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VOL. 88 NO. 82
OCTOBER 18, 1977
Houston, Grissom Re-elected,
Wright, Dickey In Runoff
Photos by Gary Stewart
CHECKING THE COUNT - District Two Commissioner Humes
Houston and Candidate W.S. Biddix check the vote count at the Mirror-
Herald offices Tuesday night following the election. Biddix was second
highest vcie-geiter, but declined & rumoff eleciivn giving Houston the
office for four more years.
By TOM McINTYRE
Less than one-third of the
registered voters in Kings Mountain
went to the polls Tuesday to re-elect
Commissioners Humes Houston and
William Grissom for four year
The same electorate gave in-
cumbent Fred Wright and
challenger James Dickey the op-
portunity to meet again in the Nov. 8
Dickey told The Mirror-Herald
Wednesday, ‘‘Since the vote totals
between Commissioner Wright and
myself were so close, I feel obligated
to meet him again in the runoff
election next month.”
Commissioner Grissom was the
top vote-getter in Tuesday's election
with Commissioner Houston second
and Wright third.
In the district five contest Grissom
was a clear majority winner over
opponents James E. Amos and
Thomas Bamette. Grissom polled
more votes than his two opponents
In the district two race Com-
missioner Houston lacked one vote
giving him a majority. However,
the second highest pollster, W.S.
Biddix, told The Mirror -Herald
Tuesday fight that he ‘‘will not call
for a runoff contest between Mr.
Houston'and myself. I congratulate
Commissioner Houston on his
County To Receive Grant For
Comprehensive Employment Training
By GARY STEWART
The Kings Mountain board of
education learned at its Monday
night meeting at Grover School that
the system will be receiving a CETA
Training Act) grant which will
enable the schools to expand its
extended day program.
Supt. Bill Davis told the board
members that Cleveland County will
receive $108,000 which will probably
be divided between the Kings
Mountain and Shelby districts. The
Cleveland County school system
does not have an extended day
The funds, Davis said, will provide
Kings Mountain with better in-
struction, better equipment and a
job placement service for the
students in the program.
The extended day program, he
explained, now serves 20 students
who found it necessary to drop out of
high school or else just could not fit
in to the regular academic program.
The program is currently held at
Compact but will be moved back to
Kings Mountain High School.
The program will be implemented
by November 1, Davis said.
In other action Monday, the
.- Heard comments from Grover
Principal Jim Scruggs on the
programs at Grover School, which
has an enrollment of 432 students
and employs 47 persons.
«Received a letter of thanks from
the N.C.A.E. and the A.C.T. for the
life insurance ‘policy the board
recently made available for its
« Was told by Davis that four
committees representing all grade
levels are working on promotion and
retention policies. Davia sald any
changes will be reported to the
-- Was informed that October 10:14
has been set aside as School Lunch
Week and was given a brief review
of the free and reduced lunch and
-- Was given a report by Assistant
Supt. Bill Bates on capital im-
provements that have been com-
pleted since the beginning of the
fiscal year and also on im-
provements that are in progress and
those coming up over the next
Some of the major improvements,
he pointed out, included new lighting
for John Gamble Stadium, kin-
dergarten rooms at Bethware,
demolition of the cannery at Grover,
landscaping at the junior high,
pavement repairs at KMHS,
cafeteria furniture for KMHS and
North, roof repairs at Central, a new
bus for Grover and a TV antenna
system for the junior and senior high
Bates said improvements are
scheduled through March.
-- Was told by Bates that this is
National School Bus Safety Week
and was given a brief report on bus
transportation. Bates said the KM
district transports 32,600 students
-- Was told by Davis that the N.C.
School Boards Association Meeting
is scheduled for November 3-5 in
--Received board training packets
on programs for exceptional
children and the Primary Reading
-- Learned that seven CETA
positions had been eliminated due to
lack of funding. However, Davis
noted, five of the positions had not
been filled and the other two were
absorbed with local funds.
-- Was told that October 9-16 had
been declared National Educational
Office Personnel Week.
-- Approved a sale of surplus items
for October 22 at 9:30 a.m. at
-- Received a letter and sample
school board ballot from the County
Board of Elections.
-- Granted several student tran-
sfers and three admissions from
-- Approved a mid-nine weeks
report on the progress of all students
in the system.
-- Tabled a request from the
Piedmont Shrine Club to ask fans for
donations at the last two home
Enter Football Contest By Noon Friday
If you haven't entered this week's
Mirror-Herald football contest, you
still have until noon Friday.
First prize is $50 and second $35.
The contest is in Tuesday's Mirror-
campaign and victory.
Tuesday there was a total of 4,080
registered voters eligible to par-
ticipate in the election. A total of
1,261 went to the polls, which is less
than one-third of the registration. In
1975, with 89 candidates running in
the mayoral and six district races,
about 50 percent of the total
registration voted. Almost that
number voted again in the
November 1876 runoff elections.
Total votes cast in both East and
West KM Precincts Tuesday for the
12 candidates were:
District Two: Humes Houston -
609; W.S. Biddix - 285; Lloyd E.
Davis - 172; Jerry Mullinax - 168;
and Gilbert Hamrick - 9.
District Five: William Grissom -
728; James E. Amos - 890; and
Thomas Barnette - 105.
District Six: Fred Wright Jr. -
479; James J. Dickey - 478; Charles
Parker - 181; and M.C. Pruette - 159.
There was one write-in vote,
recorded at West KM Precinct, for
Howard Shipp in district 6.
Registrars, judges and observers
totaled all ballots in about one hour
after the polls closed Tuesday.
Special problems encountered
during Tuesday's election were
several citizens who had moved
from one district to another during
the past year and failed to notify the
elections board for a change of
registration address. There were a
couple of instances where voters had
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 citizens to vote.
In the Nov. 8 runoff Fred Wright
Jr. will meet James J. Dickey for
the district six commissioner seat.
Local voters will also select two
Kings Mountain District 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
City commissioners will be sworn-
in to begin four year terms on Dec. 8,
Kings Mountain's local govern.
ment one-on-one meeting, postponed
from Oct. 11 because of the city
election, will be held next Tuesday
at Trinity Episcopal Church.
District six Commissioner Fred
Wright and Mayor John Moss will
co-host the meeting.
District six residents, and in-
terested citizens from throughout
the city, are urged to attend the 7:30
pm. meeting. Trinity Episcopal
Church is located on Phifer Rd.
Just fill in the blanks with the
teams you think will win and mail it
to the Mirror-Herald, P.O. Box 752,
Kings Mountain; or bring it by our
office at 204 South Piedmont.
Final Report Day For United Fund Drive
Final Report Day in the Kings
Mountain United Fund Drive for
$45,000 will be held Friday at a noon
luncheon at Kings Mountain Inn,
Campaign Chairman Pat Cheshire
encourages all drive leaders to
make their reports of pledges and
contributions at the luncheon
“One Gift Works Many Wonders
The United Way'' is the theme of the
1078 drive for 11 local agencies,
including Ministerial Helping Hand,
Boy Scouts of America, American
Red Cross, Girl Scouts of America,
Kings Mountain High School Band,
Kings Mountain Rescue Squad,
Kings Mountain High School Chorus,
Salvation Army, Cleveland County
Association for Retarded Citizens,
Grover Rescue Squad and Cleveland
County Community Organization
For Drug Abuse Rrevention.
The Red Crpss Bloodmobile is
scheduled for Mon., Oct. 17 from 11
am. until 4:30 p.m. at the Kings
Mountain Community Center.
Lyn Cheshire and Sandy Mauney,
co-chairmen for the local visit, said
the goal is 100 pints and added, ‘The
need to reach this goal is urgent. In
recent Kings Mountain visits the
goal has fallen far too short."
The bloodmobile will be set up in
the Mountaineer Room at the
JAMES J. DICKEY
CONGRATULATES WINNER - Commissioner James Childers offers
congratulations to District Five Commissioner Bill Grissom on his
overwhelming victory in Tuesday's municipal election. Grissom was the
only clear winner in the balloting, defeating two opponents to retain his
office for four more years.
Directors of Kings Mountain Little
Theatre have requested financial
assistance from the city's arts
council ‘‘to broaden the scope of
Mrs. Katherine Mauney, president
of the community theater, told the
commissioners Monday, ‘‘We feel
drama is an important part of
community life and the local
theatrical group has been a part of
life here for the past 80 years.’
She said the KMLT wants to
branch out, to try more ambitious
productions. ‘‘We must appeal to
Karl Adkins To
KMLT Directors Request Financial
Assistance From City Art Council
the public’ on many levels, Mrs.
Mauney said, then requested a
liberal percentage of the annual arts
Mayor John Moss explained that
the Kings Mountain Arts Council
was created initially under a ‘‘two
part process. $5,000 from the North
Carolina Arts Council and $5,000
from the city under the Community
Development program. That was
for 1975-76. There was no state grant
in 1977-78 and the CD application for
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Speak At Voters
Registration Association Banquet
The first annual awards banquet
sponsored by the Cleveland County
Voters Registration Association is
this Friday at Kings Mountain Inn,
The 7 p.m. dinner is planned for
the presentation of awards to county
citizens for their contributions in the
areas of politics, law, business,
education, music, religion,
sororities, fraternities, government
Dr. Joseph Roberts, chairman of
the association board of directors,
said the various age groups to be
recognized are the young, middie-
aged and senior citizens. Recipients
are men and women from all ethnic
The keynote speaker is Karl
Adkins, an attorney with the
Charlotte firm of Chambers, Stein,
Ferguson and Becton. Adkins will
speak on political action in the law.
Tickets are $6 and are available by
contacting William Hager (780-3975)
or John Jordan (780-8885).