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Volume 133 • Issue 13

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Easter Sunrise service planned The Kings Mountain Ministerial Association will be leading in an Easter Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 7:00 a.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery. The service will be held around the large white cross in the cemetery. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to Eastside Baptist Church, 308 York Road, Kings Mountain. If the event is held inside, everyone is requested to wear a mask. The Easter Sunrise message will be delivered by Pastor Ron Caulder from

Eastside Baptist Church. Special music will be provided by East Gold Wesleyan Church. Everyone is invited to attend. The service will be approximately 30 minutes. Come and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus!

Artist rendering of the pre-launch facility. Photo provided

BIA approves Class III gaming

Pre-launch Casino Neighborhood opening this summer Spring Clean Up The City of Kings Mountain will be offering a free pick-up service for trash, junk, and litter the week of April 5-9. Items to be picked up must be placed in the front yard next to the curb during this week. The intent of this project is to remove litter and junk that has accumulated on the exterior of properties. The normal $20 fee per truck load for collecting these items will be waived during this week. This does not include items such as furniture, mattresses, batteries, electronic equipment, or paint cans containing any amount of liquified paint. Please do not bring these items from inside the

home or other buildings to be collected. Please note that if you do place unapproved items on the curb, a $20 fee per truck load will be required to be paid prior to the City removing these items. The encourages everyone to take advantage of this free service and do you part in cleaning up the city. For more information please contact the Sanitation Department at 704-734-0735 or Codes Enforcement Department at 704-734-4561.

Patrick Senior Center Easter Drive-thru Thursday By Tabitha Thomas The Patrick Senior Center is hosting an Easter Drive-Thru Thursday, April 1 from 10 am to 12 pm. Seniors are asked to please call ahead to sign up so, the senior center knows

how many goodie bags to prepare. 909 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086 (704) 734-0447.

American Legion Veteran’s breakfast Saturday By Loretta Cozart American Legion Post 155 has its Veteran’s Break-

fast Saturday morning, April 3, 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 May 1 from 9 am to 11 am.

The Catawba Nation announced Friday it will fast-track the opening of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project in Kings Mountain by opening a “prelaunch” facility this summer with 500 slot machines. The pre-launch facility, which will be constructed using prefabricated modular structures, will provide an initial opportunity for patrons to game with limited food & beverage and other guest amenities. “With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the

Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region,” Catawba Chief Bill Harris said. “We’re working with Delaware North, our consultant on the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project, as well as our developer, Skyboat Gaming, to make that happen by opening what we are calling a ‘pre-launch’ facility this summer.” An introductory phase of the full casino is still planned and will feature an additional 1,300 slot machines. It will

be a permanent structure that will become part of the full casino. Its construction is expected to take about a year. “It makes sense to have the temporary pre-launch facility to start, and it will continue to operate during the construction of the introductory phase and possibly subsequent phases,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business. “It gives us a place to teach incoming staff and accommodates people in the region who are anxious to start gaming this summer.” The 17-acre casino site

off Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, is near Interstate 85 and about 35 miles west of Charlotte. The total $273 million casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout and thousands of construction jobs in the region. “This project will prove to be a long-lasting and sustainable economic engine for the residents of Cleveland County, we are excited about the expedited timeline” said Cleveland County Commissioner Johnny Hutchins. See CASINO, Page 5A

Bin Raiders opens on Walker Street By Loretta Cozart Bin Raiders is open for business. Srimaha Rithiphong, who goes by Hale, along with his wife Jee and his sister Aricka, operate Bin Raiders, a family-owned business that opened on January 23. The shop is so popular that customers wait in line for the store to open each day. Bin Raiders purchases inventory in lots and passes the savings on to their customers. Much of the inventory items are Amazon returns or overstock. Most items are in the original packaging. “Sometimes we get an item wrapped in bubble wrap and we don’t know what is inside. I’ve had customers find cell phones and Fitbit watches that way,” Hale said. When asked why he decided to open a store, Hale answered without hesitation as he pointed to his son, Lee. “I started the store for

him. If I worked in a plant on the second-shift, I would get home after he goes to bed. In the morning, I would only have time with him until I dropped him off at school. That is not what I want.,” Hale said. Hale got the idea of opening a discount store in Kings Mountain while shopping in similar stores in other communities. However, Kings Mountain did not have this type of store. ‘I just observed how they did things, how they priced items and when they brought out more inventory. Then, I went online and found other people who were doing the same thing and they shared how they were doing it. Later, I learned how to buy lots online and it all came together from there.” Once he got his plan formalized, Hale reached out to Dan Potter, his soccer coach and friend from high school, asking him to help getting See BIN RAIDERS, Page 5A

Hale, Lee, Jess, and Arika in front of Bin Raiders. Photo by Loretta Cozart

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