JUNE 22, 1988
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C.
The Kings Mountain
An old-fashioned Fourth of Ju- mittee is asking persons to par.
ly celebration is planned for Sat., in the Grover Elementary School
July 2 in Grover. ‘and Minette Mill parking lots.
A committee which was ap- Opening ceremonies will be
pointed by City Council to plan held following the parade under
the event will hold its final the big oak trees at First Baptist
meeting Thursday night and then Church.
begin getting the city in shape for
theevent. va During the afternoon, a
Martha Wright is chairing the number of musical groups, clog-
committee which also includes gers, and other groups will per-
Lynn Roland, Ronald Queen, Jeff form until 5 p.m. During the
Cash, Patsy Rountree, Quay same time, there will be games,
Moss and Joann Turner. including greasy pole climbs and
A big parade at 12 noon will get watermelon eating contests, in
the festivities underway. Other the vacant lot behind Shiloh
activities include a street dance, Presbyterian Church. Food will
games, food and performers. be available at both locations by
The parade will lineup at the the youth of First Baptist Church
Cameron Mill Plant and proceed and the Grover Rescue Squad.
down Main Street. From Main Beginning at 8 p.m., there will
Street it will turn on Cleveland be a street dance on Laurel
Avenue and continue to First Avenue in front of Grover In-
Baptist Church, where it will dis- dustries. Music will be provided
band. 1 Bl by “The Trust” of Shelby. The
Quay Moss is coordinating the street will be blocked off at 7
parade and says there is still p.m.
plenty of time for units to enter. “We invite all of the people in
Those interested in participating the Kings Mountain-Grover area
in the parade may call Moss. to come and participate in the
For the parade and other ac- day-long fun events,’’ Mrs.
tivities during the day, the com- Wright said.
KM Plans A ‘Big Time’
At Community Center
It’s celebration time for the Mark your calendars and join
historical city of’ Kings Moun- the fun at the City’s annual In-
tain, Monday July 4th. The Parks dependence Day Celebration,
and Recreation Department is starting at 1 p.m. at the Deal
Big Time" for all at. Street inn :
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the festivities and | iele or
speculate in illed en-
joyable annual celebration.
Events will kick off at 1 p.m. 12:00 Noon - Swim Race :
and will conclude in a “Bang” 1:00 p.m. - Cannon Ball “Big
with the Giant Fireworks Ex- Splash”
travaganza at 10 p.m. Many ONGOING EVENTS - Fire
events are slated this year. Pool Truck Rides Waterslide 2:00 til
events included; a penny dive, 4:00 p.m. (in front of Community
diving contest, watermelon Center) Kiddie Rides.
carry, swimming race, and a
cannon ball big splash. Various OTHER EVENTS
fields events will also be under- 1:00 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching
way. Contest (sign up at Horseshoe pit
Other events as horseshoe pit- area)
ching contests, greasy pole 2:00 p.m. Cake Baking Contest
climb, cake baking contest, 3:00 p.m. Greasy Pole Climb -
bingo, kiddie rides are also plan- $20 money prize
ned. The ever popular waterslide 2:30-4:30 p.m. Bingo - in Com-
will be wet and waiting in front of munity Building (nice prizes)
11:30 a.m. - Watermelon Carry
the Community Center. Public 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dunkin’
swimming will be from 12 til 2 Machine
p.m. Antique fire trucks rides 5:00 p.m. Jake Early
around the complex will be going Memorial Park Dedication
on and the dunking machine will 5:30 p.m. Old Timers Softball
be in place. An old timers soft- Game (40 and over)
ball Fape is scheduled following 6:30-7:30 p.m. Beauty Pageant
the dedication of the Jake Early (Various Age Group) sign up at
Memorial Park. Live Bands will stage area
fill the air with music from 5:30 FIELD EVENTS-sign-up at the
til 9:30 with a beauty pageant P.A. Tent
highlighted from 6:30 til 7:30. Sack Race
Culminating this fun-filled day Egg Toss
will be the Giant Fireworks Ex- And Much More. . . .
travaganza in the evening at 10 ENTERTAINMENT
p.m. Prizes, awards and trophies Variety Music - supplied by
will be given throughout the day Live Bands
and complete concessions willbe 10:00 = p.m. GIANT
available for those who wish to FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGAN-
leave the food cooking chores at ZA
Kings Mountain City Council
will take a second look at the pro-
posed $15,690,371.00 city budget
Wednesday night at a 7:30 p.m.
workshop meeting at City Hall.
City Manager George Wood
Monday night presented a
preliminary budget proposal but
said that at least two work ses-
sions will be held before the
council formally adopts the new
budget Thursday, June 30, dur-
ing a special meeting. Under
state law, local governmental
budgets must be approved by Ju-
Wood is proposing reduction in
the city tax rate from 50 cents to
38 cents per $100 property valua-
tion. The 50 cent tax rate has ap-
plied for many years, reflects a
24 percent drop, although the
county wide property reap-
praisal upped Kings Mountain’s
taxable valuation from $159.4
million to $209.1 million this
year. With the old valuation and
50 cent tax rate the city would
have collected $797,000 by the end
of the fiscal year. The new
revaluation and tax rate will br-
of property taxes as last year
although the city budget is less.
Last year’s budget was $16.1
In his budget message to city
council Monday, Wood stressed
the change of the tax rate due to
the octennial revaluation by
Cleveland County; the need to
address water and sewer rates in
order to finance needed utility
improvements with a general
obligation bond issue; the inclu-
sion of funds to implement the
Job Classification and Pay Plan
expected soon from Municipal
Photo by Darrin Griggs
DREDGING WORK CONTINUES - Dredging and other work to get the PIlot Creek Wastewater Treat-
ment Plant into compliance with state laws is continuing. The city hopes to have the state-imposed
moratorium against accepting new sewer customers lifted by July 1.
17 Charged With Selling Beer To
Seventeen businesses were in-
dicted by Kings Mountain Police
this week for selling alcoholic
beverages to minors.
Kings Mountain Police Sgt.
Billy Benton, Sgt. James Camp,
and Sgt. James West led the
undercover operation June 8, 14,
and 15 after complaints from
citizens who reported that some
of the 25 establishments in the ci-
ty with beer, wine and liquor per-
mits had sold to minors under the
age of 21.
“The Police Department did
not go after any one individual
store or person’, said Benton.
Benton said that Sgt. West ac-
companied a 19-year-old to each
store to make a ‘buy’ and that
at 17 of the businesses the clerk
did not request proof of age and
purchases were made. At the
new ABC Store on Cleveland
Avenue, Benton said the young
man bought a pint of Canadian
Mist and was not asked to pro-
duce an ID card.
Court date for all 17 defendants
is July 14th in Cleveland District
Court at Shelby. Benton said that
on a first offense a defendant is
usually given a written warning
and the report included in his
récords with the state ALE and
state ABC commissions.
Kings Mountain area stores
refusing to sell to the minor were
Winn Dixie Store, Pantry Store
on King Street, Pantry Store on
Cleveland Avenue and Pizza Hut,
Police plan to continue similar
‘buys’ on a periodic basis and
warn operators of
establishments in town who sell
beer, wine and alcohol that it is
against the law to sell to a person
under the age of 21. By law, the
store operators or clerks are re-
quired to ask for an ID card if a
person ‘‘looks questionable.”
Criminal summons were serv-
ed on the following businesses
and employees for sale of
alcoholic beverages to an under
Ole Country Store, Cherryville
Road, Darrell Forbes and Steve
Depot Stop and Go, Gary Dean
Allen’s Grocery, Joe Duncan,
Maximum One Day
Year To Date
(Compiled by Kenneth Kitzmiller)
June 15-21 Year Ago
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63 (15th) 68 (17th)
96 (21st) 90 (21st)
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NEWS EDITOR year, or an interim budget must requires about the same amount preparing a manag =
requested by the ci
creases and ways to limit the ci-
ty’s costs; acquisition of the Old
Post Office for $90,000 for a new
police station; economic
development and the need for a
capital improvements program
to begin as soon as possible.
Wood told Council members
state law only allows the city to
budget based on the actual col-
lection rate for taxes; in Kings
Mountain's case 96.7 percent.
While most city managers
have months to work on budget
proposals, Wood only moved to
the city May 9 and became the ci-
ty’s first city manager in the new
city manager-council form of
government. He said that City
Clerk-Treasurer Marvin Chap-
pell had assisted him tremen-
dously in working up the pro-
posals they presented to the city
The proposed budget is
available for public inspection at
City Hall and Mauney Memorial
Normally the city would have
had the budget ready for public
inspection by June 1.
Wood said the reasons for a
smaller budget for 1988-89 is that
one time capital projects were
completed last year “but that
monies are provided to take care
of costs of a bond issue.
cil consider a $8 to $10 million
bond issue to pay for critical
renovations to the utility system.
The city is under a state imposed
moratorium at Pilot Creek
Waste Treatment Plant. A
referendum, if approved by
citizens, would pay for upgrading
of the city electrical and sewer
systems, although the council
has yet to act on which will be the
priority item, Wood said.
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Petroleum World, Kim Cooke
and Robert Murphree, clerks.
Little’ Dan’s Grocery, Grover
Rd., Mary Goforth, clerk.
The Pantry on Phifer road, An-
na Duell, clerk.
Holiday Inn Lounge, Mickey
Reynolds Drive-In on York
Road, Brad Reynolds, clerk.
Harris-Teeter Super Markets,
King St., Kim Gantt, cashier.
East King Shell Station, Shane
Handy Pantry, Cleveland
Avenue, cashier Debbie Allen.
Eckerd’s Drug Store, King St.,
Shannon bloomer, clerk.
Food Mart, formerly Crawford
Quick Stop, Carolyn Ward, clerk.
Linwood Superette, Linwood
Road, Keith Falls and Kirk
ABC Store, Cleveland Avenue,
Scottie Edwards, clerk.
Carey’s Restaurant, King St.,
Foy Cunningham, clerk.
KM Express Store, King St.,
Ophelia Pressley, clerk.
Wood has proposed that coun-
Kings Mountain Rescue Squad
has been hit twice in the past
several months by flim-flam
‘‘scam’s’’ in which persons
representing the Squad ask for
money for tickets for a music
show or for ads for a newspaper.
Captain Jonie Blanton and
Equipment Officer Ross
Lefevers warn that persons con-
tacted should call the local
Attorney General Lacy H.
Thornburg recently wrote issued
the following ruling to officers of
the local Squad would like for
citizens to be aware of his ruling
on ad scams.
Thornburg’s letter reads:
“Most, if not all of you already
know about the continuing pro-
blem of businesses being asked
to buy ads in publications that
supposedly benefit rescue
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Darrell Whetstine...Interim Rec Director
Darrell Whetstine Is Employed”
As Interim Recreation Director
By TODD GOSSETT
Sixth grade teacher Darrell
Whetstine said he likes to find
other jobs in the summer when
he’s not teaching at Costner
Elementary School in Gaston
County. For this summer he
found a job ip Kings Mountain
--as the city’s interim Recreation
Whetstine took over the job on
June 13, replacing George
Adams, who recently took a
coaching postition in Bridgeport,
Whetstine grew up in Kings
same time, he was studying for a
certification in teaching from
Gardner-Webb College. He
received his certificate in 1974
and started teaching at Costner
Elementary in the 1975-1976
school year, where he has taught
Whetstine continued his educa-
tion at Winthrop College in Rock
Hill, S.C., and earned a Master’s
degree in education in 1981.
He first became associated
with the department of recrea-
tion in Kings Mountain when he
worked for a couple of summers
with George Adams at the Com-
Mountain and graduated from munity - Center, When. Adams
Kings Mountain High School. In decided to take the job in Connec-
11972, he graduated from Western ticut, he proposed to the city
Carolina University with a manager to let Whetstine take
degree in psychology and a con- over the job unitl a full-time
centration in physical education. replacement was found.
After graduation, he worked a Whetstine accepted, and will be®
few different jobs before landing with department until he returns
a job as a part-time teacher at to teaching in August. A perma-
the optional school at Kings nent replacement has not yet
Mountain High School during the been named.
1973-1974 school year. At the Turn To Page 2-A