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Kings Mountain's Reliable Newspoper
VOL 84 No. 46
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, November 15, 1973
PRICE TEN CENTS
Mayor: City Natural Gas Supplies All Right ^Now’
Centennial Celebration Ideas Outlined Wednesday
C of C Invites
By MARTIN HARMON
Mayor John Heniy Moss will
appoint within a few days a 20-
member cenitennial coormyission
with responsi'bi-lify Tor staiging a
celebraftion olf the city’s one hun
dredth birthday Tn 1974.
The Mayor outlined city oom-
m<isaion thinking on the celebra
tion and announced appointment
of an ex-oifioio publicity and spe
cial guests comimifttee to collab
orate witSi 'the commission, which
he suggested organize into a non-
ilJrbifiit corporation at a luncheon
meeting Wednesday of the Kings
'Mouhtain Chamber of Commerce.
.vThe centenniail comm.ission
would have carte blanche au
thority to conduct the celebration,
which the city envisages would
hold apptTopriate formal cere
monies launching the celebration
on February 11, hundredth anni
versary of the chartering of
Kings Mountain 1874, culminat
ing on OoWber 7, one hundred
ninety-third anniversary of the
Battle of Kings Mountain.
iNamed to the publicity and
special guests committee were
Tom Mcintyre, Kings Mountain
Mirrdr, Jonas Bridges, Radio Sta-
itlon WKMT, Martin Hannon,
Kinga Mountain Herald, Senator
W. K. Mauney, Jr., Q>unty Com-
nviaaioner L. E. (Joeh) Hrmrant,
and fiomier Senators J. OHie Har
ris and Jack H. White.
‘Mrs. Frank R. Summers, daugh
ter of the city’s first Mayor, has
been appointed previously hon
orary chairman of the celebra
Mayor Moss said he had con
ferred recently with representa
tives of the Rogers Company,
Who specialize in staging cele
brations of this type and. cur-
rently, and working with cili-
Continued On Page a
John B. Plonk
Three Shelby High School sen-
lots have been nominated for
Umversity of Nortflh Carolina
Morehead Scholarnhip Awards,
and a Kings Mountain senior has
been named an alternate, it is
announced by L. Lyndon Hobbs ot
Shelby, chairman of the Cleveland
County Morehead Selection Com-
Jbhn Butler Plonk, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Butler Plonk of
Route 1, Kings Mountain, was
named aHernate and in the event
one of the three nominees is un
able to accept his nomination, he
will advance to district comipoti-
The nominees selected Wednes
day night following interviews by
the commititee with 10 students
from the county’s four high
schools include: David William
Eaker, 16, son of Mrs. Lois R.
Baker of 811 W. Sumter Street
and the laf:e Dr. Ralph G. E^ker;
Andrew Venning McMurry, 17,
son of Mt. and X&s. John £. Me-
Curry of 130 HlUside Drive; and
Lind^y Taylor Thompson, 18,
son of Mr. and Mrs, Tommy J.
Thompson otf 238 Country IClufb
Circle. They will compete with
Continued On Page 6
‘ - i*
IN WHO'S WHO — Strickland
Chorles Dalton hos been elect
ed to membership in "Who's
Who". He is o senior student
at Western Carolina University
ond son-in-law of Mr. ond Mrs.
Fred Weaver of Kings Meun-
To Who's Who
Strickland Charles Dalton has
Ijeen selected for "Who's Who
Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges for
He is a senior at Western Car
olina University and will gradu
ate in June 1974 with a 'B. S. in
Social Science Education. He is
also a member of Phi Alpha
Theta, an honor society in his
tory, and 'Kappa Delta Pi, an
honor society in education.
iMr. Dalton is the husband of
the former Susan Weaver, daugh
ter of Mr. andw Mrs. Fred Weav
er of Kings Mountain.
Rev. David Kime, pastor of
Oak View Baptist church, will de
liver the traditional Thanksgiv
ing sermon at the community
wide Thanksgiving service Wed
nesday evening at 7:30 at Cen
tral United Methodist church.
The service is sponsored by the
Kings Mountain Ministerial Asso
ciation and is expected to attract
a leirge crowd of worshippers
from all denominations in the
Rev. Paul Riggs, pastor of
First Baptisit church, is chairman
of the Ministerial Association
committee on arrangements.
Special music will feature the
‘We invite the community to
worship with us in this servlet
of thanksgiving,” said Rev. Pas
chal Waugh, pastor of the host
Daylight Bieak-Ins Order Oi Day:
City Policemen Trailing Suspects
City police termed as "brazen**
a daylight robbery by a pair of
intruders who entered an un
locked residence on Fulton drive
Monday afternoon and carted a-
way in their automobile a tele
vision set, a radio, a tape player
and tapes, a Winchester shotgun,
a .22 ^le, and a locked chest
containing insurance papers.
Oapt. William Roper of the De
tective Division said police have
several suspects but are nolt yet
ready to make an arrest.
Neighbors say a man and
woman entered the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Powell at
202 Fulton Drive Monday after
noon about 1:30 p.m. and by the
time their son, Chuck Powell, a
high school student, had arrived
at 2 p.>in., had made off with
family valuables. One of the in
truders answered the phone to
relate to a neighbor, who called,
that the young man of the htfise
was ‘‘not hdme from work.”
Police are also investigating a
rash of break-ins during the week
in which the thief or thieves
were "selective", said Ropeir.
Capt. Roper said a thief or
thieves broke the door glass in
front of the grease rack at Union
76 Service Station at 114 West
King street Sunday night and re
moved $27 in quarters but left
behind a large amouint^of small
change. They took with them al
so a stalled 1965 Ford parked in
Jonas R. Bridges of 803 W-
Mountain street reported to po-
Continued On Page Six
City Attorney Jack White is
seeking opinions on two legal
questions arising at Monday
nights city commission meeting.
1) Can the oity legally make
a contribution to travel expense
on Mrs. Wanza Y. Davis’ project
ed trip to the Orient in the Peo
ple-to-People good will tour be
2) Does the city legally have
the power to permit construction
and operation of a cycle track
within the mile zoning perim-
It was Mr. White's opmion
that the answer is "no” to both
questions. He said he feK he
would be ab^e to dbtain the at
torney generail’s opinions by the
commission r^eeting of Niovember
Mrs. Davis said she would rep
resent the southeastern region of
the Unilted States and that the
total cost of the 16-day trip would
be $1697. She asked the oity for
$500 for a portion of the ex
Robert Wooten asks re-zoning
of the Parkdale community airea
for the cycle track to be used for
Sunday afternoon racing. Appear
ing with him was Attorney Jerry
T«rammell. Severail residents of
the area appeared in opposition,
lincluding Gray ton (Stretch) Bol
linger, Gene Miayhew, and Mrs.
Pauline Wright. Mr. Bollinger ob
jected both to the prospective
noise and religiously. Mr. May-
hew commented, "It would be
in my back door". Mrs. Wright
objected on religious grounds.
She commented, "I believe in
keeping the Sabbath holy. I’d
probably attend his races on a
Commissiioner Jon-as Bridges
eisked Mr. Wooten if he knew of
any track located within the mile
zoning perimeter. Mr. Wooten
said he d*idn’'t
CkMnm'issiioner T. J. Ellison av
erred he’d already been informed
opponents would seek an in
junction against building of the
Continued On Page Six
Jones: 36 Ways
To Save Fuel
The board of education is ex
pected to adopt fuel-saving steps
Monday, a 36-step plan to save
fuel oil recommended by Supt.
Supt. Jones said the board, in
regular monthly meeting, will
also discuss plans for a complete
revamping elf the total school
athletic program "to help get
ready to move into the new jun
ior high school."
Mr. Jones had already distri
buted a "fuel-saving ideas" sheet
to principals in all plants in tJie
The plan calls for schools to
be hearted to no more than 70
degrees at any time (and lower
if possible) and keeping night
use to a minimum.
The "fuel-saving" ideas in
clude the following:
1 Burners should be adjusted
for as hiigh combustion effi
ciency as possible,
2 Thermostat settings should
be kept low — suggested set
ting not to exceed 70 deg. F.
(lowelr if possible).
3 W-indows should be kept clos
ed. Eififort should be made to
regulate building tempera
ture by adjusting radiator
valves rather than opening
4 Daily heartiing period .should
be reduced i.e. do not heal
building unrtil just before
5 See that school buildings are
Continued On Page Six
To Find "Shorts
Farm And City:
Tour on Tuesday
A total of 382 Kings Mountain
elementary pupils and 15 teach
ers will participate in the annual
F'arm - City Week Farm Tour
Tuesday, visiting the J. C. Ran
dle & Son dairy farm and the
Twin-Hill Poultry farm and Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Yarboro.
The activities are planned by
the Cleveland County Agricultur
al Extension Service and Henry
Dameron, county farm agent, an
nounces. I li'
'Bus No. 178 operated by Jimmy
Adams will pick up East school
students at 9 a. m. and transport
them back to school at 10:30
Tuesday morning. Wiley Blanton,
operating bus No. 160, will pick
up West school students at 9 a.
m., returning hem to school at
10:30; Ann Lail of Bus No. 52
will pick up Bethware students
at 9 a. m., DetJde White of Bus
No. 53 will also pick up a group
of Bethware students at 9 a. ra.
Jerry Morrow of Bus No. 74 will
pick up North chool students at
9:55 a. m., returning them to
school at 11:30; Wesley Young,
operating Bus No. 176, will pick
up North Students at 9:55 a. m.
and Tom Berry, operating Bus
No. 79, and Susan McDaniel, op
erating Bus 80, will pick up Gro
ver students at 9:55, returning
them to school at 11:30.
At the J. C. Randle farm stu
dents will see 108 milking regis
tered Guernsey cow's and will be
told that milk from this herd is|5o, vetefan taxi driver for Price's
stored in a 1,000 gallon or 4,000 were conducted Sunday
quart milk tank and is picked up : afternoon at 2:30 from Bothle-
from the farm every other day. Baptist church.
'Mr. Dameron e.vpiained that the
average cow from the Randle | Rev. L. D. Scruggs, pastor of
herd produces 11,462 pounds of Macedonia Baptist church, offi-
milk, or 5,331 quarts of milk each cialed at the final rites, and in
year. Students will also see baby|terment was in the church come-
calves and learn how they areltery. Members of the Kings
raised and cared for. A silo-j Mountain Life Saving and Rescue
loader in the silo dumps the feel I Squad were pallbearers,
into a trough and is conveyed
SUCCUMBS — Mock Smith, vet
eran taxi driver and Rescue
Squod member, succumbed to
a heart attack Friday morning
at the age of 50.
Funeral rites for Mack Smith,
Continued On Page Six
Dies In Crash
A six-year-old R-1 Grover boy,
Everette C. Moore Jr., was killed
and his mother, brother-in-law',
lorother and two sisters were in
jured in a two-car crash in
which his immediate families
were occupants of both cars neat
Grover last Wednesday, according
to the state highway patrol.
The boy’s father, to whom one
of the cars was regiltered, was
not in the wreck.
Funeral rites for young Moore
were held Saturday afternoon at
4:30 from Clearview Baptis-t
church, with Rev. Rudolph Lem
mons officiating. Interment was
in Antioch Baptist church ceme-
A native of Qeveland County,
he was the son of Dorothy Dover
and Everette Moore, Sr. Also sur
viving are two brothers, Elbert
and Roger Dale Moore, both of
the home; six sisrters, Mrs. Doris
Coyle of (irover, and Misses San
dra, Darlene. Cathy, and Shirley
Moore, all of the home; and his
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ern-
Continued On Page Six
Mr. Smith died suddenly Fri
day morning at 11:30 at his home
on Shelby road of a heart at
tack. He had reported to his work
on Thursday but told his wife
he wasn’t feeling well that eve
He was a native of Kings
Mountain, son of Baxter R.
Smith of Kings Mountain and
the late Thilita Jackson Smith.
He was a veteran of World War
II and had long been active in
the Kings Mountain rescue souad.
Surviving, in addition to his
father, are his wife, .Mrs. Mary
Trammell Smith; two daughters.
Mrs. John Ramey of Shelby, and
Miss Martha Smith of the home;
his son-in-law, John Ramey;and
one granddaughter, Becky Ramey
four brothers, -Henry Smith of
Leesville, S. C.; Robert Smith of
College Park, Ga., Roy Smith and
George Smith, lx)th of Kings
Mountain; and three sisters, Mrs.
Viola Dettmarr of Gastonia, Mrs.
R. L. Carter of College Park.
Ga. and Mrs. Bill Caldwell of
Merritt Island, Fla.
"Can I Be Thartkful" will be
sermon topic of Dr. Paul Aus-
ley a-t Sunday morn^ing worship
services art 11 o’clock Sunday at
First Presbyterian church.
TTie low bids, and other indi
cated costs, will be about
$2(X),0C)0 higher than ef^timatc.s
on the sewage system expansion
and line extension project cf the
city. Col. W. K. Dickson, the
city engineer, (told the conunis-
sion Monday nighrt.
"WeTe checking to find out
wihy," the (Lionel continued,
“but suspect it is due to the fact
the appHoation for approval o!
this project and for grants, bolli
to the federal Environmental
Protection Agency and the state
Department of Economic and
.Natural Resources, was filed two
He safd the “bidding looks all
right", noting that low bids, both
for doubling the size of the sew
age treatment plar>t and for
lines, a pum'p station and force
mains were close."
"You have until January 29 to
find the necessary money, and,
if you can find it, I’ll reconumend
accepting the low bids," he con-
Only two valid bids (three re
quired) were received on the
electrical seotion of the project.
Tw'o more bids were received, but
were unsigned, making the bids
invalid. Re-bid invitation for the
electrical section is being a<lvcr-
tised today. Deadline for posting
of bids is 2 p.m., November 26.
A. P. White & Associates, of
Oiarlctte,. was low bidder on the
treatment plant addition at
$544,356, while Rand Construc
tion Company, of Richfield, was
low bidder on the line-laying,
pump station, etc., section at
Total of the two — $734,848
leaves only $33,562 available
money for Che electrical section,
line right-of-way, engineering
and legal fees and other project
The oity hopes to obtain ap
proximately $80,000 of the need
ed $200,000 from the state as a
result of re approval of $30 mill-
icn in '‘clean water" bonds by
North Carolina citizens Novem
ber 6 and other funds from the
federal agency as a result of a
change in the law which por-
imits the federal government to
participate In “clean water" pro
jects up to 75 percx'nt. The origi
nal application of 1971 predicat
ed on the then permissible fed
eral participation of 55 percent.
Chaiiman Mickey Bell: (3iailotte
IP Dnim & Bugle Coips In Parade
The 60-member Charlotte Jun-
late Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ormand
of Kings Mountain.
Chairman Bell said the Kings
Mountain high school band, the
5helby high school band, and the
I Burns high school band will ap-
ior Police Drum and Bugle
Corps wil be among the 45-50 unit
Kings Mountain Christmas pa
rade on Nov. 30th for which
plans are shaping this week.
.Mickey Beli^ chairman for the ' pear in the parade plus eight local
Sponsoring Kings Mountain Mer-; floats and many others,
chants Association, said he is| Joey the Clown will also be
highly pleased the young men 9-1 featured in the tig parade which
16 years of age will take part ini'will star Santa Claus,
the parade officially launching! "When you see Joey the Clow'n
the Christmas shopping season in the parade, you will probably
Among members of the group j
are Chris and Tommy Caune,'
sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Caune,
of Charlotte and grandsons of,
Mrs. Orangrel Jolly of Kings
Mountain and the late Clarence
Jolly, and Paul Fairfax, son of
IMr. and Mrs. H. A. Fairfax of
Charlotte and grandson ol the i
recognize tlic crushcvl stovepipe
hat, the red tie that hangs al-
!mo«it to the knees, the patchcvl
coart, the striped lynts, tennis
shoes and the white gloves,"
‘The face, of course, has a soft
smile and understanding eyes.
They all belong to Joey the
Continued On Page Six
Four Kings Mountain churches
plan Thanksgiving morning
breakfasts and worship serv'ic*es
and a fifth church plans to serve
an evening meal. ys
Boyce Memorial ARP ) church
will conduct its traditional wor
ship service at 7:30 a.m. and
men of the church will serv^c
breakfast at 8 a.m., said Dr.
Charles Eklwards, minister.
At Kings Mountain Baptist
church men of the Brt>therlKKxl
will serve breakfast at 7 a..m.
with the service of worship to
follow, said Willie Williams.
Central United Methodist
church men will serve the tradi
tional breakfast from 6 unt.rl 8
a.m. next Thursday morning.
There will be no service follow'-
ing, as members will join other
churches in the community in
a Thanksgiving EN-e service there
on Wednesday night.
First Presbyterian church men
will serv^e the traditional Thanks-
gKiing meal from 7 until 9 a.m.
next Thursday imorning.
Dixon Presb>'terian church will
hold a covered dish dinner next
Thursday evening at 6:30 in the
church fellowship hall.
PRESIDENT — William Law
rence Plonk. Kings Mountain
dairyman^ has been re elected
president of the Cleveland
County Farm Bureau.
William Lawix'iice Plonk, Kings
Mountain dairyman, was re-elect-,
ed Fridaiy night as president of
the Cleveland County Farm Bu
reau for ano'ther term.
Walker Davis was re-electofl
vice presi-clcnt and T. Z. I lord was
re-clected secretary, treasurer.
Officers for the woman’s cum-
mitUH? were also elected. .Mrs.
Coleman Goforth was re-elected
chairman; Mrs. Larry Baxter,
irst vice chairman; .Mrs. David
Beam, st?cond vice chairman; and
-Mrs. James Pel'iy, secretary-
Highlight of the annual dinner
neoting at Bracket's ('(Hlar Park
was th<» presentation of the
Cleveland County Pai'm Fainil>
>f 1973 awai'd to Ctiuniy Com
missioner Coleman Goforth and
.lis family. A professional farmer'
mi dairyman, Goforth and his,
vife, the former Vornell Beam,
have been dairying on tiu* Go- :
orth family homestead on Stony:
Point road the entire 27 years
of their marriage.
.Accepting the award .Mr. Go' i
^orth said "the past year has ^
een the toughest, not to make a^
profit, but to break even in the'
dairy business." ;
Rev. Paul Millwood, padar of
First Baip'-tist church of Gro\r*r.
will deliver the Thank.sgiv:i:g
.sermon at a community-wide
sor\'ioc in Grover Wtvinesday
.night at 7 p.m. at Grover’s Beth
any Baptist church.
It is the third annual ser\-ice
sponsored by congregations of
First Baptist, Shiloh Presbyterian
and Betliany Baptist ehiw\*hes.
Women of the host cliurch will
serve refr(*sh meats after the
service in tlie church fcllcKvsliip
Won By Sellers
"The city will continue to
serve its natural gas customers
at pre-senl levels "at this time".
Mayor Jebn Henry Moss said
At the same time, Mayor Moss
issued an api>eal to all of irts
natural ga.s customers—as well
as aseis cf eleutric power — to
cx>nser\e in every way passible.
Ga.s-s(‘lling cities and private
uM'Iit'ies have won an injunction
against the E'ederal Pc-wer Com
mission’s order for a cut of gas
allotment. The judge’s order is
ii!'mix>rary witli hearing schedul
ed lor January 3.
"W'liat the EVdoral Power Com-
mis.sion will do, in the courts,
concerning thus temiKirary in
junction I do not know. As de
fendant, the FPC has the power
to appeal to higher courts. I
talkcM with officials of Trans
continental Gas Transmission
Com|>:iny (the city's supplier) at
4:5tJ Weclne.vday adernoon. These
C'fi’ic'ials do not know wJiat the
Hi.rwevcr, the Mayor added, "I
urge every user of natural gas,
wlietiher re.'idential, commercial
or industrial, to conserve the use
of natural gas and any other
source ot fuel in.-luding electric
iKJWor; to the best of his cr their
ability. Tlie shuHage is quite
Spectrum Up UF
i Large <rontributions by seven
■ industrial firm.s and their em-
iiloyees raised Kings .Mouivtain’s
. United E'uiul total of contribu
tions and pledges to $30,311.90
this week, United Fund treasurer
ik'cky Sv'i.sm retwrttd.
"'A few more contributions of
; this kind and clean-up in other
divisions will put tlio goal over
lJu* top", sai<l -Mrs. Seism -is she
, jiraiseii these firm.s and tihetr
employees for being e.s;xK*iaIly
lilx ral and jiuhlic-spirilcd.
Spe.truin, Inc. and employees
tK.’iir.buttvi $I..“)92.4U to the Unit
ed E'und for 1974.
Mauney Jfusicry .Mills and em-
pl-.yc(‘s gave gifts totaling $2,361.
Burlington .MilLs and employees
gave a t(Mal of $2,050.00.
Duplex International and em
ployees’ check was for $2,768-10,
BVD Textiles and employees
Mcn.sani'o and employees con
The United Fund goal is
"I fcH?l with just a little more
work, we’ll more than e.xceed
our goal”, said Mrs. Seism.
Campaign leaders encouraged
workers who have not reix>rted
t-heir solicitation totals to .Mrs.
8ci.<in to do so as soon as possi
The 1974 United Fund seeks
funds for nine causes.
Leaves? City Crew
Call 739-6731 if you ni'ed a
load of leaves at ytxir liome.
Tliat’s a reminder from Hal
Hicks of the city public works
department who says he'll be
liappy to deliver the leaves to
Tax Law Changes: Churches Don't
Have To Pay, But They Must Apply
By MARTIN HARMON
"DI know more," Cievelnnil
;'ounty Tax Siqx'rvii-'or lhi>ert M
Tidnoy said WiNlnesday, about
dt'tails of the considerable chang
es recent Gonc'ml Assemblies
have made in .state law govern
ing pr.cix?rty tax structure at the
local level, after a three-day
seminar, starting NovembiT 28.
It will be the thini semmar
Mr. Gidney will have attendtxi
since the General A.ssombly en
acted new laws which, among
1) Contin-ue to provide proper
ty tax exemptions for churches,
armed scr\’i<’os veterans organi
za'tiions, charitable and btmeheial
non • profit organizations and
others — hut only on provision
that tliese organiziitions appl>
annually for exemption.
2) Wiped from the law books
the so-calied Homestead Act,
which Mr. Gidney thinks a boon
to the elderly of 65 or over. The
new law eliminates a major
item: formerly the gross imxMne
ti'st included social security pay-
mems — now eliminated.
3) Counties (by law county
valuations are mandatory of a-
dopMon for towns and cities
wiithin those co'Unties) must levy
at 100 hundred pi'rcent of valua-
tien. (Cleveland County now val
ues at 65 pi^rcent or actual val
ue.) * . 1
.Mr. Gidney has already begun
e.xanvining the now statutes to
the end of revisrng the counrty s
tax listing forms.
“The 100 pcrcimt levy business,"
Mr. Okincy siiys is really as
broad as long. Tlie county <.’oim-
rrsissioners can adjust tax rate
to restore the same tax bill, or
“He continued," I anticipate in
forming all churches, Uxlges,
and others to hvl effect of the
c’hange, well in advance (»£ the
January 2, 1974, effective datet’*