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YEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1989 VOL. 101 NO. 20 NGS Mout Sof
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Decision On East Delayed Until Ju.
Editor of the Herald
The Kings Mountain Board of Education unani-
mously approved architectural plans for construction
and additions at Kings Mountain junior and senior
high schools in a special meeting last night at the
Superintendent's Office. The plans will be hand-car-
ried to Raleigh Friday for approval of the Division of
School Planning and Insurance Department, and" ad-
vertising for bids will begin next week.
Architect Roger Holland told the board that if "all
goes well" in Raleigh Friday, the board can open bids
on four separate phases of construction June 20-23.
The bids will be awarded in four contracts, allowing
Construction Plans Okayed
smaller contractors in the area a good shot at some of
the work. Holland said he felt like opening the bids to
small and large contractors that the system will get
good prices.
. The board hopes to have construction completed by
the beginning of the 1990-91 school year, allowing the
system to move to a 6-8 grade middle school and 9-12
high school program.
“If we're able to begin that in 1990, it's essential that
we get construction started this summer," Supt. Bob
McRae said.
Holland said he plans to present the construction
plans to contractors next Tuesday and begin receiving
bids. The first two contracts awarded will deal with
See Building, 8-A
Emergency 911
On Test Mode
The 911 Emergency System is now: in its final
stages of installation but Police Chief Warren Goforth
reminds that it's imperative that each resident owner
have a clear house number visible from the street to
assist emergency personnel in making the quickest re-
sponse humanly possible.
Goforth said the new 911 Emergency System will
be in a Test Mode for the month of June and will be a
tremendous help to the Police Department, Fire
Department and the Emergency Medical Services in
this area.
In the event an individual becomes incapacitated
during the 911 call and unable to give the necessary in-
formation, the telephone number of the originating call
and the name and address will be displayed on a com- |
ter terminal with
” system i is desiened © assist t th emergency services of
~ Kings Mountain to respond in a timely manner and can
only be as effective as the citizens of this area wish to
make it.' "Is is imperative that each resident owner
have a clear house number visible from the street as
set forth in the Kings Mountain Code of Ordinances
for the City of Kings Mountain, Section 21-23 which
states "..The numbers are to be approximately three
and three-fourths inches in height, a color different
from surrounding colors and placed so that they can be
easily seen from the street by police, fire and rescue
personnel. Reflective numbers are preferred, but are
not mandatory."
Any person not knowing his house number may ap-
ply to the Kings Mountain Postoffice for a number.
"Please help us in our endeavor to assist the emer-
gency personnel in making the quickest response hu-
manly possible by dialing 911 in emergencies," he
City Attorney To Draw
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Editor of the Herald
It will be at least July before the Kings Mountain
School Board makes a decision about the future of
East Elementary School and re-drawing of elementary
attendance lines to achieve racial balance.
The board, meeting in special session Tuesday
night, discussed at length several options but decided
to "think about it" for awhile, discuss it again in July
and maybe even carry the matter over to its annual re-
treat in September.
The possibility of closing East came up several
months ago after Supt. Robert McRae presented the
board enrollment figures that pointed to 56 percent mi-
nority enrollment at East, only 16 percent at Bethware
and percentages ranging from about 23 to 30 percent at
other schools.
And, just last week, the board studied East enroll-
ment figures that showed that the school's enrollment
Charter Members Honored
has decreased from 412 students in 1982-83 to 4 pre-
sent 262 students. McRae said the current East kinder-
garten enrollment is only 31 students and only 17 stu-
dents were pre-registered last Friday. He doesn't
expect over 31 to be registered on the first day of
school. If only 30-35 students enter each kindergarten
class over the next three years, the East enrollment
will drop under 200, he said.
Board member Paul Hord cautioned about making a
decision too early, but many board members said it
would be necessary to make a decision soon because
the East decision must be settled before the system can
proceed with construction plans for elementary
schools. If East remains open, about $1.4 million
worth of construction and improvements are necessary
there, and if it closes about $1.2 million in construc-
tion would be necessary to move East students to other
The board looked at three possible options Tuesday
See East, 8-A
Says He's Due Services
Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club,
organized in 1940, honored its
two surviving charter members,
John L. McGill and W. R. Craig, at
a recent Charter Night.
Kiwanis Lt. Governor Lou
Steinbach of Hendersonville was
keynote speaker.
Past presidents were also recog-
nized and a highlight of the event
was a history compiled and pre-
sented to the club by David
Ladd W. Hamrick was the first
president of the club and the char-
ter directors were J. Roan Davis,
W. K. Mauney, L. Arnold Kiser,
John L. McGill, Paul M. Neisler,
Harry E. Page, B. S. Peeler and Joe
Lee Woodward.
Steinbach congratulated the club
on its many achievements during
the years, including its most recent
effort in starting the ball rolling for
funds to build the new Neisler
Natatorium on the campus of
Kings Mountain High School with
Kiwanian Scott Mayse as chairman
of the mammoth undertaking.
Events like the upcoming pan-
cake breakfast on Saturday, to be
held in the cafeteria of Kings
Mountain High School, have been
sponsored by Kiwanians to benefit
others in the community.
When the Kings Mountain club
became a part of the Kiwanis
movement, the parent organization
See Kiwanis, 2-A
Moss Lake Water Contract
City Attorney Mickey Corry was
instructed by Moss Lake Authority
Monday to draw up a new, formal
contract for use of raw water be-
tween Woodbridge residents on
Moss Lake and the City of Kings
In a similar action, the Lake
Authority asked City Engineer
Tom Howard to research fees
charged Woodbridge residents for
water and fees charged
Woodbridge Golf Course.
Chairman Joe Smith pointed out
not mean that fees will go up. "We
need to review and determine if
there should be an increase," he
said. Howard was also asked to re-
view the pumping operations at
Woodbridge and pumping opera-
tions of individual small pumps to
the lake and report to the next
meeting on June 19.
Lake Officer Phil Witherspoon
suggested, and the authority ap-
proved, annual camping for the cir-
cle around the bathhouse at $300
and $250 for the back row at the
Gallic Ramsey Lanier, 99 on Wednesday, credits her
long life to hard work and closeness with the Lord.
When she was nine years old Gallie Ramsey stood
on a box to reach the spinning frames at a Crowders
Mountain mill. During her early years of employment
she earned a nickel for a half a side of frame. She
worked in the spinning rooms for 53 years in Kings
Mountain at the Bonnie, Mauney, and Burlington
Mills while rearing five children.
Seventy members of her family gathered May 7 at
Mrs. Lanier's home on Parker Street to celebrate her
birthday. Most all her 16 grandchildren, 30 great-
grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren were
in attendance plus her five children, Mamie Jenkins of
Clinton, S. C., Ruth Hughes and Freelon Lanier, both
of Kings Mountain, Mary Hoyle of Bessemer City and
Dan Goforth: City
| Giving Runaround
A Kings Mountain businessman whose property
was satellite annexed two years ago by the city claims
he is getting "the runaround” by city officials who
promised to run water to his washerette.
Danny Goforth, owner of Little Dan's on Grover
Road, said he has been told by city officials there is
"no money". Goforth says his property is only a "skip
and a hop" where the city has a cutoff at Chesterfield
Apartments on Margrace Road.
Goforth said he doesn't understand why the city is
going back on its promise to furnish city services two
years following annexation.
Goforth's property, along with Ole Country Store on
Cherryville Road, were satellite annexed at the same
time two years ago. "I asked for annexation even ear.
he said. Deannexation can only be obtained by act of
the legislature, Goforth said.
City Manager George Wood said the city is weigh-
ing the costs of running a 12 inch water line down
Battleground Avenue (old Grover Road). "The state is
looking at putting in a sewer line at the I-85 Rest Stop
which could possibly serve businesses like Goforth's
but right now the cost to the city and state is pro-
hibitive," he said. "We talked with Mr. Goforth, his
brother, Roger, and their attorney and we told them
that when the city installs a line the city wants to do it
right," he said."The city is not threatening deannexa-
tion," Wood said.
Goforth said he wasn't expecting to receive city ser-
See Goforth, Page 8-A
Gallie Lanier 99 Years Old Wednesday
Mrs. Lanier received hanging baskets for her front
porch which is her favorite spot where she can look at
the flowers and watch the traffic. She uses a cane, but
other than a hearing problem, she feels fine and turns
the television up and watches some of her favorite pro-
grams. She doesn't cook now but when son-in-law,
Calvin Hughes, retired from Firestone Mills three
years ago he became her chief cook, in addition to op-
erating her washing machine. Hughes installed an am-
plifier in her telephone so that she could communicate
with neighbors and the family are always on hand to
enjoy television sports with Grandma, especially
"Mama gets the biggest kick out of wrestling," says
Ruth Hughes. "She's a big wrestling fan, always has
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that asking for formal contract does
See Water, 2-A
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Community News...... B .
Editorials.................. 4A Americans Month
Rood... 6-C 3-A
Schools. ............. 11-A
Sports. chess 5-A
Weddings. ........ccounen. 1-C
PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Saturday, May 20, 1989
Bishop Bevel Jones will visit the
United Methodist Churches of
Kings Mountain May 21-22.
"Come Share, Rejoice" is the
theme of the two-day meetings of
Methodists here.
Bishop Jones will meet the
members of Central, Grace, El
Bethel, Galilee and St. Pauls
Methodist Churches Sunday at
5:30 p.m. at a "dinner on the
grounds" at El Bethel. Each family
is asked to bring food. Drinks,
plates and silverware will be pro-
vided by El Bethel.
A worship service will be held at
Central Methodist at 7:30 p.m.
with Bishop Jones doing the
preaching. There will be a dialogue
session at 8:30 p.m.
Jack Lanier of Gastonia.
Bishop To Visit In KM
St. Pauls will provide a luncheon
for members of the Kings
Mountain Ministerial Association
Monday at 12 noon. At 6 p.m.,
members of all churches will meet
at Grace United Methodist Church
for a covered dish supper with
Bishop Jones. At 7:30 p.m., Jones
will speak at a worship service at _
Galilee. A reception will be held
following the service.
Jones is resident Bishop of the
Western North Carolina
Conference of the United
Methodist Church, which is head-
quartered in Charlotte. As one of
the 49 active United Methodist
bishops in the U.S., he was reas-
signed in July, 1988 for another
four-year term in the conference,
- der. In addition, he carries major
een, See Lanier, 8-A
where he superintends 275,000
members in 1,158 churches from
Greensboro to the Tennessee bor-
responsibilities in the nine million
member denomination, currently
serving as president of the
Southeastern Jurisdiction College
of Bishops; a member of the
Executive Committee of United
Methodist Communications;
Chairperson of the Appalachian
Development Committee; and
Vice-President of the North
Carolina American Section of the
World Methodist Council. .
Jones is a native of Gracewood,
Ga., and was educated in the public
See Bishop, 2-A
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