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Volume 135 • Issue 21

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 • 704-484-1047



Big money for City of Kings Mountain to host Class of 2021 Memorial Day Observance May 31

Big money in scholarships totaled $2,266,175.00 and earned by the 2021 graduating Class of 2021, according to Jill Cruise, National Board counselor. Senior Olivia Green was a big winner of scholarship money. She received a total of $380,000 in scholarships, including $220,000 from Quest Bridge National College Match and Jack Kent Cook Foundation $160,000. Green will study at Duke University on a full scholarship. Students will be using the money to attend college and universities to pursue careers in many areas of study beginning

in Fall 2021. Twenty-seven juniors nd seniors have earned extra credits at Cleveland Community College, including seven seniors graduating with Associate degrees and may help them to enter college as sophomores or juniors. Seniors earning associate degrees from Cleveland Community College while attending KMHS were Breanna Davis, Katherine Martin, Savannah Poston, Sara Putnam, Allie Pyne, Donald Lee Page and Emma White. The full list of recipients of awards and scholarships is in today’s Herald on page 10B.

City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department announce

Road closures for June 5 concert and Cruise-In The City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department will host a Concert Series and Cruise-In, Saturday, June 5. Several roads in the Downtown area will be impacted during the events. Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street surrounding Patriots Park and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets will be closed beginning 2:00 pm, Saturday June 5, and remain closed or barricaded until 11 pm. Further information regarding road closures is listed below. • Partial Barricade placement will begin at 8 am

– some roads will still be accessible during this time, but vehicles must be moved by 2 pm • Additional Barricade placement will begin at 2 pm • Roads closed at 2:00 pm and remain closed until 11 pm (ALL unauthorized vehicles will be towed after 2 pm) • Arrival time for Cruise-In participants will begin at 4 pm with the Cruise-In beginning at 5 pm - Concert will begin at 6 pm • Participants in the Cruise-In and concert goers, See CLOSURES, Page 4A

By Christy Conner The City of Kings Mountain will observe Memorial Day in person this year. With mass gathering restrictions lifted, the City invites everyone to Mountain Rest Cemetery, Monday May 31, for its annual Memorial Day Observance. Scheduled to begin at 10 am, Vietnam Veteran and Kings Mountain native, Abraham Ruff, U.S. Army, SGM will lead the observance as our guest speaker. “I am honored to be a part of this observance,” said Mr. Ruff. “Memorial Day is such a special holiday. This observance will be a wonderful event to remember those who died serving this great country.” Mr. Ruff served over 20 years in

the United States Army retiring as a Sergeant Major. He served in seven countries including, Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Iran, Spain, France, and Greece. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and

mourning the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. Over 1,600 veterans alone are buried in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Nineteen of which were killed in action. Mountain Rest Cemetery is located at 111 South Dilling Street in Kings Mountain. The event will be live streamed on the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department’s Facebook page. That page can be found at For more information, you may also call the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101 or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com.

Walls are going up at the Benestar Brands facility By Loretta Cozart Within the last month, much progress has been made at the Benestar Brands plant being built on Industrial Drive in Kings Mountain. Just a few weeks ago, the first of three concrete pads were poured at the site. Within the last week, walls began going up. Benestar Brands, an international snack food manufacturer, will create 129 jobs in Cleveland County, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $24 million to establish a new production facility in Kings Mountain. According to their sign, the company intends to open in the fall of 2021.

Walls are being placed at the new Benestar Brands site on Industrial Drive in Kings Mountain. The facility is slated to open this fall. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Area road construction projects Cleveland Avenue, Hwy. 161: The NCDOT will be working on Hwy 161 near the YMCA to repair a 10’ x 266’ section of pavement and to install new curb and gutter. On Friday, May 7, work began.. This area was reduced to a two-lane traffic pattern instead of the usual four lanes. Officers from the Kings Mountain Police Department will be assist-

ing for about an hour in the morning until the traffic shift is complete. This project is expected to be completed by Friday, May 28. Phifer Road between KMHS and KMMS: On Monday, May 10, the NCDOT began work on the crosswalks on Phifer Road between Kings Mountain High School and Kings Mountain Middle School. Work is expected to be completed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. Please expect traffic delays where road work is being per-

formed and be mindful of the safety of the officers and NCDOT workers in this area. South Cansler Street: On Monday, May 24, RCA Underground Utilities, Inc. began boring along the west side of South Cansler Street. The location of the first bore pit will be on the north side of West King Street at the Cansler Street intersection. The second bore pit and any other bore pits will be located in the attached section of the road. There will also be See PROJECTS, Page 4A

This section of Cleveland Avenue is being repaired by NCDOT. The work should be completed by May 28. Photo by Loretta Cozart

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