THE TUESDAY EDITION
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VOL. 88 NO. 38
TUESDAY, APRIL 86,1617
Sets ’77 Opening
By TOM MCINTYRE
Moss Lake Authority Is gearing
for a third season of outdoor
Meeting last Friday at noon, the
authority set tomorrow (Wed., Apr.
27) as the date tor boating and
fishing permits to go on sale at the
lake office, dally 8 a. m.-9 p. m.
The swimming beacon will be open
to the public beginning May 28 and
will run through September 6, Labor
Day. Life guards will be on duty
from 8 a. m. until 8 p. m. dally
during the swim season.
According to the 1676 audit lake
use generated $28,849.26 In revenue
against operating expenses of
$10,681.02. Another $18,467.28 was
spent in capital Improvements.
Glee Bridges, authority secretary,
said the estimated revenue for the
1077 season is $26,000. The bulk of
this money will come from boating
permits with fishing permits
bringing in the next highest amount.
Other revenue sources Includes gas
and oil and concessions.
"In the beginning,” Bridges said,
“we felt it would take five to seven
years before the lake would be able
to come close to maintaining Itself.
However, last year's audit shows the
lake produced more than was an
ticipated. The authority Is very
pleased with the way the lake has
become a popular recreation area
for Kings Mountain area people."
Bridges said there are a great
many other Improvements for the
.vkv'ln th wcvlw, but t''-f.ate the
a>..thoiity cannot say wnen these
improvements will be made.
Last September the authority
applied to the Bureau of Outdoor
Recreation (BOR) for a grant to
help build a marina, dock slips and
housing, a second launch area and
numerous land-based recreational
TTie land use planning has been
under the direction of Gardner
Gldley and Associates, recreation
planners of Winston-Salem. The
plans call for picnic areas, parking
areas and a camping area.
“To date we have not heard from
the BOR application grant,” Bridges
In other action last Friday the
authority approved mailing out
lease agreements to property
owners fronting on Moss Lake. The
agreements Involve the city’s eight-
foot rl^t of way along the lake
shore. This right of way Is measured
eight feet above the waterline, then
on a level plain across the owner's
property. In some cases the right of
way extends further because of the
geographical lay of the property
than In other cases.
TTie agreement signed by the
property owner includes that owner
abiding by the rules and regulations
set down by the authority pertaining
to use of the land within the eight
foot right of v/ey. This Is a
precaution against health hazards
such as garbage dumping or septic
For the agreement fee the
property owner Is given a fsunlly
plan, boating, fishing, launching
permits for the year.
The agreements expire on April
Authority Chairman John H. Moss
appointed M. C. Pruette, Ray Cline,
Glee Bridges and Brooks Tate to the
properties committee for this
season. Pruette will cludr this
committee, which Is charged with
seeking additional property around
the lake for development for
Oorbet Nicholson, Cline and Tate
were named to a committee to look
Into the request from the Kings
Mountain Fire Museum for con
cession operation rights at the lake
The authority adopted an addition
to the lake rules and regulations
pertaining to boating. "No boat, or
sailboat shall be operated on John H.
Moss Lake without a valid permit
Issued by the authority. Decal Issued
by the authority shall be displayed
on the right side of the boat two
Inches behind the state registration
Bridges said last season the decals
were placed In areas where It could
not be readily seen by the lake
The authority agreed to Issue, at
no charge, bOaiing peimlts to uie
Kings Mountain Fire Department,
KM Rescue Squad, Shelby Rescue,
Grover Rescue, N. C. Wildlife
Resources Commission, State High
way Patrol and Cleveland County
The authority has requested the N.
C. Wildlife Resources Commission
to approve the rules suid regulations
for the lake and do assist In en
forcement this season.
The N. C. Department of Human
Resources has already approved the
rules and regulations tor Kings
Mountain to permit controlled
fishing and other recreational ac
tivities on the lake.
Mayor John Moss said the lake
office, off County Rd. 2083, ailso has
regulstlons available governing
mooring (boat docks, ramps)
facilities. Citizens are warned the
plans must be submitted to the office
of city codes director tor aiproval
The authority agreed to set dates
later (or the annual boat and water
show and fishing rodeo.
Lake Authority members Include
John Moss, chairman. Glee Bridges,
Brooks Tate, Ray Cline, Corbet
Nicholson, M. C. Pruette and Henry
Larry Hamrick Elected
County Realtor President
Moss Lake being readied for summer recreation season
Joint Law Training Sought
Larry D. Hamrick, realtor of
Kings Mountain, has been elected
president of the Cleveland County
Board of Realtors to serve during
1977. Hamrick has also been ap
pointed as director tor 1677 to serve
on the Board of Directors of the
North Carolina Association of
Realtors, Inc. He returned from
Raleigh last week where he attended
the quarterly directors meeting at
the Velvet Qoak Inn.
Hamrick has resided in Kings
Mountain since 1967 and Is
associated with Warllck Insurance
Agency and his own real estate firm.
He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill
In Business Administration, a native
of Shelby, and he and his wife,
Evelyn reside on Townsend Terrace
in Kings Mountain, with their two
sons, Patrick and Larry, Jr.
Other officers (or the Cleveland
CXxmty Board of Realtors tor 1977
Include Hal Plonk of Kings Mountain
who serves as director. Plonk has
his own real estate firm In Kings
Mountain and resides at 911
Oescent Circle In Kings Mountain.
Kings Mountain, Cleveland
County, Shelby and Bolling Springs
are making application to the Law
Enforcement Assistance Agency
(LEAA) for a joint Cleveland County
Agency Law Enforcement Training
Hie total program cost Is $24,960.
Of this amount the Federal grant Is
$22,466 or 90 percent. The state share
equals five percent and the (our
county members will provide five
Chief Earl Lloyd said the per-
coitage per department Is broken
down according to the number of
officers on each force.
Cteveland County's share equals
1.9 percent: Shelby — 1.8 percent;
Kings Mountain—1.1 percent; and
Bolling Springs—0.2 percent.
In actual money Kings Mountain’s
share is $274.66 of the total $1,247
from the four departments.
More than 260 Boy Scouts will
participate In a big Camporee April
29-80-May 1st at John H. Moss Lake
and the interested community Is In
vited to watch the competitive
events on Saturday, Apr. 30th.
Flay Cook director of the 1977
Battleground Camporee, said the
county-wide event will be held on the
beach area at Moss Lake and will
center around the theme,
“Citizenship In The Community.”
As part of the activities the Scouts
will have the opportunity to tour the
Kings Mountain water treatment
facility on Moss Lake.
Funeral services (or Mrs. Bessie
Turner Ramsaur Harris, 72, of 3600
Margrace Rd., who died suddenly
Thursday shortly after noon of a
heart attack at her home, were con
ducted Saturday morning at 11
o’clock from First Presbyterian
Church of which she wsis a member.
Her pastor. Rev. Gary Bryant,
officiated at the rites, and Interment
was In Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Mrs. Harris, In apparent good
health, was a retired nurse. She was
a native of Robeson County,
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Fleming Ramsaur. Widow of Ernest
Baton Harris, Sr., she had moved to
Kings Mountain on her husband’s
death and had resided for a number
of years here with her sister and
brother-in-law, Paul and Lillian
Mauney, and had been employed in
private duty nursing.
Surviving, In addition to her slstar
and brother-in-law, are her son,
Ernest B. Harris of Lexington, Ky.,
her daughter, Mrs. B. B. Summrell
of Hamilton, Ga , her brother, Oliver
Ramsaur of Saco, Maine, and seven
Harris Funeral Home was In
charge of arrangements.
‘"nie program supplies a salaried
(12,000) training director, a vehicle,
office equipment, reference library,
travel expense and expenses for two
schools for the training director to
attend," Chief Lloyd said.
The group proposes the office be
located In Shelby at the Law En
forcement Center and that the
training director will work under the
daily direction of the sheriff’s
The actual training programs will
be under the direction of a four-
member board, one representative
from each department, a program
director, who will work under co
directors, to see the grant guidelines
Sheriff Haywood Allen and Chief
Eau*! Lloyd, by consent of the Shelby
and Bolling Springs departments,
will serve as co-dlrectors for the
JOHN BUTLER PUWK. JR.
Mui’der, Rape Trial
In Superior Court John Honk
Jimmy Eugene Greene la
scheduled for trial In Cleveland
County Superior Court Tues., May 3
on charges of rape and murder.
The South Carolinian Is charged In
connection with the murder of Mrs.
Rosemary Knauer of Florida In
October 1976 at Kings Mountain Inn.
Greene was employed by Mrs.
Knauer In the operation of a midway
attraction during the Cleveland
The discovery of the partlsJly clad
and brutally stabbed body of Mrs.
Knauer among the bushes a few
yards from the rear of the Kings
Mountain Inn touched off one of the
most extensive Investigations ever
known In this area. The In
vestigation Involved Kings Mountain
Police, Cleveland County Sheriff's
Department and the SBI.
Greene was taken into custody at a
hospital in Florida In early
December 1976 by Sgt. Richard
Reynolds of the KM Police, Paul
Barbee of the sheriff’s department
and James Woodard, SBI agent.
Photo By Tom McIntyre
THANK YOU, BON — Hon Osborne accepts a framed certificate of
appreciation from Mayor John H. Moss during an Informal gathering of
top Kings Mountain executives at the KM Inn litst Wednesday. Osborne
has left the Burlington Phenlx pUnt as manager here after two and a half
years. Osborne Is now located at the MooresvlUe plant of Burlington
Industries. Osborne was Uuded tor his community service during his
tenure in Kings Mountain.
Phi Beta Kappa
John Butler Plonk, Jr. of Rt. 1 Is
one of 177 University of North
Carolina students tapped (or
membership In Phi Beta Kappa, the
nation’s highest scholastic honorary
In ceremonies at 6 p. m. Thursday,
April 21 In Carroll Hall auditorium.
He Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John
B. Plonk, Sr. of Kings Mountain.
Plonk has been a student at the
University since August, 1974 and la
now a Junior. He Is majoring In
Zoology at UNC and plans a career
At UNC-CH, he has been active In
Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Delta,
Intramural sports smd vcdunteer
work at NCMH.
Sam Robinson, M.D. of Kings
Mountain and Frank T. Hannah,
M.D. and A. W. McMurry, M.D. of
Shelby have been elected as Dele
gates from Gevelsind County to the
Annual Meeting of the North Oaro-
llna Medical Society to be held at the
Pbiehurst Hotel and Country Club,
The House of Delegates serves as
the policy-making body of the North
Carolina Medical Society. Each
county medical society Is entitled to
one delegate tor each twenty-five
members or major fraction of
twenty-five while At-large Delegates
consist of past presidents and secre
taries of the State Medical Society.
Medical specialty sections are also
entitled to a voting member In the
The House of Delegates will meet
onThurs., May 6, and again on Sat.,
May 7. May 6, la reserved for ref
erence committee meetings at
which any Interested member
wishing to be heard can speak topics
under consideration by the House of