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VOL 82 No. 10
Mauney Challenged By Plonk For District House Seat
CBD Hearing On Planning
Finds Money Gets Attention
emr POLICE ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOl^Kings Mountaia
Police yChlef Tom McDovitt, left above, gives iostructioa So
Officer Tommy King in fireorms technique diaMg, o roeoat
police school. Police officers hove completed almoSIVI %«un of
i speoial courses during off-duty hours here oad at Qcmlpn SMlsgi
' since last October.
Say ney Oppose
A public hearing Tuesday night
on the' Central Business District
‘ redevelopment plan turned out to
i be less a discussion of the plan,
! than of prices of property the Re- ‘
I development Commission intends
, to a:‘quiTe and laze.
Among those protesting were ^
Dan Finger, owner of Hoke Elec
tric Company on Cherokee street,
Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Crook, owners
of the adjacent building which
the Hoke firm leases as a ware
house, Haywood E. Lynch, owner
of a bloc of property fronting both
Mountain street and Piedmont
avenue, D. L. Saunders lessee of
I the building he occupies on Cher
okee streoi, Won.ic.l and Menzcll
Phifer, owners of the Phifer Hard
ware buildinig on S. Battleground,
a building oi> Cherokee and a
warehouse behind the hardware,
•and G.ee E. Bridges, joint owner
with his brother in tbc Bridges
Hardware building and a ware
house behind it.
Speaking in favor of the plan!
was Paul McGinnis, owner of a
S. Battleground building (occu-
COMMENDED—SPS Williom Lawrence Mauney, Jr., right above,
son of Dr. and Mrs. W, L. Mauney of Kings Mountain, has been
presented the Army Commendation Medal for service in Viet
nam from February 15, 1969 to January 1, 1970. Major Oscar
Merritt, left Commanding Officer of the 57th Signal Company,
makes the presentation.
Specialist Five Williem Law
rence Mauney, Jr., son of Dr.
and Mrs. W. L. Miuney ci: Kings
M'^un’ain, been presented
the Army C. .niTi..idat:3n Medal
fo.’ service in Vetnam.
The Kings Mountain man and
his wife aie visiting the Mau-
ncy? here. SP/5 Mauney, who
i entered the Army January 1938.
j reports for duty at Fort Biagg
on Mai\h ITlh.
Major Oscar Merritt, Com
McCurdy Cleaners) listedj ,7,^ Sisr
^ « Oil - Inal Cotrpaiv. presented
Bill Brown, manager of BelksI
Dwrlmrat store, MW, -Aoy-: Vta jitii on re-t.:
;s«rh.£ r. " "«■
business.’* He added that if shop-
^ Running Again
Mrs. H:ir::ette R. Kvans,
/IcvL'. ind Cjuiity Treasure,, haf-j
inn Him.ed her randidacy Dr re
le ii:in to a sclo!.;! teini ot iha
-ff f , >ahjicl to lihi* May Demo ;
.•lalir Primary. ;
*T ion!ly afpreiiate ;!ie ronfi
!fn:c I ]. iw n re ved during m.
LSI te^m." s; id Mrs. Lvan.s. "i
..ave r: i-'y ):id gro ! ca.ejera
■on f'pm all of the Coun'.y em
I u \v;d vv (I the 1 lU* Osca
Fvans, site rrsides at 21-
Vh'sr.int Street, Shelby, wit!
'.Or daurhtrr, Ann, a student a‘
Vp^-ilachi.an State University.
She is the daughter of Mr. anc’
•Irs. .Scion Roberts, of Patter
She :r.;en(i( l .^ihclby school*'
•nd graduate:! firm No. .3 11 '1
'-chool, and aticndr ’ Shelh,- llu.s
loss College. Mrs. Kvans is r
icmhei of Die First Baplis
''hu.rh, the Shelby Woman’:
'luh. and The .American Ligloi
Mrs. Evans is sister of Magis
trate J. Lee Robert.s of Kings
Hal S. Plonk
For State Office
HAL S. PLONK
derson. Kings Mountain native,
will assume new duties July 1
os superintendent of North Caro
lina School for the Deaf in Mor-
l^chool For Deaf
Kings Mountain polictmen are
i glong back to school.
I They ai'en't studying reading,
writing and arithmetic but sub-
jjects like introduction to police
.science, criminal invest gation,
l ire aims instruction, narcotics
and traffitf investigation.
' ^11 to-Id, policemen have spent
a ‘total of 224 hours in speaa!
ici'asses during off-duty hours
since last October.
Seme of the classes have been
underway here at the Police
club. Some policerhen have been
going to Gaslon college for spe
Local officers are currently
getting training from one of
' their own. Sgt. Dav d Corn is
Iconducting a 32-hoLr course in
[tiaffic investigation on Wednes-
’ day evenings.
Sgl. J. D. Barrett, Patiolmian
Tommy F. King and Patrolman
Madison Hunter attended a
I school in technique of handling
explosives at Gaston college th s
week. Raymond Sullivan, a
The board of directors of the member of the Durh'am Police
Norlh Carolina School for the De^’-irtment and Sergeant-Major
Deaf today annoi.ncccl the elec-, in the U. S. Army Reserves, was
tion of Charles L. (Rancei Hen- i the instructor. Sullivan is lecog-
dCi.‘5on as the fourth superin-' nized as an explosives expert
icndcnt in the -history of the;with the Army,
s hool at Morg-anton. ! All local officers have attend-
Henderson will take over his ed classes here and in Gastonia,
duties effective July 1, to; includmg a 120 hour course in
su :(H’d Dr. Ben E. Hoffmeyer introduction to police science, a
who has accepted a simil-ar posi-|38 hour course in criminal inves-
tion at the Ameriuan School for ; tigation, a 24 hour couise in fire-
(Continued On Page Six) ! (Coniinned On Page Sue)
ping centers come, Belk’s will not
stay downtown unless the business
area is improved.
Charles Blanton, chairman of
the planning committee for the
project aaid he favored the plan
very strongly and urged the peo
ple involved to think positively.
men’ation Medal is presented to
Specialist Five Will’a.-n Law
rence Mauney, who distinguished
himself b» except onally meri-
toi ious service in support of
mMilary operations against com
munist aggression in the Repub
lic of Vietnam.
“During the porod Febr'-'\ry
He expressed high confidence in. ^gg jg^, he
the ability of Laney. executive cxti cmelv
directs of the R^evelopment i
Commission, in cooperation with
MAN OF YEAR—City Commis
sioner W. S. Biddix has been
named Sturdivant Life Insur
ance Company's Man of the
Year for 1969.
"Man 01 Yeai"
Seymore Biddix, of Kings Moun
tain, has been named 1969 Man
of the Year for the monthly ordi
nary division of Sturdivant Life
Hal S. Plonk, Kings Mountain
realty dealer and builder, today
announced his candidacy for Seat
Number 1 in the North Carolina
House 43rd district, which includes
Polk, Rulhertord and Cleveland
Plonk thereby cballengos two-
term Representative W. K. Mau
ney. Jr., also of Kings Mountain.
Plonk said, “I hereby announce
my candidacy for Seat Number 1,
43rd di.strict, North Carolina
House of Ropre.sentatives, subject
to the May Democratic primary.
“I long have been interested fn
government. If nominated and
elected. I shall strive at all times
in all areas of State government
to sene the best interests of the
citizens of Cleveland, Rutherford,
and Polk counties.”
It is Plonk’s first bid for elec
A native of Number 5 Town
ship, Cleveland County, he Ls a
I son of Mrs. Ellen Patterson
! Plonk and the late Clarence Sloan
I Plonk. He was graduated from
! N. C. State University, Raleigh,
j in 1934 with a Bachelor of Sci
ence degree in textile manufact
uring. He .spent the next sevn
years in the textile inclu.stry with
Calloway Mills, Manchester, Ga.,
and Cannon Mills, Kannapolis,
until ordered to active duty in
the army air force in August 1941
I as a re.serve first lieutenant. His
I ser\ ice until 1945 included duty
I in the European theatre.
' He returned to Kings Mountain
on return to inactive duty status
; to form a re.sidential development
I company with his brother. He
"continued in the active reserve
i and was retired seven years ago
as a lieutenant-colonel.
Plonk is a member and one of
, the organizers of Resurretdion
Funeral rites for Miller ^slv Lutheran church. He is past .presi-
‘ ‘ dent of the Kings Mountain Lions
9ue This Week
Judgment in Iho city’s condem
nation action to acquire ih(* Bu-
for:! Cline portion of the Buffalo
Creek dam site is expected to bo
dgnod this week. Superior Court
Tudge Sam J. Ervin II has indi
It was dra\\m on basis of a Iran-1
script of Judge Er*in’.s oral state
ments and filed with the Judge'
Meantime, a copy has b(*on
mailed to Mr. Cline’.s attorney,'
Erni'st S. DeLaney, of Charlotte,
for his perusal. , r- w no
Judge Ervin ruled on February mgton (Wash) Froneberger. 92.
23 against defendant on two con- burned to death \Nhen iirei,cjub, is a Ma.son and Legionnaire,
te.sted points of law. He declared i swept through Ins seven room. ^j.g pjonk is the former Ruth
the City of Kings Mountain pro- fr«me house Monday, were held, Umberger of Kannapolis and is a
leeded correcth’ in bringing jts ^^odnesday at 2 p.m. from Last:
ty in the Kings Mountain system.
MRS. HARRIET EVANS
Dies In Hie
results.: Insurance Company.
property owners involved, to;.ru-^..«u a ;
hrincr ahout a refiirhishpri hiisi ! ^^rough ddigen.e and d. .eiTniJi-' Biddix. who
bring arout a reluroisned busi invariablv accomplished ^.p^vintr a>^ nre^i
ness district that will hurt none.' ^ servins? h.s nrt^i
^ ^ 1 rn I every task with d scotch and cf-
Commission Chairman Caal F. ' His unrelonli.'- lovaltv
Mauney pointed out that he ts ^ porseverenre
involved m the ownership ol the ; anl
Bonnie M.lls property, unL.er
lease to Mur-Glo Mills,
had been added to the
1 inspirde othn s to str ve for
, maximum achievement. Sclfloss-
plan at the instance of regional
ly woiking long and arduous
serving as president of Sturdivants
Key Producer’s Club, has not only
been successful in the insurance
industry, but has also been a
leader in this community for
In announcing the honor. .Mr
condemnation action under state Chapel of Si.sk Funeral Home in
statutes of 1917. as amtmded. • ^***'’’*
r-ather than under 1913 city cliar- i A semi - invalid. Froneberger
ter provisions. He further ruled was trapped in his bedroom
the city is acting under nec(\ssity wliere the fire apjiarently started,
to obtain a water supply and not A son theorized that his father
capaciously in seeking property lit his pipe and perhaps droppied
to the 744 contour level. The de- hot ashes on the bedspread. When
The Plonks have four daughters.
Mrs. McLain s
the bed caught fire, Froneberger: Julia McLain, 82 o»' Rt
tried to get out of the bedroom, i Shelby died Whdnrsday in
to the porch. i Kings Mountain hosp tal.
The farmhou.se was located in: she wa.s a member of Friend-
the Crowder’s Mountain commu- sh-p Baptist church
nity on route 1. . Survivors include fo'. r sons
Froneberger’s .son. Mack, with Allen M. Lain of .Slirlhv, And ew
from date of the signing of the whom he lived, had walked to a and Willie MrLain of Kings
. ( hours, he has contributed signi-jL. L. Pittard, vice president of judgment in which to file an ap- nearby creek, some distance from Mountain, an ! John Wesley Me-
oftoals Of the Department of , company, commented That Poah If one ,s filed, the cty will the house. Another som^ ^f Clierr>vlle; 2.S grand-
Housing and Urban Develop- ,icd effort. His commendahlo Mr. Biddix ob.scrved the highest have 15 days m which to file an sa^ the_ fire and attempted to chi
fense had asked properly acquisi
tion be limited to the 736-foot
When the ruling was given. At-:
torney DeLaney indicated an ap ,
peal would be filed.
Defendant will have 60 days
Don't Be Hasty In Making Repaint
Canslei Renetyal Aiea Owneis Told
^ ^ ; perrormance was in keeping ''standards of business and profe.s-
On the question of with the f nest traditions of the sional conduct in attaining this
for pt'opertics to be acqua d, Mr. jyjjjjjaj.y seivi'ec and reflects dis- high honor and ha.s earned a post-
58th Rirthday For Girl Scouts;
450 Scouts, 24 Troops In Area
A total of 4.30 girls from is going well and eontinies all
Brownie to Senior Girl Scout age this month,
are enrolled in the Girl Scout'
progiam in the Kings Mountain K ngs .Mountain Gi.I Scout
apca. .Neighborhood, of which -Mrs. W.
C. Ballcw is chairman, encorn-
Sunday is Girl Scout Sunday ; passes Kings Mountain. Hesse-
and beg ns a full week (*: Girl mer Cit\i, Grover and Belhware
quires obtaining tw’o appraisals
from registered appraisers, these
in turn to be leviewed by the
North Caiolinia-assigned apprais
er for HUD. Then, he said, will
be tile time to talk price.
To a question by J. O. Plonk,
Jr., Mr. Laney said the second
appraisals, by Frank Hoyle, of
CIierry\-ille, should be complete
in about a month. First apprais
als were m'ade by Mercer Sim
mons. of Lincolnton.
an.swer which would th(*n be
heard by the state Court of
Appeals in June. City Attorneys
Jack W'hite and Verne Shive say.
Ap appraisal committee ap-
oointc! bv Supeiior Court t'lerk
Paul Wilson awarded Mr. Cline
$31,500 for the tract of approxi
mately 93 acres, and for which
children and 63 great grandchil-
enter. “The fire was so hot I dren.
couldn t get in. he said. Funeral services were con-
A retired farmer. Froneberger ducted at 1:30 p.m. Suntiay at
wa.s the 11th person to die in Khenezer Baptist church by the
Gaston County from fire in the rcv. R. D. Lucas. Buiial was i.n
last three months. yn ^ion churJi cemetery.
Other survivors include two
daughters, Mrs. Effie May Ramsey Lii^Je (George of Kings Mountain,
of Kings Mountain and Mrs. Marie Mrs. Sallie Slough of Hillsboro,
Mr. Cline said he paid $25.(KMl Grigg of Dallas; and three other, Mrs. Ann Neal and Mrs. Ocie
The city immediately after the son-s, Grady Froneberger of Dal- Huffstetlei, both of Bessemer City;
decision placed the $31,.300 in cs- las, Horace Froneberger of Char-i 25 grandchildren; 30 groat-grand-
crow with the clerk. l-dtc and Tollie Lt'o Froneberger children and one great-great
of Dillon, S. C.; four sisters, Mrs. grandchild.
Qsa HffaaaaMA iScoutWeek activities which calls-areas. There are 24 troops active
• OA 1V1OOa0 attention the 5Sth birthday of I currently, seven in I3essem<'i :
'Girl Scoutiny in the ;« i -i-: .
lohn A. Rallew Wins Four-Year
Morehead Scholarship Award
Scouts representing all levels
Brownie, Junior, Cadetie an
StatCvS. Kings Mountain, including B.th
A .:rive for $.30t),^)00 to cieale ware. 'These troops have Girl
Willie James McNeal, Jr., 21- la 512 acre, >x?ar round girl scout
ycar-old Bessemer City man, 1 camp to serve 30,(KX) girls in a
was arrested at the scene and | four counly area in the Pioneer
Charged with murder early Sun-; Area Council is also undeiway
; right grants are available for re- i day morn.ng of 20-yGar-old Nor- ; tliis month. The camp will he lo-
f By MARTIN HARMON pair and 2) for higher income; ns Henry M6sre. Negio, of 316 | calorl in the Golden Valley sec-
Residents of the 147-acrp area families, loans up to $10,000 are! watterson street. | tion of Rutheiford Cornty.
comprising the Cansler street available at three percent interest. xhe shooting allegedly occur- The Girl Scouts
urban renewal project should not, For non-repairable dwellings oc-; red at the Flamingo club, west | raised everyone of
rjiovo too quickly to make more cupied by tenant.s, relocation pay-1 of Gastonia,
than minor repairs to their dwell- ments are available to the ten-; Mo<jre was dead on arrival at
iing.s. ; ants. the Kings Mountain hospital of
This is the advice of .’oe Laney, _ x * wounds in the stomach, accord-
executive director of the Kings For owner-wcupants of non-re-j j Gaston Rural Police De-
M mS Selopmon. com- P“>«ble Bert Homesley.
mission who recommonds: "Wait, Funetal riles for the Kihrs
until a structural survey is made dwellings. __ , Mounla.i)-youth were held Wed-
of your house or building.” “Until a structural surv^. is^ nosday at 4 p.m. from Mount
It is antldpated structural sur- made, we have no way of know: zion Bap|tst chi,rch with Rt-v. R
veying will begin in May to do
___ . Bu.st(*r (Bill* Lee. <»perator of John Anderson Ballew (John),!
United ('’ity, Cvvo in Grover, and 13 in i Battleground Service Stati >n. w:i'i von of Mr. and Mrs. W’^ilLam C.
robbed of between S(iOl) to S7(«) Ballew of 202 Edgemont Dr.,
Wednesday as he closed the Gro- Kings Mountain, has recx'ived a
ver road service .station for the Mf rehead Award to study at the
•ligh,. University of North Carolina at
Two Negro youths, in their Chapel Hill,
early 20’s, reportedly assault(‘d The announcement is made by
L(‘e with a baseball hat a.s Iv; Hugh G. Chatham of Elkin, chair-
turned to lock the doors at 9 p.m. man of the Board of Tru.stees of
Officers of the ClevelandK'oun* the John Motley Morehead Foun-
Nils. Ballew said an important
upcoming event for the local
troops is a Kini:s Mountain
Cdmporoc slated for the week-
rhemselvos end -a; May 2nd at Camp Rot;Hi-y- ty Sheriff’.s Department and blood- dation.
the $66,000 Girl Scouts w 11 dress in uni- hounds were combing the Comiinel Ballew
is a student at Kings
it took to buy the land by sell- form and sit H a body at church , community area ftir the Negroes. Mountain high sc'hool in Kings
ing hundreds of thousands of services .Sunday. who escaped on fool. Lee told .Mountain. Ho is one of 106 boys
girl scout cookies during the last At coixling In Miss Plonk, the‘oolice. to receive the awards this year,
five years. Golden Valley Cam; Site is lo : De told investigating officers The awards are wtirth $8.4tM) to
Ann Hunter Plonk, a K ngs cated in norllieast Rutherfo.d ho did not recognize the handits. Noith Carolina residents for four
Mountain Senior Girl Scout who County. Cold mountain stroam.s. Also stolen was several hundred yeai-s of study at UNC. j
was one of the “pioneers” who unloudie.l forest lands covered dollars in ch(*ek.s. As a student. Ballew has been
termine whether a building Is:
1) .standard, 2) repairable to
Standard requirements, or 3) non-
I'poirable standard requirements
•and subject to razing.
Here are Mr. Laney’s rea-sons:
first camped in the new site, de- with tall haidwood and over-
scrihes the camp setting as grenm trees, create the potential
"heaven.” for one of the finest girl sco.i
And she says if the dreams camps in the southeast,
of their 4,(yX) ^irls and 550 a- The c'amp will include six wm-
dull leaders come true, Pioneer plete camping units .capable of
ing whether a building or dwell- l Giir\'*i» officiating.
Ing is standard, sub-standard in Picliminary hearing for Me
net»d of minor -repair, sub-stand- xeal Is-Sbt for March 23 in Dis , ^
ard in need of major repair, or trict Court. He !s being held in Gill Scout Area Counc 1 will be | serving 200 campeis at one time,
derelict beyond repair,” Mr. Laney Giaston County jail without bond, the finest girl scout camp in the Each unit will consist of a troop
commented. According to Sgt. Homesley's in- southeast. ; house, wash house and 9 cabins
“We simply don’t want any- vestigatlon, the shooting was pt'- Charles Mauney, of Kings or tent platforms.
For repairable dwellings: 1) de- one to throw good money away,"j suit of an argument, according to; Mountain, campaign leader in One of principal teitures
pending on family income, tml- he concluded. ' (Continitcd On Page Sixj Cleveland County, said the drive Continued On Page Six
Fred W. Plonk is owner of the active as a National Merit Semi-
firm. Finali.st. editor of the yearbook,
on the Student Council, in the
hand, and was named winner of
the Shuford Science Award and
the Plonk Medal.
The Morehead Awards were
: first presented in 1931. They are
awarded on the basis of outstand
ing merit a.s reflected in academic
I ability, charaeti'r and leadership.
: Need is not ojiibidered.
Paiking miter roc(?ipts for
the week totaled $129.60. in
cluding $117.15 from on-street
meters and $12.43 fiom o' f-
street meters. For the month
of February, ie?e!p1s from the
off-5?in*ct parking lot at Moun
tain and Cliciokee wore $61.33.
MOREHEAD SCHOLAR — John
Bdllew, senior student at Kings
Mountoin high school, has been
awarded a four-year Moreheod
Scholorship to the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.