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Kings Mountain, NL Cn Thursday, May 27, 1954 .
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PRICF PiVE CfVTS
By 3-2 Vote
The city board of commission
ers, In a split 3-2 decision re
quiring the mayor's vote, pro
ceeded with the Davidson Creek
reservoir project Monday night
by voting to accept the report of
the appraisers awarding pay
ment of $10,500 to Haywood E.
Lynch and W. G. Grantham for
50 acres in the reservoir tract.
Mr. Grantham, Ward 5 com
missioner, abstained from the vo
ting, with Commissioner Harold
Phillips -and T. J. Ellison ?voting
"no." Mayor Glee A. Bridges cast
the deciding vote, supporting
Commissioners W. S. Fulton, Sr.,
and J. H. Patterson.
The same vote result was also
recorded on a motion to borrow
money for buying the Grantham
LynC.i property from First Na
tional Bank in anticipation oi
recelot of funds from sale of the
recent $600,000 city bond issue,
A similar motion on the hor
rowing, to provide funds. for im
mediate purchase of the two re
creation plant sites, was carried
No d'scussion was advanced
on the motions, other than the
Mayor's explanation of the de
sire to pay the owners, since
deeds were ready. The recent ci
tizens' petition opposing the Da
vidson project was not mention
ed, but Commissioner Phillips,
who had supported the jpetition
and aided its circulation, told the
Herald prior to the meeting "the
petition is dead."
The resolution accepting the
award by Appraisers B. D. Rat
terree, J. B. Goforth, Sr., and
Clyde Nolan called for payment
of $5,250 each to Mr. Lynch and
Mr. Grantham. Other owners of
the property had previously con- j
veyed their holdings to them to
simplify the transfer. y
The resolution concerning the
?borrowing provided for short
term borrowing of $15,500, suffi
cient to pay John Owens and
Alec Owens $5,000 for 19 acres
also in the reserved area.
Clerk of Court E. A. Houser had
formally appointed the . apprai
sal team from his hospital ibed
on May 5.
Mayor Bridges said the apprai
sal team performed its duties
last Friday. ">/
In other actions the board;
\ 1) Left "as is" an agreement
with D. C. Mauney by a previous
administration recorded in the
minutes of November 10, 1052, to
open a street from Mauney ave
nue to Falls street when funds
2) Passed a resolution per
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COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS ? Two well-known Lutherans will
d?iiver commencement addresses to graduating seniors of Kings
?fountain high school at the annual exercises beginning Sunday
vening. Dr. W. P. Gcrberding, left pastor of St Matthew's Lutheran
'hurch, will deliver the commencement sermon Sundav night, an:!
>r. Walter H. Nau, right, Lenoir-Rhyne college professor, will'deliver
he commencement address on Monday evening. The exercises will
? held at Central auditorium.
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Commencement exercises for
Kings Mountain high school's
Class of 1954 will begin Sunday
evening with the traditional com
mencement sermon and will be
concluded with graduation exer
cises on Monday evening. Both
programs will begin at 8 o'clock.
Dr. W. P. Gerberding, pastor of
St. Matthew's Lutheran church,
will deliver the commencement
sermon Sunday night. Rev. P. L.
Shore will give the invocation,
Rev. Douglas Fritz will rtsad the
Scripture, and B. N. Barnes, city
schools superintendent, will pre
sent Dr. Gerberding. The high
school mixed chorus, directed by
Miss Margaret Cole, will sing
Curran's "Blessing", and the au
dience will sing "Faith of Our
On Monday evening Dr. Walter
Nau, professor at Lenoir-Rhyne
college and onetime supply pastor
at St. Matthew's church here, will
deliver the graduation address.
He will be presented by Everette
L. Carlton, high school faculty
member. Rev. W. L. Pressly will
say the benediction. The mixed
chorus will sing "Onward, Ye
Peoples!"; by Sibelius, and diplo
mas will be presented, by Rowteli
Lane, high school principal. John
Oliver Harris, Jr., will present
the gift of the graduating class
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Memorial Day rites will be
conducted at Mountain Rest ceme
tery Sunday afternoon at 2:30
under sponsorship of Colonel
Frederick Hambright chapter,
Daughters of the American Re
"the observancte will memoria
lize and honor members of the
armed services of all wars, and
will feature a memorial address
by Rev. Phil E. Short, Jr? pastor
of Central Methodist church. Citi
zenship clubs will fasten flowers
to a largie memorial wreath.
Mrs. Lawrence Patrick will
read- the poem "In Flander's
Field", and a trio, including Miss
es Melba Tindall, Louise Gladden,
and Hilda King, will sing a pa
triotic song. David Saunders will
serve as bugler an1 sound as
sembly and taps. Mayor Glee A.
Bridge will deliver a prayer. Mr.
Bridges is a veteran of World
War I, Mr. Saunders and Mr.
Shore are veterans of World War
Committee in charge of ar
rangements includes Mrs. F. R.
Summers and Mrs.-W. T. Weir.
Up By ?110,226
! ? The City of Kings Mountain's
tax valuation lor the current year
is $9,635,053, according to prelimi
nary totaling completed by Tax i
Supervisor Cl?rence E. Carpen- j
ter, early Wednesday afternoon, j
The total, subject to re-check of j
entries, shows a valuation gain j
over 1953 of- $110,226.
Mr. Carpenter said he had not )
completed a breakdown of the
figures to show sub totals on real
property and personal property,
but he ascribed the increase to
addition of new machinery, con
struction o L new buildings and
homes, arid improved listings on j
household goods and similar per
sonal property. ,
City officials had feared a drop
in the tax valuation, due to lower j
prices on automobiles.
The figures will be usqd by the
board of commissioners in their
work, now beginning, on the city's
1954-55 budget. Mayor Glee A.
Bridges said this week that bud
get work is underway and it is
possible that the city will adopt
tentatively the 1954 tax rate at
the June 3 meeting, in order that
prepayments on 1954 tax bill*
may be accepted. , ,
The '1833 ts* fate was $1.30 -per
$100 valuation, sure to rise for
1954 due to the issuance of $600.
000 in bonds on vote of the citi
zens in January.
Mr. Carpenter also reported to
tal collections of 1953 taxes to
date at $11,397.53, or 88.3 percent
of the $126,081.46 levy.
Final Bites Held
For Mis. Riser I
Funeral service lor Mrs. Myrtle j
Sigmon Kister, 57, were conduct
ed from St- Matthew's Lutheran
church Tuesday morning at 11
Dr. W. P. Gerberding officiated
and burial ? was in St. Luke's
cemetery off Cherryville road.
Mrs. Kiser, a resident of
Cherryville road, succumbed at
11:20 a. m. Sunday after an ill
nfess of four months. She was the
wife of A. S.t(Gus) Kiser, whom
she married August 18, 1920, and
was the daughter of William P.
Sigmon of Hickory and the late
Mrs. Minnie Cordelia Simmons
Sigmon. She was a native of Ca
Mrs. Kiser was a member of
St. Matthew's Lutheran church.
Surviving are her husband, her
fathter, two sons, Ray A. Kiser of
Albemarle and Fred W. Kiser, a
student at N. C. State College In
Raleigh, and three daughters, I
Miss Katherlne Louise Kiser of
Huntersvilie, Miss Betty Joyce Ki
ster of Charlotte, and Mrs. Jerry |
L- Simmons of State?ville.
Fiv6 brothers, Orin C. Sigmon,
W. Max Sigmon, Claude F. Sig
mon, and Ray L. Sigmon, all ol
Hickory, and Russell E. Sigmon
of Cameron, N. C., four sisters, |
Mrs. Claude Hoke of Conover,
Mrs. E. S. Temple of Salisbury,
and Mrs. D. Clyde Hoke and Mrs.
Mai P. Sigmon, both of Hickory,
and one grandchild also survive.
Serving as active pallbearers j
were Dan Finger, Glee Edwin
Bridges, Jacob Cooper, Dr. W. L.
Mauney, Carl Ramsey, and Ray
White Not Baying
There is no truth to the rumor
that C. G. White and others are
buying the Kings Mountain plant
of Consolidated Textiles, Inc.
Mr. White, onetime superlntan
dent of the same plant, under
former owuership, said the ru
mor is completely untrue", and
J. Lamar Moore, superintendent i
of Consolidated here, also brand
ed the tumor as "Just a lot of i
Mr. White, for the past aeveral
years superintendent of Alma
Mills at Oalfney, S. C., recently
resigned hie position and return
ed to Kiftgs Mountain week,
? ? wife
. Charlie Ballard, ex-baseball
star now managing the Kings
Mountain ?cottfor-Senato cam
| paign predicted Kings Mountain
would return a majority for his
candidate in Saturday's primary,
and Dave L. Saunders, looking
after the Lennon campaign here,
said, "no comment".
Mr. Saunders, who was reluc
jtant to admit he is the Lennon
! manager, said, "No comment, on
| ly I want Lennon to win." Willis
j McMurray, Cleveland County
manager for Lennon, said Satur
day that Mr. Saunders, Kings
Mountain dry cleaner, was hand
ling details of the Lonnon cam
paign in Kings Mountain.
Mr. ^BaTTarcT further ch^Tged
the Lennon forces with "covering
tip" their activities.
"Why don't they come out in
the open?" Mr. Ballard asked.
The Ballard statement continu
ed: "Sure, we're going to carry
Kings Mountain Saturday. We've
got an enthusiastic organization
and we've got the best candidate.
Governor Scott has followed to
the letter the political code 0'
ethics he announced months ago,
in contrast to the mud-slinging of
the Lennon forces. I have no
doubt that Scott can count on a
majority from Kings Mountain
precincts on Saturday."
City To Seek
Sewer line Bids
The city board of commission
ers voted Monday night to adver
tise for bids on sewer installa
tions for several areas not now
served with city sewage disposal.
The board will include in its
bid notice provision for installing
eight-inch terra cotta mains- in
the following areas (figures with
street designations show lineal
fodtage of the proposed installa
tions): * ,
Cleveland Avenue Area; Second
strteet, 1285, Cleveland ave., 1500,
Linwood road, 4960; Stone St.,
780; Clay, 850; Jackson St., 1900.
McGlnnis Street Area: McGin
nis, st.f 1800; Ramseur at., 1000;
Gantt St., 1575; Harmon rd., 1100;
Alexander outfall, 1200.
Phenix Mill Village; Clinton
Drive, 525; Hall St., 375; Gilles
pie St., 610; Cherry st., 690; Wal
nut St., 640; Chestnut St., 885;
Bennett Drive, 1270.
Watterson Street Arfea: Ridge
st., 1100; Childers St., 885; Ware
Tank outfall, 1400.
York Road Area: Bennett St.,
2400; Owens st., 1100.
Crescent Hill Area: Meadow-'
brook rd., 3,300; Hawthorne rd.,
2000; Marion St., 875; Crescent
Circle, 1300; Crescent Hill, 1000.
Figures compiled by E. C, Nic
holson, superintendent of public
works, to be confirmed by W. K.
Dickson, the city engineer, indi
cated the cost of the installations
would approximate 151,000. May
or Bridges said the installations
would be made on an "oldest need
Neal Grlssom, Pref.ident of
the Kings Mountain Optimist
Club attended the J3th annual
Optimist International meet
ing held in Raleigh last week
Lions Elected Cooper President
Heard Yelton On Hospital Bonds
Jacob Cooper, superintendent
of Bonnie Mills, Inc., Tuesday
night was elected president of
the Rings Mountain Lions club
Mr. Cooper and all other offl
ears were elected toy acclama
The election preceded a talk
by Parrls Yelton, chairman of the
county hospital board of trus
tee*, In which Mr- yelton out
lined the needs for the forthcom
ing 'hospital bond issue election
on June 12, details of the propos
'-?? : Mures, ami answered
criticisms concerning It.
' Other officers elected for the
year beginning July 1 are: flrr
vice - president, Dr. Nathan H
> rind vice-president
George Thomasson; third' vie*1
president, Martin Harmon; sec
retary, Hubert Davidson; treas
urer, John H. Lewis; tail twister,
Dave I*. Saunders; assistant tall
iW o A i'UHDAY PRIMA^r ? Amoog tue congests at
tracting most attention in pre-prlmary politicking activity here car*
the state-wide con tost tor XJ. S. Senator ad the district contest lor
county commissioner. Leading candidates for U. S. Senate nomina
tion aire Kerr Scott, left aboVe, and Alton A. Immo. right rive oth
or candidates also keek the nomination. L Arnold XlW. below left j
oppoets for the District 2 county commissioner Mat. Hazel B. Bum
gardner, below right the incumbent
Contracts Are Let
In 70 Work Days
The city board of commission
ers, on recommendation of the
parks and recreation commis
sion, awarded contracts totaling
$115,615 Monday night for the
construction of two city swim
Meantime, Recreation Com
mitteeman W. K. Mauney, Jr.,
said the group e?pecte to get one J
pool in operation before the end
of the summer.
Bennett Construction Company,
which was awarded the general
contract, has promised comple
tion of one pool in 70 working
days, Recreation Chairman Fred
W. Plonk said. Mr. Bennett's
contract calls for payment of
$101,500 for the erection of two
pools and two bafh houses ?
Contracts for the pluriibing in
installations was awarded to Ben
T, Goforth, Kings Mountain, at
the low bid of $6,815, on assign
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Set For Monday
A membership Dutch Supper
meteting ol the Kings Mountain
Merchants association will be
held at John Fisher's Corner Cafe
Monday night at 6:30, according
to announcement this week.
Price of the supper will he $1.25
and reservations are requistfed by
Saturday noon at the office of the
association in the Professional
President John Lewis urged all
members to plan to attend. He
said the membership meeting is
designed to better acquaint offi
cers and directors with the opin
ions of the general membership
on all matters affecting the 'as
sociation and the individual mer
SpangDer & Sons will be operat
ing their new ready-mix concrete
piAnt on Battleground Road
Pat Spangler, one of the own
ers of the firm, said first pour
ings would begin Thursday from
the $50,000 concrete manufactur
Archie Bridges will servle as
In announcing their plans'to
build the plant several weeks ago,
Spangler A Sons said the loca
tion of the plant here would re
sult in a saving to concrete pur
chasers of at least 15 pfercent on
costs of finished concrete.
b Required Item
J. W. Webster, city tmilding
inspector, reminded citizens (his
week that building permits arc
required for all construction
within the city limits and shoul<
be obtained prior to start o
"On application for fenritt, in
formation about zoning restric
tions, and other building code
requirements are provided, fre
quently resulting In considera
ble loss of time, trouble and mo
ney," Mr. Webster said.
To Help Name
Kings Mountain ,aroa Demo
crats join their neighbors
throughout North Carolina Sat
urday as. they go to the polls to
choose party nominees, for state,
district, county, and township of
The voting will close the bien.
nial primary "season" that began
in mid winter, barring close races
and possible second primary vot
In the Kings Mountain area,
the headline attractions are the
contests between seven candi
dates for the nomination for the
United States Senate seat, now
held by Alton A. Lennon, of Wil
mington, Former Governor W.
Kerr, Scott. Alvin Wingfield, Hen
ry L,. Sprinkle, W. M. Bostick, Ol
la Ray Boyd, and A. E. Turner;
and the home level district affair,
to be determined by voters of Wa
co, Bethware, Grover, and Kings
Mountain, between Hazel B, Bum
gardmv, seeking renomination as
county commissioner, and 1^. Ar
In state wide contests, Lennon,
?cott, Vyingfield and Sprinkle, al
so seek nomination to the short
term as Senator, f. om November
29 to January.l. In other state
wide voting, Kings Mountain
citizens will help determine the
outcome of the race for state
treasmer, between Edwin Gil^
the Incumbent, and Joshua Jm
mes; and for state commissionel
of insurance, between Charles B
Gold, the incumbent, and JolU
Four county-wide races feature
the Saturday primary: for judflB
of recorder's court, between Roe
ben L>. Elam, incumbent, and C. B. -
Cash, Jr.; for solicitor, between
Bynum Weathers, incumbent, and
Joe Mull; for clerk of Superior
Court, between E. A. Houser, in
cumbent, and Roy Price; and for
sheriff, between Haywood Allen,,
incumbent, and Walter Peeler.
Voters of Kings Mountain,
Bethware and Grover, will choose
among four candidates a nominee
for the now-vacant position of
Number 4 Township constable.
The four are Bobby Herndon, Bo.
bert (Bob) Cox, Gus Huffstetler,
and Ervin Ellison.
While campaigning has been
devoid of fireworks on both state
and local level, there was a quick
ening of activity during the past
Week. Street talk usually con
cerned politics and indications
are that a large vote will be re
corded on Saturday,
Polls open at 6:30 a. m. and.
close 12 hours later at 6:30 p. m~
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Winners of the annual eita
schools spelling contests for me
dals offered -by the First Nation
al Bank were announced thla
week, following the contests
held last Friday. ^
They are: |
City white elementary ? Sher
ry kellfcy, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. G. C. Kelley, eighth grado
student at West school.
Central high school ? ferry
McCarter, tenth grade, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar McCarter.
Davidson elementary ? W i tenr
Jackson, seventh grade, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs- Willie Jack
Davidson high school ? Delia
Garvin, twelfth grade, daughter
of Rev. and Mrs. ft. L. Garvin.
Facts Are Listed
On Primary Voting
Following are salient facts on
Saturday's Democratic primary "
Polls open 6:30 a. m.
Polls close 6:30 p. m.
Number of ballots for Kings
Mountain area voters: lour. In
cluding state ballot, county bal
lot, district ballot, and town
Kings Mountain area pre
cinct voting places: East Kings
Mountain, at City Hall; West
' Kings Mountain, at yfcrtory
Chevrolet Company; Bfethware,
at Bethware school; G rover, at
K?eter*s Dry Goods Stort?.
Predicted vote totals: county.
14.000; district, 2,50#* No. ?
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