KM Herald 9-23-20

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HORD’S CONTAINER SERVICE (704) 466-6008 Volume 132 • Issue 39 • 704-484-1047

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


BeachBlast Festival nominated for CBMA Event of the Year The City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department announced the nomination of the 2019 BeachBlast Festival for the Carolina Beach Music Awards Event of the Year. BeachBlast was one of six events nominated for this prestigious award. “This nomination speaks to the excellence of leadership from our Special Events Director, Christy Conner,” stated Marilyn Sellers, City Manager. “Starting her career with the City of Kings Mountain in 2001, Christy was promoted in 2017 as the Special Events Director. Her leadership brings energy and enthusiasm to all our events. With her vision and ability to rally a team of staff and volunteers, the BeachBlast Festival has grown to be recognized across the State of NC and the Southeast.” “The Special Events team is honored by this nomination,” stated Christy Conner, Special Events Director. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to our team of staff and volunteers. This

Jimbo Conner and girlfriend Angie Shugart with their six-year old son. (Photo provided)

KM resident robbed and shot in Charlotte Scene from KM’s 2019 BeachBlast Festival. (Photo provided by Angela Padgett) would not be possible without the creativity, dedication and passion of this group. I am very grateful for our City Council and Administration and their continued support. Through their support and leadership, we have a beautiful state of the art venue to host BeachBlast and other festivals and events. With confidence, I can say that Kings Mountain is on the right path to creating a vibrant entertainment district in Downtown and I’m excited to be a part of it!”

Each year, members of the Carolina Beach Music Awards Association nominate the best in Beach Music entertainment, such as, radio announcers, bands, events, and clubs. After the nominations are announced, members then vote for the official winners of each category. “It is really great that the CBMA has named BeachBlast 2019 as one of the top 6 events in the Southeast as announced on FM 94.9 The Surf.” says Mayor Scott See CBMA, Page 2

NC Voter ID and Max Tax upheld in State Court of Appeals

Catawba Land Trust

A state Court of Appeals p a n e l overturned a lower court ruling on T u e s MOORE day that blocked constitutional amendm e n t s implementing a lower maximum income tax PHILBECK rate and voter ID, measures that North Carolinians' approved at the ballot box in 2018. Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said Tuesday that it was "a great day for democracy" because North Carolinians' voices in favor of lower tax rates and voter ID were upheld. "We kept the faith in the vote of the people, knowing North Carolina courts should not interfere with their sovereign power to amend our state

The Catawba Nation today announced its support and appreciation of Tuesday's i n t r o d u c - CHIEF HARRIS tion of the Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act (H.R. 8255) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC) was joined in introducing the bipartisan bill by Congressman Jim Clyburn (SC), Congressman William Timmons (SC), Congressman Dan Bishop (NC), Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC), Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC), Congressman David Price (NC) and Congressman Joe Wilson (SC). The bipartisan bill reaffirms the actions earlier this year of the Department of the Interior, following a thorough, years-long review, in taking 17 acres of land into trust status in Cleveland County, North Carolina, for the Catawba Nation. The Catawba Nation’s aboriginal lands extend to See TRUST, Page 2

constitution," Speaker Moore said Tuesday. "It's a great day for democracy that our citizens can have confidence their vote on critical issues for our economy and our elections systems will count and not be overridden by activist courts." A lower maximum tax rate of 7% for North Carolina families and businesses in the state constitution was part of a larger tax relief plan enacted by the Republican-led General Assembly throughout the 2010s that increased takehome pay for working people. The state's voter ID constitutional amendment was supported by a majority of voters, voter ID enjoys broad bipartisan support across the country, and North Carolina joins a strong majority of states who have some form of voter ID. According to the Director of Elections at Cleveland County Board of Elections Clifton Philbeck, “The recent court ruling said that the General Assembly had the right to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot. The injunction that put the photo ID law on hold is still in effect. A photo ID will not be required to vote the fall, unless the injunction is lifted.”

On Tuesday, September 15, Angie Shugart was robbed and shot in broad daylight at a gas station on Lawyers Road in Charlotte. She was hospitalized at Atrium Main in critical condition with gunshot wounds to her neck and face. The gunshots left devastating injuries and dozens of surgeries ahead, the family was told. Angie and her partner, Jimbo Conner, have a 6-year old son. When Jimbo visited Angie on Saturday at the hospital, she was awake and able to use a communication board. Via a phone call, their son was able to tell his mother he loves her as Jimbo held the phone to her ear. For three days, the hospital had kept Angie sedated due to the

severity of her injuries. Upon hearing the news that Angie had been shot, Jimbo’s sister, Christy King, sprang into action to help the family. Christy also started the Angie Shugart Personal Emergency Fundraiser of Facebook. Angie took care of Jimbo’s business for him. He is disabled, and Angie was his helper in life and business. Their car is considered a crime scene and was impounded and by the police. Unfortunately, Jimbo’s wallet was in the car, leaving him without identification or bank card. This has been both an emotional and financial struggle for their family. For the next few weeks

Jimbo will not be able to work due to caring for their 6-year old and traveling back and forth to the hospital to visit Angie. In the meantime, bills still need to be paid. King shared, “I will be able to pay his bills out of this account, so he doesn't have to worry about it. Anything you give will go 100% towards bills, groceries, parking fees, medical needs for their family.” “This has hit them hard and Angie did not deserve this random act of violence. If the Lord lays it on your heart to help in this way, please help but most importantly, please pray for complete healing of Angie,” Christy asked.

New Legislation introduced

Alliance Bank & Trust moves to 1113 Shelby Road. (Photo by Gary Smart)

Alliance Bank & Trust moves to Shelby Road By Loretta Cozart On September 8, Alliance Bank & Trust opened its doors at their new location at 1113 Shelby Road in Kings Mountain. For more than a decade, the bank maintained a presence in downtown. “We enjoyed being in downtown Kings Mountain but decided to move from a convenience standpoint,” said Dan Boyd, President and CEO of the bank. “We had the chance to purchase

the old credit union location and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. There is plenty of parking and two drive through lanes. With COVID-19, that means a lot to our customers. And the new locations has great visibility.” Just 16 years earlier, On September 8, 2004, Alliance Bank & Trust opened for business after raising over $11.7 million and being granted a State Bank Charter. The bank currently has four branches,

two in Gastonia, one in Kings Mountain and one in Shelby. Alliance Bank & Trust prides itself in being local, since all decision makers live nearby. The bank’s leadership shares a vision to make a difference in their communities—offering local decision-making to consumers and businesses in their market and assisting with economic development. “We are one of the last See ALLIANCE, Page 3

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