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Members of the Gateway Trail committee rally around machinery that wil soon be carv-
ing the trail to life. Front row, left to right, Don Crawford, Ronnie Franks, President
David Ozmore, Paul Cabe, Jay Majors, Dean Spears, Robert Rodgers, Marilyn Sellers,
Bill McCarter, Houston Corn, VP Shirley Brutko. Back row, I-r, Jeff Carley, Gina Ayscue,
Larry Hamrick Jr., Mary Wade and Mitch Johnson. Inset: map of the trails first phase.
Construction to begin soon
on Gateway Trails project
By EMILY WEAVER
“I’m really excited. It’s been so long in com-
ing,” Brutko said.
“It’s a big vision. It will take many years to
build. But I'm excited to get started,” said trails
President David Ozmore. ~~
On Monday, the group was still lacking one
signature on a conservation easement to begin
development. But everything was get for go. The
signed papers would be in by the end of the
“In order for us to get our grant funding from
the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the
other grants they required that we have a partic-
ular contract signed,” she said. “In reality they
have been signed but they changed a little bit of
See TRAILS, Page 3
After over six years in the making, the earth is
moving on the Gateway Trails.
Board members gathered at the future trail-
head site on Tuesday afternoon for a photo op-
portunity with the heavy machinery that will
soon carve the dream of a trail that will one day
connect downtown Kings Mountain to three
local parks to life.
The trail was the brainchild of Shirley Brutko,
vice president of Gateway Trails, Inc. She said
that as the day of creation draws closer her ex-
citement for the project she envisioned years be-
fore soars on new heights.
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City will vote on
LBTD May 5
Vote to cost at least $50,000
By EMILY WEAVER
The citizens of Kings Mountain
will head to the polls on May 5 to de-
termine whether or not the city will
allow the sale of mixed beverages
within its borders.
The referendum has come at dif-
ferent prices for different groups. For
Citizens for Progress, proponents of
liquor-by-the-drink, the price is more
than paid for by the prospects of eco-
See VOTE, Page 3
Photo by EMILY WEAVER
County Elections Director Debra Blanton talks to the
Board of Elections board members Wednesday about
KM'’s liquor by the drink referendum set for May 5,
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may have found new leader
By EMILY WEAVER
may see a new face soon.
Mountaineer Partnership is
on the verge of hiring someone
to fill the executive director slot
left behind by Caroline Dover
Wilson, who vacated the posi-
tion last fall, according to
Shirley Brutko, an MPI board
"We interviewed five appli-
cants today," she said on Mon-
day. "We listened to five
wonderful candidates today
and we're very excited about
the future of Mountaineer Part-
About seven board members
assembled to interview the ap-
plicants on Monday. "We
started interviewing at 8:30 and
we got through at 1 o'clock,"
The board is looking for an
energetic cheerleader of down-
town, a mover and shaker of
change. Brutko said that they
need someone who can get
businesses in the empty build-
ings along Battleground and
Railroad avenues and Moun-
See LEADER, Page 3
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"Arlene Barrett, Carolyn Stalls, Margaret Leach, Nora Nelson
and Brenda Lipscomb, left to right, perform line dances at the
senior center’s 7th annual Black History Month celebration.
Patrick Senior Center
honors Black History Month
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Regardless of color or race we are all one,
former mayor Scott Neisler said at the 7th an-
nual Black History: Month program
Monday morning at H. Lawrence :
Patrick Senior Life and Conference mr —y
Center. Si wd WL
Other speakers - Rev. William Thomp- ;
son, Rev. Daris Curry, Rev. Peggy Ford, Rev.
Howard Shipp and chairman Hazelene Aber-
nathy talked about “Reflection, Introspection
and Projection’ to share the knowledge of one common. ancestry before
a large crowd of people, some who attended the old Compact High Schoel
and the old Davidson High School before these former all-African Amer-
ican schools were consolidated with Kings Mountain District Schools.
Neisler focused his remarks on how the minority Ward District I was
formed during his administration. “It was the right thing to do,’* he said,
as he congratulated the first elected commissioner from Ward I Phil Hager
and the current Ward I commissioner Howard Shipp. Neisler said that
currently there are 6,000 registered voters in a population of over 10,000
in Kings Mountain and a 60 percent minority ratio of voters in Ward IL.
“We live in extraordinary times and we all come together today for a com- i
mon cause,’‘ he said.
Shipp, 74, said he grew up on'what was called Hord Row not far from
the Senior Center. He walked past Central School to enroll as a first
grader at Davidson School. There was no lunch room until later years and
See HISTORY, Page 3
Mr. and Mrs. Knox Neely
Neelys share 62 years
of ‘give and take’ love
by ELIZABETH STEWART
Together on Valentine's Day for the 62nd year, Knox and Mar-
garet Beam Neely have kept the love in their marriage by "lots of
give and take."
The Grover couple are an exception in today's society where
some marriages, unfortunately, are not as successful. \
Mrs. Neely teases her husband that "Knox does what he wants
to and I do what Knox wants to do." .
Neely, 90, and Mrs. Neely, 89, tied the knot on Oct. 19, 1946
at their pastor's house, the Rev. Coy Cobb, in Blacksburg, SC.
Neely was friends of Margaret's brothers and had worked at a
service station in Grover and after his service with Uncle Sam's
Army in the South Pacific started dating Margaret Beam. Knox,
the only surviving child of one of eight children of Moffett and
Edna Neely,was raised on a farm in ~~ Hickory Grove, SC.
Margaret Beam Neely also grew up on a farm in Grover, one
of 11 children of Monroe and Molly Beam. She has one living
See MARRIAGE, Page 3
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