KM Herald 11-4-20

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Veterans attended last year’s 2019 Veteran’s parade and observance. They gathered afterward for a group photo at Kings Mountain’s War Memorial. (Photo by Angela Padgett)

City of Kings Mountain Greg Putnam recognized by to honor veterans Nov. 10 city for doing the right thing As restrictions remain in place for large gatherings and events, the City of Kings Mountain will honor our Veterans with a drivethru meal event on Tuesday, November 10. This event will take place at the Patrick Senior Center located at 909 East King Street, Kings Mountain. Veterans are asked to please arrive promptly, drive around the front of

the building and continue to the back of the building under the canopy. Please remain inside your vehicle and all meals will be carried out to you.

All veterans must contact the Patrick Senior Center at 704-734-0447 by Thursday, November 5 to RSVP. During registration, each Veteran will receive a meal pick-up time between 11 AM and 1 PM. For more information, contact the Patrick Senior Center at 704-734-0447 or visit

Director of Community and Economic Development Stuart Gilbert presents two economic incentive grant proposals to city council. Combined, both projects represent $124 million in economic development for Kings Mountain. Photo by Loretta Cozart

City Council approves economic incentive grants, rezoning petitions Kings Mountain City Council approved two economic incentive grants during the Oct. 27 City Council meeting that could impact business growth and job opportunities in Kings Mountain. Benestar Brands plans

to build a $24 million dollar manufacturing facility to produce international food snacks and create 129 jobs with an average wage of $43,021.00 in Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain City Council approved an eco-

American Legion Veteran’s breakfast this Saturday By Loretta Cozart American Legion Post 155 has its Veteran’s Breakfast Saturday morning, November 7,

at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street. The event is hosted by the Legion Riders. All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation which helps fund future breakfasts. The next breakfast will be on December 5 from 9 am to 11 am.

nomic incentive agreement with a financial cash grant anticipated to be $61,920 per year over five years, or $309,600.00. This financial cash grant matches the financial cash grant by the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners in an economic development agreement approved on October 5. Benestar Brands is the parent company of Evans Food Group and manufactures better-for-you high-quality snacks, and plans to produce Chica’s Brand Tortilla Chips in the Kings Mountain facility. The company’s 129 new jobs will include managerial, operational, maintenance, warehouse and office staff. The average salary of $43,021.00 will create a payroll impact of more than $5.5 million per year. Cleveland County’s overall average annual wage is $40,019. See COUNCIL, Page 5A

By Loretta Cozart Greg Putnam of Kings Mountain’s Sanitation Department was recently recognized by the city. Kings Mountain City Manager Marilyn Sellers explains, “I have an award that I recognize city employees called Doing the Right Thing award. This is something that I observe personally and not relayed to me. In the spirit of teamwork, I always ask our city employees to cross boundaries out of their departmental duties and rise up to the need before them to be helpful on behalf of the community.” “Our recent award went to Greg Putnam in our Sanitation Department. I was on Cleveland Avenue during a very busy time of day and traffic was very heavy,” Sellers explained. “I saw brake lights and cars dodging a large box in the middle of the four lane road near Bojangles and several accidents almost happened. I immediately became concerned and looked at all options to remove the box.” “I pulled in to Bojangles and started to call for as-

Marilyn Sellers, KM City Manager honors Greg Putnam with the “Doing the Right Thing” award. Photo provided sistance when a City truck stopped, and Greg Putnam quickly jumped out and retrieved the box. I was so proud to find out this was not the result of a phoned in complaint. He did it on his own and rose to the need. Good job to Greg Putnam for doing the right thing!’ “Our citizens safety and

welfare is our number one priority and I want that displayed on a daily basis. The employees come together often to assist in projects like building parks, holiday and special event preparation, storm preparation and clean-up. I am proud of all the accomplishments through teamwork,” Sellers added.

Hinson named KMMS employee of the month By Windy Bagwell Congratulations to CTE Teacher, Mrs. Jill Hinson, on being selected as KMMS’s October Employee of the Month. Mrs. Hinson works tirelessly to be in contact with all of her students. She calls them and does individual Google meets to make sure they are able to do her work. She has been dedicated to doing this since remote learning began in March. Mrs. Hinson loves to give students positive reinforcement with kind words and soft drinks. She cannot stand for even one of her students to get left behind in the coursework. Congratulations Mrs. Hinson! Thank you for all you do for KMMS!


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