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National Day of Prayer to be held Thursday 12 Noon at City Hall Kings Mountain May 6 The Ministers of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association along with the Mayor and the City Council of Kings Mountain extend an invitation to the citizens of Kings Mountain and surrounding communities to attend the 70th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6th at 12 noon as we gather in the courtyard at City Hall to pray for our nation. The theme this year

is “Lord, pour out Your LOVE, LIFE, and LIBERTY.” The honorable Mayor Scott Neisler will call us to a season of prayer followed with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag, the National Anthem, other special music, and then a time of prayer for our community and our nation. You are invited to be part of this prayer gathering as we join our fellow citizens across America as we pray for God to pour out His love, life, and liberty throughout this nation.

Jeffery “Jeff” Anderson Lynn’s car was one of 300 in the Cruise-in and Car Show held in downtown Kings Mountain last Saturday. He was the winner of the Mayors Choice award. See more photos of the event on pages 3A and 8A. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Patrick Senior Center Rock-a-thon Friday By Tabitha Thomas The Patrick Senior Center will hold a Rock-a-thon this Friday, May 7, from 9 am-2 pm, to support the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Call the center if you or your group want to participate - all ages welcome! The senior center also needs people to lend them rockers for the day and to sign up to rock. Everyone is welcome

to support this fun event! H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center, a North Carolina Senior Center of Excellence, is at 909 E King Street in Kings Mountain. For more info call 704-734-0447.

We have to meet them in the middle

City Council agrees to meet with downtown businesses May 10 The April 27 City Council meeting stretched on for four and a half hours Tuesday, as nine people who either own businesses, properties or represent them voiced their concerns regarding downtown development throughout the meeting. First to speak was Iris Hubbard, owner of 133 West in Kings Mountain. “I thank the city for their support. We opened on August 26, 2020. My business employs four full-time employees and 21 part-time employees. I currently serve

on the Main Street Advisory Board and the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,” she said. “I request a meeting of building owners, business owners, city council, the city manager, and Director of Economic Development within the next 14 days to assure we can all achieve our goals for the better of our community.” Next, architect Ken Pflieger represented two clients and said he has also served on the Main Street Design Committee for 12 years. “Main Street’s Mission is to create a pivotal lifestyle center in our community that offers locally owned shopping, dining, See CITY, Page 2A

Jimbo Thompson speaks against an amendment regarding vacant properties in downtown Kings Mountain. Photo provided

Height variance approved at Casino, allows for parking garage

City approves Cannon 35 rezoning By Loretta Cozart During the April 27 City Council meeting, the R. Dean Harrell Company’s request for rezoning from R-10 to Conditional District R6 PUD was unanimously approved. The decision was continued from the March meeting when several citizens complained that a limited number of impacted residents were notified of the community meeting. A second meeting was held at the Patrick Senior Center to inform the community of the plans for the project. The R. Dean Harrell Company petitioned to rezone approximately 56.95 acres located in Cleveland County with road access on Kings Mountain Boulevard, Crocker Road, and located North of Margrace Road. Citizens Charles Stevens and Trey Edgerton spoke against the project during the

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Public Hearing. Mr. Stevens said, “There will be unsafe driving conditions with Beason Creek and Crocker Ridge. I hope you won’t do it, but it probably will be done because citizens are at the bottom of the totem pole. The city’s transparency isn’t very good, and the casino is causing a lot of growth.” “I’ve earned the right to live in peace. We are being kicked aside for the fourth time. We haven’t had one councilman call to see how we are doing, except Mrs. Thombs,” he said. “We need to have a person we can go to. We seem to be ignored. The zoning signs were hidden in a field and people didn’t know it was in the plans. Transparency does not exist.” Trey Edgerton said he wasn’t there so much to speak against but to warn the city of the coming growth like he witnessed in Boone, NC. He also said, “In the ETJ, we

have no voice. Think about what you approve before you approve it. Just because a plan is detailed does not mean that it is right.” Councilwoman Thombs asked to speak and said, “I understand everyone’s concern about growth, and everyone’s concerned about change. Change is here; there is nothing we can do about it. I am speaking as an elected official.” “As far as the casino, whether it is there or not there, it is 16 ½ acres of federal land trust. Our responsibility is to govern the ETJ and that’s what we are elected to do. You might not like our decisions, but just because we don’t make the decisions you like, stop calling us corrupt, stop calling for investigations, because none of us is corrupt,” she said. “It is our responsibility to govern the ETJ. We have a choice to leave it as it is and let

anything spring up or do the responsible thing and vote to do the best we know how for this city.” She went on to say, “You might consider that we are not transparent. We are as transparent as we know how to be, and we are constantly improving our being transparent. Just because you don’t like what we put out there doesn’t mean we aren’t transparent. The decisions I make, I make thoughtfully concerning all the citizens of Kings Mountain.” In other action, the city council approved two items relating to facilities physically connected to the Catawba Indian Nation Trust property: • Councilman Miller made a motion to adopt an ordinance to change Article IV – Section 4.8 Height Limitation Exceptions as follows: Add the following text after See REZONING, Page 5A

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