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VOL. 97 NUMBER 29
A community-wide July 4th
celebration will be held next
Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. un-
til 10:30 p.m. at commissioners
Memorial Park and sponsored
by the City of Kings Mountain
Parks & Recreation Depart-
Pool events, field events, fire
truck rides and kiddie rides, ball
games, contests, an open street
dance and a giant fireworks ex-
travaganza are on tap for the an-
“We hope that everyone will
come out and celebrate In-
dependence Day with us,” said
Mayor John Moss.
Mayor Moss said that par-
ticipants can sign up at the Deal
Street Pool area for the pool
events beginning at noon and at
the P.A. Tent for the field events
which get underway at 4 p.m.
Little League and softball cham-
pionship tournament will begin
at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning
test on tap at 1 p.m., a waterslide
in front of the community
Center from 2 until 4 p.m. and a
championship golf tournament
slated for 4 p.m.
The featured entertainment
for Wednesday night will be a
break dance contest and open
street dance beginning at 8 p.m.
followed by the climax to the
day’s activities, the giant
The complete schedule of ac-
10 a.m. until-Little League
and softball Championship
12 noon-Diving Contest . at
12:30 p.m.-Hobo Contest at
1:00 p.m.-Horseshoe Pitching
Contest (sign up at Horseshoe
1:00 p.m.-Watermelon carry.
1:30 p.m.-Cannon Ball Big
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a horseshoe pitching con-
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 5
by GARY STEWART
About 50 residents of the Edgemont Drive and Williams Street area
of the city appeared before the City Board of Commissioners Monday
night to protest a rezoning request by realtor C.T. Carpenter Jr. to
rezone property on Williams Street for the purpose of building a
66-unit retirement complex. f
As it turned out, the citizens did not have to take their case to the
board. Carpenter sent word with District One/ commissioner Irvin
Allen that he wanted to withdraw his rezoning request, and the board
allowed it to be withdrawn.
Over 60 residents of the area had earlier signed a petition and many
of them had appeared before the Kings Mountain Planning and Zon-
ing Board, which recommended that the City Board deny Carpenter’s
request because it required spot zoning, that there was not enough
space for construction of retirement apartments, and that traffic and
parking would be a problem for citizens and the Kings Mountain
Carpenter, who did not appear at the Zoning Board meeting or
Monday’s City Board meeting, was making the request on behalf of
property owner Nancy Kerns. In a written statement, Carpenter said
Ms. Kerns “needs the property zoned to accommodate purchaser’s use
of the area for expansion of health care facilities. Kings Mountain
Convalescent Center proposes to construct retirement apartments in
conformity to the Kings Mountain building codes, depending on the
availability of adjacent acreage zoned for that purpose.
“We request approval of the request of Ms. Kerns in order to show
Kings Mountain community support of the overall project and to in-
dicate this Kings Mountain area approval of the construction of this
much-needed addition to the other property owners whose lots are
needed in order to build the apartments.
by GARY STEWART
‘The City Board of Commissioners Monday night
approved a 1984-85 budget of $13.6 million which
calls for a five percent pay increase for all fulltime
employees, projected to begin on September 3.
The budget also maintains the current 50 cents
per $100 tax levy, which has been in effect through
Mayor John Henry Moss’s 19 years in office.
The budget includes $2,969,013 for the general
operation of the city and $9,868,565 for operation
of the utility systems.
- Allotments of $426,546 for general capital pro-
jects and $314,500 for utility system capital projects
are included in the budget.
General Revenue Sharing funds received by the
federal government will amount to $62,287 for the
Police Department, $50,698 for the Street Depart-
ment, and $31,867 for the Sanitation Department.
Mayor Moss noted, “this budget speaks so well of
all who have served in various roles.” Moss pointed
out that the city’s bonded indebtedness is. only
$1,977,000, and every penny of that amount
“represents an investment of citizens’ funds in
revenue-bearing facilities. Over the past 40 years,
the city hasn’t issue any bonds for any activity other
than revenue-producing. That speaks well of former
administrations and citizens,” Moss said.
The budget reflects a 3.9 percent increase in
general funds and 8.9 percent increase in the utility
The Police Department will receive the biggest
slice of the budget pie, $515,626, or 17 percent. Of
that amount, $331,751 is earmarked for salaries for
the 24 department employees.
Some of the other individual department budgets
include, fire department, $204,440; codes, $41,005;
public works, $81,514; properties and maintenance,
$163,830; garage, $83,987; streets, $312,132;
sanitation, $270,832; aging, $58,762; recreation,
$136,711; Lake Authority, $33,024; Neighborhood
Facilities Center, $69,663; cemetery, $73,034;
general department, $194,800; purchasing,
General fund capital projects include paving,
curb and guttering, $100,000; recreation, $7,500;
surface drainage, $10,000; administrative equip-
ment, $52,000; police equipment, $65,100; fire
equipment, $51,800; codes equipment, $1,000; pro-
perty and maintenance equipment, $5,000; garage
equipment, $10,000; street equipment, $58,846;
sanitation equipment, $50,000; recreation equip-
ment, $12,500; and aging equipment, $2,800.
Commenting on the budget, Mayor Moss noted,
“the dominant concern of the city’s leadership is
that we continue our efforts for fiscal responsibility.
This dictates cost efficiency in the delivery of ser-
Moss said the city’s monitoring and evaluation
program will enable management to assist personnel
with control of time and equipment. “All feasible
operating economies and the most cost-efficient
practices must be followed to achieve the goals of
this administration,” he said.
Moss said every department has been reviewed
with an effort to develop a responsive program of
municipal services at the lowest cost consistent with
sound planning management, and fiscal procedures
that bring about responsibility in the management
of city business.
“We will continue to work closely with all
citizens in an effort to provide public service beyond
the traditional functions to include those designed
to shape Urban Development so as to escalate
economic, social and cultural opportunities and to
allow every citizen to share in the benefits of a
growing community,” Moss said.
Wreck Injuries Fatal To Grover School Teacher
Try to remember... :
The setting is a wooden
platform-the scenery is a barren
stage. There is a girl, there is a
boy, their fathers, and a wall. It
seems meager, but this is “The
Fantasticks,” the longest runn-
ing musical in American
Theatrical history. It is in‘ pro-
duction at the Kings Mountain
Little Theatre, June 28, 29, 30 at
8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on July
1 at Parkgrace Auditorium.
Thomas D. Barnes, director of
the production, has tried to in-
corporate the nature of a barren
stage, to accentuate the dialogue
and musical accompaniment in a
story of youthful infatuation,
parental expectations, and a
The role of Matt is played by
Wayne Davis of Bessemer City,
a veteran of several musicals.
Luisa, his love interest, is played
by Angela Lyon, a recent
graduate of Kings Mountain
High School. El Gallo, the nar-
rator of “The Fantasticks,” is
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Photo by Gary Stewart
GETTING TOUGH - Wayne Wilson, left, and Rick Knight get
into a heated discussion in a scene from “The Fantasticks”
- which will be presented by the Kings Mountain Little Theatre
Thursday through Sunday at Parkgrace School.
A Grover kindergarten
teacher, Barbara Lail, 36, of
3845 Redmon Road in Shelby,
died Sunday of injuries sustained
in a two-car accident Friday
morning on Highway 180 just
south of the intersection with
Highway 150 West of Shelby.
Mrs. Lail’s husband, Victor
Lee Lail, 36, suffered facial, arm
and rib injuries and remains
hospitalized at Cleveland
Memorial Hospital. The driver
of the second vehicle, Jennifer
Dawn Johnson, 16, of Iron Sta-
tion, is also being treated for
facial and shoulder injuries at
Cleveland Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Lail was taken to
Cleveland Memorial Hospital
and later transported to
Charlotte Memorial Hospital
with multiple head injuries.
According to Highway Patrol
Trooper C.D. Thomas, the acci-
dent occurred about 7:50 a.m.
when the vehicle driven by Miss
Johnson veered off the right side
of Highway 180 going north,
dropped off a deep shoulder,
came back into the road, and col-
lided head on with the Lail sta-
tion wagon operated by Mr. Lail.
Thomas said each vehicle was a
Miss Johnson has been
charged with driving left of
center and death by vehicle.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday at 3 p.m. from Eastside
Baptist Church in Shelby by
Rev. Wilson Padgett and Rev.
Harold Fite, interment following
in Rose Hill Memorial Park.
She was a member of Eastside
Baptist Church and a graduate
of Shelby High School and
Limestone College. She attended
Gardner Webb and UNC
She was the daughter of Ralph
Roberts of Spartanburg, S.C.
and the late Catherine Wilson
Surviving, in addition to her
husband and father, are three
sons, Travis, Zach, and Todd
Lail, all of the home, one
daughter, Pamela Lail of the
home; one sister, Cathy Harris of
Shelby; and her stepmother,
Louise Roberts of Spartanburg,
George Scharf’s Rites
Held In Washington
Memorial services for George
L.S. Scharf, 76, of 112 North
Piedmont Avenue, Kings Moun-
tain, were conducted Tuesday at
4 p.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran
Church by the Rev. Harwood
Graveside services were con-
ducted Monday at 10 a.m. at
Rock Creek Cemetery in
Mr. Scharf died Friday at
Kings Mountain Hospital
following several months illness.
A native of Washington,
D.C., he was a retired construc-
He is survived by his wife,
Eleanor Cooper Scharf; two
daughters, Mrs. Susan Sewing of
St. Louis, Mo., and Miss Mildred
“Mimi” Scharf of Bethesda, Md.;
two step-daughters, Mrs. Julie
Cooper Wilson of Kings Moun-
tain and Mrs. Ann Cooper
Dawkins of Carterville, Ga.; one
stepson, Neal Cooper of
Hastings on the Hudson, N.Y .;
and seven grandchildren, Sandra
Lynn Sewing, Norman Scott
Sewing, George Stephen Sewing,
Lee Ann Wilson, Robert Wilson,
Sarah Cooper and Jacob
Mauney Cooper 11.