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Changes Made
Charles Neisler, Chairman of
the local Board of Directors of
First Union National Bank, an-
nounced changes in the leader-
ship of the Kings Mountain of-
L.E. (Josh) Hinnant has been
named Senior Business Develop-
ment Officer and John A.
Young assumes the role of City
Hinnant has served as Kings
Mountain City Executive and
Vice President since 1967. He
began his banking career in 1948
on Aging, The Kings Mountain
Hospital Board of Directors, and
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
In his new position, Mr. Hinnant
will head up public relations and
business development.
Young is a 1972 High Point
College graduate wth a degree in
Human Relations. He transfer-
red to Kings Mountain, last
May, frem FUNB in Winston-
Salem. The Reidsville native
began his career in banking in
1976. After college he worked as
an executive for the Boy Scouts’
of America in Laurinburg. His
Civic activities include:
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Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Central
United Methodist Church, and
the Kings Mountain County
Crime Commission Head
To Speak Here Thursday
Gordon Smith, Executive
Director of the Governor’s
Crime Commission, will be guest
speaker at Thursday” s meeting of
the Kings Mountain Rotary
Club. It will be at noon at the
Holiday Inn.
A native of Raleigh, Smith
holds a B.A. in Political Science
from the University of North
Carolina and a M.S. in Sociology
from N.C. State University.
Following graduation from
UNC in 1966, he worked as a
Peace Corps volunteer in India
for three years.
He joined the Governor’s
Crime Commission in 1970 as a
Law Enforcement Planning
Specialist and later held positions
as Corrections Planning
Specialist and Director of Plann-
ing and Evaluation for Criminal
Justice prior to being named Ex-
ecutive Director in 1977.
KMLT To Present
Arsenic And Old Lace
Mortimer Brewster, New
Y ork Drama Critic, has just ask-
ed Elaine Harper, daughter of an
Episcopal minister, for her hand
in marriage, and she accepts.
What could mar this beautiful
day for Mortimer? Just about
everything once he enters his
aunts’ home in Brooklyn!
First, Mortimer (Chip
Caldwell) finds a body in the
window seat, and discovers that
his sweet spinster aunts, Martha
(Nan Jean Grant) and Abby
(Linda Knight) have been
poisoning elderly gentlemen.
Before he can resolve this situa-
tion, his sinister brother
Jonathan (Reb Weisner) returns
to the family hore accompanied
by his personal plastic surgeon,
Dr. Einstein (Steve Marlowe)
and their luggage, including a
dead body.
As if this weren’t complicated
enough, Mortimer also has to
put up with another not quite
sane brother, Teddy (Wayne
Wilson) who thinks he’s
Theodore Roosevelt, cops runn-
ing in and out of the house,
Elaine (Susan Johnson) who is
trying to figure what’s wrong
with her fiancee all of a sudden
Kings Mountain Little
Theatre will present “Arsenic
and Old Lace”, Friday and
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday
afternoon at 3 p.m. in Park
Grace Auditorium.
Admission is $4 for adults and
$2 for students, with discounts
available for groups.
The show will also be
presented next‘weekend, March
8 and 9 at 8 p;m. and March 10
at 3 p.m. ¥
News Editor
March power bills will reflect
a 8.4 increase from Duke Power
Company which the city 1s pass-
ing on to its customers.
The city board of commis
sioners Monday night in a
lengthly session’ took the recom-
mendation of its consulting
engineers “reluctantly” and
authorized the increase.
W.H. Little. Jr.. engineer for
Southeastern Consulting
Engineers, said that Dukes in-
creased wholesale rate will cost
$30,000 more each momith or
$357,843.00 to the city.
Little said Duke has proposed
to the Federal Power Commis-
sion a whopping 14.9 increase
but has apparently settled “for
the next five months” for 11.9
percent. Little said he calculated
an across-the-boards retail rate to
recover the additional charges by
Duke to the city.
Reviewing the city’s cost of
purchased power, Little explain-
ed that some cities
into an Energy Conservation
tion and ventilation, unless
brand new residences. Little said
the minumum rate increase
would offset the additional pur-
chase power cost.
Commissioner Jim Dickey and
Commissioner Norman King
strongly objected to Duke’s rais-
ing the rate without notifying
the commissioner prior to Feb.
27th when the rate went into-ef-
fect March 2. Little said the pro-
posed rates were filed with the
KM Boy
By Car
An 11-year-old Kings Moun-
tain boy was struck and killed by
a car Saturday near Shelby.
Dead is Michael Dwayne
Krueger of 1222 Wales Road,
Kings Mountain. According to
the State Highway Patrol, he ran
into the path of an oncoming car
on State Road 2044, 5.4 miles
east of Shelby.
The driver of the car, Harvey
Lee Degree, 49, of Shelby, was
charged with driving while in-
Michael was the son of
Charles Williard and Margaret
Moran Krueger of 1222 Wales
Road. He and his family recently
moved here from Michigan.
He was a native of DuPage.
1ll., and a member of Christ the
King Catholic Church. Burial
will be in New Calvary
Cemetery in Flint. Mich.
In addition to his parents, he is
survived by a sister, Kathy
Krueger of the home; paternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Willard E. Krueger of Weaton,
Ill.; and maternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Moran of, Mich.
The Kings Mountain School
Board will meet Mon., Mar. 5 at
7:30, at the Schools Administra-
tion Building. The meeting was
rescheduled from the second
Monday of the month so board
members Doyle Campbell and
Paul Hord can attend the North
Carolina School Boards seminar
in High Point March 12-13.
are looking .
specific requirements for insula
Federal Power Commission six
months ago. but untortunately
citizens read about the increases
in the newspapers first. Dickey
suggested it is time that King
Mountain folk go before the
Federal Power Commission and
make formal complaints. Little
observed that average citizens’
protest get very little action and
suggested that if that the city
took this route to seek legal
counsel in the area of Raleigh to
take the formal complaints (o
In a related matter, NMavor
John Moss named a hivdro elec
tric committee with Commis-
sioner Jim Dickey as chairman
and other members being Curtis
Gaffney, ILM. Allen, W. Nor-
man King, all commissioners,
and the Mayor which would
ultimately mean the city would
be using Moss Lake as a very
viable, vital source of generating
electric power. “Thinking about
what we have just done in upp-
ing the rates, I think this a
golden opportunity. Hyrdo is
cleans: renev able and
Electrical Rates
Going Up Again
save every Kilowatt we can”,
Dickey added.
Mayor Moss also was
authorized by the board 10
develop a plan for a Kings
Mountain utilities District.
which Commissioner Houston
declared is the second most
strategic move for the city with
the construction of Noss I ake as
number one. “We have the
water and sew er capabilities and
now is the time to move
forward”, said the Mayor. Moss
said that he had gathered data of
economic growth from
Charlotte-Mecklenburg and
Spartanburg Districts, “As you
travel around this section of the
state your readily recognize ur-
ban growth and the city needs to
take advantage of its economic
oportunities”, he said.
After a review of the city zon-
ing ordinances by Woody Hor-
ton, North Carolina Division of
Community Planning, Natural
Rescources and Community
Development, and a public hear-
ing conducted by Wilson Griffin,
chairman of the Kings Mountai
Planning a 0
board sect March 12th at 9:30
p.m. for the second public hear-
ing on adoption of the zoning
map, which was last revised in
1976. The update incorporates
all the zoning changes which had
been penciled or inked in on the
1976 map and also reflects the
U.S. 74 By-Pass of Kings Moun
tain and points out property
lines. The zoning text, which is
unchanges from the 1976 map,
spells out clearly what is allowed
in the various classifications for
single, two family, multiple,
residential office, etc. dwellings.
How variences can be granted is
also spelled out and how permits
are obtained and zoning districts
established. Members of the
Kings Mountain Planning Board
and Board of Adjustments have
been meeting regularly with
other city officials to update the
map, along with representatives
of the N.C. Division of Com-
munity Planning. Other
members of the boards who were
present were Fred W. Plonk, M.
are organizers of a new Kings Mountain Real-
Hal S. Plonk, Larry
ty Group. From left,
Photo by Lib Stewart
Hamrick, Mayor John Henry Moss and Mrs.
Ruby Moss Alexander, chairman. The group
held its first meeting Monday.
Real Estate Group
Organized H
Kings Mountain Real Estate
Group was officially organized
Monday at a luncheon meeting
of 10 active and five associate
members at Holiday Inn.
Joining the group are
Reynolds Realty, W&W Con-
struction Co., Charlie Carpenter,
Jo Ann and Don Agency, Phillip
Bunch and Rita Ferguson, Hal
Plonk, Charlene Ellis, Alex-
ander Realty, Ruby Alexander,
Janell Droz, Sandra Wilson,
Jerry King, Larry Hamrick Real-
ty, Larry Hamrick, Sr., Larry
Hamrick, Jr., Evelyn Hamrick,
Betty Sue Morris, B.F. Maner,
Bobby Maner, and Boo Maner.
Associate members are Branch
Banking & Trust, Frank Cagle;
First Citizens, Charles
Hamilton; First Union National,
Steve Huffstetler; First Federal
Savings & Loan, Gary Whitaker
and Home Federal Savings &
Loan, Tom Tate.
Mayor John Henry Moss
welcomed the new group and
said it was the result of much
hard work over many years. The
organization effort has been led
by Ruby Alexander and Larry
Hamrick, with assistance from
other realtors in the No. 4
Township area. Hal S. Plonk, in-
troduced by Mrs. Alexander as
“the daddy of Kings Mountain
realtors” compared the growth
of the area from the time he
became dealing with real estate
in 1946 after graduating from
N.C. State and a hitch with Un-
cle Sam. Back in that period, he
said a 453 tract of land cost
$215.00 an acre and said that a
1500 square foot house co*'1 be
bought for $3,000. He credited
the late Bright Ratterree as the
dean of Kings Mountain
realtors, and talked briefly about
the development of Ashley Park,
Ashbrook Park, and Crescent
Hill, three residential areas of the
city where he was a developer.
ere Monday
He said it was harder back in
1936 to get financing through
savings and loan institutions and
praised local financial institu-
tions who have played a large
role in development of residen-
tial areas in town over the years.
Bob F. Maner, who introduc-
ed members, said that the five
associate members had paid dues
as well as active members and
that associate members had also
donated $100 each to help
defray the costs of organization.
Attorney Andy Neisler explain-
ed briefly the legal process of
organizing a Board of Realtors
and Larry Hamrick, Sr. explain-
ed that a local realty group will
function as a trade association to
promote real estate in No. 4
Township area, which will also
include Grover and Crowders
Mountain. Four members of the
group, Hamrick, Maner, Alex-
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