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106 East Mountain Street
Kings Mountain, NC
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DUDLEY CARROLL HUGHES
KIA DEC 23
GREGORY WAYNE THOMAS -
KIA JAN 28, 18
ROY BENJAMIN COCHRAN - ARMY
KIA MAY 21, 1968
The memorial plaque on the Vietnam War Memorial lists the name of 10 Kings Mountain area servicemen killed during the
photo by Ellis Noell
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“We brought our boys
home,” said tearful Vietnam
veteran Jim Medlin Monday
morning as he and Mayor
Rick Murphrey unveiled the
Patriots Memorial in down-
town Kings Mountain,
which honors 10 area set-
vicemen who gave their all
in America’s longest war.
Mayor Rick Murphrey, left, and Jim Medlin dedicate the Viet-
nam War Memorial at Patriot's Park.
photo by Lib Stewart
“Men never forgotten,
some gave some, some gave
all” is the inscription along
with the names of those hon-
ored on the handsome
plaque on the Vietnam wall.
Mayor Rick Murphrey
said the city plans to also in-
clude on future walls the
names of local and area ser-
vicemen who fought and
died in World War I, World
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US Army Reservist Blanton
struck by car, killed Friday
Donald Eugene Blanton with his wife, Jyara and children Michael, 7, and Sarah, 2.
“Go see Daddy,” 2-year-old Sarah Blan-
ton told her mother, Jyara, Tuesday morning
as the family of Donald Eugene ‘Gene’ Blan-
ton, 25, prepared to make funeral arrange-
“We’re still in shock,” said Mrs. Blanton,
who said she has told the children but they
are too young to understand death. Michael
is 7, Dawton is 4, and Sarah is 2.
The Kings Mountain man was struck by
a car and killed Friday at 8:01 p.m. while
walking on Goforth Road, a short distance
from his mother’s home. Jyara said her hus-
band was upset that evening and took a walk
to cool down. ’We don’t know why. His
mama was trying to get him back in the car,
he was walking on the side of the road.”
Gene’s mother said her son had his head-
phones on and was looking down at his cell
phone and neither saw the approaching car.
A Kings Mountain native, Gene was in
the US Army Reserves. He loved to fish,
shoot pool, cut grass and fun wrestle with his
kids when he wasn’t working. He grew up in
the True Gospel Holiness Church.
He met his wife on a blind date and ap-
parently it was love at first sight. Two days
later they were married. Both were 22 years
old. They have been married 3 1/2 years.
Trooper J. Prescott of the N.C. Highway
Patrol investigated the death but said the re-
port would not be available until Thursday.
Mrs. Blanton said she was told that the driver
has not been charged.
A white wreath is on the door of 1300 W.
Gold St. Extension in her husband’s memory.
Christmas tree lighting
to be held Nov. 20
The annual lighting of the community Christmas Tree at
Mauney Memorial Library will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20 at
7 pm. Christmas carols, a reading of The Christmas Story,
and a visit from Santa will highlight the event. The public is
18th gmt Toy
Run set for Saturday
Murphey’s 18th annual
Scooter Shed Toy Run to
benefit the Shriners Burn
Center, Oxford Orphanage
Masonic Home for Children,
and KM Police Department
Shop with a Cop will be held
Saturday, Nov. 17.
Cyclists should meet at
11 am: at 114 Camelot
Court and with police escort
depart from the Scooter Shed
at 1 p.m. Free BBQ will be
served after the ride.
Goal of the benefit is $5
plus a new toy per person. In
event of rain the event will
be held Nov. 18 at the same
Crimson Rose Band will
The route: 114 Camelot
Court, right onto Phifer
Road, right onto Bethlehem
Road, left on 74 westbound,
right on DeKalb Street, right
onto E. Marion St., left onto
Borders Road, right onto
Oak Grove Road, right onto
Stoney Point Road, straight
Three pre-Thanksgiving services are planned in the
Kings Mountain area next week.
The annual Kings Mountain Community Thanksgiving
service will be held Nov. 20 with a pre-service concert at
6:45 p.m. and the worship service at 7 p.m. at Penley’s
Chapel Church, 1508 Hwy 216 North.
Rev. Marty Ramey, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church,
will deliver the message and special music will be by the
Penley’s Chapel Singers. The public is invited.
The annual Grover Community Thanksgiving service
will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Bap-
tist Church, 116 Poplar Drive, in Grover, The Grover El-
ementary Choir will present special music and Pastor Ron
Hawkins of Carolina Praise and Worship Center will de-
liver the message, “Togetherness in Thankfulness.” Rev.
‘William Thompson, host pastor, invites the public.
A New Beginning Church, Dixon School Road, will
host a pre-Thanksgiving service Wednesday, Nov. 21, at
7 p.m. at Dixon Presbyterian Church, Dixon School Road.
‘Dixon Pastor Randy Patterson will deliver the message.
Special music will be presented. The public is invited.
onto 74W to King St., right
onto York Rd., right onto E.
Gold St., left onto South Bat-
tleground Ave., left onto KM
Blvd., stay straight on Dixon
School Rd., right onto Mili-
tary Road, right onto 29
South, left onto S. Battle-
ground Ave., left onto KM"
Blvd., left onto Phifer Road,
right onto Camelot Court
and end of the run where
barbecue will be served with
all the trimmings.
Robert Bolin, Kings
Mountain businessman and
entrepreneur, has purchased
Battleground Restaurant &
Bolin announced that, in
the coming weeks, he plans
to relocate 238 Cherokee
Restaurant to Battleground
Restaurant. The former 238
building will become an
Asian fusion restaurant
which combines Asian fla-
vors and a wide variety of
cuisine. Plans for a sushi bar
are also in the works for the
The current employees of
238 Cherokee will comprise
the staff of the new Battle-
ground Grill. Bolin expects
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