% in giving
Arise Church is sponsoring the
second annual Community
Thanksgiving Feast Monday,
Nov. 21, beginning at-4 p.m. at the
Patrick Senior Center. The meal is
free and the public is invited.
"We had a lot of people to tell
us that last year's feast was a real
blessing in this bad economy and
we are feeding again," said Pastor
Charles Pruitt. :
Pruitt said that last year's Feast
was a huge success. He said his
church members are excited to
prepare and give food to the less
fortunate. "It's a Thanksgiving
blessing for us too," said Pruitt
who said volunteers will serve the
meal from4 p.m. until all the food
The Kings Mountain Ministe-
‘rial Association will host the an-
nual Kings Mountain Community
Thanksgiving Service Tuesday
evening; Nov. 22. +".
The public is invited to join
area churches at Kings Mountain
Baptist Church, 101 W. Mountain
Street. The East Gold Wesleyan
Church Praise Team will provide
music beginning at 6:45 p.m. and
the service itself will begin at 7
Dr. Moses Nueman, president
of World Care International, a
ministry with tremendous out-
reach to the countries of Africa
but who serves the Lord in this
community as well, will deliver
the Thanksgiving message.
Dr. Jeff Hensley, host pastor,
and other area ministers will share
in-the service and there will be a
report from the Kings Mountain
Crisis Ministry as well as a love
offering taken for that ministry.
Gilbert “Pee Wee” Hamrick
Toddler back home
After the vote
Cleveland County Board of Elections Director Debra Blanton, in front, leads
the canvass Tuesday morning with Steve Wells, Kathy Livsie and Deputy
Director Meloni Wray, left to right around the table.
Voters write in a
new Grover board
GROVER - Write-in voters will
put new faces on Town Council, ac-
cording to official canvass by the
Cleveland County Board of Elections
Elections Supervisor Debra Blan-
ton is notifying the winners by certi-
fied letter of two commissioner seats
approved by write-ins and one com-
missioner whose name was on the
ballot. The two people selected by
write-ins would have to agree to take
Grover voters last Tuesday elected
J.D. Ledford for his full term as
mayor. Ledford had been appointed
several months ago to fill the unex-
pired term of Robert Sides. :
Bill Willis, who served previously
as councilman and who filed for one
of the three open seats, received 68
+ votes and also received 10 write-ins
for mayor. ;
Political newcomer Cleveland
County Deputy Roy Dyer was elected
with 47 write-ins and incumbent
councilwoman Jackie Bennett, who
also did not file, was reelected with
12 write-in votes to serve the two
year unexpired term of Ledford.
The third seat up for grabs in the
Nov. 8 election was that of Cobia Go-
forth, who did not file for reelection.
Other members of the Grover
board whose terms are not up are
Cindy O’Brien and Brent White.
Non-partisan elections in North
Carolina give the voter the ability to
write in a name. Write-in winners
must be registered voters and live in -
the town limits of the town/city for
which they have been nominated.
Final count shows
Harris on the Board
It was a close call. Three candi-
dates finished nearly neck-and-neck
for the final seat on the Cleveland
County Board of Education. The call
was so close that two candidates,
Page Morgan and Danny Blanton,
asked for a recount.
The aftermath of Canvass Day did
add a few more votes to each candi-
date, but not enough to upset the for-
mer Crest High principal Roger
Harris, who claimed the fifth and
final seat on the board.
Election night results had Harris in
the lead among Morgan and Blanton
with 2,955 votes. Early figures
showed Morgan trailing with 2,921
votes and Blanton with 2,890. The
final count revealed 2,966 votes for
Harris, 2,933 votes for Morgan, and
2,901 votes for Blanton.
Harris said that he may have re-
ceived more votes from Kings Moun-
tain if something he said in a recent
Cleveland County NAACP forum
would not have been "taken out of
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- Keynote speaker Major Chris Gilbert, of the NC National
Guard, addresses the crowd on Veterans Day, Friday.
Major: You are
worth fighting for
Kings Mountain veteran Boyce Tesenair is aware that our
country didn't always appreciate the military.
Thirty-eight years ago when US combat troops were with-
drawn from Vietnam they didn't receive the welcome fitting
their sacrifice, he said at the annual city-sponsored Veterans
Day ceremony Friday at Mountain Rest Cemetery. It was a
day the community gathers to thank living veterans for their
service in wartime and peace.
Tesenair planned a beach trip with Marine Wayne
Thomas, a buddy he had served with during boot camp. The
reunion didn't happen. Thomas was one of six KM casual-
ties of the War in Vietnam.
"They were heroes," said Tesenair, of Chris Brooks, US
Army, July 3, 1966; Dudley Hughes, US Navy, Dec. 23,
See VETERANS, 5A
3 new faces
on BC council
BESSEMER CITY - A new mayor, Becky Steelman
Smith, and two council members will make three new faces
on Town Council in December.
Smith ran unopposed for mayor and Howard Jones, Ward
4, and Alfred Carpenter, Ward 5, beat out incumbents for
those two positions. Jones took 54.76 percent of the vote or
243 votes to oust incumbent Melanie Neal Colvin who gar-
nered 45.8 percent of the vote or 207 votes. Carpenter, with
54.51 percent or 248 votes, won over challenger Jason Tate,
who had 207 votes or 45.49 percent of the vote.
Incumbents D. C. "Little Dan" Boling and Josiah "Joe"
Will also were reelected. Boling ran unopposed to keep his
Ward I seat on council (97.07 percent or 365 votes). Will also
was unchallenged, receiving 98.34 percent of the vote or 414
‘See VOTERS, 5A