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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Bright Star Touring Theatre will perform at Kings Mountain’s MLK Observance on Jan. 20. Photos provided Grace Methodist Church (1915-1946). Photos provided by Pastor Julie Roberts
Church closes with Grace By Loretta Cozart Grace United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain held its final worship service December 29 at 9:45 am. Many current and former members were in attendance. The history of Grace United Methodist Church is a long one, the congregation having formed in the early 1800’s in a one-room log building known as Kelly’s Chapel. When the church moved to Linwood Road, they gave the log building to a black congregation. On Linwood Road, the church took the name of Bradley’s Chapel, under the leadership of F.W. Bradley. They remained in that location until the building was destroyed by a windstorm in the early 1900’s. From there the congregation moved to their current location on Church Street where it took the name Grace. It is thought that Rev. A. L. Johnson, pastor at the time, named the church for his sweetheart, Grace. During this time, the
Joy Performance Center
MLK Observance Jan. 20 By Loretta Cozart
Pictured is the fire of 1946 that destroyed the church building. This photo was given to the church by Roy and Elvia Pearson. church was part of the dedicated by Bishop Harrell Blue Ridge Conference of on Nov. 21, 1948. A new the Methodist Episcopal parsonage was built in 1954, Church. B.A. Culp was pas- replacing the one beside the tor when the congregation church. In 1956, a youth felagain had to rebuild because lowship building was added of a storm wrecked the to the property. In 1988 a building. On Feb. 17, 1946, garage was added to the para fire destroyed the church sonage. building under Culps leaderDuring its lifetime, the ship and Pastor Jones began church had three different plans for a new building. names and its denominaThe current brick build- tion underwent changes and ing was erected by both free mergers: Methodist Episcoand hired labor under the pal (until 1939), Methodist leadership of G.W. Fink as (until 1968), and United pastor. The building was See GRACE, Page 4A
Bright Star Touring Theatre will perform Let it Shine: the American Civil Rights Movement as part of Kings Mountain’s Martin Luther King observance at Joy Performance Center on January 20 at 3 pm. “This production is designed to provide an honest and accessible portrayal of the American struggle for Civil Rights. Key figures from the time period are
On December 27, at approximately 12:57 pm, Kings Mountain Police responded to a report of what appeared to be, on a fish finder, a submerged vehicle near the Camp Creek Church Road boat ramp at Moss Lake. Through a coordinated effort, it was determined that a truck was approximately 27-feet below the surface. The vehicle was extracted through the help of Kings Mountain, Oak Grove Fire Departments,
and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team. Gaston County’s Emergency Management System and automotive recovery specialists from the surrounding area also assisted. Upon recovery of the vehicle, it was learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Cherokee County, South Carolina on October 16, 2004. Proper authorities were notified, and the vehicle was removed from the National Criminal Information Center database. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, photos of the vehicle were not made available. The Herald share more information as it becomes available.
ther King, Jr. Kingstown, NC may also be the only city in the nation named for him. The observance is scheduled to begin at 3 pm and is free and open to the public. The Joy Performance Center is located at 202 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. For more information, call Angela Padgett at 704-730-2101 or via email at angela. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deja Griffen, Tamiya Spikes, Rodaija George (center), Tania Hamilton, and Jayla Littlejohn.
Now illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under 21
Stolen car found in Moss Lake By Loretta Cozart
brought to life and celebrated for their dedication to securing equal rights in America,” says Angela Padgett, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Kings Mountain. In addition to this special production, the City of Kings Mountain welcomes the Palmer Grove Baptist Church Mime Team of Kingstown, NC to perform as well. Kingstown is the only city in the state of NC to be named for Martin Lu-
By Loretta Cozart
Black Box Society
Variety Show at Joy on Jan. 18 The Black Box Society will present a Variety Show at the Joy Performance Theater on Saturday, Jan. 18. The box office opens at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. This is a family friendly show filled with local acts including
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According to the Food and Drug Administration, “On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available.” That law also gives the FDA 180 days to write regulations to implement the new age requirement and states that the regulations
are to go into effect no more than 90 days after regulations are finalized. While time was provided to write implementation regulations, allowing no more than 90 days for them to go into effect after they are finalized, the law says it is now illegal for retailer to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. National Association of Convenience stores wrote Director Mitch Zeller, Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration citing that, “Retailers, for example, must update training materials and signage. Then, they must train millions of employees across the country. See TOBACCO, Page 7A
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