Realdents of W. Gold St. have
been promleed action on their
requests for regulatory
measures to slow down motorists
along the street.
Mrs. Mary Taylor, the resident
who drew the petition, presented
copies of It to the commissioners
Monday night. Commissioner
James Childers of district one
asked that the requests be turned
over to the city’s traffic flow
committee for study and
The board also set a meeting
tor 7:80 p.m. next Tuesday at
city hall for W. Gold St. residents
to discuss proposals fully with
the traffic flow committee.
The petition, which contains 86
signatures of W. Gold St.
residents, spells out their being
"disturbed by the traffic hazard
to the children of our neigh
The petition points out that the
speed limit on the street Is 26
mph, but that It Is the only
through street from downtown to
the shopping center with
"guaranteed no stopping. As
such, anyone familiar with Kings
Mountain uses Gold Street to get
from Highway 74 to 1-86..."
The petition also cites
speeding and chaUenges anyone
to drive the street at 26 mph
without eventually "being
tailgated by another car.”
Mrs. Taylor’s petition cites the
need for a remedy because of the
large number of children that
live and play on W. Gold St.
Monday night Mrs. Taylor said,
"The street Is too narrow and too
hilly for cars to travel at fast
speeds and that elderly residents
on the street are afraid to try to
cross the street because of the
Police enforcement of the
speed limit Is sporadic, ac
cording to the button and that Is
when residents complain. 1710
petition calls attention to fewer
youngsters along the other
routes paralleling W. Gold St.
(W. Mountain and W. King) and
a speed limit of 36 mph on those
streets. On these two streets
there are traffic signals to
regulate traffic flow.
Ihe Taylor petition suggests
the city Install four-way stop
signs at several Intersections, or
put speed bumps In the streets,
to force motorists to slow down.
The four-way stop signs, the
residents feel, would be better
than traffic signals because the
stop signs mean motorists must
’The Tuesday meeting will be to
fully discuss possible solutions to
traffic problems. Mayor John
Moss said that citizens from
other sections of the city are also
Invited to attend the meeting.
Action on a solution to the
speeding problem on W. Gold St.
Is expected to be taken at the
Mon., Sept 26 board of com
SQUEEZE PLA F - Car rams trash truck on narrow West Gold StreeLmm
THE THURSDAY EDITION |YlOUMTt^lh
VOL. 88 NO. 74
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 ’THURSDAY, SEP’TEMBER 16, 1977
KMHS Graduation Outside
by GARY STEWART
A much-debated problem was solved early Monday night when the board of
education set 1978 Kings Mountain High graduation exercises for John Gamble
Graduation will bo held on TTiur., June 1. Baccalaureate services will be on
Sun., May 28.
The question of whether or not to have graduation In Gamble Stadium or
Barnes Auditorium has cropped up every year since the auditorium was built.
and the board elected to solve the problem early this year In order to avoid any
troubles In printing of Invitations.
Supt. Bill Davis pointed out that the stadium and auditorium both have their
phisses and minuses, but board members felt It would be better to have the
exercises outside due to the lack of space In the auditorium.
The motion passed unanimously.
in other action Monday, the board;
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In Kings Mountain
If you haven’t entered this
week’s Mirror-Herald tootball
contest, you have until noon
First place Is worth $60 and
second $26. Contest rules, entry
form and the schedule of games
are on page 12 of ’Tuesday’s
Checks to the winners will be
awarded on every Thursday.
You may pick the checks up at
the Mirror-Herald office If you
show proper Identification. Or, If
you wish, they can be mailed to
Just a few pointers on filling
out your entry blank;
We need only the name of the
team you think will win. Please
do not predict the score.
On the tie-breaker, please
predict the total number of
points that will be scored In the
game and not the final score.
Entries must be on the entry
blank that Is In the Mirror-
Herald. No hand-printed entry
torms will be accepted.
And, most Important of all,
beat that 12 noon deadline.
Every week so far we’ve had to
disqualify several entries
because they came In past 12
noon on Friday.
If you plan to mall your entry,
do so as early In the week as
possible, because It must be
received by 12 noon Friday.
PRESENTS CHARTER - WUllam Grissom,
president of the Kings Mountain Klwanls Club,
presents the charter to React Chief Emmett
Moss. Others In the photo, left to right, are Jim
Martin, Scott Howell and Vernon Owensby,
Photo by Tom McIntyre
React members. The charter was presented
Monday night. This Sunday React plans a 4 p.m.
organizational-membership meeting at the
By 'TOM MclNTYRE
The letters stand for Radio
Emergency Associated Citizens
'This week Kings Mountain
became the site of the original
React charter granted In
Cleveland County by React
International, Inc. of Chicago,
At Monday night’s city com
missioner meeting William
Grissom presented the charter to
Kings Mountain React Chief
Emmett Moss. Commissioner
Grissom Is also president of the
local Klwanls Club, the spon
soring agency for the local React
The charter unit has nine
members. At 4 p.m. Sun., Sept.
18 at React headquarters at the
Kings Mountain Community
Center a membership meeting is
planned, according to Moss.
"Anyone Interested In
becoming a working member of
React Is urged to attend Sun
day’s meeting,” he said, "The
application forms for mem
bership will only be available at
What exactly Is React?
It Is an organization of private
citizens who own and are
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Street Improyement Bids WiU Be Received
Bids will be received at 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22 for paving, curbing and gutter
construction for 19 streets In Kings Mountain.
Contracts will be awarded that night at a special city board meeting.
These street construction petitions have been accepted and on the waiting list
beginning In 1972 through May of 1977.
The streets are:
Princeton Dr., from Fulton Rd. to dead end, curb and guttering;
Wilson St, from Monta Vista to dead end, paving;
Downing St., toom Allison Crt. to Garrison Dr., paving, curb and guttering;
Garrison Dr., from Ashley to Townsend Terrace, paving, curb and guttering;
Hillside Dr., from Meadowbrook to Marlon St., curb and guttering;
Scotland Dr., from Southwood to Lee St., paving, curb and guttering;
Ashbrook Park, paving;
S4>ea St., from Goforth to Edgemont Dr., paving, curb and guttering;
Rhea St., from Maner Rd. to Fulton Dr., paving, curb and guttering;
Fulton Dr., from Margrace Rd. to Phifer Rd., curb and guttering;
Katherine St., from Falrvlew to Second St., curb and guttering;
Somerset Dr., from Phifer Rd. to Princeton Dr., curb and guttering;
Garrison Dr., from Townsend Terrace to south boundary of Ashley Dr.,
paving, curb and guttering;
Downing St., from Allison Crt. to Garrison Dr., paving, curb and guttering;
Ashbrook Park, a portion of street length, 1,686.9 feet, curb and guttering;
Marigold and Mini Sts., paving, curb and guttering;
Slater St., from York Rd. to Oriental Ave., curb and guttering;
Belvedere Clr., from Watterson to Watterson, curb and guttering;
Stone St. Ext., paving.
In other action, the commissioners approved prohibiting parking on Floyd St.
from York Rd. to Oriental Ave., Monday through Friday on the following
No parking on north side of Floyd St. at anytime during the f Ne-day period;
No parking on south side of Floyd St. during the same period from 6-8 am., 2-4
p.m., and 10 p.m. - midnight.
A1 Moretz, city codes director, explained Monday night that these hours
coincide with the change of shifts at Clevemont Mill. He said all residents In the
affected area have been sent letters and that all have responded favorably to the
proposed restrictions. Clevemont employes have also been Instructed to use the
company lot entirely for parking and for waiting to pickup or deliver employes at
Moretz also noted these restrictions leave the narrow street clear for school
Monday night commissioners;
-Approved adopting an ordinance to use card posters showing building permit
numbers, builders name, date Issued, Inspection date to be displayed In front of
construction site until work completed and approved by Inspector.
- Approved adopting an ordinance to establish zoning signs to be posted on
property to be rezoned at least 16 days prior to a public hearing.
- Authorized Kings Mountain Police Department to participate in Region C
Training program. The city’s share of the $6,000 grant Is $270. Program goes
Into effect In January of 1978.
- Awarded contract to Wooten Equipment Co. for a John Deere model backhoe
tor $18,849, the higher of two bids submitted to the city. The low bid was
$16,763.26 from Case Power and Equipment Co. Commissioners Jim CTtUders
and Humes Houston abstained from voting.
- Authorized advertising for bids for csupet, tile and celling materials for the
Citizens Service Center.
- Authorized a contract with Landmark Engineering Co.‘, Inc., subject to HUD
approval, the portion of the appropriations for the 1977-78 Community
Development Project for $26,000 covering phase one of Planemetrlc and
'Topographical Mapping of the city.
- Approved requesting the Department of TYansportatlon to review
slgnallzatlon at Intersections of Battleground and King and Railroad and King.
Delayed signals have caused numerous auto accidents at these intersections,
according to Fred Wright, chairman of the city’s traffic committee.