. Please only approve capable, qualified veteran individuals. Participants should be Firefighter II certified and familiar with the normal use and operation of SCBA’s. They should be in very good physical condition. Participants will be faced with physical exertion and psychologically stressful situations.”
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Carolina pottery festival returns November 5

The Carolina Pottery Festival returns for its 21st year on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LeGrand Center, 1800 E. Marion St. in Shelby, NC. This pottery festival attracts crowds of over 2000 pottery lovers with over 100 well-known regional potters showing and selling their work. It is one of the largest “pottery only” festivals in the southeast with a wide range of traditional and contemporary work that is functional, decorative, and sculptural. Artists are on hand to talk about their inspiration, methods of creation and answer any questions.
This festival was started by potters, for potters and continues to celebrate and honor the rich heritage of pottery in our region. “This is an excellent way to see so many different styles of pottery all under one roof,” stated Bobbi Black, one of the Festival founders. “Our goal has always been to showcase a wide variety of pottery and to give customers the opportunity to meet the potters while they shop.”
The pottery festival is coordinated by the Cleveland County Arts Council. “We are thrilled to be back this year with many returning potters as well as potters who are new to our festival,” commented Shearra Miller, Executive Director of the Arts Council.
Again, this year you will have the opportunity to purchase handmade and numbered NC ornaments by Vicki Gill. These unique ornaments are a lovely addition to any pottery lover’s collection. A limited number have been made.
Attendees can also register for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate that can be used during the festival at any vendor’s booth.
Parking is convenient and free.  Admission is $6.00 for those ages 13 and over. Tickets may be purchased in advance on-line at
For more information, contact the Cleveland County Arts Council, 704-484-2787 or visit or
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Kings Mountain Rotary Club President, Greg Shull (left), receives the Distinguished Rotarian Award presented by Peter Bagley. Photo by Amanda Justice

Distinguished Rotarian Award

Kings Mountain Rotary Club President, Greg Shull (left), receives the Distinguished Rotarian Award presented by Peter  Bagley.                                                  Photo by Amanda Justice

It’s Fall, Y’all!

By Loretta Cozart

As the thermometer reading drops each day, with afternoon temperatures rising into the 60s and 70s, it can be difficult to believe that fall has come. We have had a few frosts. Even so, the people of Kings Mountain love the fall and decorations around town attest. Spending time with friends and appreciating beautiful days make life more enjoyable this time of year. As you drive around town, take note
of the beautiful fall decorations.
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Congratulations to North School’s Fun-Run winners. Pictured L-R: Hunter Griffin(1/2 Mile, 1st Place), Alex Salgado(2 Mile, 1st Place), Coach McDaniel, Aiden Baker(1/2 Mile, 2nd Place), and Addy Bishop (1/2 Mile, 1st Place). Photo Anna Hughes

Congratulations to North School’s Fun-Run winners

. Pictured L-R: Hunter Griffin(1/2 Mile, 1st Place), Alex Salgado(2 Mile,  1st Place), Coach McDaniel, Aiden Baker(1/2 Mile, 2nd Place), and Addy Bishop  (1/2 Mile, 1st Place).

Photo Anna Hughes

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L-R: pictured holding the plaque is Principal Andrew Ruppe, student Caroline Ruffalo and presenter Mark McDaniel.

KMHS Athletic Department
Good Citizen Award
goes to Caroline Ruffalo

The Kings Mountain High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce their newest Good Citizen Caroline Ruffalo. Caroline is a fourth grader at North Elementary School and she is  epitome of an outstanding good citizen.
Caroline is helpful, hardworking, considerate and a great friend. She always helps students around her and has a good attitude. She is trustworthy, loving and kind. Every morning, Caroline greets everyone with a smile and says “good morning.”
Caroline is successful in the classroom and she is a member of the Cleveland County Book Club. She also excels in volleyball and gymnastics in her spare time.
She loves to hang out with all her brothers and sisters, parents and enjoys helping take care of her one year old niece,Rver
Caroline is the daughter of Tom and Sherri Rufalo.

PAWS for good behavior at North Elementary

North Elementary students earning 80 percent of their PAWS stamps for good behavior earned participation in the first nine weeks behavior reward, Horse Day! Activities included petting, grooming and feeding miniature horses and a full-size horse, learning about horse behavior and care, practicing controlling our bodies around them, crafts, games, seeing inside a horse trailer and demonstrations by KMHS Future Farmers Association students.

Photos by Anna Hughes
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Connie Phifer Savell pins the DAR Good Citizen medal on this year’s Col. Frederick Hambright DAR Good Citizen Railey Madison Bolt. Photo provided

DAR Good
Citizen named

Connie Phifer Savell, DAR Good Citizen Chair, for the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter presents Railey Madison Bolt daughter of Jonathan and Katie Bolt, the Kings Mountain High School DAR Good Citizen Award for 2022.
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.
This award recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.
• This program is only open to students whose schools are accredited and in good standing with their state board of education.
• Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen.
• United States citizenship is not required.
• Additional rules and guidelines can be obtained by contacting your local DAR chapter.
Once a student is chosen as their school’s DAR Good Citizen the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay. Student participation in the scholarship portion of the program is optional.
Scholarships are awarded to essay winners at the chapter, state, division, and national levels.
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Mark McDaniel presented the Good Citizen Award to Principal Holly Robinson and student Eli Deaton. Photo provided

KMHS Athletic Department
Good Citizen Award
goes to Eli Deaton

The Kings Mountain High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce their Good Citizen Award to Eli Deaton. Eli is the outstanding fourth grade student from West Elementary School.
There are a million positive things to say about Eli. He works hard in the classroom and has a positive attitude, while encouraging his peers. He always seems to be a friend to everyone.
Eli is kind to his classmates and includes everyone at recess. He is a great teammate. Eli plays soccer for Barca Academy in Huntersville where he plays center midfield and center back. He also enjoys playing basketball for the Kings Mountain YMCA.
Eli is the son of Leslie and Tyler Deaton. He has two sisters, Addison and Rory and one brother, Henry. He is the grandson of Pat and Don Potter and Donna and Jody Deaton.
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Seeds in Season will be held on October 29 at 5 p.m. The event will feature local food, farmers, chefs. Photo by McKenna Rhyne Photography

Seeds in Season
returns October 29

Seeds in Season, a fundraising event by Uptown Shelby, is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, at 5 p.m. The event celebrates local food, farmers, and chefs with you this autumn!
The event returns to the beloved long table format, set under the twinkling lights of the Bobby Bell Pavilion. Enjoy a plated meal that incorporates local ingredients prepared by local chefs for an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience.
The menu includes Passed Bites of Barbecued Carolina Oyster, Sour Corn Hoe Cakes/Candied Jalapeño/Clabber, Crazy Chinese Girl Satays, and Pimento Cheese Nabs followed by a four-course menu.
Course One includes a “Casar” Salad with Little Gem lettuce, roots, roasted squash, cured egg yolk, and black garlic vinaigrette. Course Two includes a Sweet Potato Story with sweet potato dumplings, leaves, and sorghum-sage butter. Course Three is Carolina White Shrimp with sweet chili glaze, mushroom, and winter radish. A(vegetarian option substitutes delicata squash for shrimp. Course Four includes Apple Charlotte with white chocolate and pecans.
Jamie Swofford, of Old North Farm / The Chef’s Farmer, curated the menu for this special event. Reserve your seats at a special early bird rate until Oct 7. All proceeds go to the Uptown Shelby Association to help support their work in the community.
Uptown Shelby needs volunteers to make this event a success! Another way to show your support is by signing up for a volunteer shift. For more information, call (704) 484-3100.
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Battle of Kings Mountain
commemoration Oct. 6-9

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain National Military Park announced plans for activities commemorating the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain.
On Thursday October 6, the Overmountain Men will tell the story of “The Night Before Kings Mountain” at Cowpens National Battlefield. Overmountain Victory Trail Ranger Will Caldwell will also be at the park with an information station about the trail. The program begins at 5:15 p.m. Full event details may be found on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Website.
• On Friday October 7, there will be three programs occurring throughout the day at Kings Mountain National Military Park.
• 11:00am is the wreath laying ceremony at the US Monument.
• 3:00pm, the Overmountain Men march into the amphitheater and tell the story of “The Night Before Kings Mountain” again.
• 7:00pm, guided lantern tours begin. The lantern tours require a reservation. Park staff will start taking reservations on September 23rd. Those who are interested in making a reservation may do so on or after September 23rd by calling 864-936-7921 extension 3.
On Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9, there is a living history encampment at Kings Mountain National Military Park. The encampment will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Information about the events at Kings Mountain National Military Park may be found on the park website.
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Woman’s Club
Fall Vendor Fair

By Loretta Cozart

GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club announced their Fall Vendor event scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m. at the clubhouse at 108 W. Mountain Street in Kings Mountain.
There are few remaining spots left for vendors.
More information can be found at the club’s Facebook page. Just search for GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club to message the club.

North Elementary
Reading Buddy

By Anna Hughes

North Elementary School students have a special visitor and reading buddy one day per week. Dixie is a 10-year-old Boykin Spaniel and a certified therapy dog, through Therapy Dogs International.
She has been specially trained and evaluated for outstanding temperament and for the ability to provide comfort and support for children. Dixie enjoys lying by students while getting petted as they read a book to her and greeting children in the hallway between readers. She even makes visits to classrooms where students can pet and talk to her.
This "Tail Waggin' Tutor' program builds excitement about reading and may motivate a child to go home and read to their own dog. Dixie also helps children develop a better understanding of a dog, such as how to safely pet and interact with a dog, practice empathy and social skills, and learn how to teach a dog tricks.
North students have recently learned how to help teach her how to "give paw". Studies have shown a decrease in blood pressure and stress levels during Therapy Dog visits, and overall increased happiness, calmness, and emotional well-being. When Dixie is off duty, she enjoys playing fetch with tennis balls, camping, going to Lowes, and going on car rides.  Dixie's handler is North's school psychologist, Krista Kiser.  
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Mark McDaniel presented the plaques to Principal Miriam Harvey and student Carson Epps.

KMHS Athletic Dept.
Good Citizen Award
goes to Evan Goodnite

The Kings Mountain High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce their Good Citizen Award goes to Carson Epps,  the outstanding fourth grade
student from East Elementary School.
Carson is a talented and hard working student. He completes all tasks to the best of his ability and works well with others. He enjoys answering questions in class. Carson is responsible and challenges himself with setting and achieving various goals.
Carson likes playing basketball and baseball. He is a leader on the court  as well as often getting together teams to play basketball and recess.
East School sends best wishes on all Carson’s successes now and in the future.
Carson is the son of Megan Carson (mom) and Jeffrey and Kristie Epps (dad and step-mom). His sister is Jaden Epps.
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Fall Paint and Sip at Cleveland County Arts Council

Join Cleveland County Arts Council for an evening Paint and Sip session featuring beautiful fall Pumpkins September 27 from 6-8 p.m., where you can create your own fun masterpiece in just a couple hours. Worried you don't have any experience painting? We will teach you stroke-by-stroke how to get the painting you desire. Whether you are looking for a fun night out with your friends or just trying to find your creative side, we will make it happen! The event is open to those 16-years old and older.
   Cindy Sanders is in her 21st year of teaching art for Cleveland County Schools. She has taught at KMHS for the last 10 years and before that she taught at the elementary and middle school levels. She loves to teach all ages of students. Cindy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of NC at Charlotte and a MAE​​d in Art Education from East Carolina University.
  Wear old clothes and bring your favorite beverage and a snack to share (optional) Pre-registration (payment) is required for classes. You may pay with PayPal, can call the Arts Council at 704-484-2787, or visit the office to pay. You MUST pay for a class to be considered registered. ALL classes are held at the Arts Council unless otherwise stated. Masks will be worn, and social distancing will be enforced. Minimum number per class is four.

KMHS Homecoming Queen
to be crowned Friday

The Kings Mountain High student body has chosen five senior girls as finalists for the title of Kings Mountain High 2022 homecoming queen. The queen will be crowned during halftime of Friday night’s football game between the Mountaineers and Gastonia Hunter Huss Huskies at John Gamble Stadium.
   Attendants for the ceremony will be 2021 Homecoming Shaniah Wright and KMHS principal Dr. Morehead.
   The five finalists are:
• Paige Bagwell, daughter of Brent and Shannon Bagwell, nominated by the Beta Club. Paige is being escorted by her brothers, Daniel and DJ Bagwell.
• Megan Carley, daughter of Kathleen and Dennis Carley, nominated by the Math Club. Megan is being escorted by her father, Mr. Dennis Carley.
• Brayden Deaton, daughter of Ashley and Brad Deaton, nominated by the Science Club. Brayden is being escorted by her father, Mr. Brad Deaton.
• Katelynn Platt, daughter of Shannon and Edmond Platt, nominated by the Interact Club. Katelynn is being escorted by her father, Mr. Edmond Platt.
• Olivia Wilson, daughter of Jeff and Erin Wilson, nominated by Kings Revue. Olivia is being escorted by her father, Mr. Jeff Wilson.
   Other students nominated include:
• Hannah Bess, daughter of Charlotte Bess and Kodi Reid, nominated by FCCLA.
• Railey Bolt, daughter of Katie and Jonathan Bolt, nominated by ITS.
• Maley Bridges, daughter of Chad and Keisha Bridges, nominated by the HECS.
• Taniya Brown, daughter of Robert Brown Jr and Tinika Brown, nominated by Varsity Cheerleader.
• Jackie Echols, daughter of Kevin and Mindy Echols, nominated by the Symphonic Chorale.
• Katelyn Fleming, daughter of Julie and Jeff Fleming, nominated by FCA.
• Saylor Goforth, daughter of Brett and Jody Goforth, nominated by Milestones Yearbook.
• Anna Holder, daughter of Grant and Angela Holder, nominated by the Ambassadors.
• Maggie Honeycutt, daughter of Susan and Shane Crawford , nominated by Art Club.
• Ashley Laye, daughter of Greg and Jennifer Laye, nominated by Mounties Make a Wish.
• Taylor McSwain, daughter of Chad and Jennifer McSwain, nominated by KMBA.
• Cheyenne Mullinax, daughter of Eva and Steve Mullinax, nominated by Drama Club.
• September Perry, daughter of Sandy and Tip Phomsom, nominated by KM Marching Band.
• Karlie Postell, daughter of Wayne Worcester and Carolyn Postell, nominated by the Caged Bird Society.
• Carter Grace Reed, daughter of Mara Leigh and Jamie McGinnis, nominated by Tri-M Music Honors Society.
• Autumn Short, daughter of Richard Childers and Rikki Childers, nominated by Anime Club.
• Taylor Smith, daughter of Kolita Williams and Glenda Tate Williams, nominated by Student Participation Organization.
• Sindy Ulloa Vasquez, daughter of Maria Vasquez and Kelvin Ulloa, nominated by NAHS

Auditions open this week for two Christmas plays at KMLT

By Loretta Cozart

Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Three Wishes for Christmas are being held on Thursday Sept. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Joy Theatre in Kings Mountain, and on Saturday Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. Auditions continue at the Joy Theater on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ages 8 to 25 years old are invited to audition.
Performances are to be held in November on Friday 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday 13 and 20 at 3:00 p.m.
School performances are scheduled for November 15 and 16 at 9:30 a.m.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a hilarious Christmas classic, with a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant and is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
Three Wishes for Christmas is a play by Meredith Bridges. In the play, Peter Pakowski is sure that this Christmas is going to be the most miserable one of his life. Money is tight, so he knows Old Saint Nick won’t be bringing him the gifts that he wants, and what’s more, he is going to have to spend Christmas with his crazy cousin, Bertram! So, when Peter’s little sister convinces him to make a wish on a special Christmas star, he doesn’t have high hopes. But when a star fairy that only he can see appears in his living room, things liven up quickly! With an invisible fairy guest and three wishes that he must use before Christmas is over, Peter’s holiday celebrations with his large family are looking to be much more interesting than he thought!
WHO can audition?
• Ages 8 - 25
WHAT to expect at auditions:
• friendly faces greeting you inside the door
• arrive early enough to fill out form; be prepared to write a short bio
• check the rehearsal/performance calendar for personal conflicts
• auditions will be in groups of 10-15
• only directors and group of auditionees in audition area
• each auditionee will read from segments of the scripts
• you may audition for 1 or both plays, please indicate on audition form
• you may leave as soon as your audition is over
WHAT the directors are looking for:
• good projection and articulation
• character development
• big facial expressions
• demonstrative body language
• voice characterization
• eye contact
Audition Sign Up link:

Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame
to host
 Inaugural Induction Ceremony, September 17

The Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame will host their Inaugural Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 17 at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby.
Along with the performers being inducted into the Hall, two songs performed by former Cleveland County residents Alicia Bridges and Patty Loveless will be inducted as well.
Released in 1978, Disco classic “I Love the Nightlife”, co-written and performed by Lawndale native Alicia Bridges, went to number two on the US Billboard National Disco Action Top 30 chart for two weeks. It became a crossover hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and found worldwide success, reaching the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and South Africa. A re-release in 1994 allowed the song to reach number four in New Zealand and number five in Iceland.
Released in May 1989 as a single from former Kings Mountain resident Patty Loveless’ third
studio album Honky Tonk Angel, “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” was Loveless’ first No. 1 record on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The song charted for 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart, reaching the top of the chart during the week of August 12, 1989.
Performing both songs during the induction ceremony is one of Cleveland County’s most popular bands Crimson Rose.
Tickets are still available for this special event. To purchase tickets, visit the Don Gibson Theatre box office or purchase online at
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The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail committee announces their brand new four-seater John Deer Gator. Many trail sponsors helped with the purchase of this important vehicle, which will be used to monitor the 7 1/2 miles of trail.  

Photo by Shirley Brutko
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Local artist support grant recipients exhibit

The Cleveland County Arts Council is pleased to present an exceptional exhibit featuring artwork by recent Cleveland County Regional Artists Grant Recipients: Regina Bos, David Caldwell, Beth E. Coiner, Matthew Duffus, Darrin Griggs, Allegra Klett-Wilson, Doug Knotts, Ron Philbeck, and Chrys Riviere-Blalock.
The Artist Support Grant, funded by the N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development.
Over the past 26 years Cleveland County has had 42 artists receive this grant, some of them multiple times. The artists who are part of this exhibit received the grant during the past 10 years. Join us to celebrate these artists and their accomplishments.
The exhibit will be up through Sept. 29. The Arts Council is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 400 and Saturday, 10:00 – 2:00 and is located at 111 S. Washington Street in Shelby.
   Darrin Griggs, 55, is a printmaker producing primarily woodcut but also lino prints. All his prints are from his own original drawings, mostly of his environment on the family farm in Grover, where he is at least the fifth generation to live on the same property in Cleveland County. Darrin moved back to NC in 2019 after 24 years in Oslo, Norway, where he worked as journalist for a global business newspaper, while traveling Europe, Asia, and the Mideast as a specialist in the sector for offshore oil and gas.
   A graduate of Shelby High School, Darrin began drawing well before grade school and has continued all his life. He originally started his studies at Western Carolina University as a drawing student for several years before focusing on creative writing. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, writing and editing, at WCU, graduating summa cum laude, Darrin went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at UNC Greensboro. After 31 years as a journalist, he is now spending his time switching back and forth between his twin loves of writing and drawing, by working on a novel, drawing, and producing art prints.
   Matthew Duffus is the author of the novel “Swapping Purples” for Yellows, the collection Dunbar’s Folly and Other Stories, and the poetry chapbook Problems of the Soul and Otherwise. He was born in Pennsylvania and spent time living in Maryland, Indiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Tennessee, before finally settling in North Carolina, where he has lived for the past fifteen years. Along the way, he received graduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota and worked as a graduate instructor and research assistant, apartment caretaker, bookseller, concessions supervisor, and residence hall director. Matthew taught at Gardner-Webb University, but has recently accepted a position at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana He can be found online at & on twitter
   Beth E. Coiner is a modern dancer turned jeweler. She approaches each design much like a piece of choreography, drawing from the inherent movement found in natural and architectural landscapes. Her tiny sculpture designs are textured and intimate, creating wearable urban and rural vistas. She finds specimens in the natural world and transform them into wearable art. Her bespoke jewelry process refers back to an old style of jewelry making. It’s an intimate, tailor-made process of repurposing under-worn, or family heirloom jewelry into a re-imagined design for my clients. Each project has their own unique stories, little memories. Memories that remain after the sentimental materials have undergone their transformation into a new design.
   She likes to think there are similar parallels along the idea of intimacy with both her dances and jewelry for her collections and bespoke projects. When choreographing a solo or duet, instead of a large group, the dance is scaled down to focus on gestures and an unspoken narrative to tell a story. With her jewelry, the dance piece is present on a very macro scale. It reveals itself in the curvature of a tiny shell, or the repetition of shapes and textures, as well as how each piece relates to the body. In my creative process, the jewelry is the solo dancer, and the wearer is the stage. When Beth isn’t at her workbench making jewelry, she’s usually dancing.
   Born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC, Canada, Allegra Klett-Wilson made her way south via Seattle WA. She had been designing & crafting jewelry for over 20 years and officially established Allegra Nichole Designs in 2014 in Kings Mountain. In the fall of 2021, she moved her studio and home to Union Grove, N.C. where she is surrounded by 6 acres of woods. The area is rich in culture, history, and is so peaceful and inspiring. Allegra’s work embodies a unique and eclectic collection of jewelry combining silversmithing with natural stones. Self-taught and not liking to follow the rules, she creates intuitively, letting her materials do the talking. Having previously received a Regional Artists Project Grant, Allegra purchased a hydraulic press that changed how she creates her designs. She discovered the long-lost art of Die Struck Jewelry and is now able to create timeless and modern heirlooms to be passed on for generations. Her designs combine natural gemstones, pearls, Czech glass, and die struck impressions in sterling silver.
   Doug Knotts has been making pottery since 1972. When he was a sophomore in college, his major was English. “I decided to switch to an Art major after a couple of ceramic courses,” he said. After graduation, Knotts worked as a park potter in Alabama. It was production, but he was able to teach children that came through the park. He then worked at Toe River Arts Council in Mitchell County NC and after that he joined the NC Visiting Artist Association. He was placed at a Community College and worked at different schools in that area teaching and producing. Eventually he became known for his bird pots. He got the idea of birds from his grandfather. “He worked at a hospital, and he would carve birds out of wood and give them to the sick children in the hospital. I make bird pots because of those experiences; also, to continue to sell pots I needed something different.” Today, he is Associate Professor of Art at Gardner-Webb University.
   Studio Woodcarver and Sculptor since 1994, David Caldwell’s experience includes carving for the Shelby Carousel restoration, Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, and Bob Trotman Studios. His work can be seen in churches from New York to San Francisco. He is a three-time recipient of the NC Regional Artist Grant. Exhibitions include: GreenHill (NC), Gardner-Webb University (NC), Tryon Fine Arts Center (NC), Lauren Rogers Museum Of Art (MS) Teaching: Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Cleveland County Arts Council.
   Regina Bos is a graphic designer, painter, and small business owner. A graduate of Monmouth University, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Computer Graphics and Design. Regina has always been creative with exploring artistic mediums and began focusing her work within the Encaustic Medium in 2014. Mainly self-taught, she has also attended numerous workshops around the country. In 2018, the Encaustic Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, added her art to their Permanent Collection. Regina was a featured artist at the Propeller Art Gallery in Toronto during the International Layers of Meaning Encaustic Exhibition and received an award in the Annual Visual Harvest Exhibition with the Gaston Art Guild in the Rauch Gallery at Gaston College. Most recently, Regina was a grant recipient from the North Carolina Art Council, Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council, and the Cleveland County Arts Council.
   Ron Philbeck is a potter specializing in wheel thrown, sodium vapor glazed pottery. The limited production and one-of-a-kind pots are created at his studio in Shelby, N.C. Ron believes that pots should be well made, pleasant to look at, and easy to use. His work can be found in collections and kitchens around the world.
   Painter Chrys Riviere-Blalock studied at Meredith College, Parsons The New School for Design, and Appalachian State University. She has taught studio and art history classes in colleges and universities for over 25 years, served as an exhibition juror and visiting artist at colleges in North and South Carolina, and led undergraduate art travel/study programs in France. She is a 2011 and 2014 recipient of the NC Regional Artist Project Grant from the NC Arts Council. Her work was selected for a solo exhibit on view 24/7 at the Hearst Tower Plaza during the 2012 Democratic National Convention and has been shown in NY at Artists Space and the Prince Street Gallery, in MS at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, in NC at GreenHill Center, the Bascom, the Hickory Museum of Art, & by the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. Artist residencies include Mountain Gateway Museum and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she is a 2014 Hambidge Fellow.
   In 2020 she was invited by the US State Dept. to exhibit work at the US Embassy in Riga, Latvia as part of their “Art in Embassies” program. Her work is in both national & international public & private collections.
   For more information about the exhibit, call the Arts Council, 704-484-2787 or visit
   Artists who are interested in applying for the an Artist Support Grant can receive more information at: Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. The Artist Support Grants will support projects occurring between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023, but all funds should be expended by June 30, 2023. Artists may request up to $3,000. The deadline is Noon, September 12th.

Tickets still available for CC Music Hall
of Fame’s Inaugural Induction Ceremony

The Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame in partnership with the Don Gibson Theatre will host their inaugural induction ceremony Saturday, September 17.
Earl Scruggs and Don Gibson, both natives of Shelby, highlight the first class. Joining Scruggs and Gibson are legendary disc jockey Hugh Dover, who worked at local stations WOHS in Shelby and WKMT in Kings Mountain, Bobby Rogers, owner of Bobby’s Music Shop and Rogers Theatre, Kings Mountain native and renowned record producer, Ron Feemster, and JB and Kathleen Lewis as well as Herman and Jean Dawson, owners of J&K Records.
Performers included in this event include The Jacktown Ramblers, Carolina Quartet, Dale Brittain with Randy Saxon, and Randy Escobedo.
The Dancing Fleas, Chris Ferree and the Medicine Crow and Bobby Hicks will join the performers on stage with a full stage jam session at the end of the program.
Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are still on sale for this event at Don Gibson Theater’s website under upcoming events. Great food, great music and honoring our musical pioneers! You don’t want to miss this event.

Six-Week ladies
Bible study begins at

Pfeiffer Cafe & Confections, Sept. 7

A ladies county-wide Bible study will begin  at Pfeiffer Cafe & Confections, located at 116 E. Warren Street, Shelby on Wednesday, September 7 through October 12 from 9 AM-11AM.
Best selling author and local Cleveland County native Cindi Wood will be leading  the six-week study "Anonymous" .
Reserve your spot by texting your name and contact info to: 704-418-1199. Bible study books will be available for  $15 which includes registration.
Cindi recently began exploring the idea of doing a county-wide Bible study with her friends. Their goal was to reach out to women to share their intense love for Jesus and the joy that He infuses into their lives. They wanted the location to be centrally located in the county, so that people from all over could get there easily. It needed to be a fun place to meet where women could feel comfortable, have fun conversation and good food to eat.
Steve and Vicky Knapp, owners of Pfeiffer Cafe &
Confections welcomed the
opportunity to offer their restaurant as a place to meet before they open for lunch.
Cindi shared, "The main purpose for the study is to feed our souls. Never has there been a  time when so many are disheartened and discouraged and need hope.
We want this to be a time that those who are in relationship with Jesus would come and join in and be encouraged. We also welcome those who have never explored this relationship, to join the group and learn what having fellowship with Jesus does for you. He is the answer to everything you are going through. It will be a wonderful time of gathering.
The foundation of the 'Anonymous' study will be in scripture. We will take a look at the lives of four nameless women in the
Bible whose lives were radically changed when they came in contact with Jesus.
If you know Him, be there. If you don't know Him, come and find out about Him. God has great things in store. I can sense that God is ready to do a mighty work in those who turn to Him. There is still time to register.
If you have done the 'Anonymous' study before, please come anyway, as there will be fresh new teaching. If you are hesitant about being in a crowd of women you don't know, don't worry, God will make it ok."
Cindi is a sought after speaker and Bible teacher, guiding women to deal with daily stress by experiencing a practical and deep relationship with Jesus. To view Cindi's personal message about the "Anonymous" study  go to: or to view her latest book "Blood Clots" visit her website at:

Patrick Sr. Center
Yard Sale Sept. 16

The Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain will be hosting a Yard Sale/Bake Sale/Craft Sale Fundraiser on Friday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will be held inside and outside, rain or shine.
The public is welcome to come shop that day. Anyone age 55 and up who would like to rent a table to sell items can call Karen Grigg at the Patrick Center at 704-734-0447 (please reserve by September 9). The cost is $5 per table and proceeds will go to our SHOP Food Pantry (Seniors Helping Other People).
The Patrick Center will have a bake sale table at the event and will be accepting baked goods to sell at the table. If you would like to donate a baked good, please call the Patrick Center or bring it by on the morning of the sale. Come enjoy a morning of shopping while supporting our efforts to feed seniors in need in the Kings Mountain area! The Patrick Center is located at 909 E King Street in Kings Mountain.
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L to R – Patti McMurry, Vice President of Access; Pete Brunnick, HPCCR CEO; Myra McGinnis, HCC President; Pam Sharts, Marketing, PR, & Special Events Manager; Rachel Hill, Vice President of Homecare Services; Jenny Sharp, Vice President of Quality & Compliance.

Hospice Cleveland County receives Non-Profit of the Year Award

Hospice Cleveland County was recently named “Non-Profit of the Year” at the Cleveland County Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet. The event was attended by Chamber members, board members, present and future officers, and ambassadors. All guests enjoyed a lively night of celebrating the local business community.
“Hospice Cleveland County is honored to win this prestigious award voted on by members of the Chamber,” said Myra McGinnis, Hospice Cleveland County President. “It is a privilege to provide end-of-life care for people in our community. This special recognition is a tribute to the exceptional services delivered by our dedicated staff members.” said McGinnis.
Pete Brunnick, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region CEO, also attended the event, along with several Hospice Cleveland County staff members. Hospice Cleveland County merged with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in 2020 to prepare for significant changes in healthcare, including the spread of for-profit hospices.
“Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region has a strong presence in both Carolinas and frequently competes against private equity backed hospices. The private equity model puts a lot of pressure on the organization to produce a profit. Being a not-for-profit allows us to invest more in our organization and direct our efforts towards patient care. For us, the reward is providing great care and knowing that we have made a difference in our community, we have made a difference in the care of families and patients, and the community is a better place because we’re here.”
Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region serves thousands of patients in 27 counties across the Carolinas. It operates three hospice houses in Mecklenburg County and one in Laurens County, SC. Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region also operates multiple offices in nearby counties. It was North Carolina's first hospice.
Hospice Cleveland County serves individuals in Cleveland, Gaston, Rutherford, and Burke counties. Hospice care is provided to people at home, Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. More than 16,000 people have been served since its inception in 1985.
If you would like to know more about Hospice and Palliative Care Services, or advance care planning, please visit our website at or contact us at 704-487-4677.    

Nuevo Pacto Wesleyan Church
to launch on  September 3

Nuevo Pacto Wesleyan Church will officially launch on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:00 PM in the Family Life Center of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church (701 East Gold Street, Kings Mountain, NC)!  East Gold is honored to host this developing congregation of Hispanic Christians!  In less than one year, they have established a core group of approximately 20 committed Kingdom building laborers.
YOU are invited to the launch service where those gathered will celebrate Jesus; celebrate this new church; enjoy great fellowship and eat great food!  Have you ever tried Cuban food?  It is fantastic!
Pastor Scott Whitney (East Gold Street Wesleyan Church) will formally welcome the new church and celebrate their partnership in ministry together in Kings Mountain. District Superintendent Reverend Jerry Lumston will be present to welcome the new church to the North Carolina West District of the Wesleyan Church and welcome Pastors Jose Rodriguez and Elizabeth Padron, as pastors of the new congregation. Mayor Scott Neisler will be present to welcome the new church to the City of Kings Mountain.
This will be an exciting time!  Please come join us!
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Ormand descendants gathered for the photo at the Old Furnace in Bessemer City on Saturday, July 30 for the 125th reunion. Due to the lens used, the distortion makes the furnace appear smaller and the people on the edges of the photo appear larger. (Photo provided)

125th Ormand Family Reunion held July 30

By Loretta Cozart

The first Ormand Old Furnace Family Reunion was held in 1897. One hundred twenty-five years later, the family still gathers at the Old Furnace in Bessemer City to celebrate their family and history.
The family gathered at the Old Furnace Picnic Grounds, 517 Long Creek Rd, Bessemer City on July 30 to celebrate and enjoy lunch together. Afterward, the family gathered in front of the Old Furnace as 70 family members posed for posterity.
James Ormand built his furnace as part of the Ormand Mining Company, which was part of Tryon County. The furnace was known for processing iron ore, and it is believed that iron processed here was used to make cannon balls for the American Revolution.
All Ormand/Ormond/Ormon/Orman families are included in this reunion each year. For more information or to be added to their list, contact
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Jesse Hughes

Jesse Hughes interns
in Washington, DC

Jesse Hughes, a rising Junior at Liberty University, is interning for Jim Jordan with the Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. as part of the University’s Washington Fellowship Program, designed to send students to Washington, D.C.
After graduating from Kings Mountain High School in 2020, he went to Liberty to pursue a double major in Law & Policy: Pre-Law and History, as well as a minor in Theology.
Hughes’ parents are Jeff and Kim Hughes of the Dixon Community.
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A FAMILY AFFAIR - Gene Roberts’ son, Kenneth, middle of photo, and his l6-yearold grandson, Craig, followed in his footsteps in the grocery business and like Mr. Roberts started to work at an early age. The senior Roberts reported to work for his son when Ken Roberts opened a new grocery store across from the Depot in 1979. (Photo provided)

Roberts’ Store was a
staple of life for many

Community and mill grocery stores were places folks in Kings Mountain shopped prior to bigger chain stores came to town. Even so, many of these stores thrived until the 1980s. The following article, written by Lib Stewart, is reprinted from a June 21, 1979, Kings Mountain Herald.
It was 1932 and the heart of the big depression that Gene Roberts joined his father in the operation of the family grocery business on North Piedmont Avenue.
That was 47 years ago when Roberts, now 70, was 28.
The familiar landmark will bow to changing times and the U.S. 74 Bypass of Kings Mountain. Roberts Grocery delivered the last load of groceries Friday.
Mr. Roberts, whose youthly appearance and wit, belie his age, speaks philosophically about leaving the site, only a block from his residence.
“I’ve always believed in accepting things as they are,” he laughed, recalling the good times he had experienced in the white frame store and the “good people” with whom he had been in contact.
The price of groceries does not compare, of course, with today’s prices but Roberts recalled how “times were hard” and it was just as difficult to have money in your pocket to buy pinto beans at five cents a pound, eggs at ten cents a dozen, fatback meat at five cents a pound, and gasoline at 17 cents a gallon.
Many of his first customers were credit customers who paid for groceries by the week or month. Some of the early purchases included cordwood, which sold for the unbelievable price of $5 per cord, and chickens and turkeys, your choice of live birds or dressed.
Many of his first customers were credit customers who paid for groceries by the week or month. Some of the early purchases Included cordwood, which sold for the unbelievable price of $6 per cord, and chickens and turkeys, your choice of live birds or dressed.
Ken Roberts, who started working in his father’s store at about the same age that Gene started work in the old Cora Mill store at 14, recalls taking live chickens and turkeys from penned-in “coops’ at the back of the store and dressing them while the customer waited.
Ken claims to have started working at age eight or nine, answering the phone for his father and making deliveries on his bicycle. He hopes to repay the favor in mid-July. Gene Roberts will be reporting to work for his son in a brand-new convenience store now under construction across from the KM Depot Center.
Bom on First Street in Kings Mountain, Roberts, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ross Roberts and next to the oldest of four children, has lived only a short distance from his birthplace all his life. Roberts was away from Kings Mountain while attending Mars Hill College and worked in Charlotte for a food chain.
The stretch of North Piedmont Avenue which passes his store was a dirt road until 1936 when it was resurfaced by work crews from the Works Progress Administration of the state. Roberts recalled how the workmen used pick and shovel to clean out the ditches and were paid 12.50 per week, not with cash, but with food coupons. They came across the street to his store or went to other stores in the neighborhood to get their groceries. Roberts recalled that in the early days other grocers were Cora Mill Store, Lum Gantt’s, which is now Pauline Store on Waco Road, B.A. Smith’s where the In and Out Store is now on Cleveland Ave. (now Linwood Mart), and John and Doc Mauney’s store which was located across the street from Smith’s.
   For six days a week Gene Roberts opened every morning at 6 a.m. and closed on Fridays and Saturdays as late as midnight, on many occasions. Kenneth recalled that when he went to work full-time 16-years ago many folks preferred to do their shopping on Saturday, which was the only day they came to town.   Some customers took their families to the Saturday night movies and shopped for groceries afterwards.
   Gene and Louise Hambright Roberts were married April 12,1936. They are parents of five children, Kenneth, of Kings Mountain, David of Gastonia, Diane Roberts (Mrs. Sammy) Houston of Thomasville, Linda (Mrs. Ed) Talion of Columbia, S.C., and Glenn Roberts of Kings Mountain. There are seven grandchildren.
   The Robertses have long been active in Kings Mountain Baptist Church where Mr. Roberts is a deacon and teaches a Sunday School class.
   Over the years he has seen his business grow from a small beginning with very little stock into an expanded grocery store, both in size and in trade.
   If he had his life to live over, would he do anything different? Does he have any immediate plans for retirement?
   No, he enjoys the grocery business, whether its cutting meat, helping a customer, or sweeping the floor.  And he likes people, swaps stories with them about the “good ole days,” and never meets & stranger. His sense of humor keeps him young.
   Mr. Roberts, who walks to and from work every day, expects to get in a little more walking when he moves several blocks down the street to the new location. It will be a brand-new experience because for the first time in 47 years Roberts will be working for someone else. In fact, a new generation of Robertses will be working in the new store. Sixteen- year-old Craig Roberts is following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps.
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The 508th Headquarters-HQ Company, will present a WWII Living History encampment at Kings Mountain Historical Museum on July 30. Photo by KM Historical Museum

Museum to hold World War II Living History Day

Kings Mountain Historical Museum will hold a WWII Living History Day event on Saturday July 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free!
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites the public to come out and see a World War II timeline camp. Various living history displays, and reenactors will be present on the museum grounds to interact with the museum guests telling of the U.S. military involvement in the European Theater of Operations.
Focus will be on Airborne Operations (Parachute Infantry Regiment) during World War II. Presented by the 508th Headquarters-HQ Company, this is a living history event, with a focus on how a headquarters company operates (medical, demolition and communications). Author Steve R. Zaley will also be selling copies of his book They Are Only Gone If They Are Forgotten.
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Rylee Parker born July 1

David and Micki Parker, of Kings Mountain, proudly announce the birth of their daughter Rylee Parker on July 1 at Atrium Shelby. Rylee weighed 7 pounds and was 19-1/2 inches long. Rylee’s sister is Madison Mellon. Proud grandparents are Danny and Peggy Parker of Kings Mountain, and Chad and Brenda Carpenter of Grover.
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Broad River Genealogical Society helps folks learn local family history

Researching genealogy online is often fun and rewarding, until you realize the dates, ages and locations are not accurate, grandma could not have had a child at six or even eighty years of age. How do you resolve those issues? Through old-school, hands-on, genealogical research, and that’s exactly what the Broad River Genealogical Society Archives/Library offers.
There are one-of-a-kind histories available to assist the researcher with regional families going back before the Revolutionary War. There are private collections allowing rare glimpses into the fabric of area families as their threads extend westward.
There are stories and mysteries awaiting to be unearthed in many of the old records. Don’t miss this truly remarkable asset called the Broad River Genealogical Society Archives/Library located at 1145 County Home Road, Shelby NC 28152, open every Tuesday evening 6 to 8 pm; 2nd and 3rd Saturday’s 9 am to 1 pm; or by appointment.
Broad River Genealogical Society also offers membership for $25 dollars a year. With that membership, you get four booklets, one each quarter you. The booklets are about 60-pages filled with ancestry of the area and its history.
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Wyldwood Stringband

Wyldwood Stringband at
Earl Scruggs center stage
Thursday, July 14

By Loretta Cozart

This Thursday, July 14, Earl Scruggs Center Stage Concert Series features Wyldwood String Band from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
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 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.
All tickets are General Admission for $10 and a cash bar is available.
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Creativity, Community & Emergence: Book Artists finding hope in isolation

The Cleveland County Arts Council announced a new exhibit that includes work from more than 25 artists from North Carolina’s Triangle Book Arts created to communicate and express hope during the isolation of the Covid 19 pandemic.
These artists will share work shown last summer in a group exhibit at Duke Hospital, which was open only to caregivers, patients, and their families; art they sent to each other in the U.S. Mail (“Mail Art”); and works they have made more recently during this uncertain time of emergence. The artwork ranges from charming and playful to the serious, beautiful, disturbing, and thought provoking.
The exhibit is on display at Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby. The exhibit will remain up through August 11.
   Accordion books, button books, collages, printmaking, retablo installation, books in boxes, postcards, and bookmarks are just some of the forms of art that members of North Carolina’s Triangle Book Arts (TBA) have created to communicate and express hope during the isolation of the pandemic. Accustomed to sharing their work and meeting to share skills, swap supplies, and show their latest work in community workshops, the group sought ways to communicate and share in new and challenging circumstances.
Book art embraces a surprising array of skills and approaches from letterpress printing to origami, collage, painting, and photography. TBA members define “book art” widely, from art that uses and plays with forms of the book as a medium of expression to any work that refers to the book as an idea or form of inspiration.
   The Arts Council is open Mon. – Friday, 9:00 – 4:00 and Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00. For more information, call 704-484-2787 or visit or

July Library news

By Mari Slaughter

The Motley Tones
The region’s most popular pirate performing group entertaining families with their unique blend of classical and oft-times amusing sea shanties. They are well known for their interactive street shows that captivates the crowds. Wednesday, July 13, 11 am – NOON. Kings Mountain Patriots Park, 220 S. Railroad Ave. Family event

Pirate Workshop
Learn the pirate way of life with the Motley Tones while enjoying a free lunch. Patriots Park Amphitheater, courtesy of Mauney Memorial Library. Wednesday, July 13, 1-2 pm. TEENS ONLY – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Light-Up Camping Buckets
Assemble a portable light-up camping seat, customized with vinyl from the library Cricut machine. Thursday, July 14, 1-2 pm, Library Community Room. ADULTS – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Read Local Book Fair
Meet with local authors and hear about their books at the annual Read Local Book Fair! The seventeen authors will have books for sale. Patrick Senior Center, 909 East King Street. Monday, July 18, 10 – 1 pm. All Ages Welcome

InterACTive Theater of Jef Lambdin
Whether onstage or roving, Jef is a quiet kind of guy. He juggles and balances things. He gets confused at times. (Sometimes he even forgets what his hat is for!) He involves his audience members to help him when he’s confused and to play along with his mime, mask, and variety arts shenanigans. He even leads sing-a-longs!  
Jef studied mime with C.W. Metcalf and Tony Montanaro with brief instruction with Jacques Lecoq. For 17 years he performed as a member of TOUCH, North Carolina’s premier mime theater. He then created the mascot, Wool E. Bull, for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club and began performing with his juggling partner, Ken Kay, as Ken & Jef.  Since Ken retired, Jef has performed solo, captivating children and families throughout the South.
Wednesday, July 20, 10 – 11 am, Kings Mountain Patriots Park, 220 S. Railroad Ave.
Ages: 6 – 12

STEM Toy Saturdays
Enjoy a rotating selection of fun STEM (Science, Technology, Electronics, Mathematics) Toys. Saturday, July 30, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Harris Children’s Wing. Ages: 6 -12

Field Day
Have fun in the sun with bounce houses, water inflatables and a complimentary scoop of ice cream from Scoop! Inflatables provided by Mad Hatter Amusements. Tuesday, July 26, 10 am – NOON, Kings Mountain Patriots Park, 220 S. Railroad Ave. Ages: 6 – 12

Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your home. Register: event calendar. Tuesdays, 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: event calendar,
Fridays 10:30-11:00 am, Mauney Library Community Room Ages: preschoolers
Computer Lab
Drop-In Computer Lab for personalized help with any technology questions you may have. Thursdays, July 7, 21, and 28, 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
Join event by typing in URL:
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, July 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm,  Mauney Library Community Room Ages: Adults

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Sheriff Alan Norman

Sheriff Norman’s tips for
a safe July 4th weekend

With the July 4m weekend approaching, Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable, and safe for everyone.
Cleveland County citizens should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 13,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year. You can enjoy a safe Fourth of July by following these safety tips:
• Make yourself familiar with GS 14-414 for allowable fireworks (remember fireworks that detonate, explode, or propel themselves through the air are illegal)
• Never give fireworks to small children
• Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
• Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
Sheriff Norman also wants citizens to use caution when swimming at a pool or driving on busy streets and highways. Sheriff Norman said, “Sadly, most deaths from drowning occur within a few feet of safety.” The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. The Red Cross has swimming courses for people of any age and swimming ability. To find out where lessons are offered, or to enroll in a CPR/AED or first aid course, contact your local Red Cross chapter.
At a swimming pool, take the following precautions:
• If no lifeguard is on duty, do not let children swim unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows lifesaving techniques and first aid.
• Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
• Look around the pool area to be certain lifesaving devices are readily available for emergency use.
• Be sure covers are installed on all drains of a swimming pool or in a wading pool. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
• Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and rests.
• If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.
• To reduce the risk of eye, ear, nose or throat infection from contaminated water, swim only in pools in which water quality is properly maintained. The water should appear clear, be continuously circulated, and be maintained at a level that allows free overflow into the gutter or skimmer. There should not be a strong odor of ammonia or chlorine.
On the highways, follow these safety tips:
• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.
• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer - giving you extra seconds to respond.
• You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise. Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.
• Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.
• Drivers should always “aim high” in steering. That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you. Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.
• Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you longer to stop. Also remember that it is good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you are being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.
   “Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving. Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers. Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones - just get out of their way.”
   Sheriff Norman said in closing, “Following these precautions will help the children and citizens of Cleveland County stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.”

KM’s Brockman,
Melton selected to
NC Baseball Coaches’ All-State team

Kings Mountain High School pitcher-infielders Zane Brockman and Charlie Melton have been selected as pitchers on the 2022 North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-State team.
Brockman, a junior, compiled an 8-0 record for the Big South Conference champion Mountaineers. He registered 72 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched. He posted a 1.17 earned run average. When not on the mound, he played third base and shortstop and compiled a .356 batting average and drove in 17 runs.
Melton, a senior, posted a 5-1 pitching mark and a 1.20 ERA. He struck out 66 batters. When not on the mound he also played shortstop or third base and compiled a .256 batting average. 

“A FRESH LOOK” Art Competition and Exhibit

“A Fresh Look” art exhibit and competition opened last week at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain. Artists from around the region have submitted over seventy works of art to be judged for cash prizes. Artists were asked to show their most recent work taking a fresh look at the world around them. The theme for this show is very open, allowing for a wide variety of subject matter to be entered.
The artwork in the exhibit is bright and uplifting showing that the artists have chosen to see the beauty and color in the world around them. There are a lot of landscapes, wildlife, and scenes from beyond our region, perhaps showing a desire to travel again and see more of the outside world. Artists have entered work in a variety of media: oil, acrylic and pastel paintings, photography, mixed media, glass and collage.
Judging this year’s show is Myles Calvert, Associate Professor of Art at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. The public is invited to meet participating artists at a public reception on Saturday June 25th from 6-8 pm. Awards will be presented at 7 pm. This is a Free event and dress is casual. Winners will then be posted on Southern Arts Society’s website and Facebook page. The exhibit is on view through July 29. Artwork in the exhibit is available for sale.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Ave. at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground Avenues in the historic Southern Railway Depot. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing art exhibits and competitions, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours:  Tues through Sat, 10 am to 3 pm, and by Appointment. Admission is Free. For more information, please visit, or call 704.739.5585. Email
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Patrick Senior Center
July Events

Upcoming Special Events:
• Medicare Scams and Frauds: Tuesday, July 5, 11-11:30 a.m. (also available via Zoom). Call to sign up.
• Gerd and Acid Reflux Presentation by Mountain Street Pharmacy: Thursday, July 7, 10-10:30 a.m. Call to sign up.
• Voter Registration: Friday, July 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Red Cross Blood Drive: Friday, July 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Please call Karen Grigg at the center to schedule an appointment.
• Local Authors’ Fair, hosted by the Mauney Library: Monday, July 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ongoing Activities at the Patrick Center
• Ceramics: Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• Facebook Chat: Mondays, 10-10:45 a.m. (online via Facebook)
• Color Me Calm: Mondays, 10-11 a.m.
• Seniors in Motion: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Classes begin July 6. Suggested donation of $1 per class for non-YMCA members.
• Quilting: Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m.
• Beginner Quilting: Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Dance Floor Rockers): Mondays, 1-3 p.m.
• Intermediate Line Dance (Southern Class): Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. *(on hiatus until after Labor Day)
• Clogging: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Knitting: Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
• Veterans Meeting: 1st Tuesday, 9-10 a.m.
• Dutch Lunch Bunch: 2nd Wednesday, July 13 – Red Lobster in Gastonia (Sign up required. Pay $1 transportation fee plus cost of your lunch)
• Tai Chi for Arthritis: Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m.
• Bible History: Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.
• REFIT Dance Exercise: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Monthly Birthday Celebration: 4th Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.
• Canasta: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.
• Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, 11:45-12:45 p.m. (fee required)
• Blood Pressure Clinic: 1st Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m.
• Food Giveaway: 3rd Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m. (registration required)
• Caregiver Support Group: 4th Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
• Healthy Lifestyles Class: Thursdays, 8-9:30 a.m.
• Gentle Exercise: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
• Bingo: Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
• Coffee & Conversation: Fridays, 8:30-10 a.m.
• Chorus: Fridays, 10-11 a.m.
• Friday Lunch: Fridays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (Call to sign up by Thursday at Noon. Cost is $3.)
• WII Bowling League: Fridays, 12-1 p.m.
• Chair Volleyball: Fridays, 12-2 p.m.
• Ping Pong/Corn Hole: Fridays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• Silver Strength by Lisa Medlin with Home Instead: Fridays, 3-4 p.m.
The Patrick Center is a SHIIP site and can help with Medicare questions and check to see if you qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs. We can also assist with transportation, loan equipment, incontinence supplies, nutritional supplements, and other services.
Please call the center at 704-734-0447 for more information or to sign up for programs. Programs are open to people ages 55 and up unless otherwise noted.
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Anna Holder

Holder served as
Page in Raleigh

Anna Holder, a student at Kings Mountain High School, recently served as a Page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the daughter of Grant Holder and Angela Holder and was sponsored by Speaker Tim Moore. Ms. Holder was appointed and introduced to the Members of the House during session on Monday night.
The North Carolina House Page Program offers a unique and firsthand experience to students from across the state. Each year, the program provides a captivating insight into government by connecting students with elected leaders of North Carolina.
Pages are given the opportunity to observe North Carolina lawmakers, lobbyists, staff, and constituents working together in the legislative process. The Pages witness and learn how a bill becomes a law, the structure of state government, and the legislative process. House Pages attend session and committee meetings each day. House Pages are also given the opportunity to provide office assistance to members and staff of the House of Representatives.
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Ruppe, new
principal at
North Elementary

Andrew Ruppe will be North Elementary School’s new principal, after the retirement of Principal Allen. “I am extremely excited to be taking over as principal of North Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year,” Ruppe said. “North has a long history of being an excellent school. I look forward to continuing that tradition into the future!”
Mr. Ruppe is a Cleveland County native and a current Kings Mountain resident. His entire career has been spent in the Kings Mountain Zone for Cleveland County Schools. “I was an 8th grade teacher for 6 1/2 years at Kings Mountain Middle School. I served as an assistant principal at KMMS for 3 1/2 years. For the past five years, I have served as the assistant principal of Bethware Elementary School.”
His wife, Nicole, is a teacher at Kings Mountain Intermediate School and they have one daughter that will be two in August.

W.A. Mauney House
renovation nears completion

By Loretta Cozart

Chris and David Stone have poured years of blood and sweat into restoring the second W.A. Mauney House at 106 N. Battleground Avenue in Kings Mountain. Soon, their work will be complete.
The home, a two-story vernacular Victorian, was built in 1877 by William Andrew Mauney, merchant, mill owner, and the city’s first mayor who also served in both the NC House and NC Senate.
So far, the electrical has been completely updated and the house is air conditioned. Renovations took the house from a two- to a four-bathroom home and the kitchen now has a breakfast nook. Some windows are being restored by Chris Stone at the family business, Foothills Historic Conservation.
“Things are moving along now, and I anticipate the house will be completed in four to six-weeks,” said David. “We have all the needed materials, and our crew is making substantial progress on the work. So, that timeframe is an accurate estimate.”
Take note as you pass the historic W.A. Mauney House in the next few weeks, as the porch renovation is completed. Most remaining work inside is cosmetic, involving paint and installing cabinetry and fixtures. Wallpaper in several rooms will harken back to the late 1800s, when W.A. Mauney built this home for his family to enjoy.
In ways, W.A. Mauney’s businesses and David Stone’s businesses are remarkably similar. Not because of the types of businesses they run, but because their family members are involved in many ways in their different endeavors.
David Stone’s family is involved in historic preservation and real estate locally. They own Foothills Historic Conservation, an historic restoration and general contracting business, and StoneWright Realty, both at 508 Canterbury Road in Kings Mountain. They also own The Imperial Mercantile and Lofts at 138 W. Mountain Street and the F.R. Summers house on North Piedmont Avenue in town. Currently, David Stone also serves as the president of the Historic Shelby Foundation.
What is meant by the description vernacular Victorian regarding the second W.A. Mauney home? R.W. Brunskill, author of Illustrated Handbook of Vernacular Architecture, says that in vernacular architecture, the function of the building would be the dominant factor, while aesthetic considerations, though present to some degree, take the backburner. Local materials are used as a matter of course, with other materials being chosen and imported only as needed.
W.A. Mauney built this home primarily for his family to enjoy and incorporated Victorian features, like a wraparound porch and gingerbread trim. The steep pitch of the roof is also a characteristic of such homes. Just three years prior to building his second house, W.A. Mauney and his family lived in their first home and store next door and in that year, Kings Mountain was incorporated.
This vernacular Victorian home speaks to W.A. Mauney’s stature in the community, and to the success of his business in a  brief time.