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THE THURSDAY EDmON
VOL. 88 NO. 16
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY t4,1977
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Feel Slighted By Commissioners
Medical Society Opposes
More Coroner Authority
A local bill drafted by Sen. OUle
Harris of Kings Mountain and
presented to the county com
missioners Monday would give the
county coroner expanded authority.
If approved by the legislature, the
bill would give Clevelaiid County's
coroner the power to order autop
sies, remove a botjy from a scene
and to make and sign medlcsd
i aertlflcates of death,
f The county’s law enforcement
j: agencies favor the bill, but the
county medical society Is opposed to
^nnett Masters of Kings
Mountain, now serving as county
j coroner, presented the bill to the
commissioners for review at
He told the bostrd there are flaws
In the local medical examiner
system. He said the law requires the
coroner be notified of sdl cases In
vestigated by a medical examiner,
“but In about 90 percent of these
cases I am not notified."
Monday night the medical society
met to discuss the proposed bill and
passed a resolution "voicing opposi
tion to the action" to the action of the
county commissioners "on
enhancing the euithorlty” of the
coroner “without an effort to secure
the views of the medical community
on a medically related matter."
Dr. Avery McMurry, a spokesman
for the society, ssdd the local
medical group la In favor of Im
proving the medical examiner
system all over the state and stated
that steps have already been tsdcen
to see the Improvements made.
In his comments Monday morning
to the commissioners. Coroner
Masters said there had been two
medical examiners in the Kings
Mountain area when the system was
Initiated, but that now there are no
ME's In the area. He also said It Is
difficult getting a medical examiner
from Shelby to the Kings Mountain
Governor’s Order Sent
To Police To Enforce
The Kings Mountain Police
Department has received guidelines
for enforcing Qov. Jim Hunt's order
on heating limitations for retail
The guidelines were submitted by
Jack Cozort, legal counsel to
Governor Hunt. . ’■
ijouoU rciv i.rj.’ 14, vhc gc.t-
nor’s ord--', states that retail
operatf f i estrlct the use of energy
reso' . ces inr heating faculties to 4
' nirs per week. RetaU operations
are defined as having for sale goods
and services, recreation or en
The order further stipulates that
faculties aere not to be heated at
more than 62 degrees during the 48
hours of operation nor more thsin 56
degrees during non-operational
Chief Earl Lloyd said retail
operations are supposed to post for
the pubUc a schedule of operational
"Violations of the governor’s
order Is a misdemeanor," Chief
Lloyd said. "Enforcement of the
order Is handled by the attorney
general, the legislative committee
on energy crisis management and
the energy poUcy council.”
Local law enforcement officers
are directed to conduct spot checks
on retaU establishments. Officers
wUl check whether or not the hours
of heating are posted at a con
spicuous place, whether the retaU
establishment Is following the
heating schedule and whether or not
thermostats are set at the ordered
Chief Lloyd said, "If our officers
determine a violation of the order
«vceurro«l they w"! get as marj"
detauid as possible as to the fiwner
and manager of the operation, the
kind of buslneas Involved, the extent
of the violation and the owner or
manager's willingness to comply
with the govsmar’a order.”
The Governor's Order also In
structs local law enforcement of
"Notify Jack Cozort, Legal
Counsel to Governor Hunt, that a'
possible violation has been found ...
It Is essential that the officer who
has determined a violation has
occurred notify Mr. Cozort prior to
making an arrest or seeking In
junctive relief. The Governor’s
office wiU assist the local officer to
determine the proper course to
follow after the violation is found."
Governor Himt Issued the order
following an attempt to extract
voluntary cutbacks from retaU
business across the state during the
energy crisis. The voluntary plan
did not work as weU aa the governor
has expected, so i he Invoked his
powers under the State Statutes.
Chief Lloyd said his department
expects to discuss procedure of the
Governor’s Order this week before
the actual spot checks of retaU
businesses takes place.
Masters contends that the medical
examiner has the authority to order
removal of a body from a scene and
If this is done without the examiner
having been to the scene there la the
chance of possible loss of evidence.
Masters also feels there is ad
ditional cost to the county under the
medical examiner system; cost
which could be eliminated If the
coroner’s authority weis expanded.
Dr. McMurry ssdd the medlcsd
community feels there Is a problem
In coimnunlcatlona In these matters
and that there la a great deal of
misunderstsuidlng about how the
ME system functions.
He said that Dr. Page Hudson, the
state medical examiner, and an
assistant wUl come to Shelby on
March 8 for a 7 p. m. meeting with
rescue squad representatives and
law enforcement agencies to
“reorient agencies on the medical
examiner system and how it
Dr. McMurry also ssdd that Dr.
Sam Robinson has been mentioned
by the medical society as a possible
medical examiner for the Kings
Mountain area. He said the matter
has not yet come to a deciding vote.
Sheriff Haywood Allen said
Tuesday he favors the bUl and that
personaUy he feels the coroner’s
powers should be increased. He
cited a close working relationship
between investigating afflcers and
the coroner In the past.
Kings Mouitaln Police Chief Earl
Lloyd said that authority In titese
matters, such as outlined In the bUl,
have traditionally rested with the
The commissioners approved
Monday sending a letter of support
to Raleigh to Sen. Harris for the
Introduction of the bill. Tuesday,
Commission Chairman Jack Palmer
said the letter has not been sent as
yet and Indicated it may be held up.
The medical society wu not
happy with the commission’s
decision to support the local bill
without having discussed Us
provisions with the county medical
SURVEY TEAM - Debbie Kiser, left,
and Helen Sharp, right, college students,
make up a city survey team on Kings
Mountain housing who are calling on city
residents to determine type of housing In
the area In conjunction with the city’s
Community Development Block Grant
Photo By Lib Stewart
For CD Program
A housing survey Is ciirrently
underway In Kings Mountain In
conjunction with the city’s Com
munity Development block grant
program and two college students,
Debbie Kiser and Helen Sharp, will
be calling at your door to obtain
Information vitally needed.
Property owners’ names will not
be recorded In the survey, says A1
Moretz, but accurate Information on
type of housing, whether you rent or
buy, how large are your families.
Income range, how many
bathrooms, etc. and etc. are needed
for the study.
The young surveyors are both
Grover Council Considers
Town Recreation Planning
Tomorrow Is the deadline on
tickets on a portable color TV, spon
sored by the committee to send the
senior high band to Disney World.
The tickets are going for a $1
donation to the band trip. All ticket
stubs are to be turned In at Home
Savings and Loem Association by
Friday’s close of business.
The drawing for the TV set will be
held Mon., Feb. 38 at 4 p. m. at Home
Savings and Loan. Donald Deal,
director of the Kings Mountain
Senior High band will draw the
winning ticket. TTcket holders do not
have to be present to win.
Between now and Friday af
ternoon, tickets can still be pur
chased at First Citizens Bank and
Trust, First Union National Bank,
Kings Mountain Savings and Loan
and Home Savings and Loan.
Bob Maner, chairman of the
committee contacting small
business In the city, said
businessmen contacted for
donations have been "most
Carl DeVane and Mrs. Charles
Mauney are now contacting local
Industry tor donations toward the
The band will lead ihe Disney
World parade on April 18 In Orlando,
Fla. The band was selected
following selection by Disney World
officials who judged tapes sub
Hal Durham Hicks, 68, Acting
Superintendent of the Kings
Mountain Public Works Depart
ment, died suddenly Tuesday
morning at U ;16 a. m. In Chariotte
Funeral services will be con
ducted Thursday afternoon at 8 p. m.
from Central Methodist Church, of
which he was member, by his
pastor. Rev. Robert Boggan. In
terment will be In MounUtin Rest
The body will remain at Harris
Funeral Home until the hour of
He became Acting Superintendent
of the city public works department
about six months ago, succeeding
Black Leonard. He had been em
ployed by the City of Kings Mountain
for four years.
He was son of Mrs. Lora Walker
Hicks Stinson ot Shelby and the late
Charles Durham Hicks. He was a
native of Cleveland County.
Surviving, in addition to his
mother, are his wife, Mrs. Thelma
McDaniel Hicks; one daughter, Mrs.
Tom Vance of Charlotte; two sisters,
Mrs. A1 Brlckley of Chariotte and
Mrs. Colon Wright of Shelby; and
GROVER — A handful of
residents at Monday’s council
meeting here favored a recreation
program for the town, but
questioned the vaUdlty of paying for
a study to show what Is now
available In recreation.
The town la eligible for a 00 per
cent federal and state grant to pay
fw a "comprehensive recreation
study" and a “community profUe,”
according to community assistance
planners from the N. C. Department
of Natural suid Economic Resour
The planners recommended the
town council approve both the study
and the profile. The deadline for
applying for the grant this year Is
February 38. Although no council
action was taken Monday night,
another public hearing on the matter
may be called this week.
Shirley Austin Selected
Sanford Award Finalist
Mrs. Darrell Austin, Kings
Mountain Elementary Schools
Music Supervisor, has been notified
that she la a finalist In the Teiry
Sanford Award competition.
She is among 16 state finalists
chosen for their creativity In
teaching or administration from
nominations by NCAE local unlU.
The winner will receive a plaque
and cash award at an Awards
Dinner during the NCAE convention
In Asheville March 31-April 3.
Judges, appointed by the Learning
Institute of North Carolina, will
select the sUte winner or winners.
The Terry Sanford Award was
esUbllshed In 1966, honoring
Governor Sanford for his efforts to
provide quality education In North
Carolina. It has been awarded an
nually since tiiat time, the funds
earned by the contributions given by
friends and admirers at the close of
the Sanford administration.
The study would cost (4,600 and
the profile, (6,000 If done separately.
Done together the cost would be
(8,000. The cost to the town would be
(3,620 and the grant, (6,280.
The study, as outlined, would
pinpoint existing recreation
programs. Include site proposals,
potential for recreational
development and methods for
developing that potential.
The community profile would
touch other areas, the strengths and
weaknesses of the community and
methods for promoting the town’s
assets. Also the housing situation,
land use, expansion possibilities and
There was some discussion as to
whether the town's acceptance of
the profile study would have a
bearing on the community receiving
favorable recreation from the
Penley’s Chapel Church on
Cherryvllle Rd. will q>ansor a song
service on Sunday nl^t, Feb. 2Tth,
featuring The Hampton Quartet of
Blacksburg, S. C.
Services will begin at 7 p. m. and
the Interested community Is Invited
to attend, said Rev. W. L. Huff-
students at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte and are
residents of Gastonia.
To verify they are employed by
the city to conduct the survey, the
young women will carry Iden
tification cards, said Moretz.
They will be working In the area
for approximately three weeks,
according to Moretz, who said that
citizens are asked to cooperate with
'die surveyors by answering ac
curately the questions needed for the
CD block grant reports.
"We do appreciate all your
cooperation In this effort,” said
Is March 4
World Day of Prayer Is Frl.,
March 4th, and Christians sill over
the world will pause during the day
to offer prayer.
At First Presbyterian Church,
Rev. Gary Bryant, pastor, said the
church will be open from 13 noon .
until 5 p. m. for worshipers to enter
the sanctuary emd meditate.
Most Kings Mountain churches
are arranging similar observances.
Offering plates will be on the altar
and any gifts from worshipers will
be used by the Kings Mountain
Ministerial Association Helping
Hand Fund to help area needy.
The Mcntreat-Anderson Singers
will present a program of songs and
drama Sunday night at 7 p. m. at
First Presbyterian Church
The program, to which the public
Is Invited, Is sponsored by youth of
“This college youth group la In
much demand for programs of song
and drama,” said Pastor Gary
Bryant, “and we Invite the public,
eq>eclaUy young people of the area,
to join In this special program.
To Sponsor Chicken Supper
Bethlehem Volunteer Fire
Department wlU sponsor a bar
becued chicken supper Saturday,
from 6 until 8 p. m. at the Depart
ment headquarters In Bethlehem
The menu will Include barbecued
chicken, slaw, rolls, tea or coffee,
and homemade cake.
All proceeds will be used to pur
chase a new light and utility truck
for the department.