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Kings Mountain's Reliable Newspaper
VOL 77 No. 3
Kings Mountain, N. G., Thursday, January 20, 1966
PRICE TEN CENT*.
New Firm Will Construct Brick-Making Plant Here
Of New Company
By MARTIN HARMON
A new brick manufacturing
plant is to be constructed within
the near future on Grover road
slightly south of Battleground
Charter of incorporation for
the manufacture, sale, and dis-1
tribution of building brick, has i
been issued to Kings Mountain j
Brick, Inc., and grading of the
27-acre tract purchased by the
firm is. already underway. j
Incornorators of the new firm
and officers are Donald McGin
nis, president: George F. Petti- ,
nos, vice-president; Paul A. Lan-j
caster, secretary: and Roy H.
Gunter, treasv.'-er. i
Donald McGinnis, Kinp-Sj
Mountain native and a ceramic i
engineer, will al.«o serve as plant i
operations manager and will be
in charge of construction. Mr.
Pettinos is a citizen of Bala-
Cynwynd, Pa., while Mr. Lan
caster and Mr. Gunter are Kings
^ Mountain citizens and active in i
' the area’s mica industry. |
The plant site is on the north.
side of US 29 and is adjacent to
the Southern Railway.
A tunnel-kiln type plant will j
be constructed to produce a
specialty line of face, brick. Pres
ident McGinnis said Wednes-1
day. It will be fired by natural!
gas. •’ '■■’i
President JiJbGlnntS Is the son]
of Mrs. Hinkle W. McGinnis and |
the late Mr. McGinnis. An Air]
Corps veteran of World War II,
he holds an envineerin.g decree i
from North Ca'ohna State Uni
versity at Palei^h. '49. has s’nee]
been associated with Kendrick
Erick & Tile Company's Monroe
plant and. for the past four:
vears, with Broaef River Brick i
Company at Gaffney. S. C.,
where he now resides. Mi-s. Me-
Ginnis is the former Sarah Cook-
sey. of Charlotte. Thev have a 1
son. The McGinnis family ex- ;
pects to move to Kings Moun- ]
tfiin in the near iulure.^ j
President McGinnis declined to '
give estimates of plant capacity:
potential and employment po- |
tontlal.. Ho said final plant de
sign is yet incomplete. i
Batik Open House
At Brisk Pace
Tax lasting continued
brisk pace this week.
Listing is undoi'way daily, Mon- ■
day through Friday, from' 8 a.m. |
to 4:30 pm. Listers are also on !
duty during the lunch hour froip
12 until 1 p.m\. they reminded cit
izens this week.
On Saturdays, L. L. Benson,
Number 4 Township tax lister,
and his as.sistants. Mrs. C. T.
Carpenter. Jr. and Mrs. Charles
Ballard, are in Grover at R. E.
Hambright’s Store from 9 a.m.
until .5 p.m. They remain in the
office dur’»icT the 12 noon until 1
p.m. lunch hour.
Both Mra. Steve Harmon, the
city lax lister, and Mr Benson
reported virtually all citizens are
availing themselves of the "ten
percent" option in listing their
household properties. The alter
native Is to Itcir.ize all household
Mrs.- Carpenter says that far
mers who list trucks should bring
with them the serial numbers of j
the vehicles. |
Listing will continue through |
Sewer SvKtetn Plans
Required 174 Pages
■ Final plans for the $1,300,000
expansion of the city’s sewage
disposal system, delivered by ^
Engineer W. K. Dickson Wed
nesday afternoon, make up a
book totaling 174 pages.
As quickly as the city com
mission formally approves the
plans, they will be forwarded
to the State Stream Sanitation
commission at Raleigh, which
must also endorsa^-the plans.
Me.antlme, the city js pro
ceeding to me^t legal require
ments for xtJiE! March IS bond
Notice of intention to call
the bond election is published
for the first time in today’s is
sue of the Herald.
To Open Here
First-Citizens Bank & Trust
Company formally will open its
new Kings Mountain branch
Thursday evening and open for
business Friday morning.
Mayor John Henry Moss will
join Lewis R. Holding, president,
and Richard E. Maxey, vice-pres
ident and resident manager, for
ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 6:30
p.m., and the bank will hold open
house immediately fallowing un
til 9 p.m.
In addition to Mr. Maxey, oth
er First-Citizens personnel will
include L. C; Brower, manager of
the industrial loan department;
Mrs. Carol Brazzell and Mis.s
Carol Bridges, tellers; Mrs. Don
na Butler, roceptionist'gnd sec
retary; Mrs. Frances Leonard
And Mrs. Joyce White, bookkeep-
’'er^; and Mrs. Betty K. Davis, in
stallment loan department secre-
I In additioqJ||^*resident Hold-
I ing, numeroSHKther First-Citi-
j zens officials v!Ml be here for the
open house entertainment. They
will include Vice - Pre,5idehts
Broadrick, Charlotte, . Ernest
Hicks, Charlotte, Harold Sum
ner, Gastonia, Sidney Hughes,
Charlotte, I. B. Julian, Fayette-
New officers of the corporation | ^uco.T.,.TIidtory J.
are Mr. Dixon, president and I
treasurer, and his wife, Mrs Ma-! W. Pope. Raleigh. Other
bel H. Dixon, vice-president' and 1 officials to ce present will be
secretary. ! Robert Baxter, trust officer of
j Charlotte, Horace Davis, mortg-
V’^ia the transaction, Mr. Dixon age loan officer of Charlotte, and
acquired tile 280 shares of the j M. B. McLeod, assistant vice-
Granthams’ stock of which 260 i president, of Smierfield.
had been held by Mr. Dixon. | - ., ,.
! President Holding lives in
A Kings Mountain native, Mr. i Smithfield, home offices of First-
Di.xon joined Victory Chevrolet | Citizens, which showed assets of
Company as a salesman in 1951, ' $445,726,979 at Decfember 31.
ecame sales manager a year I Kings Mountain will be First-
later, and assistant general man- ; Citizens’ 48th unit,
ager in 1955. In 1958, he acquired | First-Citizens will be located at
majority of the stock interest of 1131 West Mountain in the build-
T. A. Williams, of Greensboro, | ing of Dr. D. M. Morrison which
BUYS STCX:K — Charles E.
Dixon has acquired the out
standing stock in Victory
Chevrolet Company. Inc., oi
Mr. and Mrs. W. Gurhey
Bought By Dixon
Charles E. Dixon has acquired
the stock of Mr. and Mrs. W. Gt
Grantham in Victory Chevro'^
Company, Inc., and assu.nw
and became vice-president.
Mr. Grantham, a former city
commissioner, ^^terminated h i s
connections Friday withThe firm
with which he had been associat
ed far some 23 years. From Li
berty, he and Mr. Williams i
bought the assets of the former!
Cleveland Motor Company in |
Mr. Grantham has not an-1
nounced his future plans. i
has been extensively rcmodeletl.
Regular banking hours will be
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.,
daily except Wednesdays and
Saturdays, when the bank will
close at noon.
Quarterly dinner meeting of
the Blue Ridge Safety Council
Will be he4d'at Rutherfordton-
Spindale Central high school
Thursday, January 27th, at
6:30 p.m. President Ben Go
forth will preside.
Mayor Moss Names 14 Members
To City Reaeation Commission
Fourteen new members have
been appointed by Mayor John
H. Moss to the recently-expand
ed city recreation carmission.
Three members remain to be
appointed for a two-year term.
The new members jain the
original three-member commis-
Sion composed of Bob Maner,
Roy Pearson and Carl Wilson.
Mayor Moss also announced
that Recreation Director Elmer
Ross will inr.ove his office to City
The expansion of the commis
sion, voted last week by the city
board of commissioners, will
spearhead a fund-raising drive to
build a community recreation
center and to offer 18 categories
in recreation for Kings Mountain
citizens including baseball, soft-
call, footb.all, basketball, bowl
ing, swimming, archery, hand
ball, badminton, weight-lifting,
checkers tournament, hobbies,
crafts, adult physical education
groups, the senior citizens pro
gram, 6wiminn;ing and dancing.
Names of the new members
are: Charles Ballard, Vlfllie
Grice, Rev. Bob Haden, Bill Orto-
som, Walter J. Keeter, Elaxvin
Oontimied On fags 4
COMMENDED ^ W i n Gotar,
Ugb school sonier and son of
Mr. and Mis. E. R. Ootor, hos
boon awaidad a lottor of oom-
mondoUon for aMMandts$r~
parfennaneo on tb# notlMial
marit scholsooblp taat. Ata
honor atudanf. Is octlva’ln
tba Ugh schobi bond. .7
US 74 By-Pas.s
Long In Fruition
WINS ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL — SP/5 Donald E. Tig-
ncr was cited for "exceptionally meritorious service" as chief
administrative clerk while serving in the office of the Assistant
Chief of Staff in the U. S. Army Advisory Group, Korea, from
December 12. 1964 to December 4, 1965. The Kings Mountain
serviceman, son of Mr. end Mrs^ Audley Tignqr, is pictured
above receiving the Army Commendation Medal from Major
General Jomes H. Sheldon at Fort Richie. Md, The citation rea<^..
he manifested a high degree of skill and extensive knowledge
of manpower and budget matters while serving in a position
authorized as staff sergeant. He displayed unusual competence,
ability, untiring enthusiasm and selfless devotion to duty. He
prepared the budget estimate which totaled $980,000 with act- <
ual expenditures for the first five months being 98 percent ac
curate. He served outstandingly as acting Gl/AG Chief during
the temporary absences of the Sergeant Major. His outstonding
performance of duty reflect great credit upon himself, the U, S
Army Ad-^ sory Gxov ji Korea c the United States Army." fU.
S. Army PhotoL < ,
‘‘90 Years Young”
NOTES BIRTHDAY — Mrs. H.
Tom Fulton, Sr„ celebrated her
90th birthday Saturday.
To Study Reports
Mrs. H. Tom Fulton, .Sr. said
on her 90th biriliday Saturday
her secret of Inngevity js “Jiving
one day at a tirm'."
The foi’tner .Sallie Baker, wid
ow of the late .State Senator Ful-
lon, greeted a nr rber of friends
Saturday afternoon at a surprise
party given by iier daughter and
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. N. F.
It was .Mrs. I'ldlon’s second
party of the day and she said she
wouldn’t have nii.s.u’d them, even
thc'jgh .-le('t and sn^w kcjjt some
ol the gues'ts away.
Airs, Fulton's two igreat-grand-
son.s, Chip^and TrLp McGill, had
invited her to their birthday par
ty that morning which was' at
tended by 19. children and which
clso honored the boys’ grandfa
ther, Rev. W. F. McGinnis, of
FJlenboro, al.-io celebrating a
The mayoral committee on birthday.
downtown development will stu-1 McGinnLs. ore.sented Mrs.
dy que.stionnaires relumed to' icuiton with a four-tiered pink
them from merchan s. landown-^ and white birthdav cakei Mrs.
ers and shoppers at a mee mg Kulton’s brother and sister-in-
w'n tonight) at 8 o’clock jaw. Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Baker,
V. ! . * I'nable fa. come from Atlanta.
h Ga.. avired L'an arrangement of
hundreds of people the 25-mem- pin^ glads.’ earnation.s, and’ ba-
ber committee expects to glean by’s breath. Both giffs wore us-'
reaction from the public on plan-. ed in decorations for the second
ned revitalization of the down. : party later in the dav. A pink or-
town business area. 1 chid corsage pinned ‘to the shoul-
Shoppers were asked if theyider of her blue dresS was a gift
thought sweeping modernization , from her grandson’s familv
changes should be made. Mer-1 Mrs. Fulton, a Kings Mountain
chants and landowners were, native, said she didn’t remember
asked if they \yould bo willing a single previous snowfall on her
to finance the improvements. , birthday. .She said she enjoyed
Detailed plans sugge.sted by the snow as much as the young
a Conservation ^ folk and replied to a well-wisher,
and Development call for mod-! really 90 years young to-
ernization of stores, creation of day”
large parking lots, building of I Daughter of the late Mr. and
pedestrian malls and beautify-, Mrs. Phillip Baker. Mrs. Fulton
ing the railroad tracl^. Improve-, attended Kings Mountain schools
ments would be made over the and Linwood college.'. Her late
next several years and would | husband, a Kings Mountain mor
approximate upwards to several
Chairman John O. Plonk has
said that federal assistance of
up to 50 percent might be avail
able for public improvements.
Cost of improvements to stofts j Dr. L P. Baker, Sr. of Kings
would have to be borne by the Mountain and a’sister, M^s. Ira
: laiidowners aod/or merehantl. * Continued On Page S
By MARTIN HARMON —
It will have been nearly two
decades since a US 74 by-pass
(or thruway) was first proposed
and thedate the first vehicle
navigates the new section final
ly approved by the ,^ate High-
j way & Public_ Works commis-
During the administration of
Governor W.* Kerr Scott (1949-
53) when the late Lewis B. Peck
was division highway engineer,
a thruway was projected which
would have bisected what is now
Landing street, navigated the
railway tracks via bridge at
Falls street, and continued east
and northeast to present US ,74.
Later, several other routes
were projected, sur\myed and
Now retired Division Engineer
Ed Kemper recommended the
widenln'ir of King street, present
US 74. At the time, such a pro
ject would have implied a large
city share of the right-of-way
-and/or damages cost, which
some estimated at $2.50,000, and
which the city did not have. Mr.
Krmper h a d commented, ‘T
would like to see Kings Moun
j tain have one det'cnt City street.
I Administrator Babcock did not
share this view. Indeed, when
I this project was ('quivocated with
I Gastonia's Franklin avenue wid-
I ening, he ejaculated, “Don’t^men;
! lion Franklin''^at’emid to me'.
1 EVerytime I pa.ss through Gas
tonia I lo.se my religion!’’
I Meantime, th<> highway, com-
' mission was investigating routes
I both south and north of Kings
I Mountain, each of which were
ruled out for various reasons in
cluding distance and presence of
mining operations and mineral
In 1964, after prior formal
ccmmi.ssion go-ahead with the
project, tentative approval was
given a 3.13 mile project-which
would have followed an in-eity
roadbed largely Tike the in-city
portion of the 7.3 mile route now
Last change of .US 74 was in
1938-.39 when the bridge over the
Southern Railway at Battle
ground and Railroad avenues
was constructed and a new road
built to replace West Mountain
as US 74.
WINS PROMO'nON — Dr. Paul
H. McGinnis, Jr., is joining the
faculty of the expanded De
portment of Textile Chemistry
at Norfli Carolina State Uni
versity in Raleigh as an assis
tician, and county commission
Chairman, died in 1929. In addi
tion to her daughter here, she
has a son, H. Tom Fulton, Jr. of
Chapel Hill, Tenn., a grandson,
Norman F. McGill, Jr. a brother
laycees To Conduct
Kleenex Sale Here
Kings Mountain Jaycces will
conduct their annual klecnex
sale for benefit ' of the John
Gamble Memorial Fool ball Sta
dium Friday night from 7 until
Project Chainran John
Hawze said the Jaycocs will of
fer families a bargain in kleen-
ex via a door-to-door sale.
The (zivic club has pledged .
$300 this year to the commun
ity-wide project to build a
4,000 seat stadium.
Dr; Paul H. McGinnis, Jr., na
tive of Kings .Mountain and son
,’, of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. .McGin
nis, - has been appointed a mem
ber of the faculty of the expand
ed Department of Textile .Che.n-
istry .at Nortli Carolina State
University, Chancellor John T.
Caldw’ell has announced.
I Dr. AIcGinnis' and Dr. Richard
D. Gilbert, a native of Canada,
will initiate new basic research
programs in textile .chemistry.
Both will be assistant professors.
Since 1960 Dr. McGinnis has
been a chemical engineer for the
Esso Research Laboratories of
the Humble Oil and Refining
Company in Baton Rouge, La.
Prior to his woi^k with the Esso
Company he was a research at-
sistant at N. C. State and a sum
mer worker in the Quality Con
trol Laboratories of Foote’s
Kings Mountain Operation.
He holds membership in the
American Institute of Chemical
Enginet'rs, the Society for Indus
trial and Applied Mathematics,
and the Professional scientific
Society of. Sigma Xi.
Dr. .McGinnis holds bachelors,
masters and Ph.D. degrees f>oir.
North Carolina State in^cneniicsl
engineering. He recreived his
Ph D. in 1960.
Ml'S. .McGinnis is’ the former
Libby Wehlint of CheiTyville.
Shareholders Set ~
Shareholders of Home Sav
ings & Loan AsscK'iation will
hold the.annual meeting Tues
day afternoop at 5 o’clex-k in
the office of the Association
on E. Mountain street.
Busine.ss of the meeting^will
incICide reports from the past
year, Seciotary-Treasurei; Tom
Tate reports. ®
Youthful Trio Relieves Canoll
Of About $500 In Burger Barn Cash
By MARTIN HARMON
The US 74 by-pass of Kings
Mountain will be the 7.3 mile
projection located as presented
at the public hearings held, last
September 30 and last April 29.
W. B Garrison, of Gastonia,
12th di^sion highway commis
sioner, announced the decision
In turn, Cammi Garrison pro
vided carbons of his letter to
William F. Babcock, state high
way administrator, urging that
the project be expedited as much
Comm. Garrison wrote Mr.
“... I would appreciate very
much your personal attention to
this project, taking into consid
eration, of course, your many
other pressing problems. This
oroject has been in the nraking
for a long time and the people
of Kings Mountain do not under
stand why it is taking so long.
If you could possibly accelerate
the beginning of the actual con
struction in any way possible, I
am sure the citizens of Kings
Mountain would be pleased im-
At the September hearing, R.
I*^cGowan, the commission’s
i^ location engineer, estimat
ed the 7.3 mile span will cost
In conversing with Comm. Gar
rison Wednesday, Mayor Moss
reported he had heard expres
sions of concern that the project
ed plan envisions the closing of
Phenix street, serving a large
Industrial area; and further con
cern that the projected Waco
Road partial interchange does
not tie in with West King street,
regarded as necessary to proper
ly serve the new 1,014 - member
Kings Mountain high school.
Comm. Garrison replied that
formalization of these objections
would result in a thorough study
by the design division of the
highway ca.T.mission staff.
He declined to estimate date
for launching construction or for
securing right - of - way, noting
that the commission recently ap
proved employment of additional
personnel to speed the continual
ly increasing workload.
Administrator Babcock and En
gineer McGowan could not be
reached by telephone Wednesday
afternoon for further comment
on completioti of design, right-of:
way acquisition 2uid target date
for inviting bids.
The projected road would leave
US-74 near its intersection with
Interstate 85, move northwest to
the intersection of Piedmont ave
nue and Linwood road, then bear
west and southwest to a diamond
interchange at the intersectiorTbf
present US 74 and county road
2036. It will continue south, then
west, running south of Bethware
school until it re-intersects with
US 74 slightly east of the Buffa
lo Creek bridg^. A diamorid inter
change is planned on Cleveland
avenue south of East school.
A bridge under the Southern
Railway tracks is envisioned be
tween Phenix plant of Burling
ton Industries and Mullins Tex
tiles. Another bridge is envision
ed at North Cansler street.
The project is a 50-50 share
cost project between the U. S.
Bureau of Roads and the State oi
North Carolina. Under North,
Carolina law, the city will be re
quired to defer expense of mov
ing cit.v utility lines already on
highway right-of-way. City ex
pense will be incurred at the
Cleveland avenue and Piedmont
Harold Carroll, manager of the
Burger Barn on the York Road
in Kings Mountain, was robbed
of approximately $500 early Wed
nesday as he was leaving -to
take a nigJit deposit to the bank.
Carroll told city police that
two subjects stepped out ,of the
shadows and demanded tlie mon
ey ba^ 9ontaining the days re
ceipts. Carroll said that a third
subject was in the getaway car.
The three thievjes drove off in
a 1958 black Chevrolet, which
headed north on Cleveland Ave
nue, toward Bessemer City.
Carroll described the two men
as young, white males. One was
tall and the other short, Carroll
said. He co^lld not describe the
subject that was waiting in the
Carroll said the men were not
masked and that he didn’t know
if they had a weapon. One had
his hands in his pockets, he told
investigating officers Bob Hayes
and B P. Cook.
Cook and Hayes, along with
City Police Sgt. Earl Stroupe. Jr.,
and officers William Roper and
Ellis King worked on the rob
bery through a good portipn of
the night. No arrests have been
made as of yet but the investiga
tion is continuing.
Officer Stroupe said that one
of the three money bags was
found near the; dty limits on
“The highway commission
endeavors to pay fair value for
properties it acquires for build
ing roads," Division Cammis-
signer W. B. Garrison said
Wednesday in announcing the
commission decision to pi'oceed
on the US 74 by-pass.
He also gave a word of ad
vice to persons with improved
property (homes, business
buildings, etc.) likely to be on
the new roadbed.
“Keep your prop«iy in good
repair,” Comm. Garrison said.,
“It is obvious an appraiser will;
be less impressed price^srise,-
with a home with doors
ing on one hing% than