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Volume 133 • Issue 3

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Back the Blue event for Cpl. Whittington this Saturday An event to support Cpl. Lee Whittington is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 from noon to 6 pm. It will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 112 S. Piedmont Avenue, across from the Kings Mountain Police Department. Hamburger and hot dog plates with fries and a drink will be available for a donation. The event is hosted by Elmer Oboyle. All plates are available by donations only. Tumblers and shirts will also be available. Proceeds will go to Cpl.

CPL. LEE WHITTINGTON Lee Whittington of Kings Mountain Police Department, the officer injured in the line of duty last December.

Community meeting held for proposed Catawba Ridge development On Wednesday, January 13, Wallace Cheves and his real estate partner and co-developer, Paul Sparks, with Let’s Roll Holdings LLC, met with approximately 15 citizens in a community meeting at city hall to discuss the plans for Catawba Ridge, a proposed development located at 415 Dixon School Road. City Council met twice in December to consider rezoning the property from R-20 to Conditional District R6-PUD (Planned Unit Development). At question was to rezone property consisting of approximately 82.73 acres of the 118 total acreage purchased by Let’s Roll Holdings LLC for $1.77M last year. Phase 1 of the development will contain no more than 200 apartment units. Phases 2 and 3 will have another 400 units of homes and townhomes. The developers presented their plan to those gathered with information they had shared with City of Kings Mountain prior to the meeting. The presentation stated that the Catawba Village Planned Use Devel-

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JACK & georgia opens new location By Loretta Cozart

The architecture in this elevation shows a more traditional three-story multi-family housing. See more photos page 4A.

By Loretta Cozart

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opment is a comprehensive mixed-use development intended to bring high quality housing development to Kings Mountain. Leonard Fletcher, an engineer with TGS Engineering in Shelby spoke during the last public hearing in mid-December said, “I’ve probably designed a hundred developments in the last 40-years and I’ve tried one of my own. I just know that with the kind of requirements that the staff has put on the development, you know, brick, stone, the houses are going to cost $300,000 to $400,000 at a minimum. And apartments are going to rent for probably $1,500. I just wanted to get it straight,” Fletcher said. “He (Cheves) is not going to have a choice but to build you a legacy. It will be the nicest place in Shelby or Kings Mountain,” Fletcher said. A challenge for the developers is available housing supply. According to the Cleveland County, North Carolina - Housing Needs Assessment, Prepared by Bowen and completed in 2019, “More Than 1,100 Housing Units in the County are Considered Substandard a based on ACS 2013-2017 See MEETING, Page 4A

A crowd gathered at the new location of JACK & georgia, a young woman’s clothing and accessories boutique located at 209 S. Battleground Avenue in Kings Mountain, just before 10 am on Saturday, January 16. Thirty women, excited for the store’s new location and a special discount offered to early shoppers, looked through the windows to see the newest offerings made available by proprietor Emily Harris. When asked about her new location, Harris said, “I love being on main street now. It is a lot different where we are here on main street; it is completely different even though we are in a small town. It’s exciting; it’s a big deal, especially in an historic town like Kings Mountain.” “We had a better turnout than I expected, really, especially when you open at 10 am… you just don’t know what to expect.” Harris pauses to thank customers for coming in, then continues, “Of course, we had people come from all over town, but people came from Florida, South Carolina, and all over come up and that was really cool. Being able to see that reaction was really nice on opening day. It’s been a good day, so far.” See JACK, Page 7A

Emily Harris, Proprietor of JACK & georgia.

A crowd gathers for the opening of JACK & georgia’s new location at 209 S. Battleground Ave last Saturday. Photos by Loretta Cozart

Paul James Candle Co. opens in Linwood area By Loretta Cozart Paul James Candle Co. held a soft opening Sunday at 807 Cleveland Avenue, right next door to Linwood Produce. Owners Michael Baker and partner James Baker moved to Kings Mountain last December from Conover with plans to open a business later this year. Thanks to several fortunate occurrences, the date was moved up to January 17. “A friend of mine, Cinnamon, works for Keith Falls and a home he owns became available, so we came to Kings Mountain to see it. I met Keith Falls and before we knew it, we were moving to Kings Mountain.

Paul James Candle Co. specializes in essential oil candles.

Smaller candle tins offer the same essential oil candles in a smaller size. Photos by Loretta Cozart

Everyone we have met has been so welcoming and friendly,” Michael said. “Keith has a heart of gold and helps people. I have only lived here short time,

but I can see what a caring person his is toward others. As luck would have it, this shop was also available, and everyone encouraged us to open the business. Keith helped make that happen.”

The Baker’s specialize in healing candles made of 100% pure soy, essential oils, and vitamins A, D, and E. “When the candle wax melts, you dab your finger See CANDLE, Page 7A

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