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Kings Mountoin's Reliable Newspapei
VOL. 86. No. 8
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, February 25, 1971
PRICE TEN CENTS
Robert G.Cox Files For Mayor; Howard Shipp To Run
Water Project 90
SEEKS IN-Cmr SEAT — Joe A.
Neisler. Jr. seeks the in-city
seat on the Kings Mountain
board of educcrtion from which
Mrs. Leno W. McGill will retire
in May. Three condidotes have
filed for the board of education
and voters wiU elect two. one
from in-city and one represent
ing the outside city district.
Philer Trad Bid
Hish bid on ‘the Martin Phifer
Estate property is now that of
Charles L. Alexander at $60,500.
Postimoster Alexander, at last
Thursday's re-sale, raised the
$60,469.89 bid of Mrs. R. P. An
thony by $31.11.
The- i3l.6 acre tract is being
sold at auction to settle the es
Commissioner George B. 'Thorn-
ni'asson said deadline for raising
the bid is 5 p.m. March 1. Amount
required to raise the bid is $3075,
or 10 percent of the first $1000
and five percent of the remaind
The tract adjoins Kings Moun
tain higih school property.
The Big WAYS Good Guys will
be at Kings Mountain high school
Friday Wight to play the female
teachers of KMHS in a basket
Game time is 7:30.
The event is being sponsored
by Che Health and Career Club.
By MARTIN HARMON
The Buffalo Creek water pro
ject is 90 percent complete, Den
nis Fox, the city’s resident engi
neer for W. K. Dickson Company,
Inc., told the board of commis
sioners Tuesday night.
iHe detailed these project com
ponents, percentage conapletion,
and remaining work to be ac
1) Treatment plant, 96 percent
complete, in fully automatic op
eration Wednesday, remaining
work paving and landscaping and
completion of fencing.
3) Booster punup station, 99 per
cent complete, remaining work
grassing, miscellaneous painting,
small amount of concrete work.
4» Transmission mains and
feeders, 100 percent complete.
5) Raw water pumping facili
ties, 98 percent complete, remain
ing work miscellaneous painting.
6) Dam, 99 -percent complete,
remaining work grassing.
7) Spillway, 70 percent com
plete. remaining work approxi
mately one-fburtb (1000 cubic
yartls) of 6onorete to be poured.
8) Reservoir, 75 percent com
plete, remaining needs, acquire
ment of ren>ainjng property re
quired and clearing and grubbing
of these tracts.
9) Highways, 70 percent com
plete, SR2047 and 2070 require
paving and installation of guard
rails, SiR 2044 (Camp Creek
Church iroad) remaining gravel
ing and paving,
10) Dover Mills dike, 90 per
cent complete, install pumps.
Mr. Fox told the commission
the project should be possible of
completion in 30 construction
days, adding “not calendar days”.
“It has either 'been too wet or
too cold to 'pour any concrete since
December 38 and, of course, the
acquirement of the remaining
property wilt determine how
quickly the reservoir can be com
Jack Berrier, representative of
Duke PcA\'or Company, will pre
sent a program on Nuclear
Power Stations at Thursday’s
luncheon meeting of the Kings
Mountain Rotary club at 12:15
at the Country club. Charles
Mauney is program chairman.
More Census Figures Out: County
Hig Age Group Is Age 18 to 64
Cleveland County’s official ipop-
ulation in the 1970 Census was
72,556, up 9.9 percent from the
1960 figure of 66.048, the Bureau
of the Census, U. S. Department
of Commerce, reports.
The official population of the
state was 5,082,up 11.5 per
cent from 4he 19(50 population
count, whfch was 4,556,155.
The 1970 Census counted 57,433
white persons in Cleveland Coun
ty, 79,2 percent of the total;
15,065 Negroes, and 58 persons of
other races. In 1960, 77.6 percent
of the population was white.
The census showed 6,709 chil
dren under 5 years; 19,142 in ages
5 through 17; 40,674 people 18
through 6-4; and 6,031 who were
65 and older. The ipopulation 14
years and over included 35,406
married people, 4,129 who were
widowed, 971 divorced, and 12,117
Cleveland County’s 1970 popu
lation was classified as 34.0 per
cent urban, and 66.0 percent rural.
There were 21,420 houseliolds,
with 71,402 persons, lincludlng
2,501 one-penson households. In
addition 1,154 persons were living
in group quarters.
The 1970 Census counted 22,586
housing units In Cleveland Coun-
owners, 7,092 occupied by-tenants,
owners, 7,92 occupied by tenants,
W)nd 1,166 vajeant. These (included
vacant units for seasonal use.
The proportion occupied by own
ers in 1970 was 63.4 percent, icom-
parod with 54.8 percent in 1960.
Among year - round dwelling
units there were 19,779 sirtgle
family houses, 1,617 housing units
in multi-unit buildings, and'1,172
mobile homes or trailere. The per
centage of occupied units with
more than one person -per room
was 11.1, (ompared with 18.8 in
19(50. Of all the occupied housing
units, 18,480 had piped water,
toilet, and bath, while 2,940 lack
ed some or all plumtoln-g.
The imedian value of owner-
occupied houses in Cleveland
County was $11,700, compared
with $7,100 in 1960. The imedian
rent paid by tenants in 1970 was
$46 per month, compared with
$45 in 1960. Half were over and
half below the median figures.
These results are from two 1970
census advance -reports tor tihe
state: PC(V2), General Popula
tion characterhrtics, and HC(Vl),
General Housing characteristics.
The reports, which contain addi
tional 1970 census data for the
state and v’orious areas within
it, may be purchased at nominal
prices from the Suiperin-tendcnt of
Documents, U. S. Government
Printing Office, Washington, D. C.
204(X2, or from Offices of the U. S.
Department of Commerce in Ma
FTirther reports giving more ex
tensive statistics on the charac-
toristics of the population and
I housing will be published in fu
ture months as ^e 1970 census
' results are itabufated.
Cox Is First
City Hall Post
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY — Construction is well underway on SO units of public housing on
Margrace road. Completion date U targeted for June 15th« said Thomas W. Harper, executive sec
retory ol the Kings Mountain Public Housing Authority. Photogropher Isaac Alexander took the
picture obove of the new homes, which bring to 200 the number of units of public housing in Kings
Mountain* The new project will include one-two- three and four bedroom apartments of one-story
ond two-story constructions.
Robert G. Cox, retired army
lieutenant-colonel and manager
of Kings Mountain Chamber of
Commerce Wodne.sday morning
paid the $1(K) filing fee as a can
didate for mayor.
He U the first candidate for a
city hall position in the 1971
Presumably he will bo a chal
lenger to infumbont Mayor John
Henry Moss, cxjK'ctcd to seek a
Lt-'Col. Cox retired from the
army last Juno 30.
As marvager of the Chamber of
Commc-rco, he also supi'rintonds
its conjunctive Jobs 70 program,
a federal government effort to
train the completely non-skilled.
He entered the army as a pri
vate at Fort Jackson, S. C. and
received his discharge there last
summer. He had betm a special
ist in helic'optcr maintenance for
the major poition of his army
service, which look liim to Japan,
Korea, Europe and Vietnam.
He is the son of Assistant Post
master and (Mrs. B. F. O^x, a Scot
tish Rite Mason, member of the
American Legion, and Kings
Mountain Baptist church.
He. his wife and four children
live at 509 West Mountain street
Candidate Cox Issued no for
mal statement on filing for may
CANDIDATE ^ Robert G. (Bob)
Cox filed Wednesday for mayor.
Annual Clean-up Campaign
Scheduled March 8-April 30
PRESIDENT — Schools Supt. |
Donald Jones has been elected .
president of the Kings Moun- |
tain United Fund for the com- |
ing year. I
Donald D. Jones, superintendent
of Kings Mountain disfrid
schools, was elected president of
Kings Mountain United Fund at
the annual Awards Banquet of
the organization Friday at Royal
'Marvin L. Teer, vice-president ■
of First Union National Bank, |
was named campaign chairman |
The elet'tion of officers and
drive leaders featured the Awards
Banquet which honored volunteer
division chairmen and local busi
ness and indastry.
Awards in the form of certifi
cates were presented to nine
campaign division eliairmcn and
to 30 industries and busine.ss
Mrs. Becky Seism, secretary in
the offices of the schools super-
intenderi't, was named secretary-
treasurer. New difccdors are
James E. Herndon, Jr., Mrs. D. F.
Herd, Jim Jenkins and Shuford
Division chairmen recognized
for outstanding leadership during
the 1970 camipaign for funds
were: Francis Sineox, ad
vanced gifts; Bennett ' Masters,
ocwnmercial; Joe Smith, eorres-
pondeneo; James E. Herndon. Jir.,
industrial; Marvin Teer, indus
trial; Mrs. D. F. Hord, profession
al; Donald Crawford, public em
ployees; Donald Parker, schools;
and R. E. Shaney, special.
Awards to business and indus
try included: Mauney Mills,
Kings Mountain Knit, Sadie Mills,
(Continued on Fage Six)
121.9 Acre Tract,
I Annexed To City
I The city commission will con-
I duct its annual clean-up, paint-'
up, fix-up campaign between j
March 8 and April 3(J, according j
to a city comimission resolution •
Don Jones, schools superintend-.
ent, is permanent chainnan of '
the campaign and the resolution
authorized the Mayor to appoint
other members of a city-wide
The Mayor, after a report on Uie
city project to provide a day care
center at the CommunAty Build
ing, was authorized to appoint a
day care committee. Some minor
equipment items are needed for
the center, the Mayor said, also
reporting a “favorable” meeting 1
last Thursday with state official; (
in charge of day care licensing;
by the state. |
The city was expanded by 21.9
acres when the comm-ission, after
a public hearing, voted to annex
a new sub-division, Ashebrook
Park, owned by Hal S. Plonk.
Wray A. Plonk, N. F. McGill and
Dr. George W. Plonk.
In other actions the board:
1) Voted to re-advertise for bids
on a sower and water line install
ation to serve DeRose Industries,
now under construction in Kings
Mountain Industrial Park. Only
one bid was received and will be
returned, unopened, to the bidder.
2) Aiceepted low lease-purchase •
bid for a John Deere backhoo !
from Queen City Equipment Com -1
pany, of Cliarloltc, at $9854.15. ,
The loase-purrhase bid of Hardin- I
Dixon Tractor Company, of Shel
by, was second among four at
$10,127.80 for Hardin-Dixon’s Ford
■Kings Mountain Theatre
will hold Membership Night and
Open Holtso 'Tlnirsday (tonH-ht)
in its ne^v meeting place at Park
AH mombei's nnd any pra-^pect-
ive members ^re invitcM to at
tend the ngular quar^^'rly meet
ing at S p.m. Mrs. Bob Cox, pres
Liont, wHl preside.
Little Theatia members wer<'
busy this week moving thei»‘
present headquarters from the
Woman’s club to the new loea
tion on Giaver road.
Mrs. Cox urged all persons in
terested in theatrical work to at
tend Thursday night’s meeting.
HONORED ~ Sam R. Suber,
veteran retired Mountain Rest
cemetery superintendent cele
brated his 86th birthday Wed
Sam R. Suber, 86 on Wednes
day, sported a bright red shirt
and in good-natured humor teas
ed his grandson about being “too
old to cHmb the stairs.”
He shared his birthday celebra
tion yesterday with liis daugh
ter. Mrs. Carl Wie.senc'T.
Rob Wie.^ener, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Wiosoner, and his wife
were hosts to a “Neighborlioixl
Party” honoring Mr. Siilx*r and
Mrs. Wi<»sener at the Wicsener’s
new aparCment at the Suber home
on S. Piedmont avenue.
Mr. Suber’s across • the • .street
friends from the City Hall, Polii-c
Depaplment, Fire Department.
Harris Funeral Home, Central
Methmlist chuixb and the Past
Office jointxi in the celebration
and helped cut a red and white
decorated birthday cake topped
with '86 from a living room table
spread with green cltxth and dec-
<^nated with red loscs and red
The veteran retired superintend
ent of Mountain Rest cx'metery
has more time now to sp(*nd with
his family and friends. He has
pajiticipateri in two church wed
dings rcM'ently and now boasts
two more granddaughters to the
family since Reb Wiesener and S.
R, Suber, HI hnve taken brides.
Mr. Suber said he is delighted
his grandson. Reb and his bride,
have occupied a new apartment
in his home and “Kay cooks bis
cuits just like I like them.”
Children of Mr. Sub^'r are Mrs.
C!arl Wiesener^ S. Robert Sub<'r,
Jr. and Mrs. Nolle Cranford, all
of Kings Mountain.
Kings Mountain's water will
be fluoridated according to
State Board of Health specifica
tions, beginning Tuesday, when
state board officials will be
here to supervise the prq;>er in
put of fluorine into the water
emanating from the Buffalo
Creek treatment plant
And with the Buffalo Creek
treatment plant fully on stream
yesterday, the city will reduce
its operations at the Deal street
plant from weekend operation
to a single eight-hour ^ift per
Some fluorine has been going
into the Buffalo Creek plant
water since it was put in irse
and during the "shedeedown
cruise" for the Buffalo Creek
Unpoid Tax Penalty
Penalty on unpaid 1970 city
taxes escalates to two percent
iMoantime, Mrs. Stove Har
mon. city tax collector, repi>rt-
ed payments on the 1^0 levy
through Tuesday totaled $254,-
369, or 77.4 percent of the
The current >'ear budget esti
mates 90 peieent collections.
Reb Wie.sener. local, county
and district winner in the Amer-
ic'an Lcgionspon.‘«>red Oratorical
contest, placed second Tuesday in
Division V competition in Hen
The five district winners gave
eight minute .speeches without
notes or a pfxiium on the topic "1
Speak To The World For Ameri
ca.” The fiv(‘ judges also request
ed the contestant.s give extem-
, poraiH'ous speeches on an Article
I of the Constitution rehnited by
, the judges. The three young men
and two young women had five
minutes in which to prepare the
sijoeches and could use no notes
Mr. Wiesener received a trophy.
Tlic district winner advances to
Carl V. Wiesener accompanied
his son to Hondorsonvillo for the
Young VV'lc.sener is a senior stu
dent at Kings Mountain high
school. He is among thr«'e final-
isLs in the 16-clu'b district Vei-
erans of Foreign Wars Oratorical
contest. Ho won the local contest
sixjnsored by Frank B. Glass VFW.
City vs. Goforth
Hearing before the Clerk of Su
perior Court in tiie city’s con
demnation action against Cole
man (joforth, initially scheduled
for Thursday, has been ixjstponed
until Monday morning at 10
Mrs. Ruth S. Dedmon, court
clerk, said that, with both Super
ior and District courts in session,
“No suitable quarters wore avail
able for the hearing on Thurs
The city seeks 150 acres of the
Goforth property for the Buffalo
Creek water reservoir.
Two other tracts, those of Am
brose Cline and John D. Cline,
The city acquired the so-called
“■home place” tract of Buford D.
Cline and the Double B Ranch
tract, owned by Mr. Cline and W.
K. Mauney. Jr., last August and
granted both right of appH^-al as
to price to Superior Court. Mean
time, the city paid the owners the
court ordered amount, which was
$61,200 to Mr. Cline and his wife,
and $44,562.60 to the Double
Ranch owners. The appeals as to
price are pending in Cleveland
Superior Court. Amounts ordered
by the court were amounts offer
ed by the city on basis of regiis-
Shipp To Seek
Seat in Five
Rev. Howard Shipp, 36, Negro
minister and first shift foreman
in the Spinning Department of
Craftspun Yarns, called the Her
ald Wcdn(‘sd'ay evening to say
he will file for Ward 5 Commis
sioner Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Shipp, of .507 Mitchell
sfretT, .'wid this will be his first
entry in the political arena. In-
(‘urnbent Commissioner Maude R.
Walker has not indicated wheth
er sh<‘ will seek re-eleotion.
A Kings Mountain nativ'e,
Shipp said his reason for filing is
"1 want to be able to help all
the iH‘'>ple of Kings Mountain. I
am independent and will not be
dominated by any group or indi
vidual.”, said Shipp.
Pastor of Young’s Grove Bap
tist church in Blacksburg, S. C.,
he is enrolled in a Southern Bap
tist Seminary extension course,
working toward a degree in the
ology. He is a graduate of David
son high .school and attended
Livingstone college at Salisbury.
Married to the former Kay
Frances Walker of Kings Moun
tain. he Is the son of Mrs. Hazel
ine Pre-sloy Barnes of Kings
The Shipp.s are parents of five
children: Howard. 17; Michael,
15; Cwiiia, 13; Ronnie, 12; and
Valerie Shipp, age 10
Funeral services for Mrs. Lu
cille Devern, 62, of route two.
were hold Monday afternoon at
2 oVloc'k from the Chapel of Har
ris Funeral Homo, interment fol
lowing in Mountain Rest ceme-
Mrs. Devern died at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday in Kings Mountain hos
She was a native of Jackson
County and a retired ermployee of
She is survived by her husband,
Edwin R. Devern; her mother,
Mrs. Elzie W. Monteith of Cash
iers; one brother, Richard Mon
teith of Cashiers; and two sisters,
Mrs. Thelma Smith of Asheville
and Mrs. Melba Dillard of Cash
Funeral rites for Mrs. Lillian
Alma Houser, 64, of 215 Maple
street, \^'ife of Lawson Lee Houser,
were conducted Tuesday at 3 p.m.
from East Gold Strtnn Wesleyan
Methodist church, interment fol
lowing in Mountain Rest c‘eme-
Mrs. Houser died at 7 p.m. Sun
day in Cleveland Memorial hos
pital after several week’s illness.
A native of LiiK'oln County,
she was the daughter of the late
^Ir. and Mrs. John Lawson White-
sides and a member of East Gold
Street Wesleyan church.
Surviving, in addition to her
husband, are five sons, John L.
Houser of Joliet. Ill., Lester
Lee Houser of Asheville, Paul
Gene Houser of High Point, the
Rev. Ervin H. Houser of Cedar
Falls and Thomas W. Houser ol
Kings Mountain: two daughters,
Mrs. Boyd Deaton of Gastonia
and Mrs. Jim Buchanan of Kings
-Mountain: five brothers, the Rev.
Arnold Wliltesides of Lim-olnton,
the Rev. Paul Whitesides of Gra
ham, Dorse Whitesides of Kings
Mountain, Floyd Whitesides of
Monroe, and Gordon Whitesides
of Joliet, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs.
Beatrice Hoffman of Tombstone,
Arizona: and Mrs. Blanche BlacVt-
well of Roc'k Hill, S. C.; 20 grand
children and four great-grand-
Rev. Edwin Chriscoe and Rev.
C. R. (T)odson officiated at the
Mrs. Houser was a charter
member of East Gold Street
Nephews of Mrs. Houser were
82 Pupil Citizens Of the Month
Are Tapped In District Schools
Parking meter nx'oipts for
the wcH*k ending Tuesday total-
(Xi $109.05, including $97.55 from
off-street meters and $11.50
from on-street meters.
Figlity-lwo stu lent Good Citi
zens have b(*en recognized ’ey
the iCiliz nship Committee of the
Association of Classroom Tearh-
ers Kin s Moia'.lain Unit. North
Carolina Association of Edura-
These students wore chosen (ii
the basis of good grades, go^Ki
eoiKiucl anj rospeel for their
sciiools, fellow students and
The Good Citizens from ihc cl-
<*mentary schools and Central
Junior high school were 'hoson
by their classmates and teach
ers. Kings Mountain high j^chooTs
citizen of the month was chosen
bv a commltiei' from the Stud
ent Participation Organization
on the basis of conduct and sch
At the close of the school \-oar,
a GiHT.i Citizen of the Year from
each school will b? honored witli
an award (fmm the ACT Tlio
Citizen of the Year will be chos
en from those honored each
The following have been cho
sen from their res>peeiive
sci ools for February:
Bethwai’e: Angela McKinney,
Kevin Babb. Doris Griggs, Ruth
I ilnll. nder, Cathy McDaniel, Li
sa Yarboro, Monty Rhea, Ri^ky
I Smart. (kirry Bell, Janice
Gixxme. Tim W’aie, Darrell Love-
East: Lisa Lynn Gre.-no, Ann
Ilarhinson, Bobby Hagans III,
Mickey l^awrance, Jesse Houser
GrtHme, Robin Given, Cindy Sal
mons. Mark Mercier, Mark San
ders*, Vickie Metcalf, Karjn Bla-
cl'.weU. Lisa Hayes, Paula Boy-
le.5 Kevin Ettoi-s.
Grover: Sandra Appling. Judy
Biedso.', Arron Dixon, E-ic My
ers. Ricky Proctor Kin Moss,
Rolert Wells, Leslie Kambright,
ir.i<iie Humphrk's, Jimmy Van
dyke, Kim Ki-vr. Srott liatehel-
< r. Linda Smith. Angela Man-
gum, Kim Johnson.
r'orth: Sandra Lee Cobh, Car
la Owens. Paiila L.utrail Barnett,
Llsti Rol>erfs, Ik'th Bales, Janet
HomlsJoy, Barry Morrow. Ter
esa Smith. L igh Mauney. Cindy
Jol nson, iu.onde Patterson, Pa
tricia Mooie. Betty Messick, Ka-
ivn Edw-aids, Roxanne Tate,
Lindsay Holmes, Kenmth Corn.
Mary IlullenJor. Rick Hinnant,
(Continued on Fage Six)