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Volume 121 Issue 29 « Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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* DRUG BUST - Police confiscated marijuana, nar-
cotics and drug paraphernalia during a drug bust
at a Kings Mountain home Thursday.
ELECTION 2009
Six race for
three seats;
No one
files in
rover
By ELIZABETH STEWART
staff writer
2
All three incum-
bents in the 2009
Kings Mountain city
elections are op-
posed for reelection
in November but in
neighboring Grover
neither the three in- DEAN SPEARS
cumbents or any
challengers paid a GINA COLLIAS
visit to the County
Board of Elections.
Prior to the end of
filing Friday at noon,
Tommy Hawkins,
65, of 905 Woodside
Drive, announced he
would contest Jerry
Mullinax, 69, of 210
Cleveland Ave., Apt. 2-B, for his Ward 3
seat and Brenda McFalls Ross, 68, of 904
Katherine Ave., said she would run
against Mike Butler, 62, of 806 Rhodes
Ave., for his Ward II seat on city council.
In Grover, the three council seats occu-
pied by Sandy O'Brien, Brent White and
J. D. Ledford are up in November.
Both Hawkins
and Ross ran two
years ago in close
elections with Mulli-
nax and Butler.
"T feel like I can
do a good job for all
citizens in Kings
Mountain and work
At Large
to serve all the peo- MIKE BUTLER
ple", said Hawkins. BRENDA ROSS
Hawkins has served Ward II
six years on the
Kings Mountain
Planning & Zoning
Board and the Board
of Adjustments and
said "it has been a
real learning experi-
ence and I gained
much knowledge on
the workings of the
city." He added," Jerry (Mullinax) beat
me, a write-in candidate, by nine votes in
faint Marna aden
See CANDIDATES, Page 3A
BUSTED
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By ELIZABETH STEWART '
staff writer
A drug bust by Kings Mountain Po-
lice Thursday resulted in the arrest of
a Kings Mountain father and son on
multiple felony charges,
Armed with search warrants, police
entered the home of Russell Eugene
Lee, 53, of 203 Fulton Street, and con-
fiscated marijuana and drug parapher-
nalia. :
Det. Sgt. Lisa Proctor said that of-
ficers charged the father with five
felony counts, including three counts
of possession with intent to deliver
marijuana, two counts of sell and de-
liver schedule VI, marijuana, and two
misdemeanor counts of maintaining a
dwelling for the sale of Schedule VI,
marijuana.
Lee's 27-year-old son, Rusty Craig
Lee, of 1286 Saint Luke Church Rd.,
was arrested and charged with three
felony counts - possession with intent
to sell and deliver marijuana, sell and
See BUST, Page 3A
International film fest opens tonight at Joy.
Real-to-Reel film
fest opens today |
Cleveland County Arts Council's
10th annual Real to Reel Film Festival
begins tonight at the Joy Performing
Arts Center with the showing of the
first seven of 26 independent films
coming to Kings Mountain from as far
away as Canada, Germany, Australia
and Israel.
“The festival, held each year in
downtown, ‘showcases the works of
filmmakers in a variety of genres.
The CCAC's website states, "Our
goal is to showcase thought-provoking
films and offer a venue where movie
lovers, who appreciate independent vi-
sion, can celebrate this unique art
form."
This year's international film festi-
val will feature 13 short-length films,
ranging from one minute to 34 minutes
long, six documentaries, three anima-
tion clips, and four feature-length
COMING SOON...
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EMILY WEAVER/HERALD
films. Showtime begins each night at 7
p-m. Wednesday-Saturday. A Saturday
matinee will begin at 1 p.m.
A wrap party with the festival's
presentation of awards will follow the
final film showing on Saturday night, .
July 25, and will be held at J Oliver's
Coffee Shop.
Tickets can be purchased at the Joy
box office for $8 each day. A festival
pass, giving film lovers a ticket to all
showings, the matinee and festival
party, will be sold for $30 each. Chil-
dren under age 12 will be admitted free
with a guardian. Tickets can also be
purchased online at www.ccartscoun-
cil.org
Attendees may have a chance to
meet some of the filmmakers at the
showings. Violet Arth, organizer of the
film festival and CCAC marketing.co-
See FESTIVAL, Page 3A
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COMMUNITY WATCH
Break-ins
spur watch
By KYRA ALEXANDER
Staff Writer
In the usual quiet and serene neighbor-
hood of Gold Run, in Kings Mountain, a
watch is now in alert.
According to a bulletin circulated last
Tuesday by some of the neighbors in God
Run, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., on the
«night of fuly 13th, flve separate break-ins:
occurred within the neighborhood. The
thieves made off with several thousand dol-
lars worth of tools, equipment and credit
cards, according to the notice. The credit
cards were allegedly used at 3:52 a.m. on
Tuesday morning to purchase gas in Vale,
NC. The thieves entered unlocked vehicles
and busted out windows of cars whose
doors were locked, according to the Cleve-
land County Sheriff’s Department.
Gold Run neighbors, Donnie and Robin
Beard and Chris and Susan Hundley, are in
the process of forming a neighborhood
watch. In an effort to restore peace, the
community is coming together to fight back
against crime. :
After a rash of thefts in the Bethlehem
Community in 2007, Vicki Carnes, an offi-
cial with Brinks Home Security, offered
several safety tips at a.community gather-
See WATCH, Page 3A
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
City adds
more sirens,
new shelter
By ELIZABETH STEWART
staff writer
When and if severe weather strikes again
in Kings Mountain sirens will go off in
three strategic areas - the Police Depart-
ment, the Fire Station on US 74 West and
in East Kings Mountain, the Linwood area
of the city. :
Police, fire, and city officials saw the ne-
cessity for an expanded warning system
after the recent tornado/hail storms in the
Kings Mountain area, said Mayor Rick
Murphrey. Additionally, the mayor said that
Kings Mountain Fire Department beside of
City Hall will be the official permanent
emergency headquarters where there is suf-
ficient space for citizens who lose power for
heat, lights, or for any emergency to have
shelter. The fire department has all facili-
ties, a kitchen, showers, rest rooms; etc, to
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