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Craig Cavender Photo by Windy Bagwell

Cavender selected  
KMMS employee 
of the month


Congratulations to 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Craig Cavender on being selected as our KMMS May Employee of the Month. 
   Mr. Cavender is always willing to step up and help anyone (adult or child) who needs anything, from carrying or delivering something someone needs, to propping a door in the morning for others, to watching a class. 
His efforts make him a thoughtful colleague. He cares for the students, knows tons of kids (and taught a lot of their parents), and they know he cares about them. He deserves to be recognized as Employee of the Month for KMMS! Congratulations to Mr. Cavender; thank you for all you do for KMMS!

North Elementary Author’s Tea

By Anna Hughes

North Elementary School First Grade Classes wrote books about their year in first grade. Mrs. Deason's Class book was called: "What Made First Grade Fun?" Mrs. Smith's Class book was called: "In the First Grade Together" Mrs. Wyte's Class book was called: "Flying Through First Grade".
The students got to enjoy a snack and teachers came by to meet the authors and have them autograph papers for them.

CLT auditions
begin June 26

Auditions for “Anne of Green Gables” by Cherryville Little Theatre will be held June 26, 27 and 28 from 6:30-9:20 p.m. at the Cherryville Little Theatre.
Rehearsals will be held in July and August.
Performances will be Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 22 and 29 at 3 p.m.
Jim Chandler is directing the show which is the classic tale of a plucky girl who touches the lives of everyone she meets in 1905 Prince Edward, England.
The play is written by Judy Johnson Davidson and produced by special arrangement from Pioneer Drama Services, Inc., Denver, Colorado.

The Gilded Age of Kings Mountain exhibit

By January Costa,
Director & Curator

Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites the public to mark the calendar for their upcoming exhibit opening, PEOPLE & PLACE: The Gilded Age of Kings Mountain, NC.
The city of Kings Mountain, NC was incorporated on February 11, 1874, during the era termed the Gilded Age, which refers to the time period between 1870 and 1900. This period of time often evokes images of great wealth and businessmen such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and G.W. Vanderbilt who became wealthy as the steel, oil, and railroad industries flourished.
This exhibit explores the beginnings of Kings Mountain and how the Gilded Age in North Carolina was a time of dramatic cultural transformation bringing new technology, new consumer goods, new patterns of living, and new opportunities for women.
To find out about other upcoming exhibits and events, please visit our website at For more info, call (704) 739-1019 or email
This event will adhere to social distancing protocols and guidelines in place at the time of the event. Masks are recommended.
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This week at the Library

There are lots of activities at Mauney Memorial Library this week. Three programs aimed toward those who enjoy gardening, traveling, and science are scheduled.
For those gardeners who enjoy gardening with heirloom variety seeds, the Seed Library is now available! Come into Mauney Library and see what we offer: true-to-type seeds, Heirloom seeds, and advice on planting. Take seeds or contribute some of your own to share with others. Summer Reading line up of events are listed on our calendar at
Architectural Tour of the World, Monday, June 14 at noon. Buckle your seat belts and get ready for a tour of the world right from home! The international traveler, Jasmine Blaze (as played by educational entertainer Martina Mathisen), takes you around the globe to discover the fantastic super structures that have stunned the world and will leave you in awe.
Of the one hundred super structures that stand on our planet today, the first fifty took eighty years in total to build. The second fifty have taken five years! See for yourself the unparalleled advances in architecture today.
Go to URL: for this virtual event.
Casey’s Laugh and Learn, Wednesday June 16. Casey Nees presents two exciting science programs that will have you laughing along at home! 10 am - Kids Program • 1 pm - Teens Program
Go to URL: for this virtual event.
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Kings Mountain Woman’s Club members Ann Bennett and Doris McGinnis assist a customer. Photo by Anne Gamble

Woman’s Club
Indoor Yard Sale June 19

GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club announces its annual Indoor Yard Sale at the clubhouse on June 19 from 7 am until noon.  All proceeds go directly into our Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship Fund.
The Woman's Club gives a $1,000 scholarship each year to a senior boy or girl attending a 4 year university in North Carolina.
Huge variety of items from household, craft, home decor, toys, and clothing. Come early so you do not miss out on the best selections.
Kings Mountain Woman’s Club is located at 108 East Mountain Street.
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Little Miss American Legion World Series Pageant contestants compete for nine positions as queens. Photo by ALWS

Little Miss American Legion World Series Pageant
set for August 7

The Little Miss ALWS Pageant has become increasingly popular since its inception as part of the 7th Inning Stretch Festival in 2015. Girls from infants through 12 years old compete for nine positions as queens, each one assigned to a regional team as a goodwill ambassador.
The 2020 Little Miss ALWS Pageant was cancelled because of coronavirus concerns, as were all other events associated with the 7th Inning Stretch Festival. Though the local ALWS committee felt it necessary to cancel the Festival for the second consecutive year because of virus concerns, the members decided that two smaller Festival-related events — the pageant and the ALWS 5K — could be revived for 2021 without creating health or safety issues.
The American Legion gave the local committee approval for the 2021 ALWS in April and plans for the 15-game national tournament Aug. 12-17 are proceeding.
Registration for the Little Miss ALWS Pageant opens June 1 with a deadline of 5 pm Monday, July 26. For information on age divisions and registration, visit Applications and payments will be accepted online. Mailed applications should be posted by Thursday, July 22; pageant organizers will confirm receipt of these applications via email. No applications will be accepted at check-in or on pageant day, Saturday, Aug. 7.
Parents and applicants need to remember that “first in is last out”: The first applicant will be the last contestant on stage in the applicant’s respective category.
The pageant will feature again a People’s Choice Award based on the highest dollars raised by applicants. This year’s recipient of the money raised has been determined and will be announced by the end of July.
“The pageant gives a segment of the community that may not otherwise be engaged in ALWS activities a way to participate in this national event,” said local committee Chairman Eddie Holbrook. “The girls enjoy being adopted by the teams and invited to events held by the team hosts. We believe bringing the pageant back is one more step toward normalcy for the ALWS and its fans.”
For information about sponsoring the Little Miss ALWS Pageant, contact Kim Davis of Dragonfly Marketing at 704-600-6599.
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Illuminated Market returns to KM

The second Illuminated Market, comprised of local artisans and vendors, will be held on June 26, from 5 to 9 pm. “Our inaugural Illuminated Event was a huge success! With over 20 vendors, music and giveaways, the attendees and vendors were a happy bunch!,” said Cobb Lahti, owner of Uncommon Artisans.
“We're planning our second one for June 26, from 5-9 pm, co-sponsored by the Main Street Program of the City of Kings Mountain. Our event is held in downtown Kings Mountain on West Mountain Street. The second event will include food trucks, music, and face painting. The event is free to attend and kid and dog friendly.”
“The downtown Kings Mountain area will be hopping that night, with a fundraiser concert for local venue, The Rooster, happening at the Joy Theatre down the street from the Illuminated Market. The concert will feature local musical groups as it raises money for the completion of a live music venue planned for downtown Gastonia, NC,” Lahti said.
While walking between events, local restaurant 133 West will feature music on the patio on West Mountain Street, and locally owned Scoops Ice Cream will be serving their freshly made ice creams, sorbets, and handmade shakes on Railroad Avenue. Revolution Brewhouse will serve adult-beverages and live music at their venue on Battleground Avenue.
For more information about our events or to become a vendor, contact or call 704-271-9661.

Bolin's Daycare Center Graduation!

Another graduation is in the history books at Bolin's Daycare Center. Congratulations to all of the little graduates who are heading to K-5 in the Fall. Hats off to the CLASS OF 2034! Pictured: Greyson Peeler, Braylen Smart, Mason Roof, Trevor Green, Harper Williamson, Aiden Adams, Adalyn Powell, Grayson Stanek, Kaden Hester, Hunter Sahms, Jaxon Jarvis, Liam Pierce, and Jared Smith. Not pictured: Piper Davis.

Photo Bolin’s Daycare Center
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City of Kings Mountain Main Street receives accreditation

The City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program  has been designated as an accredited Main Street™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.
“We are proud to recognize this year’s 889 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of Main Street America. “During an incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to drive impressive local recovery efforts, champion small businesses, and foster vibrant downtown districts. I am inspired by their hard work and confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their downtowns flourish in the next stages of recovery.”
In 2020, Main Street America programs generated $4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, generated 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,488 historic buildings, and clocked 983,702 volunteer hours.
The City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program’s performance is annually evaluated by the North Carolina Main Street Program which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as, fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
Following the guidelines of the State and National Main Street Programs, The City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program has helped keep downtown businesses open and helped six new businesses open.  The program has worked with city staff to help bring the concept of a new streetscape to reality. The second phase will be complete in late 2021. The future of the downtown and our small entrepreneurial businesses is bright, and the City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program will be here to help the business owners in every way possible.
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Storywalk® at the Gateway Trail

Mauney Memorial Library in collaboration with The Gateway Trail will present Storywalk® beginning Wednesday June 16, 2021. Stories will be change out weekly.
   For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
For the latest in library news and events, visit        

DAR Memorial service
and installation of officers

​​​​​By Libby Putnam

On Saturday, May 15, the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held a Memorial Service for those members and friends of the chapter who have passed away in the last two years.
Members who were remembered were Fran Sincox, Norma Fuchs, and Pat Plonk. A special friend of the chapter who was also remembered was Doyle Campbell, the organizing President of the Kings Mountain Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. A candle was lighted for each one remembered, and the attendees shared special memories and achievements of each.
Following the Memorial Service, a business meeting of the chapter was held and new officers for the 2021-2023 term of office were installed.  New officers for the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter are Robin Meyer - Regent, Renee Bost - Vice Regent, Chaplain - Becky Scism, Recording/Corresponding Secretary - Allison Falls, Treasurer - Ann Brogdon, Registrar - Heather Robbins, Historian - Sherry Sando, and Librarian - Natalie Bishop. Installing Officer was Libby Putnam, Past Regent.
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Governor Cooper issues
Executive Order to help
NC return to work

Governor Roy Cooper today issued an Executive Order directing the Department of Commerce to encourage and help people who are receiving unemployment benefits transition back into employment.
“Unemployment benefits have provided a critical lifeline for many North Carolinians living on the edge due to the pandemic. As our state emerges from the pandemic, we want to help people safely return to work as soon as possible. Reinstating the work search guidelines will help connect claimants with employers, resources and tools to help them return to the workforce,” said Governor Cooper.
Under Executive Order 216, all existing claimants of unemployment benefits will be required to fulfill work search requirements beginning June 6, 2021. All existing claimants will be required over the next several weeks to register with a jobseeker account on
The Order also directs the N.C. Department of Commerce to explore opportunities, consistent with federal law and through the use of certain federal funds, to establish a reemployment incentive program for jobless workers who find and maintain employment.  
Today’s action expands upon Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 200, which reinstated work search requirements for new claimants after March 14, 2021. As North Carolina makes progress on its key COVID-19 metrics, the work search requirements will now apply to everyone currently filing for unemployment benefits.
Under the Order:
• Claimants must contact at least three different employers each week and keep a record of their work search, as is required by state law. One of the three weekly job contacts can be satisfied by attending an approved reemployment activity offered by a NCWorks Career Center or a partnering agency.
• To continue receiving benefits, all unemployment claimants will be required to register with a jobseeker account on, North Carolina’s online portal for employment and training services. Jobseekers can use to search and apply for jobs, access labor market information, and find opportunities for workforce training. Over the next several weeks, existing claimants will receive notifications about registering for NCWorks.
Since the start of the pandemic, North Carolina has distributed more than $11.7 billion in unemployment benefits across multiple state and federal programs. Approximately 245,000 North Carolinians are currently receiving benefit payments each week.
For work search assistance in North Carolina, jobseekers can contact NCWorks at or 1-855-NCWorks. Information about unemployment benefits can be found at
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NC House passes COVID-19
Relief bill with bipartisan support

Last Friday NC House of Representatives passed the 2021 COVID-19 Response and Relief bill with overwhelming bipartisan support.
The COVID-19 Response and Relief bill is focused on getting federal dollars where they are most needed in our state. Of the $6.4 billion total appropriated, $556,611,000 has been designated for rental assistance and $805,767,400 toward child care stabilization grants.
A total of $3,224,272,535 is designated for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, plus $21,500,000 allotted to charter and residential schools.
 Local governments will receive a total of $705.4 million. Cleveland County has been allocated $19,025,057 and Gaston County was allocated $43,612,126.
“As North Carolina and the rest of the country move forward and rebuild in the wake of a global pandemic, these are needed funds that will get businesses back on track and the economy moving in the right direction. The passage of S172 will ensure that these federal dollars get to those North Carolina businesses and citizens who need it,” commented Speaker of the House Tim Moore.
Senate Bill 172 was signed into law by Gov. Cooper. on Monday.

Shelby church helps the hungry, supports CC Potato Project

By Doug Sharp

Membership at Lily Memorial Baptist Church has voted to utilize some of its recreational space, to the Cleveland County Potato Project.
Located at 406 Whitner Road in Shelby, potatoes will grow where sluggers formerly hit balls into the nearby woods.
The grounds will receive a year of soil preparation before white or sweet potatoes will be planted next spring. There will be several harrowings and tillings with a cover crop coming later in the year.
Anyone who would like to renew their farming license by bringing their tractor and equipment and working on the soil should contact organizers. This land has been a sports field for many years. One member estimates that as much as $6 of lost coins may be plowed up.
This property and church sits in the middle of an old mill village.
"We have the highest respect for this generous offer of land to be used by the Potato Project," said Bill Horn, co-founder of the CCPP. "We have promised the Rev. Aubrey Folk to be good stewards".
The CCPP does not own any land or equipment, depending on donations to pay for potato crops. All potatoes are given to local folks who may need a little boost in their food supply.
A $10 donation will pay for one hour of help for planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. Volunteers workers are always welcome. Checks may be made payable to the CCPP, 107 Quail Hollow Dr., Kings Mountain, NC, 28086. For more information, call Doug Sharp at 704-472-5128.
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New application period
for NC HOPE emergency
rent and utility assistance

North Carolina’s emergency rental assistance program has opened a second application period for very low-income renters that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The NC Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program promotes housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility bill assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. To date, the program has awarded over $133 million in assistance to help more than 36,000 families statewide.
   The HOPE Program will serve very low-income renters in 88 North Carolina counties. Very low-income is defined as earning less than or equal to 50 percent of the area median income for the county where the renter lives. Twelve additional counties and five Native American tribal governments received direct federal allocations to operate their own emergency rent assistance programs. A complete list of the counties served by the HOPE Program, county programs and tribal government programs can be found online using the NC HOPE Interactive Map at
   In addition to first time applicants, people who received rent and/or utility assistance funding from the first phase of the HOPE Program are eligible to reapply for additional help. Eligible applicants may receive up to 12 months of rent assistance, which may include up to nine months of past due rent. Rent assistance provided during the first phase of the HOPE Program counts towards the 12 months of total rent assistance that an applicant can receive. Utility assistance is available to applicants that apply and qualify for rent assistance. Utility-only applications will not be accepted in this phase of the HOPE Program.
 Complete details about the HOPE Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits and an online application, are available at Applicants who cannot access the website may also call (888) 9ASK-HOPE or (888) 927-5467 to speak with a program specialist. The HOPE Call Center is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. 
Funding for the HOPE Program is provided to the state through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant−Coronavirus Relief and U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund allocations, and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. The HOPE Program is managed by the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the HOPE Program, visit
   Do you need assistance with an issue concerning North Carolina State Government? Please contact my Legislative Assistant, Lynn Tennant, in Raleigh at 919-715-0690 or via email at regarding any constituent-service related issues. We welcome the opportunity to assist you.
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Cleveland County Arts Council’s
2021 Garden and Outdoor Living Tour

By Shearra Miller

Like a painter, a gardener experiments with colors. Should a plant with bright orange blossoms go behind a dark purple bush?
Like a sculptor, a gardener will look for plants with interesting shapes.
Like a photographer, a gardener considers the changing light during the day.
Join us on Saturday, June 5, 10 am – 5 pm, for our first, self-guided tour of seven lovely outdoor living spaces and see the “artistry” created outside.
   Tickets ($20) may be purchased from the Arts Council, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby, Mon. – Fri.  9am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm and on our website You can also purchase them at the individual homes the day of the event (cash/check only).
The Arts Council is partnering with the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association to hold their Annual Plant Sale in the Arts Council parking area from 9am until 2pm, the same day. Master Gardener volunteers will help you choose just the right plant for the right place! No ticket is required for the plant sale. For more information on the plant sale, please contact Julie Flowers at 704-482-4365.
Also that day Paradise Garden Center, a sponsor of the event, invites you to stop in to see their selection of indoor, outdoor, annual, and perennial plants, many grown on site. While there, enjoy a slice of wood fired pizza in their outdoor kitchen from 11am – 2pm. Paradise Garden Center is located at 460 Cherryville Rd Shelby, 704-480-1012 and is open 9am – 3pm.
The homes on the tour include:
Jim and Pat Parr 
1322 Vista Drive
   Twelve years ago we moved from the Shawangunk Mountains in New York to Shelby. While we loved our new home in this wonderful southern climate, there were a number of issues that needed attention on our property—invasive plants, water flooding, too much lawn, lack of plant diversity, not enough birds and insects and a lack of knowledge on our part, to name a few.  For the first two years we studied NC fauna and flora. Then for the past 10 years we have worked to create a sustainable native habitat.  We are pleased that our property is now a Certified Native Plant Habitat.
   To make the property more self-sustainable we added trees, shrubs, a butterfly pollinator garden, vegetable and herb garden, shade garden and perennial flower beds throughout the property. While it has taken 12 years to create a diverse landscape around our home, it continues to be a joyful work-in-progress.
The Burrow
849 West Marion Street
Wes Westmoreland
Ettie and A.V. Hamrick, Sr. built The Burrow in 1928 on his father, Leander Hamrick’s wooded property on West Marion that was for many years known as Lover’s Lane. The backyard at The Burrow reflects the Italian Renaissance-revival architecture of the house and was designed by the owner. The gardens are recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, a Certified Butterfly Garden, and a Monarch Waystation.
Parking will be limited, please park on the street to the West, or at the County Library a block to the East. Enter down the drive, and enjoy a glass of Baker Buffalo Creek wine, sponsored by Westmoreland Printers.
Jim and Mary Esther Toole
514 W. Marion St.
   Jim and Mary Esther have spent over 40 years developing this one-acre plot for one of Shelby’s two oldest wooden homes (circa 1852) which was passed down from Jim’s Great Grandfather. This traditional Southern Garden contains hundreds of plants including Azalea, Camellia, Sasanqua, Tea Olive, Gardenia, Japanese Maple, Peony, Daylily, Iris. It also contains Jim’s extensive Hosta collection along with a very rare Camellia “Mount Hoku”.
Bill and Beth Cameron
3016 Bettis Rd., Grover
   Forty years have passed since we built our home in our patch of the woods. Situated one-mile south of Earl near the SC line, our land is former cotton fields now forested over. Digging up daffodils, day-lilies, shrubs, and trees over the years helped transform this red-clay land into gardens suited to our NC Foothills. You can hike to our creek cabin or ride a golf cart around as you explore our gardens.
Bobbie Gibson
138 Columns Circle, Shelby
   Amazing what can happen in small areas.  Originally, the condominium’s side yard was steep and muddy, and the courtyard brick was falling apart.  With the help of a landscaper we increased the courtyard space, added a raised bed planter and a small water feature.  The back area is now accessible with rock stairs and pavers descending from the courtyard. We enjoy the outdoors on the refurbished deck and screened underdeck.  Accent lights make the once dark yard beautiful at night.
Fred and Nancy Blackley
505 South Washington Street, Shelby
   The Blackley garden spreads across three adjoining in-town properties and is the setting for the Blackley House ( 1927 ), Bostic House ( 1900 ) and Beam House ( 1895 ).  Seven accessory buildings, a special willow oak, chicken coop, vegetable garden, tiny frog pond, propagation nursery, tree house, unusual plants, quirky objects, and a relaxed approach combine to define this 1.4-acre place.
   For more information on this event call 704-484-2787 or visit or
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Bluegrass Jam returns to the Earl Scruggs Center this Saturday

Musicians are invited to bring their instruments for a weekly acoustic bluegrass jam session returning to the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby May 29 from 1 pm to 3 pm. All ages and playing levels welcome. Jam session may take place indoors in the Great Hall or outdoors on the court square. Visitors are welcome to join in or sit and listen.
Pickin’ on the Square returns on June 12 from 5 pm to 8 pm for the 7th Annual Pickin’ on the Square Series presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners. Pickers are invited to jam informally around The Earl Scruggs Center grounds.
Secure instrument check is available. Not a picker?  Bring your family and friends and sit back and enjoy as The Earl Scruggs Center celebrates the tradition of bluegrass music. The center’s Gift Shop will be open during the event for guests to purchase refreshments and souvenirs. In case of inclement weather, Pickin’ on the Square will be moved to the Great Hall inside the Earl Scruggs Center. Additional dates for this event are July 10 and August 14.
The jam session takes place each Saturday at 1 pm, except for the days when Pickin’ on the Square is scheduled in June, July, and August, or if the Earl Scruggs Center is closed for a holiday.

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Rosie Allen

Cleveland County Partnership for Children says farewell to Rosie Allen;
launches executive director search

The Cleveland County Partnership for Children (CCPFC) has established a search committee for an executive director to succeed current CCPFC Executive Director Rosie Allen.
Rosie Allen, Executive Director of CCPFC, announced her retirement effective July 1. Rosie has contributed over 40 years of leadership to North Carolina's statewide and local non-profits, public education, and volunteerism.
 "Ms. Allen was hired in 2018 with the Board's expectations to elevate community awareness of the Partnership, ensure the continuation of the Early Head Start program, recruit new volunteers, and direct program implementation and accountability. She has accomplished these goals with a wealth of knowledge and experience while enthusiastically advancing the mission of CCPFC: to ensure all children enter kindergarten healthy and ready for success in school," said Betty Crow-Kennedy, Board Chair.
Commenting on her retirement, Ms. Allen said, "To end this season of my career in such a wonderful community is truly a privilege. The opportunity to work with many dedicated citizens for child well-being has been an honor. Leading the organization through COVID, we completely transitioned how we delivered services. This speaks to the resiliency and the determination of CCPFC to adjust to the most challenging circumstances while doing such important work. With dedicated Board leaders, a strong team of staff, and committed community partners, the Partnership is positioned for even greater success. COVID has also caused many to reflect on personal priorities. I am very blessed to retire soon, marry my best friend, relocate to Florida, and spend time with family and friends."
Ms. Crow-Kennedy stated, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and recipients of the various programs and services of CCPFC, we want to express our gratitude to Rosie for the outstanding leadership she has provided during her tenure. Rosie Allen is leaving an everlasting footprint in the legacy of our organization."
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Engagement announced

John and April Blaine of Kings Mountain, N.C. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Laura Nicole Blaine to Jack Edward Zyble, son of Jim and Lisa Zyble of Shelby, N.C.
Laura is a 2017 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. Jack graduated from KMHS in 2014.
Both are recent graduates of Appalachian State University where Laura majored in Recreation and Parks Management and Jack earned a degree in Geology with a concentration in quantitative geoscience, as well as a minor in math. A wedding in Asheville, N.C. is planned for July 30, 2021.

Friends of Crowders Mountain
begin trail work, Sat. June 5

Friends of Crowders Mountain, Inc. will begin trail work on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5, at 9 a.m., ending around noon.   Please arrive early to complete registration at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC.  Work is planned on the Pinnacle and/or Turnback Trail.  Litter pick up volunteers are also needed.  Tools, snacks, and drinks will be provided.   See or   If questions, contact park office at 704-853-5375.
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More than 1,000 applicants waited in line for their chance to fill one of 200 positions at the casino. The line stretched from the second floor, winding down the staircase and out onto the sidewalk. Photo by Scott Neisler

A thousand plus turn out for Catawba Two Kings Casino job fair

By Loretta Cozart

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, a steady stream of people converged upon the LeGrand Center at Cleveland Community College to apply for 200 positions available at Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. The casino plans for a pre-launch opening on July 1.
“This is exciting,” said Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris. “We have been talking about this for years and the day has finally come. Today we are hiring. I arrived at 11 am for the noon job fair and people were in line from the mezzanine, down the stairs, and continued out onto the sidewalk in a long line. This is amazing!”
The casino’s General Manager Chuck Kilroy said, “These people aren’t just looking for jobs. They are looking for the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an exciting gaming and hospitality operation that offers full-time employees health, dental and vision medical plans, life insurance coverage, paid vacation, and a 401K retirement savings plan. They want to become part be part of something bigger and build their careers.”
Once inside the Grand Ballroom, applicants went through four steps toward employment. To start, they completed an initial application. Those whose skill-sets matched positions open at the casino were processed into the next room. There, they were divided into groups and completed additional paperwork. Next, each applicant had a one-on-one interview. Finally, applicants were sent to the last step, going into the room where the magic happened, and they received job offers. The room was abuzz with conversation as those who started as applicants left the event as part of the casino’s first 200 employees. One new employee was so excited he was seen running to his car with an offer letter in hand.
“Not everyone who applied today got an offer,” General Manager Kilroy explained. “But we have many positions to fill and are keeping the names of all those who applied in our database. When we need more employees, we’ll refer back to this list and invite folks back for second interviews.”
One such applicant spoke to the Kings Mountain Herald saying, “I didn’t get an offer today, but my daughter did. She is so excited. I currently work in a local plant and the operations are winding down by the end of this year. I stood in line for six-and-half hours, but I didn’t mind. Everyone is so excited to be here. I have no doubt my experience will match with future positions as they become available, and I’ll get a job with them soon.”
When the casino opens, a temporary pre-launch gaming facility with 500 slot machines will provide an initial opportunity for patrons to game with limited food & beverage and other guest amenities.  In a year, the casino will move into it’s Introductory Phase with more than 1,800 slot machines available. “As we grow, we’ll need more staff in all areas of our operation, from finance, marketing and surveillance positions, cage personnel, drop team members, slot techs and attendants, housekeeping personnel, security staff, bartenders, cocktail servers, culinary and guest service representatives, as well as various supervisory positions,” Kilroy said.
Applicants must be 21 years old and have two valid forms of identification. Applicants were encouraged to bring a resume if they have one and be prepared to fill out an application and be interviewed.
Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort is being developed by the Catawba Nation at a 17-acre site at 538 Kings Mountain Blvd. in Kings Mountain. The site is near Interstate 85 and about 35 miles west of Charlotte.
The total $273 million casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout and thousands of construction jobs in the region. The Two Kings name celebrates the Catawba Nation’s history and hopeful future in their ancestral lands in North Carolina, paying tribute to the 18th century Catawba Chief King Hagler and the City of Kings Mountain.
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Wilson donates water to KMMS 

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Dianne Wilson donated 10 cases of bottled water for the students at Kings Mountain Middle School. She heard that students were unable to use the water fountains this year due to COVID guidelines and wanted to use her community  outreach program with this wonderful donation. KMMS thanks Mrs. Wilson for supporting the KMMS Patriot team. L-R: Susan Cloninger receives the water from Dianne.
Photo by Windy Bagwell
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Beth Yarbrough and Ashley Oliphant

Get your tickets now
Museum presents story of
Pirate Jean Laffite on July 15

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Join Kings Mountain Historical Museum for a local author talk and book signing with mother-daughter team Beth Yarbrough and Ashley Oliphant and dive into their research on the Pirate Jean Laffite connection to Lorenzo Ferrer in Lincolnton, NC. Were they the same man?
Tickets are on sale now and are limited to 35 people. Cost is $8 per person and can be ordered via the Kings Mountain Historical Museum’s Facebook page. Scroll down to the Eventbrite link.
One of America's Longest-Running Mysteries takes a fresh look at the various myths and legends surrounding one of the last great pirates. Beginning in 1805, the book traces Laffite through his rise to power as a privateer and smuggler in the Gulf, his involvement in the Battle of New Orleans, his flight to Texas, and his eventual disappearance in the waters of the Caribbean. With stunning revelations, this book picks up the trail from there a trail that no one knew existed until now. This carefully researched work is a bona fide wild ride that will silence long-held speculation about Laffite's ultimate fate.
Speaking of  the book, Myrick Howard, president of Preservation North Carolina said, “This book offers a deep dive into a lingering mystery in American history. Hero and villain Jean Laffite deserves - and gets - a fresh look, and the authors reveal the last hidden decades of his complicated life. They also give us a history lesson about the times and places surrounding the unfolding drama. A fascinating read!”
This event will adhere to social distancing protocols and guidelines in place at the time of the event. Masks and temperature checks will be required upon entry.
Kings Mountain Historical Museum is at 100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Kim Eagle

Eagle joins Wingate
Board of Trustees

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Wingate University is pleased to announce the addition of Gaston County Manager Kim Eagle to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Eagle has a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Wingate University. While at Wingate, Dr. Eagle got her feet wet with public service by working for Gastonia’s congressional district offices for two consecutive summers. "As an alumna and with a master's degree in higher education, Dr. Eagle is a great addition to our board and will help drive the university forward," Dr. Rhett Brown, President of Wingate University said. Dr. Eagle will serve until 2024.
 “Dr. Kimberly Scism Eagle is the daughter of Gene and Eleanor Scism.
She is married to Keith and they have 3 children”

Free six-week summer school program
available to NC families

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

On Friday, Governor Cooper passed into law H.B. 82, Summer Learning Choice for NC Families to create a new summer school option for students who have fallen behind due to remote learning.
Governor Cooper spoke of the Bill saying, “This pandemic has challenged students and teachers like never before. Providing a summer opportunity for academic growth plus mental and physical health will help schools begin to address those challenges.”
Specifically, House Bill 82 will create a six week in-person and fully-funded summer school program available to every family if they so choose.
“Parents are ready to see their children going back to school and to recover from the learning loss that has occurred during the pandemic,” said Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), who is also the lead sponsor of the bill. “After bipartisan work from the House and Senate and input from educators around the state, this legislation will give North Carolina families an option for their children to grow and learn during this summer.”
Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston), who is Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee, said, “I am proud to have been a primary sponsor of HB 82. This legislation is crucial for us to combat the learning deficit that has occurred due to the pandemic. As always, I will continue to work on legislation that will help our children during this time so that they can reach their American Dream.”
The summer school program would offer core academic courses, as well as enrichment classes in the arts and physical activities. The bill has strong support from local superintendents and education advocates, including Disability Rights NC.
No specific details have been provided regarding the optional six week in-person and fully-funded summer school program available to NC families. As details become available, they will be shared.
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April Library news

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library offers a variety of activities for children and adults. Throughout the month of April, the following activities remain:
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Pre-school, 0 – 5 years. Register at the library’s website and you will be sent a URL. Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. Registration Required.
Document Shredding, April 12, 3 pm – 6 pm. Have you been meaning to shred those personal documents piling up? Bring them to Mauney Library! The shred truck will destroy your documents on-site to keep your information safe. 3 document boxes or 75lbs limit. Personal shredding only.
Author Talk: Myla Athitang, Monday, April 19, Adult. This local Kings Mountain author talks about her poetry and her first published book, Annalise: Twenty Years Everlasting. Register for a free copy of Annalise (while supplies last). This is an online event. Register at the library’s website and you will be sent a URL.
Bedtime Storytime, Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 - 8 pm for Pre-school, 0 – 5 years. Miss Anne presents a bedtime story every month, live over Zoom, held the fourth Tuesday of every month. This is an online event over Zoom. Visit the library’s website for the URL.
3D Printing with the Mauney Makerspace: Turn your 3D creations into physical objects with our 3D printer! Compress your 3D file into a .ZIP or .RAR file and send it to us using the following form. Don't worry about the cost: it's free! To use this service, complete the 3-D Request form at the library website. (3D Model files must be submitted as a compressed file such as .zip or .rar)
Seed Library Now Available: True-to-type seeds, Heirloom Varieties, Advice on planting, Take seeds or contribute your own. Call or visit for more info.
Library hours: are Monday - Friday - 9a to 5p.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue Kings Mountain, NC 28086 Phone: 704-739-2371
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Gateway Trail damage

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Gateway Trail damage at Hamrick Overlook $500 reward offered – Last week, Gateway Trail President Shirley Brutko reported damage to the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Hamrick Overlook at the top of the Cardio Trail and offered a reward of $500 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever was responsible. To make a report, call 704-739-9663 or call the local police department at 704-734-0444.

Text Mountain Street Pharmacy
now for COVID-19 vaccine

Mountain Street Pharmacy is offering free COVID-19 Moderna vaccines to anyone 18-years of age and older. Those wishing to get the vaccine should text immediately to 980-291-2089. Include your name, phone number, and that you want your shot.

Streetscape work continues

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s Streetscape work continues this week. Listed below is the planned work for the next two weeks.
Week of Apr. 12 
• Sewer "slip-lining" project will be completed along Battleground. (This work was delayed one week due to materials)
• Water main replacement (revised). Public Works crews will be temporality closing Mountain Street on April 12 beginning at 8:00am and requiring approximately 6 hours. Work will remove the existing sidewalk in front of 138 W. Mountain to install a waterline for fire protection. The street pavement and sidewalk will be replaced with a temporary asphalt sidewalk after the waterline is installed until the new streetscape sidewalk is installed this summer/fall.
Week of Apr. 19 
• Gas line extension in the parking area north of Mountain Street to serve new users
   Remember, this project is going to be disruptive at times for all of our downtown businesses. Please park in the parking lots and/or opposite side of the street from construction activity to enable our team to complete their tasks as efficiently as possible. Please read our periodic updates so you're up to date on what's going on or may have changed.

Hospice CC holds Daylily Fundraiser

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Hospice Cleveland County is currently hosting a Daylily Fundraiser. For $100, donors receive a beautiful Daylily. Director of Marketing and Public Relations Pam Sharts shared, “We are very grateful to Mr. Paul Owen at Slightly Different Nursery for creating this beautiful Daylily named "Definition of Peace" just for Hospice Cleveland County.” Paul Owen is a multi-award winning Daylily hybridizer.
To support Hospice Cleveland County with your donation, visit and click LEARN MORE at the bottom of the page, or call 704-751-3573. The fundraiser continues until May 21.
You will receive a special invitation to pick up your plant in late June at Slightly Different Nursery located at 2812 Hollis Road in Polkville.

East Gold Street Wesleyan Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church held their Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10 am-12 pm. The free event was for children ages birth-5th grade.
“We are just so happy with the turnout. There were so many kids here today and they looked like they were having a good time with their families,” organizer Rainey Frady said. “We are glad they could spend time outside with their families and celebrate Easter.”
There were plenty of snacks, music, prizes , a story time, and lots of fun.
Others who helped organize the event included Kansas Pardo, Iris Frady, Allison Houser, Carmen Houser, Lynn Butz, Renee Whitney, and Eric Pardo.
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Artist’s rendering of Jimmy Wayne’s mural at the Joy Performance Theater. Photo provided

Jimmy Wayne mural coming soon to a theater near you

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

A mural of Jimmy Wayne will soon grace the north side of the Joy Performance Theater, as work begins in April as part of the North Carolina Musician Murals project. The Kings Mountain native became a foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author, whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.
"Jimmy is a shining example of the power of music; but more than that, he's never forgotten where he came from and is always giving back," said Angela Padgett, Vice President of the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame. "We're thrilled to have Jimmy, a true hometown hero, be part of our board of directors."
Having recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of finishing his walk halfway across America - Project Meet Me Halfway - to raise awareness to the plight of more than 30,000 children in foster care, Jimmy, a Cleveland County native, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author of 'Walk To Beautiful'. Jimmy's songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for these forgotten youth.
Jimmy's hits include "Stay Gone," "Paper Angels," "I Love You This Much" and "Do You Believe Me Now," which earned BMI's prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving more than one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded "Sara Smile" with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.
In 2005, Jimmy became the youngest recipient of The William Booth Award, one of the highest honors that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army.
In 2012, Jimmy lobbied to pass legislative bills extending the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in California and Tennessee.
In 2013, Jimmy's first film, 'Paper Angels' (UPtv) became an instant holiday classic and in 2014 he released 'Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way' (Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins) which became a three-time New York Times bestseller, crossing the 170,000 sales milestone, in early 2019, and becoming a #1 bestseller at Amazon.
In 2016 Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), while simultaneously contributing to the extension of foster care services from age 18 to 21 in North Carolina and Ohio.
In 2017, Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University. In 2018 he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Cal State University San Marcos and most recently, (May 2019) he was honored by the National Council for Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.
Jimmy has shared his story - The Power of One - around the world as a keynote speaker and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 224 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to give back through his non-profit awareness campaign, Project MeetMe Halfway. For more about Jimmy Wayne, visit
The North Carolina Musician Murals project describes how this project evolved. “The trail to the North Carolina Musician Murals begins in Chapel Hill, on a wall inside Pepper’s Pizza (pictured below), more than a decade ago. It’s where Scott Nurkin, owner of The Mural Shop, arranged portraits of renowned musicians from around the state, many of whom he idolized as a drummer growing up in Charlotte. The deal worked in his favor two ways: it showcased his work and, in exchange for the decor, he received ‘free pizza for life.’”
“When Pepper’s shuttered in 2013, Nurkin ate his last comped slice, but the art lived on, thanks to Mark Katz, then chair of UNC’s Department of Music, who purchased the lot and commissioned more to display in Hill Hall on campus. They remain there, a small piece of North Carolina music history preserved.”
“Today, the NCMM trail is coming together as Nurkin ultimately envisioned it—as large-scale murals in the hometowns of the musicians he originally honored at Pepper’s. In collaboration with Backdrop, a Raleigh-based consultancy, The Mural Shop is hitting the road; from John Coltrane on the historic Opera House in Hamlet to Earl Scruggs on Newgrass Brewing Co. in Shelby, the project reaches communities small and large, rural and urban, in every part of North Carolina. It’s our hope you visit, share with friends and family, and help us appreciate the legacy of some of the finest musicians the world has ever known.”
In the next few weeks, keep an eye on the Joy Performance Theater, as Kings Mountain’s Jimmy Wayne takes his place in history.

Patrick Senior Center events

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

By Lynn Lail

 Steps to Health – Take Control: The Patrick Senior Center is offering the Steps to Health–Take Control program via Zoom by Nancy Abasiekong with the NC Cooperative Extension. Join Nancy in this 8 week program to learn lifelong habits to help you eat healthier and be more  physically active. Classes will be on Thursdays, 1:30 pm—2:30 pm. Class Dates are April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Session materials can be picked up at the Senior Center. Please call the Center at 704-734-0447 to register and get the Zoom link.
Interest Meeting for Upcoming Rock-a-Thon Fundraiser: The Patrick Senior Center is sponsoring an Interest Meeting for an upcoming Rock-a-Thon fundraiser in support of the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Join us on Thursday, April 8 via Zoom from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm to learn about how to get involved to support whose who are affected by Alzheimer’s. We need people to donate rockers for the day, sign up to rock, and also people who can donate to the cause. Everyone is welcome to support this fun event! Please call the center at 704-734-0447 to register and get the Zoom link.
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Kathlene Frances Miller and Charles David Canipe

Engagement announced

(March 31, 2021 Issue)

Tim and Shearra Miller of Kings Mountain, NC, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kathlene Frances Miller of Kings Mountain, NC to Charles David Canipe of Cherryville, NC, son of Dale and Teresa Canipe of Cherryville, NC.
Ms. Miller is the granddaughter of Mrs. Geneva Beachum of Charlotte, NC.  She is a 2006 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, and a 2010 graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She is employed as a first grade teacher at East Elementary in Kings Mountain, NC.
Mr. Canipe is a 2004 graduate of West Lincoln High School and a 2011 graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.  He is the founder and co-owner of Canipe Farms Shavings and Hay Supply Company in Cherryville, NC.
The happy couple met through mutual friends.  A small family ceremony is planned for April 10, with a formal wedding celebration September 11, 2021, at Zimmerwald Estate in Ellenboro, NC.  The couple will reside in Cherryville. 
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From left, Dr. Nicole Waters, associate provost of the GWU College of Health Sciences; Brooklyn Kilby, nursing student; Kim Downs, GWU First Lady; Carlene Smith, nursing student; Georgie McAbee, assistant nurse manager for the Neo-Natal ICU, Pediatrics, and Peds ICU at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System; and Dr. Tracy Arnold, dean of the Hunt School of Nursing.

Kim Downs, Gardner-Webb First Lady, Sews Pillowcases for Children in the Hospital

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Handmade, Cheerful Designs Donated to Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—For a child, going to the hospital can be an unpleasant, frightening experience. Volunteers have discovered a way to help ease the fear and tension by donating hand-sewn, colorful character pillowcases that children can call their own. Joining the ranks of those volunteers is Gardner-Webb University First Lady Kim Downs, wife of president Dr. William M. Downs.
On March 11, Kim donated 100 pillowcases to Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Healthcare System, which were accepted by Georgie McAbee, assistant nurse manager for the Neo-Natal ICU, Pediatrics, and Peds ICU. Also on hand for the presentation were College of Health Sciences Associate Provost Dr. Nicole Waters, Hunt School of Nursing Dean Dr. Tracy Arnold and Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator Dr. Sarah Tate.
Before McAbee took the pillowcases, Waters said a prayer of blessing over them, which she adapted for the occasion from a prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Little ones, this is our prayer for you.
We pray these pillowcases bring smiles when sadness intrudes, comfort on difficult days, rainbows to follow the clouds, and hugs when your spirits are low. We pray for the faith in healing so that you can believe and accept the truth of the Great Physician. We pray for blessings upon the hands that created this work, the courageous hands that will surround this work daily to provide care, and the tiny hands of the little ones as they seek comfort in this beautiful work. We give you thanks in all circumstances!
May God be the Glory for this Joy! Amen.
Kim first heard about the need for children’s pillowcases from Maynard’s Children’s Hospital when she and Dr. Downs lived in Greenville, N.C. “It was an ideal ministry for me, because as a pharmacist, I had an odd work schedule that often prevented me from getting involved with weekly, set time ministries,” Kim related. “After we moved here, I met Gardner-Webb alumna Barbara Greene, and that’s when the idea of a Gardner Webb pillowcase ministry really took off.”
Greene and others from Boiling Springs Baptist Church have been sewing pillowcases for various children’s nonprofit organizations for several years. During halftime at a GWU men’s basketball game last season, Downs and Greene shared pictures of the pillowcases they have made. “Barbara even gave me a tutorial of how to sew the pillowcases with French seams, so that there are no frayed edges on the inside,” Kim elaborated. “In hindsight, the timing was fabulous, because soon COVID shut everything down, and all of a sudden, I had a lot of free time on my hands. So, I sewed.”
When Leah Clevenger, director of Alumni Relations, and Nate Evans, vice president of Advancement, saw the cheerful pillowcases with koala bears, mermaids, dinosaurs, kittens, dogs, flowers, planets, airplanes, etc., Clevenger immediately had an idea. “She suggested donating them to the hospitals where our nursing students train,” Kim explained. “I love that these pillowcases will bring some sunshine to hospitalized children. It’s a blessing to me to sew them, and I hope they will be a blessing to the children as well.”
Kim plans to keep sewing to have more pillowcases to donate. “I’ve since recruited several friends who love to sew, and they are making pillowcases as well,” she shared. “My hope is that we can make 500 pillowcases per year for the hospitals, but I’d love to expand the ministry to some of our United Way partners, as well. I encourage others to get involved too—either by sewing or making donations to help cover the cost of fabric.”
Monetary donations to the Bulldog Pillowcase Ministry, may be made to Clevenger at Those who want to join the “Seam Team” and sew pillowcases, may contact Kim at
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(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Editor’s Note: (The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “50 Years of Serving Children” by Cleveland County School 
Food Service Association.)

Diana Hamrick
KM Middle School
6 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken 
2 cups rice
1 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. sage
¼ cup margarine, melted
Pour rice in casserole dish. Place chicken on rice. Mix soup with 1 can of water and chicken broth. Pour over rice and chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix sage with melted margarine. Pour over chicken and rice. Cook for 1 hour on 350 degrees. Serves 6.

Patsy Rountree
KM Schools
1 chicken, cooked and 
2 cups broth
1 can cream of chicken

1 stick margarine, melted
2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups buttermilk
Place chicken in 9x12 dish. Bring broth and soup to boil. Remove from heat and pour over chicken. Mix margarine, flour, and buttermilk and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Brown at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

Mary Bennett
4 cups cooked squash, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients together. Drop by tablespoons into pan with oil and fry until browned.

Annie Mae Berry
Grover Elementary
2 ½ cups self-rising flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 pkg. yeast in ¼ cup warm water
4 Tbsp. Crisco
1 cup buttermilk
Mix all ingredients; kneed and set in refrigerator overnight. Kneed again. Cut  biscuits and  let rise for at least 2 hours, then bake. Makes 12 to 16 biscuits.

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church
Easter Egg Hunt April 3

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church will hold their Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, 10 am-12 pm. This is a free event for ages birth-5th grade.
There will be snacks, story time, music, prizes and lots of fun.
Bring your own basket.
They will follow Covid-9 safe guidelines.

East Gold Street Wesleyan
Food Pantry March 25

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

The Good Neighbors food pantry at East Gold Street Wesleyan church will be open Thursday, March 25th  from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Drive around to the back of the church and we will deliver to your car.

KMPD welcomes Officer John Tinoco

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s newest Police Officer that was sworn in on March 11, at City Hall. City Clerk Karen Tucker swore him in as Mayor Pro Tem Keith Miller presided over the ceremony.
“KMPD is very proud to welcome Officer John Tinoco to our KMPD family. He will be an asset to this department and to the community in Kings Mountain that he serves,” said Chief Proctor. “We are very proud to have him join our team.
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Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

I recently learned of a time capsule buried on the campus of KMHS in 1964, while the Phifer Road facility was under construction. Former teacher Carolyn McWhirter taught history at KMHS, then housed at Central’s campus on Ridge Street.
As an assignment, students brought to class items for a time capsule. A student’s parent fabricated the capsule, and all the items were sealed inside. The students put the capsule in the courtyard of the new school for safekeeping. The year was approximately 1964 and Carolyn’s husband Carl recently shared the story with me. He cannot remember the exact date the capsule was placed, but said it was done while the walls of the school were under construction.
It has been a tough year for me, and even more so for the McWhirter family, because Carolyn passed away one year ago last week. Carl remembered the story and shared it with me on Thursday. He participated in the project and said the students dug down several feet, placed the capsule, and put a bag of concrete on top of it, “to prevent the Shelby Lions from digging it up.” (The schools were in a heated rivalry then; I guess some things never change.) The time capsule was then covered over with dirt.
I am interested to see if the time capsule is still there. Wouldn’t that make a great story for the paper and a great lesson for students? The exact location of the capsule was also shared, and I wondered if the school would be interested in digging the time capsule to see what the students of 1964 thought future generations might be interested to learn about them. I reached out to Dr. Stephen Fisher at Cleveland County Schools and await a decision from him.
Carolyn McWhirter was an excellent History teacher. Later in her career she impacted countless lives as a guidance counselor by encouraging students to continue their educations after high school. From my own personal experience, I can attest that Carolyn was an exceptional teacher, mentor, and friend who loved her students dearly.
Carl estimated that 25 students participated in the project, going to new KMHS campus to place the marker. If you participated in this exercise, please let me know. When I write my next article on this topic, I would love to include students’ perspectives on the activity and the process they used to determine what should be placed in the time capsule. If we do find the capsule, I’ll be sure to photograph the contents to share the story with our readers.
Loretta Cozart can be reached by email at
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Legislators allege wrongdoing
regarding casino, but offer no proof

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

AG Stein says he has no jurisdiction 

By Loretta Cozart

Mayor Scott Neisler reached out to the Herald on Sunday regarding a story that ran on WRAL News on Friday, March 19, and an interview he had with the news outlet earlier that day.
“I am being open with the Herald, because I want to be transparent and say there is no truth to the allegations regarding my family and the casino, as is alleged in a letter written by Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, and thirteen NC Democrats and who requested an inquiry by Attorney General Josh Stein.”
In the story by Travis Fain, WRAL’s statehouse reporter, “Fisher and other lawmakers who signed the letter asking Stein to intervene said they couldn't point to specific wrongdoing, but they worry about land deals surrounding the project and who stands to gain.”
Mayor Neisler is mentioned specifically in the letter alleging he and his family stand to benefit from the casino being built nearby. “This is, yet again, another heavy handed attempt by the Eastern Band of  the Cherokee Indians to influence the outcome of the casino in Kings Mountain,” Mayor Scott Neisler said. “The Cherokees have estimated they will lose 100 million dollars when the Catawba open up so it is understandable why they are doing anything they can to stop it!”
The story also reported, “The casino letter was circulated by a lobbyist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,” however the lobbyist was not named. The story went on to report that “many of the signers are from western North Carolina, where the Cherokee tribe has stronger political influence. But some are from the Triangle area.”
   The letter got no traction with AG Stein and the story went on to report, “The attorney general plans to decline, with a spokeswoman telling WRAL News on Friday that the office ‘does not have authority to launch an investigation like this’ without a request from a local district attorney.”
In the article, WRAL reported “Neisler told them Friday that he would welcome an investigation. He said he doesn't expect to profit from the casino and that the roughly 700 acres his family owns a few miles from the project is, for the most part, being mined and ‘not buildable because of the mineral rights on it. This heavy-handed pressure the Cherokees have put on our state legislators by attempting to manufacture a conspiracy theory is shameful,’ he added.”
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Pictured L-R: West Elementary Principal Heather Pagan, Jazmine Jimenez-Chaires and Booster Club President Mark McDaniel.

Jazine Jimenez-Chaires
KMHS Booster Club
Good Citizen of Week

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain High School Booster Club would like to honor Jazmine Jimenez-Chaires as their Good Citizen of the week. Jazmine is a 4th grade student at West Elementary School in Mrs. Patrick’s class.
Jazmine is an incredible student that exemplifies positive characteristics in the total school environment each day. She excels academically and displays an optimistic attitude that is contagious. Jasmine is always willing to help others on campus. She is very kind to her peers and respectful to all adults. Outside of school she enjoys art and dance.
Jazmine is the daughter of Alex Gutirrez and Claudia Chaires.
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John McGill, left, received recognition as a Main Street Champion in 2020. Photo by Christy Conner

John McGill named a Main Street Champion of 2020

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

34 North Carolina Main Street Champions were recognized virtually for their commitment to downtown revitalization and strong communities during a virtual recognition ceremony    on March 11.
Kings Mountain’s John McGill was recognized for renovating 133 W. Mountain Street last year and the building is now being used as one of Kings Mountain’s newest restaurants. Thirty-eight Main Street Champions received honors for contributions to their Main Street programs and downtown districts last year. Including the 2020 honorees, 804 Champions have been recognized since 2000.
 “There are three keys to economic development success: public-private partnerships that share in the effort and jointly celebrate the successes of projects; economic development strategies that leverage local assets for authentic enhancements and improvements; and local champions that are leading the effort every step of the way,” said Kenny Flowers, Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development at the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  “The Main Street program throughout the state, is the epitome of the implementation of these three key components of success.”
“N.C. Commerce and N.C. Main Street have been recognizing Main Street Champions for more than two decades. We know that the success of downtown districts is because of the people behind the effort, and each year, we recognize the visionary individuals that have a strong sense of commitment to their community. They develop projects that improve quality of life, grow cultural and recreational development, renovate historic properties and spur investment and create jobs and businesses,” said Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center.
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(March 17, 2021 Issue)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “Monumental 
Recipes,’’ a cookbook by Kings Mountain 
Woman’s Club.)

Cup & Saucer Tea Room
2 or 3 tomatoes sliced to
  cover bottom of pie 
Sprinkling of dried basil
Bunch of chopped green 
1 9-inch prebaked deep 
   dish pie crust
1 c. cheddar cheese, 
1 c/ mozzarella cheese, 
1 c/ mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer tomato slices, basil and onion in baked pie shell. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together cheese and mayonnaise. Spread on top of tomatoes and bake until lightly browned.

Marty Blanton KMPD
1 lb. No. 3 can Pork N 
1 lb. sausage
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. molasses
½ cup catsup
½ cup water
Prepared mustard to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large deep casserole dish, empty Pork N Beans, cooked and drained sausage, brown sugar, molasses, catsup, water, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for one hour in 350- degree oven. (if you don’t have molasses, increase brown sugar by 2 T).

Jerry Tessneer KMPD
1 lb. cube steak
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can cream of chicken soup
Flour and salt and pepper steak. Then fry it until it is brown on both sides. Put your soups in a large pot. Mix well and put cube steak in the soup and let it simmer for about 1 hour. It will melt in your mouth.

Jean Davis
16 oz. marshmallows, melted
1 box white raisins
16 oz. cherries, sliced
1 box graham crackers, crushed
1 cup milk
3 cups chopped pecans
Save 12 cherries and 12 pecans for top of cake. Mix ingredients together. Line graham cracker box with foil. Pack mixture into box. Refrigerate 12 hours before serving.

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Denise Wright

Denise Wright named
Realtor of the Year

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Denise Wright wof Coldwell Banker Mountain View, was named Realtor of the Year by the Cleveland County Association of Realtors.
The purpose of this award is to recognize a Realtor member of the association who has made significant contributions during the year or over a period of years to their profession and their community.
Wright is a Realtor/Broker and President of Mountain View Real Estate Inc.  She is a native of Cleveland County, a graduate of Burns High School and UNC Charlotte. Her career in Real Estate began in 2004.
She has been very active in Cleveland County Associations of Realtors, having served on the Finance, Legislative, MLS, Scholarship and Core Standards Committees, on a NCAR committee and as an officer of the Association.  Denise has served the association as Treasurer for 6 years.
Within the community, Wright serves on the boards of the Department of Social Services and Crime Stoppers. She is a member of the Junior Charity League of Shelby and Eastside Baptist Church, and participates with a team in the annual Relay for Life.
Denise is also a multi year recipient of Coldwell Bankers Presidents Award, most recently Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle for her production in 2020. This is Awarded to individual sales associates who are in the top 5% of all Coldwell Banker Agents.
Coldwell Banker is the oldest and most recognized name in real estate with offices all over the United States and the world. Coldwell Banker has been working since 1903 to help clients b    uy and sell real estate.
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Cub Scout Pack 93 with K9 Officer CJ Cooke.

Cub Scouts meet for first time in a year  to thank law enforcement officers

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

After a year without meeting, Cub Scout Pack 93 from East Elementary school has joined forces with Pack 92 at Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain where can finally meet.
As a recent service project and a thank you to Kings Mountain Police department, the Lion, Tiger and Wolf dens put together a thank you treat bag. Each bag contained a  Survival Kit for Law Enforcement Officers.
• Life Saver: To remind you of the many times  you’ve been one.
• Starburst: For the burst of energy you’ll need.
• Payday: Because you are not doing it for the money.
• Paper Clip: To help you hold it all together.
• Hershey Kisses: To show our Love for you.
• Gum: To help your unit stick together.
• Tootsie Roll: To help you roll with the punches.
• Peppermint Patty: To help keep your mind cool.
• Snickers: To remind you to keep your sense of humor.
• Mounds: For the “mounds” of courage you need.
Thank you for your service.
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Deborah Hoyle, left, accepts her American Legion Volunteer Hospital pin from District Director Linda Quinlan. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Hoyle and Lemmon honored for service to Veterans

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Deborah Hoyle and Patsy Payne Lemmon were recognized for service hours to veterans during the March 11 meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155. District 13 District Director Linda Quinlan awarded Deborah Hoyle the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Hospital pin and bar for 4,000 hours of service.
Patsy Payne Lemmon was unable to attend, so Hoyle received on her behalf the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Hospital pin and bar for 300 hours of service. Lemmon drove Hoyle to purchase materials and often contributed toward her projects.
Hoyle crochets afghans and lapghans for veterans in local nursing homes. Together, she and Lemmon delivered those needed items to veterans for many years.
“These women exemplify what it means to be American Legion Auxiliary members. Supporting our veterans is at the core of the American Legion Auxiliary and our mission. The number of hours these women volunteered is amazing. It is with great honor I award these pins to Deborah and Pat,” Quinlan said.
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Kellie Jayne Ford – Blake Stillwell

Ford-Stillwell Engagement

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Mr. and  Mrs. Jay Ford of Kings Mountain, NC are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kellie Jayne Ford of Kings Mountain, NC to Darren Blake Stillwell of Gastonia, NC, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sonny ‘Pete’ Stillwell of Gastonia, NC.
Miss Ford is the granddaughter of Mrs. Patsy Shumaker of Charlotte, NC and Mrs. Mamie Ford of Lenoir, NC. She is a 2013 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, a 2017 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree of Communications, a 2018 graduate of Liberty University with a Master’s degree of Human Resource Counseling and is currently working on her PHD. She is employed as a 6th grade teacher at Kings Mountain Intermediate School.
Mr. Stillwell is the grandson of Carol Garrison of Gastonia, NC. He is a 2012 graduate of Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia, and a 2017 graduate of Gardner Webb University with a Bachelor’s degree of Sports Management. He is currently employed as a Residential Sales Representative for Dominion Energy in Gastonia, NC.
The happy couple met at Chapel Grove Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. The wedding is planned for November 6, 2021 at Spinning Leaf Vineyard in Shelby, NC. The couple will reside in Cherryville.

State Highway Patrol 
non-profit foundation

 (March 17, 2021 Issue)

The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the first ever non-profit 501(c)(3) titled “North Carolina State Highway Patrol Foundation.”
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s non-profit foundation was founded by Board Chairwoman, Melissa Sutherland and is comprised of local business leaders, community members, legal and financial professionals whose primary mission is to support the organization’s needs in the areas of training, equipment and other invaluable tools which would strengthen our mission by providing the highest level of service and protection to the citizens of this state. More importantly, the foundation will provide immediate financial assistance to members and their families who are either critically injured or die while in the performance of their duties.
"Our resolve to carry out our honorable mission is unwavering and will remain steadfast as we address the needs of our members and their families," said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr.  "The bravery, courage and tireless work displayed by both past and present members, truly merits the cause behind this great foundation."
For more information, please go to to learn more about the foundation’s mission, the Board of Directors, donating options and upcoming events.