VOL. 87 NO. 51
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NORTH CAROLINA 18086
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THE TUESDAY EDITION
James Luther Ray field, 1975 Victim
Bristol Qiarged In Murder, Robbery
Parry Dean Briatol, 80, of Klnga
Mountain has bean charcad with tha
murder and robhary of Jamas
Luthar Rayfleld, a aarvlM station
attendant, on December 18, 1070.
Briatol was returned to Clovoland
County Jail last Friday from
LJUlnitan Prison Unit where ha was
aervlns 60-70 year sentence for his
conviction In a shooting and armed
robbery at the Ramada Inn In
Oastonla on December 90, 1070.
Rayfleld, 80, was discovered In
side the Phillips 06 Station, than
owned by Doug Falla, at ths coriMr
of B. King St. and York Rd. about
1:80 a. m. on the morning of
December 18. Two teenage boys
iiutde the discovery and notified
Police said Rayfleld was a
weekend employe (Friday, Satur
day and Sunday) at ths station and
usually closed for buriness about
1:80 a. m. Police theorised he was In
the process of closing tiriien hla
assailant entered the station.
Rayfleld, Mcordlng to the police
Investigation, was shot four times.
h Set Thureday
The annual Winter Concert by
Junior and senior high bands Is
scheduled at 8 p. m. In Barnes
Auditorium Thurs., Dec. 18.
Under the direction of Donald
Deal, the Junior high eighth and
ninth grade and senior high Blaser
bands will perform marches, over
tures, pop sdectlons and tradltloiutl
The senior high band has been In
vited to perform at Disney World In
Orlando, Fla. In April 1977 and now
the parents of band students are
creating projects to raise funds to fi
nance the trip.
Mrs. Bob Maner, one of the or-
gsuilxers, said this Thursday night
donations will be accepted from
those who attend the tree concert.
The donations will go Into the fund.
Between now and next .^ril sev
eral fund-raising projects will be
planned to raise the 98,000 needed.
Four slugs were removed from the
body during sn autopsy tn Chapel
Hill, one from the stomach, three
from the head. Police said a fifth
shot was fired at Rayfleld, one that
struck his thumb and lodged In the
station woU behind a clipboard, the
report of a year ago Indicated
Rayfleld ted bem shot three times
In the head after he had fallen.
Police said the wounded at
tendant was aUve, but unconscious
when found and was later
pronounced dead at Charlotte
MemorlsU Hospital where he was
rushed by the KM Rescue Squad.
St. John Belk and Sgt. Richard
Reynolds, the original Investigating
officers, reported there was no sign
of a struggle Inside the station.
Inside a desk drawer police found a
loaded pistol and In the back of tha
cash drawer there were bills and
change totalling 9146. An un
determined amount of cash was
taken from the register by ths
assailant after Rayfleld was
The police Investigation, ac
cording to reports of a year ago,
seemed to lead nowhere until the
armed robbery and assault with a
gun on Charles C. Tarpley of
Bessemer, clerk at the Ramada Inn
In Oastonla on December 90, 10TB.
TTila Incident occurred about 8:80
a. m. Tarpley was robbed of between
9800 and 9400 from his register and
about 988 from his pocket, then shot
by the robber. Briatol was arrested
and charged with the crime. He was
tried and convicted In Gaston
Superior Court on May 8, 1978 and
sentenced to serve 00-70 years.
In court Tarpley, who had
recovered from two wounds, both
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Photo By Tom McIntyre
OANSLKRPBOJBOTBBCHNS - OSM While (right)
discasses the work to be done nnder a general oontiaet
with Champion Landsei^ilng In the Oansler St. Urban
Renewal Project with Ken Jeffries (left), WMtehesi *
Associates representative, Newell Thenbnrg, Jah
foreman, and Bob McKinney, Job sopt. latter two are
employed by Champion Landscaping of Kings Moon-
Long Renewal Program
Enters Final Stages,-,,..,.,
The Kings Mountain
Redevelopment Commission has
awarded the general contract (or
completion of the Oansler St. Urban
Free Swine Flu
Shots Here Today
Free Swine Flu shots are available
at the Klnga Mountain Community
Center today from 8-8 p. m.
The Cleveland County Health
Department will provide nurses to
administer the shots. This return to
Kings Mountain Is part of the
county’s big push to give countlona
the vaccine against Swine Flu.
Jimmy Hines, county health
e<hicator, said In the past six weeks
of the program less than 90 percent
of those people In Cleveland County
who should have the vaccine have
been to a free cUnle to receive them.
The turnout In Kings Mountain on
November 98 a total of 488 parsons
came to the oommimlty center to
receive the vaccine.
Hnes said this to the middle of the
flu season and each day a person
delays getting the vaccine en
dangers that parson to the flu. Swine
Fhi Shota will be given persons 18 to
69 years of age who are In good
health. Persons from three to 66
years old, who have chronic Illness
and persons 80 and over wlll be given
a combination shot - Swine Flu and
A Victoria Flu vaccine.
Once administered, the vaccine
takes two to four weeks to become
effective.^ Hines urges dtlsens who
have not received Swine Flu shots to
do so today.
Renewal Project (R-SS) to Ouun-
plon Landscaping and Excavating,
ITie Kings Mountain-based firm
began a clearing and grubbing
operation. In preparatlan for land
scaping, along the project rights-of-
way last Ihursday.
Carl Champion, president of the
firm, said this Is the first "Job we’ve
dene at home In a longtime. Usually
we are outof the sts^te on Jobs quite a
bit. We’re really happy about lan
ding this local contract.’’
under the terms of the general
centract. Champion will coordinate
the majority of the activities In the
R-86 project area, even though some
aspects are being handled by dif
(Jhamplon will be directly
responsible for clearing and
grubbing and landscaping. In
stallation of streets, sidewalks and
curbing and guttering.
Gene White, executive director of
the redevelopment commission,
said, "Champion was the lowest of
eight different (Irma bidding on the
general contract. His bid price was
9889,680.86, which Is well within the
projected costs (or the project.’’
The high bid totaled 9868,709.71.
Initially, the gmieral contract was
to have been awarded by November
16 with work to begin within 80 days
after that. White said, "We are 80
days late because of governmental
’ITie contract allows 188 working
days to complete the project, which
would see completion coming about
April 18 Instead of March 16 as
originally projected. The mid-March
date would have coincided with the
completion of the Kings Mountain
Housing Authority low Income
housing project In the R-08 area. And
should Kings Mountain be approved
tor the 9999,960 Federal grant by the
Economic Development Ad
ministration, the mid-March date
would coincide with the beginning of
ccnstructlon on a new dty hall.
White said ths commlsslan Is
hopeful the project can atm bo
completed by the mid-March date,
but Carl Champion said te Is
doubtful the worit can be flniahed
The cost bredkdown on ths project
requires the redevelopment com
mission to pay 9881,481.10 and sots
the city’s aters at 9171,086.96.
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Gty Appearance Gimmiggion Project
Decorating Ideas Worth Cash
Got any Ideas (or Christmas decoratlonsT
Tour Ideas could be worth cash.
’The Kings Mountain Appearance Ckxnmlsalon Is sponsoring a city-
wide Christmas Deoomtiona Contest with 996 going to each of the first
place winners In the city’s six voting districts. Second place winners In
each of the districts wm moelve 916.
Mn. David (Samh) Faunce, chairperson. Invites all Kings
Mwriteins and ama dtlsens to participate. The project Is pari of an
overall long reaching beauttflcatton program (or Kings Mountain.
"For the contest the amount of money you spend In decorating your
home will not be a determining (actor In Judging the contest," Mrs.
Faunce said. "Overall house effect, decorations stremlng originality
and good teste wm be the points the Judges look ftar."
The final days for home Judging are December 90-91. To receive
conslderaUon partidpants are urged to contact any of the committee
members: Mrs. Hilliard BUck, Lewis Curry, Mm. Selma Crawford,
Mm. HaUle Blanton and Frank Mltchem.
Mm. Steve Rankin of McAdenvme, who head the panel of three, has
served as Judge In numerous contests In her hometown, which Is known
nation-wide as "Chrlstnuts Thwn, U.S.A."
’The appearance commlsdcn wm award die first prises and second
prise money Is being awarded by local dvlc clubs.
For DUtrict One - KM Woman’s Oub; DUtrict Two - Rotary Oub,
District Three — Jaycass; District Four — Klwanls Club; District
Five — Lions; and DIstrld Six — Optimist.
Photo By Tom McIntyre
A TRIM JOB - BUl TsMy, fhsmpisn
Landscaping employe, onto away Umbo
(and later trees) which are designated to
go tn the Cansler St Urban Renewal
Project. Champion, a KM firm, has the
general conteact (or the (Inal phase of
work In the redevelopment commission