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Dashon Guest scored 5 touchdowns to tie a school record for the most
touchdowns in a single game when the Mountaineers creamed East
Rutherford Friday night in KMHS' 90th season opening game.
War in Afghanistan Hits Hom
First soldier from Kings Mountain dies of injuries in combat
SPC JAMES JUSTICE
"Over here there's no life," the last words of:
E/5 James Justice to his father from
The 21-year-old soldier, who died of in-
juries from small arms fire in Wardak Province,
Afghanistan, penned his own epitaph. "Let peo-
ple know to appreciate the freedom and the life
they have in America and be proud."
Justin's wife, the former,Sissy Shronce of
Grover, decided that her husband's mission of
‘saving lives should be continued after his death
as an organ donor. His lungs and heart may be
.given to other wounded soldiers in Landstuhl
Regional Medical Center in Germany where
This was Justices' first tour in Afghanistan
after joining the US Army Infantry at age 18.
He had been in Afghanistan only 30 days and
spoke to his parents, Randall and Melissa Jus-
tice, in Cherryville via Skype two days before
he was shot in the neck. He was in a coma two
days before he died Aug. 17.
Randall Justice got a call from an Army
«doctor in Germany last week, 30 minutes be-
fore he was to depart to Germany to be at his
son's bedside. The doctor reported to the griev-
ing family there was no brain activity.
Saturday the Justices boarded a plane for
Maryland where they joined their daughter-in-
law and grandchildren Harley, Laura and
Bre'onng for memorial services Sunday. The
family returned home during the:weekend to
make funeral and burial preparations expected
to be held in Kings Mountain, his sister, Lisa
"My brother lived the Army and loved it,
volunteering to go to Afghanistan," said
Lisa who described her brother as "full of
smiles, everyone loved him, funny, outgoing
See JUSTICE, 5A
Rezoning battle to
continue before city
- ELIZABETH STEWART
Faunce Properties’ request for rezoning a lot at 813 W.
King St. from RS-8 to Residential Office is on the agenda
for Tuesday night's 6 p.m. meeting of city council.
Although city council has the final say there could be no
decision if council agrees with the planning board's call to
continue the pubic hearing until Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
After a lengthy pubic hearing last Tuesday by the planning
and zoning board, David Faunce and residents from the West
Kings Mountain Neighborhood were asked to get together
and make attempts to resolve what has become a controver-
"I'm tired, I want you guys to get together. I've been here
every time this rezoning has come up and it's time to resolve
it," said P&Z member John Houze.
Other board members - Phil Dee, Christy McLeary, and
Jim Potter - also urged residents-of W. Mountain Street op-
posed to the rezoning to meet with David Faunce and be clear
about what they don't want to see on the property which now
houses a day care center.
"We have a list of some of those things you don't want
and that's a beginning for your discussion. I hope you will
have it together," said McCleary.
Melvin Ware, a resident of the Antioch Community who
co-owns with his sister their family home at 815 W. Moun-
tain St., across from the day care center, says rezoning of the
Faunce property will affect property values for his home and
other nearby properties.
See REZONING, 5A
City gets new
early voting site
Kings Mountain voters
will be able to vote early at
an early voting satellite site
at Boyce Memorial ARP
Church on the corner of
King Street and Edgemont
The Cleveland County
Board of Elections approved
the site made possible by a
$2,000 donation from the
City of Kings Mountain.
"We want to make voting
as convenient as possible for
Election officials and city
officials expect a large
turnout of votes in Novem-
ber since voters will help de-
cide both the presidential
and gubernatorial races as
well as local races including
the race for three seats open
on the Cleveland County
Board of Commissioners.
Democrat Mary Accor and
Hawkins; and Johnny
Hutchins, all of Kings
Mountain, are running for
See CITY, 5A
TR a (for some) :
School bells ring Monday
photo by KYRA TURNER
Melinda Canniff, kindergarten teacher at East, shows two new students, last year, their names on their owls. Left to
right, Mrs. Canniff, Kaitlan Wilson, 5, Kaitlan’s sister Alyee Wilson, 6, and Alexis Michael, 5 (in the foreground).
== EMILY WEAVER
» The wheels on the bus will go
round and ‘round and the chiming of
school bells will be a familiar sound
as more than 15,000 students and
hundreds of teachers in Cleveland
County return for the start of another
school year Monday.
Teachers began to ready their
rooms and lesson plans last Friday.
Kings Mountain High opened its
doors Tuesday night to incoming
freshmen eager to see the new Fresh-
man Academy that waits for them.
Orientation sessions for other new
and returning Kings Mountain stu-
dents will be held today and tomor-
‘row (Wednesday, Aug. 22-Thursday,
Aug. 23). Several new staff will be
ready to greet parents and students
this week throughout the county.
"We have more than 80 teachers
and certified staff new to our district
this year," said CCS Spokeswoman
Among those new faces is Kevin
Queen, a former assistant principal at
Crest High who will be joining the
assistant principal staff at Kings
Mountain High, succeeding Dianne
Dooley who retired last year.
* School bells at East Elementary
will ring at 8:10 a.m. Monday as:
Principal Eric Lamanna welcomes
the arrival of 264 students and nine
new staff members. Robyn Wooten
joins the 2008 National Blue Ribbon
‘School and 2010 Honor School of
Excellence as a new Head Start
teacher. Ronna Rawls will be a new
kindergarten teacher at East this year;
Shelly McEntire will be new to first
grade, Jada Hardin new to second
grade, and Paula McDaniel new to
fourth grade. Quimia Hines will be a
fresh face for exceptional children at
East and other new staff members in-
clude, Title I teacher Charlie Randall,
Curriculum and Technology Coordi-
nator Terri Reid and school Psychol-
ogist Kelsey Cutchins.
© "I am eagerly awaiting the start of
the year! I love my job and I love
East!" Lamanna said. "I am so proud
of our students’ hard work last year
and I have missed seeing them over
the summer. We have an amazing
group of students."
East Elementary, Grover Elemen-
tary and North Elementary are three
of five in the district designated as
Title I Reward Schools for being
among the highest performing in the
state. The schools have been identi-
fied among the top 10 percent of all
Title I schools in North Carolina for
sustaining student achievement over
a'number of years.
See SCHOOL, 5A
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