Veteram
A veteran lays a wreath to honor a brother in arms. Photo by WAA

DAR BOGO wreath sale ends January 15

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Col. Frederick Hambright Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and Wreaths Across America BOGO wreath sale event ends January 15. Historically, this off has only been offered once per year.
Each December, Col. Frederick Hambright Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and GFWC Kings Mountain Woman’s Club honored local veterans with wreaths at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath for this coming year’s event and take advantage of the BOBO 2 for 1 sale, wreaths are $15 through January 15 and can be ordered at http://WreathsacrossAmerica.org/NC0200P.

Pieces of  Kings Mountain History

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart


On Tuesday, I traveled to Washington DC to cover the Frally on the Mall, get pictures, and share that experience in an article for the Herald.
Before I share what I saw, let me state that I do not condone the actions of those who attacked the US Capitol. Their violent behavior resulted in the deaths of five Americans. In my opinion, the peaceful protest that occurred up to that point was overshadowed by those who took advantage of the situation to advance their own cause.
The people who simply gathered at the Mall in Washington had every right under the First Amendment to do so. The Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But those who turned that peaceful protest violent should be held accountable for their actions.
   As a reporter, I can only describe what I witnessed. There is much that happened that I could not see, including most of what was broadcast on National television in real time during the afternoon and evening, and in the days that followed.
I began my day at the Crystal City Metro in Arlington, Va. and took the subway into the city, exiting at Smithsonian Station. I arrived at the Mall shortly after 10 am. The weather was brisk, but not terribly cold. Vendors were interspersed throughout the area selling Trump memorabilia. People carried Trump flags, American flags and protest signs.
Speeches were slated to begin around 11 am, so I walked toward the Ellipse located just south of the South Lawn of the White House. I have been in Washington DC on several occasions and am familiar with the area. Many people were walking in that direction also, a sea of bodies moving as close to the Ellipse as possible.
   The closest I could get to the Ellipse was just north of the Washington Monument. I looked around as others filed in. Over the course of 30-minutes every square inch of space was filled. People chatted in groups or struck-up conversation with others nearby. The atmosphere was calm and jovial. As people made their way from one place to another, they would often cut through groups, apologizing as they passed. Nobody got angry about it, because there were so many people there and very little room to get around. I have no idea the actual size of the crowd, but I would estimate 50,000 people, maybe more.
Eric Trump was the first to speak. He was on the Jumbotron located a good distance from where I stood, and I could clearly see that he was speaking. However, I could not hear a single word. People around me began chanting “Turn it up. Turn it up,” but we still couldn’t hear. When Rudy Giuliani spoke, I could hear only part of his speech. The sound cut in and out throughout his entire message.
   As President Trump took the stage, it seemed that they had solved the sound issue. However a second speaker, experiencing a slight signal delay, caused an echoing effect that made it difficult to hear. Trump’s speech went on for quite a while and repeated points he had mentioned on several occasions. There was no new information being shared. The weather turned colder, so people began leaving. As the President wrapped up his speech, he told the crowd, “We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Then he encouraged them to walk with him down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, but Trump did not join them.
   At approximately 1:24 pm, Trump’s speech ended, and the crowd turned toward the Capitol. Most traveled along three routes to get there: Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, or through the Mall. People walked peacefully and chanted. Along the way, they acknowledged the police, and some stopped to shake hands and thank them. Through all of this, the protest remained peaceful.
   Approaching the Capitol, I noticed that contractor’s fencing, like ones used at construction sites, had been knocked down. But there were a lot of people ahead of me and did not think much of it. There were no police, no National Guard, and no security directing people as they arrived at the west side of the Capitol just before 2 pm.
   Looking around, I noticed people had climbed what appeared to be a camera tower constructed for the upcoming inauguration. I took a few photos and then heard what I thought might be flash bangs, sounds similar to mortar shots. Next to me, a man commented to a group nearby that if they wanted to go into to the Capitol, a side door was open. At that point, I decided it was time to leave.
   As I walked away from the Capitol and down Independence Avenue, I attempted to text my family to let them know where I was and that I was leaving
 the city. However, my cell phone did not work; I can only guess that signals were  blocked due to securwity reasons. I had texted several people from the Mall earlier that day, only to discover those texts had not gone through either.
   As I arrived at the United States Botanic Garden, I noticed that Independence Avenue was empty. In the distance, I heard sirens approaching and a black SUV, followed by two police cars, passed me at a high rate of speed. After they passed, I watched barricades pop-up from the roadway that spanned the entire width of the street, blocking the road to traffic.
   When I finally arrived at the subway and found a seat, I heard a woman had been shot. It seemed the protest had turned violent and that had I left at the right time.
Until I arrived home, I had no idea the magnitude of what had happened at the Capitol on January 6. I am still stunned that I could have been so close to the situation and yet totally unaware of what was happening on the east side of the Capitol.
   It is clear to me now just how much our nation needs healing. I pray that Congress and the new President realize this and works to unify our nation. Their actions now will set the tone of politics for decades to come. If they do not take steps now to bring the American people back together, I question what kind of America we will leave to our children.
Community
This is an artist’s rendering of Catawba Ridge and is not a final map. Photo by City of Kings Mountain

Community Meeting on Catawba Ridge development January 13

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart


On Wednesday, January 13, a community meeting is scheduled at 5 pm in City Hall Council Chambers to allow members of the community to ask questions of the developer, Wallace Cheves, regarding a new development proposed by of Let’s Roll Holdings, LLC in the Dixon Community. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.
The development consists of approximately 82.73 acres on Dixon School Road (Parcel #11598, Map 4, Block 1, Lot 10), for which the developer requested a zoning change from R-20 to Conditional District R6-PUD (Planned Unit Development). Phase 1 of the development will contain no more than 200 apartment units. The name of the development is Catawba Village.
Of concern to city council was that the rules regarding public hearings changed during the Nov. 24, 2020 city council meeting, now only requiring one public hearing instead of two, before they take a vote.
Development in the Dixon Community near the Casino impacts many people and city council voted to continue the meeting until later this month, hoping the developer would schedule a community meeting to discuss plans and share information with those who have interest.
On Monday, January 11, City Councilmembers visited The Cliffs at Walnut Grove in Arden, NC, a gated property developed and planned by Wallace Cheves.
Due to COVID-19, the public must wear face masks in City Hall and follow protocols set out by Governor Cooper.
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Southern Arts Society Calendars available

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis


There is still time to purchase a handmade calendar for 2021 at Southern Arts Society (SASi) in Kings Mountain. Local artists work together to produce the calendar as a fundraiser for SASi. Funds raised support their ongoing art programs and classes. The 2021 Calendar themed Windows and Doors consists of 12 original pieces of hand pulled silk-screened art. Each month is designed by a different artist, giving you twelve individual original art prints.
The artists at Southern Arts Society managed to complete their calendars in spite of a global pandemic, political upheaval, and social unrest. After the gallery was closed for almost two months in the spring, artists began the process of finalizing their designs and getting the images put onto screens to print. Down to wire, some of the images were not dark enough and had to be redone, leaving very little time to get them signed and put together.
Three or four artists worked together to print each page by hand, with each page taking over 3 ½ hours to print and everyone wearing masks the entire time. Finally on Friday November 27, SASi artists and friends gathered to collate the calendars all wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to keep everyone safe.  The Calendars went on sale to the public Saturday November 28.
Artwork featured in the 2021 calendar reflects windows and doors across time and around the world. The twelve month calendar set sells for $25, and a frame (in black, gold or silver) to hold the calendar may be purchased for $30. While most of the calendars are reserved each year by loyal followers, there are still open editions available to purchase at Southern Arts Society (SASi) located in the historic Southern Railway Depot in Kings Mountain.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. In the Galleries now through January 9th is SASi’s Holiday Boutique with artsy gifts for sale.
New Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs–Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. All visitors are required to wear a mask. Admission is Free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.
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JACK & georgia moved to new location 

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart


Women’s clothing store JACK & georgia moved to their new location at 209 S. Battleground Avenue last week and announced their grand reopening for January 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.
December 26 was the last day for the business in their old location on E. Gold Street. “We closed that location right after Christmas and began moving our inventory over,” said owner Emily Harris. “The old location, including our storeroom, was 800 sq. ft. The new location is 2,700 sq. ft. This is a very exciting move for us. We hope to see everyone for our grand re-opening!” The first 25 customers in the door will receive an exclusive discount on our brand new collection.
The shop includes cute tops, bottoms, sweaters, shoes, swimwear, outerwear, and accessories for young women.
Pottery
L-R: Pottery student with instructor Rhonda Withers.

Pottery Classes at Southern Arts Society

(January 1, 2021 Issue)

By Jewel Reavis


   Southern Arts Society (SASi) offers both Day and Night classes for beginners or intermediate level students wanting to learn pottery making by hand building or on the wheel. Classes begin January 11 and meet twice weekly, Monday and Thursday, for 10 weeks.
Instructors are Renee Matthews (daytime) and Rhonda Withers (evenings). Cost Includes: one bag of clay, glazes, use of studio tools and instruction. Additional clay may be purchased as needed. Class size is limited to 4 students. Masks are required to participate.
   To sign up for pottery class visit or call Southern Arts Society 704.739.5585 or contact the instructors:   Rhonda Withers 704.773.6138 and Renee Matthews 704.674.4517.
   Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs, and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Gallery Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs–Sat, 10 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. All visitors are required to wear a mask. Admission is Free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

Blood donors needed!

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

There will be a Blood Drive at Eastside Baptist Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, sponsored by OneBlood.
The Big Red Bus will be parked on the west side of the church. All donors will receive a $20 e-Gift card, long sleeve T-Shirt, a free appetizer coupon courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and a wellness checkup including Covid-19 antibody test.
Appointments are encouraged but not required.  Appointments can be made by visiting www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #63074.
Donors must be at least 16 years old with an ID and parental permission.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit community asset responsible for providing safe, available, and affordable blood.
The first part of the year is usually a time when the need for blood increases.  Your life-saving gift will be greatly appreciated! 
Veteransfree

American Legion Veteran’s breakfast January 9

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Post 155 holds its next monthly Veteran’s Breakfast on Saturday morning, January 9, from 9 am to 11 am at the Otis D. Green Post home on East Gold Street.
All veterans are invited to this free breakfast the first Saturday of every month. Others are welcome to attend for a small donation that helps fund future breakfasts. Everyone is asked to follow Governor Cooper’s guidelines for social distancing. The following month’s breakfast will be on February 6.
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Banker’s House
Christmas Reveal Friday

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

The Banker’s House Christmas Reveal is scheduled for December 4 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at 319 N. Lafayette Street in Shelby. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Cleveland County Chamber office. Your ticket includes live music, delicious deserts, and seasonal beverages.
Additional dates included December 12 from 11 am – 3 pm, December 15 from 10 am – 1 pm, and Thursday December 17 from 2 pm to 5 pm. You can also arrange for a private tour by calling 980-404-0096.
This event will follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines, requiring face masks and social distancing.
Sisters
L-R: Ranata Wingo, Natalie Hammett and Abby Williams (all Y Learning Academy Staff) accept the gifts donated by sisters Gibby and Diane.

Sisters share holiday warmth with Y kids

(December 16, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

On Friday, Gibby McClarran and Diane Toffolo dropped off 100 handmade mittens and scarves for their Y kids at Kings Mountain Family YMCA. They made a few extra adult sizes too, to give the parents who might need them this winter too. The sisters have been knitting them since March.
The ladies knitted them for the children in the YMCA Learning Academy and the staff will distribute them to parents when they pick up their children.
Diane and Gibby love the Y and missed being there. To keep themselves busy, the duo so went for walks and knit during the shutdown. Their knitting was a good way to stay busy.
Gibby said she could knit one pair of mittens a day, it is very time consuming. The scarves were a little easier.
Kevin Osborne said, “The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is very thankful for the hard work and generosity of Gibby and Diane.”
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Grandfather Mountain welcomes visitors to celebrate the winter and holiday seasons from a mile high. See more photos on page7B. (photos by Skip Sickler/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation or Frank Ruggiero/Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation)

‘Tis the Season at
Grandfather Mountain

 

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Holidays bring
discounts, shopping
and more


With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls – and hills – for the holidays.
Visitors are invited to celebrate the season from a mile high, where they’ll encounter idyllic winter scenery, invigorating outdoor adventure and more at the Linville, N.C., nature park.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the park officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery – a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Avery County.
In previous years, Smith has provided Christmas trees for the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh, the U.S. Naval Observatory (the residence of the U.S. Vice President), the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the White House itself.
Donating a tree to Grandfather Mountain, however, is a literal high point in Smith’s career.
“People come from all over the world to see Grandfather Mountain,” he said. “And, of course, this tree is from Avery County. We don’t want a tree from outside Avery County to go up on Grandfather Mountain.”
Although this particular tree is on display in the Grandfather’s Nature Museum, Fraser firs can also be found in the mountain’s more natural surroundings.
“The Fraser fir is basically the Cadillac of Christmas trees,” Smith said. “There’s only a few mountaintops in the world they’re native to, and Grandfather Mountain is one of them.”

Choose & Cut & Save
Although Grandfather Mountain’s official tree is now on display, guests are welcome to bring their own – to enjoy a festive discount on park admission during the holiday season.
As a gesture of support for local Christmas tree farmers, anyone who arrives at the mountain with a tree atop their vehicle or a receipt from a local tree farm will receive $2 off each adult admission and $1 off each child admission.

Shopping
Located in the Nature Museum and Top Shop, Grandfather Mountain’s gift shops carry a variety of artisan crafts and goods, as well as signature Grandfather Mountain souvenirs, from apparel to hiking gear to drinkware and all things in between.
The shops, along with the mountain’s Entrance Gate, also offer Grandfather Mountain gift cards, which are applicable toward admission, souvenirs, food, fudge and more.

Adopt-an-Animal
Looking for a gift that’s warm and fuzzy? While Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals are not for sale, the Adopt-an-Animal program is the next best thing.
The program allows participants to symbolically adopt any of Grandfather Mountain’s furry or feathered residents, including black bears, river otters, cougars, bald eagles, elk and more.
By adopting an animal, individually or on behalf of a friend, family member or loved one, the sponsor will receive a special gift package. Gifts vary, depending on the donation level, and can include photographs, plush toys, plaster footprint castings, day passes and more.
Visit https://bit.ly/gfm-adopt to learn more.
Animal Wish List
Make our animals’ season merry and bright by treating them to gift items and enrichment treats.
To see what the animals are wanting this holiday season, visit their Amazon.com wish list at https://bit.ly/gfm-wishlist. For more information, email habitats@grandfather.com.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Treat your favorite animal lover to an up-close-and-personal experience with Grandfather’s resident animals.
Hosted by Grandfather’s knowledgeable and experienced keepers, Behind-the-Scenes Tours show guests where the park’s resident animals sleep overnight, while sharing the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round.
To reserve a tour, email habitats@grandfather.com.

Fudge
Think the views are sweet? Try the Grandfather Mountain Fudge Shop.
The park’s sustainably operated fudge shop boasts a colorful variety of homemade, delectable and seasonal flavors. Best of all, it’s only a phone call or email away.
To place an order for pick-up or home delivery, call 828-733-6518 or 828-733-1058, or email fudgeshop@grandfather.com.

Season Passes
For a gift that keeps on giving, shoppers can purchase an annual membership to Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club.
Bridge Club membership offers unlimited, free admission to Grandfather Mountain for a year, exclusive discounts on and off the mountain, invitations to special member programs, a Bridge Club car decal and more. Group passes are also available.
To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/gfmbridgeclub.

Donate
Grandfather Mountain is owned and operated by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.
All of the park’s funding is derived from admission, souvenir sales, food and beverage sales and donations, 100 percent of which goes right back into the mountain, ensuring its pristine beauty is preserved for generations to come.
The foundation’s Fulfilling Promises campaign is underway, and funds raised through donations will help create a new Conservation Campus to share the wonders of Grandfather to more visitors more broadly and deeply than ever before.
Through these new facilities, which will nearly double the size of the park’s current nature museum, guests will gain an even greater appreciation of nature and become even more passionate about protecting and preserving it.
Charitable giving also benefits the park’s many educational programs and initiatives, such as the Field Trip Scholarship Fund in Memory of Nathan Pribble, which helps groups from underfunded schools come to Grandfather Mountain’s “classroom in the clouds.”
Those hoping to contribute in their or someone else’s name may do so by visiting www.grandfather.com/donate, which allows them to sponsor a particular project, such as the Fulfilling Promises campaign, or donate to a cause of their choosing.
Winter Hours
Grandfather Mountain is open from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. every day in winter, weather permitting, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. During times of inclement weather, park opening is delayed until all roads and paths can be cleared of snow and ice. As such, those planning a trip are encouraged to contact the park’s entrance gate before visiting to confirm the day’s conditions.
Due to COVID-19, the park is also requiring guests to book their visit online at www.grandfather.com.
To learn more about Grandfather Mountain’s COVID-19 operating procedures, visit www.grandfather.com/covid-19-update.
For more information, call 1-800-468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com.
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Jennifer Holt

Jennifer Holt KMMS
employee of the month

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

By Windy Bagwell

Jennifer Holt, 7th grade Guidance Counselor, was selected as the Kings Mountain Middle School Employee of the Month for November.
Staff describe Holt as awesome, caring, and having a servant’s heart. “She takes care of kids, here at school and remotely. She holds them accountable while helping them learn how to be accountable.”
Another shared, “Mrs. Holt is always available for students and staff with an open door policy. She goes above her call as a school counselor to assist teachers and staff in any way possible. She has such an amazing work ethic and is an incredible problem solver and team player.”
“Mrs. Holt is the sweetest lady and shows kindness to all students and staff,” one staff member wrote. “She continuously goes above and beyond to help teachers out, as well as, work one on one with students to help get them going in the right directions. Mrs. Holt, YOU are awesome!!”
Aldridge
DARIN AND BROOKE ALDRIDGE (file photo)

Aldridge Concerts perform
at Joy Performance Center

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Darin and Brooke Aldridge 2020 Christmas Concerts will be held on  December 12th at the Joy Performance Center, Kings Mountain, NC.
A matinee will be performed at 3:00 pm and evening concert at 7:00 pm; Limited Seating Available:  Two tickets: $56; four tickets: $112;  six tickets: $168.
Purchase tickets online at www.ticketsnc.com W
Covid safety protocols, including masks and social distancing, will be followed.
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Scene at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain. Photo by Carolyn Henwood

KM City Council thanks
Building Maintenance staff

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart


Kings Mountain’s City Council publicly thanked members of the Building Maintenance staff for their hard work in refurbishing Grady and Katie Costner’s Christmas lights display for use in Patriots Park this holiday season.
“Mayor Neisler asked me to speak on behalf of council and mention all the positive comments we have received from the community regarding the Christmas lights,” said Councilman Keith Miller. “Their work to repair and update the lights to LEDs during the last year testifies to the hard work and dedication these employees give to their work. Special thanks goes to Darryl Dixon, Brian Horn, Rick Ford, David Morrow, and Mike Gaffney prior to his retirement.”
“After spending a year working on this project, this crew requested that they personally deliver the lights to Patriots Park this year. They used great care to make sure the displays arrived at the destination safely. The employees of City of Kings Mountain are hard-working and dedicated individuals, doing their best work for everyone who lives and works in the city,” Miller said.

Work continues around Exit 5

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

Land continues to be cleared near Exit 5 adjacent to I-85 and Catawbas Two Kings Casino Resort. Saturday morning, grading equipment continued on the Catawba Indian Nation’s property. Trees have been cleared from the property and extensive grading, along with retention ponds have been done.
Along Exit 5, all the trees were felled in preparation for construction of the diverging diamond interchange that will replace the current bridge there. No start date has yet been set for that project.
According to the NCDOT website, a diverging diamond interchange allows free-flowing turns when entering and exiting an interstate, eliminating the left turn against oncoming traffic and limiting the number of traffic signal phases. It is easy to navigate, eliminates last-minute lane changes, and provides better sight distance at turns, resulting in fewer crashes.
The design reduces congestion and better moves high volumes of traffic without the need to increase the number of lanes in an interchange.
In a national study, the design reduced crashes by an average of 37 percent after it was constructed at 26 interchanges across the United States. The design also reduced injury and fatal crashes by an average of 54 percent. (Source: 2019 article published in the Transportation Research Record, the journal for the Transportation Research Board)
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Winners from the ALA Chili Cook-off, pictured L-R: Third place, Michael Clinton; second place, Shondi Dellinger, and first place, Jeff Kelly. Photo provided

American Legion Auxiliary
Chili Cook-off winners

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 held a Chili Cook-off at the post on Saturday, November 14 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Thirteen entries were received. Each entrant submitted a $5 donation and those willing to judge gave a $10 tasting donation.  A good crowd of judges participated and by all accounts everyone had a good time. Winners were, 1st Place – Jeff Kelly, 2nd Place – Shondi Dellinger, and 3rd Place – Michael Clinton.

Murphey’s toy run
Saturday, Nov. 21

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

Murphey’s 26th annual toy run to benefit Shriner’s Burn Center and Oxford Orphanage Masonic Home for Children, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office,  Kings Mountain Police Department’s  will be held Saturday, Nov. 21. Rain date is Nov. 22.
Motorcyclists should meet at Scooter Shed, 114 Camelot Court, at 11 a.m.  and will depart Scooter Shed at 12 noon.
Police will escort the cyclists. The groups goal is $5 and a new toy per person.
Barbecue will be served after the ride.
For more info call 704-739-4707 or 704-477-5762.
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Senior Center news

The Patrick Senior Center does not have a definite reopening date set just yet. They are waiting until the Governor lifts the Safer at Home recommendation for high-risk populations, keeping in mind the number of cases in our region and the onset of flu season as we determine a reopening date. Call the center for the latest updates.
“We will have an updated calendar available for pick-up at the center and posted on our Facebook page once a reopening date has been set, which will be announced on Facebook, CityofKM.com, and through our mass call system,” Director Tabitha Thomas said. “In the meantime, please check out the activities and services we are currently offering; there’s something for everyone.”
Upcoming Events include:
Weekly Wellness, Thursdays, 11 am - 11:30 am. Join in each Thursday morning on Facebook for an exercise routine, some deep breathing or stretching.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment: Counselors will be meeting with folks over the phone to review Part D Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans during Part D Open Enrollment, October 15 - December 7.  Please call the center to  arrange a time to pick up a Plan Finder Form, or we can send it to you through the mail or email. Please return the form to our office so we can make you an appointment!. You may qualify for Extra Help with your drug costs.
Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru: Sponsored by the Kings Mountain Rotary, Wednesday, November 25, 11 am to 1 pm, Call the Center to sign up for a meal.
Outdoor Walking Club: Monday-Friday, 9 am -4 pm. There is a sign-in sheet with participation guidelines at the front entrance of the building, as well as a few chairs to sit in if you need to rest. Please call the Center for more info.
Conference Call Programs: Bible History—Tuesdays, 10 am -11 am, Begins November 10.
Faith & Fellowship—Wednesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am Began November 4
Coffee & Conversation—Fridays, 8:30 am -9:30 am, Begins November 6
Once you sign up, you will be given a phone number to call and a list of guidelines will be mailed to you or you can drive by the Senior Center to pick them up.  This is a chance to meet new friends and participate in a program over the phone!  Call the Center for more information.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: (ONLINE OR BY PHONE through ZOOM) by Elizabeth Novak with the
Alzheimer’s Association, Wednesday, November 18, 11 am – 12 pm. Please call the Senior Center to sign up and get the link to participate.
Holiday Food Drive: Giveaway date: Wednesday, December 16, 9 am -12 pm. Sponsored by Walmart   Neighborhood Market for seniors age 55 and older who need assistance with emergency food.
Christmas Dinner Drive-Thru: Friday, December 18, 11 am – 1 pm, please bring a new baby item to     donate to the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Shelby. Call the Center to sign up by Thursday, December 10.
In partnership with Mauney Memorial Library, the senior center offers a Zoom Book Club. Books are available in various formats including book, audio, e-book, and e-audio. A Zoom meeting to discuss the chosen book will be held early each month. Call the Mauney Memorial  Library to sign up and get access to the book. Ask for Mari at 704-739-2371.
Current senior center services include:
Transportation: TACC can currently take you to your doctor appointments or bring you to the Senior  Center once we reopen. Call  Bonnie Hale to find out more about this service.
Telephone Reassurance: Designed to help homebound elderly to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Volunteers will provide reassuring telephone calls on  pre-arranged days. Please call Glenda for more information.
Phone Buddy Program: Want a buddy to talk to?  Give us a call and we will match you up with a Phone Buddy.
S.H.O.P. Food Pantry: Please call if you need of food, Depends, Boost, or a mask.  We will check our supply and arrange a time for you to come by!  (Delivery also available if needed).
Facebook Live: We now have our own Patrick Senior Center Facebook page! We do a LIVE show on Monday thru Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 11 am. Join in for conversation, updates, and riddles!
Mass Call System: We have a way to call all our participants and give them updates.  We have been sending out calls to    remind folks about the drive thru. If you have not been receiving calls and would like to get them, please call the center to be added to the list.
The Senior Center can connect you to various services including  Home Repairs, In Home and Respite Care, Job Placement/Job Skills, Hospice and Palliative Care, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, Medicaid/Social Security Benefits, Home Delivered Meals, Mental Health Services, Disaster Preparedness, Long-term care/Ombudsman, and Rehab Services. Call Glenda for more information.
The H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life and Conference Center is a non-profit public organization that provides services to persons 55 years of age and older.
The Patrick Center offices will be closed on November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving, and December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holidays.
SENIOR CENTER HOURS:   MONDAY — FRIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION:  Staff available by phone 8am-5pm
Outdoor Walking Track open 9am-4pm (see details in newsletter)
RENTALS:  No rentals through 2020 (Call Bonnie Hale for later dates)
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SASi Holiday Boutique
call for artists

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

It is time for SASi members to bring work to sell for the SASi Holiday Boutique – paintings, pottery, jewelry, mixed media, photography, woodwork, note cards, wearable art (knit, crochet, dyed silk), etc.
Delivery and setup dates have already passed but other times can be scheduled by appointment. Table space is shared (depending on how many items you have) and is available first come, first serve. You may bring your own table and tablecloth if preferred. You are responsible for setting up your own table display.
You MUST be a current Member of SASi to participate. You may renew your membership at time of entry. There is no entry fee, but SASi retains 30% commission on all sales. All sales are made thru SASi.
Artists must clearly label items with: Your 3 initials and item number, Price, Title or Item Description, Medium, Your Name. Download form and inventory sheet from the SASi website.
Due to production delays in their 2021 Calendars, SASi’s annual Open House to kick off Calendar Sales will be the weekend following Thanksgiving on Saturday Nov 28, 10-4 and Sunday November 29, 1-4 pm.  This kicks off the sale of our 2021 silk screened Calendars Doors and Windows.  They will also be open on Fridays in December (Dec 4, 11, 18). Artists pick up their work after the event on Jan 12-16, 2021 from 10 am – 2 pm during gallery hours.
 SASi needs volunteer help during gallery hours. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
Application forms are available at http://southernartssociety.org/exhibits/art-for-christmas-2020/ Call SASi at 704.739.5585 or call or text Jewel at 803-448-4578. Email: SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com
SASi will be CLOSED Nov 26-27, Dec 24-28 and Dec 31-Jan 1.

Patriots Park gets a landscape renovation

(October 11, 2020 Issue) 

By Loretta Cozart

During the last few weeks, Patriots Park received a facelift with new plantings. “After 20-years, many of the planting beds had seen their better days,” according to Assistant City Manager Nick Hendricks. “Many of the shrubs had root rot, so we had to replace them with new plants.” In addition to new plants, Patriots Park also got new sprinklers and more lighting.
With the help of a landscape designer, new plants were chosen for their beauty, heartiness, and with regard to future growth. As Patriots Park becomes a hub for the city, and with the city hosting more festivals and events annually, the more important it is to choose the correct plants for the venue.
“What a beautiful renovation of the landscaping around the gazebo! Being constructed more than 20 years ago, Patriots Park has become more important to us today since we are having to practice social distancing,” Mayor Neisler said.
“And the re-beautification of an already great place to go, just makes it better. You will see in the coming months that improving the beautification of our downtown will be a big priority, with streetscape. It will help our downtown businesses to thrive while increasing the area where we all want to be!” he added.
With Christmas around the corner, and Thanksgiving just two weeks away, it won’t be long before the Kings Mountain Downtown Christmas Fantasy Light Show on 87.9 FM begins downtown. Luckily, this event was designed to be seen from your car while listening to Christmas music on the radio and is perfect for social distancing.
After watching and listening to the show, drive by Patriots Park and admire the hard work of many city employees and staff making this place one all can enjoy and be proud of for generations to come.
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Photo provided by Edy Jakubiak

Dressed up for Halloween

Kings Mountain family Eric, Edy and Jack dressed up for Halloween. They are pictured at the tip of Chestnut Ridge.                                                                
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(Photos provided by Edy Jakubiak)

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Grant Bergstrom, MD (left)  dressed up for halloween and visited Atrium Health/KM Hospital . 
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Photo by Marilyn Sellers

City of KM Vehicles Rebranded With New Logo

Earlier this year, City of Kings Mountain rebranded using an updated city seal and logo in new colors of tan, green, blue and white. Last week, city vehicles were rebranded using the city’s new logo and each vehicle is identified by department. The two vehicles shown here sport the logo: Kings Mountain, NC Living. Elevated. Beneath the logo, the city department is identified. ENERGY SERVICES.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 

Central United Methodist Blood drive Nov. 11

Central United Methodist Church of Kings Mountain will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 10:00am-4:00 pm in our parking lot. All donors will receive a $10 EGift Card, a wellness checkup, including a COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. To make an appointment visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #62201.
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'Til Beth Do Us Part’ casting call Nov. 9-10

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Director Jim Champion, and Sponsor Ken and Liz Pflieger announce audition dates of November 9 and 10, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. Rehearsals will begin in January 2021 with performance dates set for early March 2021. For further information contact us at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.
Parts are available for two men and four women.
In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (ages 45-55) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (ages 45-55). Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been.
Enter Beth Bailey (ages 30-40), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael (ages 60-70), the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner.
Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go!
When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo (ages 40-55), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (ages 40-55), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner.
Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten Comedy!
   Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
 For more detailed information, please visit www.kmlt.org or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page.  We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!
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Michele Williams (left) and Pastor Curtis Williams

East Gold St. Wesleyan Homecoming 2020
to be held November 8

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

East Gold Street Wesleyan Church is holding their Homecoming 2020 Service on Sunday, November 8th at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of the Worship Center (701 East Gold Street)!  Pastor Curtis Williams will be the guest speaker.  Pastor Curtis served as Youth Pastor at East Gold for 10 years (1993-2003).  During his pastorate, the youth group flourished as it significantly grew both in number and in spiritual depth.  When asked to describe his pastorate at East Gold, Pastor Curtis quickly replied, "building relationships."  His legacy here continues to be one of doing just that.
Pastor Curtis went on to serve as Lead Pastor in other churches and also served on the mission field in Papua New Guinea.  Currently, he serves as Lead Pastor at The Wesleyan Church in York, South Carolina.
We extend an invitation to the Kings Mountain community; especially, to former members of the church, as we welcome Pastor Curits and Michele Williams for Homecoming 2020!
There will be no fellowship meal after the service this year.

KMLT presents Frozen Jr.

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

The 2020-2021 season of Kings Mountain Little Theatre will open with “Frozen Jr.” on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  Due to the limited audience capacity allowed by Phase 3 of the North Carolina Covid-19 Plan, KMLT has added the Thursday evening performance to their schedule.  KMLT and Corporate Sponsor Edward Jones Investments – Jack and Pam Buchanan are pleased to announce that performances are scheduled for November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 PM with matinees on Sundays, November 8 and 15.
As of this date, KMLT will have 100 seats available for each performance. Additional capacity may be available if NC has a change when the current Phase 3 order ends. Please look for further updates from KMLT.
Priority is given to our wonderfully supportive season members and they are able to make a reservation to attend a performance for our plays. All others may purchase tickets at the box office.  KMLT will have 20 tickets per performance for purchase at the Box Office on a first come first served basis.  Reserved seating not claimed at least 10 minutes before show time are subject to release for purchase by others seeking tickets.
Season members may make reservations by calling the theater at 704-730-9408 and leaving a message or send a request to us at tickets@kmlt.org.
KMLT will maintain stringent health and safety protocols!
To protect the audience, cast, crew and volunteers they will:
• Check each individual before entering the building and ban anyone who has a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees F
• Log attendee and or group name, plus answers to the following questions (a yes answer to either question bans the individual and/or group)
• How many in the group?
• Have you exhibited any Covid-19 symptoms?
• Have you been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19?
• Wearing masks is mandatory for non-actors (KMLT will provide as needed)
• Maintain social distancing when seating our audience
• KMLT will provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer
• Due to these protocols the box office will open 90 minutes prior to the performance time. Please know that KMLT will work diligtently to get everyone into the Joy for a fantastic theatrical experience.
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Recipe Corner

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from “Monumental Recipes,’’ Volume II published by the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club as a fund-raising project.)

BBQ SLAW
Tom Tindall
2 med. cabbage heads
20 oz. bottle ketchup
1 cup vinegar
1 tsp. Texas Pete
½ tsp. pepper
1 T. salt
1 cup sugar, white or brown
Cut cabbage fine. Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate overnight. Will keep 6 months or more.

EASY BAKED BEANS
Margaret McGinnis
16 oz. pork and beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 t. chili powder
3-4 T. molasses
Ketchup or tomato sauce to taste
2 slices bacon
Combine all ingredients except bacon. Place in greased 2 quart casserole and lay bacon slices on top. Bake uncovered at 360 degrees 30-40 minutes or until mixture has thickened and bacon thoroughly cooked.

CHILI
Lori Cruise
2 lbs. hamburger, 
  cooked and drained
1 can Rotel
1 can petite diced 
  tomatoes
1 cup half and half
1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut 
  into chunks
2 (16 oz.) cans chili beans
Cook and drain meat. Add Rotel, tomatoes, half and half, and cheese; cook on low heat. Stir constantly until cheese is melted. Add chili beans and heat. Ready to eat. May be served over rice. A chopped onion may be added as meat is browned, if desired.

CUBE STEAK
Sandra Murphrey
4 pieces cube steak
Flour
Meat tenderizer
Oil
1 can Golden 
   mushroom soup
Flour and use meat tenderizer on steak. Fry in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes until brown and turn to brown other side. Place I n 6x10 inch baking dish. Spoon undiluted soup on top of steak. Fill can 2/3 full of water, pour into side of baking dish. Do not wash off any of thick soup from top of meat/ Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Turn off, leave in oven 1 more hour. If any liquid remains in baking dish, lift out meat onto serving plate and serve. Serve over rice. Very good next day.

 
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Mauney Memorial Library News for November

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library has several special presentations scheduled for November. These imaginative presentations will keep you and your family entertained.

Author Talk: 
Jennifer Estep
Monday, Nov. 9
Presented on Facebook
Join Mauney Memorial Library as bestselling author Jennifer Estep talks about her books and her writing. The interview will be available to view on Facebook beginning Monday, November 9th, and will be available through November. Be sure to register for a chance to win a selection of her books.
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer’s next book will be A Sense of Danger, out on Thursday, Nov. 12, from Audible Original.
 Jennifer is the author of the Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, Elemental Assassin, Bigtime, and other fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasy fiction.
The Wizard Experience
Presented by Sigmon
Theatrical
Thursday Nov. 12 at 4 pm   
Presented on 
Facebook Live
Wingardium leviosa! Let your imaginations take flight with this fully interactive wizarding adventure. You’ll feel like you’ve enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as audience members help make objects appear, disappear, and transfigure. You’ll see a broom take flight, the magical talking sorting hat, and objects zoom across the room. Come take a magical journey into a world you’ve only dreamt of. ​This immersive theatrical program features live actors, magical illusions, musical sound effects, and lots of audience participation.

The Real Mae West
Presented by Martha Mathison
Monday, Nov. 16 at noon
Mae West shattered box office records and public sensibilities. She rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Her one-liners scandalized the censors yet made her an icon. She rescued studios from bankruptcy and created stars.
Without her, Cary Grant would have remained a nobody. Meet the woman behind the wit. Who was Mae West, really?
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.     
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Col. Frederick Hambright DAR Chapter celebrated the Day of Service by collecting snacks for area nursing homes. Pictured (L-R): Chapter Regent, Libby Putnam, Becky Scism, prospective member Karen Richardson, and Robin Meyer. Photo provided

DAR celebrates Day of Service

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Libby Putnam, Chapter Regent

   The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated the National DAR Day of Service on October 11. Each year the Day of Service honors the anniversary of the founding of the DAR on October 11, 1890 in Washington, D.C.
   Chapters and individuals are encouraged to engage in meaningful service projects in their communities each year at this time. This year the members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter DAR donated bags of treats to the workers at Summit Place, White Oak Manor, and the Hospice House in honor of service to their residents.
   The Daughters of the American Revolution is a society founded on service and DAR members across the country have logged almost 2 million hours of Service to America hours this year.  
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Iris Hubbard (center holding scissors) is joined by John McGill, to her right, for 133 West’s ribbon cutting. To her left is Cleveland County Chamber President Bill Watson. Beside Watson is Executive Chef Evan Garr. Photo provided

133 West holds ribbon cutting

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

 Kings Mountain’s newest restaurant, 133 West, located on Mountain Street, held its ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 22, at 11 am.
Those in attendance included owner Iris Hubbard and Chef Evan Garr, Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce President Bill Watson, Mayor Neisler, John and Beth McGill, US Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, NC House Speaker Tim Moore, Kings Mountain City Council, Kings Mountain’s Planning and Zoning Department, as well as chamber ambassadors.
Watson welcomed Mayor Neisler, who addressed the crowd saying, “The City is so thrilled to be here this day to enjoy this opening. This is all because of the roots of a guy named John Knox McGill because he loves this town. He moved away but came back because he loves Kings Mountain. It’s a roots thing.”
“Just like all the people coming back downtown like David Stone, Rob Bolin, Bobby Horne and Jimbo Thompson who are coming back and investing in downtown Kings Mountain, making it a place for us to visit, have dinner and enjoy this community,” Neisler said.
“Iris and John, I just want to wish you the best of luck and hope you have success well beyond your expectations.” He added, “This was not easy to open a restaurant in the middle of a COVID virus.”
Hubbard thanked everyone, saying, “I am a little overwhelmed by the crowd, but I’ve been overwhelmed since the day we opened by the support of so many of the faces here. Not just the support of getting this place off the ground, there are many you who helped in the background. Since we’ve opened, there have been so many challenges. But without all of you guys and the support of the city, it would not be possible.” She thanked John and Beth McGill and the patrons who visit once a week or once a month for their continued support.
  Watson asked Hubbard for the restaurant hours. She responded by saying, “133 West is open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for brunch. We will expand our hours once all this craziness is over. Our goal is to be open 7-days a week. That’s our goal, and we’ll keep pushing to get there.”
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School Resource Officer, Hannah Yarborough wears pink in honor of Chief Lisa Proctor and to remind others that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo by Angela Padgett

Think Pink

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Angela Padgett


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fountain at City Hall has turned a gorgeous shade of pink to bring awareness to this awful disease.
A special thank you to School Resource Officer, Hannah Yarborough for thinking pink in honor of her Police Chief, Lisa Proctor.
Remember, early detection is the best protection!
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A coat drive is being held in memory of a Rutherford County woman, Pat Parker.

 “Keep Cleveland County Warm”
 Coat drive

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Submitted by Regina Arrowood 

A coat drive called “Keep Cleveland County Warm” is being held in memory of a Rutherford County woman, Pat Parker. Organizers are asking the community for donations to help keep people warm this winter. The donations will be distributed to schools, nonprofit organizations, and shelters in Cleveland County where they will then be given to children and families who need warm clothing.
The coat drive is being held by Parker’s family and citizens of Cleveland County in honor of her.  “We lost our mother a few years ago. She was always thinking about people in need and how she could help. We organized this event in memory of her, with the hope of helping families in need,” said Event Organizer Regina Arrowood. The coat drive has been a huge success in Rutherford County for the last four years.  Tim Early and Leigh Ann Self, local natives of Cleveland County, decided this year to expand the coat drive to include Cleveland County.
Now through December 4, 2020, donations of new and gently used coats and outerwear will be accepted at the following locations: Shelby Fire Dept (Grover Street), YMCA (Shelby), Shelby Police Dept, Cleveland County Library (Shelby), Cleveland Community College (Bailey Bldg. and Hunt Bldg.), Main Street Hardware (Lawndale), Casar Fire Dept, YMCA (Kings Mtn), Rose’s (Kings Mtn), Boiling Springs Fire Dept, and YMCA (Boiling Springs).   New and Gently Used:  Coats, Hoodies, Socks, Scarves, Gloves, Shoes, Jackets and Hats.
 Other local citizens involved:  Alison Steel, Debra Hoover, Molly Hoover, Beth Fox, Anne Harrelson, Abby Self, and Jake Self.
For more information, contact Regina Arrowood at 828-464-2489, Tim Early at 704-724- 4769 or Leigh Ann Self at 704-472-5295.
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Cleveland County Potato Project update
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Muddy conditions kept folks at the Cleveland County Potato Project out of the Botts plot until Saturday. Twelve volunteers from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church came to help with the work on Saturday and the family that owns the Botts site treated all workers to a pizza lunch.  Just a few weeks ago, this site was predicted to not bear many potatoes. However, it has produced 38,000 lbs. of really nice potatoes.  Only 10 rows remain in finishing this plot and the group hopes to have finished the field by Tuesday. For more info on the Potato Project, call Doug Sharp at 704-472-5128.                                                                                                                                    Photo provided
 
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MichEAl Woods Executive Director CCRM and Heart2Heart Place

Shelters welcome those in need
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

With temperatures dropping over the last few weeks, and significantly over the weekend, local shelters encourage those in need to utilize their services. While the shelters mentioned below are similar, they are not identical. Be sure to reach out to the shelter regarding availability to make sure space is available.
Cleveland County Rescue Mission in Shelby is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs, and support services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. The Executive Director is Pastor Micheal Woods.
The Rescue Mission incorporates a holistic approach to recovery, addressing the needs of the mind, body, and soul. By doing so we help our residents confront and overcome the problems that led to homelessness in the first place.
In addition to providing basic services such as housing and food, the program also integrates practical life skills such as vocational training and educational classes. Work therapy and individual therapy assist in the recovery of each client, and Bible study classes add to the men’s total transformation. Upon graduation, the goal is that all residents live both independently as part of society, but also depend on their relationships with Jesus Christ.
In the residential transition period that follows on site, the rescue mission remains available to assist their graduates in obtaining housing and employment, giving them their greatest chances for success in returning to the outside world as a contributing member of society. The shelter currently has 10 spaces available and plans to expand in January 2021. 704-751-1255 www.myccrm.org
Heart2Heart Place is the Women's Division of Cleveland County Rescue Mission in Shelby. The Executive Director is Pastor Micheal Woods. The rescue mission provides a women domestic violence shelter and services. It is an emergency shelter for women and women with children. Each woman is taught how to overcome barriers to success and independent living by providing access to needed services. Capacity is limited to 20 and space is available but filling quickly. (704) 751-1262 Website: http://myccrm.org/heart-to-heart-place/
Both Heart2Heart Place and Cleveland County Rescue Mission require a negative COVID-19 test before entering the program. An ID is required.
Crossroads Rescue Mission is a long term residential shelter. The Founder and Executive Director is Rocky Shelton. As Shelby, NC’s oldest and largest long term residential shelter, the Crossroads Rescue Mission currently serves up to 50 men, 365 days a year throughout the area providing safe shelter, addiction recovery programs and more. Currently they have seven openings.
As long as a client has no fever, they can be admitted. If a fever develops, they must be tested and receive a negative COVID-19 test.
The program is designed to meet the needs of the whole person: spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, social and vocational, so that those men who have hit rock bottom may become fully functioning members of society. (704) 484-8770 https://www.crossroadsrescuemission.org/
The Quiet Heart Women’s Rescue Mission is in Gaffney, SC. Executive Director Deborah Shelton. The Quiet Heart Women's Mission is a faith-based residential women's facility for ladies, 18 and upward, struggling with substance abuse, behavioral problems, and coming out of abusive homes.  Located in Gaffney, SC, we have been in operation since September of 2015.  They are the women's division of Crossroads Rescue Mission in Shelby, NC.
They offer services completely free of charge, so that anyone who wants help can get help. The Quiet Heart is an initial six month program which focuses on recovery and restoration.  During this "new beginning," each resident will receive sound Bible instruction and focus on life-skills to help them in the future. 704-473-4394 https://www.thequietheartwomensmission.org/
The Quiet Heart operates a thrift store, Handfuls of Purpose, at 112 Wilkinson Blvd. in Gaffney. Girls residing at The Quiet Heart work in the store to support the rescue mission. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm.
Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry doesn’t offer shelter services but helps in other ways. Director Lisa Harrison. 704-739-7256. The Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry is an emergency assistance agency sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association and is ruled and governed by an eleven member board of directors consisting of interfaith ministers and community leaders. They are a non-profit organization and give hope to all in the name of Jesus Christ.
Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry provides temporary assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis. They facilitate the distribution of food and clothing and give financial assistance for rent, utilities, medicine, fuel and gasoline.

Delta Tau recognizes
beginning teachers 

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Delta Tau Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recognized forty-one beginning teachers in Cleveland County with goodie bags filled with treats in September. Four Beginning Teachers were selected to receive $25 to use in their classrooms.
The teachers honored  with mini-grants were Taylor Davis, Fifth Grade Teacher at Kings Mountain Intermediate School; Terun Patterson, Fifth Grade Math Teacher at Shelby Intermediate   School; Cruceta Jeffeirs, Third Grade Teacher at East Elementary and Marla Baughman, Second Grade Teacher  Marion Elementary
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Vietnam Veteran, Jamie Shytle, honors all branches of the military during the 2019 Wreaths Across America Ceremony. Photo by Gary Smart

Why DAR daughters use fresh wreaths to honor veterans 
(October 21, 2020 Issue)

As October arrives, so do cooler temps and the beginning of production for the live, balsam veterans’ wreaths that sponsors purchase and place this December.
Why does Wreaths Across America only place live wreaths? The answer is simple, the wreaths are not used to decorate headstones. Through this program and the network of tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers across the country, Wreaths Across America honors all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths.
Fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. This tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.
 Ultimately, the sponsorship and placement of a veteran’s wreath means so much more. The veteran’s wreath serves as a catalyst to bring together communities, unite families, create opportunity for fundraising by other nonprofits and civic groups doing good locally, and teach children about the service and sacrifice that gives us our freedom in this country.
This December, Wreaths Across America, DAR, and local citizens will work together to ensure every name is spoken out loud and that every service member laid to rest is remembered.
December 19 is National Wreaths Across America Day. The Col. Frederick DAR Chapter, along with many volunteers, will honor veterans at noon and join a grateful nation in honoring all veterans and active military members. Through this work, they strive to Remember. Honor. Teach.
If you would like to purchase a wreath, or help in the laying of wreaths, contact Renee Bost via email at ncdaughter@gmail.com or by calling 980-406-6659. 

Neisler fabrics featured in
1956 Indianapolis 500 pace car

By Hayne Neisler

On May 30, 1956 the Indianapolis 500 Auto Race was held before nearly 150,000 enthusiastic fans at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Selected as pace car for the event was a beautiful gold and white 1956 Desoto Fireflite convertible. The sleek Desoto had upholstery and door panel fabrics woven at the Margrace Mill in Kings Mountain.
Designers from Chrysler/Desoto met with Neisler Mills officials Mike Milam, Fred Finger, Charles Moss, Jr. and Allan Julin in New York City to give Desoto's final approval of new jacquard patterns woven at the Margrace Mill for their upcoming 1956 line of cars.
The Indy 500 Desoto Fireflite had special gold tweed metallic rayon fabric woven exclusively for the pace car. In the summer of 1956 the Indy Pace Car model was made available to the public with very limited production of only 400 automobiles. Today these autos are highly coveted by car collectors with auction prices of nearly $200,000 for pristine examples.

Patriots Park Pumpkin
Patch new additions

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Visit the Peanuts gang at the Pumpkin Patch in Patriots Park. Special visitors will make a surprise trip to Patriots Park for the interactive Great Pumpkin StoryWalk™ program. While there, enjoy your favorite fair foods from Anna's Sweet Treats and fun for the entire family. Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Candy Apples and more of your favorite treats will be available October 27 and 28, from 1 pm-7 pm. Keep your eyes open for surprise appearances from LIVE inflatable pumpkins, too.

Family Worship Blood Drive
to be held on November 7

Family Worship Center will hold a blood drive in their fellowship hall at 181 Shelby Rd., Kings Mountain  on Saturday, November 7, 11 am-3:30 pm.
Please visit RedCRossBlood.org and enter: Family Worship or call Vickie Black at 704-418-0418 to schedule appointment. Donors with blood types 0-, O+, A- and B- are needed for Power Red donation. Please ask a red Cross staff member if you qualify.
Bring your ID or American Red Cross donor card. Eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of water before the blood drive.
Download the blood donor App today. Get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to a hospital.
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An aerial view of Kings Mountain Hospital taken April 1951. (Photo DigitalNC.org)

Kings Mountain Hospital to celebrate
70th anniversary in March 2021

By Loretta Cozart

In March of 1951, Kings Mountain Hospital opened to much fanfare after years of hard work in bringing a medical facility to the city. Mauney Textile Interests purchased a full page ad in the Herald, sharing that “It was built primarily for use of Kings Mountain area citizens, and its facilities are the most modern available.”
In 1942, Miss Lottie Goforth bequeathed her entire $30,000 estate to “build and equip or help build an institution, clinic, or hospital, located within Kings Mountain, to give medical and surgical aid, free or at reduced cost, to the poor and helpless citizens of Kings Mountain.”
   Miss Goforth’s estate had been invested in US Bonds in 1944 and 1945 and would be worth considerably more upon their maturity, according to an article in the Kings Mountain Herald. However, the original 22-bed hospital facility was not built with those funds. Executor of her estate, Dr. O.P. Lewis, suggested Goforth’s money would be used to build an additional wing, or to establish an endowment fund and the revenue would be used to aid needy patients in obtaining hospital care.
   The facility was dedicated on March 30, 1951 and according to the Herald, “Kings Mountain’s Hospital has been a dream of many citizens since 1942. Then a period of disappointment began,” according to the article.
   In February 1943, the NC General Assembly considered establishing a Kings Mountain hospital commission similar to the one established in Shelby, but that went nowhere. Then, the Duke Endowment determined that Kings Mountain was too small to support a hospital.
In 1945, good things began to happen and the “General Assembly enacted legislation empowering  counties to go into the hospital business,” the paper reported. That year, citizens voted to borrow $400,00 to build two hospitals, one in Shelby and one in Kings Mountain. Of those funds, $160,000 was allotted to Kings Mountain Hospital. The county hospital board was established, and Kings Mountain’s members included C.E. Neisler, Wray A. Williams and L. Arnold Kiser. They soon realized they didn’t have enough money to go forward with their plans.
In 1947, the General Assembly adopted a medical care program where state funds could be used in a shared cost federal building program. Because some counties did not exercise their option for state-federal monies, more funds were available to those counties who applied. On July 27, 1949, the North Carolina Medical Care Commission approved the plans for Kings Mountain Hospital. Investments on the part of Cleveland County Citizens was estimated at $241,000. Senator Clyde R. Hoey and former state senator Lee B. Weathers participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to Martin Harmon, owner and editor of the Herald, “When the red-tape pinched tightest, when the penalize-the-wealthy building formulae of the federal and state government seemed to bar all doors to a Kings Mountain Hospital, when other interested citizens were ready to give up in disgust, Mr. (L. Arnold) Kiser continued to push.”
“He has worked diligently on the project, and many feel that he, more than any other one individual, is responsible for the fruition of this community need,” the Herald reported.
   In that 20-page edition of the Herald, several doctors were noted as planning to practice at the hospital. Those include: Dr. Craig Jones, surgeon; Dr. Paul Eugene Henricks, general practitioner; Dr. William Lee Ramseur, general practitioner; Dr. James Edward Anthony, general practitioner and Dr. Phillip Grover Padgett, surgeon.
Interestingly, under the county setup, neither Shelby or Kings Mountain had a resident surgeon or medical staff. All doctors in good standing in Cleveland County Medical Society were eligible to use the Kings Mountain Hospital, as well as all Cleveland County dentists who are members of the dental society.
On March 31, 1951, Kings Mountain Hospital was formally dedicated. It opened its door to patients the following Monday, April 2, 1951.
Kings Mountain citizens embraced the project and did their part, many offering their services. Landscaping for Kings Mountain Hospital was provided by Kings Mountain Garden Club. The club set out dogwood, redwood, pussy willow, oak and flowering trees.
Following the dedication, Mrs. Kiser, Mr. Mauney, and Hunter Neisler, Kings Mountain members of the hospital board, were hosts at a dinner to some 30 trustees and distinguished guests at Kings Mountain Country Club.
Within the first week, Kings Mountain Hospital admitted 13 patients. Mrs. Doris L. Styers of 209 E. Kings Street was admitted opening day and became the first mother at Kings Mountain hospital when she delivered Victoria Elizabeth Styers. Dr. Padgett was the attending physician. Patients three and four were Mrs. Eoline Keeter Hord and her baby daughter Barbara Spake Hord who transferred from Shelby.
The first boy born at the hospital was Barry Wray Bumgardner to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bumgardner. The first man admitted was Bobby Earl Mabry. Others admitted in the first week were Mrs. Elizabeth Ebletoft of Shelby, Mrs. Jurica Monroe, Mrs. Billie B. Mauney, Mrs. Lydia Dover of Clover, SC, Mrs. Virginia Holye of Shelby, 13-month old Carolyn Falls and Mrs. Mary H. Gaffney.
At the time of the hospital’s opening, Dr. William Lee Ramseur was the second doctor in seniority and the only Kings Mountain native practicing medicine in town. Robert L. (Bob) Moser was the hospital’s first administrator.
Citizens like Miss Lottie Goforth and Mr. L. Arnold Kiser gave their all for a local hospital that served the medical needs of the people of our community. The community was behind the effort and businesses followed suit. Upon the announcement of the hospital, Harris Funeral home purchased the town’s first ambulance.
The 20-page March 30, 1951 special edition of the Herald featured ads large and small but Kings Mountain businesses, exemplifying their appreciation for a hospital in the community. Those running ads included: Mauney Textile Interests (Bonnie Cotton Mill, Kings Mountain Manufacturing, Mauney Hosiery Co., Mauney Mills Inc., Sadie Cotton Mills), City Auto and Home Supply, Neisler Mills, Inc. (Margrace Plant and Pauline Plant), Kings Mountain Drug Company, Carlisle Studios (over B&B Soda Shop), Baird Furniture, City Service Station, Community Implement and Supply, Dellinger’s Jewel Shop, G.W. King
Garage,  Kings  Mountain  Building and Loan Association, Kings Mountain Cotton Oil Company, Margrace Store, Marlowe’s Center Service, Sterchi’s, Ware & Sons, Wee Folk Shop, Western Auto Store, Home Building and Loan Association, Burlington Mills, Belk’s, Plonk’s, First National Bank of Kings Mountain, Superior Stone and Griffin Drug Company.
Atrium Health Kings Mountain will celebrate its 70th birthday on April 2, 2021.In its 69-year history, services have expanded to better serve the citizen of Kings Mountain. It is certain that the hospital will continue to carry out its new mission: to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing - for all.

 
Fall
Photos by Loretta Cozart

It’s Fall, Y’all!

By Loretta Cozart

Fall officially began on Tuesday, September 22. As if on cue, the change of season brought cooler temperatures and a break from the dog-days of summer. For many the change of season  prompts decorating their homes and offices with seasonal plantings, including mums. Winter veggies replace tomatoes and corn in the garden  and
pumpkins replace planters on porches, as quickly as long sleeved shirts and blue jeans return to one’s everyday wardrobe.
Cooler weather causes outdoor plants to wither as overnight temperatures drop. Mums and Pansies are a favorite alternative during the fall because they are hearty to about 20-degrees below zero, perfect for the areas’ normally moderate winters.
Pumpkins make great fall decorations because they are associated with both Halloween and Thanksgiving. They pull double duty across two beloved holidays.  
This is also the time to plant a fall garden. If you have plowed under your summer garden, this is a great time to  plant fall vegetables. Yes, some plants thrive in cold weather. According to NC Cooperative Extension, many favorite cool weather vegetables can be planted in September for harvest through fall and into winter. You might be a little behind, but local garden centers, like Bridges Hardware & Home Center True Value and Hometown Hardware and Garden Center still have a variety of plants in stock.
On the other hand, if you rather just enjoy the bounty of the season, visit Rhodesdale Farm on the Shelby Road and stock up with pumpkins, apple cider, jams, and butters. They also have a good variety of delicious organic apples available.
Whether you like the change of the season, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that cooler weather is coming. Embrace the season and take the time to enjoy the fall with your friends and family.
Schoollunches

USDA shares food safety steps for school lunches

With the 2020-2021 school year here, many parents are dealing with changes to their children’s lunch routine. Many students may be returning to school for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began and others may be distance learning. Don’t let food-borne illness – commonly called food poisoning – keep your child from learning. Take the time to plan and prepare your children’s lunch meals safely. 
While children rely on teachers for daily lessons, the task of making safe lunches falls squarely on caregivers. Unlike cafeteria workers who take food safety trainings on a regular basis, most parents preparing lunch for their kids at home, or to take to school, haven’t received any formal food safety instruction. Nutrition counts, too.
The lunch you’re making not only satisfies hunger pangs of busy kids, it fuels their cognitive abilities. Studies have shown that proper nutrition improves students’ scores, memory capacities, motor skills, social skills, and language skills. Keep them well fed and safe with the four steps to steps to food safety – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.
Clean: The best way to prevent many forms of illness, including food-borne illness, is with proper hand washing. Children should always clean their hands before eating, and parents should do so before and during lunch preparation. It’s easy to get preoccupied by busy schedules and rush through the five steps of washing hands; however, hand-washing is vital to remove any germs that may be present. Hand washing should always include the following:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Separate: Prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat and poultry away from ready-to-eat foods. When preparing perishable foods that require cutting (for example, raw bacon and raw chicken you plan to cook for salad), make sure you separate these items from fruits, vegetables, cheeses and other foods to avoid cross-contamination.
Cut up and prepare your raw ingredients ahead of time to avoid cross-contamination as you handle your ready-to-eat items for salads or other sides.
Different colored cutting boards are a great reminder to prevent cross-contamination (you can use a green cutting board for fresh produce and another color for meat and poultry).
Cook: Have a food thermometer easily accessible to ensure you’re cooking to recommended safe internal temperatures:
Cook whole cuts of meat, including beef and pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit  and allow them to rest for at least 3 minutes before carving.
Cook ground meats, like burgers and sausages, to 160 degrees Fahrenheit .
Cook all chicken and turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit .
Chill: When preparing lunch ahead of time, remember perishable foods should not enter the Danger Zone – temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit  – where bacteria multiply quickly and can make food unsafe.
Make sure all perishable items are refrigerated within two hours of coming out of the oven or refrigerator.
Discard food that has been left out for more than two hours to prevent foodborne illness.
   If your child needs to carry their lunch themselves, never pack perishable foods in a brown paper bag because they will be unsafe by lunchtime. Use an insulated, soft-sided lunch bag and add a frozen gel pack and a frozen juice box or bottle of water with the lunch.
These four steps– Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill – give parents and caregivers steps they can use to protect their children from food poisoning. Now that we’ve covered all the basics, you’re ready for the big test – hungry students!
   For more information on food and food safety, visit  https://www.fsis.usda.gov/.
School
North School staff will be treated to lunch as winners of the library card sign-up campaign. Pictured (L-R): Media Specialist Amy Bailey and Principal Amy Allen. Photo by Anne Gamble

North School wins library card sign-up campaign

By Anne Gamble

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, Mauney Memorial Library united in a national effort to ensure  that everyone has the opportunity to sign up for a library card.
The focus of the Mauney Memorial library effort in 2020 was to make getting a card easy for our local school’s staff and administrators.  A contest was held to see which Kings Mountain school could have the highest percentage of staff and administrators with a library card.
The winning school was North Elementary with 82.93% of staff with cards. 
Pictured are Media Specialist Amy Bailey and Principal Amy Allen.  The staff will be treated to lunch as a fun way to conclude this campaign.
Mauney Memorial Library thanks all the schools that participated.
Recipe

RECIPE CORNER

The recipes in today’s Cooking  Corner are from “Something Old, Something New” 
published by 
White Plains 
Shrinettes.)

SPICY ROAST BEEF
Betty Sue Morris
2 lbs. chuck roast
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups water 
1 pkg. onion soup mix
In skillet, brown roast on all sides. Mix remaining ingredients together and put in slow cooker. Add roast. Cook on medium to high heat 6 to 8 hours. If desired, add potatoes and carrots to slow cooker about 3 hours before roast is done.

SAUSAGE QUICHE
Aileen Sheppard
2 pie shells
1 lb. sausage
2 cups milk
8 oz. grated sharp cheese
4 eggs
Onion salt
Seasoning salt
Brown sausage. Place in uncooked pie shells. Sprinkle cheese over sausage. Beat eggs and milk. Pour  over sausage and cheese. Sprinkle seasonings over top. Cook 40 minutes at 400 degrees. May use ground beef in place of sausage.

MEAT LOAF
Lorena Falls
1 ½ lb. ground beef
2 c.  breadcrumbs.
1 onion chopped
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
6 Tbs. brown sugar
½ c. ketchup
4 tsp. mustard
Mia ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, eggs and salt. Put mixture in loaf pan. Pour mixture of brown sugar, ketchup and mustard over meat loaf before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

PINEAPPLE
CASSEROLE
Carolyn Carringer
2 large cans crushed 
   pineapple
1 ½ c. sugar
5 Tbsp. flour
2 sticks margarine
8 oz. grated Cheddar 
   cheese
2 pkg. Ritz crackers, 
   crushed
Mix together flour and sugar. Stir in pineapple. Add 1 stick melted margarine and mix well. Pour in buttered 9x12 inch casserole dish. Top with grated cheese. Melt 1 stick margarine and toss in crackers. Layer cracker crumbs on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Shirley Brutko’s Butterfly & Bloom in photography

Southern Arts Society Art Competition and Trail Photography:
“Nature Reconsidered”
and “Trail” competitions

By Jewel Reavis

“Nature Reconsidered” art competition and “Trail” photography competition opened this week at Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain. Both are judged shows with cash prizes.
“Nature Reconsidered” is an art exhibition and competition sponsored by Southern Arts Society that aims to explore the ever-changing relationship between humans and nature. Artists were asked to create work that references, investigates, challenges, and/or celebrates our relationship with the natural world. There is a wide variety of media featured in the show - painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel), drawing, glass, photography and mixed media.
Twenty-five artists from around the region entered 57 pieces of work for this year’s exhibit. Entries are down for this show, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the quality of the work is still impressive to see.
The “TRAIL” photography competition is sponsored by the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail and Southern Arts Society. This exhibit features photos taken on the Gateway Trail over the past two years. Photographers walked the trail in all types of weather to seek out flora and fauna to photograph for a chance to win a cash award.
There are 27 entries from 11 photographers in this show. The butterfly garden at the top of the Gateway Trail is a prime spot for great photos and is well represented in this show. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees which requires photographers to be patient and search out interesting wildlife to capture on film.
   Judging both shows is Myles Calvert, Assistant Professor in Fine Arts at Winthrop University, South Carolina. Mr. Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking, before travelling to London, UK where he completed his MA in Printmaking, at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity culture.
During this time, he worked for the National Portrait Gallery before moving to Hastings in East Sussex, to teach printmaking at Sussex Coast College and become Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (Hastings Contemporary). Myles' toast-based work continued with a 43000 slice installation during the Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ with college students, drawing BBC media attention, and culminated in two solo exhibitions before making a return to the University of Guelph to teach. 2019 residencies included Art Print Residence (Barcelona, Spain) and Proyecto’ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina), as well as a lecture/workshop at PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catòlica del Perú) in Lima.
Awards for both competitions will be announced virtually October 10th on the website and Facebook page of Southern Arts Society.
“Nature Reconsidered” and Trail” will be on display in the galleries of Southern Arts Society through November 6, 2020. Visitors are asked to please wear a mask and practice social distancing while visiting the gallery.
Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue in the historic Southern Railway Depot, at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits, programs and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat, 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information please visit www.SouthernArtsSociety.org, or their Facebook page. Contact 704.739.5585 or email SouthernArtsSociety@gmail.com.

Melvin Ware’s garden bounty

With the frequent showers this summer Melvin Ware’s little COVID Victory Garden did exceptionally well. Bushels of corn, beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra and peppers. Freezer and cabinets are well stocked for winter or another quarantine shut-down.
 
Sword

Revolutionary War Iron Sword part of museum’s collection

Since Kings Mountain National Military Park just commemorated the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, the Herald sought out a Revolutionary War artifact to feature in this week’s paper.
Kings Mountain Historical Museum Director and Curator January Costa shared the following about am Iron Sword donated to the Kings Mountain Historical Museum from the W.P. Wellmon Estate.
This iron sword in the collections at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum is mounted on a wooden plaque. The sword was found by Wilburn Palmer in the attic of his grandmother’s house circa 1950.
The wooden handle was previously in poor condition with rusted iron, so the handle has been replaced and the iron cleaned around 1985. The sword was owned and used by William Wellmon during the Revolutionary War.
As a young boy, William was born in Maryland and raised by his mother Katy Wellmon and stepfather George Riley in Virginia. At the age of 16-17 old, William and his family moved to Alabama. On the journey there, William met a farmer in what is now Waco, and chose to hire himself out to him and stay with him on the farm.
Shortly after, William Wellmon served as a private in Elias Longhorne’s Company, Colonel Locke’s NC regiment.  After the war, William married Rebecca Moss and started a plantation in Fallston, NC. He had five children with Rebecca, and then married a second time to Presley Williams, with whom he had four more children. He became extremely wealthy from the farming of 1600 acres of land using over 300 slaves for labor.
His Last Will and Testament is dated January 27, 1856. He was one of the last Revolutionary War soldiers remaining to pass away after the war. He is buried in the graveyard on the family plantation, and on September 31st, 1931, the Federal Government erected a marker at his grave honoring his service as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

KMLT auditions for
For ‘Til Beth Do Us Part’
October 19, 20, 21

KMLT, Director Jim Champion, and sponsor Ken and Liz Pflieger have announced audition dates for the performace of ‘Til Beth Do Us Part’. Dates are: October 19, 20, and 21 from 7 PM until 9 PM at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain. Rehearsals will begin in January 2021 with performance dates set for early March 2021. For further information contact us at jim@kmlt.org or 704-730-9408.
The audition will include parts for two  men and four women.
 THE STORY: In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (ages 45-55) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (ages 45-55). Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been. Enter Beth Bailey (ages 30-40), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah’s delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael (ages 60-70), the C.E.O. of Carmichael’s Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner. Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah’s career. As Suzannah’s dependence on Beth grows and Gibby’s dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that “will make it run more efficiently.” And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go! When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo(ages 40-55), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (ages 40-55), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss arrives for that all-important dinner. Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy!
Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. is a volunteer based, 501c3 tax-exempt community theater. It owns and operates the Joy Performance Center and the Liberty Mountain Garden. It is a funded affiliate of the Cleveland County Arts Council and is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
For more detailed information, please visit www.kmlt.org or the Kings Mountain Little Theatre facebook page.  We look forward to seeing lots of new faces and long-time friends!
Angelapadgett

Padgett born into
a life of NASCAR

By Loretta Cozart

Angela Patterson Padgett was born into a family whose lives revolved around
NASCAR. Growing up, all she wanted in life was to follow in her family’s footsteps and work in that industry. Due to a series of fortunate events, she achieved that goal.
“My great-granddaddy was Glen “Pat” Patterson and the family lived off Putnam Lake Road, near Oak Grove Road. My dad’s whole side of my family lives out there,” Angela shared, “Pawpaw raced in the ‘60s driving a 1949 Ford Coup. I have a picture of me in his race car.”
“On the other side of the family is my mom’s brother, William Rayfield, who went to work for Henrick Motorsports in 1986 and I visited the shop when I was 13-years old.” Family member, Keith still races dirt track, William is retired but does radio and cousin Keitha handles social networking for Joe Gibbs.
“NASCAR has been a family business of ours, one way or another, since I was born,” Angela said.
Padgett went to college at Appalachian State and earned her degree in Radio and Television. While there, she and a friend produced a radio show called NASCAR Thunder at WASU that was patterned after NASCAR Country. “Bill Dollar was my hero.” Patterson said.
  In the summer of 1994, she accepted an internship with Doug Rice, president of Performance Racing Network. “My professor, Dr. Porterfield, said ASU didn’t offer internships in that area. But I convinced him. I told him it was for Fast Talk, so he made up a new category called Broadcasting in the Racing Industry. That’s where I met Benny Parsons.” Her internship required 120 hours and she completed it in just three weeks.
“During my senior year of college, my uncle William called to tell me that Hendrick Motorsports was adding a museum and they needed someone to run it for them. He knew I wanted a job in NASCAR, so he called and told me to get my resume in,” she said. “I knew the museum wouldn’t open for a year, but I really wanted that job.”
After college, Calvin Hastings offered her a part-time job with Performance Racing Network calling races at Lincoln County Speedway. “It was crazy out there. They didn’t have a sound booth, so we sat amongst the people while we called the races.”
Angela didn’t realize that Benny Parsons had once driven for Hendrick Motorsports when a driver was out. He called the shop on her behalf weekly asking Chuck Mack if he had hired Angela yet. “I was so disappointed when I learned they hired in house, but never knew Benny Parsons was working to help me,” Angela said.
“He kept calling and in August 1996, Chuck Mack offered me a job on a Friday to start work on the following Monday. I was also selling tickets at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and had taken a job as a receptionist for the City of Kings Mountain. By then, I was working in the Police Department, she said.
“Bob Hayes was my boss at the Police Department and understood I had a passion for NASCAR, that was all I ever talked about.” In fact, the folks at the city nicknamed her Lug Nut because of her love of the sport. “I spoke with Chief Hayes and he interviewed someone I knew who wanted to become a police officer. My job was filled right away, but I still worked a notice.”
“At the speedway, I knew someone who could help them immediately and they let me move on to the new job,” Angela said.
  “September 23, 1996 was the best day of my life, the day I started working at Hendrick Motorsports. I have always been sad that Papaw didn’t live to see me working at Hendrick Motorsports. He would have loved it.”
Daddy was away in the military at the time and when he called I told him, “Oh Daddy, you’re not going to believe it. I got a job at Hendrick Motorsports! He was excited for me even though he was a Dale Earnhardt fan. Daddy liked Earnhardt, because he was like us… he was born on a mill hill.
Angela Padgett worked for Hendrick Motorsports from 1996 to 2012, a time she considers the best years to work in NASCAR. That experience helped her get another job at the City of Kings Mountain. “The experience I gained at Hendrick Motorsports was invaluable. I helped manage events of 10,000 plus people and that was the experience the city was looking for in my current position with Kings Mountain Special Events. It’s funny how one thing just leads to another.”
Angela’s mother, Cathy Rayfield Taylor, worked as Executive Director for the Cleveland County Partnership
for Children and suggested she speak to Scott Neisler regarding doing a show on his network. At the time, I was working at Cleveland County Partnership for Children as a coordinator for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. That contact lead to her continuing NASCAR Thunder on WGNC.
“NASCAR Thunder is not your usual racing show. Yes, we recap the weekly races. However, the biggest part of our show is interviewing folks who worked behind the scenes in NASCAR. Folks like me who worked in Marketing/Public Relations, Accounting, in the Engine and Chassis shops, Museums and Events Departments,” Angela shared. “Everyone who worked in NASCAR has a story. I use my show to honor those that are not in the spotlight. Our show is made up of NASCAR news, stories and music.”
Join Angela Padgett each Monday Night at 6 pm for NASCAR Thunder on AM1450 WGNC and FM101.1. Listen online at www.WGNC.net.
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Ted Alexander

NC Teaching Fellows program recruits best and brightest

Senator Ted Alexander shared information regarding the NC Teaching Fellows Program last week. Since being reauthorized by the General Assembly in 2017, the program has been a primary tool for recruiting the best and brightest in North Carolina to become teachers. “Teaching Fellows is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) subject in a North Carolina public school,” said Senator Alexander.
The program is open to the following categories of applicants:
A North Carolina high school senior
• A student applying to transfer to an educator preparation program at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions
• A student already enrolled at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions who transitions into an educator preparation program
• An individual with a bachelor’s degree pursuing preparation for teacher licensure at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions
Should you want additional information about this opportunity, including a detailed FAQ for prospective applicants, it is available at the NC Teaching Fellows website here: (www.ncteachingfellows.com).
Recipe

Recipe Corner  

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

(ED. NOTE: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner come from a cookbook published by Central United Methodist Church.)

CRANBERRY SALAD
Edie Potter Brucker
1 (6 oz.) pkg.  strawberry 
   or cherry gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 (8 oz) container yogurt
1 (16 oz.) can whole cranberry sauce
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped pecans
Dissolve gelatin with 1 cup boiling water. Set aside. In separate bowl, combine yogurt, cranberry sauce, celery and pecans. Mix well. Combine with gelatin. Mix thoroughly. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set.

HEART HEALTHY
CRISPY CHICKEN
Bessie Bumgardner
4 skinless chicken breasts
1 cup cornflake crumbs
1 cup skim milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse chicken breasts and dry. Season. Coat each piece with milk; shake to remove excess and roll in crumbs. Place chicken in oiled baking dish or dish sprayed with Pam. Do not crowd. Pieces should not tough. Bake for 45 minutes/ Yield: 4 servings.  Contains approximately 270 calories.

BREAKFAST
CASSEROLE
Jane Clemmer
8 eggs
2 cups milk
3 slices bread, broken 
   into small pieces
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
1 lb. sausage, browned and drained1
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Mix together beaten eggs, milk, salt and mustard. Add in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased   13x9 inches pan. Refrigerate overnight.  Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

SLOPPY JOES
Nell Gault
3 lbs. ground beef
1 med. Onion, chopped
1 c. chopped celery
1 (10 ¾ oz. can tomato soup
1 cup catsup
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Brown meat in large skillet. Add onion and celery. Cook until tender. Drain and set aside.
Add tomato soup, catsup, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. Spoon on warm bun halves and sprinkle with cheese. This freezes well for future use. Makes 16 servings.
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Local author and recent KMHS graduate Myla Athitang will be featured in this year’s virtual book fair. Photo provided

Library hosts virtual
Read Local Book Fair

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

Mauney Memorial Library hosts a virtual Read Local Book Fair from 9 am to 5 pm on October 12.  Local authors share in their own words about their works and the thought that went into their books. Links will be provided to support our local authors on the library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary.
“This year's Read Local Book Fair was originally scheduled to be held at the Patrick Senior Center but was cancelled due to COVID. The library has successfully transitioned programming to virtual, so we decided to go online with this event, as well.  Many of our authors were willing to participate by recording short videos about themselves and their works,” said Library Assistant Terry Bivens.
Here  is the list of authors participating in this year's virtual book fair.

Myla Athitang
Bill Barnes & Charlotte Corbin Barnes
Misty Beller
Tonia Brown
Doris Cole
Audrey Frank
Paul Michael Garrison
Kathryn Hamrick
Robert Lamphier
Ardrue McMahan
Linda Osborne &
   John Osborne
David Poston
Doris Elaine Smarr
Matthew Tessnear
Sandra Warren
Rhonda Waterhouse
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Patriots discuss the upcoming battle and the plan of attack during the 2019 performance of Liberty Mountain. Photo by Torrence Photography

Paying tribute to patriots at KM

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

By Jim Champion

   An historical landmark is approaching as the Carolinas look forward to the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain.  It was on October 7, 1780 that a fierce and determined band of Patriot fighters took on a larger, well-trained force of Loyalists on the mountain near the state line of the Carolinas and won what historians call the turning point of the American Revolution.
 The cast, crew and company of Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama are drawing attention to this year’s commemoration as they prepare for the stage drama based on the battle at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, next summer.  It will be the production’s 7th season after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 performances. 
“This is a story every American, young and old, must know,” says Robert Inman, the author of the play.  “If those sturdy Patriots hadn’t won that battle, we today might be singing, ‘God Save the Queen.’  We owe our freedoms as Americans to those brave men and the women who supported them and sent them off to battle.”
The Liberty Mountain company is appealing for strong public support for next year’s production, as they try to recover from the 2020 production being cancelled.
“On behalf of our company I want to thank our public, corporate, and private sponsors who have helped make the production successful,” says Jim Champion, the play’s Executive Director.  “For our 2021 season, one of the best ways to support “Liberty Mountain” is to join The Brigade of 87, our volunteer organization.  We need for businesses and individuals throughout the area to get involved and to help us prepare. We also encourage you to participate in all the virtual programs about our region’s unique Revolutionary War history, being kept alive by many great organizations.”
Liberty Mountain is a production of Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc., a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Gilbert and Jancy Patrick are the Presenting Sponsor. Further details about our drama can be found online at www.libertymountaindrama.com.  Requests for information about 2021 volunteer and sponsorship opportunities should be sent to jim@kmlt.org, KMLT/Liberty Mountain Drama, PO Box 1022, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, or you may call the Joy Performance Center at 704-730-9408.
The anniversary of the battle is traditionally marked with a large public gathering at Kings Mountain National Military Park, complete with members of the Sons of the American Revolution in authentic uniforms.  Like so much else, this year’s public celebration had to be cancelled.  But the military park and the SAR have arranged for a virtual commemoration at the monument. It can be viewed beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, October 7 by logging on to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81700673468. The men in their colorful uniforms will be there, along with the spirits of the Patriots who took up arms and helped secure the America we enjoy today.
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Susan Geratz, $5,000 Grand Prize winner of KM Historical Museum 17th Annual Raffle & Auction. (Photo provided)

Museum’s event a success thanks to community support

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

By January Costa,
Director & Curator


Kings Mountain Historical Museum’s 17th Annual Raffle & Auctions took place virtually from September 18th to September 27th. The museum also held the raffle and drawing at the museum on Saturday, September 26th and had a total of 23 winners. The Museum Board Members and staff are proud of the success of the event and appreciate the support of the Kings Mountain community.
The event was themed around the museum’s rebranding this year, and it also being the museum’s 20th year anniversary in the Post Office. The proceeds from this annual event go to support the funding needed for the museum to provide educational exhibits, events, and outreach programs free of charge to the public.
The Museum owes special thanks to our event sponsors and in-kind donors for their generous contributions, and for the people who purchased tickets and auction items. With tremendous community support, we were able to have a successful fundraiser even through the pandemic, as well as give away a Grand Prize of $5,000, which went to Susan Geratz, daughter of Mary Ann Hendricks who is a KMHM Board Member.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum looks forward to continuing to provide a home for the artifacts of Kings Mountain, interpreting our local history, and seeing you all soon for future exhibits and programs!
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Recipe Corner (9/30/20)

(Ed. Note: The recipes in today’s Cooking Corner are from ‘Monumental Recipes,’ a cookbook published by Kings Mountain Woman’s Club as its Centennial celebration collection.) 

CRANBERRY
CASSEROLE
Hilda Leonard
3 cups apples, chopped 
   and unpeeled
2 cups raw cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup quick-cooking oats 
   (uncooked)
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
½ cup butter/margarine 
   melted
In a 2 qt. casserole, combine apples, cranberries and granulated sugar; top with mixture of oats, brown sugar, pecans and melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until bubbly or light brown. Serve warm. Compliments chicken and turkey dishes.
Serves 8.

BAKED CHICKEN
Marty Blanton, KMPD
1 fryer cut up or breast, thigh and legs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. pepper
1 cup uncooked rice
½ cup chopped onion
2 T. butter
3 cups chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes
1 tsp. celery salt
Sprinkle chicken with paprika, salt and pepper. Brown rice and onion in butter. Spread rice mixture in a 13x9x2 inch buttered baking dish. Add broth and celery salt. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove cover and bake 15 minutes longer or until meat is tender.

HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN
Ann Bennett
¼ cup melted margarine
½ cup honey
¼ cup prepared mustard
1 tsp. salt
6 to 8 chicken breasts
Combine margarine, honey, mustard and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Pour into 8x13 inch baking dish
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Add chicken, coat with honey mixture. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hours. Uncover baking dish and turn chicken. Bake for 15 minutes longer.

IMPOSSIBLE
COCONUT PIE
Linda Morrow
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar 
½ cup self-rising flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup melted margarine
7 oz. flaked coconut
Mix eggs with sugar. Add milk gradually and blend. Add all remaining ingredients and pour into two eight- inch pie pans which have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Crust forms as pie bakes.
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Mauney Memorial Library’s Somethin' Pumpkin Contest

Mauney Memorial Library offers its 6th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin – Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Contest. Pumpkin pickup begins October 5 and the entry deadline is October 23.
CONTEST RULES;
The Mauney Memorial Library’s Pumpkin Decorating & Photo Contest is for all ages and is an extension of the 6th Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking Contest & Festival. Here’s how it works….
• Complete the registration form and either email it, or drop it off to the library when you pick up your pumpkin.
• Pick up your pumpkin at Mauney Memorial Library at 100 S. Piedmont Ave., beginning Monday, October 5, while supplies last. You are welcome to purchase your own pumpkin, but please keep the size of your pumpkin to under 8 lbs.
• Decorate your pumpkin to portray the characters or scenes from The Serafina Series books by Robert Beatty, or from the Biscuit series of books, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. NO CARVING ALLOWED. Your pumpkin must be based on one of these children’s book/characters to be eligible to win.
• Photograph your pumpkin entry, and email the photo to info@mauneylibrary.org, no later than Friday, October 23. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and entry category in the email. In the spirit of fairness, please do not include your name or face in the photograph. All submissions will be entered into the Photo Contest.
• Contest winners will be announced on Monday, November 2 . There will be a winner in each of these categories: Best Photo Entry, and Mayor’s Choice Award for Grades K - 2, Grades 3 - 5, Family, and Teen/Adult
• In addition, library patrons will be able to vote virtually for the “People’s Choice” winner the week of October 26-31 via the Mauney Memorial Library Facebook page. The “People’s Choice” winner will be Pumpkins will be on display virtually. Just go to:
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MAUNEYLIBRARY
   Entry Deadline: October 23 More Info: 704-739-2371
Visit www.mauneylibrary.org for more details. Current Library hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Masks are required. Limited computer time.
Curbside is still available from 10 am to 4 pm for those who want that service. Use the email: info@mauneylibrary.org using the subject line "Curbside Pickup."
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KM  National Military Park
adding access for visitor services

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Ninety Six National Historic Site (NHS), Cowpens National Battlefield (NB), and Kings Mountain National Military Park (NMP) are all increasing access.
   The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
   Beginning September 16, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks will reopen access to:
• Outdoor visitor services area with staff will be open 10 am – 3 pm, Wednesday – Friday
• Traffic flow of visitors will be controlled. One-way entry/exit.
• Interpretive programming will resume with the use of voice amplification, limited to no more than 10 people, maintaining social distancing.
• Limited America’s National Parks™ store sales will resume in outdoor area.
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:   
• All grounds, trails and parking lots
• Cowpens NB tour road for motorized vehicles.
• Cowpens NB restrooms located near visitor center and picnic area.
• Ninety Six NHS Star Fort Pond area including: parking, boat launch, fishing pier, shore fishing. Fishing is allowed 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, now through November 1.  
• Ninety Six NHS restrooms located near visitor center.
• Kings Mountain NMP restrooms located near visitor center 
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed:
• All park visitor centers
• Ninety Six Star Fort Pond area - no portable restrooms/wash stations
   The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Cowpens National Battlefield, our operational approach continues to be centered public health guidance and are regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean.
   A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 
  We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/cowp and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
  For further information contact Dawn Davis at 843-297-6051 or dawn_davis@nps.gov.

Historic Ware truck moved last week

By January Costa,
Director & Curator  


On Wednesday, September 23, the W. A. Ware & Son Truck was moved from the old McGill’s Service Station located on E. King Street in downtown Kings Mountain. The service station property has been bought by Kaimesha Young to be used for her realtor business, so the truck needed to find a new home.
For several years, the Kings Mountain Historical Museum has been using the building as a storage space to house its one of a kind collection piece. The truck was originally donated to the museum by Corky Fulton of Kings Mountain, and once restored by Terry Bowen of Kings Mountain in 2004.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum has just recently learned that the W. A. Ware Truck is a White Model 56 Truck built in February of 1927. Additionally, it was owned by the W. A. Ware & Son Roller Mill  which was previously located at the intersection of Gold Street and Railroad Avenue in downtown Kings Mountain. That location is currently the location of Patriots Park. The truck would have been used for Feed deliveries in Cleveland and Gaston Counties up until the 1960s.
The museum has had the truck moved to a private garage where it will be examined for any repairs and restoration work that need to be completed. The Kings Mountain Historical Museum plans to have the truck stored at an off-site location and hopes to get the vehicle in good enough shape to show it off more in the future at Kings Mountain events.
For more information, or to donate funds to the truck restoration, please visit www.kingsmountainmuseum.org. You can also call (704) 739-1019 or follow us on Facebook & Instagram.
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Christina Thompson, EC Compliance Manager for KMMS and her son. Photo by Windy Bagwell

Thompson named KMMS
employee of the month

The September Employee of the Month for Kings Mountain Middle School is Christina Thompson, EC Compliance Manager for KMMS. This is her first year at KMMS.
Her peers agree she is deserving of this honor and shared these compliments. “Mrs. Thompson deserves this because she goes above and beyond to meet the needs of students and to help staff. She is willing to help in any way.” Another co-worker shared, “Christina has gone above and beyond in helping and supporting the EC teachers. She will meet in a group setting or individually to help guide EC teachers through the new Remote Learning Component that EC teachers are having to fill out for each student. She is an asset to the EC department at KMMS.”
“Christina has and is going above and beyond to help all of us EC teachers this year. We are all overwhelmed and she is helping us with scheduling, filling out paperwork/forms and doing meetings for us. Even though we are still very stressed and overwhelmed, she has taken on more work for herself in order to help us,” another educator said.
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Shannon Huneycutt helps you tidy your home in a simple and effective way. Photo Mauney by Memorial Library

Mauney Memorial Library News

Tidying in a simple and effective way is the topic of Mauney Memorial Library’s Sept 25 webinar at 4 pm entitled Spark Joy: KonMari Method Tidying Webinar.
Have you wanted to clean up the clutter in your house, but don’t know where to start? Certified KonMari Method Consultant Shannon Huneycutt of Spark Joy Charlotte will teach you how to approach tidying in a simple and effective way on this online webinar.
 Enter the raffle before the webinar starts for a chance to win a two hour virtual tidying session! https://sparkjoycharlotte.com/mauneylibrary/
For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support.
Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.                            

Five generations, forty years apart

The Hullender family has lived in the Kings Mountain area for almost two-hundred years. Becky Walker shared two photos, taken 40-years apart, with five different generations of her family. One photo was taken in 1979, the other in 2020. 
 
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Five steps to vote by mail in the NC 2020 General Election

By Libby Putnam

Each year on September 17, we celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Sixty-five years ago, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Past President Gertrude S. Carraway encouraged the DAR to make a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. DAR Members adopted the resolution on April 21, 1955. 
When members of the United States Congress received the resolution, they initiated a discussion on June 7, 1955 that resulted in Senator William F. Knowland of California presenting a resolution to observe Constitution Week. After the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation on August 19, 1955 to celebrate Constitution Week. The celebration was so successful that Senator Knowland spearheaded a move to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution  was signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.
   In honor of Constitution Week, members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter NSDAR assembled Constitution Study Kits which they delivered to all of the Kings Mountain Elementary Schools. The Study Kits contain pocket sized Constitutions, fact sheets, games, and puzzles which teachers can use to teach their students about the US Constitution.
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Pictured (L-R) Allison Falls and Ann Hoyle hold completed Constitution Study Kits which were assembled by DAR members during their chapter meeting on September 15. Photo Libby Putnam

DAR celebrates Constitution Week

By Libby Putnam

Each year on September 17, we celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Sixty-five years ago, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Past President Gertrude S. Carraway encouraged the DAR to make a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. DAR Members adopted the resolution on April 21, 1955. 
When members of the United States Congress received the resolution, they initiated a discussion on June 7, 1955 that resulted in Senator William F. Knowland of California presenting a resolution to observe Constitution Week. After the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation on August 19, 1955 to celebrate Constitution Week. The celebration was so successful that Senator Knowland spearheaded a move to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution  was signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.
   In honor of Constitution Week, members of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter NSDAR assembled Constitution Study Kits which they delivered to all of the Kings Mountain Elementary Schools. The Study Kits contain pocket sized Constitutions, fact sheets, games, and puzzles which teachers can use to teach their students about the US Constitution.

Hospice Cleveland County calendar of events

“Reflections” 
Sharing Group
“Reflections” is a support group offered by Hospice Cleveland County. Through the use of group dynamics and personal reflections, we come to a better understanding of why we feel the way we feel and what may help us cope better.
The next Reflections Groups will be Zoom Online Support Groups.
Thursdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursdays: November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
If interested, please call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas at 980-295-8596. They will then provide the participant with instructions and information for joining this online group.

Sponsor a Holiday Meal
This year Hospice Cleveland County will again provide holiday dinners for our patients and families who need them. Any contribution will be appreciated. If you would like to help sponsor a holiday dinner for a patient and their family, please mail your donation to: Hospice Cleveland County, C/O Holiday Dinner, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. • Shelby, NC 28150
You may designate your donation In Honor or In Memory of a loved one.
For more information, please call 704-487-4677.

“Coping with the Holidays”
The Holidays can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Our HCC Grief Counselors will offer helpful ways to deal with this year’s holiday rush. Available on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:00am - Noon & 5:00pm - 7:00pm
If interested, please call Susan Bowling 980-295-8595 or Lynn Thomas at 980-295-8596.We will then provide the participant with instructions and information for joining this online group.
Christmas Card Fundraiser
During this holiday season, experience a unique opportunity to celebrate the love and warmth of giving. For a $10.00 per card donation, Hospice will mail a beautiful holiday card stating that you have made a contribution in honor or in memory of your loved ones, friends and / or business associates. Forms are available at the Hospice Administration Buildingor online at www.hospicecares.cc Deadline to order is December 14th.For more information, please call 704-751-3486. Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County.

Lighting the Way
Please join Hospice Cleveland County on Friday, December 11th as we light the way in Uptown Shelby. For each contribution of $10, a luminary with the name of the individual to be remembered will be placed on the Court Square in Uptown Shelby. A special military luminary is also available. Forms can be found on our website at www.hospicecares.cc and must be turned in no later than December 4th, 2020. Proceeds support the general operations of Hospice Cleveland County. For more information call 704-487-4677.

 
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Patriot Jack’s Outfitters needs help identifying shoplifters

On August 16, two individuals entered Patriot Jack’s Outfitters at 832 King Street in Kings Mountain just after 11 am and allegedly stole items while shopping in the store. If you recognize these individuals, please contact Kings Mountain Police Department. Patriot Jacks is offering a reward to the first people to turn them in. More video is available on the Patriot Jack’s Facebook page.
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Advent Lutheran new preschool
 

Advent Lutheran Church announced the opening of Advent Academy at 230 Oak Grove Road in Kings Mountain for children ages 2½ - Pre-K, with classes being held Monday through Friday from 8:50 am to 12:45 pm.

The academy’s mission is to minister, educate and nurture each student by being positive Christian role models. They have begun enrolling new students.

Advent Academy’s curriculum, experienced staff and small class sizes allow for safety while providing a caring and fun environment and facilitate learning through play, classroom instruction, song, and group activities.

Advent Lutheran Church’s new mission grew from a need within the Kings Mountain community to provide quality care to students displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staff and board of

Advent Academy are taking precautions to ensure safety and cleanliness. Measures include taking temperatures upon arrival and carefully monitoring students for signs of illness. They will adhere to social distancing guidelines between each class cohort and follow all state recommendations.

Contact Advent Academy with questions at adventacademy554@gmail.com.
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Mauney Memorial Library News

By Loretta Cozart

While Mauney Memorial Library is closed to the public during the pandemic, the library continues with plenty of activities and programs of interest to all ages. Take advantage of the library’s resources including Curbside Pickup, Wowbrary, and Facebook Live activities for the entire family.

A variety of online resources for any interest is available through the library’s website. hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10:30 am to 11 am, Mauney Memorial Library hosts Zoom Storytime with Miss Anne for pre-school children age 0 to 5-years. Follow along with stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email. Registration is required.

Mauney Library offers book grab bags for sale through August 31. Each bag is $5 and contains at least seven books from a variety of genres, as well as a Mauney Library water bottle. Proceeds from the book sale will go towards making much needed repairs to our historic building. Call the library at 704-739-2371 to purchase your grab bags. One lucky bag (selected randomly) even contains an extra prize.

Stuffed Animal Storytime on Wednesday, September 2, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Miss Anne tells a special story with her animal friends. Stuffed animal kits have all been distributed, but you can still watch on Mauney Memorial Library’s Facebook page.

On Monday, August 31, New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb Sharyn McCrumb will talk about her latest books and more. McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times Best Sellers : The Ballad of Tom Dooley, She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. Learn more at www.sharynmccrumb.com. Register to get a free Sharyn McCrumb novel, while supplies last.

Monday, September 14, Cleopatra herself will come from the pages of history to visit with you. Her story is more amazing and incredible than a fiction author could imagine! She will share her astounding story, audacious spirit, and astonishing guile in this educational, entertaining, and engaging presentation. She may be quite surprising to your audience by revealing the real Cleopatra, strikingly different from the Hollywood impression of her. This is an online event. Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/mauneylibrary

Mauney Memorial Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day on September 5.
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Delta Kappa Gamma installs new officers

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Key Women Educators, met June 20 in the backyard of Immediate Past NC DKG President Connie Savell.  New members Sharon Capps, Beth Sellers, Aftan Smith and Katie Patton were inducted.

The officers for 2020-2022 were installed. They are President Lisa May, First Vice President Stephanie Hinson, Treasurer Bendatra McDowell, and Parliamentarian Julienne Hambright.

Delta Kappa Gamma’s mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. “Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide” is the vision statement of the Society. Members honored outgoing president Valerie Boyd with a beautiful gift basket.
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Shaquia Jimson

The Life God Gives You

By Loretta Cozart

Shaquia Jimson was born in 1979, the daughter of Kenneth Wayne Jimson and Grace Ann Watkins Jimson. Within 10 months, her mother would be dead at her father’s hand and the family broken apart. Grace Ann’s daughters were fathered by different men, so each daughter was sent to be raised by those families. Shaquia was 10-months old, her sister just two.

The story of her mother’s murder made headlines in Cleveland County and the region in 1980, and Shaquia said, “That story has always loomed over me. As I got older, I decided to learn more about what happened that caused this tragedy. My father was a military man. My mother was only 18 and didn’t finish high school,” Jimson said. “My grandmother orchestrated my parent’s marriage, but they were so young they didn’t understand what marriage really meant.”

Prior to the marriage, Shaquia’s grandmother would sell Grace Ann to men for money. “My mom was between 12 and 13-years old when that began. I’ve come to realize that what my mother experienced was nothing less than sex-trafficking. And I suspect the same may have happened to my grandmother. I think it was multi-generational. After marriage, my mother experienced domestic violence from my father,” she said. “They had a very volatile relationship.”

“When I was 10-months old, my father locked my sister and me in a shed out back of my grandmother’s home in the Compact Community and killed my mother. Then he set fire to the house.” He was charged with first-degree murder and arson.

“What I try to do after learning all this is to bring awareness to single parenting. No matter whether the children are raised by their mother or their father, it isn’t fair to the children. There aren’t many helpful resources for single parents available. Single parents have to think

of their children first and be aware of their decisions in life. They should ask themselves if they are making a choice for their children or for themselves?”

Today, Shaquia Jamison is a certified Life Coach and owner of Overcoming Bondage, LLC. She wrote the book, The Life God Gives You, to honor her mother. “Once I learned the story, that my mother was only 18-years old when she lost her life, I wanted to do something in honor of her. She was too young, and the situation too tragic, for her to be forgotten.

As a Life Coach, Shaquia specializes in dealing with the pain in life. “I started my own business to help people overcome the things that hold them down. No matter what we are bound to, God has a purpose, he has a plan for each and every one of us,” she said.

“People should humble themselves and let God be who he is. I am a witness that he can open up doors no one can shut. I am a product of not having parents. So, I know if he did it for me, he will do it for anyone else.”

“In helping others, I try to transition the hurt to joy, because joy is something God gives us, not man. I try to stick that joy to a person’s soul so they can understand it is something nobody can take from them. “God gives us hope and motivation as an avenue to transition from where we were to what we want to become,“ Shaquia said.

“Everyone has room for better, but we can’t become better until we deal with the pain.”

Shaquia Jimson’s book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. “My next book is due out in late September, The Devil’s Plot vs. God’s Plan.” www.overcomingbondage.com shaquiajimson@gmail.com

In her personal life, Jimson has three grown children, “My youngest is 21-years old, two boys and a girl. In raising them and in my life I have ended the multi-generational curse on my family.” She took the lessons learned from her parents and now helps others. “I reach out to lots of people and have no stipulations to receive my services,” she said.
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Jimmy Wayne performing his 224th show on the Grand Ole Opry stage. (photo by Marushka Media)

Clev. Co. Music Hall of Fame names Jimmy Wayne to Board

Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame – formed in August 2019 to honor the county’s rich music history, artists and music business pioneers, and serve the youth in its community – welcomes hometown hero, Jimmy Wayne, to its Board of Directors.

Jimmy, who was born in Kings Mountain, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author, whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

“When the Hall of Fame approached me with the idea I was honored; not just because their goal is to celebrate local artists and pioneers, but because they want to give back with scholarships and provide instruments to kids who are interested in learning to play, sing and create,” said Jimmy. “Music and songwriting changed my life, and maybe it’ll change the life of a kid who is growing up like I did.”

“Music is universal in North Carolina, regardless of where you live in the state,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “We are delighted that Cleveland County is recognizing its own heritage with the Music Hall of Fame and that hometown musician, Jimmy Wayne, is sharing his time and talent to celebrate its musical roots.”

Fellow Kings Mountain native Tim Moore, the Speaker of North Carolina House of Representatives, said the addition of Jimmy Wayne to Cleveland County’s Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors shows why the region is a must-visit stop for music lovers.

“Jimmy Wayne is a legend in our community not only for his music but his advocacy for vulnerable children who need a strong voice like his,” Speaker Moore said. “We deeply appreciate Jimmy’s commitment to our local Music Hall of Fame and statewide programs like ‘Come Hear NC’ that tell the story of the Tar Heel State’s proud cultural heritage.”

“Jimmy is a shining example of the power of music; but more than that, he’s never forgotten where he came from and is always giving back,” said Angela Padgett, Vice President of the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame. “We’re thrilled to have Jimmy, a true hometown hero, be part of our board of directors.”

The Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame (a 501c-3) will honor nationally and locally known artists, songwriters, disc jockeys and other

individuals and groups whO have promoted all genres of music.

The Hall of Fame plans to induct an artist, band, songwriter or music business pioneer, annually.

Eventually, scholarship(s) will be offered to a local high school senior who plans to pursue a degree in music, as well as underprivileged children interested in owning and learning to play an instrument.

The Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction ceremony was to take place in 2020 but may be rescheduled to next year due to the COVIDx19 pandemic, and the health of the community as the board’s main priority. More information will follow as the board assesses viable options.

About Jimmy Wayne

Having recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of finishing his walk halfway across America – Project Meet Me Halfway – to raise awareness to the plight of more than 30,000 children in foster care, Jimmy, a Cleveland County native, is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Walk To Beautiful’. Jimmy’s songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for these forgotten youth.

Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving more than one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

In 2005, Jimmy became the youngest recipient of The William Booth Award, one of the highest honors that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army.

In 2012, Jimmy lobbied to pass legislative bills extending the age of foster care from 18 to 21 in California and Tennessee.

In 2013, Jimmy’s first film, ‘Paper Angels’ (UPtv) became an instant holiday classic and in 2014 he released ‘Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way’ (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins) which became a three-time New York Times bestseller, crossing the 170,000 sales milestone in early 2019, and becoming a #1 bestseller at Amazon.

In 2016 Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), while simultaneously contributing to the extension of foster care services from age 18 to 21 in North Carolina and Ohio.

In 2017, Jimmy was honored with the inaugural Community Maker award by Verizon and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University. In 2018 he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State University San Marcos and most recently, (May 2019) he was honored by the National Council for Adoption with the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award in recognition of his continued commitment to creating positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families.

Jimmy has shared his story – The Power of One – around the world as a keynote speaker and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 224 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to give back through his non-profit awareness campaign, Project Meet Me Halfway.

For more about Jimmy Wayne, visit www.jimmywayne.com.  
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Wells serves as Democratic National Delegate this week

Betsy Wells again is a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention which started Monday, August 17. Due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s convention will be virtual, instead of in-person in Milwaukee.
Betsy has already cast her vote for Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for President and looks forward to watching him accept the nomination on Thursday, the final night.

This is Betsy’s fifth National Convention, beginning in 2000 in Los Angeles, 2004 in Boston, 2008 in Denver, 2012 in Charlotte, and 2016 in Philadelphia.

Betsy has served as Chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party , Chair of Congressional District 10 Democratic Party, and currently the 1st Vice Chair if Congressional District 5 Democratic Party.

Long-time Democratic activist, Betsy was honored by the NC Democratic Party in 2019 with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor Roy Cooper.
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Five KMHS graduates receive Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship

The 2020 winners of the Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship, all graduates of Kings Mountain High School, were Kylie Bearfield, Brandon Dover, Jesse Hughes, Alyssa Newton and Nicholas Stewart.

Steve Wells was a teacher and administrator in the Kings Mountain District Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2000. His career began at Central School, teaching Special Education, before going to Grover Elementary to teach at the elementary level for many years. Later he became the Assistant Principal at Grover and finished his education career as the Assistant Principal at Bethware Elementary School.

Steve was a product of Kings Mountain Schools, attending both Grover and graduating from Kings Mountain High School. He continued his education at Appalachian State University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Social Science and later a master's degree in Special Education.  Later in his teaching career, Steve obtained a master's degree in School Administration from UNCC.

“Steve always valued education, and in his memory, I bestow $250 each to the graduating seniors to be used at the universities of their choice for the 2020-21 college year,” said Betsy Wells, Treasurer of the Steve Wells Memorial Scholarship.
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GW Marching Bulldogs receive lead gift from David and Marie Brinkley

$10,000 Gift Designated to assist in relaunching Marching Band at GWU 

In March, Gardner-Webb University announced plans to reestablish the University’s marching band under the direction of Dr. Mark R. Cole. Today, GWU comes one step closer to that day with a $10,000 gift from long-time university supporters David and Marie Brinkley.

“We are so very grateful to David and Marie Brinkley for their generous lead gift in support of the Gardner-Webb University Marching Band.  The Brinkleys certainly know good football, and they appreciate a good gameday experience.  The return of our Runnin’ Bulldog Marching Band in fall 2021 will make Saturdays in Spangler Stadium something special, and it will give our talented musicians a new stage upon which to showcase their skills.  GWU is indeed fortunate to have friends such as the Brinkleys,” noted GWU President, Dr. William M. Downs.

David and Marie Brinkley have provided GWU with financial gifts throughout the years with assistance for student-athletes, the Godbold School of Business and various other programs. 

“First, Marie and I enjoy good music. We both come from a small town where the marching band was an integral part of Friday night football. Today, the bands are more sophisticated and talented. When we read about this, we decided to help launch this project. I encourage others to get involved no matter what level. We cannot wait to hear the Gardner-Webb Marching Bulldogs,” said David Brinkley.

Gardner-Webb previously fielded marching band programs in the 1940s, 1970s and most recently, from 2007-2017. Cole is currently recruiting musicians for the Marching Bulldogs, which will take the field in fall 2021, with hopes of having 75 members. Cole’s experience includes leading several high school marching band programs. During his career as a Navy musician, he served as musical director for the Midshipman Drum and Bugle Corps at the U.S. Naval Academy, director of the Navy Band Memphis, Tenn., director of the Sixth Fleet Band in Naples, Italy, and assistant director/associate conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

 “There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds, and pageantry of college football Saturdays here in the South,” added Downs.  “With the return of the Marching Bulldogs to Spangler Stadium, we will elevate the gameday experience for our fans and help create that 12th Man that all great football teams want on their home field.”

David and Marie have lived in Kings Mountain, N.C. for several decades, and have two daughters who graduated from Gardner-Webb as student-athletes. David is also a former high school football coach, and operates the Brinkley Financial Group investment firm.

The Gardner-Webb Bulldog Club will host the 7th Annual Bulldog Club Golf Tournament, on August 6 at Riverbend Golf Course in Shelby, N.C. Proceeds from the event will also benefit the Marching Bulldogs. If you have interest in supporting the return of the marching band at Gardner-Webb, contact Aaron Hinton at 704.406.4101 or ahinton@gardner-webb.edu. You may also sponsor the band directly online at tinyurl.com/marching-bulldogs.

 
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Adams reaches highest rank possible in karate

Dave Adams, a 1963 Kings Mountain High School graduate, was awarded the highest rank possible in the martial art of karate, a 10th Degree Black which is signified by the Red Belt.

Adams was inducted into the Legends of the Carolinas Fraternity of Black Belts In North and South Carolina and is credited as the Power of Karate in North Carolina. The Museum of Martial Arts for the United States awarded him the History of Generals Award for his years of promoting, teaching, and competing in the martial arts.

His Black Belt line of students has promoted over 2,000 Black Belts who have become teachers, doctors, lawyers, preachers, politicians, nurses, and leaders in their community. Three time NC fighting and form champion, 1967 Tri-State (NC, SC, GA) fighting champion, and 1968 Southern Coast Middle Weight Champion, Adams is recognized as one of the most productive instructors in the county. His Black Belts have won three world titles and their awards and stature has rivaled his accomplishments.

“My goal was to make them better than me,” says Adams. “God has blessed me, so I have tried to bless each of them.”

In high school, Adams played on the football and baseball team. His brother was the late Coach Jerry Adams who made his mark in football while in high school making all-conference and all-state. Dave currently resides in North Myrtle Beach, SC and is CEO of Adam Stone Motion Pictures, now in production of four major films to be released over the next three years worldwide.
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Exterior of the Imperial Theater today. (Photos by Loretta Cozart)

Pieces of Kings Mountain History

Two years ago, David Stone and his family moved from the Crowders Mountain area to Kings Mountain when they began purchasing and restoring key properties in Kings Mountain’s history.

Their company, Stonewright Properties, LLC, is owned by David, his wife Janet, and their son, Christopher. You might recognize Christopher Stone’s name from his performances in Liberty Mountain over a six-year span. The family’s love of history, historic landmarks, and all things old runs deep as is evidenced by the properties they purchase and things they collect.

David understands what is required to restore and preserve historic buildings, both commercial and residential, through his real estate work. He also sits on the Historic Shelby Foundation board.

In 2019, Stonewright Properties purchased the W.A. Mauney home at 107 N. Piedmont and the Bonnie Mauney Summers property at 1220 N. Piedmont, becoming the owners of two of the most historically significant properties in the community.

Their most recent purchase occurred on April 30 for property at 138 W. Mountain Street, formerly known as Friendly Billiards. Although, the history of this building goes back almost a century as it was the first modern theater in Kings Mountain and the first built exclusively for that purpose.

The first task Stone took on with the newly acquired building was to repair the leaky roof and address other issues related to those leaks. The ceiling downstairs was taken down to the studs and the moisture issues have now been corrected.

The building itself is equal in size to 213 S. Battleground Avenue, with approximately 10,000 square feet combined across two levels. “Our thought about this building is to divide it into two retail spaces or keep it as a single,” David Stone said. “If we keep it single, we’d love to see a general store here. We think they could use the courtyard outside for a farmers market in the little alleyway, which would be a big draw. The other idea might be a tea and spice shop”

“To me the town needs three to five good anchors. Getting anchor stores to come in is difficult, because they have to be willing to see forward with you,” he said.

It is hard to determine the exact year the theater was built, due to spotty records from that time. Cinema Treasures.com lists the theater as opening in 1930 and having 600 seats. An ad from a 1939 Herald shows the theater offered several double features: Two-Gun Troubadour and Murder on Diamond Row on Wednesday and Thursday, Riders on the Frontier and The Girl from Rio running Friday and Saturday. The feature on Monday and Tuesday was Man in the Iron Mask. All seats were 10 to 15 cents.

A 1945 map shows the property with two retail spaces at the front, and a center entrance for the theater itself. The theater was segregated, as were most of that time. Outside there were separate stairs to balcony seating. An oval sign hung high on the building and the anchors for that sign remain in the brick facade. A marquee cover sheltered guests from both summer heat and inclement weather.

While the facility has been used as a billiard hall for decades, many items from the original theater remained with the building. Bent plywood theater seats are similar to ones in Central School Auditorium remain. Restroom facilities contain the original cast iron sinks and fixtures; they don’t appear to have been updated during the life of the facility.

At the back of the first floor, the theater stage area can be seen. Countless acts performed on the stage once there, and movies played on a screen now long gone.

Upstairs, the theater had a tin ceiling; Stone plans to repurpose it in the downstairs retail space.

After the theater closed, the second floor area was closed in, completely separating it from the downstairs, but the date of that remodel is unclear.

In 1948, additional steel I-beams were added to the roof, much like what was done at 213 S. Battleground around the same time-frame. Notes made on the I beam give us the only evidence of the date of their installation.

The upstairs space has most recently been used for storage. The new owners have now cleaned out that space. All that remains is a metal fan that hangs in the center of the ceiling.

If they do decide to divide the space, Stone plans to put lofts upstairs since access there is separate from that of the space below. “If we do divide it,” Stone said, “we’ll put five lofts there of various sizes. But that remains to be determined.”

The old pool tables have been sold and buyers are currently moving them to various locations, along with pool balls and cues. Vending machines line the wall.

A few other items from outside the original facility are being stored in the building for now. “I collect things like reclaimed timber from Firestone Mill,” David said. “I had a storage building in Gastonia and a sink I have here came out of that building. I save stuff like this because I can use it in other projects.”

Luckily, the other two properties the Stone’s own are currently being restored as primary residences for he and his wife, and the other for his son. As those projects near completion, I’ll be sure to share those stories.
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Lewis’ barn quilts honor loved ones

By Loretta Cozart

Emma Kay Lewis has been making barn quilts for six years and does so to honor loved ones by incorporating their interests in the pattern. “I consider barn quits an extension of traditional quilting, which I also enjoy. Both continue the tradition of story telling, a means of passing on history and what is important to a person,” she said.

While barn quilts have been around for many years, there's been a spike in popularity in the last two decades.

“The first two barn quilts I painted were for my daughter,” Emma Kay explained. “My daughter lives in South Carolina and I fell in love with barn quilts because it creates a whole different was something that connects to a person’s interests on the individual level. “My brother moved to Virginia a few years ago and has a cattle farm, so his barn quilt has cows on it,” she said.

Retiring in September 2018, Emma Kay planned to move to SC to be closer to her daughter. But she found a house she loved in the Bethlehem community of Kings Mountain and decided that it was close enough to visit her daughter easily. Prior to retirement, Emma Kay was an Elementary Teacher Assistant in Wayne County, NC.

While vacationing in Western NC 10 to 15 years ago, she saw barn quilts and had to find out what they were about. But with children and obligations, she never found the time to start. “Five years ago, a friend of mine in Wayne County put a barn quilt up and I decided the time had come for me to begin. My friend was instrumental in getting started properly. We talked and compared notes on paint, sealers, hanging hardware, and things like that,” she said. “I’ve made 30 – 40 barn quilts now and they are on display in NC, SC, VA, and PA. Most are made for people I know.”

Barn quilts aren’t only for barns, they can be used on sheds, homes, and fences. Emma Kay also has two-sided ones for mailboxes. Each piece is more complicated to create than it might seem. After priming the plywood square, the artist must transfer her design to the wood. Each section is masked-off and given three coats of paint. Adjacent colors must be painted at different times due to the tape required for the straight-edge. And after all the paint for the work has dried, it must be sealed since it is displayed outdoors.

Recently, Emma Kay learned about the Gateway Trail located just a few miles from her home and she ran a 5K there during the trail’s 10th anniversary. “I run 5k and 10k races and people have encouraged me to use the trail more often because it is safe, especially during COVID-19. What sold me on the idea is that everyone shared how safe it was,” she commented.

“While walking the trail one day, I saw a lady walking her little dog. She had a grabber tool and a bag, picking up any trash she saw. I thought how wonderful it would be if everyone did their part to make the Gateway Trail as nice as possible. Then, I realized I could offer my time and talents to create a barn quilt for the trail. That is something unique I can offer to give back,” she said.

Before making barn quilts, Emma Kay spent time with traditional quilting and still makes them. “My mother-in-law taught me, and I made quilts for my kids when they were younger. As a mom, that’s what I did. I am a very sentimental person,” she said.

“Driving between VA and NC recently, I stopped in at the Visitor’s Center and found that NC has a barn quilt trail. I would love to see Cleveland County develop its own barn quilt trail here. Enough people in the community already have barn quilts and that number will only grow in time, because they are so popular now,” Emma Kay said.

“A pamphlet with a map and addresses could be created that includes the story behind the barn quilts. It would make a great day-trip and give folks something to do now and even after the pandemic is over,” she said.
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Library presents Chicago: True Stories of the 1920s

The 1920's are saturated with surprise, sequins, and murder! Martina Mathisen, as a 1920's flapper named Flora, tells how fashion, crime, and prohibition mixed with explosive creativity to shape the decade of the century, Thursday, July 23 at noon at www.mauneylibrary.org. If you miss the original presentation, it will be available for a week.

Learn fact from fiction and how reality relates to the 2002 Oscar-winning film Chicago.

For questions, or to join our Friends of the Library, email info@mauneylibrary.org or call the library at (704) 739-2371. The Friends of the Mauney Memorial Library thank the community for its continued support. Mauney Memorial Library is located at 100 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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Real to Reel Film Festival

By Violet Arth

The Cleveland County Arts Council is excited to begin another decade of offering amazing cinema to film festival goers. Originally slated for the end of July, this year, the 21st annual International Real to Reel Film Fest has been rescheduled for September 9-12 at the Joy Performance Theatre in Kings Mountain. 

Although the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by filmmakers, event planners, and venues around the world, Real to Reel organizers are hoping the delayed dates and a new virtual companion component will expand the outreach and preparation time for this exploration of international film.

“Postponing the festival was not a decision we took lightly but one we felt was best for everyone, and it gave us the opportunity to add a virtual component. We are excited to work with Seed and Spark to bring Real to Reel Film Festival into the virtual festival space via their platform,” commented Festival Director Violet Dukes. More details are forthcoming in regard to this online element of screenings.

The selection committee screened nearly 150 film submissions, from amateur and professional filmmakers, including animated shorts, live-action shorts, documentaries (shorts and feature-length), feature-length narrative films, and films made by children ages 14 years and younger. International countries of origin for submissions include India, Japan, Iran, Russia, and Slovakia, among others.

The festival will screen approximately 1- hours of runtime (30+ films) based on the selections made by the committee, (selections are still being finalized). “This year, I’m particularly energized by the virtual/companion component of the festival. We’ll be able to introduce an entirely new audience (outside of our geographic area) to this long-standing festival,” says Noel Manning, co-founder of Real to Reel and tenured member of the film selection committee. Awards categories will be classified by their student/amateur or professional submission status.

This year especially will bring some unique and exciting virtual components to the Real to Reel Film Festival, notably for online audiences. The virtual aspect will allow audiences to catch films they may be unable to see in person (or that they may want to view again). Tickets will be sold to stream the films online through Seed and Spark. Several filmmaker interviews conducted via Zoom will be available online for general viewing in the weeks leading up to the September festival. Additionally, for the on-site portion of the festival in September, pre-recorded filmmaker Q&A sessions will be made available to audiences. As in years past, audience members can expect live in-person filmmaker Q&A panels as well.

Last year’s Real to Reel Film Festival saw an attendance of approximately 300 people. “While this year’s festival will certainly have a different feel, we’re excited to once again bring diverse, educational and entertaining independent films to our community and beyond,” said Shearra Miller, President of the Cleveland County Arts Council.

For more information about this year’s festival, contact Violet Dukes at the Cleveland County Arts Council by email violet.arth@ccartscouncil.org or phone 704-484-2787. You can also visit the film festival website at http://www.realtoreelfest.com

  The mission of the Real to Reel International Film Festival is to offer a forum for independent film, video and multimedia artists from around the world to showcase their talents and expose the works of these artists to our region.
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Library features local author on website July 27

Watch local author, Misty M. Beller, tell you about her newest adventures writing her Hearts of Montana book series. God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Misty will be on location in Montana to show you the beautiful scenery that surrounds her new series, and she will tell you a bit about writing, too. You will find her story on Mauney Memorial Library’s Facebook page, as well as the library website. To receive a free copy of one of her latest books, register online at mauneylibrary.org, while supplies last!

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
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Pieces of Kings Mountain History, July 15, 2020

I’ve always been intrigued by theaters in Kings Mountain. As a child, we only had one movie venue in town, the Joy Theater located where the Joy Performance Center is now.

I knew the town had several theaters over the years, but I learned of a new one this week. The first movie theater was on Battleground Avenue, then known as Railroad Avenue on the East side of the tracks. The road was renamed Battleground Avenue later on. Viewing the 1908 Sanborn Map, The Opera House was located on the second floor above a Hand Printing Shop; the town’s Armory was located next door. It was just north of the Gold Street railroad crossing.

I just learned that the next theater was called Pastime Movies and was located near, or perhaps in the same building that later became the Imperial Theater on East Mountain Street. As indicated on the 1919 Sanborn Map, the theater had lights, electric, and heat stoves.

The Imperial Theater was owned by a businessman in Shelby and the Cash brothers ran the establishment and it was likely in business after 1920. By 1935, the brothers operated the Dixie Theater in a building owned by the Plonk family at 216 Railroad Avenue. The Cash brothers bought the fixtures and seating for that theater. They played movies and, during the ‘20s and ‘30s, hosted Loretta Lynn and countless road musicians on their circuit tours.

Next, the Cash brothers expanded their theater empire adding the Victory Theater in Cramerton in 1943, and the Gaston and Holly theaters in Mt. Holly the following year. With those, the Cash brothers owned four theaters.

On June 1, 1949, David and Charlie Cash opened their fifth theater, the Joy Theater, in downtown Kings Mountain. As was customary in the time, the newspaper grew from six to 20 pages that week, filled with ads welcoming the new business. The Joy Theater had the most modern equipment and seated 772 patrons. The seats were made of padded leather.

When the theater was bought by a church in the late 1970’s or early ‘80s, there was no theater in town for over 30 years until the Joy Performance Theater opened. It is now a performance venue and shows films from time to time. But the experience of catching a movie at the local theater on a Friday or Saturday night is now gone from downtown Kings Mountain.

With the Dixie property still available, one hopes a visionary with a passion to create a draw in downtown Kings Mountain might reclaim the old building for a theater or live entertainment space. We are witnessing a lot of growth in town of late and it won’t be long until that large space has a new lease on life. One can only imagine what the future might bring for the old theater, and our town.