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VOL. 90 No. IS
KIN OS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA MOM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15,1579
For Street Improvements
Citizens Question Assessments
By TOM Mcmr YRE
City commliBlonera held two
public hearings on assessmenta for
the paving of Wilson St., paving,
curb and guttering of Oarrlaon and
Downing Sts. totaling $30,404.08.
The board approved the Wilson St.
assessment totaling $1,818.78 on 11
parcels following the first hearing In
which no one questioned the figures.
However, Dr. Joseph Lee and Eu
gene F. Thomas questioned the
figures on their property during the
second hearing dealing with Garri
son and Downing Sts.
The total assessment read by
Mayor John Moss was $19,140.80 for
the 33 parcels fronting on the Im
proved streets. Thomas’ assessment
on two parcels totaled $1,428.48.. Dr.
Lee’s assessment on one parcel was
’Ihomas asked the board If the cost
of the Improvements included back
filling. "My property elevation Is
such that no backfilling was needed
like It was on other property along
Mayor Moss could not answer the
question, stating that City Engineer
Alvin Moretz, who was absent
Monday due to illness, would have to
give Thomas a breakdown on how
the assessment figures were
reached for each property owner.
Dr. Lee asked ho\^ the property
are assessed and If the entire cost of
paving, curbing and guttering Is
paid by the citizens.
Mayor Moss said, ‘"rhe property
owner pays 50 percent, the city pays
"It seems (looking at the figures)
that I was charged more Uuui the
per foot cost of paving," Dr. Lee
said. He said he has determined the
per foot cost to be $1,90, then added,
‘"The figures show I am charged $8
’The mayor told ’Thomas and Dr.
Lee that he would have the city
engineer give each of them a break
down of the assessment in writing
and make himself available to an
swer any other questions they may
After checking the legality with
City Attorney George Thomasson,
the bosu'd voted to approve the
assessment rolls for property
owners on Garrison and Downing
Sts. as read, with the exception of
the Lee and ’Thomas parcels. The
board said they would try to have
the matter settled on these two
exceptions by Feb. 22.
In other action Monday night, the
commissioners approved a contract
between Harris F\meral Home and
the Kings Mountain Redevelopment
Commission for 29,280 square feet of
property adjacent to the funeral
home on S. Piedmont Ave.
’The Harris bid of $23,400 for the
property, backed up by a good faith
bond of 10 percent of the price, was
approved earlier In January by the
redevelopment commission board.
Harris Funeral Home plans to
construct parking facilities on the
site, with construction, according to
HUD guidelines, to begin within 90
days of completion of the sale.
’The board approved a request
from Etna Oil Co. for annexation of
Its property one block north of Hwy.
74, west of the city. ’The property Is
contiguous to the city limits, on
— Approved a tax refund of $18.38
to Mrs. Ruby Alexander. ’The tax
was on a house which was burned
but not removed from the tax books
— Granted the Kings Mountain
Senior High Class of 1979 permission
to have a five by eight monument on
city property, the triangle area
between Hwy. 74 and Phifer Rd.
near the Armory. ’The marker will
point the direction to the senior high
and is to be the Class of ’79 gift to the
— Approved transferring one taxi
franchise from William Orr to
— Approved a resolution con
firming board action overlooked in
Feb. 18, 1978 In awarding a sewer
line construction contract to B. E.
Matthews Construction Co.
The $816,164.40 contract was
awarded to the Conover firm to
construct a sewer line down York
Rd., a pump station and a force
main at Pilot Creek Wastewater
’Treatment Plant. ’The board had
neglected to pass a resolution for the
official records stating the contract
had been awarded. ^
— Authorized the advertising for
public sale of city surplus property.
’Die advertisement will be run In the
Mirror-Herald giving the day, date
and time of the public sale.
CHURCH OFFICIALS — The three prominent figures
in last Sunday’s sanctuary dedicatory ceremonies at
Central United Methodist Church were (left to right):
Rev. Dr. Philip Shore, a former pastor, now Oastonia
District Superintendent; Rev. L. Scott Allen, bishop of
the CSiarlotte Area, Methodist Church; and Rev. Robert
"Who will present, on behalf of
these people of God, this building
and Its facilities for dedication?”
With that question. Bishop L. Scott
Allen began dedication ceremonies
for the sanctuary at Central United
Methodist Church last Sunday.
The resident bishop of the
Charlotte episcopal area. United
Methodist Church, Rev. Allen led the
service, which Included comments
by the Rev. Robert Boggan, pastor,
and the Rev. Dr. Philip L. Shore, Jr.
’To the bishop’s Initial question,
Ben F. Beam, treasurer of the
church, answered, "Bishop Allen, as
treasurer of this church, I present to
the trustees the cancelled mortgage
as evidence that this building Is
debt-free and ready for dedication.”
B. S. Peeler Jr., chairman of the
building committee and a trustee,
responded, "Bishop Allen, on behalf
of this congregation I present this
building and Its facilities to be
dedicated to the glory of God and the
service of men.”
Sunday’s ceremonies saw the
church’s third sanctuary dedicated.
’Ihe present sanctuary was com
pleted June 9, 1967 and the first
service held there was June 11 of
that year. Until construction was
completed, a temporary sanctuary
was set up In the church fellowship
hall. Dismantling of the old sanc
tuary began July 4, 1966.
Rev. Dr. Shore Is a former pastor
of Central United Methodist Church
and Is now superintendent of the
Bishop Allen Is a native of Merl-
dan. Miss, and Is a graduate of Clark
College, Gammon Theological
Seminary and Northwestern
University. He served as pastor In
Georgia and was editor of the
Central Christian Advocate.
Rev. Allen was elected and con
secrated a bishop of the Methodist
Church in 1967 and has presided over
the Gulf Coast Area, the Holston
Area and the Charlotte Area.
Some Bad News For CETA Teaehers
By GARY STEWART
Some Kings Mountain teachers
"Roses are red, violets are blue,
sugar la sweet emd so are you,” or
words to that effect, were some of
the handwritten messages on
Valentine’s Day cards yesterday.
^ ’Twenty-six four-year-old students
^ at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
Pre-School made their owm
Valentines, and accompanied by a
parent, Mrs. Roger Bowen, auid
teachers, Mrs. Bruce Summey, Mrs.
’Tom Patterson and Mrs. Robert
^ Wilson, visited KM Postofflce and
dropped the cards In the mall to
their parents and friends.
Mrs. Robert Wilson, Pre-School
Director, said that the young people
were completing a history lesson on
the life of Abraham Lincoln this
w week and also visited some of the log
building under construction by
'Rustic Log Homes after their tour of
’"The Valentines wore very pretty
and featured the children’s originni
sentiments,” said Mrs. Wilson.
employed through CETA funds may
receive some bad news soon as the
school system has been notified that
Its CETA funds will drop to $17,867
for the six months period beginning
Supt. William Davis made the
announcement at Monday night’s
Photo By Gary Stewart
AHI SWEET VALENTINE’8 DAY - Wednesday was
Valentine’s Day and 28 four-year-olds In St. Matthew’s
Lutheran Church Pre-School took the occasion to send
Valentine greetings to their parents. Here, the
.youngsters are pictured at KM Postofflce mailing the
regular monthly board meeting,
noting that the system’s current
monthly payroll for CETA-employed
personnel is $26,000.
"We will not have too much dif
ficulty finishing out the school
year,” Davis said, "but the real
problem will come with the begin
ning of the new fiscal year July 1.”
Davis said 10 classroom teachers
are presently employed through
North School Parent-Teacher
Association will sponsor a talent
show Thursday (tonight) at 7 p. m.
In the school auditorium.
Mrs. Deurell Austin Is directing
the show. Admission Is $1 (or adults
and 60 cents (or students.
Prior to the show, a "Meet the
New Principal” reception will be
held from 6 until 6:46 p. m. In the
school cafeteria and the community
Is Invited to welcome Principal C. A.
Allison, the new principal of the
’The reception Is also sponsored by
CETA funds. Other personnel em
ployed by OETA Include the school
nurse, five teacher aides aind a large
number of custodians and main
Davis said some of the CETA
employes will be maintained
through local funds but "we will end
up reducing the number of teachers
that we employ totally with CETA
funds.” Davis said teachers with
seniority will be given top con
In other action Monday night, the
— Was Informed that a Head Start
evaluation team will visit here on
Feb, 14, 16 and 16.
— Was told that asbestos celling
material is currently being studied
at the request of the State Dept, of
Public Instruction. Some asbestos
material has been found to cause
lung disease and all school systems
in the state have been requested to
run tests on their material. Ceilings
at KMHS, East, West and the Ad
ministration Offices contain
— Was told that the Southern
Association of Schools and Colleges
will visit local schools April 10-11.
— Received an auditor's
— Employed Wanda McAbr as
kindergarten aide at East Sciiool.
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According to the Dally News
Record, a New York publication, the
West Germany-based textile firm
planning to build a $1.5 million plant
south of Kings Mountain la Gam-
veredlung Rehers of Benthelm.
The Record quotes Hermann
Rehers, owner and chairman of the
corporation, as saying the newly
founded subsidiary — American
Rehers Zwlm Corp. — will produce
q>eclalty cut chenille yams for the
U. S. market. Rehers Is also quoted
as saying the corporation expects
sales to reach $20 million by 1980.
TTie article was published Feb. 7,
but a state official said the name
given the company In the article
"may be In error.”
The Cleveland County Com
missioners voted In 1978 to furnish
water and sewer to the 28-acre site
on Hwy. 29, but the commissioners
did not disclose the name of the firm
planning to build.
Besides the projected $1.5 million
tor construction of a 70,000 aq. ft.
building the firm reportedly will
spend another $2-mllllon for
manufacturing equipment (or the
plant. Plans also call for employing
150 persons to operate three shifts a
Jay Stroud, Gastonia lawyer, will
speak to Kings Mountain Kiwanlans
at their 6:46 p. m. dinner meeting
Thursday (tonight) at Kings
Mountain Woman’s Club.
Mr. Stroud wsis prosecuting at
torney In the famed Wilmington 10
Frank Van Story has arreuiged the
Grover Town Board will hold a
public hearing on amending the
town charter Monday night at 7 p. m.
In Town Hall.
Mayor W. W. (BUI) McCarter wUl
The Board, at Its recent meeting,
unanimously passed resolution of
Intent to Increase from three to five
members the membership of the
board. The resolution also stipulates
that all board members would be
elected by all registered voters with
four councllmen to represent (our
districts of the city, yet to be
created, and the fifth to serve at
The board would serve two year
term, along with the mayor.
The board would serve a two year
term, along with the mayor.
The board’s decision to call the
public hearing followed several
months of discussion by the three
present members. Tommy Keeter,
Harold Herndon and Martha H.
Byers, and comes on the heels of a
reported petition being circulated by
townspeople to up the membership
on the Council from three to five
;ieo!>lp to give more representation
In ’ 'I nreas of the city.