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Baby Justin in the fight of his life
Benefit bake, yard sale set for Saturday
= ELIZABETH STEWART
. lib.kmherald@gmail.com
Justin Thomas Styers, a beautiful
10-month-old baby boy, is fighting for
his life. His family asks for prayer.
This week Justin and his family re-
turned to Levine Children's Hospital at
Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte
for his third round of chemotherapy.
The hospital and Ronald McDonald
House have become second home for
his young parents and their families for
over three months now since the little
boy was diagnosed May 1 with a very
rare brain cancer called Medulloblas-
toma.
"Most of the tumor was removed on
May 3 but my grandson will need 8-9
months of chemo to stop the cancer
from returning and the pediatric oncol-
ogist has entered Justin in a clinical trial
of a new high dose therapy that will
lessen the need for radiation later when
he is older," said his grandmother,
Tammy Styers of Grover.
Justin has had six surgeries to date.
The bills are piling up and other support
from the community can come with do-
nations through the computer link
prayers for justin.com. Donations will
and then be transferred to a savings ac-
count created by his great-grandmother.
A benefit bake/yard sale for Justin
will be held Saturday beginning a 11
a.m. at White Harvest Ministry Church
off S. Post Road, Shelby, behind the old
location of Hallelujah Acres. Individu-
als or businesses wishing to make do-
nations may call Tammy at
704-472-2974, Edna at 704-819-7056
or Diane Goins Injejikian at 704-953-
2368. Members of the family are also
available to pick up donations.
Their son's serious illness means
See JUSTIN, 7A
84,000 POUNDS OF POTATOES
Potato project
to feed hungry
growing strong
The Cleveland County Potato
Project - a volunteer effort to feed the
‘hungry with locally-grown potatoes -
continues to grow. Volunteers have [8
harvested a total of 84,000 pounds of
white and red potatoes so far this year,
while sweet potatoes - yet to be
plucked and counted - sprout in seven
plots across the county. i
At half-way into 2012, the produc-
tion of white and red potatoes is
"equal to our total production for last
year and is 41,000 pounds more than
the total for white potatoes last year,"
said Doug Sharp, co-organizer and co-founder of the project.
If hungry deer stay out of the seven sweet potato patches that
have been planted, Sharp suspects they could reap another 30,000-
See POTATO, 7A
go to a PayPal account set up for Justin
National
Night Out
Tuesday at
Patriots Park
The city will celebrate
National Night Out Tuesday,
August 7th, 6-10 p.m. at the
Patriot's Park Gazebo.
Local law enforcement
and first responders will
have displays and exhibits
set up for the community
and visitors to learn and have
a better understanding of the
services they provide. They
include; Kings Mountain Po-
lice Department’s Criminal
Investigation Division, K-9
Unit, Traffic Units, the Moss
Lake Boat Patrol and the Ex-
plorer Scout Unit. Gaston
County Rural Police and the
N.C. Highway Patrol will be
See CITY, 5A
985257002001
and on Sunday, August 5th at 3 p.m.’
and Saturday, August 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students
and senior citizens. Reservations can be made by
calling the Joy Performance Center at 704-730-
9408. Reservations must be made 24 hours in ad-
JUSTIN STYERS
Where there is life, there is hope
JADA McDANIEL
ELIZABETH STEWART
lib.kmherald@gmail.com
The "I Love Lucy" road sign on
Chestnut Ridge Road leads to the
comfortable home of Jada and Cale
McDaniel and their three children.
- Not only does the sign mean
that the mother of the house, Jada,
“is a fan of the popular TV show, but
it holds an even more special
meaning for the parents.
Four years ago doctors told Jada
Brown McDaniel, then 32, that she
should abort the baby girl she was
expecting because Jada was suffer-
ing from a genetic defect that had .
resulted in a very serious and
painful chronic pancreatitis.
That baby, Lucianna Jane Mc-
Daniel, nicknamed Lucy, was 12
weeks old when her mother under
went a total pancreaciomy and Islet
‘Auto-transplant of her pancreas.
Doctors removed her pancreas, ex-
tracted the islets, and then trans-
ferred them to her liver during a
14-hour operation.
Now four years old, Lucianna
Jane ("Ann" from her paternal
grandmother's middle name, and
"Jane" from her maternal grand-
mother's middle name) is a pre-
school student at St. Matthew's
Lutheran Church and the j joy of her
parents and brothers, Bryson Cale
(10), a 5th grader at KIM Interme-
diate School; and Stetson Brooks,
(7) a 2nd grader at East Elementary
School.
Jada's bout with this life-threat-
ening illness started in 2006. She
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
tions will be accepted. |
vance of any performance. No same day reserva-
Synopsis: Annie Nations (Eleatior Wixson), an
indomitable Appalachian widow of 79, lives on
her mountain farm with the acerbic ghost of her
husband, Hector (Steve Austin). Her tranquility is
threatened by a brash real estate developer (Caro-
line Dedmon) who wants to turn her land into a
Missing half her
digestive system
McDaniel recalls
life-saving surgery
recalls that she was 18 when she
had her first attack and the doctors
blamed it.on indigestion or her gall
bladder. Those attacks continued
intermittently throughout her 20's,
but it was always said to be her gall.
bladder.
Even with an attack causing her
to’ go into labor three weeks early
with her’second son, Stetson, it was
still unclear that there was anything
wrong. "I just thought I was having
strong labor pains," she said.
By age 29, the attacks wors-
ened, she followed doctors’ orders
diligently, and then her family
physician, Dr. Jeffrey Carley of
Kings Mountain, recommended
she go to Charleston, SC, to the
See McDANIEL, 5A
‘F oxfire’ premiers Friday at Joy theatre
Kings Mountain Little Theatre, Inc. and direc-
tor Stan Logan will present “Foxfire” on Friday
vacation resort and by concern over her son, Dil-
lard (Robert Jenkins), a country singer who has
The cast of “Disney's Little Mermaid, Jr.” acts out a scene in Cherryville Little Theatre’s play which opens Friday.
come home with two stranded children because
his wife has run away. Annie's battle to decide her
future takes her through some funny, touching, and
magical flashbacks to her life with Hector. Dillard,
See KMLT, 5A .
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KM players
star in 'Little
Mermaid'
opening Friday
The curtain goes up Fri-
day at 7 p.m. at the Cher-
ryville Little Theatre, 301 W.
Academy Street, for: the first
of five performances of the
one-act play, "Disney's The
Little Mermaid JR."
Five young actors from
Kings Mountain and Grover
are starring in the show.
Sophia Kellstrom, former
Little Miss North Carolina,
e: See CLT, 5A
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