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NCGOP Vice Chairman Wayne King greets Donald Trump,
left, on his recent special visit to the Old North State.
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King elected to chair NC's delegation to the Republican National
Convention and to serve on Party- shaping platform committee
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Kings Mountain's Wayne King,
vice-chairman of the NCGOP, "young
gun” of the Republican Party, will be
one of two North Carolina delegates to
help draft the Party's future at the 2012
Republican National Convention in
At this weekend's state convention,
North: Carolina Republicans unani-
mously selected King to chair the state's
delegation and to serve on the Conven-
tion's pletion committee. !
“] am honored to be selected to
sérve as Chairman of the North Car-
olina delegation to the Republican Na-
tional Convention and: to serve on the
Convention's , Platform Committee,”
King said after this weekend's conven-
tion. “I look forward to leading the way
as the North Carolina delegation nomi-
nates the next President of the United
States, Mitt Romney. This is an impor-
tant step to taking back the White
House and to painting North Carolina
red in November.
‘We are one of the most
"'T am especially looking forward to
serving on the Platform Committee
where I will fight to ensure that our
Party sticks to its traditional conserva-
tive principles on both the key fiscal
and social issues facing our nation
today. We must put forward a platform
that appeals to the majority of Ameri-
cans that self identify as Conservatives,
and we must put forward a platform
that highlights the contrast between the
pro-growth, pro-freedom, pro-America
See KING, 7A «
successful counties in NC’
Leaders talk about state of community over breakfast
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Area leaders touted the county as
"hot" for economic development and
painted a bright future, more jobs and
growth for Kings Mountain and Cleve-
land County at Friday's "State of the
Community" breakfast at the H.
Lawrence Patrick Senior Life & Con-
* The speakers were Kings Mountain
Mayor Rick Murphrey, Cleveland
County Board of Commissioners
Chairman Johnny Hutchins, Board of
Education Chairman Dr. Jack Hamrick,
and Kristin Fletcher, executive vice-
president, and Ken Mooney, existing
industry relations manager, both of the
Cleveland County Economic Develop-
Cleveland Chamber's Legislative
Action committee arranged the event
which was co-sponsored by Kings
Mountain Hospital and Cleveland
County Healthcare System. Alex Bell,
vice president of CCHS and adminis-
trator of Kings Mountain Hospital, rec-
ognized sponsors. Sandy Tallent,
chairman of the Chamber's Legislative
Action committee, recognized elected
officials and - speakers. Dr. Bruce
Boyles, chairman of the Chamber board
of directors, gave the welcome and in-
All speakers credited tremendous
successes “in Kings Mountain and
‘Cleveland County with collaboration of
all local and county government offi-
cials with state and federal projects.
Fletcher noted that 80% of the eco-
nomic development projects in 2011
were manufacturing. "The flood gates
are open," she said.
Fletcher said that "a Chinese delega-
tion visited the county last week, six
different German groups are eying us
and lots of interest coming from France.
We are one of the most successful
counties in North Carolina with $4.7
billion dollars in capital investments,"
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four, shut down
two meth labs
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On May 29, after being arrested for allegedly cook-
ing up meth, a Shelby woman confessed to deputies
she wasn't the only one. By the end of the day, four
suspects had been charged with manufacturing
methamphetamine and possessing materials used to
make the drug.
On Wednesday, county deputies and State Bureau
of Investigation agents shut down two alleged meth
labs - one on wheels - related to the case. .
Narcotics officers of the Cleveland County Sheriff's
See CONFESSION, 6A
Landowners ask to be annexed into city limits
Tom Brooks, president of B&D Eater-
prises, and Kisan and Janki K. Patel are pe-
~ titioning the City of Kings Mountain for
The city council, by its unanimous action
last Tuesday, directed City Clerk Ann L. Ses-
som to investigate the sufficiency of the pe-
Steve Austin, CDBG administrator, said
the city was awarded $250,000 in 2010 in the
CDBG program from the NC Division of
were to be given funds for capital improve-
ments and equipment purchases and in ex-
change were to create one new full time job
voluntary non-contiguous annexation of their
Brooks wants his 1.9 acres at the intersec-
tion of Stony Point and Oak Grove Roads
and the Patels want their 3.6 acres, 903 Beth-
lehem Road, to become part of the city.
for every portion of the $25,000 provided to
them. No local funds were part of the proj-
tition for action at the next meeting.
In other actions of the May 29 meeting,
council conducted a public hearing, a prereq-
uisite to close-out of the Community Devel-
opment Block Grant Small Business
Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.
Community Assistance and the NC Depart-
ment of Housing & Urban Development for
a Small Business Entrepreneurial Assistance ect.
project to assist three existing businesses in
downtown Kings Mountain. The businesses
See LANDOWNERS, 7A
To cross or not to cross?
City sets hearing on closure of Oak Street crossing
City council last Tuesday
unanimously approved a res-
olution of intent to consider
the closing of the Oak Street
railroad crossing and set a
city hall public hearing for
June 26 at 6 p.m.
Registered or certified
mail will go out to each
owner. of property abutting
upon that portion of the
street and a public notice
will run for four weeks in
The Kings Mountain Herald, -
all preliminary steps initiat-
ing a process of closing a
portion of a road for vehicu-
lar traffic. The city will also
post the street area proposed
At the hearing any person
may be heard on the question
of whether to close or not
close the Oak Street railway
. crossing. The city barricaded
the crossing after the May 4
crash of an 18-wheeler and a
freight train when the truck
driver ignored "absolutely
no crossing" signs. Before
the wreck, the city had added
more signs to direct truck
drivers to a truck route.
Mayor Rick Murphrey
said city officials are looking
at permanently closing the
Oak Street railway crossing
because of the safety issue.
Currently city officials are
studying all the crossings
and meeting with officials of
Norfolk Southern and the
N.C. Department of Trans-
Kings Mountain Public Works Supt. Jackie Bamette, left, Pat O'Connor of Fieldbuilders Inc. of
Charlotte and Mayor Rick Murphrey observe the work underway by Fieldbuilders at the soccer
field at Davidson Park. Top dressing, aerating and reseeding of the soccer field is underway and
will be ready for soccer players in the Fall.
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