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tHE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. SO
T1IUB8DAY, APRIL U. 1871
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Under CD Funding
Center Addition Plans
Are Approved By Board
ARTIST BENDERDfO - Dkvtd Hidl and AMOCiates
of Wtauton-Salem did tbli renderlnc of what the Klnss
Mountain Oonununltjr Center wU look Uke when ad
ditions are made to the front and rear aaetlans of the
Photo Bjr Tom MelntTre
existing buHdlng. The brick will match exlstlag brick,
but the windows are to be the bronse reflector type. The
additions were designed by HoUand-MoOInnls, Ar-
cfaltecta, of Shelby.
CbmmlBsianers gave approval of
plans for additions to the Kings
Mountain Community Center
designed by HoUand-McOlnnls,
Architects, of Shelby at Monday
P. H. Holland presented the plans,
acknowledging the assistance
rendered by City Recreation
Committee chairman BUI Qrlssom
and members Jim ChUders and
In the Holland-McOlnnls design
the front section of the community
center, facing Cleveland Ave., would
ba axtandad and constnietad two
h Now Law
Sen. OUle Harris' bUl to expand
the authority of coroners In
Cleveland and Rutherford Cbuntlss
was passed Into law Monday and
The bUl will allow coroners to^
move bodies from the scenes of'
violent deaths, sign death cer
tificates In eases where no foul play
Is suspected, and order autopatos*
vnen foul play ie sus^teu. Prwrio
passage of the ldn|s Mountain
senator's blU, these servlcea could
only be done by medical examiners,
who objected to the .iU.
Hanis' bUl pamed the House and
Senate without dissent.
The bUl waa requested by the
Cleveland County Board of Com'
mlssloners to expedite the handling
of unusual deaths when medical
examlneri are unavaUable.
Tickets On Sede
Area Democrats can obtain
tickets to the April 80th Jefferson-
Jackson Dinner In Raleigh by
contsictlng Clyde Nolan, telephone
487-eS4l, In Ids office at the Royster
BuUdlng in Shelby. Tickets sue ISO
Principal speaker at the
Democratic fund-raising affidr wUl
be Vice President Walter Mondale.
The dinner will be held at 7 p. m. In
Dorton Arena In Raleigh.
Chairman of Cleveland County
, Democrats is Joyce Caahlon of
stories high. The rear addiuon would
only be one story high. Both ad
ditions contain 7,000_aq. ft. of space.
Holland said the front addition
would contain stairs on either side of
the structure with an office,
restrooms, a crafts — conference
room and storage areas. On the
second level there wlU be an office,
storage areas, restroom faculties
and a large lobby with access to the
"Tills lobby would be large enough
in Itself to hold concerts or plays,"
Holland said, “and would serve as
an area for gathering between
halftimes atbaU games in the gym."
The rear addition would contain
another lobby area, a concession
stand, an office, storage area, ticket
booths Sind removable doors. The
doors are wide enough to admit
vehicles “for possible car shows."
Holland said the front addition wUl
have large windows made of bronze
reflector-type glass and brick that
match the existing brick structure.
The rear addition la to be of nuit-
HoUand said the heating and
electrical engineers have to receive
the approved plans now to design
their portion of the project. He
suggested two months be allowed
before the final specifications are
complete. Holland agreed that the
project can be under construction by
the first of August 1977.
The entire project at the com
munity center Is being financed
under the city's Community
Eievelopment funding program.
In other action;
aUocatlon of 40 residential gas taps
— ao for existing homes and 90 for
AppUcatlons for the 40 gas tM>s
wUl be receiving beginning at 0 a.
m. Frl., Apr. 16 at city hall.
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Bicen Commission Project
Photo Qy Ton Melotyre
mis IB PLAN B — Gardner Oldley, a reoreatloB cabin for Wsloilcal purposes. The project was approved
planner from Winston-Salem, shows "Plan B" devised Monday night, with the stipulation that Bloen Oom-
by the Kings asmiiitain Bicentennial Commission for mission members contact property owners Involved to
restoring and preserving the Goforth Cemetery and determine response to land aniaa.
"Is this property available?"
asked Commissioner Jim Childers.
"We have one or two agreeable
parties, but I expect you'll be In
volved In some condemnation
proceedings," answered Gardner
The property In question Is the
Preston Goforth Cemetery off Hwy.
74 West. Oldley, a recreation
jdanner from Winston-Salem, made
two proposals to the board of
commissioners Monday night. The
second proposal, the one he caUed
"Plan B", calls for the city to buy
about one and a hsUf acres of land,
Including the cemetery. In order to
protect, restore and rehabUltate It
as an historical site.
Qxnmissloner Fred Wright nuule
a motion that Plan B be approved,
then before action could be tsdcen he
withdrew tiie motion to make a new
one; that the plan be approved If the
members of the KM Bicentennial
Commission will go to the lan
downers Involved to determine If
they sue willing to negotiate a sale of
Gldley told commissioners that
none of the landowners In the area of
the cemetery have been contacted
LEAA Grant For Vehicle
Crime Prevention Unit
The KU^lis Mountain Police
Department has a grant of $6,B00 tor
a vehicle to be used as a crime
prevention dlaplay unit.
This grant amount la the
msudmum ^iproved by the Law
Monday night city oommlasloners
had a chance to examine the
Mecklenburg Ooimty Crime Preven
tion Unit to aee what can be done
with such a grant and to learn how
effective such a unit can be hi com
batting crime wlthhi the com
Lt Mitch Barnes of the Mecklen
burg Oounty Police brought that
county's unit to Kings Mountain City
Hall and explained how tt waa put
together, how It functions and the
"We have designed this unit so It
can bo set up tor the pUbhc In lees
thim five minutes," Barnes said.
“Tlie major set up la the steps on the
back of the van.”
Inside the 16 to 18 toot van the
floor, walla and overhead are
covered with thick carpet. Attached
to the upper cornices of the van la
Indirect lighting. Attached to the
croasmembers on the walls are
dlaplay cabinets, arranged to give
the public a step by step look at how
cttlxena can work to prevent crime
In their neighborhoods.
There Is a dlaplay featuring
“Officer Friendly,” a nationwide
program, geared to appeal to the
elementary school-age young
people. It la designed to acquaint
them with the police and how they
work to protect them.
"bn Mecklenburg Oounty we have
designed a coloring book based on
Officer Friendly,” Barnes said. "Of
course we have adapted the figure to
look like a Mecklenburg County
officer. The coloring books are
distributed to the young students, tt
Is our biggest single Item going out
to the public.”
The van also contains various
types of locking devices used la
homes and businesses and tips oa
how these devices can be upgradad
to foil the breaking and entering
experts. Bamea points out that 70
percent of all burglaries are accom
plished by entering through doors.
This display also demonatatea mom
effective methods of securing
windows against Illegal entry.
There Is a dlaplay to show how
citizens can help keep an eye on
their neighborhood and how to
report to police anything out of the
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directly about a possible sale.
Gldley said the restoration of the
cemetery was the plan approved
and recommended by the Bicen
commlsslcn at a recent meeting.
Plan B Includes the purchase of
the one and a half acres about the
cemetery, restoring the grounds and
place approprlatemarkers to tell the
story of the area In historical terms.
Also the cutting of a new approach
road, fencing In the area and
restoring an 18” by 30 foot log cabin
the pro-type of the one Goforth lived
In, on the new site. Also providing
picnic area for the many students
who would come to the site.
"We figure this plan would coat
less than 830,000," Oldley said. "The
Bicen commission has been
allocated 140,000 in Community
Development funds for the puipoae
of memorializing Preston Ctoforth.
The commission recommends that
the remainder of the money be used
to hire a sculptor to do a llfe-slae
statue of Goforth to be placed In the
plaza area of the new Govemmrntal
Services Facilities Building.”
Plan A, a much more elaborate
scheme. Involved the purchase of 90
acres of land, restoring the Gkrforth
home as It now stands and relocating
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ROLLING DISPLAT — Kings Mountain Olty Oom-
mlasloners and police officers wars given a demon-
sbratlon of what can be done to provide a ooaunnnlty
with a crime prevention program by Lt Blltch Bameo
(extreme right) of tbs MeeUenbarg County Police.
Photo By Tans MeMIyr
Bamea brought that county’s crime preventlaa m
here Monday. Meckleaburg started with a 86E1* LEAA ]
grant, the same amount already approved tor the KT
PoUce Cklme Prevention Bureau.