Thursday, March 17, 2005
Vol. 117 No. 11
| Mounties ‘whip
Red Raiders 11-6
: Kings Mountain's
Tyler Leach (pictured
above) went 3-for-3
with a home run and
five runs batted into
lead the Mountaineers
to an 11-6 victory over
‘South Point Friday
gfternoon, 1B :
| Mounti¢: Bickers.
win Gaston Cup
School's women’s soc-
Point 4-1 Saturday at
Ashbrook High Sl
to win their third
| straight Gaston County
Blair Heffner was
~ Offensive MVP and
. Defensive MVE. 2B
8 for gravestone
| 11-year-old Charles
| Rainey of Kings :
| Mountain is raising
noney for a grave
marker for a friend, so
flowers can be placed
Kings Mountain High
cer team defeated South :
ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD
Cheyenne Carroll colors a picture of a cowboy during kindergarten registration Friday morning.
‘Not a baby anymore’
4 and S-year-olds register for kindergarten
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
With a mix of apprehension and
excitement, parents registered their
four and five-year-olds for kinder-
garten Friday morning at West
Elementary and across Cleveland
Steven and Latoya Cole said their
son Zachary was both nervous and
eager. He attends pre-kindergarten
at West Elementary which the Coles
say makes the transition easier.
Despite their familiarity with the
school, Latoya admits the day was
still hard for her.
“He’s not a baby anymore,” she
Tara and Jon Fleisher, who are
ANDIE L. BRYMER/HERALD
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum Foundation
had the Cornwell house moved to the rear of the his-
tory museum on Friday.
both high school teachers, were glad
their daughter Brennin would be at
West Elementary. The school’s bus
route has a stop at the high school.
“It’s a huge benefit,” Tara Fleisher
Ashley Harris called kindergarten
a milestone for her son John Harris.
John was excited but also stressed
about the assessment he would take
that morning. Teachers quizzed
kids on numbers, their address and
phone and the ability to see differ-
ences and similarities. Balancing on
one foot, walking heel to toe, skip-
ping and hopping were tested as .
Despite her son’s apprehension,
Harris was confident of his readi-
ness, crediting Resurrection
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
- Staff Writer
Arlene Barrett is known
around Kings Mountain for her
quick smile and energetic nature.
The long time resident is
active in church, the hospital
and civic groups. She's also got a
+ passion for travel which once
earned her the nickname
“Arlene Go Barrett.”
At First Presbyterian, Barrett is
an elder, chairs the outreach
committee and serves as moder-
ator of the Presbyterian Women.
She also sings in the choir.
A past state president of the
American Legion Auxiliary,
Barrett serves locally as secre-
tary /treasurer and chairs the
membership committee. She
now serves on a state leadership
A member of the Kings
Mountain Hospital Auxiliary,
Barrett can be found volunteer-
ing at the pain clinic on
Barrett has served on the
selection committee for Boys and
Girls State, judges Kings
Mountain High School senior
projects and proctors exams.
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Motorists in downtown
Kings Mountain may have
been surprised to see a 127-
year-old house moving up the
Beam Structural Movers
loaded the house onto a trac-
KINGS MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
Arlene always on the go
Silver Arts county competition.
“I love to dance,” she said. “I
could dance all night.”
After 40 years as secretary of
First Presbyterian, Barrett hasn't
left behind her clerical role. She
types correspondences for her
husband J.D. Barrett who is
adjunct of the AmVets and
Teachers agree that pre-school
helps prepare rising kindergartners
who are expected to be reading by
the end of the year.
Around 60 children and their par-
ents participated Friday at West.
Principal Gary Blake expects at least
a dozen more to register over the
summer. That will put the number
of students over twice as many as
After signing in, parents dropped
their little ones off with kinder-
garten teachers. A few quickly make
friends. A handful cried and clung
to their parents. Others quietly col-
ored pictures of cowboys as they
waited for the morning’s activities
See Register, 6A
tor-trailer for the one block
move. The house was located
will soon decide how
to spend your money
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
While Cleveland County Schools
nor the City of Kings Mountain
have held budget work sessions yet,
officials are already thinking about
the next fiscal year.
The state’s overall budget will
affect how much money the schools
have to operate on. Board Chairman
George Litton would like more local
control of how that money is used.
“If they just provide us with the
funding and let us decide,” he said.
Representative Tim Moore said it
was too early to know what this
year’s state budget will look like.
Moore said he would oppose a
budget which withholds local
money. Moore also said he would
not support a tax hike.
For the school system, one of the
larger items in the budget is
employees health insurance. The
school system expects to pay more
for that next year.
The board is considering two
major capital projects, renovating its
Patton Drive facility in Shelby and
turning a former textile mill on
Phifer Road in Kings Mountain into
a vocational education department
for Kings Mountain High School,
said David Lee, finance officer.
Enrollment is not expected to
increase. Last year’s budget was
The school board will hold budg-
et work sessions though no dates
have been set.
Like the schools, the City of Kings
Mountain's budget will be influ-
enced by state funding.
“Till we have that it’s hard to
know what's going to happen,” City
Manager Greg McGinnis said.
Municipalities were hit hard by
state budget cuts in 2002. Governor
Mike Easley won a second term in
November meaning he won't face
voters again. Some political
observers speculate this could mean
more budget cuts.
127-year-old Cornwell house relocated to History Museum
the Kings Mountain Historical
Museum where it will be used
on King Street beside Family to teach about the early histo-
Dollar. By pulling the house ry of the city.
through the rear of its yard “This is one of the earliest
into the Central United
houses of the city,” said
Methodist Church parking lot, Mickey Crowell, Kings
movers were able to avoid Mountain History Museum
King Street. director.
The house now sits behind See House, 5A
When her children were young,
Barrett volunteered with their
scout troops. She is active in the
American Association of Retired
Barrett is a member of the
Kings Mountain Woman's Club,
the YMCA fund raising team
and the First Presbyterian Relay
for Life team. In addition, she
serves on a steering committee
working to update the city’s his-
Barrett line dances with a
Patrick Senior Center group
which recently took the gold at
Quarter Master of the VEW.
The couple recently celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary
with a visit to Alaska. An
Indiana native, Arlene met J.D.
when a mutual friend brought
him home for a visit. The two
were serving in the Navy togeth-
After an 18-month courtship,
the couple married. J.D. Barrett
brought his bride home to Kings
Mountain where his large
extended family lived.
“They all accepted me with
open arms,” she said. “Kings