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Kings Mountoin's Relicd>le Newspaper
VOL. 83 No. 9
Kings Mountain,. N. C., Thursday, March 2, 1972
PRICE TEN CENTS
In Wake Of Trouble, “Get Tough” Policy At KMHS
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‘■SURPWSE- OPENS FRIDAY — A Kings Mountain Uttlo Theatre cost of 12 wUl present the twaact
comedy •’Surprise" Friday and Saturday evening and again on March 10-11 In Park Grace School
rniditorium Joe Ann Walker McUoiuel, right above, portrays the lead character, retired actiesg EUa
Winslev At left is Nan Jean Grant who portrays Mrs. Wlnsley, bousekeeper Pearl Dubbins. Both
Mrs. McDaniel and Mrs. Grant are veteran Uttle Theatre performers, both as directors and per-
(Pboto by Jim Belt)
"Surprise”, a rollldctng two-aci
comedy with a surprise finish,
will open for first of four perform
ances by the Kings Mountain Lit
tie Theatre Friday night at 8 p.m.
in Park Grace school auditorium.
A 12-member cast is rehearsing
nightly this week for the show
which will play also on Saturday
at 8 and on next weekend, March
Joe Hullender, Jr. is directing
Joe Ann Walker McDaniel, vet-
• eran of the Little Theatre as a
director and performer, has Ih®
lead role of Ella Winsley, retir
ed actress at whose home, Ver
mont Inn, all the action takes
• place. Mrs. Winsley, who never
Lady Wants Firemen.
The city fire department ex
tinguished three automobile
First alarm was an early
morning call to Owens street.
Second was from aTady at 3:05
p.m. on Battleground near
Kings .Mountain Drug Company
and the third came 15 minutes
later at 3:30 from 102 Roxtord
The lady who called from
Battleground, said, ‘TVe been
trying to get you for 15 min
Fireonaii C. D. Ware remon-
Continued On Page Six.
To 42 Students:
9i Be Expelled
Ey MARTIN HARMON
A “2et tcuch’ p'liiy ha.s been
inaugurated at Kings M -untain
high rchord in the \va’:c of 3tu
dent rilling Thur.>day morning,
inviiving an c imated 2i)0 stu
dents, with miner incidents fol
lowing on Friday and Monday.
Fir5t item in the “get tcugh”
policy* was su^’pensien of the
adivitv peri-id when .'Jludents
were free t ': do much a-- they
pleased. An :her dictum was
“straight to-and-fr^cn cla.ss”, with
Additionally, Principal J. C. .At
kinson addressed letters to par
ents cf 42 siudeni-:. Ho wrote that
careful invertigaticn had reveal
ed that the pai.ticular students
were either actuil troudlc-mak-
cr-s cr agitators and that further
a:‘ \ity in either direrticn would
result in expulsion cl the stu
In turn, the Principal incited
the parents call hLs off'ce f^r
an a^' /oirtment for a conference
which would include themselves,
their child cr children inviolved,
and schccl offi-dals to dlsruss
the proVlems and seek sedations.
Schcols Superintendent Dan
Jones said Walden Doming, one
of two men on the Governor’s
staff who maintain liason with
the State Bureau of Investigation,
the State Highway Patrol, and
with county and municipal law
enfcrcc'.Taent agencies throughout
the state, was called immediate
ly after trouble erupted Thursday
“SBI Agent John R. Carpenter
was present at the special meet
ing of the board of education
Thursday night,” Supt. Jones said,
“and promised complete cooper
ation in restoring and maintain
ing order at Kigns Mountain
Noting he had conferred sever
al times prior to the Thursday
incident with Kings Mountain
Police Chief Tom McDevitt. Supt.
Jones said he had been assured
at the first meeting that the de
partment’s sernces were availa
ble on any momcni’s notice “for
By MARTIN HARMON violence or threat of violence or
Gubernatorial candidate H. Pat tor other causes”.
Franks, 15, for 16 years a rural w*,.. —■ -- "‘rp,”;';’ v'C'hV'WnrT^i-nflurf his laylor, of Wadesboro, paid call Supt. Jones added that he had
mall carrier with the Kin^s P'®'' fititinE: Sunday funeral •, trusted us and we let him eSw-n. on Kings Mountain Wednesday been further assured that the de-
Mountain Post Office, were con- services at Mountain Rest eeme- business primarily in Clevela d, granted us privileges some of afternoon, one of many stops partment would maintain at the
rcC Sunday tery, and that .Mr. Ohampion will us don’t even have at home and during a day-long tour of Cleve- Lcol whatever manpower is
m. from Westover Baptist church ^ , work tiirouth^r the state hI ''''' necessary as long as needed,
of which he was a deacon. ^ere dewsed by a ^ark " Withers dre\v the ire of the Taylor headquarters in Shelby Tiventy-si.x officers of the city,
Av-rViin phQT^mQ« T?Av Tr^hn Cl y commi's&ion Committee, head- said ne will ^cr pnoio„ ap y he interjected such Wednesday morning, sheriff’s department, and state
Fiazie^^d Rev Ftil^Teirntts of- Commissioner Jonas Brid- ^r^'ce in ronnecUon with his de- ^.g^^g^ks as “check your facts”, There was a lunch break for iiigbway patrol answered the
Seat In House
Hal S. Plonk. Kings Mountain
realtor, said Tuesday he has
asked the chairman of the coun
ty boarJ cf eleolions to withdraw
his as a candidate fo: o
seat in the N. C. Heuse of Rep^re-
sentati.es fre.m the 4Sth Distrkt.
Mr. Pienk, in a prepared state
ment, gave ‘'personal and busl-
ne-ts reasons” as his reasons for
withdrauing from the race.
“I sincerely appreciate the en
couragement and support cf
many cf my friends throughout
the District when I announced
for this office. Fcr various busi
ness and personal reasons I have
found it necessary to withdraw
my name tr>m c' n^-dtca.rif.n and
balLt at this time. I would like
to thank all the pecple who
pledged support and gave me en
couragement in my candidacy.”
TO OPEN NEW FIRM — Jim
Belt, city policemon since June
£, 19S9. will open a detective
business in the city April 1. He
has resigned from the police
BeII To Be
Champion Leases Private Eye
By EUZABETH STEWART
A petit'ion was being circulat
ed Jay by 'Cuncerned Citi-
icens” calling fcr the di.smissal of
Hi2h S.’hool Principal Jake At
Mrs. VViLson Lrdfcrd, one of
1‘hree members j. a c.''mmittee
named at Tuesday nighl'.s meet
ing cf 200-plu.s ci;i:'cns to discus.?
the recent .«tudenl rioting, said
55 signatures wore on the
tion Wednesday afterncon and
that the cc.nmitlee, including
Bill King, William Manning and
h'^sc'!, wore chcula'ing the pe
titions and would present them
to mc.n .ers cf the beard cf e.a-
liie pe ition reals: “We the
undersigners, being^residenu ol
the Kings Mountain s ’hooi di-
tiict. due to the recent Iroivcle in
our schccl, do hereby rc.-:perffully
petition the Kings Mountain
Board of Education fcr’ he dis-
mis.'-jl of the principal Mr. J. C.
At.unson cf the Kings Mountain
high i.hocJ. We feel new policies
need to be adopted and more dis
cipline enacted in our school."
Tuesday night’s meeting at
times became emotion • charged
with sLLTie shouting, seme accu
sations and seme ^^^bal blasts
fired b-xck and forth ..lOtwecn the
AS3UM£S DUTIES — M. E.
(Gene) White has assumed
nevv duties ©s project manager
fCi the Kings Mountc.in Rede
AT. E. (Gene) White of Ruther-
f . J on has joined the staff of
the Kings Mountain Redevelop
ment Commission as Project Man-
A native of Columbia, S. C., Mr.
White has been associ.'Ued with
Wlnchcster-Graharn Realty Co.m-
two dozen or more speakers and in KuVnei..r,iton fcr th^
parents, a half dozenS'egroes, at He is a 1963
least three high school students
g.aduate of the Uni.’crsity of
£:-jth Carolina with major in
business administration. He serv-
riie te.mperc vvhich sometimes , , j
Jim Eelt, a of the ecld tern- fJ" “'e Navy.
peratures in the ba-;ark where The Whno family, ■ -
Kings M-ur.tain poLce i...ice since
Juno 9, 1969, will resign on April meeting was moved to the
The city has granted a lease 1 to devete full time to his per- hlearberi? bv alreadv-scheduled two children, Neil, ag
on City Stadium to Carl Cham- scnal business.
LI I- w 1 ....j.. viicii lAu LJiTiait'ij, i'icij, age two
bleachers by already-scheduled , ... ^ t •
• -J J and one-h-alf and Lisa, age six
activities inside and the large ^
pLcn for use for siow-pitch soft- Edt, 29, has opened Belt De- ^rowd which overflowed the com- one-half, expect to move to
ball from March to Sentem^-*er. tecli/e Agency, which for the jY^unity room at the Community Mountain in the near fu-
'Pha dollar-for^the-seasott BW tilme being will be located at his Center. ture.
vides, among oilier iiojns, umL home on 106 North Sims Street. xhese supporting Principal .At- White was a memoer of the
(Mr. Champion will arrange hi^ His business will include pri- kinson tJie students wwe club and
schedules t o accommodate the vate detective w^orK for both ^ fault awj TTiat discipline family was active m First
Otis D. Green Post base- firms and individua'is; locating sLuld beein^n thf homT United Methodist church,
ball schedule, that Mr. Cliampion and rejclaBming mortgage^ prop- xhose opposing Principal Atkin- __ _
will prepare grounds and main- eriy; and furnishing security argued he had given too D^f TjUflAV XlUX^C
tain city stadium and otherwise guards for businesses. many privileges to students and ^ 884 ■ ^8Jr VW Qd
assist the city recreation depare- Belt has been an agent for a Thursday’s student fv fff i j
ment in preparing and maintain- detective corporation in Greens- ||0j<0 W0|l||0j|.l
ing other ballyardis, that Sunday boro for the past year and one- discipline.
games will not begin before 2 half. He is bonded and licensed Grafton Withers, president of
KM Little Theatre K.'iS
- ^ • 1 Rites Conducted tng other* ballyarls that aunday boro for the past year anyone-
1^1 ^ L J Wr games will not begin before 2 half. He is ^ndi^ an^ licensed Grafton Wirheis,
I lf843ltlC PlinSlV Funerdl rites for Lalon Lee P' must be concluded by as a private detective by the state ^ ^ ^ G^be
nay upcilb rl luay
Of 12 To Stage
fiidated at the final rites, and champion.
tiroc ir» A^rnintixin .
Les, in cooperation with
were you there" and “When it ham - and • biscuits at Belwoed Thursday morning call.
Mr. tective work.
• * * ^*“-**‘F*''*‘- .}P comes vour time to speak, you then numerous other stops be- Onlv four city officers were on
dnterment m M untom R champion said his softball Mountain frern .Asheville at the • sfand.” On the fore the 4:30 p.m. Kings Mcun- duty at the school Tuesday and
leaguers" age ctf four holds severa dye^ Woiiesday.
Bi 1 Laughter, Stokes W igh , slow-pitQh softball and that m diff^enit Phases of police . people are afraid to admit Candidate Taylor did not at- Supf Jones defended Principal
Oliver Tate, Arthur Biltcliff. Bob worx. He said he hopes to remain ^ oufji. f
Huillender and Fred
RriHT«- —— ......... r youp kjds can’t fake it. Disclpline tract a large crowd here, likely Atkinson against the charge it
Among the competition are teams wnn me i(X.ai ponce aepartmeni respect have to start in the due to the fact his visit had lit- was a teacher who called his
Honorary pallbearers were dea- , national champions, m « reserve capacity,
cons of V/estover Baptist church ^he board voted to re-zone, on in ,
RnU i« marrio.ri tn thn fnrm#>r many of you White tie advancc Kings Mountaiii ptc.-^s office about Thursday's trouble.
, ,, * • Tn- ♦ — u J Vu.... parents have told your children, media notice. Beth the Mirror rather than the Principal. “I
Mountain R^st Office recommendatbn of the zoning don’t go out and associate with and Herald had published before wouldn’t have thought much of
the niggers?” the schedule was arranged on Mr. Atkinson had he left the
Steve Green, another white stu- Friday. r*-:u’jle to telephone. The teacher
dent, said he had seen five riots Ha.vever, the Lieutenant-Gov- who ca'lled d-id so at Mr. Atkin-
at the high school and “it’s no ernor made a quick hand-shaking son's instance."
personnel. bqard, 9.8 properly northeast of are parenU of a nine-year-old son,
IMr. Franks died suddenly Sat- j^^m suU.i'ban re- Aaron,
urday in the Kings Mountain ho^ sidential designation to two-fam-
pitai of a heart attack. ,He had jjy designaton, on pelltion of J.
Bill Bates, director of school-
kCs kn7one"foVgef'Wv7taTdoin community relati^^ for the
as an cight-year-old, Is mistaken Kings Mountain schools syst^,
for a C'hiropra'citor’s mistress and was elected chairman of the 1^3
complications really occur when United Fund at ihe anm.al Ur
tile doctor diwelcpcs amne.sia and awards banquet nday at the
Ill’s wife arrives on scene along 'Royal Villa Motor Inn.
with Ella’s granddaucrhler, hc^ LMarvin Teer, ydce-presidcnt of
hippie boyfriend, and a patient Fdrst Un:on National Bank, w-as
from a local rest hdme. Ella fur elected president and Becky
tiler compli'oa'tes things when she ScLm, secretary in the city
attempts to hide the doctor in ■schools, was named secretary-
o large built-in ottoman until he treasurer.
rccGVi rs frr.m his amne.sia. Several individuals and com-
Su T r.rting rclcs aire played by panles were presented awards for
Steve iBaily as the doctor; Sylvia their participation in last year’s
H. l.mvs as a New York author fund drive. Those included Mic-
who is a guc.st cf Ella’s; Ella’s key Bell, Bill Bates, Larry Mor-
Continitt’d On Page Six Continued On Pagd Sir
N. M. Fan Completed Duties Monday
After 32 Years As City Fireman
iN. M. Farr retired Monday af- chief of po’Ice for six years,
lor 32 years as a member of the iHe served two hitches in the
'K'ngs Mountain fire department. Marines, the later for three years
'Farr, who joined the fire de- during World War IT.
partment in 1910, said he ni"iw 'Farr Is married t,o the former
will work part-time with Harris Mary Summers of Statesville and
at neral Home. is the father of one daughter,
A native of Traveler’s Rest, Norma Farr Herndon of Kinig3
S. C. Farr moved to Kings Mountain. Mrs. Farr is on the
'Mountain from Swannanoa. N. C. nursing staff of MoGiill Cli'nilc.
in 1935. He served on the city The Farrs are memibers of Hoyce
police force for 13 years and was Memorial ARiP church.
been ill for two weeks with pneu- Wilson Crawford, owner,
A Kings Mountain native, he The board also voted to adver-
was the son of Mr and Mrs. tise for bids for a 1090-gallon
Continued On Page Six pumper f::r the fire department.
Wray A. 'Williams, Kings
Mountain farmer, continues to
improve in the Kings Mountain
hospital where he has been
hospitalized for several weeKs.
Supt. Jdnes said attendance
Continued On Page Six
To Gussie Reid
fun." He said of Mr. Atkinson: “I trip through the business district,
like Mr. A a lot. The whole I reminded him we had first
school was really scared. Mr. A met four years ago when he
is a good friend and I can’t see spoke at the Kings Mountain
ipeople cutting him down for no Lions club and was weighing the
reason." decision to run for lieutenant-
A Negro minister. Rev. Scott, governor,
pastor of N#w Bynum Chapel “You were worried,” I recalled,
church, said: “I think Mr. A’s a “about the threatened Candida- A Kings Mountain w man was
good man but he has to go. Socie- cies of thro<' financially well-en- killed and a Bessemer City man
ty looks to one rnan as the lead- d. wed prospects. Ike Belk, Voit critically injured in two-car
er and he mu.«t gain respcLt of Gilm re. and .Skipjx^r Bowles, and vrre.k last Friday one mile south
others to lead. However, mothers none of them offered.” of Kings Mountain on Highway
and fa:her-J, you’ve get to sclve Mr. Taylor laughed as he re- 1(31.
your problems. You can’t cvpec’l plied, “Ye.Th, hut one of ’cm’s
Mr. .A. to solve the problems cf running this time."
Continued On Page Six Centimud On Page Six
Student Riot Results In 10
Arrests. Eight lujured At KMHS
Killed was Gussie Belle Reid,
43, of 210 North Cansier Street.
She was prono unced dead at 1:40
p. m. Friday at the scene of the
Inju.ed was David S. Adams
Jr., 24, cf R ute 2, Bessemer city,
dr ver of the other car. Ho was
listed in “fair” c'ndiiion Wed
nesday at Kings Mountain ifos-
pital. He suffered head and chest
PINEWOOD DERBY WINNERS — The three Cub Scouts pictured above were winners of ^he 'cmnucd
Plnewood Derby sponsored by 26 Cubs ond Webe Xos of David Baptist church Friday received
hondsome trophies at the onnual Blue pnd Gold banquet. From left to right, Duane Brown, eon of
Mr, and Mrs. Jack A, Brown, third ploce winner; Kurt Camp, son of Mr. ond Mrs. Paul Camp, first
place winner; and Dan Loveloce, far right, second place winner. Den leaders ore Mr. and Mrs. Jock
A. Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Don Griffin. Presenting the awards is Scoutmoster Howard Gwofford.
By GARY STEWART all was quiet on Wednesday. Still,
At lea-'t eight Kings Mountain city police stayed on the sJcene.
high school students wore injurt'd At least 12 cars of city and
in a racial tret»-for-all last Thurs- county pc-Kce and highway patrol-
day at the high school and at men were at the school Thurs-
lea.st 10 more students have day. However, the serious fight-
been airrestod for various charges ing was over before the officers
stemming from t'he incident. arrived on the scene. ^ ^ ,
Local police officers have been S<‘liool was dismissed shortly conducted Wednesday at 4
on duty at the >chool since Thurs- bcf.ire noon Thursday and over P- L>ni:m C.iapel. Rev.
day around noon, after the fight- half of the student body wa.s ab-
ing eruFte<J in the commons area serit when it resumed on Friday
du.'ing an activity period. morning. Atkinson said Wednes-
Approximately 100 students day attendance was “about nor-
were in\Tlved in the fighting, mal.” ^
which saw chairs broken and Students arrested Friday, and Jersey and Mi*s. Elizabeth
their legs used as weapons. The the charhges filed, included: Casey cif New Y’ork; and tu’(AL
injured students were treated at Gunzo Feemster, 17, Route 2, brothers, Paul Rcid and Aaron
local doctor’s offices. King^ Mountain, violation of the Held, both^^ Kings Mountain.
Police arrested five students prohibition laws and resisting ar- Sons Fy^
Friday and five eanly this week, rest; James M. .McDaniel, 18, 615 Home wa-; in charge oJ K
t^ut Principal Jake Atkinson said Continued On Page Six arrangements. quar-
According to I'croris, the two
cars collider head on. N charges
have iKen filed ponding lurthor
Funeral ser\ ices for Mii's Rcid
Scott cfTiciated and burial was
in tiie church cc.T.etery.
She is survived by one son.
Jerry Rcid, cf Kings Mountain;
two sisters, Miss Cubic Reid of