SANTA WAS STAR OF THE SHOW — Santa Claus, riding in a
sleigh pulled by Rudolph and reindeer, was the star of the star
ol the Kings Mountain Merchants Association Christmas parade
Greoter Kings Mountain 21,914
City Limits (1966 Census) 8,256
City Limits U. S. Estimate 1970 8,476
Oi-Mittr Klogt Mountato flgur* U df>rlT*d ii«a tbs
ipecirl United States Bureau oi the Caosus report o
Touuary 19116, and Includes the 14.990 populatlMt o
Number 4 Towosblp, and the remmnlag 6,124 Iroa
Number S Township, in Cleveiond County Crowdor*
t,^w«bMp in Gaston CoMBty.
Friday which ushered in the Christmas shopping season in the
city. Crowds lined the parade route for Kings Mountain's first
parade in 10 years.
knta Qaiis S'
Oi Yule Parade
Santa (’laiN vv;»s (he .star of Hk*
Kin;;s Mountain MiMfharits A.sso-
ciation - sjionsorcd aln Uiinas pa
ra(U* th(* fijNi h(*rc in inerc itian
LO years, KrifJay — as tlinu ’aiuls
»f f’iliiicn.s jammed Iho ])arade
Pretty nij'ls in prt'tty fir ats. red
:c.-( tio.vn.,, iTKir l;aii.l- and
•ity nf.: u'.r. le ip t’te -,0 uni
'a.adi' wh; li iM'd ttuo i^lson
die ’dy durm^i' a V) minute . pi*,'-
Old Kina Wintc’r’s ^dijllpicr t(v.r)
peratUH's didn’t da', ni td -
of tile youn;^.sters. Some o. t.n*.
U'lio iMiiK' l.» town i-arly in •
s!e(H'(*.s tiad to \erap i.;» in caal
b(‘foi'(‘ t!)(' arrival of Hie man
from the North I’ote who, alany
with UufloJi>h, arriviNl last on the
The city's C'hi i.'dma.*-':
j W(*:(‘ tiirian! on h.r ilie fh*.*» the
' i'Viday ewnine and st 'res r» mail
ed open until S pm. l -i i:.;- eoi.
venienef' .j, slu'ppi
Jim iJowiK'y and Clint liankii
\ve!e r .^■r\\ -i; j(*n ''1 tile (‘.ein
IfJts i'-rsjed I
if ■. " M
Op(' n'i '1 fanta Cl :k- t ri'o-
:;ie Chrhe.m : (e-, i id' nml
amilie;: i, unle:'*ay i;i Kin.'.^s
T! (- Kin.” Mmip' ’!n Mhi:'ferial
Vs.'^o-ia’ion i‘- artain eotidu
ts Kmjity Staekin;: Fund and lo-
?al ininistt'r-: will be ringin;^ hells
for the needy on d awntown
streets throu;»hout Christmas Eve.
Members of the Kings Moun-I
hufe ( j
. e ;li
hni)py to ;
eolleet toys when .-ailed .K-t’ording
to Ciiair.nan Din .-^hort, or tin
(ConiuiHcd nn Pai/c SU)
ANXIOUSLY WAITING — Christmas is for children, as evidenced
by the happy expression on the little girl's face as she anxiously
waits for the arrival of Santa Clous.
Kings Mountain's Reliable Newsoaoer
VOL 85. No. 50
Kings Mountain. N. C., Thursday, December 10, 1970
PRICE TEN CENTS
City Board Is Studying Duke Power Rate Increase
PFC ROBERT L. BLACKWELL
Jaycees On Duty
At Tree Lot
Kings Mountain j-ayexyes arc
condiuling thoir annual Christ-
I' mas live si\U\ tho sale (continuing
tlirouHv Christmas Eve.
• Ftoh(*rt I><*ft\vieh Ls chairman of
!• fr(*o projcK'l and annauncod
that a good selection of sizes is
Tlie tree lot is loc'atcHl in front
of the Woman’s club and Jaycees \
are on duly from *12 o’clock noon j
to 9 p.m. daily.
Fatal To Pic.
Pfc Rohi'rt Lawrence Blackwell
19, formerly of Gaffney, S. C., was
killed Dfvember 1, by an enemy
booby trap while on a combat
mission in Viotnam.
Pfc Blackwell entered the army
in the Spring of ’68 and rt*ccived
his training at Fort Bragg, then
later transfe^rred to Louisiana for
combat training and served one
year in Germany.
Pfc Blackwell volunteered for
V^ietnam in August.
Surviving ore his father, Victor
JJIaekwell of 21 Dixie Trailer Ct.
in Kings Mountain and his moth
er, Mrs. Betty McKinney Laughlin
of Route 8, Spartanburg, S. C;
four brothers, Victor Charles and
Billy Mitchell of Gaffney, S. C.,
James E. and George David of
Spartanburg, two sisters, Leitha
Ann Blackwell of Gaffney, S. C.
and half sister, Cindy Lynn of the
Arrangements will b<» announc
ed by Shufoixl • Hatcher Funeral
Home in Gaffney.
Parking motor receipts for
the week ending Wednesday
noon totaled $1$)A0, including
$124.10 from on-street meters
and $lo.00 from off-setroet me
ters, City Clerk Joe MdDaniel
Three Cantatas Set For Sunday;
Community-Wide Service At 3 P.M.
The Christmas season wall
usher<Hl in by music Sunday, as
three Christmas Cantatas are
planned in the area.
Combimyl Choirs representing
60 voict's Jrom ni imerous ■church
es in the Kings iMounlain Minis
terial Association will pres(»nt
HancieFs “Messiaih", a c*ommun-'
ity-wide picsentation, Sunday af-
ilcrnoon at 3 p.m. in Central
The'Kings Mountain MiniMerial
Association, of which Rev. Edwin
Chriscoe is preaildent, is sponsor
ing the service, open to the in-
Congregational Christian church
of the United Church of Christ
and Pleasant Ridge AME Zion
chuiTh w’ill present the Christ
mas Cantata. "Night of .Miracles’’
by .Tohn W. Peterson at 3 p.m.
Sunlday at the iFirst Conigirega-
tional church in *tho Linooin Ac
ademy community. The choirs
will 'be directed by Frank E. Wil
liams .-with Mrs. lE. D. Wilson as
organist. The prtblic is invited to
attend, said Mrs. iMildren Huitt,
iEastsid(» iBaptist church choir
will sing the t'!hrishmas Cantata,
“The Night The Angels Sang” by
Mrs. J. N. McClure is directing' John W. Peterson Sunday even-
On Drug Count;
Hearing Dec. 31
Preliminary hearing for four
Kings Mountain youth charged
with possession nia£jli4^’.a ^
.scheduled for December 31 in Dis
The four made bond nf $,"'00
Aecxirding to Police Chic'f Tonj
McDevitt and Det. Lt. David Corn.
Kings Mountain policeman E. M
Ball arrested Jaimos Edward Mau-
ney, 18, of 614 Norlh Piedmont
avenue, Saturday about 12:4.> a
m. after he stoppt'd the car Mau
ney was operating on the York
mad .lust in.side Kings Mountain
Ball said when he stopped tin
oar a small package was throw;’
from the car.
Corn said the contents of the
package h-ad b('en anal.vzed and
was determined to contain five
grams of marijuana.
Charged with aiding and abet
ting are Cindy Gail .Mexander.
16, of 401 VV\uo Road; Bruoe Doug
Holland, 18, of 816 West Gold
street; and DeVore Rogers Smith.
Jr.. 18, of 701 Marion street.
For Mrs. Phifer
Water Line Break
A major water line break in the
area of West King street near the
hospital was repaired within hvo
hours Wednesday evening by
city workmen under the direction
of Grady Yelton, superintendent
of public works.
A six inch water line in front
of First Baptist church ^lit two
feet, according to Mr. Yelton. and
citizens in that area of West King
and the hospital were without
woter. The water line break oc
curred about 5 p.m.
Emergency water was provided
the hospital while the repairs to
the line were being made and
other plans were mode to provide
woter to the area if the repairs
could not be immediately made,
said Mr. Yelton.
At Age 84
Funeral ritc.-^ for Mrs. Minnie
Ware Phifer, 84. widow of the
I'ouncU r of Piiiler Hardware Com
pany, will be held Thursday
morning at it o’cliK-k from Boyce
Memorial ARP church.
Dr. Charles Edwards W'ill offi
ciate at the final rit(‘.s, and in
terment will be in Mountain Rest
eemelery. In li(’u of flowers, the
family has designated memorials
to the Boyte Memorial .\rd* ehureh
building fund and Dunlap Orphan
age in Brighton, Tennessee.
^Irs. Phiier died 'lue.'day night
at 6;j0 p.-m. in the Kings Moun-
t.iin hospital after .several year's
She attended Linwood college
and graduated from Erskine col
lege. \ former school Icaclier, .she
was daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. William Alexander
Ware. Her luisband, the late
dami»bell Phiier, died July 19,
She was a member of Iho Boyce
Memcriai AitP elunvh and* a
former member of the Kings
Mounlain Woman's club.
Surviving are tluav sons, Wen
dell L. Piiifer. Menz(dl .N. Phifer,
Mairiott D. Phifer, all of Kings
.Mountain; one daughter, ^Mrs. R.
P. Antliony, Jr. of Ga.stonia; four
si^pters, Mrs. W. S. Fulton. Sr. Mrs.
John L. Mi'Gill and Mrsw Awk
Ware, all of Kin.gs .Mountain, and
Mrs. Lawrence Stroupe of Cliar-
lotto; 10 grandchildren and one
Tlie body will remain at Harris
Funeral Home until the hour of
the pr«¥entation and Mrs. Au-
'brey Mauney is organist.
Following the performance by
(the CHoir, members of the Wo
men’s Society of Christian Ser-
• of the host church, will en-
ain choir members at a lea
in the church 'fellowship hall.
Mrs. Clarence L. Jolly, Sr. is W-
ing at 7 p.m. at .the church with
Fred Adkins of Gardner-Webb
eoMege as director and Mis® Deb
bie McDaniel as organist.
Featured solosts will ibe Mr.
Adkin.s, Miss V>:*kle Chaney and
Mrs. Evelyn Chamthers.
Rev. Harry D. Vance, pastor,
.*?sued an invitation to the com
munity to attend.
I American Legitm Post Lo.") has
j sehodiiled several Christmas e-
j Th^ annual Christmas dinner-
! dance for Legionnaires, their wiv-
les and membt'rs df thp Amrican
! Legion Auxiliary will be hold Sat
urday, Dooembor 19th. Dinner
will be served from 6:30 until
8:30 p.m, with dancing to follow
in the club ballixiom.
(Legionnaires will treat ntvdy
Children of the aix'a to a Christ
mas party Sunday, DCci‘miber20th.
horinning with lunch at 12:30 in
thp clubhouse. Gifts will 'he dis
tributed and Santa Claus will pay
will be the sermor) topic of Rev.
N. C. Bush at Sun<iay moniing
worship services at 11 o’clock
•at Grace Methodist church.
TO WYOMING — Donna Blan
ton. ninth grade Cadette from
Kings Mountain Troop 4. will
participate in an archaeologi
cal encampment "Dig Mankind”
at the new Girl Scout National
Center West in W'yoming from
Juno 27 through July 9. 1971,
An avid camper and in scout
ing for eight years. Donna is
the daughter of Pioneer G. S.
Council profesional Lib Blanton
and Charles Blanton. Jr. oi
King^ Mountain. She will be
one of 36 girls chosen from a-
cross the nation to participate
in the first of two encamp
Mayor John Henry .Moss will
bo ip Atlanta. Ga. Thursday at
tending a molding of tho Na
tional Loaguo of Chios. Ho will
also attend a motding of tho
ot'Jciais of tho Ek'partmont of
Housing an<i Urban Dovolop-
mont there on Friday.
Herbert Hoover Leigh. 41, Dies
In Auto Crash Here On Saturday
A 41-yoarold King-? .Mountain
man, Horhort Hoovit L('igh of 710
Gantt .8t.. wa.s kill(*d about 8:30
p.m. .Saturday in a wnvk on N.
r. 216 about one mile south of
Atvording to invostigaling high
way p:itri>Imnn^ J. V. Ti'iilon,
LoiglTs car wxi.s^pparontly i:'av('l-
ing at a high rafr of speed wlion
it ran off tho rrvid, jumprd a
f(‘noo eight f(M*t higli and came
to rest on a iK)nd of water at Iho
Park Yarn Mill.
Renton reported tliat Lidgh wasj Dennis Conner
dead on arrival at Kings Moun-; three brothers,
Cleveland County Coroner Ollie
Harris .‘?aid Leigh died of a skull
fracture. Damage to the car was
estimated at $700 and damage to
tho top of the fence owm'd by
Park Yarn Mill was listed at $UK).
Rescuers feared that another
person might have bi'en in tlii'
ear when tlie \vre(*k occurred and
possibly drowned in llic pond but
none wort' found.
Leigh was einjiloyi'd by Mar-
grace Mill in Kings Mountain.
Surviving is his widow. Juanita
Sellers L(dgh; his parents. Mr.
and Mrs. Martin Leigh of Kings
Mountain; one son. Brent Leigh
of the hom('; one daughter, Mr.s.
of High Point;
Jami's and How
ard Leigh, both of Kings Moun
tain, and William Leigh of Shel
by; five sist('rs, Mrs. J. D. Moss,
Mrs. Rieliard Barnett, Mrs. Charles
(Continued on Page Six)
Will 39 Lew
Tlio board of ejmmi.ssioners
will hold a s|>ocial meeting lU'xt
week to decidi* just how Duke
Power Comiiany’s in.Tt'a.se to
wlioie.sale cuuomers will afffMl
Kings Mounlain asers of ele.-lri-
Mayor John Iltmry said
each commi.s.si(»ner has been giv
en information fnjm Duke Power,
Electric Cities and R. \V. Beck X-
iat<'s outlining rcccmnitnul-
ations in regard to tlie rate in
The proj('cteil increase of 22.b
percent would amount, it wa.>
initially esfimait'tl, to an addi
tional S77.26G annually.
Tile mayor said VVi'dnesday:
“the board is going to strive to
keep the eost of olectriciiy in
Kings Mountain a.s low as iKi.ssi-
Duke’s iiivToastal rale to tlu* city
goes into effe«'t IVcemher 1 Itli. *
Kings .M.»unlain’s rate would
probably rellerl increase of 12.2';
and would probably go into effect
January 1, City Clerk Joe McDan
iel said Wednesday, however he
said sucii aidion will b(' estab-
lisiied by the city hoard fallowing
their delibemtion.s tliis week.
Mrs. Bob Cox alltnidi'd a two
day ('oursc for Peen.-ed tax prac-
lilioncrs .sponsorcvl by Hie IiiLt
nal Revemu* Servivc and N ‘lili
Carolina Stale University at UN’C
in Charlotte DivcinlK^r 2-3.
Mrs. Cox ex;)ects t(> opini her
own tax office in d.nvnUmn Kings
Mountain vvilTdii Hie next few
Beqm Dec, ZZ
Holidays for Kings Mountain
distriet sc1i(h>I j)U)'ils will hi'gin
on Decrmher 22nd alien ela-^se-;
will elo'e at 1:3tl p.m. Sludt'iits
will return to classes on Januarv
Supt. Don.'ild J'lncs s.iid the
s('hool will cooperate wiili tlie
Mi'rchants A.-s^iciaiion in allow
ing pupils who ore ('inployed
the .store's to leave for work,
note from a parent is require«i J
I Th city commission 'Puesday j
night awan.ied lli(' bid of j
IX'p ton for a total of 1,537 tons
Off pavement for 12 city strivis to
Neal Hawkins. Inc. of Gastonia.
Other bids were liradley Jem
kins. Inc. of Gastonia, $S.7.5 j)cr
ton and Asrhall Paving uf Shot
by. Inc., S13.25 per ton.
The paving work will l)^gin
Mayor John Henry Moss has
called a pri'ss confereiuy^ at Citv
Hall next U'i’tinesday at 11 a.ni- '
for the announcement af a now
industry locating in the Kings
The mnyoi- <iid not indicate
Hio type of industry.
On Xovemlx'r IHh the mayor's
industrial committee^ <»f which
L. E. tJosht Ilinnant aiul J, Ollie
Harris are co-chairmen, announ
ced that -Mr. .^weet, Ine.. division
of 8wee:ree Mills. Lie. of Cher-,
ryvill*’. will employ 200 women
to sew sjiortswoar in the former
plant of Rainvin Mills on Carp<'t
Lane an.i M’aco j-oad. The*cutting
and sewing operation is oxpi’cted
to Ix' in oix'raiion in days as
S': m as the new additi:ni to the
piesert jdani is compk'lt'd.
Ic.c.il people are to be t‘m])loy-
.41 the same time, C‘>-ehairmen
HarrL'9 arr.-] Ilinnant said anoilier
I annoLinu'menl would he forth-
eoming of another diversifi(*d jn-
dustiV e.xpi'cied to tx'gin i»iK‘:'a-
li«»n iie:-<-. They contirmovi a met
als product coinpany is c(»niemp-
luting moviiic- into Hu* city,
Kiwanis District Governor
Marvin Folger. ,Ir. of Mnrgan-
ton will pay his official visit i.v
the Kings Mountain Kiwanis
cluli at the ciuh's Thursday
night nxviing at p.m. at |
the Woman's club. I
SUCCUMBS — Mrs. J. Warren
Gamble, long active in the
Women's Democratic Party of
Clevelond County, died of can
Passes At 55
Mrs. Aileen Jones (Limble. .5.5,
of 8helby died of cancer at iUM)n
Wednesday in Cleveland Memor
Funeral arrangements are in
complete and will be announced
lat(*r by CLiy-Barnetto Funeral
Mrs. Gamble was named 1970
(lardnor-Wcbh Alumna of the
V4‘ar in May. A buisness-woman,
church leader and civic leader
(Ctmiimtcd on Page Six)
Sakliers' Addresses Are listed:
They'I! Appreciate Yule Cards
The v'.eadline for guarant(vd de
livery on overseas mail by Christ
mas iias passed, hut soldiers usu
ally appreciate getting mail any
Kings Mountain Mayor John
I Henry Moss is sending Christmas
I grcctin,':.® to all Kings Mountain
I .servicemen. Any name omitted
IsliouM Ix' calk'd into the mayor’s
I office by Friday,
i^p r> Danny N. Crawfoi\l
239 Sd '-’912
69th Avn. Co. (Corpst
Ft. Gragg. N. C. 2S367
Ggl. Davit K. Wilson
Tuslog I'xn. 4S-3 Hox 2.V)|
ADD New York. N. Y. t)f>2N0
PFC. Reid Strickland
Ft. HlibS, Te.xas 79916
Lt. Col. Charles E. Painter
246-46-7123 F. R.
Box S172 18th SOS
APO San Francisco, Calif 96321
Sgt. Charles 8<\agIo
Co. A. 1st Bn. Sth Cavalry
li9t Cavalry Division
APO San Francisco, Cal. 96HK)
Sgt. Carl E. Price, Jr!
592nd Trans. Co.
ATO San Francisco. Cal. 9t>312
Ph\'. Bivhhy G Parker
A Co., 1 ;L>7th Inf. Isi Btle..
101 Abn. Div.
I APe") San Francisco, Cal. 1K>3S3
I Sgt. John Martin Lvnn, Jr.
Co. A 1 327th luL. isl Bde.,
101 Ahn. Div.
.nPO San Francisco, Cal. 96383
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