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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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Bolin’s Daycare 50th birthday By Loretta Cozart

Carl White (right), the host of the Emmy nominated “Life in the Carolina’s” TV show records the segment on Christmas at Home in Kings Mountain in Patriots Park near the Gazebo. See more photos on page 5A.

KM featured on “Life in the Carolinas” Christmas special Scott Neisler, Jeff Ward, Christy Conner and Brandon and Annie Bolin. The segment centered around the story of Grady and Katie Costner and their lights in Patriots Park (Why Grady created the lights and how they found a home in Patriots Park) and the Mayor's Fantasy Light Show on Railroad Avenue. To see the show https:// youtu.be/SylUDOmQkD0. Carl White’s Life In The Carolinas is an Emmy nominated and award winning syndicated TV show that features the great people and places of the Carolinas. Over the past several years, Executive Producer

and Host Carl White has visited much of the Carolinas and has gathered and shared some amazing stories. The show focuses on the inspiring and positive things that people do. They visit individuals and communities that have pulled together to accomplish extraordinary things. They have seen the power of one person’s vision that has become the passion of many and improved the lives of even more. The power of a well told story is amazing and has the potential of doing a lot of good. It is this idea that

Atrium KM to get Moderna vaccine

KM man killed in hit and run James Marshall Nichols,

Carl W h i t e paid a visit to K i n g s Mountain, December 9th, to film a CARL WHITE segment for his annual Big Holiday Social 2020 Christmas Special. The show, which also featured other towns such as Forest City and Wilkesboro, aired Saturday, December 19th, on WJZY Fox 46 and other stations throughout NC and SC. Carl interviewed Grady Costner's Granddaughter, Amelia Hedtke, Mayor

Three Atrium Health facilities located in rural areas of North Carolina are prioritized to be among the first to receive the Moderna vaccine including: Atrium Health Stanly, Atrium Health Kings Atrium Health - Kings Mountain Mountain and Atrium at healthcare facilities withHealth Anson. Atrium Health was out access to an ultra-cold among the first in the freezer. Once removed from Southeast region to receive the freezer, the vaccine is the first doses of the Mod- viable for 30 days. To enerna COVID-19 vaccine, sure that every dose of the following the U.S. Food vaccine is quickly and efand Drug Administration’s fectively distributed, Atrium (FDA) Emergency Use Au- Health has developed a prothorization of the vaccine. cess that allows for ease of With this shipment of the scheduling and convenient new vaccine from Moderna, access to receive the vacfrontline healthcare em- cine. Atrium Health received ployees who work at one of Atrium Health’s integrated an initial shipment of 1,000 network of hospitals outside doses of the Moderna vacof the Charlotte area will cine, which has been clininow have convenient access cally proven to be safe and 94.1% effective. This supto a COVID-19 vaccine. The main difference in ply will be used to vaccinate the Moderna vaccine is that thousands Atrium Health’s it is able to be kept in a stan- frontline healthcare workdard freezer between -25 to ers, working in high-prior-15 degrees Celsius, (-13 to ity areas where they are at 5 degrees Fahrenheit), mak- a higher risk of exposure, ing it an ideal vaccine to use to receive the vaccine at a faster pace. Atrium Health is following recommendations from the CDC and the state to prioritize distribution. See VACCINE, Page 5A

See CHRISTMAS, Page 5A

33, of Kings Mountain was hit while walking to Gastonia on Christmas Eve in a suspected hit and run, according to Gaston Police Department. Police were called to the scene at 5:50 am, near the intersection of West Franklin Blvd. and Santee Circle. Nichols died at the scene. Gastonia Police need your help in locating a Black Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2005 – 2010, with front end damage. If you have any information, call 704866-6702.

Gaston Co. Police seek help locating runaway T h e Gaston Co. Police are seeking assistance from the public in locating a Avelar-Guttierez runaway juvenile. Emily Avelar-Guttierez was last seen leaving her residence on Camp Rotary Road near Gastonia, NC. Emily is 14 years old. She is a Hispanic Female. She is 5’3” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. : If seen or located, please call Gaston Co. Police Detective J. Shaw at 704-866-3327 or 911.

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Bolin’s Daycare celebrated its 50th birthday the last Saturday before Christmas. Their anniversary should have been held in September, but with COVID-19, things got pushed back. Jeff and Kelly Bolin celebrated the daycare’s birthday party outdoors in the parking lot and on the grounds of their daycare. Tables were filled with gift bags packed with goodies for the first 50 guests. There were games, crafts, and activities for the entire family. Some folks just came by to reminisce and take a walk down memory lane. Photo books were placed on tables, with images of young children, now grown, spanning a half century. Games of life-size Jenga, corn hole, and a cake walk kept kids and their parents busy. Crafts filled tables as young and old gathered to create items to take home. Cupcakes and refreshments filled tables. Santa even dropped by for a quick visit before Christmas. Kids climbed into Santa’s lap to share their

Kelly Bolin (left) directs guests to arts and crafts at Bolin Daycare’s 50th birthday celebration last Saturday. Photo by Loretta Cozart Christmas wishes with Santa, wide-eyed in awe and wonder. Students, now parents, bring their children and grandchildren to Bolin’s

Daycare. One grandmother shared that her grandson had terrible separation anxiety and could not stand to be away from his immediate See BOLIN, Page 6A

City Council continues decision on rezoning for Catawba Village During an unusual meeting on Friday, December 18 at 5 pm, city council continued the public hearing held during the Regularly scheduled meeting from December 15, to consider a request of Let’s Roll Holdings, LLC. At question was to rezone property consisting of approximately 82.73 acres on Dixon School Road, Parcel #11598, Map 4, Block 1, Lot 10, from R-20 to Conditional District R6-PUD (Planned Unit Development). The planned name for the development is Catawba Village. In the prior meeting held the Tuesday before, it was determined that the application was not complete, specifically Article 14.1a, items 4, 5, and 6, so that public hearing was continued to Friday. Of concern to Director of Community & Economic Development Stuart Gilbert, was that the amended application contained a run-on sentence in Exhibit B, paragraph 2 with regard to the building material to be used in Phase 1 that contains no more than 200 multi-family apartment units. Mayor Neisler invited the public to speak in favor of the project and two people spoke. Leonard Fletcher,

Catawa Village diagram. See larger image inside. an engineer in Shelby spoke first. He explained he wouldn’t normally speak regarding this but that he had received a phone call implying that Mr. Wallace Cheves was a liar and a cheat. “I can only say that I’ve known him for about the last 10-years. He has paid me every month and he has done everything he said he would do. There were a lot of things he (Cheves) didn’t say (in the city council meeting) because he didn’t know. He is not in that part of the development.” “I’ve probably designed a hundred developments in the last 40-years and I’ve tried one of my own. I just know that with the kind of requirements that the staff has put on the development,

you know, brick, stone, the houses are going to cost $300,000 to $400,000 at a minimum. And apartments are going to rent for probably $1,500. I just wanted to get it straight,” Fletcher said. “He is not going to have a choice but to build you a legacy. It will be the nicest place in Shelby or Kings Mountain.” Also speaking in favor was Tommy Register, who is also an engineer working for Wallace Cheves. “This is a multi-family project. Low-rent is not what it is intended to be. These are high quality luxury apartments. There are no facilities like this for someone to move and live until they can See CATAWBA, Page 3A

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