KlhG<: MOUMTWn MIRROR
VOL. 88 NO. 100
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1977
CD Requests Drawn
ADMINISTERS OATH — Mayor Jofan Henry Moss,
left, administers ttie oath of office to City Com
missioners Hianes Houston, Bill Griaaom and James
Dickey at swearing-in ceremoniea at City Hall Monday
Photo By Lib Stewart
night. Mr. Dickey is a new member of the board from
District Sx. Grissonfi from District Five, was dected
by the other ooincilmen as mayor pro tern.
By EUZABETH STEWART
FoUowing the dose of a regular
busiksw ^ aeadon Monuiy Jiree dty
eemmlaslonars ware swon-in to serve on
the board for the next four years.
Incumbent Commissioners Humes
Houston, district two, and William
Grissom, district flve, and new District
Six Commissioner James J. Dickey Sr.
took the oath of office administered by
Mayor John H. Maes.
Both Houston and Griaaom were
successful in their re-electicncampaignin
October. Dickey defeated Fred Wri^
Jr. for the district six seat in the
November runoff election.
Witnessing the ceremonies were
Commissioners James Childers and
Norman King, districts one and four.
District Three Commissioner Corbet
Nicholson was absent He la stiO
recuperating from a heart attack.
FoUowing the ceremony Mayor Moaa
ttianked Wright for his two years of
service on the city board and presented
him with his nameplate from the council
desk. The mayor then congratiilatad
Dickey on his victory and preaented
Dickey with his new nameplate.
In the sesaion that foUowed the board
voted to name Griaaom as mayor
protemporare, then re-appointed Joe H.
McDaniel Jr. as dty clerk-treasurer;
George Thomaason as city attorney;
Edward Dwyer as supt. of public works;
and re-appointed aU dty personnel.
The board voted to continue bolding
[ regular board meetingi at 7:90 p. m. on
I the second Monday and special board
kmeetliMs at 7;S0 p. m. on the fourth
c Monday of each month. First Union
: National Bank, First Cttixens Bank and
I Tnist, Kings Mountain Savin|s and Loan
i and Home Savings and Loah were
) designated as the dty’s loan dapoeit
Special guests at the ceremony ware
\ Mrs. James Dickey; James Dickey Jr.;
Mrs. 0. 0. Walker, the city's first and
only woman commissioner (district
five); retired poUce sergeant EUia
Kkig; and former Police Chief and Mrs.
TVsn McDevitt from Foreat City.
DirIng the regular buslnesa sesaion
prior to the ceronoony, the board ap
pointed Mrs. W. Eugene McCarter to the
board of Jacob S. Menwrial
Lforary. Mrs. McCarter U a teacher at
In other action the board received
three Mda for re-rooftaig the community
emtar. A decision on the contract wlU be
made at a later mesting
Pate Baugham of HoUand and
McGlmls ArchltecU of Shelby, said the
bidders were Associated Rwfing and
ahset Maul of Charlotte — W.TM base
bid with alternate of 911,000; StataavUle
RoofliM - 9I7,8I« wlUi 991,000 alter
native; and Stroupe Sheet Metal^ —
999,460 with 910,080 altaraale.
Bau^am recommended the board
negotiate with the Statesville firm on
their low bid.
A request from Blaxer Construction Co.
torsBone from R-8 to R-6 property at the
Ctauer of W. Gold and Junipri- Sts. was
rseoivod and will be submitted to the
soning and planning board for study and
The board voted to advertise for a
public hearing to be held Jan. 9,1978 on a
request from the Plonk heirs, Hal Plonk,
agent, for aniexation of proper;, ..d-
Jacent to Ashley Park In the waatsrn
section of the city.
Continuing' programs in water and
sewer improvements, rehabilitation of
87S units of housing over a three year
period, surface drainage, and a mini
park concept for the four areas of the city
wfll take up the bulk of the 9693,000 the
eky wUl apply for in Community Block
In addition, three other continuing
programs will share in the funding
budget requests for 1978-79.
Kings Mountain Aging Program has
asked for a 920,000 increase (up from
921,500) and the Home Base Child Care
A Christmas Concert by the three
choirs of Kings Mountain Senior High
Sdwol will be presented Monday evening
at7:30p.m. in B. N. Barnes Auditorium.
There is no admission charge and the
community is invited to attend.
Members of the Junior Choir, Inter
mediate Choir, and Senior Choir, will
present the program, under the direction
of Mrs. J. N. McClve. A sfiedal feature
will be the contemporary cantata,
“l^wcially For Shepherds” by the Senior
SWEARING IN - Magistrate Charles T. Carpenter, left,
administers the oath of office to the newly-elected members
of the District Board of Education prior to Monday's regular
Take Over Dudes
BUI McDaniel and Kyle Smith were
sworn in and seated on the Kings
Moiaitain District Board of Education
Monday afternoon prior to the board's
regular December meeting.
Alex Owons, the “oldest" member of
the board in years of service, was
laianlmously aloetad chairman for the
coning year and Marian Thomasaon was
named vice chairman.
In a brief business meeting, the board:
—Was told by Supt. Bill Davie that the
sdMols are not parteipating In (Sovernor
Htait's (immunity Schools Act this year
because the only way funds are available
are throuigi matching funds. "Our
budget la tight,” he said, “and we have
other places our money has to be spent."
Supt. Davis said, however, that the
schools do want to j;>articipate In the
The schools act Is a plan for com-
miailty use of school facilities. Supt.
Davis pointed out that It Is already the
policy of the KM schools to allow com-
mimity use of school fadlltlas.
—Approved a five cents par hour raise
tar cafeteria personnel who have com
pleted in-service ooursee.
— Discussed possible dates for a
meeting with the Shelby and Cleveland
County school boards.
— Accepted the resignation of Dennis
Dttaes, teacher and coach at KM Senior
— Denied an extension of maternity
leave for Margaret Ann Willis, teacher,
at Ontral School, and elected Interim
teacher Mrs. Sharon Baldwin to fill the
— EUected Mrs. Virginia Hinton to the
position of Head Start teacher in Shelby.
—Approved several student trmnafers.
— Approved a lertter asking the
(Bvlslon Of teacher allotment to approve
several classes that exceeds the
maximum sixe. Supt. Davis said at Beth-
ware the first grade exceeds the
maximum by two studeots and the third
grade by one, and at West School the
kindergarten class exceeds the
maximum by one.
— Denied a request from teachers to
change the school calendar so that
January 2 would be a holiday. Several
teachars some of whom aarved on the
School Calendar Oommlttos, were on
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Program has requested an additional
$14,500 (up from 921,500).
Deal Street and Davidson Park im
provements are included in the grant
request as well as funds for sidewalks,
urban beaitification, new streets, and
$30,000 for the continuing panametric and
topographical program of mapping
which was launched dixing the past year.
Mayor John Henry Moss, who presided
at the second and final hearing by
citizens Tuesday night on suggestions for
new projects, said that the invitation is
still out for citizens to bring their written
suggestions for |M-ojects and programs to
his office where CD planners are making
determination on eligibility and the
mayor’s office is putting together the
final application in a third year of fun
Twenty citizens turned oit for the
second public hearing at City Hall
Under the community development
block grant program Kings Mointain
received $1,040,000 in 1975. Another
$1,040,000 was received last year and
other equal amount for 1977. The sum
drops to $093,000 in 1978 and finally, in
1979, to $347,000.
To a question of a waiting list for
senior citizens participating in the hot
meals progrqfn it Depot Centex, Rev.
Kenneth (George, director of tiie KM
Aging program, said that the program is
spilling out of present quarters. With an
iiK;rease in quota, he said more space
would be required and is badly needed to
serve the many senior citizens in the city
and outlying areas. Hecalled for a Senior
Caiter at some future time to ac
commodate tins growing program.
New programs which have been
suggested include a recycling of
aluminum, neespapers and glass, con
struction of fencing on Deal Street bet
ween the Park and private residences in
the area and a recreation area in the
Crescent Hill area, the latter whidi was
suggested by Realtor Hal Plonk at the
final public hearing. A Mini Park concept
for the city, estimated cost at between
$48,000 and $60,000 would mean the
creation of recreation areas for pre
school and elementary children in East,
West, Noithand Southsectionsof the city
with the highest cost of the project the
acquisition of land.
Am<dd Wright, explaining proposals
for a housing and rehabilitation plan over
a three year period, said that 10 units of
housing would be rehabilitated in the CD
Block Funds for the coming year with 225
units to be covered in small Cities and
Action Grants for which the city will seek
funds to reduce blight and upgrade sub
Replying to a question on plans to
upgrade playground in Deal Street Park,
the mayor said tfatt botn and
C rridson Parks are included in th ^rant
application with improvements still
underway at both recreation facilities.
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Deadline Draws Near
You can win cash prizes totalling $240
in the city-wide Christmas decorating
contest sponsored by the Kings Moiaitain
All area citizens are invited to par
Homes will be judged on the evenings
of Dec. 20 and 21. To make sire your
home isn’t missed by the judges, contact
any of the committee members, Mrs.
David Faunce, Mrs. Dennis Conner or
Mrs. Lillian Mitdm
Mrs. Steve Rankin of McAdenville will
head the judges committee
The appearance Commission will
award first place prizes of 925 in each of
the city’s voting districts and second
place prizes of 915 will be awarded by the
following clubs. Good Earth Garden
Chib, Town and Country, Open Gate,
Kings Mountain Garden, Magnolia
Garden Clubs and Kings Moiaitain
Photo By (fory Stewart
December meeting. The new board members are Kyle
Smith, center, and Bill McDaniel.
When you hear the bell ringing and see
the sign above the pot, do what you can to
help your less fortunate neighbors.
That’s the theme of the annual Kinga
Mountain Ministerial Association
Helping Hand propam. A fund-raising
project to provide food and emergency
aide to nee^ KMers, The Helping Hand
program will begin Friday at 10 a. m.
The Rev. Fred Wells, pastor oft
Midview Baptist Church, is the chairman
of the program for the coming year. He
arid the volunteer workers will be setup
in four locations around the city from 1-8
p. m., Monday, Dec. 19 through Sat., Doc.
84 to accept donations.
The donation stands will be located in
flont of Winn-Dixie Store In KM Plaza;
TGdY in West Gate Shopping Plau;
Belk’s In the central buslnoaa district;
and Hariis-Taetar off E. King St.
Photo By Gary Stewart
THE HELPING HAND - The Kings MoimUIn Ministerial Association Helpiiqi
Hand program begins Friday at 10 a. m. Pictured here are members of the com
mittee promoting the project: Left to right, the Rev. Leroy Cox. Rev. Oyde
Bearden and Rev. Fred WelU.