Greater Kings MountoinT*^ ^21.^4
The Greater Kings Mountain figure Is derived from the
Special United Slates Bureau of the Census report of
fanuary, 1966. and includes the 14,990 populatioii of
Number 4 Township, and the remaining 6.124 from
Number 5 Township, In Cleveland County and Crowders
Mountain Township In Gaston County.
Kings Mountain's Reliable NewsooDor
YoL 84 No. 26
Kings Mountain, N. C., Thursday, June 28, 1973
PRICE TEN CENTS
Weeks Holiday Starts Saturday At Many Plants
Legion Auxiliary Cops State Awards
Unit Is Winner
Of Eight Honois
is D. Greon Unit Aux-
iliaiy ui Kini^s Mouiila n copi-vicl
rii;ht major awaivis anJ tluec
fovflfti Siivrr cuii.s at liie annual
stale convention t)l tiio American
I.eyion and Aux liary in Char-
loUe during the weekend.
Over l.UOO Legionnaires and
Auxiliary niemoera aiteiuici the
convt nl.on ihursday inrougn
iJundaj^ at White Jioese Inn.
Kings Aiounlain was liie tep
wiiiii,.! among the ‘^20 units in the
slate, reLtwmg top a.\aius .n
iSiUer and Ine Le^.at Liiioni
I .\1< mivCfsaip li'opiiy aiui me cuv-
1 et('d LJessie lienaerstm Kusi 'tro-
* pliy, a Sliver cup lur work .n
in a e/ilion, Kings .Mountain:
won a Comniun tanons iropiiy, j
Xiifst place on its Instory, a C ivil
tjcieiise ccriiiicale and the state
I Mid. cri ituil, vice i-resident
In V' mciii JO* sii.i) ciKi.r.iiaii, rc-
/r.ve.i a ■ vjreeii 'riiunio plaque
a double go-geller, liaving
signed ui) 2i\ ne w ^jon.or nieinLeis
during the year.
.MiS;s 'mi/., eih Stewart Kings
Moumain unit pres.dent tlie past
two years, was instanc'd as Dis
trict 23 presi lent succeeding Mrs.
Hubt'i’t 'ci. i.Mcitor.c of Rutiieriord-
ton. Miss Stewart was also elect
ed an alternate delegate to the
national convention in Honolulu,
Jl^aii in August.
people attending the con-
v^mion were .Miss Ste^van, .Wi*-
Hulf, uMrs. Oiangrel Joliy, s*aie
field serviev cliairman, .dis.
Stonewall Jackson aial
Charles llampum, unit s ng'a...
at-arms; Mrs. Leonard Gainole
unit chatil.t.n, C ommaiuler Liiul-1
bergh Dixon, Mr. and -Mrs. Leroy
Ilammell, Jiiiin \V'. Gladdeii, Ciciie ,
Tignor, District Commander Dob
Davies, Carl Wilson and J.m
11 brd Graveyard
HONORS fro ^GXON FiUXILIARY Kings Mountain Unit 155
brought 1x0016 the American Legion Auxiliary's top awards from
the annual ^tate convention in Charlotte. Mrs. J. Frank iRoy of
Hillsboroughr left, state president, and Revert McRorie of
Rutherfordton, District 23 president, congratulate Unit 155
President Elizabeth Stewart, 'right, who accepted the awards
for the 111 members. M ss 'Stewart, completing her second
term, will ^succeed Mrs. McRorie.
Wanted: Pretty giils to enter
the Mi.ss Be.ssemer City beauty
pageant August 11th in Besscimer
Jayceos of neighb^iring Besse
mer City placed this S.O.S. this
week f-or entrants in tlieir up-
c'cming beauty jiageant.
Young ladies wlio reaeh age
18 by June li)74 are eligible to
j)ari*L ipatc and are eneouraged
to eontaci: Steve Lynch, chair-
man, 629-3152 or 864-2866. for
Contestants will perform in
evening dress, swimsuit and tal
ent c*omipeti’tion and the vvinner
will rc'prcsent Bessemer Cit^.Li
next year’s Miss N. C. beauty
Miss Betty Sue Cobb of Besse-
• City is the reigning ‘-Miss
Claudia Turner Wells, televi
sion personality who is bc.st
known for the “Pet Milk*' com-
mt'reials, will serve a.s master of
ceremonies for the pageant.
Johnny Hedgepath is president
of Bessemer City Jaycces.
Kings Mountain Jayeees did
not sponsor a pageant this year
because of lack of contestants.
Will Be Cut In
Set at $105,000
Tlic city will activate its sec
ond cleetri’cal sub-station Sun
day afternoon as it begins tak
ing pc:wcr at the newly-eomplel-
cd station on the west ivide of
The new power receiving sta
tion, erected at a cost of $45,000,
anl other system improvemcMUs
totaling approximately $G0,0O(),
will l» proxido the city distri
bution system a capacity in
erea.se from 12.(X)0 kilowatts to
14,500 and 2) will provide the
whole city balanecd voltage.
The other improvt'monts are
installation of regulators on all
of the .seven cireuits in the sys
tem, with six already installed,
and the seventh to be installed
within 15 days.
The new sub-station is located
on property obtained by the city
ConiiniK’d On KujtU
Some York Road
Power Oil Sunday
The city will curtail power
service on York road south of
Gold street at 1 o'ehx'k Sun
day afternoon to 3 o’clock.
Tlie cut-off will enable the
city electrical department to
cut over a i>ort'ion of its sys
tem to receive service from the
new York r.tad sub-station.
Funeral Rites Held On Tuesday
For Mis. Bryan Herd, 72- Teacher
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie
Lee Whitesides Hord, 72, were
conducted Tuesday afternoon at
4 p.m. from Kings Mountain Bap
tist church of which she was a
Mrs. Hord succumbed Sunday
morning of a heart attack at
D:20 a.m. in the Kings Moun
tain ho.spit'al. She had been in
ill health for six weeks.
A rcdiired public schix)! tcalcli-
er, Mirs. Hord had .served as a
substitute teacher until her re
She w*as widow of WUliam
Bryan Hord who died October
23. and a native (rf York
Counly, S. C., daughter dr.ajr
late John C. and Lucinda Hope
Mrs. Hord was a memibor of the
Kings Mountain Woman’s club,
the Senior Gitizen.s club and the
Thursday .Afternoon Book club.
Her husband was a rural mail
carrier for a number of years be
fore nis death.
Surviving are one son, Jicc L.
Hord; one daughter, Mrs. Thom
as P. Bilker, both of Kings Moun
tain; and sG’von grandchildren.
Abtive pallbearers were J. C.
Bridges, Thomas Tindall, Thom
as Tate, W. Ted Weir, Harold
Coggins and Gene Robert.s.
'Her pastor. Rev. Jamt's Wilder,
was assisted by First Biilptist
Piastor Rev. Paul Riggs in officiat
ing at the rites.
Funeral ser\ ic(\s for Mrs. Thel
ma Whetstine, 50, wife of Billy
Whetstine, were conducted Wed
nesday afternoon at 4 p.m. from
lemple Bai>li.st eliurch of wliich
she was ii member.
Rev. Frank Shirley officiated
at the final rites, and interment
was in .Mountain Rest cemetery.
Mrs. Wlietstine died at 9;I15
l).m. Mtjnday in tiie Kings Moun
tain ha-ipilal after illness of sev
She was a native of UfX'k H'ill,
S. C., daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Marcus Henson.
.She was operator of Kings
Meuntain Bus Station and VV’est-
ern Union at one time.
Surviving are her husband,
Billy T. Whetstine; one son, Billy
T. Whetstine, Jr. of Grover; one
daughter, Mrs. Sandy Ponder of
Shelby; and two brothers. Palmer
Hensen of Belmont and Bobby
Hen.son of Mount Holly.
Active pallbearers were Don
Roper, Horshel S})angIor, David
Whetstine, R^xst^e Lingerfelt, Jack
Bridge.? and Paul Ivey.
J. V. (Ban) Stewart has been
discharged from the Kings Moun
tain hospital and continue to re
cuperate from pneumonia at his
ihomc on West Gold street.
Jim Lybrand and Oorbett Nfch-
oLson have a ceimetery problem.
.Mr. Lybrand purchased a tract
of land fronting on Slater Street
from Lester Roark, of Shelby,
then sold half of tihe property to
Mr. Nicholson. Boih intended to
erect business buildings there.
On the tract, however, is the
old P'ord family cemeter>' and
Major Wayne Ford went to Su
perior Court seeking an injunc
tion against Mr. Lybrand and
Mr. Nichclson to prevent their
The injunction hearing was
condulctedi by Judge W. G. Mc
Lean, who, in effect, denied the
petition, But granted plaintifSf 30
days in i^hich to rein.stitute tihe
petition w’ith description of the
property Plaintiff 4^prd sought to
protect, an omission in plain
tiff’s original petition.
Mr. Lybrand said the amend
ment was filed but .still without
a property description of the
bounds of the graveyard.
Mr. Lybrand said the property
he purchased had been cleared
for title for 72 years ~ 12 years
more than the 60 years title in
surance carriers require.
Terry Drum, of Gastonia.
TOP WINNER — William S.
Patterson of Kings Mountatn
won the top prize among 24
low students in a will and
trust drafting contest sponsored
by N. C. National Bank.
AVilliam S. Patterson of Dur
ham, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Patterson of Kings Mountain,
won f rst place in the North Car-
oLna National Banks Will &
, Trust Drafting Contest conduqt-
I cd at the University of North
attorney for plaintiff, while Jack , Carolina recently
White and George Thomasson
are attorneys for defendants.
Lone KM Area
At Oak Grove
Oak Grove Volunteer Fire De
partment will spensor this area’s
only July Fourth celebration
Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m.
The city of Kings Mountain is
not tip-tiS'Jring any festivities
tins year due to la'ok cf funds,
said city reorcaticn director Roy
Pearson, Pearson said the city
p<ark wK'l be ogeii as u.sual but
no .special ajtivities will be
Oak Gro\e has scheduled vari
ous aetiviiie.s, including a pie ’
baking contest, horse .shoe piCch- ^
mg contest, a greasy pole climb. |
bottle throwing game, King an 1 i
(iv^uecn contest, bingo and an auc-
The dunking machine will also
he in operation and a dishwash
er will b<? given away at 6 p.m.
The King and C^ueen conte.st
will be at noon, bingo from 2
p.m. until 3i30 p.m. and the auc
tion at 6:30,
A spokesman for the depart-
' ment said several children’s ride.s
I arc being planned. In addition,
i haimburgers, hot dog.s and ham
burger steak plates will be
Ihe new officers are Billy G.
ovaticn with his commen1.s dur-
Taigel dale for of>ening of the
j Most busine.sses in lo\vn will
sliutdown on Wedne.sday. City
governmciu offkes, the postoff-
I ice, and financial institutions
' will close. The Kin'gs Mountain
, He: ald will operate on regular
Hit By Thieves
A break-in at Plonk Reca;)-
ping’s warerouse last Wednesday
night netted thieves $1,100 worth
)f tires, according to city police.
Police said someone entered
the warehouse by breaking out
a gla.ss in the ea.st side. The in
cident wa.s reported at 10:45 a.
m. Thuii»fiay. j
Thirty-five tires were stolen.
Other incidents during the past I
week kept police busy.
La.st Tuesday night, someone
entered Elmer Lumber Co. and
stole $30 in change from a drink
machine and did $100 damage to
the proiKTty. Entrance was gain
ed by breaking out a window
pane but the majority of the
damage was to the window of
the front door. Also stolon were
Pll. Donald Ivey investigated.
Jeffrey Robinson of 906 Sher
wood Lane rtported to poli'ce
that .someone attacked him a-
round 9:45 p.m. Tue.sday as" he
walked near a lake at Kings
Mountain Country Club. Police
have some su.spocts but no charg
es have been filed.
Eight track tajies caught the
eye of a thief or thieves wiio
('niored Rtbr'rt’s Grocery' Satur
day night. Entrance was made
by breaking out a glass in the
front door and stolen were five
talpos valued at $12.50.
The state winner
$3(X) cash prize.
Patterson, a recent graduate
of. Wake Forest University
School of Law, will take his bar
exams in July and will be cm-
ploycvl by the Internal Revenue
Serv'jce in Washington, D. C. He
is a veteran of military service
is married to the former Rhonda
Hefner of Fayetteville.
T w’enty-four law students from
North Carolina competed in the
will and trust drafting contest.
Wins Eagle Honor
David Henderson, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Ranee Henderson of
Morganton, former residents, re
ceived his Eagle Scout award
at Sun Jay ccremon:e.s at Grace
Episcopal church p-arish house.
He is grandson of .Mr. and
Mrs. Ray Henderson and Mrs. I.
W. Ledford of Kings Mountain.
Henderson enter^ scouting as
a Wc’oelo in Wheaton, HI. and
has been a member of Troop ISO
since Novemlier 1970. Ho has ser
ved as patrol loader, assistant
senior patrol leader and since
last fall has been serving as
senior patrol leader. iHe was e-
lected to Order of the Arrow and
“tapped out ’ at the 1973 campo-
He is a sophomore student at
Freedom h gh school.
Mr. Henderson is superinten
dent of N. C. School for the Deaf
Mrs. Jack Stroupe "Dog-Sitting"
Kings Mountain Bassett Hound
A Slielby w’oman's love for dogs
led her to adopt a stray Basset
hound in Kings Mountain Friday
and sdie’s been “dog-sitting” ever
'Efforts by Mr. and Mrs. Jack
:>troupe to liH’atc the Basset's
iTwncr have been futile, Lora
I StroutK' said l uesday as she
placed a lost and found ad in
'Mrs. Stroupe said she and her
husband were driving on busy U.
S. 74 wTst Friday night when
i they observed the dog by tJie
side ol the road.
““We noticed him right away
because we have a similar pet”,
I said .Mrs. Stiioupe. She said they
I continued on towaird home (Shel-
: by) but she persuaded her bus-
i band to turn around and pick up
“1 was afraid with the dog
i quarantine on here that the
j pretty animal would be destroy-
' cd,” she adde<l.
Mrs. Stroupe .said .she put the
dog in their car and after fail
ing to locate its owner in. the
i Linw'ood area decided to take
him home with them for the
The Stroupes and their little
daughter are apartment-dwellcis
and incurred another problem
w^ien they got home.
Friend Basset was very fretful
and after three baby aspirins
w\>uldn’t be quiet.
F'earful his barking ^^^^uld dis
turb the neighborhood, at 4 a.m.
Mrs. Stroupe loaded her visitor
In her car and heade<i for her
grandmother’s country home in
Morg-anton. There she dep^xsited
the new Basset wrth her owm.
IMrs. Stroupe says the “adapt
ed” Basset wears both a flea cel
lar and regular collar but shows
no identification. The dog has
been well cared for, even his t»>e-
nails have been clipped recently.
"I’d expect a neighbor to do
the same for my pet”, said .Mirs.
The Basset’s own<*r may re
trieve him by calling Mrs.
Stroupe at the. Employment So-
icurity Commission in Shelby or
Mr. Stroupe at Shelby's North
western ^nk. i
State To Seek
The Gastonia Gazette said
I Tuesday North Carolina wants ,c
: buy Crowders Mount?tin a
j Kings .Mountain pinnacles, lands
between ana arounu uieiu i
create a state park.
The Gazette quoted Alan
i Eakes, chief of planning for
i Mate parks, as saying the state
I wants to buy 110 tracts totaling
I 5000 acres.
Mr. Flakes said letters to own
, ers would go out not later than
July 9 to projTerty owners c<hj
cerning purchase of the 50(X'
acres — and would have already
been mailed had not the proper
ty control division w'anite<i the
map.s of the 110 tracts to include
as well the names of the owii-
The Trakas family in Gastonia
are reported a.s principal owners
of the Crowder’s Mountain iK>ak.
The Kings Mountain pinnacle is
a tract cf 165 acres owned by
the J. O. Plonk Flstate, the Mike
Plonk E.state and the W. L.
Plonk Estate, The J. O. Plonk
Estate owns an estimated 2(X)0
acres .surrounding the Kings
Mayor J^uhn Henry .Moss ini
tiated to the State Parks division
idea of developing the area into
a state park wlnVIi would
with the South Carolina State
But real steam was put into
the mov€>ment when Gastonia
area ecologists heard that the
Crowder’.s peak was going to be
.sold cr leased for a mining oper
ation. pre.sumably for kyanite.
Some years ago a mining group
sought ix*rmission to check tlie
Kings .Mountain area for kyanite
and pyrites (iron ore).
For Mrs. Mayes
Funeral rites for Clyde Eugene
Mayes, 36, of Route 2 will be
ctinducted Friday at 11 o’cL^'k
from Oak Grov’e Baptist church
of wiiich he w*as a member.
•Mr. Mayes was fouml dead at
6:15 Wednesday morning from
an apparent heart attack:
He had been employed sinre^
1965 with (Goforth Dairy Farms.
Rev. James Holder will offi
ciate at the final rites and in
terment w'ill ftillow in the
JIc was a native of Cle\'eland
County, and the son of F'realo
and Laura Ellis Mayo.s.
Alsf) surviving are six brothers,
Roy Mayes, Wrlliam Mayes. Ken
neth .Mayes, Morris Mayes and
Wayne Mayes all of Kings Moun
tain, and Lawrence Mayes of
Shelby; one si.stor, Mrs. Judy
Philbeck of Shelby.
HONORED Mrs. Joseph Tim-
berlake. Jr., formerly of Kings
Mountain, has vej^ived the
Emily Smith .MedaliiDn •rdum-
nae award from (Mary i2oldwin
college. t f
Mrs, Josci>h W. Timberlake,
Jr. Oi Greenville, tin* former Bet
ty Lee Neisler of Kings Moun
tain, ha.s received the Family
.'^mith Medallion avvardcfl an
nually to alumnae for “disHn-
guishwl .serv'ice to chunh, com
munity and colcge’’ by .Mary
Baldwin Cvdlege ol Staunlcn. Va.
.Mrs. Timberlake, daughter of
Mr.s. John Caveny of King.-
Mountain and Joe A. .Noisier,
cf Lake Wa.vamaw. a graduate
cf 1945 and recipient the A1
gernon Sydney Sullivan award
for a distingui.shed student ca
reer, has been a leader in na
tional alumnae activities as
well as chapter work in New
York, Richmond, Charlotte and
.Staunton. F^or six years. 1955-61.
she also was a college trusree.
In Charlotte slie was dfrector of
the local Red Cr<>.ss Chapter and
was chairman of women volun
teers for all the Ht'd Cr'.ss serv
ices in that city and .Mecklen
Mrs. Timberlake and her lui.s-
band. Rtrmerly a vi.e president
of Mary Baldwin college, were
‘f'pense rs of Ihe clas-se.*?^ 1965
and 1971 and were pt^nilar for
their hospitality to students.
Timberlake is now in projMvty
management for the M. K. Blfumt
Enterprises of Gre<*nville. Their
daughter. R>byn, wa.s graduated
from Mary Bablwin this year.
On July 9 |
The Kings Mountain .scho >1
.system received bond money to- '
taling S2,508.(K)0 Tuesday and the
boaTd of education has .<eliedul- I
ed a meeting with its architect
rm July 9 fo review final j)Ians
or St'hool improvements. |
Supt. Don Jone.s .said the
schools lu'iH* t) let grading eon-
tract.s in July but it will jtroba-
bly bi' .-\ugust before any other
contracts are awardcil.
Installation of liglit.s at tlie
Kings Mountain High .^'hwl
tennis courts uas c.miplt'led la.st
week and the onnis art' now a- '
viiilable for puolrc u.'^e at any
Schoicls Supt. D»)n Junes .said
all persen.s arc invited to uso^the
facility but a.sked that the la>t
i^orsons to leave at night to (urn
out the lights. !
Facilities at .North and Central
.s(‘lux»l.s are being lusovi this siun-
mer by the city re.'rc.r*''
parfment for its day camip pro
grams. Ji ne.s said llie (ity has i
s<tme tennis a.tivitie.s SL’lieduled
for tlie new courts. I
Pay Fof Many
King.s Mountain readied
.he InJeprndc'ncc ILiy h...iiday -
io; many a vM.'ck.
To begin a vvccks holiday this
week a.c* majority cf Kings
Mountain area texUle e.iipIoyee.s.
For man> the vvcex’.s holiday
.starts on Saiuida>, wjUi treks to
vacation .spas planned. Many
firin.s have anncuu.ed iIi(\n are
making vac ation pa; .neni.s.
One cxcepii...n j.^ j,oi .in^it.'n
MilL, which will oiJi'ilc t.ie lull
week but will take va.ali<-n
week the wet k cf July 29ih. Tiiis
P'lani will pay bonuses to ein-
pl'-yees based oh length of serv-
Amlher exception is Kindci
Manulacturing which will close
Wednesday, 'Inur da> anti F’riday
icr plant vacations. Tliis firm
will also make vacation pay
To begin wcek’.s holidays this
weekend are Mauney Ho.siery
Hosiery .Mills, Mauney Mills, Car
olina Throwing Ct^mpanv, .Ncis-
eo, Inc., BVD Te.xtiles, K MiMs,
C’arll-on Knit.s, Kings Mill, Park
Yarn Mills, Sadie Cotton Mills,
.Specti'um, Oxitud Inda-Gies I-
deal Hosiery, Gay Ho.siery, Cleve
land Htxsiery. L & L Hosiery,
Lyntex Hosiery, Can-Do H'.sie
har-Kay Irnluslrie.s of Grover,
.Mint'He Mills of Grover and
. ■\er Industries cf Grtner.
Firms announcing tliey are
making vacaticn jiay-ments to
employees based on length of
servijc are: .Mauney Ho.siery
Mills, Carolina Throwing, Neisj"),
Inc., FAD Textiles, K Mills, Carl-
ion Knits, Kinder Manuiaciuring,
King.s Mill, Sadie .Mills, Spectru.m
and O.xJord Industries.
To Push Skidmore
Henry .street and F'llenwood
driv(‘ residents, who Iiad visited
the city wnimission bt'fore, re
turned .Monday night again in
Tlie fir.<t visit concerncHl the
city’s .slcwne^s in honoring .street
imitrovements petitions. Mon
day’s inHuded several items of
c(.mplaiiit in'hiding co.st of the
\M..rk and rhargr* that llu‘ con
tractor, Skidmore Construction
(V)m])any, of Ikdmont, hadn't
cleaned up alter the construc
tion was done.
T ni Dellinger said he knew a
contra('l(jr who would have done
the job for mueh les-? and Mayor
John Henry M-;s.s sahl the slty
would aj>pr(viate Mr. Dellinger’^
relt'iring tlie city to him. The
Mayor noted that the city award-
o\\ contract on ‘Tusvest bid we
The commission tabled action
o” adapting tlie assessment st*rolJ
and unanimously adopted Comm,
Tmimy Ellis >n.s motion to “gel
.Skidmore on the ball”.
In a continuau"e of a public
hearing on petition for slrcel
improvements on Hillside drive,
the e>mmi.s.sion found n » an-
.swer to “calls for" and “.alls a-
gainst", then approved iht' in'-
tition. Dr. John C. Mt'Gill had
objected to the iniprovt'ments,
hut .Mayor Moss told the commis
sion Dr. McGill had since waived
In other actions the board:
—.UfTltroved a biulget amend
ing ordinanlce for fisval year
1972-73 and approve! an interim
Authorized the mayor to a;)-
point a throe-member iwaid .>1
—■Api>t)inted J. II. .\r:Daniol Jr.,
as tax collector.
—.Vwarded to the .Millpcwer
Conqxiny with an appiircnt low
iConiinued On Page hightt
Nursing Home Projects Operating
August 15; Daily Rates Indicated
Target datefor opening of the
nursing and convalesceri't center
on Sip<' street Ls August 15, Dav
id Little, formerly vic'e proident
of MGR., Inc., .S(parta!i*)urg, S. C.,
Tlie GO-IwhI facility will have
both private and semi-private
rooms, a lai^e dining rot>ni with
expansive kitdien, and a large
Indicated, tliough not yet firm,
rates will approximate $18.59
per day for private room.s. and
$16.50 per day for semi-private
I Operationally. Mr. Little sai.I,
i a staff of 30 is anticipated, in-
■ eluding registered nurst's, pra
lical nui*se.s. ami attendants.
: Inquiries eoneerning the new
onvalo.si’cnt ami nursin.; heme
should be addre.s.-;eJ to Mr. Little*
I at PO &)x 32S1, Spartaninirg, S.
C., 29302, phone SU35S2-7503,