Home eaming Friday
City candidates chat before the forum begins at Cleveland Community College. The forum will be aired on local calle channel 19 until Election Day. Left to right, Bobby Horne, Keith Miller
Curtis Pressley and Brian Cloninger all vying for the at-large seat on city council and Mayor Rick Murphrey.
Candidates speak out at publicized forum
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Candidates running for Kings Mountain
city council and the county water board said
Monday night they want to connect with the
voters who will go to the polls Nov. 8.
Four of the six candidates vying for the
at-large seat open on the Kings Mountain
city council and one of two. candidates for
mayor were present at a forum at Cleveland
Community College along with three of the
six vying for four seats open on the county
water board. Only candidates with opposi-
tion on Nov. 8 were invited to participate.
Incumbent Mayor Rick Murphrey, at-
large candidates Brian Cloninger, Bobby
Horne, Keith Miller and Curtis Pressley
fielded questions from moderator Steve
Thornburg. Not present were Gilbert (Pee
Wee) Hamrick, candidate for mayor, and at- -
large candidates Jerry Mullinax and Roy
(Butch) Pearson. Thomas Lewis Jr., incum-
bent Bill Cameron and Vallery McCoy, run-
ning for a seat on the water board, also
fielded questions. Not present were incum-
bent C.J. (Pete) Pederson, incumbent Dewey
Cook and Perry Davis.
Relay 4 Life
tops its goal
Kings Mountain's 2011 Relay for Life topped its $63, 000°
The forum was broadcast live by the col-
lege TV Station 19 which is broadcasting
Candidates Forums 2011 between now and
election day. The candidates did not receive
a list of questions before the forum and they
were selected for responses in random order.
Each gave a closing statement.
Questions aimed at the water board fo-
cused on a proposal for a reservoir and con-
cerns from some citizens who pay a district
property tax, yet are unable to access the
water service. Kings Mountain candidates
talked about what they perceive as future is-
sues facing Kings Mountain and the mayor
Round 2 of controversial rezoning
responded to questions about the mayor’s
role in city government as its leader.
If elected, How do you define the role of
mayor? Murphrey said the mayor’s role is to
be a visionary and a leader, noting that dur-
. ing his 12-year tenure as mayor and 18 years
on city council he has used his 40 years ex-
perience in sales to sell Kings Mountain and
its great quality of life for citizens.
Murphrey responded to, “How will you
as mayor advance Kings Mountain’s agenda
for development and prosperity?”
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goal and volunteers and teams will celebrate the victory : ata
wrap-up party and kickoff for the 2012 campaign Nov. 14 Taps
6 p.m. at Love's Fish Box in Kings Mountain.
Those planning to attend the event may make reservations
by calling the Kings Mountain Fire Department, 704-734-
0555 or log onto the American Cancer website.
"We topped the 2010 goal of $64,000, so now we're shoot-
ing for $75,000 for the 2012 campaign," said Fire Chief
Frank Burns who chairs the campaign. Burns said that the
Kings Mountain Relay for Life in 2012 will be held May 11
at the Kings Mountain Walking Track.
Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps commu-
nities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have
battled cancer, remember loved ones lost.and fight back
against the disease.
As The Herald went to press Tuesday night the Kings Mountain Planning and Zoning Board was discussing developer
Mike Brown’s request to rezone his Raven Drive property to Light Industrial for a mixed-use campground. Tuesday
night's public hearing was the third in what has developed into a hot-button issue. Brown had asked his supporters to
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come to Tuesday night's meeting to oppose a text amendment that he contends will thwart his plans for a campground.
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Like most men, Howard Elmore
never considered the possibility of
having breast cancer.
The Kings Mountain hardware
man, 58, has survived breast cancer
twice in the last 16 years—his first
surgery a radical mastectomy of the
right breast in October 1995 which
required: no treatments. Cancer
struck again and he completed a
tough regimen of 16 weeks of chemotherapy treatments on
Feb. 15, 1999 after a malignant tumor was removed from his
left breast i in May 1998.
Ironically, Elmore's late wife, Linda Freeman Elmore, was
also diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and died in Octo-
ber 1998 at age 44.
"I was taking a shower and felt something but I thought I
bumped myself and didn't worry too much about it," said El-
more, who acknowledged that some men (and women) are
notorious foot-draggers when
it comes to scheduling doctor
A satellite sheriff's office
opens at Kings Mountain
City Hall Thursday, Oct. 20.
Sheriff Alan Norman,
who invites the public to
visit every third Thursday of
the month from 10 a.m.-2
p.m., is keeping his cam-
paign promise to be accessi-
ble to the citizens. f
"Law enforcement is only
as good as the information
we get and the sheriff's of-
fice is the public's office,"
says Norman, who encour-
ages the public from Kings
Mountain and nine
communities to drop by, give
input, and discuss concerns,
During his recent cam-
paign for office, Norman
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Mayor Rick Murphrey, left, and Chief of Police Melvin Proctor welcome Cleveland County
Sheriff Alan Norman, seated, to Kings Mountain to schedule a satellite sheriff's office be-
ginning Oct. 20 at City Hall and continue third Thursdays each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
time calling his oncologist
Elmore said he wasted no
with the second occurrence
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