Kings Mountain Citizens Are Now Using Water From Buffalo Project
Greater Kings Mountain 21.914
City Limits , (1966 Census) 8.256
City Limits U. S. Estimate 1970 8^476
Oi«at9r iLiag* Mpuntoi* fHpirp to <Ufl^4 fna th*
tpvcori United States Bureau el tlM Ceneue report o
loai'ary IMS, and Includes the 14.S90 populatlen e
Number 4 Township, and t^ remaining S,1S4 froa
Number S Township, la Clereload County ond Crowder*
T,,«,t»ship In Gaston County.
Kings Mountain's Reliable Newspapei
VOL. 85. No. 47
Kings Mountain, N. jC., Thursday, November 19, 1970
PRICE TEN CENTS
At Water Plant
Mayor .Tohn Henry Moss formal
ly turnt'cl on the water switch at
the KIrrgs Mountain Water Pro-
jiVt on Buffalo Creek Friday morn
ing at 9 a.m.
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ceremonies were attended
orficials, engineers, icon-
travtijrs and Interested citizens.
Kings Mountain -water custo
mers are now using water from
t*he new treatment plant which
hJ5. a rated cap«acily of four mil
lions of potable water daily.
Baptists Give Deed For CBD Project
Bates Stepping Down
the ceremony the
“Today, Friday, November 13,
1970. we have gathered for this
most imt)ortant event “turning on
the water for the citizens”.
“It is indeed a great honor and
privilege to preside ot this his
tory m-aking ceremony. “A pro
ject born of necessity”.
'It was December 13, 1966, when
the official proposal and plans
for the Kings Mountain water
project was adopted by the City
C(dn>missioners exactly three
y^ars and eleven months ago.
“However, prior to this date q1
most a year had been spent in
studying, planning and consult
ing with twenty-nine different a-
gencies, federal, stale, county,
consulting firms, finance advisers
and the Corp of Army Engineers,
to determine the feasibility of the
“The obligation of responsibil
ity and challenge to eliminate
Kings Mountain’s water crisis
had cKc^rred on four occa-
I J 1923, 1^7, 1954 and 1965
w recognized and a total com-
mittiment to .resolve this 'prob
lem of need was started upon a-
doption by the City Commission
“The project was then submit-
tad to the citizens for their ap
proval in the form of a bond vote
which they imagnificently envi
sioned the significance of water
for the presc'nt need and import
ance to tlic future of Kings Moun
tain, and they overwhelmingly
^espondc^d with a unified “Yes”
vote for progress.
“1 firmly believe the water pro-
j^t is the single most lmi)ortant
evemt for Kings Mountain in this
“If offers broad opportunities for
economic, social, and cultural
, bi‘tterment for the present and
future citizens of this area.
•‘Friends, this is truly a big day
for the citizens of Kings Mountain.
The 'Board of Commissioners and
I applaud them and express our
heart felt appreciation for their
unbreakable courage, conXidonce,
and support in the fulfillment of
a task, yes it is a dream come
“This day we dedicate this wat
er project to. the service of (man
‘'On behalf of all citizens that
envision broader horizons I now
piiljlthe switch to start the pumps
t J w;ill send pure water to
piv.flmt and future generations
providing opportunities for pro-
gfpss and a quality life for all
'Kings Mountain Rotarians will
sponsor the annual White Ele
phant or “Flea Market’* sale Sat
urday from 4 until 10 p.m. at
the fs’ational Guard Aimory.
(pete Connet is chairman and
auctioneers will include Jack H.
White and M'ayor John Henry
All procce<ls will' benefit the
civfc clubs charity projects and
will provide scholarships.
'AccopJing to Chairman Connet
a “flea mai'ket” type of fjale will
begin at 4 and continuo until 7
p.m. when the auctioning will be
Members of the Kings Moun
tain Baptist church Brotherhood
twill servo a Thanksgiving Day
Ibre^fast next THursday from
7 ^il 8:30 am- in the fellow-
sh-.^'aH of the church.
(Rev. James Wilder, minister 6f
the church, will deliver the
Thanksgiving sermon at 9 a.m.
in the church sanctuary.
PROMOTED — Bill Bates, for
mer high school athletics direct
or and a member of the faculty
13 years, hos been promoted to
the position of director of
school-community relotions in
the eight plants of the district
Annual Coin Show
May Draw 3500
Kings Mountain will play host
Saturday and Sunday to the sev
enth annual show of the Gaston
The two-day event is expected
to attract a minimum d? 3500
persons to the neighborhoai' fa
cilities bvilding when the show
Joint announcement was made
Wednesday by Harry Davis, pres
ident of the coin clufb, and Mayor
John Henry Moss.
The Gaston club has 100 mem
bers, including Kings Mountain
citizens, and others from Cleve
land, Lincoln and Mecklenburg
counties, as well as Gaston.
James T. Pheagin, former Kings
Mountain citizen, said former
shows have been held at the Gas
tonia Armory, but that the Kings
Mountain neJi;ihborhood facili
ties building is larger anJ.4 will
enable as many as 60 coin deal
ers to show their wares. Capacity
of the GaMonia Armory was 35
Prior shows have attracted
visitors from ten states.
Mr. Pheagin continued:
Over ONE MILLION dollars
worth of coins and curi'ency will
be on exhibit. Competetive exhi
bits will incliale United States
iGold and Silver coins, Foreign
coins and cunvney. Confederate
and Southern Slates paper mon
ey, Continental Currency, and
'Non-competitive exhibits will
feattore two of the outstanding
co-lleotions in the country. G. G.
"Tom” Sawyer is bringing his
fabulous collection of paper mon
ey, including, the $10,000 bill, and,
from Lexington, “Bill" Floyd will
show his prize winning coins..
No admission will b(» charged
and door prizes will be given.
The show will be from 10 a.m.
to 10 p.m. on Satunday, Novem
ber 21, and from noon to 6 p-.m.
on Sunday,, November 22.
Presiden't Davis said his organ
ization hopes to charter a bus or
buses to provide itrlps for visitors
to Kings Mountain National Mil
Lawyer s Wife
At Age 81
iFuneral rites for Mrs. Roberta
Miller Davis, 81, wife of veteran
Kings Mountain attorney J. Roan
Davis, were held Monday after
noon at 4 p.m. from Central Unit-
(xl Methodist church of wliich she
was a member. ;
Rev. D. B. Alderman, minister
of the church, was aLssisted by a
former minister. Rev. J. G. Wink
ler, in officiating in the final
rites. Interment was rn Mountain j
Rest cemetery. Aictive pallbearers;
were Gene Timms, Odell Norwood, i
Fred Wright, Wilson Griffin and ■
John Plonk. Honorary pallbear- j
ers weire imem'bers of the Admin- j
istratlve Board of the church, thei
Davis Sunday School 'cnd |
representatives of the Cleveland
and Gaston County Bar Associa
Mrs. Dav'is died Sunday morn
ing at 5:40 a.m. in the Kings
Mountain hospital after several
month’s illness. She was a nativ<'
of Franklin County, Ga., daugh
ter of tile late Mr. and Mrs.
James Carlisle Miller. She (mar
ried J. Roan Davis December 26,
1919. Mr. Davis, former city at
torney and a Kings Mountain
lawyer for many years, al.-?o
served in the North Carolina le
(Mrs. Davis was a member of
Colonel Frederick Hambright
Chapter, D.iiightcrs of the Ameri
can Revolution, the United Daugh
ters of tlie Confederacy, the
Thursday Afternoon Book club
and the Kings Mountain Woman’s
Surviving, in addition to her
hu-sband, are their son. William
L. Davis of Atlanta, Ca.; their
daughter, Mrs. Ben T. Jackson of
Weston, Massadiusells; nine
grandchildren; one great-grand
child and hen- brother, Kater Mill
er of Lavonia, Ga.
He s Promoted
By School System; ESC Office
Bill G. Ball's, 38, director of
athletics and assistant principal
at Kings Mountain high school,
was promoted to the position of
director of school-community re
According to announi’ement by
Schools Supl. Donald D. Jones,
Mr. Bates will serve all eight
plants in the Kings Mountain
system in the area of human re
lations. public relations, inter-ra
cial relations, school-home co
ordination and attendance. He
will continue as supervisor of
bussing and his office will be lo
cated in the Administrative Of
The Employment Security Com-
mi'Sion will have offices in Kings
Mountain three days each week
begi n n i n g o n day, Nov em ber
30th, according to joint announce
ment by Kings Mountain Mayor
John H. Mo<s and Cleveland
Mr. Bates came to Kings Moun- ; County E.SC Manager Franklin ]
RITES HELD — Funeral rites
for Mrs. J. R. Davis were held
Mondery Htternoon from OjuIiwI
A sports activities program for
Kings Mountain senior citizens is
being formulated and will begin
Saturday at the Community Cen
ter, according to joint announ'ce-
mont of Recreation Director Roy
Pearson and Mayor John Henry
An Activities Rex^m at tire Com
munity Center on Cleveland Av'e-
nuo will be open on weekdays
from 10 a.m. until 5 ip.m. and on j
Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 9]
p.m. and on Sundays from 2 im- ]
til 6 p.m.
Among activities to be offered i
will be ehivkors, bingo, bridge, |
darts, television, and recorded
mu.'^iG, .said Mr. Pearson. |
Mr. Pearson said senior citi-,
zens arc encouraged to enjoy the j
facilities of this new Activities
tain 13 years ago as an eighth
grade teacher and as.sistant coach !
to the late John Oamblo. He be- :
came head coach at the high
school in 1962 and taught math
and physical education. He sub
sequently became assistant prin-,
I cipal at the high school when
Donald Parker became director of !
.^h<> jtchool federal programs. |
T Thiree other positions hav-e 'been |
created, all funded by a federal'
■ grants, including one other pro-
! motion. •
I Williaim F. Young, formerly a ^
toacber of internal combustion '
engines at the high .schc»>l. has ^
been named assistant KMHS prin-'
cipal succeeding Mr. Bates. Mr. i
Young, of Bessemer City, came to i
Kings Mountain two years ago |
from McAdenville where he was;
a principal and Uvacher. i
In a new position created at'
the high school, Mrs. Cozelle'
Vance, teacher of social studios;
since 1963. has been named D<'an!
df Girls. Mrs. Vance resides in i
At Central Junior high school,
Mrs. Richard Hamrick, formerly a
teacher-aide, has been named a
svchool-home coordinator to work
under the direction of Mr. Bates
and Central Principal Frtxi Wilb
ers in jhe area of attendance.
Supt. Jones said the board of
education is receiving applica
tions for the position of director
of athletics and head football
I Room beginning on Saturday.
Rites Set On Wednesday Evening
Rev. James Stuart, pastor of.
, T-.- * • T^he service is sponsored by
Gastonia s First Preshylenan j Mountain 'Ministerial As-
sooiation and tho interested pub
lic is invite.; to attend, said Rev.
church, wil'Udeliver the sermon at
the community’s traditional
Thanksgiving service 'V\^edn<'sday.
night at 7:'30 in Central school
KMHS Princess, Miss Bunis, 17
Will Ride In Canonsel Parade
PRINCESS — Priscilla Ann Bur
ris has been named Corrousel
Princess at Kings Mountoin
high school and will represent
the city in the annual Thonks-
giving Day Carrousel Parade in
Mi.ss Priscilla Ann Burris has
bi^on named the Carrousel Prin
cess from Kings 'Mountain high
school. She is 17 years old and
is the daughter of Mrs, Helen
Meeks Burris and the late Mr.,
Her talent is creative writing
and she also enjoys reading and
designing her own clothes. '
In commenting on Mr. Bates'
promotion, Supt. Jones said:
“Even though I hate to see Mr.
Bate.s leave his positions at Kin;^
Mountain high school, my philoso
phy is to look at tho current staff
members and wnsider them any
time there Is a job which will
involve a promotion. Mr. BatfV’
record as a wach has been out
standing and the Christian ex
ample and influence he had on
the boys creates a vacancy that
will be hard to fill.”
The Kings Mountain Mountain
eers this season in football com
piled a record of seven wins and
three losses. Mr. Bates also coach
ed track and assisted in
At prt?scnt the ESC offiro has
been open here for only one day—
on Thursday — at tho National
Tho new' schedule will enable
the office to offer placement serv- i
ice to employers and prospective
employees and also ciaims serv-i
ice. The office will be open on
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thurs
days from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
at the Community Center on
Mrs. Marion Dixon will be in
charge of placement and James
Crowder will handle claims serv
ice, according to Manager Ware. |
Job-seekers are invited to note i
the change in the .service from!
one to three days and to avail'
. themselves of the service, said,
I Mr. Ware. Mr. Ware said the ser-j
1 vice i.s extended to provide bet- ‘
i ter service for both industry’ and
' employees. He .-raid the office an-
I ticipates tliat Moiivdays and
Tuesdays will be utilized for
placement service to assist em
ployees and employers in job k>;
^ cations and that fliurs<lays will i
I bo devoted mainly to claim.s ac-
“We are most delighted to
(make this announannenl that
; the employment security office
is returning to Kings Mountain
, for a long-term basis and to be
located at tlio Community Cen
ter”, s>aid both the mayor and
; Edw’in Chriscoe, president of tlie
association. Various ministers in
'the commuiinity will participate 'n
A 40-mcm'ber 'Combinc<j Choir
from the various ehurchos will
sing Thanksgiving anthems un
der the direction d! Mrs. J. N.
Rev. Stuart came to the Gas
tonia church in De^'cmbcr 196S
from Sardis Pi'os'byterian church
in Cliarloittc where he sen’od six
years. Boifi in Ma'Hson, Wiscon
sin, he spent his early .veal's in
Georgia and .Mississippi. Ho gra
duated from the University of
^^ississippi and spent several
years thereafter working in a
CK * ^ r-.,.... X ,, . acc-nunting firm. Ho le-j to Kings Mountain
She stands 5 7'/2 tall and has cidvod liis BD dogi'ep from Col-; -- - -
black hair and brown eyes. Her umbia .Seminary in 19.52. During
other activities include editor of 1 World War ri he .serv<'i' as a na-
the school paper “Mountaineer”, j vigator on a bomlx?r with the
FHA parliamentarian, and Home- U. S. 13th Air Foixx? stationed in
coming Attendant. ■ Italy.
She will appear at the 2nd An-
nual Carrousel Band Showcase at
7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve,
November 25th, at the Charlotte
Coliseum and she will also ride
in the 24th Annual Carrousel Pa
rade on Thanksgiving Day, Nov
ember 26th, at 3;00 p.m. Both of
these event.s are free and open
to the public.
A crowd of 300,000 is expected
for the annual parade.
Mrs. HoNvard McKee will begin
duties as Bt'lhwaro CoiTCspond-
, ent for the 'Herald Monday.
I Mrs. McKee is the former Mar-
j guerito TinUall, daughter of Mr.
I and Mrs. A. U. Tindall of Kings
j Former Betliware Cori'espond-
basket- was Mrfs. Sam Lovelace, who
. has I'osignod.
Mr. Bates Is a native of Cow- i Citizens are invited to oall Mrs.,
pons, S. C.. is married and the NIcKee (739-2371) to leporl news
father of two daughters. Mrs. <»f activities for publication in
Bates is a former high school the Herald.
English teacher. They are active
in First Baptist church, |
A 1955 graduate of tWofford
college, Bates coached and w<is
an a.'^sistant in the physical edu-!
cation department at Gardner i
Webb college before entering the;
service and siib.sc*quently coming'
APPOINTED—Mayor John Hen
ry Mow bos boen appointod ta
a two-year term on the Advis
ory Committee for Urban Stu
dies and Community Service
Programs at the University of
North Carolina ot Charlotte.
Mayor John Henry Moss has
been apixiiniod a memb<'r of the
Advi.sor>’ Committee for Urban
Studios and Community Service
Prog.'ams at the University of
North Ciirolina at Charlotte.
The appointment wasannounc-
I'd by Chani'ellor D. W. Colvard.
The mayor’s term will expire
September 30, 1972.
Purpose of the committee will
be to advise and appraise the de
velopment, implementation, and
ccKjrdination of program efforts
not only for the Institute for Ur
ban Studies and Community Ser-
vit?e but for other urban-oommun-
ity oriented problems of the Uni
versity whether these programs
be instructional, service or re
Tw'o building permits were Is
sued this week by G. C. Yelton,
superintendent of public works
for the city.
Robert McDowell of 601 Mitch
ell street was issued a pc'rmit to
build a residence at estimated
cost of $7,000. W. W. Laughter
was listed as contractor.
Jerry G. Gantt of 201 Linwood
Drive was issued a permit to
build a one-story duplex at w-
timatod cost of S12.lX)0 with Co
lonial Home Builders listed as
I Fellowship Hall
' The First Baptist church lotley
became tiic first property owner
to convey a deed to tho Kings
' Mountain Redevelopment ri>m-
mission in the <i<miit(>wn Urban
J. Lx'o Hobert.s. Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of the church,
oongratulato.i the Hedcvclcpmenl
Commis.sion on behalf of the
Board of Truste<'s and wished
them continued .'•uccess in their
effort to imprnvo <lowni<*wn.
■Rev. n-'bert Mann e.\;'ressed
his delight .Diat i First Baptist
church property •hCv'nmo the first
to be purchasc'l for redevelop
ment of the Central Business Dis
trict and ir.ustraies th<* congreg
ations’ concern ftu* progre.-<s and
continued growth of our city.
Mayor John Henry Mo.<s said
“This represents a significant step
towards realization of my goal o/f
quality living for all tho citizens
of Kings Mountain.”
Director Joe Lanoy, who deliverel
a check for the former church
Pel 1 o ws-h ip B u i 1 d i n g. i-ej^o r t cd
that the Kin^s Mountain Redev
elopment Commiifsion dcvply ap
preciates the cooperation and
progressi\’e atiit-mde displayed by
,the First‘Baptist church through-
lout negotiation for the property.
jMorover, tbe-leadership and the
I congregation of the First L:ii>tist
! church are to be commended for
their civic minded spirit, fore
sigh tedness, and genuine concern
i for the future gnn^th of Kings
I 'Mr. Laney imported that l-an'
j negotiation is proccHxiing ac\‘ord-
I iiig to schedule. Twche owiu'rs
I have tK»en contacted and four
I have already signed options.
I These proix'rties will be acquired
! as soon as title work is complet-
’ od. Two more are expected to
sign options in the near future
and the Kingj? Mountain Riniev-
elopment Commission is conlin-
, uing negotiation with the lemain-
• ing owners, ho said.
, Kings Mountain United Fund
Drive, with a campaign goal of
$35.HX), has bt*en extended
through Dectmiber 15th, Shuford
j Pooler has announced.
I As of Wednesday pledges and
j cash-in-hand totaled S24..500.
Mr. Pc'eler urged campaign
workers to c’omplete their solici-
I tationi? as soon as possible so that
the full reports may be made.
* ‘'We are confident", said Mr.
Peeler, “that this year's campaign
will be oxci'eded.”
Mayor John Henry Moss is jseok-
ing the addre.«isos of Kings Moun
tain servicemen so he may send
them traditional Christmas grec't-
ings from himself and the city.
Citizon.s are asked to call the
mayor’s offiiv. 739-2563, and give
the addresses to the maj or’s sec
Classes To Start
Nov. 26 Service
Classes in floral arrangement
will get undcm’ay Friday night,
NovemlH'r 27th, at 7 p.m. at tho
Community Center on Cleveland
The classes will continue for
St. 'Matthew’s TJutheran church ! six weeks and will be held each
will liold a Thanksgiving Day Friday evenin,'^.^ from 7 until 9
servic'c at 10 aan. on Thanksgiv- p.m.
ing Day, Novemlxm 26th.
Rev. Charles Easley, minister,
will uso the s('nnon topic, “Then
Instructor for the classes will
bo Mr. Stroupe, owner of Kings
Mountain Florist. A fee of $3 for
supplies will be charged.
FIRST PROPERTY PURCHASED — Three members ol the First Baptist church board of trustees, their
postor and two city officials ore pictured as First Baptist church conveys to the Kings Mountoin
Redevelopment Commission deed for their property, the former church fellowship holl building,
and the first property to be purchased for redevelopment of the Central Business District. From
left to right: Commission .Director Joe Laney. churhc trtistee chairman J. Lee Roberts, church
trustee Herman Sparks, church trustee Mrs. Charles Alexander. First Baptist Pastor, Rev. Robert
Mann, and Mayor John Henry Moss.