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The arctic air which brought’ sub-
freezing temperatures last weekend will
move on to be replaced by another cold
front expected about Wednesday. Also
around midweek there is a chance
showers will return. Otherwise fair with
seasonable temperatures are expected
today through Thursday. Highs will be in
the 50s, lows in the 20s in the west and 40s
in the eastern portions of North Carolina.
VOL. 88 NO. 9
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1977
Murder Charge Lodged
Harold Lawson Carswell, 42, of Rt. 8,
Granite Falls is charged with murder in
the shooting death of William Leslie
Beane in Kings Mountain last Thursday.
Carswell was arrested by the Caldwell
County Sheriff's Department Thursday
night on warrants supplied by Kings
Mountain Det. Sgt. Richard Reynolds.
Beans, 43, of Rt. 2, Granite Falls, was
shot once in the chest at close range by a
.38 calibre handgun about noon Thur-
Commissioners James H. Childers and
W. Norman King, attended the annual
convention of the National League of
Cities, the largest gathering of municipal
The Kings Mountain Junior High
eighth grade band and ninth grade
band, and the KM Senior High
Blazer Band will present a concert
on Thurs., Dec. 15at 8 p. m. at B. N.
The program will include
traditional band and seasonal
music, It will be ‘conducted by
Donald Deal and Christopher Cole.
There is no admission charge and
the entire public is invited to attend.
Kings Mountain citizens are en-
couraged to attend. the second
Community Development Block
Grant public hearing Tuesday night,
Dec. 18th, at 7:80 p. m. at City Hall.
Program applications for the
fourth-year CD funds will be
outlined and new programs which
might qualify for HUD guidelines
The fourth year funds total
$608,000, most of which is already
earmarked for continuing com-
munity improvement projects in-
cluding water and sewer expansion.
the senior citizens program,
recreation facilities at Deal St. andj
Davidson Parks and Child Came
Home-Based Center at the Com
‘Got any ideas for Christmas
Your ideas could be worth cash.
The Kings Mountain Appearance
Commission is sponsoring a city-
wide Christmas Decorating Contest.
First place winners will receive
$26 and second place winners will
receive $156. Winners will be chosen
from each of the city's six voting
Mrs. Sarah Faunce, chairperson,
invites all area citizens to par.
ticipate. Originality and good taste
will be the criteria used by the out-
Mrs. Steve Rankin of McAdenville
will head the judges’ committee.
Homes will be judged on the
evenings of Dec. 20 and Dec. 21.
sday. He died about 4 p. m. Thursday on
the operating table at Kings Mountain
The shooting incident took place in
Hermies Restaurant on E. King St.
shortly after noon, according to wit-
nesses. Det. Sgt. Reynolds said, “Wit-
nesses said a man entered the restaurant
went to the counter and spoke to Beané,
then shot him. There was no argument
between the two men according to the
witnesses. After the single shot was fired
In San Francisco
witnesses said the man walked out the
Beane had been manager of Hermies in
Kings Mountain for about two months.
Police said his residence is listed as Rt. 3,
Granite Falls in Carswell County —
about 50 miles from Kings Mountain.
Carswell was brought to Cleveland
County Friday and placed in the county
jail at the Law Enforcement Center,
King Attended Meeting
officials in the country, last week in San
The annual meeting — the Congress of
Cities — brought together nearly 4,500
mayors, council members, and govern-
ment officials from across the country
for discussions of major issues and the
formulation of national municipal policy
designed to improve the quality of life for
those who live in America’s cities.
Urban self-help and President
Carter's promised National Urban Policy
were the dominant themes at this year’s
meeting. The opening general session
Mon., Dec. 5 featured statements on
urban issues by Gov. Michael S. Dukakis
of Massachusetts, Councilmember Nick
Carbone of Hartford, Conn., and
Clarence Mitchell, Washington director
of the NAACP, HUD Secretary Patricia
Roberts Harris and DOT Secretary
Brock Adams spoke on national urban
policy issues at the outset of the con-
cluding business session on Wednesday.
Delegates to the Congress of Cities
participated in a series of special and
program workshops throughout the
convention. Special workshops were
scheduled on the subjects of the arts in
the city, water services and drought,
water pollution and solid waste
management, youth employment, family
violence, arson, urban reinvestment,
crime prevention, and university
resources. Program workshops focused
on issues relating to urban development,
small cities, labor relations, energy
policy, tax policy, and government
The Congress of Cities concluded
Wednesday with the League of Cities’
annual business meeting where agenda
items included the adoption of national
municipal policy and election of officers.
On Three Requests
Z&P Board Sets
The Kings Mountain Zoning and
Planning Board will meet Thurs., Dec. 15
at 8 p. m. at city hall to act on three
The rezoning requests include one from
Hal Plonk on behalf of the Plonk heirs to
rezone from R-20 to R-10 property ad-
jacent to Ashley Park on the west side of
The 30.541 acres are earmarked for the
establishment of a residential sub-
The second request is from Paul and
Lillian Mauney of 3600 Margrace Rd.
They request rezoning 26.77 acres,
located on the north side of U. S. Hwy. 74
near the proposed bypass intersection,
from R-8 to LI.
The final request to be considered is
from W. S. Fulton Jr. to rezone from R-8
to R-6 approximately six acres located
east of Hwy. 161 and north of Ridge St.
Z&P Board will be
sent back to the city board of com-
missioners for action.
John Major Replaces
Tompkins’ At Eaton
John W. Majors has taken over as
Plant Manager at Eaton Corporations,
Kings Mountain facility succeeding
The 20-voice Choir of David Baptist
Church will sing the Christmas Cantata,
“King of Kings,”’ Sunday night at 7 p. m.
at the church.
Dennis Bolin is directing the Christmas
program and organist will be Jackie
McSwain with Jackie Porter as pianist.
The community is invited to attend the
Christmas musical program, said a
David Baptist Church is located on U
S. 74 West across from Bethware School.
Majors has been directing feasibility
studies in Venezuela for the manufacture
of axles and industrial trucks.
During his career which started at the
Cleveland, Ohio Axle Plant in 1964, he
was given increasing responsibilities.
He was transferred to Henderson, Ky.
in 1969 as Construction Project Co-
In 1972 he was assigned to the In-
ternational Development Division in
Cleveland, Ohio, as a Project Manager.
Caracas, Venezuela, South America was
his first assignment as Project Director
in the New Axle joint venture in
Venezuela. He later assumed the
responsibility of Generael Manager of
the Yale Lock Division in Caracas,
John and wife, Jeanine have three
children, a daughter, Cheryle is a fresh-
man at Ohio University; a son David, a
senior at Shelby High, and daughter,
Beth, a seventh grader at Shelby Jr.
The family resides on Quail Hollow Dr.
at Moss Lake.
MINISTERIAL OFFICERS — Here are
Kings Mountain Ministerial Association for the coming year.
Left to right, they are Rev. J. C. Goare, vice president; Rev.
Crowders To Be Park
Establishment of a new State park at
Crowders Mountain in Gaston County has
‘been assured by the purchase of ad-
ditional 675.8 acres of land, House
Speaker Carl J. Stewart, Jr. has an-
The additional acreage was acquired
last Tuesday by Governor Jim Hunt and
the Council of State at a cost of $2,148,320.
The State has previously bought 1,200
acres for $1.5 million.
“Crowders Mountain is now firmly
established,” Stewart said. “It will be
One way to spend your afternoons, if
you're retired, is standing out in the
chilly wind hawking Christmas trees.
That's the way Fred Loop of 220 McGill
Crt. spends his days.
“I sold over a hundred dollars worth
two. days running.” Loop said, 1 might
make that again today.”
Loop gets around with the aid of a cane,
but that doesn’t stop him from handling
his daily duties for the jaycees from 1-6 p.
m. It didn't stop him in 1970, 71 or 72 when
he did the same thing.
He missed 1976 because he was
spending time with his daughter's family
in Detroit, Mich. I started to go back to
Detroit, but my daughter said don't do it
because they had 18 inches of snow,” he
said. ‘Maybe I'll wait til spring and go."
Mr. Loop was working at a restaurant
in Tennessee, which is his home state,
when retirement age came. When it
came time to settle in he decided to come
back to Kings Mountain to live.
“I've been in and around here since
1922,” he said. ‘and I always liked it. Still
do. 1 got a nice little apartment on McGill
Court and a phone too. ‘Course there ain't
no cable hooked to it yet so’s I can use it.”
When asked how sales were going in
general, he answered, “I don't know.
Seems like the trees are too big and the
price too high this year. ‘Course the price
is high on everything these days. Got
some nice trees here, though.
“Say, maybe if you hold off on that
picture taking for a bit a pretty girl
might drop in and buy a tree.” he said.
“I'd rather have my picture took with a
No pretty girls came by, so Mr. Loop
sighed and grabbed up a tree and said,
the officers of the
one of North Carolina’s largest State
parks as well as one of the most valuable
and picturesque. The action of the
Council of State is a significant
development for Gaston County and,
indeed, for all of North Carolina.”
Rugged Crowders Mountain is the
dominant natural landmark in the
Gaston-Clevdland County area. Its peak
rises 1,625 feet above sea level and 800
feet above the Piedmont Plain.
Located near the Kings Mountain
National Battleground Park and I-85, it is
Dwight Edwards, president;
Photo By Gary Stewart
and Rev. Robert Boggan,
readily accessible to all of North Caro-
lina and especially the Southern Pie’.
mont area, Stewart noted.
Officials of the State Parks Division
said today that Crowders Mountain State
Park will emphasize hiking, mountain
climbing, camping and nature study,
with possibly other recreations! ac-
tivities to be developed in the future.
The master plan for the park calls for
State acquisition of another 1,000 acres
(Continued On Page 9)
Photo By Tom Mcintyre
HOW ABOUT A TREE? — Fred Loop, a retired restaurant employe from
Tennessee, now residing in Kings Mountain, spends his afternoons these days
selling Christmas trees for the jaycees on their lot on W. King St.