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Volume 122 ¢ Issue 16 * Wednesday, April 21, 2010
By ELIZABETH STEWART
. Kings Mountain water and sewer
customers could see a 15% increase 11
monthly water bills and a 35% increase
in sewer effective May 1.
City Council will vote on the pro-
posal Tuesday night at the 6 p.m. coun-
cil meeting at City Hall.
The proposed new rate means that a
typical customer using 3,000 gallons of
water/sewer would pay $7.44 more.
The inside-city rate for residential
water/sewer for 5,000 gallons, $36.97,
compares. with $48.48 charged by a
neighboring city and the city's proposed
rate is lower than current rates of four
other area towns, according to a rate
chart supplied by the city manager's of-
Currently, the city treatment plant
treats 1.4 million gallons of water per
day, down from 6-8 million gallons per
-day before closing of major industries
that were big water users. Spectrum,
which closed Oct. 1, 2008, used double
the amount per day of what the city
now treats, said City Manager Marilyn
Sellers. The closing of Anvil Knitwear
also meant the departure of a big water
customer and there have been other
See RATE, 3A.
ends May 1
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Early voting for the May gy et writer
vi Tey . or les 5 "God has taken care of me all the way. I'm definitely
Jough, Noy aan a miracle," says KMPD Sgt. Lisa Capps Proctor, 40,
p.m. weekdays and Satur-
day, May 1, from 8 a.m.-1
p.m., at the Cleveland
County Board of Elections,
Taste of competition
Left to right, Jason Livingston, Mayor Rick Murphrey, Vickie
Gordon, Trevor Mashburn, and Eddie Parker get first bites in
the Anything Butt competition Friday night.
Firehouse heats up
By EMILY WEAVER
Competition never smells so good as it °
does on the third weekend of April each year
at the Kings Mountain walking track. The
Firehouse BBQ Cookoff, a state, champi-
onship event, hosted 44 teams this year.
By Friday evening they encircled the
track, along with vendors, and fired up some
of the most mouth-watering aromas. At 7 p.m.,
See FIREHOUSE, 5A
Magic SraEerTy shortoale
who fights cancer as aggressively as she fights crime.
"I see my survival of cancer as an answer to a lot of
people's prayers. I'm thankful God has.used me to tes-
THE FACES OF HOPE
‘Definitely a miracle’
215 Patton Dr. in Shelby.
Haven't registered to
vote? Haven't updated your
address? You can do both
during the early voting pe-
riod and cast your vote and
avoid long lines on Election
Officials are predicting
at least 50 percent turnout
at the Primaries. The Sher-
iff's race is expected to
draw a strong turnout.
Relay 4 Life
Friday in KM
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Kings Mountain's 15th
annual Joseph R. Smith .
Relay for Life will kick-off
Friday at 6 p.m. at the Kings
Mountain Walking Track
with numerous fun events
featuring good: eating and
top notch: entertainment on-
the-hour planned by teams
of volunteers until Saturday
morning at 5:30 a.m.
Last year Kings Moun-
tain arca citizens topped a
goal of $68,000 and co-
chairman Frank Burns said
organizers are confident the
goal of $75,000 for cancer
research will be reached or
topped this year despite a
"Kings Mountain people
have always been generous
in responding to the needs of
others," said Burns.
Cancer | survivors will
walk the first lap around the
track at 6:30 p.m. in colorful
white and purple survivor
shirts. They registered last
Thursday at a survivor din-
ner at Boyce Memorial ARP
Church and others may also
See RELAY, 3A
. tify to His greatness," Proctor said.
~The "C" word. Hearing a doctor say "It's cancer,"
strikes fear in anyone. But for a woman, breast cancer
can be especially devastating because it attacks the very
essence of a woman's femininity.
Last September three friends of Mrs. Proctor were
* diagnosed with breast cancer and Lisa and her hus-
band, Chief of Police Melvin Proctor, immediately
started a prayer chain.
"I had never been Seriously sick a day in my life and that same month I got a clean bill of
health after a physical," said Lisa.
But just a couple. of weeks after that September physical, she found a lump, size of a
See MIRACLE, 3A
Editor's note: Armando Barragan, pub-
lic relations and promotions manager at
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Pied-
mont, contributed to this report.
By ARMANDO BARRAGAN,
For years, Sally Adolf sent people to
Goodwill for assistance finding a job. This
Kings Mountain resident never thought that
one day she would be the one needing as-
"I had a job. I thought I was all set. No
need to update my resume," Sally reflects
on her job of nearly 10 years with a local
community outreach organization.
Although she was a nutrition coach for
limited resource families, she often found
herself counseling others on the hunt for
"See the nice people at Goodwill Job In-
dustries, they'll take great care of ya," she
would tell them.
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But one day, Sally found herself in the
same predicament as many of the people
she served - unemployed. Within hours of
finding out her job was being eliminated,
Sally didn't hesitate and called the same
place that helped so many of her clients -
Goodwill's Gaston County Job Connection.
Almost immediately, Sally treated un-
employment like a full-time job, visiting the
Job Connection nearly every day. She de-
scribes the job resource center as a "real eye
"I didn't have adequate computer skills.
I was stuck in the Windows 97 era. I hadn't
updated a resume in 10 years and I hadn't
interviewed in 10 years," she recalled.
She enrolled in a four-week basic com-
puter skills training class. She sought assis-
tance from a Goodwill career counselor for
help ‘updating her resume. She attended
workshops on interview techniques and re-
sume skills. And with no computer or inter-
net access at home, she utilized Job®
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2 | Pant ra IER
City fathers to look at change that may
limit sweepstakes growth in town
By ELIZABETH STEWART
The signal city fathers may send Tuesday night at a pub-
lic hearing is that they would rather not have “sweepstakes”
operations in Kings Mountain.
A new zoning amendment, if adopted, severely restricts
where electronic gaming terminals and sweepstakes can op-
erate and sets a $2,500 annual fee for a conditional use per-
The 13 businesses currently with privilege licenses to op-
erate four or fewer gaming machines would be required by
November’ to reapply, pay a fee and conform to the ordi-
nance that will be recommended for approval by the city
planning and zoning board.
"Currently licensed to operate are Kings Mountain Busi-
ness Center, 608 York Road, owned by Bill Condrey; Polo's,
300 W. King St., owned by the Mark Beach family; Etna
Lena Sweepstakes, 201-5 E. King St., owned by Ted Ford;
A&A Marketing, 120 S. Cherokee St., owned by the John
Bullock family; Mike's Electronics, 910E S. Battleground
Ave., Chrisy's Antiques, 910A S. Battleground Ave., LP
Sweepstakes, 210 W. Battleground Ave., all owned by Mike
Heath; Etna Lena-DBA Alan's, 201-4 E. King St., owned by
Ted Ford; Brotherman's, 214 S. Railroad Ave., owned by
Eddie Parker; Oriental Market, 204 W. Mountain St., owned
by David Faunce; Soap N Suds, 301 E. King St., Rags to
Riches, 712 York Road, and Zena's Bird Villas/Produce, 108-
See ZONING, 7A
On the calendar
‘Billy Graham of streets’
coming to speak May 1st
Nicky Cruz, former warlord of the notorious Mau-
‘Mau gang in Brooklyn, will be coming to the Cleveland
County Fairgrounds May 1st to share his testimony of
how his life was saved. The event will begin at 5:30
p.m. and is free and open to all.
His amazing "gang to God" story is one that local
pastors and Christians of different denominations are
hoping all of Cleveland County's youth will come to
Cruz rose from a birthright of satanic worship to lead
the most feared gang in New York City before he had a
total conversion experience. The man, who once led a
gang to crime, has now helped lead thousands, maybe
millions, to Christ. He has shared his testimony with
about 40 million people so far.
After reading Cruz' book, "Run Baby Run", worship
pastor at Putnam Baptist Church, Jeff Renn, has headed
up the Nicky Cruz Outreach initiative in Shelby with
local pastors and lay leaders, who meet each week to
pray over the community.
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