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Volume 132 • Issue 3

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 • 704-739-7496


Peeler charged in 2-year old’s death On Sunday, January 5 at 5 am, Kings Mountain Police were notified by Kings Mountain Hospital that a 2-year old child had life threatening injuries and was being examined at their facility. Upon arrival at the hospital, officers learned that the child was being airlifted to Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte for advanced care, due to the severity of his injuries. The child succumbed to his injuries on the January 6 at Levine’s Children’s Hospital. A criminal investigation was initiated immediately and has been ongoing since being reported to law enforcement on January 5. A warrant for the homicide of the child was issued on January 6 for Taylon Armando Peeler, 21, of 319 Linwood Road in Kings Mountain. On January 7, with the assistance of the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Charlotte Meck-

PEELER lenburg Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Program team, Taylon Peeler was arrested in Charlotte, NC without incident. Peeler was transported back to Kings Mountain Police Department to be processed and subsequently transported to Cleveland County Law Enforcement Center in Shelby, NC. Peeler went before the Judge on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and was denied bond. Further details were not available as this is an ongoing investigation.

KM Fire Museum Early voting site Kings Mountain Fire Museum, 269 Cleveland Avenue, will be an early voting site PHILBECK beginning Feb. 13 for the Presidential Preference and March 3 Primary election. The site will open Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14; Monday, Feb. 17 to Feb. 21; Monday, Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. In a Dec. 31, 2019 order, a federal district court temporarily blocked NC’s voter photo requirement from taking effect. Elections Director Clifton W. Philbeck, of the Cleveland County Board of Elections, said unless the courts direct otherwise that voters will not be required to provide voter ID when they mark their presidential preference and vote for candidates. New voters may same day vote and same day register to vote at the early voting site. Any changes in registration may also be made during early

voting. The Presidential Preference election is an election in which voters can choose who they would like to be their candidate in the 2020 general election with the goal of narrowing the field of candidates. Philbeck said registered Republicans must vote Republican, registered Democrats must vote Democratic, registered Libertarians must vote Libertarian, registered Green Party must vote Green Party, registered Constitution Party must vote Constitution Party and Unaffiliated can choose Democrat or Libertarian. Registered voters who miss early voting can cast ballots in the Primary on March 3 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at these area polling places: Kings Mountain North – Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King Street; Kings Mountain South ) Bethlehem Baptist Church Activities Center, 1017 Bethlehem Road; Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1022 Oak Grove Road. Grover voters cast ballots on March 3 at Grover Town Hall, 207 Mulberry Road.

BOB MYERS RETIRES – On Friday, January 10, Kings Mountain Police Chief Lisa Proctor and Lieutenant Todd McDougall presented Sgt. Bob Myers a shadow box filled with items from his 30-year career at Kings Mountain Police Department. Items included insignias from the department, his name badge, Sgt. Stripes, commendations, Honor Guard pins, a whistle, handcuffs, and City of Kings Mountain pins. Myers will be recognized at the City Council meeting on January 28. Mayor Neisler pointed out, “His real love is the KM Police Color Guard. They pledged to him today to continue doing the color guard correctly.” Photo provided

Liberty Mountain announces local auditions dates for 2020 season Auditions for Liberty Mountain will be held at the Joy Performance Center on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26 at 3 pm. How would you like to spend your summer learning to sword fight, dressing up in incredible costumes, and running into battle? Here is your chance to play hard, push yourself, and cultivate your craft this summer in a rigorously paced professional theatre environment. Sigmon Theatrical is currently casting paid onstage and offstage roles in Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama. Actors and Technicians will be working alongside a professional theatre staff to bring this massive production to life for the 2020 Summer Season. There are positions open in the following departments: Acting, Stage Management, Technical, Wardrobe, Wig & Makeup. For onstage positions, we are casting 19 men and

MLK Observance January 20 The City of Kings Mountain will host Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968, to be presented at the Joy Performance Center, Monday, January 20 at 3 pm. This is a FREE community event.

Auditions for Liberty Mountain 2020 will be held at the Joy Performance Center on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26 at 3 pm. Photo by Torrence Photography 6 women. Ideal candidates are highly driven, enthusiastic and resourceful. You must have full availability, pass a background check, drug test, and be willing to make a seven-week commitment (including almost

three weeks of rehearsal). Company Members will wear multiple hats with on and offstage responsibilities as well as being involved with educational outreach, promotional calls and more. This show features lots

of combat sequences, quick changes, and running. This is a seasonal position. Starting date is June 11 and the End Date is July 19 - twenty to thirty hours a week, with a day off each rehearsal See LIBERTY, Page 7A

Flags at half-staff through Jan. 19 Governor Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff beginning on Jan. 13, in honor U.S. Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin of Virginia and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon of Illinois, who lost their lives

while conducting combat operations on Saturday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Staff Sgt. McLaughlin and Pfc. Villalon were both paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division based in Ft. Bragg. McLaughlin, who joined the Army in 2012 and served as squad leader, is survived by his wife and four children. Villalon, who joined the army in 2018 as a combat

engineer and was on his first deployment, is survived by his mother and father. Flags are to remain at halfstaff until sunset on Jan. 19. Governor Cooper commented, “As a show of respect, individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are welcome to fly the flag at half-staff for the duration of the time indicated.”

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