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Citing an improved spirit of cooperation between George credit," he said. The large - >
the two governments Kings Mountain City Council in Council Chambers applauded. kr
No one opposed the satellite annexation by the city
of its largest water and sewer customer, Spectrum
Dyed Yarns Tuesday night as City Council approved
unanimously its first satellite annexation of industry.
Councilman Al Moretz, Chairman of the City
Utilities Committee did not vote, however, when
Mayor Kyle Smith called for a vote. Moretz wanted
guarantees there would be no cutbacks in usage as
plant officials had earlier indicated.
Spectrum Annexation Approved
Spectrum officials present at the meeting along with
a dozen employees were elated with Council's action.
"What guarantees does the city have that two or
three months from now you won't cut back 25% in us-
age?" asked Moretz after the public hearing closed
and councilmen were ready to vote on the issue.
Councilman Harold Phillips, who worked in indus-
try 18 years before retirement, said "There's no way
See Annexation, Page 8-A
The city's new personnel policy holds no sweeping
changes for the 170-plus City of Kings Mountain em-
ployees but spells out in 28 pages not only job descrip-
tions but a hefty retirement benefits package.
A full-time employee who works at least 30 hours is
eligible for two week's vacation after one year of em-
ployment with the city. After 10 years of employment
the employee is eligible for three weeks paid vacation.
Insurance benefits will continue to be paid to eligi-
ble employees after 20 years of service who retire at
55. The employee can accumulate the 20 year time
frame by 15 years employment plus volunteer service
as a fireman or reserve policeman. Two years of volun-
teer service counts for one year service. Employees
who retire before age 55 can elect to continue their
own insurance coverage with the city's group plan.
The personnel policy puts no cap on sick leave ac-
cumulated by an employee and stipulates that sick
leave can be used toward retirement. If an employee
has worked 19 1/2 years and has accumulated six
months in six leave he can use that time and retire ear-
The cafeteria benefits insurance plan is spelled out
in the policy and gives employees an opportunity to
set aside non-taxable income to cover medical costs
not covered by regular group insurance the city carries
Personnel Director Charles Webber said the new
policy identifies a full time employee as one who
"works at least 30 hours a week .The biggest change in
the policy is an explanation of continued insurance
coverage payable by the city. "With the implementa-
tion of the pay plan the city is the perfect opportunity
for young people to stay here 20 years and retire. The
retirement benefits and insurance benefits are excel-
lent," he said.
"A lot of the things that are now written down in
black and white are the same policy that was followed
but assumed," said Webber.
The new policy provides eight paid holidays, New
Years Day, Easter Monday, July 4th, Labor Day,
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and a
new holiday approved Tuesday night by City Council,
Martin Luther King's birthday.
Members of the Personnel Committee headed by
Mayor Kyle Smith, and including Councilmen Humes
Houston and Jackie Barrett, have been working on the
new policy for six months, starting shortly after the ar-
rival of the new Personnel Manager Webber who
served ex- officio on the committee with City Manager
The policy reflects some rewording with the change |
Push Clocks Forward Sunday
If you woke up last year when Daylight Savings Time started and you saw all
those cars parked at the church, you probably said to yourself, "Why, they've
from Mayor to City Manager-Council form of govern-
ment but "nothing drastically," says Webber.
Webber commended the personnel committee for
their diligence."They studied the personnel policy
thoroughly, paragraph by paragraph and page by page
with a lot of discussion and all their decisions were
unanimous,” he said. :
Electricity Will Be Off
Twice Next Tuesday
Duke Power Company, the city's supplier of elec-
tricity, will interrupt the electrical service twice for ap-
proximately one minute intervals on Tuesday, April 4
at 8 a.m. and at 2 p.m.
Kings Mountain Utility Supt. Jimmy Maney said
Duke Power workers will cut off the electricity at 8
a.m. for maintenance at their North Gaston St. Sub-
Station. Power will be cut off again at 2 p.m. for final
adjustments to be made at the North Gaston St. Sub-
.Station, Maney said.
Tuesday approved a contract with Cleveland County
that would have the county giving the city county-built
water and sewer lines attached to the Kings Mountain
water and sewer systems.
Commissioner Harold Phillips, in making the mo-
tion to accept the contract, praised the county for its
proposal as an example of improved cooperation be-
tween the two governments and praised City Manager
George Wood for negotiating to save the city money.
"We tried to buy those lines two years ago and the ask-
ing price was $650,000," said Phillips. "This man
(Wood) has saved the city $650,000. I just want to give
SPRINGTIME FUN-Senior Citizens are learning to swim in a special program for senior citizens con-
ducted by the Parks & Recreation Department at the new Kathryn Neisler Natatorium. Mary Ann
Hendricks, instructor, said the class is open to all senior citizens at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays."It's
fun and so relaxing," they say. Back to front in picture are Virginia McWhirter, Norma Webster, Mary
Ann Hendricks and Virginia Clark.
started the service without me.”
| Of if you banged on your best buddy's door when you dropped by to pick him
up for that fishing. trip, you probably said to yourself, "Joe's never slept this late
before. He might be dead!” In reality, he went fishing without you,
Well, if that happened to you around this time last year, it was because you
forgot to push your clocks ahead an hour. Right?
If you want to get to church on time, or if you go over to Grandma's house for
that fast-vanishing special event, a great Sunday dinner,
your clocks ahead by one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.
If you turn down the covers at 11 p.m., be sure and push all of your clocks
ahead by one hour, or to 12 midnight.
Don't worry about it, though. You'll catch up on that extra hour of sleep when
we go back to regular time next fall.
The good thing is you'll get an extra hour of sunlight to work in your garden,
then remember to push
take that evening walk or job, or have an extra hour out on the lake in your boat.
Wood said the transfer of ownersh
city to better monitor the operation
The city, for example, would assume responsibility ior
billing customers formerly on the county-owned part
of the systems. Cleveland County wants to establish a
uniform policy in dealing with the municipalities that
serve water and sewer customers. "Cleveland County
will use its money to put in some large water and sew-
er lines for economic development and turn those lines
into the entities that service them and provide the wa-
ter and sewage treatment,"explained Wood. ‘This was
See Lines, Page 8-A
For Yes Votes
The key to success of the April 18 special bond vote
will be convincing voters that a "yes" vote twice won't
mean a tax hike, say proponents of the referendum.
No matter how the April 18 special vote goes,
Cleveland County will get better schools and govern-
ment buildings, school and county officials said
Thursday at a special press conference in the office of
KM Schools Supt. Bob McRae.
"For us, it seems to be a choice of do you :ake work
that needs to be done now and do it or do you do it 10-
20 years from now?" said McRae. "Inflation would
take a terrible toll in the meantime," said Johnny
Presson, Superintendent of Shelby Schools. County
Manager Lane Alexander pointed out that no matter
how the vote goes, property taxes won't raise because
The three officials joined in urging voters to "vote
yes twice" on $10 million for Cleveland County and
$30 million for the schools at the polls on April 18.
They pointed out that the schools are getting enough
money from sales tax revenue and the N. C. school fa-
cility fund to repay the $30 million bonds over 20
. years. Cleveland County commissioners last year set
aside 4 cents on the property tax rate, or about
$909,000 a year, for the building improvements. That
would go toward repaying the $10 million in bonds,
said Alexander. Alexander said that propetty owners 4
due to revalu- 7
saw an increase in their tax bill iast ve
Hation bat that ie bonds won't incident
increase in tax values last year allowed commissioners
to earmark money for construction while dropping the
tax rate from 79 cents to 54 cents per $100 assessed
value," he said.
Citing "a new spirit of cooperation between the
schools" Alexander said that some peripheral issues
must be decided by the boards of education of Kings
Mountain, Shelby City and Cleveland County Schools
but that voters should not confuse the issues and pass
the bonds for the sake of the children. Presson said
some parents in the Lattimore and Dover elementary
school districts oppose the building plans because their
schools might be closed and replaced but otherwise
the bonds are receiving positive support from many.
"We should not let issues like redrawing of attendance
lines and other issues cloud the bond issue,"Presson
said. "We're optimistic that the bonds will pass,” he
Supt. McRae said that first priority for the Kings
Mountain schools, which numbers 3,860 students, is
See Vote, Page 10-A
KM Hall Of Fame
Banquet Is April 10
Tickets for the April 10 Kings Mountain Sports Hall
of Fame Banquet are on sale at several downtown lo-
cations and by members of the Hall of Fame commit-
The banquet, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the
Community Center, will feature the induction of three
individuals and one team into the Hall of Fame, in-
cluding Jim Dickey, Marjorie Crisp, Pat Murphy and
the 1964 Kings Mountain High School football team.
Mack Brown, head football coach at the University
of North Carolina, will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from
Bob Jones, Lyn Cheshire, Gary Stewart, John Moss,
Denny Hicks, Scott Neisler, Bill Grissom, Lynne
Mauney, Carl Champion, Bob Maner, John McGinnis,
Plonk Brothers, Sagesport, Western Auto, C&S Mart,
McGinnis Department Store, Kings Mountain Herald
and Harper's Pharmacy.
Dr. Paul K. Ausley, retired pas-
tor of First Presbyterian Church in
Kings Mountain, died March 26 in
Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C.
A native of Guilford County, Dr.
Pipe: 83 + Miles
Type: Primarily vitrified clay and
polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Pump Stations: 25 (44 Pumps)
Size: 50 H.P.-1/2 H.P. (600,000 - 500 Gallon Per Day)
Force Mains: 11.9 Miles
Population Served: 10,000
Ausley was the son of the late
Edward Benson and Mary Dodson
Ausley and was the husband of the
late Helen Louise Bowen Ausley,
who died in 1982.
He is survived by his wife,
Shirley Green Ausley; one brother,
Robert Ausley of Asheboro; and
one sister, Glenda Cox of
Dr. Ausley was pastor of First
Presbyterian Church from 1958-74.
Dr. Ausley Is Dead
Before moving to Kings Mountain
he was pastor of Cann Memorial
Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth
City for 12 years.
Dr. Ausley served the church in
several capacities on the
Presbytery, Synod and General
Assembly level. He was a member
of the Presbytery of Western North
Carolina and was previously a
member of the Kings Mountain
and Concord Presbyteries. From
1966-69 he served as chairman of
Presbytery's Council. He was mod-
erator of Kings Mountain
Presbytery and was a commission-
er to the General Assembly. He
was vice chairman of the steward-
ship committee, chairman of
Presbyterian Foundation, and
member of the board of advisors of
St. Andrew's College. He was
chairman of the Commission on
the Minister for Kings Mountain
Presbytery and was on Synod's
Council of the Commission on the
Locally, he served as chairman
of the Mayor's Human Relations
Committee and vice chairman of
the Cleveland County Human
Relations Council. He was
See Ausley, Page 8-A
DR. PAUL K. AUSLEY