THE TUESDAY EDITIOJS
VOL. 88 NO. 88
TUKBDAY, JULY 8. Jim
Lower Than Expected
Bids Are Opened
Artigt rendering of community center with euklition
Low bids for additions to the Kings
Mountain Community Center,
received at city hall last Thursday
afternoon, totaled $372,404.
According to Commissioner Jim
Childers, the original estlntated cost
fbr the approximately 8,000 square
feet of additions at the community
center was $380,000.
Representatives of Holland and
McC^nnls Associates, PA, of Shelby,
architects tor the addlttons, con
ducted the bid opening, receiving
bids from 32 firms.
At the same time bids from four
firms were received and opened for a
Board Action Last Thursday
Housing Plan Is Rejected
' r$|H>rt back to I
1 Jtan Childers ai
to meet with N
’’ In a special noon meeting last
Thursday the board of com-
^ mlaslonera rejected a homestead
• housing plan from R. B. Mathlsoa
^ and Associates.
Mayor John H. Moss appointed a
/ special committee lut Monday
\ night to consider the proposal and
' r$|H>rt back to the toll board with a
Oommlsslaners Coibet Nicholson,
and Fred Wright ware
Mathlson on Tuesday
'i') night to hash out the plan tolly.
OoRunlsrlonar Wright and Mathlsoa
did not attend the meeting.
The homestead housing plan
proposed by the Asheville firm
,, would utilise city-owned property
lor the construction of faetoiy built
^ khODies. Methlson told the board
• 'HSnday night that hla plan had toll
H Mppravul of the Department of
t Housing and Urban Devek^moit
'Y and that a subsidy had been set aside
1 undar section eight of the federal
^ funding program to give rental
^ aaslatance to purehaaen of the
Uhder North Carolina la w a city or
., county cannot give pubUcly owned
\ land to any group tor development,
( but the governing bodies can deed
the property to an authorised agency
, such as a local housing authority tor
^ the development of a program such
\ as Mathlson'a.
-, The Mathlson plan also calls for
> the tenants of the modular homes to
t form a cooperative, which would
f manage the units with powers to
f, evict ‘‘undesirables’’ and with first
ly riglit of refusal on purchasing the
. equity from any owner who wishes
tosell. ‘Ihe co-op would also have the
iM iqrproval of the new purchaser
'( before the purchase was made.
, ' V In the Monday meeting Mathlson
ii said the price-range home he Is
.4 experimenting with Is $14,000, ex-
^ chiding brick facing planned for
about 80 of the. 100 proposed units.
V However, In an earlier meeting with
Tom Harper, executive director of
the KM Housing Authority, and
White, executive director of
Ihe KM Redevelopment Commls-
in, Matthlson said the price range
* the homes was $34,000.
Qurlng the special meeting
wsday Commissioner Jim
Hders commented, "I have looked
Mlhls proposal, talked with people
|| .i $|to community and gave the
lillsr a great deal of thought. My
Is that I am opposed to the
cited as his reasons, “a
questions left unanswered and
«t that we have been asked to
ce a decision within a couple of
that would affect this com
ity tor the next 80 years."
immlssloner Humes Houston
Ooibet Nicholson agreed with
Commissioner Nicholson, who
as chairman of the specisd
ilttee asked to study the plan,
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NWW OFFICERS OF ROTARY CLUB - Pictured
are new officers of Kings Mountain Rotary Club
foUowtng their installation Thursday. Front row, from
1^, Vice President Carl DeVaae, Treasurer Mack
Photo By Lib Stewart
Lefevers. President Wade Tyner and Secretary Ronnie
Franks. Back row, from left, all directors. Bob Web
ster, Cbaries Blair and Scott Clonlnger.
Charf^ed With Murder
Bristol Trial Is Monday
Wade Tyner, president of Wade
Ford, weui Installed as the new presi
dent of the Kings Mountain Rotary
Chib at the civic club’s luncheon
meeting Thursday at Kings
Mountain Country Club.
He succeeds Charles Hamilton.
Other new officers Include Carl
DeVane, vice president; R<mnle
Franks, secretary; and Mack
‘Ihe new directors are Dr. Charles
Blair, Bob Webster, Scott Clonlnger,
and Pat Cheshire.
Rotarlans meet weekly on
‘Thursdays at the Country club for
programs and luncheon.
Rotarlan BUI RusseU InstaUed the
new officers, using a Rotary
’’wheel’’ Installation, also
congratulating Rotarlans for their
membership Increase and at
tendance records during the past
year and citing them for record
President ‘Tyner presented a
handsome past president’s plaque
with gavel to Past President
HsimUton and a past president’s pin.
He also presented perfect at
tendance Rotary pins to Larry
Hamrick and Tom Trott.
plumbing contract at the new
Cltlsens Service Center on N.
Piedmont Ave. Tlie low bid on that
contract was $S0,4(X).
Four separate contracts for the
community center additions are to
be considered; general, mechanical,
plumbing and electrical.
Low bidder on the general con
tract was Reynolds and Sons with
$306,618. There were seven bidders
on this contract with the highest bid
Five firms submitted bids for the
plumbing contract, with the lowest
bid totaling $18,800 tram Oastonla
Plumbing and Heating Co. The
highest bid was $31,800.
There were four bidders on the
heating contract and the low bidder
here was Climate Conditioning with
$88,231. The highest bid was $40,860.
On the electrical contract there
were seven bidders, the lowest being
Shelby Electric Contractors with
$18,070. The highest bid here was
Oastonla Plumbing and Heating
wsM the low bidder on the plumbing
contract tor the Cltlsens Service
Oonunlssloner ChUders said the
bids wlU probably be on the Jxdy 11
regular cltyoommlssloners meeting
agenda, with the contracts possibly
being awarded at that time.
‘The additions at the community
center Include a two-story section on
the Cleveland Ave. face of the
building. Ckrpeted lobbies and tUsd
vestibules are planned tor both
levels. Rest rooms are also planned
on both levels. On the first level an
office and craftaroom are also
pismned. Both levels will contain
heating and air conditioning
faculties. The large windows wUl be
of bronae reflecUve Insulated glass.
A one-story addition to the
westslde of the center wUl house a
concession area, a ticket office, a
business office and storage space.
Tile office will have view panels that
look onto the concession and gym
areas. Hie office wUl be heated and
air conditioned. The concession area
wlU be heated only.
Provisions have also been planned
for the handicapped. Also the exit
doors and tire doors have been
The entire project la expected to
be completed before Christmas 1977.
Perry Dean Bristol, 90, of Kings
Mountain faces charges of armed
robbery and murder beginning
Mon., July 11 In Cleveland County
Bristol Is charged wdth robbery
suid murder of James Luther Ray-
fleld, 60, a weekend employe at a
local service station. The robbery
and murder happened about 1 ;80 a.
m., December 18, 1076.
The young Kings Mountlan was
formally charged with armed
robbery and murder on December
10, 1076, by Kings Mountain police.
Scheduled as state’s witnesses are
Det. Sgt. Richard Reynolds, Officer
Harry Martin and SBI Agent Jim
Woodard. Judge Robert E. Oalnes
wUl preside and Hamp W. ChUds Jr.
wUl prosecute. Attorney tor the
defense Is James Funderburk of
Bristol Is currenUy serving a 60-70
year sentence for his conviction In
an armed robbery and shooting at
the Ramada Inn on 1-86 In Oaston
County on December 20, 1076.
The accused was returned to
Cleveland County from the
LUllngton Prison Unit last
December to be tormaUy charged In
the Rayfleld robbery and murder.
Bristol will be returned again to
Cleveland County for trial next
James Rayfleld was discovered
shortly after the robbery-shooting
by two teenagers, who reported their
discovery to local police. Rayfleld
was alive but unconscious after
being shot four times. He was later
pronounced dead at a Chariotte
Police theorised that Rayfleld,
alone, was In the process of closing
the Phillips 66 Station, then owned
by Doug Falls, at the comer of B.
King and Hwy. 161, when the rob
Pathologists at Chapel Hill
removed one slug from Rayfleld's
stomach and three from hla head
during the autopsy. Police said a
fifth shot had been fired, one that
struck Rayfleld's thumb and lodged
In the wall behind a clipboard.
Police think the victim was shot at
least three times after he had fallen.
An undetermined amount of
money was taken In the robbery.
However, police reports show that a
loaded gun was still In a station desk
drawer and that bills and change
totaling $140. was found behind the
drawer In the cash register. There
were no signs of a struggle, ac
cording to police.
Assumes Pastorate Duty
Rev. O. A. Upton of Belwood,
native of Rutherford County, has
assumed pastorate duties at El
Bethel United MethodUt Church.
He succeeds Rev. D. H. Luts, who
was reassigned by the Methodist
Mr. Upton comes to El Bethel and
Hoey Memorial Charges from
Belwood area where he served as
pastor of Kadesh, St. Peter’s and
Knob Creek United Methodist
Churches. He Is a graduate of Taylor
University, Upland, Indiana and
Emory Seminary In Georgia.
Rev. Mr. Upton began his ministry
In Bakersvllle and has served
pastorates at Oak Hill In Morganton,
Climax Methodist In the Greensboro
district, Maggie Valley Methodist,
Tanners Grove In Forest City, 2Uon
Memorial at Drexel and Friendship
Methodist In Shady Grove (im
munity near Hickory.
Mrs. Upton, also a native of
Rutherford County, la the former
Lucille Scruggs. They are parents of
two chlldrsn, a married daughter,
Mrs. Joy Whetstlne of Morganton,
and a son, Philip M. Upton of
Hickory. They have one grand
daughter, Jennifer Michelle
Whetstlne, age three and one-half.
The Uptons have occupied the
Methodist parsonage on El Bethel
Has A Charge
Call 483-4433 tor ambulance ser
vice anywhere In the county.
Effective Thursday at midnight,
the rescue squads of Kings Mountain
and Shelby, via arrangement with
Cleveland County Emergency Serv
ices, began charging tor all am
bulance calls made by these units.
Minimum charge tor a one-way
transport Is $30. For a round-trip,
the charge Is $80. For each mile
traveled outside the unit’s district,
an additlonal 60 cents Is added. For
the first half hour of waiting time,
the ambulance charge Is nothing but
for each succeeding half hour, or
portlan, the cost Is $6.
Through the new ambulance plan,
additlonal personnel for the squads
have been hired and the three EMTs
here are already at work from 8 a.
m. until 6 p. m.
Rescue squads of Bolling Springs,
Grover and Upper Cleveland wlllnot
require additional personnel and
will not charge for services.
Kings Mountain District Schools
Supt. William F. Davis and assist,
siqit. Billy G. Bates will attend the
State Superintendent’s Conference
July 6-0 at the Great Smokies lOlton
The conference Is scheduled to
bring administrators up to date on
the latest laws and policies affecting
public sclywla, services available to
local schools from the state agency,
and national and statewide Issues
and trends bi education.
Approximately 18 different
workshop topics will be available to
the administrators attending the
On July 11-14 a similar conference
la scheduled at the WUmlngton
Hilton. For this oonfersnce eight
principals and aastotont principals
from the Kings Mountain system
The group Includes Ronald
Nanney, principal at Bethware:
Larry Allen and Glenda O’Shlelds,
principal and asslstont principal at
Central School; Richard Ch-eene,
principal at North, Forrest Wheeler
and Blaine Froneberger, principal
and assistant principal at KM Senior
High; and Fred Withers and Gary
Shields, prlnclpel and assistant at
KM Junior Hl^.