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Santa’s Workshop will open up for two more weekends: Friday and Saturday Dec. 9 -10 and Friday and Saturday December 16-17. (Photo provided)

Santa opens new workshop in KM

Did you hear the news? Santa and his elves scoured the countryside high and low to find a location for his new workshop.
After seeing Patriots Park through his magical snow globe, Santa and his elves decided to build his workshop right here in Kings Mountain.
After receiving many visitors last weekend, Santa will open his workshop back up for two more weekends: Friday and Saturday Dec. 9 - 10 and Friday and Saturday December 16 - 17.
It will open each evening at 5:30 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m.
Bring your camera and your best smile. Santa is looking forward to seeing you!
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Jim Palenick

Palenick selected as KM’s
new City Manager

City of Kings Mountain (COKM) is proud to announce that Jim Palenick has accepted an offer to lead the City of Kings Mountain as the new City Manager.  Jim will be relocating to Kings Mountain after the New Year’s holiday.
Marilyn Sellers is currently serving as City Manager where she has served for seventeen years. At the May 5 budget work session, Sellers informed City Council that she did not wish to renew her contract coming up in September. After 34 years of service to the City of Kings Mountain, Marilyn was ready for retirement.
Her retirement announcement came at a time when there are over 100 vacancies in NC for City Managers. Due to the urgency to find a qualified candidate, City Council reached out to Developmental Associates to coordinate a nationwide search for the role. That in-depth search takes time. Sellers graciously agreed to work through January to assist with a smooth transition.
COKM partnered with Developmental Associates for the City Manager search process. Developmental Associates is an organizational development company that partners with governmental, educational, and non-profit organizations for executive recruitment. Developmental Associates conducted a nationwide search for candidates for our City Manager position.
Of the 31 initial applications received, 21 met the minimum qualifications. Fifteen applicants were selected for phone interviews. Five completed an assessment center and three were selected for onsite interviews with city council.
The Assessment center is a means of gathering relevant information, under standardized conditions, about an individual’s capabilities to perform in a high-level managerial position. While City Council recognized the value of partnering with Developmental Associates, the team also wanted to have a Kings Mountain connection that truly understands what makes Kings Mountain unique.
Shearra Miller, Executive Director for Cleveland County Arts Council and Kings Mountain resident, agreed to represent the citizens of the City of Kings Mountain on the Assessment board. Her insight and participation in the two-day process was instrumental in selecting the final candidate.
Jim Palenick was born and raised in Allegan, a small  town   of 4,500   in Southwest Michigan, His Dad worked in a factory for 43 years and served as a reserve Sheriff Deputy. His mom was a homemaker who volunteered in her local church. Jim and his two brothers were the first to attend college.
   Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Public Administration and Economics. He went on to earn an MPA from WMU with Honors and began his career in local government administration.
That career spans over 30 years in public service, Jim has served the cause of fiscal stewardship, economic sustainability and Community and economic development and redevelopment as an innovative and entrepreneurial, local government leader.
   Jim’s career began with small communities in his home state of Michigan. From there, he moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico, a small town with a big company—Intel. As Intel grew, the city grew as well. During his tenure, Rio Rancho was listed as one of the fastest growing cities in the US and multiple municipal projects were completed:  Examples include: $47M multi-purpose Event Center arena; $17M City Hall built; New Central Library; Aquatic Center; $100’s of Millions in new streets, water, and sewer infrastructure
   Jim first came to North Carolina when he accepted the City Manager position in Gastonia, North Carolina in 2007 (Population 73,000). Gastonia had 934 employees and a $186M operating budget with a full range of services, including an airport, museum, and golf course. In 2012, Jim accepted the Chief Administrative Officer position in Dallas, NC where he served for 4 additional years.
   Since his time in NC, Jim has moved back to the Mid-West and spent a few years in Racine, Wisconsin and Middletown, Ohio – both communities of 50-70K citizens.
   Jim has been a full member of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA) for over 30 years and earned the designation of ICMA-Credentialed Manager in 2009. Along the way Jim has served on the Boards of Chambers of Commerce; Downtown Development Authorities; Convention & Visitors Bureaus; Economic Development Corporations; Community Development Authorities; Tax Increment Financing/District Boards; and County Planning Boards and Dispatch Authorities. He has been a member of multiple Rotary clubs and served as a Rotary Board member.
   Jim enjoys following sports and is a lifelong Michigan Wolverine and a long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. He enjoys NBA and college basketball and loves watching the History channel. Jim is divorced and has 1 adult son, Austin, who lives and works in Washington, DC.
   Jim enjoys hiking, biking, reading, cooking, and travel. Some of his favorite travel spots are Santa Fe, New Mexico and Greenville, SC.
   City Council unanimously selected Jim Palenick as the new City Manager.

Armed robbery at Mountainside Market

On Friday December 2, around 6:10 p.m., Kings Mountain Police responded to the Mountainside Market at 506 Waco Road in reference to an armed robbery. Officers on scene were told that the suspect entered the store, brandished a firearm, and demanded money from the register.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black hoodie, black ski mask, grey sweatpants, and light-colored crocs. The suspect left the store on foot direction of travel unknown.
KMPD is requesting the community’s assistance in helping identify the suspect involved in the crime.
If anyone can identify the suspect or has any information regarding the incident please contact the Kings Mountain Police Department at (704)734-0444 or Cleveland County Crime Stoppers at (704) 48l-TIPS (8477).
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Kings Mountain held their annual Christmas parade this past Saturday. See more scenes on pages 7A-8A in the December 7, 2022 issue of KM Herald. Photo by Damien O’Brien

KM Parade rings
in the Christmas season

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain Christmas Parade stepped off right on time at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, despite rain earlier in the day. Crowds gathered along the parade route, along Battleground Avenue from East Gold Street, and turning onto King Street at the Overhead Bridge, then continuing to Deal Steet.
Kings Mountain High School’s football team was the Grand Marshal of the event this year, and supporters turned out in black and gold apparel to show their support and love for a team that worked so hard this season to earn a 13-1 record. It is a season that will be long remembered as one of the best for KMHS and the community.
One hundred -plus parade entrants helped make the event special, and included KMHS marching band, the Carolina Panther Top Cats with Sir Purr, the Gastonia Honey Hunters with their mascot BAM. The parade was filled with music from dance troops, Dance Magic, Dance Reflections, KM Elite, KM Optimist Club, and Fine Line Dance Company and the event lasted over an hour and a half.
A Christmas parade wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa, and this year’s event did not disappoint. As anticipated, Santa arrived right on time to ring in the Christmas season in Kings Mountain!
City of Kings Mountain debuted Santa’s Workshop at the Gazebo in Patriots Park where children visited him to share their Christmas wishes. He’ll be back again on December 9-10 and Dec. 16-17 in case your child missed speaking with jolly Olde St. Nicholas in person. Special Christmas dates for Lines for Santa’s Workshop stretched far for this new attraction. There is no charge to visit Santa.
The Christmas festivities continued downtown Saturday evening, as twinkling Christmas lights illuminated city streets with Mayor Scott Neisler’s signature Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show where
a dazzling  display of lights synchronize to music playing on your car’s radio (tune into 87.9 to enjoy the show!)
   Many patrons strolled through Patriots Park to see the Costner’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza, and Santa’s Workshop. Liberty Mountain Garden located at the Joy Performance Center was the sight of  the Downtown Holiday Market. Local Vendors featured goods and crafts, and, of course, the extremely popular Bela Express Train Rides returned for another season. Holly Jolly Hayrides debuted downtown. All this and more will continue Saturdays, December 10 and 17.
    All this and more in  can be found in downtown Kings Mountain for two more weekends, both Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Patrick Senior Center
Holiday Open House Dec. 1

By Loretta Cozart

Patrick Senior Center announces their Holiday Open House for Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 909 E. King Street. Bring the whole family for a day of Christmas joy and see what the Senior Center has to offer! Have your picture taken with Santa, story time for the kids, enjoy some holiday music and do a little shopping while you are there. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Patrick Senior Center at 704-734-0447.

Merry Little Christmas Concert at Patriots Park December 3

Mark your calendars now to bring the family and spend December 3 taking in the sights and sounds of a Christmas in Kings Mountain with Kelly Crabb and the Bowling Sisters.
City of Kings Mountain is proud to welcome Kelly Crabb & the Bowling Sisters and their Merry Little Christmas Tour to Patriots Park, Saturday, December 3. This free concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. with King’s Highway and then Kelly Crabb and the Bowling Sisters at 7:00 p.m.
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Christmas Tree Ceremony
Patriots Park Nov. 23

The downtown will much brighter November 23rd as the City of Kings Mountain ushers in the Christmas season with the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Unveiling Ceremony in Patriots Park. This special event will be filled with music, stories and so much more! What are we unveiling this year? You will have to attend and find out. The ceremony begins at 6pm. Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain.

7th annual Bike Drive kicks off Nov. 28

Kings Mountain Police Department and Campers Inn of Kings Mountain is excited to announce the 7th Annual Bike Drive.
New unused bicycles of all sizes are needed. Drop-off bikes at Campers Inn at 615 Broadview Drive. They will be accepting donations from November 28 – December 3.
For more information, call Campers Inn at 704-750-7295, or Kings Mountain Police Department at 704-734-0444.

Toy Drive

Kings Mountain Police Department is now accepting toy donations for the 2022 Christmas year. They are excited to help the children of Kings Mountain School systems.
Please contact your school guidance counselor for more information. Any new and unwrapped donations for children 13 and under are welcome until December 2.
Drop off donations at Kings Mountain Police Department located at 112 S. Piedmont Avenue.

Trash pickup schedule for
week of

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Garbage collection for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be one day earlier.

Community Thanksgiving
Service to be held Sunday

Everyone is invited to attend the Community Thanksgiving service scheduled for Sunday evening, November 20, at 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Kings Mountain. The Community Thanksgiving service is an annual worship service sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association.  This service is usually the largest gathering each year of churches and Christians in Kings Mountain.  Reverend Cameron Barefield, Pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene Church will bring the Thanksgiving message.  There will also be a community choir this year directed by Dr. Jonathan Bundon, Worship Pastor at First Baptist. An offering  will  be  received during the service which will go to our Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry. 
Come and join in for an hour of worship through music, giving, and the presentation of the thanksgiving message from Pastor Barefield.
First Baptist Church will be hosting a fellowship with refreshments following the service.  Our thanks to the staff and church members of First Baptist for being our host church again this year.
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Local election results

By Loretta Cozart

Local elections showed support for Republicans on Cleveland County School Board. Danny Lee Blanton retained his seat with 19,445 votes. Incumbents Coleman Hunt, Dena Green and Phillip Glover lost their seats to newcomers Ronnie Grigg, Aaron Bridges and Walter Spurling. In prior years, Cleveland County School Board was a non-partisan race.
Citizens voted down the local sales and use tax referendum with citizens voting 76.93 percent against and 23.07 in favor. The tax increase would have added .25 per $100 spent and did not apply to all purchases.
In Boiling Springs, voters approved mixed beverages. The vote was 64.51 percent in favor, and 35.49 percent against.
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Kings Mountain Historical Museum train exhibit will run from November 25-December 31, possibly extending through first week of January 2023. (photo provided)

KM Historical Museum
needs help with Toys,
Games & Trains Exhibit

The Kings Mountain Historical Museum needs your help! They are coming up on the 20th year for the Toys, Games & Trains Exhibit at the museum. This annual exhibit fills the museum with a model train display assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games.
If you didn't already know, this train layout
belongs  to  Mr.  Bill  Ware (pictured), and he has devoted 19 years of volunteering to setting up his train layout in the museum for visitors to come reminisce over and experience. We know here at the museum how much this enchanting Christmas memory, and Bill Ware, means to the community!
To continue this tradition this year, they need volunteers to help Bill with running the trains during the day at the museum which would run from November 25th-December 31st (and maybe extending into January 2023 another week.) The museum will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. We will be closed Christmas Eve and are always closed on Sundays and Mondays.
No experience necessary, just a desire to learn and work with trains. Additionally, anyone that can help initially with the set up and the taking down at the end, would be greatly appreciated. Please respond if interested, or email the director at, or call the museum at 704-739-1019.
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Central School property rezoned as KM’s first mixed use project

By Loretta Cozart

In a historic decision, Kings Mountain City Council voted in favor of the town’s first mixed-use project when they approved rezoning Central School from Semi-Urban Residential to Mixed Use during the regular meeting on October 25.
During the Public Hearing, Assistant Planning Director Kimberly Herndon shared with council that Central School Renovation Partners, LLC had made the request so the property can be altered with in-fill. The Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously and made a positive recommendation on this project.
“This is an appropriate option that complies with the UDO. Regarding if this change would affect the Central School Historic District, Herndon said, “It has no bearing on that zoning.”
Councilmember Jay Rhodes asked, “If the school (district) relinquished ownership, that school could be demolished and then build homes there, correct?” Herndon replied, “The school is zoned as a residential property and if someone purchased it and chose to clear the entire block and build residential homes that is a viable and allowable option today with no rezoning.”
Phil Dee, one of four partners of Central School Renovation Partners, LLC, spoke in favor of the project and told city council, “Our plan in this site right now is to develop housing on the perimeter that will reflect the neighborhood, with a very small amount of commercial.”
“The market reality is high density housing with a small amount of commercial that will support that housing. Our investment will also support downtown. The smaller ancillary buildings will be demolished,” he explained.
“We have no intention off demolishing the Central School Building, none at all. Our plan is to take the older Central School original building and turn it into loft style senior apartments and then clear the perimeter and remainder of the site,” he concluded.
City council approved 6 – 1, the Planning and Zoning Boards consistency statement in favor of the request from Central School Renovation Partners, LLC to rezone the property owned by Cleve-land County Board of Education, located at 105 East Ridge Street. The ordinance to rezone Central School from Semi-Urban Residential to Mixed Use  was also approved 6 – 1 by city council. The dissenting vote in both instances was from Councilman Keith Miller.
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Carriage rides will be available for December 3, 9, 10 16, and 17.

North Pole Express carriage rides go on sale Nov. 18

North Pole Express Classic Carriage Ride Experience tickets go on sale Nov. 18 at  2 pm. Visit: Scroll down and click on Magical Carriage Rides. There are two ticket options available. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to act quickly when sales open.
Enjoy an imagination-filled expedition on a horse-drawn carriage, led by one of the North Pole’s very own magical conductors. Take in the sights of twinkling Christmas lights as your enchanted golden ticket unlocks a series of magical events along the journey. Surprises wait around every bend, and wonder will fill the eyes of all those who still believe.
Two different interactive show packages are offered for those either snuggling up for a date night, or larger groups with excited children and their families. Both shows are offered on both carriages.
Magical Carriage Ride Package 1
Max capacity 8 adults, or fewer adults plus additional children. •  15 minutes
Experience the magical Christmas lights in Downtown Kings Mountain with a very special Christmas guest. Your ticket purchase reserves the carriage for your group of up to 8 adults, or fewer adults plus additional children.
Magical Carriage Ride Package 2
Max capacity is 4 adults, or fewer adults plus additional children. •  15 minutes
Bring your group to experience the magical Christmas lights around downtown Kings Mountain. Your ticket purchase reserves the entire carriage for your group for 15 minutes. You may bring up to 4 adults, or fewer adults plus additional children.
Check-in: If you have not checked-in 5-minutes before your scheduled departure time the conductor will consider your reservation forfeited. No refund will be available. Don’t forget to dress warmly in case of cold weather.
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Home For Christmas parade and festivities coming in December

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  City of Kings Mountain is looking forward to Kings Mountain Christmas Parade to be held December 3.
The Home for Christmas Parade will impact various roads beginning on Gold Street, at the intersection of Highway 161; west down Battleground Avenue (216); east on business 74, then south on Deal Street.
A Kings Mountain Christmas would not be complete without Christmas festivities in our Downtown. Each Saturday evening, December 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, between 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Downtown Kings Mountain will turn into a Christmas wonderland of fun and excitement.
Various roads along West Mountain Street, South Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street, and South Cansler Street will be impacted.
Please use extreme caution when traveling on these roads due to the increase in motor vehicles, pedestrians, parade participants, and carriage and hayrides. Please plan to travel different roads if you are impacted by these changes. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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Veterans gathered at the War Memorial in Patriots Park after the wreath ceremony last year. Photo by City of KM

City to host Veterans Day Parade and Observance November 11

The City of Kings Mountain is honored to host its annual Veterans Day Parade and Observance, Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. downtown.
This special event will begin at the intersection of West Mountain Street and South Railroad Avenue at the corner of the Joy Theatre, with a parade to Patriots Park being led by Loch Norman Pipe Band. A service, featuring a five-minute presentation entitled
“Recognition of Service”, music by Vintage Vibe, Christy Walker and the Loch Norman Pipe Band, and a keynote address by Mr. Jim Medlin, will then be held at the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre.
A wreath ceremony at the War Memorial located in Patriots Park will follow. “The Veterans Day Observance is a very special event in our city,” states Scott Neisler, Mayor of Kings Mountain. “It’s a time to acknowledge those who put their lives on hold to defend our country! We owe them a debt of gratitude for our freedom.”
To host this event, a portion of South Railroad Avenue and West Gold Street will be closed beginning at 9:00 a.m. and remain closed or barricaded until 11:00 a.m. Please use extreme caution when traveling on Railroad Avenue and West Gold Street due to the increase in motor vehicles and pedestrians walking. Please plan to travel different roads if you are impacted by this
 change. The city thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.
In case of inclement weather, the observance will be held at American Legion Post 155 located at 613 E. Gold Street in Kings Mountain. The parade will be canceled.
City of Kings Mountain encourages everyone to support our veterans by attending the observance. For more information or to participate in the parade, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com
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This photo was taken during American Legion Auxiliary’s spring craft show in which 30 vendors participated. The fall event has 45 vendors registered and a good turnout is anticipated. Photo by Loretta Cozart

American Legion Auxiliary's Fall Craft Fair this Saturday

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 announced their Fall Craft Fair this Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the banquet hall of Otis D. Green American Legion Post in Kings Mountain at 613 E. Gold Street. Vendors and local artisans will be on site for all your fall and Christmas shopping needs. Forty-five vendors are participating, and food trucks will also be on site.
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Casino decision coming down
to the wire

According to a Charlotte Observer article dated November 6, Catawba Two Kings Casino hasn’t satisfied federal regulators as an investigation into its business dealings nears the end. At issue is the legality of its business dealings, and specifically who profits from it.
In March, National Indian Gaming Commission Chief Compliance Officer Tom Cunningham told Catawba Nation Chief Bill Harris that a ground lease between the tribe and Kings Mountain Sky Boat Partners, LLC, granted the company “management authority” over the casino operation and had not been approved by the gaming commission chairman.
Violations could result in the issuance of a notice of violation, a civil fine assessment, and/or an order of temporary closure to the Nation and Sky Boat as the manager of the Tribe’s gaming, the Observer reported.
The article went on to share, “Doug Brown, a Cleveland County business owner, and early investor in the Catawba Casino project, said the gaming commission has warned interested parties of too much involvement from non-native people. He unloaded all financial interest in the project over the last year fearing the project’s impending failure, he said. ‘I don’t know if they’re going to be able to build the casino,’ Brown said.”
Brown’s name is also connected to E5 Holdings, LLC, owner of property directly across Kings Mountain Blvd. from the casino site. This is the same property the Herald reported on July 22, 2020. At the time CHT Enterprises, LLC became the managing member of E5 Holdings, LLC, along with members Eddie Holbrook, Stuart Legrand, and Douglas Brown.
As of February 2022, the Annual Report filed with the Secretary of State in Nevada, those details had not changed, and Eddie Holbrook, Stuart Legrand, and Douglas Brown remain listed as officers. CHT Enterprises, LLC also remains listed as the registered agent.
The Observer reached out to Chief Bill Harris on  the matter. “The Catawba Nation continues to work closely with the National Indian Gaming Commission on its review of our casino resort project and necessary agreements, and we are working to follow its recommendations as required,” Catawba Chief Harris said in an emailed statement on Saturday.
   “With regard to the agreement between the Catawba Nation and Kings Mountain Sky Boat Partners, we actively proposed a number of pathways to resolve NIGC’s objections and are continuing to revise the agreement in response to NIGC. We are hopeful this can be resolved in the coming weeks,” Harris said.
   The investigation is scheduled to end by December 31. With only seven weeks remaining in the year, the fate of Catawba Two Kings Casino hangs in the balance. If the Catawba retained sole proprietary interest in the project and got permission for management contracts, they should prevail.
   The article concludes, “Both are key requirements of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a law passed in the 1980s to shield tribes ‘from organized crime and other corrupting influences (and) to ensure that the Indian tribe is the primary beneficiary of the gaming operation.’
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This home on Fulton Drive was heavily damaged during Friday’s fire. See firefighters photo on page 3A. Photo by KMFD

House fire on Fulton Drive Friday

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain Fire Department responded to a report of smoke near Fulton Drive on Friday, Nov. 4. Engine 284, Engine 283, and Ladder 1 were dispatched, and the call was then upgraded to a working residential structure fire.
The home was significantly damaged. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause is under investigation. KMFD were first dispatched to “smoke in the area” reported by a caller one block away. Then neighbors called 911 to report the actual fire. Kings Mountain Fire Departments thanks those alerted them to the situation.
Engine 284 handled suppression, Engine 283 provided the water supply, and Ladder 1 was primary.
Kings Mountain received automatic aid from Bethlehem VFD and Grover VFD. No injuries reported, all units returned to service.
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City of KM holiday trash schedule

City Offices will be dosed Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Garbage collection for the entire week will be on the regular schedule.
For those planning ahead, City Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Garbage collection for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be one day earlier.
City Offices will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
Garbage collection for week of December 26 will be delayed one day.
The City Offices will be closed Monday, January 2, 2023, in observance of the New Year Holiday. Garbage collection will also be delayed one day.

Mountaineers host very strong
Smoky Mountain team
in second round
of NCHSAA 3A playoffs Friday night

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers will take the field against a skilled and dangerous Smoky Mountain team in the second round of the NCHSAA 3A playoffs Friday night at John Gamble Stadium.
While the top-seeded Mountaineers were dominating 32nd seed St. Stephens in the first round, Smoky Mountain was defeating a very good Central Davidson team 41-38 in a back-and-forth battle to improve to 7-4 overall. That record is somewhat misleading as all of their losses were close to very good teams and some of their victories were over perennial powerhouses like Franklin, which gave KM a fit in an opening round game last year.
Kings Mountain’s defense will be seeing one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the state in Jed West who through 11 games has passed for 2,383 yards and ran for 854, both marks #1 for his team. Isaiah McNeely, a 185-pound junior running back and kick returner, is also a big offensive threat as he has chalked up 586 yards rushing.
The Mountaineer defense will also be challenged by some good receivers such as Da’mare Williams who has caught 55 passes for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Jayce Stillwell who has 43 receptions for 642 yards and six TDs. Sawyer Snider is also a dangerous receiver and kick returner.
“Smoky Mountain is very good,” Mountaineer head coach Greg Lloyd says. “They run a spread and they have one of the best quarterbacks you’ll see and one of the best receivers in western North Carolina. They have several others who are big time players.
“They have a multiple defense. They’re one of the better teams we’ll play all year.”
Lloyd noted that West Henderson, that is still in the playoffs, played the Mustangs to a 21-19 game.
“So we will have to play very well,” he said. “I think we should be a hundred percent. We’re pretty healthy. Curtis Simpson sprained his ankle last week but there’s no fracture, so I think he will play.”
This will be just the second time the Mountaineers have faced Smoky Mountain. If this game is like the first, it will be a barn burner.
In 1989, Coach Denny Hicks’ Mountaineers went up the mountain to face the Mustangs and took four overtimes to come back home with a 37-36 victory. The game was tied 14-all after regulation. The Mustangs almost had the game wrapped up when they led 36-30 after KM threw three straight incomplete passes in their final 10-yard playoff period. But quarterback Ryan Hollifield found Darius “NuNu” Ross in the back of the end zone for the tying TD and Daniel Honeycutt kicked the point after to give the Mountaineers the win over the top-ranked 3A team in the state.

KMLT holiday shows run
two weekends in November

Join Kings Mountain Little Theater for two heart-warming, family friendly shows this holiday season!
Each show is just under one hour with a 15-minute intermission in between - perfect for that short attention span!
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! is a hilarious Christmas classic. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
Three Wishes for Christmas, a play by Meredith Bridges, shares the story of Peter Pakowski  who is sure that this Christmas is going to be the most miserable one of his life. Money is tight, so he knows Old Saint that he wants, and what’s more, he is going to have to spend Christmas with his crazy cousin, Bertram!
So, when Peter’s little sister convinces him
to make a wish on a special
 Christmas star, he doesn’t have high hopes. But when a star fairy that only he can see appears in his living room, things liven up quickly! With an invisible fairy guest and three wishes that he must use before Christmas is over, Peter’s holiday celebrations with his large family are looking to be much more interesting than he thought!
Performances are Friday Nov. 11 and 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday Nov. 12 and 19 at 7:30 pm. Matinees are on Sunday, Nov. 13 and 20 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for all ages are $10 and are available online or at the door.
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Streetscape Update – The intersection of S. Piedmont Avenue and Mountain Street is closed as construction continues in the area. Curb and gutter, along with conduit and electrical have been installed. The project deadline of October 31 has passed, and work is ongoing. Use caution when driving in this area. Parking is available on Cherokee Street and beside Kings Mountain Baptist Church via access beside the old SageSport building. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Streetscape Update 

The intersection of S. Piedmont Avenue and Mountain Street is closed as construction continues in the area. Curb and gutter, along with conduit and electrical have been installed. The project deadline of October 31 has passed, and work is ongoing. Use caution when driving in this area. Parking is available on Cherokee Street and beside Kings Mountain Baptist Church via access beside the old SageSport building.
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Three children who participated in the Great Pumpkin Parade. See more scenes from the event on page 5A. (Photos provided)

The Great Pumpkin Parade kicked off Halloween festivities

By Loretta Cozart

City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department reported that approximately 400 children dressed in their Halloween best joined in The Great Pumpkin Parade. The event kicked off last Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m. at city hall, winding its way through downtown from City Hall to The Gazebo at Patriots Park, by way of Gold St, Battleground Ave., Mountain Ave., and Railroad Ave.
Children dressed as superheroes, first responders, scarecrows, Disney characters, princesses, doctors, nurses, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!
The Great Pumpkin Parade was the first of many events that wrapped-up late Sunday afternoon.
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Chad Gunter and Katie Reese were the costume contest winners with the best overall costume. Photo by Damien O’Brien

Wizard of Oz event
a huge success

By Loretta Cozart

City of Kings Mountain’s “The Wonderful Adventure To Oz” event, was a huge success as the photos show.
Families signed up for the costume contest and outstanding creative costumes were worn by everyone this year. The weather was also good for the weekend events, as young and old gather to celebrate with family and friends.

See more photos on page 8A of this November , 2022 issue of KM Herald.                      
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Early voting runs through Nov. 5
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8

Your vote counts. Skip the lines on election day and vote early. Early voting for the November 8th General Election runs through November 5.
• Now through Nov 5 from 8am - 7:30pm
• Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8am - 3pm.
There are three locations where you can vote early in Cleveland County and you can vote at any of the three locations regardless of where you live.
• Eugenia H. Young Memorial Library, 104 Howie Drive, Shelby
• H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St.,  Kings Mountain, NC 28086
• Boiling Springs Town Hall, 114 East College Ave Shelby, NC 28152
   If you are not registered to vote, each of the early voting sites allows same-day registration.  So, you can register and  then go ahead and vote immediately afterward.
If your address has changed or you have moved, you can update your address at the early voting location as long as you still live in Cleveland County.
If you have questions or need more information, please visit the Board of Elections website at
If you don’t vote early, be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 8. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
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Breakfast with Santa will be held on November 19 at 108 E. Mountain Street, beginning at 7:30 AM. Photo by GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club

Woman’s Club Breakfast
with Santa November 19

By Loretta Cozart

GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club is proud to announce that Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Clubhouse at 108 East Mountain Street beginning at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served downstairs in the dining room. Adults are $10, children are $5. Tickets are for breakfast only. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Upstairs, a professional photographer will take your precious Christmas photos. These will be digital and edited. Three poses for $15, or 5 poses for $20. The finished digital product will be delivered within 48 hours of event conclusion. Photos with Santa 8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Payment is made directly to the photographer.
Young children only (no adults may assist or shop) may visit the ELF CLOSET to purchase gifts for mom and dad. All items are 2 for $3. Come with a list, it makes the process quicker for the elves. Elf Closet is open 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Purchase your tickets from club members. See the club Facebook page for more information.

KM residents involved in Gaston Co.
double homicide/suicide

On Monday October 24, at about 3:15 pm, the Gaston County Police Department responded to the 300 block of Robinson Clemmer Road near Dallas, NC, in reference to a vehicle accident. Responding public safety officials located a vehicle off the roadway. Bullet holes were observed in the driver’s window. Three people were located deceased in the vehicle.
Initial reports indicated the incident had occurred between 3:00-3:15 pm; closer to the time the incident was reported to the Gaston County Communications Center, but detectives determined the shooting and subsequent vehicle wreck occurred prior to 1:30 pm. A social media post was located showing the vehicle wrecked at approximately 1:50 pm. No reports were made to law enforcement until 3:13 pm.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Darlene Hardin, white female, 57, of Corvette Lane in Kings Mountain.
The front seat passenger was identified as Benjamin Barett Simmons, white male, 65, of Hargrove Avenue in Gastonia.
The backseat passenger was identified as David James Bright, white male, 34, of Corvette Lane in Kings Mountain. Mr. Bright has been identified as the suspect in this double homicide. Mr. Bright died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Gaston County Police Department would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by Dallas Police, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Gaston County Sheriff, Gaston Emergency Medical Services, and Spencer Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
This is an on-going investigation. If you have information pertinent to the investigation, the Gaston County Police encourages you to contact Det. J. P. Brienza at 704-866-3320. Information can also be provided through Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.
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Fun events for the entire family
Follow the Yellow Brick Road downtown this weekend

The City of Kings Mountain has planned a variety of events for all ages downtown Kings Mountain on October 28 thru 30. Activities include costume contests, parades, trick-or-treating, movies, live music, hayrides, and fun for the entire family.
The Great
Pumpkin Parade
The City of Kings Mountain will host The Great Pumpkin Parade, Friday, October 28. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. Little ghosts and goblins will travel from City Hall to The Gazebo at Patriots Park, by way of Gold St, Battleground Ave., Mountain Ave., and Railroad Ave.
Trick-or-Treat, bags of sweets, ghosts and goblins are walking down the street! After a two-year hiatus, the Great Pumpkin Parade is back. The City of Kings Mountain invites little pumpkins ages 0 thru first grade and their parents to City Hall to begin a spell bounding journey to Patriots Park where music, inflatables and games await at every turn. The parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. See you there if you dare!
The Wonderful
Adventure to OZ
   Lions! Tigers! Bears! Oh My! In celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the release of the Wizard of Oz, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m., the City of Kings Mountain will transform Patriots Park, in downtown Kings Mountain, to the magical Land of Oz.
Journey down the Yellow Brick Road while meeting Oz characters and trick-or-treating along the way. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets! An outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz will begin on October 28 at 6:30 p.m. The adventure and activities include a costume contest on Saturday and a hayride on both nights.
Band of Oz
Liberty Falls Amphitheatre will turn into the Emerald City as the Band of Oz takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Look for the Band of Oz and DJs Johnny B and Eric Bowman as they bring the boogie.
   Music with DJ Johnny B and Eric Bowman starts at 6:00 pm. Band of OZ will take the stage at 6:30 pm. Don’t forget your boogie shoes!
Costume Contest
   Witches and Mummies and Ghosts, Oh My! Don your most uniquely Oz-tastic costume and head to downtown KM October 29 for the Wonderful Adventure to Oz. All ages are welcome to compete in the spookiest costume contest this side of the Haunted Forest. Dress in your Halloween best and follow the yellow brick road to Patriots Park.
Registration is from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m., when the parade begins. Winners will be announced during band intermission. You must register to participate in this parade and contest.
Contest Rules: The contest is divided into three age groups: Children (0-14 years), Teens (15-18 years), and Adults (19 and up). Categories include Most Unique, Oziest, Judges’ Choice, and Best Overall Group, with one grand prize being awarded per category.
   Real weapons are not allowed. and fake weapons are subject to search. Costumes must be PG and family friendly. Entrants under 16-years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Use of liquids, messy substances, or overly large prop pieces are not allowed.
All participants will have a chance to parade in front of the judges and have their name and costume announced. Contestants must remain throughout the costume contest to be eligible for a prize.
By registering, all Halloween Costume Contest participants agree to allow the City of Kings Mountain to use their images for promotional purposes. The judges have the sole authority and discretion to select the winners.
Merchant scavenger hunt
   Click Your Heels and Follow the Yellow Brick Road Downtown to the Marvelous Map of Merchants! For one week in October, downtown will turn into the Magical Land of Oz. Using the downtown map, follow the Yellow Brick Road for Oz-Tastic prizes from the Marvelous Merchants in Kings Mountain.
How Do You Play?
1. Visit our Marvelous Merchants on the map and look for some Wonderful Wizardly items straight from Oz itself between Monday, October 24th - Saturday, October 29th, during the normal business hours.   
2. Once you find the item, make sure to take a selfie with it.
3. Using the photo, make a post on Facebook tagging the merchant’s name and the City of Kings Mountain Special Events in your post. Make sure that you use #KMOZ2022
*Contestants must follow ALL the rules and visit each participating business for a chance to win the Grand Prize.
Participating Businesses & The Item You’re Looking For
• 133 West - Wicked Witch of the West
• KM Historical Museum - Wizard of Oz Characters
• Mountain Holiday - Scarecrow
• Sub Factory - Munchkin
• 238 Cherokee Grill - Dorothy Gale
• Uncommon Artisan  - Wizard of Oz in the State Farm Hot Air Balloon
• Farmers Furniture - Flying Monkey
• Royal Tea Cafe - Glenda the Good Witch’s Crown
• Mauney Memorial Library - Wizard of Oz Book
• Revolutionary Fit - Tin Man’s Oil Can
• Amos Insurance - Cowardly Lion
The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, October 31.
Hayride Adventure
   Rescue the Enchanted Ruby. The Enchanted Ruby has gone missing, and all of Oz needs your help! Climb aboard a hayride and journey into the Wicked Witch’s territory to rescue the precious gem before she uses it to take over the entire land! This theatrical experience is designed for the entire family but be careful… Flying Monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West may make an appearance!
Mayor’s Nightmare
Before Christmas
Ghostly encounters await you on Sunday, October 30, as Mayor Neisler presents the Mayor’s Nightmare Before Christmas. This spell binding event features two spine tingling movies featuring legendary actors, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead” will follow. The haunting hour starts at 3:00 p.m. Don’t be a scaredy cat! Be there if you dare! There is no place like Halloween in Kings Mountain.
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KMFD arrives on scene just after midnight on October 15. See more photos on page 4A. Photos by KMFD

KMFD responds to fire at abandoned building October 15

By Loretta Cozart

On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12:15 a.m., Kings Mountain Fire Department’s A-shift Station 1 and Station 2 were dispatched to a commercial fire in a vacant building. They arrived to find the building fully engulfed in flames.
Companies were on scene for approximately 4 hours and the fire was fully extinguished. KMFD received automatic aid from Bethlehem VFD and Oak Grove VFD. No injuries were reported, and all units were returned to service.

Christmas Vendor Show at Trackview Hall on November 5

By Loretta Cozart

Trackview Hall announced its second Christmas Vendor Show on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown at 205 S. Battleground Avenue in Kings Mountain. Vendors have a variety of offerings including Christmas crafts, paintings, wood art, custom shirts, tumblers, jewelry, boutique clothes, food, and desserts, among other items. The first 10 adults will receive a $10 gift card for any vendor. There will also be free prize drawings and giveaways.
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Taylor Caldera, owner of Royal T Café, joins in the fun as she prepares coffee for customers. (photos by Loretta Cozart)

Royal T Café holds fall festival

By Loretta Cozart

Last Saturday, October 22, Royal T Café held their first Fall Festival at 405 S. Battleground Avenue in Kings Mountain. The café, owned by Taylor Caldera, opened earlier this year, and had their ribbon cutting ceremony with the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce on June 30. They are located in the former First Citizens Bank building between Farmers Home Furniture and Mr. Tire.
Festival activities included face painting, hayrides, pumpkin painting, making caramel apples, music, and lots of candy being given away at a trunk-or-treat. They even had a bounce house for the children and a costume contest. Families with children streamed in throughout the afternoon to join in the fun.
Regarding the festival, Taylor said, “The event was so good. We are just trying to do some fun things for families at our location. We have several other events planned through the end of the year. We hope to have a carnival around Thanksgiving, and Cookies with Santa before Christmas. Plans are pending. Folks can check our Facebook page for posts as plans are confirmed.”
When asked why she chose the name Royal T Café, Taylor said, “The letters in ‘Royal T’ are in my first name. Taylor is also my mother’s family name. Most people who know me and know my family, think my name is Taylor Taylor. I’m good with that. I’ve made lots of friends here in Kings Mountain over the years, so much so that Kings Mountain now feels like home.”
Taylor grew up in Merced, a small town in northern California, which is much like Kings Mountain. Her grandfather, Al Taylor, lives here and suggested she moved to Kings Mountain to open a business. She studied fashion in college and had a hair salon in Los Angeles before moving to Kings Mountain to open her café.

Scenes from Royal T Café fall festival

Royal T Café held their first Fall Festival at 405 S. Battleground Avenue on Saturday, October 22, 2022.
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Chief Gerald Childress being sworn-in by Mayor Scott Neisler. Photos by Angela Padgett

Childress sworn in
as new police chief

On Friday, October 14, Gerald Childress was sworn in as City of Kings Mountain’s newest Police Chief. Childress and took over KMPD on Monday, August 29. Chief Childress’ wife Marsha pinned on his badge during the ceremony as family, friends, and staff looked on.
Childress served as the Administrative Lieutenant for the Town of Spindale. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Town of Mooresville for two years after a lengthy career with the Mooresville Police Department.
Childress has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Master of Arts in Justice Administration from Methodist University.
A statement from the City of Kings Mountain shared that Chief Childress is excited to join the Kings Mountain Police Department and the Kings Mountain community.
With over 26 years in municipal law and extensive administrative experience, he brings solid leadership to the Kings Mountain team. 

Arson victim identified

Just after 9 a.m. on the morning of October 1, 2022, the Kings Mountain Police Department along with the Kings Mountain Fire Department responded to 1004 Cansler St. in reference to reports of a fire. Upon arrival there was no visible signs of a working fire however, there were significant signs that a file had occurred. Due to the unknown occupancy of the residence, fire personnel made entry to the home and discovered the body of a male victim among the fire debris. Since this discovery, detectives with the Kings Mountain Police Department have sought to find and contacted a relative of the victim to notify them of the death before releasing the victim s name. On Monday October 11,2022 notification was confirmed.
The victim has been identified as Donald James Dougherty, a white male of Kings Mountain, date of birth February 5, 1959. Cause of death is still pending.
If you have information regarding this investigation, please contact the Kings Mountain Police Department at 704-734-0444.
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Woman’s Club announces
fall vendor event

By Loretta Cozart

GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club announced their Fall Vendor Event scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m. at the clubhouse at 108 W. Mountain Street in Kings Mountain.
There are few remaining spots left for vendors. More information can be found at the club’s Facebook page. Just search for GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club to message the club.
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Seven candidates participated in the school board candidates’ forum on October 11. Pictured left to right: Phillip Glover, Coleman Hunt, Ronnie Grigg, Dena Green, Danny Blanton, Aaron Bridges and Meghan Hoppes. Walter Scott Spurling is not pictured due to a previous engagement. Photo by

CC School Board
candidates’ forum

By Loretta Cozart

On Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. on C-19, Cleveland County Board of Education school board candidates participated in a live forum at Cleveland Community College’s studios at the Bailey Center. Andy Dedmon and Mike Philbeck moderated the forum.
Eight candidates are running for four seats during this election cycle, seven of whom participated: Danny Blanton, Aaron Bridges, Phillip Glover, Dena Greene, Ronnie Grigg, Meghan Hoppes, and Coleman Hunt. Walter Scott Spurling was unable to attend.
The questions were developed by a committee representing the forum sponsors and were not available to candidates prior to the event.
Candidates were asked a variety of questions: Questions ranged from their top three priorities for Cleveland County Schools, their support of mandatory masks and remove learning, whether they supported the quarter-cent sales tax, their thoughts on the next top three priorities for CCS, whether they favor partisan elections on even number years, and what if anything should be done to improve the quality of school meals.
A hot button question regarded their position on parental rights regarding critical race theory, LGBTQ+ and appropriate library materials, among other issues. Other questions included the adequacy of school safety and ways to improve, the candidates understanding of what is allowed to be discussed in closed sessions and if the candidate agrees to only discuss that which is lawful in closed session.
Incumbents were asked to name an accomplishment they are most proud of, and challengers where asked what one thing they would like to accomplish in the next four years. The final question was regarding the fact that Cleveland County Schools opened schools nine days prior to that allowed by the state this year. Candidates were asked is this clear violation of NC law a good example to teach the children.
To hear the candidates’ answers to these important questions facing Cleveland County Schools, tune into and scroll to the bottom of the menu and click on the button labeled “Cleveland County Board of Education Candidates Forum.” Repeat telecasts will also air on Spectrum C19 over the following weeks leading up to election day.
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MEET THE SCARECROW as you take a journey to Patriots Park, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 as the City of Kings Mountain turns the park into the merry ole Land of Oz. (Photo provided)

Meet the Scarecrow

Everyone’s favorite brainless scarecrow is on his way to Kings Mountain in a new Wonderful Adventure to Oz.
Who is this scarecrow?
The Scarecrow was Dorothy’s first friend in Oz. Created in a cornfield in Munchkin County, Dorothy stumbled across the Scarecrow as she and her dog Toto were off to the Emerald City to find the Wizard of Oz. Needless to say, she was stunned to meet a talking scarecrow. You don’t see talking scarecrows in Kansas. Regardless of how stunned she was, Dorothy and the Scarecrow became fast friends and they both decided to visit Emerald City together.
The Scarecrow thinks he doesn’t have any brains. He is actually one of the wisest men in all of Oz. The Scarecrow is so smart; the Wizard, upon leaving Oz, names him his successor.
Want to meet the Scarecrow? Take a journey to Patriots Park, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 as the City of Kings Mountain turns the park into the merry ole Land of Oz. Walk down the Yellow Brick Road and visit with, the Scarecrow, Dorothy, and other favorite characters from the classic story, while trick or treating along the way. The Wonderful Adventure to Oz begins each night at 6:00 p.m.
For more information on the Wonderful Adventure to Oz, access the Special Events Department’s website at
There is no place like home in Kings Mountain.
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KMIS cheerleaders with Alicia Barnes. Photo by Scott Neisler

KM featured on Queen City News

By Loretta Cozart

Last week, Carolina’s own Queen City News. WJZY FOX 46, featured Kings Mountain during their 5 p.m. broadcast. Anchor Alicia Barnes kicked off the coverage from Patriots Park, showing footage of the downtown area and introducing more in-depth stories done by reporter Maureen Wurtz. Kings Mountain Middle School’s cheerleaders ended the first segment, throwing the story back to the studio and Brien Blakley cheering, “Back to you Brian!”
Segments included downtown history, Bill Ware and his love of trains, Mayor Neisler sharing info about the city, and Dale Lieser who shares his gift of music at Summit Place.
The next segment began with an introduction and a comment that downtown history is an emotion, a feeling of community that we all strive for in life. It began with images from Patriots Park, Railroad Avenue, and along Mountain Street.
The story featured interviews with several merchants. UnCommon Artisans shop owner Cobb Lahti was interviewed and described her shop saying, “I try to make my little corner of the world as happy as I can.” Iris Hubbard, of 133 West, shared that it is the people of Kings Mountain that make it so special.
One of the most humorous portions of this segment was an interview with Jim Champion who manages the Joy Theater. As luck would have it, during the interview a train passed and Jim handled it in stride, stressing the importance of projection during theatrical challenges such as that. He also chuckled saying that his wife and children often joke with him that he is having an affair with “Joy,” because he spends so much time at the theater.
The segment ended with these words, “Community is what  so   many  people search
for; community is about Joy,” bringing all the interviews full circle.
Other segments included meteorologist Tara Lane giving her weather forecast from the Gateway Trail. The trail was also featured is another segment, and Trail Coordinator Shirley Brutko was interviewed.
Mayor Scott Neisler was interviewed by Alicia Barnes, and he shared how the business community has diversified since the 80s, moving away from our original textile background. He said, “Diversification is the key to Economic Development.” He highlighted Albemarle Lithium’s potential for the city and mentioned special events coming to town throughout October.
  Perhaps the most touching segment was about Dale Lieser, a man who lost his sight when he was just 9 years old. He learned music using Braille and shares that gift with the residents of Summit Place for 45-minutes each month. Dale shared, “I see colors when I hear pitches.” Wurtz concluded that segment saying, his performance is a shared experience that is not seen but felt. Residents at Summit Place are thankful for Dale and for sharing his musical gifts with them.
   Indeed, Kings Mountain is a special, a place, a feeling of community, an emotion, joy shared by many people who call this place home.
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Registration now open for the KM Christmas Parade

It is time to register for the Kings Mountain Christmas Parade, scheduled for December 3, at 3:00 pm in downtown Kings Mountain.
Want to participate? Participants may register online by accessing the “Kings Mountain Christmas” website at  Participants must pay for an entry in the parade at the time of registration. For more information, or assistance with registration, please contact Angela Padgett, Special Events Coordinator at 704-730-2101 or via email at
Over 100 entries are expected. More exciting information concerning this special parade will be available soon. Deadline to register for the parade is November 11.
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Meet Dorothy Gale

She survived a tornado and escaped from a witch’s castle. Now, Dorothy Gale is on her way to Kings Mountain in a new Wonderful Adventure to Oz.
Who is this, Dorothy Gale?
Raised by her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas. Her best friend is a terrier named Toto, who loves to get into mischief. He especially likes to aggravate a mean lady named Elmira Gulch.
Dorothy’s other friends include farmhands, Zeke, Hunk and Hickory. She helps them around the farm as much as she can. She tries to stay away from the pigs.
Dorothy loves to sing. “Over the Rainbow” is her favorite song.
Want to meet Dorothy and Toto? Take a journey to Patriots Park, Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th at 6:00 pm as the City of Kings Mountain turns the park into the merry ole Land of Oz. Walk down the Yellow Brick Road and visit with Dorothy, Toto, and other favorite characters from the classic story, while trick or treating along the way. The Wonderful Adventure to Oz begins each night at 6:00 pm.
For more information on the Wonderful Adventure to Oz, access the Special Events Department’s website at
There is no place like Kings Mountain.
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Shriners ride for children this Saturday

By Loretta Cozart

Come out this Saturday, October 15, for a fun time and support the 3rd Annual White Plains Shrine Club Ride for the Children. Motorcycles, Side by Sides, Classic Cars, even the family minivan, are all welcome.
Registration is at 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 155 on E. Gold Street. Kickstands up at noon. Barbecue will be served after the ride. 50/50 drawings, and more.
Stops include Baggerz, Four Lanes, CityCade, UVA, and back to Post 155. The total route is 101 miles.
Gold sponsors include Butlers Auto Service, Scism and Son Body Shop, Champion Construction, and Carolina Salvage.
Proceeds benefit crippled and burned children at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC. It is a fun time for a great cause.
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Voter registration
deadline is Oct. 14

The voter registration deadline is October 14, for general elections taking place on November 8. After October 14, only same-day registration during one-stop early voting is available. In North Carolina, the civilian voter registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day.
If you miss the registration deadline, you may be eligible to register and vote or make changes to your voter registration, anything other than party affiliation, and vote during the early voting period.
If you’re eligible to register to vote, North Carolina offers two primary ways to register:
• Online or in person at the DMV.
• Use N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) services. Existing DMV customers may submit a voter registration application online. Learn more at Complete Your Registration Online Through the DMV.
• Note: Certain agencies, including the DMV, are required to offer voter registration services. For more information, visit the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) page.
• By mail.
• Fill out the English N.C. Voter Registration Application (fillable PDF) or the Spanish N.C. Voter Registration Application (fillable PDF) and submit it by mail. Learn more at Complete Your Registration by Mail.
•  Note: The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows certain voters an expedited means to register and vote by mail-in ballot.
   You can check our registration online by visiting:

SBI investigating arson death on Cansler Street

Just after 9 a.m. on the morning of October 1, Kings Mountain Police Department along with the Kings Mountain Fire Department responded to 1004 Cansler St. in reference to reports of a fire.
Upon arrival there was no visible signs of a working fire however, there were significant signs that a fire had occurred. Due to the unknown occupancy of the residence, fire personnel made entry to the home and discovered the body of a male victim among the fire debris. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has been contacted and Agents are currently on the scene assisting the Kings Mountain Police Department in this investigation. The name of the victim was not released.
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The Wonderful Adventure to Oz will be held on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 6 p.m.

Patriots Park will turn into magical Land of Oz

In celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the theatrical release of the Wizard of Oz, on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m., the City of Kings Mountain will transform Patriots Park, in downtown Kings Mountain, to the magical Land of Oz as the City hosts The Wonderful Adventure to Oz.
Journey down the Yellow Brick Road while meeting your favorite oz characters and trick or treating along the way. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets! An outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz will begin at 6:30 pm each evening.
October 29th, Liberty Falls Amphitheatre will turn into the Emerald City as the Band of Oz takes the stage at 6:30 pm as well. Admission is free.
There will be candy, costumecontests, photo opportunities and more! There is no place like Halloween in Kings Mountain.
For more information, call the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com/adventure-to-oz.
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Rebecca Hinson, center, cuts the ribbon for the first home completed in Kings Mountain by her company, Skyeline Construction, LLC. She is joined by local dignitaries from the area. Photo provided

Skyeline Construction
ribbon cutting

By Loretta Cozart

On Tuesday, September 20, at 12:30 p.m., Rebecca Hinson, owner, and CEO of Skyeline Construction LLC, was joined by the Cleveland County Chamber and local dignitaries for her company’s ribbon cutting for their first home built in Kings Mountain at 707 West Mountain Street.
The 1,600 sq. ft. three-bedroom two bath home is in in-fill project in the West End Historic District where new construction is rare, and most homes were built between 1882 and 1955.
Rebecca is a native of Kings Mountain and graduated from Kings Mountain High School. She brings 15-years of executive leadership in the real estate industry to her business.
Rebecca is the daughter of James and Vanilla Hinson, and the granddaughter of Mary and John Parker of Kings Mountain.
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January Costa with Kim Ware, the $10k Grand Prize winner. See more photos on page 4A and 5A. Photos by Amy Logeman

KM Historical Museum fundraiser a success

By Loretta Cozart

Boyce Memorial ARP Church pumpkin patch is finally open after two years of COVID. The pumpkins arrived last Saturday at the church. Members off-loaded the pumpkins and placed them on the lawn of the church.
The pumpkin patch is open Monday through Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feel free to drop by for a visit and choose your pumpkin, perfect for fall decorations.
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The church pumpkin patch is being readied for the children of KM to choose their perfect pumpkin. See page 3A for additional photo. Photo by Susan Goforth

Boyce Memorial ARP Church pumpkin patch now open

By Loretta Cozart

Boyce Memorial ARP Church pumpkin patch is finally open after two years of COVID. The pumpkins arrived last Saturday at the church. Members off-loaded the pumpkins and placed them on the lawn of the church.
The pumpkin patch is open Monday through Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feel free to drop by for a visit and choose your pumpkin, perfect for fall decorations.

Testa Family Hospice House currently closed due to staffing

By Loretta Cozart

The Testa Family Hospice House is temporarily closed due to staffing challenges resulting from nursing vacancies, several staff members with health-related issues, and continuing occasional COVID disruptions as new variants impact the community.
According to Hospice Cleveland County President Myra McGinnis, “We have enough staff for one hospice house but not for two. Wendover Hospice House in Shelby has more patient rooms and is more highly utilized. For these reasons it’s the location that remains open. All Testa staff members are currently working at Wendover, so employees have not been impacted by the closure.”
“We are actively recruiting registered nurses for the vacant positions,” McGinnis continued. “The nursing shortage is real, but we offer excellent pay and benefits and continue to be an employer of choice. We are confident that the vacant nursing positions will be filled soon. Anyone who is interested in applying should go to our website for additional information.”
Testa Hospice House is an important community resource, and Hospice Cleveland County intends to re-open just as soon as they are fully staffed.