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event to honor and assist veterans and assist veterans

KM’s Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration June 22

ing, Face Painting, a puppet show, a gaming truck, ice cream, and a special Brightstar performance at 3 p.m. The Davidson Associ-

City breaks ground, rebuilding and upgrading Pilot Creek

of Kings Mountain, and Mauney Memorial Library co-sponsor the event. Davidson Alumni Resource Center, Inc. is a

top diagnosticians through his care to hundreds of patients. Even in retirement, he continued to serve the

community, often filling in for doctors on vacation or

tributed to the community gram administered by the Cleveland County Health Department, which helped the medically underserved population. Additionally, from May 1994 until June 2001, he covered the Jail land County. Furthermore, See SINCOX, Page 5A

What topics are allowed for discussion during certain city council meetings, and why

On Thursday, June 13, Kings Mountain City Council held its monthly work session. Speakers were advised twice during the meeting that their discussion topics were not on the agenda and, therefore, inappropriate for the work session meeting.

Concluding a presentation by Gaming Authority President Kathy George of Catawba Two Kings Casino, she asked if she could bring a concern to the city council, as she wanted to do so at the

appropriate time. She was told she could. But when the topic turned to an issue with utilities, Mayor Pro Tem Annie Tombs asked her to return to the City Council Regular Meeting on June 25 and bring her concern at that time since that item was not on the evening’s agenda. Christina Hildebrand spoke during the citizen recognition portion of the meeting regarding the scheduled Closed Session that would See TOPICS, Page 4A

The City of Kings Mountain held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Pilot Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday, June 10. The Pilot Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Rebuilding Project is an ambitious and essential undertaking, aiming to revitalize and modernize a critical piece of infrastructure that has served our community for over 50 years. As this plant nears the end of its useful life, the design will not only rebuild the entire existing facility but also significantly upgrade the sanitary sewer collection

system. This project includes more than 9.5 miles of force main and 8.5 miles of gravity sewer, extending vital services to new development areas southwest of the city.

The treatment plant's extensive rebuilding involves strategic improvements to essential facilities such as the lab, office, headworks, and chlorinator. These upgrades are designed with future expansion in mind, ensuring the plant can meet increasing treatment demands and support ongoing community growth.

Moreover, this project represents a significant step

towards the regionalization of sanitary sewer systems, reinforcing our commitment to economic development across the region. It underscores our support for the City of Kings Mountain, the Town of Grover, and the surrounding areas. The $78+ million investment in this infrastructure project will yield lasting benefits, enhancing the quality of life and economic prospects for generations to come for residents of the City of Kings Mountain, the Town of Grover, and southeastern Cleveland County.

Albemarle introduces project plan for Kings Mountain Mine

Albemarle Corporation has introduced its project plan for the Kings Mountain Mine, one of the few known hard-rock lithium deposits in the U.S. The plan includes the proposed site footprint, primary physical features, and details of the mining processes. Pending permitting approval and a final investment decision, the mine is anticipated to produce approximately 420,000 tons of lithium-bearing spodumene concentrate yearly, provid-

ing a crucial building block for sustainable transportation and supporting key defense applications.

“The Kings Mountain Mine is a world-class resource that can provide an essential element to power our future,” said Albemarle Energy Storage President Eric Norris. “We are pleased to share our plan with the community as we continue to seek their engagement to redevelop this rich, domestic resource in a safe and responsible manner.” The proposed project plan, shared today at a community open house and available online, includes several environmentally and socially responsible mining features and practices: • Reduced land disturbance: The plan includes the use of the former Kings Mountain Mine to support mining operations and the use of a former mica mine for tailings storage—both See ALBEMARLE, Page 5A

Get your tickets for Farce of Habit

KM Little Theater’s Farce of Habit is a scream... with laughter! Make plans to come out this weekend to check out this amazingly talented cast, and be prepared to laugh the night away!

Kings Mountain Little Theatre presents Farce of Habit, sponsored by The Family of Jim and Penny Larson, Liz Pflieger, PHR, SHRM-CP HR Consulting & Services, and Kenneth J. Pflieger, AIA, Architect.

The last chance to catch this performance is this weekend: Friday & Saturday, June 21 and 22, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 23, at 3:00 pm.

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The Davison Association presents the Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration, Breaking Every Chain since 1865, slated for Saturday, June 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 220 S. Railroad Avenue at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain. Plans for the event inBobby Bell, Craft Vendors, Line Danc-
PLANT – Pictured L-R: Thor Inman, Commissioner - Town of Grover; Richard Smith, Mayor Pro Tem - Town of Grover; Jay Rhodes, Councilmember - City of Kings Mountain; Annie Thombs, Mayor Pro Tem - City of Kings Mountain; Amanda Morrow, Clerk - Town of Grover; Mark McDaniel, Public Works Manager – Town of Grover and Rick Duncan, Public Infrastructure Director – City of Kings Mountain. (Photo provided) KM Little Theater performs at the Joy Theatre at 202 S. Battleground Avenue in Kings Mountain. fun, laughter-filled show. Photo by Robb Webb


Dr. Francis

“Frank” John Sincox Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Francis John Sincox, Jr. passed away peacefully at home Tuesday June 11, 2024.

He was born May 11, 1932 in Saginaw, Michigan, the only child of Francis J Sincox and Erna Hefka Sincox. His formative years were spent in New Jersey. Then the family moved to the Atlanta, GA area, where he finished high school in 1950 at Decatur Boys High School. Dr. Sincox went on to further his education at Emory University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 1954 and his Doctorate of Medicine in 1958. While in medical school, Frank entered inactive Naval Reserve and began active duty after graduating. Dr. Sincox was on active duty from 1957 to 1963, serving in Atlanta, GA, St. Albans Naval Hospital, Long Island, NY, Pensacola, FL, and Norfolk, VA. His sea duty as a flight surgeon was aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Randolph in the North Atlantic. His unit was involved in the astronaut recovery activities

On June 13, at approximately 9.33 p.m., the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio of a child abduction/kidnapping where the suspect was heading into our jurisdiction on Interstate 85 heading northbound.

and the Cuban missile crisis. In June 1958, he married Frances L. Barker of Charlotte, NC and Decatur, GA. This marriage lasted 25 years, producing 2 children, Douglas John Sincox and Kathleen Sincox McCurry. In 1996 he married Joyce R. Sellers and acquired a stepson, Rick Rhea and a step daughter Kimberly. He was sadly widowed by Joyce’s death in 2020. In October 1963, he left the Navy and moved to Kings Mountain where he joined the medical group, McGill Clinic with Dr. John McGill and Dr. Charles Adams, practicing for 36 years, until the office closed. As a General Practitioner, he was proud to help bring over 700 babies into the world. He continued to practice medicine in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County Health Department and in Clover, SC. Even up to age 91, he continued his medical practice providing aviation medical exams to pilots for the FAA for 60 years. He joined the Navy Reserves in 1987, serving as a “Weekend Warrior” in Charlotte, NC and with the Marines in Atlanta, GA. In October 1990, his reserve unit was called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm in the first Persian Gulf War. Frank, “Attack Quack” served with the Marines in Atlanta, GA, California, Pearl Harbor and the Philippines before arriving in Saudi Arabia and Iraq at sea aboard the USS Tripoli and the USS Janeau. He retired from the Navy in 1996 with the rank of Captain with 15 ribbons, medals and campaign medals with the

Upon receiving the information, Sheriff deputies intercepted the vehicle and were able to locate the child in question safely. The suspect,

highest being Combat Action Ribbon.

Frank was also active in the community. He was a member of Kings Mountain Rescue Squad, Kings Mountain Police Reserves, Kiwanis Club, American Legion, Civil Air Patrol, and the Marine League as well as past president of the Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce, deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church and Chief of Medical Staff at Kings Mountain Hospital on several occasions. He felt honored to be able to serve his country in the Navy and the Marines, his profession as a caring physician, his community and his patients who placed their trust in him.

Frank will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by his family, his many friends and his former patients. He is survived by his son Douglas Sincox and wife Kim of Wilmington, NC, daughter Kathleen Sincox McCurry of Kings Mountain, NC, stepson Rick Rhea and wife Freida of Gastonia, NC, stepdaughter Kimberly of Dallas, NC and very special, close friends Lynn and David Hendrick of Shelby, NC and Arnold and Deloris Clayton of Grover, NC.

A memorial service will be held by the family at First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain, NC on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 3:00 PM.

Guest register is available at:

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Brandon Kyle Prichard, was taken into custody for kidnapping, human trafficking, and weapon violations.

Mr. Prichard resides at 606 Park Terrace in Gastonia, N.C. The FBI and Warren County Sheriff’s Office are still conducting an active investigation, so no further comments will be made about that investigation.

Mr. Prichard has not received a bond at this time.

GCP FAST Team arrests man wanted by INTERPOL for felony child rape

The Gaston County Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension and Suspect Tracking (FAST) team arrested an international fugitive last week. Elvis Cabrera Martinez, of Honduras, was wanted by INTERPOL for Felony Child Rape.

On Sunday, June 2, Martinez was located by an alert FAST team member when an officer conducted a traffic stop on him in the area of West Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia. After investigating Martinez’s identity, the officer determined that he was a wanted fugitive. Martinez was arrested without incident and held at the Gaston County

Jail pending extradition back to Honduras.

The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as INTERPOL, facilitates worldwide police cooperation and investigative support.

The Gaston County Police FAST team is dedicated to cooperating with local, state, federal, and international partner agencies to ensure the safety and security of our citizens by apprehending Gaston County’s most dangerous criminals.

Monday KM shooting investigation continues

On Monday, June 17, at 8:22 a.m., the Kings Mountain Police Department (KMPD) and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to 539 Belcaro Drive in Kings Mountain regarding a domestic dispute in which one of the persons involved had been shot.

CCSO deputies arrived first on the scene and quickly determined the subject who had been shot was transported by private vehicle to Atrium Health of Kings Mountain, where they began to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to the leg. The inju-

ries to this subject appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

The second individual involved in the domestic dispute was found at 539 Belcaro Drive by first responding deputies and is cooperating with Kings Mountain Police Criminal Investigations Unit Detectives.

The scene and investigation were turned over to the Kings Mountain Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit for further investigation. At this time, no charges have been brought against either of the subjects involved in the incident.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective R. Hoyle with the Kings Mountain Police Criminal Investigations Unit at (704) 734-0444 (robert.hoyle@cityofkm. com). You can also provide an anonymous tip through the Cleveland County Crime Stoppers Tip hotline by scanning the QR Code.

New KMPD Officer sworn-in

Arturo Javier (AJ) Ferretiz, Jr. was officially sworn in as Kings Mountain’s newest police officer on June 14 at 2:00 p.m. Officer Ferretiz graduated from Cleveland Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training on May 7. KMPD shared on Facebook, “We are happy to welcome AJ, serving our community. He and his wife, Cayden, live in Shelby and are expecting their first child in July. Please help us congratulate AJ on this most important milestone in his law enforcement career. Congratulations AJ, and welcome to the KMPD family.”

CC Sheriff ‘s Office app continues to grow

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s App continues to grow. They recently added 343 new users, which means they currently have 20,976 users. According to World Population Review, Cleveland County has 77,490 adults, meaning 27% of adults currently use it.

Allen Memorial Baptist VBS held June 23-28

Using the app, you can stay aware of what is happening in Cleveland County. It is easy and convenient to download on Google Play and Apple Store. Join the growing community of informed users. Here, you can find the most wanted information, requests for information, press releases, information about missing persons, and news about major arrests or cases. They also provide links to the staff directory, jail logs, sex offender registry, and more.

Albemarle is conducting voluntary in-depth studies on the proposed Kings Mountain Mine to help understand the potential impacts to the community. Your feedback is vital to help redevelop the mine.

To read the draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) scoping report and to provide feedback, please visit:

GCP seeks help in motor vehicle theft case

The Gaston County Police Department received a report on June 11 of a motor vehicle stolen from a resident’s driveway at 8430 Catawba Cove Drive in Belmont, N.C.

The vehicle was stolen overnight between Monday, June 10, at 11:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 11, at 9:17

a.m. The vehicle stolen, pictured below, is a silver 2016 Lexus NX200t with South Carolina registration plate

VRC 265. The vehicle has a dent on the front panel on the passenger’s side. If you see this vehicle, please call the Communications (911) Center at 704-866-3300. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Officer Z. Galloway with the Gaston County Police De-

partment, at 704-866-3320 ton County at 704-861-8000. Please reference case 202400041283.

Additional Informational Sessions in Kings Mountain Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1017 Bethlehem Rd. June 25, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mauney Memorial Library, 100 S. Piedmont Ave. June 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. What should be considered in

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the redevelopment of the Kings Mountain Mine?
Arturo Javier (AJ) Ferretiz, Jr. was sworn in by Mayor Wagman last Friday. Photo by KMPD
Breaker Rock Beach Vacation Bible School will be held on Sunday, June 23-Friday, June 28, 5:30 PM-8:00 PM at Allen Memorial Baptist Church, 1222 Longbranch Road, Grover, NC. Ages 3-6th grade. A meal will be served nightly.
Family Night is Friday, June 28, 6:00 PM. All welcome. CCSO arrests Gastonia man for kidnapping and human trafficking BRANDON

Community meeting to learn more about Kings Mountain Mine redevelopment plan

Albemarle held an Open House event at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Center on Tuesday, June 11, so attendees could learn more about the proposed redevelopment plan for the Kings Mountain Mine.

The first meeting was held on June 11, from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center. Albemarle introduced the plan to redevelop the Kings Mountain Mine responsibly. During the event, visitors learned more about the mine’s proposed footprint and physical features. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback directly to the Al-

bemarle project team.

Smaller informational meetings took place:

• June 15, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (146 Dixon School Road)

• June 18, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (220 N. Waterson Street)

Two more meetings remain:

• June 25, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church (1017 Bethlehem Road)

• June 27, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at Mauney Memorial Library (100 S. Piedmont Avenue)

To learn more and keep up with what is happening at the mine, visit: A group gathered at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center to learn more about the proposed reopening of the Kings Mountain Mine.

Southern Arts Society “Summer Fun” Exhibit - Call for Artists

cially encourage those who have not exhibited before to take this opportunity to show their work to the public. Bring your finished artwork to exhibit and price it to sell.

Southern Arts Society, Inc. (SASi) Members are invited to exhibit their work from June 21 through July 31 in a Members-Only Summer Fun Exhibit. There is no entry fee and no theme. Submit up to six entries each in all media. Art can be delivered through June 19. Members may renew their membership at the time of entry. Art can be picked up between August 1 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit Chair Jewel Reavis shared, “We espe-

“Please don't forget to volunteer a few hours of your time. Summer is very busy, and we would appreciate your help at SASi.” Entry forms are available at SASi or online

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These participants are digging deeper into how the mine will evolve.

Southern Baptist Convention votes on women pastors and pro-life measures

Last week, nearly 11,000 delegates from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) gathered in Indianapolis to discuss significant church resolutions and amendments. Central to the discussions were proposals to limit women's roles and expand the denomination's pro-life stance.

Surprisingly, the SBC delegates voted against a constitutional ban on women pastors. This decision preserves local church autonomy and indicates a shift towards a more inclusive approach for women in ministry. Advocates for local church independence celebrated this outcome.


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discuss City Manager Jim Palnenick. She began saying that she was not a fan of his due to the handling of the Dixion Ridge development and that she had concerns about renewing his contract. At that time, she was told that the topic was not on the agenda and that it was not the appropriate time to discuss it. After learning the closed session would address Mr. Palenick’s performance review, she modified her statements to make them allowable and continued.

Ed Richardson, Energy Manager at Cleveland County Schools, spoke during the public hearing regarding approving the city’s 2024-2025 budget. He explained that he felt the city’s proposed solid waste costs are too high, significantly higher than Republic and other vendors, and companies are bound by a city ordinance to buy solid waste services through them.

City Councilwoman Sherra Miller confirmed that her husband, Tim Miller of Bridges Hardware, had been told the same information.

City Manager Palenick assured the attendees that the city is open to customers finding more cost-effective alternatives and that it would address the ordinance soon.

When Richardson pressed, “How soon?” Councilwoman Miller said, “Sooner than later.”

On Friday, the Herald

However, before this vote, the delegates voted overwhelmingly to expel the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, due to its affirmation of women in pastoral roles.

The expulsion vote, 6,759 to 563, followed a recommendation from the denomination’s credentials committee. This marked a significant enforcement of the SBC's doctrine that only men are qualified for pastoral roles.

The SBC, founded in 1845, has historically been conservative both theologically and socially. While it repudiated its support for racial segregation in the late 20th century, it contin-

was contacted four times asking for clarification on what could be brought before the city council and when. So, we contacted Kings Mountain’s City Clerk, Karen Tucker, for clarification.

The following information was shared by phone and followed up by email, explaining why certain topics are allowable and when.

“I wanted to provide background on the regular work session and how those came to be. I am always available to answer any questions you may have.

“Before adopting the work session into the regular meeting schedule, the City scheduled various Special Meetings to handle items that might require the attention of the Council prior to the meetings at the end of the month. Although completely permissible by statute, there seemed to be a feeling that these meetings lacked transparency because they were somewhat sporadic in nature.

“The discussion regarding adding a second meeting each month began in January 2023. The City really had a lot of work ahead of it and adding an additional regularly scheduled meeting would provide for greater transparency. In an effort to further both, a recommendation was presented to the City Council to hold a second monthly Council Meeting that would serve as a work session. The meeting would give an opportunity for discussion regarding items that may come before Council for action at a later time, provide time

ues to reject same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ clergy, maintaining that homosexuality is a sin. The SBC's doctrinal statement affirms that only men can hold the pastor's office, although some churches interpret this to mean only the lead pastor must be male.

In 2023, the SBC expelled Saddleback Church, a California megachurch, for having a woman pastor. This year, the First Baptist Church of Alexandria faced a similar fate due to its stance on women pastors.

Despite these actions, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban women pastors failed to secure a

for program updates, and give opportunity for items that require action without waiting until the end of the month.

“The recommendation was to add a regular work session for the second Thursday each month, at a time established by Council. After discussing schedules and meeting time of other City advisory boards, Council determined that holding the work session at 6:00 p.m. would be consistent with the regular meetings at the end of the month. During the meeting on January 31, 2023, City Council voted unanimously to amend the 2023 City Council Regular Meeting Schedule, to add a second regular meeting each month on the second Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The work session has been part of the regular meeting schedule since. This has nearly, although not completely, eliminated the need for special meetings.

“As to the Citizen Recognition portion of the meeting, presently, the Thursday work session allows for citizens to address Council regarding only items that are included on the agenda; whereas, on the Regular Meeting that is held on Tuesdays, citizens may address Council regarding any topic that they would like. It is most probable that this will change in the very near future. In both cases, citizens have three minutes allotted to address their concerns. This is noted on the agenda for both.

“Ed Richardson addressed the solid waste increases in the FY 2024-25 budget. He addressed the Council during the public hearing, which was the appropriate time to do so.

“I hope this helps. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance.”

two-thirds majority, garnering only 61 percent support. Some delegates opposed the amendment, considering it redundant since the denomination already has mechanisms to expel churches with women pastors.

In addition to these discussions, the SBC condemned the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF), asserting that not all reproductive technologies are morally justified.

The convention also addressed abuse reform and transparency, with

survivors and advocates pushing for long-term initiatives like the Abuse Response Commission and Ministry Check.

The annual meeting included the election of officers. Bart Barber, a Texas pastor, was reelected as president. Other elected officers included Jay Adkins as First Vice President, Kason Branch as Second Vice President, and Nathan Finn as Recording Secretary.

The convention attracted notable political figures, including

former Vice President Mike Pence, who called for a nationwide abortion ban, and a virtual message from former President Donald Trump. Both appearances underscored the SBC's conservative leanings and its influence in American religious and political spheres.

The Southern Baptist Convention continues to navigate complex theological and social issues, reflecting the diverse perspectives within the denomination.

Want Money? Work and Save Some

The average stock market return has been about10% every year for nearly the last century, as measured by the S&P 500 index. In some years, the market returns more than that, and in other years it returns less. Talk to a stock broker or someone who works with Individual Retirement Accounts or do internet research before investing. You want to invest safely and wisely. You don’t want to lose your money and there is no reason to do so. Locate a couple of stock funds that have paid at least ten percent over the last 15 years and you should be okay to move forward with investing. It’s not easy to save money if you don’t make much money. People on minimum wage incomes can barely buy groceries and pay rent. What if you could put $100 a month into a S & P Index Fund?

going to set a goal of investing $100 a month into stock. This may mean some sacrifice but anything good always requires some sacrifice. If you are 25 years old and commit to at least setting aside $100 a month into stock, then at an assumed return rate of ten percent you will have $585,422.17 when you are 65 years old. There are a lot of 65-year-old people who don’t have that much money. You can have that much if you will start now while you are young. If you can start younger than age 25 then you’ll have even more. By the time you are 30 or 40 you can maybe start putting an extra $100 or $200 more into your fund and it will grow all the more.

Let’s say you are 25 years old and struggling to scrape by but you are

Let’s say your hard work pays off and on average you end up saving $300 a month for 40 years. Your amount of savings at the historical average rate of return will be $1,593,333.20. We aren’t talking about saving massive amounts of

money but simply sticking with a monthly and yearly commitment to investing. Possibly you are 50 years old and just finally able to save a little. Fifty is a late age to start. However, if most of your bills are paid and you commit to saving $500 a month in your stock fund till age 67 you can still end up with $243,268.22. There are many people who do don’t have this much money. You can, if you commit to making a smart monthly investment. We can’t take money with us when we die. We leave it all behind, but it helps pay the bills and buy ice cream while in this world. If you do save a big bunch of money and don’t live to enjoy it then your spouse, kids, church or favorite charity will enjoy it in your honor. The Bible says, “Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.” Proverbs 13:11

Want some money? Work hard and save a little every month. Eventually you’ll have plenty.

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designed to minimize the amount of land disturbance necessary.

• Sustainable materials management: Non-orebearing material from mining operations is planned to be transferred to the adjacent Martin Marietta Kings Mountain Quarry for processing and sale as construction aggregate. The arrangement is intended to contribute to a more sustainable management of resources and a portion of the sales are planned to be used

to support Kings Mountain and the surrounding communities. In addition, Albemarle is currently testing secondary markets for processed ore tailings, which may have applications in ceramics or construction materials industries.

• High standards and accountability: Planning for environmental protection measures and community engagement has been conducted to align with the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s (IRMA) Standard for Responsible Mining, a comprehensive set of requirements designed to reduce adverse environ-

mental and social impacts and create benefits for local communities. Once operational, the mine would undergo a full third-party verification assessment conducted by an IRMA-approved certification body.

• Sustainable water management: The mine is designed to operate with collected precipitation to support its operations, relying on external sources only for drinking water, fire protection and sanitary purposes.

With the U.S. currently producing less than 2% of the world’s supply of lithium, the Kings Mountain Mine is expected to play a key role in growing the

U.S. supply chain. In 2023, Albemarle was awarded a $90 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to help support the purchase of a fleet of mining equipment as part of the mine’s redevelopment. Lithium is a critical element for key defense applications including batteries for communications equipment and remote and deep-sea sensors, and for carbon dioxide adsorption in submarines, gas masks, and the space program. In 2022, Albemarle was also awarded a $150 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to


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he provided medical supervision and support for the jail’s physician assistant and primary and backup supervision for nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed by the County Health Department in the schoolbased health centers. He also served as the sports physician for several county schools.

He chaired the Fatality Task Force in 2000, which led to establishing the Gunlock Safety program for children in 2004. Additionally, he was certified as a National Weapons of Mass Destruction Standardized Awareness Trainer and conducted training for the Health Department staff on weapons of mass destruction in 2005. Growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Sincox always dreamed of becoming a doctor. After graduating from high school in Decatur, Georgia, in 1950, he attended Emory University in Atlanta

expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles.

Along with the project plan, Albemarle also commenced the public participation portion of a voluntary Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). As a key element of IRMA’s Standard for Responsible Mining, the assessment seeks to better understand and manage potential impacts from the proposed mine with consideration to the surrounding environment, local economy, and the community’s health and safety. Albemarle plans to use the outcomes of the assessment to develop

and subsequently graduated from the Medical College of Emory University in 1958.

Following his medical training, he joined the Navy and served for seven years, including a period as a Flight Surgeon with deployments to various locations.

Upon joining the McGill family practice, Dr. Sincox became active in the Kings Mountain community. In his early career years, he made house calls, delivered babies, and saw patients at Kings Mountain Hospital and in nursing homes. He was known for his compassionate care and professionalism, and his nurse, Mary Jo Stewart, played a crucial role in assisting him throughout his career.

In 1989, Dr. Sincox joined the US Navy Reserves and was deployed during the Persian Gulf War. His service included caring for the injured and serving in Saudi Arabia during the war. He retired from the Navy in 1996 with the rank of Captain and received 15 ribbons, medals, and campaign ribbons, the highest being combat action

environmental and social management plans to minimize adverse impacts and enhance benefits.

Stakeholder participation is essential to the ESIA’s development and Albemarle is encouraging the community to engage in the process via planned meetings and by submitting comments. Albemarle plans to publish and share the assessment’s findings and anticipated management measures with the community stakeholders throughout 2024 and 2025. More information about the assessment, including a draft scoping report, can be found at

ribbons. Dr. Sincox spent 41 years in the military, including 7 years of active duty and 9 years in the ready reserve. He is a lifetime member of MCL Detachment #1164. After the war, he continued serving the Kings Mountain community while pursuing his passion for aviation. He became a civilian pilot in 1961 and attended air shows along with his wife. Additionally, he was an active member of the US Marine Corps League. He worked in various areas, including the diabetes clinic, pediatric clinic, and county employee health clinic, and served as a resource for bioterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and disaster response. He previously worked at CLECO health clinics in Boiling Springs and Lawndale.

Sincox was involved in numerous Kings Mountain organizations, including serving as a Kings Mountain Rescue Squad director and Chief of Staff at Kings Mountain Hospital. He was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol, active in the county chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club, a member since 1968. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Aside from his work, Dr. Sincox also enjoyed flying his plane and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar, as friends and family noted at his 91st birthday party at First Presbyterian Church. The Marine Corps League N.C. Foothills Detachment #1164 was honored to present Francis John ‘Doc’ Sincox with the Silver Distinguished Citizen Medal at his birthday party last year. He will be well remembered as a man who loved medicine and helped the underserved. He served his country and is a patriot for his service to the nation in the Navy and Marines. Semper Fi, Frank. Semper Fi.

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Where is Your Faith?

“And He said unto them, where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25)

Dr. John L. Houze People’s Baptist Church

There have been times when I find myself looking for a book or a tool that I don’t use often and when I can’t find it, I get anxious, agitated or even upset with others. These disciples had been with Jesus, they witnessed His miracles and were taught by Him; they were believers of God just like you and I but even devils believe in God

with fear and trembling (James 2:19) however, they don’t obey Him or have a relationship with Him. The disciples did have a relationship with Him, yet they didn’t have faith in His word even though He was the One who said, “let us go to the other side”. However, at the first sign of trouble they panicked, their faith disappeared, and they began to focus on the storm and the damage it could cause. They had more faith in the power of the wind than in the One who said, “let us go over to the other side”. They worried about perishing even though the Giver of life was with them. Faith came-up missing when it was

caught between the Word and the wind.

Where is our faith? Yes, we are believers and followers of Christ but what is our response when storms come into our lives? Faith is easy, when everything is going well. During those times, we have no problem trusting him. But how do we respond when troubles arise, and things look bleak? Can we proclaim we are walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 2:5)? These words are there to strengthen us and grow us in faith, because faith without works is dead (James 2:17). None of us has as much faith as we think, that’s why Jesus

prayed for Peter, that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:31–32).

Peter was confident in himself, but when the situation got tough, he denied Christ, even more vehemently than the other disciples. Where is your faith? Think of all the mistakes you made by trusting in yourself. Ask God to increase your faith in Him so when storms come in your life, you will not worry, instead you will remember He is always with you. Put your faith in Jesus and experience more peace. Be Blessed!


Kings Mountain Area Church Directory

Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church 102 Canterbury Road 704-730-7855

Faith Ablaze Church 1128 S. York Road 704-739-8496

Faith Baptist Church 1009 Linwood Road

Faith Holiness Church Hwy. 161/ Bessemer City Rd. 704-739-1997

Family Worship Center 1818 Shelby Road 704-739-7206

First Baptist Church 605 W. King Street 704-739-3651

Kings Mountain Baptist

101 W. Mountain St. • Kings Mountain, NC

Advent Lutheran Church, NALC Member

230 Oak Grove Rd.


Anew Beginning Baptist Church

145 Battleground Dr.


Ardent Life


420 Branch Street


Arise Church

830 E. King St.

Bethlehem Baptist Church 1017 Bethlehem Road


Boyce Memorial ARP Church

Edgemont Drive


Calvary Way

Holiness Church 1017 Second Street Pastor Clifton Morgan

Carson Memorial Baptist Church 262 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-2247

Central Church 113 S. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-2471

Cherokee St.

Baptist Church 421 S. Cherokee Street 704-739-7697

Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Road 704-739-4015

Christian Freedom Southern Baptist Church 246 Range Road 704-739-4152

Christ The King Catholic Church 714 Stone Street 704-487-7697

Concord United Methodist Church 2404 Tryon Courthouse Rd. Bessemer City, NC 704-629-3571

Connections Church 306 N. Piedmont Ave. 704-750-4972

Cornerstone Church Of God 202 Margrace Road 704-689-4430

Cornerstone Independent Baptist 107 Range Road 704-737-0477

Crowders Mountain Baptist 125 Mayberry Lane 704-739-0310

David Baptist Church 2300 David Baptist Ch. Rd. 704-739-4555

Dixon Presbyterian Church 602 Dixon School Road

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church 701 E. Gold Street 704-739-3215

East Kings Mountain Church of God Hwy 161, Bessemer City/ KM Hwy. 704-739-7367

Eastside Baptist Church 308 York Road 704-739-8055

Ebenezer Baptist Church 1621 County Line Road 704-739-8331

El Bethel United Methodist Church 122 El-bethel Road 704-739-9174

First Church of the Nazarene 121 Countryside Road 704-734-1143

First Presbyterian Church 111 E. King Street 704-739-8072

First Wesleyan Church 505 N. Piedmont Avenue 704-739-4266

Galilee United Methodist 117 Galilee Church Road 704-739-7011

Gloryland Missionary Baptist Church 101 Benfield Rd. 704-740-7212

Gospel Assembly Church 202 S. Railroad Avenue 704-739-5351

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

Grace Fellowship 144 West Mountain Street 704-481-8888

Grace United Methodist Church 830 Church Street 704-739-6000

Harvest Baptist Church 144 Ware Road 704-734-0714

Kings Mountain Baptist Church 101 W. Mountain Street 704-739-2516

Life of Worship Ministries

405 S. Cherokee St. 704-777-2927

King’s City Church 1128 York Road 704-739-8496

Lighthouse Ministries 1908 Shelby Rd. Kings Mountain Long Creek Presbyterian Church 701 Long Creek Road 704-629-4406

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

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

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NC lawmakers approve revised mask bill amid controversy

On Tuesday, June 11, North Carolina lawmakers approved a revised version of a controversial bill initially criticized for removing a health exemption for wearing masks in public. The updated bill, which still increases punishments for those wearing masks while committing a crime, emerged partly in response to campus protests about the war in Gaza and other causes.

After extended debate from Democrats, the General Assembly passed the measure with a 69-43 vote. The state Senate had already passed the compromise bill last week, and it now heads to Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s desk.

The original legislation, eliminating a 2020 exemption allowing masks for health reasons, advanced through the Senate last month. However, it stalled in the House when Rep. Erin Pare, Wake County’s lone Republican General Assembly member, refused to support it due to the removal of the health exemption. With a narrow supermajority, Republicans need unanimous party support to approve bills and override vetoes.

The revised measure now allows people to wear “medical or surgical grade masks” to prevent the spread of illnesses. It also permits law enforcement and prop-

erty owners to temporarily ask someone to remove their mask for identification.

“Basically, you can wear a mask for health and safety if you’re not planning on breaking the law,” said Gaston County Republican Rep. John Torbett, one of the bill’s sponsors, as reported by the Associated Press.

Another significant change in the bill could enable wealthy donors to influence this fall’s elections with less direct scrutiny. The legislation allows 527 organizations—a type of political entity named after its IRS code section—and other federal committees to donate money to state political party


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2-2/3 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon dry mustard

9 slices bread – cubed, (or 1/2 loaf French bread)

12 slices bacon - cooked and chopped

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 diced Bell Pepper

1 Roma tomato, diced

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committees from accounts that can receive unlimited individual contributions.

State Republican lawmakers argue that a 2020 State Board of Elections advisory opinion, which affirmed campaign giving limits, had restricted groups like the Republican Governors Association from assisting the state GOP. Iredell County Republican Rep. Grey Mills said on the House floor that the bill would make political contributions “equal and balanced for both parties.”

Despite these revisions, the bill’s primary focus remains on increasing punishments for those who wear masks while committing

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1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup white sugar

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2 large eggs

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2 ripe bananas, mashed

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crimes or blocking traffic during protests. It raises the sentencing for an offense by one class if the person wore a mask.

Last month, GOP supporters cited the need for this legislation partly due to the nationwide use of masks during campus protests, including at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, against Israel’s war in Gaza.

Republican concerns over individuals committing crimes during protest demonstrations while wearing masks to hide their identities fueled the bill.

They argue that restricting masks will help police identify protesters who engage in obstructive, destructive, or violent behavior. Critics argue that this justification has its problems, such as potentially violating the First Amendment and inviting facial recognition surveillance. Health advocates also objected, noting that individuals rely on masks to protect against potentially deadly infections. In response, lawmakers adjusted the wording to permit masks for medical reasons.

Governor Cooper opposes the provision in the legislation, his spokesperson Jordan Monaghan said in a statement. However, the governor’s office did not confirm if a veto is forthcoming.

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KM Whistle Stop Newsletter

Have you ever wondered about wonder? I mean have you ever thought why you attribute beauty or awe to certain things? Have you ever been amazed how a large tree can grow from the tiniest crack in a massive rock? Have you ever been rapt by a sunset, a blanket of fog, or ridge of mountains in the fall? I know you have. And I also know you’re beginning to think I’m spending too much time in a tree stand, bored from not seeing deer. Not yet, but I can say this. Deer hunters are people who get to see some of the greatest wonders of earth. Sitting in a tree stand for hours really can make you focus on every particular area in view and analyze its most intricate pieces. There, you are forced to think deeper than what is on the surface. You don’t just see a tree or a rock, but you see an oak and a piece of sandstone. You don’t just see an oak and a piece of sandstone; you see a strutting limb and a unique shape. You don’t just see a strutting limb or a unique shape; you see a guiding force that has sent a seed flying through the wind or a boulder rolling down a hill.

We have today what is known as the Seven Wonders of the World. They are called “Wonders” because the architecture of each structure is greater than the known ability of its designers at the time it was built. This “wonder” is not only in the form of question – “I wonder how these were built?” But the “wonder” here is also the prefix of “wonderful.” “What a wonderful sight to behold!” Beauty is another feather in the hat of those of us who believe in God. Beauty cannot be explained by Darwin’s natural selection or randomness and yet it is evident in every human. If I were to place the world’s most decorated physician alongside a member of the world’s most uncivilized jungle tribe, in front of the Grand Canyon, both would stand in utter awe at the beauty of such a scene. In one way or another each would express the term “wonderful.” But given enough time, soon, “wonderful” would become “I wonder.” That is, I wonder how all of this could happen. And when “wonderful” is put with “I wonder,” the outcome is the same as my little rock and tree – there must be a Guiding Hand.

In celebration of the City of Kings Mountain’s 150th birthday, it announces KM Whistle Stop, a quarterly newsletter. Within its pages, you will receive informative write-ups from various departments and advertisements of local events and upcoming happenings within the City of Kings Mountain. Make sure to sign up for the e-mail newsletter to stay up to date on

Wildlife Law Enforcement enhance efforts to reduce impaired boating during July 4

Operation Dry Water aims to prevent alcohol-and drug-related boating incidents

In efforts to ensure a safer July 4 holiday experience on the water, wildlife law enforcement officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will participate in Operation Dry Water, a national campaign being observed July 4-6, developed through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

The focus of the campaign is to heighten enforcement and awareness about the dangers of boating while impaired. Wildlife officers will be increasing water pa-

trols, providing boaters with information on the dangers of impaired boating and enforcing state laws.

“This is one of the busiest weekends for boaters every year. The presence of law enforcement officers in North Carolina is a key factor in preventing incidents from occurring or escalating,” said Lt. Forrest Orr, of the NCWRC's Law Enforcement

Division. “The Operation Dry Water campaign is an effective resource in providing safer boating opportunities, keeping boating safety at the forefront of holiday activities.”

It is unlawful to operate a recreational vessel with an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, or while being appreciably impaired by alcohol, drugs or other impairing substances. During last year’s campaign, NCWRC wildlife law enforcement officers deployed 159 officers and removed 40 people from the water who were boating while impaired. Officials also stress the importance of other boating safety practices while on the water. So far this year,

37 boating incidents have occurred in North Carolina; seven were fatal. Wildlife law enforcement officers urge boaters to boat responsibly. Last year in North Carolina, boating incidents resulted in 19 fatalities. Of those, 17 were not wearing a life jacket. Additional support for Operation Dry Water and The Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Operation Firecracker Booze It & Lose It campaign includes North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement and the North Carolina Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch. Read more information about Operation Dry Water and visit NCWRC’s boating safety campaigns webpage.

Insufficient childcare options cost

NC economy

$5.65 billion

A statewide report released on June 12 estimates that insufficient childcare availability costs North Carolina $5.65 billion in lost economic activity yearly.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the NC Chamber Foundation and NC Child, commissioned a survey of 517 North Carolina parents with children under the age of six. Survey results were then used to estimate the direct financial impact of insufficient childcare coverage on North Carolina’s economy.

• Childcare-related employee turnover and absenteeism cost North Carolina employers an estimated $4.29 billion annually.

• North Carolina misses an estimated $1.36 billion annually in tax revenue due to turnover and absence costs stemming from childcare issues.

• In total, childcare issues result in an estimated $5.65 billion annual loss for North Carolina’s economy.

• 35% of parents who experienced disruptions to their employment in the past year reported leaving the workforce as a direct result of issues with childcare.

• 15% of working parents are planning to leave employment over the next 12 months, 18% of women and 13% of men.

The full report is available online at NCChamber. com.

According to the report, the childcare coverage gap in North Carolina is not only a barrier to parents’ ability to participate in the labor force but also a hindrance to the state’s potential for growth.

The report cites numerous studies highlighting the developmental benefits of high-quality childcare for young children. Children given appropriate childcare perform better in school, are less likely to drop out, and achieve higher test scores.

Access to childcare also allows parents the flexibility to pursue careers or enhance their education or vocational skills. Consequently, breakdowns in the childcare system result in valuable missed opportunities for children and their parents, who may experience disruptions to their work or education.

Despite the well-demonstrated benefits resulting from high-quality childcare, families in North Carolina often struggle to access affordable arrangements for their children. This occurs to the detriment of the state’s economy.

The results of this research during March 2024 suggest that insufficient childcare availability is costing North Carolina $5.65 billion in lost economic activity each year. The report quantifies the direct economic impact of childcare issues and builds on previous efforts


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Pinnacle Classical Academy headmaster

elected charter coalition vice chair

Dr. Shelly Shope, headmaster of Pinnacle Classical Academy, has been elected vice chair of the North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Shope earned her master’s degree in school administration and her doctorate in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University. In 2021, the North Carolina General Assembly appointed her to the state’s Charter Schools Review Board at the recommendation of House Speaker Tim Moore.

“Pinnacle Classical Academy’s board is excited for Dr. Shope to be

offered and accept another state leadership role for public charter schools,” said Debbie Clary, chair of Pinnacle Classical Academy’s board of directors.

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“We are so proud of Dr. Shope’s work at Pinnacle Classical Academy.”

“Our lawmakers -- as well as her peers -- have recognized that she is one of the premier charter school leaders in the state,” added Clary.

Founded in 2013, Pinnacle Classical Academy is a tuition-free public charter school that attracts 1,165 students from five counties. It is recognized as one of the best elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Major food recalls: black pepper, cucumbers, potatoes, beef, soft drink, and more

Over the past two months, major food recalls have affected various regions across the United States and locally.

Black Pepper Recall:

On June 3, UBC Food Distributors, based in Dearborn, Michigan, announced a recall of its Baraka brand Ground Black Pepper. The recall was prompted by potential Salmonella contamination, a bacteria that can cause severe infections in young children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

The affected black pepper was sold nationwide in 7-ounce clear plastic packages with an expiration date of January 2026 and a UPC code of 8 22514 26626 6.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated the product might have been produced in Jordan. Production has been halted while the FDA and the company investigate the source of the contamination.

Consumers who purchase this product should return it to the store for a full refund. For further inquiries, UBC Food Distributors can be reached at 313-846-8117.

Cucumber Recall:

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. of Delray, Florida, recalled whole cucumbers on May 31. These cucumbers, shipped between May 17 and May 21, 2024, may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall affects bulk cartons sent to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributors in 15 states including Alabama, Florida, and New York.

The cucumbers are dark green, 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, and 5 to 9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall. The recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in a product sample.

Consumers should discard the cucumbers or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. can be contacted at 1-888-364-2993 for more information.

Potato Products Recall:

The FDA recently updated the risk level for more than 10,000 recalled potato products from Veggies Made Great. The Broccoli Cheddar Breakfast Potato Bakes recalled in early May due to potential Listeria monocy-

togenes contamination have been classified as a Class II health risk.

The recall affects 10,544 boxes with the lot code 11724 and a “best if used by” date of October 18, 2025. Retail stores in western states, including Arizona, California, and Nevada, sold these products.

Listeria poses serious health risks to vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women are particularly at risk, being ten times more likely to contract the infection, which can lead to miscarriage. Symptoms range from fever and muscle aches to severe complications like headaches and convulsions. Consumers experiencing serious symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

Beef Recall:

South American Meat Inc., also known as 5Gogi LLC, based in Commerce, California, announced a recall on June 4 of approximately 20,111 pounds of frozen raw beef products. These items were imported from Uruguay around March 17, 2024, and were not inspected by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) upon entry into the U.S.

The recalled products include various cuts such as chuck roll, short rib, cube roll, striploin, flap meat, shoulder clod, tenderloin, oyster blade, and brisket. These items, bearing Uruguay establishment number “58”, were distributed to Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

Consumers and businesses should not consume or serve these products and should discard or return them to the place of purchase. For questions, contact Tim Yu, South American Meat Inc.’s Accountant and Logistics Director, at 310-720-5258.

Soft Drink Recall:

On June 3, the FDA classified several soft drinks from Charles Boggini Company by their health risk levels. The recalls involve Pink Lemonade, Cola Flavoring Base, and Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X, which contained undeclared ingredients.

The Pink Lemonade was recalled for undeclared FD&C Red No. 40, the Cola Flavoring Base for unde-

clared sulfites, and the Yellow Lemonade products for undeclared FD&C Yellow No. 5. These undeclared ingredients can cause allergic reactions and other health issues.

The Cola Flavoring Base and Pink Lemonade were classified as Class II health hazards, while the Yellow Lemonade products received a Class III health hazard classification.

Cream Cheese Recall:

Schreiber Foods issued a recall on June 6 for nearly 850,000 cream cheese products distributed to 19 states and Puerto Rico. The recall affected eight varieties of cream cheese spread and was prompted by potential contamination. Brands affected include Dunkin, Happy Farms, Hy-Vee, Piggly-Wiggly, Kroger, Schnuck, and Dutch Farms.

The recalled products have expiration dates between August and October 2024 and were packaged in April 2024. Consumers should check the brand names and return the products to the store for a refund.

For more about food recalls and safety information, follow The Healthy on Facebook and Instagram or visit the FDA’s website at FDA. gov.

FDA Recall Classifications:

The FDA has different classifications for recalled products to help consumers understand their associated risks. A Class I recall is issued when there is a reasonable probability” that use of or exposure to a product could “cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Class II means that when the product is used, it “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences,” according to the FDA definition. Class III is the third most serious type of classification, in which the “probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote,” and the recalled product is believed to be unlikely to cause any “adverse health consequences” if consumed or used.

In a landmark decision on June 6, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council approved the sale of recreational marijuana on the 57,000-acre Qualla Boundary. The resolution now awaits Principal Chief Michell Hicks’ review and signature to become law.

The Great Smoky Cannabis Company dispensary at 91 Bingo Loop Road in Cherokee, NC, will be the only place in North Carolina where people can legally purchase cannabis. Previously, buyers needed a medical cannabis card from the tribe’s Cannabis Control Board to make purchases. Forrest Parker, general manager of Qualla Enterprises, the tribe’s cannabis subsidiary, announced that adultuse sales would begin with adult tribal members, likely in July. North Carolina residents 21 and older can expect to be able to buy products starting in early to mid-August.

This expansion builds on the medical marijuana sales that commenced on April 20th at the Great Smoky Cannabis Company dispensary. Initially, purchasers required a medical card approved by the tribe.

The council tasked the tribe’s Attorney General’s office and Qualla Enterprises with gathering information and drafting implementation plans for the vote. Resolution 63, which passed on Thursday,


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to understand the size of the childcare problem better. Since 2019, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) conducted studies in twelve states. In each state, childcare breakdowns resulted in hundreds of millions— even billions—of dollars of lost economic activity. As state leaders consider the next steps to position North Carolina for continued economic success, childcare initiatives could enable the state to capitalize fully on its resources.

“The health of North Carolina’s economy is directly tied to the strength of its workforce. This survey shows that our state is not realizing its potential regarding families and economic competitiveness,” said Meredith Archie, President of the NC Chamber Foundation.

“Affordable, quality childcare supports working parents on the job, allows businesses to recruit and retain talent and helps North Carolina children develop skills for success in school and life. The NC Chamber Foundation will continue to provide research to inform North Carolina leaders on this issue and support the business community in providing sustainable, long-term solutions.”

The report is the latest in the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Untapped Potential series, which has previously measured the economic impact of childcare breakdowns in twelve other states.

Survey results esti-

amends the Cherokee Code to permit recreational adult use of marijuana. The resolution defines cannabis and hemp, outlines the role of the cannabis control board, and updates other guidelines.

Significantly, the resolution decriminalizes cannabis on the Boundary and updates the threshold for marijuana trafficking in the Cherokee Code to any amount over one pound. It prohibits public marijuana consumption and bans possession or consumption within 100 feet of schools, daycare facilities, churches, hospitals, tribal government buildings, public parks, playgrounds, community clubs, public swimming pools, and community facilities. The resolution also maintains prohibitions against driving under the influence of cannabis, driving with an open container of cannabis, and possession of cannabis on school property. Individuals under 21 years old remain prohibited from possessing marijuana or selling, giving, or transferring marijuana to underage individuals.

The Tribal Council’s decision follows a previous referendum where 70% of Cherokee voters supported legalizing cannabis use and possession for adults 21 and older. The council passed the resolution to regulate recreational cannabis sales and two flour amendments. Two council members voted against the

mate how often parents miss work or educational opportunities because of insufficient childcare. This information is then used to model the financial impact on the state’s economy to understand the untapped economic potential due to childcare breakdowns. The results highlight the challenges facing families with young children and clearly show the need for flexible access to high-quality, affordable care.

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recognizes childcare as a two-generation workforce issue—essential to supporting the workforce of today and developing the workforce of tomorrow. Unfortunately, the current supply of childcare falls short of demand due to a tight labor market and lack of sustainable funding for childcare programs,” said Aaron Merchen, senior director of policy and programs in early childhood education for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

“North Carolina’s childcare gaps drive parents out of the workforce, reduce tax revenue for the state, and put undue strain on households–particularly among the most economically vulnerable. While these challenges are complex and persistent, they are addressable, and the business community will play a central role in developing solutions that benefit all North Carolinians.”

“Quality, early childhood education lays the foundation for our children during the most formative years of their

measure, and one was absent. Additionally, three council members opposed a home-grow amendment, which was modified to permit home cultivation only for enrolled tribal members with medical cards who do not live with minors. The maximum allowable number of plants that may be grown at home under this provision is four.

The council also accepted an amendment prohibiting non-tribally owned businesses from selling hemp products on the Boundary. Meanwhile, plans for recreation sales are underway. The Great Smoky Cannabis Company will need to prepare for increased sales by implementing new protocols, hiring more staff, and making other updates. “We’re building a business and serving a market at the same time, so it works really well because we are able to take the things that we learn and implement them very fast,” Parker said.

According to estimates reported by The Charlotte Observer, the dispensary could generate nearly $206 million in gross sales revenues in its first year if it is limited to medical patients and up to $385 million if it is available to all adult users. By its fifth year, the projected revenues could reach $578 million and $843 million, respectively.

lives,” said Erica Palmer Smith, executive director of NC Child. “Further, we know that childcare access helps parents maintain employment, which is critical for supporting their children. This research clearly shows the importance of investing in the childcare system here in North Carolina. We look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to make that happen.”

“Prioritizing childcare is not only about ensuring the wellbeing and development of our children but also about fostering a strong economic foundation for the future,” said Danielle Stilwell, HR Development & Recruitment Manager at Columbia Forest Products.

“By investing in these areas, North Carolina can attract and retain top talent, which is crucial for sustainable economic growth. Columbia Forest Products recognizes the importance of supporting our employee owners’ families and understands the long-term benefits of investing in high-quality childcare. This collaborative effort between businesses, government, and community stakeholders will not only benefit families but also contribute to the overall prosperity and competitiveness of North Carolina.”

The Untapped Potential report follows research released by the NC Chamber Foundation last year showing that childcare is a nonpartisan issue and voters across the political spectrum want this to be an important priority for the state.

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1 Million North Carolinians may be gray-area drinkers

The term "gray area drinking" describes a middle ground between moderate drinking and severe alcohol use disorder (AUD). People in this category often drink excessively or for emotional reasons but do not exhibit the severe symptoms of AUD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 90% of people who drink excessively do not have a severe AUD but still face significant problems in their personal and professional lives due to their drinking habits.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the everyday challenges of normal life since that time have exacerbated stress and, consequently, heavy drinking, especially among women.

Jennifer Rose, a certified life coach, explains that many women turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism. Rose, once a gray-area drinker herself, now helps others through the East Coast Sober Squad, a support group for those navigating sobriety or questioning their relationship with alcohol. This group has been holding virtual meetups throughout the pandemic and since to

provide support and a safe space for discussion.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), AUD is characterized by the inability to stop using alcohol despite adverse consequences. Some indicators of AUD include:

• Inability to stop drinking or take a break

• Needing more alcohol to feel its effects

• Continuing to drink despite personal or professional problems

• Drinking occupying your thoughts

Look for these signs of gray area drinking, according to PsychologyToday. com:

• Anxiety, the emotional head game. This is a preoccupation with your drinking, whether it’s anticipating the next drink or regretting the last one. There may be a constant dialogue in your head around your drinking. If you're wondering whether your drinking has gotten out of control, that’s a good sign that it may already have.

•"Hangxiety," the physical head game. This is the anxiety that comes after heavy alcohol use. Because alcohol increases dopamine and GABA levels in the




Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of CECELIA R. GALLENTINE (24 E 133), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Scott Deal, Administrator on or before the 5th of September 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 5th day of June, 2024.

Scott Deal, Administrator Estate of Cecelia R. Gallentine 200 Joshua PL NW #37 Concord, NC 28027

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Having qualified on 13th of June, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of RONALD MCKINLEY WRIGHT (24 E 507), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Michael McFarland Wright, Executor on or before the 19th of September, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of to their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of June, 2024.

Michael McFarland Wright, Executor Estate of Ronald McKinley Wright 161 Ball Park Road Lawndale, NC 28090

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Having qualified on 7th of May, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of JAMES C. WOODARD; AKA, JAMES CANDLER WOODARD (24 E 405), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Eric Grant Woodard, Executor on or before the 19th of September, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of to their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of June, 2024.

Eric Grant Woodard, Executor

Estate of James C. Woodard; aka, James Candler Woodard

1625 N. Lafayette St. Shelby, NC 28150

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brain, when its effects wear off, anxiety follows. Coupled with the physical effects of a hangover, which can include nausea, headaches, fatigue, stomach pain, and more, hangxiety plagues gray area drinkers. If you find yourself experiencing hangxiety and losing productivity because of the symptoms, that’s a sign.

•You need more. Simply put, if your drinking has increased but the effects of that drinking are the same, or if you black out from drinking, it's a problem. Building a tolerance to alcohol can lead to alcohol use disorder, so increased tolerance or drinking till blacking out are both signs.

• Relationship issues. Heightened temperaments, sexual performance deficiencies, and arguments can all be attributed to problematic drinking. If you find yourself regretting things in a partnership or friendship that were done or said while drinking, or you become more irritable and argumentative, you may want to consider that a sign.

• Restlessness about drinking. If you’re stuck in your head and consumed with questions about your relationship with alcohol, consider it a sign. Experiencing a lack of energy or

motivation in your daily life, feeling guilt or shame about how much you drank, or not remembering how much you drank are also signs.

Gray area drinkers do not necessarily share all of these characteristics. Taking a break from alcohol can be a helpful first step in identifying or addressing gray area drinking. Challenges like "Dry July" or "Sober October" offer structured opportunities to abstain from alcohol and reflect on its role in one’s life. Rose emphasizes the importance of recognizing the impact of drinking on emotions and overall well-being. She notes that while going sober did not solve all her problems, it significantly reduced their impact and improved her overall health.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released an interactive online dashboard, "Alcohol & the Public’s Health in North Carolina," providing detailed alcohol-related information across all 100 counties. This tool was developed in response to requests for more accessible data related to excessive alcohol use. The dashboard compiles state and national data from the CDC, offering insights into consump-




Having qualified on 23rd of May, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of THELMA CHRISTINE HOLT (24 E 1077), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Munro Lebby Boinest III, Executor on or before the 29th of August, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of to their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 29th day of May, 2024.

Munro Lebby Boinest III, Executor Estate of Thelma Christine Holt 124 Ridge Crest Dr. Cherryville, NC 28021

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Having qualified on 11th of June, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of JAMES ANTHONY VANCE; AKA, JIM ANTHONY VANCE (24 E 461), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Steven Anthony Vance, Executor on or before the 19th of September, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of to their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of June, 2024.

Steven Anthony Vance, Executor Estate of James Anthony Vance; aka, Jim Anthony

Vance 2009 Blackwood Ave. Gotha, FL. 34734

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Having qualified on 13th of June, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of GILBERT FRANKLIN GREENE;AKA, GILBERT F. GREENE (24 E 510), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Ronald Cline Greene, Executor on or before the 19th of September, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of to their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of June, 2024.

Ronald Cline Greene, Executor

Estate of Gilbert Franklin Greene; aka, Gilbert F. Greene

105 Thisa Way Shelby, NC 28150

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tion patterns, public health impacts, and strategies to reduce excessive drinking.

Excessive drinking is the third leading preventable cause of death in North Carolina, with trends showing an upward trajectory from 2012 to 2017. The CDC defines excessive drinking as binge drinking (4-5 drinks or more in one sitting for women and men, respectively), heavy drinking (8-15 drinks per week for women and men, respectively), and any drinking by pregnant women or people under age 21. In 2017, an estimated 4,000 people in North Carolina died from alcohol-related causes. Excessive drinking is linked to a range of negative outcomes, including risky behaviors, chronic diseases, and mental health issues .

A survey conducted by in February 2022 found that 19% of North Carolinians, approximately 1 million people, can be classified as gray area drinkers. The survey analyzed drinking habits across different age groups, revealing that those aged 25-34 had the highest percentage of gray area drinkers at nearly one-third (32%). These figures highlight the widespread nature of gray area drinking and the importance of addressing it through awareness and support.

If you suspect that you have the habits of a gray area drinker, offers these tips: Tips for dealing with gray area drinking, according to PsychologyToday.


• Consider the circumstances in which you drink. Ask yourself some tough questions and be honest. Take a look at what’s changed in your drinking habits, why it’s changed, and how you truly feel about those changes.

• Make a pros and cons list. Journaling is a practice that can help you make sense of what’s swirling

around in your head. Listing what you get out of your drinking and what you lose because of it can help you clearly see how you might want to move forward with your drinking.

• Make drinking a mindful practice. Like journaling, yoga, or even eating, consider making drinking a practice you pay attention to. Being conscientious about your drinking can make a considerable difference in the how’s and why’s of your drinking.

• Consider taking time off from drinking. Try on a sobriety challenge such as Dry January or Sober October. You’ll be joining millions of others who are involved in the Sober Curious Movement while they rethink the drink.

• Assess the difference in how you feel. When taking time off from drinking, you can expect to feel an array of differences mentally, physically, and emotionally. Pay attention to those differences and consider keeping a journal of your feelings. You may find your life and relationships get better with more clarity and understanding from being sober. Here are some of those changes to pay attention to reduced hangxiety, better sleep, weight loss, better relationships, better intimacy, better clarity in all areas of life, more productive days, more energy, strengthened immune system, better eating habits, and better health in body, mind, and spirit. Gray area drinking is a significant issue affecting many North Carolinians. Individuals can improve their health and well-being by recognizing the signs and taking proactive steps. Support groups like the East Coast Sober Squad may also play a crucial role in providing the necessary support and community for those seeking to navigate sobriety or re-evaluate their relationship with alcohol.




Having qualified on 29th of May, 2024 as Executrix of the Estate of DORIS ANN WILSON (24 E 438), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Sandra W. Johnson, Executrix on or before the 5th of September 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 5th day of June, 2024.

Sandra W. Johnson, Executrix Estate of Doris Ann Wilson 1723 Chatfield Rd Shelby, NC 28150

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Having qualified on 11th of June, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of DORS DEAN CHAMPION (24 E 492), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Timothy Dean Champion, Executor on or before the 19th of September, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of to their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of June, 2024.

Timothy Dean Champion, Executor Estate of Dors Dean Champion 55 Heritage Lane Shelby, NC 28150

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Sugar substitute linked to possible strokes and heart attacks

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic announced that they discovered that higher amounts of the popular sugar substitute alcohol xylitol are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes.

Dr. Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., led the team that confirmed this association through extensive patient analysis, preclinical research models, and a clinical intervention study. The findings were published on June 6 in the European Heart Journal.

Xylitol, a common sugar substitute, is frequently used in sugar-free candy, gums, and baked

goods. It is used as an additive and boasts up to 40% fewer calories. Over the past decade, sugar substitutes, including sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, have surged in foods marketed as healthy alternatives.

While, Xylitol is commonly used as a sweetener in processed foods and can also be found in dental care products like toothpaste and mouthwash. While it may help prevent cavities, elevated blood levels of xylitol have been associated with heightened platelet reactivity and cardiovascular events.

Dr. Hazen’s team previously linked erythritol, another sugar alcohol, to



Having qualified on 31st of May 2024 as Administratrix of the Estate of Robert Edward Jackson (15 E 622), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against said estate to present them, duly verified, to A. Susan Biggers, Administratrix, Deaton & Biggers, P.L.L.C., 402 East Graham Street, Shelby, North Carolina 28150, on or before September 12, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate settlement with the undersigned.

This the 12th day of June, 2024.

A. Susan Biggers

Administratrix of the Estate of Robert Edward Jackson

Deaton & Biggers, P.L.L.C.

402 East Graham Street

Shelby, North Carolina 28150

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Having qualified on 28th of May 2024 as Administratrix of the Estate of Carolyn Josey (24 E 433), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against said estate to present them, duly verified, to A. Susan Biggers, Administratrix, Deaton & Biggers, P.L.L.C., 402 East Graham Street, Shelby, North Carolina 28150, on or before September 5, 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate settlement with the undersigned.

This the 5th day of June, 2024.

A. Susan Biggers Administratrix of the Estate of Carolyn Josey Deaton & Biggers, P.L.L.C. 402 East Graham Street Shelby, North Carolina 28150

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TO: The putative father, Wesley White, of female child

B.S.P.S. born May 27, 2010 to mother Amber Rebecca Lynn Smith.

TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed on May 15, 2024 in the above-titled Estate Proceeding. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows:


You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than July 25, 2024,and upon failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought.

This the 12th day of June, 2024.

A. Susan Biggers, Applicant North Carolina State Bar Number 18089 402 East Graham Street Shelby, North Carolina 28150 Tel: 704 482.7300 – Fax: 704 481.9562

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cardiovascular risks last year. Although xylitol is less common than erythritol in keto or sugar-free products in the U.S., it is widely used in other countries.

“This study again shows the immediate need for investigating sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, especially as they continue to be recommended in combatting conditions like obesity or diabetes,” said Dr. Hazen, Chair of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute and Co-Section Head of Preventive Cardiology in the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. “It does not mean throw out your toothpaste if it has xylitol in it, but we should be

aware that consumption of a product containing high levels could increase the risk of blood clot related events.”

The research analyzed over 3,000 patients in the U.S. and Europe, finding that high levels of circulating xylitol were linked to an elevated three-year risk of cardiovascular events. A third of the patients with the highest plasma xylitol levels were more likely to experience such events. Pre-clinical tests showed that xylitol caused platelets to clot, increasing the risk of thrombosis. The researchers also found that platelet activity significantly increased in people who ingested a xylitol-sweetened drink compared to a glucose-sweetened drink.



Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of JAMES W. BROWN; AKA, JAMES WILLIS BROWN (24 E 368), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said Estate to present them, duly verified, to the undersigned, Caroline Reynolds, Executrix on or before the 12th of September, 2024, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said Estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 12th day of June, 2024.

Caroline Reynolds, Executrix

Estate of James W. Brown; aka, James Willis Brown 2627 Philadelphia Rd Lawndale, NC 28090

c/o Brenton S. Begley McIntyre Elder Law 233 E. Graham St. Shelby, NC 28150

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The City Council of the City of Kings Mountain will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed moratorium, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160D-107, extending the date of enforcement for all nonconforming signs, as found in Section 156.130.0 of the Unified Development Ordinance, until 120 days from July 1, 2024.

The hearing will take place at City Hall, 101 W. Gold Street, Kings Mountain, North Carolina in Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Opportunity for public input will be offered during the public hearing portion of the meeting. For additional information regarding the proposed changes, please contact Development Services at 704-734-4595.

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In the Matter of the Estate of: JAMES PRESTON CARRIGAN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Having qualified on the 16th day of May, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of JAMES PRESTON CARRIGAN, deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the decedent to exhibit the same to the undersigned Co-Administrators on or before the 7th day of September, 2024 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the estate should make immediate payment. This the 5th day of June, 2024.

Kimberly Carrigan Ford, Co-Adm.

707 Bethlehem Road Kings Mountain, NC 28086

James P.Carrigan, Jr., Co-Adm. 121 Elmarg Drive Kings Mountain, NC 28086


P.O. Box 515, 300 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086

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The authors stress that further studies are necessary to assess the longterm cardiovascular safety of xylitol. They caution that clinical observation studies show association, not causation, and recommend consulting a doctor or certified dietitian for personalized dietary advice. This study is part of Dr. Hazen’s ongoing research into factors contributing to residual cardiovascular risk. His team identifies chemical signatures in blood that can predict the development of heart and metabolic diseases over time. Dr. Hazen has made pioneering discoveries in atherosclerosis and inflammatory disease research, including linking gut microbial pathways to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Dr. Hazen also directs Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Microbiome and Human Health. Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Founded in 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, the clinic is dedicated to outstanding patient care based on cooperation, compassion, and innovation. The Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. It operates 23 hospitals and 276 outpatient facilities, including locations in Ohio, Florida, Las Vegas, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, and London.




Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of JEWEL LYNETTE WILSON (24 E 325), deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned, Jordan Wilson Ellis, Administrator on or before the 29th of August 2024, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 29th day of May, 2024.

Jordan Wilson Ellis, Administrator Estate of Jewel Lynette Wilson 6217 Round Hill Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Counsel for Estate

J. Charles Hoyle, Attorney 207 Hoyle’s Road Kings Mountain, NC 28086

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In the Matter of the Estate of:

Bobby Joe Hull, deceased. File No. 24 E 489

Having qualified as Co-Executors of the Estate of Bobby Joe Hull, deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of said Bobby Joe Hull to present them, duly verified, to the undersigned, Gregory Stephen Hull and Dana Hull Hickman, c/o Loann S. Meekins, Teddy Meekins & Talbert, PLLC, 405 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150 on or before the 19th day of September, 2024 or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of June, 2024.

Gregory Stephen Hull and Dana Hull Hickman, Co-Executors of the Estate c/o Loann S. Meekins, Teddy Meekins & Talbert, PLLC 405 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150

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In the Matter of the Estate of:

Shirley M. Melton, deceased. File No. 24 E 184

Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Shirley M. Melton, deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of said Shirley M. Melton to present them, duly verified, to the undersigned, Anna B. Melton, c/o Loann S. Meekins, Teddy Meekins & Talbert, PLLC, 405 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150 on or before the 29th day of August, 2024 or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 29th day of May, 2024.

Anna B. Melton, Administrator of the Estate, c/o Loann S. Meekins, Teddy Meekins & Talbert, PLLC 405 E. Marion Street Shelby, NC 28150 KMH (5/29, 6/5, 6/12 & 6/19/2024

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SWEET POTATO PLANTS. Now Ready. Fresh vegetables, now ready. Lewis Farms, 5120 Fallston Rd. 1/2 mile north of Fallston on Hwy 18. 704-4720940 or 704-538-9397.



2006 CHEVROLET COLORADO PICKUP TRUCK. for parts only no title (704) 419-9016

TRAILERS NEW5X10 WITH GATE $1395. Areas Largest Trailer Inventory, Equipment, Dumps, Landscape, Enclosed, Gooseneck “New & Used”. Best Cash Deals Around, Credit Cards, Financing, Rent to Own, No Credit Check Available. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City. (828) 245-5895


WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

WANT TO BUY CARS& TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006


KOI FISH FOR SALE. All colors; short and long fin; 3”-4” fish $1.; larger fish $5.-$10. (864) 546-2778

CAR & TRUCK DETAILING by Ronnie Henderson. Call for Pricing. Reasonable Rates! (704) 691-5030 TRUMP 2024 GIFTS FOR SALE. is the place to find TRUMP 2024 Gifts IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WATERFRONT OWNERS AT MOSS LAKE. If you are a current waterfront owner and are concerned about new rules for the lakefront, promptly send your dues to Moss Lake Property Owner’s Association and send your email address to This will enable future communications about waterfront changes and is required to receive information about important upcoming meetings. Mail Dues to: MLPOA Treasurer / Ray Kenny. 116 Harbor Point, Cherryville, NC 28021.


BURNS HIGH CLASS OF 1974. 50th Class Reunion, Saturday, August 24, 2024. Cost: $50 per person. RSVP required. Contact: Beachmsj@ Deadline July 24 (704) 538-3988



DANT PART TIME. Starting pay $10.00 per hour. Mondays thru Thursdays 6 PM to 8 PM, Cleaning laundromat. Meticulous and punctual, willing to cover other shifts when needed. MUST APPLY ONLINE www.mountainwashlaundryshelbync. com TIEMPO PARCIAL pago inicial $10.00 por hora Lunes a jueves de 6 p.m. a 8 p.m. limpiando la lavandería Meticuloso y puntual Dispuesto a cubrir otros turnos cuando sea necesario. SE REQUIERE SEGURO SOCIAL O W7 DEBE SOLICITAR EN LÍNEA (704) 747-1748

HIRING. PERSON 1ST LLC is hiring for Direct Support Professional/Community Living and Support. If you are a positive person and enjoy making a difference in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, come and join our team. As a one-on-one support staff, you will be providing services in the home and community to help persons served reach beyond their limits! Please contact Eddie Scruggs, Executive Director for further details. 704-692-6974. (704) 692-6974 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SHELBY. Do you have a passion for cooking? Are you seeking a rewarding job in a safe, Christian environment with a long-standing commitment to childcare? First Baptist Church of Shelby Weekday Ministries is currently hiring a Food Service Coordinator. POSITION DETAILS ARE: ROLE: Food Service Coordinator. EXPERIENCE: Preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate. ENVIRONMENT: Safe, Christian setting with a rich history of nurturing children. If you’re interested, please reach out to Penny Corn at: PHONE: 704-482-3460. EMAIL:

NOW HIRING LANDSCAPERS FOR FULL TIME YEAR ROUND EMPLOYMENT. Must have valid driver’s license and transportation. Over time available. (704) 473-0341



WILL CLEAN HOUSES. Reasonable rates. Call or text me at (704) 419-9016

TONEY’S PLUMBING REPAIR. Tub, faucet installation, kitchen lavatory installation, hot water heater repair/replace, drain clean. All work guaranteed. 828-223-0332.

MCNEILLY TREE SERVICE & LAND MANAGEMENT. Tree Removal, Trimming, Demolition, Land Clearing, Firewood, Hauling Services, Debris Removal. Free Estimates. (704) 472-3766

HANDYMAN SERVICES. NOW IS THE TIME. Over 25 years Exp! Install Replace Hot water Heaters, Mulching, Trees and Bushes trimmed, Minor Repairs, Ceiling Fans, Mini Blind Installation, Any Handyman Services. No Job too Big or Small! References available. We will show up and do the job. Call us first, 704-692-4449.

CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tuneup Special, $69.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704472-9367.

MEN WITH TRUCK. Need Help Moving Stuff? Trash or Bushes Removed? Buildings Cleared Out? Things That Won’t Fit In Your Car? (704) 813-7970

HYDRAULIC CYLINDER REPAIR. Skid Steer, Wreckers, Rollbacks, Splitters, Tractors, etc. 30 years experience. Shelby, NC. (Joe) (704) 692-1097

PAINTING, ROOFING, TILE FLOORS, wood decks, fences & carpentry work. Free estimates. Ask for Harold or Jim 828-429-7511.

LANDSCAPER NEEDED. Laborers, experience preferred. Driver’s License a plus. (704) 526-6640

ERIC MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, full service on lawnmowers or tractor. Honest & Reliable! (704) 300-2332





HUGE YARD SALE. Sat., June 22, 2024 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Lots of baby boy and baby girl clothes, along with toddler girl clothes, toys, baby necessities, women and men clothing and more…..1408 Briarcliff Road, Shelby, NC 28152 FOR SALE

10X10 HEAVY DUTY DOG LOT. Excellent condition, Sells new for $1,000. Will sell for $250. 828-429-3117.

2 GRAVE SITES FOR SALE. Gaston Memorial Cemetery. $4000. (704) 692-7362

DISCOUNT APPLIANCES. Refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby, NC. (704) 477-4766

TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC. 704-434-6389, (704) 473-0867

Wood shipping crates for sale with some lids. 3 different sizes. I can send pictures. I have a few smaller crates ideal for planter. New shipment just arrived. (704) 300-1818


INSTOCK! Deliveries Twice A Week. One Piece or the Whole Roof. J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895


NEW-USED TRAILERS PARTS & ACCESSORIES FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAILERS. 1500 Square Feet of Parts, Axles, Tires, Lights, Gates, Ramps, etc. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City, (828) 245-5895

TINY HOUSE / OFFICE UNIT. 12’ X 28’. Small Kitchen, 1/2 Bath, TV on Wall, Heat & Air. $35,900. Deliver & Blocked. “Financing Available”. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City. (828) 245-5895


CASH FOR YOUR CAR. Running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704692-6767, (704) 487-0228

I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197

CKC GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY FORSALE. Female puppy looking for her forever home. Red and black, she has 1st and 2nd shots, dewormed and physical by Boulevard Animal Hospital in Shelby. She loves to cuddle. Discount for military and first responders. $500 (704) 734-7088,

SHIH-TZU. Beautiful, cuddly and shy female 2 year old Shihtzu for sale to a good home for $650. Up to date on shots and healthy. 828292-3001 (828) 292-3001,

HILL. $1500.00. Rose Hill Memorial Park, Lawndale, NC. Lot #428, Section 2. Number of graves - 2 (3 & 4). Seller pays deed transfer fee. (704) 9151972 OLD SCHOOL GAS JUGS.

5 gallon, a 2.5 gallon and 1 gallon. These are old school filler necks with air release ports. $20, $15, $10. Only have TWO 5 gallon ones left! (704) 300-1818

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788

STEEL BUILDINGS. “Large On Site Display”. Concrete Pads, Grading, Plumbing, Electrical. “One Stop Shop For All !” J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City, 2690 Hwy. 221 South. (828) 245-5895 USED CAMPER TOPS FOR SALE: Various sizes and styles. Keep it dry and safe! 828-351-8846. CARPORTS, GARAGES, BOAT, RV COVER HAY BARNS, Etc. “Check Out Our Price Before You Buy... There Is Difference!” J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895


Women’s and Men’s Trek Bikes for Sale. $400 each. Call 704418-9331. (704) 418-3799

STORAGE BUILDINGS WOOD OR METAL. New, Used, Repo. New Buildings from $3756.00. Inventory changes weekly! J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City, NC. (828) 245-5895

I SUPPORT TRUMP 2024 GIFTS. Visit the Online Mall at to see the I Support Trump 2024 Gifts

MANUAL WHEEL CHAIR $95. Invacare, 250 lb limit, 16 inches wide, elevating legs rests. Free delivery this week. Call Scooterman Mike (704) 4381292 mobilityservices07@

HORSE QUALITY HAY FOR SALE. Call (704) 487-6855

TOOLS FOR SALE Tools for Sale. Excellent condition. Too many to list all. Call to set up appointment to view. (704) 4180938

CASE XX HAWK BILLS IN STOCK! 1 OZ. SILVER BARS & ROUNDS Available (While Supplies Last)* Plus: More KNIVES•KNIVES•KNIVES at Jake’s Knives & Coins located at 1008 S. Lafayette St., Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 or (980) 295-5568

3 CABELA’S ZERO GRAVITY LOUNGE CHAIRS. Used 1 time $125 each. Clean vintage freezer cartons all sizes in very good condition. $10 dozen. Various fishing equipment rods, reels, tackle box, net. $125. 704-473-6587


OLD SPORT CARDS, COMICS, MAGAZINES, Books, Toys, Games & Memorabilia - Any collectibles older than 1980. (704) 750-1821,

WANTED WOOD STOVE. Papa Bear type or similar. Paying Cash. Please call Don, Rutherfordton. (843) 582-5909



HAY BALES FOR SALE. Good grass, 4x5 large hay bales. $50 each. 828-429-4900.


PONY. I have a good running 42” Troy Built Pony mower. Has new battery and carburetor. Moved to smaller place don’t need. (704) 300-1818,

4X5 FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. Net wrap-been sprayed, fertilized and limed. Last year’s hay. Stored in barn, never wet. $40.00 a roll-10 or more. 980295-8808.


DOG KENNELS. 5X10X6, 10x10x4, 10x10x6, 10x20x6. Single Kennel, Double Kennel or Triple Kennel. Dog Houses. Rain Tops Available. “Pickup or Delivery Available.” J. Johnson Sales, Forest City (828) 2455895

KUNE KUNE PIGLETS FOR SALE. 8 weeks old. $100-$150 each. WILSON FARM. Call for info (704) 349-3378

HENS FOR SALE. 4 Types - Brahma, Ameraucana, Red Producer & Cochins $30 each. Call (828) 289-7719

POMERANIAN BABY BOYS. Adorable pom baby boys ready for their new homes. Very sweet personalities will make excellent family companions. First vaccination and wormings, started on pee pad training. Text or email for more information. (828) 284-4621

TWO GREAT PYRENESSE. Male 3 years old, Female 2 years old, UTD on shots & wormings, super sweet. Small rehoming fee. Must go as a pair! (828) 569-9807

2 KITTENS FREE TO GOOD HOME. 9 weeks old, 1 male, 1 female. Will be small. Leave message. (704) 616-9489 CKC REGISTERED ROTTWEILER PUPPIES. Vet checked, tails docked, dewclaws, wormed 2 times, 1st shots, eating hard dog food. (980) 295-7249

YORKIE-POO MALTESE FEMALE. 6 lbs, $600. Male Yorkie-Poo, Teacup, Black, Neutered, $500. Shih Poo Maltese puppies, 1 male, 1 female, toy size, Female $700, Male $600. (828) 391-0919

FULL-BLOODED GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. 9 weeks. No papers. Parents on site. Solid black. Ready now. 828-748-9614, 828-460-8187.

BOXER PUP FOR SALE. Female pup, shots/ deworming, seal(black) and white markings $500 firm w/ papers (704) 4773900 MINI MICRO ADORABLE AFFORDABLE BABIES. True Designer puppies, great service & EMS, trained, shots, microchip, under 10lbs (864) 623-8803 FREE CATS AND KITTENS. Free to a

COCKAPOO PUPPIES. 2 FEMALES 5 males. Born May 8. Tails docked, dew clawed. Parents on site. $1,000. Serious buyers only. 828-305-2181.

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PIES. I have akc golden retriever puppies for sale. They will be ready to go home starting June 9th. I have 6 boys and 2 girls available. 704-284-3598 (704) 284-3598

MINIATURE POODLE Sweet and cuddly Poodle needs a new home, elderly parents can no longer take care of her. She is all white, almost 3 years old, has all her shots for $800. 828-292-3001 (828) 2923001


PUPPIES. AKC Golden Retriever puppies born May 2. Dewormed, Vet approved. All papers with full breeding rights. Mom and Dad are on sight so you can see what these beautiful puppies will grow into. Sweet lovable smart dogs!!! They are treated with kindness, love and the best of care. Ready to go to their new homes. 6 girls and 3 boys. Call 704-477-0526 for more info!! (704) 477-0526

SHIH-TZU PUPPIES FOR SALE. Pure bred Shih-tzu puppies for sale. Dam & Sire are registered CKC. Puppies come with papers, vet checked and first set of shots. 1 male and 1 female, white, brown/tan and black. $650. 828-292-3001 or 704-466-6542 (828) 292-3001

BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES. 1st Shots and Wormer with Healthy Vet Check. Both parents on premises. Available week of July 8th. $850 each. Taking Deposits. (828) 429-2401


4 BABY KITTENS free to a good home. 9 weeks old. Very pretty. 2 white, 2 part Siamese. 828-744-2127.



1998 FORD F-250 STANDARD Automatic, 173,000 miles, with ladder rack and tool boxes. Cold A/C. New battery and wipers. Ready to roll! $6150. Call (704) 300-1818,

1977 FORD LTD All original, good condition. Asking $1,500. 704-477-1879.

2006 FORD ECONOLINE CARGO VAN E-250 Utility Van. Has ladder rack and tool & supply racks with Buckhead gate behind driver seat. Cold A/C. Automatic. New Battery & Wiper Blades. $7900. Call (704) 300-1818



1997 FORD F-SUPER DUTY CHASSIS CAB XLT Package. 7.3 Diesel Power Stroke, Removable Pipe Rack Flat Bed. 146,000 miles, PW, PDL, 5 Speed Manual, $22,500. Call (704) 300-1818



In the Matter of the Estate of: Brenda Carolyn Gardner 24 E 43


Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Brenda Carolyn Gardner of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the said Estate of Brenda Carolyn Gardner to present them to the undersigned by August 29, 2024, or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate, please make immediate payment.

This the 29th day of May, 2024.

Hal Max Gardner, Jr. 1003 Warlick Rd. Lawndale, NC 28090 Administrator of the Estate of Brenda Carolyn Gardner

John V. Schweppe, III

THE SCHWEPPE LAW FIRM, P.A. Post Office Box 1269 Shelby, North Carolina 28151-1269 (704) 487-7204

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In the Matter of the Estate of: Lemuel Keith Hipps 24 E 189


Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Lemuel Keith Hipps of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of the said Lemuel Keith Hipps to present them to the undersigned by September 12, 2024, or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate, please make immediate payment.

This the 12th day of June, 2024.

Kathryn A. Hipps

3607 Artee Road

Shelby, NC 28150

Executor of the Estate of Lemuel Keith Hipps

John V. Schweppe, III


Post Office Box 1269

Shelby, NC 28151-1269

(704) 487-7204

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1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE. 144,000 miles, automatic, lots of new parts, needs paint, runs great, $5000. (704) 300-9223

1985 CHEVROLET S-10. 2,800 street driven miles. $35000, Pro-Street, 383 Engine, 400 A/T, A/C. (828) 606-5630



2015 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 300. I have a 2015 Polaris sportsman 300 for sell, has low miles, great shape and has been garage kept! $4000. Lenoir, NC. (704) 214-3606 2016 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1200 SPORTSTER. 10,000 Miles. Saddlebags, windshield & back rest. $8900, excellent condition. (704) 692-1648


FOR SALE 1996 14x80 Single Wide Mobile Home. Completely remodeled. Asking $18,000 or OBO. Needs to be moved. 704-466-0196.






SUNNYVIEW, NC FOR SALE BY OWNER. Convenient location, 4.5 acre lot on quiet country road. $55,000 with owner financing available. 828-4293287.


MAKING HOME OWNERSHIP A REALITY!. 2 bed, 2 bath Mobile Home — $7500 Down and $898.46/month. 1/3 acre Lot! Central AC/ Heat, Laundry Hookups $49,999. This is a RENT TO OWN home! (828) 544-0900



SMALL 2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME. Suitable for a couple or single. Washer, dryer, stove & refrigerator, central air. Deposit and criminal check required. (704) 313-7357


HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. (704) 739-2059




LOCATED IN SHELBY NC. Is currently accepting applications for our 2 and 3 bedroom Townhomes. Rent is based on income (and even some expenses are deducted). Call or visit today! 1526 Eaves Road, Shelby, NC or call for more information. Equal Housing Opportunity. (704) 487-1114

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE. Has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications now. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, Shelby, NC (704) 482-7723 (704) 482-7723



Bedroom, deposit required. Weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. NO TEXTING. (704) 473-4299

LAWNDALE HOUSE FOR RENT. New, remodeled, 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Call (704) 538-7661 Sec Dep & Ref required. (704) 583-7661


HOUSE FOR RENT $900.00 per month. 6 rooms, 1.5 baths. no pets. Looking for a couple to possibly do light farm chores. Cherryville area. call 704 435-2542, 704898-5208. (704) 530-6453

RUTHERFORD COUNTY LOWER-LEVEL APARTMENT, 4 ROOMS, 2 handicap bathrooms, complete kitchen with all appliances. Washer/ dryer. $700 month, $700 deposit. 339 Shenandoah Drive, Spindale. 828-429-9594.

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, Shelby. (704) 487-6354




In the Matter of the Estate of: Jean Grissom Lail, Deceased 24 E 605


Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Jean Gris-

som Lail of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the said Estate of Jean Grissom Lail to present them to the undersigned by August 29, 2024, or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate, please make immediate payment.

This the 29th day of May, 2024.

Carolyn Lail Morris 223 London Rd. Lawndale, NC 28090

Executor of the Estate of Jean Grissom Lail

John V. Schweppe, III THE SCHWEPPE LAW FIRM, P.A. Post Office Box 1269 Shelby, North Carolina 28151-1269 (704) 487-7204

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The public will take notice that the City Council of the City of Kings Mountain has called a public hearing regarding a proposed text amendment to Table 156.30.02-1, the table of Permitted Uses by Zoning District, in the City of Kings Mountain Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Title XV: Land Usage, Chapter 156.

The hearing will take place at City Hall, 101 W. Gold Street, Kings Mountain, North Carolina in Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The proposed text amendment, Z-24-6, would add All Other Indoor Entertainment as a permitted use in the Light Industrial zoning district.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Opportunity for public input will be offered during the public hearing portion of the meeting. For additional information regarding the proposed changes, please contact Development Services at 704-734-4595.

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CABIN FOR RENT. Secluded Cabin in Gilkey area. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer combinatiion, heat/air. With acreage. NO inside pets. References. Excellent place to live. Call 828-437-6754 (828) 437-6754



Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Paula Lynn Sundell of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the said Estate of Paula Lynn Sundell to present them to the undersigned by August 29, 2024, or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate, please make immediate payment. This the 29th day of May, 2024.

Eric Todd Sundell 1105 Mooresboro Road Shelby, NC 28150

Executor of the Estate of Paula Lynn Sundell

John V. Schweppe, III THE SCHWEPPE LAW FIRM, P.A. Post Office Box 1269 Shelby, North Carolina 28151-1269 (704) 487-7204

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Having qualified on June 6, 2024 as Executor of the Estate of Royce Patrick Hoey, deceased, late of Cleveland County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of said Royce Patrick Hoey to present them, duly verified, to the undersigned, Carl Lee Gaston Jr., c/o Nichóle B. Greene, Greene Law Offices, PLLC, 806 North Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150 on or before the 14th day of September, 2024 or same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 12th day of June 2024.

Carl Lee Gaston Jr., Executor of the Estate c/o Nichóle B. Greene Greene Law Offices, PLLC 807 North Lafayette Street Shelby, NC 28150

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FOR RENT RUTHERFORD COUNTY SENIOR LIVING AT ITS BEST! 55 and older. 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartments. Forest City. $675 deposit, $675 month. (828) 447-9622 QUIET, CLEAN, SAFE, STUDIO APARTMENT. Are you 55 years or older and looking for a quiet, safe and clean setting to call home? We have a studio apartment available in our fabulous 12 unit community that might be the right fit for you....Rent of $675/month includes: *Refrigerator *Stove *Oven *Water *Internet *Trash *Front Door Parking *External Security Cameras *Community/Coin Operated Washer & Dryer... $675 Security Deposit also due on lease agreement... Give us a call or email and we’d be happy to discuss further or give you a tour of what Hilltop Apartments has to offer. Call us at: (828) 829-5850 or email at: hilltopinfo@hopperproperties. com (828) 829-5850 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $700 per month. 828-382-0475. FIRST FLOOR WITH PRIVATE ENTRANCE. Extra large bedroom, large bathroom, walk-in closet, kitchen with bar/counter, close to downtown. $1200/per month. 828-375-4275. CLASSIFIEDS CONT’D FROM PAGE 6B All Classified Ads That Have Been Paid and Placed Online or Published in Print Will Not Be Refunded if Ad is Cancelled. PLACE YOUR AD AT CAROLINACLASSIFIEDS.COM OR CALL 704-484-1047 Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon
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How to Find a Good Doctor

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend some good resources to help me locate some quality doctors in my area? I’m looking for an orthopedic doctor for my 77-year-old mother and a new internist for me, since my doctor retired last year.

Searching Susan

Dear Susan,

Finding and researching doctors is a lot easier than it used to be. Today, there are variety of websites you can turn to that provide databases of U.S. doctors, their professional medical histories, and ratings and reviews from past patients on a number of criteria. Here are some good sites to help you get started, along with a few additional tips that can help you find the right doctors.

Searching Tips

To help you locate some good doctors in your area, a good first step is to get referrals from trusted friends, along with any doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals you know.

You also need to check your insur-

ance provider. Call your insurer for a list of approved doctors or ask whether the doctor you’re considering is in-network.

If your mother is enrolled in original Medicare, you can use the care compare tool at care-compare – click on “Doctors & Clinicians.” This will let you find doctors by name, medical specialty or by geographic location that accept original Medicare. If she’s enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, call or visit the plan website to get a list of approved candidates.

Once you find a few doctors, you need to call their office to verify that they still accept your insurance, and if they are accepting new patients.

You should also consider hospital affiliation. Your choice of doctor can determine which hospital you go to, if needed, so find out where the doctor has admitting privileges. Then use some hospital ratings services like (click on “Hospitals”) to see how it compares with other hospitals in the area.

Researching Doctors

After you find a few doctors you’re interested in, there are various websites you can consult, to help you evaluate them. For example, the Federation of State Medical Boards offers a tool at that will let you find out doctor’s board certifications, education, states with active licenses, and whether or not a physician has been disciplined by a state medical board.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS Data) is also a good source for researching doctors. For example, it will help you find out how many times a doctor did a particular procedure and what they charge for it – go to and click on “Medicare Physician & Other Practitioner Look-up Tool.”

And to learn about the financial relationship that doctors have with drug and medical device companies, visit

Some other good sites for finding and researching healthcare professionals include Healthgrades (healthgrades. com) and Vitals (

Both sites provide substantial doctor’s information on education and training, hospital affiliations, board certification, awards and recognitions, professional misconduct, disciplinary action, office locations and accepted insurance plans.

They also offer 5-star ratings scales from past patients on issues such as communication and listening skills, wait time, time spent with the patient, office friendliness and more. But be aware that while physician rating websites can be helpful, they can also be misleading and unreliable.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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