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VOL. 96 NUMBER 27
Photo by Lib Stewart
~ MONITOR - Shirley McMurray. a nurse in the Special Care
Unit of Kings Mountain Hospital, explains the mechanics of a
heart monitor during open house Sunday at the renovated
Open House Held
At KM Hospital
Hundreds of King Mountain
area citizens attended Sunday
afternoon’s open house of the
new wing at King Mountain
Visitors were given a tour of
the facility by hospital personnel
and out-patients annually, goes
back to the early 1940’s when
the late Miss Lottie Goforth be-
queathed her estate valued at
$33,000 to build a hospital.
Herald To Close
On July Fourth
The Herald will be closed
Monday, July 4.
All advertisers are urged to
have their copy in by 5 p.m. Fri-
day, if possible.
Society news deadline will be
5 p.m. Friday. News and sports
deadline will be 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“began in 1952 and has continued
Other benefactors, including a
trust fund in excess of $200,000
as a memorial to Herbert
Johnson Plonk, have been given
to aid hospital expansion which
be cho 1X n
special care is équi ped with col-
systems for cardiac and critically
In addition to the many new
services, the expansion provides
34 all-private patient rooms and
the six-bed special care unit on
the second floor which features a
central nursing station with
monitors which provide constant
surveillance to each special care
Three prominent Kings
Mountain doctors, who died
before the new wing was com-
pleted, are memorlized. Plaques
with the names of Dr. J. E. An-
thony, Dr. W. L. Ramseur and
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~ mother to visit a son or daugh
ums which ‘have monitoring
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1983
- KINGS MOUNTAIN, NO
Marlene Smith Hadn’t Seen Mother In 24 Years
By GARY STEWART
Pardon Marlene Smith if you
haven’t seen her out and about
lately. She’s spending most of
her time at her Mountain Street .
home with her mother, who she
hadn’t seen in 24 years until last
Clara L. Guerra of Cuba and
her Kings Mountain daughter
had a tearful reunion Friday at
the Charlotte Airport, and
they’ll be spending 24 hours a
day together until September,
when Mrs. Guerra returns to her
Ms. Smith left Cuba in 1958
after marrying a Marine. She
returned home after the birth of
her first child, Mercedes, in
1959, but that’s the last time
she’s seen her homeland and
most of her family.
“After that the Revolution got
real bad, I went through a
divorce and Castro wasn’t letting
people come into the country ex-
cept at certain times,” Ms. Smith
recalled. “We’ve been keeping in
touch by writing for 24 years.”
Ms. Smith and her mother had
been trying for a year and a half
to get the paperwork done for
her mother’s visit. “We had to
file an affidavit saying how
much money we had in the bank
and proving that she wouldn’t be
dependent of the U.S. govern-
ment,” Ms. Smith said. “The
Cuban government allows a
Cary McKenzie Brigman of
Ridgecrest Road, Gastonia, was -
charged with murder Tuesday
night in connection with the
death Monday night of Curtis
Phillip Anderson of Route 6,
Anderson, a 31-year-old black
man, was killed and his 18-year-
old white girlfriend, Christine
Rayfield of Kings Mountain,
was injured in the parking lot of
the old 400 club on Highway
161 near WKMT Radio Station.
Brigman turned himself in to
Gaston County police Tuesday
night. He was being held in
Gaston County jail without
bond pending a Wednesday
afternoon bond hearing. ;
Gaston County police believe
the Monday night slaying was
and the murder suspect reported-
ly hurled racial slurs back and
forth to each other moments
before at a convenience store on
Cleveland Avenue and again in
the parking lot of the 400 club.
Anderson, an employee of Ac-
tion Security in Gastonia, was
shot three times in the chest and
The City of Kings Mountain
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment will sponsor its annual In-
dependence Day Celebration
Monday from noon until 10:30
p.m. at the Deal Street Park.
A number of activities will be
available for youth and adults,
including swimming pool com-
petition, field events, horseshoe
contests, carpet golf tour-
naments, fashion show, disco
dance, open street dance and a
big fireworks extravaganza.
Ongoing events include kiddie
rides, antique fire truck rides,
pony pictures and ballgames.
Activities will begin at 12
noon with a diving contest at the
Deal Street swimming pool and
the day’s activities will be
climaxed at 10:30 with the an-
nual fireworks extravaganza.
(Sign up at the pool area).
12 noon - Diving contest.
12:30 - Hobo contest.
1 p.m. - Watermelon carry.
1:30 - Cannonball splash.
1:30 - Little League all-star
2 p.m. - Innertube race.
3 p.m. - Non-swimmers potato
3:30 - Penny dive.
The schedule of activities in- -
4 p.m. - Alligator game.
5-8 p.m. - Public swimming.
(Sign up at P.A. tent)
3 p.m. - Pie eating contest.
3:30 - Watermelon eating con-
4 p.m. - Jump rope contest.
4:30 - Hollering contest.
5 p.m. - Chicken chases.
5:30 - Bunny chases.
6 p.m. - Greased pig chase.
6:30 - Greasy pole climb.
7 p.m. - Hole in the barrel run.
1 p.m. - Horseshoe pitching
contest (sign up at horseshoe
1 p.m. - Championship carpet
golf (sign up at course for 4 p.m.
2 pm.4 pm. - Waterslide
(front of Community Center.)
4 p.m. - Championship carpet
8 p.m. - Young persons
8 p.m. - Disco dance.
8 p.m. - Open street dance.
10:30 - Giant fireworks ex-
Fourth Activities Set
4 p.m. - Little league all-star .
WATER SLIDE... Popular part of Fourth
once in the arm. He was dead on
arrival at Kings Mountain
Hospital. Ms. Rayfield was
wounded in the arm. She was
treated and released.
Anderson was reportedly on
his way to work when the
assault occured. According to
statements given by Ms.
.Rayfield to Gaston County
police, the two stopped at a con-
venience store on Linwood Road
a few minutes before the
shooting. She said as they were
leaving the store, Anderson’s car
was almost hit by a white pickup
truck. Anderson and two men in
the truck engaged in a shouting
match and Anderson drove
‘Ms. Anderson said the driver
of the pickup truck pulled in
front of Anderson at the old 400
Club and slammed on his brakes.
Both drove into the parking lot
and got out of their vehicles.
Lt. Robert Stacy of the
Gaston County Police Depart-
ment said Ms. Rayfield told him
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me to stay only eight days. What
can you do in eight days when
you haven't seen each other in
Ms. Smith and her two
children, Mercedes and Tony,
have" kept their mother and
grandmother to themselves since
Friday. But before her visit is up,
they plan to take her on a trip to
the mountains and other local at-
“She really likes Kings Moun-
tain,” Ms. Smith said. “The town
we're from in Cuba is small and
plain. She thinks Kings Moun-
tain is pretty and she’s happier
because she’s here with me and
her grandchldren. We've been
enjoying some Cuban dishes.
She loves to cook.” oy
Ms. Smith and her mothe
spent a few anxious moments
Friday at the airports “Her plane
was seven minutes late and I
thought ‘Oh, my goodness’,” she
said. “Then, WSOC was there to
film her getting off the plane and
they made her wait until last to
‘get off. She was getting nervous
because they wouldn’t let her off
“When she came off the plane,
I just ran over there,” Ms. Smith
went on. “It was so good to see
her. She looks almost the same
as I remember her. She hasn’t
changed much. It’s great to have
Ms. Guerra told her daughter
she wouldn’t mind livin he
nited States, if the re
T.C. “Red” McKee of 501
Rhodes Avenue announced to-
day that he will seek the District
Three Commissioner’s seat in the
October city election.
McKee has been a resident of
Kings Mountain for over 40
years. He and his wife Helen are
members of St. Matthews
Lutheran Church. They have
one son, Dr. Michael McKee,
now living in Burlington, N.C.
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Is Back Zoned
By GARY STEWART
The Kings Mountain Board of
Commissioners, following a one-
hour meeting with unhappy
residents of the Cleveland
Avenue area, Monday night
back-zoned the property of a
Cleveland Avenue woman who
is in the process of turning her
garage into a beauty shop.
Several weeks ago, the board
approved the request of Della
Carter Sexton to rezone her pro-
perty from Residential to
Neighborhood Business. About
30 citizens, led by Clayvon Kelly
and Rufus Fite, presented the ci-
ty board with a petition Monday
night asking it to rescind that ac-
Many of the same citizens had
asked the board to rescind the
action some weeks ago, but the
The board did an about face
Monday after Kelly quoted state
law on “spot” zoning and Rev.
James Singleton, pastor of Grace
United Methodist Church, pro-
mised “to fight you and fight you
hard” if the board did not back
zone the property to residential.
The Cleveland Avenue area
residents claimed the board’ ac-
tion to “spot” zone Ms. Sexton’s
property was illegal in that her
home is located in the middle of
a residential area, and that the
garage in which she planned to
locate the business did not meet
city code standards since the
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