Rutherford Weekly 5-16-24

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Century-old red wood red wooden caboose is home in Elle is in Ellenboro

The Clinchfield Carolina and Ohio (CC&O) caboose 1021 came to its new home in Ellenboro from Erwin, Tennessee last month to a crowd of well wishers cheering its arrival.

Neighbors, townspeople, grandparents and children gathered nearby to witness the arrival of the historic caboose.

It was purchased by Ellenboro native Edward McCurry and transported to Ellenboro via large transport trucks, then lifted by a crane and placed onto designated tracks not far from the Ellenboro Depot. (The Depot is under renovation with a grand opening June 1).

The wooden caboose was built in 1920 and served the CC&O and later the Clinchfield on the route from Elkhorn City, Kentucky to Spartanburg, said McCurry, who stood by as the caboose arrived in his hometown. He was seen at times standing on the railroad tracks where modern trains run today, capturing the arrival of his historic caboose.

The 104-year-old caboose is one of the oldest CC&O cabooses that still exists. It passed many times through the Bostic yard, Forest City and Harris on its way to Spartanburg.

Over the next year or so, the caboose will be restored to its originality. When work is completed, it will be open at times for visitors.

“I want it to be as original as possible,” he said, adding there is a similar caboose at the NC Train Museum in Spencer. At some point he will travel to Spencer to see exactly how it was built for ideas for refurbishing his caboose.

McCurry said he has been looking for a caboose for several years because he loves old things and especially those with historical significance.

“It just seemed appropriate for a caboose to be in Ellenboro since it is a town that was founded because the Seaboard Air Line came through,” he said.

McCurry looked at several cabooses but they were too far away to move or were in such bad shape that restoration would be a major challenge and they had no historic connection to the area.

Rocky Hollifeld who owns Craggy Mountain Railroad in Woodfin had been helping McCurry look for a train and last fall he found one in Erwin, TN.

“I went to look at it and knew that it was the one that I wanted. This caboose was very original inside having the coal stove, water containers and ice box,” McCurry said. The seats and access to the cupola were there as when the caboose was in use.

“This part was very important to me in that I wanted a caboose that looked like a caboose when it was in use, not one that had been gutted

and made into something else,” he said.

There is a lot of work to do on the inside and outside of the caboose. McCurry believes this can be done over the next year or so.

McCurry said when he decided to buy the caboose he had to wait to move it to Ellenboro after the tracks were ready and longer daylight hours were important for the transport and delivery.

“This caboose fit what I wanted in that I was in search of a wooden caboose because they are older and more rare than the metal cabooses. Buying a caboose and moving it to Ellenboro took a lot of planning and “it was expensive” he said.

The move was made possible with Hollifield’s expertise.

“There was a large crane and two support trucks to load it. The caboose was loaded on a lowboy and the wheels on a second flatbed truck,” he said. From Erwin it was transported via I-26 to Asheville before having to exit to avoid some low underpasses and then back on I-26 to Highway 74 to Ellenboro.

Upon arriving in Ellenboro, a large crane was waiting to unload it onto the railroad bed and tracks. Only minutes before, the train wheels had placed on the tracks, carefully guided by a large crane and Hollifield’s crew.

“Thankfully Rocky oversaw all the details in the moving,” McCurry continued. “Over the past 30 years he has moved many railcars and cabooses and knows exactly what to do.”

The historic 104 year old caboose now has a permanent home near the railroad track in Ellenboro.

“Sitting inside it, you can watch the modern trains go by without having a caboose attached, but in it there can be dreams of those bygone days when a red caboose was where the conductor rode and followed trains wherever they went. I was most fortunate to locate such a special caboose and get it moved to Ellenboro. It will eventually be a small museum to share the history of the CC&O and Clinchfield Railroad,” McCurry said.

“If there is any railroad memorabilia out there, I would be interested in obtaining it for this caboose museum,” he said.

When the renovation work is completed, the caboose will be open to the public near the area where Rutherford Bound and a host of community partners are leading the restoration of the old cotton gin property.

McCurry, who spent his career at Spartanburg Methodist College teaching physics and physical science, maintained his home in Ellenboro throughout his teaching career and is now enjoying researching local history.

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Ellenboro volunteer firefighters, friends and children gathered recently to watch the historic wooden caboose pass along the streets of Ellenboro to its final resting place where it will undergo restoration. Caboose is lowered onto the wheels.

Finally Fridays features Gump Fiction

Kristen Harris, a teacher at Sunshine Elementary School, won the gift basket drawing as Teacher Appreciation was observed Friday at Forest City Pavilion On Park Square - POPS. Town of Forest City marketing and events coordinator Arianna Edwards presented the gift.

Gump Fiction treated those at POPS to the “ultimate 90s experience.”

Be sure to see the movie Barbie this Friday, May 17 at Forest City Pavilion On Park Square - POPS as part of Free Movie Friday. Chick-fil-A available for purchase as well as other concessions.

OSFM Awards 40 Grants to Support Summer Fire Camp Programs

The NC Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is pleased to announce the awarding of 40 grants to support summer fire camp programs across North Carolina. These grants, totaling $295,400 aim to support summer fire camp programs across NC as they develop the next generation of firefighters.

This year, OSFM was able to offer one-time funding to existing summer camp programs offered by fire departments across the state. This initiative is good for recruitment of new firefighters, as the selected programs demonstrate a commitment to fostering fire safety education and empowering youth to become future leaders in fire prevention and emergency response.

“We are excited to award these grants to support the vital work of fire departments in educating and engaging our communities, especially during the summer months,” said Chief Brian Taylor, State Fire Marshal at the OSFM. “These programs play a crucial role in equipping young individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to promote fire safety and protect their communities.”

The grants will fund a variety of activities and resources, including fire safety workshops, handson training sessions, equipment/materials, transportation, and

refreshments. Recipient fire departments will work closely with local communities to deliver engaging and educational experiences for participants.

OSFM extends its sincere congratulations to all 40 grant recipients and commends their dedication to promoting fire safety and empowering youth. The organization also thanks all applicants for their continued commitment to strengthening community safety efforts across North Carolina.

Locally, Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue received one of the grants.

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Owls line-up includes East, Chase players

Opening game is May 24, 6:30pm

The Forest City Owls are just a few short weeks away from their opening game on Friday night, May 24, at a new start time of 6:30pm.

Returning players and AllStars are expected to fill their starting line-up and roster.

Dylan Koontz, Campbell University, a 2023 All-Star who led the league in Homers and RBI’s will be starting at first.

Gavin Weyman from X2 baseball.

Returning pitcher John Jones and Weyman will be coaching the first few games until Russ and O’Donnell are able to join the owls after their prospective playoffs end.

All-Star selection Brady Jeffcoat from Western Carolina will be in the infield as well as David Sessoms, Wingate University and East Rutherford High School. He was the AllStar Designated Hitter.

All-Star pitcher Jerry Garcia from Tennessee and catcher Drew Lamphere from North Carolina State University will be reporting late as their teams will still be in the College World Series.

Three new Owls signees of significance include Cooper Sain, who pitched for the Owls last season, In addition Charlie Jones, a first baseman possessing a .360 Batting Average from The United States Air Force Academy will be joining the Owls for 3-4 weeks beginning in June.

Two other probable latecomers will be Luke Pettitte and Ben Tryon from Dallas Baptist University as their schools are expected to be in the College World Series hunt.

The Owls will be led by an entirely new Coaching staff directed by DJ Russ from Mount Olive and joined by Connery O’Donnell from Southeastern University and

The Owls intend to sign local high school player Andrew Cortor after he officially graduates from Chase High School. He is expected to be on the roster for the opening game, said Phil Dangel, owner. 2024 will be a memorable season as The Coastal Plain League’s All-Star game will be played in Forest City July 7-8.

All-Star game tickets as well as season tickets and Individual game tickets are available at the Forest City Owls office;138 E. Main Street, Forest City. All-Star hats, balls and shirts are also available for purchase.

Article Provided By: Jean Gordon

Classical music performance May 31

The Rutherford Chamber Consort (RCC) presents – Melody Walks in Royal Gardens, Friday, May 31, 7pm at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church.

(viola) from Rock Hill, SC, Brennan Szafron (piano) from Tryon, and Simone Vigilante (soprano) from Swannanoa.

The music will feature compositions by Beethoven, Faure, and Debussy.

The program is free and open to the public. Funding is partially provided by the Grassroots Grant program of Rutherford County, part of the NC Arts Council.

The RCC is a professional Chamber music ensemble founded 17 years ago by Sharon Virginia Lawrence. Mrs. Lawrence is a violinist who moved to Forest City from Virginia. She played assistant concert master with the Virginia Symphony, acting principal second violin with the Roanoke Symphony and in the violin section of the Richmond Symphony. She taught for 12 years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and directed the Liberty University Orchestra. Mrs. Lawrence holds BM & MM degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University. In the Carolinas, Mrs. Lawrence has freelanced extensively and taught at Gardner-Webb University and Montreat College. She maintains an active local teaching studio in Rutherford County. As an educational component of the RCC, Mrs. Lawrence performs free concerts throughout the year at area schools.

Other musicians performing are: Jacqueline Hendricks (cello) from Columbia, SC, Scott Garrett



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Construction is underway for the Legacy Soccer Park project that will transform 57 acres of vacant land off Piney Ridge Road, Forest City.

Legacy Soccer Park is a project of Rutherford Bound with support from numerous partners including RHI Legacy Foundation, Rutherford County Soccer Association, Rutherford Bound, The Town of Forest City, Destination by Design, Beam Construction and Stitch Design Shop.

The soccer park is among14 active projects across Rutherford County from the east to the west.

The soccer field property

Litter Sweep has wrapped up

The statewide Spring Litter Sweep just wrapped up and so far this year over 2.2 million pounds of litter has been collected.

In 2023, more than 11 million pounds of trash were collected from North Carolina roadsides. With more than 80,000 miles of state-maintained roads, everyone’s help is needed to keep our roadsides clean.

Check out the Litter Sweep webpage at initiatives-policies/environmental/littermanagement/Pages/litter-sweep.aspx to find out how you can get involved going forward!

visitors to the area.

Sports tourism is a rapidly growing sector of the tourism industry and will provide tremendous economic benefits to the local economy from the families who travel to the area to compete, stay in lodging accommodations, and eat in local restaurants. For updates and updates and event details visit:

Article & Photos Provided By: Jean Gordon

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The scene of the future Legacy Soccer Park off Piney Ridge Road in Forest City. The rains have halted some of the grading work but will resume when the weather clears.


Fridays Through October 25

What: Lake Lure Farmers Market

When: Fridays 4-7pm

Where: Morse Park; 2948 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure

May 17

May 18

What: Lake Lure Spring Classic Boat and Car Show

When: May 18; 10am-4pm

Where: Lake Lure Town Center

May 23

What: Cliffside Elementary May Day

When: May 23; 5pm

Where: Cliffside school

What: Carley Arrowood Band in concert

When: May 17; 7pm

Where: Union Mills Learning Center

More Info: No admission to hear band, tip jar; hot dog supper 6pm, $6.

May 18

What: Rutherford County Farmers


When: May 18; 8am to 12pm

Where: Park Square (across from POPS), Forest City

What: Foothills Pilot Club Yard Sale


When: May 18; 8am to 1pm

Where: 134 Chisholm Trail, Rutherfordton

May 19

What: Hopewell Community Cemetery

Memorial Day

When: May 19; lunch 1pm

Where: Meet for lunch at HopewellHollis Ruritan Clubhouse

More Info: Bring covered dish. Gary: 828-453-8105 or 828-829-6523

May 18 & May 19

What: Rutherford County Amateur Golf Championship

When: May 18 & 19; 10am to 2pm

Where: Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club

More Info: Registration closes May 17; noon. 828-286-9117 or golfshop@tryon. com


June 1

What: Christian Ex-Cons vs. Cops

Softball Game

When: June 1; 10:30am

June 10-14

What: Grahamtown Youth Summer Camp

More Info: “Looking Back - Moving Forward”

May 27

What: Memorial Day Program

When: May 27; 9am

Where: Lake Lure Veterans Memorial

July 22-26

What: We Build Summer Camp for rising 4th-7th grade girls


What: Rutherford County Woodworkers Club

When: Every Fourth Tuesday Where: Rutherford County Annex, Rutherfordton

More Info: 919-696-6064

What: Stitch by Stitch

When: First Saturday of each month, 12pm Where: Rutherford County Library, Callahan Rd., Spindale

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

What: If you’re an American Legion member of Post 74 Forest City, Post 423 Henrietta or Post 437 Chimney Rock & haven’t renewed your membership dues, do so at

More Info: If you’d like to join the American Legion, contact Jimmy at 704-8195862.

What: Learn more about the Civil War/Confederacy third Friday monthly at annex in Rutherfordton. 6:30pm refreshments. 7pm meeting. William Corbitt SCV camp welcomes you.

More Info: teddybear93_890@yahoo. com


What: Atrium Health community health bus

When: Thursdays 9:30am-4:30pm Where: Grahamtown Community Center; 129 First St., Forest City

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

What: Rutherfordton Kiwanis Club Meeting

When: 6:30-7:30pm (except 5th Thurs)

Where: Woodrow Jones Building, Rutherfordton

More Info: See “Kiwanis of Rutherfordton” on FaceBook. New members welcome, light dinner served. ruffkiwanis@

What: Narcotics Anonymous meeting When: Thursdays; 12:301:30pm Where: Community Healing Recovery & Thriving Center; 648 Withrow Rd., Forest City

Every 3rd Thursday

What: Coffee and Conversation

When: 9:30-10:30am Where: Rutherford County Veterans Office; 303 Fairground Rd., Spindale

More Info: Open to Rutherford County Veterans.

Where: Crowe Park; 267 Crowe Park Dr., Forest City

More Info: All proceeds to House of Deliverance shelter for women. $5 adult, $2 child. Food vendors. Info: 828-748-0609.

What: Fundraiser Concealed Carry


When: June 1; 8am

Where: Cedar Grove Fellowship, 160 Toney Rd., Bostic

More Info: $100. Space limited, pay by May 25. 828-245-7878

June 4

What: Harris High School Alumni and Friends Breakfast

When: June 4; 8:30am Where: Denny’s

More Info: RSVP by June 2 to Joan 828-245-2658 or


Volunteer Opportunities

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

More Info: CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking volunteers. Variety of opportunities, including specialized respite support, socializationcompanionship, assistance with errands, Veterans program & more. Volunteer roles are designed to support staff. 828-274-9567.

When: June 10-14; 9:30am to 12:30pm

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

More Info: Registration starts June 1; call 828-229-3390. Limited spaces. Activities include gardening, technology, agriculture, cooking, water fun, lunch & more

June 15

What: Juneteenth Celebration

When: June 15; 12-6pm

Where: Pavilion On Park Square (POPS), Forest City

More Info: A celebration of freedom; A Reflection of experience. Stage performances, food trucks & other vendors; Black-owned businesses, clothing & more; jewelry. To be a vendor call 828-229-3380

When: July 22-26

Where: Isothermal Community College

More Info: Presented by Rutherford Housing Partnership, Women Roofers; for more information: contact

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Road trips remind drivers of just how thrilling the open road can be. For millions of individuals, nothing provides a sense of escapism as effectively as the open road.

Though road trips can be liberating, they do not allow a complete escape from reality, something drivers realize when the time comes to fill up the gas tank. Gas prices fell considerably by midDecember 2023, dipping to an average of $3.12 per gallon of regular by the middle of that month according to data from AAA. That marked a significant decline from just a month earlier, when prices for a gallon of regular gas averaged $3.36. But drivers know prices can spike just as quickly as they drop, so it pays dividends to recognize strategies to conserve fuel. Such strategies can be especially beneficial for drivers about to embark on a road trip.

• Slow down. Pushing the pedal to the medal might be a romantic, if unsafe, notion of how to drive on a road trip. But that approach can be costly at the pump. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, every five miles per hour

motorists drive over 50 miles per hour is the equivalent of paying $0.30 more per gallon of gas. That estimate is based on a gallon of gas costing $4.32, but drivers can still conserve a considerable amount of fuel by slowing down.

• Steer clear of city driving. The stopand-go traffic that is a hallmark of city driving

can compromise fuel efficiency. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy notes that rapid acceleration and braking, which is hard to avoid when driving through cities with lots of stoplights and pedestrians, can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

• Avoid rooftop cargo. Rooftop cargo boxes might be a necessity when a car is packed with passengers. But these luxuries come at a steep cost. A study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that rooftop cargo boxes can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 17 percent on the highway and as much as 25 percent on interstates where drivers drive at speeds between

65 and 75 miles per hour. The DOE reports that rear-mount cargo boxes are much more efficient, so drivers looking to conserve fuel may want to pack light and/or opt for rear-mount cargo boxes instead of rooftop boxes.

• Utilize cruise control.

The auto manufacturer

Kia estimates that utilizing the cruise control function on a vehicle can save drivers as much as 14 percent on fuel. Cruise control is not advisable when driving in cities or on roads with stoplights. However, when driving on interstates, driving at the same continuous speed

helps drivers avoid constant accelerations and decelerations, which compromise fuel efficiency.

When the open road beckons, drivers can make their road trips more affordable by implementing various strategies to conserve fuel.

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Cooling fans available at senior center

Operation Heat Relief (Fan Program) is open to residents of Rutherford County who are 60 or older or have a disability. Eligible recipients must have a home situation where a threat to health and wellbeing exists due to heat.

This program is intended to provide a more comfortable living environment and reduce heat related illnesses. The grant to

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Fans are available on a first come, first served basis – while supplies last.

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Northern Lights show out in the south

As long as Cynthia Goforth can remember hearing about the Northern Lights and seeing pictures, she always dreamed of seeing them. On a trip out west a few years ago she was sure she’d see them. She didn’t. But on Friday, May 10, from her home in Gilkey, Cynthia captured the Northern Lights from her property. Beyond excited, doesn’t describe how she

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2024-2025 North Carolina Migratory Game

Bird Seasons Released

One of my comedy excuses I’m known for when I come up empty-handed from a hunting or a fishing trip, is that my friend, partner, guide, etc. “dry-ridged” me. I forgot where I first heard that term, but I use it quite often to blame other people for my lack of success. It refers to the belief that they purposefully placed me in a location where they knew no game would be. I mean after all, who wants to put me on their favorite spot or let me know where their honey-hole is? Hunters aren’t nearly as bad as fishermen, but I’m sure it happens. As in my case, it’s just a friendly jab toward those who allow me to join them on a particular outing. It makes for good manly banter after an unsuccessful day. And while I don’t really believe this happens much among friends, I do recall a hardcore deer hunting father who purposefully put his son in places that held no deer in order for him to see how hard hunting can be. He wanted to bring him into the sport knowing all the bad experiences and bad outcomes first. And again, this wasn’t a friend. It was his son! Now, while this may have worked, I personally had much rather expose the people I love to the good, especially if I believe the good outweighs the bad. This reminds me of how many of us were introduced to God. I think we were dry-ridged. Not that someone purposefully set out to expose the negative first, but they did it thinking, like my hardcore deer hunter, that this was the best approach to take. What was this approach towards God you ask? It was introducing a loving, father-like God by telling us that hell was the results of those who reject Him. It was like God was saying, “If you don’t choose me and love me, I’m going to allow everyone to beat you up continually and never let you back into the family.” Yes, I can see how that would absolutely work! (cough, cough) The truth is, this is a terrible way to introduce God to the world. Relationships built on fear are lifeless, joyless, and unhealthy. And as soon as someone can get out of it, they will. And it’s the same when this kind of Christianity is proposed. The real reason to choose God is because of all the good things. Namely a father who loves you, does not condemn you, and sent Jesus so that you might not only have a glorious future but an abundant life here and now. He has promised to not only take your burdens but turn them into blessings. And because of His promise that all things will work together for good, what may seem like a “dry-ridge” will ultimately become one of the greatest adventures ever. Choose Jesus because He’s the best thing for you and because He wants the best things for you. The apostle John wrote, “Perfect love casts out fear.” When we begin to understand God’s perfect love, we will no longer start introducing Him from a place of fear.

Gary Miller has written Outdoor Truths articles for 21 years. He also speaks at wildgame dinners and men’s events for churches and associations.

Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have announced the approved season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 202425 waterfowl, webless migratory game bird (including doves) and extended falconry seasons. The dates are available on the website and will be published in the 2024-25 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest this August.

Although the majority of seasons remain unchanged, notable changes include:

Given that September 1, 2024, falls on a Sunday, many 2024-2025 migratory game bird seasons will not begin until Monday, September 2, Labor Day. This includes doves, rails, gallinules and moorhens, and September Canada goose seasons. Federal frameworks do not allow any migratory game bird hunting prior to September 1st.

The daily bag limit for Canada geese (also includes white-fronted geese) in the Northeast Canada Goose Hunt Zone will decrease from 2 Canada geese or white-fronted goose to 1 Canada geese or whitefronted goose either singly or in the aggregate

For more information, visit the Wildlife Commission’s Regulations webpage.

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildliferelated educational, recreational and sporting activities.

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Lions Club Scholarship recipients

Lake Lure Classical Academy Class of 2024 seniors Danae Roos, Malorie Upton and Westyn Woodard recently received Lake Lure Lions Club Scholarship Awards. They were presented with their awards at the Lake Lure Lions Club meeting on May 9. Danae plans to attend A-B Technical College. Malorie plans to attend Western Carolina University. Westyn plans to attend High Point University.

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Mission Hospital McDowell Awards DAISY to Helberg-Nilsen

Congratulations to Mission Hospital McDowell DAISY Award recipient, Jennifer Helberg-Nilsen, RN. Jennifer serves as a registered nurse in the Mission Hospital McDowell Acute Care department. The award was presented recently at a ceremony at Mission Hospital McDowell. The patient who nominated her wrote, “Nurse Jennifer has a kind heart, caring heart and just is an amazing person and nurse. I had so much trust in her when I had to get my feeding tube…I am grateful to have had her as a nurse…she really helped me in my time of need…she treated me like I was her family.” The DAISY Foundation is a national nonprofit that honors nurses and the amazing care they provide to patients and families.

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A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled June 6 at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge to celebrate the building of an onsite Education

K Enterprises has been contracted to


The building will have a small footprint offering huge opportunities, said Friends of the Flowering Bridge. Its design is in keeping with the beautiful mountain surroundings and includes a front porch and comfortable seating.

The Center will be climate controlled and will include an ADA-compliant restroom and also audiovisual capabilities.

There will be a dedicated indoor space to provide the ability to expand educational programs and conduct classes year-round, regardless of weather.

The Flowering Bridge will continue to be open during construction.

Parking may be limited, but additional parking is available at the Lake Lure Welcome Center.

For the safety of the public, everyone is reminded to please watch all signage and do not enter any areas that are roped off.

Saturday class

Master Gardeners Charlotte Gardner and Eleanor Bails will be at The Flowering Bridge in Lake Lure Saturday, May 18, for a class on container gardening and learn how to grow some favorite edibles in a container. Bring a folding chair. The class begins at 10am and concludes at 11:30am.

Parking may be limited due to construction, but additional parking is at the Welcome Center in Lake Lure.

The class is open to the public. In case of rain check their social media for information. This class is open

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Every Monday

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When: Mondays; 6-9pm

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More Info: Help for Hurts, Habits & Hardships, Fellowship Meal, Worship, Teaching, Testimonies, Growth through Small Groups.

1st Tuesday Monthly

What: Redbird Food Pantry When: 1st Tuesday Monthly 3-5pm

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

May 18

What: Yard sale fundraiser When: May 18; 8am

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church; 2676 Hudlow Rd., Forest City

More Info: Fundraiser for Mount Vernon Baptist Church children and youth.

What: Clay Pigeon Shooting When: May 18; 4pm

Where: Fellowship Baptist Church; 210 Silvers Lake Road, Rutherfordton

More Info: Hot dog cookout to follow.

What: Food Giveaway

When: May 18; 8am-10am

Where: Caroleen C. H. Church

More Info: Pull to the side of the church and we will put a box of food in your car. Food giveaway every third Saturday of the month.

May 24

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Where: Spindale United Methodist Church; 185 Mill St., Spindale

May 27

What: Memorial Day Service

When: May 27; 10am

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June 1

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When: June 1; 8am-1pm

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Every Wednesday

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

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

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

Ongoing Church Programs

Prospect Baptist Church Sun: 9:45AM Sunday School, Worship: 11AM & 6PM. 2610 Prospect Church Rd,, Mooresboro.

Grays Chapel Church Sun: 9:30am, 2nd Saturday monthly free brunch at 10am- special activity to be announced, Wed. Bible Study- 6pm (food & fellowship included). 500 Grays Chapel Church Rd., Rutherfordton.

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.


• Sunday Worship Service: 9:30am

• Wednesday Evening Bible Study: 6pm (food and fellowship included)

great and we serve a mighty God! 2nd Chronicles 7:14 Grays Chapel would like to invite all people to join us in our weekly services. We desire to reach the community, build relationships, and grow spirituality. 2nd Saturday Monthly - Free Brunch 10am & Special Activity To Be Announced

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Memorial Day Click It or Ticket Campaign

Safety Program (GHSP) and its partners will be looking out for you.

From May 20 through June 2, GHSP will be running their annual Memorial Day Click It or Ticket Campaign, ensuring people are properly buckled up.

Click It or Ticket is the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s primary campaign to boost the use of seat belts and child safety seats.

During Click It or Ticket enforcement and education campaigns, law enforcement agencies increase the number of patrols and officers in an area, set up checking stations, and use local media to reach out to drivers.

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16 is not properly restrained). That doesn’t include the potential cost of a lost life. North Carolina’s Click It or Ticket campaign was the first in the nation and is now used as the model by the National Highway

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former RLC campus in Rutherfordton Rutherfordton announces future acquisition of property for town hall, police station & housing options

and develop a new town hall and police station with enough space to allow for future growth while preserving structures downtown”. Plans for Building 1 have not been established and will be part of the overall site master plan set to begin this summer.

The purchase of this campus is being acquired by funds allocated to the town hall and police station projects. These funds include a $4,000,000 allocation from the State in the 2023 State Budget as well as the Town’s Capital Facility Reserve Fund.

The Town of Rutherfordton has been working with Rutherford County Schools (RCS) to acquire properties in the Town of Rutherfordton no longer needed by the school district. As the town continues the work of the redevelopment commission a vacant 5.8-acre piece of land along E. 2nd Street will provide a much-needed tract of land to create housing options in the future. The tract of vacant land fronts E. 2nd Street near the future 221 bypass and was segmented from the former R-S Middle Campus when NCDOT acquired the rights of way for the active bypass project.

The Town has been working on land banking options in both the Fairview and New Hope communities to remove blighted structures, land bank properties to create housing, and working with homeowners for urgent repair programs using grant funds from the Dogwood Health Trust. This 5.8-acre parcel will be the largest acquisition in this effort and will create opportunities for affordable housing in the future.

Town Councilman Henry Giles who also serves on the Redevelopment Commission said, “This is a wonderful demonstration of how the school system works with the community to ensure each partner can be successful”. This property is being acquired using grant dollars specifically allocated for land banking purposes to increase the availability of affordable housing.

The Town is also moving forward on acquiring the former Rutherfordton Elementary School Campus known as the Isothermal Community College Rutherford Learning Center (RLC). This 5.8-acre campus sits on the edge of Downtown Rutherfordton with frontage along S. Washington St, Maple Street, and N. Mitchell St. The campus features 2 buildings, building 1 contains approx. 17,617 square feet and was built in 1957 while building 2 contains approx. 14,522 square feet on the main level, and 11,534 square feet on the second level, for a total of 26,056 square feet, and was built in 1967.

The Town has moved forward with the planning for a renovation of the current Town Hall to become a Police Station and looking into the potential for two building sites in the heart of Downtown for a newly constructedTown Hall.

During these initial planning phases, space constraints of the sites, parking for public uses, and the ability to program spaces requested by the public have raised concerns for overall project success. During a recent survey for this project, 73 percent of respondents noted the need for ample parking and the largest demand for space needs included large and small meeting rooms and event-style spaces.

The Town and the RCS have been talking about the opportunity to acquire this site for some time and over the past few months has increased with the Town’s desire to find a new space for both the Town Hall and the Police Department. This campus will allow for the renovation of the 2-story 1967 building to house Police and Town Hall and provide opportunities for indoor recreation, a commercial kitchen, and a multitude of large community gathering spaces as well as ample parking that would not overburden downtown.

Town Councilman Dr. Doug Sheets said, “This will permit the town to design

The campus currently houses Isothermal Community College and the Rutherford Arts Council, the Town will work with Isothermal Community College as their space needs will expire upon the construction of the new allied health building to be constructed on the Main Campus off College Ave in Spindale.

Rutherford County Schools as a part of the agreement will work with the Arts Council on future space needs as the Town begins to utilize the property. The Town is also working with the architectural firm of CPL Architecture to shift the focus towards the renovation of the school site for these purposes. This project affords the Town a new opportunity to grow Downtown with the use of the properties originally under review for alternative public purposes and economic development as well as the ability to react to the recent public survey data and focus groups that called for a mix of large and small gathering spaces with the opportunity to provide recreational spaces.

This facility gives the Town the ability to control costs, take advantage of a building renovation budget instead of new construction costs, and get a much higher return on square footage costs.

Rutherfordton looks to keep moving forward this fall with the Master planning of this campus and construction planning for this renovation project. Subsequently, the Town operations of the Police and Town Hall will not have to seek temporary locations during this project.

“Overall this is a win-win for the Town and the School System and provides the Town of Rutherfordton with a wonderful opportunity to tackle housing options, as well as craft a new municipal operations center and surrounding uses to support the health of the community and downtown”, said Mayor Jimmy Dancy.

The property will also benefit from the upcoming investment in the community from the 2022 RAISE grant award that will improve Charlotte Road from Maple Street to Oakland Road in Spindale with pedestrian improvements, intersection improvements, as well as a connection between the Purple Martin Greenway and Thermal Belt Rail Trail.

The purchase price for the property includes a price of $42,336 for the E. Second Street parcel and $393,000 for the RLC Campus. The purchase has been supported by the Rutherford County Commissioners and the Rutherford County School Board of Education at their meeting on May 7 and will be brought to Rutherfordton Town Council approval at their meeting on June 5 with an anticipated closing date before June 30.

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Dozens of Isothermal Community College’s finest students were praised for their exceptional academic efforts this week.

The annual Awards Day ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 30, at the Performing Arts and Conference Center. Dr. Greg Thomas, the college’s vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, welcomed the audience of students, friends, family, faculty and staff.

This year’s Academic Excellence Award went to Takiyah Brown. The award is the highest honor given to an Isothermal student each year.

Special recognition was also given to Chloe Price, the student who was the college’s nominee for the Dallas Herring Award, a prestigious state-level honor. Kimberly Trivette was recognized as the nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s Gov. Bob Scott Student Leadership Award. The William V. Lee Scholarship for a student in the field of criminal justice was awarded to Jeffery Yelton.

Members of this year’s Student Government Association were also recognized and thanked.

They are: Francisco Chavez, president, vice president; Angela Ekstrom, and secretary; Kimberly Trivette.

Many other awards were given that evening, each to a student who has distinguished himself or herself in their academic endeavors. The Learning College Student of the Semester Awards were presented by Dr. Greg Thomas, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.

The program awards were presented by the faculty members who

ICC’s outstanding students receive awards

nominated the various students. The awards were presented to: Students of the Semester

Kevin Chavez Bautista - Polk Early College High School

Joshua Carruth - Occupation Education, Polk Campus

Jay Guffey - Health and Public Services, College & Career Promise, Career Technical


William Holness - Basic Skills/ College & Career Readiness

Layton Laurita - Arts & Sciences, Career and College Promise, College Transfer Pathway

Marsha Denise Loudermilk - Occupational Education, Rutherford Campus

Samantha (Sam) Lovelace, Applied Technologies - Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology Division

Latasha Marble - Academic Development

Desmond Martin - Applied Technologies, Business Sciences Division

Mitchell Maxwell - Applied Technologies, Career and College Promise, Career Technical Pathway, Business Sciences Division

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Alissa Woolum - Basic Skills/ College & Career Readiness Departmental Outstanding Students

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Tryon Cares Lunch & Learn begins May 16

Tryon Cares presented by iHeart Media, the community outreach initiative of Tryon International is proud to present Mental Health Awareness Month presented by Pavillon, with programming throughout the month of May at the venue. All events are open to the public and showcase the importance of taking care of mental health and wellbeing alongside physical health.

“Pavillon is honored to present our first Mental Health Awareness Series as part of Mental Health Awareness Month,” said Pavillon CEO Barbara Bennett. “The series will include a weekly event over the month of May, providing education and information about local resources. Pavillon’s outreach to the local community is part of our mission as a nonprofit substance use disorder treatment center. We welcome your attendance each week and look forward to meeting you in person.”

“There are few things we can do of more importance than bringing awareness to the importance of mental health,” said Tryon Equestrian Partners Carolinas Operations President, Sharon Decker. “There is a mental health crisis today. Addressing it begins with awareness of it and an openness to talk about it. We are thankful to have the chance to do just that here at Tryon International.”

Tryon Cares Lunch & Learns on Thursday, May 16, Thursday, May 23 and May 30 hosted from 12-1pm in the Legends Club at Tryon International. Free lunch will be provided for all guests alongside stimulating presentations followed by Q&A discussions with mental health professionals.

The lunch and learns feature a different topic each week, are open to the public, and RSVPs are encouraged.

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My cousin Amber reminded me the other day of the joys of playing in the creek as a little girl. She remembered catching crawfish and looking under every rock searching for tiny creek creatures. Amber was referring to the creek at our grandparents’ house in the Shiloh community. I am a bit older than Amber, but I told her I remembered digging clay from the creek banks and making our own dishes. I was a potter 50 years before I actually took a pottery class. Back in the day molding creek bank clay was such a joy. We molded different shapes of dishes.

Our Aunt Jo said the creek is still there below her house, although not as accessible as it was when we played there. I was also reminded of the times Jo stayed with my three sisters and I on occasion while our parents

worked. Our happy place was the creek below our house in Danieltown. We’d go there on occasion when we finished our chores. I don’t remember the walk to the creek, but I do remember the steep banks surrounding the creek.

We also enjoyed the creek below our house on Bethany Church Road probably more than any other. I was 10 when we moved there. I remember walking through the field, then the woods and suddenly it seemed when the long walk was over, just like magic the creek appeared where the woods ended.

We fished there, built a dam to try to create our own swimming hole and also turned rocks to watch the little creek creatures dig out and swim like crazy.

All in a day’s worth of fun.

We also took pork ’n beans, Vienna sausage, sardines and crackers for a picnic.

Our parents took frog gigs to spear the delicacy we’d later have for supper. I could never gig a harmless, juicy, large hind-legged bullfrog today. Never.

The furthest we walked in that creek was to Oakland Road. I can remember the sounds of the cars traveling over the

huge “creek tunnel”. We’d stay in that tunnel for a while just to hear the cars overhead and the echo of our voices. Creek playing was the best.


Families celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday in different ways. There

were special church services, Sunday lunches with favorite dishes and evenings with steaks, chicken and fresh veggies on the grill. Some celebrated moms at restaurants for lunch or dinner while others gathered at the homes of grandchildren.

A good friend told me her family was “going to the creek.”

Nothing elaborate. “Just going to the creek” on Mother’s Day.

This family’s creek time would be a time of remembering the past days and enjoying being together.

What a celebration! Remembering simpler times when moms and dads, children and grands gathered at the creek banks with turtles and frogs. Contact Jean:

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Chimney Rock Management to Partner with Waypoint Adventure for Upcoming Events

Chimney Rock Management is excited to announce a partnership with Waypoint Adventure, a leading non-profit provider of adaptive adventures for people with disabilities.

Waypoint Adventure’s trained team of staff and volunteers utilizes a variety of off-road wheelchairs, adaptive equipment, and learning supports to help people with a wide range of disabilites access the outdoors in an inclusive and empowering way.

Staff from Waypoint Adventure will be on-site for two upcoming events at Chimney Rock State Park: National Trails Day on June 1st and National Get Outdoors Day on June 8th. At both events, Chimney Rock and Waypoint staff will lead accessible guided hikes along the 1.5 mile out-and-back Hickory Nut Falls Trail. These hikes can accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities, and registration is encouraged for those who would like support from Waypoint.

beauty of Chimney Rock firsthand.”

Waypoint Adventure was founded in 2010 and currently operates in Lexington, Massachusetts and Black Mountain, North Carolina. Waypoint leads youth and adults on a variety of adventures including hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, teambuilding, and more.

“Since the Morse family first opened the park, accessibility has been a major focus at Chimney Rock,” said Emily Walker, CRM LLC director/general manager said. “North Carolina State Parks has continued to invest in that goal with improvements to the elevator and park infrastructure. Our partnership with Waypoint furthers the goal that everyone, regardless of ability, can experience the

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a stilldeveloping international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via

a state-of-the-art elevator or the nearly 500-step Outcroppings Trail. At the top, guests can enjoy 75mile panoramic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls. Hickory Nut Gorge, is one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, and

is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for field trips, scout groups, and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website for more information.

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Angela Hodge McEntyre

Angela Hodge McEntyre, 58 of Spindale passed away May 5, 2024.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Shalyn Laughter along with her four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, the late Doris Sims Hodge, special friend John Jublee Hardy, stepdaughter Juliet Shelton.

A family directed Celebration of Life was held May 11 at Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church Sanctuary. Online condolences at

Norris Kenneth Cook

Norris Kenneth Cook, 87 of Shelby, NC passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024.

Born in Cleveland County June 10, 1936, he was the son of the late Dixon Cicero Cook and Effie Mae Lail Cook. He was a retired as truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Bernice Cook, a granddaughter Amber Walker; his brother, D.C. Cook, sister Betty Cook Burgin.

Survivors include a son, David Cook and wife,

Shelby of Lawndale; daughters, Barbara Cook, Brenda Walker, Benita Black all of Vale; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, five sisters, Christeen Cook of Lincolnton, Bryte Benfield of Morristown, TN, Ida Nell Wilson of Lincolnton, Mary Lou Cook, and Dianne Sain of Vale.

Graveside Services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery May 6 with Rev. Chris Decker officiating.

Donations may be made to Carolina Caring Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton NC 28658 Memorial tributes may be made at

Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.

Tommy Ray Wilson, Sr.

Tommy Ray Wilson, Sr., age 84, of Rutherfordton, NC passed away Monday, May 6, 2024. A native of Gaston County, he was a son of the late King David and Cordie Mae Osborne Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Darcus Wright Wilson; children; Joyce Runyon (Gary); Tommy “Peanut” Wilson Jr. (Heather), Polly Morrison (Jim); sister Kay Walker and stepson Ricky W. Bradley(Donna), a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 10 at Shingle Hollow Congregational Holiness Church with Rev. Jamie Pascarella officiating.

When I began working for SmithRogers Funeral Home at the age of eighteen, I fully understood that dealing with dead bodies would be a common occurrence, but the reality of death didn’t fully hit me until a couple of months later. I came to work one morning and opened the prep room door and on the embalming table was the body of a friend who I knew in school and had gone to church with. It was at that moment the reality of death hit me.

There is a mystery about death. A person who has died can no longer visit with the living. Their body is present, but they are gone. In some cases, they were able to speak and respond a few minutes earlier and now there is nothing. Death is not just a physical experience, but a spiritual happening. A dead body is no longer able to contain the soul. The Bible teaches that the soul never dies and will

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shingle Hollow Congregational Church 2466 Cove Rd., Rutherfordton NC 28139.

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Lynne Barker

Lynne Barker, age 69, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2024.

Lynne was born September 30, 1954 in Spartanburg County to the late Marshall Blackwell and Janet Lovelace Howell.

She was a graduate of Chase High School. Lynne worked for twenty years at MEMC in Roebuck, SC and for Doman Industries in Greenville, SC. She was a member of Stone Station Baptist Church in Roebuck.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Robert Barker; son, Brandon Thompson and daughter-in-law, Rachel Thompson.

Left to treasure her memory are her children, Chris Thompson of Hickory and daughter, Amy McFarland of Forest City; bonus children, Ricky Savage (Christina) of Inman, SC, Donna Castro (Donelle McEntire) of Forest City and Kelly Estrada (Orlando); sister, Ann Starret; aunt, Faye Hodge of Forest City; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The family received friends May 8 at Harrelson Funeral Home.

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find its eternal dwelling either in Heaven, in the presence of God, or in Hell, which is a place of everlasting torment. In June of 2019, I sat beside my dying mother’s bed. There is no doubt in my heart that she knew the Lord Jesus as her Savior. As she took her last breath, her body was still present, but she was missing. It was at that very moment she opened her eyes in the presence of God. It would amaze us to know how many who are not willing to accept the certainty of death. Death is often an uninvited guest and will visit us at life’s most inconvenient times. Therefore, we must prepare to face its reality. Are you ready? Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

Robert Lee Callahan

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Lee Callahan announce his peaceful passing, May 7, 2024 at the age of 73.

Bobby is survived by his wife Gladys Callahan of Lake Lure, two daughters, Crystal Woody of Shelby, Kelley Marlowe of Carolina Beach, sons-in-law Robbie Woody and Brian Marlowe, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Bobby was a loyal and devoted husband to Gladys for over 54 years.

The service was held at Crowe’s Mortuary on May 11. Rev. Jerry Vess officiated.

Online condolences may be made at www.

Mary Ann Emory McCurry

Mary Ann Emory McCurry, 66, passed away Thursday, May 02, 2024.

She was born to the late Dock Emory and Elizabeth

Warren Emory in Cleveland County. She is also predeceased by her brothers, Johnny Emory, Jack Emory and Arthur Emory; sisters, Wanda Cleary and Mary Turner.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Kirk Woods; brother, Larry Emory (Tonya); sister, Patsy Scoggins; numerous nieces and nephews.

Ann worked in Textiles most of her life.

A Celebration of Life was held May 5.

Memorial tributes may be made at

Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.

Millie McPherson

Mildred “Millie” Owens McPherson, age 91, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024.

Millie was a native of Rutherford County, a retired lab tech for Elmore Corporation and a member of Second Baptist Church in Rutherfordton.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Jerry McPherson (Betsy), Mike McPherson (Debbie) and Warren McPherson (Nancy); three grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

Those preceding her in death include the love of her life Saul Lindberg McPherson; parents Arthur and Doshie Sims

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Owens, and siblings Annie Lee Camp, Mack Owens, Martin Owens, Gus Owens, Troy Owens and Magdalene Thompson.

Funeral services were held May 14 at Second Baptist Church with Dr. Keith Stephenson officiating.

Always a lover of animals; the family respectfully ask that memorials be made in Millie’s honor to PAWS of Rutherford County PO Box 349 Lake Lure, NC 28746.

Jimmy Phillips

Jimmy Phillips, age 56, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Jimmy was born December 7, 1967 in Rutherford County to Nanette Phillips who resides in Forest City and to the late Wayne Phillips. He worked in bridge construction for many years. Jimmy previously attended Adaville Baptist Church and Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 36 years, Debbie Phillips; his mother, Nanette Phillips and companion, Kenneth Lane; daughters, Teri Goforth (Johnathon) of Mooresboro, Desirae Matthews and Serenity Matthews both of Marion; sister, Donna Buchanan of Canada and four grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends was held May 11 at Harrelson Funeral Home. Memorial donations requested to Hospice of Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

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

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Betty Jean Dodson

Betty Jean Dodson, age 84 of Ellenboro, died Thursday, May 9, 2024.

Betty was born April 23, 1940, in Shelby, NC and was a daughter of the late Ernest and Nina Davis Beaver.

Betty was a graduate of Polkville High School, and she worked in the cafeteria at Ellenboro School for 27 years until her retirement. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Scott Dodson and her brother, E. J. Beaver.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Hansel C. Dodson, her daughter, Donna Dodson Lowery and husband Keith of Ellenboro, and her sister, Lib Beaver Jackson of Polkville, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

A service from the graveside was held May 13 in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Mike Conner and Rev. Ad Hopper


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Michael Leonard Haire

Michael Leonard Haire, 79, of Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, May 10, 2024.

A native of Rutherford County, Mike was the son of the late Leonard and Virginia Clements Haire.

For more than 30 years, Mike worked as an engineer at Rutherford Electric.

He was a lay speaker and pastored Pisgah United Methodist Church for 13 years. Mike and his son Tommy farmed and provided vegetables for the Neighbors Pantry. Mike was a member of Spencer Baptist Church.

Left to cherish his memory is his son, Tommy Haire and wife Dana of Rutherfordton.

Memorial services will be held 3PM Sunday, May 19 at Spencer Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce

Caldwell and Rev. Colby Fagan officiating. The family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences at

Mark Steven Carden

Mark Steven Carden age 58, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Mark was a painting and wallpaper contractor for over 20 years.

Mark was the son of Joann W. Carden and the late Billy Charles Carden.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include his sister Robin Borders, niece Grace Borders, and nephew Grady Borders.

Graveside services were held at Bill’s Creek Baptist Church on May 13 with Rev. Reep officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.

Monday morning at the town

on North

objects. The late Clive Haynes painted the popular mural on the building walls years ago and people are still visiting Forest City to find the million little things in the mural - or so it seems. After finding the items, the family had lunch downtown.

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The Women for Women (WFW) giving circle awarded six grants totaling $288,000 at a recent awards celebration. WFW has exceeded $5.2 million in grants to more than 60 programs serving WNC women and girls since 2006. Women for Women’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through collective giving.

“We are thrilled that our 2024 grants are reaching small grassroots organizations as well as established, larger nonprofits,” said WFW Grants Committee Chair Jill Preyer. “Our focus on economic empowerment will help lift up hundreds of women and girls in western North Carolina over the year.”

The 2024 grants are:

• Aura Home Women Vets – $36,000 to provide safe, stable housing to help women Veterans readjust to civilian life. Funding will support administrative, marketing and office expenses, and the procurement of a new donor management software program. It will also provide direct assistance to female Veterans in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, McDowell,

Women for Women Giving Circle Announces $288,000 in Grants Supporting WNC Women and Girls

Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties.

• Just Economics – $20,000 to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable local economy that works for all in WNC. Funding will support general operations, primarily staff expenses, and the expansion of its living wage and paid family leave advocacy work in Buncombe County, Transylvania County and other rural WNC counties.

• Mountain BizWorks –$30,000 over two years to serve 80 aspiring and existing Latina small business owners in actively growing their business skills and knowledge through Spanish language business courses, one on one coaching, and access to technology. The project will serve 18 counties in the WNC region, with a specific focus on expanding reach into rural communities.

• Mountain Housing Opportunities – $125,000 to expand its Down Payment Assistance program. Leveraged with matched funds, individual household support will range from $5,000 to $40,000. This project will support up to 100 low-income households, 60-70% of which will be women-headed

households, in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties.

• THRIVE Appalachia – $17,000 to create opportunities, connections, and hands-on learning experiences for youth who will benefit from a welcoming community. Funding will support microenterprise ventures that teach financial literacy and small business skills and provide apprenticeship opportunities to young women in Yancey, Mitchell and Avery counties.

• YWCA of Asheville –$60,000 to support four key programs – Empowerment Childcare, MotherLove, Getting Ahead and Light a Path – that provide the practical assistance women in Buncombe County need to pursue economic or educational opportunities that enhance their access to socioeconomic mobility.

The Women’s Fund, a CFWNC endowment addressing the unmet needs of women and girls, contributed $73,510 to the grants.

Women for Women is an initiative of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC). New members are always welcome; information is at

CFWNC works with families, businesses and nonprofits to strengthen communities through the creation of charitable funds

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Broadway, Forest City Right off Exit 182 from US74 SOC AL D STANC NG AND SOCIAL DISTANCING FACE MASK REQU RED FACE MASK REQUIRED 82 8-229- 3123 828-229-3123 MON -FRI 9 30-5 SAT 9 30-3 MON.-FRI. 9:30-5; 9:30-3 COME SE E TH E SEE THE NEW A LU M INUM ALUMINUM SK ATEBOAR DS SKATEBOARDS DELTA 8 RODUCTS DETOX UPPL PRODUCTS SUPPLIES IT’S FIT’SREE! FREE! Pleasant Hill Community Club sat at long white-clothed tables inside an unlighted clubhouse recently reminiscing about the days of the award-winning community club 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 at roof. The project was begun in the fall of 2019 with a commitment to complete at 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 Although three days were scheduled to complete the job, the roofers were nished Friday afternoon. Saturday morning was used for a few minor nishing 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 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 observed at all times. Doris is chapter member of the community club that was formed in the mid-1950s. She looks forward to the day members can come back together. building the clubhouse, 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 once 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 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,” up. “We used the money we raised to get the roof done,” she said. As the money was being raised, Doris said she contacted Laura Hodge, a member of Women 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 If there is a request for community roofing project and the money can be raised, the group will consider the job, 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 Honeycutt said the group never gets caught up with its long list of roofing projects. “There is always a need,” he said. features a flat roof on the back side of the 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 at roof...We stopped the As the roofers worked, 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 Mae McMahan remembers being a part of the community club also as teenager and it was a “hang-out” spot for teens on Friday nights. There was a shuffle board almost length of the clubhouse and there were other games. “It was a fun time,” Mae said. There was music, but dancing was never allowed. 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 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 Continued on page 3 Continued on page 3. Members committed to “saving” the Piedmont-Pleasant Hill Community Club Article Provided By: Jean Gordon Women Roofers lend hand up top Following the leadership of Bossman Billy (Honeycutt), far left, Women Roofers on the job. Club members (left to right) Nancy Koone, Doris Keever and Mae McMahan. Reach over 60,000 readers weekly when you promote your business in our 3 community newspapers! 704-484-1047 Our 38th Year Issue No. 13 April 1, 2021 Happy Easter! Shop with Us! Tues-Fri 9:00-5:30 Sat 9:00-3:00 1334 N Post Rd • Shelby 704-480-5530 1334NPostRd•Shelby Poos d S Classic Lamp Outlet ©CommunityFirstMedia Don Gibson concerts to go ‘on the road’ Friday, April 2 Home Auto Commercial - Pet 700 E. Gold St. Kings Mountain, NC hordinsurancecom 704-734-9422 HORD INSURANCE 75¢ Volume 133 • Issue 13 Wednesday, March 31, 2021 For Dental ImplantsLocally Here In Kings Mountain 703 East King Street, Suite 9 Kings Mountain, NC call us at 704-739-4461 Improved appearance. 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Its construction is expected to take about year. the temporary pre-launch facility to start, and will Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business. “It gives us place to teach incoming staff and accommodates people in the region who are anxious to Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, is near Interstate million casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 to be long-lasting and sustainable economic engine for the residents of Cleveland County, we are excited about the expedited timeline” said Cleveland County CommisBIA approves Class III gaming Pre-launch Casino opening this summer Artist rendering of the pre-launch facility. Photo provided By Loretta Cozart Bin Raiders is open for erate Bin Raiders, family-owned business that opened on January 23. The shop so popular that cusstore to open each day. returns or overstock. 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Lake Lure Music Festival 2024 Summer concert announced

The Lake Lure Music Festival’s “An Evening of Bluegrass & More” with Sister Sadie Band has been announced. The evening of live music will be Saturday, June 8 at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure. This multiple International Bluegrass Music Award-winning


band/Grammy-nominated band promises to present a great evening of music.

North Carolina based duo Walter Finley and April Dawn will open the concert on the Pavilion stage.

This is an event to raise funds for the Lake Lure Classical Academy.

Premium “Meet and Greet” Backstage Experience Tickets are available on a limited basis to meet the Sister Sadie band prior to the concert. Special perks include complimentary light fare and one drink backstage. Backstage live music with Walter Finley & April Dawn. The meet and greet

experience is from 5 to 5:45pm.

There are general admission lawn seating tickets: Adult and Children 12-and-under lawn seating. Bring a beach chair and enjoy the concert on the lawn at beautiful Rumbling Bald right on Lake Lure.

General Admission Ticket Parking opens at 5:15pm. Parking available for General Admission Lawn Seating ticket holders on the Rumbling Bald driving range.

Food and beverage available for purchase preconcert and during the performance.


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Each year the Lake Lure donation to LLCA, the Festival donated $5000 to the

Donated blood is a lifesaving gift most healthy people can give. The community is encouraged to donate blood at the following locations in Rutherford County to help those who have been seriously injured and need blood products to help them recover:

• Wednesday, May 22, 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM Rutherford County Government, Conference Room- 289 N Main St, Rutherfordton, • Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Bill’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department- 1184 Bill’s Creek Rd, Lake Lure

It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives.

Every day, the American Red Cross must collect about 12,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. While all blood types are needed, type O negative donors are especially important. Because it is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type, type O negative blood is what

For more information go to lakeluremusicfestival. com

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emergency personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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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

UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION. Tues.-Sat. 11am-4pm. Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Hot Wheels, Jewelry, MORE. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on Facebook. 828-382-0075.

CAR & TRUCK DETAILING by Ronnie Henderson. Call for Pricing. Reasonable Rates! (704) 691-5030

CHRISTIAN EX-CONS VS. COPS SOFTBALL Game Saturday, June 1; 10:30am Crowe Park; 267 Crowe Park Drive, Forest City. All proceeds to House of Deliverance- a shelter for women. $5 adult, $2 child. We will have food vendors. Come have fun and support a great cause. Info: 828-748-0609.

FOR SALE. CLICK ON WWW. NC4EVER.COM to see the FOR SALE listings available this week

NORTH CAROLINA FOR SALE. Click On to see For Sale items. Many delivered to your door. No need to go to the store.




ROUND EMPLOYMENT. Must have valid driver’s license and transportation. Over time available. (704) 473-0341


MAINTENANCE WORKER. For Rental Properties. Must have valid driver license. Apply in person at 1025 County Home Road, Shelby, NC


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

CONCRETE WORKS. Driveways, Patios, Garage slabs, Concrete repairs and removable. Bobcat work also available. 828-716-0510.

THE CONTRACTOR. Painting, roofing, tile floors, wood decks, fences & carpentry work. Free estimates. Ask for Harold or Jim 828-429-7511.

TONEY’S PLUMBING REPAIR. Tub, faucet installation, kitchen lavatory installation, hot water heater repair/replace, drain clean. All work guaranteed. 828-429-5035.

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


CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tune-up Special, $69.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704-472-9367.


LAWN SERVICE. Call (704) 472-4737

SALTZ HANDY SERVICES. We clean houses, clean out garages, haul off unwanted items, pressure washing, mowing and lawn care. Light landscaping, debris clean up & much more. Free estimates. 828-556-0580 or 828-226-9878.

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

MCNEILLY TREE SERVICE & LAND MANAGEMENT. Tree Removal, Trimming, Demolition, Land Clearing, Firewood, Hauling Services, Debris Removal. Free Estimates. (704) 472-3766

HYDRAULIC CYLINDER REPAIR. Skid Steer, Wreckers, Rollbacks, Splitters, Tractors, etc. 30 years experience. Shelby, NC. (Joe) (704) 692-1097

IN NEED OF CARE? I provide child/senior care and commercial/residential cleaning. Paid experience in all. Call Amber for more details (704) 2978382 Abowen1208@gmail. com


ONLINE AUCTION. Estate Auction of Robert Thomas Jr. (Living). Furniture, Antiques and Collectibles and More! Lots start Closing Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 @ 6 pm WWW.EJ-AUCTION.COM

This Auction will be contents of Home. 2nd Auction Coming soon large equipment, buildings and shops. Pickup Location: Sylva, NC 28779. Partial Listing: Antiques, Lanterns, Oil Lamps, Numerous Match Box Cars, Antique Tools, Old Bottles, Jewelry, Antique Furniture, Lamps, Bedroom Furniture, Antique Baby Dolls, Lots of Coins, Knives, Quilts and Many more Items. Auctioneers Note: This Estate is being sold for medical reasons. This is an accumulation of items the family has collected over the years! EDWARD JOHNSON AUCTIONEERS, INC. NC8134 NC8496 (828) 593-9649



THE POINTE AND CROSS CREEK are having a Community Yard Sale Saturday, May 18th, 7:00am. Look for balloons on mailboxes. 119 Cross Creek Drive, Cherryville, NC 28021

MULTI FAMILY YARDSALE. Furniture, Womens clothes size 12-16, Men’s clothes medium 32 waist, household items and many Misc items. Sat May 11th, 2024 from 07:00 AM01:00 PM. 301 East Parker Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 (704) 616-1690



NEW SALEM CHURCH OF SHELBY, Sat., May 18th, 2024 from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Annual Yard Sale / Bake Sale / Raffle. 2300 Hoey Church Road, Shelby, NC 28152

CHURCHWIDE YARD SALE FOR MISSIONS. Sat., May 18th, 2024. 8:00AM-12:00PM. RAIN OR SHINE. ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT MISSIONS. Come enjoy a shopping day. West View Baptist Church, 500 Melody Lane, Shelby, NC 28152

DOWNSIZING ESTATE SALE Sat., May 18th, 7 am - Until. Furniture, Decorative items, too much to list. CASH ONLY. Magnolia Plantation, Behind Federal Credit Union. 128 Victoria Park, Dr., Shelby, NC 28150

GOOD STUFF - GREAT PRICES! Fri., May 17th, Sat., May 18th, 9am-2pm. BLACKSTONE Grill & Accessories, excellent condition. Bosch 10’” Table Saw, Bosch 1/2” Router with Table, Accessories. Misc Tools, Baseball, Patriotic & Household items, Books & DVDs. Ladies quality clothing & shoes. Many new and barely used items! 359 Magness Road Shelby, NC 28150


SALE. Sat., May 18th, 8:00am12pm. Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1017 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086


FUNDRAISER at Shelby Missionary Holiness Church. Sat., May 18th, 2024 from 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Household Items, Clothes (child-adult) & Lots of Misc. items! Come on out and see what we’ve got!!! For more info, to donate or to volunteer, please contact Bambi at 828748-3633. Located at 1402 Earl Road, Shelby, NC 28152

LARGE MOVE OUT SALE. OTHER FAMILIES INVOLVED. Sat., May 18th, 7:00am12:30pm. Something for everyone. Inside & Outside items. Too much to list. 1116 Poplar Springs Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28152


FOOTHILLS PILOT CLUB Saturday, May 18, 8AM-1PM. Clothes, linens, toys, household goods, water table, silk flowers. 134 Chisholm Trail Rutherfordton, NC 28139


TAG SALE Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18. Both days 8AM-1PM. Entire household of items. Upright freezer, washer, dryer, 1970’s indoor wicker set, 2 bedroom suites, recliner, dining table & chairs, lots of mid-century pieces. Mantle clocks, 1960’s publications, small kitchen appliances, kitchenware and more. Multiple 1960’s Navy officer uniforms. PRICES DISCOUNTED SATURDAY. 132 Burgin St., Spindale, NC 28160


ING SALE Saturday, May 18; 10am-4pm. Small Appliances, Household, Pans, Rugs, Comforters, Electronics, Motorcycle Seats/Helmets, Shovels, Rakes & More. 228 Griffin Road, Forest City, NC 28043


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

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. FIREWOOD. Firewood $70 1/4 cord 90% oak. Bundles $4each. Oak Tomato Stakes $2 each. 704-435-3970. (704) 435-3970


Located at Cleveland Memorial Park in Shelby, NC. All four plots are next to sidewalk at the Bell Tower “Great Location”. $1200 each or all four $4000. call (704) 466-8295

HOVEROUND MOTORS, NEW. $455. Delivered, installation for both motors +$175.00. Motors must have plug connectors. Call Scooterman John 704-951-4224 for help. (704) 951-4224 mobilityservices07@

2 ADJOINING GRAVE PLOTS. In Cleveland Memorial Cemetery. All 2 plots together for $1200. Individually-$600. Dorothy McSwain - 704-434-6443 or Ed Bowman - 704-740-7744.


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

OAK FLOORING Approximately 400 square foot. Tongue and groove oak flooring. Unfinished. $1200. OBO. 603-540-3813

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

CASE XX HAWK BILLS IN STOCK! 1 OZ. SILVER BARS & ROUNDS Available (While Supplies Last)* Plus: More KNIVES•KNIVES•KNIVES at Jake’s Knives & Coins located at 1008 S. Lafayette St., Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 or (980) 295-5568

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



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


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

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


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


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

OLD SCHOOL GAS JUGS. 5 gallon, a 2.5 gallon and 1 gallon. These are old school filler necks with air release ports. $20, $15, $10. (704) 300-1818

USED CAMPER TOPS FOR SALE: Various sizes and styles. Keep it dry and safe! 828-351-8846.

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POOL. Brand New still in box. Paid $4350. Includes: 52”galvanized walls, 20 Guage pool liner. Comes with used pump, pool ladder for deck and 3 months chemicals. Due to illness we no longer can install. $2800 or OBO (828) 447-7075

INVACARE MANUAL WHEELCHAIR $129.00 with ELRs, less without. 250 lb capacity. Call Scooterman John, delivery available (704) 951-4224

2 BURIAL PLOTS. Cleveland Memorial Park near Sundial. $1000 each. 704-867-2137.

SECTIONAL COUCH, GRAY. Like new. Paid $1600, will take $1000. Perfect condition. 704295-3448.


$10. Feed Barrels 55 & 30 Gallon $20. Plastic & metal solid top barrels $10. Totes - Clean $75. John Deere Riding Mower, 180 hours $2500 Firm. Call Jeff (Hickory). (828) 327-4782

1972 DUNE BUGGY In excellent condition, new motor. $8,000. Also running boards for Chevy truck $100. (828) 3054941

ITEMS FOR SALE. Brand New 5200 Haier Air Conditioner -$125, Lawn edger-$25, and New Bayer Commode, still in box-$50. 704-729-6108.

MAN CAVE DECORATIONS. Old Seeburg Jukebox. Neon Budweiser Sign, Old Lanterns, Slot Machines & lots more. (704) 472-4645


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MAGGIE WAS LAST SEEN 4/27/2024 on Lewis Road, Lawndale. She is a 9 year old Australian Shepherd, Border Collie mix. She wasn’t wearing her collar and is not chipped. 704-477-7165. (704) 477-7165


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

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

WE’LL BUY YOUR UNWANTED VEHICLES. Cash! Title Preferred. Charlie at 980-4035859.

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

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

I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197

WANTED / ZERO TURN MOWER. 42”-46” cutting deck. Low hours usage. (704) 724-4845



AVAILABLE. Tractor with 6’ rototiller. No job too big or small ! (704) 692-4079


HAY. $5 per bale in field, will help load. Call now for baling date. 704-300-2502, 704-4186080.

FREE HAY. You cut pasture for free hay. 704-435-8189.

4 FT. DISC HARROW fits low-profile tractor $300. Cultivator $250. Stone walk-behind vibratory plate tamp compactor $175. OLD chain-link fence, 150 ft. $75. 828-289-1817.


1980 MASTER CRAFT STAR & Stripes. New motor, refurbished with trailer. Ready for the water. $8500. (704) 4722854


KOI FISH FOR SALE. All colors; short and long fin; 4”-5” $5. Each; larger $10. each. (864) 546-2778 brendasherman9@

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


Tuesday at 3:00 pm


LITTER OF TOY SHIH-POO/ MALTESE. 2 little teacup Malti_Poo, 9 weeks. Adult male Yorkie-Poo, 5 lbs or under, neutered. 2 year old male toy CKC reg. Poodle, neutered. Lab mix / Squirrel Feist. 1 year old male, neutered. All are Vet check & shots UTD & wormed. Call for info for prices, colors etc. (828) 391-0919

LOVING FEMALE CAVACHON FOR ADOPTION. She is tan and white, with a curled up tail. She loves to run and play in the grass. She is 3 months old. She is easy to groom and loves to be brushed. Mostly she loves sitting in a lap and having her belly rubbed. $300.00. (704) 466-1920

MINI MICRO ADORABLE AFFORDABLE BABIES. True Designer puppies, great service & EMS, trained, shots, microchip, under 10lbs (864) 623-8803 thefuzzyfacequeen@gmail. com

SHI-H-TZU PUPPIES FOR SALE. Pure breed Shi-h-tzu puppies for sale. Dam & Sire are registered CKC. Puppies come with papers, vet checked and first set of shots. 3 males and 2 females, all are white, brown/tan and black. Cuddly puppies are only $650. 828292-3001 or 704-466-6542

SAINT BERDOODLE PUPPIES Will be ready for their forever home May 15th. They have had a vet exam, deworming and first vaccines. Don’t miss out on these loving, gentle, affectionate, family-friendly dogs. Very intelligent, patient, and easy to train. Usually low-shedding or non-shedding. Dad is 75 lbs, mom 65 lbs. Located in Kings Mountain. (801) 750-6109 rachel.l.udy@gmail. com

MALE NEUTERED TOY POODLE. 2 1/2 years old, $500. Yorkie-Poo Maltese female, 6 lbs, $600. Male Yorkie-Poo, Teacup, Black, Neutered, $500. (828) 391-0919

BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES. 5 Male 3 Female. Registered. All born with short or screw tails, classic black and white patterns some with Brendle. Weaned from mom ready now. Energetic, socalized with children, other dogs. All rights, food, registration papers, toys, and food bowls included. Pickup here, meet halfway, delivery may be possible. 14 years experience. Weaned from Mom, Vaccine, worming with records of dates given and future needs. Don 864-492-5138. (864) 4925138


FREE PET HOG. He was a miniature pig but is now about 100 to 125 pounds he has been a pet for about 10 or 12 years. He has tusks and has never been neutered. My mom got him when he was a miniature pig and she passed away and he needs a new home. Call (704) 300-9947


PUPPIES. 11 weeks old. Their parents are very small, sub 10lbs. They are up to date on all vaccinations and deworming. Rehoming fee is $500. (828) 729-2626 ryan.winebarger@

DOBERMAN PINSCHER PUPPIES. Born 3/04/2024. Black/ Rust and Red/Rust. Shots, wormed, tails docked and dew claws removed. Males and Females, CKC Registration available. SALE! $600 each. TEXT: 864 490 8447

MATING LOVEBIRDS AND CAGE, $125. Mating Finches and cage, $100. (704) 5382022

3 MINIATURE DACHSHUNDS for sale. Female. 8 wks. old, Had all shots. Black and Tan. $950 each. 864-706-0828.

TOY POODLE PUPPIES. Not registered. 1st shots & wormed. $400 cash. (704) 477-6762


1979 CADILLAC SEDAN 425 engine. 61,000 miles, drive anywhere. $5,300. 870-4044810. Forest City.

2017 TOYOTA CAMRY SE. 55,000 miles, one owner, garage kept, $18,000 firm. 704472-2923, (704) 477-2209 2004 JEEP WRANGLER 124,000 miles. Extended wheel base, automatic, $7000 (704) 472-2854

1978 MG B ROADSTER CONVERTIBLE. 101,823 miles, $8000. Runs Well, Well Maintained, Body & Paint In Good Condition, Good Tires w/ little mileage. Top Replaced, Alternator Replaced, Fuel Tank, Fuel Pump & Sending Unit Replaced, Truespark 45D Electronic Distributor. Radiator Replaced, Window & Windshield Seals, Replaced Engine & Transmission Mounts, Replaced Clutch Rebuilt New Top Cover New Battery Weber Carb, Interior redone, Full Tonneau RoStyle Wheels (Good Condition) Pioneer AM/FM/ MP3 Stereo, Kicker Speaker. Clear Title. $8000 obo or trade for Jeep Wrangler, C7 or CJ5. (704) 472-3997 rkaylor1115@



WHEEL. Super lite 5th wheel 34’7”. Sleeps 6. Dry weight: 8900 lbs,Tow/Hitch weight: 2120 lbs, 2 axles, well maintained, everything works as it should. Can be seen in Kings Mountain, NC. $15,800. Call (704) 473-8713


2005 HONDA VTX 1300R CARDINAL 2005 Honda VTX 1300r. Excellent condition, low mileage. At E&H Honda, Forest City, where it has always been serviced. Screen, saddle bags, highway bars, foot pegs, deer protector, many extras. 828-6252434

2014 HERITAGE SOFTAIL HARLEY DAVIDSON. Well Maintained Garage kept, new tires, new brakes, high performance starter, 16”Ape Hangers/braided cables.103 Cubic inch motor size. White in color, 34,000 miles... Look at in Shelby. One owner. $13,000 (704) 473-8713 lac28086@yahoo. com


VACATION BEACH RENTAL, OCEAN LAKES. Weeks & 3 day weekends available Sleeps 6. 704-473-1494.

VACATION RENTAL- MYRTLE BEACH CONDO 3 bedrooms, available June 1-8, June 8-15, August 17-24. $1895 weekly. Nights available in May. 828-447-6611. Myrtle Beach, SC 29572






A REALITY!. 2 bed, 2 bath Mobile Home — $7500 Down and $898.46/month. 1/3 acre Lot! Central AC/Heat, Laundry Hookups $49,999. This is a RENT TO OWN home! (828) 544-0900


LOOKING FOR HOME TO RENT around Shelby or Lawndale, NC. I’m on a budget, reliable and can pay $350 per month. Need 2 to 3 bedrooms. (704) 297-1827



2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. (704) 739-2059

MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. Weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. NO TEXTING. (704) 473-4299

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

3 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOUSE. Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, fireplace, hardwood floors, attached garage. Glorious house, Beautiful neighborhood, Splendid backyard. Rent $1300 month + deposit. Only qualified applicants need to apply. (704) 418-6116

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE. Has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications now. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, Shelby, NC (704) 4827723 (704) 482-7723 Lions@ RPMMANAGED.COM

LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS LOCATED IN SHELBY NC. Is currently accepting applications for our 2 and 3 bedroom Townhomes. Rent is based on income (and even some expenses are deducted). Call or visit today! 1526 Eaves Road, Shelby, NC or call for more information. Equal Housing Opportunity. (704) 487-1114

30/50AMP CAMPER LOT W/CONCRETE PAD. $150 weekly, Power/water included. Country/residential feel. 14’x40’ pad for set up. Call today 704-743-6103 (704) 743-6103

HOUSE IN LAWNDALE. Great Deal! SecDep & Ref required call 704 538 7661 semiprivate Backyard (704) 538-7661



800 S. WASHINGTON ST. SHELBY NC. 3 bedroom 1 bath house. Rent $1050, Deposit $1050. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180

5 BR HOUSE. For rent in Boiling Springs. Available in 1 week. Price reduced. 704-3000920.

107-1 OAK DRIVE, LAWNDALE. NC. Duplex. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Rent $975, Deposit $975, App Fee 425 per adult. 704-214-4180.

1008 E. MARION ST. SHELBY, NC. Newly renovated house. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Rent $1895, Deposit, $1895. App Fee $25 per adult. 704-214-4180

100B KENTBURY DRIVE, GROVER. NC. Camper Rent $1200, Deposit $1200. App Fee $25 per adult. Includes power / water. 704-214-4180.


HOUSE FOR RENT in Cherryville area. $900/mth. 6 rooms 1 1/2 baths. Call 704435-2542 or 704-898-5208.


SENIOR LIVING AT ITS BEST! 55 and older. 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartments. Forest City. $675 deposit, $675 month. 828-4479622.

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

OAKLAND- 1 bedroom apartment, like new. SS appliances. $685 plus deposit and references. Only well qualified apply. 828-351-3322.

SEEKING FEMALE ROOMMATE. 2 BR, 1BA home on 2 acres, private patio, fire pit, outdoor storage available. Smoking ok, no pets, seniors welcome. Includes water and WI-FI. $750/mo, $500 deposit. Call/text after 6pm. Ph. (989) 464-0572 tammisue1806@

CREEKSIDE CROSSING APARTMENTS IN SPINDALE is accepting applications. Now leasing 2-bedroom apartments or apply for the waiting list for 1-bedroom apartments. Designed for the elderly (55+) or persons with disabilities (age 45+). Great rental rates!! We have Spacious floor plans, dishwasher, laundry room. Section 8 welcome. Accessible units designed for persons with disabilities subject to availability. $25 application fee, credit/ criminal check required. Visit us at 358 West St. or call 828395-1956 for more info. Equal Housing Opportunity. Professionally managed by Partnership Property Management, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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