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VOL. 90 No. 9
KINOS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA tMM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1,1979
Permits^ Fees Up^ Construction Down
By TOM McIntyre
Although higher (eea were
collected and more building permlte
laaued by the city In 1978, the total
conatructlon dollars spent were less
than in 1977.
These figures are reflected In the
1978 annual report Issued this week
by the codes department.
Inflation In building materials
during 1978 are also reflected In new
home construction. For 1877 a total
of M pemUts representing $1,788,360
f # Moss Named
for construction were Issued com
pared to the 88 Issued In '78. These 88
permits represent $1,141,125 In
construction — 31 leas perr.'lts, but
only $644,126 less In construction
Forthe period of Jan. 1. — Dec. 81,
U7£ a total of 466 building permits
were Issued, 43 more than In 1977.
The city collected $34,861.06 In '78,
which Is $8,166.86 more than the
$16,704.70 for '77. Conatructlon
dollars from all permits last year
totaled $8,664,634, vtdilch Is $484,840
less than the $4,149,864 reported for
Hie 1978 annual report shows four
catagorles of permits not Issued In
1977. There were six catagorles In
1977 not Included In the '78 report,.
For the year past there were no
mobile homes, church buildings,
parking lota, driveways, rescue
squad building repairs or walls
permits Issued. Included In new
catagory permits for 1878 are new
apartments, apartment repairs.
Insulation and service station gas
More home repairs and additions
were made during 1978 than the
previous year, according to the
report. There were 91 permits In '78
compared to 74 the previous year.
But again Inflation Is reflected In the
fact there Is only a $6,667 difference
between the total of construction
dollars. In 1977 the total was
$264,211. For '78 Qje total was
Utility permits, although one less
than was Issued In 1977 (67), In
dicates almost twice as much ex
pended In construction. TTie 1977
construction dollar total was $6,768
Mayor John H. Moss has been
appointed to a one year term on the
National League of Cities' Com
mittee on natural resources.
The term begins Sun., Mar. 4 with
the committee's first meeting. The
meeting will be held In Washington,
D. C. NLC President John Rousakls
made the annolntment.
The committee focus on
federal policy Issues of major Im
portance to the more than 80,000
clues In the United States. Areas of
study Include energy, water
resources, waste management,
url.an development, air quality,
poll e 'xmtrol and urban aaetheUcs.
Moss will be one of 13 committee
members to serve lAiring 1979.
Set Bake Sale
Youth of El Bethel United
Methodist Church will sponsor a
hotdog and bake sale Sat., Feb. 3, for
benefit of youth projects.
Serving will begin at 10:80 a. m.
and continue until 3 p. m. In the
church fellowship hall.
A study of the Book of RevelaUon
will begin Sunday night at Central
United Methodist Church and
continue each Sunday night through
the month of February.
Dr. Loy H. Witherspoon, Professor
of Philosophy and Religion In the
Department of ReUglous Studies and
Director of the United Religious
Ministry at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, will lead the
study from 7 until 8:80 p. m.
Prior to coming to Charlotte
College In 1964, Dr. Witherspoon
taught at the American University
In Cairo, Egypt, and at Dakota
Wesleyan University at Mitchell, S.
Not In Parade
Local farmers did not participate
In the 13 mile long tractorcade to the
state capltol but many of them
watched from the sidelines m 860
tractors and trucks passed through
this area Sunday afternoon about 4
Traveling at a snail's pace of
about 16 m. p. h., the tractorcade
traveled north on 1-86 and were to
camp out in Charlotte Monday night,
resuming their Journey early
Monday morning. Many of the
farmers had their famUles with
As many as 60,000 farmers are
expected to gather In the nation's
capital this week to demand parity
In farm prices and to protest the
middleman and large corporate
farmers,^ Who, they say, take ad
vantage of the small farmers. Parity
Is a price for farm products, usually
maintained by government price
supports, designated to keep the
purchasing power of the farmers at
a certain level.
while the 1978 total hit $10,676.
Permits were issued for 63
apartments, one for apartment
repairs, three for Insulation and
one for Installation of a gas tank for
a service station In 1978. None of
these appear on the 1977 report.
Construction dollars represented
In the 63 apartments totaled $601,060.
For apaiWent repairs — $4,738;
Insulation — $3,039; and the gas
tank — $400.
Other categories, permit numbers
and total construction dollars In
cluded in the 1978 annual report are
Zoning — 85 — $376; demolltioiw —
14 — $10,190; homes moved — 8 —
$16,900; plumbing contractor — 80 —
$149,079; electric contractor — 40 —
$126,386; heat A air contractor — 39
— $160,829; accessory buildings —
11 — $12,338; buildings moved — 3 —
$1,100; new business — 8 — $838,194;
business repairs A additions — 10 —
$110,372, church repairs — 6—
228 076; Industry repairs — 1 —
$88,000; contract permits — 0 —
$8,000; driveways — 26 — $60,888;
swimming pools — 11 — $68,048;
business signs — 9 — $82,700;
fences — 2 — $1,600; and carports A
patios — 4 — $1,796.
To Be Updated
REHEARSALS UNDERWAY - Kings Mountain
Little Theatre Is rehearsing three nights weekly for
“Finishing Touches,” an adult comedy to be presented
Feb. 88-34-36 and Mar. 3-3 at Park Grace Auditorium.
Photo By Lib Stewart
Jim Champion, director, standing, chats with the play’s
co-stars, Mary Greene and Jim Potter, at rehearsal
Monday night. The play will be Chamidon’s first
directing role tor KMLT.
By GABY STEWART
The Kings Mountain District
Schools board of education com-
ideted its review of policies in a
qieclal meeting Monday night and
will officially act on most of the
policies at the regular meeting Feb.
Most of the policies discussed
Monday weren't cl.snged drastically
but board members and visitors had
lengthy discussions on promotion of
personnel, the treatment of ac
cumulative records and the student
OaryShlelds, president of the local
chapter of the NCAE and assistant
I»inclpal at the Junior high school,
mlsed several questions about the
promotion of personnel and
promotion and retention of students.
The board's policy on promotion of
personnel states that preference will
be given to qualified personnel
within the system when ad
ministrative vacsincles occur.
Board member Bill McDaniel
stated “when filling this type of Job,
we need to get the person best suited
regardless of where we find him.”
Shields asked, “Why go outside to
hire someone when you have
someone Inside the system who is
Just as qualified?"
Board member June Lee pointed
out that “everyone does not In
terpret qualification the same way.
We need to get It written down to
where it's plain."
Supt. Wllltom Davis suggested
that he do some more rewording and
present the policy again at a later
Mrs. I.ee added that, regardless of
the wording, “all qualified persotmel
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Q&A^s About ERA Proposal
Mention ERA and more than
likely you may get an argument
ERA, which stands tor Equal
Rights Amendment, has Its sup
porters and detractors. The sup
porters want the General Assembly
to pass the measure and the
detractors want It killed once and for
Legislators, such as Sen. OUle
Harris of Kings Mountain, wants a
state-wide referendum to let the
people have their say one way or the
other. Then people like Sen. Helen
Rhyne Marvin and Speaker of the
House Carl Stewart foel the measure
should be approved by the
Just exactly what Is the Equal
Rights Amendment? Why has It
become a dirty word m some
qusirters and the shining hope In
To answer some of the questions
and lay some of the fears of ERA to
rest. Sen. Marvin and Speaker
Stewrart, both of Gastonia, have
compiled an ERA questionnaire.
A local proponent of ERA, Hasel
Fryer, said “Numerous questions
concerning ERA are being asked of
the staffers at Mauney Memorial
Library." she said she feels this
“newspaper could do a great ser
vice" to the community by
publishing some of the material
supplied by Mrs. Marvin and
The Mirror-Herald cannot print
the entire document because Its
length Is too great, but here are
some questions and answers from
the text that may enlighten readers
<$: Doesn’t 14th Amendment
Protect Rights of Women?
A’ No. The Supreme Court stopped
short of making a blanket
declaratlori that sax discrimination
violates the equal protection clause,
as It has stated regarding race and
religious discrimination. Remember
it was necessary to pass the 19th
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Cooper’s Under New Ownership
Richard Barnette, who Joined
Cooper’s, Inc. as a salesman 88
years ago, has purchased the con
trolling Interest in the Kings
Mountain furniture firm and will
continue to operate the 44-year-old
business as Cooper's Inc. on
Mr. Barnette purchased on Jan. 1
the stock of the late Harold Coggins,
who died In 1977, and who founded
the business with the late Carl C.
Cooper in 1986. Mrs. Coggins died In
As President and General
Manager of Cooper's, Inc., Mr.
Barnette said that policies will
remain the same and that the fur
niture firm will continue to offer a
variety of merchandise for the
family. Including appliances, fur
nishings and floorcoverlngs.
Mr. Barnette expressed sp-
preclatlon to Kings Mountain area
citizens for "their loyalty
throughout the years” and said the
firm will hold a week-long Ap
preciation Days Sale, beginning
Thursday, Friday and Saturday with
drawings for a television set and
other prizes, and refreshments to all
Cooper’s, Inc. staffers hold a total
of 108 years experience In the fur
niture business, headed by
President Barnette, who Joined the
firm five years after Coggins and
Cooper acquired the business. Dean
Payne, with 17 years in sales,
rejoined Cooper's in April 1978 as
credit manager, Mrs. Charles
(GInny) Owens has served as office
manager for 18 years, George
McOaln, with 38 years experience.
Is In charge of warehousing and
delivery, and Jerry Jackson, who
came to work in 1977, is also In
volved in warehouse and sales.
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Dillard Barnette, Mr. Barnette Is
married to the former Irene Leigh
and they are active In Second
Baptist Church where he is a trustee
and superintendent of the Sunday
School. They are parents of two
daughters, Mrs. Brenda Swan and
Mrs. Kay Rosenblatt, both of
A veteran of SO years service in the
Kings Mountain Lions Club, Mr.
Barnette is a past Lions president.
He also Is a past president of Kings
Mountain Merchants Association.
Mr. Barnette has seen numerous
trends In home furnishings since he
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CRYSTAL DAWN SPARROW
Of 9~Year Old
Last Thursday afternoon Crystsd
Dawn Sparrow was declared one of
three talent show winners at
Bethlehem Elementary School.
She attended cUsses Friday and
during the day she developed a strep
throat Infection. The strep Infection
developed Into pneumonia and she
was admitted to CSiarlotte Memorial
Tuesday at 11 p. m. the nine-year
old fourth grader died.
Funeral services will be held at 4
p. m. Friday at Patterson Grove
Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard
Plyler and Interment will be in the
Survivors are her parents,
Douglas C. and Patsy C. Sparrow,
Rt. 4, Patterson Grove; one brother,
Eric, of the home; paternal grand
mother, Mrs. Flora Sparrow Seism
Bell of Kings Mountain; maternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. WUlle
Oantrell of Simpsonville, S. C.; and
great-grandparents, Mrs. Ethel
Stone Cantrell and Mrs. Edd
Holcombe, both of SlmpsonvlUe, S.
The fiunlly will receive friends
tonight from 7-9 at Harris Funeral
Home. Memorials may be sent to
Patterson Grove Baptist Church.