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Jenkins Sues KM, Mayor,
Commissioners Who Fired
By LIB STEWART
Former Mountain Rest Cemetery Superintendent Ken
Jenkins is suing the City of Kings Mountain, Mayor John
Henry Moss, and five city commissioners for $3.8 million in
a civil suit filed Friday by his attorney, Bill Lamb, of
Lamb on Tuesday requested a jury trial in Cleveland
County Superior Court.
Jenkins, who was fired Aug. 16, 1985, seeks damages for
libel and slander as well as lost wages and benefits plus
reimbursement of legal fees.
The suit-filed in Cleveland County Superior Court - lists as
defendants the City of Kings Mountain, Mayor John Henry
Moss, and city commissioners, Corbet Nicholson, Irvin
Allen, Humes Houston and former commissioners Curtis
Gaffney and James Dickey. The suit does not name as a
defendant Commissioner Norman King - the only member
of the board to vote not to fire Jenkins. At the time of the 5-1
vote for dismissal, King said he voted against the dismissal
because the SBI had yet to complete its investigation. At the
time of the dismissal the board heard a report of a special
investigative committee of commissioners, including Irvin
Allen, chairman, Curtis Gaffney and Corbet Nicholson, a
committee appointed by the Mayor on request of former
Funeral Director Bennett Masters for an audit of cemetery
The committee called for an SBI probe and after a seven
months investigation of the cemetery department, which in-
cluded an audit covering five years, T.M. Shuford, Jr.,
District Attorney for Cleveland and Lincoln Counties, said
in a public statement released Nov. 21, 1985 ‘‘upon a
thorough review of the initial and supplemental SBI in-
vestigations it has been determined that a is no substan-
tial criminal violation which would merit prosecution.”
On Friday, Nov. 22, 1985, the city board of commissioners,
Dry forces are gearing up to fight an ABC
referendum while Wets are working to
secure names on a petition to call for a vote.
Kings Mountain Positive Action League
will sponsor a public meeting Sunday at 4
pi Al Second Baptist Church, 120 Linwood
Rev. Eugene Land, president of the Kings
Mountain Positive Action League and
stor of Second Baptist Church, invites all
interested citizens to attend.
Said Rev. Land, ‘The purpose of this
meeting is to inform the interested public
Kings Mountain Dry Forces
Gearing For Another Fight
concerning a possible ABC referendum in
the near future, to share plans for an
organized and effective effort to defeat an
ABC referendum and to encourage those of
the community who want to kee
Mountain the only bright light in a dark sea
of compromise and apathy concerning the
deadly drug, alcohol.’
It has been three years and eight days
since Kings Mountain citizens last voted
down, and by a small margin, a referendum
on the sale of alcoholic beverages.
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missioner Irvin Allen, Jr., gave the reason for Jenkins ter-
mination, after 22 years, as ‘‘blatant rule violations.”
Plaintiff Jenkins is seeking $2 million from the defen-
dants, jointly and severally; $600,000 in special damages;
$1,200,000 in punitive damages; plus recovery of lost wages,
lost insurance coverage, reduced retirement benefits, and
reduced social security payments, all in an amount to be
ascertained at the time of trial and cost of action, including
reasonable attorney fees to be taxed against the defendants.
In the “first claim for relief” the plaintiff contends that
Moss and commissioners libeled Jenkins by circulating
copies of the investigative committee’s confidential report
to members of the press and some residents of Kings Moun-
tain and ‘maliciously impugned plaintiff’s ability and
fitness to serve the people in a position of trust, charged
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City Clerk Joe McDaniel
Dies Tuesday At Age Of 60
McDaniel, Jr., 60, of 811 West
King St., City Clerk and
Treasurer of the City of
Kings Mountain for 32 years,
died Tuesday morning at 1
a.m. in the Kings Mountain
He had been in ill health for
several years and seriously
ill the past year.
Funeral services, with full
masonic rites, were being
KM Man Faces Murder Charge
James Everette McClain,
30, of Route 5, is being held
Double funeral services for
Darlene McClain, 23, and
by a bullet which had hit
vestigation into the shooting
Darlene McClain in the
which occurred at the home
held Wednesday at 3 p.m.
from First Baptist Church, of
which he was a member, in-
terment. following in Moun-
tain Rest Cemetery. Dr. Joel
Jenking officiated “at the
JOE H. McDANIEL
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state administrative com-
12, both died from the same
James Everette (Pooh) Mc-
Clain, Jr., 8, were conducted
Saturday at 3 p.m. from
Washington Baptist Church
Last Tuesday night, Aug..
bullet fired from a 9 mm
belonging to Pooh’s father.
without bond in Cleveland
County Jail, charged with
first degree murder in the
death of his sister, Darlene.
Charges are pending in con-
nection with his son’s death.
Det. Bob Fortenberry, of
the Cleveland County
Sheriff’s Department, said
the SBI is continuing an in-
Kings Mountain’s United
Way Campaign for 1987 will
seek a record goal of $105,000,
a five percent increase over
last year’s highest-ever effort
in giving by Kings Mountain
Lavon Strickland, cam-
paign chairman, announced
the goal at a meeting of divi-
sion chairmen Friday at noon
at Holiday Inn. She said that
a kickoff luncheon for the
of the elder McClain’s
parents, Howard and Joann
McClain, on Ebenezer Road
on 216 North of Kings Moun-
tain about 9:20 p.m. last
Tuesday night. Det.
Fortenberry said the boy,
who was standing Jireetly
behind his aunt, was struc
in the middle of the forehead
campaign will be on Sept. 5th
at noon at Holiday Inn follow-
ed by first report meeting at
12 noon on Sept. 19, second
report meeting at 12 noon on
Oct. 3, evaluation luncheon
on Oct. 17th and the victory
dinner on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
at Holiday Inn.
Susie Howard is chairman
of advanced gifts and cor-
respondence which seeks a
goal of $3,900; Mayor John H.
Adam’s apple area of her
neck and exited at a
downward angle through her
shoulder. The detective said
an autopsy report indicated.
the gun was less than 30 in-
ches from the woman’s body
at the time she was shot.
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Moss is chairman for City of
Kings Mountain which seeks
a goal of $3,500; Glee E.
Bridges is chairman of the
commercial division which
seeks a goal of $10,300; Ron
Bagwell is chairman of
hospital division, which seeks
a goal of $8,900; Rev. George
Auman is chairman of the
ministerial division which
seeks a goal of $1,100; Dr.
Larry Allen is chairman of
tain, he was son of the late
Joseph H. and Ida Styers
McDaniel. For many years
he had been active in local
and state American Legion
activities, having served as
adjutant and finance officer
for Otis D. Green Post 155 for
many years and also on the
schools solicitation which
mittee until recent illness
prevented him from par-
ticipating in Post activities.
He was a Past Commander
of American Legion Post 155,
a Shriner and Mason. He was
a Navy veteran of World War
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United Way Goal Is Record $105,000
Cleveland County Chapter,
seeks a goal of $5,800 and Dr. which provides emergency
Joe Zucker is chairman of
professional, which seeks a
goal of $3,000. Bernard
Harvey is chairman of the in-
dustrial division which seeks
a goal of $68,500.
Sixteen agencies have been
approved for inclusion in the
1987 United Way.
- American Red Cross,
assistance to victims of
disaster, blood program, first
aid classes, CPR and water
safety classes, $18,000.
KM Ministerial Association
Helping Hand Fund, to pro-
vide year round assistance on
a short term emergency
basis to individuals not able
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Faculties are complete and
school buildings have been
readied for the opening of
schol for 4,000 students and
450 Kings Mountain district
employees Monday morning.
School bells will ring at 7:48
a.m. at the Junior High
‘School, at 8 a.m. at the Senior |
High School and Central |
School, and at 8:20 a.m. at all |
elementary schools in the
seven plant system.
School lunchrooms will
operate at all schools on the
first day of school. School
lunch is $1 for all students
Turn. To Page 5-A plants Monday morning.
READY FOR SCHOOL OPENING MONDAY—Susan Goforth, left, Kindergarten
teacher, and Katherine Blanton, first grade teacher, above, are getting ready for school
opening Monday morning at North School by planning class activities. Teachers
reported to work last Monday. Four thousand students return to books at seven school
| KMHS To Operate
On New Schedule
Kings Mountain Senior High School will be operating
on the following new schedule for the 1986-1987 school
7:56 - Morning Bell.
8:00-8:55 - First Bell.
1:20-2:15 - Sixth Period.
2:15 - End of School Day.
Lunch prices for the 1986-1987 year will be $1.00 for
students and $1.45 for adults. All students are asked to
report directly to their homeroom on Monday, August
25th. Homeroom will begin immediately at 8:00.
8:59-9:54 - Second Period.
9:58-10:53 - Third Period.
10:53-11:18 - First Lunch.
10:57-11:52 - Fourth Period for Second Lunch
11:22-12:17 - Fourth Period for First Lunch Students.
11:52-12:17 - Second Lunch.
12:21-1:16 - Fifth Period.
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