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THE THURSDAY EDITION
4+ VOL. 87 NO. 54
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLIN A 28086
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 123, 1978
Pledmont Ave. is a thing of beauty.
White lights were selected by the ap-
pearance commission to stick to an old-
fashioned Christmas theme.
A BIG BEAUTY — Fifty-feet high and
illuminated at night with over 1,300
lights, this tree on the Mauney Memorial
Library site at W. King St. and 8.
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LIGHT THE WAY — Even the small trees planted in
the City Parking Lots off 8. Cherokee St. have been
laden with white and bright lights for the Christmas
season. The city’s yule lights were erected by the KM '
lights in the Christmas tree on Raliroad Ave. lend a
seasonal look to the central business district. Another
similarly lighted tree is located about 100 yards away
} on the 8. Battleground Ave. side of the Southern
On $299,250 City Hall
ity Selected For
DA Grant Review
By TOM MCINTYRE
Sen. Robert Morgan's office
notified the City of Kings Mountain
Wednesday that an application for
$209,250 for the construction of a
Governmental Services Facility
Building has been approved for final
review by the Economic Develop-
Shelby Mayor Les Roark, an aide
to Sen. Morgan, said Kings Moun-
tain’s application was one of 37 set
aside for a second look in North
Carolina and the only one in the four-
county Region C Planning area.
Final approval of the application
could come within the next two
weeks, according to Roark.
Mayor John H. Moss said Wed-
nesday, ‘We are very happy we've
been selected for final consideration
of funding out of all of the ap-
plications submitted across the
state. We have our fingers crossed
that Kings Mountain will be included
in the program.”
According to Roark Kings
Mountain has better than an even
chance of being approved by EDA.
He said that within 80 days of the
date of final approval the city will
have to advertise for bids on con-
struction of the new city hall. The
city’s application statement from
Moodye Clary, architect, indicated
the city would be ready to advertise
within the time limit.
Mayor Moss said the present city
hall, which was erected in 19387 and
renovated in the late 1960's, was not
designed to handle the increased
services offered citizens today and
that a new facility has been
discussed for sometime. He said the
new Local Public Works Capital
Development and Investment
Program (P.L. 94-369) came atan
The planned city hall offers
needed areas to the administrative
and business offices, plus the fire
and police departments. According
to the EDA guidelines the on site
construction of the city’s new
facility, if approved, could begin by
March 15, 1077.
Roark said 353 applications,
totaling $250 million in requests,
On Her Brother
To Santa Claus
I would like for you to bring me a
I been good, but my little brother
has been mean. He plays with baby
dolls. He is a sissy. He don’t need a
thing for Christmas.
Maybe Kelly won't be too upset if
Santa brings her little brother a little
something for Christmas. At any
rate, the letters to Santa have been
coming in heavily and The Mirror-
Herald has been pleased to publish
The last batch of Santa letters are
located on the inside of today's
Tags On Sale
Annual sale of 1977 city dog license
tags begin Tuesday, Dec. 28 and are
available at the Kings Mountain
Police Department or from Dog
Warden Stretch Bollinger at $2.60.
Dog owners are reminded by
KMPD that all dogs are required by
law to wear a dog tag. Should an un.
tagged animal be picked up by the
dog warden, the dog's owner will be
required to purchase a tag before
the pet is returned.
were submitted across the state.
Only 87 applications were approved
for final review. Those 87 cover the
state's entire budgetted amount of
Roark said 28 of the applications
are covered under the first phase of
the public works act, which lends
assistance to municipalities with
unemployment exceeding the
national average of 7.8 percent. Nine
applications are considered under
the second phase of financial aid to
areas with unemployment between
6.5 and 7.8 percent. Kings Mountain
falls into this category.
It is ironic that Roark’'s city,
Shelby, was not approved for final
consideration. Roark said Shelby
submitted three applications: one
for restoring the old Junior High
annex, a second for renovation to
city park and the third for con-
struction of a second fire station.
Roark did not say, but with the
city being the only applicant in
Region C approved for final con-
sideration, it appears the KM City
Schools application for funds to
construct a life-skills facility at
Central School was also rejected by
Police Grant OKed
Kings Mountain Police Depart-
ment has been awarded a grant for
$14,488.00 to employ a full-time
Chief Lloyd said he submitted the
application to Law Enforcement
Assistance Association three months
ago and the new position will be
effective Jan. 1, 1977.
Chief Lloyd said the officer will be
in eharge of investigations of all
criminal offenses concerning
juveniles, including counseling and
developing of new programs for
The youth officer will work in the
The Toys For Tots shop is open
today and Friday with members of
the Kings Mountain Ministerial
Association on duty distributing
Christmas goodies to needy
The toy shop is located on 8.
Cherokee St. in the former Durham
Life Insurance offices.
Ministers in the Kings Mountain
area have distributed cards to
qualified families in the community
and those persons are asked to
present the certified cards to the
ministers at the shop in order to
receive toys and games.
Kings Mountain will observe a
traditional Christmas, against a
background of high-level business
conditions and near-full working
Citizens are busy today catching
up loose ends, designed to make a
well-rounded and happy Christmas
holiday, as kids await with painful
anticipation arrival of Santa Claus
on his annual Christmas trek.
There will be holidays for most.
Already the city’s population is
swelled with arrival home of area
college students and out-of-town kin
for the holidays. Virtually all in.
dustry is on holiday or will begin
holidays today, most firms paying
Christmas bonuses and presenting
gifts at Yule parties this week.
Christmas Eve church services
are planned by at least six Kings
Mountain area churches.
Traditional 11 p. m. Christmas
Eve Candlelight Services are
planned by congregations of First
Presbyterian, St. Matthew's and
Resurrection Lutheran Churches, a
7 p. m. Candlelight Communion
service is slated by congregations of
Dixon and Shiloh Presbyterian
Churches at the Dixon church and a
7:30 p. m. Candlelight service is
planned by the congregation of
Boyce Memorial ARP Church.
At First Presbyterian Church at 11
p. m. Friday, the Chancel Cholr,
under direction of Mrs. Darrell
Austin, will sing ‘‘No Room’ by
detective division, said the Chief,
who said one of his present officers
will be promoted to the position and
a new patrolman will be employed.
Chief Lloyd also reported the
employment of Mrs. Linda Haynes
Hamm, 28, as a new patrolman-
dispatcher, the second woman to be
employed. Mrs. Hamm is married to
Richard Hamm and they and their
two sons reside at 810 Fulton St. She
is a 1965 graduate of Kings Mountain
High School and recently completed
a 180-hour course in Basic Police
Science. She has been employed as a
school crossing guard since 1974.
The cards are given to needy
families to prevent anyone from
taking advantage of the program,
according to ministerial association
The project is an annual event co-
sponsored by the Kings Mountain
Fire Department and the ministerial
association. The firemen collect new
and repairable toys and the
ministers distribute them.
Eight ministers will be on hand
working two hour shifts both today
and Friday to handle distribution.
The toy shop opens at 8 a. m. both
days and closes at 5 p. m.
John W. Peterson and “Let All
Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’ prior to
the communion meditation and
celebration of the Lord's Supper.
Candles and greenery will decorate
the windows of the sanctuary which
will feature a Chrismon tree as
The Nativity Story will be retoid in
word and song at St. Matthew's 11 p.
m. service which will feature special
anthems by the Junior and Senior
Choirs. Mrs. L. Glenn Coninger,
soprano, will be featured soloist in
“Jesu, Bambino.” Out of deep
Lutheran tradition, the St. Mat.
thew's and Resurrection Lutheran
Churches will be not dressed until
.."the dawn of Christmas’’, on
Christmas Eve. The Sacrament of
Holy Communion will be observed at
the Resurrection Candlelighting
Service at 11 which will feature
choral anthems under direction of
Donald Deal with Mrs. Aubrey
Mauney at the organ.
Trip McGill will direct special
music by the Senoir Choir of Boyce
Memorial ARP Church at 7:30 p. m.
Candlelight service. Pastor Charles
Edwards will use the sermon topic,
‘“The Lord Always Before Me."
Dr. Olin Whitener will lead the
communion meditation at the
Candlelighting Communion service
at Dixon Presbyterian Church.
Christmas Day, Saturday, will be
a day of family reunions and