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Gathered around a table in the English as a Second Language (ESL) evening class at Isothermal Community College recently, students from several countries talked with each other and shared laughs as if they were family.

“It’s a family. They become like close knit families,” said Lori Greene, ESL Program Coordinator.

Among those at the evening class were Natalia Zaikina (Russia), Maggie Archer (China), Johanna Pina (Ecuador), Mayra Sinchi (Ecuador). They said they feel comfortable in the ESL class and consider it a safe place to practice their English together, said Greene.

Some might speak in broken English or some in their native language as they begin to get to know each other as they learn the skills to be successful in a country other than their own.

“We want to help them become successful in this country and to be able to live here,” she said.

English must be the primary language in order for students to get good jobs and be comfortable here.

“Language is the key to open any doors,” said instructor Phil Archer, who works with Greene.

While some of the ESL students have university degrees from their home countries, “It does not matter what degrees you have and even if your qualifications are good, if you can’ speak English, you can’t get a job,” Greene said. America does not recognize college degrees from other countries.

Student Natalia Zaiking, 46, from Russia is a professional and is among numerous success stories from the ESL classes. She has graduated from

confident, she said.

Joanna came from China and also lived first in New York City and is now in Forest City. She is learning the English language as well.

Marie has been in America about 18 months and knows it is vital to learn English. She first lived in New Jersey and now in Mooresboro. She has two young school age children enrolled in the Rutherford County Schools.

“It is very, very good here. We are comfortable right now,” she said.

Once a student passes the ESL progress test, they go on to get their high school equivalency and then students can go on to attend college classes and receive degrees from Isothermal.

The ESL classes are individualized according to the student’s own progress and specific needs.

For a few hours in class, students from Russia, China, Ecuador, Mexico, Ukraine, Colombia and Honduras work together to learn the English language in a way they can communicate and be successful.

All of the students are immigrants and some have begun to work on their American citizenship.

“That is something we do not ask the students,” Greene explained. “We want them to be successful here. We want them to be able to live here, to be able to talk with their doctors, go to the grocery store. . .”

Greene said the ESL program does have a Pathways Lab that helps students with career goals and skills for the students.

“It also helps with citizenship along with vocabulary and language skills for specific career fields. It is just getting started,” she said.

The free ESL classes are offered at Isothermal Community College morning and evenings. Morning classes are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am until 1pm. Evening classes are Monday-Thursday from 5 to 8pm.

Students who have never attended an ESL class can “just show up and we’ll get them started,” said Greene, ABE, ESL, Digital Literacy, Family Literacy.

Greene and Archer both agree there is alway constant motion in the classroom with students from different classes talking, needing answers to questions and working on computers.

The ESL students are all in the same situation, coming to America knowing very little or no English and looking for

a better life.

Archer said recently when the evening classes were over, a Russian student and two students from the Ukraine were together in the parking lot enjoying each other’s company and conversation.

“When have you seen a Russian talking with a person from the Ukraine?” said Archer.

Greene and Archer both agreed the Ukraine students are also talented musicians and they are hoping some day to get the musicians more involved in the community.

Archer said the Ukrainian couple and Russian lady who became friends through the class last fall/winter, are still in the program. “And they are still with us.”

Archer believes the (ESL program at ICC gives students a good foundation in listening, speaking, reading and writing of English.

“These are skills vital to immigrants’ adjustment to a new life in the USA,” Archer said. “The ability to communicate in English will be an essential key to their success in everyday life, work, study, or whatever they want to do in this country.”

Archer taught English in China (including Mainland China and Taiwan) for 15 years, as well as one year in Vietnam before returning to Rutherford County to teach at Isothermal.

“I really enjoy the cross cultural

aspect of teaching ESL. English certainly is the international language (lingua franca).”

“It’s neat to see how it can build bridges, make connections and break down barriers between people of different nations and backgrounds. For me, this is another real source of motivation in teaching it,” Archer added.

Greene, who was an ESL teacher at Coastal Carolina Community College before coming to Isothermal, said “ESL students are truly the best” and it is a personal goal to help students have the most successful and best life here.

Greene encourages anyone who needs to learn English to come to the free classes at any time.

“Just show up and we’ll get you started,” she said.

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Kinderpalloza 2024 was a success for the Rutherford County Schools as over 250 Pre-Kindergarten students attended to learn more about their future as they enroll in kindergarten. Ritchie Garland, director of marketing and community relations for the RCS said more than 700 people attended the event.

Young children along with parents and guardians were introduced to school staff and given an opportunity to play

The rules about leap years

It’s widely accepted that a year is 365 days long. However, that statement is not entirely accurate. In fact, it takes Earth a little more than 365 days (365.24223 days to be precise) to orbit the sun. A calendar cannot accommodate that small distinction every year. In order to ensure that seasons do not start drifting from the difference between the Earth’s rotation and the time it takes to get around the sun, leap years were established to keep the calendar more consistent and working like clockwork. The first modern leap year took place in 1752. Certain guidelines were established to determine which years would be leap years. A leap year typically arrives every four years. However, in terms of end-ofcentury years, they must be divisible by 400. That is why the year 2000 was a leap year but 1900 was not, according to Royal Museums Greenwich.

This approach is not an entirely foolproof plan since there still may be very small discrepancies in time. Leap seconds have been added to keep time ticking correctly at various points throughout the years. This occurred on December 31 in the years 2005, 2008 and 2012, and also on June 30, 2015.

In terms of adding a day to the calendar for the leap year, it is placed in February, which already is the shortest month. While February is typically 28 days, in leap years the month features 29 days. A leap year next occurs in February 2024, and then again in 2028, 2032 and 2036.

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Rutherford County and the Town of Forest City announce the start of construction on Legacy Soccer Park, an exciting new recreation complex that will become the home of the Rutherford County Soccer Association (RCSA) and its wide range of local youth soccer programs, which numbers more than 600 participants. The new complex will positively help bolster recreation in the local community and attract other top-tier teams and contestants from across the region.

Elliott Byers, President of RCSA, elaborated, “Rutherford County Soccer Association is very excited and grateful to see this stunning vision become a reality. Legacy Soccer Park will be a premier facility that rivals any across the state. We are fortunate to have the support of our local leaders who have worked so tirelessly to provide our community with this unmatched venue.”

This first-rate facility will be capable of hosting large tournaments and has the potential to bring thousands of additional visitors to the area. Sports tourism is a rapidly growing sector of the tourism industry and will provide tremendous economic benefits to the local economy from the families who travel to the area to compete, stay in lodging accommodations, and eat in local restaurants.

RHI Legacy Foundation, a major funder of the $17.4 million project was instrumental in moving

this project forward. “Our investment in this facility embodies our commitment to building a legacy for future generations that improves the overall health and wellness of Rutherford County. The Board is extremely thankful to be able to give back to our community in this way,” said Kerry Giles, Board Chair of RHI Legacy Foundation. Funding for the project was also provided by the State of North Carolina, the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, and the Town of Forest City, which will maintain the park after completion.

The Legacy Soccer Park will be located at

500 Piney Ridge Road in Forest City and will feature a championship-grade artificial turf soccer field, five natural turf fields, two mini urban soccer pitches, and numerous other associated amenities and support facilities that will transform the vacant 57-acre site into an extraordinary community asset.

“The Legacy soccer complex is the fulfillment of a dream of many of our citizens to have in our community a state-of-theart soccer complex for our children and youth as well as our guests to enjoy. We are grateful for everyone who offered significant input and contributions to see this

vision come to fruition,” said Bryan A. King, Chairman of the Board of Rutherford County Commissioners. Rutherford County decision-makers and local community leaders say that Legacy Soccer Park is a testament to the collaborative spirit of Rutherford County, the Town of Forest City, and each of their partners. The RHI Legacy Foundation, North Carolina Legislative officials, the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, the Town of Forest City Council and the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners have all contributed to make this possible. Special


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appreciation is also owed to the Rutherford County Soccer Association and the Rutherford County and Forest City Planning and Parks & Recreation departments.

“We’re proud to be the new home of Legacy Soccer Park,” said Forest City Mayor Steve Holland. “This project will bring people from all across the state to Forest City, who otherwise may never visit us. We welcome the park and its users and look forward to showcasing our small-town charm and hospitality.”

The Boone based firm, Destination by Design (DbD), is leading the project, which is set apart from other soccer parks in the southeast by the complex’s amenity plaza. The plaza features urban soccer pitches, a playground, and a series of outdoor rooms where guests can relax between play. DbD brought on STITCH Design Shop, a Winston-Salem-based architecture firm, to create a captivating architectural

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standard for the project and Beam Construction of Cherryville has been selected as the general contractor. Construction is slated to start at the beginning of 2024, with an expected completion by 2026.

An official groundbreaking for the soccer park is March 8 at pm at the park located at 500 Piney Ridge Road, Forest City.

More details about the plans for developing Legacy Soccer Park can be found online at legacysoccerpark. org. Information about the many other capital projects currently underway as part of the county’s Rutherford Bound tourism development initiative can be found at

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On the 100th anniversary celebration of the Forest City Kiwanis Club Monday, Kiwanians were honored for their work in the community and county for a century.

The anniversary meeting concluded with the naming of the Citizen of the Year.

Car show enthusiast/ organizer Johnny Adkins received the Citizen of the Year award, presented by last year’s recipient Pat Nanney.

Nanney thanked Adkins for his support of the Kiwanis Club and the community over the years, hosting a successful fundraising car show last year for the Kiwanis Club and agreeing to do another show on June 29 to benefit the projects of the Forest City Kiwanis Club.

The purpose of Adkins’ car shows is to raise money for churches, clubs, schools or individuals who are facing medical bills. Last year

Johnny Adkins is Kiwanis Club’s Citizen of the Year

he raised approximately $38,000 that he generously gave away.

Upcoming car shows Adkins will host his next car on April 20 at White Hall Independent Church followed by a show on May 11 at Spindale Elementary School. On May 18, he will be at Chesnee Baptist Church. June car shows include June 4 at Carquest in Spindale and June 11 at Wilson Baptist Church in Rutherfordton.

The next Kiwanis Car Show will be June 29 at the The Soul of El Michoacan in Forest City.

“I make sure it is a worthwhile benefit,” he said, of the car shows he promotes.

Upon receiving the award, Adkins thanked God for giving him the strength and wisdom for all the car

shows he has hosted and “to do as God directed us to help the betterment of mankind,” he said.

“I thank the Kiwanis Club for giving me this award, there is a large spot in my heart for the betterment of mankind,” he said.

Nanney told the group the work that goes into putting a car show together is more than most would imagine and Adkins does it all.

From making posters, distributing posters, arranging for plaques, trophies and securing door prizes from area businesses; taking care of all registration forms, judges’ forms and contacting car owners and club clubs, Adkins does all the work involved in putting on a car show, Nanney said. His wife and daughter assist with registrations on car show days. He also brings tents and the sound

system on show days in order to entertain the crowds with songs.

“For this reason, the Forest City Kiwanis Club

has selected Johnnie Adkins as Citizen of the Year,” Nanney said. Former Citizens of the Year attending the meeting

were recognized and included Janice Paris, Mary S. Costner and Joanne Eaker.

Billy Graham’s Grandson, Will Graham, to Speak at Gardner-Webb March 26

The Program is Open to the Public; Celebrates 1971 Event Featuring Billy Graham

Gardner-Webb’s Office of Christian Life and Service welcomes guest speaker Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham and oldest son of Franklin Graham, on March 26 at 9:30 a.m. The program, which is open to the public, is part of the University’s Dimensions series and will be held in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center. Will’s visit comes more than five decades after Billy Graham visited Gardner-Webb’s campus on Feb. 23, 1971.

“We are excited to have Will Graham coming to campus, and I’m very much

looking forward to hearing the message he shares with our community,” stated Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs. “The Graham family has meant so much to this region and to evangelical Christians everywhere for such a long time, and we are indeed pleased that—just as his grandfather did 53 years earlier—Will has chosen Gardner-Webb as a place to come and share the good news.”

An ordained minister, Will has previously spoken for Dimensions at GardnerWebb, as has his cousin,

Jonathan Lotz, son of Anne Graham Lotz. Will has shared the hope of Jesus with more than 1 million people across six continents since beginning his evangelistic ministry in 2006. He serves as the executive vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), providing leadership to all aspects of the organization that his grandfather founded in 1950.

When the elder Graham visited in 1971, he led a dedication service for R. Patrick Spangler Hall and a consecration service in the chapel. According to “Dreaming, Daring, Doing: The Story of Gardner-Webb University,” Billy Graham addressed a crowd of 3,000 at one service. During his comments, the evangelist spoke of his admiration for Gardner-Webb and said he had recommended the school to several students.

Spangler was recognized that day for his many years as a faithful supporter

of the University. He served as chairman for the Board of Trustees and led two successful capital campaigns. He and his brother, Bud, were lead donors for the construction of Spangler Stadium, which is named for their father, Ernest Webb Spangler.

As the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel under the BGEA banner, Will has said, “I’m not trying to be the next Billy Graham; I’m just Will Graham. I have a burden in my heart to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If that’s to an arena full of people or one person on the street, I will do whatever God is calling me to do.”

In 2018, Will portrayed his grandfather in the Universal Studios biopic “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (about Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini). Also in 2018, Will’s first book — a devotional titled “Redeemed: Devotions for a Longing Soul”— was published by Thomas Nelson, featuring

stories centered on the life-changing power of a relationship with God. A DVD Bible study curriculum (and accompanying book) based on “Redeemed” was released in May 2019.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4270 or email with your request.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A

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Citizen of the Year recipient Johnny Adkins (center) shown with Pat Nanney, last year’s Citizen of the Year recipient and Kiwanis Club President Duffie Sams. Jean Gordon photo. Will Graham
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The Arts & Crafts Committee of Ruff’ton Roots worked on their first project of 2024: Hop Scotch Paver Painting for the Kids section and living Tunnel on Saturday, Feb. 24. Children of all ages gathered for the fun day of painting pavers at the garden location off Hospital Drive in Rutherfordton.
Painting pavers at community garden
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Saturdays Through March 30

What: Symphony Rehearsals

When: Saturdays; 10am12pm

Where:: First Presbyterian Church, Forest City

More Info: Big concert in April. No audition required.


March 2

What: BBQ dinner and singing

When: March 2; 4-8pm

Where: Chase High School

More Info: Benefit for Dr. Keith Ezell; hosted by Sulphur Springs Baptist Church; food: 4-7pm; singing: 5-8pm. $10/plate; other donations appreciated. Ethan 828-429-3105 or Sanna 292289-5044.

What: Carolina Isobot Regional Competition

When: March 2; 9am-3pm

Where: R-S Central High

More Info: Teams from Rutherford County Schools compete in Carolina Isobots Robotics competition.

March 5

What: Rutherford County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024 to be announced

When: March 5; 9am

More Info: Live on 107.5fm, 1320am & Live stream on

March 9

What: Free Skin Cancer Screening

When: March 9; 9am to 12pm

Where: Adaville Baptist Church, Oakland Rd., Spindale

More Info: 828-245-4596; sponsored by Community Health Council

What: Polar Plunge for Rutherford County Special Olympics

When: March 9; Registration: 10am; opening ceremony: 11:30am

Where: McNair Field Parking Lot; 214 McNair Dr., Forest City

More Info: Prizes!. Register: https://give.specialolympicsnc. com/2024RutherfordPlunge.


March 14

What: History Matters

When: March 14; 5-8pm

Where: ICC Library Auditorium

More Info: Guest speaker, Monica Lee, executive director of McNair Foundation, will share stories and the legacy of Robert C. McNair.

February 29

What: Leap Day hike

When: Feb. 29; 9:30am

Where: Weed Path Mountain Trail

More Info: Sponsored by Rutherford Outdoor Coalition and Chimney Rock State Park. Spaces limited. Email:

March 15

What: Reception & Art Show

When: March 15; 5-8pm

Where: Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild, 160 Main St., Rutherfordton

More Info: The Guild will give honorary memberships to 5 people who have contributed to our organization’s mission. We invite our community to celebrate their commitment to this mission. Our new art show area will display honorary members’ artwork.

What: Career Fair

When: March 15; 12:30-3pm

Where: Chase Middle School

More Info: Business participation is highly valued, set up a table to showcase your business and engage with students. Excellent opportunity for students to learn about various career paths, college experiences, job duties, working hours, and more. Contact Matthew: 828-247-1043.

March 15-16

What: “Storybook Parade” musical play

When: March 15-16; 7pm

Friday; 3pm Saturday

Where: R-S Central High School

More Info: Rutherford County Arts Council production; 75 local actors. $15-adults, $12students/seniors, available at tix. com, or at the door. Kids 5 and under- free.

March 22

What: Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

When: March 22; 4-7pm

Where: Cleveland County Fairgrounds; 1751 E. Marion St., Shelby

More Info: Proceeds support the general operations of VIA Health Partners, founded as Hospice Cleveland County. $15 per plate. Dine in or drive-thru. Sponsorships available, call Pam 980-408-2359.

February 29

What: Discount today if booking for vendor space at Juneteenth

When: Event June 15; 126pm

Where: POPS, Forest City

More Info: Call 828-2293380 for booth space.

March 23

What: Kids in America Concert (80’s tribute band)

When: March 23; 8pm

Where: The Performing Arts Center, Isothermal Community College

More Info: Tickets $20-$30;. Call 828-286-9990

March 28

What: Red Cross Blood Drive

When: March 28; 10am-2:30pm

Where: Lake Lure Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall; 6837 US Hwy 64/74A

More Info: To make an appointment visit, call 1-800733-2767.

What: Housing & Financial Literacy

When: March 28; 6pm

Where: Grahamtown Community Center

March 29

What: LEAP -Business Retail Day

When: March 29; 12-4pm

Where: Grahamtown Community Center

More Info: Support young entrepreneurs as they sell their products to raise funds for college tour trip. Pinatas, jewelry, art, cosmetics. Tour: April 1-5; $300/student; few spaces available.


Volunteer Opportunity

What: Volunteer Opportunity

When: On going

More Info: NC Guardian ad Litem Program trains & supervises child advocate volunteers to represent best interests of kids in court system., 828-288-6121.

Every Thursday

What: Atrium Health community health bus

When: Thursdays 9:30am-4:30pm

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month

Where: Rutherford County Annex, Rutherfordton

More Info: 919-696-6064

What: Stitch by Stitch

When: 1st Saturday of each month, 12pm

Where: Rutherford County Library, Callahan Rd., Spindale

More Info: Ages 10 & up; cross-stitch, needle point and slow stitching.

Where: Grahamtown Community Center; 129 First St., Forest City

More Info: Screenings, referrals, cardiology pediatrics, well checks, minor injuries, diseases, radiology, diabetology; walk-ins welcome; www.


What: If you’re an American Legion member of Post 74 Forest City, Post 423 Henrietta or Post 437 Chimney Rock, renew at www.

More Info: If you’d like to join the American Legion, contact Jimmy 704-819-5862.

What: Rutherford County Woodworkers Club

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5K/10K/Virtual Wilderness Race on Saturday, February 24th. The route started on asphalt as runners followed Hudlow Road to Box Creek Road, which is mostly dirt and gravel. Participants experienced different surfaces and terrain as they enjoyed the scenery along the trail.

106 participants signed up this year, which is the largest number in the history of the race. The age range of participants was from 7 to 74 years old. Runners were excited to receive their event tee-shirts and packets at registration.

Medals were given to the top 2 overall places in men and women’s 5K and 10K categories.

These people are:

• Overall 5K Male, Riley Howard, second place, Morgan Miskell

• Overall 5K Female, Cragan Hardin, second place, Joanne Crain

• Overall 10K Male, Drew Watson, second place, Curtis Rowe

• Overall 10K Female, Jennifer Fisher, second place, Lauren Bennett An awards ceremony was held in the auditorium after the race conclusion.

Medals were presented to the placers in first, second and third place in both the 5K male and female and 10K male and female categories by age groups. Gift cards were also randomly given by UMLC and Rutherford Outdoor Coalition.

Photos and race standings can be found at or on the Union Mills Learning Center Facebook page.

Race route photos taken by Willie Lowe can also be found at aHBqjBfCRt.

Participants came to the race from locations in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Minnesota and locally.

Kristen Jorgensen traveled from Minnesota to compete.

race in Minneapolis that was canceled,” Jorgenson said. “She and I began looking around for future races and locations we would like to travel to over a weekend. She had been to Asheville prior and recommended to go back since I had not been there. Union Mills was a race that fit into our parameters. It was a fun and challenging race.”

Josiah Seeley lives locally and decided to run his first 5K to support his community. His dad ran along to support his son and enjoy the experience.

Margaret Kirk travels from Tennessee to visit her father and support the Union Mills Learning Center each year.

This race is an annual event to raise funds for programs and building improvements at the facility.

The board thanks sponsors, participants, volunteers, vendors and supporters for making this such a successful event for Union Mills Learning Center.

The Forest City Owls are happy to announce DJ Russ as their head coach for the 2024 season beginning May 23. DJ replaces Connor Dailey who was unable to continue as Owls coach due to his full-time responsibilities at Southern Illinois University.

“After an extensive search, DJ wound up being the choice to take The Owls into 2024 and beyond. We will all miss Connor’s leadership, and we thank him for all he has meant to the Owls. He left us in terrific shape roster-wise for the upcoming season,” Owner Phil Dangel stated.

DJ Russ is no rookie when it comes to CPL Coaching. Currently the Assistant Coach at the University of Mt. Olive, Russ has been the Director of Baseball Operations at High Point University, and in 2022 season was the Head Coach of The HighpointThomasville HiToms, leading them to the CPL playoffs. Previous to that, Russ was a coach for the CPL Morehead City Marlins.

thing and that is bringing The Petit Cup, The CPL Championship, back to Forest City.”

DJ’s job will be aided by the return of at least 14 returning players. “This is by far the most veteran group we have ever had in Forest City. The players love playing here, and although they will miss Connor, we are confident that they enjoy playing for DJ.” said Director of Owls Baseball Stephanie Blatnicky.

“These young men love Forest City, enjoy their host families, and have a great summer. We intend to win it all this summer.”

Returning to the Owls are five CPL All-Stars, Dylan Koontz from Campbell, Brady Jeffcoat from Western Carolina, Jerry Garcia from University of Tennessee, David Sessoms from Wingate University and Drew Lanphere from NC State.

“Rarely does one All-Star return, let alone four. We are excited and anxious to get going, “added Blatnicky.

As always, The Owls are

in need of many things to get the season underway. First, and foremost, the Owls need host families and places for the players to stay. They are also looking for homes to rent to house players. All interested contact Stephanie or Sabrina at 828-245-0000.

Season tickets, ALLSTAR tickets, as well as All You Can Eat tickets are on sale at The Owls office daily at 138 E. Main Street. Tickets are also available at https://

“Everyone I spoke to gave DJ high marks on his ability to communicate with the players, his desire to win, and his likability. He is all about community and I feel confident that we will not miss a beat with this change. He is a perfect fit, In Fact, Coach Daley was the first to recommend DJ.” continued Dangel, Russ is a 2014 graduate of Emory and Henry University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish.

Upon being announced as Coach, Russ stated,” I am excited and challenged by the opportunity to lead the Owls. In this All-Star year my focus will be on one

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I’m a sucker for beginnings. I’m also a dreamer and optimist. And beginnings are the dreamer’s drug. I think this week will be better. This year will be the year. This opportunity will be the one that puts me over the top. This time will be different. And it shows up in everything from my health goals to the upcoming turkey season. This season will be the one where I locate all the birds and outwit my limit. Yes, this is the one. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought those thoughts and said those words. Not only about my hunting successes, but about things that are so much more important. Has my optimism come to fruition? In some things it has and in others I am still struggling with the enemy of my dreams. Discipline. Yes discipline. Someone said, the distance between your dreams and reality is discipline. I think they are right. The year I tagged more birds than any other year, was the year I got up nearly every morning and went to the woods, if only to hunt for an hour. I can remember those mornings when I really wanted to lie in bed. But I got up and went. Most of the time I should have stayed in bed but being persistent in my going ended up paying off. It’s like the phrase I have heard concerning the stock market. “Time in the market is better than timing the market.” I believe that is true. It is the consistent, steady, even boring days that ultimately lead to the successes we all want. It’s the mundane days of exercise and diet that build the healthy body. It’s the daily input of positive information that builds the healthy mind. And it’s the daily deposit of truth that builds the spiritual life. What is this spiritual life? It is the culmination of every other part of our life. A healthy spiritual life will be a cheerleader for physical and mental growth. It will fend off lies and protect us with truth. It will encourage dreams through the path of discipline. But it will also give us perhaps what we need more than anything else. Grace and mercy when we fall or fail. That’s why the greatest beginning might be the start of each day. The good promise of God is found there without stop.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lam 3:22-23 NLT)

What may initially appear to be just a pile of brush, a crawl space or a hollowed-out tree, may actually be the winter home of a bear, and possibly its cubs. If disturbed by humans, a bear may be inadvertently flushed from the den, and if it’s a female bear with cubs, she may orphan her cubs if humans do not leave the area immediately. Biologists at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) recommend, if someone encounters a bear den, to remain calm, leave the area quickly and quietly, and do not disturb the den for the rest of the winter season.

when the homeowners were alerted to the sound of cubs crying under their deck,” said Ashley Hobbs, NCWRC’s statewide BearWise® coordinator.

“After speaking with the homeowners and inspecting the den site, we recommended the best course of action was to limit disturbance around the deck area until the bear emerges with her cubs in the spring. This will avoid disturbing the female and potentially orphaning the cubs.”

Hobbs also developed a plan for the homeowners to close the space under the deck once the bears vacate to prevent future access by bears and other wildlife. “The homeowners were receptive to the recommendations, and supportive of the steps they could take to coexist with the bear family.”

Black bears are very resourceful in finding places to shelter from November through April as cubs are born and cold weather lingers. Dens come in many types and sizes, and exist in both wooded and developed areas, including neighborhoods. Bears have even been known to slumber in backyard brush piles, under decks and in crawl spaces. Black bears also use rock and tree cavities and excavations under fallen trees, or they build ground nests for their long winter nap. If the den is found under a deck, shed or crawl space, leave the area and call the NC Wildlife Helpline at 866-318-2401. But in almost all cases, the best option is to simply stay away from the den area.

“We have experienced an uptick in bears denning under houses and decks over the last 10 years, as well as

unleashed dogs disturbing bears in dens,” said Colleen Olfenbuttel, NCWRC’s bear expert. “Homeowners can safely coexist with the bears until they leave the den in the spring. This is because a denning bear is only interested in getting their winter rest or, if it’s a female, caring for her cubs. Denning bears are not interested in engaging with people as long as people leave bear dens alone.

Disturbances by humans or their pets may cause the bear to leave permanently and orphan her cubs.”

NCWRC staff have been receiving reports from the public about the discovery of bear dens since November. In one case, a homeowner discovered a female with newly born cubs underneath their back deck.

“The bear seems to have given birth in early January,

If NCWRC staff determine a cub has been orphaned in a den, they will capture and bring it to one of the licensed bear cub rehabilitation facilities with the goal to eventually return it to the wild. Since 1976, NCWRC has been rehabilitating and releasing orphaned black bear cubs through its cub rehabilitation program, which was one of the first of its kind in the country. NCWRC advises if someone believes a cub has been orphaned in a den, to not handle, feed or remove it from the area. Instead, note the location and contact the N.C. Wildlife Helpline at 866-318-2401.

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Senior Poultry Judging team makes school history

The Senior Poultry Judging team at Chase High School won First place in the North Carolina Future Farmers of America (NCFFA) Poultry Evaluation Contest beating a total of 101 teams.

The team advances to the National Contest in October. This is the first team to win the Poultry Evaluation Contest in Chase High school history.

Logan Roberson placed as the 6th highest individual scorer, Benjamin Roach placed 9th overall and Shane Phillips placed 12th overall, out of more than 400 FFA.

In addition, the Junior team placed 3rd overall in the Junior Division with Wesley Mayse placing as the overall high individual scorer in the junior division.

The full Senior Team includes Benjamin Roach, Logan Roberson, Shane Phillips, Claire Alcorn.

The full Junior Team includes Wesley Mayse, Savannah Hill, Kaylee

Forest City Kiwanis Club celebrates 100 years of service




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City Kiwanis Club, were recognized.

Donna Greene, whose husband the late Ray Greene, was a faithful member of the club, having 47 years perfect attendance, was recognized. The couple’s son Ryan Greene was also recognized and thanked for attending the meeting. Greene passed away last year.

Remarks were made by Forest City Kiwanis Club President Duffie Sams, Aktion Club President Debbie Meissner and Donnie Ellis, Carolinas District of Kiwanis Governor.

Ellis told the group it was truly an honor to be able to celebrate “this remarkable milestone of 100 years of service, fellowship and dedication to the community.”

Ellis said for 100 years, Forest City Kiwanis have been a beacon of hope, compassion and leadership embodying the values of service and goodwill that have touched the lives of countless individuals and families.

“Your unwavering commitment to making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time, is a testament to the power of community and the impact that a group of dedicated individuals can have on the world,” he told the Kiwanians.

“As we reflect on the past century of this club’s history, we are reminded of the countless lives that have been changed, the friendships that have been forged and the difference that has been made in your

Ellis also said the Kiwanis Club’s legacy of service and generosity inspires everyone to do more, to be better and to strive for a more compassionate and inclusive

for service are truly commendable and I have no doubt that the next 100 years will be filled with even greater achievements and impact,” Ellis added.

Debbie Meissner thanked members Mike Saunders and John Carroll for their influence and work with the Aktion Club where 25 special needs adults gather for regular club meetings.

“Because of you, all these adults are immersed with the community…they are at every meeting,” she said of Saunders and Carroll.

“Your devotion is very much appreciated and I thank you for what you do for the Rutherford County Aktion Club,” she said.

Rutherfordton Mayor Jimmy Dancy and a member

Letters of congratulations were read by the NC House of Representatives, Rep. Jake Johnson of Polk County and Governor Roy Cooper.

“You have made a lasting difference to the people of Rutherford County because of your positive influences,” Rep. Johnson said.

Spindale Mayor Mickey Bland and Town Manager Scott Webber also attended. Forest City Mayor Steve Holland, sent a recognition letter.

Jim Bishop, immediate past president, also congratulated the club on its work with children and students across Rutherford County in providing educational and spiritual growth for them.

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Church; 1178 Hogan Rd., Forest City

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March 3-6

What: Revival & Mission Meals

When: March 3-6; meals: 5pm, revival: 6:30pm

Where: Prospect Baptist Church; 2610 Prospect Church Rd. Mooresboro

More Info: Speakers: Missionary Brandon Garlock & Rev. Scott Huffman. Suggested meal donation: $10. Proceeds benefit upcoming missions trip to the Philippines .

March 4-8

What: Spring Revival 2024

When: March 4-8; 7pm

Where: Pilgrims Way Baptist Church; 485 Hamilton Rd Rutherfordton

More Info: Evangelist Brian McBride preaching nightly. Special singing nightly.

March 9

What: Chili Cook-off Fund Raiser

When: March 9; 4-6pm

Where: Cedar Grove Fellowship; 60 Toney Rd., Bostic

More Info: Donations support Cedar Grove Renovation Project

March 10-13

What: Spring Revival

When: March 10-13; Sun.10:30am, 6pm; Mon.-Wed. 6:30pm

Where: Liberty Baptist Church; 821 Webb Rd., Ellenboro

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March 17-20

What: March Revival Services

When: March 17-20; 7pm

Where: Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Gilkey

More Info: Guest speakers and music for each service. Everyone welcome!

March 23

What: Egg Hunt & Hot Dog Lunch

When: March 23; 10am-12pm

Where: Prospect Baptist Church; 2610 Prospect Church Rd., Mooresboro

Every Monday

What: Recovery at The Well

When: Every Monday; 6-9pm

Where: The Well – Landrum; 395 Hwy 14 W., Landrum, SC

More Info: Fellowship Meal, Worship, Teaching, Testimonies, Growth through Small Groups. All welcome.

Every Wednesday

What: Bible Study & Free Dinner

When: Wednesdays. Refreshments/Dinner 5pm, Bible study 6pm

Where: New Bethel AME Zion Church; 263 Forest St., Forest City

More Info: 828-429-3497.

1st Tuesday Monthly

What: Redbird Food Pantry

When: First Tuesday Every Month 3-5pm

Where: Mountain Creek Baptist Church; 710 Mountain Creek Rd., Rutherfordton

1st Saturday Monthly

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When: First Saturday monthly; 11am-12:30pm

Where: The Well – Landrum; 395 Hwy 14 W., Landrum, SC

More Info: Food for the body, prayer for the soul (if requested). Follow signs to back of church. While supply lasts.

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Sun; 9:30am, Wed. Prayer Service; noonspecific prayer time with a focus on America, Families, Kids & Education & Biblical Revival, Wednesday Bible Study6pm (food & fellowship included). 500 Grays Chapel Church Rd., Rutherfordton.



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Remnants of Bluegrass perform at Rutherford County Senior Center

If you can’t go to hear the band perhaps the band can come to you. The Remnants of Bluegrass from Charlotte performed at the Rutherford County Senior Center last week. David Russell, guitarist with the group, is a native of Rutherfordton and the son of Glenn Russell who is a regular participant at meals and events at the senior center and posed for pictures with the band. Glenn was thrilled to have the opportunity to hear the band along with a large crowd who joined him for the concert.

Local representative to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature Poole visited Rutherford County Senior Center

Tax evaluations and property taxes that put an undue burden on older citizens, abuse of senior citizens that includes emotional and avoidance issues as well as physical abuse and the growth in numbers of older citizens that puts a burden on care givers and senior citizen homes are three of the concerns on the agenda of Clark Poole, the local representative to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature. Poole visited the Rutherford County Senior Center last week for what was termed an advocacy event to listen to concerns from local seniors prior to his trip to Raleigh on March 5. Danielle Williams with the Area Agency On Aging also attended the meeting.

Clark Poole spoke about the successes the senior group had in the last legislative session. With the prediction of a population of three million North Carolinians over the age of 65 in the next 20 years law makers are attentive to this group who as a demographic are more likely to vote that other age groups. Legislators are expected to be even more attentive to needs of seniors since this is an election year.

Other concerns mentioned today included

are many older adults who desire to make a difference but don’t know how.

they have a heart for the people the center serves. One particular area mentioned was providing transportations to doctors appointments or to DSS for assistance for those no longer able to drive. Article

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On November 28, 2011, I brought two new kittens home and immediately named them Blue and Sky. Blue’s eyes were Carolina Blue and Sky’s were darker.

The weeks-old kittens had been dropped off at Foothills Animal Clinic in Forest City, where just 26 days before I had to say goodbye to Boots, my talking cat. Yes, Boot could talk. It was in his own language, but I understood the tabby cat I had adopted from a friend at least 15 years before.

I wasn’t ready for the kittens yet, I told my friends, after Boots died.

But after receiving a call from the vet’s office staff about the kittens, I went by to take a look. I was unsure as to what to do about the kittens. I told the vet staff I’d think about it. I told a couple people about them and even had a photo of them.

Their advice, “Go get those kittens.”

The Monday following the 2011 Forest City Christmas parade I returned to the vet’s office to adopt the kittens.

The Foothills staff walked in the Christmas parade and as they walked by me, I yelled to Nancy Harmon, “I want those kittens, don’t give them to anyone else.” She nodded to me.

The brother and sister kittens were mine.

Sky died about two years later and then it


was Blue and me for the next 10.5 years.

Last Monday, February 19, I returned to Foothills Vet. With tears rolling down my face, standing beside Blue and rubbing his fur, I had to say goodbye to my buddy Blue.

My heart was broken, but it was certain he couldn’t overcome his bout with pancreatitis. The best meds available for him, the best doctors and even food options and the best care at home, couldn’t make him better.

Driving to the vet’s office that day, I wondered if I was doing the right thing. He hadn’t eaten in four days even when he was given tuna, salmon and chicken pot pie gravy. If a cat turns away tuna, he does not feel good.

As the days turned into three weeks, he became weaker, was not himself, but he remained my shadow, Following me, he’d have to lie down and rest about every four steps. Then I began to carry him.

Blue was a Fraidy cat. He never warmed up to too many people - my cousin from Reno, my friend Pam who watched over him if I was out of town and an occasional pat from Abigail, Lukas and Emilia. The day he growled at Emilia, was her last visit with him as he was hiding in the closet.

The slightest sound of a car or the voice of a person sent him scurrying off to the closet, when he jumped on the foot locker and hid behind clothes. The children would creep in there and try to console him.

Once when Abigail was younger, she told me “He has got to conquer his fears.” He never did.

Every step I took in

the house or outdoors, he was my shadow. He didn’t go out unless I was outside, but the sound of a lawnmower or the sight of a yard rake or a garden hoe sent him racing into the house.

The sound of aluminum foil being torn, put him in the closet.

Blue was my buddy. He was my guard dog. The least sound sent his ears pointed or he’d growl and I knew we had company.

Blue was a beautiful cat with the most fur I’d ever seen, except on his sister Sky.

Since he rarely went outside to run, he got up to18 pounds. His doctor said I should watch that so the next year he lost two pounds the next year and gained it back.

For all the years I had Blue he met me at the backdoor when I arrived

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I cried real tears saying goodbye to my furry friend, that enhanced my joy for more than 12 years — the fraidy cat— that taught me about loyalty and pet love.

I wrote this column at my desk at home. For years, Blue would sit on his hunches beside me, look up at me with those big eyes, knowing I’d give him a treat. And if I didn’t, there would be a jab in the leg with a sharp paw. I have a few scars to show that.

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His favorite things to do were eat and sleep.

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Early Voting for the March 5 Primary Election in Rutherford County will continue until 7:30pm (today) Thursday; Friday, March 1 from 8am to 7:30pm and on Saturday, March 2 from 8am-3pm.

Those wishing to cast ballots early can do so at the Rutherford County Annex in Rutherfordton and at Isothermal Community College, Business Sciences Building.

The Election is Tuesday, March 5 and voting will be held in each of the county’s precincts on that day. Voters will need to go to their respective polling places to cast ballots on Election Day.

David Hildebrand is shown above at Friday afternoon’s Curbside Voting tent at Isothermal. Voters who need to remain in their vehicle may do so and vote curbside. Article & Photo Provided By: Jean Gordon

How to get kids more engaged in dental health

Dental health should be a priority at any age, and is especially important for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than half of children between the ages of six and eight have had a cavity in at least one of their primary teeth. Also, more than half of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have had a cavity in at least one permanent tooth. Cavities and other oral health conditions, such as periodontal diseases, are largely preventable with proper oral hygiene.

Parents know that getting children — especially young ones — to care for their teeth in the correct manner may require some help and then reinforcement throughout the developmental years. However, there are ways to make dental care a more engaging activity for youngsters. Use plaque-disclosing


Mint reigns supreme in oral health products as the dominant flavor, but not all children are enamored with that flavor. Most oral care products geared toward the younger set come in different flavors like bubble gum and berry. Kids can take active roles in their oral health by choosing the flavored products they prefer to use.

Electronic toothbrushes

Children may enjoy using electronic toothbrushes because they are easy to maneuver and can even seem like a toy. According to the Cleveland Clinic, electric toothbrushes generally are considered more effective at removing plaque and keeping teeth clean. That benefits kids and adults because it potentially means fewer painful visits with the dentist.

Make it a competition

Children love games and healthy competition between peers and siblings. Offer a prize (non-sugary, of course) to children who brush and floss daily for the required times. Extra points can be awarded for every dental wellness check that comes back with a glowing report.

They are us and we are them, people all around us

We know these people. We pass them every day in traffic. Sometimes we shake our fists and yell at each other in traffic. Mostly we just roll along. We can’t call their names, much less know where they came from or where they are going, but we know them.

Most of us have families, some farflung, others just around the corner. Just up the road from us they have chickens. Down the sewer right-of-way behind our house a rooster crows.

On the streets of our towns, Forest City, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Ellenboro, Bostic, Ruth, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock we pass each other. One guy came out of the barber shop. Another emerged from Next Door Used Books on Thomas Street in Forest City. He had a couple of books under his arm. Fresh stuff to read. Soon two more were crossing Thomas Street to their car. They had what looked to be a three-year-old boy by the hand. He wondered about a nearby motorcycle. “Is it gonna get me?” Not as long as those two grownups are nearby. You’re safe, buddy.

They stock the shelves we buy from, cook our meals in restaurants, build stuff that will be shipped elsewhere from our factories. We share a lot of the same hopes and dreams. Safety for our kids, care for us old folks, schools that work and inspire and sometimes even get youngsters headed in the right direction even if their home life sucks pond water. It’s all around here somewhere. It’s the ebb and flow of what it means to live in small towns and out in the country.

Most of us don’t know each other.

James Thomas King III saw me sending a few messages on my phone and plopped into the passenger seat. I was parked in front of the Forest City post office. We caught up on our common beliefs in shared humanity. As he was about to scoot, the Rev. Scott Butler, graduate of East Rutherford High School Class of 1972, walked by and I jumped out of the car and shared a few greetings on the sidewalk. His folks from Chase Baptist had been booked along with young folks from Florence to show up at the Church of the Exceptional in Henrietta. As a total surprise, Scott got to hear his granddaughter sing. As a grandpa myself, I know what a thrill that was.

As I headed back to my car, I caught sight of Robert Petty, Polk Central High School Class of 1972 and jogged over to share a few connections with him. We talked about Blue Ridge Hope on W. 2nd Street in Rutherfordton, an outstanding nonprofit that treats mental health problems regardless of a person’s ability to pay. They are wonderful people like so many great people in Rutherford County. Check out their website at King, Butler and Petty are all great guys.

And as I was making my way back to my car for the third time, Ms. Scruggs started walking beside me. I said, “You know you live in a small town when you can get in a visit with three people at the post office.” She laughed and agreed and added, “I’m 80 now, but I’m still kicking.”

Those of us who can, still kick. We make our way from one point to another and most of us mean no harm. Even the people we don’t know by name are pretty much getting along as well as they can. They are us. We are them.

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Show children just where they may need to direct more brushing effort with plaquedisclosing tablets. These tablets use food-grade coloring in them, which sticks to areas with plaque accumulation. After chewing the tablets and the child smiles, he or she will see the spots where efforts need to be ramped up. This can be a fun lesson as children will likely enjoy seeing their teeth covered in the tablet color.

Flavored toothpastes and

Make smart food choices

Engage children in lessons and choices about which foods are good for oral health and which may be poor. Sticky foods or those with a lot of sugary content should only be occasional treats. The entire family can work together to plan meals around foods that are good for the teeth and gums, such as crunchy veggies, leafy greens, highcalcium dairy products, and fatty fish.

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New logo launched for Partnership for Children of the Foothills

The Partnership for Children of the Foothills has launched a new and more relevant logo, a product of the creative collaboration with the talented students at Isothermal College’s graphic design program. Under the guidance of their teacher, Zack Freeman, students embarked on a journey to visually redefine the organization’s identity.

Freeman shared his enthusiasm for the project, “Working with Partnership for Children of the Foothills was a great opportunity for the graphic design students. It allowed them real-life experience working with a local business. They were able to go through the entire creative process, including listening to and creating their ideas and getting

feedback while working toward a finished product. It is a valuable learning exercise for our students and an occasion to support a great cause.” The new logo embodies the essence of Partnership for Children of the Foothills. It serves as a visual representation of the organization’s dedication to nurturing and supporting the children and families within the community.

Barry Gold, Executive Director of Partnership for Children of the Foothills, expressed his excitement about the logo transformation, saying, “Our organization is committed to providing unparalleled support to the children in our community. The decision to update our

How to tell if it’s a cold, the flu, COVID-19 or RSV

current logo was driven by the desire to have a symbol that more accurately reflects the audience we serve. We believe this new logo will resonate strongly with our community and help us better connect with those we aim to assist.”

The Partnership for Children of the Foothills extends its gratitude to Freeman and the Isothermal College graphic design students for their invaluable contribution to this project. The collaboration exemplifies the power of partnerships between local businesses and educational institutions, fostering a sense of community and providing students with firsthand experience.

present may indicate which issue a person is dealing with. Knowledge of those symptoms and their frequency can help people determine if the culprit behind their winter illness is a cold, the flu, COVID-19, or RSV.


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• Difficulty breathing: Rarely

• Fatigue: Sometimes

• Fever: Rarely

• Loss of taste or smell: Rarely

• Sore throat: Often

• Wheezing: Rarely


• Aches: Often

• Difficulty breathing: Rarely

• Fatigue: Often

• Fever: Often

• Loss of taste or smell: Rarely

• Sore throat: Sometimes

• Wheezing: Rarely COVID-19

With so much to do each winter, it’s especially problematic when you come down with a cold. However, winter tends to be cold and flu season in many areas, as viruses tend to spread more easily when people spend more time indoors. This winter, people may wonder if their sniffles indicate they have a cold, the flu or a sign of something more serious, such as COVID-19 or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Anyone unsure of what’s behind a cold-like illness is urged to speak with their physician. In addition, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases notes that the common cold, the flu, COVID-19, and RSV present some similar symptoms, but also some unique ones. Though each illness is complex, the frequency with which some symptoms

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• Difficulty breathing: Often

• Fatigue: Often

• Fever: Sometimes

• Loss of taste or smell: Sometimes

• Sore throat: Often

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• Difficulty breathing: Sometimes

• Fatigue: Rarely

• Fever: Sometimes

• Loss of taste or smell: Rarely

• Sore throat: Rarely

• Wheezing: Often Individuals who are concerned by the presence of cold- or flulike symptoms are urged to speak with their physicians. Though many instances of cold, flu, COVID-19, and RSV will go away without medical intervention, each condition can pose a significant health risk in certain situations.

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Obituaries Obituaries

Frances Ward

Frances Ward, age 88, of Forest City, woke up to see the beauty of her heavenly home as she passed from this temporal life into the eternal presence of God Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Frances was born

October 13, 1935 in Knoxville, TN to the late Lila Mae Stephens Hamrick. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, GardnerWebb University, Limestone University and Converse University. She taught English at East Rutherford High and Chase High School for 28 years. Frances was a past member of Caroleen Baptist Church. She was a present member of Florence Baptist Church and attended bible study classes at Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton for over 15 years. Frances served as a mentor for McNair Educational Foundation.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Joseph “Eddie” Ward; stepfather, W.O. Hamrick; sister, Lorene Street and a brother, Billy Hamrick.

Those left to treasure her memory include her daughter, Sheila Ward Greene (Wilford) of Cliffside; son, Joey Ward of Raleigh; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral was held February 26 at Florence Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Haynes and Rev. Daniel Selman officiating.

Memorials are requested to the McNair Educational Foundation, or the

Macular Degeneration Foundation, www.eyesight. org

An online guest registry is available at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Alton “Al” Radford

Alton Eugene “Al” Radford, age 83 of Forest City died Saturday, February 17, 2024. Al was born October 9, 1940, in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Lonzo and Katie Wilkie Radford.

Al grew up in Rutherford County and was a graduate of Tri-High School. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and was retired from Cone Mills where he was Weave Room Supervisor at the Haynes Plant.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Earnest Radford, George Radford, Hubert Radford, James Radford and Leon Radford, an infant sister, Helen Radford, and his first wife, Charlene Wilson Radford.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Judith Tate “Judy” Radford, his daughters, Cathy Toney and husband Alan of Sunshine, Angela Young and husband Greg of Mooresville, his brother, Steve Radford (Diane) of Mooresboro, and sister, Margaret Jolly of Spartanburg, SC, four grandchildren.

The funeral was held February 22 in the Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. Lane Goff, Rev. Chris Fox

and Rev. Alan Toney officiating.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 760 Bethany Church Rd., Forest City, NC 28043.

An online guest registry is available at www. Padgett~King Mortuary and Crematory is serving the family.

Susan Lynch

Susan Lynch, age 59, of Rutherfordton, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Susan was born October 8, 1964, in Rutherford County. Her love for cooking led her to work as a cook for Quincy’s and Ryan’s restaurants. She also worked for Scott Vending. Her most recent and favorite job was cooking for the children at Choice Care Daycare in Rutherfordton. She grew up going to Gilkey Church of God, was a member of Florence Baptist Church and was a recent member of Piedmont Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Roscoe Laughter and her brothers, Jeffrey, Jerry, Gene and Ronnie Suttles.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 32 years, Danny Lynch; her mother, Ruby Laughter of Rutherfordton; children, Brandy Mitchem (Josh Stickel) of Bostic, Jeffrey Heusinkveld (Amanda) of Mooresboro, Holly Lynch (Zachary Martin) of Rutherfordton and Kendall Lynch (Caleb Colvert) of Forest City; her sisters, Teresa Gibbs



One of the greatest privileges we have as the children of God is the opportunity to come before him in prayer. Sadly, it is one of the most neglected parts of the Christian life. When Jesus was with his disciples, he taught them the importance of daily prayer and the benefit of taking all of their cares before God. They saw the power of an effective prayer life exhibited in the life of Christ as he dealt with the daily pressures of ministering to others.

He taught them that prayer is not about bringing a list of wants before God, but it is centered around having a close and dependent relationship with the Father. He gave them a model prayer of how to pray and for what they ought to pray. According to scripture, the prayer of faith is the key which unlocks the grace of God. We are told that we should come boldly to the throne of

grace to find help in our time of need. Simply put, it is impossible to live for God without having a meaningful prayer life.

Every prayer we pray should have some level of neediness intertwined. An effective prayer which touches the heart of God will include honesty, sincerity, fervency and humility. We must come to him with a heart of desperation for him to work in our situation or on the behalf of others. The secret of prayer is not as much about changing the mind of God, as it is about allowing the Spirit of God to change our hearts as we pour out our requests in the presence of our Heavenly Father.


(Ronnie), Linda Toney, Helen Champion (Jerry) and Dian Conner; seven grandchildren.

The funeral was held February 21 at Gilkey Church of God with Rev. Don Johnson and Rev. Sidney Calhoun officiating. An online guest registry is available at

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Constance Smith

Constance Gayle Marie Smith, 72, of Lake Lure, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

A native of Fort Worth Texas, Gaye was the daughter of the late Francis John and Bonnie Ruth Shumate Marshall. She was an accomplished artist, having attended Art School in London. She retired as a technician for an optical shop.

Left to cherish her memories are her twin sons, Craig Smith and wife Kiran and Stewart Smith and wife Meryem; daughter, Lauren Alexandra Campbell and husband Moloy; two grandchildren, sisters, Bonnie Dale Bittle and husband John Lee, Kathleen Marshall Crocker and husband Larry Vann; one niece, one nephew, one great niece and one great nephew.

A family directed Memorial service was held February 24 at Grace Bible Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to

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Sarah Jo Biggerstaff


Sarah Jo Biggerstaff

Lattimore, 68, of Forest City, entered into the presence of her Lord Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

She was born April 20, 1955, in Rutherfordton, to Joe and Sylvia (Pritchard) Biggerstaff.

She attended Green Hill Elementary School. She began her working career at Log Shop Restaurant in Lake Lure.

Sarah Jo graduated from R-S Central High School and Bomar Beauty School of Forest City.

Sarah Jo worked at Doncaster-Tanner, and spent more than 30 years as a waitress/hostess at Scoggin’s Seafood & Steakhouse.

Sarah also worked at Eckerd Drug in Rutherfordton. She completed her Pharmacy Certification training and then worked at Smith’s Drugs in Forest City.

Sarah Jo was a former member of the Green Hill School PTA, the Green Hill Fire Department Auxiliary, and the Green Hill Community Center, and was a current member of Rutherford County Historical Society.

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She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Sarah Jo was preceded in death by her brother Billy R. Biggerstaff, and wife Betty Wright Biggerstaff, of Green Hill.

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Rodney Shannon Lattimore, of Forest City; son Rev. Joshua Calvert, and wife Caroline of Gilkey; son Shawn Calvert, and wife Andi of Green Hill; stepson Klinton Lattimore, of Ellenboro; stepdaughter Karsen Ann Lattimore Spain, and husband Brandon, brother Lee Biggerstaff, and wife Carolyn, of Green Hill; her in-laws Larry and Debbie Lattimore, of Spindale; numerous grandchildren, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Sarah Jo’s Homegoing was held February 25, at Green Hill Baptist Church.

Sharon Morris Hardin

Sharon “Sherry” Morris Hardin died February 16, 2024.

She was born March 2, 1962, to Fred Alexander and Mary Ellen Fowler Morris. Sherry was born in the Pea Ridge community of Mill Spring, where she lived her entire life. She was a graduate of Polk Central High School and Central Piedmont Community College. She was a dedicated Dental Hygienist.

She grew up attending Pea Ridge Baptist Church. She was a member of Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church.

Sherry is survived by her husband, W. Daryl Hardin, daughter, Mary Ellen (William) Bartek, three grandchildren, brothers Jack (Mary) Morris, Billy (Linda) Morris, Danny (Cindy) Morris, and sisters Norma (Preston) Bowyer, and Brenda Bean.

Sherry was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Trivola “Pat” (Charles) Mathis, and brother-in-law, John Bean.

A memorial service was held at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church February 23 with Rev. Dr. Donald Scofield.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church Choir Fund; 252 N. Washington St. Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

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Jeffrey Ivester, age 71, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Jeffrey was born January 27, 1953 in Rockford, Illinois to the late Eugene Ivester and Ruther Sweatt. He worked as a dry wall installer and in construction for many years. Later he worked in apartment maintenance and was a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

Jeffrey attended Victory Baptist Church in Ellenboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Amanda Caudle.

Those left to treasure his memory are his companion, Suzanne Dobbins; daughter, Amber Mayhew (Jeremy) of Gastonia; sisters, Debra Ivester of Asheville and Cristy Busbee of Monroe; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4pm Saturday, March 2 at Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Johnny McCarty officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial donations requested to American Liver Foundation, liverfoundation. org

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Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Jimmy “Jim” Dean Bailey

Jimmy “Jim” Dean Bailey, 77, of Mill Spring, passed away, Saturday, February 24, 2024.

He was born in Bostic, NC on January 6, 1947. Jim graduated from East Rutherford High School before serving in the United States Army having served in Vietnam. He retired from Royster Oil Company after 34 years of service.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Hoyte Bailey and Hazel Dobbins Bailey; two brothers, Hoyte Bailey, Jr. and Phil Bailey; one sister, Georlene Holland and brother-in-law, Max Holland.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 34 years,

Patsy Searcy Bailey; two sons, Ben Bailey (Debbie) and Brian Bailey (Brandy) both of Rutherford County; one daughter, Sherry Davis of Boiling Springs, SC; two stepdaughters, Christy Thompson (Bryan) and Holly Greene both of Rutherford County; ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held February 27 at Coopers Gap Baptist Church Cemetery in Mill Spring with Rev.Donald Hollifield officiating.

Military honors were conducted by the Polk County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.

An online guest register is available at

Romel Nicolas Santiago

Romel Nicolas Santiago, age 51, of Forest City, passed away, Monday, February 19, 2024.

Romel was born September 12, 1972 in Nuevo Teapa, Veracruz to Tomasa Guiterrez Santiago Gomez of Veracruz and the late Romel Santiago Rodriguez. He worked as a landscape architect for many years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his siblings, Victor Santiago, Hilda Lucero Gutierrez, Ofelia Santiago, Gladiola Santiago, Mirella Santiago, Yesenia Santiago, Hilda Lucero Gutierrez, Miguel Lucero and Andres Lucero.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 28 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Herbert Burke officiating.

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Ricky Ray Lowery, age 70, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

Ricky was born November 17, 1953 in Rutherford County to the late Max William Lowery and Ellen Harris Lowery. He worked in construction most of his life.

In addition to his par-

ents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Steve Lowery (killed in Vietnam) and Tim Lowery, sister-inlaw, Janice Lowery.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Bonnie Lowery; daughters, Apryl Hamrick (Dale) and Jessica Walker all of Forest City; one grandson, brothers, Bruce Lowery (Becky) of Six Mile, SC and Blaine Lowery of Forest City; sisters-in-law, Barbara Lowery and Doris Lowery both of Forest City; two nieces, three nephews and a number of great and greatgreat nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held February 27 at Harrelson Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations requested to Levine Cancer Institute, 136 Sparks Dr., Forest City, NC 28043.

An online guest registry is available at

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Robin Parsons

Robin Parsons, age 59, passed away Friday, February 23rd 2024.

She was born in Jackson, Michigan, and was preceded in death by her daughter Caitlin, sister Vicky, step father Joseph, and niece Sara.

Left behind to carry on her loving spirit are her son Trevor Covey-Eley, fiancé Jim McDaniel, mother Patricia Meyer, father Floyd Covey (Barb), brother Bill (Laura), brother Howard (Joanne), sister Christine (Scott), brother Roscoe (Robin), one nephew, one niece and many cousins.

Robin graduated from the University of South Carolina. She went on to be an amazing, kind and caring teacher.

Robin started her career at Spartanburg High, moved to Freedom High, and ultimately ended at Chase High. Along with her duties and responsibilities as a special education teacher, she was heavily involved with the local Special Olympics community as a co-coordinator, helping organize events as well as coaching many of the athletes. Additionally she was the creator of Freedom High’s Project Unify and cosponsored the Student Government Association there, at Chase High, she sponsored Project Unify and also assisted in the afterschool programs.

Robin was a member of Spencer Baptist Church. Services were held at

Spencer Baptist on February 27.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory are preferred, to either Spencer Baptist directly or Special Olympics Rutherford County: Special Olympics North Carolina 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste 201 Morrisville, NC 27560.

Melvia Kathleen Greene

Melvia Kathleen (Kathy) Greene, age 79 of Forest City NC, died February 23, 2024.

Kathleen was born in Greenville, SC in 1944 to the late Lester and Jeanne Ross. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Bennie Greene.

She is survived by her son, Wade Greene (Cheryl), daughter Dana Davis (Michael), five grandchildren, and a number of great grandchildren, siblings, Keith Ross (Jean), Linda Robinson (Terry), and Phillip Ross (Julie) and several nieces and nephews.

She was a seamstress. Serving God, family and friends was a huge part of her life.

A celebration of Kathy’s life was held February 29 at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Phillip Duncan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rutherford County Senior Center, 193 Callahan Koon Rd. Suite #132, Spindale, NC 28160, in Kathleen’s memory.

Lee Davidson

Lee Davidson, age 69, of the Shiloh Community, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

Lee was born March 22, 1954 in Rutherford County to the late Leonard Davidson and Beatrice Beheler Davidson. He was a graduate of Chase High School. He worked in the floral business for over fifty years. Lee was the owner and operator of the Blossom Flower Shop for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Spivey.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Chris Davidson (Jennifer) of Gaffney, SC; sister, Mary

Kelly of Harmony. The funeral was held February 24 at Kistler’s Chapel with Rev. Dr. James Powell and Rev. Dr. Dwight Easler officiating. Memorial donations requested to Community Pet Center, 861 Piney Ridge Rd., Forest City, NC 28043.

An online guest registry is available at

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Jimmy Melton

Jimmy Melton, age 80, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, February 22.

Jimmy was born, January 28, 1944 in Rutherford County to the late N.C. Melton and Ola Murray Melton. He was a crane

operator in the construction of bridges. He was a retired board member of the Ellenboro Fire Department and operated the Ellenboro Go-Kart track. He was also a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Norman, Joe, Billy and Chivous Melton.

Those left to treasure his memory are his wife of 62 years, Norma Camp Melton; daughters, Norma Gail Melton and Sandra Melton (Arlene) all of Ellenboro; son, Jeffrey Darrel Melton (Pam) of DeBary, Florida and one granddaughter.

In honor of Jimmy’s wishes, no formal services will be conducted.

Memorial donations requested to COPD Foundation,

An online guest registry is available at

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

What people can do to prevent stroke

stroke throughout one’s life.

Stroke has been described as a “brain attack.” Stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain becomes blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain breaks, which can damage or kill brain cells. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion says stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in adults. It also can cause irreversible damage to the brain.

Individuals who experience stroke may end up with memory problems or experience difficulty thinking or forming words. Mobility issues like difficulty walking or paralysis and weakness may occur. Some individuals also may experience incontinence and other issues resulting from neurological damage.

Although stroke can come out of the blue and is not always preventable, there are several steps people can take to help reduce their risk for stroke.

• Reduce blood pressure numbers. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a significant risk factor for stroke, says Harvard Health. Doctors may advise patients to work to lower blood pressure to between 140/90 to 120/80.

• Work to lower BMI. Overweight or obesity increases risk for stroke, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Losing weight and maintaining a health body mass index can help lower stroke risk.

• Exercise more often. Routine physical activity can not only help a person lose weight, but also lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels — all of which are risk factors for stroke. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends individuals get a minimum of two hours and 20 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic activity each week.

• Get a cholesterol check. High cholesterol can increase risk of stroke, which makes routine cholesterol checks important. The Office for the Assistant Secretary of Health says people should get their cholesterol checked at least every four to six years, with some needing to get it checked more frequently.

• Drink only in moderation. Alcohol can increase risk of high blood pressure. Individuals should reduce their alcohol intake, with one drink or less for women and two drinks or less for men per day.

• Know your family health history. Knowing one’s family health history may illustrate a risk for genetic health conditions that can make a person more likely to experience stroke.

• Treat heart disease. Do not delay medical treatment for heart disease. Heart conditions like coronary artery disease or atrial fibrillation should be addressed promptly to prevent stroke.

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seasoned photographer or a budding painter, here’s your opportunity to show off your talent and use your artwork to honor Veterans.

VA and the Veterans Day National Committee are now accepting submissions for the 2024 Veterans Day Poster Contest. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on April 1, 2024.

This contest is open to all. Your art should reflect this year’s theme: “A Legacy of Loyalty and Service.”

Eugene Russell, creator of the winning 2023 design, shared his thoughts, “My goal was to link the sight, sound and feeling of how we served our country. The pole and American flag in this image are the ones currently flying over VA headquarters in Washington, D.C. It flies

Veterans to come.”

The winning poster will be distributed to VA facilities and military installations worldwide and across cities and towns in our nation. It will also serve as the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day National Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, scheduled for Nov. 11, 2024.

To ensure your submission meets the technical requirements, please review our design submission guidelines before engaging your creativity. Successful designs are very simple, with minimal imagery and verbiage. To view examples of past winning submissions, visit The Veterans Day Poster Gallery. Submit electronic versions as jpg images

Be a hero in your community by rolling up a sleeve

March is Red Cross Month, and for more than 130 years, heroic American Red Cross volunteers have provided hope and urgent relief to families in communities across the country.

This March the community is invited to join in the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and be someone’s hero by rolling up a sleeve to give blood Thursday, March 28 from 10am-2:30pm at Lake Lure Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, located at 6837 US Hwy 64/74A.

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Questions? Please email the Veterans Day Coordinator at vetsday@

According to the Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds to respond to patient emergencies. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle

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To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at

RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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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 quarter,’ Nancy said. As the age or the roof caught up with the club, leaking became 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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You are pressured to act quickly. Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have time to think. The IRS will give you the chance to ask questions or appeal what you owe. Also, their first contact with you will always be by mail, not phone or email. Payment must be made by wire transfer, prepaid debit card, or other non-traditional payment methods. These methods are largely untraceable and non-reversible. The IRS will never demand immediate payment, require a specific form of payment, or ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.

Tax Identity Theft Scams

This occurs when a scammer uses your government-issued identity number to file a tax return in your name and collect your refund. It can also be someone using your information to get a job. Consumers don’t usually realize they have been victims of tax identity theft until they get a written notice from the IRS saying that more than one tax return was filed, or they were paid by an employer they don’t know.

Email Phishing Scams

The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus website intended to mirror the official IRS website. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.” The emails sometimes mention and IRSgov (without a dot between “IRS” and “gov”).

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• The best way to avoid tax identity theft is to file

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• Jot down your Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS before you file your return. This is a six-digit number, which, in addition to your Social Security number, confirms your identity. It is important to note that you cannot opt-out once you get an IP PIN. So once you apply, you must provide the IP Pin each year when you file your federal tax returns. The IRS will provide your IP PIN online and then send you a new IP PIN each December by postal mail.

• The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

• Only deal with trustworthy tax preparation services. For many

people, major life changes, business ownership, or simply a lack of knowledge about the ever-changing tax laws make finding a trustworthy tax preparer a good idea. That said, not all tax preparers have the same level of experience and training.

• Check out websites carefully and make sure you are accessing the real IRS website when filing your taxes electronically or inquiring for additional information.

• If you are the victim of tax identity theft in the U.S., contact the IRS at 1-800908-4490. You should also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at or by calling 1-877-FTCHELP. The FTC also offers a personalized identity theft recovery plan at

• If you get tax information delivered electronically from your employer or other entity, treat that information carefully. Download it onto a password-protected computer.


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HOBBY. Visit our NEW LOCATION .....Model Cars, Die-cast Cars & Trucks, Tractors, Hot Wheels, Construction Toys, Sports Memorabilia, Autographed Items, Hard to Find Items! See Mike & Brandon Willis. We’re located at 104 Oliver Ave. (behind El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Boiling Springs), Shelby 704-297-0102 or 704-297-0103


ONE ON ONE CARE. Is now hiring for part time In the Residential homes. Some weekends are required. If interested, please apply at 203 Lee St in Shelby.


LEAD INSTALLERS. CSI Mechanical is looking for a lead installer for residential and commercial jobs with preferred lead install experience. Valid driver’s license required. Competitive Pay • Paid Holidays • Paid Time off after 3 months • 401(k) matching •Tool program. Please call our office at 704-600-6267 for more information or pick up an application at 410 South Post Rd. Shelby, NC 28152. You can also email your resume to

LOOKING FOR A HARDWORKING reliable person to help on a well boring rig including installing pumps, waterlines, repairs as needed. General knowledge of tools a plus. Must be able to drive a straight drive truck. Call/text Tony 704740-6604.

NOW HIRING RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS. All shifts available, full and part time.



NOW IS THE TIME. Over 25 years Exp! Install Replace Hot water Heaters, Mulching, Trees and Bushes trimmed, Minor Repairs, Ceiling Fans, Mini Blind Installation, Any Handyman Services. No Job too Big or Small! References available. We will show up and do the job. Call us first, 704-692-4449.


LAWN SERVICE. Call (704) 472-4737

CONCRETE REMOVAL, JUNK REMOVAL, demolition, retaining walls, pavers and grading. 828-453-8113.


ING AND REPAIRS. Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling, Additions, Flooring, Roofing, Property Management, Landscaping, and New Home Builds. Veteran Owned, over 20 years experience, workmanship 100% Guaranteed and fully insured. Call for a free quote to get your project started today (828) 230-2317 VeteranHomeRepairs.NC@


CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tuneup Special, $69.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704472-9367.

WE BUY STANDING TIMBER! Also: Lot clearing, haul rocks, tree work. Please call 828-429-4742 or 828-2899756.

BOBCAT FOR HIRE. Scrap driveways, Debris removal, yard work and etc. 704-5247569.

MAID FOR JESUS. Residential and Commercial Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, one time cleaning. Phone: (828) 4290568

CHERRYVILLE BOARDING & GROOMING. Boarding and Grooming Services for Dogs and Cats. We offer grooming at our SHOP and MOBILE. (704) 445-8494

LAWN CARE. If you need Lawn Care, Mowing, Trimming or Blowing, call 980-522-3335.



YARD SALE: SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024 starting at 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Everything must go! LuLaRoe clothing for women, paparazzi jewelry, and antique dressing table, wrought iron furniture and more! 130 Shadowgate Drive, Shelby, NC 28152


NATURALLY UNIQUE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC presents an estate tag sale. Friday 3/1/24, 2:00pm7:00pm; Saturday 3/2/24, 9:00am-2:00pm. 612 Natures Trail, Gaffney, SC 29341




TAG SALE. Friday & Saturday March 1 & 2; 132 Burgin Street, Spindale NC 28160. Both days 8-2. Original 1960’s Barbie, Ken, Midge, Skipper, Alan, and Ricky in original case w/clothes. 3 Michael Jordan and 3 Ernie Irvan stand ups. Victorian bed & dresser, Barbies, Cabbage Patch, and Precious Moments dolls, unopened boxes of baseball cards, unopened die cast race cars, cast iron pans, vintage Christmas items, 1968 Snoopy lunch box, tobacco advertising jackets, vintage electronics, push lawn mower, “boom boxes”, golf clubs and bags including a new Gatorade bag, vintage wooden snow sled, mid-century flatware, BudLight refrigerator, gas grill, new in box Mccullogh chain saw, 2 metal wheel barrows, old DVD movies, tools, new kitchenware cookers, pans, and other in original boxes, child’s desk, bed liner and bed rails for Chevrolet pickup. Weed eater, push lawn mower, yard sprayer, rocking chairs, and this is only a partial listing of a huge list of items. PRICES DISCOUNTED AFTER 10 ON SATURDAY.


TRACTORS, EQUIPMENT, RIDING MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GO-KARTS. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828980-0853, 704-476-9383.

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788

WE’VE GOT THE KNIVES &COINS! *HOLIDAY SPECIAL - 1 OZ. SILVER BARS & ROUNDS $27.50 (While Supplies Last)* at Jake’s Knives & Coins located at 1008 S. Lafayette St., Shelby. Call 704-6006996 or (980) 295-5568

HORSE QUALITY HAY FOR SALE. Call (704) 487-6855

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_hopper@


TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC. 704-434-6389, (704) 473-0867

DUB WHEELS 24X10 6 LUGS CHEV. $2000 (704) 460-5965


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


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


VIDEOS Wrestling/Martial Arts-USC DVD’s & VHS video’s for sale Single DVD’s - $3. Multiset-$5. VCR DVD player-$40. 980-308-3323.

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

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


INSTOCK! Deliveries Twice A Week. One Piece or the Whole Roof. J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895





posts, top rail, post caps, tension wire, complete heavy duty $600. Call 828-657-4223, leave message.

MIXED HARDWOOD DRY picked up $70, Bundle packs $4 ea. Cherryville, NC. Call 704-458-3081 cell, or (704) 435-3970


4X5 Round -$55, Squares bales-$8. 704-692-6325.

1999 DODGE 1500. 4X4 I have 1999 Dodge pickup, been wrecked, has some good body parts, has good 360 engine. Doors have been sold. (704) 300-1818

DISCOUNT APPLIANCES. Refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. 704-477-4766. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby, NC. (704) 477-4766

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

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

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

ROUND CLAW FOOT TABLE. $50 round claw foot table needs top refinished (704) 300-1818


Tiller, Like new-$100, Toolbox-$25, 30 ft. fiberglass extension ladder-$150. 803-2223123.

FISHING BOAT FOR SALE. 16 ft. Fishing boat. Mirror Craft. Shorelander trailer. 50 HP Evinrude outboard motor. Minkota trolling motor. New battery. New fuel cell. Serviced July 2023 at Great Outdoors. Various accessories go with the boat. Have the owner’s manual for the motors. (704) 418-7154


2 REALLY GOOD PUSH MOWERS. $75 each. 1 really good racing lawnmower $400. (828) 289-8844

FISHING RODS. Various rods and reels. Call for an appointment and price. (704) 418-7154

USED CAMPER TOPS FOR SALE: Various sizes and styles. Keep it dry and safe! 828-980-0788 or 828-2868674.

TWO LONG-SHAFT WEEDEATERS. 1-$85. 2-$100. Bentshaft $40. 3.7 Briggs Push Mower, Skils Circular Saw $35. Dining table $100. Microwave $30. OBO. Voicemail 828-6574445.

HAY FOR SALE. Horse quality, 4x5 round bales of hay. $55. 980-241-9010.


CAT FOUND Black & White Cat found near Shelby Country Club Area. 704-487-8674.


WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

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

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

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.

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.


HORSE QUALITY HAY FOR SALE. 4x5 Round Bales in barn, $50 each. Fescue and Or-

STEEL BUILDINGS. “Large On Site Display”. Concrete Pads, Grading, Plumbing, Electrical. “One Stop Shop For All !” J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City, 2690 Hwy. 221 South. (828) 245-5895

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Tires, Lights, Gates, Ramps, etc. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City, (828) 245-5895 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 FOR
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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

4 BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES. 2 Female and 2 Male Boston Terrier Puppies ready for pickup. Both parents are CKC Registered Dogs. Comes with 10 days food, registration form, health record, toys, collar, food bowl. Born January 10th. Delivery possible. Female $1200 and $1100 male. (864) 492-5138 dvcaldwell38@gmail. com


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

AKC REGISTERED CANE CORSO PUPS. Call Ronnie for more info. (704) 974-2716

2 TOY AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS. 1 male, 1 female. Registered ASDR. DOB 12/21/23. $800. 704-418-6188, (704) 482-0178

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

GOLDEN DOODLES 5 black, 2 blonde. $450. M&F parents onsite. 11 weeks old (980) 9259048

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES. Black Tri, Lilac Merle (blue eyes) see at Tractor Supply. (704) 418-6352


GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES FOR SALE. Registered Golden Retriever Puppies Available Now! Looking for a loyal companion to brighten your days? Our registered Golden Retriever puppies are ready to steal your heart! Why Choose Our Golden Retrievers? Proven Pedigree: Our puppies come from registered parents with impeccable pedigrees, ensuring they inherit the best traits of the breed. Family-Friendly: Known for their friendly and gentle nature, Golden Retrievers make excellent family pets and companions for children. Easy to Train: Highly intelligent and eager to please, Golden Retrievers are quick learners, making training a breeze. Versatile Companions: Whether you enjoy outdoor adventures or cozy nights at home, our Golden Retrievers adapt to any lifestyle with ease. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to welcome a loving Golden Retriever into your home! Contact us to reserve your puppy today. ebenhoeh.goldenfarms@

TWO TEACUP TOY CHIHUAHUAS. Both Females. 2 1/2 Months Old. $350 each. Call Vickie at 704-313-3352 or 704685-7721

YORKSHIRE TERRIER PUPPIES. Traditional Yorkshire puppies raised in our home, Tails docked, dewclaws removed, dewormed, vet checked, first shots. $1,200 females, $1,000 males. Ready to go March 3rd 2024. Shelby area. Check us out on Don’t forget to read our testimonies page! Call or Text please no calls after 8 pm (704) 6894163

CKC TOY POODLE PUPPIES. $100 each. (828) 289-8844

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. 12 weeks old, $200 each. (828) 980-8119

CHIWEENIE PUPPY. Ready for new home. Has had one set of shots and dewormed. $300.00 704-466-6983.



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



S-10 BONANZA One owner. 262,003 miles, $4900, (828) 287-5049

1989 CHEVROLET 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, $13,900 843-609-5903 (843) 609-5903

2013 NISSAN ROGUE 170,000 miles, runs great, interior clean, clear peeling off exterior. Good air, am/fm/cd. Good tires. (828) 748-7432


2021 T@B 320S BOONDOCK

Teardrop Camper. Light grey with black trim. Excellent condition. Stored in garage. $22,000 or Best Offer! 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

2014 R-POD 178 TRAVEL

TRAILER: Excellent condition, many extras, $11,000. Appointments: 828-447-8475.

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


Price $54,100. 13064 miles. Call Wayne for information. (704) 300-3578


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.

2022 BMS STALLION 600 RX. Side by Side, 4x4 On Demand, EFI, Camouflage, Manual dump bed, Front & rear winch. “Used Very Little”. Like new condition! One owner! $7500 firm. Can be seen at Carolina Cars and Clubs. 190 Withrow Rd., Forest City, NC. (828) 289-6296


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



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


110 KENTBURY DRIVE, GROVER, NC. Singlewide. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Rent $750. Deposit $750, App Fee $325 per adult. 704-214-4180.


HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259.

HOUSE FOR RENT. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, attached garage, storage space, ceiling fans in all rooms, insulated, washer and dryer hook up. Double windows in all rooms, double doors front and back. Tremendous back yard. A-1 neighborhood. $1500 a month first and last months rent and background check required. (704) 418-6116

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) 4827723 (704) 482-7723 Lions@ RPMMANAGED.COM



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

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


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

$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.

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.




HWY 226 OT#16., Casar, NC, Rent $875, Deposit $875, Includes up to $125 in utilities. App Fee $25 per adult. 704214-4180.


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


Kentbury Dr., Grover, NC. $250

Weekly, $800 Deposit. Includes power/water. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

110 LATHAM DRIVE, KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC. House. 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom. rent $1595, Deposit $1595. app Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.


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



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

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

THREE BEDROOM, JUST REMODELED. Quiet, wooded, mature mobile home park. Landlord on site. Nationwide background check. No pets. 828-429-9276.

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