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VOL. 88 NO. 89
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1977
It’s Election Day In
The forecast for today through
Thursday calls for variable
cloudiness with slight chance of
rain. Highs are expected to be in the
lower 70s and the lows in the lower
Kings Mountain And Area
Wright And Dickey In Runoff Today
Kings Mountain voters will go to the polls today to
decide between incumbent commissioner Fred Wright
Jr. and former commissioner James J. Dickey for the
district six board seat.
The two candidates are the only ones in today’s runoff
election for the city board of commissioners. The
elected candidate will serve four years in local
When the votes were totaled following the Oct. 11
municipal election Wright led Dickey by only six votes,
not a clear majority, which gave Dickey the option to
call for a runoff election.
Two other district six candidates, Charles Parker and
. . .inside seat
. . . outside seat
DR. JOSEPH ROBERTS
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M. C. Pruette, were eliminated from contention by
polling 181 and 169 votes, respectively. Wright was tops
with 479 votes. Dickey polled 473 votes.
In the district five race on Oct. 11 Commissioner
Wiliam Grissom won re-election for four years by de-
feating candidates James E. Amos (380 votes) and
Thomas H. Barnette (105 votes). Grissom polled 728
votes, the largest number of votes awarded to any
candidate in the Oct. 11 balloting.
District two Commissioner Humes Houston was re-
elected to a four year term on Oct. 11. He lacked one
vote polling a clear majority, but the second highest
pollster, W. 8. Biddix, declined his opportunity to call
. .. inside seat
. . outside seat
for a runoff election. Houston polled 609 votes, Biddix —
265, Lloyd E. Davis — 172, Jerry Mullinax — 168, and
Gilbert Hamrick — 9 votes.
A total of 4,089 voters were eligible to cast ballots on
Oct. 11, but only 1,261 actually went to the polls making
itless than a one-third turnout record. The popular local
concensus is that the vote total would be even lower
today if it were not for the fact the Kings Mountain
District Board of Education race and the state-wide
bond referendums and State Constitution amendment
elections are also being held today.
The local polls opened at 8:30 a. m. and will close at
7:30 p. m.
FRED WRIGHT JR.
JAMES. J. DICKEY
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‘Five Compete Today
For 2 School Seats
A total of 6,420 persons are registered to vote in
today's Kings Mountain District Board of Education
Five candidates are campaigning for the two seats
available. Wiliam McDaniel of the Bethlehem Com-
munity, Fain Hambright, Grover Postmaster, and Dr.
Joseph Roberts of the Ebenezer Community are can-
didates for the lone out-side - Kings Mountain seat. Kyle
Smith and Charles Mauney are candidates for the lone
Smith and McDaniel were the first candidates to
announce intentions to file for the school board. Dr.
Roberts was the third. Hambright and Mauney filed
close to the deadline to campaign.
The outside-seat is currently held by P. A. (Tip)
Francis of Grover. Tommy Bridges of Kings Mountain
holds the inside seat. Both incumbents announced prior
to filing deadline they would not seek re-election.
Both Smith and Mauney were unsuccessful can-
didates for the school board in the 1975 election.
Hambright, Roberts and McDaniel are first-time
candidates for the education posts.
Smith is personnel manager for Gastonia’'s Gurney
Industries (see filing statement inside today's issue)
and a KM resident. Mauney is a KM native and an
official with Mauney Hosiery here. Hambright, a
Grover resident, is postmaster there. Dr. Roberts is an
associate professor of Human Development and
Learning at UNC-Charlotte. He is a native of Kings
Mountain. McDaniel is a postal employe working as a
rural route carrier out of the Kings Mountain Post
The winners of today's election, which is being
handled by the Cleveland County Board of Elections,
will be sworn in the second Monday in December unless
anew date is set by the school board. They will serve six
year terms. Currently serving on the board
are Alex Owens, who holds the other outside seat;
Marion Thomasson and June Lee, both of whom were
elected in 1975. Owens’ seat comes up for election in
The board seats held by Mrs. Thomasson and Mrs.
Lee will be up for election in 1881. All school board
members are elected, on staggered terms, for six
The Kings Mountain School District includes the
majority of Township No. 4 and a portion of Township
No. 5. Less than 20 persons, currently registered, in
Township 6 are included in the Cleveland County School
Polling places for today's election are the National
Guard Armory and Community Center in Kings
Mountain; Grover Rescue Squad Building in Grover;
Bethware School; and Waco Volunteer Fire Depart
ment. According to the county elections board records,
a total of 348 persons will vote for the KM District
Education Board candidates in the Waco precinct.
The polls opened at 6:30 a. m. and will close at 7:30 p.
Grover Elects Mayor And Council Today
GROVER - Today, the citizens of Grover are going
to the polls to elect a mayor and three council members
to serve for the next two years.
Only one of the candidates, Dean Westmoreland, is
assured of election unless a rumored strong write-in
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campaign for incumbent Mayor W. W. (Bill) McCarter
upsets the scales. 5
Westmoreland is completing a year as councilman
having been appointed to finish out the term of Bobby
Hambright, who resigned to accept a county govern-
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ment agency appointment. Westmoreland, a teacher at
Kings Mountain Senior High, was the only candidate to
file for the office of mayor.
McCarter declined to seek re-election, noting that his
20 years of community service as an elected official
“was long enough.” However, it has been suggested
that McCarter be drafted by a write-in campaign.
Neither this comment nor the one gathered today
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