Kings Mountain’s Dremiel Byers won his first match be-
fore losing 1-0, 1-0 to reigning world champion Riza
Kayaaip of Turkey Monday in the quarterfinals of the Greco-
Roman heavyweight wrestling division in the London
Byers received a bye in the qualification rounds and then
defeated Muminjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan 1-0, 2-0.
See BYERS, 7A
Sellers off to
School of Arts
= EMILY WEAVER
For the first time in many years, a Kings Mountain young
woman has landed a full scholarship to the University of
North Carolina School of the Arts.
Next Wednesday, Aug. 15, 17-year-old Morgan Sellers
will move into a dormitory on the UNCSA campus in Win-
ston-Salem, where she will study theater. Classes start Aug.
She is the only Kings Mountain student since 1993 when
Heather Melton and since 1991 when Laura Beth Moss, who
went on to act on Broadway and in a soap opera, to be ac-
cepted to attend the prestigious school.
Hundreds of applicants from throughout the nation were
narrowed down to 26, before being cut down to a final 20.
Morgan checked her voicemail (knowing the school would
call the winning scholars) every day, hoping for a call. Three
weeks after her last encounter with recruiters, the phone rang.
"She worked a whole year by herself building her resume
. and working to get accepted. She was real focused on getting
into this school," said her mother, City Manager Marilyn
Sellers. "It's a real honor for her to get this. It's bittersweet.
We don't want to lose her, but we're excited and proud."
"She loves talking about it, just doesn't like thinking about
it," joked Morgan, knowing her mother will miss her as she
goes off to study at a college a year before her peers.
~ See SELLERS, 7A
MORGAN SELLERS will at-
tend the University of North"
Carolina School of the Arts to
finish her general education
and receive special training -
in the arts.
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TV crews shoot a scene in front of City Hall for "Homeland," a one-hour drama/thriller series on Cable's Showtime network.
City Hall will be shown in the 7th episode of 12 in 2012 as a metropolitan police station "7th District" in Washington, DC.
TV series filmed at city hall
= ELIZABETH STEWART
The Courtyard of Kings Mountain City Hall was the
busiest place in town Monday morning from about 5 a.m.
until 10:30 a.m. as a busy TV crew from Showtime Net-
works & Leakwood ‘Lane Productions shot the seventh
episode of "Homeland", a popular award-winning one hour
drama/thrlller TV series that opens its second season Sun-
day, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. on the Showtime network.
Crowds of curious onlookers hoped to get close enough
to stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis to get their auto-
graphs but had to watch filming from a distance. Kings
Mountain Police officers kept-traffic flowing away from
Gold Street but some residents ventured to the grassy area
around city hall to watch the action.
A police shield emblem with the words "7th District"
marked the front of city hall which will represent a police
station in Washington, D.C. in the upcoming episode.
Mayor Rick Murphrey said the location site was chosen
by Pacific Entertainment Group of Charlotte's production
staff a few days ago after they looked at a number of build-
ings in this and other areas.
"They were looking for a building to be featured as a
metropolitan police station in Washington, D.C. and chose
city hall," said the mayor. "It was exciting and Kings
Mountain will get some Cexposae from the filming here."
Saturday at Joy
See HOMELAND, 7A
: Council says ‘no’ to annexation
we ELIZABETH STEWART
By a vote of 4-3 Kings Mountain
City Council last Tuesday shot down
voluntary satellite annexation to B&D
Enterprises in the Oak Grove Commu-
nity and Grandpa's Store in the Bethle-
Grandpa's Store is located on a
3.363 acre parcel beside Bethlehem
Tom's Family Mart is comprised of :
three parcels on 1.166 acres at the in-
tersection of Oak Grove and Stoney
Point roads. It is the tract on the south-
west corner that includes Tom's Family
Mart, the tract on the northwest corner
Final 2 shows
The master design, car-
pentry and set work of 10
volunteers, who worked for
the love of theatre, set the
mountain-farm scene of
Kings Mountain Little The-
atre's current production of
Six talented players and
the rhythmic Bluegrass
stylings of the four-man
"Stoney . Lonesome Band"
bring the Appalachian story
See FOXFIRE, 5A
that includes a frame construction de-
tached single family house and a vacant
commercial building on the southeast
Ward V councilman Keith Miller's
question to Police Chief Melvin Proctor
about police response time to these
areas sparked questions from nearly all
seven councilmen at last Tuesday's pub-
lic hearing by the council at its July
meeting at city hall.
Proctor said police response time to
an area three miles outside the city lim- |
its could be 13-16 minutes or a maxi-
mum of 35 minutes depending on the
area where the officer gets the call.
Proctor said he was aware that the prop-
erty owners seeking annexation had a
relatively low crime rate nd that Tom's
Family Mart management had a repu-
tation for being tough on crime.
Thomas Brooks said at the meeting
that no criminal incidents had been re-
ported in 35 years at Tom's Family
Mart, a family business in operation in
the Oak Grove Community since 1962.
"[ recognize many positives of this
annexation but what about 99% of our
city population who would worry, about
police protection. What would happen
if an incident at one of the convenience
stores tied up police and kept officers
away from the city?" asked Miller dur-
ing a public hearing in which no
See COUNCIL, 7A
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Left to right, Steve Austin 0 Hector Nations), Robert Jenkins (Dillard Nations) and Eleanor
Wixson (Annie Nations) act out a scene in “Foxfire”, which continues for two final showings:
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