Ckeoter Kings Mountain 21.914
The Greater Kings Mountain figure Is derived from the
Special United States Bureau of the Census report of
fonuory. 18S6, and Includes the 14,990 populotlon of
Number 4 Township, and the remaining 6,124 from
Humber 5 Township, in Cleveland County and Crowders
Mountain Township In Gaston County.
VOL. 84 No. I
Kings Moontoin's Reliable Newspaper
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, January 4, 1973
PRICE TEN CENTS
City Building Permits At Record $3,521,850 In 72
chools Speeding Building
Plans In Wake Of Bond Vote
In special breakfast meeting
.Vodnesday morning, the Kings
Mountain district board of edu
cation moved to speed its upcom
ing building program tiy appoint
ment of five com-nittees with
Two of the committees—bud
get and architect selection—^went
(b work Wednesday night.
Chairman George H. Manuey
named the committees as follows:
1 Budget — himself chairman,
Tommy Bridges and J. E. Hern
Architect selection—P. A. Fran
cis, chairman, Alec Owens and
Junior high school plarm.'ng
conrmittce - Mr. Owens, chair
man, Mr. Francis. Mr. Herndon,
and Fred Witliors, principal of
High schoo^ auditorium .com
mittee — Mr. Herndon, chair
man, Mr. Mauney, Mr. Bridges,
and Jake Atkinson, high school
principal, Mr. Owens and Mr.
I'lti Board members indicated they
* hope to launch construction in
VjSupierintendent Don Jones es-
tad the new junior high
hool will cost between $1.5 to
$l.f ndUion, based on recent cost
jlgu’eaon like construction.
He iso said that, witli normal
capital outlay local funds plus
' ■ sales the budget committee
Vith have approximately $2.8
million to allocate during the fis
cal year starting July 1.
' Supt. Jones saw he anticipated
the bonds’ will be sold in early
He reported eight architectural
firms have asked consideration
for the work, six applications for
mal and two by personal contact.
Jerry E, Parker
Area’s First Baby
At 8:56 A.M.
New Year's Day
Belle Store Fire
Kings Mountain firemen an
swered their first call of the year
shoBtly after 12 noon Wednesday
when they extinguished a minor
fire in the basement of Belk’s
A speriteeman for the dirpart-
ment store said an elei triical
shortage in a waTer pump caus
ed the fire.
No damage was rcpoi?e5[
Funeral rites for Mrs. Virgie
J Payne McDaniel, 84, of 1277 Btarr
jilrive, Atlanta, Ga., formerly of
rKings Mountain, were conducted
Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
1 from Bethlehem Baptist church.
Rev. Russell Fitts officiateil at
final rites, and interment
'w<s in Bethlehem cemetery.
' Ilirs. McDaniel died Sunday
after several weeks illness. 8he
was a native of Gaston County,
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs,
Thomas Lee Payne, and widow'
of Woodford Abernethy McDan
Surviving are one brother, I..
A. Payne of Silver Spring, Md ;
two sisters, Mrs. Joe Lewis ani
Mrs. Marshail Teeter, both of
Richmond, Va., and several niecfr
nephews In this area.
Harris Funeral Home was in
liarge of funeral arrangements.
Kings Mountain Police have
charged Kenneth Ray Hunts! ngcr
of Gastonia with a larceny which
alledgedly occured Sunday at
Pine Manor Apartments.
ACoardiing to the police, an
■adding machine end typewriter,
valued at $400, were Stolen a-
round 12:15 a.m.
Huntsinger is reportedly em
ployed by Pine Manor as a secur
CAPTAIN — Dalbart Dixon has
been ro-eleetod Coptodn cf th«
Kings K^ODstain RMctM Squad
fox the coming Toex. Othex new
offioexs Ate Fixet Lt. Beb Hope;
Second Lt. EoxI HolUiield; Sgt.
Gene Champion; Socxetoiy
Keith Bowen omd Txoasuiex'
For Tax lasting
Tax listing for 1973 began
Tuesday and will continue
through Feb. 2.
Number four township tax lis
ters will be at City Hall in Kings
Mountain on Monday through
Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5
p.m. In addition, Saturday list
ing, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.,
will ibe held on Jan. 6 and Jan.
The tax listers will be In Gro
ver on two Saturdays, Jan. 13
and 27. They will be at the Gro
ver Rescue Squad building from
8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on those
Tax listers for number four
township are J: Ediwin Moore,
Mrs. Betty Ballard an^d Mrs. Sa
Citizens of number five town
ship may list their taxes at the
home of tax lister George Murray
Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Satur
days from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.
Persons who listed taxes ' for
the year 1972 have the option of
listing by mail. Forms have al
ready teen mailed out by the
county tax supervisor.. However,
listing by mail is not required.
New listers must list their tax
es in person.
Jerry Eva-ns Parker, six pounds,
four ounce ibaby boy, is winner
of the Kings Mountain Herald’s
First Baby Derby of 1973.
Young 'Parker, first boy on
family of three girls, weighed In
at 8:56 a m. New Year’s Day at
Kings Mountain hospital.
He is the fourth child of Mr.
and Mrs. Carl Evans Parker of
route three. Mr. Parker is a
building contractor. Mrs. Parker
Is the lormer Joan Alexander of
pr. Charles Adams was the
Jerry Evans Parker boasts
headful of black hair, has blue
He has three sisters: DBbr)rah
age 14; Sherry, age 10; and Lisa,
fProud grandparents are Mrs
L. B. Alexander of Kings Moun
tain and Mr. and Mrs. Odell Par
ker of Shelby.
'Kings Mountain merchants who
are showering the new arrival
with gifts are Kings Mountain
Drug Company; Kings Mountain
Savings & Loan Association
Willie’s Jewelry; Kings Mountain
Herald; Dellinger’s Jewel Shop
McGinnis Department Store
Lynch Furniture company and
The prizes awaiting the Parker
family are detailed in a two-
page advertisement in today’s
Kings (Mountain Improvement
Association will meet Sunday
afternoon at 4 -p.m. at the Com
munity Center for regular
meeting. President Jamies Ad
ams invites all members and
interested citizens to attend.
■Ambrose Cline has filed notice
of appeal of the three-member
commission award for property
the city of Kings Mountain is
seeking for the Buffalo Creek
The case has been transferred
to the next civil term of Superior
Court beginning Feb. 12, accord
ing to Mrs. Ruth Dedmon, Su
perior Court clerk.
The city ol Kings Mountain de
posited last week a check for
$97,000 to Mr. and Mrs. Cline
with the clerk of Superior Court
The amount represents the com
mission’s award for the property
and confirmed by -Mrs. Dedmon.
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Rush Tax Office
The city buslijess office was
a busy place from Thursday
through Tuesday, as citizens
paid 1972 tax accounts totaling
$102,562 and thereby avoided
penalty on their tax bills.
The city thus collected before
penalty day Wednesday 83 per
cent of the $368,222 budget esti
mate from ad valorem taxes
and 78 percent of the $394,364
total ad valorem levy for the
current fiscal year.
Gay Hosiery Mill Will Construct
$300,080 Adftion, Add 20 People
Gay Hosiery Mill has announc- to our present operation.”
xl a $300,000 addition to its plant
on East Gold street that will add
15 to 20 employees.
George Ruppe of Gay Hosiery
lequested at last Thursday’s city
loard meeting that a tract of
iind behind the plant be rezon-
ei from residential to heavy in-
clostry. The request was granted.
Ruppe said the addition would
be “a new plant directly related
’The addition will consist of one
building of a-’oout 4,800 saqure
feet. The property is 100 feet wide
by 250 feet long.
The addition, Ruppe said, would
allow the plant to increase by
3,000 dozen pairs of hosiery i>er
No completion date has -been
set but Ruppe said work would
begin right away.
By GARY S’TEWART
A six-man coroner’s jury Tues
day night ruled that Charles
(Chip) McCarter, 18, died an ac
Young iMicCarter was shot on
the night of -Nov. 11 at a cabin
at Lake 'Montonia and later died
in a Charlotte -hospial.
Dr. Hobtart Wood, a Mecklen
burg County medical examiner,
had earlier ruled that McCarter
Eight witnesses testified at the
two-hour inquest, which was call
ed by Cleveland County Coroner
-M, D. (Bub) Walker. The -inquesl
was held at City Hall 'in Kings
Attorney Jim Funderburk ques
tioned Wayne Lowery, Clark
Mauney, Tommy Baker, Jr., Ed
win Campbell, Cathy Leonard,
Ron-nie liaiwkins and Pless -MiU-
lilts, all of whom were reported
ly at the cabin when the shoot
ing occurred. Several other young
people who were at the cabin
did not appear to testify.
Also tesHfying was Sheriffs
Deputy Dale Costner, who invest!-
gated the InoidenL
TestiiiAmy revealed that soiiiv'
young peo-ple were having a
party and M<Carter pointed a pfe-
t<g to his head. 'The witnesses
said McCarter “was always Jok
ing around,” thus, they -paid no
attention to him.
McCarter reportedly told one
person that he was going to com-
nxltt suicide and one witness
testified that McCarter odeked
the gun “once, maybe twlc*” and
pulled the trigger, but nothing
'The iristol used in the Incideivt
belonged to Robert -Bcnfield, one
of the persons present at the
party. However, Ttenfleld was ■not
present at -the hearirtg.
Clark Mauney testified that
Bcnfield had come ito Kings
Mountain for a visit and 'had
brought two pistols and a rifle
to take target practice. Mauney
said he, Benfield and Phillip
Ridge had been target practicing
earlier in the day.
Members of the Jury were Will
ard (Boyles, foreman. Henry
Lewis, James Yarbro, 0. T. Hayes,
Jr., Fain Hambright, and Yates
BEF. JACK RRTNS
SENATOR MARSHAL RAUCH
. ' \t^ ' ■
REP. W. K. MAUNEY, JR.
REP. ROBERT Z. FALLS
REP. BOB JONES
Take Oaths Friday
The city board of commission
ers Thursday night approved five
rezoning requests but tabled a re
quest from Phillips Development
Corporation to build KX) units of
apartments just west of the city
George Lusk of Phillips re
quested that two parcels of prop
erty be rezonned for apartment
He requested a nine-acre tract
:e rezoned from R-20 to R-6
where multi-family dwellings are
planned and requested a 24.898-
acre adjoining site be rezoned
from R-20 to RHO to permit sin
gle-family units to be built.
The zoning board had recom
mended the 24.898 acre site but
recommended that the nine-acre
tract request -be denied. Commis
sioners agreed to table the re
quest and give the corporation
time to appear before the city’s
zoning and planning boards to
further explain its building plans.
(Lusk argued that the sites arc
the only parcels of land in
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I I^ost Ol Haircut
Is Going Up
The cost of a hair cut is in
creasing, menffbers of the Kings
Mountain Barbers Association
announce this week.
The barbers say it is their
first Increase in seven years and
’’due to the high cost of Uving.”
New rates at local barber shops
went into effect January 1.
Claude Clary, 63, died sudden
Funeral rites will be held Fri
day afternoon at 2 p.m. from
Gaffney’s East Gaffney Baptist
church with interment in Oak-
The family will receive friend.s
at Shuford - Hatcher Funeral
Home Thursday n'ght from 7 un
Mr. CHary was brother of J. C
Clary of Kings Mountain.
Also surviving are two sons,
'Billy Joe Clary of Charlotte and
Eddie Gene Clary of Cherokee
Falls. S C; one sister, Mrs. Ruth
Clary Parker of Gaffney, S. C.;
and a brother, Dewey Clary of
To Receive Bids
Kings Mountain Redevelop
ment Commission will receive
bids up to 1 pjm. Tuesday on
$580,000 in project motes, a re
funding for business district re-
devclopmenit ipmojeot for ■which
$820,0(X) in motes were issued last
’The -n'otes are to be dated Feb
ruary 6 and aire to mature Feb
ruary 1, 1974. •
Meantime, Gene White com
mission director said, the com-
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A 71-year old Kings Mountain
Negro man died Friday night
when fire destroyed his mobile
Russell Moore of Route 3 was
pronounced dead on arrival at
Kings Mountain Hospital at ap
proximately 10:20 p.m.
Medical examiner Dr. George
Plonk and Dr. Paige Hudson of
Chapel Hill said cause of death
was from burns and added that
the body was burned nearly be
yond recognition. An autopsy
Oak Grove Volunteer F re De
partment answered the call -but
reported that the mobile home
was completely burned by the
time they arrived. The home had
no electricity and the fire appar
ently started from an old coal
Moore’s body reporterily was
found on the floor about six feet
from the door. Moore lived alone.
Dr. Plonk said his invesHgation
indicated no signs of foul play.
Funeral rites were conducted
Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the
Chapel of J. W. Gill & Son fun
eral Home l-y Rev. R. O. Davis
and interment was in Vestibule
BY MARTIN HARMON
Kings Mourrtaln had a record
construction year in 1972 — by
a half million doll.irs, and for a
grand total of $3,521,850.50, cite/
Building Inspector Woodrow W.
J.aughter reported Wednesday.
The total value is represented
by city building permits purchas
ed during 1972.
Last year’s total barely topped
Residential building was the
October was the biggest month,
with permit values slightly shy
of the million mark. Slowest
months were July and Decem
Mr. Laughter gave this break,
137 new single family dwell
12 apartments $120,000.
7 Moifile homes $43224.
Residential additions and alter
All other residential building
Other than buildin?s (drive
ways, fences, etc.) $6572.
3 industrial buildings $353,300.
10 commercial buildings $193,-
Rescue squad, school, church,
lodges, and nursing home $376,-
Mayor John Henry Moss, pleas
ed at the record total, predicted,
“1973 will be an even bigger year
for building in Kings Mountain.”
Three-term Representative W.
K. (Billy) Mauney, Jr., of 'Kings
Mountain, will be sworn as a
North Carolina Senator, one of
three from the 25th Senatorial
District of Cleveland, Rutherford,
Gaston and Lincoln Counties, on
Wednesday, as the 1973 North
Carolina General Assembly con
venes in Raleigh.
Senator-Elect and Mrs. Mauney,
their daughter, Miss .Martha Jane
Mauney, and Ken Bumgardner of
Kings \Iiountain ■will go to Dur
ham today to tre house-guests at
another 'Mauney daughter and
son-in-ilaw, Mr. and Mis. David
Faiunce. ’The tamiily will attend
the imugurall festivities tonight
at 7:30 in William Neal Reynolds
Coliseum on the campus of -North
Carolina State University where
Martha 'Jane Mauney will be
one of the ^nsors and Bum
gardner will be her marshal for
the formial ball honoring Govern
or and 'Mrs. Jim Holshouser.
A Coffee Hour at the 'Raleigh
Woman's club Thursday at 1 p.
m. will honor -the ball sponsors
and their marshals which Miss
Mauney and -Mir. -Bumgardner
The three Senators-Elect from
the 25th District, each represent
ing 100,000 persons, are 'Mauney,
Marshall (Rauch of Gastonia and
Jack Rhyne of Beilmont.
IRepresentatives-Elect from the
House from Gaston, (Cleveland,
Rutherford and Polk counties,
each representing 45,0(X) persons,
are Bob (Falls of Shelby, Jack
Hunt of Latthnore, and -Bob Jones
of Forest City.
Senator J. Ollie Harris of Rings
Mountain plans -to attend the
oath-taking ceremonies Friday
on the east la'wn of the Capitol.
Senator -Hiarris, who did not seek
re-eleotkm, is comlpleting his
first term in the Senate.
Republican Jim Holshouser, 38,
of Boone, will refcelvc the oath of
office from CMef Ju.stice William
H. Babbitt to mark the transition
of North Carolina’s government
frim Democratic (control in an
outdoor setting filled with the
pomp and pagentry of tradition
Governor Holshouser -will bo-1 the : ’.st week was to Frank B.
come the first Republican chiief i Glass Post 9811 for an addition
executive since Gov. Donald Rus- to the post building off Margrace
sell gave up his office in Janu-^Road. The addition is estimated
f Continued On Page Eight) to cost $13,533 and Marion Dixon
Scott Appoints :
Twenty-seventh Judicial Dis'
trict Court Solicitor Max Harris
was appointed Friday by Gov.
Robert Scott as a judge in theY"’’'
district to replace retiring Judge
Harris had been recommended
to the Governor by the 27th Ju
dicial District -Bar association in
a special meeting held Dec. U.
Judge Mull’s retirement due to
poor health became official Mon
The Governor traditionally ac
cepts the recommendation of
members of the judicial district
bar when filling vacancies on the
Harris joints Judges Lewis Bul-
winkle, Ralph Phillips, Oscar
Mason and Robert Kirby as dis
trict court judges in the 27th
The appointment of Harris is
one of the last official acts Gov.
Scott will perform beforte he
leaves office Friday.
A native of Cleveland county
Harris is married to the f-ormer
Sara Daves of Mooresboro. They
have a daughter. Sandra, age 17.
Harris, a district court solicitor
si’.ice the position was created in
1959, is a graduate of Wake For
est Law school and attended
Gardner-Webb college and West
ern Carolina University. He re
turned to Shelby after graduating
from Wake Forest in 1958 and
began practicing law. He is a
member of Boiling Springs Bap
tist church, the state, county
and district bar associations and
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs.;Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity.
Macic M. Simpson of Charlotte;*
Senator J. Ollie Harris ret-urn-
od Friday from Independence,
Mo. where he attended the funer
al Thursday of Former President
Harry S. Truman. The rites were
held in the Truman Library.
Senator Harris . also attended
funeral rites for two other form
er presidents of the United
States: President John F. Ken
nedy and President Dwight Da
seven grandchihiren and nine
Funeral rites for Harvey Mode,
S3, of Burlington, former resident
of Kings Mountain, were conduct
ed Tuesday in Burlington.
Mr. Mode was a retired carpen
New SSSiOOO Office For Sadie Iffill,
VFW Post Building $13^ Addition
Sadie Cotton Mills has launch
ed construction of a new $55,000
The building will Ibe masonry.
Contractor is Howard Construc
tion Company of Lincointon, and
architect,is J. L. Beam, Jr., of
Another permit issued during
Permit for construction of a
dwelling, estimated to cost
$19,700, at 414 Somerset Drive
was issued to Camp Development
Perimeter zoning permit was
issued to Hal Morris for addition
of a body shop building to his
garage and permit for placement
of a trailer in the perimeter area
on Bessemer City road was also