VOL. 90, NO. 51 THURSDAY, JVNE 28, 1979
KihC^ MOUMTWM MIRROR nemo
Tax Rate h Same
Board Adopts $8.9
^ Million Fiscal Budget
city commissioners adopted a
> ^ 18,977,672.08 budget Monday night
7 for the fiscal 1879-80 year.
ITie budget is effective June SO,
1979 through July 1, 1880.
Miyor John Moss said earlier the
new budget reflects the Increased
I. cost of electrical power from Duke
r Power Oo. and natural gas from
- Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co.
and the growing Improvements
program <n the city’s utilities
depsu^ents; water and sewer.
electrical and gas.
The utilities portion of the budget
Is $6,217,780.47, easily the majority
of the $8.9 million budget. The
general operations budget for the
entire city totals $1,911,986.06.
Departmental operations budgets
total $108,922.06 - an Increase of 6.44
percent, and Includes a pay raise for
all city employes effective Sep
The budget also Includes a con
tinuation of a 66 cents per $100
valuation tax rate, the same rate
held fo the past sbc years "and
essentially the same rate since
1964,” Mayor Moss added.
The new budget Is $1,890,886.40
higher than the current fiscal
Mayor Moss commented that
himself, the commissioners and
citizens should work with positive
attitudes as "we approach the
decade of the 1980s.”
For Three Extra Months
$30,000 Funding Okayed
For Redevelopment Staff
The second of two public hearings
on the financial settlement of two
remaining projects under the Kings
Mountain Redevelopment Com
mission was held Monday night at
Gene White, executive director of
^the commission, and David Holmes,
a consultant from Winston-Salem,
told the city board again that the two
reiMrwtrt -projects - the central
business district and Cansler St.
project - will be completed even
V when the redevelopment com
mission Is phased out.
Holmes again told the board that
the city can expect a surplus of funds
and funding through property sales
when the programs are completed.
^ Holmes then presented a
» resolution lor amending the fourth
year Community Developmet Block
Grant program to provide $80,000 for
redevelopment commission staffers
to continue for the three months
period following the October 1
commission phase-out to complete
the ongoing programs of land
acquisitions, demolitions and citizen
The commissioners did adopt the
resolution, but after considering five
separate land sales by the
redevelopment commission and a
second CD Grant program budget
The budget amendment, tor the
third and fourth year of the CD
program, provided the $80,000
requested by showing a total of
$6,000 unused in administration of
the housing rehabilitation program
L. E. Hinnant
L.E. (Josh) Hinnant, First Union
National Bank executive, has been
elected president of the Kings
Mountain Hospital board of trustees.
Mr. Hinnant, who has served on
the board for five years, succeeds
John L. McGill, a board member for
seven years. Other new officers are
Mr. McGill, vice-president, and J.C.
Hinnant la a member of the
Cleveland County board of com
Mr. McGlU la a former partner In
Kings Mountain Drug Co.
Mr. Bridges la a partner In
Bridges Hardware Oo.
The quarterly meeting was held at
the hospital last Tuesday.
^ ^ Named N.C.
1$ Harry (Dutch) WUson of 109 Stowe
Acres Is an ‘honorary N.C.
WUson was given t^e dlstlncUon
by Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green this week
In a letter congratulating the Kings
/^Mountain native on completing 84
™ years of service to government.
Ik WUson was employed by the City
1 of Kings Mountain lor 81 years
1 (three years off for mUlUry service)
and resigned Feb. 26, 1979 to take a
position with Mln^tte Mills In
WUson Is married to the former
Reba King and they have one
daughter, Mrs. Jancle Gann of
In the letter, Lt. Gov. Green
stated, "I commend you for your
^ sacrifice and dedication In ser'dng
the people of our state."
Sgt. Bynum Cook
Retires June 30
Kings Mountain Police Sgt.
Bynum P. Cook Is retiring on Sun.,
The veteran poUce officer smd his
famUy were guests of honor at
Monday night's city commissioners
meeting where Mayor John H. Moss
read a resolution of appreciation and
commendation to Cook for hla
service to the city.
The resolution was framed and
presented to Sgt. Cook, then each
commissioner came down from
their councU seats to IndlvlduaUy
shake Cook’s hand and offer per
A native of Kings Mountain, Cook
Is a shift supervisor on the force and
the first officer to retire locaUy on
service. Others have retired due to
Sgt. Cook has served the local
department and community as a law
enforcement officer tor 28 years.
and a decrease of t26,(X)0 In the
Under the Improvements to the
Cbmmunlty Center CD budget, there,
was a decrease of $84,000 for urltan
renewal purchase of property and a
$6,247.74 decrease in contingencies.
TTie amendment placed the total of
$40,247.74 Into the continued com
munity center Improvements
TTie city board stlso approved five
sales of redevelopment property,
three In the Cansler St. area and two
In the Central Business District,
(1) The Mosaic Masonic Lodge on
Parker St. purchased 8,400 sq. ft. of
property adjacent tor $2,626. White
said the lodge Is to erect a new lodge
buUdlng of 2,300-2,400 sq. ft. on the
(2) Good Hope Presbyterian
Church purchased 8,728 sq. ft. of
land adjacent to existing property on
Cansler St. near the W. King St.
Intersection for $1,000. The church
plstns to beautify the lot and use It for
pariilng presently, then for church
expansion In the future.
(3) Bynum Chapel AME Zion
Church, Cansler and Ellis, pur
chased 66,876 sq. ft. of adjacent land
tor $6,000. The lot will be besuitlfled
and used for parking presently, but
la‘er will be used for construction of
educational, recreational facilities,
or a parsonage.
(4) Kings Mountain Baptist
Church purchased 8,126 sq. ft. ad
jacent on W. Mountain St. for future
expansion tor $9,760.
(6) Kings Mountain Farm Center
purchased 18,600 Sq. ft. on W. Gold
St. (across the street from present
location and west of the new city
hall) tor $19,600. A 200 by 60 metal
building for farm and garden center
sales and storage Is planned on the
..SHARPENINO OAME-Nancy White, left, and
Lindsay Holmes of Kings Mountain work on their putt
putt game at the putt putt golf course at Deal Street
Park. Area putters will be competing Wednesday In the
Photo hy Gary Stewart
annual putt putt tournament which Is part of the city’s
Fourth of July celebration. The course is open for
regular business seven days a week from 4-9 p.m.
Disco Dance Is The Kickoff July 3
Sen. OUle Harris was silso on hand
to applaud and congratulate Cook on
his retirement Monday night.
A disco street dance will kickoff
tile Kings Mountain Parks and
Recreation Department July 4th
Mike Nappl, parks and recreation
director, said the disco street dance
will begin at 8 p.m. Tues., July 8 In
the area behind the community
center sind two bands will provide
The dance will end at 11:30 p.m.
Nappl ssdd on Wed., July 4 special
drawings will be held for com
plimentary passes from Florida’s
Rlngling Brothers Circus World, as
well as for passes to Carowlnds.
"And we have drawings for tickets
with red carpet treatment to the
Atlanta Braves • Cincinnati Reds
double header on July 28,” Nappl
said. "This will be a nationally
televised game, and the local win
ners will be recognized at the
stadium with their names on the
Also on the 4th the Southeastern
Balloon Service from Atlanta will
provide free hot air balloon rides to
the special drawing winners
throughout the day.
Nappl said area merchants have
provided special certificates and
prizes for winners In competitive
events; sack races, watermelon
contest, horseshoe pitching, greasy
pole climb, diving contest, Ice-
slttlng contest and others.
A senior citizens tournament
begins at 4 p.m. and the senior
citizens band. The Swinging
Mountaineers, will perform for 4-6
p.m. In area adjacent to the tennis
courts. A putt-putt tourney for all
ages will be held from 8-6 p.m.
Nappl said the 4th festivities will
conclude with a fireworks display,
which begins at 10 p.m.
Sidewalk Sale June 30
Central Business District mer
chants are planning a sidewalk sale
Sat., June 30 from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The sale will be held on the walks
surrounding the munlclpsil parking
lot off S. Cherokee St.
Psu-ticlpatlng will be CAS Mart,
Dellinger’s Jewel Shop, Griffin
Drug, Fulton’s Department Store,
Kings Mountain Drug, Grayson’s
Jewelry, Eagle Store, McGinnis
Department Store, WUUe’s Jewelry,
Plain & Fancy, Cato’s. Plonk’s
Sample Yardage, Western Auto
Store and Kings Mountain Farm
On Friday and Saturday, June 29-
80, TGAY in the West Gate Shopping
Center will hold a sidewalk sale
from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
During the June 30 CBD sidewalk
sale, the Kings Mountain Jaycees
will sponsor a yard sale on the
former Winn-Dixie lot.
In case of rain, shoppers are urged
to check the participating stores for
KM Jaycees Are
Back From Nashville
Five Kings Mountain citizens have
returned from Nashville, Tenn.,
where they attended the 66th annual
national Jaycee convention.
Jaycee President Alvin Moretz,
Mrs. Moretz, Mr. and Mrs. Mike
Neely and Allen Props’,
represented the local Jaycees and
were among 396 North Carolina
Jaycees at the convention of 16,000
Jaycees from all over the '
The North Carolina Chapter won
numerous honors at the convention.
Including rsinklng No. 1 In state
chapters. Harold Herring, state
president, received the top president
award and Ashley Houser, now of
CherryvlUe, was cited as the No. 1
Spark Plug Jaycee In the nation.
Moretz said that N.C. Jaycees led
ihe delegations with largest at