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Runoffs Set In Districts 3 And 4
Moss, Allen Win Seats
The voters of Kings Mountain
“gave a hoot and voted for
Toot” Tuesday.
Irvin “Tootie” Allen, who us-
ed “Give A Hoot-Vote For
Toot” as his campaign slogan,
unseated Jim Childers by an
almost two to one margin to win
WAITING FOR RESULTS - City commissioners Norman King. right. and Corbet Nicholson.
left, and District Four candidate Harry “Dutch” Wilson. center, talk Tuesday night ‘at the
community center while awaiting the count of votes in the city election. Nicholson and King
led their tickets but did not get enough votes to win without a runoff.
Schools To Ease Traffic Congestion
The Kings Mountain Board of
Education Monday night ap-
proved plans for improving the
traffic flow at West Elementary
School and Kings Mountain
junior and senior high schools.
The school system is presently
constructing a new drive along
the west side of the property at
West School, with the entrance
planned off Mountain Street and
the exit onto Goforth Street.
The system plans to ease some
of the traffic congestion at the
junior and senior high by mak-
ing a road to run behind the high
school and around the KMHS
baseball field to the junior high.
The road will be used by the 12
buses which transport both
junior and senior high students
and will cut the bus traffic on
Phifer Road in half.
Assistant Superintendent
Larry Allen said that grading is
completed on the West School
project and curbing and gutter-
ing was scheduled for Wednes-
day. Paving and sidewalk work
should be completed by
. November 5.
The West School PTO has
undertaken a beautification pro-
ject of the school grounds and
Field Is Complete
For School Board Race
The field is set for next
month’s Kings Mountain School
Board election.
Eight persons are seeking the
two inside and two outside city
seats, which are available for
terms ranging from two to six
Paul Hord Jr., who was ap-
pointed earlier this year to fill
According to several school
board candidates, many
citizens who live outside the
city limits think they cannot
vote in the November 8 Kings
Mountain School Board elec-
tion. Any registered voter
who resides in the school
district is eligible to vote.
the seat of Harold Lineberger
until the November election, is
unopposed for the two years re-
maining on Lineberger’s term.
Lineberger resigned the position
when he moved to Gaston
The other two present board
members-Kyle Smith and Bill
McDaniel-face opposition, and
there is a two-man race for the
four years remaining on the term
of Jerry Ledford, who resigned
several months ago. No one was
appointed to fill Ledford’s seat
since his resignation came so
close to election time.
McDaniel, who lives outside
the city limits, faces a challenge
from Grover druggist Quint Mc-
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will plant shrubs and flowers
over a period of several years.
The new road will be double
lane, Allen said, and 14 parking
spaces will be added on the west
side of the grounds for teacher
parking. The road will be closed
to the public during school
hours, Allen said, but will be us-
ed for parking for PTO and
other school activities.
The project is necessary due to
the heavy flow of traffic on
Mountain Street during loading
hours, Allen said. When the pro-
ject is complete, students in
grades kindergarten through se-
the District One Commissioner’s
seat and was the only clear win-
ner in the three council races in
Tuesday’s city election.
Mayor John Henry Moss won
his eighth term in office. In-
cumbents Corbet Nicholson and
Norman King led the ticket in.
districts three and four, but their
nearest competitors, Ronald
Franks and Rev. M.L. Camp-
bell, announced that they would
call for a runoff, Those runoffs
will be held on November 8.
Luther Bennett, chairman of
the City Elections Board, said
Franks and Campbell have until
noon Monday to submit written
requests for a runoff.
Allen, the owner of Kings
Mountain Trucking Inc., who
was seeking political office for
the first time, out-distanced
Childers 1,295 votes to 687
votes to take the District One
commissioner’s seat. Childers
had held the position for the past
eight years. Allen led by 837 to
481 at the Armory, the two can-
didates’ home precinct, and by
458 to 206 at the community
The large margin of victory
surprised everyone who crowded
into the community center to
await word of the count.
“Pm really surprised at the
margin,” Allen said. “I think we
ran a real good, clean campaign,
vvaid I think Jan Chiiders has)
done a fine job. It was just ong
«of those things.”
cond or third grade will load and
unload on the new drive, and
older student will continue to
load and unload in front of the
“We anticipate that this will
completely remove any cars
parked on Mountain Street,”
Allen said.
In addition to the driveway
project, a sidewalk will be built
around the back of the school,
connecting the new drive to the
present paved area on the east
side of the school.
The grading work on the road
project at the high school and
A total of 1,999 voters went
to the polls on the cool, rainy
day. Voting early Tuesday mor-
ning was very light at both
precincts, election officials said,
but as the day went on the lines
picked up.
Bennett had predicted a tur-
nout of 1,800 but most people
felt the rain would lessen that
figure. Many long-time residents
of the city said the turnout was
as good as they could remember.
One man said he remembered
just one time when the turnout
for a commissioner-mayor’s elec-
tion topped 2,000.
Mayor Moss, who has been in
office 18 years, ran away from
Gilbert “Pee Wee” Hamrick
even though Hamrick made his
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Photos by Gary Stewart
BIG WINNER - Irvin “Tootie” Allen, right, i with Ti
Gladdan.atihe community Senter us citizens
Hed ne of-
ficial count of votes in Tuesday's city election. Allen, seeking
political office for the first time, received 1,295 votes to win the
District One council seat over incumbent Jim Childers.
junior high will be done free of
charge, Superintendent William
Davis said.
The system also plans to close
the present entrance to the
junior high and build a new en-
trance and new exit, which will
allow more parking and better
flow of traffic.
The road project should be
completed soon, Davis said, but
the new driveway project in
front of the junior high won’t be
completed until next summer.
Allen said there is an “old
wagon road bed” behind the
high school now and there’s a
culvert a creek which the road
“We can widen the road with
a minimal amount of grading,”
Allen said.
Allen said six of the 12 junior
t high-senior high buses will be
parked at each school and they
will meet each other as they go
to pickup students.
“When students are loaded,
the six buses leaving the high
school will leave toward Shelby
Road and most of the ones leav-
ing the junior high will go
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UF Drive At 26 Percent
Kings Mountain United Way
has reached 26% of the $71,000
goal as they entered the third
week of the fund drive.
At a progress meeting held
Monday at the Holiday Inn, Bill
Davis, Campaign Chairman
reported that $18,205.78 had
been raised for the drive. Cur-
rently, only 13% of the $47,600
Industrial Goal has been met,
with Foote Mineral being the
leading contributor to date. In-
dustrial contributions must carry
over half of the needed pledges
to fund local United Way Ac-
Kings Mountain Hospital has
also been a big leader in this
drive meeting 190% of their
goal. According to Ron Bagwell,
Director of Nursing and
Hospital Campaign Director,
their employees have pledged a
total of $5,698.98 this far into
the campaign.
Local agencies which will
benefit from this drive include
the American Red Cross, the
Community Organization for
Drug Abuse Prevention, the
The Kiwanis Club Travelogue
series will begin Tues., Oct. 18 at
7:30 p.m. at B.N. Barnes
Auditorium with the showing of
“The Badlands of Our Country’s
West. Tickets for the four-film
series may be purchased for $10
at Bridges Hardware. Tickets at
the door will be $3.
Piedmont Council Boy Scouts,
the Pioneer Council Girl Scouts,
Grover and Kings Mountain
Rescue Squads, the Cleveland
County Shelter Home, the Kings
Mountain Ministerial Associa-
tion, the Salvation Army, Men-
tal Health, the Kings Mountain
Boys Club and the Committee
for the Disabled.
The local United Way also
supports a number of state and
national agencies including the
Arthritis Foundation, the
Children’s Home Society and the
National Council on Aging,
The fund drive will officially
end November 7.
STORE ITEMS - Pictured above are three members of the Kings Mountain Woman's Club
with items that will be sold in “Ye Ole Country Store” at the Woman's Club autumn festival
Wed., Oct. 19, The store will open at 11 a.m. Left to right are Mrs. Don Crawford, Mrs. Robert
Crawford and Mrs. Robert Whiteside.

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