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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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Catawba Two Kings Casino pre-launch facility opens on Thursday, July 1. (photo by Loretta Cozart)

Catawba Two Kings Casino opens July 1

Heavy traffic anticipated for Red, White, and Boom! Celebration July 3 Heavy traffic is expected in Downtown Kings Mountain, July 3, as the City of Kings Mountain hosts the Red, White and Boom! Celebration at Patriots Park. Roads impacted in the Downtown during the event will be Battleground and Railroad Avenue, Gold, Mountain, and Cansler Streets. As a result, the City is offering Shuttle Pick-Up and Drop-Off Services at the following locations: • First Baptist Church located at 605 West King Street, Kings Mountain • Patrick Senior Center located at 909 East Kings Street, Kings Mountain

• Cherokee Street Parking-located at South Cherokee Street-10 minute walk to Patriots Park. • Parkdale Mill-located at 500 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain-10 minute walk to Patriots Park. Shuttle Service will only be offered to and from Patriots Park. It will not be offered to and from Deal Park Walking Track. Shuttle Service will begin at 4 PM and end at 11 PM. The City urges patrons attending the event at Patriots Park to use the shuttle services as parking may be scarce in the downtown. .Motorists are urged to

use extreme caution when traveling through Downtown Kings Mountain due to the increase in motor vehicles and pedestrians. For more information on the Red, White and Boom! Celebrations at Patriots Park or the Deal Park Walking Track, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704730-2101, or visit their website at www.kingsmountainevents.com/red-whiteboom. You may also visit their Facebook page at @ cityofkmspecialevents. See page 3A for complete details about Red, White and Boom!

By Loretta Cozart After years of speculation and discussion, the long awaited Catawba Two Kings Casino, located at 538 Kings Mountain Boulevard, opens to the public on Thursday, July 1. The pre-launch facility, as it is known, is not a permanent facility but one that is intended to get things started. The 14,700 sq. foot prelaunch facility is being constructed from 23 modular units placed side-by-side to form one large space containing 500 slot machines. The gaming area is about 14,700 square feet and the administration area is about 4,200 square feet. The remaining six units will be used for an administrative area and for restrooms. The smoke-free facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will provide a snack bar, service

bar, with an outside area for food trucks and dining. Parking for 650 cars will be available with a capacity of 1,100 people. Smoking is not allowed inside the venue but will be allowed outside in designated areas. The next phase of construction, called the introductory phase, is slated to begin in January. This phase marks the beginning of vertical construction and will house approximately 1,360 slot machines when completed. The projected timeline for this phase is approximately one-year and should be finished in 2022. A parking garage will be constructed to provide parking for construction workers, to be followed by patrons to Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort once construction is complete. The final phase of the casino project will include a hotel, table games, and a

resort, but no timeline has yet been set as to when that phase will begin. When completed, the total investment estimated by the Department of the Interior is $273 million dollars. Lead consultant for Delaware North Chuck Kilroy announced that approximately 260 people were hired during two job fairs held in May at the LeGrand Center. “We hire people with upbeat personalities who have connections to the community. People think that working in a casino is like what you see in movies, like Ocean’s Eleven. It’s not. The people that work in casinos are real people who go home; they coach little league, and they lead Girl Scout troops,” Kilroy said. It is estimated 2,600 people will work in Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort when construction is complete.

American Legion World Series has new volunteer opportunities Just 42 days out, the American Legion World Series Committee seeks the community’s help during this year’s world series scheduled August 12 – 17. The committee is currently looking for volunteers to work as gatekeepers, ushers, and concession staff. Gatekeepers are responsi-

ble for checking tickets at the main gate during the ALWS games. They must be aware of the different types of tickets and how each should be handled. Gatekeepers typically work four-hour shifts. Volunteers are needed for day games. Ushers are responsible for helping ticket holders find

their seats. Ushers must be knowledgeable about Keeter Stadium and the numbering of reserved seats, box seats, rocking chair seats and the correct locations for handicapped fans. Ushers wear yellow vests over their volunteer T-shirts; the word USHER is on the back so fans entering See ALWS, Page 5A

Candidate filings begin July 2 By Director of Elections Clifton Philbeck Cleveland County Board of Elections

Candidate filing for most seats on the ballot this November begins Friday, July 2, at noon. Forty-nine seats across 14 municipalities and the Cleveland County Water Board will be elected during

the Municipal Election held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (see attachment). Candidate filing for 13 municipalities (Belwood, Boiling Springs, Casar, Earl, Fallston, Grover, Kingstown, Lattimore, Lawndale, Mooresboro, Patterson Springs, Polkville, Waco) and the Cleveland County Water Board will begin at Noon on Friday, July 2, 2021, and end at Noon on Friday, July 16, 2021. Candidate filing for the

City of Shelby begins at noon on Monday, July 26, 2021, and ends at noon on Friday, August 13, 2021. If more than two candidates file for any one seat, the City of Shelby will have a Primary Election on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. General Candidacy Requirements • Candidates must be 21 years old on Election Day. N.C. Const. Art VI. Sec. 6. • Candidates must be See FILINGS, Page 5A

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