City Limit* .
(1945 Ration Board Flguroo)
VOL.62 NO. 20
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, May 15, 1952
PLANNING FASHION SHOW ? Shown above are four members of the Junior Woman's Club in a
planning session for tbe forthcoming "Fashion Frolic", a fashion show of summer apparels to be pre
sented at the Woman's Club May 23. They are, left to right. Mrs. Sam Hamrick. Mrs. Helen Ramsey
Blanton, Mrs. A. B. Chandler, project chairman, and Mrs. E. R. Goter. (Photo by Carlisle).
Miss Dotty Smith, rising Jun
ior at Greensboro college, has
been elected president o I the
college Spanish Club for next
year,' according to information
The First National Bank will
be closed next Tuesday in ob
servance of a legal bank holi
day, commemorating Mecklen
burg Independence Day, accord
ing to announcement this week.
Parking meter receipts total
ed $152.05 for the week ending
Wednesday, May 7, and $161.
02 for the week ending Wed
nesday, May 14, according to
a report of Joe Hendrick, city
J. Ollie Harris, Kings Moun
tain mortician, was elected 'to
the state licensing tooard for
North Carolina Funeral Di
rectors and Bitvbalmers at the<
state association in Charlotte
last week. Mr. Harris was elect
ed for a five-year term.
Drace M. Peeler, well-known
Kings Mountain businessman,
underwent a leg operation at
Memorial hospital, Charlotte,
Tuesday morning. His condi
tion was reported satisfactory
)&<e Wednesday morning.
Virgil Weathers, of Shelby,
will address members of the
Kings Mountain Kiwanls club
Ttiursday evening at 6:45 at
the regular weekly meeting,
lite club meets at Masonic
Still Pleads Guilty
On Speeding Charge
^Mayor Garland Still plead
lty to a charge of speeding be
Judge Rueben Elam in
lty recorder's court Wednes
\and was fined $5 and the
(ayor was found not gull
charge of reckless driv
khad plead guilty to driv
mlles per hour.
1 case, P. A. Hawkins,
italn policeman, was
t guilty on a charge of
in office. Judge E
ptain auto dealer, and
witness, with the
the Mayor a
arrest by city ofr
i weeks ago.
Models Are Listed
For Fashion Frolic
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Twenty Kings Mountain wo
men will serve as models for
Fashion Frolic, the summer ap
parel fashion show scheduled for
presentation on May 23 at the
Tickets for the event are now
on sale at 50 cents each.
The show event is being spon
sored by the Junior Woman's
Club in cooperation with the
Kings Mountain Merchants asso
ciation. . .
The models Include: Miss Betty
Hayes, Mrs. Margaret Paysour,
Mrs. Sam Mitchem, Miss Berniee
Harrison, Miss Margaret Corn
well, Mrs. Ruby Crawford, Mrs.
L. E. Abbott, Mrs. Bruce Thor
burn. Miss Vera Hudson, Miss
Joyce Foster, Mrs. John Cheshire,
Mrs. David Cash, Mrs. P. D. Hern
don, Mrs. Pinky Ware, Mrs. Hun
ter Patterson, Mrs. Carl Mauney,
and Miss Eleanor Myers.
Children's summer apparel will
be shown, but the models have
not yet been announced.
Mrs. A. B. Chandler, chairman
of the Junior Woman's Club pro
ject, said much interest is being
evidenced concerning the forth
coming show and a capacity
crowd is expected to attend the
Firms participating in the show
are Belle's Department Store,
Plonk Brothers & Company,
Myers' Dress Shop, Keeter"s, Inc.,
Reba's Fashions, Wee Folk Shop
pe, Dellinger's Jewel Shop, Gray
son's Jewelry and Sudie's Beauty
Mr. and Mr*. W. K. Mauney,
Jr., and family, moved Satur
day Into their new brick home
on East Gold street.
JAYCEE PRESIDENT ? Joe Hed
don, city school band director,
was installed as president of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce at
the club's annual banquet held
last Friday night at the Country
Annual ladies night banquet of
the Junior Chamber of Commerce
was held at the Country Club
last Friday night, with informali
ty the theme, and with some 125
| Joel Ritchie, of , Albemarle,
third district vice-president, in
stalled officers for the coming
year. New officers are:
President Joe Hedden.
First Vice-President Paul Wal
Second Vice-President J. T.
Secretary Pete McDaniel.
Treasurer Rudl Wuennenbt-rg.
Sargeant-at-Arms Bill Beam.
Directors, for two-year terras,
Yates Harbison, Jack White and
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Bethware Commencement Piogiam
To Be Held Sunday, Monday Nights
Graduation exercises for 21
seniors at Bethware high school
will begin on Sunday evening,
with the baccalaureate service,
followed by the commencement
exercises on Monday evening.
Both programs will begin at 8
On Sunday evening, Rev. R. L.
Forbte, pastor of El Bethel Metho
dist church, will deliver the ser
mon. Rev. C. C- Crow will read
the Scripture and pray. Special
music will Include two solo num
bers. by Dorothy Patterson and
by LUlher McSwa.'n, Jr.
On Monday evening, J. H.
Grigg, county schools superin
tendent, will deliver the gradua
tion address Frances Bridges
will give the invocation, and the
girls' trio will sing "Others".
Lather McSwain, Jr., will give
the salutatory address and Freda
Brown the valedictory adrlress,
while Bobby Huskey" will Intro
duce Mr. Grigg.
. Irvtn McSwaln, Jane Goforth,
Betty Wllllama and Bobby Mor
ris will serve as marshals
Class, mascots are Freda Alli
son and Darrell Leohart.
For Horse Show
Full plans for the Kings Moun
tain Kiwanls Club's annual horse
show were announced this week
by Chairman Byron Keeter, who
said that more than $1,5Q0 would
be offered as prices in the one
day, two-performance event sche
duled for June 4 at City Stadium.
W, G. Grantham is serving a$
co-chairman of the show, vWth
L. E. / bbott as secretary-treasur
Mr. Keeter announced that Jim
my Richardson, here two years
ago to furnish music on his elec
tric organ, will play for the show
this year, and that J. D. Massey,
of Greenville, S. C., who announc
ed the afternoon events last yeiar,
would serve as master of cere
Judges will be Ed Stalcup, gait
ed division, and Hulon Ferrel,
walking horse division. Stewart
Dellinger, of Stanley, will serve
as ringmaster, and Dr. Jacob S.
Mauney, of Kings Mountain, will
be the official veterinarian.
The afternoon performance I
will include ten events, while 11
competitions are scheduled for
the evening performance, thfc lat
ter including nine stake events.
Committees as announced by
Mr. Keeter include (first-named
serving as chairman):
Entertainment ? W. K. Crook,
David Neill, Arnold Kincaid.
Entries -'Dr. D. F. Ford.
Publicity ? Paul Mauney, Dr.
W. P. Cerberding.
Grounds ? Lewis ijovis, W. G.
Grantham. W. T. Weir, D. M.
Peeler, Jim Anthony and Ed
Concessions ? J. L. McGlll, J.
H. Patterson, W. Tt Weir and
Tickets ? A. B. Chandler, Fai
son Barnes, Joe Lee Woodward, J.
C. Bridges and E. W. Griffin. I
Advertising and program ? I
Arnold Kiser and W. K. Mauney,
co-hajrmen, H. R. Neisler, Aubrey
Mauney, Halbert Webb, Harry
Page, J. E. Herndon and M. K.
Music and Lights ? Harold
Hunnicutt and B. S. Peeler, Jr.
On FPC Hearings
It wiU probably be three
months before the city learns
whether it will get an allocation
of natural gas from the Trans
continental Pipeline, City Attor-'
ney. J. R. Davis told the city board
of commissioners Monday night.
Mr. Davis was reporting on
three trips he rriade to Washing
ton to represent the city in hear
ings before the Federal Power
He related the objections ad
vanced by opponents of the Kings
Mountain application and those
of 14 other southern cities, includ
ing Shelby and Lexington in
Fighting the southern applica
tions, Mr. Davis said, are Trans
continental itself, northern cities
and companies now being served
by the pipeline and desiring more
gas, the coal companies, and oth
Objections advanced by the op
ponents of the application, as
listed by Mr. Davis, included: 1)
Tranfcontlnental had sought and
deserved a rate raise, and 2) the
allocation might be smaller than
asked, with one or both these de
velopments probably causing the
proposal to look uninviting finan
cially. Others included charges
that the city was not united In
wanting natural gas, that the
city couldn't obtain the necessary
pipe to Install a distribution sys
tem, arid that the city could not
issue revenue bonds without an
approving vote of the citizens.
Mrf Davis said that all the ar
guments were rebutted strongly,
with engineers for Barnard A
Burk, who surveyed the local gas
Jemand, and a representative of
R. S. Dickson Company, combat
ting many of the unfavorable ar
guments. Resolutions endorsing
the natural gas proposal from
Kings Mountain civic clubs and
the First National Bank were In
troduced as evidence that the city
was united on the allocation re
quest. A construction contractor
testified that, If tie entered a
successful bid, he could Install
a distribution system in 90 days,
Mr. Davis continued.
The attorney offered the opin
ion that Kings Mountain would
be allocated gas, if any- other
>outhem city obtains It
Mwmn J|t ???RSBHif HBHHHi
AMONcTtHE CANDIDATES ? Shown above art three Kings Mountain area citizens who are seeking
Dem~ratic nominations in the May 31 primary. Edwin Moore, left, and Wayne L. Ware, center, are
among nine Cleveland county citizens seeking five nominations to the county board oi education. H.
G (Fat) Clemmons, right. Is one of five candidates for the Number 4 Township constable nomination.
Saturday Last Day
AT BAPTIST CHURCH ? Miss
Blendo Huneycutt, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Huneycutt. of
Kannapolls, will serve this sum
mer as educational director of
the First Baptist church. A grad
uate ol Mars Hill college and
Baylor university. Miss Huney
cutt is now studying In Louta
?ille. Ky., for a master's degree
in religious education, prior to
entering the foreign mission
The top-rating Kings Moun
tain school hand, under the direc
tion of Joe Hodden, will present
its annual spring concert Thurs
day evening at 8 o'clock, at Cen
tral school auditorium.
According to Mr. Hedden. the
program will be quite varied, in
eluding military marches, popu
lar ballads, and Jazz novelty num
bers, as well as the symphonic
Two soloists will be featured on
the program. Gene Austin, bari
tone soloist will play "Willor Ec
hoes", und Gene Ellis will play a
trumpet solo "Carnival of Ven
ice", with Miss Barbara Gault ac
companying at the piano.
No admission will be charged.
Plonk School Ploy
Will Be Presented
The Plonk .School of Creative
Arts will present Its annual
spring season play Friday and
Saturday evenings at 8:30 at the
Plonk School Theatre in Ashe
The college workshop players
will present Philip Barry's
"Second Threshold", a two-act
play produced at the Morosco
Theatre in New York In January,
Among the cast is Miss Nancy
Plonk, of Kings Mountain, who
takes the role of Thankful moth
er. Miss Nan Jean Gantt, of Kings
Mountain, is one of the stage
managers, and Miss Shirley Hou
ser, of Kings Mountain will serve
as an usher.
Admission will be one dollar
Mrs. Do?thy McCarter Ham,
Herald reporter, is a patient at
Kings Mountain hospital. She
became ill at work shortly af
ter noon Tuesday.
Pay Visits Here
Prospective voters must regis
ter by Saturday. If they expect to
vote in ihe May 31 primaries.
Saturday is the final day on
which the books will be open, and
the registrars will be at their
desks all day to put new names
oh the books. May 24 is Challenge
Political activity, still outward
ly quiet here compared with noi
mal spring seasons, was increas
Both of the leading Democrat
ic gubernatorial candidates, Hu
bert Olive, of Lexington, and Wil
liam B. Umstead, of Durham,
were in Kings Mountain this
week. Olive was here Mohday,
Umstead on Tuesday.
Also showing signs of warm
ing Considerably was the race be
tween Senator Clyde Nolan and
Robert Morgan, the challenger,
for tfio Democratic nomination
for the North Carolina Senate.
Both these candidates marie i
Kings Mountain their working i
headquarters ? o:i Tuesc'?> and i
both uniformly reported "it looks I
The five-man township consta
ble race was also forming into an
interesting affair, with all the
candidates busy beating the
bushes for prospective voters.
They include Ervin Ellison, Paul
Byers, Will Blackburn, the in
cumbent, H. G. Clemmons and
Busy also in the county wars
were Wayne L. Ware and Edwin
Moore, of Kings Mountain, both
seeking Democratic nominations
They are two of nine candidates
seeking the five nominations.
to the county board of education.
Other races weren't getting too
LEGION COMMANDER ? Sam
Collins, above, was elected and
installed as commander of the
Kings Mountain American Le
gion post last Friday nigbt.
Sam Collins, Kings Mountain
?businessman, was elected com
mander and Installed along with
other 1952-53 officers at the regu
lar May meeting of Otis D. Green
Post 155. the American Legion,
held at the Legion Building last
Past Commander Glee X. Brid
ges installed the newly elected
officers. "There is no rank among
u.?j. Upon your shoulders." he ad
dressed the new officials, "rests
the responsibility of running
post affairs". "Your duty is to
buck your officers and work for
the post," Mr. Bridges saifi to the
other members present.
OthT. officers installed were:
First Vic<';C"omrt:urido,r ? Jutnes
Second Vice-Commander Ned
A. MeGiil, of Gastoriia,
Adjutant C. T. Carpenter, Jr
Finance Officer Fred Haithcox.
Chaplain \V F. Laughter
Historian L. T. Anderson.
Sargeant - at . Arms Hubert
Service Officer John \V. Glad
Additional members of the
post executive committee. Past
Commander Warren Reynolds,!
Past Commander Paul Mauney,
Past Commander John Floyd.
Past Commander Gladden and
Paul Byers. . ?
Mr. Reynolds, retiring -cohn
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Fuller Says City Under-Spending
Income, To End Year With Surplus
The City of Kings Mountain
will show an operating profit
rather than a loss for the current
year. M. K. Fuller, city admini
strator, told the city board of
commissioners Monday night.
He said he ba.<4ed his estimate
Tentative figures on the 1952
property valuation for the city
are S6.405.892, up about a quar
ter of a million dollars from
the 1951 valuation. M. X. Fuller
reported Monday night In
cluded was S2rS 50,752 in per
sonal property and $3,855,840
In reed property, plus the 1951
figure* on corporations which
are valued by the state assess
on figures compiled for the first
ten months of the fiscal year
ending April 30. and said his re.
port of the previous month, when
an operating loss was Indicated,
was based on a clerical error ty*
Mr. Fuller reported for ten
1) Total receipts of $353,530.39,
against total expenditures of
2) Bank balance at April 30 of
3) Tax collections for the year
totaling 89.6 percent of the $110,
948.5-1 levy (on & valuation of $0..
162.127). Total tax collections
for ten months have been $99,
4) A larger increase in gross
revenues from utilities, causing
his prediction that water reve
nues would be up $15,000 for the
full fiscal year and that light
and power revenues would be up
approximately $14,000 for the fls
Water revenues, he reported,
have already reached $47,128.71,
to top the $41,799.04 for all of
1951-52. Light and p<?wer reve
nues for ten months have total
ed $157,921.06. against $175,801.66
for all of 1951-52.
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Sunday Blue Law
The city board- of commission
ers, in regular monthly meeting
Monday night, tentatively set the
1952-53 tax rate at $1.80 per $100
valuation, and repealed by 4-0 the
Sunday blue law enacted at a re
cent special meeting.
t The tax rate action is not final,
hut will give the city a basis for
accepting prepayments on tax
bills next month at the legal two
percent discount. The tentative
rate is the same rate which has
prevailed for the past three years.
The blue law repeal was the
result of Commissioner B. T.
Wright's motion and Commission
missioner OUand Pearson and
C. P. Barry's second, with Com
Lloyd E. Davis supporting. Com
missioner James Layton abstain
ed. Previously, the same motion
by Mr. Wright had elicited only
a 2-0 vote, all the other commis
sioners abstaining. The city at
torney offered the opinion that
at least three votes Were requir
ed, and, after considerable dis
cussion. the other commissioners
joined in the action.
Following the action, the com
missioners unanimously passed a
resolution urging business firms
to close their businesses, on a
voluntary basis, during the hours
of 10 a. m. to noon on Sundays.
In seconding the motion, Mr.
Barry remarked that he did not
believe In working on Sunday and
did not himself, but that he felt
it impossible fo legislate morals.
Other actions by the board in
(1) Approved a street paving
petition from property owners on
Monte Vista Drive; from Wilson
to Falls Street.
(2) Voted to attend the May 29
regional meeting of the North
Carolina League of Municipali
ties at Shelby.
(3) Tabled for further informa
tion a suggestion by Mr. Pearson
that C. E. Carpenter, court clerk
and tax lister, b^ named tax
(4) Authorized inviting bids
for a billing machine.
(5) Authorized installation of a
twoinch water line off Cherry
ville Road to provide better water
service, on complaint received
from Ted Ramsey.
<6) Voted to oil non-paved city
streets, other than thoSo schedul
ed for paving, as a dust preven
<1 ' Authorized grading work
on Ma'uney. Avenue to improve a
bad drainage. situation, at an es
timated cost of $250. the cost, not
exceeding that amount, to lie paid
for by K. T. plot*.
*8) Authorized installation of
drainage tile on Ijnwood Road
to accommodate Second Baptist
church, which plans to build a
new church dn the south side of
L, in wood Road.
f9) Tabled for action at the
May 14 special meeting request
by the City Stadium planning
committee to build permanent
type concession stand and ticket
booths at fhe Stadium.
(10) Voted to Install a six-inch
water line from York Road to
Oriental avenue and to extend a
two inch water line to serve Mrs.
Alda Deal, who appeared before
the board to seek water service.
(11) Heard a delegation of Neg
ro citizens ask for improvement
of West Ridge Street.
(12) Voted to set up in the
forthcoming 1952-53 budget a
$5,000 sum for purchase of a
suitable tract to trade Burlington
Mills Corporation for a 17-acre
tract sought by the Recreation
commission as a recreation plant
site. A. B. Chandler, commission
chairman, had told the board
two sites' Were available which
Burlington had indicated would
City Attornev J, R Davis told
the board he had forwarded to
New York bond attorneys all in
formation thev had asked con
cerning a proposal to call a
sewape Improvements hond elec
tion and tl.at he expected a re
port fr..m the attorneys in the
All the actions, other than the
blue law matter, were by 5-0
?' OOn DONORS
At 3:30 Wednesday after
noon, lOl pints of t>]ood had
been collected by- the Red
Cross BloodmobHe from Kings
Mountain area citizens Donors
had kept both the medical and
volunteer staff busy from
opening time at 11 a. m.