^^^reater Kings Mountain 10,320
City Limits 8,008
Thia figure for Greotrr Xfngt Mountain ti derived from
ih(r 195b Kin<;» Mountain city dlrectorv ecn:»us. The city
Umitft llyure as (lom the United States census of 1960.
VOL. 76 No. 4^
Kings Mountain's Reliable Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N, C., Thursday, December 9, 1965
PRICE TEN CENT
Speedier US 74 Traffic Is Sought
Annual Lions j ~
f or Gridmen
cur PACK ORGANIZED — Cub Pack S8, of Kings Mountain, was newly organized on November
25th. The pack is sponsored by Boyce Memoriol Associate Reformed Presbyterian church. Pictured
ere, front row, left to right. Gene Turner, David HuUender, Robbie Bridges, Chucky Austin, and
Gory Howzc; second row, left to right, John O. Plonk, Jr., Bobby Wore, Roger Eaker, Keith Fronk-
lin, ond Chris Laughter; third row, left to right, Mrs. Leonard Ware, den mother, Jimmy Eaker,
den chief, Mrs. Bill Laughter, den mother, and Paul Fulton, packmaster. Not present for picture
taking was Curtis Salmon.
Homer Smith, head football'
coach at Davidson College, will i
bt‘ the guest speaker at the 1965 ,
ions Club fojlball banquet i
Tuesday night at 7:00 at the'
Kings Mountain Woman’s Club.
The banquet is given annually
by the local Lions Club honoring |
iho mevT. ers of the Kings Moun-1 ^
tain high school football players!
and coarhes. The first banquet
was lielcl in 1939.
Smith reco*!itly completed his
first season as h<*3(1 coach of the
Wildcats and in «o doing, led Da*
vid.«on to its bc.<t season in 11
years, 6-4. S.mith was backfield
coach at the Air Force Academy
from 1061 until this year.
His coaching career began at
Stanford Univerr»ity in 195S. He
! was head freshman coach and
! director of recruiting for two
years at .Stanford and was the
offensive backfield coach his last
Continued On Page 6
I Was Working
j By MARTIN HARMON
j A four-man traffic engineering
I team of the Stale Highway &
Public Works commission was in
Kings Mountain Wednesday
seeking means of speeding traf
fic transit and otheru’ise allevi
ating traffic problems along US
The team included Gw>'n
Sandlin, Tom Jefferiee, Ray
Clark and Jerry Ruppe, who in
vestigated traffic signal inter
sections with King and other in- i brought comments of oppo
subsequently | sition from secretarit^s
FRB Harl Money
Action Draws Fire
The federal reserve board’s
action in raising the discount
SPEAKER « Davidson College
football Coach Homer Smith
will be the guest speaker at
the 1965 Kings Mountain Lions
Club football banquet Tuesday
night at the Woman's Club.
conferred with Mayor John Hen
ry Moss, who had re<jueslod the
survey on behalf of the city com
! Mr. Sandlin said a study will
be made of traffic counts, inter
section accidents and oth<?r fac
tors, for final delerminalicn but
indicated he felt speedier transit
on King could bo obtained by
co-timing the four traffic signals
at Gaston-King, Piedmont-King,
Battleground-King and Railroad-
King signal—with the considera
ble distance between it and the
Cleveland-King signal — would
result in most motorists, at nor
mal driving speeds, encounter
“go” lights on their approaches.
^ ^ — Postofiice Open
North Carolina Speculation s**"***^
Jlife As Redistricting Looms
Stoves Open Late
Now On Fridays
Kings Mduiilain department
I sujic.- will remain ojwn until 9
on Friday nights, begin
ning December lOlh, and con-
! tinuiiig on Friday nights until
ClirisJ-ras, Mrs. Luther Joy,
I Meiviiaiiis As.-ociation secre
tary, said this week.
J )y said that Belk’s.
; Fulton's, McGinnis, Cato’s,
i Plonk Brother*, Eagles’ and
‘ Roses' Department stores had
set a policy for the holiday sea-
, son, beginning this Friday to
I remain open late to accommo-
' dale Clirist.T.as shoppers.
By MARTIN HARMON
A special session of the Gen
eral Assembly lia.s been called ,
for January 1 to implement a ■
f(‘deral court order to ro-disirict
the eleven f<‘dcral congressional ,
<llstiicls, the slate senate, and ;
the stale house of representa- 1
What will happen to Cleveland
County and l]»o four-county 3Ist
senatorir.i district, represt'iitcd
respectively ; y Rt'p. Robert Z.
Kails, and l)y Senator Jack
W’lite. Kings Mountain, and Si*n-
a*<»r Adrian Shufoid, Hickory?
Neither were n.imed to special
ccmi.iltecs which will jjropose
Senator W’JiitP said Wednc's-
dj\, ‘i know nothing, though 1
have talked with others concern
ing tlu' pos.sible pniposals.”
Senator White ynkl he Itad
lu‘ard throe “possililes” for Clcve-
lanil County senatorial represen
tation (jn the 7ne-m in-ono-votc
order of the federal court. 11 the
• nalorial district would stay
s is", willi two senators assign-
i*d to tile district nirn|)ri.sf(l by
Cleviland, Catawba, Lincoh), and
Alexaniier counties; 2i Clev<*land
would be nut into a district with
Gaston, again with two semators;
('lexeland would be put int >
a dislrict witli Lincoln, willi one
Noting that tlie "ideal" f »'* the
House representation is about
37,.''Uii per represent at iv’o. Sera
t(»i' White saul Clevel.ind almost
tpialifies for two and added,
“that would be mighty fine*". . . _
He addexi he’d heard much talk I .iffice of Schools
about the lllh Congressional Dis- | Rarnes.
trict. with much sp<*culation that ! , •, *
C'onKri'ssmnn Basil L. Wliiton.-r I 'n micl Novomhcr anjiitcct cn-
,D) ami Charles R. J.inas (R) j S'lr^’ers were authon/ed to com-
would find themselves i-n the I revision of plans desi,?ned
same district. All the Sentitor i to p.ire consiriiftion costs and to
would v(‘nUirc on con uossional |
realignment was to predict "as
Is New Mining
Di.xie Mines. Inc.. Heflin, Ala.,
mica producers, was merged, ef
fective December 1, with United
States Gypsum Company.
Dixie Mines, Inc., has operat
ed a mica mine here on X. C. 216
Neal Pritchard. Di.xie office
manager, wrote local suppliers
recently to inform them of the
Tiu* three jewelry firms,
Dellinger’s, Grayson’s and Wil
lie’s. were open until 9 p.m. on
F 'idiys. beginning last Friday
night and will conli-nue that
pr)licy until Christinas. Dellin
ger’s uill also be open on
Thursday night until 9 o'clock.
To Be Opened
I James E. llenidon, Jr., former
, chairman of the Kings Mountain
j board of e<iucation. said VV'ednes-
I day he is optimistic that bids, to
be oiK'ned on Tuesday far the
; proposed John Gamble Football
I Stadium, will be lower than those
j mvited last May.
‘ Thrw sets of bids for grad-
I ing and drainage?, concrete seat
ing and general construction
will be opened by architect engi-
I neers, school board and stadium
officials Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the
Supt. H. N.
little gorry.randcring as possj
hie, what with tlie courts look
ing o\er our shoulders."
Hep. Whitener himself has
ctMifined his remarks t(j tlie fact
that, while he is obviously likely
to find himself with lass of some
counties and gain of others, that
the redistiicting chore is not his,
though his current scwen-county
district comes closer than most
others to the 411,000 "id(»al'’ in
A \VB-T\^ report of Monday
• ght quoted an unnamed source
[ 'Washington as predicting that
three incumbents, Wliitener,
Continued On Page 8
Invite bids as (|uickly as possl le
for grading and clrainag«‘, con
crete stadium seals, and general
conlracl, including electrical,
plumbing, lighting, pressbox and
When bids were invited last
spring, only one or “turnkey" bid
was asked. Result was that the
total cost would have approxi
mated $145,000 some $63,000 over
the $s0,000 eontrihutions sought
for constructing the 4,009-seat
Meantime, contributions and
pledges ha\e topped $83,000.
Stadium officials also express
ed the hope that contracts will
be let on 'IMesday.
Kings Mountain Postoffice will
remain open all day on Saturday
and also on Saturday, Dec. 18th,
Postmaster Charles L. Alexan
der has announced.
"In view of the fact that post
al sali?s are showing a marked!
increase, we feel it necessary to
extend our various postal serv
ices during the month of De
cember", the postmaster contin
The following schedule is of-
1) Parcel post is delivered to
patrons on a si.x-day-a-week sche
21 Beginning Saturday, the
Postoffice service windows will
.:e open all day. The Postal mon
ey order window will be open
from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. These
liours will also be observed on
A reminder to patrons, Mr.
Alexander continued: “Please
j bundle your cards and letters in-
I to “In Town" and "Out of town"
■ packages. Appropriate wrappers
1 are on hand at the postofficc
Rotary To Hold
I Ladies' Night
__ I Kings Mountain Rotarians will
from wallboard, j hold their annual ladies’ night
major supplier of ■ banquet Friday evening at 7
o’clock at Kings Mountain Coun
A group of Seminarians from
Luthei'an Seminary in Columbia,
South Carolina will pi*esent a
musical program of entertain
ment to highlight the annual af
Wives of Rotarians will be
Tom Tate heads the program
committee for the event. Presi
dent Devere Smith will preside.
The civic (dub’s regularly-
scheduled meeting on Thursday
will not be held.
Mrs. Grace Gantt Baker, 72,
and her daughter, Mrs. Madge
Baker Carroll, 52, the latter a
sister-in-law of Mrs. Robert H.
Goforth, of Kings Mountain, died
of car.:on monoxide poisoning at
their joint residence in Lincoln-
ton last Friday.
Double funeral services were
held Sunday at 3 p.m. from Lin-
colnton’s First Methodist church.
The two women were found
dead by Mrs. Carroll’s husband,
Richard, at 6:50 p.m. Friday
when Mr. Carroll cMne home
from his Charlotte job.
Coroner Melvin Drum said re
sults of an autopsy revealed that
the women died of carbon mon
oxide poisoning which came from
a faulty flue in the sewing room
of the home. Police officers, who
The group also made site in
spection of the Phifer road-
Country Club cross-over. The city
i commission has requested a
I traffic signal on King at this
Mr. Sandlin noted that only — -
three accidents had occurred at \ dent Lyndon Johnson opposed
this point in three years and j the rate increase and speculated
that traffic count had not indi- aloud on whether Chairman Wil-
rit^s of the
city’s two savings and loan as
sociations, clicitt*d none from lo
cal bank officials.
Ben H. Bridges, of Kings
Mountain Savings and Loan as
sociation, said, "Tlie aciion is
likely to tighten cr(*dit money
for homo-building and consumer
goods. The U. S. Savings & Loan ,
association deplored the increase, I
with the charge it would largely 1
due to pressure by big city banks.
We have had a sufficiency of
funds and should have until
spring, when building gi\'es way
to winter. But we may feel it in
Thomas A. Tate, indicating op- j
position to the increase, merely
said. "We’re wailing for deveiop-
Neither R. S. Lennon nor El
more Alexander, vice-presidents
of First Union National Bank's
Kings Mountain branch com
mented as to result.
Mr. Lennon noted that Presi-
MANAGER — Richard E. Max-
ey* ossUtant vice president of
First-Citizens Bank & Trust
Company, hos been named res
ident manager of the bank's
Kings Mountain branch, slated
to open in early Jonuory. The
Moxey family is moving here
Dec. 20 from Hickory.
cated unusually heavy flow.
Mayor Moss rejoined that the
traffic count was made on a
Monday, when the Country Club
is closed and traffic is normally
lighter on US 74. He also won
dered if the count had been made
since the new high school was ,
put into service. He suggested quiz
that a Wednesday count—a pop
ular day with golfers — would
liam McChesney Martin and the
other three members of the Fed
eral Reserve board, would learn,
as did the aluminum and steel
industries, that opposing the ad
ministration can be treacherous.
Meantime. Congressional lead
ers have called for a hearing to
FRB mem'.:crs on the ac-
investigated, also found a dog, provide a more normal traffic
Operations of former Dixie
Mines, Inc., are now' in the name
of Western Mica Company, a
wholly owned subsidiary of
United States Gypsum Company.
United States Gypsum Com
pany, home offices in Chicago,
111. was incorporat(*d in Illinois
in 1920. It is largest company i-n
its field and derives half its
and is also a
plaster, roofing, punt and insu
lation materials. Sales in 1964
were $315.6 million.
Current president is G. J. Mor
Stock of the corporation, trad
ed on the New York stock ex
change. clos(*d Wednesday at
$63.87 per sh^ro. Its capitaliza
tion is 78,069 shares of preferred
stock and S.l million shares of
common slock. It ow-cs no long
Under Dixie Mine's, the com
pany has bet*n managed by Don
which was sick in the house.
Drum said there was no evi
dence of foul play.
Coroner’s injuest has btKn
slated for Saturday at Drums
Funeral Home in Lincoln (on.
The jury W'ill include William
La..Tibcrt, Hubert Summey, Paul
Smith, Oscar Tucker, Harvey
Goodson and Luther Richards.
Drum estimated the two wom
en had been dead for several
Dr. Laura Plonk, of Aslie-
villo, continues s(‘riously ill at
S('Vonth Day Adventi.sl Hos
pital in Asheville where she
was admitted Wednesday.
ON REA BOARD
William Lawrence Plonk,
Kings Mountain dairyman, was
ixH'ently elected a diroclor of
the Rutherford Rural Electrifi
Mrs. Croit Gets Christmas Gilt;
Brother Aboard Kitty Hawk Unhurt
Mrs. Lila Reynolds Croft says
she r(H‘eived her best Christmas
present Wednesday with the
news that her brother, a Naval
i officer aboard the aircraft car-
I Tier the USS Kitty Haw^k. oper
ating off the coast of Viet Nam,
The Kings Mountain woman
said that her brother, Oliver Joe
Reynolds, a commissioned offic
er and a veteran of 21 years of
naval duty, was not injurc^l Tues
day in a series of flash fires
wliicli broiio out below decks
while the carrier was taking fuel
from a tanker.
Mrs. Croft had heard via news
bout's when he arrived on the
scene with Police Chief Arnold
Tarr and other officers.
Carroll told poliw he failed to
get a response to his knock on
the door of his home and used a
stcpladder to enter a window of
the cast side of the white, frame
house. He first found his mother-
in-law lying on the floor in the
sewing room. He walked from
the sewing room to the adjoin
ing living room and found his
w'ife in a sitting position slump
ed over on a couch. Carroll said
lie called a neighbor who sum
moned a doctor, an ambulance
and the police. Carroll told police
the house was "very hot’’ when
Dr. John Reese, Morganton
pathologist, said the carbon
monoxide could have accumulat
ed in the blood of the two wom
en o\er a period of time. Drum
said he found no leaks or faults
in the gas-operated stove but
found a large amount of soot in
the chimney. He said there was
no ventilation through the chim
ney for the stove.
Kings Mountain’s United Fund
drive exceeded the half - way
' mark this week, as Co-Chairman
: Elmore Alexander reported cash
' received and pledges total 60
I percent "in hand" or $12,393 of a
reports that Iw'o sailors died of i quota of $20,656.
smoke inhalation, and 29 persons | a large number of solicitors
were injured in the fires which j are yet to make reports, and Mr.
crew-men battled for more than
tlireo hours in the 76,700-ton car
rier off the Vietnamese coast.
She said she telephoned her
sister-in-law Tuesday night wao
related that she had been noti
fied by officers in San Diego,
California, that Reynolds
Mrs. R(»ynolds and their two
children live in Imperial Beach.
Reynolds, engineer in the aero
nautical division, joined the Navy
at the age of 17.
Mayor Moss further pointed
out that the Country Club-King
signal w’as envisioned by his
board as equally important to
providing aid in egress to resi
dents of Edgemont Road, includ
ing Kings Mountain Hospital
and Boyce Memorial ARP
church, to the main Kings Moun
tain hospital entrance-exit, to
Sims street residents, and to the
large number of citizens attend
ing First Baptist church.
Mayor Moss, noting transit
speed improvements already de
rived from providing turn lanes
at King-CIeveland and King-Bat
tleground, asked the group to
consider turn lanes on Battle
ground at King (NC 216).
Mr. Sanderlin said the studies
March Of Dimes
'The Kings Mountain Junior
Woman's club will conduct a
Mother’s March during January
for benefit of the 1966 March of
Dimes campaign against birth
Members of the club voted to
conduct the camptugn effort
here, Miss Jackie Blanton, presi
Shelby Attomej- Fred Flow’ers
I was named Cleveland County
I drive chairman for the Cleveland
As the discount rate (price at
ped to 4.5 percent, the board also ^ ainnei
authorized payment of up to 5.5
percent interest on certificates
Charles Friday night.
Rev. Forrest Teague W'as elect-
^ chapter chairman and J. Ollie
of deposits of more than 30 da>-s. ^ xfnnnrain was
First Union National Bank Ha™* “
fiisi uiiiuu I re-elected nct'-chairman. Other
now offers .d p notes officers named were Mrs. James
paid quarterly ;Davis, treasurer, and Mrs. Recca
in $100 increments of $oOO wretkrv
$100,000. The savings & loan as
sociations offer 4.25 percent in-)
terest, with semi-annual pay
ments, on amounts of $5 up.
Due Next Spring
Results of a current study now
being conducted by Southern
Bell Telephone & Telegraph
. ^ J (Company on relative cost ...rtuit-i luv a cii«i*
would be made and he hoped de- eomparable demand for free toll j rfeiivered to Holy Angels
H be made by Janu-] ^ ^ ^ ^ j pg throughout Cleveland | Belmont.
Attorney Joe Mauney presided,
i J. Marse Grant, state-wide vol-
Other committee chairmen
were also appointed, including
those on the executive commit
tee, speaker’s bureau, women’s
division and others.
During the annual meeting a
check for SoOO was contributed
Jo the Birth Defects Treatment
Center of North Carolina Mem
orial hospital in Chapel Hill
which is supported by state chap
ters and ser\*es the entire state.
Also $100 was donated by the
local chapter for a wheel chair
Alexander invited individuals not
contacted by UF volunteers to
mail their contribution to Mrs.
Helen R. Blanton, treasurer, First
Union National Bank.
Funds derived from the 1966
United Fund campaign will ben-
was'efit eight organizations, includ-
‘ ing the Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad, American Red Cross. Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kings Moun
tain high .school band, Jacob S.
'Two new* city carriers joined
the staff of Kings Mountain
Postoffice last Saturday, Post
master Charles L. Alexander an
nounced this week.
Employed were Bob llullender
and Frt*d H. Bridges.
Mr. Hullend(»r was formerly
manager of Belk’s Men’s De
partment and Mr. Bridges was
employed by Neisler Mills Divi
sion of Massachusetts Mohair
At Belk’s, Mr. HuUender was
succeeded by Lanny Smith of
service throughout Cleveland
County is due next spring, Floyd j
Farris, Shelby exchange mana-1
ger, said \\ednesday. lunteer chairman of the March of
Several farm groups and oth-■
ers i Recorder", was guest speaker.
He spoke on research programs
canied out by tlie Foundation in
the field of birth defects and fol-
I for free tolls on all calls within
I the bounds of the county.
Mr. Farris noted that Bell is
currently making 32 such sur- j address. Western N,
yeys in the 24 counti^ m which,^ Field Representative Dabney
it operates in North Carolina.
Cleveland County Re.scue
Squad wdll sponsor a hotdog
and hamburger supper Satur
day from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
for benefit of the Squad’s
building fund. Open house will
bo held on Saturday at the
Squad Hcadquart(*rs at 312
Parker street. Delivery sc'rvico
Is obtainable by telephoning
iCottington. Jr. of Charlotte,
I showed the 1966 campaign film.
An Extra Measure."
As the father of a physically
Continued On Page 8
One-Way Enhance To East School
To Be Recommended ToCityBoaid
Mayor John Henry Moss will
recommend a one-w'ay street ap
proach to East school as a safety
measure at the city commission
meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Restricted only from 8 to 9 a.
m. and from 2:45 to 4 p.m.. the
following w’ould be one-way:
Ljmn street west only, from
Cleveland to Church;
Church street north only, to
"Woodside drive west only, from
1 Cleveland to Church.
I The plan would have traffic
Mauney Memorial Library, Com-1 moving W’est into East school’s
pact high school band, and I entrance roads during "take-up"
Continued On Page 8 I and “let-out" hours, with all
traffic exiting on Linw^ood roadj
Other items listed on Tuesday
night’s agenda include:
1) Report of the .Mayor on en
gineering progress of the sewage
2) Receipt of bids on purchase
of a ditching machine for , the
3) Consideration of retention
of Municipal Code Corporation,
Tallahassee, Fla., for recodifica
tion of city ordinances. Robert
D. Ussery, of the Tallahassee
firm, is to be present to present
1941 Army Recruits
I William McChesney Martin,
I chairman of the Federal Re-
^ serve board, currently in a
I storm center over the boards
4 to 3 decision to raise the
bank discount rate and make
money more "hard", w'as a fi
nancial whiz kid in his twen
ties. when ho first became
chairman of the FRB.
In 1941 he resigned to volun
teer for duty as an army priv
ate at $21 per month.
He underwent basic training
at neighboring Camp Croft, S.
C., at Spartanburg, and was a
member of the 38th Training
Another member of the bat
talion and resident of the
same barracks was a Kings
Mountain recruit, now Mayor
John Henry Moss.
“You didn’t have to ask to
know he was a fair-haired
boy." the Mayor rec'alls, who
said he knew Marlin only