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Cleveland County releases new COVID-19 vaccine plan for Group 2 – Adults 65+ Effective Friday, January 29, the Cleveland County Public Health Center’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Line (980-484-6019) will be open every Friday from 1 pm – 5 pm for the clinic(s) that will be held the following week based on our dosage allocation from the state. Since vaccine rollout began, vaccine allocation from the State of North Carolina has been extremely unpredictable which has caused Cleveland County Government to have to shift and adjust on an almost daily basis. Last week, counties across North Carolina had a call with North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen who apologized to counties for not being transparent with the dose allocation disbursement model. They committed to counties to give dose allocations three weeks in advance. However, during this call, counties were also told weekly dose allocations across the state will be limited, with only 84,000 vaccine doses being shared amongst all approved providers in 100 counties based

Valentine Grams will be displayed on the new media screen at Patriots Park on February 10-14. Photo provided

City offers personalized Valentine grams at Patriots Park Feb. 10-14 Mayor Scott Neisler received his first COVID-19 vaccine last week. Photo Dawn Neisler on population. Due to this change, Cleveland County anticipates only receiving a very limited number of vaccine doses moving forward. As a result, county officials made

the decision to transition from mailing letters to notify of appointments to scheduling appointments by phone call in an effort to get their limited doses to eligible See VACCINE, Page 5A

Wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day by purchasing a personalized Valentine Gram from the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department. For $20.00, this special Valentine Gram will be displayed February 10th - 14th on the new media screen at Patriots Park. “Love is sweet and so is this opportunity,” said Christy Conner, Special Events Director for the City of Kings Mountain. “Showcase your special someone on the new media screen with a personalized Valentine Gram in a super-sized way!” Deadline for purchasing a Valentine Gram is Monday, February 8th. For more

information or to purchase a Valentine Gram, please contact the City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department at 704-730-2101 or e-mail the department at angela.padgett@cityofkm.com.

Elementary students to return to school By Loretta Cozart

Mykel and Alex Baker opened their shop offering holistic products featuring homemade candles, wax melts, and body butters. Photos Loretta Cozart

Paul James Candle Co.

Open for business By Loretta Cozart On January 17, Paul James Candle Co. opened for business at 807 Cleveland Avenue, next door to Linwood Produce. Proprietors Paul Mykel Baker and James Alex Baker used their first names to brand their business. They

moved to Kings Mountain with hopes of opening a business this year. Thanks to the help of many, their dream came true a little earlier than expected. The Baker’s specialize in healing candles made of 100% pure soy, essential oils, and vitamins A, D, and E. “When the candle wax melts, you can spread it on dry skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, and even new tattoos to heal it,” he explains. “It doesn’t leave a greasy residue and our candles con-

tain no alcohol or harmful additives. Aside from that, we also carry essential oils, body butter, goat’s milk soap, honey soap, and wax melts, all made with natural ingredients. And our products are reasonably priced compared to the large box stores,” Michael said. In two weeks, the shop will add holistic products containing almost 100 percent natural ingredients such as herbs, plant extracts, phytonutrients and See OPEN, Page 4A

Students pre-K through first grade will return to in-classroom learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning on Feb. 22. School board members voted six to three to begin returning elementary students back to the classroom during their January 25 meeting. Two weeks later, on March 8, students pre-K

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through fourth grade will return to a five-day school week. A remote option will remain available to parents. During the meeting, 19 people spoke. Some

parents shared concern for their student’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others worried that returning to the classroom too soon might endanger See SCHOOL, Page 5A

Catawba Ridge subdivision approved By Loretta Cozart During the City of Kings Mountain’s meeting on January 26, city council approved the zoning change from R-20 to CDPUD. Tommy Hawkins, Mike Butler, Jay Rhodes, and Keith Miller voted in favor and Dave Allen and Jimmy West voted against. Councilwoman Annie Thombs was absent due to illness. After continuing the public hearing twice prior,

councilmembers made their decision to approve rezoning the property from R-20 to Conditional District R6-PUD (Planned Unit Development). At question was to rezone property consisting of approximately 82.73 acres of the 118 total acreage purchased by Let’s Roll Holdings LLC for $1.77M last year. Phase 1 of the development will contain no more than 200 apartment units. Phases 2 and 3 will have another 400 units

of homes and townhomes. Catawba Ridge is less than a mile from the Catawbas Two Kings Casino Resort, the casino that was granted Class III gaming by Governor Cooper last month. Catawba Ridge will offer housing for casino workers, as well as those looking for apartments with upscale amenities and quick access to I-85. In a prior public hearing, Leonard Fletcher, an See CATAWBA, Page 5A

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