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Developers plan 230M in projects for KM By Loretta Cozart During City Kings M o u n tain’s city council meeting on August 25, three requests were discussed to annex land into the city. The associated projects are estimated at $230,000,000. Two properties being considered for annexation are located near the newly named Catawba

Two Kings Casino Resort. The third is off Sarah Lee Access Road between Kings Mountain and Gastonia. City of Kings Mountain scheduled a public hearing for September 26 at 6 pm to accept a Certificate of Sufficiency to consider the non-contiguous annexation petition for E5 Holdings, LLC at 245 Dixon School Road. The proposed use of the property is for 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 560,000 sq. ft for other use

not specified. The build-out value of the project, land and buildings, is estimated at $115,000,000.00. The application was signed by Stuart LeGrand, Eddie Holbrook and Doug Brown. Trent Testa is listed as the person to contact with questions about the petition. City of Kings Mountain also scheduled a public hearing for September 26 at 6 pm to accept a Certificate of Sufficiency to consider a See $230M, Page 4

Name announced for the new Catawba Nation’s Casino Resort The Catawba Nation today announced Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort as the name of the gaming and entertainment destination the Nation is developing in Cleveland County. “Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort celebrates our rich history and hopeful future in our ancestral lands in North Carolina – where our people were established hundreds of years ago, as the names Catawba River, Catawba County and Catawba College suggest,” said Catawba Chief Bill Harris. “The name pays tribute to the 18th century Catawba Chief King Hagler and to the City of Kings Mountain, which will be home to the new casino resort. It also

symbolizes the unique relationship that the Catawba people have historically had – and will continue to strengthen going forward – with fellow residents of the region,” Harris said. The Catawba unveiled the name and logo for the new casino resort on August 28 at a private event attended by citizens of the Catawba Nation community, casino project partners and City of Kings Mountain officials. The Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort logo depicts a silhouette of King Hagler set against a representation of

Kings Mountain. The logo was developed in consultation with Delaware North. The global hospitality and entertainment company is advising the Catawba on the project. King Hagler, Chief of the Catawba from 1750 to 1763, forged a peaceful relationship with the American colonists in the region while firmly defending the rights of his people. The Catawba helped protect the colonists, including during the French and Indian War, and in return the Catawba people received their support.

KMFD joins Cleveland County’s Emergency Warning System Beginning Saturday, September 5, at 12 noon, K i n g s M o u n - THOMAS HARMON t a i n ’ s KMFD CHIEF emergency warning sirens will be tested along with all of the warning sirens in Cleveland County. After that, on the first Saturday of each month at 12 noon, Cleveland County 911 Communications will test the emergency warning system for the entire county. This testing will help ensure that the sirens operate during a true emergency. “It is imperative that the emergency warning system for the entire county be reliable and available to warn the public of pending severe weather 24 hours a

day, 365 days a year,” said Perry Davis, Emergency Management Director for Cleveland County. “The addition of Kings Mountain’s siren to the system utilized by the rest of the county is a vital piece of that coverage,” Davis added. Kings Mountain Fire Department’s sirens have been reprogrammed to communicate on the same frequency as Cleveland County and have been through initial testing. September 5 will be the first countywide test that includes Kings Mountain’s sirens. According to Cleveland County’s Assistant 911 Communications Director Stori McIntyre, “Cleveland County Communications is excited to partner with Kings Mountain Fire Department to provide lifesaving notifications during inclement weather.” “We are happy that we could use our existing equipment and still become part of the system already in place throughout the county,” said

Chief Thomas Harmon of the Kings Mountain Fire Department. “Cleveland County’s 911 Communications Center can simply transmit on one frequency and activate every emergency warning siren throughout Cleveland County simultaneously,” added Chief Harmon. “Now, Kings Mountain will be a part of that system.” In addition to the monthly testing, the sirens will be activated for tornado warnings only. The sirens will not be used to alert the public of tornado watches, only tornado warnings. A tornado warning signifies that a tornado has been spotted and is in the area. The sirens will also not be used to alert people of watches or warnings for thunderstorms, severe weather, wind, lightning, or winter weather. “We do not want people to become immune to the sound of the siren,” said Chief Harmon. “We want See KMFD Page 4

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133 West opens today By Loretta Cozart Owner Iris Hubbard and executive chef Evan Garr have worked hard for this day, the grand opening of 133 West on Mountain Street. The old Grayson’s Jewelry, later the home of Kings Tavern, has undergone a total transformation. Inside, the restaurant is tastefully decorated in a monochromatic black and white, with pops of color from flowers placed throughout. The Senior Park next door was gutted and a beautiful patio with performance stage added. Plantings and benches soften the hardscapes and invite passersby to stop in and take a break from the heat. For three weeks, Hubbard and Garr have worked through the soft opening, followed by limited hours last week. Starting Wednesday, Sept 2, the restaurant will begin normal hours, serving lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are only required for parties of six or more. On Saturday, Sept. 5, singer-songwriter Scoot Pittman will perform on the patio between 1 pm and 4 pm. “We hope folks will

Owner Iris Hubbard with Executive Chef Evan Garr welcome you to 133 West. Photo Loretta Cozart join us this week to celebrate our grand opening. Stop in on Saturday afternoon to relax and listen to music on the patio with us,” Hubbard said. Hubbard and Garr have sifted through customer

comment cards to hone the menu from items offered during the soft opening. They describe their menu as a modern and creative approach to southern cuisine. See 133 WEST, Page 4

King served as Republican National Delegate last week By Loretta Cozart Wayne King attended his fifth Republican National Convention last week as a North Carolina Delegate, but this year’s convention was very different than in prior years. Starting on Saturday, August 22, King spent three days in Charlotte doing party business before traveling to Washington to see President Trump’s acceptance speech. “The Republican Convention was a lot different than in prior years, due to the Coronavirus. In Charlotte, about 350 delegates attended, along with Republican National Committee employees,” King said. On Thursday, King traveled to Washington, DC with 1,000 invited guests and members of congress to attend President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on the South Lawn of the White House. “I learned that this wasn’t the first time a president accepted their party’s nomination at the White House,” said King. Attending with him were his girlfriend, Nikki Massey, and son, Noah King. “Noah really enjoyed seeing the president and his acceptance speech. There were not many kids there and

Nikki Massey and Wayne King at President Trump’s acceptance speech in Washington. Photos provided Noah noticed,” King said. “I think President Trump laid out a positive vision and reviewed the challenges and accomplishments of his first term.” King had served as Chief of Staff for NC Congressman Mark Meadows who

resigned his office on March 30 to serve as Chief of Staff for President Trump. Currently, King works for Fidelis Government Relations in Washington, DC. On July 19, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt See KING, Page 4

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