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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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When a gift is not a gift By Loretta Cozart

Kings Mountain native Kiamesha Young is in the process of purchasing McGill’s Service station. Photo provided

Restoration work began Monday

Kiamesha Young buys McGill’s Service Station By Loretta Cozart Kings Mountain native Kiamesha Young is buying McGill’s Service Station at 100 E. King Street in Kings Mountain. The building was constructed in 1924 by Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and the McGill family ran the service station from 1926 to 1992. The McGill’s were well-known for their commitment to service, drawing loyal customers to their business for 66 years. At the June 30 Kings Mountain City Council meeting, property owner Joe Champion introduced Young as the new buyer and asked

them to delay the Order to Repair or Demolish the building to allow her time for due diligence. Young currently lives in Charlotte and has a degree in mathematics from UNC-Charlotte. She taught middle and high school math before entering into the real estate business. She has been in business in for 15-years and is no stranger to hard work. “I am very hands-on. My whole family is from Kings Mountain and we are hard workers,” she said. “That work ethic was instilled in us by our grandfather, Leroy Young. He laid See YOUNG, Page 8

Moon Builders began repairs on the station on Monday. Photo provided

The Herald reported on actions taken during the May 26 City Council Meeting in the June 3 edition of the Kings Mountain Herald, sharing the discussion of councilmembers who described two parcels of land as being gifted to the city. The Herald has since learned the land had instead been purchased by the city in September 2015. On May 26, 2020, City of Kings Mountain held a Public Hearing before the annexation of two parcels of city-owned land located near Dixon School Road and across from the planned casino, being described as “New Lot 1,” consisting of .71 acres and “New Lot 2,” consisting of 17.11 acres as shown on a plat recorded in Plat Book 38 at Page 59 of the Cleveland County Registry. Discussion by councilmembers followed, and Councilman Jimmy West asked, “How did we acquire the property and how long

Photo taken of May 26 City Council meeting in which they voted to annex the two parcels into the corporate limits. Photo by Loretta Cozart have we had it?” City Planner Stuart Gilbert replied, “We acquired it on September 1, 2015.” Councilman Jay Rhodes added saying, “Albemarle (Rockwood Lithium) gave us a large portion of it. And a family gave us the other small lot.” Mayor Neisler added, “We got it so we could provide power to the NTE (Energy Center) project.”

However, the property was not gifted to the city as described by city council. The two properties were purchased by City of Kings Mountain for a total of $119,723.25 as noted in the July 28, 2015 City Council Agenda. Item I of that agenda reads, “Authorize Mayor to execute documents purchasing 0.71 acres of the tract of land owned by PMC Hold-

ings, Inc., DB 1473 P. 777, in the amount of $50,000 plus closing costs and 17.11 acres of the tract of land owned by Rockwood Lithium, Inc., subsidiary of Albemarle Corporation; DB 1636 P. 19, in the amount of $69,723.25 plus closing costs for the purpose of utility infrastructure to and from the NTE Energy Center.” See GIFT, Page 6

KM designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program T h e N.C. Main Street Center & Rural Planning Center at the NC Department of Commerce SUSAN MATHESON announced Main Street that 48 Coordinator N o r t h Carolina communities have been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s highest tier of recognition, signifying a demonstrated commitment to comprehen-

sive commercial district revitalization and showcasing a proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach. “We are so proud that the City of Kings Mountain is one of the 48 North Carolina communities that has earned Main Street America’s national Accreditation,” said City Manager Marilyn Sellers. “This recognition illustrates the City’s commitment to economic development, downtown revitalization and historic preservation.” “North Carolina’s accredited Main Street programs have worked diligently to meet the standards estab-

lished by the National Main Street Center, and we are pleased to see them recognized on a national level for their achievement,” said Anthony M. Copeland, N.C. Secretary of Commerce. “Local Main Street programs across our state work every day to bring jobs and businesses to their downtowns, which strengthens the overall economy of their communities and, in turn, that of our entire state.” The North Carolina Main Street communities that have earned accreditation for their 2019 performance are Albemarle, Belmont, Bessemer City, Burlington, Cherryville,

Clinton, Concord, Eden, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Elkin, Elon, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hendersonville, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lenoir, Laurinburg, Lexington, Marion, Monroe, Morehead City, Morganton, New Bern, Newton, North Wilkesboro, Oxford, Reidsville, Roanoke Rapids, Roxboro, Rutherfordton, Salisbury, Sanford, Shelby, Smithfield, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Sylva. Tarboro, Tryon, Wake Forest, Washington. Waynesville, Waxhaw, Williamston, and Wilson. See ACCREDITED, Page 7

Eric Pardo took this photo last Friday as storms passed through town and posted it on the What’s Up Kings Mountain!’s Facebook page. According to Eric, “I was just at the right place at the right time.”

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