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VOL. 87 NO. 30
By TOM McINTYRE
Following an executive session
Monday night city commissioners
named George B. Thomasson city
attorney and in a surprise move
terminated the services of R. B.
Leonard, Boyce Sanders and Dennis
Commissioner Corbet Nicholson
started the house-cleaning by
stating ‘‘after eight months in office
some changes in personnel is
needed, changes that will be a
forward step for Kings Mountain.’
Nicholson moved that the services
of city engineers Fox and Ritter be
terminated along with the services
of Superintendent of Public Works
R. B. Leonard.
Mayor John H. Moss suggested the
motion be broken into two motions
and that Fox and Ritter be allowed
to complete a couple of ongoing
contracts in which they are in.
Leonard, who has served as public
works director for almost three
years, was terminated effective last
Monday and given two weeks
severance pay. Commissioners
George Thomasson Takes
City Attorney Post
George B. Thomasson, Kings
Mountain’s new city attorney, is a
native of Kings Mountain who has
practiced law here for 28 years.
He was tapped by the city board of
commissioners Monday night. The
commission had invited all area
lawyers to meet with them for in-
terviews, including Mike Ruadall
and Scott Cloninger, interim at-
torneys for the city for the past two
months and Robert Bradley. Mr.
Bradley declined because he serves
as attorney for both the city housing
and city redevelopment com-
A graduate of Kings Mountain
High School, Davidson College and
Duke University School of Law, Mr.
Thomasson served as solicitor of
KM Recorder's Court and sub-
sequently was appointed Judge and
served until the new district court
system became effective Dec. 2,
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. F.
Thomasson, Sr., Mr. Thomasson
served as president of both the Kings
Mountain Jaycees and Kings
Mountain Lions Club. He is a former
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' KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLIN A 28086 THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1976
Terminate Leonard, Sanders, Fox
Commissioners Clean House
voted to allow Hal Hicks, a veteran
city employe, to serve as interim
PW director until the new
superintendent reports for work.
The new superintendent is
Leonard P. Bloxam, who reports for
duties the first of next month.
Commissioner James Childers
made the motion to employ Bloxam
as superintendent of public works.
Commissioner Norman King
moved that Boyce Sanders be ter-
minated as superintendent of the
city gas department and that the gas
department be placed under the
supervision of the public works
GEORGE B. THOMASSON
.. . new City Attorney
Superintendent Of Public Works
Bloxam Is Highly Qualified
Leonard P. Bloxam.
Not exactly a household name in
Kings Mountain, but one that will
become known throughout the city
when he reports for duty as the city's
new superintendent of public works
Bloxam was named to the position
late Monday night after com-
missioners voted to terminate R. B.
Leonard as superintendent of public
works and codes administrator.
Bloxam received a BS Degree in
electrical engineering from N. C.
State University in Raleigh in 1882.
He has completed courses in public
utility management at the Institute
of Government at Chapel Hill and
the executive development course at
ECU at Greenville.
KM’s new superintendent of public
works is a member of the American
Water Works Ae: ciation and has
served on the board of directors and
as chairman of the North Carolina
chapter. He is a member of the
Water Pollution Control Federation
and has served on the national board
of directors and as chairman of the
Bloxam is a member of the
American Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers, a past mem-
berof International City and County
Managers Association, former
board member of the N. C. League of
Municipalities and is a member of
the N. C. Society of Engineers.
He began his engineering career
with Duke Power Co. In steam
generation and later transferred to
transmission, substation and dis-
During World War Two he was on
active duty with the U. S. Navy
4 Engineering Corps.
LEONARD P. BLOXAM
«+. Public Works Supt.
New Codes Director
Alvin B. Moretz came out of the
basement of city hall Monday night
where he has been directing the
city’s community development fund
programs to take on the job of codes
administrator, building inspector
and CD director.
The 29-year old Hickory native is
handling such jobs as adapting the
former Southern Railroad Depot for
use in community functions, adding
a new entrance from lower to upper
parking areas at Moss Lake and
continuing as general troubleshooter
and director of community
development funded programs like
water lines construction, street work
and work with the appearance (or
Moretz graduated in 1978 from N.
C. State University with a BS degree
in civil engineering. He is registered
as Engineer In Training in North
Carolina and is affiliated as an
associate member of the American
Society of Civil Engineers and a
member of the Professional
Engineers of North Carolina.
In 1980 Moretz joined the firm of
Rummel, Klepper and Kahl, Raleigh
office, as a junior design engineer
and after his graduation from
NCSU, he was appointed design
He participated in the design of
highways and preparation of plans
for projects in North Carolina,
Maryland, West Virginia and
Florida. His work included route
location studies, intersection and
interchange design and supervision
of contract drawing preparation.
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director. King also moved that Jerry
White, now assistant superintendent
of the gas department, be named
foreman over gas operations. King’s
motions, which were approved,
included given Sanders two weeks
In another motion King asked that
all department heads be required to
reside within the city limits of Kings
Mountain. King said if ‘‘a depart-
ment head now living outside the
city limits owns property inside,
then he should be given a reasonable
amount of time to dispose of his
outside dwelling and move inside.”
Public Support Is Needed
Childers also moved that W. K.
Dickson of Charlotte be employed as
city engineer replacing Fox and
Ritter and that Alvin Moretz be
employed as codes and building
inspector and the city’s Community
Development Funds director.
Both motions were approved.
Following the meeting Com-
missioner Childers, when asked the
reason for these surprise motions,
said, “We felt it was time for a
change. We think the city will find
these new appointments are very
During Monday's executive
session, which lasted until 11:10 p.
m., the commissioners sent for Fox
and .Leonard and at the time it was
thought they were wanted to discuss
a drainage situation which had
surfaced earlier in the meeting
during public hearings on street
Untouched by Monday's house-
cleaning were Police Chief Earl
Lloyd, Electrical Supt. Harry
(Dutch) Wilson, Street-Sanitation-
Cemetery Supt. Ken Jenkins and
Recreation Director Roy Pearson.
New Program For Elderly Begins
This week saw the birth of another
first for the Kings Mountain
Program For The Elderly and
Monday the staff of this CD funded
program began delivering hot meals
to the homes of the elderly and
The Rev. Kenneth George,
program coordinator, said, ‘‘This
program is not a part of the Meals on
Wheels project and does not take
anything away from the congregate
meals program at the community
About 60 persons attend the five-
day-a-week lunch program at the
community center. Rev. George
said the new program is designed to
serve the elderly and handicapped
living alone, those so afflicted by
arthritis they cannot prepare meals
for themselves and others who have
suffered strokes or are recovering
‘“‘Our staff has made surveys of
the needs,” Rev. George said. ‘And
we will serve about 25 meals each
day to begin with.”
How is the program to be finan-
“It is time for churches, clubs,
organizations and individuals to give
Ed O’Herron, Democratic can-
didate for Governor in the Aug. 17
primary, will visit Kings Mountain
next Wed., Aug. 4.
H. A. Logan, Jr. of Kings Moun-
tain will escort the candidate to the
downtown business district and
through local government offices
during his visit.
strong support to this venture,’’ Rev.
The hot, nutrituous meals cost
about $1.25 each and donations
from the public will finance the
“I do not hesitate to tell the people
of Kings Mountain that we need your
support,’”’ ‘Rev. George said. ‘Our
elderly citizens need at least one hot
nutrituous meal each day, but most
of them are living on small fixed
incomes and in view of the high cost
of medical aid, high cost of food, fuel
and clothing, it is impossible for
many of the elderly to get even one
hot meal a day.”
Rev. George said many people
have offered to aid the program in
the past, but until now most of the
needs of the program for the elderly
have been met with community
development funds. The program
has received less than $200 in
donations since it began from out-
‘This new project needs that
offered assistance,” Rev. George
said. “It is difficult to know which
way to go in creating new programs,
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Jaycees Tournament Plans
Finalized Last Monday
The Kings Mountain Jaycees met
Monday night at the Kings Mountain
Motor Inn. Special guests were
David Myers, Director of Field
Operations and Mrs. Lucy Hodges,
Regional Director for the .Miss
North Carolina Pageant.
Plans were finalized for The Kings
Mountain Jaycee First Annual In-
vitational Softball Tournament. The
tournament will be held Thursday,
Friday and Saturday July 29, 30 and
31st at City Stadium. Participants in
the tournament are Lithium Cor-
poration, Herman's Trading Post,
Oliver Enterprises, R. Cloninger,
Carolina Sports, PPG Industries, B.
R. Smith and Reliable T.V.
The tournament will begin
Thursday night at 6:30 p. m., Friday
night at 6:30 p. m. and Saturday at 1
Tickets are $1 each and will be
good for all 15 games. Tickets will
Those are the elements of the case
of the fourth bid.
Itall came about during Monday's
commissioner meeting under Item
Six of the agenda — receiving bids
for fencing of old depot property.
Mayor John H. Moss said there
were three bids; Chastain of KM,
Allison of Charlotte and Fence
Builders, Inc. of Winston-Salem.
Fred Barnes of Charlotte stood to
say his company — B&H Fence
Builders — has entered a bid, too.
‘“Where?’’ the mayor asked.
“Downstairs last Friday. The girl
in the office said she would accept it
and see it got into the right hands,”
“Somebody get the learned at-
torneys in here and let's see what the
legal opinion on this happens to be,"
the mayor said.
Mike Randall and Scott Cloninger,
the two honorary temporary interim
city attorneys, came in and con-
ferred and Mike stood. ‘‘The board
could vote to accept this fourth bid
or vote to readvertise for new bids.
But since, through no fault of the
board, you do not have the fourth
bid, then you can vote to open the
three you have and forget the
A hurried conference brought out
the theory that ‘‘downstairs’’ where
Barnes submitted his bid was Chief
Earl Lloyd's office. The chief was
summond and he and Barnes went
down to plow throug h the offices to
find the bid. The mayor called a
Twenty minutes later it was stated
‘‘the girl” in the chief's office had
been phoned and confirmed she had
been given the bid and that she had
turnedit over to ‘Al.’ Then a search
was conducted for “Al.”
‘“‘Al" turned out to be Alvin
Moretz, the CD man. He came to city
hall to help straighten out the mess.
Moretz said ‘‘the girl” had given
him the bid and described the man
who had given her the bid. Moretz
said ‘‘that describes Mr. Chastain.”
So he wrote Chastain on the en-
Mayor Moss was holding the
‘‘Chastain’”’ bid and when Barnes
came forward he described the
envelope as his own. So the Barnes
bid turned out to be the Chastain bid
and it turns out that Chastain did not
bid on the fence at all.
Mike Randall stood again, ‘I'd
like to withdraw everything I said
Commissioner Norman King said,
‘‘Yeah, but what happened to the
‘“There was no fourth bid,’ Mayor
Well, that's the end of that
also be good for door prizes to be
given away between each game.
Merchants contributing door
Morgan & Boggs,
Jewelry, Grayson's Jewelry,
Willie's Jewelry, McGinnis Fur-
niture, Eagle Store, Royal Villa,
Paul's Seafood, Mauney Hosiery,
Plonk Bros. Department Store,
Cooper’s Furniture, Joy Theatre, .
Smith Drug, Winn Dixie, Parkers
Amoco, TG & Y, A& P Food Store,
McGinnis Department Store,
Sterchi’'s Furniture, Clark's
Goodyear, Timms Furniture, Wade
Ford, Dilling Heating and Ellision
Proceeds will help finance a
Jaycee Little League ball team.
Tickets are avallable from Jaycee
members and at the gate.
Hot Dog Sale
The Kings Mountain Fire
Department has about 2,500 hot dogs
to sell on Sat., July 31.
The dogs will go on sale at8 a. m.
July 31 and Charles (Pete) Peterson,
one of the firemen in charge, said
delivery orders will be filled. The
number to call is 739-2552.
Firemen and volunteers are trying
to raise about $500 to finish paying
for the antique fire engine pur-
chased for display in the historical
Bake Sale Set
The Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad is planning a rummage and
bake sale at the community center
on Sat., Aug. 14 from 8 a. 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 788-3071. 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