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THE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 40
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CRIME PREVENTION VAN -
director of the Kings Mountain Police Crime Preven-
tion Bureau, is seen here with the new Chevrolet Step-
Van purchased from Nation Chevrolet for use as a
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
crime prevention bureau display vehicle. In the next six
weeks the van will be equipped with numerous exhibits
designed to educate citizens in methods of preventing
~~ Large Turnout Sees
Bundreds of Kings Mountain area
citizens attended Eaton Cor-
poration’s dedication services
Monday which featured ribbon
cutting of the fourth facility Eaton
has put into operation for the
manufacture of heavy-duty truck
transmission in the United States.
Lt. Governor Jimmy Green
snipped the blue ribbon as President
and chief operating officer of the
carporation, Paul Miller, Board
Chairman E. M. De Windt, plant
manager Ron Tompkins and other
Eaton executives and represen-
tatives of business and industry
Following the ribbon-cutting,
visitors were given a tour of the
plant and barbecue and corn-on-the-
cob was served at tables arranged
under a gigantic tent in the company
Ground for the 290,000 square foot
facility on a 50-acre site off Highway
29 between Kings Mountain and .
Grover, wis broken in 1974.
The first completed truck tran.
smission loft the production line at
the plant ii: mid-March of this year.
Lt. Gov. Green said he welcomed
Eaton’s newest facility to North
Carolina on behalf of all the people
of the Tar Heel state and said he
hoped the corporation would be
“more and more delighted with our
Going To Medical School
Bill Herndon, Kings Mountain
native, has been accepted as a
student in the University of North
Carolina Medical School.
He and his wife, the former Bobbi
Wilson of Gastonia, are residing in
Herndon earned his un-
dergraduate degree from UNC,
He is son of William M. Herndon of
Kings Mountain and the late Jean
Lynch Herndon and grandson of Mr.
and Mrs. Haywood E. Lynch and
Mrs. J. E. Herndon and the late Mr.
Bickley Fund Is
Almost $3,600 has been donated to
the Brian Bickley Fund in the past
The Mirror-Herald carried the
story of Bickley's battle against a
coronary disease and of the moun-
tain of medical bills piling up during
his hospital confinement.
Mrs. Marilyn Neisler, a friend of
the Bickley's, established a special
account at First Union National
Bank to handle the donations, which
are tax deductible.
‘““As of Wednesday morning the
account now has $3,479 donated,”
Mrs. Neisler said.
The Kings Mountain Country Club
directors are also talking about
sponsoring a golf and tennis benefit
with proceeds going to the Bickley
Bickley, his wife, Pauline, and two
, sons, natives of England, have been
residents of Kings Mountain and the
United States for the past 11 years. A
third son, Brian Charles, was born
here in Kings Mountain.
Bickley has been confined to
hospitals, with the exception of five
weeks, since November 1976. His
major medical insurance, $26,000, is
exhausted. His room costs $205 daily
and room and medicine costs to date
are well over $26,000. The bills from
the doctors have not even arrived as
Junior High Choir
To Hold Concert
Members of the Kings Mountain
Junior High Choir will present a
concert Thursday night at 7:30 p. m.
in B. N. Bames Audporium on the
campus of Kings Mountain Senior
The public is invited to attend.
Miller said the corporation had
“looked for a place where Eaton
could live and grow as part of the
community and Kings Mountain was
the right place at the right time.”
Kings Mountain Mayor John Moss
said he was delighted that Eaton had
chosen Kings Mountain and noted
that seldom has a city the size of
Kings Mountain been selected by a
world giant of industry. “Thank you,
he said,” for choosing Kings
Kings Mountain Senator Ollie
Harris also welcomed the Eaton
“family” to Kings Mountain and Lt.
Gov. Green who he praised as a
‘great leader in the legislature.”
President Miller commented that
‘‘a lot of things have happened since
three years ago when I stood on this
same ground for groundbreaking of
a Kings Mountain plant, including a
fair-sized recession. We knew,
however, that Kings Mountain was
being bullt for the future. The barren
field that we met on in 1974 is now
one of the world’s most modern
truck transmission plants.”
Plant Manager Tompkins said,
‘““The day has finally arrived for us,
285 strong, to express our ap-
preciation to the leaders of our
corporation, the federal, state and
local governments for having the
courage of their convictions in
continuing this investment in our
jobs, during the most severe
economic recession experienced in
most of our working life time. This
was a period of curtailment for most
which only helped perpetuate a bad
situation, but not here.”
Some interesting features about
The facility is all electric, and
power demand is handled by
The plant has ‘‘enlightening’’
personnel policies, among them
being there are no time clocks and
bells to direct employe when to
report for work. People respond
best to other people is the policy.
Plant equipment reflects the
newest technology in production
machinery. Some significant in.
stallations make Kings Mountain
one of the most modern production
facilities both in the U. 8. and for the
manufacture of truck transmission.
One of the biggest assets of
Eaton's Kings Mountain plant is its
design toward maximum energy
conservation and total compliance
with state and local air and water
KMPD Working On Plan
How Do You Prevent
Crime In Community?
Cheshire Is Honored
By CC Red Cross
How do you prevent crime?
The best method is to take
precautions to make the criminal
act so difficult as to not be at-
That is the function of the Kings
Mountain Crime Prevention Bureau,
a special arm of the KM Police
Department created under a grant
from the Law Enforcement
Assistance Agency in Raleigh.
Houston Corn has been named
director of the bureau and is
operating out of the stone house
beside Kings Mountain Baptist
Church, W. Mountain St.
This week Houston received a 14
ft. step van from Jerry Nation
Chevrolet, which was purchased
under a bid contract recently. The
large white van will be used to put
the crime prevention bureau
program into full force within the
next six weeks.
Police Chief Earl Lloyd said the
van was purchased at a cost of
$6,775. The original LEAA grant was
for only $5,500 ,but Chief Lloyd
applied for increased funding from
LEAA and was granted an ad-
ditional $1,275 to apply toward the
cost of the vehicle. The city’s share
of this cost totals $24.
During the next six weeks
members of the police department
and the city’s electrical department
and Jack Thrower, a private citizen,
will apply their expertise in in-
stalling carpeting, wiring and
cabinets, all to be used in creating a
mobile education center for the
‘“The idea of the van is to beable to
take the crime prevention programs
into the different sections of the
community,’’ Chief Lloyd said.
“Citizens will be able to see first
hand crime prevention methods they
can put into inexpensive and
practical use in their own homes and
Corn is presently conducting such
programs for private citizens and!
businessmen. He is also following up
on cases where citizens may take
precautions to make sure they are
not again the victims of crimes.
Chief Lloyd said Corn will also
conduct in-service training
programs of all the other officers on
the local police department so they
may Implement the crime
prevention programs. .
“It 1s our goal to make all of our
men and women crime prevention
officers,”’ Chief Lloyd said.
Once the van is ready, Chief Lloyd
said Kings Mountain will make it
available also to neighboring law
enforcement departments upon
Lynn Cheshire of Kings Mountain
was presented with the Dr. Hubert
... outstanding volunteer
Plaster Award as outstanding male
volunteer 1976-77 Monday night.
The award was presented during
the Annual meeting of the Cleveland
County Chapter of American
National Red Cross at Kings.
Mountain Junior High.
Stanley Morgan, a chapter
director and the 1975-76 Dr. Plaster
Award recipient, presented
Cheshire with the honor.
Cheshire has served as a Red
Cross director since 1878 and has
served as co-chairman of the Kings
Mountain blood program. He is
currently serving as chairman of the
Red Cross Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) program,
giving programs all over the county.
He has also taught junior and senior
lifesaving courses over Cleveland
Rev. Glenn Boland and Gary
Whitaker, both of Kings Mountain,
were elected secretary and
treasurer, respectively, for the
coming year during Monday's an-
nual meeting. Whitaker was also
named to the board of directors.
Dr. Harry Matthews and James
Beam, both of Shelby, were elected
chairman and vice chairman of the
county chapter for the coming year.
Marvin Teer, also of Kings
Mountain received a plaque
denoting the chapter's appreciation
for his past service as treasurer
during the annual meeting Monday.
Plans First Aid
First aid is by no means simple
and requires hard work as sixth and
seventh graders are learning at
American Red Cross Basic First
Aid has been incorporated into the
health program at Central this year
and is being taught by the health and
physical education teachers, Mrs.
Pam Salyers, Mrs. Sara Whetstine,
Green Rape, Murder
Trial Set Monday
Jimmy Eugene Green will stand
trial on charges of rape and murder
beginning Monday in Cleveland
County Superior Court.
Green is charged in the death of
Mrs. Rosemary Knauer of Daytona
Beach, Fla., last October 8 at Kings
Set At Central
Central School will sponsor a
Spring Festival Friday afternoon
with gymnastics, arts and crafts, a
disco room and a baby contest by
sixth and seventh graders as
_ featured entertainment.
Hot dogs with all the trimmings
will also be available.
At 8 p. m. the Choral group of
Central School will present a concert
of special music.
The public is invited to attend.
The defendant has been under
observation in Dorothea Dix
Hospital in Raleigh and is expected
to be returned to Cleveland County’
Friday. The trial was set earlier, but
Attorney James Funderburk of
the Public Defender’'s office will
Appearing as state witnesses will
be Kings Mountain Police Chief Earl
Lloyd, Sgt. Richard Reynolds and
Ptl. Richard Byers and Mike San-
ders. Also Paul Barbee of the
Cleveland County Sheriff's
Department and SBI Agent Jim
All three law enforcement
agencies cooperated In the In-
vestigation of the murder of Mrs.
Knauer. The victim was in
Cleveland County operating a penny
arcade during the county fe'r last
October. The defendant reportedly
worked for Mrs. Knauer at the fair.
Green was arrested in Florida by
Sgt. Reynolds and Agent Woodard in
early December 1076.
Steve Moffitt and Phil Weathers in a
program designed to span the sixth
and seventh grade years, covering
two of the four books each year.
Each student who qualifies will
receive a certificate stating that he
or she has satisfactorily completed
and can administer Basic First Aid.
The course was begun just this
school year with astounding results.
The students’ motivation and
interest has risen quite con-
siderably, according to their in-
structors. Each student must pass
satisfactorily a series of skill tests
and a written final exam on all
aspects of Basic First Aid. The in.
structors estimate 76 boys and girls
will receive their certificates this
Considering the program is to
cover a two-year period, the in.
structors are proud of the 76
students who have exerted extreme
effort in the short amount of time
offered and feel they: should
be greatly commended.
First Aid is catching on fast in the
Kings Mountain School System. The
schools and the American Red Cross
are working together to train and
certify as many people as possible.
The program at Central school is
just a stepping stone. At present, the
staff at Central can claim two EMTS
and CPR instructors with the ex-
pectation of two additional in.
structors in the very near future.
Eventually, all the teachers in the
Kings Mountain schools will have
the opportunities to take the Red
Cross course, CPR, Basic Life