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Catawba Indian Nation breaks ground for a multi-million dollar casino Project represents $273 million investment and many jobs for Cleveland County; surrounding counties by MICHAEL E. POWELL Special to Herald

Last Wednesday, July 22, representatives from the Catawba Indian Nation, located in Rock Hill, S.C., and the City of Kings Mountain, and from Cleveland County, met to break ground for the Catawba’s Casino Resort Project. The group of individuals met at 10:30 a.m., at the Catawba’s 16-acres of land set aside for the casino, just off Exit 5 on I-85, the actual address being 260 Dixon School Rd., Kings Mountain. In a Monday, July 20, media release from Tribal Administrator Elizabeth Harris, there was limited space available due to COVID-19

restrictions, and the expected mask and social distancing guidelines and rules were in place. Catawba Chief William “Bill” Harris, after brief introductions of all those who were invited to speak and take part in the auspicious occasion, said, “We are privileged to work with the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners and the City of Kings Mountain. We are also pleased to be working with Delaware North as well as Sky Boat Development.” Chief Harris spoke about the history of the Catawba Nation and the tribe’s close historical ties with first the English during the French and Indian War, then with the Colonial Americans, when they later took up arms against the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain. See CASINO, Page 3

The groundbreaking for the Catawba Nation Casino gets under way (on Wednesday, July 22) as nine men, representing the Nation and its leaders, the City of Kings Mountain, Cleveland County Commissioners, Delaware North, and Sky Boat Gaming ceremoniously get a shovelful of dirt to toss into a pile, signifying work is officially begun on the long-awaited casino. Left to right are: Wallace Cheves (Sky Boat Gaming); Butch Sanders (Catawba Nation); Jason Harris (Assistant Chief of the Catawba Nation); Sam Beck (Catawba Nation Councilman); Johnny Hutchins (Cleveland County Commissioner); E. Brian Hansberry (Gaming President, Delaware North); Rodrick Beck (Catawba Nation Secretary/Treasurer), Scott Neisler (Mayor, City of Kings Mountain); and Catawba Nations Chief William “Bill” Harris. (photos by MEP/CF Media)

Lewis’ barn quilts honor loved ones By Loretta Cozart Emma Kay Lewis has been making barn quilts for six years and does so to honor loved ones by incorporating their interests in the pattern. “I consider barn quits an extension of traditional quilting, which I also enjoy. Both continue the tradition of story telling, a means of passing on history and what is important to a person,” she said. While barn quilts have been around for many years, there's been a spike in popularity in the last two decades. “The first two barn quilts I painted were for my daughter,” Emma Kay explained. “My daughter lives in South Carolina and I fell in love with barn quilts because it creates a whole different way See LEWIS, Page 6

The new patio at 133 West takes shape. See more photos on page 10. Photo by Loretta Cozart

Emma Kay Lewis

By Loretta Cozart

Mayor Neisler elected as officer of NC League of Municipalities Board of Directors Kings Mountain Mayor Scott Neisler has been elected as Second Vice President of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina League of Municipalities. “Being elected to the Board of Directors is an honor,” said Mayor Neisler, “and being elected as an officer is humbling.” Neisler added, “I feel

Work continues in downtown KM

fortunate to help an organization of city and town leaders who all share a MAYOR SCOTT common NEISLER commitment to making our communities better.” Mayor Neisler has been actively involved with the North Carolina League of Municipalities for five years

and has served on the Board of Directors for three years. The North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) is a member-driven organization representing the interests of cities and towns in the state. Through their collective efforts, League member cities and towns better serve their residents and improve quality of life. For more than 100 years, the League has been a voice for cities and towns working for a better North Carolina.

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Additional renovation and construction progress is being seen in the downtown area. The patio at 133 West continues is taking shape. A stage as been added, along with decorative concrete work. The restaurant has yet to open, but furniture has

been delivered. Just down the block, Michael Parker’s property, once home of SageSport / Fulton’s Department Store, has seen the addition of joists for the second floor that are almost complete. Every fourth joist is anchored into the wall with eight inch bolts, which helps stabilize the structure

and allows for work to be done on the roof next. McGill’s Service Station has seen cornice and masonry work begin. Once this step is complete, cleaning of the exterior will begin. New owner, Kaimesha Young, shared that she closed on the property July 15.

American Legion veteran’s breakfast Aug. 1 By Loretta Cozart K i n g s Mountain’s American Legion Post 155 veteran’s breakfast is scheduled for August 1, from 9 am to 11 am at the post home on East Gold Street. With social distancing in mind, veterans will be served

in the banquet hall. A drive thru will also be provided, for those who preferred not to dine-in. Veterans and guests can order a made-to-order breakfast of eggs, bacon, liver mush, gravy, grits, biscuits, toast, coffee and juice. Members of three American Legion branches, Auxiliary, Legion Riders, and Sons of the American Legion

volunteer to take requests, deliver orders, and clean up afterward. Barring any new restrictions on social gatherings by Governor Cooper, the monthly breakfast will continue to be held the first Saturday of each month. All veterans are invited to this free breakfast. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation that helps fund future breakfasts.

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