The Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 18??-1974, October 04, 1977, Image 1
TUeSDIV’S KIMG^ MOUnTWn VOL. 88 NO. 79 OCTOBER 4, 1977 mRROR-H€Rf\LD ^V' t>L Bypass Status In Good Shape f .v-J What l8 the statue of the proposed US 74 Bypass? According to Ken Mauney, chief division engineer for N. C. Department of Transportation at Shelby, 105 Individual homeovmers 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 aii expected to be completed by June 1078. "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 me city. Another unusual aspect to this project Is the ccmtractlng of a commercial firm for demolition of the homes acquired on the right-of-way. McSwaln Grading of Shelby received the contract and, according to KM City Engineer A1 Moretz, "McSwaln 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 wlU 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 tor 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. I • s. District 2 Meeting Tonight At Eastside I ' . . 4 .4 REST STOP — Two members of the Over mountain March take a rest stop during the ISO mile trek from Sycamore Shoals, Termessee to Kings Mountain National Military Park. Dressed In authentic costumes, such as this man and woman, the marchers are scheduled to arrive at ^4 Kings Mountain about 3 p. m. Frl., Oct. 7 to celebrate the 197th anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle. The Overmountsdn Trail follows the exact route 1,000 Americans took to meet and defeat MaJ. Patrick Ferguson on Oct. 7, 1780. 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 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. Hearing Solves No Problems County Commissioner Josh Hlnnant 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 tor 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 Bolling 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 ^ situation to the rescue representatives,” Hlnnant 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 tor the service.” Hnnant 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 palltable way to solve this problem,’’ Hlnnant said, "Is tor 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 tor the service.” Obviously this method can no longer work, at least as far as 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 Hlnnant. 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 establlah rescue districts, designate which 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 fee or 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 sdl units now operating In the county. However, Commissioner Hlnnant 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.” Hlnnant 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 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 mlasloners have already signed contracts with both Kings Mountain cmd Shelby Rescue squads to bill patients 15< —42^ Hartsoe, Burns Are Our Winners Tuesday Through Thursday: Fair Today And Wednesday Becoming Partly Cloudy Thursday. Cool Early In The Period With Highs In The 60s And 70s. Do You Uke Pancakes? Check KM Rotary Club Page Ad In Today’s Mirror-Herald V Mrs. Bertie Hartsoe of Kings Mountain turned In a perfect card to wtn the 150 first place In last week’s Mirror-Herald football contest. Mrs. Hartsoe correctly picked the winner In 10 area hl^ school snd college games, and also hit the tie-breaker of 44 points right on the nose. The Us-breaker gams was- the N. C. Stats- Mazyland game, won by State M- 90. Second place went to CharUe Bums of Kings Mountain, who also picked all 10 winners and mlassd the tle-brsaker by only one point. He predicted 48. Twenty-six other guessperts also turned In perfect cards but weren’t close enough to the tie breaker to grab a share of the dough. TTie games which fooled the biggest majority of the con testants were State-Maryland, North Carollna-’Texas Tech and South Carolina-East Oarollna. All three were decided by four points or less. How Weil 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. CaM 739-7496 Contestants are reminded to turn In their entries by 13 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 Mlrror-Hersild. Road the rules carefully, pick the teams you think will win this Friday and Saturday and get a chunk of that dough.