by Thomas Kelly Pauley.
Mac’s Grocery closing
Saturday after 50 years
Mac's Grocery, a Kings
Mountain landmark for half
a century, will close its doors
Saturday but not until the
McAbee family thanks cus-
tomers at a big customer ap-
precidtion and retirement
i "Y’all come for free hot-
dogs, chips and soft drinks
from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.," says
Kenny and Danny McAbee
and their sister, Cheryel
McAbee Pearson, the own-
ers of the family business
founded by their parents, the
late Russell and Josephine
Beam Goins McAbee May
"Our store has always
been a family affair," said
Kenny, who said that he and
all of his seven siblings
worked at one time or an-
‘other behind the counter,
greeting customers, grilling
hamburgers and hotdogs and
serving up livermush and
COURTESY OF THOMAS KELLY PAULEY/THE TOWER STUDIO
A recreation of famed, local Revolutionary War hero Col.
Frederick Hambright, giving the public a first-time glimpse
of what he may have looked like over 200 years ago. Painting
Cheryel Pearson takes an order for Erik Price and his.10-year-
old son, Silas, at Mac’s Grocery.
bologna sandwiches, steaks
and other goodies and stock-
ing meats and a full line of
The McAbee children in-
clude the late Tommy
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A Revolutionary Painting
Historic artist immortalizes the hidden-in-time
Col. Frederick Hambright in painting
== EMILY WEAVER
Records show their bravery, their
self-sacrificing service to a new country
in the New World carved out of the
blood and tears of the American Revo-
lutionary War. Documents reveal where
many of them came from and hint at
how they lived. But no paintings or
sketches seem to give us a clue of what
they looked like. ..until today.
The American Revolutionary War
Living History Center and historic artist
Thomas Kelly Pauley of the Tower Stu-
dio in South Carolina have set out to
put a face with the names of the Battle
of King's Mountain's unseen local he-
roes. They unveiled their first in a series
of portraits on Dec. 18 to a crowd at
The Inn of the Patriots. As the veil was
lifted, the audience (including descen-
dants) peered for the first time at Col.
MecAbee of Gastonia, the
late Brenda Foster of Kings
Mountain, Sue Holmes, Don
McAbee and Wanda Wilson,
all of Kings Mountain.
See McABEES, 7A .
cabished in 1780.
; HERE 1
Without an actual rendering to start
from, Pauley based his sketches on
family history, speaking with local de-
scendant Larry Patrick, and studying
the facial traits of nearly two centuries
of Hambright's kin.
» Martin Mongiello, innkeeper of The
Inn of the Patriots and founder of the
ARWLHC, said that they began their
extensive research of Hambright back
in 2007. Last year, they commissioned
Pauley, an artist of historic and contem-
porary works in York County, SC, to
start the painting.
"Hambright is one of my ancestors
through marriage, so naturally, I started
with him," said Mongiello, whose inn
sits on land where the great-great
grandson (Dr. Alfred Frederick Ham-
bright) of Col. Hambright's house once
stood. "We are passionate in our group
about all of the local heroes who have
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never gotten proper recognition."
The colonels that seem to "steal the
thunder of our local heroes were Col.
(John) Seveir and Col. (Isaac) Shelby"
along with Lord Cornwallis and Maj.
Patrick Ferguson, Mongiello said. "Al-
though they were great men, our fami-
lies have long questioned why our local
heroes have never been seen."
"Nothing against them, but I think
it's high time to have a party for our
own ancestors," he added. "(We want
to) bring them out of this closet in his-
tory so people can see them for the first
Hambright's portrait was not
Pauley's first recreation of an historic
figure. In 2008, he brought the never-
before-painted "Gentleman Pirate"
Stede Bonnett to life on canvas in a
South Carolina state art competition,
See REVOLUTIONARY, 7A
Shiloh Cemetery on National Register—
GROVER - The old
historic Shiloh Presbyte-
rian Church Cemetery at
Grover was listed on the
National Register of His-
"toric Places December 22,
"Thisis great news," it
was reported by the Na-
tional Park Service on the
Colonel Frederick Ham-
bright family website this
week which noted that the
"was through the hard
work of Dennis Dover,
Jason L. Harpe of Harpe
Consultants and many
See SHILOH, 7A
KM company expands
to Shelby to add 166 jobs
County notes industry growth as
highlight for 2011, jobs priority for 2012
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es morning, /
Weather forecastérs a are saying
at the warm-up will egin
r enjoying Prine Wednesday afternoon and by Fri-
; weather, the ings Mountain area day the high. shill re feach te eos.
saw temperatures tumble but brace 4; once again. Sa
rialves for lows i the teens i
Despite still being chained by the Great
Recession and relatively high unemploy-
ment, 2011 was a good year for industry re-
cruitment and growth in Cleveland County.
The announcement of the emergence of 166
manufacturing jobs with the expansion of
Kings Mountain’s Baldor Electric plant on
Tuesday came as a welcome bonus.
“We need jobs,” said Commissioner
Johnny Hutchins, who added that’s the
county’s goal for 2012.
Baldor officials announced plans to ex-
pand its operation to a second location, oc-
cupying 30 acres of the old Copeland plant
on Shelby Road in Shelby. DOT crews have
already begun work on the truck entrance to
the plant off of Hwy. 74.
“What a way to start 2012!” said Lt. Gov.
Walter Dalton at the announcement inside of
Don Gibson Theatre on Tuesday. “This was
a wise decision by Baldor, because we have
great workmanship in Cleveland County.”
Bill Ramsbey, executive vice president of
operations for Baldor Electric, said that they.
plan to be in production at the new facility
by the end of June. :
State Secretary of Commerce Keith
Criscoe said that the company plans to add
166 new jobs and increase its payroll by $7.3
million over the next four years, bringing an
investment of nearly $17 million to the
The salary for the Baldor jobs averages
between $30,000-$40,000 - a needed income
for the more than 5,200 now unemployed.
See EXPANSION, 5A
City: jobs top priority in 2012
New industry and busi-
ness expansion brought 350
jobs to Kings Mountain in
the old year just ending to
rev up a sluggish economy.
City leaders for the third
year push jobs as the major
goal for new year 2012.
Some forecasters are pre-
dicting that the economy is
showing signs of healing but
it depends on who you talk
new business and industry
and provide a quality family-
oriented lifestyle," said
Mayor Rick Murphrey.
City Manager Marilyn
Sellers said the city will con-
tinue to promote a positive
business climate with com-
petitive utility and tax rates,
continuing infrastructure and
working with a productive
business opportunities and
we're growing," added Sell-
ers. : :
Sellers said the city wel-
comed six new industries
last year who are utility cus-
tomers. They are Bay Valley
Foods, Ultra Armoring,
See JOBS, 7A
photo by LIB STEWART
KM Mayor Rick Murphrey and City Manager Marilyn Sellers discuss goals for New Year 2012.
Both say jobs are top priority.
workforce ‘and with local,
county and stdte govern-
"We need jobs and we are ments to achieve goals.
positioning our city to attract
"And we're seeing more
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