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Beth Mayo Details Inside...

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October 17-19, 2008

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president Jeff Champion publisher Ebbie Champion

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Gratitude and congratulations

Mike Bencivengo Ebbie Champion JD Ledford - 18 STONE DESIGN Frank Olszewski Stuart Thompson

6 viewpoint Less is more - Sounding off about the Cleveland County Fair


writers Rev. Crystal Champion Steven Davis Tommy Forney Mary Lopez Dr. Don Miller Scott Moon Bob Mori Kathrine Panther-Potemkin Gilda Pruitt Lynn Zook

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23 fall feature recipe

{ features } 12 memories of broadway Beth Mayo shares with us her experiences on the set of CATS as well as running her own dance studio

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52 reflections

Find out more about this long standing local business

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56 therapy Rx

26 hog happnin’

Exercising during pregnancy

Celebrate the best bbq in the south at the city sqaure

32 giggles & smiles

38 art of sound A look at the October musical event in uptown Shelby

42 college funding Helping parents and students find the funding to further their knowledge and careers

46 champion communications Find out what’s happening with us

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A walk thorough of Rutherfordton’s new Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, KidSenses

Photo montagé of the American Legion World Series




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ON THE COVER Beth Mayo in the world’s best known and best loved musicals CATS

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{ welcome } Welcome to the Fall 2008 edition of Foothills Spotlight.

...a job well done...

Fall is in the air. Temperatures are falling and soon that means yards will be full of leaves. Here’s to all the sore raking shoulders in the coming weeks. High school fall sports are in full swing and we here at Foothills Spotlight wish all participants a successful and healthy season. We thank everyone for all the positive feedback we get concerning the magazine. We always welcome story ideas, so please let us know if you have one.

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I would personally like to thank everyone involved in making the American Legion Southeast Regional tournament and the World Series a tremendous success. Thanks for a JOB WELL DONE and making Shelby and Cleveland County shine! Please support our advertisers, for without them the magazine could not be possible. Until next time...

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Less Is Not More QUESTION:

...we need a Fair Assoc. that appreciates the deal they are getting...

If someone were to give you 40-50 acres of prime real estate for $1 a year, would you feel any obligation to consider their best interests when making business decisions? You would think the obvious answer would be “yes, of course.” Common sense, right? The Cleveland County Fair Association has not demonstrated much “common sense” with their decisions this past year. A few months back, Cleveland Community College initiated an exciting renovation idea for a small section of the Fairgrounds. The Fair Association resisted. The plan called for a new hotel and convention center, a new grandstand and a climate-controlled food court. All would have vastly improved and updated the current facilities, some of which are in dire need of updating. Then came the Hamfest fiasco. Again, the Fair Association’s lack of regard for any benefit to Cleveland County, allowed the Hamfest to leave, refusing to renew the long-standing lease and beginning this year the Shelby Hamfest (for the next 5 years) will now be in Gaston County.

In both cases, Cleveland County loses. We lose the opportunity to have a modern facility that would have provided us the ability to host major events. We lose the revenues that were realized when thousands traveled here to attend the Hamfest each year. At a time when many in Cleveland County have worked so hard to grow travel & tourism (Don Gibson Theater, Earl Scruggs Museum, American Legion World Series, etc..), I don’t see the Cleveland County Fair Association looking out for our best interests. Maybe it’s time we reconsider that $1 per year lease. The lease will be up for review in 2009. Like many of you, I love the fair and have many fond memories. I certainly want to see it stay and thrive. But, we need a Fair Association that appreciates the deal they are getting and feels an obligation to attempt to do what’s best for Cleveland County. We need a Fair Association that understands that when it comes to growing our travel & tourism industry, “less is not more.” Let your County Commissioners know what you think about this issue. Too much is at stake and we have too much to lose. *

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is the most important thing in your life. You can have all of the money in the world but if you are not healthy enough to enjoy it what good is it? You can have a great family, spouse, career or job, but if you are not healthy enough to enjoy it what good is it? So we have to take care of ourselves. Lead balanced lives that include exercise. When you exercise you are prolonging your life and fending off maladies like obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure just to name a few. Exercise and live a long life You need to eat right and take vitamins and supplements to help because the food we eat doesn’t always include the vitamins and minerals to keep us as healthy as possible. Because if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything right? Wrong! I contend that if you don’t have a healthy mind, what good is a healthy body. I have seen my grandparents on both sides of my family suffer through Alzheimer’s Disease to the point that in the last few years of their lives they didn’t recognize me (or anyone for that matter). I am not even sure they knew who they were. Their healthy body’s out lived their healthy minds. We spend a lot of time and money keeping the body healthy. How much time do we spend on keeping our minds healthy? Shouldn’t we be exercising our minds as much or more than we do our bodies? I see people running marathons and exercising their bodies for hours at a time but how much time do they spend on the thing between their ears? But what can you do you ask? Well, there are vitamins and supplements that are suppose to help your brain function. Ginko biloba is recognized by most to help improve your memory. But you can’t just take your brain out for a walk can you? Or can you? Research has shown that reading aloud and performing calculations quickly are effective for

exercising or training your brain. Studies suggest that solving simple math problems, counting currency, drawing pictures, and unscrambling letters can help based on the premise that cognitive exercise can improve blood flow to the brain. Improved blood flow, (just like in muscles) improves the brains ability. Playing video games, especially ones where you have to make calculations or solve puzzles are great exercise. Memory tests showed that people who performed simple calculations and read aloud on a regular basis did two to three times better on memory tests. They also find that regular mind exercise can help ward off or delay the on set of Alzheimer’s disease and other maladies. All it takes is few minutes a day and needs to be done on a consistent basis. So now when you think you need to go out and get some exercise, take it from me. Go sit in that comfortable chair and read aloud, solve some puzzles or play video games instead. You may not live longer but you will remember what you did while you were here. It is your amazing mind and you are in control!


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An Interview with Beth Mayo



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ne thing strikes you immediately about Beth Mayo; she is a ball of energy! When talking with her, you have to be an active listener or you will be left way behind in the conversation. But listening to Beth talk isn’t hard to do. Her life has been so interesting; you can’t help but be fascinated. Another thing to note about Beth is that she is very physical with her expressions. (Of course, what else would you expect from a dancer?) Occasionally, she will emphasize a word with an action and/or sound that actually communicates her meaning better than words. (We’ll try to note these places in the following conversation.) Beth is the owner and lead instructor at The Academy of Performing Arts dance studio. The studio is located on the Lafayette St. side of the courtsquare in uptown Shelby. She is married to husband John, and they have three children, Kaitlin, age 20, Marley, age 18, and Natalie, age 12. Beth grew up right here in Cleveland County. She was the youngest of five siblings. Her father was a well-known surgeon, Dr. Cloninger. Her parents were divorced when she was still a toddler, and her Aunt Gene (short for Eugenia) became a prominent parent figure for her. As a child, Beth considered herself more of an athlete than a dance artist. Even so, she acted, danced, and sang in regional musical theatre productions. She was a gymnast, a cheerleader at Shelby High School, where she also played tennis and softball. She is still recognized at Shelby as an honor athlete. She was a Morehead scholar attending University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she also became a cheerleader and eventually, head cheerleader. For many people, that might have been enough fame and recognition for one lifetime – but Beth was just getting started. The week of her college graduation, she went to New York, auditioned for a show, got the part and got her equity card. All this happened in just one week! (Pause while we all go, “Wow!”) The fairytale just kept growing for Beth. She was led into a career of glamour and prestige that she had never even imagined. And she did it on sheer energy and enthusiasm, something Beth Cloninger Mayo has always had in abundance.

Q: When you were a little girl, did you dream of being a ballerina? Beth: No. I liked the snazzier stuff. I was a tomboy; ballet was way too girlie for me. But my Aunt Gene

was a great admirer of the arts. She loved theatre and music and dance, so she was a big influence on me. My older sister Stephie took dance and I thought she was so wonderful! So my Aunt Gene wanted me to take it and I did when I was about kindergarten age for a couple of years. Then I said it just wasn’t for me and I did a lot of other things. When I was in fourth or fifth grade, I went back to dance. That’s when it became this joyful thing in my life, and it still is. I can’t control it or describe it; it just brings out this joy in me and I just love it (makes graceful waving movement of the arms). But I didn’t really know then that I was going to do it for a living. When I was in middle school, I started to love plays and

Beth: Ms. Frances Welch in Shelby, N.C. She was my only dance teacher until I went to college. But I’m sure she just shook her head about me because I was one of those kids that was into about eighty things at once – sports, plays, and on and on. Dance was just one of the many things I did. I’m sure she would have preferred me to be more focused on my dance. Frances was a wonderful influence on a lot of young people and I thought she was so beautiful. I’ll always remember those pictures she had in the lobby of herself on stage. It’s good for the children to see those pictures of you when you are younger, because when they meet you you’re already older and they never got to see that side of you. So I’ll always love that she had those pictures of herself.


What were some of those other activities you did when you were a child?

musical theatre. There used to be a regional theatre based out of Forest City that did big musicals like “Carrousel” and “The Sound of Music”. I would audition for them and I got cast quite often. We would tour throughout the area; that’s when I first really got the bug. Anyway, come to find out, I have more of a jazz body than a ballet body. Ballet is important because you learn the technique and the basics, but I don’t have the turnout you really need for a career in ballet. I was always better at jazz and tap.


Who was your first dance teacher?

Beth: Well, I did gymnastics, and I was a cheerleader, and I played on the tennis team, and I played softball for Shelby High School. I always had a lot of adrenaline, and that’s always how I’ve danced, too. I might not know the name of something, but what I cared about was could I do it or not? The fact that I became a teacher is like, Whoa (she makes a sudden motion with her arms and chest)! But everything I did was just all-out. Like when I was little, I played tennis and then I got to the state championships. Then I got tired of that. So I decided I wanted to do gymnastics, so I went to gymnastics camp and I ended up being offered a scholarship to the school that held the camp. Then, at Shelby High, we went to cheerleading camp at Furman. It was the first time Shelby High had been to a National Cheerleading Association camp. Well, at the end of the camp, I was asked to be an instructor by the National Cheerleading Association. So, my first two years of college, I toured around, teaching at cheerleading camps all over everywhere. I’ve just always had good luck like that, somehow.


So did you major in dance when you were in college?

Beth: I was a college cheerleader all four years that I was at Carolina. What’s kind of funny is, when I was working in major shows in New York, people would come backstage after the show to greet me and they would say, “Hey! Aren’t you that red-headed cheerleader for Carolina?” I cheered three years and

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then my senior year, I was head cheerleader. It was an exciting time to be a cheerleader because that was the days when Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins and James Worthy won the NCAA. The thing is, I was a Morehead finalist. My daddy went to Carolina, all his brothers went there, but they didn’t allow women back then; and all my brothers and sisters went there, so I was the last one. Anyway, they gave you a little more back then with a Morehead scholarship, so I went in as a premed major, but that…(laughs heartily and slaps her knee)…that just wasn’t gonna work! So, anyway, I ended up as a drama major, because they didn’t really have a dance department at Carolina back then. But the P.E. department had a wonderful dance program that was all ballet and modern ballet. All four years I was at Carolina, I danced with a troupe from there. The drama department there never did big musicals, but The Student Union did. I got to be in them; we did “Starting Here, Starting Now”, and when we did “Cabaret”, I got to be Sally Bowles. What happened then was I just kept getting performance work in the summers, and I thought, “How wonderful to be able to work and do what you love to do!” I think it was mostly my attitude. I don’t think I was the best in the world, but I really believe attitude is what counts the most, and being a hard worker. You have to be a hard worker to run a dance school. Sometimes I spend my whole morning preparing for the classes I have coming up that afternoon and evening. That’s OK with me because I believe in being a hard worker.

Q: What made you think you could make it in New York, when it is so competitive? Beth: Well, the week of my college graduation, I just

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went up there. I really didn’t ask if I could. Of course, I was twenty-one and I could have done what I liked, but it really wasn’t like me to do something like that without consulting my family. I had met this girl from New York while I was doing some cabaret work and she invited me to come and stay with her and I just decided at the last minute to do it. Then when I got there, she said, “Why don’t you do an audition while you’re here?” So I did and I got the part and I got offered dance captain, and I got my equity card right away. Wow! (jumps up with excitement) I Know! So I called up my older brother Chip and said, “Chip, I’m in a show, will you drive over to Shelby and ask Daddy if I can stay in New York?” And he did and they were all like, “What, she’s in New York?” The show was “Give Me Gershwin” I never really thought about the competition at the time, because it wasn’t like I was pursuing this career. At that time, it felt like the career was pursuing me. I always felt that I was very lucky to have the experiences I did, not just then, but all my life, really. But then again, you have to keep an open mind; and most of all, you have to keep an upbeat attitude, it makes a big difference. I am not a competitive person, but I am a very excitable, and happy, and enthusiastic person, so I think that’s what got me through. It’s like I knew the fun that was on the other side of that audition if I could just give it everything I had. It is kind of amazing that I did all that competitive type stuff, because that is really not my nature. I don’t run a competitive dance studio, either.

(she makes scooting motions with her hands). I had the energy, but I didn’t have that focus yet. But now I was more mature and I understood things better. That’s when I got to do a show at Radio City called “Tin Pan Alley” and then I got to be in the “I Love New York Show”. It was part of a big campaign to promote tourism in New York and it was sponsored by the airlines. That was the most wonderful job ever, because we did segments of different Broadway shows that were running at the time. We took it on tour to different European cities like Madrid and Paris. And it was an open-ended return ticket flight, so if I wanted to stay an extra week or so, I could, as long as I was back in New York to fly out again to the next stop. I was like, “Yeah! I need to do this now!” It was crazy, but what an exciting experience. I was twenty-four years old and I was getting paid to do this wonderful work. We got to perform at the White House; Reagan was president then. I did some children’s television, “Reading Rainbow” with Levar Burton. I went to San Francisco and did a show with Joe Spano, who used to be on “Hill Street Blues”. Then I got back to Broadway; I did “Gigi” with Betsy Palmer. Actually, I was in rehearsal for “Gigi” when I got a call that there was an open audition for “Cats”. I went and there were literally five hundred women there. They would put us through a few moves, then cut some, then we’d sing a little bit, over and over until there were only fifty of us left. Well, they weren’t hiring for the show at that moment, but they told us they would keep our names on file. So, I was actually

Q: What was it like to live the life of a Broadway Star? Beth: At that time, the world was like this to me (makes a large swooping motion upward and outward with her arms). It was all out there to be experienced and I was grabbing at everything I could. I went on the road with the Gershwin show and then from there, I just kept getting work. Once you start working, as you work with people then they go on to do work, and you might get called. Because people would prefer to work with you when they know they can expect good work from you. When I got back to New York after the Gershwin tour, I was on a scholarship from a dance studio there. I think I was a little more mature then, because I was more focused. When I was younger it was all Yeah, yeah, yeah ballet, or Yeah, yeah, yeah gymnastics

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performing in “Gigi” when I got the call to come down again. They had chosen ten of us from the fifty to try out for two parts in “Cats”. I got the part. Then I did two years of “Cats” in L.A., and that’s where I met my husband.


Which of the characters did you play in “CATS”? Beth: I played five different cats over the time I was with the show. I played Cassandra, she’s sleek and she dances a lot up front but she doesn’t sing at all. Then I was trained to do Demeter, the scairdy-cat, but I didn’t really do that one too much. Bombalurina wears a big red boa scarf and she sings a lot, she’s kind of a sexy cat. There were twin cats and I sometimes played the girl twin. Then the other one that I did a lot was The Gumbie Cat, which was the bright orange cat. She rolls out of a car and does a tap dance; she’s a fat cat. I felt lucky because I got to switch around. Some people had to play the same cat for years. I really liked playing Cassandra, even though she didn’t sing, because she had to express her whole character only through her movements, and she would strike these graceful poses. But then I got a knee injury and I had to be The Gumbie Cat for a while because the dancing wasn’t as hard. Probably my most overall favorite was Bombalurina, because she sang a lot and she got to dance right down front all the time. She was a lead character.

Q: What other kinds of things did you do when you were in L.A.?

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Beth: I did some appearances on some television shows. I did “Diagnosis Murder”, “Jake and the Fat Man”, and “Father Dowling”. I did some choreography for some different things. At one time, I was the choreographer for a show called “America’s Funniest People”. Then after I got married, I sang and danced at Universal Studios for five years. I met my husband John while I was working in L.A. He was actually one of my bosses because he was stage manager for my show. I always had a rule that I didn’t date people I worked with, because it could be bad if it didn’t work out. Well, I had this friend when I was in New York named Scott, who kept saying he wanted me to meet his friend John in California. Then when I got to L.A. to do “Cats”, John had been hired to be the stage manager. Well, I needed a car because you have to have one to get around there. So Scott kept saying, “John knows about cars, John will help you.” So John said he would help me get a car. We met this girl in a supermarket parking lot and John looked it over and said he worked on cars, so if it had any little things that needed fixing, he could do it. So I paid the girl the whole amount she was asking in cash. Then I got in the car to drive back home and, literally, parts started flying off on the freeway, the car started overheating, smoke started coming up into the car, it was like an “I Love Lucy” sitcom. I had to leave the car by the side of the freeway, climb up a steep hill, then get over a fence with barbedwire on top, just to get to a phone to call someone to come get me. This was before the days of cell phones. I ripped my favorite pair of baggy cargo pants! Anyway, after the rehearsal, John says,” You call them. I’m going to get your money back.” I came

to rehearsal the next day and he had all my money back. I was so grateful and I thanked him. Then, a year-and-a-half later we finally started dating. That’s when I found out that when John went to get my money, a whole gang of mean motorcyclists showed up and only gave him a small portion of the money back. John had made up the difference with his own money and I had never known it. That’s just the kind of person he is. He’s an honorable person and just a good, good man. We have been married now for twenty-one years.

Q: Both of you had successful careers in L.A.; so what made you decide to move back to your hometown? Beth: My Aunt Gene died suddenly. She was almost eighty-eight and had never been sick in her life. About six weeks after that, we all had a family trip planned for the beach. That was something we did every year if we could; the whole family would get together at the beach. Well, I flew back and I was driving down to the beach with Dad. The whole way there, he just didn’t seem right; and then when we got there, he fell. We got him to the hospital and that’s when we learned he’d had a stroke. Then he had a few more; he just never was quite the same again, he became sort of child-like after that. So it was kind of like I lost my Dad and my Aunt Jean at the same time.


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n an era of job-hopping, layoffs and corporate bankruptcies, one local company has bucked the tide with a long history and a over two-and-a half century!s worth of cumulative service by just a handful of longtime employees. Located close to Uptown Shelby on Arrowood Street, family-owned Cleveland Lumber Company can boast of almost 75 years of industry-leader service having developed and maintained a reputation for providing quality lumber, building materials and supplies, hardware and paint to both area contractors and homeowners alike. This tradition first began in 1934 when M.G. Johnson, Sr., owner of the Champion Lumber Company in Spindale, purchased the Arrowood Lumber Company which was started in the 1920!s on the current site. The company!s name changed and its property increased to over 12 acres, but the street address has remained under the Arrowood name. Traditional wisdom says that while building supplies can be found anywhere, people knowledgeable about the products and more than willing to go out of their way to help customers is becoming a rare commodity. That!s where Cleveland Lumber shines. With a workforce of 45-plus, Cleveland Lumber currently has several veteran employees on staff. M. Garland Johnson, Jr., son of founder M.G. Johnson, Sr., joined the company in 1955 after earning his B.S. in business from UNC and serving two years in the U.S. Navy. Johnson became president in 1998 after his mother died. Mrs. Johnson held that post for 34 years after the untimely drowning death of her husband in 1964.

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“I came into the company as a regular employee,” Johnson reminisces. “I trained under seasoned people, first as a timekeeper, then in the sales area. When the time clock came in, I lost that job,” Johnson laughs. Now, he runs the day-to-day operations of the company. Johnson has seen many changes in the business over the years but he thinks the greatest one is mechanization. “There used to be mostly hand labor unloading “green” lumber manually from railcars and stacking it in racks to cure and dry,” he remembers. Another big change over the years is the price of lumber. “In the 1950!s, framing lumber cost about $20 per 1,000 board feet (the way lumber is priced),” he compares. “Now, that same footage runs around $500!” Johnson feels that one of the most unique competitive aspects of Cleveland Lumber is its millwork shop. “We can make items such as cabinets, mantels, and odd moldings that others don!t,” Johnson reports. “This aspect, plus our service and salesmen!s!product knowledge gives us a real advantage.” Another long-term employee on the scene even before Johnson is Wayne Hoyle. Hoyle started with the company in 1939 and worked with founder M.G. Johnson, Sr. as office manager. “I did everything in those days,” Hoyle says. “but handled mainly bookkeeping responsibilities.” Spry and chipper for his age, Hoyle echo!s Johnson!s claim that the way materials are handled constitutes the biggest difference in the business. “Unloading railcars by hand has long ago given way to truck deliveries,” the now part time employee emphasizes, “although Canadian and West Coast lumber still comes in by rail, but the handling is mechanized.” Hoyle has also seen a big change in office equipment. “There are electronic adding machines and computers

everywhere,” he says. “I!m ok with most of them but it took some getting used to. A second generation Hoyle, office manager Robbie, seems to be following in his father!s footsteps. A 35-year veteran of the company, the younger Hoyle grew up off Fallston Road near Shelby. After graduating from Lenior-Rhyne College in Hickory with a B.S. in business, Hoyle began working full-time for Cleveland Lumber, continuing his experience as a part-time summer helper there. “I began unloading trucks then driving trucks and forklifts,” Hoyle says, “then moved inside to sales and purchasing.” The younger Hoyle as also experienced changes in the industry over the years, especially with the houses being built today. “There are more and more large, custom-built houses being put up today than ever before,” he remarks. “but the biggest change I!ve seen is in the wide variety of low-maintenance products being offered. They!re actually better in quality and value than they used to be.” Was his father influential in the younger Hoyle starting and staying at Cleveland Lumber? “Sure, Dad was working here when I started and he was very committed and positive about the business,” Hoyle admits. “I like the fact that it!s a family business and that the people here are great. It!s a good place to work.” Not to be outdone in service time is 32-year veteran Larry Patterson, Cleveland Lumber!s shipping and receiving manager. Patterson has held two stints at the company. After leaving dock work with a local trucking company, Shelby native Patterson first joined Cleveland Lumber in 1970, left to work in the burial vault business, then returned in 1976 as a delivery truck driver. Over the years, Patterson has supervised

the lumberyard and worked in field sales before moving into his current position. What!s made an impression on him over the years? “The customers have changed,” he reports. “The old builders are gone and the younger builders have new ideas such as using laminated instead of wood beams.” With the advent of forklifts and boom trucks (lifts and small cranes built into flatbed trucks), the product unloading aspect of the business has become much easy and less labor intensive. “we used to plane and dress raw lumber when it came in,” Patterson contrasts. “Now, it comes in already prepped. Saves us a lot of work!” One aspect of the business that sticks in his memory was the old-style truck unloading of lumber. “We used to use two-inch pipe to stack lumber on a flatbed truck without a tilt bed,” Patterson recalls. “The pipe and lumber was all wrapped in a chain. When the truck was backed up quickly and stopped, the lumber would roll off the back, but the process would lift the front end of the truck in the air. The first few times I did this, I was pretty uneasy, but I got used to it.” Patterson laughs. Another Shelby native, manager of retail products Dale Greene, can total up 31 years with the company. An Appalachian State graduate, also with a B.S. in business, Greene came to Cleveland Lumber with experience working college summers in construction. From loading trucks at first, Greene progressed through several positions as dispatcher, buyer and working the contractor sales counter before taking on his current job. “I love the people and customers here, he confesses. “They!re a big part of what keeps me at the company.” From his vantage point, Greene emphasizes service as what sets Cleveland

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Staying Lumber apart from other suppliers. “We really stress it, Greene points out, “and we!re much more contractor oriented. We try to be much more environmentally conscious and friendly because that!s what more and more customers are looking for.” Greene has seen two big changes in the business over the years. “Computerization is major now,” he reports, “and the customers are better informed and more demanding today. They know what they want.” Millwork superintendent Ted Dedmon brings up the vanguard with 29 years of service. Dedmon, a Shelby native, studied business at Western Carolina State, Cleveland Community College, and Gaston Community College before embarking on his career with the Cleveland Lumber in 1979. Like others, he cut his teeth with the company by working summers learning the industry. In his 29 years with the company, Dedmon has loaded and driven trucks and worked the contractor counter. “We deal a lot more now with man-made materials, such as PVC and MDF (medium density fiberboard),” Dedmon explains. “The products have become a lot more consistent in quality than ever before. We have to be on top of our game because the business has become a lot more competitive with the big chains around.” What!s going to keep Dedmon at Cleveland Lumber beyond his 29 years? “The opportunity to advance is great here,” he says. “I love wearing a lot of hats. It keeps the work interesting.” If familiarity and consistency is important, you can count on seeing the same faces at Cleveland Lumber who know your building needs and problems. And if 260-plus years of combined experience counts for something, there aren!t many challenges that can stump these members of the Cleveland Lumber team.

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North Carolina has 111,000 children yearly reported “Abused” and “Neglected.” Presently, 10,000 registered “Sex Offenders” move to a new address or jobs daily. Children, women, elderly, incapacitated or handicapped people are especially at risk from sexual predators. Rep. Debbie Clary & Rep. Tim Moore have a solution with the passage of Jessica’s Law in North Carolina. Clary and Moore are the prime sponsors of legislation that cracks down on child predators with 25 year minimum sentences and GPS Monitoring.

IN SHORT SUMMARY: The bill provides that certain criminal offenses of rape or sexual offense committed against a child are punishable by either life imprisonment without parole or a mandatory active sentence of twenty-five years and lifetime satellite-based monitoring. The bill also increases the penalties for sexual exploitation of a minor and to make the registration requirements more stringent. Rep. Clary stated, “This is undoubtedly the strongest piece of legislation and most meaningful policy that will pass this General Assembly in 2008. Our children deserve the extra measures in this law to protect them. No child should ever know the horrors that little Jessica Lunsford suffered at the hands of a despicable man and I am proud to honor her memory and her family with passage of this bill. This law protects the children of our state by putting predators in prison longer and tracking them for the rest of their life.” Rep. Moore said, “We need to deal more harshly with child predators. Our bill makes North Carolina’s laws one of the toughest in the nation. With the passage of this bill, child predators will be in prison from anywhere from 25 years to life. When and if they get out of prison, they will be closely monitored through cutting edge GPS technology.” Moore continued, “Today North Carolina says sex offenders are not welcome in our State!”

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JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT FOR NORTH CAROLINA, HOUSE BILL 933 IS OFFICALLY LAW. Rep. Tim Moore and Rep. Debbie Clary were thankful that the Jessica Lunsford Act for NC, House Bill 933, was signed by the Governor on July 28, 2008. Rep. Clary said, “What a great day in our state – the Jessica Lunsford Act is now law and the children of our state can be protected.” Representatives Clary and Moore along with the other bill sponsors worked very long and hard for three years to get this important bill passed to protect the children of North Carolina. Finally our judges can sentence sex offenders to a much longer prison term. A rape or sexual offense committed against a child by a person 18 years of age or older is punishable with a minimum active sentence of 25 years. The court may sentence the defendant to a term in prison beyond the normal sentencing guidelines (up to and including life without parole) due to the nature of the offense and the gravity of the harm inflicted on the victim. Also, any term of imprisonment will be followed by lifetime satellite based monitoring. The law makes it a felony for a registered sex offender to be on premises primarily intended for the use, care or supervision of minors. Many parents, grandparents, and concerned citizens came to the General Assembly to express support and to urge legislators to pass the Jessica Lunsford Act. Petitions were also turned in to legislators urging passage, and one petition had 40,000 signatures on it. Rep. Clary says, “Of all the legislation I have sponsored, this bill has been the most emotional. I guess when we look at the Lunsford family and our own children, we knew that no matter how long it takes, this law has to pass.” Rep. Moore said, “What can be more important than a law that protects the very core of American life – our families and our children.”

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At that time, our two children were four and six, and we just wanted to go home. We didn’t want to stay in L.A. because of the traffic, and the crime, and the cost of good education. We were in a big earthquake; our home wasn’t damaged, but a lot of our neighbors lost their homes. John and I just decided we didn’t want to raise the kids there. So we made a plan about how we were going to move back. Every day, we marked another day off the plan, and we made it happen. Neither of us had a job lined up, but our plan was to move back here in June of 1995. In May, I found out that Vicky Arrowood was selling her dance studio in Uptown Shelby. That’s when I knew that I would be teaching dance. John was commuting back to California for two years to keep his job doing lighting for films. But somehow, I got pregnant with our third child three months after I opened the studio. At our first recital, I looked like I’d swallowed a watermelon. My belly was sticking out to here (makes bloated cheeks and pulls her hands out about a foot from her stomach), but I wore a white dress and I thought I looked pretty.

Q: You’re starting your fourteenth year of teaching. How do you feel now about teaching dance? Beth: If you had told me back then how much this was going to mean to me, and the experiences I would have by being a dance teacher, I would not have believed it. I always thought I didn’t want to teach. You think about the stage parents and they all want their child on the front row and fighting and bickering, but it is not at all like that. People have been very supportive. They’ve been willing to give me the benefit of the doubt, and willing to help with whatever they can. Now I average about 350 students a year. And I’ve watched most of the older kids grow up through the years. Regular teachers have them for a year at a time, but after years of seeing them develop, it’s almost like they’re my own. That bond with them is such a great thing. I really believe I was supposed to do this. I’ve always believed in going where you are called. When I was doing shows on Broadway, I thought that it was what I was supposed to do; and now, I have that feeling about doing this. Who knows? I might get called to do a whole other thing someday. For now, though, I think this is what I’ll keep doing. What I really like is that, over the years, we’ve developed this system of trust. The parents trust me to challenge and motivate and nurture their children; I trust them to make sure

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they get the kids to practice on time. Even though sometimes the routines are kind of rough at first, we all have a trust that we can pull through and make it happen, and we do. I have some really great parents that help out. I chose to run my studio as non-competitive. I don’t take them to dance competitions, because I think children should have something in their lives that they do just for the fun of it, just for the pure joy of doing it. These kids have to be competitive in so many areas of their life – at school, in sports, academics. Let them have something that they do for themselves and it’s fun. We put together big elaborate productions here and we practice hard for the routines. So what if it’s only for recital, or for the fair, or other functions where we try to perform. They’re doing it! And they love it. They want to do it. Why not give that to them? I want to give them the biggest experience they can get. It’s good mental exercise, too. Because they have to really think about their formations, even at a young age. It might not be perfect, but there’s plenty of time in life to be perfect, as long as they’re growing and keep getting better. I can’t yell at them and say, “You didn’t get this right!” (makes a stern face and claps her hands a few times harshly) That’s just not in me to be like that. Something that we encourage at the studio is that we like to give back to the community. Whenever we can, we like to perform at civic functions, and Life Enrichment Center, The Senior Center, and different retirement homes. Also, we support St. Judes. I am fortunate to work with kids who are healthy, so I think that giving back to improve the lives of children who are not so fortunate is an appropriate gift. Since I’ve been here quite a few years, I now have a lot of older kids, high school age. It’s hard to find times when they can do extra performances, but they do the fair and Gardner Webb basketball games. I tend to plan things big, so a lot of their routines require a large space. We also have quite a few adult classes now. I teach a lot of couples classes in shag and ballroom and swing. I have a lot of moms, too, that like to take hip-hop, believe it or not. They’ve performed in the recital for the last few years. There’s so many of them, we have to have two nights of classes. My days are long. Most of the time, I get to the studio at least 30 minutes before school lets out and I teach until 9:30 or 10pm. Then some days, I have preschool, so I start around lunch-time. Of course

that doesn’t include the time I spend planning and working out the routines.

Q: I know you’re very practiced at keeping those long days, but do you ever have times when your feet are just killing you? Beth: Oh, yeah. You should see me in the morning. I’ve got to do the old man shuffle for a while until I get things loosened up. And the bad thing that I do to myself is, I’m teaching the classes, but a lot of times, I have the helpers do the warm-up for the class while I talk to a parent or whatever needs to be done. Then I go in there without proper warm-up myself and try to dance like a teenager. That’s probably going to catch up with me someday. I thought my old knee injury from “Cats” was coming back about three years ago, but it seems to be getting better now, so we’ll see. Sitting across from Beth while she talked about her colorful life, you get a feeling that she is the genuine thing. Not just the Broadway star that she was and still carries inside her, but the mother, wife, and teacher that she has become. Life gave her a lot of exciting choices and she took full advantage of her opportunities. Those choices led her back to her roots, where she now thrives by nurturing new talent. You have a feeling that her students learn a whole lot more from her than arabesque and step-ballchange. If each one of them takes away one-tenth of Beth’s enthusiasm, perseverance, and awesome spirit, this world will certainly be a better place.


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pontaneous smiles and gaggles of giggles await each visitor who enters KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum. A walk through this delightful educational place explains why. The good times abound as children and adults are welcomed by the bright red fire truck, KidSenses No. 1, built in 1953 by America La France. KidSenses No. 1 is located in the front window of the museum, beckoning all who see to come and play! And play, they do, with fireman’s gear, with the clanging fire truck bell, with flashing red lights and even with the two dalmation statues sitting at the entrance to the fire station. KidSenses, located at 172 N. Main Street in Rutherfordton, NC states on the website,, the following: At KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, our exhibits and special workshops stimulate the imagination and educate the mind. Children and adults experience hands-on fun as they play, learn and create together in this exciting environment. Just down the hall sits the KidSenses TV studio, WFUN. Kids or their parents act as cameraman or meteorologists, explaining the weather or talk show hosts, or anything that their imagination helps them conceive. Costumes are there for the wearing and true joy of it all.

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Little Family Dollar is located next door. The shelves are stocked with groceries and childsized grocery carts are available to fill and steer to the check out computer where each and every item is scanned just like in grocery stores everywhere! Across the hall is Doctor DeSoto’s Dental Office (Cats & Other Dangerous Animals Not Accepted for Treatment). No dangerous animals, indeed. There is a very large fox sitting in the dental chair with a very small mouse, Doctor DeSoto, checking out his teeth. The entire dental office speaks to the children, enticing them to come inside and learn more. The book, Doctor DeSoto by William Steig is the basis for the room. Murals on the walls are taken straight from the book where Doctor DeSoto, the mouse, actually outfoxes the fox! A copy of the book is on a bookshelf in the room so the entire fantasy may be explored. Creation Station is next where a bevy of art supplies are available. Often children and adults take time out from the tour to invest in some creative moments in this warm, inviting space. The Alphabet Trail is the only room at KidSenses with a door. Dedicated to children from 3-5 years of age, it is a language arts and literacy classroom of the highest order. The floor has a mural of Lake Lure, complete with tiny, child-sized kayak and paddle. The murals on the walls depict the local landscape with Chimney Rock looming above the lake. There are four trees with leaves of different color and formation, depicting the four seasons we enjoy in this area. The Alphabet Trail has a rocking chair and books to be read. It has a cave for climbing and soft stuffed animals in the cave, where a child may cuddle up and listen to a story. There is a full time literacy specialist on staff at the museum and classes are held in the Alphabet Trail during the school year for the 3-5 year olds. A big red barn in the room is a favorite with children. The barn depicts more than just a play space. It depicts what a community will do when children’s needs are made known to them. The barn was built and installed by a shop class at Polk County High School. The barn was paid for with $35 worth of pizza purchased for the shop class and their instructors (a similar model would have cost them

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$12,000). Not only did the museum benefit, but the students learned the importance of giving to their community. A quilt made by elementary school students in Rutherford County hangs on the wall in The Alphabet Trail. It uses all letters of the alphabet to make the squares of the quilt. Each square depicts something about Rutherford County. For instance, “P” is for Pumpkin Center and “U” is for US Post Office. The squares were illustrated by the classroom students. For anyone who is daring enough and small enough, The Big Climber may be next on the agenda. It is a climbing passageway from the street floor to the floor below. It has an array of landings and is enclosed by webbing that makes it impossible for the climber to fall! Climbers love it! Larger folks just take the regular stairs. Downstairs offers another world of discovery. The science exhibits are located there, with Gears and Gadgets, Magnets and Science Power, which includes the power of a tornado. There is a heart pump which depicts the pumping of the human heart. There is a shadow room where guests may pose, then take a photo of their own shadow. Much of the equipment in this area was purchased with money from grants. KidSenses has partnered with NASA, which now has a real life space suit and other artifacts on display. One planned NASA exhibit will be a space scale. One of the favorites in the entire museum is the Bubble Room. Children can totally encase themselves with a bubble without getting wet—well, not too wet! They can gently create a bubble the size of the window in a house. All this interactive play is known at KidSenses as Bubble-Ology! Nearby is a small theatre, complete with stage, scripts, costumes and seats for an audience. The children create their own play or use scripts and delight in the effort! Sometimes guests to KidSenses perform at this theatre. Across from the theatre is Kids Pueblito Café. The idea in this beautifully done café is for the children

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to present their parents with a menu (which includes some Spanish words). They take an order from the parents, prepare the meal in the Kids Pueblito Café kitchen, then serve the parents in the dining area. There are pretend food items that look delicious and there are grills, pots and pans, etc. in which to prepare the dinners. The children, while enjoying the play, learn about nutrition and about actually preparing a meal. A hearty thanks goes to Mi Pueblito of Forest City for sponsoring this exciting learning venue. In the downstairs there is a multi-purpose room which is used for birthday parties or field trips from school. Summer camp classes are often held in this room as well. Children use The Big Climber to return upstairs when they are leaving. The Museum Shop is their final stop, where there are KidSenses t-shirts, lunch sacks and water bottles. Other creative books and toys are also offered. And always there are friendly smiles from staff asking the participants to come and visit again soon. Kidsenses searches for ways to keep exhibits evergreen. They showcase traveling exhibits which are utilized for 4 to 5 months. First National Bank and others in the community have sponsored such exhibits. KidSenses was born from two wishes--revitalizing the downtown of Rutherfordton and investing in the future of the children of the area. One resident went on 34 F o o t hills S p o t l i g h t F a l l 2 0 0 8

vacation and saw such a museum in the New England area, came home end enlisted others to help in this fun, educational dream. Steve Saucier M.Ed., Executive Director of Kidsenses expresses that the museum can be tailored to the needs of the people who visit. When children visit on field trips, KidSenses can offer science, literary, nutritional or other workshops focused at the grade level. Their friendly, talented staff can provide the impetus for play and learning in a different environment. Mr. Saucier said, “We don’t want to be known as a play space, but we want to be known for working the core issues of education.” He said, “Foothills Spotlight’s readers have a children’s museum. We want to roll out the red carpet and welcome everyone. If you profess a need for children, people rally and good things occur.” KidSenses is entering Step 2 of their commitment to area children, an outreach branch. They are ready to take “field trips” to area schools—they can give the same workshops at schools as they do at KidSenses. Currently they have 24 different student science workshops. They also offer Teacher Education Science Workshops. Future outreach projects under development include Stuffee—a hands-on health and science program; “Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom”—a hands-on literacy program based on the book by the same name by

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archamault, and Science Shenanigans—a science demonstration show for assemblies. Also under development is the AT&T Web-Based Science Program. Using the Internet and schools’ web-connectivity, regional teachers will be able to access recorded curriculum-based science classes using the science inquiry approach. As a part of the outreach program, there have been some discussions about bringing a satellite museum to Shelby. Already available through KidsSenses is a new Exploradome which is an inflatable, portable planetarium. It can be set up in a gym or multi-purpose room with two electrical outlets. Astronomy, earth science, weather, landforms, geography and much more can be explored with this new portable unit. Admissions and parties account for approximately 40% of the funding for the museum. Grants and partnerships help fund many of the special offerings. KidSenses has diverse sources of support such as The Belk Foundation, Duke Endowment and NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. They welcome volunteers and donors to keep the museum growing since they must raise 50% of operational monies. Those interested in how one might assist in order that this inspiring, engaging museum may continue to prosper and grow will be able to find ideas on the website: Continued on page 35

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Kidsenses has experienced many accomplishments since it opened the doors in October 2004. Over 150,000 visitors have played and made discoveries there. It is certainly a place that makes a young child happy and excited about learning. A visit to KidSenses gives the adults a glimpse of childhood again and makes them wish to return!

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he Cleveland County Arts Council and sponsors will proudly present the sixth annual version of the Art of Sound Music Festival the third weekend in October. There will be events all three days this year, from Friday, October 17, through Saturday and Sunday, the 18th and 19th. As in previous years, Saturday!s lineup will comprise the bulk of the festival, from about 11:00 AM running until about 11:00 PM. The site will continue to be the Uptown Shelby area and several intimate venues including an outdoor (free) stage, the Arts Center, First National Bank, old Farmer!s Market (experience it for the last time before renovations begin), the student stage on the Courthouse Square, and Shelby Music Center. Friday evening!s activities will consist of the Frank Love Orchestra at First National Bank, and Dale Brittain followed by Acoustic Syndicate at the Farmer!s Market Stage. On Sunday, the 19th, renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall will join the Shelby High Orchestra for a collaborative concert. The weekend of top-notch music in many genres promises to be the best yet, building on a tradition begun in 2002 to showcase excellence in all types of music from the local area, the region, and beyond. There will be Bluegrass, Jazz, Gospel, Cajun, Celtic, Standards, acapella Gullah singers, Old-time string band music, Swing, and Country to name a few. The following is a sampling of the total package. For the first time playing for a wide audience in the area, Harold Williamson brings his New Wondering Souls band to the Art of Sound stage. Harold grew up in Cleveland County, took his dreams to New York City and the stages and studios of Harlem and recorded albums, then brought his music back home and eventually recruited a band from this area and is recording and performing again. His music is original, with lyrics from

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his personal trials and triumphs. The sound is big and powerful vocally, deeply rooted in R & B and gospel instrumentation that will draw you in. Bluegrass and some of its branches will be well represented, including solo work from second timer Jack

Lawrence. The FlintHill Band continue to grow as local favorites. They!re writing good music and interpreting gems from the past. Dean Jencks is one that has picked up the challenge of working from the county that produced an icon like Earl Scruggs and he is one of the


member Russell Moore (guitar), Steve Dilling (banjo), Justin Haynes (fiddle), Wayne Benson (mandolin) and Edgar Loudermilk (bass) have carved out a place for themselves as a distinctive band, worthy of the role of one of our top draws for this year!s lineup. Mama Said is back and we!re proud to claim them. Phil Ruff recently won the 2008 Chris Austin Songwriting contest at Merlefest in the Gospel category for “Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John.” Their new CD is called “Take Root” and is getting a lot of respect and airplay. Speaking of traditional music, Gullah culture is the name given to the African American music from the South Carolina and Georgia coast and islands that came out of slavery days. Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers will bring the unaccompanied sound of pure joy of living and spiritual roots from Charleston where they live and have played the Spoleto Festival. In this music are the roots of blues and jazz. The Wrights are a husband and wife singing duets and carrying on the great Country tradition with a fresh and compelling sound. Adam and Shannon Wright, natives of Georgia, now work out of Nashville and write original material as well as interpreting others such as Willie Nelson and Don Williams. The Old Ceremony will deliver a unique rock and roll experience drawing on a wide range of influences and instrumentation. The Chapel Hill based group defies general description but makes music that!s fun, danceable and sophisticated all at the same time. Need Celtic music with bagpipes? Gael Warning is one of the projects that Tom Eure is associated with. See him also with Gator Gumbo for Cajun flavor or solo in the Early Bird Café. The best way to plan your Art of Sound day and weekend, is to get a program (now available on the website), come early so you get the most value, and maybe make a point of trying something completely unknown. It!s not likely you!ll be disappointed.


best. Tenor Harold Simpson is part of the vocal glue that holds together their trio and quartet work while contributing a solid and musical bass line. The wooden floor of the Farmer!s market will provide a fitting canvas for three good string bands that not only play and sing great old time material, but also will provide a groove for anyone who feels the urge to shuffle their feet. This is the music that inspires the old southern flat foot and buck dancing that has gotten a little scarce in these parts. If you know someone who has held on to any of this old time dance tradition somewhere between square dancing and modern clogging, get them down to see the Slate Mountain Ramblers, the Buffalo Creek String Band, and the Hush Puppies. Fiddler Richard Bowman and family (Slate Mountain) always get a stage full of dancers to join them when they play places like the Tommy Jarrell Festival in Mount Airy. If you!re not familiar, this is basically one step back from bluegrass into a more dance-oriented groove. Fans of jazzy stuff, big guitars and big vocals, will have a lot to enjoy. Calvin Edwards will get you moving to the sound of his archtop jazz guitar and a tight ensemble. Ann Caldwell and Roger Bellow will sing and play some of the best music ever composed. That!s the stuff we now affectionately call the standards. One Leg Up plays Swing in the tradition of Django Rhinehardt and Joe Venuti. It!s exciting just to be near this interplay of sounds. Carey!s Fridley!s bass and vocals anchor the swing guitars horn and strings — you!re going to want to dance to this too. IIIrd Tyme Out is one of the big names in bluegrass, winning awards for seven consecutive years as Best Vocal Group by the IBMA. Critics have called them “the complete band from stage left to stage right.” Founding

Shelby, N.C. has the good fortune to have three of the best mandolinists in the world in town for the Art of Sound music festival. It is a rare opportunity for enthusiasts of the instrument to rub elbows and trade licks with the best. Darin Aldridge is a familiar performer to folks in this area, having grown up in Cherryville, N.C. He is Gibson endorsee and alumnus of Acoustic Syndicate and Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen. Darin is a multiple SPBGMA nominee who pulls some of the best mandolin tone on the circuit. “I!ll Go With You,” a new Pinecastle gospel release for the Darin Aldridge/Brooke Justice Quintet, has opened to rave reviews and much radio play. Wayne Benson, originally from Concord, N.C., has played professionally since age nineteen, and has been the mainstay on the mandolin with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out since the band!s inception. Wayne is a multiple winner of the IBMA mandolin player of the year award, and has numerous recording projects with IIIrd Tyme Out and other artists such as John Cowan. Mike Marshall grew up in Florida and now resides in Oakland, California. Mike is a mandolin player!s mandolin player. He began his career with David Grisman, and has toured with and recorded mandolin duets with Chris Thile. Marshall is not only a superb bluegrass mandolinist, but well versed in jazz, classical, pop and other genres. He is an expert on Brazilian mandolin. Marshall will be featured on Sunday, October 19 at Brown Auditorium at Shelby High, along with the student orchestra under the direction of John Champney. All three gentlemen will be involved in both performance and teaching situations throughout the festival. Not only will you get to hear them play, but will have the opportunity for questions and interaction. Stay tuned to the Art of Sound website for exact times and locations. The day promises to be a must see event, especially for anyone interested in the mandolin, as well as for the many other musical traditions represented.

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Getting into college is a task on it!s own, but actually getting the money to pay for it is a major undertaking. Scholarships are highly desirable, because they are free money, where as loans must be paid back in most cases. When you start looking around it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the scholarships, grants and types of loans out there. Just typing in “scholarship search” on one of those many search engines will give you over seven million responses. By knowing a little more about what you are looking for and where to look for it you will be able to reduce the stress involved with at least one aspect of the whole “getting into college” experience.

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Before being able to get the money you will need to know what different types of scholarships, loans and grants are out there. Most scholarships are merit based, even those that are listed below. These are based off of your academic excellence in high school and continued achievement in college. These are highly competitive scholarships and in most cases use SAT scores, GPA, and class rank to

determine recipients. Even though these are based on smarts most will require a wide range of other activities to show your well roundedness. These are given to those who in most cases cannot afford to go to college or need a little extra help getting there. Scholarship committees will look at various reasons for a student!s need. They could range from parent!s income, number of siblings in school at the same time, living expenses and so on.

Even though these scholarships are need-based many times they will go to students that fit in a certain niche, such as from a certain area or in a particular club at school. These are given to star athletes by universities to recruit them. This type of scholarship is not one you would usually go out looking for, but will likely be found by a scout while you participate in an athletic event. These scholarships are very popular and in many cases you

will attend college completely free, but you end up paying for it by all the practices and meetings that occur all year long and take up a whole lot of time. Another type of scholarship is school based. Whichever school you end up attending will have a dowry in which they award scholarships using the interest gained on donated money. In many cases the school will just tell you if you receive one of these scholarships, but some you will still be required to apply for. These will usually go to students from regions alumni have come from or for students that have a specific focus that pertains to an alumni!s interests or career. The main difference between these is that federal loans will have a lower interest rate, which is determined by the government. There are two main types of federal loans to look for; Stafford and PLUS. It is also important to know that there are two types of Stafford loans, Subsidized and Unsubsidized. The government will pay the interest accrued on Subsidized Stafford loans while a student is in school and are based on need. Unsubsidized Stafford loan interest must be paid back by the borrower, but can be

deferred until about six months after graduation or withdrawal from school. Unsubsidized Stafford loans are not need based and you can receive both within the same academic semester. College grants are very similar to scholarships in that it is free money you do not have to pay back. The differences come in the origin of the awards. Grants usually come from the government or a non-profit organization, where as scholarships are awarded by private corporations and individuals to be used for specific costs, such as tuition and room and board. Now on to the important stuff. The first thing that needs to be done is to go visit your senior counselor. Right now you probably don!t realize how important it is to get to know this person. By getting to know them they will get to know you and will be able to alert you to what scholarships to apply for and when to do so. This person may also have some influence on recipients of certain scholarships. Become your counselor!s friend. Bring them coffee or breakfast, maybe a candy bar. Getting on their good side will very likely help you with scholarships and even getting into your first school choice. Another way to receive help with col-

lege expenses is When you get to go to the green “Paying for College” tab at the top of the screen. You can apply to college, apply for your FAFSA, complete the Scholarship Wizard, get student loans and even ask an expert questions no one else has been able to answer for you. You can use their scholarship wizard to determine specific scholarships and grants that will be good for you. After completing the wizard you will be asked additional questions to complete the specific applications. This is a great resource for college bound students and should be taken complete advantage of. A must for high school seniors is to complete your FAFSA, or free application for federal student aid. You can go to or and fill out a FAFSA form. This is done in the spring of your senior year after you have completed taxes. In 2008 the FAFSA for undergraduate students was due by March 15, which means taxes need to be completed earlier than usual. Keep in mind this is North Carolina!s deadline. The federal deadline is much later, but to receive everything you can, your application should be in by the state deadline. The application is not the simplest, but if you have everything together before you start filling it out you will likely be done within an hour. Their is a list on the website of all the materials you will need to complete the forms. The best thing about the FAFSA is that the government will send the information to your school and your school will notify you of the awards you receive. These last three resources are the most likely to get you money from college, but there are plenty more resources online to search through millions of scholarships provided across the country and world. Just jump online and type in “scholarship search” or any variation of the term and you will find plenty of scholarship search engines that allow

you to enter in information so the site can choose certain scholarships that match up with you. Once you actually start school there are still many opportunities to receive more help. You can work on campus through a work study program, which helps with costs throughout the year by providing students with up to twenty hours of work on campus and in many cases you can actually get homework completed while making money. Another option would be to apply for orientation staff for incoming freshman after your first year. There are many more opportunities out there and you just have to keep your eyes open. There is so much money out there just waiting for the right person to come along and fill out the right application. It will take some time, but would you rather spend hours filling out applications or years paying for your education? In the end it is likely that you will not receive a full ride to college and loans will probably be a part of your life, but by taking some time you can reduce the amount of loans you need by getting even a few scholarships. When it comes to paying for school every little bit counts.

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Calendar of Events SEPTEMBER Now through 10/31 Back To Their Roots Ex-hibit of original art work Cleveland County Arts Center 9/25-10/4 Cleveland County Fair Cleveland County Fairgrounds

OCTOBER 10/1-31 Honor Our Veterans Kings Mountain Historical Museum 10/2-6 The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall Kings Mountain Walking Track next to the YMCA 10/4 Textile Heritage Days, Shelby City Park 60th Anniversary & 10 year celebration of the restored Carrousel 10/4-5 228th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain Encampment Kings Mountain National Military Park 10/7 “Breaking the Silence and Healing the Soul: The Oral Histories of Vietnam War Veterans of North Carolina” Mauney Memorial Library 10/11 The Gateway Festival City of Kings Mountain 10/11 Cruise In at the Cleveland Mall featuring classic cars and motorcycles. 10/17-19 The Art of Sound Music Festival Uptown Shelby 10/17-18, 24-25 & 31 Bar H Haunted Hayrides Open at dark (7:30pm). Bar H Arena 10/23-25 Junior Charity League Holiday Bazaar, Cleveland County Fairgrounds

10/25 Shelby Fall Festival and Liver Mush Expo Uptown Shelby & Holly Oak Park 50th Anniversary 10/25-26 & 30-31 Spooky Train & Talking Pumpkin at the Carrousel Shelby City Park 10/30-31 & 11/3-28 Exhibit of Original Art Work and Collection “El Nido” of Doctor and Miss Ray Gibbs. Cleveland County Arts Center, 10/31 The Great Pumpkin Halloween Parade. City of Kings Mountain

NOVEMBER 11/1 Hog Happnin’ BBQ Cleveland County Fairgrounds 11/1-15 Honor Our Veterans Kings Mountain Historical Museum 11/7-8 Enchanted Forest Broad River Greenway 11/8 Annual Grover Fall Festival Main Street, Grover 11/8 Veterans Day Program Kings Mountain National Military Park 11/8 Carolina Pottery Festival Cleveland County Fairgrounds 11/11 Veterans Day Observance and Parade City of Kings Mountain, 101 W. Gold Street, Kings Mountain, N 11/28, 12/5,12&19 Santa’s House hosted by First National Bank Uptown Shelby

11/28, 12/5,12&19 Holiday Carriage Rides Uptown Shelby 11/29 Howser House Tours The 1803 stone Howser House Kings Mountain Military Park 11/30 Boiling Springs Christmas Parade

DECEMBER 12/5-7, 12-13 Kings Mountain Little Theatre “Jungle Book” Joy Performance Center, KM 12/6 Photos witih Santa at the Carrousel Shelby City Park 12/6 Kings Mountain Christmas Parade 12/21 Shelby Christmas Parade

Cleveland County attraction brochures are available at the new Visitor Information Center located at Cleveland Mall on East Dixon Boulevard, Shelby. For more information on these events contact Cleveland County Travel & Tourism at 704-482-7882 or toll free 1-866-305-9973 or

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users discovered that by sending several emails to the same person, it would fill up their mail box for the day and prevent them from posting any more messages. During this time, there was a Monty Python's Flying Circus" comedy skit which was being shown in heavy rotation in most of the public TV stations around the country, where the punchline was a single word used at least a hundred times during a three-minute bit, yes you guessed it, "spam", and because of the embracing of the 'Pythons by the early ''nerd'' community, such a deliberate abuse of sending quantities of email became known as "spamming someone", and eventually, just "spam", much to the dismay of Hormel, the makers of the real Spam. CC Agency has recently teamed up with MX logic to offer the most aggressive spam filtering solutions in the industry. To find out more, call CC Agency today! To view this Monty Python skit that helped define Spam, visit and click on the Monty Python Spam link.

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his is the 17th year the Home Builders Association of Cleveland County has held the Hog Happnin’, a competition BBQ, car show, a motorcycle show, arts and craft fair, as well as local entertainment. Several changes have been made for the upcoming event. First, the board has been diversified to expand the organizational structure; Lloyd Williams, Jr. is now the President of the board of directors. Past president Jerry Gardner will now oversee the BBQ competition. Second, the activities will be expanded to Friday and Saturday for the public to allow the event to grow and benefit other worthy Cleveland County groups as well as become more of a ww w.f o o t hills s po t li g h t .c o m

regional activity. Hog Happnin’ is a charity event and last year was able to donate almost $30,000 to various local charities. Hog Happnin’ is the Tar Heel State Competition, which is a qualifying event for several national BBQ competitions. Last year teams came from as far west as Marietta, Oklahoma and as far north as Shady Springs, West Virginia with many of the 63 teams coming from the Southeastern states. Four of the top ten competition BBQ teams in the nation were at last year’s event (Number 1 team, Cool Smoke from Virginia, Number 2 Lotta Bull from Oklahoma, Number 4 from Florida and Number 10 Smoky Mountain Smokers from Tennessee).

2008 Schedule of Events FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 11:00 am MEAT INSPECTION begins. 12:00 pm until Complimentary team lunch at the hospitality tent (RSVP required) 4:00 pm TEAM MEETING (Weathers Arena; “Anything But” times assigned) 4:00 pm GATE 4 CLOSES. (No entry until 4 pm Saturday; teams use GATE 9) 6:00 pm-until TASTER’S CHOICE (BBQ teams must pre-register for this) 7:00 pm-until ANYTHING BUT contest (on-site judging by Children’s Homes) 7:00 - 8:00 am BEST BBQ BOOTH judging for Halloween theme (judges may not identify themselves) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 9 am - 4 pm ARTS, CRAFTS, and VENDORS 10:00 am ENTERTAINMENT begins at Performing Arts Stage. 10:00 am BBQ SALES OPEN at grandstand & car show locations 10:00 am FLAG RAISING and NATIONAL ANTHEM 11:00 am BBQ SERVING LINE and carry-out opens. 12:00 pm CAR SHOW and CYCLE SHOW judging begins. 12:00 pm BBQ JUDGING begins. 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Band “CAROLINA RISING” at music stage 2:00 pm WHOLE BOSTON BUTTS & Q by the pound for sale, if available, at Goforth Hall. 3:00 pm Serving line at Goforth Hall & carry-out closes. 3:00 pm CAR AND BIKE SHOW AWARDS at the music stage. 3:30 pm 50/50 and other drawings at music stage. (Time approximate) 3:00 - 4:00 pm Car show and grandstand food sales close. 4:00 pm KCBS, BBQ War & Anything But awards at the music stage.

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The Waiting Places After a weekend visit from nephew number 4, I delivered him to his dad for the official beginning of football practice. There was no waiting necessary for him to receive his helmet and pads. In order to get his first choice I drove him back from the beach trip on Friday morning. It took planning, coordinating and extra hours of driving to orchestrate his return home while part of the family continued to vacation until the weekend. It seems as though we want to keep their anxiety of waiting to the barest minimum. I spend much of my time as “Auntie” to seven nieces and nephews attempting to lessen their stressors of waiting. Whether it’s news from graduate school acceptance or a new Thomas the Tank Engine, it is difficult for me to wait with them. Nephew number 4 had the biggest grin this afternoon as he kissed me goodbye. I’m not sure he realized what had been done to keep his life as uncomplicated as possible. Even with the efforts all I could feel for him was sympathy. I was often bored in school, long before ADD was diagnosed for me and others. I remember in the sixth grade sitting beside a boy whose entire body was covered with sores. They never went away. I wondered why he was not taken to the doctor. You grow up and you suddenly know that everyone wasn’t fortunate to go to doctors. School lunches were 20 cents, I believe; and I recall green peas being served much too often. We had peanut butter, syrup and raisin sandwiches… no choices, just this one combination. We had to eat every bite on our plates. Sometimes I threw up afterwards. I mean when an adult said you had to eat everything on your plate, what else could you do? By the way it has taken me fifty years to like green peas again. There was no a la carte menu. And, oh, to have had a choice of chocolate milk would have made the day all worth while. The ride home was always bumpy and fumes from the bus circulated among us to the point of nausea.

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As pitiful as this all sounds, I loved school. There were many friends and play mates and my mother was able to be a “grade-mother” for all four of us. I was always proud when she walked into the classroom to bring goodies. She smelled like she had just had a bath and always wore a hint of Jergens hand lotion. Even then I knew it was a good thing for your mother to show up clean. Interestingly enough as much as I do not want to return to the past, I find myself not wanting to go forward. Fifty-six years old, not ready for retirement, unemployable geographically and over or under qualified. I am literally stuck…stuck in the present. Each day I find myself struggling for the purpose and beauty of the moments which surround me. There has never been another time in my life that the future was so uncertain. I anxiously await phone calls or emails that will provide me with some information concerning next week, next month, and next year. In Dr. Seuss’s book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, he speaks of “the waiting place”: You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race Down long wiggled roads at a break-necking place And grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, Headed, I fear, toward a most useless place… The Waiting Place… Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plan To go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the Phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around For a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting

And the “waiting place” is today. It’s not yesterday’s school days or tomorrow’s retirement. It is what is happening now: making lasagna, playing with my dog, emailing a friend who just lost a parent. Learning to make the most of each day is a challenge for me right now, but I do have choices…choices to live each moment of every day and maybe looking for ways to help make others’ wait a little easier. After all, whether we smell nice or we’re all covered with sores, we are all living in and for today. So…be your name Busbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!

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Financing available on qualifying systems and accessories only and may vary depending on models purchased August 28th through October 29th, 2008. Available through participating dealers only. All eligible sales and installations must be located in the contiguous United States. Void where prohibited. Finance Charges accrue from the date of sale unless the Same As Cash plan balance is paid in full prior to the Same As Cash expiration date, in which case they are waived. Regular credit terms apply after the Same As Cash period expires. Annual Percentage Rate 17.90%. Minimum Finance Charge: $2.00. (APR and Minimum Finance Charge may be lower in some states.) Terms subject to change without notice. Subject to credit approval. See Account Agreement for complete information and important disclosures. Other open-end and closed-end credit plans may be available. Ask seller for details. All credit plans subject to normal credit policies.

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hoosing the right windows and patio doors can really elevate the look and feel of your homes. They have to look great, and they have to perform. So every product in the new MIRA™ premium aluminum clad-wood line is built to order by industry experienced craftsmen. Plus, delivery in two weeks, even on custom orders. And the entire line is covered by MW Windows & Doors’ legendary service and support. MIRA. Designed well – and more importantly – designed to sell. 54 Foothills Spotlight Fall 2008

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North Lake Country Club

A Welcome Change from the Ordinary

Nestled amid the stately trees on a lush green rolling hill, North Lake Country Club offers the finest in southern hospitality & elegant dining.

SHELBY EYE CENTERS Thomas D. Bailey, MD, FACS Stephen J. Bogan, MD, FACS Nancy E. Cline, MD

When You’re Concerned About Your Eyes... We provide complete high quality medical and surgical eye care.

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North Lake Country Club 1220 North Washington Street • Shelby, NC 28150 • North Lake is a private club, membership by invitation. For more information call 704-487-6661.

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Toll Free 1-800-776-1054


Excercising During Pregnancy 10 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF AT CLEVELAND PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATES, we work closely with area

...go ahead and exercise and reap the benefits of good health... Dr. Don Miller, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, is the owner of Cleveland Physical Therapy Associates & Prescription Fitness with clinics in Shelby and Boiling Springs, NC. He has practiced as a Physical Therapist and a Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for over 21 years. Before opening a practice in Shelby, Dr. Miller worked as a physical therapist and strength and conditioning consultant with several professional teams.

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physicans to address several conditions specific to women including; pre and post partum related issues, urinary incontinence, as well as a program for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Today, our focus will be on exercising during pregnancy. Years ago pregnancy was treated more like an illness. Women were restricted from physical activities at a time when they really needed their strength and endurance. Now, moderate activity during pregnancy is considered not only safe, but extremely beneficial for most expectant mothers and their babies. Walking, swimming, stationary bicycling, jogging, or low impact aerobics are all examples of cardiovascular exercises that improve the function of your heart and lungs. First and foremost, before starting on an exercise program during pregnancy, it is important to get medical clearance from your physician. If you are having problems with your pregnancy, activity may need to be restricted to ensure that you and your baby are not at risk. Once you have the blessings of your physician, here are a few things that you need to be aware of: 1) Good sleep habits and a healthy diet will contribute to the success of an exercise program. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of fluids during the day (8-10 glasses of water, juice, or milk). Drink before and after each workout. 2) Be alert to overheating your body. Raising your body temperature more than 1 ½ to 2° F. is considered dangerous. Excessive exercise or exercising in a hot environment could cause overheating. When this happens, circulation is directed to the skin so that body heat can be released through evaporation. This may reduce circulation to the fetus and deprive the baby of oxygen and other nutrients. Stop and cool down if you feel excessively warm, are perspiring more than normal and/or are feeling dizzy or weak. 3) Do not exercise to the level of exhaustion. During exercise you should be able to carry on a conversation with another person without becoming breathless. Use the “talk test” to monitor whether or not you need to slow down. 4) Invest in a good support bra and supportive footwear. 5) Listen to your body! Never ignore feelings of discomfort or pain. Contact your physician if you feel regular contractions or bleeding starts during or after exercise. 6) Listen to your body again! Nausea and fatigue may accompany you 24 hours a day during first tri-

mester and it may limit what you feel like doing. Try just taking daily walks and when your energy level increases you can raise your exercise level. During the third trimester, regardless of your fitness level, you may need to taper off on your exercise routine. With increased body weight and a slightly decreased rate of blood flow from the heart, you may find it more difficult to sustain your regular activity level. You may also start to experience groin pain with weight bearing activities such as walking, jogging, and low impact aerobics. Switching to swimming or riding a stationary bicycle may be necessary to alleviate this discomfort. Both exercises will still provide the workout you desire. 7) Stretching before and after exercise is important. Care must be taken to stretch at a controlled rate and within the limits of the elastic state of your muscles and ligaments. During pregnancy your joints are looser due to hormonal changes so be careful not to overstretch. Do not hold your breath while stretching. Relax, stretching should feel good!. 8) Make sure that you take the time to cool down following exercise. Walk around for a few minutes and then stretch out the muscles that have been used during exercise. If you stop exercise abruptly and flop into the nearest chair without a cool down you increase the risk of injury and decrease the return of blood to your heart. 9) Pay special attention to your posture and your balance during exercise. With an expanding bustline and waistline, your neck and back muscles have to work harder to maintain an erect posture. Strengthening these muscles, as well as the abdominal muscles, is important for good posture. Be aware throughout the day of keeping your head and shoulders, back and your buttocks tucked under to prevent a “swayback” posture. Balance may also be a problem during the last trimester. Take care to be on even ground during exercise. 10) Activities to abstain from during any phase of pregnancy are scuba diving, horseback riding, contact sports, and downhill or water skiing. If you have any questions about these issues, or if you are wondering if physical therapy intervention would be beneficial for you, contact our office at 704-471-0001 or speak with your physician. Remember, being physically fit can help with the mental and physical stress of labor and delivery. So if you have your doctor’s blessings, go ahead and exercise and reap the benefits of good health for yourself and your growing baby.


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Play At The Park On October 4th, the Shelby Parks and Recreation Department invites you to help celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Shelby City Park, the 10th Anniversary of Carrousel Restoration, and Textile Heritage Day. On October 25th, Holly Oak Park celebrates the 50th Anniversary of that facility. Please watch for more information on the Holly Oak event. Textile Heritage Day Textiles in Cleveland County-- we all know the history… or do we? Since so much of the old textiles landscape has radically changed over the last decade or two, now might be the time to preserve as much knowledge and historical information as possible. Folks are still around that lived on the mill hills and villages. That won’t always be true. A lot of stuff has been written about Southern mill culture, quite a bit of that by outsiders. The Textile Heritage organization ( has been trying to change some of that before it’s too late. On October 4, Shelby City Park will host the first Textile History Day as part of the 60th anniversary of the Park. On that day, the City Park Gym will be the place to come to see photos and artifacts and talk to folks about growing up in the various mill villages around the county. Anyone with something to share is welcome to come and the Park will provide tables and space. The hope is that others will come to learn, remember, reminisce and reconnect. This was our history and it was important. Some of the places are gone or have changed. Others can still be saved and preserved. If there is sufficient interest, Textile Heritage Day may become an annual event and play a role in documenting and bringing recognition to a way of life that was unique.

Other 60th Anniversary City Park events Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Carrousel Restoration with activities at the Carrousel and Train from 10:00AM – 6 PM. Ride the Carrousel or Miniature Train for the original price of 10¢ per ride. Musician Wayne Erbsen will perform authentic Cowboy and Train songs at the amusement area from 2- 4 PM (free). Wayne is a master of a number of styles of music including old-time, bluegrass, folk, traditional, cowboy, pioneer, railroad, gospel and music of the Civil War. As a solo performer, he plays clawhammer and bluegrass banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. ( Other activities during the day will be fitness activities and demonstrations, concessions, free inflatable play area, and the Royster Memorial Member Golf Tournament. Call 704-484-6823 for more information on the tournament. Kick off the Day with the March of Dimes Walk which will start and end at the front entrance of the Park. Call (704) 377-2009 or email: Please call 704-484-6811 or visit the Parks and Recreation web site for more information at

Textile Heritage Day in the City Park Gym will be from 9:30 AM until 3:00PM. Join with others around the South to celebrate the southern cotton mill life that, among other things, paved the way for a modern facility like the City Park. Many of the textile mills participated in the fund raising for the initial park in the late 1940’s and also were a large part of its clientele. Individuals, reunion, or old-timer groups with materials, photos, artifacts, or a desire to connect with others to preserve this history are invited to contact the park and to participate. Tables and display areas will be provided. The Shelby event is in conjunction with the Textile Heritage Initiative to promote Textile Heritage events during the first week in October. (More information at

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With many y comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical services ces and facilities. the fo foothills oothills offer complete mind&body m wellness

Shelby Eye Centers, P.A.

Huitt & Borders Family Dentistry Douglas C. Huitt, DDS, PA Matthew W. Borders, DDS General & Cosmetic Dentistry Mini Implants 222 N. Lafayette St., Suite 13 Shelby, NC 704-487-8931

Thomas D. Bailey, MD, FACS Stephen J. Bogan, MD, FACS Nancy E. Cline, MD “When You’re Concerned About Your Eyes” We provide complete high-quality medical and surgical eye care. Shelby/Gaffney Toll Free 800-776-1054

Cleveland Physical Therapy Associates Hands-on therapy from caring professionals 1129 E. Marion St., Shelby 704-471-0001 335-B W. College Ave., Boiling Springs 704-434-8175 110-9 W. King St., Kings Mountain 704-739-5995

Shelby Surgical Associates, PA Robert G. Laney, MD Michael L. Barringer, MD H. Douglas Hobson, MD Bryan Young, MD Andrew J. Taylor, MD Douglas A. Blackman, MD 200 W. Grover St, Shelby 704-487-8591

Kings Mountain Hospital

Friendly Hometown Pharmacy

Friendly hometown pharmacy.

Hospital & Palliative Care Serving our community for over 20 years. 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 704-487-4677

Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery

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Our foothills play host to some of the finest entertainment anywhere in the Carolinas

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Ghost Tours

Grover Fall Festival Saturday November 8, 2008 9:00a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Main Street downtown Grover

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall October 2 – 6, 2008 The Moving Wall will be located and available for public viewing twenty-four hours a day at the walking track next to the YMCA on Cleveland Avenue in Kings Mountain. Opening ceremony, at 1:00 pm Thursday, October 2nd. Names of the 121 fallen heroes from Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Rutherford and Cherokee Counties will be read.

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Tour Dates: October 18, 25 & November 1 Tour times: 7:45 & 9:00 p.m. This tour tells the "untold" ghost stories and tales of Cleveland County. Trolley will take you through the historic district and the Sunset Cemetery. Additional dates available upon request for groups of 15. For reservations call 704-482-9077 $10.00 per person


The Foothills’ Leading Advertising Agency 704-466-3847 Bradley's Screen Printing ........704-484-2077 Champion Communications........704-466-3847 Cleveland Headline News ...........704-482-6397 Valpak Direct Mail......................704-466-3847 Art Glass & Airbrushing Fogle Studios .............................704 480-5554 Arts Councils & Galleries Buffalo Creek Gallery .................704-487-0256 Cleveland County.......................704-481-2787 Rutherford County......................828-245-4000 Associations Cleveland County Chamber ........704-487-8521 Cleveland County Trvl & Tour .....704-487-8521 Downtown Forest City ................828-247-4430 Uptown Shelby Assoc.................704-484-3100 Automobiles Carter Chevrolet.........................704-482-4341 McCurry-Deck Motors................800-731-9644 Honda of Shelby ........................704-487-7261 Keeter Ford ...............................704-482-6791 S&R Auto ..................................704-487-0570 Automobile Care Fastway Oil Change ...................704-484-0823 Banking Carolina FCU .............................704-435-0186 First National Bank.....................704-484-6200 Banquet Facilities/Catering Cleveland County Fairgrounds ....704-487-0652 Green River Plantation................828-286-1461 North Lake Country Club ............704-487-6661 Barber Shops Headquarters Barber Shop .........704-482-9846 Bargain Stores Bargain Station Outlet ................704-484-8371 Beverage Distribution Fox Distributing..........................704-482-4466 Building Supplies Cleveland Lumber Co.................704-487-5263 Elliott Supply Co.........................704-538-8661 Business Consultant Business Consulting Group.........704-487-0638 Small Business Center (Cleveland Comm. Coll.) ...........704-484-4146 Carpet Cleaning Walker Carpet Care....................704-937-6034 Chambers of Commerce Cleveland County.......................704-487-8521 Rutherfordton County .................828-287-3090

Hickory Nut Gorge .....................828-625-2725 Cleaning Service Heavenly Scent Cleaning Srv ...........704-481-0009 Little Debbie 2 Rescue ...............704-974-3933 Coffee Shops Broad River Coffee Shelby (E. Marion St.) ..........704-487-9955 Boiling Springs ....................704-434-8887 Colleges & Universities Cleveland Comm. College ...........704 484-4000 Gardner Webb University .................704-406-4000 Isothermal Comm. College......... 828-286-3636 Computer Sales & Service

Honesty Integrity Commitment We provide professional computer repairs and up-grades, network setup, training, and customized computer services for residential and small businesses.

704-477-5489 Computer Connections...............704-482-0057 Concrete Products Carolina WallCrete .....................704-480-9877 Concrete Speciality. ...................704-487-1239 Construction Companies Glenn Willialms Const. ...............704-434-5576

Hoke Enterprises Inc ..................704-482-0003 Council on Aging Cleveland County (Sr. Center) .....704-482-3488 Crafts Sandy’s Country Christmas.........704-471-0015 DJ Services Mike McDaniel...........................704-482-4052 Dentists Doug Huitt & Matt Borders .........704-487-8931 Boiling Springs Famiy Dentistry ....704-434-4876 Young & Associates.....................704-482-7986 Electrical Dedmond Electric ......................704-538-8901 Jolley Electric ............................704-822-6497 Entertainment Cleveland County Fair..............704-487-0651 KidSenses...............................828-286-2120 Farm Equipment Parker Farm ..........................704-482-7061 Financial Services Edward Jones, Barbara Mull...........704-434-9193 Fireplaces Future Energy............................704-482-4466 Fitness Boiling Springs YMCA ................704-434-0441 Kings Mountain YMCA................704-739-9631 Shelby YMCA.............................704-484-9622 Floor Covering Cleveland Floor Care..................704-482-6351 Keith’s Carpet............................704-480-1615

Florist Boiling Spring Florist ..................704-434-9662 Holly's Flowers ..........................704-487-1220 Mike’s Flowers & Gifts................704-482-8932 Formal Wear Joy Bridal Ultd. ..........................704-828-0450 Funeral Homes Stamey Funeral Home................704-538-9091 Gift Shops Redbone Willy's .........................704-538-3670 Victoria-Stephen (Shelby) ...........704-480-1322 Golf Courses Cleghorn Plantation....................828-286-9117 Lake Lure Golf/Beach Resort.......800-260-1040 Kings Mtn Country Club .............704-739-5871 Meadowbrook Golf Course .........866-833-9754 Government Agencies Boiling Springs City Hall .............704-434-9419 Forest City City Hall....................828-245-0148 Kings Mtn City Hall ....................704-734-0333 Shelby City Hall..........................704-484-6800 Rutherfordton City Hall ...............828-287-7943 Spindale City Hall.......................828-286-3466 Tryon City Hall ...........................828-859-6655 Hair Salons Salon 206..................................704 487-8440 Hardware Store Shelby Hardware........................704 482-4405 Health Care Adult Day Health Srv ...................704-484-0405 Bayada Nurses ..........................704-669-4000 Cleveland Home Health ..............704-487-5225 Cleveland Physical Therapy ........704-471-0001 Cleveland Regional Med Ctr ...........980-487-3000 Crawley Memorial Hospital. ........704-434-9466 Gaston Memorial Hospital...........704-834-2000 Hospice (Cleveland Cty)..............704-487-4677 Kings Mtn Hospital.....................980-487-5000 Medi-Fare Drug .........................864-839-6384 Medical ID Bracelets Totally Fit 4 Life .........................704-481-0295 Rutherford Hospital ....................828-286-5000 Shelby Surgical.........................704-487-8591 Shelby Eye Center......................704-482-6767 SE Plastic Surgery .....................704-480-8519 Heating & Air Settle Heating & Air ...................704-481-1788 Shuford’s Heating & Air ..............704-484-0025 Home Decor Loopy Lu’s ..............................704 435-5000 McNeely Girls .........................704-435-5000 Home Improvement Carolina Curb Scape ..................704-692-6458

Carolina Wall-Crete....................704-480-9877 James Gibson Plumbing. .............704-4871530 Huss Ceramic............................704-477-7213 Tim’s Home Improvement...........704-300-4554 Home Furnishings/Appliances G.T. McSwain, Inc. .....................704-434-7829 Hendrick Appliance (Shelby) ...........704-487-7846 Hendrick Appliance (Chyvil).............704-487-7846 J&D Furniture ............................704-487-6385 Norris Merchandise....................704-482-8464 Timm’s Furniture........................704-739-5656 Insurance Nationwide....................................................... Tom Hamrick Agency ...........704-482-6384 State Farm-Robin Brackett ...........704-482-0531 Jewelers Arnold’s Jewelry ........................704-487-4521 Wright’s Jewelry (Fallston)..........704-538-7991 Lawn Care Carolina Lawn Service ................704 482-7821 Homestead Landscape & Feed ...704-487-7720 LawnScapes..............................704-445-1101 Lawnmowers Sales & Service All Seasons ...............................704-484-2715 Libraries Shelby.......................................704-481-1234 Lawndale ..................................704-538-7005 Kings Mountain..........................704-739-2371 Locksmiths J B Ellis Locksmith.....................704-487-6004 Lodgings Carrier Houses B&B .................. 800-835-7071 Chestnut Cottage ......................828-288-6976 Cooper's Cabin .........................843-875-6284 Distinctive Mtn Lodging............. 877-371-5100 Fairfield Mountains Resort .........828-625-9111 Foothills Family Campgrnd ........828-245-4064 Four Paws Kingdom Cmpgnd .......828-287-7324 Four Seasons Cottages .............888-625-8714 Grafton Lodge B&B/Cabins ........828-625-5567 Holiday Inn Exp. (Shelby) ............704-480-0881 The Inn of the Patriots............... 704-937-2940 Linne 'Ardan at Lake Lure .........828-625-8182 The Lodge on Lake Lure ............828-625-2789 River Creek Campground ..........866-287-3915 Mailing & Shipping Services Alpha Mail Service ........................704-484-1711 The UPS Store ...........................704-481-0222 Valpak Direct Mail......................704-466-3847 Meat Market Ora Supermarket........................704 487-4377 Modular Homes Ray’s Homes .............................704-482-0806

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704-466-3847 Mortgages NBI Mortgage ............................704-472-9755 Movie Theaters Carmike Cinemas Forest City...........................828-245-0734 Shelby ................................704-482-6623 Musical Instruments Shelby Music.............................704-487-7404 Nutrition Hallelujah Acres.........................704-487-9572 Office Equipment Commercial Data Systems & Supplies ..........................................704-482-4006 Parks & Recreation Broad River Greenway................704-434-2357 Chimney Rock Park....................828-625-9611

Cleveland County Fair ................704-487-0651 Forest City Parks/Rec.................828-248-5220 Kings Mtn Natl Military Pk ..........864-936-9166 River Creek Tubing.....................828-625-1990 Rutherford Outdr Coalition..........828-429-3900 Shelby City Park Office....................704-484-6811 Pet Serivces Puppy Luv.......................................704-482-3417 Unique Pets Sitting Srv. ...................704-434-2026 Photographers Carolina Portrait Studio....................704-460-2667 The Victorian Rose...........................704-482-9360 Plant Nursery Shagreen Nursery/Arboretum..........704-482-2224 Playground Equipment Playground Safety Srv .....................704-487-7774

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Printers Gaston Gazette (Gastonia) ...............704-869-1700 Shelby Printing Group......................704-481-1492 Westmoreland Printers Inc...............704-482-9100 Radio Stations WGWG............................................704-406-3525 WNCW.............................................828 287-8000 Realtors BroadRiver Highlands ......................704-434-5770 Century 21 Dedmon........................704-487-7272 Diane Ledbetter...............................704-482-7727 Katie Bradley...................................704-472-0133 Lloyd Williams III..............................704-473-1712 Prudential Carolinas Realty..............704-484-3003 Re/Max (Boiling Springs)..................704-434-7660 Re/Max (Shelby) ..............................704-487-7653 Shelby New Homes.........................704-482-5020 Shorts Real Estate...........................704-538-8404 Susan Scruggs................................704-434-7660 Recreation Vehicles Anchor Marine ................................704-487-7661 Restaurants Chen’s Chinese ...............................704-484-9669 Don’s Italian ....................................704-481-1222 Dairy Queen....................................704-482-6681 5 East .............................................704-487-8266 Flying Pig ........................................704-487-0087 Fatz ................................................704-482-8116 Georgio’s.........................................704-434-0010 Gingerbread House..........................704-482-9234 Joe’s Place......................................704-482-4603 Ken & Mary’s ..................................704-487-1777 Love’s Fish Box ...............................704-739-4036 Ola’s................................................704-466-3131 Pizza Inn..........................................704-482-2441 The Purple Onion (Saluda)...............828-749-1179 Winter House ..................................704-482-6426 Self-Help Learning For Life .............................704-481-0400 Shoes Shope’s Shoes ................................704-482-8653 Sound Systems Shelby Music...................................704-487-7404 Sporting Goods S&M................................................704-484-0228 Tax Preparation Business Consulting Grp..................704-487-0638 DTaxes, Etc......................................704 445-9326 Television Cleveland Headline News ................704-482-6397 Travel & Tourism Cleveland County Tourism ...............704-487-8521 Rutherford County Tourism ..............828-245-1492 Travel Lynx.......................................704 482-9077 Veterinarians Blvd. Animal Hospital.......................704-482-2508 Trophies/Plaques Bradley's Screen Printing ........704-484-2077 Carolina Trophies.....................704-482-6351 Video Taping & Production The Video Factory............................704-480-6677 Website Design & Hosting Champion Communications .............704 466-3847 Wigs & Hairpieces Manelines Unique Boutique.............704-482-9938 Woodwork Walker Woodworking.......................704-434-0823

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Our foothills play host to some of the finest dining and accomodations anywhere in the Carolinas

The Sweezy House Restaurant & Bakery

Joe’s Place Grill & Pub Serving American-Italian-and Thai Cuisine for 7 years. Proprietors: Joe and Jan Lawrence 209 S. Lafayette St. Shelby 704-482-4603 657 Oak St. Forest City 828-245-7523

1104 Shelby Road Kings Mountain, NC Dine In or Carry Out Tuesday - Saturday 11am til 9 pm Closed Sunday & Monday 704-739-4036 or 704-739-8648

Dairy Queen

Don’s Italian

115. E. Dixon Blvd. Shelby 704.481.1222 Fax 704.481.9944

Good Food, Good Times. Best wings in town. Serving Italian-GreekAmerican Cuisine. Manager: John Andrews

814 S, Dekalb St. Shelby 704.481.1222 Fax 704.482.6681

From family favorites like burgers, hotdogs, fries and chicken to everyone’s temptations, ice cream treats & cakes, DQ has it ALL.

An Upscale & Relaxed Dining Experience!

4629 Fallston Rd. Fallston, NC 704.538.0044

For Pizza Out, It’s Pizza I

127 East Dixon Blvd. Shelby 704.482.2441


All you can eat pizza, pasta, salad bar & “pizzerts”

Buffet ALL DAY, EVERY DAY 10:30am - 10pm New Owner: Bill Simmons


101 S. Main St. Boiling Springs 704.482.6426 Fax: 704.434.0010

Meeting Room Available Tiffany Mullis General Manager 2001 E. Dixon Blvd. Shelby, NC 704-480-0881 fax 704-480-0882

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First Mediterranean restaurant in Cleveland County. Serving Greek, Italian & Mediterranean Cuisine. Proprietor: Louis Tsambounieris

We give 10% off to seniors 55 & up everyday and also honor any Renaissance cards from the local High Schools (not just KM) for a 10% discount daily. We are mobile and can do events, employee appreciations etc. We can do birthday parties at our shop or at their homes.

"130 W. Gold St. Kings Mountain (beside Sub Factory) 704-739-5151

Proprietors: The Mongiello Family 301 Cleveland Ave. Grover, NC 704-937-2940


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Commercial Real Estate!

Prudential Real Estate Affiliates announced today that the Cleveland County office of Prudential Carolinas Realty’s Marlene Peeler received the state’s first place award for commercial real estate sales. This is the second time that Marlene Peeler has captured the quarterly award in a 15 month period. The first place in commercial for North Carolina Award was given to Peeler for her accomplishments in producing the highest commercial real estate sales in North Carolina for the franchise. Peeler is competing with Prudential Commercial Realtors from across the state for the honor.

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Mar lene P eeler makes opening a ne w Marlene Peeler new business or relocating relocating yyour our cu urrent current business a tr ouble-ff ree tr ansition. If I yyou ou trouble-free transition. ar nking of a ne w busin neess or aree thin thinking new business expandin ng the one one yyou ou hav all Mar M lenee expanding havee ccall Marlene toda ay! today!

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Congratulations Marlene Peeler!

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Foothills Fall 2009 Issue  

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