The Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 18??-1974, July 22, 1976, Image 1
on RR RRR EE TE NCPA Award Winning Newspaper VOL. 87 NO. 29 KINGS MOUNTAIN IRROR-HE RN KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLIN A 23066 THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1976 Police Criticized In Handling Of Burned Victim By ELIZABETH STEWART Staff Writer 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 going wrong. ‘“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 feet. “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 do.” 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 anybody.’’ 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. Law Firm Planning 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 Ave, 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 HUD. “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 rolls.” DR. POSTON Stumpin’ 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 Rotarians Thursday. 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 to $1,000. 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. (Please Turn To Page 6A) 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 County. ‘‘All I can tell the people,’’ Ingram said, “is that I am running on my record.” 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.’’ (Please Turn To Page 4A) 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 Congress.” 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 grinned. (Please Turn To Page 4A) 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 they feel.” 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 (Please Turn To Page 4A) J For Central Business District Amendments Approved By TOM McINTYRE Editor, Mirror-Herald 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 budget.” 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 Sandwich Shop. 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 elsewhere. ‘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. Firemen Set 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 fire museum. 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 community center. 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. Rummage And 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 ambulance fund. NOSTORY HOUR Because of remodeling at Mauney Memorial Library, Story Hour scheduled for July 27 and Aug. has been postponed, according to Mrs. Hazel Fryer, librarian.