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 www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

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 www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

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 www.oneblood.org/donate-now 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 https://bit.ly/gfm-adopt 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 Amazon.com wish list at https://bit.ly/gfm-wishlist. For more information, email habitats@grandfather.com.

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 habitats@grandfather.com.

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 fudgeshop@grandfather.com.

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 http://bit.ly/gfmbridgeclub.

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 www.grandfather.com/donate, 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 www.grandfather.com.
To learn more about Grandfather Mountain’s COVID-19 operating procedures, visit www.grandfather.com/covid-19-update.
For more information, call 1-800-468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com.
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 www.ticketsnc.com 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, CityofKM.com, 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 http://southernartssociety.org/exhibits/art-for-christmas-2020/ Call SASi at 704.739.5585 or call or text Jewel at 803-448-4578. Email: SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com
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.                                                                
(Photos provided by Edy Jakubiak)


Grant Bergstrom, MD (left)  dressed up for halloween and visited Atrium Health/KM Hospital . 
Photo by Marilyn Sellers

City of KM Vehicles Rebranded With New Logo

Earlier this year, City of Kings Mountain rebranded using an updated city seal and logo in new colors of tan, green, blue and white. Last week, city vehicles were rebranded using the city’s new logo and each vehicle is identified by department. The two vehicles shown here sport the logo: Kings Mountain, NC Living. Elevated. Beneath the logo, the city department is identified. ENERGY SERVICES.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Central United Methodist Blood drive Nov. 11

Central United Methodist Church of Kings Mountain will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 10:00am-4:00 pm in our parking lot. All donors will receive a $10 EGift Card, a wellness checkup, including a COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. To make an appointment visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #62201.

'Til Beth Do Us Part’ casting call Nov. 9-10

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Director Jim Champion, and Sponsor Ken and Liz Pflieger announce audition dates of November 9 and 10, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. Rehearsals will begin in January 2021 with performance dates set for early March 2021. For further information contact us at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.
Parts are available for two men and four women.
In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (ages 45-55) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (ages 45-55). Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been.
Enter Beth Bailey (ages 30-40), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael (ages 60-70), the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner.
Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go!
When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo (ages 40-55), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (ages 40-55), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner.
Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten Comedy!
   Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
 For more detailed information, please visit www.kmlt.org or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page.  We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!
Michele Williams (left) and Pastor Curtis Williams

East Gold St. Wesleyan Homecoming 2020
to be held November 8

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church is holding their Homecoming 2020 Service on Sunday, November 8th at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of the Worship Center (701 East Gold Street)!  Pastor Curtis Williams will be the guest speaker.  Pastor Curtis served as Youth Pastor at East Gold for 10 years (1993-2003).  During his pastorate, the youth group flourished as it significantly grew both in number and in spiritual depth.  When asked to describe his pastorate at East Gold, Pastor Curtis quickly replied, "building relationships."  His legacy here continues to be one of doing just that.
Pastor Curtis went on to serve as Lead Pastor in other churches and also served on the mission field in Papua New Guinea.  Currently, he serves as Lead Pastor at The Wesleyan Church in York, South Carolina.
We extend an invitation to the Kings Mountain community; especially, to former members of the church, as we welcome Pastor Curits and Michele Williams for Homecoming 2020!
There will be no fellowship meal after the service this year.

KMLT presents Frozen Jr.

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

The 2020-2021 season of Kings Mountain Little Theatre will open with “Frozen Jr.” on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  Due to the limited audience capacity allowed by Phase 3 of the North Carolina Covid-19 Plan, KMLT has added the Thursday evening performance to their schedule.  KMLT and Corporate Sponsor Edward Jones Investments – Jack and Pam Buchanan are pleased to announce that performances are scheduled for November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 PM with matinees on Sundays, November 8 and 15.
As of this date, KMLT will have 100 seats available for each performance. Additional capacity may be available if NC has a change when the current Phase 3 order ends. Please look for further updates from KMLT.
Priority is given to our wonderfully supportive season members and they are able to make a reservation to attend a performance for our plays. All others may purchase tickets at the box office.  KMLT will have 20 tickets per performance for purchase at the Box Office on a first come first served basis.  Reserved seating not claimed at least 10 minutes before show time are subject to release for purchase by others seeking tickets.
Season members may make reservations by calling the theater at 704-730-9408 and leaving a message or send a request to us at tickets@kmlt.org.
KMLT will maintain stringent health and safety protocols!
To protect the audience, cast, crew and volunteers they will:
• Check each individual before entering the building and ban anyone who has a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees F
• Log attendee and or group name, plus answers to the following questions (a yes answer to either question bans the individual and/or group)
• How many in the group?
• Have you exhibited any Covid-19 symptoms?
• Have you been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19?
• Wearing masks is mandatory for non-actors (KMLT will provide as needed)
• Maintain social distancing when seating our audience
• KMLT will provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer
• Due to these protocols the box office will open 90 minutes prior to the performance time. Please know that KMLT will work diligtently to get everyone into the Joy for a fantastic theatrical experience.

Recipe Corner

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “Monumental Recipes,’’ Volume II published by the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club as a fund-raising project.)

Tom Tindall
2 med. cabbage heads
20 oz. bottle ketchup
1 cup vinegar
1 tsp. Texas Pete
½ tsp. pepper
1 T. salt
1 cup sugar, white or brown
Cut cabbage fine. Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate overnight. Will keep 6 months or more.

Margaret McGinnis
16 oz. pork and beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 t. chili powder
3-4 T. molasses
Ketchup or tomato sauce to taste
2 slices bacon
Combine all ingredients except bacon. Place in greased 2 quart casserole and lay bacon slices on top. Bake uncovered at 360 degrees 30-40 minutes or until mixture has thickened and bacon thoroughly cooked.

Lori Cruise
2 lbs. hamburger, 
  cooked and drained
1 can Rotel
1 can petite diced 
1 cup half and half
1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut 
  into chunks
2 (16 oz.) cans chili beans
Cook and drain meat. Add Rotel, tomatoes, half and half, and cheese; cook on low heat. Stir constantly until cheese is melted. Add chili beans and heat. Ready to eat. May be served over rice. A chopped onion may be added as meat is browned, if desired.

Sandra Murphrey
4 pieces cube steak
Meat tenderizer
1 can Golden 
   mushroom soup
Flour and use meat tenderizer on steak. Fry in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes until brown and turn to brown other side. Place I n 6x10 inch baking dish. Spoon undiluted soup on top of steak. Fill can 2/3 full of water, pour into side of baking dish. Do not wash off any of thick soup from top of meat/ Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Turn off, leave in oven 1 more hour. If any liquid remains in baking dish, lift out meat onto serving plate and serve. Serve over rice. Very good next day.


Mauney Memorial Library News for November

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library has several special presentations scheduled for November. These imaginative presentations will keep you and your family entertained.

Author Talk: 
Jennifer Estep
Monday, Nov. 9
Presented on Facebook
Join Mauney Memorial Library as bestselling author Jennifer Estep talks about her books and her writing. The interview will be available to view on Facebook beginning Monday, November 9th, and will be available through November. Be sure to register for a chance to win a selection of her books.
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer’s next book will be A Sense of Danger, out on Thursday, Nov. 12, from Audible Original.
 Jennifer is the author of the Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, Elemental Assassin, Bigtime, and other fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasy fiction.
The Wizard Experience
Presented by Sigmon
Thursday Nov. 12 at 4 pm   
Presented on 
Facebook Live
Wingardium leviosa! Let your imaginations take flight with this fully interactive wizarding adventure. You’ll feel like you’ve enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as audience members help make objects appear, disappear, and transfigure. You’ll see a broom take flight, the magical talking sorting hat, and objects zoom across the room. Come take a magical journey into a world you’ve only dreamt of. ​This immersive theatrical program features live actors, magical illusions, musical sound effects, and lots of audience participation.

The Real Mae West
Presented by Martha Mathison
Monday, Nov. 16 at noon
Mae West shattered box office records and public sensibilities. She rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Her one-liners scandalized the censors yet made her an icon. She rescued studios from bankruptcy and created stars.
Without her, Cary Grant would have remained a nobody. Meet the woman behind the wit. Who was Mae West, really?
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.     
Col. Frederick Hambright DAR Chapter celebrated the Day of Service by collecting snacks for area nursing homes. Pictured (L-R): Chapter Regent, Libby Putnam, Becky Scism, prospective member Karen Richardson, and Robin Meyer. Photo provided

DAR celebrates Day of Service

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Libby Putnam, Chapter Regent

   The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated the National DAR Day of Service on October 11. Each year the Day of Service honors the anniversary of the founding of the DAR on October 11, 1890 in Washington, D.C.
   Chapters and individuals are encouraged to engage in meaningful service projects in their communities each year at this time. This year the members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter DAR donated bags of treats to the workers at Summit Place, White Oak Manor, and the Hospice House in honor of service to their residents.
   The Daughters of the American Revolution is a society founded on service and DAR members across the country have logged almost 2 million hours of Service to America hours this year.  
Iris Hubbard (center holding scissors) is joined by John McGill, to her right, for 133 West’s ribbon cutting. To her left is Cleveland County Chamber President Bill Watson. Beside Watson is Executive Chef Evan Garr. Photo provided

133 West holds ribbon cutting

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

 Kings Mountain’s newest restaurant, 133 West, located on Mountain Street, held its ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 22, at 11 am.
Those in attendance included owner Iris Hubbard and Chef Evan Garr, Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce President Bill Watson, Mayor Neisler, John and Beth McGill, US Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, NC House Speaker Tim Moore, Kings Mountain City Council, Kings Mountain’s Planning and Zoning Department, as well as chamber ambassadors.
Watson welcomed Mayor Neisler, who addressed the crowd saying, “The City is so thrilled to be here this day to enjoy this opening. This is all because of the roots of a guy named John Knox McGill because he loves this town. He moved away but came back because he loves Kings Mountain. It’s a roots thing.”
“Just like all the people coming back downtown like David Stone, Rob Bolin, Bobby Horne and Jimbo Thompson who are coming back and investing in downtown Kings Mountain, making it a place for us to visit, have dinner and enjoy this community,” Neisler said.
“Iris and John, I just want to wish you the best of luck and hope you have success well beyond your expectations.” He added, “This was not easy to open a restaurant in the middle of a COVID virus.”
Hubbard thanked everyone, saying, “I am a little overwhelmed by the crowd, but I’ve been overwhelmed since the day we opened by the support of so many of the faces here. Not just the support of getting this place off the ground, there are many you who helped in the background. Since we’ve opened, there have been so many challenges. But without all of you guys and the support of the city, it would not be possible.” She thanked John and Beth McGill and the patrons who visit once a week or once a month for their continued support.
  Watson asked Hubbard for the restaurant hours. She responded by saying, “133 West is open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for brunch. We will expand our hours once all this craziness is over. Our goal is to be open 7-days a week. That’s our goal, and we’ll keep pushing to get there.”
School Resource Officer, Hannah Yarborough wears pink in honor of Chief Lisa Proctor and to remind others that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo by Angela Padgett

Think Pink

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Angela Padgett

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fountain at City Hall has turned a gorgeous shade of pink to bring awareness to this awful disease.
A special thank you to School Resource Officer, Hannah Yarborough for thinking pink in honor of her Police Chief, Lisa Proctor.
Remember, early detection is the best protection!
A coat drive is being held in memory of a Rutherford County woman, Pat Parker.

 “Keep Cleveland County Warm”
 Coat drive

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Submitted by Regina Arrowood 

A coat drive called “Keep Cleveland County Warm” is being held in memory of a Rutherford County woman, Pat Parker. Organizers are asking the community for donations to help keep people warm this winter. The donations will be distributed to schools, nonprofit organizations, and shelters in Cleveland County where they will then be given to children and families who need warm clothing.
The coat drive is being held by Parker’s family and citizens of Cleveland County in honor of her.  “We lost our mother a few years ago. She was always thinking about people in need and how she could help. We organized this event in memory of her, with the hope of helping families in need,” said Event Organizer Regina Arrowood. The coat drive has been a huge success in Rutherford County for the last four years.  Tim Early and Leigh Ann Self, local natives of Cleveland County, decided this year to expand the coat drive to include Cleveland County.
Now through December 4, 2020, donations of new and gently used coats and outerwear will be accepted at the following locations: Shelby Fire Dept (Grover Street), YMCA (Shelby), Shelby Police Dept, Cleveland County Library (Shelby), Cleveland Community College (Bailey Bldg. and Hunt Bldg.), Main Street Hardware (Lawndale), Casar Fire Dept, YMCA (Kings Mtn), Rose’s (Kings Mtn), Boiling Springs Fire Dept, and YMCA (Boiling Springs).   New and Gently Used:  Coats, Hoodies, Socks, Scarves, Gloves, Shoes, Jackets and Hats.
 Other local citizens involved:  Alison Steel, Debra Hoover, Molly Hoover, Beth Fox, Anne Harrelson, Abby Self, and Jake Self.
For more information, contact Regina Arrowood at 828-464-2489, Tim Early at 704-724- 4769 or Leigh Ann Self at 704-472-5295.

Cleveland County Potato Project update
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Muddy conditions kept folks at the Cleveland County Potato Project out of the Botts plot until Saturday. Twelve volunteers from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church came to help with the work on Saturday and the family that owns the Botts site treated all workers to a pizza lunch.  Just a few weeks ago, this site was predicted to not bear many potatoes. However, it has produced 38,000 lbs. of really nice potatoes.  Only 10 rows remain in finishing this plot and the group hopes to have finished the field by Tuesday. For more info on the Potato Project, call Doug Sharp at 704-472-5128.                                                                                                                                    Photo provided
MichEAl Woods Executive Director CCRM and Heart2Heart Place

Shelters welcome those in need
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

With temperatures dropping over the last few weeks, and significantly over the weekend, local shelters encourage those in need to utilize their services. While the shelters mentioned below are similar, they are not identical. Be sure to reach out to the shelter regarding availability to make sure space is available.
Cleveland County Rescue Mission in Shelby is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs, and support services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. The Executive Director is Pastor Micheal Woods.
The Rescue Mission incorporates a holistic approach to recovery, addressing the needs of the mind, body, and soul. By doing so we help our residents confront and overcome the problems that led to homelessness in the first place.
In addition to providing basic services such as housing and food, the program also integrates practical life skills such as vocational training and educational classes. Work therapy and individual therapy assist in the recovery of each client, and Bible study classes add to the men’s total transformation. Upon graduation, the goal is that all residents live both independently as part of society, but also depend on their relationships with Jesus Christ.
In the residential transition period that follows on site, the rescue mission remains available to assist their graduates in obtaining housing and employment, giving them their greatest chances for success in returning to the outside world as a contributing member of society. The shelter currently has 10 spaces available and plans to expand in January 2021. 704-751-1255 www.myccrm.org
Heart2Heart Place is the Women's Division of Cleveland County Rescue Mission in Shelby. The Executive Director is Pastor Micheal Woods. The rescue mission provides a women domestic violence shelter and services. It is an emergency shelter for women and women with children. Each woman is taught how to overcome barriers to success and independent living by providing access to needed services. Capacity is limited to 20 and space is available but filling quickly. (704) 751-1262 Website: http://myccrm.org/heart-to-heart-place/
Both Heart2Heart Place and Cleveland County Rescue Mission require a negative COVID-19 test before entering the program. An ID is required.
Crossroads Rescue Mission is a long term residential shelter. The Founder and Executive Director is Rocky Shelton. As Shelby, NC’s oldest and largest long term residential shelter, the Crossroads Rescue Mission currently serves up to 50 men, 365 days a year throughout the area providing safe shelter, addiction recovery programs and more. Currently they have seven openings.
As long as a client has no fever, they can be admitted. If a fever develops, they must be tested and receive a negative COVID-19 test.
The program is designed to meet the needs of the whole person: spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, social and vocational, so that those men who have hit rock bottom may become fully functioning members of society. (704) 484-8770 https://www.crossroadsrescuemission.org/
The Quiet Heart Women’s Rescue Mission is in Gaffney, SC. Executive Director Deborah Shelton. The Quiet Heart Women's Mission is a faith-based residential women's facility for ladies, 18 and upward, struggling with substance abuse, behavioral problems, and coming out of abusive homes.  Located in Gaffney, SC, we have been in operation since September of 2015.  They are the women's division of Crossroads Rescue Mission in Shelby, NC.
They offer services completely free of charge, so that anyone who wants help can get help. The Quiet Heart is an initial six month program which focuses on recovery and restoration.  During this "new beginning," each resident will receive sound Bible instruction and focus on life-skills to help them in the future. 704-473-4394 https://www.thequietheartwomensmission.org/
The Quiet Heart operates a thrift store, Handfuls of Purpose, at 112 Wilkinson Blvd. in Gaffney. Girls residing at The Quiet Heart work in the store to support the rescue mission. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm.
Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry doesn’t offer shelter services but helps in other ways. Director Lisa Harrison. 704-739-7256. The Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry is an emergency assistance agency sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association and is ruled and governed by an eleven member board of directors consisting of interfaith ministers and community leaders. They are a non-profit organization and give hope to all in the name of Jesus Christ.
Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry provides temporary assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis. They facilitate the distribution of food and clothing and give financial assistance for rent, utilities, medicine, fuel and gasoline.

Delta Tau recognizes
beginning teachers 

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Delta Tau Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recognized forty-one beginning teachers in Cleveland County with goodie bags filled with treats in September. Four Beginning Teachers were selected to receive $25 to use in their classrooms.
The teachers honored  with mini-grants were Taylor Davis, Fifth Grade Teacher at Kings Mountain Intermediate School; Terun Patterson, Fifth Grade Math Teacher at Shelby Intermediate   School; Cruceta Jeffeirs, Third Grade Teacher at East Elementary and Marla Baughman, Second Grade Teacher  Marion Elementary
Vietnam Veteran, Jamie Shytle, honors all branches of the military during the 2019 Wreaths Across America Ceremony. Photo by Gary Smart

Why DAR daughters use fresh wreaths to honor veterans 
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

As October arrives, so do cooler temps and the beginning of production for the live, balsam veterans’ wreaths that sponsors purchase and place this December.
Why does Wreaths Across America only place live wreaths? The answer is simple, the wreaths are not used to decorate headstones. Through this program and the network of tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers across the country, Wreaths Across America honors all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths.
Fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. This tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.
 Ultimately, the sponsorship and placement of a veteran’s wreath means so much more. The veteran’s wreath serves as a catalyst to bring together communities, unite families, create opportunity for fundraising by other nonprofits and civic groups doing good locally, and teach children about the service and sacrifice that gives us our freedom in this country.
This December, Wreaths Across America, DAR, and local citizens will work together to ensure every name is spoken out loud and that every service member laid to rest is remembered.
December 19 is National Wreaths Across America Day. The Col. Frederick DAR Chapter, along with many volunteers, will honor veterans at noon and join a grateful nation in honoring all veterans and active military members. Through this work, they strive to Remember. Honor. Teach.
If you would like to purchase a wreath, or help in the laying of wreaths, contact Renee Bost via email at ncdaughter@gmail.com or by calling 980-406-6659. 

Neisler fabrics featured in
1956 Indianapolis 500 pace car

By Hayne Neisler

On May 30, 1956 the Indianapolis 500 Auto Race was held before nearly 150,000 enthusiastic fans at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Selected as pace car for the event was a beautiful gold and white 1956 Desoto Fireflite convertible. The sleek Desoto had upholstery and door panel fabrics woven at the Margrace Mill in Kings Mountain.
Designers from Chrysler/Desoto met with Neisler Mills officials Mike Milam, Fred Finger, Charles Moss, Jr. and Allan Julin in New York City to give Desoto's final approval of new jacquard patterns woven at the Margrace Mill for their upcoming 1956 line of cars.
The Indy 500 Desoto Fireflite had special gold tweed metallic rayon fabric woven exclusively for the pace car. In the summer of 1956 the Indy Pace Car model was made available to the public with very limited production of only 400 automobiles. Today these autos are highly coveted by car collectors with auction prices of nearly $200,000 for pristine examples.

Patriots Park Pumpkin
Patch new additions

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Visit the Peanuts gang at the Pumpkin Patch in Patriots Park. Special visitors will make a surprise trip to Patriots Park for the interactive Great Pumpkin StoryWalk™ program. While there, enjoy your favorite fair foods from Anna's Sweet Treats and fun for the entire family. Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Candy Apples and more of your favorite treats will be available October 27 and 28, from 1 pm-7 pm. Keep your eyes open for surprise appearances from LIVE inflatable pumpkins, too.

Family Worship Blood Drive
to be held on November 7

Family Worship Center will hold a blood drive in their fellowship hall at 181 Shelby Rd., Kings Mountain  on Saturday, November 7, 11 am-3:30 pm.
Please visit RedCRossBlood.org and enter: Family Worship or call Vickie Black at 704-418-0418 to schedule appointment. Donors with blood types 0-, O+, A- and B- are needed for Power Red donation. Please ask a red Cross staff member if you qualify.
Bring your ID or American Red Cross donor card. Eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of water before the blood drive.
Download the blood donor App today. Get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to a hospital.
An aerial view of Kings Mountain Hospital taken April 1951. (Photo DigitalNC.org)

Kings Mountain Hospital to celebrate
70th anniversary in March 2021

By Loretta Cozart

In March of 1951, Kings Mountain Hospital opened to much fanfare after years of hard work in bringing a medical facility to the city. Mauney Textile Interests purchased a full page ad in the Herald, sharing that “It was built primarily for use of Kings Mountain area citizens, and its facilities are the most modern available.”
In 1942, Miss Lottie Goforth bequeathed her entire $30,000 estate to “build and equip or help build an institution, clinic, or hospital, located within Kings Mountain, to give medical and surgical aid, free or at reduced cost, to the poor and helpless citizens of Kings Mountain.”
   Miss Goforth’s estate had been invested in US Bonds in 1944 and 1945 and would be worth considerably more upon their maturity, according to an article in the Kings Mountain Herald. However, the original 22-bed hospital facility was not built with those funds. Executor of her estate, Dr. O.P. Lewis, suggested Goforth’s money would be used to build an additional wing, or to establish an endowment fund and the revenue would be used to aid needy patients in obtaining hospital care.
   The facility was dedicated on March 30, 1951 and according to the Herald, “Kings Mountain’s Hospital has been a dream of many citizens since 1942. Then a period of disappointment began,” according to the article.
   In February 1943, the NC General Assembly considered establishing a Kings Mountain hospital commission similar to the one established in Shelby, but that went nowhere. Then, the Duke Endowment determined that Kings Mountain was too small to support a hospital.
In 1945, good things began to happen and the “General Assembly enacted legislation empowering  counties to go into the hospital business,” the paper reported. That year, citizens voted to borrow $400,00 to build two hospitals, one in Shelby and one in Kings Mountain. Of those funds, $160,000 was allotted to Kings Mountain Hospital. The county hospital board was established, and Kings Mountain’s members included C.E. Neisler, Wray A. Williams and L. Arnold Kiser. They soon realized they didn’t have enough money to go forward with their plans.
In 1947, the General Assembly adopted a medical care program where state funds could be used in a shared cost federal building program. Because some counties did not exercise their option for state-federal monies, more funds were available to those counties who applied. On July 27, 1949, the North Carolina Medical Care Commission approved the plans for Kings Mountain Hospital. Investments on the part of Cleveland County Citizens was estimated at $241,000. Senator Clyde R. Hoey and former state senator Lee B. Weathers participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to Martin Harmon, owner and editor of the Herald, “When the red-tape pinched tightest, when the penalize-the-wealthy building formulae of the federal and state government seemed to bar all doors to a Kings Mountain Hospital, when other interested citizens were ready to give up in disgust, Mr. (L. Arnold) Kiser continued to push.”
“He has worked diligently on the project, and many feel that he, more than any other one individual, is responsible for the fruition of this community need,” the Herald reported.
   In that 20-page edition of the Herald, several doctors were noted as planning to practice at the hospital. Those include: Dr. Craig Jones, surgeon; Dr. Paul Eugene Henricks, general practitioner; Dr. William Lee Ramseur, general practitioner; Dr. James Edward Anthony, general practitioner and Dr. Phillip Grover Padgett, surgeon.
Interestingly, under the county setup, neither Shelby or Kings Mountain had a resident surgeon or medical staff. All doctors in good standing in Cleveland County Medical Society were eligible to use the Kings Mountain Hospital, as well as all Cleveland County dentists who are members of the dental society.
On March 31, 1951, Kings Mountain Hospital was formally dedicated. It opened its door to patients the following Monday, April 2, 1951.
Kings Mountain citizens embraced the project and did their part, many offering their services. Landscaping for Kings Mountain Hospital was provided by Kings Mountain Garden Club. The club set out dogwood, redwood, pussy willow, oak and flowering trees.
Following the dedication, Mrs. Kiser, Mr. Mauney, and Hunter Neisler, Kings Mountain members of the hospital board, were hosts at a dinner to some 30 trustees and distinguished guests at Kings Mountain Country Club.
Within the first week, Kings Mountain Hospital admitted 13 patients. Mrs. Doris L. Styers of 209 E. Kings Street was admitted opening day and became the first mother at Kings Mountain hospital when she delivered Victoria Elizabeth Styers. Dr. Padgett was the attending physician. Patients three and four were Mrs. Eoline Keeter Hord and her baby daughter Barbara Spake Hord who transferred from Shelby.
The first boy born at the hospital was Barry Wray Bumgardner to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bumgardner. The first man admitted was Bobby Earl Mabry. Others admitted in the first week were Mrs. Elizabeth Ebletoft of Shelby, Mrs. Jurica Monroe, Mrs. Billie B. Mauney, Mrs. Lydia Dover of Clover, SC, Mrs. Virginia Holye of Shelby, 13-month old Carolyn Falls and Mrs. Mary H. Gaffney.
At the time of the hospital’s opening, Dr. William Lee Ramseur was the second doctor in seniority and the only Kings Mountain native practicing medicine in town. Robert L. (Bob) Moser was the hospital’s first administrator.
Citizens like Miss Lottie Goforth and Mr. L. Arnold Kiser gave their all for a local hospital that served the medical needs of the people of our community. The community was behind the effort and businesses followed suit. Upon the announcement of the hospital, Harris Funeral home purchased the town’s first ambulance.
The 20-page March 30, 1951 special edition of the Herald featured ads large and small but Kings Mountain businesses, exemplifying their appreciation for a hospital in the community. Those running ads included: Mauney Textile Interests (Bonnie Cotton Mill, Kings Mountain Manufacturing, Mauney Hosiery Co., Mauney Mills Inc., Sadie Cotton Mills), City Auto and Home Supply, Neisler Mills, Inc. (Margrace Plant and Pauline Plant), Kings Mountain Drug Company, Carlisle Studios (over B&B Soda Shop), Baird Furniture, City Service Station, Community Implement and Supply, Dellinger’s Jewel Shop, G.W. King
Garage,  Kings  Mountain  Building and Loan Association, Kings Mountain Cotton Oil Company, Margrace Store, Marlowe’s Center Service, Sterchi’s, Ware & Sons, Wee Folk Shop, Western Auto Store, Home Building and Loan Association, Burlington Mills, Belk’s, Plonk’s, First National Bank of Kings Mountain, Superior Stone and Griffin Drug Company.
Atrium Health Kings Mountain will celebrate its 70th birthday on April 2, 2021.In its 69-year history, services have expanded to better serve the citizen of Kings Mountain. It is certain that the hospital will continue to carry out its new mission: to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing - for all.

Photos by Loretta Cozart

It’s Fall, Y’all!

By Loretta Cozart

Fall officially began on Tuesday, September 22. As if on cue, the change of season brought cooler temperatures and a break from the dog-days of summer. For many the change of season  prompts decorating their homes and offices with seasonal plantings, including mums. Winter veggies replace tomatoes and corn in the garden  and
pumpkins replace planters on porches, as quickly as long sleeved shirts and blue jeans return to one’s everyday wardrobe.
Cooler weather causes outdoor plants to wither as overnight temperatures drop. Mums and Pansies are a favorite alternative during the fall because they are hearty to about 20-degrees below zero, perfect for the areas’ normally moderate winters.
Pumpkins make great fall decorations because they are associated with both Halloween and Thanksgiving. They pull double duty across two beloved holidays.  
This is also the time to plant a fall garden. If you have plowed under your summer garden, this is a great time to  plant fall vegetables. Yes, some plants thrive in cold weather. According to NC Cooperative Extension, many favorite cool weather vegetables can be planted in September for harvest through fall and into winter. You might be a little behind, but local garden centers, like Bridges Hardware & Home Center True Value and Hometown Hardware and Garden Center still have a variety of plants in stock.
On the other hand, if you rather just enjoy the bounty of the season, visit Rhodesdale Farm on the Shelby Road and stock up with pumpkins, apple cider, jams, and butters. They also have a good variety of delicious organic apples available.
Whether you like the change of the season, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that cooler weather is coming. Embrace the season and take the time to enjoy the fall with your friends and family.

USDA shares food safety steps for school lunches

With the 2020-2021 school year here, many parents are dealing with changes to their children’s lunch routine. Many students may be returning to school for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began and others may be distance learning. Don’t let food-borne illness – commonly called food poisoning – keep your child from learning. Take the time to plan and prepare your children’s lunch meals safely. 
While children rely on teachers for daily lessons, the task of making safe lunches falls squarely on caregivers. Unlike cafeteria workers who take food safety trainings on a regular basis, most parents preparing lunch for their kids at home, or to take to school, haven’t received any formal food safety instruction. Nutrition counts, too.
The lunch you’re making not only satisfies hunger pangs of busy kids, it fuels their cognitive abilities. Studies have shown that proper nutrition improves students’ scores, memory capacities, motor skills, social skills, and language skills. Keep them well fed and safe with the four steps to steps to food safety – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.
Clean: The best way to prevent many forms of illness, including food-borne illness, is with proper hand washing. Children should always clean their hands before eating, and parents should do so before and during lunch preparation. It’s easy to get preoccupied by busy schedules and rush through the five steps of washing hands; however, hand-washing is vital to remove any germs that may be present. Hand washing should always include the following:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Separate: Prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat and poultry away from ready-to-eat foods. When preparing perishable foods that require cutting (for example, raw bacon and raw chicken you plan to cook for salad), make sure you separate these items from fruits, vegetables, cheeses and other foods to avoid cross-contamination.
Cut up and prepare your raw ingredients ahead of time to avoid cross-contamination as you handle your ready-to-eat items for salads or other sides.
Different colored cutting boards are a great reminder to prevent cross-contamination (you can use a green cutting board for fresh produce and another color for meat and poultry).
Cook: Have a food thermometer easily accessible to ensure you’re cooking to recommended safe internal temperatures:
Cook whole cuts of meat, including beef and pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit  and allow them to rest for at least 3 minutes before carving.
Cook ground meats, like burgers and sausages, to 160 degrees Fahrenheit .
Cook all chicken and turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit .
Chill: When preparing lunch ahead of time, remember perishable foods should not enter the Danger Zone – temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit  – where bacteria multiply quickly and can make food unsafe.
Make sure all perishable items are refrigerated within two hours of coming out of the oven or refrigerator.
Discard food that has been left out for more than two hours to prevent foodborne illness.
   If your child needs to carry their lunch themselves, never pack perishable foods in a brown paper bag because they will be unsafe by lunchtime. Use an insulated, soft-sided lunch bag and add a frozen gel pack and a frozen juice box or bottle of water with the lunch.
These four steps– Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill – give parents and caregivers steps they can use to protect their children from food poisoning. Now that we’ve covered all the basics, you’re ready for the big test – hungry students!
   For more information on food and food safety, visit  https://www.fsis.usda.gov/.
North School staff will be treated to lunch as winners of the library card sign-up campaign. Pictured (L-R): Media Specialist Amy Bailey and Principal Amy Allen. Photo by Anne Gamble

North School wins library card sign-up campaign

By Anne Gamble

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, Mauney Memorial Library united in a national effort to ensure  that everyone has the opportunity to sign up for a library card.
The focus of the Mauney Memorial library effort in 2020 was to make getting a card easy for our local school’s staff and administrators.  A contest was held to see which Kings Mountain school could have the highest percentage of staff and administrators with a library card.
The winning school was North Elementary with 82.93% of staff with cards. 
Pictured are Media Specialist Amy Bailey and Principal Amy Allen.  The staff will be treated to lunch as a fun way to conclude this campaign.
Mauney Memorial Library thanks all the schools that participated.


The recipes in today’s Cooking  Corner are from “Something Old, Something New” 
published by 
White Plains 

Betty Sue Morris
2 lbs. chuck roast
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups water 
1 pkg. onion soup mix
In skillet, brown roast on all sides. Mix remaining ingredients together and put in slow cooker. Add roast. Cook on medium to high heat 6 to 8 hours. If desired, add potatoes and carrots to slow cooker about 3 hours before roast is done.

Aileen Sheppard
2 pie shells
1 lb. sausage
2 cups milk
8 oz. grated sharp cheese
4 eggs
Onion salt
Seasoning salt
Brown sausage. Place in uncooked pie shells. Sprinkle cheese over sausage. Beat eggs and milk. Pour  over sausage and cheese. Sprinkle seasonings over top. Cook 40 minutes at 400 degrees. May use ground beef in place of sausage.

Lorena Falls
1 ½ lb. ground beef
2 c.  breadcrumbs.
1 onion chopped
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
6 Tbs. brown sugar
½ c. ketchup
4 tsp. mustard
Mia ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, eggs and salt. Put mixture in loaf pan. Pour mixture of brown sugar, ketchup and mustard over meat loaf before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Carolyn Carringer
2 large cans crushed 
1 ½ c. sugar
5 Tbsp. flour
2 sticks margarine
8 oz. grated Cheddar 
2 pkg. Ritz crackers, 
Mix together flour and sugar. Stir in pineapple. Add 1 stick melted margarine and mix well. Pour in buttered 9x12 inch casserole dish. Top with grated cheese. Melt 1 stick margarine and toss in crackers. Layer cracker crumbs on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Shirley Brutko’s Butterfly & Bloom in photography

Southern Arts Society Art Competition and Trail Photography:
“Nature Reconsidered”
and “Trail” competitions

By Jewel Reavis

“Nature Reconsidered” art competition and “Trail” photography competition opened this week at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain. Both are judged shows with cash prizes.
“Nature Reconsidered” is an art exhibition and competition sponsored by Southern Arts Society that aims to explore the ever-changing relationship between humans and nature. Artists were asked to create work that references, investigates, challenges, and/or celebrates our relationship with the natural world. There is a wide variety of media featured in the show - painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel), drawing, glass, photography and mixed media.
Twenty-five artists from around the region entered 57 pieces of work for this year’s exhibit. Entries are down for this show, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the quality of the work is still impressive to see.
The “TRAIL” photography competition is sponsored by the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail and Southern Arts Society. This exhibit features photos taken on the Gateway Trail over the past two years. Photographers walked the trail in all types of weather to seek out flora and fauna to photograph for a chance to win a cash award.
There are 27 entries from 11 photographers in this show. The butterfly garden at the top of the Gateway Trail is a prime spot for great photos and is well represented in this show. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees which requires photographers to be patient and search out interesting wildlife to capture on film.
   Judging both shows is Myles Calvert, Assistant Professor in Fine Arts at Winthrop University, South Carolina. Mr. Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking, before travelling to London, UK where he completed his MA in Printmaking, at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity culture.
During this time, he worked for the National Portrait Gallery before moving to Hastings in East Sussex, to teach printmaking at Sussex Coast College and become Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (Hastings Contemporary). Myles' toast-based work continued with a 43000 slice installation during the Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ with college students, drawing BBC media attention, and culminated in two solo exhibitions before making a return to the University of Guelph to teach. 2019 residencies included Art Print Residence (Barcelona, Spain) and Proyecto’ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina), as well as a lecture/workshop at PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catòlica del Perú) in Lima.
Awards for both competitions will be announced virtually October 10th on the website and Facebook page of Southern Arts Society.
“Nature Reconsidered” and Trail” will be on display in the galleries of Southern Arts Society through November 6, 2020. Visitors are asked to please wear a mask and practice social distancing while visiting the gallery.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue in the historic Southern Railway Depot, 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. Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat, 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

Melvin Ware’s garden bounty

With the frequent showers this summer Melvin Ware’s little COVID Victory Garden did exceptionally well. Bushels of corn, beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra and peppers. Freezer and cabinets are well stocked for winter or another quarantine shut-down.

Revolutionary War Iron Sword part of museum’s collection

Since Kings Mountain National Military Park just commemorated the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, the Herald sought out a Revolutionary War artifact to feature in this week’s paper.
Kings Mountain Historical Museum Director and Curator January Costa shared the following about am Iron Sword donated to the Kings Mountain Historical Museum from the W.P. Wellmon Estate.
This iron sword in the collections at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum is mounted on a wooden plaque. The sword was found by Wilburn Palmer in the attic of his grandmother’s house circa 1950.
The wooden handle was previously in poor condition with rusted iron, so the handle has been replaced and the iron cleaned around 1985. The sword was owned and used by William Wellmon during the Revolutionary War.
As a young boy, William was born in Maryland and raised by his mother Katy Wellmon and stepfather George Riley in Virginia. At the age of 16-17 old, William and his family moved to Alabama. On the journey there, William met a farmer in what is now Waco, and chose to hire himself out to him and stay with him on the farm.
Shortly after, William Wellmon served as a private in Elias Longhorne’s Company, Colonel Locke’s NC regiment.  After the war, William married Rebecca Moss and started a plantation in Fallston, NC. He had five children with Rebecca, and then married a second time to Presley Williams, with whom he had four more children. He became extremely wealthy from the farming of 1600 acres of land using over 300 slaves for labor.
His Last Will and Testament is dated January 27, 1856. He was one of the last Revolutionary War soldiers remaining to pass away after the war. He is buried in the graveyard on the family plantation, and on September 31st, 1931, the Federal Government erected a marker at his grave honoring his service as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

KMLT auditions for
For ‘Til Beth Do Us Part’
October 19, 20, 21

KMLT, Director Jim Champion, and sponsor Ken and Liz Pflieger have announced audition dates for the performace of ‘Til Beth Do Us Part’. Dates are: October 19, 20, and 21 from 7 PM until 9 PM at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. Rehearsals will begin in January 2021 with performance dates set for early March 2021. For further information contact us at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.
The audition will include parts for two  men and four women.
 THE STORY: In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (ages 45-55) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (ages 45-55). Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been. Enter Beth Bailey (ages 30-40), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael (ages 60-70), the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner. Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go! When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo(ages 40-55), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (ages 40-55), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner. Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy!
Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
For more detailed information, please visit www.kmlt.org or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page.  We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!

Padgett born into
a life of NASCAR

By Loretta Cozart

Angela Patterson Padgett was born into a family whose lives revolved around
NASCAR. Growing up, all she wanted in life was to follow in her family’s footsteps and work in that industry. Due to a series of fortunate events, she achieved that goal.
“My great-granddaddy was Glen “Pat” Patterson and the family lived off Putnam Lake Road, near Oak Grove Road. My dad’s whole side of my family lives out there,” Angela shared, “Pawpaw raced in the ‘60s driving a 1949 Ford Coup. I have a picture of me in his race car.”
“On the other side of the family is my mom’s brother, William Rayfield, who went to work for Henrick Motorsports in 1986 and I visited the shop when I was 13-years old.” Family member, Keith still races dirt track, William is retired but does radio and cousin Keitha handles social networking for Joe Gibbs.
“NASCAR has been a family business of ours, one way or another, since I was born,” Angela said.
Padgett went to college at Appalachian State and earned her degree in Radio and Television. While there, she and a friend produced a radio show called NASCAR Thunder at WASU that was patterned after NASCAR Country. “Bill Dollar was my hero.” Patterson said.
  In the summer of 1994, she accepted an internship with Doug Rice, president of Performance Racing Network. “My professor, Dr. Porterfield, said ASU didn’t offer internships in that area. But I convinced him. I told him it was for Fast Talk, so he made up a new category called Broadcasting in the Racing Industry. That’s where I met Benny Parsons.” Her internship required 120 hours and she completed it in just three weeks.
“During my senior year of college, my uncle William called to tell me that Hendrick Motorsports was adding a museum and they needed someone to run it for them. He knew I wanted a job in NASCAR, so he called and told me to get my resume in,” she said. “I knew the museum wouldn’t open for a year, but I really wanted that job.”
After college, Calvin Hastings offered her a part-time job with Performance Racing Network calling races at Lincoln County Speedway. “It was crazy out there. They didn’t have a sound booth, so we sat amongst the people while we called the races.”
Angela didn’t realize that Benny Parsons had once driven for Hendrick Motorsports when a driver was out. He called the shop on her behalf weekly asking Chuck Mack if he had hired Angela yet. “I was so disappointed when I learned they hired in house, but never knew Benny Parsons was working to help me,” Angela said.
“He kept calling and in August 1996, Chuck Mack offered me a job on a Friday to start work on the following Monday. I was also selling tickets at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and had taken a job as a receptionist for the City of Kings Mountain. By then, I was working in the Police Department, she said.
“Bob Hayes was my boss at the Police Department and understood I had a passion for NASCAR, that was all I ever talked about.” In fact, the folks at the city nicknamed her Lug Nut because of her love of the sport. “I spoke with Chief Hayes and he interviewed someone I knew who wanted to become a police officer. My job was filled right away, but I still worked a notice.”
“At the speedway, I knew someone who could help them immediately and they let me move on to the new job,” Angela said.
  “September 23, 1996 was the best day of my life, the day I started working at Hendrick Motorsports. I have always been sad that Papaw didn’t live to see me working at Hendrick Motorsports. He would have loved it.”
Daddy was away in the military at the time and when he called I told him, “Oh Daddy, you’re not going to believe it. I got a job at Hendrick Motorsports! He was excited for me even though he was a Dale Earnhardt fan. Daddy liked Earnhardt, because he was like us… he was born on a mill hill.
Angela Padgett worked for Hendrick Motorsports from 1996 to 2012, a time she considers the best years to work in NASCAR. That experience helped her get another job at the City of Kings Mountain. “The experience I gained at Hendrick Motorsports was invaluable. I helped manage events of 10,000 plus people and that was the experience the city was looking for in my current position with Kings Mountain Special Events. It’s funny how one thing just leads to another.”
Angela’s mother, Cathy Rayfield Taylor, worked as Executive Director for the Cleveland County Partnership
for Children and suggested she speak to Scott Neisler regarding doing a show on his network. At the time, I was working at Cleveland County Partnership for Children as a coordinator for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. That contact lead to her continuing NASCAR Thunder on WGNC.
“NASCAR Thunder is not your usual racing show. Yes, we recap the weekly races. However, the biggest part of our show is interviewing folks who worked behind the scenes in NASCAR. Folks like me who worked in Marketing/Public Relations, Accounting, in the Engine and Chassis shops, Museums and Events Departments,” Angela shared. “Everyone who worked in NASCAR has a story. I use my show to honor those that are not in the spotlight. Our show is made up of NASCAR news, stories and music.”
Join Angela Padgett each Monday Night at 6 pm for NASCAR Thunder on AM1450 WGNC and FM101.1. Listen online at www.WGNC.net.
Ted Alexander

NC Teaching Fellows program recruits best and brightest

Senator Ted Alexander shared information regarding the NC Teaching Fellows Program last week. Since being reauthorized by the General Assembly in 2017, the program has been a primary tool for recruiting the best and brightest in North Carolina to become teachers. “Teaching Fellows is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) subject in a North Carolina public school,” said Senator Alexander.
The program is open to the following categories of applicants:
A North Carolina high school senior
• A student applying to transfer to an educator preparation program at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions
• A student already enrolled at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions who transitions into an educator preparation program
• An individual with a bachelor’s degree pursuing preparation for teacher licensure at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions
Should you want additional information about this opportunity, including a detailed FAQ for prospective applicants, it is available at the NC Teaching Fellows website here: (www.ncteachingfellows.com).