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VOL 01ND. 35 : _ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1989 KINGS NOUN, 2
Kings Mountain citizens will join their
Cleveland County neighbors at the polls
Tuesday to decide the fate of $40 million in
bonds for school and county building
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30
p.m. at four polling places: West Kings
Mountain precinct at The National Guard
Armory; East Kings Mountain precinct at
Kings Mountain Community Center on
Cleveland Avenue; Bethware precinct at
David Baptist Church fellowship hall; and
Grover precinct at the Grover Rescue Squad.
Debra Blanton, Supervisor of Elections,
estimates that 15% of the registered vote of
40,000 will go to the polls.
Supporters say passage of the bonds - $30
million for Kings Mountain District Schools,
Cleveland County Schools and Shelby
Schools and $10 million for Cleveland
County - are critical to construction projects
which would provide up-front money to
allow projects to be completed sooner.
Two "yes" votes won't mean a tax hike,
say supporters. "For us, it seems to be a
choice of do you take work that needs to be
See Vote, Page 2-A
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Teachers, Aides To Get Pay Raises
Kings Mountain District School teachers can
expect their annual pay to climb an average
of $656 to $689 and for the first time ever
non-certified employees got a hike in a local
supplement of $150 annually.
The 5 percent pay hike for teachers and the
raise for 200 non-certified positions,
including custodians, cafeteria workers and
teacher's assistants,’ was approved
unanimously by the Kings Mountain Board
of Education Monday night in a $2.78
million local budget which représents an 11%
increase over last year.
About $1.53 million of the local budget
will come from county tax money which
must be approved by the county board of
commissioners. Supt. Bob McRae hand-
carried the budget to county commissioners
See Pay, Page 2-A
Major changes in the 1989-90 Kings Mountain
District School's calendar reflect a return to nine-week
grading periods, a two-week holiday at Christmas and
Easter vacation after Easter Sunday .
The first day for students next school year will be |
August 21. The last day for students next school year
will be June 1.
With the action by the Kings Mountain Board of
Education Monday night, Aug. 21 will be the opening
date of classes in all three local school systems.
Dr. Larry Allen, Associate Superintendent, said the
calendar also incorporates June 4, 5, and 6 and April
20 and 19 as the five mandatory make-up days for in-
Allen said the calendar committee had most requests
from students and faculty about the change in the
Easter holidays which means that Easter holidays will
begin on Easter Monday next year.
Aug. 21, 1989-First day for students.
Sept. 4, 1989-Labor Day holiday.
Oct. 27, 1989-discretionary work day, end of nine
week grading period.
Nov. 10,1989-Veteran's Day.
* Hoy. 23-24, 1989-Thaoksgiving Day holidays.
Dec. 18-Jan. i, 1990-Two full weeks for Christmas :
holidays and annual leave.
_ Jan. 2,1990-Teacher work day.
Jan. 15, 1990-Martin Luther King birthday holiday.
Jan. 16,1990-Teacher work day.
March 23, 1990-Teacher workday and end of third
grading period. ;
April 16-20, 1990-Easter/ spring vacations.
A drop-out prevention program will be kicked off
by the Kings Mountain District Schools in the 7th
grade this fall in a pilot program called "FOCUS."
Sue Hayes, of Clarissa, Minnesota, who started her
first drop-out program in Roseville, Minnesota 15
years ago, led a two-day workshop this week for 22
teachers from Central and Kings Mountain Junior .
Director of Instruction Jane King said students will
go through a referral process to enter the program and
must have permission of their parents. A teaching as-
sistant will be hired to lead the class on a day-to-day
basis but other teachers will come into the classroom
for instructional courses and for guidance sessions.
Reducing drop-outs is aim of the program and Mrs.
King believes attendance and discipline problems can
be solved by operating what she terms "a school within
Ann Brandt is drop-out prevention coordinator for
the system and made application for the special grants
for the program. The State Department of Public
Instruction provided the funds for the training program
and for substitute teachers so that classroom teachers
could take part in the training program.
Mrs. King said the program this fall will offer the
slow child and kids on the verge of being in trouble
special guidance and caring, "a chance to make it."
School guidance counselors will also be an important
part of the program, she said.
HALL OF FAMERS - Carl Champion, back row center, chairman of the Kings Mountain Hall of Fame
committee, is pictured with the three inductees for 1989 at Monday's banquet at the Community Center.
Seated is Jim Dickey. Flanking champion are Marge Crisp, left, and Pat Murphy. The 1964 KMHS foot-
ball championship team was also inducted.
Three Individuals, Team
Join KM Hall Of Fame
By GARY STEWART
Editor of the Herald
Marge Crisp, Pat Murphy and Jim Dickey joined the
1964 championship Kings Mountain High School
football team in being inducted into the Kings
Mountain Sports Hall of Fame at the second annual in-
duction ceremony Monday night at the Community
An estimated Siowd of 350 heard an inspiring
speech by UNC head football coach, Mack Brown,
and reminisced with their hometown heroes about
some of the town's biggest moments in sports.
Bill Bates, head coach of the 1964 KM
Mountaineers, inducted both Murphy and the team in-
to the Hall of Fame, and said a prayer for the family
and friends of the late Jim Cloninger, an All-State end
on the '64 team who died of a heart attack while deer
hunting in South Carolina last fall.
Dot Casey, retired women's athletic director at Wake
Forest University, inducted Miss Crisp, a Grover na-
tive who has been a pioneer for women's athletics in
North Carolina. Kelly Bunch, Kings Mountain busi-
nessman, inducted his long time friend and neighbor,
Miss Crisp, who played basketball, softball and ten-
Child's Death Accidental
The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's
Office has ruled the death of nine-months-old
Marquetta Dawn Lawrence accidental, caused by
shortage of oxygen to the brain, according to Sgt.
Danny Gordon of the Cleveland County Sheriff's
The baby's mother found Marquetta unconscious in
her car seat Thursday afternoon where she had been
left momentarily with her two-year-old brother while
John and Alicia Lawrence, moved items from the mo-
bile home they were vacating in the Oak Grove
Community. Goforth said witnesses said the baby was
sleeping and that her two-year-old brother was with
her in the car.
"According to witnesses despite the quick action of
the parents and a neighbor the baby apparently stran-
gled on a car seat strap, a tragic, freak accident,” said
Gordon said a neighbor performed cardio-pul-
monary resuscitation on Marquetta . The baby was tak-
en to Cleveland Memorial Hospital, then transferred to
Charlotte Memorial but never regained consciousness.
Marquetta was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m. Friday.
Gordon said the sheriff's department learned about
the incident Friday afternoon when the Department of
Social Services asked them to help with an
investigation. Gordon said the social services depart-
ment has since referred the case to Cherokee County,
S. C. social services department since the Lawrence
family moved to Blacksburg, S. C. Gordon said the
Mecklenburg Examiners Office does not plan to in-
vestigate the incident.
. Houser, }44 E. Ridge St., who is asking" for t rezonifig
1o/patk “automobiles and trailers on her property
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INSIDE AT A GLANCE.....cr...
nis at Grover High School in the 1920's, is the first
woman selected for the KM Hall of Fame. She starred
in every sport offered at Appalachian State in the early
1930's and played on an ASU basketball team which
was ranked as the best in the southeast.
"She helped the school capture several champi-
onships, and competed in every sport offered on either
the intramural or intercollegiate level," said Casey,
who played for Crisp at Louisburg Junior College in
Crisp graduated from Appalachian in 1934 and then
began a teaching and coaching career which is proba-
bly unmatched by any woman in North Carolina. She
was a teacher, coach and Dean of Women for six years
at Gardner-Webb College, and during that six-year pe-
riod her basketball teams lost only one game. She had
the honor of coaching several area players, including
her own sisters from Grover.
She moved to Louisburg in 1941 and kept the athlet-
ic programs alive there during the World War II years.
See Hall, Page 6-A
| Slated For May 9
City Council set public hearings for May 9 at 7:30
p.m. at City Hall on two requests for public hearings,
one of which was appealed by the property owner after
the Zoning Board denied his request.
Realtor Warren Reynolds, owner of Ace Hardware,
a new business on Cleveland Avenue, wants to build a
storage building which would require rezoning of a
portion of his property from Residential 10 to
Neighborhood Business. The Zoning Board denied the
request because they feared an encroachment would
i not be in the best interest of the residential neighbor-
The request by Kenneth Davis and Patricia Russell
to rezone their property from Residential 20 to General
| Business was approved by the Zoning Board and the
| city board will act on the recommendation during a
| public hearing on both the Russell and Reynolds re-
In other actions during a short Tuesday night meet-
ing of City Council, the board also:
*Approved resolution establishing a cafeteria bene-
fits plan, dependent care reimbursement plan, medical
reimbursement plan and a pre-tax premium plan, all in
effect since January 1. The formal resolution was in
compliance with Internal Revenue Service require-
*Referred to the Planning & Zoning Board rezoning
r2quesis gr Otha and Betty Campbell, 110 Green
Gn Seconit Street, and Lauri A %
| Drive, J who want to build ' single family
fronting 109 1/2 feet on the north side of Floyd Street;
Reappointed Mayor Kyle Smith as the city's repre-
sentative on the Isothermal Planning & Development
*Appointed Warren (Bo) Goforth to fill the unex-
pired term of Roy Pearson on the Parks & Recreation
*Authorized the mayor to execute agreement with
Southeastern Power Administration which has raised
its rates to the city one percent but the city will not
pass on the rates to its Duke Power customers. City
Manager George Wood recommended the city absorb
the raise from the agency.
*Heard report from: Wood that the city is invited to
give input to a public meeting called by Governor
Martin and the Board of Transportation to update the
state transportation program. The TIP process has
evolved from a "wish list" to a dependable program of
transportation improvements, said Wood. Last year the
See Council, Page 3-A
Council Wants Rid
Of Air Force Fighter
City Council wants to locate a new home for the F-
105 Jet Fighter aircraft which now rests behind a ser-
vice station near the Community Center on Cleveland
City Manager George Wood told City Council
Tuesday he found a South Carolina buyer who wants
to put the airplane in a museum. He was ready to give
it to the prospective buyer for the cost of transportation
which is what the city fathers paid a couple years ago
to obtain the aircraft for Deal Steet Park.
The sale went awry when City Attorney Mickey
Corry said the plane is actually not city property. The
big bird was on loan from the United States Air Force
which must give approval for the plane to be moved.
City Council authorized Mayor Kyle Smith to con-
tact officials with the USAF to move the plane after
City Parks & Recreation Department recommended
against using it at City Park after reviewing the cost of
mounting and displaying it. The aircraft would require
screening with an eight foot fence and liability insur-
ance would be high.
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