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Farmer's Market
to open Saturday
The scheduled opening of the
downtown farmer’s market has
been postponed until this
Farmers and vendors can sell
their goods at the corner of
Mountain and Cherokee streets
from 8 a.m.-12 noon each
Saturday through early
For more information, call 730-
0283 or 734-4596.
Kings Mountain Police
Department will be running
radar at the following locations
during the week of June 19-25:
Sunday, June 19 - I-85, US 74
Bypass, NC 161.
Monday, June 20 - I-85, US 74
Bypass, NC 216.
Tuesday, June 21 - 1-85, US 74
Bypass, Margrace Road.
Wednesday, June 22 - I-85, US
74 Bypass, Linwood Road.
Thursday, June 23 - I-85, US 74
Bypass, Kings Mountain Blvd.
Friday, June 24 - 1-85, US 74
Bypass, Gold Street.
Saturday, June 25 - I-85, US 74
Bypass, Mountain St
Dorothy Patterson, 77
Billie Ann Boheler, 60
Blanton McNeill, 86
Zoe Bachman, 2
Peggy Moss, 66 Page 4A
Classified 5B Lifestyles 9A
Obituaries 4A Opinion 3A
Police 4A Schools 10A-1B
Sports 6A Worship 5A
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KM Council approves budget
$29.4 million package includes property tax hike and other increases
Herald Correspondent
By a 5-2 vote, Kings Mountain
City Council Tuesday adopted
within 20 minutes a $29.4 million
budget and without public com-
ment from council or from the pub-
After the meeting the two coun-
cil members who voted “no” spoke
Jerry Mullinax said he opposed
Sunday afternoon’s storm blew a huge oak tree onto Macedonia Baptist Church.
150-year-old Chestnut Oak crashes
through roof of Macedonia Baptist
A giant chestnut oak tree, over
150 years old, crashed through
the roof of Macedonia Baptist
Church's sanctuary around 5 pm,
when children were practicing
choral numbers for the Sunday
evening church service. It dam-
aged three or four of the rafters
inside, but the joints kept it from
falling on the children and crash-
ing all of the way through.
Pastor at the church Ronnie
the 4 cents property tax increase
and thought there were other ways
to cut from activities and keep the
same services without raising
Keith Miller said he is uncom-
fortable with the redistribution of
$1 million for social programs.
In a three-page memorandum to
council, Miller said “extras”
equate to more than 17 cents per
$100 property tax valuation and
could be saved in cuts to social
programs such as aging, cemetery,
library, parks and recreation, spe-
cial events, charitable grants, lake
study, and downtown grants.
In the memo he said he’d like to
see the finance committee explore
a membership schedule for the
aging program, the library to
become more of a media and infor-
mation center and be funded by
the majority of franchise fees on
cable, telephone and internet
providers, the Historical Museum
own its building and operate inde-
pendently, the YMCA purchase the
Wilson said that it was a miracle
more damage was not caused by
the massive tree, that had
branches larger than trunks of
other trees. “One branch pressed
against a stained glass window
and kind of bowed it,” he said.
But amazingly, no limbs or
branches shattered the windows.
He had placed a tarp in the
back of his vehicle a few days
ago, in case he needed it for
another job, and was glad he did.
After the tree was taken off of
the roof, the tarp perfectly cov-
ered - the hole. “Bethlehem
Volunteer Fire Department came
out to help and stayed with us
until about midnight, until we
got the tree off,” Wilson said. “It
was a community effort.” They
did not have an evening service
Sunday night but many people
came out to help restore one of
God's local homes.
Thunderstorms throughout the
region caused trees to fall and
property damage, early Sunday
evening. Utility crews worked
See Storm, 2A
KMHS grads journey
Graduating seniors enter John Gamble Stadium for Thursday night's Kings
Mountain High School commencement ceremony.
football field. For that
who made the winnin
iniscence of times pas
Cleveland Hospital ov
old Community
Center and create a special recre-
ation district and the cemetery run
on a balanced budget.
In her budget presentation,
interim manager Marilyn Sellers
said the budget was “lean but
“Our citizens expect service and
we want to give them service,”
said councilman Rodney Gordon.
He said he was opposed to a prop-
erty tax increase, as are his fellow
See Budget, 2A
Over 400 athletes to compete
in annual swim, bike and run
Nearly 400 athletes will compete in
the Over the Mountain Triathlon
Saturday from 8am until about 12
noon, a heart-pounding, high-
endurance three-part race extending
from Moss Lake to Downtown Kings
Mountain. Competitors will only
have four hours to complete a 1500-
meter swim, 27-mile bike course and
a 6.2-mile run. Richard Shank, a
Kings Mountain native and excellent
KMHS track runner during the late
60s, is returning to his hometown to
compete only so that his father can
see him run, one more time. He cur-
rently lives in Charlotte, working as
an optometrist. His father, Nathaniel
Shank, has not been able to see him
run since high school. “This is his
only opportunity to see me run (com-
_ petitively) since my track years,” he
Nathaniel turns 85 years young
next month and has been confined to -
a wheel chair, limiting his mobility.
Richard has competed in other runs
and marathons over the years, but
they were all too far away or too con-
flicting for his father to come and
watch. He is worried about the swim
part of the competition. “I'm a run-
ner, not a swimmer,” Shank said.
“But I know if I can get past that part
then the rest will be fine.” His father
lives at Summit Place off of Phifer Rd.
He will roll out to see his 56-year-old
son compete. “I'm getting a little old
for this,” Shank laughed.
See Triathlon, 9A
into the world
The class of 2006 went to homeroom for the last time
Thursday night to prepare for their final march down the
one night it seemed as if their differ-
ences or past grudges no longer mattered. They were a team,
g goal together then carried their tro-
phies off to separate homes. They laughed and joked in rem-
t, briefly and sometimes barely men-
tioning their future plans.
Then Seniors and now Alumni, Jeffrey McClain, Nicole
Moore and Caroline Cantrell, however, spoke in detail about
their next adventures. McClain hopes to find a job at
er the summer serving food so that he
can save money. He plans to go to Cleveland Community
College for two years and then transfer to UNC-Greensboro.
“I want to major in Social Work,” he said.
“I'm going to go to Western Carolina University this fall,”
Moore said. “I'm going to major in Elementary Education
“with a concentration in Math and English and I'm going to
See Grads, 10A

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