= Drug Bust pes
Over 3,000 pills
On Friday, Feb. 15, the Cleveland County
Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, along with
Agents of the U.S. De- ;
partment of Homeland Se-
curity and INC.
Department of the Secre-
tary of State, conducted an
making a controlled deliv-
ery of prescription med-
The medication was
shipped illegally into the
US from outside the coun-
try, to 105 Mail Rd., Kings Mountain. The
See DRUG BUST, 7A
How does it feel
to be hungry?
Students take part in 30 hour famine
Over 100 area students learned how hungry
feels this past weekend.
- Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, these kids
fasted for 30 hours in order to see exactly how
it feels to be hungry. The students were from
area middle and high schools, and the fasting
event was sponsored by World Vision.
In Kings Mountain, Central United
Methodist hosted 78 students from First Pres-
byterian, First Baptist, Central United
Methodist, Patterson Grove Baptist, and Beth-
lehem Baptist churches.
~ Grace Christian Academy hosted students
from the school, Christian Freedom Baptist
Church and some of the students’ friends from -
Participants brought in donations ranging
from $15 to $100. They. had been asked to
raise money by sacrificing things such as tea
at lunch, extra sweets, etc.
During the 30 hours of fasting, the kids
were allowed as much water as they wanted,
and had juice on a regular schedule.
They were presented programs on hunger
around the world, and in the US.
During the 30 hours, the students worked
on projects to help others—the kids from the
Central United Methodist group volunteered
at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Shelby,
cleaned up at the Kings Mountain Gateway
Trail, played Bingo and socialized with
See HUNGRY?, 7A
Grants bring new
industries to the area
Recent local and county industry job an-
nouncements have landed five industries with
North Carolina One grants totaling more than
The amount of money received is based on
the job creation of the company. Incentive
agreements from the city and county drive the
~ job creation.
The five companies receiving the state
grants are: Baldor Electric, $400,000; Schlet-
ter, Inc., $630,000; Kings Plush, $56,000;
STEAG Energy LLC, $50,000; and Greenheck
Fan Corp (Kitchen Ventilation) $150,000.
Volume 125° Issue 9 Wednestay, February27, 2013 75¢
The gas price at Battleground BP in Kings Moun-
tain Tuesday Marvy was $3.84 per gallon.
Photo by BETH BROCK
106 East Mountain Street
Kings Mountain, NC
We can save you money !
Drivers are feeling
the pain at the pump
By Alan Hodge
Special to the Herald
Alan.bannernews @ gmail.com
Just when drivers thought their wal-
lets were getting a bit of relief at the
pump, gas prices are on the rise once
again to the highest levels in months.
Just over the past few weeks, gas
prices in our area have gone up nearly 30
cents per gallon with the average price
for regular unleaded hovering around
$3.75. Unleaded premium is over the $4
a gallon mark at around $4.05 a gallon,
“This is the 33rd day in a row that
we’ ve seen a consecutive increase,” said
AAA spokesperson Nancy White.
Back on December 20, gas prices
were at their lowest point in quite a while
at “just” $3.22 a gallon for regular. In
2012, the highest gas prices were
recorded on April 6 when a gallon of the
precious liquid hit a yearly high of $3.91
For folks who care to travel across the
South Carolina state line for a few cents
off their gas purchase, the price down
there is hovering around $3.35 a gallon.
Local drivers are steamed over the
price hike. Rodney Huffstickler was at
Rollins 76 station on Hickory Grove Rd.
and smells a conspiracy.
“Everybody in Washington has stock
in oil,” he said.
Vicki Cauthen was also at Rollins.
“People won’t be able to get to work
because of the prices,” she said. “It’s
See FUEL COSTS, 7A
Service dog sniffs out trouble
w= ELIZABETH STEWART
Brianna Rochford, 12, and her
brother, Connor, 16, have a new
The jet black female service
dog, delivered to the Rochford
home at Woodbridge Thursday,
is four months old, and answers
to Claddagh, the Gaelic name
for friendship; loyalty and love.
She will shadow Brianna wher-
ever she goes and her incredible
nose will help Brianna keep her
blood sugar in range.
Connor Rochford, who got
his much-wanted driver’s li-
cense in December 2012,
just found out that he carries the
Type I diabetes gene two weeks
ago and will be checking his
sugar Just like his sister. They
were each diagnosed with juve-
nile diabetes after separate bouts
with the flu.
Claddagh won’t be going to
Kings Mountain Middie School
with 7th grader Brianna this
school year, but by next school
year she should be fully
trained to accompany her young
mistress in-any environment.
Their parents, Jacquie and Jim
Rochford, said Claddagh
showed them a few days ago
just how quickly she picks up on
the smell of blood. Brianna, who
has operated her own insulin
pump 4-1/2 years and checks
her blood sugar up to 10 times a
day, had checked it 30 minutes
before the dog arrived. The
reading was 112, which is a nor-
mal glucose level. Claddagh
started licking and: pawing
Brianna (right) and Connor Rochford with their service dog,
(when they touch you with their
paw) and Brianna took the
reading again and it was a high
. See CLADDAGH, 7A
Book Club set fo celebrate 100 years!
Not many clubs and busi-
nesses celebrate 100 years.
The. Thursday Afternoon
Book Club is an exception and
will kick off its century mark
with a grand opening of the
city’s first Little Free Lending
Library in a little red caboose li-
brary box Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
at the KM Arts Center at the
The Book Club was started
by a group of women in 1913
and is thought to be the oldest
social club in Cleveland County.
Meeting every month, club
members from the beginning
have read and passed on books
to others. A recent program
whetted their appetite for a
small lending library going up
in front of the Arts Center in
collaboration with Southern
Club President Susan Cham-
pion credits Erin Broadbent, Su-
perintendent of the Kings
Mountain National Military
Park, as the inspiration for the
project. An avid reader, Broad-
bent told them about the website
little free lending library.org and
all 20 members got excited. A
story about the long history of
the book club, a group picture,
and listing of 10 books from the
club’s reading list is featured in
this month’s edition of “Our
Champion said members
contacted artist Camiel Brad-
shaw at woodworking expert
Ben Hubbard and the first Little .
Free Lending Library took
shape. Hubbard created the de-
sign from dimensions outlined
on the Library Lending website
and has fashioned a 12x14 ca-
. boose and wheels secured on a
4x4 with sliding front doors and
knobs to open for books which
will be displayed by club mem-
bers for the reading public.
Bradshaw has painted the ca-
boose fire engine red. A sign on
See BOOK CLUB, 8A
| Hunareds of Cedar Waxwing rstumed to Kings Mountain last week to feast on the holly veiries ott the
trees that line Battleground and Railroad avenues. The hungry flocks are flying back and forth down-
| town, showing off their daring and yazzling aeronautics for visitors and filling the air with high, thin
Photo by ELLIS NOELL
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