Headline Inventory Reveals Year's
By GAHY STEWART in over 15 years when L. E.
Kings’ Mountain Di:.trict (Josh) 11 nnant, local bank exe-
Schools, the City of Kings Moun-; cutive, was elected to the board
tain versus Ui&B Ranch condemn- of county commissioners and
ation hearings, and a new (iO bed North C-a(olina got its first Re
nursing center drew much of the publican governor in over 70
news highlights during the year years when Jim Holshouser won
1972. I a clcse decision over Democrat
A revie^v of this year’s activi- Hargrove (Skipper) Howies,
tes as reporlcl in the Herald re- The local school system drew
I vealed that the city again en- much criticism from the public
I joyed a progressive year from the in .March wlicn student r ots re-
; .building standpoint as many suited in over 10 arrests. Peti-
1 new busines.5cs and housing de- tions asking for the dismissal of
I velopments were constructed. Principal J. C. Atkinson were cir-!
In aidition. Kings .Mountain cuIaltKl and later a ixdition con-,
[got its first county commissioner taining G35 names supporting At-:
kinson was handed over to the
board of education.
The racial problems apparently
were forgotten on Decemher 16
when area citizens passed by a
two to one marg n a $2.5 million
school bond issue.
The City versus B&b Ranch
hearings were in and out of court
and in Novem- er, a Superior
Court jury awarded B&B Ranch
$175,000 for land the city is ac-
(luiring for the Buffalo Creek
water proect. The city appealed
the dec sion, however, so those'
battles will* continue into the
coming year. I
News broke early in the year
that the city would get a 60-ed
nursing center but the year was
almost gone t>efore the dream
became a reality. Construction
began in November and the cen
ter should be completed in early
The following headlines reflect
only a small portion of the goals
met by the city:
1) City Will Issue $113,000
Rends For Its Share Of Sewer!
2) HefY»rd $3.4S5,G47 C ty Bud
get Is Adopted;
3) City Revenue Sharing Part
4) Final Approval Given Cans-
ler Redevelopment Project;
5) City Traffic Signalization In
The year also brought an
nouncement of a new shopping
center for the city. Macks and
Winn Dixie became the first
firms to announce that they
would build tn the new center,
to fce constructed by early '73.
Kings Mountain Hospital re
ceived a new Intensive Coronary
Care unit with all the funds com
ing fnjm local civic clubs and
businesses ar4 the local United
Fund goal of $33,450 was topped. |
Members of the city ijanilationj
department staged a strike for;
higher wages an<i hiMter working j
conditions; and Mayor John Mt)ss
named Gastonian Ro.sc<x* VV(M)len
as the head of that department.
The police department received
a new communications system,
the first of its kind in this part
of the state. In other police
news, a coroner’s inquest was
held after a woman was struck
and killed by a car di Aen by
Police Chief Thomas McDovitt
and a former city poIic\*man,
Michael Jenkins, of Bessemer
City w'as slain after stopping a
car for a routine check early one
Kings Mountain poire hell a
massive manhunt for^a .South
Carolina prison escapee, El ford
Guy Coker, who was later to be
declared an outlaw by Superior
Court Judge B. T. Falls. And
Chief McDovitt captured' an area
prison escapee inside the Gaston
County courthouse which was
filled with other area law en
forcement officials who did not
rerocnize the man.
The following headlines taken
from the Herald’s 1972 files re
veal some of ih«‘ major activities
of the yeaj:
C'ity RinUi.n i lual.^ .$3..305,518
Diuang Caleii'l.a’ '71; First Citi-
/.(■n.s (hand 0} ‘nin; Tentatively
Set Janu.:i\ ; Jf-'.n L. McGill
Nursing iloirc- Ai''e; Fired
luo-uin Ic- ■ m-i; Victoria
Adams Is D( i Vv nner; Boyce
GauU Wins Pi rnollun; Tax Col*
lections T fal Mayor
Asks Committer-- To Study And
Evaluate City 'li'^dfic Flow; M.
U Wilstai' . Uke^ Conducted; Pl^-
tic Priifu.eis l-'irm Announces Ex-
I Continu<'d On Paye EiyM
T/reater Kings M *nin 21.914
...< Gv«at«r Mountola jur* U d»..T«d lioca tM
apw'inl Untted Stotns Bureau of tba Ceoiu* it*pur< c
»oavary includw ‘b« 14.890 population c
4 Townsbtp. and tudi remoimog 6.i24 (rot
^ fo-viuhip. tr Cioveland County and Crowdor
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VOL. 83 No. 52
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, December 28, 1972
PRUCE T- I. CENTS
heck Posted With Clerk For Ambrose Cline Au
Mayor Lists |
Goals For 1973
Bt MARTIN HARMON j
Doubling of the capacity of thoj
Buffalo Cicek water treatment;
tnt lo eight million gallons j
is among a dozen goals of I
gity-for calendar 1973,- for:
ag and/or . co.r.pibtion,;
|ohn Henry Most said
najor projects on the
png hoards include the
a second file dcgiart-
on, iH*w <iuarteis for
fc‘e department, and a
l>Uc utiliti/ building. .
The Mayor declared, ‘T eyovc
these objectives cen I'c ar.; cved
without an increase in vx'i r.ile.”
The Mayor i^soed a call for
^ !M another K’M) hous'ng unit-, pub-
\ iS lie and/or private, reitering his
™ call three ycaio ago tor a lODd
units which goal, he said, has
. iH-m virtually achieve I. He con-
tiniH'd, “Even with the achieve
ment of the initial goal, Kings
Moimta n remains a very tight
heusing market. With the coop
eration roeeived by builders and
loan institutions during the past
three years, the good job can b(»
repeated. The city will offer its
full ctKJiK’iation to private builJ-
crs.in servicing their construc
1) CtM)iK*ralion with the mnv
stale administration in seeing
construction begin on the US 74
2) Street improvements with
emphasis on an uiulerpass to
eliminate three ra 1 cros'-ings
Gold street, Maiiney Mill, and
Cedar street at Kings Mountain
Cotton OH ('ompnny. and the wid
ening of East 'Gol 1 slnM't from
ualtlegrcund to York Road.
3) Promotion of "'emi ne int*'r-
est and action in the downtown
kl.nsiness section renewal praje t.
r 4) Launching (*f ihe Cansler
area ur'^an ren<i\val project.
5) Establishment of a water
jse pol cv.
6) Installation of a drive in
window for use of utility hill-
7) Creation of a pu Me day
care cenler at the commiindy
End On Tuesday
Holidays will bo over Tues
day morning for 1.500 district
pup Is an 1 t<'aehers as they
i'eturn lo s(ho<»l.
'School tolls will ring at 8:30
Treatment Plant Capacity May Be Doubled
I Funeral Moniay
For Frank Ballard
SUCCUMBS — Frcmk Ballard,
former grocer, died Friday. Fu
neral rites were held Christmas
Day from Grace Methodist
Miss Vergie Harmon, 75, of
Kings Mountain, died at 5 p. m.
WodiH'iday. Dec. 20, in Sheiby
i Convalescent Center.
i A native of Cleveland county,
isi i' w.is ilu’ liaughter of the late
Mr. and 5irs. Alexander Lee Ilar-
i She w:is a memltor c. Central
United .Methodist church of Kings
Mountain, and was a former rc-
icptionist in the office of the late
Dr. J. E. Anthony.
She is survived by one sister,
.Mrs. John Marcus of Morganton.
Funeral services vv<'re conduct
ed Friday at 3 p. m. at Harris
Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev.
Uasclni Wauglt and the R: v. D.
. A! ierman. lJurial was in Moun
tain llc.st et'metory.
S Heart Ailment
I To Ex-Grocer
j M'lS'^n c funeral rites for Frank
I Ballard, 56, former owner and
; manager of Phenix Mill Store,
I were, conducted Mom-ay after-
I noon at 3 p.m. frr.n Grace Unit
e.i Mrtho^llst church of which he
was a member.
Rev. N. C. Hush officiated at
the funeral rites, and interment,
with masonic rites by Fairview
L(Kige 339 AF&AM, was in Moun
tain Rest cemeten.-.
Mr. Ballard died Fr day morn
ing at 7:30 in the Kings Moun
tain hospital after declining
health for some time.
lie was I.ay leader of Grace
United Meth<’dist church and
teacher of the Men’s class for
many years. Ho was a Past Mas
ter of F'airvicw Lodge 339 AF&
AM ami a veteran of service dur
ing World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Janet Hugnos Ballard; one broth
er, Warren Ballaixl of Kings
Mountain; and three sisters, Mrs.
Howard Hyde of Shelby, Mrs.
Mary Pollen Norris of Charlotte
and Mrs. Clyde Noblett of Bes
ON DEAN'S UST
Walter (Hutch) Boyd, son of
Mr. and .Mrs. Bob Boyd of Kings
Moiintaiin, urrs listed <m the
dean’s list for the winter quar
ter at Wo.stern Candina Uni
versity at Cullowhcc where he
is a senior.
Funeral riles fer Jobnie Joe,
Stewart, S('. of route 1. Grover.'
will be conducted Thursday after
noon at 3:?0 from the Chai>el of
Harris Funeral Home.
Rev. Hardy Medlin and Rev.
Julius Uee will officiate at the
final rile:J, and Interment will be
in Grover cemetery.
York County, S. C. coroner A.
Y. l eslie lulci yo terday that no
foul play was invoIvtHl in the
I death of Stewart, whose body
was found wa.shoi ashore Tues
day on Lake Wylie.
i.eslie said that Stewart, who
liad left his home Dee. IS, appar-
rently died of accidental drown
Stewart, who had been em
ployed by the mill department of
Continued On Patjr FAnht
In Key 73
Kings Mountain ministers will
conduct a city-wide census on
church attendance and head up
a teen crusade during 1973 as a
“Key 73” venture in which 150
denominations in America are
In add lion, ministers are in
viting pariicipation in “Noon
prayer call”, asking that “wher-,
ever you arc, in a car, in your
lu mc, or at the home of a friend, i
stop at noon and sc?ck God’s
mercy upon yourselves and all ;
who arc ne:ir and dear to you.” I
Tim yoar-long. inter lenomina- I
t'onal effort, began on Christmas
Day with the first of a two-week
perk'd of newnt me prayers fori
its success, involves both Roman !
(^atholics and most of all of Pro i
Called “Key 73”, its theme is
■‘I’alling Our Continent To I
Christ”. Taking part are funda-,
mcntalisis, conservatives, liber-1
als, mcxlcrates and small and
large denominations that previ-
ou.sly have shunncfi ecumenical
activities, sucli as the big South
ern Baptist Convention and Luth
eran Shurch .Missouri Synod, as
vv( 11 as ecumenical-minded, main-
The Kings Mountain Ministerial
1 Continn('ii ;0» Page Eight
For New Year 73
HONORED •— John W. Gladden
was honored by the American
Legion Auxiliary as "Mr. Le
gionnaire of 1972" ot the
Christmas dinner-dance of the
American Legion Saturday
Continued On Page Eight
Kings Mountain area citizens
I will celebrate the demise of one
I year and the beginning of an
other Sunday, a& 1972 expires at
i Tlie event will l>e celebrated by i
semi public and private parties i
and at least one church function j
IS planned. |
I Grace United Methodist church
' IS planning entertainment and re-
' freshments in the the church fel
lowship hall from 10:30 until
11:30 p. m. with a worship seiv-
ico and communion from 11:30
until midnight in the church
sanctuary. Rev. N. C- Bush will
lead the worship service -ancl
; members of the Scss on will
serve the Last Supper to the
worshipers. Rev. Mr. Bush said
the interested community is in-
I vitod to join the local congrega-
I tion in the Watch Night program.
American Legion Post 155 will
hold its New Year’s Eve danw
on Saturday night from 9 until
12 p. m. with dancing to music
by “The Blue Velvets.”
Kings Mountain Country club
Continued On Pagt' Eight
72 File Copies
The Kings Mountain Herald
is in need of three Herald
editions of 1972 for file copu's
and will pay 25 cents each for
full copicjv of ilic editions.
They an? the issues of Feb
ruary 10. 1972; April 27, 1972;
and May IS, 1972.
Readers with these copies
are asked to bring them to the
Herald office on S. Piinlmont
uy MARTIN HARMON
The City of Kn gs 5Iounta;n is
aparently "home'’ on propej'ty
a(‘(juisiticn for the Buffalo Ct'.''
Tin* city dei)ositrd a cl:
S97.(iOO to -Mr. and Mrs. A
Clinc with Mrs. Ruth S. Dedrr.m.
- Icrk of ;'Ui>e)-ior ('our:, Wednes
day afternoon. Tlie amount rep-
josents the amount of the tliro
mcmi:er commis.sion award and
confirmed by -Mrs. Dediriou.
Th<* city now has use- of all
the pnjperlies it requires t.'' com
plete the resevoir projocu
Only ,/ar to final err: / ‘
vvuuki be injunctive ret cn n :3.
part of the Ambrose £' d
Ji)hn D. ( line to prevent the
from completing the project: i
al grubbing and clearin',
mcnih's w(u k by enginrer w c:-
limaies. weather poriritfng,
actual plugging (T the five frot
(liameli r p pc at the b-.-‘ •
The three-rrem’• r <>. m’*"'' b n
: in the Ambrose Clinn liUgdhm
in lu lod Wray A- Plonk, CiiuJ _
nominee, Ro/evt Da
I nominee, and Joe Ur er, Ml-.
Ik'dmon'j apnoiuu'c. 'I i.e t-itv is
acviu ring 10:;..52 aci s ( f the
Ambrose Cline Ian i. and Urn im
provements thereon, including a
T)io Ambrose Cline remainmg
lands will inclu ic appvo'dnietely
a mile t50.'''6 fecit of lake front
! Both the Clines and U'e city
jhave the right to aupeal the .-en-
I mission award to SupC'r'or CoiTt
! for jury trial.
John D. t'line has arc-r ilod li ?
commission award af ST’.7(Ki. c'c-
lH'ct<*d to .'<• trie.d at the lU'xt
civil term of Superior
Tlio go-aheai on the U'lfkdo
Cre<‘k wat'U' proif t ve ' ■n
bv the city commiss; n in July
Marion Jackson, Txtased Textile
Man, Dies; Bites Thursday At 3
Johnny Marion Jacksan. TS.
of 2i)l)i) .Midpincs, d ed Tuesilay
morning at 7:1) in the Kings
.Mountain hospital fol’owing de
clining hc*alll) of .scver:il months.
.Mr. Jackson was a native of
Gaston n)unty and a retired i
tile employee. He wa.s a veteran
of World War 1 service.
Surviving are three sons. Frank
Jackson, George Jackson and
Stonewall Jackson, all of Kings
Mounta n; three daughters, .Mrs.
Foyd Allmond and Mrs. Bill Ram
sey, both of Kings .Mountain, and
Mrs. Jesse Krisbee of Gastonia;
two biaulier.-., Russel Jackson of
McAdenville and Lb»yd Jackson
of Dallas, tliriv sisters. Mis. Del
la Boliek and .Miss IV.irl Jerk-
son. both of Bemont, and Mr.s.
'Willie Lee Co‘?sirk of MeJ Un-
ville; his stepmother, Mr;, ‘MoCV'’
Jackson of M''\dcnvpe': T)
■ erandebi’dr n an.l se\ . a grcal-
i gr 'n:l’hibh '^n.
Funeral rites will 1 e Cf e h - '
Tlmrsday aMeir' 'cn at ” n.m.
from C'’na:ui Meihr i; -.t fh ’r '• ’n
I York Criuity. S. C. li'v. J 'hii
: I razier, Rev. M P. I eo rn ’ ]p'V.
Thomas Rogers will «* .hi et
the fined rite-; and nterwent wVA
be in the chureh ('^mo:
The tody will lie in stiote at
' Ihe home at 2'.)C^) Midp res un
til 30 minutes bel'c're tin.' i ’c?
when it will lu‘ taken to tiic
' Pallboarei* will in duile Jm^'cs
Chilirrs, R(; ert Odlder^. M ke
Jackson. Larry Orcv*n. C.ene Go-
forlJi ami Thomas F'erry.