Food Pantry open Feb. 25

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

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

Ministerial  Association meeting

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

The ministers of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 4, at 12:00 at Italian Gardens in Kings Mountain.  All local pastors and staff ministers are invited to come and be a part of the meeting.
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Dixon School

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Last week, Dale Greene shared a photo taken at Dixon School. Names of the students were also shared, but several first names were omitted. If you know any of those names, see a mistake, or if you have old photos like this you want to share, email Students pictured L-R. Row 1 kneeling: John Logan, Marshal VanDyke, James VanDyke, ? Black, John O. VanKyile, Buddy Huffman, Arshall Sanders, Wilford Morris, Marshal Cash, and ? Johnson. Row 2 standing: ? Black, Orville Sellers, Joe Biddix, Ralph Stewart, Irene Greene, Nell Howell, William Aullender, Gertrude Ferris, Prentice Hambright, and Mary Childers. Row 3: Armitty Farris, Litha Cavney, Helen Greene, Sarah Ann VanDyke, Maxine Eubanks, John Lewis Hughes, Ted Farris, ? Bell, Arthur Howell, and Dougless Eubanks. Row 4: ? Bell, Lid Black, Buck Stewart, Teacher Hazel Lee, Gene Farris, Clarence Johnson, Herman Greene, and James Childers.

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History of Kings Mountain High School

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain High School celebrates its 145th birthday this year. In Nov. 1951, Kings Mountain High School journalism students interviewed members of the community regarding the school’s history for a five-segment story. At that time, the school was a mere 75 years old.
This segment was written from interviews with S.S. Weir.The history of Kings Mountain High School was written by students at Kings Mountain High School’s journalism class Nov. 23, 1951, with the help of S.S. Weir.
The first free school in the Kings Mountain community, serving children from the old gold mine through the surrounding county, was a one-room building located on the present lot of Mrs. G. D. Hambright, on Battleground Avenue. The property then was owned by W.M. Falls.
The seats were made of heavy, unpainted slabs with fastened to the backside. They had no backs. Desks were not used and there was one blackboard on legs. The pupils used chalk similar to that in use today. Students used slates for figuring but used copy books, pen, and ink for practicing penmanship. To one side of the room was fastened special writing board, planned smooth and about two inches thick. The ink was kept on the board. There was a special bench for it and the children went to their bench to practice penmanship. On one side of the room there was a rock chimney and an open fireplace in which wood was burned. The students cut the wood, made the fires, and cleaned the room.
   The teachers were hired by free school committeemen, who relied on their own judgement in selecting someone capable of teaching. There were no special requirements for teachers in that day. The term consisted of three months of free school each year. Generally, the fourth month was paid for by subscription, the charge being about $1 per child. Those who could not pay stopped.
Pupils started school at the age of five and had the privilege of attending until they were twenty-one. The majority stopped before they were fifteen because they had to go to work. There were no grades, and pupils advanced as fast as they could learn in each subject.
Subjects studied were penmanship, arithmetic, spelling, and reading. Students used the “Blue Back Speller” for the reading and spelling textbook. The reading material was printed between the lists of words at the top and bottom of the page. Reading consisted of practical sentences or clever sayings.
The only arithmetic textbook was handed down from parent to child until it was completely worn out.
To protect the pages of the book from wearing, students used “thumb papers,” pieces of paper about the size of a dollar bill, folded and held so that the thumb would rest on it instead of the book page. Mr. Weir recalled that he used Confederate money because paper was exceedingly scarce, and the family owned a bushel of Confederate bills. The school lasted from 8 am to 4 pm with one hour for dinner. Students brought lunches with them and played games after eating.
About 1871 Boyce Falls wished to build a house near the site of the school; therefore the one room building was moved beyond the present railroad track below Crescent Hill near a good gum spring. A gum spring is one that is surrounded by four planks, about two-feet long, nailed together and place so as to keep out trash.
  During recess boys and girls played separately. One favorite game of the box was fox. One boy as the fox  would run and the others would chase him.
Another favorite game was bull pen, played with soft a wool-yarn ball made by students. The thrower tried to hit a boy by throwing a ball at him. The purpose was to avoid being hit.
Still another favorite was round cat, which was also played with a yarn ball. Boys used a paddle to knock the ball and if a boy didn’t throw the ball so that the others  could hit it, he was taken out. Round cat was a forerunner of present day baseball.
Baseball was first brought from New York by the Stewart Brothers, who ran the gold mine. The gold mine organized a team called the “Gold Mine Nine,” Nine young men from the Kings Mountain community then organized and called themselves the Kings Mountain Nine. Two of the first players were the late Captain Freno Dilling and Phillip Baker. After Captain Bell opened the Military Academy, the Kings Mountain Nine became the Bell Nine.
Kings Mountain then erected a one room building on the present site of the Teacherage, which until a building was erected for Captain Bell, served the children living in the center of town and toward East School.
At the same time, the late A. F. Weir, a school committeeman, erected a one-room school on his property just above the present W.T. Weir Store at the Park Yarn Mill. That building except for a new roof, stands today, and is used by W.T. Weir as a warehouse.
   Mr. Weir made double desks, with a back rest for the pupils. At the front of the room was a recitation bench. When a class was ready for their teacher to hear their lesson, the members sat on the bench. They stood when they were called to recite.
   Mr. Weir bought a chart on a frame that had reading and spelling on it. Students could turn the leave and read something different from what was on the Blue Back Speller. The school served the children from the Gold Mine Community to Pott’s Creek, which rises near the depot and runs this side of Nebo.
Colored children attended a small school that was built for them in the community. Later they went to a school near the Gold Mine.
Practically everybody was in the same spelling class regardless of age and knowledge.
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(February 17, 2021 Issue)


Bertha Blalock
1 lb. ground beef
¾ cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 chopped onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine and make into small patties and brown lightly on both sides.
Make sauce and pour over patties in deep baking dish.
4 tsp. Worcestershire 
2 Tbsp. vinegar
3 Tbsp. sugar
½ cup water
2/3 cup catsup
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

Nadine Turner
1 1/4 lb. ground beef
2 c. macaroni cooked as 
1 can black-eyed peas, 
1 (18 oz.) medium salsa
1 med. onion
Saute ground beef and onion in large frying pan; cook macaroni as directed. Add salsa and rinsed black-eyed peas. Stir together and enjoy.

Eva L. Moss
2 to 3 lbs. boneless 
   sirloin beef roast
3 cups quartered
2 cups carrot chunks
2 cups onion rings, raw
Cook roast in slow cooker for 3 or 4 hours. Just before leaving for Sunday School, add raw vegetables, continue cooking. This will be ready when you return from worship service. Make a salad and warm a few rolls. Lunch is ready.

Becky White
1 head cabbage
4 carrots
1 bottle Ranch-style 
1 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Grate cabbage and carrots. Add Ranch dressing to desired consistency/ Add celery seeds, salt and pepper. Mix together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Peggy Henderson
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. shredded coconut
1 box German chocolate 
  cake mix
1 stick butter, melted.
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 box 10X powdered 
Spread pecans in bottom of pan; place 1 cup coconut on top of nuts. Mix cake mix as directed. Pour over coconut. Melt butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and pour over cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Leave in 13x9x2 inch pan.
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Daisies and Butterflies - Mixed Media by Annie Sylling

Upcoming Art Classes at Southern Arts Society (SASi)

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis

Southern Arts Society announces upcoming classes for March and April. Students must pre-register and pay in advance to reserve your seat. Call SASi at 704-739-5585 or visit in person for details and class prices. Class sizes are very limited to provide adequate social distancing. Students must wear a face covering during the class.
For a list of upcoming programs, meetings and exhibits Email or visit their website at
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Ave. at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground Avenues, Kings Mountain, NC, in the historic Southern Railway Depot.
SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits and art competitions, programs and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat 10 am to 2 pm. All visitors and are required to wear a mask due to COVID-19.
• Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving with Sue Helmken
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021   Time:  10 am - 1 pm
All materials are included.  Looms are provided for class use. Open to all levels. The simple design of rigid heddle looms make them the perfect weaving loom for anyone wishing to learn the craft.  The most common types of projects are scarves, placemats, dishtowels, or shawls. You can also weave fabric and then sew it with other fabrics to create garments or bags.
For this class, the looms will already be set up. Sue will demonstrate how to set up the loom, then you will dive right into weaving. Sue will cover color blending, creating texture, lace techniques, pick-up, knotting/shag and more.  A wide variety of yarns will be available for you to sample and explore.  You'll leave with a colorful sampler and a greater understanding of the weaving process.
• Inkle Loom Weaving with Sue Helmken
Date:  Saturday, March 13, 2021  Time:  10 am-1 pm
All materials are included. Looms are provided for class use. Open to all levels. Inkle looms, also known as belt looms, are characterized by a wooden framework upon which dowels have been fastened. They are used to make narrow strips of cloth that can be used for belts, straps, edgings, and fringe. The basics can be learned in one easy lesson, which makes this a great starting point for anyone interested in weaving.  In this class, you will make a sample at least a yard long showing how different sizes and types of yarn affect the pattern and then try variations on the basic weaving.
• Pottery Classes - Next Session begins April 12 thru June 21. (There are 4 sessions in the year) SASi offers both Day and Night classes for beginners, intermediate or advanced persons working in hand building or on the wheel. Classes meet twice weekly Mon and Thurs for 10 weeks. Day Class meets 9 AM till noon. Night Class meets 6-8 PM.  Class Fee includes 1 bag of clay, glazes, use of studio tools and instruction. Additional clay may be purchased onsite. Details: Night Classes Rhonda Withers 704-773-6138, Day Classes Renee Matthews 704-674-4517.
• The Joy of Color Strength in Paintings with Anne Harkness
Date: Saturday April 17   Time: 1-4 pm
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate
This class is recommended for oil and acrylic painters (watercolor painters are welcome but will have to do some gleaning). The instructor will teach using oil paints.
Description: Color, design, and paint application are a few of the important ingredients that go into a strong painting. We will mix paint and create studies while in class.  The concepts of color family, and mood, will be discussed. If you want to strengthen your paintings or just have an infusion of joy, pop in for this class.
For supply list: see under the class page or Email us.
• Working and painting with Collage with Annie Sylling
Dates: Fri April 30 & Sat May 1
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate (knowledge of color mixing will be helpful)  This class runs for two sessions so that your collage can dry before you apply paint.
First session – Friday April 30 from 6-8 pm (2 hours) Collaging: using different papers/cut-outs, Layout and pasting.
Second Session – Saturday May 1st from 11 am to 1 pm (3 hours) Painting: underpainting, subject outline and subject painting.
For supply list: see under the class page or Email us.
Printing on a Gelli Plate with Dianne Garner
Date: To be determined
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate (knowledge of color mixing will be helpful)
For supply list: see under the class page or Email us.
More classes coming soon!  Please check the  website and Facebook page for details.

Hospice Cleveland County 
Hearts For Hospice

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Hospice Cleveland County would like to thank Morgan Elliott for putting together snack baskets for families visiting their loved ones at Wendover Hospice House. Each had a beautiful card attached. Morgan is from Lawndale and a graduate of Burns High School. She is currently a Sophomore at UNC Charlotte majoring in Pre-Nursing and minoring in Public Health. “We appreciate Morgan for taking the time to do this for our Hospice families.” To learn how you can help Hospice Cleveland County, call 704-487-4677 or visit their website at Hearts for Hospice Fundraiser is going on now until February 26th.  Hearts can be purchased at several locations including the Hospice Administration Building (951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby), The Hospice Store (1450 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby) and the Testa Family Hospice House (321 Kings Mountain Blvd., Kings Mtn.).  For a full list of locations, please call 704-751-3573. Hearts can also be purchased online at  Your support is appreciated.
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The US Monument at Kings Mountain National Military Park in fog. Photo provided by NPS

Fun activities for the entire family

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Despite the fact that winter is here in full force, there still are plenty of activities to enjoy with your family. From special presentations you can watch at home, to quick road trips just to get out of the house, there are a variety of things to do to entertain your family nearby.
   The library has several programs scheduled through the end of the month:
• Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
   Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 am. Visit event calendar to register.
• Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home!
   Thursday, February 11 at 4 pm,  Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home! Caleb Sigmon of Sigmon Theatrical presents a live interactive magic show on the Mauney Library Facebook page
• North Carolina Slave Narratives
   Monday, February 22 at 6 pm webinar, Laurel Sneed, veteran history educator and media producer, will talk about three 19th century African Americans from North Carolina who resisted slavery by escaping to freedom and writing about their experiences. The narratives or memoirs are by authors Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern.
   Sneed has been teaching educators and members of the general public about the era of slavery for over two decades through the Crafting Freedom Institute, an African American history education organization for which she serves as executive director. Through CFI, Sneed has brought 1000+ teachers to North Carolina from around the country and several foreign countries to study slavery, with a focus on enslaved and free black North Carolinians in the 19th century. This webinar will include several short videos Sneed produced dramatizing the words of two of the authors. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout. Visit event calendar to join Zoom event.
• Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers
   Tuesday, February 23 at 3 pm  join the official Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers, for a virtual Zoom meeting. Visit calendar to join the event.
• Black Men in White Coats
Mauney Memorial Library is screening the documentary Black Men in White Coats beginning at noon on Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28.
   Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder of Black Men in White Coats, hopes to provide role- models for others, the same way he had great mentors that looked like him to help him on his path to becoming a doctor.
   Learn more about Black Men in White Coats at, and register for the screening at or call 704-739-2371.
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.
There are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day with your family.
• Kings Mountain boasts its own Gateway Trail. If your little ones are too small for along hike, the area around the Trailhead will be plenty to keep the entertained and get some exercise. If you prefer a longer walk, you can plan a longer hike at Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, or Kings Mountain National Military Park. Be sure to check-in at the Visitor’s Center so they know where you are hiking.
    •    If you do not feel like taking a long hike, the historical trail at Kings Mountain National Military Park is only a 1.5 mile battlefield loop takes you past monuments and markers along the trail. Because the battlefield is also a burial ground, picnics are not allowed. However, picnics are allowed at Kings Mountain State Park. If you prefer to visit from the comfort of your home, visit a virtual tour at
• Visitors at Kings Mountain State Park can enjoy fishing for bass, bream, crappie, and catfish from a rental Jon Boat in the park’s 65-acre Lake York. Bank fishing is allowed on 13-acre Lake Crawford. A South Carolina fishing license is required. Picnics are allowed.
   Personal kayaks, canoes and non-motorized john boats may be launched at Lake Crawford and Lake York for a $5/day charge. Watercraft must be carried to the shore from the parking area. Visitors may obtain a permit at the Trading Post or park office. Non-motorized fishing boats rent for $20/day.
   Canoe and kayak rentals are offered at the 13-acre Lake Crawford. Check with the park for availability.
   Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at Kings Mountain State Park.
   Playground Equipment is available, and the Park Store/Gift Shop is available on weekends from March-Nov. Picnic Shelters make a great play area for imaginative play and a playground is located near Shelter 2.
   Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.
   Biking is allowed, but there is no bike trail at the park. Visitors may ride bikes on paved roads.
   The park has a volleyball court, basketball court and ping pong table available for visitor use.
   Equestrian Camping: The equestrian camping area includes 15 equestrian campsites which rent for $12/site/night. Central water is available and privy toilets are nearby. Equestrian campsite reservations are required. The park’s 30+ miles of equestrian trails connect to the national park’s equestrian trails.
   The park has several hiking trails. The 16-mile Kings Mountain Hiking Trail, the 1.5-mile Farm Trail and the 1.8-mile Ridgeline Trail. The Ridgeline Trail provides a unique trail experience connecting three parks and two states. The trail connects Kings Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park and Crowder's Mountain State Park in North Carolina. The .7-mile Nature Trail at the park provides a leisurely walk.
• If getting out of town is more to your family’s taste, take a road trip to western NC and enjoy a drive along US Route 64, the longest numbered route in all of NC, stretching 604 miles. This drive is also called North Carolina Waterfalls Byway. The route takes you down a windy two-lane road that passes many waterfalls including Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Silver Run Falls, Rainbow Falls, Upper Whitewater Falls, and Toxaway Falls, to mention a few. Many of the falls can be seen from your car so you can stay warm while enjoying the scenery.

Items needed for Hospice

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Hospice Cleveland County is in need of the following items:
Pill planners (twice a day and four times a day), antibacterial hand soap (8-12 oz.), hand sanitizer (8-12 oz.), hypo allergenic baby wipes, baby monitors and sippy cups (no straw), 16 oz. cups (hot and cold), heavy duty Styrofoam plates, plastic forks and spoons, mini fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, individual beverages: canned sodas, fruit drinks, water, individual wrapped snack items: cakes, cookies, chips, soups, cereals, fruits, puddings, candy bars, peanut butter, oatmeal, grits and apple sauce, paper towels, toilet tissue, family size boxes of tissues, monetary donations for other patient needs.
Please drop off items at the Hospice Administration building located at 951 Wendover Heights during business hours.
For more information call 704-487-4677. Your support is appreciated.
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Prescribed fire may be used to maintain a cultural landscape, such as on a battlefield. Photo provided by NPS

Series of prescribed burns scheduled through end of May

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

 NPS Superintendent Diana Bramble announced that Kings Mountain National Military Park will be conducting a series of prescribed burns within the park boundaries through the end of May 20.
   Locations to be burned include:
• Battlefield burn unit – 175 acre area that is located north of the main park drive and includes the area around the visitor center. Prescribed burns will be performed in multiple sections throughout the inner loop of the battlefield trail, and the outer loop of the trail.
• Piedmont burn unit – 144 acre area that is located south of the main park drive and the battlefield. The unit is flanked by the horse trail on the eastern boundary, main park drive on the northern boundary, Whitworth fire road on the western boundary, and the boundary shared with Kings Mountain State Park to the south.
Wildland fire crews are working to prepare these units for safe and effective prescribed burns, which are conducted in accordance with the approved fire management plan and as weather conditions allow throughout the spring season. Surrounding communities may expect minimal smoke and visibility impacts during the burns. Some access to trails and grounds within the burn areas may be temporarily restricted during burn activities for visitor and wildland fire crew safety.
The timing of the prescribed burn implementation is dependent upon a variety of conditions as burns are conducted within specific parameters that consider temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture, wind speed, and wind direction.
   Fire is an essential and natural process that has shaped the landscape of Kings Mountain National Military Park for thousands of years. Prescribed burns are conducted at the park to reduce the risk of wildland fire, and to restore native vegetation and historic landscapes. All areas of historic, cultural, and ecological importance are identified and protected throughout the planning and implementation of prescribed burns.  

Man-Up Men’s  Conference
at Christian  Freedom

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Christian Freedom Church will hold their Man Up Men’s conference with Nikita Koloff on Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The theme is “Restoring Biblical Manhood”.
 Cost is $20. Lunch included. The church is located at 246 Range Rd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Contact: Ron Carroll for more information at

Hospice Hearts
available through Feb. 26

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Hospice Cleveland County “Hearts for Hospice” area available through February 26. For $1 or more donation, you can purchase a heart in honor or in memory of a loved one and display it in your home, office, church, anywhere you wish.
Hearts can be purchased at the Hospice Administration Building or online at Online orders will be emailed a heart to print and display. Don’t forget to tag us them Facebook with your hearts so they can be shared. Packets are available for businesses, groups, individuals to sell by calling 704-751-3573. All donations due no later than March 12.
Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County.
For more information call 704-487-4677 or
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Schiele Museum Winter Wonderland

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd.,  has opened its newest, original exhibit Winter Wonderland.  Winter Wonderland will be an adventure geared towards the youngest visitors to the museum as participants are urged to take off their shoes and sock “skate.”  It was opened to the public on Saturday, Jan. 16th for just $3 per person and will be free for Schiele Members. Tickets can be reserved online in advance at The exhibit is currently scheduled to be open through March 2021.
Winter Wonderland is fashioned to look like an outdoor pond that has iced over.  The winter scene is complete with taxidermy mounts of deer bounding through the forest and other wildlife peeking at the skaters. Children up to age 12 will be able to kick off their shoes and skate off some energy, practice some ice skating techniques, or just enjoy twirls and sliding across the floor.
As the coronavirus continues to be a concern for our community, The Schiele staff wanted to provide a low-contact experience for our youngest visitors to enjoy.  An anonymous sponsor provided support to help make this exhibit possible.  The Winter Wonderland experience will give children a way to exercise while having fun as families enjoy spending time together.
The museum has also opened its weekly Friday Night Light programs scheduled through February. These special planetarium programs will be offered each Friday evening at 5 PM, 6 PM, & 7 PM and will give families, couples, and adults an opportunity to experience a planetarium program after hours. New programs will be available each week, from live star shows to science theater programs from across the national planetarium industry. Limited seating provides ample room for visitors to spread out and pick their favorite seats to enjoy the show.
For more information, please visit or follow The Schiele Museum on social media.
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Kings Mountain High School’s Girls Basketball Team 1920-1921. Photo provided by Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Early history of KMHS

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart
Part 3

Kings Mountain High School is 145 years old this year. In Nov. 1951, Kings Mountain High School journalism students interviewed members of the community regarding the school’s history for a five-segment story. At that time, the school was a mere 75 years old.
Segment three was written from interviews with Mrs. C.E. Neisler (Ida Pauline) and S.A. Mauney and from an article written in 1934 by D.C. Mauney.
In 1905 the school was changed to a graded school with Professor S.W. Carlier (1905 – 1908) as the first superintendent. Since then the following have served as superintendents, up to 1920: S.J. Hunnicutt (1908-1909); Miss Bryte Baker (1909-1910); J.Y. Irvin (1910 – 1911); E. A. Harrill (1911-1912); Cox (1913-1914); R. A. Yoder (1914-1915); Frank Orr (1916-1917); Miss Bonnie Mauney, now Mrs. F.R. Summers (1917-1918); Rev. J.E. Berryhill (1918-1919); Theron Allen (1919-1920).
Just prior to and during the First World War, the school was organized into nine grades with eight teachers. The school term lasted eight months.
Each room was heated by a crude wood burning heater. In the school room, double desks added much to the fun of the pupils and brought additional disciplinary problems to the teachers. At the front of the room were the long benches for recitation.
There were no pencil sharpeners. In fact, at first only slates were used.
The subjects taught were arithmetic, spelling, English, Latin, and at one time, French. The classes lasted from one-half hour to one hour, with one hour for lunch. Sometimes the lunch hour was shortened so that the pupils could leave school earlier. A few of the pupils that lived nearby went home for lunch. Others, however, brought lunch since there was no cafeteria.
There were no extra-curricular activities. For games, boys and girls played whip cracker, beanbag, jump plank, jump rope, base, football, baseball, and outside basketball.
Emphasis was placed more on knowing of the lesson than outside written work. Because there were no libraries, parallel reading was not required. There were no lectures, only questions.
The most accepted forms of punishment were cleaning the classrooms after school and chopping wood for the heaters.
Pranks of every sort were always being played. Some of these were stuffing sacks down the chimneys so as to fill the classrooms with smoke and pushing cannon balls down the stairs from the top floor. At other times, various fowls were thrust through windows.
The tenth grade was added when a new school building was erected in 1910. The superintendent at the time was E.Y. Irvin. The late William Lafayette Plonk, who was on the school board, was very much interested in the welfare of the school and the children. He would visit the classrooms and bring before the board requests for anything he found lacking and though obtainable.
Later, students participated in the county speaking and essay contests. Each year the school fair was held, with each class donating an art of craft to the display.
Miss Laura Plonk, who taught expression and physical education for four years in Kings Mountain High School, had both private pupils and regular classes. In the classes her students were given readings to memorize and assimilate.
During the time Miss Plonk was here the plays that were given were so well done that the players were asked to present them in Shelby, Gastonia, and Bessemer City. The furniture for the plays was borrowed because the school had few stage properties.
In physical education, the girls wore uniforms with pleated skirts and middy blouses. Some of the games played were racing, jumping the stick, exercising, and tumbling. This was the first physical education class in Kings Mountain High School.
The girls’ basketball team was exceptionally good and was one of the best in the vicinity. Their rival was Lowell. The players wore black bloomers, mercerized cotton stockings, and white middy blouses.
Before a game, each girl was required to swallow a raw egg to increase her strength. To make the egg more palatable, the students added salt and pepper and made sure the yolk was unbroken. The players declared the egg helped them run and never grew tired.

26th Annual Treasures of the 
Earth Pottery Show
February 11 – March 24, 2021

 (February 11, 2021 Issue)

 The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to announce the upcoming 26th Annual “Treasures of the Earth” pottery show and sale.  This promises to be an exceptional show with 26 local and regional artists. Many artists are your favorites from years past but this year we are welcoming three new artists and welcoming back two who have nott participated in a few years.
   The works on exhibit include sculpture, jewelry, functional and decorative ceramics in a wide variety of styles.  It is a must see and must shop show!  “This exhibit has always been a community favorite; we are pleased that it has continued over the years and we’re especially happy that we are able to hold it this year. The quality of work has always been exceptional and this year the attendees will not be disappointed,” stated Shearra Miller, President of the Arts Council. This year pottery may be taken home at the time of purchase.
   Participating potters include:  Cathy Babula, Pam Bailey, Bobbie Black, Ronnie Blackburn, Rene Calder, Shari Crouse, Hal Dedmond, Vicki Gill, Corine Guseman, Dot Houlditch, Mandy Huffman, Robert Iseman, Susan Jones, Doug Knotts, Barry Ledbetter, Raine Middleton, Dana Paul, Katherine Petke, Ron Philbeck, Freddie Phillips, Judy Riley, Taylor Short, Lin Venhuizen, Lisa Wassen, Tricia Woodland, Lee Zimmerley, and Debra Zimmerman.
   The Arts Council is open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. It is always free to come see our exhibits! For more information please call the Arts Council at 704-484–2787 or visit or

Delta Kappa Gamma Society publication of photo entries by local artists

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

By Connie Savell

The Arts and Humanities Jury of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International announces the publication of photography entries by Lisa Edwards May and Connie Phifer Savell.
Lisa’s pictures are titled “Roses for Moma” and "The Beauty of Bodie Island Lighthouse.”  Lisa Edwards May, a resident of Kings Mountain, is the President of the Delta Tau Chapter.
Connie Phifer Savell’s color photography entries are “Mist on the Blueridge Parkway” and “Sunrise on Surfside Beach.” Connie is the NC DKG Immediate Past President and a member of Delta Tau Chapter in Cleveland County.
The photos are published in the Fall 2020 DKG Gallery of Fine Arts, an online gallery of works of art at
DKG is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 68,000 members. Established in 17 countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.  Society headquarters are in Austin, Texas, where Dr. Annie Webb Blanton founded the Society on May 11, 1929. 

Library News

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

By Mari Slaughter

A variety of opportunities await you at Mauney Memorial Library in February. Below are some presentations you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne
Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:30 am. Visit event calendar to register.

Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home!
   Thursday, February 11 at 4 pm,  Afternoon Adventures: Magic at Home! Caleb Sigmon of Sigmon Theatrical presents a live interactive magic show on the Mauney Library Facebook page

Fantasy romance
with author 
Jeffe Kennedy
Mauney Library will present an interview with fantasy romance author Jeffe Kennedy. The interview will be available to view beginning 12 pm on Friday, February 12. Register drawing to win a set of her books on
She has written more than a dozen series and many stand-alone works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In the interview you will learn about the genre of fantasy-romance, her writing, and forthcoming titles.
   She has won multiple awards and serves on the Board of Directors for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. See her website to learn more about her at

North Carolina Slave Narratives
   Monday, February 22 at 6 pm webinar, Laurel Sneed, veteran history educator and media producer, will talk about three 19th century African Americans from North Carolina who resisted slavery by escaping to freedom and writing about their experiences. The narratives or memoirs are by authors Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern.
   Sneed has been teaching educators and members of the general public about the era of slavery for over two decades through the Crafting Freedom Institute, an African American history education organization for which she serves as executive director. Through CFI, Sneed has brought 1000+ teachers to North Carolina from around the country and several foreign countries to study salvery, with a focus on enslaved and free black North Carolinians in the 19th century. This webinar will include several short videos Sneed produced dramatizing the words of two of the authors. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout. Visit event calendar to join Zoom event.

Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers 
   Tuesday, February 23 at 3 pm  join the official Mauney Library book club, A Company of Readers, for a virtual Zoom meeting. Visit calendar to join the event.

Black Men in 
White Coats
   Mauney Memorial Library is screening the documentary Black Men in White Coats beginning at noon on Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28.
American hospitals and medical schools are currently suffering a shortage of Black male doctors. Less than 3% of active physicians are both male and Black. Black Men in White Coats hopes to showcase this disparity and promote resources to those who wish to go into the medical field.
Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder of Black Men in White Coats, hopes to provide role- models for others, the same way he had great mentors that looked like him to help him on his path to becoming a doctor.
Learn more about Black Men in White Coats at, and register for the screening at or call 704-739-2371.
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.
(February 3, 2021 Issue)


1 lb. sliced bacon, cut into thirds
1 (14 oz.) cocktail wieners
3/4 cup brown sugar
• Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
•Refrigerate 2/3 of the bacon until needed. It is easier to wrap the wieners with cold bacon. Wrap each cocktail wiener with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar generously over all.
• Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the sugar is bubbly. To serve, place the wieners in a slow cooker and keep on the low setting.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp.  paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 chicken wings
oil for deep frying
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 dash black pepper
1 dash garlic powder
• In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large, nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
• Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
• Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.
Bowling for Dollars features beautiful bowls made by local potters. Photo by Cleveland County Arts Council

Cleveland County Arts Council reschedules Bowling for Dollars

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

By Shearra Miller

Bowling for Dollars is one of the Arts Council’s favorite events and we know many folks feel the same. We are still working on the logistics but YES, we are planning to hold it again this year. However, it will look and feel different. Due to COVID restrictions, and for the health and safety of our volunteers and participants, we are making some changes.
We ask for your patience as our situation will be fluid based on COVID protocols and recommendations; in the meantime, please update your calendar with the new date: Thursday, March 18.
Each year Bowling for Dollars features beautiful handmade pottery bowls donated by local potters. Participants then enjoy a delicious soup, bread, beverage, and dessert. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event is take-out only. All proceeds go towards our Arts in Education Program.
Tickets will be available as soon as we finalize all of our plans. Plans will be announced on our website, and on social media,
If you have questions call 704-484-2787. Stay tuned and stay healthy!
Darlene Godfrey poses with the finished piano. Photo by Shirley Brutko

Piano project complete and now on display

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Five years ago, Mayor Scott Neisler purchased a piano at an estate sale and the Southern Arts Society volunteered to restore it. The Mayor bought the piano with the intent that, once painted, it would be displayed at various locations in Kings Mountain for people to play.
This unique project brought together the talents of Beth Caveny, Darlene Godfrey, and Diane Garner. Caveny prepared the piano by having it tuned and primed for painting. Artists Darlene Godfrey and Diane Garner decided on specific scenes important to the community and painted those scenes on the piano.
Scenes include the American Flag, US Monument at the Kings Mountain National Military Park, Major Patrick Ferguson’s grave, Log Cabin, battle scene, Cardinal and Dogwoods, and the View of Kings Mountain.
If you would like to admire the result of this collaborative project, the piano is currently on display at the Southern Arts Society.
   Mayor Neisler heard about a project called “Play Me, I’m Yours”, the brainchild of British artist Luke Jarram that he began in the UK in 2008 with 15 pianos brought to various public places throughout the city for three weeks.
The project was a huge success, and it was estimated that over 140 000 people played these pianos or listened to others play. Since then, more than 1,000 pianos with a simple instruction – “Play Me, I’m Yours” – have been installed in 37 cities across the globe, reaching about six million people worldwide.

Adopt an Officer  program remembers
Tyler Herndon and honors
law enforcement  officers

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Often when a family and community experience a devastating loss, as the Herndon family and friends in Kings Mountain did on December 11, when Officer Tyler Herndon lost his life in the line of duty responding to a call in Mt Holly people often search for meaningful ways to honor the one who was lost. Such is the case with Officer Tyler Herndon.
Micha Autry started the Tyler Herndon Adopt an Officer Program with hopes of encouraging the officers of the Mt. Holly Police Department. She wants the officers to know that the community supports them and that we are all in this together.
It did not take long before the word got out and now other communities in the area are doing the same, including Kings Mountain. The group’s mission remains the same, no matter which community supports the project.
“We want officers to know they are appreciated and valued by members of their communities,” wrote Matthew Autry.
The wounds of loss run deep, and this is an effort to remember Tyler Herndon and honor his memory by adopting the men and women of law enforcement who wear the badge and serve the Kings Mountain community. Only time will heal those wounds, but this is a good to start.
Just four days after Herndon’s funeral, Cpl. Lee Whittington was shot while responding to a call near the Country Club. Luckily, Whittington survived, but his healing will take time and the community has supported his recovery with fundraisers throughout January.
A Facebook page was setup to learn more about the Tyler Herndon Adopt an Officer program at A video honoring Tyler can be seen by scrolling down that page to find the link.
So far, Kings Mountain Police Department, Cramerton Police Department, Mt. Holly Police Department, and Dallas Police Department have joined the program. Officer adoption sheets can be found locally at the Kings Mountain Police Department.

Gateway Trail Committee
volunteers hard at work

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Shirley Brutko reported that last week a lot was accomplished at the Gateway Trail by volunteers from the trail committee, along with Ranger Cliff Laurich.
City of Kings Mountain donated all the new mulch for the overflow parking lot. Pine Straw was raked by volunteers and moved from the Cardio Hill to the trailhead, beautifying that area along the sidewalk and other areas.

Still time to hit the Tar Heel slopes

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

Snowflakes were flying in the North Carolina  mountains last week and ski slopes were open for business with all COVID precautions needed in place. This includes social distancing, mask wearing where appropriate, and in many cases skiers needing to call ahead and make reservations for their time on the slopes.
Here are some popular NC Snow Ski vacation resorts: Call ahead before visiting!
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, North Carolina- Snowmaking on 14 lighted slopes. Five  lifts including three moving carpet lifts. Snowsports School for all ages and abilities. Tube World, six lanes of snowtubing fun. Easy four lane access.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 5,400 ft. • 14 Slopes • Tubing • Base Elevation: 4,660 ft. • Lifts: 1 Double, 1 Triple, • Vertical Rise: 740 ft. 1 Quad, 3 Carpet Conveyors A fireplace, restaurant and lounge, plus The Shop at Cataloochee located in the lodge.
Appalachian Ski Mountain- Blowing Rock, North Carolina- Eleven slopes, three terrain parks. Two Quad chairlifts, one double chairlift, one conveyor lift, one handle pull lift. Home of the French Swiss Ski College. NC’s only Burton Learn to Ride Center. Snow ski, snowboard and skiboard and rentals. Rentals for jacket, bib, glove, goggle and helmet. Refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink, 46,000 sq. Ft.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 4,000 ft. • 11 Slopes •Ice Skating • Base Elevation: 3,635 ft. • Lifts: 2 Quads, 1 Double, • Vertical Rise: 365 ft. 1 Conveyor, 1 Handle Pull Bavarian-style lodge with wireless Internet. 200’ observation deck. Restaurant with fireplace overlooking slopes, Ski Shop, Gift Shop, nursery, locker room, TV lounge and group meeting rooms.
Sugar Mountain Resort-Banner Elk, North Carolina- Sugar Mountain Resort offers many winter activities: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing day and night on 115 skiable acres. Several 700 ft. long tubing runs.  A 10,000 sq. ft. refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink. Snowboard schools accommodate all ages and abilities. Daycare is just a few steps from the base lodge. The ski, snowboard and skiboard rental shop offer top of the line equipment.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 5,300 ft. • 20 Slopes •Ice Skating • Base Elevation: 4,100 ft. • Lifts: 1 Triple, 4 Doubles, • Tubing • Vertical Rise: 1,200 ft. 1 Surface, 2 Carpet Conveyors The base lodge houses 2 cafeterias; the Last Run Lounge; our group sales department; locker room; and the Sugar Mountain Sports & Gift Shop.
Beech Mountain-Banner Elk, North Carolina- The highest ski area in the East at 5,506 feet in elevation. Snowmaking capabilities that cover 100%of the skiing terrain. Has a large variety of skiable acreage including a terrain park that is all lighted for night skiing. Ski Beech offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, or skating on a 7,000 square foot outdoor ice rink. Skiing and snowboarding instructions are available for all ability levels. A program for youths that includes equipment rental, a hot lunch, and a day of instruction in proper ski and snowboard technique. Equipment and clothing rentals. Shopping and dining. Accommodations, including chalet rentals and inns, are close by.
STATS: • Peak Elevation: 5,505 ft. • 15 Slopes •Ice Skating • Base Elevation: 4,675 ft. • Lifts: 1 High Speed Quad, • Tubing • Vertical Rise: 830 ft. 6 Doubles, 1 J-Bar, 1 Surface
Hawksnest Resort-Seven Devils, North Carolina- The largest Snow Tubing Park on the East Coast. Twenty lane snow tubing park with four areas to snow tube. Lanes are 400 – 1000 feet long. Two conveyor lifts take snow tubers back to the top.  Snow making and lighting on all lanes.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort-Mars Hill, North Carolina-  Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is for any ski and snowboard enthusiast, beginner to expert. Twenty-two  ski runs. Five ski lifts. Two quad chairs. Two double chairs and one surface lift. Two ski lodges-Ridge Lodge and the Base Lodge. Terrain park. Full ski rental equipment services, food, gift shop, sport shops. Large wood burning lodge fireplaces.
Jason Hurst, Cleveland Community College President

CCC’s Jason Hurst named President of the Year

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

The NC State Board of Community Colleges on January 21, 2021, announced its selection of Dr. Jason Hurst, president of Cleveland Community College, as the recipient of the 2021 President of the Year Award.
Dr. Hurst arrived at CCC in April 2018 with a clear vision to grow the College, strengthening its community presence, expanding its top-quality educational opportunities and fostering highly effective partnerships with industry.
In addition, he has led the launch of Yeti Athletics, not only recognizing the strong correlation between a vibrant athletics program and student retention but also working to deepen the College’s relationship with the broader community.
In the award announcement, the State Board of Community Colleges said:
Dr. Hurst came to Cleveland Community College with extensive experience in workforce education and economic development in several states. His career includes leadership roles at community colleges in Florida and Alabama, most recently Senior Director for Workforce Development for the Alabama Community College System. As president of Cleveland Community College, Dr. Hurst has championed strong relationships with industry and community partners. His accomplishments include expanding the Electrical Lineworker program to include CDL truck driver training, and renovating BLET and Criminal Justice classrooms to include a defensive tactics training space and an interactive firearms simulator. He is currently overseeing the construction of an Advanced Technology Center to address local workforce training needs. Dr. Hurst also worked with the college’s Chief Financial Officer to purchase simulation software for virtual instruction and software for virtual advising to help keep students and staff safe during the pandemic.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Hurst said, “I am so honored and grateful for this recognition. This is a great day in the life of our college and a true testament to the tremendous work we are doing at CCC. We have a wonderful team, and this award reflects our group’s effort. We are a part of this community and strive to meet meeting its needs and those of our business and industry partners.”
Madeline Norman, center, with 20 bags she and two friends donated to help homeless and those in need.                                                         Photo by Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office ​​​​​​​

Girl Scout project helps those in need

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

Madeline Norman, 12, of Cleveland County, donated 20 bags to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office for deputies to give to homeless people or people in need. Madeline and her two friends started this project to achieve their Bronze Award for the Girl Scouts. The bags include items like blankets, scarves, gloves, can foods, water bottles, and toiletries.
Madeline and her friends also donated bags to agencies in Burke County and Caldwell County.
“It is not very often that a 12 year old thinks of others enough to go above and beyond to help people in need. Thank you for thinking of others, Madeline. These bags will be a blessing to people in need,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook Page.

Senior Center
February schedule

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

By Tabitha Thomas

The Senior Center participation is open to adults age 55 and over (registration required – call for details.)
Hours of operation: Staff available by phone 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri.

Outdoor Walking Track open 9 am-4 pm

Rentals: No rentals through March (Call Bonnie Hale for later dates)

Valentine’s Day Drive-Thru - Friday, Feb 12, 10 am – 12 pm. Stop by so we can say, ”We miss you! And Happy Valentine’s Day!” We ask that you drive around the front of the center and pull around to the back under the canopy! Please stay in your car and we will bring you a special sweet treat! Please call to RSVP by Monday, February 8.

Hearing presentation online or by phone through ZOOM by Shawn Lane, NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, Wednesday, February 17, 11 am – 12 pm. Join us on Zoom to learn more about this free service. Please call to register and to get Zoom link.

Facebook Live!
We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show on Monday through Thursday at 10 am. Come join us for conversation, updates, and riddles!

 Friday Drive-Thru, Friday Mornings
 10 am -12 pm. Please drive around to the back to say hello! Please stay in your car and we will bring you your goodie bag and masks if you need them. Food bags, Boost and Depends will no longer be distributed at the Drive-Thru in order to cut down on wait times. Please call Glenda to register for food, Depends or Boost and to be given pick-up times for these items.

Income Tax Assistance provided by Liberty Tax
Beginning Monday, January 25, you may drop off your tax documents at the Patrick Center back entrance on Monday or Tuesday afternoons between 12 pm and 2:30 pm.
When you drop off your documents, we will make a copy and get them to Liberty Tax, and you will be given an appointment to complete your taxes curbside at the Patrick Center on a Wednesday afternoon or at their office in Gastonia on a Thursday afternoon. Returns can also be sent to you via email for completion. Please call the center for more information including what documents to bring.

Conference Call 
Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am 11 am
Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am
This is a chance to meet new friends and participate in a program over the phone! Call the Center for more details and to sign up!

 Donations Needed: 
Personal hygiene products, Depends, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, cleaning & laundry products, masks, canned and dry goods, microwavable meals, and pet food. Individually packaged items: pudding, fruit, soup, Pop Tarts, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, etc.

TACC can currently take you to your doctor appointments or bring you to the Senior Center once we reopen. Call Bonnie Hale to find out more about this service.

S.H.O.P. Pantry
Please call if you need food, incontinence supplies, or nutritional supplements. We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by! (Delivery also available if needed).
All clients must a registered  participant before picking up these items.
The Patrick Center is located at 909 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086, (704) 734-0447.

Clev. Co. library card design contest

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

Cleveland County Library System announced a library card design contest for its new library card. There are three entrant age categories for the contest: kid, 12 or under; teen, 13 – 17; and adult, 18 and over. The winner will receive a $25 gift card.
Designs must be created using a 7 inch by 4.25 inch template and designs can be either horizontal or vertical. Entries must be accompanied by an entry form and only one entry is allowed per person.
Artwork can be traditional, in colored pencil, pen, paint, etc., or using computer based graphics. Digital submissions must have a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Digital image size must be 1050 pixels x 638 pixels. Do not include your name within the borders of the design.
Artwork must be original, previously unpublished, and free of copyright restrictions. Upon submission, the Cleveland County Library System has all rights to the artwork and its display. The library may showcase/reproduce all submitted artwork without limitation or compensation.
Email digital artwork to . Drop-off or mail submissions to Cleveland County Library System, 104 Howie Dr., Shelby, NC 28150 or Spangler Branch Library, 112 Piedmont Drive, Lawndale, NC 28090.
The design submission period goes through January 29. Finalists will be notified by February 8. Finalists will be announced by February 11. New library cards will be available this summer.

City of Kings Mountain:
Online event honoring
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
extended through Jan.  29

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

Honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Kings Mountain is set to host a virtual online event, “Meet Dr. King”, January 15th-29th.
Performed by Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville, NC, Meet Dr. King, introduces audiences to Dr. King and follows key moments in his life beginning as a young boy experiencing racism for the first time, to meeting his wife, Coretta, to becoming a pastor and finally a national inspiration.
Audiences will get the opportunity to watch the production live on Facebook at and
In addition to this special production, Mauney Memorial Library will honor Dr. King by providing a “Doves of Peace” paper craft in select businesses throughout the City. Businesses participating are Big Red’s Café, Mauney Memorial Library, Mountain Holiday, and Swooger’s.
Schools throughout Cleveland County will receive the link to allow students to watch the production as well.
For more information, please contact the City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department at 704-730-2101 or access their website at

Gas Station Demolished

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

In the last few weeks, the gas station at 259 Dixon School Road was demolished. The property, once owned by the Plonk family, has been the site of a Sinclair Gas station, a BP station, American Petroleum station, and a FINA station before it was purchased by Roadside Truck Plaza in November of 1997. Most recently, it was a boat repair shop. In an artist’s rendering for development near the casino released last September, the property was slated for gas and travel center with a restaurant.                                                                                                                                           Photos by Loretta Cozart
A veteran lays a wreath to honor a brother in arms. Photo by WAA

DAR BOGO wreath sale ends January 15

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Col. Frederick Hambright Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and Wreaths Across America BOGO wreath sale event ends January 15. Historically, this off has only been offered once per year.
Each December, Col. Frederick Hambright Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and GFWC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club honored local veterans with wreaths at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath for this coming year’s event and take advantage of the BOBO 2 for 1 sale, wreaths are $15 through January 15 and can be ordered at

Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Tuesday, I traveled to Washington DC to cover the Frally on the Mall, get pictures, and share that experience in an article for the Herald.
Before I share what I saw, let me state that I do not condone the actions of those who attacked the US Capitol. Their violent behavior resulted in the deaths of five Americans. In my opinion, the peaceful protest that occurred up to that point was overshadowed by those who took advantage of the situation to advance their own cause.
The people who simply gathered at the Mall in Washington had every right under the First Amendment to do so. The Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But those who turned that peaceful protest violent should be held accountable for their actions.
   As a reporter, I can only describe what I witnessed. There is much that happened that I could not see, including most of what was broadcast on National television in real time during the afternoon and evening, and in the days that followed.
I began my day at the Crystal City Metro in Arlington, Va. and took the subway into the city, exiting at Smithsonian Station. I arrived at the Mall shortly after 10 am. The weather was brisk, but not terribly cold. Vendors were interspersed throughout the area selling Trump memorabilia. People carried Trump flags, American flags and protest signs.
Speeches were slated to begin around 11 am, so I walked toward the Ellipse located just south of the South Lawn of the White House. I have been in Washington DC on several occasions and am familiar with the area. Many people were walking in that direction also, a sea of bodies moving as close to the Ellipse as possible.
   The closest I could get to the Ellipse was just north of the Washington Monument. I looked around as others filed in. Over the course of 30-minutes every square inch of space was filled. People chatted in groups or struck-up conversation with others nearby. The atmosphere was calm and jovial. As people made their way from one place to another, they would often cut through groups, apologizing as they passed. Nobody got angry about it, because there were so many people there and very little room to get around. I have no idea the actual size of the crowd, but I would estimate 50,000 people, maybe more.
Eric Trump was the first to speak. He was on the Jumbotron located a good distance from where I stood, and I could clearly see that he was speaking. However, I could not hear a single word. People around me began chanting “Turn it up. Turn it up,” but we still couldn’t hear. When Rudy Giuliani spoke, I could hear only part of his speech. The sound cut in and out throughout his entire message.
   As President Trump took the stage, it seemed that they had solved the sound issue. However a second speaker, experiencing a slight signal delay, caused an echoing effect that made it difficult to hear. Trump’s speech went on for quite a while and repeated points he had mentioned on several occasions. There was no new information being shared. The weather turned colder, so people began leaving. As the President wrapped up his speech, he told the crowd, “We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Then he encouraged them to walk with him down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, but Trump did not join them.
   At approximately 1:24 pm, Trump’s speech ended, and the crowd turned toward the Capitol. Most traveled along three routes to get there: Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, or through the Mall. People walked peacefully and chanted. Along the way, they acknowledged the police, and some stopped to shake hands and thank them. Through all of this, the protest remained peaceful.
   Approaching the Capitol, I noticed that contractor’s fencing, like ones used at construction sites, had been knocked down. But there were a lot of people ahead of me and did not think much of it. There were no police, no National Guard, and no security directing people as they arrived at the west side of the Capitol just before 2 pm.
   Looking around, I noticed people had climbed what appeared to be a camera tower constructed for the upcoming inauguration. I took a few photos and then heard what I thought might be flash bangs, sounds similar to mortar shots. Next to me, a man commented to a group nearby that if they wanted to go into to the Capitol, a side door was open. At that point, I decided it was time to leave.
   As I walked away from the Capitol and down Independence Avenue, I attempted to text my family to let them know where I was and that I was leaving
 the city. However, my cell phone did not work; I can only guess that signals were  blocked due to securwity reasons. I had texted several people from the Mall earlier that day, only to discover those texts had not gone through either.
   As I arrived at the United States Botanic Garden, I noticed that Independence Avenue was empty. In the distance, I heard sirens approaching and a black SUV, followed by two police cars, passed me at a high rate of speed. After they passed, I watched barricades pop-up from the roadway that spanned the entire width of the street, blocking the road to traffic.
   When I finally arrived at the subway and found a seat, I heard a woman had been shot. It seemed the protest had turned violent and that had I left at the right time.
Until I arrived home, I had no idea the magnitude of what had happened at the Capitol on January 6. I am still stunned that I could have been so close to the situation and yet totally unaware of what was happening on the east side of the Capitol.
   It is clear to me now just how much our nation needs healing. I pray that Congress and the new President realize this and works to unify our nation. Their actions now will set the tone of politics for decades to come. If they do not take steps now to bring the American people back together, I question what kind of America we will leave to our children.
This is an artist’s rendering of Catawba Ridge and is not a final map. Photo by City of Kings Mountain

Community Meeting on Catawba Ridge development January 13

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Wednesday, January 13, a community meeting is scheduled at 5 pm in City Hall Council Chambers to allow members of the community to ask questions of the developer, Wallace Cheves, regarding a new development proposed by of Let’s Roll Holdings, LLC in the Dixon Community. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.
The development consists of approximately 82.73 acres on Dixon School Road (Parcel #11598, Map 4, Block 1, Lot 10), for which the developer requested a zoning change from R-20 to Conditional District R6-PUD (Planned Unit Development). Phase 1 of the development will contain no more than 200 apartment units. The name of the development is Catawba Village.
Of concern to city council was that the rules regarding public hearings changed during the Nov. 24, 2020 city council meeting, now only requiring one public hearing instead of two, before they take a vote.
Development in the Dixon Community near the Casino impacts many people and city council voted to continue the meeting until later this month, hoping the developer would schedule a community meeting to discuss plans and share information with those who have interest.
On Monday, January 11, City Councilmembers visited The Cliffs at Walnut Grove in Arden, NC, a gated property developed and planned by Wallace Cheves.
Due to COVID-19, the public must wear face masks in City Hall and follow protocols set out by Governor Cooper.

Southern Arts Society Calendars available

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis

There is still time to purchase a handmade calendar for 2021 at Southern Arts Society (SASi) in Kings Mountain. Local artists work together to produce the calendar as a fundraiser for SASi. Funds raised support their ongoing art programs and classes. The 2021 Calendar themed Windows and Doors consists of 12 original pieces of hand pulled silk-screened art. Each month is designed by a different artist, giving you twelve individual original art prints.
The artists at Southern Arts Society managed to complete their calendars in spite of a global pandemic, political upheaval, and social unrest. After the gallery was closed for almost two months in the spring, artists began the process of finalizing their designs and getting the images put onto screens to print. Down to wire, some of the images were not dark enough and had to be redone, leaving very little time to get them signed and put together.
Three or four artists worked together to print each page by hand, with each page taking over 3 ½ hours to print and everyone wearing masks the entire time. Finally on Friday November 27, SASi artists and friends gathered to collate the calendars all wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to keep everyone safe.  The Calendars went on sale to the public Saturday November 28.
Artwork featured in the 2021 calendar reflects windows and doors across time and around the world. The twelve month calendar set sells for $25, and a frame (in black, gold or silver) to hold the calendar may be purchased for $30. While most of the calendars are reserved each year by loyal followers, there are still open editions available to purchase at Southern Arts Society (SASi) located in the historic Southern Railway Depot in Kings Mountain.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. In the Galleries now through January 9th is SASi’s Holiday Boutique with artsy gifts for sale.
New Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs–Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. All visitors are required to wear a mask. Admission is Free. For more information please visit, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email

JACK & georgia moved to new location 

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Women’s clothing store JACK & georgia moved to their new location at 209 S. Battleground Avenue last week and announced their grand reopening for January 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.
December 26 was the last day for the business in their old location on E. Gold Street. “We closed that location right after Christmas and began moving our inventory over,” said owner Emily Harris. “The old location, including our storeroom, was 800 sq. ft. The new location is 2,700 sq. ft. This is a very exciting move for us. We hope to see everyone for our grand re-opening!” The first 25 customers in the door will receive an exclusive discount on our brand new collection.
The shop includes cute tops, bottoms, sweaters, shoes, swimwear, outerwear, and accessories for young women.
L-R: Pottery student with instructor Rhonda Withers.

Pottery Classes at Southern Arts Society

(January 1, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis

   Southern Arts Society (SASi) offers both Day and Night classes for beginners or intermediate level students wanting to learn pottery making by hand building or on the wheel. Classes begin January 11 and meet twice weekly, Monday and Thursday, for 10 weeks.
Instructors are Renee Matthews (daytime) and Rhonda Withers (evenings). Cost Includes: one bag of clay, glazes, use of studio tools and instruction. Additional clay may be purchased as needed. Class size is limited to 4 students. Masks are required to participate.
   To sign up for pottery class visit or call Southern Arts Society 704.739.5585 or contact the instructors:   Rhonda Withers 704.773.6138 and Renee Matthews 704.674.4517.
   Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs–Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. All visitors are required to wear a mask. Admission is Free. For more information please visit, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email

Blood donors needed!

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

There will be a Blood Drive at Eastside Baptist Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, sponsored by OneBlood.
The Big Red Bus will be parked on the west side of the church. All donors will receive a $20 e-Gift card, long sleeve T-Shirt, a free appetizer coupon courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and a wellness checkup including Covid-19 antibody test.
Appointments are encouraged but not required.  Appointments can be made by visiting and use sponsor code #63074.
Donors must be at least 16 years old with an ID and parental permission.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit community asset responsible for providing safe, available, and affordable blood.
The first part of the year is usually a time when the need for blood increases.  Your life-saving gift will be greatly appreciated! 

American Legion Veteran’s breakfast January 9

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Post 155 holds its next monthly Veteran’s Breakfast on Saturday morning, January 9, from 9 am to 11 am at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street.
All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation that helps fund future breakfasts. Everyone is asked to follow Governor Cooper’s guidelines for social distancing. The following month’s breakfast will be on February 6.

Banker’s House
Christmas Reveal Friday

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

The Banker’s House Christmas Reveal is scheduled for December 4 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at 319 N. Lafayette Street in Shelby. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Cleveland County Chamber office. Your ticket includes live music, delicious deserts, and seasonal beverages.
Additional dates included December 12 from 11 am – 3 pm, December 15 from 10 am – 1 pm, and Thursday December 17 from 2 pm to 5 pm. You can also arrange for a private tour by calling 980-404-0096.
This event will follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines, requiring face masks and social distancing.
L-R: Ranata Wingo, Natalie Hammett and Abby Williams (all Y Learning Academy Staff) accept the gifts donated by sisters Gibby and Diane.

Sisters share holiday warmth with Y kids

(December 16, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Friday, Gibby McClarran and Diane Toffolo dropped off 100 handmade mittens and scarves for their Y kids at Kings Mountain Family YMCA. They made a few extra adult sizes too, to give the parents who might need them this winter too. The sisters have been knitting them since March.
The ladies knitted them for the children in the YMCA Learning Academy and the staff will distribute them to parents when they pick up their children.
Diane and Gibby love the Y and missed being there. To keep themselves busy, the duo so went for walks and knit during the shutdown. Their knitting was a good way to stay busy.
Gibby said she could knit one pair of mittens a day, it is very time consuming. The scarves were a little easier.
Kevin Osborne said, “The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is very thankful for the hard work and generosity of Gibby and Diane.”
Grandfather Mountain welcomes visitors to celebrate the winter and holiday seasons from a mile high. See more photos on page7B. (photos by Skip Sickler/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation or Frank Ruggiero/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation)

‘Tis the Season at
Grandfather Mountain


(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Holidays bring
discounts, shopping
and more

With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls – and hills – for the holidays.
Visitors are invited to celebrate the season from a mile high, where they’ll encounter idyllic winter scenery, invigorating outdoor adventure and more at the Linville, N.C., nature park.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the park officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery – a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Avery County.
In previous years, Smith has provided Christmas trees for the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh, the U.S. Naval Observatory (the residence of the U.S. Vice President), the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the White House itself.
Donating a tree to Grandfather Mountain, however, is a literal high point in Smith’s career.
“People come from all over the world to see Grandfather Mountain,” he said. “And, of course, this tree is from Avery County. We don’t want a tree from outside Avery County to go up on Grandfather Mountain.”
Although this particular tree is on display in the Grandfather’s Nature Museum, Fraser firs can also be found in the mountain’s more natural surroundings.
“The Fraser fir is basically the Cadillac of Christmas trees,” Smith said. “There’s only a few mountaintops in the world they’re native to, and Grandfather Mountain is one of them.”

Choose & Cut & Save
Although Grandfather Mountain’s official tree is now on display, guests are welcome to bring their own – to enjoy a festive discount on park admission during the holiday season.
As a gesture of support for local Christmas tree farmers, anyone who arrives at the mountain with a tree atop their vehicle or a receipt from a local tree farm will receive $2 off each adult admission and $1 off each child admission.

Located in the Nature Museum and Top Shop, Grandfather Mountain’s gift shops carry a variety of artisan crafts and goods, as well as signature Grandfather Mountain souvenirs, from apparel to hiking gear to drinkware and all things in between.
The shops, along with the mountain’s Entrance Gate, also offer Grandfather Mountain gift cards, which are applicable toward admission, souvenirs, food, fudge and more.

Looking for a gift that’s warm and fuzzy? While Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals are not for sale, the Adopt-an-Animal program is the next best thing.
The program allows participants to symbolically adopt any of Grandfather Mountain’s furry or feathered residents, including black bears, river otters, cougars, bald eagles, elk and more.
By adopting an animal, individually or on behalf of a friend, family member or loved one, the sponsor will receive a special gift package. Gifts vary, depending on the donation level, and can include photographs, plush toys, plaster footprint castings, day passes and more.
Visit to learn more.
Animal Wish List
Make our animals’ season merry and bright by treating them to gift items and enrichment treats.
To see what the animals are wanting this holiday season, visit their wish list at For more information, email

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Treat your favorite animal lover to an up-close-and-personal experience with Grandfather’s resident animals.
Hosted by Grandfather’s knowledgeable and experienced keepers, Behind-the-Scenes Tours show guests where the park’s resident animals sleep overnight, while sharing the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round.
To reserve a tour, email

Think the views are sweet? Try the Grandfather Mountain Fudge Shop.
The park’s sustainably operated fudge shop boasts a colorful variety of homemade, delectable and seasonal flavors. Best of all, it’s only a phone call or email away.
To place an order for pick-up or home delivery, call 828-733-6518 or 828-733-1058, or email

Season Passes
For a gift that keeps on giving, shoppers can purchase an annual membership to Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club.
Bridge Club membership offers unlimited, free admission to Grandfather Mountain for a year, exclusive discounts on and off the mountain, invitations to special member programs, a Bridge Club car decal and more. Group passes are also available.
To learn more, visit

Grandfather Mountain is owned and operated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.
All of the park’s funding is derived from admission, souvenir sales, food and beverage sales and donations, 100 percent of which goes right back into the mountain, ensuring its pristine beauty is preserved for generations to come.
The foundation’s Fulfilling Promises campaign is underway, and funds raised through donations will help create a new Conservation Campus to share the wonders of Grandfather to more visitors more broadly and deeply than ever before.
Through these new facilities, which will nearly double the size of the park’s current nature museum, guests will gain an even greater appreciation of nature and become even more passionate about protecting and preserving it.
Charitable giving also benefits the park’s many educational programs and initiatives, such as the Field Trip Scholarship Fund in Memory of Nathan Pribble, which helps groups from underfunded schools come to Grandfather Mountain’s “classroom in the clouds.”
Those hoping to contribute in their or someone else’s name may do so by visiting, which allows them to sponsor a particular project, such as the Fulfilling Promises campaign, or donate to a cause of their choosing.
Winter Hours
Grandfather Mountain is open from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. every day in winter, weather permitting, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. During times of inclement weather, park opening is delayed until all roads and paths can be cleared of snow and ice. As such, those planning a trip are encouraged to contact the park’s entrance gate before visiting to confirm the day’s conditions.
Due to COVID-19, the park is also requiring guests to book their visit online at
To learn more about Grandfather Mountain’s COVID-19 operating procedures, visit
For more information, call 1-800-468-7325, or visit
Jennifer Holt

Jennifer Holt KMMS
employee of the month

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

By Windy Bagwell

Jennifer Holt, 7th grade Guidance Counselor, was selected as the Kings Mountain Middle School Employee of the Month for November.
Staff describe Holt as awesome, caring, and having a servant’s heart. “She takes care of kids, here at school and remotely. She holds them accountable while helping them learn how to be accountable.”
Another shared, “Mrs. Holt is always available for students and staff with an open door policy. She goes above her call as a school counselor to assist teachers and staff in any way possible. She has such an amazing work ethic and is an incredible problem solver and team player.”
“Mrs. Holt is the sweetest lady and shows kindness to all students and staff,” one staff member wrote. “She continuously goes above and beyond to help teachers out, as well as, work one on one with students to help get them going in the right directions. Mrs. Holt, YOU are awesome!!”

Aldridge Concerts perform
at Joy Performance Center

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Darin and Brooke Aldridge 2020 Christmas Concerts will be held on  December 12th at the Joy Performance Center, Kings Mountain, NC.
A matinee will be performed at 3:00 pm and evening concert at 7:00 pm; Limited Seating Available:  Two tickets: $56; four tickets: $112;  six tickets: $168.
Purchase tickets online at W
Covid safety protocols, including masks and social distancing, will be followed.
Scene at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain. Photo by Carolyn Henwood

KM City Council thanks
Building Maintenance staff

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain’s City Council publicly thanked members of the Building Maintenance staff for their hard work in refurbishing Grady and Katie Costner’s Christmas lights display for use in Patriots Park this holiday season.
“Mayor Neisler asked me to speak on behalf of council and mention all the positive comments we have received from the community regarding the Christmas lights,” said Councilman Keith Miller. “Their work to repair and update the lights to LEDs during the last year testifies to the hard work and dedication these employees give to their work. Special thanks goes to Darryl Dixon, Brian Horn, Rick Ford, David Morrow, and Mike Gaffney prior to his retirement.”
“After spending a year working on this project, this crew requested that they personally deliver the lights to Patriots Park this year. They used great care to make sure the displays arrived at the destination safely. The employees of City of Kings Mountain are hard-working and dedicated individuals, doing their best work for everyone who lives and works in the city,” Miller said.

Work continues around Exit 5

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Land continues to be cleared near Exit 5 adjacent to I-85 and Catawbas Two Kings Casino Resort. Saturday morning, grading equipment continued on the Catawba Indian Nation’s property. Trees have been cleared from the property and extensive grading, along with retention ponds have been done.
Along Exit 5, all the trees were felled in preparation for construction of the diverging diamond interchange that will replace the current bridge there. No start date has yet been set for that project.
According to the NCDOT website, a diverging diamond interchange allows free-flowing turns when entering and exiting an interstate, eliminating the left turn against oncoming traffic and limiting the number of traffic signal phases. It is easy to navigate, eliminates last-minute lane changes, and provides better sight distance at turns, resulting in fewer crashes.
The design reduces congestion and better moves high volumes of traffic without the need to increase the number of lanes in an interchange.
In a national study, the design reduced crashes by an average of 37 percent after it was constructed at 26 interchanges across the United States. The design also reduced injury and fatal crashes by an average of 54 percent. (Source: 2019 article published in the Transportation Research Record, the journal for the Transportation Research Board)
Winners from the ALA Chili Cook-off, pictured L-R: Third place, Michael Clinton; second place, Shondi Dellinger, and first place, Jeff Kelly. Photo provided

American Legion Auxiliary
Chili Cook-off winners

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 held a Chili Cook-off at the post on Saturday, November 14 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Thirteen entries were received. Each entrant submitted a $5 donation and those willing to judge gave a $10 tasting donation.  A good crowd of judges participated and by all accounts everyone had a good time. Winners were, 1st Place – Jeff Kelly, 2nd Place – Shondi Dellinger, and 3rd Place – Michael Clinton.

Murphey’s toy run
Saturday, Nov. 21

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

Murphey’s 26th annual toy run to benefit Shriner’s Burn Center and Oxford Orphanage Masonic Home for Children, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office,  Kings Mountain Police Department’s  will be held Saturday, Nov. 21. Rain date is Nov. 22.
Motorcyclists should meet at Scooter Shed, 114 Camelot Court, at 11 a.m.  and will depart Scooter Shed at 12 noon.
Police will escort the cyclists. The groups goal is $5 and a new toy per person.
Barbecue will be served after the ride.
For more info call 704-739-4707 or 704-477-5762.

Senior Center news

The Patrick Senior Center does not have a definite reopening date set just yet. They are waiting until the Governor lifts the Safer at Home recommendation for high-risk populations, keeping in mind the number of cases in our region and the onset of flu season as we determine a reopening date. Call the center for the latest updates.
“We will have an updated calendar available for pick-up at the center and posted on our Facebook page once a reopening date has been set, which will be announced on Facebook,, and through our mass call system,” Director Tabitha Thomas said. “In the meantime, please check out the activities and services we are currently offering; there’s something for everyone.”
Upcoming Events include:
Weekly Wellness, Thursdays, 11 am - 11:30 am. Join in each Thursday morning on Facebook for an exercise routine, some deep breathing or stretching.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment: Counselors will be meeting with folks over the phone to review Part D Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans during Part D Open Enrollment, October 15 - December 7.  Please call the center to  arrange a time to pick up a Plan Finder Form, or we can send it to you through the mail or email. Please return the form to our office so we can make you an appointment!. You may qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs.
Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru: Sponsored by the Kings Mountain Rotary, Wednesday, November 25, 11 am to 1 pm, Call the Center to sign up for a meal.
Outdoor Walking Club: Monday-Friday, 9 am -4 pm. There is a sign-in sheet with participation guidelines at the front entrance of the building, as well as a few chairs to sit in if you need to rest. Please call the Center for more info.
Conference Call Programs: Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am -11 am, Begins November 10.
Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am Began November 4
Coffee & Conversation—Fridays, 8:30 am -9:30 am, Begins November 6
Once you sign up, you will be given a phone number to call and a list of guidelines will be mailed to you or you can drive by the Senior Center to pick them up.  This is a chance to meet new friends and participate in a program over the phone!  Call the Center for more information.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: (ONLINE OR BY PHONE through ZOOM) by Elizabeth Novak with the
Alzheimer’s Association, Wednesday, November 18, 11 am – 12 pm. Please call the Senior Center to sign up and get the link to participate.
Holiday Food Drive: Giveaway date: Wednesday, December 16, 9 am -12 pm. Sponsored by Walmart   Neighborhood Market for seniors age 55 and older who need assistance with emergency food.
Christmas Dinner Drive-Thru: Friday, December 18, 11 am – 1 pm, please bring a new baby item to     donate to the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Shelby. Call the Center to sign up by Thursday, December 10.
In partnership with Mauney Memorial Library, the senior center offers a Zoom Book Club. Books are available in various formats including book, audio, e-book, and e-audio. A Zoom meeting to discuss the chosen book will be held early each month. Call the Mauney Memorial  Library to sign up and get access to the book. Ask for Mari at 704-739-2371.
Current senior center services include:
Transportation: TACC can currently take you to your doctor appointments or bring you to the Senior  Center once we reopen. Call  Bonnie Hale to find out more about this service.
Telephone Reassurance: Designed to help homebound elderly to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Volunteers will provide reassuring telephone calls on  pre-arranged days. Please call Glenda for more information.
Phone Buddy Program: Want a buddy to talk to?  Give us a call and we will match you up with a Phone Buddy.
S.H.O.P. Food Pantry: Please call if you need of food, Depends, Boost, or a mask.  We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by!  (Delivery also available if needed).
Facebook Live: We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show on Monday thru Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 11 am. Join in for conversation, updates, and riddles!
Mass Call System: We have a way to call all our participants and give them updates.  We have been sending out calls to    remind folks about the drive thru. If you have not been receiving calls and would like to get them, please call the center to be added to the list.
The Senior Center can connect you to various services including  Home Repairs, In Home and Respite Care, Job Placement/Job Skills, Hospice and Palliative Care, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, Medicaid/Social Security Benefits, Home Delivered Meals, Mental Health Services, Disaster Preparedness, Long-term care/Ombudsman, and Rehab Services. Call Glenda for more information.
The H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center is a non-profit public organization that provides services to persons 55 years of age and older.
The Patrick Center offices will be closed on November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving, and December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holidays.
SENIOR CENTER HOURS:   MONDAY — FRIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION:  Staff available by phone 8am-5pm
Outdoor Walking Track open 9am-4pm (see details in newsletter)
RENTALS:  No rentals through 2020 (Call Bonnie Hale for later dates)

SASi Holiday Boutique
call for artists

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

It is time for SASi members to bring work to sell for the SASi Holiday Boutique – paintings, pottery, jewelry, mixed media, photography, woodwork, note cards, wearable art (knit, crochet, dyed silk), etc.
Delivery and setup dates have already passed but other times can be scheduled by appointment. Table space is shared (depending on how many items you have) and is available first come, first serve. You may bring your own table and tablecloth if preferred. You are responsible for setting up your own table display.
You MUST be a current Member of SASi to participate. You may renew your membership at time of entry. There is no entry fee, but SASi retains 30% commission on all sales. All sales are made thru SASi.
Artists must clearly label items with: Your 3 initials and item number, Price, Title or Item Description, Medium, Your Name. Download form and inventory sheet from the SASi website.
Due to production delays in their 2021 Calendars, SASi’s annual Open House to kick off Calendar Sales will be the weekend following Thanksgiving on Saturday Nov 28, 10-4 and Sunday November 29, 1-4 pm.  This kicks off the sale of our 2021 silk screened Calendars Doors and Windows.  They will also be open on Fridays in December (Dec 4, 11, 18). Artists pick up their work after the event on Jan 12-16, 2021 from 10 am – 2 pm during gallery hours.
 SASi needs volunteer help during gallery hours. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
Application forms are available at Call SASi at 704.739.5585 or call or text Jewel at 803-448-4578. Email:
SASi will be CLOSED Nov 26-27, Dec 24-28 and Dec 31-Jan 1.

Patriots Park gets a landscape renovation

(October 11, 2020 Issue) 

By Loretta Cozart

During the last few weeks, Patriots Park received a facelift with new plantings. “After 20-years, many of the planting beds had seen their better days,” according to Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks. “Many of the shrubs had root rot, so we had to replace them with new plants.” In addition to new plants, Patriots Park also got new sprinklers and more lighting.
With the help of a landscape designer, new plants were chosen for their beauty, heartiness, and with regard to future growth. As Patriots Park becomes a hub for the city, and with the city hosting more festivals and events annually, the more important it is to choose the correct plants for the venue.
“What a beautiful renovation of the landscaping around the gazebo! Being constructed more than 20 years ago, Patriots Park has become more important to us today since we are having to practice social distancing,” Mayor Neisler said.
“And the re-beautification of an already great place to go, just makes it better. You will see in the coming months that improving the beautification of our downtown will be a big priority, with streetscape. It will help our downtown businesses to thrive while increasing the area where we all want to be!” he added.
With Christmas around the corner, and Thanksgiving just two weeks away, it won’t be long before the Kings Mountain Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show on 87.9 FM begins downtown. Luckily, this event was designed to be seen from your car while listening to Christmas music on the radio and is perfect for social distancing.
After watching and listening to the show, drive by Patriots Park and admire the hard work of many city employees and staff making this place one all can enjoy and be proud of for generations to come.
Photo provided by Edy Jakubiak

Dressed up for Halloween

Kings Mountain family Eric, Edy and Jack dressed up for Halloween. They are pictured at the tip of Chestnut Ridge.