THE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 40
THUKSDAY, MAY 10,1977
KMPD Working On Plan
CRIME PREVENTION VAN - Honaton Corn,
director of llie Kings Mounteln PoUce CHme Preven
tion Bureau, la seen here with the new Chevrolet Step-
Van purchased from Nation Chevrolet for use as a
Photo By Tom McIntyre
crime prevention bureau display vehicle. In the next six
weeks the van will be equipped with numerous exhibits
designed to educate cltliens In methods of preventing
Large Tiimout Sees
Hundreds of Kings Mountain ares
cltlsens attended Baton Cor
poration's dedication services
Monday which featured ribbon
cutting of the fourth facility Baton
has put Into operation for the
manufacture of heavy-duty truck
transmission In the United States.
Lt. Governor Jimmy Green
snipped the blue ribbon as President
« and chief operating officer of the
corporation, Paul Miller, Board
CTialrman E. M. De Wlndt, plant
manager Ron Tompkins and other
Baton executives and represen
tatives of business and Industry
Following the ribbon-cutting,
visitors were given a tour of the
plant and barbecue and com-on-the-
cob was served at tables arranged
under a gigantic tent in the company
Ground for the 290,000 square foot
facility on a 00-acre site off Highway
29 between Kings Mountain and
Grover, was broken In 1974.
TIm first completed truck tran-
'1 mission l'.'ft the production line at
the plant lii mid-March of this year.
Lt. Gov. Green said he welcomed
Baton’s newest facility to North
Carolina on behalf of all the people
of the Tar Heel state and said he
hoped the corporation would be
"more and more delighted with our
Going To Medical School
BUI Herndon, Kings Mountain
native, has been accepted as a
student In the University of North
Carolina Medical School.
He and his wife, the former Bobbl
Wilson of Gastonia, are residing In
Herndon earned his un
dergraduate degree from UNC,
He Is son of William M. Herndon of
Kings Mountain and the late Jean
Lynch Herndon suid grandson of Mr.
and Mrs. Haywood B. Lynch and
Mrs. J. B. Herndon and the late Mr.
Bickley Fund Is
Almost $8,800 has been donated to
the Brlsui Bickley Fund In the past
Hie Mirror-Herald carried the
story of Blckley’s battle against a
coronsuY disease and of the moun
tain of medical bUls pUlng up during
« his hospital confinement.
Mrs. Marilyn Nelsler, a friend of
the Blckley’s, established a special
account at First Union National
Bank to handle the donations, which
are tauc deductible.
"As of Wednesday morning the
account now has $8,479 donated,”
Mrs. Nelsler said.
ITie Kings Mountain Country Club
directors are also talking about
spmisoring a golf and tennis benefit
with proceeds going to the Bickley
Bickley, his wife, Pauline, and two
. sons, natives of England, have been
residents of Kings Mountain ud the
United States for the past 11 years. A
third son, Brian Charles, was born
here in Kings Mountain.
Bickley has been confined to
hospitals, with the exception of five
weeks, since November 1976. His
major medical Insurance, $26,000, Is
exhausted. His room costs $206 daUy
and room and medicine costs to date
are well over $20,000. The bUls from
the doctors have not even arrived as
Junior Hif(h Choir
To Hold Concert
Members of the Kings Mountain
Junior High Choir wlU present a
concert Thursday night at 7:80 p. m.
in B. N. Bames Audporium on the
campus of Kings Mountain Senior
The pubUc Is Invited to attend.
Miller said the corporation had
"looked for a place where Eaton
could live and grow as part of the
community and Kings Mountain was
the right place at the right time.”
Kings Mountsdn Mayor John Moss
ssdd he was delighted that Baton had
chosen Kings Mountain and noted
that seldom has a city the size of
Kings Mountain been selected by a
world giant of industry. "Thank you,
he said,” for choosing Kings
Kings Mountain Senator OUle
Harris also welcomed the Eaton
"family’’ to Kings Mountsdn and Lt.
Gov. Green who he praised as a
"great leader In the legislature.”
President Miller commented that
"a lot of things have happened since
three years ago when I stood on this
ssune ground for groundbreaking of
a Kings Mountain plant. Including a
fair-sized recession. We knew,
however, that Kings Mountain was
being built for the future. The bsuren
field that we met on In 1974 Is now
one of the world’s most modern
truck transmission plants.”
Plant Manager Tompkins said,
"The day has finally arrived for us,
236 strong, to express our ap
preciation to the leaders of our
corporation, the federal, state and
local governments for having the
courage of their convictions In
continuing this Investment In our
jobs, during the most severe
economic recession experienced In
most of our working life time. This
was a period of curtailment for moat
which only helped perpetuate a bad
situation, but not here.”
Some Interesting features about
The facility Is sdl electric, and
power demand Is handled by
The plant has ’’enlightening”
personnel policies, among them
being there are no time clocks and
bells to direct employe when to
report for work. People respond
best to other people Is the poucy.
Plant equipment reflects the
newest technology In production
machinery. Some significant In
stallations make Kings Mountain
one of the most modern production
facilities both In the U. S. and for the
manufacture of truck transmission.
One of the biggest assets of
Baton’s Kings Mountain plant la Its
design toward maximum eiwrgy
conservation and total compliance
with state and local air and water
How Do You Prevent
Crime In Community?
Cheshire Is Honored
By CC Red Cross
How do you prevent crime?
TTie best method Is to take
precautions to make the criminal
act so difficult as to not be at
Tliat Is the function of the Kings
Mountain Crime Prevention Bureau,
a ^eclal arm of the KM PoUce
Department created under a grant
from the Law Enforcement
Assistance Agency In Raleigh.
Houston Com has been named
director of the bureau and Is
operating out of the stone house
beside Kings Mountain Baptist
Church, W. Mountain St.
Tills week Houston received a 14
ft. step van from Jerry Nation
Chevrolet, which was purchased
under a bid contract recently. The
large white van will be used to put
the crime prevention bureau
program Into fuU force within the
next six weeks.
Police Chief Bari Lloyd said the
van was purchased at a cost of
$6,776. The original LEAA grant was
for only $6,600 ,but Chief Uoyd
appUed for Increased funding from
LBAA and wm granted an ad
ditional $1,276 to apply toward the
cost of the vehicle. The city’s share
of this cost totals $24.
During the next six weeks
members of the poUce department
and the city’s electrical department
and Jack Thrower, a private citizen,
will apply their expertise in In
stalling carpeting, wiring and
cabinets, all to be used In creating a
mobile education center lOr the
’ ‘The Idea of the van Is to be able to
take the crime prevention programs
Into the different sections of the
community,” Chief Lloyd said.
"Citizens wlU be able to see first
hand crime prevenUon methods they
can put Into Inexpensive and
practical use in their own homes and
Com is presently conducting such
programs for private citizens and‘
businessmen. He is also following up
on cases where citizens may take
precautions to make sure they are
not again the victims of crimes.
Chief Ll03rd said Com will also
conduct in-service training
programs of all the other officers on
the local police department so they
may Implement the crime
"It is our goal to make all of our
men and women crime prevention
officers,” Chief Lloyd said.
Once the vsui Is ready. Chief IJoyd
said Kings Mountain will make It
available also to neighboring law
enforcement departments upon
Lynn Cheshire of Kings Mountain
was presented with the Dr. Hubert
.. outstanding volunteer
Plaster Award as outstanding male
volunteer 1976-77 Monday night.
The award was presented during
the Annual meeting of the Cleveland
County Chapter of American
'National Red Cross at Kings
Mountain Junior High.
Stanley Morgan, a chapter
director and the 1976-76 Dr. Plaster
Award recipient, presented
Cheshire with the honor.
Cheshire has served as a Red
Cross director since 1978 and has
served as co-chairman of the Kings
Mountain blood program. He is
currently serving as cludrman of the
Red Cross Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) program,
giving programs all over the county.
He has sJso taught junior and senior
lifesaving courses over Cleveland
Rev. Glenn Boland Md Gary
Whitaker, both of Kings Mountain,
were elected secretary and
treasurer, respectively, for the
coming year during Monday’s an
nual meeting. Whitaker was also
named to the board of directors.
Dr. Harry Matthews and James
Beam, both of Shelby, were elected
chairman and vice chairman of the
county chapter for the coming year.
Marvin Teer, also of Kings
Mountain received a plaque
denoting the chapter’s appreciation
for his past service as tresuiurer
during the annual meeting Monday.
I^ans First Aid
First aid la by no means simple
and requires hard work as sixth and
seventh graders are learning at
American Red Cross Basic First
Aid has been Incorporated Into the
health program at Central this year
and Is being taught by the health and
physical education teachers, Mrs.
Pam Salyers, Mrs. Sara Whetstlne,
Green Rape, Murder
Trial Set Monday
Jimmy Eugene Green will stand
trial on charges of rape and murder
beginning Monday In Cleveland
County Superior Court.
Green Is chsirged In the death of
Mrs. Rosemary Knauer of Daytona
Beach. Fla., last October S at Kings
Set At Central
Central School will sponsor a
Spring Festival Friday afternoon
with gymnastics, arts and craRs, a
disco room and a baby contest by
sixth and seventh graders as
Hot dogs with all the trimmings
will also be available.
At 8 p. m. the Choral group of
Central School will present a concert
of special music.
The public Is Invited to attend.
The defendant has been under
observation In Dorothea Dlx
Hospital In Raleigh and Is expected
to be returned to Cleveland County
Friday. The trial was set earlier, but
Attorney Jsimes Funderburk of
the Public Defender’s office will
Appearing as state witnesses will
be icings Mountain Police Chief Earl
Uoyd, Sgt. Richard Reynolds and
Ptl. Richard Byers and Mike Ssm-
ders. Also Paul Bsirbee of the
Cleveland County Sheriff’s
Department and SBI Agent Jim
All three law enforcement
agencies cooperated In the In-
vesUgatlon of the murder of Mrs.
Knauer. The victim was In
Clevelsmd County operating a penny
arcade during the county fe<r last
October. The defendant reportedly
worked for Mrs. Knauer at the fair.
Green was arrested In Florida by
Sgt. Reynolds and Agent Woodard In
early December 1976.
Steve Moffltt and Phil Weathers In a
program designed to spsin the sixth
and seventh grade years, covering
two of the four books each year.
Elach student who qualifies will
receive a certificate stating that he
or she has satisfactorily completed
and can administer Basic First Aid.
The course was begun just this
school year with astounding results.
The students’ motivation and
Interest has risen quite con
siderably, according to their In
structors. Bach student must pass
satisfactorily a series of skill testa
and a written final exam on all
aspects of Basic First Aid. The In
structors estimate 76 boys and girls
will receive their certificates this
Oonslderlng the program la to
cover a two-year period, the In
structors are proud of the 76
students who have exerted extreme
effort In the short amount of time
offered and feel they i should
be greatly commended.
First Aid Is catching on fast In the
Kings Moisitaln School System. The
schools and the American Red Cross
are working together to train and
certify as many people as possible.
The program at Central school Is
just a stepping stone. At present, the
staff at Central can claim two BMTS
and CPR Instructors with the ex
pectation of two additional In
structors In the very near future.
Bventually, all the teachers In the
Kings Mountain schools will have
the opportunities to take the Red
Cross course, CPR, Basic Life