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, (1945 Ration Board Pigant)
VOL 62 NO. 36
King* Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, September 4, 1952
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Miss Martha Plonk left Sun
day for Corvallls, Oregon,
where she has accepted a posi
tion with Oregon State College.
Regular meeting of the Kings
Mountain Lions club will toe
held Tuesday evening at 7:00
o'clock at Masonic Dining Hall.
Program for the meeting has
. not yet been announced.
Rev. H. Gordon Weekley, new
pastor of First Baptist church,
will address members of the
Kings Mountain Kiwanis club
at their regular meeting Thurs
day night at 6:45 at Masonic
Lodge Hall, according to an
nouncement in the SinavMc,
Joseph N. Dixon, business
manager for Kings Mountain
hospital, Mrs. Mozelle Gardner,
chief anesthetist, and Mrs.
Dorothy Goforth, head nurse,
attended the opening of the
University hospital, Chapel
BROTHERHOOD TO MEET
The brotherhood of Resurrec
tion Lutheran church will hold
a special meeting at the chur
ch on Thursday evening at 8.
o'clock, according to announ
cement by the pastor, Rev.
TO HEAR BELK
Rev. A. E. Belk. of Gaffney,
S. C., will be guest minister at
both morning and evening ser
vices at First Church of the Na
zarene on Sunday, it was an
nounced by the pastor, Rev. C.
E. McKenzie. The morning ser
vice is at 11 o'clock and the
evening service is at 7 o'clock.
Rev. P. D. Patrick, pastor of
the First Presbyterian church,
J. H. Thomson, clerk of the ses
sion, and J. G. Darracott, su
perintendent of the Sunday
School at Dixon Presbyterian
church, attended the meeting
of the Synod of North Carolina
at Davidson College this week.
James Moss, a graduate of
King College, Bristol, Tenn.,
?will bring the message to the
Dixon Presbyterian church at
9:45 a. in. Sunday, Sept.. 7. Mr.
Moss Will * attend 1 Columbia
Theological Seminary ?t De
catur, Ga? this fall.
v apt. Grady Howard, on ac
tive , duty with the Marine
Corps for the past 17 months,
has been returned to inactive
status. He and Mrs. Howard
and their family arrived home
Saturday from Camp LeJeune,
where Capt. Howard has been
Baptist ministers of the coun
ty will hold a pastors' confer
ence at First Baptist church in
Shelby, next Wednesday morn
ing at 10 o'clock, according to
anouncement by Rev. W. L.
MoSwain. Rev. B. F. Austin artd
Rev.. J. R. Cantrell will discuss
Regular September meeting
of Otis D. Green Post 155, the
American Legion, will toe held
at the Legion Hall on Thurs
day, Septemtoer 11. Date was
changed from September 12 to
avoid conflict with a Kings
Mountain high school football
Members of the executive
committee of Otis D. Green
Post 155, the American Legion,
were reminded today of the
regular meeting to toe held on
September 8 at the Legion
Hall. Commander Sam Collins
has urged all memtoers to at
Weekley To Begin
Rev, H. Gordon Weekley, new
pastor of First Baptist church,
will deliver his first sermon at
11 o'clock service* Sunday morn
Rev. Mr. Weekley Is expected to
arrive in Kings Mountain Thurs
day. He comes to Kings Moun
tain, succeeding Rev. T, L. Cash
Well, Jr., from the pastorate of
Mason boro Baptist church, of
I Auditors Suggest
Ernst & Ernst, of Winston-Sa
lem, in their audit report of the
city s books for the fiscal year
1951-52, itemized 13 recommenda
tions for improving the city's
The recommendations com
pared with 18 suggested Improve
ments made by the same firm,
following an audit of the city's
books last year. Some of the rec
ommendations were duplicates of
those made last year.
The auditing firm stated: "Both
the accounting procedures and
the system of internal' control
employed by the City are, we be
lieve, still inadequate to ? safe
guard the property and funds of
the City, even though improve
ment has been made during the
year. We find the weaknesses
now include, among others, the
"1) little or no formal receiv,
ing procedure for goods pur
chased; 2) occasional failure to
match invoices with purchase or
ders, due to absence of purchase
orders or purchase orders with
out the proper information there
on; 3) failure to make record of
audit of invoices as to extensions,
footings, prices, etc.; 4) no ac
countability for materials pur
chased, or for scrap; 5) failure to
control amounts receivable for
taxes; 6) failure to completely
control liability for utility de
posits; 7) failure to abide by bud
get accounting; 8) failure to pro
perly authorize all invoices paid
9) payment of vendors' state
ments (as contrasted to original
invoices); 10) no accountability
of some permits issued; 11) fail
ure to properly control utility re
ceivables; 12) failure to accurate
ly summarize and control asses
sments; and 13) frequent errors
in the preparation and entry of
"We have noted," the report
continued, "the great turnover in
personnel and understand the
problems the City has faced.
Many of ihe above weaknesses
are being <. -rrected and worked
out by City personnel. We recom
mend for your consideration the
employment of a receiving clerk
and the establishment of a cen
tral storage in order to control
the inventories of the City; that
the Board of Commissioners au:
thorize and approve all invoices
oVer a minimum amount; that
the minutes of the Board of Com
missioners' meetings include full, I
itemized information in detail ori
all actions of the Roard; and that
assessment scrolls be properly I
processed according to law." j
The auditors reported that the
"liability shown by the books for;
light and water deposits is not in 1
balance with the detailed records. !
It probably represents the ap!
proximate amount of the liability.
Considerable work will have to ;
bo done to be able to correctly
state the liability."
A total of $146.58 was collec
ted from the city's parking me
ters Wednesday morning ac
cording to a report by the city
i i. -
For Fashion Show
TO BE INSTALLED ? Rev. Vance
Daniel will be formally installed
as pastor of Resurrection Luth
eran church at morning services
Sunday at the church. ?>r. F. L.
Conrad, Synod president, will
conduct the service.
Dr. F. L Conrad
To Install Daniel
Rev. Vance Daniel will <be for
mally installed as pastor of
Resurrection Lutheran church at
the 11 o'clock service at the
church Sunday morning.
Dr. F. L. Conrad, of Salisbury,
president of the Lutheran Synod
of North Carolina, will conduct
the installation rites, which will
be held in the nave of rhe chur
Rev. Mr. Daniel first came to
the Resurrection church with the
status of mission developer.
Sunday morning's service will
be the first held in the main au.
ditorium since construction work
on the nave began several weeks
ago. Plastering work has been
concluded, though other work
remains to be completed.
No vesper service will i>e held
at 'he church Sunday evening,
the' Resurrection congregation
having been invited to attend
the opening of the new Spindale
Lutheran church at 3 o'clock
Sunday afternoon. Rev, H. G.
Fisher, a former pastor of St.
Matthew's Lufhemn church here,
is pastor of the Spindale church.
Kings Mountain hospital and
staff have expressed apprecia
tion the WMU of First Bap
tist church for contribution of
new linen for the operating
room, Joe Dixon, business
manager, announced the gift
City Commissioners Talk New Jail,
After Seeing Re-modeling Sketches
The city Board of commission
ers met in special session Friday
night to discuss jail improve
ments with its architects, looked
at the estimated $19,000 price tag
attached to the sketches, then
agreed to Investigate the possi
bility of building a new jail.
After first authorizing the firm
of Onnand St Vaughn, of Shelby,
to prepare sketches for a new
jail to be built behind the pre
sent City Hall, the board re
scinded the action to confer with
Jt- L. Williams. Monroe, Va., ar
chitect, described by Chief of Po
lice S. R. Davidson as a specialist
in jail architecture. Mr. Williams
is to confer with the board at its
next regular meeting.
The board indicated it would
consider financing the project,
should it become a definite one.
through a special bond Issue.
Such an issue would require a
favorable vote of the citizens.
Otherwise, the session was
limited to further discussloh on
the recently-enacted power rate
Commissioner Baxter Wright
made two motions which failed
of seconds, one to eliminate de
mand charges on all schedules,
the other to cut commercial
rate*. Commissioner James Lay
ton suggested a possible rate cut
of 10 percent or the adoption of
rate schedules used by Duke Po
wer Company, a?1 Mayor Gar
land Still suggested making the
commercial schedule the same at
residential, plus 20 percent, or to I
eliminate demand charges. But
there was no agreement, with
Commissioners Lloyd Davis and
Olland Pearson indicating they
wanted to give the current rates
a trial over a reasonable period
In reply to a question on com
plaints, City CleW; Joe Hendrlck
?a}d, "We received less com
plaints last month than previous
ly, though complaints on power
bills are a regular part of the
On motion of Mr. LaytOn, se
conded by Mr. Pearson, the board
voted unanimously to study a re
port at the subsequent regular
meeting to Include: 1- revenue
from current rates; 2) revenue
based on residential rates, with
a 20 percent adltlon for commer
cial users; 3) revenue based on a
10 percent reduction; 4) revenue
from city distribution if Duke
Power Company rates were ap
plied; 5) revenue, less demand
charge*; and 6) revenue, with
REA rates applied.
The board also authorized the
expenditure of up to fl.tftO addi
tional for Atreet re-surfacing be
ing done by Taylor Construction
Company. The board originally
contracted with the Taylor Com
pany for $25,000 in street resur
facing, and authorized the in
crease, if necessary, to complete
|AU streets originally scheduled
| for the "hot-mix" treatment.
High School Gym
Scene Of Event
On Friday Night
"Fall Fashion Frolic," a fash
ion show featuring fall merchan
dise from Kings Mountain stores
shown by local mouels. will foe
presented at the high school
gymnasium Friday evening* at 8
The show is being sponsored
by the Kings Mountain Junior
Woman's Club in cooperation
with the Merchants Association,
Nine firms will show apparel
and accessories during the even
ing. They are Belk's Department
Store, Plonk Brothers & Company.
Reba's Fashions, Myers" Dress
Shop, Keeter's Department Store,
Wee Folk Shop, Dellinger's Jew.
el Shop, Sudie's Beauty Shop,
and Grayson's Jewelry.
Mrs. James White is chairman
of the Junior Woman's cluh com
mittee and Mrs. J. B. Simpson
will serve 4s commentator dur
ing the showings. Mrs, Charles
Alexander will give the. word of
welcome, first item on the pro
Officials of the show are ex
pecting an exceptionally good
showing of all fashions for wo
men and children and a capac
Tickets are on sale at the par
ticipating firms and by members
of the sponsoring organization.
Models for the show were an
nounced yesterday. They in
Belk's ? Miss Ruby Crawford,
Mrs. P. D. Herndon, Mrs. Ray
Clemmer, Mrs. Bruce Thorburn,
Phyllis Dean, Beth Houser, Bil
lle Jo Thorburn. Johnny Clem
mer an?l Billie Mabry,
Plonk's ? Mrs. Thorburn, Mrs.
Eugene Roberts, Mrs. I. C- Davis,
Mrs. Clarence Plonk, Sr., Miss
Rachel Plonk and Miss Doris
Reba's ? Mrs. Vernon Hudson,
Myers' ? Mrs. Herndon, Mrs.
L,. E* Abbott, Mrs. Hunter Allen,
Mrs. Sam Mitchem, Miss Marion
Arthur, Miss Mary Ann Beam,
Mrs. Carl Mauney, Mrs. David
Cash, Miss Joyce Biser and Pat
Keeter's ? Mrs. Hunter Patter
son, Miss Bernice Harrison, Miss
Margaret Cornwall, Miss Diana
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82,099 In Black
Blessed by record general fund
receipts, the City of Kings Moun
tain showed a slight cash operat
ing profit during the fiscal year
closing June 30*
Audit report of Ernst & Ernst,
which audited the city's accounts,
showed income exceeded expendi
tures by $2,099.31, after deducting
$2,976.02 as an adjustment ol the
reserve for insolvent taxes, ?
The city received during the
year $420,141.04 and spent (in
cluding the tax reserve adjust
ment) $419,041.73 for all purposes.
General fund expenditures to
taled $375,427.28, debt service cost
$41,405.53, and cemetery fund ex
penses, limited to capital Improve
ments to the cemetery, were $1,
All but one department closed
the year showing their respective
budgets underspent. The excep
tion was the street department,
which overspent its budget by
As was customary, the utilities
departments showed the largest
expenditures. The city spent $113^
060.34 via the light and power
department (with $65,383.43 paid
for the purchase of power), and
the city spent $51,17537 via the
water and sewer department.
Other departmental expendi
ture included: Administrative,
$23,151.06: street, $46.49201; sanl
tary, $16,323.21; police, $35,441.76;
fire, $13,156.87; cemetery, $7,305..
68; general. $15,306.80; recorder's
court, $3,695.76; miscellaneous,
$235.15; and lor capital outlay,
$53,602.56. In addition, $6,585.31
was transferred to the debt ser
Revenues included $377,035.92
in general fund receipts. $41,405.
53 in debt service fund receipts,
and $1,699.59 In cemetery fund
Sale of power and water ac
counted for the biggest share of
the income. Power sales returned
Continued On Page Eight
Ready To Open
? The fifth annual Bethware
Community fair will open next
\\ ednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock
with record crowds expected to
attend the four-day event.
The fair will feature both farm
and commercial exhibits, with
prize drawings scheduled for each
?evening at 9:30 to be followed by
. Opening day will be children's
clay, with special contests for
No gate admission will be
On the midway, the Williams
Amusement company will hold
sway, with a half-dozen riding de
vices to be operating for the en
tertainment of fair-goers.
Meeting Tuesday night, the
Bethware Progressive Club, spon
sors of the fair, mapped final
plans for the event and officials
are predicting their "best-ever"
John Rudisill, secretary-trea
surer, said that the Bethware
school luncur >om will be operat
c-d cafeteria stlye during the fair
to serve meals to fair-goers at rea
The fair will open each day at
1 p. m. Judging of all exhibits and
in all departments will be com
pleted Thursday. The s;?ecial Fri
day feature will be a farm ma
chinery exhibit at 2 o'clock.
Fair officials include Lewis Ho
vis, president, Myers Hambright
manager, Mrs. H. A. Goforth as^
sistant manager, Will Wattersor
assistant manager, J. H. Rudisill'
Jr., secretary-treasurer, Mrs. La
mar Herndon, assistant secretary,
"dwin Moore, superintendent of
grounds, and Leonard Gamble, as
sistant superintendent of grounds.
Directors are: J. D. Harmon, Will
Watterson, Boyd Harrelson, Dale
ChLrU * 1fonard Gamble,
r5w pm? Charles Blalock,
.?i w ' Lewis Hovis, Ed
Win Moore, Wilard Boyles. Hal
Morris and J. H. Rudislll, Jr.
Department directors and as
Agriculture- Boyd Harrelson
director, Willis Harmon, assistant
director,- J. S. Ware, L. E Cham
pion and Lamar Herndon.
Horticulture ? Cameron Ware
director, Wayne L. Ware. Jr.!
trank Ware a,nd Edwin Moore.
Farm and machinery ? Lewis
Hovis, director. Lyman Cham
pion, and Joe Craver.
?Women* department ? Mrs
H. A Goforth. director. Mrs. Hal
Morris and Mrs. Clay Poston.
Women's department sub-divi
?Canned Fruits and Vegetables
I'ron;m* Gamble, Mrs
u ill \\ atterson, Mrs. Eugene Pat
terson. Mrs. Wray Greene.
Preserves. Jellies. Jams, Pic
kles, Relishes and Meats Mrs
Menzetl Phifer, Mrs. W. A
Wright. Mrs Frank Ware. Mrs.
Pantry and Dairy Supplies -
Mrs. William Bell, Mrs. Earl Mor
ris, Mrs. Hugh Ormand, Mrs. De
Household Arts Department ? -
Mrs. Ted Led ford, Mrs. Frank
Herndon. Mrs. Hugh Dover, Mrs!
Flower Department ? Mrs.
Floyd Herndon, Mrs. Boyd Har
rellson, Mrs. Perry McSwain, Mrs.
Food Committee ? M.s. John
Rudisill, Miss Sara CranfoTd
Mrs. Bryan Hord. Mrs. J. K Wil
4-H Club Department ? Miss
Lois Gamble, Miss Sonyla. Go
forth, Miss Laura Lalrte Morris,
Miss Patsy Hoyle,
Ben P Jenkins, Jr., former
Cleveland County farm agent,
will superintend the operations of
Archdale Farms, Kings Mountain
dairy, according to announcement
this week by P. M. Neisler.
Mr. Jenkins will manage the
dairy In conjunction with the op
eration of his farm management
service In Cleveland Country.
He said no Immediate changes
are anticipated in the dalcy opera
tion, which supplies milk to con
sumers both via retail stores and
Mr. Jenkins assumed the duties
of manager of the dairy Monday
He succeeds Holland P. Dlxoni
who resigned to become an offi
cial of Hardin-Dixon Equipment
Company, Shelby farm equipment
Archdale Farms Is owned by
Neisler Mills, Inc.
Mr. Jenkins recently resigned
ss a district official of the farm
?xtension service to launch his
new farm management service.
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1,991 Kings Mountain Area
Pupils Begin School Term
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PORTRAY DRAMA ROLES ? George Gray. of. Gastonia. and Miss
Betty Weathers, of Shelby, may be seen as "Reece McDermont" and
"Virginia" in the Kings Mountain Little Theatre drama. "The Sword
of Gideon," which opens at the amphitheatre at Kings Mountain
National Military Park on Thursday night, September 11. The drama
is scheduled to run for 12 nights, on Thursdays, Fridays and Satur
New Battle Drama
Opens Next Week
100-Member Cast j
Somif" gof>d reserved" scats, in- t
eluding only a fewfor the sept em- \
her 11 opening night perfor
mance, ah> still available for the ;
opening week of the Little Thea
tre's new drama. The Sword of
Cast of the drama was announ
ced 1 his week.
Miss Betty IyCflford, office sec- '
rotary of the sponsoring group, .
reports that ticket sales are
brisk and a capacity opening,
night audience is almost assured, i
Several important / guests and
many members of /he press, ra
dio and televisiory are expected
to attend the September 11 per- !
Misp Ledford has announced
that U. S, Senator Clyde K. Hoey,
of Shelby, and U. S. Representa-,'
tive Wood^ow W. Jones, of Ruth- f
erfordton, will be present for th? :
The drama is now going into
the last week of dress rehearsals]
and Mrs. P. G. Padgett has issued
an appeal for all members of the
100-odd cast to be present at all
Reserved seat tickets are priced
at $2.40, general admission at
$1.80 and grandstand at $1.00.
Tickets may be secured aj the
Little Theatre Office. 510 East
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waS" ' ' ' ' 1 PH 11 ? ? ? 'WKrftii1
RECEIVES MASTERS DEGREE?
Mrs. Marcelle Blanton Navey, a
bove, received her master of arts
degree from George Peabody col
lege for teachers in Nashville,
Ten., on August 22. She received
her bachelor of arts from East
Carolina. The daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. E. W. Blanton. of Kings
Mountain, and wife of the late
Ralph L. Navey of Raleigh., Mrs.
Navey has taught at the State
School for the Blind in Raleigh
for 12 years. She resumed her
teaching position there Septem
City Audit Report Shows Surplus
Value Over Million For First Time
The City of Kings Mountain
closed its fiscal year 1951.52 show
ing a surplus value of $1,078,722
55, an increase during the year
of $86,000 79, according to report
of Ernst & Ernst, Winston-Salem
It was the first time the city
had shown a surplus bool^ value
in excess of a million dollars.
The surplus , breakdown In
cludes: general fund, $58,020.67 ;
cemetery fund, $16,888.78, and
capital fund, $1,003,813.10.
According to the condensed
summary of the city's financial
condition, the city listed at June
30 cash of $84,43&97, receivables
of $38,058.23, supplies inventory
of $23,462.72, and property and
equipment totaling $1,256,773.02.
Liabilities included $71,050,17 in
current accounts, plus $253,000 in
bonded Indebtedness. Included in
the current accounts were 1952
tax prepayments of $30,639.18
and prepaid 1952 privilege licen
ses of $3,026.87.
The property and equipment
vaiues listed by the auditors in
cluded these major items:
, Water and sewer lines, $333.
885.31 ; water plant and equip
ment, $301,764.59; street paving
and equipment, $251,815.67; and
school buildings and sites, $128,
The city hall and site is listed
at $44,409.77, the electric light
and power system at $39,140.06,
while the cemetery property is
I listed at $27,11251.
Shows Net Gain
Of 38 Pupils
A total of. 1.991 Kings, Mountain
area school children enrolled' for
the 1952-53 term Tuesday.
Of the total, 1,816 were enroll
ed in the. five city .schools units;
while 175 were enrolled at Park
Grace school in the county sys
The city system showed a fitst
day population gain of 38 pupils,
while at Park Grace the total
was three less than on last year's
Opening day problems in the
eity system 'we're confined . to
equalization, of classes and
spacp problems, Mr. Barnes said
All elementary schools reported
very large fourth grades, arid
East school found itself one
classroom shy. Some pupils will
be transferred to Central school
to alleviate the over-populated
problem, and school officials are
contemplating moving one class
from East school to Central. Mr.
Barnes said ample classrooms
had been provided by pressing
three rooms at Central into class
room service which had formerly
been used, for other purposes. He
said all the necessary ' re-arran
gements would be completed by
Largest first-day enrollment
gains were reported by East and
Central elementary schools, each
reporting 24 additional students
ovcj last year.
Davidson colored school, how
ever, showed a. drop in opening
day enrollment of 28, eight in
the high school and 20 in the
West elementary school enroll
merit gained eight over last
year's rlrsf day and Central high
school enrollment was up a total
of ten students.
. First-day enrollment figures
follow: Central elementary, 653
West elementary, 236; East ele
mentary, 3-16; Central high. 366;
Davidson elementary, 153;- Dav
idson high, 62; totals, white.
1.601 ; colored. 215.
Mr. Barnes said it is customary
for enrollment to inc.- ease slight
ly sifter the opening day. ?
A five rent per hour wage in.
crease and extension of group
life insurance coverage, for hourly
rated employees was made effec
tive Monday by Foote Mineral
Company for employees of the
Kings Mountain division.
Announcement was made by A.
K. Cfiariler. superintendent of
the Kings Mountain plant.
The increase was termed a
"cost of living adjustment".
A total of $2,000 jn life insur
ance is to be granted each hourly
rated employee who has been
with the company for 90 days,
or more. It was announced that
those employees who have been
with the company less than 90
days will receive the coverage
once they have completed the 90
day period of employment.
To Town Monday
The circus is- coming to Kings
Mountain on Monday, according
to announcement by the Junior
Chamber of Commerce. Two per.
formances will be given at Plonk
Showgrounds, off Grover road. J
This Is really a circus, not a
carnival," Chairman Jack White
said in making the announcement.
"We feel that local citizens will
really enjoy seeing an old-time
circus and are/happy to be able
to present thfc Kelly & MorrU
Circus, one d( the besc," lie con
The citrus features "Big
Blanche", billed as the ' largest
elephant in the United States
"Blanche" weighs 11.000 pounds,
according to circus officials and
was purchased from Cole Bro
thers Circus in 1950. "The man
agement offers $1000.00 for proof
Blanche is not the largest ele
phant," according to a press re
Kelly A Morris also features '
what is billed as the second lar
gest travelling 700 In America,
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