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Senior Center needs food for older adults T h e Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain provides donated food to more than 50 older adults in our area every week. According to Patrick Senior Center Director Tabitha Thomas, “We need food donations to continue helping our seniors.” If you can donate food, please drop off non-perishable food in the blue barrel at their back door. Pop-tops are preferred for food items to ease the task of opening cans. The Senior Center is located at 909 E. King Street in Kings Mountain. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please call the Senior Center at 704-734-0447. “We appreciate financial contributions because we

Conceptual drawing of Two Kings Casino Resort. (Photo provided)

Drop off non-perishable food in the blue barrel at Patrick Senior Center’s back door. can use that money to purchase specific food and other items needed by seniors that we may be running low on,” Thomas added. If you need food, please See FOOD, Page 9

Conceptual drawing of casino area released By Loretta Cozart A conceptual drawing of development around Catawbas Two Kings Casino Resort shows plans for the area, with adjacent development that encompasses a live, work, and play concept in close proximity of one another. The development allows casino guests to stay nearby, while workers could lease apartments or buy homes within a short distance of their jobs. While these plans are subject to change, developers currently plan apartments, hotels, restaurants, outparcels, resi-

dential housing, and a gas and travel center. Single family residential lots, 50’x150’, are part of the development. As of now, 671 lots are planned, with the potential for another 160 or more lots depending upon land acquisition. Eleven apartment buildings, two outparcels, and six hotels are also planned. Each hotel will have four levels with 120 rooms according to the drawing key, which equates to 720 hotel rooms. The drawing also indicates that Dixon School Road will be rerouted through the complex to allow for more

residential housing at the perimeter. Tim Mine Road will also be extended to a new road adjacent to I-85 to bring traffic past the gas and travel center. The developer is also paying for a new a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at I-85Exit 5/Dixon School Road. “The DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals while providing easier access to an interstate,” according Larry Carpenter, Jr. Professional Engineer for the NC Department of Transportation. In an Economic Impact

Study done by London and Associates, they predict advantages for Cleveland County to be: • 2,600 direct jobs • 656 indirect and 323 induced jobs • $273 million Facility investment • $208 million in economic activity • $100 million total labor income annually • $5.1 million per year in total sales, property taxes • $428 million in annual impact

Land near casino sells for $1.77M By Loretta Cozart

Masks are required upon entering YMCA. (Photo provided)

YMCA reopens, taking measures to ensure safety On September 5, all Cleveland County Family YMCA branches reopened indoor fitness centers with limited capacity and following all local, state and national guidelines. Kings Mountain Family YMCA hours of operation are Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm 5:00 pm. At their website, the YMCA shared, “While we are excited to welcome members back inside, we recognize that the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 isn’t over.”

“North Carolina’s YMCAs have spent 24 weeks preparing to reopen facilities responsibly to ensure the safety of employees and participants. To keep indoor numbers small, the YMCA will continue their virtual and outdoor fitness opportunities, keeping pools open for as long as possible and delivering programs that improve spirit, mind and body,” they wrote. “The pandemic has hurt many, including the Y. Because of donors and members who stayed with us, the Y has remained on the front lines, serving the most vulnerable members of our communities.” What should you expect See YMCA, Page 9

One-hundred-eighteen acres of land near the casino sold for $1.77M on Monday morning. The property, once owned by the Humphries family, is located just southeast of the I-85 bridge on Dixon School Road. The property is zoned R-20. The buyer is Let's Roll Holdings, LLC and their address is listed as Greenville, SC on the deed. Bill McCarter of Foothills Commercial Real Estate was the buyer’s agent and the closing was handled by The Schweppe Law Firm, PA of Shelby.

Rikard named CCS Principal of the Year During a surprise visit among a small group of administrators, school b o a r d JULIE RIKARD members, and select family members, Julie Rikard of Kings Mountain High was named Princi-

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pal of the Year for Cleveland County. “Cleveland County Schools has many wonderful, dedicated principals who work hard each day to meet the needs of their students and staff, said Rikard. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as the CCS Principal of the Year; I was surprised and humbled with this recognition.” During Mrs. Rikard's ten-

ure, KMHS was recognized as being in the top 1% of all public and charter schools in the state of North Carolina in growth test scores. The Principal of the Year program is sponsored annually by Wells Fargo, and Rikard will now vie for regional consideration for top honors. “I look forward to sharing the great principles and practices that Cleveland County has as I represent our school

district,” added Rikard. Principal Rikard received a monetary award from Wells Fargo for professional development and will soon receive a crystal apple handcrafted by N.C. artist Robert Levin. “I have been blessed to work in this community for the past 30 years at Kings Mountain High School and Kings Mountain Middle School,” she concluded.

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