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Community gathers to pray for first responders By Loretta Cozart O n Saturday, January 9, Kings Mountain Ministerial Association held a CommuRON CAULDER nity Prayer President Rally at KM Ministerial Association Patriots Park Gazebo at noon. The day after Kings Mountain’s first snow of the year, a small crowd gathered as spiritual leaders from across the city, and be-

yond, joined in praying for first responders in the community. The prayers were heartfelt and are summarized here so that all who missed the event might hear their words and remember the first responders. Pastor Ron Caulder, Pastor of Eastside Baptist Church and President of the KM Ministerial Association opened the prayer event saying, “We have a sovereign God; we have been through some very difficult times over the last 10 months. We certainly need Him in the hour we are living in here today. We come to praise His holy name and

pray for people who are special to us who are helping us to get through this pandemic and praying for the Lord’s deliverance. In time, the Lord will deliver us.” Dr. Jonathan Bundon, Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church led the group in song, singing the Lord’s Prayer to begin the prayer rally. Rev. Corey Gaines of Maiden Chapel in Maiden, NC, prayed for Healthcare Workers saying, “We pray and commit them to you, oh God, asking that You be their strength like no other. We pray right now, in the name

Kings Mountain Fire Department. See more photos on page 5.

Community prayer rally was held at Patriots Park Gazebo on Saturday.

of Jesus, that You give them the tenacity to keep moving forward. We know, God, that nothing is impossible with You. With You, all things are possible. We come against the spirit of the virus in the name of Jesus.” Praying for Fire and Rescue was Rev. Greg Neely of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church who said, “Many people pursue a career and realize later in life, they should have pursued a calling. Others pur-

sue a calling and make it a career. Father, as they make their shifts, my prayer is that You help sustain Fire and Rescue workers spiritually. As they lie in their bunks, may it not be idle time. May they find themselves drawn with the need and desire to study Your word, so when they leave out, they leave out with purpose. God, give them the vision to see that those they help are people, just like the rest of us, and they may

be helping them in the very hour of their greatest need. Father, would You keep them safe, not only for their own benefit, but for ours, in Jesus’ name we pray.” Rev. Brian Taule of David Baptist Church prayed for retail workers. “God, I pray for protection for those ones that stand behind the register as we pick up our groceries, being See PRAYER, Page 5

Board of Education moves to return youngest students to classroom February 8

Downtown shop gets renovation

By Loretta Cozart

Work has begun at 205 S. Battleground Avenue on property owned by Shane Adams. Last Saturday, a concrete truck was parked outside the property, as Adams and workers poured a new floor in back right portion of the building. “We decided to go head now to fix the plumbing in the building. What we had was 60-years old and it is easier to fix it now

During Cleveland County Board of Education’s special called meeting on January 7, members voted 5 - 4 to return pre-kindergarten through 4th grade students to full-time instruction beginning on Monday, February 8. Plan A’s previous start date had been set for January 19. Chairman Robert Queen summarized research he had done with Shelby Pediatrics and Atrium Health, among others. He indicated that Atrium Health expects a spike in COVID-19 cases

Cleveland County in early February. Currently there are no issues of being seen by Emergency Departments, but there could be an issue with finding a bed if a patient needs to be admitted. Some patients have been transferred to other facilities. But patients have also been transferred here if beds are available. Queen reported that he checked with Shelby Pediatrics and they suggested that January 19 was not the See STUDENTS, Page 2

By Loretta Cozart

and before we do further renovations. It would cost much more to come in after renovations,” Adams said. “Venues are now required to have ADA compliant bathrooms, so we decided to add those as we updated the plumbing.” Jerry and Sherryl Adams are renovating the property with plans to open a venue for receptions, gatherings, and meetings. No date has been yet been set for the opening.

Workers fill another wheelbarrow with concrete for use on-site.

Clev. County COVID-19 testing locations • Cleveland County Health Department: 980484-5316 (Testing is FREE) • Kintegra Family Medicine (Testing is FREE) Kings Mountain: 704710-1077 Boiling Springs: 704818-9200

• Atrium Urgent Care – Shelby: 704-468-8888 (Contact to ask about cost) • CVS in Boiling Springs and Kings Mountain: https://www.cvs.com/ minuteclinic/covid-assessment (Contact to ask about cost) • NextCare Urgent Care – Shelby: 704-481-0555 (Contact to ask about cost) Check with your healthcare provider about testing options and cost.

Workers return to the truck for another load of concrete for 205 S. Battleground as plumbing for the property is updated. Photos by Loretta Cozart

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