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Thursday, January 3, 2001
Vol. 114 No. 1
brought America to its knees.
That day, and many since,
Mountain during 2001 includ-
A LOOK BACK AT 2001
See 2001, 2A
LOOK AHEAD TO 2002
Grover stores to go
into lottery business
on January 7, 2002
By BEN LEDBETTER
With the start of the South Carolina state lottery
just days away, many Kings Mountain area resi-
dents are already talking about it.
At Rick’s Ole Country Store on N.C. Highway
216, customers in and around the store had vary-
ing opinions on the lottery, which is scheduled to
start January 7.
The first tickets that will be on sell will be
scratch-off tickets that will cost between $1-$2. In
March the lottery will start a Pick-3 game.
Kings Mountain resident Robert Bess said he
wants to play the lottery to win lots of money.
“I've been working hard gll my life,” Bess said.
“I need some money. I'm going to play it until I
Bess said he wanted to see a lottery in North
Carolina, but for now will settle for going to near-
by areas across the state line.
“If the cops don’t stop me going down there,
I'll be there,” Bess said in a tongue-in-cheek man-
Melissa Wilson, who was working on opening
preparations at the grill inside the store said she
thought the lottery was a good thing.
Proceeds from the South Carolina are expected
to go to various educational purpose and Wilson,
a former Gaston County Schools employee, said
putting the money toward education is the best
“Education is the best thing they could do with
that money,” Wilson said.
“Got to have education or you're done because
the whole world’s going to be computerized.,”
Winslow McClain, who was with Bess, said he
thinks the lottery revenue will go to its intended
Other people in Kings Mountain had differing
views on the South Carolina games.
Mike Miller said he thought the lottery would
benefit South Carolina and did not see anything
wrong with it.
Terri Wright said, even with the lottery being
just a few miles across the state line, she does not
plan on playing it.
But Mount Holly resident and retired auditor
Tom Mosier said he’s skeptical of whether the lot-
tery revenue in South Carolina will go toward its
See Lottery, 2A
New water line will be
top prioritydor RM in 02
By BEN LEDBETTER
yet to-be decided.
With merger undecided school
Capital projects from
office employees in Kings
system officials said it has not
See Schools, ZA
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Celebrating 128 Years
300 W. Mountain St.
529 New Hope Road
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106 S. Lafayette St.
1225 Gastonia Hwy.
Staff Writer 2001 included the new H.
Lawrence Patrick Senior Center |
While the city of Kings and Conference Center, a new A
Mountain saw many capital playground at the Jake Early ]
projects finished in 2001, officials Sports Complex, and a walking :
said they hope to continue a track on Watterson Street, near
similar pace in the new year. Mount Zion Baptist Church.
One of the items on top of a At-large Councilman
list expected to be discussed at a Gene White said the city did
BEN LEDBETTER / THE HERALD January work session is the com- well by accomplishing the proj-
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Kings Mountain fireman Johnny Caldwell prays during prayer service at B.N. Barnes P logon of phase a oe er ing its finonces in
Auditorium for victims and families of the September 11 terrorist attacks. two phases were completed last “We got some very major
year. league projects accomplished,”
Mayor Rick Murphrey said White said. “We have wound up
the water line is part of the city’s the year so far with some major
Cc ar a You aim to look at all support servic- fund balance.”
\ es and utilities. And with the current
® “The city continues to move state of the national economy,
] i | forward progressively, improv- MAYOR MURPHREY White said he wants to make
t C S to 1tS kne Cc S ing all our utilities and support sure all the specific details of a
® ® : services,” he said. project are known before making a decision.
: Other proposed projects with water and sewer “That's the one thing I want to make absolutely
orana A Rr) utilities include expansion of the water treatment sure the picture is understandable and clear,”
By GARY STEWART churches, cjties, individuals plant and workshops on storm water manage- White said.
Editor of The Herald and gramps ol over he coun- #2 - Beonown ment. But capital projects are not the only items get-
try have held special prayer Local folks not only felt the : : : . . : : J
Pring Ge poy of Semel pon CORE JF MOL | mee fest op a Muy Srp enya
the year usually tough, pen help victims.and theis Le doin 2 Sono: completed. The new station will be the first projects, such as recycling will be discussed in
. because there are so many S. C i ard in ; : FH .
iz things that go on that affect so Almost one month later, on ~~ Cleveland County as any- afm olin 2002 See City, 2A
= many different people. October 7, the United States where. For most of the year, : : !
© As unfortunate as the situa- began carrying out President = Cleveland County had the
© tion was, it was not hard to Bush's pledge to rid the world highest unemployment rate in
: choose the top story of the of terrorism by sending war- North Carolina. Many busi- Scho ols hope to beat merger
= year 2001. planes and ground troops into nesses - especially in the tex- 9 id
= It was the same story Afghanistan to flush out the tile field - either closed or cut ° ® iy
= whether you were living in suspected mastermind of the back drastically. CAaASe overcrowding 111 1IeW YC ar
Kings Mountain, New York attacks, Osama bin Laden. CommScope, which :
City, Washington, DC or in The U.S. and anti-Taliban announced early in the year ; Sa
ay Pannsylvania, forces have been very success- that it would build a lt By BEN LEDBETTER hurt Kings Mountain in finding
The September 11 terrorist ful in ridding Afghanistan of million dollar facility near Staff Writer new employees.
attacks which left some 4,000 the Taliban rule, but terrorism Kings Mountain that would We've been able to get
people dead was the type of is still alive all over the world. ~ employ 600 people, by the . The Cleveland Cony i good new i for vacan-
event that people will not The U.S. humanitarian end of the year had cut its - i a mg, an a we ve 2 , KMDS :
only always remember, but efforts have even reached workforce back so much in ; £ a ings AOR, a Pitan ent Larry Allen said.
will always remember where Afghanistan. While bombing nearby Hickory that it ntermediate School will be three enerally, I don’t think the
they were and what they were Taliban strongholds, U.S. mili- dumped its plans to move to of the wus on ihe mins of Su will create a prob-
doing when they heard the tary planes also dropped food Kings Mountain and put its Se Li system 0 i s in 2002. oe iring teachers and folks for
news. and medical supplies for the building and property here up uring the past Sh re freischools ! y
The hijacking of four planes hurting Afghan people, and for sale. otras the three C gve and a Finding people to fill :
- two of which crashed into school children all over the Mauney Hosiery, a longtime ounty school systems has been positions at the district's office in
the World Trade Centefitwin U.S., including Kings Kings Mountain business, an issue of great interest. the Central School building 8
towers in New York, one that ~~ Mountain, gave a dollar each closed its doors in November. And with the case the school would be a problem though,
crashed into the Pentagon in to help children in Another longtime KM busi- A as iad again the ) Allen i 3 BR
Washington, DC, and another ~~ Afghanistan. ness, Hayward Pools, closed orth Carolina State Board o : the three county dis- B
which ceashed. iftto a (il in down during the year. Education still with the N.C. tricts merged. there would be no :
Pennsylvania - literally Other top stories in Kings Ate Coanoinie news Wis Court of Appeals, the issue has guarantee that current central i