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A statistical survey by "Site Selection," a trade magazine, has raised eyebrows from Kings Mountain city officials with the omission of the county's second largest city - Kings Mountain - as a jobs powerhouse for economic development in Cleveland County. The trade journal ranked the county seat of Shelby as fifth in the nation in economic development projects with a dozen projects last year, counting the Walt Disney data park in Kings Mountain. The statistical area pinpoints the largest city, not exceeding 50,000 population, and is a national ranking of small town regions by the magazine. The site-selection update from the City of Kings Mountain for 2010-2012 in Kings Mountain lists 7 new industries and 4 new food establishments in 2011; seven industries, two housing complexes and one retail establishment in 2010; and three new industries in 2012 with a total creation 612 jobs and a total investment of economic development projects at $1.6 billion. For virtually all the industries incentive grants from the city and county helped land the newcomers. The N. C. Rural Center, Community Block Grants, and downtown incentive grants also attracted economic development to the community. AT&T's industrial announcement, just weeks ago, of it coming to the Kings Mountain T5 Data Center park on Countryside Road is the largest investment ever announced for Cleveland County. The "Cardinal," so coined by the city and


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Four to be inducted into KM Hall of Fame GARY STEWART Sports Editor

Three athletes who excelled on the high school and college level and a former Kings Mountain coach who led her teams to three state championships will be inducted into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame at its 25th anniversary induction ceremony Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church Christian Ministries Center. The silver anniversary class includes football and baseball stars Chris Johnson and Kendrick Bell, baseball star Stephen Fisher and former Mountaineer softball/volleyball coach and athletic director, Suzanne

Grayson. Grayson retired from the school system after the 2010-11 school year. During her tenure there she coached the 2001 women’s volleyball team and the 2005 and 2006 softball teams to state championships. Her three state titles are the most ever by a KMHS coach. Chris Johnson, who now lives in Hickory and is the father of current Mountaineer football player Xavier Johnson, was a twotime MVP in football for Bob Jones’ Mountaineers in the mid-1970s. He went to went on to Gardner-Webb University where he was an All-District and All-American defensive back. He still owns the GWU pass inter-

ception record with 25. Johnson was also a two-time All-Conference outfielder for the Mountaineers. Bell was also a football and baseball star for the Mountaineers in the late 1990s and still holds the alltime baseball record for stolen bases (91). He is the only KMHS baseball player ever to make All-Conference four years in a row and was team MVP his junior and senior years as well as County MVP and Gaston Player of the Year his senior year. He was the first career 1,000-yard receiver in KMHS football and helped lead the 1998 team to the Western NC championship. He played one year of football and four years of base-

ball at North Carolina A&T University where he was baseball Rookie of the Year his freshman year and compiled a career .303 batting average. Fisher was the State Baseball Player of the Year in 1993 when he pitched the Mountaineers to their second state championship in a remarkable five-year run in which they won over 100 games. He went on to pitch for Appalachian State University. He is now employed by Cleveland County Schools. Several other persons will be honored at the induction ceremony. Dale Hollifield and Frankie Webster, both

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A potential new draft of system-wide policies in light of a state probe into Cleveland County Schools' maintenance department, the expected hiring of a firm for a "focused" audit and the employment Monday of Steven Boheler as the new Division I maintenance director highlighted the work session Monday night of the county board of education. Dr. David Lee, CCS finance director, said the administration sought interest proposals from in-county auditing firms as well as regional firms "who did not think an audit of the entire three year volume of transactions is feasible." He said that a "focused audit of the maintenance department pcard transactions with sampling of all p-card (credit cards) for the period" is underway. He said that a firm utilized by county government has been engaged for the

audit to report "on the scope of work, not give an opinion." Lee added, "It's a lot of work to pull the data." The audit is estimated to cost $10,000-$15,000. A threeyear audit would run in the thousands of dollars, he said. In January, a state auditor's investigation revealed that the school system maintenance department misspent thousands of local dollars, using county tax dollars to buy food, clothing, electronics and vehicle supplies for personal use and that school system employees used more than 200 credit cards. Lee said that to date there are only 64 credit cards in use by school employees. "We are cooperating with the SBI investigation," Supt. Dr. Bruce Boyles told school See CCS, 5A

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Gertrude S. Bailey KINGS MOUNTAIN Gertrude Stephens Bailey, 89, a resident of 415 Phifer Rd., passed away March 12, 2012 at Kings Mountain Hospital. She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late James and Ina Stephens. She was preceded in death by her husband Miles Edward Bailey. She was retired from Harris Teeter and was a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont. She is survived by her son, Phillip Bailey of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Scott Bailey and wife Missy Herndon-Bailey of Kings Mountain, Eric Bailey and fiance Jessica Coker of Belmont; and, great-grandchildren, Colby Bailey, Bryson Bailey, Annabelle Bailey, Sofia Bailey, Trey Edgerton, Douglas Edgerton. The family will hold a private service, but will receive friends at the home, 415 Phifer Rd., Kings Mountain. Memorials may be made to the Cleveland Rutherford Kidney Association, 1017 N. Washington Street, Shelby, NC 28150. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, was in charge of arrangements.

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County, son of Lynn Hinson Stuart and the late Paul Dean Gann. The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Greene Funeral Service, West Chapel, Gastonia, officiated by Pastor Greg Neely. The family received friends from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. I n addition to his mother he is survived by his stepfather, Jeffery Stuart; grandmother, Lillie Hinson of Kings Mountain; daughter, Heaven Burleson of Cherryville; brothers, Brian and Shawn Gann, both of Gastonia, Christopher Dean Gann and wife Amber, and Justin Messick, all of Kings Mountain; sisters, Mikayla Stuart and Chelsie Gann, both of Kings Mountain. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by grandparents, Paul and Irene Gann and grandfather, Boyce “Curly” Hinson. Memorial may be made to Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, P.O. Box 605, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, 216 Archie Whitesides Rd., Gastonia, was in charge of arrangements.

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Gary W. Borders SHELBY - Gary Wilson Borders, 64, of 207 Crow Rd., died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Hospice at Wendover. He was a proud Marine who served two terms in the Vietnam War. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 12 noon at Faith Baptist Church in Shelby, interment,with military honors, at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Michael L. Carr SHELBY - Michael L. Carr, Sr., 69, of 500 Brookside Dr., died March 2, 2012 in Cleveland Regional Medical Center. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel in Shelby, interment following in Cleveland Memorial Park. Jamie B. Gann KINGS MOUNTAIN Jamie Brandon Gann, 32, of Kings Mountain, passed away March 9, 2012 at his home. He was born September 23, 1979 in Cleveland

Dick McClain “N2KP” KINGS MOUNTAIN Dick McClain, known in the world of Ham radio as “N2KP”, 72, of Kings Mountain died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Kings Mountain Hospice. He was born in Greenville, SC to the late Pink Reese McClain and Beulah Alexander McClain Moore. He was also preceded in death by his son, Ricky McClain. Mr. McClain was retired from the textile industry and was a member of the Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda McClain of Kings Mountain; son, Dwayne Hord and wife Jennifer of Kings Mountain; daughters, Judy Sutton of Georgia, LaBrone Wall and husband Daryl of Kings Mountain, Debbie Glover and husband Terry of Belmont; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A funeral service was conducted by Dr. Robert Eng at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11,

2012 at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at Mountain Rest Cemetery. The family received visitors prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Catherine D. Patrick LAWNDALE Catherine Doniss Patrick, 72, of 125

Lewis Road, Lawndale, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Born April 5, 1939 in Cleveland County to the late Bundy Holland and Altie Bridges Holland, she worked at Thermaco Welco and was a member of Hudson Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Haynes and Delbert Patrick; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman and Nic Holland, Dale and Dot Holland, Nick Holland, A.D. and Helen Holland, Paul and Myrtle Holland and Lester and Ethel Holland; sister, Georgie Humphries and husband, Burren and two brother-in-laws, Mitchell Williams and Toy Cooper.

Mrs. Patrick is survived by a son, Doug Haynes of Lawndale; a daughter, Rhonda Camp and husband, Robert of Lawndale; four grandchildren, Joey Camp, Pam Jones, Missy Hamrick and Amy Howell; fifteen grandchildren; brother, Charles Holland and wife, Ruth of Shelby; two sisters, Ozell Williams of Shelby and Gertrude Cooper of Boiling Springs and a sisterin-law, Dorothy Holland. Visitation was Friday, March 9, 2012 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel in Fallston. Rev. Jerry Hudson officiated and interment was in Kings Mountain’s Mountain Rest Cemetery.

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ARRESTS MARCH 5: Dennis Adams, 29, Clover, SC, carrying concealed weapon, no operator’s license and felony possession of stolen firearm, $2500 bond, secured. MARCH 5: Ricky Dale Broome, 52, 826 Oak Grove Rd., assault on medical person, $2500 bond, secured. MARCH 7: Billy Smith, 58, 1050 Barnette Dr., communicating threats, misdemeanor. MARCH 7: Laura Lee Payne, 30, 900 Grace St., secreting lien property, misdemeanor. MARCH 8: Frederick Alphonso Nixon, 42, 1202 Northwoods Dr., larceny, $500 bond, unsecured. MARCH 9: Corey Neal Milam, 21, Gastonia, larceny, outstanding warrant in Gaston County,$1000 bond, unsecured. MARCH 9: Christopher James Pruitt, 34, 111-3 Highridge Court, larceny, $2,500 written bond. MARCH 9: Bradly Bryant Slayton, 23, 107 Fairdale St., DW, stop light violation,simple assault, $20,000 bond, secured. MARCH 11: Charles Bell Adkins, 39, 700 Bridges Dr., assault on female, no bond. MARCH 12: Tyrone Eugene Hardison, 48, 317 Ebenzer Rd., felony breaking and entering, injury to real property and felony larceny, no bond. CITATIONS MARCH 5: Benjamin Edward Lewis Wilson, 20, 331 Oak Grove Rd., seat belt violation, fictitious tag. MARCH 5: Jacob Bruce Everson, 21, 402 N. Mountain St., seat belt violation. MARCH 7: Michael Travis Johnson, 44, 103 Spurgen Dr., unsafe move-

ment. MARCH 8: Melody Bradley Murray, 50, 701 Margrace Rd., speeding. MARCH 8: Tamera Westmoreland, 50, Bessemer City, speeding. MARCH 9: Teal Renee Curry, 20, 217 Roy Bell Rd., no insurance. MARCH 10: Ashely Michelle Melton,23, Lincolnton, no inspection, no insurance, faulty equipment, tires. MARCH 10: Timothy Jason Medlin, 20, Stanley, running red light. MARCH 10: Jeffrey Scott Hill, 50, 414 N. Battleground Ave., violation of noise ordinance. INCIDENTS MARCH 5: A resident of York Road reported theft of medicine and assorted jewelry during a break-in. MARCH 5: A resident of W. Mountain St. reported vandalism by someone throwing eggs on windows, a truck and garage. MARCH 7:A resident of Waco Road reported theft of automobile tag. MARCH 8: A resident of Hill Street reported theft of a GPS system and various items from a 2001 Ford. MARCH 8: Pike Electric Co., Mount Airy, NC, reported a break-in at a construction site at 229 Countryside Drive and theft of 40 feet of copper wire, a 700 pound reel of coppercoated steel wire and damage to a five foot section of chain link fence. The fence was cut to gain entrance to the construction site, according to report of Cpl. D. K. Davis. MARCH 8: Food Lion 2654, 610 E. King St., reported shoplifting. MARCH 9: Ingles 147,

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SHELBY - Ronnie S. Pledger, 45, 709 Mayo Rd., died March 6, 2012. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel in Shelby.

Kings Mountain Police will conduct “Operation Medicine Drop” at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center three days in March and Det. Sgt. Lisa Proctor encourages anyone wanting to turn in unwanted, old or unknown medicines “to protect our community.” The schedule begins on March 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p .m. and the drop-off will also be held March 22 from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Proctor said that the events are targeted to reduce a significant amount of controlled pharmaceuticals that could be diverted to an escalating drug market. More importantly, she said that the event is used to educate the public on the dangers of pharmaceutical drug abuse, accidental poisonings as well as responsible handling, security and destruction of their prescription medicines. Police Chief Melvin Proctor said the Drug Enforcement Administration has approved Operation Medicine Drop and said the police department would maintain custody and control of all pharmaceuticals collected and would be responsible for the security and destruction of these materials. Shelby Rd., reported shoplifting. MARCH 10: A resident of Floyd Street reported theft of a flatbed trailer valued at $1500. MARCH 11: Mountain Market, 506 Waco Rd., reported a break-in, damage to property, and theft of 17 cartons of cigarettes valued at $778.94 and damage to a plexi-glass window and phone and security wires on the building valued at $862. MARCH 11: A resident of Charles Street reported a common law robbery and larceny of a I-pad. WRECKS MARCH 3: Sgt. M. D. Butler said that Lucy Johnson Gamble, 174 Crown Court, had stopped her 1991 Mazda in the roadway for what was suspected to be a medical reason. Jennie Farrar Burdette, 210 Yarbro Rd., driving a 2005 Chevrolet said that because of the

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curve she did not see the Gamble vehicle to avoid rear-ending the vehicle. Butler said that Gamble was transported to the hospital. The officer said that Burdette was in violation of her license restriction of daylight driving only. Property damages were minor.

‘Faith and End-of-Life’ program at senior center “Journey - Partnership for End of Life Issues” will be having a program Thursday, March 15 from noon-1 p.m. at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 East King Street, and on Thursday, March 22 from noon-1 p.m. at the Neal Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby. The public is invited to attend the free program. Len Byers, director of Pastoral Care in the Cleveland County Healthcare System, will present the program on “Faith and Endof-Life - Die Like Moses”. Fifty years ago, decisions about life support interventions were not needed. There was no CPR, tube feeding, breathing machine. If a person could not breathe, they died. If a person’s heart did not work, they died. But 30 years ago, lifesaving inventions changed our thinking. To learn more, contact Len Byers at 980487-3855. These quarterly sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

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President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at the Freightliner facility in Mount Holly on March 7. Obama talked about jobs, gasoline prices and more.

It isn't every day the President of the United States rolls into town and even though he didn't quite make it to Kings Mountain, Betsy Wells of Kings Mountain made it to him in his visit to the Freightliner plant in Mount Holly Wednesday. Wells said that she planned to invite him to Cleveland County. A past chairman of the Cleveland County Democratic Party, Wells was looking forward to meeting America's Commander- in-Chief. Walls of well-wishers lined up along NC 273 as the presidential motorcade rolled into the Mt. Holly factory - a division of Daiml e r Trucks North America. AnBETSY WELLS o t h e r

happy crowd of several-hundred people, comprised mostly of many of Freightliner’s union employees, joyously greeted and cheered for the president inside an enormous bay at the truckmanufacturing site. Mount Holly, long a Democratic stronghold in an area otherwise dominated by Republicans, was comfortable political terrain for the president, and he made the most of it in his address. Obama spent some time touring the plant, including its assembly line where truck chassis are built. He spent much time talking with workers before making remarks about the economy, energy, gasoline prices and other topics. Obama was given a warm welcome by Juan Smith, a 32-year Freightliner employee. The president, Smith said, is “a man who needs no introduction!� When he appeared, See PRESIDENT, 5A

City awarded Father-daughter duo sings with $27K to study Charlotte Symphony Orchestra water route ELIZABETH STEWART

The City of Kings Mountain has received a planning grant for $27,137 from the North Carolina Rural Center for route location and an environmental study for the 36-inch water transmission line project to run from Moss Lake to the city. Mayor Rick Murphrey received notification of the grant award March 5 from Rural Center President Billy Ray Hall. The planning grant program was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly to address critical water and/or wastewater needs in rural communities, according to Hall. The new 36 inch water line would replace the aging existing 24 inch steel transmission line and the cost of the line with best alternative route is $15.8 million with construction expected to begin in 2013. Water system improvements are a priority, according to city officials, who have earmarked water plant upgrade, water line rehabilitation and Moss Lake spillway rehabilitation as major goals of the administration. "The city is very appreciative of grants and our city manager and finance department are working diligently on ways to finance what needs to be done," said Mayor Rick Murphrey. photo by JERRY LEDFORD


Left to right, Virginia Neisler, Andy Neisler and Oratorio Singers Conductor Dr. Scott Jarrett at rehearsals for "Missa Solemnis" on May 11 and May 12 at Charlotte's Blumenthal Arts Center.

BBQ Feast at Bynum Chapel March 16-17 The Cooking Maniacs will serve a BBQ feast Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. until at Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church Family Life Center on Cansler Street for benefit of the building fund. Do-

nations are $8 plate which include BBQ and slaw, baked beans, potato chips and dessert. For takeouts call Andrew (Bubba) Brown at 704-772-5129.

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Marine Vietnam Veteran Boyce Tesenair, left, receives a framed resolution by Mayor Rick Murphrey proclaiming March 25, 2012 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day", encouraging all citizens to mark with pride the observance.

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Lenten Services continue Rev. Ron Caulder, the speaker for the second in a series of Lenten services, told some 70 people at First Presbyterian Church Wednesday that suffering is not a popular subject, even from the pulpit. “But we all need to go to the Garden of Gethsemane,” he said, “and search our souls, pray and repent.” All Gospel writers give the account of Jesus in the Garden sorrowful to the point of death, overwhelmed with grief, pain and anguish, sweating as great drops of blood. “Jesus was 30 years old at the time and in good health and He went to this dark place before his betrayal and arrest for us, the weight of our sins was crushing him,” said Caulder, and quoting the Prophet Isaiah,”The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Caulder added, “If we are to understand the heart of the Christian message we must go to Gethsemane where we see the divinity and humanity of the Lord. God wants us to encounter him as we know his glory and majesty, connect with

him in a personal relationship and encounter him to know his will, just as Jesus did in the Garden Lent, a season of soul-searching and repentance for Christians across Cleveland County, began with Ash Wednesday Feb. 22 when local churches held services and foreheads were marked with ashes in the sign of the cross symbolizing the first day of a 40-day spiritual journey. Third in the series of Lenten services in Kings Mountain will be held Wednesday ( today) at noon at Boyce Memorial ARP Church. Other Wednesday noon services are March 21 at Grace United Methodist Church, and March 28 at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. Offerings are taken for the Kings Mountain Crisis Center and a light lunch is served. The communitywide Easter Sunrise Service will be held on April 8 in front of the cross in Kings Mountain’s Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Westover Support Group Meeting Westover Baptist Church Support Group for people dealing with the loss of a loved one will meet

Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at Westover Baptist Church fellowship hall, 114 Westover Drive. Joyce Whittington will lead the group and the public is invited.

East Gold Street Wesleyan to host events

Burke to perform Sunday

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church has a number of activities scheduled in March and April. The community is invited to participate in all events. A new ultra contemporary (break free) service will be held March 24 with food and games at 6 p.m. The 7 p.m. service will feature the Band 3:16 and speaker, Rev. Matt Mitchell, Associate Minister at First Wesleyan Church in Bessemer City. There is no admission charge and evens will be held in the Family Life Center of the church, 701 E. Gold Street. Call Renee Whitney at 704-964-7235 for more information. An Easter Egg hunt with food, games and fun will be held Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Family Life Center of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. Call Renee Whitney at 704-964-7235 for more information. The Easter Drama/Musical, “The Resurrection and the Life” will be presented on Saturday,

Dwayne Burke, former vocalist with the Singing Americans and Jericho, will present a concert at Westover Baptist Church, 114 Westover Dr., Sunday, March 18, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the service in the fellowship hall. The public is welcome.

McClendons In Concert Sunday The Singing McClendons wil be in concert Sunday at the 11 a.m. service a Carolina Praise & Worship Center, 201 N. Main St., Grover. A hot dog/bake sale and yard sale will take place at the church Friday, March 30, and Saturday ,March 31. Delivery service is available by calling 704-9377541.

April 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the church. The public is invited to the free event.

Prayer breakfast March 24 Patterson Grove Baptist Church, 301 Oak Grove Road, is hosting a prayer breakfast sponsored by Eveningstars Mission Group from 7-10 a.m. March 24. The cost for the full buffet-style breakfast is $6 per person. Proceeds will go to cover expenses for Jennifer Ferreira’s mission trip to Malawi, Africa.

Advent Lutheran Services Advent Lutheran Church has scheduled special services during the month of April. Palm Sunday service will be held April 1 at 10 a.m. Good Friday service will be held on April 6 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday service will be held April 8 at 10 a.m. All services will be held at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center. 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. Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road 704-739-7487 Body of Christ Fellowship Center 405 S. Cherokee St.

Boyce Memorial ARP Church Edgemont Drive 704-739-4917 Burning Bush House of God 310 Long Branch Rd (KM) 704-739-2877 Calvary Way Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Pastor Clifton Morgan Carson Memorial Baptist Church 262 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-2247 Central United Methodist Church 113 S. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-2471 Cherokee St. Baptist Church 421 S. Cherokee Street 704-739-7697 Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Road 704-739-4015 Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 246 Range Road 704-739-4152

Christ The King Catholic Church 714 Stone Street 704-487-7697 Church at Kings Mountain 108 E. Mountain St. (KM Women’s Club Bldg.) 704-739-1323 Cornerstone Church Of God 202 Margrace Road 704-739-3773

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Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310

Faith Ablaze Church 1128 S. York Road 704-739-8496

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

Faith Baptist Church 1009 Linwood Road 704-739-8396

Dixon Presbyterian Church 602 Dixon School Road

Faith Holiness Church Hwy. 161/Bessemer City Rd. 704-739-1997

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church 701 E. Gold Street 704-739-3215

Family Worship Center 1818 Shelby Road 704-739-7206

East Kings Mountain Church of God Hwy 161, Bessemer City/KM Hwy. 704-739-7367

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

Eastside Baptist Church 308 York Road 704-739-8055

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

Ebenezer Baptist Church 1621 County Line Road 704-739-8331

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

El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174 Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church 602 Canterbury Road 704-739-9939

Galilee United Methodist 117 Galilee Church Road 704-739-7011 Gospel Assembly Church 202 S. Railroad Avenue 704-739-5351

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

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 Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714 Kings Mountain Baptist Church 101 W. Mountain Street 704-739-2516


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PRESIDENT: visits Mount Holly factory, talks economy, jobs and alternative fuels FROM Page 3A Obama was met by thunderous applause. The president was met multiple times with much clapping, shouts of agreement, laughter at his jokes and, at one point, a spontaneous chant of “Four more years! Four more years!” Obama talked about alternative fuels, a subject important both to him and to Freightliner. “The Freightliner trucks that you’re making here at this plant run on natural gas, and that makes them quieter,” he said. “It makes them better for the environment. It makes them cheaper to fill up than they would be with diesel. I hear you sold your 1,000th natural gas truck last November—the first company to reach that milestone." "Last year, this plant added more than 1,000 workers, hiring back a lot of folks who were laid off during the recession. That is something to be proud of!” the president said. According to United Auto Workers union

representatives at the event, Freightliner increased its work force by about 90 percent in July, bringing its numbers back nearer to where they were before going into a mostly idle phase in January, 2009. But thanks to adding back so many jobs, the company now employs more than 1,600 people at its Mount Holly and Gastonia operations. In his January State of the Union address, President Obama gave a nod to another local industry that was hiring and one of its new employees, Jackie Bray of Kings Mountain. Bray was invited as a special guest to the address and was pictured sitting beside First Lady Michelle Obama. "Jackie Bray is a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. Then Siemens opened a gas turbine factory in Charlotte, and formed a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. The company helped the college design courses in laser and robotics training. It paid Jackie's tuition, then hired her to help

operate their plant," he told the Union in his televised address. Siemens has plans to add 1,100 workers to its plant. But the rising price of fuel has been known to take a bite out of industry. "Higher gas prices are like a tax straight out of your paycheck," Obama told the crowd Wednesday. "This is not the first time we've seen gas prices spike. It's been happening for years." Quick with his command of stats and facts, the president trotted out some surprising numbers. "We’ve got two percent of the world’s oil reserves,” he stressed. “We use 20 percent. What that means is, as much as we’re doing to increase oil production, we’re not going to be able to just drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices." "We’ve got to develop every source of American energy—not just oil and gas but wind power and solar power, nuclear power and bio-fuels," Obama said. "We need to in-

vest in the technology that will help us use less oil in our cars and our trucks, in our buildings, in our factories. That’s the only solution to the challenge. Because as we start using less, that lowers the demand, and prices come down." He noted that America is on the right track to curbing its addiction to foreign oil. Grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are going to help plants like Kings Mountain's Chemetall Foote Corp. produce advanced transportation batteries, powering cars with lithium and less oil. "Right now, $4 billion of your tax dollars goes straight to the oil industry every year— $4 billion in subsidies that other companies don’t get. Now, keep in mind, these are some of the same companies that are making record profits every time you fill up your gas tank," the president said. "I called on Congress to eliminate these subsidies right away. There’s no excuse to wait any longer.”

DUO: father-daughter dynamic duo sings with Charlotte Oratorio, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra FROM Page 3A duets by the two and solo numbers by Virginia. "I really stated singing in a quartet," says Andy, who joined the Charlotte Oratorio singers over 20 years ago. Local people will remember that twice in Kings Mountain Neisler sang with the popular "Forever Plaid" in 1997 and 2001. He sings with his brother, Scott, daughter, Virginia, Jeri Snow and Pastor Lee Thomas at First Presbyterian Church and they have collaborated on a CD. He is also in rehearsals with Kings Mountain Community Chorus directed by Terry Willams which will present a Easter Cantata March 25 at Boyce Memorial ARP Church. Neisler starting singing bass as a 15-year-old, switched to second tenor, and now sings tenor with the Charlotte Singers. "Round Midnight" is a jazzy number he particularly enjoyed with 15 guys from the Oratorio Men's Chorus featuring

acapella and harmony and directed by David Tang. How do the busy chorus members learn their parts? "We have a disc, listen to the whole song and learn our parts. "I'm not conscious of what anyone else is singing, sorta out of body," said Neisler. The Oratorio group is composed of the finest singers from the region, individually auditioned, and "it all blends together." "We all have music in our blood," remarks Neisler, son of Charles and Mary Neisler of Kings Mountain and husband of Sylvia Morris and also father of Drew Neisler, a graduate of UNC at Wilmington and a recent graduate of the radiography program at Cleveland Community College. Both Andy and Virginia Neisler are graduates of Davidson College. Virginia received a Donald Plott Musical Scholarship for voice. Andy earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1977. Virgina earned her law degree in 2010 from UNC at

Chapel Hill and is with Legal Discovery Review in Charlotte. Andy said he loved singing bass with the Cleveland County Choral Society for three years, particularly the number "Peaceable Kingdom" by Randall Thomson. "Frances McGill of Kings Mountain, my former class member at KMHS, suggested in 1986 that I tryout for the Oratorio Singers Men's Chorus," said Neisler. He auditioned a classical solo piece, switched to tenor for a tenor piece in "The Messiah," the part that so typifies the selection, "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people" by Handel. Virginia Neisler studied voice and piano with Kings Mountain's Linda Dixon at Central United Methodist Church. Her piano repertoire includes anything from Chopin and Mozart to popular pieces and according to Kings Mountain's Jerry Ledford, a bass member of the Oratorio Singers, "Virginia does everything well, a great

CCS: looks at policy changes after state probe FROM Page 1 board members as he outlined the policies which were not voted on but drew much discussion. "We need your feedback on these new policy changes based on recommendations from attorneys," he said. Some of the recommended changes deal with what has been an informal practice of allowing employees to take home equipment laptops, for instance, and bring them back and several board members were concerned with the new language "prohibiting the use, loan or borrowing of school system equipment and materials for private or personal gain." The revised policy would also establish a reporting requirement for employees, who think school equipment is being used improperly, and the continued reduction of credit cards within the system. Board members indicated they believe that teachers and faculty should have the ability to take home laptops, etc. They considered this an instructional tool and noted it was different from some other types of equipment the policy addresses. "There's a big difference between using a laptop for lesson plans and using a big piece of equipment like a dump truck," said board member Kathy Falls, who pushed for clarification that would allow use of laptops at home but require signing out and permission from the principal. Board member Shearra Miller agreed. She also noted that iPads and other technology equipment could be used with authorization of the principal. "We don't need to hire principals if we don't have faith in them to do their

jobs," said board member Jerry Hoyle. "I think if we aren't careful we will get so wordy in these policies that it will kill what we want to accomplish," said chairman Dr. Jack Hamrick. He added, "These policies are simple and straightforward and sufficient as far as I am concerned." "What about contracted services and the rapport with clubs and churches for rental use of our buildings?" asked one member. "How will these policies affect them?" Assistant Supt. John Yarbro explained that contractors use their own equipment and provide the labor, the schools pay for materials and Boyles said the new policies could clarify both points of concern. "We want to be fair, we can change some of the language in the policies," said Boyles, who said that since the 2004 school merger a rental policy is in place. Other policies include a revision to the rules on faculty/employee dress which states: "purchase of schoolrelated clothing that assists employees in performance of school function includes prior approval; clothing purchases, including uniforms, must have identifying label or logo; and no uniform allowances will be permitted." Hoyle suggested a clarification, saying the language may sound restrictive. "People who have school shirts and jackets with school names on them may think they can't wear them except at school functions." Revisions to use of funds, include two recommendations: use of funds for personal benefit prohibited and meal purchases require prior approval. The new policy on travel allowance permits travel al-

lowance as per current practice; allowances paid in accordance with established schedule; administration has authority to determine qualified recipients based on job duties; employees with allowance prohibited from additional in-county reimbursement; permits outof-county reimbursement with administrative approval. Counsel recommended the hiring of an internal auditor with authority to audit in all areas and conduct investigative, random and routine audits as determined by the administration. Boyles said that ongoing activities have included unannounced visual fixed asset inspections by administrative staff, continuing review of departmental expenditures and processes, revisions of some practices related to purchasing, asset disposal, fixed accountability, etc., personnel changes, and planning for additional training this summer for administrative personnel. Board members went over all the policy changes and additions as presented by attorneys. Dr. Boyles and staff will take the boards' suggestions and put them together in another draft before the board again for feedback. That will be the first reading and another opportunity for input before the policy comes for approval after a second reading - a standard practice. Steven Boheler was hired as maintenance director of Division I at a salary of $5,520 per month and $400 travel supplement, according to CCS Spokeswoman Donna Carpenter. The position was previously held by Tony Wray who resigned under fire in January after a state auditor's investigation.

FOUR: to be inducted into KM Hall of Fame FROM Page 1 long-time supporters of Mountaineer sports, will receive the Distinguished Service Awards. Numerous KMHS senior student athletes will receive college scholarships.

The 2011 KMHS 4x200 relay team which won the state championship will also be recognized. Tickets for the event will be $15 and will go on sale the last week in March.

talent." Rita Phifer also of Kings Mountain, now of Charlotte, also sings with Oratorio Singers. Dr. Scott Jarrett, conductor for the Oratorio Singers, commutes weekly to Charlotte from Boson, Massachusetts for rehearsals. In 1951, a group of Charlotte singers, under the direction of Earl F. Berg, founded the Oratorio Singers

of Charlotte. The founding members envisioned a group that would perform great choral masterpieces, especially large-scale choral-orchestral works. At the conclusion of the 1992-93 season, the boards of the Oratorio Singers and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra merged the two organizations.The combined organizations are now able to

produce large scale choral works previously beyond the scope of either individual group. The 60th anniversary concert season has also included Mozart's "Requiem," and Orff's "Carmina Burana plus "The Magic of Christmas" and Handel's "Messiah."

INDUSTRY: announcements have been big in KM FROM Page 1 county in its economic development efforts, will create 112 jobs and bring an investment of $989 million. Also, in this new year, STEAG announced it will employ 45 extra people and STI will add 15 workers at new operations. Why are more manufacturing jobs and other businesses looking at Kings Mountain and the county? Mayor Rick Murphrey lists quality of life, climate, available work force, incentives offered by Kings Mountain, state and county governments, water and other amenities, and proximity to metropolitan areas, including Charlotte and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. He touted the close partnership of economic development leaders within the county, state and KM city council for successes. The site selection update from the city included the date the various economic devel-

opment projects began: 2012 - AT&T, STEAG, and STI; 2011 - Bay Valley Foods Distributing, Chemetal Foote expansion, Ultra Armoring expansion, Duke Power Training Facility, QualTech, Disney, Strata Solar, T5 Data Center, Ultra Machine expansion; 2010 - Kings Mountain Embroidery, Patrick Yarns expansion, RST Communications, Solaris Industry, Southern Power, and Wipro's Infocrossing Data Center. In 2011, Battleground Steakhouse, Cherokee Street Tavern, and Pho 98 came to town as well as Rhodesdale Farms. Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and Patriot Jack's Outfitters opened in 2010 and Cleveland Ridge and Kings Falls were new apartment complexes that became new business citizens. In 2012, at least three new restaurants have opened for business, including Italian Garden, Mogino's and Hong Kong Restaurant.

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Run for your Life! ‘Hunger Games’ 5K


The start of the "Hunger Games: Run for your Life 5K" run. For the "Hunger Games: Run for your life 5K" this past Saturday, sponsored by the Kings Mountain Mauney Memorial Library for their community read, they had 188 registered runners and a few phantom runners who ran without numbers. The course was marked with Katniss Everdeen’s (from the Hunger Games book) arrows, and the starting line read: “Tributes start here”. Local YMCA employees volunteered, as well as Mauney Memorial Library employees. Oak Grove Fire Department also played a huge part in traffic control.

Every turn was lined with people cheering the runners on. "There were lots of family units that participated, and lots of first time 5K people, many of whom say this was a life -changing experience- they want to become healthy," said Margot Plonk, Library Assistant. was the timing company that volunteered their services and did an outstanding job with registrations and places at race completion, according to Plonk Winners overall were Brad McKee from Kings Mountain and Cassie Morton also of Kings Mountain.

Masters (over 40) winners were George Patterson of Kings Mountain and Teresa Harrill from Cherryville. Plonk handmade the medals, which were rustic looking with glitter and had a “mockingjay” sculpted in each one. Participants came from all overMarion, Asheville, Charlotte- even one registrant from Alabama! Plonk organized this 5K as a part of her internship for Belmont Abbey College, where she will be graduating this May with a degree in Education. Runners also brought canned goods to donate to KM’s Crisis Ministry. There was quite a load!

Brad McKee, of Kings Mountain, male winner overall, receives his medal. Margot Plonk, back, makes the announcement.

Cassie Morton, from Kings Mountain, female winner overall, gets her medal.

Jim Owens, left, and Lester Copeland, from Morganton, run in the 5K last Saturday.

Even children participated in the 5K. This is Cooper Brod.

Two of the 5K contestants looking relieved as they pass the finish line at Patriots Park.

Registration underway for third Gateway race Registration is on for the third annual Kings Mountain Gateway Trail 5K and 10K fundraiser set to kick off at 8 a.m. April 28 at the Gateway Trail, 807 S. Battleground Ave. The registration fee for participants, who register before April 1st, is $20 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. A fee of $5 will be added for each extra event. After April 1, registration for the 5K will cost $25 and $35 for the 10K. Athletes can register online at Kings Mountain Gateway Trails, Inc. is a 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Proceeds from the run will

help grow and preserve the trail. Trophies in the 5K and 10K races will be awarded to the top three male and female overall winners, Masters Division (for ages 40 and up) and in the following age divisions: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older. Medals will be awarded to all fun run participants. The 10K course, this year, will feature a newlyopened leg of the trail that is mostly gravel and extends towards I-85. Future sections will provide a greenway connection between downtown Kings Mountain and Crowder's Mountain State Park.

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Grover board continues negotiations for waste water treatment plant GROVER - Town board is continuing negotiations with Grover Industries for its waste water treatment plant and took what Mayor J. D. Ledford called first steps in the process Monday night. By a vote of 3-0, the board accepted a proposal from SM&E for an environmental site assessment at a cost of $2,000 and voted to pay $1,900 for a land survey of the wastewater treatment plant property and reservoir. Board members Brent White and mayor protem Cindy O’Brian were absent. Voting were Roy Dyer, Bill Willis and Jackie Bennett. In other business, the board voted to switch the clerk’s office and mayor’s office for more storage space for clerk Tricia Willis and discussed, but took no action, on replacement of a roof on a building the town owns at 204 Main Street. The mayor reported that future necessary upgrades of the Watterson Road Lift Station could cost $18,000. “These are World War II generators at all three lift stations that need as-

sessed,” he said. During discussion of a website for the town, Jackie Bennett suggested that residents should be asked via a newsletter in their water bills if they would use a website to pay bills online, saying she doubted the usage would be sufficient to pay for costs. “I’m all for it,” said Bill Willis, “if the town absorbs the cost.” The board voted, on recommendation of the mayor, to hold budget workshops on March 19, April 5 and April 23, all at 6 p.m. and tabled, after comments by town attorney Mickey Corry regarding open meetings laws, the mayor’s suggestion to hold an agenda workshop meeting prior to regularly scheduled meetings for the purpose of council input on proposed agenda items. The mayor said his recommendations for additional workshops came after he and council members Roy Dyer and Bill Willis attended a School for Government Officials in Charlotte last week.

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Pictured are the five members of the Grover Police Department. From left, Chief J.E. Buff, Reserve officers B. R. Fields, J. S. Green, J. L. McLaughlin and part-time officer S. L. Hamrick. Greene was sworn as the newest Reserve officer Monday night by Mayor J. D. Ledford as all officers, in uniform, were present at Grover Town Hall.

Volunteers spruce up the American Legion, Post 155 ELIZABETH STEWART Community volunteers are stepping up to the plate and bringing a new look to Otis D. Green Post 155, American Legion. After months of carpentry work, painting, and fixing up, the all-volunteer maintenance

crew and numerous other volunteers from the community are getting ready to show off the results of their labor of love. “We want our 200-plus members and the community to enjoy this Post, the best and probably largest rental facility in two counties for receptions


Nelson “Mac” McWhorter, Chuck Sperry and Daryl Putnam, left to right, are pictured in “The Hut” built by Putnam, a feature of the decor of the American Legion Post 155 ballroom renovation. Photo at right: Extensive remodeling and refurbishing of the Legion Post home is underway by volunteers.

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and parties,” said Chuck Sperry, chairman of the maintenance committee that included Mac McWhorter, Danny Nash and Daryl Putnam. Sperry, who lives in Clover, SC but has spent every day at the Post for the last 3 1/2 months, belonged to a large Legion Post in Florida that had similar challenges but re-energized much like Kings Mountain. He estimated costs would have run from $70,000$80,000 if labor and materials had not been donated. “We’re bringing the Legion back because of the memories,” he said. “Our men and women have served our country and area men and women now serve in the military; our membership is growing and surprisingly we have new people coming every day,” said an excited Sperry. “We want to tell a story here that it’s not for us but for people who came before and show respect for those memories,” said Sperry, adding “that’s the driving force behind all our work.”

Sperry said the American Legion plans a dedication ceremony and barbecue event and the welcome mat will be out to the public to attend. Putnam, who has also donated his own works of art in various areas of the club, said he wants the Legion to become a showplace to make Kings Mountain proud. Club Manager Charles Mashburn singled out city Councilman Rick Moore, a past commander, as a “big inspiration and contributor” to the post’s renovation. All the labor for the project was donated. Purchased items from the local Bridges Hardware and Lowe’s were discounted. Timms Furniture donated the first piece of new furniture, a couch, and TV sets. A focal point of the decor in the black and white ballroom is the canteen, “The Hut” carved by Daryl Putnam and named “Patriot Bar” built by Putnam of oak, bead board and pine trim accented by two emblems on the front. Refrigeration units inside “The Hut” accommodate those hosting an event.

Service banners, polished floors, new paint, and tables and chairs feature this large ballroom with a stage. A room on either side of the stage has also been renovated to accommodate entertainment groups that could be performing at the Post. Adjacent to the ballroom is what people locally call the “new bar.” New stainless steel sinks, two TV sets, new fans, new ice coolers, and a newlypainted interior are features. Civil War and “Ike at Normandy” are framed prints on the walls. Both ballroom and bar are smoke free. Chuck Sperry has donated framed pictures “D Day, the Normandy Invasion.”

The black and white motif enhances the foyer of the club with occasional small tables and black chairs. Framed photographs of past commanders from 1924 to the present decorate the walls along with a framed picture of young serviceman Otis D. Green, for whom the Legion Post is named, along with framed pictures of American Legion Auxiliary Unit’s state and national officers and the Unit charter. Maintenance crews say they won’t stop, there’s more work to do in interior and outside renovation. “We’re retired,” says Sperry. “It’s really a labor of love,” Putnam added.

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Casting Call for KMLT’s “ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”

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Players in the current production of “School House Rock” act out a scene in the play at the Joy.

‘School House Rock Live! Jr.’ shook the Joy KYRA A. TURNER

It was a blast from the past and a joy to see. The Kings Mountain Little Theatre presented an all-time favorite for all ages, “School House Rock LIVE! Jr.” at the Joy Performance Theatre this past weekend. Shows continue Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and will finish with a final matinee Sunday at 3 p.m. With famous songs of Math, English and History, the characters of “School House Rock” had the audience laughing and singing along with fun entertaining melodies like: “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing”, “Three is a Magic Number”, “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here”, “Unpack Your Adjectives”, “I’m Just a Bill”, “Conjunction Junction”, “Inter-planet Janet”, and many more. Taking the audience back to the “age of aquarius”, George (Andrae Mc-

Corkle), Dori (Emma Fincher), Shulie (Jordyn Peterson), Dina (Aubrey Hallman), Dina (Bethany Mansfield), Jo (Sarah Fox), Molly (Cydney Wallace), Janet (Linsey Wagner), Billie (Logan Locklair) and “The King” (Tyler Nelson) took Miss Tommi Mizer (Jesseca Gregory) back to the television show she used to watch as a kid. While Mizer was worried about her first day as a teacher, the “School House Rock” gang gave her the confidence and knowledge she needed. They carried each song to new heights with precision and enjoyment. Along with the “School House Rock” gang was an ensemble who helped the gang remind Mizer of her education in a fun and amusing way. The ensemble consisted of Josie Gold, Laurel Hanks, Mary-Carter Johnson, Maria Kiser, Meleena Kiser, Grace Plonk, Ashley Kay Putnam, Madison Ramsey, Collin Runkle, Davis Runkle, Anthony Vagnozzi and Macayla Jack-

son. Although Macayla, Ashley and Davis were the youngest of the cast, they made a lasting impression in their performance. Even though most of the cast made their first debuts in “School House Rock LIVE! Jr.”, they never broke character, had lots of energy and performed with much skill. With a wonderful director (Wendy Walega), assistant director and stage manager (Anna Marie Vagnozii) and an exceptional cast and crew, the performance had people wanting more. This play was educational for the young and nostalgic for the adults, who grew up with “School House Rock”. If you like a good time, education, and kid-friendly music, check out “School House Rock LIVE! Jr.” for it’s last weekend March 16-18 at the Joy Performance Theatre.

Kings Mountain Little Theatre will bring the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” to the Joy Performance Center stage in May. Director Betsy Wells will audition for the cast of 11 men and 3 women on March 22nd and 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Joy. Performance dates are set for May 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. Kings Mountain Hospital is the corporate sponsor for “Arsenic and Old Lace”. “Arsenic and Old Lace” is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring written in 1939. It has become best known through its film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. The play was directed by Bretaigne Windust and opened on January 10, 1941. On September 25, 1943, the play moved to the Hudson Theater. It closed there on June 17, 1944, having played 1,444 performances. The play is a farcical, black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic, who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Bronx, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice Dr. Einstein, a German Nazi, to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff. Kings Mountain Little Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-based community theater. KMLT is funded in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council.

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Powell to open benefit concert Local star Travis Powell to open for John Michael Montgomery in CRKA benefit concert April 14 EMILY WEAVER Editor

Shelby’s own rising Country star Travis Powell, whose single “The Man Song” topped the charts in 2011, will be the opening act for the Cleveland Rutherford Kidney Association’s benefit concert featuring John Michael Montgomery. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 o’clock concert at Gardner-Webb University’s Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center on Saturday, April 14. Advance tickets are on sale now for stadium seating ($20 each) and floor seating ($25 each). Tickets will be sold, while seats last, on the day of the concert for $25 - stadium and $30-floor. To purchase tickets, call 704-481-9535 or send checks to CRKA, 1017 N. Washington St., Shelby, NC 28150. Powell, a 2000 graduate of Crest High, has had a lot of great experiences during his rise to stardom. With one tour and several shows adding to a growing list of gigs he’s played in about 20 states, he says he feels “very excited” and “blessed” to be a part of the CRKA’s show. “I was blessed to be a part of it last year,” he said. “I was hoping they would ask me again.” In 2011, the young star opened for the famed Country artist Aaron Tippin…big names for a big cause. CRKA is a non-profit organization that assists individuals who are currently on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant. The program was founded more than 30 years ago with one mission in mind - to help dialysis patients get to and from therapy in Gaston County. Today, it helps more than 400 patients with financial assistance, transportation, assistance with groceries and medications, counseling and more. “It’s nice to come back and be a part of something that gives back. The Kidney Association does a lot of great things,” Powell said. He noted that opening for John Michael Montgomery in a benefit for the CRKA is a “big deal”. He adds it to his growing list of other memorable moments in the spotlight: performing his first big show at Bristol Motor Speedway; singing the National Anthem in 2010 at the Daytona 500 Camping World Series truck race; sharing the stage with Gavin DeGraw, Daryl Worley, Jerrod Niemann and Craig Morgan; and, back where it all began - a young kid, who brought the crowds to their feet, performing as the “King”, Elvis Pressley. In July, he plans to return to his roots and rock the Don Gibson Theatre in an Elvis tribute show, “One Night With You, A Tribute to Elvis”. “I always knew I wanted to be a singer/songwriter,” Powell said. “Elvis, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean are some of my biggest influences, but it was a Garth Brooks concert I attended, at the age of 15, that really solidified that fact.” Watching the crowd react to Brooks perform that night was enough to lock his dream in place, he said. And even to this day he gets a kick out of watching the crowd. “I love it when people are having fun,” he added. Opening shows this year for artists, such as David Allan Coe, Bucky Covington and John Michael Montgomery, Travis continues to make his dreams true. In October 2009, Powell released his first self-titled album, which included three songs he wrote and co-wrote. His new single, “The Man Song”, which is out on radio and iTunes, has quickly moved up the Music Row charts and has aired on country stations nationwide. Ruth McFarland, of the CRKA, said that they are delighted to have Powell return this year. She added that a lot of their early ticket sales for the concert so far have come from his fan base. In between concerts, Powell takes time to help other organizations like The Victory Junction Gang, The Mooresville Humane Society, JR Motorsports, Relay for Life, CRKA and has helped in relief efforts for the victims of Tuscaloosa’s recent tornadoes. Powell encourages his fans to help the CRKA with “Operation: Cheeks in the Seats” - a program in which the community can sponsor a foster child and/or kidney patient to attend the concert for $15.

Travis Powell By sponsoring a child or a patient, McFarland said, “they will have a chance to see a great concert otherwise not available to them.” For more information, visit or call 704481-9535. For more information on Powell’s upcoming tribute to Elvis, call the Don Gibson Theatre at 704-487-8114 or visit The Travis Powell band features Jim Lincomfelt on lead guitar, Tracy Scism on drums, John Henson on base and sound technician Brian Ashe.

Seats are in!

Photo by Kyra Turner

Kings Mountain Little Theatre unveiled new plush seats and a beautifully-renovated interior, which includes new carpet and new wall treatments, for the opening Fridau night of “School House Rock Live! Jr.” The new roomy seats are 23 inches wide and are covered in burgundy and gold fabric made by Dicey Fabrics.

Morris and Marjorie Jordan were presented with gifts from the church to honor their retirement by Dr. Chip Sloan. KYRA A. TURNER

Morris and Marjorie Jordan have been compared to Aquila and Priscilla in the Bible (Acts 18) for their wonderful service and work ethic at First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain. After over 20 years, the Jordans are moving on into retirement. “We celebrate the ‘marriage of ministry’ between Morris, as our music minister and senior music minister, and Marjorie, as secretary,” Rev. Dr. Chip Sloan said at their retirement service Sunday. “Thank you both for helping us to grow with ease. You couldn’t separate their ministry,” he told the congregation. “Behind every good man is a good woman,” Morris said. “Most of what I’ve done I couldn’t have done without her.” Marjorie grew up in the church. At 20 years old, she started serving in Sunday School and in other ways, after she had finished her schooling at Mars Hill University. Morris also grew up in the church, where his father was a farmer and the “song leader” at a country chapel in Alabama. He obtained his music degree at Carson Newman College (now a university) and his Masters in music education at Appalachian State University. The Jordans married on Nov. 26, 1966 and started their life together in the mindset of ministering wherever they were called. The Jordans started serving at Dover Baptist in Shelby (1961-1967), then moved to First Baptist Church of New Bern (1967-1969), then to First Baptist Church of Canton (19691987), before settling into their home at First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain (1987-2012). They have a son named Michael Jordan and a daughterin-law named Krista WiegandJordan. Morris wasn’t the only one with a new job coming into Kings Mountain, Marjorie agreed to be the secretary of the church office. Between Morris and Marjorie they have served over 40 years at First Baptist Kings Mountain and 100 years in the Church overall. Sloan accredited Morris and Marjorie with growth in the church. Morris helped start the new contemporary service at First Baptist and Marjorie would

talk and pray with people on the phone. They both contributed to the bulletins and its new style. The retirement service was filled with songs of tribute to their service and words of encouragement and love as they take their next steps in life. The Jordans even graced the service with a duet of “Day by Day”. “Marjorie has taught me everything and how to be a better Christian,” said Joy Hollifield, First Baptist Church secretary. “Morris has a heart for ministry and it has been a privilege to serve with him in the group Centurymen on Kingdom work,” said Michael Bundon, president of the Centurymen singing group from Carson Newman University. The service also included the declaration of Morris as Minister of Music and Senior Adult Emeritus and a presentation of gifts. Marjorie was presented with a key holder which is symbolic of the security of management and Morris was presented with a replica of the stained glass that Morris designed in the stained glass room of the church, which shows the five loaves and two fish Jesus fed to the 5,000 in remembrance of God’s supply and extended ministry. Sloan and the other ministers of First Baptist wanted to express their appreciation for the couple, but knew it would take several hours, so instead they decided to show an emotional scene from the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”. “Mr. Holland’s Opus” was a heart-wrenching movie about a music teacher and his life. Just as the movie ends with the entire community showing their appreciation by a standing ovation for Mr. Holland as he retires, people stood and cheered to show their appreciation for the Jordans and their ministry, after the clip was over. At the end of the service Morris said something that stuck in everyone’s hearts, “This is not the end, it’s just the beginning of something new in our journey together in Christ.” The Jordans will still stay in Kings Mountain and Morris will still help out with the senior adult choir but the couple has plans to visit the Pacific Coast line. “Before we can do that we are going to visit places called the garage, the attic, and the basement,” Marjorie giggled.

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YOUNG ARTIST - Ryan Howe, 8-year-old son of Yvette and Jeffrey Howe of Gastonia and grandson of Beauford and Sharon Burton of Kings Mountain and Jeff and Kathy Howe and Yvonne Burton of Gastonia, is pictured with his pastel chalk artwork. Lisa Olson, Ryan's art teacher at Gaston Day School, honored the third grader by having his art work displayed at Cannon School in Concord. The Cannon School is a prep school that has great programs in visual and performing arts

Eli Blanton, son of Steven and Christen Blanton of Kings Mountain, had his picture chosen by WBTV to be shown on their "Color the Weather" segment on January 5. Eli is four years old and loves hanging out with his little brother Emory and hunting for the "big bucks" with his dad.

Delta Taus meet on leadership

Connie Phifer Savell, Linda Dixon, Margaret McGinnis and DKG Regional X Director Frances Stafford at the recent Delta Tau Chapter meeting. The Delta Tau Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met February 23 at the Cleveland County Instructional Center. Dr. Anita Ware presented a program on leadership encouraging members to reflect on areas of expertise we would like to explore. District X Regional Director Frances Stafford visited and shared information about DKG. One special project International has sponsored is "Schools for Africa" and we have raised $56,381 for this project over the last 2 years worldwide. Delta Tau has raised $61 for this special cause this year.


Membership Chairman, Amy Bailey recognized six members and presented bouquets of spring flowers to those present who have served Delta Kappa Gamma for +25 years. These six members represent 219 years of service in DKG: Margaret McGinnis, Peggy Baird, Betty Gamble, Connie Savell, Hilda Leonard, and Linda Dixon. The other bouquets were delivered to the ladies who were absent. The next meeting of Delta Tau will be held on March 22 at 5 p.m. at the CC Instructional Center.

KM LINEDANCERS - The Intermediate class of Line dancers at the Patrick Senior Center will perform "Chill Factor'' (Our Way) at Neal Senior Center in Shelby at 6 p.m. Friday in Cleveland County Silver Arts competition, a feature of 2012 Senior Games. "Fancy Feet,'' a group of 12 line dancers from the Patrick Center will also perform in a non-competition event. The local dancers hope to repeat their prize awards from last year. The competition dancers, above, will wear pink and black outfits designed by Retha Blackwell. The pink satin vests are adorned with glitter and top black pants. White lace gloves, lace topped black slippers, and a top hat trimmed in pink glitter complete the attire. From left, Terry Broome, Retha Blackwell, Archie Cherpak, the director; Claudia Ledford, Arlene Barrett and June Lawson.

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Front Porch Music By Ron Isbell, Publisher emeritus

I’ve got a secret... I’ve got a secret. Just one. And I’m about to blow it wide open.

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To greener pastures... Shelley Proffitt Eagan

Just when I thought we had culled out all the crazy off the farm Just when I was thinking we had culled out all the ‘crazy’ off the farm, of the bovine sort that is, I gave up getting rid of the crazy homo sapiens a LONG time ago, one of them had to go and prove me wrong! We had been sorting out some heifers at the Creek Ranch to send to the breeding herd in Blacksburg and couldn’t fit them all in one load. We took the first load and left 2 in the catch pen at the Creek Ranch. We would return in an hour or so. I got back and found there was only one of the 2 still IN the pen waiting. I looked around the pen, like I might not see a 900 lb. animal lurking behind the shade tree in the 500 square foot pen, and because the gate was still tied shut. My first thought is that I didn’t secure the gate properly and she pushed it open, but it was still secured! The other heifer is happily munching on hay looking at me like I am a complete idiot. I’m standing there, hands on hips, head cocked in confusion, wondering how

she could have jumped a 6’ high fence when I see the heifer in question out in the pasture pacing the far off fenceline of the pasture we just got the herd out of! This is never a good sign. Pacing beside a fence means cattle are thinking of jumping over said fence. I still can’t imagine her jumping the fence from the catch pen b/c it’s real tall, meant for sorting cattle. I assume she must have somehow managed to clear it , thinking she’s more athletic than I gave her credit for, when I see the gaping rip in the woven wire of the catch pen. #113, escapee, clearly forced her way right through the fencing of the holding pen! Unbelievable. The other heifer I now hold in highest regards because she did not follow her friend! She waited right where she was supposed to and enjoyed her hay. That’s my kind of girl. Plowing through fences, on the other hand, does not win you a permanent place in the breeding herd. Which was

the ultimate destination for these 2 girls. I just can’t commit to 10 + years of dealing with a cow that will go wherever she wants without regard to a fence! That is bad form. Her decision to rip through the fence officially secures her place on the harvest schedule. I hate to seem insensitive but we are selling beef here. Just on the other side of that fence #113 is pacing is Patterson Rd. and nothing but trouble on the other side for her and me. I head across the 10 acre swath coming up on her left so she can see me, walking very slowly so I don’t cause her to panic, and carefully walk in between her and the fence so that she will head away from the road and return to the rest of the herd that is still in the pasture. I don’t want to make a trip to the breeding herd with only one heifer so I decide to let the well behaved one back with the heifer herd for now. I’ll have to come back for #113 when she’s ready to play by the rules! Here’s to greener pastures, Shelley

■MEDITATION Going beyond the ‘simple milk’

Dr. Jeff Hensley Pastor Kings Mountain Baptist Church I just finished grading a set of papers for the classes I am teaching this semester at Gardner-Webb University. I have sixty-six students this term and they are a great bunch of young adults. It may be because I am a pastor and tend toward compassion in most situations, but I sometimes have a hard time when I grade papers because I so want to see my students

do well. It hurts if I have to give a poor grade, but then I always have to remind myself that the best way to help my students is to help them keep their feet to the fire, so to speak. As I look back over my own education, I believe the teachers who meant the most to me were those who pushed me the most. For example, I remember one high school English teacher who is now with God in Heaven. This teacher’s grasp of English literature was tremendous, and one phrase that I heard her utter over and over again was something she said before any important classroom activity. “Take full notes,� she would say to us, and when you are a high school student this may not sound like a very important bit of advice, but the down through the years the discipline of taking “full notes� on lectures, on sermons, and for other occasions has served me well. One of the roles that Jesus

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was most known for during his ministry on earth was the role of “Rabbi� or teacher, and Jesus had such a wonderful way of passing along truth; so wonderful, in fact, that many of his most famous lessons are remembered even by people who haven’t opened a Bible since their childhood. Although I know that I am not at all a teacher like our LORD, I do love the opportunity to teach people about the words and message of the Bible. In a way, I tend to think of my style of preaching as also a kind of teaching, for I feel that God has called me in part to challenge and help people think about the faith that is within them. Several years ago, I was asking some church members

what they expected from the preaching ministry of their pastor, and one man spoke up and said that what he wanted to hear from the pulpit was practical advice. He said, “I know that I am not supposed to beat my wife, but I want to be told not to beat my wife.� What the man was trying to say was that he wanted to hear his pastor tell him something specific that he could do in his life. That is certainly an important part of preaching, and I try to do that too, but I am convinced that we are all called to grow deeper and go beyond the “simple milk� of the Word to a deeper level of faith, and my prayer is that God will help each of us learn to love Him with all that we are, including our minds.

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Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one problem with the medical problems Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve faced this year. Too many people know too much about me. I left my privacy behind with my first CT scan last May. Nearly a dozen doctors now know what goes on inside my skin at molecular levels. Each doctor in turn has three or four nurses and an untold number of support people sharing that knowledge. Add in therapists and my secrets are gone. Try to manage insurance, billing and other aspects of health care and you get the idea. How I lived from the amount of money I made to the car I drove to the house I lived in were examined, evaluated and that information shared with others. Caregivers ranging from nursing aides to special care from my wife revealed even more personal details of my life. Things that you really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to share with strangers. For a person whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shielded his privacy pretty well for more than 60 years these revelations are a strong invasion of privacy. Giving up your secrets, regardless of how insignificant, can be unsettling. Every secret revealed is just that less control you now have over your life. I guess I never realized how much of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;control freakâ&#x20AC;? I was. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that I harbored a long list of deep, dark secrets that could have landed me in trouble with the law or gotten me much more than a reproaching or imploring look from family or friends. Most of my life is an open book. After all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent a large portion of my life writing my thoughts and discoveries for a living. But until now if I wanted to keep a secret I did. Now that seems to be gone. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m down to just this one secret. One Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kept even from my wife for a couple of decades. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a guilty pleasure. One Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve pulled out of my memory when I needed a boost. A reason to feel really good. Wendy and I had taken our boat to Kentucky Lake for a few days of crappie fishing and cruising. After a day of semi-successful fishing we parked the boat and got ready for a dinner at the lodge. She got caught up in a movie and dinner had to wait. We both fell for a man right then...she for Patrick Swayzie and me for Jerry Orbach. Of course Jennifer Gray caught my attention, too. The movie was Dirty Dancing. But my secret trailed along behind this by about 12 hours. We got an early start on the day the next morning and visited the Land Between the Lakes living history farm. In fact we got there before it opened. We were killing some time at the visitors center, checking out the exhibits and learning about the area. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d separate, rejoin and share. There was a lot of hand holding, a kiss or two and a wonderful start to the day. As I went to the information desk to check on opening time for the farm, the attendant leaned over the desk and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just have to say this. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been watching you since you came in. You two make the most remarkable couple I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen.â&#x20AC;? Of course, I knew that. But to have a total stranger point it out made me incredibly happy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a memory I tucked inside my brain and kept there for personal and selfish pleasure anytime I wanted. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used it a lot the past few months... But with all my other secrets now public itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to let this one go too. My life is now a totally open book.

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them. Return all products to storage immediately after use. Keep the products and your children in sight during use. Never mix products; dangerous fumes could result. Make sure medications are in childresistant containers. Vitamins and supplements also should be out of reach of children. Be especially alert at grandma's house. Older people with hand arthritis may get medication bottles that are not childproof. They're also more likely to leave medicine out in the open. Keep indoor plants out of reach; some may be poisonous.

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Mountaineers stay unbeaten at Lancaster, host East Gaston Thursday, Huss Tuesday GARY STEWART Sports Editor

After a 9-0 shellacking at Hickory Tuesday night, Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers returned home to Lancaster Field Wednesday and Thursday to take close non-conference wins over West Lincoln and Shelby. The Mountaineers grabbed an early lead and held off a West Lincoln comeback for a 5-4 win on Wednesday, then blanked Shelby 2-0 Thursday in a pitcher’s duel and great defensive performance by both teams. The results left the Mountaineers a 3-2 overall heading into last night’s Big South 3A opener at South Point. Thus far, the Mountaineers have lost all of their road games while winning all of their home games. They host East Gaston in a JV/varsity doubleheader Thursday at 4 p.m., and Hunter Huss in a BigSouth twin bill Tuesday at 4:30. Senior right hander Heath King got his second straight complete game victory Thursday against Shelby, a team that defeated the Mountaineers in ten innings in their 2012 opener in Shelby. King allowed only four hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four in a game that was scoreless until the Mountaineers scored both of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With excellent defensive play behind him, King retired the last 13 Shelby batters in order See MOUNTAINEERS, 2C

JV Mountaineers unbeaten in five GARY STEWART / HERALD

Kings Mountain shortstop Wil Sellers fires the ball to first base for a double play in the third inning of Thursday's game with Shelby at Lancaster. Shelby would not have another runner reach base after this play as pitcher Heath King and the Mountaineer defense put the Lions down in order in the fourth through the seventh innings.

ALL-CONFERENCE Petty, Hines make All-Big South team Senior Tim Hines and sophomore Monique Petty were the only Kings Mountain High players selected to the 2011-12 All-Big South 3A Conference basketball teams. Hines, the Mountaineers’ leading scorer, and Petty were both two-year starters for the Kings Mountain teams. Petty was joined on the girls all-star team by former KMHS player Brittnee Roberts of Forestview; and Hines was joined on the boys team by Hunter Huss’ Kerrion Moore, who is the son of former KMHS athlete Jeff Lockhart of Grover. Others on the girls team were Bre Armstrong, Phierica Gardin and Khadijah Joyner of Forestview; Ashley Mull and Brittany Green of South Point; Brittany Patterson and Alexis Wallace of Ashbrook; Caleia Jones and Summer Kale of Crest; Jackie Reid of

HINES North Gaston and Jaaiah Crosby of Hunter Huss. Freshman A’Diyah Ussery of Crest was voted Player of the Year and Kevin Gurganus of Forestview was Coach of the Year. Others on the boys team were Jaelan Kennedy of Hunter Huss, Dominique Adams, Devante Mackins and Calvin Johnson of

PETTY Forestview; Antonio Blalock, Jayquan Mackey and Grant Stafford of Ashbrook; Jerrick Haynes of Crest and Daquan Mintz of North Gaston. Taylor Williams of South Point was voted Player of the Year and Dan Ghent of Forestview was Coach of the Year.

KM girls win second straight, boys lose by one point in track Kings Mountain High’s women’s track team won its second straight meet Thursday at South Point but the Mountaineers fell by one point to the host Red Raiders. The KMHS ladies ran away with their meet, posting 127 points to 56 to a distant Hunter Huss team. South Point and North Gaston tied for third with 38 points each. The Mountaineers, who defeated the same three teams a week earlier at KM’s John Gamble Stadium, fell to South Point 100-99. North Gaston was a distant third with 43 points and Hunter Huss tallied 27. Cassie Morton led the Lady Mountaineers with three first place finishes. She took the 800 meter run in 2:40, the 1600 meter run in 5:59 and the 3200 meter run in 13:12. Brittany Poeng again posted a pair of first places. She won the long jump with a leap of 13’7.5” and the triple jump with a jump of 28’5”. Aneisy Cardo won the pole vault with a leap of 7’6” and Emily Harris won the discus with a throw of 80’1.5” Kings Mountain also won the 4x400 relay in 4:42.33 and the 4x800 meter relay in 11:51.04. Finishing second for the KM ladies were Chelsea George in the 100 meter hurdles, Paisley Williams in the high jump, and Sarah Scism in the triple jump.

Third were Mackey in the 100 meter dash, Adrienne Green in the 400 meter run, Kacey Cordell in the 300 meter hurdles, Betzaira Saenz in the long jump and Kristin Dawkins in the discus. Fourth were Erica Carpenter in the 100 meter hurdles, Hutchens in the 100 meter dash, Cardo in the 1600 meter run, Sarah Bradshaw in the 400 meter run, Annamarie Fulbright in the 800 meter run, Hutchens in the 200 meter dash, Brown in the pole vault, and Johnson in the high jump. Wesley Smith was the only double-winner for the Mountaineers. He took the high jump (5’10”) and the triple jump (38’4.5”). Jonathon Boone won the pole vault with a vault of nine feet even. Jake Lancaster took the discus with a throw of 135’6”. Rae’Quan Allen won the 1600 meter run in 5:15 and the KM 4x800 meter relay team also ran first. Finishing second were Jason Dawkins in the 110 high hurdles, Logan McGill in the 1600 meter and 800 meter runs, Jordan Ford in the 400 meter run, Collin Foster in See GIRLS, 2C

Kings Mountain High’s JV baseball team is off to a fast start, outscoring its opponents 32-7 while winning its first five games. Head coach Matt Bridges is assisted this year by Eric Boyd and Josh Day. Five starters return from last year’s team, including sophomores Alex Grooms, Landon Bolin, Zach Hegler, Cameron Bullock and Zach Melton. Newcomers are sophomores C.J. Philbeck and freshmen Brandon Bell, Shad Johnson, Tanner Orders, Shawn Adams, Cameron Ramsey, Jacob Lainhart, Colby Crisp, Robbie Lysek and Logan Stevens. Grooms and Bolin led the JV team in pitching last year with Grooms providing 58 strikeouts and Bolin leading the team in wins. Hegler pitched successfully as a reliever. Brandon Bell was the leading pitcher for last year’s Kings Mountain Middle School Patriots, who finished first in the TriCounty Conference. Orders also pitched well for the Patriots. According to Coach Bridges, the JVs are young but loaded with baseball experience. Many of them started out together in t-ball at the Kings Mountain YMCA and continued to play at the YMCA, middle school and weekend ball. Bridges said the Mountaineers should be very competitive in Big South Conference play. They have been competitive in their first five games as Grooms, Bolin, Bell, Orders and Hegler have dominated from the mound. The defensive play has been extraordinary with only four errors committed. Stevens and Bolin are leading the hitting, followed by Hegler, Lainhart, Johnson, Bell, Crisp, Ramsey, Bullock, Adams and Grooms. Mountaineer Roster: Sophomores - Alex Grooms, pitcher, catcher, outfield and first base; Landon Bolin, pitcher, outfield; Zach Hegler, pitcher, outfield; Cameron Bullock, shortstop; Zach Melton, second base, outfield; C.J. Philbeck, third base, catcher. Freshmen - Brandon Bell, pitcher, outfield, shortstop; Shad Johnson, third base; Tanner Orders, pitcher, third base; Shawn Adams, outfield; Cameron Ramsey, second base; Jacob Lainhart, pitcher, first base; Colby Crisp, catcher; Robbie Lysek, infield and outfield; Logan Stevens, shortstop, second base.

KM softball drops two, hosts Chase on Friday Kings Mountain High’s girls softball team lost its first two games to Chase and Burns and hope to break into the win column this afternoon at East Burke. Craig Short’s ladies face Chase in their home opener Friday at 6 p.m. and host Hunter Huss in their Big South 3A opener Tuesday at 6 p.m. Kings Mountain lost to Chase 12-5 in its season opener last Tuesday at Chase. Reagan Childers took the loss. Amber Goins led the hitting with 3-for-4 and three runs batted in. Caitlyn Braunns was 2for-4. See KM SOFTBALL, 2C


Amber Goins collected five hits in Kings Mountain’s two games last week. The Lady Mountaineers play their first home game Friday at 6 p.m. against Chase.

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Kings Mountain High senior Caroline Baker, center, signs National Letter of Intent to play soccer at North Greenville University at KMHS. Seated with Caroline are her parents, Sandra and Steve Baker, sister, Meredith, and brother, Sam. Back row, left to right, are KMHS Athletic Director Dustin Morehead, soccer coaches Dan Potter, David Bumgardner, Eric Price and principal Ronny Funderburke.

Baker signs to play soccer at NGU Surrounded by supporters Wednesday morning, Kings Mountain High senior Caroline Baker signed to play soccer at North Greenville University, a Southern Baptist liberal arts college in Tigerville, SC. Baker, who has played soccer since the age of 4, said that she chose the school because "it is a good Christian college and I clicked with the team in practice." Baker joined the rank of Scholar Athletes

as a freshman and made All-Conference in 10th grade. She has also played on the AllGazette Cup Team. She said that she is considering a double major in intercultural studies and pre-medicine. Baker hopes one day to be a missionary. She is the daughter of Steve and Sandra Baker of Kings Mountain and is sister to Meredith and Sam Baker.

Robinson has four RBI In Lenoir-Rhyne victory Kings Mountain junior Rai Robinson drove in all four Lenoir-Rhyne runs in a 4-3 win over Carson-Newman Sunday. Robinson slammed a three-run triple in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.

Robinson is hitting .309 for the Bears and leads the team in hits with 30 and RBI with 25. He has seven doubles, one triple and two home runs. Kings Mountain junior Jeff Howell is off to a great start with the Gardner-Webb

Bulldogs. In nine relief appearances, Howell has a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. He has given up nine hits, walked four and struck out nine.

Kings Mountain High senior Jake Lancaster, center, signs up for Western Carolina University at KMHS. Seated with Jake are his parents, Ruth and Steven Lancaster. Back row, left to right, are KMHS Athletic Director Dustin Morehead, head men’s track coach Rayvis Key, track throwing coach Mike Harris and principal Ronny Funderburke.

Lancaster signs to throw at WCU Kings Mountain High senior Jake Lancaster signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning to further his education and career in track and field at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Lancaster, who has been competing on the field since eighth grade, said that he is excited about Western. It was the first team to reach out to Lancaster, who made All Conference last year. As a discus thrower for the Mountaineers, he is ranked sixth in the region. "He's been a big part of our track and field

Middle School drops two After getting off to a 2-0 start, Kings Mountain Middle’s baseball team lost to North Lincoln 9-3 Thursday and fell to East Lincoln 12-2 Monday. The result left the Patriots with a 1-2 Tri-County East Division record and 2-2 overall mark heading into a game Tuesday at West Lincoln. North Lincoln built an 81 lead after six innings to dominate the Patriots Thurs-

MOUNTAINEERS: host East Gaston Thursday, Huss Tuesday FROM Page 1C All four of Shelby’s hits came in the first two innings. The Lions’ only other base runner, by error, came with one out in the third but he was erased on a second (Gary Bennett) to short (Wil Sellers) to first (Trey Fulbright) double play. The Mountaineers also had a hard time getting anything going against Shelby starter Grant Byers, but they took advantage of lead-off back-to-back singles by Mitchell Cloninger and Dal-

las Conner and some wildness by Shelby relief pitcher Chandler Young to score their two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and second, Young managed to retire Alex Reynolds on a pop-up but then walked Chris Webster to load the bases. He hit Trey Fulbright, forcing in Cloninger with the go-ahead run, and Conner’s courtesy runner Daniel Barrett added an insurance tally on a wild pitch. Conner went 2-for-3 to lead the Mountaineers at the

plate. Cloninger and Reynolds added a hit apiece. Kings Mountain scored four runs in the first inning and led 5-0 after two innings Wednesday against West Lincoln but saw the Rebels come back to score three unearned runs in the sixth to cut the final margin to 5-4. Johnathon Borchert got his first start of the season and went five strong innings to get the win. He gave up three hits and struck out four. Conner came on to pitch the final two innings, striking out three.

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program for four years," said coach Dustin Morehead. "He's really taken a leadership role this year." "He leads a whole group of kids" helping middle and high schoolers, added track throwing coach Mike Harris. Lancaster's future on the field looks bright. "His best throws are yet to come," Harris said. "He's going to do well." The upcoming Catamount plans to study construction management at WCU. He is the son of Steven and Ruth Lancaster.

Reynolds led the hitting with 2-for-3 and two runs batted in. Webster was 2-for3. Sellers had a double, King and Cloninger had RBI singles, and Conner and Fulbright had singles. The Mountaineers collected only five hits in their loss to Hickory Tuesday at the Hickory Crawdads stadium. King went 2-for-3 with a double and Cloninger, Conner and Fulbright added a single apiece. Hickory scored two runs in the first inning and broke the game open with seven in the fifth.

day. Will Wilson pitched five innings for KM, giving up ten hits and fanning five. Three of the runs off him were unearned due to two errors. Matt Absher pitched the final inning, giving up no hits while North scored another unearned run. Kings Mountain scored one run in the sixth off a lead-off hit by Brian Lysek and an RBI single by Absher. The Patriots added two more in the seventh on one-out back-to-back hits by Madisyn Bolin and Palmer Davis, and a North Lincoln error. Bolin led the Patriots with two hits and Davis, Absher, Lysek, Wilson and John Bell added one each. Monday, East Lincoln

KM SOFTBALL: drops two, takes on Chase Friday at home FROM Page 1C “The game went well for our first contest,” said Coach Craig Short. “I was pleased with how we played. We put the ball in play very well. Chase is a very strong, wellcoached team. I feel like we came away from the game with several things to work

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scored two runs in the first, third and sixth innings and put six runs across the plate in the top of the seventh. The KM runs came in the fourth and seventh innings. Wilson pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and fanned five. Bryson Bailey pitched 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on four hits. He struck out five. Absher finished the inning and gave up two runs on two hits. Several of the runs were unearned as the Patriots committed eight errors, including four in the seventh inning. Absher and Jarrett Ledford led the KM hitting with two hits each. Davis, Wilson, Bell, Steven Russell and Omar Petty added a hit each.

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the 3200 meter run, Justice Taylor in the triple jump, and the 4x200 meter, 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relay teams. Third were Allen in the 800 meter run, Smith in the long jump and Cody Griffith in the shot put. Fourth were Griffith in the discus, Keeneh Dimetros in the triple jump, Collins Pressley in the high jump, Jacob Lineberger in the 200 meter dash, Dawkins in the 300 meter hurdles and Duncan in the 110 meter high hurdles.

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KM soccer teams split at South Point Kings Mountain split a Big South soccer doubleheader at South Point Monday, the JV team winning 5-0 and the varsity losing 2-0. Jordan Hollifield recorded the shutout for the JV Mountaineers. Jamie Slater had two goals and an assist, and Erin Neisler had two

goals with one of them on a penalty kick. Courtney Jackson and Tichina Parker had two assists each. Hannah Chapman, Kimberlee Farris, Johnna Scism and Kaitlynn Cannon played well on defense.

Sports this Week Wednesday, March 14 4 p.m. - Middle school baseball, Kings Mountain at West Lincoln. 5 p.m. - High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Burns (JV/varsity DH). 6 p.m. - High school softball, Kings Mountain at East Burke. Thursday, March 15 4 p.m. - High school baseball, East Gaston at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity DH). Friday, March 16 6 p.m. - High school softball, Chase at Kings Mountain. Saturday, March 17 10 a.m.- High school track, Kings Mountain state qualifiers in Phoenix High School Classic at Elon University. Monday, March 19 2 p.m. - High school golf, all Big South 3A teams at Hunter Huss.

4 p.m. - Middle school baseball, Kings Mountain at East Lincoln. 5 p.m. - High school soccer, Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity DH). Tuesday, March 20 4 p.m. - High school tennis, Kings Mountain at Forestview. 4:30 - High school baseball, Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity DH). 6 p.m. - High school softball, Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain. Wednesday, March 21 4 p.m. - High school tennis, Burns at Kings Mountain. 4:30 - High school baseball, West Lincoln at Kings Mountain (JV/varsity DH). 5 p.m. - High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Ash brook (JV/varsity DH).

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Congressman McHenry speaks to the crowd that came to meet him at Patriot's Park. In attendance was Dr. Chip Sloan (pastor at First Baptist Kings Mountain), Martha Sloan (Grover Elementary School teacher), Jennifer Wampler (Principal at Bethware Elementary), Phillip Bunch (business owner in Kings Mountain), Kenneth Metcalf (retired and Korean War Vet.), Dr. David Irish (pastor of First Baptist Lowell), Frank Burns (fire chief) and McHenry's close friend, Councilman Rodney Gordon.


KM baseball, softball alumni games planned Kings Mountain High School baseball and softball programs are looking for former players to compete in alumni games Saturday, April 21 at Lancaster Field. All former players are encouraged to register by April 7. The cost to each player is $35 and will include a team t-shirt and hat. The two games’ profits will benefit current baseball and softball programs at KMHS. The softball game will begin at 10 a.m. and the baseball game will begin at 2 p.m. Concessions will be available during both games. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 on the day of the game. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call Drew Fulton at 704-8604068 or email Registration forms are also available from KMHS coaches.

long drive for men, senior men, ladies and children. Door prizes (for matched ticket numbers) will be awarded. Hole sponsorships are $100. Checks should be made payable to New Life Family Worship Center and mailed to Stoney Jackson, 509 Katherine Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. For more information call Stoney Jackson at 704-7395020, Pastor Robert Eng at 704-472-3329 or the KMCC pro shop at 704-739-5871.

KM Touchdown Club golf tourney April 27 The sixth annual Kings Mountain Touchdown Club Golf Tournament will be played Friday, April 27 at Kings Mountain Country Club.

A meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The first 30 teams to enter will be accepted. Entry fee is $60 per player and includes one mulligan and one red tee. Flights will be determined at the end of the tournament. There will be prizes for first place in each flight, closest to the pin on par 3’s, and longest drive for men, women and seniors. Sponsorships are available at $25 (bronze), $50 (silver) and $100 (gold). Sponsorships are tax deductible. Any business willing to provide items for door prizes are asked to call Kyle Smith at 704-739-4554 and he will pick them up. For more information call Larry Hamrick Jr. at Warlick and Hamrick Associates 704-739-3611.



Stoney Jackson Mission Golf Tourney April 14 The sixth annual Stoney Jackson Mission Golf Tournament will be played April 14 at Kings Mountain Country Club. The 18-hole tournament is a four-person Captain’s Choice format and will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $200 per team. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mulligans are $5 each. Awards will be presented for first, second and third place, and Best Sports. There will be contests for

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KM kickers edge R-S 2-1 Kings Mountain High’s women’s soccer team edged R-S Central 2-1 Saturday night in the Burns Showcase. Both KM goals were scored by senior Breanna Stevens. Both goals were unassisted.

Kings Mountain’s defense played extremely well, led by MC Dellinger, Lauren Gould, Madie Skeith, Katy Robinson and Mikayla Price. “We have asked them to do some new things for us on defense and they have

adapted very well,” noted Coach Erik Price. “Haley Camp played a great first half in goal but was injured on a collision with an RS forward. Madie Skeith finished the second half in goal.”

YMCA Spring Sports registration underway The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is now registering for Spring Youth Sports. Registration will last until Friday, March 16th. Improve your skills, make new friends, be active with other kids and learn to love a sport at the YMCA. T-ball (Ages 3-4), Dixie Baseball (Ages

5-18), Girls Dixie Softball (Ages 7-12) and Spring Soccer (Ages 3-13). Sponsorships and volunteer coaches needed in all age groups. Financial assistance is available upon request. For more information, contact John Maynard, Y Sports Director at 704-739-9631 or e-mail

Local athletes medal in Special Olympics Several athletes from Cleveland County returned home with medals from the 2012 Special Olympics NC Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament in Charlotte March 3. Nearly 1,000 athletes took the field in competition. They trained for a minimum of eight weeks at the local level before moving on to the state contest. Basketball Skills - Kevin Bizzell, silver medal; Brandon McKissick, 4th place ribbon; Keon Moses, gold medal; Thomas Stroud, silver medal; James Taylor, gold medal; Brett Washburn, silver medal. Cleveland Mustangs Cheerleading Squad - Tara Askew, silver medal; Kierra Bostic, silver medal; Yaloni Flowers, silver medal; Jada

Francis, silver medal; Bethany Haley, silver medal; Sarah Nichole Harris, silver medal; Olivia Ledger, silver medal; Alexis Riels, silver medal; Tiffany Spikes, silver medal; Kimberly Williams, silver medal. Cleveland Mustangs Basketball 5-on-5 Team - Brian Keith Black, bronze medal; Christopher Campbell, bronze medal; Lamorris Campbell, bronze medal; Kenneth Fisher, bronze medal; James Littlejohn, bronze medal; Romey Alvin Mitchell, Jr., bronze medal; William Stanley Oglesby, bronze medal; Gary Jontavious Porter-Young, bronze medal; Dayla Smarr, bronze medal; Monquavis Surratt, bronze medal. Cleveland Mustangs 1

Basketball 3-on-3 Team Patrick Jones, bronze medal; Tony Nevel, bronze medal; Summer Patterson, bronze medal; Dexanie Thompson, bronze medal; Melissa Walls, bronze medal. Cleveland Mustangs 2 Basketball 3-on-3 Team Thomas Camp, silver medal; Trevon Dawkins, silver medal; Wesley Dowdle, silver medal; Marquise Ledbetter, silver medal; Jesse Riley, silver medal. Cleveland Mustangs 3 Basketball 3-on-3 Team Shawn Kale Davis, gold medal; Venson Hopper, gold medal; Dustin Leonard, gold medal; Austin McCain, gold medal; Denzel Shell, gold medal; Brian Spriggs, gold medal.

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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. 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.

Your guide to area events

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. Shutter Light Group – (Photography club) meets every third Tuesday of each month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Kings Mountain Woman’s Club – Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. Executive Board for Kings Mountain’s 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. In country Vietnam veterans breakfast group – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 9 a.m., at Mountain View Restaurant in Kings Mountain. Contact Steve Brown at 704-739-2725 for more information. Shelby Kiwanis Club – meets every first and third Thursday of the month, noon, at the Cleveland Country Club. Open to men and women 18 and older. Contact Martha Bivins at 704-484-0100. Community Trustee Council Meetings for 2012: Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center Thursday, May 31, 5 p.m. at Kings Mountain Hospital Thursday, Aug. 2, 5 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center Thursday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. at Kings Mountain Hospital Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center

Hospice “Reflections” sharing group - Thursdays: March 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. This grief-sharing group meets for six weeks. No cost and open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Please RSVP to 704487-4677 ext. 166 if you plan to attend. Hearts For Hospice Fundraiser - For a $1 donation (or more), you can purchase a heart to display in your home, office, church, anywhere you wish. There is a place for you to put “In Honor/Memory” of a loved one and a line for “From”. Hearts can be purchased at the Hospice Administration Building or by calling 704-4874677 ext. 163. Journey - Partnership for End of Life Issues will be having a program Thursday, March 15, 2012 from Noon - 1:00pm, at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 East King Street, Kings Mountain or Thursday, March 22, 2012 from Noon – 1:00pm at the Neal Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby. The topic is “Faith and End-of-Life - Die Like Moses” with Len Byers, Director of Pastoral Care, Cleveland County Healthcare System. Hospice Training Classes – March 19, 20 and 22, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Hospice training is open to anyone who is interested in

learning more about hospice care and the services provided to the community. This 12-hour course is free and there is no obligation to volunteer. The classes will be held at Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC. To get credit for the entire course, you will need to attend all three days. Hospice Cleveland County offers a number of opportunities for volunteer involvement, including direct contact with patients/families, assisting in the office, or at one of our inpatient/residential facilities. We need your time and talents and sincerely appreciate your interest. For additional information or to register, please call Krista Haynes, Patient/Family Volunteer Coordinator, at 704-487-0800 ext. 111.


pottery in a wide variety of styles. It is a must see show! Cleveland County Arts Council, 704-484-2787, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby, “Mystery Art” Exhibit & Sale - March 29 - April 12; Mon. – Fri. 9 – 5:30 p.m.; Opening Reception: March 29, 5:30 7:30 p.m. This is your chance to purchase “mini-masterpieces” by local artists. The catch is, you won’t know who created the work until after you purchase it. Join us for one of our annual favorite events, a whodone-it of miniature proportions. New this year – a gambler’s sale! The price goes down during the exhibit but if you wait too long the piece you want might be gone! Cleveland County Arts Council, 704-4842787, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby,

Cleveland County Schools Preschool Screening – for the 2012-2013 preschool classes (children who live in CC and will be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2012): March 19 – 23 (no make-up screening will be offered) at the Office of School Readiness, 124 South Post Road. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, please call 704-476-8064. No appointments will be made after March 9.

“Cleveland County Student Art Competition” - Exhibit: April 19 – May 10, Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Opening Reception: April 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The artwork by students in grades 3 – 12 will be on exhibit during this annual competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the best and the brightest young artists of tomorrow. Cleveland County Arts Council, 704-484-2787, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby,

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Library Events

School House Rock Live Jr. – March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 3 p.m. put on by the Kings Mountain Little Theatre at the Joy Performance Center, 202 Railroad Ave. Come and join the fun and sing along as our talented young cast brings to life the Emmy Award winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs. And while “School House Rock” feeds the minds and imaginations of children, some of our local children need more…so we will also be collecting non-perishable food item donations for the Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry at every performance. All tickets are “Family Friendly” and $5 each.

All events, unless other wise listed will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain.

Senior Center Events All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain. Tax Assistance Schedule – Appointments will resume the first Friday in April. Morning appointments begin at 9 a.m. and scheduled at 60-minute intervals. Last appointments will be scheduled at 1 p.m. They will have 2 slots at each appointment time. Appointments should be scheduled at front desk.

Arts Council Events The following are upcoming classes at the Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby. Contact 704484-2787 to register for classes. 17th Annual “Treasures of the Earth Pottery Show & Sale” – Through March 14, Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. This promises to be the best exhibit yet with the works of over 28 local and regional artists. The works on exhibit include sculpture and

March 14 - “The Betrayal”, 12 p.m. at Boyce Memorial ARP Church, featuring Rev. Brandon Aiken of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. A light meal will be provided after the service. The host church is responsible for leading the congregational music, the special music and the ordering of the service. An offering will be collected. March 21 - “The Crucifixion”, 12 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, featuring speaker Rev. Scott Whitney of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. A light meal will be provided after the service. The host church is responsible for leading the congregational music, the special music and the ordering of the service. An offering will be collected. March 28 - “The Resurrection”, 12 p.m. at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church, 701 E. Gold St., featuring speaker Rev. John Houze of People’s Baptist Church. A light meal will be provided after the service. The host church is responsible for leading the congregational music, the special music and the ordering of the service. An offering will be collected. The Sunrise Service will be at the “cross” in Mountain Rest Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Hensley of Kings Mountain Baptist Church bringing the message.

Action at the Y

Preschool 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 704739-2371 and choose option 2 for more information. Read – Unite – Survive: Community read of “The Hunger Games” celebrated with the following events: Through March 15 - A canned food drive will be held at all three county library locations during normal business hours. Everyone in “The Hunger Games”, in the country of Panem is starving. Donate food to help fight hunger in Cleveland County. Donations will go to the Senior Center Food Pantry, the Bliss Center in Lawndale Food Pantry, and the Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry. Through March 15 - Art exhibits, one for students housed at the Kings Mountain Art Center and one for adults housed at the Cleveland County Library, Mauney Memorial Library and Spangler Branch Library. In “The Hunger Games” trilogy (“Catching Fire”), Peeta finds a way of getting his anger out about the hunger games in drawing and painting. Get excited about community reading and get into the arena with “The Hunger Games”. It will get you starving for more. For more information on any of these activities please call the Mauney Memorial Library at 704-739-2371 or check their website

KM Communit y Lenten Ser vice Schedule All services are open to the public.

All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Kings Mountain YMCA, 211 Cleveland Ave. Healthy Kids Day – KM Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event on April 28 for kids and families, in partnership with the Kings Mountain Gateway 5K, 10K, run, walk and fun run. For more information about Healthy Kids Day, contact the Kings Mountain Family YMCA at 704-669-3680 or visit For more information about the Kings Mountain Gateway 5K/10K visit

Special Events Zumba Fitness class – Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at East Gold St. Wesleyan Church Family Life Center, 701 East Gold Street, KM. It is $2 per session and the class will be taught by a certified Zumba instructor. Call Renee at 704-964-7235 for more information. Something for the Girls: Girl Scouts USA -100 years – Through April 28, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, 100 E. Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Various Special Events hosted by local long-time adult Girl Scout volunteers will be held on Saturdays throughout the event. Learn how the Girl Scout movement started in the United States, spend time comparing various badges and pins from over the years, or reflect on your own GSUSA days. The exhibit, which celebrates the founding of the Girl Scouts in America 100 years ago, will feature artifacts from the central and western North Carolina regions. For more information please call the Kings Mountain Historical Museum at 704739-1019 or visit us online at

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Students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with ‘The Lorax’ First and second grade classes at West Elementary went to see the movie, “The Lorax”, on the first day it premiered in theaters, March 2. Students and teachers wore Lorax mustaches they created in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students were involved in thematic activities during the week to align with literature development and create story writing. Teachers pictured with their students are Mrs. George, Miss Roberts, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Bolt, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. McDaniel.




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Classified Ads Homes For Rent/Sale MOBILE HOMES AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN KINGS MOUNTAIN-Prices starting at $100/week. Call 704-7394417 or (evening) 704-739-1425. (tfn) EXTREMELY NICE, 2 BR MOBILE HOMES in KM for rent. Furnished and unfurnished. Central heat & air, good neighbors, No Pets. No grass to mow. Great value. $85/week and up. Call: 704473-5240. (02/22, 29, 3/07 & 14/12) FOR RENT IN KM – 2 BR, 1 BA Apt., Central Heat & Air, Stove and Refrigerator included. Washer /Dryer Hook-ups. $495/month plus deposit. Call: 704739-5245. (tfn) CHERRYVILLE - 3BR, 1BA house for rent. $500 deposit; $550 m o n t h . Wa s h e r / d r ye r hookup, central heat/air. (704) 445 -3391. (3/14/12)

Land for Sale LOTS in GASTON, CLEVELAND AND CHEROKEE CO., some with water & septic. Owner will finance with low DP. Call Bryant Realty 704-567-9836 or (3/14/12)

Misc. for Sale STEEL BUILDINGS SALE – Save THOUSANDS, Factory Direct, Discount Shipping – Ask about Clearance Buildings for Early Spring. 20x20, 20x30, More! Call today: 866-6703936. (3/07 &14/12) COUCH, café table and four chairs, chest of drawers for sale. Call (704) 419-3419. (tfn)

Amory – Sat., 3/17. 7 am12(noon).

Help Wanted HOME HEALTH PROFESSIONALS are looking for CNA’S who will be available fulltime /part-time on weekends for Gastonia and surrounding areas. Please call 704864-1131 for det a i l s . (2/15,22,29,03/07 ,14, 21) TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED with 2 -3 yrs experience. Class A CDL. Call: 704-965-4334 (cell) or 704-9373735. (3/14/12) FULL TIME TEACHER’S POSITION AVAILABLE at Bolin’s Daycare. Credentials required. Apply M-F between 6:30 am – 5 pm at Bolin’s Daycare. (3/14 & 21) DRIVERS – HOME EVERY 5-7 DAYS, 2800-3200 MILES WEEKLY. Start at 35cpm. (3cpm monthly bonus also available). Based in Hickory, NC. Must have a Class A CDL, be at least 23 yrs old, have 18 mo trac/trlr exp. and meet all DOT requirements. Wisew a y Transpor tation Services. Call 800876-1660 ext 177 Or apply online at m . (3/14 & 21) CONCRETE WORKERS FOR METROMONT PRESTRESS IN CHARLOTTE, NCMust have construction experience. Ability to read blueprints and tape measures are required. Must be flexible for all shifts. Minimum pay $10.50, plus overtime. Drug screen required. To schedule an appointment call 1(800) 523-6802. Dycos Staffing. EOE. Hablamos Español. ( tfn)

Wanted to Buy USED FURNITURE OR ANTIQUES WANTED TO BUY. Also, basement and garage sale items are wanted. Call 704-3000827 or 704-3007676. (3/14/12)

Auto EXCEPTIONAL 1996 Mercedes Benz SL1500. Both tops. Only 70,000 miles. Was dealer’s wife’s personal car. Beautiful dark emerald green with tan leather interior. Needs nothing. Owner can no longer drive or it would not be for sale. $13,000 firm. 704734-0223 or 704466-4782. (tfn)

Insurance INSURANCE RATES TOO HIGH? Call The Parnell Agency. 703 E. 2nd Ave., Gastonia. 704-864-8621 or 704-867-8841. (tfn)

Yard Sale –Deadline NOON Friday KM MULTI-FAMILIES YARD SALE – at National Guard

667 PINK BELL DEGREE (Full name of Petitioning Father) FOR THE ADOPTION OF: KRISTIAN JOSIAH DEGREE TO: AN UNKNOWN FATHER TAKE NOTICE THAT a Petition for Adoption of a male minor child named above, who was born to Kamisha Monroe Degree on or about July 1, 2005, in Shelby, North Carolina, was filed in the office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Cleveland County, State of North Carolina on December 27, 2011. This mother of the minor child is not sure of the approximate date of conception, nor who the father of the minor child is. The child was conceived in Cleveland County, North Carolina. You must file a response to the Petition no later than April 16, 2012, in order to participate in and receive further notice of the proceeding, including notice of the time and place of any hearing. THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT will enter an order allowing the adoption to proceed without your consent if there is no response. Any and all rights you may have with respect to the minor will be extinguished and all aspects of any legal relationship between the minor child and you as parent will be terminated with the

entry of the Decree of Adoption. This the 7th day of March, 2012. CLAYWARD C. CORRY, JR. Attorney for Petitioner CORRY LAW FIRM PO BOX 920 Kings Mountain, NC 28086 N. C. State Bar #7065 KMH3498 (3/07,14 21 & 28/12) STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST FROM GEORGE BRADLEY DAVES AND KELLY K. DAVES, TO BB&T COLLATERAL SERVICE CORPORATION, TRUSTEE, DATED FEBRUARY 21, 2003 RECORDED IN BOOK 1362, PAGE 1349, CLEVELAND COUNTY REGISTRY, AS AMENDED BY ORDER RECORDED IN BOOK 1624, PAGE 2040, CLEVELAND COUNTY REGISTRY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 148 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Pursuant to an order entered January 12, 2011, in the Superior Court for Cleveland County, and the power of sale contained in the captioned deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”), the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for

follows: BEGINNING at a stake in Circle Drive, corner of Lot No. 34; and running thence North 61 East 114.0 feet to a stake, corner of Lot No. 34; thence North 8 West 105.5 feet to a stake, corner of Lot No. 36; thence with the line of Lot No. 36, South 47 West 160 feet to a stake in Circle Drive, corner of said Lot No. 36; thence with Circle Drive in a Southeasterly direction 60.8 feet to the place of BEGINNING. Title Reference: Book 11-H, Page 503, Cleveland County Registry.

sale at auction, to the highest bidder for cash, AT THE COURTHOUSE DOOR IN SHELBY, CLEVELAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ON MARCH 21, 2012 10:00 AM the real estate and the improvements thereon encumbered by the Deed of Trust, less and except any of such property released from the lien of the deed of trust prior to the date of this sale, lying and being in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being located in the Southeastern section of the City of Shelby, North Carolina, and being all of lot No. 35 of the subdivision know as “HILLVIEW”, as shown on a plat of same made by D.R.S. Frazier, in June, 1945, and recorded in Book of Plats 3, Page 31, except a small strip from the Southeastern corner which was omitted in a re-division as made by Neill A. Jennings in April, 1949, the said lot, as re-divided, being as

Tax Map Reference: S12-3-56 In the Trustee’s sole discretion, the sale may be delayed for up to one (1) hour as provided in Section 45-21.23 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The record owners of the real property not more than ten days prior to the date hereof are George Bradley Daves and Kelly K. Daves. A five percent cash deposit, or a cash deposit of $750.00, whichever is greater, will be required of the last and highest bidder. The balance of the bid purchase price

shall be due in full in cash or certified funds at a closing to take place within thirty (30) days of the date of sale. The undersigned Substitute Trustee shall convey title to the property by nonwarranty deed. This sale will be made subject to all prior liens of record, if any, and to all unpaid (ad valorem) taxes and special assessments, if any, which became a lien subsequent to the recordation of the Deed of Trust. This sale will be further Legals continued on page C7

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Kings Mountain City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 6:00 pm in the Kings Mountain City Hall, 101 W. Gold Street, Kings Mountain, NC. The purpose of this hearing is to receive citizen comments about a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application the City plans to submit to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Community Investment (NCDCI). The City of Kings Mountain is applying for $500,000 in CDBG funds that will be used for housing rehabilitation, relocation and infrastructure improvements in the Cherokee Street and Wilson Street area of the City. No local matching funds are required for this program. All interested persons are invited to attend this hearing. Persons with disabilities, non-English speaking persons or those needing special assistance should contact City Hall at (704) 734-0333 at least 48 hours prior to the hearing, or the North Carolina relay number for the deaf at 1-800-735-8262.

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Students earn Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Left to right, Taylor Griffin, Kendall Grayson, Joshua Craig, and Chris Cotton. The lack of qualified employees is driving a significant need for training and certification and the increasing demand for Information Technology skills drives the need for more certification. Last year North Carolina Career and Technical Education partnered with Microsoft to implement the Microsoft IT Academy as a pilot program in selected high schools across the state. This year it was implemented in most North Carolina high schools. Students used several resources to learn the Microsoft Office 2010 skills such as

teacher demonstrations, online-learning courses, performance training software, and peer-based learning. Kings Mountain High School recently produced its first “crop” of qualified Microsoft Office Specialists. During first semester, twenty-two students were enrolled in MSITA – Word, PPT, Publisher and 13 students in MSITA – Excel, Access. Annette Burton, a business teacher at KMHS, stated that all of her students were proficient on their final exam, yet 23 hold the performance-based certification. Out of these stu-


KMHS’ MICROSOFT CERTIFIED SPECIALISTS - Front row, l-r, Kourtni Ellison, Sara Borov, Shannon Laney, Chelsea Velez, Sara Smart, Cassidy Chapman, Erica Carpenter, and Kayla Hoyle. Back row, Bradley Hodge, Joshua Justice, Nicole Ford, Lauren Ferrell, Taylor Griffin, Blakely Philbeck, Tanner Orders, Cole Clampett, Jared Belcher, Austin Anthony, and Emily Hester. dents 18 are now MS Office Specialist Word 2010 certified, 19 are MS Office Specialist PowerPoint 2010 certified, 4 are MS Office Specialist Excel 2010 certified and 2 are MS Office Specialist Access 2010 certified. One student, Taylor Griffin, received all 4 certifications because she took both MSITA

classes. Several other students are continuing to seek certification after school with Mrs. Burton. Five more classes will be seeking certification at Kings Mountain High, this spring semester. Students across the county at Shelby High, Crest High and Burns High schools will also be studying to receive

certifications this year. “Microsoft certifications are like a gold standard,” according to a Microsoft publication, “A Comprehensive Look at the Value of Microsoft Certification”. “Performancebased testing exams imitate the functionality of product components or environments, complete with error messages and

dialog boxes. They analyze an individual’s behavior while solving the issues, so they test and validate that individual’s real-world skills. By making exams more connected to a real-world experience, Microsoft makes certification more relevant to IT professionals and hiring managers.”


Tax Help in Caring for an Aging Parent Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and are wondering if any of it is tax deductible. What can you tell us? Stretched Thin

ments. But if your mom receives more than $3,700 from other sources, such as pension benefits, interest and dividends from investments, or withdrawals from retirement savings plans, you can’t claim her as a dependent.

Dear Stretched, There is some tax relief available to adult children who help look after their aging parents or other relatives. But in order to be eligible, both you and your mom will need to meet Uncle Sam’s criteria. Here’s what you should know.

Support test: In addition to the income test, you must provide more than half of your mom’s costs for housing, food, medical care, transportation and other necessities. Even if all of your mom’s income is from Social Security, you can’t claim her as a dependent unless you pay more than half her living expenses.

IRS Eligibility If you’re helping financially support your elderly mother, to get a tax deduction you’ll need to claim her as a dependent on your tax return. For the 2011 tax year, claiming an additional personal exemption would reduce your taxable income by $3,700. But to get this tax break, you’ll need to pass the IRS’s income and support tests: Income test: To qualify as a dependent, your mom’s 2011 gross income must have been less than $3,700. Her income from Social Security does not count towards that total, nor do disability pay-

It’s also important to note that your mom doesn’t have to live with you to qualify as a dependent, as long as she meets the income test and you provide more than half her financial support. If your mother lives with you, you can include a percentage of your mortgage, utilities and other expenses in calculating how much you contribute to her support. IRS Publication 501 (see has a worksheet that can help you with this. To receive this, or other IRS publications or forms via mail, call 800-829-

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3676. Shared Support If you share the financial responsibility for your mom with other siblings, you may be eligible for the IRS multiplesupport declaration. Here’s how this works. If one sibling is providing more than half the parent’s financial support, only that sibling can claim the parent. But if each sibling provides less than 50 percent support, but their combined assistance exceeds half the parent’s support. In that case, any sibling who provides more than 10 percent can claim the parent as a dependent. But only one sibling can claim the tax break in any given year. Siblings can rotate the tax break, with one claiming the parent one year, and another the next. The sibling who claims the parent as a dependent will need to fill out IRS Form 2120 ( and file it with his or her tax return. Medical Deductions If you can’t claim your mom as a dependent, you may still get a tax break for helping pay her medical costs. The IRS lets taxpayers deduct money spent

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on a parent’s health care and qualified long-term care services, even if the parent doesn’t qualify as a dependent. To claim this deduction, you still must provide more than half your mom’s support, but your mom doesn’t have to meet the income test. And the deduction is limited to medical, dental and long-term care expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. See the IRS publication 502 ( for details. Check Your State In addition to the federal tax breaks, more than 20 states offer tax credits and deductions for caregivers on state income taxes too. Check with your state tax agency to see what’s available.

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Classified Ads Legals, cont. subject to the right, if any, of the United States of America to redeem the above-described property for a period of 120 days following the date when the final upset bid period has run. The purchaser of the property described above shall pay the Clerk’s Commissions in the amount of $.45 per $100.00 of the purchase price (up to a maximum amount of $500.00), required by Section 7A 308(a)(1) of the North Carolina General Statutes. If the purchaser of the above de-

scribed property is someone other than the Beneficiary under the Deed of Trust, the purchaser shall also pay, to the extent applicable, the land transfer tax in the amount of one percent (1%) of the purchase price. To the extent this sale involves residential property with less than fifteen (15) rental units, you are hereby notified of the following: (a.) An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to Section 45-21.29 of the North Carolina General Statutes in favor of the pur-

chaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold; and (b.) Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date

of the termination. This 13 day of February, 2012. SPRUILLCO, LTD. By: /s/ James S. Livermon, III Vice President 130 S. Franklin Street (P.O. Box 353) Rocky Mount, NC 27802 (252) 9727051 KMH3499 (3/07 &14/12) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Kings Mountain City Council will conduct a public hearing, in accordance with G.S. 158-7.1, to solicit comments regarding the industrial incentive grants being pro-

posed for an economic development project. The City of Kings Mountain City Council, subject to public comment at the public hearing for which the notice is hereby given, proposes to officially offer to STEAG (Project New Year) industrial incentive grants. The grants are being offered for the creation of new full-time permanent employment positions and an anticipated taxable investment in machine and equipment. The investment and job creation is to take place at 304 Lin-

wood Road, Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The public hearing, on the City’s proposed official offering of the aforementioned industrial incentive grants, will be held in the City Council Chamber, located in the City of Kings Mountain City Hall, 101 West Gold Street, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, March 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. At this time, the general public will have an opportunity to make comments regarding the proposed official offering of the industrial incentive grants to STEAG

(Project New Year) for their economic development project. KMH3420 (3/14 & 21/12) STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Dayta Gram Smarr, deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the said estate of said deceased to exhibit

them to the undersigned Draylon Holland, Administrator on or before the 14thh day of June, 2012 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 the14th day of March, 2012. Draylon Holland, Administrator 1078 Mountain Crest Drive Kings Mountain, NC, 28086 KMH3421 (3/14, 21, 28 & 4/04/12)

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