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VOL. 101 NUMBER 49 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1988 5¢
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NOR1.. _
Library Sets Open House
Library Was Once
Home For Teachers
Mauney Memorial Library was once home to a
doctor and his family, to 13 school teachers and is.
now the home for thousands of volumes of books.
The Library is open to visitors Sunday from 3 to
5 p.m. and members of the Board of Trustees will
greet guests who will be given a tour of the
beautiful facility, which includes a spacious
auditorium built by her former students to honor
Josephine Ellerbe Weir, a $300,000 expansion and
renovation project. :
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In Fraud Case
Judy P. Crawford of Kings Mountain has been
sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after
pleading guilty to defrauding Home Federal Sav-
ings & Loan where she was employed as vice presi-
dent of operations.
Mrs. Crawford admitted taking $198,451 over an
eight year period, between Oct. 27, 1980 through
March of 1988, by creating fictitious loans. During
the period she made 45 disbursements from the
loans to family and personal accounts. She also pl-
ed guilty to manipulating Home Federal’s books to
cover the loans.
The total loss to Home Federal, including in-
terest on the bogus loans totaled $263,350. Home
Federal first discovered the loan in March of 1988,
during an audit of accounts exceeding $250,000.
They discovered the loan had no name, address
and no collateral. Mrs. Crawford later admitted to
FBI agents that she had taken the money, and
resigned in April.
Sentencing came last week by Judge Robert D.
Potter in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. After
serving the 15 months sentence, Mrs. Crawford
4 will be put on work release for one year. She is now
© “on parole, awaiting assignment to one of three
women’s prisons by the Bureau of Prisons.
Federal women’s prisons in this region are located
in Alderson, W.Va., Lexington, KY., and Marian-
Defense attorney James Walker of Charlotte
told the court that Mrs. Crawford had a relatively
poor childhood and she took the money because
she couldn’t stand to see her family do without the
things she didn’t have as a child.
Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Horne of
Charlotte said that the money was taken to
upgrade her lifestyle and that of her family.
“There was no one sick or a family crisis,” he
said. ‘‘A little bit was taken each year, and she
made numerous false entries by manipulating the
computer,” Horne added. : :
Over the years, Mrs. Crawford made payments
of $1,800 on the loans.
The loss of Home Federal was covered by the
bonding company, Horne said.
- _- A scene from downtown Kings Mountain in 1874 is displayed in the
MR RE Artist Abner Zook ii commissioned by his pastor. Rev.
k in 1976 as gift to Cooper’s mother, Mrs. E.C. Cooper, on her 90th birthday.
Mauney Brothers Store and horsedrawn carts depict life in the early
ial pictures of the newly renovated library, please turn to page 5-A.
Fiction Room at Mauney Memorial Library.
Edgar Cooper, to do the artwor
The freight depot, railroad tracks,
days of the city’s history. For speci
Mauney Memorial Library is rolling out the red
carpet to visitors to attend open house Sunday
from 3 until 5 p.m. and tour, not only the new addi-
tion, but the renovated rooms of the library.
Members of the Library Board were putting the
finishing touches this week on plans for the open
house to show $300,000 in improvements.
Refreshments will be served in the new
auditorium. Visitors may enter from the side en-
The interior of the library has been decorated
throughout in warm neutral tones. Soft off-white
walls are complemented with wood trim in a
mellow beige. Carpeting in all rooms is a commer-
cial grade in silver beige. The foyer and side en-
trances are floored in a nutmeg vinyl. The
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22 ACRE SITE
NEW INDUSTRY — Benny Hoyle, president of Wix Corporation, announces a new 150,000 square foot
distribution facility to be constructed in Kings Mountain. The announcement came today at council
chambers and was made jointly with city officials from Kings Mountain.
Former Mayor John Moss Named In Suit
Former Kings Mountain Mayor John Henry
Moss has been named in a lawsuit that charges he
sexually harassed a prior employee of the city,
Patsy Jean Parker.
The lawsuit was filed Nov. 7, in U.S. District
Court in Asheville. She currently lives in Kings
Mountain and works at a local industry.
Along with Moss, the lawsuit names the City of
Kings Mountain, city employee Clyde Parrish and
former city recreation director George Adams as
The lawsuit states that Mrs. Parker was
discriminated against by Moss, Parrish and
Adams during the five year period she was
employed part-time and later full-time as an
aerobics and fitness instructor by the city. Mrs.
Parker was fired from the job in April of 1987.
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Obituaries ............ 3-A
Religion ............. 12-C
School News...... ....1-B
Weddings ............ .3-C
Willie Albert Childers, 82, of
Route 6 Countryside Road, died
Wednesday morning at 10:07
a.m., in the Kings Mountain
He was retired president of
Childers Roofing & Heating and a
member of Temple Baptist
Church of which he was former
director of Carolina Roofers
A native of Gaffney, S.C., he
was the son of the late William
M. and Alice Parrish Childers.
He was married to Helen Skinner
Childers, who survives.
Surviving, in addition to his
Willie A. Childers, 82
Died Wednesday Morning
treasurer. He was a former =
The suit says that Parker was invited to lunch
by Moss in March of 1982 to discuss a new fitness
class for the city that Parker was slated to teach.
Parker was then taken by Moss to a motel near
Charlotte, the suit contends. The suit says she re-
jected his overtures and advised him that she was
uncomfortable with the arrangement.
“Under the circumstances, (Parker) believe
she was being asked to exchange sexual favors for
the continuation of the program. After (Parker)
rebuked his overtures, they returned to Kings
+ Mountain,” the suit states.
Officers from the Wix Corporation joined with
Kings Mountain officials this morning to announce
that Wix will be opening a 150,000 square’ foot
facility in Kings Mountain.
Construction has already begun on the latest ad-
dition to Kings Mountain’s growing list of in-
dustries. Wix will be located at the former KOA
campground, a 22 acre site on Broadview Road,
near Jim Testa Chevrolet and facing Interstate 85.
“We are excited about this expansion in Kings
Mountain,” said Benny Hoyle of Gastonia who is
president of Wix and Group Vice President of
Dana Corporation, Wix, parent company.
Wix, a major producer of oil filters has plants in
the Carolinas and distribution centers around the
country. They have a large operation in Gaston
The Kings Mountain expansion will initially be a
warehouse and distribution center. employing ap-
proximately 25-30 persons. Officials said construc-
tion on the site would include two, attractive metal
buildings. One will be 50,000 square feet, and the
other 100,000 square feet. Within three years, pro-
jected employment may reach 100 persons.
Overall cost of the project will be approximately
Real estate broker John Barker of Shelby,
representing the development company of CRE
and Associates in Gastonia headed by David Hoyle
and Ted Melton, first approached the city several
months ago with the proposal that the 22 acres be
divided into five parcels for a small industrial
park. CRE does residential, office, commercial
and industrial development projects.
They later came back to the city with the pro-
posal that Wix buy the entire parcel for developing
their locating in Kings Mountain.
“It’s a good match,” said City Manager George
Wood. “They are a fine addition to our industrial
community and we are glad to have them,” he ad-
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The suit claims that after that occasion, she was
subjected to a number of unwanted physical
touchings by Moss, who served 22 years as the ci-
“She repeatedly told him to stop the matter,”
the suit states. ‘In order to avoid such embarrass-
ing and humiliating experiences, the plaintiff
always made sure that someone else was with her
whenever she was in the presence of the mayor.
Most times, if she had to have meetings with the
mayor, she would take her daughter with her.
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Project Took One Year
As heavy equipment grinds to a halt and
workmen remove their tools of the trade, a
beautifully renovated and expanded Mauney
Memorial Library can be seen on the corner of
East King Street and South Piedmont Avenue.
This Sunday, December 4, the library’s doors
will be opened to the public for Open House from 3
- 5 p.m.
Area citizens are invited to join the Board of
Trustees, the library staff, and dignitaries from
the city, county, and state, including Mrs. Jane
Williams of the State Library Division, for a close-
up view of the library’s rooms following a major
year-long construction project totaling approx-
The Open House will take place almost a year to
the day from the contract date of December 7,
1987, when Ted Huffman was hired to refurbish
and enlarge the facility in accordance with plans
drawn up by Roger Holland of Holland and
Hamrick Architects in Shelby.
Bill Davis, former KM District Schools
superintendent, served as general chairman of the
fund-raising campaign, and Charles Mauney, ex-
ecutive of Mauney Hosiery Mills, was campaign
treasurer. Former KM Hospital administrator
Grady Howard is chairman of the Board of
The campaign was successful in raising a total
of $205,720 in pledges, as well as, receiving $115,000
in county and state grants. The largest single sum
came in the form of a grant from the Cleveland
County Commissioners for $100,000, resulting
from a joint appeal by Mauney Memorial and
Cleveland County Memorial Libraries for con-
Business and individual donors totaled 342, with
contributions varying in amount from $1 to
$25,000. The category of $50 - $100 proved to be the
most popular with 96 contributors. Donations
came in from 22 states, witih most out-of-state
donors responding to the Josephine E. Weir
Auditorium honor gift. Major honor and memorial
gifts are designated in the appropriate rooms with
a bronze plaque.
As a result of the campaign, 2680 square feet
were added to the library’s main floor to include
an auditorium, a new Carolina Room, the major
portion of the non-fiction area, office space, a
hospitality-kitchen area, an expanded Junior
Room, storage room, and a janitor’s closet.
At the same time the original part of the
building received much-needed attention in the
form of a facelift. Walls and bookcases were
painted and carpet was installed to match the new
addition. New ceilings and light fixtures were put
in place. The building was completely rewired and
a fire alarm system was added. New heating and
cooling systems were installed, converting from
the old hot water boiler to a modern forced-air
gas-fired furnace with five zones for more effi-
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wife, are two sons, James A.
Childers and Bill Childers; three
daughters, Mrs. Ann Moss, Mrs.
Mary Hambright and Mrs. Helen
McAbee, all of Kings Mountain;
12 grandchildren and 14 great-
Funeral services will be held
Friday at 3:30 p.m., at Temple
Baptist Church. Rev. Wray Bar-
rett and Rev. W.F. Monroe will
officiate and interment will be in
Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends
Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m.,
at Harris Funeral Home and at
other times at the home.
Jacob S. Mauney LIBRARY
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