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Young Shelby artist Jr. Thompson a big Sonic the Hedgehog fan
Young Shelby artist Jr. Thompson a big Sonic the Hedgehog fan

To say that seven-year-old Shelby artist Qadry Thompson, Jr. loves Sonic the Hedgehog, the superfast, blue spiky-haired cartoon hedgehog, immensely, is, at best, an understatement!

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GWU student, former soccer coach honored for their volunteer work
GWU student, former soccer coach honored for their volunteer work

A Gardner-Webb University (GWU) student and a former children's volunteer soccer coach in Cleveland County, was tapped as Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2023.

Encouraged by her GWU adjunct professor John Miller, Ashley Wilson began volunteering at HOPEWorks in Rutherford County, a free after-school program for middle and high schoolers. Soon Ashley developed a passion for HOPEWorks as students need encouragement and hope.

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Robin Hood has nothing on Casar archer Anzlee Kilby
Robin Hood has nothing on Casar archer Anzlee Kilby

If legendary English archer Robin Hood could come back to life and meet up with 15-year-old Anzlee Kilby of Casar, he could probably pick up a few tips to improve his aim.

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Love Is In the Air . . .
Love Is In the Air . . .

Roses are red, violets are blue, and this Valentine's Day, we've got the perfect plan for you! Break free from the ordinary and enjoy yourself in a night filled with romance, music, and philanthropy.

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Paying honor to native son  Earl Scruggs on his 100th birthday
Paying honor to native son Earl Scruggs on his 100th birthday

The celebration of Earl Scruggs' 100th birthday on January 6 - his actual birth day - at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville was truly an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event, Mary Beth Martin said. Martin, the executive director of the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, was among the packed crowd at the Ryman as bluegrass artists from across the country paid tribute to the Cleveland County native.

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Ribbon Cutting celebrates renovated CCC Yetis Gym
Ribbon Cutting celebrates renovated CCC Yetis Gym

Last Saturday, January 13, 2024, saw Cleveland Community College celebrate the grand opening of its newly renovated Yetis gym with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Salvation Army of Cleveland County provides services to hundreds
Salvation Army of Cleveland County provides services to hundreds

Sgt. Joseph Rodgers and Sgt. Patti Rodgers came to the area six months ago for their first assignment with the Salvation Army. The couple, married 31 years, are the administrators of The Salvation Army of Cleveland and Rutherford Counties.

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Area campgrounds win OHI's biggest awards
Area campgrounds win OHI's biggest awards

The Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE2023), under the organization of OHwI (formerly National ARVC), celebrated the champions of the industry by announcing the winners of the prestigious 2023 Awards of Excellence recently.

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Seven-year-old Lawndale youngster is a Dutch Oven cooking champion!
Seven-year-old Lawndale youngster is a Dutch Oven cooking champion!

National Dutch Oven Gathering 2023 Youth cook-off Champion wins first place second year in a row.

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Soldiers' Stories: Christmas Away from Home Through the Years
Soldiers' Stories: Christmas Away from Home Through the Years
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What does it take to build a
What does it take to build a "Great Future" for a child?

Cleveland County (BGCCC) is dedicated to helping all kids build their own great future. The goal is to provide children with resources and opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Cleveland Co. Crime Stoppers group doing a great work
Cleveland Co. Crime Stoppers group doing a great work

Cleveland County Crime Stoppers are having a great year so far, and if all continues as is, they look forward to things getting even better, according to representatives of the organization. Also, having solid, local support certainly doesn't hurt anything either.

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Service above self is the role of Shelby Rotary Club
Service above self is the role of Shelby Rotary Club

Service above self is the Rotary International motto and the practice of Shelby Rotary Club (SRC). Over the past four months, the Club has organized and participated in several activities to serve others in the community. Audrey Whetten Godfrey, SRC president shared, "Service above self has been the role of Shelby Rotary Club for ninety-seven years. Our vision for this year is to focus on the needs of the community and to help people and make a difference each day."

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Clearwater Paper Shelby partners with Boys & Girls Club to keep kids safe
Clearwater Paper Shelby partners with Boys & Girls Club to keep kids safe

Clearwater Paper Corporation donates $62,000 to make Boys & Girls Club a safer place for kids. The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland County (BGCCC) received the donation to support its ongoing culture of child safety.

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Salvation Army of Clev. Co. kicks off Annual Red Kettle Campaign
Salvation Army of Clev. Co. kicks off Annual Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army's iconic Red Kettle Campaign is back in Cleveland County, ushering in the festive spirit of Christmas.

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Cleveland County Veterans  to be honored November 11
Cleveland County Veterans to be honored November 11

The month of November gives everyone an opportunity to express thanks to our military veterans. Across America, veterans will be honored with parades, programs, and meals.

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Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Shelby Squadron 82 celebrates 4th Anniversary on Veterans Day
Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Shelby Squadron 82 celebrates 4th Anniversary on Veterans Day
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Wreaths Across America on sale
Shelby SAL Squadron #82 coordinating December 16th to honor Veterans
Wreaths Across America on sale
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Mush, Music & Mutts:   N.C. Liver Mush Festival Sat., Oct. 21
Mush, Music & Mutts: N.C. Liver Mush Festival Sat., Oct. 21
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Aldersgate UMC's Apple Butter Festival is back for Saturday, October 21
Aldersgate UMC's Apple Butter Festival is back for Saturday, October 21

The United Methodist Women of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Shelby will host their annual Apple Butter Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023 from 9 a.m., until 3 pm. The church is located at 1207 W. Dixon Blvd., Shelby.

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Special Olympics NC athletes win bronze medals at championship
Special Olympics NC athletes win bronze medals at championship

Team does well at 2023 Special Olympics North America Softball Championship.

Thirteen Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) softball athletes and five coaches competed in the 2023 Special Olympics North America (SONA) Softball Championship, winning the bronze medal in their division. The event was held Sept. 14-17, 2023, at Peaks View Park in Lynchburg, Virginia. This was the second year the tournament has been held in Lynchburg.

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Cleveland Co. Fair celebrates almost a century of food, fun, and good times!
Cleveland Co. Fair celebrates almost a century of food, fun, and good times!

According to information on the American Folklife Center's 'Local Legacies' web site (https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/legacies/loc.afc.afc-legacies.200003238/), the Cleveland County Fair began as, "...the brainchild of the Shelby Kiwanis Club in 1924," and "...has grown every year since then in size, number of activities, and attendance." The Fair's official info states the Fair was started in 1924. That puts this long-running, fun-filled local event at
almost a century old and counting!

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Liberty Mountain opens September 15
Liberty Mountain opens September 15

Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama opens for its eighth season this Friday, September 15 at the Joy Performance Theatre in downtown Kings Mountain.

The play shares the personal trials many families faced during the period of the Battle of Kings Mountain in the South during Cornwallis' Southern Campaign.

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Earl Scruggs Music Festival held Labor Day weekend
Earl Scruggs Music Festival held Labor Day weekend

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival (ESMF) was hosted at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring from Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3.

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Coinhole creator Jackson Martin says game is a
Coinhole creator Jackson Martin says game is a "Made in the USA" story

Coinhole creator and game-maker Jackson Martin proudly points out on his web site and Facebook page the game he created in 2008 is a "Made in the USA" story. It is... and a fun one at that.

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