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Board Will Study Rate
THE WEDNESDAY EDITION
VOL. 87 NO. #1
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLIN A 28086
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24,1976
Proposed By Southeastern Consulting Engineers
HASHING IT OUT — Mayor John Moss chats with
Qty Clerk Joe McDaniel and Ray Cohn, a registered
engineer with Southeastern Consulting Engineers, Inc.,
about proposed electric rate changes during a recess at
Head Day's Events
Church Services, hunting, football
and plain old relaxation will be the
order of the day for Thanksgiving in
Thanksgiving morning worship
service is slated at 10 a. m. at St.
Matthew's Lutheran Church and at
least four churches, Kings Mountain
Baptist, Central United Methodist,
First Presbyterian and Boyce
Memorial ARP, have arranged
early morning breakfasts.
Many citizens will be going to
Charlotte for the Carolinas
Carrousel Parade at which Julie
Durham, KMSHS senior student,
will represent the city as Carrousel
Princess. Others will watch this
parade and others on television.
Most of the downtown business
firms will be closed tightly for the
All schools in the city will observe
the usual long weekend, resuming
‘ classes on Monday morning.
A community Thanksgiving serv-
ice will be held tonight (Wednesday)
at 7:30 p. m. at Resurrection
Lutheran Church with all churches
Mirror - Herald
The Mirror-Herald will close at 1
p. m. today and remain closed all
day Thursday to observe the
The business and editorial offices
will open at 8:30 a. m. Friday.
Next week The Mirror-Herald will
begin publishing twice-weekly on its
regular schedule. The two editions
will be in the mail and on the street
next Tuesday and Thursday mor.
in the area joining in the union serv-
ice. Rev. Eugene Land, pastor of
Second Baptist Church, will deliver
the sermon on ‘‘The Magnificent
Minority,” and liturgists will be
Rev. Marvin Greenway, Rev. A.
Glenn Boland, Rev. George Sherrill,
Rev. Frank Shirley and William
McDaniel, recently elected modera-
tor of the KM Baptist Association.
Miss Terri Plonk will serve as
acolyte and Miss Kim Gladden as
crucifier. The Resurrection Church
Choir, under the direction of Donald
Deal, will sing ‘Psalm 108'' and
‘Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart’’ and
Trumpeters, Rodney Deaton, Mark
Sanders and Robert Swofford will
accompany the choir and organ for
the processional hymn. Mrs. Aubrey
Mauney will be organist.
Women of the Church of
Resurrection Church will serve
refreshments in the fellowship hall
after the service.
At Grover, the community-wide
Thanksgiving service will be held at
7:80 p. m. at Bethany Baptist
Church and Dr. Olin Whitener,
pastor of Shiloh and Dixon
Presbyterian Churches, will deliver
the Thanksgiving message.
A nursery will be provided for
children and special music will be
Men of the churches will prepare
and serve breakfasts at Central
United Methodist Church at 6a. m.,
at First Presbyterian Church from 7
until 9 a. m., at Kings Mountain
Baptist Church at 7 a. m. and at
Boyce Memorial ARP Church at
7:80 a. m. at First Presbyterian
Church retiring Sunday School
teachers will be honored at the
service with 9 a. m. program.
Rev. Robert L. Allen will deliver
the sermon at Thursday morning
service at 10 a. m. at St. Matthews
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
Monday’s commissioners meeting. The rate study was
proposed by Southeastern following their own detailed
analysis of city rates and revenue.
Operation Santa Claus in Kings
Mountain will provide a brighter
Christmas for patients at both
Western Carolina Center and
Broughton Hospital at Morganton.
Local citizens can contribute their
gifts in containers being placed at
Kings Mountain Senior High School
and First Union National Bank until
Dec. 8 when they will be collected
and taken to the two institutions.
Gifts need not be wrapped but
wrapping paper and ribbon will be
appreciated, said a spokesman.
The patient gift list includes socks,
stockings, toothpaste, cosmetics,
billfolds, shaving lotion, llarge
dresses, bedroom slippers, little soft
dolls, fruits, nuts, candies, shirts,
ties, and toiletries.
You can also provide a ward gift
for the entire ward to use, such as a
hairdryer, games, etc. and checks to
be applied to Cheer Fund, in care of
Ruth Penn, Broughton Hospital,
Morganton, N. C. 286565.
By TOM McINTYRE
City commissioners accepted a
retail electric rate study and
analysis from Southeastern Con-
sulting Engineers, Inc. Monday
night and will study the firm's
recommendations before action is
The study was submitted by Ray
Cohn, a registered engineer with
Southeastern. Presenting the pro-
posal to the board Monday, Cohn
said “Our recommendations are
based onthe need for a change in the
city rate structure due to the in-
creases in power costs over the past
year. The proposals we make set the
rate level as low as possible to still
be in line with the Duke Power
Cohn said the city’s rates, if the
proposals are adopted, would place
its costs to customers about 8.4
percent lower than that of Duke
Cohn recommended the city not
contemplate billing for the new
rates, should they be approved,
before January. He added, that even
then it might be too soon because of
the computer data change that must
be made at the city’s clerk’s office.
recommendation proposal to the city
(1) Adoption of five proposed rates
which will produce 1.7 percent more
revenue than the existing rates and
8.4 percent less revenue than Duke
Power's present rates and which
will utilize the same type rate
structure prescribed by the North
Carolina Utilities Commission for
(2) The adoption of the proposed
commercial and industrial rate
schedules will entail establishing a
minimum charge of 756 cents per
Kilowatt Hour of contract demand, a
minimum demand of 30 KW, and a
100 percent of 12 months ratchet for
customers served under these
schedules. It will also necessitate
the installation of demand meters on
customers whose energy con-
sumption exceeds 8,750 KWH per
(8) Transfer the church and school
customers to the commercial rate
schedule from the residential
schedule, and transfer to the in.
dustrial rate any commercial
customers who qualify for this rate.
(4). Initiate KWH and KW records
for any public services provided by
the city. This will require the in-
stallation of KWH and demand
meters on appropriate city services
not presently being metered.
(6) Contract with a meter testing
company to check and calibrate all
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Photo By Tom McIntyre
GETTING JUMP ON SEASON -— Kings Mountain City employes
were busy Monday stringing about 1,200 Christmas lights on the 50-plus
foot tree in front of Mauney Memorial Library. This year all of the
lights are clear white. Two bucket trucks were used for the operation.
For RR Okayed
The Kings Mountain Appearance
Commission was given approval by
commissioner resolution Monday
night to begin a planned beautifica-
tion project along the Southern
Railroad right of way between W.
King and W. Gold Sts.
Al Moretz, city planner, said the
project is in two phases. From King
to Mountain St., the commission will
use crossties donated by
Southern Railroad, to build a retain-
ing wall between the tracks and
Railroad Ave. on the west and
Battleground Ave. on the east.
‘““The embankments slope from
street level down to the tracks along
this block,’”’ Moretz said. ‘‘The ties
will create a restraining wall. The
area between the street and the
restraining wall will be back-filled
where trees and shrubbery will be
The appearance commission will
accept bids on the plantings and will
require such items as thornless
honeylocust, upright ginkgo, crepe
myrtle, shore juniper and dwarf
At the intersection of S. Bat.
tleground and W. Mountain a strip
planter section is planned.
In the second block — W. Moun-
tain to W. Gold St., the same plan-
ting theme will be followed, but
At 3 p.m. Downtown
Yule Parade On Tuesday
Santa Claus will come to toww
Tues., Nov. 30, at 8 p. m. in a big 79
plus unit Christmas Parade spon-
sored for the second year by the
Kings Mountain Fire Department
and Kings Mountain Fire Museum.
Co-chairmen Jerry White and Fire
Chief Gene Tignor said that more
entries are invited and businesses
and groups planning a float should
contact a member of the parade
Pretty girls, high stepping bands,
beauty queens, and religious floats
will feature the parade which will be
led off by Mayor John Henry Moss
and city officials on East Mountain
at Gaston St. (Woman's Club),
proceed in front of Fulton's, turning
left on Cherokee, proceeding in front
of the new parking plaza, turning
right on Gold and Battleground in
front of Belk, crossing overhead
bridge, left on W. King and
proceeding in front of Plonk's and
disbanding on W. Gold St.
Julie Durham, KMSHS Carrousel
Princess, and Rhonda Shytles,
KMSHS Homecoming Queen, will be
featured along with the KMSHS
Band, Jane's School of Dance,
Sherry Haynes Baton School, Girl
Scouts, Brownie Scouts, covered
wagons, stage coaches, horses, and
numerous other groups, with Santa
Claus as the last unit in the parade
Jonas Bridges, manager of Radio
Station WKMT, will broadcast the
parade live on WKMT Radio.
instead of planting trees and shrubs
between curb and crosstie wall, the
plantings will be located in con-
structed areas which will necessi-
tate removing at least five parking
spaces on Battleground and
Railroad Ave. In addition a con-
tinuation of the pedestrian walk
running between the Herndon and
Blazer Buildings on Battleground is
planned. The continuation will be in
the form of a crosswalk across the
railroad tracks to link Battleground
and Rallroad Ave.
In addition to this program
commissioners gave approval for
the appearance commission to work
with the merchants in planning
Christmas lighting in the central
— In other action Monday, the
commissioners awarded contracts
for chemicals for all city depart-
ments for the coming year to five
low bidders. The vote, however,
contained the stipulation that should
the firm bid prices for 80, 60, and 90
days, change, the city has the right
to readvertise for bids.
Low bidders included Jones
Chemical Co., Burris Chemical Co.,
Moreland Chemical, G. B. Harrill
and Market Manufacturing.
— Awarded a contract to Pump
And Lighting Co. for sewer pipe and
fittings to be used by the city in the
Cansler St. Urban Renewal project.
The contract bid was $16,071.07. Two
other firms bid on the material.
—Awarded a contract to Bryant
Electric Co, of Gastonia for tran.
sformers as recommended by
Southeastern Consultant Engineers,
Inc. The bid was $14,308.
-- Approved participation in a
proposal by the N. C. Department of
Transportation for the construction
of flashing light signals and gates at
railroad crossings at Linwood St.,
Baker St., Hawthorne Rd. and Oak
St. The city's cost in the four
projects totals $2,600. When the work
is completed all seven railroad
crossings in the city will have safety
devices for motorists.
— Approved solicitation of price
proposals for Planimetric Mapping
of the city and perimeter area.
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