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VOL 77 No. I
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, January 6, 1966
PRICE TEN CENT
Mayor To Recommend $1,300,000 Bond Election
FIRST BABY AND PARENTS — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Junior Oliver and their *son, Roger Dale
Oliver, Kings Mountain's First Baby of 1966. are pictured above as they "checked ouF' Mondcry
at Kings Mountain hospital. Mrs. P. H. Wilson is pictured at the admitting office window. Young
Oliver orri^ed just three hours ond 53 minutes after the New Year Saturday and was the sec
ond betby bom in Cleveland County, following th s fir^ arrival, a Negro girl from Boiling Springs,
by 30 minutes Jle is the sixth child of the Olivers. (Herald Photo by Paul Lemmons).
Hoger Dale Oliver
PRESIDENT -- Glee Edwin
Bridges will be installed as
president of the Kings Moun
tain Kiwanis club at the civic
club's Thursday night meeting.
Bridges To Head
Glee, Edwin Bridges, Kings
Mountain hardwareman, will be
installed as president of tht
Kings Mountain Kiwanis club a1
the civic club’s 'Thursday nighi
Jim Maiden of Asheville, a for
mer lieutenant governor of Caro-
Unas District of Kiwanis Inter
national, will conduct the instal
lation rites, assisted by Outgoing
President W. S. Fulton, Jr.
Wives of Kiwanians will be
Dinno- will be served at 6:45
p.m. at the Woman’s club.
Other officers to be installed
will be: Dan Finger, first vice-
president; Joe Neisler, Jr. sec
ond vice-president; James E-
• Amos, secretary; and John L.
McGill, treasurer. Both Mr. Amos
and Mr. McGill were re-elected.
Buys Lot, Opens
Here lannaiy 21
First Citizens National Bank,
which plans to open its Kings
Mountain :„ranch in the Morrison
Building on West Mountain
street on Januai-y 21, has pur
chased from Mauney Hosiery
M.lls, Inc., ilie -lot between the A
& P Tea Company pa,king lot
and tlie W. L. Pionk residence on
South Battleground avenue.
The -transaction, confirrried last
week by both pardies, was com
pleted last weeKend.
Purchase price for the 100x220
foot lot, fronting both on Bat-
ueground and Ciierokee streets
Ostensibly, the lot was pur
chased for the eventual construc
tion of a banking .house^
. When approval of a branch of
First Citizens for Kings Moun
tain was granted, George B.oad
rick, vice-president, said the bank
would open in temporary qiiar-
■ ers and would subsequently
build a motlern banking, house.
Ricliard E. Maxey, ass.slant
vice-president who will manage
the Kings Mountain branch, said
this week the bank will open for
business on Friday, January 21.
He said citizens will 'oe invited
to inspect the bank’s Mountain
street facilities at open house
the orevious evening.
Mr. Maxey, at the Hickory
branch the past three years, is
now residing at the home of Mrs.
He has contracted with J. Wil
son Crawford for the- construc
tion of a residence at the corner
of Sherwood Lame and Roxford
He is a graduate of Lenoir
iRhynqL.-Oollejge, 4iii4 & native of
Blanton, Harold Coggins, W. G.
Grantham, Paul Ham, Hoyle D.
McDaniel, Harry Page, and Dr.
Frank Slncox. ' ‘
Mr. Bridges a Kings Moun
tain merchant, partner in Bridges
Hardware Company. He is a past
president of the Kings, Mountain
Kings Mountain’s First Baby
.f 1966, who arrived just three
ours and 53 minutes after the
.ew Year, has a name which his
lother. chose more than 18 years
MO. - I
Roger Dale Oliver, weighing in
c Kings Mountain hospital at
light pounds, five and a half
ances, is third eon and sixth
hild of Mr. and ‘ Mrs. Charles
unlor Oliver of 831 Church
Mrs. Oliver, the former Louise
llackwell, had always wanted
o give the name '“Roger Dale”
0’One of her cliildren.
Instead, she said &he named
ler first-born Ronald (now an
.8-year-old Army Private station-
d at Fort Jackson, S. C.). Hex
econd child was a girl, Gloria
lean, a 16-year-old high school
itudent; her third, a girl, Kathy,
. 14-year-old Junior high school
jtudent; her fourth, a girl, Don-
la Jill, 11-year-old East school
jtudent; and her fifth, a son,
xight-year-old Ricky Wayne.
'The newest memtxer of the
Dliver family has black hair and
xrown eyes like all his older
orothers and sisters.
“It just seemed the right hame
Roger Dale”, Mrs. Oliver said
Monday as she and the baby
were preparing to leave the hos
And Mrs. Oliver said she could
hardly wait “to get home”.
The older OJiver children were
so excited about the new arrival
Monday they didn’t want to re
turn to school, Mrs. Oliver 6aid.
Especially young Ricky who
hadn’t yet been able to glimpse
his baby brother,
TAK LISTING BEGINS — Tax listing began Monday for both city and county at City Hall
courtroom. Getting the chore done os eorly as possible are left to right. Cameron Ware, listing
his properties with Mrs. Charlie Ballard (leaning over desk), on unidentified Negro lady, and
N. F. McGill, who is talking with Robert S. Gidney, county tax collector, and L. L. Benson (seat
ed), Number 4 Township tax lister. (Herald photo by Paul Lemmons).
Roger Dale Oliver arrived just
New directors will be Don W.' fcO minutes after Cleveland Coun-
tjAs -first baby, Martha Regina
Littlejohn of Boiling Springs
The third baicy of the year was
Continued On Page 8
PROMOTED—Hilton L. (Jack)
Ruth, Jr„ has been promoted
to vice-president ond manager
of the Fayetteville Southern
In New Post
Hilton L. (Jack) Ruth, Jr.,
Kings Mountain native, assum
ed new duties Monday as vice-
president and manager of Fay
etteville’s Southern National
Mr. Ruth is the son of Hilton
L. Ruth of Kings Mountain and
the late Mr. Ruth.
The former Charlotte banker
was for several years-vice-presi
dent of North Carolina National
Bank of Charlotte. _
•Mrs. Ruth, the former Betty
Kate Jones, and their three chil
dren, Libby> 10,,.TriPt. age
eight, and -David, age six, expect
to join Mr. Ruthi. in Fayetteville
about Feb. 1.
Film In Meeting
Annual stockholder meeting of
Kings Mountain Business Devel
opment, Inc., was held December
30 at City Hall.
Directors elected Fred- W.
Plonk, J. Wilson Crawford,
Thomas A. Tate, Ben H. Bridges,
Glee A. Bridges, and Bob Maner.
Following the meeting, the
directoi's re-elected Mr. Crawford
president, Mr. Plonk vice-presi
dent, and Ben Bridges secretary-
Mr. Bridges’ report showed as
sets to total $30,815.37, including
$30,630.54 in savings and loan
shares. Mr. Bridges noted the
savings and loan shares aro
pledged in endorsement of a loan
on a new industrial building stid
that the total is subject to in
come taxes which last year ap
President Crawford reported
that the officers are now discuss
ing a project with another indus
There is $22,810 in capital stock
outstanding, with par value $10
Kings Motmtain Business De
velopment, Inc., was organized
In 1957-58 for the purpose of en
couraging industry to locate'in
the Kings Mountain area. It was
instruimental in obtaining for
Kings Mountain what Is now
Barwin Knitting Mills, DupLx-
Shannon, Ltd., and K. Mills, Ire.
Mrs. J. E. Herndon has acquir
ed vijL trade Surd (Vher consider-
atkaxSx the SourH ^ Battlegro.md
avenue properties of C. H. (Cat)
Houser, owner of Mountain Lane
Bowling Center, and the adjoin
ing vacant lot of W. B. Logan.
Both properties aggregate 100
feet fronting on Battleground
and with depth of 240''feet. 'The
Logan lot provides half of an 18-
fojt alley with Fred W. Plonk.
Most Are Electing
Among the busier' places in'
town Monday and daily since is
City Hall courtroom where city
and county-tax listing began
j L. L. Benson, Number 4 town
ship tax lister, and Mrs. Steve
Mr. Hduser has leased his for- 'Harmon, city tax lister, reported
i lil ting going at a brisk pace. •
iVir. Benson noted Wednesday
that Virtually all citizens are a-
'veiling themselves of the “ten
percent” option in listing their
mer property for five ycaixs and
will continue to operate Moun
tain Lane Bowling Center.
Sale of the, properties was
made to First Linion National
Bank, which immediately con
veyed the property to Mrs. llom-
don as part of the transaction
whereby the bank acquired from
Mrs. Herndo-n the 100x120 foot
lot occupied by the former Gam
ble Service Station, where First
Union National will soon begin
construction of a new hanking
Razing of tha^ervice station
is scheduled to begin this week,
R. S. Lennon, vice-president and
manager of the Kings Mountain
branch said Wednesday.
Mrs. Hemdon also owns adja
cent property south of the bowl
ing center property, including the
lot rented by Dixie Cabs, and the
j Under this option a citizen’s
I household goods are listed at ten
' percent'of the value of his dwell-
I ing, less value of the lot or tract
I on which the dv/olling is erected.
I For tenants who rent their
dwellings, the figure is ten per
cent of the value of the dwell
ing or six times the monthly
rent. This figure is subject to the
$200 statutory deduction.
The alternative, is to itemize
all hbu.sehold goods.
Listing is underway daily at
City Hall, Monday through Fri
day, from 8 a.m.. to irogn .and
from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and will con-
-tinue through February 1. On
u -ij- u., Do I Saturdays, Mr. Benson and his
d assistants, Mrs. -Charlo.s Ballard
and Mrs. C, T. Carpenter, .Ir., will
dio & T-V, B. F. Maner Insurance
(Company, and Blackmer & Com
Buy Auto Tags
Sales of 1966 ci^ auto tags
totaled 325 Wednesday.
Again this; year, price of the
tags remain the same — $l —
and the city has designated the
Lions club as franchised dealer
with the city and civic club
splitting the net profits.
The tags are on sale at City
Lion Sam Weir is chairman of
the tag sale committee and oth
er members are Geewge ThwnaS-
son and Willie Williains.
Cleveland Doesn't loin Catawba^
House Be>(Bstricting Is Bevamped
By MARTIN HARMON
An enterprising reporter of the
Hickory Daily Record began do
ing ^so.xe checking on county
lintw and found that*the sign in
northwestern Cleveland County
announcing the Catawba line is
in error. ''
Actually, one must travel along
the road three-quarters of a mile
through Lincoln county before
That is (he reason. Senator
Jack White said Wednesday, the
joint Senate-House committee on
Congressional re-districting had
to junk its first re-districtlng
plan and recommend another.
Counties within a Congressional
district must be contiguous, tha-
It was the plan finally adopted
by the committee by a 15-8 vote,
which caused Senator White "to
vote a loud “nay” as he-joined,
The plan may be adopted as is
or could be amended, the Senator
Rutherford county particular
ly is unhappy to leave its long
time Congressional neighbors,
Gaston and Cleveland county to
join the 11th district. Senator
White says, and bombarded the
committee with telegrams of pro
Pifolic hearing on the j^posal
has been called for Monday al-
Continwd On Paget i .
New Year With Bong
Merrymakers at Friday
night’s New Year’s Eve party
at the Country (Hub saw the
New Year come in with a
bang. '' *
And at least one pair of par-
tygoers aimong the 100 present
on the dance floor may have
felt it, though luckily they es
' .Near midnight some • ccle-
Ibrant dropped a firecracker on
the dance floor near where
Senator Jack White and Mrs.
Harlan Stoterau were dancing.
Mrs. Stoterau said the explo
sion burned st hole in her «to<^-
ing on one leg. Senator White
said he felt his foot burn
through thick leather shoes he
was wearing. ‘
The loud noise was hard on
everyone’s eardrums, one of
the hostesses for the evening,
Mrs, Jim Dickey, said.
According to the hostesses,
the merrymaker setting off the
firecracker was not discovered.
Could it be he believes Gef- .
man folklore, that the bangs
and flashes of Sylvester (New
Year’s Eve) arc supposed to
frighten oti demons and evil
The total tract approximates
2(X) feet frontage with depth of
240 feet and adjoins On the east
other property of Mrs. Herndon
including the building occupied,
L. C. Brewer has been named
by First-Citizens Bank & Trust
Company President Lewis R.
Holding,, to head t^e Installmcnit
Loan Department of the bank’s
Kings Mountain Office which is
scheduled to open in mid-Janu-
Brewer transfers to the man
agerial post from the Roanoke
Rapids Office of FirstGitizehs
where he has seryed since 1963.
He joined the banking firm in
1961 in the New Bern Office and
spent a year in the Morehead
City Office befor^ 'his Roanoke
A native of Kinston, North
Carolina, and a graduate of At
lantic Christian College iq, Wil
son, Brewer served in theju. S.
Army and its reserve coim^ent.
He is married to the abrmer
CSuTolyn Balance of M^ehead
City and has a young son, Phil
lip. The family is expected to lo
cate in Kings Mountain soon.
The West Kings Mountain
Republican precinct will hold a
meeting at the courthouse af 8
p.m., Thursday, January l3.
bo at R. E. Halnbright's Store in
Grover to accommodate citizens
in that area.
.Mayor John Henry Moss said
Wednesday he had analyzed
several listing reports and com
pared household, properties totals
with those of last .\'ear, where
the '“ten' percent’’ option was
Largest differential found in
the seyerkl comparison’s will
amount to an incrca.sed eit.v tax
bill of $13.01 for one individual.
Ohe citizen will pay the city
$2.03 less than last year, another
23 cents more, on basis of the
Ro-Cent per $100 .valuation tax
“Most show very little vari
ance,” Mayor Moss said.
CHAIRMAN — Bennett Mas
ters heads the Kings Moun
tain March of Dimes cam
paign now underway.
Masters To Lead
March of Dimes
'The 1966 March of Dimes cam
paign Is underwa'y in Kings
- Bennett Mastei's, Kings Moun
tain mortician, will serve as com
munity campaign director and
Miss Jackie Blanton, East school
teacher, will head, the Mother’s
March on Birth- Defects.
Money raised in the drive will
be used by the National Founda-
tioji for Infantile Paralysis to.
fight birth defects throughout
the natio-n, it was announced by
Fred Flowers, Cleveland County
chairrhan in the drive, and J. Ol-
I'le Harris, chairman of the
Clcyeldhd County Marcly of
^The month-long jampaign will
Continued On Ptige 8
In Tax Rate
By MARTIN HARMON
Mayor John Henry Moss will
recommend 'Tuesday th?it the
city commission call a special
election lor March 15 on the
question of issuing $1,300,(XX) in
oonds for sewage disposal facili
The project, estimated to cost
$1,2»3,000, is expected to qualify
for federal government grants of
up to $360,000.
Should the estimates., be borne
out in the bidding and the maxi*
rum federal grant of $3M/)00
oe obtained, the net cost to die
city would be $923,000. #
The festimate provided by W.
K Dickson & Company, Char
lotte engineering firm and long
jcnsultant to the City of King§
Mountain details these items:
1) Construction of an addition
to double capacity of the McGill
Creek treatment plant $220,0(X).^=—
2) Construction of a new plant
on Pilot Creek, pump statlcm,
Kings Creek pump station and
lines leading to these plants
3) Engineering fee (at 6 per
cent of construction cost) $64,380.
4) Contingencies $50,620.
5) Legal and ednUnistrativA
6) Land and right-of-way $75,-
. On completioin. Mayor Moss
noted, the city’s sewage lines
would be able to handle up to six
million gallons of affluent daily.
Treatment capacity of the ex-
i pattd^. McGill plant, now over
loaded, wduld be one million gal
lons daily, while the new plaiit
is being: deigned to. treat . two .
million gallons daily. Both plants
will be .expandable.
Final plans for the project will
be presented by the engineering
firm to the board of comnaisslon-
ers at Tuesday night’s regular
January meeting at 6:30 p.m.
After board approval, the pkms
will be foiwarded to the state
stream sanitation committee in
Raleigh for its approval.
The city won a year’s morator
ium from the state committee
last spring on its contact whirfi
specified inhially that final plans
for the project be filed. ..last
April 1. The new deadline is Ap
ril 1, 1966^ and contract specifies
I that the new facilities be in oper
ation, not later than Decembw 31,
I Mayor Moss and City Clerk
i Joe McDaniel, Jr., have discuss-
i ed tfte upcoming project with W.
E. Easterling, secretary of the
Local Government commission,,
who said the city’s fiscal struc
ture will offer no bar to the is
suance of required bonds. .
In turn, Mayor Moss pointed
We.dnesday to the city’s current
bonded indebtedness and said he
is confident the city 'will be able
to amortize current bonds out
standing ($430,000 at June 30,
1966) and the new issue with
out in(:reasing the 85-cent ad va
lorem tax rate.
None of the remaining bonds
outstanding bear Interest at
Continued On Page 8
Eire RazM Grady Odum Residence,
Onetime Loiig$tieet Goiorth Home
Company where he is employed
Fire razed the Grady Odum
home off-Shelby road Tuesday,,
night about 8:30, completely des
troying th^ two-story frame ten
ant house owned by the J. O.
Plonk Estate and. C .S. Plonk, Sr.
and wiping out tho-^^tgg.rQ fam
ily’s furnishlrtgS and clothing.
Mr. and Mrs. Oduni and their
16-year-old daughter and 18-year-
old son were not at home but
were cleaning a four-room house
off Compact school road which
they planned to occupy Wednes
. All their furnishings and cloth
ing were packed up and ready to
be moved onto a truck Odum was
borrowing from City Ice & Coal
For Car Theft
Four local teen-agers have
been charged by Cleveland
County Sheriff Ha3rwood Allen
with the theft of an automobilei,
The 1962 model Chevrolet
owned by Horace C. '(Harvey)
Yates of Route 2, was taken froni
the parking lot of Margrace MUl
Sunday lyght '
The boys were arrested late
Monday night in Homer, Ga.,
when they reported attempted
to drive away from k service sta
tion without paying for gasoline.
Charged and being held in
Cleveland County Jail under a
bond of $1,000 are Mickey Car-
son Sisk of 406 Cherry Street, Eu-
gene Malone of West Gold
durirTg the winter- months. He street, and Carl Leigh of 501
has worked for the local fmn^May Street. A fourth boy, a ju
the past three years.
City Ice and Coal Company
will serve as a clearing house
for gifts for .the Grady Odum
family. If you have furniture,
food, or clothes to donate, dall
739-4261 and your gifts wlU be
picked up by a Ministerial As
Rev. C. R. Goodson said. Gifts
may also be taken directly to
Odum has rented the Plonk
Continued On Page 8
venilc, is being held for juvenile
authorities under a similar
Sheriff Allen’ said the four
were apprehended following a
high spi^d chase near Homer,
Ga., by the Homer sheriff. The
car was traced to Kings Moun
tain and Sheriff Allen was no
Sheriff .\llen went to Homer
early Tuesday and returned with
the boys after federal authori
ties indicated they would not
press charges of interstate trans
portation of an automobile.