Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 1979-current, September 25, 1980, Image 1
© Thursday Governor Hunt Breaks Ground For Sulzer Plant BY ELIZABETH STEWART Co-Editor GROVER-North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt broke ground for Sulzer Brothers, Inc. $20 million plant Tuesday after- noon as a large crowd looked on and attempted to take cover from the brilliant sunshine under the oaks on what the Governor called “a beautiful site on rolling hillside in Western Piedmont.” Sulzer corporate executive Walter Schneider and County Commissioner Jack Palmer join- ed the Governor in taking a shovel and donning “hard hats” to officially break the ground for the new industry on N.C. 29 near the Grover city limits. Prior to the groundbreaking, Governor Hunt used the occa- sion to reflect on the 200th an- niversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain and praised the moun- tainmen who came forward in 1780 to soundly defeat the British and turned the tide for victory in the Revolutionary War. He also praised local government leaders, Mayor John Moss, Commissioner Palmer, for their efforts in bring- ing new industry to Cleveland County, noting that during a 60 day period this summer three major corporations announced plans to locate in Cleveland County with a $50 million in- vestment and 1130 new jobs for citizens, Copeland, Union Car- bide and Sulzer Corporations. Board Approves By ELIZABETH STEWART Co-Editor City commissioners approved Monday night a Clean-Up, Paint-Up, Fix-Up campaign to begin immediately and run through Oct. 3, kickoff date for Celebration activities com- memorating the 200th celebra- tion of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Comm. Norman King, chair- man of the campaign, told the ~beard that+since-many promi nent visitors will be present for the Celebration that the impres- sion “we make on visitors at this time will have a lasting effect” and asked all citizens to par- ticipate in the effort to “make our community one of outstan- ding neatness and cleanliness”. The board passed a resolution declaring the period Sept. 22 to Oct. 3 as Clean Up Week. In a related action, the board approved a resolution declaring Oct. 7th, date of the 200th an- niversary, as a holiday for all city personnel and urged “all citizens of this region to join us in honor and memory of the hardy pioneers who gave so unstinting- ly of themselves for our benefit.” Mayor John Henry Moss told the board that plans are well underway for the mammoth - celebration and thanked the commissioners and committees DRAMA OPENS FRIDAY — Rob Bigelke, of Gatfney, S.C., as Major Patrick Ferguson, and Suzanne Amos-Grabus of Kings Mountain, as Virginia Salter, portray the leading roles in o Fix-Up Campaign of 1,500 citizens for their “tremendous help in this major undertaking which historians tell me will be the most important and largest historical celebra- tions in the history of western North Carolina. I sincerely hope that it will go down as the most meaningful one.” Moss, as chairman of the event, heads a five-state commit- tee for the Celebration which begins Oct. 3 and culminates .with .a.parade and possible ad- dress by President Carter on Tues., Oct. 7. Mayor Moss said he “looks forward to the Celebration, and city commissioners concurred. “People will be coming from faraway places to Kings Moun- tain”, said Comm. Jim Dickey Mr. Dickey said that a large delegation of DAR members from Georgia and a Sons of Revolution unit from Indiana are among a large group of out of state people expected to at- tend who have already made motel reservations in the area. “I see our signs in other cities and I hope that’s a good indica- tion that people will be coming to Kings Mountain”, said Comm. Bill Grissom. In other actions, the board ap- proved during a short meeting: Turn to page 10 The Governor told Mr. Schneider that “nothing will please me more than to hear that Sulzer will become completely wrapped up in Cleveland Coun- ty and the Kings Mountain area will become its most productive and profitable plant.” Schneider, in accepting a gift from the Governor, and subse- quently presenting a gift from his country to Governor Hunt, noted that Sulzer employs 34,000 people worldwide and its main product is the Sulzer weav- ing machine which it will manufacture here. He said that 99 percent of the Swiss product is exported, 20 percent to the U.S. “I am confident”, he said, “that this new plant will keep us in closer contact with our U.S. customers and will build addi- tional friendships between our two countries. Good jobs and friendships are the basis of our business.” Governor Hunt said that one third of the manufacturing work force in North Carolina is in tex- tiles and “it just makes sense for us to get in the business of manufacturing textile machinery. Today is the first ex- ample in the state of this effort. ” The Governor said that North Carolina has 163 foreign-owned manufacturers and Sulzer is a great example of diversification to the North Carolina industry and economy. “You're on the move in Cleveland County, he told the crowd present. The Governor said Sulzer will employ 230 people and offer higher wages than the state average paid in textile plants. Local employes will be trained through Cleveland Technical College who will work with trained personnel from Switzerland. “Today is a special day in the advancement of this area”, said the Governor,” and I am proud to be a part of it.” Rev. Bobby Gantt, pastor of Grover First Baptist Church, gave the invocation and County Commission Chairman Jack Palmer presented Governor Hunt. After the groundbreaking ceremonies, the Governor was honored by the Cleveland Coun- ty Democratic Party at a recep- tion at the Historical Museum in Shelby. Photo by Vic Crowley the historical outdoor drama, "Then Conquer We Must.” which opens Friday for eight per- GROUNDBREAKING -— Sulzer executive Walter Schneider. North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, and County Commissioner Jack Then Conquer We Must Photo by Lib Stewart Palmer. right. participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new plant of Sulzer Brothers at the site near Grover. Opens Friday At Park “Then Conquer We Must”, the historical drama com- memorating the Battle of Kings Mountain, opens Friday evening for the first of eight perfor- mances at the Amphitheatre of Kings Mountain National Military Park. Officials of the Battle Celebra- tion Committee are expecting record crowds and encourage citizens to purchase their tickets early since the Park Am- phitheatre will accommodate on- ly 500 persons for each show. Jerry King, Company Manager, said that good seats are still available for all perfor- mances and that tickets can be obtained at the Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce, in the old City Hall on Piedmont Avenue, in his office, the city’s Economic Development Office, upstairs in the new City Hall or may be ordered by mail to his of- fice at PO Box 792. Ticket prices are $2.50, general admission, and $3.50 reserved seats, for Sept. 26, 27, 28 (this Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the same rates apply on Oct. 3,4, 5, and 6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while tickets for the Oct. 7th closing perfor- mance, at 9 p.m., are $4 for general admission and $5 for reserved seats. Drama Producer Bill Briggs points out that parking facilities will be available in the parking area near the new museum, near the amphitheatre, at the visitor center, and along the roadway and that four policemen will patrol the area and assist with parking. Briggs said that special facilities are provided for the ag- ed and handicapped and they will have reserved parking facilities. Members of the cast have been hard at work for several weeks completing work for Fri- day’s opening and several dress rehearsals were held this week. A special performance for students will be held this evening during the final dress rehearsal for the drama. The late Robert Osborne wrote the original script and it was produced successfully by the Kings Mountain Little Theatre 29 years ago this October. Thomas McIntyre, of Gastonia, former editor of the Kings Mountain Herald, revised the script. Dr. Charles Hannum of Limestone College is directing a large cast in re-enacting the bat- tle story of 1780. Playing the lead roles of Virginia Salter and Col. Patrick Ferguson are Suzanne Amos Grabus of Kings Mountain and Rob Bigalke of Gaffney, S.C. Three of the original cast of the drama return in different roles for the 1980 production. Joe Ann (Boots) McDaniel, Judge Sam Mendenhall and Pro- ducer Briggs were all members of the original cast. Briggs, presi- dent of Limestone College, which is co-sponsoring the pro- duction, is a Kings Mountain native and played the role of Col. Campbell in the first pro- duction. Mrs. McDaniel and Judge Mendenhall, who ap- peared as a young boy and girl in the first play, are husband and wife in this year’s drama as Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Storey. A large number of Kings Mountain area citizens are in- volved in non speaking roles, working behind scenes to help create the setting, costuming, and crew for the pageant. Dr. Charles Hannum, the director, is beginning his second year as Director of Theatre at Limestone College. He began his career in outdoor theatre by playing the lead role in “The Legend of Daniel Boone.” Vicki Pennington, assistant director, has recently been nam- ed Fine Arts Coordinator at Limestone College in Gaffney. Mrs. Grabus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Amos of Kings Mountain, has appeared in “Horn In The West” and “Wilderness Road” and also choreographed the dancing for the drama. She is an Administrator-in-Training at KM Convalescent Center. A veteran of the stage in such roles as “Our Town”, “Life With Father” and “The Odd Couple”, Robert Stratton (Alexander An- drews) is president of the Board of Governors of Gaffney Little Little Theatre. Greg Maidera (Clayborn An- drews) is a native of Marion, S.C. and a senior theatre major at Limestone College. He has ap- peared in “Ghosts”, “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Man of LaMancha.” Rob Bigalke (Major Ferguson) is a newcomer to Gaffney who is associated with WFGN Radio and has appeared in “Twelfth Night”, and “Born Yesterday.” John Brock of Shelby (Corn- wallis) is a former newspaper- man and has appeared in produc- tions with the Shelby Little Theatre and Charlotte Little Theatre. Mary (Mrs. Charles) Neisler of Kings Mountain serves as pro- perty mistress, Tommie Storms of Gaffney as chief lighting technician and Jane Dixon of Kings Mountain as costume mistress. Makeup coordinator is Nan Jean Grant of Kings Moun- tain and house managers are Mrs. Frank Sincox and Mrs. John Plonk. Mrs. Emma Blalock is boxoffice manager, all of whom are ably assisted by large crews of local citizens. Director Hannum states that “Then Conquer We Must” is not a reenactment of the actual bat- tle. “Our goal is to illustrate the events leading to the Battle of Kings Mountain, to suggest the battle itself and to recreate the atmosphere of pride and hope which was born on Oct. 7”, said Hannum. The outdoor drama is being presented to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain and is only part of a week long celebration that will take place Oct. 3-7.