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Event cancelled In the best interests of the health and safety of its citizens, the City of Kings Mountain has cancelled the 4th of July -- RED, WHITE & BOOM --fireworks show. The city will still have the online events that were
planned including the video tribute to Kings Mountain's Class of 2020 and patriotic music. The online celebration begins at 9 pm on the City of Kings Mountain Special Events Facebook page.
Free Fishing Day held on July 4 July 4 is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. From 12 am until 11:59 pm, everyone in North Carolina can fish for free in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without having to purchase a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions. Free Fishing Day always falls on July 4. It was started in 1994 and is sponsored by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and authorized by the N.C. General Assembly. To give anglers a better
On Friday, June 26 at 5 pm, Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 147 required all North Carolina citizens to wear a face mask in public. The order places the burden of enforcement upon business owners, stating, “Citations under this Section shall be written only to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the requirement to wear Face Coverings.” A growing number of Sheriffs across the state refuse to enforce Executive Order 147, including: Catawba, Carteret, Gaston, Burke, Iredell, Halifax, Bladen, Columbus, Sampson, Union, Stanly, Craven, Beaufort, and Pitt. Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck issued a statement the day the order
was released saying, “As a practical matter it would be difficult to enforce the face covering requirements of the Governor’s order based on the way the order is worded and the numerous exceptions present in the order; therefore, my office will not be enforcing the face covering requirements of Executive Order No 147. “ According to the order, Section F,2, “Law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the Face Covering requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers, or patrons,” under EO 147, Section F, 2. “Operators of businesses and organizations are entitled to rely on their custom-
Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 147 requires all NC citizes to wear a face mask in public. ers or patrons' statements about whether or not they are excepted from the Face Covering requirements, and businesses and organizations do not violate this Executive Order if they
rely on such statements.” EO 147, Section F, 1. Therefore, business owners must ask every worker, customer, or patron that enters without a mask See MASKS, Page 9
Additional $500 million approval for Coronavirus relief funding Everyone in North Carolina can fish Free on July 4, from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating See FISHING, Page 9
Legislation appropriating hundreds of millions more in federal relief dollars to local MOORE governments, community healthcare services, job retention grants, and programs for vulnerable populations passed the North Carolina House of Representatives this week. House Bill 1023 Coronavirus Relief Fund Ad-
Former Cherryville businessman
Hilliard sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday, June 25, that forYacht owner receives mer Cherryville businessman sentence for secretly William Richard Hilliard, Jr., recording nude 51, listed as a former resident of Cleveland County and videos of minors Cherryville, and currently residing in Gastonia, was senASHEtenced to 35 years in prison VILLE, N.C. for secretly recording nude – In a media videos of underage females release from aboard his yacht. the U.S. AtIn addition to the prison torney AnRICHARD drew Murray, term imposed, Chief U.S. it was an- HILLIARD, JR. District nounced on Judge Martin Reidinger also ordered Hilliard to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. Hilliard was
also ordered to pay $88,476 as restitution to five victims and a $5,000 special assessment fee. According to information contained in filed court documents and statements made in court, Hilliard was arrested on June 11, 2018, by Myrtle Beach, S.C. law enforcement officers on charges of video voyeurism. Hilliard was the owner of a yacht called “Yachts O’ Trouble,” and had been discovered secretly recording nude videos of unsuspecting females aboard his yacht, including minor and adult guests. Court records See HILLIARD, Page 9
ditions and Revisions also provides funding for school nutrition programs, hospitals, health clinics, group homes, child advocacy centers, and domestic violence prevention programs, among a range of critical public services. The General Assembly previously passed $1.5 billion in pandemic relief in May. This Legislature has now appropriated over $2 billion in CARES Act funding between the two bills. Senior House Appropriations Committee Co-
Chairs Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) and Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth) released a joint statement: "This powerful public health and economic relief will reach North Carolina communities directly while we continue to reserve federal funding for an uncertain future as our state faces a $5 billion revenue shortfall from the economic shutdown," Reps. Saine and Lambeth said. State House Speaker Tim Moore commented on the bill saying, "Through-
out this emergency and the hurricanes that came before, this General Assembly has provided North Carolina families with responsible budgeting of relief funds, careful stewardship of state savings, while preserving a forward-looking vision for our state. This bipartisan package continues to address critical public health and economic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic as we work together to return North Carolina to one of the most competitive states in the nation."
Online and outside activities make summer more fun at Mauney Memorial Library Mauney Memorial Library is not open to the public inside their facility due to COVID-19, but they are making summer as fun as possible through the internet and outdoor activities. A variety of online resources are available at their website, mauneylibrary.org. All you need is a card and pin number to access online resources. They now also provide non-contact curbside service. Here is a list of upcoming activities and online events: • Storytime with Miss Anne – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays all summer at 10:30 through Zoom.
Anne Gamble presents storytime through Zoom. Miss Anne presents stories, songs, games, and more! Registration is required. • Storywalk® - at the
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail all summer- Your children will love reading a See LIBRARY, Page 6
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