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KEVIN GORDON

JOHNNY HUTCHINS

RONNIE WHETSTINE

Gordon new face on county board Republican Kevin Gordon, Chief Emeritus of the Waco Fire Department with a 30-year career in public service, is the new face on the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners. Cleveland County voters went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, and elected Gordon, a newcomer to county politics, and re-elected incumbent commissioners Johnny Hutchins and board vice-chairman Ronnie Whetstine. Shaun Murphy, Democrat and newcomer to politics, lost his bid for one of three seats open on the

board. Hutchins, of Kings Mountain, led the ticket with 32,821 votes or 28.5 percent of the votes cast. Whetstine, of Shelby, followed closely with 32,645 or 28.4 percent of the votes cast and Gordon, of Shelby, with 32,248 votes or 28 percent of the votes cast. Shaun Murphy, of Kings Mountain, received 17,294 or 15 percent of the votes cast. Other members of the board with unexpired terms are Republicans Doug Bridges and Deb Hardin, both of Shelby.

City Council passes sale of alcohol before noon on Sunday By Loretta Cozart Kings Mountain City Council voted 5-2 in favor of an ordinance allowing alcohol to be served in restaurants as early as 10 am on Sundays during a special called meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5. All councilmembers were present, and Jay Rhodes and Keith Miller cast the dissenting votes. This topic had been voted on during the October 27 City Council meeting, however it was brought before council to be re-voted because the ordinance was

not officially passed due to a lack of 2/3 majority of the actual membership on the date of introduction. Under the voting rules in G.S. 160A-75, if the date on which the board votes on the ordinance is regarded as the date of introduction, an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the actual membership of the council is required to adopt the measure. If an earlier date is deemed to be the date of introduction, a majority of the members of the council would be sufficient. See ALCOHOL, Page 4

Chili Cook-off at the Legion Nov. 14 By Loretta Cozart American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 announces a Chili Cookoff at Otis D. Green American Legion Post 155 at 613 East Gold Street, Kings Mountain this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 6 pm to 8 pm. All those who wish to enter the contest must have their chili at the post by 6

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pm. Bring your warmed chili in a crock pot. To enter the chili cookoff, the American Legion Auxiliary asks for a $5 donation. Cost to sample all the chili entered, and one vote for your favorite chili recipe, is a $10 donation. All proceeds go to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners chosen. All votes must be cast by 7:45 pm. The Chili Cook-off will be followed by karaoke. Please be sure to follow all social distancing guidelines during this event.

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Republicans sweep school board race A Republican sweep of the Cleveland County Board of Education race has placed five new faces on the 9-member board. Joel Shores, who recently retired from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department, led the winners with 29,735 votes or 13.5 percent of the votes cast. Following closely was Robert Queen with 29,658 or 13.4 percent of the votes cast. Greg Taylor, who received 28,371 of the votes cast, or 12.8 percent, Ron Humphries with 28,317 votes or 12.8 percent of the votes cast, and Rodney Fitch with 27,715 votes or 12.5 percent of the votes cast, round out the winning

RODNEY FITCH

JOEL SHORES

candidates. Ron Humphries is from Kings Mountain and other four winners are from Shelby. The three incumbents, Shearra Miller, current board chairman, garnered 17,251 or 7.8 percent of the votes cast; Roger Harris received 17,077 or 7.7 percent of the vote cast; Richard Hooker Jr, current board vice-chairman re-

ROBERT QUEEN

RONALD HUMPHRIES

ceived 15,644 or 7.1 percent of the vote cast, and Samantha Davis received 14, 108 or 6.4 percent of the votes cast, and Michael Tolbert Sr. received 13,190 votes or 6 percent of the vote cast. All are Democrats. Mrs. Miller is from Kings Mountain. The other candidates are from Shelby. Five Democrats and five Republicans sought the five open seats on the school

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board. Transparency with the public, safety in schools, Corona Virus pandemic, high school graduation, and current policy on how a school board attorney is used were issues addressed during a candidate forum. Other board members with unexpired terms are Danny Blanton, Phillip Glover, Dena Green, and Coleman Hunt.

Record-shattering votes for Biden, Trump

Republicans win big in Cleveland County Republicans won big in Cleveland County and voters supported candidates in state and national elections. Tuesday’s turn-out in the 2020 general election set records. In the Presidential election more than 75 million people cast votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat, and more than 71 million people cast votes for Republican President Donald J. Trump on Nov 3. President Trump is challenging the election results and declaration by media outlets that Biden has won the highly-contested race while votes are still being counted, including in North Carolina where the Presidential race is still up for grabs and Trump is leading Biden..

Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes, put Biden over the 270 votes needed to clinch the election Saturday night but President Trump’s challenge of alleged voter fraud may wind up in the courts. This year a record 103 million Americans voted early to avoid waiting in lines at polling places during a pandemic. More than 4.5 million people cast ballots in the Tar Heel State. That is more than 95 percent of all NC voters who cast ballot ins 2016. Turn-out at the polls on Nov. 3 was lighter. Cleveland County voters supported Trump 2-1 over Biden. The unofficial vote was: Trump, 33,664 and Biden, 16,879. Tim Moore, R - Cleve-

TIM MOORE

ROY COOPER

KELLY HASTINGS

land, NC House of Representative 111, was re-elected. He defeated Jennifer Childers, also of Kings Mountain, 24,407-14,004. Moore is also JOE BIDEN DONALD TRUMP Speaker of the NC House of RepresenDistrict Court Judge 27-B tatives. Angela Woods of Kings Seat 5. The vote totals: See WIN, Page 4 Mountain lost her bid for

Seating is limited

KMLT’s Frozen Jr. runs one more week The 2020-2021 season of Kings Mountain Little Theatre (KMLT) opened with Frozen Jr. on Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 pm. Due to the limited audience capacity allowed by Phase 3 of the North Carolina Covid-19 Plan, KMLT has added a Thursday evening performance to their schedule. KMLT and corporate sponsor, Edward

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week are scheduled for November 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 pm, with a matinee scheduled on Sunday, November 15 at 3 pm. KMLT will have 100 seats available for each performance. Additional capacity may be available if NC has a change when the current Phase 3 order ends. Please look for further updates from KMLT. Priority is given to sea-

son members and they are able to make a reservation to attend a performance. All others may purchase tickets at the box office. KMLT will have 20 tickets per performance for purchase at the Box Office on a first come, first served basis. Reserved seating not claimed at least 10 minutes before show time are subject to release for purchase See Page 4

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