£ Ht”) VOL. 99 NUMBER 9 00 oc > IT HONIN AINAVA “JAY INOWOAdIld 91 OO) Ad 74 The city has extended special payment procedures to utility customers who have requested additional time to pay December power bills. Acting Public Works Supt. Walt Ollis and Meter Super- visor Dan Hughes said that they personally visited 19 complaining residents who signed up at the recent city board meeting for a review of their bills and rechecking of meters, and found, ‘without fail’, all of them receptive to -them and cooperative. In some of the cases, the higher bills, when compared to last year’s December billing, Alda Deal, 96 on Tuesday, likes to relax in her special easy chair in front of the televi- sion set and watch her favorite show, “The Price Is Right,” and when company comes to her home on Groves Street you can bet she entertains them with stories of early years in Kings Mountain. Until two years ago when she broke bones in her left hand and her arms, ‘‘Aunt Alda’ was quilting, cooking meals, keeping house, and on occasion, “sitting” with a sick friend. “I stayed with lots of people in Kings Mountain over the years,”’ Miss Deal recall- ed. When friends needed a helping hand to sit with a sick member of the family or help out during a convalescent period they always knew who to call. ! Miss Deal lived with her niece, Hazel Smith and her husband, Leonard Smith, un- til Mrs. Smith’s death last February and came to live with her only living nephew, Bobby Moore and his wife, Monzell, on Groves Street. Leonard Smith brought Miss Deal a special gift, a jar of peas Miss Deal had canned from the Smith garden. “This Alda Loves Her Chair And ‘Price Is Right’ At 96, Alda Deal time last year Aunt Alda was shelling peas and canning them, cooking her own breakfast and being just as independent as ever,” said her niece, Monzell Moore. “Aunt Alda” will never lose her dependence.” Born Feb. 18, 1890, she grew up in a little log cabin on Beaver Dam Creek near Crouse and the family moved around, from Crouse to Lincolnton, where her father helped build cotton mill houses, then to Cherryville and Gastonia where he helped build houses in the Firestone Mill village and in 1903 when the family settled in Kings Mountain and bought a six-room home on King Street, where Kentucky Fried Chicken now stands today. Papa Deal (Julius Monroe Deal) died in 1905 of pneumonia and 10-year-old Alda went to work in the cotton mill, standing on a stool to reach the spinning frames at the old Bonnie Cotton Mill. “I helped mama buy our school clothes and groceries at the old Plonk store on credit and then I helped pay C63 m- Turn To Page 5-A same thermostat settings were the reasons, for, he increase Hughes, meter supervisor, said that he were not as high and at least “one said hers was the lowest in the past three years for the period. “In 90 percent of these cases the utility customer had forgotten how cold it was in December and how nice November was. Dropping from 59 to 15 degrees minimun really hurt”, said Mr. Hughes. In one case, Hughes said he discovered abnormal use in one customer’s water and electric consumption and in- vestigation revealed an elec- tric range with altered wir- ing, Two burners, said Hughes, were controlled by one switch with a very possi- ble hot water leak and all foundation vents open. In another case, an electric baseboard heater and hi # sonaily rechecks meters and Grover To Meet Engineer Grover Town Board will meet Thursday for a 12 noon luncheon meeting at Powell’s Restaurant with the project engineer for the proposed waste treatment plant for the sewer system. John Edwards has notified Mayor Bill McCarter that state officials have approved the limits of the proposed water treatment plant for the sewer system for Grover. Commissioners. Jim Howell, Bill Camp, Donald Rich, Mayor McCarter and Mayor Pro Tem Ronald Queen will meet with engineers and attorney Andy Neisler for the special ses- sion. reader said that reading meters is not a simple procedure. “It takes six months to train a meter reader and right now we're working on some im- provements in the routing’. He praised meter readers for the city who he identified as Ricky Bell and Johnny Allison. The city has 4200 water customers, 4300 electric customers and 2300 gas customers and over 10,000 meters, said Hughes. ‘I found one overread gas meter this month and the con- sumption was almost nothing and I immediately contacted the customer,” said Hughes. Friends of cancer patient Pam Jones, 17, have opened up a special account at First Citizens Bank & Trust Com- pany, Battleground Avenue, to help her family with moun- ting doctor bills. The Kings Mountain Senior High School senior was transferred Monday from Charlotte Memorial Hospital to Duke Hospital at Durham and remains seriously ill with leukemia. 0 Four and one half years ago doctors diagnosed Pam’s condition as lymphoma and she un wen: chemotherapy for m th week she returned to Duke where her condition was diagnosed as leukemia. Since November she has been hospitalized at Cleveland Memorial, Duke and Charlotte Memorial Hospitals. Friends have called the young woman a ‘‘real fighter’’ and she has told her story of her fight with cancer in programs to the Cleveland County Cancer Society. Her illness has not kept her from keeping up with her school work and until her most re- cent hospitalization she con- tinued her love of horseback riding, cross-stitch and candlewicking. She was also Smpinyed part-time at TG&Y and has been active in East Gold Street Church. Members of her church sponsored a benefit sing for her in December and members of El Bethel United Methodist Church sponsored Wesleyan KINGS SUNTAN, NoRY Special Payment Plan Given Utility Customers payments. Special Fund Will Assist Cancer Patient Pam Jones years he as been in’ remission, Thanksgiving “We work with individual customers and a customer gets two bills marked delin- quent before he gets a red tag on his bill that calls for im- mediate .attention,”’ said Ollis. “We've had to make no ad- ustments on customers bills ecause we have found no in- accuracy on the part of the ci- ty’, said Ollis. “We realize that it will be a hardship for some customers to pay December’s bills in one pay- ment and Mayor John Moss and city commissioners are working on an individual basis with them to extend AM JONES | a benefit breakfast for her in December. : “Pam has kept her op- timistic spirit through many trying days and has been a real inspiration to all of us,” said Mrs. Jim Amos, who opened the special bank ac- count for Pam this week. She said friends who want to help the family can mail their con- tributions to Pam Jones Special Fund, c/o First Citizens Bank & Trust Co., S. Battleground Ave., Kings Mountain. : Pam is the daughter of Johnny and Sandy Jones of Kings Mountain and the fami- ly includes her sister, Gayla, 14, and her brother, 11. Jones is employed by Gastonia Welding & Industrial Supply and Mrs. Jones is an Kast | School aide. Both parents have been at their daughter’s bedside throughout her bout with cancer and the family remains with her at Duke Hospital in Durham this week. ~ New Program Encourages Students To Buckle Up Only 13 percent of student drivers at Kings Mountain * Senior High wear seatbelts. The low percentage is ex- pected to increase Gramstically during the period March 3-26, during a ‘Buckle Up” incentive pro- gram in which wearing the. seatbelt will pay off in the form of hundreds of small prizes to be given to during March. KMSHS students learned about the UNC Highway Safety Research Center pilot program during a stu- dent assembly Wednesday morning. They also learned they, along with students at other high schools in the county, were being watched in December and the number of student drivers and riders wearing seat students wearing seat belts y belts was documented at Burns, Crest, Kings Moun- tain and Shelby high schools. All four high schools will pariieinate in the pilot pro- gram. Seat belt usage rates will be checked during educational and incentive phases of the programs in March and again with a follow up later in the school ear. Meal coupons, movie tickets, and records will be incentives to encourage students to buckle up. The program was first tested in the spring of 1982 at Chapel Hill High School. About 24 percent of the students wore seat belts before the program and more than half have con- tinued to buckle up since. Before the campaign the school averaged one stu- dent killed in an automobile accident each year. Since the program, no students have been killed in wrecks. Health education coor- dinators Dianne Whisnant of Cleveland County schools and Paula Hildebrand of Kings Mountain/Shelb Schools have combined ef- forts with employees of the Cleveland County Health Department to coordinate the local programs. Bumper stickers with “Seat Belts Pay Off” in the various school colors, as well as posters, brochures and other educational materials will be provided and a project committee, including representatives of student organizations, will be calling on businesses for donation of prizes for the project. For Students At Kings Mountain High Buckling Up May Pay Off

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