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Volume 127 e¢ Issue 16 ¢ Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Photographer Ellen Devenny captured this picturesque view of Crowders Mountain as the background for the setting of tents and other gear provided by pitmasters from all over the coun-
try competing in the 19th annual Firehouse BBQ Cook-off sponsored by the Kings Mountain Fire Department. Midnight Burn picked up the top BBQ prize, a check for $4,000. See more
pictures and story on page 3A in today’s Herald.
Main Street
Program
Accredited
# ELIZABETH STEWART
lib.kmherald @gmail.com
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to receive
accredi-
tation by
the National Main Street
Center for its commitment
to historic preservation and
community revitalization in
2014.
For accreditation the
program must meet 10 per-
formance standards which
sets the benchmark for
measuring a community's
application of the Main
Jan Harris
Main Street Director
Street four point approach
to commercial district revi-
: talization.
Standards include fos-
MW operating budget, tracking
o| programmatic progress, and
3 actively preserving historic
buildings.
Liz Parham, director of
the North Carolina Main
Street Center, said evalu-
ation of each of the state's
local Main Street organi-
zations annually identifies
those programs which meet
10 performance standards.
“These communities
worked hard to meet the
standards established by the
National Main Street Center
and we are pleased to see
See MAIN STREET, Page 7A
Tickets available
for theatre party
A limited number of
tickets are available for the
opening night party June 26
of “Liberty Mountain,” the
Revolutionary Drama.
Join the party at 5:30 p.m.
for low country boil prepared
by Chef Nancy Pinkerton and
enjoy music by RG Absher
prior to the 7:30 p.m. perfor-
mance in Joy Theatre.
Tickets are $100.
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For tickets and infor-
mation visit: www.Liber-
tyMountain.com/"www.
LibertyMountain.com or
www.KMLT.org or tickets
@kmlt.org. Or call 704-730-
9408 or 704-692-2897.
Presenting sponsor is Pat-
rick Yarn Mills and the drama
is supported by a grant from
Kings Mountain Tourism
Development Authority and
produced by the Kings Moun-
tain Little Theatre, Inc. at Joy
Performance Center, 202 S.
Railroad Avenue, in Kings
Mountain.
Wells up for special challenges
in KMLT’s
DAVE BLANTON
dave.kmherald@gmail.com
Betsy Wells is in her el-
ement. On the stage back-
grounds are being painted
and around her are lighting
technicians, a pianist and, of
Course, actors.
Wells is making one of
her periodic returns to di-
recting after retiring more
than a decade ago from her
role as Kings Mountain
High School’s Drama De-
partment chief with “Mary
Poppins,” which premiers
May 1 at the Kings Moun-
tain Little Theatre.
Despite having more
than 25 years of theater ex-
perience under her belt — a
long run that includes such
well-known and complex
productions like “Okla-
homa,” “West Side Story,”
“Flowers for Algernon”
and “The Sound of Music”
— Wells has never directed
“Mary Poppins” until this
spring. In fact, she says it’s
the first staging of the play
in Cleveland County’s his-
tory.
“Mary Poppins” presents
a very special challenge be-
cause of the flying,” she
said before rehearsals at the
Little Theatre last week. “A
lot of playhouses won’t do it
because it’s too technically
demanding on that level.”
To put the play on, the
KMLT hired a unique kind
of company that special-
izes in theater production
consulting. They traveled
to Kings Mountain earlier
this week to help set up the
complicated rigging that
smoothly and safely gives
its title character and her
friend Burt the gift of flight.
“We could have done it
with silhouettes and light-
ing effects, but this is much
‘Mary Poppins’
Retired KMHS drama teacher Betsy Wells
more exciting and willbe so © on the P.L. Travers books
much better for audiences,” written in the early part of
Wells said.
“Mary Poppins,” based See WELLS, Page 7A
Help KM Museum with funding
and vote in WTVI contest
Vote for Kings Moun-
tain Historical Museum's
video showing across WT-
VI's 13-county viewing
region now and through
May 5 by emailing: www.
pbscharlotte.org.
The local museum is
one of three finalists along
with the Catawba River-
keeper Foundation and
the Allegro Foundation in
WTVI's Community Give
Back non-profit spotlight
contest.
“We saw the impact of
local voters recently when
Red Bridges BBQ Lodge
won the 2015 Garden &
Gun Ultimate Barbecue
Bracket," said Museum
Director Adria Focht. That
was local voters who cared
enough to make that hap-
pen. We are hoping the
community will come to-
gether again to support the
Museum with their votes.
The $10,000 in free under-
writing would have a huge
impact on driving local
tourism and economic de-
velopment," she added.
Kings Mountain His-
torical Museum's video
profile highlights the com-
munity partnership project
centered around “Liberty
Mountain,"
See HELP, Page 7A
‘Liberty Mountain’ actresses appear on the short promo-
tional video of Kings Mountain Historical Museumhat cit-
izens can view online and cast their vote in a WTVI contest
among three non-profits for $10,000 in free underwriting
on PBS Charlotte.
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