Kltic: MOUMTWM MIRROR
VOL. 89 NO. 42
KmOS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28088 THURSDAY, MAY 26,1978
Mayor John Mom and two com-
mlMloners, whom Um mayor wUl
appoint plan to meat with repreMn-
tatlves of Managamant Im-
provamant Corporation of Amaiica
to dlacuM mathoda of Improving tha
dty’a ravanua plctura.
Frank Chambarlaln, a natlva of
Cleveland County and one of tha
MICA membara, explained tha
firm'a aarvlcea to tha city com-
mlaalonara Monday night and com-
mlaslonera found It an offer hard to
Chamberlain, accompanied by
John Tobin, who would work directly
with tha city on prolacta, a]q>lalnad
that MICA is "paid only what the
city’s decides to pay it at tha and of
the projects. If we have shown you a
method for saving revenue, than you
decide what portion of that savings
you feel we’ve earned. If there Is no
savings, then we get nothing."
Chamberlain said MICA la
working directly with the N. C.
League of Municipalities In cities
and counties all over the state. "We
work with communities at ab
solutely no risk to those com
munities," ChsunberUdn said.
MICA has a staff of 90 persons
with expertise in many areas. They
work on specific projects which
cannot or are not being handled by a
community’s staff. The basic goals
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It will cost more to msdl a letter
Effective Sunday, May 29th, at
12:01 a. m. new postal rates go Into
Kings Mountain Postmaster Fred
Weaver said the rate for first cIsum
letters will be 16 cents Instead of 18
cents, and the rate for postal cards
will be ten cents each. Instead of
Trial of Melvin Haskell Carroll on
chsugfes of Msault with firearm and
felonious assault on Police Sgt. Bob
Hayes Is docketed for Wed., June 7th
In the criminal term of Cleveland
Oounty Superior Court.
Also slated for trial during the one-
week term of Superior Court Is a
related charge of aiding and
abetting assault with firearms on
an officer against Tommie Lee
Judge John R. Friday will be on
the bench and Hampton Childs, Jr.
will serve as district attorney.
Commencement exsrclMS for 242
graduating KMSHS seniors will
begin Sunday night with bac
calaureate services at 8 p. m. In B.
N. Barnes Auditorium.
Rev. Oary Bryant, pastor of First
Preabytsiian Church, will deliver
Other mlnlstem of the community
who wlU partlclpato on the program
Include Rev. Howard Shipp, who will
give the InvocatlMi; Rev. Alfred
Wright, who wlU read the scripture;
Rev. Eugene Land, who will In
troduce the speaker; and Rev. Eddie
Lockhart who wlU pronounce the
The Kings Mountain Senior High
Choir, under dlreetlon of Mrs. J. N.
Mcaure, will sing two anthems.
Diplomas will be awarded at finals
exercises to be led by seniors on
June 1 at 8 p. m. ifl John Gamble
Memorial Football Stadium.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church was relocated from a small lot on W. King St.
to a much larger site at the comer of Parker and N. Watterson Sts. St.
Paul’s United Methodist Church Is not being relocated, but Is being ex
panded at Its former site.
White said he has been told that construction of St. Paul’s 800-plus seat
sanctuary will take about six months.
Meeting In Gaston
The City of Gastonia went on
record last Thursday opposing the
regional airport concept that would
have Included Gastonia, Kings
Mountain, Cherryvllle and
Gastonia councUmen vetoed the
Idea even though the city paid for a
master plan for a new Gastonia
Municipal Airport, which Included
the regional concept. In 1977. The
nutster plan was devlMd by ’Talbert,
Cox and Associates, Inc., airport
Last Friday, however, Gaston
Oounty Manager David Hunscher
contacted Mayor John Mom, Gaston
Flood Control Hearing
Tonight At City Hall
Photo By Tom Mclntire
CHURCH EXPANSION — Gene White, executive director of Kings
Mountain Redevelopment OommlMlon, looks over the sf»Ie model of
expaaalon plans at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. I^he redevelop-
* meat Conu.* JMtoa gained cl»y board approval Monday night to sell needed
property to Hie church.
St. Paulas Church
Land Sale Okayed
with approval for the land sale by the Kings Moimtaln Board of
Commissioners Mopday night, the congregation of St. Paul's United
Methodist Church will begin fund-raising for construction of a new
Tlie church Is located on N. Ctonsler St. and is In the Cansler St. Urban
Trustees of the church approached the Kings Mountain Redevelopment
Commission several months ago with a proposal to purchase adjacent
property for church expansion. Gene White, commission executive
director, said the RC board approved the Isuid sale, based on archltec-
tursd plsuis submitted by Murphy-Martin AMoclates. Shelby architects.
Both White and Architect Jim Martin appeared before the city board
Monday night to request approval for the sale of the property to the
Msurtln brought along a scale model showing the Intended church
construction. The model shows a modem addition adjacent to the present
church. "The addition will be of block and brick In keeping with the
existing building," Martin said.
The new sanctuary will contain about 3,300 square feet of space. Also
Included will be restrooms. The old building will be used for Sunday
School classrooms suid recreation purposes.
The construction will cost between 890,000 and $100,000. White said the
church could be ready to sulverlse for bids within 30 days after the
transfer of deed. The church will pay the redevelopment commission $800
tor the 9,862 squsure feet of property.
"The redevelopment commission began with the Idea of retaining suid
enhsmclng the black Institutions In the urban renewal area,” White said.
“This Is the second church we have assisted. The first was Mt. Zion
Oounty CommiMloners Bud Black
and Robert Heavner and Lln-
cnlnton's Buster Lents about an
sdrport committee meeting to be
held tomorrow (Wed., May 24) at
10:80 a. m. In Gastonia.
Bin Ballew of the FAA in AUanU
and Jarvis Pate of N. C. Deparb
ment of Aviation will also attend the
meeting to answer smy questions the
committee has concerning
developing a regional airport.
Members of the Kings Mountain
Airport Committee, following
comments opposing the airport by
Gastonia City Council, Mid the
regional airport concept to serve
this area "la far from being dead."
By TOM McIntyre
The first of three public hearings
on surface drsdnage and flood
control is scheduled tonight at 7:80
at city hall.
The city commissioners approved
Monday night accepting a
$208,040.39 federal grant under the
U. S. Department of Labor, Com
prehensive Employment and
Training Act, TTUe 6. $76,000 of the
grant Is earmarked for surface
dralnsige and flood control.
Commissioner Humes Houston,
chairman of the city’s surface
drainage and flood control com
mittee, said Monday night the public
hearings are designed to gather
more Information from citizens In
order to tie down an overall work
program toward relieving some of
the drainage and flooding problems
the city has.
"I think this Is going to be one of
our best steps forward on this
problem," Houston said. "Our
committee was formed In 1976, but
we are just now receiving the funds
we need to get a comprehensive
Houston said this program "will
not eliminate sOl of the problems of
surface water running through
people’s lawns. There is no solution
to all of the problems, but this
program will go a long way toward
solving much of the problems we
have with drainage and flooding.’’
Houstln said Information will be
gathered and discussed tonight and
again on ’Tues., June 6. On Tues.,
June 12 the program will be
Mayor John Moss said, "We want
to hear everyone within the city who
has drainage or flooding problems.
This program is flexible and the
individual problems will be worked
Into the overall program. This is the
first time In the history of the city we
have had this kind of money and
manpower to work on this problem.’
Under the grant flood control work
calls for cleaning and clearing
major streams designated as flood
zones In the city. This will eliminate
blockage and stream flow restric
tions. Rip-rap will be Installed and
minor piping at critical locations to
reduce erosion. And flood control
pipe will be installed In areas that
receive large quantities of surface
water, hurt where a definite stream
channel does not exist.
Project aresis Indicated under the
grant approval Include streams
from Watterson St. to Pilot Creek;
carpenter St. to the Intersection east
of Hwy. 161 from North School to the
Intersection with Pilot Creek; Oak
St. to Reason Creek and Its tributary
from Joyce St. to the Intersection
with the main stream.
Under the $206,040.89 grant the
city may employ 86 clerks, laborers,
^remen, equipment operators,
ki^eyors and so on to operate from
the old public works site on City St.
as a separate unit from the city. The
city, however, will be In charge of
engineering work related.
Mayor Moss said the flood control
projects will be the first Uuskled
under the June 1-Sept. 30 program
and that the other projects Included
will begin as the employes are hired.
Also included under the grant are
improvement programs for
sidewalks, recreation and water and
Interviews for qualified Clevelsmd
Oountlans for employmient unTler
this program began ’Tuesday
morning at 10 a. m. TTie Interviews
will continue until the 86 employes
are on the payroll. The Employment
Security Commission offices In
Kings Mountain and Shelby are
handling the Interviews.
VETERAN EMPLOYES OF PARK YARN MILLS -
Elolse Clary, left, Jessie Timms and Gaynelle Oliver
are aU veteran employes of Park Yam Mills, Mrs.
Clary Joining the firm In 1984, Mrs. Oliver In 1946 and
Photo By Lib Stewart
Mrs. ITmms in 1946. The plant has recently Installed
new drawing frames and completed extensive Im
At Park Yarn Mill
Hearing Tests Conducted
Park Yam employes are currently
undergoing a first-time hearing
conservation program Instituted this
year by the company’s new owners
with a certified audlometrlc
technician now testing hearing of all
260 workers on three shifts.
The plan Is part of what General
Manager Jim Potter calls a
longterm policy to "show our em
ployes they are our Number One
Park Yam, founded In 1917, was
purchased from the Washington
Group In Dec. 1976 by a New York
based firm and the textile mill Is
operated as a "one company plant,"
said Potter, manufacturing
polyester cotton blended yams for
the knitting Industry which are
geared to outerwear garments.
Paid holidays for employes were
also Instituted just recently and a
clean-up, palnt-up, flx-up campaign
at the plant has been underway for
some months with both Interior and
extAlor getting a face-lifting. In
stallation of lighting, roofing
repairs, and Installation of ten new
drawing machines, among other
Improvements. Offices have been
carpeted, and panelled, among other
"We need our employes — they
make a difference" is the slogan the
new owners want to emphasize In
the community, said Potter.”
Textiles at best are not a clean
operation,” said Mr. Potter, but at
Park Ysim the emphasis Is on a
clean and pleasant environment,
which he says that both
management and labor are
Yam Is created through at least ii
processes In the plant from begin
ning fiber stages which Is
parallelized, broken down, and
twisted Into yam electronically
Inspected for defects and packaged
on cones. Sixty miles of yam, or
three and one-half pounds of fiber,
are on one big cone.
New equipment has been Installed
In dusty aresM of the mill to handle
waste and cotton Initially proccHcd,
exhaust fans and filters have been
added, and 10 Rleter drawing
frames have been Installed.
Potter predicts an Increase output
of 26 percent In the next few mon^s.
Tbe mill Is running six days a week.
Employes receive bonuses during
vacation period, July 4th, and also at
Christmas holidays. A Christmas
party Is held for all employes and
Park Yarn Mills from Its begin
ning hsLS been at the hub of Park
Yam Community, recalled Potter.
The mill was once the center a
village which housed a large number
of residents. There are only six
homes near the mill now. When the
village was sold In 1962, moat of the
residents bought their homes and
moved them to other locations. Moat
at the children In the community
attended Park Grace School and at
cne time the mill and Lithium
Mines, which bought the village,
collaborated In building a Nazarene
church In the community. The old
church Is now used for storage by
the mill. Park Grace School was
subsequently conaolldated with the
city system and Is now home of the
KM Little Theatre.
"Textiles play a vital role In the
Kings Mountain community,” Mid
Potter, a relative newcomer to the
city, and we’re proud to be a part of
the growing community."