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Crawford honored with 80-year pin from Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts By Loretta Cozart

The city’s new water transmission loop system is complete. Light blue lines are new water and dark blue lines are existing water. The system included installation of 8 miles of 36” water transmission line, and encircles the entire water distribution system totaling 15 miles of 12” to 24” water line. Photo by City of Kings Mountain

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Water transmission loop system project complete City Manager Marilyn Sellers announced during the May City Council meeting, “The City of Kings Mountain is very proud to announce that the water transmission loop system project is complete. The inspections have been performed, valves turned on, and water is flowing as I speak. This is a monumental accomplishment that has been a 40-50 year goal of past management, water directors and consultants.” “This sets the City’s reliability standards at a whole different level and a defi-

nite economic development driver. We have seen a lot of accomplishments overs the years – too many to list – but this has to be in the top five. We will have some type of ceremony/ribbon cutting to celebrate such a historical event with the date to be announced later. Thank you to our current and past staff along with consultants for the great work in seeing this through to its completion,” she said. The Complete Water Distribution Project, which made this loop system project possible, cost approxi-

mately $40 million dollars and includes the expansion of the T.J. Ellison Water Plant from 8.0 MGD to 12.0 MGD production (and designed to be easily expanded without major infrastructure cost), installation of 8 miles of 36” water transmission line, and encircles the entire water distribution system totaling 15 miles of 12” to 24” water line. The majority of the funding was through interest-free loans, state grants, private development, and current rate payers/users. The last stage See SYSTEM, Page 5A

City Council considers proposed $50.5M budget By Loretta Cozart In a budget Public Hearing held on Tuesday, June 15, City of Kings Mountain council members considered appropriating fifty million, five hundred seventy-two thousand, three hundred and thirty dollars ($50,572,330) for operating and capital expenses of the city government and its ac-

tivities for the 2021 – 2022 Fiscal Year beginning July 1. Budget recommendation highlights show no change in property taxes, no changes to the city’s General Fund fees, no changes to city employees for health insurance, and no employee additions for the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year. Additional highlights include no electric rate increase, no water rate increase, no wastewater rate increase, and no stormwater

rate increase. While no increase was proposed for the gas rate, the city will review the rate during each month of the fiscal year and a rate increase, if warranted, may be proposed at any time during the fiscal budget year. There are no proposed medical plan changes for Healthcare benefits for city employees and no increase in cost for medical. Projected capital outlays from the General Fund See BUDGET, Page 5A

On Tuesday, June 8, William Donald (Don) Crawford received his 80year gold pin for his service to the Piedmont Council and the Battleground District of Boy Scouts of America. At the ceremony, Kirk Setzer, Director of Field Service for the Piedmont Council, presented Don with a framed certificate and gold pin. “Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council, presents this certificate in honor of William Donald Crawford for his 80 years of dedication and service to scouting and the Piedmont Council. The youth we serve today will lead us tomorrow,” Setzer said. “In my 28 years of scouting, I don’t believe I have ever awarded an 80year pin!” Donald Crawford became a Boy Scout in 1940 and earned his Eagle rank in 1948. At the age of 11, Crawford joined Troop 5 as a Cub Scout and picked up rocks for 5 cents an hour to pay for his uniform. The rocks were used to build the Scout clubhouse at the southeast corner of Cans-

Don Crawford was honored with an 80-year pin from Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts last week. Photo Piedmont Council, BSA ler and Walker Streets. The rock house is now a private residence. Governor Mike Easley honored him with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s high-

est award to a civilian, in 2006. He is also recipient of the Silver Beaver award, the Order of the Arrow, and Charles Bell award, among many others. See CRAWFORD, Page 5A

Woman’s Club indoor yard sale this Saturday GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club holds its annual Indoor Yard Sale at the clubhouse this Saturday, June 19, from 7 am until noon this Saturday. All proceeds go directly into their Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship Fund. The Woman's Club gives a $1,000 scholarship each year to a senior boy or girl attending a 4 year university in North Carolina. Huge variety of items from household, craft, home decor, toys, and clothing. Come early so you do not miss out on the best selections. The GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club, and club president, Denise Cobb, invites the public to join us in raising funds for the future. We value our students in Kings Mountain and

Special items like this set of dishes will be posted on the GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club Facebook page throughout the week. want to support them in their pursuit of a 4 year degree at a North Carolina institution. See GFWC NC Kings Mountain Woman's Club Facebook page, gfwcnckm,

A variety of straw hats will be available for sale Saturday, just in time for another concert in Patriots Park. Photos by Anne Gamble for more information and updates. They will be posting pictures of special items that will be on sale Saturday. Kings Mountain Woman’s Club is located at 108 East Mountain Street.

Special Planning and Zoning meeting called for June 16 Rotary Bingo Night Saturday At the regular monthly meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board on

June 8th, the Planning and Zoning Board decided to hold another public meeting on the Proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to discuss the Planning and Zoning Board members collective thoughts and recommen-

dations to send to City Council on the proposed ordinance and Chapter 160D compliance. The board intends to have a UDO discussion and Draft Zoning Map Review based upon the proposed UDO. See MEETING, Page 5A

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