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VOL. 90, No. 18
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 1979
Planning Begins For 1980 Celebration
DISCUSSINO BICENTENNIAL-Rlp Taylor (tUrd
from leR) dlscuMee the plans made for the Over-
mountain March tor 1980 and bow It can promote the
final celebration at Kings Mountain on Tues., Oct. 7,
1980. Taylor and representatives of state and federal
offices attended the meeting here last FMday.
Photo by Tom McIntyre
CD Update Is Released
citizens were presented a report
on the city's performance under the
I Community Development Block
Grant funding program this week.
Termed "the most meaningful
program toward the development of
Kings Mountain" by Mayor John
Moss, the CD funding project started
. In 1976 with a $4,160,000 bequest to
the city, baaed on past results from
other federally funded projects.
The total budget was broken down
over a five year period, requiring
three public hearings annually for
citizen Input on projects to be un-
I dertaken. The program also
requires an annual weighty ap
plication outlining how each project
meets the Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD)
guidelines and the proposed budget
tor each project.
At Monday’s meeting the board
approved submitting the application
to HUD on 11 projects totaling
8388,000 to run July 1, 1979 through
June 80, 1980.
Hie new programs and budgets
I submitted to HUD Include:
+Street paving program - $80,000.
In addition to paving, this program
Includes curb and gutter, storm
drainage and street widening;
-f-Water facilities Improvement •
I $11,000. This Includes a water ser
vice line along Catherine St. from
Stowe Acres to Second St.
-(-Underground electrical con
struction - $66,000. nils previously
approved Urban Renewal Project In
' the central business district has one
I final step to completion.
-[-Housing rehabilitation - $80,000.
This project Is to bring substandard
housing up to codes and will take
place In two neighborhoods. The
proposed Small CItlea funding will
complege the rehab.
' -[-Neighborhood facilities Im
provements - $36,000. Work this year
on the community center will be to
nisike a direct outside exit for a Day
Care Center. Also a restroom and
additional kitchen work to supply
I meals for tots and Day Care
-[-KM Development Office -
$20,000. To actively recruit In
dustries and businesses with special
'attention to the diversification of
-(-Codes enforcement - $18,760. To
bring marginally standard housing
Into codes of the city, N.C.
residential and Southern building
-[-Street lighting project - $9,600.
To be Installed along Morris St. from
Piedmont Ave. to Cansler St., and on
Gantt St. from Morris to Pulton St.
-[-Administration and coor
dination - $80,000.
-(-Planning and management -
-(-Contingencies - $61,360. To cover
overages on the various projects.
The project cost breakdown in
dicates that 68.8 percent of the funds
will piinclpsilly benefit low and
moderate Income persons.
In his report Monday, Mayor Moss
gave a breakdown of the CD projects
and funding from June 13, 1076
through Dec. 81, 1978.
The report covers 28 projects,
the year each began during the (HI
program, estimated completion (or
completed) date, the amount budget
for the current year and how much
has been expended during the life of
-(-Water Improvements (A):
double capacity of Ellison Treat
ment Plant, begun the first year and
completed In March 1978 - $967,270.
(B) double Ellison Plant capacity,
begun 1978 and estimated to be
completed Feb. 1976 - $864,486.
-(-Construction of 2-mllllon gallon
storage tank, pump station and
related water main on Cleveland
Ave., begun 1976 and estimated
completion Dec. 1679. Current
estimated cost - $421,160. Obligated
tor the current program year -
$630,069. Spent during current year -
$46,934. (B) extension of water lines
In Suva west of city limits begun
1976, completion Oct. 1979. Current
estimated cost - $60,000. Spent
during life of the program - $89,186.
-(-Sewerage Improvements on
York Rd. Begun 1977 smd completed
Feb. 1979. Obligated current year -
$298,448 and spent during the life of
program - $816,164.
-(-Acoustical Improvements on
community center, first year,
completed Feb. 1976. Total cost -
$16,680. (A) additions Including
offices, foyer and restrooms, second
year, completed Feb. 1679. Cost -
$66,000. (B) Isuid acqulstlon, ad
ditional facilities, second year,
completion Dec. 1976. Current cost
estimate - $8,000.
-(-Additions to community center,
third year, completed Feb. 1979.
Estimated cost - $230,000. Spent
during program - $268,063.
-(-Recreational facilities, low-
moderate Income areas. (A) con
struction, two tennis courts. Deal St.
Park. Second year, April 1979.
ObUgated - $20,802. Spent - $7,101.
(B) two tennis courts, Davidson
Park, second year, April 1979.
ObUgated - $20,446. Spent - $7,106.
-(-Site Improvements, Central
Business District. (A) electrical
wiring underground, first year, June
1978. Cost $98,390. (B) water
of lines, first year, June 1976. Cost
estimated - $16,000. Spent currently -
$6,969. (C) landscaping, first year,
Dec. 1979. Cost - $2,991. Spent -
$1,489. (D) public parking, first
year, June 1978. Cost - $126,396. (E)
offstreet parking, second year, June
1979 • Spent $66,697. (F) sidewalks,
second year, Oct. 1979. Cost estimate
• $36,000. Spent • $16,447.
Other projects Include site Im-
prolvements In Cansler project,
Burllngton-Phenlx area, Msu'grace,
BVD and North School su'eas;
Ubrary Improvements for aged and
handicapped; program for senior
citizens; hoem-based child care;
arts and crafts; planlmetrlc and
topoographlcal mapping; housing
rehab; mini parks acquisition and
development; sdr conditioning and
re-rooflng at community center and
property acqulsltloln for expansion
at Davidson Park.
Mayor Moss said all programs
have been audited and approved for
each year by meeting the HUD
"Kings Mountain Is making
progress It otherwise would not have
been able to because of the com
munity development block grant
program,” he said. "And the
programs we have started, and
completed In some cases, would not
have been as affective If the citizens
of Kings Mountain had not attended
the public hearings each year and
offered their Ideas on the type of
work that should be done."
By TOM MeINTYBE
President Jimmy Carter wlU be
Invited to deUver the principal ad
dress at the 2(X)th anniversary
celebration of the Battle of Kings
TTils was one of the decisions
reached by a spearhead planning
group meeting In Kings Mountain
last Friday. The meeting, called by
Mayor John Moss, was determine
-(-Should a 200th anniversary
celebration be planned;
-(-Should funding be sought to
finance such a celebration;
-(-Should The President be Invited
-(-Should active committees be
“Forty-nine years ago President
Hoover came to celebrate the 160th
battle anniversary and to address
the people," said Mayor Moss, "and
people are still talking about that. If
we decide to plan a celebration for
1980 It should be commemorated In
an equal style.”
The group, consisting of
representatives North and South
Carolina and Tennessee, answered
the four questions posed with "Yes."
A second meeting will be held In
early April to formulate plans and to
formulate an organization and
committees from the various In
terested agencies. During these
It's In the cards that Tuesday
(tonight’s) Heart Fund Benefit will
be a success at Kings Mountain
Country Club at 7:80 p.m.
Area bridge players will be
dealing cards for benefit of the KM
Heart Fund and dessert will be
served during the games, to which
the community Is Invited to attend
by donation of $6.
Players are Invited to make up
tiielr own tables and bring cards,
said Ms. Ruth Barr, benefit chair
man and Allen Propst, city chair
man for the Heart Fund.
Reservations can be made by
calling Mrs. Irvin Allen, Jr. at the
Country Club or Mrs. Lee A.
formative meetings Mayor Moss
will serve as temporary cliairman.
Jack Blanton of the Cherokee
(founty (S.C.) Bicentennial Com
mission and Rip Collins of the
Overmountain Victory Trail
Association will serve as vice
chairmen and Andrew M. Loveless,
supt. of Kings Mountain National
Military Park, will serve as tem
porary executive secretary. _
Bob Morrison of Mountain Chty,
Tenn., who serves as Tennessee
chairman of the Overmountain
Victory Trail association, com
mented during the 90-mlnute
meeting that "the celebration should
be a five-state event.” Besides North
and South Carolina, the Governors
of Tennessee, Georgia smd Virginia
should also be Invited to participate,
“There has been controversy as to
where the march actually began,”
Morrison said, "but Sycamore
ShosUs has been designated as the
steirtlng point smd we (Tennessee)
plem to have a kick-off celebration of
the msmeh there.”
Following a discussion on the pros
and cons of having the celebration
on the actual Oct. 7 date. Introduced
by Andrew Loveless, the group
decided the two week event should
begin on Sept. 24 smd run through
Oct. 7, 1980.
Collins said In the psmt the
Overmountain Men have always
observed the orlglnsd dates and have
followed the original trail, arriving
at each point on the same dates as
the marchers did In 1780. "We also
hope, through Rep. Jim BroyhlU’s
office, to have the trail designated as
a national trail by 1980."
Rep. Sam Msmnlng of South
Carolina confirmed that the
celebration be held on the actual
dates. He said he feels "there Is
something magic In the minds of the
public" if the real dates are ob
When reminded of October 1980
being a very political month with
natlonsJ elections and It may help
President Carter to agree to appear,
Miuinlng stuck his tongue In his
cheek and commented, “Oh, they
wouldn’t come because of that. They
would surely come because of their
Interest In our national heritage.”
On the matter of funding. Mayor
Moss said he hoped the group could
raise $60,000 to $76,000 to underwrite
the celebration. The bulk of the
money will be requested through the
legislatures of both North and South
Carolina. The group may also
request the other participating
states to assst financially.
Others attending the meeting were
Joyce Cashion of Kings Mountain,
representing Sen. Ollle Harris;
Marianne Williams of Gastonia,
representing Rep. Jim BroyhlU;
Belinda Gibbs, representing Rep.
Ken Holland; and Betsy Buford
Blevins of the N.C. Alrchlves and
History Dept., representing Gov.
Also Dr. J.N. Lipscomb, Jack
Blanton and Leonard Hope at the
Cherokee County Bicentennial
Commission. And Gary Reverhardt,
supt. of the Blue Ridge Parkway and
representing the Appalachian
Schooi Bus Drivers
Given Wage Increase
School bus drivers got a raise
Thursday, from $2.62 to $8 per hour.
the State Board of Education ap
proved the raise on Feb. 1, con
tingent upon funds being available.
' Allen said that a budget trsinafer
was allowed to make funds avsdlable
Services In the KM Schools, said that for the Increased rate.
Rotary Club To Sponsor
Spring Marathon Events
The Kings Mountain Rotary Club
has tentative plans to sponsor a
marathon In 1979.
Charles Mauney, who chairs a
special planning committee being
eqipolnted, said Thursday nothing
concrete has been set, but that a one-
mile fun run, a 6,000 and a 10,000
meter run are being discussed.
Mauney said plans should be made
In the next few days and announced
to the public. He said the marathon
Is tentatively being tsilked for May.
IT’S IN THE CARDS—Kings Mountain bridge
players, above, affirm that "It’s In the cards” that
Tuesday night’s Heart Fund Benefit at KM Country
dub at 7:30 p.m. will be a big success. Ruth Barr Is
overall benefit chairman and dessert will be served
Photo by Lib Stewart
during (he earn party.
From left around the table are Mrs. A.B. Hilton, Mrs.
Paul Hendricks, Mrs. 8.R. Suber, Jr. and Mis.