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VOL. 88 NO. 82
OCTOBER 18, 1977
Houston^ Grissom Re-elected^
Wright^ Dickey In Runoff
Photoa by Oary Stewart
CHECKINO THE COUNT - DUtrlct Two Oommlaaionar Humea
Houaton and Candidate W.S. Blddlx cheek the vote count at the Mirror-
Herald oftlcea Tueaday nlKht toUowbiK the election. Blddlx waa aeoond
higheat v<.;a-|aiter, i>ut declined a runotf eiet'lk.n glvln( Houaton the
office tor tour more yeara.
By TOM MCINTYRE
Leaa than one-third of the
reglatered votera In Klnga Mountain
went to the polla Tueaday to re-elect
Oommiaalonera Humea Houaton and
William Orlaaom tor four year
The aame electorate gave In
cumbent Fred Wright and
challenger Jamea Dickey the op
portunity to meet again In the Nov. 8
Dickey told The Mirror-Herald
Weihieaday, “Since the vote totala
between Commlaaloner Wright and
myaelf were ao cloae, I feel obligated
to meet him again In the runoff
electlan next month.”
Commlaaloner Orlaaom waa the
top vote-getter In Tueaday'a election
with Commlaaloner Houaton aecond
and Wright third.
In the dlatrlct five cmteat Orlaaom
waa a clear majority winner over
opponenta Jamea E. Amoa and
Thomaa Barnette. Orlaaom polled
more votea than hla two opponenta
In the dlatrict two race Oom-
mlaalcner Houaton lacked one vote
giving him a majority. However,
the aecond higheat poUater, W.S.
Blddlx, told The Mirror -Herald
Tueaday night that he “wUl not caU
for a runoff oonteat between Mr.
Houaton'and myaelf. I congratidata
Commlaaloner Houaton on hla
County To Receive Grant For
Comprehensive Employment Training
By GARY STEWART
The Klnga Mountain board of
education learned at Ita Monday
night meeting at Qrover School that
the ayatem will be receiving a CBTA
Training Act) grant which wUl
enable the achoola to expand Ita
extended day program.
Siqit. BUI Davla told the board
membera Uiat aeveland County will
receive |in,000 which wUl probably
be divided between the Klnga
Mmmtaln and Shelby dlatrlcta. The
Cleveland County achool ayaUm
doea not have an extended day
The funda, Davla aald, wUl provide
Klnga Mountain wlUi bettor In-
alructton, better e(iu4>ment and a
Job placement aervlce for the
atudenU In the program.
The extended day program, ha
explained, now aervea 90 atudonta
who found It neceaaary to drop out of
high achool or elaa Juat could not fit
Into tha regular academic program.
The program la currently held at
Compact but wlU be moved back to
Klnp Mountain High School.
The program will be Implemented
by November 1, Davla aald.
- Waa given a report by Aaalatant
Supt. BUI Batea on capital Im-
provemanta that have been com
pleted alnce the beginning of the
flacal year and alao on Im-
provementa that are In progreaa and
Some of the major ImprovemenU,
he pointed out. Included new Ughtlng
for John Oamble Stadium, kin
dergarten rooma at Bethware,
demoUtlonof the cannery at Orover,
landacaplng at tha Junior high,
pavement repalra at KMHS,
cafeteria furniture for KMHS and
North, roof repalra at Central, a new
bua for Orover and a TV antenna
ayaUm for the Junior and aenlor high
Batea aald improvamenta are
acheduled through March.
- Waa told by Bataa that tMa la
Nattonal School Bua Safety Waek
and waa glvan a briaf report on bua
tranaportaUan. Batea aald tha KM
dlatrlct tranaporU 3,600 atudenU
- Waa tdd by DavU ttet tha N.C.
la acheduled for November M la
- Received board training packeU
on programa for exceptional
chlldran and the Primary Reading
- Learned that aeven CBTA
poaltlcna had been eliminated duo to
lack of ftmding. However, Davla
noted, five at tha poattkma had not
been fUled and tha other two were
abaorbad with local fUnda.
- Waa told that October 9-16 ted
been declared Nattonal Educational
Office Peraonnel Weak.
- Approved a aala of aurplua lUma
tor October 33 at 9:S0 a.m. at
" Received a lattar and aample
achool board ballot from the County
Board of Electtona.
- OranUd aaveral atudant tran-
afera and three admlaalona from
- Approved a mld-nlna waaka
report on the progreaa of all atudenU
In the ayaUm.
- Tabled a request from the
Piedmont Shiina aub to aak fane for
donatlona at the last two home
campaign and victory.
Tuesday there was a total of 4,069
registered voters eligible to par
ticipate In the electlan. A total of
1,361 went to the poUa, which la leas
than one-third of the regUtratton. In
1976, with 89 candidates running In
the mayoral and six district races,
about 60 percent of the total
registration voted. Almost that
number voted again In the
November 1976 runoff elections.
Total votes cast In both East and
West KM Precincts Tueaday for the
13 candidates were:
District Two: Humes Houston -
609; W.S. Blddlx - 366; Uoyd E.
Davla - 173; Jerry MuUlnax - 168;
and QUbert Hamrick - 9.
District Five: WUUam Orlaaom -
738; Jamea E. Amoa - 890; and
Thomaa Barnette - 106.
Dlatrlct Six: Fred Wright Jr. -
479; Jamea J. Dickey - 478; Charles
Parker -181; and M.C. Pruette -169.
There was one write-in vote,
recorded at West KM Precinct, for
Howard Sh4>p In district 6.
Registrars. Judges and observers
totaled all baUoU In about one hour
after the polls closed Tuesday.
Special problems encountered
during Tuesday’s election were
several cltUaiu wBo ted moved
from one district to another during
the past year and faUed to notify the
elections board for a change of
registration address. There wore a
couple of liMtances where voters ted
moved to a different address within
the same district. In those cases the
registrar was empowered to change
the address on the registration book
and allow the cltlaens to vote.
In the Nov. 8 runoff Fred Wright
Jr. wlU meet James J. Dickey for
the dlatrict six commUaloner seat.
Local voters wUl also select two
Kings Mountain Dlatrlct School
board members from a field of five
candidates and help decide the fate
of two state-wide bond referendums
and five proposed state constitution
Ctty commissioners wlU be awom-
In to begin four year terms on Dec. 8,
FRED WRIGHT JR.
JAMES J. IHCKET
CXJNORATULATES WINNER ■ Commlaaloner James Childers offers
congratulations to District Five Commissioner BUI Orlaaom on hla
overwhelming victory In Tueaday’a municipal election. Orlaaom was the
only clear winner In the balloting, defeating two opponenta to retain hla
office for four more years.
KMLT Directors Recpiest Fincuicial
Assistance From City Art Council
from Oct. U bacauae of the city
elsctton, WlU be held naxt Tuesday
at Trinity Eptecopal Church.
Dlslrlct she Commlaaloner Fred
Wright and Mayor John Moss will
Enter Football Contest By Noon Friday
Iha city, are urged to attend the 7:S(
- Heard oonunents from Orover
Principal Jim Scruggs on the
programs at Orover School, which
haa an enroUmant of 483 Mudents
and employs 47 persons.
- Reoelved a letter of thanks from
the N.O.A.B. and tha A.C.T. for the
Ufa Inaumnee poUcy the board
recently made avaUable for Its
- Waa told by Davla that four
If you haven’t entered this week’s
Mliror-Harald footbaU contest, you
stUl have untU noon Friday.
First prise la 660 and second $36.
’The contest la In ’Tuesday’s Mirror-
Just fill In tha blanks with the
teams you think wUl win and maU It
to tha Mlrror-Harald, P.O. Box 763,
Kings Mountatai; or bring It by our
office at 3M South Piedmont.
Directors of Klnga Mountain Uttle
Theatre have requested financial
aaalatance from the city’s arte
councU "to broaden the scope of
Mrs. Katharlna Mauney, president
of the community theater, told the
commlaaloners Monday, "We feel
drama la an Important part of
community life and the local
theatrical group has been a part of
Ufa hero for the past 80 years."
She aald tha KMLT wants to
branch out, to try more ambitious
productions. "We must appeal to
the public" on many levels, Mrs.
Mauney aald, than rsquasted a
liberal percentage of the annual arts
Mayor John Moss explained that
the Kings Mountain Arts Council
was created Initially undar a "two
part process. $6,000 from the North
Carolina Arte Council and $6,000
from the dty under the Community
Development program. That was
for 1976-76. Thera was no state grant
In 1977-78 and the CD application tor
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Final Report Day For United Fund Drive
Visit Here Karl Adkins To Speak At Voters
On Monday Registration Association Banquet
eommlttoas repreaentlng au grade
levetoara working on promotion and
ratantlon poUdos. Davla said any
ohangos win be rspoitad to the
- Was informed that October 1(V14
haa been sot aalds as School Lunch
Weak and was glvan a brief review
of ttie free and reduced tunoh and
Final Report Day In the Kings
Moisitaln United Fund Drive tor
$46,000 wlU be held Friday at a noon
luncheon at Kings Mountain Inn.
Campaign Chairman Pat Chaahiro
encourages all drive leaders to
make their reports of plodgas and
contributions at the luncheon
"0ns 01ft Works Many Wonders
The United Way" Is the theme of the
1978 drive tor 11 local agancloa.
Including Mlnlstsrial Helping Hand,
Boy Scouts of America, American
Red Cross, Olri Scouts of America,
Kings Mountain High Schod Band,
Kings Mountain Reacua Squad,
Klnp Mountain High School CSwrua,
Salvation Army, Ctoveland County
Association tor Retarded Cltlaens,
Orover Reaous Squad and aeveland
County Community Organisation
For Drug Abuse grsventlon.
The Red Crpas Bloodmobile Is
scheduled for Mon., Oct. 17 from 11
am. until 4:60 p.m. at the Kings
Moiaitaln Community Canter.
Lyn Cheshlro and Sandy Mauney,
co-ehalrmen tor the local visit, aald
the goal la 190 pints and added, "The
nasd to reach this goal la urgent. In
recent Klngi Mountain visits the
goal haa tollan tor too short."
Ths bloodmobile will bo sot up In
the Mountaineer Room at the
Ttie first annual awards banquet
sponsored by ths Cteveland County
Voters Rsgtstratton Association Is
this Friday at Klnp Mountain Inn.
Tha 7 p.m. dinner Is planned for
the presentation of awards to county
cltlsena for thsir contributlona In the
areas of politics, law, business,
education, music, religion,
aororltloa, fratemlttea, govemmant
rscognlaad are the yotmg, mlddto-
aged and senior clttsens. Recipients
are man and woman from all ethnic
TTm keynote speaker la Karl
Adkins, an attorney with the
Charlotte Srm of Chambers, Stela,
Ferguson and Becton. Adkins will
speak on political aoUoa la Iho law.
Tickets are $6 and are available by
contacting William Hager (789-WTi)
or John Jordan (78»-S886).