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Volume 127 eo Issue 6 © Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Local author
to speak about
women in Civil War
Local author Mark
Heche who describes
himself as a Civil War buff
and has written a number
of books about the war be-
tween the states, is appear-
ing Thursday at the Kings
Mountain Historical Mu-
seum to give a talk about
the role women played in
the Civil War.
. At the 5:30 p.m. presen-
tation, he’ll also be talking
about a popular book he
wrote a few years ago titled
“The New Civil War Hand-
book: Facts and Photos for
Readers of All Ages,” which
is now in its fifth printing.
Born in 1951, Hughes
said he was coming of age
when the country was ob-
serving the Civil War’s
centennial. The history of
the conflict and of that time
period drove a lot of inter-
est in the topic and not sur-
prisingly, it was among his
favorite boyhood topics.
Hughes has written five
hooks on the Civil War and
has a sixth in the works.
He developed a deep and
lifelong interest in the Civil
Although Hughes didn’t
become a professional his-
torian, opting instead for
a career in technology in-
struction after receiving
both a bachelors and mas-
ters at Southeastern Okla-
homa State University, he
continued to research and
School zone meetings
kick off next week
Cleveland County School
officials are taking to com-
munity meetings in the next
six weeks to discuss local ed-
ucation topics.
Superintendent Dr. Ste-
phen Fisher will join teach-
ers, other members of his
staff and Board of Education
members at four talks around
the county beginning Feb. 16
through March 30.
“We want to know what
people want to hear about,”
said Greg Shull, the district’s
Director of Communications.
“This is designed so people
can be specific about their
Fisher will lead the meet-
ings after they are gaveled
open by Cleveland County
Schools Board of Education
chair Phillip Glover.
“If we get good feedback
we will continue the prac-
tice,” Shull said.
Principals and assistant
principals, along with teach-
ers in the meeting sites’ zone,
are strongly encouraged to
A state of the district
meeting is slated for Kings
Mountain at Barnes Audito-
rium on March 16 at 7 p.m.
As well as an update on
school initiatives and goals,
school officials will also
inform parents whom they
should contact if they have
certain aspects of the school
system. The meeting are not
designed to be question and
answer sessions. ;
Topics will include school
performance, grades, testing,
technology and safety. There
will also be narrower discus-
sions of issues regarding in-
dividual zones in the district.
School administrators are
asking for input from parents
and members of the public
through its web site at sites.
The 7 p.m. meetings in the
districts other three zones are
as follows:
Feb. 16 - Shelby High
March 2 - Burns Middle
March 30 - Crest Middle
Any day a good day to fish
lib.kmherald @
Fishermen say any day
is a good day to fish and the
past weekend at Moss Lake
was no exception.
Terry Seay and T.
“Rooster” Jones of Ruth-
erfordton put their fishing
boat in the lake early Satur-
day and fish was biting.
City Planning Director
Steve Killian said that fish-
ermen take advantage of the
city's low fees for boating
and fishing at city-owned
Moss Lake.
The lake is down close
to 8 feet below its full pond
level, according to Killian,
who explained that “close
to 8 feet” means it will fluc-
tuate slightly because of
rain and changing weather
conditions. Killian said the
lake draw down will be no
more than 8 feet below full
pond to finish the work on
the spillway.
Killian said the city has
added concrete to six boat
ramps so that access to the
water is possible. Most peo-
ple are using just one of the
Rutherfordton residents Terry Seay and T. Rooster Jones are ready for a day of fishing at
city-owned Moss Lake.
ramps until city workers
can completely smooth out
the gravel and lake floor
just below the other ramps.
“We tell people to
boat carefully and at their
own risk when we are ap-
proached or asked," says
Killian. He added, “We are
working on a sign directing
them to the (obviously) best
ramp and avoid the others
until smoothed out.”
Richard Anderson, a
city staffer at Moss Lake,
said Sunday's almost 70
degree weather brought out
the fishermen, hikers, and a
number of people “just en-
joying being out of doors.”
Permits to fish daily are
$4 and $12 for boating for
outside-city residents. In-
side-city residents pay $2
.a day to fish and $6 a day
for boating. Fishermen
also enjoy fishing from the
Moss Lake is approx-
imately 90 feet deep. It
encompasses more than
2,000 acres with 57 miles
Photo hy Richard Anderson
of shoreline, 1,660 acres of
water. Moss Lake was built
in 1974 as the city's water
source when the area was
suffering from drought.
Moss Lake serves as an
active recreational destina-
tion for boaters, fishermen,
water tournaments and the
annual national qualifying
Over the Mountain Tri-
athlon. It is stocked with
hybrid striped bass, large-
mouth bass, crappie and
other pan fish such as brim
and perch.
Corrine Reynolds
graduated from Kings
Mountain High School on
a Friday in 1950 and the
next Friday, June 2, 1950,
she became the bride of
Howard Swofford.
“We've been mar-
ried all our lives and we
wouldn't have it any other
way," says Corrine, who
kisses her husband every
morning before she goes
to work at one of the
local school cafeterias
and greets him the same
way when she returns in
the afternoon.
And according to
Howard, he picks on his
wife a lot ‘affectionately’
and they have never gone
to bed angry. Corrine said
a friend gave them good
advice before they tied
the knot. “If you have a
fuss about something,
make up before bedtime,"
they were told.
School report cards
released statewide
The long-awaited N.C.
public school performance
report cards — which this
year for the first time features
letter grades — were released
last week at a state Board of
Education meeting.
Some highlights from the
Kings Mountain zone:
KMHS: B (75); KMMS:
C (63); KMIS: C (66);
Bethware: C (68)
East: B (77); North: B
(77); Grover: C (66); West:
B (77)
The letter grades are based
on test scores (80 percent)
and academic growth (20 per-
cent). The grades listed in the
report are for the 2013-2014
school year and reflect data
that time period.
On the state education of-
ficials’ scale, a school whose
combined test and growth
scores amounted to 85-100
points receive an A. Those
earning 70-84 points receive
See SCHOOL, Page 7A
No measles in county
two patients test negative
Last week, the Cleveland
County Health Department
tested two patients for mea-
sles. Results of the tests were
received Monday morning
and confirm that the patients
are negative for measles.
While this is very good
news for Cleveland County,
the Cleveland County Health
Department would like to re-
mind citizens to be sure that
you and your children have
been vaccinated against the
measles. As stated by the
Center for Disease Control,
you can protect your child
against measles with a com-
bination vaccine that provides
protection against three dis-
eases: measles, mumps, and
rubella (MMR). The MMR
vaccine is proven to be very
safe and effective. Some
adults need the measles vac-
cine to.
For more information
about the measles and/or the
measles vaccine, visit HY-
PERLINK "http://www.cdc.
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