KIhGS MOUnTWh MIRROR
VOL. 88 NO. 94
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1977
Construction Brisk During
August - November Period
Building permits Issued by the
Kings Mountain Codes Department
since August U77 Indicate that
activity has been brisk.
From Aug. 1 through Nov. 21 a
total of 190 permits were Issued tor
construction amounting to
(1,962,780. This represents (840,144
more than Aug. 1 through Nov. 80,
Kings Mountain High Class Of 1927......
First Rewiion In 50 Years
The Class ot 1927 at Kings
Mountain High School had a nos
talgic evening Saturday as 11 of the
88 graduates returned tor a tlrst-
Reminiscing ot SC years ago, they
heard their class history and
prophecy read by Hubert Davidson
and chuckled over their last will and
Lallage Warllck Holtschulte,
Helen Logan sind Orace Nelsler
Page, all ot Kings Mountain,
arranged the festive get-to-gether
which began with Informal "buss”
sessions from 8 until 6 p. m. at Depot
Center followed by a social hour and
banquet with chicken and all the
They enjoyed showing off pictures
of their grandchildren and great
grandchildren and renewing
friendships after half a centuiy In
Special guests were two former
teachers, Mrs. W. T. Weir and Mrs.
E. W. Neal.
Luther Cansler gave the In
vocation, Mrs. Holtschulte
welcomed the group, which Included
their husbands and wives, and Helen
Logan closed the evening with a
memorial tribute to deceased,
members, Cora Hull, William
Mason, Clyde Jolly, Robert Mc
Daniel, Logan Stowe, Ruth
McOlnnls, Lucille Cansler, Harry
Ledford, Albert White and Arthur
Members recalled their most
humorous school experiences to the
delight of all attending.
Class member traveling the
greatest distance to attend was
Thelma Huffstlckler Voelkel of
Indianapolis, Indiana, and other out-
of-towners present were Helen
Rldenhour Ferguson of Atlanta, Oa.,
Elisabeth Ware Leaslle of Fort Mill,
S. C., Ola-^s Hamrick Culberson of
Tryon, Orace Hamrick Wood of
Kannapolis, Isabel Styers Wright of
Greensboro, Laudys Herndon of
Shelby, Beattie Blackwell Treadway
of Oastonla, Broadus Elam of
Gastonia, Mary Elam Vance of
PInola, and Anthony Cansler of
Charlotte. Attending from Kings
Mountain were Maude Williams
MoQUl, Plato Goforth, Grace
Nelsler Page, Helen Logan, Luther
Chnsler, LaUage W. HolUchulto,
Hubert Davidson, David Hamrick,
Mary Herndon McMackln, and Vera
Members unable to attend were
Carmet Huffstetler Poplin, Clydle
Sneed Hope James Cole, all of Kings
Mountain, Bryte Holt Henderson of
Los Angles, Calif., Marvin Cran
ford of Sea Island, S. C. and Dorothy
Kiser Ford of Cramerton.
The class colors, gold and white,
were used In the decorations and the
class flowers, white daisy
chrysanthemums, decorated the
gold covered dining tables. Silver
hurricane lamps holding gold
csuidles were used on a punch table
from which horsdouvres were
CSass members toasted each other
with champagne and recalled that in
1927 they bequeathed to the rising
seniors "our many privileges and
honorable places In the DlUatante
Club." To the sophomores they
bequeathed their musical talents
and to "the deai Freshles deepest
sympathy and may the obstacles In
their pathway be small and all their
efforts may be crowned with gjory In
Maude Williams willed to Elsie
Ader her winning smiles and
blushes, Lallage Warllck bestowed
on Mildred Ormand her chewing
gum from the left comer of her desk,
and Plato Goforth left to Hubert
McGHnnls "regretfully” blushes,
with the hc^e ‘ ‘that he does not burn
up as many coUarbands as I have by
them.” Helen Rldenhour willed all
her "ardent lovers” to worthypal,
Corlnne Hambrlght, and Helen
Logan left her Kodak to Elthel
Barber. Grace Nelsler willed to
Helen Cornwell her musical talents.
Hubert Davidson bequeathed his
soda Jerking ability to Burle
Ramsey. David Hamrick left to
Eugene Roberta the "tall light of my
Ford and may It brighten the comer
where he Is.”
The Class of I927’s twins, Anthony
and Luther Cansler, willed
"devotion to each other and
similarity In appearance to the next
set of twins that attains the dignity
Broadus Elam left his nickname
"Sheik" to Glenn Wilson.
Grover Man Charged
In Death Of Father
A Grover man Is being charged
with murder In the shooting death of
his father Sunday.
Ira Bowen, 61, ot Rt. 1 Grover,
utllltymaui at Foote Mineral Com
pany In Kings Mountain, died at
Cleveland Memortsil Hospital In
Shelby about 12:20 p. m. of shotgun
wounds he sustained at the home of
his son, Billy Ray Bowen, 84, Sunday
morning, according to Det. Paul
Barbee of the Cleveland County
Billy Ray Bowen reportedly
passed out In the hallway outside the
magistrate’s office Mo> - y at the
C3eveland County Courthouse before
he could be served with a warrant
charging murder. He was
hospitalized at Cleveland Memorial
Hospital, according to the officer’s
James Ray Bowen, son of Billy
Ray Bowen, was treated at the
hospital for powder burns of the eyes
and released, the report stated.
Sgt. Don Poston and Deputy B. D.
Fortenberry assisted in the In
Funeral rites for Ira Emett Bowen
will be conducted Wednesday
(today) at 4 p. m. from Patterson
Springs Baptist Church of which he
was a member. Interment following
In the church cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsie
Morgan Bowen; five sons, Larry E.
Bowen, Billy Bowen, Roger D.
Bowen, Ronald D. Bowen and
Jimmy Bowen, all of Gfrover; one
stepson, Harold G. Jackson of
Shelby; one daughter, Mrs. Joe
Mayes of Grover; one stepdaughter.
Miss Linda Maxwedll of Shelby;
three brothers, Lee and Quinn
Bowen of Grover, and Wilburn
Bowen of Shelby; five sisters, Mrs.
Zelda EUts, Mrs. Gladys Moss, Mrs.
Alma Self and Mrs. Eva AUen, all of
Grover, and Mrs. Annaboll
Champion of Kings Mountain; 21
grandchildren and seven great
Palmer Mortuary was In charge of
1976. The total figure for this period
last year was (1,122,686 from 101
Of these figures for 1977, a total of
(81,000 worth of permits were Issued
for new homes construction In
August. In September permits
totaled (176,000 for new homes and
in October the total was (402,000.
From Nov. 1-21 new homes con
struction totals were (40,000.
In 1976 permits for new homes
construction totaled (71,030 for
August; (30,000 for September;
(18,600 (or October and no permits
Issued In November 1976.
Not only were permits lor new
homes constructlcm substantially
higher this year over 1976, but
permits for home repair and
remodeling were also higher In 1977.
In 1976, for August, home repairs
permits totaled (6,641; for Sep
tember (8,000; for October (8,600;
and for November (1,160.
For August 1977 permits for
home repairs totaled (37,260; for
September (41,260; for October
(38,746; and for Nov. 1-21, (3,866.
City 0>deB Director said the new
homes construction permit sales Is
e^qiected to Increase again soon
because of the modification plans
submitted pertaining to Northwoods
"Triangle Real Estate, Nor
thwoods developers, has ap
proximately 40 more buildings sites
(or homes In the (26,000 average
range,” Moretz said. “'Triangle will
also be reqionslble for Installing
curbs and gutter and paving In the
subdivision, under the supervision of
the city. TVlangle also plans to In
clude metal storage houses on each
lot In addition to the new homes they
Moretz said the city Is ex
periencing a small construction
boom with six new homes in various
stages of construction In Ashley
Park and two more In the planning
stages In that section.
Gene Tatum of Blazer Con
struction said his crews are busy
constructing pre-sold homes In the
Fulton Dr. area and at this point do
not have time to construct new
homes on a speculative sales basis.
The permits for new homes
construction since August total 26
and permits for home repairs total
29. For Aug. 1-Nov. 30, 1976, new
homes permits totaled four and
home repairs permits totaled 16.
The bulk of the construction
permits sold since August of this
year have been to the City of Kings
Mountain. In August there was a
permit for (18,760 for plumbing on
the Citizens Service Center and
(13,300 (or fencing. In September
there was a permit (or (660,000 for
the new Governmental Services
Facilities Building and another (or
(23,000 for the Citizens Service
Broken down by months the total
number of permits Issued and
construction amounts are;
Aug. 1976 — 80 permits — (618,000.
August 1977 — 29 permits — (172,640.
A total of (843,428 more was
recorded a year ago than 1977.
Sept. 1976 - 26 permits - (610,646.
Sept. 1677 - 48permlU - (1,171,400.
In 1677 a total of (660,766 more than
1976 was recorded.
Oct. 1976*— 21 permits — (44,960.
Oct. 1977 — 93 permits — (666,186.
(621.236 more was recorded (or 1977
than a year ago.
Nov. 1976 - 28 permiu - (60,926.
Nov. 1-21, 1977 — 14 parmlta -
With a week remaining In
November permit Issuance la 11
behind the 1976 total, but the con
struction amount la (1,880 more than
Church services, hunting and
feasting will feature the tradi
tional observance of Thanks
giving for Kings Mountain area
Kings Mountain area
congregations will gather
Wednesday night at 7:30 p. m. at
First Baptist Church for a
Service of Worship.
Rev. S. W. Avery, pastor of
Kings Mountain Church of God,
will deliver the sermon. Special
music Is being arranged by First
Baptist Church Choir under the
direction of Allen Jolley, Minis
ter of Music.
A special offering will be taken
during the service to go Into the
Kings Mountain Ministerial
Association Helping Hand Fund.
’Die association Is sponsoring
this interdenominational service
and Invites the public to attend.
'Dianksglvlng Day (Thursday)
breakfasts are planned by four
congregations, at First
Presbyterian Church with
breakfast from 7 until 9 a.m.; at
Central United Methodist
Church with breakfast at 6 a. m.
and worship service at 8:30; at
Boyce Memorial ARP Church at
7;30 a. m. for worship and break
fast at 8 a. m., and at Kings
Mountain Baptist Church where
breakfast will be served at 7 a.
m. with service of worship after
wards at 8 a. m.
Numerous citizens plan to go
to Charlotte on Thursday (or the
(Harollnas Carrousel Parade and
plan hunting and family get-to
School close Wednesday for a
long weekend and virtually all
businesses will close for the day
on Thursday, with city govern
ment offices, financial In
stitutions and poetofflce to be
closed for the holiday.
Most Industry will operate on
In Former Harris-Teeter Building
Family Dollar Store
To Open December 1
Lewis Levine, president of Family
Dollar Stores, Inc., has announced
that the Company will open a new
store In Kings Mountain.
The new store will contain ap
proximately 7,000 square feet and is
located at 106-U0 Blast King Street.
The grand opening Is scheduled (or
December 1, 1977.
The company operates a chain of
272 stores In North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Vir
ginia and West Virginia. Stores
operated In the Kings Mountain
area are located In Shelby,
Cherryvllle, Bessemer City, Dallas,
Gastonia and Belmont.
The Family Store will carry a
complete line of merchandise for
home and family at discount prices.
Including men’s, womoi’s, boys;,
girls’, and Infant’s wearing apparel,
shoes, handbags. Jewelry, sheets,
pillowcases, blankets, bedspreads,
curtains, health and beauty aids,
stationary, school supplies, candy,
toys, housewares, hardware, paint
and automotive suiq>lles.
Starting with a single store In
Charlotte In 1969, the Company has
rapidly grown Into a major regional
chain with hundreds ot employes
and utilizing approximately
1,600,000 square feet of selling area.
Family Dollar Stores Is a publicly-
owned Company, and Its stock Is
traded on the American Stock Ex
The Company operates a
dlstrlbuUon center In Charlotte,
encompassing 146,000 square feet,
from which new mercha idlse Is
shipped daily to Its stores. An ex
perienced staff of professional
buyers constantly shops major
maikets all over the worlt' to stssure
Its customers of the ber* valuer
The Company’s vice president —
Operations A Distribution. Carl
Bellini, Indicated that he was very
pleased with the Kings Mountain
business market and felt t)iat the
Family Dollar Store would be an
additional asset to the business
community. Bellini stated that as
many locsil people as possible are
Bellini further stated that "the
Company Is the fastest growing
retail chain In the southeastern
United States, and the Kings
Mountain store Is part of the major
new expansion planned for this
The Kings Mountain Jaycees have
completed their portion of the state
wide 10-mllllon pennies campaign by
The money goes toward building a
swimming pool (or handicapped
persons In North Carolina.
Jaycee President Jim Tate at
tended the nUd-year state con
vention In Greensboro laat weekend
and turned In the local share. Tate
said the KM quota was set at (600.
"We didn’t make It, but we came
closer than last year," Tate said
“We want to thank idl the KMers
who donated to,this program."
Dates Resume Li„„g Qyj,
Thday’s edition of The Mirror-
Herald comes to you one day earlier
than usual because of the ’Thanks
giving schedule tomorrow.
The Mirror-Herald offices will be
closed Thanksgiving Day to observe
the holiday and will reopen Friday.
Next week the two editions of The
Mirror-Herald will be mailed to
subscribers and placed (or on-street
sales on the normal schedule —
TViesday and Thursday.
The publishers of this newspaper
wish to thank all ths advertisers and
editorial matter contributors (or
their cooperation in helping us meet
the early deadlines this week. We
also wish (or you and your family a
Kings Mountain Lions Club are
conducting the annual sale of Fruit
Cakes (or the benefit of the blind.
Cost of the cake this year remains
(4.60 per box or (1.60 per pound and
the cakes are being picked up by
Lions at Western Auto Store Just In
time (Or distribution (or Christmas.
All proceeds from ths sale are
earmsu'kad (or local projects (or the
blind, said Uon President George