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New York Bee Gees Tribute Show debuts in KM on Saturday Concert to launch “Live at Patriots Park” Concert Series, May 1 You Should Be Dancing Yeah! For one night only, City of Kings Mountain welcomes The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show to Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre, May 1st, 2021 as the debut act for Live at Patriots Park, the City’s first annual Concert Series. Based in New York, the Bees Gees Tribute Show will perform songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog from Stayin’ Alive to Night Fever while including early hits such as To Love Somebody, I’ve Got To Get A Message To You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York’s most talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman’s

Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and more. Carolina Beach Music Association Award winner Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot opens the show at 6:00 PM with CAMMY award winning DJ Eric Bowman hosting. The New York Bee Gees will follow at 7:00 PM. A Cruise-In, also hosted by the City of Kings Mountain, will begin at 5:00 pm. Want to participate? All makes and models are welcome. Food trucks, concessions

and beverages will be available as well. Wear your leisure suits and boogie shoes. May 1st is sure to be a memorable SATURDAY NIGHT in Kings Mountain. For more information on the Concert Series or Cruise-In, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.

Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot opens the show at 6:00 PM

The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show will be held on Saturday, May 1 at Patriot’s Park in Kings Mountain. (Photo provided)

Two cases of human trafficking reported in Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain Auto Sales celebrates 28 years in business

By Loretta Cozart

Jesus is the true answer and reason for our success

T w o Kings Mountain residents were recently arrested a n d charged TIPPETT w i t h human trafficking. On A p r i l 12, a 41year old woman was arrested and HUFFSTETLER charged with trafficking of her minor son who has developmental disabilities. Bond was set at $100,000. Her identity is not being shared to protect the identity of her son. Joseph Frances Tippett, 47, of York, SC was arrested in the case and taken to the York County Deten-

tion Center where he was charged with Felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct with minor, or attempt - victim under 16 years of age. He was given no bond. In a separate case, William Keith Huffstetler, 71, of Kings Mountain was arrested on April 16 and charged with 11 counts of statutory rape, three counts of human trafficking an adult victim, one count of human trafficking a child victim and six other child sexual assault offenses. Bond was set at $250,000. According to Save the Children, “A majority of the time, victims are trafficked by someone they know, such as a friend or family member. Trafficking does not require movement across borders. In fact, in some cases, a child could be trafficked and exploited from their own home.” If you know of or suspect someone might be a victim of human trafficking, contact the Kings Mountain Police Department at 704-734-0333.

By Loretta Cozart

Dan and Anita Smith own Kings Mountain Auto Sales on the Shelby Highway in Kings Mountain. They opened their doors in 1993 and have been in business for 28 years. “I’ve prayed over doing this interview and I talked to my pastor, Chip Sloan. Anita and I are Christian’s, and we cannot take the credit for our success. If all of this seems like luck, or intelligence, believe me it is not. We are blessed, there is no other explanation. Jesus is the true answer and reason for our success,” Dan said.

“Up until 1989, I worked in sales and marketing at EATON Corporation. Then the Gulf War came, and our office closed. Fortunately, I had already met and married my best friend and partner, Anita. Anita cut hair in Gaffney, SC,” “After leaving EATON, I tried carpentry, and eventually began selling insurance. I really enjoyed that. I would go into a small town and go to local businesses to discuss their insurance needs.” "In 1993, Tom Fitts, the manager of Kings Mountain Auto Sales, convinced me to make it in the car business. “We started with very little. Anita worked and supported us, and we used See KM AUTO, Page 8A

ANITA AND DAN SMITH

Gov. Cooper says COVID-19 restrictions could end June 1 Will issue safety restrictions for May this week Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. laid out a timeline for lifting current pandemic restrictions last week. With stable trends and continued vaccination success, the state

expects to lift mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions by GOV. COOPER June 1. The Governor plans to issue an executive order next week for the month of May.

“Each shot in an arm is a step closer to putting this pandemic in the rearview mirror,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians have shown up for each other throughout this entire pandemic and we need to keep up that commitment by getting our vaccines.” According to the press release, “North Carolina continues to focus on distrib-

uting vaccines quickly and equitably. This fast and fair approach to getting shots in arms is the best way to beat this pandemic, protect one another, boost the economy, and make it possible for restrictions to be lifted.” “To date, the state has administered over 6.5 million vaccines. 46.9 percent of adults are at least partially See RESTRICTIONS, Page 8A

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