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106 East Mountain Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086 Volume 133 • Issue 6

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 • 704-484-1047


Prosecutors seek life-in-prison for Joshua Funk By Loretta Cozart Joshua Funk, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mt. Holly Officer Tyler Herndon last December. Last week prosecutors announced they would not seek the death penalty for Funk, they opted instead for life-in-prison. On December 11 at 3:30 am, Mt. Holly Police responded to a breaking and entering at a car wash. Gun shots were exchanged between the officers and the suspect and Herndon was killed in the line of duty. Four days later, Funk was charged with first-de-

JOSHUA FUNK gree murder during a court hearing. He requested a court appointed attorney. The court appointed Funk a lawyer through the NC Office of Indigent Services.

New signs were installed on I-85 last week. Photos by Shirley Brutko

Gateway Trail signs installed on I-85 By Loretta Cozart With the help of Dan Gurley, Senior Policy Advisor for the NC House of Representatives, Office of Speaker Tim Moore, signs for the Gateway Trail were installed on I-85 near the bridge which is part of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail. Shirley Brutko, Director, Kings Mountain Gateway

Trail, Inc., spoke with Dan Gurley regarding signage for the Gateway Trail last November. “Dan talked to Mark Stafford, Division Engineer with DOT for Cleveland County asking if we could get signs on or near the bridge which is part of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail. The signs were installed last week; this is a dream come true for the trail,” Brutko said.

KMPD needs public’s help Elijah Propst, Wade Hendrick, Aidan Hawkins and Nate Kaiser perform maintenance on the Cleveland County Boys & Girls Club basketball court. Photo provided by Heather Kaiser

KM’s Boy Scout Troop 92 volunteers at Boys & Girls Club On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Boy Scouts from Troop 92 in Kings Mountain volunteered at the Cleveland County Boys and Girls Club in to help them with maintenance on their basketball court floor. The director of the Boys and Girls Club, Joshua Propst (who is also an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 92), requested the assistance of the troop with cleaning the floor. The floor is a modular

tile type floor. The tiles interlock and lay down on the floor to make the basketball court. The Scouts, along with staff from the Boys and Girls Club, pulled the tiles up and cleaned the floor underneath it. The tiles were then disinfected, pressure washed, dried, and laid back down. The project provided the Boys and Girls Club with a clean and safe floor for the boys and girls to play on. For the Scouts, it provided an opportunity to put in a good day’s work and volunteer time and labor in See TROOP 92, Page 5A

On February 2, at approximately 1:21 pm, Kings Mountain Police Department responded to the intersection of Fairview Street and Third Street to investigate a ‘shots fired’ call for service.

STITCHED: The Fabrics of a Community

KM Historical Exhibit opens Feb. 16 By January Costa Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites the public to mark the calendar for their upcoming exhibit, STITCHED: The Fabrics of a Community. The exhibit is on display February 16 – May 8 and open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. What does the term stitched mean? It is the process of making, mending, or joining with stitches. In relation to textiles, people have been sewing in one form or another, for thousands of years, with evidence that See STITCHED, Page 5A

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Responding officers found evidence of recent gunfire in that area and contacted the Criminal Investigations Division to further investigate. Gaston County Police Department also received information about a possible shooting in that same See KMPD, Page 5A

A closer look at the new signage.

Downtown sewer work to begin in early March By Loretta Cozart During the January 26 regular meeting, City Council unanimously approved a budget amendment of $400,000 for a sewer slip-lining capital project relating to the upcoming streetscape project downtown. The funding is available, given grants several years ago and significant savings regarding the I-85 loop project verses original projections. City Manager Marilyn Sellers explained that the

condition of the sewer in downtown is not good and that this work can be done with a cure in place slip-lining, eliminating tearing up the street to replace the existing sewer pipes. Using cure in place slip-lining will also expedite the process and create less disruption for citizens. Only one lane of traffic will be closed at a time, as city crews install the new 8-inch slip-lining into existing sewer pipes on Battleground Avenue from Kings Street to Falls Street and a 4-inch slip-lining on Mountain Street from Piedmont Avenue to Battleground.

With this work, 12 connections to existing businesses will need to be replaced. Regarding a time-line for the work, Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks said, “Request for proposals have been sent out to qualified vendors. The bid proposals are due back to us by mid-February. Bid proposals will be evaluated with a recommendation being provided to City Council. If all goes according to plan, we will recommend Council’s approval at the February Council meeting. If approved, we anticipated the project to begin the first part of March..”

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