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Smith tells of ‘Justice for the Kings’ ... 3A

Marshall to be inducted into Hall of Fame 1B

‘A day of hope for Kings Mountain,’ featuring free family fun, will be held at the Kings Mountain Walking Track Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free hotdogs, free prize drawings, and free health screenings will be available. Special entertainment will be by “Overthrown,� an interpretive dance group, music, and much more for children and older youth. The public is invited.

Prayer Breakfast The annual Kings Mountain Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, May 2, at 8 a.m. at Family Worship Center Youth Center, 1818 Shelby Road. Tickets are on sale for $15. For more information or tickets call or visit City Hall, 704-739-4520. Rev. Roger R. Woodard, Senior Pastor invites the public to what has been held for years as the Mayor’s Community-wide Prayer Breakfast.

Day of Prayer The annual National Day of Prayer service in Kings Mountain will be held Thursday, May 2, at 12 noon in front of Kings Mountain City Hall. The service is sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association. The service will feature special music and prayers. The public is invited.

Jack Zyble, a junior at KMHS, “crashed� in the Fiat 500 simulated texting while driving test. Photos by ELLIS NOELL

Eyes on the road Students learn firsthand, the dangers of texting and driving

Madison (not her real name) is a 17year-old student at Kings Mountain High School. “I am alive today because I didn’t text and drive,’’ she said Wednesday as hundreds of KMHS students signed pledges not to text at the wheel.

Lavoy Spooner, AT&T NC External Director, Mayor Rick Murphrey, Ellis Noell, the city’s PR and Special Events Coordinator, KMPD’s Cpl. K. L. Putnam. KMHS Principal Ronny Funderburke and crowds of students looked on as students got in the driver’s seat of a white Fiat 500 and simulated driving and texting. Most of them “crashed.� Mayor See W82TXT, 7A

Grand Champions... again! Cherryville team takes home the prize The Grand Champion for the second year in a row at the 17th annual Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off was Two Old Men and a Grill of Cherryville which took home $7,000 in cash prizes and a coveted pin hailing the husband-wife team as a new member of the nationally-acclaimed 700 club. Kings Mountain Fire Chief Frank Burns said a score of 704.87 by Bobby and Belinda Roberts put the family over the top and now among 12 teams in the nation will compete in national competition in the Kansas City BBQ Society. A consistent winner at other cook-offs in the state, Two Old Men and a Grill took first place in BBQ ribs, brisket, and chicken at the Kings Mountain event which attracted 55 teams to Kings Mountain Walking Track Friday night and Saturday. Next year the Cherryville couple plan to make the event a three-repeater at Kings Mountain. They travel all over the country but they plan to be back in Kings Mountain next April. “We love what we are doing and we like to see people enjoy our barbecue,’’ says Roberts who doesn’t give out his recipe for the


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The Kings Mountain Fire Department and Kings Mountain Relay for Life teams will sponsor the Parade of Tables and a big auction Friday at 6 p.m. at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life & Conference C enter. Twenty-four teams are participating in the event and all team members have tickets. Relay Co-Chair Frank Burns said tickets are also available at the Kings Mountain Fire Department. Zolten Thornburg will serve as auctioneer. A large number of prizes await the top bidders. “This is a fund-raising event to help cancer patients and for research into the disease which affects so many of our friends and neighbors,’’ said Burns. Goal of the 2013 campaign is $100,000. Relay will be May 3 from 6-12 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Walking Track.


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Stephanie Bouland, UNC-TV Producer, Camiel Bradshaw, President of the Southern Arts Society, and Bernice Chappell, chairperson for the National Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit underway at the Art Center at the Depot, are pictured at the Depot as a videographer prepares to shoot footage of the exhibit for NC Weekend on the UNC-TV network. Photo by ELLIS NOELL

Kings Mountain will be featured in an upcoming segment of North Carolina Weekend on the UNC-TV network on Thursday, April 25, at 9 p.m. and Friday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m. showing the National Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit at the old Southern Railway Station depot in Kings Mountain. The exhibit is hosted by the Southern Arts Society through May 18 at the Art Center at the Depot, free and open to the public during gallery hours.

The TV segment will feature artwork and interviews with Mayor Rick Murphrey, SAS President Camiel Bradshaw and Johnsie Reavis. NC Weekend producer is Stephanie Bouland and Scott Rayfield is the videographer. “We are so very pleased that NC Weekend visited our town and will share one of many great things about Kings Mountain with the rest of North Carolina,� said Ellis Noell, Director of Public Relations and Special Events for City of Kings Mountain.

Cleveland County Schools Board adopts 2013-14 budget Cleveland County school employees will see a little more money in their pockets if the 2013-2014 budget is approved by county commissioners. The school board adopted the $152,544.88 budget – which includes funds from all sources – Monday night. Director of Financial Operations Dr. David Lee said that if the General Assembly passes the Governor’s education budget the increase in salaries could run from the anticipated 1% to 3% across-the-board for school system employees. Currently, the budget to be presented to county commissioners will carry a 1% across the boards raise. The supplemental tax okayed by commissioners last year was $10,408,213. The new budget proposes $10,900,000. See BUDGET, 3A

Possible changes to lunch schedule on the table for KMHS

Belinda and Bobby Roberts pose with the first place trophies and the Grand Champion award at Saturday’s Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off which attracted crowds to Kings Mountain Walking Track. The Kings Mountain Fire Department hosted the 17th annual event. Photo by ELLIS NOELL prize-winning and delicious meat. Sometimes he spices up the entrĂŠe when he visits

various locations where barbecue fans don’t like the See CHAMPIONS, 6A

Kings Mountain High School is considering a change in the lunch schedule for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The program is called “Smart lunch.� “We are looking for ways to better serve our students and help make sure they are prepared for their future,’’ said KMHS Principal Ronny Funderburke. He added, “After visiting several high school locations and talking with representatives of others that are doing a similar program, we have been able to begin creating a model to go by.’’ Funderburke said the plan envisions a 55 minute lunch time for all students which will be divided into two 25 minute sections. During these two sections students will have the flexibility to choose when they will go eat and when they will attend another function. Tutoring, remediation, test

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â– POLICE ARRESTS APRIL 8: Michael Shane Falls, 39, Gastonia, breaking and entering, assault, assault on female, $5,000 bond, secured. APRIL 8: James Allen Rippy, 37, 146 Park Grace Rd., assault with deadly weapon, criminal summons. APRIL 8: Melissa Dawn Picklesimer, 39, Bessemer City, breaking and entering, assault, $5,000 bond, secured. APRIL 10: Alexis Noel Carringer, 22, 159 Crown Ct, fugitive, felony, no bond. APRIL 12: Daryl Craig

Watson Jr., 20, 813 Third St., breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, all felonies, $25,000 bond, secured. APRIL 12: Devin Terrell Johnson, 22, 2031 Redwood Circle, possession marijuana, $500 bond, secured. APRIL 12: Ernest Lee Spence, 43, 705 Harmon Rd., assault on female. APRIL 13: Ronnie Fountain, 41, Bessemer City, obtaining property by false pretense, felony, larceny, $1500 bond, secured. APRIL 14: Jason Dean Moore, 31, Gastonia, DWI,

speeding, careless and reckless driving, $2500 bond, unsecured. APRIL 14: Darius Lipscumb, 24, Gaston County, possession drug paraphernalia, $355 bond, secured. APRIL 14: Shane Anthony Overcash, 32, Clover, SC, DWI, speeding, careless and reckless driving, $2500 bond, unsecured. APRIL 16: Chad Terrell Young, 28, 209 N.Dilling St., communicating threats, resist, delay, obstruct and assault on government official, $2500 bond, secured. APRIL 18: David Scott Morrow, 34, 205 N. Pied-

mont Ave., simple possession marijuana, possession drug paraphernalia, $500 bond, secured. APRIL 18: Quantavious Marqui Edwards, 24, Gastonia, failure to appear, order for arrest, $4,000 bond, secured. APRIL 18: David Scott Noblett, 28, 824 Second St., 50C order, $500 bond, secured. APRIL 19: Brian Lashan McClain, 27, 521 Harmon Court, probation violation, felony, driving while license revoked and hit and run, $80,000 bond, secured. APRIL 20: Sherita

Margaret Plonk Isley A kind and generous friend

Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Margaret was very active at Front Street Methodist Church in Burlington. She was a teacher, circle leader, and was president of the United Methodist Women. She was made an Honorary Life Member of the Board of Stewards at Front Street Church. Margaret shared her special brand of friendship through her energy, devotion, generosity, enthusiasm, and kindness. She showed those around her how to face personal challenges with grace and dignity. Margaret always focused her attention on other peoples’ needs. She took an active interest in the lives of her family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. The memorial service was held April 17 at Front Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Marshall R. Old officiating. Following the service, family and friends gathered at the Heritage Center at the church. Memorials may be made to Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 South Fisher Street, Burlington, NC, 27215.

■OBITUARIES Jacqueline “Jackie� Golden Cooper Enjoyed gardening KINGS MOUNTAIN — Jacqueline “Jackie� Golden Cooper, 88, of 801 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, passed away April 20, 2013. She was born in Knox Co., KY, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Michael Golden and was also preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Terry Wyrick who owned and operated a leading jewelry and gift store for many years in Corbin, KY. Her husband of 25 years, Dr. Edgar Mauney Cooper, Pastor-Emeritus, was the pastor of New Hanover Lutheran Church Gilbertsville, PA for 47 years. She was also preceded in death by brother, A.T. Epperson and sisters Flora G. Lucas, Grace G. Voorhees and Ruby Hollifield George. Jackie was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, many Garden and Women Clubs and was a graduate of Barborville High Nancy Duncan Loving mother and grandmother GAFFNEY, SC - Nancy Louise Stroud (Bishop) Duncan, 76, of 102 Downey Hawthorne Circle, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Kings Mountain, NC, she was the widow of the late Bobby Dean Duncan, Sr. and was the daughter of the late Frank Stroud and Rosie Peterson Bishop. Mrs. Duncan retired from Hoechst Celanese after 35 years of service and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons, Bobby Dean Duncan, Jr. and wife, Jimmie, and Darrell Scott Duncan and wife, Cynthia, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Rhonda Louise Duncan Gilfillan and husband, Ron-

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School and Union College. Survivors include: nephews, J.G. Hollifield and wife Barbara, Corbin, KY, Michael Voorhees, Lawrenceville, GA, John Lucas and wife Sammie, Gibsonville, NC; a faithful caregiver: Flossie Johnson; four special lifetime friends, Cathy Prewitt, Jan Bolding, Ruth Dillon, and Verneda Sturgill. A funeral service was held at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Kings Mountain, Monday, April 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Hobby Outten officiating. Visitation was held from 12 – 2 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013 prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. A guest register is available at www.harris Harris Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC is in charge of the arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home nie, of Myrtle Beach, SC; a half-brother, Marvin Bishop of Shelby; six grandchildren, Christie Gilfillan, Blake Gilfillan and wife, Jessica, Heather Duncan, Casey Duncan, Payton Duncan and Bailey Duncan; four greatgrandchildren, Sylas Gilfillan, Scout Gilfillan, Sage Gilfillan and Lanie Wisher. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Effie Mae and Joe Peterson. Special thanks to all of Nancy’s friends at Bronco’s Restaurant. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Blakely Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Frederick Memorial Gardens with Mr. Ashby Blakely officiating. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The family will be at the residence, 102 Downey Hawthorne Circle, Gaffney. An online guest register is available at Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC is in charge of the arrangements.

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BURLINGTON - Margaret Plonk Isley, 99, passed away April 14, 2013. She was born September 17, 1913, in Kings Mountain, NC, daughter of the late Clarence Sloan Plonk and Ellen Patterson Plonk. Her husband, S. Carlysle Isley and their daughter, Kay Ellen Isley Lewis of Farmville, NC, preceded her in death, along with six brothers and one sister. Margaret is survived by two sons, Scott Isley and wife Marsha of Thomasville, NC, and Dr. Joseph Isley and wife Rev. Pamela Isley of Asheboro, NC, and a son-inlaw, Judge Jack Lewis of Farmville, NC. She is also survived by one brother, Dr. George Plonk and wife, Esther of Kings Mountain, NC, a sister, Clara Politis, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, six grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNC-G) with an AB degree in education. Her senior year, she was elected President of the Student Body. She also served as a member of the

Diane Hempel Shipper Loved to paint NEW BERN - Diane Hempel Shipper, “Mama Dee,� passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Carolina East Medical Center. Diane was born in Mineola, NY September 19, 1941 to the late Karl and Florence McCarthy Hempel. In her pastime, Mama Dee loved to paint and spend time on the beach. She was a retired LPN from Kings Mountain Hospital. She is survived by her husband, David Shipper, of the home; sons, Wayde Ledbetter, and his wife Teri, of Kings Mountain, and Dale Ledbetter, and his wife, Carolyn Bumgardner BESSEMER CITY - Carolyn Brown Bumgardner, 74, passed away April 19, 2013 at Brian Health Care Center in Gastonia. The funeral service was at First Baptist Church, Bessemer City, NC Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tom Ravan offici-

Myra, of Monroe; sisters, Joyceann Robertson of Milford, PA, and Karleen Conine of Wildwood, NJ; grandchildren, Tosha Stroup, Kaylin Ledbetter, Ashley Ledbetter and Devin Ledbetter; and great-grandchildren, Baylee and Gabe. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. The family received friends at the funeral home following the service. The family is being served by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory, New Bern, NC.

Cotten Funeral Home ating. Visitation was held 6:308:30 p.m. Monday evening, April 22, 2013 at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain and at other times at the home of the daughter, Denise Holland, 804 Forestbrook Dr., Gastonia, NC. Interment was at Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery, Bessemer City, NC.

Gustalia Bell, 28, 117 Morris St., driving while license revoked, failure to appear, $265, secured. APRIL 21: Tony Christopher Barnett, 23, 6228 Adele St., failure to comply, $305 bond, secured. APRIL 22: Daniel Natavian Childers, 20, 104 Apt. C, Guyton Loop, breaking and entering, felony; larceny after breaking and entering, felony, and possession of stolen property, felony, $20,000 bond, secured. CITATIONS APRIL 19: Brian Lashion McClain, 28, 521 Harmon Court, possession stolen property, revoked license APRIL 19: Laura Crawford, 44, Bessemer City, running red light APRIL 20. A 16-year-old male was cited for possession of marijuana. APRIL 8: Joshua Luley, 22, 915 Carolina Cir. expired tag. APRIL 9: Audrey Jane Leach, 42, 207 Fulton St., stop sign violation APRIL 9: Jeremy Blackwood, 24, York, SC, speeding. APRIL 9: Diana Dilaconi, Boca Raton, Fla., red light violation. APRIL 10: Vivian Hicks, 37, Rock Hill, SC, speeding. APRIL 10: Frances Dougan, 67, Clover, SC, speeding. APRIL10: Jessica Bell, 25, Bessemer City, throwing litter on private property. APRIL 10: Heather Yow, 25, 624 E. Gold St., failure to carry driver’s license, open alcohol container in passenger area of vehicle. APRIL 10: Billy Joe Larck, 55, 4032 Chestnut Ridge Dr, passing another vehicle in same direction on railroad crossing at 216 N. Battleground Ave. APRIL 10: Reginald Gamble, 41, Grover, speeding. APRIL 10: Matthew Johnson, 19, Shelby, speeding, no seat belt. APRIL 10: Cody Webb, 20, East Ridge St., revoked license. APRIL 10: April Condrey Green, 39, Grover, speeding. APRIL 11: Austin Blackwell, 23, 921 Oak Grove Road Trlr 5, no seat belt, stop sign violation. APRIL 11: Thomas Wyte, 45, 403 Wintergreen Ct., stop sign violation. APRIL 11: Zheng Hua Zheng, 41, 212 Kaitlyn Lane, stop sign violation. APRIL 12: Ginger Hammett, 37, 1728 Kings Row Dr. Apt. 101, speeding. APRIL 12: Natalie Regina Spence, 32, 110 Benfield Rd., resist, delay, and obstruct public officer. APRIL 13: A 16-year-old male was cited for speeding. APRIL 13: Charlene Byrd, 43, Shelby, speeding, expired tag. Baby Caleb Joe Walker GROVER – Baby Caleb Joe Walker, of 209 Hardin Circle, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was born Jan. 28, 2013 to his parents April Wilson of Grover and Casey Walker of Dallas.

APRIL 13: Bird Caliskan, 40, 612 Charles St., Apt.67, expired tag. APRIL 13: Jeremy Oliver, 34, 1142 York Rd., no license for operating motorcycle. APRIL 13: Kimberly Thornburg, 28, 202 S. Juniper St., no license for operating motorcycle. APRIL 13: Shasta Hicks, 53, Lenoir, revoked license plate. APRIL 13: Dora Rodriquez, 27, York, SC, speeding. APRIL 14: Theodore Wilson III, 22, Gastonia, revoked driver’s license. APRIL 14: Elizabeth Bradley, 30, Dallas, speeding. APRIL 15: Joshua Corbert, 25, Gastonia, red light violation. APRIL 15: Joseph Todd Huntsinger Jr., 24, 612 Charles St. Apt. 66, no child seat belt. APRIL 16: Jonathan Marc Reid, 22, Gastonia, failure to decrease speed. INCIDENTS APRIL 9: City of Kings Mountain, 101 W. Gold St., reported theft of a house meter. APRIL 11: A resident of Guyton Loop reported theft of an Xbox and Compaq Presario valued at $1100. APRIL 11: Ingles 147, 2111 Shelby Rd., reported theft of a hanging basket of flowers. APRIL 11: A resident of Shelby Rd. reported theft of cash from a safe at his home. APRIL 11: H&D Storage, 300 E.Gold St., reported theft of assorted items from a storage building. APRIL 12: A resident of York Road reported theft of a motorcycle helmet with Joker graphics and mirror shield. APRIL 12: A resident of Grover reported the rear window of his 1988 Honda was broken out. APRIL 13: A resident of Cansler St. reported damage to the right rear door of her 2011 Toyota. APRIL 16: A resident of Cleveland Ave. reported that his tires were slashed. APRIL 16: Department of Transportation, Shelby, reported theft of a $750 Stihl pipe saw from the back of a truck on Cleveland Ave. APRIL 16: A resident of Portland, Oregon reported theft of a washer and dryer from a residence on E. Ridge St. APRIL 17: Clark Tire, 407 S. Battleground Ave., reported theft of nine metal sign letters. APRIL 18: Wendy’s, York Rd., reported $900 damage to a grease tank. APRIL 20: A resident of Beech Lane reported damage to his camper shell during a break-in of his vehicle. See POLICE, 7A Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Hardin officiating. The family received friends following the burial and other times at the home. Interment was at Grover City Cemetery.

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Survivors honored at Relay dinner Murder and justice: Cancer survivors turned up the heat on cancer Monday night at the Survivor’s dinner of Kings Mountain Relay for Life as more than 100 people enjoyed dinner at Love’s Fish Box. KM Fire Chief Frank Burns, Relay co-chair, said it was the largest crowd to attend in several years. “We appreciate Love’s Fish Box hosting this event,’’ he said. Tammy and James Ross were guest speakers. Mrs. Ross was diagnosed recently with cancer after the birth of their baby boy, Canaan. Daughters of Chief Burns and Mrs. Burns had charge of the program and arrangements for the event. They were Lynn Slycord, Susan Sipes and Amy Hawkins. Junior firemen assisted in serving iced tea and dessert.

Kings had it all on St. Maarten, but theft and violence came calling

Nicole Donaldson and her 16-months-old daughter, Olivia, have dinner with Anthony Ramseur, three year cancer survivor, and at right of the dining table Lula Johnson, 24-year survivor, and her husband, James Johnson, far right. The family was among those attending the Relay for Life Survivor’s dinner Monday night. Photo by LIB STEWART

No measles in Cleveland County County health officials say there are no confirmed cases of measles in Cleveland County. DeShay D. Oliver, Coordinator of Health Services for the Cleveland County Health Department, said that seven cases have been identified in residents of Stokes and Orange counties, and health officials are currently investigating exposures in Polk and Guilford counties. Oliver said that measles is very uncommon in North Carolina, so many people are unaware of the symptoms. She said measles spread quickly particularly in children and adults who aren’t vaccinated. Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and

the vaccine is readily available at the Cleveland County Health Department in Shelby. No appointment is necessary. Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. It also can be transmitted through contact with secretions from the nose or mouth of an infected person. Initial symptoms may include fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and cough. After a few days, a rash appears on the head and spreads over the entire body. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children. The disease poses serious risks for pregnant women, including miscarriage and premature birth.

Senior Health Expo set for May 1 The annual Senior Health Expo will be held at the Patrick Center, 909 E. King St., Wednesday, May 1, from 9 a.m.-noon. Blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, bone density screenings, and hearing and balance screenings will be available and drawings for door prizes by dozens of vendors who will be demonstrating services as

well as food. Several classes will be conducted during the morning including a legal aid presentation at 10 a.m., a presentation by the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 10:30 a.m., understanding dementia at 11 a.m. and assisted living, how do I pay for it? At 11:30 a.m.

74-Bypass study to be conducted Cleveland County Commissioners Tuesday agreed to support their Rutherford and Polk County neighbors in petitioning by resolutions the N.C. Department of Transportation to conduct a study of possibly widening the shoulders of the longawaited US 74By-pass of Shelby all the way from I-26 to I-85. Local commissioners were hesitant, according to Vice-chairman Jason Falls fearing the time line would be changed on construction of the new highway which is currently scheduled for completion in the year 2030. County Manager Eddie Bailes said at the recent meeting that Highway Division engineers have confirmed that the resolutions won’t have any effect on the funding.

BUDGET: adopted by CC School Board 2013-14 Budget at a Glance

From page 1A No cuts in the teaching staff are proposed in the current budget. However, N. C. Governor Pat McCrory is proposing cutting state funds for teacher assistants and if his proposal passes in the General Assembly the local school board could make adjustments, Lee told the board. The proposed budget increase of $3,083,675 is proposed to include $ 1,172,565 for salary increases including benefits, $254,908 for expected utility increases, and $1,656,202 for expansion including teaching positions, two Physics and a Response to Intervention position, $158,468; additional clerical help 20 hours per week ,$ 11,303; three assistant principals $165,489; 3 coordinators for curriculum and technology, $196,568; a media

specialist split between North Shelby and Turning Point Academy, $52,116; social workers, one and one-half position, $88,996; and replace ARRA funds which expired Sept. 30, 2012, $983,202. No major funds are budgeted for capital improvements. A fund balance of $6.3 million is included in the budget. Now instead of worrying about the’ fiscal cliff ‘our attention is focused on sequestration - mandated automatic across the board federal cuts,’’ Supt. Dr. Bruce Boyles said in his budget message. He noted that the automatic budget reductions of $ 41.2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years will be approximately $100.1 billion dollars. Boyles said the projected federal reduction for education is 8.2%. All federal education funding is subject to the automatic re-

ductions but they will be most apparent in programs like Title I and Title and VI-B. These programs receive more than $8 million dollars for Cleveland County schools, so an across the board reduction will exceed $ 600,000 per year, said Boyles. Total funding in all other federal

funds at risk are approximately $2 million. Federal funding for state and local governments will also be impacted, so these reductions will likely be passed through the local governments such as Boards of commission and education, said Boyles.

Michael and Thelma King were found stabbed to death in their condo in St. Maartens in September 2012 (Photo source:Facebook)

(Ed. Note – Michael King is the son of Jerry K i n g a n d stepson Glenn Smith of Jane King of Kings Mountain. The Herald reprints the story by Glenn Smith of The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, with permission of The Post and Courier.) CUPECOY, ST. MAARTEN — The scream echoed through the gated community, sending an icy chill through Topper Daboul’s gut as he stood helpless outside his close friend’s beachfront home. But for more than a day now, King and his wife Thelma had been off the grid completely. They didn’t answer their phones, didn’t return emails. Daboul, a Boston native who owns a pair of island restaurants, initially resisted his wife’s prodding to pay a visit to the Kings’ villa in this seaside enclave. He knew Mike had friends visiting from Charleston. Maybe they were just out having fun. But as the hours passed with no word, that scenario seemed less and less likely. A shipping container full of equipment for the factory was due to arrive on the island that day. King had packed the shipment himself before leaving his Mount Pleasant home to visit the island. He’d been so jazzed about getting the plant up and running. It didn’t seem likely he’d blow off the delivery, no matter who was in town. Daboul rapped on the door of the Kings’ tan, threestory villa again and again, eyeing his friend’s car parked in the driveway. No answer. He needed to get a look inside. But at age 74, the scrappy former boxer had doubts about his ability to scale the back balcony, where a set of sliding glass doors offered a clear view of the downstairs area. Daboul called out to a nearby landscaper and had the limber young man scamper up a wall beside a leafy banana tree to peer inside. That’s when the scream sounded, reverberating off the compound’s cement walls. “What is it?” Daboul

called out, an eerie feeling settling in. “A man with white hair is on the floor,” the shaken worker replied. There was blood, the worker added. So much blood. A grisly scene As sun-dappled vacationers snorkeled, sipped rum and sunbathed under a crisp blue sky on Sept. 21, police raced to the Kings’ villa in the Ocean Club Resort, located near the dividing line between the Dutch and French sides of the island. Prosecutors Dounia Benammar and Georges van den Eshof got the call as well. Under the Dutch justice system, prosecutors oversee crime scene investigations and the collection of evidence. That way, they know each crime firsthand, See KINGS, 8B About this story This story was compiled from courtroom testimony, official accounts and dozens of interviews. The story references statements the main suspect, Meyshane Johnson, provided to police and confirmed on four occasions afterward. Johnson now claims to have no recollection of the killings. Daboul and his wife had been in daily contact with Mike King in the months since the two men made plans to open a rum factory on the island. The Kings Ages: Michael, 53; Thelma, 57 Residences: Toler’s Cove in Mount Pleasant and a second home on St. Maarten Background: Michael was an entrepreneur who had worked in insurance and had co-owned a label printing company in Blythewood. He was a partner in a St. Maarten rum factory at the time of his death. Thelma was a retired banking official. The Columbia natives had been married since April 1990. Michael King is the son of Jerry King and stepson of Jane King of Kings Mountain. St. Maarten facts History: Claimed for Spain by Christopher Columbus in 1493. In 1648, the island was divided between Holland and France. Population: 41,000 on the Dutch side Size: Dutch side is 16 square miles Location: Northern end of Lesser Antilles, about 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.

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It’s never too early to start thinking about summer plans for young people. A popular question is what are my children going to do? I need a safe place for them. I want them to be active and not sitting around watching television or playing video games. The answer is YMCA Day Camp at your local Kings Mountain Family YMCA! Day Camp at the YMCA is all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too. Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership. YMCA counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper. One suggestion is Camp Jumpstart - ages: K—5th grades. Campers are grouped into age-appropriate huddles with one counselor for every 12 campers. DAYS/HOURS: Monday—Friday, 7:30 am—6:00pm (swimming every day) REGISTRATION FEE: $35 (one-time, non-refundable) Weekly Fee: $85 Members $120 Non-Members For more information on any of our exciting Y camps, call the Kings Mountain Family YMCA at 704739-9631, or email or check us out on the web at

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Moore news from Raleigh First off, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston who have been devastated by the recent acts of terror. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims of the bombings. North CarTim Moore olina and the United States of NC House of America stand behind Boston in Representatives their path to remembrance and recovery now and in the future. I have no doubt that justice will be served. The North Carolina General Assembly was very busy last week as the filing deadline for most bills was Wednesday. Thus, many bills were introduced and referred to committees. These bills will move through the committee process, and if favored, will move to the Senate Chamber by Thursday, May 16th. The House passed legislation this past week targeted at jumpstarting the North Carolina economy. House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes is the sponsor of House Bill 449, which allows for North Carolina furniture companies to bid on state government furniture contracts. The legislation also gives preference to furniture businesses that reside in North Carolina and pay taxes here, in an effort to stimulate local business. Current law requires for these NC companies to sell their products, although usually made in North Carolina, to the federal government, but not to the state government. By increasing these companies’ access to state agencies that want to purchase their furniture, business can further thrive in a less restrictive market. House Bill 248, or the Taxpayer Debt Information Act, was also passed last week. This measure requires that the estimated true cost of bonds be listed on local ballots to ensure that voters understand the financial impact. The so-called fiscal note on the ballot will include a statement of the estimated amount of interest that will be paid over the expected term of the bonds, along with the principal of the bond. Taxpayers have the right to be fully informed and educated on the impact on the community that a bond request might incur. Also, the NC House of Representatives continued our work to improve the education system of our state. House Bill 719, also known as the Education Improvement Act of 213, is a bipartisan measure introduced by Representatives Bryan Holloway, Hugh Blackwell, Rick Glazier, and Larry Hall. This legislation replaces the current system of teacher tenure with a probationary system. This ensures that once a teacher attains tenure they continue to teach at a high level within the classroom and do not take advantage of the current tenure system, in which tenure is very tough to revoke. With HB 719, if a teacher has two years of consistent bad reviews, they will be placed on probation, where they may have their tenure status revoked. The bill also creates a study commission of teachers, parents, administrators, and policy makers that would review the entire education system, including employment issues, like merit pay, student success as it relates to new teaching methods, and deliver a proposal back to the General Assembly. Last but not least, the bill outlines a system for the creation of annual “report cards,� or an evaluation for each system for continued improvement. Our children’s education will remain a priority for the leg-


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Fear it self It was, of course, President Franklin D. Roosevelt that said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.� That was a reassuring statement for millions of Americans although it Beauford Burton wasn’t completely true. Sometimes Guest Editorial though, anticipation of bad events can be worse than the actual events, especially for the majority of people. In the 1950s as a pre-teen I remember being afraid of attacks from the Soviet Union because of the threats. In the early 60’s I remember being given a pistol to guard the ammo dump at the Naval Air Station in Naples, Italy during the standoff with Russia over long range missiles being shipped to Cuba as the U. S. prepared for possible attacks on all fronts. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. There have been many other events at home and abroad that must be frightening to our children. The latest examples were the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. At least 3 people were killed and many others in critical condition and at least 175 people injured. These kinds of tragedies are always terrible for those injured and the families for those killed. There is no making sense of the violence inflicted by another human being or group of them. Our citizens and especially our children have a right to feel safe at home while about their daily life. While as parents it is our job to try and explain that bad things can happen, but the majority of us go on living without fearing what may occur next. During the teaching we must also continue to show them the best way to be aware of their surroundings and how to react to certain occurrences. Whether the placing and detonation of the explosives in Boston were by a demented individual, a terrorist group sleeper cell, or an illegal immigrant really makes no difference in the big picture, except to point out the need to close our borders, deport illegals, and stop trying to soft talk our enemies. This latest tragedy further proves that gun control efforts are fruitless in trying to reduce violence, and more effort needs to go into keeping arms from our enemies, not our law abiding citizens. To be more specific, we need to stop arms in Egypt and recover what they’ve been given. We need to be very clear to Iran and North Korea that any move on their part that even looks like additional threats to us or our allies will be met with immediate and devastating response. We need to offer the same warnings to the countries spreading Islamic hatred toward the U. S. Those groups only understand violence. My hope is that all of you will be cautious but not afraid. (Beauford Burton is a resident of Kings Mountain.)

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Dr. Jeff Hensley Pastor Kings Mountain Baptist Church In 2002 my wife and I came from Florida to Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Being closer to our families in Asheville and in a smaller congregation where we could spend more of our time caring for our son Nicholas, who suffered from Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, was a blessing from God. This coming July we would have celebrated our eleventh year in this com-

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munity, but recently we came to realize that it was time to move on, and so I announced to my church that I was resigning as their pastor and accepting another pastorate elsewhere. Leaving is not an easy thing to do when you have been a part of a community for over a decade. When we arrived here, our firstborn son was fourteen years of age and a freshman at Kings Mountain High School. Over the years, this community has made a tremendous mark on him, for he completed his education at Kings Mountain High School, and then went on to graduate from GardnerWebb University and marry a sweet young woman from right here. Then, when our second son lost his elevenyear-long battle with a neuromuscular disease six-and-a-half years ago, this community extended their sympathy to our family and shared with us in the

grief. My wife Cecelia and I came to town with three sons, but in just a few weeks we will be leaving as just the two of us. It is a bit of a funny feeling, for we have had children living at home with us until just last fall. But now, with Nicholas in Heaven, and our son Christopher married and serving his own congregation as a pastor, Cecelia and I will be moving to another wonderful community that is located in the southwestern Smoky Mountains, which will put us nearly a half hour closer to our youngest son Alexander, who is attending the University of North Carolina in Asheville. My wife and I are excited and hopeful about the future, and looking forward to serving with another great church, but one of the things that I will miss here in Kings Mountain is the opportunity to reach out beyond the walls of my

congregation through this column. I have been writing these meditations for several years now, and I am grateful to the editors and staff of the Kings Mountain Herald for giving me the opportunity to share with the community some of my thoughts and ponderings about God, the Scriptures and the life of faith. I will be writing two more meditations before I leave Kings Mountain, and as I prepare to end this role that has meant a great deal to me over the years, I want to thank especially those who have read these columns so loyally and have shared their own thoughts about faith with me as we have encountered one another at many different events taking place all around Kings Mountain, and as this journey begins to conclude, my prayer is that God will bless each of you and keep you always in His strength and joy. Amen.


PEOPLES BAPTIST CHURCH – will host a MotherDaughter Brunch, May 11, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Minister Sheila Webber of Wesley Chapel Holiness Church, Mount Holly. Brunch will be served immediately following the program. The theme this year is red and white and the attire is semi-formal. There is no cost but each lady is asked to sow a seed into the ministry. RSVP to Sister Fonda Houze by April 30, at (704) 740-6046 or (704) 739-0195. CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH – will sponsor a country-style breakfast, all you can eat, on Saturday, May 18, from 6:30-10 a.m. for benefit of the Costa Rica mission trip in January 2014. The menu will feature eggs, bacon, sausage, liver mush, country ham, gravy, biscuits, grits, coffee, juice, milk and more. Plates are donation of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older, $3 for children 6-12 and under age 6, free. “Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the fellowship,” said Gib Brazzell. Contact the church office at 704739-2471 or Brazzell at 704-472-8584 for information and directions. MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH– is offering free meals. You are invited to the “Shepherd’s Table” for a free meal every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 220 North Watterson St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086; sponsored by the Mission Dept. Donations will be accepted. Contact Sisters Eloise Jenkins or Valerie Boyd at 704739-8354 for Information.

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

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

Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road 704-739-7487

Cornerstone Independent Baptist 107 Range Road 704-737-0477

Boyce Memorial ARP Church Edgemont Drive 704-739-4917

Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310

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

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

Calvary Way Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Pastor Clifton Morgan Carson Memorial Baptist Church 262 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-2247 Central United Methodist Church 113 S. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-2471 Cherokee St. Baptist Church 421 S. Cherokee Street 704-739-7697 Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Road 704-739-4015 Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 246 Range Road 704-739-4152

Dixon Presbyterian Church 602 Dixon School Road East Gold Street Wesleyan Church 701 E. Gold Street 704-739-3215 East Kings Mountain Church of God Hwy 161, Bessemer City/KM Hwy. 704-739-7367 Eastside Baptist Church 308 York Road 704-739-8055 Ebenezer Baptist Church 1621 County Line Road 704-739-8331 El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174

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Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church 602 Canterbury Road 704-739-9939 Faith Ablaze Church 1128 S. York Road 704-739-8496 Faith Baptist Church 1009 Linwood Road 704-739-8396 Faith Holiness Church Hwy. 161/Bessemer City Rd. 704-739-1997 Family Worship Center 1818 Shelby Road 704-739-7206 First Baptist Church 605 W. King Street 704-739-3651 First Church of the Nazarene 121 Countryside Road 704-734-1143

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

Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714

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

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

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

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CHAMPIONS: Cherryville team takes home the prize... again! From page 1A Southern variety. But everywhere they go they meet and make new friends. “I’m 63 and I don’t plan to quit anytime soon,’’ he laughs, recounting how his team got the name Two Old Men and a Grill. He said that another man was involved in the original venture but went out on his own. Bobby and Belinda Roberts have been barbecuing for six years competitively but started with their backyard grill and their family. The Roberts trailer is quite visible at barbecuing events. The large logo is the perfect backdrop for pictures. In Kings Mountain Saturday, crowds of barbecue fans snapped pictures and asked for autographs. “We’re looking forward to the American Royal in Kansas City,’’ said Roberts, accepting the coveted pin as the newest member of the elite Kansas City BBQ Society. He compares the event to the Masters Tournament and says some 480 teams will be entered. “Winning in Kansas City is like winning the lottery,’’ laughed Roberts. The vivacious Roberts duo is looking ahead to 25 more barbecuing events, Lexington this weekend, then Kannapolis, then Georgia and more. “We travel coast to coast and we love it,’’ he says. Probably the reason for their success is that they strive to please all six judges at any event. ‘’We don’t overpower but try to satisfy the tastes of all.’’ Obviously the succulent recipe is working. Rain and wind Friday night didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd estimated at 800-900 people who crowded into tents and watched keen competition in the Anything Butts category where cooking teams were offered the chance to show off their culinary skills outside of barbecue in a dessert and non-dessert category. City leaders and volunteers teamed up to judge the fun contest. The top winner who took home $200 cash was Team 51, Big City BBQ of Charlotte, with enticing shrimp-wrapped bacon with peppers. Team No. 6, Bubba’s Back yard of Alexis, took home the $200 prize for a yummy fruit pizza. The Mayor’s Trophy went to Andrew Rasmussen’s Smoke House Mafia BBQ for delectable banana pudding in a Mason jar. “We lost one tent to the wind,’’ said Burns, who pulled an all-nighter at the track checking on teams and keeping a weather eye on radar. Balloon rides were canceled Saturday morning and band music was canceled Friday night. Fairview Lodge 339 AF&AM operated a concession stand Friday and Saturday and sold out hot dog, hamburgers, and other goodies as over 1500 peo-

Mrs. Andrew Rasmussen, left, receives the Mayor’s Choice Award from Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey for her yummy banana pudding entered in the recent Anything Butt competition at the Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off Saturday. Photos by ELLIS NOELL ple jammed the track Saturday to cheer on their favorite teams in the barbecue competition. Southern Experience was on the stage Saturday to provide music and entertainment and the weatherman cooperated with sunshine for the event which closed about 4:30 p.m. The grills were hot and the competition was fierce in the state championship event which brought teams from as far distant as Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia and from all over North Carolina and South Carolina. Burns said the participation was among the largest in several years. The money raised also supports the Kings Mountain Fire Museum, one of the few remaining in the state. Should the grand champions win the next scheduled cook-offs in the Ole North State Series they are in line for a $10,000 grand prize. Judges at the contest who sampled the mouth-watering barbecue of the Roberts chefs said their entry was hard to beat.

Winners Jay Bumgardner and Backyard BBQ of Kings Mountain took the $550 first place prize in the pork competition of the CookOff. Bubba & Son BBQ of Shelby was the highest placing Cleveland County team and took home a $100 cash prize. Dillon Black

is chief cook for the team. Two Old Men and a Grill took home the state championship prize of $4,000 among 41-50 teams and above, Carolina BBQ of Hildebran, Dale Duckworth, was reserve champion and took home the $1,000 cash prize. For each category of the event the first place was $550, the second place was $300, the third place was $200, the fourth place was $150 and the 5th place award was $100. The team with the highest overall score was the Grand Champion and the team with the second highest overall score was reserve grand Champion.

Above: Mark Magda grills for the Gastonia Hogzilla NC team at Saturday’s Fire House BBQ Cook-Off which attracted crowds of people Friday night in spite of rain and wind and large crowds Saturday. Below: Chef Tate Self shows off his shrimp with bacon dish that was team winner in the non-dessert Anything Butts competition at the 17th annual Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off Saturday at the Kings Mountain Walking Track.

The top winners in each category: OVERALL – Two Old Men and A Grill, lst; Carolina BBQ, 2nd; Bubba Jack’s, 3rd; BS Pitmeisters, 4th; and Killer B’s BBG, 5th. CHICKEN – Two Old Men and A Grill, lst; Bubba & Son and Big E BBQ, Kings Mountain, 2nd; Bubba Jack’s, 3rd; BS Pitmeisters, 4th; and Bayou Poker Smokers, 5th. PORK RIBS – Two Old Men and a Grill, 1st; Redneck Scientific, 2nd; Killer B’s BBQ, 3rd; Recycled Smoke, 4th; and Jr. and Phils Smokin Butt, 5th. BRISKET – Two Old Men and a Grill, 1st; Carolina BBQ, 2nd; Checkered Pig, 3rd; Quenivorous, 4th; and Killer’s BBQ, 5th. PORK – Backyard BBQ, Kings Mountain, 1st; 3 Eyz BBQ, 2nd; BS Pitmeisters, 3rd; Bubba Jack’s, 4th;’ and Carolina BBQ, 5th.


How to Avoid Identity Theft When You Travel Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend to help retirees guard against identity theft when traveling? My sister and her husband had their identity stolen while on vacation last year, and I want to make sure I’m protecting myself on my trip to Europe next month. Paranoid Pam Dear Pam, Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself while you’re away. Alert your credit card companies: Before you leave, let them know when, where and how long you’ll be traveling. This helps their fraud departments stop bogus charges if your card is used where you’re not. And, it reduces the risk that your card will be frozen when you use it far from home. Secure your mail: Get a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail every day while you’re gone, or stop your mail at the post office. A full mailbox can be very inviting to identity

thieves and burglars. Also, stop the newspaper, and don’t broadcast your travel plans on social networking websites. Clean out your wallet: Pickpockets love tourist destinations, so take only essential identifiers, like your driver’s license, and just two credit cards – carry one with you, and lock the other one in a hotel room safe in case your wallet gets stolen. Also, don’t ever carry your Social Security card in your wallet, and leave your checkbook home too. It’s also a good idea to make copies of your plane tickets, hotel reservations, passport, driver’s license and credit cards, and leave them with a friend or relative who you can call in an emergency. And make a list of contact numbers of your credit card providers so you can call them if your pocket gets picked. Protect your smartphone: These are gold mines for ID thieves. If you use a smartphone, protect your personal information by using the security settings to lock your screen with a password. Then install a GPS location tracking app on your phone such as “Where’s


My Droid� for Android devices, or if you’re an iPhone user, activate the built in “Find My iPhone� app. You can also set up your phone so that if it does get stolen, you can remotely erase its data. Your wireless carrier may offer this service, and many security apps include this feature. Use safe ATMs: If you need cash while you’re away, use ATMs that are located at banks. These are more secure than stand-alone ATMs which can be rigged to capture your card information that thieves can steal. Safeguard your hotel: Never leave your wallet, passport, credit cards or other valuables lying around your hotel room. Either keep them with you or lock them up in the hotel safe. And if you have a laptop computer or tablet, get a locking device that lets you lock it to something fixed in the room. You local computer store can help you with this. Be careful with hotel computers and free Wi-Fi networks: Don’t access your personal accounts or disclose any of your financial informa-

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Alumni to meet The Davidson Resource Center Alumni will meet at the Patrick Senior Center on April 25 at 6 p.m.

Relay for Life Fundraiser The Silver Foxes Team of Kings Mountain Relay for Life will sponsor a hot dog plate fundraiser Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Senior Center. Plates are $5 donation and include two hotdogs, chips and dessert. Can drinks can also be purchased for one dollar. Tickets may be obtained from the Senior Center receptionist or from any team member. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Miss Cherry Blossom The Miss Cherry Blossom Festival Pageant will be held Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. at the mini-park gazebo in downtown Cherryville. The pageant is the kickoff event for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival sponsored by the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce. The competition is for girls ages 0-19. Contestants model a springtime casual outfit or sundress. All girls receive a tiara and qualify to enter the Little Miss Gastonia Pageant. Proceeds benefit the Miss Gastonia scholarship fund. For more information or to enter the pageant, call (704) 827-7277 or visit

KMIS Art Sale April 30 Kings Mountain Intermediate School is sponsoring an art sale Tuesday, April 30, from 4-7:30 p.m. for benefit of Kings Mountain Relay for Life. The art work by the students is based on the theme, USA Travels. The public is invited and all donations benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Wells family reunion The 27th reunion of the John and Britter Wells family descendants will be held Sunday, April 28, at Dixon Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 630 Dixon School Road, Kings Mountain, at 1 p.m. in the Grover area. The family meeting will begin with a potluck lunch followed by a short business meeting. The group will ride to the old Wells Cemetery, located on the Hughes farm on Stewart Road, to view the tombstones of the original members of the family. Family members are asked to take documents, wills,

POLICE From page 2A APRIL 21: Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, 106 Spruce St., reported theft of a .22 caliber rifle and antique military rifle valued at $200. WRECKS APRIL 5: Officer J. L. Dee said Caroline Coram of Lincolnton, backing her 2003 Nissan from a parking space at Food Lion on Shelby Road hit a parked 2006 Honda owned by Michael Joseph Wilson of Cramerton. Property damages were estimated at $1250. APRIL 8: Officer K.L. Putnam said Jewel Watson, 100 Maple Leaf Rd., was backing from a parking space at Carolina Garden Apartments and struck a parked 2005 Chrysler owned by Randolph Wray of Shelby. Property damages were estimated at $1500. APRIL 9: Officer K. L. Putnam said Amber Goode, 102 Dutchess Dr., reported a deer darted in front of her 1999 Honda on 74 Business at Canterbury Road. Property damage was estimated at $1500. APRIL 9: Officer F.L. Wittington said a 2007 Hyundai operated by Tynesha Wilson, 1719 Kings Row Dr. Apt. 102, rear-ended a 1999 GMC operated by Shannon Wright, 1728 Kings Row Dr. Apt. 202. The accident happened at the traffic light at Edgemont Dr. and King St. Property damages were minor. Cleveland County EMS transported Wright to Kings Mountain Hospital. APRIL 10: Officer Hannah Yarborough said Claude Ross Clark, 218 Edgemont Dr. was backing his 2007 Ford from the parking lot of the Washerette at Phifer Road and W. Gold Street and struck a 2007 GMC owned by Eric Brandon Carroll. No injuries were reported. Property damages were estimated at $1100. APRIL 10: Officer J. L.

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pictures, etc. for display. All descendants are urged to attend to share the food, fellowship, memories, laughter, and family genealogy. Current officers of the reunion are: Rev. Robert Wells, President, Hilda Moss, VicePresident, and Steve Wells, Secretary/Treasurer. John and Britter Wells were among the earliest settlers in this area, buying land in the Dixon Community from a land grant issued by the King of England prior to the Revolutionary War. Their cabin was used to treat the wounded from the Battle of Kings Mountain, and it’s currently the oldest residence in Cleveland County and is depicted on the historical mural on the Plonk Department Store wall in downtown Kings Mountain. It is presently owned by Ms. Elizabeth Stewart, on Stewart Road. John was one of the signers of the Tyron Resolve that predates the Declaration of Independence. The old Wells Cemetery, where John and Britter Wells are buried, is on the Betty Hughes farm located on Stewart Road, Kings Mountain. For additional information about the reunion, call Secretary Steve Wells at 704-7391545 or President Robert Wells at 864-489-8680.

Arts & Letters event The 5th Annual Arts and Letters Event will be held at Cleveland Community College on Thursday, May 2, from 11 am - 1 pm in the Pennington-McIntyre Gallery. This year’s event features works by Mary Salstrom and Katharine Butler. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the 2013 Arts and Letters Event contact Sally Jacobs at:

Community Breakfast The Cleveland County Family YMCA has announced that Sharon Decker, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, will give the keynote address at the 18th annual YMCA Community Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday, May 9 at the LeGrand Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College. Tickets are $13 per person or $100 for a table of 8. You can purchase tickets at any YMCA branch. For more information about the breakfast and other YMCA programs, visit the web site at

BBQ Butt Sale VFW Post 9811, Kings Mountain and Cherryville will be selling bbq butts with sauce and slaw for $35.00 on May 11, 2013, as a fundraiser to support the troops. To order call: 704-750-4320. Butts will be ready for pick up after 10 a.m.

Dee said David Bardebes of Shelby, operating a 1999 Chevrolet, became ill at the wheel and attempted to pull off the US 74 Bypass and struck a wooded area. Gaston County EMS transported the driver to Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Property damage was estimated at $3,000. APRIL 12: Officer K.L. Putnam said a 2012 Ford operated by Bruce Capps, 147 Harbourtown Rd., struck a 2001 Nissan operated by Michael C. Beauford, 107 N. Roxford Rd. The accident happened on 74 Business and Cansler Street. Property damages were estimated at $1,000 to the Beauford vehicle. APRIL 12: Officer Larry Ware said Courtney Collins, 405 Cleveland Ridge Drive, Apt. 202, operating a 1999 Ford, was backing from a parking space at Cleveland Ridge and struck a parked 1993 Toyota owned by Tammy Dover of Gastonia. Property damages were minor. APRIL 15: Officer J. L. Dee said Loretta Wyatt, 839 Corvette Lane, operating a 1995 Chevrolet, backed into the gas pumps at 3 Points Market doing $3500 damage to the pumps and slight damage to her vehicle. APRIL 15: Officer R. Davis said that a city-owned trash collection truck backed into a parked 2002 GMC owned by Forrest Ted Hayes, 122 Whetstine Road at 500 Phifer Road. Andrew Jackson Inman, 820 First St., said he was unaware that the dumpster had hit the parked car.

The Inman vehicle was slightly damaged. APRIL 16: Officer J. L. Dee said a 2007 Toyota operated by Ralph Gary Sarvis, 1001 Linwood Road, struck a 2003 Toyota operated by Danielle St. Just, 1679 York Rd., in the parking lot at McDonald’s on NC 161. Property damages were minor. APRIL 16: Officer Bryan McGinnis said a 16-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle on NC 216, left the road and hit utility pole. The driver told police she fell asleep at the wheel. APRIL 16: Officer Bryan McGinnis cited Jonathan Marc Reid, Gastonia, with failing to decrease speed to avoid an accident after his 2009 Mitsubishi rear-ended a 2006 Chevrolet operated by George W. Hodge, 422 El Bethel Rd. The accident happened on King Street. Minor damages were reported. APRIL 18: Officer K. L. Putnam said that Travis Lee McMurtrie, 306 S. Juniper St., lost control of his 2004 Honda on North Dilling Street, struck a sewer pipe owned by the City of Kings Mountain and damaged a fence and a concrete item at 108 N. Dilling Street. Property damages were estimated at $5500. APRIL 18: Officer D. K. Davis said Cathy Bartow, Gastonia, was pulling her 2011 Kia out on the highway at NC 216 and struck a 2007 Chevrolet operated by William M. Diedrich, 148 Putnam Lake Road. Property damages were minor.

W82TXT: students learn firsthand the dangers of texting and driving

Mayor Rick Murphrey, in driver’s seat, passes the driving test. Photo by ELLIS NOELL

From page 1A Murphrey passed with flying colors. Madison would not get in the car. She became emotional, recounting her 14th birthday when she was in the car with an 18-year-old cousin who took his eyes off the road to text a friend. The car hit a guard rail, flipped once and the young man died at the scene. Madison survived with injuries and was in the hospital four weeks. Texting is the number one mode of communication among teens 12-17 who text an average of 60 times a day. Taking your eyes off the road a second may not seem like much but at 65 M.P.H. the young students and those watching could see the vehicle leave the road - and most crashed. AT&T sponsored the program. Three clubs – Make a Wish, Art and Drama – sponsored the event in the parking area in front of the high school. The simulation included reality goggles for the young students in the driver’s seat They were instructed to keep their feet off the accelerator and use the pedals and steering wheel to control the vehicle. Onlookers watched as the test drive unfolded on a screen which showed a two-lane highway, somewhat curvy in

LUNCH: schedule on the table at KMHS From page 1A

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7:55 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. This will allow the school to make up some of the additional time needed and the remainder will be made up by taking a few minutes from each class and class change time. The time allotted for remediation, tutoring, etc., will more than make up for any loss of instruction. This new lunch schedule will provide more individualized instruction to those that may need it. School administrators will be contacting parents by phone surveys and communications to receive input and suggestions. Said Funderburke, “We will be involving our students with the decision making process through committee participation and assistance with the phone survey process.’’

make-up times, club meetings, etc. will be available, during this time and the students will have to be responsible to report to the area they need to attend. Part of planning includes the possibility of students in the 11th and 12th grades having the opportunity to earn the privilege of leaving campus with parent and school administrator permission during this 55 minute period. There will be changes that will be required but the one that may be most visible from the outside will be the starting and ending time of each day. The school day currently begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. If this change is made school would start at

MOORE NEWS: from Raleigh From page 4A Law, or House Bill 75, unanimously. This bill increases the penalty for child abuse. The bill is named after Kilah Davenport who was brutally beaten by her stepfather, ultimately leaving her with severe and permanent brain damage. Also, SB122 was passed by the legislature which requires anyone convicted of human-trafficking of minors to register as a sex offender. Both have been presented for Governor McCrory’s signature on Friday, April 19th. I will always fight to preserve the safety of our children and for more harsh penalties against people that attempt to hurt them. In other news, Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina consumers doing spring cleaning to remember to

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places, and a posted 55 M.P.H. speed sign. A driver looking down, upping his speed, or taking his eyes off the road “crashed.” “I don’t want to knock on your parents’ doors and tell them that you’ve been in a wreck,’’ Officer Putnam told the group. He added, “My job is traffic and I work DWI, speeding and fatalities. Text and drive and you’ll get a ticket, hit someone and that incident will be on your conscience the rest of your life and with any accident your insurance will also go up.’’ “Pay attention on the road,’’ said the officer. “What if we’re stopped at a red light, can’t we text then?” asked a junior student. “Pull off the road into a parking lot,’’ said the officer. Over 75 percent of all teenagers’ text, that’s 3,417 text messages monthly per teen. “No text message or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road and I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the danger of texting while driving,’’ said the pledge signed by a large number of students. Log on-line to to take the pledge.

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shred old documents that may contain personal information. Consumers can shred items for free at more than 20 shredding events taking place across the state this spring, including seven that took place last weekend. “Identity thieves will still go lowtech and dig through dumpsters in search of your personal information,” Cooper said. Consumers can protect themselves from identity theft by bringing pre-approved credit card offers, old bills, out-of-date ac-

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News from the DAR

Auxiliary hosts district meeting Otis D. Green Unit 155 American Legion Auxiliary hosted the District 13 meeting at American Legion Post 155 Saturday. Pictured are speakers at the event attended by auxiliary members from Kings Mountain, Troy, Hendersonville, Bessemer City and C Cherryville. From left, Mayor Rick Murphrey, Division III President Tammy Snider of Stanley, District 13 President Jill Puett of Cherryville, Unit 155 President Joyce Kale and Post 155 Commander Louis Floyd. Photo by ELLIS NOELL

Abofe: NEW DAR MEMBERS – Natalie Bishop, Haley Kendrick, and Ann Wright, left to right, are the newest members of Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. At right: Erica Elizabeth Hall Carpenter, 10th grader at Kings Mountain High School, reads her winning essay before members of the Colonel Fredrick Hambright Chapter DAR. Her 1,198 word essay was entitled, “How did the Faith and Courage of Christopher Columbus Give to Mankind a New World? The DAR sponsors the annual essay contest annually.

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School supplies for children Members of American Legion Unit 155 Auxiliary donated hundreds of dollars in school supplies to children at Bethware School and will continue the project during this school year. From left, Denise Coble, chairman of the project, and Beth Brock, right, present the gifts to Bethware School Principal Jennifer Wampler. Photo by LIB STEWART

Free program available to low-income women Local low-income women are eligible for a free three-week New Opportunity School for Women this summer at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk. “Our mission is to help women improve their personal, educational and financial circumstances,� said Director Karen Sabo. During the program women take classes in many subjects, including self-esteem, creative writing, public speaking and interview skills and Appalachian literature. Experienced volunteer instructors teach basic accounting,

computer skills, navigating the college application process and resume writing. Women attending the program will also go to cultural events, such as concerts, plays and lectures. Applicants should be between ages 30-55, possess a high school diploma or GED and have no college degree. To apply for the program, contact Karen Sabo at or call 828-898-8905. Interested parties may download applications from the website at http://www.

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The theme of Social Work Month 2013 was “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy.� Care Solutions at Cleveland Regional Medical Center has four social workers, also known as care managers. Sandy Lynch, Chris Melton, Sarah Lail and Banzen Warren, are all seasoned social workers who are experts with a vast knowledge of resources and systems. “I chose this career because I like to help others. It’s rewarding to see a change in a person’s life and know you had something to do with it,� said Lynch, who has worked at Care Solutions for 13 years. She decided to go into the field of social work while she was a student at Gardner-Webb University and earned a degree in Human Services. “The best part of this job is the client contact.� Sandy and Doug, her husband, enjoy their grown children, as well as reading, and they enjoyed a trip out west recently. Their “grandpuppy�, Phoebe, a prized possession is a West Highland Terrier who has full command of her territory. Chris Melton, who has been at Care Solutions for over 13 years, says he knew in college at Gardner Webb Univer-

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Wednesday, April 24, 2012

KM Hall of Fame May 11 at Central Methodist

Track champ, football star Kareem Marshall to be inducted into KM Sports Hall of Fame (ED. NOTE - Second in a four-part series on 2013 inductees into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame. The dinner and induction ceremony will be Saturday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained by calling Steve Baker at 704-371-8578 or Frankie Webster at Kings Mountain High School at 704-476-8330). BY PHILLIP QUINN Another individual to be inducted into this year’s Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame is former standout athlete and current assistant Track and Field coach Kareem Marshall. One of the more decorated athletes in school history, Marshall accomplished what was a major goal of his in winning the State Championship for both the Shot Put and Discus in his senior season. That being his third consecutive year making it to the state level, as he had placed second in both his sophomore and junior years, Marshall knew what it would take to overcome the opponents he faced long before he got there. “I knew after my junior year what extra steps I needed to take to not come up short again. Obviously, I had to train more with the disc and the shot put, but it was other things, like lifting more and just making that extra effort, that I felt would put me over the hump,� he said. That extra work paid off for Marshall in more ways than one. He also set the stillstanding school record of throwing the discus 155’8�. Kareem’s intensified work load was also on display on the football field. His senior season, he and his fellow teammates competed in Kings Mountain’s one and only Football State Championship game. Western Champion Kings Mountain fell short to Winston Salem Carver 33-28 in the 1998 3A State Championship game. Kareem played Left Tackle, a position that many consider to

Kareem Marshall during his playing days at Kings Mountain High School.

Kareem when he was an All-American at Gulf Coast.

be the most pivotal on the offensive line. Finishing the year 14-2, the 1998 team was the winningest football team in school history. On how it felt to be a part of such an accomplished group, Kareem had this to say: “Though we would’ve liked to have won the state title, it was and still is a wonderful feeling to know that your group is the only team in the entire history of the school to make it that far. To know that you were a part of the greatest football team ever to come through Kings Mountain is awesome.� Marshall didn’t really have a preference in one sport over the other, he just appreciated the opportunity to compete and succeed in each at the level that he did. After excelling in high school, Marshall went on to begin his college career at Gulf Coast Community College. There he was a two time All-American. After two seasons at Gulf Coast Community College, he went on

to play for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Under Head Coach Mark Richt in his second season, Kareem and the 2002 Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference Championship. A loss to the University of Florida earlier in the season prevented the third ranked Bulldogs from being selected to compete in the national title game. Instead, they went on to defeat the Florida State Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl by a score of 26-13. A notable competitor in the game was current San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin, who posted a six catch, 104 yard performance that included a 13-yard touchdown reception for the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s Super Bowl. “It was great to be a part of that team and to have the level of success that we did. Doing so was one of our top goals going into the season and seeing that it was accom-

plished was great for us and the program,� said Kareem. He also felt that winning the SEC Championship was a great feat for Coach Richt to achieve so early in his career. “The fact that we were able to be that successful so early into Coach Richt’s career was not only great for the players, but it was great for him in that it also showed the university and all the fans the quality of work he was capable of. That was Georgia’s first SEC Championship in 20 years, and really, it was the proudest moment of my career,� said Kareem. Many young athletes today question the differences in playing in high school and competing at the college level. While football is still football, there are major differences between high school and college competition, as in any sport. “The biggest difference between playing at the high school and college level is most notably the speed. Where a high school team usually has a handful of pretty good athletes, college programs are filled with phenomenal athletes. Another big difference in the two is the level of commitment,� said Kareem. After his college career, Kareem had the opportunity to try out in the NFL. Being granted such an opportunity is an accomplishment in itself, as many great athletes across the nation and across the world are passed up on and not even given a chance. After his playing days came to an end, he returned to Kings Mountain where he now helps coach Track and Field. “It feels great to be able to help out and to be able to guide these young athletes. Having the success that I did throughout my career really helps me as a coach from the standpoint that I know what it takes to get there,� said Kareem. He also felt that his experience benefits him because of the fact that many people are more willing to buy in to what you’re telling them when you have an impressive track record. Kareem’s greatest advice to athletes today is to take the time to put in that extra work.

Shelby edges KM 6-5 in 11 innings

Kings Mountain pitcher Wil Sellers works on a complete game shutout of Hunter Huss Thursday night at KM’s Lancaster Field. The Mountaineers host North Gaston in another big Big South 3A contest Friday at 7 p.m.

Win over Hunter Huss puts KM in position for playoff run Every game is crucial now for Kings Mountain High’s Mountaineers, who put themselves in position for a state playoff berth Thursday night at Lancaster Field with a 4-0 victory over a vastly-improved Hunter Huss team. With the win, Matt Bridges’ Mountaineers improved to 4-4 in the Big South 3A and took over sole possession of fourth place. While Kings Mountain was winning, Forestview’s Jagaurs were losing to North Gaston and fell into fifth place with a 3-5 mark. Only the top foru teams from the BSC qualify for the state 3A playoffs. Kings Mountain was

scheduled to travel to Ashbrook last night and will host North Gaston in their final home game April 26 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers close out the regular season with tough road games at Crest on April 30 and Forestview on May 3. The Mountaineers need to keep their winning ways going and avoid any tiebreaking situations. The Mountaineers have an earlier victory over Forestview. Another win over Forestview would give the Mountaineers the tie-breaker if those two teams are tied at the end of the regular season. Hunter Huss, which earlier in the season broke a 56-

game conference losing streak, brought a much-improved product to Lancaster Field Wednesday. The Huskies got good pitching and defense to hang with the Mountaineers for most of the game. KM’s Wil Sellers had his second straight BSC complete game performance, giving up only four hits including two each by Connor Anderson and Austin Enloe. He struck out six. Enloe did a good job on the mound for Huss, allowing only one run and five hits before KM broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Mountaineers scored

what turned out to be the winning run in the fourth when Alex Grooms doubled to the gap in right-center and scored on a single to center by Colby Crisp. KM’s Daniel Barrett, who had hit the ball hard all night but was the victim of some good defensive plays by Huss, led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left and later scored on an error. Alex Reynolds’ tworun home run rounded out the scoring. Reynolds led the Mountaineers at the plate with three hits. Grooms added two and Barrett, Colby Crisp and Logan Stevens had one each.

Kings Mountain fell to Shelby 6-5 in 11 innings in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at KM’s Lancaster Field. Alston Bridges’ sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th was the winning blow for the Golden Lions, who had lost two earlier games to the Mountaineers. Mountaineer starter Wil Sellers got off to a shaky start, surrendering three runs in the top of the first inning. Kings Mountain scored three in the third to tie the game. Each team scored a run in the fourth and ended the first seven innings deadlocked at 4-all. Kings Mountain answered Shelby’s 10th inning run in the bottom of the 10th but left the potential tying run stranded in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams got excellent pitching performances. Shelby starter Byrd scattered 10 hits over nine innings and Chandler Young came on in the 10th and gave up only one hit and one run the rest of the way. Sellers left the mound after the first, but Zach Hegler came on and worked 8.1 innings of relief. He gave up only four hits. Alex Reynolds pitched the final 1.2 innings and was charged with the loss. Daniel Barrett, Sellers and Logan Stevens led the Mountaineers with two hits each. Andrew Moore went 1for-4 with two RBIs before seeing his senior season end with an arm injury. Reynolds, Cameron Bullock, Alex Grooms and Colby Crisp also had a hit apiece for the Mountaineers.

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Reynolds’ walk-off HR beats East Rutherford A walk-off two-run home run by Alex Reynolds in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers over East Rutherford 4-2 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday night at Lancaster Field. The visiting Cavaliers forced the issue in the top of the inning when a sacrifice fly by Logan Hawkins tied the game at 2-all. Reynolds also got the win on the mound, coming over from first base to relieve starter Alex Grooms after Grooms walked the first two batters. After fanning Brandon Williams, Reynolds walked John Padgett to load the sacks for Hawkins. The Cavaliers re-loaded the bases on another walk before Reynolds fanned pinch-hitter Reece Hollow to get out of the jam. Wil Sellers’ single set the stage for Reynolds’ homer over the left field fence. The teams battled on even terms throughout most of the contest with good pitching and defense. The Cavaliers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the

KM’s Alex Reynolds steals third in victory over East Rutherford.

top of the first on Tripp Hamrick’s single and an error. Kings Mountain tied the score in the third when Reynolds doubled off the top of the centerfield fence, stole third and scored on an error. Sophomore designated hitter Brandon Bell, who was called up from the JV team prior to the game, slammed a solo home run over the center field fence to put the Mountaineers on top 2-1 in the fifth. Grooms did an excellent job on the mound. He gave up only four hits and struck out four over six innings, and at one time retired 11 batters in a row. Hits by Trent Self and Strickland broke the string with one out in the sixth. After a strikeout, the Mountaineers got out of the inning when Strickland broke for third base and was tagged out in a rundown. Cameron Bullock led a 9-hit KM plate attack with three singles. Reynolds had two hits and Colby Crisp, Bell, Grooms and Sellers added one each.

Lady Mountaineers win county track crown Kings Mountain High’s women’s track team successfully defended its Cleveland County championship by winning the annual County Meet Tuesday at Crest High School. The Lady Mountaineers tallied 107 points to easily out-distance Shelby with 61.5, Crest 45.5 and Burns 38. Kings Mountain’s men finished second. Shelby won with 114.5. KM had 64, Crest 46.5 and Burns 27. The Lady Mountaineers dominated with eight first place finishes, including three re-

lays and two individual first places by Sarah Scism. Scism won the long jump (14’3.25�) and the triple jump (10’2.5�). Emily Harris won the discus (85’4�), Chelsea George won the 100 meter hurdles (18.48) and Mackenzie Smith won the 3200 meters (14:26). Tyquassia Mackey, Adrienne Green, Tynesha Merriman and Betzaira Saenz won the 4x100 relay in 53.80; Saenz, Green, Harris

and Sarah Bradshaw won the 4x400 in 4:37.2; and Radhika Patel, Annamarie Fulbright, McKay Williamson and Mariah Roberts won the 4x800 in 12:08. Cassie Morton took three second places the 800 meters, 1600 meters and 3200 meters. Others running second were Adrienne Green in the 400 meters, Gwendolyn Hopper in the triple jump, Brittany Poeng in the long jump, and Sharda Whitesides in the shot put. Kings Mountain’s men had three individ-

KM netters tie for second in BSC Kings Mountain High's men's tennis team won two impressive victories over the past week to finish the regular season in the Big South 3A in a tie for second place. The Mountaineers defeated South Point and Crest, both by 6-3 scores, to end in a tie with Crest and Forestview. Ashbrook finished in first place. "After losing 8-1 last Thursday against Forestview was a big disappointment," said KM Coach Rick Henderson. "Even though we are young, we are determined. I was just elated after winning five singles matches out of six against a strong team such as South Point. Winning five of six singles matches against Crest was a major confidence boost for our tennis program." Crest won the tie-breaker to go to the state tournament as the BSC's second place

team. The BSC tournament will be held April 24 at Biggerstaff Park in Dallas. Isaiah Cole and Dillon Ervin will be playing doubles along with Dalton Cash and Robert Baker. Gibson Connor and Alex Lovelace will be playing singles. KM-SOUTH POINT Singles Isaiah Cole (KM) d. Sadler Gensch 7-6 (7-0), 1-6, 6-2; W. Mendoza (SP) d. Dylan Ervin 6-4, 6-2 Gibson Connor (KM) d. Ethan Beal 6-2, 7-5; Alex Lovelace (KM) d. Carlos Morales 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Devin Ayscue (KM) d. Clay Gwaltney 6-2, 6-0; Bailey Goodson (KM) d. Brent Williamson 6-3, 6-3. Doubles Goodman/Wasserman Š d. Cole/Ervin 6-3, 6-3; Powell/Emory Š d. Ayscue/Alex Martin 6-2, 6-3; Cash/Robert

â– SPORTS THIS Wednesday, April 24 4 p.m. - High school track, Big South Conference meet at Forestview. 6 p.m. - High school soccer, North Gaston at Kings Mountain. Thursday, April 25 6 p.m. - High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Chase. Friday, April 26

Baker (KM) d. Borneman/Robertson 1-6, 76 (7-2), 6-1. KM-CREST Singles Isaiah Cole (KM) d. Dylan Goodman 6-4, 6-2; Jack Wasserman Š d. Dylan Ervin 6-1, 6-2; Gibson Connor (KM) d. Luke Powell 76 (7-4), 6-1; Alex Lovelace (KM) d. Zeke Emory 6-3, 57, 6-2; Devin Ayscue (KM) d. Jonathan Borneman 6-3, 3; Dalton Cash (KM) d. Eli Bowling 7-5, 6-2. Doubles Goodman/Wasserman Š d.Cole/Ervin 8-0; Powell/Emory Š d. Ayscue/Martin 8-2; Cash/Robert Baker (KM) d. Borneman/Robertson 7-6 (75). Kings Mountain High edged North Gaston 5-4 in a Big South tennis match last


4:30 - High School baseball, North Gaston at Kings Mountain (JV/V). 6 p.m. - High school softball, North Gaston at Kings Mountain. Monday, April 29 2 p.m. - High school golf, all Big South teams at Forestview. 6 p.m. - High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Crest.

Tuesday, April 30 4:30- High school baseball, Kings Mountain at Crest (JV/V). 6 p.m. - High school softball, Kings Mountain at Crest. Wednesday, May 1 6 p.m. - High school soccer, Forestview at Kings Mountain (Senior Night)

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Baron Crawford, Jason Dawkins, Keeneh Dimetros and Jair McCluney won the 4x400 relay in 3:42.67. Finishing second for the Mountaineers were Griffith in the shot put, Dawkins in the 300 hurdles and McGill in the 1600 meters.


week. Singles 1) Johnathan Jenks (NG) def. Isaiah Cole (KM) 6-0, 6-0 2) Jordan Thompson (NG) def. Dylan Ervin (KM) 7-5, 6-4 3) Jon Cabe (NG) def. (NG) def. Gibson Connor (KM) 63, 7-5 4) Devin Ayscue (KM) def. Eli Fincher (NG) 6-3, 6-3 5) Alex Martin (KM) def. Nathan Mocanu (NG) 6-3, 64 6) Jordan Bullins (KM) def. Trey Byrd (NG) 6-2, 6-0


Doubles 1) Cole/Ervin (KM) def. Jenks/Fincher (NG) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 2) Thompson/Cabe (NG) def. Connor/Alex Lovelace (KM) 6-3, 7-6 3) Robert Baker/Dalton Cash (KM) def. Mocanu/Byrd (NG) 6-2, 6-1

U-9 Gutter Guys Construction 7 Red Dragons 1 Gutter Guys: Cale Raby – 6, Max Thompson – 1 Red Dragons – Calen Buchanan – 1 Strikers 3 Grasshoppers 0 Strikers – Marcos Richardson – 2 Connor Goodson – 1 Force 0 Hornets 0

KM third in county golf match Kings Mountain finished third in the annual Cleveland County Golf Match Wednesday at Deerbrook. Shelby won with a 305 score. Crest shot 330, KM 349 and Burns 385. Matt Shepard led the Mountaineers with a 79. Miles Robinson shot 81, Devin Heath 91, Zachary Saldo 98 and Hunter Cooke 98. Shelby’s Alex Anderson was medalist with a 74. Kings Mountain will compete in a Big South 3A match this afternoon at North Gaston.




uals and one relay team in first place Cody Griffith won the discus with a throw of 108’2�. Justice Taylor won the triple jump (41.07.5) and Logan McGill won the 800 meters (2:14).

Saturday, April 20 U-6 Tornadoes 5 Comets 2 Tornadoes - Chance Habel – 2 Elliot Habel – 2 Devan Dorsey 1; Comets - Chase Smith -1 Brooke Hamrick – 1 Green Fire 4 Thunder 3 Green Fire - Sergio Suarez – 3 Mason Weaver – 1; Thunder – Aiden Robinson – 3

U-13 KM United 2 Mexico 1 KM United – Isaiah Mayhall – 1 Tristan Stenger – 1 Mexico – Alex Diaz – 1 Giants 1 Crush 1 Giants – Brandon Quevedo Johns Crush – Sam Gebhar Baseball Results of the opening season baseball tournament at the Kings Mountain YMCA. 7-8 Years Old Blue Jays 11, Braves 7 Corey Long 3-3, Hunter Ellis 3-3. Pirates 11, Angels 5 Byrum Burgin 4-4, Cameron Rhom 2-3. Pirates 14, Blue Jays 4 Marty Lovingood 4-4, Ryan Parker 2-2. Braves 3, Angels 2 Millie Vess 3-3, Cameron Rhom 2-3. Braves 12, Blue Jays 11

Ethan Guy 4-4, Turner Brown 3-3. Championship: Pirates 13, Braves 4 Christopher Meredith 4-4, Ethan Carroll 2-3. 9-10 Years Old Yankees 7, Braves 6 Aiden Wilson 2-2, Carson Kinmon 2-2. Angels 7, Dodgers 3 Camden Deaton 2-2, Bennett Davis 2-2. Yankees 5, Angels 2 Isaiah Lowe 2-2, Caleb Broome 2-2. Braves 15, Dodgers 0 Cameron Petti 3-3, Bennet Davis 1-1. Angels 6, Braves 4 Koby Rikard 2-3, Austin Moore 2-2. Angels 5, Yankees 3 Caleb Broome 3-3, Tyler Hughes 2-2. (Championship) Angels 7, Yankees 3 Steven Spaes 2-2, Isaiah Lowe 2-2. 11-12 Years Old Yankees 5, Rangers 4 DJ Bagwell 3-3, David Bell 2-2. Cardinals 2, Braves 1 Seth Kennedy 2-2, Jope Ruffalo 1-2 Cardinals 3, Yankees 1 Holden Turner 1-2, Brice Fisher 1-2 Braves 4, Rangers 2 Joe Ruffalo 2-2, Cooper Scarborough 1-2 Braves 6, Yankees 0 John Harmon Melton 3-3 HR, Zac Crawford 1-2 Braves 9, Cardinals 4 John Harmon Melton 2-2 HR, Hadonn Pruitt 2-2 (Championship) Cardinals 10, Braves 1 Seth Kennedy 2-2, Joe Ruffalo 1-2.

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

Camp Mostly Smiles - 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 ext. 166 if you plan to attend - Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Shelby City Park, 850 W. Sumter Street, Shelby, NC.

Southern Arts Society

Club Meetings DOUGH MAKERS INVESTMENT CLUB - The Dough Makers Investment Club (for women) meets every third Monday of the month at 5:30 P.M. at the Edward Jones Office at 307 B East King Street, Kings Mountain. If you are interested in learning about it, please contact Esther Plonk at: 704739-1917. KINGS MOUNTAIN ROTARY CLUB Every Thursday, noon, at the Kings Mountain Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. SOUTHERN ARTS SOCIETY – Meets every first Thursday of the month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. KINGS MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB – Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR KINGS MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S CLUB– Meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP – Meets every fourth Thursday of every month at Central United Methodist Church.

NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY – The 2013 traveling exhibit will be on display at the Art Depot through May 11.

Salstrom and Katharine Butler. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the 2013 Arts and Letters Event contact Sally Jacobs at:


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Voices from the Past - Saturday, April 27 starting at 1 p.m. Poetry reading of poems composed by late residents of the area in honor of National Poetry Month. Betty Logan will be reading the poetry of Helen Cornwell Logan and Phyllis Fryer Brown will be reading the poetry of Hazel Herndon Fryer. Books of poetry by Hazel Herndon Fryer are available in the KMHM Gift Shop.

FREE NOTARY PUBLIC TRAINING – The Notary Training course is required to obtain a commission as a Notary Public in North Carolina or as a refresher course. Preregistration and pre-payment is required for this course a minimum of five business days prior to the class start date.

Ongoing: Our Stories: The History of Kings Mountain, NC

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

Library Events

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Kings Mountain: Christ the King Catholic Church, 714 Stone St., 6:30 p.m., meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Contact: Mary (704) 482-8690; Lincolnton: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2639 N. Carolina 150, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, hut in back, Contact: Robbie (704) 616-2630; Shelby: Cleveland County Memorial Library, 103 Howie Drive, Call for meeting times, Contact: Robbie (704) 6162630. You may also call the ReachLine & Information at (704) 319-1625, or go to The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for membership. The groups are self-supporting. Positive Attitudes Walking Club - There is an open invitation to all Kings Mountain ladies to join the Positive Attitudes Walking Club. The club members walk in various downtown areas of Kings Mountain during lunch hours. An inspirational devotion is provided. For more information call 704-4724403.

All events, unless other wise listed will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES – Tuesday, Apr. 30, 3:30-5 p.m. Email Tuesday, May 7, 3:30-5 p.m. Intro to Internet Thursday, May 9, 3:30-5 p.m. Ipads Tuesday, May 14, 3:30-5 p.m. Intro to Computers Tuesday, May 21, 3:30-5 p.m. Ereaders Thursday, May 30, 3:30-5 p.m. Ebay Call 704-739-2371 option 3 to reserve your place today! Traveler’s Book Club - Saturday, April 27 at 12 noon. Sat., May 11, noon - Teen Book Club Tues., May 14, 4 p.m. - Images of America: Kings Mountain, Last Chance Book signing! Sat. May 18 11:30 a.m. - Investment Program. Roger Reynolds will discuss investing options, Community Room. Mon., May 20, 7p.m. - A look at Lincoln as a war president, Community Room.

Patrick Senior Center S.H.O.P items for the month of April are two pounds of flour. These items are for the Crisis Ministry of Kings Mountain and can be dropped off in the front lobby of the Patrick Center. You do not have to be a senior to contribute to this project. The next Butterbean auction will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 in the dining room.

Your guide to area events

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Art Depot is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC, 704-739-5585,

IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS breakfast group – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 9 a.m., at Mountain View Restaurant in Kings Mountain. Contact Steve Brown at 704-739-2725 for more information.

KM LIONS CLUB– Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Linwood Restaurant, 805 Cleveland Ave.


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 pm and the program is at 7 pm. Visitors are welcome.

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


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PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME – Tuesdays, 10 a.m., 3-5 years old, and Thursdays, 10 a.m., 2 years and under, at Mauney Memorial Library, in the Community Room. Call 704-739-2371 and choose option 2 for more information. Cleveland Community College The 5th Annual Arts and Letters Event will be held at Cleveland Community College on Thursday, May 2, from 11 am - 1 pm in the Pennington-McIntyre Gallery. This year’s event features works by Mary

Apply Now for Job Openings - Gaston College Students, employees and alumnus can register to view and apply to current job opportunities on the nation’s largest entrylevel job board. Go to, Ed2go Online Classes - Over 450 on-line courses are available at For information, call 704.922.6251 or email:

Blood Drives East Gold Street Wesleyan Church, 701 E. Gold St., will host the blood bank April 26 from 2-6 p.m.

YMCA Events YMCA PRINCESS DATE NIGHT - Fathers, uncles and grandfathers...escort your daughter, niece or granddaughter to Princess Date Night! You and your special date(s) will enjoy a very magical and memorable evening together. A disc jockey will be spinning some songs for your dancing enjoyment. Dinner will be served and a photographer will be on hand to capture the moment. Come dressed in semi-formal attire: dresses for the girls and suit/tie are recommended for the gentlemen. We can’t wait to see you there! Ages: Open to any and all ages Cost: $25 per couple, $10 each additional child When: Saturday, May 18th, 2012 6:008:00 pm Where: Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain Registration: Registration forms are available at any Cleveland County Family YMCA branch. Get registered today! 18th annual YMCA Community Prayer Breakfast - The Cleveland County Family YMCA has announced that Sharon Decker, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, will give the keynote address at the 18th annual YMCA Community Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the LeGrand Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College. Tickets are $13 per person or $100 for a table of 8. You can purchase tickets at any YMCA branch. June Bug Jam 5K To Benefit Girls on the Run of Cleveland County Date: Saturday, June 1st 5K start time at 8:30am Kid’s Fun Run start time at 9:30am Cost: Y Members early registration until May 18th: 5K and Phantom Runner $20 Kid’s Fun Run $10. Non Y Members early registration until May 18th: 5K and Phantom Runner $25

Kid’s Fun Run $10. Y Members late registration: 5K and Phantom Runner $25 Kid’s Fun Run $12. Non Y Members late registration: 5K and Phantom Runner $30 Kid’s Fun Run $12. Package Pick Up times: Dover Foundation YMCA Friday, May 31st 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 1st 7:00 am – 8:00 am Location: The race will start and end at the Dover Foundation YMCA. Attention Dog Owners: the first 3 dog finishers get a free bag of dog food!

Special Events Davidson Resource Center Alumni will meet at the Patrick Senior Center on April 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. You are invited to the “Shepherd’s Table” for a free meal every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 220 North Watterson St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086, Sponsored by the Mission Dept. Contact Sisters Eloise Jenkins or Valerie Boyd at 704-739-8354 for Information. Owl’s Eye Winery - Melody Cox will return to Owl’s Eye Friday, April 26 and perform from 7 – 9 p.m. She has been playing and singing since she was 13 years old and wrote her first song then. Melody grew up listening to country music and over time, became interested in blues and classic rock. The songs she writes reflect the influences of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Patsy Cline and Bob Seger. She has released 5 albums, 2 of which were with bands and the remaining 3 were solo albums. Melody is from Asheville and has played at other wineries, coffee houses, private parties and charity events. “To support her habit” she works full time at the Asheville Police Department. BBQ BUTT SALE – VFW Post 9811, Kings Mountain and Cherryville will be selling bbq butts with sauce and slaw for $35.00 on May 11, 2013, as a fundraiser to support the troops. To order call: 704-750-4320. Butts will be ready for pick up after 10 a.m. Mother-Daughter Brunch - May 11, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at People’s Baptist Church. The Keynote Speaker will be Minister Sheila Webber of Wesley Chapel Holiness Church, Mount Holly. Brunch will be served immediately following the program. The theme this year is red and white and the attire is semi-formal. There is no cost but we ask that each lady sow a seed into the ministry. RSVP to Sister Fonda Houze by April 30, at (704) 740-6046 or (704) 739-0195. ZUMBA - Every Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7 p.m., Kings Mountain National Guard Armory, 300 Phifer Road. Instructor is Jennifer Stacey.

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

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Men’s basketball awards at KMHS

Rim Rockers The KM Rim Rockers traveled to Greensboro, NC this past weekend for the NCAA Division 1 showcase tournament. The girls worked really hard winning the first 2 games with an unfortunately loss in the third bringing home second place out of eight teams in their division. The highest scorer for the KM Rim Rockers was Leeasia Rhodes with 47 points followed by Dyamond Bristol with 25 and Paris Baker with 22. Also scoring were Erica Nelson 9, Chy Anne Hall 8, Felicity Hamilton 6, Chaya Hunter 4, and Jamyiah Pressley 3 with assist from Kamyiah Pressley and Shekinah Goins. Tamara Adams (knee) and Deyawna Rollinson (knee) side lined with injuries. The girls will travel to Winston Salem May 11th for the Josh Howard tournament. The KM Rim Rockers will be hosting “The Just Rockin’ It Tournament� at the KM YMCA June 1st. Please come out and support our local girls! Anyone who would like to help and donate to travel expenses and tournament cost is greatly appreciated and can contact Coach Freddie Adams directly @ 704-648-3071.

All-Conference junior James Tillman received the most valuable player award at the annual Kings Mountain High basketball banquet last week. Tillman also received awards for leading the Mountaineers in rebounds (12.5 per game) and field goal percentage (58 percent). Other awards were presented to Isaiah Cole, Team Before Self; Phillip Quinn, Mountaineer Award; Shawn Adams, Sixth Man of the Year; Josh Sherer, Most Improved Player; Wil Sellers, Defensive Player of the Year; and Chad Sanders, Offensive Player of the Year. Others receiving awards for leading in statistics were Sherer (4.1 assists per game), Shawn Adams (1.8 steals per game), Cameron Bullock (83 percent free throw percentage), and Sellers (34 percent 3-ponit field goal percentage).

Lady Mounties beat Huss 3-2 Kings Mountain High’s soccer team trimmed Hunter Huss 3-2 in a Big Souith 3A game Wednesday aet Gamble Stadium.

Mikayla Price scored a header goal from Lyndsey Barnes’ corner kick and Jamie Slater and Madie Skeith added a goal apiece. Skeith and Barnes had the assists. Kings Mountain improved to 3-4-1 in the BSC and 6-9-1 overall.

Softball team beats Huskies Kings Mountain defeated Hunter Huss 7-2 in a Big South 3A softball game Friday night at Lancaster Field #3. Reagan Childers went the distance on the mound, giving up only two hits and striking out 10. Leah Herndon had a big night at the plate with two doubles, three triples and one RBI. Ashlee Harris was 2-for3 with two RBIs and Molly Short drove in two runs.

KM golfers finish fourth

KM 350, Ashbrook 361 and North Gaston 374. Will Long and Will Blalock of Forestview were co-medalists with 70s. Miles Robinson led KM with an 81. Matt Shepard shot 86, Hunter Cook 88 and Devin Heath 95.

Shelby Lions golf tournament Shelby Lions Club will sponsor a 4-person Captain's Choice Golf Tournament Friday, May 10, at Deerbrook Golf Club. The cost is $60 per person--$240 per team, with proceeds benefiting Cleveland County sight and conservation programs and the Lions Scholarship program for Shelby High School. Registration forms are available at DeerBrook. Registration begins at 8:45 AM with the shotgun start at 9:30. Cash and other prizes will be available.

KM Marathon slated Saturday

Kings Mountain finished fourth in a Big South 3A golf meet last week at River Bend. Forestview won with a 287 score, followed by South Point 318, Crest 327,

The fourth annual Kings Mountain Marathon and Half-Marathon will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at Kings Mountain State Park. Both races begin in the parking lot at Lake Craw-

ford. Runners in the marathon run on Park Road, Rock House Road, Lookout Tower Road and Apple Road. Runners in the half marathon run Park Road, Battleground Road, Piedmont Road and Jenkins Farm Road , turn around and return to Lake Crawford.

Chris Johnson to speak in KM Former Kings Mountain High and Gardner-Webb football star Chris Johnson and his Young People of Integrity group from Hickory will present a program May 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Bynum Chapel in Kings Mountain. Johnson, a member of the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, will tell his story on how the death of his son Corey Leach motivated and inspired him to begin his mentoring program, which helps young people understand the power of peer pressure. Youth from Gastonia, Kings Mountain and Shelby areas will be in attendance. They will hear Johnson, as well as some of Corey Leach’s friends and classmates speak. There will also be youth choirs, praise dancing, fun and games.

North Elementary third nine weeks awards Top Tigers -Xavier Adams, Latarioanna Black, Nevaeh Branch, Lindzey Boulanger, Joshua Davis, Elysia Granger, Madison Jackson, Kaydence Smith, Tyler Talbert, Ty’Shonna Whittenburg, Harmony Woodie, Samuel Yelton, Levi Humphries, Samuel Hanvy, Madison Lucas, Will Varner, Jeremiah AmayaDeras, Alyssa Barrett, Sakhia Boswell, Brei-Ahna Canipe, Lucention Clemons, Jarvis Guyton, Peyton Hastings, Jeremiah Hunter A Honor Roll First Grade: Anthony Anselmo, Jayden Byers, Levi Carson, Olyvia Clark, Chance Habel, Samantha Harrelson, Titus Hogue, Brooklyn Johnson, Will Owens, Cheyanne Reynolds, Logan Allen, Summer Altman, Megan Dennis, Devon Dorsey, Alexander Estephanian, Ny’Asia Forney,

Ethan Guy, Christopher Meredith, Noah Smith, Genesis Tinoco, Michael Washburn, Claire Bennett, Turner Brown, Taylor Canipe, Issac Casnave, Reed Cooper, Adam Cox, Elliott Habel, AJ Jackson, Kevin Lipscomb, Olivia Massagee, Matthew Morrow, Jaidyn Moses, Javon Smith, Kaleb Surratt, Jordan Whetstine, Emani Williams, Keely Draughon. Second Grade: Colby Carroll, Bryce Hall, Nyirah Petty, Payton Slycord, Nicholas Spencer, Keith St. Clair, Deniah Young, John William Eagle, Christina Maxwell, Taylor McSwain, Julianna Williams. Third Grade: Macey Deering, Avery Philbeck, Maddox Brown, Karissa Smith, Tyler Smith, Marlee Arnold, Jacob Beachum, Nate Moose Fourth Grade: Jaxson Bolin, Ansley Habel, Lauren Hullender, Drake Morrow,

Ms. Greenwood's Top Tigers - Brei-Ahna Canipe, Payton Hastings, Sakhia Boswell and Alyssa Barrett, Ms. Greenwood, Jeremiah Amaya-Deras, Jarvis Guyton, Jeremiah Hunter, Mrs. Blanton.

Jamye Adams, Ally Welch, Reece Guy, Alec Stinnett, Clinton Turner. A/B Honor Roll First Grade: Matthew Anthony, Kaley Arter, Tucker Cash, Chase Clark, DeMarria Johnson, Ethan Maddox, Hannah Allen, Noah Funderburk, Dameon Mason, Josiah Nunez, Tijheer Scott, Roxy Bell, Cameron Carringer, Kenia Davidson, Michael Garland, Aiden Gill, Rikard Ploeger, Kadence Raines. Second Grade: Brayden Blair, Briana Dennis, Ashley Laye, Kalynn Littlejohn, Taylor Smith, Makayla Bennett, Holly Campbell, Alex Eaton, Journie Gill, Kyrstin Hastings, Alexis Jackson, Vince Jenkins, Samaii Johnson, Cole Miller, Shyann Powell, Dylan Towery, Third Grade: Michelle Bedoya, DeShawn Dean, Brayden Garris, Trystin

Hastings, Abby McGirt, Blake Mertz, Paydon Oliver, Drake Putnam, Natalie Brown, Casey Smith, Warren Taylor, Seth Wyte, Alexis Clary, Kailey Snyder. Fourth Grade: Alex Barrett, Nicholas Johnson, Kaitlyn McKee, Trevor Bell, Haleigh Dennis, Madison Goddard, Kendreana Lee, Robert Lipscomb, Bailey Payne, Talaysia, Watson, Olivia Bennett, Elijah Hunter, Carmyn Mack, Kensley McNeely, Hali Morrow, Kobe Paysour, Annalisa Yanero. Principal’s Pals Latarionna Black, Will Varner, Brei-Ahna Canipe, Genesis Tinoco, Emani Williams, Cameron Carringer, Colby Carroll, Vince Jenkins, Brayden Garris, Seth Wyte, Marlee Arnold, Sharon FloresDeras, Haleigh Dennis, Hali Morrow.

Mrs Mack's Top Tigers - Elysia Granger, Latarioanna Black, Xavier Adams, Harmony Woodie, Madison Jackson, Ty'Shonna Whittenburg, Lindzay Boulanger, Samuel Yelton, Kaydence Smith, Tyler Talbert, Joshua Blanton.Mrs. Mack, Mrs. Humphries, and Mrs, Blanton

Terrific Kids: Harmony Woodie, Madison Jackson, Samuel Hanvy, Madison Lucas, Peyton Hastings, Jarvis Guyton, Summer Altman, Michael Washburn, Adam Cox, Jaidyn Moses, Rikard Ploeger, Titus Hogue, Ashley Laye, Nicholas Spencer, Shyann Powell, Atticus Woodall, Evan Briggs, Avery Philbeck, Tyler Smith, Justin Darby, Madison Humphries, Kailey Snyder, Lauren Hullender, Ashanti Whittenburg, Jayme Adams, Ally Welch, Selena Furman, Kobe Paysour. Good Citizens: Kaley Arter, Logan Allen, Elliott Habel, AJ Jackson, Olyvia Clark, Will, Owens, Kalynn Littlejohn, Yonic Martinez, Alex Eaton, Christina Maxwell, Logan Braswell, Abby McGirt,

Karissa Smith, Warren Taylor, Jacob Beachum, Lavonte Simmons, Jon Paysour, Jaxson Bolin, Jennifer Salgado, Daniel Thomas, Grey Breland, Olivia Bennett. Math Award Winners: RayShawn Sewell, Tyler McIntyre, Alyssa Barrett, Tucker Cash, Keely Draughon, Cheyanne Reynolds, Keith St.Clair, Christina Maxwell, Avery Philbeck, Karissa Smith, Marlee Arnold, Ansley Habel, Nicholas Johnson, Kendreana Lee, Clinton Turner. Top Reading Award Winners: Tyler Talbert, KeSean Ellington, Jeremiah Hunter, Alexander Estephanian, Matthew Morrow, Anthony Anselmo, Payton Slycord, John William Eagle, Macey Deering, Tyler Smith, Marlee Arnold, Jon Paysour, Ally Welch, Alec Stinnett.

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CCC’s Anne Wise Instructor of the Year

Janet Gardner, teacher assistant, Mariyah Brown, Savannah Poston, Madison Morrow, Rachel Whitaker, Chris Richardson, Kobe Zirbel, Kim Duckworth, Media Specialist and Coach, Kayla Scism, Alex Postell

Grover first in Battle of the Books The Grover EBOB team placed first in Cleveland County School’s first ever Elementary Battle of the Books. Team members included Mariyah Brown,

Madison Morrow, Alex Postell, Savannah Poston, Chris Richardson, Kayla Scism, Rachel Whitaker, and Kobe Zirbel. Students were asked very detailed ques-

tions from seventeen books that were read for the competition. Grover’s team was coached by Kim Duckworth, the school’s media specialist. Ten teams participated in

the first Cleveland County Schools’ Battle of the Books challenge for elementary students on April 17 competing in 12 quiz-bowl style rounds.

SHELBY - CCC Nursing Instructor, Anne Wise, was recently named Practical Nursing Instructor of the Year by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Wise was recognized at the North Carolina Board of Nursing annual Educational Summit. She has been a full-time practical nursing instructor at CCC for six years and also served as a part-time clinical instructor for three years. She received a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lenior-Rhyne U n i v e r s i t y . Wise was also an Excellence in Teaching nominee in 2010 and says, “I have always wanted to be a teacher even as a small child. I would like to thank the Lord for any talents that I have. It is such an

ANN WISE honor to be recognized for this award and I sincerely thank the faculty and students for the privilege to work with them every day.” She is an active member of Putnam Baptist Church where she is a Bible Study leader. She also enjoys reading and sewing and going to book club.

Grover Elementary School third nine weeks awards Super Star – Headstart Kailena Sourisoud, Matthews Bowens Terrific Kids – Headstart - Mia Lewis, Sarah Jones Perfect Attendance – Headstart Super Star – SmartStart Kaylee Whitworth. Bethany Harris Terrific Kids – SmartStart - David Waters, Gavin Ledbetter Perfect Attendance – SmartStart - Lana Atkinson, Chase Watts Super Star – Kindergarten - Lily Grayson, Kensley Phillips, Waylon Bowens, Kae’lyn Roberts, Natalie Blanton, Soren Odums, Aidan Robinson, Sirero Logan, Carli Wilkinson Nevaeh Messick Terrific Kids – Kindergarten -Melody Hill, Hadden Timmons, Ashton Vouthivong, Isaac Stinson, Ethan Ashley, Jaden Hammett, Abby Lowrance, Daisy Braswell, Macy Hamrick, Vernon Roberts Perfect Attendance – Kindergarten - Jocelyn Pressley, Nathan Clayton, Alexys Padgett, Tamara Sloan, Caroline Tessneer, Bianca Pettis, Jennifer Gural, Phoenix Flannery, Bella Calhoun, Abby Lowrance, Brayden Murray, Andreya Byers, Caitlyn

Ladd, Carli Wilkinson Super Star – 1st Grade Amiyah Banner, Charles Lowrance, Laci Webb, Taylor Engle, Daymion Jones, LJ Roberts Terrific Kids – 1st Grade - Breanna Atkins, Dylan Carroll, Kiki Richardson, Maysa Jackson, Cade Leigh, Desaray Richards Perfect Attendance – 1st Grade - Charles Lowrance, Lily Bridges, Halee Welch, Canyon Evans, Kevin Hodge A Honor Roll – 1st Grade - Braedyn Bolin, Bransyn Bolin, Daniel Sullivan, Trinity Terry, Sara Warlick, Cody Wright, Marcus Zirbel, Lauren Adkins, Lily Bridges, Maysa Jackson, Georgia Short, Tyler Stenger, Landon Washburn, Lucas Bradley, Heather Carswell, Canyon Evans, Seanna Haynes, Addy Knotts, Cade Leigh, Cole McKenzie, Desaray Richards, Waylon Yelton A/B Honor Roll – 1st Grade - Kara Bowen, Dylan Carroll, Abbegail Craig, David Hamrick, Joshua Hedrick, Shara Mayes, Shyann Rush, Charles Lowrance, Andrew Hallman, Trevor Moore, Jacobi Pressley, Kiki Richard-

son, Laci Webb, Katelyn Foy, Molly Hill, LJ Roberts Super Star – 2nd Grade Kalie Moss, Chase Moore, Eric Bell, Angela Sanchez, Wesley Smith. Jordyn Stone, Isaac Barlow, Nathan Inthavong, Mackenzie Hamrick, Makayla Morrow Terrific Kids – 2nd Grade - Makenzie Clark, Toby Weaver, Olivia Young, Aubrey Thomas, Spencer Lempert, Jacob Fletcher, Malachi Welch, Hanna Flores, Kelly Gonzalez, Lucas Saldo Perfect Attendance – 2nd Grade - Brooke Bone, Hannah Millsaps, Zeb Watkins, Caleb Broome, Nicholas Cole, Nicole Poston, Aubrey Thomas, Tyler Dormeus, Nathan Inthavong, Cayden McDaniel, William Messick, Adam Blanton, Makayla Morrow, Cody Thomas A Honor Roll – 2nd Grade - Makenzie Clark, Karlee Ramsey, Toby Weaver, Caleb Broome, Saylor Goforth, Nicole Poston, AJ Richardson, Erika Aragon, Tuesday Cochran, Spencer Lempert, Jordan Mull, Levi Johnson, Aniya McCleary, Marcos Richardson, Lucas Saldo A/B Honor Roll – 2nd Grade - Alyssia Harris, Na-

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Terrific Kids – 4th Grade - Alyssa Adams, Luke Crepps, Amber Wilson, Chris Richardson, Mallory Buchanan, Calen Buchanan, Solana Serpas Perfect Attendance – 4th Grade - Carson Buchanan, Luke Crepps, Alora Mull, Marcus Odums, Alex Postell, Savannah Poston, Kennedy Ross, Toby Quebedeaux, Keeley Crawford, Sirrea Logan, Davin Gunter, Calen Buchanan, Altrean Chapman, Calem Messick, Zachary Millsaps, Emily Poeng A Honor Roll – 4th Grade - Alyssa Adams, Savannah Poston, Caleb Johnston, Jenna Ramsey, Lee Page, Emily Poeng A/B Honor Roll – 4th Grade - Carson Buchanan, Luke Crepps, Christian Drake, Marcus Odums, Alex Postell, Kobe Zirbel, Maggie Buchanan, Zachery Champion, Griffin Reed, Amber Wilson, Logan Bowen, Dalton Gunter, Sara Putnam, Denisse Sanchez

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Brandon Thompson completes U.S. Air Force basic training

CCCFA Graduates CCCFA GRADUATES – Pictured are the 12 graduates of Spring Firefighter Academy at Cleveland Community College. From left, sitting, Nate Miller, Timothy Hamrick, Matthew Moss, Matthew Brooks, Zeb Murray, and Matthew Reed; standing, from left, Dylan Priester, Lawrence Beam, Stephen Taylor, James Alexander, Malcolm Morris and Barry Gohn III.

KMHS Booster Club to meet on May 14 at 6:30 The Kings Mountain Booster Club will meet Monday, May 14 at 6:30

p.m. at B.N. Barnes Auditorium. This is the last meeting until August 12 at 6:30. All

members and prospective members ae enouaged to attend.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon S. Thompson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program which included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits to-

ward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Thompson is the son of Chrissy and Dennis Thompson of Catherine Street, Kings Mountain. He is a 2010 graduate of Thompson Education Academy, Kings Mountain. He received an associate degree in 2011 from Cleveland Community College, Shelby.


Summer Science Camp June 17-21 at Kings Mountain YMCA Summer Science Camp at the KM Family YMCA will be held for first and second graders June 17-21, and for third and fourth graders June 24-28 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. under direction of camp counselor Judy W. Ford. Cost for the week is $75 for members and $95 for non-members. The week’s itinerary for

both camps will include Science Shenanigans on Monday; Rock Hounds and a visit to KM Gateway Trails on Tuesday; Rock Hounds and a field trip to MartinMarietta Quarry on Wednesday; Invertebrates on Thursday with a trip to Crowder’s Mountain State Park and canoeing; and Back Yard and wildlife on Friday

and a trip to Schiele Natural History Museum and Home Depot. Each camper will receive a cloth backpack, bug box, water bottle, t-shirt, journals, nature bandana, journaling tools, bug net and bird house and more. Reservations can be made by contacting the YMCA at 704-739-9631.

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Grover students selected Terrific Kids, Super Stars The following students were recently named Terrific Kids at Grover Elementary School: Jaden Hammett, Sarah Jones, Mia Lewis, Ethan Ashley, Breanna Atkins, Melody Hill, David Waters, Gavin Ledbetter, Abby Lowrance, Daisy Braswell, Cade Leigh, Desaray Richards, Maysa Jackson, Vernon Roberts, Macy Hamrick, Hadden Timmons, Ashton Vouthivong, Isaac Stinson, Dylan Carroll, Kiki Richardson, Calen Buchanan, Emma Campbell, Jacob Fletcher, Mackenzie Clark, Lucas Saldo, Lucas Sanders, Maggie Buchanan,

Caleb Martin, Kelly Gonzalez, Olivia Young, Toby Weaver, Aubrey Thomas, Malachi Welch, Ale Sappia, Chris Richardson, Alyssa Adams, Danielle Pillado, Hanna Flores, Spencer Lempert, Lucas Carroll, Rachel Whitaker, Luke Crepps, Amber Wilson, and Solana Serpas.

Taylor Engle, Sireco Logan, Kensley Phillips, Soren Odums, Bethany Harris, Laci Webb, Daymion Jones, Aiden Robinson, Kae'lyn Roberts , Amiyah Banner, L. J. Roberts, Jordan Moore, Kalie Moss, Angela Sanchez, Jordyn Stone, Bryanna Lowrance, C. J. Tackett, Dennise Sanchez, Eric Bell, Makayla Morrow, Nathan Inthavong, Mackenzie Hamrick, Cheyenne Ernst, Holly Patterson, Sirrea Logan, Matt Ingle, Malazha Banner, Wesley Smith, Chase Moore, Isaac Barlow, Aaliyah Byers, Kayla Scism, Isaac Cedillo, and Davin Gunter.

The following students were recently named Super Stars at Grover Elementary School: C. J. Lowrance, Nevaeh Messick, Kailena Sourisoud,Natalie Blanton, Kaylee Whitworth, Lily Grayson, Carli Wilkinson,

Q and U say I Do Friday, April 19, Mrs. Haskett’s kindergarten class, at West Elementary, performed a marriage of the letters “Q” and “U”. Front row left to right are: Liliana Hernandez, flower girl; Kinley Putnam, bride (Q); Landon Broome, groom (U), and Joey Safrit, the paste bearer. Joshua Gillespie, back row, performed the ceremony. Mrs. Haskett had a personal interest in the costumes – she made the bride’s dress for her daughter, the flower girl’s dress was from her wedding, and the groom’s jacket had been her father’s! (Photo by BETH BROCK)

North Elementary students compete in county Fun Run More than 70 students from North Elementary School recently participated in the Cleveland County School Fun Run. Over 1,100 students from all over the county participated in this event. Students also participated in a health fair, concessions and t-shirt sales during the Fun Run. The Cleveland County School Fun Run is a healthy


and fun family event. Area businesses supported the fun run by donating prizes and gifts for the students. North Elementary would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Fun Run a successful event. Students can not wait to run again next year!

(1st grader: 3rd place in the 2 mile), Elliot Habel (1st grader: 2nd place in the 2 mile), Tucker Cash (1st grader: 2nd in the half mile), Ansley Habel (4th grader: 1st place in the 2 mile), Casey Smith (3rd grader: 1st place in the half mile), Marlee Arnold (4th grader: 2nd place overall in the 2 mile), Titus Phillips (4th grader: 1st place in the half mile)

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KINGS: murder and justice From page 3A not as a two-dimensional narrative from a report. They see what the police see, and they carry those images with them as they prepare for trial. They would not soon forget the scene that greeted them at the Kings’ villa. Michael King, a 53-yearold retired insurance executive, lay partially on the floor, slumped against a striped easy chair near a living room entertainment center. A fire extinguisher lay on the cushion by his head. His throat had been slit, and stab wounds peppered his back and neck. One slice had severed a main artery, spilling his blood onto the stone floor. Several feet away, between a dining room table and a granite kitchen bar, Thelma King, 57, lay dead in an overturned, high-back chair. Torn strips from a green beach towel had been used to bind her hands, tie her body to the wicker chair and keep her gagged and blindfolded. Her throat had been slashed twice with such severity the blade scarred her spine. As they looked around, the prosecutors spotted a steak knife lying on the floor with the tip of its blade broken off. They quickly had the knife placed in a box and removed from the room without discussion. They told no one about it, unwilling to take a chance someone might leak the information and compromise the most promising clue they had.

woman with an athletic build came over and introduced herself as Dientje Muller, a police officer assigned to serve as the Kings’ family detective. Island authorities typically assign an officer to work with a violent-crime victim’s family and help them navigate St. Maarten’s legal system. Muller got the assignment while dropping off her children at swimming lessons less than a half-hour before the Kings’ plane touched down. She knew nothing about the case. In fact, this was the first time the 20-year veteran had served as a family liaison. Muller decided she would follow one guiding principle: “I will treat them the way I would want to be treated if I was in their shoes.” That began with a trip to the morgue. Meanwhile, Muller’s colleagues beat the streets in search of leads. Among them was Claudius Rogers, an island cop who used to run into Mike and Thelma at the popular Sunset Bar, where people gather to watch passenger planes swoop in over Maho Beach. Mike always made him laugh, kidding Rogers about the low-hanging holster the officer kept strapped to his leg. When Rogers heard Mike had been killed, he volunteered to work without sleep to find the persons responsible. “That smile,” he said, shaking his head. “It was like a piece of the sunset was gone.”

What to expect? Todd King’s mind raced as he and his brother, Finley, tried to envision what awaited them when their plane touched down in St. Maarten. It had been less than 24 hours since they had learned their elder brother and his wife had been killed on this small island where the couple had kept a second home. Todd and Finley left South Carolina on the first flight they could find, accompanied by Thelma’s sister, Lois, and her husband, Mac Swain. They knew next to nothing about St. Maarten’s customs and legal system. Did the island have a U.S. embassy? Where was the morgue? How would they get there? How did the Dutch legal system work? Did the police really care about the killings? Could they trust the police? Could they trust anyone? Where should they go first when they got off the plane? At an immigration checkpoint, a worker held up her hand when she saw Todd King’s passport. A tall

Rumors and support As police built their case, word of the killings quickly spread around the island, where many folks knew the Kings as a kind, generous couple. A husky man with a big personality to match, Mike could strike up a conversation with anybody or pop into an island grill and help with the cooking just for the fun of it. When he learned the local bars didn’t have his favorite bourbon, Maker’s Mark, King brought down some bottles from South Carolina, handed them to bartenders and told them to sell it back to him at a profit if they liked. Soon, the bars started stocking his brand. But it would be henceforth known as “Maker’s Mike” on the island. Thelma, a retired banking official, was more reserved than her outgoing husband of 22 years. Friends spoke of her quiet kindness, poise and her distaste of speaking ill of others. They called her a quintessential Southern belle.

Vicki Cline, left, a friend of Michael and Thelma King, and Finley King, Michael s brother, light a sky lantern to release in memory of the couple, who were stabbed to death in their St. Maarten home on Sept. 19, 2012. Photo was taken on the roof of Cline s home in St. Maarten on 4/10/2013, the day the murder trial concluded for the three men charged in the Kings death. (Glenn Smith/

How could this have happened to them? The island recorded 10 killings in 2012, a high-water mark in recent years. Still, tourist murders remain rare. Tourism is St. Maarten’s lifeblood, as evidenced by the flotilla of hulking cruise ships that crowd the harbor in the capital city of Philipsburg. Sarah Wescot Williams, St. Maarten’s prime minister, made a point to quickly reach out to the Kings’ family to express the island’s condolences. Privately, she worried about rumors and fear spreading to fill the information vacuum in the immediate aftermath of the slayings. It didn’t take long. Bloggers soon speculated that the killings stemmed from a dispute over the rum business. Others suggested the Kings were killed in a murder-forhire plot. No proof of either scenario was offered. Detective Muller worked to keep the family grounded and in the loop. She took them to breakfast, to the police station, to the prosecutors’ office. She introduced them to investigators, showed them around the island, helped them arrange to ship the bodies home. At each stop, the Kings seemed to find someone with a story about Mike and Thelma. They met the bartender who’d been surprised by the gift of a new car from the couple after her old ride broke down. They learned how Mike had bought a refrigerator for another needy resident, and how Thelma had been a rock for a friend struggling with breast cancer. These stories helped ease the pain. But the family still needed justice to feel whole. Crucial clues

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As is turned out, police had come across two key clues before they even realized the Kings were dead. Officers had located a black Hyundai that had been used in a robbery at the island’s Happy Star Chinese restaurant on the night of Sept. 19. Inside the car, police found Mike King’s cell phone and credit card. Investigators scrolled through the numbers on King’s phone and reached out to his relatives in South Carolina on the morning of Sept. 21. While family and friends tried to reach Mike and Thelma, Daboul’s visit to the villa led to the discovery of their bodies. Daboul’s wife, Melanie, then rushed to the police station to make sure investigators were aware of a possible link between the restaurant robbery and the killings. Investigators traced the abandoned Hyundai to an island man who told police he had lent it to a friend that night. The friend turned out to be Meyshane Johnson, a 29-year-old security guard, who had been drinking at Happy Star hours before the holdup. A short, compact man with a vampire-like widow’s peak and a perpetual smirk, Johnson had been a hard drinker since the age of 12 and was known for his rather odd behavior. He once claimed to have talks with a giant frog. And he’d been deported to his native Jamaica in 2010 after threatening to leap from the roof of a friend’s house. Johnson snuck back onto St. Maarten, leaving his three kids behind in Jamaica while he tried to build a new life on the Dutch island with a girlfriend he kept on the side. That life, however, was about to implode. A police SWAT team swarmed the house where Johnson was staying and found him hiding under a bed. Other evidence led police to Johnson’s younger cousin, Jeremiah Mills, a lanky, hard-luck kid with a nest of dreadlocks atop his head. Mills’ parents had both tried to walk away from him at an early age and he turned to drugs and misbehavior. By age 17, he had been to jail for theft and robbery. Investigators caught up with Mills on Oct. 1 in Cole Bay, not far from the rum factory. Four days later, authorities in St. Thomas grabbed the third suspect, 20-year-old Jamal Woolford, after he stepped off a plane from St. Maarten. By then, Johnson had broken his silence and started talking to police, offering them a detailed account of a night of greed and larceny that had ended with innocent blood spilled. A suspect’s tale

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After borrowing his friend’s Hyundai on the night of Sept. 19, Johnson picked up his cousin and Woolford, an old schoolmate of Mills’ who had spent most of the

day at home smoking pot. Woolford was known as a polite, normal kid who worked as a crew member on a charter boat. But the tourist season had slacked off of late, and he wasn’t getting many hours at work. That made him anxious. The rent was due and his girlfriend was pregnant. He badly needed cash, and the trio decided to rectify that by robbing Happy Star shortly before 8 p.m. While Johnson waited behind the wheel of the idling car with tinted windows and a pin-up girl sticker, Mills and Woolford stormed inside with pistols in hand. Mills, wearing a Halloween mask, demanded money while Woolford stuck a gun to the side of a customer’s head. They barely escaped with a handful of cash after the Happy Star’s owner alerted police. Officers blasted several shots at the fleeing Hyundai, with one round lodging in the trunk. Sighting a target Johnson hit the gas and veered down side streets until he reached the French side of the island, a common criminal ploy to evade the local authorities. They switched license plates and drove through the darkness until they arrived in Cupecoy, an area of Dutch territory known for its picturesque beaches and cliffs. Johnson pulled into a vacant lot beside by a dense maritime forest filled with twisted, gnarled trees and snaking paths that led to the beach. There, they left the car and set off on foot across the sand, taking advantage of receding waves to get around a security wall at the perimeter of Ocean Club Resort. The three robbers spotted lights on at one villa perched on a bluff, surrounded by unoccupied homes. They moved silently up a staircase from the beach to take a closer look. Inside, Mike King slept soundly in an easy chair with the television flickering before him. He made a habit of locking up every night and closing the retractable hurricane shutters over the windows and doors for added security. This night, however, he nodded off before taking his usual precautions.

Kings kept in a nearby walkin closet. “I promise we won’t hurt you,” he told her. Shaken, Thelma fumbled with the combination, and couldn’t get the safe open on the first couple of tries. But when the steel door finally popped, Mills and Woolford helped themselves to a pile of $100 bills and a sack of jewelry with an estimated worth of about $70,000. They then marched her downstairs, gagged her and tied her to a chair to keep her from screaming or running for help. Mills turned and grabbed a cold Heineken from the Kings’ refrigerator to slake his thirst and keep his buzz going. He offered a brew to Mike and Thelma as well, thinking it might calm their nerves. They declined. Then, the knife came down. More arrests As prosecutors listened to Johnson’s tale, the details rang true. But it was one crucial statement that convinced them they had the right man. Johnson explained that Mike King had tried to come to his wife’s aid after she was tied up, resulting in the cut on his neck. As King rose bleeding from his seat, Johnson plunged the steak knife into his back with such force that it snapped the tip of the blade in the process. Johnson told police he killed King with a second knife so he wouldn’t suffer and then Thelma to spare her the pain of a life without her husband. Benammar and van den Eshof looked at each other. They had kept the broken knife a secret. No one knew about the tip lodged in Mike King’s back until it was found during the autopsy. The only way Johnson could have known was if he was there that night. Mills and Woolford eventually gave statements to police as well. Though some details varied, key points became abundantly clear. This had not been a contract killing. There were no links to the rum business. The crime had been random and senseless. And while the Kings lay dying, the suspects went out to blow their money on prostitutes and booze at a brothel. Tug of war

Caught by surprise King had spent the entire day working with Melanie Daboul on the rum factory preparations in an industrial corner of Cole Bay. After a few drinks with friends on Maho Beach and a light dinner at a local cantina, he and Thelma decided to call it an early night. They were bushed. King didn’t hear the three men scamper up a gas cylinder alongside the back balcony that offered unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. Nor did he hear the sliding glass door open as they slipped inside. He didn’t realize they were there until Woolford tapped his face with the barrel of a pistol. He started to protest, but Woolford buried a fist in his gut. Johnson came from behind, grabbed him in a headlock and placed a knife to his neck. They demanded to know where the money was, and King told them it was upstairs in a bedroom where Thelma lay sleeping unclothed in a four-post bed. While Johnson held King, Woolford and Mills tromped up the tiled stairway and across the landing where a bucket of paint and brushes lay on a crumpled Miami Herald, the remnants of Thelma’s afternoon home improvement project. They stepped into the bedroom and woke Thelma, who came awake in a full panic. Mills told her to put some clothes on and help them open the small safe the

On a sunny April morning, Mike and Thelma’s relatives gathered in the belly of Topper’s Rhum factory and watched as workers on the production line hand-filled bottles with Melanie Daboul’s flavored concoctions. Mike’s mother, Sally Gripkey, teared up when she saw her son’s curling signature had been added to the label of each bottle. The day before, the trial of the three murder suspects had come to an end, with prosecutors recommending life for Johnson and dozens of years behind bars for Mills and Woolford. A verdict and sentencing are expected next month. The family’s wait for justice is nearly over, but the Kings insisted they would return to St. Maarten and would encourage their friends to visit as well. The rum factory is one draw, of course. But it’s more than that, Todd King told an island radio audience. “We look at it like a tug of war. These guys took everything in the world from us that night. Every day since, we have tried to pull back on that rope. Every day, we try to get another inch,” he said. “If we’re scared to come to the island, if we’re scared to talk about Mike and Thelma, if we’re too scared to deal with it, then they’ve won. And we’re not going to allow that to happen.” Reach Glenn Smith at 9375556 or

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Kings Mountain Herald 04-24-2013

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