PRG OTITIS + Iara —— shHhuty 00tL oo S or = | J « ji ~.g VOL. 96 NUMBER 6 THURSDAY, February 3, 1983 - KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH ( N 2 oS Elections Board Sets The Date : Su 5 0 Board Asked To Rescind ABC Vo By GARY STEWART Editor The City Elections Board Monday afternoon approved April 12 as the date of a referen- dum for the establishment of an ABC store and the sale of unfor- tified wine and malt beverages in the city limits. However, there is a move underway by some citizens to persuade the City Board of Com- missioners to rescind their action | of last week which called for the election, and require “wet” forces to submit legal petitions containing at least 25 percent of the names of the registered voters inside the city limits. Attorney Scott Cloninger, co- ‘chairman of the Kings Mountain Citizens for Legal Control, ap- peared before the board at last week’s meeting and asked for an’ Bloodmobile To Visit KM Friday The Kings Mountain Com- munity Bloodmobile visit will be Friday from 12:30 until 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Goal is 175 pints. Local PTOs and civic clubs are helping sponsor this visit. The Blood Center in Charlotte has sent notice that the mobile “lab will be sent to Kings Moun- tain’ to process platelets for _ cancer and leukemia patients. It i even donors lo get enough platelets per pint of blood. Some cancer patients require 30 or more platelet transfusions per week. The Kings Mountain Jaycees help provide loading and unloading help for. all Kings Mountain bloodmobiles. Other civic clubs and PTO members are invited to help with loading and unloading Friday. Members need to be at the site at 11 a.m. to unload and at 6:30 p.m. to start loading. Homemade vegetable soup will be served to the donors. ‘ABC election. The board ap- - proved by a vote of 5-1, with Commissioner Norman King op- posing. Since that time, some citizens who are opposed to the sale of alcoholic beverages, have been contacting Mayor John Henry Moss and commissioners asking them to reconsider their stand. Rumors have been widespread that the board will have a special called meeting to rescind the ac- tion, but members of the board who were contacted yesterday said they knew nothing of such a meeting. Mayor Moss, when asked if the vote would be rescinded, commented, “I haven’t heard anything about it. I can’t speak for the board.” . But Dr. Tom Patterson, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, MISSION SUPPER Dr. Jess White of Newton, former medical missionary’ to * Haiti, will speak at the annual Witness Season program Satur- day at Dixon Presbyterian Church. A covered dish supper will be spread at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Whites pro- gram. The public is invited to at- tend. : ; KIWANIS CLUB Dr. Frank Sincox will discuss the “Wide Spread Effect of Bacterium” at the weekly meeting of the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club Thursday at the Holiday Inn. AUXILIARY The American Legon Aux- iliary will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Arleen Barrett will present the program on “Americanism.” Hostesses are Mrs. Myrtle Christenson and Mrs. Ruth Gamble. : FREE CHEESE The first cheese distribution for 1983 is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 17 from 9 am. until 4 p.m. at the Cleveland County Office Building auditorium at 130 South Post Road, Shelby. Clients certified for Food Stamps for the month of February must have their green ID card. Others who wish to apply must have proof of income received so far in the month of February. Y our I NFORMATION MD CONCERT A concert to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Associa- tion will be held Sat., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Ashbrook High School, New Hope Road in Gastonia. Country-rock singer Jadi and his band will perform. For tickets call 332-5101. MEN'S DAY Ken Page of Cherryville will fill the pulpit for Baptist Men’s Day services Sunday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church. The service was postponed from January 23 because of snow and ice. Jerry Milwood will preach at the Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services. PINTO BEANS The Senior Citizens of First Wesleyan Church on Piedmont Avenue will sponsor a pinto bean supper Wed., Feb. 9 from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Plates will cost $2 for adults and $1 for children. EXERCISE CLASS An exercise class will be held at Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department February 5 through March 17. The class will meet each Thursday from 7-8 p.m. The fee is $10 for the six weeks or $2 per week. For infor- mation call 739-4060 or 739-5853. said he talked with the Mayor a week ago and has written letters to the Mayor and all six commis- sioners. He said those letters were put in the mail Tuesday morning. Commissioners Norman King and Jim Dickey both said they had not heard anything about it either, but both hinted they did not understand that their action was an official calling for an ABC referendum. They said they understood that the city board was only voting to pass the petitions along to the Elec- tions Board. Cloninger, when appearing before the board, explained the steps by which an election could be called. He noted that the referendum could be requested by the City Board of Commis- sioners, or petitions containing names of at least 25 percent of the registered voters could be presented directly to the Elec- tions Board. “I’m not asking the board to make a statement about the issue, but merely asking the board to recognize the rights of the citizens to vote on the issue,” Cloninger stated. The procedures for calling an ABC referendum were also ex- plained the Thursday before the board meeting in a front page story in the Herald. Commissioner King, who was the only member of the board to speak out that night, said the board was “misled. We were told that we were simply voting to send it to the Elections Board.” “It’s totally unfair to the board to say that they knew better,” Policemen Jackie Barrett, left, Richard Reynolds check damage the overturned = stones King said. “We were told to for- ward it to the Elections Board.” : “I had a call or two from peo- ple that didn’t like it,” Commis- sioner Dickey said. “We were go- ing by what the attorneys (Clon- inger and City Attorney George Thomasson) said. I understood that we were not sanctioning anything.” Commissioners - Humes Houston, Jim Childers, Corbet Nicholson and Curt Gaffney could not be reached for com- ment. Elections Board Chairman Luther Bennett: said the board has no other choice but to call for the referendum when it is re- quested by the governing body of the city. If petitions are presented to the Elections Board, he said the board is required by law to verify that at least 25 per- AxexqT1 TeTAOWINW Aounen cent of the name voters. “Several people have called me and said ‘Don’t let them have it.” But we can’t help but let them have it,” Bennett said. “What the city board did was ac- tually vote for the election.” Bennett said the Elections Board received the city board’s request in last Thursday’s mail. He said the Elections Board would write Mayor Moss advis- ing him that it had complied with the request. Dr. Patterson said the “dry” forces are gearing up for the elec- tion and will name their chair- man within a week. “We had hoped the situation would not have gone as far as it has,” he said. “We wanted to get’ Turn To Page 8-A Vandals Damage Cemetery Stones Vandals entered Mountain Rest Cemetery sometime Mon- day night, turning over 64 stones and causing several thousand dollars damage. Acting police chief Jackie Bar- rett, who is investigating the inci- dent along with Detectives Richard Reynolds and Robert Dodge, said about 25 percent of were centrated effort to find the per- sons responsible. “We feel like there were probably two or three persons,” he said. Cemetery Superintendent Ken - Jenkins discovered the damage when he reported for work early Tuesday morning. The cernetery was closed for most of the day while Kings Mountain police, a monument salesman from York; S.C.and insurance adjusters in- vestigated. “The good soft dirt and the fow leads but will make a con- wet weather we've been having helped us,” Barrett said. “Most of them just went over and dug up into the dirt.” But some of the monuments which were broken were expen- sive, and some urns which were broken were imported from France and cannot be replaced, Heng Moss said to knowledge this is the first time such an act has occured at the cemetery. “It’s heartbreaking,” Jenkins added. “We take a lot of pride in the cemetery. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. I can’t understand how anyone could get any enjoyment out of doing something like this.” There was no evidence of forc- ed entry into the cemetery. Turn To Page 8-A Exercise-A-Thon Saturday An exercise-a-thon to benefit Cystic Fibrosis will be held - Saturday from noon until 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Mall in Shelby. All funds raised will be used to help fight Cystic Fibrosis. To kickoff the event, WBTV Chan- nel 3 will be doing a live broad- cast for its “Top of the Day” pro- gram Friday at the Kings Moun- tain Neighborhood Facility Center. Saturday’s exercise-a-thon will be just one of dozens being held across the state to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. Local sponsor is the: Kings Mountain Neighborhood Facility Center’s Ladies Exercise Progra in cooperation with the Cleveland Mall and the Greater Kings Mountain Area Com- munity Partnership Committee for the Disabled. The event is be- ing held in memory of Jeremy Wray Brown of Kings Moun- tain, who lost his lengthy battle against Cystic Fibrosis on January 22 at the age of five. Funds raised will help support . the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s research, treatment and educa-- tion programs in North Carolina and across the nation. Two CF centers are located in North Carolina, at the UNC School of Medicine and at Duke Medical Center. Cystic Fibrosis is a fatal lung and digestive disease that takes the lives of half of its victims before they reach their twenties. CFE causes large amounts of thick mucus to clog the lungs and interfere with breathing and the absorption of food. Participants will be raising dollars for CF by obtaining pledges from friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers for each hour they exercise. Hostess for the day will be WBTV’s Lynne Bradley. A grand prize will be awarded to the top fund-raiser. All par- ticipants who raise $30 or more will receive a CF “I Did It” T-shirt and all who raise $75 or more will receive a T-shirt and tote bag. For more information or to sponsor a participant, call the Kings Mountain Neighborhood Facility Center at 739-3549 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., or stop. by the center at room 102 at 208 North Cleveland Avenue. Co- chairpersons for the event are Patsy Parker, Ladies Exercise Program Instructor, and Ray ‘Hurley, Director of the Kings Mountain Neighborhood Facili- ty Center. The public is invited to attend, spectate or participate. It’s Still Winter Don’t get out your garden tools and lawn mowers just yet. We have six more weeks of winter to deal with. Our resident groundhog, Kings Mountain Harold, awakened from his long sleep Wednesday morning and crawl- ed out of his hole in the pines off Canterbury Road. The sky was cloudy and a few drops of rain even fell on his head. He was enjoying the 63-degree weather until the sun broke through the clouds. He saw his shadow and scurried back to his winter abode. He predicted more cold weather and at least one more snow. So, keep those snow shovels handy, and just read up on your gardening. It'll be a while yet before you can put your skills in- to practice. on according to Bill Wiley of Wiley : ‘their

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