sbhuty f Her ii THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29,1983 al Jedd 3 Sl wg - KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA Photo by Gary Stewart KEVIN S CORNER - Ons ord of the Mack Homose room in Kings Mountain displays awards £2 an momentos from Kevin Mack's outstanding high school and college football career. He ~ closed out his collegiate season Christmas Da fensive Player for the Gray team in its 17- : Classic in } Monigomery. Ala. ty by being selected the Most Outstanding Of- 13 win over the Blue in the annual Blue- -Gray ‘Mack Voted Best Back In Blue-Gray Classic By GARY STEWART Managing Editor With a successful four-year career and record-breaking senior season behind him, Clem- son football standout Kevin Mack of Kings Mountain is now looking forward to a possible pro football career. He’s anxiously awaiting pro football tryouts in January and February, the USFL draft on January 4 and the NFL draft i in April. Mack feels his best shot at making the pros will be at tailback rather than fullback, the position he played his Bast three years at Clemson. “I'd prefer to go to the NFL he said while relaxing at home over the Christmas holidays. “But it really doesn’t matter. Both are real good leagues and the USFL is beginning to sign a some big name people.” Mack has been contacted by numerous pro scouts and all of them say he’ll be drafted. “All of them say I'll definitely be a tailback,” he says. “That makes ‘me happy.” Mack was a record-setting tailback his senior year at Kings Mountain High, when he gained 1,585 yards. He was recruited as a defensive back by Clemson, but he never practiced nor - played a play on defense. “l really don’t know what made them change their mind,” Mack said. “I would rather have played tailback in college, but 1 had to play what was available to me at the time. I'm not disap- pointed that I was moved to fullback.” Mack gained 862 yards rushing this past season to break the single season rushing record for a Clemson fullback. Fred Cone gained 845 yards in 1950. He topped the 100-yard mark in three games and had a career- high 186 yards against Maryland. 3 He closed out his career Christmas Day by helping lead the South team to a 17-13 win over the North in the annual Blue-Gray Game in Mon- tgomery, Ala. He gained 36 yards rushing in four carries and caught twa passes for nine yards. He was voted the outstanding back of the Gray team. “Pm glad 1 got to play,” said Mack, who started at fullback for the Gray team and gained 18 yards on the first offensive play of the game. “But if I'd had my choice, I would rather have gone to a bowl game with the rest of Turn To Page 8-A By ELIZABETH STEWART As the strains of Auld Lang Syne, traditional harbinger of a brand New Year ring out in Kings Mountain Saturday night, Kings Mountain area citizens can look back on 365 news-filled days in which they could recall good times and bad, happiness and sadness. But, generally Kings Moun- tain area citizens had their share of good news during the year which ends at midnight Satur- day. Headlines of The Kings Mountain Herald recount again the major news events of 1983. The New Year brought an upswing in industrial activity and more people were working in December 1983 than in December 1982 with the economy taking a turn for the better. And, the State Highway Department officially opened the U.S. 74-85 interchange east of Kings Mountain, although the weather slowed the opening in December of the Cansler Street section of the mammoth project, there were indications the project would be completed by the end of January 1984. Kings Mountain citizens elected a new city commissioner from District 1 in the person of Irvin M. (Tootie) Allen, Jr. and returned incumbent Mayor John Henry Moss to his 19th year at City Hall. For incumbent Com- missioner Corbet Nicholson, it was a close victory as he narrow- ly defeated political newcomer Ronnie Franks in a run-off elec- tion. Jim Childers was defeated in his bid for re-election to District 1 after serving the city eight years. The Kings Mountain Board of Education faced a money crunch in 1983 and some teacher con- tracts were not renewed. It was also an election year for the KM District Schools and Doyle Campbell became the newest school trustee while Bill McDaniel was elected chairman of the board. There were many deaths dur- ing 1983 and residents were sad- dened by the passing of a large number of prominent citizens. The yearend review from January-December! Turn To Page 4-A Citizens Awaiting Arrival Of 1984 Kings Mountain citizens were preparing this week to welcome the arrival Saturday at midnight of the New Year, A.D. 1984. Housewives were purchasing blackeyed peas and hog jowl for the traditional good luck piece de resistance, and numerous other citizens were getting ready for the customary New Year’s Eve revelry. Club and private parties are in order for Saturday evening with the arrival of the New Year signaling the end of the current, busy holiday season, Post 155 American Legion is sponsoring a New Years Eve dance, open to the public, on Saturday evening from 9 until midnight. “The Legend” is book- ed for the club dance and ad- vance ticket sales, which are go- ing good, are $12 per couple. Ad- mission at the door is $15 per couple. Club Manager Butch Broome says citizens planning to come to the dance need to arrive early to ensure good seats and that after 100 couples purchase tickets that no more will be sold to avoid overcrowding of the. ballroom. Majority of Kings Mountain citizens resumed regular duties Tuesday though others, in- cluding the school population, had another week for rest and relaxation. KM District Schools reopen on Tuesday. Generally speaking all of Kings Mountain industry will be back in action on Monday, Jan. 2: Some merchants reopened the day after Christmas and faced plenty of work. Business has been brisk all this week, in- cluding both sales and exchange, and merchants are advertising Turn To Page 9-A REP. JIM MARTIN Jim Martin To Speak U.S. Congressman Jim Mar- tin, a Republican candidate for Governor of North Carolina, will be guest speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 5th, meeting of the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club at 6:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Martin, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1972, serves as a senior member of the powerful House Commit- tee on Ways and Means. He has been chairman of the Republican Task Force on Health and a ‘member of the House Committee on the Budget. City Will Absorb Gas Hike Kings Mountain natural gas customers will get a New Year’s present from the mayor and board of city commissioners. Mayor John Moss said yester- day that he will recommend to the board Thursday at the noon meeting at City Hall that the city absorb the recent six cents per dekatherm hike to the city by the city’s supplier, Transcon- tinental Pipeline Corporation. “We are happy that the city is In a position to absorb this in- crease so that we will not have to pass the higher costs on to citizens”, said the Mayor. “This 1s a New Year's present we are very happy to be able to give”, he added. King Winter roared into Kings Mountain and brought a Christmas present that few peo- ple liked, the coldest weather in recent history. Below-freezing temperatures that began last Wednesday have not let up since the weatherma says the worst hasn’t arrived. Zero degree temperatures in this area on Christmas Day were the coldest ever. Some citizens were still experiencing frozen water pipes this week. Freezing rains last Wednesday caused power outage in the Bethlehem section of the community and ice on bridges resulted in a five car pileup on the KM RAMP OF I-85 East coming into the ci- ty. Although winter officially ar- rived at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, low temperatures and winds caused icy precipitation as early as last Wednesday. The mercury hasn’t climbed above freezing all week. Christmas Day 1983 was a sharp contrast to Christmas Day 1982 when temperatures were near record highs. The high for Dec. 25, 1982 was a balmy 72 degrees and the day’s low was 54. The entire nation shivered in the cold this holiday season and more winter weather is on the way. City firemen doused three chimney fires during the holiday period. Lt. Bud Ware said firemen were called Christmas Eve to the home of Leonard Wright, 821 Floyd St., on Dec. 26th to the home of Charles Summers, 915 Sharon Drive, and on Tuesday, Dec. 27th to the home of Mike McDaniel, 608 Hillside Drive. No damage was reported at either residence. “I think they all built their fires up too big”, said Ware. Walt Ollis, of the city’s Water and Sewer Department, said that more people had called Tuesday to complain of frozen water pipes than at any other time dur- ing the holiday period. He said he had received as many as 20 calls on Tuesday and several calls about frozen pipes on Mon- day. He said there were no power outages due to Wednes- day’s ice but city crews had cut limbs away from wires during the past few weeks and this was time well spent”, according to Ollis. “We're just keeping our fingers crossed that the winter storm won't come as expected”, he said. Kings Mountain Rescue Squad reported no serious in- juries from wrecks occuring dur- ing the holiday period. Three people were treated at the hospital and released early Satur- day after their car ran up under a tractor-trailer on Stateline Road 161, Lt. Roy Hammett said. I | The frigid temperatures on Christmas morning resulted in some inconvenience to citizens attending church services. First Presbyterian church congrega- tion had no heat in the church, so the pastor and members built a fire in the Recreation Building and sat around the fireplace for a worship service. The pastor reminded the congregation dur- ing the children’s sermon that Mary and Jesus had no place to stay and had to have make-shift quarters for the birth of the Christ Child. Quiet Yule Season Reported By Police Police reported no arrests dur- ing the holiday period, answered three larceny complaints and reported slight damages and no injuries in two accidents, neither of which occurred on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. “It was really a quiet holiday in Kings Mountain”, said Police Bloodmobile Here Jan. 12 The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Kings Mountain Thursday, Jan. 12th, for a one- day visit at First Baptist Church. Donors will be processed from 12:30 until 6 p.m. Goal of the collection is 150 pints of blood. “Blood 1s in critical demand at the holiday season and we en- courage everyone to come oul and support the bloodbank”, said city fireman Bill Herndon. Secretary Marti Blanton. Police are investigating these complains from citizens: Ken- neth Cash, 308 Fulton St., larceny of centerpiece from hub- caps, valued at $108; Pantry, King St., larceny of cap valued at $2.39; Patsy Jolley, Route §, larceny of billfold containing $80 in cash from a foodbasket af Food Lion, and James Walker, 800 Linwood Road, larceny of gun valued at $80. Two automobiles collided in the parking lot of Westgate Shopping Center on Dec. 22 resulting in $900 damages to vehicles. The cars were operated by Jacqueline Goforth of Charlotte and Kathy Clack of Third Street. Cars operated by High, of Melissa Jacksonville, and Turn To Page 5-A Happy New Year! List Your Taxes January is just around the cor- ner..and so is the time for all citizens to list their taxes. Tax listing for the city of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County will begin Monday at the Governmental Services Facilities Center. Tax listers will be in the lobby of the center each weekday from 8:30 until 5 p.m. to list area citizens’ taxes. There will be no Saturday listing in Kings Moun- tain. Tax listers will be in Grover two Saturdays during the month of January, on January 14th and January 28th, from 8:30 am. until. 1 p.m. at the Grover Rescue Squad. Citizens who do not list their taxes during the month of January will be subject to late- listing fees. *U3IN 9808¢ 001 Aaunep 0 p. Qu uou TR TIOWIN tr *9AY AxexqrT ~r

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