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| VOL.101NO. 18 : ‘WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1989 KINGS MOUNT 5
Joyce Falls Cashion, 57, former county
commissioner and Kings Mountain grocer,
was appointed unanimously Monday to fill
the unexpired term of the late L. E. (Josh)
Hinnant who died of an apparent heart attack
April 12. He was chairman of the board and
serving his fourth term.
Mrs. Cashion, who failed in her bid for re-
election to the board last year after serving
four years, will serve out Hinnant's term,
which expires in December 1990.
She was sworn by the county board of
commissioners Monday who followed a state
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Cashion Named To County Board
law that applies to Cleveland and about 30
other counties to accept the nominee of the
county Democratic Executive Committee.
The committee voted Thursday night to
nominate Cashion to fill Hinnant's seat in a
narrow, 2 1/2 vote victory over Ralph Gilbert.
Only three names came before the 60-
member committee. On the first ballot voting,
the Rev. R. E. Devoe of Shelby received 10
votes while Gilbert got 51 and Mrs. Cashion
61.5. A total of 1631/2 votes could be cast
and the committee agreed that 62 would be a
Mrs. Cashion, who was represented by her
husband, Bill at the Thursday night meeting,
said she thought her involvement over the
years with the party paid off. She is the first
woman chairman of the county Democratic
party and currently chairs the social services
board and had served as vice-chairman of the
county commission. Last May, Cashion
placed third in the county's Democratic
primary for two open seats on the board. Joe
Cabaniss, also a Democrat, went on to win
Cashion's former seat and eventually to
succeed Hinnant as chairman last month.
Ralph Gilbert was third highest vote-getter in
the general election last November, defeated
by Republican Charlie Harry, a new member
of the board.
After she was sworn in Monday, Cashion
made the motion to approve a paramedic
program for Cleveland County subject to
finding funds in the new budget. Mrs.
Cashion told The Herald that she is is in
favor of paramedics but she is against raising
a tax rate and expressed concerns about the
County Going After
County commissioners Monday approved initiating
legal action for collection of 1988 real estate taxes and
others from previous years as soon as possible.
Beginning this year, the tax collector's office will
turn the uncollected real estate taxes amounting to
$200 or more over to the county attorney's office for
foreclosure proceedings as soon as the unpaid taxes
are advertised in the local newspaper.
Unpaid 1988 taxes will be advertised in the local
newspaper next week.
Tax Collector Mary A. Laughlin recommended, and
the commission approved, that wage garnishments be
used to collect all unpaid personal property taxes and
real estate under $100. Garnishment proceedings begin
on those as soon as possible after Jan. 6.
The board approved advertising unpaid real estate
taxes next year in March instead of May.
Laughlin said that no legal action will be taken until
each property owner is notified at least twice by letter.
~ Senior Health Screening
: Set At Central Methodist
A free health screening for interested senior citizens,
in Greater Kings Mountain area will be held Monday
am. 02 30 P m. at Central United, Methodist
advantage of the opportunity to have testing for
‘heightfweight blood pressure, anemia, diabetes, glau-
coma, and hearing problems. SMA-12 blood analysis
will also be done. Evaluation and referall will be done
by a registered nurse after all tests have been complet-
ed. Appointments will be made with the Health
Department for all participants needing a pap smear.
All tests are free, with the exception of the blood anal-
Transportation will be provided by calling the KM
Senior Center at 734-0447 by Friday.
Contact Paper With Names
Of Area's Oldest Mothers
Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day and the Herald
would like to help recognize some of the area's deserv-
We need the public's help in doing this.
We're looking for the oldest mother in the area. If
you know some elderly women in the area, give Lib
Stewart a call at the Herald office (739-7496) before 5
p.m. Friday and give her their names, addresses, tele-
phone numbers and any other information you may
have about them.
We'll contact the oldest one of the bunch and write a
Mother's Day feature story on her in next week's paper,
and feature the others in later editions.
City Utility Committee
To Look At Drainage
A review of the proposed new city drainage policy
and a discussion of an underground electric policy is
on the agenda for Thursday's meeting of the City
Council's Utilities Committee.
The committee has already targeted areas for
drainage improvements and is expected to refine the
policy and discuss priorities to present to the City
Council as the Council begins work sessions soon on
the 1989-90 city budget.
Currently, charges are not spelled out for an under-
ground electric policy and the committee plans to for-
mulate such a policy.
The committee, chaired by Councilman Al Moretz,
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at
Tickets Are On Sale
For KM Sports Banquet
Tickets are on sale at any school office for the May
22 annual sports banquet of the Kings Mountain High
School Boosters Club.
Tickets are $7.
The banquet honoring athletes will be held at
KMSHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. on May 22.
Red Cross Bloodmobile
To Visit First Baptist
Kings Mountain Hospital will sponsor a one-day
visit by the American Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thursday, May 4.
Donors will be processed from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at
First Baptist Church fellowship building.
Goal of the collection is 125 pints of blood.
CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS CITY-A Chinese delegation visited the city Monday as Wise
Industries announced that a new plant in Tianjin, China has purchased $700,000 worth of equipment, the
second group to buy equipment from Wise in the past several years. From left, Mrs. Wang Wei Jie, engi-
‘neer; Song Chun Ling, translator, Han Meng Zhou, assistant manager; Mayor Kyle Smith; Jia Jing
- Xiang and Mrs. Pan Bai Jin, new plant managers; Back row, Max S. Clark and Dan S. Wise, local induse
try officials and Shan Yung Sheng, assistant lant mana er.
A Chinese ¢€legation visiting
Kings Mountain Monday issued in-
vitation to Americans to come to
China and do business:with them
as a local industry has done for
Wan Li Hand Over To Woven
Fabric Corporation bought
$700,000 worth of equipment from
Wise Industries, Inc., the second
group from China to buy large
amounts of equipment from Wise.
' Wise shipped the non-woven
equipment from Charleston, S. C.
port last week. Monday's visit by
the group here was so the Chinese
could become more familiar with
the Wise equipment, with North
Carolina and the United States of
America, Jia Jing Xiang and Mrs.
Pan Bai Jin, managers of the new
Chinese company, told Mayor Kyle
Smith as the mayor presented Jin a
key to the city and Jin presented
- him a set of Chinese vases which
Jin said were what the Emperor of
China presents to visiting digni-
"We like to do business with the
American people especially small
companies and small towns like
Kings Mountain where the atmo-
sphere is so friendly," said Jin
through an interpreter.
Wise personnel also accompa-
nied the Chinese delegation to
Dalton, Ga. to visit Dalton Sheet
Metal Co. which supplied the non-
See Chinese, 3-A
County District Court.
Kings Park Limited, at Silver Villa;
Eight clerks at 21 businesses licensed to sell beer
and wine were charged with selling to minors during a
city-wide sweep by Kings Mountain Police during the
weekend following complaints that some businesses
were selling to minors.
At four of the businesses, clerks asked to see identi-
fication cards but miscalculated the birth dates and al-
lowed the purchase, said Det. Sgt. Billy Benton who
led the investigation, assisted by arresting officer Ptl.
"We didn't single out any business or any clerk but
conducted a city-wide sweep of all businesses licensed
to sell under ABC laws," said Benton who said that the _
last time KMPD conducted a similar check that 23 of
27 businesses were cited for violation of the ABC
Det. Benton said the 21 businesses were visited by
police on April 11, April 17, and April 19.
Court date for the defendants is May 11 in Cleveland
Colvard, 19, Barr Tree Apt. SA Bessemer City, at East
King Street Pantry; Mary C. Goforth, 55, of Route 4
Box 234, at Little Dan's; Gary Dean Martin, 32, of 205
E. Parker St., at Depot Stop-N-Go; Lori Kaye Sumner,
27, of 600 W. Elm St., Shelby, at Petroleum World on
Shelby Road; Marian Catherine Cook, 47, 606 North
Weldon St., Gastonia, at Pantry on Phifer Road ,
Tammy Michelle Tipton, 20, Route 2 L& R Trailer
Park, at Linwood Road Pantry; and a 17-year-old clerk
at Winn- Dixie Store was also charged and Sgt. Benton
said a ninth criminal summons has been drawn but
that summons has not yet been served. Benton said
that "the employees at the ABC Store represent the on-
ly business out of 21 who called police when a minor
attempted to buy alcohol which is a violation."
WINS PRESS AWARD-Herald staffer Lib Stewart, above, receives
a first place writing award from N.C. Press Women. Making the pre-
sentation is Dwayne Walls, of the UNC School of Journalism at Chapel
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Stewart First Place Winner
Six months after undergoing a modified
radical mastectomy, Herald staff writer Lib
Stewart wrote a personal column for The
Herald last December which appeared in a
full-page feature,"Women Refusing To Be
Victimized By Cancer."
Saturday Miss Stewart was presented the
first place award for her column, "Attitude
Important" at the spring meeting of North
Carolina Press Women in Chapel Hill. :
Republic Newspaper reporters swept the
awards presented in the non-daily category
for columnists. Second place winner was
Glenda R. Loftin of the Mount Holly News
for "Getting In Shape Can Be A Real No Win
Situation" and third place winner was
Belmont Banner-Mount Holly News Editor
Dwight Frady for "We Need Another Song,
Irving Berlin."The Herald is also owned by
Lawrence Maddry, columnist for The
Virginia-Pilot and The Ledger Star
newspapers in Norfolk, Va. and founder of the
National Society of Newspaper Columnists,
judged the columns.
Maddry wrote of Miss Stewart's entry:"
The writer's ordeal with cancer is clearly told
and every word tells. Quotes are used
sparingly but have a strong effect. The writer
uses the first-person style of a good novelist,
so that the reader feels he or she is sharing
the terror and the uncertainty. This column is
longer than most but is executed with such
vigor and clarity that it seems short. Such
vivid writing takes care and talent."
Miss Stewart has previously won awards
in news and feature writing in N. C. Press
Women and N. C. Press Association contests.
This is her first award for a column.
A former state president of North Carolina
Press Women and American Legion
Auxiliary, Miss Stewart is a native of the
Dixon Community, daughter of Mrs. Letha B.
Stewart and the late George T. Stewart. She is
the veteran member of the staff of The Kings
Mountain Herald. At one time she and her
brother, Gary Stewart, editor of The Herald,
See Lib, 3-A
Home Building On Rise
In Kings Mountain Area
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Home building is on the up-
swing in Kings Mountain despite
predictions of a slower trend by
savings and loan officials who say
rates for loans are expected to go
D renda Lovelace, loan officer at
First Federal Savings & Loan, said
that in 1988 First Federal closed a
total of 402 loans totaling over $24
million, the largest dollar volume
of loan closing in the history of the
association which was formed in
1907. "We're looking for a slower
trend in home building this year
with rates expected to go up on ad-
justable loans to 10% (from 8 3/4-
9%) and on fixed loans from 10-10 -
1/2% to 11 1/4-11 1/2%.
Suzie Sellers, loan officer at
Home Federal Savings & Loan
Association, said that Home
Federal has been able to offer dif-
ferent types of consumer loans to
customers and equity loans, al-
though mortgage loan activity has
slowed down. Home Federal made
1,224 loans in 1988 for a total of
Ruby Alexander, charter and
past president of the Kings
Mountain Board of Realtors, said
that home building is definitely on
the upswing in Kings Mountain by
many newcomers who are moving
into the community and working
See Home, 3-A