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THE TUESDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 5
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1977
When City Lies In Two Counties...
Where Is Police Jurisdiction?
By TOM MCINTYRE
The fact that Kings Mountain's boundaries 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
Se disagreements arising from the geographical lines of the historical
Recently, Cleveland County District Court Judge Ralph Phillips threw
a case involving a neighbor dispute out of court because the claimants
resided in the Gaston County portion of the city. Judge Phillips said he
felt the case should have been drawn by a Gaston County magistrate and
handled in the Gaston 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 Gaston
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 Gaston 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 Lloyd said, ‘‘I called a magistrate in
Gastonia to ask if we had to come to Gastonia 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 Cleveland County and only a
portion of situated in Gaston.
‘‘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 Mountians were asked to
conserve electrical power over the
weekend and through Monday af-
ternoon, according to Mayor John H.
The mayor sald Duke Power
Company notified the city that due to
the dropping of the Belews Creek
units from the power grid, the city
was being cut back by five percent
on its electric power supply.
Monday moming the mayor said
Duke had not stated how long the
cutback would be in effect.
Howevie late Monday aftein 05" a
spokesman from Duke called to say
the “power units had been reac-
tivated and that the cutback was off.
“We want to thank the citizens of
Kings Mountain for their
cooperation during this emergen-
cy,” the Duke spokesman said.
‘However, everything is back to
normal now and full electric service
restored to the Kings Mountain
Citizens had been asked to burn no
lights not absolutely necessary and
\ use all electric appliances sparingly
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
citizens. It is hard for us to realize
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 problem
at this point with any city service
was a break in a water line in the
Margrace Mill area about 4:30 a. m.
Sunday. The break was due to the
weather. However, the city water
department has the line repaired
and service restored by 10:30 a. m.
‘““The city is still waiting, along
with the rest of North Carolina, 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
not been told of the ability to pur
chase extra gas, nor what our
allocation 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 that 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 people 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 the
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.
KM Jaycees Seek
In the midst of Grover's
revitalization, another revitalization
is taking place. Young men between
the ages of 18 and 25 are joining
together to provide dedicated
leadership training through com-
OR PLAIN The broad aims 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 community
wily od activities, to improve the com-
New Grover Chapter
munity by conducting comunity
improvement and service
programs, and to further democracy
and the free enterprise system.
The first meeting will take place
Thurs., Jan. 20 at 7 p. m. in the
Grover School Library. This
meeting is sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Jaycees for the purpose of
extending a chapter in Grover.
For more information on this
group, contact Kemp Mauney at 789-
8621 or 739-6076.
Connor Bids For
YDC Vice Presidency
Nelson Connor of Kings Mountain
has announced his candidacy for the
office of Vice President of the Young
Democrats of North Carolina.
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 reorganization of the Young
Democrats in Cleveland County in
1974 and served as its president from
Democrats across the state, Connor
, qald, “I believe I can help the Young
letter sent to Young
Democrats grow larger, stronger,
and more appealing to the vast
majority of registered Democrats in
Cleveland County's Young
Democrats president Myers
Hambright, 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 1048.
ANYBODY IN THERE? — Out in the Cansler St.
Urban Renewal area project where dozens of men are
struggling against the weather and the clock tocomplete
the work modern conveniences are a bit crude. Relief is
Photo By Gary Stewart
only a Port-a-john away. But in this case relief would be
a bit difficult to obtain. We don’t know whether anyone
was in there when the ship hit the sand, but it does make
for an interesting picture and even wilder speculation.
To Talk Funds
A meeting of all parents 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 band was invited to par-
ticipate by the public relations
department at Disney World after
judging an audition tape 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 lucky ticket holder on
The TV set was a special purchase
from Timms Furniture for cost,
- $498. 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.
How About Satellite District Court?
How about asatellite District 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 judicial districts.
Communities such as Hickory,
Mooresville 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 Earl Lloyd and
Magistrate Charles Carpenter are
very much in favor of creating a
special satellite District Court day
‘for Kings Mountain and have
already mentioned the fact to
Senator Ollie Harris.
‘‘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 25,000 persons.
‘It would be a matter of moving a
judge, balliff, 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 momings 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 satellitecourt 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 Chairman
State Senator J. Ollie Harris of Kings Mountain has been named
chairman of the Department of Human Resources Committee in the
North Carolina Senate.
The Kings Mountain mortician, a three-term veteran of the senate, was
named by Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green.
Senator Harris said that all legislative bills pertaining to social ser-
vices, mental health, the blind and deaf and underprivileged, must clear
He said that along with the chairmanship of this committee is a position
on the subcommittee of appropriations for the Department of Human
Resources which will oversee a budget involving some $200 million during
the next two years.