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“We’re rethinking our best practices,’’ Stephen Fisher, Director of Administrative Services, told the Cleveland County Board of Education at a workshop session Monday night. He was speaking about school

safety. “Each time a school tragedy happens we look at each situation differently and we’re in conversations daily since the horrible shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut,’’ he said. Fisher added that the safety committee is focusing on three areas:

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physical structure, school reaction and our plan; and communication in community and emergency response. Several board members mentioned that several local campuses include more than one building, how to protect mobile units, some campuses have more than one en-

trance, what about lunchrooms, schools with breezeways and fencing? “We’re looking at all the needs and we’re taking these questions seriously,’’ said Supt. Dr. Bruce Boyles. Safety plans are in place at each school in the county and school re-

Faunce continues to seek rezoning City Council will get a recommendation from the city planning board Jan. 29 to continue a Kings Mountain businessman’s request for rezoning “to give everyone more than adequate time to review his site plans and conditions for rezoning.� For several months David Faunce of Faunce Properties has sought rezoning of property at King and Mountain streets, most recently reducing the number of uses and presenting a site plan showing what could be used in the zoning classification of Office, a medical or non-medical building. Residents of Mountain Street, where part of the neighborhood is designated historical, have challenged the rezoning for some time. The Faunce location is currently occupied by a day care center at West Mountain and King streets. The new plans call for elimination of access to Mountain Street At last Tuesday night’s meeting of the planning and zoning board Faunce agreed to withdraw his zoning request long enough to allow West Mountain Street property owners more time to review the site plan, which includes parking lot, driveway access, layout and application changes. City Council makes the final decision on zoning matters.

Input sought for planning and growth What do you value most about Kings Mountain and what would you like to see happen in the future? How should our region grow? Your input into these questions and more about future planning and growth is invited at an open house Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center, the eighth in a series of 30 community open houses planned in the “Connect Our Future� project spearheaded by the Carolinas Council of Governments. Kings Mountain is part of a 14county region billed as one of the fastest growing in the nation, with See YOUR INPUT, 8A

source officers work in all secondary schools with a supervisor, all paid employees of the school system. Security entrances, safety drills, including fire and tornado, a code red system for emergencies and critical incident kits are a few of the safety steps already See SCHOOL SAFETY, 8A

Flu appears to be weakening BETH BROCK

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Minister of Music Avery Jones leads the Mt. Calvary Baptist Choir in a moving rendition at the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute in 2012.

Photo contest to highlight ML King Day celebration The late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke numerous words of inspiration on “Faith� and “Faith� is the theme of the Martin Luther King Day 2013 photography contest at Kings Mountain City Hall on Monday, Jan. 21. King once said “Faith is taking the

first step even when you don’t see the entire staircase.� He also said, “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.’’ The photography show will be See CONTEST, 8A

Dropout rates down in Cleveland County Figures released recently show 28 percent fewer students left local high schools without graduating last year. Some 180 students in grades nine through 12 (3.56 percent) dropped out of schools in Cleveland County in 2012 – 70 students less than in 2010-11 when 250 (4.81 percent) left without graduating. Last year’s rate of 3.56 percent represents an improvement of more than 3 points since 2007-08 when the rate was 6.76 percent. And, the number of students dropping out each year has been reduced by half since 2007-08 when 376 students left school before graduating. State average dropout rates also improved last year to 3 percent down from 3.43 percent in the for students in grades nine through 12. The annual dropout rate differs from the four-year cohort graduation rate. The cohort graduation rate follows a group

of ninth-graders across four years’ time and reports the percentage of these students who graduate four years after they begin high school. The annual dropout rate illustrates the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. A lower dropout rate often corresponds with a higher graduation rate as is the case in Cleveland County. The local graduation rate exceeded 77 percent in 2012 – an improvement of more than 4 percentage points from the previous year and the highest rate ever recorded. Figures show 77.7 percent of those local students who entered ninth-grade in 2008-09 completed high school in four years of less. This is up from of 73.2 percent in 2011 and an improvement of more than 15 percentage points since 2005-06. See CLEVELAND COUNTY, 8A

The flu appears to be on a downward trend in Kings Mountain as well as all over the nation. But health officials are still warning that if you feel any flu-like symptoms, stay at home unless seeking medical attention. Dottie Leatherwood, Director of the Public Relations Department of Cleveland Regional Hospital, said that the effects of the flu in Cleveland County seem to have reached their height and have begun to subside. Over 10 percent of all patients tested for the flu have tested positive according to Leatherwood who said that most of the doctors and emergency rooms in the area have stopped using the test because it is not 100 percent accurate and is very expensive.

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Council remains undecided about police coverage BESSEMER CITY – By the end of January Town Council will make a decision on whether to re-launch its own police department 14 years after disbanding it. City Manager James Inman says it’s a tough call for the six member board and purely a financial decision. “Regardless of any rumors around town our working arrangement with Gaston County has been a good one, there have been no issues and police do a great job in this community.� Mayor Becky Smith handed each board member reams of material from the city, consultants and Gaston County at Monday’s council meeting to take home to study. She plans to call a special meeting later this month for a vote on the issue. Inman said that a poll recently conducted on Face-

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Now if the patients exhibit flu-like symptoms, most doctors go ahead and treat them for the flu she added. Cleveland Regional and Kings Mountain Hospitals are still enforcing the directive that no one under the age of 12 is permitted to visit patients. Area nursing facilities are asking that no one with coughs or other flu-like symptoms visit the residents. Flu vaccinations are available at your family physician’s office, many area pharmacies, and the Cleveland County Health Department’s General Clinic located at 315 E. Grover St. in Shelby. The Cleveland County Health Department is now offering free flu vaccines to uninsured and underinsured. There is a consent form available to download on the health

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book, at Angel’s Shop and Central Drug Store revealed that 73% of the city’s 5,400 residents want their own police department run by the city. Gaston County has announced its plans to terminate its contract with Bessemer City July 1 unless the contract can be negotiated. Currently, Bessemer City pays Gaston County $430, 00 annually which includes a 5% increase each year. In 2013 the cost to Bessemer City from the county for police patrolling will be $640,000 with increases for the next three years bringing the total cost by year 2016 to $1.2 million dollars. After first hearing the county’s request for more funds in September, Inman enlisted a private consultant to examine the cost of See BC COUNCIL, 7A

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■ OBITUARIES KINGS MOUNTAIN Nora Batson Humphries, 96, resident of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away January 14, 2013 at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain. She was born in Transylvania County, NC to the late Edward Batson and Etta Selena Garren Batson. She was also preceded in death by her husband Avery Brell Humphries; sons, Jack, Hubert, Lawrence, and James Humphries and five brothers. Mrs. Humphries was retired from the textile industry and a member of Piedmont Baptist Church. She enjoyed selling AVON and was a representative for 40 years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Surviving are her son, Charles Humphries and wife Brenda, Kings Mountain; Janice Gladden Jernigan Member of Mt. Harmony Baptist choir MINT HILL - Janice Gladden Jernigan, 71 of Mint Hill, NC, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at Summit Place of Kings Mount a i n . She was born in Kings Mountain on January 6, 1942 to the late John W. and Millie M. Gladden. She graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1960. She was married to the late Morris Teague Jernigan on January 14, 1962, where they lived in Mint Hill, NC. Janice worked at Southern Bell and then in Commercial Loans at First Citizens Bank in Charlotte, NC. She was an active member in the choir at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church of Matthews as well as a member of the Mint Hill Eastern Star until Alzheimer’s would not allow her to do so. She is survived by her three children: son, James Robert Jernigan, Palm Springs, CA; son, Jerry Ray Jernigan,

Cathy Lynn Wooten GROVER – Cathy Lynn Wooten, 55, 120 Garden Lane, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her

daughters, Jean Grass, Kannapolis, Brenda Carrigan and husband Gerald and Selena Shuffler and husband, Doug, all of Kings Mountain; sisters, Almeta Ellenburg, Brevard, and Edna Adkins and husband Herb, Michigan; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, January 17, at 2 p.m. at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel. Rev. Gene Ware and Rev. Tim Spencer will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain. Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Mint Hill; and daughter Jeanna Jernigan Bryson and son-in-law, Mark Bryson, Kings Mountain. She also has four grandchildren, Katherine Nicole Jernigan, Bryan Edward Jernigan, Philip-Mark Bryson III and Samuel Teague Bryson. Of her ten siblings she was preceded in death by Paul Gladden, Denver Gladden, Lucille G. Falls, Irene G. MacAbee, and John W. Gladden. Her surviving siblings are Tim Gladden, Kings Mountain, Ozelle G. Dixon, Gastonia, NC, Louise G. Fisher, Raleigh, NC, Joyce G. Dumas, Oakridge,TN, and Carl Gladden, Fredericksburg, VA. Funeral services were held at 3p.m. on Sunday, January 13, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 2817 Mt. Harmony Church Road, Matthews, NC 28105. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Choir. Please visit Janice’s online memorial at w w w. m c e w e n m i n t h i l l

McEwen Mint Hill Chapel home. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 13, at Patterson Springs Baptist Church. Interment was in Patterson Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Paul Scism Vietnam War veteran KINGS MOUNTAIN – Paul Scism of Kings Mountain died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at his home. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Mary Hovis Scism and was also preceded in death by a brother, Nolan Scism. He was co-owner of Southern Excavation in Kings Mountain, a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, and he served in the US Army during the Vietnam War receiving the Purple Heart and other awards and medals. Surviving are his wife, Judy Dellinger Scism, Kings Mountain; brothers, Moffett Scism and wife Mary Lou, Bruce Scism and wife

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GROVER - Richard Douglas Cash, 55, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. The funeral service was conducted at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Friday, Jan.11. Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain.

KINGS MOUNTAIN Michelle Asrouch Dorman, 48, 105 Center St., died Saturday, Jan. 5 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. The funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 11, at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.

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RUTHERFORDTON Janie Marie Collins, 93, died Jan. 13, 2013 at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation and Living Center in Rutherfordton. All services are private.

CLOVER, SC – Jeffrey Neal Hagans, 51, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at home. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 from 6-8 M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 209 N.Main St., Clover, SC.

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Lois Tittle Enjoyed family, traveling KINGS MOUNTAIN – Lois Tittle, 87, died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Kings Mountain Hospice House. She was born in S t . Louis, MO to the late G e o rg e Edward Fipps and Myrtle Daniels Fipps. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, June Dains and Faye Sullivan. Lois was a graduate of Lee College, Cleveland TN, a member of First Assembly of God, Gastonia NC and a homemaker. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and enjoying Scrabble. Surviving are her sons, David Tittle and wife Beth, Gastonia, NC; Dale Tittle, Private burial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, 2012.

Sarah Falls McCraney DUNEDIN, FLA. – Sarah Falls McCraney, 77, died Jan. 1, 2013 in Dunedin, Florida. She was born to Cyrus Falls and Bonnie Ware Falls of Kings Mountain and spent many summers in Kings Mountain. A memorial service was held at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home in Dunedin on Janu-

Charlotte, NC; daughter, Rhonda Dedmon, Racine, WI; brother, Ty Fipps, Baton Rouge, LA; sister, Jeannetta Cole, Baton Rouge, LA; five grandchildren, Amber McGrath and husband Brian, Heather Bryan and husband Blue, Jonathan Tittle, Jason Tittle and Crystal Tittle; four great-grandchildren, Madison, Campbell, Lily and Piper; two nieces and one nephew. A graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, Sunday, January 13, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Ron Caulder officiating. Visitation was immediately following the service. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home ary 4, 2013. Elaine H. Yarborough KINGS MOUNTAIN Elaine Holcomb Yarborough, 70, 506 Gantt St., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain. The funeral service was conducted at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Jeff Hensley officiating. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.


- POLICE 8 meth labs found locally in 2012 Eight of the 17 meth labs found in Cleveland County last year were in this area – seven in Kings Mountain and one in Grover, according to law enforcement officers on the investigative team from Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department, Kings Mountain, Shelby and Boiling Springs police. According to NC Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office the county posted one of the largest lab bust increases in the state when compared to 2011 when five were discovered in the county. Sheriff Alan Norman said the crackdown was a collaborative sheriff’s department investigation with Kings Mountain, Shelby and Boiling Springs police departments. “Due to our combined efforts we knocked down those labs,’’ said the sheriff.

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Martha, and David Scism and wife Linda, all of Kings Mountain. A memorial service will be held at Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. Dr. Tim Hendrick and Rev. Steve Blanton will officiate. Following the service, visitation will be in the Family Life Center of the church, from 3:45–4:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the charity of the donors’ choice. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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In a news release Cooper said his office has seen a “significant increase” in smaller meth labs, where people make the drug for personal use rather than buy it from a larger producer or middle man. He said small operations are popular in urban and suburban communities, referred by police as: “one pot” or ‘’shake and bake labs.’’ Meth can be cooked in a plastic soda bottle using small amounts of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in cold medicine. Tighter laws have made it difficult for meth addicts to obtain large amounts of pseudoephedrine from pharmacies. An electronic system tracks purchases and cashiers are notified when a customer has bought the legal limit. Cooper said that technology is making it harder for

meth-makers to evade detection and easier for law enforcement to find them. Counties with the most

lab busts in 2012 included Wilkes with 59, Wayne with 27, Burke with 24 and Anson with 21 labs.

Melton, Ross sentenced Melton gets 10-14 years Mark Edwin Melton, 38, of Kings Mountain, was sentenced to 10-14 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, second degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon The incident followed an altercation with his wife who fled to a neighbor’s house where Melton broke through a window of the residence and fired and threw kerosene into the residence. He was originally charged with discharging a weapon into occupied prop-

erty, second degree burglary, felony larceny, felony attempted first degree arson , possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of attempted murder. Ross gets 4-5 years A Kings Mountain man has been sentenced to four to five years in prison after pleading guilty last week to a Kings Mountain store robbery. Germinique Stephon Ross, 21, pled guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon for an incident Sept. 27, 2012 at Kings Mountain Groceries. Pointing a gun at the store clerk, he demanded money from the cash register and the clerk’s cell phone. A K-9 office tracked him with his dog, Ross fled on foot and was apprehended by Kings Mountain police officers. ARRESTS JAN. 7: Richard Robinson, 30, Gastonia, driving while license revoked. JAN. 8: Stacy Joe Bridges, 39, 510 N. Piedmont Ave., order for arrest, $25,000 bond, secured. JAN. 9: Randy Nelson, 44, 810 Church Rd., failure to appear, driving while license revoked, $7500 bond, secured. JAN. 9: Lamar Eugene Stewart, 42, 100 Yarbro Rd., larceny and possession

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Stack, Walsh to hold book signing Feb. 12 BETH BROCK

A gold rush in the 1790s brought people to an area in North Carolina known as White Plains. With the promise of prosperity from the gold rush and an abundance of land suitable for farming, the area was soon settled by Scotch-Irish and German pioneers. As the railroad was being built, officials asked the local postmistress to name the new railroad station. She chose Kings Mountain, after the Revolutionary War battle fought eight miles south. Over time, Kings Mountain has flourished with industries, churches, education, and cultural institutions while the friendly, hardworking residents have found success in the mines and textile mills. Kings Mountain looks back over 100 years of the city’s residents as they work, study, worship, play, and celebrate their heritage (reprinted with the authors’ and publisher’s permission from Images of America – Kings Mountain, by Sharon Stack and Stephanie Walsh.) How many people in Kings Mountain know that much history about the city? Well, on February 11, 2013, the book Images of America – Kings Mountain will be released by Arcadia Publishing, and everyone will be able to learn a whole lot more about Kings Mountain’s history. Sharon Stack, director of Mauney Memorial Library and Stephanie Walsh, director and curator of Kings Mountain Historical Museum have collaborated to write the new 127-page book with over 200 pictures. A book signing will be held on Tuesday, February 12 at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum at 6:30 p.m. The book is $21.99 plus tax, and the authors plan to split the proceeds equally between the library and the museum. So, what made these two ladies decide to write the book, one in a series of Images of America books? “Simple,� Stack says. “I received an email from the publisher asking if I’d like to do a book on Kings Mountain.� At first she was hesitant because she needed more information than was available at the library on Kings Mountain history. Then she thought of the museum, which is full of knowledge about Kings Mountain, and approached Stephanie about co-authoring the book. The two decided to do the book on behalf of the museum and library and proceeded to get permission from boards of directors, trustees, city council, the mayor, and the city attorney. Everyone approached was very supportive. It was decided that the city and the museum would hold the copyright to the book. Arcadia Publishing was very helpful, never tiring of answering questions. Sharon and Stephanie were told that they would have to have control of the photographs or get permission from the people in the photos. “We went through three editors at Arcadia, and they said we were their favorite team,� Stack said. Getting permission of everyone in the photos turned into a community wide proj-

ect. Word was spread by mouth, websites, and Facebook. It was amazing to discover how many people volunteered to help identify the photos. Although still time consuming, having good assistance helped them meet their deadline. At first the photographer of the 1974 Centennial photo did not want to give permission for the photo to be included, but finally agreed to have it published in the book. Others were happy to have their photos and relatives’ photos included in the book. Facebook turned out to be a good place to display photos. Sharon said they put a photo on the museum’s Facebook page, and asked if anyone recognized the people in the photo. Surprisingly, many people responded. “It was funny to see how many people didn’t recognize themselves in the photos when someone else had identified them!� she added. Going through scores of photographs was a good way for Walsh, a newcomer to Kings

Mountain, to better get to know the people. It gave her an opportunity to get files in order at the museum as well as learn more about Kings Mountain. In the book are copies of several oversized photos that were resized with the assistance of Nicholas Graham, program coordinator at the NC Digital Heritage Center in Chapel Hill. Graham was gracious enough to make the copies with high-end scanners at no cost with the agreement that the center could add the photos to their archived collection that can be viewed online. One gem resized is an area map from 1914. Also resized were photographs of the Kings Mountain Business Men’s Bible Class and the 1974 Commemorative Centennial. So having full time jobs, how long did it take these two remarkable women to compile and identify everyone in the photos and write the book? The proposal was sent to the publisher in late September 2011, and the completed copy of the book was sent to Arcadia Publishers in September 2012. Proofs were sent back right after Thanksgiving, and the book went to press two weeks ago. The authors met once a week realizing just how important it was to meet the deadlines for their book. A lot of time was spent verifying that all facts and photos were correct. The facts and photos were then sent to several Kings

Photos by Beth Brock

Above: The book cover portrays a photo of the Margrace Mill Baseball Team, July 21, 1922. Above-left: Stephanie Walsh (left), director of KM Historical Museum, and Sharon Stack, director of Mauney Memorial Library, hold a copy of the cover of Images of America – Kings Mountain, a book they coauthored which will be released on February 11.

Mountain residents to ensure that everything was correct. The ladies hope that after the book comes out, even more of the photos can be identified. Stephanie will keep an archived copy with the additional identifications in it. Stack said that in addition to the book signing, they hope to have an “autograph day� when people who are in the photos can meet and autograph their photos. Writing a book on Kings Mountain turned out to be informative to the authors who said it was neat to see how the town was formed and how interesting the people of the town are. The Kings Mountain Battle was important, but the mills, fire department, churches, and school also played an important role in establishing the community. The mills were such an integral part of the community. Included in one chapter is a

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story about googoloos, which were tokens used as currency, given to mill employees as a part of their weekly pay. Employees went to the company store to spend their googoloos as a benefit of their employment. Sharon and Stephanie were fascinated to realize how many people had photos they were willing to share. Some shared scrapbooks. The authors stressed to volunteers how valuable the shared information was regardless of how mundane they felt their contributions were to the book. After really going through the photos, which spanned the hundred years between 1874 and 1974, Stack and Walsh soon realized they had too many photos. It was challenging for them to choose which photos should be used. Chapters in the book are written chronoSee BOOK SIGNING, 9A

BC considers new rec center Bessemer City is eyeing building a new recreation center and Monday night town fathers applied for a half million dollar grant to hopefully help finance the major project. “This will be good for kids and for all of us who love our town,’’ said several citizens during a public hearing. Board members also approved applications for other grants, including a downtown incentive grant which

could bring more dollars for downtown improvements, a facade improvement grant which stipulates that business owners making application to the city should present two bids for costs and those awarded will be based on the length of the front of the buildings. City Manager James Inman gave a progress report on the Mickley Bridge project and noted that project costs are higher.

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Opinions... Wendy Isbell Publisher

The view from our side

I took a phone call Tuesday last regarding the lack of coverage the Herald gave the recent Presidential election. While the caller refused to identify herself or provide any contact information (which is usually when I explain that anonymous doesn’t fly here), she was very upset with us and so I attempted to discover her perception of the problem while explaining our time restrictions on press day. (By press time Nov. 6, Mr. Romney was still ahead.) We all know how long it can take to count all of the votes that Americans cast for any election, and it takes longer when it’s for President. You can stay up past midnight and still not get a final tally. Then we hear about it most of the following day, and read about it in the dailies for a couple more. There’s where our position on reporting the news comes in – we are a weekly publication. We publish current news and events pertinent to Kings Mountain, and try not to rehash what you’ve been subjected to for a good part of the week. It’s generally no longer ‘news’. My caller stated several times she feels this makes us biased in the election coverage; she didn’t say which way. I looked that up in my trusty Webster’s and chose “an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment: prejudice.� Now– even if you’ve never met me or the staff of the Kings Mountain Herald, you only have to look at an issue to see we are squarely reporting every story we print. In fact, go online –– and look at the last year’s issues and please contact us ––if you feel we are anywhere prejudiced in our reporting. Ms. Caller also wanted to know what coverage we were planning to give the inauguration on the 21st, and that kinda stumped me because unless there is someone local attending (do let us know if you are) I’m unsure what news we can provide. Please don’t think I’m being disrespectful of the event: this is one of the most solemn occasions in our country: we are trusting the next four years of our lives to this man and his advisors. And he’s promising to do his best for us. And while Mr. Obama made history as the first African-American president of the US of A in 2008, I don’t remember greater national coverage for the swearing-in four years ago than other presidents have received. She also threatened that there was a group getting a petition together to prove the Herald is biased and I’m awaiting that information. All three of our newspapers strive for accurate and fair reporting, and due consideration of our fellow citizens.

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Letter to the Editor To the Editor: In the K. M. Herald dated January 9, 2013, Alan Hodge had a lengthy editorial on the merits of gun control. More specifically, he favored restriction of semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines under his assumptions that they were manufactured strictly for killing. My comments on that portion of his column is that he is right about the purpose of the firearms and that could also be said about 5 or 6 round revolvers or 1 or 2 round derringers. I don’t know about you, or about Alan, but I have a weapon for self-defense. I want it to be able to kill. I certainly don’t want to wound an individual or group of individuals and make them even more aggressive. Where does Alan Hodge and other persons with like thought draw the line? Is it 6 rounds, 10 rounds, 5 rounds or one bullet in the shirt pocket like Barney Fife had in the make believe town of Mayberry. High capacity magazines make it possible to defend against multiple attackers and I can assure you they will not be restricted by weapons. Alan also made the query about whether we believed if gun rights

were changed we could be subjected to further unwanted controls by the government and we would have no way to defend ourselves against our own government or against armed criminals who won’t be affected by gun control laws. Well, Alan, my answer to that is a resounding YES. I do believe it possible and even likely. One further point that I will challenge is that Alan said he contended the authors of the Bill of Rights couldn’t have thought about or known about the power of current firearms. I say that none of us can contend, or pretend to know what the authors might have known, but they had seen remarkable changes in firepower and explosives in their own time and I’ll bet most of us would agree they weren’t stupid. They were smart enough to know we needed the ability to protect ourselves against criminals, tyrants and yes our own government if it stopped being representative of its people and started becoming more of a dictatorship. The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary was indeed a horrific tragedy and everyone I know is shocked and saddened by the awful event, but the guns involved were not the perpetrators of the crime. If you’ve seen the

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news reports you will know that more murders have been committed by blunt instruments than with assault rifles. The type of mass killings that happened in Connecticut certainly makes us want to do something to prevent but a knee-jerk reaction isn’t the answer. I want to be clear that I am not a member of the NRA and don’t agree with lobbyists of any kind, but I do believe they have pointed out a good solution about having armed police at schools to discourage armed criminals (sane or insane). Lastly I will state that I don’t agree with Alan’s assessment that video games somehow play a role in violence, (although that may be possible if someone is already mentally unbalanced). I believe I’m quite a bit older than Alan and I watched tons of horror movies about vampires, etc. and I never had the urge to bite anyone on the juggler. Neither did I have a desire to kill Japanese with hand grenades from watching many war movies. Finally, I saw my share of cowboys with repeating rifles killing others and I had no desire to do the same. I agree with Alan Hodge on one thing, opinions do vary. BEAUFORD BURTON Kings Mountain, NC

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By Lee H. Hamilton The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. When making New Year’s resolutions, the YMCA reminds families that building and maintaining family connectedness is one of the most important resolutions. “At the Y, we are committed to strengthening individuals and families to build stronger communities,� said Taffy Allen, YMCA Wellness Director. “When making New Year’s Resolutions, we encourage people to begin with small changes that are easy to sustain and that lead to big benefits over time. Also, set goals as a family to learn and thrive together.� The YMCA offers a variety of programs that support family time, such as Family Night, Group Exercise Classes, and Parent’s Night Out. There are also simple things families can do at home to improve their family’s health and wellbeing. Following are five New Year’s Resolutions the Y recommends for 2013: 1. Eat Together: Sitting down together for a meal is a great way for parents and children to share stories, or talk about the school day or their favorite part of the day. Set aside time for the family to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at least once a week or every day if scheduling permits. 2. Volunteer Together: Giving back and supporting neighbor’s benefits everyone involved. It teaches children and teens the value of helping others and is also a way to meet new people or discover a new interest. Find an opportunity in your community that the entire family may enjoy, such as cleaning your neighborhood park or

U.S. House of Representatives, retired Ordinarily, the start of a new Congress is a time for optimism. Fresh faces and a purposeful spirit combine to get Congress off to a hope-filled start. Yet Capitol Hill right now is far from optimistic. That’s because last year’s session, with its distressing end by the edge of the fiscal cliff, left the new Congress confronting head on all the challenges that should have been resolved but weren’t: getting spending and the deficit under control, spurring economic growth, and reforming the tax code. Congressional performance at the end of 2012 fell far short, leaving not just a sour taste in most Americans’ mouths, but real cause for concern about how Congress operates. We learned a lot about Capitol Hill from the fiscal cliff episode, and not much of it is flattering. Even when faced with dire consequences, for instance, Congress seems incapable of addressing big national needs in an ambitious way. In an earlier effort to punt on fiscal issues, it created the “fiscal cliff� — and then failed to deal with it. Instead, it cobbled together yet another stopgap measure at the last moment. All of the key issues it had a chance to resolve — the sequester, spending, the debt ceiling — will have to be revisited in the next few months. And that’s before Congress can even get to the real issues of reviving economic growth with investments in research, human capital, and infrastructure. This throws into sharp relief an even more fundamental problem: the traditional legislative system for dealing with



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MEDITATION Time is a gift, appreciate it

Dr. Jeff Hensley Pastor Kings Mountain Baptist Church Someone gave me a gift a few weeks ago. It was one of the calendars produced annually by the Southern Arts Society here in Kings Mountain. With a friend’s help, I framed it and put it on the wall in the conference room that is adjacent to my study. It is an attractive way to mark the days of the year. Of course, time is a gift that we don’t fully appreciate. Someone once wrote

that “time seems to come in little boxes.” “Each box is a single day,” this writer went on to say, “and the little boxes are packed into cartons holding about thirty each, and these cartons are called months. Once a year, we all receive a new shipment of time, and this shipment includes twelve cartons.” Now if we were to take this idea a bit further, just imagine what it might be like to have received your shipment of time for 2013 and stored it somewhere safe. Each day, you slip into the room where your shipment of time is stored and open a new box, which gives you another day. But what might happen if you opened a carton and found that the boxes inside it were empty? Last week I had officiated for two funerals. One was

right here in Kings Mountain, and it was for a kind woman whose beloved sister is a member of my congregation. The other was for a member of a former church where I served back in the early 90s. One of the most precious times I share with people is a funeral. For those of us who are believers, a funeral is a time of celebration as well as mourning. We celebrate the life of a loved one, which has been lived before us and with us, and we also mourn the loss of that life, knowing that, even though our loved one is with God in Heaven, we are left behind and that is painful. Being a Christ-follower certainly makes a funeral much more than a sad time because we know we have and live with hope, but even

though that is true, everybody I know still wants to live this life as long as they can, and this is why time is a gift that we should not take for granted. None of us knows how long we will have in this world, and those of us who are believers also expect that one day Jesus will return and this world will be transformed into a new world, with a totally new beginning. Meanwhile, all of us should be mindful that this life is short, and all of us have only one life to live here and now, so we should take care to live it well. A wise leader had a small sign on his desk that read: “Who if not YOU… when if not NOW?” Time is a precious gift from God, and we would do well to use it wisely and in gratitude to God.

Pierce Robinson shares a scripture reading at Resurrection Lutheran Church’s annual outdoor Epiphany celebration January 6. The appearance of the star that led the Wise Men to the Christ Child is commemorated each year with an outdoor worship service and bonfire. YARD SALE – Carolina Praise and Worship Center, 201 N. Main St., Grover,

will host a church yard sale Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 a.m. The public is invited.

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Church Service Directory KINGS MOUNTAIN Advent Lutheran Church, NALC Member KM Senior Center 909 E. Kings St. Ardent Life Church 420 Branch Street 704-739-7700 Arise Church Kings Mountain YMCA 211 Cleveland Ave.

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 Cornerstone Church Of God 202 Margrace Road 704-739-3773

Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road 704-739-7487

Cornerstone Independent Baptist 107 Range Road 704-737-0477

Boyce Memorial ARP Church Edgemont Drive 704-739-4917

Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310

Burning Bush House of God 310 Long Branch Rd (KM) 704-739-2877

David Baptist Church 2300 David Baptist Church Road 704-739-4555

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

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 El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174

Featured Church of the Week: Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 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 First Church of the Nazarene 121 Countryside Road 704-734-1143

First Presbyterian Church 111 E. King Street 704-739-8072

Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714

First Wesleyan Church 505 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-4266

Kings Mountain Baptist Church 101 W. Mountain Street 704-739-2516

Galilee United Methodist 117 Galilee Church Road 704-739-7011 Gospel Assembly Church 202 S. Railroad Avenue 704-739-5351 Good Hope Presbyterian Church 105 N. Cansler Street 704-739-1062 Grace Fellowship 144 West Mountain Street 704-481-8888 Grace United Methodist Church 830 Church Street 704-739-6000

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Drafting students use 3D printer to grab attention of Snow Lizard! When Kings Mountain High School Resource Officer Shane Davis purchased a $130 “SLXtreme� case for his iPhone that is shock and water proof and solar powered, he was disappointed to learn that the company, Snow Lizard, did not yet offer a belt clip for the case. He solicited the help of KMHS Drafting instructor Dan Owens to come up with a belt clip rugged enough for a police officer that would hold the phone case in a manner to allow it to maximize the solar powering feature. Mr. Owens immediately saw an opportunity of a learning experience for his Drafting II – Engineering Honors class and presented the team leaders with the problem. He asked them to work together with him and the other students to come up with a solution that they could design and draw in CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) and then print out on their 3D printer. The 3D printer is a recently acquired tool that Mr.


Owens uses to teach his students the processes and techniques used to design, create prototypes, and even manufacture new products. The machine is a type of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) machine that uses ABS plastic to create a part by extruding the plastic and laying it down in layers. Mr. Owens says, “It doesn’t cut anything like most CAM machines, but rather it builds the part from the ground up.� As the plastic cools, it hardens and results in a part that can be studied, tested, and even used in applications such as the belt clip. Mr. Owens’ students designed and printed a total of four prototypes before creating one that worked perfectly. Officer Davis became their testing medium by wearing the clip and reporting back to the class any changes needed. The last version pleased Officer Davis so well that Mr. Owens and his class decided to contact the company and see if they would be interested in the design. Within 20 minutes of sending the

Drafting II Engineering Honor students, above, participate in a video conference on “Skype� with a Utah manufacturer Andreas Haase (pictured) about a belt clip the class designed for a KM police officer. email, Andreas Haase, Chief Creative Officer with Snow Lizard Design House in Park City, Utah wrote back and asked to see the design. After exchanging emails, pictures, and video clips, Mr. Haase asked if he could “Skype� with the class to talk about design and manufacturing. With some support help from the school’s Media Center Manager Tina Mallen, the class was able to

conduct a video-conference via Skype with Mr. Haase Friday morning during their first period class. Mr. Haase congratulated the class on a “great design idea� and went on to answer multiple questions from the students. During the 35 minute video conference, Mr. Owens took the opportunity to introduce Officer Davis to Mr. Haase and mentioned others in attendance such as Mr. Fogleman, the CTE Director, Mr.

Queen, one of the school’s assistant principals and Ms. Spicer, the school’s CTE counselor. Mr. Haase explained that his company is in the final stages of tooling and setup to start manufacturing their own belt clip design within the next couple of weeks. The clip will be produced in the U.S. The company’s design is interchangeable with extra parts that allow the phone to be “held� in and on

several items such as book bags and bicycles. He challenged the class to think about designing parts that could be interchanged with their clip to hold the case on other items. Mr. Haase has agreed to send the class examples of the phone cases as well as the new belt clips for study and demonstration. Directly after the conference, the class began to explore other options of design possibilities to compliment Snow Lizards’ clip such as a clamp to attach the phone to a kayak or to a car’s windshield, etc. Mr. Owens was very pleased with the outcome of the conference and thinks that the learning experience for the students is beyond value. He said, “Without the support of Mr. Fogleman and the school board, we wouldn’t have this machine in a classroom setting. This is a hands-on experience that brings the kids into twentyfirst century thinking and allows them to see the uses of what they learn in the real world.�


Press Conference Jan. 17 Two high-profile organizations in Cleveland County will hold a joint press conference Thursday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in LeGrand Center, 1800 East Marion Street, Shelby. The press conference will be in the Atrium on the second floor. The invitation-only press conference will feature a significant donor announcement by LeGrand Center management and a longrange Keeter Stadium improvement plan by the Executive Committee of the American Legion World Series.

Professionals program Workforce professionals are invited to the Professionals Aspiring to Teach Program on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5-7 p.m. in the Teacher Center at the Cleveland County School’s Business Office (old Central

School) on Ridge Street in Kings Mountain. Charlotte Regional Alternative Licensing Coordinator Penny Powell will speak on how degreed professionals can begin teaching with a provisional license while working toward a professional educator’s license during employment. Additional information can be found at North Carolina is currently experiencing teacher shortages in math, science, exceptional children and foreign language. The on-line registration process requests that registrants upload an unofficial transcript. This is not required but will help Human Resources registration better prepare for the event. Transcripts will only upload in the format of doc, docx and pdf. If you can’t obtain a copy before registering, Human Resource Representative Althea Crawley will be accepting unofficial transcripts via email prior to the event at alcrawley@cleveland-

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Senior games Register for 2013 Gaston County Senior Games now until Feb. 15 at the Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas/Cherryville Highway, Dallas. The fee is $15 if you register by Feb. 8, $20 after until Feb. 15. Call 704-922-2163. The Gaston Senior Games is one of 53 local games sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games for adults 55 and older. Golf, bowling, tennis, track, softball, basketball, corn hole, pickle ball, swimming as well as Silver Striders, the national award-winning walking program, and Silver Arts, the statewide arts program, are among the events for which adults will compete and winners go on to state competition.

John Williams, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, is a new member of the American Angus AssociationÂŽ, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. The Association records ancestral information, keeps production records on individual animals, and develops industry-leading selection tools for its members. These programs and services help members select and mate the best animals in their herds to produce quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.


Medicare Preventive Services: What’s free, what’s not! Dear Savvy Senior, What types of preventive health screenings does Medicare completely cover, and which ones require a coinsurance fee? I’m due to get some preventive tests done, but I want to find out how much I’ll have to pay before I proceed. Frugal Retiree Dear Frugal, Medicare covers a wide array of preventive services to help you stay healthy, but it’s important to know which services are totally covered, and which ones will generate some out-of-pocket costs. Free Services Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, original Medicare now offers many of their preventive health services completely free to beneficiaries. Preventive services include various exams, lab tests and screenings that help find health problems in their earliest stages when they’re easier to treat. They also include a number of vaccinations and programs for health monitoring, as well as counseling and education to help you take care of your own health.


Here’s a quick rundown of the different Medicare preventive services that won’t cost you a cent, along with the eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to get them. • Wellness visits: All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for two types of preventive wellness visits – one when you’re new to Medicare and one each year after that. But don’t confuse these with full physical examinations. These are prevention-focused visits that provide only an overview of your health and medical risk factors and serve as a baseline for future care. • Colorectal cancer screening: The fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is available to all beneficiaries age 50 or older. • Mammograms: All women with Medicare ages 40 and older can get a free breast cancer screening mammogram every year. • Pap tests and pelvic exams: These cervical and vaginal cancer screenings are available every two years, or once a year for those at high risk. • Prostate cancer screenings: Annual PSA blood tests are available to all male beneficiaries age 50 and older. • Cardiovascular screenings: Free blood test to check cholesterol, lipid and

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POLICE From page 2A stolen goods, $7500 bond, secured. He was also cited for failure to carry driver’s license. JAN. 10: Darrell Woods, 50, 201 Thornburg Dr., driving while license revoked, $165. Cash. JAN. 11: Carla Renee Dragon, 30, Mocksville, show cause, $420 bond, secured. JAN. 11: Billy Joe McCutcheon, 40, 212 N. City St. , intoxicated/drunk, $500 bond, secured. JAN.12: Michael Keith Edmondson, 50, 209 A S. Juniper St., breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, all felonies, $5,000 bond, secured. JAN. 13: Chasity Susan Holland, 39, 707 W. Gold St., assault with deadly weapon, $10,000 bond, secured. CITATIONS JAN. 8: Jeremy Watson, 22, Gastonia, revoked license, red light violation. JAN. 9: Brad Strong, 23, Shelby, revoked license. JAN. 9: Noykeyious Woods, 23, Gastonia, expired tag. JAN. 9: A 17-year-old male was cited for red light violation. JAN. 9: Jonathan Cascell, 24, 103 Crowder’s Ridge Lane, no insurance. JAN. 9: Jamie Scott Windham, 45, Gastonia, expired tag. JAN. 9: Brandon Foster, 27, Charlotte, speeding, revoked license. JAN. 9: Tommy Bivens, 31, 301 Fairview St., revoked license. JAN. 9: Byron Fite, 58, Spruce Pine, speeding. JAN. 9: Holli Watkins, 32, Bessemer City, speeding and without due caution. JAN. 10: Rickie Ross, 58, Shelby, speeding, failure to notify DMV of address change. JAN. 10: Michael Southards, 45, 105 Dove Court, no inspection, expired tag, failure to carry driver’s license. JAN. 10: Darrell Woods, 50, 201 Thornburg Dr., revoked license. JAN. 10: James Conrad Dujuan Robinson, 22, 131 Surratt drive, stop sign violation. JAN. 11: Jarrett Willis, 21, Shelby, red light violation. JAN. 12: Roger Robertson, 20, 806 Grace St., fictitious tag. JAN. 12: John Edward Bowen, 60, Shelby, expired tag, no inspection, revoked license. JAN. 12: Ricky Revis Jr., 19, 204 S. Oriental Ave., speeding. JAN. 12: Brandon Short, 23, 702 Erskine Dr., speeding, unsafe movement. JAN. 12: Karen Murray, 40, 138 Tr Foster Rd., no inspection, expired tag. JAN. 13: David Lee Bolin, 27, Cherryville, expired tag. JAN. 13: Joshua Hite, 25, Belmont, red light violation, no operator’s license. INCIDENTS JAN.3: Cleveland Country Club, Shelby, reported someone obtained property by false pretenses by using the business information at a local bank.

JAN 7: A resident of Chestnut Woods Drive reported that his back windshield was damaged $200 by someone shooting a BB gun. JAN.7: A resident of York Road reported theft of a utility trailer, tool box and two black canvas tarps from his yard. JAN 8: Cash Pro Pawn Shop, 101 S. Battleground Ave., reported that a customer obtained property by false pretense, a Maverick 88 pump action shotgun. JAN 8: A resident of Mountain Crest Drive reported theft of a 2005 red Chevrolet Silverado. JAN. 8: City of Kings Mountain, 1013 Piedmont Ave., reported theft of an electric meter. JAN. 9: A resident of Harmon Road reported theft of a green Chevy pickup truck, men’s wallet and Samsung phone. JAN. 9: Cash Pro Pawn, 101 S. Battleground Ave., reported theft of a laptop computer. JAN. 9: Bridges Hardware, 301 W. King St., reported theft of chain link fence valued at $1560. JAN. 10: A resident of Scism Road reported on-line fraud. JAN. 11: A resident of Center Street reported a car break-in and theft of a CD player and Sony Explode L5 Series valued at $650. JAN. 12: A resident of Center Street reported a breakin and theft of a desk top computer, software, home theater system, currency, cosmetics, color TV, and HP laptop valued at over $4,000. JAN. 12: A resident of White Plains Drive reported theft of a wallet containing currency and ID cards. WRECKS JAN. 4: Officer F. L. Wittington said a 1993 Honda operated by Kenaz Byers of Grover rear-ended a 2001 Ford operated by Kimberly Hill, 104 Center St., on King Street. Property damages were estimated at $2,000. JAN. 8: Officer B. L. Wilkinson said Tamra Ashe, 1140 Oak Grove Rd., was traveling on the US 74 Bypass and struck an object in the road. Property damage to her car was estimated at $3500. JAN. 8: Officer B. L. Wilkinson said Ebony Hayes, Moncks Corner, SC, was driving on I-85 North behind what appeared to be a motor home vehicle. She told the officer that the other driver moved right into the exit ramp at exit 8 and then abruptly turned back into the travel lane and hit her car. Property damages were estimated at $3500. JAN. 9: Officer K. L. Putnam said a 2001 Buick owned by Melvin Hosch Sr. of Shelby was parked at Phifer Road Washerette and was struck by a 2008 Hyundai operated by Lakeisha McClain, 122 Tepee Lane. Property damages were estimated at $2,000. JAN. 9: Officer F.L. Wittington reported a 2003 Mitsubishi operated by Nichole Decoskey of Kernersville struck a 2002 Dodge operated by Mary Short Mull, 1560 York Rd. The accident happened on the US 74 West off ramp at Oak Grove Rd. Property damages were estimated at $3,000.

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Horn, Holbrook headed for Hall of Fame Two of the leaders of the campaign to have Shelby and Cleveland County become the official home of The American Legion World Series will be inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Newton, N.C., in March 2013. Edwin C. “Eddie� Holbrook and William James “Jim� Horn, co-chairmen of the Executive Committee of the American Legion World Series, will be among the inductees on March 9 when the N.C. Department of the American Legion holds its 46th Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet. “I’m so proud of this induction choice,� said N.C. Division Baseball Commissioner Roy Waters. “Nobody is more deserving to be in the Hall of Fame than Eddie and Jim. They’re brought North Carolina to the top. There are not enough accolades to tell you what I think of these two men. They have done such a fantastic job bringing the World Series to North Carolina and making it a great success.� Jim Quinlan, American Legion Baseball Program Coordinator, will be the featured speaker at the Hall of Fame Banquet. He has worked with Holbrook and Horn through all of their ALWS involvement. “Eddie and Jim are a great team and complement each other perfectly,� Quinlan said. “They are humble and hard-working and never ask for any special favors. Both are always ‘in it’ for the right reasons – for their community and for the good of American Legion Baseball. “These men have been outstanding leaders long before any involvement with American Legion Baseball, but The American Legion has been the beneficiary of their leadership for over a decade. What makes them very deserving of this honor is their vision and their conviction to make The American Legion World Series a pinnacle event for every player, every coach, every parent at the end of a long season.� Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony responded to the news with these words: “Those of us here in Shelby and Cleveland County are acutely aware of Eddie’s and Jim’s outstanding leadership and consistent commitment to The American Legion World Series. Working quietly and tirelessly, Eddie and Jim never promote their work or expect the spotlight to be on themselves. They are true humble servants to our community. “Shelby is honored to be the official home of the Series and greatly appreciates all the tournament brings to our city. We congratulate Eddie and Jim on their induction and say once again, ‘Job well done!’� Other 2012 inductees will be Terry Boyles, athletic officer for Post 43 in Kinston; Ron Powell, head coach of Post 67 in Cary; and the late James Starkey of Post 203 in Newport. Before his death in 2011, Starkey was athletic of-

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ficer of Post 203 and led the organization of the Junior American Legion Baseball program with the post. Also honored at the banquet will be Area IV Player of the Year Dylan Hastings, a pitcher for Cherryville’s Post 100 team. Holbrook is a Cleveland County commissioner and senior dean of development and governmental relations for Cleveland Community College. Horn is retired after a career which included serving as a teacher and coach, a U.S. probation officer and a member of the N.C. House of Representatives. Both men have long records of community involvement and the promotion of sports, including coaching positions. Both have been instrumental in bringing American Legion Baseball events to Cleveland County, including the Southeastern Regional in 2002, the Southeastern Regional and the World Series in 2008 and The American Legion World

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Jim Horn, left, and Eddie Holbrook will be inducted into the NCAL Baseball Hall of Fame on March 9. Series for four years beginning in 2011. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet are $20; they are on sale at Champion Communications, 500 West Warren Street, Shelby, during the weekday hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checks should be payable to American Legion Post 48 Baseball. Tickets also

can be purchased by credit card online at The banquet includes a social hour at 5 p.m., a meal at 6 p.m. and the guest speaker and awards at 7 p.m. The banquet will be at the Hickory Fairgrounds, 1127 West Highway 70, Newton, N.C.

BC COUNCIL: remains undecided about police coverage From page 1A starting up a local police department again. That report, completed by retired N.C. State University Police Chief Tom Younce, broke down all the anticipated expenses. An 11-man police staff – with a captain, two sergeants, and eight officers would cost about $440,000 a year. Benefits would bump the cost to $640,000. Factoring in vehicles, uniforms, weapons and other necessities Bessemer City’s cost in 2013 to operate its own police department would be $858,484, according to figures supplied by the city m a n a g e r . The city currently allows the county to use an 8,000 square foot building at city hall as a police substation.

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The study estimated set value of the free rent at $100,000 a year to the county. Free space on the top of a water tower that the city provides for county communications equipment is worth another $450,000 annually, according to the report pro-

vided by a consultant. Neighboring Cherryville, meeting Monday night at Cherryville City Hall, was mulling the same question talked about for months. The vote was taken and Cherryville will continue to run its own police department.

How do police costs compare in neighboring cities? Based on per capita figures supplied by BC Manager James Inman in area police budgets the lowest cost for police service in the area is in Rankle, a small community in Gaston County, $96 per person. Bessemer City will pay $174 per capita (person), proposed costs for policing of a community of 5,400 people if it negotiates a new contract with Gaston County later this month. This figure compares to $76 per person today. Kings Mountain, five miles away from Bessemer City and with a population of 10,000 plus, has a per capita projected police cost of $271 per person

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FLU: appears to be weakening

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department’s website at chd/. The General Clinic is a walk-in facility with no appointment necessary. If you have any questions concerning the flu vaccination or other health related questions, you can call the clinic at 704-484-5154. According to the state’s flu website ( at least 17 people in NC have died from the flu this season. These deaths are broken down by age group: 13 in the 65 plus group; two in the 50– 64 age group; and two in the 35–49 age group. There

underway in the county schools. A new safety committee held its first meeting last week with a goal to standardize all school-wide safety practices. The new team to target school safety is composed of law enforcement, schools, and parents. After the shooting in Connecticut Dec. 14, 2012, Sheriff Alan Norman presented his task force recommendation to police chiefs in Kings Mountain, Shelby and Boiling Springs, and to Supt. Boyles. The security task force includes representatives of the Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police, Kings Mountain Police, Boiling Springs Police, Cleveland County Emergency Management, Dewey Cook, Shelby Fire and Kings Mountain Fire Departments. The sheriff is pushing for funding to place a school resource officer at each elementary school for which the sheriff’s office is responsible. Kings Mountain Police assigns two officers, one at the middle school and one at the high school as does

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Shelby PD at middle and high school. The sheriff assigns six officers to secondary schools. There are two officers assigned to drug and gang education programs by Shelby Police Department. Each middle and high school in the county has a resource office on duty and there is also a DARE officer who rotates among the county’s elementary schools, said Fisher. He added that the resource officers are tops and he has great rapport with law enforcement in the county. Fisher distributed copies of a preparedness work sheet that each principal receives. He said principal’s meetings with Dr. Boyles, John Yarbro and himself are underway to develop an individualized plan for each school, to review each facility, assess the needs of each school, prioritize district and school needs and develop district and school action plans. “We want everyone to know exactly what is expected in an emergency and what each person is to do for the safety of our children,’’ said Fisher, adding, “We’re crossing every t.”

YOUR INPUT: needed for planning and growth From page 1A more than 2 million more people expected to live in the region by 2050. Kings Mountain city leaders and the Kings Mountain Planning Department are working with the staff of Centralina Council of Governments to help create a regional planning framework to help meet the shared challenges of communities and plan for the dramatic projected growth of the region Residents and business owners will be invited to give input on what they valued about their community and region and what they think are the biggest challenges facing the region. This information will be used to develop evaluation criteria important to the process moving forward as we consider how the region should grow. The drop-in open house is staffed, will have board exhibits, and stations and people can ask questions, provide input and are free to come and go as they choose during the open house time period. For more information, contact the Kings Mountain Planning Department at 704-734-4595 or visit the website at

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were none in the 18–24 age group. There were seven deaths alone in NC the week of Dec. 15, 2012. The national count is up to at least 40 deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, the flu vaccination is still the best defense against catching the flu. The agency strongly urges people to “Take 3” actions to fight the flu. The first action is to get a flu vaccine. You should check with your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for the flu vaccine. Children under the age of six and people with serious health issues should not get the vaccine, but instead the people

caring for them should be vaccinated. The second action is to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. For those trying to ward off the flu, hospital officials recommend taking these precautions: · Try to avoid close contact with sick people. · If you are sick with flulike illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol.) · While sick, limit contact with others as much as

possible to keep from infecting them. · Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. · Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub. · Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. · Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Action three is to take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

CLEVELAND COUNTY: dropout rates down From page 1A The number of students graduating statewide has improved during the past six years as well. In 2012, 80 percent of N.C. students who started ninth grade in 200809 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from 77.9 percent in 2011 and 68.8 percent in 2006. Some 180 students in grades nine through 12 (3.56 percent) dropped out of schools in Cleveland County in 2012 – 70 students less than in 2010-11 when 250 (4.81 percent) left without graduating. Last year’s rate of 3.56 percent represents an improvement of more than 3 points since 2007-08 when the rate was 6.76 percent. And, the number of students dropping out each year has been reduced by half since 2007-08 when 376 students left school before graduating. State average dropout rates also improved last year to 3 percent down from 3.43 percent in the for students in grades nine through 12. The annual dropout rate differs from the four-year cohort graduation rate. The co-

hort graduation rate follows a group of ninth-graders across four years’ time and reports the percentage of these students who graduate four years after they begin high school. The annual dropout rate illustrates the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. A lower dropout rate often corresponds with a higher graduation rate as is the case in Cleveland County. The local graduation rate exceeded 77 percent in 2012 – an improvement of more than 4 percentage points from the previous year and the highest rate ever recorded. Figures show 77.7 percent of those local students who entered ninth-grade in 2008-09 completed high school in four years of less. This is up from of 73.2 percent in 2011 and an improvement of more than 15 percentage points since 2005-06. The number of students graduating statewide has improved during the past six years as well. In 2012, 80 percent of N.C. students who started ninth grade in 2008-

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from 77.9 percent in 2011 and 68.8 percent in 2006.

CONTEST: to highlight MLK Day celebration From page 1A previewed to the public during the special opening exhibit and reception with the artists on Monday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Kings Mountain City Hall lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Over 20 entries were exhibited last year at city hall until Jan. 31. The exhibit was moved to the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life & Conference Center and displayed during Black History Month in February. The photography exhibition is open to residents of Cleveland County and students in the Cleveland County Schools system. There is no entry fee. A total of $300 in cash prizes will go to first, second and third place winners in both adult and student divisions. Cash prizes will be presented at the Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting of City Council at 6 p.m. “We are encouraging the community to share their vision of faith and believe this theme will provide great latitude in artistic interpretation,’’ said Ellis Noell, Director of Special Events for the City of Kings Mountain. “It has become a lot easier to take photographs with the help of today’s technical advancements from smart phone camera features to the easyto-use point and shoot cameras that a lot of people got as Christmas gifts this year,’’ added Noell. Photographic prints or digital disk will be accepted by mail or can be dropped off at City Hall or emailed to Deadline for submission is Friday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. Information, eligibility and rules of submission are available on the city’s website, www.cityofkm.,com or call Lynda Maddox at 704-734-0333.

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FISCAL CLIFF: what the deal tells us about Congress From page 4A


City workers are laying pipe and constructing a new regulator for a natural gas line in the Canterbury Road community where natural gas will become available from the City of Kings Mountain to approximately 40 customers. “We want to continue to provide service for our citizens and expansion of natural gas is one of our goals for the new year,’’ said Mayor Rick Murphrey, right, at the site.


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logically and each has a different theme. The authors seldom disagreed and got along well while writing the book. They agree with the publisher that they make a good team, with the library and museum both having such good collections of Kings Mountain history. Included in the book is a photo of Hazel Herndon Fryer, who was a “Red Cross Girl� during World War II. Fryer went on to become a local librarian and wrote poems and memoirs which the ladies enjoyed reading. Images of America – Kings Mountain is one of many in a series. Others in the surrounding area in the series include Shelby, Cleveland County, Gardner Webb University, Gastonia/Gaston County, The Cleveland County Fair, Forest City, and several on Rutherford County. For a complete list of the “Images� series, visit the publisher’s website at Sharon wants to thank the library staff for all their as-

sistance – Ann Gamble was very helpful in identifying photos and Landon Hulsey helped digitize photos. Stephanie is grateful to all museum board members who were extremely helpful and all the Kings Mountain “folks� who volunteered information and photos. The Southern Arts Society also partnered with Stephanie and Sharon. The 2013 calendar they produced features Then and Now scenes from Kings Mountain. The January calendar features Mrs. Briggs finding the gold nugget that brought the North Carolina gold rush to White Plains—the future Kings Mountain. February 12th is approaching quickly, and Sharon and Stephanie invite everyone to come to the Kings Mountain Historical Museum at 6:30 p.m. The books will be on-hand, ready for purchase. It will be a treat to meet the authors and have them autograph your books. The book makes a great gift and all proceeds benefit the library and museum.

Inspections Facility inspections by the Cleveland County Health Department during the period Jan. 7-11 included the following: Battleground Petroleum, York Road, 97.0; Griffin Drug Center, W. Mountain

St.,96.5; Mi Pueblito, York Road, 97.5; Papa John’s Pizza, Battleground Ave., 98.5; Quality Inn Breakfast, York Road, 98.5; and Kings Mountain Middle School lunchroom, 98.0.

distributing food at a local food bank. 3. Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities that allow interaction and camaraderie. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home. If you do want to watch television, maybe have a movie night with the family. 4. Be Physically Active: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and wellbeing. 5. Put Extras to Good Use: Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs. You can also get the entire family involved and demonstrate to the children the value of giving. For additional tips or to learn more about the YMCA’s programs, contact 704-739-9631 (Kevin D. Osborne is Senior Executive Director of Kings Mountain Family YMCA, 211 Cleveland Avenue.)

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tough issues in a rational manner is broken. The timehonored approach afforded by the regular committee process, the pull and tug of negotiations as legislation worked its way through multiple players, the vetting and deal-making that once took place in a Congress organized to do so – all of that is gone. Instead, like an uncontrollable twitch, Congress repeatedly indulges in fiscal brinksmanship. This leaves it unable to deal effectively with our challenges, raises serious doubts about the viability of the system, and causes the rest of the world to question our ability to lead. It was noteworthy that the broad outlines of the fiscal cliff agreement were negotiated by two people. Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while thousands of tiny but important details were left to staff. Some of the most prominent names in American politics decried the lack of transparency in the process and their own irrelevance to it. The issues being negotiated were of enormous importance to their constituents, but powerful and backbench legislators alike had less input into what was going on than even the unelected staff members of the key players. Their only role was an up-or-down vote at the end. This is worth noticing because one other thing the fiscal cliff fiasco made clear is that the approach many new members of Congress took during the campaign – that they intend to help Congress get things done – is sorely needed. Politicians on Capitol Hill at the moment are simply unwilling to make truly hard decisions. Commenting on the Republicans in the wake of negotiations, New York Times columnist David Brooks said, “The core thing (the fiscal cliff deal) says about them is they want to reform entitlements and cut spending, but they can’t actually propose any plans to do these things because it would be politically unpopular� The same might be said of Democrats and the White House, who recognizes that entitlement reform needs to be on the table, but are reluctant to specify what they want to see. So we’re left with two parties passing one another in the night, unable to come to terms and unwilling to risk alienating their core constituencies to do so. In our system of representative democracy, Capitol Hill should be the place where their competing concerns get hammered out. What we learned from the fiscal cliff negotiations is that Congress isn’t that place. As a former member, I’m embarrassed that we can’t govern this nation better Maybe the new Congress will have the courage to change course.




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Hot-shooting Mountaineers top Chargers

Kings Mountain’s Markel Hemphill, right, throws North Gaston’s Brandon Anderson in 160-pound battle in Big South 3A wrestling action last week at KM’s Parker Gym.

North Gaston tops KM Tuesday night’s opening Big South 3A Conference wrestling match at Kings Mountain’s Donald L. Parker Gymnasium brought out a huge crowd and the excitement of a championship battle. Although the season is still young, it will probably eventually prove to be for the BSC regular season title. North Gaston, the 2011-12 champion, got most of its victories by pins while most of the Mountaineers’ wins came on decisions and the Wildcats escaped with a 41-25 victory. Kings Mountain’s only lead (6-0) came after the very first scheduled match when 106-pound Cameron Sarvis was awarded a forfeit. From there the Wildcats broke from a slim 14-12 advantage to a 29-12 margin heading into the last six matches.

After KM’s Markel Hemphill’s tiebreaker win in the 160-pound match and Austin Champion’s major decision in the 180-pound bout made the score 29-19, the Mountaineers had a shot at winning but it was becoming obvious they needed to win by pins. Two of the state’s top-ranked 182pounders, Collin Johnson of the Wildcats and Jonathan Clark of the Mountaineers faced off with Johnson pinning Clark in 5:28 to stretch the margin to 35-19. That meant the Mountaineers would have to win the final three matches by pins to take the victory. KM’s Jacob Miller and Cody Griffith won the 195 and 220-pound bouts, respectively, on decisions before 285-pound James Passmore of the Wildcats pinned KM’s

Zach Hayes to account for the final margin. 106 - Cameron Sarvis (KM) WBF; 113 - Ian Machamer (NG) tech. fall Zach Melton 18-3; 120 Nathan Rice (NG) d. Quay Smith 15-9; 126 - James Barstrom (NG) p. Marquise Camp 1:58; 132 - Taylor Smith (KM) p. Justin Waters 2:22; 138 - Eli Moody (NG) d. Alex Austin 5-3; 145 - Jonathon Stinard (NG) p. Collen Queen 3:44; 152 - Jordan Galyan (NG) p. Elijah Whitaker 2:43; 160 - Markel Hemphill (KM) tb2 Brandon Anderson 11-5; 170 - Austin Champion (KM) maj. Dec. Paul Walters 10-2; 182 - Collin Johnson (NG) p. Jonathan Clark 5:28; 195 - Jacob Miller (KM) d. Lathan Bumgarner 5-2; 220 Cody Griffith (KM) d. Jesus Marell 97; 285 - James Passmore (NG) p. Zach Hayes 2:37

KM falls to Crest Kings Mountain fell to Crest 42-32 in a Big South wrestling match Friday at Crest. 106 - Matthew Strickland © p Cameron Sarvis 0:50; 113 - Zach Melton (KM) maj. dec. Kris Martin 12-4; 120 - Quay Smith (KM) p. Thomas McLaughlin 3:17; 126 - Dylan Crosby © p. Marquise Camp 1:43; 132 Taylor Smith (KM) p. Houston Camp 0:20; 138 - Dover Lowery © p. Alex Austin 3:00; 145 - Jacob Graff © d. Collen Queen 10-5; 152 Ethan Martin © p. Elijah Whitaker 2:54; 160 - Markel Hemphill (KM) p. Jordan Gray 1:47; 170 - Austin Champion © maj. dec. Andrew Carey 11-1;182 Dustin Greene © p. Chance Frederick 3:56; 195 Zachary Deaton © pinned Mason Fleisher 1:54; 220 Thomas Willis © d. Jacob Miller 3-2; 285 - Zach Hayes (KM) forf.

JV boys whip NG Kings Mountain defeated North Gaston 33-25 in a JV basketball game Tuesday at North Gaston. Dante Starr led the Montaineers with 11 points. Tico Crocker added eight and Demetrius Hill six. Noah Sadler scored nine and Jalen Webber seven for the Wildcats. The JV Mountaineers fell to Crest 42-33 Friday at Parker Gym to go 3-2 in the Big South 3A and 8-5 overall. Xavier Johnson led the Mountaineers with 10 points. Zavier Roberts added 7, Demetrius Hill 6 and Tico Crocker 5.

Kings Mountain’s boys won their second straight game and the girls lost their third in a row in a Big South 3A encounter with Crest Friday night at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium. The Mountaineers hung on in the final minute to upset the Chargers 72-70 for their third BSC win five outings, and their seventh in 16 games overall. The girls faced another obstacle in the opener after losing freshman standout Tiffani Thompson in pregame warmups. They still played the first place Crest ladies tough for three quarters before falling 58-41. The Mountaineers end the first round of conference play Friday night at Forestview and will begin the second round January 25 at South Point. The Mountaineers got their most balanced attack of the season and turned back the Chargers on two potential game-winning shots in the final seconds. The Mountaineers hit 52 percent from the floor (30 of 58), including 59 percent (24 of 41) from two-point range. Junior James Tillman led the attack with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and Chad Sanders added 13 points, including a pair of pressure free throws to put the Mountaineers out front 72-69 with a minute remaining. Point guard Shawn

James Tillman’s 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots led KM over Crest Friday. Adams contributed 10 points and forward Solomon Hawkins had nine points and eight rebounds. Wil Sellers had six points and eight rebounds. Kings Mountain’s girls kept pace with the Lady Chargers most of the way but a 20-10 Crest scoring advantage in the fourth period allowed them to pull away. “This might have been one of our best efforts of the year,” noted KM Cocah Mike Harris. Harris was especially pleased with how several ladies stepped up after Thompson went down with a knee injury in warm ups. Thompson’s status for this week is uncertain at this point. See Crest, 6B

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Ian Machamere, top, of North Gaston controls Kings Mountain’s Zach Melton in 113-pound class in last week’s Big South wrestling match at Parker Gym. The Wildcats opened defense of their BSC championship with a 41-25 victory.

Hemphill wins six of seven in Rock Hill Invitational Kings Mountain’s Markel Hemphill won six of his seven matches in the recent Bearcat Invitational wrestling tournament in Rock Hill, SC. Hemphill, wrestling in the 160-pound division, was pinned by Boulware of Rock Hill in his first match but came back to win his final six matches by pins, including one over Boulware. Hemphill’s other pins came over Yang of Augusta Christian, Dickens of Spartanburg, Jason King of Foresttview, Beeks of Greenville and Hoskins of Parkland. Other KM results: 106 pounds - DJ Harris (Lancaster) p. Zach Melton; Melton p. L. Maningdine of Startford; T. Purnell of Parland p. Melton. 120 - Colby Bailey (KM) p. K. Phanly of Spartanburg; C. Southard (York) p. Bailey; M. Howard (Ardrey Kell) won by injury default over Bailey. 126 - A. Harris (Ardrey Kell) p. Marquise Camp; M. Stickney (Startford) p. Camp. 132 - Taylor Smith (KM) p. R. Machamer (Easley); C. Bess (FV) p. Smith; K. Greenwood (Lake Norman) p. Smith. 138 - Alex Austin (KM) p. D. Rice (Bamberg-Ehrhardt); J. Cannon (Dorman) p. Austin; Austin p. J. Donatien (AL Brown); Austin p. T. Warlaw (Greenville); C. Cook (Cuthbertson) p. Austin.

145 - N. Llanos (Ardrey Kell) p. Collen Queen; C. Crothers (LN) p. Queen. 152 - Elijah Whitaker (KM) p. S. Martinez (AL Brown); P. Long (BambergEhrhardt) p. Whitaker; Whitaker p. T. Hill (LN); B. Isaac (Sun Valley) p. Whitaker. 170 - Jonathan Clark (KM) p. Penro (Spartanburg); C. Childers (Rock Hill) p. Clark; Clark p. R. Brown (BambergEhrhardt); Clark p. J. Walther (Cuthbertson); R. Moore (York) p. Clark; Clark p. C. Childers (RH). 182 - E. Martinez (Parkland) p. Mason Fleisher; C. Armstrong (Ashbrook) p. Fleisehr. 195 - Jacob Miller (KM) p. D. Mullins (Spartanburg); K. Ware (AL Brown) p. Miller; Miller p. J. Simpkins (Greenville); Miller p. B. Murray (Boiling Springs); Ready (LN) p. Miller; Miller p. R. Hammond (Dorman). 220 - Cody Griffith (KM) p. B. Harwell (Forestview); J. Driscoll (Nation Ford) p. Griffith; J. Couvillion (Greenville) p. Griffith. 285 - Zach Hayes (KM) p. Q. El-Ali (Ardrey Kell); B. Latham (LN) p. Hayes; Hayes p. H. Gibson (Clover); Hayes p. P. Dabiero (LN); T. Strait (RH) p. Hayes; Hayes p. T. Payne (FV).

Kings Mountain split a Big South 3A twin bill Tuesday at North Gaston with the boys winning 83-74 and the girls losing 43-41. The Mountaineers led most of the way with three players hitting double figures. The Mountaineers led 19-8 after the first period, 36-33 at halftime and 56-42 going into the fourth quarter. Chad Sanders led the scoring with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. James Tillman added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Solomon Hawkins scored 17 points, including three 3pointers. Josh Sherer missed double figures by just one point but dished out 10 assists. Wil Sellers hit three 3’s for nine points. Kings Mountain had one

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Clark KM’s most valuable, Keeter wins blocking award Kings Mountain High’s football season officially came to an end with the annual football awards night Thursday at B.N. Barnes Auditorium. Record-setting quarterback Jonathan Clark received the Dr. George Plonk Most Valuable Player Award and sophomore lineman Graham Keeter received the prestigious Fred Plonk Blocking Trophy, the oldest KMHS football award that originated in 1953. Other award winners included: D.J. Moody, Defensive Lineman Award. Jose Sappia, Defensive Back Award. Jacob Miller, Linebacker Award. DaShon Guest, Offensive Back Award. Xavier Johnson, Receiver Award. Phillip Quinn, Coaches Award. Trevin Torres, Toughman Award. Cody Griffith, Weightlifer of the Year. Wilson Rikard, KM Touchdown Club scholarship. Xavier Johnson, DaShon Guest, Michael Douglas, Graham Keeter and Jonathan Clark, All-Conference awards. In addition to being named MVP, Clark received a special award for setting the record for the most passing yards in school history. Clark, who was the varsity starter the past two seasons, broke 2008 star Michael Roberts’ career passing yards record and became the first quarterback in the 90year history of KM football to pass for over 4,000 yards. Head coach Greg Lloyd noted that 15 offensive records have been broken the last six seasons at KMHS. “I think back to the great players that set records like Michael Roberts, Cameron Harris, Tim Hines and Cedric Thompson and Jonathan ranks right up there with them,� he noted. First-year quarterback coach Brent Bagwell, who coached on the collegiate and high school level for several years before taking a break because of business responsibilities, said Clark made his return to football very special. “I’d been away from football for five years so I didn’t know what to expect,� Bagwell said. “But it was special for me to be able to work with him every day. I look around the walls of the auditorium and see all of those Hall of Fame plaques (one of which is Bagwell’s), and some of those players can’t compare to what Jonathan did in his high school career. “He is MVP in every way, on and off the field. He is one of the truest leaders I have ever been around.� Cody Griffith repeated as Weightlifter of the Year even though he was bothered late in the year with back problems. Coach Kevin Cruise said Griffith wasn’t just a leader in the weight room, but on the field and in school. “He probably came further from ninth grade through his senior year than anyone I’ve ever worked with,� Cruise said. “He was our strongest player. He has a bright future ahead of him.� Defensive line coach Jeff Putnam said he remembers the first day DJ Moody came to City Stadium to try out for the Optimist Club’s Pop Warner football team. “Every since that time he has given all the effort you could ever ask for,� Putnam said. Moody played nose guard and was always among the game’s leading tacklers. Defensive coordinator Mark Latham pointed out that safety Jose Sappia was the third leading tackler on

the team and “truly cared about doing good and helping the team. “Ideally, you don’t want your safety being the number three tackler,� Latham said. “But he was good with all of his responsibilities, including pass defense and play in the secondary as well as run support.� Latham also presented the best linebacker award to Jacob Miller, a junior who should get a lot of looks from college scouts next season. “Defense is about 11 men doing their job on every play, and he did it,� Latham said. “It also extends to attitude and behavior, and he had that.� Miller was one of the team’s leading tacklers despite missing the final three games with an injury. He is fully recovered now and looking for a great senior year. Coach Cruise, the offensive coordinator and line coach, gave blocking award winner Graham Keeter high marks for the season and the future. “He has all the tools to go on and be one of the greats that have played on the line at Kings Mountain High School,� Cruise said. “We look forward to some great things from him, and fortunately we have him for two more years.� Running backs coach Craig Short had high marks for DaShon Guest, who led the Mountaineers in rushing with over 1,400 yards and scoring with 14 touchdowns. “He is a hard worker on and off the field,� Short said. “He was injured last year but came back strong and averaged 128 yards rushing per game.� In his first varsity start against East Rutherford last August, Guest scored five touchdowns to tie the school record which he now shares with 1978 running star Kenny Bell and the star of KM’s 1998 championship team, Anthony Hillman. Athletic Director and receivers coach Dustin Morehead presented the Receiver of the Year Award to sophomore Xavier Johnson, who caught 55 passes for 850 yards and is on track to become the school’s all-time leading receiver. “In our 7-on-7’s last summer we noticed he was going to be a very special player,� Morehead said. “He led three counties in receiving. He always demanded attention from the defense. He has the chance to be one of the best players to come through here.� Morehead also presented the coaches award to Phillip Quinn, the Mountaineers’ senior receiver who recently was one of 10 players honored by the Carolina Panthers as a Community Captain. “He is a special person,� Coach Morehead noted. “Since ninth grade he has given us all he has. You can’t outwork him in the classroom or on the field.� The Toughman Award went to one of the team’s smallest players but one of the toughest, Trevin Torres. “He exemplifies what it means to play with heart and passion and work through adversity,� noted Coach

Cruise. “He pushed himself on the field, even after being injured.� Torres was slated to be the team’s go-to receiver his junior year when Guest was put out for the year going in the third game. With no previous running back experience, Torres lined up at both the running back and slot receiver positions and became the team’s most versatile, and one of its most valuable players. This year, he cracked a bone in his arm on a Friday night and continued to play. The next Friday night the arm was broken and he had to sit out the remainder of his senior year. Coach Morehead presented the $500 KMTD Club scholarship to center Wilson Rikard. Rikard broke into the starting lineup late in his junior year when Matt Turner was injured and made tremendous improvement during the off-season. To be eligible for the scholarship, a player must have been with the program all four years. “Wilson is dedicated on the field, in the weight room and classroom,� Morehead noted. “He worked extremely hard and made Kings Mountain a better football program and school. Coach Lloyd presented Carley Family Practice a special award for its six years of dedication in providing medical assistance at all home football games. Coach Jeff Putnam presented Bibles to players who began their football career with the Optimist Club’s Pop Warner program and continued every year through high school. Receiving Bibles were Jonathan Clark, DJ Moody, Michael Douglas, Wilson Rikard, Markel Hemphill, Curtis McNamara and Phillip Quinn. Cheerleaders who began with the Pop Warner program and continued to cheer through high school will be given Bibles at their banquet. Coach Lloyd expressed his appreciation to all the players who stuck with the program during a very difficult year. The Mountaineers lost several players over the course of the season due to injuries, disciplinary action and defections. “These guys were let down by a lot of folks but they stuck with it through a tough season,� Lloyd said. “We lost 12 starters during the course of the season. Any team that’s playing this weekend (in the NFL playoffs) that loses 12 starters is going home a loser. “Since we’ve been here we’ve been at the top (Conference, District and Sectional champions in 2008) and this year we were 3-8 and down,� he said. “It’s easy to go to school on Monday when you’re winning but it’s not so good when you lose. But these seniors can go out knowing they didn’t lay down in face of adversity.� He told the returning varsity players and JVs that there is a lot of hard work ahead for them as they prepare for the Mountaineers’ first season in the South Mountain Athletic Conference next fall.

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Receiving awards at Thursday’s Football Awards Night at KMHS were, seated left to right, DJ Moody, Phillip Quinn and Jonathan Clark. Standing, left to right, Wilson Rikard, Cody Griffith, Curtis McNamara and Trevin Torres.

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COMMODITY REGISTRATION – Feb. 6, 7, and 8 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

KINGS MOUNTAIN CITY COUNCIL meets last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall, 101 W. Gold St.

DUTCH LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11:00 a.m. at The Clock in Shelby

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 East Marion Street, Shelby.

Hospice “REFLECTIONS� Sharing Group – This grief sharing group meets for six weeks. No cost and open to anyone who has lost a loved one. If you plan to attend one of our groups, please make every effort to attend all six sessions. Please RSVP to 704-487-4677 ext. 166 if you plan to attend. Tuesday Mornings: January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 2013 11:30am – 1:00pm Monday Evenings: January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18, 2013 5:30pm – 7:00pm Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building

CLEVELAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S Satellite Office opens – Meet Sheriff Alan Norman and share concerns every third Thursday in the month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall.

Club Meetings KINGS MOUNTAIN ROTARY CLUB Every Thursday, noon, at the Kings Mountain 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.

MEMORY BEAR WORKSHOP – Participants will have the opportunity to make a teddy bear out of a loved one’s shirt or other article of clothing. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP to 704-487-4677 ext. 166 if you plan to attend. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:00am - Noon or 4:00pm - 7:00pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:00am - Noon or 4:00pm - 7:00pm Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building

KINGS MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB – Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR KINGS MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB– Meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP – Meets every fourth Thursday of every month at Central United Methodist Church.

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IN COUNTY 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.

All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Kings Mountain Art Center (the old depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave., 704-7395585. Events are free unless noted otherwise. On exhibit for the month of January will be a one-man show by Scott Christopher Washington. “Scott Art� will hang in the Reavis Gallery through February 1. Scott is a 25 year-old resident of Kings Mountain. He graduated from Burns High School and attended art classes at Cleveland Community College.

KM KIWANIS CLUB – Meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for dinner in the Community Room (lower level) at the Mauney Memorial Library, South 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.



Kings Mountain Historical Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and Sunday, 1pm -4pm. The cost of admission is free, however donations are appreciated. All donations go towards supporting the museum’s mission of informing the public of the history of the City of Kings Mountain and surrounding areas by preserving and exhibiting the 19th and early 20th century collection

Two Red Cross bloodmobile visits are scheduled in January in Kings Mountain. Boy Scouts will sponsor the Jan. 19 visit of the regional blood bank. Donors will be processed from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Royal Praise Ministry Church at 2055 Shelby Road. H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. will sponsor the Jan. 25 visit of the bloodmobile. Donors will be processed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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CONNECT OUR FUTURE – Open house at Patrick Senior Center, Thursday, Jan. 17, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Drop in anytime during time period, view exhibits, talk to staff, and give your input on what is important to you, your community and your region.

PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME – Tuesdays, 10 a.m., 3-5 years old, and Thursdays, 10 a.m., 2 years and under, at Mauney Memorial Library, in the Community Room. Call 704-739-2371 and choose option 2 for more information. MOVIE NIGHT - Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 pm in the Community Room: Citizen King, a PBS documentary about Martin Luther King. TRAVELERS CLUB – Saturday, Jan. 26, noon. The first meeting of the Travelers Club, a book club that will look at classic travels narratives, share travel stories and sample food from around the world.

HINKLE FAMILY in concert, Thursday, January 17th, 9:30-10:30, nutrition site RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Friday, Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. BUTTER BEAN AUCTION – Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m. in nutrition site. TAX ASSISTANCE – By appt. Feb. 1, 8, and 15 from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Offered by AARP Volunteers. Call 704-734-0447 to

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FREE SMALL BUSINESS CLASSES START IN JANUARY, 2013 Gaston College is offering a series of free Small Business Classes to teach the aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned small business owner how to run a small business more efficiently. The 16 sessions will be offered January – May 2013 at the Lincoln Campus, Lincolnton or Kimbrell Campus, Belmont. The classes to be offered in January are: ABC’s OF STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS - on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-9 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 114B, Kimbrell Campus. This seminar discusses various aspects of small business management, including licensing (federal, state, and local), “how-to’s� of starting a business, and other issues of interest. SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA, NOW WHAT? - on Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 114B, Kimbrell Campus. This seminar is designed to assist individuals who have a new and unique idea for a product which the inventor wants to bring to market. PROFIT IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD - on Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Room 125, Lincoln Campus and Thursday, January 31, 6:30-9 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 114B, Kimbrell Campus. This seminar is designed to help you understand the relationship between pricing, costs, and profits. Lecture and interactive exercises will expose you to areas that need consideration when pricing your products and/or services. BASIC FORKLIFT OPERATOR TRAINING – Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to operate a sitdown counterbalanced, LP gas powered forklift. Learn Safety aspects, operations, basic maintenance, and OSHA compliance issues. Upon successful completion of the course the student will earn an operator’s certificate. The class will be held on Friday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pearson Life Skills Building, Room 117, Dallas Campus. For more information, e-mail or call 704.922.6447. NOTARY PUBLIC TRAINING – The Notary Training course is required to obtain a commission as a Notary Public in North Carolina or as a refresher course. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for this course a minimum of five business days prior to the class start date.

Special Events CC POST-POLIO SUPPORT GROUP – The Cleveland County Post-Polio Support Group will meet Monday, Jan.21, at Mayflower Restaurant on US 74 East in Shelby. Guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Berkowitz, DC, of Carolina Chiropractic

Plus in Shelby. He will discuss treatment options for various physical problems which often plague the post-polio patient. Feel free to take a caregiver with you. If you are not a polio survivor, pass this message to anyone you know who is. For more information call Janet Walker at 704-692-6249.

ANGELA EASTERLING – will perform at Owl’s Eye Winery Friday evening, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. ROGER PADGETT – will perform at Owl’s Eye Winery Friday Evening Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. (guitar & vocal) KING OBSERVANCE SATURDAY Gaston County Organization for Community Concerns will sponsor Martin Luther King Jr. observance on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at St. Stephens AME Zion Church on Franklin Avenue in Gastonia. The public is invited. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST & EXHIBIT – The show will be previewed during the special opening exhibit and reception with the artists Jan. 21 at Kings Mountain City Hall at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TRIBUTE – The Student Government Association at Cleveland Community College will host a special tribute celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 1:00 p.m. in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the CCC campus. Guest speaker for this year’s event is Kenston J. Griffin. Griffin will present, “What Legacy Are You Leaving Behind?� This event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information call (704) 669 4034 or visit the CCC website at Living Healthy with Diabetes – 6-week program Feb. 5 – March 12. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This workshop is sponsored by the Centralina Area Agency on Aging and is designed to help you take control of your chronic health condition. For more information, or to sign up for programs call the Kiser Senior Center, 704729-6465. Kings Mountain 15th Annual “CHAMBER BUSINESS SHOWCASE� – Feb. 19 March 15. This year’s theme is “The Business of Art.� Kickoff will be Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. with lots of fun, food, music, award presentation and door prizes.

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CREST: Falls to Mountaineers son. Our team went to-to-toe with them for almost three quarters. I am proud of all of them.� Point guard Taquisha Smith stepped up to the challenge of guarding the Chargers’ leading scorer, Ussery, and held her to just four points in the first half as the Chargers held the lead by just 25-21. “Martina Edwards and Ashley Chapman did a good job of giving us some production from the center posi-

From Page 1B “Not only did we make some last minute decisions in our pre-game meeting, but we had to make a last minute adjustment in our rotation plan,� Harris explained. “I could not be more proud of how our girls accepted the challenge put in front of them. Crest is a good team, and our girls understand that. Crest is a Top 15 team in the State and they will probably go on to win the Big South regular sea-

tion,� Harris added. Harris said it was great to see his leading scorer and rebounder Mo Petty get back on track after being sidelined by a pre-Christmas injury. She was the game’s top scorer and rebounder with 20 and 17, respectively. GIRLS GAME KM (41) - Petty 20, Edwards 6, Smith 5, Chapman 4, Hutchens 4, Wade 2. Crest (58) - Jones 18, Ussery 16, Love 11, Hamilton 6, Mintz 4, Hunt 3.

NORTH: Falls to Mountaineers 14 points, 17 rebounds and four steals. Monique Petty grabbed 12 rebounds. “North Gaston did a good job of double teaming our post players, and we had a couple of letdowns on defense in the second quarter which got them out to a 13 point lead at halftime,� noted Coach Mike Harris. “We wanted to press before halftime, but we never could get it set up by scoring a basket or making a free throw. You need those made baskets or

From Page 1B The girls had a bad shooting night in dropping their third BSC game in four outings. They hit only 15 of 50 shots from the floor and 10 of 33 from the foul line. North Gaston led 9-8 after the first quarter, 27-14 at halftime and 33-28 going into the fourth quarter. Kendal Cloninger led the Lady Wildcats with 27 points. Freshman Tiffani Thompson led the KM attack with

dead balls to get your press set up. “Our girls did a great job in the second half and we had our chance to tie it at the end, but we missed a free throw with three seconds left and we had to intentionally miss the second in an effort to get a put back.� GIRLS GAME KM (41) - Thompson 14, Petty 7, Wade 7, Hutchens 5, Smith 3, Roberts 3, Chapman 2.

Middle School girls win division opener Kings Mountain Middle School’s girls opened their basketball season last week with a 21-18 loss to Shelby in a non-division game and a 36-25 win over West Lincoln in their first Eastern Division Tri-County Conference game. Coach Monty Deaton’s ladies, who are defending Tri-County champions, held the lead on Shelby at 17-16 with three minutes left in the game but couldn’t connect on their free throws. They hit only 2 of 17 for the game. “We played very good defense but just couldn’t get the ball to fall in the basket,� Coach Deaton said. “We had some good looks at the basket and just missed those routine shots. The Patriots missed numerous lay-ups and put backs. “Give Shelby credit for making the tough baskets they made to pull out the win,� Deaton noted. Shelby broke away from a 55 tie to lead 14-11 at the half and 14-13 going into the fourth quarter. Leeasia Rhodes, Tatiyana Phillips, Jessica

McClure and Erica Nelson scored four points each to lead the KM attack. Rhodes scored nine points, McClure eight, and Tamia Ellis and Tamara Adams six each in the Lady Patriots’ win over West Lincoln on Thursday. Also playing well were Virginia Dellinger, McClure and Ellis. Tatiyana Phillips was the defensive player of the game. KM led 19-8 at halftime and 31-13 going into the fourth quarter. “I always tell the girls that the game is won at the free throw line and missed lay-ups and putbacks,� Deaton said. “We are improving every practice and game. The girls are so much more comfortable in practice and look good running the offense and defense. They have to carry the comfortability to the game and play relaxed and confident and good things will happen this season.� Kings Mountain was scheduled to host East Lincoln yesterday and will travel to Lincolnton Thursday.

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CITY OF KINGS MOUNTAIN NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013 – 6:00 PM CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL CASE NO. CUR-1-11-12 Stephanie DeWilde is requesting to rezone property located at 206 Ganley Street from R-10 to Conditional Use R-20 (CUR-R-20). The property is also known as Tax Map 434, Block 3, Lot 8, Parcel 11379. A list of uses permitted in the specific application may be obtained at the Planning Department or you may call 704-734-4595 for additional information. You are welcome to attend the City Council meeting on January 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm to express your opinion on the application. KMH3508 (1/9 &1/16/2013)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 3rd day of January, 2013 as Executrix of the Estate of Bertie H. Eloise Barber, deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit the same to the undersigned Pamela Gregory Bumgardner, Executrix on or before the 9th day of April, 2013 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 9th day of January, 2013. Pamela Gregory Bumgardner, Executrix Estate of: BERTIE H. ELOISE BARBER 815 Ellison Street, Kings Mountain North Carolina 28086 KMH3509 (1/09, 16, 23 & 30/13)

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KMHS swimmers win McKees win Motocross last regular season meet Kings Mountain won the overall championship and the boys finished first in the Mountaineers’ final regular season swim meet Tuesday at Neisler Natatorium. Kings Mountain had a cumulative score of 532 points to defeat Ashbrook (504), East Gaston (440) and Crest (234). The KM boys finished first with 310 points, followed by Ashbrook (273), East Gaston (208) and Crest (106). East Gaston’s girls led with 232 points followed closely by Ashbrook (231), and KM (222). Crest trailed with 128. Kings Mountain’s Alyssa White and Austin Toney led in individual points along with Garrett Simpson of Crest and Mallory Allman and Bailey Bullock of Ashbrook. Each scored 28 points. White and Toney each won two individual events and participated on one winning relay team. White won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.18 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 59.53. She teamed with Bethany Wilson, Caroline Hardin and Kimberlee Farris to win the 200 medley relay in 2:14.50. Toney won the 50-yard free in 23.59 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.92. He teamed with Devin Heath, Ethan Anderson and Riley Brock to win the 400-freestyle

relay in 3:44.72. Heath won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:12.74. Brock won the 100-free in 54.03, and Timmy Ausburn won the 500-free in 6:26.04. Brock, Heath, Anderson and Zack Saldo won the 200-yard free relay in 1:41.32. Wilson, Hardin, Erin Calhoun and Baylee Stroup won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:53.03. Individuals finishing second for KM were Wilson in the 100 back and 200 IM, Saldo in the 200 IM, Brock in the 50 free, Anderson in the 500 and 100 free, Farris in the 100 free, and Stroup in the 500 free. Calhoun, Stroup, Farris and White were second in the 200 free relay. Third for KM were Calhoun in the 200 free, Farris in the 50 free, Heath in the 100 free, and Stroup in the 100 breaststroke. The team of Saldo, Toney, Ausburn and Mitchell Hardee were third in the 200 yard medley relay and Ausburn, Hardee, Jordan Bullins and Brenner Martin were third in the 400 free relay. Kings Mountain swimmers with qualifying times will compete in the Western Regional championship February 1-2 and the State Championship February 8-9. Sites and times have not been announced.

McKee claims victory on Motocross track

Hitting camp Saturday at GWU The Diamond Dog Hitting Camp will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at Gardner-Webb University. A camp for grades 1-8 is from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost is $30. A camp for grades 9 and up will be from 1-5 p.m. and the cost is $40. Camp staff will include Rusty Stroupe, GWU head baseball coach; Kyle Sprague, GWU assistant coach; Limestone assistant

coach Daniel Merck; GWU players, and major league catcher and former GWU player Blake Lalli.

Kings Mountain Middle School student Austin McKee was a big winner in the first Motocross of the year Saturday at Victory-Sports Arena Cross in Asheville. McKee won both his classes, 85 9-13 and 85 12-15. Marcus McKee won his first moto in the schoolboy class and was third in the second moto.

There is no pre-registration, but to confirm attendance send an email to and include the participant’s name and grade in school. For more detailed information go to

North Shelby BBQ fundraiser for beach trip North Shelby School will sponsor a barbecue chicken dinner January 25 from 4– 7:30 p.m. at the school. Plates are $10 and include half a chicken with baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert. Din-


ers may eat in, take out or drive through. Chicken is prepared by Doug Fortenberry. All proceeds go to support the seniors’ chaperoned beach trip in the spring.


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