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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).
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 or visit Southern Arts Society website 

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
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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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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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, 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 
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 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 Gift card via email.
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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
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
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Upcoming events at Senior Center 

SHIIP Program
Between January 1-March 31, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries can switch to another Advantage plan or go back to original Medicare and join a prescription drug plan. Appointments available January 6 and February 10. Also, you may qualify for Extra Help for your drug costs.
Carolina Shred Truck
Onsite on Wednesdays, January 5, and March 2. You can bring your papers up to a week in advance.
Smart Phone Clinic by Trey Ross
Mondays, January 10 & February 14, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dutch Lunch Bunch the 2nd Wednesday 
of the month
January 12—Canceled
February 9— Ken & Mary’s in Shelby
March 9—Hamrick’s and Daddy Joe’s BBQ in Gaffney (leaving at 9:00AM)
Please sign up in the Gift Shop with your $1.00 transportation fee to reserve your seat! First-timers must
sign a liability waiver before you can travel with us.
Faith and Fellowship via Conference Calling
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Call the Center to get the telephone number.
Spiritual Grief 
Presentation by Hospice Cleveland County
Wednesday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join us in the dining room or via Zoom. Call the Center to sign up and get the Zoom link, if applicable.
Art Classes with Tammy and Marie
Day art classes (open to ages 55+) Thursdays, January 13, February 10 & March 10, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Day classes are $7.

Vision Presentation by Lucy Plyler
Wednesday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides services to people who are visually impaired, blind, and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment. They offer comprehensive, quality services to assist you in adjusting to your vision loss and learning to live independently and safely in your home and community. Come join us to find out what services they have to offer!
Basic Computer Classes by Beth McDaniel
Mondays and Wednesdays, January 24, 26, 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 23, 28, and March 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Call Karen at the Center to sign up. Seating is limited.
Tax Assistance by Liberty Tax
Call the Senior Center at the end of January or beginning of February to find out more details about having your income taxes reviewed.
Exercise Assistance
Gardner-Webb Exercise Science Students will be coming to the Exercise Room to help participants develop an individualized exercise plan. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the center to put your name on the interest list and we will call you with dates and times later in January.
Steps to Health by Nancy Abasiekong with the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension
Wednesday, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 16 and 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join Nancy in learning simple steps to take control of your health. Call Karen at the Center to sign up.
Special occasion
Bingo parties
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
• Team Spirit Day - January 27: Sport your favorite teams’ attire.
• Valentine’s Day - February 10: Adorn yourself in red and/or pink.
• Pajama Day - February 24: Wear your favorite pair of pajamas and don’t forget your slippers!
St. Patrick’s Day - March 17: Dress in green, like a wee leprechaun!
GERD and Acid Reflux Presentation by 
Mountain Street 
Thursday, February 3, 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Leaving a Legacy by Johnsie Brevard 
Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join Johnsie in the Ceramics Room for this four-part Senior Project series. She will educate you about the importance of knowing your heritage, so you can share the information with younger generations.
Call the Center to sign up.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, January 14, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Please call Karen Grigg at the Center to schedule an appointment. Your donation could save a life.
Valentine’s Day Party
Monday, February 14 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Call the Center or stop by the Front Desk to sign up.
Demo Day with Mauney Library
Tuesday, February 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join the library staff in Conference Room II as they demonstrate some of the technology available in the library Makerspace. See a 3D printer and a Cricut smart cutting machine in action and learn about their many uses.
Janie’s Art Night
Tuesday, February 22, 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Sign up and pay the S15.00 fee at the Front Desk before Thursday, February 17. All supplies will be provided.
Craft class by 
Michele Cook with Hospice Cleveland County
Tuesday, March 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Michele in the Dining Room for a fun Easter craft. All supplies will be provided. Call Karen at the Center to sign up.
Disaster Preparedness Presentation by the American Red Cross
Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. —11:00 a.m.
Build confidence by learning simple steps you can take now to help prepare and protect your family.
Join us in the Dining Room or via Zoom if you would rather stay at home. Call the Center to sign up
and get the Zoom link, if applicable.
AARP Safety Driving Class
Wednesday, March 30, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Participants will receive reminders on safety, defensive-driving, and a whole lot more! Course costs $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members. (There may be limited grant funding for seniors
60 and over to assist with a portion of the payment). Please contact the Senior Center for more information and to pre-register for this class.
S.H.O.P. Food Pantry: 
Please call if you need food, Depends, Boost, or a mask. We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by!
Senior Center 
Donations Needed
Personal hygiene products, Depends, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, cleaning & laundry products, masks, activity books, canned and dry goods, microwavable meals, and pet food. Individually packaged items: pudding, fruit, soup, Pop Tarts, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, oatmeal, grits, etc.
Programs are open to people ages 55 and up. For updates or more information on any of these events, please call 704-734-0447.
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Veterans and citizens commemorate Veterans Day in Patriots Park. Photo Loretta Cozart

History of Veterans Day

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

By Loretta Cozart

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

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

Delta Tau celebrates 10th birthday

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

Photo provided
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Loretta Cozart

Loretta Cozart to speak at
Broad River Genealogy Society

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

By Loretta Cozart

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

KMHM Sneak Preview to welcome the trains back

By  January Costa
Director & Curator

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

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

Mathias Tabares-Betancur chosen
as KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen

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

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

Arlene “Go – Go” Barrett celebrates 90th birthday

By David Barrett
 and Loretta Cozart

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

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

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

Helen Williams Bullock celebrated 104th birthday

By Loretta Cozart

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

By Mari Slaughter

November 2 Municipal Elections - Place: Mauney Library Community Room for voters in the Kings Mountain South District. Time: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
November 11 -  Closed in honor of Veteran’s Day
November 25 – 27 - Closed for  Thanksgiving Holiday
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne - Register: event calendar.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:00 am.  Event URL will be sent via registration email. Ages: preschoolers
Library Storytime in Person - Register by going to URL: event calendar. FridayS, 10:30-11:00 am, Library Community Room. Ages: preschoolers
Zoom Bedtime Storytime - Join event by typing in URL: Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30 pm
Drop-In Computer Lab for personalized help with any technology questions you may have. Thursdays, November 4 and November 18, Noon – 4 pm, Carolina Room at Mauney Library. Ages: Adults. This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources  (IMLS grant number LS-250229-OLS-21).
Lego Club - Free build and participate in group projects, snacks provided. Third Thursday of every month, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Library Community Room. Ages: 6-12 years old
Intro to TinkerCAD: Learn the basics of 3D modeling using the free online program TinkerCAD. Registration fequired. Friday, November 19th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Library Community Room. Ages Teen to Adult
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. For the latest in library news and events, visit                            
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Bring the kiddos and drive thru Kings Mountain Baptist for Fall fun Sunday night. Photo provided

KM Baptist holds Fall Fun drive thru Oct. 31

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

Hall of Fame
holds 2-year

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

Madison Noll selected
KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen

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

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

North Elementary’s
Relay for Life kicks-off

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

North Elementary
celebrates International Dot Day

By Anna Hughes

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

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

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

Special to Herald

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

Kitchen closed at American Legion

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

Eastside Baptist Homecoming
to be held Sunday, October 3

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

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

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

Girl Talk Ministry helps girls rise above adversities

By Loretta Cozart

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

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

By Loretta Cozart

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

Museum’s Reverse Raffle and Online Auction in full swing

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

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

Westmoreland brothers help
establish River Hill Refuge 

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

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

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

Sheriff Norman offers tips
for a safe Labor Day weekend

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

Monty Thornburg

By Loretta Cozart

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

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