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East Coast Party Band to appear LIVE in Kings Mountain Concert second show of the LIVE at Patriots Park Concert Series Cruise-In will coincide with Concert Series on June 5. (photo provided)

City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Dept. to host Cruise-In Cruise-In will coincide with the concert scheduled on June 5 Some very cool rides are heading back to Downtown Kings Mountain as the City of Kings Mountain once again hosts the Live at Patriots Park Cruise-In, Saturday, June 5, 2021. On June 5, local car enthusiasts will fill the streets in the Downtown with their

favorite street or stock cars, trucks and motorcycles too. The Cruise-In, will coincide with the Concert Series scheduled on the same day. Roads impacted during the events will be Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets. The Cruise-in will begin at 5:00 pm. With live music, cool rides and great food, you do not want to miss this event! See CRUISE-IN, Page 5A

It’s time to put on your boogie shoes! The City of Kings Mountain welcomes East Coast Party Band to Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre, June 5, 2021 for the second concert of the Live at Patriots Park Concert Series. Based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, East Coast Party Band covers six decades of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Beach and much more! The band’s founder, Mark Black, is no stranger to the Kings Mountain area. “I grew up in nearby Clover South Carolina,” says Mr. Black. “However, my mother’s family all live(d) in Kings Mountain. My Grandfather, Ed Bumgardner, started the first youth

East Coast Party Band to perform on Saturday, June 5. (Photo provided) football program in Cleveland County. I have close ties with Kings Mountain High School as well. I was a Student Teacher there in the Fall of 1988 and studied with Chris and Sarah Cole. It means a lot for me to come back and perform in the area

again. My Mother hasn’t seen me on stage since 2005. As you might can tell, I’m excited for my group to take the stage and host a night of fun and musical entertainment.” Sure to be a fun night indeed, Carolina Beach Music

Association Award winning DJ Eric Bowman opens the show at 6:00 pm. East Coast Party Band will follow at 7:00 pm. A Cruise-In, also hosted by the City of Kings Mountain, will begin at 5:00 pm. See EAST COAST, Page 5A

Top students speak out Road closures at KMHS Commencement Several roads in the Downtown area to be impacted on June 5 due to Concert Series and Cruise-In The City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department will host a Concert Series and Cruise-In, Saturday, June 5, 2021. Several roads in the Downtown area will be impacted during the events. Railroad Avenue, West Gold Street surrounding Patriots Park and a portion of West Mountain and South Cansler Streets will be closed beginning 2:00 pm, Saturday June 5th, 2021 and remain closed or barricaded until 11:00 pm. Further information regard-

ing road closures is listed below. • Partial barricade placement will begin at 8:00 am – some roads will still be accessible during this time but vehicles must be moved by 2:00 pm • Additional barricade placement will begin at 2:00 pm • Roads closed at 2:00 pm and remain closed until 11:00 pm (ALL unauthorized vehicles will be towed after 2:00 pm) • Arrival time for Cruise-In participants will begin at 4:00 pm with the Cruise-In beginning at 5:00 pm-Concert will begin at 6:00 pm • Participants in the Cruise-In and concert goers, See ROAD, Page 5A

Olivia Green is Valedictorian of the Kings Mountain High School Class of 2021 and Emily Poeng is Salutatorian. The No. 1 and No. 2 academic scholars in the graduating class of 264 seniors gave the keynote addresses at commencement exercises Saturday morning, May 29, at 9 a.m. in John Gamble Stadium. Green interspersed her remarks with reflections on moments the class shared before COVID defined “our lives.” I am an optimist and I prefer to live by the motto, “Live, laugh and love,’’ she said. Green also challenged the graduates to be the cure of racism. ‘The past two years have been the embodiment of un-

City Council meeting Mural Ordinance approved and other actions taken Kings Mountain City Council held a Public Hearings on May 25 to discuss several items that had been continued that were on the agenda. The first item under consideration was a Public Hearing to consider a re-

quest from Larry D. Carroll for a Voluntary Contiguous Annexation Petition for property located at 2108 Vestibule Church Road. Economic Development and Planning Director Stuart Gilbert said city staff recommended denying the request, because they had been unsuccessful in reaching Mr. Carroll by phone, email, or by visiting the site. Councilman Allen made a motion to deny continuation and council unanimously approved denying the request. The second item was a Public Hearing to consider

an Ordinance to create the City of Kings Mountain’s Mural Ordinance. After discussion, Councilman Rhodes made a motion to approve the ordinance and the vote was 6-1, with Councilman Allen voting against. The final continued item was a Public Hearing to consider an Amendment to the City of Kings Mountain Zoning Ordinance regarding vacant properties located in the KMPPED overlay district to include language in Article VI, Section 6.16 Kings Mountain Protection, See CITY COUNCIL, Page 2A

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VALEDICTORY SPEECH – Olivia Green addresses graduates and guests at commencement exercises for the KMHS Class of 2021 Saturday. Photos provided precedented times. Each day it seemed a new conflict arose without giving us enough time to recover from the last. From a virus that has taken the lives of 3.5

SALUTATORIAN – Emily Poeng, Salutatorian of the KMHS Class of 2021, is pictured with her family. From left to right, Emily’s sister Amy Poeng, Emily Poeng, and their parents Dee and Al Poeng. million people to witnessing incidents that reinforced the notion that racism sadly still prominently exists within

our society, she said. “Injustice runs deep. It’s similar to a virus. It takes on See TOP, Page 8A

City of Kings Mountain in partnership with the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame to host

Pickin’ At The Park Kick-Off set for June 3 at Gazebo in Patriots Park Thursday nights in Downtown Kings Mountain will sound much sweeter this summer as the City of Kings Mountain and the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame partner to host Pickin’ At The Park. Pickin’ At The Park is an acoustic jam session which will run every Thursday night at the Gazebo located

in Patriots Park. Kick-off to this FREE series begins June 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun. Want to participate? All pickers are welcome! Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue,

Kings Mountain. For more information on Pickin’ At The Park, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame at 704860-4068.

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