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VOL. 88 NO. S
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18,1877
THE TUESDAY EDITION
When City Lies In Two Counties....
Where Is Police Jurisdiction?
By TOM McIntyre
Hie fact that Kings Mountain's boundvies lie In two counties does
create some problems as far as law enforcement Is concerned.
Although there has not been a real test case to date, there have been
some disagreements arising from the geographical lines of the historical
Recently, Cleveland County District Court Judge Ralph Phillips threw
a case Involving a neighbor dljg>ute out of court because the claimants
resided In the Oaston County portion of the city. Judge Phillips said he
felt the case should have been drawn by a Oaston County magistrate and
handled in the Oaston County court. The warrants In that case were
drawn by a Cleveland County magistrate, Charles Carpenter.
In the final analysis the case was redrawn and docketed In Oaston
County, where a Judge dismissed It because both parties had made
How will such questions be resolved In the future?
Kings Mountain Police Chief Earl Lloyd said his department will
continue to handle cases Inside the city limits of Kings Mountain, even
though a portion of It Is In Oaston County, and that the department will
continue answering assistance calls within the five-mile perimeter of the
city, as outlined by state law.
"In the former case,” Chief Uoyd said, "I called a magistrate In
Oastonla to ask if we had to come to Oastonia In order to get a warrant
signed and was told no. It was not necessary. I was advised to get the
magistrate In Kings Mountain to draw the warrant."
Under the present system of order a magistrate In Cleveland County Is
only able to draw warrants In this county. The same is true of magistrates
In their respective counties. However, there Is still the question of
whether this point cannot be stretched to cover the entire city limits of
Kings Mountain, the majority of which is In Clevelsuid County and only a
portion of situated In Oaston.
“If the Kings Mountain officers arrest someone in that part of the city
lying in Gaston County," Chief Lloyd said, "they have been Instructed to
bring that person before Magistrate Carpenter In Kings Mountain. And
the next time there is occasion to take such a case to Cleveland County
District Court, I plan to attend personally to see If we can't get
this situation straightened out."
Supply Cut Five Percent Monday
Duke Restores Full Power To City
By TOM McIntyre
Kings Mountlana were asked to
conserve electrical power over the
weekend and through Monday af
ternoon, according to Mayor John H.
The mayor said Duke Power
Company notified the city that due to
the dropping of the Bdews Ckeek
units from the power grid, the city
was being cut back by five percent
on Its electric power supply.
Monday morning the mayor said
Duke had not stated how long the
cutback would be In effect.
spokesman from Duke called to say
the 'power units had been nmc-
ttvated and that die cutback was off.
"We want to thank the dtlsens of
Kings Mountain for their
cooi>eratlon during this emergen
cy," the Duke spokesman said.
"However, everything Is back to
normal now and full electric service
restored to the Kings Mountain
dtlsens had been asked to bum no
lights not absolutely necessary and
use all electric appliances spangly
during the emergency.
Mayor Moss said, "The request
was not made lightly and, speaking
for the city officials, we appreciate
the cooperation shown by our
ciUsens. It Is hard for us to realise
there can be shortages of anything In
America, but It happens. When It
does happen It Is up to all of us to
help. Again, our thanks.
The mayor said the city's elec
trical system and gas system have
held very well during the extreme
cold weather and the only problMn
at this point with any city servlc.
was a break In a water line In the
Margrace Mill area about 4:80 a. m.
Sunday. The break was due to the
weather. However, the city water
department has the line repalrMl
and service restored by 10:80 a. m.
“The city is still waiting, along
with the rest of North Oarollna, for
the final word from the Federal
Power Commission on extra natural
gas for the state during the cold
weather," the mayor said. "We have
qgt )>een told of Uie ability to pu^
chase extra gas, nor what our
aUocatlan will be nor the pricing of
the new supply."
W. D. Edwards, the city's gas
consultant engineer, said Monday
that Kings Mountain has been for
tunate In Its natural gas supply.
"There are communities all
around Kings Mountain toat have
had to close down schools because of
the lack of natural gas for heating,"
Edwards said. "Some hospitals are
seeking alternate fuels now to keep
the buildings operating. This Is a
serious situation and pecgile have got
to realize It. Conserving as much as
possible will go a long way toward
helping this situation."
The mayor said the city's gas
supply has held very well despite tbs
extreme weather, with only the
Interruptible customers feeling the
bite. However, the mayor said all of
the city's Interruptible customers
have second sources of fuel to
operate their businesses.
ANYBODY IN THEREf - Out in the Oansler Bt
Urban Renewal area project where desens of men are^
struggling against the weather and the clock tocesnplete
the work modem convenlencee are a bit crude. Relief Is
Photo By Gary Stewart
only aPort-a-Johnawsy. But in this case reUef would be
aMt dlfflcult to obtain. We don’t know whether anyone
was In there when the ship hit the sand, but It does make
tor an Interesting picture and even wilder speculation.
To Talk Funds
A meeting of edl pfu'ents of Kings
Mountain Senior High band mem
bers Is planned tonight at 7:80 at
Barnes Auditorium to discuss fund
The fund-raising Is to finance a
trip for the entire band to Disney
World on April 18 to participate as
band of the day at the Orlando, Fla.
family amusement center.
The bsmd was invited to par
ticipate by the public relatlcms
department at Disney World after
Judging an audition teq>e sent by
band director Donald Deal.
Tonight's meeting will be to ex
plain a project to raise several
thousand dollars toward the esti
mated $6,000 needed for the trip.
The project Is selling tickets for $1
donations on a 19 Inch RCA portable
color television set to be given away
to the hicky ticket holder on
The TV set was a special purchase
from TTmms Furniture for cost,
$496. Ticket holders will not have to
be present to win the set.
At tonight's meeting each band
parent will be asked to sell 40 tickets
per band member In respective
families. The goal Is to sell 4,000
tickets for donations of $1 each.
KM Jaycees Seek
New Grover Chapter
How About Satellite District Court?
In the midst of Orover’s
revitalization, another revitalization
Is taking place. Young men between
the ages of 18 and 98 are Joining
together to provide dedicated
leadership training through com
The broad alms of this meeting
are to train young men for leader
ship to give young men a voice In
community affairs, to allow young
men to participate In ccxnmunlty
activities, to Improve the com
munity by conducting comunlty
Improvement and service
programs, and to further democracy
and the free enterprise system.
The first meeting will take place
Thurs., Jan. 90 at 7 p. m. In the
Orover School Library. This
meeting Is sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Jaycees for the purpose of
extending a chapter In Orover.
For more Information on this
group, contoct Kemp Msuney at 789-
8691 or 789-8976.
How about asatelllteDlstrlct Court
in Kings Mountain one day each
Does this sound far-fetched?
No, because such courts have
already been established In other
counties In North Carolina. The
reason these satellites were esta
blished was very sound. There was a
great need for them In large
populated Judlclsl districts.
Connor Bids For
YDC Vice Presidency
Nelson Connor of Kings Mountain
has announced his candidacy for the
office of Vice President at the Young
Democrats at North Oarollna.
The election will be held In April in
Charlotte at the Young Democrats
annual state convention.
Presently Connor serves as 10th
district chairperson of the Young
Democrats. He was Instrumental In
the reorganisation of the Young
Democrats In Cleveland County In
1974 and served as Its president from
In a letter sent to Young
Democrats across the state, Connor
^d, "I believe I can help the Young
Democrats grow larger, stronger,
and more appealing to the vast
majority of re^stered Democrats In
Cleveland County’s Young
Democrats president Myers
Hambrlght, Jr., also of Kings
Mountain, said, "The Cleveland
County Young Democrats fully
support the candidacy of Nelson
Connor and will work hard toward
his election at the state convention."
The last state YDC officer from
Cleveland County was David
Royster of Shelby who served as
state Treasurer In 1946.
Communities such as Hickory,
MooresvlUe and High Point have
District court sessions one day each
week and these were formed
through special Legislative action
and approval of the administrative
office for the courts In Raleigh.
Police Chief Bari Lloyd and
Magistrate Charles Carpenter are
very much In favor of creating a
qieclal satellite District Court day
for Kings Mountain and have
already mentioned the fact to
Senator OUle Heurls.
"Sending police officers to Shelby
almost everyday and having them
spend almost the entire day there In
court Is costing the taxpayers of
Kings Mountain a great deal of
money," Chief Lloyd said.
He said the boundary line could be
drawn at Buffalo Creek and
everything east of that to the
Cleveland County line could be taken
In. That would mean service to a
population of close to 28,000 persons.
"It would be a matter of moving a
Judge, bailiff, clerk and district
attorney to Kings Mountain one day
each week,” Chief Lloyd said. "That
would seem to be better than moving
over a hundred persons to Shelby
currently the criminal cases In
District Court are tried on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesdays and Friday mornings are
taken up with Juvenile and non-jury
cases. Magistrate Carpenter
suggests Friday as the one day the
satellite court could be held In Kings
"Some people have gotten the Idea
the magistrate wants to hold court."
Carpenter said. "This Is not true.
The satellite court would still be the
District Court with a District Court
Judge. DA, the works. The Idea Is
working In other places and there Is
no reason why it couldn’t work here.
The satellite court Is saving other
communities a great deal of money
as far as having officers traveling
back and forth to other cities to
appear In court. It would do a lot to
expedite numerous cases on the
Carpenter also said a second
magistrate Is needed In Kings
Mountain, one to handle small
claims work such as civil suits,
non-payment of contracts and other
work not Included under criminal
"Cleveland County Is entitled to
eight magistrates,” Carpenter said,
"but at present there are only seven
of us on the Job. I think Kings
Mountain and the surrounding area
has enough work to warrant the
eighth magistrate being appointed
and placed here to work.”
Of Senate Committee
Harris Named Chmrtnan
state Senator J. OUle Harris of Kings Mountain has been named
chairman of the Department of Human Resources Committee In the
North Carolina Senate.
Hie Kings Mountsiln mortlclsn, a three-term veteran of the senate, was
named by Lt. Oov. Jimmy Oreen.
Senator Harris said that all legislative bills pertaining to social ser
vices, mental health, the blind and deaf and underprlvUeged, must clear
He ssdd that along with the chairmanship of this committee Is a position
on the subcommittee of appropriations for the Department of Human
Resour ces which wUl oversee a budget Involving some $200 million during
the next two years.