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KM to host Gstato I HS bowl game
- GARY STEWART
The 2011 High® School All-
American Bowl Game, a regional
all-star game featuring graduated
seniors from schools in North and
South Carolina, Georgia, Ten-
nessee; Virginia and West Virginia,
will be played Saturday, June 25 at
7:05 p.m. at Kings Mountain’s
John Gamble Stadium.
The Cleveland County Sports
Commission, headed by executive
director Jay Rhodes of Kings
Mountain, and football coaches at
KMHS have been working with
360 Sports’ Terry Sullivan for al-
most a year to bring the event to the
Historical City. It became official
last week after Sullivan visited the
city and toured the KMHS athletic
According to Rhodes. there is a
three-year agreement to have the
game here and if all goes well it
will continue on an annual basis.
According to Sullivan, each
team will consist of 42 players and
they will be placed on teams after
the rosters are complete, which
should be by early next month.
Kings Mountain High will be
represented = by quarterback
Cameron Harris and defensive
back Shelton Watson.
Many activities will be held for
players during the two days pre-
ceding the event. Players will ar-
rive on Thursday and sign-in at 1
p.m. for their first practice at Gam-
At 5:30 the players and coaches
will be treated to a banquet, fol-
lowed at 7:30 p.m. by a Welcome
to Kings Mountain ceremony.
Friday’s activities begin at 9
am. with a Combine/Position
Challenge, followed by the second
practice from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. .
After lunch, practice #3 will be
held from 1:30-4 p.m. and the day
will end with a Cleveland County
CVB Celebration at 7:30 p.m.
See ALL-STAR, 4A
Loss of state revenue to Cleve-
land County Schools in school year
2011-2012 could be as high as
$10.5 million dollars, Supt. Dr.
Bruce Boyles told the Board of Ed-
ucation Monday night as the board
.adopted a proposed $147.35 mil-
lion dollar school budget.
"Operations are lean and getting
leaner," said Boyles. ,
In preparation for state cuts,
Boyles said the $5.4 million pro-
jected cuts in the preliminary
budget are "conservative in na-
The discussion by board mem-
bers underscored the painful
process of school administrators in’
informing some school personnel
they may not be offered new con-
tracts. The classroom cuts could
impact some 79 positions.
"We won't know what the Gen-
eral Assembly is going to do until
they adjourn this summer but
we've been given some specific di-
rection that.cuts will be deep and
we don't have the luxury of wait-
ing," said Boyles.
"This budget will probably
change," said George Litton; who
made the motion to adopt the pro-
"It's a starting point," * said
Richard Hooker, who seconded his
"It appears the legislature is tak-
ing education backwards instead of
forward," said Kenneth Ledford.
The vote on the state budget is ex-
pected in the N.C. House May 2
and the House version then goes to
the N.C. Senate and dltimately to
Governor Perdue. The local school
budget goes to Cleveland County
commissioners May 15.
"We have been given specific
direction that our cut in discre-
tionary funds from the state will be
- $3.5 million," said Boyles. He said
the system won't fill qnzicinated
See BUDGET, 4A
Will change in dates mean
your kids will go hungry?
oChange in issuance dates for
EBT accounts may leave
many pantries bare in July
When will you get paid?
Hunger affects 1 in 4
Cleveland County families
= KYRA ALEXANDER,
Kings Mountain resident
Jane South (not her real name)
knows hunger. She struggles to
keep enough food on the table
for her two-year-old son. They
are not alone.
The Souths are a snapshot
of the need and uncertainty
that plagues more than 23,000
(1 out of every 4) Cleveland
County residents. That’s the
number of individuals assisted
by the Cleveland County De-
partment of Social Services in
Food and Nutrition Services
(FNS) with modern: age elec-
tronic “food stamps”.
FNS is designed to offer
temporary assistance to people
in need of funds to buy gro-
single mother and recent col-
lege graduate, has been i in the
program for a year. “She con-,
tinues to search for a job in the
hopes of getting out of it, but
right now it’s a way of life.
She just learned last Thurs-
day that her benefits schedule
1s about to change.
Instead of receiving bene-
fits on the 12th of every
month, starting in July she will
receive them on the 21st. It
came as crushing news.
“I don’t get enough food
+ stamps now and the prices for }
groceries aren’t getting any
lower,” she said. “I’m already
South seeks additional help
See FAMILIES, 6A
Nearly one out of every four Cleveland County residents are active enrollees
in the Department of Social Services Food and Nutrition Services program. Is-
suance dates are about to change, which may leave many citizens seeking
other help to fight hunger pangs.
*How you can help
ceries. South, a 21-year-old Non-perishable food items can be donated and dropped off to the Kings Mountain Crisis Assistance Ministry on
Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. behind the Kings Mountain Family YMCA at 211 N. Cleveland Ave.
Monetary donations can also be made to the KMCAM orto other local food pantries and churches devoted to the
cause of feeding our neighbors. For more information, call the Crisis Ministry at 704-739-7256.
State to redraw lines for future elections
Public hearing on new legislative districts Saturday at CCC
EMILY WEAVER .
emily. kmherald @gmail.com
With the newest census records showing an
increase of nearly 1.5 million people residing
in North Carolina (since 2000); thesstate legis-
lature is looking at redrawing its district lines.
Although the increase isnot enough to war-
rant any extra districts in the state, the new
lines (wherever they are drawn) could prove fa-
vorable for the Republican party in power.
_ With equal representation in the state’s 13
Congressional districts now sitting at about
733,499 citizens, the 10th district, which cur-
rently includes Cleveland, Lincoln, Catawba,
Burke, Caldwell, Avery, Mitchell and parts of
Rutherford, Tredell and Gaston counties, could
seize some extra territory.
The United States Constitution requires that
new districts be redrawn following every de-
cennial census and that citizens in each district
have equal representation in the federal and
state legislative branches. But several pundits
have pointed out that parties in power can use
the redistricting process to hold onto their
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake sug-
gests that the seats of Democratic Congress-
men Mike McIntyre, Larry Kissell ang Brad
Miller may fall prey to this year’s redrawing
(“North Carolina: The GOP’s Golden Goose of
- “Miller is probably the most endangered, 2
according to Blake. “His north-central 13th dis-
trict went 60 percent for President Obama in
2008, but a line tweak here or there, and all of
a sudden it’s a Republican-leaning district.”
But the state’s political architects must be
careful. Courts have frowned on blatant gerry-
mandering in the past.
Draw by numbers
In the state, districts must be redrawn to in-
clude an equal population of 79,462 citizens
per House representative, meaning Rep. Tim
Moore’s (R) 111th district will need to wel-
come another 10,830 people into the fold. Rep.
Kelly Hasting (R), in the 110th district, will
need to add 5,169 people to his watch.
And in the Senate, each of the state’s 50 dis-
tricts will need to include a total of 190,710 cit-
izens. Sen. Debbie Clary (R), in the 46th
district, will have to campaign for 24,822 more
See REDRAWING, 3A
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