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Hydro Plant Under Construction
A prototype piston-drive
hydroelectric unit designed by
Pers Corporation of Charlotte is
currently under construction at
Moss Lake and is scheduled to
be tested in 10 days.
Commissioner Jim Dickey,
chairman of the hydroelectric
committee, made the progress
report at Monday night’s board
of commissioner’s meeting.
The city entered into agree-
The Kings Mountain Board of
Education Monday night
authorized Superintendent Bill
Davis to explore the possibility
of adding two more classrooms
to the proposed addition at the
junior high school.
The board several months ago
approved adding eight new
classrooms for math and science
at an estimated cost of $500,000.
Davis said Monday night that
Kings Mountain Schools are
right on target in reaching the 12
goals the Board of Education set
in February as a part of its
review and evaluation of the
Kings Mountain is par-
ticipating in a state Pilot Pro-
gram of Superintendent evalua-
tion. The board hopes that by
February of 1985, the schools
will have reached most of the
goals set.
Are Urged
To Beware
With Kings Mountain schools
scheduled to open next week,
the Kings Mountain police
department reports that they
have started posting “School’s
Open — Drive Carefully” signs in
areas where children will be
traveling to and from school.
Police Chief Jackie Barrett
said that the department joins
forces with the AAA-Carolina
Motor Club each year in an ef-
fort to remind motorists that
school has started and to be par-
ticularly careful when driving
through school zones or in areas
where children might be playing.
Last year, 36 children under
15 lost their lives in pedestrian
accidents in North Carolina, and
655 in the same age range were
injured. In South Carolina, 22
children under 15 were killed,
and 336 injured.
ment with the Charlotte com-
pany on June 11th to erect the
unit, at no cost to the city, to ex-
tract energy from falling water
pressure. The city reserved the
right of acquiring an operating
model unit at a later date on
competitive bid, said Dickey.
The city executed with Pers a
“hold harmless” agreement
covering the entire project.
Dickey said that members of
principal Jerry Hoyle and the
two had concluded that by the
time the expansion is complete,
there may be a need for five
math and five science
Davis said the Cleveland
County Board of Commissioners
had approved the use of Kings
Mountain Schools’ share of the
half<cent sales tax for use on the
he had talked with junior high
the Hydro committee, including
Mayor John Moss and commis-
sioners Curt Gaffney, Irvin
Allen and Norman King, visited
the building site to observe the
construction. “The Unit is on
schedule,” said Dickey.
Dickey said the city is current-
ly working on a permit applica-
tion with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission and
there is a plan being developed to
A half-million dollar plus pro-
ject to extend city water lines to
three outside areas of the city
was approved unanimously by
the city board of commissioners
Monday night.
The Board also approved a
schedule for user and tap-on fees
and stipulated that first priority
would go to the residents of the
Quail Run Sub-Division where a
total of 47 construction days was
estimated the time it will take to
take city water to the area where
all 38 homeowners petitioned
the board for water “at a
reasonable cost” at the Monday
night meeting.
The three areas to be served
are Western Extension: U.S.
Business 74 from SR 2256
(Phifer Road) west to SR2250 El
Bethel Road and inc
school project. Kings Mountain
also has some capital reserve
funds to be used on the project.
In other matters Monday
night, the board:
* Approved hiring an extra bus
driver at each elementary school
to be used as substitutes when
needed, and as monitors when
they are not needed as sub-
situtes. The cost to the system
will be about $10,000 to $12,000
luding all ~~ $400. Accor
per year, but Assistant
finance the project when a final
decision is made by the board.
Dickey said the committee has
been discussing the use of con-
ventional hydro units and have
visited several operating units
that have been in operation for
50 years. He said there is a 300
KVA unit available but that
engineers are recommending the
city acquire two units, one a 300
KVA and the other a 800 KVA,
alternating use of them during
wet and dry seasons and using
both during wet seasons.
“What makes the Pers theory
so attractive is that you can ex-
tract more energy out of the
same amount of water”, explain-
ed Dickey. “They are using a
piston system as opposed to a
conventional system. The more
energy we can produce the more
revenue the city can save.”
o Provide
un Water
days estimated to take to com-
plete the project: Southwestern
Extension-Phifer Road from ex-
isting line at Kings Mountain
Junior High School to SR 2258
(Crocker Road) and including
roads north and south (includes
Quail Run) which will cost
$69,879.50 with 47 work days to
complete; and Southern Exten-
sion, from Kings Mountain city
limit on SR 216 (Grover Road)
extending to SR 2245
(Bethlehem Road) on both SR
216 and SR 2263 and including
all roads north and south, total
cost estimated at $523,160.00
with 231 workdays to complete.
Water rates were set at $7.90
for the first 3,000 gallons and $2
for each additional 1,000
gallons. The tap on fee was set at
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Superintendent Larry Allen said
it will be worth it because it will
eliminate the need of principals
driving buses in emergency situa-
tions or spending much of their
time searching for substituted
bus drivers. Having a monitor on
buses will also improve school
bus discipline and reduce the risk
of accidents, he said.
Allen said school bus driver
“are favorable to cities under
similar circumstances.” The
Mayor pointed out, as did Walt
Ollis, of the public works depart-
ment, that the Phifer Road pro-
ject was estimated at several
thousand less than originally
projected by city engineers. Ollis
said that it is conceivable that
rates may be considered again
after bid materials are received.
After the discussion, the board
approved advertisement for bids
for the project materials.
Eddie Payne, resident of Quail
Run Sub-Division, presented a
petition to the board bearing the
signature of 36 of 38 property
owners and 26 of them were pre-
sent for the board meeting.
Payne said during the meeting
that the residents had hoped the
city co lower t
pay will increase to $4.25 per
year this year and bus driver
classes will be held throughout
the year for those interested in
becoming drives for re-
*Heard a report from Mrs.
Betty Gamble on the success of
the Summer Job Training and
Placement Program. The pro-
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School Board Discusses Goals
Superintendent Bill Davis
reported on progress made since
February at Monday’s monthly
meeting of the Board of Educa-
tion at the Schools Administra-
tion Office.
“This is a rather ambitious
schedule of goals,” Davis said,
“but we’re going to be as am-
bitious as possible to achieve
The goals included:
1) - To provide guidance ser-
vices in the K-5 schools. Davis
reported that an elementary
schools guidance counselor
(Janet Suber) has been employed
for the 1985-85 school year and
she will concentrate on pro-
viding services at East, Grover
and North. “We're glad weve
gotten started on this program,”
Davis said. “Hopefully, we can
expand it this coming year.”
2) - A need to raise perfor-
mance expectations of students.
Sponsored by Your AAA Club
Davis said many students are
now involved in the Scholar’s
Diploma program and two sec-
tions of advanced placement
American History have been ad-
ded at the high school. An addi-
tional teacher has been
employed in the Academically
Talented program, an advanced
math class has been added for
seventh graders at Central
School and a required reading
list has been established for
Photo By Gary Stewart
DRIVE CAREFULLY - W.H. White, left, of the Carolina Motor Club, and Kings Mountain Police
Chief Jackie Barrett hang one of many posters which will be placed around schools in Kings
Mountain this week reminding drivers to beware of school children walking to and from
school. Kings Mountain schools open Tuesday.
The system is also initiating a
voluntary program for enrich-
ment classes after school “and
were emphasizing writing as
never before,” he said. Writing
folders will be kept on all
students for the entire year.
“These are some of the things
that are already underway, but
through 12th grade
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Bus Rot
If you ¢
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student and want
to know which
bus you'll be
riding this year.
see page 6-A.
Hot Dog!
That's what's
cooking in area |
lunchrooms on
the first day of
school. For the
August school
lunch menu, see
page 8-B.
If you are a
KMSHS student
and want to know
your homeroom
teacher for this
year, see page
An orientation
session for first-
time KM Junior
High students
will be held Fri-
day. See page
To Board
Grady Howard, Ad-
ministrator of Kings Mountain
Hospital, has been elected to the
Board of Directors of Home
Federal Savings & Loan Associa-
Home Federal President
Thomas A. Tate, Sr. made the
ing in at a record pace.
first paper.
announcement this week.
Winding Down
Only one week remains in the Kings Mountain Herald’s an-
nual summer subscription drive, and new subscriptions are com-
All youngsters who are selling subscriptions are reminded to
conclude their drive and turn their subscriptions and money into
the Herald no later than Fri., Aug. 24.
Subscriptions and money may be turned in to the Herald of-
fice on Canterbury Road this Thursday and Friday, and Thurs-
day and Friday of next week, no later than 4 p.m.
Persons who have taken out subscriptions during the drive are
asked to be patient. Due to the large number of subscriptions
coming in, it could be two to three weeks before you receive your
Youngsters who sell at least 20 subscriptions may choose a
10-speed Western Flyer bicycle, a 12-inch RCA black and white
television set, or $5 for each subscription sold. Persons who sell
less than 20 subscriptions earn $5 for each subscription sold.

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