THE TUESDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. »
TUESDAY, APBIL IS. i»7T
PW Contract To
Be Awarded Friday
LOOK OVER THE PLANS — Mftyor John Mom snd
Oommlmionera Fred Wright and dames CbUders look
over the architectural rendering of the proposed Kings
Mountain PidftUc Works Bidldlng. Bids wUl be received
Diursday and construction contract awarded on
PMday. Construction Is scheduled to begin Mon., May t.
By TOM MCINTYRE
This Thursday city commlMloners
will receive bids on construction of a
public works building and main-
tensuice garage. Friday the contract
will be awarded and on Mon., May 2
on site construction will begin.
Tile time table for completion of
the city’s public works facilities la
the first of October 1877.
The new facility was designed by
Holland and McGinnis, Architects,
PA of Shelby and will replace the
current spaces provided for the
various city services departments
on City St.
Mayor John H. Mess said Friday,
"This new faculty will establish a
centrallud site for offices and
warehouBO storags. Ths board la
also considering a centralized
purchasing system to be Installed at
the pubUc works buUding.”
Commissioner James Childers,
chairman of the city’s public works
committee, said, “This Is a much
needed and long overdue facility. It
will be of benefit to the citizens and
the city employes.’’
’Ihe mayor said a centralized site
wUl offer the citizens a basis for
much more efficient service.
The entire package will include
the pubUc worics building, with of
fices and workshop areas; a
vehicle maintenance garage: a
covered area for vehicle storage;
and fencing about the approximate
10 acres of property on N. Piedmont
Parking for approKlmately 70 cars
wOl also be provldsd at the main
Jerry F. Ledford and Sandra M.
Stone, Kings Mountain natives, have
Joined the staff of Home Savings A
Loan Association, announces
Tliomss A. Tate, executive of the
Mr. Ledford, formerly controller
with Kings Mountain R. spltal, wiU
serve as centroUer at Home SAL and
Mrs. Stone, who formerly worked In
the Merchandising Department of
Kingsmont, will serve as a teUer.
Wife of BlU Stone, Mrs. Stone Is
the former Sandra Mulllnax and Is a
graduate of KMHS. ’Ihe Stones Uvs
with their son In the Oak Grove
Mr. Ledford, a graduate of KMHS
who majored in accounting at N. C.
State University, Is married to the
former Sheila Moss and they are
parents of one chUd and live at 108
CURRENT PUBUC WORKS - ThU wide view
made from S. Railroad Ave. shows the area
currently being used on Cl^ St as the pubUc
works buUdlng and storage yard. This area has
been used for over a quarter of a century. Under
the Cansler St. Uiban Renewal Contract, this area
is due for redevelopment and the dty must vacate
the area soon. The new PubUc Works BuUdlng and
grounds wUI house not only all of the vehicles and
equipment you see here, but the remainder of the
nioto By Tom McIntyre
rolling stock and equipment, plus offices and work
areas for aU of the city’s seervices departments.
’Ihe new faculty wiU be ready for occupancy by
October 1, 1977.
Now Open In KM CBD
'xne controversial Coroner BUI,
proposed by Sen. OUle Harris of
Kings Mountain, was approved
unanimously by the House Local
Government Committee last
On Thursday ths bUl passed In the
House and was seheihiled to be
returned to the Senate Monday night
toe approval ot two amendments.
The le^latlve action In Raleigh was
scheduled after The Mirror-Herald
went to press.
The bUl previously passed on the
Senate floor without any dissent, but
was sent to the House Local Govern
ment Committee with several
amendments written by Sen. Harris.
The bUl to expand the powers of
the coroners In Qeveland and.
Rutherford counties has been op
posed vigorously by the Cleveland
Oaunty Medical Society and County
Medical Examiner Dr. Avery Mc-
Murry. Dr. Page Hudson of the State
Medical Examiners office has also
voiced opposition to the blU, both
here In Cleveland County and In the
committee meetings In Raleigh.
Both Drs. McMurry and Hudson
feel the coroner bill wUl be “a back
ward step for the state’’ If the bill Is
The blU proposes coroners In
Cleveland, Rutherford counties be
aUowed to remove bodies from the
scenes of violent deaths, to sign
death certificates when they suspect
no foul play and to order autopsies
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Dropped It On Fulton
Paul Fulton teela lucky to be alive.
Laurt week during ths axtrsms
high winds a large oak tree was up
rooted and fell on him, crushing a
vertebrae and bruising hla bade.
Ftilton, bricklaying Inatructor at
Kings Mountain Senior High, was
working at the old Nelsler home on
York Rd., when the Incident oc
The 86-year old Kings Mountlan
said he and one of his students, Tim
Oliver, were laying a slate aldewalk
on the Nelsler plantation last
Hs said they had been working
half an hour and had seen the wind
tear small limbs from some trees.
Then Oliver spotted the tree being
uprooted and yelled to Fulton.
Fulton said he was able to take a few
-steps bttfore the tree fell on top of
Kbigs Mountain Rescue Squad
volunteers worked for 80 minutes to
tree Fulton from beneath the tree
and he was rushed to Kings
Mountain Hospital for treatment.
Oliver received several scratches,
but was otherwise uninjured.
Brenda’s Better Ones Hosiery Co.,
Kings Mountain’s newest business
citizen and the only one of Its kind In
the county wholly-owned by blacks,
opened at 227 Battleground Ave.
Mayor John Heniy Moss and
Gastonia Mayor T. Jeffers cut the
ribbon officially opening the new
business to the public at 10 a. m.
Philip Williford of Winston-Salem,
president of The Williford System
which also anticipates phasing In a
manufacturing operation to Increase
employment In the dty, said tiMt
Thomas and Brenda Brown of Kings
Mountain are the prlnc4>al owners.
Brenda’s Better Ones Hosiery is
an exclusive distributorship of
ladles panty hose which are
manufactured by The Williford
System In Winston-Salem. Mrs.
Brown said ultra-sheer, mesh, sheer
stretch stockings, support hoes,
knee hose, hip and tunniny-cantrol
hose In all fashionable colors and
sizes are available.
Also partldpatlng in the opening
day ceremonies were Rev. M. L.
Campbell and Rev. B. L. Harria.
Mayor Moss, congratulatkig the
Wimford System and the Browns,
welcomed the new budneas to
downtown Kings Mountain and
Mayor Jeffers praised the nwyor for
his efforts In creating new Jobs tor
President Williford, In his
opening remarks, noted that Mack
women have spent no less than 880
million dollars a year since 1870 tor
hoeleiy and that the demand tor a
quality distributorship tor panty
hose was a reason for launching the
new business venture and mted that
applications for clerks and former Bridges Hardware Company
salespersons are now being ac- In the heart of the business section,
cepted. completely renovated to allow for
TIm new firm la located In the expsuisltm and growth.
Photo By Lib Stewart
RIBBON CU’ITINO - Oastoala Mayor T. Jeftors, left, PhlUp Williford
and Kings Mountain Mayor John Moss cut the ribbon officially opening
bmda’s Better Ones Hosiery Company on Battiegronad Avenue.
The public works and main
tenance garage buildings will be
Included In the general contract,
according to Childers. Tlie covering
shed and fencing will be added later.
Tlie entire package will cost an
estimated 8260,000 and that sum Is to
be paid out of the city’s capital
budget over a two year period
(1976-77 and 1977-78 fiscal years).
Commissioner Childers said the
general contract to be awarded this
Friday will be for the flooring, walls
and ceiling. The Interior par
titioning, plumbing, heating and air
conditioning and electrical con
struction will be provided by the
various city departments.
Architectural plans call tor a two-
story structure on the front part of
the public works building con
taining 7,168 square feet iqrstalrs
and downstairs. The larger portion
of the building will be one story and
will contain 10,762 square feet of
work area. On the reeu* of the
building will be an eight foot wide
loading dock which will run the
entire width of the building.
The public works building will
house the offices for the water and
sewer, street and sanitation, gas,
electrical, cemetery and
beautification departments. Also
offices for the building inspector,
public works director and
Also Included will be a reception
area downstairs, which will contain
a base radio station for contact on
the Job with city vehicles.
“We plan to have two-way com
munications In all the city vehicles
In the future,” Mayor Moss said.
“This will give the citizens even
Also Included In the building will
be a conference room, a canteen,
showers, a woodworking shop and
work areas for the water and sewer,
street and sanitation, gas and
The maintenance garage will
contain an office and restroom
facilities, plus a large garage area
for complete servicing of city
vehicles. TVo large sliding bay
entrance for entrance and exit of
vehicles Is Included In the garage
During the construction face, the
mayor said, a house will have to be
removed from the property. Tlie
home and Its prcgierty were sold to
the city several months ago to give
the city enough room for growth on
the public works facilities site.
Commissioner Childers said the
public works committee, which
Includes the mayor. Commissioners
Norman King and Fred Wright, Jr.,
began working on the plsuis for the
facility shortly after the new ad
ministration tMk office. ”We have
q>ent approximately 16 months and
hundreds and hundreds of
manhours In planning this
facility,’’ Childers said.
Bids on construction will be
received at 2:80p. m. ’Ihurs., Apr. 14
and contract awarded at 4 p. m..
Frl., Apr. 16.
Set By County
The Cleveland County Health
Department announces It will be
doing blood pressure screenings at
different shopping centers during
the month of April. Iliere la no
charge for the blood pressure teats
and all persoiu are encouraged to
have theirs’ checked between 12:80
and 4:80 p. m.
Sky aty, April 14, April 22;
Macks-Klngs Mtn. April 26; K-Mart,
April 18. 28; THAY-Klngs Mtn. April
People may also have their blood
pressure checked Monday-Friday
8:80 a. ni.-4;48 p. m. at the Hsalth
Center; located beside Cleveland