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Photo by ELLIS NOELL
OTM Triathlon set for May 18
Kings Mountain will host the
annual Over the Mountain
Triathlon expected to attract 500
triathletes to the city on Saturday,
As part of the North Carolina
Triathlon Series (NCTS) and sanc-
tioned by the USA Triathlon, this
Olympic-length race will be the
same length as the triathlon in last
summer’s Olympic Games in Lon-
In its 14th year, the race will
~ follow a familiar route, a 1 mile
swim across Moss Lake, a 30 mile
Shag dancing is Tina Hahn’s
best medicine to fight cancer.
~ Her dance partner and hus-
band of 23 years, Rick Hahn,
calls her his inspiration.
The friends she meets at shag
competitions - in Gastonia,
Shelby, and Myrtle Beach, SC
agree and say Tina’s smile is
Prayer, attitude, and faith
keep her strong in the belief that
she will beat Stage 4 adenocar-
cinoma. She keeps dancing to
— Prayer, Attitude, Faith
Tina and Rick Hahn
Hahn, “Life is good!”
bike ride (through four counties,
three area parks and two states) and
finish with the recently redesigned
10K run through the streets of
Kings Mountain. The race has re-
ceived many accolades including
being voted best bike portion in the
16 race series by the NCTS triath-
letes and the best triathlon overall
in the Charlotte Metro area,
“It amazes me with all the
changes that have happened over
the last 14 years of producing this
race,” said Ellis Noell, City of KM
Events Director. “Fourteen years
build up her stamina and she en-
courages people everywhere she
meets to fight cancer with a
vengeance. They look at the vi-
vacious, 52-year-old woman and
say “you look too good to have
Her doctors told her the same
thing when she was diagnosed
July 5, 2012 when a mass was
found in the pleural lining of her
right lung. The non-small cell
cancer had metastasized to spots
in the lymph nodes and adrenal
“I really started hurting in my
back and blamed it on stress and
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ago, not many of our residents
were certain what a triathlon was
about. Now we have teams origi-
nating right here in Kings Moun-
tain and others throughout
Cleveland County and still drawing
competitors from around the U.S.
and around the world,” added
Spectators will gather at the
swim start, Swim finish, the
halfway point water station at the
Superintendent’s office at Kings
Mountain National Military Park
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names to be
added to wall
Names of 28 servicemen killed
in action in World War II and eight
servicemen killed in action during
the Korean War will appear on the
new memorials at Patriots Park for
Memorial Day services conducted
by the City of Kings Mountain
Area people who want to make
changes or add more names to
these lists are encouraged to con-
tact the City of Kings Mountain,
704-734-0333, as soon as possible
since the names have to be en-
graved on the monuments in time
for the dedication service.
Korea war dead: Billy Owens,
Harvey Lawson, Dan Brevard Lail,
Ralph Whetstine, Rufus G. Huff-
stickler, Pickney Roberts, Johnny
Alexander Millon and Herman C.
World War II war dead: David
Homer Barber, Johnny William
Blackwell, John C. Bridges, Grady
Candler, James Gideon Darracott,
Jr., Moffett D. Davis, Charles M.
Ewing, Marvin Foster, Howard B.
Gantt, Roy E. Harmon, Jacob C.
Huffstetler, Harold D. Jackson,
Horace E. Lantham, Winfield V.
Long, Sidney E. Lovelace, Felmer
L. Lynn, J. C . Medlin, William
Robert Millen Jr., Walter Manly
Moorhead, Lester Pinkney Moss,
James Calvin Nickels III, Robert
Earl Owens, Everett Paysour,
Elmer M. Propst, Colon B.
Reynolds, William F. Smith, John
C. Stewart, and Haskell Thrift.
“We want to be sure that we
have all the names and encourage
residents to call us as soon as pos-
sible to add names or correct
spellings,” said mayor Rick Mur-
Relay this Friday
Fireworks, music, womanless beauty pageant, and more!
Fireworks will light up the sky
Friday at the 15th annual Relay for
Life which kicks off at 5 p.m. and
culminates with the fireworks show
at 12 midnight.
Everyone’s reason to Relay for
Life is unique as their own personal
story of cancer, and Kings Moun-
tain teams are hard at work making
plans for Friday’s Relay to be big-
ger and better than ever.
This year’s Relay at the Kings
Mountain Walking Track promises
to be entertainment for all ages
packed into seven hours compared
to all-nighters in past Relays. Goal
of the 2013 campaign to fight can-
cer is $100,000.
Tina Gettys, entertainment
- chairman, said a sure event to
watch ‘is the Womanless Beauty
Pageant at 11 p.m. Men participat-
ing in the event should be dressed
in their fancy attire and at the stage
at 10 p.m.
Dance students from “Dance
Magic” will perform at 5:15 p.m.
and the opening ceremonies at 6
p.m. will include the Survivors lap,
the caregivers lap and the 21 teams
walking around the track followed
by music by vocalist Donna Lan-
ders. During the evening The Over-
thrown dance, Kings Revue from
Kings Mountain High School,
Step-Out Dance Production, and
Music by Harvest will be on the
stage prior to 9 p.m. when the lu-
minaire ceremony is scheduled.
The popular tricycle race at 9:40
p.m. and Zumba dancers at 10 p.m.
will precede the beauty pageant
5-5:15 p.m. — Kings Mountain Relay -
for Life starts at the KM Walking Track -
Friday, May 3. All events will take place
at the walking track
5:15= 6 p.m.- Dance Magic performs
6-6:30 p.m. — Opening
ceremony/Survivors Lap/ Caregivers
Lap/ Team Lap; vocalist Donna Lan-
6:30-7p.m.- Overthrown Dance
7-7:30 p.m. — Kings Revue of KMHS
7:30-8 p.m.- Step- -n- -Out Dance
8- 9 p.m. — Music by “Harvest” on
9 p.m. — Luminary light-up — A
moment of silence as we remember
those we have lost to cancer after
which “Harvest” will continue with
9:40-10 p.m. — Tricycle Race
10-11 p.m. — Zumba dancers on the
11-11:30 p.m. — Womanless Bonty.
Pageant. All participants must be
dressed and at the stage at 10 am.
for further instructions.
11:30-12 midnight — Fireworks
and closing ceremony.
Officials remind all that no pets, bikes,
skateboards or scooters and no smok-
ing permitted at the 7-hour event
from 11-11:30 p.m. Teams will
offer plenty of food and drawing
for prizes for the public to enjoy.
Co-chairs Frank Burns and
Tammy White invite the commu-
nity. to turn out and support their
teams and enjoy an evening of fun.
“We all working together for a
good cause,” said Burns.
Day of Prayer events May 2
The annual Mayor’s commu-
nity-wide prayer breakfast — will
be hosted by Family Worship Cen-
ter Thursday, May 2, at 8 a.m. in
the Family Worship Center, 1818
Rev. Roger Woodard, pastor, in-
vites the community. Tickets are
$15 and can be purchased at the
church office or at Kings Mountain
City Hall, 704-734-0333.
Prayer — Kings Mountain citi-
zens will pause for prayer Thurs-
day, May 2, at 12 noon in front of
Kings Mountain City Hall.
The brief service, featuring
prayers and music, will be con-
ducted by the Kings Mountain
Ministerial Association and is in
observance of World Day of Prayer:
KMHS ranked #37 in NC
Kings Mountain High School is
ranked among the best schools in
the state and nation, according to a
2013 report by U.S. News & World
Report, a national news magazine.
“Several years ago KMHS re-
ceived this same honor as a bronze
medal winner and we were so ex-
cited. And now to be recognized
with a silver medal we are even
more excited. This is just another in-
dicator of how hard our teachers,
students and staff work,” said Prin-
cipal Ronny Funderburke.
Kings Mountain High School
ranked No. 37 in North Carolina and :
Burns High School at Fallston
was ranked No. 27 in North Car-
olina and 1,751 nationally.
Both Cleveland County schools
received silver medals.
The data is based on the 2010-
2011 school year.
U.S. News calculates values
based on student performance on
state exit exams and internationally
available exams on college-level
course work. The report showed that
86% of KMHS students are profi-
cient in Algebra, on the district av-
erage 69% are proficient in English,
73% are proficient in Algebra, and
23% are college-ready. At KMHS
the college readiness figure is
17.7%; the percentage of economi-
cally disadvantaged is 46 percent,
according to. U.S. News.
KMHS students have the oppor-
tunity to take advancement place-
ment course work and exams. The
AP participation rate is 30 percent.
The KMHS student body of
1,338 is composed of 51% male and
49% female and the total minority
enrollment is 32%. Eighty-nine full
time teachers are on the staff.
In the national ratings, 500
schools earned gold medals, 1,790-
earned silver medals and 2,515 took
bronze medals. The two Cleveland
County schools honored were
among 49 traditional and magnet
schools in the state on the list.
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