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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Governor releases plan to re-open NC O n April 23, Governor Cooper shared information about how North Carolina can COOPER gradually re-open over three phases to prevent hot spots of viral spread while also beginning to bring our economy back. These phases are based on the best information available now but could be altered as new information emerges. In Phase 1: • Modify the stay at home order allow travel not currently defined as essential allowing people to leave home for commercial activity at any business that is allowed to be open, such as clothing stores, sporting goods stores, book shops, houseware stores and other retailers. • Ensure that any open stores implement appropriate employee and consumer

social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning protocols, symptom screening of employees, accommodations for vulnerable workers, and provide education to employees and workers to combat misinformation • Continue to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people • Reopen parks that have been closed subject to the same gathering limitation. Outdoor exercise will continue to be encouraged. • Continue to recommend face coverings in public spaces when 6 feet of distancing isn’t possible • Encourage employers to continue teleworking policies • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings • Local emergency orders with more restrictive measures may remain in place. Phase 2 At least 2-3 weeks after Phase 1

• Lift Stay at home order with strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home to stay safe • Allow limited opening of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, personal care services, and other businesses that can follow safety protocols including the potential need to reduce capacity • Allow gathering at places such as houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacity • Increase in number of people allowed at gatherings • Open public playgrounds • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings. Phase 3 At least 4-6 weeks after Phase 2 • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement to continue practicing physical distancing and minimizing See PLAN, Page 4

Patrick Center needs canned food and supplies for seniors The Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain needs food donations. The Senior Center has been distributing bags of food to older adults in the Kings Mountain area and they are running low on supplies. If you can donate food, the greatest need is for protein like peanut butter and canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, Vienna sausages, Spam, and Beanie Weenies), as well as canned fruits and vegetables, soups, rice and pasta. Seniors also need toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies. To donate food, drop off non-perishable foods between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at the back door of the Patrick Senior Center located at 909 E. King Street in Kings Mountain. There is a blue barrel for food donations. You can drop off food without having to go inside. If you need food and are age 55 and older, please call Tabitha Thomas, Aging Program Director at the Patrick Senior Center, at 704-734-4489, and she will arrange to help you. For more information: Please call the Patrick Senior Center at 704-7344489.

Educator Beverly Owens with her MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer makes PPEs for health care providers. Photo by Cleveland County Schools

KMMS Science teacher makes 3D PPEs for healthcare providers By Loretta Cozart Beverly Owens, an eighth-grade science teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School, has been 3D printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers, facilities, and the hospital. Mrs. Owens has

printed and distributed PPE gear to individuals in Shelby, Kings Mountain, and Gastonia, including nursing homes in town. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Owens decided to use her 3D printer to help local health care providers. Normally, the MakerBot Rep-

licator Desktop 3D printer is used in the classroom to prepare for labs and STEM activities for students. “My mom is a nurse in Gastonia, and I read that many nurses were reusing masks and storing them in paper bags because they are See PPEs, Page 4

NC schools continue remote learning for remainder of the academic year Governor Roy Cooper announced Friday that North Carolina K-12 public schools will continue remote learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Cooper was joined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and the Chair of

the State Board of Education Eric Davis for the announcement. “School buildings will stay closed to students for this school year, but school isn’t over,” said Governor Cooper. “The decision to finish the year by remote learning was not made

lightly, but it is the right thing to do to protect our students, teachers and communities. This is a difficult time for many children and parents, and I am grateful for all the educators, administrators, support staff and parents who have gone the See SCHOOLS, Page 4

City of Kings Mountain begins road paving project in mid-May To donate food, drop off non-perishable foods between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at the back door of the Patrick Senior Center located at 909 E. King Street in Kings Mountain. Look for the blue barrel for food donations.

The City of Kings Mountain’s Public Works Department will be scheduling with our Paving Contractor to begin street paving no later than mid-May 2020. Last October city council approved a paving study of all the city streets by TGS Engineering. The city currently has 61.69 miles of paved roads. Of that, 26.46 were considered good by the pavement conditions study, 23.82 miles were graded fair, and 11.4 miles of road needs paving, patching or resurfacing. Those 11.4 miles of roads include 48 streets.

According to Ron Humphries, Chairman of the Kings Mountain Transpor-

tation Commission, not all 11.6 miles of paving will See PAVING, Page 4

May 7, 2020 See Details On Page 3

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