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The Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 18??-1974, May 17, 1979, Image 1

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pre ks, ny nd to nd hel k 1 apl 46.99 unty — unty — —125.16 3 ’ ’ ® i > 1 ® i a) 21 ® > ¢ J) % PN }) LQ ) ) @ y @ y @ ie § ple wv KINGS MOUNTRIN MIRROR Vol. 90, No. 39, Thursday , May 17, 1979 SE PHOTO BY TOM MCINTYRE ..STILL A NICE GUY —Hal England, above with his aunt, Mrs. Eunice Cody, grew up in Kings Mountain and got his first acting role off- Broadway at age 20. Kings Mountain has always been his ‘“‘anchor’’, he said this week as he came home for a visit with relatives. He is the ‘nice guy” in most of the television and stage roles he portrays. KM-Born Actor Hal England Is Still Nice Guy By ELIZABETH STEWART Staff Writer With $80 in his pocket a 20-year-old Southern boy from Kings Mountain hitched a ride to Washington, D.C. and took a bus to New York where the fact that he talked ‘‘funny’’ landed him a part in an off Broadway play. That was nearly 27 years ago and last week the actor came home Hal England, who grew up on Fulton Street,worked at the old Cora cotton mill, graduated from KMSHS in 1050 and went to college at Carolina where he got the acting bug, is still the ‘nice guy’’ he depicts in most of the television and stage roles he has portrayed during the past quarter century. His success story was hard work for a young man who aspired for a serious acting job on the stage to become several years ago America’s top commercial actor with a record of more than 200 on- camera commercials to his credit. “Being an actor is, frankly, something of a drudge to some people—having to get up at an ungodly hour and then work most of the day, so that when you finally return home, it's all you can manage to drop into bed after eating a hasty meal”, said Harold, whom Kings Mountain TV viewers can identify with “your personal banker from Wachovia’, a banking commercial which airs in the South, as a villian fn “Mod Squad’, ‘Charlie's Angels”, and ‘‘Wonder Woman"’, among other episodic spots, as a kid actor in “Dobie Gillis’ and in his first movie, ‘Hang Em High". Hal will portray the father of the runaway girl in “The Runaways this Fall on TV and starts filming next week for a new play, ‘Mobile Home'', which opens in Studio City (Hollywood) June 1 in which he plays a Texas salesman for Lone Star Ice Cream Co. who pulls his trailer up to an suction and marries a ‘chubby lady’ for her new carina play he describes asa ‘‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe’ plot. England, who visited briefly at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Eunice Cody in Kings Mountain last week, sald that ‘‘finally after a dozen years in Hollywood he has unpacked his bags and bought a house.” He has decided he will stay. His mother, Mrs. Irene England, and sister and family live about two miles from him in California and he is guest star for numerous television shows, works a busy schedule in plays and on the screen. “It's a different life style in Hollywood’, said Harold, who found it hard to get used to. ‘It never occurred to me not to make it’’, said England, as he relaxed in his aunt's home on Westover Road and talked about his career. “I had no interest, initially, in fiims, and had never done a com- mercial. I had learned self- discipline on the stage -and was used to going to classes every day and working hard. I arrived in LA and found people lying on the beaches, I was scared to death by this new life style. I soon learned that everybody's got a script in the back seat of his car. It's the industry”, said England. “Kings Mountain was always my anchor. My folks were here until Mother and Dad (Mr. and Mrs. W.F. England) moved to Los Angeles four years ago and Dad died a year ago. Hollywood was always my dream. I had never seen a play before I got to New York except Sauline Player productions at the high school and Flat Rock performances where I was an apprentice for a couple summers. An actor's life is a full time job and While my Southern accent helped me in some areas it was a handicap in others. They told me I looked the part of an average lawyer or doctor, a nice guy, boy- next-door type, but I found out if they really like you they'll tailor a part around the accent,” as in a recent example on the ‘‘Lou Grant’ television show where Hal played Lou’s Southern son-in-law. Working an ‘‘episodic’’ guest-star circuit week-to-week {is both challenging and exciting, says Hal," who reports that guest stars are treated ‘‘fantastic’’. Actors have their own furnished trailers and chairs with their names on them, to (Turn to page 3A) HERALD ‘A Tremendous Job’ Cleaning Campaign Continues Kings Mountain's Paint-Up, Clean-Up, Fix-Up Campaign has been extended through May 25. The city board of commissioners, after hearing progress report from Chairman Norman King, voted to extend the clean-up campaign to allow citizens to continue what Comm. King termed a ‘‘tremendous job in cleaning up unsightly areas of town’’. Comm. King reported that attention is being directed to trimming of trees on Linwood Rd. and York Rd. as well as individual properties in all six voter districts and in the downtown area. In other actions at Monday night's regular commission meeting, the board: +awarded to the second lowest bidder, Allison Fence Co. of Rotary Run Set Sunday More than 800 ‘‘runners’ ‘will participate Sunday in the first an- nual Kings Mountain Rotary Club Run which begins promptly at 8 p.m. from West School. The event features three different categories; a one mile fun run; a 8.1 mile run (5,000 meters) and a 6.2 miler (10,000 meters). All three runs will begin at the starting point at the same time and finish back at the starting point on W. Maountain St. Bronze, gold and silver medals will go to the first three finishers in all-age categories and Rotary Run T-shirts will be given to all con- testants. Entry forms are available at all banking and savings and loan in- stitutions and at all schools in the city. The entry fee is $5. Runners are coming to Kings Mountain from as far distant as Raleigh. dd Chairman Charles F. Mauney said that the event is drawing record entries and enthusiasm. Mauney said the three and six milers will start at the forward position, approximately 100 yards ahead of the one-milers. ‘‘We will request the slower or average runners to allow the faster runners to go to the front’, Mauney said, “We feel this will help prevent in- juries.” Chairman Mauney said that 70 entries, most of them from out-of- town, have been registered to run in Sunday's event and that more are expected. He encourages all Kings Mountain area citizens, from age six and up, to participate, adding, ‘lots of people from Kings Mountain have never been involved in a run before and may think this is something for people who have trained or have been running in marathons. This is not the case. Sunday's event is a “fun’’ event for every member of the family.” Citizens can enter on Race Day by reporting to West School. Charlotte, fencing contract for Little League fields at cost of $16,828.00 after the low bidder, American Fence Co. of Charlotte, declined and forfeited bond. Mayor John Moss said that work on the two little league fields had been delayed because of the contractor who wanted the board to negotiate for a higher cost than was first let because the bidder had failed to include some other figures. Attorney George Thomasson said American Fence Co. is precluded from further consideration, even upon re- advertising, because of a new statute which prohibits him from re- advertising under those conditions. +Following two public hearings, adopted ordinances to extend the corporate limits and annex the properties of James Hamrick and Buddy Barnette on Waco Rd., about eight and one-half acres, upon petition of owners. Attorney George Thomasson stipulated that accurate tax maps accompany the or- dinances, noting that ‘‘rock piles and persimmon trees’’ which are now listed as boundaries do not ac- curately give description. + Appointed James P. Camp and Raymond Garris as new patrolmen on the Kings Mountain Police Department. + Refunded $26 to Mrs. Louise P. Alexander for tax overpayment. + Transferred funds in the Community Development Block Grant Budget for 1978-79 to Davidson and Deal St. Parks totaling $8,000 for continuing improvements. The funds were originally earmarked for mini-park acquisition where land is not yet available. + Agreed to allow Southern Bell Tel. Co. to continue installation of underground cable as far as Falls St. with stipulation Bell is to replace sidewalks and continue negotiations for work along Mountain St. The board recessed for an executive session to discuss per- sonnel matters at 8:30 p.m., reconvening at 9:16 p.m., Mayor Moss reporting tht the ‘‘an em- ploye’s request was discussed and the personnel committee will so advise him.” Board OKs Program Kings Mountain District School's Vocational Program for the coming year, approved Monday, is expected to cost $340,000 with anticipated expenditures at $121,411. The Board approved alsc the employment of a supportive person for disadvantaged students and several changes in the vocational program at Central and KMSHS, upon recommendation of Director Myers Hambright and members of the Vocational Education Advisory Committee. At Central School, Director of Instruction Howard Bryant said a Personal Services component will feature nursing, health care, cosmetology, grooming and sewing with shop lab moved to KMJH where five career exploratory areas will be available to students in lab which rotate each 22 days, said Bryant. At KMSHS, Shorthand II, Office Oc- cupations I, Personnel Management, Fashion Mer- chandising, Salesmanship and Advertising will be additional subjects and Marketing II will be dropped. Because of small enrollment, welding will be com- bined with another course. A system-wide expanded program for Exceptional Children was outlined by Jo Bralley and received approval of the board for the 1879-80 school term. Ms. Bralley said that 20 teachers will lead the program for the handicapped and gifted child in the eight plants of the system. Resource teachers will be employed at all schools and four new employe positions wereapprovedby the board at the noon meeting. Mrs. Jane Two Two more Kings Mountain men have been charged with conspiracy to commit larceny and accessory ..MOTHER OF YEAR-Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Beam, above, are pictured at Central United Methodist Church where Mrs. Beam was honored on Sunday morning as «Mother of the Year” in a special Mother's Day program. Mrs. Beam was presented a medallion and honored at a Mother-Daughter banquet Monday evening. Shields, former North School teacher of exceptional children who has worked in the regional education office in Albemarle for the past year, will rejoin the faculty as full-time Co-ordinator of the program. Ms. Bralley will serve as school psychologist and diagnosticians were employed for Central, Senior High, Junior High, and Gifted and Talented K-¢. Mrs. Shields will assume her new duties July 1. Ms. Bralley said that increased funding allows the system to expand “this most important program’’. Reporting on the status of school transportation, Larry Allen noted that ‘‘our critical times are behind us and we've had our ups and dow2s this year but I see a change in student attitudes and look forward to a good year. Overall, we have a good group of bus drivers. We have relieved some drivers this year because of infractions of the law and driving records and we are now replacing our senior bus drivers and getting ready for the new year.” Allen reported no incidents of vandalism of buses during the past two weeks and said that vandalism has depleted the repair budget this year. He invited school board members to attend an awards luncheon for bus drivers on May 24th at noon at Cattletown Steak House. Mr. Allen also reported on a variety of capital improvements in progress at the various plants, in- cluding fertilization of all lawns and athletic fields and reseeding of the lawn at Central School; expansion of the student parking area for 85 more before the fact in the alleged theft of a large quantity of textile goods from Gurney Industries in Gastonia. Gastonia City Police arrested Jim Thompson, 44, and Mark McDaniel, 28, both of Kings Mountain on Tuesday. Bond was set at $5,000 for McDaniel and $2,000 for Thompson. Charged earlier in the week were John Allen Whitley, 42, of Gastonia, a guard at the plant; Ray Mims cars behind the stadium; repairing of minor sewerage problems at Bethware school; completion of insulation project at Bethware and acoustical tile at West Cafeteria and at multi-purpose rooms at East and West; air-conditioning of Grades 4-5 Building and Cafeteria at East; ordering of a room-divider for the new building at West School for classrooms; took bide for acoustical treatment of ceiling at Bethware in the old cafeteria, which will house a reading lab, and in the Senior High shop area; treated and painted lines at the stadium for the track team and other improvements costing $2,000 which will enable the local track team to host track meetings next year; ordered library furniture for East School library and com- pleted landscaping at Ad- ministration Building. A major landscaping project is also un- derway at KMSHS, said Allen. In other actions: +heard report of compliance with state immunization standards. With a total of 1,108 incomplete or missing “shot” records of students four months ago, Supt. Willlam Davis said that now only two student records are incomplete with progress underway to complete them. +okayed Mrs. Jack White's request to offer summer school classes at West School. +delayed until the board could survey the facilities, decision to allow KM Improvement Association to use the old Compact plant for (Turn to page 3A) More Charged Raines, 20, and Robert Williams Eng, ITI, both of Kings Mountain. Det. Sgt. T.H. Harrell said the initial arrests were made as two of the men returned to the plant in Gastonia Sunday morning and while officers were questioning Whitley, who had called police at 4:30 a.m. to report he was robbed by five men in ski masks. Police have recovered $160,000 worth of the goods reportedly stolen. Association To Meet Friday The annual meeting of the Cleveland County Voter Registration Association will be held Fri., May 18, at 7:80 p.m. at Bynum AME Zion Church. At this general membership meeting new officers will be elected for the coming year. Members and interested citizens are invited to attend. Junior High Open House Held Kings Mountain Junior High School invited parents of present seventh grade students to attend Open House at the school Tuesday night. It was an opportunity for incoming as well as present students of the Ladies Night Annual ladies night banquet of Fairview Lodge 880 AF-AM wil! be held Saturday night at 7:80 p.m. at Masonic Temple. Tribute will be made to the widows Junior High and their parents to tour the school facility. According to a school spokesman, the program was planned to allow for a smoother transition between schools. Set Saturday of deceased Masons at the banquet. Rev. Russell Fitts, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, will give an entertainment program. Terry Hipps is Master of the lodge.

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