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Volume 126 • Issue 9 • Wednesday, February 26, 2014




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Big boost to KM economy! Plans to develop over $450M energy center in KM announced ELIZABETH STEWART

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Dee, 100 years and counting ELIZABETH STEWART

How do you live to be 100? “By the grace of God and you work hard, love the Lord, do the right thing and pray,'' says Lucille Falls Dee. Born Feb. 20, 1914 “Lucy� never misses a Sunday at Mount Olive Baptist Church and she can tell you all about the “good ole days.� But she quickly relates that the “good ole days� are now.

NTE Energy, which bills itself as the nation’s 13th fastest growing energy company, will build a 480megawatt plant in southwest Kings Mountain, an investment of nearly half a billion dollars with groundbreaking slated in June 2015. Excited! That’s what developers, city, county and state leaders exclaimed at a city press conference Monday night as officials from NTE Energy, St. Augustine, Fla., announced plans to develop and operate the Kings Mountain Energy Center which expects to provide 300 construction jobs to

come from the local workforce and once completed in 2018 employ 30 people in salaries ranging from $60,000 to $70,000. Mayor Rick Murphrey said the $450 million plus project will go down as the largest partnership in Kings Mountain history and NTE will be the largest utility customer of the city in its 140year history. The plant will be located on the south side of I-85 off Dixon School Road. Turning right off the Interstate at the Dixon School exit, across the bridge and immediately left of Dixon School Road would lead motorists to the location off the access road on 290 acres of land.

City officials said the presence of the plant, one of the biggest taxpayers and the city’s biggest water customer, would allow the city to hold down property and utility rates for homeowners. “We’re excited to work with the community in developing this project,� said Seth Shortlidge, President of NTE Energy. “The Kings Mountain Energy Center will be part of the solution for developing clean, reliable and efficient power in the Carolinas.� He said the project sold itself. A major north-south natural gas pipeline and a high power electricity transmission line See ENERGY CENTER, 7A

NTE Energy president Seth Shortlidge (left), and Mayor Rick Murphrey Monday night announced plans for a $450M plus energy center to be built in Kings Mountain beginning in mid 2015. Photo by LIB STEWART

Battle of Kings Mountain coming to stage


School make-up days set Students who enjoyed a few recent breaks from classes in a snowier than usual winter found out Monday night just how and when they would be required to make up those days. The Cleveland County Board of Education moved to accept a plan that would leave the spring break intact and eliminate two half-days that were already part of the schedule. The ruling also mandated that students would attend school as follows: • March 13 - now a full day of school (no early release) • March 15 - (Saturday) school will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • March 28 - now a regular school day (no longer a planning day) • May 26 - (Memorial Day) now a regular school day (no long an annual leave day) • June 6 - now a full day of school (no early release) If inclement weather strikes again, Saturday, May 10 will be added as a makeup day. The third part of the plan, adopted unanimously, was that hours accumulated past 1025 would go toward an additional day, if needed. Superintendent Bruce Boyles presented five options to the panel, including one that See SCHOOL, 7A

The 234th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain later this year should be one to remember. The Kings Mountain Little Theatre has commissioned Bob Inman — the longtime WBTV anchor who turned to writing plays and novels after leaving broadcast news — to write a play about the famous battle. Inman, so familiar to a generation of Charlotte-area viewers, is no stranger to weaving American history into his stories. He has been busy researching the Revolutionary period and the battle so he can spin a tale that is “historically authentic� and “entertaining,� he said Monday from his Conover home. “I love history – and I have a whole new appreciation for the Revolutionary period,� Inman said, referring to the extensive reading he has done on the topic and the time period. “I want to put this in terms of people’s lives. There were families that were divided.� The Kings Mountain Little Theatre has

previously put on another of Inman’s plays, “Dairy Queen Days,� in the 1990s. Inman has written seven plays and a number of novels, including last year’s “The Governor’s Lady,� which Bob Inman brought him to Mauney Memorial Library for an intimate chat and book signing in the summer. He said he and the Little Theatre have been in informal talks for about a year and a half about writing a play that could capture the drama and historical significance of the 1780 battle, which Thomas Jefferson cited as the turning point in the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War. In the last six months or so, those talks began to take a definite shape and a deal was struck recently for Inman to have a script ready “well in advance of the prepa-

ration required for an October premier,� he said. He’s at the early stages of framing a storyline for his play, which he hasn’t yet given a name. Inman himself has a personal connection to the 18th century battle, which took place about eight miles from downtown Kings Mountain. He’s a descendant of Col. James Williams, the commander of a contingent of the S.C. militia who was the highest-ranking soldier to die in the skirmish, which left about 250 dead. Inman said Williams was shot dead while riding his horse and trying to defend the top of the mountain from loyalist forces. The playwright said he’ll be working closely with the director of the play as the premier approaches, especially concerning details about staging and costume. “I expect to be spending a lot of time in Kings Mountain,� Inman said. Inman’s other works include the book (and TV movie) “Home Fires Burning,� “Captain Saturday,� and “Welcome to Mitford.�

Race is on for May primaries Awareness group says no to with only 3 days left to file proposed casino Kings Mountain Awareness, a group of people opposed to plans for a casino on Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain, organized and presented information to 41 people Friday night. The organizational meeting was held at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church with representatives from a half dozen churches, and chaired by Adam Forcade. Speakers were Rev. Mark Creech, of NC Christian Action, and John Rustin, of the North Carolina Family Council, both of Raleigh. Rustin talked about what he considered the social impact of gambling in a region and gambling addictions and Creech talked about Biblical and moral impacts of gambling to a community. Forcade was making a presentation before Kings Mountain City Council Tuesday night. He said he has concerns that what has been presented to the public is “false economy� and that he is concerned that gambling would bring increased crime, drugs and moral decay.

Three more days remain for candidates to file for May primaries and already there are contests developing for several of the seats up for grabs. The deadline is Friday at noon with the Cleveland County Board of Elections in Shelby. In the race for two seats open on the county board of commissioners incumbents Jason Falls, chairman of the board, and Eddie Holbrook, vice-chairman, are challenged by former commissioner Willie McIntosh. Holbrook and McIntosh are Democrats. Falls is Republican. Four people are running for the office of Cleveland County Coroner. They are: Ovetta Youngblood Griffin, Rick Garver, Randy M. Walker and Bruce Arton, all Democrats. Kings Mountain lawyer Tim Moore, who is serving his sixth term as N. C. House Representative in District 111 is

being challenged by Nick Carpenter of Shelby, chairman of the Cleveland County Democratic Party. Moore is Republican. US Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) filed for reelection to the U. S. House of Representatives Monday and released the following filing statement: “Today, I seek to continue the great privilege of representing the people of Western North Carolina. I want to ease the burden on middle class families, and to continue working with technology and innovation to grow wages and bring quality jobs to our region. At the same time, I’ll continue to fight unfair trade deals and out-of-control government growth. “Even in a broken and dysfunctional Washington, I will work to make life better for folks in our area. I am grateful for the support of my wife, Giulia, and

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Ribbon cutting for new hospital ContinueCare set for Thursday Carolinas ContinueCare Hospital will hold ribbon cutting and open house Thursday, Feb. 27, at Kings Mountain Hospital. “Make plans to join us and get a sneak peak at our beautiful new Carolinas ContinueCare Hospital at Kings Mountain Denise Murray, left, and Alex Bell are ready on the second to welcome visitors to an open house and floor of Kings ribbon-cutting Thursday at the new CaroliMountain Hospi- nas ContinueCare Hospital on the second tal," said Chief floor of Kings Mountain Hospital. Executive Officer Denise Murray and Kings Mountain Hospital Administrator and Vice President of Cleveland County Health Care System Alex Bell. Come and go as your schedule permits for a tour from 4-7 p.m. The ribbon cutting is at 6 p.m. at 706 West King Street. Meet in the hospital lobby for the tours. The Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) is relocating from Crawley Memorial Hospital in Boiling Springs to provide service for the most complex patients needing long-term care and inpatient rehabilitation. The patients will start arriving on March 1. Door prizes, tours and refreshments feature the grand opening. The welcome mat is out for the community to attend.

■COMMUNITY GATEWAY 5K SATURDAY – Runners are gearing up for the annual 5K/10K and Fun Run at the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Saturday, March 1, beginning at 9 a.m. “More runners are needed,'' says Shirley Brutko, and trophies to the winners will be pottery oak leaves crafted by trail volunteers and the Southern Arts Society. Medals will be awarded in the fun run competition. Long-sleeved t-shirts and refreshments will also be available. “Come out and enjoy the fun and cheer your favorite runner to the finish line," says Brutko. ‘GODSPELL’ OPENS MARCH 7 – “Godspell,'' the musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, will be presented by Kings Mountain Little Theatre and Harris Funeral Home Fridays and Saturdays, March 7 and 14, and March 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain. Reservations can be made by calling the Joy box office at 704-7309408 or at Tickets are $10 and reservations, now being

EVENTS accepted, must be made at least 24 hours before the production you wish to attend. No same day reservations will be accepted. Jon Jones is directing the production and Cathy Baker is music director, choreographer is Tiffany Carper, stage manager is Leslie Brown and accompanist is Michael Sisk with musicians Sam Liss on guitar, Jerre Snow on bass and Andy Neisler, percussionist. Cody Jones has the role of Jesus and other cast members are Loren Radford as Peggy, Josh Carper as John the Baptist and Judas, Tiffany Carper as Sonia, Ryan Dever as Jeffery, Trey Ross as Lamar, Jenni Hassler as Joanne, Clair Lemke as Robin, Dori Medlin as Gilmer and Sean Whitworth as Herb. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the musical centers on a group of followers who are called together to create a community following a very loving and knowledgeable teacher. By sharing stories about living good lives and singing about love, joy, gratitude, judgment and redemption, the group of disparate individuals band together with a common purpose to face challenges and obstacles as they are tested along the way.

Using clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, ''Godspell'' is a reflection on the life of Jesus with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.

BUSINESS SHOWCASE KICKS OFF MARCH 11 – The kick-off reception for the 2014 Business Showcase of the Cleveland Chamber will be held March 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall. Theme of the annual event is “Door to the Future.� Last year some 50 businesses displayed exhibits showing off some of their products and food, fun and award presentations featured the event. The show runs through April 2 and last year some 2,000 visitors to city hall enjoyed the exhibits. Highlight of the event is presentation of Kings Mountain Business Person or Business of the Year. Local merchants can contact Shirley Brutko at the Kings Mountain office of the Chamber for entry forms and sponsorships. Call Brutko at 704739-4755 or email

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Kyle Tanner Blalock born Dec. 16

Gene and Eleanor Scism celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary February 21, 2014 with their family on a Disney Cruise. From left, son-in-law Keith Eagle holding grandson Silas Evan Eagle, grandson John William Eagle, granddaughter Sarah Glen Eagle and Eleanor and Gene Scism. Photo by KIM SCISM

Scisms celebrate 50 years Gene and Eleanor Scism of Kings Mountain celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary February 21, 2014. Eleanor Brown and Gene Scism met on a blind date and

were married in 1964. The couple celebrated the anniversary with daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Keith Eagle, along with grandchildren John William, Sarah Glen

and Silas Evan on a Disney Cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Gene and Eleanor are active members of Patterson Grove Baptist Church.

Beard, Hendricks to wed Howard and Suzy M. Beard of Kings Mountain announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Lauren Beard, to Joshua Rhyne Hendricks, son of Nickey L. Hendricks Jr. and Tammy V. Hendricks. Both families are of Kings Mountain. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with BSW degree. She is currently employed by the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services. She was presented by the Shelby Junior Charity League at the debutante ball in 2007. She is the granddaughter of the late James A. McCraw and Juanita P. McCraw of Shelby and Grady H. Beard of Blacksburg, SC and the late Geraldine F. Beard. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of James W. Van Dyke and Carolyn J. Van Dyke of Kings Mountain and Nickey L. Hendricks Sr. and Linda A. Hendricks of Gastonia. He is a 2005 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and attended Mon-

Brittany Lauren Beard and Joshua Rhyne Hendricks treat College with an athletic scholarship for baseball. He enjoys softball, golf, hunting and fishing. He is currently employed with United Parcel Service. The wedding will be an event of September 13, 2014 in Hickory, North Carolina.

‘Moon over the Mountain’ raises over $29k for YMCA

Larry and Evelyn Hamrick are pictured at the recent Moon Over the Mountain YMCA benefit. “A huge success” is how YMCA Senior Executive Kevin Osborne reported results of the recent Kings Mountain Family YMCA's annual Moon over the Mountain at Duke Energy. The event surpassed $29,000 and means that in the several years that the benefit has been held that over $250,000 have been earmarked for community needs. All proceeds from the evening gala benefit the Y's “We Build People” fund for

“Open Doors,'' income based membership pricing to allow adults and families to join the YMCA with discounted fees based on their family budget; the diabetes prevention program; and the LiveStrong free program for cancer survivors. Contributing sponsors were Duke Energy, Kerns Trucking, John O. Harris Interests, Cleveland County Healthcare Systems, Bank of the Ozarks, Brinkley See YMCA, 7A

Kyle Tanner Blalock was born December 16, 2013 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 ¾ inches long. Parents are Laura and Kyle Blalock of Vale. Special grandparents are Teresa and Ronnie Falls of Kings Mountain and special honorary grandparents are Lawrence Etters of Kings Mountain and Dot and Teddy Lane of Vale. Honorary God grandparents are Nancy and William Wiggins of Kings Mountain. Special great-grandparents are David Lockridge and the late Mrs. Lucy Lockridge and Mrs. Gaye Blalock of Denver and the late Calvin Blalock. Tanner's aunt is Rhonda Lynn Falls Bullock and his great aunt and uncle are Marty and Shawn Lockridge. His great-grand uncle and aunt are Charles McDaniel and the late Liz Mc-

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Happy 6th birthday Connor Joseph “Connor” Blalock was 6 years old February 23, 2014. He celebrated his birthday Saturday, February 22, at a Superman party hosted by his parents, Laura and Kyle Blalock, his grandmother Teresa Falls and his honorary grandparents, Lawrence Etters and Dot and Teddy Lane at Chucky-Cheese in Hickory. Family and friends enjoyed a Superman cake, chips and drinks. Connor has two brothers, Tanner Blalock and Walter Blalock and one sister, Feather Blalock Bates. Connor is the son of Laura and Kyle Blalock of Vale and the grandson of Teresa Falls and Ronnie Falls of Kings Mountain and Gaye Blalock of Denver and the late Calvin Blalock. His honorary grandparents are Lawrence Etters of Kings Mountain and Dot and Teddy Lane of Vale. Connor is the great-grandson of David Lockridge of Kings Mountain and the late Lucy Lockridge and the late Carl and Vada Falls. Honorary Godparents are Nancy and William Wiggins of Kings Mountain. Connor is a special nephew of Rhonda Falls Bullock of Kings Mountain and a special great-grand nephew of Charles McDaniel and the late Liz McDaniel. Connor is a special great nephew of Marty and Shawn Lockridge and is very spe-

cial to and loved by Jane and Dusty Gilbert and Mrs. Katherine Hicks, all of Kings Mountain, and Wade Harrington of Florida, his family and other friends. Connor was the second runner-up in the Gaston Gazette 2010 Baby Contest.

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Yours, Ours, Others


Quote of the week... Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford

Generosity abounds The generosity of Kings Mountain area people is evident in many ways – from individuals, churches, the caring people and organizations in this city can be counted on in every situation. Last Saturday 200 people – plus many volunteers who donated food – turned out at the American Legion to help a young woman fighting cancer. A total of 62 bone marrow donors Lib Stewart Managing Editor can now be added to the register of nearly 12 million who want to be a potential match for someone fighting life-threatening illness. The benefit resulted in $2500 that supports the Be the Match Foundation, the patient's medical bills and Relay for Life. The good news that came a half hour after police led cyclists and cars to the Legion in a caravan was that a 32-year-old man from Europe is a match for Taylor Haraszkiewicz, 20. Since then a second person on her match list has done further testing, among only 10 on the list as a potential match of which six were no longer available. “The bone marrow drive was not just about me, but others who need a transplant,� said Taylor. Kings Mountain residents will have another opportunity Saturday, March 1, to help a young student who was diagnosed with cancer in November. “Love for Landry� is a BBQ benefit from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fairview Masonic Lodge, 801 Landing Street, behind Clay-Barnette Funeral Home off Phifer Road. There will be no pre-sale of tickets. Plates are $10 each – as long as they last – and will include slow smoked BBQ by the Saucy Bottom Boys with BBQ slaw, buns, pickles and chips. A silent auction will also be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Orders for Love for Landry t-shirts will also be available and Advent Lutheran Church, sponsor of the event, said that those attending can sign one of the biggest get well cards-ever for the young 8th grade student.

News from D.C. Learn English Another week, another issue with Obamacare. This week brought Congressman news that the Patrick McHenry Obama Administration was unilaterally delaying the health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016. This delay represents another break for businesses from Obamacare’s onerous regulations. I’m sure that the thousands of 10th District residents who had their policies canceled because of Obamacare would have enjoyed a break like this. Between this week’s expanded delay of the employer mandate and last week’s news that 2 million jobs could be lost because of the ACA, it is becoming increasingly difficult to defend this broken law. Polls have shown the law to be deeply unpopular and even the law’s biggest fans are losing patience with the cancellation notices, delays and lost jobs. It is time that Congress repeals this broken law and provides real healthcare reform to the American people. I continue to be a proud supporter and cosponsor of The American Health Care Reform Act. Congressional Art Competition Every year, the House of Representatives holds an art competition open to high school students across

the country. Each Congressional district has one winner whose work is prominently displayed in the US Capitol for a year. The winner will be announced later in the spring. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in their honor in Washington and are eligible for scholarship money to the Savannah College of Art and Design. High School students in the 10th District are encouraged to submit an original artwork to my office for consideration. This year’s theme is “An Artistic Discovery.’’ All entries will be judged by a panel and one winner will be selected A picture of the artwork must be emailed to Joe Bost in the Congressman’s Gastonia office by April 18. 2014. Artwork must be two dimensional and no piece larger than 28x28x4 including the outside dimension of the frame. It cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. Visit the art competition website or email Joe Bost for general and framing guidelines at or call 704-833-0096 or for more information visit Las year we received a tremendous level of interest from local students and I hope this year is even better. It is always a pleasure to meet with the 10th District’s winning artist and see his/her work on display whenever I walk to the House floor for votes..

this is America!

My son and I got in a taxi in Louisville, Kentucky a few nights ago. We were going to the theatre during a downpour and didn't Glenn Mollette want to arrive Guest Editorial drenched. When the driver pulled up he couldn't understand a word I was saying. I tried to explain that we were just going a few blocks away. I pointed, talked slowly and even tried to help him figure out the GPS attached to his visor. I was sensitive and kind because I know what it's like to be in a foreign country. The conversation was almost impossible. Give me a break. He has moved to America, has a driver's license, works for a taxi company and is trying to drive people around Jefferson County, Kentucky. He did not speak much English! Finally, I was able to understand that he had moved here from South Africa and this was his second day of working as a taxi driver. I explained to him that I had been to South Africa, loved his country and welcomed him to America. I didn't say it but I wanted to shout “Learn See MOLLETTE, 7A

Letters to the Editor To the Editor, Gov. McCrory and top legislative leaders announced a plan today to increase the starting pay for NC teachers. The plan would increase base starting pay from $30,800 to $35,000 by the 2015-2016 school year. This would affect approximately 32,000 teachers statewide. Although the plan begins to address a portion of the teacher compensation problem, NCSBA believes that all teachers are valuable and should be adequately compensated through sufficient salary increases to the teacher salary schedule. This plan would only affect 34% of teachers statewide, leaving a large percentage without respected compensation increase they deserve. The plan doesn’t address the problem of beginning teacher salaries remaining fixed for the first five years. As well, the plan doesn’t address salary schedule increases for those teachers who obtain a Master’s Degree in either education or in their field of teaching. “We continue to lose dedicated teachers to our neighboring states because we refuse to invest the resources necessary to ensure teaching as a viable career path,� said NCSBA Exec-

utive Director Dr. Ed Dunlap. “The plan doesn’t include many of the things that school board members believe to be important.� NCSBA was established in 1937 as an advocate for public school education. Its mission is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively. Ed Dunlap, Executive Director North Carolina School Boards Association

To the Editor, We had a terrific meeting recently at the Catawba Nation with the Executive Board of Veterans and War Heroes from Vietnam and more. They were very happy to hear of our financial commissioning of the 5th painting of American Revolutionary War local veterans and heroes that helped create the United States – a Catawba Indian from our local area, Captain Redhead. Chief Bill Harris of the

Catawba Nation was extremely impressed, as were the rest of the board, and we learned several new facts about the proposed resort and new, surprising facts about the Cherokee Nation. Many have stated that the Cherokee Nation is recognized at least by the North Carolina government and our state – but this is not true. While some are slinging mud at The Catawba Nation saying they are not recognized by North Carolina – neither are the Cherokees. Both

tribes are equally recognized by the Federal government. What some are saying that our local children are losing their lives and wages to the evils of the casinos and Satan are also fabrications by the uneducated. Not based on facts, but based on untruths. The average casino player is a 60 to 65 year old white lady. We need to sit down with our grandmothers and talk inside our own families about this. Marty Mongiello

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It didn’t affect me at all. I’m from Michigan. Zanthia Kesselly

I stayed in my room the whole time. Thankfully, I didn’t miss any work (as a stagehand). James Holman



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FEB. 17: John R. Walker III, 40, 411 Burnt Mill Rd., driving under the influence, failure to appear, $1,000 bond, secured. FEB. 17: Billy E. Brown, 40, Gastonia, assault with a deadly weapon, $1,000 bond, secured. FEB. 22: Larry D. Hannah, 23, Bessemer City, driving while intoxicated, $5,000 bond, secured.

FEB. 16: A resident of Shelby reported the theft of $40 in cash and four pairs of shoes with a value of $300 from her Holiday Inn Express hotel on York Rd. FEB. 17: A resident of Katherine Ave. reported the theft of a gray Ford Fusion. FEB. 20: A resident of Whitesville reported the theft of a 160 gigabyte Apple iPod valued at $299 from her Holiday Inn Express hotel room on York Rd. FEB. 22: A resident of Morganton reported the theft of a number of credit cards, a Nikon camera, medical equipment and a purse from the Kings Mountain

CITATIONS FEB. 23: Kimberly Y. McClain, 44, 107 Gold Mine Rd., failing to see before turning that such movement could be made more safely.

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YMCA. FEB. 23: A resident of Alpine Dr. reported the theft of a wallet, Medicaid card, bank card, N.C. drivers license and $600 in cash from her home. FEB. 23: A resident of 2nd St. reported a suspicious fire at her residence. WRECKS FEB. 12: Officer F.L. Wittington said a 1976 Chevrolet operated by Shamarr T. Wimbush struck a 1992 Chevrolet operated by Billy A. Parks, Jr. at the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Hwy. 74 East onramp after skidding in snowy conditions. Estimated damages to the 1976

Chevrolet and the 1992 Chevrolet were $500 and $750, respectively. FEB. 12: Officer M.J. Howard said a 2001 Lexus operated by Rodney M. Strong slid off U.S. 74 due to snowy conditions and struck a sign, causing an estimated $1,500 in damages to the vehicle. FEB. 15: Officer H.W. Carpenter said a 2004 Hyundai operated by Robert L. Hillman struck an idle and unoccupied 2004 Honda owned by Arthur L. Raxter at 210 N. Dilling St. Estimated damages to the Hyundai and the Honda were $200 and $3,500, respectively. FEB. 16: Officer M.D. Butler said a 1998 Honda operated by Michael W. Wilson left the roadway and struck a utility pole on U.S. 74 Business. Estimated

damage to the vehicle was $2,500. Feb. 17: Officer J.L. Dee said a 1995 Dodge operated by Billy Smith struck an idle and unoccupied 2009 Honda owned by Brittany James Chaplin in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station on U.S. Business 74. Estimated damages to the Honda were $1,000. FEB. 18: Officer C.A. McKnight said a tractortrailer operated by Joseph L. Devins struck a deer while traveling west on U.S. 74 bypass. Estimated damage to the vehicle was $1,000. FEB. 20: Officer G.L. McKinney said a 2005 GMC operated by Keisha A. Moore rear-ended a 1997 Chevrolet operated by Melissa H. Morton at the intersection of King St. and York Rd. Estimated damage to the Chevrolet was $150.

FEB. 21: Officer B.C. McGinnis said a 2011 Nissan operated by Curtis L. McCree was struck by an unidentified vehicle in the parking lot of 903 Bethlehem Rd., causing an estimated $500 in damages. FEB. 22: Officer F.L. Wittington said a 2012 Chevrolet operated by Allen Sneed left the roadway along I-85 south and came to rest against a guardrail. Estimated damages to the vehicle were $5,000. FEB. 23: Officer F.L. Wittington said a 2013 Honda operated by Hayley D. Borders and a 2006 BMW collided at the intersection of King St. and Canterbury Rd. Estimated damages to the Honda and the BMW were $1,500 and $2,000, respectively.

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Church Service Directory KINGS MOUNTAIN Advent Lutheran Church, NALC Member KM Senior Center 909 E. Kings St. Anew Beginning Baptist Church 415 Dixon School Rd. 704-473-1372 Ardent Life Church 420 Branch Street 704-739-7700 Arise Church Kings Mountain YMCA 211 Cleveland Ave. Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road 704-739-7487 Boyce Memorial ARP Church Edgemont Drive 704-739-4917 Burning Bush House of God 310 Long Branch Rd (KM) Calvary Way Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Pastor Clifton Morgan Carson Memorial Baptist Church 262 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-2247 Central United Methodist Church 113 S. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-2471 Cherokee St. Baptist Church 421 S. Cherokee Street 704-739-7697 Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Road 704-739-4015

Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 246 Range Road 704-739-4152 Christ The King Catholic Church 714 Stone Street 704-487-7697 Church at Kings Mountain 108 E. Mountain St. (KM Women’s Club Bldg.) 704-739-1323

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Cornerstone Church Of God 202 Margrace Road 704-739-3773 Cornerstone Independent Baptist 107 Range Road 704-737-0477 Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310 David Baptist Church 2300 David Baptist Church Road 704-739-4555 Dixon Presbyterian Church 602 Dixon School Road East Gold Street Wesleyan Church 701 E. Gold Street 704-739-3215 East Kings Mountain Church of God Hwy 161, Bessemer City/KM Hwy. 704-739-7367 Eastside Baptist Church 308 York Road 704-739-8055 Ebenezer Baptist Church 1621 County Line Road 704-739-8331

First Presbyterian Church El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174 Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church 602 Canterbury Road 704-739-9939 Faith Ablaze Church 1128 S. York Road 704-739-8496 Faith Baptist Church 1009 Linwood Road 704-739-8396 Faith Holiness Church Hwy. 161/Bessemer City Rd. 704-739-1997 Family Worship Center 1818 Shelby Road 704-739-7206

First Baptist Church 605 W. King Street 704-739-3651

Grace Fellowship 144 West Mountain Street 704-481-8888

First Church of the Nazarene 121 Countryside Road 704-734-1143

Grace United Methodist Church 830 Church Street 704-739-6000

First Presbyterian Church 111 E. King Street 704-739-8072 First Wesleyan Church 505 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-4266 Galilee United Methodist 117 Galilee Church Road 704-739-7011 Gospel Assembly Church 202 S. Railroad Avenue 704-739-5351

Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714 Kings Mountain Baptist Church 101 W. Mountain Street 704-739-2516 Life of Worship Ministries 405 S. Cherokee St. 704-777-2927

Good Hope Presbyterian Church 105 N. Cansler Street 704-739-1062

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■OBITUARIES Edward “Ed� Gordon Campbell, Sr. U.S. Merchant Marine & U.S. Navy veteran KINGS MOUNTAIN Edward “Ed� Gordon Campbell, 89, a resident of 503 Allison Court, Kings Mountain, went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, February 22, 2014. H e w a s born in Clevel a n d County, NC, son of the l a t e Charles B. Campbell and Bertie Hughes Campbell, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Wilson Campbell, son Edward Gordon “Butch� Campbell, Jr. and brother Charles B. Campbell, Jr. Ed has had a long and distinguished career, named to the Gardner-Webb Gallery of distinguished Alumni and was honored as Junior College Alumnus of the Year. He graduated in 1948 and furthered his education at Western Carolina University. He established a lucrative career as vice-president of sales for Kenneth G. Lilly Fasteners Inc. Prior to attending Gardner-Webb, Campbell served in World War II and sailed in the North Russian convoys from 1942-1945 with the US Merchant Marines and U.S. Navy. Due to his involvement with the convoys, he was invited in 1992 to the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC to receive a medal from the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Vladmir P. Lukin. He frequently spoke to history classes at Kings Mountain High School and related his experiences during the Great Depression as well as World War II. Ed was a member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Ed Campbell was a loving husband, a wise father and a proud grandfather. He

lived his life in a straightforward no nonsense fashion that centered on doing things with honor and integrity. His life was an example of how it should be done and his presence, his humility and his compassion made him a leader in his community, an inspiration to many and a friend to all. Survivors include his wife of 20 years Phyllis Henderson Campbell, Kings Mountain; son Stephen Scott Campbell and wife Marsha, Kings Mountain, Craig Roberts and wife Karen, Greenville, NC; daughter Yvette Cooke and husband David, Trinity, NC; grandchildren Summer Campbell and Lauren Campbell both of Kings Mountain, Austin Cooke and wife Anna Claire, Hayden Cooke, Amber Cooke, all of Trinity, NC, Colton Roberts, Shelton Roberts, Mackenzie Roberts, all of Greenville, NC; great grandchild Judah Cooke; sister Colleen Williford, Ft. Myers, Florida. A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, Tuesday, February 25, at 3 p.m., with officiating by Dr. John Sloan. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday night, February 24, at Kings Mountain First Presbyterian Church. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, with full military honors. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, “Mission Readiness� 605 W. King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, First Presbyterian Church, 111 E. King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, GardnerWebb Alumni Association, P.O. Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, was in charge of arrangements.

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SHELBY - Deborah “Debbie� Vinesett Anthony, 59, Maple Springs Church Rd., went to be with her Lord, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Hospice at Wendover. Funeral services are 12 p.m. Wednesday at Flint Hill Baptist Church, Revs. Shane Kirby and Keith Dixon officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church, and other times at her home. Burial is at Cleveland Memorial Park.

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John A. Queen, Jr. Loved fishing & hunting KINGS MOUNTAIN John A. Queen, Jr., 62, a resident of 130 Canterbury Dr., died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Wendover Hospice in Shelby. He was a native of Clevel a n d County, son of the late John A. Queen, Sr. and R o s e Pressley Queen. He was former owner and operator of Kings Mountain Metal, a member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge # 339 and the Oasis Shrine Club. John loved fishing, hunting and coaching baseball. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife Patricia Collins Queen,

Rono Soutthanirasay Beloved son KINGS MOUNTAIN Rono Soutthanirasay, 25, a resident of Kings Mountain, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Survivors include his parents Phetsamone and Soukvilay Phivilay Soutthanirasay, Kings Mountain; son Donovan Soutthanirasay, Charlotte; sister Tina Soutthanirasay, Kings Mountain. A funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Geneva Hudspeth Wells Loving mother and grandmother GASTONIA – Geneva Hudspeth Wells, 93, of Gastonia, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at Meado w wood Nursing Center. She was a native of Gastonia, NC, daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie Hudspeth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Bryant Wells, and two sisters, Juanita Steffy and infant Sara Jane Hudspeth. Mrs. Wells was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She retired as an operator with over 30 years of service with Bell South Jacqueline T. Hanners

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at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, and at Cleveland Funeral Service Crematory, Shelby, N.C., following the funeral ceremony. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain. A guest registry is available at Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.

Harris Funeral Home Telephone Company. Survivors include her two sons, Glen Wells and wife, Debbie of Gastonia and Tommy Wells and wife, Cindy of Cherryville and one grandson, Shawn Wells of Myrtle Beach, SC. The Wells family would like to give a special thank you to the residents and faculty of Meadowwood Nursing Center for their compassionate and exceptional care. Services are private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Gaston Hospice, 258 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054. Condolences may be sent online to McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Wells family.

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Ruth E. Winebarger Loved work and family KINGS MOUNTAIN– Ruth E. Winebarger, 81, resident of Kings Mountain, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at Peak Resources, Shelby, NC. She was born in Lincoln County, NC, to the late Loy Cooke and Margaret Griffin Cooke. She was also preceded in death by her husband David H. Winebarger, sons, Jeff Winebarger and David L. Winebarger, and one brother and one sister. Mrs. Winebarger was a former employee of White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain, and a longtime faithful member of El Bethel United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved working and her family. Survivors include her daughter Beth Winebarger, Kings Mountain; brother Thomas Cooke and wife Carolyn, Lincolnton, NC; daughter-in-law Trevelen Brenda Marchant Loving grandmother KINGS MOUNTAIN – Brenda Pearl Goins Marchant, 69, of Kings Mountain, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. A native of Jackson County, she is preceded in death by her mother, Dixie Pearl Parris Freeman, her son, David Marchant, and her grandson Trey Rhyne. She is survived by four daughters, Cyndi Ehlert of Florida, Anna Allen of Florida, Brenda Booher of Virginia and Charlene Mullins of Virginia; and three sons, Joseph Padelford

Sandra Morgan KINGS MOUNTAIN Mrs. Sandra Morgan, 71, Kings Falls Court, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at her home. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Winebarger, Kings Mountain; four grandchildren Tim Franklin and wife Amanda, Kevin Winebarger, Daren Winebarger and Katrena Winebarger; and twelve great grandchildren. A funeral service was held at El Bethel United Methodist Church, Saturday, February 22, at 3 p.m., with officiating by Rev. Tom Jolly. Visitation was from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. prior to the service in the fellowship hall of El Bethel United Methodist Church. Interment is at El Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to El Bethel United Methodist Church, 122 El Bethel Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest registry is available at www.harrisfunerals. com. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.

Harris Funeral Home of Florida, Walter Padelford of North Carolina and James Marchant of Charlotte. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held Monday, February 24, 2014 at 3 pm. in the Chapel of Melton Funeral Home in Sylvia, NC. Pallbearers were grandchildren. Burial was in Smoky Mountain Memorial Park. Melton Funeral Home, Sylva, NC, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Melton Funeral Home Roger Stewart KINGS MOUNTAIN – Roger Evans Stewart, 66, of Kings Mountain, died Feb. 22, 2014 at Kings Mountain Hospital. The graveside service was held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery. He was the son of the late Charles Evans and Roger Dobbins Stewart.

■POLICE Huffstetler sentenced to life The nearly two-week long first-degree murder trial of William Earl “Rusty� Huffstetler, 39, of Blacksburg, SC ended Thursday in Shelby with the sentencing of Huffstetler to life in prison for the 1995 killing of Charleen Simons in Kings Mountain. Huffstetler was arrested in 2012 for Simons’ death along with Gator Walter Martin of Comer, Ga. And Randy Wagenknect of Knoxville, Tenn., two co-defendants who have pled guilty in the case but have not been sentenced. “I did not kill your mother, I’m gonna do a life sentence for it. But whoever done it is still out there,� Huffstetler told the Simons family in the courtroom. “Justice is served,� members of the family said as the verdict was handed down by the jury.

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YMCA: benefit raises $29k

YMCA Senior Executive Kevin Osborne, left, Mal Brutko, YMCA board member, and Mayor Rick Murphrey at the Y's Moon over the Mountain benefit which raised over $29,000 recently for a total of $250,000 over recent years at the annual event.

From page 3A Financial Group, Dilling Heating & Air, Florrie and Larry Hamrick Jr., Harris Funeral Home, City of Kings Mountain, Dellinger's Jewel Shop, Phil and Sandi Dee, Harvest Tunes, and Pete Douglas Signature Meals. Committee members for the gala were Mal and Shirley Brutko, Ashley Harris, Marie Brinkley, Larry Hamrick Jr., Anne Brooks, Becky Hasty, Gina Collias, Gina Ayscue, Juli Moore, Rhonda Hollifield and Gail McGinnis. “Thanks to all the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who make this event possible," said Osborne.

DEE: celebrates 100 years From page 1A Mrs. Dee is the mother of five generations of family: five children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. She went to school at the old Compact School, the two-room schoolhouse that was located on Margrace Road. Her mother was a midwife and every family in the Compact Community depended on her when they got sick. “Mama could treat just about every illness,'' said Lucy. She also remembers that her father used car tires on his wagon and hitched his horses to it to drive to town and that the family worked 25 acres of cotton and her

dad worked at Foote Mineral. “Times were hard in those 'good ole days', said Dee. Five pound of sugar was a nickel. Land was 50 cents an acre. A gallon of gasoline was a quarter. A farmer got 50 cents for 100 pounds of cotton. The proud grandmother has been a member of Mount Olive Church since she was a young child. A former Sunday School teacher, she was honored on her birthday by the church with an appreciation plaque. “I used to sew for the kids and loved to quilt but I can't do that anymore,'' says Dee. She enjoys her family, likes some TV programs. “Andy Griffith� is a fa-

vorite. She doesn't watch news programs much.�Too many bad things going on,'' she says. Her five children are the late James Edwin Dee, caregiver Mary Frances Dee Adams, Myrtle Dee Thompson, George Alexander Dee and Tara Dee Brandt. Her husband was the late George Washington Dee who died in 1969 at age 63. Her family and friends honored her on her birthday last Thursday at Mount Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and her favorite meal was served: fried chicken, baked chicken, green beans and macaroni and cheese with a decorated birthday cake.

MOLLETTE: speak English From page 4A the English language!'' I am happy for people to come to America. He is trying to work. I wonder how many people need a job but would never consider driving a cab? My hat is off to the people who are coming to America legally and working jobs that average Americans won's work. One big problem is that these well meaning residents need to learn English. I realize this is tough to enforce since many Americans have trouble passing an English class.

The national language for South Africa is English. Unfortunately there are at least 10 other official languages and a multitude of unofficial languages. Many people in the country never become fluent in speaking English. They are brought up to learn the language of their tribe and struggle with English throughout their lives. This scenario makes it tough for everyone to be on the same level when it comes to national communication. I love South Africa,Mexico and a lot of other places but this is still America. Let's keep the conversation in English.

SCHOOL: sets snow make-up days From page 1A


would have had students attending class after graduation, a plan he acknowledged would severely complicate end-of-year testing and require seniors to bank days ahead of their imminent graduation date. Another plan would have had students in class for up to three Saturdays, two more than the plan that was settled

There was intense interest about how students, parents and teachers would arrange it so local schools would be able reach the state-mandated 1025 instruction hours per year. "They were able to bat it around and the school board was able to come up with a plan that would suitable for all parties," said Greg Shull, the system's spokesperson.

The area was stunned by a big snowstorm two weeks ago that paralyzed schools, government and some businesses. Public school students in Cleveland County missed two and a half days during that storm. Earlier, in January, a run of extremely frigid weather - and fleeting day of snow -stole the equivalent of another day and a half from the schedule.

FILING: only 3 days left! From page 1A the prayers of our family and friends as I ask for the support of voters in the Tenth District.� McHenry is being challenged by Democrat Tate Queen of Asheville. In the US Senate race four Republicans have filed to be on the ballot in May. They include Ted Alexander, former mayor of Shelby, Mark Harris and Greg Brannon, both of Raleigh, and Heather Grant of Wilkesboro. Other candidates who have filed with the Board of Elections: Warren Daniel, incumbent Senator from NC District 46. He is Republican.

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Kelly Hastings, incumbent NC State Senate District 46, Republican, from Cherryville. Michael Wayne Miller, Republican from Shelby, District Attorney District 27B. Mitzi McGraw Johnson, Democrat, incumbent, Clerk of Superior Court, Cleveland County. James Alan Norman, Democrat, incumbent, Sheriff of Cleveland County. Mark Dean Martin, Apex, Supreme Court Chief Justice (Parker) seat. Robin Hudson, Raleigh, Supreme Court Associate Justice (Hudson) seat. Bob Hunter, Raleigh, Supreme Court Associate Justice, (Martin) seat.

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ENERGY CENTER: will provide big boost to Kings Mountain, county economy

Rep. Tim Moore (left), and NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker were among those in attendance to celebrate Monday’s announcemnt of the future construction of Kings Mountain Energy Center with Mayor Rick Murphrey (right), the Kings Mountain City Council, and NTE Energy. Photo by ELLIS NOELL From page 1A runs through the property. Shortlidge said he had found the same warmth and camaraderie in the audience Monday night as he had found for 18 months working with professionals in the city and partnering with the city and county. He founded the company in 2009 to be a good steward and a strong neighbor. NTE represents the names of his three children. “I want to pass on a better environment for them and for everyone,� he added. Mike Greene, Vice President of Development for NTE Energy, said that as a natural gas electric generating 480 megawatt facility the plant will power up to 400,000 homes. Unlike Southern Power, also a Kings Mountain customer, the new industry sells its power to electric cooperatives, municipal run utilities and major power providers. “Kings Mountain is an ideal location on Transco’s natural gas pipeline, we’ve worked with city and county officials for over a year now and the Kings Mountain Energy Center will be one of the cleanest and most efficient power plants in the Carolinas,� said Greene, adding that private/public partnerships are in the works for the site. NTE Energy has begun the permitting process and submitted its transmission interconnection request to Duke Energy Carolinas. He introduced a leadership team of a dozen “experts� on the project, he said the third NTE Energy has announced since January 2014 Additionally, NTE Energy is developing the Pecan Creek Energy Center in Texas and the Middletown Energy Center in Ohio. The Kings Mountain Energy Center will utilize a M501GAC advanced combustion turbine and a Mitsubishi steam turbine in combined cycle configuration. The power generation equipment will be supplied

by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. This highly efficient design captures exhaust heat from the combustion turbine and utilizes it in a steam cycle, allowing the facility to generate approximately 480 MW of clean and reliable electric power, according to Bill Newsome. The project will result in a significantly expanded tax base for the region, according to Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker who paid a surprise visit to offer congratulations. ‘’You didn’t come knocking at my door for incentives, a rare thing from new industry,� said Decker, congratulating Kings Mountain and Cleveland County leaders for being models in economic development for the rest of the state. You seized the opportunity and you made it happen,� Decker said to the mayor, city council, city staff and county commissioners. County commission chairman Jason Falls invited commissioners Eddie Holbrook, Ronnie Hawkins, Susan Allen and Johnny Hutchins to join him at the podium at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center, recognizing the group as “a team� and bringing congratulations, on behalf of the 100,000 residents of Cleveland County. He also recognized County Manager Jeff Richardson. Holbrook, vice chairman of the commission and the board’s Economic Development representative, said “it’s not about who gets the credit but who gets the job done� as he thanked Mayor Murphrey for “leading the charge� and pledged the full support of the commission. “A great partnership starts with the city council, a great staff, and Economic Development support,� said Murphrey who recognized City Manager Marilyn Sellers, Energy Services Director Nick Hendricks, city councilmen Howard Shipp, Mike Butler, Tommy Hawkins, Rodney Gordon,

Rick Moore, Curtis Pressley and Keith Miller, city department heads, county commissioners, state officials, and Sheriff Alan Norman. The three members of Cleveland County’s delegation to the N. C. House and Senate stood together as a “team� as Rep. Tim Moore acknowledged State Senator Warren Daniel (R-District 46) and Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-District 110) for the work they all do together. He congratulated the city and NTE Energy as being on the cutting edge of energy and welcomed the new industry to Kings Mountain. The mayor said the company will provide additional energy capacity for any expansion of Kings Mountain Utility in their fast-growing southwest region with enhanced infrastructure extended to the southeast of I-85 (water, sewer, gas) The company will also voluntarily annex into the city. NTE Development will provide Kings Mountain Utilities the opportunity to site their new, state of the art Operations Center, providing much needed expansion capability for their water, electric and gas operations and through public /private partnership provide the ability to create an industrial complex. NTE Development would be the anchor tenant for Kings Mountain’s expanding water infrastructure project and enhance city revenues from the planned purchase of an average up to 2 million gallons per day of raw water. The Energy Center would also be a large customer to the city’s wastewater treatment system. The mayor said the city will assign a special team to assist the new industry during construction including infrastructure and prioritize and expedite all permits and inspections. “This is a special, red letter day for Kings Mountain,� said the mayor, presenting a key to the city to President Shortlidge.




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GOVERNMENT CLEVELAND COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS - meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers, second floor, County Administration Building, 311 E. Marion St., Shelby.

CLUB MEETINGS KINGS MOUNTAIN ROTARY CLUB Every Thursday, noon, at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. SOUTHERN ARTS SOCIETY – Meets every first Tuesday of the month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP – Meets every fourth Thursday of every month at Central United Methodist Church. KM KIWANIS CLUB – Meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for dinner in the Community Room (lower level) at the Mauney Memorial Library, S. Piedmont Ave. POSITIVE ATTITUDES WALKING CLUB - There is an open invitation to all Kings Mountain ladies to join the Positive Attitudes Walking Club. The club members walk in various downtown areas of Kings Mountain during lunch hours. An inspirational devotion is provided. For more information call 704-472-4403. COLONEL FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT CHAPTER Daughters of the American Revolution meets monthly for programs. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. For more information on membership or attending our meeting, please contact Loretta Cozart at 704-241-2218.

PATRICK CENTER BACKPACK PROJECT – Please bring in non-perishable food items for our backpack project. These backpacks go to students who need a little extra food over the weekend. Backpacks are returned each Monday, filled on Thursday, and handed out to students when they leave on Friday. Suggested items are: individual cereal packs (can be eaten without milk), Pop Tarts, individual prepared dinners (Mac & Cheese, spaghetti, etc.), fruit cups, applesauce, pudding cups, Beenie Weenies, peanut butter, juice boxes, crackers or cookies. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES taught by Pat Bolte are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center. Emphasis is on individual attention. T’AI CHI CLASS – Thursdays 2-3 p.m. in Conference Room I. Andrew Baker is instructor of Tai Chi 4 Health & Balance and a donation of $3 per person is requested. Rotating exercises, health lessons, and surprise extras keep it fresh. All donations will go toward purchase of DVDs for the class. SILVER ARTS/SENIOR GAMES- Registration packets are at the front desk at the Patrick Center. Silver-Arts entries will be on display at the Neal Center in the VIP Room in Shelby from March 10-14. A reception will be on March 11 at 10 a.m. and “Performing Arts Follies” will perform on March 14 at 6 p.m. Awards luncheon will be on March 26 at 11:30 a.m. NEW BEGINNER LINE DANCES Beginners Line Dance classes are taught by Archie Cherpak each Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. at the Patrick Center. DUTCH LUNCH BUNCH – If you like to eat and want to laugh and enjoy the company of others, join the Dutch Lunch Bunch


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Your guide to area events open to any senior 55 and older. $1 fee for transportation to a restaurant. MANAGING DIABETES – An educational program with expert advice on better diabetes management is held the last Monday of every month from 2-4 p.m. in the Patrick Center Conference Room I. It’s free and open to the public. FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING – Saturday, March 1, from 8 a.m.-noon at the Cancer Center at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. The screening is free but an appointment is required. Call 980-487-3724 to reserve your spot. Participating physicians: Theresa B. Gray, MHS, PA-C; Lawrence Pearson, MD; Carol Selsor MD; Phillip R. Talbert, PA-C; Joseph J. Urash, DO, FAOCD. COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER OF THE CAROLINAS is issuing an urgent plea for blood donors following the winter storm. All four CBCC donor centers, Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia and Hickory. All interested donors are urged to call 704-972-4700 to make an appointment. FAMILY EDUCATIOM SERIES by the Cleveland County Schools Exceptional Children’s Department will feature “Nutrition and Exercise Challenges of Kids with special needs” and will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Marion Elementary School, Star Theater, 410 Forest Hill Dr., Shelby. Amy Buttrick and Sudan Vorhees, of Shelby Children’s Clinic, will be presenters for parents and families served by the CCS Exceptional Children’s Department. Role-playing, recipe demonstrations and ideas on building healthy lifestyles is featured. Also: mark your calendar for May 15 when noted speaker on autism, Kerry Mango, will present the program. SUPPORT GROUPS AT PATRICK CENTER- First Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. Evening Alzheimer’s Support Group, Neisler Life Enrichment Center, Kings Mountain; first Wednesdays at 10 a.m. depression support group, Patrick Center; second Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. Evening Dementia support group, Life Enrichment Center, Shelby; fourth Tuesdays 6 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group, Life Enrichment Center, Shelby; last Mondays at 2 p.m. diabetic Support and education, Patrick Senior Center. COMMODITIES DISTRIBUTION – Patrick Center will distribute U.S.D.A. commodities, surplus food for low-income persons on March 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. Make arrangements at the KM senior center.

HOSPICE The Hospice Store - Located at 323 E. Marion Street beside Dollar General near Uptown Shelby. Please call Angela Jones at 704-751-3530 if you have items to donate or for volunteer opportunities. Store Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. REFLECTIONS SUPPORT GROUP –

Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 2014 5:30-7 p.m. Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building. Call 704487-4577 extension 162 to register. Make every effort to attend all six sessions of this grief-sharing group. HEARTS FOR HOSPICE – For a $1 donation, you can purchase a heart to display in your home, office, church or wherever you wish in honor/memory of a loved one and a line from on it. Hearts can be purchased at the Hospice Administration Building, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, or by calling 704- 751-3591. 2014 First Quarter Wish List includes: AAA batteries, Adult pull-ups (size S-M), anti-bacterial hand soap, 8-12 ounces; baby wipes, baby monitors, 16 oz. cups hot and cold, cleaning supplies, heavy duty Styrofoam plates, individual canned beverages, sodas, fruit drinks, water, individual wrapped snack items including cakes, cookies, soups, peanut butter, apple sauce, Kleenex, paper towels. Napkins, plastic forks and spoons, monetary donations for other patient needs, Sidewalk De-icer (small containers for homecare patients, and volunteers and groups, musicians to provide music and friendly visits. Call 704-751-3547 to schedule. MEMORY BEAR WORKSHOP – Thursday, March 6 – 9 a.m.-noon or 4-7 p.m. Kings Mountain Hospice House, 321 Kings Mountain Boulevard. HOSPICE TRAINING CLASS – March 17, 18, and 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 5:309:30 p.m. Hospice Cleveland County Administrative Building.

KM Gateway Trails MARCH 1: 9 a.m.-12 noon – 5th annual Gateway 5K, Run, Walk, Fun Run beginning at the trailhead. Register on line on the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Face Book page or get information at 704-739-4755 or on the trail website, Applications for the event will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in Kings Mountain, the Kings Mountain Family YMCA, Clark Tire, and at Alliance Bank downtown.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM FEB. 1-MAY 24- Textile exhibit at the Museum. SEPT. 13- Fundraiser for the Museum. KM NATIONAL MILITARY PARK MAY 10: Howser House opens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. OCT. 7: 233rd anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain NOV. 29: Howser House opens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

SOUTHERN ARTS SOCIETY 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Gift Shop also

featuring fine art, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry and wearable art. Ongoing – Offering art and pottery classes, and ongoing art exhibits by local and regional artists. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 am.-4 pm; or by appointment contact 704-739-5585 or 704739-2056.

MAUNEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY LAST TUESDAY of each month, 6:30 p.m. “A Company of Readers” Book Club in Community Room. Open to the public. Have fun and make friends at this unique book club, a gathering of different ages and varied tastes. Read the book of your choice and participate by briefly sharing. STORY TIME on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tuesday group includes 3-5 year old preschoolers. Thursday group is geared for birth to 2 years old. Join the Library staff at 10 a.m. in the Community Room. PLAYGROUP on Fridays, for birth to 5 years old, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room.

LOCAL EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 155 has BINGO every Friday night starting at 6 p.m. Food is available. GOOD HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Cansler St., Free after-school program on Monday and Wednesday each week from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for help with homework. Parents must provide transportation. PRE-SCHOOL SCREENING for 20142015 pre-school classes will be March 1014. Location: Office of School Readiness, 308 W. Marion St. Building B, Shelby. Who: Children who live in Cleveland County and will be four years old by Aug. 31, 2014. How: For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, please call (704) 476-8064 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments will be made after Feb. 28, 2014. CLEVELAND CHAMBER March 4, Legislative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at LeGrand Center; March 11- Kings Mountain Business Showcase opens at Kings Mountain City Hall and exhibits remain open through April 4; May 3 Bump, Baby & Toddler, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., LeGrand Center; May 21, annual Raleigh trip; May 28 Kings Mountain State of Community Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Patrick Center; July 16 Shelby State of the Community Breakfast 7:30 a.m.; August 13 Congressional Luncheon 12-1:30 p.m. Oct. 18 Mush, Music & Mutts Festival and Little Miss Livermush Pageant, Uptown Shelby; Oct. 23-24 Chamber Fall planning conference; Nov. 20 Taste of Cleveland County & Business Showcase, LeGrand Center, Shelby.

SPORTS Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Fast finish lifts KM over East Burke

James Tillman goes up for two of his 16 points in Monday night’s state playofff win over North Henderson.

KM beats North Henderson, Cox Mill here Wednesday North Henderson scored the first four points of the game but it was all Kings Mountain after that as the Mountaineers rolled to an 81-50 victory in the first round of the state 3A playoffs Monday night at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium. The victory sends the Mountaineers into a second round game Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Parker Gym against Cox Mill, an opening round winner over East Gaston. North Henderson packed up its uniforms after finishing the season with an 11-15 record. After the visitors early lead the Mountaineers went into a pressing defense and scored 16 points in a row, many of them following steals. Point guard Josh Sherer hit three treys as he scored 12 of his game-high 18 points over the last four minutes of the first quarter. Leading 25-8 after the first eight minutes, Coach Grayson Pierce began getting reserves into the game as early as the second quarter. Kings Mountain rolled to a 50-24

halftime lead and a 70-32 cushion after the third period. Reserves played the entire fourth quarter. Dunks on two consecutive trips down court by James Tillman, followed by a Chad Sanders with a steal and fast break dunk on the next possession highlighted the Mountaineers’ halftime lead. Tillman finished with 16 points, Nelson McClain 14 and Sanders 10 to give KM four double-digit scorers. Eleven Mountaineers took part in the scoring. Tillman slammed home his third dunk on the Mountaineers’ first possession of the third period. Tillman, Sanders and Sherer left the game midway of the quarter and the only other starter on the floor, McClain, left after the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. KM - Sherer 18, McClain 14, Tillman 16, Sanders 10, Skidmore 4, Bullock 4, Helton 2, Cole 4, Funderburke 5, Johnson 2, Cash 2.

KM girls fall to Ashbrook in first round of playoffs Kings Mountain High’s girls basketball team ended its season Monday night with a 54-44 loss to Gastonia Ashbrook in the opening round of the state 3A playoffs. The Green Wave led most of the way in avenging an early season loss to the Lady Mountaineers. The Green Wave led 1511 after the first period and 23-22 at halftime. Ashbrook took a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter and KM was still in the game late but was plagued by turnovers which the Green Wave converted into points. “We had some opportunities early in the game to get a lead and we never could take advantage,� said KM Coach Mike Harris. “Ashbrook took advantage of some of our late game turnovers and closed out the game at the free throw line by hitting nine of 13 free throws.� Monique Petty ended her four-year varsity career with 13 points. Sophomore Tiffani Thompson also scored 13 and Talajah Hutchens added 10. Carter and Pauling led the Green Wave with 14 points each. “It’s not the end of the season that I was hoping for,� Harris said, “but you learn from everything and move on.� KM (44) - Thompson 13, Petty 13, Hutchens 10, Wade 4, Ellis 4. AB (53) - Carter 14, Pauling 14, Chambers 8, Johnson 8, Woods 6, Williams 3.

Monique Petty fires from close range in last week’s game with East Burke.

Kings Mountain Mountaineers Athlete of the Week Congratulations on winning the consolation championship at the State Tournament!

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Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers outscored East Burke 23-8 over the final five minutes Thursday to beat the Cavaliers 72-53 and capture the #1 SMAC 3A seed for the 2013-14 NCHSAA basketball tournament. Neither team could get fully untracked in the first half on a Senior Night that saw all senior players honored and Mountaineer star James Tillman given a special plaque and basketball for becoming a career 1,000point scorer. Senior Cameron Bullock gunned a 3-pointer on the first play of the game and the Mountaineers never trailed, but the first quarter saw only 17 points put on the board with KM on top 12-5. After going into halftime ahead 21-10, the Mountaineers turned up the throttle in the third period and built a 47-35 lead behind quickness and scoring touch of Nelson McClain and Josh Sherer, who put up 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Mountaineers were up 49-35 with seven minutes remaining in the game when East Burke found its range from the outside. The Cavaliers scored ten points in a row, cutting the margin to 49-45 with five minutes left. McClain’s basket, an oldfashioned three-point play by Chad Sanders, and a free throw by McClain after a

KMHS basketball coach Grayson Pierce presents senior James Tillman a certificate and basketball in recognition of Tillman scoring 1,000 points over his four-year varsity career. technical foul on the East Burke bench pushed the lead back to double figures at 5545. Tillman, who finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, had two big threepoint plays down the stretch and limited the Cavaliers to one shot as the Mountaineers broke the game open. McClain, who made some spectacular twisting moves in the lane, led the Mountaineers with 16 points and also contributed eight rebounds. Point guard Josh Sherer did his usual superb job of setting up the offense and finished with 12 points. Chad Sanders had 12 points and six assists. Bullock scored eight points. The Mountaineers, who

claimed third place in the SMAC behind 2A powers Shelby and East Rutherford, had to have a win over East Burke and a Shelby win over Crest to nail down the top 3A SMAC seed without a playoff. Crest had beaten the Mountaineers 73-57 two nights earlier in Boiling Springs, giving the Chargers a shot at the top SMAC 3A seed if they could beat Shelby and East Burke upset the Mountaineers. Kings Mountain jumped out to a 21-10 margin but the Chargers went on a 31-3 run to break the game open. Tillman led all scorers with 18 points, but McClain with 15 was the only other Mountaineer in double figures.

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Lady Mounties â– SPORTS BRIEFS lose two in SMAC Champion third in state tourney

Kings Mountain High’s girls basketball team dropped their final two regular season games to Crest 63-28 and East Burke 57-27. At Crest, the Lady Mountaineers broke out to a 13-10 first quarter lead but Crest took command with a 21-5 run in the second quarter. Tiffani Thompson led the KM ladies with 13 points. “Obviously, Crest is a very good team,� said KM Coach Mike Harris. “They will do well in the state playoffs. We did not shoot the ball well at all (9 of 46 for 19 percent) but we also did not play with a lot of effort and that’s my fault for not having them ready.� In their final home game against East Burke, the KM ladies fell behind from the start. They had another miserable shooting night, hitting just 10 of 50 field goal at-

tempts. “East Burke finished second in the SMAC,� Harris noted. “They are not very flashy, but they are just so fundamentally sound. They wear you down. “With all the missed school and practice due to the snow days, we have really been flat. Hopefully we can regroup and find a spark for the playoffs.� KM (28) - Thompson 13, Petty 7, Hutchens 3, Ellis 2, Brown 2, Wade 1. CREST (63) - Ussery 27, Mintz 9, Jones 8, Crosby 6, Humphries 6, Love 4, Foster 3. KM (27) - Wade 8, Hutchens 6, Thompson 4, Adams 3, Nelson 3, Petty 3. EB (57) - Haas 20, Cornett 8, Gragg 6, Smith 6, Hicks 5, Moore 4, Houser 3, Miller 2.

Swinney to speak at Belmont banquet Dabo Swinney, head football coach at Clemson University, will be guest speaker at the annual Belmont Sports Hall of Fame March 11 at 7 p.m. at Catawba Heights Baptist Church (just past Belmont Abbey College). Accompanying Swinney to the event will be his assistant head coach and defensive line coach Dan Brooks. Brooks was the head football coach at Kings Moun-

tain High School from 19781982. Carl Champion, longtime KMHS supporter and now living in Florida, will also be in attendance. The church will seat 450 people and a sellout is expected. For tickets, send checks at $25 per ticket and a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to Art Shoemaker, PO Box 853, Belmont, NC 28012.

Kings Mountain High senior Austin Champion finished third in the 170-pound class in last week’s NCHSAA wrestling tournament in Greensboro. Champion defeated Jesus Ruiz of East Guilford 10-1 and Dalton Hill of West Craven 10-5 in his first two matches before losing. He battled back to defeat John Harris of Rockingham County, and then defeated Tate Blanton of Fred T. Foard for third place and a final season record of 41-4.

Horton aces 17 at Country Club Todd Horton has his third hole-in-one Wednesday at Kings Mountain Country Club. Horton used a 9-iron on the 168 yard par three 17th hole. His playing partners were Richard Proctor, Luke Proctor and Larry Carroll.

Kings Mountain (in white) and East Gaston players battle in soccer scrimmage Thursday at John Gamble Stadium.

Lady kickers beat Warriors

TD Club golf tourney May 2 The annual Kings Mountain Touchdown Club golf tournament will be played Friday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at Kings Mountain Country Club. The format is a four-person captain’s choice. The field is limited to the first 30 teams. Contact Larry Hamrick at for registration forms or call him at 704-739-3611.

Kings Mountain High’s soccer teams split with East Gaston in their season-opening scrimmage Thursday night at John Gamble Stadium. The varsity won 5-0 as Lyndsey Barnes scored two goals and Mikayla Price, Virginia Dellinger and MC Dellinger added one apiece. Madie Skeith, Katie Robinson and Virginia Dellinger each had an assist. Freshman Ashley Rhom had

the shutout in goal. KM’s JV team fell 5-2. Eric Neisler scored off a free kick and Madison Weeks scored off an assit from Reagan Gamble.

KM JV boys beat Cavaliers Kings Mountain’s JV boys basketball team ended its season Thursday with a 43-25 win over East Burke. Coach Nicholas Inman’s Mountaineers posted a 9-7 SMAC and 18-8 overall record after finishing 10-10 last season.

Omar Petty led the scoring with 15 points. Kavin Mosley had 9, Dante Starr 8, Demetrius Hill 5, Zavier Roberts 4 and Jacob Merchant 2. Greer led the Cavaliers with 12 points. KM fell to Crest 47-41 Tuesday. KM led 28-22 at the half and 35-34 heading into the fourth period. Hill led the KM scoring with 14 points. Starr had 10, Roberts 8, Petty 5, Mosleey 2 and Madisyn Bolin 2. Caseous Hamilton scored 19 for Crest.


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WEEK Baseball opens today at South Point; Huss here Friday, East Rutherford Tuesday

Wednesday, Feb. 26 4 p.m. - High school tennis, Kings Mountain at Lincolnton. 4 p.m. - Middle school baseball, Kings Mountain at Shelby. 4 p.m. - Middle school soccer, Kings Mountain at Shelby. 4:30 - High school baseball, Kings Mountain varsity at South Point; South Point JV at Kings Mountain.

Thursday, Feb. 27 4 p.m. - Middle school soccer, East Rutherford at Kings Mountain. 4 p.m. - Middle school baseball, Kings Mountain at East Rutherford. Friday, Feb. 28 4 p.m. - High school track, Kings Mountain at Polk County Tony Waldrop Invitational. 4:30 - High school baseball, Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity doubleheader). 6 p.m. - High school softball, North Gaston at Kings Mountain. Saturday, March 1 TBD - Middle school baseball, Cleveland County scrimmage at KMMS. TBD - Middle school soccer, Cleveland County scrimmage at Crest. Monday, March 3 4 p.m. - High school tennis, Kings Mountain at Crest. 4 p.m. - Middle school tennis, Kings Mountain at Burns. Tuesday, March 4 4 p.m. - Middle school baseball, West Lincoln at Kings Mountain. 4 p.m. - Middle school soccer, West Lincoln at Kings Mountain. 5 p.m. - High school women’s soccer, East Rutherford at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity DH). 4:30 - High school baseball, East Rutherford at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity DH). 6 p.m. - High school softball, East Rutherford at Kings Mountain. Wednesday, March 5 5 p.m - High school tennis, Lincolnton at Kings Mountain. 6 p.m. - High school softball, Ashbrook at Kings Mountain.

Optimism is high for the Kings Mountain High baseball team that can put as many as eight returning starters on the field when it opens its 2014 season Wednesday at South Point. Second-year coach Matt Bridges saw his team make the state 3A playoffs last year. The team hadn’t competed in the state since 2008. Despite missing four days of spring practice because of snow, Coach Bridges says the team is looking good. “We’ve got a lot of excited kids,� he says. The Mountaineers had a very good Hickory team on the ropes in the opening round of last year’s playoffs, leading by two runs before Hickory came back to win in extra innings. The Red Tornadoes then went all the way to the Western finals. The Mountaineers have been working hard to improve in every phase of the game. “Last year we were not a big hitting team,� Coach Bridges noted, “but this year we should produce some runs.� Returning players that started most of the time last year include catcher Colby Crisp, infielders Alex Reynolds, Logan Stevens, Cameron Bullock, Daniel Barrett and Will Wilson,

KMHS head coach Matt Bridges talks with Daniel Barrett, center, and Zachary Hegler during practice. outfielder Zachary Hegler and pitcher Alex Grooms. Bullock, along with Shawn Adams, will join the team once basketball season ends. Other players include Cameron Ramsey, Landon Bolin, Shad Johnson, Robbie Lysek, Brandon Bell, Tristen Davis and Jacob Lainhart. At present, Coach Bridges plans to go with a two-man pitching rotation of Bolin and Grooms. Reynolds will be the relief pitcher. Bridges got a good look at all three pitchers, as well as all other members of the team, in a 10-inning scrim-

mage with Charlotte Independence Saturday at Lancaster Field. The Mountaineers put six runs on the board in the last inning to win 14-9. Several players got good hits, and Grooms hit a grand-slam home run over the right field fence. “We looked pretty good,� Bridges noted. “I was pleased for the most part. For the first time out we looked good.� Bolin will draw the starting assignment for Wednesday’s opener at South Point, a perennial power in the Big South 3A Bridges feels the key to the Mountaineers’

success this year will be run production. The Mountaineers will see just how far they’ve come early. After Wednesday’s game at South Point, they host an improved Hunter Huss team on Friday and perennial 2A state power East Rutherford next Tuesday. “We’ll see where we stand this week,� Bridges said. “South Point is ranked number two in 3A. They always have good arms. Then, when Hunter Huss comes here Friday I’m sure we’ll see Andrew Jordan, who was All-Conference last year.�

Lady Patriots win two, finish with 6-4 record Kings Mountain Middle’s girls basketball team defeated North Lincoln 4026 and Lincolnton 39-25 last week. The NL game saw LeeAsia Rhodes score 18 points. Hannah Clark added nine, Casie Melton 7, Makena Deaton four, and Tiesha Jackson and Endia Odoms one each. Odoms and Jackson played well on defense, holding NL’s leading scorer to eight points. KM led 12-3 after the first quarter, 19-12 at the

half and 31-19 going into the fourth quarter. Hannah Clark poured in 18 points in the victory over Lincolnton. Rhodes added 12, Sara Dennan four, Bailey Chapman and Denysia Blakeney two each and Aleenih Carter-Kee one. Playing well on defense were Tiesha Jackson and Abby Pennington. KM led 10-5 after the first period, 22-11 at the half and 32-17 going into the fourth quarter.

Patriots lose three games Kings Mountain Middle’s boys basketball team lost three games last week. The Patriots fell to first place Lincolnton 55-29. Leading scorers were John Harris with 11, Mikey Allen three, Chase Yow, Alex Goff, Caleb Watkins, Quenten Nguyen, Jonathan Rikard and Mike Toms two each and Jerdon Pressley one. Pressley played well on defense. The Patriots lost a hard fought game to East Lincoln 47-39. KM fell behind 19-3 but battled back to cut the margin to 35-34 in the fourth

quarter. Yow led the scoring with 11 points. Caleb Williams and Mike Toms had seven points each, John Harris five and Mikey Allen, Mikey Medlin and Jonathan Rikard three each. Allen played well on defense. The Patriots fell to Burns 32-26. Toms led the scoring with 15 points. Yow and Allen added four each and Harris had three. Playing well on defense were Allen and John Harmon Melton.

Head coach Craig Short (in white shirt) talks to his team during scrimmage with Hibriten last week.

Lady Mountaineers open season Friday at home against North Gaston Wildcats Kings Mountain High’s women’s softball team opens its regular season Friday at home with a 6 p.m. game against former Big South 3A foe North Gaston. The Lady Mountaineers will host East Rutherford in their first SMAC 2A/3A game on Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. “I saw East Rutherford play last weekend and they are very good,� Mountaineer coach Craig Short said. Short returns five starters off last year’s team and is looking for some promising younger players to fill the other spots. The lineup will probably fluctuate a good bit this year as the Mountaineers do not yet have an “ace� pitcher. Emily Hester and Mikeala Bell, who were All-Conference players at other positions last year, will be seeing action on the mound along

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Kings Mountain High’s senior boys basketball players were honored prior to Friday’s regular season finale with East Burke. Left to right are James Tillman, Isaiah Cole, Chad Sanders, Cameron Bullock and Josh Sherer.

Kings Mountain High’s senior girls basketball players were honored following Friday’s game with East Burke. Left to right are Alecia Wade, Taquisha Smith and Monique Petty.

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“Is this safe? Are there any side effects or dangers to this?” The FDA has cleared K-Laser Therapy as safe. This was after their study found 76% improvement in patients with knee pain. Their only warning - don’t shine it in your eyes.

If you’re suffering from these conditions, a new breakthrough in medical technology may completely eliminate your pain and help restore normal function to your knees.

HELPING PATIENTS WITH KNEE PAIN LIVE A HAPPIER, MORE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE The first 25 callers can get everything I’ve listed here $27 The normal price for this type of evaluafor only $29. tion including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer.

Remember what it was like before you had knee problems. When you were pain free and could enjoy everyThis same laser is used by professional sports teams in- thing life had to offer. It can be that way again. Don’t cluding the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Bengals. neglect your problem any longer – don’t wait until it’s too late.

It Promotes Rapid Healing Of The Injured Tissues

This pain-free, non-surgical approach works by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, providing

Here’s what to do now: Due to the expected demand for this special offer, I urge you to call our office at once. The phone number is 704-215-4787 704-482-0135.



Before I started laser therapy, Prior to being introduced to K-Laser care I Ihadhad severe pain inknee myand lived such with extreme pain in my left knee, I wasn't able to walk withmoderate pain in my right knee for many years. was soletinIout couldcrutches hardly walk and to theitrest room, alone anywhere else.itI used a cane at all me timesup and a tense that would wake scooter for long distances. at night. I am now able to walk Because of K-Laser care I have NO pain in my without my crutches andwent amfrom getting great right knee. The pain in my left knee sleep at night because I no longer have extreme to mild. I no longer use a cane to walk and I canpain walk waking me up. am been ableable to toget without constant pain. I have startaround exercisingwith and I am sleeping because I don’t to feel the pain. ease and better am walking painhave free! Laser therapy My given results me are AMAZING! I was skeptical try K-Laser but has my life back withouttohaving surdesperate. I had to give it a try and I am so glad I did. The results gerymuch or taking were more thanmedications! I ever expected. It has changed my life! – James M –L. Linder

Yours in Health, Rich Berkowitz D.C. P.S. Now you might be wondering…

My name is Dr. Rich Berkowitz, owner of Carolina Chiropractic Plus. Since we opened nearly seventeen years ago, we’ve seen hundreds of people with knee problems leave the office pain free.

The K-Laser Class IV Therapeutic Laser is an outpatient, non-surgical procedure, often used in physical therapy and sports medicine to accelerate the healing process. It offers non-invasive treatment to promote healing for those who suffer from pain in muscles, nerves, and joints, like that associated with chronic knee pain.

I started K-Laser care less than 2 months ago. Before I had been in painIforstarted 3 years andmy couldlaser hardly treatments, I was having a lotupofin walk. I had a hard time even getting in my left knee. a hard thepain mornings because the painI had was so bad. I wastime walking with a cane because afraid walking, and justI was getting I was going toinfall. I had a knee replacement around general. After just a that seemed to cause me more pain than I had few treatments, before.I have much less pain in my knee. I’m walking better and getting around Since starting K-Laser therapy I have NO pain in my knee know. much easier. It has given hope thatThisI can I’m walking better and can walk longerme periods of time. is the best happened to me. I’m sleeping I’m get thing backthattohasmy normal, pain-free lifebetter andandnot doing I never thought do again. havethings to worry about I’d surgery! K-Laser keeps me doing what I want to do. K-Laser has given – Marshall B me my life back! –P. Lingerfelt

Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Carolina Chiropractic Plus and you can find us at 145 W. Dixon Blvd., across the street from Carter Chevrolet. Call today, this offer is limited to the first 25 callers.

Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your knee hurts and the pain just won’t go away!

Finally, You Have An Option Other Than Drugs or Surgery and it’s Pain Free!

What What are are patients patients saying? saying?


A NON-SURGICAL, NON-INVASIVE KNEE PAIN TREATMENT - NOW AVAILABLE! Of course at our office, the laser is never anywhere near your eyes and we’ll give you a comfortable pair of goggles for safety. Don’t wait and let your knee problems get worse, disabling you for life. Take me up 704-215-4787 on my offer and call today 704-482-0135.


Chiropractic Plus 145 W. Dixon Blvd. • 704-215-4787 704-482-0135

If You Decide To Purchase Additional Treatment You Have The Legal Right To Change Your Mind Within 3 Days And Receive A Refund. Federal Recipients Are Excluded From This Offer.

2014 football to kick off at Carlton Stadium Kings Mountain High School will kick off its 2014 football schedule with a scrimmage with North Gaston’s Wildcats at Shu Carlton Stadium. City Council recently renamed the former City Stadium in memory of the Kings Mountain coaching legend. A dedication will be held when the weather improves. Coach Carlton’s wife, Louise, and other members of his family and many of his former players will be in attendance. The Mountaineers open their regular season at Hunter Huss on August 22 and will play their first home game August 29 against the East Gaston Warriors. THE SCHEDULE AUGUST 12 - North Gaston (scrimmage) at Shu Carlton Stadium, 7 p.m. 15 - Cleveland County Jamboree at Gardner-Webb University, 6 p.m. 22 - at Hunter Huss, 7:30 29 - East Gaston, 7:30 SEPTEMBER 5 - at Forestview, 7:30 12 - at East Rutherford, 7:30 19 - Burns, 7:30 (Freshman Tailgate). 26 - at Shelby, 7:30 OCTOBER 3 - Draughn, 7:30 (Homecoming) 10 - at Crest, 7:30 17 - R-S Central, 7:30 (Pop Warner Night). 24 - at Chase, 7:30 NOVEMBER 7 - East Burke, 7:30 (Senior Night). 14 - First round state playoffs, 7:30 21 - Second round state playoffs, 7:30 28 - Third round state playoffs, 7:30 DECEMBER 5 - Fourth round state playoffs, 7:30 13 - State Championship (TBD)

Pancake supper at Dixon Church The youth of Dixon Presbyterian Church will host a pancake supper Saturday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the church fellowship hall, 603 Dixon Schol Road, Kings Mountain. Proceeds will be used toward financing a retreat to Fort Caswell. The public is invited.

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(7-9 Girls) Powell - Shooting Stars 19 vs Byers - Hornets 20 Shooting Stars -Shyann Powell 5, Abigale Harris 2, Makalyn Rikard 2, Deniah Young 2, Jacie Jarvis 2, Marlee Arnold 6. Hornets - Aaliyah Byers 8, Kendall Leonhart 2, Khalia King 2, Alayna Patrick 8. (7-8 Boys) Diaz - Heat 21 vs Morrow - Hornets 17 Heat - Brayden Patrick 4, Kade Leigh 2, Ethan Carroll 9, Kevin Lipscomb 2, Julian Diaz 4. Hornets - Zy’Taavian Davis 8, Zack Scott 2, Jadan Johnson 6, Jude Lynn 1. (9-10 Boys) Gunter 25 vs Harris - Yellow Jackets 24 Gunter - Aaron Emory 8, Dalton Gunter 2, Maddox James 6, Charles Melton 2, Chris Ruffalo 2, Jaidin Morre 5 Yellow Jackets - Brandon Bullock 13, Logan Patrick 2, Peyton Fisher 6 (10-12 Girls) Dover Sparks 10 vs Briggs - Hornets 18 Dover Spark - Janasia Miller 4, Haley Moses 2, Kyja Toms 4 Hornets - Mary Robinson 12, Maggie Lloyd 1, Janki Patel 3, Sierra Morrison 2 11-12 Boys Pacers 18(Belton Pressley 6, Reese Ayscue 6, Max Johnson 4, Koby Rikard

2) Mountaineers 19(Nathan Groves 6, Josh Visoso 6, Bryce Kornegay 5, Rushi Patel 2)

A registration meeting for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders for all students and parents will be held at Barnes Auditorium on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. In anticipation of registration for the 2014/2015 school year, we will be discussing high school curriculum including college prep courses, Career/Technical courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and college courses (CCP) taught here on our campus. GPA grade points, the North Carolina Academic Scholars program, the importance of testing in the college admissions process, how to prepare early for those tests, and much more will be discussed. After the general session in the auditorium, please make plans to go to break-out sessions with our AP teachers to hear about the various AP course options we offer at KMHS. Please contact Kings Mountain High School at 704476-8330 with any questions.

13-15 Boys Bears 47( Isaiah Greer 12, Mike Medlin 9, Nick Hayes 9, Alex Goff 9, Jonathan Medlin 5, Alec Bell 2, Skylar Roberson 1) Tar Heels 38(Tucker Carroll 10, Thomas Harrison 8, Keyondrea Currance 8, Trevor Brown 7, Jerden Pressley 5) Heat 57(John Melton 21, Matthew Absher 19, Antavion Williams 8, Jonah Williams 4, Hunter Champion 2, Sedrick Morgan 2, Cameron Morgan 1) Tropics 27(Nathan Jeffries 16, Robert Pope 5, Luke Hyde 4, Reggie Wells 1, Brandon Manning 1)

Above, East Elementary students show off their EarlyAct/FirstKnight awards for friendliness and honesty at a Rotary function at the school Thursday. First row, left to right: Ashlynn Igles, Gracie Skidmore, Alyee Wilson, Sarah Hudson, Jordan Ellis and Gage Noblett (all 3rd grade). Second row, left to right: Ja’Nice Brown, Josh O’Dell, Jada Goode, Kalin Brooks, Dre Hill, Seth Campbell (all 4th grade). Rotarians Suzanne Amos and David Mesimer are seen in the background.

Thunder 53(Trel McClain 19, Alexander Marlowe 17, Roderick Roberts 8, Michael Allen 5, Deveon Gamble 2, McRae Moore 2) Mountaineers 49(Kaven Moseley 24, Jordan Trull 21, Peter Boakye 2, Gavin Shockley 2) 16-18 Boys Coach Freeman 51(Isaiah Cole 11, Reyshad Adams 10, Tevin McNeal 8, Dontaris Simmons 8, Jordan Elliott 7, Jordan Ford 4, Adrian McConnell 3) Coach Amos 50(Truth 20, Dre 12, Tim 5, Hill 5, Chavis 4 Dez 4)

4th grader Kalin Brooks is presented with an award for honesty Thursday at East Elementary’s EarlyAct/FirstKnight program, presented by the Kings Mountain Rotary Club. She is joined by KM Rotary president Suzanne Amos and David Mesimer.

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(2/26) Miscellaneous for Sale

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE -- 2012 Kia Soul. Damaged, not drivable. 818 Delview Rd., Cherryville, N.C., 28021, Saturday, March 1st at 10 am. (2/26& 3/05)

OAK FIREWOOD, $50.00. S-10 Load. Seasoned. Deliver- $60.00. Cherryville Area. Call: 704-4353970. (tfn)

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CASH ON THE SPOT! Will buy tools, old toys, furniture or building full of m e r c h a n d i s e, pictures or anything of value. Will also buy musical instruments. Call: 704300-0827 or 704-300-7676.

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1 yr exp req. COME SEE HOW WE ROLL! or 888-202-0004. (2/26 & 3/05) FULL-TIME T E A C H E R NEEDED at Bolin’s Day Care Center in KM. Credentials required. Please apply in person between the hours of 7 am – 5 pm. (2/19 & 26, 3/05 & 12) PART-TIME MAINTENANCE MAN ON CALL NEEDED for apartments in Belmont. Must have experience in painting, electrical, plumbing, gas heating and carpentry. Pays $10.00 per hour. Call: 704-5759445. (tfn)

Contact us by: coming by the office at 700 E. Gold St. call 704-739-7496; fax 704-739-0611; or email lib.kmherald

Legals STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 20th day of February, 2013 as Executor of the Estate of Lois Tittle, deceased, of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned David Tittle, Executor on or before the

26th day of May, 2014, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 26th day of February, 2014. David Tittle, Executor Estate of: Lois Tittle 3044 Sparrow Springs Road Gastonia, N.C. 28052 KMH3581 (2/26, 3/05,12, &19/2014)

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Find the Matching Parrots s The tiny, green hanging parrots off Southeast Asia roost upside down at night like bats. Skill: Observe similarities and differences in objects.

The a-MAZE-ing Hyacinth Macaw To find out how many inches long the Hyacinth Macaw w can grow to be from head to tail, add up the numbers along the correct path. Skills: Math. Find the sum of whole numbers.

Go on a treasure hunt h Sco on today’s Kid Scoop page with a family member. Can you find the answer to all of these questions? 1. Tiny, green parrots of

The largest parrot is the blue Hyacinth Macaw. It lives in the tropical forests of South America. Scientists believe that there are now less than 5,000 of these beautiful birds left in the wild.

Southeast Asia like to roost hanging ______ ______. 2. How many inches long can the blue Hyacinth Macaw grow to be? __________

grow to be more than 3 feet long. All parrots have short legs with two toes that point forward and two toes that point backward. This arrangement of toes makes it possible for parrots to grasp the fruits and nuts they like to eat. It also helps them to climb and even hang upside down.

Skills: Life Science: Recognize that different animals have different features that help them thrive in different places.

3. On which continent does the blue Hyacinth Macaw

In ancient Rome, parrots were kept in silver cages and taught to say the above phrase. Unscramble the letters to find out the phrase.

live? ________ ________ 4. How many different kinds of parrots are there? More than __________. 5. Parrots were first captured

ANSWER: Hail Emperor!

or hundreds of years, parrots large and small have been kept as pets. Perhaps they were first captured for food or for their colorful feathers, but when it was discovered they could “talk,� they became pets rather than dinner. There are more than 350 kinds of parrots. Some are only 3 inches long, while others

for their colorful ___________. 6. Parrots are intelligent Look through the newspaper for:

Why do parrots copy people? Parrots are highly intelligent birds, and they like to play with people. Some parrots learn they can get attention when they copy, or mimic, human speech. Find at least 10 differences in the two pictures above. Skill: Observe similarities and differences in objects.

3 words that describe parrots numbers that add up to the number of inches a Hyacinth Macaw can grow to be the letters that spell what parrots were taught to say in ancient Rome


7. Parrots can imitate human speech.

8. Parrots have short legs with five toes.

Skills: Reading: Identify

words. Math: Calculate one and two digit sums.

9. Hyacinth Macaws are not

Find the words in the puzzle. Then look for each word in this week’s Kid Scoop stories and activities.

a threatened species.

Standards Link: Language Arts: Use nouns, adjectives and verbs correctly.

This week’s word:

TROPICAL The adjective tropical relates to an area close to the equator that is hot and humid. Tropical rainforests have year-round warmth. Standards Link: Reading comprehension. Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recognized identical words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

Try to use the word tropical in a sentence today when talking with your friends and family members.

Word Mimics

Some words mean the same or almost the same thing, such as mimic and copy. Look through the newspaper for words that mean the same or almost the same thing. ANSWER:Because it was the chicken’s day off.

Standards Link: Reading: Vocabulary Development, recognize common synonyms.

Imagine you can interview a parrot about life in the wild vs. life in captivity. What would they tell you?

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