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Banking on a better tomorrow EMILY WEAVER Editor

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times,” as Charles Dickens once wrote. In the first years of the new millennium, dreams were coming true. Families were buying homes. People were starting new businesses. And the banks were encouraged to lend. But then something happened. In an otherwise seemingly robust economy’s darkest hour, which stretched into a year or three, risky dreams defaulted on

the national market. The growing housing bubble burst. Bread-earners lost their jobs and with it the only way to pay the credit they’d spent. And the banks were there, hurting with them. Shelby’s First National Bank had been there before. They survived the Great Depression and they’re determined to survive the Great Recession. And just like the small businesses that brought us through before, the community banks that funded them are helping us weather the economic storm - banking

Working with regulators to strengthen these banks does not affect their customers, their accounts or the status of their loans. Each account is federally insured up to $250,000. on a better tomorrow - with the help of regulators. Like First National and Mountain 1st Bank & Trust of Hendersonville, Alliance Bank & Trust is working with federal regulators to up its earnings and recoup money lost from defaulted real estate loans. Alliance CEO Dan

Ayscue believes an agreement signed in February with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will not only help them grow stronger, but thrive with profits that were already showing up on the books in January. “The consent order provides a framework that should ultimately improve


Friday 13th not so lucky for alleged crook Fast work by Kings Mountain Police and quick thinking by Ward 2 City Councilman Mike Butler resulted Friday, April 13, in the arrest of Paul Loftin, 44, of 805-A Airline Ave., Gastonia on two counts of larceny and two counts possession of stolen goods. Loftin is accused of swiping $75 worth of merchandise from Advanced Auto Parts, 512 E. King Street, on Thursday. Friday, police say he stole about $200 worth of merchandise at Bridges True Value Hardware, 100 S. Cansler Street. But Friday the 13th proved unlucky for Loftin, when he saw a "We Buy" See FRIDAY 13TH, 7A

Ptl. G. L. McKinney, right, escorts Gastonia resident Paul Loftin to the county jail Friday afternoon after police booked Loftin on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

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our bank’s operations and performance. In that respect we view the order as positive,” Ayscue wrote in a letter to customers and displayed on the bank’s website. First National President and CEO Helen Jeffords agrees and sees the opportunity as a chance to grow

even stronger. She said First National remains a strong bank, boasting capital ratios far above those the FDIC recommends. Banners at First National branches advertise the bank’s Borrower’s Choice Mortgage, and Jeffords said, the bank is still making loans. “We want to get the message out that we are lending,” she said. “We have the liquidity to build our loan portfolio.” First National signed an agreement with the Office of See BANKS, 7A

Newt Gingrich coming to KM Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is set to visit Kings Mountain on Wednesday, April 25, on a tour of North Carolina counties, according to the state's GOP Vice Chairman Wayne King, who helped organize the special visit. Plans are for Gingrich to speak at an 11:30 a.m. lunch at 238 Cherokee Street Tavern, an event open to the public. "The reason why I'm bringing Speaker Gingrich to Cleveland County is because of the high unemployment we've had and the local economy here," King said. "Gingrich wanted to come to western North Carolina, which has been hard hit by the economy. I thought of several local businesses for him to visit, but decided on Cherokee Street Tavern." The restaurant's owner Robert Bolin "puts 45 people to work every day in his businesses in and around Cleveland County," King continued. "I wanted to showcase his business because of his commitment to putting people to work every day." In addition to the restaurant, Bolin owns and operates Texsource, the Printin' Press and KM Signs. "I am excited to have the former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate coming to Kings Mountain. It's good that he is visiting and is concerned with small town businesses because they are the backbone of America," Bolin said. King encourages people to attend the special dutch-treat lunch. Bolin adds that reservations must be made before the event by calling 238 Cherokee Street Tavern at 704-739-1292. "The state party and myself are not endorsing this candidate," King added, but "it's the job of the party to showcase candidates." Other events may be announced at a later date. Gingrich plans to visit counties in a western NC tour to meet constituents before the May 8 primary. He shined in the South Carolina primary, finishing well ahead the pack of Republicans seeking the party's pick for presidential candidate.


Grills are heating up and 41 teams, about 15 local, as of Thursday, are getting ready to go as this year's 16th Annual Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off gets underway. The Cook-Off will begin Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. at the walking track by the Kings Mountain YMCA, on Cleveland Ave., and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Four different vendors, including the White Plain Shrine Club, are set to be at the two-day event selling BBQ, BBQ Ribs, BBQ sandwiches, funnel cakes, roasted corn and more. Kings Mountain's own fire department has spent weeks preparing for this State Championship event that promises to be great again. Along with being sponsored again by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has proclaimed this year's event to be the North Carolina Firehouse Barbecue State Championship. Competitors are getting fired up that this year's winner receives an invitation to the American Royal Barbecue Contest and will be eligible for the Jack Daniels Invitational Contest. See COOK-OFF, 7A


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Ruby H. Baker KINGS MOUNTAIN Ruby Hughes Baker, 94, of Kings Mountain, passed away April 10, 2012 at Summit Place in Kings Mountain. She was born in Cleveland County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Philip Baker Jr., her son, Luther Philip Baker III and grandson, Jim Abernathy Jr., her parents and 10 brothers and sist e r s : A l m a Hughes, Conrad Hughes, Nevette Hughes, B i l l Hughes, Gordon Hughes Jr., Lucy Boone, Victoria Atchley, Marie Carroll, Bertie Campbell and Louise Martin. Mrs. Baker was a prominent citizen of Kings Mountain. She was the 11th of 12 children born in 1917 to W. Gordon Hughes and Florence Wells Hughes. Mrs. Baker grew up in what is now known as the Dixon School Community. She attended Wingate College, taught school, worked as secretary for Phenix Mills and in 1979 retired after serving as Executive VicePresident of the Kings Mountain Savings and Loan numerous years. She was the first woman in the North Carolina Financial Industry to hold that position, serving on many board of directors in the area, volunteering and leading various groups over the years. Mrs. Baker was an active citizen of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County. She was involved in the creation of a book about the history of Cleveland County, “The Heritage Book,” the Kings Mountain Historical Museum and a former member of the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club. A charter member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, she served in many capacities in the church. She will be remembered for her generosity to others, her kind heart, love for all creatures, and her welcoming smile and kindness. Surviving are her daughter, Ellen Abernathy of Grover; her granddaughter, Cathy Schmieg; six great grandchildren, three greatgreat grandchildren, her brother, Bob Hughes and wife, Sue, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Resur-

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rection Lutheran Church. Rev. Hobby Outten officiated and interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. The family received friends Friday evening, April 13, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC. Memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or Pancreatic Cancer Research, John Hopkins Medicine, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21287-5678 or Dixon Presbyterian Church, 602 Dixon School Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC, was in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Lillian R. Boheler KINGS MOUNTAIN Lillian Roper Boheler, 85, of 904 Sharon Drive, went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2012 at Kings Mountain Hospice House. She was born in Cleveland County, NC to the late Forrest Roper and Marie Hord Roper Ramsey. She was also p r e ceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Charles Henry Boheler, brother, Eugene Roper and stepfather, Charles W. Ramsey. Mrs. Boheler was a member of First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain and retired from Kings Mountain Hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved to dance. Surviving are her sons, Chuck Boheler and wife, Joni, of Grover, Steve Boheler and wife, Debbie, and Doc Boheler and wife, Jennifer of Kings Mountain; daughters, Judy Boheler Deaver and husband, Larry, and Kathy Boheler Falls and husband, Russell, all of Kings Mountain; 12 grandchildren: Randy Deaver and wife, Tracy, Traci Pearson and husband, Bobby, Amy Deaver, Clint Falls and wife Kim, Allison Falls, Brooke Falls, Sheryl Olejniczak and husband, Johnny, Charlie Boheler and fiance Cecilia, Jenny Shannon and husband, Patrick, Jimmy Boheler and wife, Emily, and Justin Boheler and wife, Margaret, and Ciera Boheler; and 11 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, April 18, 2012 from 6:308:30 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain and other times at the home of the daughter, Judy Deaver, 904 Sharon Drive, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Dr. John Sloan and Rev Mike Roper will officiate and interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland

County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or First Baptist Church, Mission Readiness, 605 W. King St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Florence Davies KINGS MOUNTAIN Florence Cushman Davies, 95, resident of Summit Place, Kings Mountain, NC, died April 12, 2012. She was born in Cuba, WI to the late Roy Cushman and Agnes Baker Cushman and was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Davies, two brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Davies was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, and the Open Gate Garden Club. She was a homemaker who loved birds and gardening. Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Ormand and husband, Lloyd “Butch” Ormand of Kings Mountain and Diane Hultgren, whose husband was the late George Hultgren, Mt. Vernon, IL; sister-in-law, Ruth Thull and husband, Bob Thull, Dodgeville, WI and sister-inlaw, Carol Davies whose husband was the late Cal Davies of Ventura, CA; five grandchildren: Cindy Hultgren, Marc Hultgren, Caja Ormand and wife, Jennifer, Robert “Bobby” Ormand and wife, Stephanie, and Nicole Coletta and husband, Tony; four g r e a t grandchild r e n : Austin Reed, Lilly Coletta, Blake Ormand, and Madison Ormand. The graveside service was conducted Monday, April 16, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery. Rev. Lee Thomas officiated and interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC, was in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Mildred R. Gladden KINGS MOUNTAIN Mildred Rippy Gladden, 85, of 800 Hillside Dr., died April 11, 2012 at Kings Mount a i n Hospice House. She w a s

born in Cleveland County, NC to the late V. C. Rippy and Geneva Ham Rippy and was also preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Gene Gladden, and brother, William Rippy. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was an active member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain, where she served in the Children’s Nursery, taught Sunday School and was a member of the Altar Guild. Mrs. Gladden loved to volunteer and read with children. She was Volunteer of the Year at West Elementary School. She retired from office administration in the textile industry after 47 years. Surviving are her sons, Furman E. Gladden Jr. and wife, Marcia King Gladden of Greensboro and Steven D. Gladden of Kings Mountain; daughter, Kim G. DeVane and husband, David DeVane of Kings Mountain; sisters, May Hambright and husband, David, of York, SC and Peggy Wingo and husband, Jack, of Kings Mountain; sister-in-law, Lila Gladden of Gastonia; seven grandchildren: Kyle Gladden and wife, Dayna, Kernersville, NC; Andrea McCorquindale and husband, Derek, Alexandria, VA; Ryan Gladden and wife, Linda, Cary, NC; Nicole Mitchell and husband, Dustin, St. Louis, MO; Sam Gladden, Greensboro, NC; Camden DeVane, Clemson, SC and Casey DeVane, Raleigh, NC; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Rev. Hobby Outten officiated and interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. The family received friends Friday evening, April 13, 2012, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain, NC was in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Noel Wilson Lightsey KINGS MOUNTAIN Noel Wilson Lightsey, 79, a resident of 309 Landry Drive, Kings Mountain, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 14, 2012 surrounded by his family at his home. He joined his beloved wife and best friend of over 50 years, Glenda Knight Lightsey, as well as his parents, HD and Ruby Wilson Lightsey, and youngest sister, Pat Griffith, who all preceded him in death. He joined his four-legged children who have been waiting to greet him as he arrived. He was born in Blanket, Texas on August 1, 1932. H e touched our lives and souls, and his presence in our lives is a gift we will always be thankful for. Noel was retired from 23 years of service at AB Carter in Gastonia, where he was

VP of International Sales. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and Kings Mountain Kiwanis. He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Thomas Murphy and Cleveland County Hospice, especially caretakers, Lu Anne Devine and Martha Merryweather for their compassion and care. Survivors include his children, Ray Lightsey of Kings Mountain, Joel Lightsey of Palmer, Mass., Debby Ledford of Bessemer City, Jimmy Lightsey of Concord, NC, and Cathy Payne of Kings Mountain. He is survived by his brother Pete Lightsey of Brookhaven, Miss., and sister Myra Booth of Abilene, Texas and his loving four-legged children, Jose and Ole Cat, who were dedicated to him and provided comfort during his last months, his grandson Noel Ross Roberts, whose dedication and love went above and beyond for him, as well at 10 other grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A 3 p.m. memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 with Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Road, Shelby, NC or to the Cleveland County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2432, Shelby, NC 28151 or to Carolina Poodle and Rescue Group, Spartanburg, SC 29372. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, was in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Ossie Owens BLACK MOUNTAIN Ossie Owens, 90, died Monday, April 9, 2012. Mrs. Owens was born Aug. 9, 1921 in Kings Mountain, NC and ret i r e d f r o m Mauney Hosiery Mill with 28 years of service. She lived in Palm Harbor, Florida from 1970 until 2005 when she moved to Black Mountain. A member of Black Mountain United Methodist Church, she was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and great storyteller. Ossie will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Minnie Gordon; son, Terry Eugene Owens; and siblings, Yates Gordon and Robert (Gus) Gordon. Surviving are her daughter, Virginia Nobles and husband, James; siblings, Estelle Pennington and Margie Peterson; grandchildren, Beverly, Wendy and Will Wallace of Lakeland, FL and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Black Mountain United Methodist Church ,PO Box 517, Black Moun-

tain, NC 28711. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, Black Mountain, NC, 828-669-2977,

Harwood Home for Funerals Jeanette Patterson KINGS MOUNTAIN Jeanette Whisnant Patterson, 93, of Kings Mountain, passed away April 12, 2012. She was a native of Cleveland County, daughter of the late Charles and Brownie Hambright Whisnant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Gene Patterson, brothers, Guinn Whisnant, Wray Whisnant and Charles A. Whisnant and nephew, Michael Whisnant. Jeanette was happiest when she had her hands in dirt. She loved gardening, especially flower gardening. Yearly, when April came upon the scene, she was in her flower garden which lay directly beside Patterson R o a d planting and tending her precious treasures of plants a n d blooms until summer’s end. She artistically used her bounty of her flower garden to create beautiful flower arrangements for her church, for weddings, for social and family gatherings and gifts to friends. Her artistic talents extended beyond the flower garden. She was a painter of nature scenes which have adorned the walls of her family’s homes for many years. Jeanette’s love of nature and her artistic endeavors will be a loving legacy to her family and friends and she will be missed. She was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she served as a Sunday School teacher. Surviving are her sons, Jerry Patterson and wife, Kimbrough, Chapel Hill, and Dennis Patterson and wife, Susan, Kings Mountain; grandchildren: Daniel Patterson, Brad Patterson and wife, Emily, Brandon Patterson and wife, Danyale, and Aaron Patterson and wife Dannielle, and six great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Richard Plyler and Dr. Tim Hendrick officiated and interment was in Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2012, from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service in the Family Life Center of Patterson Grove Baptist church. Memorials may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Challenge to Build, 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest register is available at www. Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain, NC was in charge of arrangements.

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Forensic painter Kelly Pauley, “whose brushes bring to life people you have never seen,” will unveil his latest painting of Revolutionary War heroes - the portrait of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland at the Battle of Kings Mountain, on Thursday, April 19, for the 12 noon meeting of Kings Mountain Rotary Club at H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center. The program is the second in a series of Patriot series. Steve Padgett is program chairman. Thursday, April 26, former Kings Mountain resident Dale Swofford will appear in his alter ego, a mountain man from Allen’s Settlement, at the Rotary Club 12 noon meeting at the Patrick Senior Center.

Cleveland Community College will hold an Adjunct Faculty Fair on Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in its Student Activities Center. This job fair is open to anyone wishing to learn more about teaching part-time at the college. For more information, call 704-669-4037.

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KM Hospital gets ready for new CMH beds Cleveland County HealthCare System will transfer 28 "specialty acute care" beds from Crawley Memorial Hospital (CMH) to Kings Mountain Hospital (KMH) as soon as renovations are completed within the facility. Those renovations began in March, according to Alex Bell, hospital administrator for Kings Mountain Hospital. “This move is about improving the quality of care for these ‘specialty needs’ patients as well as the efficiencies gained by reducing overhead costs,� stated Bell. These patients often need support services such as cardiol-


ogy consults, endoscopy, x-rays, surgery, pulmonary consults and emergency care. Patients currently have to travel by ambulance from Crawley to Cleveland Regional Medical Center to receive those services. Locating these beds within a hospital that has such services within the building is clearly a great improvement for minimizing duplication and enhancing the comfort and convenience for the patients, according to Cleveland County HealthCare System. Kings Mountain Hospital has the capacity available to allow the "specialty acute care" beds to

become a center of excellence within the facility, according to CCHS. "The recent modern additions to KMH -- surgery suites, emergency department, and infrastructure -- as well as the ability for emergency helicopter flights to tertiary centers, are significant benefits. In addition, if patients in the new unit need a higher level of care, KMH is equipped with a six-bed Intensive Care Unit." Another benefit is the proximity of Kings Mountain Hospital to the travel corridors utilized by patients and their families who come from many other facilities

in North and South Carolina, stated Dotty Leatherwood, VP Community Relations. There are only eight such facilities in North Carolina. The closest similar specialty hospital unit is located within Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. “Historically, it was not unusual for patients needing this level of care from our own community to be sent as far away as Greensboro,� Leatherwood said. Over the last 10 years, Crawley Memorial Hospital has remained open only through the financial support of Cleveland County HealthCare System. New


Nell Pennington GAFFNEY,SC - Our precious mother, Nellie Veitch Smith Pennington, 87, of 1219 Ford Road, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 15, 2012. She will be celebrating her 88th birthday April 16, 2012 in heaven with her husband, Roy Herbert Pennington of 54 years. Born in Bessemer City, NC, she was the only child of Grace Estelle Smith Stepp and stepfather, Plato Stepp of Kings Mountain, NC and father, Charlie Veitch of Gastonia, NC. She was a loving mother and grandmother of 14 children, 36 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 14 greatgreat grandchildren. She was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church. Surviving are seven sons, Johnny Roland Pennington and wife, Mary, James Lee Pennington and wife, Linda, William Dean Pennington and wife, Rita, Charles Roy (Louie) Pennington and wife, Carolyn, Roger Dale Pennington and wife, Rita, Billy Joe (Bird) Pennington and wife, Dolores and Ricky Wayne Pennington, all of Gaffney, SC; six daughters, Rachel P. Blanton, Grace Elaine P. Mills, Margaret Ann P. Byars and husband,Lewis, all of Gaffney, Norma Jean P. Blackwell and husband, Darrell, of Pacolet, Kathy Marie P. Splawn of Shelby and Linda Theresa P . Evans of Blacksburg, SC. She was also preceded in death by a son, Plato Lamar (Biggum) Pennington and a son-in-law, Roger William Evans. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012 at Blakely Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church with Dr. Keith Harrill, Dr. Robert Ivey and Rev. Delos Blanton officiating. Interment will be in the Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Regional Home Health Services, 120 Heywood Avenue, Spartanburg, SC 29303. The family will be at the home of Billy and Dolores Pennington, 232 Stroupe Estate Road, Gaffney. An online guest register is available at Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC, is in charge of arrangements.

Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory Pete Childers KINGS MOUNTAIN - Paul (Pete) Childers, 66, of Kings

Mountain, died April 10,. 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. Interment, with military honors provided by the Marine Corp League Foothills Detachment, was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery. Dorothy L. Ledford KINGS MOUNTAIN Dorothy "Dot" Lewis Ledford, 80, of 605 Jackson St., died April 17, 2012 at Kings Mountain Hospital. She was daughter of the late James Henry Lewis and Jessie Wood Lewis and was also preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Clarence Ledford Sr., brother, James Lewis, and sister, Margaret Collins. A member of First Wesleyan Church in Kings Mountain, she was active in the Young at Heart group and was retired from Eaton Corporation. Surviving are her sons, Wilson C. Ledford Jr. and wife, Sandra, and David Scott Ledford, all of Kings Mountain, and Allen Chad Ledford of Hallandale, FL; daughter, Linda Moss and husband, Mickey of Kings Mountain; sisters, Patricia King of Kings Mountain, Peggy Costner and Ruby Voigt, both of Gastonia; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. prior to the service in the Parlor of the Fellowship Hall at First Wesleyan Church. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4 p.m. at First Wesleyan Church of Kings Mountain. Rev. Gene Ware will officiate and interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery of Kings Mountain. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC, is in charge of arrangements.

maker for her family, Betty also worked as a seamstress. She loved the Lord and was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Strickland and sister, Ozelle Pennington. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Gantt; daughters, Felicia Hollar and husband Mike, Donna Shull and husband Wayne; son Reginald Gantt all of Hickory; grandchildren, Shannon Hollar, Bryon Hollar, Isaac Hollar, Jonathan Rhoney and wifeChristie, and Nicholas Gantt; sisters, Frances Pennington and Peggy Jones. A celebration of life service will be held at Catawba Funerals

& Cremations at 2 p.m. on April 19, 2012 with Rev. Timothy Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Shannon Hollar, Bryon Hollar, Isaac Hollar, Jonathan Rhoney, Nicholas Gantt and Michael Hollar. Memorials may be made to Palliative Care Center& Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658. On-line condolences may be left at HYPERLINK "" Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations are providing professional services to the Gantt Family.arrangements.

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Open meeting April 26 on Pedestrian plan The City of Kings Mountain is exploring ways to improve walkability throughout the community and invites all residents to attend a public meeting for a Kings Mountain pedestrian plan on Thursday, April 26, from 5-7 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall. Your input will go far in determining priorities for building projects in the months and years ahead. The meeting will be facilitated by Centralina Council of Govern-

ments, a regional planning organization committed to vital, prosperous and sustainable environment Centralina is working with city staff, a steering committee, and various focus groups made up of a variety of Kings Mountain community members. For more information, please contact Blair Israel, Centralina Council of Governments, at 704372-2416 or email at

regulatory requirements for acute care hospitals will require a significant capital investment in the aging building by 2013. Currently, only about Âź of the building is used for operations. In 2008-2009, Crawley applied for and received Long Term Acute Care designation. The facility is currently managed by Acuity, a well-known leader in specialty care service delivery in the United States. “The Acuity leadership and staff have demonstrated great quality outcomes and will continue to do so within Kings Mountain Hospital,â€? stated Bell.

“CCHS, with the help of Carolinas HealthCare System, has developed a strategic plan that will allow for the continuation of these much needed specialty services,� said Brian Gwyn, CCHS President and CEO. “These specialized hospital services are very important to our patients and patients from the region. Although the extent of the capital needs, in addition to ongoing maintenance and expenses to provide acute care services within Crawley are not sustainable, we felt we must maintain these services for our community.�

Registration underway for Gateway 5K / 10K 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 of the 5K is $25, and $35 for the 10K. A fee of $5 will be added for each extra event. Athletes can register online at and applications are available at J. Oliver's Coffee Shop, Alliance Bank & Trust, the Kings Mountain Chamber office and the YMCA. 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 5K and 10K course, this year, will feature a newlyopened 2.8-mile leg of the trail

that is mostly gravel and extends to I-85. The fun run will use a different course. Future sections will provide a greenway connection between downtown Kings Mountain and Crowder's Mountain State Park. Sponsors for the Gateway 5K and 10K are Gilbert Patrick and Patrick Yarn Mills, Inc. - Pinnacle presenting sponsor; Trailblazer sponsors - City of Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, Carley Family Care, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Hendricks, Dr. and Mrs. Brett Niblack, YMCA, Rockwood Lithium, Sparrow Eye Creative, Martin Marietta; Cougar sponsors - Adventures in Advertising, Alliance Bank and Ronnie and Rita Franks, Mary and David Dilling, Warlick & Hamrick Insurance, Big E's BBQ, Brinkley Financial Group, Body Junction, Inc., Dru & Gene White, Dennis & Susan Patterson, Edward Jones - Doug Satterfield & Jack Buchanan, Gray Surveying Company, Bob & Jackie McRae; and Red Fox sponsors - Big E's BarBQ, Doug Burch, Patriot Jacks, The John O. Harris Family.

Harris Funeral Home Betty J. Gantt HICKORY - Betty Jean Gantt, 78, of Hickory, beloved wife and mother, died at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley on April 16, 2012. Born March 31, 1934 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Violet Strickland. Not only a home-



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God's way is always best

Dr. Jeff Hensley Pastor Kings Mountain Baptist Church

As a believer, I trust in the presence and leadership of God in my life. I rejoice in familiar texts like Romans 8:28, where the Apostle Paul says that “God works all things together for good” for those who love Him; or Jeremiah 29:11, where God announces through the prophet that He has a plan for those who follow Him – a plan that includes hope for the future. Promises

like these are dear to my heart because I believe that God guides my life and I am always in the hand of God. Most Christians I know feel the same way I do, but even though we trust in God guiding our lives, there are still those times when things that happen to us don’t really make complete sense. For example, some change occurs or some event takes place and, even though we know that God is guiding our steps, we can’t help but wonder how this particular event or change fits into the larger plan to provide us with a hopeful future. Clearly, God’s ways are different from our ways, and there are times when God allows certain things to come into our lives that we would not choose. Of course, this raises an interesting question that has been challenging for believers for many years.

Just how specific is God’s “plan” for our lives? Some believers feel that God’s plan is very specific, so they pray about simple decisions like whether to choose a “Coke” or a “Pepsi,” assuming that God has a preference for them. I have known believers who would prepare to go on a shopping spree by praying that God would lead them to discover “bargains,” and believers who were certain that God had predestined them to live in a specific house or purchase a specific car. But is this really the way God works? I have known many other believers who seem to go to the exact opposite of the spectrum and then tend to talk or behave as if their life and future is all up to them, and so they rarely pause to consult God about their choices and decisions. Still others seem to reserve turning to

God for those big times when it appears that our own ingenuity won’t get us through, a bit like medical professionals who only mention God when they feel that there is nothing else they themselves can do for a patient. Is this the way it is? To be honest, the older I get the more I feel that neither of these two options is correct. Instead, I have come to believe that God wants to be more involved in our lives than many of us are willing to permit, and we would all be strengthened by pausing and consulting with our Creator far more often than we do. However, an honest person of faith also has to acknowledge that God’s ways are not our ways, and even though things don’t always make sense; we continue to trust that God’s way is always best.

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Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church, 213 N. Cancer St., Home Mission Department will sponsor an afternoon worship service Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. Dr. Bishop Perry Huitt and his congregation and choir from the Jesus Is Love Holiness Church in Shelby will be guests. The public is invited to attend. Westover Baptist Church, 114 Westover Drive, Kings Mountain, will host a 2 p.m. meeting Saturday, April 21, of the Westover Baptist Church Support Group open to all people dealing with the loss of a loved one. The meeting will be held in the church's fellowship hall. Joy Whittington will be the emcee. Family Worship Center, 1818 Shelby Road.The annual Kings Mountain Mayor's Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Pastor's Prayer Circle of Family Worship Center will be held Thursday, May 3, at 8 a.m. in the Youth Center. For more information or tickets call Kings Mountain City Hall at 704-739-4520. People's Baptist Church, 1010 Groves St., has set the annual Mother-Daughter banquet

for May 12 at 11 a.m. at the church. Sister Gayla Crocker of Resurrection Lutheran Church International of Gaffney, SC will be guest speaker. All grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and any female are invited to attend. The conference and brunch are free, however, an offering will be received. The color scheme this year is black and white and pictures will be taken at a cost of $3 for a 5x8. Contact Sister Fonda R. Houze at 704-739-0195 (home) or 704-740-6406 (cell) with any questions or directions to the church. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 201 N. Piedmont Ave., will host the Kings Mountain Council of Church Women's annual May Fellowship dinner set for May 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7, on sale by the KM Council of Church Women, and may be purchased at any of the participating churches: St. Matthew's and Resurrection Lutheran, Central United Methodist and Grace United Methodist, and Boyce Memorial ARP and First Presbyterian churches.

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Church Service Directory KINGS MOUNTAIN Long Creek Presbyterian Church 701 Long Creek Road 704-629-4406

New Way Missionary Baptist Church 105 Waco Road 704-724-0414 Oak Grove Baptist Church 1022 Oak Grove Road 704-739-4833

Love Valley Baptist Church 2032 Bethlehem Road 704-730-0075

Oak View Baptist Church 1517 York Road 704-739-7831

Macedonia Baptist Church 1101 S. Battleground Avenue 704-739-6811

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Pathway Baptist Church 3100 Parkdale Circle 704-734-0852

Midview Baptist Church 703 Margrace Road 704-739-6711 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church 220 N. Watterson Street 704-739-8354 Mountain View Agape Church 506 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-0160 Mt. Olive Baptist Church Compact School Road 704-739-4516 Mt. Zion Baptist Church 220 N. Watterson Street 704-739-8354

David Baptist Church

Patterson Grove Baptist Church 301 Oak Grove Road 704-739-5826

St. Paul United Methodist Church N. Cansler Street 704-739-1256

GASTONIA Bethesda United Methodist Church 3714 S. New Hope Rd

Peoples Baptist Church 1010 Groves Street 704-739-0398

Sunrise Baptist Church 208 Mail Road 704-692-3007

Proclaiming the Word Ministries 7011 Cleveland Avenue

Temple Baptist Church 612 N. Cansler Street 704-739-4716

Grace Community Advent Christian Church 206 West 3rd Avenue 704-739-9230

Progressive Church of Our Lord 1001 Cleveland Avenue 704-734-1070

The Favor Center Church 602 Slater Street

Resurrection Lutheran Church 600 Crescent Circle 704-739-5580

New Beginnings Church of Jesus Christ 541 Crocker Road 704-730-9507

True Gospel Holiness Church 1608 Shelby Road 704-739-6764

Royal Praise Ministries 2055 Shelby Rd.

Unity AME Zion Church 948 Unity Church Road 704-228-0328

New Bynum Chapel Zion Church N. Cansler Street 704-739-2606

Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church 201 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-7466

Vestibule AME Zion Church 2175 Vestibule Church Road 704-739-7961

New Camp Creek Baptist Church 863 New Camp Creek Ch. Road 704-487-7128

Second Baptist Church 120 Linwood Road 704-739-4216

Westover Baptist Church 114 Westover Drive

New Life Family Worship Center 428 Oak Grove Road 704-739-9371

Shady Grove Baptist Church 339 Shady Grove Road 704-739-8920

GROVER Bethany Baptist Church 423 Cleveland Avenue 704-937-3010 Carolina Praise and Worship Center 201 N. Main Street 704-937-7541 First Apostolic Church of Blacksburg 205 E. Cherokee St. Blacksburg, SC704-937-7390864-8391873 WACO New Testament Missionary Baptist Church 2103 Capernium Rd.


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Neighbors need your help, become a Community Partner

Roger Goins Guest Columnist Have you ever thought that one person cannot make a difference? Probably so. But for a minute think about this. You know of someone who is in a crisis situation and you would like to help, but that thought "one person can't help" is running through your mind. Forget that. One person CAN make a difference. Talk to your family and friends about what is bothering you. Think of a solution that will not only help your friend, but will help hundreds of others in our community. Now that brings me to the heart of this letter. The Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry is in a critical need for monetary help. The center goes beyond what the local churches can do. The people the center helps are in their situation through no fault of their own. Job loss, sickness or death of the breadwinner in the home can contribute to a nasty situation. What does a mother with small children in the

home do? Where does she go for help? Thats where the people of Kings Mountain can help. No charity can do everything to help people in need. But the Crisis center fills in the gap. They supply financial help for rent, food, clothing, medicine, utilities, transportation to doctors offices and more. It offers temporary shelter for those who have lost their homes. In 2011 the center spent 70 percent of its money to help the needy in our community. They helped over 2,000 families that year, who were struggling in crisis situations. This year we are starting a fundraising campaign, called "Community Partners". If this first-time effort is a success, we plan on making this an annual thing. This is the first time the center has done this. With your help it will be a success. Most everyone has heard the question, "What would Jesus do?" He has already answered that question. He has said, "Whatever you do for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for me." National organizations help people all over the United States. It's nice that they can do this. But my concern is the needy here in our home town. Isn't it wonderful that we have the resources to do this with your donation? Just think of it as giving a present to our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given to you.

From the editor, I would personally like to encourage any one, whose talent, time or gifts could benefit those in need to give to the Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry. One man can make a difference. Roger is trying. But imagine what we could accomplish if we all tried. In Cleveland County more than 5,400

Think of the hardship these families are going through. Most have children and they don't know if they can feed them a meal or buy medicine if they are sick. When sickness arrives they don't go to a doctor. They have no way of paying. When they cut off the electricity, they live in the dark. Ask yourself this heartwrenching question, would I and my family like to be in their situation? Your answer should be no. But you can make a difference in their lives if you would donate whatever you can to the crisis center. They fill the gap. They offer a lot of ways to help so that these needy folks can have a better life. Open your eyes and heart to the problems everyday people in Kings Mountain and Grover are facing. In closing I hope that I have said something that has touched your heart and that you will send a donation to the center. In the last four months, my prayers have been that God will show you a way to help you make the right decision. I would love to hear your thoughts on this letter. Maybe you could write one of your own and mail it to the Herald. My thanks go out to Ron Isbell and Emily Weaver of the Herald who will keep you up to date on the progress of the fund raiser.

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Editor: To those of you who read my letter to the editor Wednesday, March 28th about profane and obscene language in public places I have some additional information that you might like to know. Our police chief informs me that there is no NC law prohibiting profanity in public. Further it seems that our federal courts have said that neither state nor local government can enact such a law. The chief did tell me that a private business establishment can refuse service to or tell patrons to leave as long as the refusal to serve is not discriminatory based on the legal definition of discrimination. If the parties refuse to move the police can be called and the parties arrested for trespassing. According to Chief Proctor the only law that is somewhat related to this subject is N.C. 14-288.4.

That one is about disorderly conduct and says in part: (a) Disorderly conduct is a public disturbance intentionally caused by any person who does any of the following: (1) Engages in fighting or other violent conduct or in conduct creating the threat of imminent fighting or other violence. (2) Makes or uses any utterance, gesture, display or abusive language which is intended and plainly likely to provoke violent retaliation and thereby cause a breach of the peace. Now I’m no attorney but it sounds like part two should apply to anyone after they’ve been asked to stop the language because at that point they are likely to provoke retaliation that leads to a breach of the peace. In reality, you as the person wishing not to hear the language would most likely be jailed if you acted further than asking.

So it seems the only solution is to tell management about any such problem with the use of profanity/obscene language and hope they will have the courtesy and courage to have the offending parties leave. To those of many of you who called, e-mailed and spoke to me in person, thanks. Every comment that was made to me was about being offended by the foul language in public places. So tell your children, grandchildren and friends to please be respectful to others. Beauford Burton Kings Mountain, NC Dear Editor, I, Kenny McAbee, support the Amendment 1 on May 8, 2012. This amendment is God's only way to vote. God bless America and North Carolina. A Christian Citizen, Kenny McAbee Kings Mountain, NC

El Bethel UMC seeks items for auction to benefit bicentennial El Bethel United Methodist Church, celebrating its 200th anniversary in June, is planning an auction Saturday, May 5, to raise money for its big bicentennial. The auction will start with a viewing at 8 a.m. and bidding at 9 a.m. Local auctioneer Zoltan Thornburg has volunteered to lead the bidding. Each bidder, who buys an item, will also be entered for a chance to win $100 after the auction. All proceeds will go to the church's

grounds fund to prepare for its 200th anniversary celebration in June. Donations are sought for the auction. No clothing, please. To donate items for the auction, call Sandra Wilson at 704-739-9479 or 704-473-5786. Big items can be picked up, if needed. Sausage biscuits, coffee, juice and other beverages will also be available at the morning auction. Information on the auction can be found online at

people struggle with unemployment, more than 20,000 live in poverty and hundreds of families have lost their homes to foreclosure. The number of requests for help from those in crisis has been on the rise at the Ministry. The need is there. Will you help? Emily Weaver Editor, Kings Mountain Herald

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Epley visits Kings Mountain Rotary ELIZABETH STEWART

Joe S. Epley of Tryon, novelist, author and the socalled “godfather” of modern public relations in Russia, delighted Kings Mountain Rotarians Thursday with a history lesson about the Revolutionary War 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. He also signed copies of his book, "A Passel of Hate," published last year, a gripping story of brother versus brother at the Battle of Kings Mountain. He was accompanied by a fellow former Green Beret Abe Ruff of Kings Mountain. Steve Padgett, program chairman for the first in a three Thursday 12 noon program series examining our rich Kings Mountain heritage, presented the speaker. Epley said the Kings Mountain battle campaign was a family affair for many and for some a deep family tragedy. Three Edmiston brothers from Virginia were killed in the initial assault. Three Henry brothers from Lincoln County fought side by side with the Liberty Men: John ad Moses were killed and Joseph wounded. Enoch Berry from Burke County saw his father shot dead and his brother seriously wounded. The sons of Colonel James Williams watched as their father was mortally wounded in the waning minutes of the battle. Among the 2,000 or so participants of the battle were at least 42 sets of brothers, 18 father-son sets and a slew of cousins and inlaws. Not all were on the same side. For example, there were four Goforth brothers. One of them, Preston, fought for the Liberty Men but his three brothers were Tories. All four died on the battlefield at Kings

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Abraham Ruff, Joe Epley and Rotarian Steve Padgett, left to right, are pictured at Thursday's Rotary Club meeting at which Epley talked about rich Kings Mountain heritage, the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Mountain. From Lincoln County, there were the four Logan brothers, two on each side. A Tory brother, John, was left on the mountain with a leg wound. He survived but walked with a limp the rest of his life. Old Thomas Camp, who had a plantation on the Broad River in Rutherford County, had 24 children, 22 of them boys. "He wore two wives out in the process," laughed Epley, who added, "the son in my lineage on my mother's side of the family was the last to be born and that occurred a year after the war." Some of Thomas Camp's sons went off and fought with the Continentals, but five were militia men at Kings Mountain and two of them were fighting for Tory militia. None were hurt in the battle, said Epley, but the two Tory Camps were taken prisoner along with more than 600 supporters of the King. Then, said Epley, there was the case of Thomas Brandon. There were two Thomas Brandons in the battle, one a famous South

Carolina patriot who fought as a Captain with Colonel Williams' South Carolina Whigs and the other was a Tory Captain. During the battle, the Tory Brandon was gut shot. Captain James Withrow of the Rutherford Liberty Men was running by. Brandon called out, Jim, help me." Withrow reportedly said, "get your friends to help you, I got a fight to win." and went on his way. There are amazing stories of bravery, hardship and tribulations during September and October 1780 in the Carolina frontier counties. Many of these are described in his book. The one-hour Battle of Kings Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 7, 1780 was just one story, he said. Epley, renowned in the public relations field, received the 2008 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Gold Anvil Award, which commemorates a lifetime of service by an individual whose work significantly advanced the profession and set high standards for those engaged in the practice of public relations. Semi-retired in the Blue

Ridge Mountains community, Tryon, N.C., Epley headed Epley Associates, Inc., for 37 years. The fullservice firm represented a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to local not-for-profits, many of them clients for more than two decades. He also was founding partner in Worldcom Public Relations Group, a network of independent firms that grew to include businesses in 35 countries. Epley is widely applauded for helping establish professional, ethical public relations in Russia shortly after the collapse of the former propagandadominated Soviet Union, and for his work there, the Russian Public Relations Association made him a lifetime member in 2005. Epley, a native of Forest City, was once a television news reporter and anchor in his native state in Asheville and Charlotte. In 1968, he founded his public relations firm in Charlotte and built it into a unique organization with global reach. Retired chairman and CEO of Epley Associates, he serves as the company's senior advisor.

Touchdown Club speaker, David Brinkley tells of field house needs By Lois Blanton KMW Club Reporter

A major campaign for funds for a new field house at Kings Mountain High School is underway by the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club, and David Brinkley talked about the need for athletic department improvements at the March 26 meeting of Kings Mountain Woman's Club. Brinkley, a former KMHS coach, said work on the field house is targeted to begin this summer. Touchdown club is establishing different levels of

giving and clubwomen and the community are encouraged to participate. There are naming rights also associated with large donations. President Betty Gamble presided and Ann Bennett gave the devotional on "Wind Turbines." Linda Dixon led the pledge to the flags. Doris McGinnis presented the treasurer's report and secretary Becky Williams distributed copies of the minutes. Gamble announced that several members attended the state GFWC-NC arts festival March 9-10 at Camp-

bell University. Winners from the local club were Peggy Baird, Johnsie Reavis, Tonya Wilson and Becky Williams. She reported that an attic and bake sale March 24 netted $320 for the club's scholarship fund and that the club is collecting fleece throws and pull-on pants for hospital patients. Peggy Larson was welcomed as a guest. Gamble appointed Linda Appling as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, assisted by Lois Blanton, Ann Bennett, Glenda O'Shields,

Betty Sue Morris and Penny Larson. She said money needs to be raised to keep the clubhouse in good repair. Gamble reported that longtime member Helen Hendricks is currently a patient in the rehab unit at Kings Mountain Hospital, and Betty Benton and Peggy Baird are recuperating at home. The local club plans to send delegates to the state convention in Greensboro April 26-29 and the International Convention of Woman's Clubs in Charlotte June 13-17.

Duo to perform at Owl's Eye Friday Jonathan Sloan and Kevin Newton of the Sloantones will perform a WineDown Fridays concert at Owl’s Eye Winery, 1414 Metcalf Rd.,

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April 18, 2012


ARRESTS APRIL 10: James Franklin Elswick, 20, Mount Holly, failure to appear, resist, delay, obstruct, breaking and entering, failure to appear, under age drinking, $10,500 bond, secured. APRIL 12: Timothy Ray Loftis, 25, Gastonia, failure to appear, $500 bond, secured. APRIL 12: Ethan Davis, 20, no operator's license, DWI, hit and run, $1,000 bond, secured. APRIL 12: Gerald Lynn Smith, Jr., 31, 204 Edel St., reckless driving and hit and run, $1000 bond, secured. APRIL 13: Paul David Loftin, 44, Gastonia, two counts larceny, two counts possession stolen goods, $2,000 bond, secured. CITATIONS APRIL 10: Bruce Dale Brown, 54, Mooresboro, speeding. APRIL 10: Sharon Baydal, 33, Gastonia, speeding. APRIL 10: Cory Lee Franklin, 22, Shelby, speeding, failure to notify DMV of address change APRIL 10: Joyce Carpenter Brown, 46, Shelby, speeding. APRIL 12: Marie Mathes, 39, Thomasville, speeding. APRIL 13: Troy Smith, 19, 409 Scotland Dr., no inspection, expired tag. APRIL 13: Vincent Johnson, 49, Shelby, speeding. APRIL 14: Robert Wilson, 42, 122 Ross Rd., no insurance, fictitious registration, expired tag, failure to notify DMV of address change. APRIL 14: Jason Chanthasne, 22, 2105 Loblolly Lane, allowing a minor to operate a motor vehicle. APRIL 14: Jerroel Landon McGill, 21, Shelby, speeding. APRIL 14: Amy Queen, 35, 401 E. King St., speeding. APRIL 14: Jared Stokes, 20, 123 Ebenezer Road No.1, revoked license. APRIL 14: Eric Monte Hatten, 27, York, SC, speeding. APRIL 14: Dilan Todd Hewatt, 18, 323 Range Rd., speeding. APRIL 14: Paula McCluney Wilmer, 35, Shelby, speeding. APRIL 14: Christopher Haynes, 45, Lillington, speeding. APRIL 15: Matthew A. Ledbetter, 25, Greensboro, expired tag. APRIL 15: Maurice Nichols, 29, Shelby, revoked license. APRIL 15: Rachel Woods, 21, Shelby, speeding. APRIL 15: Alejandro Castelland, 18, 1131 McClendon Ct., no operator's license. INCIDENTS APRIL 9: A resident of Cherryville reported theft of his wallet containing currency. APRIL 9: A resident of Earl reported theft of a Ford F150 red truck valued at $3,000., a weedeater and assorted tools valued at $700. APRIL 10: A resident of Barnett Drive reported damage to a window. APRIL 11: A resident of Lake Montonia Rd. reported a break-in and theft of nearly $3,000 worth of assorted items. APRIL 12: A resident of Majesty Place reported theft of a computer, currency, and medication. APRIL 12: Friendly Billiards, 1380 E. Mountain St., reported someone threw a rock through the front door of the business. Estimated damage is $375. APRIL 12: Advance Auto Parts, 512 E. King St., reported theft of assorted tools valued at $75. APRIL 12: Bridges Hardware, 301 W. King St., reported theft of assorted tools valued at $200. APRIL 13: A resident of Waco reported bank card fraud. APRIL 13: A resident of Parker St. reported a break-in and theft of a computer and other items. APRIL 14: Ingles Market, 2111 Shelby Rd., reported shoplifting. APRIL 15: A resident of Cherokee St. reported theft of a blue, city recycling can. APRIL 15: Food Lion, 1320 Shelby Rd., reported damage to the front door glass estimated at $200. APRIL 15: A resident of Richmond, Va. reported theft of cash. APRIL 15: Dollar General, 298 Oak Grove Road, reported attempted shoplifting. APRIL 16: A resident of Ellenboro reported a break-in on Sterling Drive and theft of currency

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and front door damage. WRECKS APRIL 6: Officer J. L. Dee said that Joseph Jefferies, Cherryville, operating a 2002 Chrysler, struck a 2005 Chrysler operated by Brittany Garrish of Geenville, SC on US 74 at Railroad Avenue. Property damages were estimated at $3500. APRIL 10: Ptl. Lee Whittington said that a 1989 Chevrolet operated by Dennis Brooks McAbee, Lowell, struck a 1999 Lexis operated by Chanthone Thammavongsa, 1525 S. Battleground Ave. in the parking lot of Roses and Food Lion on Shelby Road. Property damages were estimated at $2,000. APRIL 10: Officer K. L. Putnam said that a 2004 Chevrolet operated by Carl Burton, 40 Open Lane, struck a 2000 Chevrolet operated by Sharon Grigg of Shelby. The accident happened on Piedmont Avenue at Walker Street. Property damages were estimated at $7500. APRIL 10: Officer K. L. Putnam said that Clayton Pressley of Rock Hill, SC, operating a 2011 Toyota, was stopped at a stop sign off Highway 161 ramp. The Pressley vehicle was bumped by a 2011 Mack operated by Richard Catoe, Catawba, SC. Damage to the car was estimated at $1,000. APRIL 11: Officer P. W. Alexander said that a 2003 Peterbuilt operated by Walter Pennington of Sycamore, IL, struck a parked 1990 Ford owned by David Webber of Shelby in the parking lot at 202 Commerce Boulevard. The Webber vehicle was parked close to the Intermodal truck waiting for an employee of the trucking company to arrange the loading, police said. The car was reportedly damaged $1,000. APRIL 11: Officer Bryan McGinnis said that Ritchie Allen Hedrick of Statesville, operating a vehicle owned by he NC National Guard, 200 Phifer Road, struck a parked 2002 Mazda operated by Bobby Truelove, 109 Baptistry Drive, in the National Guard Armory parking lot. damage to the car was estimated at $1,000. APRIL 11: Officer B. L. Wilkinson said that Gloria Valentine, 803 Princeton Dr., was parking her 2009 Mitsubishi at Love's Fish Box on Shelby Road and bumped a parked car owned by Lyndsey Jarvis of Shelby. Minor damages were reported. APRIL 12: Sgt. Buff reported that Daniel Cobb, 646 Margrace Road, was backing his 2010 Dodge from a parking space at the Silver Villa on E. King Street and bumped a car operated by Sonja Davis, 619 Chestnut Ridge Church Road doing slight damage. APRIL 12: A 1999 Chevrolet operated by Shelby Terry, Shelby, rear-ended a 2001 Mazda operated by Tyler Reller, 107 Mill Creek Drive. Property damages were estimated at $1600. APRIL 12: Officer J. L. Dee said that Joshua Etters, 910 Sharon Dr., operating a 2005 Ford owned by Time Warner Cable, struck a stationary storage unit on the side of Sharon Drive doing $3,000 damage. Etters said he was attempting to pass a a parked vehicle and his vision was obscured by sun glare. APRIL 1 2: Officer J. L. Dee charged Ethan Joshua Davis, North Charleston, SC, with no operator's license, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident after the 2004 Dodge he was driving hit a 2005 Nissan operated by Roger Dale Armstrong of Gastonia.The accident happened on US 74 Business when the Davis car, traveling at a high rate of speed, left the road and back onto the highway and hit the Armstrong car, traveling west on US 74 Business. Property damages were estimated at $2,000. APRIL 13: Sgt. Mark Butler charged Gerald Smith, 204 Edel St., with careless and reckless driving and hit and run after an accident involving Smith's 2005 Chrysler and a Ryder truck operated by William Porath of Wetumpka, Alabama. The accident happened on I-85 South when Smith swerved into Porath's lane of travel and left the scene. Butler said that Smith's wheel and tire came apart and was located by following the marks the vehicle left on the road. Property damages were estimated at $5500. APRIL 13: Ptl. Whittington said that William Ager, 331 Mary's Grove Church Road, was treated at Gaston Memorial Hospital after an accident on US 74. Ager said that a Ford SUV was was approaching his vehicle at a high rate of speed and he changed lanes and lost control of the 1998 Honda he was operating. Property damage was estimated a $3500. APRIL 14: Ptl. Whittington said that Jimmy Hill, 118 Heather Lane, operating a 2001 Chrysler, bumped a parked 2004 Buick in the parking lot of Loves Fish Box on Shelby Road doing minor damage. The parked car is owned by Margaret Patterson, 1412 N. Piedmont Avenue.

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Heath King to sign with Belmont Abbey Kings Mountain High senior pitcher-outfielder Heath King will sign to play baseball at Belmont Abbey College Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the KMHS media center. King has started six games for the Mountaineers this season and has a 3-2 record and 1.13 ERA. He has worked 29.2 innings and has struck out 26 batters while issuing only eight walks. King has a .259 batting average with 14 hits in 54 at-bats. He has four doubles and five runs batted in.

KMPD Captain Jerry Tesseneer, Tim Miller, Chief Melvin Proctor, Ward II councilman Mike Butler, and Det. Sgt. Lisa Proctor, left to right, are pictured at Butler's Auto on King Street after Butler called police after he became suspicious about a man wanting to pawn hand tools and Miller identified the tools as property of Bridges True Value Hardware. Police nabbed the suspect a short time later.


Sports This Week Wednesday, April 18 6 p.m. - High school softball, Chase at Kings Mountain. Thursday, April 19 3:45 - High school track, Kings Mountain at Shelby Invitational (Boys only). 4 p.m. - High school tennis, Kings Mountain at Forestview. 5 p.m. - High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss (JV/V doubleheader). Friday, April 20 4:30 - High school baseball, Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss (JV/V doubleheader).

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6 p.m. - High school softball, Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss. Monday, April 23 2 p.m. - High school golf, all Big South teams at North Gaston. 5 p.m. - High school soccer, Ashbrook at Kings Mountain (JV/V doubleheader). Tuesday, April 24 4:30 - High school baseball, Ashbrook at Kings Mountain (JV/V doubleheader). 5 p.m. - High school soccer, Indian Land at Kings Mountain (JV/V doubleheader).

FROM Page 1 sign at Butler's Auto on E. King Street, where he stopped to allegedly pawn his newfound wares. Butler became suspicious and called the police with the description of the suspect. Tim Miller identified the stolen Bridges True Value Hardware hand tools. Captain Jerry Tesseneer nabbed Loftin at Hardee's where the suspect had reportedly stopped for lunch. Police accompanied Loftin to Shelby. A bondsman set bond at $2000 and trial date is April 10 in Cleveland County District Court. Chief Melvin Proctor said that he hopes

this sends a clear message to would-be criminals: "If you come to Kings Mountain, we will catch you." Friday's arrest was a coordinated effort by Kings Mountain Police and three downtown merchants. The chief encourages all citizens to report suspicious activity to police and he encourages downtown merchants to report any incidents of shoplifting/larceny and any occurrence of persons taking items to merchants to exchange for money. "We want would-be crooks to know that crime does not pay in Kings Mountain," added Proctor.

BANKS: banking on a better tomorrow; survived the Depression, will survive the Recession not affect their customers, their accounts or the status of their loans. Each account is federally insured up to $250,000. There is no limit to insurance on non-interest drawing accounts. Alliance Bank & Trust, First National and Mountain 1st Bank & Trust are three of 16 institutions in the state that have received guidance from regulators since 2010 - a year of skyrocketing foreclosures. Cleveland County was suffering from an average unemployment rate of 15.3 percent and at least 561 families lost their homes to foreclosure in 2009. In neighboring Gaston County, 14 percent of its population was out of work and foreclosure emptied 1,611 dwellings. Although with a slightly better employment outlook in 2010, the number of foreclosures grew in both counties (1,705 in Gaston and 649 in Cleveland). A total of 20,024 residents of Cleveland County (20.9 percent of its population) and 40,336 people in Gaston County (19.9 percent) were living in poverty in 2010, higher than the state’s average of 17.4 percent. One in four people in Cleveland County was on food stamps in 2011. “The financial performance of banks, like all business entities, is directly related to the economic and geographic environment in which they operate,” Ayscue said. “Unfortunately, the greater Cleveland and Gaston markets have experienced a prolonged period of double digit unemployment, which has placed enormous stress on consumers and bankers alike.” When families lose their homes to foreclosure, the properties fall back to the

banks and it’s not always a seller’s market. “When market values are up and then they fall, that collateral value is lost to the borrower and the bank,” Jeffords said. “It has a ripple effect throughout the economy.” Ayscue said that he is not surprised that regulators are exercising increased oversight of financial institutions in this economic environment. The FDIC currently insures deposits at 7,359 financial institutions. The corporation is charged with promoting safety and soundness by monitoring, identifying and addressing risks that banks are exposed to. More than 800 banks were reportedly classified as troubled with the FDIC in 2011. “Community banks are being presented as the culprits, but community banks help build our communities,” Jeffords said. At First National “none of our customers lost a dime during the Great Depression and we’re doing the same for them in this recession,” Jeffords said. “Small banks are the ones that help small businesses.” New and growing enterprises helped bring the country out of its first depression. Small businesses employ roughly half of America’s workers and account for about 60 percent of gross job creation, according to the U.S. Treasury. First National Bank has contributed over $3.3 million to various community charities over the last several years. This amount does not include on-going sponsorships such as civic events, festivals, and school projects, according to Jeffords.

“First National Bank continues to support our local economy through small business lending and by underwriting over $25 million in support of our local municipalities,” she said. “ Our Hometown Bank helps individuals achieve their financial goals of home ownership with over 2 thousands loans of over $130 million currently in the loan portfolio. In addition, over the last 3 years our Mortgage Loan Center has originated approximately 1,400 loans, which total over $217 million.” To shed a light of hope in the dark economy, Alliance Bank & Trust donated a .34 acre parcel of land in Gaston County to the Charlotte-based Life Changing Church in February. The property, which had fallen victim to neglect and foreclosure, will be a home to the new senior and community center the church has planned to build. Alliance Bank & Trust, with branches in Gastonia, Kings Mountain and Shelby, has about $215.3 million in assets. “The bank lost $2.4 million in the first nine months of 2011,” according to a story in the Charlotte Business Journal. “It lost $3.4 million in 2010 and lost $2.9 million in 2009.” But, according to Ayscue, profits were on the upswing by the end of 2011 with new policies in place. At First National, the OCC found “unsafe and unsound banking practices relating to credit risk management, liquidity risk management, and earnings performance,” according to the agreement. “We’ve worked hard under the agreement to comply,” Jef-

fords said, adding that the consultants they’ve worked with have “strong expertise”. “This has really strengthened a lot of our practices and procedures.” First National, with 14 branches in Kings Mountain, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties, is one of the oldest banks in the country. “We are intricately woven into the community,” Jeffords said. “We have worked with many of our customers for generations, some of whom are having a rough time now. We have been here 137 years, and we certainly intend to be here for 137 more.” Alliance, although still young, also stands strong. “We are here for you now and we will be here for you tomorrow,” Ayscue said. “We’ve dealt with many of our customers for generations, trying to help them through” these hard times, Jeffords said. “The recovery has taken longer than any of us realized.” Jeffords noted that the recession may have taught us all a lesson. “People are much better money managers (today),” she said. Maybe that’s something we needed to learn.

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the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates national banks and domestic branches of foreign banks, in June. Under the agreement, First National drafted a threeyear plan to improve earnings. Jeffords said that they have already met most of the requirements in their agreement, but must prove sustainability for the next few years before the agreement is lifted. “We are a very strong bank,” she said, adding that First National surpassed all measures of being defined as “well capitalized”, according to regulatory standards. Capital was not much of a problem for Alliance either, but risky loans hit hard. Its agreement, calls for strengthening the bank’s lending procedures; eliminating from its books all loans considered a “loss” and half the loans deemed “doubtful” to be repaid; and, creating a more thorough screening process for potential lendees. 1st Financial Services Corp., the parent company of Mountain 1st Bank & Trust, entered into an agreement with the FDIC and the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks in February, 2010. It planned to increase its Allowance for Loan Losses by $11 million and implement new software to update its allowance and improve the bank’s loan portfolio. At the end of 2009, the bank reportedly had about $34 million in non-performing loans. Regulators have been busy. The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 required stricter oversight of banks, putting more responsibility and power in the hands of regulators. The act came on

the heels of a proposed financial meltdown. Some of the nation’s banks struggled to cope with the amount of defaulted loans casualties of the American dream checked by climbing interest rates and carefree spending. Insured by the FDIC, problems in financial institutions fell back to the federal government. To save the banks and the nation’s economy, the U.S. Treasury pumped loans of $700 billion into financial institutions. In return, the Treasury made at least a $10 billion profit from the “bailout”. Alliance received $3.5 million and the parent company of Mountain 1st received $16,369,000 in TARP funds through the Troubled Asset Relief Program. “We still have the TARP funding and it was utilized to grow the banks’ loan portfolio in the local community as well as strengthen the banks’ overall capital position,” Ayscue said. First National did not participate in the Troubled Asset Relief Program. TARP funds came with strings attached - a low interest rate for repayment, greater federal oversight and salary caps of $500,000 for executives. “We’re in a very different banking environment” today, Jeffords said. “It’s a challenging regulatory environment as well. It is our understanding that only 25% of the DoddFrank Act has been implemented.” Under agreements with regulators, Alliance, First National and Mountain 1st were required to form an overseeing compliance committee. Working with regulators to strengthen these banks does

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COOK-OFF: kicks off Friday at KM Walking track FROM Page 1 This year teams will also get a chance to compete for extra cash in the West to East BBQ Challenge, that will start with the Kings Mountain cook-off and end with a cook-off in Edenton, NC, April 2728. The teams must cook in both contests and the overall score from both contests will determine the winners. First place wins an extra $1,000, second place wins an extra $500, third place - an extra $250, forth place - an extra $150 and fifth place - an extra $100. The money raised during the Firehouse Cook-off supports the Kings Mountain Fire Department's Fire Museum - one of very few that remain in the state. Entertainment will include the musical stylings of Southern Experience on Friday night and Scoot Pitman on Saturday. Several local officials and firefighters will gather at the firehouse museum (next to the walking track) on Friday to enjoy some BBQ before setting off to judge The Anything Butt competition. The Anything Butt contest allows contenders a chance to show off their culinary skills outside of BBQ, in two categories – dessert and non-dessert. Included in the local teams signed up to compete this weekend are Kings Mountain's own Big E's BBQ, Shelby's Bubba & Son BBQ and Two Old Men and a Grill of Bessemer City.

"We hope to do great this year! Last year we didn't do as well as we had hoped. We now have two new smokers and have been practicing all winter and hope to do well," said the son of Bubba & Son's Dillon Black. "Kings Mountain is an event that we never want to miss. I think that it is so special to us because it is in our backyard. We are from Shelby and always want to do well when we are close to home." "My words to fellow competitors would be, lets hope for some much better weather and good luck! There will be some GREAT teams at Kings Mountain, and we feel honored to compete with them," Black said. At last year's Cook-off, teams braved strong gales and sheets of rain as one of the deadliest Spring storms in years swept through North Carolina, punching the state with 62 twisters. Meteorologists predict beautiful 70 degree weather with a 2 percent chance of rain as of Friday. A memorable year for Eric Pardo of Big E's BBQ was 2010, when he finished a tenth of a point behind reserve grand champion, coming in third overall. "I hope we have a repeat of 2010 but 2 spots higher. This will be our seventh year at the Firehouse Cook-off," Pardo said. "The firemen do a great job every year. It is a real cooker-friendly event and it would be great to win the hometown Cook-off. Good luck to everyone competing this weekend!" "While Kings Mountain is the first

cook-off of the year in our area, my wife and I went on a five-week run down south. We cooked Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and two in Louisiana and finished in the top ten in all with one grand champion," Bob Roberts of Two Old Men and a Grill said. "We hope to do well in Kings Mountain also if the little wheel will stay round. We are not coming to beat anyone but we are coming to win." Along with the local vendors, some competitors are coming from as far as Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. With an average of six people per team and judges, over 300 people may be in Kings Mountain this weekend. The Grand Champion of last year's cook-off competition was Tarheel Smokers of Hertford, NC and Florida's GB's BBQ was honored as the Reserve Champion. They held the title last year but who will be the champ this year? The 2012 State Champion will also walk away with $4,000 in prize money. Reserve champion will win $1,000 and top category prizes of $550 – 1st place, $300 – 2nd place, $200 – 3rd place, $150 – 4th place, and $100 – 5th place will be awarded to the top 5 teams that place in beef brisket, pork ribs, pork, and poultry contest. The Anything Butt desert and Anything Butt Non-dessert winners will be awarded $200. Best Booth and highest placing Cleveland County team winners will each receive $100.

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Chris Johnson to enter Hall of Fame (Second in a four-part series of the 2012 Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame inductees. The Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary banquet and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15 and are available from members of the Hall of Fame committee). GARY STEWART Sports Editor


KMHS kickers lose to Foard Kings Mountain High’s women’s soccer team fell to Fred T. Foard 1-0 Saturday. The loss left the Lady Mountaineers with a 3-4 Big South and 6-8-2 overall record. KM’s JV team is 5-0 is 50-1 in the conference and 52-1 overall.

Chris Johnson’s accomplishments as a threesports standout at Kings Mountain High School and an All-American football player at GardnerWebb University in the 1970s have landed him in the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame. He will be joined center circle by former Mountaineer athletes Kendrick Bell and Stephen Fisher, and retired KMHS athletic director and state championship softball and volleyball coach Suzanne Grayson. The versatile Johnson rarely came off the field in the mid-1970s when he played football, baseball and basketball for the Mountaineers. He was an outfielder on the 1974 KMHS baseball team that won the Southwestern Conference championship. Johnson will always be remembered for his speed and defense in all three sports. He was a three-year starter in football under Bob Jones in 1973, ‘74 and ‘75 and was one of the most exciting players on those teams. He started at wide receiver and running back and also in the defensive secondary. He was one of the key players on Jones’ 1974 team which finished 7-2-1 and was on the verge of being KM’s first state playoff qualifier since 1964 before being upset by Burns on the last playing date of the season. Even though one of the Mountaineers’ biggest victories was over arch rival Shelby, that loss to Burns bumped KM from

second place and put the Lions in the playoffs. Johnson led the team in scoring with 10 touchdowns. He scored touchdowns running, receiving and returning kicks. Although he remembers the wins as being great, he says his best remembrance of those teams were the coaches and older players that instilled in him the desire to be the best he could be. “We had very good upperclassmen who challenged me,” he said. “That’s very important. That’s where I got my self-confidence and I owe them a lot of the credit.” With sophomore quarterback Mike Bumgarner joining the varsity that year, the Mountaineers went to a passing game and Johnson benefited from it. “Sometimes I would line up at wide receiver, and other times at running back,” he noted. “I remember one game that I caught a long touchdown pass and also gained over a hundred yards rushing. Then, I’d turn around and play every play on defense. I never came off the field.” In addition to leading the team in scoring and receiving, Johnson led the team in interceptions. He picked off three passes in a game against North Gaston. “I guess that was pretty good back then,” he said. “I always drew the best receiver from the other team.” To this day Johnson may be the only football player in KMHS history to be named team MVP for two years in a row - his junior and senior seasons. He also was named the coach’s award winner in basketball and best defensive player in baseball. The speed that made him so dangerous in football carried over to baseball. He got on base a lot

and put that speed to work to lead the team in stolen bases three years in a row. Johnson called himself “Mr. Hustle” and a defensive specialist in basketball. It took him only two words to describe his favorite high school basketball memories: Butch Blalock. See JOHNSON, 2B

Chris Johnson as an All-American football player at Gardner-Webb University in the 70s.

Lady Mountaineers 0-3 in Cherryville tourney

Tickets on sale for Hall of Fame Tickets for the 25th anniversary Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony are on sale. Tickets are $15 each and are available from all members of the Hall of Fame committee. The ceremony is Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. This year’s inductees include Chris Johnson, Kendrick Bell, Stephen Fisher, and Suzanne Grayson.

Basketball camp slated at KMHS There will be a boys basketball camp for 3rd through 8th grades June 18-22 from 8 a.m.-12 noon at Kings Mountain High School. The cost is $60. For more information and to register visit


TOP RIGHT, Emily Hester went 7-for-11 and slugged a home run to lead the KM Lady Mountaineers in last week's Easter Tournament at Cherryville. ABOVE, Lady Mountaineer Carsyn Bolin is tagged out as she slides into first. photo by MICHAEL POWELL

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. Door prizes and hole sponsorships are still needed. For more information call Larry Hamrick Jr. at Warlick and Hamrick Associates at

Alumni baseball game Saturday at HS The Kings Mountain Alumni baseball game will be played Saturday at 5 p.m. at Lancaster Field. Batting practice begins at 3 p.m. The game features former players from KMHS with odd year graduates facing even year graduates. Concessions will be sold. Tickets are $5 at the gate. The national anthem will be sung by a quartet from the KMHS chorus. The color guard will be from Boy Scouts troop 92. Mayor Rick Murphey will throw out the first pitch. Paul Fulton will play TAPS to remem-

ber our fallen heroes. Some of the players signed up to play include Ray Biddix, Shane Short, Tim Adams, Ben Ingle, Rusty Putnam, Robbie Perkins, Andy Leigh, Tommy Payne, Dale Greene, Kevin Echols, Matt Echols, Matthew Biddix, Eric Peppard, Chris Rider, Weston Taylor, Damon Putnam, Stewart Spires, Rick Marr and Robert Moses. Former KMHS coach Barry Gibson will be the coach. For more information contact Drew Fulton at 704-860-4068 or

704-739-3611. A large portion of the proceeds from the golf tournament will go toward the KMHS athletic facilities project. The Touchdown Club recently started a $1.3 million fund and pledge drive to raise funds for a new field house, press box and concession stands/restrooms at John Gamble Stadium. Many former KMHS athletes will be returning home to participate in the tournament, including former Cleveland Browns running back Kevin Mack. Mack is now employed by the Browns in alumni relations. He will be in a foursome with three of his teammates from the KMHS class of 1980. Mack was recently featured in a story on one of See KM, 2B

Kings Mountain went 0-3 in last week’s Cherryville Softball Tournament. The Lady Mountaineers fell to Cherryville 11-2 in the opening round Tuesday, fell to state-ranked Fred T. Foard 2-1 in the second round Wednesday, and then fell hard to Hibriten 5-4 on Thursday. Freshman third baseman Emily Hester was the only KM player to make the AllTournament team. She went 7-for-11 over the three games. The Lady Mountaineers managed only five hits in the loss to Cherryville. Hester was 2-for-3 with one RBI, Amber Goins also went 2for-3 and Leah Herndon was See LADY, 2B

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Bryan Jones to be inducted into Cleveland County Hall of Fame Former Kings Mountain High and University of North Carolina tennis great Bryan Jones will be inducted into the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame at its annual banquet and ceremony Monday at 6 p.m. at Shelby City Park. Jones, a 1999 inductee into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, began playing tennis at the age of 7 right here in Kings Mountain and eventually played on every level - youth, high school, college and pro. Jones was North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3A champion his junior year at KMHS and was Southwestern Conference Player of the Year, North Carolina 3A Player of the Year, and High School All-American. Jones did not play high school tennis as a senior. Since he had already accom-


plished all he could in high school, he spent his senior year preparing for college by competing in national tournaments. At UNC, he was Region II Rookie of the Year as a freshman and All-ACC as a sophomore. He battled injuries his junior year but won the ACC singles and doubles and was ACC Player of the Year his senior season. He also was a unanimous All-ACC se-

lection, ACC Tournament MVP and won the Southern Collegiates in Athens, GA. He led the Tar Heels to an 8th place finish in the NCAA tournament. After college, Jones competed one season on a pro circuit. Tickets to Monday’s Hall of Fame banquet are $10 each and are available at Shelby City Park and Kings Mountain High School.

KM 1-2 in Shelby Easter Tournament Kings Mountain finished 1-2 in last week’s Shelby Easter Tournament. After losing its opening round game to East Lincoln 6-1 the Mountaineers bombed Gaston Christian 18-1 in five innings and fell to Burns 2-1. The Mountaineers managed only three hits against East Lincoln. Heath King and Mitchell Cloninger had doubles and Dallas Conner added a single. Jonathan Borchert pitched two innings, giving up one hit and one run. Wil Sellers went four innings, scattering eight hits and giving up five runs. Only two of the runs were earned as the Mountaineers committed six errors. The Mountaineers had 15 hits in the win over Gaston Christian with

Cloninger, Conner, Daniel Barrett, Chris Webster and Tyler Gilliam getting two apiece. Cloninger and Conner hit home runs. Sellers, Heath King, Alex Reynolds, Trey Fulbright and William Ruffalo had a hit apiece. Borchert pitched two innings, giving up no hits and striking out four. Alex Grooms pitched the final three, giving up just one hit and fanning seven. Sellers had two hits and King, Webster, Fulbright and Gary Bennett added one each in the loss to Burns. Burns scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Conner went the route on the mound, giving up only three hits and striking out 11.

Rotary golf tourney Friday The Kings Mountain Rotary Club will hold its annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Friday, April 20, at the Kings Mountain Country Club, starting with lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:45 followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The deadline to enter in the four golfer captains choice tournament is 6 p.m. April 19. The entry fee, including lunch, is $240 per team or

$60 per golfer. Team cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and individual prizes for hole-in-one, closest to the pins, longest drive and a putting contest. Door prizes will also be awarded. Proceeds will benefit the KM Rotary Club's educational scholarships. For more information, call Jim Champion at 704-692-2897.

Registration underway for Co-ed Adult Kickball Registration is underway for co-ed adult kickball at the Kings Mountain Family YMCA. The fee is $150 per team with a maximum of 12 persons on a team. Eight players allowed in the field at a time.

Registration is through April 27th. Games will be played on Wednesday nights. Practice games begin on April 30th. The season starts May 2nd and ends June 13th Competitive and

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1-for-3 with one RBI. Reagan Childers and Shea Cogdell split time on the mound. Each had two strikes. Paige Wyont went the distance for Cherryville, striking out six. Mary McSwain led the Iron women with two hits and Caitlin Hay had a two-run double. It took Fred T. Foard nine innings to beat the Lady Mountaineers on Wednesday.

Hester led the hitting with 3-for-4 and drove in KM’s only run. Herndon and Childers added a hit apiece. Chiders went the distance on the mound, scattering six hits and fanning eight. Hester slammed a home run and double in Thursday’s loss to Hibriten. Emily Bell, Molly Short, Goins and Cogdell added a hit apiece.

JOHNSON: three-sports standout at KMHS and G-WU All-American football player to be inducted in the KM Sports Hall of Fame FROM Page 1B

“What a spectacular athlete and a great role model on and off the court,” Johnson said. “He was an icon.” Blalock, who now coaches at Highland Tech in Gastonia, was Kings Mountain’s career scoring leader for several years and still holds the single game scoring mark. He scored from downtown long before the 3-point shot came into play. Johnson was not recruited to play college sports. He says he owes his Gardner-Webb scholarship to Dennis Dukes, a former GWU player who was an assistant coach with the Mountaineers. Dukes took Johnson to a tryout at the Boiling Springs school and he was offered a scholarship on the spot. “Dennis Dukes obviously saw something in me that no one else did,” Johnson said. Dukes is now an assistant coach at NewtonConover High. Johnson’s football career blossomed with the Bulldogs. He was a threeyear all-conference and All-District 26 player, and made the All-American team his senior year. His 25 career interceptions still stand as a GWU record. His fondest game memories there include an interception he returned for a touchdown on homecoming day, two interceptions

in a 76-6 win over LenoirRhyne, and a day against Newberry when he shut down a talented wide receiver who had transferred from Clemson. Johnson taught and coached junior high and high school sports for a number of years with stops at Kings Mountain, Wilkes Central, Bessemer City and Southwest Junior High in Gastonia. His last coaching duty was at East Lincoln in 2000. While Johnson no longer coaches sports teams, his is still a mentor whose work with at-risk youth in Hickory has drawn him state and national recognition. He is the founder and director of the 7-year-old mentor program “Young Men of Integrity” which has won four Awards of Excellence from the State of North Carolina. Prior to the beginning of the current school year, he was chosen to be the director of E.S.T.E.E.M., a pilot program which provides individualized academic, emotional and behavioral support to students in Catawba County Schools. It currently serves 19 students at one location, the Rosenwald Education Center in Catawba, NC, but Johnson expects it to expand to include all Catawba County schools. Johnson still has a vested interest in Kings

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Mountain sports. His son, Xavier, is a freshman wide receiver on the KMHS football team. He started three games on varsity last year and expects to be a full-time starter this fall. Xavier was with his father in Hickory during Easter break preparing for a football combine at Hickory High School. Johnson said he is excited to be selected for his hometown Hall of Fame and is appreciative to one of his ex-high school coaches, Steve Baker, for nominating him. “He supported me when I was going through some very tough times,” Johnson said. “He kept inspiring me and motivating me just like he did when I was playing sports. When he called me to tell me about it, my thought was ‘just when you think God’s through with you He takes you to another level.’ “It’s important to my son. It means a lot to me and him,” he said. “I thank God for allowing me to be a part of that.”

KM: TD club golf tourney set for April 27 FROM Page 1B his recent visits to Kings Mountain, where he visited John Gamble Stadium, Bill Bates Field House and the KMHS weight room. He also talked to students and athletes and had lunch at Loves Fish Box with two of his high school coaches, head coach Dan Brooks and assistant David Brinkley. See the story at by clicking on “Kevin Mack Returns Home,” or visit face and like Kings Mountain Touchdown Club.

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Government 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

Your guide to area events

Kings Mountain Rotary Club - Every Thursday, noon, at the Kings Mountain Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. Southern Arts Society – Meets every first Tuesday of the month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. 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 Kings Mountain Pedestrian Plan meeting – Thursday, April 26, 5 – 7 p.m. at KM City Hall. This is a public meeting exploring ways to improve walkability throughout the community. Come contribute your thoughts and ideas. For more information please contact Blair Israel, Centralina Council of Governments at 704-372-2416 or email at

Hospice Reflections – The grief sharing group meetings are Mondays: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, and June 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building. No cost and open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Please RSVP to 704-487-4677 ext. 166 if you plan to attend. Camp Mostly Smiles – Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building. This is a one-day retreat for children ages 6 – 16 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Participants will have the opportunity to express their grief through writing, crafts, play activities and group discussions. Professionals who are trained in grief and loss will facilitate the retreat. Please RSVP to 704-4874677 ext. 166 if you plan to attend.

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featuring the works of artist Carl Childs, 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Charlotte Shakespeare Festival – May 31Aug. 26, at the Green Uptown, Charlotte, 704-625-1288, . Free admission.

Senior Center Events All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain. Tax Assistance Schedule – 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. Coffee and Conversation with Stuart Watson – Thursday, May 10, noon – 1 p.m. at the Neal Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Dr., Shelby. Watson is an Investigative Reporter for WCNC – TV on Advance Care Planning “Death Didn’t Part Parents for Long”. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and light refreshments will be sponsored by the Sterling House Shelby and Carillon Assisted Living. For more information, please contact Len Byers at 980-487-3855.

Classes All classes are held in the Community Room of the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. All classes are free. All classes start @ 3:30-5PM April: Thursday 19th: Ebay Tuesday 24th: resume May: Thursday 3rd: Internet Tuesday 8th: Computer Thursday 10th: Email Call today to reserve your place. 704-7392371 main desk

Arts Council Events The following are upcoming classes at the Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby. Contact 704-4842787 to register for classes. “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, Annual “Cleveland County Artist Competition” - Exhibit: May 17 – June 14, Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Opening Reception & Gallery Crawl: May 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. A rich and varied showcase of the talent that lies in Cleveland County is seen in this exhibit. Local artists not only have the opportunity to display their work but also compete for awards totaling $2,050 in this prestigious competition. Cleveland County Arts Council, 704-484-2787, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby,

Cleveland County Arts Council Summer Art Camp for kids pre-school to 8th grade: June 18 – 22 - “Art with the Experts”, Ellen McCraw, (Springmore Elementary). The cost is $55. Join us as we explore the different ways famous artists created their works. With a little help from the pros, like Van Gogh and Matisse, we’ll use different types of media – clay, paint, printmaking, and recycled items to make our own “masterpieces.” This is for rising 1st – 8th graders. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. It is limited to 18 students. June 18 – 22 - “Guard the Trees”, Cindy Robbs, (CCAC). The cost is $55.“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” - The Lorax. This week we will learn how to make art out of recycled items. We will make robots, creatures, and other things while we learn to recycle at the same time! Start your collection now of tissue paper rolls, cereal boxes, plastic bottles, etc. to bring with you to camp. This is for rising 1st – 8th graders. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. It is limited to 18 students.

Library Events All events, unless other wise listed will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain. 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. For more information on any of these activities please call the Mauney Memorial Library at 704-739-2371 or check their website

Action at the Y 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 16th Annual Firehouse BBQ Cookoff – April 20 and 21, 5 p.m. on Friday - 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Walking Track will be the location and the source of BBQ aroma for this state championship with over 40 teams expected to participate. $5 Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale – Tuesday, April 24 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 25 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Kings Mountain Hospital’s main lobby. This event is sponsored by the Volunteers of Kings Mountain Hospital.

Ave. Registration is $25 for 5K and $35 for 10K. Kid’s ¾-mile fun run is $10. 5K and 10K courses highlight the newly-opened section of the Gateway Trail. Information and registration at Applications can be picked up at J Oliver’s, the KM YMCA, KM Chamber office, Alliance Bank. Proceeds from the Gateway 5K / 10K race benefit, grow and preserve the Kings Mountain Gateway Trails. All donations are tax deductible. Ignite 2012 - Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. until Sunday, May 6 at Noon at Kings Mountain State Park inside York Group Camp, 1277 Park Road, Blacksburg. Weekend admission - $20 per person. Registration due by April 20. Ignite 2012 is a Christ-centered weekend retreat to help youth and young adults grow closer to God. 704-739-3215. Girls on the Run – Girls on the Run of Cleveland County, a registered 501©3 nonprofit organization, will host their first celebration. The June Bug Jam 5K event is being held on June 2 at the Dover Foundation YMCA. To learn more about exciting sponsor opportunities, contact 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 704-739-1019 or visit us online at 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.

CC Schools Calendar April 21 at 9 a.m.: Elementary Fun Run at Shelby High (Rain date May 5) April 26: Science for a Day – Cleveland County Fairgrounds May 3 at 6:30 p.m.: Senior Scholars Banquet at GWU Porter Arena May 10 at 6:30 p.m.: Bus Drivers’ Banquet at Shelby Middle Cafeteria May 22 at 6:30 p.m.: CECHS Graduation in Petty Amphitheater May 24 at 6 p.m.: Retirees’ Dinner at Aldersgate UM Church June 6 at 7 p.m.: Shelby High Graduation at GWU Porter Arena June 7 at 7 p.m.: Burns High Graduation at GWI Porter Arena June 8 at 7 p.m.: Crest High Graduation at GWU Porter Arena June 8 at 7 p.m.: Kings Mountain Graduation at KM High

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Kellers celebrate 40 years together Donald W. Keller Sr. and Nancy Kesler Keller of Kings Mountain celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary April 14, 2012. Don works with Allen Tate Realtors of Kings Mountain and Nancy works at Wal-Mart of Shelby. They married April 14, 1972. The Kellers have two

children, Cassandra Keller Smith of Albemarle, NC, and Donald Keller, Jr. of Kings Mountain; and four grandchildren, Haley Wilkins, Jacob Wilkins, Colby Wilkins and Deleah Smith. A vacation trip celebrating their anniversary with all the family is scheduled later in the year.

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Gibson and Hollifield to wed Curt and Joy Hollifield announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth, to Chase Roper Gibson, son of Shane and Karen Gibson, all of Kings Mountain, and Chris Champion of Atlanta, Ga. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Boyce and Helen Wells and Gene and Ivey Hollifield all of Kings Mountain, and the late Sandra B. Hollifield. She is a 2008 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and a May 3, 2012 graduate of North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC, and a Youth Ministry major. At North

Greenville University, she was a member of the choral group, "Joyful Sound." The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Betty Roper and the late William Roper Jr., the late Gene and Aileen Gibson, all of Kings Mountain, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Champion of Florida and the late Patricia Platt Champion. He is a 2006 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and is employed by the City of Kings Mountain Gas Department. The wedding will be an event of July 14, 2012 at Kings Mountain.

Sheriff Norman speaks to Grover Woman’s Club Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman gave an overview of the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department at the April meeting of Grover Woman's Club at Grover Town Hall. Norman said the staff of the Sheriff's Department includes 161 full time employees and 39 part time employees. “We've had some successes in solving cold

Life Line screening presentation April 27 The Life Line screening process will be explained by Brenda

Town and Country Garden Club hear about concrete leaf casting The Town and Country Garden Club met April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship building. Sarah Rhea was hostess and served a delicious meal of macaroni salad, chicken salad croissants and strawberry shortcake. Cheryl Butler, club president, called the meeting to order with the 10 members present reading the Club Collect. Susan Gibson presented the program, "Concrete Leaf Cast-

ing." Each member was shown how to make the casting The leaf castings were painted and cam be used for bird feeders, small bird baths, votive candle holders, etc. Connie Bell began the business meeting with a nominating committee report presenting the names of officers for 20122013. The officers are: Cheryl Butler, president; Ann Ward, vice-president;l Glenda Crawford, secretary; and Susan Gibson. treasurer. Brenda Sipe and

Susan Gibson will be presenting the Home and Business Appearance awards for the month of May. Members discussed the Kings Mountain post office beautification project. A birdhouse and flowers have been added o the flower bed area and plants were added to the urns at the door. A tree will be planted by the Arbor Day committee. Brenda Sipe will be hostess for the May meeting and members plan a plant exchange.

KM’s Barnes serves in Raleigh as Governor Page RALEIGH – De’Anna Barnes of Kings Mountain participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. Barnes spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page for the Department of Cultural Resources for the week of April 9-April 13. “By participating in the page program, high school students from all parts of North Carolina have the opportunity to see first-hand how our government and government agencies work,” Gov. Bev Perdue said. “These students represent North Carolina’s future, and it is important for them to understand how our state functions.” The Governor’s Page Program provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the roles and functions of state government. During the week, pages have a chance to attend press conferences, meet with the governor and assist in day-to-day office operations. Some of their responsibilities include filing documents, assisting in mass mailings, answering telephones and delivering agency messages. Pages also tour several

state government buildings, such as the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Executive Mansion, Supreme Court, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of History and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women. De’Anna is the daughter of Stephen and Natalie Pinner and is a sophomore at Kings Mountain High. The one-week program is open to high school students between the ages of 15 and

cases,” he told the group. He also encouraged participation in Operation Medicine Drop, a safe way to dispose of old medication and hazardous household waste. He announced that a medicine drop will be held at Kings Mountain High School June 16 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and can also be taken to the Sheriff's department.

18, who are in good academic standing at their schools. Application forms are available year-round, but appointments are made on a first-come-first-serve basis. For an application or additional information, contact the coordinator of the Governor’s Page Program toll free at 1-800-820-4483, or visit the program online at ovpage.htm.

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Strawberries... The peak season is mid-June through early July. Strawberries are often enjoyed as dessert, but there's no reason why these luscious, juicy mouthfuls can't be featured elsewhere, such as at breakfast or in salads. Choose glossy, firm berries with 75-100 percent red color and bright green caps attached. Avoid the appearance of moisture, dirt or decay. Sort the berries at home, removing any softened ones. Do not remove caps or wash berries until you are ready to use them. Place the berries loosely in shallow containers so air can circulate. Refrigerated berries should stay fresh about two days. Strawberries with 75 percent red color will ripen in one day at room temperature. Strawberries to be frozen should be firm and bright red in color. Off flavors will develop from fruit that is overripe or bruised.

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Town and County Garden Club ‘Planting for Bees’ at March gives April Appearance awards Magnolia meeting Beekeeper Steve Gibson presented the program "Planting for Bees" at the March 27 meeting of the Magnolia Garden Club at the home of Jaquitha Reid. On arrival of the 10 members Mrs. Reid served delicious refreshments. Vivian Duncan introduced Gibson, who has been a bee keeper eight years. He talked about pollination and plants you can add to your garden to attract bees. Diana Hollifield, vice-presi-


ScissorSmith & Co. Salon won the Town and Country Garden Club April Appearance Award. Arlene McMurtry, owner and stylist, is pictured in front of the business at 125 W. Mountain Street.

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Allen and Betty Myers won the club's Appearance award in April for their residence at 200 N. Park Drive.


dent, presided in the absence of Teresa Ruppe. President Hollifield announced that the club provided cake, ice cream and plants for the Life Enrichment Center's annual birthday party which coincidentally occurred the afternoon of March 27. Molly Savage and Esther Plonk presented floral arrangements, "March Into Spring", which received positive critiques from members. Specimens from their gardens were shared by members.




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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 704-739-4417 or (evening) 704739-1425. (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. (4/18) 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) 2 Bedroom, one bath duplex apartment on Sunset Road in Cherryville for rent. $350/month, $350 deposit. Call: 704-747-3111. (4/18 & 25) SMALL KM HOUSE FOR RENT. 1 BR & 1 BA on Duke St. $320/mth + $320 Deposit. Call: 828-446-4985. (tfn) 2 BR, 11/2 BA House for rent. Wa s h e r / D r y e r, Dishwasher, 1200 sq.ft., hardwood floors, large patio, 4 car garage, Quiet ¾ acre. In City of Kings Mountain. $700/mth. (Flexible) $350 security deposit. Call: 503459-1239. (4/18) NICE 2 BR APT. for RENT. Central Heat & Air, Dishwasher included. $100/wk. Call: 704-751-7694 to see. (4/18) Land for Sale FOR SALE BY OWNER: Beautiful one acre wooded lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac at 217 Cameron Drive, Kings

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CITY HALL CASE NO. CUR-13-12 Kiser Enterprises, Ltd is requesting to rezone a portion of the property located approximately at the 800 block of E. King Street from General Business (GB) to Conditional Use R-6 (CUR-6)). The proposal includes fifty-six (56) apartment units in accordance with a site plan. The property may also be identified as Tax Map KM 29, Block 2, Lot 7U or Cleveland County PIN 8879. A list of condi-

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The Kings Mountain Herald |

April 18, 2012



2012 Sentra SR


AN Altima 2.5 NISS



Vin#N711607 Model#12212


r for details.

See deale

Per Month Lease

MSRP: $21,510 ,510


139 MSRP: $19,550

39 Months 12,000 miles/yr lease at $159mnt $2999 down OR trade equity plus $595 Acq Fee, tax, title, license, dealer doc, 1st payment, must qualify for College Grad Rebate, Nissan Customer Cash and NMAC Captive Cash. OAC

Per Month Lease

Startingg at

39 Months 12,000 miles/yr. lease at $139mnt $2799 down OR trade equity plus $595 Acq Fee, tax, title, license, dealer doc, 1st payment, must qualify for College Grad Rebate, Nissan Customer Cash and NMAC Captive Cash. OAC


Offer Expires 4-30-12 O


Price includes 10% down or trade equity and excludes tax, title, license, and dealer doc fee. Must qualify for College Grad Rebate, Nissan Customer Cash and NMAC Captive Cash. OAC Offer Expires 4-30-12



Vin#N509513 Model#13012

15 , 999


2012 Versa

2012 Rogue S AWD

Vin#N891929 Model#11112

Vin#N289072 Model#22112

Starting at


10 ,960


Offer Expires 4-30-12

MSRP: $11,960

Price includes 10% down or trade equity and excludes tax, title, license, and dealer doc fee.



Home of The


P Month Per Lease L Offer Expires 4-30-12 O 39 Months 12,000 miles/yr lease at $229mnt $2999 down OR trade equity plus $595 Acq Fee, tax, title, license, dealer doc, 1st payment, must qualify for College Grad Rebate, Nissan Customer Cash and NMAC Captive Cash. OAC

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