THE THURSDAY EDITION
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VOL. 88 NO. 4
THUBSDAY, JANUARY U, 18TT
Former Bonnie MU Property
City Hall At New Site
Photo By Gary Stewart
FIRE SCENE — Klnga Moimtain fireman Joe Leftwlch hooea down the
nimalns of a maltreaa TuMday at the home of Nannie Ttnaley, who died
when fire awept through her home on Weat Parker Street. Klnga Moun
tain firemen were on the aoene throe mlnutea after the fire waa reported
at 11:81 a. m., but were too late to aave the TO-year-old woman.
Fire Is Fatal
To KM Woman
By TOM MCINTYRE
The Kings Mountain Govern
mental Services Facility Building
(City Hall) will be located on the
farmer Bennie Mill property on W.
Gold St. with construction beginning
around April 8.
In a special session Wednesday
afternoon commissioners voted to
purchase the approximately two
acres from the KM Redevelopment
Commission for $26,076.
Originally the board has
designated property adjacent to the
present city as the site for the city
hsdl, however, the board felt the
Bonnie Mill prq>erty, which Is about
twice as large as the first site, would
greatly Improve access and psu’klng
for the public.
Mayor John H. Moss said he does
not anticipate any problem from the
Economic Development Ad
ministration over tte change of
locations for the proposed $998,260
Also at Wednesday’s special
meeting the board voted to retain
the present city hall, with some
Interior renovation, as the Kings
Mountain Public Safety Building
when the new city hsill Is completed.
Unofficially, the police, fire and
perhaps the rescue squad could be
quartered in the public safety
building. The board did not com
ment officially on this possibility
City Planner A1 Moretz said
Wednesday that some filling and
landscaping will be done to the new
location prior to construction. He
said today new construction must be
designed to conform to the
tc^graphy of the site.
Mayor Moss said the board will
confer with the architects —
Peterson-Cary, Architects of Char
lotte — about the final design plan on
the new city hall, but would not say
what changes would be made to the
exterior. Ihe mayor said earlier this
week that the mayor and board
would Impress upon the architects
the Importance of keeping the city’s
historical background In mind when
the final defign is submitted.
The comer property, S. Piedmont
Ave. and W. Mountain St., already
purchased by the city will probably
be used under Its original plan,
according to the mayor. That plan
calls for creating a public use area,
basically a parte, and additional
amenities to the existing city hall.
On the property currently are the
offices of Magistrate Charles T.
Carpenter and City Attorney George
Thomasson and several vacsint
buildings. All of these buildings sore
to be demolished under a standing
contract between the redevelopment
commission and Bradley-Jenklns
Construction of Gastonia. Attorney
Thomsuison’s new offices are located
in the Blsizer Building on S. Bat
tleground Ave. Magistrate Car
penter, at this time, has not said
where he will open his new offices.
In conjunction with the con
struction of the new city hall on the
south side of Gold St., Mayor Moss
said the city will widen Gold St. to 40
feet from S. Battleground to York
Rd. Originally, only the portion
between S. Cherokee and S. Pied
mont was to be widened by the city.
In other action Wednesday the
boeud cq;>proved accepting a grant
offer of $14,490 from the Law En-
flx-cement Assistant Agency for the
creation at a Juvenile office within
the city police department.
— Authorized Mayor Moss to
negotiate for a site on Hwy. 161
North (Bessemer City Highway) for
the construction of a new 2 million
gallon capacity tank for storage of
— Agreed to purchase the
property at Boyce and Ruby Neal on
McGinnis St. for a price at $10,642.
The property Is 86 feet by 161.88 feet
and la adjacent to clty-owmed
property designated for the new
public works building. The property
will give another access to the
property. Mayor Moss said there Is a
house on the property, which will
remain there for the time being.
Commissioner Norman King,
unable to attend Wednesday’s
meeting, sent a letter asking the
board to approve his giving Com
missioner James Childers a proxy to
vote for King on any action taken.
The board approved, which gave
each of the six agenda Items
unanimous votes of approval.
City Talks W&S Districts
lOngs Mountain Commissioners
voted Monday night to authorize
preliminary eiqiloratlon to establish
a water and sewer district adjacent
to the corporate limits.
The board also voted to notify the
Cleveland County Conunlssloners of
Interest to negotiate and establish
the remaining balance owed the city
on the Southeastern Cleveland
County Sewer System.
At the next board meeting here
(January 24) Mayor John H. Moss
said the board will consider a
proposal of offering the Town of
Grover water and sewer collector
The first two votes were read In
the form of resolutions by Com
missioner Norman King, chairman
of the city water and sewer com
mittee. Commissioner King said
these resolutions were the results of
discussions by the committee In a
couple of meetings recently.
The second resolution Indicates
the city Is moving to make good the
contract with the county for
financing and building the county
sewer system between Kings
Mountain and Grover.
The contract provides that the
county, “upon reimbursement of
Its principal expenditures In the
Southeastern sewer system, will
execute appropriate legal
documents conveying all of Its in
terests In the system to the City of
This portion of the contract bet
ween the city and county I covered
under paragraph five.
King's first resolution ar * mc./f n
was baaed on the city's Imsrest In
local development of urban areas
and resources and extension of
water and sewer services outside the
city’s corporate limits. To do this,
the resolution reads, "It is necessary
to establish water and sewer
districts, which should be the same.
Sewer districts should be deter
mined topographically to take ad
vantage of the lay of the land to
provide gravity collector msdns.’’
Commissioner Bill Grissom,
chairman of the city recreation
committee, read three resolutluns
and made moUona all be adopted.
Commissioners approved the
purchase of a sound system and
Installation at the community
center, and hiring an archltec* to
assist In planned Improvements at
the community center s.'.d to
establish sponsorship of 3i>eclsd
recreatloral activities wll'rfn the
The -mprovements w toe or <n-
munity canter are being pcia uir
under the city’s Community
Development Block Grant progrsim,
according to Mayor John H. Moss.
The mayor said the present staff
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Ed Board Endorses CPR New Ownership
Nannie Blalock Tinsley, 79, died
’Tuesday when fire swept through
her home at 418 W. Parker St.
Bob Hope and Butch Galloway of
the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad
carried the charred body of Mrs.
Tlnaley from her home shortly after
noon. Mrs. Tlnaley was burned
Kings Mountain Fire Chief Gene
Tlgnor said his department received
acall over the scanner at 11:61 a. m.
and arrived at the scene three
mlnites later. The call came from
the city electrical department,
which was working In the area.
’"Ihe house was totally engulfed In
fiames when we arrived,’’ said
Tlgnor. "Flames were coming out of
the top of the house and out of the
windows. Her whole bedroom was
engulfed In flames.’’
Tlgnor said Mrs. Tlnaley’s body
was found In her bedroom. The fire
apparently started In her bedroom
fireplace, where she burned coal.
One theory was that Mrs. Tlnaley
haul returned from shopping, stoked
the fire and caught her clothing on
"But," said Tlgnor, "In a situation
like this you can’t tell. You Just have
to arrive at possibilities of what
could have happened. She could
have thrown something on the fire.”
’Tlgnor said the department had
the fire under control In five
City firemen extinguished another
house fire ’Tuesday at 8:06 p. m. on
Chief Tlgnor said Charles L.
Peterson waa thawing frosen water
pipes at his home on 8V Church
Street by setting fire to cardboard.
The cardboard started a fire In the
floor, causing $60 damage to a
Funeral services lor Mrs. Tinsley
wUl be held Saturday at 8 p. m. at
Mt. Zion Baptist (Jhurch by Rev. E.
E. Harris, Rev. R. L. Garvin and
Rev. J. S. Norris. Burial will bo In
the Shiloh A. M. E. Zion Church
cemetery In Grover.
The daughter of the late D. D.
Williams and the late Mrs. Sallle
Ellis Williams, Mrs. Tinsley was a
native of Grover. She had lived In
Kings Mountain tor the past 62
She was the widow of Pink Blalock
and Jake Tinsley.
Mrs. Tinsley was a member of Mt.
Zk>n Baptist Church, the Mt. Zion
Spiritual Choir, the Nancy Caldwell
Missionary Circle, the Queen Mary
Lodge Number Five and the
Heroines of Jericho. She waa em
ployed by Kings Mountain Country
Chib and was a retired employe of
the Klngi Mountain District Schools.
Survivors Include throe
daughters, Mrs. Mamie Rogers and
Mrs. Margaret Leach of Kings
Mountain, and Mrs. Magnolia
Owens of the home; three sons
John Lewis Blalock of Kings
Mountain, smd Pink David Blalock
and Robert Blalock, both of
Philadelphia; four slaters, Mrs.
Mary Hester Davis, Mrs. Ruth
Oannedy, Mrs. Winnie Neeley and
Mrs. Elizabeth Roach, all of Klnga
Mountain; two brothers, Johnny
WUUanu of Philadelphia and Dexter
Williams of Kings Mountain; eight
grandchildren and eight great
The family may be contsusted at
the home of a daughter and son-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. John Leach, 606
Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney,
S. C., Is tai charge of the
The Kings Mountain board of
education at Its regular monthly
meeting Monday night endorsed the
(CPR) course sponsored by the
American Red Cross and authorized
an investigation Into how It could be
taught In the existing school
Sandy Mauney and Lyn Cheshire,
CPR Instructors who have been
Introducing the course to several
local organizations, demonstrated
the basic life support techniques to
the board and others attending the
meeting at the school administration
They pointed out that anyone age
13 or above can participate In the
basic eight to 12 hour CPR course.
Board members discussed the
possibility of Integmtlng the course
Into the Junior and senior high school
programs and also discussed the
poeslblUty of principals and physical
education teachers obtain In
In other business Monday, the
Received copies of sixth grade
scores on the Iowa Test of Basic
SkUla and the California Test of
Mental Maturity. Howard Bryant,
director of Instruction, said scores
were under those for last year’s
— Requested that the city Install
fire hydrants at North, KM High and
KM Junior High at the city’s ex
pense. The board said the Klnga
Mountain Fire Department
recommended that additional
hydrants be Installed at those
— Agreed that a read-a-thon
recommended by the Multiple
Sclerosis Foundation to be held In
the public schools as a fund raising
project la contrary to board policy.
— Was told by 3upt. Don Jones
that the system’s Equal Em
ployment Opportunity staff Is In line
— Accepted the resignation of
Harriet Hines, approved retirement
for Virginia P. Wiggins and elected
Lana Maria Rogers, Donald
Stelnhert and Virginia R. Yates as
— Reinstated Mrs. Ruth P. Beam,
who has been on leave due to an
- Waa told that MUler Tile and
Marble Co. of Charlotte, sub
contractor for the cafeteria floor at
Bethware School, will replace the
current experimental floor with
ceramic tile If problems arise.
—Approved the sale at KMHS
Mountaineer tee shirts as a fund-
raldng project lor the Beta Club.
- Was told that the district school
bosrd meeting will be held February
17 at East Gaston High School and
thit the national school board
meeting will be held March 26-29 In
— Declined, In executive session,
a request that the mandatory
retirement age of 66 be waived.
People’s Funeral Home at 809 E.
King St. la under new ownership.
K C. Withrow, licensed embalmer
and funeral director who has
operated the business, hats pur
chased the business and will operate
as Withrow’s Funeral Home.
Mr. Withrow said the telephone
number wUl remain the same, 789-
2426, as well as the listing of People’s
Funeral Home until new telephone
books are Issued.
To Seek New
The Kings Mountain Police Ex
plorer Scouts wlU hold their regular
monthly meeting at city hall Mon.,
Jan. 17 at 7 p. m.
Don Ivey, poet advisor, said now
applications are being accepted by
boys 14 years of age (If they have
finished the eighth grade) and
otherwise from 16 to 21.
The scouts will discuss ways of
handling an attendance drive to
Increase the post membership at
next Memday’s meeting.
Photo By Gary Stewart
CPR DEMONSTRATION - Sandy Maimey, left, and Ljm Oi^lre
demonstrate cardlopulmonair resuscitation to the Kings Moontaln board
of education and other eWsens attending the regular mon^ ®*
the boaid Monday night. The board dUcuseed the poealUUty of offering
the couree In the local school system.
Sample Yardage will hold grand
opening Thursday (today) In the
former Winn-Dixie building off
Fbust Textiles PreMdent John O.
Plonk, who owns the business, said
that his reason for moving from
Railroad Ave. Into the hearts of the
business district was because "we
believe strongly In downtown Kings
Mountain and that’s why we didn’t
relocate to the shopping centers."
The firm has been located ad
jacent to the Plonk brothers
building, also owned by Plonk, on
Grand opening begins at 9 a. m.