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8 Bf a i (EE m—— pr— NE ee BEd EE ee VOL. 88 NO. 79 OCTOBER 4, 1977 REST STOP — Two members of the Over- mountain March take a rest stop during the 180 mile trek from Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee to Kings Mountain National Military Park. Dressed in authentic costumes, such as this man and woman, the marchers are scheduled to arrive at Hearing Solves No Problems County Commissioner Josh Hinnant of Kings Mountain said Monday's public hearing of the board and members of the rescue squads from across the county brought no solution to the growing problem of how to pay for ambulance service. Although only two units, Kings Mountain Rescue and Shelby Rescue squads, in the county chose the transport fee and county subsidy method, it becomes evident in Monday's hearing that Boiling Springs, Grover and Upper Cleveland County rescue units don’t feel it is fair for them to continue operating without county aid. However, these units restated their determination to continue an all volunteer operation. “All we could do Monday was explain again the county's Ve TUESDRY'S -» = 5 Ne * celebrate Revolutionary Trail follows th 7, 1780. situation to the rescue representatives,’”’ Hinnant said. “From a tax standpoint the county cannot assist the units without a fee being charged. Our only alternative is to tax the public to pay for the service.” Hinnant said perhaps a fairer way of handling the situation is to charge ‘‘a district tax,” where residents living in the rescue district be taxed only. The same method is used in fire districts. ‘“The most palitable way to solve this problem,” Hinnant said, ‘is for all the units to operate on a volunteer basis as they have done in the past. This method, I think, would be much more satisfactory to the county residents than an additional tax to pay for the service.” Obviously this method can no longer work, at least as far as KINGS MOUNTAIN MIRROR-HERRLD » IE . & PE. ig, he 4 > 8 Sg ORS Abd pr RUE Ny pa . RR EL TNE x Kings Mountain about 8 p. m. Fri, Oct. 7 to the 197th anniversary of the War battle. The Overmountain e exact route 1,000 Americans took to meet and defeat Maj. Patrick Ferguson on Oct. Shelby and Kings Mountain Rescue squads are concerned. A representative from Shelby said as much in Monday's public hearing. That unit does not have the volunteer qualified man- power to handle the ambulance service during the day. There were no representatives at Monday's meeting from KM Rescue Squad, according to Hinnant. According to state law the county commissioners have fulfilled two steps of the requirements toward adopting an ordinance regulating am- bulance service in the county. The final step would be the or- dinance adoption. If such an ordinance were to be passed then the county would have the power to establish rescue districts, designate which game Bypass Status In Good Shape What is the status of the proposed US 74 Bypass? According to Ken Mauney, chief division engineer for N. C. Department of Transportation at Shelby, 106 individual homeowners on the right-of-way have been compensated and there are 16 more to go. Mauney, speaking in a recent district meeting in Kings Mountain, said all right-of-way acquisitions ar2 expected to be completed by June 1978. ‘Usually a project of this nature does not get a two-year period to complete,” Mauney said, ‘‘but there were so many people involved DOT had no choice.” There is a total of 121 homes affected in the right-of-way from Bethware west of Kings Mountain to US 74 east of the city. The bypass runs north of the city. Another unusual aspect to this project is the contracting of a commercial firm for demolition of the homes acquired on the right-of-way. McSwain Grading of Shelby received the contract and, according to KM City Engineer Al Moretz, ‘McSwain * District 2 Meeting Tonight At Tonight the local government ‘One-on-One’ meeting jumps back to district two. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p. m. in Eastside Baptist Church fellowship hall. Commissioner Humes Houston and Mayor John Moss will co- host the meeting. Houston had to unit would serve each district, how many ambulances each unit would operate, set down guidelines for insurance and operations for each unit and set a feeor rate schedule for each unit to charge the public. The or- dinance would also give the county the power to refuse a franchise to any or all units now operating in the county. However, Commissioner Hinnant said, ‘‘At present the board of county commissioners is not considering such a move. We have not even discussed the matter. This is all so new to us that we are taking it one step at a time.” Hinnant said that many ‘citizens are under the im- pression the county is trying to take over the rescue squads. This is not true. We don't want to was the N. C., State- is on the job at last removing the old homes.” Mauney commented that along the state’s right-of-way where homes have been removed, “DOT has the responsibility of keeping up the property. If weeds and debris are beginning to fill the area, then neighboring residents should contact our department in Shelby and we will see that the weeds and debris are removed.” Mauney said he feels that since the project is going well, that priorities may be shifted in Raleigh in order to continue the bypass through to completion. He said the bypass will probably cost ‘‘a couple of million bucks per mile” once the construction gets underway. The bypass roadbed, ac- cording to Mauney, will be below the intersecting Kings Mountain streets. Bridges over the bypass are planned as connectors for the intersecting KM streets. A companion project to the bypass, according to Mauney, will be construction of an in- terchange on the east side of the city. Eastside pass when his district meeting was originally scheduled because his wife was scheduled for surgery. All district two citizens are urged to attend tonight's meeting, but as always citizens from all over the city are welcome to attend also. get into the ambulance business. We have been trying our best to get out of it.” The situation now facing the commissioners grew out of the formation of a second emergency service in Kings Mountain. Former members of Kings Mountain Rescue Squad, dissatisfied with the fee schedule, banded together several weeks ago and applied for a charter to form Kings Mountain Emergency Services, Inc. The purpose of this group, stated in public meetings, is to operate an emergency service on an all volunteer basis and rely on public donations to exist. However, the county com- missioners have already signed contracts with both Kings Mountain and Shelby Rescue squads to bill patients 15¢ Cweatherl Tuesday Through Thursday: Fair Today And Wednesday Becoming Partly Cloudy Thursday. Cool Early in The Period With Highs in The 60s And 70s. tk Do You Like Pancakes? Check KM Rotary Club Page Ad in Today’s Mirror-Herald xi Hp ~ Hartsoe, Burns Are Our Winners Mrs. Bertie Hartsoe of Kings weren't close enough to the tie- 7 How Well Do You Know Your Neighbor? Would The Life He’s Lived, Or His Hobby Make An Interesting Feature? What About Yourself? Let’s Share The Story With Our Readers. Call 739-7496 Mountain turned in a perfect card to win the $60 first place in last week's Mirror-Herald football contest. Mrs. Hartsoe correctly picked the winner in 10 area high school and college games, and also hit the tie-breaker of 44 points right on the nose. The tie-breaker Maryland game, won by State 24- 20 Second place went to Charlie Bums of Kings Mountain, who also picked all 10 winners and missed the tie-breaker by only one point. He predicted 45. Twenty-six other guessperts also turned in perfect cards but breaker to grab a share of the dough. The games which fooled the biggest majority of the con- testants were State-Maryland, North Carolina-Texas Tech and South Carolina-East Carolina. All three were decided by four points or less. Contestants are reminded to turn in their entries by 12 noon Friday, and to enter just one time. Over 40 entries were disqualified last week, some because they were received too late and others because there was more than one entry per person or family. This week's contest is inside today's Mirror-Herald. Read the rules carefully, pick the teams you think will win this Friday and Saturday and get a chunk of that dough.