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VOL. 87 NO. 29
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLIN A 23066 THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1976
In Handling Of
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Mrs. Mable Marie Hughes of
Kings Mountain remains in critical
condition in a Charlotte hospital
where she underwent treatment for
burns received in an apartment fire
here early Sunday morning.
Delane Davis, Cleveland County
Fire Marshal, said the fire started in
Mrs. Hughes’ bedroom from a
dropcord connected to a fan. Faulty
wiring is the listed cause of the fire.
Mrs. Hughes, 45, resided with her
mother, 65, at 304 Ellis St., a duplex
apartment. The mother was unin.
jured in the fire.
Since the incident shortly after
midnight Saturday some bitterness
has surfaced. Todd Rhodes of 817
Ellis St.,, a neighbor, told The
Mirror-Herald that he was the first
to arrive on the scene and that he
had kicked the apartment door open
and had tried to rescue Mrs. Hughes
prior to the arrival of the police.
‘I smelied smoke and went to see
what was burning,’’ Rhodes said. ‘‘I
saw Mrs. Hughes’ mother standing
on their porch yelling for help. She
was calling to her daughter who was
inside the burning apartment. I
kicked open the door and went in and
the smoke hit me. I started coughing
and yelling for help.”
Rhodes said he spotted a police
car cruising down Cansler St. and
called to the officers for help. With
the arrivils of *Ptl, Mike Mors, and
reserve officer Jimmy Dickey,
Rhodes sald, everything started
‘“They (officers) acted so stunned
at what was happening,” Rhodes
sald. “I wasn’t trying to be no hero,
but instead of the officers going
inside after the woman, they gave
mea flashlight and sent me inside.’’
Rhodes sald he was upset aud
critical of the officers because they
kept telling him to keep low and
when he found the woman and
started bringing her out, one of the
officers began pulling her by her
“I got mad because the woman
was badly = burned,” Rhodes said.
“Both of us together could have
picked her up and carried her out.’’
Rhodes said after Mrs. Hughes
was on the porch he ran down the
street to callan ambulance. When he
returned he said the woman was still
on the porch and one officer said,
‘Sarge, think we should move her
off the porch?”
By that time Sgt. L. D. Beattie and
Ptl. David Bridges had arrived at
the scene. Rhodes said they carried
her out and placed her on the grass.
Rhodes admitted he was upset
with the conduct of the officers and
was afraid in dragging her from the
apartment he and the officers might
have caused her more harm than
good. He said he was further upset
because the officers acted toward
him as if he was an entirely different
man coming to the scene for the first
time. He repeated that the officers
“Just didn’t seem to know what to
Rhodes said, ‘I'm not trying to be
a hero and I know this was a bad
situation, but I'm just glad the
woman is still alive. I'm not looking
for brownie points, either. I
would’ve done the same for
The Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad arrived and carried Mrs.
Hughes to KM Hospital, then
removed her to Charlotte for
trectmer pb the fir® deparinént
had brought the fire v'nder control,
Davis arrived to investigate.
“I found that the power and water
had been shut off in the apartment
snd that power was being drawn
from another source, through
several drop cords,” Davis said.
“The origin of the fire appears to me
to have started in the cord connected
to the fan, which was near the bed.”’
Damage to the bedroom was
extensive and not too great in the
rest of the apartment. Smoke and
water accounted for most of this
damage, Davis said.
To Build Downtown
The downtown site popularly
known as Centennial Square will be
sold to a law firm Thursday.
Gene White, executive director of
the Kings Mountain Redevelopment
Commission, requested and
received city board approval of the
sale at Monday night's meeting.
White said the law firm of Harris
and Bumgardner will close a pur-
chase deal Thursday for the 4,100
square feet at the corner of W.
Mountain St. and 8S. Battleground
The purchase price is $7,085.
Tim Harris and Don Bumgardner,
along with partner Mike Randall,
now have offices on" E. King St.
Harris and Bumgardner opened the
branch office in Kings Mountain
several months ago. Their main
legal offices are in Gastonia.
White said the new owners had
stated they would be ready to begin
construction on a one-story building
to house their law offices within two
weeks after the deal is closed. The
building will be of contemporary
design, similar to Dellinger’s
Jewelry halfa block away. The front
facing W. Mountain St. will be set
back 10 feet from the street and on
the FUNBank side, 12 feet back.
There will be entrances on both
Mountain and Battleground.
White said Harris and Bumgard-
ner's plans have been approved by
“This is the fifth or sixth parcel to
be disposed of in the downtown
area,” White said, ‘‘and plans call
for replacement businesses to add
about $600,000 to the city tax base,
replacing businesses that were
listed at about $100,000 on the tax
Broyhill For Congress
Congress, rather than thinking up
new ways to spend money, should be
seeking to reduce taxes, U. 8.
Congressman James Broyhill, 10th
District Republican, said in an
address before Kings Mountain
By a reduction in the growth rate
of Federal spending, Broyhill said
Congress could lower personal in-
come tax rates as well as raise the
individual tax exemption from $750
He said he advocates an across-
the-boards tax cut to individuals and
small businesses, elaborating on this
statement by noting that he remains
‘“‘committed to putting all
Americans who want to work back
on the job that are productive and
long-term jobs supported by a
healthy private economy rather than
make-work jobs paid for through
burdensome taxes or inflation
causing deficit spending.
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Ingram, Ins. Commissioner
John Ingram, North Carolina
Commissioner of Insurance, was in
Kings Mountain Tuesday cam-
paigning for re-election.
The highlight of his visit was a
chicken and dumpling lunch with the
local firefighters and a tour of the
historical fire museum.
Motoring through Gaston, Cleve-
land and Catawba counties Tuesday,
Ingram winds up his area visit with
& dinner talk in Hickory. Monday
night he spoke in Mecklenburg
‘‘All I can tell the people,’’ Ingram
said, “is that I am running on my
That record includes several firsts
in insurance reforms in the United
States, according to the candidate.
“And all of the changes we've been
able to make have been against
almost total insurance industry
opposition,’ he said.
North Carolina was the first state
to abolish the assigned risk “with a
reinsurance facility that lets the free
enterprise system work,"’
Ingram said. ‘“Now, we have the
freedom to buy insurance with any
agent and company we choose.’’
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Poston For Congress
“I'm Gene Poston and I'm
walking for Congress...”
This was the familiar greeting
offered 10th Congressional District
voters by Dr. Eugene Poston during
his 300-mile hike recently.
The former Gardner-Webb
College president spent six weeks of
his campaign walking and talking
all over the seven-county district.
“I felt this was the best way to
meet the people and find out what
they are thinking,’’ Dr. Poston said.
“I let them know I am seeking the
Democrat nomination in August to
run against Rep. Broyhill for
The candidate sald he gave the
voters ‘‘a straight forward ap-
proach. I told them I have never held
an elective public office and I felt I
could represent this district and
would appreciate their support.’’
Dr. Poston said of all the people he
met during his hike there were only
three who were abusive. Two, he
said, told me I was a member of the
wrong party ‘‘and the third taught
me some new curse words,’ he
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DeBrule For N. C. House
In answer to the first question, no,
Bill DeBrule is not an attorney.
A Forest City industrialist and
businessman, DeBrule is a candi-
date in the Democrat primary Aug.
17 for the North Carolina House of
Representatives in the 40th District.
‘‘Am I a lawyer usually is the first
questionlam asked as I campaign,’
DeBrule told The Mirror-Herald. “It
\ seems to be important to voters that
candidates not be in the law pro-
fession. I think it is important to
have some businessmen seated in
Raleigh, just as the voters indicate
A Rutherford County native, a
graduate of N. C. State with a degree
in textiles, DeBrule said, ‘I think
the men in the legislature should
control bureaucracy instead of being
controlied by it. The only way the
legislature has to do this is through
judicious budgeting. Most of the
representatives have no business
training at all. They can't read a
balance sheet and so cannot be very
effective in this job, in my opinion.”
This is the candidate's first effort
at presenting himself for elective
office. Following his graduation
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For Central Business District
By TOM McINTYRE
The Central Business District
redevelopment project has 24
months to run, according to David
Holmes of Eric Hill and Associates.
Holmes, along with Gene White,
executive director of Kings
Mountain Redevelopment Com.
mission, told the city commissioners
Monday night that several changes
in plans in the CBD needed board
approval for the work to continue.
Holmes sald because of the city’s
in-kind contributions in the project
that a $87,376 cash payment due
from the city has been eliminated.
Holmes quoted several figures
involved in the project, but in
essence the city will not spend a
dime since the community
development funding is paying one
hundred percent into the project.
The in-kind contributions made by
the city include water and sewer,
electrical and street work.
‘‘What we are asking for,’’ Holmes
said, “is that the city basically in.
crease its commitment in the CBD
project without stretching the
Inamendments to the CBD project
Holmes sala the redevelopment
commission proposes to eliminate
seyeral planned acquisitions. One is
the F. W. Plonk warehouse on S.
Battleground Ave. (behind Falls
Esso), the building that now houses
Hoke Electric on Cherokee St., the
Able Weir residence and Walker
Holmes said the commission was
asking the board to approve the
acquisition of a small plece of
property behind First Union
National Bank and to commit the
city to purchasing the property later
for public parking.
The commission also gained
approval Monday night to enter into
negotiation for the Nation Chevrolet
building rather than the prior plan
for updating the building. Holmes
said the cost of updating would
exceed the worth of the structure.
“The commission feels owning the
entire tract of property would make
a better offering for resale for
locating future business,” Holmes
sald. “That entire property could be
a key site in the downtown area.’
Holmes said that, however, if the
situation becomes a court case, then
the commission will back off and
delete acquisition pians.
Commissioner James Childers
brought up a point of relocation
payment to Jerry Nation should he
be forced to move his business
‘If by purchasirg the land around
the Chevrolet place forces this man
to move his business, is he entitled to
relocation payment?’ he asked.
Gene White said that if the
business is forced to move, then
relocation money must be paid
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller
will be in two Kings Mountain
locations today to sign autographs
and talk to local baseball fans.
The former Cleveland Indian ace
will be in front of Winn Dixie at the
KM Plaza from 11:30 a. m. until
12:80 p. m. and will be in front of
Belk’s downtown store from 2-3 p. m.
Feller will be the guest speaker at
the Babe Ruth state tournament
kickoff banquet tonight at 7 p. m. at
the community center.
Hot Dog Sale
The Kings Mountain Fire
Department has about 2,500 hot dogs
to sell on Sat., July 81.
The dogs will go on sale at 8 a. m.
July 81 and Charles (Pete) Peterson,
one of the firemen in charge, said
delivery orders will be filled. The
number to call is 789-2552.
Firemen and volunteers are trying
to raise about $500 to finish paying
for the antique fire engine pur-
chased for display in the historical
West KM Demos
To Meet Tonight
The West Kings Mountain
Precinct Democrats executive
committee will meet tonight at 7:80
in the Mountaineer Room at the
Mrs. Joyce Cashion of Kings
Mountain, the Cleveland County
Democrat Party chairman, will
attend. Committee members and
Democrats in West KM precinct are
urged to attend.
Roy Pearson, city recreation
director and manager of the com-
munity center, said those attending
tonight's precincet meeting are
asked to park on the paved lot to the
south of the building.
Bake Sale Set
The Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad is planning a rummage and
bake sale at the community center
on Sat., Aug. 14 from 8a. m. until....
The sale will be held rain or shine
in the gymnasium.
Rescuers are requesting donations
of household items to be sold at the
sale. Citizens who have odds and
ends of items they wish to donate to
the squad may do so by calling 789.
2077 or 789-3071. Rescuers will
pickup the donations.
The bake goods will be made by
members of the ladies rescue
auxiliary. Cupcakes, pastry, coffee
and soft drinks will be sold.
Proceeds will go toward the new
Because of remodeling at Mauney
Memorial Library, Story Hour
scheduled for July 27 and Aug. has
been postponed, according to Mrs.
Hazel Fryer, librarian.