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HORD’S CONTAINER SERVICE (704) 466-6008 Volume 132 • Issue 4 • 704-739-7496

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


KM Kiwanis disbands after 79-years of service By Loretta Cozart and Lib Stewart

The most recent rendering of the proposed Kings Mountain casino from Rob Schaeffer Visualization and Planning. Photo TSC Engineers

Catawba Indian Nation

Casino Environmental Assessment complete By Loretta Cozart The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finished its Environmental Assessment of the proposed casino site on Dixon School Road at I-85 Exit 5. The 674-page report was released on December 18 and residents had 30days to review and submit comments. The Bureau of Indian affairs will then make the decision whether to transfer the land into trust for the Catawba Indian Nation.

If the transfer of land is approved by the BIA, the Catawba Indian nation would have a two to threeyear timeframe to build the casino. While conducting the Environmental Assessment, the Bureau of Indian Affairs reported, “As part of the Scoping process, letters were sent to approximately 100 property owners notifying them of the project and seeking their input. TGS staff canvased See CASINO, Page 7A

Main Street to unveil 5-year vision By Loretta Cozart Kings Mountain Main Street will unveil its 5-year vision at The Revolution1 located at 211 S. Battleground Ave. on Feb. 4 from 5:00 to 7 pm. A Meet & Greet scheduled from 5 - 5:30 pm, followed by the presentation at 5:30 pm. Downtown business/ property owners, investors, realtors, bankers, community volunteers, and anyone interested in learning more about the progressive changes in Downtown Kings Mountain is invited to attend and learn more about the Main Street Vision and

how it impacts the downtown district and neighboring communities. The Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB) will host and overview of the new Strategic Work Plan, followed by a Downtown Building Tour to see some of the ongoing transformations. Trailblazers have created a pivotal lifestyle center that offers authentic locally owned shopping and dining, live entertainment venues, and multi-generational housing options. To register, contact Susan Matheson at susan. or call 704-730-2197.

The Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club disbanded on Dec. 31, 2019, closing a chapter of exemplary service to the community. The history of the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club parallels that of the City of Kings Mountain itself, and from it one can see the far-reaching influence Kiwanians had in our community through their club work. According to David Neisler, treasurer and historian for the club,” During the ensuing eighty years, the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club has quietly played a major role in contributing to the quality of life of our community. The club has purchased medical equipment for the Kings Mountain Hospital, donated activity bus to the local school system, installed an outdoor lighting system at Shu Carlton Stadium, provided dozens of college scholarships, and spearheaded the effort to build an indoor natatorium in Kings Mountain.” “Perhaps our most be-

Red Cross blood drive January 31 By Loretta Cozart The Patrick Senior Center is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:00 am. until 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room at 909 E. Kings Street in Kings Mountain. To register, visit and enter: Patrick Senior Center or call Karen Grigg at 704734-0477 to make your life-saving appointment. Bring your Photo ID or your Donor Card to your appointment. Eat iron rich food and drink plenty of water before your appointment. Facts about blood needs in the U.S.: Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S. Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused See BLOOD, Page 7A

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loved charitable endeavor can be traced-back to the club's very first meeting in 1940. Mr. B.N. Barnes, a charter member and Superintendent of Kings Mountain City Schools, was asked how best the club could help needy children in our town. Mr. Barnes replied that many local schoolchildren were in desperate need of shoes, which prompted the club to inaugurate Shoe Fund, where each club member donated the sum of one dollar in a jar passed around at each club meeting. Over the next eighty years, well over one hundred thousand dollars was raised to purchase shoes and clothing for those local schoolchildren in need,” he shared. Kiwanian Helen Hatch shared that the remaining funds in the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club’s bank account, in the amount of $31,000, would be donated to the Mauney Memorial Library Endowment Fund. Through this donation, the legacy of the KM Kiwanis Club will live on. Kings Mountain Kiwanis

Pictured in 2015 are Kiwanians at the Club’s 75th anniversary. L-R: Grady Howard, 60 years; J.C. Bridges, 70 years and Dr. Frank Sincox, 50 years. Photo/Herald Archive Club’s organizational meeting was held on March 7, 1940 in the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club. This was the town’s second national service club, according to the Kings Mountain Herald’s account of the event, “Members of the Kings Mountain Men’s Club voted

at their meeting last Thursday to become a member of Kiwanis International… The Men’s Club is an outgrowth of the Civitan Club which organized here in 1927 and changed to the local club in 1932.” “The Men’s Club has See KIWANIS, Page 4A

Dean Adams retires after 60-year career By Loretta Cozart On December 21, Edgar Lee (Dean) Adams, closed Adam’s Barber Shop on Crocker Road for the last time, retiring from a 60year career as a barber. He worked fifty-five of those years in Kings Mountain. Six months after finishing Barber School, the Kings Mountain native moved to White Plains, NY with hopes of landing his first job. But the job offers didn’t come quickly enough, so he took a job in a motel laundry. He was pleased when, just four days later, he received a job offer at a local barber shop and left his laundry days behind him. In 1961, he met Devella Newsome, who caught his eye as she visited a hairdresser across from his barber shop on Grover Street in White Plains, NY. “We started going out and a year and a half, to two years later, we were married.” In 1965, four and a half years after leaving town, Adams and his wife returned to Kings Mountain. His great-aunt had offered him a building for a barber shop in the Compact Community. “Adam’s Bar-

Edgar Lee (Dean) Adams in his barber shop on Crocker Road in Kings Mountain. Photo by Pamila Williams ber Shop was located right next door to the Compact School and most of my customers came from there,

Kings Mountain, Blacksburg, or Gastonia,” Adam’s explained. See ADAMS, Page 7A

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