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Very special bonds
Tyler Withers and Brianna Rochford are PRanibavied by
their service dogs Bingo and Claddagh outside J. Oliver's
Coffee Shop in downtown Kings Mountain on Friday.
DAVE BLANTON
dave.kmherald@gmail.com
Dogs are far more than
pets for two Kings Moun-
tain High School students.
Brianna Rochford and
Tyler Withers , both sopho-
mores who have type I di-
abetes, use what are known
as service dogs to help them
monitor their blood sugar
levels, which in many suf-
ferers can fluctuate danger-
ously and often with little or
no warning.
That’s where Bingo and
Claddagh come in. The
black Labrador retrievers
have been trained since they
were puppies to use their ex-
tremely sharp sense of smell
to detect minute changes in
body odor that is linked to
rising or falling blood glu-
cose levels.
When the canine helpers
pick up on a problem, they
gently paw their handlers to
See SPECIAL BONDS, Page 8B
‘Born Yesterday’
opens Friday night
Greg Dixon, left, and Dawn Ruckus share the lead roles in
the Kings Mountain Little Theatre production of “Born Yes-
terday” which opens Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Joy The-
atre. Performances this weekend are also on Saturday at
7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Kings Mountain Little
Theatre, Director Georgi-
ana Wright and Assistant
Director Leslie Brown will
bring “Born Yesterday” to
the stage of the Joy Perfor-
ll
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mance Center on Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26 at
7:30 p.m. and a Sunday mat-
inee at 3 p.m. Next weekend
performances will be on
Oct. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for
adults and $10 for students | os
and senior citizens. Season
membership packages are
also available at 704-730-
9408 for ticket information
and/or reservations. You can
See BORN YESTERDAY, Page 7A
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Volume 127 © Issue 38 ¢ Wednesday, September 23,2015 75¢
Forum Saturday
28 Candidates pack Woman's Club stage
g ELIZABETH STEWART
= lib. kmherald @gmail.com
What is your opinion of
the council/manager form
of government and will you
pledge to carry out the coun-
cil/manager form of govern-
ment?
That was the question
raised by retired city planner
Gene White to the candidates
for city office at Saturday
morning’s two hour-forum
sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Woman’s Club at
the Woman’s Club.
The questions came at the
end of the nearly two-hour
presentations and time was
called at 11 a.m.
Mayor Rick Murphrey
said his job is to market
and sell the city and the city
manager runs the business
end. He said that council sets
policy. When new customers
come to the city they ask to
See Page 3B
it PAYS to be a
Mountaineer!
of the week
Shearra Miller, incumbent candidate for the Cleveland County Board of Education, speaks
at Saturday's candidate forum sponsored by the Woman's Club. At right are school board
candidataes Yvette Grant and Jo Boggs, Dean Spears and incumbent Rodney Gordon,
candidates in the Ward 4 city election, and on the left of the podium are more candidates
for the school board where 17 people seek five open seats.
see the mayor and Murphrey
must be versed in everything
he needs to help land that
customer. = Murphrey said
that during his 15-year ten-
ure as mayor that 3,000 jobs
have come to the city and
$4 billion in industrial in-
vestment. “It’s technical and
complex in a utilities-driven
Photo by ELLIS NOELL
business that sells and ser-
vices four utilities, water,
gas, sewer and electric, he
added.
See CANDIDATES, Page 3A
Election officials gearing up for Nov. 3
* ELIZABETH STEWART
lib.kmherald @ gmail.com
County Sisction 1 Offieils
are gearing
up for the
November
3 municipal
and school
and water
board elec-
tions. ek
Board H—
of Elections Dayna Caushy
Director
Dayna Causby, who was
present at Saturday's candi-
date forum at the Woman's
Club, said that a decline in
voter registration shows the
59,000 figure lower than
2012. She said that voters
| who are already registered to
| vote need not re-register. Res-
idents who are not registered
| to vote or those registered
who need to make changes
must do so by Friday, Oct. 9
at 5 p.m.
One-stop voting will
begin Thursday, Oct. 22 and
will continue through Satur-
day, Oct. 31 at the Board
of Elections Office, 215
Patton Drive, Shelby. The
office schedule: Thursday,
Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23,
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday,
Oct, 26 through Friday, Oct.
30- 8:30-5 p.m. and Saturday,
Oct. 31 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m,
Voters can vote early only at
the Board of Elections office.
“Be sure your vote is
counted," said Causby, who
is serving a second year as
Director of Elections.
Any qualified voter may
vote an absentee ballot by
mail. Absentee ballots will be
available starting Friday, Oct.
3. Absentee ballot applica-
tions must be made in writing
using the NC Absentee Ballot
request form and returned to
the Cleveland County Board
of Elections. The deadline
for applying for an absentee
ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on
Tuesday, Oct. 27. Completed
ballots should be returned to
the office on or before Tues-
day, Nov. 3 by 5 p.m, If they
are returned by mail, they
must be postmarked by Tues-
day, Nov. 3, and received no
later than Friday, Nov. 6, at
5 pm.
See ELECTON, Page 7A
Fundraiser
for Leigh
JW&B Trucking will
sponsor an all-day fund-
raiser Thursday to help a
friend battling health issues.
Jason Leigh, 38, who
underwent successful tes-
ticular cancer surgery and
completed chemotherapy
treatments, was released
from Novant Medical Cen-
ter in Huntersville Sunday
after undergoing emergency
colon surgery after his colon
ruptured.
The fundraiser will be
held at 238 Pizzeria, 238
See FUNDRAISER, Page 7A
Jason Leigh
Local GOP not sold on Trump
y DAVE BLANTON
| dave kmherald@gmail.com
Don-
ald Trump
may have
spent the
summer
grabbing
headlines J
and lead- | 8 98
ing polls Donald Trump
among
Republicans vying for the
presidential nomination, but
locals Republicans aren’t
stepping up to outright sup-
port the
outspoken
celebrity
billionaire
just yet.
“Right
now I
think most
of us have
our favorites, but it’s a long
way to the primary and we
(as a group) aren’t throwing
our support behind anyone
yet,” said Ronnie Whets-
tine, who is the chair of the
Cleveland County Republi-
can Party.
Ronnie Whetstine
Whets-
tine joined
other ac-
tive mem-
bers of the
group last
Wednes-
day to
watch the second televised
Republican debate, which
saw Trump squaring off
with former Hewlett-Pack-
ard CEO Carly Fiorina, for-
mer Florida governor Jeb
Bush and other GOP hope-
fuls.
See LOCAL GOP, Page 8B
Betsy Wells
Candidate forum Oct. 5 at Bynum Chapel Church
A candidate forum will be held Mon-
day, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at Bynum Chapel
AME Zion Church Family Life Center,
310 Ellis Street, in Kings Mountain.
Invitations went out this week to can-
didates for mayor, city council, and board
of education to attend the event which will
include free hot dogs and certificates to
the church with the largest number of rep-
resentatives.
The event is sponsored by Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Mu
Church.
forum.
Omega Chapter, Mount Zion Baptist
Church and Bynum Chapel AME Zion
"We want this forum to be a communi-
ty-wide event and encourage the churches
to send representatives," said Ina Hager.
Robin Smith will be moderator for the
In addition to questions submitted by
the sponsoring groups, the public can sub-
mit questions to the moderator prior to the
opening of the forum.
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