New laws protect visitation rights for
nursing home residents and Clergy

Two new laws in North Carolina will protect visitation and religious rights for patients and long-term care residents during emergencies, like the COVID-19 pandemic.
House Bill 351, known as “Clifford’s Law,” ensures nursing home and long-term care residents are allowed a visitor at least twice per month during declared disasters and emergencies. It is named for long-term nursing home resident Clifford Jernigan. His sister, who has visited him each week for 40 years, lost her visitation privileges due to COVID-19 restrictions. Clifford’s mental and physical health saw a severe decline because of the lack of visitation and socialization that he received during the pandemic.
“We have all heard the stories or experienced loved ones in long-term care who have suffered immensely due to isolation because of COVID-19 visitation restrictions,” said Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin), who is the primary sponsor of House Bill 351. “Clifford’s Law will ensure families have access to their loved ones, which is vital to the mental health and well-being of long-term care residents.”
House Bill 447, known as “Jeff Rieg Law,” guarantees the right of patients to have a clergy member visit them in the hospital. It is named after Jeff Rieg, who spent his final days in a Greenville hospital after being hit by a car. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, his family and pastor were restricted from visiting him. After Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort) got involved, the hospital ultimately allowed the family and a pastor to visit him before he died.
“This is a significant and meaningful piece of legislation that upholds the religious freedoms and liberties of North Carolinians,” said Rep. Kidwell, who is the primary sponsor of House Bill 447. “I am so sorry that the Rieg family had to suffer through this, but I hope it is a comfort to know that Jeff was the inspiration for making this law happen.”
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Two events cancelled due to an increase in COVID-19 cases

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, City of Kings Mountain has cancelled the last Cruise-in and Car show of the season featuring Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience and October’s Wonderful Adventure to Oz.
 “Out of an abundance of caution, and to help slow the transmission of COVID-19, we made this difficult decision to cancel two events. We hope our Coronavirus numbers drop as a result and we will monitor the situation regarding our Christmas Events,” said Kings Mountain Mayor Scott Neisler.
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City Council unanimously approved the logo design from several presented by marketing agency NP Strategy. Photo provided by KM Main Street Program

New KM logo unveiled for the downtown district

By Christy Adkins,
Main Street Coordinator

The Kings Mountain Main Street Program is accredited through the state of NC Main Street and the National Main Street Programs. The goal of the program is to help the city create a more inviting and beautiful downtown area for the citizens and visitors to enjoy. The program is a public-private partnership between the city and volunteers from the residents of Kings Mountain.
Some of the projects the program is working on are helping to design streetscape elements, promotion, and marketing of the downtown businesses, creating training and a platform to help businesses maintain an online presence, and facilitating communication between city residents and city management, to receive more input and ideas that will make Downtown Kings Mountain even better than it is.
The Kings Mountain Main Street Advisory Board just completed work on a new logo. There were several goals for the new logo
 design: to visually complement the City of Kings Mountain logo; to reflect the growth and vibrancy of downtown Kings Mountain; and to present  the Downtown District as a great place to eat, shop, and discover the arts.
The Main Street Advisory Board worked with a marketing agency, NP Strategy, on the logo redesign project. The agency created multiple strong design concepts, and the Advisory Board recognized a unique opportunity in the selected logo design. The triangular shapes within the logo contain icons that represent a wide range of downtown activities. The Advisory Board plans to use the triangle design element in other creative ways, outside of the logo, such as signage and promotional materials. The boldly colored triangle shapes will serve as a wonderful visual guide that allows visitors to explore and appreciate downtown Kings Mountain.
If you have great ideas and are interested in volunteering on the Kings Mountain Main Street Program, please contact Christy Adkins at 704-730-2197 or send an email to christy.adkins@cityofkm.com
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GOVERNOR COOPER

Cooper vetoes bills targeting
public school indoctrination, rioting

by MITCH KOKAI
Carolina Journal


Gov. Roy Cooper has pulled out his veto stamp again to reject bills dealing with public school indoctrination and penalties for rioting. Cooper now has vetoed 10 bills this year and 63 bills since becoming governor in 2017.
House Bill 324, Ensuring Dignity and Nondiscrimination in Schools, was designed to prevent schools from forcing students to adopt certain controversial beliefs. Supporters and opponents alike linked some of those beliefs to the controversial Critical Race Theory.
“The legislature should be focused on supporting teachers, helping students recover lost learning, and investing in our public schools,” Cooper said in his veto message. “Instead, this bill pushes calculated, conspiracy-laden politics into public education.”
Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, led the push for the final version of H.B. 324. “It’s perplexing that Gov. Cooper would veto a bill that affirms the public school system’s role to teach students the full truth about our state’s sometimes ugly past,” Berger said in a prepared statement. “His invented excuse is so plainly refuted by the text of the bill that I question whether he even read it.”
“More broadly, Democrats’ choice to oppose a bill saying schools can’t force kids to believe one race is superior to another really shows how far off the rails the mainstream Democratic Party has gone,” Berger added.
The idea that members of one race or sex are superior to another is one of 13 concepts targeted in H.B. 324. The bill would ban schools from promoting those concepts, with “promotion” defined as forcing students or staff to endorse those concepts.
House Bill 805, Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder, aimed to step up penalties for people who commit violent acts during protests.
“People who commit crimes during riots and at other times should be prosecuted and our laws provide for that, but this legislation is unnecessary and is intended to intimidate and deter people from exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully protest,” Cooper said in his veto message.
Berger’s counterpart in the state House, Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, led the push for H.B. 805. His support for the measure included a rare speech from the floor of the House chamber.
Both vetoed bills passed on party-line votes. The Senate approved H.B. 324 with a 25-17 vote, while the House approved it, 61-41. Every “yes” vote came from a Republican, every “no” vote from a Democrat.
The Senate approved H.B. 805 with a 25-19 vote, while the House approved it, 63-41. Two House Democrats joined Republicans to support the measure. Every Senate Democrat voted no.
Republicans don’t have enough votes in either the House or Senate to override one of Cooper's vetos by themselves. If every member of the legislative chamber is present and voting, Republicans need support from three House Democrats and two Democratic senators to meet a three-fifths, or 60 percent, threshold. That’s the minimum support needed to overcome the governor's objections.
State legislators haven’t voted successfully to override a Cooper veto since December 2018. Cooper has issued 35 vetoes since 2019 after Republicans lost veto-proof supermajority control of the state House and Senate in the 2018 elections. So far, Republican lawmakers have not secured enough Democratic support to set aside any vetoes from the past three years.
Along with the two vetoes, Cooper also signed nine bills into law Friday.
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Superior Court
blocks Voter ID Law
in new ruling

Friday, a three-judge panel blocked North Carolina’s voter ID law, which 56% of North Carolina voters supported in a ballot measure in 2018.
Sam Hayes, General Counsel for North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, said, “Once again, liberal judges have defied the will of North Carolinians on election integrity. Voters of this state have repeatedly supported a voter ID requirement – going so far as to enshrine it in our state constitution. Senate Bill 824 is one of the most generous in the country, and it was modeled on those of other states. At trial, Plaintiffs could not produce a single witness who would be unable to vote because of the law.”
He continued, “In his dissent, Judge Poovey noted that “[n]ot one scintilla of evidence was introduced during this trial that any legislator acted with racially discriminatory intent.” In fact, the bill was co-sponsored by African-American State Senator Joel Ford. This fight is far from over. We look forward to appealing this partisan ruling on behalf of the people of North Carolina.”
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Cleveland County Schools continue mask mandate

Cleveland County Schools will continue requiring students and staff to wear face masks in schools during instruction time. Exemptions are allowed for medical, behavioral, and religious reasons.
The school board voted on Monday 5-3 to continue requiring masks to combat Coronavirus in schools. Robert Queen, Danny Blanton, Ron Humphries, Joel Shores, and Greg Taylor voted to continue the mask policy.
Under a new state law, every school board across North Carolina is required to hold a public vote every month on their policies regarding wearing masks at school, regardless of whether officials plan to change the policy.

Scenes from Kings Mountain 9/11

The City of Kings Mountain honored the military and first responders on Saturday, September 11 during the LIVE at
Patriots Park Concert Series featuring On The Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute and the CAT 5 Band. The crowd enjoyed dancing and music.. 

Photos by SuggsFam Photography
 
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PRESIDENT BIDEN

President Biden’s path out
of the Pandemic Action Plan

By Loretta Cozart

President Biden signed two executive orders on Friday, with sweeping rules to requiring federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. One might infer from their titles, “Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors” and “Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees,” that these executive orders only apply to federal employees, but that isn’t the case.
These new executive orders also impact many citizens who do not work in federal agencies. The orders require that private employers with 100 or more workers will have to require them to be vaccinated or tested weekly. Employers must provide paid time off for vaccination. In addition, about 17 million health care workers in hospitals, clinics and other facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must get vaccinated. Some 300,000 employees of Head Start early childhood education and other federal education programs must get vaccinated.
President Biden said, “The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force), established by Executive Order 13991 of January 20, 2021 (Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing), has issued important guidance to protect the Federal workforce and individuals interacting with the Federal workforce.  Agencies have also taken important actions, including in some cases requiring COVID-19 vaccination for members of their workforce,”
“Accordingly, building on these actions, and in light of the public health guidance regarding the most effective and necessary defenses against COVID-19, I have determined that to promote the health and safety of the Federal workforce and the efficiency of the civil service, it is necessary to require COVID-19 vaccination for all Federal employees, subject to such exceptions as required by law.”
The president also committed the federal government to follow through with money for widespread testing in schools.
Biden also urged governors to require vaccination for school district employees. He also urged stadiums, concert halls and other venues for large events are urged to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
Booster shots for COVID-19 require FDA approval, which has not yet occurred. Until that time, Federal agencies will lay the groundwork for a smooth booster shot campaign as early as Sep. 20, or when the Food and Drug Administration approves them.
Be aware that mask requirements will continue for interstate travel and in federal buildings. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will double fines on airline, train, and other travelers who refuse to wear a mask.
Free COVID-19 testing will be expanded to 10,000 pharmacies and Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger will offer at-home COVID-19 tests at cost, about a 35% savings for consumers.
Militarily, the Pentagon will double military medical teams helping local hospitals overwhelmed with virus patients. To assist with those who contract COVID and are not vaccinated, Federal agencies will boost shipments of a COVID-19 treatment known as monoclonal antibodies by 50%. Medical teams will be dispatched to help administer the treatments.
   To assist small businesses, the top loan amounts for PPP loans will be increased to $2 million from $500,000 currently.
   OneDigital, a national health and benefits provider for corporations advises, “Employers should expect further clarification of these rules as regulations and guidelines are issued in the coming weeks, including effective dates and documentation guidance. It is unclear whether anticipated legal challenges will be successful and alter implementation. In the meantime, applicable employers should prepare to comply with the new rules and continue looking for updates on this emerging issue.”
   Regarding mandatory vaccination of Federal Employees, President Biden said, “The Task Force shall issue guidance within seven days of the date of this order on agency implementation of this requirement for all agencies covered by this order.” With that in mind, further instructions should be shared by September 17.
   On September 1, in accordance with North Carolina Executive Order 224, state cabinet agencies started requiring state employees to verify that they have been vaccinated, with consequences of weekly testing and required masking for not doing so.
   The Order authorizes and directs State Health Director, Dr. Betsey Tilson, to issue a statewide standing order to expand access to monoclonal antibody treatment, which if taken early can decrease the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Administrations of monoclonal antibody increased 73 percent during the last week of August as compared to the week prior.
   Governor Cooper said, "We know that keeping kids learning in the classroom is the most important thing for our students right now. Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public indoor settings, and following the science is what we need to do. The faster we put this pandemic behind us, the sooner we can all rest easy and stay healthy."
   In the meantime, many Republican governors have vowed to push back on mandatory vaccinations. In a Twitter Statement, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas called the actions an “assault on private businesses,” and he issued an executive order protecting Texans’ right to choose to be vaccinated. “Texas is already working to halt this power grab,” he wrote.

More public hearings scheduled for September
City Council approves
rezoning and annexations

By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain City Council met on Tuesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. in council chambers at city hall. Council members approved the following items brought before them in the consent agenda:
Adopted a Resolution amending the Downtown Development Incentives Grant Policy as follows:
• Increase the maximum amount for the sign grant for the City of Kings Mountain downtown grant from $750 to $1,000.
• Increase the maximum amount for the Customer Inducement grant for the City of Kings Mountain from $1,000 to $1,500.
Add language to include a requirement for proof of commercial property insurance which verifies coverage of the property for full replacement value for properties that are considered for grants. (This was approved at the June 29, 2021, Regular Meeting to be included on the grant applications. This action would add the same language to the policy.)
Two Public Hearings were scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to consider:
• An application from Century Communities Southeast LLC (Owner KM Acquisition Q02B1, LLC) to rezone property identified as 198 Dixon School Road, being further identified as Parcel No. 11683, Tax Map 4-42, Block 1, Lot 20, and consisting of 12.863 acres from Suburban Residential (SR) (formerly  R-10 Residential)  to Semi Urban Residential (SU).
• An application from R.D. Harrell Company to rezone property off Kings Mountain Boulevard, being further identified as Parcel No. 11912, Tax Map 4-51, Block 1, Lot 11, and consisting of 29.57 acres from Residential Office (RO) to Conditional District RS-6. The conditional district rezoning requires that the petitioner have community meetings independent of the required Public Hearing. The October Public Hearing date will allow for this requirement to be completed.
The city also adopted Resolutions, pursuant to NC Genera Statutes, directing the City Clerk to investigate the sufficiency for a petition for a voluntary noncontiguous annexation from a property owner requesting voluntary annexation of two properties:
• KM Acquisition QOZB1, LLC for property Page 15 Page 42 Page 49 Page 62 Page 84 identified as Cleveland County Tax Map 4-42, Block 1, Lot 20, PIN 2593198869, Parcel No. 11683, consisting of 12.863 acres, more or less– Case No. VA-19-8-21A.
• KM Acquisition QOZB1, LLC for property identified as Cleveland County Tax Map 4-81, Block 1, Lot 15, PIN 2594301236, Parcel No. 71267, consisting of 57.633 acres, more or less– Case No. VA-19-8-21B.
   The last item under the Consent Agenda appointed Margo Plonk on the Mauney Memorial Library Board of Trustees to fill a vacant seat - term expiring 6/30/2024.
Public Hearings were held to consider three items.
The first request was to close a portion of James Street which lies between Grace Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad right of way. The portion discussed was a street on paper, but it had never been paved or used as a street.
   The second request was to consider voluntary annexation by Kenneth F. Davis and Amy C. Davis, for property located on or about 155 Patterson Road, being further identified as Parcel No. 12139, Tax Map 4-59, Block 1, Lot 11U, and consisting of approximately 29.88 acres.
   The third request was from Prestige Corporate Development, LLC (Brinkley Properties of KM, LLC, Owner) to rezone property located at 1017 Phifer Road, 1025 Phifer Road, and 1027 Phifer Road, consisting of 52.95 acres being further known as Parcels 11916, 57168, 57167, 11919, 11920 and 11921 from then Residential R-10, now Suburban Residential (SR) to Semi Urban Residential (SU) Case No. Z-23-6-21.
   After closing the Public Hearing, city council voted on all three items.
   The motion to close a portion of James Street was made by Councilman David Allen and the vote was unanimous.
   Regarding the request by Kenneth F. Davis and Amy C. Davis, to annex property located on or about 155 Patterson Road, the motion was made by Councilman Jay Rhodes and the vote was unanimous.
   A motion was made by Councilman Dave Allen in favor of a request from Prestige Corporate Development, LLC (Brinkley Properties, LLC, Owner) for property located at 1017 Phifer Road, 1025 Phifer Road, and 1027 Phifer Road, consisting of 52.95 acres to be rezoned from Suburban Residential (SR) to Semi Urban Residential (SU). The vote was unanimous.
   Councilman Mike Butler made the motion to adopt an Ordinance amending the zoning map of the City of Kings Mountain, NC to rezone Prestige Corporate Development, LLC’s property to Semi Urban Residential (SU). The vote was unanimous.
   City of Kings Mountain had received an offer of $4,500 for 1.33 acres of property located on Phifer Road by Earthfall Production, Inc. However, the appraisal came back higher than the offer. After discussions with Earthfall Productions, Inc., the city learned they were open to negotiation. Councilman Jay Rhodes made the motion to reject the bid of $4,500 and negotiate the sale price with Tom Bennett of Earthfall Productions, Inc. This places the parcel back into the upset bid process. Council will discuss again at their October meeting.
   Jean Wyte, Billing Director for the City of Kings Mountain discussed a proposed change to the Utility Billing Policy regarding commercial garbage collections. According to Wyte, approximately seven commercial businesses are in arrears on their dumpster payments. Some businesses use a third-party vendor and have accumulated a balance. The proposed change in verbiage gives the city the ability to act against those businesses that have outstanding balances. Councilman Jay Rhodes recommended reaching out to the businesses before removing their dumpsters, to make sure they are aware of the situation and to give them the opportunity to pay. Councilman Mike Butler made the motion to approve the proposed change to the utility billing policy and the vote was unanimous.
   City Council went into a closed session to discuss a personnel matter and an economic development project, but no action was taken on either, so the meeting adjourned.
Equus partners site
This photo, taken on a Saturday morning, shows that the project is being constructed in earnest with every intention of it being used for manufacturing or a distribution center.

Signs of change around town

By Loretta Cozart

Last weekend, a drive around Kings Mountain showed signs of changes coming to the community.
McGill’s Esso/Exxon Station: For a year, citizens have eagerly awaited the reclamation of McGill’s Esso/Exxon Station at the corner of Piedmont and King Street. After years of disuse, the property had fallen into disrepair and had begun to deteriorate.
Kiamesha Young bought the property, anticipating putting her real estate office there when work was done. After a slow start, progress is moving along, and the crumbling corner of the building has been repaired. White paint has made a big difference and daily work on the project has made good progress toward completion.
The Imperial Mercantile and Lofts: For years, Friendly Pool Hall occupied what had once been the Imperial Theater. A year or so ago, David Stone purchased the building and began plans for shops downstairs and lofts above. The recent addition of signage announces the Imperial Mercantile coming soon. A separate sign announces seven studios and one
loft. The signage harkens back   to   the    period   in  which the theater was built and reminds us of the history of the building.
Benestar Brands: This international snack food manufacturing plant is being built on Industrial Drive in Kings Mountain. The company will create 129 new jobs and signage says it will open in the fall of 2021.
Equus Partners: This a spec shell building of 300,000 square feet continues construction on Woodlake Parkway. Earlier this year, city council voted to approve a developer agreement to construct the 300,000 sq. ft. shell building and provide financial incentives.
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The scene at Kings Mountain Fire Station Number 1. (Photo by Loretta Cozart)

KM remembers Patriot Day, 9/11

On Saturday, September 11 at 10 a.m., Kings Mountain gathered at KM Fire Department Number 1 to remember all those who died during the attacks on America in 2001, along with those who have died since during wartime and from health conditions acquired because of the rescue efforts. Representatives from the American Legion Riders attended to represent America’s military and all veterans who have served throughout the last two decades.
Fire Chief Thomas (Tommy) Harmon welcomed those in attendance and reviewed the events of that morning 20-years ago. The Invocation was delivered by Fire Chaplain James Wasemen.
KM Police Chief Lisa Proctor lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance as all stood and faced the flag.
Opening remarks were given by Mayor Scott Neisler who noted that many in attendance were not alive during that event, especially members of Kings Review and even some of the firemen.
Sarah Fulton and Kings Review from Kings Mountain High School sang two beautiful songs before the keynote speaker shared his story.
The keynote speaker Jim Rochford and his wife moved to Kings Mountain after the couple retired and brought their family here. Both he and his wife served that day and Jim shared some of their story. “The children, they don’t really know a lot. Those are things my wife and I don’t want to talk about. I was one of the lucky ones, I didn’t get sick. But even the guys who did get sick said, ‘Knowing what I know, I’d go back if it happened again today.’ That tells you what kind of people these first responders were. We moved here from Long Island, because during 9/11, if you were on the island, you were stuck. They closed the bridges and people couldn’t leave. I didn’t want that for my family. We came here to visit, and  we fell in love with it. So, I moved here and I’m not leaving. I’m a damn Yankee!”
Assistant Chief Josh Wall offered closing remarks and Capt. James Black tolled the bell. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal. That signal was five measured dashes, then a pause, then five measured dashes, and another pause, then five measured dashes. This became universally known at Tolling of the Bells.
Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001, to proclaim a “National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.” Each year, the city holds a memorial service as a remembrance of the nearly 3,000 lives lost during those attacks in New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, PA. Especially remembered are the first responders who selflessly gave their lives that day, and our service men and women who have sacrificed for the war on terror.
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CAT5 Band

LIVE at Patriots Park Concert Series
City of KM to salute Military,
First Responders Sept. 11th

Concert to feature
On The Border:
The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band
with Opening Act, CAT5 Band 


September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a series of attacks on America that began the morning of September 11, 2001. To commemorate the incredible heroics of that fateful day, the City of Kings Mountain will honor the military and first responders on Saturday, September 11 during the LIVE at Patriots Park Concert Series featuring On The Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute and the CAT 5 Band. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm.
Men and women, who serve or have served in the military or as a first responder, are encouraged to attend and bring their families to this special event.
A Cruise-In, also hosted by the City of Kings Mountain, will begin at 5:00 pm. Agencies all over Cleveland County are encouraged to bring a service vehicle to the Cruise-In. To register, contact the Special Events Department at 704-730-2101.
This year, September 11 is sure to be a memorable Saturday night in Kings Mountain. Please come and salute all of our community heroes.
Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue. 
For more information on the Concert or Cruise-In, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents. 
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ON THE BORDER: THE ULTIMATE EAGLES TRIBUTE

On the Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute to Perform at Patriots Park

​​​​​Band will
take the stage
Saturday, Sept. 11 


The City of Kings Mountain welcomes On The Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute to Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre, Saturday September 11. The show, presented by Gutter Guys, Inc. and Butler’s Outdoor Designs, LLC is the fourth show in the LIVE at Patriots Park Concert Series.
Based out of Charlotte, On The Border will perform songs from every decade of the Eagles 40 + year catalog from Desperado to everyone’s favorite Hotel California, while including some of Don Henley and Glenn Frey’s solo hits such as Boys of Summer and The Heat is On.
On The Border is comprised of some of Charlotte, North Carolina’s most talented players. Since 2010, the band has built a reputation as the most authentic Eagles tribute band in the world. On The Border has played some of the hottest venues in the Southeast including The Fillmore in Charlotte and the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. Now they can add Liberty Falls Amphitheatre to the list.
One of the band’s biggest fans is Jack Blades of Night Ranger. “I have heard numerous tribute bands in my day,” said Blades. “I have heard no other band, who can synchronize the harmonies of Glenn Frey and Don Henley, better than On the Border.”
Carolina Beach Music Association Award winner CAT5 Band opens the show at 6:00 PM with CAMMY award winning DJ Eric Bowman hosting. On the Border will follow at 8:00 PM.
A Cruise-In, also hosted by the City of Kings Mountain, will begin at 5:00 pm. Want to participate? All makes and models are welcome. Hendrick Motorsports’ stable of cars will cruise-in at 5:00pm. Don’t forget your camera.
The City of Kings Mountain invites all Military and First Responders to the event as we honor our community heroes on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Food trucks, concessions and beverages will be available as well. Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue.
Whether you are taking it easy or taking it to the limit, you don’t want to miss September 11th in downtown Kings Mountain.
For more information on the Concert Series or Cruise-In, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.

NASCAR comes to Patriots Park

NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports is sending its stable of Cup Series stock cars to Kings Mountain September 11, as a part of the LIVE at Patriots Park Cruise-In.
Look for Kyle Larson’s #5 HendrickCars.Com Chevrolet, Chase Elliot’s #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, William Byron’s #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Alex Bowman’s #48 Alley Financial Chevrolet on West Gold Street beginning at 5:00 pm.
Founded in 1984 by Charlotte businessman Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports is NASCAR’s most successful race team with 274 NASCAR Cup Series wins and 13 NASCAR Cup Series championships. Driver Kyle Larson recently won the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
For more information on the Concert Series or Cruise-In, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents. For more information on Hendrick Motorsports visit their website at www.hendrickmotorsports.com
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The LIVE at Patriots Park Cruise-In is back!

Cruise-In will
coincide with the
concert scheduled
on Sept. 11, 2021


Some very cool rides and very special surprises are heading to Downtown Kings Mountain as the City of Kings Mountain once again hosts the Live at Patriots Park Cruise-In, Saturday, September 11, 2021.
To honor our Military, Police, Fire and EMS on this significant date, the City of Kings Mountain invites agencies across the county to attend the Cruise-In to show their service vehicles. Local car enthusiasts will fill the streets in the Downtown as well with their favorite street or stock cars, trucks and motorcycles. NASCAR visits Kings Mountain as Hendrick Motorsports brings its stable of stock cars to Patriots Park. Look for Kyle Larson’s #5 car, Chase Elliott’s #9 car, William Byron’s #24 car and Alex Bowman’s #48 during the cruise-in. Don’t forget your camera. The Cruise-In, will coincide with the On the Border Ultimate Eagles Tribute Concert scheduled on the same day. Roads impacted during the events will be Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets.
The cruise-in will begin at 5:00 pm.
With live music, cool rides and great food, you do not want to miss this event!
Want to participate in the Cruise-In? All makes and model are welcome!
For more information on the Cruise-In or Concert Series, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
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Heavy traffic heading to Downtown Kings Mountain

Shuttle Service to be offered to Concert/Cruise-In goers
September 11th, 2021


Heavy traffic is expected in Downtown Kings Mountain, Saturday, September 11, 2021 as the City of Kings Mountain hosts the fourth concert and cruise-in of the summer at Patriots Park.
Roads impacted during the events will be Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets. As a result, the City is offering Shuttle Pick-Up and Drop-Off at the following locations:
First Baptist Church located at 605 West King Street, Kings Mountain
Patrick Senior Center located at 909 East Kings Street, Kings Mountain
Shuttle service will begin at 4:00 PM and end at 11:00 PM.
The City urges patrons to use the shuttle services as parking will be scarce in the downtown.
Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling through Downtown Kings Mountain due to the increase in motor vehicles and pedestrians. Please plan to travel different roads if you are impacted by road closures.
For more information on the Concert Series or Cruise-In, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
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GOVERNOR COOPER

Governor signs Executive Order

Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order to make it easier for North Carolinians to access treatment for COVID-19. The Executive Order authorizes and directs State Health Director, Dr. Betsey Tilson, to issue a statewide standing order to expand access to monoclonal antibody treatment, which if taken early can decrease the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. The Order will be in effect through November 30, 2021.
“Expanding access to monoclonal antibody therapy will help more patients across the state get this highly effective COVID-19 treatment,” said Governor Cooper. “In addition to getting more people vaccinated, we need to do all we can to save the lives of people who become infected.”
The Governor has previously directed, and affirmed the State Health Director’s authority to direct, the issuance of statewide standing orders to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts, most recently in Executive Order No. 229.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“NCDHHS”) reports that while they have seen an increase in the number of providers who are administering monoclonal antibody treatment, there is still limited capacity to administer this medication among the state’s primary care providers and providers not associated with a health system. A statewide standing order for monoclonal antibody treatment will make it easier for people with COVID-19 symptoms, particularly those with less access to a regular health care provider, to get this potentially life-saving treatment. Under the order, treatment could be provided in a medical supervised community setting, such as part of COVID-19 testing sites.
“We want to do everything possible to help
people recover from COVID  and keep them out of the hospital,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “Get tested right away if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Treatment for COVID must be given within 10 days of symptoms starting and before someone becomes sick enough to need the hospital."
While vaccines provide the best protection from COVID-19, treatment options such as Monoclonal Antibodies are available if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days or less or have been exposed to COVID-19. If taken early, they can reduce the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Ask your doctor about Monoclonal Antibodies or call the Combat COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Call Center at 1-877-332-6585 (English) or 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish).
Monoclonal antibodies are proteins made in a laboratory to fight infections, in this case, the virus that causes COVID-19, and are given to patients directly with an IV infusion or a shot. Some early evidence suggests this treatment can reduce the amount of the virus, or viral load, that causes COVID-19 in a person's body. Having a lower viral load may reduce the severity of symptoms and decrease the likelihood of hospitalization. The Order received concurrence from the Council of State.
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Catawba Two Kings Casino seeing success

 Special to the Herald 

Since the Catawba Two Kings Casino opened the doors of its pre-launch facility on July 1, guests have been enjoying a thrilling, new gaming destination 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The casino has been a dream of the Catawba Nation for a decade, and even though it’s not quite complete, there is still a lot to celebrate during the first weeks of the pre-launch facility’s opening.
Throughout the first weeks of its opening, the Catawba Two Kings Casino has seen over 100,000 guests come through the front doors. With over 500 slot machines to choose from, guests can win big and have fun. There have been dozens of jackpots won since the casino’s opening, including several $10,000 cashouts and even one guest going home with a $75,000 jackpot! Popular games like Panda Magic and Golden Century seem to be crowd favorites for casino guests.
The Community and Business Impact of the Casino. The Catawba Two Kings Casino has had a positive impact on the community. Kings Mountain officials have commented that since its opening, the casino has brought in more crowds and revenue for local businesses, including shops and restaurants. The casino is also participating as a sponsor for Kings Mountain city events and activities, helping draw in more attendees from other areas. Kings Mountain mayor Scott Neisler commented, “They have really shown they want to be a part of the community in a positive way.”
It’s not just the area of Kings Mountain that is seeing positive trends since the opening of the casino. Trent Troxel, vice president of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority and Catawba Nation citizen, explained “The opportunities are endless for the next generation.” Mike Ulizio, president of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority commented, “The casino will help increase resources available for the Catawba Nation to improve their quality of life.”
In addition to adding an entertaining, profitable attraction to the area, the Catawba Two Kings Casino is responsible for providing jobs to 235 employees thus far. In April 2020, the Catawba Nation’s unemployment rate was 13.8 percent. However, this number is predicted to shrink as the growing Catawba Two Kings Casino creates jobs for Catawba citizens, as well as the Kings Mountain community. Ninety of the 235 employees are Kings Mountain residents, and 34 are Catawba Citizens.
   What to know before you go. If you’ve yet to visit the Catawba Two Kings Casino, but you’re ready to stop in - here’s a list of tips that can help prepare you to have the best experience possible.
Get directions. The casino is located at 538 Kings Mountain Blvd. Kings Mountain, North Carolina, 28086 - less than 40 miles west of Charlotte. Use Exit 5 on I-85, turn right onto Dixon School Road, and continue onto Kings Mountain Blvd. The casino is not far from Exit 5.
Sign up for the Lucky North Club. One of the best ways to enjoy the Catawba Two Kings Casino and all it has to offer is by signing up for the Lucky North Club before your visit. This rewards and loyalty program offers benefits to its card holders. Using the Lucky North Club Card is the easiest way to enjoy the gaming experience.
While you’re there. Don’t forget to take your ID with you! Guests are required to show ID for all large jackpot payouts. If you forgot to bring cash with you, ATMs are available. If you work up an appetite during your gameplay, there is a limited food and beverage menu available for guests. As of now, no alcohol is available for purchase.
Plan to visit in the afternoon. According to Mike Ulizio, president of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority, "The casino certainly sees larger crowds during the day but is attracting a good number of players during the night and early morning." If you’re looking to avoid the crowds due to social distancing or just to prevent waiting for a certain machine, consider visiting in the afternoon. Times for specific promotions vary, and guests should sign up for emails through the Lucky North Club to learn more about them.
Stay safe while you play. The Catawba Two Kings Casino is practicing safety procedures and protocols to best protect guests and employees from COVID-19. All employees are required to wear a mask, and guests are encouraged to wear one as well. Disposable masks are available for guests when they enter the casino. “We have worked with Cintas to provide proper cleaning materials to sanitize the facility,” Mike Ulizio explains.
The future is bright for Catawba Two Kings Casino. Even in just the first weeks of its opening, the Catawba Two Kings Casino is transforming the community around it for the better and is evolving into a major entertainment attraction. The city of Kings Mountain and the Catawba Nation have seen positive changes in their businesses, employment rates, and tourism.
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WWII veteran George Melton, center, was honored at a recent meeting of Fairview Masonic Lodge No. 339. Pictured, front row, L – R: Rocky Smith, Eric Yarbro, Jim Medlin, George Melton, Larry Stone, James Dellinger, and Johnnie Hutchins. Second row, L-R: Daniel Wooten, Eddie Bridges, Johnnie Hardin, Raymond Treadway, Max Brooks, Rodney Paulson, Tony Wells, and Rick Moore. Third row, L-R: Darvin Chastain, Tam Wright, Jeff Ward, John Murphey, Ronnie James, and Aubrey Livsie. See more photos on page 2A of this week's KM Herald (September 1, 2021)

Fairview Masonic Lodge events

By Jim Medlin

On August 9, the Kings Mountain Vietnam Veterans retired an old flag and dedicated a new flag for Fairview Masonic Lodge No. 339. Rodney Paulson, Abraham Ruff, Ernie Howell, Carl Marrow and Jim Medlin participated in retiring the old flying flag. That flag along with one other old flag will be properly, and in flag decorum and protocol, burned later.
After the old flag was taken from the base of the flagpole, folded one last time, a new flag was dedicated and raised accordingly with honor and tradition. There were 28 people present reviewing the ceremony of Retirement and Dedication.
Later that evening, George Melton (Past Master of the Lodge) was honored for his service during World War II. George was presented a Certificate of Honor and a North Carolina flag, certified by the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives that said flag flew over the State Capital building. 
It is proper to note, that George Melton, along with other Kings Mountain citizens were a part of the “Greatest Generation.” As Tom Brokaw so eloquently stated, “At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have  been  filled
with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They won the war....”  There were 43 family members and friends present to witness George's heartfelt recognition for his duty, honor, and country.

COVID-19  and City Hall

COVID-19 is a highly contagious, respiratory virus with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. In the worst cases, people have died. So, it’s important that you and your family do your part by following the guidance of federal, state, and local officials as it pertains to social distancing, following safer-at-home orders, and hand washing.
City of Kings Mountain continues to monitor and evaluate all policies and procedures daily. The safety and health of our employees and the public is our top priority as we strive to ensure the continuous delivery of services to our community. The city staff are working diligently to supply the needs of our citizens while minimizing their exposure.
If you have flu like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine, and need emergency services, please let the dispatcher know when you call 911. Sharing this information with 911 dispatchers will help our police, fire, and first responders take the necessary precautions to avoid any spread of COVID-19.
Help our staff minimize face to face contact by the following:
• Use our website and online resources. Call our main line if you need any assistance or have questions. (704)-734-0333
• Contact us via email. We are utilizing email as much as possible. Department emails and phone numbers are on our website.
• Pay your utilities via one of the options listed below. The city has multiple options for paying your utility bills:
ONLINE:  https://www.cityofkm.com/330/Online-Bill-Pay
DRIVE-THRU WINDOW at City Hall
DROP-BOX at City Hall (Drop box is checked daily)
MAIL your payment to us at: PO Box 429 Kings Mountain NC 28086.
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City closures and other important info

City offices will be closed on Monday, September 6 in Observance of Labor Day holiday and garbage collection will be on a one-day delay. If you have questions, please call Public Works at 704-734-0735.
Loose leaf pickup will begin October 18th. Beginning on this date you may place your leaves loose at the edge of the road, behind the curb, for collection by our vacuum truck. Until this date, please remember that all leaves and grass clippings should be bagged for collection.
Please remember to place all brush and limbs, as well as leaves/ grass clippings behind the curb and out of the street to prevent rainwater from washing them into storm drains and ditches
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American Legion Veteran’s breakfast this Saturday

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Post 155 announces its monthly Veteran’s Breakfast is this Saturday morning, September 4, from 9 am to 11 am at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street.
All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of each month. Guests can dine-in or carry-out their meal. Selections include eggs, bacon, liver mush, gravy, grits, biscuits, toast, coffee, and juice.
The gathering is an opportunity for the community to support local veterans by joining them for a meal and visiting with them in fellowship. Non-veterans are asked to make a small donation to offset the cost of the meal, enabling American Legion Post to continue the program on a monthly basis.

KM Merchants prepare for
continuing Streetscape project

By Loretta Cozart

When the Street-scape construction project get’s the go-ahead from NCDOT, accessing businesses along Battleground Avenue and Mountain Street may become difficult, if not impossible from the street front for periods of time due to construction.
City of Kings Mountain’s Mainstreet Program urged owners to provide access to their buildings and businesses from the back, because many have access from the Cherokee Street parking lot.
Since the downtown was established, the area behind downtown has offered parking for those wishing to shop in that area. Before cars, the space was known as the hitching yard.
Many building owners have embraced the idea and have gone beyond, providing access, with some   of   them  making  their rear entrances downright attractive. Hopefully, shoppers will agree and continue to support these merchants during the upcoming construction.
If you have not seen what merchants have done to offer access from the parking area, here are a few examples.
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TIM MOORE

NC Senate passes House Bill 805 to prevent rioting and disorder

In a 25-19 vote on August 25, the North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 805, a bill sponsored by House Speaker Tim Moore to prevent rioting and civil disorder.
The bill is described as an act to increase the penalties for rioting or inciting rioting that results in damage to property, serious bodily injury, or death and assaulting emergency personnel during a riot or state of emergency; to allow recovery of treble damages for property damage or personal injury caused by rioting or looting; and to require pretrial release conditions for rioting and looting offenses to be determined by a judge.
On May 10, Representative Loftin proposed Amendment A1 for page 2, line 6, rewriting that line to read, “Mere presence alone without an overt act is not sufficient to sustain a conviction pursuant to this section."
House Speaker Tim Moore said, "I saw firsthand the violence and destruction caused by rioters right here in downtown Raleigh last year. What this bill does is enforce harsher penalties for the perpetrators of violence and looting, while preserving every North Carolinian's right to protest peacefully."
He continued, "Our rights to free speech and assembly are precious and must be preserved, but never at the expense of harm to others. House Bill 805 simply ensures the safety of our citizens while upholding their rights to free speech and assembly."
The bill will return to the House for concurrence.
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CHRIS JOLLY

Sellers Market driving
KM home prices up, up, up

By Loretta Cozart

The median sales price for single-family homes in Kings Mountain has risen an astonishing 40.8% in the last 12 months. With the opening of the casino, many speculate the reason for the increase in home costs happened because of the announcement. Chris Jolly, licensed NC Realtor® and owner of Jolly Realty Group, suggests the reason has less to do with the casino and more to do with a lack of inventory.
Looking at MLS listings for July 2018, Kings Mountain had 194 properties available for purchase. In July 2019, there were only 161 properties listed. By 2020, 151 were offered, and as of August 15, there are just 140 residential listings. Of those 140 properties, only 28 aren’t already under contract.** If you were to need a house now in Kings Mountain, you would have less than 30 houses from which to choose. Jolly explains, “We have a very hot seller’s market right now with historically low interest rates creating very strong and competitive buyer activity.”
A lot of that activity comes from homeowners who look to take advantage of the increase in positive equity from the sale of their home and use that to upgrade their homes with little, or in some cases no increase, in their monthly payment due to the lower cost of lending.
A supply and demand issue are created when sellers are hesitant to list their home for sale for fear of selling their house before they have found the home that suits their needs. These shoppers are checking for new listings daily, and when the right one comes on the market, they make an offer with the intention of selling their current residence to qualify for a new mortgage.
When a buyer offers this way, most feel the need to make their offers as strong as possible in hopes that the seller chooses them. You see increases in purchase price, due diligence fees, etc.  “When this happens for an extended period, real estate agents can see the trends, we have sold/closed comparable properties and value listings with the most up to date information available, which reflects the current trends of the market,” Jolly shared.
“While low inventory supply has affected many markets across the country, there are a couple different factors that I believe are driving people to Kings Mountain, specifically.”
“Affordability is becoming a major concern for a lot of cities and counties in our area.  Even with the recent increase in values, Kings Mountain is still an affordable place to live.  We are seeing situations where homeowners are frustrated with congestion from the high rate of development in cities like Charlotte and Belmont. A lot of those people find Kings Mountain   and   realize  its
affordable, with great access to I-85 and Highway 74,” said Jolly.
“Another large factor into the rise of interest in Kings Mountain is due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With an incredible amount of people now working remotely, it’s easier
than ever for families to move a little further away from their physical office, and we are seeing a lot of people from Charlotte, who now work from home, looking for homes in our area.  As lockdowns and mandates started happening last year, I think it influenced people to seek out less congested areas to live,” he said.
“Lastly, I believe this city is finally seeing the fruits of its labor. Major downtown revitalization continues, and our Special Events department has done an incredible job getting Kings Mountain ‘on the map’, through the many events, concerts, and Christmas festivities it’s hosted over the last few years. We are seeing more people come into Kings Mountain than ever before.”
Jolly concludes, “Once they see how many boxes the city checks for them, it’s just really hard to say no to Kings Mountain right now.”
Important note to readers - Jolly states that each individual property is unique, and that values will vary with each property. Please contact a local, licensed NC Realtor® for a proper and thorough home valuation.
**Data compiled from CanopyMLS©. Information accurate as of August 15, 2021.

Back-to-School 
Prayer Rally

A Back-to-School Prayer Rally will be hosted by East Gold Street Wesleyan Church and sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association on Sunday, August 29, at 6 pm.
The church is located at 701 East Gold St., Kings Mtn.

Eastside Baptist Blood Drive
September 1

Eastside Baptist Church will hold a blood drive on September 1, from 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM. The church is located at 308 York Rd , Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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FLOYD ROSEBERRY

Grover man
arrested in
Washington, DC

By Loretta Cozart

According to a Capitol Police press release Friday, at approximately 9:15 a.m.  Thursday morning, a man in a black pick-up truck drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress, near First Street, S.E., and Independence Avenue.
The driver of the truck, later identified as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry of Grover, NC, told the officer on the scene he had a bomb. The officer noticed what appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand.
Officers immediately evacuated nearby buildings, including the Library of Congress Buildings and the Cannon Office Building.
The U.S. House and U.S. Senate were on recess, but some people were still working in the buildings.
Roseberry was communicating by holding up hand-written signs through the front, driver-side window.
Officers delivered him a phone in hopes of trying to continue the dialogue.
Then the suspect got out of the car on his own and US Capitol Police officers safely took him into custody.
The United States Capitol Police is working in conjunction with the FBI Washington Field Office to investigate Roseberry’s background and the motive.
Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office shared their role in the investigation. “On Thursday morning at approximately 11 a.m., Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office received information from the FBI office in Charlotte, regarding an on-going investigation in Washington, DC that possibly had ties to Cleveland
County,” a press release on Friday shared.
“The person of interest was identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry by the US Capitol Police and is a resident of our county. The sheriff’s office, acting in partnership with FBI Charlotte, NC SBI, and several other agencies, secured and acquired legal documentation for a residence in the southern part of Cleveland County,” the press release said.
   On Friday, a Criminal Complaint was filed in Washington, DC Federal Court, charging Roseberry with threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and threatening to use an explosive device.
   The complaint states, “At approximately 9:45 a.m. on August 19, the FBI responded to assist U.S. Capitol Police with a bomb threat made by an individual later identified as Floyd Roseberry, a resident of Grover, North Carolina. Roseberry had reportedly claimed to have a bomb and a detonator in his possession.”
   The complaint also states, that during these events on August 19, which garnered widespread media attention, a local law enforcement official in Cleveland County, North Carolina contacted the FBI to report that the official recognized Roseberry as the subject of a report received the previous day, on August 18, 2021, by a person (W-1) related to Roseberry. W-1 had reported their concern that Roseberry had recently expressed anti-government views and an intent to travel to Virginia or Washington, D.C. to conduct acts of violence. W-1 also reported that Roseberry had stated that he “ordered a trench coat to protect him from Taser and pepper ball guns and he would just tip his cowboy hat at the police”.
   “At approximately 2:15 pm, after a four-and-a-half-hour standoff, Roseberry was taken into custody by United States Capitol Police. In a post-arrest interview, Roseberry confirmed his identity,” the Criminal Complaint stated. He was taken into custody without incident, according to Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger.
   Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui ordered a medical evaluation to determine whether Roseberry is competent before moving forward. The evaluation is expected to be completed on Monday or Tuesday and Roseberry will remain in federal custody. He is expected back in court on Wednesday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m.
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Masks required in schools, with options

Due to the increase in COVID-related illnesses throughout Cleveland County, the Board of Education voted to require face coverings/masks for all students, staff and building occupants while inside a school building when occupied by students during the instructional day.
Cleveland County Schools has developed a standardized form to provide consent for or on behalf of a student enrolled in our district to exempt a student from the local face-covering requirement. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided guidance stating that the wearing of face coverings slows the spread of COVID-19 and encourages all students and school staff to wear face coverings. Failure to wear a face-covering may subject a student or staff member to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19 to others.
By completing this form, parents and guardians are authorizing your student to not wear a face-covering while at school. A separate form must be completed for each child.
The form can be found online at https://clevelandcountyschools.formstack.com/forms/face_covering_exemption_form

Distinguished Women’s Banquet rescheduled

The Commission for Women is postponing the Distinguished Women’s Banquet scheduled for public health reasons. The event had been scheduled for Thursday, Aug 26 at LeGrand Center at 6:30 pm. The new date will be Thursday, November 4 at 6:30 pm at the LeGrand Center.
All August tickets will be honored at the new banquet date.
If some would rather have refunds or to purchase new tickets ($40), they need to contact Betsy Wells at 704-477-7024 or betsywells@yahoo.com
Commission members are looking forward to honoring on November 4th, these 2021 Distinguished Women:
• Carol Ann Hoard
• Lisa Proctor
•Terricia Wingo
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Participating in Terra Mia Ristorante’s ribbon cutting were Police Chief Proctor, City Manager Marilyn Sellers, Councilman Keith Miller, Mayor Scott Neisler, Owner Tony Coppola, and others from Terra Mia Ristorante. Photo by Christy Adkins

Terra Mia Ristorante
holds ribbon cutting

By Loretta Cozart

Terra Mia Ristorante held a ribbon cutting on Friday, August 20 to celebrate its one-year anniversary in downtown Kings Mountain at 238 Cherokee Street.
On hand for the ribbon cutting were Mayor Scott Neisler, Councilman Keith Miller, and representatives from City of Kings Mountain and Terra Mia Ristorante owner and staff.
Owner Tony Coppola is from Monte di Procida, which means Mountain overlooking island of Procida, and is close to Napoli (Naples Italy). He has been living in the US and working in the restaurant industry for 25 years. “But I feel like it’s my first day,” he said.
He was taught to cook by his Mama and his Nonna (grandma). Tony is a big soccer fan and has been cooking his entire life. He chose Kings Mountain because, “I love the cozy little village that brings me back to my little Italian Village.”
Tony welcomes you to come by Terra Mia Ristorante for a slice of authentic Italian cuisine in downtown Kings Mountain.
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NC BeachBlast Festival starts Friday

Water! Sun! Music! Fun! The Carolina Beach Music Award winning NC BeachBlast Festival is back!
The City of Kings Mountain will bring the Beach to downtown as the NC BeachBlast Festival, presented by Carolina Power Partners, comes back to Patriots Park, Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21.
The festival will kick off Friday, August 20 at 6:00 pm with DJ Eric Bowman followed by the Swingin’ Medallions taking the stage at 7:00 pm.
Beginning at 10:00 am August 21st, beach music fans can enjoy a full day of food, music, and fun with DJ Johnny B and four of the hottest bands in the South; The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, The Tonez, Band of Oz, and Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band.
Come Hungry! Vendors will be on hand offering great food. Shop till you drop at the Boardwalk Vendor Market with over 50 vendors onsite.
Did we say fun? Patriots Park will be filled with many activities for the whole family. Inflatables and games, the Rotary Splash Pad, continuous rounds of Water Wars, Watermelon Eatin’, Hula Hoop contests, Tiny Tots and Teenie Bikini contest, Big Beach Ball Drop, and much more!
What would the beach be without a pavilion? Look for some awesome amusement rides in the park this year. Can you say Ferris Wheel?
Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain.
For more information visit www.kingsmountainevents.com/nc-beachblast-festival or call 704-730-2101.

See BeachBlast event
timeline on page 3A in this week's issue of KM Herald (August 18, 2021)
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Free Family Fun at 
NC BeachBlast Festival

Inflatables! Games! Water Wars! A Ferris Wheel! The NC BeachBlast Festival presented by Carolina Power Partners brings FREE family fun to downtown Kings Mountain, Saturday, August 21.
Inflatables, games, rides, and many other attractions will fill Patriots Park. For the first time in the history of the festival, free Ferris wheel rides will be offered as well.
Activities at the Patriots Park Gazebo will begin at 10:30 am. Dance Magic, Dance Reflections, Fitness Troopers and Step-N-Out Productions will perform.
Sigmon Theatrical will bring super cool fish Gil and Fin and Ollie the Octopus to the festival. Festival goers may see some mermaids as well. What would a festival be without contests? Registration for the Tiny Tots & Teenie Bikini, Watermelon, and Hula Hoop contests will begin promptly at 10:00 am.
Ross the Balloon Guy will be on hand creating fabulous balloon art. Free face painting and much more will make this a festival no one will forget.
The NC BeachBlast Festival will open for a full day of fun Saturday, August 21, at 10:00 am.
For more information on the NC BeachBlast Festival, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com/nc-beachblast-festival. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
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Heavy traffic heading to downtown KM

Shuttle service
offered for
BeachBlast
festival
attendees


Heavy traffic is expected in downtown Kings Mountain, August 21 as The City of Kings Mountain hosts the NC BeachBlast Festival Presented by Carolina Power Partners.
   Roads impacted during the events will be South Railroad Avenue and West Gold Street. As a result, the city is offering shuttle pick-up and drop-off at the following locations:
• First Baptist Church located at 605 West King Street, Kings Mountain
• Patrick Senior Center located at 909 East Kings Street, Kings Mountain
• Cherokee Street Parking-located at South Cherokee Street
• Parkdale Mill-500 South Railroad Avenue
Shuttle service will begin August 21 at 9:30am and end at 10:30pm.
The city urges patrons to use the shuttle services as parking will be scarce in the downtown.
Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling through downtown Kings Mountain due to the increase in motor vehicles and pedestrians. Please plan to travel different roads if you are impacted by road closures.
For more information on the NC BeachBlast Festival, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com/nc-beachblast-festival. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
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Swingin’ Medallions, from Greenwood, SC, perform at Liberty Falls Amphitheater Friday evening. Photos provided by City of Kings Mountain

Swingin’ Medallions kicks-off the NC BeachBlast Festival

Band will perform Friday, August 20
at Liberty Falls
Amphitheatre 


The City of Kings Mountain welcomes legendary group, Swingin’ Medallions to kick-off the NC BeachBlast Festival presented by Carolina Power Partners, Friday, August 20.
Based in Greenwood South Carolina, Swingin’ Medallions was founded in 1962. In 1966, the group hit #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)”.
“This is the second visit to Kings Mountain for Swingin’ Medallions,” states drummer Robby Cox. “We can’t wait to get back to Kings Mountain. The crowd is always ready to have a great time.”
The kick-off party begins at 6:00 pm with Carolina Beach Music Award winning DJ Eric Bowman followed by Swingin’ Medallions at 7:00 pm.
Many of your favorite food vendors will be on hand serving kettle corn, seafood, burgers and more.
The full day festival begins Saturday, August 21, at 10:00 am.
For more information on the NC BeachBlast Festival, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com/nc-beachblast-festival. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents. 
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NC BEACHBLAST EVENT TIMELINE
The Gazebo
Saturday – August 21, 2021

10:00 am    Festival Opens
    • Performance by Dance Magic
    • Tiny Tots & Teenie Bikini Registration
         Registration Opens at 10:00am,
       registration closes at 11:30am
    • Fun Zone

10:30 am    Performance by Dance Reflections
11:00 am    Mermaid Encounter by Sigmon Theatrical
11:30 am    Performance by Fitness Troopers
12:00 pm    Performance by Dance Magic
12:30 pm    Tiny Tots & Teenie Bikini Contest
1:00 pm    Tiny Tots & Teenie Bikini Contest
1:30 pm    Mermaid Encounter by Sigmon Theatrical
2:00 pm     Beach Ball Drop
2:30 pm    Watermelon Eating Contest  
3:00 pm    Performance by Dance Reflections
3:30 pm    Mermaid Encounter by Sigmon Theatrical
4:00 pm    Performance by Fitness Troopers
4:30 pm     Hula Hoop Contest
5:00 pm    Performance by Dance Magic
5:30 pm     Performance by Step N Out
6:00 pm    Mermaid Encounter by Sigmon Theatrical
6:30 pm    Performance by Dance Reflections
7:00 pm    Performance by Fitness Troopers
7:30 pm    Performance by Dance Magic
8:00 pm    Mermaid Encounter by Sigmon Theatrical
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Kindergarten just got way cooler
Cleveland Co. Schools offer online enrollment

Cleveland County Schools announced their new online enrollment system April 9. Using their online enrollment system, you can upload documents such as proof of residency, birth certificates, and immunization records.
Visit https://www.clevelandcountyschools.org/ and click on the banner that reads, “Kindergarten Just Got Way Cooler. On that page, you can click directly on the name of the school your child will attend and register online.
There are also additional links sharing ways to prepare your child for kindergarten.
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Students head back to the classroom Monday, August 23

By Loretta Cozart

Cleveland County students begin the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, August 23. While the School Board has opted to let parents determine if students will wear masks at school, all students and adults must wear a mask on school buses.
According to Kings Mountain High Schools website, ALL students will eat breakfast and lunch for free during the 2021-2022 school year. If you want additional services, like free internet, additional P-EBT funds, cost waived for ACT, SAT, AP, and other tests, or to have college application fees waived, parents must apply at https://www.lunchapplication.com/.
KMHS offered laptop pick-up before school starts this year in the media center. They encourage all rising 9th-grade students to come before school starts to get their new Chromebook and laptop case.
Distribution dates were August 3, 4, and 5. If you missed the pickup dates, contact the school.
A signed laptop user agreement is required. Those forms may be picked up in the main office or downloaded from https://drive.google.com/.../1mdz_LpJ_F.../view There is an annual technology fee of $20 be paid at the time of pickup.
KMHS Orientation started yesterday for 9th graders. Due to mass gathering restrictions currently in place, Cleveland County Schools request only one parent per child attend the session. Orientation for 10th-grade is tonight, August 18, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow, 11th and 12th-grade Orientation will be August 18th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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Steffes, LLC expanding to Cleveland Co.

Steffes, LLC of Dickinson, North Dakota, a leader in the development and production of innovative energy technology and advanced manufacturing has announced their decision to expand into the southeast through the acquisition of a manufacturing facility in the town of Shelby, North Carolina.
This investment of $20.9 million in Cleveland County will create 130 new, full-time jobs over the next five years. Start of production is expected to begin in late 2021 with plans be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023. Steffes plans to provide advanced comprehensive metal fabrication services to support production of Steffes OEM products and customer production in the region.
 “This expansion is the realization of the company’s strategic vision,” said Todd Mayer, Co-President of Steffes. “The combination of customers and friends in this area combined with the workforce potential and community support made Shelby the best fit for us. We are excited to become part of the  community and support innovation in the region.”
Steffes is a privately held, diversified original equipment and contract manufacturer headquartered in Dickinson, North Dakota with additional manufacturing and customer support facilities in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Midland, Texas; Casper, Wyoming; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Steffes specializes in:
• the design, manufacturing and service of energy technology products that support the extraction and processing and gas management of oil & gas.
• innovative product development and manufacturing of electric thermal storage and load management control technologies to meet our country’s adoption of sustainable electricity distribution and storage to meet decarbonization goals.
• steel fabrication, electrical services and engineering support for companies requiring prototype and manufacturing partners to support their business success.
   Because Steffes is locating in Cleveland County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 1, the company’s JDIG agreement does not require a contribution into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account.
   “We are excited to welcome Steffes to North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “We know that when companies are ready to expand, they choose our state because of our ready workforce, exceptional quality of life and robust infrastructure.”
   “This is a great announcement for the entire state,” said N.C. Speaker of the House Tim Moore. “It takes diligent local and state leaders to recruit these types of investments to North Carolina and we’re eager to see to these investments come to reality in Shelby.”
   “Cleveland County is thrilled to have another manufacturer join our community,” said N.C. Senator Ted Alexander. “The people of Cleveland County are ready to accept these new opportunities and to support the company’s transition to our region. These are the types of jobs that are so necessary for a diverse economy, and I am delighted that Steffes has chosen to come to our region. They will be outstanding corporate citizens. Thanks to all those who worked so hard to recruit this great business.”
     In addition to the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Cleveland Community College, Cleveland County, City of Shelby, Duke Energy and Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership.
 

Back-to-School 
Prayer Rally

A Back-to-School Prayer Rally will be hosted by East Gold Street Wesleyan Church and sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association on Sunday, August 29, at 6 pm.
Finger food fellowship will be held in the Family Life Center after the service. Please have your contribution to the fellowship placed in the Family Life Center by 5:45 p.m.
The church is located at 701 East Gold St., Kings Mtn.
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Blessed Boutique and Consignment is located at 210 East King Street.

Blessed Boutique and Consignment celebrates 2-month anniversary

By Loretta Cozart

On August 5, Blessed Boutique and Consignment celebrated it’s second month anniversary at their new location at 210 East Kings Street in Kings Mountain. Destiny Lindsay operated her business from home on Walker Street for nearly two years before making the leap to lease a storefront. “I told my husband we just didn’t have any more room at home and I needed to rent space. Within 3-days, this property became available,” she said.
Downstairs, she uses two rooms for her own boutique, offering clothes, shoes, and accessories. Upstairs, she rents space and currently has 20 vendors, from consultants like Paparazzi Jewelry to Pillow Street. “We also have vendors who make their own crafts, like wreaths and tumblers. There’s all sorts of stuff,” Destiny said. “We rent space by the month and do not take a percentage of sales.” That is a good option for vendors who want
to know their fixed costs. “We’re always looking for new vendors,” she added.
The shop carries size small to 3x, so there is something there for everyone. Other items include children’s clothes, bows, jewelry, paintings, tumblers, dreamcatchers, shoes, birdhouses, wallets, accessories, pillows, candles, woodcrafts, and wall-art weaving. New items are added daily.
The shop is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. They are closed on Tuesday and Sunday.
Destiny has lived in Kings Mountain since 2011 and graduated Kings Mountain High School in 2015. She and her husband have three children: Cooper, 7, Aiden 5, and Rosie 6 months.
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Chief Proctor poses with attendees of NNO at the Safe Kids Display showing how warm a car can become on warm days. See more photos on page 5A of this week's KM Herald (August 11, 2021) Photo by Angela Padgett

National Night Out
draws huge crowd

By Loretta Cozart

On August 3, Kings Mountain celebrated National Night Out in a big way at Patriots Park. Kids and parents turned out to celebrate, meeting officers, deputies, and first responders, along with others from Kings Mountain who support safe communities.
Police Chief Lisa Proctor, along with other local dignitaries welcomed those in attendance and shared the importance of the night.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
   Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.
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Verizon Tower located at 500 S. Railroad Avenue.

New cell tower
to provide better
phone coverage

A few weeks ago, Verizon began installation of a new cell tower to help with poor phone coverage in town. Citizens seemed surprised at the news, but the topic was discussed in January at a Public Hearing of the Kings Mountain Board of Adjustments on January 19.
According to now retired David W. Owens of the UNC School of Government, “Quasi-judicial decisions involve the application of zoning policies already established in the ordinance to individual situations--for example, variances, special- and conditional-use permits (even if issued by the governing board), appeals, and interpretations. Quasi-judicial decisions involve two key elements: the finding of facts regarding the specific proposal and the exercise of some discretion in applying predetermined policies to the situation.”
Owens goes on to share, “Both (legislative and Quasi-judicial) hearings are open to the public and are intended to solicit comments, but they have different standards for the notice required prior to the hearing, as well as for who can speak, what issues are appropriately raised, the formality with which the hearing must be conducted, and the records that must be maintained.”
The cell tower is located at 500 S. Railroad Avenue. Joel K. Harris of Baker Donelson applied for a conditional use permit for  Verizon Wireless cell phone tower requesting a variance of setback from 131.25 feet to 106.25 feet. To mitigate concerns about the tower not meeting the 75% of tower height setback, the tower has a 25-feet engineered fall-zone radius so that in the event of failure, it would fall entirely within the parent parcels.
Twenty-four companies and individuals were notified of the conditional use permit request in a letter mailed on January 6. Notices went to the applicant, the owners of the affected property, the owners of abutting properties, and anyone else required to receive notice under the ordinance.

Fatal crash on Bethlehem Road

By Loretta Cozart

At approximately 1 am on August 3, a car driving south on Bethlehem Road in Kings Mountain ran off the road, hitting a culvert and then a telephone pole before coming to a stop. Three people were ejected from the vehicle.
Jason Matthew Ingle, 19, of Grover was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Garrett Clay Barber, was airlifted to Atrium Health Main in Charlotte. The condition of the other passengers is not known.
North Carolina Highway Patrol’s Reconstruction Unit is determining the events of the accident. Once complete, they will meet with the District Attorney to determine if charges will be filed.

City Council approves rezoning
of Neisler Brothers property

By Loretta Cozart

During the July 27 City Council meeting, Mayor Neisler recused himself for an item on the agenda, because it included property owned by his family. Mayor Pro-Tempore Keith Miller took over the meeting. Up for discussion was to consider a rezoning application from Stella N. Putnam (Owner Neisler Brothers Inc.) to rezone property fronting South Battleground Avenue and consisting of approximately 8.93 acres being further known as Parcel No. 12841 from Residential R-10 to Light Industrial (LI) – Case No. Z-18-5-21.
During the Public Meeting, neighbor Bobby Gaddy addressed city council with questions regarding the uses allowed for the property. He had heard the property was going to be used as a bar. Planning Director Stuart Gilbert assured Mr. Gaddy that bars were not allowed under Light Industrial zoning.
In the Regular Meeting, Councilman David Allen made the motion to adopt a Consistency Statement in  Favor of the request from Stella N. Putnam (Owner Neisler Brothers Inc.) to rezone property fronting South Battleground Avenue and consisting of approximately 8.93 acres being further known as Parcel No. 12841 from Residential R-10 to Light Industrial (LI). The vote was unanimous.
Councilman Jay Rhodes made the motion to Adopt an Ordinance amending the zoning map of the City of Kings Mountain, NC to rezone property fronting South Battleground Avenue and consisting of approximately 8.93 acres being further known as Parcel No. 12841 from Residential R-10 to Light Industrial (LI). The vote was also unanimous.
   Mayor Neisler returned to the meeting after that item.
   Councilman Allen asked to remove Item E from the Public Hearing for discussion which was granted. The item was to adopt a Resolution to establish the City of Kings Mountain 2020 Census Redistricting Committee and appoint the following members: Mickey Corry, City Attorney, Councilmember Annie Thombs, Stuart Gilbert, Planning Director, Karen Tucker, City Clerk, Renee Bost and Mary Jane Garver. During the Regular meeting Councilman Allen agreed with the resolution but wanted to add Councilman Miller’s name to the list. The board approved and the vote was unanimous.
   Two items scheduled for the Regular Meeting were tabled. The first, Item 15, was tabled until September 28 at the request of Michael Parker’s attorney. Item 17 was tabled until August 31 at the request of Earthfall Productions.
   Included in the Consent Agenda were several items approved by city council including a budget amendment in the amount of $10,516 to budget funds for a Library grant awarded in July 2021. The grant does not require a match, so no City resources are required. The grant will be used primarily to purchase hot spots and Chromebooks.
   City Council accepted a Certificate of Sufficiency and adopted a Resolution fixing the date of a Public Hearing for Tuesday, August 31, at 6 p.m. to consider a Voluntary Contiguous Annexation Petition from Kenneth F. Davis and Amy C. Davis, for property located on or about 155 Patterson Road, being further identified as Parcel No. 12139, Tax Map 4-59, Block 1, Lot 11U, and consisting of approximately 29.88 acres – Case No. A-2021-5-21.
   Also scheduled was a Public Hearing for Tuesday, August 31, at 6 p.m. to consider an application from Prestige Corporate Development, LLC (Brinkley Properties, LLC, Owner) to rezone property located at 1017 Phifer Road, 1025 Phifer Road, and 1027 Phifer Road, consisting of 52.95 acres being further known as Parcels 11916, 57168, 57167, 11919, 11920 and 11921 from then Residential R-10, now Suburban Residential (SR) to Semi Urban Residential (SU).
   City Council also adopted a Resolution amending the Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln Hazard Mitigation Plan to include various dams in Cleveland County and their relationship to the City of Kings Mountain. This action will bring the plan into compliance with hazard mitigation efforts associated with these dams and allow the city to move forward with efforts for making application for funding through the High Hazard Rehabilitation Program.
   City Council authorized Mayor Neisler to execute a Joint Cooperation Agreement for Home Investment Partnership Act with Foothills NC Home Consortium (formerly Isothermal Planning & Development).
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Main Street Coordinator Christy Adkins took this photo of the train wreck as KM Police Department and KM Fire Department respond to the scene. See more photos on page 4A.

Truck demolished by train at Gold Street crossing Friday

By Loretta Cozart

On Friday, July 30, at 11:06 am, a Piedmont, LLC landscaping truck hauling equipment on a trailer behind, got caught on a cement pole at the Gold Street railroad crossing in Kings Mountain. According to witnesses, two men in the truck got out to see what got caught just as the crossing arms dropped and the signal indicated an approaching train.
The men moved away from the truck and witnesses in downtown watched as the Norfolk Southern cargo train traveling from South to North sounded its horn loudly before impacting and demolishing the truck. Along with the truck, the crossing arm and signal were pulled from the ground. Nobody was hurt in the accident.
The driver of the truck, Joseph David Bridges of Shelby, works for Piedmont, LLC, a landscaping company based in Mooresville, NC
Regarding the accident, KMPD Police Chief Lisa Proctor said, “When crossing over any crossing one must make sure that they do so in a safe manner and when you are pulling a trailer you have to allow yourself more room to make the turn based on the length of the trailer.”
She went on to day, “There are several other routes one could use in town instead of this location when you are pulling a trailer of any size. It's always best to err on the side of caution and go the extra block or two, instead of trying to cross there with a trailer.”
Preston Brown captured the impact on video, as did Grace Graham who was on S. Railroad Avenue near the intersection. Bystanders took photos of the scene and shared them with the Herald.
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Food vendors need to register with City of Kings Mountain Special Events to participate in the NC BeachBlast Festival August 21. Photos by City of Kings Mountain

Vendor registrations open
for NC BeachBlast Festival

Full-day Festival set for August 21st

Vendor registration has officially opened for the NC BeachBlast Festival, the City of Kings Mountain’s award winning full-day Carolina Beach Music Festival scheduled for 10:00am-10:00pm, August 21st, 2021.
Vendors, who are interested, are encouraged to register at www.kingsmountainevents.com/vendor-application.
Registration for Arts/Craft/Information Vendors-$30.00. Registration for Food/Beverage Vendors-$100.00.
Space is limited. To register, vendors must agree to stay for the duration of the event.
Bring your grass table skirts, seashells and sand dollars, vendors are asked to decorate booths to match the beach theme of the event. One lucky vendor will win a Mayor’s Choice prize for best set-up.
For more information on the NC BeachBlast Festival contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101 or visit their website at www.kingsmountainevents.com/nc-beachblast-festival. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.

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NC BeachBlast road closure Aug. 19 - 21

The City of Kings Mountain looks forward to this year’s NC BeachBlast Festival located at Patriots Park. A portion of Railroad Avenue and West Gold Street surrounding Patriots Park will be closed beginning at midnight Thursday, August 19th, 2021, and remain closed or barricaded until midnight, Saturday, August 21, 2021. Please use
extreme caution when traveling on Cansler Street due to the increase in motor vehicles and pedestrians. Please plan to travel different roads if you are impacted by this change. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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Tempers flare
regarding downtown Streetscape project at City Council

By Loretta Cozart

Tempers flared during city council as staff, citizens, and city council shared their frustrations over communication related to the downtown Street-scape project.
Early in the meeting, City Manager Marilyn Seller announced an update of Kings Mountain’s Streetscape plan during the city council meeting on July 27. “I'm very excited to give an update on our downtown Streetscape phase two. The streetlight design has been completed, lights and poles have been selected, and
all  the materials have been quoted as of last week. The DOT responded back to our design and calculations last week and have approved with one minor change. So, we are working on that change and that should be approved soon. All the Wi-Fi equipment has been mounted in phase two. The testing is now being done and everything will be completed within the next two weeks. Documents for bidding is being gathered and will be sent out soon. We are still targeting Thanksgiving for completion, weather permitting and we receive all supplies. So, we are hoping for a Thanksgiving and are still on board with that.”
During citizen recognition, developer David Stone requested that the city consider a special committee to improve communication related to Streetscape. “We had an unofficial public meeting on May 10. The most update I’ve had in the last 90-days on the Streetscape is what Marilyn Sellers just shared right there. That’s great news, but the fact is we left the meeting expecting that as soon as you had a detailed plan, more than the detail in the lobby, that you would share it. It hasn’t occurred. We want collaboration and (what we are getting) this doesn’t work for us businesspeople. We’ve asked for more communication on Streetscape and it’s not occurring.”
“Here’s what I’d like to see. I'd like a special committee formed with two people on the council, two property owners, two business owners to oversee Streetscape from here to this completion,” he said.  “And I'm asking instead of an informal meeting with council with the business meeting, that you do a public hearing with the business owners so that everything goes on record, and we have a clear action plan for how you're going to be better transparent, communicate, and partner with the downtown business owners.  it's very clear when we talk off the record things don't get done; there's no follow up. If it takes talking on the record to get the follow up, let's do it. Inaction, that's what breeds distrust,” Stone said.
Later, during the regular meeting, Main Street Coordinator Christy Adkins asked city council to help decide between two logo designs for rebranding downtown. Her committee had a 50/50 split on which logo was better and asked for the council’s input.
Councilman David Allen asked how current business owners responded to the concepts and Adkins replied, “We have not approached a whole lot of the current business owners. We wanted to see what your thoughts were on this before we did that.” Allen said, “I would think that would be a prudent step, since we are looking for buy-in. We are looking for them to support this, so I would think we should take these (concepts) and shop them around and let’s get some feedback from them.”
Councilman Jimmy West said he agreed with Councilman Allen. “I think the business owners feel they have been left in the dark long enough. I think their input would be vital in our deciding. If we decide without their input, that would not be a good move.” Adkins was directed by council to get additional input to come to a consensus and bring it before city council again in the next month or two.
Before concluding the meeting, Councilman West reiterated his concern that downtown property owners and business feel left out on the Streetscape plan. “I think David had a great idea and I would like to see us look into that more closely to determine if we should make a committee like David recommended to keep everybody abreast. I don’t know if we can do that tonight, but I’d hate to see it fall by the wayside like the last meeting did. We need to try to meet these guys in the middle. We made a pact to do that, and we haven’t done that.”
Mayor Neisler reminded the business owners. “The city has a thing called Main Street that is our vehicle for downtown. I know we’ve been talking about these plans since 2018, so there has been plenty of time that input could have been made. We are waiting on DOT approval, which we didn’t anticipate. Otherwise, we’d be further down the road on this. The fact of the matter is there has been input and there is a vehicle we setup called Main Street where input can be done. I’d like to see it be a part of Main Street where you get together.”
West continued, “This meeting in May what we talked about doing, none of that’s been done. And I’m not saying that we dropped the ball, or they dropped the ball. It’s just, the ball has been dropped. (We should) work together as a group to be more informed.”
David Stone spoke saying, “Nobody on the Main Street Advisory Board could give me an update on Streetscape because the last four or five meeting have been cancelled. Mr. Mayor, I appreciate you saying that we have a process, but that process is broken.”
   Councilwoman Annie Thombs spoke saying, “We have a vehicle already in place, but evidently the vehicle is not working to produce the benefits that would be viable for both the property owners and the city. So, I would ask that management would come together and find out what can be done to improve the current vehicle that we have in order to make things functional for all parties concerned. This is the second time we’ve had this request and there must be a solution. You can’t solve a problem on the level of the problem. We need management to come together and fix this, so it doesn’t happen again.”
Councilman Allen reminded city council, “The mayor has the power to create an ad-hoc committee. And really what we are talking about is communication. Perhaps we could put together some communication between us and the group and involve whoever you want to, Sir. Obviously, something is not getting communicated. I put that back on you, Sir.”
  Jay Rhodes commented, “I was involved starting in 2018 and we had citizen’s involvement. We had Mr. Flowe come, and he visited with every business owner. I don’t understand what we are arguing over or complaining about. We are going to put sidewalks and lighting in and change the dynamics some. We put picture out and all we are really doing is making the sidewalks where you don’t hurt someone and get new lighting.”
Keith Miller explained that  the delay in the project was due to a change in leadership at the DOT. “The new people decided that, no, they want to slow down and look at it from their perspective, maybe get engineering studies, new requirements. So, we had to deal with new people now.”  So, there's no point in showing the public where we're at when we don't know where we're at. Because DOT could make us change a lot of things, it’s their street. Then you got the railroad right-of-way. So, my understanding is that you know the lack of information is more a function of the process sort of got hijacked by the new folks at DOT. That burned six to eight weeks and that’s where we’re at.”
Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks asked to speak. “Gary Spangler, DOT for many, many years retired that staff totally changed. That project went from an easement to a project, which dealt with hydraulics and other processes so there has been a lot of change associated with that. There was an enormous amount of work to go into the hydraulics associated with that process.  It went from check the box on easement to a package this thick, creating all of water flow, water outlets, inflows and outflows. So, it was a huge mark to be able to get it from where we were to today.  So Gary and Richard Flowe both emailed myself Marilyn. Marilyn asked me about an update, and we did get it approved except for one minor drainage issue right here on the railroad. So, the biggest hurdle has been crossed.”
“I think it would behoove me not to say that, and I’m going to say that because I am going to support the City of Kings Mountain employees. City of Kings Mountain’s employees have always done a  tremendous job. They worked their butts off over the last many years in the downtown area. The gazebo, you’ve seen it; you’ve seen what's been done down there. The City of Kings Mountain has done a tremendous value to the downtown area and will continue to, just like we treat the downtown just like we do any other part of town. And that is a value. My office is always open, communication is two-way street process. It takes two people, any time you ask me my work, you can always come and meet me anytime, any day, and talk with me about anything you want to talk about. I work pretty much 12-14 hours a day; enjoy the conversation. Come meet with me, I give you all the updates you want to acknowledge you. The Streetscape, there has been several cancellations. Cancellations are called a product of productivity.When you have nothing to talk about, there's no use to meet. When the DOT hold you up, there’s nothing else to talk about. When you've already made the decision to pick the light you need, there's no other decision to make. It becomes a time waiting game, so there's no use to continue talking about something until there is a decision that must be made. Lastly, nothing that we do will adversely affect any business or the design thereof. We must come back to your door threshold, we must go back to where you were, and we must meet that grade. So, regardless of the design that you may be doing, could be doing, or should be doing, think about it. We're working on public right-of-way. Public right-of-way is a right-of-way that is owned and operated by the City of Kings Mountain citizens. We only can work in that area, so therefore no design or nobody to change, or we can change anything that adversely effects that. Ken Fieger can come visit me anytime he wants, bring your drawings. We’ll talk about it. But we cannot adversely affect what you have. No different than me not going down and speaking to Papa John's, He hasn't come and said, “Well, wait a minute, you’re going to upset my door.” I can’t. The law says I can only work in my area and wherever his door is, I’ve got to meet that threshold. Meaning ground down, ground over, flatten down and meet the hydraulics.
So, as for us holding up the project, that's baloney.
   I'm getting tired of getting beat up on Streetscape. We work our tails off down there, and continue to work our tails off down there, we spent more money down there, and I've always had open door policy to help anybody coming and going.  My projects prove it, and it shows. Any other comments or questions?
 Jimmy West said, “I got one. I don’t think you know; I wasn’t beating up on you personally, Nick.”
“Well, I take it that way, Mr. West, because I’m personally the Project Manager.”
“Well, I understand that” West said.
“I don’t keep nobody in the dark,” Henricks replied.
“Okay. What I asked for was to allow these gentlemen right here who own these businesses to have some input downtown. And this thing got run all around the table here for no reason. And if that offended you, then I am sorry.”
“Well, it did,” Hendricks replied.
“Well, I’m sorry that it did,” West said.
“Well, I’m sorry, it did,” Hendricks replied.
“But the bottom line is nobody came in here to kick your ass over Streetscape,” West said.
“Well, it sure felt like it did, Mr. West. It does,” said Hendricks.
Mr. West said, “Well, I’m sorry you feel that way.”
“I am sorry you feel that way, yes Sir,” Hendricks replied.
City Manager Marilyn Sellers interjected saying, “I’ll just have to say I’ve seen a lot of correspondence from staff and emails, and we have really corresponded with all the downtown business through Main Street and through different committees. Staff have reached out: I see a lot of correspondence. But we could always do better, and we will try our best in the future. I'm not sure how, because I've noticed and have personally seen the commitment and the correspondence that they have given.”
Councilman West commented, “I don't think anybody's questioning the city side of their commitment, Marilyn. I don't think that at all. I don't think these gentlemen question that. We're just trying to figure out a better way to keep people informed and for them to have their input and we are not doing that.
I know and I agree with Nick. We can’t go in there and fix their business for them. I know that; they know that. But they feel like they are kept in the dark.”
City Attorney Mickey Corry reminded everyone, “We have gotten so far off the agenda.”
Councilman West stated, “I haven’t even seen the plans downtown. So, if I’ve not seen them, I’m sure they haven’t seen them.”
Sellers replied, “We’ve not either. They have not been released from the consultant. That is what we keep trying to tell everyone. We don’t have them yet.”
Again Atty. Corry reminded city council they had strayed far from the agenda. So, Mayor Neisler asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Miller made the motion, and the vote was unanimous.
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Kings Mountain women honored
Proctor and Wingo named
Distinguished Women of Clev. Co.

By Betsy Wells

The Cleveland County Commission for Women will host its twenty-ninth Distinguished Women’s Banquet on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at the LeGrand Center, 1800 E. Marion St, Shelby at 6:30 PM.  Valerie Boyd (704-813-7713) is chairing the 2021 Banquet Committee. Tanzy Wallace (704-300-5439) is co-chair.
The Commission solicited nominations from the community to find these “Distinguished Women”.  After reviewing the numerous applications that were submitted, the group selected the following women for the 2021 Distinguished Women Awards:
1. Carol Ann Hoard:  Known as The Christmas Tree Lady who has spread Christmas cheer and goodwill throughout appearances in New York on “The Today Show” & last year throughout Shelby distributing toilet paper and gift cards during the Covid crisis.
2. Lisa Proctor:  First female Chief of Police in Kings Mountain and Cleveland County. A leader in her community. Joined the Kings Mountain Police Department in 1992. Describes herself as a Christian, writer, competitive horseback rider, & cancer survivor.
3.  Terricia (Teresa) Wingo:  Known as the “Trunk Lady” throughout this area because she gives food, clothing, etc to the needy. Even the shoes off her feet if someone is barefoot and needs shoes. This is her mission in life.  A true Good Samaritan.
   Tickets for the banquet are $40 and may be picked up at the Cleveland County Arts Council on Courthouse Square in Shelby (9AM to 5 PM) Tuesday, Aug 2nd through Friday, Aug 20th.    No tickets will be sold at the door, nor will money be taken at the event. Please go by the Arts Council to get your tickets.
   Also tickets may be purchased on line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-distinguished-women-banquet-tickets-163495325921. Check out the Commission for Women’s Facebook page for additional information.
   Members of the Commission are: Valerie Boyd, Tanzy Wallace, Diane Davis, Debra Blanton, Linda Martin, Robert Miller, Shirley Lail, Mary Accor, Cathy Robertson, Betsy Harnage, Patti Alexander, Joyce Coleman, Sandy Bailey, Holly Wall, Betsy Wells, and Commissioner Ronnie Whetstine.
Women who have been honored:
(1992)  * NC Senator Helen Rhyne Marvin, *Joyce Cashion, *NC Rep Edith Lutz,   *Martha Lee Scruggs, *Rosalynd Gilliatt,   *Grace Hamrick,   *Doris Borders,  Patty Dorian,   Dorothy  Edwards,    * Aileen Ford,   *Ellen Powell,    Dot Roark 
(1993)  Chinetta Brooks,     *Arrie Ellis,     * Virginia Raymer
(1994)  Marietta Floyd,  Jacqueline  Lavender,    *Thelma McVae
(1995)  Nancy Abasiekong,   Suzi Kennedy,    Linda Thrift
(1996)  Anganette Homsley,   *Dr. Lonnie Proctor,   Elizabeth Shipley
(1997)  Dr. Dottie McIntyre,  *Esther Plummer,  Kay Archer Price,   *Betty Withrow
(1998)  Julia Banks,   * Adelaide Craver,    Anne Short
(1999)  *Barbara Brock,    *Erma Drum,    Madge Wray
(2000)  *Rosaline Hunt,    Emily Ousley,      *Jackie Rountree
(2001)  Commissioner  Mary Accor,  the late Fay Webb Gardner,
             *Katie Norris,  Page Sherer
(2002)  *Beverly Shuford,    *Kathleen Hamrick,  * Ezra Bridges
(2003)  Karla Haynes,     *Brenda Page,     *Betty Roberts
(2004)  LouVerne McCray,     Jane Bryson Blake,     the late Bess Gardner Hoey
(2005)  *Betty Jean Mauney,    *Aloyse Jones,   * Annie Farley Dawkins
(2006)  Margie Christopher,       Shirley Lail,      Phyllis Sims
(2007)  Dr. Nellie Aspel,   *Lucille  Evans,    Mary Neisler  
(2008)  Shirley Brutko,  *Daeira Roberts,  * Evelyn  West
(2009)  Jo Powell Boggs, Lillie Hinton,  Zita  Roberts
(2010)  *Sybil Dixon, Jeanne Patterson, Suzette Ross, Elizabeth “Lib” Stewart
(2011)  * Lou Ballew, Helen Barrow, Elizabeth “Lib” Revels, Ruth Wilson
(2012)   Annie Mae Ross Beam, Dr.Collette Deviney, Patti Norman, Stella Putnam
(2013)   Dr Laura Bingham, Jane Cooke, Mary Degree, Dr. Jane King
(2014)   Libbey Lavender, Dr. Linda Hopper, Betsy Wells
(2015)  Dr. Shannon Kennedy,   Sharon Martin,   Marguerite Mebane
(2016)  Gaye DeVoe, Shearra Miller, Macy Stinchcomb, Rev. Frances Webber
(2017)  Doris H. Dedmon, Ramona Gash, Kathryn Hamrick, Kathy Wilson
(2018)  Tropzie McCluney, Bess-Alice Phifer,  Venita Roberts
(2019)  Susan K. Allen, Betty Gamble,  Dr. B.J. Zamora
(2020)  No Banquet--COVID
(* deceased)
   Committee Chairwomen include Valerie Boyd, 2021 Banquet Chair, 704-813-7113 cell. vrboyd@bellsouth.net. Tanzy Wallace, 2021 Banquet Co-Chair, 704-300-5439 tanzybw@gmail.com, Betsy Wells, 2021 Publicity Chair. 704-477-7024 cell betsywells@yahoo.com.