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THURSDAY. APRIL 19. 1979
Join Industry Hunt
At the request of Gov. Jim Hunt, a
Small Community Economic
Development Program has been
created to assist communities in
attracting and establishing
The program was created within
the economic development divisions
of the N.C. Department of Com
The objectives of the program are
to help communities b^ome better
prepared for industrial and
economic growth and to provide the
state’s economic development
divisions and their allies a better
inventory of communities to bring to
the attention of industrial firms
seeking new plant locations.
Each Tar Heel community with a
1978 population estimate not ex-
ceding 15,000 is eligible to enter the
The City of Kings Mountain was
designated a sponsoring
organization and the Kings Moun
tain Economic Development Office
has entered the program with Jerry
L. King as coordinator.
King said, “A task force, funded
by a General Assembly $200,000
appropriation, has been assembled
to assist our volunteer community
leaders involved in this program.
“This task force will assist in plant
locations, expansion of existing
industry, development of travel
attractions, addition of government
facilities and planning for future
growth,’’ King said. “Ultimately,
this program will result in a greater
geographical diversification of the
King said what Gov. Hunt
proposes has already begun in Kings
Mountain under the city’s economic
development program, which is
funded under the community
development block grant program.
“But with the state’s assistance, this
office and its duties can expand to do
a better job,” he added.
King said Kings Mountain has
entered the excellence award
competition under the program due
to the fact some of the criteria has
alrady been established.
With King at the helm as coor
dinator, the committee of local
citizens has already been
-(-L.E. (Josh) Hinnant as chair-
80 Young Ladies
Vie For Pageant Titles
Fifty-four contestants, 28 in the 3-
4-5-6 year-old category, and 26 in the
w ikiW^T-g-S-lOyear old category will vie for
the titles of “Little Wee Miss Kings
Mountain” and “Little Miss Kings
Mountain” Saturday night at 8
o’clock in B.N. Barnes Auditorium.
Kngs Mountain Boosters Club is
# M the beauty pageants and
judges will decide the top winners on
“prettiness and poise”, said
Chairman ’Tina Wright.
Admission is $1 for adults and 50
cents for chil(h-en under 12. All
H . A proceeds are earmarked for the
! KMSHS Athletic department.
- Jonas Bridges will be master of
ceremonies for the pageant and live
^ entertainment will be presented
during the contest and at in
All young ladies in the beauty
pageants are invited to come to
Barnes Auditorium Saturday for a
“get Acquainted Hour” from noon
until 1 p.m. Refreshments will be
served by the sponsors and a
rehearsal will be held. Girls who are
participating in the talent portion of
the pageant will practice at the
For the Saturday rehearsal, young
folk can wear play clothes. For the
Saturday evening show, - the con
testants may wear a church dress or
a long dress, said Mrs. Wright. All
contestants should be present at 7; 30
p.m. at Barnes Auditorium on
Saturday night, she said.
'The registration fee of $5 per
contestant also includes two tickets
for parents to attend the show.
Contestants for “Little Wee Miss
Kings Mountain”, in the order they
will appear on stage, are Holly
Denton, Natasha Bledsoe, Jennifer
Jones, Erika HoUifield, Jada Brown,
Laura Lee Brown, Tanya Lynn
Willis, Deana Clippard, Tammy
Pardo, Christy Putnam, Keisha
(joodson, Laura Beth Moss, Jeneva
Jill Parrish, Michelle Taylor, Lisa'
Blaine, Amy Putnam, Sara Leitner,
Leigh Anne Stewart. Holly Harmon,
Selena Short, Stephanie Elaine
Weeks, Donna Arrowood, Heather
Stewart, Bonnie Kathleen Gore,
Beverly Ruth Stepp, Jayda Biddix,
Ann K'aylor and Wesley Ann
Contestants for “Little Miss
Kings Mountain” in the order they
will appear on stage, are Robin
Gann, Diane Clippard, Kamie
Primm Wiggins, Cristy Davis,
Charlotte Taylor, Nicole Gnandt,
Ginger Teseniar, Tiffany Ramsey,
Robin Goforth, Victoria Shaw,
Shannon Smith, Lori Houser, Angel
Smith, Tonya Weeks, Tammy Cook,
Susanne Sipes, Merinda Arrowood,
Debbie Baggett, Julie McGinnis.
Renee Pressley, Jenny Wood, Myra
Yarborough, Amanda Gore, Andrea
Mayhue, Gina Holmes and Robbin
(3ulf Resources & Chemical Corporation says the first
ptaas of the $20 million expansion program of its sub
sidiary, Lithium Corporation of America is proceeding
According to Harold Andrews, president of LCA, the
expansion will result In the addition of between 100 and
120 new jobs and a substantial increase in lithium
LCA is the world’s largest producer and marketer of
lithium compounds and tte plant expansion is needed to
meet the growing demands for the company’s products,
The two-step expansion will increase production
capacity from 27 million pounds annually to 44 million
pounds. The current phase of the project will increase
production to 36 million pounds per year and add 40 jobs
for Gaston County.
Work has been completed on upgrading personnel
facilities at the Bessemer City chemical plant. A nev
locker room, an enlarged lunchroom and additional
offices in the Research and Development buildings as
well as a new plant entrance were completed during
LCA corporate headquarters in Gastonia was ex
panded and certain administrative functions were
transferred from Bessemer City and consolidated in
Gastonia, allowing additional expansion at the
Bessemer City facilities.
New applications for Lithium Corporation’s products
are continuaUy being found. It is used in the
manufacture of such diverse products as aluminum,
ceramics, glass, pharmaceuticals, synthetic rubber,
air conditioning systems, batteries and lubricants.
Lithium is the orfy successsful form of treatment for
certain mental illnesses. It is vital to everyday living
and may be viUl to the future of mankind. It is hailed
as the fuel of the future for use in nuclear fusion
reactors where the processes are easily controlled and
no dangerous byproducts result which must be disposed
The largest single source of lithium is found in a
narrow strip about 30 miles long and one mile wide in
Gaston and Cleveland Counties.
man of the Industrial Site Com
-f-Mrs. Ruby Alexander, chairman
of the Community Profile Com
•fSen. Ollie Harris, chairman,
Elxisting Industry Committee;
-l-Darrell L. Austin, chairman.
Promotion Materials Committee;
-i-Buford Defore, chairman.
Development Team Committee;
-f-Mayor John H. Moss, chairman,
(Community Planning Committee
and Sponsoring Organization;
H-W. Norman King, chairman.
Coordinator King said the N.C.
Department of Commerce staff has
been instructed to provide the ex
pertise, guidance and basic tools for
carrying out the program.
“However, its ultimate success
will depend heavily on the
dedication of our community leaders
and their willingness to devote the
time and effort required to prepare
their communities for economic
growth,” King said. “If the part
nership of state personnel and
community leaders is successful,
the state and its small communities
will reap many benefits.”
..TIIF)Y'RE NUMBER ONE—Larry Gibson and
CharU's Foster of Kings Mountain were declared top
winners in the annual KM Fire Department Bass
Tournament held at Moss Lake April 14. The tourney
cleared over $2l.i. which goes into the fire department
Christmas Toys For Tots project.
Lithium Expansion Will
Mecin More Jobs To Area
Photos by Butch Vess
THE BIG FISH—Gene Hoyle (above) won second
place and Roger Hager (left) first place for the biggest
fish caught during the bass tournament April 14. Gene's
fish weighed 6-lbs. 3-ozs. Roger won the prize with a 6-
Ih. l-oz. bass.
Tonight At 8 O^Clock
Demo Precinct Meetings
Democratic precinct meetings are
scheduled tonight at 8 o’clock at the
Kings Mountain Community Center,
National Guard Armory, Bethware
School and Grover Rescue Building.
Business scheduled tonight in
cludes election of precinct officers
and committee members, discussion
of the delegate selection and af
firmative action plans for the 1980
Democratic National Convention,
voter registration and plans for the
county convention May 19.
The Cleveland County Democratic
Convention will begin at noon on
May 19 at the courthouse in Shelby.
The election of officers for the next
biennium and selection of
representatives from the county to
the State Democratic Executive
Committee will be held at the county
In the event there is no quorum
present at the precinct meetings
tonight, a make-up meeting is
scheduled for Thurs., April 26.
Local and area precinct chairmen
urge “all democrats to attend the
meetings tonight. It is at these
meetings the individual voter’s
voice may be heard.”
Secretaries Luncheon Set
Kings Mountain Chamber of
Commerce and Kings Mountain
Motor Inn will co-host a luncheon
honoring local secretaries Fri.. Apr.
27th, at noon at KM Motor Inn.
The occasion is National
Secretaries' Week .and local
businessmen are invited to treat
their secretaries to luncheon.
.Advance reservations should be
made with the Chamber of Com-
..lerce or KM ivI(>tor Inn by April 23
and tickets are $4.