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Ctty Limits : 7.206
population U bom. tk? O. s. Oownmont cotuui
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da sine* ISSO at 1.7 p?rc*at por y?ai, wMch
_ Mountain's population should approxl
7608. TIm tradln* at?a population In IMS, bawd
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Kings Mountain's RELIABLE Newspaper
VOL 64 NO. 43
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Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, October 28, 1954
PRICE FIVE CENTS
HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHES DRIVINGXCOiP?i^2
Pictured are principals In the recently-installed
driver education course at Kings Mountain high
school with the new dual-control Ford to be used
ttt. -iho instructor's laboratory. Loft to right art
Chief of Police Hugh A. Logan, Jr., who urged the
school to Institute the course, Faculty Member
lion Parker, who will teach the course, and Mrs.
Jacob Maunov. president of Central P-TA. which
Is 'sponsoring the new subject. The specially
equipped err was provided free by Plonk Motor
Company, free Insurance was provided by Warlick
Insurance Agency, and the city's oil dealers axe
providing gas and oil for operation of the vehicle.
(Photo by Carlisle Studio.
Hie American Home Depart
ment of the Woman's club will
sponsor an oyster supper at the
Woman's club next Wednesday
from 5 o'clock until 7 p. m.
Plates of fried oysters will sell
for $1, and oyster stew will be
75 cents per plate. Children
plates sold at half
Ai 'iKND CONVENTION , ,
Or. and Mrs. P. G. Padgett
and children, Phillip, Jr., and
Connie, attended the djfjMww
convention of this North Caro
lina Chapter, Academy of Gen
eral Practitloneers, held a-'
HL E. Stockholm
\ Ja?t week. The doctors and
their families made a cruise to
Havanna, Cuba, and Nassau,
British Bahamas. B. S. Peeler,
Jr:, also made the trip with the
oftpeGaatonia To astm aster's
? ?hii. via present the program,
at Thursday night's meeting of
the; Kings Mountain Kiwanls
club at Masonic Dining Hail at
6:45. The group, onder the
rectlon of Maa Mcintosh, will
give . a sanipic * i n in i ivr
meeting. . ? .
-i A program of singing will
be held Sunday afternoon at 2
p. ra. at Grace Methodist chur.
eh. Among singers expected to
attend are Concord's LiOberta
Trio. Mrs. Terrace and ? the
Highland Trio of Shelby, and
the Lintoln Avenue Baptist
Trio, of JLincolnton. The public
Is invited to attend.
ASC MEETING <*'? ' \ ? '
D. B. Blalook is attending in c
A9C 'district meeting in session
'Ais fweek in 'harlotte. The
meeting convened^ Monday
City May Appeal
A court ? appointed three-man
appraisal team has awarded
Paul Mauhey, $6,500 for 2.56 ac
res of land sought toy the city for
use In building a sewage dispo
sal plant on (McGill creek.
' City Attorney J(. R. Davis re*
ported the action of the apprais
al group at a special meeting of
the city commissioners Monday
The hoard tabled the report for
action at its regular November 4
meeting, after Attorney Davis
had .explained that either party
has 20 days in which to appeal
Virtually all members of the
itooard ventured the opinion that
the award of the appraisal team
Mr. Mauney was out-of-town
this week and conlment on the a*
ward my him was not available
from him nor his attorney, Geor
ge Thomasson. .
Members of the appraisal
team, appointed by the clertc of
Gaston Superior Court, were
Wray Adonic, F. J. Noblett, and
Hoke Coon. They inspected the
property and reported their find
ings on Monday.
Under condemnation proced
ure, the city, be depositing the a
mount of $6,5) 3- with the Gaston
clerk of court, i* in position to
proceed with the construction ot
the new sewage disposal plant,
for which contract was let pro-;
vislonally two weeks ago.
< Should either party elect to ap
peal the decision of the apprais
al team, the appeal would be
heard by Judge and Jury in Gas
ton Superior Court.
In another action Monday
Continued On Page Bight
At High School
A dual ? control Ford Coach,
courtesy of Plonk Motor Compa
ny, was delivered last week to
Kings Mountain High school for
the use of students who are tak
ing a driver's education course
offered for the first time by the
school. The course, sponsored by
i the P.-TA, Is feeing- offered to *Ui
dfents who have Just become 16
years of age -or who are almost
Chief Hugh A. Logan. Jr., and
Mrs. Jacob Mauney, P-TA presi
dent stated that (plans for a. dri
ver's course which have been
discussed for the past two years
were formulated last summer af
ter Instructions on conducting an
approved driver's course were
received from the State Depart
ment of Motor Vehicles Safety
Plans for the course were ap
proved by Superintendent B. N.
Barnes, the instruction car - ar
rangements were approved by
the school board and Principal
Rowell Lane installed the course
in the curriculum in September
after Don Parker, high school
teacher, obtained an instructor's
certificate upon completion of a
study course conducted by the
Department of Public Instruc
The dual-control car is insur
ed free by Warllck Insurance A
gency, Mr. Logan noted. 'I per
sonally feel," Chief Logan stat
ed, "a drlyer's education course
will cut down teen-age accidents,
and I hope the whole town will
"This is going to be a good
thing," Mrs. Mauney stated. Gas
and oil for the car, Mrs. Mauney
said, is being furnished free by
local gas and oil dealers.
"It's a mighty good thing," is
the opinion of Mr, Parker, in' j
structor for the driver's course.
Mr. P artier thinks it will be some
time before results of the course
will be noted, but ?'In time we'll
be able to see a big difference,"
he stated. Mr. Parker said that at
present 44 students are taking
the course, which includes 54
one- hour period classes. Thirty -
Continued On Page flight
Spooks and goblins will fly and |
cavort a n'lfcht early this season,
as Kings Mountain schools avoid
| this year's Sunday date for the
annual observance of Hallowe'en.
Grover schooTs Hallowe'en parnr
W1U be oh Friday, night. hhhSI
Wi An In pastyears, school
Teacher associations are sponsor'
ins the traditional lialloweVn
ISMtf Wtklii ? '? Plenty of
games and goodies available for
the yoimg celebrant*.
terS^^rft:^)' Tlie "(trtter f a inmcnt
will include room activities in tbk
primary department; comic mo
VStM la the IWdltOrlam at 7 o'clock
and a cake Wtlk. At 8 o'clock a
Drill call the figures.
West school's Hallowe'en carni
val will be held from 5 to 8
o'clock at the School, with a big
and varied program of activities,
while East school's party will be
gin at 5:30, also with food, class
rc?om activities, -fofmlarlty dt*i'
tests and similar frolic on the
1WT ol event*.
Park Grace school's party will
start at 6 o'clock and will include
fortune- telling, cake Walks, dart
Will ??SO u# KTVWV . f ]_
Fali Festival activities at the
school. It will begin with supper
at 5:30 In the school cafeteria and
includes the school king and
By City Board
Several among nine discharg
ed employees In the city's public
works department protested their
dismissals to the board ol com
missioners at a special meeting
Monday night. , > .
Principal spokesman among
the discharged employees was
Campbell Lockridge, and others
speaking out were Ben Sessions
and Dan Lanier,
Mayor Glee A. Bridgtes explain
ed the purpose of the meeting
and invited all who. wished to
speak. He also noted that the po
licy of the board was to leave em
ployment matters in the hands of
the department heads, in this In
stance, E. C. Nicholson, superin
tendent of public Works. He also
stated that the city had discuss
ed employment of the discharged
men with the contractors for thte
natural gas distribution system
and had been assured that the
men could obtain employment
Mr. Lockridge said he'd been
employed with the city for thrtee
years, is a home-owner and tax
payer, and objected to his dis
charge while out-of-town resi
dents were still on the payroll.
He also said that the gas con
tractors had told him, and others,
that 75-cbnts-per-hour Jobs were
all they had available, wldch he
said was a considerable cut from
the $1.15 he earned with the city.
Mr. Nicholson explained that
the dismissals were necessary if
he were to operate within his
budget and offered the hopd that
re-hlrings would be possible next
spring. He also said at least five
| more city employees v^ould have
to bfe discharged to avoid a de
: Expressions of "Mr. Sessions
and Mr. Lanier indicated the dis- j
charged group was concerned a
bout loss of two day's pay, since
the gas contractors had told them
no men would be put on the Job
until- October 27.
Mr. Sessions also interjected a
political tone as he addressed the
Mayor and said he hoped he'd be
around until the next election.
Commissioner W. G. Grantham
told the group that discharges
and iayoffs were pleasant for
none but "they sometimes have
to be done." Both he and Mayor
Bridges said they had been as
sured by the gas contractors that
they needed machine operators
and other skilled employees and
would employ these at higher pay
rates. * . '?
Mr. Lockridge interjected the |
contention that he was being dis
charged because of "trading too
much with Tommy Ellison", and
because falsehoods had been. told
concerning his work.
Nell Hullender, city garage me- 1
chanlc, said Lockridge was a
good handler of equipment. ?
Near the end of the discussion, i
Vincent Beech urn, city gas super
intendent, stated he had employ
ed Supt. Nicholson's son "after
board authorization" to > hire a
helper for the upcoming gas
work. - ?
At the end of the discussion,
the commissioners voted unani
mously to pay the discharged men
wo day's pay and any accrued
kel honor system on over-parking
is working handsomely, officials
of the Kings Mountain Merchants
association, sponsors of tlfe six*
month trial plan, are ported this
week. / -i .
President John H. Lewie issued
his initial report on' the system
which showed that 362 ove*park
$33.26 for nickels advanced by the
city's meter officer. The feport
included receipts through ' Wed
nesday morning. !
ed at Merehlmta apiotfirtlgti. W4
I f board com
missioners, a motorist who leaves
hi*. car too long in a metier zone
'MuthM' a /ebafrttily nickel eft vie
.lope instead of jpt long familiar
pink p?rkihcTt^cet The over
parking motorist it informed that
tr policeman has W^rted
the meter and' the mo
lted to refund the nic
kel to the policeman or any mer
chant. Many have returned more
than the nickel. The old pink
parking, ticket cost a dollar plus
Cooke's Audit Report Details j
City Operations For 1953-54
The city's 1953-54 audit report,
on file at the office of the city
clerk, details the fiscal operations
of the city during the fiscal year
ending last June 30, and shows
total receipts of $1,094,649.49, in
cluding $600,000 in specially vot
ed bond monies, and total expen
ditures of $536,720.68.
The budget estimate had anti
cipated expenditures to balance
income at $427,302.50, exclusive,
of course, of the bond issue re
Of the previously reported bud
get over-expenditure of $109,418.
18; a total of $43,018.21 was
chargeable, Auditor R. H. Cooke
set forth, to bond money.
While it was over spending its
budget by $66,399-97 in regular
operations, the city was receiving
$67,346.99 more than it had anti
cipated from regular income
? In the preface to the many,
(schedules of figures, Auditor
Cooke referred to his September
14 letter published two weeks
ago as follows:' "Special Com
ment A separate letter of rec
ommendations and comment is
written in connection with this
report addressed to the Mayor
and Board of Commissioners."
Mr. Cooke's ?September 11 letter
contained sharp criticisms of city
bookkeeping procedures. Mr.
Cdoke subsequently minimized
those criticisms In a second letter
dated October i9 and published in
full in last week's Herald.
In the prefacing comments, Au-J
dltor Cooke noted that the petty
cash account showed, a shortage
of $68 which had not been located
when the audit was completed,
and wrote: "Because of lack of
j Internal Control and of certain
procedures in the system of ac
counting used, I am unable to ex
press am unqualified opinion up
on the result of the audit and the
financial statements in connec
tion therewith, however, it is my
opinion that the foregoing report
has been prepared in such a man
ner as to reflect with fair accura
cy the financial condition of the
City o I Kings Mountain, in ac
cordance with the records avail
able for audit at the end of its
fiscal year June 30, 1954, and the
result of the operations for the
year ending on thai date, in ac
cordance with generally accepted
Auditor Cooke suggested con
Aim Of Visit
Of 125 Pints
The Red Cross Bloodmobile
will make a one-day visit in Kings
Mountain Monday, setting up to
receive blood donors at the Wo
man's club from 11 a. m. to Si p.
Goal of the collection, this time
under city police department
sponsorship, is 125 pints, which,
Red Cross records Indicate^ will
require about 200 prospective do
While Kings Mountain is mo
mentarily "off the hook" on its
blood quota ? result of the mam
moth Labor Day collection ? Mrs.
E. W. Griffin, publicity "chairman,
offered the hope that the Monday
quota would be met to further
assure no repeat performance of
the blobd supply crisis which
existed prior to Labor Day.
Mrs. , Griffin said she hoped
prospective donors who were not
able to give on Labor Day will
visit t >e Bloodmobile Monday,
She also asked that merchants
re-display Red Cross blood collec
tlon postert with corrected date
during the coming weekend.
Kings Mountain Red Cross
chapter is a member of the area
blood bank located at Charlotte.
The bank maintains supplies of
blood of all types and Issues It to
hospitals on order and frtee of
charge. Recently, supplies at the
bank became dangerously low,
duo to failure of many communi
ties to meet their quotas. Both
.Kings Mountain and Gaatonia, a
mohg other cities, were on thfe
verge of suspension from the
Mountain's great Labor
Day response solved the immedi
ate problem," Mrs. Griffin noted,
"but we don't wAnt to be In that
W. H. McElwee. North Wilkes
boro lawyer and son-in-law of
Mrs. John O, Plonk of Kings
jMouptain, was elected president
of tin.3 North Carolina Bar Asso
ciation at Its meeting in Raleigh
Mrs. McElwee Is the former
Miss Douglas Plonk. They have
. Kings Mountain Loyal Order
ol Moo* Lodge No. 1748 Will ,
bold a Hallowe'en dance for
i JMintiris and guests Saturday,
at JO p. m. at the lodge on '
Bessemer City road.
:i Sist* . - ji?/. i i . Mi i
EVANGELIST ? Rev. E. F. Har
din. of Ridgeae.it begins a
week'* revival at Bethlehem
Baptist church Sunday. Services'
are at 7 p. m. nightly.
Hardin To Lead
Rev. E. F. Hardin, Ridgecrest
evangelist, will begin a revival
series at Bethlehem Baptist
church Sunday morning with ser
vices to be held nightly at 7 p. m.
through November 7. *
"Mr. Hardin has held some of
the leading pastorates in the state
and 1? an able preacher of the gos
pel", Rev. R. E. Robbing. Bethle
hem pastor, said in announcing
siileration of adequacy of fidelity i
bonds for the city treasurer, as
sistant treasurcF, and tax collec
tor, and noted that the depository
bonds of First National Bank,
the city depository, were Insuf
ficient to cover the amount of the
hank balances of the city. First
National funds in escrpw totaled
$530,600, compared to Junfr 30 de
posits of the city at $624,312.08.
The much - discussed over
spending of the budget appeared
in every city department except
administrative, which cost the
city $935.60 less than was antici
pated. Had not bond monies been
involved to thp extent of. $43,018.
21, the city would have under
spent its capital outlay budget es
timate by $4,757.24.
Following are the total expen
ditures and amounts over-spent
for the other departments:
Street department, $73 214.32,
or $21,814.32 over the budget;
water system, $29,250.66, or $11,
535.G6 over the budget; water
plant and dam, $26,908.26, or $2,
318.26 over the budget; canlta
tlon department, $22,996.71, or $5,
226.71 over the budget; sewer
maintenance, $7,236.72, or $2,011.
Continued On Page Eight
The Kings Mountain Woman's
club has named Mrs. George H.
Houser "Club Woman of the
Year" and has Entered her name
in competition in the annual
"Woman of the Year" contest
sponsored by the Woman's Home
Any Woman's Club may enter
the contest by submitting the
name of a member of their club
who they rfccognlze for outstand
ing work in the club. A 300-word
article about the member and the
club submitted and some out
standing community service achi
eved by the club during the year
is also required with the fcrftry.
The magazine makes an award
to the winning "Woman of the
Year" and the winning club re
ceives _ a $1,000 dollar savings
Deadline for entries is Novem
ber 6, and winners are to be an
nounced in January.
Mrs. Houser, who is serving a
second consecutive term as presi
dent of the local club, was nomi
nated at a Joint meeting of the
club's three departments Monday
Band Attended UNC,
Wake Forest Game
The Kings Mountain school
band attended the University of
North Carolina - Wake Forest
football game at Chaptel Hill last
Saturday, y .
The band, 69 members strong,
left by bus and autos at 5:30 a.
m. Saturday and had picnic lunch
at Chapel Hill.
During the half of the game,
the band assembled with over 50
others on the field and the 4,000
student musicians played a con
cert conducted by Earl SlOcum,
UNC band director.
Nicholson Says Davidson Source
To Finnish Watei By Next Week
By next Wednesday, Kings
Mountain should be getting some
raw water from lt> new Davidson
Creek auxiliary reservoir, ?. C.
Nicholson, superintendent of pub
He works, said yesterday. ?
The pump at the new reservoir
was being installed Wednesday,
and Mr. >Jlcholson said it was
possible pumping of the water In
to the,York Road reservoir might
begin as early as Monday. He
said the water level in the David
son reservoir has reached a point
15 Inchfes above the base Intake
valve.' - ' ' i ' , '
Meantime, he reported the Gold
mine shaft water level "holding
It* own" it a depth of approxi
mately 240 feet. .
Present plana call tor pumping
both the Uokf Mine shaft and
Davidson creek supplies Into the
York Road reservoir as last as
possible and within limits of the
water supplies available * from I
these two auxiliary sources.
' Power service was curtailed on
York Road Wednesday and will
be again Thursday, Mr. Nicholson
said, as work on the Davidson
creek pump setting continue#.
Cohsumption- continued at low!
level* as citizens obeyed the tem
porary restrictions on water use.
Assistant, City Clerk Joe Mc
Daniel reported that billings for
water during the period Septem
ber 18 - October 18 will reflect the
curtailed consumption. Only a
few instances were noted of seem
ing excess water use and these
were found to be due to leak* In
pipes, which have been repaired.
Mr. McDanlel added. . V
Tuesday night's weather report
promised showers for Western
North Carolina on Thursday, but
bright sunshine and summertlmr
temperatures prevailed Wednes
No. 4 Township
Voteis To Mark
Kings. Mountain and Cleveland
County citizens will go to the
polls Tuesday to consider four
separate ballots and to help de
termine the results of North Car
olina's biennial election.
The polls will open at all the
county's 28 precincts at 6:30 a.
m. and will close at sundown.
Elections Board Chairman J. W.
, Predictions- are lhar the voting
will >be light throughout Cleve
land County where only one con
test for office is listed, this in
Number 5 Township (Waco)
where Enos Beattie <R), seeks
the office of constable township
against Eugene Bridges (D).
Otherwise, the only names on
the.eounty-wide and township
ballots are Democrats.
The voters will also mark bal
lots on a long state ticket and
on five pro) osed amendments to
the North Carolina constitution.
The state ticket, however, is
merely pock-marked with Re
publican o'pposition to Democra
tic candidates. Among the races
are: For United States Senate,
blx yeai-torin, W. Kerr Scott (D>,
and Paul C. West (R). Scott haa
no opposition for the short term
of less than two months. State
Treasurer Ed Gill (D) is oppos
ed by Rex Morton (R) and State
Commissioner of 'Insurance
Charles F. Cold <D) ls opposed
-by Fred G. Frlok (R). Eleventh
District U. S. Congressman
Wood raw Jones (D) ls opposed
by iR. R. Ramsey (R).
The five amendment proposals
to the state constitution would:
1) provide for retirement ot
the State Supreme Court for their
recall for temporary duty In e
vent of' illness of an active mem
ber; 2) authorize the General
Assembly to create a Board ot
Paroles; 3) provide that no coun>
ty shall ibe entitled to more than
one senator in the General As
sembly; 4) to liberalize residen
ce requirements for voting to
provide that a person would
have to live in a precinct only
30 days before being eligible to
vote, if he had lived in the state
one year; and 5) to eliminate
short terms of office running be
tween a general election and the
subsequent January 1.
Indications of a light vote for '
next Tueedav are also iborne out
by very negligible registration
activity. Less than 40 persons
were added to the voting scrolls
in Number 4 Township during
the three-week registration pe
riod ending last Saturday, regis*
trars have reported.
However, the total registration
Is large, with 2.346 listed on the
East Kings Mountain pollbooks,
alone. West Kings Mountain Is "
In Kings Mountain alone (ex
clusive of Grover) the voting to
tals for past years were: 688 in
the non-presidential election
year of 1946; 1,450 in the presi
dential election year of 1948; 66 1
in the 1950 _ off-year elections;
and 3,004 in the 1952 presidential
To Speak Heie
Mayor C. M. King, of Shelby,
will speak at the regular meeting
of the Junior Chamber of Com
merce at Masonic Hall Tuesday ,
at 7 p. m. on a program featuring
American Education Week, to be
observed November 8-13.
Mayor King is a former Shelby
An invitation has been extend
ed to interested persons to at
tend the program on Tuesday.
Persons dcBlring to have dinner
with the club are requested to
contact Wilson Griff tn for reser
vations. The program will begin
at around 7:45 o'clock, he said.
Facts Are Listed
. Pacts on Tuesday'* biennial
general election follow:
Polls open 6:30 a. m.
PoIIr close at Sundown.
Kings Mountain area voting
East Kings Mountain at City
Hall, Mm. Nell Cranford, regis
War; West Kings Mountain, at
Victory Chevrolet Company,
Mr^ J. H. Arthur, registrar;
Bethware, at Bethware school,
Mrs. H, A. Goforth, registrar;
Grover, at Keeter's Dry Goods
?tore, Broadus Ellis, registrar.
Number of ballots: four.
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