Rutherford Weekly 2-22-24

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Our 32nd Year • Over 25,000 Weekly Readers ISSUE NO. 8 • February 22, 2024 • • 828-248-1408

A tragedy created a desire to Pay It Forward, selling Homes for Heroes is now this woman’s goal Article & Photo By Jean Gordon A Connecticut couple who transferred to Rutherford County in 2020 for a job, would experience unbelievable tragedy less than three years later and yet the outpouring of love and friendship after the tragedy changed their lives forever. Rene and Francine Mira and their two children (ages 15 and 5) came to Forest City when Rene was transferred with Trelleborg in Rutherfordton. The family knew no one when they arrived and began to make friends as their kids enrolled at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. While Rene worked with Trelleborg, Francine was employed with financial investors with goals of making money. Being rich was a goal in the back of her mind. But a horrible traffic accident in 2023 in Cleveland County changed their perspective on life. Rather than having a goal of making money, Francine’s goal is to help others, the way her family was helped after the accident. The car crash claimed Rene’s mother’s life and a month later his father died in El Salvador, where the family lives. Two other family members were critically injured in the accident. Francine said her husband Rene was picking up his mother, sister and brother-in-law from the Charlotte airport. They were traveling from El Salvador for their first visit to North Carolina. The family planned to celebrate the mom’s birthday and the couple’s young daughter’s birthday. Francine was at their Forest City home with the children, when she got a telephone call from her husband. He told her he had been in a bad accident and was at the Shelby hospital. The family was traveling on US 74 in Shelby when a male driver in another vehicle crossed over the barrier and struck their vehicle head-on. Rene sustained serious injuries. His mom, sister and brother-in-law were transferred to a Charlotte hospital where the mother died because of her injuries. It was a horrible time for the family, Francine said. Rene’s father in El Salvador died one month later due to broken heart syndrome. While the family was dealing with the tragedy, Francine and Rene were the recipients of an outpouring of love from people in Rutherford and Cleveland counties. “For a while, a whole month people were helping with my children,” Francine said. They did not expect this kindness from people they didn’t even know. A go-fund me page was set up by Trelleborg employees to raise money to help send the El Salvador residents back home after recovery. The mother’s remains were united with her husband’s remains for a funeral service in El Salvador. “It was just the love and support we received was beyond anything we had ever experienced,” she

explained. “If we had still been living in Connecticut, we would never have received this kind of help,” Francine said. Neighbors and friends from Trelleborg made sure the children received meals each day as Francine was traveling back and forth to the hospital to help those who were injured.

back to the community. When we went through the accident the amount of support we received was just amazing. “I want to help as many Heroes as I can,” she said. As Francine continued to research Homes for Heroes rewards program she joined RE/MAX Journey in Rutherfordton to help find homes for heroes and others. She became more aware of all those in Cleveland and Rutherford counties that could receive assistance when buying their own home or selling one. Homes for Heroes is for firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, military personnel (active, reserve & veterans), healthcare professionals and teachers. Because of the unfailing love and support the family received in Cleveland County and at the hospital after the wreck and the support she received, she is working in both counties to find rewards for Homes for Heroes for residents who are eligible. These days Francine is taking the Homes for Heroes information to the veterans service office, businesses and even schools to help local heroes know they can buy a house and receive up to $3,000 in rewards. Any hero can save money when buying or selling a home. “I want to help as many heroes as I can,” she said.

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Francine Mira wants to help others.

Her husband’s sister and brother-in-law are still under doctors care and were back from El Salvador in January for follow-up surgery and visits. They will be back in April for further tests. Every immediate need the family had during the time was fulfilled by people they didn’t know. After the experience and help from people in Rutherford and Cleveland counties, life changed for Francine. “Now my life is about helping others. I do not need to be rich. I want to help others,” an emotional Francine explained. Deciding to quit her work with investors, Francine began looking for ways to “pay it forward.” One day as she was searching, she came upon the organization “Homes for Heroes” and she knew immediately that was what she was going to do. “This is one of the reasons why I chose to join this Homes for Heroes rewards program as a way to give

Shortly after 9/11 Homes or Heroes, Inc. was established as a way to give back and say, “Thank you” local heroes for all they do. Heroes save an average of $3,000 when they buy or sell a home with ReMax Journey Homes for Heroes or $6,000 if they do both. Francine said when adding up the savings from local real estate agents, loan officers, title companies, home inspectors and other every day deals in Rutherford and Cleveland counties, the savings are way beyond what people can get from other national programs. Requirements that must be met to receive the Hero Rewards are: be a hero, be registered on and work with a Homes for Heroes real estate agent, such as Francine. Homes for Heroes, Inc. was established in Minneapolis, MN by Ruth Johnson and family members Kacy Mlenar, Helen Johnson and Mark Micek. They obtained the trademarks and served the first heroes. For more information call Francine at 704-974-6460, email; or visit homesforheroes. com/affiliate/

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Storybook Parade performances March 15 & 16; features 75 local actors Sturgill – Fiddler, Young Mouse; Christopher Voltz – Rat, Young Mouse; Alayna West – Cheerleader, Sister; Tobias White – Man, Pig’s Owner; and Rusty Wilson – Old King Cole. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon. Contributed photo

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Wife, Farmer’s Wife; Elias Gowan – Fiddler, Brother (Freddy); Molly Gray – Little Miss Muffett; Fisher Gray – Brother, Spider; Phoenix Green – Backup Singer, Snow White Witch; Siobhan Hamby – Cheerleader, Sister; Cora Harding – Little Sister (Mary); Elijah Hunsinger – Jack (beanstalk); Addison Hunter – Silver Bell, Wife; Kaylynn Hunter – Cheerleader, Sister; Maddison Johnson – Cockle Shell, Sister; Marilyn Johnson – Cheerleader, Sister; Keira Kegley – Dog, Sister; Donna Kersey – Rapunzel Witch; Chris Knobil – Farmer, Chamberlin; Ned Knobil – Brother, Young Mouse; Patience Knobil – Little Sister, Gretel; Charlie Knobil – Little Brother, Hansel; Layla Langley – Little Sister, Jill; Lilly Langley – Little Sister; Colin Link – Dinky Pig; Brantley Lunsford – Little Sister; Angie Malan – Dame; Emma Malan – Girl; Jaison Malan – Giant; Ley Malan – Old Woman; Lucy Malan – Pretty Maid, Sister (Molly); Kari Marsh – Cuckoo Clock; Xavier McCarthy – Little Jack Horner; Emma McEntire – Mistress Mary; Max McKeithan – Pinky Pig; Sasha McKeithan – Little Red Riding Hood; Jonah Millwood – Priest, Black Sheep, Blind Mouse; Emelia Moore – Cheerleader, Sister (Marla); Sincere Moore – Little Brother (John); Amelia Murray – Little Sister (Marla); Kyndall Murray (Golden Goose); Zoey Parker – Cockle Shell, Cat; Harley Queen – Cheerleader, Sister (Stella); Emily Roach – Silver Bell, Wife; Lydia Roach – Cheerleader, Sister; Sophia Roach – Cockle Shell, Wife; Winnie Roach – Cheerleader, Sister; Cavan Roberts – Fiddler,

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The Rutherford County Arts Council has announced the cast for the upcoming production of “Storybook Parade,” a musical play by Diane McEnnerney, which will be presented on Friday, March 15 at 7pm and Saturday, March 16 at 3pm at R-S Central High School. The play, which has a cast of 75 local actors of all ages, features some of the most well-known stories and poems in western culture with a crazy, mixedup twist. Seen will be many of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes characters, several boys named Jack, the big bad wolf, witches, mice, Old King Cole, cheerleaders, and many others. The play is directed by Laura Link, with music direction by Gale Wilson and choreography by Layla Gaddy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available now at, or at the door. Children 5 and under will be admitted free. The cast includes, in alphabetical order: Ada Banfield – Pretty Maid, Sister (Sue); Liza Banfield – Sister (Darla); Olivia Banfield – Little Sister; Sam Banfield – Jack (the builder), Blind Mouse; Corbin Baynard – Brother (Pete); Sydney Beam – Cook, Citizen; Daniel Bradley – Inky Pig; Kat Brinnier – Baba Yaga; Will Crawford – Jack (& Jill); Brother (Benny); Colt Faulkner – BB Wolf; Sadie Ferguson – Cheerleader, Sister; Zachary Fisher – Rooster, Traveler, Blind Mouse; Sarah Fountain – Pretty Maid, Wife; Kali Fowler – Hickory Mouse; Tessa Gaddy – Cheerleader, Sister (Polly); Abby Garnett – Cow, Wife, Citizen; Denise Garnett – Tom’s Mother, Citizen; Zoe Garnett –

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Primary Election Day is March 5 Vote early until March 2

Primary Election Day 2024 will be Tuesday, March 5 in Rutherford County and across North Carolina. Voting will be from 6:30am to 7:30pm on Election Day and voters will cast ballots at the precinct of their residence. For those wishing to vote early, voting goes through Saturday, March 2 at the Rutherford County Annex Building at 289 North Main Street in Rutherfordton or at Isothermal Community College, 286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale. Remaining Early Voting days/hours are: • Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23 from 8am7:30pm • Monday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 1 from 8am7:30pm and on Saturday, March 2 from 8am-3pm. Saturday March 2 is the final day for early voting. Voting will at the the voters’ respective precincts on Election Day, March 5 from 6:30-7:30pm. Voters will cast ballots in national, state and local races. Local races include: on the Republican Party ballot include:

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• Rutherford County Board of Commissioners (District 2): Donnie Haulk, Marc Ledford, Greg Lovelace. • Rutherford County Board of Commissioners, District 3: Hunter Haynes, David Hunt • Rutherford County Board of Education At-Large: Mike Lungo, Phillip Morrow • Rutherford County Board of Education District 3: Rick Ficklin, Thomas Crawford • US House of Representatives: District 14: Jeff Gregory, Lillian Joseph, Tim Moore All voters will be asked to present a valid photo identification when voting in person. People who do not have a valid photo ID card, may obtain one from the Rutherford County Board of Elections prior to the election, through the end of the early voting period. If a person does not have a valid photo ID card

on Election Day, the person may still vote and have the vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediment (or “Photo ID Exception Form”) as to why there was not a valid photo ID available. The Exception Form can also be used if there is a religious objection to being photographed or are a victim of a recently declared natural disaster. As an alternative, if the voter does not have an ID when voting, the voter can still vote and then bring the valid photo ID to the board of elections by 5pm on the ninth day after Election Day (or the sixth day after Election Day for September or October local elections). If voting by mail, voters must include a photocopy of a valid photo ID when returning the ballot. The voter may also complete the Absentee Photo ID Exception Form that is provided with the absentee ballot materials. A list of all types of ID that can be used for voting is available on the State Board of Elections Voter ID webpage. For information on how to get a free ID, see Get a Free Voter Photo ID.

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Pavilion On Park Square (POPS) in Forest City has new banners The new banners at the Pavilion on Park Squares (POPS) were designed by Arianna Edwards, the marketing and events coordinator for the Town of Forest City. Arianna wanted to keep the primary features of POPS in the new banners - emphasizing the music events and the popular splash pad.

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Take Control of Your Blood Pressure 7 changes to help manage your health

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(Family Features) What you eat and drink, as well as your activity level and habits, affect your heart and brain health and are essential for managing blood pressure, cholesterol and more. High blood pressure (readings consistently higher than 130/80 mm Hg) is a leading cause and controllable risk factor for heart disease and stroke as well as other issues such as kidney failure, vision loss and sexual problems. In fact, nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but many may not even realize they have it unless they experience other complications. What’s more, ethnicity can also play a role in your risk factors. For example, Hispanic adults have some of the highest prevalence of poorly controlled blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association, which is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Due to longstanding systemic barriers, such as a historic lack of access to health care and nutritious foods, the Hispanic and Latino community is disproportionately affected by heart disease and related health issues. Additionally, Black women

of childbearing age are more than twice as likely to have uncontrolled blood pressure than their white counterparts, according to research published in a special Go Red for Women issue of the “Journal of the American Heart Association.” Food insecurity, or lack of access to adequate healthy food options, is also higher among Hispanic and Black women compared to white women, and one of the social factors that may impact high blood pressure risk. To help maintain blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg and manage risk factors, the American Heart Association with national support from Elevance Health Foundation recommends these lifestyle changes. Maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight or obese, you’re at increased risk of high blood pressure. Losing as few as 10 pounds (or 3-5% of your body weight) can provide health benefits, including lowering or preventing high blood pressure. Talk to your health care provider about a healthy approach to weight loss, including caloric intake and activities that may help both lose and maintain weight. Eat healthier. Eating fruits and vegetables, such as mangos, avocados and blueberries, can

lower blood pressure over time. Other smart choices include nuts and seeds, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and fish. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, eating plan is geared toward reducing blood pressure and helps create a heart-healthy eating style. Reduce sodium. Americans consume up to 75% of their sodium from processed foods like soups, tomato sauce, condiments and canned goods. To help cut back, read labels when shopping and choose lowersodium versions of your favorite foods, skip the table salt and consider spices and herbs as seasoning alternatives. Manage stress. Stress is known to contribute to risk factors for high blood pressure like poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption. Practicing relaxation techniques, such as yoga or deep breathing, practicing gratitude and doing things you enjoy can help reduce stress. Get active. Physical activity not only helps control high blood pressure, it also aids in weight management, strengthens your heart and lowers stress levels. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Limit alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If you drink, limit consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. Quit smoking. Every time you smoke, it causes a temporary increase in blood pressure. Both smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke also increase the risk for plaque buildup inside the arteries, a process high blood pressure is known to accelerate. Find more advice for managing your blood pressure at highbloodpressure.

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Rutherford County Senior Center host Valentine’s Dance Rutherford County Senior Center Staff made beautiful preparations to make their Valentine’s dance a success. There were around 100 participants who seemed to enjoy being on the dance floor. All proceeds from the dance will be used for improvements at the Rutherford County Senior Center. Article & Photos Provided By: Pat Nanney

Manage Heart Health for Stronger Brain Health (Family Features) The same risk factors that contribute to making heart disease the leading cause of death worldwide also impact

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54 million people had Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in 2020, a 37% increase since 2010 and 144% increase over the past 30 years (1990-2020). Additionally, more than 1.89 million deaths were attributed to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias worldwide in 2020, compared to nearly 9 million deaths from heart disease. “The global rate of brain disease is quickly outpacing heart disease,” said Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D. M.S., FAHA, the past president of the American Heart Association (2020-21), a professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and attending neurologist at New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “We are learning more about how some types of dementia are related to aging, and how some types are due to poor vascular health. It’s becoming more evident that reducing vascular disease risk factors can make a real difference in helping people live longer, healthier lives, free of heart disease and brain disease.” According to the statistics update, people with midlife hypertension were five times more likely to experience impairment on global cognition and about twice as likely to experience reduced executive function, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The risk for dementia associated with heart failure was nearly two-fold. Experts recommend maintaining a healthy weight, managing your blood pressure and

following other heart-healthy lifestyle behaviors that can also support good brain health while studies show maintaining good vascular health is associated with healthy aging and retained cognitive function. Optimal brain health includes the ability to perform tasks like movement, perception, learning and memory, communication, problem solving, judgment, decision making and emotion. Cognitive decline and dementia are often seen following stroke or cerebrovascular disease and indicate a decline in brain health.

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Consider these steps to live a healthier lifestyle and protect your heart and brain health: * Don’t smoke; avoid secondhand smoke. * Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Be mindful of your eating habits; eat foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars. * Be physically active. Start slowly and build up to at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each week. As an alternative, you can do 75


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Saturdays Through March 30 February 25 What: Symphony Rehearsals What: Black History Program When: Saturdays; 10am-12pm When: Feb. 25; 3:30pm Where:: First Presbyterian Church, Where: Gold Hill Assembly Academy Forest City More Info: Concert in April. No Building, Spindale More Info: The African American audition required. Heritage Museum of Rutherford February 24 County will sponsoring a program on What: Farmers Market the history of African American from When: Feb. 24; 10am-2pm Rutherford and Polk Counties who Where: Park Square (near POPS) have help shaped the county in many Forest City areas. Included a display of 55 Black What: Voices of Grace: A Leadership Churches thru out the counties. Rutherford Benefit Concert February 27 When: Feb. 24; 5-8pm Where: R-S Central High School What: Free Firearm Safety Class More Info: Praise bands, choirs When: February 27; :6-8pm and individual musicians asked to Where: Bill’s Creek Community participate in this fundraising concert Center (Suggested donation $25 per band/ choir) to help raise funds for a new More Info: Sponsored by Rutherford box truck to assist with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office; focus on the County Schools Backpack Program. safe usage and storage of firearms. What: AAU Track & field competition February 29 When: February 24; 7am to 5pm What: Leap Day hike Where: Tryon International Equestrian When: Feb. 29; 9:30am Center indoor complex Where: Weed Path Mountain Trail More Info: Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) will host up to 200 participants; More Info: Sponsored by Rutherford Outdoor Coalition and Chimney parking $5; admission $5 Rock State Park. Spaces limited; visit What: Wedding Expo When: February 24; 10am Where: The Foundation Performing Through February 23 Arts Center, ICC What: Applications due at REaCH! More Info: Tickets $3 to $5 When: Application deadline: Feb. 23. What: Benefit Concert for Rutherford Where: REaCH; 286 ICC Loop Rd., County Schools Backpack Program Spindale When: Feb. 24; 5-8pm More Info: Rutherford Early College Where: R-S Central High School High School (REaCH), on the campus More Info: Proceeds will go the of Isothermal Community College, Rutherford County Schools Backpack Program; sponsored by the 2024 accepting applications from 8th Leadership Rutherford graduating graders in Rutherford County. https:// class.


What: Polar Plunge for Rutherford March 2 March 15-16 What: BBQ dinner and singing County Special Olympics What: “Storybook Parade” When: March 9; Registration: musical play When: March 2; 4-8pm 10am; opening ceremony: 11:30am Where: Chase High School When: March 15-16; 7pm Friday; More Info: Benefit for Dr. Keith Where: McNair Field Parking Lot; 3pm Saturday Ezell; hosted by Sulphur Springs 214 McNair Dr., Forest City Where: R-S Central High School Baptist Church; food 4-7pm; More Info: Prizes! Register: More Info: Rutherford County Arts https://give.specialolympicsnc. singing 5-8pm. $10 plate; other com/2024RutherfordPlunge. Council production; 75 local actors. donations appreciated. Ethan 828- Questions: $15-adults, $12- students/seniors, 429-3105 or Sanna Smawley 292available at, or at the door. March 14 289-5044. Kids 5 and under- free. What: History Matters When: March 14; 5-8pm What: Carolina Isobot Regional Where: ICC Library Auditorium March 23 Competition More Info: Speaker, Monica What: Kids in America Concert When: March 2; 9am-3pm Where: R-S Central High School Lee, executive director of McNair (80’s tribute band) will share stories and When: March 23; 8pm More Info: Teams from Foundation, the legacy of Robert C. McNair. Rutherford County Schools will Where: The Performing Arts compete. Center, Isothermal Community March 15 What: Career Fair College When: March 15; 12:30-3pm March 9 More Info: Tickets $20-$30;. Call What: Free Skin Cancer Screening Where: Chase Middle School 828-286-9990 More Info: Business participation When: March 9; 9am-12pm valued, showcase your business & Where: Adaville Baptist Church, engage with students. Opportunity DEADLINE FOR Oakland Rd., Spindale for students to learn about various COMMUNITY More Info: 828-245-4596; career paths, college experiences, CALENDAR: sponsored by Community Health job duties, working hours & more. Council Matthew 828-247-1043. MONDAYS 10AM


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Volunteer Opportunity Ongoing Ongoing What: Volunteer Opportunity What: Stitch by Stitch When: Fourth Tuesday of each month When: On going When: 1st Saturday monthly, 12pm More Info: NC Guardian ad Litem Where: Rutherford County Library, Where: Rutherford County Annex, Program trains & supervises child advocate Callahan Rd., Spindale volunteers to represent best interests of kids More Info: Age 10 and up; cross-stitch, Rutherfordton in court system., needle point and slow stitching 828-288-6121. What: If you’re an American Legion More Info: 919-696-6064 Every Thursday What: Atrium Health community health member of Post 74 Forest City, Post 423 Henrietta or Post 437 Chimney Rock bus and haven’t renewed your membership When: Thursdays 9:30am-4:30pm Where: Grahamtown Community Center; dues for 2023-2024, please do so ASAP. Renew at 129 First St., Forest City More Info: Screenings, referrals, More Info: If you’d like to join the cardiology pediatrics, well checks, American Legion, contact Jimmy at 704minor injuries, diseases, radiology, 819-5862. diabetology; walk-ins welcome; www. What: Rutherford County Woodworkers Club

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SBA Deadline is Near for Working Capital Loans The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations that March 11 is the filing deadline for federal working capital loans in South Carolina due to frost and freeze that occurred March 14-16, 2023. Low-interest disaster loans are available in the counties of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg, Union, and York in South Carolina; and Cleveland, Polk, and Rutherford in North Carolina. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is available to eligible farmrelated and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Apart from aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, and ranchers. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4% for small businesses and 2.375% for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay

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fixed debts, payroll, account payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Applicants may apply online and receive additional disaster assistance information at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba. gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than March 11, 2024. About the U.S. Small Business Administration: The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit Article Provided By: Michael Lampton

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Chimney Rock Management is once again a sponsor of the Rumble at Rumbling Bald. Now in its By Gary Miller ninth year, the local event is a big draw for climbers It seems strange that one of my most vivid and boulders from all over memories from my childhood was planting a western North Carolina and tree. I don’t remember much about it other the southeast. The event is March 1-3. than my father bringing me this little sprout The Rumble celebrates the of a mimosa tree and showing me where I Carolina Climbers Coalition’s could dig a hole and put it in the ground. I (CCC) access at Rumbling was very proud of the fact that that tree grew Bald, raises funds for the into a fine adult worthy of my play time. I also GARY MILLER CCC’s stewardship and remember the weeping willow that shadowed my house and access efforts, and brings all of the times it offered one of its tiny limbs to my parents to 300 people to a WNC tourist be used as a switch. That same tree held my swing in my early town in its slowest months to have a grand old time. years. On down in the yard was a maple. This was my favorite The Rumble is all about tree to climb. The smooth bark and multiple limbs made for an bringing the climbing together to easy ascend to the top. The apple tree was old and decrepit. community the CCC’s Its trunk had a huge hole in it that produced rich potting soil celebrate for the plants in my house and yard. Its apples were sweet access at Rumbling Bald. The Rumble is one of the and good even though I never remember it ever producing a only outdoor ropes and bumper crop. There were other trees that grew in the swampy bouldering competitions on part of my yard, and these served as cover for me when I the East Coast. Whether a wanted to hide my treasure from my mother’s all-seeing eye. It seasoned climber or just seems trees were a part of most of our childhood. They were starting out, with a variety of diverse categories within like good dogs. No matter what kind of mood we were in, they one’s climbing discipline, the were still available and ready for whatever we had in mind. It person can showcase skills didn’t matter if we carved our initials in them; they carried each and compete for amazing one as a proud tattoo of the one they loved. And what child is it prizes from sponsors. This event raises essential that doesn’t want a tree house? A place they can call their own; funding for the CCC’s where they can decorate and be alone and invite friends over stewardship and access and rise above the difficulties below. efforts. A portion of the I pity the person who only sees creation as the product of Rumble proceeds will also chance – that by some unique moment in time, matter came go to North Carolina Friends together in a way that produced what we enjoy now. These of State Parks, supporting same individuals are forced by their theory to look at their own their amazing access work in Chimney Rock State Park. lives as meaningless. If they are correct, human life has no more Camping at Morse Park value than any other product of evolution. We too are simply a (2 miles away) is free with result of chance. I choose to believe God made those trees for registration. Camping times me. He did not create them because He needed something start at 5pm March 1 and else to do and this seemed like a good idea. He created them clean up by 8pm March 3. This is the same location so that I might get another mental picture of the nature of the as the after party/ awards One who can make something from nothing. And what those ceremony. Set up tents 10’ trees told me was that God would be everything I would ever away from other tents. Lodging: If not interested need. He would comfort me, provide for me, protect me, and in camping, consider staying hold me no matter when or how I came to Him. And He will do at a local business in town the same for you. and let them know you are Gary Miller has written Outdoor Truths articles for 21 years. He visiting the area for climbing. also speaks at wildgame dinners and men’s events for churches and Rumble participants receive associations. discounts with many local

businesses. All Climbing is at Your Own Risk: The climber is responsible for his/her own safety Volunteers: get discounted registration if they sign up for at least two volunteer roles. Learn more at: www. You Must Bring Your Own Equipment: Roped climbs must be set up by you, the

competitor, with your own equipment. Bouldering pads and roped climbing gear will not be provided. Bonus Points for Competitors: Because we believe that a good climber is not just someone who climbs hard, but someone who gives back to the community and land, bonus points will be given for climbers who attend a CCC trail day in 2024, and

are current CCC members. Register up to four people at a time and use the same email address for all of them if needed, be sure to select the category, t-shirt size and provide complete info for everyone. Online registration closes March 1 at noon. If any spots remain they will be available on-site that evening and the morning of the comp. T-shirt: registrants will be given a festival T. We can not guarantee your size and it will be first come, first serve at check-in on the day-of. Weather/No Refunds: if Saturday is rained out, climbing shifts to Sunday. If Sunday is rained out, the event will be canceled. Refunds are not possible. If canceled, or if you can not attend, see your registration as a donation to CCC’s ongoing access and stewardship efforts. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon

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Scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people out of their money and steal their personal information. Even the most educated people can fall for their tricks and manipulation tactics, especially when they make you believe there is a sense of urgency or you could be in danger. Imposter scams are a common scam in which criminals pretend to represent a government agency, law enforcement, a company, or even a family member. These scams use threats of legal consequences or arrest to make you act without thinking clearly. According to the FTC, people lost $2.7 billion to imposter scammers last year. Use these tips to help protect yourself or loved ones from this type of scammer: • One of the most important things to remember is that government officials will not reach out to you via text or phone to threaten you with arrest or ask for your personal information. If an unknown caller threatens to arrest you, it’s a scam. • If you get a call out of the blue, hang up and call the company or government agency directly. Using a number listed on their website, call the company to ask if the call is legitimate. Do not send any money or

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DEADLINE FOR CHURCH HAPPENINGS: MONDAYS 10AM • EMAIL TO: EVENTS@RUTHERFORDWEEKLY.COM Every Wednesday What: Bible Study & Dinner When: Dinner 5pm, Bible study 6pm Where: New Bethel AME Zion Church; 263 Forest St., Forest City More Info: 828-429-3497.

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By: Jean Gordon “We’re flying again on April 27” said a faithful volunteer with Blue Ridge Honor Flight out of Asheville. For this upcoming flight, more veterans are needed for the spring trip and any veteran interested in making the trip to Washington, DC — who have been on this flight — is invited to join. For the veterans, the flight is free. The flight is to honor

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One veteran said as he boarded the plane for the flight back to Asheville, “this was beyond any expectations and I feel like I can finally say and feel that the war (Vietnam) is over.” A gold star family member said this was the best day of her adult life. On the flight home last spring, Vietnam Veteran Mike Callahan of Rutherford County was sitting beside me on the plane. “Who pays for this?” he asked me. You see, all veterans fly free, thanks to the Blue Ridge Honor Flight nonprofit organization and others like you. Guardians and others pay a fee to join the veterans. Perhaps you are a veteran or know a veteran who would like to join the flight or maybe you want to help as a guardian and to help support these brave men and women who fought for the freedoms you and I have this very day. And you can make a monetary contribution by sending a check, calling or visiting the website. You’ll be glad you have a part of this great organization. PO BOX 18057, Asheville, NC, 866-224-4094; blueridgehonorflight@ or call Lisa at 828-287-2868. Contact Jean:

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NC Launches Additional Phone Support for People Experiencing Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorder The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services launched a new Statewide Peer Warmline on Feb. 20, 2024. The new Peer Warmline will work in tandem with the North Carolina 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by giving callers the option to speak with a Peer Support Specialist. Peer Support Specialists (or “peers”) are people living in recovery with mental illness and/ or substance use disorder who provide support to others who can benefit from their lived experience. The statewide Peer Warmline is a phone line staffed by Peer Support

Specialists who offer non-clinical support and resources to those in crisis. Their unique expertise helps reduce stigma while strengthening overall engagement in care. Like 988, North Carolina’s peer warmline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People in need of assistance and wanting to speak with a peer can call the warmline at 1-855-PEERS NC (1-855733-7762), and people who call 988 will have the option to connect with the Peer Warmline if they prefer to speak with a peer. The statewide Peer Warmline will be run by

the Promise Resource Network (PRN), a peerrun organization in Mecklenburg County. PRN was awarded the contract following a competitive public bidding process. “When you’re in a tough spot, sometimes the best person to talk with is a person who has had similar experiences,” said NC Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley. “The Peer Warmline expands our behavioral health crisis system in North Carolina toward the goal of meeting people where they are and helping prevent crises in the first place.”

According to the NCDHHS 988 Performance Dashboard, more than 40% of 988 callers are repeat callers who find it helpful to speak with someone. By providing access to peers, the warmline expands and enhances 988’s ability to offer that service. Warmlines have also been shown to improve outcomes for people in crisis by reducing hospitalizations and emergency department visits, reducing the recurrence of behavioral health symptoms, and increasing communication and collaboration between clinical care teams, individuals in crisis and


their families. “Peer support specialists are so important in our mental health and substance use system,” said Kelly Crosbie, MSW, LCSW, Director of the NCDHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Services. “Building relationships based on mutuality, trust and empowerment is essential to fostering healing and recovery.” Both the NCDHHS Peer Warmline and 988 are available to anyone, anytime. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call 1-855-PEERS NC (1-855-733-7762) or

call or text 988 or chat at People who speak Spanish can now connect directly to Spanishspeaking crisis counselors by calling 988 and pressing option 2, texting “AYUDA” to 988, or chatting online at or The Peer Warmline is part of NCDHHS’ broader strategy to improve behavioral health in North Carolina. The department is leveraging ongoing funding and the historic investment from the NC General Assembly to ensure everyone receives the care they need when and where they need it. Article Provided By: ncdhhs

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How To Find Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookies Cookies in Rutherford County are being sold on weekends at Walmart. If you want to support the cookie program, but don’t need the cookies, the public can also purchase packages of cookies and donate them to the annual Cookies for a Cause service project. Cookies for a Cause supports a local agency each cookie season, and our 2024 cause is first responders. All packages of cookies donated to this project will be delivered to local first Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is right in the middle of its 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program and now is the time to stock up on the favorite cookies. Right now, Girl Scout cookie booths are happening across the council footprint (western and central North Carolina), and booths can be found by using the cookie booth

responders, as well as U.S. military men and women and food banks throughout the communities served by GSCP2P, after the program is over. “We love the opportunity to give back to our local firefighters, police stations and other first responders in such a fun and different way,” said Jennifer Wilcox, CEO of GSCP2P. “When the public is buying cookies from our girls, they are not only supporting young girls’ entrepreneurial spirits and goals but, this year, they

locator found on the GSCP2P website at https:// cookies/find-cookies.html. The full 2024 cookie lineup includes Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Trefoils, Toast-Yay!, Adventurefuls and (in select quantities) the gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip.

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5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children ( As parents, one of your top priorities is the safety and well-being of your children. With all the potential pitfalls of day-to-day life, however, navigating the risks can be difficult. These everyday safety tips can help you navigate everything from car seat safety to baby-proofing and safe sleep, keeping your child out of harm’s way as much as possible from birth through his or her toddler years. Car Seat Safety * Always use a valid (typically less than 6 years old), federally approved car seat in motor vehicles. * Ensure the seat is properly installed. Refer to the instruction manual with any questions. * If you use an infant carrier, strap your child in on the floor, never a counter or tabletop. * For at least the first two years of your child’s life, the car seat should be rearfacing. * The safest location for a car seat is in the middle of the back seat. Choking Prevention * Avoid giving your child nuts, popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs and raw fruits and vegetables, such as grapes or carrots, that may present a choking hazard. * Never prop up a bottle and leave your baby unattended. * Inspect toys often to ensure they’re not broken and do not have small pieces that could easily become detached. * Be cautious of strings and buttons on clothing. Safe Sleep * The safest place for your baby to sleep is on his or her back, which reduces the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). * Avoid placing anything in the crib or bassinet that may suffocate your child, such as pillows, blankets or bumpers. * Keep your child’s room at a moderate temperature and dress him or her appropriately to avoid overheating. * Never leave your baby alone on a bed, couch, changing table, swing or infant seat. Water Safety * Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 F. * Test the temperature of bath water before setting your baby in the tub. * Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub.

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Wanda Jean Ervin Jones Wanda Jean Ervin Jones, 68, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024. She was born in Rossville, GA to the Ollie Lawrence Ervin, Jr. and Ola McDaniel Ervin. She is also predeceased by her niece, Christina Diane Wooten. Left behind to cherish her memory are her son, Michael Jones (Laura); daughter, Rebecca McSwain (James); sister, Cathy Ervin Wooten of Chickamauga, GA; brother, Larry Ervin, III (Pam); grandson, Aaron Smith (Kendal); one granddaughter, two grandsons, ex-spouse of 47 years marriage, W. Bruce Jones. She was a Registered Nurse and Nurse Midwife for over 20 years and loved teaching childbirth classes. Celebration of Life Services were held February 17 at Trinity Baptist Church in Mooresboro. Memorial tributes may be made at Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.

Elizabeth Haddock Elizabeth Haddock, age 69, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Sunday,

February 11, 2024. A native of Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Jesse and Fay Coker. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Jones. Elizabeth retired from UNC Charlotte where she worked in HR administration in the facilities management group. Left to cherish her memory is Elizabeth’s husband of 46 years, Douglas Haddock, one brother, Charlie Jones, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will have a gathering for family and friends, to celebrate Elizabeth’s life from 12-2pm at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse, Saturday, March 9, 2024. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heart of the Foothills, 380 US Hwy 221 N. Rutherfordton, NC 28139. A guest register is available at

Atrice “Red” Thompson Atrice “Red” Thompson, age 87, of Ellenboro, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, February 12, 2024 Red was born June 2, 1936 in Rutherford County to the late Theodore Bill Lovelace and Alice Nora Pruitt Lovelace. She worked in textiles for over 33 years before retirement. Red was a longtime member of High Shoal Baptist Church. In addition to her par-

ents, she was preceded in death by her son, David Thompson; sisters, Martha Jane Campfield and Vonnie Frazier; brothers, James, Floyd, Goober, and Franklin Lovelace. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Tammy Stacy (Todd) and Teresa Thompson all of Ellenboro and her son, Mike Thompson (Wanda) of Landrum, SC, ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. The funeral was held February 15 at High Shoal Baptist Church with Rev. Shane Adkins and Rev. George Whitmire officiating. Memorial donations requested to High Shoal Baptist Church, PO Box 386, Henrietta, NC 28076. An online guest registry is available at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Lib Evans Elizabeth Davis “Lib” Evans, age 90 died Sunday, February 11, 2024. Lib, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Rutherford County March 24, 1933, and was a daughter of the late Virgil and Florence Lenora Ledford Davis. She was a homemaker and a member of Concord Baptist Church. She also worked as a volunteer in the Women’s Prison Ministry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in


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describing your entire lifetime in just a few paragraphs. He or she will do their best to define your life with the information given by those who directly knew you. The truth of the matter is that we write our own obituary by how we treat and interact with others on a daily basis. How would the entire scope of your life be summarized in three hundred words or less? Would it be a life dedicated to God and family? Would your life be best described by your generosity and acts of love? In what other ways would your life be depicted? How would those who personally know you portray your life? We only have one chance to write our own obituary and it starts today. “Quality Service with Compassionate Care”

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death by her son, Randy Evans and his wife Jackie, her brother, Ed Davis, and sister Carolyn Davis Crawley. Survivors include her sons, Rick Evans, Ron Evans, and wife Barbara all of Mayo, SC, her daughter, Lisa Evans Abercrombie and husband Terry of Boiling Springs, NC, her brothers, J. D. Davis of Mooresboro, and Steve Davis and wife Wanda of Forest City, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several greatgreat grandchildren. The funeral was held February 17 at Concord Baptist Church with Rev. Travis Laflin officiating. Memorials may be made to Concord Baptist Church, PO Box 70, Bostic, NC 28018. An online guest registry is available at www. Padgett~King Mortuary and Crematory is serving the family.

Christopher Dale Burgess Christopher Dale Burgess, age 66, of Spindale, died February 14, 2024. Christopher was born July 23, 1957, in Rutherford County to the late Grover Burgess and Callie Owensby Burgess. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Gossett Burgess.

He is survived by his son, Shane Burgess of Spindale; his daughter, April Burgess-Johnson and wife Willow of Asheville; nephew, Keith Biggerstaff of Forest City; many in-laws, two grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 2pm Saturday, February 24 at Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Lanny J. Funchess officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, An online guest registry is available at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Lillie Belle Biggerstaff Lillie Belle Biggerstaff, age 94, of Gilkey, NC, died Saturday, February 17, 2024. She was the daughter of the late Garland V. Whiteside and the late Iva Womack Whiteside and a native of Rutherford County. She was preceded in death by husband Ralph Biggerstaff, two brothers; Max Whiteside and E. L. Whiteside and one granddaughter Stacie Anne Biggerstaff. She was a member of Oak Springs Baptist Church. Belle worked at Laurel Mills & Spinners Processing and later on cared for children in her home.

Rutherford Weekly offers the printing of obituaries in our paper as a community service and free of charge for Rutherford County residents and the immediate area. The obituary may include a picture if the image is of print quality. We request that the obituary is limited to 150 words and we will edit the obituaries due to space. The obituary will include preceded family members, surviving family members, funeral service information, memorials, and the name of the funeral home serving the family. The obituaries will not include names of grandchildren, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or pets. We only accept obituaries from licensed funeral homes. The deadline is Monday at 10AM prior to Thursdays publication.

She is survived by one son Larry Biggerstaff (Cathy), three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel February 20 with Rev. James Henson officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holly Springs Senior Citizen Home; 1881 Big Island Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or to Oak Springs Church cemetery fund; 2591 Rock Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Brandon Nelson Rice Brandon Nelson “Toes” “Brat” Rice, age 31 of Monticello, FL, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024. He was born March 2, 1992 in Easley, SC to Billy Nelson Rice and Beverly Cooper Owensby. Brandon had spent the last several years as a commercial and residential garage door installer. Brandon is survived by his father Billy Nelson Rice and wife Elizabeth, his mother Beverly Owensby and husband Dennis, his daughter Baylie Rice, his girlfriend Marianna Karanikolas, siblings; Adam Owensby and wife Natalia, Tabitha Rice, Justin Rice, Zachery Parton and wife Lisa and Lucas Owensby, step grandparents; Ron Mauney, Patricia and Wayne Weathers, Earl and Sandra Owensby, two nephews and many extended family members. Brandon was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Nelson Rice, his sister Samantha Nicole Rice, paternal grandfather Melbert Rice and wife Carolyn, paternal grandmother Joyce Ramsey Rice, maternal grandparents Roy Glenn Baynard and Frances Baynard, and biological maternal grandmother Ola Shytle. The funeral was held February 21 at Drury Dobbins Baptist Church with Rev. Trent Jones officiating.

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Some surprising facts about heart health Society Conference found serious heart attacks are more likely to occur on a Monday compared to other days of the week. While it’s not fully known why, it may be linked to circadian rhythm

notes that a sedentary lifestyle marked by sitting for long periods of time each day puts a person at higher heart health risk than smoking. Only about 40 percent of people are getting enough exercise to meet health guidelines. Even those who are exercising regularly should decrease sitting time throughout the day to improve heart health. Fast heart rate can indicate age or gender A newborn’s heart rate is around 70 to 190 beats per minute. The average

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clubhouse for potato soup, vegetable beef soup, cornbread and homemade desserts. McMahan made vanilla pound cake with icing, Coca Cola cake and apple cake. Club members Steve and Lois Dimsdale brought hot dogs and chili on Friday. On Saturday morning, Doris was joined on site by Cheryl Austin, club president. Social distancing and mask wearing were observed at all times. Doris is a chapter member of the community club that was formed in the mid-1950s. She looks forward to the day members can come back together. Prior to building the clubhouse, members met at another location for a couple of years, she said. Nancy joined the club with her parents when she was about five years old and remembers the fun times meeting there with other children of the community and nearby rural communities. “Up until COVID we had quarterly meetings and pot luck or covered dish dinners about once a quarter,’ Nancy said. As the age or the roof caught up with the club, leaking became a problem in several areas of the clubhouse. Club members began hosting spaghetti dinners and having yard sales to raise money to repair the roof. Even during that time buckets were placed strategically throughout the building to catch the water. “I raised about $600 one time by myself,” a proud Doris spoke up. “We used the money we raised to get the roof done,” she said.

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Following the leadership of Bossman Billy (Honeycutt), far left, Women Roofers on the job. As the money was being raised, Doris said she contacted Laura Hodge, a member of Women Roofers and a pharmacist at the Medicine Box in nearby Rutherfordton, inquiring about possible help from the group. “We had heard about the good work of the Women Roofers,” Doris explained. Hodge said she immediately contacted Billy Honeycutt and he and fellow roofer Nell Bovender began the discussions. “They (club) raised the funds and we agreed to do the work,” Honeycutt said. Years ago when the Women Roofers were organized, the women and Honeycutt roofed the Mt. Vernon Community Clubhouse after the community raised the money for supplies. “At that time we had just begun and a group came to help us,” Nell said. “They probably knew more about roofing at that time than we did” Bovender said If there is a request for a community roofing project and the money can be raised, the group will consider the job, Bovender said. There have been times when community groups will not only raise money for materials but have also paid the roofers for the work. The money went back into the Women Roofers coffers to roof other homes. Honeycutt said the group never gets caught up with its long list of roofing projects. “There is always a need,” he said. The Piedmont-Pleasant Hill Clubhouse features a flat roof on the back side of the

building and that was new to the group. Honeycutt taught the roofers what to do and the job was done in two days. “At some time they will have to add something to the flat roof...We stopped the leak,” he said. As the roofers worked, there was talk from members of hopefully getting together for the annual Christmas dinner in 2021. The 2020 event was canceled because of COVID. The gatherings will all depend on the health of the County, State and Nation. “Doris always brought gifts for all the children,” Mae said of past Christmas parties. Mae McMahan remembers being a part of the community club also as a teenager and it was a “hang-out” spot for teens on Friday nights. There was a shuffle board almost the length of the clubhouse and there were other games. “It was a fun time,” Mae said. There was music, but dancing was never allowed. Nancy remembers children from all across the area gathering at the clubhouse to play the Piedmont-Pleasant Hill children. “The clubhouse was the heart of the community,” Nancy said. It was the setting for community parties, wedding and anniversary receptions. But when the two community churches - Piedmont and Pleasant Hill - both built fellowship halls, more events were held there.

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Neighborhood Spring Clean Up opening this summer The City of Kings Mountain will be offering a free pick-up service for trash, junk, and litter the week of April 5-9. Items to be picked up must be placed in the front yard next to the curb during this week. The intent of this project is to remove litter and junk that has accumulated on the exterior of properties. The normal $20 fee per truck load for collecting these items will be waived during this week. This does not include items such as furniture, mattresses, batteries, electronic equipment, or paint cans containing any amount of liquified paint. Please do not bring these items from inside the

home or other buildings to be collected. Please note that if you do place unapproved items on the curb, a $20 fee per truck load will be required to be paid prior to the City removing these items. The encourages everyone to take advantage of this free service and do you part in cleaning up the city. For more information please contact the Sanitation Department at 704-734-0735 or Codes Enforcement Department at 704-734-4561.

The Catawba Nation announced Friday it will fast-track the opening of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project in Kings Mountain by opening a “prelaunch” facility this summer with 500 slot machines. The pre-launch facility, which will be constructed using prefabricated modular structures, will provide an initial opportunity for patrons to game with limited food & beverage and other guest amenities. “With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the


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be a permanent structure that will become part of the full casino. Its construction is expected to take about a year. “It makes sense to have the temporary pre-launch facility to start, and it will continue to operate during the construction of the introductory phase and possibly subsequent phases,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business. “It gives us a place to teach incoming staff and accommodates people in the region who are anxious to start gaming this summer.” The 17-acre casino site

off Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, is near Interstate 85 and about 35 miles west of Charlotte. The total $273 million casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout and thousands of construction jobs in the region. “This project will prove to be a long-lasting and sustainable economic engine for the residents of Cleveland County, we are excited about the expedited timeline” said Cleveland County Commissioner Johnny Hutchins. See CASINO, Page 5A

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and his sister Aricka, operate Bin Raiders, a family-owned business that opened on January 23. The shop is so popular that customers wait in line for the store to open each day. Bin Raiders purchases inventory in lots and passes the savings on to their customers. Much of the inventory items are Amazon returns or overstock. Most items are in the original packaging. “Sometimes we get an item wrapped in bubble wrap and we don’t know what is inside. I’ve had customers find cell phones and Fitbit watches that way,” Hale said. When asked why he decided to open a store, Hale answered without hesitation as he pointed to his son, Lee. “I started the store for

at school. That is not what I want.,” Hale said. Hale got the idea of opening a discount store in Kings Mountain while shopping in similar stores in other communities. However, Kings Mountain did not have this type of store. ‘I just observed how they did things, how they priced items and when they brought out more inventory. Then, I went online and found other people who were doing the same thing and they shared how they were doing it. Later, I learned how to buy lots online and it all came together from there.” Once he got his plan formalized, Hale reached out to Dan Potter, his soccer coach and friend from high school, asking him to help getting See BIN RAIDERS, Page 5A

American Legion Veteran’s breakfast Saturday fast Saturday morning, April 3, at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street. All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation which helps fund future breakfasts. The next breakfast will be on May 1 from 9 am to 11 am.

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Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region,” Catawba Chief Bill Harris said. “We’re working with Delaware North, our consultant on the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project, as well as our developer, Skyboat Gaming, to make that happen by opening what we are calling a ‘pre-launch’ facility this summer.” An introductory phase of the full casino is still planned and will feature an additional 1,300 slot machines. It will

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Article Provided By: Jean Gordon Three members of the PiedmontPleasant Hill Community Club sat at long white-clothed tables inside an unlighted clubhouse recently reminiscing about the days of the award-winning community club and how the clubhouse was the center of the community. They discussed the efforts in saving the more than 60-year-old building and community club. As the ladies quietly talked inside, there were rumblings up on the roof of the 1957 building. The Women Roofers were busy taking off shingles and preparing to recover the flat roof. The project was begun in the fall of 2019 with a commitment to complete flat part of the roof in 2020. But COVID-19 changed everything and roofing came to a halt for the nationally known Women Roofers. Finally during the weekend of March 11-13, led by Bossman Billy Honeycutt, the roofing project was completed, the yard cleaned up and members are now ready for the next improvement projects and hopefully a covered dish dinner in the future. Although three days were scheduled to complete the job, the roofers were finished Friday afternoon. Saturday morning was used for a few minor finishing tasks and final clean-up. Club members Nancy Koone, 70, Doris Keever, 90, and Mae McMahan, 76, met the roofers at the clubhouse each morning. They helped prepare delicious lunch meals for the roofers and around noon Thursday and Friday everyone gathered inside the


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YARD SALES CLEVELAND COUNTY 3-DAY ESTATE SALE KINGS MOUNTAIN. Estate sale of high end decorative accessories, furniture, dishes, lamps. ** Lots of Christmas Items ** Fri., Feb. 23rd, 2024 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sat., Feb. 24th, 2024 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun., Feb 25th, 2024 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. 313 Country Club Acres, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 2 FAMILY YARD SALE. Sat., Feb. 24th, 7 am-12 pm. Housewares, Kid’s stuff, some furniture and etc. 108 Mario Dr., Shelby, NC 28152

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HAPPY’S CLEANING SERVICES. Residential, Airbnb, Rentals and small business cleaning services. (828) 4091091

TINY HOUSE / OFFICE UNIT. 12’ X 28’. Small Kitchen, 1/2 Bath, TV on Wall, Heat & Air. $35,900. Deliver & Blocked. “Financing Available”. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City. (828) 245-5895

SHIPPING CRATE $35.00. Wood shipping crates for sale with some lids. 3 different sizes. I can send pictures.I have a few smaller crates ideal for planter. (704) 300-1818 kim_ CARPORTS, GARAGES, BOAT, RV COVER HAY BARNS, Etc. “Check Out Our Price Before You Buy... There Is Difference!” J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895

OLD SCHOOL GAS JUGS. 5 gallon, a 2.5 gallon and 1 gallon. These are old school filler necks with air release ports. $20, $15, $10. (704) 300-1818 OVAL SHAPED OAK TABLE with 8 chairs. In good condition. $495. 2 leafs, 2 pedestals. Campbell-Hausfeld 2HP electric Air Compressor, with horizontal 20 gallon tank. $195. One washer, two dryers, minimal repairs needed, $50 for all. 828-289-1817. WATER TOTES $75. Metal & Plastic Drums $10, Feed Barrels $20, 30 Gallon Plastic Barrels with Lids & Rings $20. STIHL Chain Saw M-S170 $175. Call Jeff (828) 327-4782 TREADMILL IN NICE CONDITION $250. New surround sound system, still in box $100. Front seat for 78 Chevy truck, like new $100. 828-305-4957. KEROSENE HEATER, like new $75. Large Igloo doghouse $60. Two aluminum loading ramps for truck, only used twice $90. Call (828) 289-0901

ROUND CLAW FOOT TABLE. $50 round claw foot table needs top refinished (704) 3001818 kim_hopper@bellsouth. net TRAILERS NEW5X10 WITH GATE $1395. Areas Largest Trailer Inventory, Equipment, Dumps, Landscape, Enclosed, Gooseneck “New & Used”. Best Cash Deals Around, Credit Cards, Financing, Rent to Own, No Credit Check Available. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City. (828) 245-5895 METAL ROOFING FOR SALE INSTOCK! Deliveries Twice A Week. One Piece or the Whole Roof. J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895

I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197 WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935.

HORSE HAY FOR SALE. 4X5 Round -$55, Squares bales-$8. 704-692-6325. 210’X6’ CHAIN LINK FENCE, 24 posts, top rail, post caps, tension wire, complete heavy duty $600. Call 828-657-4223, leave message.

AKC STANDARD POODLE PUPPIES AVAILABLE. Poodle Puppies available. Please contact for more information (252) 412-2046

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES. Black Tri, Lilac Merle (blue eyes) See at Tractor Supply Saturday, Feb 24th. (704) 418-6352 fiorentinopenny@

WANT TO BUY!!! Shih Tzu puppy. Prefer very young puppy. Text 828-748-2241. WANT GOOD USED HONDA. Or Toyota, Or Chevrolet Or Ford, Or small car, with under 100K miles. Also Accordian for sale. 980-880-7324.



80” RED FABRIC COUCH. With matching Red Chair. $150. Ask for Rodney. (704) 300-4132

CKC MINIATURE DACHSHUND PUPPIES. 3 males, 6 weeks old. 1st shots & wormed. (704) 300-7225

CASH FOR YOUR CAR. Running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228

FREE AGED HORSE MANURE Great for gardens. Loading available. No delivery. Call or text. (828) 447-0652

TROY BILT BRONCO TILLER. Rear tines. Moves forward and reverse. 202cc. Must see! Paid over $1700.00 will sell for $800.00. Call (704) 692-4449

SIFI SHIH TZU’S. CKC Shih Tzu’s ready for there forever home. 4 boys and 1 girl. Born on Dec. 29th. They will have their first shots and already being pad trained. (704) 668-1495

WANT TO BUY CARS& TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006

HORSE QUALITY HAY FOR SALE. 4x5 Round Bales in barn, $50 each. Fescue and Orchard grass. Rutherford County. 828-429-3100.

STORAGE BUILDINGS WOOD OR METAL. New, Used, Repo. New Buildings from $3756.00. Inventory changes weekly! J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City, NC. (828) 245-5895


AKC LABRADOR PUPS. Yellow. Will be 6 weeks old, February 14th. Vet checked - 1st shot - dewormed. 704-4350625 -Leave a message and we will return your call. (704) 435-0625 VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL. 6 CKC Parti Yorkies with enough love to fill your Valentines day and years to come. vet certified, 4 girls & 2 boys... (704) 472-8908 leidyjd@gmail. com


MINI DOODLE PUPS REPUTABLE BREEDER. Adorable and affordable babies available, some young adults for adoption. Reputable, breeder and trainer. Most can be under 6lbs not over 10lbs. They make great service & EMS dogs. Gaffney, SC (801) 696-3262 thefuzzy facequeen@gmail. com DOG KENNELS. 5X10X6, 10x10x4, 10x10x6, 10x20x6. Single Kennel, Double Kennel or Triple Kennel. Dog Houses. Rain Tops Available. “Pickup or Delivery Available.” J. Johnson Sales, Forest City (828) 2455895 GOLDEN DOODLES 5 black, 2 blonde. $450. M&F parents onsite. 11 weeks old (980) 9259048 2 TOY AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS. 1 male, 1 female. Registered ASDR. DOB 12/21/23. $800. 704-418-6188, (704) 482-0178 Continued To Page 23

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PETS & LIVESTOCK GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. 12 weeks old, $200 each. (828) 980-8119 TWO TEACUP TOY CHIHUAHUAS. Both Females. 2 1/2 Months Old. $350 each. Call Vickie at 704-313-3352 or 704685-7721


SPECIAL $9500 FIRM. Never be homeless! Sleeps four. As is, where is. 828-453-0828.

MOTORCYCLES & ATVS 1979 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE FOR SALE. Motorcycle can be seen at Metrolina Motorsports in Kings Mountain on Hwy 161. (Off 74 bypass) 864-425-9123.

2014 R-POD 178 TRAVEL TRAILER: Excellent condition, many extras, $11,000. Appointments: 828-447-8475.

2021 T@B 320S BOONDOCK Teardrop Camper. Light grey with black trim. Excellent condition. Stored in garage. Asking $24,000. Price includes: All Pro Awning for T@b 320. All Pro locking extra storage tub. JackIt BikeWing bike rack. Camco Rhino 15 gal. portable Camper/ RV tote tank with an assortment of hoses and attachments. Set of leveling blocks. If interested, please call Kathy at (704) 4721378

1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE. 1989 Corvette Convertible, automatic, AC, power windows, PL, cruise control, red/black cloth top, red leather interior, stainless steel exhaust, car cover, 38,000 miles, very good condition, $13,900 843609-5903 (843) 609-5903





RV SITES $395 Month. Background checks required, Easy Access to I-85, Private, Onsite Laundry, Propane Delivery Service Available. Hillside RV Park, Blacksburg, SC. (864) 839-3030

BIG TRUCK PARKING. $25 per night. 803 S. Lafayette St, Shelby, NC. 704-214-4180.

113-1 OAK DRIVE, LAWNDALE, NC. Duplex. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Rent $900, Deposit $900, App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

CLEVELAND COUNTY 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259.


1995 CHEVROLET C/K 1500 SILVERADO Z71. 4x4, Extended Cab. NEW Crate V-8 Motor with 12,000 miles, Automatic, New Cab Corners, Good Tread on Tires, Dual Exhaust, Toolbox. $11,000 (704) 472-6982 1976 CHEVROLET TRUCK S-10 BONANZA One owner. 262,003 miles, $4900, (828) 287-5049 2012 MAZDA MAZDA3 HATCHBACK. 100,879 miles, sunroof, excellent condition inside & out. $7,500. 704-4353812.

LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS LOCATED IN SHELBY NC. Is currently accepting applications for our 1, 2 and 3 bedroom waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Please visit us today at Laurel Hill Apartments, 1526 Eaves Road, Shelby, NC or call for more information. Equal Housing Opportunity. (704) 487-1114 MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. Weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. NO TEXTING. (704) 473-4299 LOCK TITE STORAGE. Units available for rent at 209 South Main Street, Boiling Springs, NC. (704) 434-7800

2016 HONDA ACCORD COUPE. Car is in nice condition, and has been maintained. No accidents. (704) 747-6172

1990 MERCEDES 420SEL $4500. (704) 460-5965

MOBILE HOMES USED MOBILE HOME FOR SALE. 1987 Kirkwood. 2 bedroom 2 bath. Must be moved. (704) 482-7086


STORAGE UNITS FOR RENT. 803 S. Lafayette St., Shelby NC. 80 to 320 sq. ft. per unit. Starting at $100. 704-214-4180 HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, Shelby. (704) 487-6354 LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE. Has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications now. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, Shelby, NC (704) 482-7723 (704) 482-7723 Lions@RPMMANAGED.COM

LOT SPACE FOR RENT FOR CAMPER. 1624-7 S. Post Rd., Shelby, NC. $500 monthly; $375 deposit. Includes up to $125 in utilities. Application Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

1624-17 S. POST ROAD. Shelby, NC. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom Singlewide. Rent $975, Sep $975 includes up to $125 in utilities. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180. 107 COMER AVE, KINGS MTN., NC Singlewide. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom. Rent $250 weekly, $1000 Deposit. No pets. 704-214-4180. $700 - 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH MOBILE HOME. For rent, with washer/dryer. On large lot in quiet park. Extremely clean, perfect for 1 person or couple. In Shelby NC. Call 828-2348147 for appointments.

LINCOLN COUNTY SINGLEWIDE, 349 CAR FARM ROAD. #2, Lincolnton NC. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. $975 Rent, $975 Deposit. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-2144180.


CAMPER FOR RENT. 680 NC HWY 226 OT#16., Casar, NC, Rent $875, Deposit $875, Includes up to $125 in utilities. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $700 per month. 828-382-0475.

CAMPER FOR RENT. 100B Kentbury Drive, Grover, NC $ 1275 RENT, $1275 Deposit, Includes power/water. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

OAKLAND- 2 bedroom apartment, like new. SS appliances. $695 plus deposit and references. Only well qualified apply. 828-351-3322.

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