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    ers gets
second shot at
Olympic gold
Sports Editor
Kings Mountain’s Dremiel Byers
will be going back to the Olympics
this summer in London after win-
ning the heavyweight division of
the U.S. Olympic Trials Greco-
i Roman wrestling Saturday at
Iowa City, Iowa.
Byers defeated Steve Andrus
of Kansas and the Michigan
i Wrestling Club 1-0, 1-0 and 2-0,
| 2-0 to win the gold in Iowa. As
reigning U.S. champion, he sat
out the challenge matches and
: awaited the survivor for the
A championship match.
Byers, 37, a 10-time U.S. champion, former World Cham-
pion and two-time World Military Champion, was disappointed
with his seventh place finish in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
China, where he said he took his opening round opponent
lightly. He promised his grandfather, the late Theodore Byers, .
that he would someday win a medal in the Olympics and plans
to make good on that promise in London.
“This is a big opportunity for me,” Byers says. “It’s real im-
portant to make good on this one.”
Throughout his wrestling career with the U.S. Army in Col-
orado Springs, CO, Byers sent all of his medals and awards to
$150M budget
in the third annual | Kings Mountain Gateway Trail 5K
and 10K fundraiser set to kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday,
April 28, at the greenway, 807 S. Battleground Ave.
Registration will continue for runners during packet
pickup hours from 3-8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at J
Oliver's Coffee Shop, 211 S. Battleground Ave. and be-
ginning at 7 a.m. on the morning of the race at the Toil
The registration fee for participants of the SK is $25,
and $35 for the 10K. A fee of $5 will be added for each
extra event. Applications are still available at J. Oliver's
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Kings Mountain Gateway Trails, Inc. is a 501¢3 or-
ganization. All donations are tax deductible. Proceeds
from the run will help grow and preserve the trail.
Trophies in the SK and 10K races will be awarded to
the top three male and female overall winners, Masters
Division (for ages 40 and up) and in the following age
divisions: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-
69, 70 and older. Medals will be awarded to all fun run
approved to
save teachers
despite cuts
The Cleveland County Board of Education unanimously
approved Monday night a $149.6M budget for the 2012-13
~ school year which saves 60 teacher jobs leftunfunded due to
state cuts and decreased federal funds, adding 15 jobs and
expanding programs.
Overall, the school system will expand its program for the
new budget year by about $4.2 million.
No teachers will lose their jobs and there is "a little
Gingrich coming today
Presidential candidate
Newt Gingrich is set to visit
Kings Mountain (today)
Wednesday, April 25, on a
tour of North Carolina coun-
ties, according to the state's
GOP Vice Chairman Wayne
King, who helped organize
the special visit.
Plans are for Gingrich to
Murphreys change party affiliation
says Elections Director
Debra Blanton.
The Saturday before the
Primary date of May 8 is the
speak at an 11:45 a.m. lunch
at 238 Cherokee Street Tayv-
ern, an event open to the
The Primary Election is
off to a running start in
Cleveland County with early
filing of over 600 voters,
last day to vote early. One
stop voting is available at the
Board of Elections, 215 Pat- *
ton Dr., : Shelby, Monday
County commissioner Mary Accor, Mayor Rick Murphrey, Steag Technical Director Evonik
Steag Dr. Ralf Gilgen and Steag LLC America President Hans Hartenstein, left to right, during
a tour of Steag's Linwood Road plant.
600 voters file early for Primary
_ through Friday, 8 am.-6
photo by ELLIS NOELL
p.m. and on Saturday, April
28, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and
Saturday, May 5, from 8
a.m.-1 p.m.
Election officials are pre-
dicting that the controversial
Amendment One that would
make traditional marriage
the only domestic legal
Steag gives tours of new expansion
Steag Energy Services
LLC is hiring workers at its
plant (familiarly known as
the old Anvil Knitwear
building) on Linwood Road
and cut the ribbon Thursday
celebrating its expansion and
“the launching of its second
new production line.
Mayor Rick Murphrey
said the firm expects to make
a $9 million investment in
Kings Mountain over a four
year period and as many as
45 new jobs are ‘coming,
Steag officials told city and
county leaders last week as
the mayor and city council
presented an official procla-
mation honoring the Ger-
man-born industry.
union recognized in the state
will drive Primary participa-
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