a me TT Se VOL. 96 NUMBER 8 BT a Ie rn Wy Er a = =~ 2 == 25 2. & — =F gS hy S007 ‘rua sbuty Chemical Leak Is Controlled By GARY STEWART Editor Highly toxic and highly flam- mable liquid leaked for about six hours from a Southern Railway tanker parked behind Spangler and Sons Concrete on the south end of town Tuesday. Late Tuesday afternoon, the tanker was moved to a non- residential area on the north end of town, where a work crew from the Celanese Corporation tried to repair the leaking valve Wednesday morning. The leak was spotted at 10:30 a.m. by a brakeman as the train was switching. Kings Mountain Police, the State Highway Patrol and the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad blocked off the area to traffic for most of the day while the Kings Mountain and Bethlehem fire departments sprayed a heavy, continuous stream of water on the tanker. Larry McDaniel, Chief of the Bethlehem Fire Department and a maintenance employee at near- by Foote Mineral, was familiar with the type valve and attemp- ted to repair the leak. He slowed the leak from 90 drops per se- cond to 20 drops per second, but could not completely stop the leak because of bad bearings around the valve. With the leak drastically slowed, Southern 4 Railway decided to, hang a hh bucket under the valve and move the tanker to the north » god of town to a switch track “néar the J.E. Herndon Company iia A warehouse. J The Sr ——" chemical, ped from Celanese to Gastonia, where it was to be switched to a Seaboard Coast Line train and moved on to Kimway, N.C. i Although the quantity was not Turn To Page 2-A Methylacrylate, was being ship- CHEMICAL LEAK - Bethlehem pg HS Volunteer a a ’ Celanese Corporation to Kimway., N.C. Chief El firemen spray water on a leaking Southern Railway tanker Tuesday morning behind Spangler Concrete off Highway 216 south of the city. The highly toxic and flammable chemical was being shipped from the Larry McDaniel of the Bethlehem Fire Depart- ment adjusted the valve and got the leak slowed down enough so the tanker could be moved out of the city. Photo by Gary Stewart By GARY STEWART Editor With over 200 citizens looking on, the Kings Mountain City Council Monday night voted unanimously to rescind its action of January 24 which called for an ABC, Beer and Wine referen- dum in the city. Rev. Eugene Land, pastor of Second Baptist Church and chairman of the Kings Mountain Positive Action League, made the request. None of the other citizens who attended spoke out, except for an occasional “amen” to Rev. Land’s remarks. Commissioner Jim Childers, who said he understood on January 24 that the board was merely passing along the vote re- quest to the City Elections Board, made the motion to res- cind the action. Norman King, the only commissioner to vote against the referendum on January 24, seconded. Except for Childers’ com- ments when he made his motion, there was no discussion on the matter. The Kings Mountain Citizens For Legal Control, who re- quested the vote through At- torney and committee <co- chairman Scott Cloninger, must now secure petitions from the Elections Board and return them - within 90 days with signatures, names, addresses and precincts. of at least 25 percent of the City $ registered voters. td slay Cloninger said ile that_proceg|use Immec ates Canis 8 ere containing over 1,300 names to the board at the January 24 meeting, but the board did not take them. Commissioners voted 5-1 to call for the election. “The bottom line of what the board did Monday night was to deny the people the right to Finger Services Held Funeral services for Belle Miller Finger were conducted at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 11 am. Saturday by the Reverend Harwood Smith. Mrs. Finger came to Kings Mountain in October of 1912 and had been a member of this church since 1913. Daughter of the late Victoria Virginia Rudisill and Clarence Preston Miller, Mrs. Finger was born October 12, 1890 in Lin- coln County and married Oc- tober 2, 1912 to Frederick Eli Finger. She is survived by one daughter. Sarah Warren and three sons. Fred, Carl, and Dan Funeral Services Held For Vera Cooper, 92 Vera Mauney Cooper, 92, of 107 North Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, died Sunday at 4:45 a.m. at Kings Mountain Convalescent Center. A Kings Mountain native, she was the daughter of the late Jacob S. and Margaret Rudisill Mauney, and the widow of the late Dr. Edgar Caudius Cooper, a Lutheran minister. She was a member of St. Mat- thew’s Luterhan Church, The United Daughters of the Con- federacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club. Hanover, She was a graduate of Elizabeth College in Charlotte. Survivors include one son, Rev. Edgar Cooper of New Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. George (Margaret) Plonk of Kings Mountain; eight grand- children and 18 great- grandchildren. Services were conducted Tues- day at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. Harwood Smith and the Rev. Gerald Weeks. Burial was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Funeral Services Held For Helen Blanton, 58 Helen Ramsey Blanton, 58, of 58 Canterbury Road, Kings Mountain, died Sunday at Cleveland Memorial Hospital. " A native of Kings Mountain, she was the daughter of the late Earl Logan and Lola Falls Ramsey, and was married to the late Donald W. Blanton. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and a retired employee of First Union Na- tional Bank. : She is survived by one brother, Charles F. Ramsey Sr. of Kings Mountain; one sister, Mrs. Nell Hedrick of Kings Mountain; a niece, Mrs. Mary Beth Sellers of Charlotte; and a, nephew, Charles E. Ramsey. Jr. of Kings Mountain. Services were conducted Tues- day at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. Harwood Smith. Burial was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Radiation Department at Cleveland Memorial Hospital. Finger all of Kings Mountain; one sister, Bess Miller Plaxco of Clemson Downs, S.C., nine grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. 4 Mrs. Finger was a charter member of the Thursday After- noon Book Club, an active member of the Women’s Club for many years and president when the Club House was built in the early thirties, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Town and Country Garden Club. She worked in the alteration depart- ment of Plonk’s Department Store for many years and was still active there at age 85. Pallbearers included Joe A. Neisler, Jr., Hugh M. Neisler, Robert. P. Neisler, James E. An- thony, Jr., S. Robert Suber, Jr., and James E. Herndon, Jr. Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Report To People The Kings Mountain District Schools annual “Report to the People” is included in your Herald today. The tabloid supplement, writ- ten by school administrators and teachers, features past ac- complishments and future hopes of the schools. The cost of the publication was made possible by 14 area businesses, whose names are printed on the back page. : The publication includes feature stories and pictures from all of the district schools, in- cluding Kings Mountain High School, Kings Mountain Junior High, Central Middle School, and Grover, East, West, North and Bethware elementary schools. Lenten Service Wednesday Wednesday, within Central United Methodist Church from 12:05 - 1:00, a Worship Service and Fellowship lunch will be shared with the community. A minimum $1.00 donation per person is asked for each lunch. The worship leader for February 23 is the Reverend Harwood Smith of St. Matthews Lutheran . Church and . the message will be given by the Reverend Eric M. Faust of First Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be served at 12:30. PROTESTING LIQUOR - This sign stated the thoughts of several citizens who attended Monday night's City Council meeting. Over 200 citizens packed the council chambers and February 23, . vote,” Cloninger said Tuesday. “The process that was followed in requesting the election was legal in all respects and adequate- ly explained to the board by me that night.” : Supporters of the dry. effort have claimed since January 24 that Cloninger’s petitions were il- legal since they were not prepared by the Elections Board, and questioned whether the citizens’ names on the petition lived inside the city limits. “I told the board that the peti- tions were to be used as suppor- tive evidence of the citizens’ re- quest to call for the election,” Cloninger said. “The action of the board on February 14 shows the in- decisiveness of our board, not only on the issue of allowing the ‘people to vote in an ABC referendum, but in any other, lobby of the Governmental Services Facilities =» ® Nn € fmm e = ou DB eenfal Bre, TER Is ss Se 2 Trpetitions “AL for a future election, wé | 9808¢ *9AY FUOUPDTJ AzeaqTT TeTAOWAN Aaunen REV. EUGENE LAND -..Presents request to board issue that may come before them. The reversal of the January 24 decision shows ex=" treme ineptness on their part. “I believe their decision on February 14 was politically motivated in that the pony sioners felt the POBYC Ying blowins inne direction that . “showed extreme un- night, and SBOY concern for EHOSe people who had executed the petitions in- tially and wanted the right to vote on April 12, « firmly believe that the com- missioners have ignored the ma- jority of the citizens who only want to exercise their right to go tothe polls and decide the issue for. themselves,” Cloninger add- Cr { will begin immediately the peti- tion process by requesting from the Board of Elections and ask- ing some of these same people who have executed one petition to execute yet another so that they might exercise their con- stitutional right to vote. This issue of an ABC store will in no way fall by the wayside. Enough people want to exercise their right to vote and my committee intends to do everything in their power to see that that right is granted.” In presenting his request Mon- day night, Rev. Land said citizens had voted down liquor referendums twice -in the past and his group is “strongly oppos- ed to the city in which we live , the city which we love, going in- to the business of selling whiskey and allowing beer and wines to be sold.” Land said he could understand how the board might not have been clear on the ABC laws at the January 24 meeting, since the law “was not read to you and Turn To Page 4 Photo by Gary Stewart Center and urged the board to recind its re- cent action which called for an ABC, beer and wine referendum in the city. The rescinded the action. board

Page Text

This is the computer-generated OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It may be empty, if no text could be automatically recognized. This data is also available in Plain Text and XML formats.

Return to page view