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Hot decisions boiling up to Primary Tuesday
You decide MAY 8
=: EMILY WEAVER
Voters will head to the polls May 8th to
elect their favorites in party races for a vari-
ety of county, state and Congressional seats.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
A hot race has developed for seats on the
Cleveland County Board of Commissioners
and a hot-button issue of whether or not to
change the state's constitution regarding mar-
riage has already brought several voters to
On May 8th, polls will be open at Bethle-
hem Baptist Church's Life Enrichment Cen-
ter, 1017 Bethlehem Rd.; Grover Town Hall,
207 Mulberry Rd., Grover; Kings Mountain
Family YMCA (back entrance) for those re-
siding in the KM North district; 211 N.
Cleveland Ave.; Mauney Memorial Library
for those residing in the KM South voting
district, 100 S. Piedmont Ave.; Oak Grove
Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall, 1022 Oak
* Grove Rd.; and, Waco Community Building,
200 S. Main St., Waco.
One stop voting at the Cleveland County
Board of Elections, 215 Patton Dr., Shelby,
continues through Saturday (8-1 p.m;
Wednesday-Friday, 8-6 p.m.).
Locally, a hot race has developed for three
seats on the Cleveland County Board of
Incumbents Ronnie Hawkins and J ohnny
Hutchins, both Republicans, will face Jeff
Gregory and Susan K. Allen in the Primary,
where only the top three vote getters will re-
main in the race.
See VOTERS, 7A
Man struck, killed by train
KYRA TURNER /HERALD
KM Police investigate scene along tracks.
Christopher Lynn Wright,
45, of 701 Church Street was
morning by a Norfolk South-
ern train as police say he was
walking along the fracks
near Battleground Avenue
and King Street.
Shortly before 6:47 a.m.
railroad officials aboard the
train, traveling northbound,
spotted a man walking
northbound along the tracks
and attempted to alert him
numerous times, according
to Kings Mountain Police.
"However, the individual
failed to get clear from the
train which resulted in his
death," according to Det.
Cpl. J.T. McDougal.
Anyone with further in-
formation about the incident
is-asked to call Kings Moui=
tain Police at 704-734-0444.
New townhouses get the
oreen light from council
The 800 block of East King Street will
soon be home to Cambridge Oaks Apart-
ments, 56 townhouses on 7.7 acres - an esti-
mated $2 million project. Kings Mountain
City Council gave the green light last Tues-
day night to Greenway Residential Develop-
ment Company of Charlotte and rezoned the
property of Kiser Enterprises.
The parcel is familiarly known as "Kiser's
field" owned by Kiser Enterprises of Belle-
vue, Washington. John Kiser, formerly of
Kings Mountain, asked for the rezoning from
General Business to Conditional Use.
Kings Mountain lawyer Tim Moore, who
represented the developers, said the apart-
KM runners finish 1st in Gateway
ments should be ready for occupancy by
March 2013. He said the property was sold
for nearly $300,000.
Greenway officials at the public hearing
conducted by city council were developer
Brad Parker, engineer David Odum, and de-
signer John Wood of Cline Design and Asso-
Moore said the apartments will be similar
to Kings Manor, Cleveland Ridge and Kings
Row apartments in Kings Mountain but will
have a townhouse style with a common
breezeway and will be constructed in groups
See APARTMENTS, 7A
jobs to city
Five or more jobs could be
coming if a building reuse and
restoration grant is approved
for a manufacturing operation
at 606 Charles Street.
Kings Mountain City
Council last Tuesday author-
ized Mayor Rick Murphrey to
submit a grant application for
$35,000 to the North Carolina
Rural Center. The grant
eligible building upfit items
and is contingent on creation
of jobs, according to Steve
Killian, the city’s director of
Planning and Economic De-
the full story, 7A.
EMILY WEAVER / HERALD
Kings Mountain’ s Kate Crowell nears the finish line in
Saturday’s Gateway 10K. She finished first overall. Read
The property is owned by
Ruppe & Woody Associates
Inc. The total tax value of the
building and land is $237,694.
struck and killed Monday |
amount requested is based on
photo by REG ALEXANDER
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to a crowd at 238 Cherokee Street Tavern, while
NC GOP Vice Chair Wayne King, left, and restaurant owner Robert Bolin, right, look on.
Supporters urge Newt not to drop out,
Newt rallies them to defeat Obama
. EMILY WEAVER .
Although not out-right retracting his bid
for the presidency Wednesday at a stop in
Kings Mountain, Republican candidate
Newt Gingrich did say that he believed
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be
named the party's nominee.
The remark, which garnered a "say it
ain't so, Newt" reaction from supporters in
the crowd at 238 Cherokee Street Tavern,
came amid the speaker's 16-minute call to
action for America.
"This may be the most important elec-
tion in our lifetime because I think a re-
elected (President Barack) Obama would
be a disaster," Gingrich said.
After the event, Margaret Pearson and
her son, Isaac, agreed: anybody but Obama.
"I want you, not Romney," one woman
said from the crowd. "If he gets the nomi-
nation, how do we make sure that your
ideals and your philosophies get heard and
" think you can count on me remaining
noisy," Gingrich told the crowd. "I really
want to make this clear to every conserva-
tive in the country, this is not about perfec-
tion. We can all have things we disagree
about...but if you take who Romney is
going to pick as a judge and you take who
Obama is going to pick as a judge, you're
talking about two different planets and you
can go down a long list like that."
- Reports last week indicated Gingrich
was set to formally exit the race on Tuesday
- and that Romney had already invited him
to join his team.
Gingrich told supporters at a Gaston
County GOP breakfast in Cramerton and at
lunch in Kings Mountain, last week, that he
is still committed to uniting the party and
in making sure Obama is a one-term presi-
State GOP Vice Chairman Wayne King
echoed the goal as he introduced the former
"If we elect a conservative team this fall
that doesn't mean the left is going to go
away. They're going to do everything they
can to fight us next year," Gingrich said. "I
think everybody is going to have an oppor-
tunity to be active and to be involved. I'm
See NEWT, 7A
photo by ELLIS NOELL
He rallied the crowd to defeat Obama, which he said is the
main goal this election.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addresses a
crowd inside of 238 Cherokee Street Tavern Wednesday.
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