THE THURSDAY EOmON
VOL. 88 NO. 48
THUItSDAT, JUNE M, 1877
Brian Bickley la acheduled to be
flown to Scotland to the Royal In
firmary of Edlnborough for treat
ment by Dr. Hugh Miller.
Dr. Miller, according to a
Charlotte Obaerver atory by Kaya
fhjii kaa hart
Alth an experimental drug for neait
patlenta. The drug la unavailable In
America becauae It haa not been
aiq;>roved by the Food and Drug
Dr. Donald Hall, cardlologlat, and
Nurae Jeannette Branch are
acheduled to accompany Bickley to
Edlnborough. Dr. Hall aald he would
pay for hla and the nurae’a trip and
make arrangementa for recom-
penaatlon for expenaea later.
Dr. Hall hopea the drug will
fOreatall cardiac arreat and correct
the dlarhythm of Bickley'a heart.
Bickley, 41, haa q)ent the laat alx
montha attached to a heaul monitor
In the Dlckaon Heart Unit at
Charlotte Memorial Hoapltal. He
auffered hla flrat heart attack In
November 1076 and waa confined at
Klnga Mountain Hoapltal. Since that
time he haa apent a total of five
weeka out of hoapltala and haa
auffered countleaa cardiac arreata.
Several weeka The Mirror-Herald
publlahed the atory of the hardahlpa
the Bickley family haa auffered
alnce Bickley waa confined to
hoapltal care. Mra. Maudlyn Nelaler
made arrangementa for Flrat Uhlon
National Bank to aet up a apeclal
account for donatlona bi Blckley’a
name to pay on the mountain of
Laat weekend the Klnge Mountain
Country Club held the Brian Bickley
Benefit Qolf Tournament In which
$8,800 waa ralaed fbr Bickley.
Polly Phifer, who handlea the
FUNBank apeclal account, reported
We(bieaday that the account now haa
a total of $0,118 Including the golf
Still, thla amount will not make a
dent In the debta facing the
Blckley’a, ao the account will remain
open to all cltliena. And all
donatlona to the account are tax
While Bickley la In Scotland for
treatment, Ida wife, Pauline, and
their three aone will remain In Klnga
Mountain — waiting for hla return.
itir ☆☆☆ ☆☆
Brian, Pauline, Lee, Ouy and
Brian Charlea deeply appreciate
your help In our hour of need.
Alao we would like to thank
everyone who haa given generoualy
to the Brian Bickley FHind at Flrat
Union National Bank.
We will remember each and
everyone of you In our prayera.
a King* Mountain
The Kings Mountain Depot Center
By Tern Btelntyre
Depot Center Meeting Room (former Baggage Area)
Pay, Classification Plan Set
Monday night the city com-
mlealonere adopted a pay and claael-
flclatlon plan for city employee aub-
mltted by the peraonnel committee.
Chairman Humea Houaton aald
the plan la dealgned to run for alx
year*. At that time a merit pay
program will be eetabllahed.
"Broken down elmply,” Houaton
aald, "the pay and claaalflcatlon
plan will offer city employee a five
percent Increaae each year for the
next alx yeare. However, baaed on
productivity, the employe* can earn
their Increaaea In amall Increment*
on a monthly baala Imtead of
waiting for the entire Increaae at the
end of the year."
There are now 83 aalaiy gradea aet
up for city employee. The loweat
baae ealary la $4,784 and the highest
Houston said, "No one la penalized
by being placed Into one classifica
tion or the other. The whole plain 1*
aet up as an Incentive program for
"Each employe will know exactly
what his earning potential la and
how much he must produce In order
to earn hla pay," Houston aald.
TTie chairman said the city has
already eetabllahed a personnel
policy and an affirmative action
plan and this latest program la a
continuance of a plan that la both
beneficial to the city and to the
In other action Monday night the
cammlaslonera held a second public
hearing on the pr<^>oaed 1977-78 city
The $6,888,748.15 budget will go
through a third and final reading
and will be adq;>ted on June 37,
according to Mayor John H. Moss.
OommlSBloners alao held a public
hearing on the proposed $180,000
revenue sharing proposed use plan
for 1977-78. Thl* covers the expendl-
Young Family Burned
Out, Need Assistance
While the Robert Parkers were
buying groceries last Thursday fire
destroyed their mobile home and all
of their poaseealms.
The Parkera are now residing with
Robert’i parents, Mr. and Mr*.
Gene Parker on Second St.
Friends of the Parkers, Otha and
Betty Campbell, have begim a
project to help the Parken replace
some of the loet items by asking
their fellow Kings Mountlana for
"The Parkera need furniture
Items and clothing," Mrs. Campbell
said. "Most of all they need a house
or an apartment to rent."
Robert, SO, la employed at Coca
Cola Bottling Co. In Oastonla.
Deborah, 35, . Is employed at
Hamrick’s Sewing Plant In Kings
Moiaitaln. The Parkera have a
three-year old daughter, Stacy.
"Anyone who might have a house
or an apartment for rent can contact
the Parkers by calling my number,”
Mrs. Campbell aald. "Anyone who
haa furniture Items, and clothing
they wish to donate to the Parkers
may alao call my number and we
will make arrangements to pick up
The Campbell number la 788-8018.
Saturday At Dcfiot Center
To Attend Meet
The Ole’ Tlmey Tbwn Meeting la
This Saturday from 9 a. m. until 4
p. m. citizens of Kings Mountain are
Invited to join together for some ‘ ‘old
fashioned fellowih^", according to
committee chairman Norman King.
"This outing should be a lot of fun
for our citizens,” King aald. "There
will be band music and wortuhopa
where our people can learn what the
future haa In store for them and their
King said that Kings Mountain
merchants have alao gotten Into the
spirit of the town meeting by making
Items available to be awarded as
door prizes during the day-long
"We will have places for cltlzena
to register, then later they must be
on hand when the stubs are drawn In
order to win," King said.
Rev. Kenneth Oeorge, who waa
named manager of the Kings
Mountain Depot Center during
Monday night's board meeting, aald
there will be a kiddle party begin
ning at 8 p. m. at the eabooee
meeting places In front of the depot.
Refreshmenta will be served and
entertainment provided for the
"We are urging cltlaens to pack
picnic lunches and stay with us right
through the day," King said. “The
city will provide beverages at the
At U:l8 a. m., Mayor John H.
Moas aald the ceremony will begin to
dedicate the Kings Mountain Depot
Center to the cltlsans of Kings
State, County and local officials
have been Invited to participate In
The Depot Center, which waa
leaaed by the city from Southern
Railroad, haa undargone complete
renovation Inalde and out during the
past year. Offices have bean con
structed to house the city’s aging
program, under the direction of Rev.
Oeorge, the Kings Mountain
Development Office, a health center
facility, and the proposed Klnga
Mountain Natural and Historical
The center also has kitchen
facllltlea and a large meeting area,
which Includes two levels of floor
apeuie and a large chlnuiey for open
The Chimney was constructed of
eight ton* of native atone, 8,000
bricks and three yards of concrete
by Bill McMutray of Kings Moun
Mayor Moos said that during the
past year dty crews as well as
volunteer groups have put the
finishing touches on the depot
hires by departments for equipment
during the next fiscal year.
— Commissioners concluded a
third public hearing Monday In
which there were no comments for
or against a rezonlng request from
Brackett had requested rezonlng
of 1013 N. Piedmont Ave. which Is
adjacent to his residence property,
from R8 to OB for the establishment
of a used car lot.
A1 Moretz, secretary of the zoning
and planning board, told the board
the ZAP Board had denied the
request In a meeting on May 19.
However, following a comment from
Oommlssloner Norman King, who
resides near Brackett, that he had
no objection to this rezonlng change,
the board approved Brackett’s
request. The property Is now
rezoned to allow for Brackett’s used
— Commissioners approved
submitting an application for
$30,418.11 to the N. C. SUte
Economic Opportunities Office,
Raleigh, to set up a two-phase
summer recreation program at the
Deal and Davidson pools.
BUI Orlssom, chairman of the
recreation committee, said the
program grant would allow for
hiring a director to handle the June
38-August 38 program.
Under the plan youngpter* would
be taught swimming, tennis, ar
chery and other outdoor sports
activities during the half day
— Commissioners adopted the
1977-78 privUege Ucense fee rate
schedule as the same schedule now
existing under the city codes without
The fee schedule Is covered under
chapter 15 and Is found on pages 586 -
636 In the code of ordinances.
A housing plan for the City of
Kings Mountain was presented and
adopted at Monday night’s board of
Presented by David S. Long,
community planner with the N. C.
Department of Natural and
Economic Resources, the plan wUl
also be used In making appUcatlon
for Community Development Funds
Long said the plan "makes no new
municipal poUcy, but gives the
board and the Department of
Housing and Urban Development a
clear picture of where the city la
going In planning housing for
Under housing goals, according to
the accepted plan, the city will seek;
— To provide a safe, decent,
pleasant and adequately - alsed
dwelling for each clOzen of Klnga
— To encourage the development
of housing units and residential
neighborhoods which will smoothly
function as oomponanta of the total
To diversify the city’s housing
stock so that various Income, ethnic,
age groups, etc. are not excessively
concentrated In the city:
— To eliminate any existing
mechanisms which either promote
or force housing discrimination on
the baala of race, religion, color,
national origin, age or physical
The report points out that ac
cording to the 1970 census King*
Mowitlan has a total of 3,818 housing
units, 3,638 of which were occupied.
The data shows that 1,674 units were
owned and 960 units were being
Long alao points out tai hla report
that vacant available units In Kings
MoiBitaln are almost non-exlatent,
e^MClally lailts In standard con
The type of structures In Ungs
Mowitaln are predominately the
single family type. A total of 3,487 or
86.8 percent of the dwelling are
stogie family types. Multi-family
units total 386 or 10.8 percent. Mobile
homes constltuts 8 percent or 88
The city’s single family units
average higher than the state
numbers and lower to the per
centage of multi-family units.
Mobile home pereantafs statewide
are higher by 8.8 percent.
TTie 1970 census todleatas that
about 87 percent of Ktogs Mbun-
tlan’s housing units were con
structed prior to 1960.
Housing conditions In 1976 shows
3,301 standard units In the city with
19 vacant for a total of 8J80 units.
Deteriorating units stOl occupied
numbered 848 with 88 mors vacant
for a total of 881. Thace were 18
dalapldated homes ooctgitsd and 18
others vacant for a total of 88.
Assisted multl-fantlly units oc-
cigiled In 197$ totaled 800 with
another 90 units under oonstructlon.
However, 86 of these inlts, dealgned
for the aging and handlcappod, have
been occupied to the past week.
Other muIU-tamlly units occupied In
1976 totaled 151 and there were 78
mobile homes occuplad. The total
occupied units In 1976 were 8,988,
with 191 unoccupied.