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CECIL AND HIS BEAN STALK — Cecil (Doc) Champion of Oak
Grove Community shows off his 8 foot tall Kentucky Wonder
beans that he grew in his back yard garden. He says that the
beans average between 7 and 8 inches long. He also has
tomatoes that weigh up to 1% pounds while still green on the
vine, as well as an assortment of peppers and cucumbers. He
sells the produce at the Farmer's Market.
Bloodmobile Plans Six
Visits To KM In 1980-81
The Bloodmobile schedule for
Kings Mountain during year
with six visits planned.
This is one less visit than last
year, said a spokesman for the
Red Cross, but the change was
made to eliminate overlapping of
A Kings Mountain citizen can
now give blood at any of the
visits without being deferred
because not enough time has
elapsed since the last donation.
Blood donors must wait eight
weeks (56 days) before being
eligible to give again.
All six visits to Kings Moun-
tain will be community blood-
mobiles, thus, every citizen will
To Aid MD
A carnival will be held to
benefit the Muscular Dystrophy
Association in front of King’s
Department Store, 300 W. Dix-
on Blvd., Shelby, July 29
through August 3.
“Bring your family and friends
over to King’s and help eliminate
these tragic neuromuscular
diseases,” said a spokesman for
MD. The carnival schedule is as
July 29, 30, 31 - 6 pm.l11
August 1 & 2-6 pm.-12 p.m.
, August 3 -1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
has .been . completed.
be eligible to donate blood at
“All citizens are encouraged to
participate by giving or getting
friends and neighbors to give,”
said Red Cross Bloodmobile
director Martha Scruggs.
The 1980-81 schedule in-
Monday, August 4, 12 noon
until 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, 101 West Mountain
Street. The visit will be spon-
sored by Kings Mountain city
employees and the goal is 125
Friday, October 3, 11 a.m. un-
til 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist
Church. The visit will be spon-
sored by Kings Mountain in-
dustries and the goal is 200 pints.
Wednesday, December 3, 9
a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Kings
Mountain High School. The visit
will be sponsored by the KMHS
Student Council and the goal is
Monday, February 2, 12 noon
until 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist
Church. The goal is 125 pints.
Monday, May 4, 9 a.m. until
2:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain
High School. The visit will be
sponsored by the KMHS Future
Homemakers and the goal is 200
Tuesday, June 30, 12 noon
until 5:30 p.m., at First Baptist
Church. The visit will be spon-
sored by Kings Mountain civic
clubs and the goal is 125 pints.
LECTURES — Dr. Irvin A. Buchwald, above, Chief of Pulmonary
Medicine at St. John's Hospital in Lowell, Mass., was visiting
lecturer at Kings Mountain Hospital Thursday for an all-day
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Major crime in Kings Moun-
tain increased 41.7 percent dur.
ing 1979 over 1978, according to
figures released by the North
Carolina Department of Justice.
By comparison, the increase in
crime in Cleveland County was
17.7 percent, some 5.3 percent
more than the statewide average.
Violent crimes are murder,
forcible rape, robbery and ag-
gravated assault. Non-violent
crimes are breaking and enter-
ing, larceny and motor vehicle
Aggravated assaults were also
up 10 percent in Kings Moun-
tain and robberies decreased
27.2 percent, the report showed.
Only one rape was reported in
1979 in the county compared to
four reported the previous year.
Total violent crimes, according
to the report, went down 15.5
percent in the county during the
Overall in the state crime in-
creased 12.4 percent during
1979 over 1978. The 1979 edi-
tion of “Crime In North
Carolina” states that a record
total of 240,970 crimes were
reported during 1979 compared
to 214,349 crimes reported in
Attorney General Rufus L.
Edmisten stated in the report
issued by the Departmetn of
Justice this week:
“The increase of over 12 per-
cent in one year is overwhelm=*"
ing, because crime has risen a
total of only 15 percent in the
five years prior to 1979. By com-
parison, preliminary statistics
released earlier this year by the
FBI showed crime rising 10 per-
cent on the average in the
Southern states and 8 percent
nationwide in 1979. The North
Carolina crime index has risen
over 20 percent in the last five
years, a figure which is three
times higher than the average
national increase during the
same period.” :
Crime rose in every index
category but one, (murder), in
North Carolina in 1979. The
violent crimes of murder, rape,
robbery, and aggravated assault
as a group increased 8.1 percent
over 1978. By comparison,
violent crime increased 12 per-
cent in the South and 11 percent
nationally last year according to
the FBI. In North Carolina
murder dropped 1.2 percent
while rape, robbery, and ag-
gravated asault increased 11.5
percent, 17.3 percent and 64
percent respectively. The 17.3
percent increase in robbery was
the largest single increase in any
index category. A nearly 140
percent increase in bank rob-
beries last year, (115 reported in
1979 compared to 48 in 1978),
contributed measurably to this
The property crimes of
burglary, larceny, and motor
vehicle theft as a group increased
129 percent. By comparison,
property crime increased 10 per-
cent in the South and 8 percent
nationally in 1979 according to
the FBI. A high number of
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Up 41.7 Percent In KM
Crime Is On The Increase
burglaries reported during the
first quarter contributed greatly
to the eventual 9.9 percent in-
crease in this category last year.
Likewise, larceny increased in
1979. Motor vehicle theft,
especially of automotive parts
and accessories, continues to be
the most common type of
larceny accounting for nearly 40
percent of the total number
reported. Motor vehicle theft,
which has increased nearly 30
percent since 1975, rose 11.2
percent last year.
There were a total of 1,426 ar-
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DAYS — Governor Jim Hunt, left, and presented Hunt a check for over $8,000 from
Cleveland County residents last week.
Hunt Campaign Rolling
Organizers of Governor Jim
Hunt’s re-election campaign in
Cleveland County are off to a
good start in their local effort to
keep North Carolina moving.
Cleveland County Hunt chair-
man Pat Spangler says the coun-
ty has surpassed its fundraising
goal for the fall campaign. Jack
Mabry, a Cleveland County
Hunt supporter presented a
check for $8,050.00 to Governor
Hunt at a western regional cam-
paign rally in Asheville last
“We are proud to be among
the first counties in the state to
reach our fall fundraising goal,”
Spangler said. “I think this
shows that people here are en-
thusiastic about continuing the
record of progress Jim Hunt has
helped us build in Cleveland
“In the last three and a half
years Governor Hunt has helped
bring more than a billion dollars
Photo by Lib Stewart
Pulmonary Education Day, a continuing medical education
in new and expanded industry to
the western part of the state.
When those new plants open
they will mean more than 24,500
new jobs for people in the area.
More than 1,900 of those jobs
will be here in Cleveland Coun-
“Governor Hunt has also
given the travel and tourism in-
dustry the attention it deserves.
Since he’s been in office the
state’s travel advertising budget
has tripled. He’s appointed his
new Travel and Tourism Ad-
visory Council to find ways to
keep mountain travel and
“The Governor has also been
making sure North Carolina gets
all the federal funds it can for
western development. Since he’s
been in office he’s approved
more than $52 million in Ap-
palachian Regional Commission
grants for western counties.”
Spangler says Cleveland
County’s early success in
reaching its fundraising goal is a
good sign. “We met our goal ear-
ly in the spring and Jim Hunt
won big in the Democratic
primary,” Spangler ways. “With
out fall goal in so early we might
see an even bigger victory this
Weekend Complaints Keep
Kings Mountain Police Busy
City police were kept hopping
over the weekend investigating a
number of complaints from van-
dalism reports to breaking and
entering and larceny.
Mike Butler, of 806 Rhodes
Ave., reported theft of a bicycle,
valued at $100.
Dorothy Mowery, of 412 N.
Tracy St., reported the theft of a
CB, value undetermined.
Kathy Jackson, of 919 North
Piedmont, reported the larceny
of a lawnmower, valued at $160.
Diane Daughterty, of
Bessemer City, reported the theft
of $1,020.00 worth of furniture
which was stored in a storage
building on Charles St.
George Ross, of 908 Henry
St., reported the theft of a bicy-
cle, valued at $115.
Jerry Melton, of 2017 Red-
wood Circle, reported the
larceny of an eight track AM-
FM radio, value not reported.
Harley Owens, of 317 Clegg
St., Shelby, reported that he was
riding his bicycle on North Pied-
mont Avenue when two males
jumped on him and took the
bike which was valued at $286.
Geraldine Roberts, of No. 30
Chesterfield Apts., reported that
someone broke the window of
her apartment. Damage was
estimated at $30.
Vickie Smart, of 820 Grace
St., reported that someone
entered her home and took two
stereo sets, a clock, a black and
white television set, a fan, and
58 tapes valued at $745.
Carl Armstrong, of Rt. 4,
reported that a mini warehouse
he owns on Slater Street was rob-
bed of $24.60 worth of snack
Jim Guiton of 707 Groves St.
reported theft of a lawnmower,
valued at $160, and Lawrence
Allen of 400 Waco Rd. reported
theft of a bicycle.
Terry Grigg, of 106 Sadie St.,
said his house was broken into
and stolen were one table, four
chairs, a hoe, shovel, gas can
valued at $212.00.
Deborah Barnette, of 212
Blanton St., reported vandalism
to her car. She said the seats
were pulled out of place and the
knobs were removed from the
Rickie Henson of 808
Cleveland Ave. reported the
theft of a bicycle valued at $114.
Roy R. Dobbins, of 133
McGinnis St., reported that
while he was visiting on Grace
Street that an unidentified sub-
ject him him with a stick or
board and took his wallet.