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Volume 135 • Issue 16
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Cruise-In will coincide with Concert Series scheduled to launch on May 1, 2021.
City of KM’s Special Events Dept. hosts Cruise-In and Concert Series Get your motor running! Some very cool rides are heading to Downtown Kings Mountain as the City of Kings Mountain hosts its first annual live at Patriots Park Cruise-In, Saturday, May 1, 2021.
On May 1, local car enthusiasts will fill the streets in the Downtown with their favorite street or stock cars, trucks and motorcycles too. The Cruise-In will coincide with the Concert Series scheduled to launch
the same day. Both the Cruise-In and Concert Series are scheduled to run monthly May-October. The dates of the events include: May 1, June 5, July 17, September 11 and October 2. Roads impacted during the
events will be Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets. The Cruise-In will start at 5:00pm each night of the concert series. With live music, cool
rides and great food, you do not want to miss this series. Want to participate in the Cruise-In? All makes and model are welcome! For more information on the Cruise-In or Concert Series, contact the
City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
Legislators introduce three Marijuana bills in NC Senate Virginia legalizes weed July 1 By Loretta Cozart Two new marijuana bills were filed in the NC Senate on April 7 by North Carolina
Democratic Senators. One bill supports medical marijuana and the second supports full legalization of the drug. A third bill introduced the same day by a powerful Senate Republican recognizes mari-
Kindergarten just got way cooler Cleveland County Schools offer online enrollment Cleveland County Schools announced their new online enrollment system April 9. Using their online enrollment system, you can upload documents such as proof of residency, birth certificates, and immunization records. Visit https://www.clevelandcountyschools.org/ and
Cleveland County S C H O O L S
click on the banner that reads, “Kindergarten Just Got Way Cooler. On that page, you can click directly on the name of the school your child will attend and register online. There are also additional links sharing ways to prepare your child for kindergarten.
Patrick Senior Center Rock-a-thon May 7 By Tabitha Thomas The Patrick Senior Center is holding a Rock-AThon on Friday, May 7, from 9am-2pm, to support the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Call the center if you or your group want to participate. All ages are welcome! The Senior Center also needs people to lend them rockers for the day, to sign up to rock, and to raise money ahead of time or stop by the day of the event to donate. Everyone is welcome to support this fun event! Keep in mind that many employers offer programs
to match charitable contributions made by their employees. These matching gifts are an opportunity to double or possibly triple your donation to Walk to End Alzheimer's and increase funding for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Check with your HR department of visit https://act.alz.org/ and search for matching gifts. H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center, a North Carolina Senior Center of Excellence, is at 909 E King Street in Kings Mountain. Phone: 704-7340447.
juana’s medical potential and allows doctors to prescribe it for some patients. Senate Bill 669, known North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, would legalize medical marijuana; its primary sponsors are Senators Nickel, Murdock, and Marcus. Senate Bill 646, known as the Marijuana Justice and Reinvestment Act, would fully legalize weed. The primary sponsors are Senators Chaudhuri, Woodard, and Foushee. It is also supported by Senators Nickel, Murdock, and Marcus. Later that day, Brunswick County Republican Senator Bill Rabon, the powerful chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, introduced Senate Bill 711, known as the NC Compassionate Care Act that recognizes marijuana as having medical potential and allowing doctors to prescribe it to patients under certain circumstances. Its primary sponsors also included Republican Senator Michael Lee and Democratic Senator Paul Lowe and is supported by Senators Nickel and Woodward. An Elon University Poll asked North Carolinians about potential impacts if marijuana were to be legalized. The poll used an online opt-in sample marketplace of 1,455 adult residents of North Carolina and was conducted Jan. 29-31 and was conducted in partnership with The Charlotte Observer, The Durham Herald-Sun, and The Raleigh News & Observer. The poll’s results showed growing support among North Carolina residents for See MARIJUANA, Page 5A
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With trees removed on Battleground Avenue, aging awnings show need of replacement. A Main Street Grant can help owners with the cost. Photo by Loretta Cozart
Downtown KM businesses and property owners
Awning grant available The City of Kings Mountain, with the support of the Kings Mountain Main Street Program, has established a Downtown Awning Grant Program to provide financial assistance to downtown businesses/property owners, located within the established Downtown District, for the purpose of installing new awnings on the exterior of their buildings. The administration of the Downtown Awning Grant Program is carried out by
the Main Street Department, in accordance with the procedures and guidelines outlined here. The administration and operation of the Grant Program shall conform to all federal, state, and local codes. Funding for Downtown Awning Grants will come from the General Fund of the City of Kings Mountain. Awning grants will be offered on an ongoing basis each fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th) until all funding
has been expended for that year. Grants are available for up to 50% of the total cost of the improvement project and therefore must be matched at a ratio of 1:1. One awning grant per business/property owner per visible façade is allowed within a three year period and a tenant must have the property owner’s signed approval of the proposed awning. The amount of the grant fund reimbursement See AWNING, Page 8A
US District Court finds in favor of the Catawba Indian Nation By Loretta Cozart O n Friday, US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled in favor of CHIEF BILL HARRIS the Catawba Indian Nation and determined that the taking land into trust for the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort was done so legally. In a ruling filled with gambling metaphors, Judge Boasberg wrote, “To the un-
doubted relief of the reader who has made it thus far, the Court is out of gambling metaphors. It will, therefore, simply restate its conclusions once more: Interior did not violate the Settlement Act or IGRA by taking the Kings Mountain parcel into trust for the Catawba; the agency properly applied its IGRA regulations; it did not act arbitrarily by failing to consider the background of Wallace Cheves; Plaintiffs lack standing to press their NHPA claims and those NEPA claims that overlap; and their remaining NEPA
claims fail. The Court will accordingly enter summary judgment on all counts for the Defendants. An Order so stating shall issue this day.” Judge Boasberg also concluded that: “Interior did not violate the Settlement Act or IGRA [Indian Gaming Regulatory Act] by taking the Kings Mountain parcel into trust for the Catawba; the agency properly applied its IGRA regulations… .” He further held that “Plaintiffs [EBCI] lack standing to press their NHPA [National Historical See CATAWBA, Page 5A
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