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New owners for Big Red’s Café By Loretta Cozart On Saturday, October 3, Michael and Nakisha Wenzel took over as the new owners of Big Red’s Café. The couple moved to Kings Mountain a year ago to pastor and restart Kings City Church. In their spare time, they enjoyed visiting the coffee shop. Former owners Sandie Dee and Ashley Herndon recently decided to sell the business and looked for someone to acquire the cafe.

Over the last year, Michael and Nakisha had become regulars and that is how the conversation began. The new owners have kept the same staff and trained in the café for a month in preparation for a smooth transition. Kings City Church was designed with a coffee shop and community can rent the space for special events. Michael has experience in catering and came to Kings Mountain from Lockheed See BIG RED’S, Page 11

Kings Mountain Police will wear pink some during the month of October in honor of those who have fought or continue to fight breast cancer. Photo provided

God stepped in and helped By Lisa Proctor KMPD Chief Of Police

Michael and Nakisha Wenzel are the new owners of Big Red’s Café. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Over 3 months ago, I was approached by some of my staff about doing something special for breast cancer awareness in October. They knew that I am breast cancer survivor and some of them have had family members that have had it in the past as well.

My staff came up with the idea of getting pink polo shirts to wear some during the month to stand and support all of those who have fought and those who continue to fight this devastating disease. The staff did this on a voluntarily basis and those that want to participate were allowed to do so. I was diagnosed in 2009 with Triple negative Breast cancer with a growth rate

City Council approves $ 1.12M in budget expenditures; annexes land into city

Land being cleared for business park

By Loretta Cozart During the September 29 City Council Meeting, $1.12M was added to the city’s General Fund Budget. Items funded include: • $30,000 for tree trimming around utility lines • $50,000 for software expenditures • $55,000 to budget proceeds from a grant award and establish an expenditure item • $25,000 for LED install lights on Crown Court, Duke Energy had trouble with rock costing the city more • $25,000 to install Wi-Fi in Patriots Park • $50,000 to budget expenditures for Phase II Streetscape Planning • $417,701 for Server/ Storage Project IT • $139,709 for Connectivity Project IT • $325,183 for a new garbage truck Finance Director Chris Conner reported to council that the city was recovering well financially from the pandemic and is ready to move

Land near Sara Lee Road, just off Canterbury Road at I-85, was annexed into Kings Mountain during the September 29 city council meeting. By Saturday, October 3, all rezoning signs were gone, and logging trucks filed with timber from the site lined the dirt road leading to the property. According to city documents, the 119.25 acre site

forward on projects. He explained that the city delayed some expenditures due to the financial uncertainty the Coronavirus brought. “We aren’t 100% back to normal, but I am comfortable in moving forward with the purchase of a new garbage truck,” Costner said. “Our oldest garbage truck is 18years old and it constantly needs costly repairs. It just needs to be replaced.” Conner also reported that the auditors visited last month, and that the city’s fund balance remains at 51%, the same as last year. He also noted that he intends to have no findings, no issues, and no audit adjustments when their audit is received. Mayor Neisler added, “We are in the best shape (financially) of any city in the state of North Carolina.” Four Public Hearings were scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at 6 pm to: • Consider a request from Brinkley Properties of KM, owner of 600 W. King Street and Ann Lin Chen, owner of at 604 W. King Street, by her authorized agent, David Brinkley, to See CITY COUNCIL, Page 11

By Loretta Cozart

is being developed into a business park. Portions of the property were in both Cleveland County and Gaston Counties, making the parcels hard to sell due to the tricky tax situation that created for the owner. City council unanimously approved a Contiguous Annexation Petition by Matthews Land Company and rezoned the property for Heavy Industry.

of 98%. It was doubling in size in just a few short weeks. By the grace of God, and an amazing team of dedicated doctors and nurses that He put together, I am alive to share the hope that lives in me with others. This will make 11-years past my original diagnosis for me when the odds were stacked against me God stepped in and showed out. I am only here alive by His grace and mercy.

(L-R) Jaylin, 14; Carmen, 5 and Channing Colon, 7. See more photos on page 12. Photos Angela Padgett

Great Pumpkin Story Walk in Patriots Park By Loretta Cozart

Four loads of timber are loaded awaiting removal from land annexed into the city last week. Photo Loretta Cozart

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This disease not only effects the ones with the diagnosis, but it has a tremendous effect of the loved ones who are joined in the battle in support of their family and friends. We here at KMPD are just hoping to bring a glimmer of hope to the family of those who had been there in the past and to those who are fighting now.

The Great Pumpkin Story Walk kicked-off the Halloween season in Patriots Park on October 1 and continues through October 31. Opening day brought families who enjoyed the story together and posed for photos. City of Kings Mountain decorated Patriots Park with pumpkins, hay bales, dried corn stalks and mums. And what Peanuts themed story

walk could be complete without Linus’ Pumpkin Patch? Bring the family and enjoy a beautiful fall day at Patriots Park, read It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! storybook together and make timeless memories with your children. The Great Pumpkin Story Walk is a join effort between Mauney Memorial Library and Kings Mountain Special Events.

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