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Congressman Patrick McHenry talks debt with a crowd at KM City Hall.
felt in KM
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake that
rocked Virginia at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday,
sent tremors through Kings Mountain
and a majority of the east coast.
Marti Mongiello, innkeeper of
The Inn of the Patriots, said that his
father felt the tremors in Pennsylva-
nia about 20 seconds before he felt it
According to the U.S. Geological
Survey, the quake was centered in
Louisa, Va., 39 miles northwest of
Richmond, at a depth of about 1 km.
Reports indicated that tremors
were felt as far north as Canada. The
See TREMORS, 7A
make a wish
Jammin’ for Wishes
concert Sept. 3
wm EMILY WEAVER
As a junior at Kings Mountain
High School, last year, Isaac Pearson
raised $1,500 for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and for part of his senior
project by throwing a multi-band
concert at J. Oliver’s Coffee Shop.
The event was called Jammin’ for
Wishes. It was a hit.
This year, he hopes to round out
his senior project with an even bigger
jam session at Patriots Park and at
_ other places downtown. The goal is
~ to double last year’s donations.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, Jammin’ for
Wishes will feature live music rang-
ing in genres from Gospel, Bluegrass
and Jazz to Indie Rock and Rock-n-
Roll performed by a total of 10 bands
at the Gazebo in Patriots Park from
noon to 10 p.m.
With $50 donations from busi-
nesses and friends of the Make-A-
Wish Foundation, bands will perform
10 minutes of live music in’ front of
shops downtown throughout the
See CONCERT, 7A
— School bells ring T hursday —
Melinda Cannif, kindergarten teacher, shows two new students their names
on their owls. Left to right, Mrs. Canniff, Kaitlan Wilson, 5, Kaitlan’s sister
Alyee Wilson, 6, and Alexis Michael, 5 (infront).
back to the
In his defense; Mensnry. said it could
have been worse.
: ELIZABETH STEWART
School bells ring and school
buses roll Thursday morning for
15,600 Cleveland County students
and a staff of 2,100 plus, including
1,100 teachers, a slight decrease in
the teaching staff from last year.
"It's exciting, we're ready to go,"
See SCHOOL, 7A
In a well-attended Wednesday night Town
Hall meeting in the council chambers of
Kings Mountain City Hall, tempers flared.
The question of the night was why did con-
servative Republican Congressman Patrick
McHenry vote to raise the debt ceiling?
On Aug. 1, by a vote of 269 to 161, the
House agreed to raise the debt limit to $2.4
trillion in exchange for a promise of no tax
increases and a cut of $21 billion in discre-
tionary spending. Local Republicans Rep.
Sue Myrick and McHenry voted for the com-
McHenry faces flack over
vote to raise debt ‘ceiling’
Page 6A - With the nation's looming
debt, the climbing deficit, and threat-
ened ends to Medicare and Social
Security, McHenry. told the audience,
“I think it's important we have a fact-
House Speaker John Boehner "was at the
table when Obama said he wanted something
like $800 billion in revenue and he said 'I
need $400 billion more’. Boehner walked
away. You didn't see them behind closed
doors. There were no TV cameras when I
See McHENRY, 6A
for RY park
= ELIZABETH STEWART
The controversial rezoning of a tract of land on Raven
Drive is a‘fhajor agenda item for the seven member Kings
Mountain City Council Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Council Cham-
bers at City Hall.
"This isn't a subdivision I'm trying to “build, it's an RV
park," developer Mike Brown told the city planning and zon-
ing board at its Aug. 9 public hearing on his request for a
conditional use permit and rezoning from Residential 10 to
R-20 a portion of his property at the former Park Yarn -
Mill/Glen Raven site on South Battleground.
By vote of 7-1 the planning board recommended to city
council to deny the rezoning because of "deficiencies in the
design and enforceability of the proposal."
If city council says "no" to rezoning, the Brown request
can't come back to the planning board for six months.
Reportedly Brown has been lobbying council members to
take a look at his proposal for a primitive park. He has con-
“sistently stated, durin® two lengthy planning board hearings,
that he is eyeing 25 parking spaces to start with until he finds
the park idea works. After his first appearance before the
planning board in July, the board listed 13 specific sugges-
tions for a revised site plan. "The board took a hard look at
the proposal and voted on four findings of fact," said Plan-
ning Director Steve Killian.
Among the major concerns expressed by the board was
sanitation. Brown gave no timetable for bathroom facilities.
"T have to take baby steps," Brown responded to questions."
can't spend another half million dollars on this property now."
Speaking for his Macedonia Baptist Church congregation
against the rezoning, Pastor Michael Horne called the pro-
posal "almost laughable" because of incompleteness.
See BROWN, 7A
KM educators, ‘best of the best’
we ELIZABETH STEWART
“The Best of the Best” is how
Cleveland County -Supt. Dr. Bruce ¢
Boyles recognized teachers and: the
three top educators in the county at the
district-wide recognition breakfast at
Cleveland County Auditorium Friday
morning in Shelby.
“This is a dream come true for me,”
said Jennifer Bumgardner, West Ele-
mentary third grade teacher, who said
she was humbled to be so recognized
after only five years of teaching.
Henry Gilmore, KM Intermediate
principal, commended teachers for
doing a great job in educating our chil-
LIB STE WARTHERALD
~ dren as he accepted the award as Out-
standing Principal of the Year.
See EDUCATORS, 7A
Cleveland County Schools Supt. Dr. Bruce Boyles, second from left, congratilates Christy Dawkins, left,
teacher assistant of the year, Jennifer Bumgardner, teacher of the year, and Henry Gilmore, principal of
the year, as the school district honored top educators Friday.
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