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VOL. 89 NO. 26
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, MARCH 80, 1078
Could Get $3,450,000
KM Is Eligible
For New Program
BRIDOINQ THE CREEK — Quunplon LjkBdaokplBg,
Bk. hMS iiHteUed » concrete foot-bridge over the creek
waderkig throagh the green nren In the Onosler St.
Project. The bridge will be complete when Iwndimlle
Photo By Tom McIntyre
are added sometime within the next few days. This
addition to the designated green area Is part of the
Osnsler St Urban Benewal program which is in Its final
stages of development.
By 60 Percent
Lithiiim To Expand
. arold Andrews, preKdent of
Uthhim Ooiporatton of America,
has announced a 60 percent expan
sion at Its North Csurollna Uthlum
production capacity which will tsike
place In two steps over the next
the first step of the expansion will
Increase the output of lithium
carbonate from 87 million to 86
mllUon pounds per year by about
1961. The later expansion to 44
mllUon pounds per year will be
brought on stream In the late-80’s.
the two step mine and chemical
expansion is expected to cost about
Andrews pointed out that the
expansion progrsun Is a result of
Increasing demand for lithium
products which reflects the
emerging worldwide recognition of
the benefits which can be derived
from the industrial use of lithium
Voting Deadline May 2
the deadline for registering to
vote In the May 8, 1978 primary
electlan and the non-partisan County
School Board election Is 6 p.m. Apr.
Persmis who have moved out of
their precinct must also fill out a
chiuige of address form at the
elections office or with the
registrar or judge of their new
precinct by 6 p. m. Apr. 8.
Persona may register at the
Cleveland County Board of Elections
V office at 811 B. Warren 9L, Shelby,
or at the home of the registrar or
judge of their precinct, by ap
The last date for Issuing absentee
applications Is Apr. 86,1978 at 5 p. m.
Persona who will be out of town on
May 8 or who are lU, may apply for
absentee ballots at the election of
fice. For Information regarding
absentee voting, persons may call
488-8811, ext. 811.
Library Wants You
To Visit This Week
Maunsy Memorial Library ex
tends a hearty welcome to all
cltlaens of Kings Mountain and
Orover to set aside ons hour during
this week to vlMt the libraiy and get
acquainted with Its services.
If the library does not have the
book you need. It will make every
effort to obtraln It for you on loan
from the North Carolina State
Library In Raleigh, according to
Mrs. Hasel Fryer, Librarian.
The Library can also borrow films
from ths Stats Library, as well as
Talking Books tor the blind and
physically handicapped. Thers Is no
charge for these ssrvlcss. The
Library has recsntly established a
large pruit book section tor those
who need this type book, and also
has set up a Qenealoglcal Section tor
help In leaking up your family trees.
ITUs summer the Children's Story
Hour will again be ably conducted
by Mrs. Marilyn Nelsler. Dates to be
The Library Is also working
toward setting up a Teen paperback
canteen In a casual atmosphere In
the old rock garage building just
back of the library. The p^>erbacks
will be selected especially tor this
age group; adventure, self-help,
science fiction, fantasy, humor,
nature, ethnic, sports, hobbles,
animals, as well as some fiction.
This gathering place will be a
congenial spot for those long sum
mer days when teens need
"something to do." And from there
It Is only a step to the main library
Itself — another world to explore.
Library hours are; Mondays: 18
noon-6p. m. Tuesdays; 9;S0a. m.-6
p. m. Wednesdays: 9:80a. m.-6 p. m.
and7-9p. m.; Thursdays, 8;80a. m.-e
p. m. Fridays 9:80 a. m.-6 p. m.
Saturdays 9:80 a. m..l8 noon.
Mrs. Fiyer would also like to
remind cltlMns who have overdue
library books that during Library
Week she will declare "amnesty."
"If people who have overdue
books will return them during the
coming week there will be no late
charges required," Mrs. Fryer said.
Fbr night dsposlts thers Is a slot In
the main entrance of ths library.
and the effectiveness of the com
pany's program to develop markets.
Lithium products ore used In such
diverse industries as aluminum,
ceramics, glass, pharmaceuticals,
synthetic rubber, sanitation, air
conditioning, batteries and lubri
Lithium Corporation of America,
a subsidiary of Qulf Resources and
Chemical Corporation, has Us
headquarters, mine and chemical
plant In Gaston County and Is the
world's largest producer and
marketer of lithium chemicals,
metals and derivatives.
Kings Mountain Woman’s Club
will serve a Scrumptious Spring
Sunday Dinner on Sun. Apr. 16, from
noon until 8 p. m. at ths Woman's
The menu will feature turkey and
ham with all the trimmings.
Tickets are $8.60 tor adults and
$1.60 tor children 13 and under.
By TOM McIntyre
In fiscal year 1979 the Small Cities
Improvement Program will replace
the Community Development Block
For the 1979 fiscal year the federal
government has budgeted $86-bllllon
for small cities (under 60,000
population) programs and Kings
Mountain Is eligible to participate.
At Monday night's commissioners
meeting Mayor John H. Moss spoke
for 80 minutes on the significance of
the new federally funded programs
and what It will mean to Kings
"This Is a three-year program
requiring comprehensive ^plica
tions augmented by annual applica
tions,” the mayor said. "Kings
Mountain, under the Small Cities
grant. Is eligible for $8,460,000. This
program can be augmented by an
additional $2,600,000 through various
other programs available."'
In addition there are state grants
avallabls under the Clean Water Act
tor Improvements and expansion of
service facilities and Environmental
Protection Agency grants for
pollution abatement In the sewer
"These grants could total uvei ..
mllUon over the next 86 months,” the
mayor said. "We must make a pre-
^pllcatlon by May 15 and submit a
completed appUcatlon by August 30.
If approved, funding Is e)q)ected to
begin In late October."
The mayor said a more detailed
breakdown on the total amounts
going to the various departments
will be explained during the course
of three public hearings scheduled
here. The first public hearing Is
T\iea., Apr. 4 at 7:30 p. m. at city
Mayor Moss said this three-year
program Is the most comprehensive
the city has yet attempted. Included
will be more geography and more
citizen Involvement and the
programs will have a dramatic
Impact on the quality of Uvlng and
the economic Improvements for this
The Urban Development Action
Grants program deals with the
development of commercial and
Industrial expansion for the city.
The Small Cities program funds
Improvements to streets, water and
sewer systems, electrical systems,
covers surface drainage Im
provements and new housing and
"Concentrated efforts will be
made toward housing rehabilitation
in Kings Mountain,” the mayor said.
"I think this should be stressed.”
Under the SC programs direct
grants can be made to homeowners
as well as low Interest loans for
making Improvements to their'
"This Is a very comprehensive
program and me that can mean a
great deal to our community,” the
mayor said. "There has been
questions from citizens wanting to
know why the city wsuits to get so
Indebted by taking federal grants
such as this. In the first place we are
not going Into debt by iq>plylng for
and receiving these grants. The
grants are retinma on the tax money
paid the federal government by
"The $86-bllllan will be spent
smriewhere in the United States,"
the mayor continued. "I feel It Is
appropriate and Incumbent cm this
governing body to do all we can to
see Kings Mountain recelvea Its fair
share of this money."
Citizens are urged to attend the
public hearing next Tuesday and
bring Ideas on community Im
provements for their areas of the.
city for Input into planning the first
It's partlculariy Important that
school children be In class Monday.
That's the first day of annual testing
for grades 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9.
Howard Bryant, KM District
Schools Director of Instruction,
asked parents this week to have
their children at school tor the entire
testing period, through Apr. 18,
except In the case of Illness.
Children should get a good night's
sleep smd eat good breakfasts,
school officials point out.
All testing will take place in the
morning, beginning at 8:46 a. m. and
students should bring to school No. 8
pencils for the test programs.
Practice tests will be given In grades
1, 2, Sind 3 on first day of the testing
program. Make-up days are allowed
during the program covering 17
Students In the five grades of the
city system will be asked to
demonstrate their skills In basic
subjects to help teachers and other
administrators Identify and correct
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Photo By Toro McIntyre
they see off osroerm. This photo wos shot on Good
Friday sod the photo of what (he kids are looklag at can
be seen on Page tA.
The testing Is a result of 1977
legislation passed by the Genera!
Assembly and was designed to
enable parents and teachers to find
out what children In these grades
have learned and what they need to
learn In the basic subjects of
reading, language arts and math.
AH schools will follow the same
testing schedule. Actual testing
detes are Apr. 4, 6, 6 and 11,12 and
13. Make-up testing must be com
pleted by Apr. 24.
Individual student scores will be
returned to the schools In May and
then sent to parents. Parent-teacher
conferences will be held to Inform
parents about their child’s
achievement and progress or plans
Pre-school tesOng begins In the
district schools In April with three
sesslms per day from 9-10:80, 10:80
to noon and 1-2:80 p. m.
The seaslons begin at Bethware on
Apr. IS and continue at Orover on
April 17, Bast on April 19, West on
April 80 and North on April 34th.
Children whose last names begin
with the letters A-H are asked to
attend the 9-10:80 a. m. sssHons,
those whose last names begin with
the Isttars I-P the 10:80-13 eeeslons
and others from 1-3:80 p. m.
All children who will enter school
tor the first time are expected to
attend with their parents one of the!
scheduled sessions. Children who
will be five years old on or before
Oct. 16, will bs eligible to enter
kindergarten; those who will be six:
years old on or before Oct. 16 will be
eUglble for kindergarten or first