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VOL. 87 NO.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1976
NORTH CAROLIN A 28088
Someone stole the Babe from the
Mrs. Carl Childers, said someone
walked away with a ceramic figure
representing the baby Jesus from
the manger in a Nativity Scene at
the south station.
The decorated station is near the
nursery at KM Hospital.
Mrs. Childers said she worked on
the ceramic figures and decor for a
year and the scene had not been up
for very long before the missing
‘‘Babe’’ was discovered.
“I know a lot of people leave
Christ out of Christmas,” Mrs.
Childers said, “but this is the first
time I ever heard of anyone stealing
the Babe from the Manger.”
A couple of special Christmas
programs are on tap for tonight,
sponsored by the Kings Mountain
Lions and Kiwanis Clubs.
At 8p. m. the Lions Club members
will meet at B&B Food Store on 8.
Battleground Ave. to collect food
baskets, which will be distributed to
the blind in the community.
At 6:45 p. m. the Kiwanians will
meet at the Kings Mountain
Woman’s Club on E. Mountain St.
and from there set out to sing
Christmas carols for the widows of
Both are annual Christmas
Christmas cash he planned to use
for Christmas presents for his
family was stolen from a Sadie Mill
employe early Thursday by an at-
tacker who robbed him in the park-
ing lot of the mill, according to Kings
Mountain Police Department.
Wiliam Bright 48, of Gatfney, 8S.
C., first shift employe, told KMPD
he was attacked and robbed of
between $2,800 and $2,600 in
Christmas savings about 4:15 a. m.
as he started to work.
Bright told officers that he had
drawn out his Christmas savings
from a bank and planned to go
Christmas shopping Thursday after-
noon after he finished his shift at the
mill. He said he was attacked by a
man who struck him several times
in the head and face with the butt of
a pistol and took his wallet.
Bright was treated at Kings
Mountain Hospital and released, the
police report stated.
Captain Jackie Barrett, Sgt. Bob
Hayes and Ptl. James Camp are
continuing investigation into the
SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS — Last Thursday this
group of Kings Mountain City Schools educators, aldes,
administrators (and even custodial employes) en-
tertained the KM Rotary Club with a program of
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
GOING UNDERGROUND - John Williams, plant contract supervisor
for Southern Bell, oversees the installation of conduits for phone lines
along S. Railroad Ave. in the central business district. The line will run
south to Mauney Hosiery Mill, bore under the railroad tracks and tle in
with underground line installations running from Grover to Kings
Phone Lines Going
Southern Bell is going underground.
No, the utility company isn't turning into a terrorist group. But the
company is literally going underground with phone lines in the central
business district of Kings Mountain.
The construction runs from the intersection of W. Mountain St. and 8.
Railroad Ave. (at Nation Chevrolet site), south to Mauney Hosiery Mill to
connect with similar construction from Grover to Kings Mountain.
John Wilson, plant contract supervisor for Southern Bell, said, ‘‘At the
mill we will bore under the Southern Railroad tracks and run on to a
manhole on Battleground. There we are supposed to tie in with the lines
coming from Grover."
The Bell construction will be used immediately to remove overhead
phone lines in the central business district. The conduits, according to
Wilson, also allow for expansion of lines and phone service as called for in
the future. '
The general contract for trenching, installation of conduits and filling
and repaving the street is handled by Fitton and Pittman Construction
Wilson said repaving should be completed by the end of this week.
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
popular music and a medley of Christmas seasonal
favorites. As one teacher said, ‘‘we don't have a name
for the group. We just get together and sing for the fun
Police Await Barnes
Death Autopsy Results
Was Debra Barnes murdered?
As the Mirror-Herald went to
press late Monday evening the
results of an autopsy by the state
medical examiner at Chapel Hill had
not been returned.
Cleveland County Coroner Bennett
Masters sent the body of the 28-year
old Kings Mountain woman to
Chapel Hill Saturday According to
investigating officers, Lt. C. A.
(Gus) Huffstetler and Deputy Bobby
Putnam of the sheriff's department
and SBI Agent Jim Woodard, there
were marks on the neck of the dead
Miss Barnes, whose address is
listed as 911 First St., reportedly left
home around noon last Friday with a
male companion. Her partially clad
body was discovered about 11:45 a.
m. Saturday by Nelson Evans, a
Lt. Huffstetler said the body was
lying face down in a ditch beside an
unpaved road off Oak Grove Rd.,
about three miles west of Kings
Mountain. Police said the body was
clad in jeans, socks and shoes and
that a turtle-neck sweater, jacket
and several pairs of women's
hosiery were scattered on top of the
Police said Miss Bames was
employed by BVD and had worked
at The Joy Theatre in Kings
No arrests have been made and
police are withholding the name of
the male companion who called for
Miss Barnes and drove away with
her on Friday. The investigation
continues with the assistance of SBI
Agent Woodard as more friends and
acquaintances of the dead woman
Funeral services will be held
today at 8:30 p. m. in the Harris
Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev.
George Leigh and Rev. Ansel
Center. Burial will be in Mountain
Surviving are her mother, Mrs.
Beatrice Laws Barnes of the home;
two brothers, Arnold and Gary
Barnes; one half-brother, Richard
Laws, all of the home.
Industry Employes Have
Paid Christmas Vacation
With few exceptions, most Kings
Mountain industrial employes will
begin a week’s Christmas vacation
tomorrow, and with pay.
Some industrial firms are also
presenting gifts to employes in the
form of certificates for hams and
turkeys. At least one plant is already
on holiday, Phenix Plant of
Burlington Industries, which began
a week's vacation Monday.
Longest holiday will be observed
by employes of Mauney Hosiery
Mills who will vacation from Thurs.,
Dec. 28, until Jan. 8.
Shortest holiday will be observed
by Spectrum and Neisco Mills where
the vacation period is Christmas
Eve, Christmas Day and Sunday.
Bonuses will be paid to Spectrum
employes on Thursday and gift
certificates will be presented, said a
spokesman. at Margrace and
Pauline Plants of Neisco, gift cer-
tificates will be presented on each
Employes of Phenix Plant began a
week's vacation Monday. Christmas
cash in the form of bonuses were
presented to employes, based on
length of service. The traditional
Christmas party was held Sunday
afternoon at the Community Center
and treats and gifts were distributed
by Santa Claus.
Mauney Hosiery Mills paid
holiday bonuses, also based on
Holiday for Mauney Mills em-
ployes began Friday when bonuses
The Kings Mountain Ministerial
Association has assigned pastors to
man the Toys For Tots headquarters
on 8. Cherokee St. Thursday and
The ministers will be on duty to
handle the area needy who come by
with their certified cards to collect
toys for their children’s Christmas.
Thurs, Dec. 28: 8-10a. m., Rev. J.
C.Goare & Rev. L. D. Scruggs; 10a.
m.-noon, Rev. Frank Shirley & Rev.
Edward Wright; 1-3 p. m., Rev. Rus-
sell Hinton & Rev. Robert Boggan;
85 p. m., Rev. Clyde Bearden & Rev.
Fri, Dec. 24: 9-10 a. m.,, Rev.
Carlee Bost & Rev. D.H.Lutz; 10 a. -
noon, Rev. Gary Bryant & Rev. Mal
Schuman; 1-8 p. m., Dr. Charles
Edwards & Rev. Fred Wells; 3-5 p.
m., Rev. Leroy Cox & Rev. George
Cards were distributed to the
pastors at the last association
meeting and only persons certified
by the pastors are eligible to receive
The ministerial association works
in conjunction with the Kings
Mountain Fire Department annually
in this project. The firemen collect
and repair donated toys and the
ministers handic the distribution.
were paid employes at the close of
the work day.
Employes of BVD Sportswear
begin the holiday at 10 p. m. on
December 28, returning to work on
January 4 at 10 p. m. Bonuses and
gift certificates wil’ he presented.
Employes of Clever: d Hoslery,
Gay Hosiery, Can-Do Hosiery,
Lyntex Hosiery, L&L, and Ideal
Hosiery will enjoy a long vacation
from Thursday until January 2.
Bonuses will be presented to em-
ployes, based on length of service.
Duplex International will close for
the holidays on Friday, resuming
plant operations on December 27.
The plant will also close on New
Year's Day, reopening on January 8.
Employes will enjoy a Christmas
dinner on each shift Thursday and
Christmas gifts will be presented.
Kings Mountain Knitwear will
close at end of the first shift on
Wednesday, resuming operations
with the third shift on December 28.
Bonuses and gifcs will be presented
to 2% oi: Wednesde
Kings Yara will close at e€..d of
second shift Wednesday, reopening
with the third shift December 26.
Bonuses and Christmas gifts will be
presented at a plant party Wed-
Sadie Mill employes will enjoy a
holiday beginning next Thursday
morning and reopening with the first
shift on next Wednesday morning.
Bonuses and Christmas gifts will be
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
REAL BELL-RINGER - Grier Sipes a member of First Baptist
Church, rings the bell on 8. Battleground Ave. for the KM Ministerial
Association’s Helping Hand Fund. The program is to raise funds for fuel,
food and clothing for local and area needy will conclude at 7 p. m. Fri.
Dec. 24. Sipes is one of the many volunteers manning three stands
throughout the city.