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Home for Christmas Here comes Santa Claus comes back to Downtown KM By Christy Conner, City of KM It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Downtown Kings Mountain turns into a magical wonderland, as the sights and sounds of Christmas come back Home for Christmas. Costner’s Christmas Light Extravaganza, a magnificent display of Christmas lights formerly owned by Grady and Katie Costner, now awaits visitors to Patriots Park. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through this magical wonderland of lights while enjoying traditional Christmas tunes from Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. Beginning Saturday, December 5, the Mayor’s Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show synchronized to music from Let it Snow Radio 87.9 FM, will light up the night
sky. To view the lights, visitors can stroll down Railroad Avenue or park on South Battleground Avenue and view from the comfort of their car. These special lights will be available for viewing throughout the Christmas season. Other surprises await you at the Kings Mountain Home
for Christmas Celebration. Dress warmly and don’t forget your mask. For more information, contact the Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, access their website at www. kingsmountainchristmas.com or Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/CityofKMSpecialEvents.
Nutcracker performances to be held at Joy Theatre Believe it or not - the holidays are fast approaching. This holiday season enjoy a family classic, The Nutcracker, the all-time favorite story of Clara’s magical trip to the land of sweets, presented by Kimberla's School of Classical Ballet. The Nutcracker will be performed on Friday, December 4th at 7pm, Saturday, December 5th at 2pm and
7pm and Sunday, December 6th at 4pm at The Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. Tickets are $12 each in advance or $15 at the door for general admission seating and $85 in advance or $100 at the door for a mezzanine seating cluster of 4 with hor d'oeuvres. Only 100 tickets available to each performance. Tickets are available by
calling 704-300-4130 or at https://sites.google.com/ site/kimberlasclassicalballet/nutcracker-tickets Experience this magical storybook ballet with your family and friends or escape one evening to dream with your children for our 11th annual production of The Nutcracker. Hope to see you there!
Santa Claus is heading to Kings Mountain and bringing Christmas cheer along the way. On Saturday, December 5, a day normally set aside for the Home for Christmas Parade, Santa will bring the parade to residents of all ages by making a special trip through the City of Kings Mountain. Santa will begin making his rounds at 12 pm and head back to the North Pole at 4 pm. A map of Santa’s route is now available online at www.kingsmountainchristmas.com and the Special Events Department’s Facebook page https://www.facebook. com/CityofKMSpecialEvents. For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 704730-2101.
Santa will make his rounds in Kings Mountain on Saturday, December 5.
City of KM presents Streetscape plan By Loretta Cozart During the November City Council Meeting, Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks announced he had met with Main Street’s Board of Directors to get their input on the updated Streetscape Project presented by N-Focus. “About 80 percent of the Main Street Board was there, and they voted 100 percent on what is planned. We will continue to engage them. If you approve, we’ll put the plan to a RFP process and budget the numbers. We hope to begin construction
and release bids sometime in March 2021, on schedule,” Hendricks said. Richard Flowe of N-Focus reviewed the plan with council. The plan is designed to spur infill and development downtown. “Areas near downtown, including Piedmont at Mountain Street, are almost perfectly configured,” he said. “The area between Piedmont and Battleground needs attention.” Flowe recommended using Cherokee Street as access to Battleground Avenue. He also recommended removing the stop light at
the intersection of Cherokee and Mountain Streets and replacing it with a 4-way stop sign. Suggested was making Cherokee Street a oneway street, with on-street parking, and configuring it to encourage pedestrian traffic. Regarding Cherokee Street, he stated, “The view of Kings Mountain is your money shot. Can you imagine the view of that mountain from a third-floor condo? That opportunity will be lost without vertical construction downtown. Condos in that area would See STREETSCAPE, Page 7A
Where’s Rudolph? City receives $200,000 Rudolph has run away! Rumor has it, he is hiding in Downtown Kings Mountain and Santa needs your help to find him in time for Christmas. Follow the instructions below to help find Rudolph. • Solve the weekly riddle-Weekly riddles will be posted at www.facebook. com/CityofKMSpecialEvents and www.facebook. com/mauneylibrary. • Find Rudolph (He is hidden in a downtown business.) • Once found, take and post a picture at #wheresru-
dolph. • Once completed participating children can visit Mauney Memorial Library
for a weekly prize! • Adults are not left out – participating adults entered into a weekly drawing for a prize pack! Christmas is just around the corner! Don’t delay! Help Santa find Rudolph today! For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, access their website at www.kingsmountainchristmas.com or Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/CityofKMSpecialEvents.
American Legion Veteran’s breakfast Saturday By Loretta Cozart American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 has its Veteran’s Breakfast Saturday
morning, December 5, at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street. All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small
donation which helps fund future breakfasts. The next breakfast will be on December 5 from 9 am to 11 am. Everyone is asked to follow Governor Cooper’s guidelines for social distancing.
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from KM ABC Board By Loretta Cozart During the November 24 city council meeting, Mayor Scott Neisler announced that Kings Mountain’s ABC Board awarded the city a check for $200,000, which came from a surplus in the ABC board’s funds. “These funds allow us to do what we really want to do,” Neisler said. In the Consent Agenda, city council unanimously approved budget amendments that included $90,000 for an outdoor video screen to be installed in Patriots Park and $85,000 for Library window restoration and plaster repair. A restricted contribution from the ABC Board will be utilized to pay for these improvements. An additional $15,000 was used to fund Feed
the Children this year, which provides $75,000 in non-perishable food items to area families in need during the Christmas season. Other items in the consent agenda included: $40,000 to budget Grant Funds for YMCA Wifi ($15,000) and Patriots Park Wifi ($25,000). These funds are restricted specifically for these projects. Council approval is required because it increases the General Fund.
$9,500 to budget funds received and to budget a capital expenditure for an ATV. The funds are a restricted contribution from the ABC Board to be utilized specifically by the Police Department to purchase an ATV/side by side. City council also adopted a Resolution clarifying the role of the Planning and Zoning Board in deliberations on zoning text amendments, rezoning requests, and zoning map amendments. This action eliminates the public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board for the aforementioned types of cases and require only one public hearing before City Council. Coucil also approved a Downtown Kings Mountain Façade Grant Application See $200,000, Page 7A
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