Volume 123 + Issue 4 » Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5 0
By EMILY WEAVER
Lutheran churches have the option of
“opting out” of a national decision to allow
gay ministers without leaving the national
assembly, a state bishop told members of the
Resurrection Lutheran Church Sunday.
The churches have other options in deal-
ing with the issues that have led to a split
among Kings Mountain Lutherans.
On Nov. 21, church members voted on
whether or not to change its membership
from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
America to the newly-formed North Ameri-
can Lutheran Church Synod. The NALC was
created by some, who split from the ELCA
after it voted to allow people in life-long
monogamous gay relationships to serve as
pastors in August 2009.
But in September 2009, ELCA delegates
also voted to allow individual churches to
“opt out” of their decision through declara-
tions of their own beliefs, according to N.C.
Synod Bishop Leonard Bolick.
Churches will still choose their own pas-
tors and councils can draw up their own dec-
larations, to affirm and announce their own
stance on the issue. ;
Congregations can also elect how their
monetary contributions are spent. Church
councils can choose not to send money to the
ELCA and even to the state synod without
fear of an end to services or support. Al-
though, Bolick added that if a church de-
cided to stop sending money to the state
synod they would probably visit with the
congregation and ask them to reconsider.
Churches everywhere and of all denomi-
nations have struggled in the Great Reces-
sion. Unemployment has led to lower tithes.
Having less in the collection plates has even
spurred some local churches to hold car-
washes to keep up utilities.
But adding a contentious rhorality issue
to the mix of a bad economy has been like
the “perfect storm” for the Lutheran church,
More than 700 congregations across the
_ country have voted on whether or not to stick
with ELCA or switch to NALC. A two-thirds
majority is needed for a vote to pass. It did
not pass at Resurrection Lutheran. The issue
can be brought up again in fewer than five
months. But after the vote, whether passing
or, not, the splinter seemed to tear the con-
gregation in two. Sixty members left Resur-
rection to start their own church — Advent
Lutheran — one of 13 (soon to be 16) North
Carolina church members of the NALC.
See LUTHERANS, 7A
Banking on grants
Downtown bank building up for renovation.
Moore seeks grant
for bank renovation
By ELIZABETH STEWART
The old landmark bank build-
ing at 201 South Battleground Av-
enue in the heart of the business
district has been acquired by N.C.
Representative Tim Moore and
his wife, Julie. The Moores are
applying through the city for up to
$40,000 - and based on five jobs -
for a NC Rural Center building
reuse and restoration grant.
Bobby Horne, Kings Moun-
tain developer, is designer for the
In his application to the city,
Tim Moore, a Kings Mountain
lawyer, said that he plans to add
four-five staff members to his law
practice. Preliminarily, he plans to
hire two full time assistants/para-
legals and two-three new lawyers
spending . roughly $150,000-
$200,000 on renovations to the
old First National Bank building.
City council Tuesday author-
ized Mayor Rick Murphrey' to
submit the Moore grant applica-
tion. Councilmen took the recom- -
mendation of a review application
* and approved resolutions award-
ing four incentive grants.
City council took the recom-
mendation of a review application
committee and approved resolu-
tions awarding the grants Tuesday
‘Darrell L. Keller is seeking a
facade grant of $5,000 and a-gen-
eral - inducement grant of
$1,783.20 to renovate’a: former
body repair shop at 105 S. City
Street into office space for his
CPAfirm. Keller said it will cost
$251,700 to rehabilitate the build-
Leonard and Ann Marie
Wright, 406 Fulton Drive, are ap-
plying for a downtown incentive
grant for Dance Magic, including
a facade grant of $5,000 and gen-
eral inducement grant . for
$1,135.85 tor add two new
awnings, new windows, doors
and paint to the metal building at
301 S. Battleground Avenue.
John O. Harris Interests has
applied for a downtown incentive
(facade) grant for J. Oliver’s Cof-
fee Shop, 211 Battleground Av-
enue, for $5,000 and a general
inducement grant for $1,802.84.
Harris has spent over $90,000 in
- See GRANT, 7A
A Family Tradition of Di
$ Service & Understandi
ke 108 S- Piedmont Ave.
Pe . Kings Mountain, NC
Schools buried mn
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Their faces Monday night at the county school board
meeting mirrored the grim situation facing county school
leaders but no one mentioned publicly the cuts expected to 60
“to 76 school positions in Cleveland County as the North Car-
olina Legislature wields the ax on school budgets across the
Cleveland County Schools is looking at a 5 or 10 percent
cut in the 2011-2012 school year which translates to a loss in
funds to the local district of $5.6 to $8.5 million, according
to proposed reductions from the N.C. Department of Public
Instruction on order of Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Trimming the budget will be a piece of work as local leg-
islators head back to Raleigh this week for the opening of the
General Assembly. The state expects a whopping $3.7 bil-
lion budget shortfall. Some school systems in the state are
facing harsher cuts than the local district.
Monday night’s meeting was time for recognition of stu-
dents, a visiting Kingstown delegation and Relay for Life
leaders who were all smiles as they presented plaques and
praised schools for community participation.
The major item of business for decision by the board was
to set Saturdays as any future snow-make-up days on rec-
See SNOW DAYS, 7A
By EMILY WEAVER
In 2006-07, he designed J. Oliver’s Coffee Shop and Al-
liance Bank. On Thursday, this downtown property owner —
Bobby Horne of Horne Construction & Design will receive
one of the highest honors for his efforts.
Horne, who has ownership in eight buildings and has ren-
ovated six of them, will be recognized as the “Main Street
Champion” for downtown Kings Mountain at a North Car-
olina Main Street Annual Awards banquet Thursday night in
“I’m excited. I just want to see this town go,” Horne said
Horne has played an active role in downtown redevelop-
ment. In addition to the design and interior construction of J.
Oliver’s and Alliance Bank, Horne renovated property near
Dellinger’s Jewel Shop for the Ervin Clinic.
Over the past few months, he has been busy working with
See HORNE, 7A
New apartments offer
By EMILY WEAVER
Motorists who traveled
down Gold Street last year
probably saw it grow. Its
foundations - were being
poured then. Its timbers were
being raised, as the construe-
tion of one of the city’s
newest residential communi-
ties was resurrected in a val-
ley across from the
Kings Falls Apartments, a
retirement complex, and
Cleveland Ridge, an afford-
able housing community for
small families, opened in
November, off of Ruppe
Street. Several residents now
call this one-block neighbor-
hood home. :
But now a few months
after its opening, “some peo-
ple still don’t know who we
are or what we are,” noted
Regional Property Manager
Put simply, the commu-
nity is an affordable housing
complex where residency is
qualified based on income
but rent is not. In other
words, once residency is
qualified, rent is controlled.
For seniors age 55 and
older, who may get a part-
time job in the future, this
could be a safe haven in their
era of retirement. For fami-
lies struggling to make ends
meet this could help. &
Both complexes, on the
same estate, offer fitness fa-
cilities, computer centers
with Internet access, activi-
ties, rooms, laundry rooms
(with washer/dryer hook-ups
in apartments), and a medi-
tation room/chapel and crafts
room in the seniors building.
A playground sits outside of
the family units.
Kings Falls, open to sen-
_iors 55 and older, houses 28
one bedroom apartments and
eight two bedroom apart-
ments. Four of the units are
for the handicapped or dis-
abled, featuring ‘roll-in
- showers, tubs with grab bars,
and conveniences like low-
ered light switches and
emergency pull cords.
Site manager Lynn Yarbro stands outside of the entryway to Kings Falls Apartments.
All apartment units come
equipped with a fire extin-
_ guisher in the kitchen and a
sprinkler system that auto-
matically lets the fire depart-
ment know of any trouble.
Building Trust. Building Smiles,
209 S. Battleground Ave., Kings Mountain © 704.739.5411
www.alliancebanknc.com . memser ric
JENA awe st eo .
Senior residents share a
common hallway, but getting
into the building without
clearance can be tricky.
See APARTMENTS, 4A