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VOL 64 NO. 42
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, October 21, 1954
PRICE FIVE CENTS
BEFORE AMD AFTER W^Oai. ? Hnrrldmo Haw! wrecked homei
of four King* Mountain citizens In the South Carolina beach area
last Friday- Picture at top shows normal beachv serenity before Ha*.
?L Left to right ate a portion of an unidentified home, Mrs. Hayne
BlacVaner*# cottage, tho Paul Noisier homo, and the homo of B. T.
LeGrande, of Shelby. Tho pictures at center and below show tho do
structlon Bteil; wroulesd on these homos. Center picture shows tho
/ remains of the three homos, all tho debris pUod together* Tho cot
? tage loft standing was on tho second sow. Bottom photo shows tho
interior of the Nelslor home after MuM dfruck and passed on. (Rur
A communication of Fair,
view Lodge 339 A. F. and A. M.
for work in the third degree
will ibe held at Masonic Hml]
Monday night at H96, Joe H.
HcDaniel, secretary, announ
Due to Judge Jack White be
ing out Of -own for srvfr;)l
days, regular Monday after
noon sessloa o? City Recorder's
court will not be held thJa
for three male and
;*art? in Jhe fi mt
atM play of tho
Foot Kings Mountain citizens
suffered lorn of beach homes dur
J&g> Hurricane Hazel's terrible
visit last weekend, and numer
ous others had narrow esutjpal
whfcn caught in the hurricane ar
ea of the two Carolinas.
Alter a visit to Crescent Beach,
S. C.. Paul M. Nelsler, Sr., re
ported, "I can't find which splin
ters belong to me.M Mr. Nelsler
said his three- wsdroom borate, the
four bedroom house owned by
hifi mother, Mrs. C. E. Noisier,
and the home of Mrs. Hayne
Blackmer arc total losses.
IB addition, the recently-built
home of Mis* Alice Averitt, at
Garden City Beach. S. C., was
completely destroyed. ,? -
The home at Crescent formerly
owned by D. C. Mauney was al
so reported a toUl loss. 1 2
Ail reported that even the k?U
were washed into the sea. V
Among thdse narrowly escap
ing death in the hurricane, were
Subject Of City
Mayor Glee A.' BridJjtes and
Commissioner Harold J. Phillips
joined in a heated verbal battle
at Monday night's city board ses
sion, which had been set to dis
cuss gas installation- problems.
The meeting waxed explosive
whbn Mr. Phillips charged the
mayor with channeling too much
rity purchasing to Bridges Hard
ware, a charge heatedly denied
by Mayor Bridges.
In the course of the discussion,
Mr. Phillips made the statement,
"I'll never run again, but I don't
think it (the city government)
has been run right."
The discussion also drew acrid
questions from John Dilling, who
had been present tor the gas dis
cussion, concerning the city audit.
After the meeting, Mayor Brid
ges and Commi Phillips further
discussed the Incident in the City
Hall's main passageway in less
heated tones, mutually apologiz
ed for getting angry, ?(nd shook
hands, Mr. Phillips said Tuesday.
Phillips added that he did not
withdraw his contentions.
Mr. Phillips, stating the "mer
chants are fussing about city bus
iness'^ said the city had spent
jr. C. Bridges, partnerlrT 8rlcT "
ges Hardware Company, ail.
dressed a letter to the editor, of
the Herald Wednesday, con
cerning his firm's account with .
the City of Kings Mountain.
' Mr. Bridges wrote:
"We understand that during
the discussion at the last city
council meeting the City's ac
count with us was mentioned.
"For your information the
$2,584.06 that We sold the city
of .Kings Mountain during the
last three months, 84% of this
was for cement which was sold
on a competitive basis and for
terra-c6tta plpte ? that came di
rect from the factory to the
city on a wholesale basis, both
of which carry a very ? low
margin of profit"
$2,500 with Bridges Hardware in
the past three months and stated
subsequently "city employees tell
me their jobs are jeopardized If
thsy don't buy from Bridges
Mayor Bridges rejoined strong*
ly that he had nevter told any
body where to buy anything.
-''My Instructions to all were to
buy i i v , if possible," Mayor
Bridges replied, and he denied
that he had evfer coerced
tempted to coerce any employee
to purchise from Bridge? Hard
h 7?>" ??? 1
' In the course of the conversa
tion, Mayor Bridges said he was
merely an employee of the firm
for the past four years. .
I have coerced anybody," the Ma
[ On Page fight
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CARROUSEL PRINCESS ? Miss
Joan Arthur, daughter ol Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Arthur, will represent
Kings Mountain High school
in the 1954 Carollnas Carrousel
in Charlotte in November. Miss
Arthur, 16, is a member ol the
high school band and- student
Paul E. Monroe, clerk ol Su
perior Court of Gaston county,
ruled with the City ipf Kings
Mountain last Friday after a two
-hour bbartng ortMb* city's peti.
tlon to condemn 2.56 .acres of
land belonging to Paul Mauney.
The city seeks the land, lying
north of U. S. Highway 29 arid
74, for use in building a new sew
age treatment plant on MoGill
Creek. Bids on the construction
have been let provisionally, a
waiting a court order for utlliti
zation of the Mauney tract.
The city was represented at
the hearing by its attorney, J. R.
Davis, while Mr. Mavney waa re
presented by George Thomas son.
Mr. Davis said he calleaaa wit
nesses Mayor Glee A. Bridges,
City Clerk Joe Hendrick, E. C.
Nicholson, public worka superin
tendent, Comm. w. G. Gran
tham, and Marion Hair and Mr.
Pardee, of the W. K. Dickson
engineering firm. Mr. Mauney
was the only witness called by
Principal testimony, Mr. Davis
said, came from. Mr. Hair, who
stated that th esewage treatment
plant anticipated v/as not a mere
septic tank, but a reament plant
using the bio-filtration prodHs
with post ? chlorlnatlon. Mr.
Hair described the proposed
plant as similar to the plant rec
ommended for the city in the Ol
sen Engineering survey, to which
defendant had referred as a bet1
tSr type plant for the purpose.
The city asked that F. J. Nob
let t, Bessemer City merchant, be
named the city's representative
on the appraisal team. On Wed
nesday Mr. Thomasson said hi*
client nas asked that Wray A.
Plonk be named his representa
Under legal procedure, teach
Continued On Page Bight
Second Baptist -.and Oak Grove
Hosts To Association Session
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j',.. , r * ? ?&* I
Two Kings Mountain churchei,
Second Baptist and Oak Grove
Baptist, will be among the host
churches this wteekend for th*
104th annual convention of the
Kings Mountain Baptist associa
tion- ' 7
The convention > will open
Thursday morning at 9:20 at Se
cond Baptist church, will mpve to
Lawndale Baptist church for the
Thursday n!ght session, and will
return Friday to Oak Glove Bap
tist church for the 'concluding
C. c. Crow, former Oak
pastor, Is the moderator.
Theme for the meeting will be
"Revive Thy Work", and election
|of a new tnyMrator, limited to
two years in office, IS scheduled
the Rev. Ben C. Fisher of
eastern Seminary and a
ary sermon by the Rev. Burley
S. Turner, pilar of Waco Bat
Portions of the pH
[be g tvfen during the!
the Rev. Albert R.
Rev. C. C Crow, B;
Dr. Phil E. Elliott," ..Hi **H1
St roup, the Rev. H. Gordon
Weekly and the Rev. J. C.
Special music Will be given by
the Gardner-Webb College choir
prior to the missionary sermon,
which is the last feature of the
Thursday afternoon a first
hand report of conditions and
needs of the orphanages support
ed by Baptists afr/'Ji* state Witt
be given by J. liarse Grant, who
is familiar to most Eaptlsta by
his outstanding work wKKlihe
and OtMtm." ;#gr <
speakers during the
. L. li. Tenery, the R*v.
J. R. Howe, the Rev. J. C. Goare,
the Rev. Homer O. Baker, the
Ray. E. L. SpWy, Mrs, A. C.
Continued On Page Bight
For New Plant
Members of the Kings Moun
tain school board were inter
viewing architects yesterday
(Wednesday) afternoon in an ef
fort to speed up plans for con
struction of an elementary
school building in the north sec
tion of the city.
Superintendent B. N. Barnes
said representatives of five firms
had agreed to meet with school
officials yesterday. One firm is
to be retained by the board in
connection with construction of
the new unit, recommended by
i a state school board survey
Text of the survey team report
Is printed on page 8, Section 2.
t; The five firms who agreed to
meet with the board are: Vaughn
& Ormand, Van Wageningen &
Cothran, and Breeze, Holland &
Riviere, all of Shelby; Beemer
Harrill of Hickory; and J. L.
Beam, Jr., of CherryviUe.
The hoard, ift its regular mon
thly meeting at Centra] school
Monday night, discussed the
state survey team's site report
and agreed to interview archi
tects in an effort to obtain im
mediately the services of one so
that work on plans for the new
elemtentary building, including
the selection of a site, could be
Trustee Fred W. Plonk report
ed that all property owners in
the two areas recommended by
the survey team had been con
tacted and that all had agreed to
sell land for the new school.
No Mere Septic
Tank, Hair Says
p^ikriorHs. ^fair, o? the city1* en
gineering firm W. K. Dickson A
Company, Inc., addressed a letter
to Mayor Glee A. Bridges Mon
day stating that the city's pro
posed sewage treatment plant on
McGill Crteek Is "no mere sep
Mr. Hair's letter follows simi
lar testimony he gave as a wit
ness for the city in last Friday's
hearing before the Gaston court
clerk In the city's effort to obtain
property from Paul Mauney for
the plant site.
- Mr. Hair wrote:
'I am writing at the suggestion
of Mr. J. ft. Davis, Attorney for
the City of Kings Mountain, to
clear up an apparent general mis
understanding concerning the se
wage treatment plant to be con
structed on McGUI Creek. This
plant wil be a secondary treat
ment plant using the Bio-filtra
tion process with oast chlorina
tion. Apparently a umber of peo
ple in Kings Mow ' had been
under the Impress .*! that It
would be merely a septic tank.
Which la definitely not the case.
'The plain wrhklt >?*? U? n de
signed Cor the McGill Creak ares
utilizes one of the best methods
known for handling sewage and
Will provide a very high degree
of treatment. In addition a post
chlorination process will be used,
whleh will give additional pro
tection against odors and health
John Demetrlades, pleading*
guilty to 13 charges of Issuing
worthless checks, was handed a
fix months suspended sentence
by Judge Jack White, Friday aft
ernoon in City Recorder's court.
Demetrlades' sentence was
suspended on condition that he
reimburse prosecuting witness
es the amount "t checks issuqf},
and paying costs of court.
jiVlffi+^pafendaht pled guilty to
mounting approximately to
inip to Gaston Sausage Com
pany, Sunrise Dairy; Bost Bak
XrkT Victory Chevrolet Company,
Coca-Cola Bottllri* Tvr^pany,
City of King* Mountain and
Chatfette Linen Company.
Demetrlades was released from
City Jail late Saturday. He had
been held until the conditions of
the Judgment were met.
Fred JL Hennlger
. Fred A. Hrnninger, KiwanlS
district commltteemao oa Key
ClUb work* #111 address mem
t}a*s of the Rings Mountain Kl
wants club at their Thursday
night maadefc' - - Pf? '
Gueata at the meeting wiy be
miUbeis of the high school Key
Club, a Klwanls ? fostered or
LtLb-MtKAE YOUNG DEMOCRATS ? Pictured are offers of the
Lees-McRae college Young Democrats club. Left to right are Miss
Vangie Whited. Swords Creek, Va.. secretarY-treasurer; Dean West
moreland. Kings Mountain, president; and Charles Gouge. Spruce
Pine, vice-president. Westmoreland is a Graver high school gradu
Water Supply Rate
Of Decline Slows
In Past Week
"II we can get by until Novem
bier 1 ~?- and I 'think 'we can
we'H bie o. K," was the assess
ment E. C, Nicholson, public
works superintendent put on the
city's short water supply Wed
nesday. . ? ?
Mr. Nicholson reported the Da
vidson Creek reservoir level has
reached the base intake valve
and tbat the pipe line into the
Gold Mine shaft has been ex
tended to its maximum depth of
265-266 feet. He estimated the
present flow from fhis source at
300 gallons per minute.
Consumption dropped consider
ably during the past week to ma
terially aid the situation. Filter
Plant Operator George Moss said
pumpage for the week ending
Tuesday averaged only 357,000
gallons per day, a drop of 51,000
gallons per day from the previ
ous week's consumption. The low
point was Monday, when city
water customers used only 240,
000 gallons of finished water.
Mr. Nicholson still guessed that
the Davidson creek s&urce would
be available about October 26, but 1
he said last Friday's rain did not
sid notlcably the city's supply
except to eliminate one day's
Work op raising by four feet
the level of the York Road re
servoir dam is underway and
should be completed next week,
Joe McDaniel, assistant city
clerk, said a check of October 1
billings for water showed 22 cus
tomers with seemingly large con
sumption figures. However, he
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Set November 1
The Red Cross Bloodmobile
unit has scheduled a visit to
Kings Mountain, Monday. No
vember 1 In the basemejn of
the newly renovated Woman's
j club between the hours ot 11 a.
| m. and 5 p. m.
Mrs. E. W. Griffin, Red Cross
publicity chairman, stated
Tuesday that it will bte "neces
sary to have at least 200 poten
tial donors in order to get the
125 pint quota."
Mrs. Griffin also urged a re
visit by all persons turned a
way at the Labor Day record
collection, when some 50 don
ors were unable to be process
ed when Red Cross Bloodmo
bile staff closed the doors at 5
To End Saturday
, Registration books, open at all
polling places for the November
2 general election, will close Sat
The registrars will be at the
polling places to handle trans
fers and accept new registrations
all day Saturday and are remind
ing eligible but unregistered vo
ters to get' their names on the
As expected, registration acti
vity has been light. Mrs. Nell
Cranford, East Kings Mountain
registrar, added five names to
the book last Saturday, but Mrs.
J. H. Arthur, West Kings Moun
tain registrar, added none. Onfe
jWest Kings Mountain voter
I checked his registration. Mrs. H.
| A. Goforth, at Bethware, has al
' so had only a few registrations.
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libs. Carl Mayer Is Top Winner
At Woman's Club Floral Event
Mr*. Car] Mayes was top win- 1
ncr In the Woman's club's Slati
annual floral fair, "Autumn Har
vest" Wednesday afternoon, re
ceiving both the sweepstake a
ward for winning the most blue
ribbons in the show and a tri
color seal for submitting the best
entry in the arrangement dlvi-.
slon. * .-1
Miss Elizabeth Anthony won
tMrtri-color seal awarded to the
beat entry in the horticulture di
vision. She entered an arrange
ment of gerbera, and Mrs: May
e?' winning entry was a dried ar
rang*H*?-^S, h '?$
Awards In the Junior division
were won by Sara Del Hendricks,
Beth House., "-and Polly Page.
Kings Mountain garden clubs en
tered table arrangements and re
cciv.'d special mtdl,
Judging was eUmiftafed In the
bazaar division of the 1964 show.
Judges Were Mrs. #.? L. Kiser,
or Hickory. Mrs. J. V Stewart,
Mrs. Karl Yoder, and Mrs. I It.
I Eaton, all of Ntwton, and Mr*.
C. B. Mattocks and Mrs. C. a
Haworth, both of High Point
The winners in each division
Division I ? Section B
Class 1 Foliage, flowers, and
fruits: (an arrangement using
foliage, flowers, and fruit in any
suiuble container) ? Mrs. John
L. McGHl. 1st; Mrs. Henry Nets
ler, 2nd; and Mrs. M. A. Ware,
Clate. 2 ? Last Rosea of Sum
mer: (a crescent arrangement
with, roses predominating in a
container with a stem) ? Mrs.
Hunter Nelsler, 2nd.
Class 3 ? Flowerless Beauty:
(a monochromactlc arrangement
using tints, tones, and shades of
green) ? Mrs. W. M. Qantt, let;
Mrs. John L. McGlll, 2nd; Mrs.
W. L. Pressly, 3rd; and Mrs. Sam
Davis, honorable menf'on.
Class 4 ~ An arrangement In a
metal container using one kind
of flower ? Mrs. Joe Nelsler, 1st;
Mrs. HA. A. Wan, 2nd; and Mrs.
Co* hewed On Pofe Might
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Auditor Robert H." Cooke. Shel
by certified public accountant, ad
dressed a second letter on the
1953-54 City of Kings Mountain
audit report to the mayor and
board of commissioners Tuesday,
the second letter' minimizing cri
ticisms ot city bookkeeping pro
cedures contained In Auditor
Cooke's original letter of Septem
Mr. Cooke's September 14 let
ter first became public in a news
story in last week's Herald.
The text of the October 19 let
ter from Mr. Cooke, delivered to
the Herald by Mayor Glee A.
Bridges and Commissioner W. G.
Grantham Tuesday, follows:
"In reference to the audit of
the City of Kings Mountain and
letter written and addressed to
the Mayor and Board of Commis
sioners, and also regarding news
reports, I wish to clarify certain
comments and criticisms in con
nection with said audit, for the
benefit of yourselves as well as
TURE ? During the current year
under review, the City sold bonds
in the amount of $600,000 to pro
vide funds for Weter and Sewer
and recreational facilities. The
budget could have been afnended
to include this amount as antici
pated revenue: In spending a cer
tain amount of this money during
the year which had not been bud
geted. an overexpenditure of the
budget resulted. This matter may
be in the classification of a tech
nical matter which definite de
termination would require legal
"PRESENT BOARP ? It was
ascertained by me that the pre
sent Mayor and Board have been
In office a year From criticisms
of predecessor Auditors it would
appear that the operation of the
[City had been most deplorable in
prior years. It would not there
fore be possible for an adminis
tration to revise and correct all
procedures and overcome* all the
previous mistakes made in the
short course of time which your
Board has had. THERE WAS
NOT the slightest intimation nor
Indication that there were any fi
nancial irregularities nor defal
cations in my report in connec
tion with either the Mayor or
Board, nor the City Clerks and
Office Personnel. To the contrary
I commented that there had been
improvement in the Internal
Control during the year, as com
pared to conditions as commented
upon by predecessor Auditors. In
addition thereto, part of the rec
ommendations which were made N
by me were put into effect even
before the audit report had been
delivered. This would indicate
your willingness to further im
prove the Internal Control and
Accounting Procedures, as time
would permit. I do congratulate
you upon your revision of some
of the policies Immediately, which
were recommended by me. There
are as I said, grounds for addi
tional improvement in the Inter
nal Control and Accounting pro
cedures which takes time to ac
"COMMENT ON BOND MON
EY AND POWELL BILL MON
EY ? There wax no Indication in
my report that any irregularity
had occurred In connection with
the expenditure of Bond money
nor Powell Bill money. The pur
pose of this comment was to 1m
piv?s upon you the importance
j of continuing. In line In connec
tion with this matter, and other
matters regarding ear marked
"PUBLICATION Of SUMMA
RY OF RECEIPTS AND DIS
BURSEMENTS ? - It would not
be expected that the City govern
ing body would prepare and pub
lish a Summary of Receipts and
Disbursements the day after re
ceiving the report. This takes .
time to prepare and reasonable
time to present same to the Pub
lisher. Certainly thirty days
would not be an unreasonable
time. I know of no time limit in
the requirement, however.
"AUDIT REPORTS ? PUBLIC
PROPERTY ? While the audit
reports are public property and
can be seen by any citizen I know
of no reason that publication
should be made that thfc report
U finished, nor the neceeslty of
calling any one by telephone nor
contact by letter, nor otherwise,
that the report Is available.
-OTHER COMMENT The
?weakest Internal Control dis
covered by me was in connection
with the . Parking Meter monies,
both as to meter collections and
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