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VOL. 88 NO. 29
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1877
LOOK OVER THE PLANS — Mayor John Moss and
Commissioners Fred Wright and James Childers look
over the architectural rendering of the proposed Kings
Jerry F. Ledford and Sandra M.
Stone, Kings Mountain natives, have
Joined the staff of Home Savings &
Loan Association, announces
Thomas A. Tate, executive of the
company. ‘ ay
Mr. Ledford, formerly controller
with Kings Mountain H. spital, will
serve ascontroller at Home S&L and
Mrs. Stone, who formerly worked in
the Merchandising Department of
Kingsmont, will serve as a teller.
Wife of Bill Stone, Mrs. Stone is
the former Sandra Mullinax and is a
graduate of KMHS. The Stones live
with their son in the Oak Grove
Mr. Ledford, a graduate of KMHS
who majored in accounting at N. C.
State University, is married to the
former Sheila Moss and they are
parents of one child and live at 103
CURRENT PUBLIC WORKS — This wide view
made from S. Railroad Ave. shows the area
currently being used on City St. as the public
works building and storage yard. This area has
been used for over a quarter of a century. Under
‘me controversial Coroner Bill,
proposed by Sen. Ollle Harris of
Kings Mountain, was approved
unanimously by the House Local
Government Committee last
On Thursday the bill passed in the
House and was scheduled to be
returned to the Senate Monday night
for approval of two amendments.
The legislative action in Raleigh was
scheduled after The Mirror-Herald
went to press.
The bill previously passed on the
Senate floor without any dissent, but
was sent to the House Local Govern-
ment Committee with several
amendments written by Sen. Harris.
‘The bill to expand the powers of
the coroners in Cleveland and.
Rutherford counties has been op-
posed vigorously by the Cleveland
County Medical Society and County
Medical Examiner Dr. Avery Mec-
Murry. Dr. Page Hudson of the State
Medical Examiners office has also
voiced opposition to the bill, both
here in Cleveland County and in the
committee meetings in Raleigh.
Both Drs. McMurry and Hudson
feel the coroner bill will be ‘‘a back-
ward step for the state’’ if the bill is
The bill proposes coroners in
Cleveland, Rutherford counties be
allowed to remove bodies from the
scenes of violent deaths, to sign
death certificates when they suspect
no foul play and to order autopsies
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Dropped It On Fulton
Paul Fulton feels lucky to be alive.
Last week during the extreme
high winds a large oak tree was up-
rooted and fell on him, crushing a
vertebrae and bruising his back.
Fulton, bricklaying instructor at
Kings Mountain Senior High, was
working at the old Neisler home on
York Rd., when the incident oc-
The 85-year old Kings Mountian
sald he and one of his students, Tim
Oliver, were laying a slate sidewalk
y on the Neisler plantation last’
He said they had been working
half an hour and had seen the wind
tear small imbs from some trees.
Then Oliver spotted the tree being
uprooted and yelled to Fulton.
Fulton said he was able to take a few
Steps before the tree fell on top of
Kings Mountain Rescue Squad
volunteers worked for 20 minutes to
free Fulton from beneath the tree
and he was rushed to Kings
Mountain Hospital for treatment.
Oliver received several scratches,
but was otherwise uninjured.
PW Contract To
Be Awarded Friday
Mountain Public Works Building. Bids will be received
Thursday and construction contract awarded on
Friday. Construction is scheduled to begin Mon., May 2.
the Cansler St. Urban Renewal Contract, this area
isdue for redevelopment and the city must vacate
the area soon. The new Public Works Building and
grounds will house not only all of the vehicles and
equipment you see here, but the remainder of the
By TOM MCINTYRE
This Thursday city commissioners
will receive bids on construction of a
public works building and main.
tenance garage. Friday the contract
will be awarded and on Mon., May 2
on site construction will begin.
The time table for completion of
the city’s public works facilities is
the first of October 1977.
The new facility was designed by
Holland and McGinnis, Architects,
PA of Shelby and will replace the
current spaces provided for the
various city services departments
on City St.
Mayor John H. Mess said Friday,
“This new facility will establish a
centralized site for offices and
warehouse storage. The board is
also considering a centralized’
purchasing system to be installed at
the public works building.”
Commissioner James Childers,
chairman of the city’s public works
committee, said, “This is a much
needed and long overdue facility. It
will be of benefit to the citizens and
the city employes.”’
The mayor said a centralized site
will offer the citizens a basis for
much more efficient service.
The entire package will include
the public works building, with of-
fices and workshop areas; a
vehicle maintenance garage; a
covered area for vehicle storage;
and fencing about the approximate
10 acres of property on N. Piedmont
Parking for approximately 70 cars
will also be provided at the main
ty Jan y
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
rolling stock and equipment, plus offices and work
areas for all of the city’s seervices departments.
The new facility will be ready for occupancy by
October 1, 1977.
Now Open In KM CBD
Brenda's Better Ones Hosiery Co.,
Kings Mountain's newest business
citizen and the only one of its kind in
the county wholly-owned by blacks,
opened at 227 Battleground Ave.
Mayor John Henry Moss and
Gastonia Mayor T. Jeffers cut the
ribbon officially opening the new
business to the public at 10 a. m.
Philip Williford of Winston-Salem,
president of The Williford System
which also anticipates phasing in a
manufacturing operation to increase
employment in the city, said that
Thomas and Brenda Brown of Kings
Mountain are the principal owners.
Brenda's Better Ones Hosiery is
an exclusive distributorship of
ladies panty hose which are
manufactured by The Williford
System in Winston-Salem. Mrs.
Brown said ultra-sheer, mesh, sheer
stretch stockings, support hoses,
knee hose, hip and tummy-control
hose in all fashionable colors and
sizes are available.
Also participating in the opening
day ceremonies were Rev. M. L.
Campbell and Rev. E. L. Harris.
Mayor Moss, congratulating the
Williford System and the Browns,
welcomed the new business to
downtown Kings Mountain and
Mayor Jeffers praised the mayor for
his efforts in creating new jobs for
President Williford, in his
opening remarks, noted that black
women have spent no less- than 380
million dollars a year since 1970 for
hosiery and that the demand for a
quality distributorship for panty
hose was a reason for launching the
new business venture and noted that
applications for clerks and
salespersons are now being ac-
The new firm is located in the
former Bridges Hardware Company
in the heart of the business section,
completely renovated to allow for
expansion and growth.
Photo By Lib Stewart
RIBBON CUTTING — Gastonia Mayor T. Jeffers, left, Philip Williford
and Kings Mountain Mayor John Moss cut the ribbon officially opening
Brenda's Better Ones Hosiery Company on Battleground Avenue.
The public works and main.
tenance garage buildings will be
included in the general contract,
according to Childers. The covering
shed and fencing will be added later.
The entire package will cost an
estimated $250,000 and that sum is to
be paid out of the city’s capital
budget over a two year period
(1976-77 and 1977-78 fiscal years).
Commissioner Childers said the
general contract to be awarded this
Friday will be for the flooring, walls
and ceiling. The interior par-
titioning, plumbing, heating and air
conditioning and electrical con-
struction will be provided by the
various city departments.
Architectural plans call for a two-
story structure on the front part of
the public works building con-
taining 7,168 square feet upstairs
and downstairs. The larger portion
of the building wiil be one story and
will contain 10,752 square feet of
work area. On the rear of the
building will be an eight foot wide
loading dock which will run the
entire width of the building.
The public works building will
house the offices for the water and
sewer, street and sanitation, gas,
electrical, cemetery and
beautification departments. Also
offices for the building inspector,
public works director and
Also included will be a reception
area downstairs, which will contain
a base radio station for contact on
the job with city vehicles.
‘“We plan to have two-way com-
munications in all the city vehicles
in the future,” Mayor Moss said.
“This will give the citizens even
Also included in the building will
be a conference room, a canteen,
showers, a woodworking shop and
work areas for the water and sewer,
street and sanitation, gas and
The maintenance garage will
contain an office and restroom
facilities, plus a large garage area
for complete servicing of city
vehicles. Two large sliding bay
entrance for entrance and exit of
vehicles is included in the garage
During the construction face, the
mayor said, a house will have to be
removed from the property. The
home and its property were sold to
the city several months ago to give
the city enough room for growth on
the public works facilities site.
Commissioner Childers said the
public works committee, which
includes the mayor, Commissioners
Norman King and Fred Wright, Jr.,
began working on the plans for the
facility shortly after the new ad-
ministration took office. “We have
spent approximately 156 months and
hundreds and hundreds of
manhours in planning this
facility,” Childers said.
Bids on construction will be
received at 2:30 p. m. Thurs., Apr. 14
and contract awarded at 4 p. m.,
Fri, Apr. 16.
Set By County
The Cleveland County Health
Department announces it will be
doing blood pressure screenings at
different shopping centers during
the month of April. There is no
charge for the blood pressure tests
and all persons are encouraged to
have theirs’ checked between 12:80
and 4:30 p. m.
Sky City, April 14, April 22;
Macks-Kings Mtn. April 26; K-Mart,
April 18, 28; TH&Y-Kings Mtn. April
People may also have their blood
pressure checked Monday-Friday
8:30 a. m.-4:456 p. m. at the Health
located beside Cleveland