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62 jobs coming with Kitchen expansion ELIZABETH STEWART

Kitchen Ventilation Systems, a Division of the Schoefield, Wis.-based Greenheck Fan Corporation, will add 62 more jobs in the next three years, more than doubling its present staff, and invest $7.8 million in a big expansion.

Plant Manager Bill Cowen said that groundbreaking for the new 100,000-square-foot facility in the 260-acre Kings Mountain Business Center Park is expected to be held in August with completion targeted for January 2013. Cowen said that 50 percent of the new jobs will be skilled labor such as machine operators and welders and 50 percent will be employees trained in assembly type jobs. Salaries will

vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $31,985 plus benefits. The new addition will be built beside the existing industry at 212 Commerce Boulevard and house tempered air products, a green product the company is marketing. See 62 JOBS, 6A

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Fun activities for all ages set for today's Revolutionary 4th of July

Night fire forces family out of home ELIZABETH STEWART

Happy Independence Day! That's how thousands of people will be celebrating at the 2012 "Revolutionary 4th" in Kings Mountain at the city's walking track and community-built playground at the YMCA. The largest fireworks show between Charlotte and Asheville is expected to Mayor Rick Murphrey, left, and City Special Events Director Ellis Noell get flags ready for last year’s Fourth of July. KYRA TURNER / HERALD

Vivian Smart Williams, 68, has never asked for help until now. "Mama never thought she'd be homeless," says her daughter, Kerry McKenzie. "She's worried." The two bedroom white frame house at 131 Kristie Lane that Williams shares with her caretaker, Deanna Powell, 60, grandsons Timothy and Joshua Bell, her great-granddaughter, Summer Dawn Bell, 2, and Summer's mother, Angela Walker, was heavily damaged by fire June 27. Because of heavy smoke and Willams' breathing problems, she can't stay in any part of the house and is tarping the carport this week for the family to stay in. "Vicki", as Kings Mountain people know her, is staying with her daughter but Kerry and her family live in a two bedroom house which won't accommodate all the family.

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"This is really a great day to celebrate," said John Mitchell, president of the North American division of Rockwood Lithium, as he welcomed a room full of guests inside Rockwood's new global technical headquarters in Kings Mountain. A recognized world leader in lithium technology, Rockwood will develop materials for advanced transportation batteries in their new, state-of-the-art Kings Mountain facility. The new 56,000-squarefoot technical center, one of only two in the world, and

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This house at 131 Kristie Lane off Cherryville Road was damaged by fire and smoke June 27 and the six family members are homeless.

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Council votes to close Oak Street RR crossing Grade at crossing has raised six feet over the years; the site of 12 wrecks in three years ELIZABETH STEWART

Twelve of the 15 reported train-truck wrecks in the last three years in Kings Mountain happened at the Oak Street railroad crossing. Big tractortrailers get stuck on the tracks after drivers ignore posted signs. There have been no fatalities. After many attempts by city officials to keep the intersection open, city council by a vote of 5-1 last Tuesday voted to close for good the downtown Oak Street crossing. "We've had several near misses and police have called railroad officials to stop the trains coming through Kings Mountain five times already this year, 12 times in 2011 and seven times in 2010," said Police Chief Melvin Proctor. "It is not fair to our citizens because of the negligence of drivers who don't think of the consequences," he said, referring to the most recent crash on May 4 when a northbound freight train slammed into a stuck 18-wheeler hauling cotton. The train sliced the tractor-trailer in half and scattered cotton over a wide area. Luckily, the driver escaped but it was just seconds before the collision. City Manager Marilyn Sellers said that minutes before the crash an employee from nearby Parkdale Mills handed the truck driver a safety flyer admonishing truck drivers not to cross. Proctor said the city has issued 16 citations to truck drivers for $500 each, the maximum fee for a violation of a city ordinance.

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"They pay the fines, signs are not going to work," he said. "This is not the finish, just the start of what we've got to do" said the chief, referring to the next step for city leaders in addressing traffic issues created by the new change in traffic pattern. Councilman Tommy Hawkins asked if there were any fatalities at Oak Street crossing. "No fatalities, some near misses," said the chief, who added engineers will be working on a permanent solution for a truck route that would address Gold and Mountain streets "that looks good." Speaking to some 30 people in the audience at city hall he said, "It's a shame y'all have to suffer because of some truck drivers who won't obey the signs." Responding to questions from councilman Dean Spears and mayor pro tem Rodney Gordon, Chief Proctor reiterated that no truck drivers have lost their licenses at the various incidents. Violation of a city ordinance is a misdemeanor and the civil penalty was attached as a deterrent. Currently barriers are up at the Gold Street crossing - the next railroad crossing up Battleground Avenue in the center of town from Oak Street that narrows the road and prevents larger commercial vehicles from coming through. Sellers, who opened the nearly two hours of discussion at the public hearing, said despite attempts to make the crossing safer, the crashes are continuing and increasing. She said the city has passed out safety flyers at the crossing sites, beefed up police patrols, and city officials conferred many times with railroad and NCDOT officials to find an alternative solution but to no avail. "As city manager I have to try to minimize the city's liability and above all we have to put the citizens' safety as top priority," she said, adding, "We can't continue to ignore the railroad's request. It comes to a point that safety has to come first." Sellers, Proctor, city attorney Mickey Corry, Public Works Supt. Jackie Barnette, Scott Smith, Joe Talley and Danny Gilbert, special agents in charge of railroad police, Johmal Pullen, representative of the Department of Transportation, and local residents Parkdale Mills spokesman Keith Nicholson, and local architect Ken Pflieger supported the closing.

Councilman Rick Moore, Wendall Bunch, Lou Dellinger and Tim Gladden asked the city to find a way to keep the crossing open. "Is there a possibility of a domino effect with the closing of Oak Street?" asked Moore, meaning if one crossing is closed will the next one (Gold) follow suit? Responding to Moore's question, Corry said that the ultimate decision to close a crossing lies with city council. Neither the NCDOT nor Norfolk Southern has the authority to close any Kings Mountain railroad crossing. "Our first thought was we do not want to close Gold or Mountain (street intersections) so let's look at that," said Mayor Rick Murphrey. "We came up with, I am very confident, with some solutions so we won't have to close those crossings." Smith said there's no engineering solutions to fix the Oak Street crossing because of the steep grade. Cansler Street is the preferred truck route for truckers. "There's no room for trucks to cross Gold, they'll get stuck," said Moore. He suggested putting up a high bar could be the answer. But engineers say a metal bar over the tracks could pose a potential danger to a passing train. Corry spoke about the importance of closing the crossing from a legal perspective. He said the city and the railroad corporation can be sued if someone is seriously injured while trying to cross the tracks. "There are actual risks and there are slight risks, but I think your responsibility is to minimize those risks," Corry told the council. "This crossing is dangerous and poses a real hazard," he added. Responding to questions from the council, Corry said a serious accident occurred at the now-closed Hawthorne crossing June 7, 1991, and two lawsuits were filed. "We can be sued by both the plaintiff and the railroad," he said. "If the city fails to act in disregard to safety of others we can be sued also for punitive damages." And he said insurance would never cover the damages. "As city attorney I am representing the 13,000 people of this city and it's in the best interest of the public that the crossing be closed," Corry said. Bunch said he understands the city's concerns about safety and liability but he



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maintained that the city and railroad should work together to come up with an engineering solution that could keep the Oak Street crossing open. "Lower the elevation," he said as he passed to council members a picture that showed the elevation had been raised over six feet. In the mid 20's-30's the grade of the crossing was level with Railroad Avenue. The photograph showed Mountain View Hotel (where Joy Theatre is now located) with a clear view of the tracks. "I agree that the tracks have become dangerous and truckers can't or won't read the signs," he said. "I agree with

Rick Moore that when truckers come up S. Battleground late at night they will go to the Gold Street crossing and crash through those plastic barricades and there will be another wreck," Bunch said. He added, "I'm thinking their only entrance and exit will be to cross the overhead bridge. If there is ever a 'shovel ready job' this is it." Bunch suggested that city officials ask railway officials to look at tracks in other towns. "The railroad does the right thing in other cities, why not here?" Railroad officials asked the city to close the Oak Street crossing for the first time in

2008. "We've looked at a lot of options in an effort to keep those tracks open for our citizens," said the mayor. After hearing opinions from city and railroad officials, the mayor asked for a vote. Moore made the motion to deny (meaning to keep the crossing open). His motion died for lack of a second and Spears made the motion to close the crossing permanently, seconded by Keith Miller. Gordon, Hawkins, and Howard Shipp voted "yes" and Moore cast the dissenting vote. Councilman Mike Butler was out of town on vacation.

Cramerton man arrested for string of KM vehicle break-ins Kings Mountain Police have arrested a Cramerton man following a string of vehicle break-ins. Edgar Amilcar Flores, Jr., 20, of 316 Mayflower Avenue in Cramerton, was arrested by Kings Mountain police last Wednesday as a suspect in the break-ins of 10 unlocked cars in the Crescent Hill and Edgemont areas of the city. Earlier, police had charged Flores with underage drinking and he was jailed in the Cleveland County Detention Center. Dept. Cpl. K.L. Hamrick said that during this investigation the suspect was identified and numerous warrants were secured and served on Flores while he was incarcerated in the Cleveland County Detention Center. Flores now faces 17 felony counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles, 12 counts of

felony possession of stolen goods, 10 counts of misdemeanor larceny, and two counts of felony larceny. The breakins occurred on June 22 and June 25 and residents reported thefts of Edgar Flores laptop computers, GPS systems, iPods and money. Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Cpl. Hamrick at 704734-0444.


Richard Barnes A boat captain and an avid golfer. NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Lionel Richard Barnes, 68, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, left this world on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Born on January 17, 1945 in Shelby, NC, he was the son of the late Henry a n d Annie Champ i o n Barnes. H i s early career as a North Carolina Highway Patrolman prepared him for his later career as an entrepreneur. He was a boat captain with a love for sailing and an avid golfer. He loved spending time with his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Richard is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patsy A. Spencer Barnes of North Myrtle Beach, SC; son, Brian Richard Barnes;

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daughters, Pamela Gayle Van Dyk, Angie B. Baker, bothers, Don Ellis, Buford Ellis; sister, Coleen Kiser; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Lee Funeral Home Chapel. Casual dress requested. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Living Water Baptist Church, Building fund, 1569 Hwy. 9 East, Longs, SC 29658. Å message of condolence may be sent to Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

Harris Funeral Home Rosella Dover A homemaker and member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church KINGS MOUNTAIN Rosella Carroll Dover, 89, 107 Parkdale Circle, died Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Belaire Nursing Center in Gastonia. She w a s born in Y o r k County, SC to the late Meek Carroll and Mary Gardner Carroll and was also preceded in death by her

husband, James V. Dover, and brothers, Wallace Carroll and Donald Carroll. A homemaker, she was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and was active at the Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain. Surviving are her son, Ronald M. Dover and wife, Gale of Bessemer City; daughter, Jama Dover, Gastonia; sisters, Faye Comer of Columbia, SC, Joyce Turner and husband, Buddy of Winnsboro, SC, and Agnes Roller and husband, Tom of Myrtle Beach, SC; sister-inlaw, Betty Carroll, York, SC; grandchildren, Dana Herriman and husband, Stan; Eric Dover and wife, Edie; Elena Brockamp and husband, Scott, and Brent Roof; six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The graveside service was conducted Monday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Rev. C. Peter Setzer officiating. The family received friends Monday, July 2, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. before the services. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 201 N. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC, was in charge of arrangements.

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By Shelley Proffitt Eagan No matter where we are or what we’re doing, when the call comes… we drop everything and go. Maybe you have these emergencylike, all hands on deck, calls at your job in certain situations. At the ranch it’s when the cows are out! The neighbor calls or someone who can find us. Dad and I get in the truck, call Tanner our helper, and get there ASAP! Friday before last we found ourselves heading out to the Shelby farm around noon, after an already tiring morning of work. Someone who lives on the opposite side of the Broad River in Shelby had seen our cattle in their yard! 14 of them! Yikes! Driving through the neighborhood the houses are spaced far apart and have large yards of several acres all backing up to the river which some portion of our herd had made it across. We’ve had cattle on this property for several years now and they had never made it across at that point before. It’s wide and deep in places. Loading horses onto a trailer, towing them over there, and tacking them, is too time consuming in a situation like this. We have to herd them back on foot. Our cattle are not tame like dairy cows might be. We can’t just walk up and put a halter on them and lead them back. Dad knocks on the door of the house where people last saw them and

head to the location they describe. In this case, their backyard! Which, thankfully, was at least 5 acres. They had been seen in 3 neighbors’ backyards. All of which are full of thick woods, and long amounts of yard grass sloping down to the river. Tanner, Dad and I span out looking for signs of cattle. I put my hand to the ground, like in Dances With Wolves, and think ‘Tatonka’! We are tracking cattle in deep brush, find an old tractor road in the woods paralleling the river and figure this to be the route they took to the neighborhood yards once they exited the river on the wrong side. We spend an hour or so finding a sign here and there and decide to check the pasture in case they have returned home. It seems like 14 head of cattle would leave a more distinct trail in thick woods! As it turns out…this group had gone back across the river and returned home. We also find where they have been crossing and decide to get them out of that pasture for now. Once they have been moved to a river-less pasture our mission is accomplished and we return home, pick off the ticks we collected in the woods and put on dry clothes, settle into something to eat and the phone rings. Yep! “There are 14 cows in the backyard now, heading down the road!” Oh, dear lord! Headed toward hwy.

■ LETTER TO THE Thoughtful Independence Day As we celebrate this 4th of July let’s be especially mindful that the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the people living in the colonies at that time risked everything to separate themselves from the unfair governing of King George. Today we still have some semblance of freedom because of their actions and we need to be willing to take those same risks to keep our freedom. But during the past several years we have lost and are losing those freedoms at a significant rate because we have elected representatives who use their positions to “think” for us instead of representing our wishes. The push leading to the Revolutionary War was because of unfair taxation and for freedom of religion among other things. Currently the taxation is unfair and freedom of religion has deteriorated greatly. When all the various taxes are listed, such as income, property, sales, inheritance, luxury, phone, etc., most Americans pay about 60% and our government is still in debt. Religious rights have been lost to those who are unreligious and we need to be totally ashamed for allowing that to

150. Not good. Back in the truck and off again we go and I’m feeling thankful I had some car friendly hot dogs made from our meat so I can eat and run. This time it’s the 2 bulls and a group of steers, not the same group as before. They must have been hiding out somewhere we didn’t catch in the deep woods behind some other house. We park the trucks to block the road and span out behind the herd. It’s easier to spot this group since they are actually IN the middle of the road! The goal is to herd them back across the river but at first they head up the street! All manner of bad ways this could end are going through my mind now. These are not small bulls, they are the heaviest animals we own and one of them is pretty jumpy. It’s looking all bad to me at this point in time! We know the younger steers will follow them and one bull is tame enough to call. I grab a bucket and head in the direction I want them to go calling “Heeeeyyyyyy coooooooowwwwww coooooommmeee onnnnnnn’ and hope the leader of the group will follow me. The nicer laid back bull takes a few steps in my direction and the steers begin to follow as Dad and Tanner move closer from behind, trying to encourage

On produce It’s hard to talk to the folks back home in Rusty Springs these days without hearing something about tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans or sweet corn. They seem to think they have some kind of monopoly on produce. Oh, little do they know. Wendy and Wayne carry basketsful of stuff in from their corner of God’s earth nearly every evening. I have not wanted for strawberries (we opted for the everbearing variety when we planted them last year and trust Lineberger’s and Rhodesdale Farms for the first of the season rush), blueberries, tomatoes, onions, etc. And now, thanks to the orchards that surround us here, loads of peaches. Stuff fresh from the garden, costing no more than a few cents for seed and some manual labor, can sure improve the taste of a $9.00 a pound steak! And I appreciate every blister and aching back they put into it. Ice Cream Crank Off Don’t forget The Green Banana Project’s upcoming Ice Cream Crank Off. Aprons for those that pre-register and prizes to the winners. You just can’t go wrong by cranking up your favorite ice cream recipe and helping us raise money for Relay for Life. Pick a category from plain ole vanilla to something on the wild side, whip up a batch and claim bragging rights to the best homemade ice cream around. It all happens during Kings Mountain’s Beach Blast Festival on July 21. Look for us over in the shaded part of Patriots Park. It’s our first attempt to raise any money through The Green Banana Project and we need your help to make it a success. All the money we raise through Green Banana Project goes toward helping people who need hope, get it. Sometimes just holding on until tomorrow gets here is enough. This event’s proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. You can participate three ways. First, fill out the entry form on page 2 of today’s paper. These entries will be judged. The winner will receive a Kindle Fire tablet. Second, you can purchase the opportunity to taste each of the entries for just a $5 donation and vote for your favorite. The crowd favorite will also win a Fire. Or, you can buy a cup or cone of our own Green Banana Ice Cream for $2 for one scoop or $3 for two. We need lots of entries, so how



happen. We need to put God uppermost in our decisions. Although I am conservative I blame our problem on both parties. Our representatives have too many positive things going for themselves to do the really hard jobs. We need to give the conservatives one more opportunity to cut spending, create jobs and stop trying to compromise. Legislation needs to be on its own merit and not piggy-backed. If things are not considerably improved during the next four years we need to add a 3rd and 4th party to revamp our government and limit it’s power once again. Most people I’ve conversed with think that having things like healthcare for everyone is a wonderful idea but realize we just don’t have the money. Our government is $16 trillion in debt and growing faster than we

can imagine. We simply cannot legislate that every person in this country will enjoy wealth, health and happiness. Our entitlements need to be traded for some type of meaningful, productive work. For the benefit of those of you who don’t know me, let me assure you I care about the poor and disabled. I am an elderly man living on meager Social Security that I paid into for over 50 years. The money I paid into the system along with that of my employers would have made me quite wealthy had it been in some type of private investment or even an annuity. I hope that you will agree things have to change and that our only chance is to elect someone other than Obama in November.

about jacking up the stakes a little with a friendly wager among your friends, family or neighbors to see who can come out on top? The 4th We’re looking forward to the July 4 weekend here at our house. We haven’t made many trips away from the living room for over a year now, except for doctor’s visits, but this week should be different. I haven’t missed one of the city’s Fourth of July celebrations since moving here and I don’t plan to start this year. It’s just too good of an event. I hope to see you all there with us when the first shot lights up the sky. Then we’re off to the mountains for a couple of days with Brette, our new high school graduate, her brother Eli, and parents, Erin and Aaron, and Wayne and Trevor. For me it’s somewhat of a test to see how I cope with a little travel and staying away from home a few nights. However, it’s also a celebration for how much better I feel than I did last winter. Rotary The Kings Mountain Rotary Club just finished its club year with Myra McGinness as president. Myra gave all of us a great year of Rotary experience and led our club to several district awards. Jonathan Rhodes assumed the president’s office for the coming year and announced an emphasis on local projects. He starts off the year with a very successful school backpack lunch program already underway. It sends food home with school children who do not have enough to eat over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. He’s expecting the club to be even more active with local projects than it has in the past. While Rotary International has had a huge impact on eradicating polio and providing drinking water in underdeveloped countries, it is local projects, Rhodes says, that draws people to local service organizations like Rotary. So, if you’re interested in making Kings Mountain a better place to live, join us. Just ask a Rotarian about the organization to see if it’s right for you. We’re already turning golf balls and spaghetti into scholarships. With you as a new member the possibilities are endless. And Rotarians this week will get the first taste of Wendy’s Green Banana Ice Cream!

Find Leo with this week’s Summer Reading Clue: Leo where are you? I think he is already tired from all the fun he is having during Summer Reading. The last he was seen….he was flying down Battleground Avenue looking for a place to take a nap. Could he be going to a local furniture store? The initials of the store are “F.F.” Right beside the bank. Don’t go too far…

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All Americans have much to be thankful for Dr. Jeff Hensley Pastor Kings Mountain Baptist Church The month of July is the month in which Americans celebrate our nation’s birth, and it is an appropriate time to remember some of the connections between faith and the American story. In the 1760s, after the King of England began taxing the colonies, many American clergy publicly denounced the king. The political activism of these ministers earned them the name “the black regiment,” which came from the black robes they wore. By July of 1775, as tensions with the British were rising, the Continental Congress called for a day of prayer and fasting, and most ministers used the occasion to preach for the colonial cause. The Continental Congress also seems to have recognized the powerful role that the pulpit could play, so they ordered that copies of the Declaration of Independence be sent to parish ministers before they were sent to town

clerks or newspapers, and the ministers were “required to read the same to their respective congregations, as soon as divine service is ended, in the afternoon, on the first Lord’s day after they have received it.” During the war, more than a hundred colonial ministers served as army chaplains, and so many congregations found themselves with empty pulpits. Although Quakers and Mennonites were exempted from military duty, many Baptists appear to have participated. In fact, one Baptist woman enlisted. Her name was Deborah Sampson. Deborah donned a soldier’s uniform and successfully enlisted in the army under an assumed name. She was assigned to the infantry and wounded twice, but her gender was not discovered for over a year. After the war, Deborah married a farmer and had three children, and she eventually received praise for her military service, but her church removed her from their membership roll because she had impersonated a man. Interestingly, copies of the Bible were not printed here in America until a year after the Declaration of Independence. The first edition was actually a New Testament, and it was printed in the King James Version. The complete Bible then appeared five

years later. Prior to that, all colonial Bibles had been imported from England because only the king’s commissioned printers were allowed to produce them. Though Americans fought for freedom in 1776 and passed a Constitutional amendment to protect religious freedom in 1791, changes in the relationship between church and state were slow. In fact, Connecticut did not disestablish its state-sponsored Congregational church until 1818, and Massachusetts waited until 1833. Yet there was still a deep faith in the hearts of many early Americans. After the victory at Yorktown, for example, this message was sent out from General George Washington to his troops. “The General congratulates the army upon the glorious event of yesterday” … Divine service is to be performed tomorrow … The commander in chief recommends that the troops not on duty should universally attend with that seriousness of deportment and gratitude of heart which the recognition of … Providence demands of us.” We all have much to be thankful for as Americans, and those of us who are believers can be grateful for the role that faith has played in the American story.

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–– Mount Zion Baptist Church in Kings Mountain will hold a Homecoming Day on Sunday, July 8. This will begin a “Spiritual Awakening for Revival 2012.” Rev. Michael Hill, pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Lincolnton, will preach at the 3 p .m. Homecoming. Revival services will be held July 9-12 at 7 p.m. each evening with Rev. Donnie Dye, pastor of Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chester, SC as revivalist. Pastor Raymond Gardin invites the public.

–– Springwood Church of God, 1007 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia, will host a free concert. The Promise Trio will perform for free, Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m.. The public is invited. For more information visit or phone 704-880-0705.

–– Macedonia A&P Ministries, 405 Sherman St., Gastonia, will present “Midnight Cry,’’ a play about the Rapture, July 14 at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 9-16. Call 704-813-4104 for more information or visit

–– Ebenezer Baptist Church, Royal Ambassadors, held a bike-a-thon and walk-athon Saturday at Jake Early Park and the city walking track. Boys from age 12 and up biked 20 laps and youth walked a 10-lap course. The registration fee of $5 for each participant helped the young people raise money for Kings Mountain Hospice.

–– Central United Methodist Church, 113 S. Piedmont Ave., will be the site of the Kings Mountain Community ‘Vacation Bible School: Operation Overboard’ July 1519. Dinner will be served from

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Church Service Directory KINGS MOUNTAIN Advent Lutheran Church, NALC Member KM Senior Center 909 E. Kings St. Ardent Life Church 420 Branch Street 704-739-7700 Arise Church Kings Mountain YMCA 211 Cleveland Ave. Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road 704-739-7487 Boyce Memorial ARP Church Edgemont Drive 704-739-4917 Burning Bush House of God 310 Long Branch Rd (KM) 704-739-2877 Calvary Way Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Pastor Clifton Morgan Carson Memorial Baptist Church 262 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-2247 Central United Methodist Church 113 S. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-2471 Cherokee St. Baptist Church 421 S. Cherokee Street 704-739-7697 Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Road 704-739-4015 Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 246 Range Road 704-739-4152 Christ The King Catholic Church 714 Stone Street 704-487-7697

108 E. Mountain St. (KM Women’s Club Bldg.) 704-739-1323 Cornerstone Church Of God 202 Margrace Road 704-739-3773 Cornerstone Independent Baptist 107 Range Road 704-737-0477 Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310 David Baptist Church 2300 David Baptist Church Road 704-739-4555 Dixon Presbyterian Church 602 Dixon School Road East Gold Street Wesleyan Church 701 E. Gold Street 704-739-3215 East Kings Mountain Church of God Hwy 161, Bessemer City/KM Hwy. 704-739-7367 Eastside Baptist Church 308 York Road 704-739-8055 Ebenezer Baptist Church 1621 County Line Road 704-739-8331 El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174 Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church 602 Canterbury Road 704-739-9939 Faith Ablaze Church 1128 S. York Road 704-739-8496

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Featured Church of the Week: Cornerstone Church of God Faith Baptist Church 1009 Linwood Road 704-739-8396

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

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 First Wesleyan Church 505 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-4266 Galilee United Methodist 117 Galilee Church Road 704-739-7011

Grace Fellowship 144 West Mountain Street 704-481-8888 Grace United Methodist Church 830 Church Street 704-739-6000 Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714 Kings Mountain Baptist Church 101 W. Mountain Street 704-739-2516 Life of Worship Ministries 405 S. Cherokee St. 704-777-5416


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ROCKWOOD: unveils new global headquarters, lithium hydroxide plant at Kings Mountain site FROM Page 1 headquarters for the big unveiling. "It's been a tremendous success of everyone really pulling together from the public-private partnership to the collaboration of various technical people and the hard work of the people of the Rockwood organization and the support of our leadership to build this tremendous facility for us here in Kings Mountain," Mitchell said. "Our city is very proud that Rockwood Lithium has located its North American headquarters in Kings Mountain," said Mayor Rick Murphrey. He presented Mitchell with a proclamation announcing June 29, 2012 as "Rockwood Lithium Day" in the city and gave the company a Kings Mountain flag to fly at their new headquarters. "Rockwood Lithium is the global market leader for lithium compounds and one of the largest lithium raw material producers," Murphrey said. The company "has decreased our country's dependence on foreign oil making battery grade lithium hydroxide to help charge electric vehicles." "It's been a really great experience to operate here in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and hopefully it's really just the beginning," Mitchell said. The nearly $60 million investment added about 300 contract workers to the site during construction and may add close to 80 permanent high-tech jobs to the company in total. The nearly $19 million lithium hydroxide plant was funded in part by a $28.4 million American Recovery and Reinvestment

Act grant through the U.S. Department of Energy. Development of the technical center was funded in part by a $94,287 grant from the North Carolina Rural Center and a $99,250 industrial development grant. With this expansion, Rockwood's (formerly Chemetall Foote's) capability to produce lithium hydroxide increased by more than 300 percent. The company is expected to supply raw materials for the U.S. battery industry through the year 2020. The new technical center is home to a state-of-the-art research and development wing with HEPA-filtered and air-locked laboratories that rival any others in the world. It houses training rooms and conference areas, offices and is the new headquarter to the company's global engineering group. After three years in the making, Rockwood officials looked to the future on Friday with exuberance. "We are already looking ahead. We are already targeting generation four and generation five of the battery industry. We are looking for new materials to…make the dream happen," said Rockwood Lithium President Dr. Steffen Haber. "This is imagination of the future." Holding up the battery of a cell phone, he added, "Imagine if we could possibly take this battery and put this in an electric car and drive 50 miles or 100 miles. This is the kind of dream we need to have. We are in a position that enables us to develop materials and technologies that get us closer to that dream." It's the dream of the evershrinking battery (in size) with ever-growing battery

power that could one day be as interchangeable as a AA. And Haber, who has led Rockwood Lithium since 2006, sees it coming true. Rockwood Lithium is driving the market for transportation batteries kicking the electrification of automobiles into high gear with lithium hydroxide and new technologies. But their products end up in more than electric cars. They power mobile communication devices - cell phones, iPads, iPods and laptop computers. The company also provides lithium materials that are used in medication and other products used every day around the world. The global specialty chemical and advanced material company has worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion and employs about 10,000 people in 100 facilities around the globe. Chairman and CEO of Rockwood Holdings Inc. Seifi Ghasemi said, "We are driven by a desire to develop and produce products that improve in an intangible and visible way the quality of life for the people around the world. Therefore we take great pride and pleasure in seeing that billions of people everyday use their cell phones, iPads, iPods, laptop computers to communicate with each other, call their loved ones and enjoy the benefits of the mobile communication technology. It is our lithium in the lithium ion batteries that has made this technological revolution in communication possible. "Now with the construction of this plant in Kings Mountain, we are on our way to produce lithium products that will help and can help the United States and the rest of the western world

to find a solution to a major problem," Ghasemi continued. "Our dependence on oil as the only fuel available to drive our cars is a clear and present danger to the economic stability and national security of the United States and the western world." He said that America consumes almost 20 million barrels of oil a day, "half of it imported from regions of the world that are hostile to the best interests of the United States. Since we have no other choice, we have to pay any price that the oil cartel decides to charge us. The cost of producing oil in most of the major oil producing countries is only $5 a barrel," he said. "They charge us $100 a barrel and sometimes $150 a barrel." "Every year we pay close to $400 billion to import the oil that we need from other countries. This is a massive transfer of wealth to some countries who are declared enemies of the United States," Ghasemi said. "In addition to this economic damage, in order to make sure that we can even get the oil our military forces have to be stationed in the Persian Gulf and other strategic regions of the world to make sure that the shipping lanes are open," he said. "This military presence is costing the United States about $150 billion a year. In accordance with the Department of Defense statistics, in the past 40 years the American taxpayers have spent close to $5 trillion on military expenditure to make sure oil flows to the United States; $5 trillion is half of our net national debt that we are so worried about." Purchasing oil from declared enemies of the United States, he said, indirectly


Chairman and CEO of Rockwood Holdings Seifi Ghasemi shakes hands with Mayor Rick Murphrey at the grand opening of Rockwood Lithium's newest KM facilities Friday. funds terrorism and makes it hard on political leaders to "exercise an effective foreign policy". "But," he said, "there is a solution to our addiction to oil. We do have the technology to solve the problem." The answer, Ghasemi said, lies in electric cars. "By driving electric cars, we end for good our dependence on oil with enormous benefits to our economy and national security. The electric cars are not a dream. They are available," he added. "There are electric cars coming to the market in 2012 that drive 300 miles without having to be recharged. All of us at Rockwood are totally committed to develop and produce products that will make the development of electric cars on a massive scale a reality." "The lithium hydroxide plant is very responsive to our desire to kickstart a battery industry that can support electric vehicles because that hydroxide is used directly in the types of batteries that would go into electric cars," said Dr. Chris Johnson of the

U.S. Department of Energy. "The Rockwood management team, along with the Department of Energy, also recognized that in order to put these next generation vehicles on the road a secure and reliable supply of lithium was needed and it just so happens that Rockwood is the largest producer of lithium in the world," said Sen. Kay Hagan via video. "Rockwood's expansion will put talented scientists and engineers and production personnel to work researching and developing next generation lithium technology." "I firmly agree that electrifying our vehicle fleet is one of the most important ways we can become more energy independent," Hagan added. "Transportation accounts for approximately 71 percent of American oil consumption today." "Some of you know that lithium is used to produce anti-depression drugs, drugs that make people feel good," Ghasemi said. "We hope that we can use lithium as a drug that can cure our dangerous addiction to oil."

GREENER PASTURES: Cattle in da ‘hood’; days like that make for good story telling FROM Page 3A them in my direction. But, one of them gets spooked and turns the wrong way! If one spooks, the others will too. You guessed it….next thing we know the herd is in the front yard of another house and headed around to the back yard…getting only further away from the river access! We run to catch up to them and try to get between where we think they are and the road, which is a dead end, thankfully! For the next 2 hours we catch up to them from afar, they see us, move away from us and then we repeat this. Hours later… we manage to push them back to the point that they came across the river. Now we have to make them cross the Broad River and climb the bank back into our pastures. We’re tired, as we’ve already done this once today! It’s getting later on in the evening and I didn’t get to finish that hot dog. We’re scratched to pieces from bushwhacking through the thick woods and soaked through from the rain on the tall grasses and woods from

the previous days’ rain. Tanner found 8 ticks on him, Dad almost stepped on a fawn he came across bedded down in the woods and I stepped on a snake. Now that the herd had made it back to the river Tanner and I knew we had to follow them across. We had to be sure they made it back into the right pasture. It gets to waist deep on me and despite the jeans and boots that protect me from the brambles are about to be very heavy! Tanner and I exchange an exasperated look, hand our phones to Dad, and wade across the river, waist deep, in jeans and boots, keeping a close eye on the herd swimming ahead of us. The exit on the opposite river bank was sloppy, slippery and wet and heavily wooded. Nearly impossible to pass through as every step was a fight between brambles, briars, and thick shrubbery. Naturally, once across the herd encountered an intact portion of our barbed wire fence and were stuck between the fence in front of them and Tanner and I behind them. They were a bit panicked so most of them forced their way through the

fence and into the pasture. The one calmer and much larger bull couldn’t get through the fence. Poor guy…he let out a low frustrated moan not knowing what to do. You just don’t want to upset an animal of this size, much less corner him, and that’s just what had been done here! I made my way to a weaker portion of the fence and began breaking it down as best I could… with no real tools on hand. After 15 minutes of this I managed to get it low enough that I thought he might try to jump over. Tanner was only about 20’ away from me but the brush was so thick we couldn’t even see each other. He could see the bull from his point of view and very calmly encouraged him to turn around so that he would take a few steps that would move him to the fence I had gotten down. It worked! Frustrated bull finally saw the opening and easily made the jump, taking a bit more of the fence down with him! Phew! They were all back. But not done yet! At this point I am starting to get comfy in my wet jeans and heavier boots!

I yelled back to dad, who was waiting on the opposite side of the river with the houses behind him, “Go around to this pasture and open the gate so they can get out of this pasture that borders the river”. Dad had to run back to the trucks at the road, a quarter mile uphill from the river, drive a couple miles to our farm entrance, get to the gate of this pasture and get the gate open before the herd got there and made a

U-turn! They were waiting for him at the gate wanting nothing more than to be with the rest of the herd. We had pushed them out of this pasture earlier in the day! Dad got a good head count as they came through and they all seemed no worse for the wear! The two groups of escapees were reunited. A few Shelby residents’ yards were aerated a bit heavily, and I had to throw away my shirt because it was so

torn up from the bushwhacking. It was dark by the time we got home and we had to prep for the farmers’ markets the next day. Days like that make for good story telling later and are best when experienced in small amounts, few and far between!

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■ POLICE ARRESTS JUNE 26: Flores Edgar Amilcar Jr., 20, Gastonia, underage drinking, $350 bond, secured. JUNE 26: Scott Dee Woods, 52, 204 N. Dilling St., DWI, $2500 bond, secured. JUNE 27: Angela Welch Hill, 36, 140 Park Grace Rd., resisting public officer, giving fictitious information to officer, failure to appear, driving while license revoked, $2,000 and $1500, secured bonds. JUNE 27: Shannon Lee Longfellow, 40, Clover, SC,

larceny, probation violation, both misdemeanors, and two counts financial card theft, felonies, $27,500 bond, secured. JUNE 27: Ricky Dale Simonds Jr., 35, Shelby, driving while license revoked, $1,000 bond, secured. JUNE 28: Stephanie Noland, 21, 913 Third St., possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II and III and sell and deliver Schedule II, $5,000 bond, secured. JUNE 28: Caitlin Elizabeth Larson, 24, 405 Edgemont Dr., simple possession

marijuana and possession drug paraphernalia, $1,000 bond, secured. JUNE 30: Olandis Ykee Johnson Jr., 21, Shelby, DWI, speeding, left of center, $5000 bond, unsecured. JUNE 30: Chastity M. McCormick, 37, Gastonia, DWI, hit and run, $7500 bond, unsecured. JULY 2: Crystal Priscilla Dade, 34, Shelby, larceny, $1000 bond, secured. INCIDENTS JUNE 22: A resident of Marion St. reported theft of

two digital cameras, currency, keys and a wallet from a vehicle.

JUNE 22: A resident of Katherine Ave. reported a lost or stolen dog.

JUNE 25: Ingles Store 147, Shelby Rd., reported shoplifting.

R2R International Film Festival July 18 The Cleveland County Arts Council is gearing up for its 13th Annual Real to Reel International Film Festival set to be held at the Joy Performance Center July 18-21. This year's line-up includes 23 films, from shorts and animations to features and documentaries on a variety of topics. Filmmakers from as far away as Austria, Taiwan and the United Kingdom and as close to home as Morganton, Greensboro and Rocky Mount will be showing their films during the four-day festival. Producers and filmmakers of six movies are

planning to attend the festival and offer Q&A sessions after their films. Films begin at 7 p.m. each night and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket costs are $8 per day or $30 for a festival pass granting everyday access. Not all films may be appropriate for all ages. An awards party will be held after the final film airs on Saturday at Battleground Restaurant. For a list of films, trailers and film synopses and for tickets to the festival, visit

FIELD HOUSE: fund raiser closing in on half-million mark, more to go

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FROM Page 1 He said the club needs about $150,000 more in monetary contributions and threeyear pledges to put the drive over the top. The current total of $484,000 includes inkind gifts from local contractors and subcontractors for work on the building and floors, donation of materials, etc., but in-kind gifts do not count toward the amount of actual money and pledges needed in order to get a bank loan. At least one-third of the total cost of the project must be in the form of cash and pledges before the bank will approve a loan. “People are getting excited,” Brinkley said. “People in Kings Mountain love their sports and understand the need to update our facilities.” The current Bill Bates Field House in the north end of John Gamble Stadium has served the athletic program since 1967. When it was built, however, the school had only four coaches and eight sports. Now, there are 14 coaches just in football and the number of sports has increased to 26. In 1967 there were only about 40 players involved in football; now there are over a hundred. With the advent of Title IX in 1972, schools are required to offer as many sports for females as they do for males, so the current field house has never been adequate to serve the needs of all athletes. A new field house would free up Bill Bates Field House for use by female and some of the other non-revenue sports, and there is also the probability that if the new field house project is successful that Cleveland County Schools would construct a softball/baseball field house and concession stands near the current softball and baseball fields. Brinkley urges all fans, businesses, former KMHS athletes, parents and grandpar-

ents of current and future athletes to get involved in the effort. Pledge forms are available on the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club website ( or you can LIKE Kings Mountain Touchdown Club on Facebook. Persons wishing to make a pledge over a three-year period may do so at First National Bank. An architectural drawing of the field house and floor plan are located in the lobby of First National. “We need all different levels of contributions,” said Brinkley. “We hope that our young parents with children in the lower grade levels will participate. Children in the third, fourth and fifth grades right now are the ones that are really going to benefit from this. “We need about $100,000 more in cash and $200,000 or more in pledges over the next three years to break ground.” Brinkley feels it will take “100 to 150” more people to get involved to reach that goal. “A lot of businesses are starting to get involved,” he noted. “They realize the need. We want everybody to be a part of it.” Current contribution totals are published every other week in the Kings Mountain Herald. Look for a “water bottle” ad. “To be where we are in just 11 weeks is really encouraging,” Brinkley said. “The citizens of Kings Mountain can do a lot of good things when everybody pulls together. I believe in the next three to five years every athletic program at Kings Mountain High school is going to see an improvement because of this. We’re working for our athletes. There have been a bunch of athletes come through Bill Bates Field House. Fifteen or twenty years down the road we want to be able to say that a bunch of athletes have come through this (new) building. If we all pull together we can do this!”

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Brinkley said he is appreciative to all the people who have contributed thus far. All persons who give will be recognized when the project is complete. Persons and businesses who give at least $100 a year over the three-year pledge period will have their names engraved on a board that will permanently hang in the lobby of the new building. Brinkley would love to see enough funds and pledges come in during the next few weeks so the project can be put out to bid. He hopes to be placed on the August school board agenda for approval.

“If we could break ground in October I would be very happy,” he said. “I’m so excited about how the fund-raising has gone the last two weeks. People are getting on board and realizing we can get this done.” Brinkley stressed that the success of this project will benefit the whole community. “When people are moving into the area, one of the first things they look at is the high school facilities,” he said. “If they see good facilities and locate here, it not only benefits the school and athletic programs but it benefits local businesses, churches and the entire community.”

62 JOBS: coming with Kitchen expansion FROM Page 1 "Kitchen Ventilations is on the cutting edge in kitchen ventilation projects aimed at increasing energy efficiency," said Mayor Rick Murphrey. He added, "We are very proud and thankful to Kitchen Ventilation as they continue to expand and add new jobs in Kings Mountain." Cowen, who came to Kings Mountain over a year ago from California, said that the fan manufacturer came to Cleveland County 5 1/2 years ago. The economy put plans on hold for expanding the staff but the company found new product launches and new markets and is excited about job growth. Gov. Beverly Perdue announced from Raleigh June 28 that a state grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund had helped make the expansion project possible.

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Products added, "Due to the fact that 45 percent of Greenheck's tempered air product sales presently ship to the eastern U.S. and that area of business is projected to continue to grow, we have decided to add production capacity adjacent to our current kitchen ventilation manufacturing operation in Kings Mountain. This expansion will enable continued growth of our TAP business unit, allow Greenheck to better serve our customers along the East coast, and reduce the freight costs associated with those sales." "Clearly our focus on workforce development and education sets the stage for job creation in our community," said Rep. Tim Moore (R) of Kings Mountain."Those investments are what encourages companies like Greenheck Fan to grow and thrive here."

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NIGHT FIRE: forces Kings Mountain family out of home Williams has raised her grandchildren since the murder of her daughter, Dawn Bell, on Jan. 9, 1998. Mrs. McKenzie is her only surviving child. Williams has two brothers who live in Kings Mountain. Before her bout with heart and lung problems, Williams worked at several restaurants in town. She said Kings Mountain people will remember that she worked at Fred Kiser's Restaurant and also at the Country Club. Williams has no insurance to cover the costs of repairs or lost items. Perry Davis of the Cleveland County Fire Marshal's Office said the house can be rebuilt. The fire, sparked by a charcoal grill, extended into the bedrooms at the back of the house, burned the deck away, and smokedamaged the rest of the house. Fire scorched two bedrooms and the back porch. Firefighters from Oak Grove, Waco, and Bethlehem battled the blaze for 20 minutes before bringing it under control. "Mama was grilling hotdogs for her great-granddaughter's second birthday on the deck the night before the fire," said McKenzie. The party ended that night but the fire in the grill kept burning. The heat woke Powell about 5:30 a.m. She saw the wall of flames and rushed everyone in the house outside. Williams credits her friend with saving their lives. "It was hard for them to leave home," said McKenzie. Mrs. Williams had just renovated a portion of the house, which was formerly her parents' house, about a year ago. McKenzie said her mother lost all her belongings, including her wig which melted from the heat. The family has no insurance,

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Mrs. Williams' social security check of $600 only pays the very minimum of expenses. The house will have to be re-inspected once renovations are complete. Until then, the house has no electricity. McKenzie said the Red Cross provided hotel rooms for Williams and her family for a few nights after the fire. McKenzie says the family will need some furnishings when and if the house is repaired, food, and clothing. Alliance Bank and Trust is accepting donations to the Vivian Williams Help Fund at its branches in Kings Mountain, Shelby and Gastonia. "It's just really tough now," says McKenzie, adding,"We're just reaching out to the community now, something we've never done before." McKenzie can be reached at 704-705-7908. She is available to pick up any donations.

attract crowds and you don't want to miss any of the events that kick off at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Colonial Era Living Encampment. Revolutionary War militias including the 84th Highland Immigrant Militia, the South Fork Militia and the Charlestowne Artillery will gather and participate with musket and cannon demonstrations, a children's militia muster and games. Be sure and sign the Declaration of Independence and enjoy the Colonial craft making skills throughout the encampment. And, for those wanting to learn more about Revolutionary War combat technique, there will be bayonet training demonstration and opportunities to talk to all the re-enactment groups. A concert of Country Americana by Southern Wave will be the feature on the Main stage at the walking track beginning at 6 p.m. Beginning at 9 p.m. there will be a patriotic opening ceremony with a parade featuring the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office color guard, area Boy

Scouts, the Loch Norman Pipe Band and area re-enactment militias led by the South Fork Militia. Following the opening program, cannon night fire will signal a mock cannon battle between the British and the various Patriot militias led by Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey. A victory signal will start the Revolutionary 4th Fireworks Show sponsored by the Kings Mountain Tourism Development Authority. City of Kings Mountain Special Events Director reminds that the Colonial Era Living History encampment near the community built playground at the YMCA is free and open to the pubic from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. That evening, visitors are encouraged to take a blanket or chairs to sit on and enjoy the music beginning at 6 p.m., the opening ceremonies at 9 p.m. and spectacular fireworks at 9:35 p.m. Full Schedule of Events REVOLUTIONARY HISTORIC CAMPSITE SCHEDULE 11 a.m. - Camp opens; cannon demonstration

Photo by KYRA TURNER 1:30 p.m. - Signing of Declaration of Independence 2 p.m. - Skirmish/weapons demonstration 2:30 p.m. -Loyal to the Crown presentation 3:30 p.m.- 18th century soap and candle making 5 p.m.- Final cannon demonstration 6 p.m. - Camp closes. REVOLUTIONARY 4TH

CELEBRATION 6 p.m.- Concert "Jeff Luckadoo & Southern Wave" 8:50 p.m.- Parade of Patriots 9 p.m. -Patriotic open stage presentation 9:20 p.m. - Cannon battle for the City of Kings Mountain

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Voluntourism: A growing alternative travel option among retirees Dear Savvy Senior Can you write a column on volunteer vacations? My husband and I are both in our 60’s and are interested in taking a service-oriented “altruistic” vacation this summer but could use some help. Retired Travelers Dear Retired, If you’re looking to do more on your vacation than relax in the sun or go sightseeing, volunteer service vacations – also known as voluntourism – are a great alternative and a growing trend among retirees. Here’s what you should know. Voluntourism Nowadays, you don’t need to join the Peace Corps to travel to exotic destinations and serve others. Many organizations today offer short-term volunteer projects overseas and in the U.S., lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months. Common program themes include teaching English, working with children and teens, building and repairing homes and schools, and assisting with community or environmental projects. In addition, volunteer vacations also give travelers the opportunity to experience the culture more fully and connect with

the local people – much different than your run-of-the-mill sightseeing vacation. Most volunteer vacation groups accept singles, couples and families and you don’t need to speak a foreign language. Costs typically range from around $700 to $1,500 a week, not including transportation to the country your site is in. Fees typically cover pre-trip orientation information, room and board, on-site training, ground transportation once you get there, the services of a project leader, and a contribution to the local community that covers material and services related to the project. And, if the organization running your trip is a nonprofit, the cost of your trip, including airfare, is probably tax deductible. Where to Look While there are dozens of organizations that offer volunteer vacations, here are some good ones that attract a lot of retirees. • Earthwatch Institute (, 800-776-0188): A global nonprofit that offers one and two-week expeditions that focus on environmental conservation and field research projects all over the world. • Globe Aware (, 877588-4562): Offers one-week volunteer

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Once you figure out what you want and spot a few volunteer vacations that interest you, ask the organization to send you information that describes the accommodations, the fees and what they cover including their refund policy, the work schedule and work details, and anything else you have questions about. Also, get a list of previous volunteers and call them. Don’t sign up with a group that won’t supply you with this information. Other Tips If you’re volunteering outside the U.S. find out if any vaccinations and/or preventative medications are recommended or required at Also, check to see if your health insurer provides coverage outside the U.S. Many health policies (including Medicare) don’t pay for medical expenses outside the border. If you’re not covered, you should consider purchasing a policy (see or that includes emergency evacuation coverage.

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Visitors check out Kings Mountain Historical Museum's newest exhibit "Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Churches of Kings Mountain". Featured in the exhibit is an old pew from Boyce Memorial ARP Church.

KM churches featured at Historical Museum An old altar from Central United Methodist Church is on display inside the Kings Mountain Historical Museum for its newest exhibit "Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Churches of Kings Mountain."

Items on display inside the Kings Mountain Historical Museum chronicle some of the history of several local churches.


Do you know about the "Steeple Controversy" or how First Baptist Church came into existence? Learn all about it at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum. The museum recently opened its newest exhibit, "Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Churches of Kings Mountain". Bringing together artifacts and photographs from several of the area churches, this much anticipated exhibit chronicles the growth of organized religion in the area. The exhibit will be on display at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, 100 E. Mountain Street, Kings Mountain through September 8, 2012, TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Kings Mountain Historical Museum at 704739-1019 or visit the museum online at, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Front row, left to right: Austin Anthony, Ryan Perkins, Jordan Bullins, and Gregory Grabert. Back row, left to right: Mike Bullins, Nicholas Matola, Kyle Carroll, and Thomas Matola. A group of Boy Scouts from the Taunton area used their spring breaks for a water world adventure. Seven Boy Scouts from Troop 79 spent their April vacation week at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, a facility in the Florida Keys that is owned and operated by Boy Scouts of America. The scouts were there from April 17 until April 23. The scouts spent much of their time at sea during the outing, said Scoutmaster Stephen Joiner. “While at Sea Base, the Scouts from Troop 79 lived aboard a 42-foot sailboat and spent the week sailing the Florida straits and Atlantic ocean� Joiner said. “These high adventure programs provide Boy Scouts with an unique opportunity to explore, experience, and enjoy the great outdoors, whether

on land, river, or sea.� The scouts also snorkeled around coral reefs, went fishing, kayaking and tubing. They earned a Boy Scout certification for snorkeling and kayaking. The scouts attending were Cameron DeChristopher, Joshua DeSousa, Alex Francis, Ben Francis, Billy Jencyowski and Matthew Joiner. They were accompanied by Stephen Joiner, who is a Taunton police officer, and Assistant Scoutmaster Andrew Francis. Matthew Joiner, 16, who has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, said that it was a memorable experience. “It was a really good trip,� he said. “We all had a great time. It was really relaxing but we learned a lot about sailing and sailboats. I’d definitely recommend it to anybody who wants to go.�

Stephen Joiner said the troop is already planning on going there next year. Joshua DeSousa, a 14year-old from East Taunton, said that despite a bad sunburn that put him out of commission for a day, he said it was “extremely� fun. “I’m into boating an sailing,� DeSousa said. “It was the trip of the lifetime and I really want to do it again.� DeSousa said one of the high points was snorkeling at what is called Alligator Reef, a reef around a metal lighthouse frame. “On that reef I saw a couple of glow fish, a sea turtle and I think I saw barracudas.� Jeneyowski, 15, of Norton, said one of the high points was sailing 30 miles to Cape Sable. “We anchored for night and walked on beaches there,� Jeneyowski said. “I was a very memorable expe-

rience. We all had a lot of fun and we were never bored on the sea. I’m looking forward to next year.� Contact Marc Larocque a t mlarocqu@tauntongazette.c om Six Boy Scouts from Troop 92, sponsored by First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, spent part of their summer vacation at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, a facility in the Florida Keys that is owned and operated by Boy Scouts of America. Sea Base is on Lower Matecumbe Key in Islamorada. These high adventure programs provide Boy Scouts a unique opportunity to explore, experience, and enjoy the great outdoors. The scouts attending for their SCUBA certification were: Austin Anthony, GreSee SCOUTS, 3B


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Cord and Buchanan wed at Mt. Holly Grand Hall Mount Holly Grand Hall was the setting June 16, 2012, for the 4 p.m. wedding uniting Kala Ryan Buchanan and John Michael Cord. The Rev. Brad Farrington officiated the double-ring ceremony. Musicians presenting nuptial music were Elizabeth Clark, pianist; Glenn Dueul, guitarist; Clark Singleton, bass; and singers Kasey Batchler, Kalli Buchanan, Kelsey Morrison and Sydney Reynolds, all cousins of the bride; Meredith Anderson, Kristin Henry and Erin McBride. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Chris Keeter. Her wedding gown was a formal design by Galina. The ivory strapless sweetheart bodice was accented by a bow. A brooch at the waist and side pockets enhanced the long skirt which extended into a sweep train. Her bridal bouquet was of garden roses, creamy white impatiens, beelines, orange Gerbera daisies, lime green hydrangeas, and marigolds tied with material from the bridesmaids dresses. Best men for the bridegroom were Jason Collier and James Ludemann, both of Greensboro. Hannah Johnson Clements of Mount Holly was the bride's matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Baker of Boiling Springs, Jessica Cord-sister of the groom of High Point, Chelsea Chapman and Laura Griffin, both of Charlotte, Kerry Hanline of Jackson, NC and Stacey Spicer of Kings Mountain. All the attendants wore grey and white pinstriped tea-length

formals and carried multi-colored bouquets. Honor attendants were Kim Knight of Boone, Elizabeth Smith of Clemmons and Allie Tucker of Winston-Salem. Nia Valko was child attendant. Groomsmen were J. B. Beyer of Boone, Josh Blackburn of Nashville, Tn., Darryl Dayson of Durham, Garrett Draper of Atlanta, Ga., Jon Dwyer of Boone and Alex Hall of Asheboro. The bride's parents entertained at a beautifully appointed reception after the ceremony. Parents of the bridegroom hosted the rehearsal dinner on June 15 at Junction. The bride is the daughter of Chris and Donna Keeter of Kings Mountain, granddaughter of Bob and Martha Myers of Kings Mountain and Suzie Keeter of Grover. She is a 2006 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and a 2010 graduate of Appalachian State University at Boone with a degree in Elementary Education. She is employed as a third grade teacher at Bethware Elementary School in Kings Mountain. The groom is the son of John and Susan Cord of High Point, grandson of Nancy Craven and Donald and Miriam Ballue. He is a 2007 graduate of Weaver Academy in High Point and a 2011 graduate of Appalachian State University at Boone with a degree in religious studies. The newlyweds have returned from a wedding trip to Oak Island and are residing in Charlotte.

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Anna Grace Hughes, left, of the Grover Woman's Club stands with the club's 2012 scholars Emily Peeler and Kylee Wideman, right.


NEW OFFICERS - Pictured are new officers of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 after their installation Thursday evening. From left, Joyce Kale, president; Myrtle Christenson, vice-president; Arlene Barrett, secretary-treasurer; Barbara Dellinger, historian; and Mary Long, sergeant-at-arms. Not picture: Lou Ballew, chaplain.

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Post 155 hosts Hickory July 4 Kings Mountain American Legion Post 155 will host Hickory Post 48 Wednesday, July 4, at 5 p.m. at Lancaster field in the first round of the area 4 American Legion base-

The search is on to find the next pageant queens for Gastonia and Gaston County. Young women ages 17-24 years may enter the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant and vie for the prestigious Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County titles. The pageant is set for Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at Gaston College. The phases of competition are interview, talent, swimsuit, evening gown, and on-stage question. Contestants must live, attend school or work full-time in one of the following counties: Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union, Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, Rutherford or Polk. Other eligibility rules apply. The winners will receive a scholarship and represent Gastonia and Gaston County in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant in June 2013. The reigning Miss Gastonia Beth Smith and Miss Gaston County Alexandria Freeman will crown the new queens. “The young women selected as Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County become local celebrities, role models and ambassadors for the greater Gaston region,” said Delores Cox, the pageant’s executive director. “Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County are young women who have college and career ambitions and understand the importance of serving the community.”

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SCOUTS: Florida water world adventure FROM Page 2B gory Grabert, Kyle Carroll, Jordan Bullins, Nicholas Matola, and Ryan Perkins. They were accompanied by Thomas Matola and Michael Bullins, both assistant Scout Masters with Troop 92. After completion of a swim review, scouts were issued dive equipment and then began courses that were divided into academic knowledge development (conducted in a classroom), confined-water skills development (conducted in custom built Scuba training pools), and finally four open water skill dives and five pleasure dives. All of the scouts earned

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Government Cleveland County Board of Commissioners - meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers, second floor, County Administration Building, 311 East Marion Street, Shelby. Cleveland County Sheriff’s Satellite Office opens – Meet Sheriff Alan Norman and share concerns every third Thursday in the month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall.

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Southern Arts Society – Meets every first Tuesday of the month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Kings Mountain Woman’s Club – Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. Executive Board for Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. Military Support Group – Meets every fourth Thursday of every month at Central United Methodist Church. In country Vietnam veterans breakfast group – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 9 a.m., at Mountain View Restaurant in Kings Mountain. Contact Steve Brown at 704-7392725 for more information. Shelby Kiwanis Club – meets every first and third Thursday of the month, noon, at the Cleveland Country Club. Open to men and women 18 and older. Contact Martha Bivins at 704-484-0100. 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. Community Trustee Council Meetings for 2012: Thursday, Aug. 2, 5 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center Thursday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. at Kings Mountain Hospital Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center

Hospice Reflections – The grief sharing group meetings are Tuesdays: July 10, 17, 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. and August 7, 14, 21, 28, Sept. 4, 11 at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building. No cost and open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Please RSVP to 704-487-4677 ext. 166 if you plan to attend. Memory Bear Workshop – Thursday, July 12, 9 a.m. – noon or 4 – 7 p.m. at Kings Mountain Hospice House, 321 Kings Mountain Blvd. Participants will have the opportunity to make a teddy bear out of a loved one’s shirt or other article of clothing. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP to ext. 166 if you plan to attend.

Arts & Entertainment Charlotte Shakespeare Festival – Through Aug. 26, at the Green Uptown, Charlotte, 704625-1288, . Free admission.

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Blood pressure clinic – third Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.

Kiser Senior Center Activities All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the new Kiser Senior Center, 123 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Bessemer City. Beginners Yoga - Wednesdays - 10 a.m. (every week) Beginner Line Dance - Thursdays - 3 p.m. (every week) Water Aerobics – Bessemer City Pool, Highway 161 at Crowders Mountain Rd. Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 12 - 12:45 (every week) Lunch, Laugh & Learn - “Turning Your Whine Into Shine” - July 18th - 12:30 - registration required - 704-729-6465

Arts Council Events The following are upcoming classes at the Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington Street, Shelby. Contact 704-484-2787 to register for classes. Cleveland County Arts Council Summer Art Camp for kids pre-school to 8th grade: July 9 – 13 – “Sculptastic Sculptures”, Catherine Ward (CCAC). Cost: $50. This will be a week of incredible sculptures and creative construction with papier mache, tin foil, wire, and ooey gooey art wonders. You will learn how to make all sorts of “doughs” (that you can make at home too) then add crazy textures and designs. Rising 1st - 6th graders. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. It is limited to 18 students. July 9 – 13 – “I’ve Got Moves, Like…Pollock, Still, Kline and Newman”, Doug Pruett (CCAC). Cost: $55. Join us for a week of “Abstract Expressionism” as we paint like the above artists when they developed a whole new way of making art. We will spin paint from fans, splash it, spray it, drip it, stamp it, pour it and even use oil paint and varnish to paint on remnant pieces of canvas and scrap wood. We will discuss what abstract art is and talk about some of the significant personalities who became famous by doing unusual, unheard of and just plain ridiculous things with paint. The fun will be unending! Rising 1st – 8th graders. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. It is limited to 18 students. “Making Your Masterpiece! A Grown-Up Painting Class for FUN” – Session I – Thursdays, July 5 and 12 and Session 2 – Thursdays July 26, August 2 and 9, 6 – 9 p.m. The instructor is Catherine M. Ware. It is $35 for a single class plus $5 material fee paid to the instructor or $100 for sessions 1 and 2 plus $15 material fee paid to the instructor. The class minimum is three and the maximum is 20. Bring a paint smock or apron and a sketchpad. Call 704-484-2787 to register for classes.

Monthly birthday party – fourth Tuesday of each month, 10:45 a.m.

“Real to Reel International Film Festival” – July 18 – 21 at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain. The mission of the Real to Reel International Film Festival is to offer a forum for independent film, video and multi-media artists from around the world to showcase their talents and expose the works of these artists to our region. For more information call 704-484-2787 or

Depression support group – first Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.

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All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain. Veterans meet – first Tuesday of each month, 3 p.m.

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– 2011 Regional Artist Project Grantees. This diverse exhibition features visual and performing artists. The Regional Artist Grant Program provides awards for artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. These award winning Cleveland County artists are coming together to showcase their new work, performances, current direction and talents. Musical and Theatrical performances by The Al Dunkleman Band, Blue Ridge Harp Ensemble, Stan Logan & Ludy Wilkie during the reception.

Southern Arts Society, Inc. (SASI) All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Kings Mountain Art Center (the old depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave., 704-739-5585. Events are Free unless noted otherwise. “Earth and Fire” - pottery festival through July 27, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be an opening reception Saturday June 23, from 7 - 9 p.m. Twenty three local potters will have folk art pottery for sale. All sales will be cash and carry, Visa or MC. Live Appalachian folk music will be provided by Log Cabin String Band. Southern Arts Society Gift Shop - open daily Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Over 30 regional artists represented. Fine art, jewelry, photography, pottery, wood work, wearable art, and jewelry. Southern Arts Society, Inc. - artists meet the First Tuesday, monthly at 6:30 p.m. except July and August. There is a brief business meeting followed by an artistic program. Open Studio - Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Artists are invited to bring projects to work on at the Art Center. Bring your own materials, supplies and a snack. SASI provides fellowship with fellow artists. The Shutter Light Group (the photography club) - meets the third Tuesday, monthly, at 6:30 p.m. The photography club focuses on how to take better photographs with informative programs and sharing techniques between members. For more information call Southern Arts Society at 704-739-5585 or visit or find SASI on Facebook.

Library Events All events, unless other wise listed will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain. Summer Reading Schedule: The library will host the following Summer Reading events from June-July: - Tuesdays, June-July: 10 a.m. story time for ages 3-5 in the library’s Community Room. - Wednesdays, June-July: 10 a.m. activities at Central United Methodist Church for ages 611. Come back to the library’s Community Room following Wednesday programs for more acitivities. - Thursdays, June-July: 10 a.m. story time for ages 0-2 in the library’s Community Room. - July 2-7: no programs. - Wednesday, July 11: 10 a.m., KIDSENSES presents Science Shenanigans, a high energy demonstration featuring “kitchen based” science activities, proving that science is all around us; CUMC. - Thursday, July 12: Noon, “Stitch and

Snack”, bring a bag lunch and learn quilting basics and complete your own quilt square. Registration required at main service desk. Limited to 20 participants. All materials supplied; for teens and adults in the library’s community room. In partnership with Alley Quilts of Shelby. - Friday, July 13: 4 p.m., Laser tag for teens at Patriot’s Park. - Friday, July 13: 4:30-9 p.m., Drum Circle and Square Roots Band perform at Patriot’s Park; family program. - Wednesday, July 18: 10 a.m., Flow Circus will bring juggling, magic and lots of laughter; CUMC. - Wednesday, July 18: 3 p.m., teen program at Mauney Memorial Library. - Thursday, July 19: Buy one admission to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, get one half price; family program. In partnership with Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens; For more information, call 704-825-4490. - Wednesday, July 25: 10 a.m., Captain Jim will put on a magical illusion show with words of wisdom on reading; CUMC. Preschool Storytime – Tuesdays, 10 a.m., 35 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.

Action at the Y All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Kings Mountain YMCA, 211 Cleveland Ave., 704-739-9631. Pool is open – Through Aug. 26, open daily, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 2-6 p.m. Free to members, $3 for guests. Children under two admitted free. To have a birthday pool party, call John Maynard at the Y 704-6693687. YMCA Basketball Summer Camp with KMHS Coach Grayson Pierce - July 23-26th $25.00 for members; $40 for non-members; Ages 1st grade-4th grade; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at YMCA gym; limited enrollment. July 30Aug 2nd – $25.00 for members; $40 for nonmembers; Ages - 5th grade to rising 9th; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at YMCA gym; limited enrollment. Participants may register at the YMCA. T-shirts will be given out at camp. Registration begins next week. For more information, contact the YMCA at 704-7399631 or Coach Pierce at the high school. Summer Camps – Through Aug. 24, camps are $85 a week for Y members and $120 a week for non-members. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. - July 9-13: Discover Something Good Week - July 16-20: Discover WHO Week - July 23-27: Discover the ARTS Week - July 30-Aug. 3: Discover Earth Week - Aug. 6-10: Discover Heroes Week - Aug. 13-17: Discover the Truth Week - Aug. 20-24: Discover H20 Week Sports Camps – Through Aug. 17, camps are $85 a week for Y members and $120 a week for non-members. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. - July 9-13: Flag Football Camp - July 16-20: Basketball Camp (with two days at Lenior-Rhyne University for the Rick Barnes Camp) - July 23-27: Soccer Camp - July 30-Aug. 3: Baseball/Softball Camps - Aug. 6-10: All Sports Camps - Aug. 13-17: Basketball Camp

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Classified Ads Home Auction COUNTRY LIVING - For Rent. 2BR, 1BA house. Furnished, central A/C. Dixon Community. 2 miles from I-85. No inside pets. $150 a week (includes electricity). References required. Call 704-739-1545. MOBILE HOMES AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN KINGS MOUNTAIN-Prices starting at $100/week. Call 704-739-4417 or (evening) 704-7391425. (tfn) SMALL KM HOUSE FOR RENT. 1 BR & 1 BA on Duke St. $320/mth + $320 Deposit. Call: 828446-4985. (tfn)

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Services CNA/EMT- B will sit with your loved one. Full-time or P/T availability. Will do light housekeeping and personal hygiene. CPR certified. Great references upon request. Call: 980-295-5094 and ask for Teresa. (7/04 & 11/12) WORK WANTED: In your home adult care, certified RA, 6 years experience. CPR certified. 5 days a week availability. NO weekends. Have own transportation. Kings Mountain area. Call: 704-6481371, ask for Cindy. (7/04 & 11/12)

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Legals STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 12th of June as Executors of the Estate of JOSEPHINE McDANIEL SELLERS, deceased late of Cleveland County, North Carolina this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the said estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned Donald L. Sellers, Co-Executor, or Robert W. Sellers, Co-Executor, on or before the 20th day of September, 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations, indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 20th day of June, 2012. Donald L. Sellers Co-Executor, Estate of : Josephine McDaniel Sellers 4221 Rounding Run Road C h a r l o t te, NC 28277 Or Robert W. Sellers, Co-Executor Estate of Josephine McDaniel Sellers 1237 U.S. Hwy. 221 A, Forest City, N.C. 28043 KMH3454 (6/20, 27 & 7/04 & 11/12) CITY OF KINGS MOUNTAIN NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING PLANNING BOARD MEETING – TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012 – 5:30 PM CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS CITY HALL CASE NO. Z-1-5-12 Faunce Properties, Inc. is requesting to rezone property located at 813 W. King Street (formally 814 W. Mountain Street) from RS-8 to Neigh-

borhood Business (N-B). The property may also be identified as Tax Map KM21, Block 4, Lot 1 or Parcel# 13378. CASE NO. Z-1-6-12 John R. Jackson is requesting to rezone a portion of property located at 318 W. King Street from General Business (G-B) to Residential 10 (R-10). The property may also be identified as Tax Map KM1, Block 1, Lots 23 & 24 or Parcels#6798 & 6799. A list of uses permitted in the specific applications may be obtained at the Planning Department or you may call 704-7344595 for additional information. You are welcome to attend the Planning and Zoning Board meeting on July 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm to express your opinion on the applications. KMH3455 (June 27, 2012 and July 4, 2012) STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND File No: 11 SP 629 NOTICE OF SALE TAKE NOTICE THAT: William Richard Boyd, Jr., Substitute Trustee, has begun proceedings to FORECLOSE under the Deed of Trust described below, and under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in such Deed of Trust, and an Order entered by the Clerk of Superior Court of the above County, will sell the below described property at public auction as follows: (1) The instrument pursuant to which such sale will be held is that certain Deed of Trust executed by Leonard G. Wright and Ann Marie S. Wright, as husband and wife, original mortgagors, and

recorded in the Office of the Cleveland County Register of Deeds in Deed of Trust Book 1533, at Page 1441. The record owner of such property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds not more than ten (10) days prior to posting this Notice of Sale, if not the original mortgagors, is: N/A (2) The property will be sold by the Substitute Trustee at 2:00 p.m. on the 13th day of July, 2012 at the Cleveland County Courthouse door in the City of Shelby, North Carolina. (3) The real property to be sold is generally described as 116 Fulton Street, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086* and is more particularly described as follows: Being all of that property described in that certain Deed of Trust recorded in Book 1533, at Page 1441 of the Cleveland County, North Carolina Registry. Any property described in the Deed of Trust which is not being offered for sale is described as follows: Subject to any and all Release Deeds of Record in the Cleveland County, North Carolina Registry. *The general description of the property is provided for convenience but is not guaranteed; the legal description in the Deed of Trust controls. (4) Any buildings located on the abovedescribed property are also included in the sale. (5) The property will be sold by the Substitute Trustee to the highest bidder for CASH. The highest bidder will be required to deposit IN CASH with the Substitute Trustee

at the date and time of the sale the greater of five percent (5.0%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars ($750.00). (6) All bidders bid for the property AS IS on the date of sale. Absolutely no warranties are made as to the condition, value or title of the property. While the Substitute Trustee believes the title to be good, all bidders are advised that they should obtain independent counsel to examine record title as the property is sold subject to prior record interests. The Noteholder has reserved the right to withdraw the sale up to and until the Deed is delivered by the Substitute Trustee. (7) The property will be sold subject to all unpaid taxes and special assessments. (8) The property being sold is all of that property described in the Deed

of Trust except as specifically set forth above. It is the intention to extinguish any and all rights or interests in the property subordinate to the Deed of Trust. (9) Additional Notice Where the Real Property is Residential with Less Than 15 Rental Units: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 4521.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the Clerk of Superior Court of the County in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the Notice of Sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under

the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a bona fide lease or tenancy may have additional rights pursuant to Public Law 111-22: Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009. W i l l i a m Richard Boyd, Jr. Substitute Trustee 474 Mountain Cove Rd. Waynesville, NC 28786 Phone: 828-6467308 (7/4/12 & 7/11/12)

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