KIMGS MOUMTWri MIRROR
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20,
VOL. 88 NO. 101
Holiday Closing Schedule Announced
With few exceptions, most Kings
Mountain industrial employes will begin
a week’s Christmas vacation Thursday,
Some firms are also presenting gifts to
employes in the form of turkeys and gift
certificates and several plants were
planning holiday parties, either during
working hoursoratotherevents at which
families were invited to participate.
Burlington Mills Fhenix Plant will
suspend operations at 10 p. m. on Wed
nesday, resuming operations at 6 a. m. on
Mon., Jan. 2. Bonuses will be paid all
employes based on length of service.
Santa Claus was on hand for a gala
Christmas party Sunday afternoon from
2 until 4 p. m. at the Community Center
and giftbags and treats were distributed
to the children. Refreshments were also
served and fruit baskets were presented
to retired employes.
Dtg>lex employes will have a two-day
holiday on Fri., Dec. 23 and Mon., Dec. 20
resuming operations on Tuesday, Dec.
27th. Bonuses will be paid all emjdoyes,
based on length of service, and a
Christmas party will be held on all three
Neisco employes will enjoy a holiday
from the close of operations Thursday
until Tues., Jan. 2. Turkeys will be
prese.i'ed to all employes. Members of
the offic'. staff held a Cnristmaa dl »er
party •. 'ov ewerlng i* th»«Cot,.ki7
Kings Yams will suspend operations on
Thursday,, reopening on Jan. 2 with
bonuses to be presented during a dinner
for all employes Wednesday at the plant.
Sadie Cotton Mills will suspend
operations for the holidays at 6 a. m.
Saturday, reopening at 10 p. m. on Sun.,
Jan. 1. Christmas bonuses will be
distributed on Thursday at the plant and
refreshments will be served on all three
Elmployes of Grover Industries will
enjoy a two-day holiday, on Fri., Dec. 23,
and Mon., Dec. 26.
Mauney Hosiery Mills will suspend
operations for the holiday on Thursday,
reopening on Jan. 3. A plant party for
employes, their wives and husbands, will
be held on Thursday evening at the
Shelby Elks Club with a dinner-dance
planned. The Arm will distribute bonuses
to employes, based on length of service.
Minette Mills, which distributes
vacation pay in July, will give employes
two days paid holiday, suspending
operations on Wed., Dec. 21 and
reopening on Jan. 3.
Bonuses will be paid employes of
Cleveland Hosiery, Gay Hosiery, Can-Do
Hosiery, Lynn Textiles, Inc., Ideal
Hosiery and Ruppe, Dixon, Spears Co.
and these operations will close for the
holidays at the end of business on
Thursday, reopening Jan. 2.
FVed Kirby and Santa Claus starred in
a big Christmas party for Park Yarn
Mills employes and their families Sunday
at the Comminity Center and treats and
refreshments were distributed. Members
odf the Senior Citizens Band presented
Park Yam Mills will close for the
holidays at 11 p. m. on Fri., Dec. 23,
reopening on Mon., Dec. 26. Holiday
bonuses will be distributed to all em-
Pauline Mill will close for the holidays
at the end of the day Thursday, reopening
on Jan. 2. Turkeys will be distributed to
The Kings Mountain Mirror-Herald
will operate on regular schedule.
Members of the staff and their famiUes
were entertained at a Christmas party by
Publisher Garland Atkins and Mrs.
Atkins Saturday evening at their river
cottage. Christmas bonuses were
distributed and gifts exchanged.
Employes of the City of Kings Moun
tain will take a holiday Dec. 27th.
Christmas bonuses will be distributed
Tuesday night at annual Christmas
dinner at the American Legion Building.
Shot Four Times
NAMED TRUSTEE — Grady Howard, administrator of
Kings Mountain Hospital, takes the oath of office as a new
trustee for Cleveland Coimty Technical Institute from Daphine
Ware. Ms. Ware is book store manager at Tech and a notary
public. Dr. James Petty, Tech president, looks on. Howard was
appointed by the county commissioners to fill the unexpired
term of Jerry Ausband of Shelby who resigned. Howard is the
second Kings Mountain to serve currently as a trustee. Don
Parker, appointed by the local school district, also serves.
County Shows $25,000 Deficit
Ambulance Fee Plan Is Not Working
The collection of fees for ambulance
transports in the partnership between
Kings Mountain and Shelby Rescue
squads and Cleveland County is not
working as well in reality as it did on
During the flrst five months of operation
the county reports a deficit of $25,000 in
this program, which was touted to be self-
stg>porting through ambulance service
A break even figure on coUections would
be about 70 percent, according to program
coordinator Larry Revels. A minimum fee
of $20 per transport is being charged for
ambulance service by Kings Mountain
and Shelby, the only two units in the
county working under contract, but “it
has not worked out," Revels said.
The partnership between the two rescue
units and the county began on July 1, the
date state law turned the responsibility
for providing emergency services to the
county. Since that time the Kings
Mountain unithas collected $4,130 and has
an outstanding bill of $21,314 on the books.
The local unit has collected about 30
percent of the entire bill for the five month
Bob Jones Quits
KMHS Grid Post
By GARY STEWART
Mirror-Herald Sports Writer
Bob Jones has resigned as head foot
ball coach at Kings Mountain High
School but will remain on the faculty as a
physical education and driver’s
The announcement came Monday at a
noon press conference at the office of Bill
Davis, Superintendent Schools.
Jones, who compiled a 3$-27 overall
record In seven years as coach of the
Mountaineers, cited two reasons for his
“One reason,” he said, “is that I'd like
to slay home more. I have two boys at the
age where I feel like I need to be with
“Secondly," he added, “I am not
satisfied with the won-lost record we've
had over the years that I've been hero. I
had hoped to win a championship hero
and I feel like the administration gavs
me time enough to do it”
Jones said he made up his mind about
quitting football over a monUi ago. He
becomes the second man on the varsity
staff to resign, assistant coach Dennis
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The Shelby unit has collected $7,494 and
is still owed $11,621. The roughly 70 per
cent of outstanding debts (o both rescue
units is owed by individuals who have
used the service, rather than Medicaid or
Parts of the problem are due to the fact
the county has yet to receive any Blue
Cross or Blue Shield payments; that some
of the persons who used the ambulance
service are not residents of Geveland
(founty. Revels said he would be in favor
of seeing non-CHeveland County residents
who have used the service and have failed
to pay have their wages or salaries gar
nished to collect the amounts owed.
County Manager Joe Hendrick doesn't
foresee an increase in ambulance service
fees, but he would like to see the county'
get “tighter on collections.''
Commissioner L. E. (Josh) Hinnant of
Kings Mountain, Commissioner Hugh
Dover of Shelby and Revels have been
appointed to woric as a committee with
Hendrick to (fraw some changes to the
Even facing a $25,000 deficit, however,
Hendrick said the current system is far
less expensive to the county than a system
whereby the county had to establish its
own ambulance and emergency service.
Under the present system the county
subsidizes the Kings Mountain and Shelby
rescue units for operating expenses,
which includes the salaries of three
fulltime Emergency Medical Technicians
working the daytime shifts on both
Volunteers continue to handle the
evening and weekend emergency services
for both squads.
Sgt. Bob Hayes, 14-year veteran with
the Kings Mountain Police Department
was shot four times Monday morning
while assisting another officer in making
The Kings Mountain officer remains a
patient in Kings Mountain Hospital
where a hospital spokesman said his
condition is “good.”
Melvin H. Carroll, 36, of North Pied
mont Ave., was jailed at Cleveland
County jail in lieu of $2500 bond on
charges of assault with deadly weapon
and inflicting serious bodily injury with
intent to kill.
According to police reports, Sgt. Hayes
was shot three times in the ba ck and once
in the side while assisting Ptl. R. E.
Grindstaff in arresting Tommy Lee
Bright, also of Kings Mountain, on
charges of public drunkemess, at ap
proximately 1 a. m. Monday morning on
North Piedmont Ave.
SGT. BOB HAYES
Arson Is Suspected
Arson is suspected and investigation is
continuing in the burning of two aban
doned houses south of Kings Mountain
Kings Mountain and Bethlehem
Volunteer Fire Departments responded
to the first fire, at a house off Highway
161 reportedly owned by Nan Jean Grant,
at 8:50 p. m.
The two fire departments responded to
the second fire, leas than a quarter mile
BOY SCOUTS AID PROJECT - Pictured are Boy Scouts
from Troop 94 of Oak Grove Baptist Church, among con
tributors to the Toys for Tots project this season The
youngsters boxed (^ a large assortment of toys and brought
them to Joy Theatre Monday
away from the first, at 3:45 a. m. That
house was reportedly owned by Sadie
According to Cleveland County Fire
Marshal Delane Da'vis, both houses were
totally destroyed with the blazes “well
imderway” when firemen arrived on the
Davis said that both fires appeared to
be "intentionally set"
Crescent Hill Circle will be all aglow
with 400 Christmas candles on Christmas
Eve from 8 p. m. until 11:30p m.
Motorists are invited to drive aroiaid
the circle enclosing Resurrection
Lutheran Church and see the candles
which will be lighted about 15 feet apart
at residences on either side of the drcle.
Residents are also being asked to light
candles in their windows.
The Christmas decorsting project is
being conducted as s neighborhood
project. Candles are being placed in a
paper bag held by brick and sand
In event of raia the candles will not be
A spokesman said she is hopeful the
Oiristmas season project will become an