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VOL. 101 NUMBER 48
turkeys go through to reach your table each
Thanksgiving? Most of us don’t, but farmers that
live close to your door are part of the growing
number of turkey growers across the country.
Jack and Mona Scism on Oak Grove Road in
Kings Mountain started growing turkeys a year
and a-half ago, and now turn out thousands of the
birds each year.
The Scisms are contract growers for Rocco, a
company based in Dayton, Va. Rocco bring the
turkey chicks to their growers when the chicks are
one day old, and 14 weéks later pick up a mature
Local Farmers Bring Turkeys To You
Have you ever thought about the process that
hen that is taken to their processing plant.
A good deal of work takes place during the 14
week cycle that sees the birds grow to around 14
_ “To me, the most work involved is during the
first week because the turkeys are too small to use
our automatic feeders so we have to pan feed
them,” explained Scism last Sunday, about the on-
ly day he takes away from his farming chores.
The Scisms have three large growing houses for
the birds. During the first five to six weeks, 20,000,
birds are placed in a 40x500 foot building. After
that they are split into two buildings, each 40x450
feet, offering the birds more room to grow. After
the first week the birds feed and drink from an
The feed is provided by the company to the con-
tract growers. ‘‘They take care of the feed, we are
just paid so much per pound to grow the turkeys,”
During the growing cycle the birds remained
confined. A field representative from Rocco visits
the Scisms each week to inspect their progress
and to make sure the birds are healthy. ©
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1988
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Indoor Swimming Pool
Needs Financial Help
The new indoor swimming pool for Kings Moun-
tain should be completed by mid-December and in
full use by mid-January, according to Dr. Scott
Mayse, head of the Kings Mountain Indoor Pool
Among remaining items to be completed are in-
side mechanical work and painting.
“It is really shaping up nicely,” Mayse said.
The pool foundation is currently conducting a
mini-campaign to raise an additional $140,000 to
meet a project short-fall. Cost for the facility will
reach approximately $820,000.
~ Mayse said the mini-campaign is getting close to
its goal. Persons wishing to make a contribution
can send them to the Foundation at 707 W. King
Street or contact Mayse.
The enclosed 11,000 square foot facility features
a 75-foot pool with 6 swimming lanes with an
overhead gallery that will seat up to 300 persons.
Mayse said a decidation service will be held in
mid-January and then the pool will be open for use.
Planning meetings to establish schedules and use
ayse, Ise :
ring between the school system and the com-
City Council To Meet
Tuesday Night At 7:30
Agenda items tor Tuesdays Kings Mountain city
council meeting range from first reading of bond
orders for the Fed. 7, 1989, bond election to
authorizing expenditure of $9.2 million for water,
sewer and electric improvements to discussing a
draft ordinance concerning vicious dogs.
Also included will be an update on construction
projects underway and wastewater treatment ef-
forts being made just to try to keep ahead of the
state environmental crack-down.
The bond orders will authorize the city to con-
“tract debt and to levy taxes in an amount suffi-
cient to pay the principal of and the interest on:
$3,789,200 for sanitary sewer (including one-half
million for the Crowders Creek plant to be built in
a joint effort with Gastonia, Gaston County and
Bessemer City); $3,629,500 for water; and
$1,811,500 for the electric distribution system.
The estimated payback on the $9,230,200 of
bonds, if passed, is $18 million over 20 years.
City officials say the. improvements are
necessary and that many items in the im-
provements package are state ordered.
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plans have already been held between the city, the
sizhool board and th foundation.
“door Pool Foundation is still seeking furid
“donation may contact Dr. Mayse. «=
COMPUTER VIRUS ALERT
What? ‘Viruses’: programs that
either send messages or destroy
information, go by phone hookup |
or software trading or copying Re x
from system to system.
_] say. . ¥
POOL NEARING COMPLETION - The indo¢r swimming pool at Kings Mountain High School should be
completed in December and in use by mid-January, according to Dr. Scott Mayse, who headed the public
fund drive to construct the facility, which will be used by the school system and the community. The In-
s to help pay for the project. Anyone interested in making a
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 25°¢
While families are getting together for the tradi-
tional Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, most Kings
Mountain business will be at a standstill, and calm
will be settled over Kings Mountain.
Kings Mountain students and teachers will get a
long holiday. Schools close at the end of the day
Tuesday and reopen next Monday.
Many residents will be going to Charlotte Thurs-
day for the 2 p.m. Carolinas Carrousel Parade
while others watch the Turkey Day parades and
favorite television programs including the WBTV
3 showing of the Carrousel Parade at 4 p.m.
Breakfasts will be held in four Kings Mountain
churches, at Kings Mountain Baptist, Boyce
Memorial ARP, First Presbyterian and Central
United Methodist Church. A worship service at 9
a.m. will follow the 7 a.m. breakfast at KM Baptist
Church. The worship service at 7:30 a.m. at Boyce
Memorial ARP Church will precede the 8 a.m.
breakfast. Methodist Men will serve breakfast at
6:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church
followed by a service at 8:30. At First
Presbyterian Church Men of the Church will serve
breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
A community-wide Thanksgiving service will be
held Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at East Gold
Wesleyan Church. Rev. Charles Davenport, presi-
dent of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Associa-
tion and pastor of Long Creek Presbyterian
Church, will deliver the message. A combined
choir from the downtown churches will present
Kings Mountain grocery stores are stocked with
turkey and all the trimmings and grocers expect
to be busy today and tomorrow as families rush to
the stores to stock up for the traditional meal. ~
People That Love Center on Piedmont Avenue
will serve turkey dinner with all the trimmings to
the less fortunate and are asking for donations of
"food to feed the hungry. About 100 are expected to
~ Thursday’s calm is expected to give way Friday
to the first of many exciting days of hustle and
bustle as citizens put Thanksgiving behind them
and look to the Christmas season and shopping.
Christmas lights will be turned on Thanksgiving
evening here and in area towns, and at Christmas
Town U.S.A. in McAdenville.
Will This Virus Spread?
The virus that struck a national computer net-
work this month was one of several that have hit
this region recently.
The viruses, which were nuisances but caused
few problems, have made users more careful. The
big fear among computer users is that the virus
epidemic may grow to a point where access to in-
formation or data networks is limited.
Viruses are hidden programs that are transmit-
ted on computer networks connected through
telephone lines. They can also be spread as com-
puter users trade and copy software. 1
Viruses can erase data or merely reproduce un-
til they have taken up all of a computer’s memory.
So far most viruses have been harmless, experts
The computer hackers who make viruses do it
for fun or as a challenge.
Sometimes, hackers use viruses to advertise
their programming skills. Once a user kills the
virus, the name and address of the hacker who in-
vented it appears on the screne.
For most personal computer users, the most
likely manner in which they could get a virus is by
causing or copying infected programs. Trading
and copying programs is ‘common among per-
sonal computer users. :
Expert computer programers can immunize
computers against the viruses. However, they can
only deal with the viruses they recognize.
So far, there have been no reported outbreaks
among computer users in the Kings Mountain
Kings Mountain will be the
location for another industry that
will eventually employ more
than 100 persons. oh
City officials will not yet
release the name of the new com-
pany but are delighted that the
B firm chose Kings Mountain.
1 “It is a good match,” said City
“nw... Manager George Wood. ‘They
are a fine addition to our in-
dustrial community and we are
glad to have them,” he added.
The new industry reportedly
pays ahove the area’s average
a wage. ARS he
"A joint announcement by the
city and the company is expected
"in a few weeks. The industry will
be located at the former KOA
MKS. W.T. WEIR
Boardview Road. Grading and
construction have already begun
at the location. ~~
Real estate broker John
Barker of Shelby, representing
an industrial developer, first ap-
proached the city several months
ago with the proposal that the 22
acres be divided into five parcels
for a small industrial park.
“They have come back since
then and brought the city a pro-
spect that wanted the entire
parcel for developing their loca-
tion in Kings Mountain,” Woods
explained. Sai Re
The city will run gas, electric,
water and sewer lines to the new
.industry. Cost of the gas and
campground, a 22 acre site on electric service will be paid for
‘ing the water and sewer lines.
“investment back in the project
‘between three to five years,”
Woodsisaid,: © Ase a .
Woods said, this is an ideal type
“of industrial development. Here
within city limits. Boy &
It’s close to existing water
In 1922 there was no ‘town
~ library or high school library.
The first library books were
bought with 50-cent donations
‘from the senior class that year,
recalls Mrs. W.T. Weir, who
taught high school English at :
: library, which held no pictures.
~The seniors of 1922 held a
what is now Central School.
That was the beginning of the
first high school library. The
by the city, and the city will pay
up to $63,000. of the cost of runn-
“‘Based on their estimated
usage, the city should get its total
"From the city’s perspective,
are the mainreasons: ©
~ ~The industry will be located
and sewer services. |
---Offers a quick payback to the
city for the cost of installing the
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young KMHS teacher, Mrs. Weir
(Josephine Ellerbe) recalled
taking the stairs three at a time
to the English department,
‘where the Central Library is to-
~ day. She said there was a study
hall area, now a part of the
‘womanless wedding and
books were unattractive, bound
in dark brown, but they were
_ classics by Tennyson, Browning
and Shakespeare and there were
“a few novels which were much
~ needed additions to the English
~ department, she said.
During her first year as a
businessmen in town helped
raise a sizeable amount of money
to make the homeroom and study
“area a pleasant place for the 20
seniors. Several seniors went to
Charlotte to help select the pic-
tures, + oi iv
Retiring in 1968, Mrs. Weir
‘To Honor Mrs. Weir £2
taught 40 years in Kings Moun-
tain, one year in Grades 6-7 and
39 years at KMHS. After retire-
ment, she was librarian for one
year at Clover, S.C. High School )
and librarian for three years at
Winthrop College Training
. School and instructor of several
library science classes
) s for col-
lege students. ie BE
© After her first year here with
the school system, she left to 8
‘work three years in the English
Department of Flora McDonald
College, returning when she
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~ What are the prospects for
growth in Kings Mountain?
According to City Manager
George Wood, the prospects are
_ “Kings Mountain is in the right
place at the right time,” Woods
said, “and if we can provide the
utilities needed for the future,
then I believe it is safe to say that
our local economic base will con-
tinue to expand. :
In the first 10 months of the
year, the city issued $4.6 million
in building and construction per-
‘mits, as compared to $4.7 for all
ocer W.T. Weir to
COMMUNITY FACTS —
=| Prospect Great
of 1987. It is expected to top $5
* million this year which would be
a two and one-half percent ex-
pansion of the city’s $200 million
“Qur growth has been suttle,”
Woods said, “but it has been
steady and we expect that to con-
‘tinue and increase.”
The city has had steady in-
quiries from industries and retail
based customers that have an in-
terest in Kings Mountain.
“It has been very positive, and
it looks that way on into the
future,” he added. i