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Volume 133 • Issue 11

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 • 704-484-1047


Crow’s Nest now open to the public By Loretta Cozart

Chief Proctor pins badge on Kings Mountain’s newest member of the force, Officer Childers. See more photos on Page 3A. Photo by Karen Tucker

City swears-in Officer Childers On Friday February 19, KMPD welcomed Officer Wesley Childers to the force. “Officer Childers grew up in Kings Mountain and has wanted to become an officer for this city for many years,” said Chief Proctor. “Officer Childers asked if I would pin his badge on him for

his swearing in ceremony. It was an honor for me to do this for him.” In attendance was many family members and officers of KMPD. Mayor Pro Tem Keith Miller conducted the ceremony and swore Officer Childers in on behalf of the city.

KMPD respond to death on US 74 On Monday, March 15, at approximately 06:56 am, Cleveland County Communications dispatched Oak Grove Fire Department and Cleveland County EMS to a vehicle accident on US 74 Bypass in the east bound lanes. Arriving first responders found a vehicle on the side of the US 74 East Bypass off ramp to Oak Grove Road. Upon investigating further, the owner of the vehicle, Roger Wesley Lineberger, 67, of Matthews, NC was found unresponsive underneath the back tires of the vehicle. Immediate first aid was

given but the subject, succumbed to injuries that he had sustained. A full investigation of the scene was completed by the Kings Mountain Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit with the assistance of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. At this time, no indications of foul play were found regarding this incident. The investigation is still be conducted and if anyone has information pertaining to the investigation, they are asked to contact Sgt. KL Hamrick with the Kings Mountain Police Department at 704734-0444.

KM man wins lottery Sidney Brown of Kings Mountain could not believe it when he won the lottery at a convenience store in town. Some tears, some dancing, and some celebration broke out as he reacted to the win. "I lost it,” he said. “I started crying immediately, running around the store, breakdancing, whatever you want to call it, I was doing it. All I could think about was that I could do everything I finally wanted to do.” The celebration broke out after Brown purchased his

winning $25 Extreme Cash ticket from the Tobacco Barn on North Cleveland Avenue in Kings Mountain. “I’ve just been crying and thanking God,” he said. “I’m truly blessed and it’s still not real to me.” He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,757. “I’ve wanted to get me a house, and buy a little piece of land,” said Brown. “I want to invest. I want to give back to the church that my family grew up in. Just take care of my closest family and friends that always looked out for me ever since I was young.”

Crow’s Nest at Kings Mountain County Club opens to the public this week with a soft opening starting this Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day. On January 7, M.K. Arrowood Holdings. Inc. took over the food services for the club, including the restaurant and bar, as well as the pro-shop concessions, explained Jack Acheson, on-site Manager, Chef, and Liaison to the Club. Essentially, the bar and restaurant operate under a lease. But the group has made updates to the décor and some of the kitchen equipment. The restaurant was given the name Crow’s Nest, because the Front 9 can be seen from the restaurant. “The Crow is a symbol of coming home, so we thought the name was appropriate. We have a great view of the Front 9 from the patio and covered

Crow’s Nest welcomes you to Kings Mountain Country Club. deck. We recently added a TV out there, just in time for warmer weather. During Covid the club has seen 15,000 non-member rounds of golf played here,” Acheson said. The foyer to the club has been renovated, with

new tile, fresh paint, and furnishings that welcome guests. “We want folks to feel welcome here, a place where they can stop in for a bite to eat or have a beer on the way home. Soon, we will be adding music and activities throughout

Photo by Loretta Cozart the week. We want to give our customers a variety of options, so they visit with us often.” Acheson is no stranger to Kings Mountain Country Club; when he was 15years old his family joined See CROW’S NEST, Page 4A

Dr. Plonk celebrates 102nd birthday Dr. George Plonk was born on March 17, 1919 and celebrates his 102nd birthday this week. A lot has changed in Kings Mountain, and the world, in the last 102 years. The following information was taken from an exhibit on early doctors in Kings Mountain, and from an interview recorded by Scott Neisler in 1995 courtesy of Kings Mountain Historical Museum. Dr. George Plonk grew up with nine siblings on a farm between Kings Mountain and Cherryville. Of the ten Plonk children, all but



the youngest were born with the assistance of a midwife at home; the lastborn son was birthed with

the assistance of a doctor, Dr. Stokes. This was representative of a regional trend taking place in the

first half of the 20th century, towards more accessible professional healthcare in rural North Carolina. Dr. Anthony and Dr. Hord were the Plonks’ family doctors, and Dr. Plonk recalls that in those days some fresh ears of corn or whatever else was in season on the local farms were often used as payment to those doctors who made house calls to the people of Kings Mountain. He spent his first six grades in a one-room schoolhouse on land donated by his grandfather, See PLONK, Page 2A

City to implement new billing software The City of Kings Mountain will be implementing NorthStar Utility Solutions billing software to better serve their customers on March 29. There will be changes in the billing statement and online features offered. Questions that you may have are: • Will the due dates change? No, all due dates will remain the same. All payments are due by the 20th of each month to avoid a late fee and accounts need to be paid

in full by the last day of each month to avoid additional fees and possible disconnection. • Will I need to redo my paperwork (CSA, SSI information, Payment Arrangements, Bank Draft, etc.)? No, you will only need to complete paperwork if there have been any changes. • Will I need to give my bank new information for sending my payment? No See BILLING, Page 5A

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