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CONGRATULATIONS
CLASS OF 1984
_VOL. 97 NUMBER 25
GOLD STREET FLOOD - Gale McDaniel of King
Noah's day during Monday
Street failed to take care of all the wat
out his recently-planted garden and ris
McDaniel spent all day Tuesday drilling holds in the foundation
out.
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1984
s Mountain felt like many of the people in
night's thunderstorm here. The city’s drainage system on Gold
er and it went down through McDaniel's yard. wiping
ing as high as the windows on one side of his house.
of his home to let the water
Graduation Set Friday
Commencement exercises for
252 Kings Mountain Senior
High School seniors will begin at
8 p.m. Friday night, June 1, in
John Gamble Memorial
Stadium.
Schools Supt. William Davis
and KMSHS Principal Ronnie
Wilson will present diplomas,
assisted by Co-Chief Marshals
Mary Elizabeth Blanton and
Kevin Scott Ingram.
Holly Elizabeth Dellinger,
secretary of the Class of 1984,
will recognize the honor
graduates and Sandra Lynn
Watterson, president of the
Class of 1984, will present the
members of the graduating class.
The Kings Mountain Junior
High School Ninth Grade Band
will play “Pomp and Cir-
cumstance” for the processional
march. The invocation will be
given by Carla Yvette Adams
and the welcome will be made by
Jeffrey Lewis Chapman, presi-
dert of the Student Participation
. Organization. The Kings Moun-
tain Senior High Choral Union
will sing “Flying Free” and
“Now The World Is Yours”
under the direction of Eugene
Bumgardner. Patricia Kay
Davis, treasurer of the Class of
1984, will present the class gift
to the school and the acceptance
address will be given by W.B.
McDaniel, chairman of the KM
Board of Education.
The audience will join in the
Eaton Corporation
Promotes John Major
John Major, Plant Manager
of the Eaton Corporation
Transmission Division Plant in
Kings Mountain for the past 62
years has been promoted to the
newly created position of Divi-
sion Manufacturing Systems
Manager, North American
Headquarters, Transmission
Division, Galesburg, Michigan.
For the present time, he will
be located at the Kings Moun-
tain facility.
His responsibilities will in-
clude the investigation and im-
plementation of manufacturing
systems improvements for the
transmission division which has
plants located in Shenandoah,
Towa, Shelbyville, Tennessee,
and Kings Mountain, North
Carolina.
Ken Norris has been ap-
pointed to replace John Major as
Plant Manager of the Kings
Mountain Transmission Divi-
sion Plant effective June 1,
1984. Mr. Norris has been Plant
Manager of the Shanandoah
Plant for the past seven years.
A graduate of Western
Michigan University with a
Bachelor’s degree in industrial
engineering, Mr. Norris joined
Eaton in 1966 in the Fluid
Power Operations at the Mar-
shall, Michigan Plant. He served
JOHN MAJOR
as Mechanical Test Engineer,
Plant Metallurgist and Project
Metallurgist before being
transferred to the Transmission
Division as Chief Metallurgist of
the Kalamazoo, Michigan facili-
ty. In 1973 he was named
General Superintendent of the
Kalamazoo Plant and in 1976 to
Plant Manager of the Shenan-
doah Plant.
The Eaton Corporation is a
worldwide leader of truck com-
ponents for the heavy duty
market as well as diversified pro-
ducts in automotive, electrical,
semiconductor, aerospace and
defense systems.
KM Policeman Fired
Ptl. Harry Martin, 32, was
fired from the Kings Mountain
Police Force on May 7th, accor-
ding to Chief of Police Jackie
Barrett.
Martin faces charges of
assault on female and assault
with deadly weapon in
Cleveland County District Court
June 14th.
Prosecuting witness is Jan
Stanley, now of Gastonia.
City officers MH. Corn,
assisted by Det. James Camp,
served the warrant on May 3.
According to the warrant, the
alleged incident occurred on
April 28th outside the city limits
of Kings Mountain.
singing of the School Song after
which April Susan Biggers, Vice
President of the Class of 1984,
will pronounce the benediction.
In event of rain, the services
will be moved to B.N. Barnes
Auditorium.
Senior’ sponsors are Mrs.
“Adelaide Allison; Mrs. Peggy
Baird, Mrs. Linda Dixon, Mrs.
Brenda Neal, Miss Annette
Parker, Mrs. Jaquitha Reid,
Mrs. Sheila Sisk, Mrs. Mary
Taylor, Mrs. Angel Teer and
Dean Westmoreland.
Junior marshals, in addition to
the co-<chiefs, are Thomas Shane
Barnes, Angela Gaye Blackwell,
Richard Sherrill Gold, Jr., Lisa
Gail House, April Annette
Hoyle, Mark David Lovelace,
Stephanie Regina Moss, Karen
Dianne Penner, Victoria Ann
Sims, and Robin Lee Warlick.
The class colors are black and
gold, the class flower is yellow
rose, the class song is “We've
Only Just Begun” and the class
motto is: “I shall not pass this
way but once; therefore, any
good that I can do, or any kind-
ness that I can do, let me do it
now, for I shall not pass this way
again.”
by ELIZABETH STEWART
News Editor
The City of Kings Mountain’s
proposed budget for 1984-85 is
$13,638,257.00, reflects the
same 50 cent tax rate which has
applied for 20 years, and a five
percent raise for city employees
effective September 3.
The budget reflects an in-
crease of $1,064,362.00 over last
year with capital improvements
expected to be $741,046,000
with $100,000 of this amount
allocated for street im-
provements.
Specifically, the new budget
anticipates a general government
budget of $2,542,467 and a utili-
ty systems budget of
$11,095,790.
Mayor John Henry Moss, in
his budget message to the full ci-
ty board of commissioners Mon-
day night, said that the growth
rate, a 3.9 percent increase over
projections for the current
budget year and a 89 increase
over last year in the utilities
budget, is “a sign of the ad-
ministration’s concern for fiscal
responsibility.”
The police, fire and street
departments are to receive the
major portions of capital
outlays, which accounts for 14
percent of the government
budget. The police department
expects to receive $65,000 for
two patrol cars and an assort-
ment of weapons and equip-
ment. A lease purchase agree-
ment for a tire truck will take up
$33,100 of the $51,800 the fire
department is asking and the
street oof + plans to spend
3
# whopping 3100000 of a.
budgeted $158,846 on paving,
curbing and guttering im-
provements. New electric lines
and transformers totaling
$65,000 are budgeted, $84,000
for new gas lines and valves and
$45,000 for road improvements.
The biggest hike in utility ex-
penditures will be for electricity.
The record budget, if finally
adopted prior to July 1 as ex-
pected, represents an 18 percent
increase over current year pro-
jections in utility expenditures
for electricity for a total of
$4,993,592.00. Water and sewer
expenditures are expected to be
six percent less than the current
year estimate of $1,539,424. Gas
expenditures will rise slightly
from the current year projection
of $4,434,809.
The biggest increase in the
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NOR
¥ 1984-85 City Budget
1 To Be Over $13 Million
government budget will be in the
fire, public works, inspection,
codes, and properties and
maintenance departments. A
manpower shift will create a
budget decrease in the ad-
ministrative department, said
Moss.
A “steady coming down” of
indebtedness of the city was
praised by Commissioners Jim
Dickey and Norman King who
said, “We are glad to see” the
figure of $1,977,000.00 which °
represents all the city owes,
sanitary sewer, water, and gas
system bonds. Mayor Moss con-
curred with them. He said, “For
the past 40 years the city hasn’t
had bond obligations except for
revenue producing utilities and it
is a compliment to those who
have served and those who serve
now. We take pride in good
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government and Kings Moun-
tain has had good government
over the years.”
Kings Mountain residents will
continue to pay a property tax of
50 cents per $100 valuation,
same tax rate which has applied
during the Moss administration.
The Mayor said that “every
Department with city govern-
ment has been reviewed in an ef-
fort to develop a responsible pro-
gram of municipal services at the
lowest cost consistent with
sound planning management,
and fiscal procedures that bring
about responsibility in the
management of the citizens’
business.”
The mayor said, “the city’s
monitoring and evaluation pro-
gram for our systems will enable
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RUFUS EDMISTEN
. Democratic Runoffs
Slated For Tuesday
Kings Mountain area voters
return to the polls Tuesday for
second primary balloting with
much interest centered locally
for Democrats in the race for
three seats on the board of
Cleveland county Commis-
sioners and in the. race for
Governor.
Joyce Falls Cashion, Kings
Mountain grocer and second
highest vote getter in the May
Democratic Primary behind
Gene LeGrand, of Shelby, Tom
Brown of Shelby, T.W. Martin
of Lattimore, Jack Spangler and
Coleman Goforth, both of
Shelby, are contenders for the
Democratic nomination. The
three top votegetters will face
top primary winners Ruth
Wilson of Shelby, Charlie Harry
of Grover and Billy Davis of
Shelby, in the November general
election.
Tuesday’s run-off will include
three short ballots, two for
Democrats and one for
Republicans. The polling places
here are the same as prevailed at
the May primaries: West Kings
Mountain at the Armory; East
Kings Mountain at the Com-
munity Center; Bethware at
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PROUD FAMILY - Dot and Sam Tesenair and their daughter,
Wanda Sue, were just as happy as their son. Pete Tesenair, on
Pete's graduation day Friday.
Going to school was a hard
struggle for the young man, born with cerebal palsy, but his
keen sense of humor and cheerful, open attitude, along with a
“push” from family and friends helped him succeed. =
KM’s Tesenair First
Special School Grad
BY ELIZABETH STEWART
News Editor
There is a feeling of love in the
Orthopedic Class at Graham
School that even a first-time
visitor quickly observes.
That shared love for one
another is what Pete Tesenair’s
father feels has helped him to
become the first graduate ever of
the special school for the multi-
ple handicapped in Cleveland
County.
Orlando Eugene(Pete)
Tesenair, born with cerebal palsy
on Oct. 30, 1965, was an excited
young man Friday who said that
graduation day was the happiest
day of his life, a day he had look-
ed forward to “for so long.”
The handsome young man in
a black graduation cap and gown
received his diploma in a
wheelchair from Principal Paul
Willis and shouted with glee as
he threw his cap in the air at the
end of the brief ceremony. His
parents, Dot and Sam Tesenair,
and his 17-year-old sister, Wan-
da Sue, watched as Pete ripped
open graduation presents from
his fellow classmates and gifts
from friends who crowded into
the classroom to offer best
wishes and hugs.
“Pete” says he will miss all his
friends at Graham School where
he has attended since age 7. The
first five years of his life Pete
was a long-term patient at the
Gaston Orthopaedic Hospital,
often requiring stays of seven to
eight months and the early years
have not been easy. Like his
classmates, Pete has gone
through operations, therapy,
casts, medications, and lengthy
hospital stays. He was pushed by
his doctors, his nurses, his
therapists, his teachers and his
aides, his family and his social
worker.
Pete said it took a lot of time and
effort on the part of many peo-
ple to get his eyes and hands to
work together so that he could
master reading and writing and
arithmetic, which is his favorite
subject. But through all the ex-
periences, Pete maintained his
sense of humor, his cheerful
open attitude and the affection
of his classmates, aides, teachers
and friends.
Hallie Blanton, Pete’s social
worker and good friend the past
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