Terni In House
: Tenth district U. Congre.js-
taan Basil L. Whitener, Gastonia
pemocrat, is seeking re-election i
^to a sixth term and paid his fil- j
ing fee Monday.
He is as yet not opposed for '
pe.TOcratic nomination, with the
final day for filing Friday.
Two Republican candidates
have announced, assuring a Re-,
publican primary in the new
tenth district. Tlrey are W Hall
Young, Avery county lumberman,:
and Terry Wallace, Gastonia
After Young had edged Kings
4iMountain’s Edward H. Smith in
the GOP primary two years ago,
Whitener defeated Young by a
bout 20.000 votes.
The new district set-up, how
ever, past election results indi
cate, will boost GOP chances.
Whitener, without Rfltherford
^ county, will be minus a nominal-
ly solid 5,000 vote majority. The
new district includes Cleveland,
Gaston, Burke, Avery, and Ca-.
tawba from the former district.
Rutherford is replaced by Alex-
i ander, heavily Republican by tra-
I ditiQn, and-by Iredell^.which has
*' given Republican Jim ' Broyhill-
I majorities in two elections.
Congresstran WWtener’s sen-
, lority to date has resulted in his
elevation to seventh ranking
Democrat (of 17) on iCe House
District of Columbia committee
and to 12th (of 24) on the House
During the recent session, Mr.
Whitener was a key figure, as a
sub-committee chairman, in the
District oif Columbia home rule
fight. Mr. Whitener opposing and
leading the winning opposition.
He is a York county native,
graduate of Duke University and
of Duke Law school, was a Su
preme Court solicitor before of
fering for his present position in
^. the 1956 prii.-nary.
In filing, he said:
“I have today forw'arded to
the State Board of Elections no
tice of candidacy and the requir
ed filinig fee as a candidate for
re-election to the United States
Contvnued On Page 6
BASIL L. WHITENER
Workmen of Southern Con
struction Company, Shelby, re
sume work Thursday on clearing
the site of John Gamble Memor
ial Stadium on the grounds of th^
new high school.
Wet ground a foot below the
surface has slowed the project
the past two weeks. Grading Con
tractors David Royster and Phil
Rucker sai^ i)V'ednea(fey'4!hat with
good weather this phase of,^ the
contract should, ca.rpleted
“We re hoping the weatherman
will cooperate so we can resume
grading and start getting in
drain pipes”, Mr,-Royst)cr added.
“It’s been too wet”, the con
struction superintendent added,
“but if spring weather pre
vails, well^c able to get in there
Plans call for completion of
the 4,000 seat stadium by opening
of the 1986 football season in
Meantime, Stadium Committee
Chairman Carl F. Mauney asks
that persons who nave made
pledges td the stadium fund, and
who can pay them now, to for
ward checks to Charles F. Har
ry, Grover, fund treasurer.
Mr. Harry said yesteday that
pledges total $36,010.22 and act-
Continued On Page ti
City • CciTmissioner Ray W.
Cline acknowledged Wednesday
he is consider-
ing a De.TiOcra-
to one of two
seats to be fill-
jed on the conn-
I He said lie
; h a d received
I considerable en-
! couragoment to
' make the race
j and would ar-
I dve at a deci-
Sion during the week,
j Both Incumbents with terms
expiring are seeking re election.
They are county cemmisdon
chairman David Beai.n and Com
miss,oner C. E. (I’op) Si.nmo-n.i.
Cemm. Eea.m is completin liis
sixth year on the comm ssion,
while Cnm)n^^ .Sir .mons is com
pleting tile uncxplrrd ter n -of
Ralph W. Elliott, who resigned.
Comm. Simmons was appointed
by the other members in mid-
City Comm. Ray Cline was
elected in 1961, and has been re
elected twice. ^
A Mauney Hosiery Mills over
seer, he is a navy veteran of
World War II and active in work
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and the American Legion. He is
a past commander of Otis D.
Green Post l.'io, as well as past
district Legion commander.
He is a member of St. Mat
thew’s Luheran church and past
governor of the Kings Mountain
Allen For Sheriff
City of Kings Mountain March. 15
Special $1,300,600 Bond Election
I Pptiiiust Contest
j Charles (Chuck) Sparks, son of
' -Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sparks of
! .Sherwood Lane, was named win-
; ner of the local Optimist club’s
annual Oratorical Contest last
In making the announcement,
Carl Wilson, president of the
Kings Mountain club, said “We
I arc very proud^of Chuck’s ac
complishment . .This is a repeat
performance for Chuck who was
local contest winner last year.”
Young Sparks came home from
Morganton with the zone’s third
j place honor and will represent
1 Kings Mountain in the Zone Con
i test -at Shelby this year, March
j 25lh. He will compete with young
j men from Asheville, Shelby, Mor-
j ganton, Lenoir, Forest City, and
To Retain Posb
Political activity qjulckened in
Cleveland County this week.
There were these develop
1) Broadus Hamrick, Shelby
policoman, announced for sheriff,
opposing Incumbent Haywood
2) County Commissioners Da
vid E. Beam, current chairman,
and B. E. (Pop) Simmons, an
nounced they would seek re-elec
3) Recorder Judge Joe F. Mull
announced he will seek a second
four-year term as judge.
4) Robert (Bob) Cabiness said
he would seek re-election to the
county board of education.
5) Mrs. Lillian New’ton. treas
urer of the coimty since 1932 and
mother of J CHint Newton, coun- [
ty Democratic chairman, an
nounced she is retiring.
Filing deadline for county and
legislative district offices is m:d-
Yet uncomimitted is a Kings
Mountain incumbent, Ck)roner J.
Ollie Harris, who pas told friends
is undecided whether to seek
m^^ction. He is completing his
S*,fth term and tw*^eth year a^i
Cemm. Beam is ooa^letiii^ au
sixth year ms^ a c<w»ni$Bio«f»,
Comm. Siifflmons his second year>
having been appointed to thp
commissioB -in mid-1914.
1 55 1
i 75 ,,
i 78 1
i 34 :
*In War(i 5, one ballot was voided. Another issued
ballot was not depo.sited in the ballot box.
Ordinance Law Brought Aldermen Calumniation;
Three Bond Efforts Faded Between '28 and '54..
T-V Artists Feature Retailer Banquet
Humorist Bob Lewis, national
ly-known entertainer and Mrs.
Lewis, will perform at Monday
night’s annual employee-employ
er banquet of the Kings Moun
tain Merchants Association.
The Lewises bill Uieir act as 80
percent buffoonery and 20 per
cent banjo and satirioal magic.
Lewis has made 22 appearances
on'the nationally televised Ed
Sullivan Show and the couple has
completed numerous successful
engagements in hotels and night
clubs in New York, Chicago, De
troit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas,
San Francisco, and Eden Roc .at
Miami Beach, Fla.
Ginny Lewis calls herself
The entertainers will be com-
l4ig here from an engagament in
The retailer banquet, expected
t6 attract 300 people, is open to
the interested public. Tickets are
$3 each and may be purchased in
advance by contacting Mrs Lu
ther Joy,-Mcrchants Association
secretary. They may also be pur
chased at the door.
Dinner will ibe served at 7 p.
m. at the American Legion Hall
and tickets w’ill be available on
a “first come, first serve” basis.
Bill H. Brown is association
president. Jonas Bridges, immedi
ate past president, will preside.
Directors of the association are;
Bill Moss from Moss Electric
Company; Jim Yarbro from
Sterchl's; Marion Williams from
'Willie’s Jewelry <]!ene Timms
from Timms Furniture; Don Dix
on from Victory Chevrolet Com
pany; P. H. Wilson from Roses’j;
Don Falls from Liberty Loan
Corporation; Jonas Bridges from
WKMT Radio; and Miss Eliza
beth Stewart from Herald Pub-
HUMORIST BOB LEWIS TO PERFORM HERE — Bab Lawte, IM<
tlonoUy-known antertciiner who appears frequently SB the Id
-Sullivan television show, will present the entertatementoro-
gram at the March 21 employee-employer bonquet el the Iobib
Mountain Merchants Association. Tidcete may be purehbwd
now ond ore also available to the general public.
’Two pedestri'ans—a seven-year-
old i:oy and a 31-year-old man-*,
were killed in separate auto ac
cidents here during the weekend.
Davi^ Scott Conner, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Conner, of route
I, was killed about- 7:20 p.m.
Saturday when he was struck by
a car on Highway 216 just south
of the city. He died at 8:20 p.m.
at Kings Mountain hospital.
Joe Lee Warren, of route 1,
was killed instantly when struck
by a car about 7:45 p.m. Sunday
on rural road 2282, two miles
south of the city just off N. C.
According to investigating pa
trolmen and Coroner J. Ollie Har
ris. the youth was crossing the
imad to Conner’s Shell Service
Station owned by his father and
grandfather, Ralph Conner, when
apparently, watching northbound
traffic, failed to see the south
bound 1959 auto driven by George
Thomas Clary, 51, of 31 Elm
street, a taxi operator, who
No charges have been filed.
Warren was struck by a car
operated by Otha Johnson, Negro
also of route 1. Johnson was
charged by investigating High
way Patrolman Richard Shaney
with manslaughter and drunken
driving. He pasted $2500 bond.
Young Conner is survived f y
his parents; his paternal grand
parents; his maternal grandmo
ther, Mrs. Elzie Bridges of Kings
Mountain; one brother, Donald
C. Conner, Jr.; and two sisters,
Theresa Ann and Delores An
nette Conner, all of ,the home.
Funeral rites were held Tues
day at 3 p.m. ,from. Chestnut
Ridge Baptist church with Rev.
Mitchell Pruitt and Rev. Dale
Tliornburg officiating. Interment
Continued On Page C
Gtover Mayor Harry
On Crescent Group
Grover Mayor C. F. Harry,
president of Minette Mills, has
been named a mo.rber of the
Governor’s Advisory Committee
for the Picdiwoiit Creoeawt. ■ • -*
Other Cleveland CWWiy men
named to the commltt<?e are J. V.
Schweppe, manager of Pittsburgh
Plate Glass Company's Cleveland
plant; D- W. Royster, president
of Royster Transport Company;
and J. Dow Sheppard, general
manager of the Shelby group of
J, p. Stevens plants.
Cleveland County Is in the far
western area In the ^^fedmont
JOE F. MULL
By MARTIN HARMON
According to the minute bcoks
of the Town of Kings Mountain,
the city fathers of 1928 also ^vari
ously referred to in some qiiar-
tiM-s as young upstarts and hank-
rupters, ad no technical or legal
problem in issuing ^onds for
public services. “
The minutes reveal that the
administration of tliat period,
headed by Mayor Wiley H. Mc
Ginnis, .merely pdl|ed an ordi
nance announcing intention of
issuing $250,000 in water bonds,
rilmus fhe formalities of holcjing
T'RBpelection to gain ftie Ijorrbw-
inf authority! — 7^
I. G. Patterson, alomg with E.
W. Griffin, Joe A. .Noisier, Sr..
Ilaymond Cline a'nd the late J.
Ross Roberts, town aldermer.
docs not recall an election, nor
whether one was held. Mr. Pat
terson does recall the calumi-
ation he and other members of
the administration received from
The aldermen of '28 underesti
mated, however, the town's
gr::wth potential. Uic ordinance
stated the facilities for which
the quarter-million dollars would
be spent (the initial Deal street
filter plant and the York road
resevoir) were designed to ac
commodate . Kings Mountain’)?
needs for 40 yehrs. After two
I water - sHbrt years during
droughts Bridges Administration
II got voter authorit yfor enough
j money to build the Davidson
auxiliary resevoir and to double
the filtration capacity of the
Deal street plant.
Final payment on that 1,928 i
bond issue — $10,0(10 — will be I
made May 1. j
After the economic Depression \
of 1929 arrived, the 1031 General ;
Assembly adopted the Municipal
Finance Act, puttin; many road
blocks in the way of local gov
ernments in the direction of bor
rowing money. Top limits, based
on ratio of bonded debt to taxa-
t.'Ie valuation, were imposed, 0-
P'uncral services for Rev. Will
iam Andrew Kiser, D. D., 79,
Kings Mountain rrativc and Luth
eran minister, will be held Fri
day afternoon * at 1:30 at Goth-
semane Lutheran cliurch, Cicero,
Dr. Kiser founded the Geth-
seMiane church in 1912 and serv
ed continuously as its pastor for
45 years, when he retired.
He" succumbed Wednesday in
a Chicago hospital, following a
Dr. Kiser pronounced the invo
cation at one of the sessions of
the 1952 Democratic convention,
which was held in Chicago
Until his imprisonment for
federal fax fraud, the late Chi
cago gangland overloard, AI Ca
pone was Dr. Kiser’s neighbor,
the Capone and Kiser residences
lieing only a few homes apart.
Capone occasionally atlendcKl Dr.
Kiser's Gethsemane services.
" Bom on Juno 29, 1886, in ihc
St. Luke’s church community, Dr. | regTstratfens must be ordered for
Kiser was a son of the late Jolm 1 <yach bond election, with fh«^*reg-
ter than 2 to 1 majority of the
votes cast on an aggregate $210,-
000'bond proposal (sewage dis
posal included for $75,000). But
the stay-at-homes, intentional or
otherwise, were too numerous.
All four proposals wore defeated.
Shortly after World War II,
i the General Assembly deleted the
resti'aints of new registrations
and voting against the liooks.
The Tom Fulton Administration
went (« the polls on May 10,
1949, most members 1) seeking
re-election, and 2) authority lor
thar selves or successors to issue
$350,000. $250,000 for sewage dia-,
posal, $50,000 for water lines, and
$50,000 'for stadium improve
ments. All issues failed of pass
On December 6, 1952, the Gar
land Still Administration asked
$600,000 for sewage disposal. The
vole was 241 to 187 againsL
Tlie first Bridge's Administi'a-
tion w'as sjceessful in 19154 in ob
taining approval of a $600,000
issue- $250,000 for water sys
tem, $350,000 for sew.age disoos-
al, and $150,000 for recreational
piinioscs. Tile voters also approv
ed, but by less majority, a tax
of five cents per $100 ad valorem
vaiuatioiTj- for recreation system
No bond election had'.:een held
since, until Tuesday, vvlien 94.04
percent of the votes favored is
suing $1,300„000 in bonds .for
sewage disposal and treatment.
In horse-racing parlance the mar
gin was 42 to 1.
To Meet Deadline
By MARTIN HARMON
Kings Mountain voters, in rec-
ora-making fashion, atccorded the
proposal to issue up to $1,300,000
in sewer bonds and overwhelm
ing majority of 458 to 19.
The ':oard of commissioners
canvassed the returns of the
registrars and declared thcir of
ficial at a 10 a.m, c-essi'6n Wed
nesday, then proceeded to speed
completion of fiqal details for
presentation of all requirements
contracted with the .State Stream
Sanitation committee well in ad
vance of the April 1 deadline.
Mayor John Henry Mos», dat
ed of Tue.sday’s result, City Clerk
Joe McDaniel, Jr., and Assistant
City Attoniey, W’iUiam ’White
conferred on the timetable Wed
Mayor Moss is to confer with
the consulting engineer W. K.
The Mayor has asked W. E.
Long, seci-etary of the stre.am
sanitation committee, for a March
Meantime, Attorney White re
ports vast rrajority of sewer line
easements required have been ob
tained. Nine owmers contacted
have deferred i-rgning, while ten
have not yet boon contacted. The
city is tendered a standard fee of
one dollar per rod.
'Mayor Moss said further con
versations with owners at pro
perty desiftd for site of the new
plant on Pilot Branch are sched
uled for the weekend.
Speed is of the essence 1) in
meetltvf the contract deadline
with the state comimittec, and 21
in qualifying for inclusion in. fed
eral grant-in-aid for stream sani
tation in the fiscal y^ear begin
ning July 1. Kings Mountain may
qualify for a grant of up to $360,-
000 of the estimated cost.
Tuesday’s election result was a
big oar up. Applications are con
sidered on basis of a point scale
of 60. Borrowing authority vot(Ml
Tuesday count 15, or one-fourth.
“We shall meet the timetable^
Maj'or Moss commented,. . .
In a statement, he said, “I
thank with all sincerity, on be
half of each coTmissioner and
myself, citizens of Kinigs Moun
tain for the overwhelming en
dorsement the voters gave the
bond proposal Tuesday. As we
pigjcced to implement all other
details to honor on schedule the
city’s three-year-old committment
to the state stream sanitation
committfee, we pledge complete
attention to obtaining . the most
efficient sewage disposal system
possible for the lowest possible
Ccnt)al Methodist church has
sclieduled two services of Holy
Communion on Sunday, according
to announ^ment by Rev. How
ard Jordan^ pastor.
I'hc first service is scheduled
, . , ..... . from 9 until 9:45 a.m. with tlxc
long with a stipulation that , i-ogular worship service to follow
P. and Maty Elizabeth Sellers
Kiser. He was graduated from
what was then Lenoir college
(no.w Lenoir-Rhync) in 1909, and
from the Lutheran seminary,
Maywood, Ill., three years later.
Mrs. Kiser, who sirfwivcs, is the
former Bessie Undem. Other sur
vivors are two sons, Paul Lee
Kiser-and John Davis Kiser, botli
of Illinois, and four grandchil
dren. A daughter, Lois Kiser, died
at the age of three.
Also surviving are a brother,
A S. Kiser, of Kings Mountain,
and a sister, Miss Lucy Kiser, re
tired Kings Mountain teacher,
who now lives in .Sheli'oy.-
He was an uncle of L. Arnold
Kiser and George W. Mauney, of
Kings Mountain, Mrs. Dzelle
Freema# of Salisbury, Jesse Kis
er, of Raleigh, Ray Kiser, of Al
bemarle, Miss Louise Kiser, of
Charlotte, Fred Kiser, Hopkins,
Minn.. Mrs. Ruby Simmons, Wins*-
ten^Salem. and Mn». Betay-Grtf-
fith, of Newell.
Interment will be in Cicero,
a Chicago suburb.
Alicia Gay Jolley, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jolley, is
teaching 10th grade English
end joumirlism as a student,
teacher at Ashley high 9dk>oI
in Gastonia. Miss Jolley is a'^mplemant the voter decision.
istered voter sta.vinK ha.re cl(?c
lion day automatically casting
liis vote against.
The administration of^Mayor
J. H. Thomson, in July 1946, had
the experience of w inniiiig a bet-
at 11 The services are a part of
llie Protestant denomination’s
“One Great Hour Of Sharing” in | steaks.”
which rro.ot Protestant churches |
are participating. ^
Mr. Jordan will make a brief
Ward 3 City Commissioner
Tommy Ellison is taking some
teasing from bis fellow conv.n.is-
sioners as a result of Tuesday’s
election totals. They point to the
fa^t Ward 3 voters cast more
"no” votes—seven—than any oth
er ward. That’s right, MaycH*
John Henry Moss agreed, “Tom
picks up the check for the
Dentd Sampling: Kings Mountain
Youth Compaiatively CarieHigh
j Blit the Mayor was getting
some teasing, too, from his Ward
15 team of election officials. Poinb
I ing to tile fact they had prex^ess-
I (>d 222 voters and resulting tal:u-
1 at ions, they noted the lesser vote
totals in other waixis and sug
gested, “We want raises.”
During a recent dental screen
ing program conducted in Cleve
land County, it was found ;hat
Junior High School Students in
Kings Mountain had over twice
as much tooth decay as the stu
dents in Shelby. This difference
in tooth decay <54 per eent) was
found in th-pse student.^ who had
lived for their entire lives in
Shelby or Kings Mountain. Num
ber of studrats sami>led was not
given by Df. Richard Murphy,
State HealUi who cou-
ductetl Ihe screenings.
In an inlwinational referen
dum, Hingaf i^ountain citizens
voted the May 1957 election in
favor of fluoridating the city
water' supply. The vote in favor
was eqpproximately 2 to 1, or
1193 to 576.
The, city commission, however,
did no^hoooe, nor has since, to
V * It fluy be assumed con'
ditiens relating to dental health
are the sarnne for both Shelb^' and
Kiriigs Mountain, except one. Dr.
Murphy said., Shelby’s water sup
ply has ;teen fluoridated since
April ,30, 1954. The students who
have lived their entire lives in
Shelby have received the benefits
of fluoridation for almost tWelve
years. An earlier survey had
shown that approximately 13%
more children in Kings Mountain
needed dental care. This latest
information shovvs th,at these
children avje aver twice as m^any
teeth that meed treatment. Ob
viously, this\vill result in a high
er cost for their dental care. The
cost of fluoridation for each resi
dent of Shelby is only ten cents a
The screening program was
conducted by Dr. Richard Mur
phy for the primary purpose of
finding and identifying students
. Continued Oh Page d
Howard Bryant, principal of
■NJorth school, confessed to being
an absent-minded professor, as
he and Mrs. Bryant arrived near
poll-closing time. "I announced
the election at school four times
today and then forgot about vot
ing. We wouldn’t be here if a
neighbor hadn’t reminded us.”
City Attorney J. R. Davis al
most failed to vote. Chatting with
election officials, he almost de
posited his ballot without mark^
ing it. Miss Margaret Ljpford,
judge, handed him a pencil in the
nick of time.'
At about 1 pjm. voting day an
elderly man walked into City
Hall courtroom. Did hewant to
vote? “Can’t vote”, the man re
plied, "I don’t live within the city
limits.” He was interested in ex
tended medicare, didn’t know
whether he’d sign or not, but
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