Kincj MOUtlTWM MIRROR
VOL. 80 NO. 10
KINOS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROUNA 28086 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1078
Second Developnwnt Meeting Set Thursday
A ■•cond pubUc matting to form a
Kings Mountain Davalopmant
Oorporatlon la schadulad Thunday
at 8 p. m. In tlM Dapot Cantor.
llta first masting was hald last
‘nuvsday night at city hall with a
handful of dtlsant showing «g> to
hoar tha proposal for tha
Although Mayor John H. Moss and
four mombers of tha dty eom-
mlsslonors prosldad ovar ths
masting and tha city will sarva as
tha grant appUcatlon agoncy, tha
corporation will bo organlsad from
tha private saetor of tha community
and la to cerate Uka any othsr fraa
Tha stlmutus for tha devalopmant
corporation la the city's eligibility to
partldpate In a tl-mlUlcn Urban
Action Devalopmant Orant for
smaller citlos by tha federal
Mayor Moss axplalnad to tha
gathering last Thursday that there
are three areas under vdilch tha
UDAO program can be used —
residential, Industrial and com
mercial. Iho local proposal la to
pursue commercial development In
Tha mayor explained that private
cltlsena must put together a viable
organisation to work toward
revitalising the local business
community. This Includes
renovation and updating existing
business structures and bringing in
new retail businesses. The
guidelines for the UDAO program
also aUow such a corporation to go
outside the city’s corporate limits to
develop business, If that venture Is
tied back to the local economy.
The city will make a preliminary
application, due by Feb. 28, to alert
the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) that
Kings Moimtaln plans to participate
In the program.
Applications for the 20 percent,
project funding by the corporation
may be made at anytime during the
year, which Is divided Into quarters.
David Long, of the N. C. Depart
ment of Natural and Economic
Resources, told the gathering, "The
UDAO program Is similar to the
community development block
grants, but works In reverse. Under
CD the projects are funded almost
entirely by federsd money. Under
UDAO, the local Investors supply or
get committments for the majority
of the money and the federal funding
is only 25 percent.”
The guidelines put the local
community under the gun, ac
cording to the mayor, because all of
the Initial planning must be done by
“The corporation Is formed with
officers and directors being
named,” the mayor said, “an
executive director must be hired,
one that Is a real live wire. Then a
master plan for the entire
revitalisation program must be
m^ped out before appUcatlan Is
Long told the gathering that local
Investment Is the key to the project.
He ssLid that can be In the form of
stock shares sold to anyone In
terested, Initial Investment from
Individuals or letters of loan com
mittments from lending Institutions.
"But the estimated cost as close to
the dollar as possible must be laid
out along with the means for
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KM Group Purchases Kings Mountain inn
The Kings Mountain Motor Inn Is
now owned by a grovp of Kings
The sale was formalised weeks
ago, but announcement of the
transaction was htod off untU tha
local group could organise and map
out a plan for renovation and
tq>gradlng the facility.
Kings Mbimtatai Motor Inn, for
merly The Royal Villa and Kings
Moisitaln Inn, was purchased for an
undisclosed price by eight
businessmen. Including Odus Smith,
W. K. Mauney Jr., Mack Lefevers,
Larry D. Hamrick, Dr. Charles
Blair, Jack A. Woodbury, Ckri W.
Champion and James B. Ware.
Odus Smith, president of the
group, said ‘ ‘the group Intends to see
the Kings Mountain Motor Inn, Inc.
affords people In the area with
At 4 P.M.
For Mrs. Peeler
Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl
Drace Peeler, 80, of SU E. King St.
will be conducted Tuesday afternoon
at 4 p. m. from Central United
Methodist Church of which she was a
Her pastor. Rev. Robert Boggan,
assisted by a former pastor. Rev.
Paschal Waugh, will officiate, and
interment will be In Moiaitaln Rest
Mrs. Peeler succumbed Sunday
morning at 6:10 a. m. In Kings
Mountain Convalescent Cantor after
declining health for some time.
She was a native of Oreer, South
Carolina, daughter of the late
Charles and Fanny Miller Drace.
She was the widow of prominent
lumber dealer, B. S. Peeler,
president of Elmer Lumber Com
pany for a number of years before
his death In 1966. She was long active
In civic and religious life of the
Surviving are her son, Burlle S.
(Sonny) Peeler Jr. of Kings
Moiaitaln, and one grandson, Joe
Peeler of Kings Mountain. Her son,
Drace M. Peeler, died In 1876.
Active pallbearers will be Marvin
Byars, Call McDaniel, Charles
Carpenter, Wilson Orlllln, Oeorge
Blalock, and W. A. Russell.
Honorary pallbearers will be
members of the Official Board of
Central United Methodlat (3iurch.
outstanding accommodationa and
According to Smith, Jack
Woodbury, who has been manager of
the Inn for the past two and a half
years, has been named executive
vice president of the group and
general manager of the motor Inn.
The 106-room facility features
meeting rooms accommodationa for
up to 260 persMis, a restaurant, pool
and guest accommodations.
Woodbury said, "The excellent
food facilities are an asset to the
area and afford the local community
and the traveling public real
"We are now more than ever a
' 'Mrt el the local oomiaunlt,,* and look'
forward to the opportunity to be of
sendee,” Woodbury continue. "We
have the facilities, quality product
and service to meet our customers
needs from meals In our restaurant,
meeting, banquets and other func
tions at the motel to outstanding
Smith said plans by the new
owners call for refurbishing the
rooms. Installation of new carpet
and heating and air conditioning
Besides Smith and Woodbury,
other officers Include W. K. Mauney
Jr., vice president; Larry D.
Hamrick, secretary and treasurer;
and Mack Lefevers — assistant
secretary and treasurer. All of the
eight owners serve as the board of
The Kings Mountain Motor Inn,
Inc. Is located at the Hwy. 161 —
Interstate 86 Intersection south of
the city’s business district.
THE NEW OWNERS — These six Kings Mountlans
are the new owners of the Kings Mountain Motor Inn,
Inc., along with Dr. CTharles Blair and James B. Ware
(not pictured). Seen here are Cart C2iamplon, Jack
Pluto By Tom Mclhtyre
Woodbury, W. K. Mauney, Jr., Odus Smith, Mack
Lefever and Larry Hamrick. Smith serves as president
of the group and Woodbury as executive vice president
and general manager.
Student Testing Wiii Begin Aprii 1
By ELIZABETH STEWART
» Do you think your high schaal
ssnlor would flU out a social sscurtty
card oorreettyT If hs can’t ho won’t
be able to get Ida diploma - and
Out’s the law.
The social security card qussOane
are only examples cl tha new ’"Mnl
run” tests to be given to Klnge
Mountain Senior High Schoel
students beginning Apr. 1.
Beginning In tha Fall of 1678, all
Uth grade studeida wlU be required
to take and pass the competonoy
teats as a requirement for
Dr. H. T. Conner, State Aulataat
Supaiintandent for Research and
Development, N. C. State Depart
ment of PubUc Instruction, and Ida
admlnlstraOvo assistant, Mra.
Janice Lassltar, axplalnad both tha
annual teatkig program and tha
cempoteney tasting program bslora
membsrs of the Kings Meuntaih
Chapter of the Association al
Educators (NCAE) Tuesday af-
tamocn In B. N. Banus AudltortuaB.
The two testing programs wlU he
ghran on an experimental basis
hfiMiiiig tMs spring. Ths annual
achlevemmt tost will be glvan to
grades i, I, 8, 6 and 6, and the
I competanoy toM wlU be given to 11th
j wade studonts.
d I BoOi are laws passed by the
l llagtolatiro to Insure that a high
sahool graduate from a North
GhreUna school can dsmontorate
hMie, functional sklUs. Passing the
EXPLAIN TESTTNO PROGRAM - Mrs. Jaidee
Lassiter, left, and Dr. H. L. Conner tar right, of ths
State Department of PUblle Instruction, Al acnlnger,
second from loft, prosldentof the KMIHI student body.
Photo By Lli Stewart
and Oaiy SMelds, principal of KM Junior High, were
speakers for an NCAE meeting last week In which the
annual testliv and competency testing programs were
mMmum standards wlU Indicate to
employers, parents and other
cttlsens that a high school graduate
has attained thsse skills.
Dr. Conner predicted ths testing
program will have a big Unpact on
education — for the first Urns
parsnte and toachen allks will have
Information about a student’s
progress — or lack oC It.
Ho also said the testing would
"hopefully” bring more emphasis In
the school systems on the "three
R’s” while not decreasUig other
subject material and would give
early Identification of a student’s
weaknesses and need for early
Mrs. Lassiter pointed out that the
testing programs will "increase
debate about social promotions and
retentions” and more parents would
be interested because they would
receive copies of the detailed test
Dr. Conner called for more
remedial work at the high school
levels and said he forsees a possible
cheuige In the high school programs
with a high rate of failures.
"Possibly schools and school
systems will be prepared but should
proceed wetth caution,” said Dr.
Coimer, "because students are not
the same foam school to school and
from system to system.”
The new law, according to Dr.
Conner, also requires that a student
who falls a part w whole of the teat
be helped — but ths legislature did
not provide the funds for extra
programs and extra teachers.
MI'S. Lassiter said there are many
ways students who fail the tests can
receive help; through tutoring,
small classes, take-home kits so the
parents can help the students,
teacher aides, community programs
set up by civic organisations and
Whan an llth grader at Kings
Moisitaln Senior High takes the tost
this spring students tai other dttos
throughout the stats will be taking
the same tost. Dr. Conner said this
coordinated testing program gives
both the opportunity tor analysis and
"R will help the boy or girl got
mors out of the educational program
and will help the schools also,” said
The "trial run” test this spring Is
designed to Identify the most ef
fective measures and test to be used
In Fall of 1878 when ths first full-
scale testing of the competencies of
llth graders will be given to North
If the student falls once he will have
three more chances to paas the test
and obtain his high school diploma.
The high school test will be given the
Fall of the Junior year, the following
Spring, the Fall of tha senior year
and than, finally, the Spring of the
The annual achievement test will
be given to first, second, third, sixth
and ninth grade students to Niow
both weaknesses and strengths of
Dr. Conner predicted a high
degree of fallurea of high school
pupils taking tha first test, although
they won’t be very difficult:
Hsre are some of the sample
questions on the high school com
Jane Diamond Hughes Is applying
for a Social Security number. What
should Jans put In the space labeled
IT (space for printing full name).
Check correct answer: Jans D.
Hughes. Hughes. Jane D., Jana
Diamond or Diamond, Jana.)
Which box of Oackles U tha
cheapest per ounceT Crackles 2 os.
16 cento; Crackles, 6 os. 60 cents;
Crackles 9os. 48 cents; or Crackles,
16 os. 86 cents?
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