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"VOL. 96 NUMBER 39
The field is complete for the
Kings Mountain commissioner
and mayor’s election on Tues.,
Oct. 11. Filing ended last week
with three more citizens joining
the commissioners’ race and one
resident coming out in Opposi-
tion to Mayor John Henry
Gilbert “Pee Wee” Hamrick,
an unsucessful candidate in the
last mayor’s election, filed
Wednesday with City Elections
Board Chairman Luther Ben-
Filing for the District Four
commissioners’ race were Danny
McAbee and Clara Flowers
Ross, and filing for the District
Three commissioners’ race was
Frank Wright.
Eleven citizens are seeking the
three commissioners seats which
are available for four-year terms.
The seats of District One Com-
‘missioner Jim Childers, District
Three Commissioner Corbet
Nicholson and District Four
available. All three are seeking
_ re-election.
Childers, seeking his third
four-year term, is opposed by Ir-
vin “Tootie” Allen. Nicholson is
opposed by Ronald Franks, T.C.
“Red” McKee and Wright. King
faces opposition from Harry
“Dutch” Wilson, Rev. M.L.
Campbell, Mrs. Ross and
In announcing for the District
Four seat, McAbee said he is
especially interested in the youth
and senior citizens programs and
would like to see street im-
provements and water im-
“I would like to see lower rates
for all utilities, more street im-
provements, and more recrea-
tional facilities, such as bowling
and skating,” he said. “If elected,
I will serve the citizens of Kings
Mountain to the best of my abili-
ty. Everyone’s prayers, support
and vote will be greatly ap-
McAbee is single and resides
THURSDAY, September 15, 1983
Field Complete
For City Election
with his mother at 804 Second
Street. He is employed by Mac’s
Grocery, 900 North Piedmont
Avenue. He is an active member
of Second Baptist Church, where
he is involved in the music and
recreational programs.
Mrs. Ross is a lifelong resident
of the city and lives with her hus-
band, Richard G. “Bud” Ross at
201 Fairview Street. They have
two daughters, Donna (Mrs.
Mike) Boheler of Lexington,
S.C., and Sharon Ross of Kings
Mountain. She is a member of
First Wesleyan Church, where
she serves on the church board,
is an assistant Sunday School
teacher and tithing secretary.
She has been employed for the
past seven years in the business
loan department of Branch
Banking and Trust in Gastonia.
“My decision to run for city
commissioner in District Four is
not a hasty decision,” Mrs. Ross
said. “For several years I have
contemplated running for this
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Forum For Candidates
Monday At City Hall
The Kings Mountain Positive Action League will
sponsor an open forum for all candidates for city
government offices Monday night at 7:30 at the
Council Chambers of the Governmental Services
Facilities Center (new City Hall).
All candidates have been personally invited and
urged to attend, Rev. Eugene Land, chairman of
the PAL, said. Rev. Land also invites all the in-
terested public to attend and meet the candidates.
Citizens in the northern sec-
tion of the city will receive im-
proved water pressure and better
fire protection when a new
$125,000 water project is com-
pleted on Mon., Sept. 26.
The public works department
is busy this week constructing a
concrete building which will con-
tain three new water pumps to
serve about 1,000 residences in
the Piedmont Avenue-Stowe
Acres areas.
Three 7.5-horsepower pumps
will be used during normal con-
sumption of water, and a new
15-horsepower pump can be
automatically put into action
during fires, Water Superinten-
dent Walt Ollis said.
Two of the 7.5 horsepower
pumps will run simultaneously
and can pump up to 1,500
gallons of water per minute, Ollis
said. The 15-horsepower pump,
which will kick on automatically
anytime a fire hydrant is opened,
can pump 2,000 gallons per
Ollis said the first week of
operation of the new pumps will
be a “fine-tuning” period. “We
expect some minor problems,
simply because some of the pipes
won’t be able to carry the in-
creased pressure,” he said.
But after the kinks are worked
out of the system, citizens in the
northern area of the city will be
very happy, Ollis said.
“Im looking forward to
September 26,” said District
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Photo by Gary Stewart
NEW PUMP STATION - Walt Ollis, Mayor John Henry Moss, and City Commissioner Nor-
man King look over the new water pumps which will serve the Piedmont Avenue area begin-
ning September 26. About 1,000 homes in the northern section of the city will receive improv-
ed water pressure and better fire protection.
Water Project Ok’d
The city board of commis-
sioners Monday night adopted a
resolution to enlarge the city’s
water system to take in addi-
tional residential and industrial
customers in the Oak Grove-
Bethware, and Bethlehem-
Grover areas.
The long-range plan, which
could take about 60 months to
complete, calls for building two-
million gallon storage tanks on
State Road 1400 north of town
and off Margrace Road south of
A 24-inch main line will be
built on S.R. 2033 (Oak Grove
Road) to S.R. 1001 (beside
David Baptist Church), and to
U.S. 74 west of Kings Mountain
at the city limits.
Two additonal 24-inch lines
will be built, one coming down
S.R. 2033 to Highway 216 and
the other down 216 to S.R.
During the second phase of
the project, another line would
go back up Highway 74 to S.R.
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Diane White Davis has an-
nounced that she will run
against Bill McDaniel for the six-
year outside city seat on the
Kings Mountain Board of
Mrs. Davis is a resident of the
Oak Grove Community and is
active in a number of church and
community activities. Her hus-
band, William P. Davis, is a
carpenter and building contrac-
tor and chief of the Oak Grove
Volunteer Fire Department.
They have two sons, Perry, a
Davis To
15-year-old sophomore at Kings
Mountain High School, and
David, a 13-year-old eighth
grader at Kings Mountain
Junior High.
“I have always believed that
our children should be provided
with the best possible educa-
tional opportunities, and I fur-
ther feel that those who have
chosen to make their living by
educating children should be
provided with the means and en-
couragement which they need in
order to competently and expert-
ly teach,” Mrs. Davis said.
“It is my desire to serve on the
Kings Mountain Board of
Education, therefore, I am an-
nouncing my candidacy for the
six-year seat from outside the ci-
ty limits. I sincerely feel that my
past experience from working
within the school system, county
and community during the past
18 years could be beneficial to
the work of the Kings Mountain
School Board and to the citizens
of Kings Mountain,” she said.
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All persons in attendance will be given the oppor-
tunity to ask questions of each candidate.
The Positive Action League will take no position
for or against any candidate, Rev. Land said. The
sole purpose of the forum is to give candidates and
voters an opportunity to discuss those issues vital
has announced that he will seek
a seat on the Kings Mountain
Board of Education in the
November election.
McCoy has not decided
whether he will seek the six-year
outside city seat held by Bill
McDaniel or the two-year out-
side seat held by Paul Hord Jr.
McCoy is the first person to
offer opposition to the present
board members. At this point,
Doyle Campbell is the only per-
son seeking the four-year unex-
pired term of Jerry Ledford, who
resigned recently, and Kyle
Smith is the only person seeking
Smith’s six-year inside city seat.
McCoy has been active in the
Grover PTO for a number of
years and has three children in
the Kings Mountain school
system. Joy is a senior at Kings
Mounain High School, where
she ranks in the top 10
academically in her class, Janelle
is a sixth grader at Central
School, and Mary Lee is in
kindergarten at Grover School.
His fourth child, Quint Jr., is a
graduate of Kings Mountain
High School and is majoring in
electrical engineering at N.C.
State University.
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to good government and a protected society.
“It is hoped that there will be a high interest in
this meeting among our citizens and candidates,”
Rev. Land said.
Quint McCoy To Run
McCoy is a native of Ken-
tucky and was the first of six
children to earn a high school
«diploma. He majored in
economics at Western Kentucky
State University and majored in
pharmacy at Samford Universi-
He moved to Grover in 1967
and opened that town’s first drug
store. He later opened drug
stores in Earl and Blacksburg,
and now works at the
Blacksburg store.
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Funeral Service Held
For Brooks Tate, 81
Brooks Roosevelt Tate, 81, of
811 North Piedmont Avenue,
Kings Mountain, died Thursday
at Kings Mountain Hospital.
A Cleveland County, N.C. .,
native, he was the son of the late
Vance and Florence Crawford
Tate. He was a retired textile
employee and former assistant
superintendent of Kings Moun-
tain Manufacturing Company.
He was a member of Second
Baptist Church, where he was a
deacon and Sunday School
teacher. He was a member of
Fairview Lodge AF&AM No.
339, the Kings Mountain Hous-
ing Authority and the John
Moss Lake Authority.
He is survived by his wife,
Leola Bridges Tate; three sons,
Gene Tate of Portland, Ore., and
Oliver Tate and Fred Tate, both
of Kings Mountain; a brother,
Grady Tate Sr. of Kings Moun-
tain; six sisters, Mrs. Eunice
Cody of Salisbury, Mrs. Lois
Melton of Knoxville, Tenn.,
Mrs. Alma Pruitt of Tucker,
Ga., Mrs. Irene England of Los
Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Mozelle
Putnam and Mrs. Edna Putnam,
‘both of Kings Mountain; nine
grandchildren and six great.
Services were conducted Sun-
day at 3 p.m. at Second Baptist
Church by the Rev. Eugene
Land. Burial was in Patterson
Grove Baptist Church cemetery,
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