VOL 64 NO. 23
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, June 10, 1954
PRICE FIVE CENIS
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COURT OF RONOB
Regular Court of Honor lor
the Kings Mountain Boy Scout'
district will convene at City
Hall courtroom at 7:45 TJiuf?
day evening. A Scouter Round -
table will follow the Court of
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Capt. Grady Howard, Ma
rine Corps/reserve, reported for .
a two-week training stint to
-Camp LeJeune last Saturday.
Capt. Howard, 'business man
ager of Kings Mountain hos
pital, is a veteran of two peri
ods of active duty in the . Ma
rine corps, first in World War
II and subsequently during the
Korean Wa^-V^V-^ f'? , . ;?!
Mrs. Florette Henri, of New
York, will come to Kings Moun
tain today to attend try-outs
lor **1*16 Sword of Gideon,"
Kings Mountain Little Theatre
production. She will be a guest
in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
law A WIS PROGRAM V
Mrs. B. M. Jarrett, executive
secretary of the Cleveland
County Tuberculosis associa
tion, will feature the program
of the Kings Mountain Kiwan
is club Thursday evening, 6:45,
at Masonic fining Hall. Dr. D.
F. Hord arranged the program.
\ ; m m 1 1 1 1 was approved June
"l by Building Inspector J. W.
Webster for Crescent Hill De
V?lo*W?nt Xnc, .to con
struct a residence on the com
er of Jadkson and Monroe
streets, at an estimated cost of
? TO CONVENTION
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hannon
<wlll go to Lake. Junaluska
Thursday to attend the 82nd,
annual convention of the Nor
th Carolina Press association.
Among the featured speakers
will be Joe Alsop, syndicated
columnist, and Carl Sandburg,
poet and philosopher.
T. A. Pollock was discharge
ed from Kings Mountain hos
pital, where he had been re
cuperating from a heart attack, .
Tuesday morning. While Mr.
Pollock's condition la stiU' jg
garded a$ serious an^^jij^
seeing no visitors, his condi
tion is .considered much im ?
proved over the past two weeks,
meiutowM gto family said
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A series of letters from commit
tees favoring phases of Satur
MjrfP'.tMMWral bond issue prorpos
W. det ormined ftl COUnty
wide voting, were received this
week iby citizens here and throu
ghout Cleveland County.
The letters included a final
appeal from jack Dover, in, and
Edwin Ford, co-chairmen of the
Committee for. Better , Schools,
urging support of the fJL500,000
school bond election, and from
mgyfijto W. Suttle, the vetasart
Baptist minister, and from Kinge
Mountamfrospffsi T? u<%wl| X*
Plonk and C. D. Blanton support
IDC buspiial bond
?TOO Dovet-Ford lett < support
tag tit* Njkiool bond Issue fol
^Our Committee Fdr Better
Schools:-, is -ending you this last
letter as tut appeal to vote YES
Sato *1 ay, June 12, for School
"We believe that the people of
Cleveland County are vitally in*
terested in our school& They
have always indicated their ap
proval by their fvote.
"We have shown you the needs.
We have tfiown you can afford
:*hem. tho ttsue now i? ?lew?
tontirrue to gi?w up Wr can not
' wait! V^e can not stand still! We
?? either *o forward- or slip back.
rr-2 "Wo -believe jou have confl
'3ftt?p* and faith in the future
'M and fn the wisdom and good
"? jjudgment of your School Board*.
They have assured you that no
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Tentative '54 City Tax Rate
Garland 3ttH> Jr.
Fact* SUit' Listed
On Bond Eloctto*
Following are (acta concern
ing the special countywfde
bond issue election to be con
ducted on Saturday:
' folli open 6:30 a. m.
Soils close 6:30 p. in.
umber of ballota: Two. One
I Including three bond Issues, on
which tte ' voters may eMct
"yes" or "no" answers for
either or all; the second Includ
ing one question to be answer
ed "ye*V or "no" on the question
of Increasing the allowable
County tax for hospital opera
tions, from five to eight cents
per $100 valuation.
flings Mountain area pre
cinct voting places: East Knt0f|
Mountain, at City Hall; Wast
Kings Mountain, at Victory
, Chevrolet Company; Bethfraip
at Methware school; G rover at
Meter's tXry Goods S|ore,
19M. month tn
^ ^7 of last year
Seven additional Kings Moun
tain area citizens were among stu
dents of colleges and universities
receiving degrees in commence
ment exercises during the past
week. - vV.%
Ben T. -Jackson, son-in-law of
Mr. and Mr*. J. R. Davis was
graduated Monday from Duke
University's School of Medicine
with an MD degree.
| He if this son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jullaif Harold Jackson of Jack
sonville, Fla., and la married to
the former Miss Jean Davis, of
Garland Everett? Still, Jr., son
of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Still, and
now a Second Lieutenant in the
Air force, was graduated from
North Carolina State College, at
Raleigh Dedsmber 17, 1963. De
grees were awarded at annual
commencement exercises at the
college op Monday. JHe received a
bachelor of science degree in ag
ronomy.- f ;1; . 'Ms'',??
I Miss Shirley Elizabeth Arthur,
dsughtar of Mr. and *S*a. J. H.
Arthur, waa graduated iHonday
JjHth an A ft degree Dukr
UrtlvereKy In Durham. She waa *
member Of the TMCA cabinet,
PW Mu #or oilty, and waa on the
Dean's list. She Can graduated
from fceace Junior College be
tor* entering DulW- ' ^
\VJIarold Franklin En^an^ion
Of Mr. and Tkfrs. Wf f. En^ia**
of Camden. 3, C., former resl
dent* Of Kings Mountain, reoelv
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The board of commissioners
tentatively has set the city's 1954
tax rate at $1.70 per $100 valua
tion, up 40 cents per $100 from
the 1963 rates of $1,30 per $100. j
The board set the poll tax. at
$2, same rate as in 1953. Poll tax
es apply only to men between the
ages of 21 and 50.
While the tentative rate is not
final ? subject either to increase
or decrease ? the commissioners
Indicated they would stand by the
$1.70 rate. Budget work had not
been completed at the time the
board took its action last Thurs
day night, but preliminary work
dictated the $1.70 rate, Mayoi
Glee A. Bridges said at the meet
He pointed out that the 40-cent
increase will be required to de
fray costs of financing the $600,
000 water-sewer-recreation ? bond
issue approved by vote of citizens
in January. At that time, the es
timate of the cost of the bond Is
sue was 42 dents per $100 valua
Tentative setting of the rate is
.customary in late May or early
June to enable citizens who wish
to pre-pay their forthcoming tax
bills to obtain the fu l two per
cent discount, applicable to pre
payments made during the mon
th of JunB. .
A change in the rat* finally
adopted results in added book
keeping work in the tax office,
since a reduced rate requires re
fund. checks and an increased
rate requires bill to pre-payers
for balances due. ?
The $1.70 rate will niean a tax
levy of $163,978.45 on the city's
valuation of $9,635,C53. The $2
poll tax is est' mated to return
an additional $2,426 into city cof
fers. The total levy of ad valorem
and poll taxes for 1953 was $126,- '
Here lune 26
Ervln Ellison, seccnd-ruriner in
the Number -4 Township race for
the Democratic nomination for
constable, formally requested a
Second primary last Thursday, ac
cording to announcement by J.
W. Osborne, county elections
board chairman. v .
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Mr. Ellison will seek to over
take C. A. (Gus) Huffstetler, who
led the ?otirg tor the now-vacant
The second primary will be
conducted on June 26, with the
same election officials who handl
ed the May 29 voting in charge
of the brUoting. The polls will
open at 6:30 a. m. and close at
6:30 p. m. at Bethware, Grover,
East Kings Mountain and West
Kings Mountain precincts. There
will be no opening of tip regis
balloting on May 29, Mr,
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fijjfftiject Go-Ahead Approved;
Wiilu Indicated By October
The City of Kings Mountain has
(authorized Its natural ga a engi
neering firm to proceed wfth
[plans and specifications for a
city distribution system and the
engineer's representative said his
firm would aim at a July contract*
-Arthur Hall, of Atlanta, the
Barnard 6 Built representative,
further stated that the system
should be in operation by October
and autumn heating season. '
11*, project previously estimat
ed to cost $400 000 to t500,000 in
briefs filed with the
er commission, is to be financed
by revenue bonds of the city, wttlfj
only receipts from the sale of na
tural gas pledged to defray the
financing eoets. A citizens vote is
not required for revenue bond*.
The action of the board of com
miftslonef%' ta}Ml Unanimously
Mmi % : u
last Thursday night, r i/ectuates a
contract with Barnard * Burk,
of Baton Rouge, La., entered into
in 1951 by the Still Administra
tion. Under the terms of the con
tract, Barnard & Burk was re
tained by the city for engineer
ing service at tl per year, with
the stipulation that the engineers
would redelve a fee of six per
cent of the construct km cost when
and If the gas system was built.
Under ^stbnates and state
ment* of Barnard St Burk, It was
contended to the FTC that the* po
tential demand for natural gas
service by Industrial, commercial
and residential citizens would Jus
tify the allotment of gas and
Would |>e a favorable business in
vestment for the city, which al
ready operates a profit-making
power distribution system. It
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CROWDED CLASS AT EAST SCHOOL ? A sample
>! the space problems facing county and city
school officials is the picture above snapped Just
before scbool ended of Mrs. Carl Logan's first
grade at East scbool. Enrollment was 37. seven
more than the average docreed by the State
Board of Education. The same situation existed
in numerous other 1953-S4 term classrooms. For
next year, on the basis of increased enrollment
the city district has been allotted lour additional
white teachers. School officials say they are plan
ning make-shifts. Including further use of audi
torium space, to prorlde quarters for the teachers
and their oTerflow classes. (Photo by Carlisle
Contract Is Let
For Filter Plant
City Will Oil 1
The city board of commission
ers let contract to Lee Construc
tion Company, of Charlotte, the
low blddej- at $134,999, for a ma
jor addition to the city's water
filter plant at the regular June
meeting of the board last Thurs
The contract was let on recom
mendation of W. K. Dickson, the
city's engineer, who described the
bid as "quite favorable". Lee
Construction was low among ten
bidders. Second was Crosby Con
struction Company, of Union, S.
C.j, at $135,900. The addition is
designed to double the capacity
to two million gallons per day.
- Otherwise, in a busy session,
the board voted to purchase oil
for distribution of all unpaved
city streets as a dust preventive,
and voted to purchase 12 dozen
metal garbage cans, 20-gallon ca
pacity, from Monroe Hardware
Company, which It will offer at
cost of $2.50 to citizens.
The board also received a let- 1
ter from J, E. Hernddh and B. S.
Peeler,' urging support for a pro
posal to widen N. Railroad ave
nue from the old overhead ' ridge
to Ridge street, and Instructed
the mayor to determine what a
greement could be reached with
Southern Railway Company,
which owns the property, as well
as -the street right-of-way.
In other actions the board;
1) Restricted use of all city
owend vehicles to official busi
ness. Che order to apply to all
employees except heads of de
2) Voted to Include in thte forth
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Fits! '54 Wheat
Tests 61 -Pounds
Ware & Sons, Kings Moun
tain grain storage firm, receiv-'
ed its first 1954 crop wheat
Monday, and M. A. Ware said it
was "the best I've ever seen".
Mr. Ware, who handles the
firms grain storage operations,
said the initial load of wheat
tested 61 pounds per bushel.
The wheat came from the
farm of Pink McSwain, who
lives in the Antioch church
Dr. Z. P. Mitchell, Cleveland
County health officer, called at
tention to needs of the county
health department for a modern
health center, and also outlin
ed the services of the county of
fice In attending to the public
health needs of Kings Mountain
area citizens, who will consider
Saturday a $30,000 bond issue for
construction of a health center
. cost ot the ?building
is 572,500, but the remainder of
th funds have beerf. promised by
the State Medical Care commis
sion and federal government,
provided Cleveland County can
provide Ha share.
Dr. Mitchell's summary of 1953
health department services to
Kings Mountain area citizens
"The Cleveland County Health
department serves all the citi
zens of Cleveland County, it
maintains regular schedules at
City Hall in Kings Mountain on
"riday afternoons from 2 to 4
p. m., tout this is |ust a very small
part of the work in Kings Moun
tain. Here are a few of the \ctiv
Itles of the department in Kings
Mountain and vicinity last year:
"910 school children were ex
amined in school, pre school and
special examinations. There
were 283 home visits to school
children and their parents, to in
terest them in bettering the
health of their children.
**We have 26 active cases of
crippled children in our files, and
84 home visits were made to
these children. There were 28
visits to the Gastonia Orthope
dic Hospital most of these visits
the public health nurses made
taking the children.
"We have 43 active cases of
tuberculosis In the Kings Moun
tain area with 248 home visits to
mew cases. Home treatment was
given: in some cases while await
mg admission to the sanatorium.
Juiraea give certain number of
these patients Streptomycin,
l?1 ,M *? *lv*n twice
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Wll Butler has leased Sliver
Dollar Grill from Mr. and Mrs.
Heit>ert A. Hill. The transac
tion was effective June L
12 Moie Rooms
"Next year we're going to have
to run some classes in shifts or
cut up Central auditdrlum for
classrooms," B. N. Barnes, su
perintendent of city schools,' told
members of the Kings Mountain
Lions club Tuesday night.
Mr. Barn* further stated to
day's absolve minimum need for
additional classrooms in the city
system is 12, without any provi
sion for already mapped school
population gains in future years.
He spoke In support of Satur
day's county-wide election for
school construction bonds.
Commenting on the recent non
, segregation ruling of the United
States Supreme Court, Mr Bar
,'nes dedared, "The ruling, regard
I less of our feelings on the right
, ness or wrongness of the decision
| of those nine men, did not build
a single classroom anywhere, nor
did it remove from Kings Moun
tain a single child. We cannot cut
off our noses to spite our faces."
The school official acknowledg
ed that Saturday's issue will not
provide all the classrooms need
ed for the coming 20 years, but
added that the issue had to be
tailored "to fit our pocketbook".
The county can afford the out
lined building program, he con
tended, not|ng that the peak debt
service load two years hence will
be less than was carried locally in
the period 1939-42.
Mr. Barnes agreed, he said, to
suggestions by citizens for In
creased attention to vocational
training In the public schools, and
listed two limiting situations, a
lack of qualified teachers and a
lack of quarters.
"The future of this county, de
pends hot on me, nor on the mem
bers of the Lions club, but on the
youngsters now in school and
soon enrolling," Mr. Barnes con
tinued, adding, "When September
comes I frankly don't know where
we're going to put the children."
He had previously outlined the
growth of the school population,
by a comparison of faculties 20
y?ars a*; o. In 1933, the city sys
tem . faculty totaled 37, he said,'
compared to 65 for the year Just
ended and 69 already allocated
I hate to put these children in
some of the cubbyholes I've had
to put them in," Mr. Barnes de
W. L. Plonk presented Mr. Bar-,
nes, and Ollle Harris, club presi
dent, outlined briefly ' the bond
issue proposal for building a
county health center.
St. Matthew's Sets
Infant baptismal services will
be held at church services at St.
Matthew's Lutheran church Sun
day morning. The Junior choir
under the direction of H. <3.
Msh<v, Jr., will sing an arrange
ment of "Beautiful Sailor" and
the Senior choir will sine the an
them, "Break Forth Into Joy.**
Commencement exercises for
Bible school will b* held Satur
day morning at 10:30 with cer
tlflcates to be awarded and re
freshments to be served. ?
Kings Mountain area citizens
Vrtll join their neighbors through
out Cleveland County on Satur
day, as they take part in a coun
ty-wide bond issue election. Polls
will open at 6:30 a. m. and close
as 6:30 p. m.
Aggregate .total of the bond is
sue proposals is $2,750,000, includ
ing $2,500,000 for school con
struction. $220,000 for hospital
plant construction, and $30,0b0 for
building a county health center.
The questions appear on one bal
lot but a citizen may votte "yes"
or "no" on any of the three is
sues, or on all of them.
In addition, on a second ballot
is a question on which the citi
zens will say "yes" or "no", ask
ing whether the county commis
sioners shall be authorized to^levy
a maximum tax of eight cents
pter $100 valuation for hospital
operations. The present authority
of the county commissioners Is
limited to five cents per $100 val
uation for hospital operation and
No predictions have be??n forth
coming on the anticipated vote,
but bond issue elections custo
marily do not attract the citizens
as do elections involving person
In the past week intensive work
on the part of citizens' groups
supporting each of the three bond
issues has been Evident. School
officials and PTA groups are
working diligently to get out the
voters and to obtain passage of
the school bond Issue. Overload- 1
ed classrooms are the main theme"
of the pro-school bond group. Al
so active are supporters of the
hospital bond issue proposal, as
well as the health center group,
each of these pointing out the fa
vorable grants from state and fe
deral governments awaiting the
county's approval of a minor por
tion of the total planned expendi
Meantime, the county commis
sioners, in a statement on Mon
day, noted that the aggregate
bond issue proposals, if passed,
will cost in taxes approximately
26 cents per $100 valuation, based
on current county property totals
for tax purposes. The board Is
sued the statement for "clarifica
tion" of the cost question an(l
further noted fchat it wanted to
follow whatever course the vote
of citizens dictate Saturday.
From the school bond lssufe, If
approved, Kings Mountain will
receive $301,000, and from the4
hospital bond issue, if approved,
$73,000 to bring Kings Mountain '
hospital into standard status with
a 50-bed plant, and added service
facilities, compared to the present
The health dsnter bonds, if ap
proved, will provide new county
owned space, rather than the pre
sent rental quarters housing the
county health department.
No absentee votes are allowed
In special or primary election*
under Nofrth Carolina statute, ?
Elections Board Chairman J. W.
Osborne, said yesterday.
U. S. Highway 74
To Be Re-Surfaced
The State Highway and Public
Works commission let contract
for 7.64 miles of resurfacing
Tuesday to Rae Construction
Company, Charlotte, the project
Including "hot-mix" re-surfacing
of U. S. 74 from York Road to N.
C. 274 at Gastonia.
Boger McGlmsey, of the Shelby
division office, said both lanes of
U. S. 74 will be resurfaced.
To Polls Available
Kings Mountain area P-TA
and other school organizations
are offering free transporta
tion to the voting places Satur
day for all persons who desire
School offices will be open all *
day and the dispatching station
for the free-transportation ser
Patrons of this several area
schools say a telephone call to
any of the following will ob
tain the service at the conveni
ence of the citizen:
Bethware, Bethware school.
Central School, Kings Moun
tain, Phones 212 or 487.
East School, Kings Mountain,
. West School, Kings Mountain
Davidson School, Kings
Mountain, Phone 810-J.