— Since 1889 — Mountai =8 & aineer ; 8° 8 : Students Enjoy ash Days Pictures N.C. Symphony 3. 3 : Page 6-B See 10-11C resto § J 3 3 £3 3 =o ° ~ | poo { NE I EL 2 3 FE a 5 | O nN | D 2 Member North Carolina Press Association YOL. 99 NUMBER 41 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1986 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA Number 1 Kings Mountain’s Jerry Bedsole Gospel Music D.J. Of The Year By GARY STEWART Managing Editor Jerry Bedsole, gospel music disc jockey on Kings Moun- tain Radio Station WKMT, has just returned from Nashville, Tn., where he was named Gospel D.J. of the Year at the national convention of the Southern Gospel Music Association. Bedsole won the award for small market stations and was one of four disc jockeys honored by the Eddie Crook Com- pany, the nation’s largest gospel record producer. Bedsole was accompanied to Nashville by his number one fan, his mother, Mrs. Vera Bedsole of Kings Mountain. Before the announcement was made, Bedsole said he was thinking about what he’d say ‘‘just in case they called out my name.” While gathering his thoughts, the emcee did call out Bed- sole’s name. “I was really nervous,” he said. “I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I do know that it was a dream come true for me.” Bedsole has been employed by WKMT for the past nine years and the station’s programming of gospel music has increased steadily during that time. Bedsole is host for the highly popular morning gospel music program and Gene Austin hosts the nighttime gospel program from 8-11 p.m. Photo by Gary Stewart DJ OF YEAR - Jerry Bedsole, gospel music disc jockey at City To Kings Mountain will receive $191,161,18 from Powell Bill funds distributed this month for street im- provements. The state’s pothole popula- tion is expected to be reduced and many important street improvements made follow- ing the distribution this month of $54.8 million to aid 468 municipalities across North Carolina. This year’s allocation in- cludes extra funds that come in part from Governor James G. Martin’s “Roads To The Future” program. Portions of the Governor’s program were approved by the state General Assembly in July. The $54.8 million allocated Get Powell Bill $ this year is $7.7 million greater than last year’s amount. Seventy-five percent of the population funds are allocated on the basis of population, while the number of non-state system street miles in each town or city is used to calculate the remain- ing 25 percent. Kings "Mountain, with population of 9,381, has 54.34 non-system miles of streets. The 1986 General Assembly increased the State Motor Fuel tax effective July 15, 1986, and at the same time in- creased the Powell Bill share of the tax from 1-3/8 cents tax on each gallon to 1-3/4 cents tax on each gallon of gasoline. Grover Board Okays eR TE mn Radio Station WKMT in Kings Mountain, is pictured with the plaque he received last week in Nashville, Tn., after be- ing named Gospel Music D.J. of the Year for small market radio stations in the United States. The public relations work not normally a part of one’s Cable Vision Franchise Cable Vision is coming to ment was completed on Mon- Grover within the next 12 day night with second i months following action by reading, as required by law, the board of city commis- to take place at the ‘““The station has really built up its gospel library over the past several years,”’ Bedsole noted. ‘‘We have a good varie- ty of gospel songs for our listeners to hear.” Bedsole often takes dedications and always has a good response from his listeners. Kings Mountain is one of the i i i i : vocation has helped Bedsole make many contacts with ! ) ) . few radio stations in the area promoting gospel music. Joading gospel music groups and record producers. Such | sioners Monday night. November meeting, said gospel music concerts at local auditoriums, including Kings 1anove and beyond the J: Jug Jablie relations enter over Jown = lait A bi lines ~1l he ex: ; Mountain’s Barnes Auditorium, and gospel singings in all of Into Selections of AISC JOCKEYS Of Lae year. z helby Visi fler hearing tended fra’ TV Teal the area churches. Bedsole was one pf 12 disc jockeys from across the nation Shelby Vision after re ald] oe 1 { franchise proposals ee in Bay Ne gL oy “ ao faalists for the 1854 5050 “Tana ily Top i ir «who were chosen a i ‘Tsuall; Ne bg! group is touring the area and is © Sines "fa. ihe i coming ha andWants to hog singivg-thoayReatian? Jagr Smee: nica I'll try to get them a church,”’ Bedsole noted. “I'm always ™ “we oon A j willing to help as much as I can to provide the people with and there are five fin J of the Fron? Cro; roe i) hoth Fred Williams of Sheiby South wy abi band avid kets EL oa the TRIGGWEREIG. wd 8 1 ; vdimef- t.. . #own of Grover, said on Systems of McCarter. New subscribers x = VQ ds fle a TAY a ARI alists chosen ti: wacir division. cial Satellite good gospel singing.” Turn To Page 2-A ¢ Garbage Pick Up To Expand The city sanitation depart- ment will expand garbage ickup to two days a week, ef- ective November 1. Karl Moss, Department Head of Construction, which also includes Sanitation, said that City crews will pick up household garbage two days a week and roadside trash two days a week. “If a truck comes to a residence on Monday morn- ing, that resident can expect the truck to return to pick up household garbage on Thurs- day morning,” he said. Moss said that sanitation workers are dividing the city into four sections to serve the area. He said that a new garbage truck and several pieces of new equipment will enable the ci- ty to offer expanded service in this area. “There should not be any complaints of missed gar- bage,’”’ said Moss. INJURED IN WRECK—Donald Lewis Grant is helped by Kings Mountain policeman Bob Hayes and Cleveland County Emergency Medical personnel after he was injured in a two-car wreck Tuesday on Phifer Road. He was transported to Kings Mountain Driver Hurt In Wreck Hospital. Donald Lewis Grant of Route 6, Kings Mountain, sus- tained head cuts and possible neck injuries in a two-car col- lision Tuesday afternoon on Phifer Road. According to investigating officer Harry Kyle, Grant's 1969 Volkswagen struck the: rear of a 1972 Ford driven by Laura Patrick Allen after the Allen vehicle stopped to make a left turn into the Kings Mountain Plaza Shopp- ing Center. Mrs. Allen and three passengers in her car drove themselves to Kings Moun- tain Hospital, where they Turn To Page 8-A Spartanburg, S.C. First reading of the agree- Turn To Page 8-A Kings Mountain Woman Killed In Downtown Wreck A 22-year-old Kings Moun- tain woman, Tonya Yvonne Foster Noblett, of 715 Meadowbrook Road, died Friday morning when the car she was driving hit a pole on South Battleground Avenue. Kings Mountain Police Sgt. Houston Corn, who in- vestigated, said the woman apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The accident occurred at 4:20 a.m. Ms. Noblett was alone in the car when it ran off the road into a pole holding the McGinnis Fur- niture Store sign in front of the S. Battleground Avenue store. Sgt. Corn estimated the car’s speed at 60 miles per hour. A native of Cleveland Coun- ty, she was the daughter of Henry Foster of Bessemer Ci- ty and the late Cheryl Stewar Foster. Surviving, in addition to her ‘father, are two sons, Brian and David Noblett of Gastonia; her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Stewart, of Kings Mountain; and a brother, Harold Foster of Kings Moun- tain. Funeral services were con- ducted Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. from Pentecostal Holiness Church by Rev. Dar- rell Alexander and Rev. Carl Brown. Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Safe-Cracking Charge Filed Against KM Men Safe-cracking charges were lodged against three Kings Mountain people Thursday. Arrested by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department were Edna D. Wray, 20, of 7290 Midpines; Rodney Allen Hovis, 21, Route 4, and Clem- mie Wray Humphries, 24, of 7290 Midpines. They were charged in con- nection with a break-in and the theft of a safe containing $40,000 in payroll checks at Glen Raven Mill on Grover Road. Bond in each case was set at $13,000. The safe and its contents were recovered on the ground just outside the mill. CHARLIE BENTON Charlie Benton, By LIB STEWART News Editor Charlie Benton at 83 hasn’t stopped working. Now, he’s making lamps from almost any item he finds in his shop or house. “It helps me to take my mind off my health problems and my friends take pleasurein them. I may even start up a business at my age,” he laughed, placing a “for sale” sign over a large collection of lamps he displays on his back porch. The lamps, which Benton says are made from ‘scratch’ tell a story of their own, he reminisces, talking of his late wife, Viola, who died four days before their 62nd wedding anniversary six months ago. “I cared for her at home for several months before her death and cooked eggs just like she like 'em’’, Benton recalled, even though he had a leg amputated two 83, And Still Working years ago and in the past five years has suffered two heart attacks, an appendectomy, a gall bladder operation and a broken hip. His daughter, Mary Lou Adkins, also of Grover, says nothing has ever stopped “Daddy’”’. Her mother and father were a familiar couple in the Grover area on a riding mower cutting grass for years at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Grover Cemetery, and Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. “They kept those cemeteries neat and pretty’’, said Mrs. Adkins. The couple retired because of illness in 1982. Charlie Benton has fashion- ed lamps from almost anything and everything: washboards, smoothing iron, kettle, coffee pot, gourd, beer cans, mailbox, birdhouse clock, the dash from an old washing machine, an antique swingletree and has even carved a barn and made the animals and farmer for it. When the lights go on, Benton chuckles, he hates to part with them but he wants friends to enjoy his lamps too. The beer can lamp is a popular model, he says,as a night light, and the coffee potlamp is a conversation piece for any kitchen. Two antique lamps in the collec- tion he has promised to his Turn To Page 5-A / 1 Et

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