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VOL. 101 NUMBER 52
The National Unidentified Flying Object Watch Association
(NUFOWA) has reported the sighting of a strange object in the skies ov
The group said it is flying in a southeasterly direction at a high speed
A spokesman for the group said the object resembles a sleigh that is
being pulled by eight animals resembling reindeer, one of which has.a
shiny, red nose. The sleigh appears to be carrying a big, fat man dressed in
a red and white suit and also is filled with Nintendo sets, baby dolls, and
The UFO is expected to arrive in Kings Mountain late Saturday night or
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* WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1988
Silver Express Mini-Market
lo Build On East King Street
A $1 million "Silver Express" mini-market will be
built on Highway 74 Business Loop at North Deal and
East King Streets, according to Gregg DeSantis,
president of Silver Franchising Co., headquartered in
The property is being acquired from Warren E.
Reynolds and is the 11/2 acre lot presently occupied by
One Hour Martinizing on East King Street. Eddie
Tillman, owner of One Hour Martinizing, is making
plans to relocate and workmen were pouring footings
on his new property on the west side of The Pantry on
East King Street this week.
Warren E. Reynolds built the present One Hour
Naninidng building in 1946. He leased it to Tillman in
De Santis said construction is expected to start in
_ Shorter holiday schedules at most plants reflect an
improved economy. At most plants employees will get
holidays with pay.
Kinmont Industries and Grover Industries report the
shortest holiday. David Roof, Personnel Director of
Grover Industries, said the mill has been running six
and seven days for some time. Kinmont, of Kings
Mountain, and Grover Industries will be closed on
Monday, Dec. 26. Christmas gifts will be distributed to
Kings Mountain Knit Fabrics will be closed Friday
and Monday for the holidays. Bonuses will be paid to
employees based on years of service and employees
will choose a gift from a company catalog. i
Clevemont's Fruit of the Loom plant will give
employees a long holiday. Personnel Director Russell
Greene said that the plant will close Dec. 22, reopening
on Jan, 9. Plant parties were held on the various shifts
this week. The plant makes vacation payments.
Mauney Hosiery Mills' employees begin their
holiday period Thursday.The plant will reopen on Jan.
3. Bonuses are paid employees based on length of
Parkdale Mills No. 5 will also observe a short
holiday period. The plant will close at 7 a.m. on Friday,
reopening at 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec.. 26. Personnel
Director Lavon Strickland said the plant has been
running seven days a week. She said Christmas bonuses
will be paid employees based on length of service and
Christmas hams and turkeys will also be presented
Sadie Cotton Mills will close at 6 a.m. Thursday,
reopening on Wed., Dec. 28 at 6 a.m. Christmas
bonuses are paid employees based on length of service
and gift certificates are also presented to employees.
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Board Of Realtors
Endorses Bond Vote
The Kings Mountain Board of Realtors this week
endorsed the Feb. 7 Bond Referendum which seeks
$9.2 million for upgrading city's utilities.
The realtors’ backing came on the heels of an
endorsement last week by the City's Chamber of
"We feel that this Bond Referendum is vital for the
future growth and well being of Kings Mountain," said
Jerry King, President of Board of Realtors.
The bond referendum would supply money for the
upgrading of the City's electrical, waste water, and
In an outlined statement, King gave the board of
realtors reasons they support the upcoming bond vote:
Electrical Systems :
--The current electrical system is set up on two
substations. An accident would cut off half of the City's
power. This exposes the community and industry to
--The system is subject to low voltage problems that
can cause damage to appliances.
--The system is at capacity with no significance room
for industrial expansion.
--The system is antiquated, with high maintenance
costs, and is operating "on the edge."
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late January on the Kings Mountain market, one of six
to open in the Greater Charlotte area in 1989. The new
retailing concept is designed to fill the market gap
‘between large supermarkets and traditional
convenience stores and are among the prototypes of the
"Silver Exoress" store concept, developed to become
anchor stores in as many as 100 new neighborhood
convenience shopping centers being planned for the
Middle Atlantic, Midwestern and Southeastern states
during the next five years.
"Silver Express" markets will place special emphasis
on customer service with a full-line delicatessen and
hot foods for both take-out and in-store dining, a
bakery, and expanded grocery and beverage products in
a spacious, attractive, well-designed and well-lighted
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Divers stopped searching Lake Murray late Tuesday
for the bodies of two Kings Mountain fishermen who
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NEW CONVENIENCE CENTER - A "Silver Express" market will go up on East King Street in late
January. Silver Franchising Company is buying
the 122 acre block, which includes the One Hour
Utility Rates Being Studied
By C.T. CARPENTER
Three council members of the city's utility committee
struggled again last night in a second work-horse
session, trying to come up with a recommendation on
new water and wastewater (sewer) rates which would
go into effect should voters pass the $9.2 million bond
election scheduled for Feb. 7th.
The group scheduled mother committee meeting,
open to the public, for Dec. 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the
conference room upstairs at city hall.
The new rates would go into effect in April and are
being set to raise income to pay for improvements, all
badly needed and some to be done under court order:
$3,789,200 (including $500,000 for the Crowders
Creek treatment plant) for wastewater; $3,629,500
(including almost $1.4 million for the water treatment
plant) for water; and $1,811,500 for the electrical
Pilot Creek WWTP (wastewater treatment plant) is to
be expanded to two million-gallons-day (almost $3.3
million), including sludge handling improvements
Kings Mountain has agreed to build under a judicial
order of consent. Crowders Creek WWTP will accept
2.28 MGD (million-gallons-day) when put into
operation in 1992 and will allow elimination of McGill
WWTP on the eastside of the city.
With the water bonds, the plan is to build a 5 million-
gallon storage tank for finished water near the city's
utilities building on NC 216 N (Piedmont Ave.), in
addition to improvements at the T.J. Ellison WTP
(water treatment plant) and $1-million for possible
spillway repairs at Moss Lake impoundment.
Funds from the bond sale for electrical improvements
will allow replacement of a 1970-built "temporary"
sub-station off York Rd. with*a*modern facility and up-
grading to 15-kv of the Cansler St. N sub-station, which
with design and construction of new distribution lines
would cut down on line loss (voltage and money) and
provide back-up for the system in case of break-downs.
The entire system would be 15-kv.
Kings Mountain tracks electricity rates of Duke
Power Co., which will still deliver current to the two
sub-stations, and is the city's largest income-producer.
Electricity profits, along with added income from the
natural gas distribution system (owned by the city),
provided some 4475,000 to the budget last year.
The proposed new rates will allow Kings Mountain
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to pay off the water and sewer bonds with income
produced from the systems.
No increase in property taxes is anticipated in order
to pay for the bond money but council is asking voters
to approve the general obligation bond method to gain a
better interest rate. General obligation bonds require the
full faith and credit of the tax payers, which revenue
bonds do not.
The pay-out period for the $9.2 million bond asking
is 22 years.
Last June council retained Arthur Young company to
develop a water and sewer financial and rate study for
Kings Mountain. Purpose of the study was to develop a
comprehensive 5-year financial plan, to determine
revenue requirements for fiscal years 1989 through
1994 and to calculate user charges.
Mark Dolan and Elyse Reinecke, of Charlotte,
presented the preliminary results to the utilities
committee in meeting Dec. 7th. They were not present
at last night's session.
The committee also discussed possible construction
of a 24-inch water line (down town 36-inches) on Oak
Grove Rd. and expansion of 2.0 mgd at the Pilot Creek
WWTP. Cost of the 24-inch line, which would go to the
proposed 5-mg finished water storage tank to be built
on NC 216 N, was listed at $3.56 million, and an
amended cost of $2.3 for the 2.0 mgd expansion (less
sludge handling and clearwell which are included in the
proposed bond issue), for a total cost of $5.861 million.
Committee Chairman Al Moretz and members Fred
E. Finger, of Ward 5, and Humes Houston, of Ward 2,
were present Tuesday night. Also attending from the
city staff were Manager George Wood, Engineer Tom
Howard, Director Gene White and Treasurer Marvin
Chappell. Ms. Norma Bridges, of Ward 3, also was
present for part of the discussions.
Present from industry were Ernest Rome, Anvil Knit,
and Plant Manager Pat Carter and Fred Teague, of
"W e understand that the rate increases are necessary
and needed," Rome said today, "and it's just the matter
of the sudden shock of the jump. We are going to do
some extended studies.” Anvil presently uses a 1-mgd
(mill ion gallons a day) equalizing basin for wastewater,
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have been missing since their boat sank Saturday.
A boat and air search continues for the bodies of
Robert Lewis Crawford, 57, of 811 Rhodes Ave., and
Ernest McNeal, 35, of Northwoods Drive, according to
Mike Creel, spokesman for N. C. Wildlife and Marine
Resources. A third Kings Mountain man, Ernest Pettis,
19, also of 1707 Northwoods Drive and son of Ernest
McNeal, was also aboard the boat and was rescued by
another boat party and was transported to Newberry
Lake Murray is a 400-500 feet wide lake near
Columbia,S.C. where numerous local fishermen have
gone to fish for striped bass.
The three men set out from Holland's Landing on
Lake Murray at daybreak Saturday. The boat quickly
took on water and sank after Crawford put it into
reverse to retrieve a headlight that had fallen overboard,
according to reports.
The boat sank shortly after daybreak off Billy
Dreher Island State Park, relatives have been told.
Wildlife Department divers discontinued the diving
operation Tuesday. Crawford's brother, W. Donald
Crawford, returned to Kings Mountain Tuesday night
after being at the accident scene since Saturday.
Family members said the fishermen left home early
Saturday morning. According to reports, the fishermen
were trying to retrieve their light when the weather
conditions became windy and turbulent. A large wave
came over the rear of the boat and filled it with water
and the boat tipped, throwing all three fishermen into-
the water. Ernest Lee held onto his father. Crawford
yelled for help and Earnest McNeal went to Crawford's
aid when, in a matter of seconds, both of the older men
went under and did not surface.
The younger man held his hands up, he reportedly
told rescuers, and yelled for help. He saw a nearby boat
but the men in the boat did not see him and almost ran
into him. The young man grabbed at the boat as it
passed and the men in it realized what was happening
and pulled the youth to safety inside the boat.
Dragging operations started at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
The boat was recovered in 40 feet of water. When the
temperature hit 17 degrees, the operations were stopped
but were resumed Sunday. The diving was discontinued
wr. * *
Fishing was in Bobby Crawford's blood and he
loved it, according to his wife, Betty.
Since retirement from the grocery business in April,
Bobby had enjoyed fishing more than ever and he and
his family fished often at Lake Wylie .
Although he was not as familiar with Lake Murray
near Newberry,S.C. as some of the other fishing lakes,
he had fished there for striped bass only a few days ago
with Former Police Chief J. D. Barrett and Tommy
Saturday morning Crawford, his friend, Ernest
McNeal and McNeal's 19-year-old son returned to Lake
Murray. It was cold and they wore warm clothing. Mrs.
Crawford said the fishermen left about 5 a.m. so they
could start fishing at daybreak."They weren't worried
about the weather. The day promised to be good for
fishing. They didn't get to fish because of the accident,”
said Mrs. Crawford who said her husband's boat was
recovered at the bottom of the lake . Divers marked the
spot Tuesday afternoon and discontinued diving
operations for the bodies of Crawford and McNeal, Sr.
Ernest Pettis, 19, was rescued after the boat capsized.
The Crawford family, which includes two daughters,
and the McNeal family, which includes McNeal's wife,
Mildred and six children, were joined by many relatives
and friends anxious to hear from rescue operations.
"Bob had just got on the water and apparently lost
the boat light and was backing up when the strong
winds capsized the boat," said Mrs. Crawford. She said
Rescue Squads got the call at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
"It just seems hopeless now," said Mrs. Crawford
who said boat and air searches are continuing at the
By D.R. GRIGGS
Piedmont Avenue, you will find a quiet group of people
waiting patiently to receive food, clothes and toys. You
will also find a list of over 50 children who need those
same items. But what you will not find is what they
need. The center is completely out of toys, and is
extremely low on food and clothes.
In December of last year the center distributed food,
clothes and toys to over 100 needy children in the
Kings Mountain area. This year that figure tripled to
over 300 when the center took over the "Toys for Tots"
campaign traditionally handled by the Kings Mountain
Fire Department. The center did not anticipate the great
increase of people that it has experienced.
"We had talked about maybe 200 [children], but
we've gone way past that," said Wanda Kyle , director
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