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The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.
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If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.
When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.
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One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Kings Mountain, SC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.
Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:
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Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.
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Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Kings Mountain. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:
- Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
- Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
- The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
- Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
- Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
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Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.
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Pooling WaterPuddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
LeaksThe next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
Displaced HardwareIf you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
MoldCheck your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
Peeling PaintHave you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
Uneven GuttersIf your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.
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East Surry finishes Regional Runner-up
JR Willoughby PhotographyCardinal quarterback Folger Boaz (2) throws to his right as the East Surry offensive line keeps the Golden Lion pass rushers under control.JR Willoughby PhotographyJR Willoughby PhotographyJR Willoughby PhotographyEast Surry came up short in its quest for a fourth West Regional Championship on Friday.A 45-13 loss to the top-ranked Shelby Golden Lions ended the Cardinals’ season at 13-1. East Surry finishes as the 2A West Regional Runner-up in its first season after bein...
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Cardinal quarterback Folger Boaz (2) throws to his right as the East Surry offensive line keeps the Golden Lion pass rushers under control.
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East Surry came up short in its quest for a fourth West Regional Championship on Friday.
A 45-13 loss to the top-ranked Shelby Golden Lions ended the Cardinals’ season at 13-1. East Surry finishes as the 2A West Regional Runner-up in its first season after being promoted from the 1A division.
Cardinal coach Trent Lowman called the 2021-22 season was a wild ride and a story he will never forget.
“We were 13-0 until we ran into the team that’s very likely going to win the state championship,” Lowman said. “We knew as coaches that the third round of these 2A playoffs this year was going to be where you play that Tarboro-caliber team. We played Monroe and nobody gave us a chance. We won that one then played Maiden, who was MaxPreps’ No. 1 team, and we managed to win that one too. Then we ran into Shelby who is the real No. 1 and they’re a different animal. Always have been.”
Shelby (14-1) advances to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Championship for the seventh time in nine years. The Golden Lions look to win their 18th State Title in school history.
Shelby was one of the favorites, if not the undisputed favorite, to come out of the 2A West after falling short of the title game in the subdivided 2A playoffs this past spring. Despite winning back-to-back-to-back regional championships in the subdivided 1AA playoffs, East Surry was not in that same conversation at the start of the 2021-22 season.
“We are a young team,” Lowman said. “You know, our three-year starter stud Benji Gosnell moves away right before the season starts and all the talk was about how ‘East Surry’s going to find out what real football is all about in 2A.’ These guys believed they could line up and play with anybody, and that’s exactly what they did.
“East Surry is 22-3 in the year 2021 and the losses were to Tarboro, Reidsville and Shelby, and dadgumit I’ll take that.”
The Cardinals have a record of 48-7 over the past four seasons. In that time, East Surry only has one loss to teams in its division (when the game was played) that didn’t go on to win a state championship that season.
“In four years, next week’s state final is the only game we haven’t played,” Lowman said. “Not many people can say that. So yeah, I’m sad that these guys felt defeat tonight, but it’s tears of joy more than anything for what they’ve done. Watching these guys grow for four years and for them to be one game shy of playing every possible game of their career is pretty amazing.
“These seniors are the group that I started with here,” Lowman continued. “Sam (Whitt) in particular was on varsity all four years, and Benji would’ve been the other one. A lot of guys like Trey Armstrong have been in all the state championships with us.”
A fourth state championship appearance for East Surry wasn’t outside the realm of possibility after the first 12 minutes of play. Despite red zone appearances by both teams, the score sat at 0-0 entering the second quarter.
The Cardinal offense was introduced to Malaki Hamrick, Shelby’s four-star edge rusher committed to UNC-Chapel Hill, on the opening drive. Hamrick picked up a sack to force an East Surry punt.
A combination of passing and rushing moved the Golden Lions in the red zone in less than three minutes. Quarterback Daylin Lee led the no-huddle offense into Cardinal territory without throwing an incompletion, but a hold on the Lions moved Shelby back 14 yards. Lee completed a pass for a big gain on first down, but threw an incomplete pass on second down. East’s Kyle Zinn’s picked up a tackle for a loss to force fourth-and-4, and another Cardinal stop turned the ball over on downs.
Armstrong got East Surry’s offense going with a 43-yard run. When faced with a fourth down, QB Folger Boaz found Armstrong for an 18-yard gain. The Cards got as far as the Golden Lion 18-yard line, but decided to attempt a field goal on fourth-and-long. Stephen Brantley attempted the 27-yarder and the kick sailed wide left.
Shelby found itself in a third-and-long situation on its next drive. On their own 34-yard line, Lee connected with Demetrius Thompson for a 20-yard gain. Lee finished 14-of-19 passing for 175 yards, and Thompson was his favorite target with six receptions for 62 yards.
After the big first down throw, Shelby moved the chains three times over the next three plays to reach the Cardinal 3-yard line at the end of the first quarter. Drew Hollifield plugged the 3-yard run in to make it 7-0 at the start of the second quarter.
East Surry started on its 26-yard line after a holding penalty on the kickoff return. A fumble was forced by Shelby and scooped and scored by Jaden Pierce as the nightmare second quarter was just starting for East.
The Cardinals punted after a three-and-out, then the Lions converted twice on third down to score another touchdown and the accompanying 2-point conversion. Another three-and-out saw East punt again, but the kick was tipped and started Shelby on the Cardinal 35.
A short run from Bricen Kee set Lee up for a 31-yard touchdown pass to Luke Williams with 5:28 left in the half. Shelby led 29-0.
The next three Cardinal drives ended with two interceptions and a punt. East only recorded two first downs in the second quarter. Shelby added another touchdown and a field goal to go up 39-0 at the half.
“As coaches, we felt like we were either going to win this close, or a few bad things were going to happen and it could get ugly,” Lowman said. “When you play a team like this those are kind of the only two options. First quarter we did good things: we stopped them, we moved the ball and it’s 0-0 end of the quarter. Momentum started to roll in the second and we never stopped it. When you play a team of this caliber, you better stop it or it’s going to roll and it did until halftime.”
East Surry attempted an onside kick to begin the second half, but failed to recover it. Shelby used the short field to score its final touchdown at the 9:20 mark. A failed PAT left the score at 45-0.
Down, but not out, East Surry’s offense took the field. The Cardinals turned the ball over on downs in Shelby territory, but got it back when Layton Allen picked off Hollifield. The Cardinals marched down Pearly Allen Field and got on the board as time expired in the third quarter. It was Brantley who brought in an 18-yard pass from Boaz. The score was 45-6 after a failed PAT.
The Cardinals continued to fight and forced a Golden Lion punt after a Brett Clayton sack on fourth down. East took the ball 66 yards and scored on a 35-yard run by Anderson Badgett. Brantley’s PAT rounded out the final score of 45-13.
East Surry finished with 323 total yards to Shelby’s 382.
Lee threw for all of Shelby’s 175 passing yards before exiting the game after the second half’s opening drive. The Lions rushed 35 times for 207 yards, led by Bricen Kee’s 115 yards. All five of the Golden Lions’ touchdowns were scored by different players.
Boaz completed 15-of-26 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Allen led the Cards with nine catches for 105 yards, following by Armstrong and Colby Johnson with two receptions each for a combined 48 yards, Luke Brown had one catch for 11 yards and Brantley’s only catch was the 18-yard touchdown reception.
Badgett rushed six times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong added eight carries for 53 yards, Clayton had three carries for 22 yards, Boaz rushed six times for 5 yards, Johnson rushed twice for 4 yards and Zinn carried once for 4 yards.
East Surry finishes with at least 13 wins for the fifth time in school history. The Cardinals went undefeated during the regular season for the third-consecutive year and won the Foothills 2A Conference Championship. The Cardinals had a plus/minus of +27.71 points and recorded three shutouts.
“What these guys did this year was incredible,” Lowman said. “Whether it was starting a freshman at linebacker, having Luke Brown – who never played football until this year – start at wide receiver all year, or Luke Bowman having never played until last year and then he makes huge plays in the playoffs.
“I’m proud of all these young men. Even though this might not have been a storybook ending, it was a cool story that was really fun to be a part of.”
East Surry – 0, 0, 6, 7 = 13
Maiden – 0, 39, 6, 0 = 45
11:56 SHS 7-0 – Drew Hollifield 3-yard rush TD, Jack Berkowitz PAT
11:35 SHS 14-0 – Jaden Pierce fumble recovery returned 10 yards for a TD, Jack Berkowitz PAT
6:50 SHS 22-0 – Marquis Adams 6-yard rush TD, Marquis Adams 2-point conversion rush
4:45 SHS 29-0 – Daylin Lee pass to Luke Williams 31-yard TD reception, Jack Berkowitz PAT
3:44 SHS 36-0 – Bricen Kee 49-yard rush TD, Jack Berkowitz PAT
0:00 SHS 39-0 – Jack Berkowitz 27-yard field goal
9:20 SHS 45-0 – Tristan Tate 13-yard rush TD, PAT no good
0:00 ESHS 45-6 – Folger Boaz pass to Stephen Brantley 18-yard TD reception, PAT no good
7:25 ESHS 45-13 – Anderson Badgett 35-yard rush TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
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New Kings Mountain casino opens Thursday
The Two Kings Casino opened in Kings Mountain Thursday, with hundreds of people lined up early to play the slot machines.KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — The Charlotte area's first casino officially opened Thursday as the Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain opened the doors to its temporary facility.The casino, which is located just off Exit 5 on Interstate 85, has ...
The Two Kings Casino opened in Kings Mountain Thursday, with hundreds of people lined up early to play the slot machines.
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — The Charlotte area's first casino officially opened Thursday as the Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain opened the doors to its temporary facility.
The casino, which is located just off Exit 5 on Interstate 85, has hundreds of slot machines.
Hours before the casino opened up, there were already cars lining up.
Thursday's ribbon-cutting marked the end of a years-long legal and regulatory fight for the Catawba Indian Nation to cross from South Carolina to North Carolina in order to build a casino on what the tribe says is their ancestral land.
"Today it is about working together, but it is also about building a future," said Chief Bill Harris, who explained the day brought a sense of justice for his ancestors and future generations.
“Fireworks” in daylight: Two Kings Casino officially opens in Kings Mountain. The temporary casino will operate while a permanent facility is built behind it. Hundreds of people have already arrived to play the slots. pic.twitter.com/gjxmIATe6y— Brandon Goldner (@BrandonWCNC) July 1, 2021
That future will eventually include a permanent building to replace the complex. Customers quickly lined up to play the casino's hundreds of slot machines, with some saying the new location will replace the Harrah's in Cherokee for them.
"I love the slot machines and I'm glad this place is here to keep me from going to Cherokee," one person said.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has fought to prevent the Two Kings casino from opening, deriding what they described as an overly political process. Before Thursday, they were the only tribe that owned casinos in North Carolina.
Les Bernal, who works with Stop Predatory Gambling, a nonprofit advocacy group, fears the casino's close proximity to Charlotte will suck money from struggling families.
"It's not someone going once a year and losing some cash, it's coming every day after work, four to five times a week," Bernal said. "That's the business model for these local casinos, like what's happening for Kings Mountain."
The Catawba Indian Nation, as well as Cleveland County commissioners and Kings Mountain city leaders, believe the project will spur economic growth in the area.
"It's going to be a great thing for the whole region and I just thank the good lord for us," Commissioner Johnny Hutchins said.
Construction on the permanent facility is expected to begin later this year.
As Kings Mountain casino approaches opening, a quarter of employees hired are Catawba
Tobie Nell Perkins
Jason Harris, assistant Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation, grew up in Kings Mountain, N.C.When he was growing up there, the Catawba aboriginal lands were unoccupied and not part of the original Catawba Indian Land Trust, which established the Catawbas reservation in Rock Hill, S.C. But historians say the Catawbas once occupied most of the Piedmont area of the Carolinas, which includes Kings Mountain.A 16.57-acre parcel o...
Jason Harris, assistant Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation, grew up in Kings Mountain, N.C.
When he was growing up there, the Catawba aboriginal lands were unoccupied and not part of the original Catawba Indian Land Trust, which established the Catawbas reservation in Rock Hill, S.C. But historians say the Catawbas once occupied most of the Piedmont area of the Carolinas, which includes Kings Mountain.
A 16.57-acre parcel of the Kings Mountain land now has been placed in trust of the Catawbas by the U.S. Department of Interior, and a casino and gambling facility are being built there.
Last week, Harris walked around the sprawling construction site, which will become the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. The project is named for the 18th century Catawba Chief King Hagler and the city of Kings Mountain, tribe representative Laney Buckley explained.
It’s a project that Catawba Chief Bill Harris (a third cousin of Jason Harris) has described as “righting historical wrongs,” because it will help restore the tribe’s control over some of its land and help them be more self-sustaining.
A temporary facility with 500 slot machines is projected to open July 1, said Chuck Kilroy, the lead consultant on the project. It will be the first step to what will eventually be the complete casino and resort.
Kilroy said that of 250 employees hired so far, a quarter are Catawbas.
All of the slot-machine technicians are Catawba. He said he hopes to continue this hiring pattern.
Plans for the casino were first announced in 2013.
“We’re definitely ready for this,” Jason Harris said.
“This project is going to be a great benefit for Catawba citizens,” Kilroy said.
The unemployment rate of the Catawba Nation, as calculated in April 2020 , was 13.8% and is more than three times the unemployment rate of North and South Carolina, tribal representatives testified in a petition to the Department of Interior. The median household income is around $30,000 according to these documents.That’s about 30% below the median income in both Carolinas.
The Catawba’s business plan showed the casino is projected to generate $72 million in revenue in its first year, and $150 million by its fifth year.
“With the revenue from the casino, we’ll be able to afford more housing, more healthcare, more education opportunities, and the list goes on and on. Providing more economic development for the tribe… It’s going to change the lives of Catawba today and the Catawba of the future,” Jason Harris said.
This story was originally published June 22, 2021 3:45 PM.
‘Pre-launch’ casino facility with 500 slot machines to open in Kings Mountain, N.C. this summer
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CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV/AP) - The Catawba Nation announced it will fast-track the opening of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project in Kings Mountain by opening a “pre-launch” facility this summer with 500 slot machines.The pre-launch facility, which will be constructed using prefabricated modular structures, will provide an initial opportunity for patrons to game with limited food & beverage and other guest amenities.This comes after the federal government approved a revenue-sharing agreement between ...
CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV/AP) - The Catawba Nation announced it will fast-track the opening of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project in Kings Mountain by opening a “pre-launch” facility this summer with 500 slot machines.
The pre-launch facility, which will be constructed using prefabricated modular structures, will provide an initial opportunity for patrons to game with limited food & beverage and other guest amenities.
This comes after the federal government approved a revenue-sharing agreement between the Catawba Indian Nation and the state of North Carolina. The Bureau of Indian Affairs signed off on the compact last week.
“With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region,” Catawba Chief Bill Harris said. “We’re working with Delaware North, our consultant on the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project, as well as our developer, Skyboat Gaming, to make that happen by opening what we are calling a ‘pre-launch’ facility this summer.”
An introductory phase of the full casino is still planned and will feature an additional 1,300 slot machines. It will be a permanent structure that will become part of the full casino. Its construction is expected to take about a year.
The 17-acre casino site off Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, is near Interstate 85 and about 35 miles west of Charlotte.
The total $273 million casino resort project is expected to create 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout and thousands of construction jobs in the region.
In July 2020, leaders of the tribe broke ground on land in Kings Mountain to build the new casino resort.
Local leaders, attorneys and Catawba Nation Chief William Harris all say the casino is happening - and it’s happening fast. They say the space, on Dixon School Road just off I-85, should become that resort as early as spring or summer of next year.
“I don’t know any word that will actually describe what it means to have a righting of a historical wrong,” Harris said. “If we have an opportunity to right a wrong, step toward it not away from it. And that’s what happened here.”
The new casino will cost nearly $300 million and is expected to house restaurants, table games and 1,300 slots.
Catawba Nation worked years for the day.
The groundbreaking came after the tribe won federal approval for the land, and faced a lawsuit against the project by The Eastern Band of Cherokees who operate their own casinos in western North Carolina.
“Indigenous people have had a hard road of hope for many many years,” Harris said. “So if we can come together, then there’s a phrase out there: this is ‘strength in unity.' So instead of doing inner fighting, let’s unite and make something better.”
"If we have an opportunity to right a wrong, step toward it..."Catawba Nation breaks ground on new casino in Kings Mountain.Comes after a lawsuit against the project by the Eastern Band of Cherokees, who run their own casinos in western NC. 5:30 on @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/5XCkLlDzyg— Amanda Foster WBTV (@AFosterWBTV) July 22, 2020
They say the project will create about 4,000 new jobs and provide economic benefits for Cleveland County and for South Carolina, where the Catawba Nation calls home.
”We’re going to be able to put schools on our reservation because we didn’t have economic development to develop that,” Harris said. “So when we talk about jobs, schools... not only does that effect Catawba, but it effects this area.”
Developers say this would start with a temporary casino, with slots and other games opening first. Then, about 18 more months of work for the full resort to be complete.
“This is an economically depleted area of North Carolina. So yes, Catawba is going to benefit from this, the citizens of Catawba are going to benefit from this,” Harris said. “If times get tougher, economy tightens up, it will effect the phases. So just know that the dollar will drive the development.”
North Carolina currently has two casinos run by the Eastern Band of the Cherokees, who sued the Interior Department and the Catawba tribe last year to try to stop the new casino.
That suit is still pending in federal court.
Copyright 2020 WBTV. All rights reserved. Michelle Liu of The Associated Press contributed to this story.
‘Opportunities are endless.’ First Catawba casino exec sees bright future for nation
Tobie Nell Perkins
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Trent Troxel led reporters through the maze of the Catawba Two Kings Casino. The facility’s 500 machines were at least half-full, patrons sitting in front of games, lights flashing and music playing.The Catawbas, whose reservation is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, opened a temporary gambling facility in Kings Mountain, N.C., in July. (South Carolina’s laws do not allow gambling...
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Trent Troxel led reporters through the maze of the Catawba Two Kings Casino. The facility’s 500 machines were at least half-full, patrons sitting in front of games, lights flashing and music playing.
The Catawbas, whose reservation is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, opened a temporary gambling facility in Kings Mountain, N.C., in July. (South Carolina’s laws do not allow gambling.) It serves as the first stage of the casino’s construction, a piece of what will be a $273 million casino and resort.
Troxel is the first member of the Catawba Indian Nation in an executive position at the casino — he’s the vice president of the Catawba Indian Nation Gaming Authority, the governing body of the casino and its gaming operations.
His conviction in the project is clear — taking in the casino floor, Troxel beamed the whole time. As of Aug. 5, a promising 80,000 patrons have come through the casino. He says that’s success.
At one point, he stopped to greet Catawba Chief Bill Harris, who said he was visiting the casino to thank patrons for visiting.
Harris declined to talk to reporters — he wanted the focus to be left on Troxel. Troxel’s position shows that this project belongs to the Catawbas, and they can be involved at every level of the casino.
When he moved back to Rock Hill to take up the vice president position, leaving behind a 25-year career in textiles, Troxel says it wasn’t for power.
Since moving off the reservation at eight years old, he had always felt a calling to return, he said. And by working for the Gaming Authority, he can make sure there’s someone from the tribe involved in controlling day-to-day operations.
“We can honestly report the figures back to our community, and we know the numbers are correct,” he said. “We know exactly what’s going on with the day-to-day operations. When we control the money, we control our own destination.”
But most importantly, Troxel sees the job as a way to help other Catawbas climb the ranks.
“The plan is that one day I will be president, so there’s going to have to be a vice president, there’s going to have to be a GM, there’s gonna have to be others in leadership roles,” he said. “So it’s my hope that we have internships, and we get people that are ready for those positions.”
The casino is a vision come to fruition.
Troxel has been involved in the project since 2013, and it was even before that when he began to discuss a plan to build a casino in North Carolina with Wallace Cheeves, one of the project’s developers, he said.
“For me to see it coming to life, words cannot explain how I feel,” Troxel said.
The Catawba’s business plan shows that the project will provide the tribe with $72 million in revenue in its first year and $150 million by its fifth year.
The casino is the Catawba’s crown jewel — a dream that took almost a decade.
The unemployment rate of the Catawbas, as calculated in April 2020, was 13.8% and is more than three times the unemployment rate of North and South Carolina, tribal representatives testified in a petition to the Department of Interior.
“Now we have opportunities for our children, our grandchildren, to have a place to go when they get done their schooling,” Troxel said. “The opportunities are endless for the next generation. That’s what I want to build for them, is a place for Catawbas to have a really good place to work, competitive salaries, and a good life.”
North Carolina’s gambling laws aren’t the only reason the casino is in King’s Mountain.
While the Catawbas are based in Rock Hill, SC, the land in Kings Mountain was placed in trust of the Catawbas by the Department of Interior. The land sits on Catawba aboriginal land that historians say the nation once occupied. Chief Bill Harris has called the acquisition “a returning of what was once ours.”
“It’s like coming home,” Troxel said. “Our people used to roam these lands.”
And when Troxel looks out into the future, he says, he sees the revenue from the casino lifting tribal members out of poverty, going back into education and healthcare.
He’s the first Catawba to be at the top of the casino operation — but as Troxel sees it, he won’t be alone for long. The casino project will open a new world of opportunity for Catawbas. “That’s our future,” he says.
This story was originally published August 16, 2021 12:00 AM.