KlhCJ MOUMTWn MIRROR
VOL. 80 NO. 22
KINaS MOUNTAIN, NORIH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY MARCH 16, 1978
Fees Are Going Up
By EUZABETH STEWART
Faea for dty aervlcea are going
(q>, for the firat time aince 1071.
Hie city board of oommlaalonera
Monday night adopted, after long
dlscuaalon while amending new
propoaala by the municipal aervlce
tees committee, higher water t^,
newer taps, cemetery lot and
building permit tees. There were
many revisions, some tees are
Indicating the city would like to
get out of the grass cutting business
and rental at city equipment, the
board unanimously voted to cease
the practice of renting city equip
ment but to encourage private ,ln-
duatry to provide this service and
tabled pnqiosal for raising grass
cutting tee from 87 to $60 per hour
minimum until further study Is
"Are we not gonna scare peoide
off with these kind of prices? " asked
Oonun. BUI Orlsaom who said he felt
the proposed water tap teea were
"steep" and suggested amended
schedule which the board accepted.
On recommendation of Comm. Jim
Childers, the board also amended
gats taq> fees, cutting the proposed
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Airport Feasibility Study Ordered
A community has three methods
to try for construction of an stlrport
— federal funding; state and local
) funding or local fUiyUng.
t There have been no adrports
constructed, at least slnoe the North
Qsrollna Dtvlslan of Aeronautics
was developed In 1967, using only
locstl funding. A few have been built
using state and local funding, but
most have been a three-way
prcqKMiltlon between federal, state
and local funding.
At this point Kings Mountain
appears far down the list for con-
CD Projects For
1978 Are Approved
night approved 10 projects for lii-
ckislon In a Community Develop-
meiS Block Grant for tourth year
Eighteen project suggesttons on
how the city will spend 8888,000 this
yesu: were presented In three public
hearings on the application.
Under the Community Develop
ment Block Grant program Kino
Moisitaln received 81,080,000 In 19TB.
Another 81.040,000 was received last
year and other equal amount for
1977. The aum drops to 8608,000 In
1978 and fInaUy, in 1979, to 8847,000.
Six continuing programs share In
the funding requests for 1978-79.
They are Kings Mountain Aging
Program, 880,000; Home Baaed
Child Care Center, 816,000; Kings
Mountain Development Office,
890,000; expansion and Im
provement to Davidson and Deal
Street Parka, 880,000; and 880,000 for
continuing panamatrle and
topogr^ihlcal program of mapping
which was launched during the past
Also "carry over" prajeets are the
housing rehabilitation program for
which 880,000 Is budgeted and mini-
park acquisition and dsvelopmmt
tor which 878,000 la budgeted for
crsaUon of recreatlanal pariu for
youngsters tai all areas of the city.
tfrban beautification, curb and
gutter, water and sewer, sidewalks,
to renewal areas Is budgsted to
receive 847,000 and a large share of
the funds, 8166,000, Is aarmaifcad for
sewer Improvements on Parker Bt..
acomplete new sewer eoUactlon line
Andrew Schorr, WBTV per
sonality, wUl be master of cere-
monlas tor the Bast School Talent
Show to bo held on March 8i at 7:80
p m. In Central School Auditorium.
Mr. Schorr hoots tee popular
"Carolina Camera" feature at
WBTV In Chariotta.
Admission Is 81 tor adults and SO
oenta for students.
Wlimers of the talent show ad
vance to the city-wide Klwaals
Thlent Show to be held later In the
The talent show Is sponsored by
Bast School P-TA.
to replant ca^ of tht city’s oldest
Unas, picking a n •v Uns Stoat of
Watterson and running to a collector
Itae down Parker and to Pilot
Branch, refurbishing of the sewer
system in all of northeast Kings
Alr-conditloning and re-rooflng of
the Kings Mountain Community
Oenter, phis other expansion, la
expected to receive 880,000.
Program administration costs are
budgeted at 836,000 with planning
and tools to carry out the program
amounting to 880,000.
side ration of funding for the
developmmtof an airport, based on
history and statistics.
However, based on a study
showing ttw need for air aervlce in
this area and a solid application for
funding could bring the city the
beginnings of Its own airport.
This was the gist of a special
meeting of the Kings Mountain
Airport Committee Tuesday night.
The committee met with Phil
Stanley of Landmark Engineering,
the tlmi supplying the basic airport
design, and two members of the
North Carolina Division of
Aerorutuhes — Jarvis Pate Jr. and
(Pqswe I'urn'Te Page -.ji,
Set At 8 Tonight
Democratic precinct members
are reminded of a meeting tonight at
8 p. m.
West Klngp Mountain Precinct
members will meet at the National
Guard Armory and East KM
precinct members at the Com.
THE OULPRIT - Tbla rather largo squirrel was the culprit respoa-
stole tor knocUag the power off tor about 86 minutes Friday along W.
Gold St., Kings Mountain Shopping Plasa, West (Sate Shopping Plaaa, the
Ktaigs Mountain Oonvalesoant Center and counUeas homos In between.
Hairy (Dutch) Wilson, the dty electrical depsutment supt., found the
squirrel at the toot of a 19,000 KVA line pole on N. Sims St. The squirrel
walked along ths lino and touohed the stsel pole arm to oauso the power
outage and baibecued itself In tha proeess.
Heart Sunday March 19th
You csui dance tor those who can't
at the Dance-A.Thon Muscular
D3rstrophy Benefit Saturday from 10
a. m. until 10 p. m. at KMSHS
A viuiety of exciting, spectol
events sponsored by Individual clUbs
at the high school will be taking
place In conjunction with the Dance-
A-Hion In or near the high school
gymnasium with all proceeds
earmarked for the Muscular
Dystrophy Association of which
Jerzy Lewis Is national chairman.
Highlighting the day's activities
will be guest personalities. Including
Miss North Carolina Wheelchair,
South Piedmont Muscular
Dystrophy Poster (^d, Channel
Nine personality Brad Lacey and a
Big Ways disc Jockey.
There Is no admission charge to
all activities from 10 a. m. until 6 p.
m. Fhom 7 until 10 p. m. where will
be a 81 admission for those wishing
to dsmee along with the Dance-A-
Kings Mountain merchanta
contributing to the benefit Include
Dellinger’s Jewelry, Kings Moun
tain Drug, Stowe's House of
Thophles, Starship Reccurds, and
Tapes, Kentucicy Fried Chlcicen,
McDcmald's, Revco Drug, Winn
Dixie, Harris, Teeter, The
Clothesline, Joan Baker and Models,
WUhe's Jewelry, and Little Moo.
10 a. m. — Kick off of the Dance-A-
Thon by honorary chedrman.
10 a. m..l2:10 — The Dyiuunlte
Disco Sounds of Denver, top
Southeastern Disco personality.
Rocking Chair.A.Thon; Bake Sale
11:00 — Pack.A-Volkwagon
competltlan begins (world record —
18 people packed In 48 sec.) Free-
Throw shooting begins.
19:10 — Dunk.A.Teacher begins.
12:30-2:80 — Live Band Sounds of
the Silver Streak Band and Time
Piece Band featuring top local
1:90 — Bust A Car begins.
2:80-2:40 — Wheelchair race and
Crutch race ccxnpetltiona.
9:40-0:00 — Gtot Down to a
Daytime Affair with WOHS Star,
8:40 - Disco Encounter Fashion
Show - Models by Joan Baker,
Fashions by The Clothesline.
4:60-0:00 — Special variety acts
(local talent featured)
6:00-7:00 — Disco Experience with
7:00-10 p. m. — Dance The Night
Away with Big Ways Disc Jockey.
John L. McGill, charter member
of the Kings Mountain Klwanls club,
was presented the club’s first life
membership at Charter Night
ceremonies last week.
Mr. McGill has been an active
member and officer of ths civic club
shies It was chartered In 1940.
The surprise presentation was
made by Klwanls President Charles
Edwards and Lt. Governor of
Klwanls Jim Jackson during the
Thursday night dinner meeting at
tha Woman’s Club.
KIwanlans also presented perfect
attendance awards to two members
— Paul Ham and Frank Van Story.
LL Governor Jackson made the
Photo By Tom Mt...nt}>re
THE JOB BEGINS — Teriy Arthur, construction supt. lor Oiiistman
and Parsons of Spartanburg, S. C., looks over the site plans for a new
family type steak house to be constructed at the comer of Piedmont and
Yes! A Steak
House Being Built
In answer to the many questions — yes. Kings Mountain will have a
steak house at the corner of Piedmont and W. King Sts.
Land preparation and construction has already begun by Christman
and Parsons Construction of Spartanburg, S. C. suid Terry Arthur, con
struction supt., said this week the steak house should be ready to open in
The site was formerly the location of a Catholic Church and was pur
chased in 1977 by R. L. Jordan, a South Carolina business man. Jordan's
original plans were to have the steak house completed and open before
Christmas of 1977, but It was delayed.
The steak house will occupy 7,200 sq. ft. of the property and the rest will
be landscaped and prepared tor customer parking.
Jordan told The Mirror-Herald several months ago that the majority of
the employes of the steak house will come from the local area.
Jordan came to the city to build originally through contacts with the
Kings Mountain Business Development office, a federally funded
program created to bring new business and Industry Into the community.
City To Count
Noses Next Week
Onsus taker will begin next week
the task of counting the population.
The city board gave approval
Monday night to the taking of a
census to give an accurate
population figure beneficial In
revenue sharing and In other fun
ding programs based on population.
It Is the first time In a number of
years that a census has been con
Mayor John Moss pointed out that
the census would also properly
number the residences In the city
and “would be quite meaningful.”
The census workers ars expected
to complete the Job by April lOth and
a representative of the N. C.
Department of Administration will
be In tha city early next week to
organise the municipal census and
survey using enumeration district
maps to determine actual population
The mayor estimated that ap
proximately l,0<»-2,000 man-hours
would be required to conduct a
census In a dty of this also, around,
Bethlehem Volunteer Fire De
partment will sponsor a barbecued
chicken supper Saturday to raise
funds for flre-flghtlng equipment.
Serving will be from 6 until 8 p.m.
and plates are 88 and Include bar
becued chicken, bsubecue slaw,
rolls, tea or coffee and dessert.
Quests can enjoy dining at the
he,-uquartera building or take-out
orders ate welcomed, said a