Vol. 117 No. 49
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: ! bus visits Kings
organizations are ringing
bells and collecting funds at
both Food Lion locations
and Love's Fish Box. They
are there today from 2-8 p.m.
- and Friday and Saturday
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. They'll
be back Dec. 15-17.
“We're hoping people will
be generous,” Lineberger
She predicts a difficult
winter for lower-income res-
idents with gas and fuel oil
prices on the rise. Each year
Crisis Ministry distributes
over $70,000 to families in
Donations may be mailed
to P.O. Box 1335, Kings
with the funds collected.
be in by Dec. 19.
ber will increase this year.
need,” she said.
Post Office closer to the date.
should not be mailed. '
———— CHRISTMAS OPPORTUNITIES
Crisis Ministry donations needed
0ols and other
Donations were down during the first week of Kings
Mountain Crisis Ministry’s annual fundraiser, accord-
ing to agency Director Becky Lineberger.
Volunteers from area churches, sch
Odus Roberts of St.
Peter's Missionary Baptist
rings the bell outside
Food Lion Friday after
Mountain, N.C. 28086. For more information, call 704-
739-7256. The ministry is located inside the Kings
Mountain YMCA. It’s hours are Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are
needed to help with reception and secretarial duties,
“handyman” jobs for the disabled and elderly, picking
up food (van or truck required), praying on site for
clients, church groups and individuals to mentor fami-
lies in need, sponsors for children within broken
homes and children in need of “big brothers” and “big
Police to help needy families
Kings Mountain Police Department is asking for the
community’s help in making Christmas brighter for
local, lower income children. In the days before the hol-
. iday, officers will take parents or guardians shopping
Donation jars are at Love's Fish Box, Dollar General
on Cherokee Street, Family Dollar on East King Street,
Old Country Store on 216 North, Kings Mountain City
Hall, The Pier, ABC store, Linwood Restaurant, Kings
Mountain Police Department and McAbee's Grocery
Store. Toys are being collected at the Dollar Tree and
toys and money are being collected at the Dollar
General on Shelby Road. Donations also may be mailed
to the Kings Mountain Police Department at P.O. Box 7,
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086. Checks should be noted
for “Children’s Christmas Fund.” All donations should
Last year the project purchased gifts for approxi-
mately 19 children. Sgt. Lisa Proctor predicts the num-
“This is a small community but we have a large
Proctor and Capt. Jerry Tessneer interview all
prospective recipient families to determine eligibility.
Luminary display at Westview Gardens
Westview Gardens will have a memorial service and
luminary display Saturday at 5 p.m. The gardens are
located 1123 Edgewood Road, Bessemer City.
There will be two memorial trees. One is for every-
one who was buried at Westview this year. Their
names will be read aloud. There also will be a tree for
people buried at Westview during the last few years.
The service will include solos by Jeff Walker and
Debra Wright, poetry reading and an invocation.
Families who would like to contribute a letter, poem,
photo or speak should contact Westview. Singing,
refreshments and fellowship will follow.
Luminaries may be purchased for $10 each or two
for $15. Proceeds will benefit area charities.
For information, call family service counselors Debra
Wright or Brenda Barnett at 704-629-2571.
Mail packages by December 14
Holiday-related business is brisk at the Kings
Mountain Post Office, according to Charles McDaniel,
To get cards and packages to their destination on
time, remember these deadlines: Dec. 14, ship Parcel
Post®; Dec. 19, First-Class Mail®; Dec. 21, Priority .
Mail® service; Express Mail® service, check with local
Kings Mountain Post Office has holiday stamps fea-
turing ornaments, mother and child and cookies.
Letters addressed to Santa will get a response.
“We'll get it to the appropriate reindeer,” McDaniel
It is acceptable to mail cookies though packaging like
bubble wrap or popcorn are recommended. Batteries
Here are some additional mailing tips: Packages
should allow room for cushioning material around the
contents. Place the cushioning around items. Close and |
shake the box to see whether there is enough cushion-
ing. Add more newspaper, styrofoam or bubble wrap if
items are shifting. Cover all previous labels and mark-
ings with heavy black marker or adhesive labels when
Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams
with two inch wide tape. Use clear or brown packaging
tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape. Do
See Mail, 2A
North Piedmont rezoning issue could
Is North Piedmont Avenue residen-
tial, commercial or somewhere
between? The debate has entered the
arena of zoning.
During the September Kings ;
Mountain City Council meeting, 605
North Piedmont Avenue was rezoned
from neighborhood business to general
business upon the request of property
owner Glenn Carroll. Councilman
Houston Corn cast the lone dissenting
Members of neighboring First
Wesleyan Church spoke against the
‘come up again before new council
rezoning request, questioning what anyone with a financial interest to ask
Carroll's plans were for the property. for rezoning. A third party request, like
Under a standard rezoning, a property an owner request, requires city council
owner is not required to reveal plans. approval. While third party zoning
“It could be a bingo parlor, shooting ~~ requests may be unusual, they are legal |
range, garage, car wash, convenience ° according to city officials. |
store, liquor store, pawn shop,” church Kelly calls the council's September
member Clavon Kelly said during the decision “the most blatant spot zoning
September public hearing. “We don’t I've seen in my 70-some years.” The
know what he is going to put there.” property is bordered by homes and the
During November’s meeting, Robert church.
Bazzle asked for a public hearing on Now the question is will the four |
changing the zoning back to NB but new council members coming on board 9%
was turned down. next week approve a public hearing?
Local ordinance allows anyone who Bazzle and Kelly think so. They plan to
lives or owns property in Kings ask again during Tuesday's city coun-
Mountain, his or her representative or See Zoning, 4A
—CHRISTMAS PARADES——— Drug bust nets
7 from KM, Grover
A year-long Cleveland County Sheriff's
Office investigation has ended with seven
Kings Mountain and Grover residents
charged. 7 ;
Thaniel Roy Pennington, 79, 106 Timms
St., Kings Mountain, was charged with pos-
session with intent to sell and deliver
schedule III controlled substance and sell
and delivery of schedule III controlled sub- -
stance. He was jailed under a $1,000
Kathy Lee Pennington, 27, 106 Timms St.,
Kings Mountain, was charged with two
counts of possession with intent to sell and
deliver schedule IV controlled substance
and two counts sell and delivery of sched-
ule IV controlled substance. She was jailed
under a $2,000 secured bond. Jaa
Mary Frances Pennington; 30, of 106 A
Timms St., Kings Mountain was charged
with possession with intent to sell and
deliver schedule III controlled substance
and sell and delivery of schedule III con-
trolled substance. She was jailed under a
$1,000 secured bond.
Kenneth Dean Pennington, 56, 113 Lot F
McGinnis Dr., Grover, possession with
intent to sell and deliver schedule III con-
trolled substance, sell and delivery of
schedule III controlled substance and
felony conspiracy. He was jailed under a
Rain literally fell on Saturday’s
Kings Mountain Christmas Parade
and light sleet on the Grover event.
Midway through Grover’s parade
the sleet began but only heightened
the holiday spirit.
Grand marshall Knox Neely led
the parade. Neely, a longtime Grover
resident, was given the title for his
dedication to the town’s people.
Mayor Robert Sides, Cleveland
Commissioners Mary Accor, Johnny
Hutchins and Willie McIntosh and
Sheriff Raymond Hamrick waved to
the crowds. Police, fire trucks and
rescue vehicles delighted youngsters
See Parade, 8A
GROVER - Three new council mem-
bers took the oath of office Monday
night. Adam Green, Calvin Huffman
and Christopher Brent White were
sworn in by Clerk Barbara Barrett.
Outgoing council member Bill Willis
attended the meeting. Outgoing coun-
cil members John Harry and Max
Rollins were absent.
Ron Smith, planning director for
CMR-Benchmark, made a presentation
to council. He spoke favorably of
Grover recruiting a nursing home. He
recommended the town look at growth
either through annexation or an extra-
- the proposed areas of annexation can
See Bust, 4A
. JOSEPH BRYMER / HERALD
Lyndsey Murphey, Bethware Fair Queen, waves to the crowd at the KM Big build 7 il g Coll id
Christmas parade Saturday. Below, Melody Sanders and 9-month-old Hayden
Sanders enjoy the Grover parade.
Rain and sleet help usher
in local Christmas season
bring jobs to KM
Kings Mountain is getting a speculative
industrial building along Interstate 85 near
Johnson Development plans to begin
work during the first quarter of 2006 on a
540,000 square foot building with expan-
sion capacity to 1,000,000-plus square feet.
Grading is already under way.
“We are excited about our continued
partnership in Cleveland County. We have
been pleased with the efforts on behalf of
the county and the city to make this project
a reality,” said Garrett Scott, director of
industrial development at Johnson.
In 2002, Johnson Development worked
with Cleveland County and the City of
Kings Mountain on Kings Mountain
Corporate Center which now houses the
former Commonwealth Aluminum and
Southeastern Container. The company has
developed over six million square feet of
See Building, 4A
territorial jurisdiction. He said the
town needed to decide how property
ordinances would be enforced.
Smith explained the annexation
process includes public information
meetings and hearings and insuring
have city services within two years of
“I won't lie. They're very con-
tentious,” Smith said.
_ In other business, the council voted JOSEPH BRYMER / HERALD
to hold a public hearing on a zoning Calvin Huffman, left, and Adam Green
request by Calvin Huffman on Jan. 9. participate in their first meeting as
Huffman abstained from the vote. Grover councilmen:
Bill Willis resigned from the Grover =~ meetings.
Enrichment Team and announced that Adam Green was voted mayor pro-
the current members are disbanding tem. The council voted that Mayor
the committee due to low attendance at See Grover, 2A
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