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106 East Mountain Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086 Volume 132 • Issue 33 • 704-484-1047

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Dr. Gangoo retires


238 Cherokee Grill and 238 Pizzeria

Restaurants add flavor to downtown Kings Mountain By Janet Hart, City of KM In 1982, Robert Bolin left his hometown of Kings Mountain to join the U.S. Army. After his tour of duty was over with the Army, he decided to move back home. “When you have a passion for your hometown, you want to help in any way that you can,” said Bolin. Since he loved food, Bolin decided to open a restaurant. The first restaurant was 238 Cherokee Grill which opened in 2010. Next, came 238 Pizzeria in 2016.

While both restaurants share some similarities, they are definitely different. 238 Pizzeria has a casual atmosphere and serves a variety of pizzas and Italian foods. Whereas, 238 Cherokee Grill is more upscale and serves steak, fish, burgers, wraps and salads. Both restaurants are located in downtown Kings Mountain, but 238 Cherokee Grill is not actually on Cherokee Street. It’s located at 222 S. Railroad Avenue next door to Patriots Park and 238 Pizzeria is located at 238

Cherokee Street. If you get confused, just follow the amazing smell of garlic, onion and Italian spices to either restaurant. The restaurants are only about a block apart. “Having both restaurants in downtown Kings Mountain is the primary reason for our success,” said Bolin. “We get tremendous business when the City of Kings Mountain has special events in the Park and festivals downtown.” In the past six months, the City of Kings Mountain has See 238, Page 5

Josh Flores with Latinos for Freedom (third from right) poses with KMPD Chief Proctor and members of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Photos provided

Latinos for Freedom Back the Blue Josh Flores with Latinos for Freedom recently provided lunch at Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain for law enforcement, first responders and telecommunicators. Approximately 40 members of the Kings Mountain Police Department, Kings Mountain Fire Department, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, 911 Communicators and many more stopped by to enjoy hot dogs, chips and cold drinks. The City of Kings Mountain Police Department appreciates the support from Latinos for Freedom.

Abdul Rashid Gangoo, M.D., F.A.C.P., an internist who subspecialized in infectious diseases, retired on August 1, 2020 after practicing medicine in Kings Mountain for forty-one years. Dr. Gangoo was born and raised in the city of Srinagar in the picturesque valley of Kashmir. He grew up with four siblings all of whom still reside in Srinagar. Upon graduating from Government Medical College, Srinagar in 1968, he was employed by the Indian government’s health services. In 1972, he moved to the United Kingdom and worked at Poole General Hospital in Dorset, England and later at St. David’s Hospital in Cardiff, Wales. He then immigrated to the United States in September 1973 and joined Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s medical residency program in Internal Medicine. He spent his first two years of residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York City and his third year at Queens

DR. ABDUL RASHID GANGOO, M.D General Hospital. From 1976 to 1978, Dr. Gangoo was enrolled in a two-year fellowship training program in Infectious Diseases at Nassau County Medical Center (affiliated with the State University of New York at Stony Brook). After completing his fellowship, Dr. Gangoo and his wife Firdous left the hustle and bustle of New York City and moved to Cherryville, North Carolina in September

1978 before settling in Kings Mountain in March 1979. For Dr. Gangoo, the slower pace of life that Kings Mountain offered was a very welcome change from his years amidst the frenzy of New York City. “A calmer and quieter atmosphere is much more suited to my natural disposition and personality,” he says. Dr. Gangoo was the first internist in Kings Mountain and the first infectious diseases specialist in Cleveland County. He joined the medical staff of Kings Mountain Hospital (KMH), Cleveland Regional Medical Center, and two hospitals in Lincoln County. He established his medical practice at a clinic located at 810 W. King Street which he shared with Dr. George W. Plonk, a well-established and beloved surgeon, and has been seeing patients at the same location ever since. “It’s been an honor to serve the Kings Mountain community. I am so grateful See GANGOO, Page 5

GW Marching Bulldogs receive lead gift from David and Marie Brinkley $10,000 Gift Designated to assist in relaunching Marching Band at GWU In March, Gardner-Webb University announced plans to reestablish the University’s marching band under the direction of Dr. Mark R. Cole. Today, GWU comes one step closer to that day with a $10,000 gift from long-time university supporters David and Marie Brinkley. “We are so very grateful to David and Marie Brinkley for their generous lead gift in support of the Gardner-Webb University Marching Band. The Brinkleys certainly know good football, and they appreciate a good gameday experience. The return of our Runnin’ Bulldog Marching Band in fall 2021 will make Saturdays in Spangler Sta-

DAVID AND MARIE BRINKLEY dium something special, and it will give our talented musicians a new stage upon which to showcase their skills.

GWU is indeed fortunate to have friends such as the Brinkleys,” noted GWU See GIFT, Page 5

Earthquake felt in Kings Mountain By Loretta Cozart

Suzette Ross and Chief Proctor.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred two miles south-southeast of Sparta, NC on Sunday, August 8 at 8:07 am, according to a preliminary report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Due to fault lines and the earthquake’s intensity, it was felt 127 miles away in Kings Mountain. Aftershocks are anticipated. Kings Mountain resident,

Becky Husky told the Herald, “I felt the bed shake and it woke me up. When I opened my eyes, I saw the blinds shaking in the window and knew immediately it was an earthquake. It isn’t the first earthquake we’ve had in Kings Mountain. In the ‘60s and ‘70s we had them a lot more often.” The earthquake was felt as far west as Kansas, as far north as Ottawa, Canada, and as far south as Marathon,

Florida, the USGS reported. According to the Great Southeast Shakeout, a website dedicated to earthquake preparedness, “On December 13, 1969, a minor earthquake with a noise like a sonic boom awakened many at Glenville. At Pickens, South Carolina, windows, doors, and dishes rattled slightly and many in the community were awakened. Moderate rumbling earth noises were heard. The See EARTHQUAKE, Page 5

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