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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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DISTRICT 44- NC SENATE
KM area voters go to the polls Tuesday Kings Mountain area voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3 to help elect county, state and national political leaders in an election season unlike any others because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Polling places open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Kings Mountain area polling places are: Kings Mountain North at Patrick Senior Center, 909 E King Street; Kings Mountain South at Central United Methodist Church, 113 S. Piedmont; Bethware at Bethlehem Bap-
tist Church Activities Center, 1017 Bethlehem Road; Oak Grove at Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1022 Oak Grove Road; and in Grover at Town Hall, 207 Mulberry Road. COVID 19 safety measures at polling places include social distancing, hand sanitizing and masks for voters and election workers who do not bring their own, barriers between election workers and voters at check-in tables, single use pens for voters to mark ballots and frequent cleaning of surfaces and equipment.
Several races involving area candidates are of interest to local voters. Local poll watchers point to the school board as the local race to watch because of the number of candidates, 10, and its significance because the results could also determine the majority Party on the 9-member board. Five Democrats and 5 Republicans seek the five open seats on the board of education. Candidates are Republicans Robert Queen, Joel Shores, Greg Taylor, Rodney Fitch and Ron Humphries. Democrats are Michael
Four more days of Early Voting Early voting continues for four days at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 220 N. Watterson Street, in Kings Mountain. Evening hours today (Wednesday) through Friday are 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 1-5 p.m. No ID is required except for those registering who can also cast their vote at the same time. Safeguards are in place as voters cast their ballots including masks for all poll workers and voters who don’t bring their own, single-use pens for voters to mark their ballots, sanitation stations and protective barriers. The site is professionally cleaned throughout the 17-day voting period and election workers routinely sanitize all surfaces.
Tolbert, Samantha Davis, and Roger Harris, Richard Hooker and Shearra Miller, incumbents. Two other contested races involve local candidates. Four men seek the three open seats on the Cleveland County board of commissioners. They are Republicans Ronnie Whetstine, Johnny Hutchins, incumbents, and Kevin Gordon, and Shaun Murphy, Democrat. Jennifer Childers, Democrat, is challenging Republican Tim Moore for his District 111 NC seat in the
House of Representatives. The Presidential race, down to the home stretch, has four candidates from four Parties but chief interest locally is the hot race between the incumbent President Donald Trump, Republican, and Joe Biden, Democrat, former Vice President in the Obama administration. Other candidates are Don Blankenship, Constitution Party; Howie Hawkins, Green Party; and Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian. Local voters are also interested in the NC Governor’s race where incumbent
Roy Cooper, Democrat, is challenged by Dan Forest, Republican. Also running are Al Pisano, Constitution, and Steven DiFlore, Libertarian. The United States Senate race has also heated up in recent weeks. Incumbent Thom Tillis is challenged by Democrat Cal Cunningham. Also running are Shannon Bray, Libertarian, and Kevin Hayes, Constitution. Incumbent NC State Senator Ted Alexander of Shelby, District 44, Republican, is challenged by Democrat David Lattimore.
Borders’ daycare recognized for 26-years of service to the community Monster Helen Bullock celebrated her birthday, greeting many friends and family from her window. Photo by Christy Speed
Helen Bullock turns 103 By Loretta Cozart Helen Williams Bullock celebrated her 103rd birthday on Sunday, October 25. Bullock has experienced a lot in her lifetime. The year after Bullock was born, the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 swept across America and eventually the world. This year, Bullock battled and survived the Coronavirus. “I got through it,” Bullock said. “I was lucky, because I had no symptoms. To live to my age requires being healthy.” Any other year, Bullock would have celebrated her birthday at the First Baptist Church where she is a mem-
ber. This year, the pandemic and Governor Cooper’s executive orders don’t allow for large gatherings. So, White Oak Manor, her friends and family arranged for a special drive-thru celebration so well-wishers could help her celebrate the big day. “My birthday was so nice,” she said. “I spent the day answering phone calls and greeting people at the window,” a popular way for friends to visit loved ones in assisted living centers due to the Coronavirus. “I got calls from cousins, one even visited me early. Other friends from Florida had an accident on the way. They are okay, See BULLOCK Page 5
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Director Barbara Borders, owner of Higher Learning Childcare Academy was recognized by the City of Kings Mountain for the daycare’s contribution as a safe and exciting learning environment for children in the community. Mayor Neisler presented Borders a proclamation upon the 26th anniversary celebration held Friday, October 23.
Borders opened the daycare after spending time with the public school system and subsequently opening a small home center. What was started then has grown to become Higher Learning Childcare Academy, a great support for busy parents of young children in the community.
Barbara Borders recognized by the city for providing the community’s children with a safe and exciting learning environment and supporting local parents. Photo Scott Neisler
Bash LIVE! Mark your calendars and get ready to dance! Something spooky is heading to Kings Mountain. Dance the night away with the City of Kings Mountain’s virtual event Monster Bash LIVE. Some of your favorite Halloween characters come back from the grave for a night of music and fun, exclusively on the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Facebook page at: https://www. facebook.com/CityofKMSpecialEvents This ghostly event will take place Halloween night at 6:30 pm - It’s guaranteed to be spooky fun for the entire family! For more information, call the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, visit the web at www.KingsMountainEvents.com/ monster-bash.
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