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By Loretta Cozart During the February 25 city council meeting, it was decided to end the city’s recycling program at the end of March, at the recommendation of Rickey Putnam, Public Works Director. “With market changes, it is no longer feasible to recycle,” said Putnam. Kings Mountain is not alone in this action, as Shelby cancelled its recycling program on January 1. When China stopped accepting recycling last year, the cost for municipalities to recycle skyrocketed. Glass and plastics are no longer allowed, and the cost to recycle

domestically made the process more expensive. Add to that landfill tipping fees, i.e. the amount charged per ton for disposal at the landfill, and the burden on the city increased exponentially. Currently, Kings Mountain contracts with Republic Services and pays $9.50 per household to handle its recyclables, but households are only charged $2.75 per month by the city. According to Waste360, an information leader in the solid waste and recycling industry, “Republic Services Inc. reported $2.6 billion in revenues for the See RECYCLING, Page 7A

Legion Auxiliary invites Veterans to breakfast Saturday American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 invites all veterans for a free Veterans Breakfast on March 7, from 9 am to 11 am at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street. Breakfast includes made-to-order eggs, bacon, liver mush, gravy, grits, biscuits, toast, coffee and juice. All veterans are in-

vited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation which helps fund future breakfasts.

Broad River Genealogy Society presents Bob Inman March 8 Playwright B o b Inman will be the guest speaker at Broad River GeBOB INMAN nealogy Society on March 8 at 3 pm at American legion Post 82 at 1628 s Lafayette Street in Shelby. Inman’s historical play, Liberty Mountain, is per-

formed each year at Kings Mountain’s Joy Performance Theatre, sharing the story of the Battle of Kings Mountain, Mr. Inman was formerly with WBTV Charlotte for a number of years and is well known as an author as well as a playwriter. After the meeting members and visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions, visit with other members of the audience and have refreshments. All visitors are welcome.

Operation Medicine Drop coming to Kings Mountain On March 17, form 8am until 12pm, and again on March 18 from 12 pm until 4 pm, the Kings Mountain Police Department will give the public an opportunity to help prevent substance abuse, accidental poisonings and theft by ridding

their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The public can bring medications for disposal to the City of Kings Mountain’s H Lawrence Patrick Senior Center at 909 East King Street. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked. Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of the See MEDICINE, Page 7A

By Loretta Cozart Thoroughbred Partners presented their plans for the lot of the old Senior Park, located at 141 West Mountain Street during the City Council meeting on Feb. 25. City Council received an offer to purchase the property for $4,000 for. 04 acres, more or less, from Thoroughbred Partners, Ltd., a North Carolina Limited Partnership. In a presentation by John McGill, owner of 133 West, and Iris Hubbard, the lessor of the property, McGill shared that he and his partner, Tony Ruppe, had been working for over a year to improve the building at 133 W. Mountain Street. As part of that project, Thoroughbred Partners leased part of the adjacent lot at 141 W. Mountain Street for outdoor dining. In the process, the firm realized it made more sense to purchase the lot and make more substantial upgrades. In a rendering done by Garden design of Gastonia, the concept for their vision was shared. “We are doing the best with what we have,” McGill said. “We intend to leave a walkway through the space allowing pedestrians from Mountain Street to access the Chero-

Raised wood platforms adds dimension to the small space, making it more visually appealing. See more photos on page 4A. Photos by Loretta Cozart kee Street parking lot. We understand there is zero setback for adjoining buildings and existing easements for utilities like sewer, water, communication lines, electrical, and gas. We are willing to accommodate for those in the deed, even the fire suppression vault. It is our goal to tie-in this property with our overall plans for the building and to pro-

vide outdoor entertainment in that space.” Council voted to unanimously to accept Thoroughbred Partner’s, Ltd.’s offer. The period is now open for upset bids. Under NCGS § 45-21.27, Upset bids on real property; compliance bonds works like this: (a) An upset bid is an advanced, increased, or raised bid whereby any

person offers to purchase real property heretofore sold, for an amount exceeding the reported sale price or last upset bid by a minimum of five percent (5%) thereof, but in any event with a minimum increase of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).” “Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of See PARK, Page 4A

Crawford celebrates 91st birthday and 80 years of building leaders By Loretta Cozart & Lib Stewart Ninety-one years ago, William Donald “Don” Crawford was born to Thomas Harmon Crawford and Ethel Reynolds Crawford in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. During his lifetime, Crawford witnessed the growth of scouting in our region. Crawford’s 91st birthday was Feb. 26. At the age of 11, Crawford joined Troop 5 in 1940 as a Cub Scout and picked up rocks for 5 cents an hour to pay for his uniform. The rocks were used to build the Scout clubhouse at the southeast corner of Cansler and Walker Streets. The rock house is now a private residence. Crawford fell in love with scouting at a young age and his dedication to the program is well known. He rose to the rank of Eagle and the awards he has received over the years attest to his diligence and leadership locally, in the Piedmont Council, and in the state and nation. Manteo, NC and Kings Mountain Lions Club and as Lions District Governor 31C also attest to his strong leadership. He con-

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DON CRAWFORD tinued to serve in the Kings Mountain Lions Club, the city’s oldest civic club. While District 31C Governor in 1997 – 1998, Crawford led 42 clubs in a high record of accomplishment by Lions. Crawford recorded the progress in a monthly newsletter, a big hit and drawing card for new members. The Friendship pin he distributed as a collectable was of a frontiersman and labeled, “A Mountain Top Experience.”

Lions International presented him the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Governor Mike Easley honored him with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest award to a civilian, in 2006. He is also recipient of the Silver Beaver award, the Order of the Arrow, and Charles Bell award, among many others. He retired from the US Post Office at Kings Moun-

tain after 22 years after serving as a US Postal Inspector in 1964 and then working as a clerk. He was employed by the National Park Service eight years, including six years at Cape Hatteras National Seashore at Manteo and two years at Kings Mountain National Military Park. After retiring in 1980, he became active in the real estate and insurance business. His love for genealogy has led to a huge book of family histories which required time-consuming research. He is on the board of Kings Mountain Historical Museum and he uses his hobby of photography to snap pictures for the museum. He is a strong supporter of events at the museum. “Crawford has accompanied Scouts on 28-day trips to Philmont Ranch in New Mexico and as deputy camp chief for the USA visited Gilwell Park, the birthplace of scouting in England. He laughs and says, “This is where a Scout or scouter gets his ticket punched, it’s like a Christian visiting the Holy Land or an ARP (he is a long, active member of Boyce See CRAWFORD, Page 7A

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