School Days Are Here Again
The ringing of school bells
Monday brought excitement to
youngsters entering the class
room tor the first time and
mixed emotions tor others.
A total of 4,800 pupils reported
tor Orientation Day Monday
morning at the city’s six
elementary school plants, Junior
High and Senior Hl^ schools.
Bill Bates, Assistant
Superintendent, reported a
smooth transition tor students,
noted that some adjustments
may have to be made In
classroom, sizes at some
schools which are bulging with
student population and said It
was not unusual for traffic jams
to occur at some of the
elementary schools where
parents were transporting their
children for orientation and
remaining for an hour and ac-
companylng them home.
First full day of school Is
Tuesday and the class schedule
Is from 8:30 a. m. until 2:80 p. m.
tor elementary students and 8:80
a. m. until 3 p. m. tor Junior High
and Senior High pupils. Kin
dergarten and First Graders will
be dismissed at noon for the first
two weeks of school.
Enrollment Is up a little over
last year’s statistics, said Bates.
A total of 216 faculty members
are on the teaching staff for 1977-
KM Schools wlU offer free and
reduced price meals and free
milk to children unable to pay
the full prices of meals and milk
served under the Natlcnal School
Lunch, School Breakfast and
Special Milk programs. Family
size Income criteria for deter
mining eligibility has been
adopted and application forms
are being sent to parents and
applications may be submitted
at any time during the year.
The 1977-78 school holiday
calendar: Labor Day Holiday,
Sept. 6; NCAE meeting. Sept. 80;
Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-
26; Christmas break, Dec. 21-
Jan. 1: Mid-term workdays, Jan.
20, 28; Easter holidays. Mar. 24-
Aprll 2; Last Day for students,
June 8; Last Teacher Workday,
June 9; Annual Leave Day, June
12; Holiday In Lieu of New
Years, June 18; Holiday In Lieu
of Memorial Day, June 14; First
Alternate Snow Days, Easter.
Break, Next Alternate Snow
Days, June 12, IS, 14.
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VOL. 88 NO. 69 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1977
$315,400 For Sewer Work
City Receives Three Grants
By TOM MCINTYRE
Kings Mountain has received
three grants totaling $816,400 this
week earmarked for con
structing connector sewer lines
and a pump station.
The lines and pump station will
be used for converting waste tor
Clevemont Mills and K Mills and
diverting the waste to die Pilot
Creek Waste Treatment Plant on
the west side of the city.
The grants were received this
week tor $76,000 from the U. 8.
Fanners Home AdmlnlstiAtlon,
$86,400 from the state clean
water act; and $206,000 from the
Department of Housing and
Mayor John H. Moss said
today that the construction of the
cmmector lines and pump station
should begin In early November.
“The construction of the lines
and station will reduce the load
on the McGill Waste Treatment
Plant,” the mayor said. “This
will extend the life of McGill
plant and allow It to serve the
growing residential section on
the east side of the city.”
In the early I980’s, under the
Federal 201 Sewer Plan, another
treatment plant Is expected to be
constructed several miles
southeast of Kings Mountain
which will also help with the
development both resldentlally
and Industrially In that area.
“We appreciate these three
grants and feel It will assist In
the continuing development of a
most effective and efficient
sewer system tor the city,”
Mayor Moss said.
“We also appreciate the ef
forts of Sen. Robert Morgan and
Rep. James BroyhlU tor their
assistance In this funding
process,” the mayor said.
Humes Houston Hies
Photos By Gary Stewart
SCHOOL DAYS — Area students walk Into school for the start of
another year Monday morning. Frok>t ^op to bottom and left to
right, students Include Grover kindergarten students Brian
Humphries and Jennifer MuUlnax, Central sixth graders Neal
Seism and Becky Holt and KMHS seniors Deborah Hayes and
The final horse show of the
season sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Saddle Club will be
held at the club grounds Sat.,
TNiro shows are scheduled, one
beginning at 1 p. m., the second
at 6 p. m.
In the afternoon competition 21
classes will be judged. There are
28 classes scheduled for the
TVophles and ribbons will be
awarded for each class with high
point trophies tor the day’s
competition In English, Western
and Timed Events categories.
from dlBtrict two, Humes
Housvon, has filed for re-election
In the ’Tues., Oct. 11 municipal
Commissioner Houston Is the
first candidate to pay his filing
fee and announce campaign
Intentions since candidate filing
opened Frl., Aug. 19. Houston Is
one of three commlsslcmers up
tor re-election this year. The
other seats open are now held by
Commissioners William R.
Grissom (district five) and Fred
Wright Jr. (district sU).
In announcing his candidacy,
Commissioner Houston said,
“My statement for the October 7,
1976 election was that If elected I
would be available to all the
citizens and would pledge myself
to work with the other elected
officials In a just and con
structive manner. I make the
same pledge now.
“I also stated that I may not
agree with all the programs that
will be presented, but that I will
give my support to all programs
that will work toward the
economic growth and progress of
our city, continue the search tor
new Industries, work toward a
budget plan that will keep our
taxes at the lowest level
Commissioner Houston also
commented that he would like to
“look at some of the ac
complishments of the present
administration and programs I
have helped to Institute In the
past two years . . .
“1. Enlarged the existing
water treatment plant from four
to eight million gallons per day.
With this capacity we can better
serve the citizens of Kings
Mountain and also meet the
requirements tor new Industry
that would want to locate here.
“2. Construction of the public
works complex which will
remove the city’s heavy
equipment and garage facilities
from the center of town. The
complex Includes the garage tor
servicing vehicles, the main
building for offices and working
areas for storage of heavy
equipment and supplies.
“8. New city haU. This came
about when we were Informed
that monies from other ap
plicants who did not meet the
rigid requirements were
available. We gave Mayor Moss
and his staff the go-ahead and
they worked long and hard to get
the grant request In on schedule.
.... seeks re-election
We qualified, the construction
contracts have been signed and
woric Is to begin wltliln two
weeks. Once this building Is
completed the current city hall
will be free for renovation to
become the police department.
“4. The Depot Center. Com
pleted and open, this center Is
used by the community and tor
the city’s aging program.
“6. Deal and Davidson
Recreaticnal Complex. These
parks have been updated,
enlarged and shaping Into
anx>ng the best recreational
facilities In die state. We also
have a highly efficient
operating our facilities.
“6. Proposed additions to the
community center were ap
proved and funded and win be
completed next year.
“7. We have continued to
update the city water, sewer and
“8. We have adopted an af
firmative action plan, pay and
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Going ‘One On One’
There’s a brand new program
In the making.
It’s called “One On One.”
What It means Is Kings
Mountain’s mayor and com
missioners are going to become
even more available to citizens
and the plan to do It through a
series of meetings done district
'Ihls Is a concentrated effort
to get down on a one to one basis
between city government of
ficials aixl the citizens and to
take It out of city hall.
“This Is an opportunity to
discuss the community needs,
the city services, the quality of
these services and the entire
aspect of dty government with
citizens In their own backyard.”
said Mayor John Moss.
The plan as It now stands Is to
hold a series of meetings In each
district on a twice a year basis.
The first meeting Is set for Thes.,
Sept. 18 at Kings Moun
tain Baptist Church In District
One. And since meetings are
going to be scheduled for both
daylight and night hours, the
time of the first meeting will be
announced in the next few days.
Mayor Moss and District One
Commissioner James Childers
will host the first meeting. ’The
rest of the city commissioners
have also been Invited to attend.
“We realise that local
government Is the only form of
government that deals directly
with the people,” the mayor
said, “so the commissioners and
I want to make your government
even more responsive to your
The mayor said he wants a
“complete open door policy” to
remain In effect and the com
missioners are after citizens
Ideas on which direction they
feel Kings Mountain should go,
where should the city’s growth
be concentrated, what the people
see as the greatest needs tor the
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