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Hawkins, Butler
keep jobs
= DAVE BLANTON
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Curtis Pressley will be
the new face on the Kings
Mountain City Council,
edging out incumbent Dean
Spears in the at-large con-
test, according to late unof-
ficial results. Voting was
close, with Pressley collect-
ing 554 votes over the vet-
eran Spears’ 529.
Incumbents Tommy
Hawkins, representing Ward
3, and Mike Butler, repre-
senting Ward 2, held on to
their spots on the council,
edging out former council
member Jerry Mullinax and
political newcomer Patty
Hall for their respective
Volume 125 eo Issue 45 ¢ Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Curtis Pressley
seats in Tuesday’s voting.
With all precincts report-
ing, including early voting,
Hawkins collected 112 votes
over Mullinax’ 93, while
Butler picked up 123 to
Hall’s 97.
Pressley campaigned on
a growth platform, which
saw him endorsing a pro-
posed casino and entertain-
ment complex. “I think that
with the possibility of thou-
Mike Butler
sands of jobs coming to the
county as well as the city
and the economic impact it
would be a terrific opportu-
nity for our city,” he said in
a candidate questionnaire.
“I’m ecstatic,” said
Pressley, who has made
three previous runs for the
city council. “I don’t know
if it’s sunk in yet ... I look
forward to working with the
council members. I'm defi-
nitely a team player.”
Tommy Hawkins
Spears, a retired building
contractor, has served 16
years on the council.
Hawkins is serving his
first four-year term on the
council. Previously, he has
served five years on the
planning board. He also
serves on the Mauney Me-
morial Library Board of Di-
rectors. In his campaign to
retain his seat in this
See ELECTION, 8A
| It’s official...
ws ELIZABETH STEWART
lib.kmherald@gmail.com
Walmart Neighborhood
Markets is coming to Kings
Mountain in the Kings
Mountain Plaza.
The old Winn-Dixie
building will be razed and a
" new 41,000 square foot fa-
cility will go up in the next
year.
Walmart officials made
the announcement Monday.
“We welcome Walmart
to Kings Mountain and
thank them for their invest-
ment and new job opportu-
nities,” said Mayor Rick
Murphrey. He added, “Wal-
mart is an excellent corpo-
rate citizen and we look
forward to working together
POW Schiavo recalls cold,
«= ELIZABETH STEWART
lib.kmherald@gmail.com
“Bitter, bitter cold” is
what Sam Schiavo, 89, re-
members about the Nazi
concentration camp where
he was held for six months
after being captured during
the Battle of the Bulge, the
bloodiest of the battles that
US forces experienced in
World War II.
“That was 70 years ago
but I remember the bitter,
bitter cold and the near star-
vation," said Schiavo, who
resides with his wife, Gur-
teen, in Kings Mountain.
to improve quality of life in
Kings Mountain.”
Walmart Neighborhood
Markets were designed in
1998 as a smaller-footprint
Schiavo's parents im-
migrated to America from
Sicily and he was born in the
United States. He is the last
surviving sibling of seven
children.
“I remember the Ger-
mans making us march and
work for them and we just
never got warm," said Schi-
avo. A loaf of bread was ex-
pected to feed 8-10 soldiers
and the sawdust taste was
terrible. A strapping 140
pound youth when he joined
the Army, Sam lost down to
100 pounds during his con-
finement. Frostbite was
hard on the POW's, soldiers
suffered from dysen-
tery.
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“We had no soap,
no toothbrush, they
took our watches and
boots and anything
valuable," said Sam.
But they didn't take
his eye glasses and
option for communities in
need of a pharmacy, afford-
able groceries and merchan-
dise. Each one is
approximately 38,000
Sam Schiavo
Sam returned home with
them safe and sound.
Schiavo said he was
younger than some of the
other POW's, healthy and
came close to getting frost-
bite in his toes. He said he
owes his life to prayers for
his safe return to America.
Prisoners were housed in
a type of barracks sur-
rounded by wire fence and
guarded by vicious dogs and
guards. They slept on the
Walmart is coming to KM!
square feet and employs up
to 95 associates. Walmart
Neighborhood Markets offer
fresh produce, meat and
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hunger
floor. Armed guards came
into the compound and
marched them to their work
assignments.
“Dad got a telegram that
I was missing in action,"
said Schiavo.
In late 1944 in the wake
of the Allied Forces success-
ful D D ay invasion of Nor-
mandy, France, it seemed as
if World War II was all over,
but with the onset of winter,
the German Army launched
a counter offensive that was
intended to cut through the
Allied Forces in a manner
that would turn the tide of
the war in Hitler's favor. The
battle that ensued is histori-
cally called the Battle of the
Bulge. The courage and for-
titude of the American sol-
dier was tested against great
adversity.
Schiavo served in the
106th Infantry Division at
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Veterans Day
observance
The City of Kings Moun-
tain will host the annual Vet-
erans Day Parade and
Observance on Monday,
November 11.
The observance will
begin with the parade start-
ing at the War Memorial on
Railroad Avenue, across
from the Joy Performance
Center, at 10:45 am. VFW
Post 9488 Color Guard will
step off the parade with the
Loch Norman Pipe Band
and all veterans and their
families are invited to join in
the parade. The parade will
proceed to Patriots Park
where the observance will
take place. At the Patriots’
Memorial, as part of the ob-
servance, there will be a
dedication ceremony of the
WWI plaque at 11 a.m.
The Patriots’ Memorial, a
public/private partnership,
was designed by Ken
Pflieger, AIA Architect. Lo-
cated near the entry to Patri-
ots Park at Cansler Street
and Gold Street, the design
has plaques honoring those
soldiers who died in combat
during WWI, WWII, Korea
and Vietnam.
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Wounded
Warrior Run
is Saturday
Locally owned Finish
Well Timing will sponsor
the second annual Patriot
Jack’s Wounded Warrior 4-
mile run on Saturday, Nov.
9.
The road race will in-
clude a 1-mile fun run and
the event will benefit the
United Service Organization
(USO-NC.) All monies
raised will stay right here in
the community.
Festivities will begin at 9
a.m., at Patriot Jacks, 832 E.
King Street, with the start of
the 4 mile course. Along this
course, you will encounter
military personnel who will
be encouraging runners and
walkers along. Different
branches of the military will
be on hand with military ve-
hicles and activities. Music
will be provided as enter-
tainment and a local JROTC
unit will present the colors
to start the event.
All registered runners
and walkers will receive a
race t-shirt and an awesome
finisher souvenir. Registra-
tion can be made online at
www.woundedwarrior4mile
.com. Call 704-685-3549
with any questions.
New report cards
Report cards that go out
to students Thursday will be
different.
They will include new
test scores and may show
that fewer students have
made the state’s tough, new
proficiency standards.
North Carolina legisla-
tors recently strengthened
the measurements for End-
of-Grade (EOG) and End-
of-Course (EOC) tests,
Cleveland County Schools
Assistant Supt. Stephen
Fisher told the school board
at a recent meeting.
The state’s new profi-
ciency requirements are to
address how ready students
are for college and careers
and whether students are on
track to be ready for high
school graduation.
The new measurements,
Fisher said, cannot be com-
pared to previous year stan-
dards as the new test meas-
ure new content standards. If
anyone tries to compare the
results, it will appear that
scores have dropped and the
rhetoric of “schools are bro-
ken” will surface. In all ac-
tuality, the cut line has been
raised making it more diffi-
cult for students to achieve
“proficiency” in content
standards.
Despite these changes,
school-grade-subject-level
growth will continue to be
measured the same as in
years past, said Fisher. It is
important to note, he said,
that students continued to
grow academically in 2012-
13, even though the tougher
achievement measurements
will show fewer students
making the state’s new pro-
ficiency standards.
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