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Menu changed, but the purpose is the same Spaghetti supper at Mt. Vernon will support community Article By Jean Gordon • Photos Contributed

A stringing bean party - community volunteers picking, stringing and canning green beans to pay off the debt at the community clubhouse in Mt. Vernon 66 years ago, as recorded by the late Glenn James in the Spindale Sun.

For decades the Mt. Vernon Community Club has hosted its popular mouth-watering, delicious country ham and chicken pie suppers. In addition to the fellowship of the people, proceeds from the supper were given to various nonprofits and groups in the area. Saturday, February 10, the menu is changing, but count on the spirit and the fellowship being the same, perhaps better.

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built to be used for community and charitable purposes. In January 1959 the men of the community were invited to attend a meeting at the Mt. Vernon School to discuss the plan and they agreed a clubhouse was needed. Walker said the entire community united to make this dream come true. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church donated the land for the clubhouse and Mt. Hebron Methodist Church gave water rights from their parsonage well to supply water to the clubhouse. Members of the community gave lumber, labor and money towards the construction of the building. Mt. Vernon School FFA provided the wood and installed the wood paneling and cabinets that are still there today. A major player in making all of this possible was H. D. Dillingham, who was instrumental in the planning and organization of the work required to make this dream come true. Fundraisers paid for construction of the building in the 1960s. At that time either chicken or country ham suppers were held Saturday nights to pay their debt of $7,500 to construct the facility. In 1962 the club members planted 1/2 to 3/4 acres in half-runner green beans to serve at the fundraising meals. Volunteers picked 25 bushels of beans and canned 704 quarts of beans for the dinners. A ham plate was $1.25 and $1 for chicken. The club was debt free in 1965 thanks to a lot of hard work, commitment, planning and support by the community. Through the years there have been a number of organizations that fell under the umbrella of the Mt. Vernon Community Club: Boy Scout Troop 143, Girl Scout Troop, A and One 4H Club, Mt. Vernon Home Demonstration Club, Mt. Vernon Homemakers Club. The group that currently represents Mt. Vernon Community Club was organized in 2011 originally from a group of Mt. Vernon Baptist church members who were looking for a way to send a youth group to Canada on a mission trip. A ham and chicken pie supper appeared to be a great way to raise those needed funds and the clubhouse was the perfect place to carry on that tradition. In 2018 there was a celebration to recognize those who have carried the torch to keep the lights burning at Mt. Vernon Community Club for 60 years. Because Mt. Vernon Community Club does not qualify as a 501C3 organization there are not a lot of opportunities for grants, but much appreciation goes to the Rutherford County Community Project Grant program

For the first time since Covid, folks arriving for Saturday night’s supper will be able to dine inside the clubhouse or there will be plates to go. It is a perfect evening to take a Valentine’s sweetheart to a fundraising dinner as the weekend jumpstarts the holiday. Saturday evening’s meal will be a delicious meal of spaghetti, bread, salad, homemade dessert and tea. Volunteer Emma Walker said in addition to the Covid rules, the price of food has increased and the suppers became more challenging. She said just to break even on buying country ham, at least 70 plates of ham had to be bought, and that didn’t count all other costs. That meant much more work, additional costs and less money going back into the community. Walker and Kathy McNeilly have been volunteering at the suppers for a long time, as well as others across the community. They sat down recently and talked about the history of the club and where it stands today. Believing in its motto for 66 years, “Let’s do good while we can” club members will be there to work Saturday night and for years to come. “Please come and enjoy a great meal and give back to the community,” Emma said. During the meal Hudlow Fire Department will set up a table if anyone would like to get a reflection 911 address sign for a donation of their choice. ITS HISTORY In 1957 the community club began Kathy McNeilly presents a $1,000 from a dream of the Mt. Vernon Home Demonstration Club. For a number of check to Sheriff Aaron Ellenburg from the Mt. Vernon Community Club. years, their desire was to see a clubhouse

that awarded the club $1,000 for each year between 2014 and 2019. The grants were matched by $1,000 each year with matching funds by the Mt. Vernon Community Club. There were also grants totaling $900 provided by the NC Cooperative Extension Office - these funds were used to purchase a window A/C and install new LED lights. Traditionally there were four suppers each year at the clubhouse but the last dine-in was in November 2019 before Covid. During 2020-2023, there were two suppers each year. Depending on the success of the spaghetti suppers will determine the number of fundraising suppers each year, Emma explained. During the past 12 years, the club has given approximately $20,000 back to the community by financially supporting Mt. Vernon Ruth School, Hudlow Fire Department, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, Hospice, Mt. Hebron Methodist Church and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The club has also given back in other ways such as doing appreciation meals for the Mt. Vernon Ruth teachers, Hudlow firefighters and the gas pipeline workers that were in the county several years ago. There have also been times when the club members helped individuals financially in times of need. The clubhouse is also rented for various community events and that has helped to sustain the clubhouse financially. For the past 60 years, the Logan family has rented the clubhouse for the annual reunions.

The Th e renttall pri rice ice has bee een n $7 $75 wi $75 with ith a $10 100 0 refundable deposit for the past 12 years. Call lll 828 82 8-22 8223 3-17 31768 68 for ren enta tall in ta info form fo rmat rm atio at ion io n. n. Recently there was a presentation of $1,000 to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and another $1,000 was given to Hudlow Fire Department. There are plans to donate $500 to Out of the Ashes as they recover from fire damage to their facility. Mt. Vernon Community Club members are grateful to all who supported the ham and chicken pie fundraisers and also the renting of the facility. The members feel that the clubhouse should be “a place where the community can gather and celebrate the precious moments of life”. Gather Saturday night and enjoy one another’s company - and a good dish of spaghetti with trimmings.

Emma Walker with Kathy McNeilly.

Member Joey Ford presents to Hudlow Fire Chief Andy Walker and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Tate.

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Habitat family receives keys to the 85th house

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Built in honor of the late Malanie Price

The Rutherford County chapter Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 85th home last week for a family in Spindale. The house was built in memory of former Executive Director Malanie Price. Eight members of Malanie’s family attended the dedication and one of her sisters, Vickie Price, presented the family with the keys to their new home. She also presented Malayah with a crystal suncatcher from the Price family. Nell Bovender and Hazel Crook presented a tool kit to the homeowner on behalf of the Women Roofers. Bob Bourne, Habitat volunteer, presented a Bible. The Rutherfordton Lions Club gave brooms to the family and Habitat ReStore volunteer, Bill Wells, presented those. Jasmine Smith is the homebuyer and she has a daughter, Malayah. Approximately 60 attended the dedication and celebration. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon

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Cherries are the star of this Valentine’s Day treat

Tart, red cherries and Valentine’s Day seem to be the perfect pair. Not only do cherries align with a Valentine’s Day

color scheme, they even resemble little hearts when hanging from their stems. Celebrating Valentine’s Day involves many different traditions, and enjoying decadent desserts is among them. Purchasing ready-made treats from a local bakery is one way to indulge in a sugary confection, but crafting a recipe at home is another way to show

that special someone how much you care. “Cherry Pie Bars” are not exactly a pie, but a pound cake with a cherry pie filling swirl. They can be made for many different occasions, but make for something sweet on Valentine’s Day. Whip up this recipe from “Butter, Flour, Sugar, Joy” (Sourcebooks) by Danielle Kartes.

Cherry Pie Bars Yield: One 9x13 pan 2 cups sugar 1 cup butter, softened 4 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 can cherry pie filling Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream sugar and butter on low. Add

the eggs one at a time. Beat until just combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Spread a little over half the cake batter into the pan. Evenly spread the pie filling over the top, and spoon the rest

of the cake batter over the pie filling. It’s fine if the cherries show through. Bake 35 minutes or until the top has turned slightly golden. Do not overbake. Allow to cool and slice into squares. Enjoy!


Six Valentine’s Day traditions

Valentine’s Day is a day of love nestled in the middle of February. Sweethearts use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show the people they care about just how deep those feelings run. A 2023 survey from the National Retail Federation found consumers expected to spend $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day, up from $23.9 billion in 2022. Forecasters suspect spending is likely to increase this year as well. Valentine’s Day is awash in many different customs. Here’s a deep look at some of those enduring traditions and others that some may feel should be brought back into favor or adopted entirely. Pampering gentlemen It is common in North America for Valentine’s Day celebrations to lean significantly toward favoring women, who are often on the receiving end of flowers and chocolates. However, in South Korea and Japan, it is the men who are pampered with such gifts. Women purchase chocolates for their male partners, family members and coworkers as tokens of appreciation and affection. Never fear, a month later on White Day

(March 14) men reciprocate with candy, cake and flowers. Puzzle purses Sweethearts in Victorian England created “puzzle purses,” which were a series of love letters that could be read separately, but also fit together to create a design and message. These intricately folded sheets of paper had parts of messages or verses written on different corners and were meant to be read in a specific order. Heart-shaped chocolate boxes British chocolatier Richard Cadbury is credited with creating the first heartshaped box for Valentine’s Day. The boxes were intended to be so beautiful they would be kept to hold trinkets or love letters. Ornate chocolate boxes are not quite as common

today, although the gifting of chocolate for the holiday is still strong. Celebrating in June? Many Brazilians skip Valentine’s Day in February and choose to celebrate Saint Anthony, the patron saint of marriage and matchmaking, on June 12. Celebrating both is fine for those who prefer to shower affection on loved ones multiple times a year. Handwritten cards It’s a common scene each year in card retailers and pharmacies: people threedeep in the aisle trying to pick out Valentine’s Day cards in the eleventh hour. People can save themselves the hassle of fighting the crowds if they make their own handmade cards. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, sweethearts created unique cards from scratch, according to Country Living. And prior to products produced by Hallmark and other

greeting card companies, people used to send one another cards customized with personalized messages. Bouquets These days a dozen long-stemmed red roses might be the norm for Valentine’s Day gifting. However, roses weren’t always the preferred flower for the holiday. reports that, in the nineteenth century, bouquets might contain all sorts of flowers, each chosen to convey certain messages. Individuals can research the meanings behind certain flowers and put together a Valentine’s Day gift this year that expresses exactly what they are feeling.

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School-based virtual care program in elementary schools

Celebrating the expansion of Atrium Health’s school-based virtual care program into the Rutherford County Schools (RCS) Monday were (-r) Megan Cody, AVP/Administrative Director Levine Children’s; Doug Lebda, Lending Tree CEO; Armando Chardiet, president, Atrium Health Foundation and Dr. David Sutton, Rutherford County Schools superintendent, at Forest City Dunbar Elementary. Beginning this week, Virtual health care is now in all of the elementary schools in Rutherford County Schools.


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which provides families a Care provides care for minor convenient and high quality conditions – similar to what option for health care,” she you’d go to an urgent care or pediatrician for. Some said. Atrium Health Levine locations also offer mental Children’s began the virtual health services. Common conditions clinics in Cleveland County schools in 2017-2018 and treated: A diagnosis, treatment since then, the program is in over 150 schools across plan and prescription if eight counties in North needed for conditions like: Allergies, Asthma, Coughs Carolina. “Last year alone we and colds, Ear pain, Fever, completed over 10,000 video Flu symptoms, Head lice, visits and comprehensive Headache, Pink eye, Rash, medical exams of students, Sore throat, Stomachache and Urinary tract infection. virtually,” Cody added. Lebda said his family Mental health care: At select locations, thrived on helping others to have good health care School-Based Virtual Care and although most of their partners with Atrium Health philanthropy work is behind Behavioral Health to offer the scenes, the family was virtual care for mental willing to put their name health issues, like: Anxiety, “out there, if it could make a Attention difficulties and concentrating, difference in the virtual care trouble Classroom behavior at schools,” he said. He said from behavioral issues, Grief, Irritability and health issues to earaches, Sadness. sore throats, the program Article & Photos Provided By: Jean Gordon can keep families out of the emergency room by having health care available at the schools. “I am very honored to see this take off,” he continued. Sutton thanked Levine Children’s for their investment in helping with the education of Rutherford County Schools students. Other guests included Kirstin Ashford, VP Atrium Health Foundation Kat Lefever AVP, Atrium Health Foundation; Sam McGinnis, director, administrator, Levine’s Children’s, Patsy Fisher, senior ambulatory manager, school and community based telemedicine; Jackie McSwain, practice manager for Rutherford Peds and Shelby Children’s Clinics. S c h o o l - B a s e d Doug Lebda addresses school Virtual Care Services officials and Atrium Health’s School-Based Virtual contingent Monday afternoon.


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based-school care in RSC elementary schools. “This is a great day for Rutherford County Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. David Sutton as he welcomed a contingent of Atrium Health representatives and administrators and staff from RCS. He said it’s the goal of RCS to make sure students will be able to learn in a safe and learning environment and that includes access to health care. “I couldn’t be happier... this is a game changer,” Sutton said of virtual

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gathered Monday afternoon at Forest City Dunbar Elementary to celebrate the expansion of the health care program. Monday’s kickoff celebrates the virtual


Representatives from Atrium Health Levine Children’s School-Based Virtual Care program and staff from the Rutherford County Schools (RCS)

health care offered at all elementary schools. Megan Cody, AVP/ Administrative Director for Levine Children’s told the group she was thrilled to be celebrating the expansion of Atrium Health’s schoolbased virtual care program in the Rutherford County Schools. “I’m honored to announce the gift that made this all possible. Lending Tree’s CEO Doug Lebda and his family committed half a million dollars to create the Lebda Family Rural Healthcare Program to support virtual care in rural communities. “Doug and his family are true champions of access to care for our children and families,” Cody said. “This gift will have a profound impact on those who would otherwise go without healthcare or face significant challenges in receiving primary care,” she continued. She said thanks to Lebda family’s vision and generosity, “we are not only improving access and preventing avoidable visits to the emergency room, but we are also providing more class time for students and less missed work for parents,” Cody continued. “Philanthropy has been a driving force behind our virtual care program,

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DEADLINE FOR CHURCH HAPPENINGS: MONDAYS 10AM • EMAIL TO: EVENTS@RUTHERFORDWEEKLY.COM Ongoing Church Programs Prospect Baptist Church Sun: 9:45AM Sunday School, Worship: 11am & 6pm. 2610 Prospect Church Rd., Mooresboro. Crestview Baptist Church Sun: 9:30am Sunday School, 10:30am & 6pm Worship. Wed: 6:30pm AWANA, Youth Bible Study, Adult Bible Study. 630 S. Church St, Forest City. Hicks Grove Baptist Church Sundays 10am Sunday School, 11am & 6pm worship. Wed. 6pm Bible study & prayer meeting. 574 Hicks Grove Rd., Mooresboro. 828-447-6422.

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What: Pancake Dinner When: Feb. 13; 5:30-7pm Where: First Presbyterian Church; 438 W. Main St., Forest City More Info: Dine-in or carryout. Proceeds benefit Yokefellow Inc. Sponsored by: Hope Church RC & First Presbyterian Churches.

What: Golden Valley Crusaders performing When: February 18; 11am Where: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church; 250 Hudlow Rd., Forest City More Info: Love offering will be taken.

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Liberty Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30am, Worship 10:30am & 6pm. Wed: 5:15pm– Youth Salt & Light Café open, 6pm Kid’s Program/AWANA, Adult Bible Study 6:30pm. 821 Webb Rd., Ellenboro.

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1st Tuesday Monthly The need is great and we serve a mighty God! 2nd Chronicles 7:14 What: Redbird Food Pantry When: First Tuesday Every Month 3-5pm Where: Mountain Creek Baptist Church; 710 Mountain Creek Rd., Rutherfordton

1st Saturday Monthly What: Free Community Meal 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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Through February 23 February 15 What: Applications due at REaCH! What: Coffee and Conversation When: Feb. 15; 9:30-10:30am When: Deadline: Feb. 23. Where: REaCH; 286 ICC Loop Rd., Where: Veterans Services Office, Fairground Road, Spindale Spindale More Info: Rutherford Early College More Info: All veterans welcome. High School (REaCH), on the February 16 campus of Isothermal Community What: Valentine’s Dance with DJ College, accepting applications from Pat Nanney 8th graders residing in Rutherford When: February 16; 6pm County. Where: Rutherford County Senior Center February 9 February 17 What: Free Coat, Gloves and Hot What: Travel the World Dog Giveaway When: February 17; 2-4pm When: February 9; 10am-2pm Where: First Baptist Church, Forest Where: 225 W. Main St., SpindaleCity at Pilgrims Pathway Thrift Store More Info: Rutherford County Girl More Info: Outreach Ministry of Scouts event; deadline Feb. 10 Pilgrims Pathway House of Refuge, a non-profit men’s reentry home February 20 helping the former incarcerated find What: Kinder Palooza - Rutherford faith, forgiveness & a brighter future County Schools through Jesus. If you’d like to donate When: February 20; 4-7pm call 828-375-0083 or 828-202-5543. Where: The Foundation, Isothermal Community College What: Farmers’ Ag Breakfast What: Community Meeting When: February 9; 8:30-10am When: Feb. 20; 3pm Where: NC Cooperative Extension; Where: Lake Lure Municipal Center 193 Callahan Rd., Spindale More Info: Lake Lure & More Info: RSVP 828-287-6010; Chimney Rock Village residents for all Rutherford County farmers of meeting with Duke Energy reps. all kinds; learn with a menu of local Communications@townoflakelure. com products. February 24 February 9 What: Voices of Grace: A What: American Red Cross Blood Leadership Rutherford Benefit Drive Concert When: Feb. 9; 9am-2pm When: Feb. 24; 5-8pm Where: East Rutherford High school Where: R-S Central High School gymnasium More Info: Praise bands, choirs & individual musicians asked to participate in this fundraising concert February 10 What: Fundraiser for Mt. Vernon (Suggested donation $25 per band/ choir) to help raise funds for a new Community Club When: February 10; 4:30-6:30pm or box truck to assist with the Rutherford County Schools Backpack Program. until gone Where: Mt. Vernon Community What: Wedding Expo Clubhouse; 120 Mt. Vernon When: February 24; 10am Cemetery Rd., Forest City Where: The Foundation Performing More Info: $10, kids 6-12 $5, kids 5 Arts Center, ICC & under free. Dining room open for More Info: Tickets $3 to $5 this event. February 27 What: Free Firearm Safety Class February 13 When: February 27; :6-8pm What: Learn more about the Where: Bill’s Creek Community Operation Christmas Child Ministry; Center become a volunteer More Info: Sponsored by Rutherford When: Feb. 13; 6:30-7:30pm County Sheriff’s Office; focus on the Where: Pleasant View Community safe usage and storage of firearms. Church; 129 Micheal Dr., Forest City February 29 More Info: Become a volunteer What: Leap Day hike serving in community, church, When: Feb. 29; 9:30am student relations or on the prayer Where: Weed Path Mountain Trail team. Great ideas on packing More Info: Sponsored by Rutherford shoeboxes. For church teams, groups Outdoor Coalition and Chimney & shoebox packers. Judy 828-606- Rock State Park. Spaces limited; visit 2020, Tommy 828-429-3309


March 2 What: Carolina Isobot Regional Competition When: March 2; 9am-3pm Where: R-S Central High School More Info: Teams from Rutherford County What: Rutherford County Woodworkers Club Schools compete in annual Carolina Isobots When: Fourth Tuesday of each month Where: Rutherford County Annex, Rutherfordton Robotics competition. More Info: 919-696-6064 March 9 What: Free Skin Cancer Screening What: Stitch by Stitch When: March 9; 9am to 12pm When: First Saturday of each month, 12pm Where: Adaville Baptist Church, Oakland Rd., Where: Rutherford County Library, Callahan Spindale Rd., Spindale More Info: Call 828-245-4596; sponsored by Community Health Council What: American Legion Membership If you’re an American Legion member of What: Polar Plunge for Rutherford County Post 74 Forest City, Post 423 Henrietta or Post Special Olympics When: March 9; Registration: 10am; opening 437 Chimney Rock and haven’t renewed your membership dues for 2023-2024, please do so ceremony: 11:30am Where: McNair Field Parking Lot’ 214 McNair ASAP. Renew at More Info: If you’d like to join the American Dr., Forest City More Info: Prizes! Register: https://give. Legion, contact Jimmy at 704-819-5862. Questions:



March 15 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. Matthew: 828-247-1043. 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; 828-2869990

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Spelling Bee Champs The 2024 Rutherford County Schools District Spelling Bee winners are 1st place- Gracie Conner (8th grade student at RS Middle School); 2nd place- Brielle Kaahui (5th grade student at Pinnacle Elementary School); 3rd place- Remington Stafford (3rd grade student at Forrest Hunt Elementary School). Gracie advances to the Carolina Panthers Regional Spelling Bee. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon

WNCW will air the special hour-long broadcast “Carolina Gospel” Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 7-8pm, with host and producer Kevin Washington’s celebration of the gospel music genre, seen through a regional lens. Kevin features conversations from local voices within the western North Carolina gospel music community including Clarence “CQ” Quarles local gospel radio host; Dr. Charlene Robbins PhD, pastor of the Boyd Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Lake Wylie, SC; Dee Hunt, a member of Shelby, NC’s gospel quartet, The Keys of Harmony; and Billy C. Wirtz, host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Rhythm Revival. Hear their stories and insights about gospel music and its impact regionally and beyond. We also dive deep into the rich music and many artists of the gospel tradition, past and present. Tune in to WNCW on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 8pm on grassroots radio WNCW for this special presentation on gospel music. In addition, WNCW is partnering with the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby to produce a panel discussion with audience participation which will include screening of select clips of the Gospel documentary series in this free public event: “The Earl Scruggs Center and WNCW presents “Carolina Gospel: An Exploration of the Sacred Sounds of the Piedmont ”.

This one-of-a-kind program featuring a live quartet and panel discussion, is being produced in conjunction with the newest PBS documentary Gospel featuring Henry Louis Gates Jr. Join panelists Tom Hanchett, Omar Porter, Rev. Billy Houze, and Kevin Washington with moderator Joe Kendrick as they uncover the rich cultural impact of this dynamic genre of music on those living in the North Carolina Piedmont. In conjunction with the panel discussion will be a screening of segments of the new PBS documentary and performances from a live gospel quartet. Be sure to register in advance as space will be limited.” The program is slated for Feb. 24 at 2pm. Link to make your free reservation: Corporate support for GOSPEL was provided by Bank of America. Major funding support was provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Emerson Collective and the Ford Foundation. Funding was also provided by members of The Inkwell Society and by public television viewers. Article Provided By: NPR

Growing Together Rutherford; nonprofits may be eligible for community garden grants

The Community Health Council of Rutherford County is offering grants to nonprofit organizations who plan to start a community garden during 2024. The Council’s hope is to help organizations throughout the county begin a garden where neighbors will work together to construct the garden and grow food for their own consumption and share extra produce with those in need. Awards will be made to non-profit or municipal organizations, clubs, or churches. Each group will be expected to commit at least three years to the project. The Rutherford County Food Council will review applications and choose up to five Growing Together Awards representing different

areas in the county. Each winner will receive up to $1,500 for items such as supplies, plants, seeds, water sources, fencing, or tools needed to start the garden. Organizations that already have a community garden may apply for up to $500 to expand their capacity. Education about all aspects of gardening is available through the local extension office. The Health Council and the local Food Council will communicate opportunities for garden leaders and volunteers to learn more about gardening throughout the season. Awardees will gather to talk about best practices and discuss the progress of their projects. Normal progress reports will be required by the grantees. As desired, the Health Council will connect growers to local food pantries who will welcome fresh produce. In a recent community health assessment, less than 7 percent of Rutherford County respondents reported that they eat the

recommended daily servings of fresh foods. Unhealthy eating leads to poor health, including obesity, cancer, and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. A food study conducted in 2019 established that access to healthy, local produce is restricted in Rutherford County. Focus groups in 2021 provided the same conclusions. Many of the county’s rural communities are cited as food deserts, meaning that affordable, healthy food is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away. Over 29 percent of residents in Rutherford County live more than 10 miles away from a full-service grocery story. Growing food close to home is a healthy, economical way to help local families improve

their nutritional intake. Jill Miracle, Executive Director of the Community Health Council, explains the Growing Together Rutherford project. “We want to support a new network of community gardeners because the consumption of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables leads to improved health in people of all ages. The Community Health Council first developed the grant opportunity in 2018 to assist residents of the county to become intentional about increasing the number of servings of locally grown food in their diets. Providing grant funding for communities to experiment with growing and preparing different kinds of fresh foods is one strategy toward healthier eating.” The grant application can be found in the NEWS section on the Community


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Swimmers heading to Raleigh for State championship East Rutherford High Relay. the State finals after winning School swimmers advancing Josiah LaNave of Chase at Regionals last weekend. to the State Championship High School also advanced to in Raleigh this weekend are: • Brylan Chapman100 Breaststroke, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay • Lucas Harris- 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay • Zander McKinney200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay • Ryken Randolph100 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Zander McKinney.

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By Gary Miller I’m working on our annual Golf Circle Event and thought about this experience and this article from the past. Hope you enjoy. Hilarious! That’s always the only word that comes to mind when I think of Larry’s first golf experience. He was invited to meet his brotherin-law at a golf course while on vacation. They met at the club and proceeded to pay for the GARY MILLER round when he was met by a gentleman who had a British accent. With nose slightly pointed to the sky, the gentleman kindly let Larry know that he would not be able to wear his tank top while playing. (I’m already laughing) Larry, stunned, (not only because he was an “Amuricun” and a Tennessean), proceeded to let the gentleman know that he would just purchase one of their shirts. After browsing the selection, he quickly realized that his wife would not be pleased if he took his house payment and used it on one shirt. He returned, still sporting his tank top, and told the gentleman that he could not pay so much for a shirt. So, once again, using his nose as an aiming device, he let Larry know that he could rent a shirt. Larry said “great!” and handed the man ten dollars. To which the clerk replied, “Sir, we cannot take cash. We must have a credit card in case you do not return the shirt.” Larry pulled out his credit card (to the surprise of the gentleman) and paid for the rented shirt and then walked around the eighteen-hole golf course, for five hours, with a shirt on that read, “this shirt, property of #### golf club.” (Nah, I actually made up that part about what the shirt said). Now you know why I say hilarious! I don’t want to take us down from the humor of this story too much. It is what it is. And it really has given me a good laugh for the better part of twenty years. But I just couldn’t help but wonder how many times we church folk come across as this British gentleman. First of all, we assume that everybody knows what we do and how we do it. We think they know when to stand up, sit down, and what to do with that little cup and that little white tasteless saltine. But not only do we assume everyone should know, but even worse, we stop people at the door with our unbiblical attendance requirements. Unfortunately, many churches have made it harder to get into their building than into God’s kingdom. But just because this is the case, it doesn’t give us license to neglect it. Just find one that doesn’t do this…. or change yours. Maybe put a sign up that says, “Tank Tops Welcome.” The irony of this story is that Larry’s dad first came to the church I pastored many years ago. He was a cussing sailor. I remember the first Sunday he was there. He sat in the second row – in a tank top. A few months later he became a follower of Jesus. That may not be hilarious but isn’t that amazing!? Gary Miller has written Outdoor Truths articles for 21 years. He also speaks at wildgame dinners and men’s events for churches and associations.


Tater and Yammy made their first ever Groundhog Day predictions Friday morning in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. These two contradicted their cousin Punxsutawney Phil, foreseeing six more weeks of winter for western North Carolina. They were split on their Super Bowl bets, however, with Tater choosing the Kansas City Chiefs to win and Yammy predicting the San Francisco 49ers would triumph. appearance at the event and announced the findings. Chimney Rock Village Mayor Peter O’Leary made his annual Article Provided By: Jean Gordon. Photos Contributed.

State Wildlife Agency Requests Public Support of Endangered Bat A proposed conservation plan aims to conserve a rare “big-eared” bat native to NC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) invites the public to review and comment on a draft Virginia Big-Eared Bat Conservation Plan. The Virginia big-eared bat (VBEB) is a federally- and state-listed endangered species found in North Carolina (primarily Avery and Watauga counties), Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. It was federally listed in 1979 due to habitat loss, vandalism of caves and increased human visitation to maternity roosts and hibernation areas. These bats are extremely sensitive to human disturbance. The Conservation Plan outlines long-term protections to encourage VBEB population growth through protection of its maternity and hibernation sites. The plan includes continued monitoring and research of the species and maintaining its caves. In addition, the plan specifies actively protecting VBEB’s foraging habitats through land acquisition, partnerships and NCWRC’s Conservation Land Program for private landowner participation. “We are happy to complete this Conservation Plan for the Virginia big-eared bat so NCWRC’s current and planned conservation actions can be implemented for this imperiled species. We look forward to partnerships with private landowners, NGOs and other agencies to bring about success,” said Sara Schweitzer, assistant chief of NCWRC’s Wildlife Management Division. VBEBs are docile and look very similar to the Townsend’s bigeared bat, a species found throughout the western U.S. It has 1-inch ribbed ears and lumps on its nose and is capable of hovering and swift flight. “Virginia big-eared bats are vital for our ecosystems because they feed on insects, which helps keep insect populations in check,” said Katherine Etchison, NCWRC’s Wildlife Diversity biologist. Comments to the plan may be submitted online and will be accepted through March 1, 2024. For questions about the plan or VBEB bats, email Article by:

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy swimmers heading to State finals

Erik Crowe (left to right) Finn Crowe, Brantley Winn, and Jonny Fraccola placed 3rd in men’s 200 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard freestyle relay in regional competition.

Taia Schneider placed 1st in women’s 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle at Saturday’s Regional Swim meet in Charlotte. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon. Contributed Photos.

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Sidewalk construction...

On a cold winter evening, the sun goes down on another day in Rutherford County.

For the past few weeks, the Town of Forest City’s street department has been repairing and rebuilding sidewalks along the town’s major roadways, including Oak Street Extension near Broadway Street.

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For the glory of the skies... Biggest Red Flag is Sweetheart Scammer Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while celebrating love and finding a connection is exciting, scammers leave people heartbroken far too often. Sweetheart scammers prey on people who are looking for love or even just friendship, and often target unsuspecting seniors. The scammer will befriend a potential victim on social media or dating sites. Once they’ve earned a victim’s trust and established a connection, the scammer will start asking for money. Often, the scammer says the money is to buy tickets to come visit the victim or to help with a medical emergency. Because of the connection the victim feels, they pay up. Unfortunately, our office hears reports of these sweetheart scammers at alarming rates. In 2023, we received 71 complaints representing more than $2.3 million in total losses. Make sure you are protecting your heart and wallet and watch out for these red flags: • Sweetheart scammers often claim to be a U.S. citizen traveling or working overseas. • They may pretend to have a mutual connection. Be careful to verify this information before you start communicating. The scammer may wait months before they ask for money so they can build a relationship and gain your trust. Sometimes, this type of scammer will try to get you to invest in cryptocurrency. • They may promise to come to the U.S., but need money to resolve a roadblock – loans, the cost of flights, a family issue, etc. • If an online love interest ever asks you for money, it’s usually a scam. • If you fall prey to a sweetheart scam, there’s a good chance the scammer (or different

scammers) will later try to lure you into a different scam. You can learn more about how to avoid sweetheart scams at sweetheart. If anyone contacts you and you’re unsure of their

authenticity or if you believe you have been the victim of a scam, contact our office’s Consumer Protection Division at www.ncdoj. gov/complaint or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. Article Provided By: NC Attorney General

Leadership Rutherford project fundraiser this Friday On Main in Spindale is helping to raise money for Leadership Rutherford’s projects on Friday, Feb. 9. The public is encouraged to come out for morning coffee and a meal from 7:30 a.m. to 8 pm with a portion of proceeds going to Leadership Rutherford. On Main includes three businesses - BrewDega, Rock Steady and Coffee Shop Caffeine.

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VA housed more than 46,000 homeless Veterans in 2023

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it permanently housed 46,552 homeless Veterans in 2023 — surpassing the calendar year goal to house 38,000 Veterans by 22.5%. In 2023, VA also engaged with 40,203 unsheltered Veterans to connect them with the housing and resources they need, exceeding the Department’s calendar year goal by 43.6%; ensured that 95.9% of Veterans housed have remained in housing, exceeding the Department’s calendar year goal by 0.9%; and ensured that 96.4% of the Veterans who returned to homelessness have been rehoused or are on a pathway to rehousing, exceeding the Department’s calendar year goal by 6.4%. Ending Veteran

homelessness is a top priority of VA and President Biden, who has made supporting Veterans a key pillar of his Unity Agenda for the nation. Thanks in part to these efforts, the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness has fallen by 4% since early 2020 and by more than 52% since 2010. “No Veteran should ever experience the tragedy and indignity of homelessness. More than 46,000 formerly homeless Veterans are going to sleep tonight in good, safe, stable homes — and there’s nothing more important than that,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “While this is an important step forward, we’re not stopping here — we’re going to keep pushing until every Veteran has a safe, stable place to call home in

this country they fought to defend.” VA’s efforts to combat Veteran homelessness are grounded in reaching out to homeless Veterans, understanding their unique needs, and addressing them. These efforts are built on the evidence-based “Housing First” approach, which prioritizes getting a Veteran into housing, then providing them with the wraparound support they need to stay housed, including health care, job training, legal and education assistance, and more. This initiative is part of the BidenHarris Administration’s broader efforts to reduce homelessness. VA has also made progress in combating Veteran homelessness in the

Greater Los Angeles area, providing 1,790 homeless Veterans with permanent housing in 2023 — which is the most of any city in America and exceeding the local calendar year goal for 2023 by 19.3%. This is the second year in a row that VA has housed more than 40,000 homeless Veterans. In 2022, VA housed more than 40,000 formerly homeless Veterans, prevented more than 17,700 Veterans and their families from falling into homelessness, and helped nearly 191,700 additional Veteran families who were experiencing financial difficulties to retain their homes or avoid foreclosure. VA staff and its community partners nationwide help Veterans find permanent

housing such as apartments or houses to rent or own, often with subsidies to help make the housing affordable. In some cases, VA staff and partners help Veterans end their homelessness by reuniting them with family

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By: Jean Gordon A long time ago now it seems, most all communities in rural Rutherford County hosted various fundraising suppers on a regular basis. Most were on Saturday nights, although there were others scattered throughout the week and even some holidays. These communities raised money for different reasons - to support their local volunteer fire departments, community clubs, civic clubs, churches and even if there was a personal crisis in the community, there would be a supper to help defray medical expenses for families. Folks would plan their weekend calendars based on the place and times of the delicious home cooked meals. The Gilkey community was famous for its chicken pie suppers. Country ham was talked about a lot from Rock Springs Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon Community Club served country ham and chicken pie suppers for 66 years. The Salem United Methodist Church hosted a chicken pie supper last Saturday night as volunteers were seen

at the church house on Friday to begin the process of cooking chickens. Remember the country ham supper at the Washburn Community Clubhouse years ago and the dozens of volunteers who helped cook, park cars and clean up. The facility is now the home of the Washburn Outreach Community Center and continues to serve the community well. At Bill’s Creek there were fundraisers occasionally and remember the Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Department’s Thanksgiving meal that was served the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Money was raised there for the fire station. Remember the barbecue sold at the Green Hill Fire Department a long time ago during the weekend of the Chimney Rock Hillclimb. The fire department benefited from that fundraiser. I would often stop there for a sandwich on my way to Chimney Rock. Long before fire district residents paid taxes to keep up the volunteer departments, the people in the community raised the money. I live in the SDO fire district and Daddy was a charter member. I will never forget the weekends our family spent at the station selling hot dogs and hamburgers from the hog dog wagon that was built by J.P. Toms. It was parked at the station house. My sisters and I actually loved to do that with our parents. On today’s front page

Community meeting with Duke Energy Feb. 20 The Town of Lake Lure will be hosting a community meeting with Duke Energy to discuss electric reliability in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 3 pm. The meeting will be held at the Lake Lure Municipal Center at 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure and everyone is invited. There will be a presentation by Duke Energy leaders followed by a panel discussion and a question and answer session for the public. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon

the story of the Mt. Vernon’s Community Club’s history tells us they started doing this 66 years ago. Chicken pie and country ham were the talk of the community for years. Money was raised to pay for the community clubhouse and then for families, for nonprofit groups and others that made an impact on the community. Mt. Vernon Baptist, Mt. Hebron Methodist and Mt. Vernon School were recipients for many years. The Hudlow Fire Department has been the recipient of the fundraising meals for years. Just recently checks were presented to the fire department and the sheriff’s department. I love how the community came together more than 60 years ago to plant, pick and string green beans and donate

them for the suppers at Mt. Vernon. I love that people gave up their time and their produce to help the community. Glenn James, the former editor at the Spindale Sun, did a story of the community efforts involved in raising money for the clubhouse. Over the years the clubhouse has served many purposes in addition to hosting the fundraising suppers. There have been birthday parties, reunions, high school parties, teenage parties and more. One family has rented the clubhouse for 60 years for its reunion. This Saturday night when folks arrive at the Mt. Vernon clubhouse for supper, the menu has changed, but not the purpose. Due to the price of country ham and everything else being

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desperately need the connection with people again and it can happen at the community fundraising suppers. So Saturday night when you’re thinking about dinner plans, mark Mt. Vernon Clubhouse for spaghetti and chatter with each other. There’s no telling what you might learn. I am one who knows very few things stay the same - including our community club’s fundraisers. But one thing is for sure, people need each other and Saturday night offers a time for community gathering for a plate of spaghetti and a dose of homemade fellowship. Keep up with our calendar here in Rutherford Weekly and we’ll try to keep you informed of the next community event. Contact Jean:

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Feeling the love at Rutherford County Farmers Market

Twelve year old entrepreneur Gracie Roberson was a vendor at the Rutherford County Farmers Market. Gracie’s handmade items include bandanas for dogs, aprons and doll clothes and accessories. Next Saturday, February 10, will be the Valentine’s Day Edition of the Farmers Market. According to manager Kristin Pearson the market will spotlight vendors with items for Valentine’s Day including flowers, gifts and also fairy hair. The market is open on Saturday’s from 10am until 2pm and is located across from POPS in Forest City.

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Penny Ford Facemyer Penny Ford Facemyer, age 63, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024. She was the daughter of the late George Chambers and Eula Chambers. In addition to her parents Penny was preceded in death by her first husband Tommy Ford and her second husband Ray Facemyer. She was also preceded by a brother Jerry Mode. Penny was a native of Rutherford County where she had lived since the age of ten. Survivors include one sister Emma Walker and her husband Ricky, one brother Randy Chambers and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1-2pm, Friday, February 9 at McMahan’s Funeral Home & Crematory. The memorial service will be at 2pm Friday, February 9 at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr Scott Courtney officiating.

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Roger Grant Roger Grant, age 72 of Guffey Road passed away Friday, February 2, 2024.


Jesus had just a few hours before offering himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He spent these last precious moments with his beloved disciples, preparing them for his death. He introduced the future working of the Holy Spirit, the secret of abiding and fruit bearing, the promise of an eternal home and his imminent return to earth. One of the most important lessons he taught them came as they were eating their Passover meal. All eyes were fixed upon him as he arose from the table. He wrapped a towel around his waist, poured water into a bowl and then began to wash each disciple’s feet. It was a custom that prior to a meal a servant would wash the feet of each guest. In the absence of a servant, Jesus took the opportunity to teach them a lesson about love and humility. Here was the one who they called Master and Lord fulfilling the role of a common slave.

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Charles M. Campbell Charles M. Campbell, age 79, of Forest City passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024. Charles was March 17, 1944, in Rutherford County to the late Lee Campbell and Mamie Hunt Campbell. He owned and operated Hopewell Grocery and Alexander Hardware for many years. Charles was a commercial painter and operated Campbell’s

Painting for over 60 years. He was a past member of Alexander Baptist Church and was currently attending Duncan’s Creek Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Melton and Pauline Daves; brothers, James, Fred, William, Dee, Buren, Roy and Russell Campbell. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Tammy Nichols and Tina Yelton (Jeff) all of Forest City; sister, Diane Coleman of Springfield, MO; five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted at 6pm on Thursday, February 8 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dr. Max E. Burgin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. An online guest registry is available at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

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Simon Colin Garcia Simon Colin Garcia, age 84, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024. Simon was born February 18, 1939 in Tzitzio, Mexico to the late Leonardo Olvera and Francisca Garcia. He worked in construction as a brick mason for most of his life and was of the Catholic faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Audelia Boyzo Ramirez; stepfather, Francisco Colin; four sisters and two brothers. He is survived by nine children, Audelia Colin Boyzo, Martha Colin Boyzo, Martin Colin Boyzo, Jose Colin Boyzo, Emma Colin Boyzo, Avigail Colin Boyzo, Simon Colin Boyzo, Jesus Colin Boyzo and Angelica Colin Boyzo; sister, Aurora Olvera Garcia and 35 grand-

children. A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 7 at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Herbert Burke officiating. An online guest registry is available at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

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The Kings Mountain Historical Museum is pleased to announce the opening of our winter exhibit “Sleep Tight: Quilts, Coverlets and More” on February 1st running through April 16, 2011. The exhibit includes many hand stitched quilts and early textile mill coverlets. And a few more items such as: early textile production equipment and personal hygiene necessaries. The Museum is located at 100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Our hours are 10:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Saturday. 704-739-1019

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Grandfather Mountain is a rugged place known for its wild and fast-changing weather. While no records were set or broken in 2023, the year saw many noteworthy monthly totals, according to data collected at the nature park’s official weather reporting stations near the Mile High Swinging Bridge and Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. Some notable observations, and how they compare to Grandfather’s 69 years of recorded data, are included below: • The average high temperature for February 2023 was 45.65 degrees Fahrenheit (the fifth-highest on record), with an average low of 31.20 degrees (the second-warmest on record) and a mean of 38.43 degrees (the third-highest on record). • The average high temperature for May 2023 was 55.26 degrees Fahrenheit, the third-lowest on record. • The average high temperature for June 2023 was 61.16 degrees Fahrenheit, the third-lowest on record. The coolest average high temperature on record for June at Grandfather is 60.27 degrees in 1997. Meanwhile, the average low of 50.94 degrees was the eighth-lowest on record, while the mean of 56.05 degrees was the fifth-lowest on record for this month. • There were 22 days of at least trace amounts of recorded liquid precipitation (rain and the liquid equivalent of frozen precipitation, when applicable) for June 2023, one day short of the record 23 days in 1994, 1995 and

(including trace amounts). • June 2023 saw at least trace amounts of rain on 22 days, one day short of the record 23 days for that same month in 1994, 1995 and 1997. July also had 22 days with rainfall. Likewise, September’s 21 days of precipitation was two days short of the record 23 days in 2020. • Grandfather Mountain reported 15.6 inches of snow in 2023, as observed at the park’s Wilson Center. Snow accumulation is measured at this lower location, as high winds can make it difficult to record accurate observations at the top. • The mountain’s snowiest year on record remains 1996, when the park observed 116.7 inches of accumulation. Wind • Grandfather Mountain recorded no sustained wind speeds or gusts higher than 100 mph in 2023, although it came closest in January, when a gust of 89.4 mph was recorded at the Swinging Bridge. • Meanwhile, winds gusted higher than 60 mph on 63 days in 2023. • The record wind speed at that location, since a National Weather Service-approved anemometer was installed in February 2007, remains a gust of 124 mph, recorded Feb. 25, 2019. Temperatures • Known for its temperature swings, Grandfather Mountain experienced temperatures ranging from 6.6 to 76.8 degrees Fahrenheit in 2023. The mountain’s warmest day in 2023 was recorded on July 29, when the temperature hit 76.8 degrees. The park’s

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1997. • There were 21 days of at least trace amounts of recorded liquid precipitation (rain and the liquid equivalent of frozen precipitation, when applicable) for September 2023, two days short of the record 23 days in 2020. • The weather station near the Swinging Bridge reported 1.46 inches of precipitation in October 2023, the sixthlowest total on record for this month. • The weather station near the Swinging Bridge reported 1.38 inches of precipitation in November 2023, the thirdlowest total on record for this month. • The weather station near the Swinging Bridge reported 9.44 inches of precipitation in December 2023, the fourth-highest total on record for this month. There were also 20 days of at least trace amounts of recorded liquid precipitation (rain and the liquid equivalent of frozen precipitation, when applicable) for the same month, two days short of the record December high of 22 days in 1972 and 1981. Precipitation • The station at the Swinging Bridge observed 60.87 inches of rain for the year over 222 days, shy of the mountain’s standing records of a cumulative 110.67 inches in 2018 and 242 days of precipitation in 2020. • The rainiest month in 2023 was August, when 9.87 inches were recorded over 18 days. The driest month of 2023 was November, with only 1.38 inches – the third-lowest total on record for this month – observed over 10 days of precipitation

Grandfather Mountain is a rugged place known for its wild and fast-changing weather. While no records were set or broken in 2023, the year saw many noteworthy monthly totals, according to data collected at the nature park’s official weather reporting stations near the Mile High Swinging Bridge and Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. (Photo Courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation / Leslie Restivo) coldest day was Dec. 19, when the temperature dipped to a low of 6.6 degrees. A wind chill of minus 20.65, the lowest of the year, was noted that same day. • February 2023 experienced some warmer-than-normal temperatures. The average high temperature for this month was 45.65 degrees Fahrenheit (the fifth-highest on record for February), with an average low of 31.20 degrees (the second-warmest on record for February) and a mean of 38.43 degrees (the third-highest on record for February). • May and June saw slightly chillier-than-usual temperatures. The average high temperature for May 2023 was 55.26 degrees Fahrenheit, the third-lowest on record. The average high temperature for June


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2023 was 61.16 degrees Fahrenheit, also the thirdlowest on record. • The average high temperature for the year was 53.04 degrees, while the average low was 41.16 degrees. • Grandfather’s warmest days on record saw the thermometer reach 83 degrees in August 1983, July 2005 and July 2010, while the mountain’s record low remains minus 32 degrees from January 1985. Weather Reporting The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation records and reports data in two different ways: The park maintains an automated weather station at the top of the Mile High Swinging Bridge. The N.C. State Climate Office assists the foundation in calibrating

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Dogwood Health Trust recently awarded more than $15 million in multi-year funding grants to support organizations that provide high-quality, evidencebased out-of-school-time (OST) programs, with an emphasis on supporting all young people, especially those most frequently underserved. The grants were made to 47 organizations and institutions across the

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The RFP resulted from a study commissioned by Dogwood and conducted by the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), which found that OST programs provide measurable benefits to youth and families. The RFP sought proposals to increase access to programming throughout Western North Carolina with priority given to supporting Black students, English language learners, students learning with disabilities and students experiencing elevated levels of poverty. “The OST landscape analysis found that these programs have a great impact on young people, and it also helped identify challenges our regional partners face with delivering high-quality, stable and impactful opportunities that help youth to develop holistically with the psychological, social, academic and emotional competencies necessary for adulthood,” said Ereka Williams, Ph.D., vice president – education, Dogwood Health Trust. “I look forward to seeing the long-term impacts and transformational change in the OST programs as a result of these initiatives.”

resulting in the healthy development of young people across the region.” The WNC After 3PM Collaborative will have regular convenings throughout the duration of the project. Its inaugural meeting launched the initiative and took place on Thursday, January 25 at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard, NC. About Dogwood Health Trust: Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of all

The grants will focus on providing funding over a three to fiveyear timeframe and range from $50,000 to $500,000 depending on organizational capacity. Funding for the initiative is divided into four focus areas: • Providing culturally competent programming. • Replicating or expanding a successful model. • Addressing the social and emotional needs of students and OST providers. • Developing new and innovative programs. In addition to implementing their own programs funded by Dogwood, grantees will participate in the WNC After 3PM Collaborative. This initiative allows participants to learn from each other, as well as to engage in learning from experts in the field about best practices, opportunities to collaborate, and ways to enhance program quality. “These programs play a crucial role in their communities by providing safe, nurturing, educational and enriching opportunities for students,” said Dr. Susan Mims, CEO of Dogwood Health Trust. “Investing in OST will help improve access to these programs,

people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellbeing, with a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness. Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions. To learn more, visit Article Provided By: Erica Allison

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CHARITY BIBLE COLLEGE SPRING CLASSES. Charity Bible College offers classes supplemented with out of class assignments toward a degree in Theology or Christian Education. Spring Classes will be offered February 19th through May 6th, 2024 6:30pm to 9:00pm. The Classes offered will be Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Music Ministry, and 1 Thessalonians. CBC is affiliated with Macedonia Baptist College of Midland, NC. For more information call or email us! Also look us up on Facebook and on our Webpage at: (704) 419-4574


GOLDEN DOMERS TOY AND 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


HELP WANTED- AP SOLAR SOLUTIONS Looking to hire 2-3 Vegetation Maintenance Technicians for the 2024 Growing Season. Job will run from March through December. Work mostly involves mowing Solar Farms. Experience operating Zero Turn Mowers and Tractors preferred. Starting pay is $15 per hour. If you are a college student looking for a summer job you are welcome to apply as well. Our shop that you will report to is located near the Duke Plant in Mooresboro. (828) 361-0812 BLUE WATERS POOL & SPA: Hiring service and repair positions. Call Susie 828-894-0299. SECRETARY FOR LATTIMORE BAPTIST CHURCH. Part time secretary for Lattimore Baptist Church. Approximately 12 hours per week. Computer skills and other office skills required. If interested contact lattimorebaptistchurch@gmail or PO box 188 Lattimore N.C. 28089 (704) 434-2450 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.

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GIRLS SOFTBALL TRYOUTS! Charity Christian School will have Tryouts for their Girls Softball Team at Zion Baptist Church Field, 525 W Zion Church Rd, Shelby, NC 28150. The Tryouts will be held on Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm! Homeschool Students may be eligible to participate! Contact the school for details. (704) 419-4574 charitychristianschool@gmail. com


NEED HOUSEKEEPER IN GASTONIA AREA. For small cottage, twice a month. Also large accordion for sale. 980880-7324. Use voice mail. CAREGIVER / COMPANION. Experienced caregiver available. In home, hospice and hospital. Call Jeanine (704) 284-2616 jeanineford278@ ACCOUNTANT. Perform full-cycle corporate and cost accounting tasks. Bachelor’s degree in Acctg/Fin with 6-month work exp. CV to Nikii.pittman@; KSM Castings USA (Shelby, NC)

BUSINESS SERVICES ERIC MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & Reliable! (704) 300-2332

BUSINESS SERVICES BADGER PLUMBING CO. Drain cleaning, sewer services, trenching, general plumbing, sewers and repairs. Ask for Charlie, 980-403-5859. Free 24 point Plumbing Inspector on sewer, water & gas. HANDYMAN SERVICES. 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.

FOR SALE HARDWOOD FIREWOOD DELIVERED. 1 1/2 ton hardwood firewood delivered on dump trailer within 20 miles of Lattimore $200. Can deliver farther for extra fee. You pick up on your Pick-up: $65 long bed, $50 short bed. 1 cubic foot bagged bundles available $7 each (704) 4346865 MIXED HARDWOOD DRY picked up $70, Bundle packs $4 ea. Cherryville, NC. Call 704-458-3081 cell, or (704) 435-3970

CONCRETE REMOVAL, JUNK REMOVAL, DEMOLITION, retaining walls, pavers and grading. 828-453-8113. 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. MAID FOR JESUS. Residential and Commercial Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, one time cleaning. Phone: (828) 4290568

SHIPPING CRATE $35.00. Wood shipping crates for sale with some lids. 3 different sizes. I can send pictures. (704) 3001818 kim_hopper@bellsouth. net

ESTATE/YARD SALE - INSIDE. Friday, 2/9, 8:00am2:00pm; Saturday, 2/10, 8:00am-2:00pm. Look for signs. 4418 Mountain View Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 KINGS MOUNTAIN’S SWEETHEART POP UP MARKET. Sat, Feb, 10th, 10am-3pm. 28 Local Vendors and Artisans! Candles, Tumblers, Sweets, Jewelry, Shirts, Crochet Gifts, Sketch Artist, Much More! Kings Mountain Armory, 200 Phifer Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

RUTHERFORD COUNTY ESTATE TAG SALE. Friday, February 9 & Saturday, February 10; 8AM-2PM. Entire household of furniture, music box collection, big selection of costume jewelry, beer Stein collection, gas grill, piano, shop full of hand tools, tool boxes, hardware, Ryobi cut off saw, Ryobi router, compressor, motor stand, cherry picker, vise, grinder, jack, jack stands, nice metal shelving, lawn mower, large limb chipper, Craftsman tool chest, Questions: 828-4292851. 2521 Hudlow Rd., Forest City, NC 28043

FOR SALE 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. 3 CEMETERY PLOTS. Gaston Memorial, Veterans Choice location. Half going price. Willing to sell separately. (919) 2725503

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 WURLITZER ELECTRIC PIANO MODEL 200A. $2000 or best offer. Good condition. Serial #134114. Year built between 1968-1983. Comes with piano stand. sweetwoodstudio96@

MOSTLY LADIES GUNS FOR SALE. NEW. Call for Price (828) 368-0496 bev71857@ BEVELED RECTANGLE GLASS TABLE TOP. New in box, for table that seats six. 60’’x30’’. Paid $400. Sell for $275. Two new, in package, king size ‘My Pillow’ sheet sets, Mulberry, $25ea. 828-2483143. DRYERS & REFRIGERATOR FOR SALE. Samsung Dryer-$100, GE Dryer-$75. Side by side refrigerator-$125. 704418-0990.

YARD SALES OLD SCHOOL GAS JUGS. I have 5 gallon and a 2.5 gallon and 1 gallon. These are old school filler necks with air release ports. $20, $15, $10. (704) 300-1818 kim_hopper@ BLACKHAWK LEFT HANDED HOLSTER $35. I have Blackhawk left handed Sherpa level 2 sportster holster, fits colt 1911 or anything like it with or without a rail. (704) 300-1818 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 FIREWOOD. 1/2 cord split Oak & Hickory $85. Alan Evans. 864-491-8854. HAY FOR SALE. HORSE QUALITY, 4x5 round bales of hay. $60. 980-241-9010. KEROSENE HEATER, USED TWICE, $100. Large Igloo doghouse. $80. Two aluminum loading ramps for truck, like new. $100. 828-289-0901. STILL CLEANING OUT GUN SAFE. Call for Price! (828) 368-0493 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 PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS WITH SCRATCH PADS! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788

FOR SALE 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

SMALL STOVE WOOD. Cut, split and delivered, was $75. Price reduced to $65! Throw off load only. 828-395-0758.

WILL CLEAN HOUSES. Reasonable rates. Call or text me at (704) 419-9016



14 LADIES 3X SWEATERS, COATS, new or almost new $3 each or all for $40. Three men’s suits, size 40 coat, 32 pants, new or almost new $6 each. 828-248-3402, leave message. 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 CARPORTS, GARAGES, BOAT, RV COVER HAY BARNS, Etc. “Check Out Our Price Before You Buy... There Is Difference!” J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895 STORAGE BUILDINGS WOOD OR METAL. New, Used, Repo. New Buildings from $3756.00. Inventory changes weekly! J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City, NC. (828) 245-5895 TRAILERS NEW5X10 WITH GATE $1395. Areas Largest Trailer Inventory, Equipment, Dumps, Landscape, Enclosed, Gooseneck “New & Used”. Best Cash Deals Around, Credit Cards, Financing, Rent to Own, No Credit Check Available. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City. (828) 245-5895 METAL ROOFING FOR SALE INSTOCK! Deliveries Twice A Week. One Piece or the Whole Roof. J. Johnson Sales, inc. 2690 Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. (828) 245-5895 NEW-USED TRAILERS PARTS & ACCESSORIES FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAILERS. 1500 Square Feet of Parts, Axles, Tires, Lights, Gates, Ramps, etc. J. Johnson Sales, inc. Forest City, (828) 245-5895

HORSE QUALITY HAY FOR SALE. Call (704) 487-6855 MOVING. ANYONE STILL USING VCR TAPES? 100 VCR tapes, $25; refrigerator; one table, four chairs; three tv’s; three beds; three LR chairs; two old typewriters. Free working washer and dryer with $75 purchase. Call, leave message, 704-867-5834, Johnny. 2 LARGE OLD STEEL WOOD HEATERS. $250.00 each. Call 828-305-3272 between 8am and 8pm. FESQUE HAY FOR SALE. 4X4 Rolls in the dry. $25 per roll. (704) 538-9228 ROUND CLAW FOOT TABLE. $50 round claw foot table needs top refinished (704) 300-1818 TWO KITCHEN CHAIRS, WHITE, $100. Ice machine, $70; Mobil synthetic oil, 1 gal., $35; air fryer, $65; Chromebook laptop, $50; robot vacuum, $75; portable ac, 5000 btu, $200; all Michael Kors products. 704-962-9007 POWERED WHEELCHAIR FOR SALE. Call 704-482-2235 for further information. OVAL SHAPED OAK TABLE WITH 8 CHAIRS. In good condition. $495. 2 leafs, 2 pedestals. Campbell-Hausfeld 2HP electric Air Compressor, with horizontal 20 gallon tank. $195. One washer, two dryers, minimal repairs needed, $50 for all. 828-289-1817.

WANT TO BUY WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. CASH FOR YOUR CAR. Running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228 WANT TO BUY CARS& TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006

CHARLIE PAYS CASH FOR ASSETS. Charlie pays top dollar for unwanted vehicles, homes, or land! Quick and hassle-free. Any condition accepted. To turn your assets into cash! Call or text (980) 403-5859 BUYING STANDING TIMBER. Looking to buy larger hardwood timber. 3 acres or more. Call 828-289-0742. WANT TO BUY CARS& TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006 Continued To Page 23

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SIBERIAN HUSKY PUPPIES. Blue eyes, Black & White & Red & White (704) 300-1466

1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE. Runs and drives great. Needs cosmetics. $7000. Also 2007 Harley Dresser. Lowered and Chromed. $8500. (704) 300-9223

2021 T@B 320S BOONDOCK Teardrop Camper. Light grey with black trim. Excellent condition. Stored in garage. Asking $24,000. Price includes: All Pro Awning for T@b 320. All Pro locking extra storage tub. Jack-It 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) 472-1378



ROOM FOR RENT Private Bdrm w/Onsuite. Newly renovated home in quiet country hobby farm setting. Female/ professionals / non-smokers only. All utilities included in rent; overflow space or storage is available. Common areas shared. I do have pets if you have allergies. Security deposit required. (704) 200-6551

HOUSE IN LAWNDALE. RENOVATED! 1 bedroom 1 bath. WD hookup. (704) 538-7661 Security Dep & Ref. required. (704) 538-7661

OLD VIDEO GAMES WANTED. Buying old Nintendo, Sega, Gameboy games and systems. Cleveland and Gaston County, Kings Mountain, Shelby and Charlotte areas. 661312-6159 (661) 312-6159 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.

MALE DONKEY, 9 YEARS OLD. White with grey spots. $300. No Texts. 704-692-8752. CATAHOULA LEOPARD PUPPY, MALE, 10 WEEKS. Beautiful Catahoula Leopard Dog puppy - solid black with brown trim. Vet checked and up to date on shots. Well natured and socialized regularly with kids. Not registered. Mom is about 60lbs and dad is about 90 lbs. (978) 314-2387 PUPPIES FOR SALE. 75% American Bulldog, 25% Pitt. Call 704-312-9037 and ask for Julious.

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

2016 FORD FUSION. Burgundy, Automatic, 4 cylinder, A/C, Power Seats, Cruise, Alloy Wheels, Power Windows & Locks, 131,782 miles, $8495, (704) 482-0441

WANT TO BUY CHIHUAHUA PUPPY at a reasonable price, $500 or under. 828-388-1904.

SPECIAL $9500 FIRM. Never be homeless! Sleeps four. 828453-0828.

WANT TO BUY-OLD FARM TRACTOR that may need a little work. Must have 3 point hitch for a bush hog. Call: 980295-8933.

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

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

AKC REGISTERED GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY. $600 OBO 15 week old female long hair up to date on shots parents on site if interested contact Patty (704) 678-4653



2007 GMC SIERRA 1500. 220,000 miles, $7500.00, bed liner, large tires, no radio, good work truck. 704-4729755 (704) 472-9755

PUPPIES. 6 WEEK OLD AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD/GOLDEN Retriever puppies free to a good home. 4 males and 2 females. Have had shots and dewormed. Contact David 704538-6038

AKC REGISTERED PARTI YORKIES. Three males, ready now, vet checked, first shots, wormed, tails docked, black/ white/tan. $1500 each. 828223-1811 or 828-223-1810.


MINI DOODLE PUPS REPUTABLE BREEDER. Adorable and affordable babies available, some young adults for adoption. Reputable, breeder and trainer. Most can be under 6lbs not over 10lbs. They make great service & EMS dogs. Gaffney, SC (801) 696-3262 thefuzzy facequeen@gmail. com CHIHUAHUAS: TWO CHOCOLATE MALES, $400 EACH. Chiweenie puppies, ready to rehome, $375 each. Call or text 704-974-8055. AKC REGISTERED LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPPIES. 12 weeks old. 1st & 2nd shots, wormed. Champion bloodlines. Chocolates and blacks. Parents on site. $500 each. 828429-0210.

ENGLISH BULL DOGS. AKC, 3 males. Blk-tri, Brn-tri, lilac merle. 1 Female, lilac-tri. $5,500. 704-418-6352 (704) 418-6352 GERMAN SHEPHERD. AKC registered German shepherd puppies, 6 weeks old, already had their checkup ready for new homes. $600. (910) 3401745

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

LABRADOODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE. 6 weeks old. Chocolate, Black and Tan. Boys and Girls. Message me if interested. Will be ready to go to their forever home February 15th. (704) 477-1851 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

2010 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS. One owner, regularly serviced, leather seats, power windows, locks & seat. 185,000 miles, $4,250. 828248-1986 or 828-429-4333.

1998 FORD F-150 LARIAT. 50th Anniversary Edition. 131,000 miles, leather interior, white, runs good. Excellent condition. Asking $14,500. Must see. 704-308-4938 2006 FORD ESCAPE AWD, AUTOMATIC. 3.0 V6, in good shape, runs good. New rebuilt transmission. $3,000. 828-3050758.

2006 TOYOTA 4RUNNER. Excellent cond., local 1 owner, well maintained, oil/filter changed every 3,000 miles & inspected every 15,000 miles by local certified mechanic. 4WD, never driven off-road, 264,000 miles, new battery, new Michelin tires, WeatherTech floor-mats & trunk-liner. $15,000. Call/text 828-429-5676.

PROPERTY IN BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN VALLEY Some of the best Mountain Views to be had can be seen from this building lot in Golden Valley Estates. This is a wonderful gated community that gives you a sense of security while enjoying living in a rural mountain community. Not too far from major cities in NC and SC and very close to our quaint small towns. Give Sharon Logan Kelly, Broker/Realtor with Coldwell Banker Advantage (979) 690-6781

STORAGE UNITS FOR RENT. 803 S. Lafayette St., Shelby NC. 80 to 320 sq. ft. per unit. Starting at $100. 704-214-4180 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. CAMPER FOR RENT. 100B Kentbury Drive, Grover, NC $ 1275 RENT$1275 Deposit, Includes power/water. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180. 113-1 OAK DRIVE, LAWNDALE, NC. Duplex. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Rent $900, Deposit $900, App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

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

APARTMENT FOR RENT 5 RM/2 BR Apartment. Stove/ refrig. Adults only. No pets. 515 W. Sumter, Shelby. $475/mo. 704-487-9622.

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

CAMPER FOR RENT. 108 Century Drive, Grover, NC. $250 Weekly, $800 deposit. Includes power/water. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180.

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

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

CAMPER FOR RENT. 680 NC HWY 226 OT#16., Casar, NC, Rent $875, Deposit $875, Includes up to $125 in utilities. App Fee $25 per adult. 704214-4180. LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS LOCATED IN SHELBY NC. Is currently accepting applications for our 1, 2 and 3 bedroom waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Please visit us today at Laurel Hill Apartments, 1526 Eaves Road, Shelby, NC or call for more information. Equal Housing Opportunity. (704) 487-1114 MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. Weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. NO TEXTING. (704) 473-4299 LOCK TITE STORAGE. Units available for rent at 209 South Main Street, Boiling Springs, NC. (704) 434-7800


SINGLEWIDE, 357 CAR FARM ROAD, #3. Lincolnton, NC. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. $875 Rent, $875 Deposit. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-2144180.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY THREE BEDROOM, JUST REMODELED. In quiet, wooded senior mobile home park, landlord on site, 55 or older. Thomas 828-429-9286. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE 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 furnished. $695 plus deposit and references. Only well qualified apply. westmainrentals. com or 828-351-3322.




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BIG GAME PARTY TIME February 11, 2024

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Kansas City Chiefs

Big games dot the college and professional football landscapes each year beginning in late summer and ending in mid-winter. But no games are bigger than those that take place once the calendar turns to a new year. That’s when the postseason begins in both college and professional football. Game watches with fellow fans, family and friends are a great way to make playoff football even more enjoyable. With so many big games on the horizon, football fans would be wise to ready their culinary arsenal. Whether you’re hosting at home or going to a game watch at a fellow fan’s house, keep in mind that food and football are a great match. Certain dishes have long since staked their claim on the game watch dinner and snacking tables, and nachos certainly need no introduction to football fans. As this year’s playoffs kick off, football fans can try this recipe for “Loaded Beef Nachos” courtesy of

110-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles 1 15-oz. can Mexican-style corn (optional) 1 16-oz. can refried beans 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 4 oz. tortilla chips, or more Toppings (optional): sour cream (optional) salsa (optional) sliced black olives (optional) sliced jalapeños (optional) green onion Taco seasoning: Stir paprika, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, oregano, & salt together; set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high

Loaded Beef Nachos Serves 4 Taco Seasoning: 5 teaspoons paprika 11⁄4 teaspoons garlic powder 11⁄4 teaspoons ground cumin 11⁄4 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon oregano leaves 11⁄2 teaspoons salt Nachos: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound ground beef 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced green bell pepper

heat; cook & stir ground beef in the skillet until browned & crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in onion & green pepper; cook & stir with oil and juices from browned meat until much of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes more. Stir 1⁄2 can diced tomatoes with chilies & Mexican-style corn into skillet. Season beef mixture to taste with prepared taco seasoning mix. Mix remaining 1⁄2 can diced tomatoes with chilies & refried beans in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until heated through, stirring every 30 seconds, 1 to 3 minutes. Assemble nachos: Lay half of tortilla chips in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate, drop teaspoons of refried beans onto chips, fol-

lowed by meat mixture & shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining chips, beans, meat, & cheese to make a second layer. Microwave on high until cheese is melted & nachos are warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Top with sour cream, salsa, olives, jalapeños, & green onion as desired.

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