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Volume 132 • Issue 12

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 • 704-739-7496


Catawba Nation’s KM casino plan OK’d Building of large gaming enterprise could help area economically, according to Catawba and KM officials by MICHAEL E. POWELL Special to the Herald

At a Friday, March 13, 1 p.m., press conference held inside the Kings Mountain

City Hall, Catawba Nation Chief Bill Harris stood with members of the Kings Mountain City Council, Cleveland County Commissioners, and Catawba Nation Tribal Council members and spoke about what is described as a “major economic development” for the area. Catawba Nations Chief William Harris said that after seven years, two months of waiting and wondering, the

City given notice of $25,000 civil penalty By Loretta Cozart On February 11, W. Corey Basinger, Regional Supervisor, Water Quality Regional Operations Section, Division of Water Resources, DEQ, issued Ricky Duncan, Water Resources Director for the City of Kings Mountain, a Notification of Violation due to the city’s failures to properly implement the pretreatment program, violations of North Carolina GS 143215.1 15A. According to the notice, a civil penalty not to exceed $25,000 may be assessed for failing to comply with the terms of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. It is noted that the city did initiate enforcement

actions on two industrial dischargers; however, these enforcement actions were not done within the required thirty (30) day timeframe stipulated in the Enforcement Response Plan (ERP) on Commercial Vehicle Group for limit and reporting violations and on Kings Mountain International for reporting violations during the second half of 2019. The city also failed to adhere to all of the IUP sampling methods during both semi-annual reporting periods at Cormetech in 2019. The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) create regulations to enforce the law. The regulations used by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Unit fall under Section 15A of the North Carolina Administrative Code.

We have nothing to fear… but fear itself By Loretta Cozart In his 1938 inaugural address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt shared words of wisdom that are timely for Americans today, especially with the widespread fear of COVID-19.Roosevelt knew then, as we know now, that fear is the enemy. In his speech, Roosevelt said, “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which

is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.” Nelson Mandela knew that fear was the enemy when he said “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” The nation is facing an unprecedented pandemic, one that may define our generation. A similar challenge happened more than 100 years ago, in 1918 to 1919. National leaders must work together quickly to defeat this disease, with the help of the people. President Trump declared a state of emergency on Friday, March 13, as a result of the spread of COVID-19, providing billions of dollars See FEAR, Page 5A

United States Department of the Interior came down in their favor, saying, via email, that 16.75 acres of land off Dixon School Road in Cleveland County would, after so many years of political wrangling, be set aside in land trust for the Catawbas to use for the building of a casino and gaming resort. Chief Harris said at the meeting the decision from See CASINO, Page 2A

An artist’s rendering of the Catawba Indian Nation’s proposed gaming resort in Kings Mountain. (photo by MEP/The Eagle)

Atrium Health restricts visitors due to COVID-19 In conjunction with six other regional health systems, Atrium Health is expanding visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In light of Governor Cooper’s declaration of a state of emergency in North Carolina due to the virus, Atrium Health is taking this additional measure to protect the health of our patients, their loved ones and our medical staff. Effective immediately, only immediate family members, aged 13 and over, will be able to take part in hospital visiting hours unless deemed absolutely necessary by the patient’s healthcare team. This standard will apply even if visitors are healthy and regardless of their age. Existing visitation restrictions already apply to all children age 12 and under due to the ongoing flu season visitor restrictions that remain in effect. In addition, any and all visitors, including fam-

KM HOSPITAL ily members, with flu-like symptoms such as fever and new or worsening cough or shortness of breath will not be allowed in patient areas to help control the spread of illnesses. Nursing staff and the attending physician will work with families who have special circumstances, such as a critically ill or injured family member, on a case-by-case basis. The visitation restrictions apply to all Atrium Health

inpatient locations:, including Carolinas Rehabilitation-Charlotte, Mt. Holly, and NorthEast. This is a rapidly evolving situation and Atrium Health will take additional steps to help control the spread of COVID-19 as necessary. Atrium Health recognizes that interacting with friends and family can be helpful to the healing process and strongly encourage everyone to utilize other forms of sup-

port for their loved ones, such as phone calls, video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices. The decision to expand these visitor restrictions is a collaborative effort among Atrium Health and six other regional health systems including Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, CaroMont Health, Cone Health, Novant Health, Randolph Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health. For those who are concerned they many have contracted COVID-19, the CDC and Health Department are actively working to increase access to testing. Testing is currently being focused on patients who have symptoms of the flu and who came in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case. For those that have flu or cold-like symptoms, please stay home from work or school until you have no fever for at least 48 hours without See ATRIUM, Page 2A

North School Teacher/Assistant of the Year North Elementary announces their Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Denise McGirt, Fourth Grade Teacher, and Teacher Assistant of the Year, Ms. Tareney Moon, Pre-K Assistant. Mrs. McGirt is a graduate from Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, SC. She earned her undergraduate degree from The College of Charleston and her master's degree from Appalachian State University. She is a National Board-Certified Teacher. She has taught both third and fourth grades this is her twentieth year in the classroom. She has been at North for ten years. Mrs. McGirt is married to Mike and they have one daughter, Abby. She is a tenth-grade student at the Cleveland Early Col-

lege High School. She has three step-children and two granddaughters. Ms. Moon is a graduate from Shelby High School. She received her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland Community College. This is her fifth year as a Pre-K Assistant; all five years have been at North Elementary School. She loves her little people at North, and they love her. Ms. Moon enjoys spending time with her daughter, Ma'Kenzie and her family. In her free time Ms. Moon enjoys reading, shopping, and watching her daughter cheer. One of Ms. Moon's favorite quotes is "They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel" - Carl Buechnner.

(L-R): Ms. Moon - TA of the Year, and Mrs. McGirt - Teacher of the Year for North Elementary School. Photo provided by Anna Hughes

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