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Volume 126 • Issue 1 • Wednesday, January 1, 2014



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New businesses, jobs good news for 2014 ELIZABETH STEWART

Expansion announcements by a half dozen industries and retail businesses during the old year ending at midnight Tuesday is good news for job seekers in 2014 – a prospect for 450 plus future industrial jobs, 95 retail jobs coming later and five new retail businesses up and running. Whether the sluggish economy is improving depends on who you ask. But Kings Mountain City Manager Marilyn Sellers and Mayor Rick Murphrey say that expansions in the industrial community and in the business community are

sure to boost the unemployment rate in 2014. Both say the Number 1 goal for city leaders in 2014 is jobs, jobs, jobs. “Kings Mountain will aggressively seek new industry and business in 2014 working with county and state economic development leaders," says the mayor. During 2013 expansions and high dollar investments were announced by Telerx, Greenheck (Kitchen Ventilation), STEAG, Badger Color Concentrates, T5 Data Center, Bali, TeXSource and in recent months the retail giant Walmart announced it would construct a 41,000 square foot Walmart Neighborhood Market, a small

Looking ahead: Schools tackle ‘ambitious’ goals

scale grocery and pharmacy, in Kings Mountain Plaza and employ 95 people. New retail businesses are Flowers by Falls, Martin's Electric, Southern Chew, Stout Brewing and Grapes In A Glass. Kings Clinic & Urgent Care started receiving patients in its newly constructed clinic. Main Street Director Jan Harris said with the closing in 2013 of the landmark Fred Kiser's Restaurant after 33 years downtown and the closing in 2012 of J. Oliver's Coffee Shop, there are still empty store fronts and work to be done which city leaders will push aggressively in the new year. Kings Mountain Florist has been replaced by Flowers by the

Falls on Main Street. Kings Mountain's second largest employer, Telerx, will hire 160 new, full-time employees at its contact center by the end of January 2014. Job hiring will vary from position to position and all of that information is on the company website. “We hope this shows our commitment to the people of Kings Mountain by replacing those 116 jobs that had to be eliminated in October 2012," said Vice-President Do Lapo Erinkitola. STEAG Energy Services, 304 Linwood Road, (the former Anvil Knitwear plant location) announced an expansion that will add See 2014, 8A

City Manager Marilyn Sellers and Mayor Rick Murphrey talk about how expansions by industry and business have created job prospects and say jobs will be the No. 1 goal of city leaders in 2014. Photo by LIB STEWART

Blanton trades ballots for vines ELIZABETH STEWART

Seventh and eight graders pour into the cafeteria during the year’s first class change in August at the Kings Mountain Middle School. Photo by DAVE BLANTON DAVE BLANTON

It was almost a year ago that teachers, students, parents, school administrators and other members of the community got together to take a hard look at what direction they wanted the local public schools to take in the future. They spent months and held a number of meetings to hash out what was good about the educational experience in Cleveland County and how it could become better. Ideas abounded about the graduation rate, preparing students for life after high school, technology and computers in the classrooms, and teacher pay, among other topics. In September, the Cleveland County Board of Education met with the large committee to hear its recommendations. The school board then acted to incorporate those ideas into its own long-term goals. The result of that collaboration came to be called The Mission, Vision and 2013-2018 Strategic Plan for Cleveland County Schools. Ultimately, administrators developed a five-

part goals statement, with categories that include Globally Competitive Students, Innovative Leadership and 21st Century Professionals. One of the major objectives within the goal set is to raise the graduation rate to at least 90 percent by 2018. The system currently has an 83.3 percent graduation rate. “It’s a pretty ambitious goal,” said Cleveland County Schools spokesperson Greg Shull. “We want to be a top-ten school district in the state. To do that, you have to hit some big numbers and one of them is the 90 percent graduation rate.” Administrators say one way they’re hoping to achieve that goal is by focusing on Turning Point Academy, the system’s socalled alternative school that serves students with behavioral problems or who are in other special circumstances. Another approach is to make use of faith-based programs that put mentors in places they’re needed the most. Dovetailing with that graduation rate goal, administrators aim to provide a pathway for the future for all graduating students by 2017-18, whether it be to college, technical school, the military or the workforce. As computers increasingly become a larger part of our work, family and personal lives, educators are eager to make them a more integral part of the way students learn. See SCHOOLS, 8A

Politics is in her blood and it was natural that Debra Beaty Blanton worked in a profession she loved for 27 years. She retired Dec. 31 as the first Director of Elections and only the third Supervisor of Elections in the county's history. County commissioners, who honored her recently with a resolution of appreciation, said, “She knows the answers or where to get them." Organized and professional, the commissioners said she brings calm to what can be a stressful environment during election seasons. Dayna Causby, Deputy Director, says her mentor has “big footprints." “I have truly loved my job and I will miss the many folks I have worked with over the years," said Blanton who has had strong ties with local and state governments, precinct officials and the voting public. She has led the county in everchanging laws as a certified state and national elections administrator. Debra grew up on politics. Her father served in the South Dakota legislature, was Secretary of Finance under one governor and ran for Lieutenant Governor. Her sister was in the legislature for eight terms in South Dakota and worked for


Debra Blanton one governor in an appointed position. Blanton graduated from Vermillion High School and majored in Zoology at the University of South Dakota where she graduated in 1965. A member of the University’s rodeo team, she competed in barrel racing and goat tying and was voted Miss Congeniality in the Miss South Dakota Rodeo Contest in 1965. It was at Oklahoma State University that See BLANTON, 9A

MLK Day photo contest January 20 The City of Kings Mountain will host a Martin Luther King Day photography contest, January 20. “This year’s competition is taking its cue from the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ ” said Ellis Noell, Special Events Director for the City. “We are encouraging young and old to share their vision of “Love” and this subject matter will provide great latitude in artistic interpretation, he added. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both adult and student divisions. Photographic prints will be accepted or submissions can be made digitally through submission of a disk mailed or dropped off at City

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Hall or e-mailed to Deadline for submission is Friday, 5 p.m., Jan. 17. Applications are available at the City’s website, or by calling Lynda Mattox at 704-734-0333. The exhibit and reception with the entrants will open Jan. 20 at the Southern Arts

Society at the Depot at 6 p.m.. This old Southern Railway Station will serve as the gallery for all the submitted photographs with winners announced at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain at the Art Depot in January and move to the Patrick Center in February for Black History month.

As the strains of “Auld Lang Syne" ring out Dec. 31, the traditional harbinger of a new year, Kings Mountain citizens can look back over a year that included a number of firsts. They included the introduction of fiber optics and smart meters and the first time in his 14 years as mayor Rick Murphrey signed off on a $34 million state revolving loan to pay for major water and sewer infrastructure. Engineering and permitting for the initial phase of the project is complete and rehabilitation of the water line is underway at cost of $5.2 million. Water line rehabilitation covers West Mountain to Gaston; Gold Street from Phifer Road to Battleground Avenue; West King Street to Oriental Avenue. Expansion and rehabilitation of the water plant is expected to cost $12 million. All water/sewer improvements including completion of a new 36-inch water line from Moss Lake to the city are targeted for completion in 2014 and 2015. The city will repay the no interest loan within a 20year period. For the next three years Kings Mountain citizens will also help pay for the improvements. Council voted a 7 1/2% across the board water and sewer increase in July. The typical customer using 5,000 gallons of water per month will pay $3.49 additionally, or 12 cents a day. City residents were hit with a state and federally mandated storm water utility fee recently. February utility bills will reflect a separate billing at a flat fee for residential customers of $2.50 per month. Bills for indusSee 2013, 8A

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Tastings propel KM’s new wine shop DAVE BLANTON

Grapes in a Glass, Kings Mountain’s first wine shop, has quickly established itself as a cozy cafĂŠ where folks can drop in after work, have a glass of wine and chat, or surf the web. The small establishment on E. Gold St. has five tables, free wi-fi and an inventory of wines that spans the globe and micro-brewed beer that hails from Asheville to New York State. It also sells a host of accessories, like bottle stoppers, candles, mulling spices, gift baskets large and small, cordless wine openers and decorative containers that are for used wine corks. For owner Kenny Richardson, running the business that he opened in November feels less like a job than a dream come true. “It’s about teaching people,â€? he said about educating customers about the sometimes complicated world of wine. “I love that aspect of it.â€? Richardson spent a career with the Coca-Cola Company (146,000 employees), where he worked as a district manager in the Char-

lotte area. Now he’s happy to run a small wine shop (two employees) in a small town. The shop offers a wine tasting every Friday evening. Those typically draw 30-40 people in to see what’s new in the wine market and to find out what excites their taste buds. On Saturdays come the beer tastings, which have also been a hit. “That is where the customers educate me,� he said, confessing that he’s still learning about the increasing number of small brewers that are popping up in North Carolina and elsewhere. “The response has been strong, and I’m really happy about that,� said Richardson, whose wife Angie pitches in at the store as much as her busy schedule as a nurse allows. “I’m really getting to know a lot of people in town quickly.� He said sales have been strong. In the week before Christmas he was sold out of the famous high-end French Champagne Dom Perignon and gift cards. Richardson said his vendors have been “amazed� at what he’s been able to do in such a small market. He also hasn’t done much advertising,

WINNER – Susan Shuford of Lincolnton won the $3,250 diamond ring given away at the Corks & Taps for Hospice Fall fundraiser at the LeGrand Center in Shelby. The event included a wine tasting from area wineries, food, entertainment and a live and silent auction.

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Kenny Richardson and his wife Angie (not pictured) opened their wine shop in November, and already the tastings have become popular. but instead has let word of mouth and the twice-weekly tastings speak for themselves. Richardson has a deep understanding of wine – what’s hot, what’s not, and why. After he left Coca-Cola,

he worked for a wine distributor for about a year to learn the business and help him get on the inside track. Then he poured his savings into Grapes in a Glass and is tending to his investment with an eye toward the future.

Kings Mountain native Sharon “Sherry� Goins Carter has a book which has been published by Crossroads Publishing Co., a publishing arm of Life way Publications, the Baptist Church's material publisher. The book entitled, “Conversations with the God of Abraham,'' can be used for group or individual study and is filled with exciting and interesting stories of the many ways and times that God has revealed Himself to Ms. Carter. From physical healings to her insights on the stories of David, Daniel, Joshua and especially Abraham, the book is filled with encouragement for Christians and non-Christians to

learn more about the God of the universe. Ms. Carter is the Women's Chaplain at the Union County Jail in Monroe, NC, and in January 2011 began the ministry “Hope for Healing Hearts,'' dedicated to helping female ex-offenders transition back into society. It is her belief that Christ cannot be limited and that we are just to take the Word at its word and apply it to our lives today. She feels that the same power that was alive and available to the apostles, and, that was a major part of the development of the church, is available to us today. Sharon is a 1960 gradu-

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aging – they turned Christmas shopping into something fun and relaxing,� he said. Grapes in a Glass offers wine by the glass or the bottle. Customers are free to bring in food from other places.

Carter pens book ‘Conversations with the God of Abraham’

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He said he observed a young couple come into his store one evening a week or so before Christmas. They connected their tablets to the wi-fi, sipped from a bottle of his wine and knocked out all their holiday shopping. “I thought it was encour-

ate of Kings Mountain High School where the senior prophecy for her was that she would write a best seller. She hopes this comes true as she also has written a novel, “The Heritage,'' which she hopes to have published next year. In 2011 Ms. Carter was published in “The Lyricist,'' Campbell University's annual poetry anthology. In previous years, she has won and published poetry nationally in various anthologies and magazines. Sharon is the daughter of the late William and Ola Goins of Kings Mountain and wife of the late Don Carter who died in 2003. They were married 41 years and had three daughters, Donna, Tracey and Kelly. The family also includes four grandchildren and three sons-in-law. She is sister of

Sharon Goins Carter the late Connie Putnam of Kings Mountain, Richard Goins of Shelby, Tony Goins of Clemmons, Renee Sandford of Raleigh, and Mel Newton of Kings Mountain. Among her nieces and nephews are Jeff Putnam and Donna Butler of Kings Mountain.



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Van crashes through storefront in theft attempt Police are looking for the person behind a failed attempt to steal a convenience store’s ATM in the middle of the night DAVE BLANTON

Kisan Patel got a rude awakening about 3 a.m. Saturday. The security company that monitors his Three Points Market and Grill on the Cherryville Highway informed him that he was the victim of a break-in and upon arriving at the convenience store he found a disaster scene. Police say someone apparently stole a church van from the nearby Penley’s Chapel, repeatedly rammed the vehicle into the store and tried to take off with the small ATM inside. The cash machine was bolted down and, thwarted, the would-be thieves rushed off, making off with nothing but leaving a costly mess for Patel to clean up. Patel, who also owns Grandpa’s Store on Bethle-

hem Rd., said the damage to his building and the loss of goods and merchandise total around $30,000. Detectives with the Kings Mountain Police De-

partment who are investigating the crime say they’ve watched the video of the incident. “The video surveillance shows that the van pulled in

and rammed through the two doors,” said Det. Lance Hamrick, “pretty much putting the van all the way inside. The suspect can be seen wearing a ski mask and

dark clothing.” Police say they have no leads about the identity of what appears to be a male suspect but are hoping the van is recovered and more can be learned about who is behind he break-in. By Monday morning, the store’s front entrance had been replaced by a crude plywood wall as locals gathered to have coffee. The bags of sugar and bottles of wine and other merchandise that were destroyed in the incident have been cleaned up and the rows of shelves have been righted. “Nothing like this has ever happened to one of our stores before,” Patel said. “We always look to see if there is a lot of crime before we even buy a store.” He said he and family members have been sleeping at the store at night until it is fully secure again.

Stars coming to Gaston School of the Arts Bluegrass Project Renowned Bluegrass and Americana recording artists Darin Aldridge, Terry Baucom, Becky Buller and Jack Lawrence will teach and perform at the Gaston School of the Arts on January 18. They will be in Gastonia for the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Music Project, which seeks to advance and preserve the acoustic musical heritage of our area. Free workshops and jam groups will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. on the school’s campus at 825 Union Rd. The daylong activities are open to all ages and experience levels. Young and old beginning pickers are very welcome. Sign-up for these free activities by phone at 704 8668882 or email to Free lunch will be provided for workshop participants





who sign-up in advance. At 7 pm the faculty will perform a concert, which will be open to the public. Tickets are $12 and will be available from the GSOA office or through (704 472-7762). Participants in the workshops will be able to purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $6. A maximum of 190 tickets will be available and ad-

vance purchase is strongly advised. The faculty and the performers for the Bluegrass Project are important figures in the national acoustic music scene. Jack Lawrence was the preferred partner of the late Doc Watson for more than 20 years. Terry Baucom was a founding member of three of the most celebrated groups in Bluegrass music history.

Becky Buller sings and plays several instruments on stage but is just as well known and respected for her skills as a songwriter. Darin Aldridge, who dreamed up the idea for the Bluegrass Project, sings and plays a number of instruments well enough to have been a candidate for Guitar Player and Mandolin Player of the year in the same year. He is also a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass. The four artists are longtime friends but this will be the first time they have taken the stage together for a performance. “Each of us has played a lot of music with each other but this is the only time we have ever been “a band” together. The Bluegrass Project format will allow us to practice

quite a bit before we go on stage so while technically we’ll be a Jam Band, we will be more organized and polished because of the time together before the show,” says Darin Aldridge. The opportunity to see, hear and interact in an intimate setting with top notch musicians who have, and still are, moving music forward is a rare but always satisfying experience. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Gaston Arts Council. Revenues from the grant and ticket sales for the evening concert allow for the workshops to be free for all participants. The GSOA also thanks the Foundation for Bluegrass Music for their initial funding for the project in 2011.

New signs designate Thread Trail The Carolina Thread project is an exciting project that's creating a regional network of green ways, trails and blue ways that reaches 15 counties, two states and 23 million people – 135 miles of the trail open to the public. Recently Mayor Rick Murphrey and city planner Steve Killian were on hand for the placement of new upright signs at Patriots Park and at the corner of Mountain Street and Battleground Avenue and plates with the Blaze logo were embedded in the sidewalks. “This is part of the segment of the Cleveland County portion of the trail that will run from the trail head at the Gateway Trail up Battleground Avenue," explained Killian. "The trail will lead walkers through Patriots Park and will eventually run from Moss Lake into the city."

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Toys, Games & ‘TRAINS’ Exhibit on through Saturday Do you have friends and family in town visiting, or kids off of school for the holidays? Kings Mountain Historical Museum invites you to bring the whole family to experience the magic of the exhibit, “Toys, Games & Trains,'' on now until January 4, 2014. Director and Curator Adria L. Foche said this exhibit fills the museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted as they explore the miniature snow-covered scenes that line the tracks, and discover the interactive features such as the carousel, chocolate factory, hot air balloons, and mailbag pickup. Parents and grandparents will enjoy reminiscing with the children about the toys and games of their childhood, such as cowboy memorabilia, doll houses, marbles, and board games. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m – 4 p.m & Sunday 1p.m – 4p.m. The museum will be closed New Year’s Day. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. All donations go toward fulfilling the museum’s mission to collect, preserve, and interpret history through exhibits, educational programs, tours, and other appropriate means, in order to foster a deeper understanding of the history of our community and the region. To find out more about upcoming exhibits and events, please visit us at: or call (704) 739-1019. You call also follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

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Yours, Ours, Others

Quote of the week... For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.

Remembering Carl Goerch Tireless promoter of North Carolina

Our State Magazine, the popular Warren Bingham monthly Guest Editorial journal of North Carolina history, culture, people, and places, turned eighty last June. After doing the math, one might ask who started an entertainment publication back in 1933—in the middle of the Great Depression. The audacious founder was a sunny and vibrant man named Carl Goerch. Twenty-five year old Carl Goerch arrived in North Carolina nearly a hundred years ago. It was a life-transforming move for Goerch, who came as a gregarious newspaper journalist. He had already worked for small papers in his hometown of Tarrytown, New York, and then in Orange, Texas, the easternmost town in the Lone Star State. In Orange he met schoolteacher Sybyl Wallace, who became his wife. The Goerches soon relocated to the original Washington, the North Carolina burg on the Pamlico River that traces its founding to 1776. Arriving in 1916, Goerch spent the next seventeen years as a newspaper editor in Washington, New Bern, and Wilson—though there were two separate stints in Washington with two different newspapers. During his first years in North Carolina, Goerch the inveterate traveler began visiting all of the state’s one hundred counties. Not only did Goerch get around North Carolina, but he saw most of the United States—and he loved to travel the world, eventually visiting over fifty countries. Yet he enjoyed no place better than Ocracoke Island off the North Carolina coast, proclaiming it the quaintest place in the state. His 1956 book, Ocracoke, is still in print. In 1933, Goerch moved to Raleigh and joined Durham Life Broadcasting and its parent Durham Life Insurance Company. Organized in Durham in 1906, Durham Life never changed its name after its 1920 move to Raleigh. Goerch was hired primarily as a personality for the growing radio station, WPTF. As one of the state’s first radio stations, WPTF began transmission in 1924; its call letters represented the motto of its owner Durham Life Insurance: “We Protect the Family.� Goerch also took on occasional marketing tasks for Durham Life Insurance, such as penning a corporate history of the company in 1963. A man of boundless energy,

Goerch was an avid and capable pilot and flew himself around the state and beyond for both business and recreation. By the time he arrived in Raleigh, the transplanted New Yorker with only a high school education was not only ready for his new role at WPTF, but also to launch a new personal venture. Goerch the entrepreneur lined-up advertisers to finance the early issues of The State, a magazine about North Carolina. The first issue appeared in June 1933; it was received well enough to make it through the Depression and World War II. Goerch sold his

creation in 1951. Today, his Depression-era notion thrives as a beautiful magazine under a slightly-altered name, Our State. On the radio, Goerch hosted shows about North Carolina. Especially well-known were “Doings of the Legislature� and “Carolina Chats,� both featuring myriad and prominent guests. He hosted WPTF shows for about three decades. Long before Jay Leno hit the streets to talk to the public in his “Jay Walking� segments, Goerch hosted his “Man on the Street� broadcasts on location in front of the Wake County Courthouse most Saturday mornings. Carl Goerch, who grew-up on the train line just north of New York City, focused most of

his life’s work on the people and places of North Carolina. He wrote and edited thousands of articles, produced at least seven books, hosted radio shows for decades, and delivered hundreds of talks. He gave talks in nearly two hundred North Carolina communities, and occasionally promoted North Carolina in other states. In 1971, Goerch was named “Mr. North Carolina� by the North Carolina General Assembly, where he had many friends and admirers. He not only reported on the General Assembly for decades but he also had long served as reading clerk for the House of Representatives. His body of work as a servant and goodwill ambassador for North Carolina was extraordi-

United States and the constitutional responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people and existence.� This section is legally nonbinding, but given the clout of the bill's chief supporter outside of Congress – the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), leader of the pro-Israel lobby – that is a mere formality. Since AIPAC wants the bill passed, it follows that so does the government of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposes American negotiations with Iran and has repeatedly threatened to attack the Islamic Republic. Against all evidence, Netanyahu insists the purpose of Iran's nuclear program is to build a weapon with which to attack Israel. Iran says its facilities, which are routinely inspected, are for See RICHMAN, 9A

nary. Journalist, historian, promoter, humorist, and entertainer, Goerch died at eighty-three in 1974, two years after his beloved Sibyl; he was survived by two native Tar Heel daughters. He had lived fully and richly; he kept flying well into his 70s. Most of his books were not copyrighted; he published under the mantra, “Not copyrighted—Help yourself to anything you want.� That’s a fitting legacy, when it came to North Carolina, Carl Goerch gave his all. Warren L. Bingham is a writer and speaker from Raleigh and son-in-law of Charlie and Marion Carpenter, formerly of Kings Mountain. You may reach him at

A brief pull-over on the highway

Congress must not cede its war power to Israel The American people should know that pending Sheldon Richman right now in Guest Editorial Congress is a bipartisan bill that would virtually commit the United States to go to war against Iran if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic. “The bill outsources any decision about resort to military action to the government of Israel,� Columbia University Iran expert Gary sick wrote to Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in protest, one of the bill's principal sponsors. The mind boggles at the thought that Congress would let a foreign government decide when America goes to war, so here is the language: “If the government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self defense against Iran's nuclear weapon program, the United States Government shall stand with Israel and provide, in accordance with the law of the


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Media attention on Florida U. S. Glenn Mollette CongressGuest Editorial man Tony Radel has waned some. Radel was arrested for buying cocaine and has since taken a leave of absence for drug rehabilitation. We won't hear much until he resumes his elected Congressional job. Radel by his own admission spiraled downward in his life being consumed by alcohol that led him to become a cocaine user. Alcohol or drug addiction never leads to the best of times. Most of us can identify with lives that get imbalanced or totally out of control. Too many Americans are addicted to junk food with a third of our nation being obese. However, obesity is not illegal and we would rather meet a fat man on the highway than a drunk or crazed man. Millions of Americans are

addicted to prescription medications and seek pills from pill mill doctors all over the nation. Deaths occur routinely throughout the nation as every day good American people swallow too many pills blessed by duly licensed physicians. Many of us know someone who left us prematurely. Remember Elvis? Remember Michael Jackson? Addiction took over their lives as they plummeted to the bottom and sadly out of the world. The last time I got a speeding ticket I didn't really mean to be speeding. I was just in a hurry. The police officer kindly gave me a ticket that cost me some money. It is irritating to receive a speeding ticket, however I have to think that maybe that policeman saved my life. I have to think that maybe a brief pullover on the highway saved me from a greater calamity down the road. I know US Congressman See MOLLETTE, 9A

Sidewalk Survey Folks were asked...

What are your New Year’s resolutions? I’d probably say my New Year’s resolution is to learn how to start saving money instead of spending it. Shadow Collins

Heck, I don’t have any. I’ve already quit smoking before the New Year. Kim Featherton

I’m going to do the 52-week challenge. You save one dollar the 1st week of the year and two dollars the 2nd week of the year, and so on. You’ll have $1,378 by the end of the year. Virginia Paysour



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■OBITUARIES Donald O. Blackburn Loved NASCAR and the beach KINGS MOUNTAIN Donald O. Blackburn, age 81, resident of Kings Mountain, N.C., d i e d Monday, December 3 0 , 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House. He was born in Cleveland County, N.C., to the late Robert Blackburn and Ann Dixon Blackburn. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Yates Blackburn; son, Jeffery Donald Blackburn; and brothers, Ray Blackburn, Walter Blackburn, Arthur Blackburn, and sister, Pauline Blackburn. Mr. Blackburn was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and retired from Canteen Vending, Shelby, N.C. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved woodworking, NASCAR, and going to the beach. Survivors include his son Steven S. Blackburn and wife Susan, Kings Mountain; daughter Donna B. Alda Faye Childers A member of Oak View Baptist Church KINGS MOUNTAIN – Alda Faye Childers, 80, resident of Kings Mountain, N.C., died Friday, December 27, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House. She was born in Cleveland Co., N.C., to the late John Spearman and Laura Rice Spearman. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Earl Spearman, James Spearman, Glenn Spearman, and Raymond Spearman. Mrs. Childers was a member of Oak View Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, and was a retired office manager for C&C Heating and Cooling, Kings Mountain. Survivors include her husband of 62 years Robert Childers, Kings Mountain; son Bobby Childers and wife Joan, Kings Mountain; daughter Judy Childers Ramsey and husband Butch, Martinez, Ga.; sister Letha Metcalf, Kings Mountain; and six grandchildren. A funeral service was

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Henderson and husband Mike, Kings Mountain; brother Max Blackburn, Kings Mountain; sisters Flora Lee Yarbro, Kings Mountain, and Lib Hollifield, Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren Brocke Blackburn, Brooke Blackburn, Caleb Henderson, Michaela Henderson, Nic Morris, and Kaitlin Goodson; one great-grandchild Cameron Henderson. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday January 2 at Harris Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 2 p.m., with Dr. Steve Taylor officiating. Interment is at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Kings Mountain. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain. Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150 or Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1015 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 A guest registery is available at www.harrisfunerals. com Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, N.C.

Harris Funeral Home held at Oak View Baptist Church on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Billy Cooper and Rev. Ralph Sparrow officiating. Interment is at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain. Memorials may be sent to Oak View Baptist Church, 1517 York Road Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150 A guest registry is available at www.harrisfunerals. com. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, N.C.

Harris Funeral Home Casey Daniel Goforth KINGS MOUNTAIN Tuesday, December 24, 2013 our little man, Casey Daniel Goforth, has gone to get his angel wings. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Roger Overton officiating. Visitation was from 11:30 to 1 p.m. prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home. Interment is at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.

Shirley Dickerson Hughes GROVER - Ms. Shirley Dickerson Hughes, 59, 115 Carothers Lane, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Blacksburg, with burial immediately following in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain. Barbara Bourgeois Merritt SHELBY - Barbara Bourgeois Merritt, age 76, resident of Shelby, N.C., died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Cleveland Re-

gional Medical Center, Shelby, N.C. A memorial service was held at Putnam Memorial Baptist Church on Monday, December 30, 2013, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Gary Marberger officiating. A graveside service will be held at Garden of Memories in Webster, Fla., on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 11 a.m.

Gunner William Wood SHELBY- Mr. Gunner William Wood, 40, 2414 Shoal Creek Church Rd., passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A memorial service was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Shelby, with officiating by Rev. Travis Northcutt.

theft of three computer tablets, jewelry and assorted toys valued at $309. DEC. 19: A resident of Dutchess Dr. reported an armed robbery and theft of an iPhone 4S and earphones at Davidson School with a total value of $225. DEC. 20: A resident of Morris St. reported simple assault after being struck in the face. DEC. 21: A resident of Gastonia reported the recovery of a stolen or missing N.C. license plate. DEC. 21: The Tobacco Barn reported the theft of an 18-pack of beer with a value of $13.99. DEC. 23: Roses on Shelby Rd. reported the theft of assorted clothing with an unknown value.

DEC. 23: A resident of Belvedere Circle reported the theft of a pit bull terrier puppy valued at $400. DEC. 24: A resident of W. King St. reported the theft of an electric guitar with a value of $500 and assorted cash of an unknown value. DEC. 27: A resident of Temple St. reported the theft of jewelry and a jewelry box valued at $365. DEC. 28: A resident of Waco Road reported the theft of a Hewlett-Packard laptop valued at $800. DEC. 28: A resident of Grace Street reported breaking and entering resulting in damage to a wooden door.

â– POLICE ARRESTS DEC. 20: Aaron R. Byers, 18, second-degree trespass, $1,000 bond, secured. DEC. 20: Richard A. McCaskill, 30, 221 Morris St. Apt. A, simple assault, $500 bond, secured. DEC. 21: Jacqueline A. Williams, 45, Gastonia, driving while license revoked, no registration, possession of stolen goods, fictitious drivers license, providing fictitious information to officer, $5,500 bond, secured. DEC. 21: Tabatha A. Degree, 40, Shelby, worthless check, injury to property, $700 bond, secured. DEC. 22: Noui Phachoumphone, 40, 21 Chesterfield Ct. simple as-

sault, no bond. DEC. 23: Jarrett K. Almond, 44, Gastonia, domestic criminal trespass, domestic violence protective order violation, no bond. DEC. 24: Holly A. Bill, 27, Gastonia, probation violation, injury to personal property, $25,000 bond, secured. DEC. 28: Jody D. Earney, 41, 331 Oak Grove Rd., simple possession, resist, delay obstruct, larceny of motor fuel, $15,000 bond, secured. INCIDENTS DEC. 2: A resident of Amhurst Dr. reported identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. DEC. 18: A resident of Majesty Place reported the

Minutes matter Local hospitals first to install LifeNet For heart attack victims time is muscle, and that can mean the difference between a complete recovery and dealing with long-term problems. The Emergency Departments at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby and Kings Mountain Hospital have processes in place to begin treating heart attack victims as quickly as possible. In October, they added another time-saving weapon to their arsenal. “LifeNet is an electronic system that allows paramedics to transmit EKGs from the field to hospitals that have the capability to receive them,� said Ivan Sanchez, MD, medical director of emergency services at CRMC and KMH.

window, lights will flash and an alarm will sound. The EKG must be opened and viewed in order to silence the alarm. This allows physicians and staff in the emergency department to begin preparing to receive the patient and provide appropriate treatment, before they arrive. “This system will allow for even faster identification of cardiac emergencies by allowing the physicians to interpret EKGs before the patients arrive at the hospital,� said Dr. Sanchez. More than 700,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CRMC and KMH recently started using LifeNet. CRMC and KMH are the first in Carolinas HealthCare System to install LifeNet. When someone calls 911 and is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, the EMS responders can perform an electrocardiogram, or EKG, as soon as they arrive at the patient’s location. The results of the EKG, which measures the electrical activity of the heart, can be transmitted wirelessly to the emergency department at CRMC or KMH, depending on which location will be receiving the patient. On the receiving end, the workstation in the emergency department will automatically activate an alert

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LIONS CLUB PROJECT – Kings Mountain Lions Club members Johnny and Johnsie Reavis, above, deliver a Lions Club fruit basket to Mattie McKinney, 709 Alexander Street. The fruit basket distribution to the visually impaired is a Christmas season project of the local Lions Club. Photo by DON CRAWFORD

Farm Bureau lauded Cleveland County Farm Bureau is the winner of the 2013 County of Excellence Award, Division 2. The county organization was judged North Carolina Farm Bureau’s most effective in its membership class in implementing programs, services and activities that build active county Farm Bureaus and fulfill the mission of the organization. “This award is presented to the county that executed the best all-around effort for the year, and Cleveland County Farm Bureau represented the best of what Farm Bureau stands for and strives to achieve through its grassroots structure,� said Larry Wooten, president of NCFB.

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■ MEDITATION Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, lookJosh Tucker ing forward Pastor St. Matthew’s to the consoLutheran Church lation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have

seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him Luke 2:25-33 Grace to you and peace in the name of the newborn king, Jesus the Christ. Amen. Christ has come! And he continues to be revealed to us in the Scriptures and in our daily lives as we experience the work of the Holy Spirit. The story of Jesus’ birth continues in Luke’s gospel as Jesus is presented before the temple to be named and to do what was customary according to the Law of Moses. As Mary and Joseph take Jesus, who is now 8-10 days old, and ar-

rive at the temple, they encounter a righteous and devout man named Simeon. The Scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit had “rested” on Simeon and had been revealed to him that he would see the Messiah before he died. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms as the holy family entered the temple. He immediately began praising God with what is known today as the “song of Simeon”, or the Nunc dimittis. In this canticle of thanksgiving, Simeon praises God for the gift he has been given to see salvation, which God had prepared in the coming of Jesus in the presence of all peoples. He gives thanks to God that Jesus, the Messiah, has come as the light of revelation for both the Gentiles and the people Israel. This holiday season, a light has been revealed to us as well. Jesus

has come to us as a baby in a manger and we have seen the salvation that only God can offer. This is a salvation for all people and we follow in Simeon’s footsteps as we look for the light of

Christ and for the salvation that he brings. Let us go forth in the knowledge and revelation of the light of Christ and sing for joy that salvation has come! Amen.

CONFIRMATION CLASS - Advent Lutheran Church received five confirmands into full membership on Reformation Sunday, October 27.The confirmands from left to right: Jared Lewis, Johnathan Medlin, Alyssa Pandorf, John Bell, and Eddie Grabert.

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Church Service Directory KINGS MOUNTAIN Advent Lutheran Church, NALC Member KM Senior Center 909 E. Kings St. Anew Beginning Baptist Church 415 Dixon School Rd. 704-473-1372 Ardent Life Church 420 Branch Street 704-739-7700 Arise Church Kings Mountain YMCA 211 Cleveland Ave. Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road 704-739-7487 Boyce Memorial ARP Church Edgemont Drive 704-739-4917 Burning Bush House of God 310 Long Branch Rd (KM) Calvary Way Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Pastor Clifton Morgan Carson Memorial Baptist Church 262 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-2247 Central United Methodist Church 113 S. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-2471 Cherokee St. Baptist Church 421 S. Cherokee Street 704-739-7697 Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Road 704-739-4015

Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 246 Range Road 704-739-4152 Christ The King Catholic Church 714 Stone Street 704-487-7697 Church at Kings Mountain 108 E. Mountain St. (KM Women’s Club Bldg.) 704-739-1323

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Cornerstone Church Of God 202 Margrace Road 704-739-3773 Cornerstone Independent Baptist 107 Range Road 704-737-0477 Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310 David Baptist Church 2300 David Baptist Church Road 704-739-4555 Dixon Presbyterian Church 602 Dixon School Road East Gold Street Wesleyan Church 701 E. Gold Street 704-739-3215 East Kings Mountain Church of God Hwy 161, Bessemer City/KM Hwy. 704-739-7367 Eastside Baptist Church 308 York Road 704-739-8055 Ebenezer Baptist Church 1621 County Line Road 704-739-8331

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174 Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church 602 Canterbury Road 704-739-9939 Faith Ablaze Church 1128 S. York Road 704-739-8496 Faith Baptist Church 1009 Linwood Road 704-739-8396 Faith Holiness Church Hwy. 161/Bessemer City Rd. 704-739-1997 Family Worship Center 1818 Shelby Road 704-739-7206

First Baptist Church 605 W. King Street 704-739-3651

Grace Fellowship 144 West Mountain Street 704-481-8888

First Church of the Nazarene 121 Countryside Road 704-734-1143

Grace United Methodist Church 830 Church Street 704-739-6000

First Presbyterian Church 111 E. King Street 704-739-8072 First Wesleyan Church 505 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-4266 Galilee United Methodist 117 Galilee Church Road 704-739-7011 Gospel Assembly Church 202 S. Railroad Avenue 704-739-5351

Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714 Kings Mountain Baptist Church 101 W. Mountain Street 704-739-2516 Life of Worship Ministries 405 S. Cherokee St. 704-777-2927

Good Hope Presbyterian Church 105 N. Cansler Street 704-739-1062

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Marylee Dilling, Joseph Mohn wed October 26 Marylee Hoyle Dilling and Joseph Paul Mohn were united in marriage on October 26th, 2013, at five o’clock in the evening. The traditional ceremony was held at Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain with the Reverend Rex Gibbs officiating. A reception with dinner and dancing was hosted by the bride's parents at Cleveland

Country Club in Shelby. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas Dilling of Kings Mountain. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. Hudson Hoyle, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John B. Dilling, Jr., all of Kings Mountain. Marylee is a graduate of Kings Mountain High School. She was a National Merit scholar at the

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her BS in biology and Romance languages. Marylee received her MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and completed residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She joined Western Connecticut Medical Group and now practices internal medicine and pediatrics in Ridgefield, CT. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vincent Mohn, Jr. of Danbury, CT. He is the grandson of Mr. Paul D. Meskill, Sr. and the late Mrs. Meskill of Ocean City, MD, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul V. Mohn, Sr. of Palm Coast, FL. Joseph graduated from Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT. He earned his BS in accountancy from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. There he ran crosscountry and indoor and outdoor track, serving as captain his senior year. Joseph was an associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia, and subsequently an analyst with BHP Billiton in Houston, The Hague, and Singapore. He is currently an MBA candidate in strategic marketing at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Upon graduation in May, he will join the Management Rotation Program at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield, CT. Matron of honor was Amelia Mauney Guy of Huntersville, a childhood

friend of the bride. Also attending were bridesmaids Emily Susan Mohn of Boston, MA, sister of the groom; Wendy Ann Neisler of Charlotte; and Sarah Shultz Payne of Wellington, New Zealand. Best man was Nicholas Anthony Fraticelli of Danbury, CT, a high school friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Shawn Michael Duffy of San Francisco, CA; Eric Joseph Koestner of Southbury, CT; and Bradley Michael Schmidt of Somerset, NJ. Ushers were Leigh David Amery and Christopher Ross Hudson, both of Philadelphia, PA; Collin James Martin of New York, NY; and Frank Wallace Palladino of San Francisco. Scripture was read by Elizabeth Phillips Carroll of Raleigh and Meggie Menzies Morgensen of Des

Moines, IA. A poem by Kahlil Gibran was read by Erica Tysinger Simon of Arlington, VA. Charlotte Lynn Neisler of Winston-Salem was the register attendant, and Maxwell Sommers Neisler and Rachel Lee Neisler of Cramerton were program attendants. John Oliver Harris, IV served as crucifer, and Abbie Downs Harris and Layla Anne Harris were acolytes; all are of Kings Mountain. Classical music selections were played by David Charles Brady of Kings Mountain, trumpeter; Lelia Hall Lattimore of Polkville, harpist; Virginia Adele Neisler of Carrboro, soloist; and Douglas William Parker of Gastonia, organist. The wedding was directed by Susan Powers Champion of Kings Mountain. The bride wore an Enzoani couture gown made of

exquisite Venetian lace. The gown had a trumpet silhouette and was fashioned with a strapless, scalloped neckline. Satin-covered buttons accented the back of the gown, and the skirt extended into a cathedral length train. A cathedral length Westwood mantilla veil, trimmed in Chantilly lace and embellished with pearls and Swarovski crystals, completed the romantic look. She carried a handtied bouquet of white roses, kale, hydrangeas, hypericum berries, and mums, with touches of succulents and spent pods. The groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Owl’s Eye Vineyard and Winery in Shelby on Friday, October 25th. After a honeymoon in Mauritius, the couple will reside in Redding, CT.

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM - Children of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Pre-School present the traditional Christmas program, “A Savior is Born.” From left to right, Sarah Beth Melton, angel; Christian Smith, Joseph; Caroline Suber, Mary; Chloe Thongsamouth, angel; Rocky Lutz, Ethan Crawford, Nathaniel Knotts, wise men; Gabriel Yarulin, Little Drummer Boy; Wesley Rayfield, Landon Moore, Jayden Jarvis, Kevin Walker, shepherd s; Liam Ruiz, Ethan Van Dyke, Nickolas Moore and Kai Frishmuth, children’s choir. Photo by LINDSAY SUBER

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2014: looks promising with prospects of new businesses, jobs From page 1A 45 jobs. The addition was helped by a $51,840 incentive grant from the City of Kings Mountain. Greenheck (Kitchen Ventilation Systems) has completed a 100,000 square foot addition to its existing plant at 212 Commerce Boulevard for production of make-up housetempered air fans, a green product the company is marketing. Greenheck has invested $7.8 million in Cleveland County and expects to add 00 employees in the next three years. Greenheck fans from Kings Mountain went to troops in Afghanistan. Badger Color Concentrations, Inc. in the former Indian Motorcycle building on S. Battleground near Grover, held grand opening of its 500,000 square foot facility in April. The plant started with 15

employees in November 2012 and this year plans to add 35-40 more to its payroll. Cleveland County sweetened the pot on development with incentives for a new data center in Kings Mountain – code named Project Hawk – at 131 Riverside Court, in what is known as the T/5 Data Center, where AT&T and Disney developments are located. T/5 Data Center signed the lease for the new data center on Parcel 60666 which intends to create up to 20 new, permanent full time jobs, including contracted services, in five years with a total initial investment of $70 million, including installations by tenants. The company is up-fitting a shell building for a global financial company with a potential investment of $70 million, partly thanks to a new tax incentive package from the City of

Kings Mountain. It will begin operations in half of the building in the first quarter of 2014. Five industries split over a $1 million North Carolina One grant, the amount of cash based on job creation of the company. Four of the five industries are from Kings Mountain. They included Baldor Electric, $400,000; STI, $56,000; STEAG Energy, $50,000; and Greenheck Fan Corporation, $150,000, all of Kings Mountain, and Schletter, Inc. of Shelby, $630,000. TeXSource, another '' success story” operation owned by entrepreneur and Kings Mountain businessman Robert Bolin, plans to add 18 new employees to his staff of 82 by June 2014 in an expansion of his business on Cleveland Avenue. He runs the burgeoning, screen printing, embroidery and

sign making industry along with the Printin' Press while maintaining a number of successful properties downtown including 238 Cherokee restaurant on Railroad Avenue. He currently employs managers and sales personnel at six other locations of TeX Source in the United States. By June of this year the number of employees at TeXSource will number 100. Bali has announced a 100,000 square foot expansion to its plant and the hiring of 25-30 new employees. Kings Mountain’s Firestone Plant was named an Environmental Steward, the highest level of environmental achievement in the state, and showed off its three acre wildlife habitat and pollinator garden as a learning center for students at an open house in August. In other business “good” news

for the community was the announcement that First National Bank will remain a hometown bank after its sale and is now sporting the new logo, Bank of the Ozarks. The Cleveland County bank for 139 years was sold for $67.8 million to the large community bank of Arkansas. And two popular city-owned properties have new names. Kings Mountain City Council honored Mayor Rick Murphrey by naming the Children's Park in the Jake Early Sports Complex the Mayor Rick Murphrey Children's Park on Cleveland Avenue. Council renamed City Stadium at West Mountain and S. Gaston Street the Shu Carlton Stadium after the Kings Mountain High School head football coach from 1948-56 who amassed a 48-25-8 record during his tenure.

2013: was a year of many firsts From page 1A trial and commercial customers will be more because they will be charged at $2.50 per 2,000 feet of impervious surface. Kings Mountain and Cleveland County citizens received no increase in taxes for 2013-14. Cleveland County employees, who had not received raises for several years, received a cost of living increase. City of Kings Mountain employees received no pay increase in 2013-14. In 2014 the city plans to expand its natural gas system 3-5 miles and in 2013 the expansion was on Canterbury Road. The city will offer dark fiber optics to industry wanting to connect their buildings as the city has completed a “ring around the city” by connecting city buildings with fiber for increased communications and as a cost saving measure. The city is the first municipality in the state to in-

stall fiber optics and some have lauded this program as putting “Kings Mountain on the map.” Some 750 calls can come into the city on one phone line. The city will also be offering data center options for local businesses to house off site information and installing smart meters to all utilities – another state pilot project with completion expected in the first quarter of the new year. The city is the first municipality in the state to utilize smart meter technology on gas, electric and water meters, the goal to assist residents to maintain low utility rates. In 2013 the city saw an increase in recycling by 80% of residents and will begin a new cardboard collection program for recycling in the new year. Completion of LED lighting was a third pilot program completed in 2013. A fishing pier was constructed at city-owned Moss Lake that meets Americans

with Disabilities and LWCF requirements. The 2020 land development plan is in the works that encompasses a new transportation trail, bikeway, economic development, Smart growth and environmental initiatives. A downtown railroad beautification program is also in the works. The city's Main Street program was accredited in 2013 by the National Main Street Center. All departments worked together to upgrade the city's communication system to meet mandated FCC requirements. A Kings Mountain Rural Fire District became the answer to “No Man's Land,'' the common label in South Kings Mountain for its previous Class 10 Fire District. The new district to be served by KM Fire Department will mean substantial insurance savings to those homeowners. For residents with families interred at city owned Mountain Rest Cemetery, the city has added software that updates burial records and

searches. One of the major projects in 2013 was the kickoff for a fundraiser for the $1 million dollar expansion of the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center. The planned 4,305 square foot expansion will be named the Dover Foundation Annex in honor of the $150,000 pledge by the foundation made to the Center's capital expansion campaign. At year end the campaign had raised $788,000.with a completion goal in early 2014. Mayor Rick Murphrey said the goal is to begin construction in the third quarter of the new year with design bids to be let in January. Another big project was the completion of the War Memorial at Patriots Park that added icing to the cake of the major improvements to the popular city park. An impressive Veterans Day service featured dedication of the War Memorial and the last memorial, the memorial to World War I veterans. Previ-

ously the city dedicated the Vietnam, Korea and World War II memorials. 2013 was an election year. Curtis Pressley bumped veteran councilman Dean Spears from his At-Large seat on city council and incumbents Tommy Hawkins and Mike Butler held onto their seats. Butler was elected mayor pro tem by council. The town of Grover, which buys water from Kings Mountain, contracted with Kings Mountain for sewer connections. “A light in the end of the tunnel," is how councilman Bill Willis, recently elected mayor pro tem, expressed the board's decision. Grover citizen had seen a 27% increase in water and sewer and for some time has been mulling costs - whether to upgrade its current infrastructure or seek negotiations with Kings Mountain. It will be spring before the orange barricades are removed from downtown railroad tracks. The State Department of Transportation

will handle improvements and pay for the costs at both crossings. The barricades were put up to keep truck drivers from ignoring the “no trucks” sign and after several accidents that could have resulted in injuries. Organizers threw a party for the Gateway Trail, four years old and growing. The popular nature trail on S. Battleground Avenue is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is the busiest place in town on any given day of the week. Designers plan to connect to the Appalachian Trail in years to come. For 14 years straight the city has enjoyed a perfect audit of its finances. Numerous city-sponsored events have drawn record crowds to Kings Mountain during 2013. As the old year ends Tuesday, the fantasy light show in downtown Kings Mountain continues to wow onlookers and will be the place to be on New Year's Eve in the city.

SCHOOLS: look to tackle ʻambitiousʼ goals From page 1A With that in mind, by 2015-16 Cleveland County Schools intends to implement a one-to-one technology initiative for all students. “What that means is a device in every student’s hands,” Shull said, adding that the program is still in the planning stage and will likely be implemented in phases. “Probably it will start in the high schools and work to the middle schools and so on … we haven’t identified exactly what the device will be,” he said, adding that school leaders are studying programs that have been put in place by other

school systems to find a successful model. One key component running through most of the lofty goals is professional development. To members of the school board, faculty and parents who helped developed the initiatives, that means helping teachers be as resourceful as possible – through training, incentives and various mentor programs. Addressing that is outlined in a section of goals called 21st Century Professionals, which includes initiatives on thoughtful use of computers and technology in the classroom. The administration also hopes to develop a beginning teacher program that includes support throughout the

school year. “Basically, what that means is that if you’re a new teacher you’ll be paired up with people who are like you,” Shull said of the concept, which he described as an extended training and mentor program. “You’re growing together for several years, under the guidance of veteran teachers and administrators.” He said many young teachers enter the profession worried about classroom and curriculum management; they're legitimately concerned about those elements of the job. “The program is mainly about trying to make sure beginner teachers come out (of those first three years) strong,” Shull said.

The Cleveland County Schools has also made public its capital improvement goals, which include facilities, buildings and grounds, for 2014. At Bethware Elementary, renovations and improvements are in the works for the Nanny and Holland Buildings. And Grover Elementary is set to see some renovations on a few of its older buildings. Administrators have also signed off on at least one classroom addition to Kings Mountain High School. Three high schools – Burns, Crest and Kings Mountain – are set to have their football stadium press boxes renovated, along with improvements to each school’s conces-

sion stands and restroom facilities. Plans are also under way to renovate Shelby High School’s athletic field house. The Bethware and Grover renovations are listed as phase II projects in the Capital Improvement Plan, according to Cleveland County Schools Assistant Superintendent John Yarbro. Those projects along with KMHS’s classroom wing addition are not listed in any order of priority. Administrators say several athletic projects have also been identified as areas of need, but there is no current time frame on when those renovations will occur.

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BLANTON: trading in ballots for vines From page 1A was at Oklahoma State University that she earned her Master’s in Physiology and met A. B. Blanton, a veterinarian. They married and moved to Shelby in 1970 where she helped him in his veterinary practice for 20 years. She continued her love of horses, fox hunting with the Tryon Hounds of Polk County, and raised three daughters, Hunter Blanton (Mrs. Gerald Eaker) who are parents of twins, Corinna and Tristan; Mary (Mrs. Mike) Avinger who have a son, Newton Avinger, and Amanda (Garreth) McAdam and son, Gabriel, all of Pittsboro. Debra’s sister, Mary Beaty Edelen, resides in Vermillion, South Dakota. Fast forward– On Jan. 1 she returns to the farm in the Zion Community near Shelby where she planted a vineyard in 2012 and plans to harvest five different varieties of muscadines – 400 plants – on two acres of land and sell fresh market to a winery. By the first of the year she will be busy pruning her grapevines, fertilizing and then picking the crop beginning in August. She works part time as wine tasting hostess at Owl's Eye Winery. A former deacon and elder in Shelby Presbyterian Church, she plays hand bells. Blanton was recognized by Mayor Rick Murphrey at a recent city council meeting for her close working relationship with council over the past decade or more in precinct line changes, alcohol elections, and on April 29, 1997 when the Kings Mountain Board of Elections, then run by Becky Cook, was consolidated with the county. City Attorney Mickey Corry praised Blanton’s leadership in helping the city get out under Section 5 of the Voter’s Rights Law. At that time Cleveland County was one of 40 counties under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, and the process was

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time consuming. Blanton said Corry “saw the handwriting on the wall" and Kings Mountain was one of the first municipalities in the country to take action. “It was a pleasure working with Becky Cook, Mickey Corry, and city officials," said Blanton. Councilman Tommy Hawkins credited Blanton with her astute leadership and asked her to stand with other friends and family while he was being sworn in for another term as commissioner from Ward 3.

How times have changed Blanton was hired 27 years ago by Tony Eastman, chairman of the county board of elections, as Supervisor of Elections. The Republicans were the majority party. Ruth Wilson, who has also retired as secretary of the board, was on the board when Debra was hired. Fourteen of the then28 precincts in the county were using Airmac voting equipment and 14 were hand-counting ballots. David Dear, who has since retired as county manager, helped program the new equipment. The county moved from Airmac and paper to BRC I tech 2 in all precincts, and Luther Baker of Kings Mountain helped program the new equipment and helped for years with electronics involved with elections, said Blanton. The elections board was upstairs in the old post office annex behind the old Shelby post office. Jim Horn was probation officer and worked in the downstairs office. Gay Champion was the county’s first supervisor of elections and she registered Blanton to vote in Cleveland County in 1970. Blanton followed Terri Jones Toms, who served five years, and came to the new job as supervisor of elections trainee. The elections board moved to the Frank Conner’s Supreme

Radio & TV shop in the early 1990’s and in 2004 moved to its present location, the vacated American Red Cross building. Voting machines are a big boost to voters at now 26 precincts. But election officials after each election are given a certain number of precincts to count by hand to confirm the accuracy of the voting equipment.

Service on boards Blanton has been a member of the National Election Centers’ certification committee for 15 years. Under this committee, she has served as chair of the ethics committee, and has served as facilitator for a discussion group at the Election Center’s annual conferences for the past 10 years. She is also one of the 8 members of the federal RAVE committee (Research, Reliance for Accessible Voting) committee and has chaired the personnel committee five years for the State Director’s Association and worked with state board of elections to create a certification committee program for election officials in the state. The North Carolina Director of Elections under her tenure was Gary O. Bartlett. Debra was awarded the state’s prestigious “Order of the Long Leaf Pine� award at her retirement party on December 20. 2013.

New election changes in works Blanton says that 2014 will be the year for many new election changes that could place restrictions on voters. The section of the Voter ID Bill that requires “photo ID� to be presented before a voter is issued a ballot was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and goes into effect in 2016. Parts of this bill are being challenged in the courts.

■OPINION RICHMAN From page 4A peaceful civilian purposes: the generation of electricity and the production of medical isotopes. The bill, whose other principal sponsors are Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (RIL) has a total of 26 Senate cosponsors. If it passes when the Senate reconvenes in January, it could provoke a historic conflict between Congress and President Obama, whose administration is engaged in negotiations with Iran at this time. Aside from declaring that the U. S. government should assist Israel if it attacks Iran, the bill would impose new economic sanctions on the Iranian people. Obama has asked the Senate not to impose additional sanctions while his administration and five other governments are negotiating with Iran on a permanent settlement of the Nuclear issue. A six-month interim agreement is now in force, one of which prohibits new sanctions on Iran. “The Menendez-Schumer-Kirk) bill allows Obama to waive the new sanctions during the current talks by certifying every 30 days that Iran is complying with the Geneva deal and negotiating in good faith on a final agreement,'' Ali Gharib writes at Foreign Policy Magazine,. That would effectively give Congress the power to undermine negotiations. As Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, told Time Magazine, if Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they are delayed for six months, “The entire deal is dead. We do not like to negotiate under duress.�

Clearly, the bill is designed to destroy the talks with Iran, which is bending over backward to demonstrate that its nuclear program has no military aims. Netanyahu and Israel's American supporters in and out of Congress loathe the prospect of an American Iranian rapprochement after 34 years of U. S.-Israeli covert and proxy war against Iran, whose 1979 Islamic revolution followed a quarter century of brutality at the hands of a U. S.-backed monarch. The Israeli government, AIPAC, and the Republicans and Democrats who do their bidding in Congress are on record opposing any agreement that would leave intact Iran's ability to enrich uranium, event at low levels for peaceful civilian purposes. But insisting that Iran cease all enrichment of uranium is equivalent to obliterating any chance of a peaceful settlement with Iran and making war more likely. That's what this bill is all about. Americans should refuse to let Congress give Israel the power to drag the United States into war. American and Israeli intelligence agencies say repeatedly that Iran has no nuclear-weapons program. Though Iran champions the Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation, it has not threatened Israel, which remember, is itself a nuclear power. But even if Iran were a threat to Israel, that would not warrant any foreign government dictating when we go to war. (Sheldon Richman is vice-president and editor at The Future of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Va. (

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maybe this brief pullover on life's highway will enable him to live a ripe old age.

Trey Radel is embarrassed and will work harder to do better. Everybody deserves a second chance. However, one of several good things about his arrest is

(Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all 50 states. He is the author of “American Issues� and many other books.)



How to Choose a Continuing-Care Retirement Community Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking a good full-service retirement community that offers all levels of housing, from independent apartment-style to nursing home care? My wife and I are both approaching 80 and are looking to downsize from our current home, but we want our next move to be our last. One More Move Dear One, If you want your next move to be your final one, a full-service retirement community – better known as a continuing-care retirement community (or CCRC) – is a good option to consider, but they aren’t cheap, so you need to be prudent when choosing. CCRCs are different from other types of senior housing because they provide all levels of housing, services and care in one convenient location. While they vary greatly in appearance and services, most CCRCs offer apartments or sometimes single family homes for active seniors who need little if any help with their daily needs. In addition, they also offer on-site assisted living for people who require aid to

bathe, dress or perform other basic tasks, and nursing home care for residents who need full-time skilled-nursing care.

want to live for a list of CCRCs. You can also search online at findmember.aspx or that has a national listing of accredited CCRCs.

CCRCs also provide a bevy of resortstyle amenities and services that include community dinning halls, exercise facilities, housekeeping, and transportation as well as many social and recreational activities.

       Once you’ve located a few, call them to find out if they have any vacancies, what they charge and if they provide the types of services you want or need.

But be aware that all these services come at a hefty price. Most communities have entry fees that range from $20,000 to $500,000 or more, plus ongoing monthly service fees that can vary from around $1,000 to over $5,000 depending on the facility, services and the long-term care contract option you choose.

    Many CCRCs encourage potential residents to stay overnight and have a few meals in their dining hall. During your tour, notice the upkeep and cleanness of the facility, and talk to the current residents to see how they like living there. Also, check out the assisted living and nursing facilities, and find out how decisions are made to move residents from one level of care to another.

With nearly 1,900 CCRCs in operation throughout the U.S, finding a facility that fits your lifestyle, needs and budget can take some legwork. Here are some steps you can take to help you proceed.      Start by calling the Area Agency on Aging (call 800-677-1116 for contact information) in the area you

To check-up on a facility, call the state long-term care ombudsman (see who can tell you if the assisted living and nursing facilities within the CCRC have had any complaints or other problems. Also, use the Medicare nursing home compare tool (, which provides a ranking system.

  During your visit, get a rundown on the different kinds of contracts that are available and their costs. Also, find out what types of services are included and what costs extra. What yearly price increases can you expect? How much of your entry fee is refundable to you if you move or die? And what happens if you outlive your financial resources? Research the community’s financial health: Find out who owns or sponsors the facility, and get a copy of their most recently audited financial statement and review it, along with the copy of the contract with your lawyer or financial advisor. Also get their occupancy rate. Unless it’s a newer community filling up, occupancy below 85 percent can be a red flag that the facility is having financial or management problems. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior� book.

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Government KINGS MOUNTAIN CITY COUNCIL meets last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall, 101 W. Gold St. The December meeting is Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. CLEVELAND COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS - meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers, second floor, County Administration Building, 311 E. Marion St., Shelby. CLEVELAND COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Board of Elections, 215 Patton Drive, Shelby.


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Club Meetings AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 155, E. Gold Street. DOUGH MAKERS INVESTMENT CLUB – The Dough Makers Investment Club (for women) usually meets every third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones Office at 307 B East King Street. For information, please contact the Edward Jones Office at 704-739-0997 or Esther Plonk, President 704-739-1917. KINGS MOUNTAIN ROTARY CLUB Every Thursday, noon, at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. SOUTHERN ARTS SOCIETY – Meets every first Tuesday of the month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. KINGS MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB – Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club, E. Mountain St. EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR KINGS MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB– Meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club, E. Mountain St. MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP – Meets every fourth Thursday of every month at Central United Methodist Church. VFW POST 9811, Kings Mountain/Cherryville meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS breakfast group – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 9 a.m., at Mountain View Restaurant in Kings Mountain. Contact Steve Brown at 704-739-2725 for more information. KM KIWANIS CLUB – Meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for dinner in the Community Room (lower level) at the Mauney Memorial Library, S. Piedmont Ave. KM LIONS CLUB– Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Linwood Restaurant, 805 Cleveland Ave. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Kings Mountain– Christ the King Catholic Church, 714 Stone St., 6:30 p.m., meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Contact: Mary (704) 482-8690. You may also call the Reach Line & Information at (704) 319-1625, or go to The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for membership. The groups are self-supporting. POSITIVE ATTITUDES WALKING

CLUB - There is an open invitation to all Kings Mountain ladies to join the Positive Attitudes Walking Club. The club members walk in various downtown areas of Kings Mountain during lunch hours. An inspirational devotion is provided. For more information call 704-472-4403. COLONEL FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT CHAPTER Daughters of the American Revolution meets monthly for programs. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. For more information on membership or attending our meeting, please contact Loretta Cozart at 704-241-2218.

Patrick Senior Center BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Craft Room, sponsored by Gentiva. BACKPACK PROJECT – Please bring in non-perishable food items for our backpack project. These backpacks go to students who need a little extra food over the weekend. Backpacks are returned each Monday, filled on Thursday, and handed out to students when they leave on Friday. Suggested items are: individual cereal packs (can be eaten without milk), Pop Tarts, individual prepared dinners (Mac & Cheese, spaghetti, etc.), fruit cups, applesauce, pudding cups, Beenie Weenies, peanut butter, juice boxes, crackers or cookies. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES taught by Pat Bolte are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center. Emphasis is on individual attention. S.H.O.P. items for January & February are personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, Poise, etc. Just drop off your donations at the Center Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Remember, you don’t have to be a senior to help with this project. All items are donated to the Crisis Ministry of Kings Mountain. T’AI CHI CLASS – Thursdays 2-3 p.m. in Conference Room I. Andrew Baker is instructor of Tai Chi 4 Health & Balance and a donation of $3 per person is requested. Rotating exercises, health lessons, and surprise extras keep it fresh. All donations will go toward purchase of DVDs for the class.

Hospice The Hospice Store - Located at 323 E. Marion Street beside Dollar General near Uptown Shelby. Please call Angela Jones at 980-295-8578 if you have items to donate or for volunteer opportunities. Store Hours:

Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 323 E. Marion St., Shelby.

Kings Mountain Gateway Trails KINGS MOUNTAIN GATEWAY TRAILS, Inc., 807 Battleground Ave., ½ mile from downtown Kings Mountain, 704739-4755 – 18 months of activities from August 2013 to November 2014 in celebration of being designated a National Recreation Trail August 2013. MARCH 1, 2014: 9 a.m.-12 noon – 5th annual Gateway 5K, Run, Walk, Fun Run beginning at the trailhead. Register on line on the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Face Book page or get information at 704-7394755 or on the trail website, Applications for the event will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office in Kings Mountain, the Kings Mountain Family YMCA, Clark Tire, and at Alliance Bank downtown.

Southern Arts Society 2014 Calendars are available for purchase.

Kings Mountain Historical Museum “TOYS, GAMES & TRAINS” EXHIBIT - Through January 4: The annual model train display by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers returns! This exhibit fills the museum with model train displays, railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. An extensive interactive model train track provides hands-on fun for all ages. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 to 4 p.m.

Library Events LAST TUESDAY of each month, 6:30 p.m. “A Company of Readers” Book Club in Community Room. Open to the public. Have fun and make friends at this unique book club, a gathering of different ages and varied tastes. Read the book of your choice and participate by briefly sharing. STORY TIME on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tuesday group includes 3-5 year old preschoolers. Thursday group is geared for birth to 2 years old. Join the Library staff at 10 a.m. in the Community Room. PLAYGROUP on Fridays, for birth to 5 years old, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room.

Unless otherwise listed, all events will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain.

Community Events KINGS MOUNTAIN LIGHT SHOW downtown through JAN. 6- Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m.-12 midnight. To hear music tune your car radio to 101.5 FM. AMERICAN LEGION POST 155 has BINGO every Friday night starting at 6 p.m. Food is available. Gaston County Adult Nutrition Program - Spend one hour a month delivering a smile and a hot lunch to the home bound elderly. Help is needed in Bessemer City. To volunteer, call 704-862-7676. GOOD HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Cansler St., Free after-school program on Monday and Wednesday each week from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for help with homework. Parents must provide transportation.

Benefits A benefit, buffet breakfast to help finance the Costa Rica Mission Trip by a mission team from Central United Methodist Church in January will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. at the church at 113 S. Piedmont Avenue. The menu will include eggs, grits, biscuits, toast, bacon, sausage, country ham, livermush, and gravy with juice, coffee, milk, soft drinks and water. The meal is advertised as “all you can eat” for a donation of $6. Children 6 and under will enjoy the meal free of charge. Breakfasts will be served at the church every odd numbered month in 2014. For more information or for directions to the church call Gib Brazzell at 704-7398676, Jim Potter at 797-739-8432, or the church at 704-739-2471.

New Year Meetings Dementia Support meeting Tuesday, Jan.7, Neisler Life Enrichment Center, 222 Kings Mountain Boulevard – 5:30-7 p.m. Topic: ABC’s of Caregiving. Sitter service on request.

How to Contact Us To have your events listed on the Go Page, contact the Herald by coming by our office at 700 East Gold Street, by calling us at 704-739-7496, or by email The deadline for receiving items is 5 p.m. Monday.

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KM wrestlers defeat Crest and Forestview

Kings Mountain’s Shawn Adams looks to pass the ball in last week’s game with Crest at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium.

KM 5th in Christmas tourney Play at R-S Central Friday, Chase here Tuesday Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers lost their opening game with East Mecklenburg in last week’s Christmas Tournament at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium, but they bounced back with victories over county rivals Burns and Crest to claim fifth place in the eight-team event. East Mecklenburg advanced to the championship game where the Eagles lost to Shelby’s Lions. The 4A Eagles led most of the way but had to hold off a big KM comeback bid for the 52-48 victory in Thursday’s nightcap. Kings Mountain battled back from a 10-point deficit to trail by only one point, 38-37, going into the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers were able to tie the game at 48-all and had possession with less than a minute to play. But East rebounded a missed KM shot and hit four free throws in the final 15 seconds to win. Point guard Shawn

Adams led the Mountaineers with 16 points and James Tillman added 10. The Mountaineers bounced back on Friday afternoon to defeat Burns for the second time this year, 75-65. Burns held a comfortable lead in the first half before the Mountaineers took control. Tillman led the KM attack with a game-high 27 points, including five 3pointers. Josh Sherer contributed 17 points. Crest, which lost its opening round game to Hunter Huss and then bounced back to beat Harding on Friday, went toe-totoe with the Mountaineers for the second time in a week but the Mountaineers prevailed again, 65-60. Kings Mountain led by only 44-43 going into the fourth quarter but built a 5343 lead. Crest wouldn’t go down without a fight, though, cutting the margin to 63-60 be-

Kings Mountain’s Chad Sanders passes off while driving the lane in game with Crest at Parker Gym. fore the Mountaineers iced the game at the foul line. Chad Sanders led the KM scoring with 19 points and Tillman scored 16. Tillman and Sherer represented the Mountaineers

on the All-Tournament team. The Mountaineers, 3-2 in the SMAC and 8-4 overall, resume conference play Friday night at R-S Central. They host Chase Tuesday.

Kings Mountain’s Austin Champion, left photo, throws his opponent and the Mountaineers’ Elijah Whitaker, right photo, has the upper hand on his opponent in recent wrestling match at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium. Ž

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Kings Mountain High’s wrestlers defeated Crest 4327 in a SMAC match on December 20 before closing out the 2013 portion of their schedule the following night in a tri-match with Forestview and Southwest Guilford. The Mountaineers defeated Forestview 55-21 but lost to Southwest Guilford 43-34. CREST MATCH 106 - Cameron Sarvis (KM) won by forfeit; 113 Zach Melton (KM) p. Jeffery Swint 0:55; 120 - Dylan Crosby (CR) WBF; 126 Thomas McLaughlin (CR) d. Lane Evans 4-1; 132 Taylor Smith (KM) major dec. Kris Martin 15-13; 138 - Houston Camp (CR) p. Cameron Walls 3:54; 145 Alec Gwyn (CR) p. Marquise Camp 3:00; 152 - Alex Austin (KM) sv-1 Jacob Gragg 2-0; 160 - Elijah Whitaker (KM) maj. Dec. Jordan Gray 11-3; 170 Austin Champion (KM) tech fall Isaiah Simon 3:52 16-1; 182 - Darian McClain (KM) p. Jacob Camp 0:25; 195 - Dustin Greene (CR) p. Chance Frederick 2:38; 220 - Kaleb Brown (KM) d. Michael Morton 3-2; 285 Chaz Gamble (KM) p. CJ Swint 0:55. FORESTVIEW MATCH 106 - Kayla Capps (KM) WBF; 113 - Cameron Sarvis (KM) WBF; 120 - Zach Melton (KM) WBF; 126 Lane Evans (KM) WBF; 132 - Taylor Smith (KM) WBF; 138 - Will Farquharson (F) p. Cameron Walls 5:59; 145 - Alex Austin (KM) d. Dreshawn McFadden 2-1; 152 - Chase Payne (F) p. Marquise Camp 2:38; 160 - Elijah Whitaker (KM) p. Antoine Nance 1:50; 170 - Darian McClain (KM) p. Eli Miller 1:50; 182 - Austin Champion (KM) maj. Dec. Nikolas Hunt 15-3; 195 Kris Borroughs (F) d. Chance Frederick 4-2; 220 Kaleb Brown (KM) p. Storm Payne 1:58; 285 Tate Payne (F) p. Corey Hester 0:14. S. GUILFORD 285 - Quavon McNair (SG) p. Corey Hester 1:17; 106 - Cameron Sarvis (KM) WBF; 113 - Adam Moye (SG) p. Zach Melton 0:25; 120 - Tyler Walker (SG) WBF; 126 - Noah Sabo (SG) maj. Dec. Lane Evans 12-0; 132 - Taylor Smith

SPORTS THIS WEEK Friday, Jan. 3 4 p.m. - High school basketball, Kings Mountain at RS Central (JV girls, followed by JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys). 6 p.m. - High school wrestling, KMHS in Bearcat Invitational in Rock Hill, SC. (Continues Saturday at 6 p.m.) Saturday, Jan. 4 9 a.m. - KMHS in Carolina JV tournament at Rock Hill, SC. 10 a.m. - Middle school boys basketball scrimmage at KMMS. Crest vs. Burns at 10 a.m., Shelby vs. Burns at 11 a.m., KM vs. Crest at 12 p.m., KM vs. Shelby at 1 p.m. (Girls at Burns, time and opponents TBD). Tuesday, Jan. 7 4 p.m. - Middle school basketball, Shelby at Kings Mountain. 4 p.m. - High school basketball, Chase at Kings Mountain (JV girls, followed by JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys). 6 p.m. - Cleveland County Swim Championship at KMHS. 6:30 - High school wrestling, Kings Mountain at Chase. Wednesday, Jan. 8 4 p.m. - High school basketball, Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss. (KM) WBF; 138 - Recardo Robinson (SG) p. Cameron Walls 0:13; 145 - Alex Austin (KM) maj. Dec. Shannon Thomas 16-4; 152 - Peter Becher (SG) p. Cameron Morgan 1:30; 160 - Elijah Whitaker (KM) p. Elias Tvori 1:02; 170 Austin Champion (KM) p. Trevor Nuttle 1:00; 182 Kenneth Kirk (SG) p. Darian McClain 0:30; 195 Chance Frederick (KM) p. Tyler Chambers 2:54; 220 Garrett Barker (SG) d. Kaleb Brown 6-3.

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Bethware students dress up as kids in ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

CORD CLASS -Third graders in Kala Cord's class at Bethware School who dressed up as the Herdman family: front row, from left, Amberlynn Carroll, Ethan Lovelace, Ethan Mullis, Dylan Thomas, and Savannah Humphries. Back row, from left, Shayla Moore, Karisa Wyldt, Jason Nichols, Ryan Parlser, Anna Holder, Olivia Wilson, Lauren Sharpe and Kala Cord.

Third graders at Bethware Elementary School dressed up as the six unruly kids in the novel “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’’ last Thursday after reading the novel, taking a test, and watching the movie. It was a project they all enjoyed, according to their teachers. The students said they attended the Kings Mountain Little Theatre Play last Christmas season and fell in love with the six Herdman children who found the meaning of Christmas after participating in the pageant. The third grade teachers are Kala Cord, Colleen Witherspoon, Natalie Cranford, Ashley Salter and Lindsay Price. Assistants are Sarah Murray, Regina Yarbro and Amanda Scoggins.

PIERCE CLASS - Third graders in Lindsay Pierce's class at Bethware School who dressed up as the Herdman family: front row, Lathan Stone, Evie Lewis, Abby Henson, Nikki Oliver, Melissa Morehead, and Mackenzie Wofford; back row, from left, Ethan Houston, Hunter Ellis, Kennedy Ramsey, Jason Pegg, Layla Evans, Jackson Upton and Mrs. Pierce.

SALTER'S CLASS – Third graders in Ashley Salter’s class at Bethware School who dressed up as the Herdman family: front row, from left, Tia Stephens, Kenyan Moore, Janiyan Ford, and Zoey Bishop; and back row, from left, McKayla Seiger, Chris Schrader, Ashley Blanton, Valey Rivera, Cayden Trull, and Hannah Morris.

CRANFORD CLASS – Third graders in Natalie Cranford's class at Bethware School who dressed up as the Herdman family: front row, from left, Lindsay Burrows, September Perry, Samuel Cody and Jackson Scism.

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WITHERSPOON CLASS – Third graders in Colleen Witherspoon’s Bethware class who dressed up as Herdman family: front row, from left, Priest Wilson, Star McKinney, and Aleah Callahan. Back row, from left, Cheyenne Mullinax, Nick Horn, Emma Caldwell, Austyn Dixon and Mrs. Witherspoon

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While it is clear that consuming food or beverages during the Sandy Plains Baptist Church barbecue on Sept. 7 caused illness among 104 reported cases to the Cleveland County Health Department, the investigation of Salmonella by the N. C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health did not identify one particular food or beverage exposure that would explain the outbreak. Given the limited nature of the menu at this event, these findings are not surprising, say local health department officials. Most barbecue patrons who were interviewed ate a majority, if not all, of the available food items except dessert. A total of 165 persons were enrolled in the casecontrol study. Seventy-seven persons were classified as ill individuals, and 88 were non- ill individuals who also attended the church. One recommendation by the state agency was that even though the barbecue event is exempt from environmental health inspections, partnering with local environmental health specialists to receive recommendations and guidance regarding safe food handling practices is recommended for specific events. The agency also recommended that children not participate in food handling, especially without gloves and always under adult supervisor. They also recommend that food not be served that is prepared from home kitchens and there be no bare hand contact with ready to eat items.

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