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New firm buys 238 Pizzeria By Loretta Cozart Tony Coppola bought 238 Pizzeria last week and it opened under new management at 4 pm Monday. The new name will be Terra Mia 238 Streets of Naples. Coppola is a native of Italy and the former general manager of Portofino Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. In June 2019, he and partners opened Reginella Italian Pizzeria & Grill on South York Road in Gastonia. His second restaurant, Terra Mia, opened in McAdenville this year. At Terra Mia’s website they shared, “Tony Coppola is the business owner and brings many years of experience to the area from owning other restaurants. Tony worked alongside his father for many years as they owned and operated successful Brothers Pizza Restaurants from the Eddington New Jersey area.” “It's a place offering high quality Italian meals at excellent prices. If you love Italian food, you will love Terra Mia! Last year, Reginella Pizzeria in Gastonia opened. Reginella Pizzeria was just voted Gastonia's

Tony Coppola, brings authentic Italian food to Kings Mountain. (Photo provided) best pizza award in 2019. Plans are also underway for another Terra Mia to open in Belmont in September of 2020 as well as another new location in Kings Mountain,” the website shared. “At Terra Mia, Tony prides himself on providing fresh pizza dough made inhouse, three rotating varieties of pasta prepared fresh every day, and meat from Piscataway, New Jersey. Those ingredients will be used within a menu that includes staples such as pizza, homemade sandwiches, and a variety of classic Italian dishes.” Be sure to stop in and welcome the owners of Terra Mia 238 Streets of Naples, Kings Mountain’s newest Italian restaurant.

City of KM will distribute free masks Thursday The City of Kings Mountain will be giving away 15,000 free face masks on Thursday, August 27 from 9 am – 3 pm in a drive-thru event at the Patrick Senior Center located at 909 E. King Street in Kings Mountain. Gaston County had surplus masks and offered them to the City of Kings Mountain through an allotment from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “The Mayor and City Council appreciates the opportunity to partner with Gaston County to distribute these face masks to help protect our citizens from COVID-19,” said Kings Mountain City Manager Marilyn Sellers. “The safety of our community members is our top priority.” Individuals, churches, community groups, nonprofits and small businesses are encouraged to get face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Since March 2020, Kings Mountain has had more than

133 WEST décor is unique. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere where guests can relax and enjoy chef inspired meals. See more photos on page 10. (Photo by Loretta Cozart)

133 West has a warm and inviting atmosphere By Loretta Cozart Iris Hubbard’s long awaited 133 West just completed its soft opening, a period of tasting and training of staff during which she and executive chef Evan Garr tested their menu while maintaining required social distancing. For dinners, patrons were served a five-course meal and

between August 26 to 29, with Sunday brunch. Beginning September 2, full lunch and dinner will be served. Brunch will be served both Saturday and Sunday and reservations will only be required for parties of six or more. On Saturday, Sept. 5, KM singer-songwriter Scoot will perform between 1 pm and

4 pm. “We offer Saturday brunch because we think folks will appreciate the opportunity to relax and listen to music in a casual atmosphere on Saturday’s while music is played on the patio,” Hubbard said. The restaurant serves a farm-fresh seasonal menu sourced locally and prides See 133 WEST, Page 10

Meet future firefighter James “Levi” Keever By Janet Hart City of Kings Mountain

350 people test positive for the Coronavirus. Wearing a face mask when you are in close proximity to other people is one of the precautions that health officials recommend, along with social distancing and hand washing. “Last week, we distributed 5,000 face masks donated by Uniquetex in Grover to hundreds of people who needed masks for themselves and their family members,” said Tabitha Thomas, Patrick Senior Center Director. “Since then, we have heard from more people who need masks, so we appreciate having more masks to provide to the community.” Individuals will get a minimum of five masks per person. These masks are available to anyone who needs them. If you are with a group, you can get a larger quantity of masks, while supplies last. If you are a group leader and can pick up masks at the Patrick Senior Center before Thursday, please call 704-734-0447.

were then asked their opinion regarding each item. Sunday Brunch had fewer items, but the same attention was paid to the patrons and the items they tasted. “Evan and I touched every table. We asked everyone for honest feedback and some items just didn’t make the cut,” said Hubbard. Full dinners will be served

Eighteen-year old James L e v i Keever, f r o m K i n g s Mountain, NC Tommy Harmon Fire Chief is a young man on a mission to build a career as a firefighter. He was driven from an early age and learned to work hard in order to succeed. “From the age of 12, I have maintained some form of employment, from cutting grass to cleaning offices,” said Keever. “Through my high school years, I worked part-time and full-time hours in a retail store, and then, in contracting,” Keever added. Keever attended high school at Narrow Way Christian School, until his junior year. At that point, he transferred to Cleveland Community College (CCC) through a dual enrollment program to receive credit

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hours towards his high school diploma and a college degree. “At the age of 15, I joined Kings Mountain Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter Program and that’s when I realized the passion that I had for the fire service,” said Keever. “Early on young Mr. Keever exhibited all the traits required of a firefighter – smart, respectful and hard working,” said Kings Mountain Fire Department Chief Thomas Harmon. During the winter of 2019-2020, Keever attended a 6-month long Emergency Medical Training (EMT) class and obtained his National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Certification, as well as legal recognition in the state of North Carolina in April of 2020. During the summer of 2020, Keever graduated from high school and then attended Cleveland Community College’s Firefighter Academy. “The academy is a ten week

Volunteer Fireman Levi Keever has worked toward a career as a fireman and continues his studies at Cleveland Community College. Photo by Janet Hart program that not only tests the candidate’s intellectual ability, but also tests their physical ability and forti-

tude,” said Chief Harmon. Upon graduation from CCC’s firefighter academy, See LEVI, Page 2

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