VOLUME 95, NUMBER 29 Foote To Close 1 Plant Foote Mineral Company an- nounced today that it will tem- porarily suspend operations of its lithium carbonate plant in Kings Mountain effective July 30. Employees effected by the temporary layoff will continue to be provided major fringe benefits, fully paid by the com- pany. The mine and mill will continue to operate. The temporary suspension of lithium carbonate production at Kings Mountain will permit in- ventory reduction, however, the company will continue to pro- duce lithium carbonate at its Silver Peak, Nevada, plant. Personnel Manager Larry Wood said the exact number of employees to be effected is not yet known. He had meetings scheduled with employees all day today. Unidentified Body Found The body of a white male was discovered Tuesday at the KOA Campground. It was sent to Chapel Hill for an autopsy, where officials are trying to _ determine the identity. The Kings Mountain Police Department reported the follow- ing incidents: On July 7 Dennis A. Knebal of Ceder Court, Georgia, ~ reported suitcases taken from his car while it was parked at the Holiday Inn. Value was estimated at $920. Rdiph Grin a : Harold Lineberger, who holds one of the two outside-city seats on the Kings Mountain District Schools Board of Education, plans to resign his position within two to three months. A farmer, Lineberger plans to move to Dallas where he will operate a 22-acre strawberry farm which had been managed for years by his father, Graham Lineberger, who died last year. The Lineberger family is in the process of building a new home in Dallas and will move as soon as construction is com- pleted. He said he plans to re- main on the board of education until the move. Lineberger has over three years remaining on his six-year term, which he won in a close battle with Paul Hord Jr. in 1979. Lineberger polled 672 votes to 596 for Hord and 170 Repairing Dam Will Cos THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1982 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH 001 sbhury 1S Asunen bw 3] sy Crulp 9808 « *OAY AUOWPRDTJ AxeaqtTI TeTIOWLON Kings Mountain $440,000 By GARY STEWART Editor Repairs to the dam at Moss Lake will cost the city of Kings Mountain $440,000, according to Ralph Johnson, engineer with the W.K. Dickson Company. Johnson presented a detailed plan to the board of commis- sioners Monday night which will bring the city into compliance with current federal and state guidelines. The State Department of EXPLAINS PLANS - Ralph Johnson of the WK. Dickson Company shows Kings Moun- tain commissioners ‘a tough ; drawing of er oi for Bill Moss. | Although it ‘is customary for governing bodies to appoint the next highest vote-getter when members resign, there is ap- parently a move underway to en- courage the board to appoint Myers Hambright Sr., a retired school teacher, to Lineberger’s seat. Hambright last week received an edorsement from the Bethware Progressive Club’s board of directors. Jack Har- mon, president of the club, said the matter will be taken before the full membership Monday night. “I understand there is some agitation going on behind the scenes as to who they’ll appoint,” Lineberger said. “I'm going to try to stay neutral. It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to help pick my successor. But Two Speak Only two citizens spoke out Monday night at the second and final public hearing for input in- to how the city should spend future Community Develop- ment Block Grant money. William C. Kelly asked the Board of Commissioners to con- sider constructing sidewalks in the East Elementary School area and Carl Wiesener presented a petition on behalf of citizens of the Gaston and Mountain Street areas asking the board to make a new entrance to City Stadium and close the one on Gaston Street. Mayor John Henry Moss said both requests would be con- sidered and possibly entered into grant applications which must be filed by July 30. Any items to be entered into the applications will be approved at the meeting of the board of commissioners on Mon., July 26. Kelly said he would like to see sidewalks constructed at East ‘School for the safety of children who walk to and from school. “There haven’t been any sidewalks there since Glee Bridges and Garland Still were mayor,” Kelly said. “You’re go- ing to wait until somebody gets killed and then say ‘we should have done that’ but it'll be too late.” Kelly also questioned if the ci- ty was “applying for funds to im- prove the Moss Lake dam”. Mayor Moss said “probably.” “Are the plans already in so- meone’s hands?”, Kelly added. “They will be presented tonight,” Moss answered. The plans for repairing the dam were presented by Engineer Ralph D. Johnson Jr. of the W.K. Dickson Company after the close of the public hearing. Wiesener’s petition carried the names of 26 residents of Gaston Street from Highway 74 to East Gold, and residents of Mountain Street from Piedmont Avenue to Gaston. The signatures, which Wiesener said represented 95 ~ HAROLD LINEBERGER it’s really going to be a plum for whoever is appointed. He doesn’t have to run for election. percent of the residents of the area, asked the board to close the entrance to City Stadium because of noise, trash and park- ing problems. Wiesener suggested that the city purchase some land at the south end of the stadium from David Mauney and turn it into a parking area and entrance. “This has been under con- sideration for the 33 years that I've lived on Gaston Street, but no one has acted,” Wiesener said. “We’re not against the stadium, but it’s an eyesore.” . Wiesener said persons atten- ding ballgames often block driveways and throw cans and other trash in the streets. Mayor Moss said he felt such a request would fall under Bureau of Outdoor Recreation “as improvement of a recrea- tional complex”, but “we will in- quire to HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Develop ment). This has always been a desire of mine and other members of the board,” Moss said. grows strawberries, aS Natural Resources instructed the city last September to design a plan to. correct leakage and other problems at the dam. The city hired Subsurface Investiga- tions to inspect the dam annual- ly and through their investiga- during Monday night's meeting of the council at City Hall. The repairs, plus some street water improvements inside the chy limits, : I would rather be appointed than to have to run.” Lineberger said he’s been plan- ning his move for about a year. ' Since his father’s death, he has worked at his farm in Dallas, as well as a farm here where he peaches, grapes and blackberries. He also operates a roadside market at his farm in Dallas. “I guess you could say we’re expanding our operation,” he said. “I am selling part of the Kings Mountain farm to my brother, Ervin. I'm going to operate the place in Dallas and we're going to work together in Kings Mountain.” Lineberger’s daughter, Lee Ann, a rising 11th grader at Kings Mountain High School, will continue to attend school here by paying an out-of-county tuition. At Hearing Moss, in reviewing eligible programs, said “Kings Mountain has been very active in the (CDBG) program, and it has helped in the development of the community. I wish there had been more citizens come to give their input. The more we have the better balance we can pro- vide in the application process.” CDBG funds in the past have been administered by the federal government and their uses over- seen by HUD. Beginning this year, the 50 states have been given the responsibility of ad- ministering the funds but most of the federal guidelines are still in effect and HUD will continue to oversee the programs, Moss said. In other action Monday night, the board: *Approved a resolution transferring the franchise for cable television service from Cable Systems Inc. to Jones In- tercable Inc. Jonas Bridges, a partner in Cable Systems, re- Turn To Page 2-A tions and others by state engineers, five problems were cited. The biggest problem, Johnson pointed out, is a deteriorating drain pipe which is leaking around bolts. That 60” pipe must be lined with a 48” pipe and the space between the two grouted with a treated concrete-type substance to prevent future leakage. The city must also develop a system forelowering the water . level, and continue its yearly in- spection program. In addition, Johnson said, the spillway is 15 percent shy of carrying the max- imum amount of water required for a lake its size (11 billion gallons of water). The plans presented by Johnson, and approved by the board, have been reviewed by state engineers and meet the state’s guidelines, Johnson said. Johnson was quick to point out that the dam met safety re- quirements when it was designed 12 years ago, and is in good con- dition now. The dam, he said, re- quires much attention and an ongoing maintenance program. Johnson said the maintenance program at the dam began “three to four years ago” and much pro- gress has already been made. Trees and other plants which were growing there have been removed and he said grass is cut Hy hr ec. 0 four. times a vear “so we Aen “We feel that will be the best for her,” Lineberger said. “Her friends are here, and it’s a real good school system. We'd like for her to finish here.” Lineberger said being elected to the school board was “one of the biggest honors I’ve ever got- ten. “When I was first elected, I planned to stay,” he said, “but then these other things came up and I had to make a decision to keep the farm operation going. “I learned a lot of things on the board,” he went on. “It was good experience. As far as I'm concerned, Kings Mountain has the best school system around anywhere. They have the best teachers, students and ad- ministrators. I don’t have any critcism. The system’s been good to my children and I'm proud: of the education they got there.” can see anything that might in- dicate a problem.” The water flow is monitored constantly, he said. “Problems at dams generally start very gradually and then accelerate,” he said. “Anything as big and powerful as this dam needs cons- tant attention.” Rather than draining the lake to install the new pipe, divers will be used, Johnson said. A curved section of pipe will be in- stalled and fitted with flinges and valves to lower the lake level. “What assurance do we have that the liner will stop the leakage? Twelve years ago we were assured that it was a good dam. I don’t want to come back in 12 years and have to do this again,” Commissioner Norman King asked Johnson. “I can’t see into the future,” Johnson said, “but I don’t feel like we’ll have to come back and do this again. At that time this was the acceptable criteria. These things change. I think once this is done, you'll be free from major problems. But it will always be there to look after. If it’s not looked after you’ll have problems.” Contrary to some beliefs, Johnson said area residents have no reason to fear a flood at Moss Lake. He said dikes which are four feet lower than the 850 foot dam lus To Page 28 Boom! City Employees Unhurt In Fall Two employees of the ci- ty of Kings Mountain escaped injury Friday when they fell 25 feet in a bucket truck boom. Bill McMurray, 50, and Erskine Ware, 54, were us- ing the boom to remove brick from the roof of Mauney Memorial Library on Piedmont Avenue. They were coming down with a load of brick when the boom flipped over. They remained in the boom until it hit the ground. Both were thrown out, McMurray landed on his leg and Ware on his chest. Both received only bruises. The city is in the process of capping chimneys atop the library in order to con- serve heat. Funeral Services Held For John I. George Sr. John Ivey George Sr., 78, of 301 Parker Street, a retired Kings Mountain merchant, died Monday morning at Kings Mountain Hospital after several weeks illness. A Kings Mountain native, he was the son of the late Roseboro Henderson and Lizzie Froneberger George. He is survived by his wife, Eva Ballard George; four sons, John I. George Jr. and the Rev. Ken- neth George, both of Kings Mountain, Curtis George of Statesville and Richard George of Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Mrs. Bill (Melba) Wyers, Mrs. Horace (Pansy) Cunningham and Mrs. Gary (Francis) Sarvis, all of Kings Mountain; two brothers, Gene George of Arlington, Va., and Ray George of Kingsport, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Della Ware of Kings Mountain and Mrs. Kay Sedberry of Alexan- dria, Va.; 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, JOHN I. GEORGE SR. Harold George. Funeral services were con- ducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at First Wesleyan Church by the Rev. Dwight Edwards and the Rev. Leroy Cox. Burial was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. it SHAE

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