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KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1978
Engineers To Recommend
City Adopt Duke Retail Rate
At next Monday night's oommissloners
.'meeting Bill Li^e Jr. of Southeastern
Consulting Engineers will recommend
that Kings Mountain adopt the current
Duke Power retail customer rates.
The recommendation includes Duke’s
electric rates for residential all-electric,
commercial and industrial users. The
latter to be included after proper demand
metering equipment is installed
Uttle’s recommendation includes the
city continue passing along Duke’s
monthly wholesale fuel adjustment
I . As of Mar. 1, 1978 Duke Power Com
pany’s rates to retail customers will be
increased approKimatdy 10 percent.
Little’s recommendation is for the city
adopt the current Duke rates prior to the
Mar. 1 increase.
“This will bring the city’s rates in line
with Duke’s current rates, which means
the city’s rates will continue to be lower
than Duke rates in all anas of use,’*
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DR. JOHNWASYUK .
... VFW Commander-tai-Chlef
Dr. John Wasylik, Commander-in-
f t.liief of Veterans of Foreign Wars of The
IJidted States, will pay a special visit to
I Kings Mountain Frl., Feb. 17.
D. H. Brown, commander of the Frank
3lass VFW Post 9811 in Kings Mountain,
laid, “Dr. Wasylik will arrive here about
2p. m. and win meet local members and
xsnmunity dignitaries in a reception at
he local post.’’
Brown said this is the first visit to
Kings Mountain by any VFW US Com-
mander-in-Chief and he urges local post
members and auxiliary members to
attend the program on Feb. 17.
During a whirlwind three dsy-tour of
North Carolina facilities. Dr. Wasylik
will have lunch at noon at the Shdby
Post, then meet with KMers at 2 p. m.
and attend a program at the Course Post
at 4 p. m.
Brown said he has issued special in
vitations to Mayor John H. Mou, Police
Chief Jackie Barrett, Sen. OUie Harris
and American Legion Cmdr. Bob Smith
and others to attend the meeting with Dr.
An optometrist in Sandudiy, Ohio, Dr.
Wasylik is also deeply Involved In youth.
Civic, professional and veterana’ ac
He has h.'d numerous jobs within the
VFW prior to lii' election as Commander-
in-Chlef at the VFW Convention in
Mirmeapofik, Minn., on Aug. 26, 1977.
Dr. Wasylik is a veteran of the Koraan
War where he served with the 7th In
fantry Division .IS a machine gun section
sergeant. He K.< ne(lthe Combat Infantry
Badge, UnitCifatlcr, indtheBronxeStar.
He said there would be little effect to
the residential customers, biC the new
rate schedule, if adopted, would mean
quite a bit to the local commercial and
all-electric residential customers.
Currently, commercial customers
using between 100 and 6,000 kilowatt
hours of electricity per month are paying
bills subtly higher than the Duka
customers using equal kilowatt hours per
month are paying slightly higher bills
than Duke customers using equal elec
“Under the Duke rate these customers
would be paying less than Duke
customers using equal kilowatt hours per
month,” Little said.
Little said dty customers and Duke
customers comparing bills on the fuel
adjustment charge have to take la
consideration that the charges are
arrived at by different formidas.
“Duke Power’s fuel adjustment charge
is based on a formula setdown by the N.
C. Utilities Commission,” Little said.
"The City of Kings Mountain’s fusl
charge is based on a formula setdown by
the Federal Power Commission.
However, even though the mondi to
month bills between the two may fhie-
tuate ig> and down, at the end of the year
the charge will total out to the same
under both formulas.”
The city customer’s fuel adjustment
charge for February is based on the cost
cf fuel used in November 1977. Duka’s
hiel adJustUient charge for February 'is
MM on Ow esM fl fuel ui$d«i leifo
tsmber, October and November of lt77.
Southeastern Consulting Englneees
serve a^t 100 towns and municipalities
in Nortli and South Carolina, Georgia and
Virginia. These communities have
energy supplied by Duke Power,
Csralina Li^t and Power, S. C. Electric
wid Gas, Virginia Electric and Power,
Appalachian Power, Potomac Edison
a^ Nantahala Power.
Mayor John Moss said, “Oir whole
objective here is to cut through the red
ta^ and get the total cosU of electric
power, including the fuel adjustment or
coal charge, to where the bottom line
oasts to Kings Mountain dtixens below or
equal to Duke’s. This is what we are
going to do.”
Each month posters will be erected at
dty hall showing typical bills for both the
city’s and DiAe’s customers for com-
paiison, based on the same amount of
kflowatt hours used.
“We want to break these costs down
intosimple terms to cut out the confusion
to the customers,” the mayor said.
Bethware School P-TA will host the
regional visit of the Red Crow Blood-
mobile Friday at Bethware School.
Donors will be processed from 11 a. m.
until 4 ;30 p. m. in Bethware Gymnasium
and quota for the visit is 125 pints of
Bethware School is the only elemen
tary school in the Piedmont Carolina
Blood Region of 60 counties in the two
Carolinas to host the bloodbsnk, said a
Blood is critically needed at this season
of the year and Kings Mountain area
dtiiens are invited to again give a pint of
Dr. Blair To
Dr. J. Allen Blair, founder of “Glad
Tidings” more than 20 years aga will
lead a CMnmunity-wide Bible Study
Saturday at the home of Bill and Betty
Moss at 1403 Grover Rd.
The study will begin at 10 a. m. and
conclude at 3:30 p. m. Persons attending
ore invited to bring a covered dish for
Dr. Blair has been the regular speaker
on the broadcast which orlginatos in
Charlotte and is aired on ovw 600 stations
throughout the U. S., In Panama and
Ecuador. He is editor of “Glad Tidings,"
a monthly pifollcation, s regular con
tributor to the devotional guide, “Seek,”
and the author of numerous tracts and 10
PASSING IRE DEED — William S. Fulton Jr. hands
Charles T. Carpenter the deed to the former Fulton home and
property adjacent to Central United Methodist Church. The
church bought the property from Fulton to hold for future
church expansion. Carpenter is on the church board of
trustees. Looking on is the Rev. Robert Boggan, pastor.
Church Buys Property
Cmtral United Methodist Chirch has
purchased the bouse and grounds ad
jacent to the church on S. Piedmont Ave.
The Rev. Robert Boggan, pastor,
disclosed the 37,912 square foot lot and
the two-story house, built in the early
1900s, was purchased from W. S. Fulton
Jr. for $41,400.
“The house will be demolished,” Rev.
Boggan said, “probably within the next
fourorfive weeks. But first, we have had
requests for odth and ends by church
members from the house before it is
Rev. Boggan said such things as corner
poets, window frames, fireplace mantels,
etc. will be removed from the house
before the church trustees award the
“The immediate use the church plans
to put the property to is for off-street
paricing and playground area,” Rev.
Boggan said. “The property was pur
chased against that day in the future
when the church might wish to expand.”
The 137 and a half foot front will be
maintained as is, according to Rev.
Boggan. The trees will remain and there
will be addUional beautification of the
property. The lot runs 275 feet.
Plant Not Oosing
Btrlington Industriee’ Phenix Plant in
Kings Mountain is not closing
That is the message delivered Tuesday
night by several executives of
Burlington’s sportswear diviston at a
dinner meeting at the Kings Mountain
George Wilcox, vice president of
manufacturing from Greensboro, told a
gathering of local business, industrial,
professional and political leaders that
“The Phenix Plant is a stable operation
and we see no reason why the Kings
Mountain plant should not continue
Wilcox said runnors have been cir
culating rapidly, since Burlington dosed
other plants in this area, that the Kings
Mountain operation was on the shutdown
“Although the Phenix plant is one of
our older ones,” Wilcox said, “we have
found it economically feasible to make
changes at the plant. We are gearing
here to manufacture cotton synthetic
yarns for denim clothing.”
He explained that the recently dosed
Mayflower Plant in Gaston County was
manufacturing a product that was being
killed by foreign import business and
that the plant could not be updated
economically, so it had to be closed.
The foreign Import trade “gobbling
up” more than its share of the American
markert is one of ths reasons the
American textile business is having
proUems, according to Wilcox “And we
cannot export products to foreign
markets because the tariffs have been
raised so high it is not economically
sound business to continue exporting,”
Stranded Motorist Helped
Gk>d Bless React
James A. Rubendoll of Shelby now
knows there is a Kings Mountain REACT
unit in operation.
The Shelbian was stranded here early
Sat., Jan. 28 with a flat tire. Rubendall
could not find a service station open to
change his tire nor was he physically
able to attempt the feat
Then along come Gail McDaniel, a
REACT member, who had picked up the
distress signal from Rubendall's
Later, REACT received a letter from
Mrs. Rubendall praising “the man in the
blue van" for his assistance. McDaniel
was the man. Along with the letter came
acheckfor $25, a contribution to theunit.
Inclosing Mrs. Rubendall wrote. ”... 1
have never heard of (React) it, but we
Accompanying Wilcox from Green
sboro were Max Huntley, group
manager, and Barney Miller, divisfon
personnel manager. From the local plant
were Neal Yeatgin, Phenix manager;
Mike Saunders, personnel manager, and
will be forever grateful. God Bless
REIACT is made up of citisens volun
teering their time to assist In
emergencies by furnishing com
munications to the proper authorities.
The local unit also volunteers its services
to neighborhood patrols during the night
to usist police, rescue and fire in
communications in emergencies.
And during the cold weather Roaet
members have been firnishlng fire wood
to needy citisens, working through the
KM Ministerial Association.
React maintains officM and a com-
miiiications center at the KM Com
munity Center. Emmett Moss Is Captain
of the local unit The KM KIwanis (3ub Is
a sponsoring agency.
GROVER — Mayor W. W. (BUI) Mc
Carter thinks the town board mi^t have
been too quick to approve a resolution
accepting the 201 study from John Ed
The mayor said he hsri requested
Edwards return the resolution so the
board could make further study con
cerning questions which may arise later.
“(Questions like what wiU be the EPA
(Environmental Protection Agency)
position be if the town decides to go to
Minette Mills for waste treatment in
stead of to Kings Mountain?” Mayor
He said there is also a cooditian in the
201 plan that says the town agrees there
will be no industrial flow released in the
waste collection system. “What if we are
fortunate enough to get another smaU
industry in Grover? Does that mean we
cannot accept it u a waste treatment
customer?” the mayor asked.
The mayor asked if the town went with
Minette for waste treatment in the
beginning and a smaU industry came in
later, could the town switch to the Kings
Mountain waste freatment system?
Tlie board agreed that it is useless to
continue discussing the matter until
some solid figures on waste treatmert
,ksve-bwe.-" submitted by both Minette
Mills and the City of Kings Mountain.
The waste collection syston planning has
leaned heavily toward connecting with
the Kings Mountain system for treat
According to McCarter, for Grover to
go to the Kings Mountain system it will
cost the town about 962,000 more in the
beginning — the cost of rerouting the
collector line from Jake’s Oeek to Long
Branch Oeek to connect with the KM
The entire cost estimate for the Grover
wastewater treatment system is $9(16,600.
In related business Monday night, the
board approved agreement to the letter
of intent from Farmer’s Home Ad
ministration the town must meet to
qualify for a $287,700 grant offer and a
$170,000 loan offer at flve percent The
board also approved adopting a two-year
loan repayment budget for FmHA.
However, the mayor pointed out, this
does not obligate Grover to aqything. He
said it means the FmHA will put aside
the grant and loon nxmey earmarked for
Grover for a period of 18 months.
The two-year budget plan sets aside
$17,000, interest payments, for the first
two years of the 28-year loan if the town
fallows through on acceptance of the
The board also discussed citting costs
on the wastewater collection system and
aO but ruled out cutting corners in
construction. The board agreed there
possibly could be costs trimmed in the
operation of the system later.
The mayor also asked the question, if
the trimming con be doiw to reduce the
overall project cost, will that amount
trimmed be deducted from the grants
In other business. Commissioner
Tommy Keeter asked the board to
consider changes in the town’s water
rates and tap-on fees to water customers,
both inside and outside the corporate
• The present tap-on free is $100, Keeter
said, “and the last tapon we had cost the
town over $200.” He suggested an in
crease of $125 for customers on the same
side of the street as the town’s water
main. But the board agreed to consider
this matter further in March.
The present water rates for inside
customers are $1 per 1,000 gallons for
first 4,000; 60 cents per 1,000 for next
2,000; 50 cetks per for next 2,000; 40 cents
per for all over 10,000 gallons.
Keeter suggested a new rate of $1 for
first 4,000; 80 cents for the next 2,000; and
OOcents per for all over that amount. For
outside customers, he suggested the
standard $5 per for the first 4,000, plus a
30 percent increase.
Keeter said the water deficit to the
town for December 1977 was $600 and for
January 197$, $500. He said the board is
definitely going to have to make ad
justments In both tap-on fees and water
rates to customers.