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Putnam Same ‘Auld Lang Syne’ for KM: Jobs! promoted ELIZABETH STEWART


Ricky Putnam Jr., 40, has assumed new duties as Director of Public Works for the City of Kings Mountain. His promotion was announced this week by City Manager Marilyn Sellers. Putnam, who has been a supervisor in the Public Works Department for 22 years, succeeds the retiring See PUTNAM, 3A

Will Jan. 3 see end of Sweeps? GROVER– January 3 may see the end of business for sweepstakes in neighboring Grover. Council has been working for months to establish an ordinance regulating sweeps but Town Attorney Mickey Corry said at the recent council meeting that in light of the recent NC Supreme Court ruling that "the issue may take care of itself." Meantime sweepstakes companies continue to pursue a U.S. Supreme Court appeal to put a hold on the law banning video sweepstakes statewide. See SWEEPS, 6A

Smith sought for Rite Aid robbery Kings Mountain Police have identified the main suspect involved in the Rite-Aid armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 15. Felony warrants were issued on Dec. 19 for Arthur Charles Smith, 57. These warrants are still outstanding and the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who might come across this individual should contact their local law enforcement agency, said KMPD investigating officer Det. Cpl. K. L. Hamrick.

Some forecasters say the economy is showing some signs of healing. But as 2012 draws to a close at midnight Monday it depends on who you talk to. Kings Mountain's big priority for new year 2013 is the same it has been for the last several years–jobs. Mayor Rick Murphrey said the city will continue to aggressively seek new business and industry working with the county and state economic development commissions while maintaining competitive rates and infrastructure upgrades. "We feel very blessed in Kings Mountain," said Murphrey. A big money item for the city in new year 2013 will be funding major water system upgrades, a, a project on the city council's drawing board for some time. The mayor said a new water line into town and treatment plant expansion and upgrades should be shovel ready by May 2013. Spillway repairs at Moss Lake are slated to begin in 2013. Expanding the natural gas systems to 2 to 3 miles each year is another priority of city fathers. Evaluating and implementing a mass emergency notification system where customers can choose various alerts and alert methods is a priority as well

as working a second year on storm water solutions mandated by the EPA. City officials look back at the old year and remember bad times (the economy) and good times (more jobs becoming available) for Kings Mountain area citizens. As the strains of 'Auld Lang Syne ring out Dec. 31, the traditional harbinger of a new year, citizens can look back on a year that was generally productive for the City of Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain was a jobs powerhouse for economic dePhoto by LIB STEWART velopment during 2012. Mayor Rick Murphrey and City Manager Marilyn Sellers look AT&T's industrial announce- back at old year 2012 and the work of city council in approvment in the early spring was ing some good news (jobs coming) for citizens in a sluggish the largest investment ever an- economy. More jobs in 2013 will be priority for city leaders. nounced for Cleveland "The city has had a very progressive County. There have been other big announceyear," said Murphrey. "We continue to proments of expansions and new buildings. This month Southern Power's new natural mote a pro-business climate, working with gas-fueled plant began operation southwest the county and state to position Kings Mounof the city - revving up equipment capable of tain to attract new industry and create jobs," providing 350,000 residential customers he added. Sellers says the city continues to be a low throughout the region. The new power plant will pump electricity and money into the See JOBS, 6A county.

Carrigan plays Santa Saturday Saturday was what Christmas was all about. The generosity of one man and the efforts of an entire community brought Christmas to hundreds of families in need. Kings Mountain businessman Charlie Carrigan never got a bike for Christmas. The ex-Marine said it took him until he was a grown man to realize that it's better to give than receive. Carrigan played Santa Claus and bought 400 girls and boys bikes and with the help of volunteers from Bethlehem Baptist Church, Grace Christian Academy and the Sheriff's department gave Christmas to many in need. Toys were also collected for children who would not otherwise have Christmas. Volunteers, including Sheriff Alan Norman and deputies from the Sheriff's Department, helped put the bikes together and pump the tires. "It was amazing," said Betty Carrigan. The effort took only three to four hours, she said, because of the number of volunteers from a wide area who came out to help. The gymnasium at Christian Freedom Baptist Church was overflowing as Sheriff Norman, along with a number of deputies, helped hand out the bikes and wheeled them to waiting cars. The sheriff's office had worked with county schools to help identify the families that needed help. Some families were unable to

PLAYING SANTA - Rev. Mike Chambers, pastor of Christian Freedom Baptist Church, county commissioner Johnny Hutchins, Charlie and Betty Carrigan, Tonya Leatherman and Sheriff Alan Norman, left to right, helped distribute 400 bikes–Christmas gifts to needy children–from Charlie Carrigan. make it to the church to pick up bikes and deputies went to them instead. "We can't afford a bicycle for my grandson, his father left us and your gift will make his Christmas," said a tearful grandmother to Charlie Carrigan. Charlie's daughter, Tonya Leatherman, quickly found other gifts for the nine-year-old boy, including a

Bible. All children received Bibles. Betty Carrigan said her husband told her he wanted to order bikes for needy children from an ex-Marine friend in California. "I had no idea the number." On Christmas Day bikes were delivered to hospitalized children in county hospitals and at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte

where the Carrigan's granddaughter Taylor Rippy is a nurse. Charlie Carrigan owns and operates Cherokee Auction and Chief Enterprises. He served in the US Marine Corps in 1956-60. He and his family are active in Bethlehem Baptist Church. The Carrigan children - Tonya Leatherman, Sherry Lynn Rippy, See CARRIGAN, 6A

Justice for Kings as suspects go to trial ELIZABETH STEWART

Three suspects in the brutal slaying in September of Michael and Thelma King, son and daughter-in-law of Jerry and Jane King of Kings Mountain, will go to trial in Philipsburg, the capital city of St. Maarten, on Jan. 22. Jerry and Jane King don't plan to attend. Thirty people, including family from Mount Pleasant, SC, and friends from Mount Pleasant and St. Maarten, plan to be in the 200-

year-old courtroom as Jamal Jefferson, 20, a Guyanese national; Meyshane Kemar Johnson of Jamaica, and Jeremiah Chevon Mills, 17, a Dutch national of Jamaican descent said to be Johnson's cousin, face a judge who will render a verdict. No jury is involved and all three suspects will be tried at once in a trial conducted entirely in Dutch and expected to last two days. Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, SC, kept a part-

Michael and Thelma King time home in the tiny Dutch Caribbean territory, had plenty of friends on the island and planned to invest in a rum-export business.

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■ OBITUARIES Richard Lee Bell Loved gardening, fixing things KINGS MOUNTAIN Richard Lee Bell, 89, 238 Press Sweezy Rd., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at his home. He was the son of the late William Lawrence and Pearl Wa r e Bell a n d w a s preceded i n death by his brother, Bobby Bell and sonin-law, Mike Smith. He retired from the textile industry and was a farmer who loved gardening and fixing things and was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. The family would like to thank Richard's special caregiver, Shelley Brackett, and a special friend, Jay Greene. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Willodene Thornburg Bell of the home; daughters, Glenda Bell Smith of Kings Mountain,

Maralyn Goins SHELBY- Ms. Maralyn C. Goins, 56, 200 Fox Run Road, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her residence. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Christopher Road Baptist Church. Nellie Hamrick EARL- Nellie



Phyllis Brackett and husband, Rev. Carroll Brackett of Roxboro; bother, Joe Bell, sister, Geneva Dedmon, sister-in-law Janice Bell, all of Kings Mountain; Shelley Brackett, King Mountain, and Donnie Brackett, Gastonia; great-grandchildren, Jamie Greene, Jesse Greene and Mikeal Greene. The funeral service was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Travis Northcutt and Rev. Carroll Brackett officiated and interment was in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends in the Oak Grove Church sanctuary one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, ''Bell Tower Fund,'' 1022 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A guest register is available at Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Hamrick, 76, 642 Austell Graham Road, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Shelby. Interment was in the Pine Grove United Methodist Church cemetery.


ARRESTS DEC. 17: Matthew Scott Buckner, 27, 605 Mica St., assault on female, no bond. DEC. 20: Jeffrey Tryon Ross, 41, 1101 Groves St., domestic trespass, no bond. DEC.21: Stanley Gardner, 54, 328 Ebenezer Rd., flee to elude, felony, driving while license revoked, larceny, injury to property, $10,000 bond, secured. CITATIONS DEC. 13: Rustin Caine Broome, 29, 209 Harbor Springs Ln, speeding, revoked license. DEC. 18: Carlos Dee Clark, 42, Shelby, damage to property. DEC. 18: Thomas Arthur Anthony Jr., 60, 514 Deerfield Dr., speeding. DEC. 18: Toshia Marie Gressling, 31, Clover, SC, speeding. DEC. 18: Gregory Lane Albea, 44, Shelby, speeding. DEC. 18: Kenneth James Wells, 31, Grover, no inspection, expired tag, revoked license. DEC. 18: Cynthia Heggs, 41, 227 Walker St., no inspection, expired tag. DEC. 18: Ernest Whitener, 46, 907 First St., speeding. DEC. 18: Matthew Douglas, 44, Bessemer City, speeding. DEC. 19: Angela Taylor,42, 216 County Line Rd., no seat belt. DEC. 21: Kenneth Spivey, 24, 612 Mauney Ave., stop sign violation. DEC. 21: William Emory, 31, Stanley, speeding. DEC. 22: Travis Anthony, 38, 827 Ramseur St., speeding.

DEC. 22: Daniel Dittman, 33, 104-9 Penny Dr., speeding. DEC. 22: Rose Hawkins, 59, Blackburg, SC, speeding. DEC. 23: Lisa Cody, 45, 10 Chesterfield Court, driving on wrong side of road, failure to carry driver’s license. DEC. 23: Schiron Burris, 20, 101 Water Oak St., speeding. DEC.23: Daryl Ward, 54, 110-10 Carlin Dr., revoked tag, driving while license revoked. DEC. 2 5: Misty Patterson, 34, Shelby, no insurance, fictitious tag. INCIDENTS DEC. 17: Premier Federal Credit Union, 1113 Shelby Rd., reported financial card fraud. DEC. 17: A resident of Lord's Landing reported that someone painted the concrete driveway, sidewalk and porch in white paint. DEC. 17: A resident of Northwoods Drive reported theft of an apple red Moped with chrome trim valued at $2500. DEC. 19: CVS Pharmacy, 1017 Shelby Rd., reported larceny of over $200 worth of over-the-counter medicines. DEC. 19: A resident of Crown Court reported a break-in and damage to a door frame. DEC. 20: A resident of Chesterfield Court reported a home invasion by three males who knocked on the door and forcefully entered the residence. DEC. 20: A vehicle owned by a Greensboro man was damaged at a construc-

tion site on Countryside Road. DEC. 20: Trinity Church of the Living God, 119 Kristie Lane, reported a break-in and theft of a range hood and $2000 in copper pipes and damage to door frames and sheet rock walls. WRECKS DEC. 18: Officer David Warlick charged Carlos Dee Clark of Shelby with damage to real property after his 2005 Cadillac was in a collision with a 2007 BMW operated by Tammy Clark of Shelby in the parking lot of 314 N. Piedmont Avenue. Ms. Clark was attempting to leave the parking lot. Carlos Clark told police he was trying to retrieve personal belongings from the BMW. Property damages were estimated at $2500. DEC. 19: Officer J. L. Dee said that a 1997 Ford operated by Collen Queen, 401 E. King St., struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by David Long of Blacksburg, SC on Phifer Road. He said that Long proceeded to stop for a vehicle that was stopped in the unauthorized loading area at the high school and the Queen vehicle was traveling behind him. Minor damages were reported. DEC. 20: Officer J. L. Dee said that Marlene Smith, 310 Amhurst, backed her 2006 Chrysler from a parking lot at Buchanan Auto on Cash Road and struck her 2006 Mercedes doing minor damage to both vehicles. DEC. 20: Officer Bryan McGinnis said that Dennis Ramey, operating a 2000 Chevy, was backing from a parking space at 301 Phifer

Road and hit a 2004 Dodge operated by Ellen Stephens, 1127 Phifer Road. Property damages were estimated at $1200. DEC. 21: Officer Chris McKnight said that a 1989 Ford operated by Bransel Godfrey of Columbus,NC struck a 2003 Honda operated by Dustin Davidson of Gastonia. The accident happened in the parking lot of Battleground BP Station. Property damages were minor. DEC. 20: Officer B. L. Wilkinson said that James Wesley Farmer II, of Grover, operating a 1984 Dodge, turned in front of a Toyota operated by Johna Griesman of Clover, SC resulting in $14,000 damage to the vehicles. The accident happened on NC 161 near Quality Inn. DEC. 21: Cpl. K. L. Putnam said that an unknown vehicle struck a 2003 Nissan operated by Elvin Torrres, Alexa Lane, doing $1,000 damage. DEC. 21: Officer Lee Wittington said that Deborah Bruce, 407 Alan Drive, was backing from a parking space at Bojangles and struck a 1999 Saturn operated by Evelyn Colvin, Cherryville. Property damages were minor. DEC. 23: Officer M.D. Butler charged Lisa Morrow Cody, 10 Chesterfield Court, with driving left of center after an accident on Lake Montonia Road. Cody’s 1994 Mazda struck a 2000 Mitsubishi operated by Patricia Huggins of Gastonia. Property damages were estimated at $1200.

Charter School, Scruggs Museum get county support ELIZABETH STEWART


Kings Mountain High School students release balloons at a prayer vigil for the 26 lives lost in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.

Sunrise balloon release by KMH students They couldn't ease the pain but 100 students and teachers at Kings Mountain High School showed their support Dec. 19 to the families of the 26 victims of the Newtown, CT school shooting by raising 26 green and white balloons as the sun rose about 7:15 a.m. at Kings Mountain High School. As each balloon in the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School was released, 9th grade English teacher Tara Fleisher read the name and talked about each person.

"It was a very moving and very touching service," said Technology Facilitator Mark Bryson. Fleisher arranged the service and gathered information about each of the 20 elementary school children and six adults killed by a gunman who had earlier killed his mother and, after the school shooting, turned the gun on himself. The prayer vigil included the playing of "Amazing Grace" by flutist Emily Whitaker as each name was read and each balloon re-

leased. The Kings Mountain High School chorus sang "Silent Night." Fleisher said drafting students donated a banner which was signed by students and included a message from the Art club. Members of the Drama club paid for mailing expenses of the banner and many sympathy cards. Last Thursday the cards were collected and mailed to the families in Connecticut along with teddy bears that students collected before school closed for the Christmas holidays.

By unanimous vote Cleveland County Commissioners Dec. 18 approved nearly $1 million combined for Destination Cleveland County's Earl Scruggs Center and the planned charter school Pinnacle Classical Academy. The board placed stipulations on the DCC loan of $755,400 by the county after questions were raised by commissioner Eddie Holbrook of Shelby. He asked if the county would be "on the hook" for the money if the center was not open in April and an Economic Development Administration Grant (EDA) was not approved. "We need to know a time frame for the opening since questions have been raised about the lease," said Holbrook. "We need to know what we are facing and we don't want to be on the hook for the money, we need a guarantee." Other commissioners agreed. "We will not spend any of the loan from the county until the EDA grant is approved," said J.T. Scruggs, museum namesake Earl Scruggs' nephew and DCC representative. He reiterated that he had no objection to the stipulations that the loan won't take effect until the EDA grant is secured. Scruggs said the DCC group is working

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with a lender for funds and using the furnishings of the old courthouse museum for collateral. "If we say no to the loan tonight will that affect the outcome of your other loan application?" asked commissioner Jason Falls of Kings Mountain. Said Scruggs, "I have a feeling it would hurt our cause." Holbrooks' motion, seconded by commissioner Johnny Hutchins of Kings Mountain, was that the commissioners grant DCC a county loan of $755,400, the amount of pledges that DCC has secured for the center, contingent that it be approved by the lending agency and the EDA grant deadline extended beyond April. DCC will be required by the county to repay the county the grant money by 2020 with secured pledges. County Manager Eddie Bailes said there is an adequate number of pledges to cover the amount of money requested and that he has reviewed each pledge. Commissioner Hutchins opened the board discussion on the request for financial assistance by Pinnacle Classical Academy. "The money that the academy is looking for is not being taken away from public school children. I had some concerned phone calls about that," adding, "What I'm looking at is the best interest of the county to give parents of other children a choice that they have asked for." At last week's work session by commissioners, Pinnacle Academy requested $325,000 to open a charter school at the former site of Hallelujah Acres on Joe's Lake Road. Commissioner Falls made the motion "that the county purchase from Hallelujah the 56.3 acres for a

cash payment of $125,000 provided the county can obtain clear title to the property." As part of the purchase arrangement, Hallelujah Acres will not be required to repay the $200,000 CDBG grant and the $150,000 Rural Center grant. After the purchase agreement has been signed by both parties, the county will deed the property to Pinnacle Classical Academy upon receipt of their charter from the state. If within 15 years, Pinnacle Classical Academy ceases to operate a charter school, the county will be repaid $325,000, which shall be secured by a deed of trust on the property in favor of the county. The deed of trust will be subordinated to the USDA loan." Holbrook seconded and commissioners approved unanimously. Two women spoke prior to the commission's vote on the two requests for financial assistance. One parent said that the charter school's mission is the same as the mission of Cleveland County Schools. "We can't stop a charter school," she said. A second woman was critical of naming options for rooms at the old courthouse, the lease for the Scruggs Center running out, and the name change to Earl Scruggs Center Songs & Stories of American South which she said takes away the uniqueness of our region. Commission Chairman Ronald Hawkins said after the meeting that the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center of Kings Mountain has also requested financial assistance in its expansion program and the request will be on the agenda for the next workshop meeting.

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‘Safe Schools’ task force formed by sheriff ELIZABETH STEWART


KM REMEMBERS - Brad Ellis, left, and Eric Wright light the 26 candles on the altar of Central United Methodist Church at a service of prayer and remembrance Saturday for the survivors, victims and families of the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Local service remembers Newtown, Conn. victims God is there in the midst of grieving families, said local ministers leading an impressive service of prayer and remembrance Saturday afternoon for survivors, families and victims of the Connecticut school tragedy. Words of comfort offered by Rev. Rex Gibbs, pastor of the host church, Central United Methodist, Rev. Tom Jolly, pastor of El Bethel and Grace United Methodist churches, and Rev. James Lochridge, pastor of Second Baptist Church, featured

meditations and prayers. "Comfort Ye, comfort my people" from the familiar passage by the Prophet Isaiah and Psalm 23 were included in the scripture readings. Lochridge also sang "Jesus Loves the Little Children" and "Jesus Loves Me," accompanying himself on the guitar. As Aaron Simmons, youth director of Central United Methodist Church, read each of the 26 names of victims of the horrible school shooting, Eric Wright

lit a white candle for each and Brad Ellis placed a white rose on the altar flanked by lighted Chrismon trees, candles, and red and white poinsettias. A church bulletin distributed to the congregation included pictures and names of the 20 first graders and six adults gunned down Dec. 14 in the second worst school massacre in American history. Wright sang the benedictional "The Lord's Prayer." Harris Funeral Home,

which co-sponsored the service, is mailing the register from the service and a register compiled from its website and at the funeral home to Honan Funeral Home for distribution to the families. Personal notes to families may be sent to Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470 or Newtown Post Office, PO Box 3700, Newtown, CT, 06470.

PUTNAM: ‘Excited’ to promote growth in City of KM From page 1A Jackie Barnette, who will complete 28 years with the city on Dec. 28, 15 as Public Works Director. "I am excited to be able to promote growth within our departments and welcome Ricky who has worked in the Public Works Department beginning with his late father, at the age of 18," said Sellers. She said Putnam has served as a supervisor in virtually all areas of public

works, including sanitation and streets and he was a leader in the city's highly successful recycling program. Sellers called Putnam a "very qualified and knowledgeable team player." She said that when she met with all Public Works employees to announce the job promotion she was met with cheers from Putnam's co-workers. Kings Mountain native Putnam is the son of the late Ricky Putnam, Sr. and Sue

Putnam. He has two brothers, Gerald Wayne and Michael Putnam. Single, he is engaged to his KM school sweetheart Belinda Adams of Wilmington. He follows in his father's footsteps. The late Mr. Putnam worked in the city's gas and street departments. Putnam heads a department of 37 full time employees. He is state certified in maintenance and inspections, pesticides, herbicide, and advanced road scholar

and has worked closely with the retiring Public Works director. "I am very excited at the challenge," says Putnam. Mayor Rick Murphrey congratulated and commended the city manager for her policy of giving promotions to qualified city employees when department head positions become available.

American Legion Post 155 gathers funds to help area vets this Christmas The names of a large number of local veterans are featured by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 on a red, white and blue-decorated silver tree in the foyer of the American Legion. Auxiliary President Joyce Kale said that all proceeds from the donations, which currently total $177, will be used to help local veterans in the local nursing home and at VA Medical Centers. A partial listing of veterans follows: Robert Kale, Alfred Kale, Tom Kale, Pete Kale, Roy Kale, Rick Moore and family, Ken Roberts, David Roberts, Louis Floyd, Clyde Whetstine, Gene McCarter, Tom Melton, Rick Moore, Hoyte Stephens, Philip A. Lawson Sr., Phillip A Lawson Jr., Floyd Whetstine, Eugene Whetstine, Charlie Mashburn, Ollie Harris Sr., Myles Eudall, Ken Hamrick, Rick Hamrick, Virgil (Spud)

Hamrick, Mike Clack, Grady Farris, James F. Case, David Carroll, Bynum Woods, Lester Brock, L. B. Connor, Jim Anderson Sr., Tom Melton, Jimmy Littlejohn, Kenneth Wells, Jimmy Canipe, Terry Wood Sr., Lacy D. Wood Jr., David L Growel, Andrew Baughman, A. T. DeBruler Sr., Will Stone, Kenneth Hoopaugh, Harry Kilmer, John Wright, Greg Olmstead, Warren Goforth, Arthur Flowers, Doug Pruitt, Mike Trammell, Jenny Phelps, Ray Long. Louis Falls, M. C. Falls, Kenny Bridges, Dean Payne, Buddy Bell, Kenny McDonald, Keith Mitchell, Ben Moomaw, Daryl Putnam, J. D. Barrett, Herman (Buck) Stewart, and Ralph E. Stewart. Kale said that families can continue to add their names of loved ones to the Christmas tree by contacting her at 704-913-8047.

In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut, Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman is forming a "Safe Schools" task force to revisit current school safety plans and make upgrades accordingly. "The tragedies that are occurring throughout our nation are unfortunate," he said, adding, "We can never assume that Cleveland County is immune; we have emergency plans for our schools but I believe these plans cannot be revisited too

often." Norman has asked each law enforcement agency in the county to have a representative on the task force as well as a representative from Emergency Management and the school system. Additionally, Norman would like to have a parent from each school in the county on the task force. The Sheriff's Office has put together an application packet for parents interested in joining the task force. Any parents interested in participating should contact Capt. Joel Shores at 704-4763053.

New hospital visitation restrictions due to flu Effective December 21, Cleveland Regional Medical Center and Kings Mountain Hospital have restricted visitation for children under 12 years of age. Currently, there is a high occurrence of flu and other communicable diseases throughout the community. Restricting visitation will help protect vulnerable patients and visitors. It also helps prevent the spread of these illnesses. Other hospitals in the area have adopted similar visitation restrictions. “We are asking for the

community’s help in reducing the spread of these illnesses by not bringing children less than 12 years of age to the hospitals,� said Dotty Leatherwood, vice president of community relations. “In addition, we strongly encourage anyone who is experiencing signs and symptoms of illness to consider not visiting the hospitals at this time.� “We thank the community for their understanding and cooperation,� she continued, “as we work together to protect patients and others from the spread of the flu.�

IN HOLIDAY CLASSIC - Mary Bearfield, left, and Kylie Bearfield, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Bearfield, participated in the recent holiday classic, "The Nutcracker,'' at Joy Theatre. Mary is a student at Bethware School and Kylie is a student at Kings Mountain Intermediate School.

Town of Grover gets clean audit GROVER - The Town of Grover received a clean audit by Martin Starnes and Associates, CPAs, PA, in a report from the auditors at a recent council meeting. The independent accounting firm performed the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. Aaron Smith, accountant, said the town received an unqualified opinion on its financial statements, which is the best opinion that can be given in an independent audit. Aaron discussed some of the financial highlights for fiscal year 2012, including information on property, fund balance and current year revenues and expenditures.

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Joyce Kale, president of Unit 155 American Legion Auxiliary, left, and Pat Lemmon trim a Veterans Christmas tree at American Legion Post 155 with names of veterans.

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St. Matthews Pre-School presents progam

Pictured are pre-school children who presented “A Savior Is Born” at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. From left to right, (Angel) Lucy McDaniel, (Joseph) Kensen Martin, (Angel) Kristiana Summers, (Mary) Hailey Griffin, (Angel) Caroline Suber, (Shepherd) Bryant Foster, (Shepherd) A’Niyah Brooks, (Wiseman) Nathaniel Knotts, (Wiseman) Lilly Northcutt, (Wiseman) Omari Wilson and (children’s choir) Kevin Walker, Karsyn Criswell, Landon Moore, Franklin Wydo, and Christian Smith. Not pictured, Ashtyn Fisher.

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Pre-School presented the Christmas program, “A Savior is Born,” Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. on the stage in the fellowship hall. Pastor Peter Setzer served as the narrator and church music director Carolyn Rhyne accompanied on the piano. The children sang carols at appropriate times during the traditional Nativity program, then sang fun songs such as “Up on the Housetop” and “Jingle Bells” at the end. The pro-

gram was directed by Ina Blanton, Pre-School director, Sis Bridges, assistant; Sheila Ledford, teacher of the 3-year-old class; and Elizabeth McGinnis, teacher of the 4-year-old class. A large number of parents, grandparents, family, and friends of the 3 and 4year-old students attended. Following the program PreSchool Board members welcomed everyone to the reception downstairs where Christmas cookies and punch were served.

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Church Service Directory 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

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

Royal Praise Ministries 2055 Shelby Rd.

Featured Church of the Week: First Presbyterian 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 602 Slater Street

True Gospel Holiness Church 1608 Shelby Road 704-739-6764 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 704-739-9230 GROVER Bethany Baptist Church

Notice: In order to accommodate the number of churches in our communities, we will print two alternating lists of churches each week. If you don’t see the church you’re looking for, be sure to check next week.

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Santa visits children at day care centers BETH BROCK

Local daycares discovered recently that Santa doesn’t always come in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. The children were delighted when Jolly Ole St. Nick showed up in a shiny red fire truck driven by a local fireman. Santa made himself comfortable, and chatted with each child (who wasn’t afraid of him!) about what they wanted for Christmas. It was very interesting to hear some of the things the children wanted, like a horse. “A real horse?� Santa asked. “Yes, a real horse� the child replied. “Hmmm, Santa will have

to see what he can do about this� was Santa’s quick response. Other popular items on the children’s wish lists were Barbies, Wii entertainment systems and/or games, Play Stations and/or games, and X-Box systems and/or games, cell phones, computers, Transformers, and footballs. Keep in mind these were all preschoolers. My how modern technology has changed things! After talking with Santa, each child received a candy cane and promised to be good. Santa boarded the fire truck leaving a lot of awestruck children waving good-bye!

Christmas luncheon held at Patrick Senior Center "It's all about a baby," was the theme of the traditional Christmas luncheon for senior citizens at H. Lawrence Patrick Senior & Conference Center Friday. Rev. James Lochridge used his talent as a chalk artist to give the inspirational message, "You can't have the manger without the cross," ending with excerpts from a Christmas cantata he had written. Arden Maney, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy Maney, presented special music. Mayor Rick Murphrey brought greetings from the city and also holiday greetings from himself and his wife, Sandra. The city's senior center director Monty Thornburg said the event marked his 30th Christmas celebration with the large number of senior citizens who enjoy programs at the Kings Mountain center. Sharon Eaker read the Christmas Story from the Bible and members of the advisory board and staff served refreshments from tables overlaid with red and green cloths and decked with festive arrangements. Terrie Lewis, Activities Director, recognized the staff and volunteers who assisted with serving and with door prizes. Donating door prizes were Patrick Senior Center, Blackwood's Drive-In, Clark Tire, Mary Collins, Nancy Gregg, Gerald and Sonyia

Walk into Ditto Consignment and Home Furnishings and you don’t know which way to turn. Everywhere you look, there are antiques and collectibles just waiting for you to come explore. There are treasures in every nook and cranny. And Ditto is expanding. Bobby Horne’s former office is now the new addition to Ditto. Although work is still being done in the space, it is already filling up and is open for customers to come and browse to their hearts’ content. Virginia Deal, owner of Ditto, was a hairdresser in Shelby for 33 years. Originally from Fallston, she lived in Waco for 30 years, then moved to Shelby. Her husband, Kenneth, worked in a family owned printing company, but with the decline of the textile industry, there was also a decline in his printing business. Four years ago he opened a shop in downtown Shelby, using only furnishings and collectibles from their home. Virginia attributes opening Ditto to Evelyn Hamrick, a Kings Mountain resident.

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Virginia Deal surrounded with treasures at Ditto. Mrs. Hamrick was a client of Virginia’s, and was very enthusiastic about Kings Mountain being the perfect location for a second consignment shop. Virginia had surgery and was not able to be on her feet doing hair, and it was a perfect time to make the move. Ditto opened up in October a year ago, and has done nothing but grow ever since. And with the new expansion, there will be even more to see. Since there is so much more, Sharon Horne will be joining Virginia. Sharon recently retired from teaching for Cleveland

County Schools in Kings Mountain. Virginia is excited about the growth all around Kings Mountain and feels that she has chosen a great place for her business. With both of her children grown, she has the time and love to devote to Ditto. Virginia’s daughter lives in Asheville and her son is in Lincolnton. She has one grandson. With the kids close by, she and Kenneth still make time to enjoy the family. Ditto is located at 212 S. Railroad Ave. in Kings Mountain. The phone number is 704-739-1114.

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JOBS: City has big plans for 2013 From page 1A cost producer providing excellent service by some 200 employees. Currently, the city leaders said that final engineering and design has been completed for its biggest water project ever which will include the running of a new 36- inch water line from Moss Lake to town, a treatment plant expansion and spillway repairs. The project is costly and the city is applying for a 20 year no-interest state loan. During 2012 the city installed 12,295 feet of 12 inch water main to serve the new AT&T Data Center which provides the city with a valuable loop from Highway 74 to Waco Road and water available to 33 residents on Countryside Road. The city also installed city sewer to 25 residents on Center Street, Cyclone Drive to Second Street and Galilee

Church Road; upgraded the SCADA System that monitors all electric infrastructure; is working to install fiber optics to all municipal buildings and available to industry connecting building to building, a cost saving plan for the city that will also increase network speed and reliability. Smart Meters, a pilot program, got underway this year- a project that when completed will offer customers real time information on utility consumption, residential, commercial and utility consumption. Sellers said that LED street lighting was installed on Maner Road as a pilot program and storm water solutions became mandatory by the EPA with public education, staff training and system evaluation this year. She also said that new financial management software is installed and that police, fire and public works depart-

ments implemented new radio systems, a digital IP system with the latest technology available. The mayor praised citizens for getting involved in recycling and reported 577 tons of recyclables from January-November 2012 resulting from 80 percent residential participation. Murphrey said the NCDOT bike plan is complete. A NCDOT pedestrian plan is in the works. More trails were created using existing sidewalks, one to three mile routes through downtown and residential neighborhoods. Business changes downtown included Big E BBQ joining 238 Cherokee Street and 238 Cherokee Street purchasing the former Battleground Restaurant. After years of business on West Gold Street, Dance Reflections and Sub Factory moved down the street to Junction 309.

SWEEPS: County-wide crackdown Jan 3 From page 1A Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said this week he visited the two remaining sweepstake businesses in the county still in operation and they will comply with the law. Norman invites citizens aware of any businesses in violation to notify his office anonymously. An operator at a Grover sweepstakes business said that five people will lose their jobs if the Grover business closes Jan. 3. North Carolina's Supreme Court last Wednesday said it won't delay the ban, dismissing requests from software and gaming companies to put a hold on the law justices unanimously agreed to uphold Dec. 14. Attorneys maintain the State Supreme court judgment does not become final until 20 days after being issued.

Gaston County's District Attorney Locke Bell says such establishments are now illegal. Cleveland County District Attorney Rick Sheaffer has given Grover officials the date of Jan. 3, 2013. Law enforcement officers say they are awaiting guidance from the N.C. Department of Justice and Attorney General Roy Cooper's response to the court opinion before enforcing the sanction on video sweepstake businesses. No sweepstake businesses are currently in operation in Kings Mountain. The Supreme Court decision reverses a State Court of Appeals decision that ruled the ban unconstitutional. The State Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in March to throw the entire law out. In Friday's decision, Justice Robin E. Hudson wrote: "We are convinced that the

ban on video sweepstakes primarily regulates noncommunicative conduct rather than protected speech. The statute here make it "unlawful for any person to operate, or place into operation, an electronic machine or device to conduct a sweepstakes through the use of an entertaining display. Operating or placing into operation an electronic machine is clearly conduct, not speech." Chase Brooks, president of Internet Based Sweepstakes Operators, said in a statement after Friday's ruling, "We maintain that video sweepstakes games are no different from traditional sweepstakes games offered by restaurant and soft drink companies and publishing houses and we will look at morphing into whatever we need to be under the rule of law to continue our business."

CARRIGAN: plays Santa From 1A Jimmy Dean Faulkner, and Lisa Yarbro - also helped their parents distribute gifts. The Carrigans have six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. "This world would be a better place if everyone

granted one wish to others in need," said Carrigan."It's a good feeling." Deputies and other volunteers teared up as they watched hundreds of families take home bikes, Bibles and Merry Christmas presents.

"Saturday made Christmas for me and my family," said Norman. Christmas 2013 will find Carrigan giving bikes and also playing Santa Claus to residents of area nursing homes.

JUSTICE: trial to begin From Page 1A bery was the motive for the slaying. The Kings were found Sept. 21, 2012 in their condominium at the Ocean Club Resort on St. Maarten, a 16square mile territory with about 50,000 inhabitants that shares a small island with the French dependency of St. Martin. Thelma King, 57, was found tied to a chair and

Michael King, 53, was lying on the floor, partially over an overturned chair. December 10 would have been Mrs. King's 58th birthday.

has reportedly confessed to his role in the killing. Jerry King said the family is handling the tragedy as well as can be expected.

Island police arrested Meyshane Johnson, 28, a security guard, two days after the killing. Johnson is said to be in the country illegally after deportation from St. Maarten some years ago. He

Dealing with the tragedy has been challenging for Jerry and his family. He said the family appreciates the outpouring support from far and near during a very difficult time.

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LOOKING BACK: 2012 headlines SEPTEMBER More jobs were on the From page 6A All eyes were on Charto the city's West End way with announcement by Historic District designated Badger Color Concentrates, lotte for the Democratic NaSept. 3, 2010 an Historic developing its East Coast tional Convention. The city filed its biggest Place by the National Regis- presence in the former Inapplication ever for a 20ter called a roll call of tangi- dian Motorcycle building. year low interble reminders est revolving of the history loan, $33.8 of the United million, from States. the NC DeThe city partment of started adverEnvironmentising for a tal & Natural newly created Resources for Main Street a project that Director and will see a new later in the 36-inch water year hired Jan line from Harris. Ms. Moss Lake to Harris and the the western city's events limits, c o o r d i n a t o r June - (Fiber Optic Project) City Director of Energy Services city Ellis Noell Nick Hendricks, left, and Mayor Rick Murphrey look at a water plant reshare offices small portion of what will be the brains of the fiber optics habilitation, and expansion in the city- project housed at the Citizens Service Center. of the water owned buildIncentive packages were treatment plant from 8MG ing beside of the former Cup approved for Badger and to 12MG and for water line and Saucer on King Street. City employees got a also Greenbeck Fan Corpo- expansion. OCTOBER bump in pay, 2% in the ration's Kitchen Ventilation Stout Brewing, a malt 2012-2013 city budget, and Systems in Kings Mountain. The city-sponsored beverage production facility, council gave the same raise Beach Blast was a huge suc- is purchasing and renovating to the city manager. an existing facility at 518 A Mauney Memorial Li- cess. North Sims Street and plans AUGUST brary site committee ranks A fallen soldier, the first to bring 61 new jobs and inthe corner of Cherokee and vestment of Mountain $6 million. streets as the This anNo. 1 choice nouncement for a proposed was No. 4 in $7-$8 million recent months library, excluof new indussive of land trial and busicost, and preness plans in sented plans Kings Mounto city countain. Incencil. tives were JUNE approved by Area leadcity council. ers touted the NOVEMcounty as hot for economic July - (Kitchen Ventilation Systems) Mayor Rick Murphrey, BER The imdevelopment left, and Plant Manager Bill Cowen inside the facility in the pressive Vietand painted a Kings Mountain Business Center. nam memorial bright future, more jobs and growth for from this area killed in wall brought crowds to the Kings Mountain and the Afghanistan, was buried ceremony at Patriots Park. county at a state of commu- with military honors at The city plans to include on Mountain Rest Cemetery. future walls the names of nity breakfast. Bad news for the city: E/5 James Justice, 21, grew local and area servicemen who died in World War I, The N. C. General Assembly up in Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain got an World War II and Korea. passed a pair of bills that esDECEMBER sentially fixes the boundaries early voting site - Boyce MeThe NC Rural Center of cities and bans involun- morial ARP Church - thanks tary growth. It also grants to city commissioners who awarded $480,000 to the city free accessibility to city approved donation to staff for a STEAG grant which will create 40 jobs and inservices for all who are an- the site. vestment of nexed. Annex$6 million in ation reform the former was near the A n v i l top of a master Knitwear to-do list for plant. Funds lawmakers in will be used the short sesto expand the sion and they facility. returned from STEAG has their drawing been an inboard with a dustrial citiJuly 1 death zen of Kings sentence on Mountain any future insince 2006. voluntary anThe citynexations. July - (Badger Color Concentrates) Jimmy Peterson, Andy The city Rydquist, Brian Peterson and Mayor Rick Murphrey, left to sponsored the a n n o u n c e d right, chat at their new Kings Mountain operation in the for- C h r i s t m a s tree lighting plans for in- mer Indian Motocycle plant off S. Battleground Avenue. and library stalling fiber project at the optics to conThe rezoning battle be- library and the Kings Mounnect all municipal buildings with completion date early in tween West Kings Mountain tain Christmas Parade Street property owners and brought crowds and holiday the new year. Faunce Properties continues sparkle to the city. JULY A joyful season turned Kitchen Ventilations Sys- as the new year begins. For tems announced an expan- at least five times Faunce has mournful as Kings Mountain sion in the next three years appeared before the zoning citizens joined in prayer vigils in expresbringing 62 sions of love jobs, more to families than doubling who lost 20 its staff and infirst graders vesting $7.8 and six adults million in exin a senseless pansion. A killing at a new addition Connecticut will be built elementary beside the exs c h o o l . isting industry Cleveland at 212 ComC o u n t y merce Bouleschool leadvard and house ers, in collabtempered air products, a November - (Vietnam Memorial Wall) This memorial plaque oration with green product on the Vietnam Memorial at Patriot Park lists the names of the Sheriff's the company is 10 Kings Mountain area servicemen killed during the Viet- Department, Shelby and marketing. nam war. 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Kings Mountain guard Taquisha Smith leads the fast break in last week’s Big South 3A win over Hunter Huss at Donald Parker Gymnasium.

KM girls beat Huss Kings Mountain’s girls broke their three-game losing streak and posted their first Big South 3A Conference victory Thursday night at Parker Gym. The Lady Mountaineers rolled over the winless Hunter Huss Lady Huskies 50-26 to even their BSC record at 1-1 and bring their overall mark to 7-3. Kings Mountain’s boys ran into one of the area’s best teams in the nightcap and fell 69-45 for their second straight loss and sixth in ten games overall. Still playing without the

services of junior standout Mo Petty, the Lady Mountaineers grabbed the lead at the start of the game and never lost it. They led 14-2 after one period, 24-11 at halftime and 35-15 going into the fourth quarter. “We were able to get back to our half court offense and run some of our base plays,” Coach Mike Harris noted. “Alesia Wade played about half the game after returning from being out of school for three days with the flu. We had a JV game so our bench was very

short. All eight players got plenty of time and were able to contribute with points or rebounds.” Freshman Tiffani Thompson had a strong game inside with a game-high 22 points. Dai Dai Roberts hit some big outside shots and finished with 12. The Mountaineer defense had no answer for the Huskies’ inside-outside punch of Jaelen Kennedy and Kerrion Moore in the nightcap. Kennedy scored 31 points on 14 of 22 shooting. Shooting guard Moore

added 17. The Huskies got a big game inside from Jeremiah Hunter, who grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. GIRLS GAME KM (50) - Thompson 22, Roberts 12, Chapman 7, Smith 6, Wade 3. HH (26) - Crosby 11, Knox 7, Lipscomb 4, Ikard 4. BOYS GAME HH (69) - Moore 17, Littlejohn 1, Wright 5, Curry 6, Hunter 4, Kennedy 31, Phillips 3, Mackins 2.

Kings Mountain High’s girls basketball team finished third in last week’s Upward Classic at Gaston Day School in Gastonia. The Lady Mountaineers drew a first round bye on Thursday. Friday, they lost to eventual tournament champion Berry Academy of Charlotte 64-31, and Saturday they defeated Kennedy Charter of Charlotte 62-18. Junior point guard Taquisha Smith, who did a great job setting up the KM offense and was also outstanding on defense, was named to the All-Tournament team. The Lady Mountaineers faced two of the top players in the state on Friday. Quinn, a Wake Forest recruit, scored 17 points and Marcus, a Georgia Southern commitment, added seven. Parr with 17 and Leak with 10 gave Berry three players in double figures. Berry jumped out to a 122 first quarter lead and led 32-14 at the half and 52-20 going into the fourth quarter. Smith led the Mountaineer scoring with seven points. “Berry used their size (four players over six-feet tall) and their relentless full court press to set the tempo they wanted,” said Mountaineer coach Mike Harris. “Our girls never quit, but we just could not match up with

them.” It was just the opposite in Saturday’s consolation game as Kennedy Charter had trouble matching up with the KM ladies. KM jumped out to a 15-7 first quarter lead and was on top 36-12 at intermission and 53-15 going into the fourth period. Harris played his starters for a half and then turned the game over to the reserves. Freshman Tiffani Thompson led the KM attack with 24 points and Dai Dai Roberts added 14. “Kennedy was under manned with no bench whatsoever,” Harris noted. “They played hard and didn’t give up. It gave some of our JV players a chance to participate and log some playing time.” Kings Mountain is idle until Friday, Jan. 4 when they resume Big South Conference play at Gastonia Ashbrook. Friday game: KM (31) - Smith 7, Wade 6, Roberts 4, Brown 4, Thompson 4, Edwards 3, Chapman 3. Berry (64) - Quinn 17, Parr 17, Leak 10, Marcus 7, Perkins 3, Hankerson 3, Johnson-Anthony 2, McClain 2, Tennion 2, Felton 1. Saturday game: KM (62) - Thompson 24, Roberts 14, Smith 5, Wade 5, Chapman 4, Hutchens 4, Crocker 3, Edwards 3.

KM drops two to Burns Kings Mountain High’s basketball teams took a double loss against Burns in a non-conference twin bill Tuesday night at KM’s Parker Gym. The girls, playing without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Monique Petty as well as junior forward Alesia Wade, couldn’t adjust to a surprisinglytough 1-3-1 Burns defense and fell 58-34 for their third straight loss. The Mountaineers were cold from the floor and saw their recent three-game winning streak snapped 40-32. “Going into the game we knew we had to establish some new chemistry,” KM girls coach Mike Harris noted, “We knew we would be without Mo Petty, and I found out Monday afternoon that Alesia Wade would be held out because of the flu. We tried our best to prepare for Burns with what we liked to do, and what we thought Burns would do. To Burns’ credit they came out and effectively ran a 1-3-1 defense. They outplayed us, and they deserved to win.” Minus two inside starters and because of Burns‘ tough defense, the Lady Mountaineers had trouble getting the ball inside but freshman

Kings Mountain’s Wil Sellers shoots a free throw in last week’s game against Burns at Parker Gym. Tiffani Thompson did a superb job, scoring a teamhigh 16 points. Q Smith added eight.

Burns, led by Burns with 17 points and McMurry with 13, held leads of 13-9 at the quarter break and 30-19 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs broke the game open in the third period, outscoring KM 20-9 to carry a 50-28 lead into the final eight minutes. The boys game was close throughout. Chris Montgomery with 14 points, and Holden McSwain with 10 put on a twoman show for Burns in the first half, scoring all but three of their teams points as the Bulldogs held a 27-25 lead. The Bulldogs got some breathing room in the fourth quarter. Montgomery finished with a game-high 18 points as the Dogs won their first game after four losses. Wil Sellers scored eight points and James Tillman seven for the Mountaineers. It was the first time this year Tillman was held below double figures in scoring and rebounding. GIRLS GAME KM (34) - Thompson 16, Smith 8, Chapman 4, Brown 3, Crocker 2, Hutchens 1. Burns (58) - McMurry 13, Burns 17, Carroll 10, Briscoe 7, Maddox 4, Kendrick 2, Henderson 2, Whisnant 2, Hill 1.

Kings Mountain’s Shawn Adams fires a fade away jumper in game with Hunter Huss last week at Parker Gym. The Huskies won 69-45.

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Erin Calhoun competes for Kings Mountain in last week’s swim meet at Neisler Natatorium.

KMHS swimmers sweep final 2012 meet Kings Mountain High’s swimmers swept Crest, East Lincoln and North Gaston in a four-way meet Tuesday at Neisler Natatorium. The KM girls won with 129 points to 97 for East Lincoln, 92 for Crest and 13 for North Gaston. The Mountaineers scored 157 points to outdistance East Lincoln (121) and Crest (72). Alyssa White led the Lady Mountaineers with two individual first places, and she joined with Erin Calhoun, Baylee Stroup and Kimberlee Farris to win the 200 yard free relay in 2:00.42. White won the 200 yard IM in 2:36.16 and the 100 yard free in 100.76. Calhoun won the 100 yard fly in 1:29.86 and Stroup won the 500 free in 7.00.07.

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Austin Toney led the Mountaineers with first place finishes in the 200 yard IM (2:13.19) and the 100 yard breast (1:14.61). He also teamed with Devin Heath, Ethan Anderson and Riley Brock to win the 200 yard free relay in 1:40.44. Brock won the 50 yard free in 23.93. Calhoun, Bethany Wilson, Haven Sipes and Lauren Lawson finished second in the 200 yard relay and Bethany Wilson, Farris, Stroup and White were second in the 400 free relay. Calhoun was second in the 200 free, Lawson second in the 100 fly and Farris second in the 50 free and 100 back. Finishing second for the KM boys were Timothy Ausburn in the 500 free, Aaron Oakley in the 100 breast; and Devin and Heath, Toney, Anderson and

Brock in the 400 free relay. Zack Saldo, Timothy Ausburn, Oakley and Mitchell Hardy finished third in the 200 yard medley relay. Nathan Bennett, Hardee, Ausburn and Saldo were third in the 400 free relay. Individuals finishing third were Stroup in the 100 yard breast, Saldo in the 200 free, Wilson in the 200 IM, Heath in the 50 free and Brock in the 100 free. The Mountaineers take a break for Christmas and will face East Gaston and Ashbrook in their final regular season meet on January 8. Swimmers who qualify will compete in the Western Regional meet Feb. 1-2 and the NCHSAA state championship Feb. 8-9.

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Wilson Rikard Athlete of Month

Kings Mountain placed 8 wrestlers to capture the victory at the 14 team Ashbrook invitational Saturday. The Mountaineers were led by two champions, 170 pound Jonathan Clark and 182 pound Austin Champion. Second place finishers were Colby Bailey, Markel Hemphill, and Cody Griffith. Third place finishers were Zach Melton, Alex Austin, and Zack Hayes. Fourth place finisher was Jacob Miller.

Wrestlers beat Mallard Creek

Kings Mountain High recently held its golf banquet and Madison Lutz was awarded Golfer of the Year and was given an All-Conference trophy for making the Big South All-Conference Team.

Kings Mountain High’s wrestlers defeated Mallard Creek 66-9 and lost to Newton-Conover 44-22 in a trimatch Wednesday night. Zach Melton, Markel Hemphill, Austin Champion, Jacob Miller and Cody Griffith were double winners for the Mountaineers. Km 66, Mallard Creek 9 106 - Zach Melton (KM) p. Derrick Davis 3:03; 113 Cameron Sarvis (KM) WBF; 120 - Colby Bailey (KM) p. Darian Walker 0:40; 126 Marquise Camp (KM) p. Jordan Elley 1:28; 132 - Ben Courtnoyer (MC) d. Taylor Smith 14-8; 138 - Alex Austin (KM) WBF; 145 Brandon Evans (MC) p. Ethan King; 152 - Josh Brucker (KM) d. Jarod Gauff 8-7; 160 - Markel Hemphill (KM) p. Haile Contase 2:43; 170 - Austin Champion (KM) p. Tobiah Graham 2:23; 182 - Mason Fleisher (KM) p. Isaiah Crawford 3:02; 195 - Jacob Miller (KM) p. Angelo

McGray 1:18; 220 - Cody Griffith (KM) d. Devin Burris 7-0; 285 - Zach Hayes (KM) p. Russell Brown 2:02. NC 44, KM 22 106 - Zach Melton (KM) maj. Dec. Joseph Xiong 132; 113 - Austin Klutz (NC) p. Cameron Sarvis; 120 Holden Benfield (NC) maj. Dec. Colby Bailey 9-0; 126 - Jonte Parker (NC) p. Marquise Camp; 132 - Franklin Wepner (NC) p. Taylor Smith; 138 - Casey Toomey (NC) maj. Dec. Alex Austin 16-2; 145 -Dan Avis (NC) p. Ethan King; 152 - Nathan Reitzel (NC) p. Josh Brucker; 160 - Markel Hemphill (KM) p. Ryley Butler 3:11; 170 - Austin Champion (KM) d. Rolen Benson 8-6; 182 - Austin Minor (NC) d. Mason Fleisher 2-1; 195 - Jacob Miller (KM) d. Andrew Gaither 8-7; 220 - Cody Griffith (KM) p. Dalton Ward 0:43; 285 - Ah-Ron Hope (NC) d. Zach Hayes 7-

Wilson Rikard, a senior at Kings Mountain High School, is the McDonald's/WOHS/What's Up Shopper Scholar Athlete of the Month. Rikard is a member of the football team at KMHS. Rikard has earned a 4.518 grade point average while taking numerous advanced placement classes including calculus, biology and English IV. He is ranked fourth in a class of 260. Rikard is a member of the Beta Club, chairman of the Ambassador Club, served as a marshal his junior year, served as class treasurer his junior year, is a member of the National Vocational Technical Society and was a NCHSAA Scholar Athlete his junior year. Upon graduating from KMHS, Rikard plans to attend either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Gardner-Webb University. His career plan is to become a physician assistant.

WILSON RIKARD Rikard is the son of Quinton and Julie Rikard of Kings Mountain. He is an active member of First Baptist Church where has served as a Vacation Bible School helper and helped raise funds for missions. He has participated in Relay for Life, has been a Salvation Army bell ringer, youth football camp worker and Dixie Youth baseball coach.

KM Mountaineers in Shelby tourney Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers will compete in the Holiday Classic later this week at Shelby High School. The Mountaineers battle Rocky River at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Other first day games feature Crest against Hunter Huss at 3 p.m., Burns against Harding at 4:30 and Shelby against East Mecklenburg at 7:30. Friday’s games will see the Crest-Huss loser vs. the

Burns-Harding loser at 3 p.m. and the KM-Rocky River loser vs. the ShelbyEast Meck loser at 4:30. The Crest-Huss winner and Burns-Harding winner play at 6 p.m. and the KM-Rocky River and Shelby-East Meck winner play at 7:30. Saturday games begin at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. The championship game is at 7:30

Sisk has third hole-in-one Darrell Sisk recorded his third hole-in-one Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Kings Mountain Country Club.

Sisk used a wedge to ace the par three, fifth hole. His playing partner was Toney Wells.



Brinkley at 704-423-9690 for information on how to make a stock donation or for a pledge form. Monthly bank drafts in any amount over a three-year period can be set up at First National Bank in Kings Mountain. Mail donations to Kings Mountain Touchdown Club, P.O. Box 2017, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. “During this holiday season, the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club would like to say thank you for all of the support that has been provided by individuals, organizations and local businesses,� Brinkley said. “We are moving very close to beginning construction of stage 1at KMHS. Your continued support assures us that we can meet our goals for this financial campaign. “Your gift, no matter what size, makes a difference,� he added. “When we all pull together, it is amazing what we can accomplish!�

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Swimmers dunk Crest, East Lincoln, N. Gaston

Above, Alyssa White in left photo, and Sean Downey, right compete for Kings Mountain High’s swim teams in their final pre-Christmas meet last week at Neisler Natatorium. Below, left is Cassie Morton and right is Zack Saldo. The swimmers resume their regular season after the Christmas break.

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Cleveland County Rockwood Lithium employees make Schools calendar Christmas merry for senior citizen for 2013-2014 Planning Days.....................................Aug.14-23 First Day of School..................................Aug. 26 Labor Day Holiday................................Sept. 2 HS/MS Progress Reports......................Sept. 17 Elementary/Intermediate Progress Reports.....Sept. 26 HS/MS Progress Reports...........................Oct. 8 Parent/Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal...Oct, 10 End of 1st Quarter....................................Oct. 25 Planning Day...........................................Oct. 28 K-12 Report Cards Distributed................Nov. 7 Veteran’s Day Holiday.........................Nov. 11 HS/MS Progress Reports......................Nov. 19 Annual Leave Day...............................Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Holidays...................Nov. 28-29 Elementary/Intermediate Progress Reports.......Dec.5 HS/MS Progress Reports.......................Dec. 17 Annual Leave Day...............................Dec. 23 Christmas Holidays.........................Dec. 24-26 Annual Leave Days.....................Dec. 27, 30-31 Holiday......................................................Jan. 1 End of 2nd Quarter...................................Jan. 16 Planning Day...........................................Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Holiday......................Jan. 20 Planning Day...........................................Jan. 21 K-12 Report Cards Distributed...................Jan. 30 HS/MS Progress Reports.........................Feb. 11 Elementary/Intermediate Progress Reports.......Feb. 25 HS/MS Progress Reports..............................Mar. 6 Parent/Teacher Conferences & Early Dismissal......Mar. 13 End of 3rd Quarter......................................Mar. 27 Planning Day/Kindergarten Orientation Day.....Mar. 28 K-12 Report Cards Distributed.......................April 10 Holiday Break........................................April 18, 21 Annual Leave Days.....................................April 2225 HS/MS Progress Reports..................................May 1 Elementary/Intermediate Progress Reports...............May 13 HS/MS Progress Reports................................May 22 Annual Leave Day.........................................May 26 Last Day of School........................................June 6 Planning Days...........................................June 9-10



Christmas came early this year for a Kings Mountain senior citizen who was in desperate need of major home repairs. Many senior citizens find themselves in these same situations as Ms. Smith (not

real name), living on a very fixed income, having to choose between buying groceries, their medications or paying a power bill, and every month can and many times is a struggle. So paying for needed home repairs, plumber, or

getting heat and air fixed is out of the question. Thanks to the Kings Mountain's, Rockwood Lithium (formerly Foote Mineral Company), a group of employees from Rockwood’s engineering group volunteered to make an “Ex-

treme Make Over,” for the elderly lady. ''The Council on Aging/Neal Senior Center of Shelby is very grateful to them. Thank you, Rockwood Lithium,'' said a spokesman for the facility.

GWU fall graduation held BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center Monday to celebrate the accomplishments of over 300 students as part of the fall commencement ceremony. The University also awarded three honorary doctorates to Randy Marion and Harvey Rogers, both of Mooresville, and Dr. Jack Hunt of Lattimore. The ceremony for 311 graduates featured commencement speeches by Elisabeth Ann Edmonson of Mooresboro, N.C. (Master of Divinity in Christian Education) and Gary Hudson Smith, IV of Aiken, S.C. (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration). Melinda Lauren McNeely of

Charlotte, N.C. (Bachelor of Arts in Missiology) offered the traditional scripture reading. Edmonson shared memories from her work within the School of Divinity and related the experience to a baptism. “Going from one degree to the next is much like this,” she said. “You feel as though the water is about to clear and you will be able to breathe again when suddenly you are plummeted to the bottom without notice.” As a freshman three and a half years ago, Smith said he didn’t know what to expect when he first arrived at Gardner-Webb. “I never believed this moment would come,” he shared in his com-

mencement address. “Now that I am graduating, I can look back and realize that I’ve learned so much. I have made many friends and created many memories in my time here at Gardner-Webb.” Two students were honored for academic excellence during the ceremony. Crystal Dawn Miller Anderson of Millers Creek, N.C. (Bachelor of Science in Human Services) received the GOAL Senior Scholastic Award. Miriam Elaina Downing of Zachary, La. (Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and American Sign Language) was honored with the Senior Scholastic Award. The Most Outstanding Male Graduate Award was

given to James Martin Withrow of Ellenboro, N.C. (Bachelor of Arts in Music and Biology). Jessica Marie Greer of Boiling Springs, N.C. (Bachelor of Science in Marketing) was honored with the Most Outstanding Female Graduate Award. Three honorary doctorates were awarded to individuals who embody the ideals of Gardner-Webb University, including caring and Christian service. Receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was John Jackson “Jack” Hunt of Lattimore, N.C. and Randall “Randy” L. Marion of Mooresville, N.C. Emmett Harvey Rogers of Mooresville, N.C. received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.

CCC spring registration to begin Cleveland Community College will hold spring registration on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

Advisors, admissions counselors, and financial aid experts will be on hand to guide students through the registration process. Admis-

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Monday, Dec. 31, at 8 a.m. CCC will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year holiday and reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 8 a.m.

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Hospice patients get their wish Two Hospice patients got their Christmas wish this week. An older patient went up in a hot air balloon and a man whose daughter, Vivian, was turning five years old. The youngster wanted the birthday party around a fish pond that she fell in love with at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby and staff wheeled her daddy's bed down to the party so that he could enjoy and interact with his little girl.. Since being diagnosed with cancer six years ago, Jeanette Jones was unable to enjoy a family vacation. Her social worker, Emily Underwood, asked Jeanette what she'd like for Christmas and Jones quickly replied "A hot air balloon ride with my daughter." Clem Carter performed magic tricks at the birthday party for young Vivian and she had her own "My Little Pony" cake, balloons, decorations and party favors for her family and friends who helped her celebrate. The hospice team works with patients to manage pain - either at facilities at Wendover in Shelby or Hospice House in Kings Mountain - but also in the homes of Hospice patients. Hospice care is a service to support people by providing end-of-life care when the patients' condition is considered terminal Dedicated to quality of life, hospice offers a support system of professional staff and volunteers who assist the patient and family in meeting physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.



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Congressman Patrick McHenry moving local office to Gaston County US 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry (R) will be moving his office from Cleveland to Gaston County in the next few weeks.

The change of location from the Charles F. Harry government building in Shelby to Gastonia is because of redistricting that makes McHenry's area of

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Government The City of Kings Mountain – was closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Garbage service for the week will be as follows: Monday and Tuesday garbage will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Wednesday garbage will be picked up on Thursday, Dec. 27 and Thursday garbage will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 28. Recycling service will be changed as follows: route 6 and 7 will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 26, route 8 and 9 will be picked up on Thursday, Dec. 27, and route 10 will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 28. Board of Elections – The Cleveland County Board of Elections has canceled its December scheduled meeting. The January meeting will be Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Board of Elections Office. 215 Patton Drive, in Shelby. Kings Mountain City Council meets last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall, 101 W. Gold St. Cleveland County Board of Commissioners - meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers, second floor, County Administration Building, 311 East Marion Street, Shelby. Cleveland County Sheriff’s Satellite Office opens – Meet Sheriff Alan Norman and share concerns every third Thursday in the month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kings Mountain City Hall.

Club Meetings Kings Mountain Rotary Club - Every Thursday, noon, at the Kings Mountain Patrick Senior Center, 909 E. King St. Southern Arts Society – Meets every first Tuesday of the month at the KM Art Center (Old Depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Kings Mountain Woman’s Club – Meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. Executive Board for Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Kings Mountain’s Woman’s Club, East Mountain Street. Military Support Group – Meets every fourth Thursday of every month at Central United Methodist Church. In country Vietnam veterans breakfast group – Meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 9 a.m., at Mountain View Restaurant in Kings Mountain. Contact Steve Brown at 704-739-2725 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, South 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. Community Trustee Council Meetings for 2012: Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center

Southern Arts Society

All events, unless otherwise listed will be at the Kings Mountain Art Center (the old depot), 301 N. Piedmont Ave., 704-739-5585. Events are free unless noted otherwise. Paper Clay Workshop – Six class sessions for hand building and sculpting with paper clay. Teacher is Richard Lee. Class day and time to be determined. If you are interested please contact SASI at 704-739-5585 and leave your name and number and day/time preferred. Come Craft with Me – Arts and Crafts class for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Teacher will be Lisa VanderLaan. Class will meet Saturday mornings for three hours, once or twice a month depending on response. Cost will be $15 per student, per session. Class is limited to 10 students. Start date and time to be determined. Interested parents please call 704-739-5585 to save a spot. Questions please email Lisa at The Shutter Light Group (the photography club) - meets the third Tuesday, monthly, at 6:30 p.m. The photography club focuses on how to take better photographs with informative programs and sharing techniques between members.


Your guide to area events

Agency on Aging and is designed to help you take control of your chronic health condition. For more information, or to sign up for programs call the Kiser Senior Center, 704-729-6465.

Zumba Museum Model train display through Jan. 5 Visit the Kings Mountain Historical Museum this holiday season to see the model railroad display! The annual model train display will be up and running along with the exhibit: Toys, Games, & Trains, until Saturday, Jan. 5. Toys, Games, & Trains features a model railroad display by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, antique toys and games. Kings Mountain Historical Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, and Sunday, 1 p.m. -4 p.m. The cost of admission is free, however donations are appreciated. All donations go towards 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. Kings Mountain Historical Museum is OPEN Tuesday - Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and Sunday, 1pm -4pm. The cost of admission is free, however donations are appreciated. All donations go towards 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 All events, unless other wise listed will be at the Mauney Memorial Library, 100 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain. Preschool Storytime – Tuesdays, 10 a.m., 3-5 years old, and Thursdays, 10 a.m., 2 years and under, at Mauney Memorial Library, in the Community Room. Call 704-739-2371 and choose option 2 for more information.

Special Events Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Program – 16 week weight management program beginning Jan. 8. Sessions are one hour each Tuesday for 16 weeks. The program uses proven strategies, teaches skills needed to change eating and physical activity patterns. Led by Linda Minges, Family and Consumer Science Agent for NC Cooperative Extension. Living Healthy with Diabetes – 6 week program Feb. 5 – March 12. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This workshop sponsored by the Centralina Area

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Zumba – Every Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7 p.m., Kings Mountain National Guard Armory, 300 Phifer Road. Instructor is Jennifer Stacey.

Bloodmobile Two Red Cross bloodmobile visits are scheduled in January in Kings Mountain. Boy Scouts will sponsor the Jan. 19 visit of the regional blood bank. Donors will be processed from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church at 2055 Shelby Road. H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center, 909 E.King St. will sponsor the Jan. 25 visit of the bloodmobile. Donors will be processed from 10 a.m.

Gaston College Registration for new and returning students Registration for Spring 2013 continues now through Jan. 7. Go to to view the Spring Schedule of Classes for both Curriculum and Continuing Education – Economic and Workforce Development. Free Small Business Classes Start in January 2013

Gaston College is offering a series of free Small Business Classes to teach the aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned small business owner how to run a small business more efficiently. The 16 sessions will be offered January – May 2013 at the Lincoln Campus, Lincolnton or Kimbrell Campus, Belmont. The classes to be offered in January are: ABC’s of Starting a Small Business on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-9 p.m., Classroom Building, Room 114B, Kimbrell Campus. This seminar discusses various aspects of small business management, including licensing (federal, state, and local), “how-to’s” of starting a business, and other issues of interest.

ing, Room 114B, Kimbrell Campus. This seminar is designed to help you understand the relationship between pricing, costs, and profits. Lecture and interactive exercises will expose you to areas that need consideration when pricing your products and/or services. Basic Forklift Operator training Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to operate a sit-down counterbalanced, LP gas powered forklift. Learn Safety aspects, operations, basic maintenance, and OSHA compliance issues. Upon successful completion of the course the student will earn an operator’s certificate. The class will be held on Friday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pearson Life Skills Building, Room 117, Dallas Campus. For more information, e-mail or call 704.922.6447.

Notary Public training The Notary Training course is required to obtain a commission as a Notary Public in North Carolina or as a refresher course. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for this course a minimum of five business days prior to the class start date.

Health Department The Cleveland County Health Department, Alliance for Health, Safe Kids Cleveland County, ACCES, Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department, Kings Mountain Police Department, and Community Care of North Carolina will sponsor Operation Medicine Drop Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cleveland County Health Department, 315 E. Grover St., Shelby. This is a Prescription drug take-back event where you can safely dispose of yourexpired, unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications and keep them out of the wrong hands. Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise in North Carolina – since 1999, nearly 4,500 people have died from prescription poisoning. Unused medications that are flushed or poured down the drain pollute the water supply. Flushed drugs aren't removed in sewage treatment plants or septic tank systems—they enter the soil, rivers, streams, and groundwater. Exposure to drugs found in waterways harm fish and other aquatic life.

So You Think You Have a Great Idea, Now What? on Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Classroom Build- How to contact us ing, Room 114B, Kimbrell Campus. This seminar is designed to assist inTo have your events listed on the Go dividuals who have a new and unique Page, contact the Herald by coming by idea for a product which the inventor our office at 700 East Gold Street, by wants to bring to market. Profit Is Not a Four-Letter Word on Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Room 125, Lincoln Campus and Thursday, January 31, 6:30-9 p.m., Classroom Build-

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