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Heavy traffic heading to downtown KM

Shuttle service
offered for

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

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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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 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
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 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.

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
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 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 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. Tanzy Wallace, 2021 Banquet Co-Chair, 704-300-5439, Betsy Wells, 2021 Publicity Chair. 704-477-7024 cell
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Governor Roy Cooper

Governor signs Executive Order requiring Vaccine Verification for state employees

Urges other
agencies and
private employers
to do the same 

On July 29, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced that state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Thursday’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s latest upswing in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is driven by unvaccinated North Carolinians.
 “Until more people get the vaccine, we will continue living with the very real threat of serious disease, and we will continue to see more dangerous and contagious variants like Delta,” said Governor Cooper.
NCDHHS updated guidance encourages private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers as well. The requirement for state government employees applies to cabinet agencies and is included in Executive Order 224.
All workers must either:
1. Provide proof that they are Fully Vaccinated; or
2. Be tested at least once a week for COVID-19.
All other state and local government agencies are strongly encouraged to voluntarily adopt similar policies.
“There is only one way out of this pandemic and that is vaccination. Our trends are accelerating at an alarmingly fast rate and the highest rates of viral spread are happening in areas with low vaccination rates and among those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Secretary Cohen. “If you are already vaccinated, I call on you to urge your unvaccinated family and friends to get their shot now. It is not an understatement to say that you will save lives by doing so.”
The NCDHHS updated guidance reminds unvaccinated people that they need to continue practicing the three Ws – wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings and wash hands often. In addition, unvaccinated people should not gather with other unvaccinated people who do not live with them. If they do, they should stay outside and keep 6 feet of distance. In addition, unvaccinated people should not travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance this week based on levels of transmission in communities. The new maps designate counties as areas of low (blue), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange) or high (red) transmission. Moving forward, everyone in a red or orange county in North Carolina, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear a mask in public indoor settings.
Additionally, in accordance with the updated CDC guidance, all K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status. NCDHHS is updating its guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.
To date, North Carolina has administered nearly 9.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 57 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. Sixty-one percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 86 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over.

Planning and Zoning Board to discuss Comprehensive Plan on August 10

By Loretta Cozart

The City of Kings Mountain’s Planning and Zoning Board meets the second Tuesday of every month. This month’s meeting is scheduled for August 10. On the agenda is slated discussion of the city’s new Comprehensive Plan used to implement the new Unified Development Ordinance approved by city council on June 30.
During the July 27 City Council Meeting, Planning Director Stuart Gilbert reminded citizens that this meeting is important since the Comprehensive Plan is the tool used to interpret the UDO. The city has until December 31 to develop the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
In addition, the board will also discuss Prestige Corporate Development, LLC’s (Brinkley Properties, LLC, owner) request for voluntary annexation. City Council has scheduled a public hearing for August 31 at 6 pm to rezone property at 1017 Phifer Road, 1025 Phifer Road, and 1027 Phifer Road, consisting of 52.95 acres from R-10, now known as Suburban Residential (SR), to Semi Urban Residential (SU).
The Planning and Zoning Board makes recommendations to city council on various issues that come before them. It is the city council’s job to approve or deny such requests during their meetings. The next City Council meeting is August 31.
The Planning and Zoning Board members are Chairman Doug Lawing, Ron Humphries, Renee Bost, Ronnie Franks, Joseph Allen, Bobby Elliot, Donald Adkins, Todd Wilson, Chris Jolly, Clinton Bouldin, and Kyle Yarbro.
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tim moore

NC House Speaker
says vaccine choice
is a personal matter

On July 26, NC House Speaker Tim Moore responded to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) announcement that the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities (DSOHF) will now require employees at all state healthcare facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30.
All DSOHF employees who are not fully vaccinated by the deadline will "be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, for unacceptable personal conduct," according to the announcement.
“I have personally been vaccinated against COVID-19, and I have done my best to help educate the public and urge others to get vaccinated if they choose to do so. But at the end of the day, the decision whether, or not, to vaccinate is a personal one and should be made between a doctor and patient. North Carolinians will not be bullied into being vaccinated against their will, particularly with a vaccine that has yet to be approved by the FDA.”
He continued, “Our healthcare workers are certainly capable of weighing the risks and benefits and can make their own decision about the vaccine. This mandate could force healthcare workers to choose between their employment and their conscience. Now is not the time to risk losing any of our healthcare workers who have been at the front lines of this pandemic.”

Trackview Hall Event Center
is now open for business

By Loretta Cozart

Shane and Sherryl Adams announce the opening of Trackview Hall Event Center, a venue at 205 S. Battleground Avenue in downtown Kings Mountain.
The 5,000 sq. ft. facility has been completely transformed from the consignment shop that once occupied the space into a modern facility that can be used for weddings, receptions, or corporate events. New bathrooms have been installed, along with a bride’s room, and a modern prep kitchen. The space is accessible from the Battleground Avenue and has plenty of parking available in the  Cherokee Street Parking Lot.
“One of the biggest dilemmas we faced was what to do with the floor.  I wanted to use stained concrete, but we explored other ideas as well,” said Sherryl. “The old tiles were asbestos, so we had them professionally removed. Even so, you can see where the old Trackview
tiles were. We considered self-leveling epoxy to hide it but learned that it would not hide the pattern left from the tile. In the end, we went with our original idea.”
“This was a big job,” said Shane. He was the general contractor and that saved the couple money in the long run. “Even so, I spent many 60-hour weeks down here getting this place ready. We continue to do work to improve the space and recently added an industrial refrigerator and ice machine.”
“We have a maximum capacity of 273, but the space gives us flexibility. In our current setup, we have seating for 94 on the right side and seating for 96 at the round tables. We can divide the space with curtains and once the wedding is complete, add additional tables in the space where guests had just sat and observed the ceremony.”
The space is tastefully decorated, with modern touches. The tin ceiling remains and has been painted black. The color scheme is a good backdrop for a wedding, letting the bride and her bridesmaids take center stage in this lovely facility.
A sprinkler system is installed, and crystal chandeliers adorn the ceiling. The metal poles have been sheathed in wood which are also accented with lights. “We are also going to add optional brighter lighting, should a company hold a corporate meeting here need brighter lighting so folks can take notes,” Shane added.
When asked what he planned to do now that this facility is nearly complete, Shane said, “I’ve got a lot of work to catch-up on now, from my other businesses to my barn, there’s always something to do.”
“We’ve had several events here already,” Sherryl said. “We been so busy, we haven’t had time for an open house. But we do plan to have one so the community can come to see the transformation. We’ll be sure to announce it, so everyone knows.”
For more information, contact Trackview or call 704-259-5806.

New restaurants slated for KM

By Loretta Cozart

The Kings Mountain Herald has learned that a Biscuitville and an A&W Restaurant are in the works for Kings Mountain, but neither restaurant shared a timeline for breaking ground.
Biscuitville is a privately held regional fast-food restaurant chain consisting of 62 locations in North Carolina and Virginia. The restaurant specializes in breakfast food and Southern cuisine. All biscuits served at Biscuitville restaurants are made from scratch "hot every 15 minutes."  The chain plans to build the new restaurant beside Burger King on York Road.
A&W Restaurants, based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced last week that three new restaurants would be built locally. The Herald learned that the A&W Restaurant in Kings Mountain will be built closer to Catawba Two Kings Casino.
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Cleveland County
Board Of Elections

On July 19, Governor Roy Cooper announced the appointment of Doug Sharp as the Chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Elections. Subsequently all board members were sworn in. Pictured are members of the new board. Front row, left to right: Debbie Clary and Mary Accor. Back row, left to right, Doug Sharp, Allen Langley, and Al Paksoy.
Photo by Cleveland County Board of Elections
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Wi-Fi Installation
in Downtown Kings Mountain

Downtown Wi-Fi installation began in July and will be completed by August 31 –  Shown above  is a map showing the general location of the access points and the approximate coverage area.                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Photo by City of Kings Mountain Main Street Program)
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National Night Out
Aug. 3 at Patriots Park

The City of Kings Mountain will celebrate National Night Out, Tuesda3y, August 3, at the Gazebo in Patriots Park.
This special event gives the community the opportunity to meet local law enforcement and first responders while offering food, music and a variety of family friendly activities.
Community Partners such as Safe Kids of Cleveland County and Kings Mountain YMCA, will be on hand with games and activities as well. Special guests include Cleveland Community College’s Yeti mascot and Chase from Paw Patrol.
National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with the local law enforcement partners.
Great food, fun games, inflatables and much more are available! All the fun starts in Patriots Park at 6 pm. Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue. Due to this special event, a portion of Railroad Avenue and West Gold Street surrounding Patriots Park will be closed beginning at 5:30pm, August 3, and remain closed or barricaded until 9:30 pm. Please use extreme caution when traveling in the area due to the increase in motor vehicles and pedestrians. Please plan to travel different roads  if  you  are  impacted  by this change.
For more information on National Night Out, 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.

Equus Partners received approval for 300,000 sq. ft. shell building
and financial incentives

By Loretta Cozart

During last month’s city council meeting, Equus Partners received approval from Kings Mountain City council to construct a 300,000 sq. ft. shell building and to provide financial incentives for Project Joe.    The item had been continued from the May City Council meeting.
Planning Director Stuart Gilbert shared some background on the project, reminding City council that in March 2020 Council approved a spec building on the site with financial incentives. In the interim, a new economic development policy was put into place. “The former project was for a manufacturing building, but the new project is for a warehouse/distribution center. City council’s approval allows Equus Partners to receive financial incentives in either case,” Gilbert said.
Tom Johnson, attorney for Equus Partners spoke in favor of the project and thanked City council for considering the request.
Councilman Allen made the motion to approve a developer agreement to construct the 300,000 sq. ft. shell building and provide financial incentives. City council voted unanimously to approve. The closest access point to the property is from Sara Lee Access Road near Hanes Brands.
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The Joy Theater Complex. Photo by Loretta Cozart

KMLT announces 
renovations at the Joy

To become one of the leading entertainment venues in the region

Kings Mountain Little Theatre, its officers, and Board of Directors announce their next major project for the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. A major project that many, especially the Ladies, have been hoping for is a restroom renovation and expansion. The time is now!
This major renovation will enhance the original Joy Theater design elements for the façade, will extend the lobby area, and add bathrooms. All these elements will be features of the project. The Joy and the Liberty Mountain Garden are already a cornerstone of downtown Kings Mountain. This project will transform the complex into one of the leading entertainment venues in the region!
KMLT will soon celebrate 20 years at the Joy. During those years KMLT has accomplished a great deal with the generous support of the community, allowing them to successfully  complete  numerous  projects to enhance their facility. 
   The campaign allows for a one-time donation or up to a five-year pledge with a variety of giving levels.
The campaign’s goal is ambitious, approaching $595,000. However, they have already received initial pledges from local families that are helping make this monumental campaign a reality. KMLT’s officers and Board are 100 percent in support of the project with their pledges.
   KMLT is a tax-exempt, 501c3 non-profit and will provide a receipt for any donation.
   Please contact Jim Champion for further information at or 704-730-9408.  Kings Mountain Little Theatre appreciates your support.

Scenes from KM’s LIVE
at  Patriots Park Concert and Cruise-In

Patriots Park was filled to overflowing during last week's Concert and Cruise-in featuring D.J. Jim Shaefer and the Voltage Brothers.

Photos by Loretta Cozart and Angela Padgett
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Pictured left to right: Mike and Bryan Butler in front of the new eight-bay facility at 404 E. King Street. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Butler continues the family’s
reputation for quality auto service

By Loretta Cozart

When Mike Butler decided to open Butler’s Garage in 1995, little did he know that his son, Bryan, who was about to graduate college at UNC-Charlotte, would follow in his footsteps twenty-four years later. Mike started the business after taking early retirement from Winn-Dixie when the Kings Mountain store announced it was closing. He opened a one-bay garage at 205 E. King Street and over the years, the business expanded to three-bays.
“Opening a garage wasn’t such a far reach for my dad. His father, Claude ‘Smokie’ Butler, was a backyard mechanic who taught his  kids  mechanical BUTLER
work; they had a garage on their property. Dad started buying equipment and pretty soon he was doing a lot of the pre-work with Kings Mountain Auto Sales, getting their cars ready to sell. They kept him really, really busy. His reputation just grew from there. He always had cars in the lot and had the reputation for hiring good mechanics,” Bryan said of his dad.
After college, Bryan became a commercial relationship banker with a huge territory in western NC and worked in that field for 25-years. I did a lot of driving,” he recalls. “One day, dad came to me and said he was going to retire. Mom had retired and he was ready to do so, too. The more I thought about it, I thought maybe I could take the business, grow it, and have someone run it for me. My wife, Stephanie, was supportive of me and said we were in a good place in our lives to try and that I should go for it. When I asked dad about it, he said he thought that would be cool.”
Two years later, Bryan and Stephanie bought a lot at 404 E. King Street, just down the block from the shop’s old location. “The rest is history. I disappeared from the banking industry and started doing this. I just wish I had done it 10-years earlier.”
Mike now helps in the business. “I put dad on special projects. He’s my go-to-guy for the motors and the bigger jobs that we get around here; I don’t think I’ve ever seen him happier. To be able to work with my dad now is really great, because I had been away from Kings Mountain for a long time.”
Butler’s Tire and Auto Service currently has eight-bays, with a mechanic working in each. They shop specializes in full-service work and are one of a few in town that do. “We do everything, from tires, to engines, to transmissions. Some places won’t do valve cover gaskets, but we do it all - including tires. We are a one-stop-shop,” Bryan said. “And we keep all the work in-house.”
“We bought all-new ROTARY® equipment when we opened this shop. They are well-known for lifts and alignment machines. And we are the only shop in town with a zero entry lift, so low cars like Corvettes can drive straight onto the lift and not worry about rubbing. People who lower their cars can come here and to get alignments and things like that.”
Bryan says he focuses on customer service, offering a 2-year warranty on most repairs. “We are a good old family business with a good reputation. If someone is unhappy about something, they can just come talk with me. I’ll be glad to have a conversation with them and make it right.” Bryan said, “Our reputation is something I want to continue to build upon. That’s why we have been for around so long.”
When asked where he sees the business going, Bryan said, “I feel we are going to continue to grow. We’ve got two-acres here and have plenty of room if we want to expand. I am always looking for other ventures, like popular franchises that might be a hit here. I own the property next to me it has good road frontage on King Street. So, I keep my options open.”
   “But my first job is to make sure this place does really well. So far, it’s been really good. We are growing every month and that’s all you can ask for,” he said. “I am excited I am part of the future here. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right. I want everyone to come here and feel comfortable while they sit in the lobby. Customers can watch TV and enjoy a free water or coffee. If you have to get your car fixed, and you have to stay here, I want you to be comfortable. This is my vision built on my father’s reputation.”
When asked about the 1948 Ford he drives around town, Bryan shared the story. “We moved back to Kings Mountain about a year ago and we were looking for a house with property. We came across the Herndon residence and went to see it. That truck was in the garage. So I asked, ‘Does the truck come with the house?’” It did, and Bryan didn’t have to do anything to the truck; he drives it as he found it. “All I did was put stickers on the side and put gas in it. That’s it. It is definitely a conversation starter.”
Bryan Butler and wife Stefanie now live in Kings Mountain with their two boys, Ethan, 20, a junior at Virginia Tech, and Corbin, 9, who is in the fourth grade. One day, Bryan may have a similar conversation with his sons about taking over Butler’s Tire and Auto Service. But for now, he’s glad to be back home in Kings Mountain with his family carrying on the family tradition in a business his father started over 25 years ago.

Appalachian Gear Company ramps
up production with new KM facility

Appalachian Gear Company, an outdoor lifestyle company specializing in American-made performance apparel and gear, is proud to announce its expansion into a new manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain. The move allows the brand to significantly increase production of its award-winning All-Paca™ products, while creating jobs in the Charlotte metropolitan area.
Over the past 30 years, Appalachian Gear Company’s founders watched apparel manufacturing leave the United States. Since getting started in Charlotte in 2018, App Gear Co has always manufactured 100% of its fabric in its own facility, with product assembly taking place at various factories across the Southeastern U.S. As demand grew for the brand’s unique performance Hoodies, Crews, accessories, and gear, it became clear it was time to find a larger space that could accommodate the pace of manufacturing needed to keep up. As a result, App Gear Co’s founders returned to their roots and relocated to historic Kings Mountain, where they started their first-ever manufacturing operation. By staying in North Carolina, App Gear Co is able to have better oversight of the manufacturing process, ensure the production of higher quality garments and gear, and guarantee employees have a safe working environment.
“App Gear Co really started growing two years ago as more people began to find out about us, and then COVID struck,” says John Gage, co-founder of Appalachian Gear Company. “Ironically, 2020 was the year that our brand’s public awareness exploded, and we really struggled to keep up with demand in the face of global supply chain issues that impacted our flow of raw material from Peru. I know to a lot of folks, the decision to find a bigger, better space to grow our business in the midst of all that was unthinkable, but we just see it as staying true to the entrepreneurial spirit that helped us start the brand  in the first place.”
Appalachian Gear Company is an outdoor lifestyle company specializing in performance-based clothing and equipment manufactured in the United States. We combine decades in the textile industry with countless miles logged on trails across the country to introduce innovative and environmentally friendly products that provide performance and value. Our All-Paca garments are made from 100% Alpaca fiber and deliver unmatched breathability, comfort, and performance with less impact on the environment than synthetics. We understand the importance of Getting Out and Staying Out, and believe time spent in the outdoors leads to a happier, healthier life. Learn more at
   Production has commenced at the new facility, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the plans for July. For more information, visit

Community partners host a free Healthcare
 resource drive-thru event

On Thursday July 29, from 3 – 5 pm, the Cleveland County Health Department, Department of Social Services, and other community partners are hosting the Healthcare Olympics, a drive-thru community resource fair with free giveaways including, but not limited to diapers, wipes, medicine lock boxes, goodie bags, and more!
The event will take place in the front parking lot of the Cleveland County Public Health Center located at 200 S Post Rd, Shelby. Come learn more about the services offered at the Cleveland County Health Department and Department of Social Services, Safe Kids Cleveland County, Child Care Connections, Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Medicaid Transformation, and more! The event is open to everyone.
Safe Kids Cleveland County will be demonstrating the dangers of hot cars. Diapers were donated by March of Dimes and Seventh Generation.
“Due to our involvement in the COVID-19 response, the Cleveland County Health Department has had more interaction with county residents and community partners than ever”, said DeShay Oliver, Deputy Health Director. “However, we want people to know that while disease prevention and mitigation is a major role of public health, we offer a broad array of health services at the health department. This drive-thru is an opportunity for the health department and many of our community partners to educate community members about the services available to them while also providing free resources to help support healthy lifestyles in a COVID-friendly and convenient drive-thru format.”
   For more information, call 980-484-5336 to speak with Nurse-Family Partnership Nursing Supervisor, Dashé Lawton.

Never leave a child alone in a car, not even for a minute

In response to the latest hot weather, Kings Mountain Police Department has partnered with Safe Kids Cleveland County to host a Hot Car Awareness event.
Using a large digital thermometer to display the temperature inside and outside a vehicle, Chief Lisa Proctor and Detective Sergeant Lance Hamrick demonstrate how temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels. The Kings Mountain Police Department used the display to show the difference in a car’s temperature one hour apart. The photos show the drastic change in a very short period. Last year, a total of 26 kids died in the North Carolina, related to being left in hot cars. Since 1990, 212 children have died across the US.
As evidenced in the display, a vehicle parked outside with temperatures in the high 80s, can see temperatures rise inside the vehicle at 88.4 degrees to 133 degrees in one hour. At the two-hour mark, the car’s internal temperature reached 145 degrees.
 “The unfortunate thing is that these tragedies are completely avoidable,” said Jessica Crawford Safe Kids Coordinator for Cleveland County. “By taking simple steps, we can help one another prevent the tragedy of child heatstroke.”
In the last 20 years, Safe Kids from all over the world have partners with agencies such as Kings Mountain Police Department to bring awareness and prevent deaths to children ages 0-18. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more at risk of heatstroke as their body heat rises three to five times faster than an adult.
On an 80-degree day, the inside of a closed car can, within minutes, exceed 100 degrees. Cracking a window does not help keep the inside of a car cool.
   Awareness campaigns, such as Safe Kids N.C.’s “Look Before You Lock” campaign, along with hot car displays, help educate the public on the grave dangers of leaving a child in the car for just one minute.
Detective Hamrick stated, “we feel it is our duty to not only protect our smallest citizens but to help prevent unnecessary injury and death when possible.”
Please spread the word to never leave a child alone in a car not even for a minute.
 Safe Kids North Carolina reaches out to parents, caregivers, and children to prevent childhood injuries. For more information, visit
The display was moved to Patriots Park for the car show and concert last weekend to bring additional awareness and exposure to more people in other communities as well.

Library renovations
now complete

During the last year, Mauney Memorial Library has undergone some much needed renovations, including a new roof, plasterwork, paint, window restoration, new storm windows, and new flooring. The efforts taken by the city have returned the luster to this community landmark.
One of the first projects was to restore the windows throughout the home, and there are more than forty of them. Each window had to be removed and taken off-site to clean, remove years of  old  paint,  repaint,  and  Library reglaze. It was a painstaking process, but worth the effort.
Storm windows were also installed and are allowed under the house’s designation with the National Historic Register because the original windows are single-pane, and the storms will help protect them. The cost to restore the windows and add storms was approximately $75,000 - $80,000.
Library Director Christina Martin explained the process, “All the windows were marked and each one removed. After the windows were restored, each window was returned to its original space. We learned that a small detail in each window indicated the wealth of Dr. J.G. Hord. The window company owner came to give us an estimate and he touched this little piece of gingerbread and asked, ‘Do you know what that means? It means they had money.’”
The small pieces of gingerbread in each window were hand carved, which took time and added to the cost of the home. The house was built in a time when Kings Mountain had fewer than 3,000 people, and the majority of the homes in town were built by the mill at a cost of $1,200 or less. Yes, Kings Mountain did have its share of nicer homes at the time, but the majority were modest dwellings for millworkers and shopkeepers. Without records, it is unclear the exact cost to build the Hord Mansion, but from the home’s detail one can see that Dr. Hord was a wealthy man.
Another project undertaken by the city was new flooring. The mansion’s original floors are wood, which give and flex when walked upon. In years past, tile was installed over the wood, but it cracked due to flexing. Now the entire main floor of the original 1923 mansion has luxury vinyl plank flooring installed. It continues from the front door throughout the original structure. The house also had two additions, one in 1988 and the other in 2000. “Our plan is to extend this flooring to those areas when the budget allows to give the three areas a single cohesive look,” Martin said.
Another touch to unify the facility is new paint. The original home has been painted a lovely blue/gray paint color and the trim repainted white. It adds a soothing mood to the space and encourages readers to relax and enjoy their time at the library. The front room to the right of the foyer is now a reading room. In years past, it housed the card catalogue and, later, four computers. Now seating once again invites readers to sit and read.
Last spring, the roof was replaced. The original tiles had seen better days and water was leaking into the house, so much so that plaster on the ceilings and walls had to be replaced in several rooms upstairs after repairs were complete. The new roof is metal, made with a similar pattern and color to the original clay tiles. This roof should protect the structure for decades, if not longer.
“We are getting away from paper signs here at the library. Using the Cricut machine that we have in our MakersSpace, we made signs in-house that gives Mauney Memorial Library a more polished look. We utilized the city’s new color scheme and that adds a nice touch, too,” she said.
When asked about the genealogy collection, Martin replied, “We have the history and genealogy in the main collection. However, any items that we only have one of are housed in our archive room upstairs and visitors can request to see those files. We have filing cabinets filled with family histories and church histories upstairs to keep them safe.”
Aside from the roof and windows, the front columns of the Hord Mansion were also repaired, due to cracks in the stucco. A pink substance was put on them as part of the repair process. “Several folks called us about that, and we reassured them it was only temporary,” Martin shared.
Most visitors do not go upstairs in the library, but these rooms once housed a teacherage and apartments for a time. Now they serve as an office, storage, archive, and a break area. Over the years, the floors became worn, and the roof leaked allowing water to enter. The ceilings and walls have been replastered and the floors refinished. And city employees have taken an interest in the project. “Every light fixture up here period to the 1920s. Lights on either side of the hallway are cast. One is stamped 1914 and the other 1920. One of the guys in public works is an antiques collector and he found two crystal lights from a house built in 1920 and he gave them to us. He is a good friend of the library,” said Martin.
The parlor, a smaller room sandwiched between what were once two bedrooms, sits behind the Juliette balcony seen from the front of the house. Before the renovation it was a work room, with a copier and other office equipment stored there. After restoration, it has taken its place again as a parlor just outside the Librarian’s office. The room has been replastered and repainted, and the floors now restored. Martin shared, “When guests and dignitaries visit, as did city council last week, we welcome them in the parlor. It is the little jewel of this home. The transformation is just amazing and it is now a relaxing space.”
“During the renovation, some molding was missing upstairs, so Darryl Dixon took a piece to Cleveland Lumber and they made us new molding to match,” Martin said. “I was really impressed with their work, I must say.”
Future renovation plans for the library include replacing the shingles roofing on the additions with a metal roof also.
 We would also like to extend the luxury vinyl flooring to the additions too, to give better flow to the entire house.
   “When the question comes up if we are moving anytime soon, I tell people we aren’t going anywhere. This is where we are going to be,” Martin says with a smile.
While the library bears the name of Jacob S. Mauney, the Mauney’s never lived in this home. Dr. J.G. Hord built this home for his family in the early 1920s. It is believed to be the first building in town designed by an architect, but no plans exist, and the architect’s name is not known. Two years were required to build the house. After its completion in 1923, Mrs. Hord was known to have beautiful roses and flowers in formal gardens on the property. The Hord family was large and social, and the house offered a great vantage point from which to watch President Hoover’s 1930 ride through town, which one of the Hord daughters remembers doing. Dr. Hord died three years after moving into the house.
In 1947, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob S. Mauney decided to buy the Hord mansion and donate it to the city in memory of their parents as a home for the library. It was a fitting memorial to the couple who had been so actively involved in the education and betterment of Kings Mountain.
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City of Kings Mountain
adopts new
 Unified Development Ordinance

By Kimberly Herndon,
Senior Planner,
City of  Kings Mountain
Planning Department

On Tuesday, June 29, City Council adopted the City of Kings Mountain Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO provides regulations for land use and development in the City of Kings Mountain and its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. The new ordinance replaces the City of Kings Mountain Zoning Ordinance, originally adopted in December of 1996, and the City of Kings Mountain Subdivision Ordinance, originally adopted in April of 1996, and all of the subsequent amendments. These ordinances had long served the community. With changing times, it was time for the ordinances to changes as well.
   The need for a UDO came about as a result of a number of factors. In 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a complete reorganization of the state’s planning and development regulations. State standards from 1905 to present day were revised, consolidated, and clarified. The new Chapter 160D mandated that every city and county development regulation in the state to be updated by January 1, 2021. Due to the effects of Covid 19 a six-month extension was allowed, thus bringing the new deadline to July 1, 2021. The City of Kings Mountain UDO became effective on July 1, 2021 in compliance with the state law.
   The city planning staff worked with Kendig Keast Collaborative, a consulting firm known for their work in land use codes and specializing in performance zoning. Bret Keast, Principal, and Kelli McCormick, Senior Associate, worked with the city planning staff to evaluate the existing city ordinances and draft a new unified ordinance to carry the city into the future. A series of community meetings were held via Zoom and in-person. The City Planning & Zoning Board hosted public input sessions, board workshops, and participated in joint workshops with city council. Edits and public hearings continued until the time the ordinance was adopted.
   One goal of the UDO process was to make the code more user friendly and understandable. The entire ordinance was moved to EnCode Plus software. The use of EnCode allows the ordinance to be easily accessed by any from the city’s web site. The code is now a searchable document and can easily lead users to the sections in which they have interest with a simple search by topic. Reference sections appear as interactive links for easy access to charts, tables, and diagrams. Definitions are also linked to text for clarity.
    Another feature of the software is its link to the official zoning map. Once updated, users can search by property address and easily access zoning information as well as information linked to the Cleveland and Gaston County GIS databases. The map function will go live once the official zoning map is updated with the proper zoning terminology.
   The UDO replaced the old Euclidian zoning model that had been used since the 1990’s with a hybrid zoning classification system that merges aspects of Euclidian zoning with performance based zoning. In so doing, the zoning classifications were changed.
   An example of this type of update that effects residential properties is in the difference between the old Residential-10 zoning and the new Suburban Residential Classification. Residential 10 (R-10) zoning was converted to Suburban Residential (SR). The Suburban Residential (SR) classification now allows for three different development types based upon the desired character of a neighborhood. Standard lots (S) is most similar to the old R-10 designation. Cluster (C) and Planned (PL) are additional designations in this classification that allow for higher density development upon compliance with additional development standards. This approach allows housing to be addressed with residential standards, allow for clustering, and bonus techniques compatible with resource protection and quality design.
   The UDO and the related Official Zoning Map are the first steps in moving the development and land uses forward. The City of Kings Mountain and surrounding ETJ are currently experiencing record growth and development requests. Ensuring that land use compatibility is maintained, and that growth is managed in a controlled fashion are critical to community development and sustainability. Development guidelines can often be perceived as difficult or overbearing. In reality, good development is always welcome in a community and encouraged. Development increases the tax base, allows for variety of housing options, new commerce, new jobs, and quality of life.
   The UDO can be accessed on the City of Kings Mountain website on the Community Planning & Economic Development page. The link is:
   The UDO and official zoning map did not make broad scale changes to zoning classifications. If your property was zoned residential prior to July 1, 2021 it is still zoned residential today. The name of the zone has changed. Some changes have been made in allowances and setbacks within zoning classifications. A table of uses is included in the UDO that outlines what uses are permitted in each of the zones. Some uses require special use permits and other uses are limited. Terms and definitions are included to provide clarity. Questions and concerns about land use and the UDO may be addressed to the planning office.
   Zoning permits, rezoning applications, subdivision requests, address requests, and text amendments will be handled as in the past. Forms for such requests continue to be available online. In the near future, these forms will be moved to OpenGov, a new online format being implemented by city staff. At that time, all new applications will come through the online portal and be reviewed by staff.
   A new zoning map will be generated in conjunction with the comprehensive plan that is being written. The City of Kings Mountain had paused its work on the Vision 2040 Comprehensive Plan due to Covid 19 and the inability to host community input sessions in person. The planning staff has restarted these efforts and will work to complete the new plan by the end of 2021/early 2022. Based upon the findings of the comprehensive plan and analysis of existing land uses, economic forecasts, development needs of the community, and supply of undeveloped land, the zoning map will be updated to meet the needs of the future of the community. Public input is welcomed as this process moves forward.

The Voltage Brothers to appear
LIVE in Kings Mountain July 17

Concert third show of the
Patriots Park
Concert Series

It’s Electric! The City of Kings Mountain welcomes legendary entertainers The Voltage Brothers to Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre, July 17, 2021 for the third concert of the Live at Patriots Park Concert Series.
Founded in 1969, The Voltage Brothers celebrate 52 years in show business covering five decades of Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Beach, Classic Rock, and much more!
The group has traveled the world with renowned artists such as, Frank Sinatra, Kool & The Gang, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Earth, Wind & Fire. “We are so excited to be back in North Carolina,” says Ray Williams original member of The Voltage Brothers. “We have so many friends in the area and greatly appreciate the support.”
Named the Country’s number one #1 show band, The Voltage Brothers have performed at nine Super Bowls and played George W. Bush’s 2000 Presidential Inauguration.
The Voltage Brothers are not the only legends who will take the stage July 17. The City of Kings Mountain will welcome Magic 96.1 well-known DJ and member of the Band of Gold, Jim Shafer, as Master of Ceremonies as well. Shafer will open the show at 6:00 pm. The Voltage Brothers will follow at 7:00 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.
Food trucks, concessions, games and beverages will be available as well.
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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Jim Shafer

Charlotte radio legend Jim Shafer to appear in Kings Mountain July 17

The City of Kings Mountain will welcome Shafer, who, along with Greg “Eggman” Moore and Liz Luke, was a part of Magic 96.1 FM’s morning show “Shafer and The Eggman”, as Master of Ceremonies for The Voltage Brothers concert, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Born in upstate New York, Shafer’s radio career has taken him to St. Louis, Tampa, Cleveland, New York, and Charlotte.
Having spent nearly 25 years in Charlotte radio, Shafer is no stranger to the music scene either. In 1996, he founded the popular group, The Band of Gold. Three years later The Band of Gold was headlining Kings Mountain’s very first BeachBlast Festival. The band continues to tour.
Shafer continues to work in radio serving as a volunteer DJ on WSGE 97.1 FM, Gaston College’s on campus radio station. He also serves as Master of Ceremonies for the Carolina Beach Music Association Awards.
The Voltage Brothers concert is a part of the LIVE at Patriots Park Concert Series and Cruise-In hosted by the City of Kings Mountain. Jim Shafer will open the show at 6:00 pm. The Voltage Brothers will follow at 7:00 pm.
The Cruise-In will begin at 5:00 pm. Want to participate? All makes and models are welcome.
Food trucks, concessions, games, and beverages will be available as well.
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.

Pickin' At The Park continues Thursday evenings downtown 

Thanks to the City of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame,  Thursday nights in Downtown Kings Mountain sound much sweeter this summer. The two have partnered to host Pickin’ At The Park, an acoustic jam session running every Thursday night at the Gazebo in Patriots Park. The music starts at 6:00 pm, so bring your lawn chair and join the fun. All pickers are welcome if you want to participate.
Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. For more information on Pickin’ At The Park, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame at 704-860-4068.
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Virtual 18th Annual
Reverse Raffle & Auction, chance to win $5K

By January Costa,
Director and Curator

Be a part of the development of KMHM! Please support the museum during this time to help us with our fundraising efforts! Proceeds go toward the everyday operations of the museum.
Every September, Kings Mountain Historical Museum hosts a fundraiser to generate revenue necessary to support our programming. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on the museum this year, and the need to social distance for safety measures, we are continuing the reverse raffle and auction this year in an online format. The museum will not have an in-person event as we have in prior years.
This year the 18th Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction will be back to the tradition again of the reverse raffle for prizes with a ticket drawing to be posted online on September 18, 2021, through our social media. Tickets are on sale for $100 to be entered into the drawing for door prizes and the chance to win $5,000!!!
The online auction will start on September 10 and run until September 19 and is open to all bidders. You can find the auction link at:
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Board Members, calling the museum, emailing the museum at or by mailing a check to Kings Mountain Historical Museum, P.O. Box 552, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Each ticket is $100. It also includes a 1 in 300 chance of winning the $5,000 Raffle Prize, along with other raffle items!
This event is a great opportunity for local business owners to showcase their business while investing in the community. Kings Mountain Historical Museum is currently welcoming event sponsors as well as in-kind donations for auction items. The Museum is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization; donations are tax deductible as permissible by law.  To find out more about sponsorship and donation opportunities, please call 704-739-1019 or email
For more information, please visit our event page: You can also call (704) 739-1019 or follow us on Facebook & Instagram
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Heavy traffic heading to
Downtown Kings Mountain

Shuttle Service
to be offered to Concert/Cruise-In goers July 17th, 2021

Heavy traffic is expected in Downtown Kings Mountain, July 17, 2021 as the City of Kings Mountain hosts the third 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
• Cherokee Street Parking-located at South Cherokee Street
• Parkdale Mill-500 South Railroad Avenue
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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City announces road closures
for Concert Series and Cruise-In

The City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department will host a Concert Series and Cruise-In, Saturday, July 17, 2021. Several roads in the Downtown area will be impacted during the events. Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street surrounding Patriots Park and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets will be closed beginning 2:00 pm, Saturday July 17, and remain closed or barricaded until 11:00 pm. Further information regarding road closures is listed below.
• Partial Barricade placement will begin at 8:00 am – some roads will still be accessible during this time, but vehicles must be moved by 2:00 pm
• Additional Barricade placement will begin at 2:00 pm
• Roads closed at 2:00 pm and remain closed until 11:00 pm (ALL unauthorized vehicles will be towed after 2:00 pm)
• Arrival time for Cruise-In participants will begin at 4:00 pm with the Cruise-In beginning at 5:00 pm-Concert will begin at 6:00 pm
Participants in the Cruise-In and concert goers, must use travel from King Street to Cansler Street for access to Railroad Avenue, Mountain and Gold Streets
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 this change.
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.

Scenes from Red, White & Boom!

Kings Mountain celebrated our nation’s independence with Red, White, and Boom this past Saturday, July 3. The crowds gathered at Patriot’s Park and and the Deal Park Walking Track in Kings Mountain. They enjoyed food from the food trucks, inflatables and music performed by ACE Party Band. The fireworks display began at 9:45 pm.

Photos Provided

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Fabulous Fable Forest
at Patriots Park July 14

Mark your calendar now for this fun family-friendly event. Members from the audience perform alongside two actors (equipped with a gigantic trunk full of puppets, costumes, and props) to bring classic fables like "Tortoise and the Hare", "Lion and the Mouse", and "The Boy who Cried Wolf" to life! This program will take place at Patriots Park Amphitheatre on July 14 at 10 am.
This interactive production is sure to be a hit and leave your audience laughing for weeks. The show is full of silly comedy, interactive games, and engaging storytelling. The audience will be on the edge of their seats, laughing the whole way. You've never seen these fables presented like this before.
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC.
For the latest in library news and events, visit  

Scenes from Catawba Two Kings Casino Ribbon Cutting

See photos on pages 4A and 5A in the July 7 issue of KM Herald.
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Woman’s Club holds another indoor yard sale this Saturday

By Anne Gamble

GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club holds its annual Indoor Yard Sale at the clubhouse was so successful, they decided to continue it this Saturday, July 10, from 7 am until noon. All proceeds go directly into our Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship Fund.
The Woman’s Club gives a $1,000 scholarship each year to a senior boy or girl attending a 4-year university in North Carolina.
Huge variety of items from household, craft, home decor, toys, and clothing. Come early so you do not miss out on the best selections.
The GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club, and club president, Denise Cobb, invites the public to join us in raising funds for the future. “We value our students in Kings Mountain and want to support them in their pursuit of a 4 year degree at a North Carolina institution.”
See GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club Facebook page, gfwcnckm, for more information and updates.
Kings Mountain Woman’s Club is located at 108 East Mountain Street.
And with the cutting of the ribbon the casino officially opens
Catawba Nation Chief Bill Harris cuts the ribbon to open Catawba Two Kings Casino as tribal leaders and dignitaries look on. See more photos of the event on page 4A and 5A. Photo by Catawba Nation

Catawba Nation and government leaders celebrate opening of
Catawba Two Kings Casino 

sino pre-launch facility in Kings Mountain opened to the public at noon on July 1, after Catawba Nation Chief Bill Harris cut a ceremonial ribbon with tribal, local, and state government leaders.
The 500-slot temporary facility was built in only four months using prefabricated modular structures on part of a 17-acre site just off Interstate 85, about 35 miles west of Charlotte. The facility, which will be open 24 hours daily, is providing an initial opportunity for patrons in the Charlotte region and beyond to game with limited food and beverage services and other guest amenities.
For the Catawba Nation, July 1 opening represented the culmination of three decades seeking to finally benefit from the federal service area of six North Carolina counties, including Cleveland County, that it was assigned by Congress in 1993 to recognize the tribe’s aboriginal and historical ties to the state.
“Catawba Two Kings Casino represents the righting of a historical wrong for the Catawba Nation,” Chief Harris said. “But it is also so much more. It represents a prosperous future and renewed kinship between the Catawba Nation and the many communities that now occupy Catawba ancestral lands, including Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, and the State of North Carolina.
“For many of us, it represents a bright future – a future with more jobs and educational opportunities. We are thankful for the relationships that have been created in each community, for our partnerships with Delaware Casino
North and SkyBoat Gaming, and for the invaluable leadership that came from local officials in making this project a reality,” Harris said.
Harris was joined at the ribbon cutting by Catawba Assistant Chief Jason Harris, Catawba Council members and Catawba Gaming Commission officials, state and local government officials and representatives of Delaware North, the Catawba’s consultant on the casino project, and SkyBoat Gaming, its developer.
“What an exciting day it is to finally get this entertainment complex open,” Kings Mountain Mayor Scott Neisler said. “It brings so many positive aspects to our community -- job creation, new housing opportunities, support for the Catawba Nation, and a significant economic impact to our community for years to come.”
About 250 people, including a significant number of Catawba Nation members, are employed at the pre-launch facility. It also created construction jobs in the region, with more to come when construction begins on an introductory phase of the $273 million full casino resort.
“This new entertainment facility is another step in creating jobs and economic benefits by making Cleveland County a destination for people throughout the Charlotte region and beyond," Cleveland County Commissioner Johnny Hutchins said. “We thank the Catawba Nation and its partners for seeing this through and look forward to the casino resort’s continued development.” 
Construction on the introductory phase – which will be part of the permanent casino and feature an additional 1,300 slot machines, restaurants, and other amenities – is expected to begin by year’s end and will take about a year to complete. The full casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout and thousands of construction jobs in the region.
“Delaware North is incredibly proud of our partnership with the Catawba Nation,” said Lou Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North, the project consultant. “Two Kings will be a world-class destination for hospitality and entertainment, as well as an enduring driver of economic opportunity for the region. We are grateful to everyone in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County and the state of North Carolina who helped to make today’s ribbon cutting possible.” 
The Catawba Nation’s Tribal-State Compact with the State of North Carolina will allow the state to share in revenues generated by the new casino. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of the compact earlier this year allows the Catawba to conduct Class III gaming, including operating slot machines and table games.
In March 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior, following a thorough, years-long review, took 17 acres of land into trust status in Cleveland County, North Carolina, for the Catawba Nation. The action recognized the Catawba Nation’s historical and ancestral ties to its aboriginal lands throughout North Carolina, as evidenced by names such as Catawba County and Catawba College, as well as in the six counties, including Cleveland County, specifically identified by Congress as part of the Catawba’s service area. The compact with North Carolina acknowledges this connection to North Carolina as well.
In addition to creating revenue for the State of North Carolina, the casino will help support an education fund that will benefit environmental conservation, provide educational support for members of federal and state-recognized tribes, support local communities on economic development initiatives, and foster employment opportunities on or near Catawba lands.
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Kings Mountain Police Chief Lisa Proctor with Sgt. Keith Davis and Mayor Scott Neisler. Photo by Karen Tucker

Sgt. Keith Davis retires June 30

By Loretta Cozart

During the June 29 City Council meeting, Sergeant Keith Davis was awarded his service weapon and badge by Mayor Scott Neisler in anticipation of his retirement on Wednesday, June 30.
Sgt. Davis began his employment with the Kings Mountain Police Department on June 7, 2000, as a Patrol Officer.  On June 25, 2001, Sergeant Davis transferred to the COPS Division. On July 22, 2002, Sergeant Davis moved to the Patrol Division and on September 26, 2008, he was promoted to Corporal.  He remained in the Patrol Division until January 24, 2020, at which point he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Lake Patrol and has remained in this position since that date, performing a very dedicated and dutiful service.
“As Sergeant, Davis was a dedicated public servant having conducted himself in a professional manner, earning the respect of those with whom he served, and those he was entrusted to serve, contributing to the betterment of his department and the community as a whole,” said KM Police Chief Lisa Proctor.
It is customary to present an officer with 20 years or more of service with their service weapon and badge worn and/or carried by him.

The Printin’ Press purchased
by Westmoreland Printers

The Printin’ Press, Inc. and Robert Bolin are pleased to announce the sale of the company to Westmoreland Printers, Inc, effective July 1, 2021.
Wes Westmoreland said of the acquisition, “I was born in Kings Mountain, my grandfather, Jim Hambright, graduated from Kings Mountain High School. I am most pleased to have a footprint in the city.” He continued, “Kings Mountain is a growing and vital city in the county, and we fully intend to maintain a presence in town to continue to serve individuals and businesses in the area.”
“I never really considered selling the business to anyone other than Westmoreland,” Bolin stated. “They have a well-established reputation for quality and customer service. My primary goal was to ensure that the customers the Printin’ Press has served for over 40 years would be well served in the future.”
Though his father was a local veterinarian, Westmoreland followed the family legacy of printing, the fifth generation of the family to do so since JF Westmoreland opened a printing company in Thomasville, NC in 1887. Westmoreland Printers was founded in 1999, and is headquartered on East Dixon Boulevard in Shelby.
Westmoreland Printers is the most awarded printing company in the region, having received well over 100 gold, silver, and bronze awards from the Printing Industries of the Carolinas and the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen  for quality design and production of both traditional offset as well as digital print. Awarded work includes a wide range of products that varies from business cards to books.
The Kings Mountain office will remain in the same complex that has housed the Printin’ Press at 714 N. Cleveland Ave, and the phone number will remain the same. Hours of operation are from 9 AM until 4 PM, Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 9 AM until 1 PM. More information is available online at

Wells Fargo’s
KM branch
closing July 14

By Loretta Cozart

Wells Fargo Bank at 125 S. Battleground Avenue will close its Kings Mountain branch on Wednesday, July 14, according to Mike Hughes, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo State and Local Government Relations, due to more transactions being handled digitally.
Wells Fargo’s ATM will remain open at 1027 Shelby Rd, in the parking lot of Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Unified Development Ordinance approved
and other business
by City Council

By Loretta Cozart

After months of work involving city staff and consultants, Kings Mountain’s new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) has been approved. The new zoning ordinance replaces former zoning used by the city. All cities within the state had to develop and implement a new UDO that had to be implemented July 1. The motion to adopt was made by Councilman Allen and the vote was unanimous.
Architect Can Fleiger spoke against approval of the UDO saying he was doing so reluctantly. “I favor UDO’s that support neighborhoods and encourage neighborhoods to grow.” His concerns were regarding the term ‘detached residential’ and how that might impact single family housing in Kings Mountain.
Prior to the vote on the UDO, Mayor Neisler said, “I want to thank the folks in our Planning and Development team and consultant Kelly McCormick. You guys have really been working tirelessly, specifically Kimberly, and I think we’ve got a really great plan going forward. Now, is it going to be perfect? If you think this is going to be perfect, you are going to be terribly wrong and terribly disappointed, because it is going to need to be tweaked. The comprehensive plan will follow this, and we’ll be working on that until the end of the year.”
In councilman’s remarks, Councilman Keith Miller made a public apology saying, “Thursday night we had a UDO meeting, and we had some passionate conversations. In the course of that passion, I think I was discourteous to Councilman Allen, Ron Humphries, and our consultant Kelly. I apologize for my intemperance, and I apologize to this body.”
City Manager Marilyn Sellers reported on various projects in town:
• The Meadowbrook waterline project should be complete with paving this week.
• Mauney Memorial Library will start in-person programming after Labor Day, along with in-person story time. Part of the library’s strategic plan was to have an outreach program in the community. They are going to start with Ramseur Park area. That is the park that was built by staff. So, they will be working with the Housing Authority and engaging kids in programs and giving away free books promoting reading and literacy. They will be going there quarterly.
• Mauney Memorial’s 1923 house renovations have been completed and the mayor and city council is invited for a tour on July 12 at 3 pm. The community has shown a lot of support for the library.
• Project CHIPPY (Benestar): Electric infrastructure is 90% complete and the natural gas is about 50% complete. So city staff is meeting the target date and Benestar will be online later this summer.
• The new ball field at the Intermediate School: 90% of the materials have been received. Sellers feels the city is on target to be completed in late August.
• Delivery 5 Distribution and Transmission Project: Moving along as expected, right away acquisitions and site preparations are being solidified. That project is on schedule.
• Streetscape Project: All infrastructure downtown is complete: gas, electric, water, and sewer, with the exception of electrical for new lighting. The streetlight fixtures have been identified, and the cost is being evaluate. came in high, so they identified, and the cost came in high so it is being evaluated.
• The city received DOT hydraulic calculations, so the city is close to meeting all the DOT requirements. The stormwater calculations are actually better with the streetscape. As soon as the city gets DOT approvals the city will go out for bids on the project. The contracts will set the schedule and the city hopes for completion in the fall, depending upon delivery of materials. Wi-Fi is being installed in the downtown area.
During the regular meeting, Councilwoman Annie Thombs made a motion to approve a Developer Agreement to construct a 300,000 square foot shell building and provide financial incentives for PROJECT JOE (Equus Partners). Councilman Butler was absent from the room, but all other council members approved.
Councilman Allen made a motion to adopt an ordinance amending the zoning map of the City of Kings Mountain, NC to rezone property located in the City of Kings Mountain at 1050 York Road, Highway 161. Property being further known as Parcel Numbers 12771 and 63398 and consisting of 0.73 acres and 7.16 acres, totaling 7.89 acres, from Heavy Industrial (HI) to Light Industrial (LI) – Case No. Z-6-5-21. The vote was unanimous.
Councilman Rhodes mad a motion to deny an ordinance to remove property consisting of 7.16 acres, Parcel #63398 located in the City of Kings Mountain along York Road, Highway 161, from the Thoroughfare Protection Overlay District – Case No. Z-5-5-21. That vote was unanimous.
A motion to Adopt an Ordinance approving the Sandee Run Subdivision, Phase I Preliminary Plan – Case No. MJS-17-5-21 was made by Councilman Hawkins. The vote was unanimous.
Council discussed a motion to authorize the Mayor to execute into an agreement for an easement with Albemarle for a 30-ft. wide sewer right of way. Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks explained, “What we are looking to do is ask the mayor to execute. We are in a time crunch. At the end of Tin Mine Road there was 17-acres of land that the city purchased. Adjoining that acreage, the north side of Rockwood Lithium the was land that we did not purchase. There is a sliver of land that Rutherford Electric has an easement that we are requesting to obtain so we can continue to bring the sewer through that area down through the Hagen property and over to Exit 5 for future development. There would be no cost to the city to do this.” Councilman Rhodes made the motion to authorize the mayor to execute the easement agreement and the vote was unanimous.
This 17.11 acre tract was once owned by the Hagen family but was sold by the city in an upset bid process last year to E5 Holdings.
In the consent agenda, city council unanimously approved the following items:
Authorize the City Manager to sign any additional Budget Amendments relating to end of the year closeout of the 2020-2021 budget in order to ensure statutory compliance for the FY ending on June 30, 2021 (Copies of the Budget Amendments will be available for your review).
Listed below are three budget amendments which require Council approval:
• Budget amendment in the amount of $250,000 to budget additional funds to be transferred to the Workers Compensation Internal Service Fund due to several significant claims that continue to require funding and to increase/replenish fund balance in this account. The city is partially self-insured for Workers Compensation. Council approval is required due to the fact that we are transferring monies between departments/functions.
• Budget amendment in the amount of $570,000 to budget for stop loss revenues received through 5/31/2021. This represents funds paid to the City by our insurance company for amounts exceeding our per person maximum. Council approval is required due to the fact that we are increasing total budget in the fund.
• Budget amendment in the amount of $500,000 to establish budget for transferring funds to the Capital Reserve Fund. This is needed for future capital and to replenish the fund for dollars transferred related to 2020-2021 capital (Streetscape). Council approval is required due to the fact that we are transferring funds between departments/functions.
Reappropriate remaining budget in the 2021-2022 budget to expedite payment of the various vendors/final delivery for purchases/projects in progress at year end.
Adopt a Grant Ordinance for anticipated American Rescue Plan Act funds which have been allocated to City of Kings Mountain in the event funds were received prior to year-end. This is to ensure that the city has complied with the NC Statutory budgeting requirements.
Adopt a resolution, pursuant to N.C.G.S § 160A-31, directing the City Clerk to investigate the sufficiency of a petition for voluntary contiguous annexation from Kenneth F. Davis and Amy C. Davis for property identified as Cleveland County Tax Map 4-59, Block 1, Lot 11U, or Deed Book 1719 Page 1172 and consisting of 29.88 acres, more or less.
Award a Downtown Façade Grant to Gregg and Cheryl Johnson, for property located at 213 South Battleground Avenue, in the amount of $4,540.00.
Adopt a resolution to add language to all downtown grant applications to include a requirement for proof of commercial property insurance which verifies coverage of the property for full replacement value. This is a recommendation from the Main Street Coordinator. Applications are available for review in the City Clerk’s office.
Adopt a Resolution of Intent to consider closing a portion of James Street, which lies between Grace Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad right of way.
 Schedule a Public Hearing for Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to consider closing a portion of James Street.
Schedule a Public Hearing for Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to consider an 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 #12841 from Residential R-10 to Light Industrial (LI).
Adopt a resolution to receive an Offer to Purchase from Earthfall Production, Inc. for property containing approximately 1.33 acres located near Phifer Road and begin the upset bid process.
Adopt a resolution to amend the number of members on the Kings Mountain Tourism Development Authority from seven (7) members to eight (8) members. This addition will not negatively impact the required ratio of members who collect occupancy tax. This is a recommendation from the Nominating Committee.
Approve the following appointments and reappointments to the Boards and Commissions listed below. These are the Mayor’s recommendations and were approved by the Nominating Committee:
Planning & Zoning Board
Kyle Yarbro – initial appointment to fill the unexpired term of Maury Williams - term expiring 12/31/2022
Moss Lake Commission
Trip Boinest – initial appointment for a Moss Lake POA seat - term expiring 6/30/2024
Main Street Advisory Board
Jim Champion – reappointment for a full term – term expiring 6/30/2024
Christina Bell Hill – initial appointment - term expiring 6/30/2024
Brenda Lovelace – initial appointment - term expiring 6/30/2024
Patrick Senior Center Advisory Board
Cathleen “Cass” Roberts – initial appointment - term expiring 6/30/2024
Regena Baynard – initial appointment - term expiring 6/30/2024
Janie McVay – initial appointment - term expiring 6/30/2024
Brenda Lovelace – reappointment for a full term – term expiring 6/30/2024
Chuck Kilroy – initial appointment from Delaware North - term expiring 6/30/2024
KM Transportation Committee
Gerald McMahan – reappointment for a full term – term expiring 6/30/2024
   City council closed the regular meeting for a closed session to consult with legal counsel regarding a possible real estate acquisition. No action was taken on this matter when the regular meeting resumed, and the meeting was adjourned.