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The ringing of school bells
Monday brought excitement to
youngsters entering the class-
room for the first time and
mixed emotions for others.
A total of 4,300 pupils reported
for Orientation Day Monday
morning at the city's six
elementary school plants, Junior
High and Senior High schools.
Bill Bates, Assistant
Superintendent, reported a
smooth transition for students,
noted that some adjustments
may have to be made in
classroom, sizes at some
schools which are bulging with
VOL. 88 NO. 69
By TOM MCINTYRE
Kings Mountain has received
three grants totaling $316,400 this
week earmarked for con-
structing connector sewer lines
and a pump station.
The lines and pump station will
be used for converting waste for
Clevemont Mills and K Mills and
diverting the waste to the Pilot
Creek Waste Treatment Plant oxi
the west side of the city.
The grants were received this
week for $75,000 from the U. 8.
Farmers Home Administration,
$35,400 from the state clean
water act; and $205,000 from the
Department of Housing and
Mayor John H. Moss said
today that the construction of the
connector lines and pump station
should begin in early November.
‘““The construction of the lines
and station will reduce the load
on the McGill Waste Treatment
Plant,’ the mayor said. ‘‘This
will extend the life of McGill
plant and allow it to serve the
growing residential section on
the east side of the city.”
In the early 1880's, under the
Federal 201 Sewer Plan, another
treatment plant is expected to be
constructed several miles
southeast of Kings Mountain
which will also help with the
development both residentially
and industrially in that area.
“We appreciate these three
grants and feel it will assist in
the continuing development of a
most effective and efficient
sewer system for the city,”
Mayor Moss said.
‘We also appreciate the ef-
forts of Sen. Robert Morgan and
Rep. James Broyhill for their
assistance in this funding
process,’ the mayor said.
The final horse show of the
season sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Saddle Club will be
held at the club grounds Sat.,
Two shows are scheduled, one
beginning at 1 p. m,, the second
até p. m,
In the afternoon competition 21
classes will be judged. There are
23 classes scheduled for the
Trophies and ribbons will be
awarded for each class with high
point trophies for the day's
competition in English, Western
and Timed Events categories.
Photos By Gary Stewart
SCHOOL DAYS — Area students walk into school for the start of
another year Monday morning. Froia (op to bottom and left to
right, students include Grover kindergarten students Brian
Humphries and Jennifer Mullinax, Central sixth graders Neal
Scism and Becky Holt and KMHS seniors Deborah Hayes and
student population and said fit
was not unusual for traffic jams
to occur at some of the
elementary schools where
parents were transporting their
children for orientation and
remaining for an hour and ac-
companying them home.
First full day of school is
Tuesday and the class schedule
isfrom 8:30a. m. until 2:30 p. m.
for elementary students and 8:80
a. m. until 3 p. m. for Junior High
and Senior High pupils. Kin-
dergarten and First Graders will
be dismissed at noon for the first
two weeks of school.
School Days Are Here Again
Enrollment is up a little over
last year’s statistics, said Bates.
A total of 216 faculty members
are on the teaching staff for 1977-
KM Schools will offer free and
reduced price meals and free
milk to children unable to pay
the full prices of meals and milk
served under the National School
Lunch, School Breakfast and
Special Milk programs. Family
size income criteria for deter-
mining eligibility has been
adopted and application forms
are being sent to parents and
applications may be submitted
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086
$315,400 For Sewer Work
at any time during the year.
The 1977-78 school holiday
calendar: Labor Day Holiday,
Sept. 5; NCAE meeting, Sept. 80;
Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-
25; Christmas break, Dec. 21-
Jan. 1: Mid-term workdays, Jan.
20, 23; Easter holidays, Mar. 24-
April 2; Last Day for students,
June 8; Last Teacher Workday,
June 9; Annual Leave Day, June
12; Holiday in Lieu of New
Years, June 13; Holiday in Lieu
of Memorial Day, June 14; First
Alternate Snow Days, Easter.
Break, Next Alternate Snow
Days, June 12, 18, 14.
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City Receives Three Grants
Humes Houston Hies
from district two, Humes
has filed for re-election
in the Tues., Oct. 11 municipal
Commissioner Houston is the
first candidate to pay his filing
fee and announce campaign
intentions since candidate filing
opened Fri., Aug. 19. Houston is
one of three commissioners up
for re-election this year. The
other seats open are now held by
Commissioners Willlam R.
Grissom (district five) and Fred
Wright Jr. (district six).
In announcing his candidacy,
Commissioner Houston said,
‘My statement for the October 7,
1975 election was that if elected I
would be available to all the
citizens and would pledge myself
to work with the other elected
officials in a just and con-
structive manner. I make the
same pledge now.
“I also stated that I may not
agree with all the programs that
will be presented, but that I will
give my support to all programs
that will work toward the
economic growth and progress of
our city, continue the search for
new industries, work toward a
budget plan that will keep our
taxes at the lowest level
Commissioner Houston also
commented that he would like to
“look at some of the ac-
complishments of the present
administration and programs I
have helped to institute in the
past two years . . .
‘1. Enlarged the existing
water treatment plant from four
to eight million gallons per day.
With this capacity we can better
serve the citizens of Kings
Mountain and also meet the
requirements for new industry
that would want to locate here.
“2. Construction of the public
works complex which will
remove the city's heavy
equipment and garage facilities
from the center of town. The
complex includes the garage for
servicing vehicles, the main
building for offices and working
areas for storage of heavy
equipment and supplies.
“8, New city hall. This came
about when we were informed
that monies from other ap-
plicants who did not meet the
rigid requirements were
available. We gave Mayor Moss
and his staff the go-ahead and
they worked long and hard to get
the grant request in on schedule.
.... seeks re-election
We qualified, the construction
contracts have been signed and
work is to begin within two
weeks. Once this building 1s
completed the current city hall
will be free for renovation to
become the police department.
‘4. The Depot Center. Com-
pleted and open, this center is
used by the community and for
the city’s aging program.
“5. Deal and Davidson
Recreational Complex. These
parks have been updated,
enlarged and shaping into
among the best recreational
facilities in the state. We also
have a highly efficient
operating our facilities.
“6. Proposed additions to the
community center were ap-
proved and funded and will be
completed next year.
“7. We have continued to
update the city water, sewer and
“8. We have adopted an af-
firmative action plan, pay and
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Going ‘One On One’
There's a brand new program
in the making.
It's called ‘‘One On One."
What it means is Kings
Mountain's mayor and com-
missioners are going to become
even more available to citizens
and the plan to do it through a
series of meetings done district
This is a concentrated effort
to get down on a one to one basis
between city government of-
ficials and the citizens and to
take it out of city hall.
“This is an opportunity to
discuss the community needs,
the city services, the quality of
these services and the entire
aspect of city government with
citizens in their own backyard,"
sald Mayor John Moss.
The plan as it now stands is to
hold a series of meetings in each
district on a twice a year basis.
The first meeting is set for Tues.
Sept. 18 at Kings Moun-
tain Baptist Church in District
One. And since meetings are
going to be scheduled for both
daylight and night hours, the
time of the first meeting will be
announced in the next few days.
Mayor Moss and District One
Commissioner James Childers
will host the first meeting. The
rest of the city commissioners
have also been invited to attend.
‘‘We realize that local
government is the only form of
government that deals directly
with the people,’ the mayor
said, ‘so the commissioners and
Iwant to make your government
even more responsive to your
The mayor said he wants a
‘‘complete open door policy’ to
remain in effect and the com-
missioners are after citizens
ideas on which direction they
feel Kings Mountain should go,
where should the city's growth
be concentrated, what the people
see as the greatest needs for the
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