PRICE FIVE CENTS
KINGS MOUNTAIN GRADUATES? Graduation Mason Is under way and a number of Kings Mountain
area students are among those receiving certificates of graduation and degrees. Among Kings Moun
tain students graduating during the past week are. left to right. Miss Barbara Matthews, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Matthews. Demauth Blanton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Blanton, and Miss Nan
cy Plonk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Plonk. Miss Matthews and Mr. Blanton Wars graduated
Monday from Mark Hill Junior College*, and Miss P onk was graduated Wednesday with the degree of
Bachelor of Oratory from the Plonk School of Creative Arts, at AshefillHi^^^^^^^^^^^^
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.' Amoi* members of OtJ? D.
? Green Post 155, American Le
gion, planning to attend the
North Carolina Department
.convention In Atfheville this
weekend are Commander Paul
Maiuiri, ,\<ijni->!;! Ben
nett, til! f.'ollin:!, Led
. -better, Jack Banker, John Glad
den, and Hubeft \-i-: i.-idt^
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: VOLttHT tSJMBOQGHT
The Mountain Jay
cettes ate asking -for epecial
part-time duty at Kings Moun
tain MMtwi rh<>. . able to
. spare an^oapasldiral hour for
T~: $fffirate asked to call
Mrs. Maynard Snow at phone
' gfr-W: >r;
Houston Blade, who will be
graduate} next week tram Ca
tor 5 1 jfcjaflll education Wtt
? k I M .? 11, ? a etiMM ?]. He
hSS'liifcbeen chosen fig
sltion oh the <Hty of Rocking -
ham's publi n tion staff
and will report naxt Jttday to
assume those duties, f
; f;; . Kg fWBtv
Bob Ledbettef, son of Mr.
' 'a Ofl JpWiTnriTWjiiih.Bttr r has
assumed ; of..satoy.L:.
?nan at Plonk Brothers, it was
announee^tftfe week. For the
past two y^ars, Mr. Ledbetter
law been a s?jisaiaaa in the
men's clothing department at
Sears, Roebuck k ConMQjr, '
Charlotte, His wife U the for
mer Miss Janelle Smith. Mr.
LedMtteir fiUa the vacancy ore
ated several fiabtrtfce ago when
Fred White entered the navy.
Revival services will begin
Wednesday evening at Grace
Methodist ehuf&* with servic
es continuing thrc *h June 17.
The pastor, Rev. T. t Hager,
will <do the preaching It was
Wm announced that Rev. Kel
ly Dixon will preach the ser
Rev. W. O. Camp will con
duct a week of revival services
beginning Monday and contin
uing through Saturday of next-*
week; at Weatover Baptist
church, according to announ
cement hy the P*stor, Rev. B.
H. Matthews. Services will #??>?
gin at 7:30 p. m.
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TO ATTEND SYNOD
Rev. W. U Breaaly and M. L.
Harmon will go to Xewlsburg.
W. Va., next week to attend
the annual meeting of the A.
8. f?. Synod,- representing
Boycs Memorial AJLP. church.
The session begins Tuesday
r.ight_arafl cor/ttmu. through
To Be Sold Saturday
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At Public Auction
Eleven tracts, owned In whole
or hi part by the Estate of J. B.
Thomasson, will be sold at pub
lic auction on Saturday morn
ing beginning at 10 o'clock at
the several sites.
A. H. Patterson, commissioner,
who Is conducting the sale In ac
cordance with an order of the
Superior Court, said the first
tract to be sold will be the lot
and (business building on Moun
tain street formerly occupied by
The sale will then continue at
the several tracts. Attorney J. IL
Davis will serve aa auctioneer.
Other commercial Imildlngs to
be sold at the auction Include
two buildings on N. Piedmont
ave., one occupied by Economy
Cash Grocery, and the other by
Gafffcey's Barber Shop.
Sale of the properties will be
subject to confirmation of the
Under the terms of ttie auc
tion, Mr; Patterson said, bids will
fee held open for 10 days, dur
ing which time the trlds may be
raised. In event a tract Is sold
for leas than $500, the original
bid must be raised a minimum of
ten percent In event a tract la
sold |or more than 5500, a hid
must be raised a minimum of
Other properties to be sold in
- 1) The 40 x 60-foot vadant lot
behind the <3. W. King Garage.
2) The 62 x 150-foot lot at the
corner of King and Deal streets,
occupied by a brick residence.
The Thomasson Estate part-in
te rests fa the following tracts
are to be sold:
1) Several beet* of land lo
cated on and around ttie moun
tain which beam the same name
as the city* Mr. Thomasson held
one-third interest, with other e
qual Shares owned tor the M. L.
Plonk estate and J. O. Plonk.
I 3| Mr. Thomasson 'b one-fourth
interest fn the vacant lands ad
joining the Burlington Mill Phe
nix plant property and the Duke
Power company sub -station
property. Other three -fourths Is
owned by J. O.- Plonk.
3) T*?e one-third Interest of
Mr. Thomasson In several vacant
lots in East Kings Mountain.
Other equal owners are th? M. L.
Plonk Estate and J. O. Plonk.
The sale follows an action in
the Superior Court brought by
heirs of the late Mr. Thomasson
against the administrator of the
estate and the guardian of David
i The petitioners, heirs dt Mr.
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Bpdiiill Is Named
Officials of Reasurrection Lu
theran church "announced tills
week that John Rudisill, princi
pal of Bethware school, has ac
cepted the position of director
of the church's summer recrea
tion program., ? ? ? . *
Present plans call for launch
ing the program on the' after
noon of Monday, June 11, at 2
p. m. Activities Will include soft
?toll, volley ball, horseshoe pitch
ing and other games. The pro
gram will also lnclude\a Bible
story-hour. . \ ,1
The recreation area provided
is located north of Hawthorne
Dies in Wreck
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Funeral rites for Willard Art is
Cronan, 21-year-old Kings Moun
tain army veteran killed in an
automobile accident Tuesday,
were held Thursday afternoon at
4 o'clock at Oak View Baptist
chinch on the York road.
The pastor, Rev. C. E. Oxford,
conducted the rites, assisted by
Rev. Robert M. Hardin. Burial
was made In the Church ceme
tery. Prior to the service. <he
body lay in state at the church
for a ha If -hour.
Hie fatal accident occurred in
Charlotte about 5 o'clock in the
morning. The car Cronan was
driving went out of control,
crashed Into a tree and over
turned. He was the lone occupant
of the car and was almost In
stantly killed. K,:
Cronan was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Artis Cronan, Sr.
He had returned Mane tills
month from a tour of duty with
the army hi Germany and had
received Ms honorable discharge
last Friday. He was * former em
ployee Of Frieda Manufacturing
Company and Burlington Mill*'
Fhenht plant. ' ,
Surviving are- Us parents and
tike following brothers and sis
ter*, all of whom reside in Kings
Mountain: Herbert Cronan,
Wood row Cronan, Eugene Cron
an, Mrs. Charlie Sprouse and
Miss Betty Cronan.
GIVEN NOTICES .
Floyd Thornburg, member of
the city electrical department,
and Warren Ellison, police of
goer, have been gtVen notices
by the City that their services
will not be requlred after June
The regular Junior Chamber
of Commerce meeting will be
held at Masonic hall dining
room' Tuesday rfght at 1 o'
Kings Mountain citizen# gave
71 pints of Mood at the 1??: vlult
of the Bloodmobile, against ?
quota of m pint^.
"We *111 need lW pint*/* Mr*.
Mauney m Id "This means about
300 to 323 potential donors are
required. Alt person# ?re cheeked
to acceptance as a
A number of Kind Mountain
Red Crasa officials are to attend
-a meeetfng at ttve Charlotte Btood
Center's regional coordinating
committee in ChaMotU on Tues
day. Work of ttXjpttBg will
be^ future Bloodmotnle schedul
Joyce Biser, tenth grade -stu
dent at Kings Mountain high
school, and Hazel Wright, eighth
grade student of Central elemen
tary school, are the winners of
the First National Bank's city
schools spelling contests for 1951.
Announcement of the win*
new was made toy school offi
cials this week. Both will re
ceive handsome med*ls at school
commencement exercises Mon
It is th<i first ?ear of the con
test which the bank expects to
make an annual event to Im
prove the spelling capabilities of
Kings Mountain school students.
Both contests were close, with
the high school contest requlr
ing three spelling tests. Spelling
50-word groups, five high school
competitors spelled all 50 words
correctly at the first contest.
They were Joyce Biser, Juanita
Gunnells, Carl Coke, Kelly- Wea
ver and Alice Ford. After the sec
ond 50-word contest, it was a tie
between Joyce Biser and Jnanita
Gunnells, with Miss Biser edging
Miss Gunnells by .two words In
the second* "spell -off". In the
three contests, Miss Biser spelled
correctly 147 words, with Miss
.Gunnells spelling 145 correctly.
in the elementary schools,
Preliminary contests de
termined grade winners. In the
finals contest, 150 words were
used, with Hazel Wright scoring
first and Dixie Cline, alio an
finishing second. Third place
eighth grade Central student,
went to Jerry MoCarter, West
school seventh grader. Many of
the competitors spelled correctly
140 of the 150 word*.
Participating in the finale con
Eighth grade ? Hazel Wright,
Central, Dixie CltaeA Central,
Peggy Ford, Central, Jackie
Seventh grade? Jeny MoCart
er, West, Janell Bedsole, East,
Shirley Mcintosh, Central, Jua
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Still in Office
W. Fabson Barnes/ retiring
judge of city recorder's court, in
formed Mayor Gai land E. Still
last Saturday that he would not
he fired but would serve as judge
until the expiration of his term
on July 2.
Judg Barnes wrote the Mayor:
- "In accordance with our con
versation yesterday relative to
my purported dismissal by the
City Board jta Judge of the Kings
Mountain Recorder's Court, I
wish to advise that it is my con
sidered opinion that the Board's
action 'was without authority of
'hrw. I was appointed to this po
sition by the fo? ner City .Board
under the aut}io?;ty of the Pub
lic Local Laws of worth Carolina,
Chapter 243, 1911, as amended
toy Chapter 174, 1943. This statute
dearly establishes the term of
office for a period of two years
ending on $he first Monday in
July after each Municipal Elec
tion. HO ?power of removal from
?mce is vssted In the City Board.
Accordingly, I shal expect to ex
ercise the duties of tfcis office un
til the expiration of my term on
Solicitor Jack White Is taklr*
the same position as Judge
Barnes. Both served in their of
ficial capacities on Monday.
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New Broom Sweeps City Hall Again;
Crouse, Mrs. Kirby, Davis Lose Jobs
In New Budget
The city board of commission -
\KlriHm ^ in aPecial session
Monday night, authorized inclu
'f ,th<\ forthcoming 1951-52
budget funds for making an en
"i?* ol ??'e sewage
disposal and electrical distribu-l
IJLIt 8y?*?ms, Ami authoriiezd in- j
of^lfnt ? int? the P^Wlity
service the city ?arbage
Aiotion to insure a survey of
j, 131)0881 ^tem and
electrical distribution system
during the firthcoming fiscal
year was made by Commissioner
James Layton, with Commission,
er Lloyd E. Davis seconding. The
vote was unanimous.
on*th^?r Stili ,?pened discussion
ti?e possibility or. contracting
}f 3e r*movaI service, ex
pending on the suggestion he
made in his inaugural address.
18 costing the
out tJ-t'T *?nuW1y? Porting
out that the figure will grow as
S?tC/^JnT8- He also noted
???t it will be necessary to pur
4 ?fe a new truck lor the service
In the near future.
Discussion Included questions'
concerning previous ordinances
on garbage collection, and City
Administrator M. K. Fuller out
lined several systems employed
by other communities. He also
reported that the city makes an
effort to collect revise from the
commercial areas daily and from;
residential areas twice weekly.
The Mayor said he felt the city
could obtain * contract with a
private operator tor less money
th?51^ 1* now paying for
the service, and. In turn, im
prove the service. Motion to in.
vestigate the possibility, with
the aim to secure bids from pri
vate individuals or firms, was
made by Mr. Davis, with Mr.
Layton seconding. The vote was
The board discussed, without
the ?PHt-fee basis on
inspections of construction, elec
trical and plumbing installs- 1
?ons. Several hoard members
said they felt Inspection fees
wiould go Into the city treasury
and, that city employees should
receive all their money from the
city as Salary, or wages, alone.
Action was deferred, pending
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At Special Program
??? Kings Mountain, received!
special recognition during the
annusi Recognition Chapel ex
held this week in the Ca
tawte College Auditorium. Bec
U ?n occasion
m ??e purpose of pre
?wards to stu
dents, who have been outstand
ta| Jn ?ne or more fields
. ?^ok ?weived a basketball
?^w?s recognized for be
Whoa Who in Amerloan
Colleges ??d Universities.
NEW CITY CLERK AND ASSISTANT? Shown above at* Jo* McDcm
ieL left and Oliver T. Hares, Sr. right who figured m changes made
in city personnel on Monday night by the board of commissioner*.
Mr. McDaniel was olevated to the eflie? ?l city clerk and treasurer
and clerk of recorder's court, while Ki. Hayes was name* ftsslstant
city clerk and treasurer. Mr. McDaniel will succeed S. A. Crouse.
Mr. Hayes succeeds Mrs. Hay Kirby.
High School Finals
Program A nnounced
For 65 Seniors
Commencement exercises for
65 seniors begin Sunday evening
at Kings Mountain high school.
Rev. T. L. Cash well, Jr., pastor
of the First Baptist church, will
deliver the commencement ser
mon on Sunday evening, and on
Monday evening Rev. Lee F. Tut
tie, pastor of Charlotte's First
Methodist church, will deliver
the commencement address.
Both programs will be held at
the high sdiool auditorium and
will begin at 8 o'clock.
On Sunday evening, Rev. W. L.
Pressly will give the invocation,
Rev. Vance Daniel will read the
Scripture, and Rev. P. D. Patrick,
president of the Ministerial As
sociation, will present Mr. Cash
well. Rev. W. F. Monroe will say
the benediction. Special music
will be rendered by the senior
girl's ensemble and the mixed
On Monday evening, Rev. B.
P. Austin will say the invocation
and Rev. J. H. Brendall, Jr., will
present Mr. Tuttle. Rowell Lane,
high school principal, will pre
sent diplomas, and Arnold W.
Kincaid, ra airman of the city
school board of trustees, will
present awards and medals. Jack
Bennett, president of the senior
class, will present a gift from the
graduating class to the school.
The program will also include
special music by Miss Barbara
Ann Grantham and by the sen
ior class mixed ensemble.
Other class officers are Ranee
Henderson, vice-president; Vale
rie Beatty, secretary; and Betty
Cash and Johr Warllek, co
treasurers. The class mascots are
Martha Beal and Tommy Dean.
The class motto is "We build
our future", the class flower is
pink dogwood, and the class col
ors are blue, and white.
TO 5TH DIVISION
Pvt. Paul E. Wright, US
53100549, of Kings Mountain,
was transferred last week from
Fort Jackson. His new address
is: Battery "C", 47th AAA AW
Bn., 2nd Inf. Regt., 5th Inf.
Dlv., Irrdiantown Gaip Mil. Res.,
Order For June
The Cleveland County draft
board has been notified that it
will not receive an order to fur
nish registrants for pre-lnduc
tion examinations in June, Mra
Clara Newman, clerk to the
?board, js?ld yesterday. . ?
On June 12, (he board will bur
nish five men for final induction
Into the army.
Mrs. Newman said the local
board had no way to determine
?now many eligible registrants
have taken, or are to take, the
services aptitude tests for de
ferment. On the basis of Cleve
land county eligible^ securing
application cards, she estimated
that a large majority of the ell
gables did makp apllcation for
taking the tests.
Will Speak Here
Dr. Harold D. Meyer, chairman
of the North Carolina recreation
commission and University of
North Carolina professor, will ad
dress members of the Kings
Mountain Recreation commis
sion, members of the city board
of commissioners and other spe
cial guests at a luncheon at the
Kings Mountain Country Club
Monday at noon. ^
Dr. Meyer will discuss city rec
reation programs and will make
suggestions for formulating a
Announcement of the lunch
eon was made by Mrs. Paul Mau
ney, chairman of the city com
Guard Company Soft
For Overnight CPX
The Kings Mountain National
Guard company will take part in
an overnight problem at Kings
Mountain Battleground dver the
Captain Humes Houston made
He said the problem would be
the assembly of a rifle battalion
in an area prior to an attack.
Other 3rd Bn., 120th Inf., com
panies to take psrt In the CPX
are Morganton, Lincoln ton, Gas
Ionia and Shelby
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Meeting in special session
Monday night, the city board of
commissioners completed elec
tion of department heads as fol
1) Joe McDaniel, clerk in the
city office, was elected city clerk
and treasurer and Clerk of re
corder's court as an annual sal
ary of $2,700, effective July 2,
1951. Commissioner C. P. Barry
made the motion, Commission
er B. T. Wright seconded andthe
vote was unanimous. Mr. Mc
Daniel will succeed S. A Crouse.
2) Oliver T. Hayes, Sr., candi
date for mayor in the recent elec
tion, was elected assistant city
clerk and treasurer at an annual
salary of $2,400, effective Imme
diately. Commissioner Lloyd E.
Davis made the motion, Com
missioner Olland R. Pearson sec
onded and the vote was unani
mous. Mr. Hayes will suoceed
Mrs. Ray Kirby. (Mrs. Kirby, like
Mr. Crouse, will complete her
duties on June 30. Hospitalized
for several weeks, Mrs. Kirby re
turned to work this week.) )
3) E. A. Harrill wa^ elected
city attorney at an annual sal
ary of $600, the salary to include
all fees, and judge of city re
corder's court at an annual sal
ary of $1,800. Mr. Harrill suc
ceeds J. R. Davis as city attorney,
effective immediately, and will
succeed W. Faison Barnes as city
Judge, effective July 2.*Comnvis
sioner Pearson made the motion,
Commissioner James Lay ton
seconded an<d the vote was u
4) Grady W. King, veteran fire
chief, was re-elected to the same
position at a salary of $300 an
nually ana the board voted to
authorize employment of three
additional paid firemen. Com
missioner B. T. Wrfght, Sr., made
Phe motion, Commissioner Davis
seconded and the vote was u
5) J. Ollle Harris was re-elected
to the non-paid position of ci
vilian defense chairman. Com
missioner Wright made thfe mo
tion, Commissioner Davis sec
onded and tfhe vote was unan
The five actions completed for
the moment board action on per
sonnel. Without formal action
which has been customary in
some past years, the board ac
cepted the recommendation of
City Administrator M. K. Fuller
to retain L. C. Parsons as super
intendent of public works. The
board did not name a solicitor
of city recorder's court, and it in
dicated that none would be ap
Opening the discussion on the
personnel matters, Mayor Gar
land E. Still said, "My sugges
tion would be to relieve the pity
clerk, the assistant clerk and the
city attorney of their duties."
The Mayor pointed out that
Mr. McDaniel would accept the
twin position of city clerk and.
treasurer and court clerk for *2,
700, and added that he felt the
board could obtain an assistant
city clerk and treasurer for $2,
400 per year.
"The current expense In salar
ies of this office is $9,060 annu
ally, and the proposed salary ex
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To All-Stcar Team
Jim Huffstetler. of
City, Kings Mountain American
Legion junior bnsehnll out
fielder in 1949 and 1950, has
been selected to a position on
the North Carolina All-Star
boy* bass ball team.
Huffstetler will compete a
galnst bey* from South Caroli
na In tbs eighth annual Caro
linas All-Star game at Char
lotte on Jun? 1? at Griffith
Earl Ruth, former recreation
director hero and currently
baseball and basketball coach
at Catawba College. Is coach of
the North Carolina aeam.
Huffstetler Is to graduate
Monday from Bessemer City
high schooL where he played
low ssasons of baitdl Be
played fh? seasons of ju