KinCI MOUriTWM MIRROR
VOL. 89 NO. 1
KINCrS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 TUESDAY, JANUARY 3,1978
A 1978 multi-purpose vehicle hss been
added to the Kings Mountain Rescua
Squad roliing stock.
Hie Chevrolet KS Blaier was pur
chased by the squad from Carter
Chevrolet of Shelby under a bid process
“for a considerable discount from the
18,400 list price,” said Capt. Raymond
Hie vehicle was delivered Dec. IS, but
was not made ready for service udtil
onergency li^ts and identifying signage
Sgt Roy Hammett said, "We are
j^rlag to get as good equipment as Is
gesilde to serve the people of Kings
Is said the new four-whed drive
vci*cle will be used for such routine
ciio'es as handling Mood runs; and for
reediiiM difficult locations for rescue
wori; and to transport emergency
perrmnel during snowy weather.
NEW RESCUE VEHICLE - The Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad has purchased a 1978 KS Blazer, a four-wheel drive
Chevrolet for use as an emergency vehicle. Pictured here with
Photo By Tom McIntyre
the new veMcle are Sgt. Roy Hammett, Lt Bill Hannah and
Capt. Raymond Galloway.
Johnny Harris, smior at South Houston
High in Pasadena, Texas and p’andson of
Senator J. OlUe Harris and Mrs. Harris
and Mrs. J. H. Arthur, all of Klnff Moun
tain, has been selected as a People to
The son of Mr. and Mrs. J. OUle Harris,
Jr. of Pasadena, is among three seniors
chosen from a 800 member student body
to Join in others in a SSHlay travel
program to. five different European
countries this summer.
Living with the different temilies in
England, Germany and Denmark the
students will be residing from three to
five days with each family and will also
travel in France, Holland and Russia.
Johnny Harris, in Kings Mountain for a
holiday visit with grandparents, says he
is excited about the trip.
Departing on June 4th, the students
wU take 12 hours of orientation at
Georgetown University in Washington,
D. C. They wOI be crossing the English
Chaimel vis ship and will be ac
companied by one teacher.
Nominees for the program were
selected after extensive screenings and
interviews following recommendations
of teachers and friends in the com
Johnny Harris is an honor student who
plans to attend the University of Itaas.
He has played varsity football and
basketball during his high school career.
Hie People to People Ambassador
program was initiatsd during the
presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Has Begun Here
Candidates for the May 2 primary for
county and state offices have until noon,
Mon, Feb. 8 to pay their filing fees.
Candidate filing, legally, began
yesterday at noon, but Jan. 2 was a state
wide legal holiday, so potential can
didates were eligible to file at the
Cleveland County Election Board office
in Shelby beghming at 8:30 a. m. today.
On the county level in 1978 the offices
ig) for election include the sheriff, clerk
of Superior Court, two county com
missioner seats, two county education
board seats and county coroner.
These offices are currently held by
Haywood Allen, Mrs. Ruth Dedmon, C.
M. Peeler, Jr. and L. E. (Josh) Himant,
Mrs. Mary Lou Barrier and Bobby Stone
and Bennett Masters, respectively.
Voters will also bs called on to elect
three members to the 29th Senatorial
Disfrict and three members to the 40th
House of Representative District.
Oirrently serving as Senators from the
2Sth District are J. Ollie Harris of Kings
Mountain, Marshall Rauch and Helen
Rhyne Marvin of Gastonia. Serving in the
40th House District are Robert Falls,
Robert Jones and Mrs. Edith Lutz.
Hie deadline for new registration and
changes of address for eligibility in the
May 2 primary is 5 p. m., Mon., Apr. 3.
Absentee b^ota will be issued from
Fri., Mar. 3 until Wed., Apr. 28. The
deadline for returning absentee ballots to
the county elections board is 8 p. m.,
Mon., May 1.
Citizens may register to vote at either
the Cleveland County Board of Elections,
Shelby, or by appointment at the homes
of appointed registrars and qualified
More School Buses
Needed For City
About 937 students in the Kii«s
Mountain District Sc^iool system face
hazardous or dangerous conditions,
walking to and from school.
According to a survey conducted by the
local law enforcement association, the
Kings Mountain district has a total of 413
elementary and 124 high school students
who walk to and from school daily.
Hie local survey was included in a
state-wide project to determine where
additional school buses are needed
because of students facing unsafe condi
tions walking to class.
Hiere were only 18 school unitg
reporting conditions did not warrant
additional buses, but 78 units reported a
definite need. The Kings Mountain unit
was one of the 78 reporting affirmative.
Cleveiand County, which provides the
buses used in the Kings Moisitaln
dstrict, would have to fork out another
890,000 for school buses to take care of the
need in the 1978-79 school year. That
figure is based on $12,900 cost per bus.
The local survey shows that four ad
ditional busas are needed in Kings
These four buses to transport the 937
students who now walk to and from
school, would have to cover an additional
99 miles per day at a cost of $18,187 for
operations. That figure is based on
$4,946.06 per bus.
The Department of Public In
struction’s Transportation division
suggests that the need is here and that
the capital outlay warrants a com
The high cost of education begins with
transportation in North Carolina and
Cleveland County. The state tran
sportation division reports a cost in 1976-
77 of $98.72 per pupil in transports. This
figure is $6.88 higher per pupil than the
year before. The total cost across the
slate last year for transporting students
Transportation Division Director Louis
Alexander said more buses have been
added this year to allow for growth and to
eliminate the dangers of the practice of
allowing students to pack into school
buses until there is standing room only
Dog Tags Go
On Sale Today
Kings Mountain dog owners are re
minded that dog up go on sale today at
the Police Department for $2.80.
City dog warden Stretch Bollinger also
reminds owners of pets that violations
carry a $1.80 penalty, plus cost of the dog
tag, after Jaa 31, 1978.
Warden Bollinger says a good time to
purchase the dog tag Is this month whan
you visit the City Hall to list your county
See the Records Clerk in the Police
Departmsnt or Warden Bollinger to
pu^asa the Up.
Photo By Gary Stewart
FIRST BABY — Vera Hardin of Grover holds her new daughter, Katie Marie,
the first baby bom in 1978 at Kings MounUIn HospiUl. Katie Marie was boro at
3:24 p. m. New Year’s Day and weighed seven pounds, eight ounces. Her father,
Ronald Hardin of Grover, named her. Grandparenu are Mrs. Alma Self of Grover
and Mrs. Annie Lee Hardin of Kinp MounUin. She is the stepgranddaughter of
Earl V. Dover of Kings Mountain.
What’s New In
KM For 1978?
By TOM McIntyre
What is on tap in Kinp MounUin for
A continuation of many programs and
the initiation of several new ones, ac
cording to Mayor John H. Moss.
Expected to be impllmented this month
is an apeement between the City of
Kinp MounUin and the Kings MounUin
District Schools for an interchange of
school and city recreational and com
“We feel this wiU give every citizen
and group the needed facilities to permit
them to participate in recreational and
related community activities,” the
’The completion of the Cansler Street
and Central Business District urban
renewal projects is also earmarked for
1978, along with completion of the
Davidson and Deal St. Parks im
provements. The latter two are also
under the fourth year Community
Development fonding application and the
Deal St. complex is after a pa nt from the
N. C. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation.
’Two new renewal projecU will also be
kicked off this year under the Small
Cities Act to provide improvemenU of
streets, aidewalks, rtreet lighting, water
and sewer servioes and surface drainap
An action comprehensive growth plan
will also be put into the works in 78. This
is for the improvements and extension of
streets and utilities to develop areas
under considoation for annexation.
Under the Community Development
propam the city also has a commitment
to improve streeU and sidewalks in
general in the lower income residential
areas of the conununity. Also planned
development of four mini-parks in
residential communities, renovation of
City SUdium and additional street
The mayor said the city will continue
efforts to bring in diversified industry to
Kings Mountain to provide employment
for young people in the community.
Hie mayor said an effort will be made
to extend public and private support to
the Kings Mountain Development office
and its new director and staff. Interviews
are being held Wednesday to select a
director for the office to replace Larry
The city’s gas, water, sewer and
electrical departments will have plans to
continue improving these services to the
A liason program will be developed
between the city and the N. C. Depart
ment of ’Transportation to secure a
schedule program from DOT. The mayor
said the schedule will have emphasis on
Hwys. 161 and 216, both north and south,
with respects to widening and resur
facing. Also included is a plan to open a
new access road from Hwy. 29 to the
Kings Mountain Junior and Senior high
Completion is also expected on the
Citizens Service Center, the community
center and the governmental services
(Hun To Page 3)
’Tax listing begins today at city haT
Edwin Moore, county tax lister for
Township Four, said listing may be done
between 9 a. m. and 9 p. m. Monday
through Friday through Jan. 31.
“We will also schedule visits to
Grover,” Moore said. “Those schedules
will be announced this week.”
Assisting Moore are Mrs. Charles
Ballard and Mrs. Jack Hauaer.
As usual all property owners are
required to list thefr properties, both real
and personal. Taxable properties include
real estate. Personal properties include
dogs, firearms, radios, TV seta, stereos,
autos and bucks, household equipment
and any property of value.
“By taking advantage of our hours
early,” Moore said, “citizens can avoid
last minute rush difficulties. A con
tinuing and orderly tax listing procedure
will make the annual requirement much
easier on everyone.”
First prize winners in the Christmas
Decorating Contest for 1977 are Mr. and
Mrs. David Plonk, 702 Crescent Circle;
Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Mauney, Jr., 200 E.
Gold St.; Mr. and Mrs. Hernnan Bolin, 809
N. Cansler St.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Pearson, 803 Katherine Ave.; Mr. and
Mrs. Delbert Dixoa 201 N. Sims SL and
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Nolen of 309
’The contest was sponsored for the sec
ond year by the Kings Mountain Ap
pearance Commiasion with $39flrst place
cash awards in each district donated by
the City of Kings Mountain and second
Coming To Shelby
Sen. Robert Morgan wUl be in
Cleveland Coisity on Jan. 11, sponsored
by the Shelby Chambsr of Commerce.
The former N. C. Attorney General is
scheduled to be at the County Historical
Society Museum (old courthouse) In
Shelby between 9:30 and 11 a. m.
’Ihe public la invited to visit wlUi the
place $10 awards donated by Kings
Mountain garden clubs.
For the second year, two families
repeated as fiiet place winners. Roy and
EMa Pearson again won the top prize in
District ’Three and Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Bolin again won the top prize in District
Second place winners are Mr. and Mrs.
Hiomas Yarbrough, 809 Meadowbrook
Rd., District One; Mr. and Mrs. Frank A.
Adams of 409 York Rd., District ’Two;
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Grindstaff of 916
Henrjr St., District Hiree; Mr. and Mrs.
Franklin A. Brackett of 1012 N. Pietknont
Ave., District Four; Mr. and Mrs.
Namath Nixon of 413 Belvedere Circle,
District Five; and Mr. and Mrs. Troy
Conner of 400 Scotland Dr., District Six.
Honorable mention citations want to
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Anderson, 709
Meadowbrook Rd., District 0ns; Mrs.
Bertha EUtroa 206 DiUlng St., Oietrict
’Two; Mr and Mrs. Jack 0. Chaney of 002
Woodaide SL, District ’Throe; Mr. and
Mrs. Kan McAbee of 80$ First St..
Disfrict Four; Mr. and Mra. Jacob Dixon
of 206 N. Sima St., Diafrict Five; and Mr
and Mrs. 8. R. Suber, Jr. of 401 Phtfer
Kd. District Six.