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Entertainment Announced for American Legion World Series


Charlie Daniels Band


Corey Smith


Rodney Atkins

The entertainment was announced for this year’s American Legion Baseball World Series set for August 14th thru August 19th.  The 7th inning stretch festival will kick off on Saturday, August 9th in uptown Shelby at 3:00 pm.  Bands performing uptown will be Darin and Brooke Aldridge, the Boomers and Corey Smith.  The festival and entertainment will be free to the public.  The National Commander’s Reception on Tuesday, August 12th at the Legrand Center will feature the Charlie Daniels Band.   And the Celebration of Champions Concert on Wednesday, August 13th will feature Acoustic Syndicate followed by country music star Rodney Atkins  with six number one hits!  For ticket information got to American Legion World Series dot com.

Keep Shelby Beautiful Tree Planting Day!


Where: Cameron Street, Behind The Shelby Middle School Football Field Parking Lot

When: April 5Th, 2014 @ 9:00 Am – 11:00 Am

What To Bring:  Work Shoes, Work Pants, Sunscreen And A Positive Attitude

WHY: Keep Shelby Beautiful knows that clean communities are not just nice to look at – they are economically vibrant and environmentally healthy places where people want to live, work, shop and play. Service to the community is the ultimate declaration of love for where you live and for the people you share it with. Volunteer service is an important way that anyone can contribute to improving the quality of life in the community.  By participating in this event, you will be making a long term investment into the community of Shelby.

CCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts New Members

The Cleveland Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on March 19, 2014, in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the CCC campus. Twenty-one students were eligible to attend the induction ceremony.

Chapter Advisor and CCC math instructor, Susan Jones, welcomed guests and introduced ceremony speaker CCC Vice President of Academic Programs, Dr. Becky Sain. Chapter Advisor and CCC Discipline Coordinator Developmental Mathematics, Solomon Willis, introduced students eligible for induction and new members were then inducted by officers and advisors of Beta Iota Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Each year invitation for membership is extended by the chapter to students who have completed at least 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree in which they have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.


Inductees and officers pictured:

Front row l-r: Lisa Porter, Anna Marie Vagnozzi (president), Kristi MacDougal (vice-president),

Second row l-r: Charlotte Russ, Tina Hinojosa, David McCracken

Third row l-r: Mary Absher, Lori Bowman, Yvette Whitley

Fourth row l-r: Michelle Threewits, Cole Thompson, Erin Sarratt

Not pictured: Nathaniel Dedominicis, Casey Gallarini, Kaitlynn Krieger, Anna Lineberger, Dylan McMurry, Michelle Miller, Linda Payne, Kayla Ramey, Sandra Rich, Kenyetta Ross, and Valerie Scruggs.

Cleveland Community College Firefighter Academy Holds Graduation!


Cleveland Community College held its 2014 Spring Firefighter Academy graduation ceremony on Friday, March 7, 2014, in the LeGrand Center on the CCC campus. Fifteen students, who were part of Class 10, were recognized during the ceremony.

Brown Emergency Training Center Coordinator Jimmy Hensley welcomed family and friends and thanked them for their support during the nine-week Academy. Shelby Fire and Rescue Chief William Hunt served as the keynote speaker and Academy staff presented graduates with their certificates and pins.

The next Firefighter Academy will be held this summer, June 15 – August 15, 2014, at the Brown Emergency Training Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College. For more information call 704-669-4193.

Front row, l-r: Keegan Sylvester, Austin Butler, Jurgen Kohler, Joseph Cagle, T.J. King, Frankie Key

Second row, l-r:  Reily Delk, Paul Wessolleck, Tyler Laughridge, Cory Gibson, Andrew Peterson, Ryan Morrison, Matthew Rollins, Dylan Hill, Joshua Worsham

Scholar Athlete of the Month!

McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete of the Month


Garrett Simpson, a senior at Crest High School, is a member of the swim team at Crest.

Garrett has earned a 4.7 grade point average while taking numerous advanced placement classes including Psychology, Human Geography, Calculus, European History and English III.

As a member of the Crest swim team, Garrett is a two time state champion in the 100 yard backstroke.  He is the 3A West Regional record holder in the 100 yard backstroke. He has received All-American consideration for his time in the 100 yard backstroke.

Garrett is the Senior Class President and is also President of the National Honor Society.  Garrett is also a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader.

Upon graduation, Garrett plans to attend Gardner-Webb University and pursue a degree in Political Science.

Garrett is the son of Mike and Kathi Simpson of Shelby.  He is a member of Broad River Community Church.

Among his community activities, Garrett teaches swim lessons to inner city youth as a part of a friend’s Eagle Scout project.

The McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete Award is sponsored by the McDonald’s Restaurants in Shelby and Kings Mountain, WOHS Radio and the What’s Up Shopper.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a student athlete not only for accomplishments in athletics but also for achievements in the classroom and for overall school and community citizenship.

Photo Dan Greer - WOHS/What’s Up Shopper,  Rodney Graves - Crest High School Principal, Shawn Kuthan - McDonald’s, Garrett Simpson,  Guy Suttle - Crest Athletic Director.

Miss Shelby & Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen



Miss Shelby/Miss Shelby Outstanding Pageant was held Saturday night February 22nd to a sold out crowd of over 350 people. We are so excited to be moving to the Miss North Carolina pageant in June with these two outstanding ladies to represent Shelby and Cleveland County. If these ladies win the pageant at the North Carolina level, they will go on to compete for Miss America.

Miss Shelby Winner received a scholarship from Gardner-Webb University for $15,000 a year for 4 years and a 2 year full scholarship to Cleveland Community College

Miss Shelby 1st Runner up received a scholarship from Gardner-Webb University for $10,000 a year for 4 years

Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen Photo Left:  Left to Right: Courtney Smith – 1st Runner Up, Rachel Mower – Winner Miss Shelby’s Outstanding Teen,  Mollie Hollifield – 2nd Runner Up

Miss Shelby Photo Right:  Left to Right:  Molly McKinney – Winner Miss Shelby,  Mary-Katherine Leigh – 1st Runner Up

Sponsors of the Miss Shelby/Miss Shelby’s Outstanding Teen Pageant were:  Shelby Savings Bank, Speed Williams, Step-N-Out Dance Productions, KD Marketing, Victorian Rose Studio, Walker Woodworking, One of a Kind, Jewel’s Formal, Gregory Ellenburg, Pixton Bridal, Kids World Daycare

23rd Hog Happnin’ returns to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds


The Hog Happnin’ Board of Directors voted on Thursday, January 30, 2013, for the 23rd Hog Happnin’, a charity barbecue event set for October 31-November 1, 2014, to return to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds

The event is returning after a two-year stay at the Shelby City Park.  Board President Lloyd Williams says, “We left the fairgrounds only because the health department stopped the public usage after the e-coli outbreak in 2012.  Charlie Holtzclaw, Shelby City Park Director, and his staff stepped up and helped us move the event to the park in just 12 days; they did a terrific job in meeting our needs, and we are very grateful for that help.  However, the Hog Happnin’ will be participating in the Old North State BBQ Competition in 2014, and we will require more space than is available at the Park.”

The entire Hog Happnin’ Board thanks the City Park staff and the City of Shelby for their hospitality and assistance for the past two years. Their help ensured that the event continued when it looked as if it would have to be cancelled.

Twenty-three years ago Hog Happnin’ started at the fairgrounds with only 12 teams participating in the barbecue competition.  In 2013, there were 75 teams and 106 KCBS certified judges from across the country.  In addition, there was a car show, an arts and crafts fair, a corn hole tournament for the public, ongoing entertainment and a Travis Powell concert.  Connect, Commit to Change has been an important part of Hog Happnin’ for the past two years, identifying volunteers for local charities.

Plans for an even bigger and better 2014 Hog Happnin’ are already underway.

For more information, contact Lloyd Williams at 704-692-4576.

Jacob Bell of Shelby High School is the winner of the District Competition in the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.


Jacob Bell of Shelby High School is the winner of the District  Competition in the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.  Bell took the title Saturday, January 25th, at American Legion Post 155 in Kings Mountain.  He previously was the winner in the local competition, sponsored by Post 82 in Shelby.   The son of Gary and Karen Bell of Shelby, Jacob will now advance to regional competition in Hickory on February 15th.

First runner up in the district competition was Jonathan Sayles of Boiling Springs, NC.  He is a student at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Henrietta, NC.

Turning The Sidewalks Into A Stage Street Scene


There is a buzz in the air and it sounds like banjos and bluegrass. With the excitement and celebration of the Earl Scruggs Center Grand opening, Uptown Shelby Association is hosting Street Scene-Bluegrass Style”.

On the evening of January 9th, from 6 to 9pm we will place bluegrass musicians in several uptown locations to play music on the sidewalks to encourage folks to stroll, eat, shop, listen to music and enjoy Uptown Shelby.

This event “Street Scene-Bluegrass Style” is scheduled on January 9th from 6pm to 8pm.  We will be “Turning the Sidewalks in a Stage”. We have some talented musicians who are willing to share their music on the sideways of Uptown Shelby.

Our bands:  The Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Wiregrass, The Oak Grove String Band & Randy Saxton and Jonathan Sloan

Make plans to hear Uptown turn “Blue” as we prepare to welcome the opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. This is an opportunity for restaurants to feed folks, stores to stay open a bit longer and for people to see our town in the evening come to life.

Bundle up and come out to enjoy the music. If there is rain the musicians will still play in our local businesses. Locations will be marked with signage.

Forrest Hite Remembers A Century Of Change As He Celebrates 101 Years

100 years old!

Celebrating his 101st birthday Dec. 9, Forrest Hite recalled the day he saw his father Henry’s Model –T  Ford, the first car sold in his hometown of Huntington, W.Va.,  and then he remembered  the day a man walked on the moon.

During a century  plus of living, Hite has experienced  dramatic  changes -  the Great Depression,  two world wars, the computer age. The one constant has been the railroad.

At age 8, Forrest began working for the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railroad, which was founded  in Huntington to serve the burgeoning coal industry. He is proud that he stayed with C&O until his retirement 47 years later. It became almost a family business as his daughter Donna joined him there. Donna now lives in Shelby with her husband Herb so they can be near their son Randy and his wife Maggie, with whom Forrest lives now.

To help him celebrate his 101st year, participants at Life Enrichment Center Adult Day Service sang “Happy Birthday” as Forrest blew out candles on a cake decorated with a toy train. Bobby Smith, retired from  First National Bank and an avid train enthusiast,  shared railroad stories in a tribute to Forrest’s dedicated service.  Smith said that the C&O was bought out to become part of the larger CSX system, which passes regularly through Cleveland County carrying coal from the hills of West Virginia.

As much as life changes, many things remain the same. West Virginia coal is still being transported by C&O,  and Forrest Hite is still the dedicated, gentle man he has always been. He wears 101 years very well.

Photo caption:  Forrest Hite celebrates his birthday at Life Enrichment Center Adult Day Service with, left to right, family friend Marcella Greene; Maggie and Randy Hutchinson, his grandson and wife; Herb and Donna Hutchinson, his daughter and son-in-law; and Bobby Smith, who presented a program on trains.