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THE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 18
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1977
For Deal, Davidson
By TOM MCINTYRE
City Commissioners accepted and
approved plans for a short-range
development of recreation facilities
for Davidson and Deal Parks
Monday night created by Gardner
Gidley and Associates, recrea-
tional planners of Winston - Salem.
Using large line-drawings of the
proposed master plan for Davidson
Park and “Deal St. Recreational
Complex,’’ Gidley explained that the
city is already at work creating a
regulation ball field and other im-
provements to the Davidson Park
‘‘He sald the city already has
plans continuing the road from the
pool around the perimeter of the
park to tie back into Carpet Lane,’
Gidley said. ‘‘There are also plans
for tennis courts and picnic shelters.
Further plans would be to construct
permanent bleachers about the
hillside behind the homeplate of the
ball field and to install fencing along
the top of the hill with a formal
Gidley also recommended ex-
tensive landscaping with ‘‘native
materials,” upgrading the lighting
system and a major upgrading of the
swimming pool. He said the “pool is
in need of major repair.”
Relocating the present playground
equipment is also necessary, Gidley
said, because in its present location
the equipment is not being used as it
should be. Gidley suggested more
attention be paid to the
beautification of the park so more
would use the facilit.
Gidley also proposed a widening of
the entrance to the pool to ac-
commodate more parking.
The program com:iissioners
agree will take about two years to
complete is the expansion and
upgrading of the Deal St. Recreation
“I call this a complex because it
involves a great deal more property
and a larger variety of activities,”
Gidley said. “The community center
is located there and the city is
already planning, under the Com-
munity Development block grants,
to renovate and add to the com-
Spirit Week is this week at Kings
Mountain High School.
Finale of a Pretty Legs Contest
and talent events will be held Friday
moming at the 10:30 a. m. assembly
All funds from various projects
will be used to provide a scholarship
for a deserving high school senior to
be chosen by the sponsoring Beta
Finalists among the males in the
Pretty Legs Contest are Dean
Westmoreland, faculty member,
and students Kevin Tinsley, Kelly
Land, Butch Pearson and David
Day Of Prayer
Is On Friday
World Day of Prayer will be ob-
served Fri, Mar. 4 in Kings Moun.
tain as Christians join those in 169
different countries in the annual
The community is invited to
participate in prayer vigils in the
area churches, with most churches
open for meditation all during the
First Presbyterian Church has an-
nounced the sanctuary will be open
from noon until 5 p. m. for wor-
shippers to enter the sanctuary and
The 1077 World Day of Prayer
follows the theme ‘ ‘Love In Action.’
Proclaiming Friday as World Day
of Prayer in Kings Mountain, Mayor
John H. Moss called on citizens to
join in a chain of prayer for love and
hope for our leaders throughout the
Master Rec Plan
Gidley said his recommendations
include paving the parking area on
the south side of the community
center, an area currently hilly and
covered with crushed rock. He also
suggests the city consider cutting an
entirely new parking facility beyond
the present ball fields and behind the
fire museum site. Done according to
Gidley’'s specifications, the new lot
would hold about 400 cars.
The master plan calls for adding
two to four more tennis courts, with
the idea the present courts could be
used for outdoor basketball and
volleyball (if the citizen demand
indicates this). Gidley also suggests
two T-League fields be added, along
with a regulation size softball field
for men and one for women and two
new Little League fields.
The master plan calls for
relocating present playground
equipment for the youngsters nearer
the community center and for a
different type of outdoor lighting for
the play area and ball fields.
‘“The pool at Deal St. needs ex-
tensive work,” Gidley said. “It
needs a new filter system and
piping. The pool is 25 years old and
it's worn out.”
After accepting the master plans,
commissioners voted to purchase a
tract of land offered for sale for
$3,500 by Mrs. Ruth Spears. The
property is adjacent to city-owned
property in the Deal St. complex.
Gidley said although the plan is
fairly ambitious it can be done a step
at a time, but with the master plan
the commissioners would never lose
sight of exactly where they are going
“with the' A
And in this plan Gidley also urged
the board to always consider ‘‘the
asthetics, the beauty of the park.
People will naturally go more
willingly to an outdoor facility if it is
inviting and “eautiful. In the past I
don’t feel tue city has gotten its
money's worth in asthetics when
planning outdoor recreational
Gidley worked closely with the,
city recreation department and its
director, Roy Pearson, the
recreation committee, chaired by
Commissioner Bill Grissom, with
city planner Al Moretz and the
public works department and with
the mayor and board in developing
his master plan for the city’
PICKING THE WINNER - Kings Mountain High
band director, Donald Deal, loft, draws the winning
stub Monday for a color TV which was given away by
the band members, who sold one dollar tickets to help
THE WINNER - Clista Cole, right, admires the new
color TV she won Monday. She bought the ticket from
Addie Grier, left. The TV was given by the KMHS band,
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
RECREATIONAL COMPLEX - Gardner Gidley, a recreational
planner from Winston-Salem, explains his master plan for the develop-
ment of the Deal St. Recreational Complex to Mayor John H. Moss.
Gidley presented his plan to the board of commissioners Monday night
and it was accepted. The commissioners and mayor feel the full plan can
be implemented within the next two years to offer Kings Mountains a
much broader-based recreation program at the Deal St. site.
Fourteen out of 15 proposed
projects have been included in the
1977-78 Community Development
Block Grant application totalling
The 15th proposal, submitted by
The Rev. Gary Bryant on behalf of
the Kings Mountain Ministerial
Association, is for a Community
Mayor John H. Moss said Monday
night ‘‘the project is now being
checked by the area director of the
Department of Housing and Urban
(HUD) as to
Commissioners voted to approve
and submit the 1977-78 CD applica-
tion, with the stipulation that should
the Community Service Officer
Board May Add New Proposal
CD Application Ready To Send
proposal be ruled eligible that it be
added to the application before it is
sent to HUD.
If the project is eligible, that will
mean cuts in other programs would
have to be affected to accommodate
the proposed budget requests for the
As outlined by Rev. Bryant the
budget of about $16,000 would
require 50 percent from the city, 26
percent from the ministerial
association and the remainder, in
five percent installments from each
The Community Service Officer
would work under the guidelines of a
board of governors and that board
would be responsible to the city
commissioners. The project would
finan ce an upcoming trip to Disney World. Taking part
in the drawing were, left to right, David Mauney, Mr.
Deal, Gina Patterson, Terri Patterson and Linda
Photos By Gary Stewart
which sold one dollar tickets to raise funds to finance a
trip to Disney World in April.
deal with finding immediate relief
for the area needy and a longer
range program to get at the
problems that created these
emergency needs of local citizens.
The program would further
program all existing community aid
agencies at work in the area,
determine what else is needed and
attempt to pull the entire program
together, utilizing all volunteer help.
The majority of the budget would
go to the salary and benefits of the
citizen hired as Community Service
Mayor Moss said the current
projects in the CD application are
listed as firsttolast in importance to
(1) Water improvements, a
continuing program to complete
doubling the size of the water
treatmentplant, construct a 2 million
gallon storage tank, a pump station
and water main. The total budget
request is $380,000.
(2) Waste treatment. Upgrading
existing water distribution system in
Interviewing is underway by the
Kings Mountain Board of Education
for the position of Kings Mountain
District Superintendent of Schools.
Supt. Don Jones, who is resigning
in June to move to Asheville as
superintendent of the Asheville
system, said that the board had
interviewed 40 applicants for the job
and ‘‘will be zeroing in to make the
final selection in the new few
‘‘We have interviewed some ex-
cellent candidates,” said Supt.
low and moderate income areas,
(3) Sewerage improvements.
Upgrading wastewater tran.
sportation system to increase em-
ployment opportunities for low and
moderate income families. $205,000.
(4) Neighborhood facility im-
provements. Construction of an
addition, including offices and
operating facilities, for the com-
munity development programs, an
entrance, restrooms, expand up-
stairs portion into community
recreation area for low and
moderate income families. $280,000.
(5) Summer program of arts and
crafts for low and moderate income
(8) Program administration and
(7) Kings Mountain Program For
The Aging continuation. $35,000.
(8) Home Based Child Care
Program for low income children.
(9) Planning and Management
(10) Kings Mountain Development
(11) Urban Beautification
Program, site improvements at Deal
St., Davidson Park, urban renewal
project R84 (BD) $12,500.
(12) Sidewalk repair, construction
in low and moderate income areas.
(18) Housing rehabilitation in low
and moderate income areas. $50,000.
(14) Planimetric and
Topographical Mapping of city and
fringe area. $25,000.
Mayor Moss said in addition to the
$1,040,000 in CD grants, the city will
also have another $188,000 in state,
inkind and Farmers Home Ad-
ministration grants to work with in
the coming year.
The commissioners have 30 days
to amend the CD application budget
to include the Community Service
Officer project, if it is ruled eligible.
Howard Jackson Will
Design Flag For City
City Commissioners Monday night
approved authorizing Howard B.
Jackson to design a city flag during
Monday night's action.
Mayor John H. Moss sald, ‘Mr.
Jackson has expressed an interest in
Kings Mountain having its own flag
for some time.
“And as you may or may not
know, Mr. Jackson is a wellknown
fabric designer and a lifelong
resident of Kings Mountain,” the
mayor sald. ‘He designed the city's
Bicentennial coin, which has been
recognized as outstanding for
originality and design.’
Commissioner James Childers
asked if this design for the flag ‘‘is
Mr. Jackson's contribution to the
city or does he expect payment?"
‘He didn't say and I didn't ask,”
the mayor quickly answered. “All in
tavor of the motion to authorize Mr.
Jackson to contribute a city flag
design, say aye!"
The vote was unanimous.