KIMC: MOUMTWM MIRROt!
VOL. 89 NO. 88
KINOS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 TUESDAY, APRIL 20,1978
Funeral services for Mrs. Sue
Bt^er Dixon, 52, of 201 N. Sims St.,
wife of Delbert Dixon, were con
ducted Sunday afternoon at 8 p. m.
from Central United Methodist
Church of which she was a member.
Her pastor. Rev. Robert Boggan,
officiated, assisted by Rev. Frank
Jeffers of Gastonia and Interment
was In Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Mrs. Dixon succumbed Thursday
at 1:30 p. m. In North Carolina
Baptist Hospital at Winston Salem
undergoing heart surgery.
A native of Gaston County, she
was the daughter of Mrs. Willie
Fisher Baker Howie of Gastonia and
the late Thurman Baker. She was
active In the Central Methodist
Choir and United Methodist Women
and was employed In the credit
department of Belk at East Ridge
Mall In Gastonia.
Surviving, In addition to her
husband and mother, are three sons,
Daniel Dixon of Irving, Texas,
David Dixon and Gregory Dixon,
both of Kings Mountain; one
daughter, Mrs. Teresa Williams of
Kings Moimtaln; three brothers.
Jack Baker of Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., Max Baker of Dallas, Texas
and Gary Baker of Columbia, S. C.;
one sister, Mrs. Camilla Withers of
Gastonia; and two grandchildren.
The family has deilgnattd
(namorlats vp Orutral Uulfsd
Harris Funeral Home was In
charge of arrangements.
Funeral services for James Calvin
(Soup) Roberts, 71, were conducted
Monday at 4 p. m. from the Chapel of
Harris Funeral Home, Interment
following In Mountain Rest
Rev. Clyde Bearden, pastor of
First Baptist Oiurch, and Rev.
Robert Boggan, pastor of Central
United Methodist Oiurch, officiated
at the rites.
Mr. Roberts died Saturday night
In Gaston Memorial Hospital after
several weeks Illness.
Bom In Gaston County, son of the
late James Albert and Mamie
Louise Bumgardner Roberta, he was
employed as a salesman by
Mountain View Farms.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Anne
Butler Roberts; one daughter, Mrs.
Olnton Jolly of Kings Mountain; two
grandchildren, Cindy Jolly and
Jimmy Jolly; and two sisters. Miss
Ethel RoberU and Mrs. Nina Wolfe,
both of New Orleans, La.
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OROVEB MEN IN PLAY CAST - Five Grover men
wtU present a spoof of women playing bridge as one
of. thrM one-act ptaj* W b* presented by Orover
Vfoman’s Clnb and KM Little Theatre opening Friday
Photo By Lib Stewart
and Saturday evenings at 8 p. m. at Park Grace
Auditorium. From left, Steve Marlowe, Jim Scruggs,
OUn Whitener, Jim Andh^ion ana Joe Rountree.
One-Act Plays Set
Kings Mountain Little Theatre and
Grover Woman’s Clubbers are
combining their talents for
presentation of three one-act plays.
The curtain goes up Friday night
at 8 p. m. at Park Grace Auditorium
with performances also on Saturday
night at 8 p. m. at Park Grace and on
May 6th at 8 p. m. at Grover School
Admission Is $2 for adults and $1
Nan Jean Grant, veteran Little
Theatre actress and director. Is
directing the productions.
The setting of the play, "Tea and
Topics,” Is a typical Woman's (Hub
room. It Is the Cleveland County
United Tea and Topics annual
meeting and dignitaries of both state
and county are present.
A dignified guest speaker Is In
vited to speak but due to club
business. Introductions and genersd
niceties, the poor man never utters a
The cast Includes Betsy Wells,
Judy White, (Tynthla Glldden, Jim
Champion, Boots (fockrell, Jackie
Rountree, Martha Scruggs, Ruth
Ann Whitener, June (Punkln)
Morgan, Norma Clssell and other
The 36-40 minute comedy was
ig)dated and locations localized by
Martha Scruggs, Nan Jean Grsuit
and Martha Byers.
“If Men Played Cards as Women
Do," a 16-mlnute comedy. Is a spoof
of a woman playing bridge but csm't
play because they are too busy
gossiping. The all-masculine cast
Includes five Grover men, Joe
Church Of God
North School Calls Rev. Douglas
"Silverware” thieves hit three
residences In the area last week,
carting away more than 37,500 worth
of merchandise, according to Kings
Mountain Police Departments
Record CTerk Pam WUson re
ported that the residence of Dr. and
Mrs. D. F. Hord at 300 aeveland
Ave. was entered Wednesday
morning by thieves who took an
estimated $2,600 worth of silver
ware. The residence of Mr. and Mrs.
Warren (Bob) Goforth was also
robbed of an estimated 33,000 to
33,600 worth of sUverware and the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. John O.
Plonk, Jr. at 118 N. Piedmont Ave.
was robbed of silverware valued at
City police are also continuing
their Investigation of the break-ln
and larceny of a grandfather clock
and radio-tape player, valued at
3680, from the residence of Mrs.
Hoyle D. McDaniel. 616 E. Ridge 8t.,
The wife of Gov. Jim Hunt will be
In Kings Mountain today doing
volunteer work at North Elementsu-y
Mrs. Carolyn Hunt Is expected at
the school around noon.
Both Mrs. Hunt and the Governor
do volunteer work in schools In
Raleigh and the First Lady Is
making this tour of Tar Heels
schools ^olng volunteer work as an
effort to Interest more people from
the community to sign up to help In
their local schools.
Thursday night the best of the
talented students from Kings
Mountain Junior and Senior High
Schools will compete In the KM
K1 wants Club Talent Show.
The 8lst annual event will begin at
7:30 p. m. at Barnes Auditorium.
Tickets are 60 cents for youngsters
up to 13-years of age. Adults are 31.
All proceeds go into Klwanli Club
The Rev. Harold F. Douglas has
accepted the appointment to the
Kings Mtn. Church of God at Gaston
and E. Parker St. as of April lOth.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas came to
Kings Mountain from Mt. Holly.
Both of the Douglases are natives of
Charleston, South Carolina. IThey
have two sons living In (Hiarlotte,
one daughter In C^ry and two
daughters In Saskatchewan,
Pastor Douglas has served his
denomination as Business Manager
of the church's main college, Lee
CbUege, In Cleveland, Tennessee. He
has served as State Director of
Youth and (Hirlstlan Education;
Overseer of the (Hiurches of God In
Western Canada; President of In
ternational Bible College and High
School Academy In Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan, Canada; member of
the denomination's Radio and
Television Board; state council
member of several states.
Mr. Douglas has preached In
camp meetings In Maryland,
Kansas, Louisiana, Alabama and
Prayer Conferences In North
Carolina and Michigan. He has
lectured In Youth Congresses and
Minister’s Retreats In several
Nicholson Supports New Group
Rountree, Jim Scruggs, Jim An
derson, Steve Marlowe and Rev.
Nan Jean Grant, Pat Anderson,
and each member of the play cast
have added their thoughts and ideas
to the script.
The third production of the en
thusiastic group of actors-actresses
Is the hilarious, "Lemonade,” a 30-
36 minute comedy which features
dialog by two characters, Joe Ann
(Boots) McDaniel and Nan Jean
Grant, both L-T veterans of the
stage. The two ladles, residents of a
small town, are out on the highway
on Memorial Day selling lemonade,
spiked with gin and vodka. Each
continues to sample her product and
the conversations continue until they
become too Inebriated to talk.
A public meeting Is being called
for Wed., Apr. 26 at 7:30 p. m. at the
Kings Mountain (Community Center
for further discussions on the
organization of a second rescue
squad for the community.
Corbet Nicholson, one of the
founders and cheirger members of
the Kings Moimtaln Rescue Squad,
told The Mirror-Herald Monday that
he “Is backing the organization of
Kings Mountain Emergency Ser
vices a hundred percent.”
Nicholson, who said he served as
an active member of KM Rescue
Squad for 12 years and as a financial
supporter for almost all of the 20
years the squad has been In
"But that's over,” Nicholson said.
"I Just don't think It's right charging
the people for ambulance service
when there would never have been a
rescue squad here In the first place If
It hadn’t been for the donation from
Nicholson said he has a couple of
reasons for swinging hid support to
the second organization. First, he
said he is dissatisfied with the
present operating system. “I have
nothing personal against the men
now working at the rescue squad. I
am against the system of
operation.” he said.
The second reason Is of a personal
nature. Nicholson was recently
hospitalized suffering with a heart
attack. He said two days after he
was taken to the hospital his wife
received a bill for transport service
for $37.60. Nicholson had already
Instructed his wife to make a $60
donation to the rescue squad before
the bill arrived. Two or three weeks
later, Nicholson said, "I got a letter
from the County Emergency Ser
vices threatening to garnishee my
wages for the $37.50.1 also got a visit
from a deputy, but I was not In my
office at the time. This made me
mad. If the county can't wait until
my insurance pays off before they
start making threats, then there Is
Nicholson.said, "It's not only me.
but a lot of people In town who eare
upset over the ambulance charges
and threats of geumlsheement of
"We were told by the county
originally that It wasn't going to be
this way,” he added.
To backup hla decision to support
the second rescue squad, Nicholson
has made financial arrangements to
help pay for a $17,000 state-approved
ambulance. The order tias been
submitted to the firm In LaGrange,
Ga. and delivery of the vehicle Is
expected In 30-46 days.
"And at least two of the county
commissioners have assured me
that when the sunbulance arrives
that Kings Mountain Emergency
Services can get a county franchise
to operate,” Nicholson said.
He said the new organization will
operate as did the original KM
Rescue Squad — strictly on
donations. He said there will be no
fees charged to the public for ser
"I also feel that If the county
wants to operate an ambulance
service In Kings Mountain that It
should find other qusLrters,”
Nicholson said. "The rescue
building on Psu-ker Street was
bought and paid for by i.he public
and tht bwluinji be.jngs to the public
. Not the county and not to the Kings
Mountain Rescue Squad.”
Nicholson said he is also having an
attorney, Mickey Corry, check Into
the funds In a special ambulance
account at a local bank. The funds,
reported to be over 311,000, were
raised, according to Nicholson,
before July 1, 1977 when the state
turned responsibility for ambulance
service over ro the county govern
"That money was raised through
public solicitation to purchase a new
ambulance,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson said he urges sdl In
terested citizens to attend the public
meeting Wednesday night at the
community center. He said the
county commissioners have been
Invited to attend also.
To Study nan
states. His service to his church In
cludes 28 years as district
Mrs. Douglas Is a music director
and plays the Vlbraharp in the local
The Douglases are living In the
church parsonage at 111 E. Parker
Begin May 1
Distributive Education (Hasses
begin Mon., May 1, at Kings
Mountain Senior High School.
The classes will be conducted
from 3:10 until 6:10 p. m. and
students who dropped out of high
school and under age 18 are en
couraged to enroll.
A student must be 18 years of age
before Dec. to enroll In the class.
Each student Is asked to bring a
notebook with him to class.
The Cleveland County Planning
Board will recommend to county
commissioners a plan for aiding
rescue squads on a per trip basis with
a set minimum amount each month.
The plan was worked up by a study
committee and presented to the full
board last week. Ralph Dixon,
Clifford Hamrick and Larry Hamrick
served on the committee. Their
recommendation spells out that each
squad receive each month a 3260 base
rate; 310per trip for the first 60 trips;
36 per trip for all over 50 trips; 10
cents per mile for ambulance trips;
and a $1,600 per month celling on
The plan. If approved by the county
commissioners, would more evenly
distribute county funding to the five
rescue units operating presently.
Both Shelby and Kings Mountain
units receive 31,200 monthly for
Upper (Heveland Rescue recently
asked for an Increase to $1,200
monthly. Grover and Boiling Springs
asked for 3660 monthly. Of the five,
onljiShelby and Kings Mountain have
fulltime paid men handling the day
shift with volunteers working nights
The paid personnel are salaried out
of a $56,000 appropriation set aside by
the county commissioners.
Under the plan Shelby and Kings
Mountain will continue charging for
Larry Hamrick of Kings Mountain,
a planning board member, said, "The
plan. If adopted by the county
commissioners, would be used for six
months, then re-evaluated and ad
justed. This Is not a long term
solution, however, so we will have to
watch the program carefully.”
Small City Grant
Meeting Slated Today
citizens are urged to attend the
second public hearing on Small
Cities grants programs scheduled
for 1 p. m. today at the Kings
Mountain Depot Center.
City offlclala are going after a
three-year comprehensive grant
totalling about 3S-mllllon. The grant
would. If approved, be used to
revitalize a community within the
At present the oldest section of the
city, where Burlington Industries
Phenlx Plant Is located, has needs
for the types of Improvement
covered under the grant, according
to city officials.
A pre-appllcatlon must be sub
mitted to the Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) by
May 16. The final application Is due
Aug 30.1978 and funding Is expected
to begin by mid-October.