JOHN HENRY MOSS
. l.;w; JL^
Ward 1 Commissioner
T. J. ELLISON
Word 2 Commissioner
Word 5 Commissioner
Ward 6 Commlssionar i
Has Run-Off Call
Ward 3 Leader
Cvrcd.^r Kings Mountain 21.914
City Limits 8,465
The Greater Rings Motmtain figure Is derived from the
Special United S ates Buieou of the Census report of
January* 1986, and Includes the 14.990 poputotion 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 Newspaper
I % Today
Plus 17 Page Tabloid Supplement
VOL. 84 No. 41
Kinqs Mountain, N. C., Thursday, October I I, 1973
PRICE TEN CENTS Eighty-Fourth Year
Four Challengers UnseatIncumbentsForBoardPosts
Fain Hambright Is
Postmaster of Year
01 Grover Office
Fail! Hambright, Postmaster at
'Grover, was named “Postmas-1
tor of the Year” at the 70lh an-1
nual convention of the National
Lcaj^ue of Poyimaslers held in
Dallas, Texas Sept. 2d-2S.
Postmaster General E. T. K!as-
soii, piosoiUed Hambright with
the National Award at the Grand
Ban(;uet in behalf of the National
League of Postmasters. j
Award Reads: To Fain Ilam-
. bright, in recognition and aonre*
elation of his outstanding servic-
es in hks p'ost office, his commun
ity and tills organi/atiun, mere-
by reflecting credit upon himself,
the entire postal service and ho
noring the National League of
which he is a loyal member.
Hambright has served as Depu
ty Director of the National Lea
gue of I^oslmastors for the Sou
thern Region, representing Post
masters in those 11 states for the
past two years.
Jerome Cash, son cf Mr. and
Mrs. Chester Cash of Kings Moun
tain and a freshman ministerial
student ait Gardner Webb college,
has oined Grace United Mothodi:>t
church as youth direjctor.
Mr. Ca.sh is a 1973 graduate of
Kings Moun-tain high school
where he was SIX) president, a
Beys State delegate, a Pep Band
leader and president of tlie Sen
ior Band, lie is listed in the 17th
annual edrikm of Who’s Who A-
mong High School Students, 1972-
HONORED — Grover Postmas
ter Fa n Hambright has been
honored as National Postmos-
ter of the Yeor.
Bill McAulay, grandson of Mrs.
Sue Arrowood Pritchard, son of
Mrs. Susanne Arrowood McAulay
and 1973 graduate of Bessemer
City high school, was awarded
five qurtiT hours of math and
six quarter hours of English on
the basis of scholastic aptitude
entrance tests at Appalachian
State University and was one 0(f
the few freshmen who qualified
fer tile ASU marching band.
McAulay is a member of the
FTrst Prefcibyterian church here.
And Bond Issue
Kings Mountain voters joined
their neighbors throughout the
county in approving by 2-1 the
issuance of $4,050,000 in bonds
and tile consolidation of all school
A light turnout (af voters in
No. 4 Township Saturday voted
325 to 237. ajpproving the vote in
the Kings Mountain school dis
Shelby district veters approved
the request by 1,530 to 569 while
the county district vote was 2,10G
for to 1,554 against.
It marked the first time since
1964 that the county school dis
trict voters had approved any
school f.^ancial req.uest, an-d
each of the three school dislxicts
aipproved both questions.
Unofficially, the vote was 4,048
for the bond issue and 2,366 a-
I gainst, while the veto cji debt
, consolidation was 3,973 in favor
and 2,414 against. Percentage
wise, it was 63 ijcrcent for and 37
Elated school officials hailed
the vote iis a new era in public
school education in CleveJUviid
An emergent communtcatum
of Fairview Lodge 339 AF&AiM
will be held Monday night at
7:30 at Masonic Hafll for work
in the first degree, Secretary
T. D. Tindall announces.
Contracts Are Awarded For Four
School System Building Projects
The board of education Monday
at a luncheon imeeting awarded
ccnlracts totaling over $2.3 mil
lion for construction of a new
junior high school, a new senior
high sch«)ol auditorium, and ad
ditions to East and West ele
The low bids were approved,
brings the total cost of the
iprcjects to $2,382,125., including
land, grading, arch Meets, steel
and a contingency fund.
Grading is nearly complete at
the site of the new junior high
and Wi.irk on all project.s is sche
duled to begin in 30. days.
The projects will be finance<l
via $2.5 million in bonds approv-
e l la‘''t year, pins $1(X),000 pro-
jc'-l interc^X on the bonds, and
$203,871 in local fund.s.
General o^nstruction contracts j
were awardtvl to Laxton Con- !
struction ('ormpany at $iK)7,2(X),
for the new junior high school; |
Beam Co-n.struction Company at'
$100,000 for the senior high au-
ditcrium; and Beam Construction
Cemipany at $330,420. for Un ad-
( MT=‘ vT Fast and West schools.!
The pl'jmbiTig ccntract for all .
I ajcjls was awarded to McKin- i
ney Sheet Metal ett $333,500.
The electrical contracts were
awarded to Caldwell Electric
Company at $148,996 for the new
junior high st'hool; Austm Elec
tiric Company at $49,169 for the
senior high auditorium; and Lail
Electric Company at $27,840 fo?
the ad^li'tions to East and West
Conimct was awarded to H'ood
Hotel Siijiply Comi)any for new
fowl equipment for the junbjr
h'igh school at a copt of $47,000,
and the board aipprovod a con*
tingoncy fund of ^5,000.
Already awarded were bids for
steel, $147,581 to Owen Steel Co.;
$30,118 for grading to Neal Hawk
ins Co. $113,368.62 for apchitoots
and $75,318.51 for four parcels of
The board aI.‘<o approved con
tract for brick with Bennett Brick
& Tile Co.
In other actions Monday, the
1) granted maternfity leave to
Mrs. Connie Dixon Bell;
2) employed Mrs. Marguerite
Johnson in the guidance depart
ment at the high school
VICA To Sponsor
Supper, Car Wash
iMeinoors of the VTCA club of
Kings Mountain high school will
sponsor a spaghetti supp<?r Fri lay
from 5 until 7 p.m. in the cafeter
ia of the high school.
The VTCA will also sponsor a
car wash all day .Saturday at the
rear of the high school. Proceeds
will benefit school projects.
T. A. Hambright s
Funeral rites for Thomas Al
fred Hambright, Sr., 89, retir
ed farmer of Route 1. Grover,
were conducted Monday after
noon at 4 p.m. from Antioch
riajdist church of which he was
His pastor, Rev. Wayne Tuttle,
officiated at the final rites, and
interment was in the church cem
etery. Mr. Hambright’s grand
sons were pallbearers.
A native of Cherokee Countr/.
S. C. he \% as son of the late An-
cil C. and Sally Dickson fla.m-
bright and a direct des ’endanl of
Colonel Frederick Hambright.
j iSurvivIng are his wife, to whom
j he was married more than 59
years, Mrs. Mabel Weir Ham
I bright: three sons, Anderson
I Hambright. Lawrence Ham* right
land Tom Hami rlght, all of Gro
ver; five daughters. Mr>. Eugene
Ri'berts an 1 M?\s. M. D. Phifer,
both of Kings Mountain, Mrr. A
r>. Cantrell of r)^\ddson. and
Mrs. Herman Kinard and Mrs.
fRalph Drver. both of Charlotte;
and one sister. Miss Ancle Ham
bright of King<; Mountain. Also
surviving are 22 crandcliildrcn
and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mofyo**! N'* LaHav
Fmm Police Chief
“I have received letter,”
Mayor John Henry Moss said
He referred to a rumor that
Chief of Police Tom McOevi'tt
had tendered a letter of resig
Chief McDevitt said. **1 have
no comment at this tdroe.**
Thg Chief came to Kings
Mcjnlain from Asheville.
70th Floral Fair
Set For Wednesday
RESIGNS — Rev. Alfred Wr'ght
has resigned as pastor of Gas
tonia's Unity Baptist church to
begin full-time evangelistic
To Be Evangelist
Rev. Alfi'cd R. Wright nai; rc t
signed as pastor of Uni't. 'Haptist
iliui h li> hiHomt* a full time
cvatigelist. He has been an evan
gelist since the age of 17.
Ri'v. Wi ight is fill d willi-
.sp(?aking engagemenla thn)ugh'
the month of November. His first
stadium ciusale was in Pilot
He has been a jiastor for 26!
years. 'The churches he has scrvi
cd w\ re in Linoolnlon. Concord, I
Charlotte, Marshville, Gnm.sboro !
and Gastonia. j
A P.55 graduate of KMII.S, he ‘
attended Gardner- Webb an<l
CoutiniK’d On P<nj<’ hjtfjht
W. man'.s club members were
readying cxhibit.s this week and
stockimg tlio club pantry with
good focxl for the 70th annual
^ flcral fair and (‘oinmuirity festi-
val to bo held W’ednesday.
“Cemmunity Fhcwcase” will be
tin* theme of the fair and formal
of the ono-<lay event will follow
•that of fi>rmer fairs with boh
lunch and the evening m(?al t)
be served in the club dining
Thi show ami bazaar will
r’}*<*n to the public at 11:36 a.ni.
Wed:ie.*idav. Exhibits nvty be en-
ti'red lui'vflay from 1 until 9 p.
m. and on Wednesday from 8 un
til 10 a.m.
A rc'i'ord number of exhibitons
art' expejilivl to enter tlie show.
General eo-<‘haimnen of the
1973 fe>itival are Mrs. Ilaywoo^l
E. Lyneli, club jwesident, and
Mr.s. Charle.*; F. Maumy, and ac-
Cl rding to the <‘hairmen, the
show will he a 'Vhowcast'” of tihe
cjl>, displaying ilie city’s busl-
ne.ss, religious, social and uidu-s-
'lurkey atui all the trimmings
and hum a-nd acce.ssorics are
featured in the noon and evening
Mayor John Hcmit.v Moss and
City ('lork Joe Mi'liiniel, Jr.,
will roprt'sent tlie city at the
annual meeting of the North
Carolina Lauigue of Municipali
ties at Pinehurst Friday and
To Win Majority
By Three Votes
By MARTIN HARMON
Four challengers for city com-
mi.ssion seats wen victory in
Tue.sday's biennial city election
and a fifth failed to attain a ma
jority by three vote.s, according
-to unofficial returns.
riiallengrr; elected were:
Lb yd E. Davis 630, over Ward
2 CemmLssiuner VV. Soimore E'.'d
Den McAbec 6f)2, over Ward 4
C nmissioner W. Norman King
James K. Amos 782, over Ward
5 Cunumissioner Jonas Bridges
Murray C. Pruotte, Jr., 709 ovei
Ward 6 Comimisisionor James J.
In Ward 3. Challenger Corbet
Ni:holsrn 661, led Commissioner
T. J. (Tommy) EllLstm 427 and
Jame.s A. (Jim) Bril 178. Nichol-
si n iiecded three m mo votes to
atlaio a cb*ar majority.
C\.mim. Elli.son has until Mon
day to decide whether he will
'all for a run-off on November
Mayor John Henry Moss, un-
()pprs<'d for a fifth term, was ac-
rded 830 votes. A tufal of 47
write-in votes were nnxyrdod a-
ga-insl him, with 23 of them giv
en to fired J. Wright, Jr. (For
full list sec box on unofficial re-
Ward 1 Commissioner Ray W.
Cline, officially unopiKXsed for
lii.-; omsecutive term, was ac-
(■(rrded 6(>6 vM^tes. Hugh A. Logan,
Jr., an announced write in can
didate, tallied 334.
Highest vote total was for Ward
3 Ccmbiissionor — 1206 while
1205 voters were cast in the Ward
i; Commissioner rai’e.
Voting was considored light,
about two-thirds the number cast
two ycar.s ago.
Thi're were no uiiitoward inci
dents but stweral displays of
lemiier. virtually all ocvasioned
by would-be voters who found
Tlieir namet? missing in the poll-
b( .)k.s of tlieir Wand of resideirco.
This was a r<'su!t of Uie new
Cimlhuit'd On Puffc Piufit
For Paul Sanders
Unofficial Returns - October 9,1973 City Election
John Henrv Moss
Ray W. Cline?
Lloyd E. JDavis
W. Srimore Biddix
James A. (Jim) Belt
T. J. b^lli.son
\V. Norman Kinr^
Ward 5 1
James E, Amos
F*or Commissioner 1
Ward 6 |
Mtirrav C. Pnietle 1
James J. Dickey |
Wri'tf'-’in votes were cast a.s fcHcws: Hugh A.
Jr., for Ward 1 Com-
'mis.sinner, VV^ird.s 1 tliru ytix cr
nsdciittively, 41. 51. 41. 68, 109, 29
For Mayor, Fro<l Wright, Jr.,
23; Glee E. iBridge.s 6;
Ollio Harris 3; Garl
Dovonde 2; Tham.-i.s A. Tato 2
WIl'Mam Orr 2;
[toly Brown, Tilman Pearson,
John Hancock, James A. Bell, Tom Trott, Oran'grc'l Jolly, B. D. King, W'illiam
Henry Hager and Bob Manor, all 1 each.
RITES HELD «— Funeral rites
for Paul Richard Sanders# for
mer Kings Mountain Chief of
Police# were conducted Tuesday.
Mu Alpha Theta
Taps 20 Students
NORMAN, Okla.-—Twenty Stu-
donts at Kings Mountain high
s. hool weio honored this week
y eUction to 'Mu Alpha Theta,
iiiiiU’uallunal high scliool ani
junior college niathematics club.
‘1 Iv announcement was made
i by Dr. Ilaroltl V. Ilunekc, na
tional secret Jiry-trcasurer, who is
pnifessor of mathmotics at the
Ihiivcrsity of Oklahoma where
the national office of Mu Alpha
Theta is locatec'..
To he eligible for member
ship a student must have a “B”
average in at least four semester
of college preparatory mathe.ma-
tics and be enrolled in the fifth
semester. He must also have an
overall grade average of at least
••B” in all courses taken to date.
Mu Alpha Theta, founded in
1957, lias now grown to more than
1,('')0 clubs in 46 slates and in
('anada, Japan, the Canal Zone,
Puerto Rico, Iceland, Turkey,
Brazil, Okinawa and Guantana
mo Ray, Cuba. Thp club is co
sponsored by the Mathematical
Association of America and the
National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics, and has attracted
(he attentitm of top mathematics
scholars in this country and
Continued On P(t<i^' Eight
Died On Sunday
At Age of 64
Funeral riles for Paul Ricli*
and Sanders, 64, former Kings
Mountain Chief of Police, were
conducted Tuesday afternoon at
4 p.m. from the Chapel of Har
ris Funeral Home, interment
following in Mountain Rest ce
Rev. L. D. Scruggs and Rev.
Can Sparks ofliciaied at the fi
nal rites, and active paJl).earers
were' Ray Cline, Junior Roarer,
J. D. Barrett, Marion S. Beam,
David Corn and Bob Hayes.
Mr. Sanders died Sunday
night at 7 p.m. in N. C. Baptist
hospital at Winston Salem after
several month’s illness. He was
a native of Cherokee County, S.
C., son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
William Arthur Sanders.
Surviving are two sons, Ar
thur Sanders of Kings Moun
tain and Donald Eugene San
ders of Florence, Ala; two step
sons, Arnold Byars of Shelby
and Edward Byars of Kings
Mountain: one daughter, Mrs.
Earl Stroupe of Miami, Fla.;
two brothers Floyd Sanders ^nd
Howard Sanders, both of Kings
Mountain; and three sisters,
Mrs. 0!a Royster, Mrs. Bertha
Clinton and Mrs. Vera Black,
a6 of Kings Mountain. Also
sr'-vi'dng are 12 grand'^hildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Moss To Represent
City At Hearing
Mayer John Henry .Moss will
gvT to Washington Thursday
where he, other representa/tivea
of natural gas distributing ci
ties and private systems will
seek revocation of the Federal
Power Commission’s order for
paring of natural gas alloca
The FPC has ordered cuts tn
assure sufficient heating in
northern states during the
"Have you heard from God
lately?” will be the sermon
topic of Rev. N. C. Busb^ja^
Sunday morning worship hou7
a<t 11 at Grace United Metho
Ml. Zion Baptist Breaks Ground
For New $225,000 Chnrch Edifice
I Ml. Zion Baptist church broke
ground at ceremonies Sunday for
. its new church plant to he built
( at the corner of VVatterson and
: Parker sln'^’is.
I The church tx>ught the two-
plus acre trad — site of the for- J
me Davidson st'ho<>l — at public
auction several years ago. ;
I Tlip pn^ent Mt. Zion chiinch I
: plant has been sold to the Kings
Mountain Redevelopment Com-
mi‘j'<icin. In turn, the church will
continue to oc<*upy the pre.scnt i
plant under a dollar-pcr-year |
lease agreement until the nt^v j
edifice is o::.-upi(*<i.
Building hats been pur- !
chased indicating the cost will
be $225,000. John R. MoClurd is
the architect and the tx>ntracftor
is T. C. Strictland, of Shelby.
The church will face Watterson
Rev. J. S. Norris is pastor of the
Other building permits i|
by the city during the
Mrs. Lallage Falls, estimated
$5000 remodeling of the rfaidence
at6 07 West Moiintain street, Jim
W. Roy Duncan, 608 Hillside
Drive, estimated $1000 remodel
ing of residence, J. A. Strictland,
Jon L. M;cGill, construction of
$225 utllitv building at 208 West
Gold street* _