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VOL. 101 NUMBER 1
For KM Vote
Registration books for the Feb. 7 special bond refer-
endum close on Monday, according to City Elections
Board Chairman Becky Cooke.
Mrs. Cooke reminds new voters they can register at
Mauney Memorial Library or with the Cleveland or
Gaston County Boards of Election or with their local
precinct registrars. No new registration is required. If
you voted in the city election in 1987 or in the recent
general election you are eligible to vote.
Kings Mountain voters will go to the polls on Feb. 7
to decide on bonds of $9.2 million. The bonds are being
proposed by city officials for financing improvements
to the city's water, sewer and electric departments.
To help pay for those bonds, the three-member utili-
ties committee of the city council recommended mas-
sive increases in water and sewer rates to take effect
April 1. The city council may formally adopt those new
rates in January.
Officials said the city has not had a water rate in-
crease in more than 20 years and has not increased sew-
er rates since they were initiated in 1981.
Mrs. Cooke reminds voters that city voter precinct
lines are now the same as the county and that voters
have been notified by the County Board of Elections of
the change in voting places.
A record amount of giving by Kings Mountain area
citizens was topped this week with announcement that
the Kings Mountain United Fund for 1989 topped
United Fund President John Moss and Campaign
Chairman Bob McRae said gifts|to 16 agencies repre-
sented 104 percent of the goal of $115,500.
"Kings Mountain area people are to be commended
for their generosity in this record collection which will
help so many," said Moss and McRae.
Dr. McRae said that six solicitation groups topped
their goals in the drive, including schools, advance
gifts, city, professional, industry and commercial.
Additional gifts from the big industry division this
week put the drive over the top and the industry divi-
sion marked 107 percent of goal.
The last gift from local industry, Commercial
Intertech, gave the campaign the extra bonus, said
McRae who said that Commercial Intertech was the top
giver to the Kings Mountain United Fund at a whop-
ping $16,800 from employees and management.
"We appreciate all the hard work of local volunteers
to make this campaign a success," said McRae.
born's 5-year-old brother, Jay, who
boy," said the
Andrew James Dover is Kings Mountain Hospital's Dr. E J. Chen. Ries fd
| c Proud grandparents are Sybil and Newton Adams of
_ Alison Dover of Clover S.C. gave birth to Drew at Clover,S.C. and Mrs. Ollie Dover of Clover, S.C. The
"New Year's Baby"-the first child born here in 1989.
5:55 a.m. Monday, January 2. He weighed 8 pounds 9
ounces at birth and was 21 inches long. : :
The baby was supposed to arrive Dec. 10. But as
Alison and Charles Dover and their five-year-old son,
Jay, rang in the New Year Saturday night, she an-
nounced that her new year's resolution was "to have
this baby." AER :
Jay could hardly wait to announce he had a baby
brother Monday. "What if he had been a girl," friends
asked the excited youngster Monday morning, "I would
have sent it back," he laughed. "We knew it would be a
boy,” he said proudly. arent UATE ;
_ Attending physicians were Dr. Charles Adams and
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1989
FIRST BABY-Alison Dover holds Andrew James Dover at Kings Mountain Hospital on Monday,
which was still early enough to make him Kings Mountain Hospital's first b
stands near the bed.
aby of 1989. "I'm glad he was a
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CA
By C.T. CARPENTER JR.
Kings Mountain City Council's utilities committee,
scheduled to meet again tonight, voted 3-0 last
Wednesday night to recommend that city council at its
regular session Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. hike rates for wa-
ter service and wastewater (sewer) service for the next
fiscal year only - beginning on April 1st and ending
June 30th (15 months).
The new rates would go into effect regardless of vot-
er approval of the issue in a bond referendum Feb. 7th.
The city will issue $9.2 million for improvements to the
systems, plus a revamping of the electrical distribution
system, should voters agree.
The new rates, upon approval by council, would in-
crease residential usage of inside-city customers by
$1.71 for the first one thousand gallons for water and
sewer, with the new average bill $5.14 against the cur-
A ten-thousand-gallon user's new bill would be
oy against the old bill of $12.53 - a difference of
(See chart on Page 3-A.)
No electrical rate increase is planned.
The utilities committee's meeting tonight, to which
the public is again invited, has been called to consider
the full report prepared by Arthur Young & Co. offi-
cials. The Young group first presented a preliminary of
the study, contracted for last June, to the 3-man utilities
committee last Dec. 7th. The committee also met on
Dec. 14th, 20th and 28th.
Mark Dolan and Elyse Reinecke, Young Co. officii
from Charlotte, are scheduled to make a presentation .
the full council gn Tuesday night.
Tonight, the three-man committee will formulate its
recommendation, due Tuesday night, on the full Young
1 Co. final report. Purpose of the study was to develop a
comprehensive 5-year financial plan, to determine rev
enle requirements and to calculate user charges (new
(See charts with full Young & Co. proposed water
and sewer rates on Page 3-A.) :
~ proud father works at Performance Friction in Gastonia
and reported to work soon after the baby arrived
Monday. Mrs. Dover has been working with her mother
at Sybil's Wallpapering Service in Clover,S.C. :
Both mother and baby are doing fine and both are ex-
pected to be discharged from the hospital in a few days.
~The baby has blue eyes and brown eyes and resem-
bles his older brother, who has won the hearts of the
nursing staff at Kings Mountain Hospital and all the
visitors to the nursery where a big blue bow is pinned
to the door and "It's a Boy" balloons are displayed by
"Don't promise what you can't deliver,” W.C. (Bill)
Kelly told the committee last Wednesday, noting that he
was in favor of the bonds. "The rates have gone up
within the past 20 years and that ain't what I read in the
papers,” the long-time observer of city affairs said.
City officials pointed out that water rates have not
changed in more than 20 years but that sewer rates be-
gun in 1981 have changed.
Chairman Al Moretz said, "we need to be moving
forward - we can't catch up in "Year One." We're basi-
cally trying to play catch up and that's why I recom-
young Jay who says he will call his young brother
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Harris Sees Gas Tax Increase In 1989
Finding money to meet the state's needs when the
surplus is $150 million instead of $400 million is the
big problem lawmakers face in the N.C. General
Assembly which opens Jan. 11 in Raleigh.
Kings Mountain Senator J. Ollie Harris, who will
take the oath of office for the 9th time, will be met in
Raleigh by his son, Ollie Harris, Jr. of Houston, Texas
and grandson, Johnny, of Atlanta,Ga. The swearing-in
ceremonies are at noon in the State Capitol on Jan. 11.
Senator Harris foresees a tax increase on gasoline be-
cause of highway needs but he said the upcoming ses-
sion is an unusual one for two reasons; this is the first
time in this century that the Lieutenant Governor is
Republican and it's the first time for such a low surplus
of funds. Harris said that if the basic education program
is fully funded the pricetag is $118 million and that
leaves little for pay raises for teachers and state em-
ployees. The legislature is committed to building pris-
ons but he said the legislative session will be the tough-
est since he's been in Raleigh.
KM Schools Face
Harris said he would support "spreading the cash" to
allot a certain amount for increased teacher pay and in-
creased state employees pay and not fully funding the
Basic Education Act. Harris foresees the possibility of a
3 to 5 percent hike in gasoline tax."Basic education is
in slight trouble but I don't know how we'll come up
with the money."
Senator Marshall Rauch, who is chairman of the
Senate finance committee, said several alternatives
have been raised to pay for highway improvements, in-
cluding a mix of bonds and user fees. He expects a
bond package to be approved to buy rights-of-way,
since paying the interest on the bonds would be cheaper
than the inflation rate if the state waits to purchase.
Rauch also supports a measure to remove the $300 cap
on the 2-percent sales tax on vehicles. Someone who
buys a new luxury car or a yacht shouldn't pay the same
tax, Rauch said, as someone who buys a second-hand
car. Harris agrees.
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whats msipe| Former Mayor Moss Buys
- WwW In Shelby
Classifieds............ 9-A eekly Paper S e b
Community News..... 6-B John H. Moss and Associates, a the newly formed John H. Moss and
Editorials. ............ 4-A | business group headed by former Associates Group which was creat-
Food.................. 8-B | Kings Mountain Mayor John H. ed in May 1988 with Moss as presi-
Lifestyles............. 1-B | Moss, began negotiations for The dent. Moss, who retired on Dec. 15,
Obituaries ............ 2-A | Cleveland Times, Oct. 20, 1988 and 1987 after serving 22 years as may-
Religion ............. 12-B ‘| became the own- or of Kings Mountain, said Moss
Schools .............. 14-B | ers of the Shelby Associates, Inc. was formed as a me-
Senior Citizens. ....... 9B| weekly dia group interested in buying news-
Sports........... 0... 5-A | newspaper Dec. papers and radio stations in the
’ . arolinas.
oer NowEs 25 Moss, Thell "Our plans are to provide com-
Times fourth pub- prehensive coverage of local news
lisher, assumed and sports as well as timely feature
28 his new duties reports of community events,said
Monday. Moss. "The Cleveland Times was
Fred and Rozee | our first purchase because we see it
PAGES TODAY Watson have MO 58 as having great potential as a coun-
The best news Kings Mountain District Schools received in 1988 was
owned the 48- ty-wide weekly newspaper. It serves
year-old newspaper since 1972. 13 municipalities, and with our
Mrs. Watson will continue as editor. plans for expansion, we believe The
Her husband will continue as Times will be able to meet the vari-
columnist and their son, realtor ous needs of the citizens throughout
City Manager: Passage
Of Bond Issue Critical
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The passage of a $9.2 million bond issue Feb. 7 is critical for King
Mountain citizens, says City Manager George Wood and Mayor Kyle
For the City of Kings Mountain, much of 1988 has been marked by the
transition to the new city manager-council form of government and the
GARR planning for the upgrading of the city's utility
Passage of the bond issue will pave the
way for the accomplishment of some of these
priorities," said Wood. cn
; Wood said the City Council will be set-
ting priorities during the upcoming fiscal year
beginning July 1. Increased computerization at
City Hall, the implementation of a pay plan and
8 management study, an internal reorganization
* and the hiring of key management people were
cited by Wood as some of the aggressive steps
| the city council has taken during 1988. The hir-
| ing of a city engineer and a first time personnel
director have paid off, according to Wood, who
GEORGE WOOD said that the amount of turnover of employees
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the call for a $30 million bond referendum by county commissioners for
Cleveland County, Shelby City and Kings Mountain District Schools. If
the referendum passes April 11 Dr. Bob McRae says that probably will be
the best news in 1989.
But other big news is on the agenda begin-
ning with Monday night's regular meeting of the
Kings Mountain Board of Education at 7:30
p.m. in the School Administration Building,
Monday night board members will get a pre-
view of preliminary drawing for a new middle §&
school( to replace Central School) and additions
to Kings Mountain Senior High School.
Tuesday night at a special meeting at 7 p.m.
in the School Administration Building school
board members will talk about proposed ele-
mentary attendance lines. Dr. McRae said no
action will be taken by the board and the public
is invited. A public hearing will be held prior to
adoption of new attendance lines and the meet-
ing will be advertised so that parents can attend.
"We welcome the public to attend both Monday §
and Tuesday meetings," he said.
McRae said the year 1989 will be "exciting" for the school system.
Neisler Natatorium on the high school campus is expected to open no
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Larry Watson will continue as assis-
tant to the editor. Pat Walker will
continue as advertising director.
The Times is the first purchase by
Possession of Marijuana
. Possession of Cocaine
Sale of Marijuana
Sale of Cocaine
Sale of Other Drugs
Posession of Other Drugs
Police Department Arrests |
Moss said negotiations are also
underway by the media group to ac-
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