North Carolina Newspapers
Volume 125 © Issue - tiie 17, 2018 » 75¢
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Kings Mountain, NC
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City Council Beach Blast
A contest developed this
week for the Ward 3 and At-
Large seats open in Novem-
ber on the Kings Mountain
City Council.
Filing with the Board of
Elections this week were
Jerry Mullinax, who lost his
seat to the incumbent
Tommy Hawkins in 2009
and Curtis Pressley, who ran
second in a tight, six-man
race two years ago for the
first At-large seat open on
the board.
Pressley is challenging
the incumbent Dean Spears.
Mullinax, 73, who served
a total of 10 years on the
board — all two-year terms, is
running for a four year term
from Ward 3, and pledged to
represent all the citizens.
“We need to cut spending
and in bad economy times
Four-year-old Lucy McDaniel tries a bite of Cheerwine ice
cream, made by Linda Carpenter competing in the 2012 Ice
Cream Crank-off.
KMH file photo
2nd annual Ice Cream
Crank-off Saturday
Remember the fun of cre-
ating homemade ice cream
Here’s your chance to
share that favorite concoction
during BeachBlast 2013 this
Saturday at Patriots Park, and
compete for prizes from local
Enter any or all of the cat-
egories: vanilla, chocolate,
fruit, nuts, gourmet, or You
Made What! and bring 2 gal-
lons of ice cream in ice to the
tent by the gazebo from 11—
noon Saturday morning.
There will be room for a card-
size table and 2 chairs for
each entrant. Tasting cups and
spoons will be provided.
Entry fee is $5 per flavor.
Please complete and bring the
entry form in today’s paper.
Public tasting and judging
will begin at noon. A $5 do-
nation entitles you to a scoop
of each flavor and the right to
vote for your favorite! Win-
ners will be announced at 2
Prizes this year are do-
nated by Oak Grove Auto
Sales, 238 Cherokee Street,
Hometown Hardware, Steve
Baker-New York Life, Kings
Mountain YMCA, Subway,
and Swooger’s.
The contest is sponsored
by the Green Banana Project,
to benefit the Rotary Back-
Pack Project and Relay for
Playground to close
for maintenance
The city’s playground at
the Family YMCA on Cleve-
land Avenue will be closed
for annual maintenance be-
ginning July 22 at 6:30 a.m.
8 TH ll
City crews will be pressure
washing, re-sealing the
wood surfaces, and repairing
and/or replacing the fall pro-
tection surface.
City officials ask that the
public be patient while crews
from the Public Works De-
partment work to keep the
playground safe and usable
for the future.
The playground will be
closed from July 22-Aug. 2.
Kings Mountain’s Beach
Blast celebration will heat up
Patriots Park downtown on
Saturday beginning at 10
Beach Blast, the commu-
nity’s 2013 summer festival,
is water, sand, music and fun
for the whole family and
City of Kings Mountain
Events Director Ellis Noell
promises that the 14 the an-
nual 12 hours on the
“Grand Strand’ will be the
best ever.
There will be keen com-
petition with the ever-fa-
vorite Teenie Weenie Bikini
contest for boys and girls in
two age categories for chil-
dren, 6 years and under.
Prizes will be awarded by
the judges for the most
beach-like outfit. Free regis-
tration will begin at 10 a.m.
at Patriots Park at the corner
of Railroad Avenue and Gold
Street and continue until
11:45 a.m. The competition
begins at noon with the
awards to be presented after
the contest. Erica Carpen-
ter, Miss Teen Cleveland
County, will help present the
Watermelon eating contests and much more will be featured at Saturday’s 14th annual Beach
Blast at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain.
KMH file photo
Athlete’s new home taking shape
Something that was no
more “than-a dream three
years ago is now close to be-
coming a reality, thanks to an
ambitious fundraising drive
that has pulled in nearly a
million dollars to build a
new athletic field house at
Kings Mountain High
The finished product,
which is set to be completed
by October and November,
will be a 12,600 square foot
state of the art training facil-
ity, complete with kitchen,
locker rooms, male and fe-
male training rooms, trophy
room, film room, laundry
rooms, private showers, and
Despite the wet weather subcontractors can be found hard at work on the new KMHS field
house. The fieldhouse is set to be completed in the fall of 2013.
offices for the school’s ath-
Real to Reel starts
rolling July 24 _
Lights, cameras, ac-
tion! ' The Cleveland
County Arts Council will
present the 14th annual
Real to Reel International
Film Festival, a unique
festival celebrating the art
of film, next Wednesday,
July 24, at 7 p.m. at Joy The-
This year’s festival is co-
sponsored by Kings Moun-
tain Little Theatre, and The
Historic Kings Mountain
Tourism Development Au-
Arts Council Director
Shearra Miller said the Real
to Reel Film & Video Festi-
val’s mission is to offer a
forum for independent film,
video, and multimedia artists
to showcase their talents and
garner award winning name
recognition. Films of all
genres from all over the U.S.
as well as Germany, New
Zealand, Iceland, Canada,
Belgium, Australia, Luxem-
bourg, Brazil, Spain, have
International Film Festival
poured into Cleveland
County and now is the time
to see them!
The screenings will take
place in the newly renovated
Joy Performance Center, 202
S. Railroad Ave. in Kings
Mountain, July 24-27. Ad-
vance tickets, $8 per session
or a Festival pass for $30
may be purchased at the Arts
Center, 111 S. Washington
St., Shelby or online at
Tickets prices at the door are
$10 per session or a Festival
pass for $35, children ages
12 and under are admitted
free. The screenings will
begin ‘at © 7:00 “pm
letic director, coaches and
Persistent rain
grinds some
Golfers can’t golf.
Builders can’t build.
And no one can manage
to stay dry for very long as
the Kings Mountain area and
much of the lower Piedmont
is seeing one of rainiest sum-
mers in memory.
“You're not able to do as
much work when it rains like
this,” said Chris Greene,
owner of Greene’s Land-
scape Supply in Gastonia.
“A lot of my guys are short
time — they’re not getting
much hours.”
From the grassy links to
the slippery streets, daily life
has been altered by record
| rainfall that pelts the region
daily, sometimes up to three
soaking showers a day.
“You have to walk
around in people’s yard in
the mud,” said Kurston Lat-
activities to halt
timore, who delivers pizza
for Papa John’s. “It’s danger-
ous. It can get so rainy you
can’t see the road.”
“One time when it was
raining I fell — I saved the
pizza though — but I fell
pretty hard,” said Lattimore,
who says she puts about 70
miles a shift on her 1998,
Camry. “From my feet to my
knees I was covered in mud.
Only got a $1 tip.”
Still, the wet weather is’
good news for some folks.
For organic grass-fed cattle
farmer Shelley Proffitt
Eagan, the surplus rainfall
means that her stock is get-
ting more grass.
“As long as we’re not
flooding, we’re good as far
as the cattlemen are con-
cerned,” said Eagan, who
along with her father runs
Profitt Family Farms in
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