VOL. 101 NUMBER 36
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1988
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CA
Lake Will Be Lowered Three More Fes.
City’s Public Boat
The city closed public boat ramps at Moss Lake
Friday and notified lake residents with private ac-
cess areas that boating would be at their own risk.
Engineers recommended that the lake be
lowered three more feet to safeguard against a
sudden rise in the water level which could jeopar-
dize the dam,
Moss Lake is already down three feet to allow for
emergency repairs to the dam’s spillway.
The lake at six feet below normal will be the
lowest ever. The water facility was built on Buffalo
Creek over 20 years ago.
In his letter to Moss Lake residents, City
Ramps Are Closed
Manager George Wood said the action was
necessary because the lake must be lowered an ad-
ditional three feet in thé next two weeks to allow
repairs to the dam spillway.
“The lake level will be six feet below normal.
Therefore, the ramps will not reach the lake;’’ he
said. “The city encourages boaters not to use the
lake during this period when the level is low. Tree
stumps, sand bars, outcroppings of rocks and other
obstacles may be just below the water surface, and
could cause injuries to skiers, swimmers and
Woman Walked Off
Just Before Crash
In West Germany
By LIB STEWART
Linda Ann Latta, 22, called her mother in Kings
Mountain Sunday night from Ramstein Air Base in
West Germany to assure her the family was safe
after a military jet crashed over the air show they
Mrs. Goldie McDaniel,
of 109 N. Sims St., was
pleasantly surprised to
hear her daughter’s voice
over the long distance
wire. She had not been
watching the televised ac-
count of the horrible
tragedy the family
“I sure am glad I was
watching another channel
_|when the news broke,”
said Mrs. McDaniel, who
last saw her 18-month-old
grandson, Richard, when
the baby was three mon-
ths old. Lee Latta, in the
LINDA AND LEE
USAF the past three years, is a precision measure-
ment laboratory specialist at the West Germany
. base. :
Sunday was a family outing day for all the
military people stationed there and Linda Ann and
her husband and son joined the 300,000 visitors
packed in the base for the air show. The couple
drove their car from their apartment in Neider-
more, about 15 minutes from the base.
Linda was talking with some of their friends
when suddenly she became sick and told her hus-
band she needed to get out of the crowds and go to
their car to watch the remainder of the show. Sit-
ting with service friends at the time, Linda told
them she might return in a few minutes. It was a
nice day for a holiday and the big crowd was enjoy-
ing themselves. :
Linda said they got to the car and were sitting in
it when suddenly a military jet crashed in a ball of
fire in the area they were originally sitting. When
she called home Sunday, after being detained
three hours in the parking lot with her family, she
reported 38 people dead and 500 more injured at
the base 60 miles west of Frankfurt. Identification
of victims has been a lengthy process because
many people were badly burned. The Lattas arriv-
ed home about 10:15 p.m. their time and she called
her mother at 5:15 p.m. Sunday our time.
“I didn’t sleep a wink all night,” said Mrs.
Linda said the first thing they did when they ar-
rived back home in their apartment was to get
down on their knees and thank God. She also told
her mother that her sudden illness passed away as
quickly as she sat down in the car and started to
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By GARY STEWART
Forty walkers who are part of hundreds walk-
ing from Maine to Atlanta, Ga., to raise money
for Habitat For Humanity came through Kings
Mountain Tuesday morning to seek donations
and raise awareness of sub-standard housing in
the United States and abroad.
The walkers say they're well on their way to
raising the goal of $1.2 million in a 1,200-mile
walk which began June 27 in Portland, Maine,
and will end September 15 in Atlanta. When the
walkers left the Herald building on East King
Street on an 18-mile walk to Shelby, four of them
had covered the entire 935 miles.
The group was to spend the night at Gardner-
Webb College and then start out for Tryon, where
Habitat’s founder, Millard Fuller, will speak at a
gathering Thursday night. Fuller walked the
first-half of the trip.
Going with the walkers in vehicles is a “travel-
ing work camp” which builds houses along the
way. Thus far, 70 new houses have been con-
structed and 70 renovated, and four homes have
By LIB STEWART
Crews will begin the lowering of Moss Lake an
additional three feet on Friday, Sept. 8 to make
necessary emergency repairs to the dam.
Awarding of bids for the major repairs to the
dam, estimated at between $75,000 to $100,000, is on
the agenda for the Sept. 13 meeting of city council.
Letters went out this week under the signature of
City Manager George Wood and Chief of Police
Warren Goforth notifying the lake property owners
of the action authorized by the city utilities com-
mittee on recommendation of city engineers last
The lake repairs are likely to take two to three
months and the lake level could start returning to
Walkers Come Through KM
already been built this week.
Habitat For Humanity, founded by former
tnillionaire Fuller in 1976 in Americus, Ga., has
built houses in 280 cities in the United States and
at 59 sites in 25 developing countries. To date
over 2,500 houses have been built. An estimated
2,000 will be built this year. Some people in
Shelby are hoping to organize a chapter in
People from 15 different countries are par-
ticipating in the walk. Natives of West Germany,
Uganda, Zambia, Peru and Bolivia were among
the walkers who came through Kings Mountain.
They ranged in age from eight to 84.
“What is interesting to me about these people
are their differences, but that, they all come
together in helping brothers and sisters in
Christ,” said Florian Wanger of West Germany.
“We have one who lives in a shack and another
who drives a Mercedes.”’
Habitat For Humanity’s most noted volunteer
is former President Jimmy Carter. Carter did
not participate in the walk but he did lead con-
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For most people, the summer heat and humidity
can mean long, miserable days. But people spen-
ding money trying to relieve themselves of the
heat can mean money for local businesses.
Business has increased sharply in recent weeks
at Pantry on East King Street, said employee San-
dra Yow. Sales of soft drinks, beer and ice cream
have gone up the most, she said.
The Pantry Store on Phifer Road has experienc-
ed the same increase in soft drinks and beer, but
has also sold a lot of ice, said employee Lagre
Smith. But that’s not all customers come in to the
air-conditioned store for, he said. “Most people
come in here to get out of the heat.
The Phifer Road Pantry has had to ‘‘double-up”
on the amount of soft drinks they usually keep in
stock, Smith said.
Area fast-food restaurants have also experienc-
ed an increase in sales of ice cream. milk shakes.
Heat’s Not All Bad
and soft drinks.
“It really picks up when it’s hot...especially on
Sunday,’’ said Hardees manager Nelson Tucker.
Hardees is selling many of their twist cones and
shakes, he said. But business has declined in the
past week due to vacations ending and the start of
school, he said.
Gail Sherwood, first assistant manager at
McDonalds, said she’s noticed an increase in sales
of larger drinks. ‘The most increase in the things I
see has been serving supersize drinks.”
People have also been flocking to the TG&Y
store on Shelby Road to buy summer related
items, said Manager Tom Quiram. He said his
store has sold more fans than usual, as well as
more garden hoses and water sprinklers.
The TG&Y has also sold a lot of water toys -- toys
to go in the swimming pools, Quiram said. ‘We
sold slap out!”
normal in the fall, depending on rain
State officials, after an inspection g
ly 29, wrote Wood that ‘‘present cor
spillway poses a threat to the safety
and its failure would likely cause I
life, highways and the city of King
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More extensive repairs to the dam may have to
be done in two or three years which could require a
10 foot drop, instead of a 6 foot drop, in the lake
level, engineers have told members of the city
utilities committee which has met at length over
the past two months to discuss utilities problems.
‘Since Moss Lake is the source of the city’s
water supply, this has to be a number one priority
right now in city improvements,’ said Wood.
Near High School
A request to amend the city zoning laws to build
8-15 condominiums across from Kings Mountain
Senior High School was denied by the Planning and
Zoning Board Thursday night after 200 property
Bill Childers, of 413 Maner Road, representing
the opposing property owners said that the
neighborhood is now zoned R-10, and should not be
changed to R-6, to allow Patricia Neisler Plonk to
build luxury single-story brick condos on 3.1 acres
she owns at the West end of Maner Road and
Fulton abutting into Phifer Road. Mrs. Plonk
estimated the condos would sell for $60,000 to
Childers said that the building of apartments
would mean even greater traffic congestion in the
area and said that implementation by KM District
Schools of a facilities plan to increase the student
body at the Junior High on Phifer Road by 300
more students and the Senior High School on
Phifer Road to 300 more students plus traffic at the
proposed indoor pool would add to the severe traf-
fic problem. The petition, signed by 200 property
owners, said the addition of apartments was not in
the best interest of a stable neighborhood.
David Faunce was the only board member abs-
taining when the vote was called for by Chairman
Wilson Griffin. : :
Mrs. Plonk has not said whether she plans to
take her proposal to the city council which has the
final vote on the matter, although it has been
policy for the council to follow recommendations
of the zoning board.
Mrs. Plonk and her son, John Plonk, III, attend-
ed the meeting.
In other actions, the board gave approval to final
plats of Robert E. Lee SubDivision on U.S. 74 west,
Butch Kerns for four one-acre lots on Williams
Street and Andy Neisler for Logan Park on
Margrace Road pending final approval for
agreements between the developers and the city
for completion of improvements.
The requests will come before the city council at
the Sept. 13 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Because property owners, Kenneth Davis and
Patricia Russell, were not present to present
specific proposals, the board tabled their request
for zoning from R-20 to general business their pro-
perty at the intersection of Afton Drive on U.S. 74
West across from Food Lion. Chairman Wilson
Griffin said it was the general policy of the board
that property owners or their representatives
should appear before the board to give specific
uses of property when it is being considered for
Rev. George Simmons, pastor of East Gold
Street Wesleyan Church, withdrew a zoning re-
quest. The church, which recently moved into a
new sanctuary, had advertised its old property,
across from the American Legion building, for
sale. Simmons did not elaborate on whether he had
a buyer now for the property nor what are future
uses of the property. ;
Red Cross Bloodmobile
To Visit Here September 1
Kings Mountain Industries will sponsor a
bloodmobile visit Thurs., Sept. 1 from 1-6 p.m. at
First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
The American Red Cross collects blood every
day to insure that blood is available for patients
who are ill or undergoing surgery, said Marlene
Reynolds of Glen Raven Mills, who is helping
promote the upcoming visit. “The people in
Kings Mountain have always been very suppor-
tive of the bloodmobile, and we need to again ask
for their support,” she said.
The goal is 135 pints.
Persons wishing to donate for the first time
must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110
pounds and have a medical history free from cer-
tain diseases such as hepatitis, cancer and heart
UF Helps Shelter Home
Sixty-three percent of new ad-
missions to the Shelter Home of
Cleveland County came from
Kings Mountain last year.
Kings Mountain United Fund
has budgeted $7,200 for operating
expenses at Shelter Home, one of
the 12 agencies that will benefit
from an individual’s donation to
the United Fund which seeks a
record $115,500 for 1989.
Volunteers will kick off the
drive at a campaign luncheon
Sept. 9 at noon at Holiday Inn.
asked to forward their checks to 28086.
Before the kickoff, those wishing Kings Mountain United Fund,
to make Pledges in advance are PO Box 122, Kings Mountain
Dr. Bob McRae, Superinten-
dent of Kings Mountain District
Schools and campaign -chair-
man! said that Shelter Home of
Cleveland County is an emergen-
cy, temporary care facility for
abused and neglected children.
These children are placed by the
Department of Social Services
for a period not to exceed 90 days
in Shelter Home at Shelby.
Children between the ages of 0-18
years of any race, creed, or
religion can be placed at the
Shelter providing there are no
more than five children in
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disease. Any questions can be directed to the Red
Cross office in Shelby.
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