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 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

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
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, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email

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 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 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
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: (

Recipe Corner  

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

(ED. NOTE: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner come from a cookbook published by Central United Methodist Church.)

Edie Potter Brucker
1 (6 oz.) pkg.  strawberry 
   or cherry gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 (8 oz) container yogurt
1 (16 oz.) can whole cranberry sauce
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped pecans
Dissolve gelatin with 1 cup boiling water. Set aside. In separate bowl, combine yogurt, cranberry sauce, celery and pecans. Mix well. Combine with gelatin. Mix thoroughly. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set.

Bessie Bumgardner
4 skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cornflake crumbs
1 cup skim milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse chicken breasts and dry. Season. Coat each piece with milk; shake to remove excess and roll in crumbs. Place chicken in oiled baking dish or dish sprayed with Pam. Do not crowd. Pieces should not tough. Bake for 45 minutes/ Yield: 4 servings.  Contains approximately 270 calories.

Jane Clemmer
8 eggs
2 cups milk
3 slices bread, broken 
   into small pieces
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
1 lb. sausage, browned and drained1
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Mix together beaten eggs, milk, salt and mustard. Add in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased   13x9 inches pan. Refrigerate overnight.  Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Nell Gault
3 lbs. ground beef
1 med. Onion, chopped
1 c. chopped celery
1 (10 ¾ oz. can tomato soup
1 cup catsup
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Brown meat in large skillet. Add onion and celery. Cook until tender. Drain and set aside.
Add tomato soup, catsup, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. Spoon on warm bun halves and sprinkle with cheese. This freezes well for future use. Makes 16 servings.
Library localauthor
Local author and recent KMHS graduate Myla Athitang will be featured in this year’s virtual book fair. Photo provided

Library hosts virtual
Read Local Book Fair

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library hosts a virtual Read Local Book Fair from 9 am to 5 pm on October 12.  Local authors share in their own words about their works and the thought that went into their books. Links will be provided to support our local authors on the library’s Facebook page:
“This year's Read Local Book Fair was originally scheduled to be held at the Patrick Senior Center but was cancelled due to COVID. The library has successfully transitioned programming to virtual, so we decided to go online with this event, as well.  Many of our authors were willing to participate by recording short videos about themselves and their works,” said Library Assistant Terry Bivens.
Here  is the list of authors participating in this year's virtual book fair.

Myla Athitang
Bill Barnes & Charlotte Corbin Barnes
Misty Beller
Tonia Brown
Doris Cole
Audrey Frank
Paul Michael Garrison
Kathryn Hamrick
Robert Lamphier
Ardrue McMahan
Linda Osborne &
   John Osborne
David Poston
Doris Elaine Smarr
Matthew Tessnear
Sandra Warren
Rhonda Waterhouse
Patriots discuss the upcoming battle and the plan of attack during the 2019 performance of Liberty Mountain. Photo by Torrence Photography

Paying tribute to patriots at KM

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

By Jim Champion

   An historical landmark is approaching as the Carolinas look forward to the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain.  It was on October 7, 1780 that a fierce and determined band of Patriot fighters took on a larger, well-trained force of Loyalists on the mountain near the state line of the Carolinas and won what historians call the turning point of the American Revolution.
 The cast, crew and company of Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama are drawing attention to this year’s commemoration as they prepare for the stage drama based on the battle at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, next summer.  It will be the production’s 7th season after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 performances. 
“This is a story every American, young and old, must know,” says Robert Inman, the author of the play.  “If those sturdy Patriots hadn’t won that battle, we today might be singing, ‘God Save the Queen.’  We owe our freedoms as Americans to those brave men and the women who supported them and sent them off to battle.”
The Liberty Mountain company is appealing for strong public support for next year’s production, as they try to recover from the 2020 production being cancelled.
“On behalf of our company I want to thank our public, corporate, and private sponsors who have helped make the production successful,” says Jim Champion, the play’s Executive Director.  “For our 2021 season, one of the best ways to support “Liberty Mountain” is to join The Brigade of 87, our volunteer organization.  We need for businesses and individuals throughout the area to get involved and to help us prepare. We also encourage you to participate in all the virtual programs about our region’s unique Revolutionary War history, being kept alive by many great organizations.”
Liberty Mountain is a production of Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc., a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Gilbert and Jancy Patrick are the Presenting Sponsor. Further details about our drama can be found online at  Requests for information about 2021 volunteer and sponsorship opportunities should be sent to, KMLT/Liberty Mountain Drama, PO Box 1022, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, or you may call the Joy Performance Center at 704-730-9408.
The anniversary of the battle is traditionally marked with a large public gathering at Kings Mountain National Military Park, complete with members of the Sons of the American Revolution in authentic uniforms.  Like so much else, this year’s public celebration had to be cancelled.  But the military park and the SAR have arranged for a virtual commemoration at the monument. It can be viewed beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, October 7 by logging on to The men in their colorful uniforms will be there, along with the spirits of the Patriots who took up arms and helped secure the America we enjoy today.
Susan Geratz, $5,000 Grand Prize winner of KM Historical Museum 17th Annual Raffle & Auction. (Photo provided)

Museum’s event a success thanks to community support

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

By January Costa,
Director & Curator

Kings Mountain Historical Museum’s 17th Annual Raffle & Auctions took place virtually from September 18th to September 27th. The museum also held the raffle and drawing at the museum on Saturday, September 26th and had a total of 23 winners. The Museum Board Members and staff are proud of the success of the event and appreciate the support of the Kings Mountain community.
The event was themed around the museum’s rebranding this year, and it also being the museum’s 20th year anniversary in the Post Office. The proceeds from this annual event go to support the funding needed for the museum to provide educational exhibits, events, and outreach programs free of charge to the public.
The Museum owes special thanks to our event sponsors and in-kind donors for their generous contributions, and for the people who purchased tickets and auction items. With tremendous community support, we were able to have a successful fundraiser even through the pandemic, as well as give away a Grand Prize of $5,000, which went to Susan Geratz, daughter of Mary Ann Hendricks who is a KMHM Board Member.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum looks forward to continuing to provide a home for the artifacts of Kings Mountain, interpreting our local history, and seeing you all soon for future exhibits and programs!

Recipe Corner (9/30/20)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from ‘Monumental Recipes,’ a cookbook published by Kings Mountain Woman’s Club as its Centennial celebration collection.) 

Hilda Leonard
3 cups apples, chopped 
   and unpeeled
2 cups raw cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup quick-cooking oats 
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
½ cup butter/margarine 
In a 2 qt. casserole, combine apples, cranberries and granulated sugar; top with mixture of oats, brown sugar, pecans and melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until bubbly or light brown. Serve warm. Compliments chicken and turkey dishes.
Serves 8.

Marty Blanton, KMPD
1 fryer cut up or breast, thigh and legs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. pepper
1 cup uncooked rice
½ cup chopped onion
2 T. butter
3 cups chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes
1 tsp. celery salt
Sprinkle chicken with paprika, salt and pepper. Brown rice and onion in butter. Spread rice mixture in a 13x9x2 inch buttered baking dish. Add broth and celery salt. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove cover and bake 15 minutes longer or until meat is tender.

Ann Bennett
¼ cup melted margarine
½ cup honey
¼ cup prepared mustard
1 tsp. salt
6 to 8 chicken breasts
Combine margarine, honey, mustard and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Pour into 8x13 inch baking dish
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Add chicken, coat with honey mixture. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hours. Uncover baking dish and turn chicken. Bake for 15 minutes longer.

Linda Morrow
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar 
½ cup self-rising flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup melted margarine
7 oz. flaked coconut
Mix eggs with sugar. Add milk gradually and blend. Add all remaining ingredients and pour into two eight- inch pie pans which have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Crust forms as pie bakes.
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Mauney Memorial Library’s Somethin' Pumpkin Contest

Mauney Memorial Library offers its 6th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin – Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Contest. Pumpkin pickup begins October 5 and the entry deadline is October 23.
The Mauney Memorial Library’s Pumpkin Decorating & Photo Contest is for all ages and is an extension of the 6th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest & Festival. Here’s how it works….
• Complete the registration form and either email it, or drop it off to the library when you pick up your pumpkin.
• Pick up your pumpkin at Mauney Memorial Library at 100 S. Piedmont Ave., beginning Monday, October 5, while supplies last. You are welcome to purchase your own pumpkin, but please keep the size of your pumpkin to under 8 lbs.
• Decorate your pumpkin to portray the characters or scenes from The Serafina Series books by Robert Beatty, or from the Biscuit series of books, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. NO CARVING ALLOWED. Your pumpkin must be based on one of these children’s book/characters to be eligible to win.
• Photograph your pumpkin entry, and email the photo to, no later than Friday, October 23. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and entry category in the email. In the spirit of fairness, please do not include your name or face in the photograph. All submissions will be entered into the Photo Contest.
• Contest winners will be announced on Monday, November 2 . There will be a winner in each of these categories: Best Photo Entry, and Mayor’s Choice Award for Grades K - 2, Grades 3 - 5, Family, and Teen/Adult
• In addition, library patrons will be able to vote virtually for the “People’s Choice” winner the week of October 26-31 via the Mauney Memorial Library Facebook page. The “People’s Choice” winner will be Pumpkins will be on display virtually. Just go to:
   Entry Deadline: October 23 More Info: 704-739-2371
Visit for more details. Current Library hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Masks are required. Limited computer time.
Curbside is still available from 10 am to 4 pm for those who want that service. Use the email: using the subject line "Curbside Pickup."

KM  National Military Park
adding access for visitor services

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Ninety Six National Historic Site (NHS), Cowpens National Battlefield (NB), and Kings Mountain National Military Park (NMP) are all increasing access.
   The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
   Beginning September 16, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks will reopen access to:
• Outdoor visitor services area with staff will be open 10 am – 3 pm, Wednesday – Friday
• Traffic flow of visitors will be controlled. One-way entry/exit.
• Interpretive programming will resume with the use of voice amplification, limited to no more than 10 people, maintaining social distancing.
• Limited America’s National Parks™ store sales will resume in outdoor area.
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:   
• All grounds, trails and parking lots
• Cowpens NB tour road for motorized vehicles.
• Cowpens NB restrooms located near visitor center and picnic area.
• Ninety Six NHS Star Fort Pond area including: parking, boat launch, fishing pier, shore fishing. Fishing is allowed 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, now through November 1.  
• Ninety Six NHS restrooms located near visitor center.
• Kings Mountain NMP restrooms located near visitor center 
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed:
• All park visitor centers
• Ninety Six Star Fort Pond area - no portable restrooms/wash stations
   The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Cowpens National Battlefield, our operational approach continues to be centered public health guidance and are regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean.
   A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 
  We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on
  For further information contact Dawn Davis at 843-297-6051 or

Historic Ware truck moved last week

By January Costa,
Director & Curator  

On Wednesday, September 23, the W. A. Ware & Son Truck was moved from the old McGill’s Service Station located on E. King Street in downtown Kings Mountain. The service station property has been bought by Kaimesha Young to be used for her realtor business, so the truck needed to find a new home.
For several years, the Kings Mountain Historical Museum has been using the building as a storage space to house its one of a kind collection piece. The truck was originally donated to the museum by Corky Fulton of Kings Mountain, and once restored by Terry Bowen of Kings Mountain in 2004.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum has just recently learned that the W. A. Ware Truck is a White Model 56 Truck built in February of 1927. Additionally, it was owned by the W. A. Ware & Son Roller Mill  which was previously located at the intersection of Gold Street and Railroad Avenue in downtown Kings Mountain. That location is currently the location of Patriots Park. The truck would have been used for Feed deliveries in Cleveland and Gaston Counties up until the 1960s.
The museum has had the truck moved to a private garage where it will be examined for any repairs and restoration work that need to be completed. The Kings Mountain Historical Museum plans to have the truck stored at an off-site location and hopes to get the vehicle in good enough shape to show it off more in the future at Kings Mountain events.
For more information, or to donate funds to the truck restoration, please visit You can also call (704) 739-1019 or follow us on Facebook & Instagram.
Christina Thompson, EC Compliance Manager for KMMS and her son. Photo by Windy Bagwell

Thompson named KMMS
employee of the month

The September Employee of the Month for Kings Mountain Middle School is Christina Thompson, EC Compliance Manager for KMMS. This is her first year at KMMS.
Her peers agree she is deserving of this honor and shared these compliments. “Mrs. Thompson deserves this because she goes above and beyond to meet the needs of students and to help staff. She is willing to help in any way.” Another co-worker shared, “Christina has gone above and beyond in helping and supporting the EC teachers. She will meet in a group setting or individually to help guide EC teachers through the new Remote Learning Component that EC teachers are having to fill out for each student. She is an asset to the EC department at KMMS.”
“Christina has and is going above and beyond to help all of us EC teachers this year. We are all overwhelmed and she is helping us with scheduling, filling out paperwork/forms and doing meetings for us. Even though we are still very stressed and overwhelmed, she has taken on more work for herself in order to help us,” another educator said.
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Shannon Huneycutt helps you tidy your home in a simple and effective way. Photo Mauney by Memorial Library

Mauney Memorial Library News

Tidying in a simple and effective way is the topic of Mauney Memorial Library’s Sept 25 webinar at 4 pm entitled Spark Joy: KonMari Method Tidying Webinar.
Have you wanted to clean up the clutter in your house, but don’t know where to start? Certified KonMari Method Consultant Shannon Huneycutt of Spark Joy Charlotte will teach you how to approach tidying in a simple and effective way on this online webinar.
 Enter the raffle before the webinar starts for a chance to win a two hour virtual tidying session!
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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Five generations, forty years apart

The Hullender family has lived in the Kings Mountain area for almost two-hundred years. Becky Walker shared two photos, taken 40-years apart, with five different generations of her family. One photo was taken in 1979, the other in 2020. 
Your vote county

Five steps to vote by mail in the NC 2020 General Election

By Libby Putnam

Each year on September 17, we celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Sixty-five years ago, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Past President Gertrude S. Carraway encouraged the DAR to make a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. DAR Members adopted the resolution on April 21, 1955. 
When members of the United States Congress received the resolution, they initiated a discussion on June 7, 1955 that resulted in Senator William F. Knowland of California presenting a resolution to observe Constitution Week. After the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation on August 19, 1955 to celebrate Constitution Week. The celebration was so successful that Senator Knowland spearheaded a move to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution  was signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.
   In honor of Constitution Week, members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter NSDAR assembled Constitution Study Kits which they delivered to all of the Kings Mountain Elementary Schools. The Study Kits contain pocket sized Constitutions, fact sheets, games, and puzzles which teachers can use to teach their students about the US Constitution.
Pictured (L-R) Allison Falls and Ann Hoyle hold completed Constitution Study Kits which were assembled by DAR members during their chapter meeting on September 15. Photo Libby Putnam

DAR celebrates Constitution Week

By Libby Putnam

Each year on September 17, we celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Sixty-five years ago, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Past President Gertrude S. Carraway encouraged the DAR to make a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. DAR Members adopted the resolution on April 21, 1955. 
When members of the United States Congress received the resolution, they initiated a discussion on June 7, 1955 that resulted in Senator William F. Knowland of California presenting a resolution to observe Constitution Week. After the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation on August 19, 1955 to celebrate Constitution Week. The celebration was so successful that Senator Knowland spearheaded a move to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution  was signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.
   In honor of Constitution Week, members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter NSDAR assembled Constitution Study Kits which they delivered to all of the Kings Mountain Elementary Schools. The Study Kits contain pocket sized Constitutions, fact sheets, games, and puzzles which teachers can use to teach their students about the US Constitution.

Hospice Cleveland County calendar of events

Sharing Group
“Reflections” is a support group offered by Hospice Cleveland County. Through the use of group dynamics and personal reflections, we come to a better understanding of why we feel the way we feel and what may help us cope better.
The next Reflections Groups will be Zoom Online Support Groups.
Thursdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursdays: November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
If interested, please call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas at 980-295-8596. They will then provide the participant with instructions and information for joining this online group.

Sponsor a Holiday Meal
This year Hospice Cleveland County will again provide holiday dinners for our patients and families who need them. Any contribution will be appreciated. If you would like to help sponsor a holiday dinner for a patient and their family, please mail your donation to: Hospice Cleveland County, C/O Holiday Dinner, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. • Shelby, NC 28150
You may designate your donation In Honor or In Memory of a loved one.
For more information, please call 704-487-4677.

“Coping with the Holidays”
The Holidays can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Our HCC Grief Counselors will offer helpful ways to deal with this year’s holiday rush. Available on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:00am - Noon & 5:00pm - 7:00pm
If interested, please call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas at 980-295-8596.We will then provide the participant with instructions and information for joining this online group.
Christmas Card Fundraiser
During this holiday season, experience a unique opportunity to celebrate the love and warmth of giving. For a $10.00 per card donation, Hospice will mail a beautiful holiday card stating that you have made a contribution in honor or in memory of your loved ones, friends and / or business associates. Forms are available at the Hospice Administration Buildingor online at Deadline to order is December 14th.For more information, please call 704-751-3486. Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County.

Lighting the Way
Please join Hospice Cleveland County on Friday, December 11th as we light the way in Uptown Shelby. For each contribution of $10, a luminary with the name of the individual to be remembered will be placed on the Court Square in Uptown Shelby. A special military luminary is also available. Forms can be found on our website at and must be turned in no later than December 4th, 2020. Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County. For more information call 704-487-4677.

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Patriot Jack’s Outfitters needs help identifying shoplifters

On August 16, two individuals entered Patriot Jack’s Outfitters at 832 King Street in Kings Mountain just after 11 am and allegedly stole items while shopping in the store. If you recognize these individuals, please contact Kings Mountain Police Department. Patriot Jacks is offering a reward to the first people to turn them in. More video is available on the Patriot Jack’s Facebook page.

Advent Lutheran new preschool

Advent Lutheran Church announced the opening of Advent Academy at 230 Oak Grove Road in Kings Mountain for children ages 2½ - Pre-K, with classes being held Monday through Friday from 8:50 am to 12:45 pm.

The academy’s mission is to minister, educate and nurture each student by being positive Christian role models. They have begun enrolling new students.

Advent Academy’s curriculum, experienced staff and small class sizes allow for safety while providing a caring and fun environment and facilitate learning through play, classroom instruction, song, and group activities.

Advent Lutheran Church’s new mission grew from a need within the Kings Mountain community to provide quality care to students displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staff and board of

Advent Academy are taking precautions to ensure safety and cleanliness. Measures include taking temperatures upon arrival and carefully monitoring students for signs of illness. They will adhere to social distancing guidelines between each class cohort and follow all state recommendations.

Contact Advent Academy with questions at
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Mauney Memorial Library News

By Loretta Cozart

While Mauney Memorial Library is closed to the public during the pandemic, the library continues with plenty of activities and programs of interest to all ages. Take advantage of the library’s resources including Curbside Pickup, Wowbrary, and Facebook Live activities for the entire family.

A variety of online resources for any interest is available through the library’s website. hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10:30 am to 11 am, Mauney Memorial Library hosts Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne for pre-school children age 0 to 5-years. Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email. Registration is required.

Mauney Library offers book grab bags for sale through August 31. Each bag is $5 and contains at least seven books from a variety of genres, as well as a Mauney Library water bottle. Proceeds from the book sale will go towards making much needed repairs to our historic building. Call the library at 704-739-2371 to purchase your grab bags. One lucky bag (selected randomly) even contains an extra prize.

Stuffed Animal Storytime on Wednesday, September 2, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Miss Anne tells a special story with her animal friends. Stuffed animal kits have all been distributed, but you can still watch on Mauney Memorial Library’s Facebook page.

On Monday, August 31, New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb Sharyn McCrumb will talk about her latest books and more. McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times Best Sellers : The Ballad of Tom Dooley, She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. Learn more at Register to get a free Sharyn McCrumb novel, while supplies last.

Monday, September 14, Cleopatra herself will come from the pages of history to visit with you. Her story is more amazing and incredible than a fiction author could imagine! She will share her astounding story, audacious spirit, and astonishing guile in this educational, entertaining, and engaging presentation. She may be quite surprising to your audience by revealing the real Cleopatra, strikingly different from the Hollywood impression of her. This is an online event. Event URL:

Mauney Memorial Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day on September 5.

Delta Kappa Gamma installs new officers

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Key Women Educators, met June 20 in the backyard of Immediate Past NC DKG President Connie Savell.  New members Sharon Capps, Beth Sellers, Aftan Smith and Katie Patton were inducted.

The officers for 2020-2022 were installed. They are President Lisa May, First Vice President Stephanie Hinson, Treasurer Bendatra McDowell, and Parliamentarian Julienne Hambright.

Delta Kappa Gamma’s mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. “Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide” is the vision statement of the Society. Members honored outgoing president Valerie Boyd with a beautiful gift basket.
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Shaquia Jimson

The Life God Gives You

By Loretta Cozart

Shaquia Jimson was born in 1979, the daughter of Kenneth Wayne Jimson and Grace Ann Watkins Jimson. Within 10 months, her mother would be dead at her father’s hand and the family broken apart. Grace Ann’s daughters were fathered by different men, so each daughter was sent to be raised by those families. Shaquia was 10-months old, her sister just two.

The story of her mother’s murder made headlines in Cleveland County and the region in 1980, and Shaquia said, “That story has always loomed over me. As I got older, I decided to learn more about what happened that caused this tragedy. My father was a military man. My mother was only 18 and didn’t finish high school,” Jimson said. “My grandmother orchestrated my parent’s marriage, but they were so young they didn’t understand what marriage really meant.”

Prior to the marriage, Shaquia’s grandmother would sell Grace Ann to men for money. “My mom was between 12 and 13-years old when that began. I’ve come to realize that what my mother experienced was nothing less than sex-trafficking. And I suspect the same may have happened to my grandmother. I think it was multi-generational. After marriage, my mother experienced domestic violence from my father,” she said. “They had a very volatile relationship.”

“When I was 10-months old, my father locked my sister and me in a shed out back of my grandmother’s home in the Compact Community and killed my mother. Then he set fire to the house.” He was charged with first-degree murder and arson.

“What I try to do after learning all this is to bring awareness to single parenting. No matter whether the children are raised by their mother or their father, it isn’t fair to the children. There aren’t many helpful resources for single parents available. Single parents have to think

of their children first and be aware of their decisions in life. They should ask themselves if they are making a choice for their children or for themselves?”

Today, Shaquia Jamison is a certified Life Coach and owner of Overcoming Bondage, LLC. She wrote the book, The Life God Gives You, to honor her mother. “Once I learned the story, that my mother was only 18-years old when she lost her life, I wanted to do something in honor of her. She was too young, and the situation too tragic, for her to be forgotten.

As a Life Coach, Shaquia specializes in dealing with the pain in life. “I started my own business to help people overcome the things that hold them down. No matter what we are bound to, God has a purpose, he has a plan for each and every one of us,” she said.

“People should humble themselves and let God be who he is. I am a witness that he can open up doors no one can shut. I am a product of not having parents. So, I know if he did it for me, he will do it for anyone else.”

“In helping others, I try to transition the hurt to joy, because joy is something God gives us, not man. I try to stick that joy to a person’s soul so they can understand it is something nobody can take from them. “God gives us hope and motivation as an avenue to transition from where we were to what we want to become,“ Shaquia said.

“Everyone has room for better, but we can’t become better until we deal with the pain.”

Shaquia Jimson’s book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. “My next book is due out in late September, The Devil’s Plot vs. God’s Plan.”

In her personal life, Jimson has three grown children, “My youngest is 21-years old, two boys and a girl. In raising them and in my life I have ended the multi-generational curse on my family.” She took the lessons learned from her parents and now helps others. “I reach out to lots of people and have no stipulations to receive my services,” she said.
Jimmy Wayne performing his 224th show on the Grand Ole Opry stage. (photo by Marushka Media)

Clev. Co. Music Hall of Fame names Jimmy Wayne to Board

Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame – formed in August 2019 to honor the county’s rich music history, artists and music business pioneers, and serve the youth in its community – welcomes hometown hero, Jimmy Wayne, to its Board of Directors.

Jimmy, who was born in Kings Mountain, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author, whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

“When the Hall of Fame approached me with the idea I was honored; not just because their goal is to celebrate local artists and pioneers, but because they want to give back with scholarships and provide instruments to kids who are interested in learning to play, sing and create,” said Jimmy. “Music and songwriting changed my life, and maybe it’ll change the life of a kid who is growing up like I did.”

“Music is universal in North Carolina, regardless of where you live in the state,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “We are delighted that Cleveland County is recognizing its own heritage with the Music Hall of Fame and that hometown musician, Jimmy Wayne, is sharing his time and talent to celebrate its musical roots.”

Fellow Kings Mountain native Tim Moore, the Speaker of North Carolina House of Representatives, said the addition of Jimmy Wayne to Cleveland County’s Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors shows why the region is a must-visit stop for music lovers.

“Jimmy Wayne is a legend in our community not only for his music but his advocacy for vulnerable children who need a strong voice like his,” Speaker Moore said. “We deeply appreciate Jimmy’s commitment to our local Music Hall of Fame and statewide programs like ‘Come Hear NC’ that tell the story of the Tar Heel State’s proud cultural heritage.”

“Jimmy is a shining example of the power of music; but more than that, he’s never forgotten where he came from and is always giving back,” said Angela Padgett, Vice President of the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame. “We’re thrilled to have Jimmy, a true hometown hero, be part of our board of directors.”

The Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame (a 501c-3) will honor nationally and locally known artists, songwriters, disc jockeys and other

individuals and groups whO have promoted all genres of music.

The Hall of Fame plans to induct an artist, band, songwriter or music business pioneer, annually.

Eventually, scholarship(s) will be offered to a local high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in music, as well as underprivileged children interested in owning and learning to play an instrument.

The Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction ceremony was to take place in 2020 but may be rescheduled to next year due to the COVIDx19 pandemic, and the health of the community as the board’s main priority. More information will follow as the board assesses viable options.

About Jimmy Wayne

Having recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of finishing his walk halfway across America – Project Meet Me Halfway – to raise awareness to the plight of more than 30,000 children in foster care, Jimmy, a Cleveland County native, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Walk To Beautiful’. Jimmy’s songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for these forgotten youth.

Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving more than one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

In 2005, Jimmy became the youngest recipient of The William Booth Award, one of the highest honors that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army.

In 2012, Jimmy lobbied to pass legislative bills extending the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in California and Tennessee.

In 2013, Jimmy’s first film, ‘Paper Angels’ (UPtv) became an instant holiday classic and in 2014 he released ‘Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way’ (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins) which became a three-time New York Times bestseller, crossing the 170,000 sales milestone in early 2019, and becoming a #1 bestseller at Amazon.

In 2016 Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), while simultaneously contributing to the extension of foster care services from age 18 to 21 in North Carolina and Ohio.

In 2017, Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University. In 2018 he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State University San Marcos and most recently, (May 2019) he was honored by the National Council for Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.

Jimmy has shared his story – The Power of One – around the world as a keynote speaker and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 224 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to give back through his non-profit awareness campaign, Project Meet Me Halfway.

For more about Jimmy Wayne, visit  
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Betsy Wells

Wells serves as Democratic National Delegate this week

Betsy Wells again is a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention which started Monday, August 17. Due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s convention will be virtual, instead of in-person in Milwaukee.
Betsy has already cast her vote for Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for President and looks forward to watching him accept the nomination on Thursday, the final night.

This is Betsy’s fifth National Convention, beginning in 2000 in Los Angeles, 2004 in Boston, 2008 in Denver, 2012 in Charlotte, and 2016 in Philadelphia.

Betsy has served as Chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party , Chair of Congressional District 10 Democratic Party, and currently the 1st Vice Chair if Congressional District 5 Democratic Party.

Long-time Democratic activist, Betsy was honored by the NC Democratic Party in 2019 with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor Roy Cooper.

Five KMHS graduates receive Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship

The 2020 winners of the Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship, all graduates of Kings Mountain High School, were Kylie Bearfield, Brandon Dover, Jesse Hughes, Alyssa Newton and Nicholas Stewart.

Steve Wells was a teacher and administrator in the Kings Mountain District Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2000. His career began at Central School, teaching Special Education, before going to Grover Elementary to teach at the elementary level for many years. Later he became the Assistant Principal at Grover and finished his education career as the Assistant Principal at Bethware Elementary School.

Steve was a product of Kings Mountain Schools, attending both Grover and graduating from Kings Mountain High School. He continued his education at Appalachian State University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Social Science and later a master's degree in Special Education.  Later in his teaching career, Steve obtained a master's degree in School Administration from UNCC.

“Steve always valued education, and in his memory, I bestow $250 each to the graduating seniors to be used at the universities of their choice for the 2020-21 college year,” said Betsy Wells, Treasurer of the Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship.
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GW Marching Bulldogs receive lead gift from David and Marie Brinkley

$10,000 Gift Designated to assist in relaunching Marching Band at GWU 

In March, Gardner-Webb University announced plans to reestablish the University’s marching band under the direction of Dr. Mark R. Cole. Today, GWU comes one step closer to that day with a $10,000 gift from long-time university supporters David and Marie Brinkley.

“We are so very grateful to David and Marie Brinkley for their generous lead gift in support of the Gardner-Webb University Marching Band.  The Brinkleys certainly know good football, and they appreciate a good gameday experience.  The return of our Runnin’ Bulldog Marching Band in fall 2021 will make Saturdays in Spangler Stadium something special, and it will give our talented musicians a new stage upon which to showcase their skills.  GWU is indeed fortunate to have friends such as the Brinkleys,” noted GWU President, Dr. William M. Downs.

David and Marie Brinkley have provided GWU with financial gifts throughout the years with assistance for student-athletes, the Godbold School of Business and various other programs. 

“First, Marie and I enjoy good music. We both come from a small town where the marching band was an integral part of Friday night football. Today, the bands are more sophisticated and talented. When we read about this, we decided to help launch this project. I encourage others to get involved no matter what level. We cannot wait to hear the Gardner-Webb Marching Bulldogs,” said David Brinkley.

Gardner-Webb previously fielded marching band programs in the 1940s, 1970s and most recently, from 2007-2017. Cole is currently recruiting musicians for the Marching Bulldogs, which will take the field in fall 2021, with hopes of having 75 members. Cole’s experience includes leading several high school marching band programs. During his career as a Navy musician, he served as musical director for the Midshipman Drum and Bugle Corps at the U.S. Naval Academy, director of the Navy Band Memphis, Tenn., director of the Sixth Fleet Band in Naples, Italy, and assistant director/associate conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

 “There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds, and pageantry of college football Saturdays here in the South,” added Downs.  “With the return of the Marching Bulldogs to Spangler Stadium, we will elevate the gameday experience for our fans and help create that 12th Man that all great football teams want on their home field.”

David and Marie have lived in Kings Mountain, N.C. for several decades, and have two daughters who graduated from Gardner-Webb as student-athletes. David is also a former high school football coach, and operates the Brinkley Financial Group investment firm.

The Gardner-Webb Bulldog Club will host the 7th Annual Bulldog Club Golf Tournament, on August 6 at Riverbend Golf Course in Shelby, N.C. Proceeds from the event will also benefit the Marching Bulldogs. If you have interest in supporting the return of the marching band at Gardner-Webb, contact Aaron Hinton at 704.406.4101 or You may also sponsor the band directly online at

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Adams reaches highest rank possible in karate

Dave Adams, a 1963 Kings Mountain High School graduate, was awarded the highest rank possible in the martial art of karate, a 10th Degree Black which is signified by the Red Belt.

Adams was inducted into the Legends of the Carolinas Fraternity of Black Belts In North and South Carolina and is credited as the Power of Karate in North Carolina. The Museum of Martial Arts for the United States awarded him the History of Generals Award for his years of promoting, teaching, and competing in the martial arts.

His Black Belt line of students has promoted over 2,000 Black Belts who have become teachers, doctors, lawyers, preachers, politicians, nurses, and leaders in their community. Three time NC fighting and form champion, 1967 Tri-State (NC, SC, GA) fighting champion, and 1968 Southern Coast Middle Weight Champion, Adams is recognized as one of the most productive instructors in the county. His Black Belts have won three world titles and their awards and stature has rivaled his accomplishments.

“My goal was to make them better than me,” says Adams. “God has blessed me, so I have tried to bless each of them.”

In high school, Adams played on the football and baseball team. His brother was the late Coach Jerry Adams who made his mark in football while in high school making all-conference and all-state. Dave currently resides in North Myrtle Beach, SC and is CEO of Adam Stone Motion Pictures, now in production of four major films to be released over the next three years worldwide.
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Exterior of the Imperial Theater today. (Photos by Loretta Cozart)

Pieces of Kings Mountain History

Two years ago, David Stone and his family moved from the Crowders Mountain area to Kings Mountain when they began purchasing and restoring key properties in Kings Mountain’s history.

Their company, Stonewright Properties, LLC, is owned by David, his wife Janet, and their son, Christopher. You might recognize Christopher Stone’s name from his performances in Liberty Mountain over a six-year span. The family’s love of history, historic landmarks, and all things old runs deep as is evidenced by the properties they purchase and things they collect.

David understands what is required to restore and preserve historic buildings, both commercial and residential, through his real estate work. He also sits on the Historic Shelby Foundation board.

In 2019, Stonewright Properties purchased the W.A. Mauney home at 107 N. Piedmont and the Bonnie Mauney Summers property at 1220 N. Piedmont, becoming the owners of two of the most historically significant properties in the community.

Their most recent purchase occurred on April 30 for property at 138 W. Mountain Street, formerly known as Friendly Billiards. Although, the history of this building goes back almost a century as it was the first modern theater in Kings Mountain and the first built exclusively for that purpose.

The first task Stone took on with the newly acquired building was to repair the leaky roof and address other issues related to those leaks. The ceiling downstairs was taken down to the studs and the moisture issues have now been corrected.

The building itself is equal in size to 213 S. Battleground Avenue, with approximately 10,000 square feet combined across two levels. “Our thought about this building is to divide it into two retail spaces or keep it as a single,” David Stone said. “If we keep it single, we’d love to see a general store here. We think they could use the courtyard outside for a farmers market in the little alleyway, which would be a big draw. The other idea might be a tea and spice shop”

“To me the town needs three to five good anchors. Getting anchor stores to come in is difficult, because they have to be willing to see forward with you,” he said.

It is hard to determine the exact year the theater was built, due to spotty records from that time. Cinema lists the theater as opening in 1930 and having 600 seats. An ad from a 1939 Herald shows the theater offered several double features: Two-Gun Troubadour and Murder on Diamond Row on Wednesday and Thursday, Riders on the Frontier and The Girl from Rio running Friday and Saturday. The feature on Monday and Tuesday was Man in the Iron Mask. All seats were 10 to 15 cents.

A 1945 map shows the property with two retail spaces at the front, and a center entrance for the theater itself. The theater was segregated, as were most of that time. Outside there were separate stairs to balcony seating. An oval sign hung high on the building and the anchors for that sign remain in the brick facade. A marquee cover sheltered guests from both summer heat and inclement weather.

While the facility has been used as a billiard hall for decades, many items from the original theater remained with the building. Bent plywood theater seats are similar to ones in Central School Auditorium remain. Restroom facilities contain the original cast iron sinks and fixtures; they don’t appear to have been updated during the life of the facility.

At the back of the first floor, the theater stage area can be seen. Countless acts performed on the stage once there, and movies played on a screen now long gone.

Upstairs, the theater had a tin ceiling; Stone plans to repurpose it in the downstairs retail space.

After the theater closed, the second floor area was closed in, completely separating it from the downstairs, but the date of that remodel is unclear.

In 1948, additional steel I-beams were added to the roof, much like what was done at 213 S. Battleground around the same time-frame. Notes made on the I beam give us the only evidence of the date of their installation.

The upstairs space has most recently been used for storage. The new owners have now cleaned out that space. All that remains is a metal fan that hangs in the center of the ceiling.

If they do decide to divide the space, Stone plans to put lofts upstairs since access there is separate from that of the space below. “If we do divide it,” Stone said, “we’ll put five lofts there of various sizes. But that remains to be determined.”

The old pool tables have been sold and buyers are currently moving them to various locations, along with pool balls and cues. Vending machines line the wall.

A few other items from outside the original facility are being stored in the building for now. “I collect things like reclaimed timber from Firestone Mill,” David said. “I had a storage building in Gastonia and a sink I have here came out of that building. I save stuff like this because I can use it in other projects.”

Luckily, the other two properties the Stone’s own are currently being restored as primary residences for he and his wife, and the other for his son. As those projects near completion, I’ll be sure to share those stories.
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Lewis’ barn quilts honor loved ones

By Loretta Cozart

Emma Kay Lewis has been making barn quilts for six years and does so to honor loved ones by incorporating their interests in the pattern. “I consider barn quits an extension of traditional quilting, which I also enjoy. Both continue the tradition of story telling, a means of passing on history and what is important to a person,” she said.

While barn quilts have been around for many years, there's been a spike in popularity in the last two decades.

“The first two barn quilts I painted were for my daughter,” Emma Kay explained. “My daughter lives in South Carolina and I fell in love with barn quilts because it creates a whole different was something that connects to a person’s interests on the individual level. “My brother moved to Virginia a few years ago and has a cattle farm, so his barn quilt has cows on it,” she said.

Retiring in September 2018, Emma Kay planned to move to SC to be closer to her daughter. But she found a house she loved in the Bethlehem community of Kings Mountain and decided that it was close enough to visit her daughter easily. Prior to retirement, Emma Kay was an Elementary Teacher Assistant in Wayne County, NC.

While vacationing in Western NC 10 to 15 years ago, she saw barn quilts and had to find out what they were about. But with children and obligations, she never found the time to start. “Five years ago, a friend of mine in Wayne County put a barn quilt up and I decided the time had come for me to begin. My friend was instrumental in getting started properly. We talked and compared notes on paint, sealers, hanging hardware, and things like that,” she said. “I’ve made 30 – 40 barn quilts now and they are on display in NC, SC, VA, and PA. Most are made for people I know.”

Barn quilts aren’t only for barns, they can be used on sheds, homes, and fences. Emma Kay also has two-sided ones for mailboxes. Each piece is more complicated to create than it might seem. After priming the plywood square, the artist must transfer her design to the wood. Each section is masked-off and given three coats of paint. Adjacent colors must be painted at different times due to the tape required for the straight-edge. And after all the paint for the work has dried, it must be sealed since it is displayed outdoors.

Recently, Emma Kay learned about the Gateway Trail located just a few miles from her home and she ran a 5K there during the trail’s 10th anniversary. “I run 5k and 10k races and people have encouraged me to use the trail more often because it is safe, especially during COVID-19. What sold me on the idea is that everyone shared how safe it was,” she commented.

“While walking the trail one day, I saw a lady walking her little dog. She had a grabber tool and a bag, picking up any trash she saw. I thought how wonderful it would be if everyone did their part to make the Gateway Trail as nice as possible. Then, I realized I could offer my time and talents to create a barn quilt for the trail. That is something unique I can offer to give back,” she said.

Before making barn quilts, Emma Kay spent time with traditional quilting and still makes them. “My mother-in-law taught me, and I made quilts for my kids when they were younger. As a mom, that’s what I did. I am a very sentimental person,” she said.

“Driving between VA and NC recently, I stopped in at the Visitor’s Center and found that NC has a barn quilt trail. I would love to see Cleveland County develop its own barn quilt trail here. Enough people in the community already have barn quilts and that number will only grow in time, because they are so popular now,” Emma Kay said.

“A pamphlet with a map and addresses could be created that includes the story behind the barn quilts. It would make a great day-trip and give folks something to do now and even after the pandemic is over,” she said.
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Library presents Chicago: True Stories of the 1920s

The 1920's are saturated with surprise, sequins, and murder! Martina Mathisen, as a 1920's flapper named Flora, tells how fashion, crime, and prohibition mixed with explosive creativity to shape the decade of the century, Thursday, July 23 at noon at If you miss the original presentation, it will be available for a week.

Learn fact from fiction and how reality relates to the 2002 Oscar-winning film Chicago.

For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support. Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Real to Reel Film Festival

By Violet Arth

The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to begin another decade of offering amazing cinema to film festival goers. Originally slated for the end of July, this year, the 21st annual International Real to Reel Film Fest has been rescheduled for September 9-12 at the Joy Performance Theatre in Kings Mountain. 

Although the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by filmmakers, event planners, and venues around the world, Real to Reel organizers are hoping the delayed dates and a new virtual companion component will expand the outreach and preparation time for this exploration of international film.

“Postponing the festival was not a decision we took lightly but one we felt was best for everyone, and it gave us the opportunity to add a virtual component. We are excited to work with Seed and Spark to bring Real to Reel Film Festival into the virtual festival space via their platform,” commented Festival Director Violet Dukes. More details are forthcoming in regard to this online element of screenings.

The selection committee screened nearly 150 film submissions, from amateur and professional filmmakers, including animated shorts, live-action shorts, documentaries (shorts and feature-length), feature-length narrative films, and films made by children ages 14 years and younger. International countries of origin for submissions include India, Japan, Iran, Russia, and Slovakia, among others.

The festival will screen approximately 1- hours of runtime (30+ films) based on the selections made by the committee, (selections are still being finalized). “This year, I’m particularly energized by the virtual/companion component of the festival. We’ll be able to introduce an entirely new audience (outside of our geographic area) to this long-standing festival,” says Noel Manning, co-founder of Real to Reel and tenured member of the film selection committee. Awards categories will be classified by their student/amateur or professional submission status.

This year especially will bring some unique and exciting virtual components to the Real to Reel Film Festival, notably for online audiences. The virtual aspect will allow audiences to catch films they may be unable to see in person (or that they may want to view again). Tickets will be sold to stream the films online through Seed and Spark. Several filmmaker interviews conducted via Zoom will be available online for general viewing in the weeks leading up to the September festival. Additionally, for the on-site portion of the festival in September, pre-recorded filmmaker Q&A sessions will be made available to audiences. As in years past, audience members can expect live in-person filmmaker Q&A panels as well.

Last year’s Real to Reel Film Festival saw an attendance of approximately 300 people. “While this year’s festival will certainly have a different feel, we’re excited to once again bring diverse, educational and entertaining independent films to our community and beyond,” said Shearra Miller, President of the Cleveland County Arts Council.

For more information about this year’s festival, contact Violet Dukes at the Cleveland County Arts Council by email or phone 704-484-2787. You can also visit the film festival website at

  The mission of the Real to Reel International Film Festival is to offer a forum for independent film, video and multimedia artists from around the world to showcase their talents and expose the works of these artists to our region.
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Library features local author on website July 27

Watch local author, Misty M. Beller, tell you about her newest adventures writing her Hearts of Montana book series. God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Misty will be on location in Montana to show you the beautiful scenery that surrounds her new series, and she will tell you a bit about writing, too. You will find her story on Mauney Memorial Library’s Facebook page, as well as the library website. To receive a free copy of one of her latest books, register online at, while supplies last!

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
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Pieces of Kings Mountain History, July 15, 2020

I’ve always been intrigued by theaters in Kings Mountain. As a child, we only had one movie venue in town, the Joy Theater located where the Joy Performance Center is now.

I knew the town had several theaters over the years, but I learned of a new one this week. The first movie theater was on Battleground Avenue, then known as Railroad Avenue on the East side of the tracks. The road was renamed Battleground Avenue later on. Viewing the 1908 Sanborn Map, The Opera House was located on the second floor above a Hand Printing Shop; the town’s Armory was located next door. It was just north of the Gold Street railroad crossing.

I just learned that the next theater was called Pastime Movies and was located near, or perhaps in the same building that later became the Imperial Theater on East Mountain Street. As indicated on the 1919 Sanborn Map, the theater had lights, electric, and heat stoves.

The Imperial Theater was owned by a businessman in Shelby and the Cash brothers ran the establishment and it was likely in business after 1920. By 1935, the brothers operated the Dixie Theater in a building owned by the Plonk family at 216 Railroad Avenue. The Cash brothers bought the fixtures and seating for that theater. They played movies and, during the ‘20s and ‘30s, hosted Loretta Lynn and countless road musicians on their circuit tours.

Next, the Cash brothers expanded their theater empire adding the Victory Theater in Cramerton in 1943, and the Gaston and Holly theaters in Mt. Holly the following year. With those, the Cash brothers owned four theaters.

On June 1, 1949, David and Charlie Cash opened their fifth theater, the Joy Theater, in downtown Kings Mountain. As was customary in the time, the newspaper grew from six to 20 pages that week, filled with ads welcoming the new business. The Joy Theater had the most modern equipment and seated 772 patrons. The seats were made of padded leather.

When the theater was bought by a church in the late 1970’s or early ‘80s, there was no theater in town for over 30 years until the Joy Performance Theater opened. It is now a performance venue and shows films from time to time. But the experience of catching a movie at the local theater on a Friday or Saturday night is now gone from downtown Kings Mountain.

With the Dixie property still available, one hopes a visionary with a passion to create a draw in downtown Kings Mountain might reclaim the old building for a theater or live entertainment space. We are witnessing a lot of growth in town of late and it won’t be long until that large space has a new lease on life. One can only imagine what the future might bring for the old theater, and our town.