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106 East Mountain Street Kings Mountain, NC

Volume 125 • Issue 44 • Wednesday, October 30, 2013


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Are you ready to vote? ELIZABETH STEWART

Kings Mountain area voters will go to the polls Tuesday. Nov. 5 to choose among 21 candidates to fill 17 elective offices. Polling places open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7: 30 p.m. at two sitesKM North at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life & Conference Center, E. King St., and Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library, South Piedmont Avenue. Voters who live within the city

limits will elect three city council representatives and will join their Cleveland County neighbors in choosing four members of the Cleveland County Board of Education and three members of the Cleveland County Water District. The winner takes all in non-partisan elections. No run-off is provided. In Kings Mountain, Ward 2 voters will receive a ballot to elect either incumbent Mike Butler or challenger Patty Hall and will also receive a ballot for the At-large po-

sition open on city council and the water board. Ward 3 voters in Kings Mountain will receive a ballot to elect either the incumbent Tommy Hawkins or the challenger, Jerry Mullinax and will receive a ballot for the At-large position open on city council and the board of education and water board. All registered voters can vote for the candidates for the At-large position on city council where incumbent Dean Spears is challenged by Curtis Pressley, and also

for the water board and school board race. The race is heating up in city council races and in the school board race where nine people seek four of the seats open. No. 4 Township polling places are: Bethlehem Baptist Church Activities Center, 1017 Bethlehem Road, Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1022 Oak Grove Road, and Waco Precinct, Waco Community Building, 200 S. Main Street. Grover voters will be voting for

Meet the City Council candidates, page 2A Meet the School Board candidates, pages 2, 5, 9A Meet the Grover, Bessemer City Candidates, page 4A three seats open on Town Board and also for water board and county school board race. Waco voters will be voting for one seat See VOTE, 4A

Fire claims the Great Pumpkin Parade is Thursday life of Parsons A house fire in Elizabethton, Tennessee Sunday morning claimed the life of Tracy Parsons, 52, wife of former Kings Mountain Herald publisher Bill Parsons. Mr. Parsons, who is advertising director of the Elizabethton Star, was undergoing rehab from hip surgery at the time. Their daughter, Esther Locke and her 4-year-old son, Aiden, were rescued from the burning home. The fire appeared to have started in the area of the kitchen stove.

“I feel very comfortable saying that she probably succumbed to smoke inhalation very rapidly,� said CCSD Capt. Mike Little. �It does not take long at all for that to occur.� Little said that the heavy amount of smoke may have also impeded any escape attempt on her part. Little said the door to Tracy Parsons’ bedroom was open, which may have allowed smoke to fill the room quickly. Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said that See FIRE, 10A

The Great Pumpkin Halloween Parade, always a favorite of area children, will form at 10 a.m. Thursday in front of City Hall and kids in Halloween attire will walk with Mayor Rick Murphrey to the gazebo at Patriots Park for post-parade activities. The Halloween Day parade will start at City Hall, on Cherokee and Gold Streets, and continue to Battleground Avenue, Mountain Street, and south on Railroad Avenue. The Halloween day event is sponsored by the City of Kings Mountain. Entertainment, games, Halloween stories, singalong, and a haystack search See PARADE, 6A

(Left to right) Marcus Mealing, 4, Jackson Mealing, 7, and Dustin Kirby, 7, showed off their super hero and pirate costumes at a past Great Pumpkin Parade. KMH file photo

Gateway Trail, four years old & growth is just beginning! Organizers are throwing a party for the popular nature trail on S. Battleground Ave. that designers plan to connect to the Appalachian Trail in years to come. The Gateway Trail, which saw 110,000 visitors last year, is celebrating its fourth anniversary Saturday, Nov. 9, in an event that will feature live music, dedications, golf-cart rides and a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers. The festivities start at 11 a.m. with $6 food plates. Visitors are free to explore the park and trails (leashed dogs permitted) and join in on a dedication at the trailhead for having just become a National Recreation Trail, designated by the National Park Service. The Gateway Trail is one of only 28 in the country and the only one in North Carolina to enjoy that distinction. Adam Satterfield will be performing on keyboard from 11 a.m. to noon. The local band Harvest is then set to play from noon to 1 p.m. After lunch, organizers will usher visitors to the top of the trail for a dedication of Hamrick Overlook, which features a bench built in honor of donors Evelyn and Larry Hamrick, Sr. Golf carts are available for those who may be unable to make the steep

Fall foliage frames this glimpse of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trails trailhead. The park is host to live music, lunch, a walking stick carving, face painting and a Boy Scout recognition next Saturday. climb. Shirley Brutko, director of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trails, helped spearhead the construction and the funding of the trail, which is designed to eventually connect the City of Kings Mountain to Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park, the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Appalachian Trail. The trail is open from dawn to dusk for your enjoyment and is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, the Rails to Trails for N.C. and a National Recreation

Trail for the U.S. Organizers hired consultants to help decide how to carve a greenspace and various trailways out of the thick forest, Brutko said. Then a fundraising effort got under way. “Over the years, we’ve received over a million dollars in grants,� she said. “And we have almost a million dollars worth of land so far.� In March, the Gateway Trail is hosting a 5k and 10k walk/run. For more information about the trail visit e.aspx.

100 years and counting ELIZABETH STEWART

What would you choose for a 100th birthday bash? Martha (Granny Go Go) Hord Goforth's answer might surprise you (and we're keeping her secret) but it's for sure her family and friends are planning a party. The popular senior citizen will celebrate a century of life at a family party on her birthday Nov. 16 and at a church party on Nov. 17 at Central United Methodist Church. Her birthday parties are always full of surprises. She rode on the back of a motorcycle on her 90th birthday. That was also the day she gave up her car keys. Don't relegate Granny Go Go to the rocking chair. The only time she likes a rocking chair is on her back porch

Martha Hord Goforth where she enjoys flowers and birds. She has lived in the same house 82 years, eats out at Linwood Restaurant at least once a week where she appointed Keith Falls, the proprietor, to find entertainment for her big bash. Her daughters Dot (Mrs. Jake) Dixon and Charity Tignor are shopping this See GOFORTH, 6A

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Editors Note: Election Day is Nov. 5 and the Herald posed several questions to city council and school board candidates in Kings Mountain. Candidates answers are as follows:

Kings Mountain City Council Candidates Mike Butler - Ward 2 1. Why do you want to serve on the Kings Mountain City Council? I like representing the people of Kings Mountain. It takes us all working together to make a difference in our city and communities. Serving on the Kings Mountain City Council will allow me to continue the progress of growth to our city. 2. What are the issues the Council may face in the next four years? 1. Installing new water lines into the city; 2. Continue to sell our city to new companies – more jobs in our area; 3. If the casino comes, the city will need to be ready to service that complex; 4. Provide insurance to all city employees at the lowest cost possible. 3. A casino and entertainment complex could be in Kings Mountain’s future and the talk is it could bring thousands of jobs to our area. Do you support it? Why or why not? If the casino and entertainment complex comes to Kings Mountain it would bring jobs to our area. The city will work hard to provide the gas, utility and sewer services to the complex. This should mean lower rates to residents of our city. 4. What is your vision for bringing more job opportunities to the Kings Mountain area? My vision for bringing more jobs to the Kings Mountain area is to continue to sell our city to new companies. We have a lot to offer new companies: low water rates, low utility and sewer rates. The greatest assets that we have to offer new companies are our water supply and Interstate 85. We must continue the work downtown by making it a place that restaurants and other businesses will want to relocate.

Patty Hall - Ward 2 1. Why do you want to serve on the Kings Mountain City Council? I would like to serve on the council to help make decisions that would make Kings Mountain a better place to live, and help the city grow and prosper. I would count it a privilege to serve with the council members and would look forward to working with all of them. 2. What are the issues the Council may face in the next four years? The new water line project to provide the best quality of water to all citizens. Continuing to maintain the very best level of services the City has to offer. Trying to get businesses to locate here. 3. A casino and entertainment complex could be in Kings

Mountain’s future and the talk is it could bring thousands of jobs to our area. Do you support it? Why or why not? I have looked at the impact study that was done. I still have a lot of questions that need to be answered. 4. What is your vision for bringing more job opportunities to the Kings Mountain area? Offering incentives to businesses to relocate. Use all the available resources to help with the relocation. Help find available properties to build if needed. Utilize the vacant properties that are available if possible.

Tommy Hawkins - Ward 3 1. Why do you want to serve on the Kings Mountain City Council? For the past 69 years, I have lived in Kings Mountain; I have deep ties to this city and its citizens. I always promote Kings Mountain as a great place to work, live, and retire. Because I have experience with other forms of local government, I feel that I am prepared to be a City Council member. I am proactive, and I act as a voice for the people of KM. Moreover, I possess a positive attitude and want to create the best quality of life for all of Kings Mountain’s Citizens, not just a few. Family is very important to me, along with my strong sense of integrity. I separate fact from opinion and treat everyone fairly. 2. What are the issues the Council may face in the next four years? a. The largest issue facing the city right now is the unemployment rate. Amidst the poor national economy, everyone is trying to support their families and themselves. We will face many decisions, as we have in the past, about new companies coming to KM. For example, recently, we have made decisions regarding Disney, Rockwood Lithium, and Walgreens. b. Also, we need to maintain financial stability through expense and revenue monitoring. We need to remain economically strong even while other forms of government fail to do so. c. In recent months, the State of NC mandated that cities must create a plan to properly manage storm water. This will create numerous decisions involving our current infrastructure. Also, we need to ensure maintenance of our current water system through the replacement of aging water lines. d. Since Kings Mountain provides insurance for its employees, the city is at the mercy of the insurance companies and their increasing rates. Currently, with rates rising quickly, the city is being forced to pay high premiums for insurance which could cause financial instability in the future. 3. A casino and entertainment complex could be in Kings Mountain’s future and the talk is it could bring thousands of jobs to our area. Do you support it? Why or why not? Any company, big or small, is able to make an impact on its community. For example, the rumored casino would have an enormous impact on both Kings Mountain and Cleveland County. In saying this, some people support this endeavor, while others are strongly against it. It is a divisive issue

and tensions run high whenever this subject is mentioned. I whole-heartedly support the additions of jobs to our community. Jobs provide income for families and allow for food to be placed on the table and a better quality of life. However, at this moment, I am not able to make a well-informed decision since I do not have any actual information about the casino. At this point, everything is hearsay, and I have not received any factual evidence to base my decision on. 4. What is your vision for bringing more job opportunities to the Kings Mountain area? I have a strong vision for Kings Mountain in the upcoming years. I feel that we will be able to increase the number of companies located in Kings Mountain, which, therefore, will immensely increase the number of jobs. I think that this is possible for a variety of reasons. The first is our location. KM is extremely close to major hubs and cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte. Moreover, we are within a 30 minute drive of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, which allows for fast and easy travel to other parts of our country. Yet, KM also has almost everything one needs in town. Kings Mountain has an amazing school system, a variety of restaurants, retail stores, and even a highly-rated hospital. Kings Mountain is not only a great place to work but also it is an amazing place to live and raise a family. I plan on incentivizing large companies and corporations to make Kings Mountain their next home.

Jerry Mullinax - Ward 3 1. Why do you want to serve on the Kings Mountain City Council? I served in this capacity for approximately 10 years. I wish to serve again as I have the experience and enjoy working to make positive changes to enhance the quality of life in Kings Mountain. I am a lifelong resident of Kings Mountain and care deeply about our city and its citizens. 2. What are the issues the Council may face in the next four years? My main priority would be jobs, jobs, jobs! Jobs that will stay. 3. A casino and entertainment complex could be in Kings Mountain’s future and the talk is it could bring thousands of jobs to our area. Do you support it? Why or why not? I have studied this and have found it is not a local decision. I understand that this casino is in the hands of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior who are the ultimately committees to make this decision.

Council? I feel like Kings Mountain citizens deserve a voice, a voice that speaks and listens to each and every citizen and I want to be that voice. I believe that Kings Mountain is a wonderful place to live and work and it holds a tremendous opportunity for a strong future. 2. What are the issues the Council may face in the next four years? Land use, zoning, recreation, emergency services (police, fire, rescue). 3. A casino and entertainment complex could be in Kings Mountain’s future and the talk is it could bring thousands of jobs to our area. Do you support it? Why or why not? Yes, I do support a casino and entertainment complex in Kings Mountain. I think that with the possibility of thousands of jobs coming to the county as well as the city and the economic impact it would be a terrific opportunity for our city . 4. What is your vision for bringing more job opportunities to the Kings Mountain area? The city is already moving in the right direction with several new businesses thriving and hiring. I want to improve collaboration among key stake holders and set clear goals to accelerate this process of economic development in Kings Mountain with the right plan in place. With everyone working toward common goals, Kings Mountain citizens will benefit greatly from new business, new jobs and new recreational opportunity.

Dean Spears - At-Large 1. Why do you want to serve on the Kings Mountain City Council? I have been on council a number of years. We have projects in the works that I would like to see completed. 2. What are the issues the Council may face in the next four years? We have a very small debt at this time. When the projects we have ongoing have been completed we will have a large debt. I think I can be an asset to Kings Mountain in the coming years. 3. A casino and entertainment complex could be in Kings Mountain’s future and the talk is it could bring thousands of jobs to our area. Do you support it? Why or why not? I do support it. I support it for the jobs and economic reasons.

4. What is your vision for bringing more job opportunities to the Kings Mountain area? Through infrastructure, which some things are happening at present. We should continue to upgrade our infrastructure to be certain that we have all services that any company/industries need; and market our city and the area as a place that will welcome any and all jobs. Kings Mountain has a great location to prosper in the upcoming years.

4. What is your vision for bringing more job opportunities to the Kings Mountain area? Keep upgrading the infrastructure. Be positive in our planning, and supportive of our existing businesses, and future prospects.

Cleveland County Board of Education Candidates

Curtis Pressley - At Large

Danny Blanton

1. Why do you want to serve on the Kings Mountain City

I am Danny Blanton and I am a graduate of Crest High

School. I have been married to my wonderful wife Dianne for 40 years. Dianne was a teacher in Gaston County for 18 years and has been a substitute teacher in Cleveland County for 8 years. We have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Two of our children teach full time in the Cleveland County School System and one is a substitute teacher. Four of our grandchildren are currently in the Cleveland County Schools. 1. Why are you running for the school board? The reason I am running for School Board is because I want to be a voice for the children, teachers, and teacher assistants in Cleveland County. The current school board has spent millions of dollars on a new Central Office building and a new board meeting Room. This astronomical amount of money was being spent when we should have been updating our schools and adding security features to them. In January 2013, a teacher made the recommendation that silent alarms be put in the elementary schools following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. As of today no school, except Pinnacle Charter School, has a silent alarm. Each one of our children deserve to feel safe and be safe when they are taken to school every day. The current School Board has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on costly advertising to promote our public schools. This money should have been set aside for teachers and teachers’ assistants’ salaries. I believe the current Board has not managed YOUR tax money appropriately and now want to blame the state for lack of funds. We need common sense on the school board. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? The biggest challenge the School Board faces over the next five years is taking a common sense approach to handling its finances and improving the morale of our teachers. We must ensure that our children are safe in the world we live in today. Our teachers and teacher assistants should be compensated for the work they do. Budgets are tight. We need to focus the money that we have on our children and Teachers. Million dollar projects for administrators should be put on hold. The morale among teachers is low and we must do everything we can to encourage and motivate our teachers so that they do the best job possible. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? I currently do not serve on the school board but I have talked with many who are employed with the county schools. There are a number of things that the current school board is doing wrong. The SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) has an open investigation into the allegations of misuse of school funds. There had to be some facts to have an investigation requested by the district attorney. The school system is no place for corruption. We have teachers who have not received a raise in years. We are possibly losing our teacher assistant positions. There are no school resource officers in elementary schools and we spend millions on a new administrative building, which includes a state of See FORUM, 5A

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Air horn prank gets local family on ‘Funniest Videos’ DAVE BLANTON

A rude awakening has turned into a chance to win $10,000 for a Grover family. KMHS 9th grader Madison Hoyle and her dog Toby are the unwitting stars of a short video that has been selected by the popular America’s Funniest Home Video as a finalist. The video features the teenager snoozing with the family’s pet miniature schnauzer on the Sunday morning before the first day of school. Enter air horn. The blast startles the dog and abruptly ends Hoyle’s peaceful rest as the piercing noise causes her to roll out of bed and quickly cover her face in a blanket. Dad Marty, mother Gina and little sister Leah can be heard laughing off camera. The TV show is flying the entire family out to southern California for the Manhattan Beach taping. The Hoyles have been informed they are among three

Madison would have liked to slept in that August morning, but the family, armed with an air horn, had other ideas. finalists, with 1st place paying $10,000, 2nd place paying $3,000 and 3rd place paying $2,000. “Last week they called and said they loved it,� Gina said. “They’re flying us out there. We’re really excited.� Gina said she posted the funny video on Instagram and within a day or so everyone at Madison’s school had seen it. “It spread really, really quickly.� The 8:30 a.m. prank was Madison’s father’s idea. After many friends and family members saw the hilari-

ous outcome, they pressed Gina to submit it to the funny video show. In talking with the show’s producers, she learned the show is set to tape on Saturday, Nov. 2. The tentative air date is Nov. 24. Should they win first place, the family’s air horn video will instantly become eligible for the funniest video of the year, which pays a $100,000 prize. That taping, according to show’s producers, would happen sometime in December.

Brandon “Tater� Ayers looks for the pumpkin he painted as an art project for his kindergarten class at Grover Elementary.

Pumpkin Festival rolls through Grover The Grover Pumpkin Festival rolled through town last Saturday with blue skies and cool temperatures. Crowds enjoyed

rides, the pumpkin carving wall, entertainment, food, vendors and a whole lot of fun for local families and visitors alike.

Train exhibit, other events coming to historical museum

Abovet: A participant lets one fly in the Pumpkin Roll on Saturday at the Grover Pumpkin Festival. The object was to roll a miniature pumpkin farther than others. The winner notched a distance of just under 200 feet. Photos by DAVE BLANTON

Below: Kids have a thrilling time on the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Grover Pumpkin Festival on Saturday under sunny skies and cool weather. The holidays are just around the corner, and anticipation is building at Kings Mountain Historical Museum as it gets ready for its 10th annual model train display and other upcoming holiday events. November 16 - January 4: “Toys, Games & TRAINSâ€? Exhibit The annual model train display by the Piedmont “Sâ€? Gaugers returns! Back by popular demand, this exhibit fills the museum with model train displays, railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. An extensive interactive model train track provides hands-on fun for all ages. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm & Sun. 1pm4pm. Saturday, December 7: Christmas in Kings Mountain Celebrate at Kings Mountain Historical Museum with a full day of activities sure to get the whole family into the holiday spirit! • 10am-3pm: Experience the magic of the “Toys, Games & TRAINSâ€? exhibit, and tour the historic Cornwell and Barber Houses decorated for the holidays. Learn about the history of Christmas celebrations, and see traditional craft demonstrations such as Scherenschnitte, the historic German art of paper cutting, presented by Linda Bell. • 3pm-5pm: City of Kings Mountain’s annual Christmas Parade (Museum closed). • 5pm-7pm: Enjoy extended evening hours of the “Toys, Games & TRAINSâ€? exhibit, candlelight tours of the historic Barber House, and hot

apple cider by the firelight. Saturday, December 14: Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus at the Museum At 11 a.m., Mrs. Claus will do a special reading of the classic 1823 children’s story, “The Night Before Christmas� to get the kids ready to meet Santa Claus, who will visit the Museum from 1 p.m.-3pm. Bring your camera for the perfect holiday family photo. Our Museum Gift Shop has a great selection of pottery, art, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind items crafted by local artists perfect for all of your gift-giving needs. We also sell a variety of books, train novelties, toys, and holiday treats like Moravian cookies and cheese straws. PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will be closed on Saturdays from Oct. 26 – Nov. 9 while it prepares for

the upcoming “Toys, Games & TRAINS� exhibit. It will remain open regular hours Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Museum will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Please check the website for additional closings. ADMISSION IS FREE! Donations are appreciated. All donations go toward fulfilling the Museum’s mission to collect, preserve, and interpret history through exhibits, educational programs, tours, and other appropriate means, in order to foster a deeper understanding of the history of our community and the region. To find out more about upcoming exhibits and events, please visit us at: or call (704) 739-1019. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

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Grover, Bessemer City candidates

â– BRIEFS Hallelujah carnival

Candlelight vigil

First Baptist Church, West King St., will hold a Hallelujah carnival on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 67:30 p.m. Children preschool-6th grade. Games, hot dogs, candy, and hayrides will feature the carnival.

A candlelight vigil to honor or remember those with dementia will be held at Life Enrichment Center, 222 Kings Mountain Boulevard, Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. Sitter service will be provided for the person with dementia during this meeting by calling 704739-4858.

Trunk or Treat St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, N. Piedmont Ave., will have Halloween fun for kids and adults from 5:30-7 p.m. Dress up in Halloween costumes and enjoy trunk or treat along Ridge Street. Wednesday (today).

Fall Festival The Kings Mountain Baptist Church is hosting a Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. 101 W. Mountain St. Food, fun and fellowship for the whole family. Come and enjoy free hot dogs, games and prizes, and a costume contest. Plus trunk or treat and a hayride.

Revival Christian Mission Ministries, 1604 Shelby Rd., will have revival services Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 with visiting speaker Helen Alexander. Services each night are at 7 p.m. Come expecting to be blessed. The public is invited.

Fall fundraiser Antioch Baptist Church will hold the annual Fall fundraiser, bake sale and yard sale Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. And baked goods and yard sale times will be sold until noon with door prizes at noon. The event will be held at the Antioch Community Center on Antioch Road, Blacksburg, SC ( near Grover) and all proceeds will go to mission projects. Call 704-937-7560 for more information.

DVD message Eastside Baptist Church, York Rd., will host the DVD message, “My Hope� with Billy Graham, on Thursday, Nov.7, at 6:30 p.m. The DVD features life-changing testimonies along with a powerful message from evangelist Billy Graham, a wonderful way, says Pastor Ron Caulder to honor Dr. Graham's 95th birthday.

Pottery Festival Carolina Pottery Festival will come to LeGrand Center in Shelby Nov. 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., one of the largest indoor, pottery-only festivals in the region, featuring over 100 potters and all types of pottery with perfect timing for holiday shopping. Admission is $3 for ages 15 and over.

Breakfast with Santa Kings Mountain Woman's Club will sponsor the popular holiday event,“Breakfast with Santa,� on Nov.ember 23 from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tickets for breakfast are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children may shop in the Elf Closet, eat breakfast and have their pictures taken by a professional photographer with Santa.

Holiday Home Tour The Cleveland County Arts Council will hold the 4th annual Holiday Home


Patty Hall ‘The voice of the citizens’



GROVER – Two residents – incumbent council member Jackie Bennett and political newcomer Rodney Ross – have filed for a seat on Grover Town Board. Terms of Bennett, Shane Davis, and Cindy O’Brian are up for grabs this election year. Davis was filling out the unexpired term of Brent White. Both O’Brian and Davis are mounting write-in campaigns. The polling place in Grover is Town Hall. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at

Tour Sat., Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the Arts Center, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby, by phone in advance or at the six homes the day of the tour. Also that day, stop by the Arts Center to check out “Handmade for the Holidays� gift gallery and enjoy lunch for $5 donation from 11-1 p.m. Two Kings Mountain homes are on the six-home tour this year: Sharon and Bobby Horne's home at 701 Oakland Street and the home of Jackie and Tyler Falls, 409 W. Mountain Street.

Exercise your vote Tuesday

Cleveland-Rutherford Kidney Association and Johnny Rockstar Entertainment present "Christmas With The King", a tribute to Elvis Presley featuring Travis Powell. This concert will be Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Isothermal Community College in Spindale. Seats range from $25 to $50 with special group rates available. For ticket information call 704-481-9535, or; Proceeds benefit Cleveland-Rutherford Kidney Association.

Youth basketball It’s that time again! The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is starting up another season of Youth Basketball. The league is open for kids ages 3 through 18. Your child will learn the basics of the game and develop their skills. But beyond that, she/he will grow as a person, as the league focuses on encouraging respect, sportsmanship, and other YMCA Character Development traits. Divisions Divisions: 3-4 Coed; 5-6 Coed; 7-8 Boys; 7-9 Girls, 9-10 Boys; 10-12 Girls; 1112 Boys; 13-16 Girls; 13-15 Boys; 16-18 Boys * Divisions could potentially change based on registration numbers. Registration is Oct. 14 – Nov. 23; cost is members: $25; city residents: $40; non-city residents: $50. If you have any further questions please contact Amanda Little, Sr. Program Director, (704) 669-3687, or

Exercise of the voting privilege is a right, prerogative and duty and is regarded as a mark of intelligence and citizenship and a safeguard of good government. The Herald does not endorse candidates but The Herald urges you to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for your choice of candidates. Interest has been centered locally on the board of education race where four seats are up for grabs and on the Kings Mountain city council race where three seats are up this fall. In Kings Mountain all registered voters can vote for the At-large seat and for the board of education and water district board candidates. Wards 2 and 3 are limited to voters who live in those wards but they can also vote for At-large and board of education and district water board candidates. Non-partisan elections in North Carolina give the voter the ability to write in a name. Write-in winners must be registered voters and live in the town limits of the town/city for which they have been nominated. Those who win by a write-in vote will receive a certified letter informing them and the person elected by write-in would have to agree

to take the position. Candidate signs dot a wide area of Kings Mountain and all over the county. What these candidates envision for Kings Mountain and the county is in their own words in a Meet the Candidate portion of this week’s Herald. All six candidates running for three seats open on city council responded and all nine candidates running for four seats open on the school board responded. Those answers could determine your choice in this important election. The City Council field of candidates: Ward 2: Mike Butler, Patty Hall Ward 3: Tommy Hawkins, Jerry Mullinax At-Large: Dean Spears, Curtis Pressley The Board of Education field of candidates: Kathy Falls, Phillip W. Glover, S. Dale Oliver, George Litton, Darius Griffin, Donnie Thurman Jr., Jeff Gregory, Kenneth A. Ledford, Danny Lee Blanton. The district water board: Don Melton, John Z. Taylor, Amy Elliott Bridges

VOTE: Are you ready to elect? From page 1A open on the board of aldermen and for the water board and county school board race. Early voting has been brisk this week at the Cleveland County Board of Elections Office, Patton Dr., Shelby. Early voting continues today (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The last day of early voting is Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Non-partisan elections in North Carolina give the voter the ability to write in a name. There are lines on the ballot below all of the candi-

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BESSEMER CITY- Mayor Becky Smith and five of six commissioners are unopposed for re-election Nov. 5. Incumbent Jim Long in Ward 6 is challenged by Donnie Griffin. Danny Carl Boling, Ward I, Kay McCathen, Ward 2, Josiah Jordan Will, Ward 3, Howard Lee Jones, War 4, and Alfred Carpenter, Ward 5, are unopposed for re-election for another term.


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From page 2A BLANTON, cont. the art board meeting room. The current school board has not properly supervised the use, or in many incidents, misuse of the schools’ credit card system. The credit card system has been misused on numerous occasions. Teachers are not able to teach because they are required to attend so many meetings and having to take extra work home to complete. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? I have four grandchildren currently in the Cleveland County School System. One of my children graduated Cleveland County Schools and my other three graduated from the Gaston County Schools.

Kathy Falls I am Kathy Falls, age 47. I have been married to my husband Jeff for 28 years. We both graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1984. We have three sons; Jordan, 19, a 2012 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and currently a sophomore at Campbell University. Brandon, 16, is a junior at Kings Mountain High School and Zachary, 12, is a 7th grader at the Kings Mountain Intermediate School. Some things I enjoy are spending time with my family, walking, watching college football, traveling and shopping. I have enjoyed representing Cleveland County on the school board. I have devoted the past four years to serving our students, teachers, and staff. I hope you will vote for Kathy Falls on November 5th so that I can continue to make a difference on the Board of Education in Cleveland County. 1. Why are you running for the school board? I am running for school board because I want to be a voice for the 15,191 children and their parents that attend Cleveland County Schools. I also want to be a voice for the 2,354 employees that work for our school system. I have been encouraged to run for school board by parents and teachers that feel they need someone that they can discuss problems with confidentially. As a parent of two current students, I feel that I am extremely aware of the problems that our students, parents, teachers, and staff face every day. I feel strongly that our school board needs a ‘Mama’ on the Board of Education. It is my goal to address and work with all school board members to find solutions to improve our school environment for the betterment of all students and staff in Cleveland County Schools. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? Keeping quality teachers in our classrooms is by far one of the biggest problems in our schools today. North Carolina rankings 46th in teacher pay. Legislative budget cuts have created many issues for our students, teachers, and our assistants. Since 2008, our teachers have received only one pay increase from the state level. That increase occurred in 20122013 when the state approved an average increase for all state employees of 1.2%. The current school board rewarded teachers with a 10% salary increase in local supplement in the 2012-2013. While not near

enough, we wanted our teachers to know they are important in Cleveland County. Our legislator’s also cut teacher assistants in Cleveland County Schools over one million dollars. Other issues that we must address are new classroom wings in some of our oldest schools and additional classroom wings to replace mobile units in overcrowded schools. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? What we are doing right: Cleveland County Schools are offering a variety of Advance Placement classes to challenge our students and better prepare them for college. We have raised the graduation rate to 83.3%, which is the highest it has ever been in Cleveland County Schools. As a school system we have closed the achievement gap. While in the Nation there is still work to be done, our teachers, principals, staff, and parents have partnered together with the community to achieve these accomplishments. What are we doing wrong? Cleveland County Schools must continue to work to prepare our students to be globally competitive. Our students and teachers need to have one-on-one laptop initiative to help them become better prepared. We must provide our teachers with all the necessary tools to help our students be successful. We must also improve our facilities to help equip all of students and teachers with the best learning and working environment possible. State legislators eliminated career status of teachers in 2013. Teachers can only be offered 1, 2 or 4-year contracts based on experience, effectiveness and proficiency. Only 25% of our teachers can be offered four-year contacts. We need to make sure our school board is balanced with some members that do not have family employed by our school system to ensure that every teacher will have a fair chance at the four-year contract and the $5,000 bonus that the state is offering to a very select group of teachers. If elected, I promise to make sure this process is fair to all teachers. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? Yes, I currently have two children in our school system. Brandon is in the 11th grade at Mountain High School. Zachary is a 7th grader at the Kings Mountain Intermediate School and my oldest Jordan, 19, graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 2012. He current attends Campbell University as a sophomore. 5. Do you have a spouse who is employed by the school system? Neither my husband nor any other relative have ever been employed by Cleveland County School.

Phillip Glover 1. Why are you running for the school board? I am motivated to remain a member of the Board of Education. My two children, who are currently in Cleveland County Schools, are my biggest motivation. I want to make sure that they, and every other student in our schools, have a quality education in a safe, orderly, and caring environment. Also, being married to a teacher encourages me to en-

sure faculty and staff have a voice and the support they need to educate our young people. During our present challenging legislative changes, it is more important than ever to support and lift up our public school system. It motivates me now, more than ever, to continue a strong, positive attitude and to work hard as a team for Cleveland County Schools. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? The biggest issues our schools are facing are budget concerns and keeping teacher and teacher assistant positions. The legislators have made it difficult to retain our faculty and staff, therefore we need to continue to closely monitor our budget so we will be able to provide quality education for every student in the Cleveland County School System. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? We are currently doing many things that are right in Cleveland County Schools. We have increased our graduation rate for the fourth consecutive year to 83.3%, which is above the state average. We have been able to start our fifth high school, which is the Early College High School. Not only does this give students a high school diploma, but it also gives them a two-year degree. Through parent and community involvement outreach efforts, we are strengthening our partnership. These are just a few of the positive things happening in Cleveland County Schools. We are always striving to improve, and we have just been presented our Strategic Plan Recommendations to strengthen Cleveland County Schools. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? I have two children, a son and a daughter, who are students in our school system. 5. Do you have a spouse who is employed by the school system? My wife teaches 3rd grade for Cleveland County Schools.

Jeff Gregory 1. Why are you running for the school board? I believe I can make a big and positive difference in the education and lives of our children. I have the administrative background to ensure the people’s money is spent appropriately, and where it is needed most. It is imperative that the board be good stewards of the people’s money. I will be that good steward. We are at a crossroads in education in Cleveland County and I will make sure we take the most beneficial and effective path for all. It is of the utmost importance that our children have a safe and receptive place to be educated. This will be a high priority, as well as making sure parental rights are adhered to. Many issues such as common core and misuse of funds are being ignored. I will not allow such issues to continue to be ignored. It is important that we have a member who will listen to the people and not look down on them. I am committed to be that member.

2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? Common core and the education of the students are big issues for the next few years. Budget restraints will also be a huge fiscal responsibility concern. We will need board members who are willing to put the best interest of all first, not just family and friends. Bullying, drugs and harassment in the school system among students must be addressed. Teachers who are frustrated and feel they are not being heard is a great concern that must not be ignored. The closing of community schools and spending millions of dollars for large schools have a negative effect on schools as well as its local community. Many local school communities feel that they are being abandoned, and have lost communication, and the support of its administration. The abuse of funds must be addressed before the people of Cleveland County lose all faith and respect in our school administrators and the Cleveland County School Board of Education. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? What are we doing right: We are giving all Cleveland County students an opportunity to receive a free education, paid for by Cleveland County taxpayers. We are the largest employer in Cleveland County. We provide hundreds of Cleveland County residents employment to help support their family’s needs. Another wonderful thing that we are doing right is giving students after school activities and opportunities through sports. Sports are an excellent, safe and enjoyable activity for students, parents, teachers and all taxpayers. What are we doing wrong: We are not addressing underlying issues such as common core and teacher’s concerns. As I speak to parents and teachers in Cleveland County, many say that they see no need to speak out. They have learned that if they speak out they will get little or no response. Even worse, they will be retaliated against and/or denied promotion. We are not being fiscally responsible to the people. Issues such as abuse of funds and spending millions of dollars to renovate schools closed, because they are no longer usable must stop. Taking schools out of the local communities is not a good way to unite parents and teachers. It is a way of dismantling local communities. It only serves to break down communication between the students, parents, teachers and administration. Going along with programs sent down by bureaucrats must be addressed. Unacceptable programs, such as common core must be reevaluated by legislators. The people of Cleveland County must be assured that the superintendent answers to the Cleveland County School Board, and that the Cleveland County School Board answers to the people. We must take our heads out of the sand and address each and every issue brought before the board. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? Yes, both of our children attended Cleveland County schools. My wife, and myself are former PTO presidents of Cleveland County.

5. Do you have a spouse who is employed by the school system? I do not have a spouse that is employed by the school system. However, it seems that some people may want to serve on the Cleveland County School Board because they do have family and friends employed by the school system. I do not believe that is a good reason to serve on the board. It only appears to be self serving. I want to serve on the board solely to support and help my Cleveland County neighbors as God has commissioned us to do. I have no reason to serve on the Cleveland County Board of Education other than to help the parents, teachers, students and the good people of Cleveland County.

Darius Griffin 1. Why are you running for the school board? I care about the Cleveland County School System and community. I also owe a great debt of gratitude to the public education system and Cleveland County community. Therefore, I stand committed to serving the people of Cleveland County to ensure our school system is equipped to prepare all students for graduation, careers, college and citizenship. As you may know, our school system is in the middle of a transition. Students, parents, school, teachers, administrators, support staff, and elected officials have to positively communicate, collaborate and stay committed to establish workable solutions. For that reason, I feel that I must continue to look forward and offer the voters of Cleveland County a sensible strategic leadership choice. My plan: 1. Build and support relationships between schools and community programs. 2. Collaboratively work with board members to align school board goals with the Cleveland County Schools and community goals. 3. Contribute to strategic evidence-based policies that will establish a safe environment where all students graduate and are career, college and citizenship ready. I am enthusiastic about running for the board. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? a. Implementing new strategic plan b. Managing and motivating teachers and support staff c. Alternative schools such as charter and private schools d. Implementing common core standards e. Budget – funding for pay raises and facilities improvement 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? What we are doing right: a. Creating a strategic plan b. Lowering the dropout rate c. Increasing the graduation rate What are we doing wrong? a. Implementing and tracking progress on strategic plan b. Building parental and community partnerships c. Ensuring accountability at all levels See FORUM, 9A

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PARADE: Thursday

■OBITUARIES Johnnie Reed Caldwell KM Resuce Squad EMT KINGS MOUNTAIN Johnnie Reed Caldwell, age 61, resident of 1407 Congress Street, former resident of 304 Somerset Dr., Kings Mountain, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House. He was born in Gaston County, N.C., to the late John Henry Caldwell. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Diane Baity Caldwell. He was retired from the Postal Service after 35 years and retired Assistant Fire Chief from Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Department after 34 years. He was a member of Oak View Baptist Church where he was a former choir member, member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge, #339, and a private pilot. Mr. Caldwell was an instructor for the American Red Cross, a N.C. certified EMT, and an EMT for the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad. During his career as a volunteer firefighter, Mr. Caldwell was a member and involved in many associations including International Association of Arson Investigators of N.C.; N.C. State certified fire investigator; N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs; N.C. Fireman’s Association; Western N.C. Association of Firefighters. In addition to these associations, he was also a Cleveland Community College Fire Instructor I and II; Cleveland County Hazmat team for 20 years; CC Arson Strike team; and the NCIAAI. He held a Computer Science Technology Degree.

Alfred Babineau, Sr. SHELBY - Mr. Alfred J. Babineau Sr., 74, of Lake Dr., passed peacefully, Oct. 6, 2013, in Polk County. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, with Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer officiating. Interment was at Sunset Cemetery in Shelby. Jane Ammerman Blanton SAXONBURG, Pa. – Mrs. Jane Ammerman Blan-

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The family would like to thank the “Special Angels� of the Kings Mountain Hospice House for their loving care. Survivors include his wife of five years Debra Robinson Caldwell, Gastonia, N.C., mother Mildred “Mick� Childers Caldwell, Kings Mountain; son Johnnie “John Boy� Reed Caldwell II, and wife Kim, Kings Mountain, step-sons, Bill Eddie Parker II and wife Beth, Kings Mountain, Timmy Adair, Dallas, N.C.; step-daughters Kimberly Parker Hanline, Kings Mountain, and Melissa George and husband Greg, Charlotte, N.C.; brother David C. Caldwell and wife Teresa, Kings Mountain; grandchildren Noah and Emma; eight step-grandchildren: Kristen, McKenzie, Brandi, Stephen, Clair, William, Sarah and Christopher; and two step-great grandchildren Peyton and Jakson; special baby “Mickey.� Funeral service is 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, Oak View Baptist Church, with Rev. D. Carey Caldwell II and Rev. Richard Gaddis officiating. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, and other times at the home of the son, 304 Somerset Drive, Kings Mountain. Interment with full fireman’s honors is at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150. A guest registry is available at www.harrisfunerals .com. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, N.C.

Harris Funeral Home ton, 89, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Saxony Health Center. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 27, at the Sharon United Methodist Church cemetery, with officiating by Rev. Len Byers. The family received friends following the graveside service in the cemetery. Burial immediately followed in Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery. Maryland Dover SHELBY - Mrs. Maryland Dover, 85, joyfully joined her husband, Gene “Buck� Dover in heaven on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 25, at Ascension Lutheran Church in Shelby, with the Revs. Dr. William Battermann and John Mocko officiating.

Evelyn Etters Tyler A member of Eastside Baptist Church Evelyn Etters Tyler, 81, of Bessemer City passed away Friday, October 25, 2013, at her home. She was born July 14, 1932, in Clevel a n d County, daughter of the late J o h n William a n d Ardella Harmon Etters. A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, with officiating by Rev. Ron Caulder. Mrs. Tyler attended Eastside Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. She is survived

Jack B. Rayfield Retired brick contractor KINGS MOUNTAIN Jack B. Rayfield, 86, a resident of Kings Mountain, went to be with the Lord Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. He was born in Rock Hill, SC, son of the l a t e Bynum Lee and Gussie Norman R a y field. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Bridges Rayfield. Mr. Rayfield was a retired brick contractor, a member of Eastside Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and chairman of the Deacon board, a trustee, Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. He also served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a person who loved the Lord and taught his family to do so. Jack was a

David Lester Bowles LINCOLNTON - David Lester Bowles, age 51, of Lincolnton, N.C., died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the home of his sister. A funeral service was held 4 p.m. Sunday, October 27, at Grace United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Tom Jolley and Dewitt Youngblood, Jr., officiating. Visitation was prior to the service in the sanctuary of the church. Interment is at Carter Cemetery, Kings Mountain, N.C.

by her fiancĂŠ Paul Biddy, brothers Lawrence Etters and companion Teresa Falls, Walter Etters and companion Brenda Wright, sisters Martha Jackson, Dorothy Lane and husband Teddy, numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joe Lee Tyler, brothers Theodore, Andrew, and Bob Etters. Memorials may be made to Lincoln County Hospice, 107 N Cedar St Lincolnton, N.C. 28092. Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia. A guest registry is available at

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Godly and loving husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his son, Larry K. Rayfield and wife, Deborah of Kings Mountain; daughters, Sandra R. Smith and husband, Lanny, of Taylorsville, and Nancy R. Hoyle and husband, Michael, Kings Mountain; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Eastside Baptist Church. Rev. Ron Caulder, Rev. Dustin Hoyle and Rev. Chad Smith officiated and interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. The family received friends Monday, Oct. 28 2013 from 6-8 p.m. At Harris Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church building fund, 308 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC, was in charge of arrangements.

Harris Funeral Home Helen Falls Cheek KINGS MOUNTAIN Helen Falls Cheek, age 90, a resident of Raleigh, formerly of Newton Grove, N.C., passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Brighton Gardens, Raleigh, N.C. A graveside service was held Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Tom Jolly officiating. Visitation was 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home immediately following the service. Interment is at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, N.C.

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for Halloween goodies will be conducted by Mauney Memorial Library’s Harris Children’s Department in cooperation with Cleveland County Childcare Connections, Partnership for Children – Community Play and Learn Program, Smart Start and NC Pre-K. One lucky individual in each of the three age groups’ haystacks will find the “Gold Pumpkin� and receive a $25 gift card to a local toy store. An inflatable giant slide and obstacle course will add to the fun.

The Kings Mountain Police Department will provide reflective bags for treats to the children and the Kings Mountain Fire Department will have a fire truck on display. Local merchants are encouraged to dress in costumes to greet the children along the parade route. Afterward, children and parents are welcome to stay and play at the park, have a picnic lunch, or dine in one of the convenient downtown restaurants. For additional information call 704-734-0333 or visit

GOFORTH: celebrates 100 years From page 1A week for her birthday dress. After years of sewing and working for 33 years as a sales lady and seamstress at Myers Department Store and Fulton's Department Store, Granny has parked her sewing machine. Obviously a people person, Martha credits her good humor, her love of God and church and her close family – three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – to her long life. “And I behave myself,'' she laughs. “I've had a good life,'' said Mrs. Goforth who was married to Bun Goforth for 53 years before his death in 1984. She was a 17-year-old bride and moved into her bridegroom's family home and they raised three children:Dot Dixon, Charity Tignor and Eddie Goforth. She started working for the late O. W. Myers for $5 an hour back in Myers Department Store's heyday in Kings Mountain and Mr. Myers rode the bus from Charlotte to run the business. She bought gasoline for a quarter a gallon and two loaves of bread for 25 cents and wages were cheap. Mr. Goforth was paid 15 cents an hour as a twister hand at the old Margrace Mill. Martha credits her good health to eating a good breakfast every day. Born in a family of 12 children of William (Bill) Hord and Charity Keller Hord, she is the last surviving sibling. Martha helped deliver babies at a time when doctors made house calls. The last delivery arrived before the doctor, she said.

She was in the large crowd that welcomed President Hoover to town in 1930 when he drove through Kings Mountain and spoke at the Battleground and in the crowd when FDR funeral cortege came through on a train and another time when President George Bush waved from the back platform of a train. She remembers dates with her husband, corn shucking, lifelong good times with friends and kin. “I just thank the Lord every day for my health and my mind,'' said Martha. Martha Goforth has seen a lot of change in Kings Mountain in 100 years. “Change is good,'' she says. She likes TV, prefers shows like “Jeopardy� and “Wheel of Fortune.� She reads her Bible every day, works crossword puzzles, remembers friends with cards, and after an afternoon of being “on the go� she relaxes on her back porch and tends to her birds and flowers. Close friends kid her on occasion about her love of gab. “You'll sit up and say something when your maker calls you home,'' they said. Martha Goforth is a good role model for her close-knit family and church family and f riends. Her three children and their families, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren will all have front row seats at her “roasting� and birthday bash. No one will be as happy as Martha Hord Goforth to blow out 100 birthday candles.

Helping kids at Christmas HOUND’S CAMPGROUND 1st ANNUAL TOY RUN. Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Door prizes, 50/50 drawing, food vendor, music. Entry for toy run: new unwrapped toy or cash donation. Rain or shine. 114 Raven Dr. Supports North Shelby School for Kids with Disabilities and No Child Left Behind. MURPHEY’S 19th ANNUAL TOY RUN. Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. 114 Camelot Ct. Entry for toy run: $5 and new toy per person. Free barbecue after the ride. Live music. Benefits Shriner’s Burn Center and Oxford Orphanage, the Masonic Home for Children and the KMPD’s Shop with a Cop. Rain date is Sunday, Nov. 24.

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CC College hosts candidate forum ELIZABETH STEWART

Local elections are just around the corner and last Tuesday night candidates for Kings Mountain City Council and Cleveland County Board of Education addressed key issues at Cleveland Community College. The forum is being televised several times prior to Nov. 5 by Cable Channel 19. City Council Mike Butler, Ward 2; Tommy Hawkins, Ward 3; Dean Spears, At-large and Curtis Pressley, At-large participated. Butler, Hawkins and Spears are incumbent city commissioners. Pressley is challenging Spears. Patty Hall, who is challenging Butler, and Jerry Mullinax, who is challenging Hawkins, did not attend. The eight questions and replies from Kings Mountain candidates: What is Kings Mountain's role and what should the city council do to foster and participate in economic development in Cleveland County? BUTLER: We are ready, willing and able to help new business, our best asset is water. HAWKINS Kings Mountain is on the cutting age in economic development, good location on the I85 corridor and we are proactive in seeking new jobs. PRESSLEY – The role of the council is leadership, two main thoroughfares entice business, and working with municipalities can bring in economic development. SPEARS – Maintain super infrastructure, being proactive, we're in process of running a new water line from Moss lake to town and we operate four utilities. What is your position on the Catawba Indian casino and resort project? PRESSLEY – I support the possible opportunity to bring jobs, definitely good for the economy. SPEARS- I support it for economic reasons. If it happens we will have jobs, the county has a 10% unemployment rate. BUTLER – I understand the casino is in the hands of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. If it comes the city will be ready to supply utilities. HAWKINS – Any new employer would make an impact on the community. I support jobs but I don't have all the facts for an informed decision.

against raising taxes. Under what circumstances would you support a tax increase? HAWKINS – I do not support a tax increase unless we had to do it to keep the city strong and the budget in order PRESSLEY – I will not support a tax increase but if the economy continues to belly up, we have to find a way to bring more income into the city. SPEARS – I see no raise in taxes in the future. We will have a larger debt with the $33 million we are borrowing over a 20 year period for improvements but our rates are low now. BUTLER- No to raising taxes/ We keep our rates low. The city is in good shape with a 28% fund balance when the state requires 8%. What is your position on constructing a sister lake to Moss Lake? And, how do you see the use of Moss lake in the future to support county-wide economic development efforts? BUTLER – A sister lake is out of the question in my opinion. The Corps of Engineers has turned it down. PRESSLEY – Moss Lake is adequate and not an issue. I want to learn more about a sister lake before I support or not support it. SPEARS – I would be against supporting a sister lake. Moss Lake can support Cleveland County. HAWKINS – Water is more valuable than gold. I wouldn't say we don't need another lake sometime. I would say a holding tank upstream somewhere. What is your future for downtown and what can the city council do to support business development in the downtown? SPEARS – We are in bad need of new industry and business. We support with infrastructure and beautification. PRESSLEY – We need to put life and energy in idle buildings working with the Chamber and retailers and give incentives. Things will be more lively with the casino. We have a great city. HAWKINS – Kings Mountain is a beautiful little town and Patriots Park is buzzing. There's a lot of good stuff going on Saturdays downtown. Council can work to get more tenants in some of the buildings. BUTLER – We are giving incentives and we have seen a new florist, several new restaurants, Patriots Park is one of the finest additions to the \ downtown area and we are redoing the railroad crossings and sidewalks making a difference

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What concerns do you see in Kings Mountain's future related to zoning and land use planning? HAWKINS - We have a very effective planning and zoning board with 11 members on the ball and a director and codes director to address any issues. BUTLER – I can think of a couple pieces of property that may come up for rezoning. SPEARS – Rezoning is good for some and bad for others. We have a good land use plan and I am not an advocate of satellite zoning often. PRESSLEY- If the casino comes we will probably have to take a look at our current land use plan. What are the most critical issues facing Kings Mountain's future? PRESSLEY – Unemployment and we don't provide enough recreation for our young people. The YMCA does a tremendous job but it’s not for everyone. SPEARS – Jobs and renovate downtown, also more business. BUTLER- Insurance for our city employees and for industry and business will be critical. We are running a new water line to town and providing infrastructure for Grover's sewer line. HAWKINS – Unemployment, we need jobs and we are at the mercy of higher insurance rates. Storm water management is required, we also must maintain financial stability through revenue monitoring. With budget pressures continuing to increase please give specific examples of areas where would you propose reducing spending and/or ways you propose increasing revenues HAWKINS – Revenues will increase if the casino comes. The staff has a good handle on finances. BUTLER - The city is in great shape, see no decreases in the budget. PRESSLEY – I think we could reduce spending in special events to find revenue for recreation for youth and I would like to help our seniors by some reduction in electric bills. SPEARS – Twenty years ago when Rick (Mayor) Murphrey and I went on council there was a 0 balance in the fund balance and we had to do a lot of cutting. Maintain the status quo, don't decrease or increase the budget.

are Darius Griffin, Donnie Thurman Jr., Jeff Gregory, Danny Blanton, all of Shelby, and Kenneth Ledford of Polkville. Dale Oliver of Shelby was absent. The questions and answers follow: Progress has been made in closing the achievement gap. What still needs to be done to close the academic gap in the Cleveland County Schools? FALLS – A diversity task force is in place and we continue to work hard with the community and school leaders. GRIFFIN -Parents can be the determining factor in closing the gap and we can also work in the churches. BLANTON – We need committees to all work together to make this work. GREGORY – Let kids know they are loved, work together on stopping bullying, and get our students ready for jobs. LITTON- We have partnered for 15 years to close the gap and are successful. O ur minority students are scoring above state average and we have some great collaborative programs in place such as summer literacy. THURMAN – Math Academy has been a great way to to close the gap, our graduation rate is higher but we need to partner with the community in a team effort. LEDFORD –We can reach out to clubs and churches, it takes a community. GLOVER – A fine example of partnership is the Math Academy and the Title I program in the schools. In recent years the Cleveland County Schools have

been criticized for a lack of supervision and controls related to purchasing. As a board member, how will you insure funds are being spent properly? BLANTON – This has been my issue for three years. We have to get on top of spending and find out who is responsible. The $80,000 spent on billboards could have been spent in our classrooms. GLOVER – With the situation with the spending, the auditor did a report and made suggestions. These things have been corrected. We have a good policy now with the credit cards. LEDFORD – I would help keep a close eye on our funds and make sure the money is not wasteful and is spent on education of the kids. GREGORY – Too many people in the school system have the power to purchase. Narrow it down. This is the taxpayer's money. LITTON – Certain funds must be spent in certain areas. We can't arbitrarily move it around. Yes, in the past we have had some billboards that advertised our schools but we have competition. There is noting wrong in making people aware of our schools. FALLS – We have addressed the spending issues and the reports from the auditor. State, federal and local funds are used appropriately. GRIFFIN – A major responsibility of a board member is to assure accountability. I have professionally balanced budgets in the past and I think I could contribute to accountability. I think we should require annual financial reports. THURMAN – It's very

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simple. We must make sure the funds we spend are spent responsibly and reflect our school system. I will make sure when vote to spend taxpayer's money that it will affect our students. What is your position on student transfer and what should be the residency and transfer policies for the Cleveland County Schools? LITTON – State law dictates what you can do. We continue to transfer kids to schools as long a there is room in the school for transfers. We want to properly use the facilities we have and avoid overcrowded conditions. P arents can appeal the decision. GREGORY – I believe in rules and regulations. And I believe in choice but parents should a reason for seeking transfer of their kids. BLANTON.- The board has rules and regulations to follow and if we get the morale back up with teachers we may not have many transfers of the students. LEDFORDParents need to give the school a chance before asking for transfer to another school. As a former board member I voted for transfers GLOVER – Sometimes transportation issues require transfers and we always look at all the reasons. We do have a policy on transfers. THURMAN – Good polices are in place but I won't vote to transfer a student for athletic reasons. GRIFFIN – The board must be flexible when it comes to distance a child has to go to school. FALLS – Four years ago I opposed transfers. Now I See CANDIDATES, 10A

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The candidates are Kathy B. Falls of Grover, Phillip Glover, S. Dale Oliver and George Litton, all of Shelby, all incumbents. Challengers

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January 18, 2013, a teacher from Casar Elementary School suggested that a silent alarm be placed in Casar Elementary School and other schools. How many schools have silent alarms now? ZERO! Safety should be a number one priority for our children. How much did the current School Board spend on a new administrative building and new Board Meeting Room? $8,900,000.00! We have children who can’t afford to buy a pencil and the current School Board wants to spend MILLIONS on projects that benefit them. The School Board has spent $1000s on billboards that simply read “Cleveland County Schools.� Why do we need this?

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Faith Baptist Church to celebrate 60 years Faith Baptist Church, 1009 Linwood Road, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with special services on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Rev. Larry Burns, former pastor of the church and now pastor of Mulberry Baptist Church in Charlotte, will be guest speaker for the 6 p.m. Service on Saturday, Nov. 9. Rev. Steve Parker, pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Morganton, will be guest speaker at the Sunday, Nov. 10 service at 10:30 A.M. A covered dish luncheon will be served following the Sunday service. Rev. J.R. Robbins and the Faith congregation invite visitors, friends, past members and present members to join in this special time of celebration.

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VISIT MUSEUM – Members of Ridgeland Baptist Church, Six Mile, SC, visited the Kings Mountain Historical Museum Oct. 15. Sherrill Spears, formerly of Kings Mountain, said the group had planned a visit to the Kings Mountain National Military Park but it was closed due to the government shutdown. The 50 members of the senior group led by Dora Jane Duncan enjoyed visiting Spears’ hometown. They had lunch at Second Baptist Church before continuing on to Tryon for the next leg of their trip.

â– POLICE ARRESTS OCT. 21: Daniel J. Payne, Jr., 43, 111 Highridge Ct. Lot 1, larceny, $1,000 bond, secured. OCT. 24: Gary M. Ottinger, 36, 204 Arden St., protection order violation, no bond. OCT. 25: Linda W. Dunn, 54, 815 Third St., domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon against a government official, attempted maiming, $10,000 bond, secured. OCT. 25: Roy L. Dunn, 43, 815 Third St., resist obstruct delay, $1,000 bond, secured. OCT. 25: Hardin Q. Martavious, 20, 815 Third St., assault on a female, $1,000 bond, secured. OCT. 26: Tracy B. Mintz, 20, Shelby, breaking and entering, no bond. OCT. 26: Christian M. Linares, 32, Gastonia, DWI, $5,000 bond, unsecured. OCT. 27: Christopher G.

Short, 38, 310 Walker St., assault on a female, no bond. OCT. 27: Joseph A. Branch, 40, 607 Sterling Dr., failure to appear, simple worthless check, $500 bond, secured. OCT. 27: Amanda L. Johnson, 25, 111 High Ridge Ct. #5, larceny. OCT. 27: Allison T. Lavare, 41, Charlotte, DWI, open container, $2,500 bond, unsecured. OCT. 27: Jason M. Greene, 34, 101 Center St. #1, domestic violence, assault on a female, no bond. CITATIONS OCT. 21: Tara N. Ledbetter, 24, Gastonia, failure to carry insurance. OCT. 22: Campbell R. Fowler, 18, Charlotte, possession of less than ½ once of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. OCT. 22: Ricky D. Walker, 46, 309 Pinehurst Dr., displaying an expired

registration. OCT. 24: Helen B. Bantista, 37, Clover, S.C., speeding 55/35 mph. INCIDENTS OCT. 19: A resident of Walker St. reported damage to personal property after the side of a vehicle was kicked. OCT. 21: The Dollar General store on 1012 Shelby Rd. reported the concealment of goods, including socks, deodorant, fish food and a cleaning sponge, by an individual in the store. OCT. 21: A resident of Chesterfield Ct. reported breaking and entering, assault by pointing a gun and assault on a female. OCT. 23: A resident of Elon reported the theft of a DeWalt drill and assorted tools valued at $600 on Woodlake Parkway. OCT. 23: A resident of Crescent Hill Rd. reported the breaking and entering and theft of a flat screen TV,

guitar, Playstation II, glass windowpane and screen, with a total value of $1,070. WRECKS OCT. 17: Office M.D. Butler said a 2006 Ford operated by Demetraidus M. June struck a 1998 Chevrolet operated by Timothy B. Clemmons as both vehicles were traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 74. The estimated damages to the Ford and the Chevrolet were $550 and $1,500, respectively. OCT. 19: Officer Hannah Yarborough said a 1999 Ford operated by Courtney S. Collins collided with a parked and unoccupied 2004 Honda owned by Sophia V. Peterson. The estimated damages to the Ford and the Honda were $1,000 and $1,500, respectively. OCT. 19: Officer B.L. Wilkinson said a 1995 Acura operated by Eric D. Smith collided with a commercial truck while both vehicles were travelling north on I-

85. The estimated damage to the Acura was $3,000. There was no information provided about the commercial truck. OCT. 22: Officer F.L. Wittington said Laura L. Davis was ejected from her 1994 Chevrolet after sharply steering the car to the right to avoid another car as she was trying to merge onto U.S. 74 East. Davis was transported to a Gastonia hospital. OCT. 23: Officer J.L. Dee said a 1998 Chevrolet

owned by Patrenia S. Whitaker was struck by an unknown vehicle while parked at 806 Second St. The incident caused an estimated $250 in damage to the Chevrolet. OCT. 23: Officer J.L. Dee said a 2003 Chevrolet owned by Michael L. Robinson was struck by an unknown vehicle in the parking lot of the Kings Mountain Hospital. The incident caused an estimated $500 in damage.

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in bride and groom costumes they have made themselves in a setting that includes a graveyard with markers fashioned by Ricky. You will recognize the names of some of the “deceased� including some celebrities. “It takes weeks to get our yard decked out for Halloween," says Wray, who made the graveyard decorations as well as many of the spook characters, assisted by his wife. “We just love to do this and this is our anniversary gift to each other,'' said Mrs. Wray. Rev. Jeff Hensley, former pastor of Kings Mountain Baptist Church, performed the young couple's wedding ceremony two Halloweens ago with family and friends in attendance. And No, the bridal gown on the spooky bride is not Mrs. Wray's wedding gown and the outfit on the spook groom isn't the real bridegroom's attire.

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From page 5A GRIFFIN, cont. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? a. Yes, I have two children in the Cleveland County school system. One attends Marion and one attends Shelby Intermediate. 5. Do you have a spouse who is employed by the school system? a. No.

Kenneth Ledford 1. Why are you running for the school board? All children are important. Serving as a board member is one of the most important responsibilities an individual can pursue. The decisions made and the policies established by members of the board of education greatly affect the students, school personnel, and the communities. I believe our students need to be prepared to enter the outside world whether they attend a college or university, enter the workforce, or enter the military service to protect our great nation. It would be a pleasure to help create opportunities to help each student lead a productive life. Seeing a student experience success is the reason I am running for the Cleveland County Board of Education. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? The biggest issue the board will face over the next few years is the budget. Local and state funds have continued to decrease each year even though the cost for educating students has increased. The board must make decisions about how the limited funds are used, how programs are maintained and still promote effective learning, and how the system will be staffed. Student dropouts and closing the gap are continuing issues. Working with the superintendent on implementing new laws and regulations passed by the N.C. Legislature is also a continuing issue. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? In my opinion, the Cleveland County Schools has done more good than wrong. The system is graduating more students today than it has in the past. CCS is having less students drop out of school and is continuing to make positive steps toward closing the gap. CCS is providing more technology to the classrooms. It is also providing more honor and AP classes to students, and, it is allowing some college courses to be offered in high school. Involving the community is a great asset. The Cleveland County Promise gives encouragement and hope to provide higher education to all students who wish to attend colleges or universities. Since there has been publicity concerning things the system has done wrong, I do not

feel this needs to be repeated. I feel there could be improvement to support the administrative staff, principals, teachers, parents and students. A positive attitude can promote encouragement and promote success for all. An open line of communication among all should be maintained. In order for students to be more successful, teachers need more time for preparation and classroom instruction. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? My son attended and graduated from the Cleveland County School System. I presently have two grandsons in the school system. My wife and I are both products of CCS. My wife retired with over thirty years teaching in the Cleveland County Schools. She currently does interim and substitute teaching for CCS.

George Litton 1. Why are you running for the school board? I have spent my life in the field of education. Preparing our young people for their future has been a fulfilling endeavor and I wish to continue serving students in our school system. I have both school based experience and experience as a school board member. The school I served as principal was named a U.S. Department of Education “National School of Excellence”. I believe in serving my Cleveland County community. I have volunteered extensively with United Way and was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” and “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Twice I served as United Way Campaign Chairman. The Chamber of Commerce recognized me with the “Bridge Builder Award” for efforts to bring together different governmental agencies and other interested groups to improve education. The North Carolina School Board Association named me the 2010 “North Carolina School Board Member of the Year”. I served the State Board of Education as an advisor. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? (A). The system recently adopted a new Strategic Plan developed by our citizens to guide us as we move forward. The plan is challenging and will require hard work, cooperation, collaboration, and dedication to reach our goals. (B). Quality teachers and leadership are the keys to the educational process. We need great teachers and also need to provide for continued training. (C). Funding our school system is a challenge. We have had a reduced budget for the past few years. Sound management is required. The central office has been reduced over 50 percent since 2005. (D). Teachers and teacher assistants have been reduced. We have fewer adults working with

our students but their pay has been severely limited. N.C. now ranks 46th nationally in teacher pay and 48th nationally in per pupil spending. (E). There are a number of facility needs at all levels within our system. Proper maintenance is necessary to maintain our facilities. There are some very old buildings that need renovation or replacement. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? One of the best things we have done is to provide for the new Strategic Plan. We had great input from our citizens and committee members on each of the six planning teams. The Strategic Plan is a working document that we can use to guide our actions. We want our citizens to know that we are listening to them and that they have valuable input. We have greatly reduced the dropout rate and more students are completing high school than ever before. Our efforts need to continue in this area as we continue to reduce dropouts. Our test scores are strong and we lead our region in a number of areas. We have a high ranking among the 115 school systems in N.C. The scores of our exceptional children are low and need emphasis. We also need to provide more for the arts and for vocational education. There are a number of facility needs that will require attention as funding is available. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? Our children graduated from the Cleveland County School System and received a firm foundation for collegiate success. We now have a grandchild in our system. 5. Do you have a spouse who is employed by the school system? My wife is a retired educator.

Dale Oliver 1. Why are you running for the school board? I am deeply committed to service of others and most specifically to the service of supporting our schools. I have worked in the public sector 36+ years and have witnessed the needs our students face today. I was appointed to fill a term several years ago and I became passionate to be an advocate for our students, faculty and parents. My second term comes to an end and I am seeking re-election so that I may continue to serve in this capacity. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? I feel like budgeting in all areas will be our largest issue. I feel that my role as an executive in the financial field is a strength on my behalf and allows me to make suggestions and offer possible solutions for

many Board of education budgetary decisions. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? What we are doing right: Our graduation rate continues to grow as well as performance of our students. We have more rigorous courses offered such as on line classes, advancement placement and Early College. What are we doing wrong? We need to continue to be more competitive with other school options. We also need to make our needs known to other State Elected Officials. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? Yes, my son graduated in 2010 and my daughter graduated in 2012. 5. Do you have a spouse who is employed by the school system? My wife is an employee of CCS.

Donnie Thurman, Jr. 1. Why are you running for the school board? Why run now? That is a question that I have been asked a lot since I announced my candidacy. It is a fact that I care about our students and teachers like everyone else does. I love the area of Cleveland County because it is truly the place that has shaped me. I have worked in the school system on nearly every level in the last 12 years of my life. I have worked with our elementary school students who have a hunger for learning that is unmatched. I have worked with our middle school students who are learning who they are in life, and seeking to find the areas where they fit in best. I have worked with our high school students who are confronted with life’s toughest choices every day of their lives. There has never been a time where our children and teachers needed help more. Our families need support, and I have decided that it is time to quit diagnosing the problem, and seek to become part of the solution. I do not want to sit on the sidelines anymore wondering what can be done; I want to serve the people of Cleveland County. 2. What are the big issues the school board will face in the next few years? The school board has to fight issues on many fronts. The budget crisis is the most immediate issue that our board will face. How will we deal with the cuts? We need people that understand the importance of education, and I am ready to fight the battle for our teachers and students. If we are going to be a stronger school system, we need people in place who are not afraid to stand for what they believe in. I believe in our community. I believe in our schools, and I will stand alone if needed to protect our teachers. Community engagement is another big issue. Schools are made stronger because of the

connections that they have with their communities, and it is time we strengthen those relationships. We must engage churches, civic organizations, and businesses to partner with our schools to better educate our children. As a Communities In Schools employee, this is what I have worked to do, and I have the experience to make it happen. I have worked with teachers hand in hand to get our students to graduate, and it is time that we had someone who has been on the front lines with today’s generation. 3. What are we doing right in the Cleveland County Schools? What are we doing wrong? Our school system has made some good strides in the area of community engagement. The Community Math Academy is an example of how the schools working with the community brings forth successful results. Being a Graduation Coach for the past 3 years at Crest High School, I am happy to say that our school system had a record graduation rate this year. These are great things, but we have a lot of room to improve. There are two areas that I believe that we need to be stronger in; engaging our families and listening to our teachers. I have grown tired of our teachers being asked to do a job that should be done at home. We have to engage our families to get them involved in the education process. There is a correlation between families that are active in their children’s education and the child’s success rate. We also have to listen to our teachers. Working with teachers I have seen them feel unheard and overlooked. This can not happen anymore. I am committed to being visible and accessible to our teachers. This is not an option for me, it is an obligation. I am ready to serve. 4. Do you now or have you had children in the school system? I do not have any children of my own who are in the school system because my wife and I just got married on March 2, 2013. My wife is employed by Merck Pharmaceuticals, and she is truly the love of my life. While I do not have any children, I do have two nephews and countless family members who are being educated by this school system that I love. All I have ever known in my profession career has been working with youth. As soon as I left Gardner-Webb I began to work with the children of Cleveland County through Communities In Schools. I currently serve as the Mentoring Services Coordinator for our county. I am the Youth Pastor of Palmer Grove Baptist Church, so even in ministry I work with our students. Although I am the youngest candidate running, I do not lack the experience. I am of this generation of young people, and I believe that gives me a distinct advantage in connecting with our students. My youth should not be viewed as a weakness, it should be viewed as a strength. I know what our students need, and I will work to see it achieved.

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CANDIDATES: attend forum at CC College From page 7A believe that parents need a choice and with charter schools in place there is a need for us to allow flexibility in our policy. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances. What should be the role of schools in workforce development? GLOVER- We should continue to work with the community college. THURMAN – Strengthening partnerships with the community college and businesses in important. In 2018 it is estimated there will be 1.4 million job vacancies. GRIFFIN - I am a recent graduate of Leadership North Carolina to determine

issues in workforce development. We should start a program for K-12 stressing math and computers also for the future of our economy depends on it. FALLS- Our CTE program in the schools is working well with business and is reaching out to new business. LITTON – Workforce development and economic development go hand in hand and are Cleveland County’s future. The education that we give our youth for career and technical opportunities will put out youth to work. LEDFORD – With 35 years in human resources I know that we need qualified people and we can get them through occupational programs offered in the schools

and at the local community college. GREGORY – Time is money. Working with the community college, the vocational and health care system, we can offer good students for training in those program and for good paying jobs. BLANTON – Get back to the basics, 3 R's, in the classrooms. Everyone is not college material and we have trained welders, bricklayers,etc/ in our vocational programs and we need more of these career opportunities for our youth. What impact has charter schools had on the local schools and how will Cleveland County Schools interact with charter schools in the future?


KENNETH A. LEDFORD Cleveland County Board of Education November 5, 2013

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LEDFORDCharter schools are with us and give people a choice. Parents need the ability to choose where they want their children to be educated. We need to prepare ourselves as a public s school to attract those parents in the public schools. LITTON – Charter schools were originally designed to be innovative in what they were doing and take different kids with needs to meet those needs. We found locally that charter schools seem interested in the higher-level student and try to attract them. They take away funding in the public schools and you aren't able to vote for their boards. GLOVER - Our schools don't get to pick the cream of the crop like charter schools but I believe our students grow, we help them grow.. I don't agreed with charter school requirements such as only 50% of their staff is certified, in comparison, all our staff is certified. I believe in our schools and employees. THURMAN - We must rise to the challenge of competition and show our product is better. I am a product of the public schools and am prepared to show our product is better. We need to motivate our parents and show our appreciation to our teachers BLANTON – charter schools have set a challenge so we need to catch up. We need to take care of teachers and assistants. Teachers received a 1.2% raise from the st ate and our board voted to give the administrators an extra 1%. while taking away from the assistants in the classroom. Get rid of some of the paperwork given to teachers so they can get back to teaching our children and put our schools on top. FALLS – My problem is that charter schools are using our tax dollars and they don't have to teach under a common core curriculum, as we do, but a curriculum of their choice. They don't provide lunch or transportation for their students. They are also targeting our best students. GRIFFIN – One of the

major impacts is financial. T he money allotted to students now going to charter schools goes with them. They are publicly funded but privately operated. What is their governess process? Who are they accountable to? In 2011 the state legislature allowed more charter schools in this state. GREGORY – It's all about educating children. I believe in choice. We need to step up to the plate so our parents will want to educate our students in our schools. What can the board of education do to improve student test scores and make our students more competitive? GRIFFIN We have to establish a vision for the board. We can make it better and the best if we boost the morale of our teachers about teaching. LITTON – The testing in North Carolina is based on our standard course of study. Our problem is that the state keeps on changing our target. We work with our kids to meet these standards and they keep changing our goals. \GLOVER –The best way to improve is for our teachers to get to know the parents. Teacher-parent conference are important particularly when students are on pressure during EOG tests. BLANTON – This is a question for our administration. I am running on tax dollars wrongly spent and maintenance of our buildings. I will go to Raleigh if necessary. Teach back to basics and let teachers do their jobs in the classroom, cut out some of the meetings. GREGORY – We are dealing with children who have issues at home and at school. We have to make these children feel loved so they will do better in school. FALLS – I have two children and we don't have test scores back. The standards keep changing and we can't keep. This is a state problem, not a school board problem. LEDFORD – Colleges look at test scores and we have to make sure kids are performing. As a school system we need to make sure our students are meeting

their goals. THURMAN – Rigor, relevance and relationship, that's a part of the initiative we need to put in our children. We need to build relationships with our students so they can move to a higher level. By most accounts the Cleveland Early College High School program has been a success. What other creative, innovative programs would you support starting or expanding? THURMAN – Early College is fantastic. We should put more focus on CTE for those not going to college and build strong relationships with community college. LEDFORD – I like the way our students are going to high school and graduating with an associate arts degree through the local community college. GLOVER –As a parent of a student who graduated from the Early College High School I can brag on how we are helping students through the community college. AP courses are important at all our high schools. GRIFFIN – Early college is a great experience, a collaboration of vocational course work would be an asset. FALLS – I agree that we should look at more AP courses in all high schools. Give students laptop computers to take home, a oneon-one initiative. GREGORY -Early College is working. Ask students who graduate to come back to school and talk with other students. Give the resources needed by teachers. LITTON- Early College High School is a great success and we have funds for it. We need to be sure we have the funds for new programs. North Carolina is 46th in the nation in teacher pay and 48 in per pupil funding. BLANTON – We need more vocational courses in the high schools. At Crest, students learned carpentry at one time and built a house. Welders and carpenters and many others benefit from high school vocational classes.

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MEDITATION With Christ, all is new

Josh Tucker Pastor St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 I love the smell of a new car.

The cleanliness of the interior: the shine of the dash, the clean upholstery and the stain-free carpets all attribute to the new car smell. The smell of a new car lasts for a while but as one settles into the car and makes it their own, it takes on the personal attributes of the owner. In his second letter to the church in Corinth, Paul writes about a newness that I think is important for us to remember each and every day. For anyone who is “in Christ,� as the apostle Paul writes, there is newness. Being in Christ brings about something new in our lives, a new-

ness that makes life more complete and worthwhile. For Paul, to be in Christ means that Jesus is at the forefront of our faith; that we put our hope and trust in him; and that he is our Lord and savior in whom we model our life. The newness that comes as a result of this relationship is in the form of an everlasting covenant that God established with us through the life, death and resurrection of his only son Jesus. This new covenant brings grace, forgiveness and salvation to us all. A relationship with Christ makes us new!

Today marks the anniversary of what began the protestant reformation. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. His theses called for a reform of the current state of the church and thus began a period of change and re-forming. The reformation was a time when the church experienced being made new in Christ. In the years following the reformation, the church has experienced the newness of Christ as we are always called to be made new. The church, we, are always being made new in Christ. This is evident in the sacrament of holy baptism as one is washed in the waters and

marked with the cross of Christ forever. By water and God’s word, we are made new in Christ. In baptism, God names us and claims us as his children and we are saved from the captivity sin and evil once had over us. We are given a new hope in life eternal with our God. Martin Luther said that every time you wash your face, you should make the sign of the cross on your forehead and remember your baptism. In baptism, we are always being made new and this is a new car smell that never wears off. Thanks be to God for the newness we receive in Christ!

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

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

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

New Way Missionary Baptist Church 105 Waco Road 704-724-0414

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

Oak Grove Baptist Church 1022 Oak Grove Road 704-739-4833

Midview Baptist Church 703 Margrace Road 704-739-6711 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church 220 N. Watterson Street 704-739-8354

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

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

Pathway Baptist Church 3100 Parkdale Circle 704-734-0852 Patterson Grove Baptist Church 301 Oak Grove Road 704-739-5826 Peoples Baptist Church 1010 Groves Street 704-739-0398 Proclaiming the Word Ministries 7011 Cleveland Avenue

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

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

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

Resurrection Lutheran Church 600 Crescent Circle 704-739-5580

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Featured Church of the Week: Love Valley Baptist Church Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church 201 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-7466 Second Baptist Church 120 Linwood Road 704-739-4216 Shady Grove Baptist Church 339 Shady Grove Road 704-739-8920 St. Paul United Methodist Church N. Cansler Street 704-739-1256 Sunrise Baptist Church 208 Mail Road 704-692-3007 Temple Baptist Church 612 N. Cansler Street 704-739-4716 The Favor Center Church

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Unity AME Zion Church 948 Unity Church Road 704-228-0328 Vestibule AME Zion Church 2175 Vestibule Church Road 704-739-7961 Westover Baptist Church 114 Westover Drive GASTONIA Bethesda United Methodist Church 3714 S. New Hope Rd Grace Community Advent Christian Church 206 West 3rd Avenue

423 Cleveland Avenue 704-937-3010 Carolina Praise and Worship Center 201 N. Main Street 704-937-7541 First Apostolic Church of Blacksburg 205 E. Cherokee St. Blacksburg, SC704-9377390864-839-1873 WACO New Testament Missionary Baptist Church

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KM falls late to Chase, idle this week Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead but a fresher and healthier Chase team stormed from behind in the second half to hand the home team its eighth straight loss, 40-28, on Senior Night Friday at John Gamble Stadium. The Mountaineers welcomed the return of last year’s leading rusher Xavier Johnson. Although operating at about 75 percent, Johnson played a good game with five catches for 46 yards, including a 7-yard reception on the first play of the game that started a 74yard drive for a 7-0 lead. But, as the Mountaineers’ luck would have it, they lost their freshman wide receiver/defensive back Jake Merchant early in the second quarter but hope to have him back for their season-ending game Friday, November 8 at East Burke High in Connelly Springs. Head coach Greg Lloyd was proud of his players for their effort. Kings Mountain quarterback Bran“We played hard,� don Bell keeps for some of his 142 he said. “We had a lot yards rushing in Friday’s game with of players playing both Chase. ways and ran out of steam late in the game. But we played harder than we have since the Burns game.� Quarterback Brandon Bell was back to a hundred percent after having his first full week of hitting practice for a month. He played in the prior week’s loss to R-S Central but was rusty. “I felt sure going in that he would play a lot better,� Lloyd said. Bell accounted for 352 yards total offense (144 rushing and 208 passing) and scored on runs of 18 and 33 yards in the first quarter to give the Mountaineers a 14-0 lead. After Merchant went down to injury while making a tackle, the Mountaineers lost some of their momentum and the Trojans came back to cut the margin to 14-7 at halftime and gained a tie with an early TD in the third period. The game see-sawed back and forth, with one team scoring and then the other, but the fresher and quicker Trojans used the inside running of fullback Josh Wright and the outside keepers of quarterback Tyrell Boykins to take control in the fourth quarter. “I thought we played solid defense in the first half,� Coach Lloyd noted. “But we wore down and gave them a short field in the second half. We had some dropped balls that could have made the difference. “But we didn’t roll over and I was glad to see that. I felt much better after losing Friday than I had the pass several weeks. We played a lot better and I was happy with that.� Kings Mountain’s passing game got a lift, not only from the return of Johnson but also the effort of senior Keeneh Dimetros who had been held without a catch for several weeks. He caught four passes for 39 yards. Tico Crocker caught five passes for 80 yards and gained 35 yards rushing on six carries to give the Mountaineers two players with over 100 yards total offense. See KM, 3B

Kings Mountain’s Kayla Bolt (5) returns a hard kill attempt against AC Reynolds in State 3A volleyball game Thursday night at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium.

KMHS spikers defeat Reynolds, fall to St. Stephens in third round Kings Mountain High’s women’s volleyball team made great strides this season, going three rounds in the state 3A playoffs before losing to an undefeated St. Stephens team which last night was playing for the right to go to Raleigh for the state championship game. The Lady Mountaineers, who defeated Patton last week to break a twoyear string of losing out in the opening round, soundly defeated a good AC Reynolds team 3-0 Tuesday night at Parker Gym to earn the right to meet St. Stephens for the third time this year.

The KM ladies were hoping the third time would be the charm against the Lady Indians, but fell 3-0 Thursday night at St. Stephens. St. Stephens (270) went on to defeat West Henderson 3-1 Saturday night to earn the right to meet undefeated Carson (33-0) last night for the Western Regional championship. The winner of that match will go to Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh Saturday to face the winner of the Chapel Hill (22-8)-Cardinal Gibbons (26-0) game for the state title. The visiting Rockets got the jump on the KM team Tuesday and held the

lead until a point by Mary Asgari gave the home team a 15-14 lead. The went on to win 25-19, 25-18, 25-20. An adjustment by the Mountaineers after the first match was the key to the victory. “Their number nine was their go-to girl and she was really killing us early,� noted KM coach Ashley Pridgeon. “For the second set we adjusted by lining up Kayla Bolt so she would go head-to-head with her. Kayla did a great job of shutting her down and our entire team basically served them out See KMHS, 3B

Kickers in 3A playoffs Wednesday

Kings Mountain’s Sarah Blalock sets up a teammate in Thursday’s second round volleyball match with A.C. Reynolds at the KMHS gym. The KM ladies won 3-0 to advance to the third round against St. Stephens.

Kings Mountain High’s men’s soccer team will play the 25th ranked team in the nation in the opening round of the state 3A playoffs tonight at 6 p.m. The Mountaineers, a wild card from the SMAC, will travel to Marvin Ridge, which boasts an 18-1-1 overall record. Kings Mountain is 9-13-1. “This is pretty exciting,� said Mountaineer coach Dan Potter. “Our kids have worked so hard and it’s really rewarding to get this opportunity.� While they’re the underdog, the Mountaineers should get a boost from senior Jonmark Smith who has missed the last several games with a concussion.

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AREA PREP FOOTBALL STANDINGS SMAC 2A/3A Teams Conf. Burns 6-0 Crest 6-0 Shelby 5-1 RS Central 3-3 E. Rutherford 3-3 Draughn 3-4 Chase 2-4 E. Burke 0-6 K. Mountain 0-7

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Karissa Smith, fourth grade student at North School, received the KM Booster Club’s Good Citizen Award at halftime of Friday’s football game at KMHS. Left to right are Karissa’s mother Deborah Cook, North Principal Amy Moss, Karissa, KM Booster Club president Mark McDaniel, Karissa’s step-mother Shelly Smith, and her father Michael Smith.

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Rec Soccer results U8 - RestCo 12, Champion Studios 0 Goals: RestCo: Nate Bookout 4, Carson Barnett 3, Henry Gil 1, Mallory Drum 1, Landon Cloninger 3 Kings Mountain Middle School’s golf team repeated as Tri-County Conference champions in last week’s conference match at Lincoln Country Club. Left to right are Chase Johnson, Logan Fleming, Blake Reynolds, Coach David McDonald, Micah Randall, Harrison Conner, Alex Goff, Trenton Carson, Natalie Lutz and Tyler Withers.

Patriot golfers repeat as conference champs Kings Mountain Middle School's golf team successfully defended its TriCounty Conference championship in last week's conference match at Lincoln Country Club. The Patriots now have an unbeaten streak of 43-0, going 22-0 last season and 19-0 this year. This year's team had three returning players Harrison Conner, Tyler Withers and Alex Goff. "I have three players that I know can shoot under 40 on nine holes every time out," said Coach David McDonald. "Also, I have been blessed with a couple of seventh graders along with a few eighth graders who did not play last year. They have all stepped up to add to our depth. "I have been very fortunate to have the talent and the skilled players that I have had. I remember the first day of practice. I felt like we had a shot at doing it again. I told them every day that each shot counts." Last week's conference match consisted of nine teams from Cleveland, Rutherford and Lincoln County. Each team was allowed to play six players with the lowest four scores being counted. The conference match is different than regular season matchess as it is 18 holes instead of nine. After all 54 players had finished the back side at Lincoln Country Club twice, KMMS turned in a winning score of 317 to beat second place Crest (336) by 19 strokes. North Lincoln finished third at 345, followed by East Lincoln 354, West Lincoln 363, Shelby 374, Rutherford County 400, Burns 404 and Lincolnton 416. Medalist was Kings Mountain's Alex Goff who shot an even par 72, one shot better than East Lincoln's Lance Rowe. "I knew Alex bogeyed the first hole; however, he came back and birdied the second," McDonald said. "That is just who he is. He just gets it. After he finished he was a little bothered that he did not shoot in the 60s, which he could have. He has a great future." Tyler Withers came in fourth with a 76. "That is one kid who has come a long way from last year," McDonald said. "He has worked very hard. He is a well rounded, great kid." KM's other two recorded scores were by seventh graders Trenton Carson with an 83 and Natalie Lutz with aan 86. "Trenton played out of this world," McDonald said. "He made three birdies. Kings Mountain Country Club said he was there all summer working on his game. After practice, he would stay with his father and play until dark. It paid

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Alex Goff tees off on hole #11 at Lincoln Country Club. off for him. "Natalie has been so consistent all year. She is just an overall good athlete.I expect both of them to get a lot better for next year." At the end of the day, McDonald said the team knew what hard work will do. "We want to thank the Kings Mountain Country Club for all their assistance this year and their willingness to allow the golf team to practice there," he said. "I also want tho thank the parents and especially the golf team for another great year. I just want the community of Kings Mountain to know what kind of job the parents have done raising their children. Almost every one of the golfers are not just getting in done on the golf course, they are straight A students who are respectable and who do it the right way." Kings Mountain Middle's golf team includes Natalie Lutz, Trenton Carson, Tyler Withers, Logan Flemming, Blake Reynolds, Micah

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An A.C. Reynolds defender tries to block a kill attempt by Kings Mountain’s Natalie Fedyschyn in last week’s NCHSAA volleyball playoff game at the KMHS gym.

KMHS: spikers defeat Reynolds, fall to St. Stephens From Page 1B of the match.� Kings Mountain scored the last six points of the first set to take the victory, with the last four points coming on three serving aces from Logan Smith and a set-ending kill from Bolt. Kings Mountain fell behind again early in the second set. Smith broke a 12-12 tie to give the Mountaineers the lead for good. With KM up 18-13, Reynolds took a time out but KM came back and run the lead to 21-13 on a kill by Sarah Blalock. Kings Mountain got off to a slow start at St. Stephens, losing the first set 25-14. They rallied in set two, falling by just 25-23, but the Lady Indians finished strong with a 25-11 win in the third set. “When we lost the second set by just two points, I had all the confidence in the world that we would at last

either beat them or at least give them a run for their money,� said Coach Pridgeon, who had seen her team lose twice to the Hickory school in the regular season. “In the third set they built a big lead and I think we realized they were going to win. They’re a really tough team all around. But we gave a valiant effort.� The Lady Mountaineers, champions of the SMAC 2A/3A Conference, ended their season with a 18-5 record. “I am very pleased for the girls and all they accomplished,� Pridgeon said. “It was an awesome feeling this year. W started off rocky, going five sets with some teams we probably shouldn’t have. But we got stronger as we went along, which is what you want to do. I probably did my least amount of coaching from the sidelines.�

KM: falls late to Chase, idle this week From Page 1B

Tyler Withers putts for Patriots. Randall, Harrison Conner, Chase Johnson and Alex Goff.

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“It was good to see Xavier Johnson play,� Lloyd said. “He was probably about 70 percent. He’s not well but he wanted to play and it was good to have him out there. “The offensive line did a good job. Cory Hester at center had a really good game.� At this time, Lloyd said Merchant is a question mark for the East Burke game. One thing on his side is that the game is over a week away. “His ankle’s not broken but it’s a bad sprain,� Lloyd said. “But I wouldn’t rule him out. It’s a good thing we

have a week off. We need him. Losing him is like losing two guys because he starts on both sides of the ball. Hopefully Jake can play and Xavier should be a lot better by then. We need both of them out there.� Several other Mountaineers, including freshman running back Darian McClain who has missed the last two games, are out for the season. “If you have a certain amount of bad luck for a lifetime and can use it up, I sure hope we’ve used it up in one full swoop,� Lloyd said. The Mountaineers will practice three days this week and go heavy next week to

get ready for East Burke, which is also seeking its first SMAC win. “It’s important that we win,� Lloyd said. “We want our seniors to go out with a win and we don’t want to take a losing streak into next year. We’re going to work hard to win this last game.� REPORT SCORES

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POSTGAME THE YARDSTICK C 1st downs 15 Rushing 215 Passing yds. 131 Passes 3-8 Fumbles 0 Yds. Pen. 87 Punts 3-34 BY QUARTERS C 0 7 14 K 14 0 7

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FIRST PERIOD KM - 8:50 - Brandon Bell 18 run (Cameron Hord kick). 72-yd. drive, 8 plays. Key plays 7-yd. reception by Xavier Johnson on first play (his first catch of the year); 14yard reception by Kenneh Dimetros and 27-yd. reception by Tico Crocker. KM - 3:06 - Bell 33-run (Hord kick). 75-yd. drive 6 plays after Elijah Whitaker sacked Chase QB Tyrell Boykins for a 7-yard loss on third and one. Key plays 9-yd. run by Jordan Ford, 12 and 7 yd. receptions by Crocker.

Senior soccer players The men’s soccer team seniors were honored recently during a home match. They are (l-r) Isaiah Cole, Chan Champion, JonMark Smith, Hunter Presnell, Cameron Hord, Dylan Beaver, and Jack Zyble.

KM runners in regional The Kings Mountain High cross country teams concluded their seasons Saturday at the Western Regional 3A meet in Morganton. Despite the cold temperature several of the runners ran "personal best" times. The men's team was led by Jordan Moore finishing in 18:45. Other runners and their times were Collin Foster (19:35), Josh Helton (19:48), Will Boyles (19:49), Devin Ayscue

SECONDPERIOD C - 2:07 - Jordan O’Rourke 33 pass from Boykins (Jimenez kick). First play after minus 9-yd. punt by KM and 15-yd. face mask penalty against Mountaineers. THIRD QUARTER C - 8:58 - O’Rourke 60 pass from Boykins (Jimenez kick). 38yd., 2 play drive after recovering KM fumble. K - 7:45 - Crocker 15 run (Hord kick). 54-yd. 3 play drive after Chase kickoff. Crocker 34-yd. reception to Chase 20, Bell 5-yd. run to 15. C - 2:57 - Boykins 7 run (Jimenez kick). 66-yd. drive, 10 plays. Wright 7-25 rushing up middle.

Lutz, Scism in regional Landry Crawford (10) returns a kick for Kings Mountain in last week’s Tri-County football playoff game at Shelby. Shelby won 49-0, ending KM’s hopes of repeating as conference champions. Below, Dax Hollifield scores for Shelby.

FOURTH QUARTER C - 11:18 - Boykins 4 run (Jimenez kick). 47 yard drive after KM punt. Key play O’Rourke 38yd. catch and run to KM 12. K - Crocker 1 run (Hord kick). 69-yd. drive, 11 plays. Bell 13-yd. run, Johnson 14-yd. reception, Alex Reynolds 12-yd. reception and Bell two 11-yd. runs. C - 6:00 - Wright 3 run (pass failed). 22-yd. drive, five plays after 45-yd. KO return by Young. C - 4:03 - Wright 9 run (run failed). 56-yd. drive, 5 plays after KM punt. KM RUSHING - Bell 23-144, Crocker 6-35, Ford 3-8, Jair McCluney 3-11. CHASE - Wright 139, Kelly 3-21, Boykins 9-39, Phillips 1-7, O’Rourke 4-7, Cash 1-3. KM PASSING - Bell 20-33-1206, Crocker 0-1. CHASE Boykins 3-8-131. KM RECEIVING - Johnson 546, Crocker 5-80, Dimetros 4-42, Reynolds 2-24, Merchant 1-13, McCluney 1-3. Hopper 1-minus 2. CHASE - O’Rourke 3-131.

Jacob Miller, who missed his senior season after being seriously injured in a car wreck, put on his uniform for recognition of seniors at Friday’s Senior Night at KMHS.

(20.09), Matthew Burris (20:47) and Austin McKee (21.33). Mackenzie Smith led the Lady Mountaineers with a time of 22.35. Other KM runners and their times were Virginia Dellinger (23:10), Mariah Roberts (23:30), Cassie Morton (23:59), Montanna Smith (25:14), Katie Ellis (25:55) and Annamarie Fulbright (26:43). Out of 23 schools in the regional the KM women finished 11th and the men 16th.

Kings Mountain High's Maddison Lutz and Sarah Scism competed in the Western NC Regional golf tournament Monday at Etowah Valley Country Club. Lutz shot a 108 and Scism shot 127. Neither girl qualified for the state championship tournament to be held Monday and Tuesday in Pinehurst. Both played hard throughout the day. Lutz had a rough first nine, shooting a 60, but bound back and played bittern her second nine with a 48.

Scism "played her best at it being her first time experiencing this level of competition was good for her going into her senior year next year," Coach Kevin Moss said. "I want to thank John McGinnis and his staff at Kings Mountain Country Club for all their help and support during our season," Moss said. "They always give us support and assistance each day during practice and when we host a match at Kings Mountain Country Club."

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KM falls to Shelby in playoff opener Shelby scored on its first two offensive plays and rolled to a 48-0 victory over Kings Mountain in the opening round of the Tri-County football playoffs Wednesday in Shelby. The Patriots played without the services of their leading rusher, Mike Collins, who recently moved to Gaston County. The Patriots could never get their offense going. After the Blue Devils’ defense held the Patriots on downs at their own 27

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on the game’s opening drive, Xavier Brooks skirted right end for a 70 Shelby lead. After the ensuing kickoff, the Patriots fumbled on their first play and Kings Mountain resident Dax Hollifield recovered for the Blue Devils at the KM 15. Hollifield then ran right up the gut of the KM defense for a 14-0 Shelby lead. The Blue Devils went on to lead by 21-0 at the end of the first quarter

Kings Mountain Middle School head coach Tim Gunn encourages his players during Tr i - C o u n t y playoff game at Shelby last Wednesday.

and 35-0 at halftime, with the fifth first half score being set up by another fumble recovery by Hollifield. Kings Mountain finished its season with a 43 overall record after sharing first place in the Eastern Division with Lincolnton and East Lincoln. Shelby, which lost to KM in last year’s TriCounty championship game, will face R-S Central today for the league championship.

The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is starting up another season of Youth Basketball. The league is open for kids ages 3 through 18. Divisions: 3-4 Coed; 56 Coed; 7-8 Boys; 7-9 Girls, 9-10 Boys; 10-12 Girls; 1112 Boys; 13-16 Girls; 13-15 Boys; 16-18 Boys * Divisions could potentially change based on registration CROSSWORD SOLUTION

numbers. Registration and Cost October 14, 2013 – November 23, 2013 Members: $25; City Residents: $40; Non-City Residents: $50 If you have any further questions please contact Amanda Little, Senior Program Director (704) 6693687 ALittle@clevecoymca .org

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The Kings Mountain High School band saved one of its best performance for last when it entertained the crowd before the game, during halftime and during the game between the Mountaineers and Chase Friday. All senior members of the band, cheerleader squad and football team were honored for their four years of participation.

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West School Fall Festival

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‘Christmas With the King’ to benefit Kidney Association Cleveland-Rutherford Kidney Association and Johnny Rockstar Entertainment present "Christmas With The King", a tribute to Elvis Presley featuring Travis Powell. This concert

Breakfast with Santa at Woman’s Club Kings Mountain Woman's Club will sponsor the popular holiday event,“Breakfast with Santa,” on Nov. 23 from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tickets for breakfast are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children may shop in the Elf Closet, eat breakfast and have their pictures taken by a professional photographer with Santa.

will be Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Isothermal Community College in Spindale. Seats range from $25 to $50 with special group rates available. For ticket information call 704-481-9535,

or; Proceeds benefit Cleveland-Rutherford Kidney Association.


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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 E. Marion St., Shelby.

CLUB MEETINGS KINGS MOUNTAIN ROTARY CLUB Every Thursday, noon, at the Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. VFW POST 9811, Kings Mountain/Cherryville meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. 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 KIWANIS CLUB – Meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for dinner in the Community Room (lower level) at the Mauney Memorial Library, S. Piedmont Ave. KM LIONS CLUB– Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Linwood Restaurant, 805 Cleveland Ave. 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. You may also call the Reach Line & 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 704472-4403. COLONEL FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT CHAPTER Daughters of the American Revolution meets monthly for programs. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. For more information on membership or attending our meeting, please contact Loretta Cozart at 704-241-2218.

PATRICK SENIOR CENTER AARP SMART DRIVERS COURSE. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8. Drivers age 50 and older are encouraged to sharpen their driving skills by attending. $12 for AARP members. $14 for non-members. Call 704 734 0447 to register. BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Craft Room, sponsored by Gentiva. BACKPACK PROJECT – Please bring in non-perishable food items for our backpack project. These backpacks go to students who need a little extra food over the weekend. Backpacks are returned each Monday, filled on Thursday, and handed out to students when they leave on Friday. Suggested items are: individual cereal packs (can be eaten without milk), Pop Tarts, individual prepared dinners (Mac & Cheese, spaghetti, etc.), fruit cups, applesauce, pudding cups, Beenie Weenies, peanut butter, juice boxes, crackers or cookies.


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FREE COMPUTER CLASSES taught by Pat Bolte are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center. Emphasis is on individual attention. S.H.O.P. items for November are spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce. Just drop off your donations at the Center Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Remember, you don’t have to be a senior to help with this project. All items are donated to the Crisis Ministry of Kings Mountain. T’AI CHI CLASS – Thursdays 2-3 p.m. in Conference Room I. Andrew Baker is instructor of Tai Chi 4 Health & Balance and a donation of $3 per person is requested. Rotating exercises, health lessons, and surprise extras keep it fresh. All donations will go toward purchase of DVDs for the class.

HOSPICE SURVIVOR GUILT “When the dead won’t rest: Survivor guilt among combat veterans,” hosted by Scott Janssen. Monday, Nov. 4, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Runs concurrently with “Anticipatory grief & mourning: a misnomer,” hosted by Patti Anewalt. “HOW TO (UNINTENTIONALLY) say something stupid: being with those who are dying,” hosted by Carla Cheatham. Nov. 4, 4 to 5 p.m. Runs concurrently with “The healing power of reminiscence,” hosted by Robin Edgar. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. “Dignity and Insights into the Culture of Caring, hosted by Harvey M. Chockinov, Tuesday, Nov. 5. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m: “Reaching Out to the Latino Bereaved: A Learning Process,” hosted by Deborah Gonzalez, Tuesday, Nov. 5. Runs concurrently with “Helping School Communities Manage Traumatic Loss,” hosted by Maurine Underwood. 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.: “A Single Mustard Seed – Contemplative Approaches to Grief and Loss,” hosted by Rev. Robert Chodo Campbell and Rev. Dr. Koshin Paley Ellison. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: “Cultural Competency and Grief,” hosted by Robin Fiorelli. Thursday, Nov. 7. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 PM “Impact of Grief in the Workplace,” hosted by Diane Snyder Cowan. Friday, Nov. 8. The Hospice Store - Located at 323 E. Marion Street beside Dollar General near Uptown Shelby. Please call Angela Jones at 980-295-8578 if you have items to donate or for volunteer opportunities. Store Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 323 E. Marion St., Shelby. KINGS MOUNTAIN GATEWAY TRAILS, Inc., 807 Battleground Ave., ½ mile from downtown Kings Mountain, 704739-4755 – 18 months of activities from Au-

gust 2013 to November 2014 in celebration of being designated a National Recreation Trail August 2013. NOVEMBER 9: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot dogs for sale at the trail 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. National Recreation Trail ribbon cutting and dedication, 2:30 p.m. Hamrick Overlook on top of the Cardio Mountain. Golf cart rides 2 to 5 p.m. at the trailhead for folks that can’t walk the trail.

SOUTHERN ARTS SOCIETY Events are free at the Depot unless noted otherwise. KINGS MOUNTAIN ART CENTER Gateway art show Nov. 8. KINGS MOUNTAIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM Ongoing–– Our Stories: The History of Kings Mountain, N.C. 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.

LIBRARY EVENTS LAST TUESDAY of each month, 6:30 p.m. “A Company of Readers” Book Club in Community Room. Open to the public. Have fun and make friends at this unique book club, a gathering of different ages and varied tastes. Read the book of your choice and participate by briefly sharing. STORY TIME on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tuesday group includes 3-5 year old preschoolers. Thursday group is geared for birth to 2 years old. Join the Library staff at 10 a.m. in the Community Room. PLAYGROUP on Fridays, for birth to 5 years old, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Unless otherwise listed, all events will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain.

SPECIAL EVENTS HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT at VFW POST 9811, Kings Mountain/Cherryville on Margrace Rd. From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Open to the public. Bring children, candy or both. For more information, call (704) 750-4230. JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA will hold a motivational event at Kings Clinic at

2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at 407 W. King St. Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey to speak. HOUND’S CAMPGROUND 1st ANNUAL TOY RUN. Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Door prizes, 50/50 drawing, food vendor, music. Entry for toy run: new unwrapped toy or cash donation. Rain or shine. 114 Raven Dr. Supports North Shelby School for Kids with Disabilities and No Child Left Behind. MURPHEY’S 19th ANNUAL TOY RUN. Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. 114 Camelot Ct. Entry for toy run: $5 and new toy per person. Free barbecue after the ride. Live music. Benefits Shriner’s Burn Center and Oxford Orphanage, the Masonic Home for Children and the KMPD’s Shop with a Cop. Rain date is Sunday, Nov. 24. AMERICAN LEGION POST 155 has BINGO every Friday night starting at 6 p.m. Food is available. GOOD HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Cansler St., Free After-school program on Monday and Wednesday each week from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for help with homework. Parents must provide transportation. GREAT PUMPKIN PARADE 10 a.m. Sponsored by the City of Kings Mountain, Thursday, October 31. CREATION STATION, Second Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center at 120 Linwood Rd, free and safe alternative to trick or treat on Halloween sponsored by the church and children’s ministry. 6:30-8 p.m. Free to children, their parents and caretakers. Free food, drinks, cupcakes, games, prizes. GETTING INTO COLLEGE informational event for high school students and parents Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd. An introduction into the Library’s online and print resources for college-bound high school students. LOST PLAYWRIGHTS meets Saturday, Nov. 2 from 2-4 p.m. At Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs in Room 160 in Tucker Student Center. All persons interested in any aspect of theatre or professional writing are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open and free of charge. VETERANS DAY SERVICE at Patriots Park sponsored by the City of Kings Mountain at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. Dedication of World War I memorial. All veterans are invited to lunch at the American Legion Post 155 following the service about 12:30. 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 The deadline for receiving items is 5 p.m. Monday.

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Dr., Sat., Nov. 2nd, 7:30 am – Until. Kid’s Clothes, Adult Clothes and toys, etc. BIG KM YARD SALE – Next 4 Saturdays – (November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd) at 1416 Merrimont Ave., 7 am – 1 pm. A variety of items. Come and see for yourself. KM YARD SALE – Fri, Nov. 1st & Sat., Nov. 2nd. 101 Gold Run Court (off Scism Rd), 9 am – Until. Baby Clothes, nice toys, pictures, adult clothes and lots of great items. KM YARD SALE – 802 Cleveland Ave., Sat., November 2nd, 8 am – 12 (noon).


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HOW TO REACH US Contact the Herald by: coming by the office at 700 E. Gold St.; call 704-739-7496; fax 704-739-0611; or email lib.kmherald@gmail. com

Legals LEGAL NOTICE To all persons claiming an interest in: 2000 -14 ft.- 1436L – SeaArk. Steven L. Harris will apply to SCDNR for title on watercraft/outboard (803) 734-3858. Upon thirty days after the date of the last advertisement if no claim or interest is made and the watercraft/outboard motor has not been reported stolen, SCDNR shall issue clear title. Case No: 20130821950774. KMH3561 (10/30,11/06 & 13/2013)


STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 5th day of May as Administratrix of the Estate of Charles William Daves, deceased, of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned Vickie Ann Herring, Administratrix on or before the 2nd day of January, 2014, 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. This the 2nd day of October, 2013. Vickie Ann Herring, Administratrix 1108 Stoney Point Road. Kings Mountain NC 28021 KMH3556 (10/9,16, 23 & 30/13)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS H av i n g qualified on the 3rd day of October as Executor of the Estate of JOHN DEE TESTERMAN, deceased, of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned James Garland Testerman, Executor on or before the 9th day of January, 2014, 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. This the 9th day of October, 2013. James Garland Testerman Executor 5301 Ventura Drive Greensboro, NC 27406 KMH3560 (10/9,16, 23 & 30/13)


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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION – Thirty-six students at Kings Mountain High School were recently included into the National Honor Society. Photo courtesy Dr. Bruce Boyles

36 KMHS students inducted into NHS Kings Mountain High School inducted 36 students into the National Honor Society, the highest honor the school can confer upon a student, in ceremonies recently. Students are selected based on their academic excellence, character, leadership and service.

Mikayla Ressler, current member of NHS, welcomed guests and assisted with the induction of new members. Ashley Chapman, Hannah Christenbury, Isaiah Cole, Haley McDougal, Will Boyles and Caje Etters, all new members, shared with guests the tradition,

meaning and membership requirements of the National Honor Society. Inducted were: Mary Asgari, Katherine Bieker, Nina Bounpheng, Will Boyles, Rebekah Bridges, Artaysia Brooks, Cameron Bullock, Spencer Burton,

Chandler Champion, Ashley Chapman, Hannah Christenbury, Isaiah Cole, Tioinja Crumpton, Mason Dellinger, Hattie Dover, Cage Etters, Natalie Fedyschyn, Elaina Francis, Annamarie Fulbright, Emily Harris, Lyndsay Henderson, Nicholas Lease, Haley McDougal,

Radhika Patel, Jordyn Peterson, Elizabeth P etty, Madison Pillado, Mikayla P rice, Jayna Sananikone, Molly Short, Morgan Short, Madeline Skeith, Jonmark Smith, Austin Toney, Caroline Waters and Emily Wilson.

Thirty Kings Mountain High School students named AP Scholars Nearly 140 students in Cleveland County Schools have been named AP Scholars for their outstanding performances on Advanced Placement courses and exams during 2012-2013. The AP Program offers AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who demonstrated collegelevel achievement through AP courses and exams. In Cleveland County, 138 students received college credit, advanced placement, or both, for successful performance on AP exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on stu-


dents’ performance on AP exams. 1. AP Scholars: 81 students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams including 16 from Burns High; 20 from Crest High; 17 from Kings Mountain High; and 28 from Shelby High. 2. AP Scholars with Honor: 28 students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams including five from Burns High; seven from Crest High; six from Kings Mountain High; and ten from Shelby High.

3. AP Scholars with Distinction: 24 students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams including three from Burns High; two from Crest High; seven from Kings Mountain High; and 12 from Shelby High. 4. National AP Scholar: Five students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams: The following Kings Mountain High students

were recognized for their outstanding performance on AP Exams: Matthew Allen, AP Scholar with Distinction; Mary Asgari, AP Scholar; Katherine Bieker, AP Scholar with Honor; Nina Bounpheng, AP Scholar; Will C. Boyles, AP Scholar with Distinction; Brittani N. Bridges, AP Scholar; Rebekah F. Bridges, AP Scholar; Artaysia S. Brooks, AP Scholar; Michael A. Brunswick, AP Scholar with Distinction; Michael Cerjan, AP Scholar with Distinction; Micheal I. Cole, AP Scholar with Honor; Kelsie K. Davis, AP Scholar; Cajie J. Etters, AP Scholar; Natalie E. Fedyschyn, AP Scholar;

Mason E. Fleisher, AP Scholar with Honor; Kellie Ford, AP Scholar; Elaina N. Francies, AP Scholar; Dustin J. Gilbert, AP Scholar; Emily L. Harris, AP Scholar with Honor; Devin Heath, AP Scholar with Honor; Kayla C. Heisler, AP Scholar with Distinction; Lyndsay J. Henderson, AP Scholar with Honor; Devin Hullender, AP Scholar; Jonathan S. Long, AP Scholar; Haley A. McDougal, AP Scholar with Honor; Phillip D. Quinn, AP Scholar with Distinction; Tyler M. Reller, AP Scholar with Distinction; Molly E. Short, AP Scholar; Morgan A. Short, AP Scholar; Madeline M. Skeith, AP Scholar.

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Congratulations to our Spooky Story and Spooky Coloring Contest Winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered - we enjoyed reading your stories and seeing your pictures! Prizes will be delivered to the winners at their school this week. 1st Place - Grades 3-4

Eat or Be Eaten Macayla Jackson 4th Grade Pinnacle Classical Academy

On a dark, dangerous Halloween night, very much like this one, there was a black hearse that drove up and down the streets of Blossom City. It caused wrecks, ran stoplights, and blasted loud music through their speakers. Little did the inocent citizens of Blossom City know that in the cursed car there were thrirteen ghosts! But, little did the spooky, sly, scandalizing ghosts know that a wicked witch and a scary skeleton cat was hunting them right now so that they could use the ghost’s spirit power. Right at that moment though, next to Blossom City, there was havoc in Hollyville. Bats were biting the frightened people of Hollyville. An ogre had even ripped a house off of the ground! Something had to be done. The Green Dragon of Gremlock heard the desprate cries for help and awoke from his deep sleep in the Rubytown mines. He flew to the terrified townspeople’s help. Forrest the dragon gobbled up the ogre, cat, bats, witch, and the thirteen greedy ghosts. The mayors of the wrecked cities thanked Forrest and made a statue of him at Hollyblossom Park. They had a Halloween parade in his honor. The End

1st Place - Ava Beaver, Page Elementary, 1st Grade

2nd Place - Grades 3-4 Anna Rayfield 4th Grade WEri Beam Intermediate

Once upon a time there lived a witch. She had a black car and she also had some pet bats. There were four of them, Ratter, Rustywing, Baggleblack (Bag-gl-black) and Rocky. She also named her broom and her wand. Thier names were Bug as the wand and racket as the broom. One day when she was cooking up some spells there were several loud booms. She looked out her kitchen window and saw a huge shadow on the ground then she looked up an almost fainted! There in the middle of her yard stood a giant. His skin was blue as the sky and it freaked the witch out badly. She started to run for her front door but the giant reached down and picked up the house! When he did the witches spoons and fork fell on the floor and the spell stew spilled over onto them and they turned into pesky little ghost that flew right out of the walls and into the witches car and came out with the clothes she collected from the little children she scared on Halloween. Then the witch looked out her window again and into the giants big eyes she could see that he looked hungry so as quick as a flash she ran around her house trying to find her wand named but. The wand was on her dresser when she found it so then she ran back to her kitchen and said the magic word to cast her spell over the giant to turn him into a rat! Then the witch said rago bable vobo do turn that giant into a small tiny rat! She waved her wand to cast the spell but the giant was so big nothing happend. But then two seconds later a shadow bigger than the giants shadow swept over them. The biggest monster in the world scooped them up in his huge mouth. The witch was so scared she hopped on her broom and busted thru the window just about when the monster was ready to shut his mouth closed and swallow them all together! After that the witch never ever went to that place again. The End

2nd Place - Jada Saldo, Grover Elementary, Kindergarten

3rd Place - Grades 3-4

Night of the Witch Hadyn Hopper 4th Grade W Beam Intermediate

On a dark and stormy night... a furry blue guy was about to go to sleep in his green robe. Then suddenly, BOOM! a witch came out of nowhere & said “Ghost, Ghost, Foggity Fog! Turn this bed into a car!” The bed turned into a car! “AAGGH! NOW I CAN’T SLEEP!” Yelled the Monster. Then the monster’s next door neighbor Tim the Ghost walked in. “Woos gooing oon?-ahem-sorry, whats going on?” he said, while yawning. Then the witch broke the calmness and said “Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, make this room a Ghost Jamberee!” she bellowed. Then a bunch of Ghosts popped up in the car-bed! (Tim joined in) It was a ghost party! Then the witch said “small, litte, larg wide tur-GAHH!” The monster was holding the with tightly “LISTEN YOU TURN MY BED BACK RIGHT NOW or i’ll-” he said. “n this house from large to small!” She intturupted. then suddenly the with, the monster where POOFED! Outside (along with Tim and the Ghost car party). The monster saw his tiny house, he picked it up (some of his stuff fell out). He was speachless. Then the with said “Yellow, red, purple, green, theese things will make a creation, without a name! and it will Frye! wow, is that really the right spell?” Then suddenly BOOM! they were all in a cave...or was it? IT WAS A GIANT GREEN MONSTERS MOUTH! IT WAS SO CRAZY there was bats, a ghost party, a fuzzy blue guy (holding a house) and a witch flying around INSIDE A MONSTERS MOUTH. See more SPOOKY STORIES on page 13A

3rd Place - Shep Webster, Grace Christian Academy - 1st Grade

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■ SPOOKY STORY CONTEST 1st Place - Grades 5-6 Reagan Garrison 5th Grade Rankin Elementary

Our story begins with a witch. She lived in a tiny house, so tiny that if a 5 year old were to lie down, that would be the length of the house! She wanted to sell her home and move into a mansion where she could cast spells without having to crouch. The reason she could not sell her house to the other witches, is because there was an ancient burial ground underneath it. If there was 1 thing witches were afraid of was ghosts. One day an ogre came to her house and saw the “For Sale” sign. The house was $5.00! The ogre couldn’t resist such an offer! Even though the house was too small for him, he could build a house around it and use the witch’s house as a dollouse for his daughter. He bent down on his knees and asked: “Hello!? Is anyone home?” The witch heard him and opened the door. “Yes?” she asked the ogre. “I saw the “for sale” sign and I_” The witch cut him off and said “Yes! Please take it!” The ogre gave her his $5 and she left. The ogre got his daugter out of his car and showed her the dollhouse. “This is great daddy, but where are the dolls?” she asked. The ogre hadn’t thout about that. “I don’t know.” he said “I’ll find them.” she said. She picked up the dollhouse and a lot of ghosts started flying up and out of the ground! The daugter screamed! A ghost flew up to her and said “Don’t be afraid, we just want to play with you!” The ogre’s daughter asked “Can you guys be my dolls?” the ghost agreed. The ogre came up to the ghost and said “I need to build a house around this but make it scary enough to scare all the trickor-treaters on Halloween tomorrow. Can you help?” “Sure” the ghost said. And with a snap of the ghost’s fingers, all of them were in a monster’s mouth! “This is an AWESOME HOUSE!” the ogre said, excitedly. On Halloween all the trick-or-treaters ran in terror. The End. 2nd Place - Grades 5-6 Richard Lauer 6th Grade Belmont Middle School

One Halloween, there was a ogre who lived in a big house in Halloween town. Monsters of all sorts live in this town. But one halloween night, he was coming home from trick-or-treating. When he came home, he ate a half of his candy. Then he went to his room, went to bed, then turned off his light. As he tried to go to sleep, he heard a thump. Thump! It got closer and louder. Thump! The ogre was starting to sweat. Thump! Then he got out of his bed and checked the window since it was coming from outside. And before he opened the window he heard a loud roar that scared him out of his whits. Roooaaaarrrr! Then he was a giant green monster with sharp white teeth and yellow drool. It was three times bigger than his house. Then the green monster saw the ogre and the ogre froze. The monster steped closer and closer to his house thumping and thumping to his house. It looked angry. When it reached the ogre’s house it roared so loud. As it did, the ogre screamed so loud because of all the horror. And the ogre, fainting, hit his head on his bed and knocked himself uncconcious. Everything went dark. When the ogre awoke, he was that the monster ate his house. Actually, it was eating the whole town. The ogre looked around. It was disgusting! There was stomach acid everywhere, and what really sickened him, was that there was some blood on some buildings and housed. Anyway, the ogre had to find a way out of the monsters belly. So he walked and came upon a house small than his. He picked it up and said “Any body home!” There was no answer. He looked inside. He was suprised by a puff of witch’s potion that got him in the eye. Then he found himself shrinking. When the shrinking was done he walked into the house. And when he did the door slammed behind him. He heard the cackling sound of the witch. He took a step, and a knife almost struck his forehead. It almost killed him. Booby trap. He was lucky. He pulled the knife out from the door which it struck and used it as defense. Then, he heard a voice that suprised the ogre. “Who dare shakes my haunted house!!” It was the witch’s voice. The ogre looked up, and saw the witch, warts and all, flying on a broom right above him. “I did.” said the ogre. “I’ve come to find a way out of the monster.” “But your not” said the witch, “because I’m going to kill you for shaking my house!!!” She reared her hand back as if she was going to throw something. A fireball formed in the witch hand. She threw the fireball at the ogre. The ogre dodged it. The witch threw more fireballs. The ogre dodged them. Then the witch formed one more fireball. It was the biggest fireball the ogre ever seen. The ogre ran. The ogre ran up the stairs and into an attic. The witch followed with the fireball in her had. The two were both in the attic. The ogre was trapped. The fireball launched. At that moment, the ogre ran so fast. Past the fireball, out of the attic, down the stairs he ran. Then all of a sudden, the roof blew up. He raced to the door. It was locked. He heard a few sounds. He heard the witch cackling, and he heard tons of people groaning. He wondered what that sound was. He thought what that sound was. And as he did the sound got louder and louder. Then suddenly, he knew what that sound was. Zombies! And they were coming for him. He panicked. He wondered what to do. He then found some wooden planks, a hammer, and some nails. So, he barricade the door. He’d then heard another soud. Then, it hit him. Literally. Bats! That’s what it was. Tons of bats came after him. But these were vampire bats. He ran out of the way of the long fly8ng row of bats. The bats followed him. They followed him into a dining room with some food, utensils, and candles floating in mid air. The ogre was a window at the other side of the floating reast. So, he ran around the objects, running toward the window, jumped out of the way at the last second, and whaammm!! The bats slammed into the window and flew away. Then he heard a bang. Bang! The zombies are at the door. He needed help, and fast! He looked out a window close to the front door. He was doomed. They were making a fire. Then he heard the sound of a car coming to a sudden stop. It was a black old timey car. It carried eight ghosts. All of them wore bow ties, a few wore hats, and one had a mustache. They spilt up in two groups. The first group blew the zombine’s fire out, just when the zombies found some sticks for torchs, and beat some zombie up. The second group was coming toward the house. The ogre was saved. “Help!” said the ogre, “I’m in the house! and I barricaded the door!” One

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ghost replied, “Don’t worry. We’ll take care of these zombies and help you find a way out of the monster.” The ogre was tired of this nightmare facing a witch, some zombies, and bats. He wanted to be at home and in his bed sleeping. “OK!” said the ogre. Then the ogre steped back from the window and turned around. The witch was staring right at him. “What do you want from me,” the ogre cried. I want you to be taught a lesson for shaking my house,” said the witch. The ogre said “I’ve have, and I’m sorry. I just wanted to help everyone and get out of monster! I just wanted to have a wonderful halloween!” “But now you won’t, won’t you,” said the witch. “Now saw goodbye!” She reared her hand back and a fireball formed. The ogre accidentally backed into a conner. He was trapped. But then, the witch was sucked up by a vaccum cleaner of some sort. The ogre saw that it was the ghosts who sucked up the witch. “Take that!” said one of the ghosts. The ogre said, “Thank goodness! Now how do we get out of the monster?” The ghost with the mustache said “Someone just threw a bomb in the monster’s mouth! They suddenly heard a countdown. Ten...Nine...eight. They looked outside the house. Four...three...two. “Get down!!!” one of the ghost said. It blew up. Everything went dark again. The ogre woke up on the floor of his room from a nightmare. He had a bump on his head. He looked out window. He found out that he had hallucinations. What he thought was the monster was just a skyscraper from a nearby town. So he closed his curtains, went to bed and shut his eyes. 3rd Place - Grades 5-6

A Story Skyler Rosini 6th Grade Belmont Middle School

Did you hear about that story? The ooey, gooey, icky, sicky, one? Let me tell you how it all started.... An ordinary family was decorating their house for halloween; pumpkins, zombies, graves, all that stuff. After a few days they noticed every morning the graves were in a different spot. They ignored it for they were convinced they were imagining things. Meanwhile, an ogre was also preparing for halloween. He had everything ready, except for food! And what’s halloween without a scrumptious treat? So he went out, and mind, he tried to be very quiet, to find a few delicious humans. Also, an even bigger monster, who didn’t know a thing about halloween was even hungrier! He was nicer than most of the other monsters but he was still mean! He was about 60 feet tall, his head alone the size of a house! He too, set out to find a smaller creature. The ghosts were getting restless. Acting fake was bad enough, but being stuck under graves was even worse. Luckily, Halloween happened to be that very night, and they could roam free! Halloween was here! everyone was excited! The dad, mom, and kids went out to trick-or-treat and the Ogre went to find humans, the monster went to find an ogre, and the ghosts were free from the graves! As the family went around to each house, it got darker, and darker. Finally they went home. Just as they settled down, the ogre walked up to their house. The ghosts had gone back underground and saw the ore. They came out to try and scare him, but then they got scared. Scared of the 60 feet tall monster behind him. MMM human! the ogre said. MMM ogre! the monster thought. The ogre had picked up the house and was trying to dump the humans out, who on the other hand, were very scared. Just as he did that, the monster opened his great cave of a mouth and picked up the ogre, ghosts, and house of people! The ghosts, having rehearsed every possibility, did a double-death dance, and the ogre, scared as well, offered the monster the house to spare his life. But... Too Late!!! Down into the belly of the monster every one went. Aww, too bad. Hope you liked my story! The end 1st Place - Grades 7-8 Hallie Hunt 8th Grade Kings Mountain Middle School

“That old woman gives me the creeps,” my sister said as she observed the strange woman walking up the road. It was true though, there were several strange things about her. She always had a broom with her, she wore the same shabby purple and black dress, and the strangest thing of all, I only notice her one week every year, the week of Halloween. “Quit staring and get in the car my mom told us,” and that’s exactly what we did. The woman’s house was odd, too, it looked like one of those that you’d see in a scary movie. No one ever really talks to her. People have tried before, but the old woman simply doesn’t respond. She only talks to a few people, and others only if she has to. I was watching her walk down the road, but an old black car full of white things let her ride with them. I’d never seen her just freely talk to someone, especially to get in a car with someone. She was so freaky... Everyone at school thought she was witch. I knew that couldn’t be true though, witches don’t exist...Right? She probably just enjoys Halloween, I thought. Even though it seemed as if it should be more than that. It was now Thursday, October 31, 2013, Halloween. After school on Thursday, I was walking home when the woman approached my friends and I. She put her arm around my shoulders and my heart dropped to my fee. “Hello,” she said in a freaky voice. My friends began to panic like I did. She began to speak and question me. “Will you be trick-or-treating tonight, little girl?” She asked. I told her I was and she replied, “that is my house,” pointing to the one I’ve seen before, “come by tonight for a surprise.” And with that, she left. I decided to go to her house that night, because I knew nothing could go wrong. As I knocked on her door, she came to let me in. “I was hoping you would show up!” she exclaimed. She told me she had a secret for me. As she asked the question,

I got scared. “Okay, I figured I could tell you tis, but you must not share it with anyone,” she said. I nodded, then she told me. “I’ve never lifed here, I just come for Halloween, so I can fly my broom from here to my real home,” she paused, “I was going to let you fly around Kings Mountain tonight,” she said I was kind of scared though. I couldn’t believe she was really a witch. She’d described how not many were nice to her, but I was and she wanted to repay me. Later that night, we went flying and it was amazing. She introduced me to some of her Halloween friends, like the ghosts she’d gotten in a car with earlier that week, an ogar, and a big green monster. It was a fun Halloween and I learned my lesson. Don’t judge a book by its cover. 2nd Place - Grades 7-8

One Dark and Dreary Night Katelin Phaengkhamhak 8th Grade Kings Mountain Middle School

I was home alone, and all of a sudden I heard something in the living room. I get up thinking it’s mom or dad. I exited my room, and crept toward the living room. I see this strange figure in the darkness. I yell out “Mom? Dad?” Worst mistake ever! The figure turned around and I could see its yellow eyes glaring at me! Then in a swift movement I took off out the back door, and through the back yard, and into the woods. Deeper and deeper into the woods I went, checking occasionaly behind me. Then I came to a jolting halt. Right infront of me was a house in a huge cave! So I thought it’ll be a good idea to hide in there for a little while. Inside the house there was a big cauldron on a mantle, eye balls in jars, a lot of brooms, thousands of bats hanging on the ceiling, and toads/frogs in jars. Out of no where the house started rocking back and forth, left to right, right to left! I looked out the window to find a very large hand on the side of the house. I traced the hand all the way to the head! To find out it was a of an ogre! It was the scariest thing ever! It had a large now with red eyes and black and yellow teeth, and right behind it was 3 witches! they had the greenest face with the pointiest nose! The ogre had now up rooted the house. Boom! A cloud of smoke appeared and in the smoke was a car! In the car were dozens of ghosts with the most horrifying faces ever! They were circling the house! Bang! Was the sound of the door slamming wide open! In came the ghosts, the 3 witches, and the hand of the ogre! They quickly spotted me. I took off upstairs. With them following closely behind me, I easily out ran them and found a closet to hide in. My breathing was so heavy I had to quickly put my hand over my mouth. I can hear them get closer and closer. My heart beat quickens. They’re now outside the closet door! Then all of a sudden I found a button! I pressed it eagerly and the closet spun into a room! I quickly spotted a window. I created a rope with the bed sheets and easily climbed down. Once I hit the ground I took off running. Just as I looked back I could that the cave wasn’t a cave but a huge monster! It had big yellow eyes, and very sharp teeth! Just as I was running out it was slowly closing its mouth. In the matter of seconds the monster had swallowed everything in his mouth, and I was on my way home. No wait what about the strange figure?! 3rd Place - Grades 7-8

The Last Halloween Eric Davis 8th Grade Kings Mountain Middle School

Halloween already? I love Halloween! You wouldn’t expect an old-timer like me to like Halloween. But I just love seeing the joyful expressions on the little whipper-snapper’s faces. However, this was far from a normal Halloween. The chaos started when a gigantic ogre lifted my house off the ground. Items that I owned were falling out of the house through the door that was opened by the ogre. Canes, TV’s, food clothes, beds, and mirrors were toppling to the ground. Within a half hour of the ogre’s arrival, the mayhem really increased. Bats swarmed the moon lit sky. An old fashioned automobile cruised down the street with ghosts flying out of it. As the ogre continued to rattle my house in it’s baseball park sized hands, a witch riding a broomstick flew over the ogre’s head and into my house through the front door. The witch flew around in the living room laughing her devilish laugh the whole time. She left within a minute of her arrival with a hoggish laugh. As the witch flew back out the front door, I followed her with my eyes. I saw what appeared to be large, white, triangular shaped houses sprout from the ground. I looked upward and saw a strange pattern in the violet colored skys. I began to get hilarious when I saw that the same white housed that sprouted from the ground appear in the sky. I then realized that the house like figures weren’t houses at all. They were enormous fangs! I then realized I was in the mouth of a creature I could not identify. I also realised that the strange pattern I saw in the sky was a pattern that could be found in the roof of someone’s mouth. I pinched myself multiple times to try to wake up from this nightmare. As the teeth began to close in each other I said my last prayer. The teeth were now making physical contact with each other. Houses, trampolines, sheds and the like began to split open with loud cracking noised. My neighbors were screaming in horror and running up the streets during the mayhem. I closed my eyes and let the havoc end my life. This Halloween was a real bummer if you couldn’t already tell.

Thank you to everyone who entered our Spooky Story and Spooky Coloring Contests! We look forward to hearing your stories and seeing your pictures again next year.

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Artist has ties to Kings Mountain Christopher Stillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Floridaâ&#x20AC;? opens soon Christopher Stillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine paintings can be found in museums and private collections including the Smithsonian Institution in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital and the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion in Florida. His parents, John and Pat Still of Kings Mountain, say he was always an artist. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;We are quite proud of him,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; both say. The newest exhibit of paintings by Still is â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Florida,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; opening at Christopher Still Studio of Fine Painting, 324 E. Lemon St., Tarpon Springs, Florida, Nov. 23-Jan.25. Still completed more than 40 oil paintings over the past four years in Florida, Spain and Cuba and his modern masterpiece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Floridaâ&#x20AC;? will be on loan from a private collection. It was first unveiled in St. Augustine at the Hotel Ponce de Leon of Flagler College and featured in the Viva Florida celebration at the Florida Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mansion. Still was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the Artist in Residence for the

Florida Legislature and an award-winning graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with extensive studies in Europe. He is perhaps best known for his large public projects featuring Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and natural beauty, including 10 paintings for the Florida House of Representatives. A cover art page in Tampa Bay Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September/October edition called Still â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tampa Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michelangelo.â&#x20AC;? Margaret Word Burnside, the author, said she had watched Christopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision becoming reality, as he merged his experiences abroad with his love for Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we (Aaron and I) werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only ones to notice and appreciate his talents. For over 20 years he has exhibited his work and continued to grow in popularity. His shows have never been average art openings. People arrive early to line up, as the paintings sell out quickly at each show. However, his growing celebrity status has not gone to his head. He sincerely appreciates the Tampa Bay area and the people here

who champion him and his work.â&#x20AC;? As a teenager Chris Still won a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He studied in Europe and was an apprentice in Italy to artists who worked for the Vatican. He returned to Florida to paint in his home state with the skills of the great masters. The triptych â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Floridaâ&#x20AC;? was created in honor of the Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viva Florida 500 celebration and is filled with symbols of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique history and natural beauty. Hundreds of foreign diplomats had their pictures taken with â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Floridaâ&#x20AC;? and Governor and Mrs. Scott at the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mansion in Tallahassee this spring. The new exhibit is his first in his newly renovated and expanded studio in Tarpon Springs. Expect to see a few Gulf Coast landscapes as well as never-more-seen works of art from his travels throughout Florida, Spain and Cuba that he did while working on his latest project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Floridaâ&#x20AC;? is oil on

canvas 33x48 inches. Other photographs in the invitation he sent local people include: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come What May,â&#x20AC;? 54x72 inches which depicts fisher-

men in a boat at sea in turbulent waters; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parting Clouds,â&#x20AC;? 36x72 inches; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wave,â&#x20AC;? oil on canvas, 42x96 inches; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;River

Song,â&#x20AC;? 32x80 inches, paintings depicting the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for the sea.

Campaign for shelter just $200,000 short The campaign for funds to build a new women's and children's shelter in Cleveland County is closer to completion with $1.4 million raised in donations and $200,000 away from the goal. Betsy Wells of Kings Mountain, chairman of Building Hope one brick at a time, said the shelter serving victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and the homeless, will go up on Wendover Drive in Shelby. Groundbreaking is expected to be held once the remaining $200,000 of the $1.6 million goal is raised. Last Saturday Abuse Prevention Council's third annual Parade of Tables was sponsored by Eskridge Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Shelby. On arrival guests were presented programs (small passports) and invited to â&#x20AC;&#x153;move free about the cabin" and enjoy dinner stations around the dining area featuring roast beef, Parmesan chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, and pineapple pork tenderloin, a vegetable station and dessert. Dr. Cal Robertson accompanied himself on guitar as he presented numbers


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ranging from Stephen Foster to John Denver musical selections. Tables were decorated in varied themes. The Grover Woman's Club was on the theme, "Kings Mountain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hope of the American Revolution'' which included books and other memorabilia. Other tables were decorated in Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Star Wars, to name a few. A silent auction was included in the program entertainment. The new facility will include counseling space, a conference room, recreation area, private intake space, private and semi-private rooms, spacious common areas, and adequate kitchen and bathroom space. The new shelter will be handicapped accessible, energy efficient, and meet or exceed all building codes. It will address the limitations, concerns and high maintenance costs of the current facilities and consolidate the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services in one convenient, safe, central location. In the past year APC has provided counseling services for 173 victims, court advocacy for 535 victims and shelter for 276 women and children. Wells said that contribu-


GROVER CLUBWOMEN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pam Jackson, Carolyn Jackson, Paulette Peeler and Jackie Bennett, left to right, seated, and Nancy Wells, Betsy Wells and Patti Hughes, standing, are pictured at the club's decorated Parade of Tables at Aldersgate Methodist Church. The fundraiser was a benefit for the new shelter for abused women and children in Shelby. tions may be sent to County Abuse Prevention Council,

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LITTLE MISS LIVERMUSH PAGEANT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pictured is the Miss Livermush Court in the 2013 Livermush Festival October 19. Fifty-two girls competed for the eight division titles and Overall Grand Majestic title. Left to right, back row, Overall Grand Majestic Miss Aly Bell McNair; Teen Miss Allison Carol Ward; Junior Miss Kaitlyn Wesson; Baby Miss Victoria Gabrielle Kirksey and Young Miss Jaida McCall W Wesson; left to right middle row: People's choice

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