THE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 8
THUB8DAY, JANUABY *T, 1997
10,04 Acres Annexed
kiss City limits Expanding
Die City of Kings Mountain la
larger by 10.04 acres today.
lifbnday night, following a public
hearing, the board of oommlaaloners
voted to approve a request from
William S. Stinnett of Bessemer City
and annex hla 10.04 acre tract of land
adjacent to Northwoods Subdivision.
The acreage lies In Oaston Cbunty.
Stinnett plans to build about tl
million worth of housing In the
section. Presently there are no
structures on the property.
At Monday’s meeting Stinnett’s
attorney, Henry Whitesides of
Oastonla, told the board the
property now had roads, water and
sewer and that the developer’s plans
have bden "accepted by the (Kings
Mountain) housing (Authority)
people (or units suitable to the
The 10.04 acres lies between
Northwoods and the Kings Moun-
taln-Bessemer City Highway.
Stinnett'isald he plans to build BO
housing units on the property. The
houses would contain one, two and
three bedrooms. He also said he
expects construction (xi the new
housing units to begin "very soon.”
In other action the board voted to
accept a grant offer of $36,400 from
the Department of Natural and
Economic Resources (or
wastewater treatment works and
collection system projects.
Mayor John H. Moss said the city
has applied for funds from the state
and FHA (or a project on York Road
the commissioners authorized a
change order (or Installing a meter
on the transmission water line to
meter water on the county’s service
line. The meter would monitor water
consumption by new or additional
customers on the line to give the city
an accurate monitoring system.
Briefly, Mayor Moss talked about
aproposal to seek a Satellite District
Court Day (or Kings Mountain. The
subject Is expected to come up at a
later meeting (or a full discussion.
Msglstrate Oiarles Carpenter has
been asked to appear and discuss the
A Satellite District Court Day
would, the proposal suggests, esse
the burden of residents suid law
enforcement officers In going to
Shelby almost dally to attend court.
Precldents have already been set In
other counties In North Carolina.
Crime Council Is Approved
A KM lOLOO — These three Kings Mountain
youngsters decided to do something other than build the
usual snowman when King Winter dumped three inches
at snow In the city Monday. They built an Igloo In the
Photo By Gary Stewart
back yard of the John Yarbro home on Sharon Drive.
Left to right are Pam Baity, Betsy McIntyre and Jill
’s Second Fire
Fatality k Recorded
Sbcty-four year old Pink Bell
becam., *'Clngi. .V» i;italr.'i
fire fatality in less than two weeks
Muoday when he died In a fire at hla
home on North Watterson Street.
Fire Chief Gene ’Tlgnor said the
Kings Mountsdn FTre Department
r^elved a call at 6:30 p. m. Monaay
irom Bell’s next door neighbor.
Elisabeth Roach, notifying them of
Tlgnor said when his department
arrived on the scene, the back
bedroom of Bell’s home was
engulfed tn flames. Bell wsis found
dead beside his bed.
County Coroner Bennett Masters
said Bell died of bums of suffocation
and no autopsy would be performed.
William Thompson, a Kings
Mountain High School senior, was
walking by the Bell home and
noticed the fire. He said he made
several attempts to get Inside the
burning room but was driven back
by the flames.
Kings Mountain police officers
Bob Hayes aixl Ralph Orindstaff
SLiTived moments later and also
tried to rescue Bell but could not.
Funeral services (or Charles
Eugene Wright, Sr., 64, partner In
City Barber Shop were conducted
Wethreeday at 8 p. m. from First
Bsqitlst Church of which he was a
member. Interment following In
Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Wrl^t succumbed at his
home Monday morning after
declining health (or sometime.
He was son of the lata Mr. and
Mrs. Julius A. Wright and a veteran
of World War n. He had been a
Kings Mountain barber for many
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary
Frances ’Troddon Wright; one son,
Charles Eugene Wright, Jr. of Kings
Mountain; two daughters, Mrs.
Wayne MulUs of Oalthsburg, Md.
and Miss Kay Wright of Kings
Mowtaln; two brothers, Robert
Wright of Kings Mountain and Beck
Wright of Orover; three sisters,
Mrs. A. J. Secrest of Shelby, Mrs.
Vida Linder and Mrs. J. D. Sim
mons, both at Kings Mountain; and
Rev. Clyde Bearden was assisted
by Rev. Frank Shirley In officiating
at the rites.
Harris Funeral Home was In
charge of arrangements.
Bobby King, a member at the (Ire
i'pr’Timer.t, entered the house
wealing life protecting equipment
and found the body.
Bell’s house was within a block of
the home of Mrs. Nannie Blalock
Tinsley, who died when her home
caught on (ire less than two weeks
Tlgnor said the Bell fire was
caused by a small apace heater,
which either eiqiloded or was kicked
over by Bell. Bell lived alone In the
The fire was contained to the back
bedroom, Tignor said. Damage was
Meanwhile, Chief Tlgnor Is
cautioning local residents about the
use of small heaters and flrepV 'es,
urging them to take special care In
using those means of heat.
"If you’re going to use fireplaces,
by all means have a screen over
them," he said. “And, be really
cautious about overloading cir
’Tlgnor said this Is the worst time
of year for house (Ires because of
the usee of small heaters and
“If anyone wants their homes
Inspected for safety, please notify
the fire department," Tlgnor said.
"We’ll be glad to Inspect any
The City Commission Monday
night gave formal approval to
formation of the Kings Mountain
Crime Prevention Council and
authorized Mayor John Henry Moss
to appoint a 14-member committee.
Chief of Police Earl Lloyd, who
made the recommendation for
organization of a council to provide
liput Into the crime prevention
program from people In all six
wards of the city, said the program
Is drawn up similarly to successful
councils In Iredell County and The
City of Statesville where he was
formerly employed. He said goal
and objectives would be drawn up at
the first meeting of the full council
and membership would come from
nsunes of citizens submitted to city
commissioners In each ward. He
pointed out that the council Is not a
policy making or declsicm-making
council, acting as an "liput Into the
crime prevention program from
people in the various wards we hope
would know the problems there."
Mayor Moss wm authorized to
appoint two members from each of
the six wards In the city, plus a
member from the city council and a
member from the police depart
’Ihe Council, although organized
by the Police Department, will
operate Independent of the depart
ment, said Lloyd.
Mayor Moss told the board
Monday night that "It Is my un
derstanding that to carry out the full
Intent of the program now embarked
upon It Is necessary to have a council
on crime prevention."
Tile new council will meet mon
Dogs Without License
Will Cost The Owner
stretch Bollinger, Kings Mountain
Dog Warden, said today that dog
owners are overlooking an Im
portant legal responsibility.
"Dog owners are legally bound to
list dogs on the tsix books, pay a tax
on the animals and have a license
and tag (or them," Bollinger said.
The dog warden said most dog
owners are imder the Impression If
they keep their pets within a fence or
In the house they are (ullflUlng all
the legal requirements.
Beginning February 1, 1877, dog
owners will be fined for all pets not
listed and without licenses and tags.
The law covering this reads as
"Sec. 6-82; Licenses; Right to sue
tor recovery or penalty.
"The amount of any license tax
Imposed by this article shall be
deemed a debt to the city. Any
person owning, having or keeping a
dog In the dty without having ob
tained a license to do so shall be
liable to an action In the name of the
city In any court of competent
jurisdiction (or the amount of any
license tax or penalty Imposed by
and required by this article to be
paid tor the prl\^ege of keeping and
having such dog.
"The Animal-Dog Warden Is
authorized to cause a complaint to
be died against any person violating
any of the provisions of this article
and to cause sin action to be brought
against any person falling to pay any
license tax required by the
provisions of this article tor the
recovery of such tax. Such action
shall be cumulative and not ex
clusive, and shall not be deemed as a
bar or a waiver of the right to In
stitute any other dvll or criminal
proceeding for a violation of this
At County Extension Luncheon
A Plan For Growth Is Discussed
‘‘4-Sight,’’ a plan to help Cleveland
county grow. Is the name of (Jleve-
la''d County’s six-year extension
program — 1977-1682. The theme of
this long-range Extension program
was announced Tiiesday by Henry
Dameron, County Extension
In making this announcement
Dameron stated that "4-Slght’’ will
be the theme tor the state plan as
well as each of the 100 counties.
Dameron stlso stated that the
Cleveland County Long-Range plan
la based on the present situation and
programs may be altered as con
He stated that study committees
under the over-all direction of the
County Extension Advisory Board
were used to Identify problem areas,
set goals, determine priorities, and
help In developing the program to
meet these gosds.
In announcing this program In a
luncheon meeting with the county
commissioners. Extension Advisory
Board, members of the press, and
community leaders, Dameron
stated that (our major program
areas are to be emphasized In this
A. Agriculture and Natural
Resources with attention to
production and marketing problems
of the dlversed commodities
produced In our county.
B. Community Resource
Development with attention to group
related problems whose resolutions
can Improve community life.
C. 4-H, concerned with the
development of young people.
D. HomA Economics with
educational programs focused on
the family setting.
Dameron stated that the projected
gross farm Income baaed on current
prices (or 1882 should exceed $82
million. Over $8 mlUlon to come
from field crops; $1 million from
field-grown vegetables; $8.8 million
from fruits; $2 million from nursery
and greenhouse crops; $8.8 million
from dairy; $4.4 million from
Uvestock; $8.4 million from poultry;
and $.6 million from toreatiy.
Dameron said that In the area of 4-
H with 16,600 young pe(q;)le between
the ages of 6 and 19 there will be
opportunities tor those who live In
urban areas, rural non-farm areas,
and on-the-farm to participate In 4-
H. Emphasis will be placed on new
community 4-H eltibs, new qieclal
Interest groups, leader training
forums, activities, projects, and
According to Project "Overview”
more housing la needed (or
moderate and low-income families
as well as more public housing.
According to Dameron with em
phasis on sulequate housing tor
FOint SIGHT PROGRAM LAUNCHED - Henry
Dameron, right, gives a program to Frits Morehsad,
left, and Coleman Goforth, members of the ooanty
board of oonunlssloners, outlining "4 Sight," a plan to
help Cleveland Ooinity grow during the next six years
Photo By Lto Stewart
and developed by the county extension servlee and Its
advisory committee of area cltlaens. The plans were
snnounoed Tuesday at a harhecne lunoheon at the
Cbunty Offloe building at which County Agent Dameron
everyone. Extension will assist
families in learning more about
selecting home sites, housing plans,
remodeling plans, securing loans to
(It the family budget, and main
taining their homes and grounds.
The Extension Home Economics
Agents will also conduct educational
programs designed to Increase
knowledge and skill In clothing,
home msmagement, family
relations, and Improved nutrition
and related problems.
Families will be provided an
opportunity to acquire knowledge In
managing finances, building a
retirement Income, and planning tor
financial security. Dameron fur
ther stated that Extension’s
Resource Development Educational
program will be directed toward
Involving leaders and reprssen-
tatlves from all groupa from every
level of the problem aolvlng process.
The major Identified problems In
the area at county-wide water and
sewer systems, recreation, em
ployment, consolidation of schools,
public apathy, land-use planning,
solid waste disposal, and crimes.
Dameron emphaslaed that the N.
C. Agricultural Extension Service Is
In business to help people. "Through
the County Extension Offlce we*
work with people, farmers,
homemakers, the elderly, the un-
derprlvlledged, businessmen and
To carry out our educational role,
we rely upon specialised agents,” he
Popularized versions of ’’4-Slght”
are available at the County Ex
tension Office, 180 South Post Road.