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VOL. 87 NO. 35
KINGS MOUNTRIN |
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 176
$1.5 Million Printing Firm
Coming To Kings Mountain
Norick Brothers, Inc., a national
corporation that prints business
forms, is coming to Kings Mountain.
L. E. (Josh) Hinnant, chairman of
the mayor's industrial committee,
said the firm has purchased the
former Horizons, Inc. furniture
building on U. 8. Hwy. 29 following
two months of negotiations.
Production is expected to begin
pending approval of the sale of In-
dustrial Revenue Bonds.
Ronald Norick, production vice
president of Norick Brothers, Inc.,
said that almost all negotiations for
the purchase of a building and site
have been completed. Industrial
revenue bonds to be sold have
already been underwritten, he said,
and will be available for sale as soon
as authority for the sale is given.
The Cleveland Count Board of
Commissioners is expected to ap-
point members to the county indus-
trial revenue bond authority, which
oversees issuance of the tax-free
bonds, on Tuesday and Norick is
expected to request approval to sell
. In Gaston Superior Court
Walter Etters Found
Guilty In Shooting
Walters Winfred Etters of Kings
Mountain was found guilty last week
in Superior Court in Gastonia of
felonious assault in the May 21
shooting of a Gastonia man.
Judge Harry Martin ruled there
was no evidence that Etters acted in
self-defense in the shooting of Bobby
Dockery, 21. Judge Martin delayed
sentencing for a pre-sentence in-
vestigation by the probation
The jury was out for an hour
before finding Etters, a one-time
teacher and now self-employed auto
mechanic, guilty of assault with a
deadly weapoh inflicting serious
... speaking tonight
Doug Mayes, the editorial
voice of Jefferson-Pilot Broad-
casting, is guest speaker at
tonight's dinner-meeting of the
Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club.
A veteran Carolinas radio and
TV newsman, Mayes is still seen
conducting WBTV's ‘On The
Square’ people interviews.
Energetic and involved in the
community, Mayes is a member
of the American Cancer Society
Board of Directors, Lay Ad-
visory Board of the Salvation
Army and a member of
Providence United Methodist
Mayes is a 38rd degree Mason
and shriner and this year is
serving as Potentate of Oasis
Shrine Temple of Charlotte. In
this capacity Mayes travels all
over the country on behalf of the
shrine and the Shriners Burn
Hospital for children.
The Kiwanis Club meets
tonight at 6:45 p. m. at the KM
Woman's Club on E. Mountain
St. and the wives of club
members have also been invited
Kyle Smith is in charge of the
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The prosecution contended that
Etters cursed Bobby Dockery, his
brother, Randy, and their wives in a
Charlotte restaurant, then followed
them at high speed back to Gastonia
where KEtters, the Dockerys
testified, then shot Bobby Dockery
in the hip and along the head.
Martha Ellis, a witness for Etters,
said the Dockery group was loud and
obnoxious in the Charlotte
restaurant and that they called her
names. She also testified that after
‘leaving the restaurant that one of
the Dockery group threw a bottle
| the windshield of
Etters’' car aiid that Etre:s followed
them to Gastonia to get their tag
Etters contended Bobby Dockery
was advancing on him with a broken
beer bottle and Randy Dockery was
approaching I m with a two-by-four
plank and thi is when he got a .22
caliber pistol from his car to warn
them off. Etters also stated that
Randy Dockery struck him from the
blind side with the plank and that the
pistol discharged accidentally. He
told the court he saw Bobby Dockery
fall, but that he wasn't aware he was
shot until he read about it in the
$1.2 million in bonds.
The Kings Mountain plant would
produce business forms for auto
dealers and would serve the entire
eastern and southeastern United
States. The only other production
plant for the company is located in
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Cost of moving the Atlanta plant to
Kings Mountain and establishing it
here is $1.5 million.
Production is anticipated to begin
in late February.
Comm. L. E. (Josh) Hinnant of
Kings Mountain, who has been in-
volved in the negotiations with
Norick for the past several months,
said the 66-year-old company’s
reasons for coming to Kings
Mountain are that a suitable
building is available, the state has
right-to-work laws, the corporation
is interested in beginning to operate
in smaller towns and have a possible
availability of industrial revenue
bonds and that their biggest com-
petitor is opening a plant in
If authority is not approved by the
local group for issuance of the bonds
and by the Local Government
Commission, Norick said the
company will look elsewhere for
locating a plant.
The KM plant would initially
receive two employes from the
Oklahoma City plant and hire an
additional dozen people from the
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SIGNS PROCLAMATION -
Mayor John Moss,
seated, proclaims next week as ‘‘Youth Encounter For
Photo By Gary Stewart
Alfred Wright bringing the messages. Watching Moss
sign the proclamation here are, left to right, Wright,
Christ” week in Kings Mountain. A week-long Crusade Rev. Clyde Bearden and Jonas Bridges.
begins Monday at John Gamble Stadium with Rev.
Gamble Stadium, Sept. 6-12
Myrtle Hall Is Special
Guest At Youth Encounter
Miss Myrtle Hall, talented young
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On Next Monday
The second annual John H. Moss
water festival will be held Monday
beginning at 10 a. m.
The festival will feature two water
ski shows by the Buffalo Ski Bees,
one at 11 a. m. and the other at 4 p.
Also, there will be a day-long boat
and camper display on the parking
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Graham Team, has thrilled vast
audiences across America from
New York City to Los Angeles,
Califorr'a, as well as in Lanyon
Miss Hall will sing at the Greater
Kings Mountain Youth Encounter,
for Christ at Gamble Stadium®™
This gifted soloist was discovered
by Cliff Barrows, music director for
evangelist Billy Graham, during a
Christmas sing in their mutual home
town of Greenville, S. C. Barrows
recognized natural talent in an at-
tractive, intelligent, committed
young lady, he recalls. She was the
hit of the community music event
and drew strong financial and moral
public support for her musical
Barrows followed up his firsi
introduction to Myrtle Hall by
asking her to sing for the Southern
Piedmont Crusade that was held in
Greenville in March, 1968. She ac-
~~>ted and has been singing in Billy
Graham Crusades ever since.
During these years she also was
trained at the Juilliard School of
Music in New York City, as well as
completed her degree at Sterling
High School in Greenville.
As her soprano voice has im.
proved with professional training, so
has her public acceptance. Myrtle
was chosen the first place winner in
the Negro Musicians Association's
competition in Chicago. This cash
award is another on the list that
began with winning in the Ted Mack
Amateur Contest in 1064.
Miss Hall, 28, has sung on national
television several times during the
Physical Education Under Title Nine
A Matter Of Interpretation
By GARY STEWART
No person shall . . . on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation
in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any
education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
So reads Title Nine of the Education Amendments of 1972, which
became effective a year ago and which is now beginning to stir the
emotions of some parents whose chiidren are affected by the law.
The law is simple. Schools cannot refuse a student admittance to a class
on the basis of race or sex. But how the law is interpreted is another
And how the law is interpreted in regard to physical education classes
is a touchy matter.
In Gaston County, the achools are mixing P. E. classes and many
parents are protesting. The school system says it's only obeying the
federal law. The disturbed parent who called this newspaper says he'll
refuse to let his junior high school age daughter to take physical
education classes with boys.
Furthermore, the parent claimed, the schools have instructed the
students on what they could and could not wear to gym classes, and he
claimed the dress was to be tight shorts and T shirts.
Ray Shelton, physical education director for Gaston County schools,
says the schools have no rules on dress, but he did affirm that boys and
girls are, indeed, mixed in physical education classes.
‘The law specifies that you may separate students by sex for such
activities as wrestling, football, or any other contact activity," says
Shelton, ‘‘but they must be scheduled in the classes without regard to
loss of all federal funds.
The penalty for the schools not complying, Shelton said, is the possible
‘The law was studied for several years,’’ noted Shelton, ‘‘and went into
effect July 21, 1976. We have until July 21, 1978 to comply. All secondary
school systems in the nation have to do it by then It includes every course
in your school. I think there has been more attention paid to physical
education because that's where it was so common to divide classes by
Shelton said several Gaston County schools, particularly the elemen-
tary schools, had mixed physical education classes last year. He said
most of the grades (K-12) will be mixed this year.
“There may be a few places we can't quite go all the way this year,’ he
said. “But we're going to make a start to the extent we can."’
The Kings Mountain school system, however, is interpreting the law
somewhat different than its Gaston County neighbors. Here, students in
grades K-56 have mixed P. E. classes, and so do some students in grades
10-12. Central School (grades 5-7) and KM Junior High (grades 8-9) have
separate classes but on occasion they come together for certain ac-
tivities, such as volleyball and dancing.
Superintendent of schools, Don Jones, said he interprets the law to
mean that if you have an activity for boys, you must have the equivalent
for girls. For example, if you have
baseball for boys, you must have
softball for girls. If you have a boys tennis team, you must have a girls
tennis team or girls must be allowed to play on the boys team.
‘‘There’s no regulation that would
require mixing them,” Jones said.
“We've studied these things pretty carefully. As long as you've got the
equivalent, nowhere do I find they would have to participate together."
Assistant Superintendent Bill Bates, who is KM's Title Nine director,
said the KM elementary schools have
mixed classes and the P. E. teacher
spends one day a week at each school. The senior high school has some
mixed classes but P. E. on that level is not required. It’s up to the student
to decide what courses he or she wants to take.
‘‘In sports such as archery or golf,” he said, ‘‘you’ll find both boys and
girls participating. But in wrestling, football and other contact activities,
you'll have boys only.’’
In all instances where there are mixed classes, Bates said boys and
girls are in their separate dressing facilities at the same time and then
gather in the gym or playing field at the same time.
Kings Mountain has no dress requirement, although uniforms are
available and students are urged to use them.
At the junior high, where P. E. is required, Bates said there are four
instructors, two men and two women. They conduct classes at the same
time and often at the same place (either in the gym or on the playing
field) but seldom mix activities except possibly for volleyball or dancing.
Bates sald he has been to several HEW-sponsored workshops on Title
Nine and feels sure the KM school
system is in compliance with the
federal guidelines. He has many forms which must be completed and
filed with HEW as each step of Title Nine is implemented and as yet has
received no indication that the local schools aren't within the law.
“I think sometimes we read more into something than is really there,"
he said. '‘It may be that we may have to mix our ninth gr..de but I feel like
Bates sald students have been advised of the law and brochures have
been sent to parents. If anyone feels they have bee.. discriminated
against, there's a procedure to follow where they could appeal to the
office of civil rights.
Thus far, Kings Mountain has received no complaints.
++..sings in Crusade
past few years. Judging from the
mall received at the Billy Graham
headquarters in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, she is very popular
with the viewing audiences who
watch Billy Graham meetings.
Presently, Miss Hall is singing at
Billy Graham Associate
Evangelists’ meetings, as well as
major Crusades, and is concertizing
extensively and making ap-
pearances at various other ac-
Myrtle is currently representing
The King's College as an Artist in
Whereas, the youth of our Great
Nation is our greatest hope for the
Whereas, it is most important that
our youth practice the highest moral
and ethical principles, and
Whereas, the Christian religion
and the teachings of Jesus Christ
embody the highest ideals and the
most practical principles of life for
the world, and
Whereas, the United States of
America has traditionally supported
the teachings of Christ and the Holy
Now, therefore, I, John Henry
Moss, by the power vested in me as
Mayor of the City of Kings Moun-
tain, North Carolina, do hereby
proclaim the week of September 6-
12, inclusive as Youth Crusade for
Christ Week and urge all our citizens
to participate in this most important
event for the betterment of us all.
JOHN HENRY MOSS
City of Kings Mountain