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VOL. 101 NUMBER 6
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
Small Turnout Barely
Approves $9.2 Million
After about seven years of planning and fund-raising,
Katherine Neisler Natatorium, the city's indoor swim-
ming pool, will be dedicated in public ceremonies
Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. 3
Dr. Scott Mayse, who led the drive for the $830,000
facility, said that heating of the 42x75 foot pool, instal-
lation of a diving board, trim work around the walls,
and some mechanical work is still to be completed. He
said that contractors are meeting Thursday morning
with representatives of the Kings Mountain Indoor Pool
Foundation, Kings Mountain District Schools and City
of Kings Mountain officials to "pinpoint things to be
completed before a final inspection”.
Use of the pool is being coordinated by the Indoor
Pool Foundation, Kings Mountain Senior High School
and Kings Mountain Parks & Recreation Department.
Users of the facility will include members of
Cleveland County's Sharks Aquatics Club, high school
gym students, and swimming and scuba diving classes.
The pool will also be available to recovering cardiac
and arthritis patients. The city recreation department
plans to sponsor swimming lessons, water aerobics,
scuba diving classes and public swimming and the
school plans to require swimming classes as part of reg-
ular physical education classes beginning this fall.
The high school will also hire a coach for its new
swim team to be organized for the season beginning in
Sarah Mayse, president of the aquatics club, said she
bapes the pool will help the club recruit new members.
Rie club revenily added about 20 mentbers 0 its roster
“of 50. The Sharks, based now at Shelby High School,
competes with teams throughout the state. Mrs. Mayse
said the team will use both pools for practice.
Interest in swimming classes has been good, accord-
ing to Recreation Director Dave Hancock who an-
nounced a full schedule of pool recreation activities in
this week's Herald.
Dr. Mayse said he expected the water temperatures
would be regulated this week
The pool has six lanes, each seven feet wide, which
is standard for pools used for competition. There is am-
ple balcony space for viewing by the public. The water
is a cool shade of blue. The facility is well lighted and
Dr. Mayse said that Kings Mountain Indoor Pool
Foundation has raised $790,000 of the $830,000 cost of
the construction and hopes fees and more donations
from the public will provide the $40,000 still needed.
The school system donated $100,000 and City of Kings
Mountain has pledged $15,000 a year toward the pro-
ject. Public donations from individuals and businesses
have swelled the fund.
Dr. Mayse said that speakers for the dedication ser-
vice, open to the public, are now being contacted.
"March 5th will be a red letter day in the history of
Kings Mountain and we look forward to having a large
crowd present for the pool's formal opening,” he said.
Kings Mountain churches are
joining in midweek Lenten services
again this year at Central United
Methodist Church. The services
from 12:05-12:25 p.m. will be held
on Wednesdays beginning February
15. A light lunch will follow in the
fellowship hall and a $2.00 donation
The theme for this year's series is
"Struggling With The Cross," a look
at five of the disciples of Jesus
Christ and how they dealt with
"The theme is appropriate for the
closing of the 1980's, because the
usual expectation of our way of liv-
ing has the hero/shero winning, the
good guy first, the nice person suc-
cessful...When that expectation is
thrown into the agry furnace of the
Dawson Buys Cinderella
CASTS VOTE - Calvin Payne of Kings Mountain dreps his ballot into the ballot box at the
East Kings Mountain precinct during Tuesday's special Kings Mountainutility bonds
referendum. KM voters narrowly passed all three issues, granting city officials authority to
issue $9.2 million in bonds to upgrade the city's water, sewer and electrical departments.
SPELLING CHAMP-Nicole Setzer, right, smiles
broadly after winning the Kings Mountain District
School's championship Monday, defeating other ele-
mentary school winners and the first runner-up
Erin Anderson, left. Jane King, Director of Public
Instruction, center, congratulates the students.
jhotq by Gary Stewart,
Kings Mountain voters approved
water, sewer and electrical bonds by
narrow margins Tuesday as 1,161
citizens went to the polls. The
turnout was light and represented
22.58% of the registered vote of
As city officials and a handful of
citizens watched Elections Board
Chairman Becky Cook post the final
returns from the West Kings
Mountain precinct about 9 p.m.
Tuesday night they all breathed a
sigh of relief. Thirty minutes earlier
East Precinct totals were posted and
showed all three issues failing.
"I was nervous," said Councilman
Harold Phillips, who was chairman
of the city bond committee promot-
ing the referendum. "I was nervous
too but I knew Kings Mountain citi-
zens would do the right thing," said
a confident Mayor Kyle Smith.
"I'm real happy about the out-
come and am sorry that some people
were swayed by others and voted
against the project”, Smith said.
Phillips called the passage of the
bond issues "the greatest thing that
ever happened in Kings Mountain."
He took the occasion to thank the
bond committee and the people who
worked and voted for passage of the
referendum, "Now we can move on
and progress," he said.
Councilman Fred Finger said he
was well pleased with the results
Nicole Setzer Spells Momentum,
Disguise To Win KM Spelling Bee
RY A SET SIR
Sewer 409 248
Water 401 255
Electrical 402 259
Sewer 215 280
Water 209 288
Electrical 208 277
and that passage of the bonds will
open up for development of the city
in the long-run.
"I'm delighted,” said City
Manager George Wood. "Now it's
up to the mayor, council and all of
us in city government to show the
voters we can provide these im-
provements and do it right and that's
what we intend to do." Wood said
the bond committee, Mayor and
Council are to be congratulated for
their team effort: "This is a big step
forward for the town," he said,
adding that "now we don't have to
look at another $3.7 million."
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The words momentum and disguise were correctly
spelled by Nicole Setzer, Central School 6th grader, on
Monday after she eliminated six other elementary
school winners to become Kings Mountain Spelling
Runner-up was Bethware School 4th grader Erin
Anderson who misspelled momentum. Setzer became
the champion by spelling disguise correctly.
Thirty-two words were pronounced by KMSHS
Principal Jackie Lavender before Anderson missed a
word. She is the daughter of Gail Farris Anderson.
Setzer, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Setzer, will ad-
vance to the regional Bee sponsored by The Charlotte
Observer March 10. The winner receives an all-ex-
pense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. to compete in the
national spelling bee. :
Other Kings Mountain runners-up will accompany
Miss Setzer and her mother to Charlotte and be guests
at a luncheon. They are: Tarrence McVay, East School;
Erin Anderson, Bethware; Melanie Dixon, KM Junior
High; Felicia Davis, North; Joshua Briggs, Grover; and
Becky Taylor, West School.
Judges for the local competition at the District
School's Office were Sarah Griffin, KMSHS librarian;
C. A. Allison, retired North School principal; and Rev.
Harwood Smith, pastor of St. Matthew's Lutheran
its spread of interest in other specialty textile areas.
Austin Named General Manager
Kings Mountain Herald Sold
The Kings Mountain Herald has been sold to
Republic Newspapers, Inc., a Farragut, Tennessee
based newspaper company. z
The sale was jointly announced this week by Darrell
Austin, new General Manager for the paper, and Gary
M. Greene, the previous owner and publisher.
Austin, 53, an 18-year veteran of the Herald, was
previously the advertising director.
Editor Gary Stewart, 42, will retain that position with
the new company.
Greene was publisher of the paper since March 1 of
last year. He bought the newspaper from Garland
Atkins, who had owned the Herald since 1972.
In making the announcement, Austin said, "I accept
this position with enthusiasm and look forward to
working with a staff of experienced newspaper people.
We will continue to develop the ideas that were imple-
mented under Gary Greene this past year. This includes
total involvement in civic and community affairs. I will
miss Gary and would like to thank him for the opportu-
nity to create an even better newspaper. At the same
time, I am excited about becoming a member of
Republic Newspapers, Inc., and will try to serve the
community well by publishing an informative, interest-
ing newspaper which will benefit our readers and ad-
Austin is a life-long resident of Kings Mountain. He
is married to Shirley Falls Austin, retired music teacher
in Kings Mountain District Schools. They have one
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ethical morass of today's business,
labor, politics, entertainment, we
wonder about these traditional ex-
pectations. Then, when the good
guy is killed, the nice woman gets
cancer, the helpful co-worker is laid
off, the polite young man gets left
behind...The struggle with the cross
is a present dilemma," said a
spokesman for the sponsoring Kings
Mountain Ministerial Association.
Everyone is invited. Businesses
are invited to allow workers extra
time to attend. Worshippers are
urged to "come as you are.
Dressing up is not necessary.
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Carl DeVane, Plant Manager of Cinderella Knitting
Mills in Kings Mountain, announced this week that The
Reeves Brothers, Consumer Products Groups which in-
cludes the local plant, has been purchased by Dawson
International, Scotland's leading textile group.
DeVane said Dawson is composed of specialist com-
panics operating in world markets.
The Reeves Brothers group included these divisions:
West Knitting Mills in Wadesboro, the Kings Mountain,
Gastonia, Great Falls, S.C. and Lancaster, Pa.
Cinderella Knitting operations, a distribution plant in
Lancaster, Pa., a manufacturing plant in Denver, Pa.
and Comfy Home Furnishings in Kenansville, N. C.
Dawson International is best known for luxury
branded knitwear. Its world famous Scottish brands in-
clude Pringle, Ballantyne, McGeorge, Barrie, Bracmar
and Glenmac. In recent years the Group has broadened
Dawson is the U. S. market leader in thermal under-
wear under JE Morgan and Duofold labels. It is also the
market leader in shower curtains. Dawson International
is the world's largest processor of cashmere, its tradi-
tional product arca in thc USA under the name
Cashmere Cashmere and brands include cashmere by
Oscar de la Renta and Cashmere and Co.
Strong financial returns arc the group objective
achicved through the pursuit of excellence in design,
quality and marketing in manufacturing and financial
discipline. The Group is structured into four divisions,
Cashmere Knitwear and Fine Yarns, USA Operations,
Spinning and Weaving and Fur Fabrics. Each division
is headed by a group dircctor of proven expericnce who
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B&E Motor Vehicle 30 ‘46 31 46
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Possession Stolen Property 4 3 8 4
Possession Weapons 4 6 1 8
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