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VOL. 101 NO. 21 : WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1989 i 2
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City Council Ok's Expenditures
City Manager George Wood has narrowed the list of
candidates from 15 to three for the position of Kings
Mountain Fire Chief.
Wood has called a press conference for 2 p.m.
Tuesday at City Hall to announce the name of the fire-
man who will be promoted in the Kings Mountain Fire
Department to succeed retiring Chief Gene Tignor.
The three candidates are Acting Chief and former
Wood Narrows Choices For Fire Chief
Assistant Chief Bud Ware, Lt. Bill Ware and Assistant
Chief Frank Burns.
Burns heads the volunteer fire El of 23 vol-
unteers. He heads the suppression team in charge of
the fire scene.
Lt. ‘Bill Ware has served on the Fire Department
See Fire Chief, 10-A
When filing opens July 7 for the municipal city
election candidates will find their fees higher.
Upon recommendation of the City Elections Board,
which was sworn Tuesday night, the Council set a
© maximum fee of one percent of the annual salary of
the office sought which means that a candidate for
mayor will pay a filing fee of $60, instead of $10, and
: candidate for commissioner will pay $36, instead of
Seats of Councilmen Humes Houston, District 2,
Harold Phillips, District 5 and Fred Finger, District 6,
are expiring. Neither incumbent has indicated whether
he plans to seek another term.
In a related action, the Council appointed Rebecca
T. Cook and James Carroll and appointed Philip
Hager, of Belvedere Circle, a teacher in the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg. Schools, to succeed retired Kings
Mountain teacher Willie Marable. Mrs. Cook has
served as chairman,
The non-partisan election will be held on Oct. 10.
Should a run-off be necessary, it would be held on
Capital projects funds were established by City
Council Tuesday night as the board moved to make
improvements to the water, sewer and electric systems.
On Feb. 7, voters approved a $9 million bond issue
to pay for the improvements.
The resolutions spell out revenues and expenditures
totaling $1,811,500 for the electric system, $3,629, 500
for the water system and $3,789, 200 for the wastewa-
ter system including $2, 234, 200 for expansion of the
Pilot Creck Wastewater treatment plant and $500,000
for participation in the Crowders Creek Wastewater
METHODIST PASTORS GREET BISHOP-Four local Methodist pastors, above, greet Bishop Bevel
Several budget amendments to bring the 1988-89
budget into balance before the close of the fiscal year
at the end of June were also approved. The board ap-
proved an amended budget of $15,603,005.95.
The Council also approved a resolution authorizing
City Manager George Wood to file a revised applica-
tion with the state of North Carolina for $1 million in
grant and loan funds to expand sludge handling facili-
ties at the Pilot Creek Waste Treatment Plant. "The
city is actively pursuing loan funds because the loans
See Council 10-A
Baccalaureate will be Sunday and graduation
Tuesday for 259 seniors at Kings Mountain High
School. The baccalaureate service is scheduled for 7
p.m. at B.N. Barnes Auditorium and graduation is set
for 7 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium.
Ministers from several Kings Mountain churches
will lead the baccalaureate services and members of
the Class of '89 and Kings Mountain school officials
will lead the graduation exercises.
Dr. William H. Tyson, pastor of Boyce Memorial
ARP. Church, will preach the baccalaureate sermon.
He will be introduced by Rev. Robert J. Collins, pastor
of Kings Mountain Baptist Church. Dr. Eric Faust,
pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will pronounce the
Mrs. Emily Monroe will be the pianist and will play
the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" for the pro-
cessional and recessional. The Kings Mountain High
School Choral Union will present special music under
the direction of Eugene Bumgardner. The students will
sing "Lord Make Me An Instrument" and "Go Ye Now
In Peace." The congregation will join in the singing of
"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee."
Rev. Shane Doty, minister of youth at First Baptist
Church, will give the invocation. Rev. Dewey W.
Smith, pastor of St. Paul and Galilee United Methodist
churches, will read the scripture.
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Jones, left, during his visit to Kings Mountain this week. From eft Jones shakes hand of Rev. Frank
Gordon at Grace United Methodist Church. At right, front row, is Rev. Dewey Smith, pastor of St. Paul's
and Galilee churches. Back row, from left, are Rev. Geiyge Avinan, pastor of Central United Methodist ;
Church, and Rev. Lyn Sorreils, pastor of El Bethel-Hoe; y/hilzches
Nov. 7, same date as the district school board election.
54 The filing period will run from 12 noon July 7 to 12
Vn O0m Ang. 4. Registration deadline is Sept. 11 for the
Oct. 10 election. Registration deadline for a run-off
Tuesday's graduation ceremony will begin with the
processional "Pomp And Circumstance” played by the
Kings Mountain Junior High Ninth Grade Band, di-
rected by Sarah Cole.. Adrienne Yveite Woods will
election Nov. 7 is Oct 9.
In her recommendation to the Council, Cook said
that the elections board "feels raising of the filing fees
to the 1% of salary of the office sought will cut down
the number of people running who are not serious
about becoming council members."
Mrs. Cook also suggested that if Kings Mountain is
planning to purchase some type of voting system for
counting votes that this must be decided upon before
August because approval needs to come from both the
State Elections Office and the U. S. Justice
"Take tornado warnings seriously” is the advice of
City Manager George Wood to callers asking about
what precautions to take and what emergency pre-
paredness is in place by the city in the event of killer
Wood said that Kings Mountain citizens should
"take shelter where you are because a tornado moves
quickly and we need to keep the population dispersed.”
Wood said police cars are equipped with mega-
phones which would be utilized in event of evacuation
of residents. "As soon as a tornado is spotted, local fire
and police will be mobilized and fire sirens sounded,"
he said. "The best precaution for an individual is to
pay close attention to radio and television for updates
on the weather," he said.
"The city would use emergency broadcasting
through Radio Station WKMT and as soon as a torna-
do is sighted would immediately contact the Charlotte
area radio and television stations to broadcast warn-
ings and tornado watch information," he said.
Bishop Visits In KM
The Methodist Church in the
United States has taken on a major
project in the fight against drugs,
said Bishop L. Bevel Jones III of
Charlotte during his visit to four
local Methodist churches this
Jones said one Bishop will be
assigned to work in a major city
where drugs are prevalent to un-
cover methods to assist with the
problem and coordinate his efforts
to other groups attempting to deal
with the national problem." There
will be no constraints as to how he
functions in doing his job," said
The project will draw on the re-
sources of the Methodist church
nationwide, Jones said at the reli-
gious program which brought to-
gether members of four churches-
Central United Methodist, Galilee
United Methodist, El Bethel United
Methodist and Grace United
Methodist beginning with a picnic
at El Bethel Sunday, a service of
worship and dialogue session with
Bishop Jones at Central Methodist
Sunday night, and ending with a
service of worship at Galilee
church on Monday evening preced-
ed by a covered dish supper at
Grace Methodist church.
Reappointed to a second term as
Bishop of the Western North
Carolina Conference of the
Methodist Church, Jones was mak-
ing his first visit to the Kings
"I hope you'll make this program
of sharing an annual event,” said
Jones who said that he is encourag-
ing a stronger bond of cooperation
between all Methodist churches.
Jones' service takes him into many
churches but one of his major re-
sponsibilities is reassigning minis-
ters and completing appointments
in the Western North Carolina
Conference which are announced
at the June meeting at Lake
Junaluska. When a minister re-
signs, there is a massive pyramid
shuffle to cover the empty seat and
the Bishop's calendar is always full
"We thought it quite an honor to
have Bishop Jones here," said
"The mission of the church is to
teach our religion to future genera-
tions and churches everywhere are
not doing a good enough job in this
educational process," he said.
"Recognizing that drugs are a na-
tional problem, the church must go
where the drugs are and teach
Christianity to them," he said.
"We spend time maintaining the
church but we need to reach out-
side the church to find what the vi-
sion of the Christian denomination
is all about," he said. Jones said he
expects to see an increase in mem-
bership nationwide as "we flush
out the gospel and take our ideas
and put them into action."
Jones is one of 49 active United
Methodist Bishops in the United
States and superintends 275,000
members in 1,158 churches from
Greensboro to the Tennessee bor-
"give the invocation and J.J. Warlick, President of the
Student Participation Organization, will welcome =
Special music will include "Reach For A Star" and
"I Will Always Remember You" by the KMHS Choral
Jeffrey Emmett Muench, president of the Class of
‘89, will present the class and Gayla Cassandra Jones,
secretary, will recognize honor graduates.
Jacqueline H. Lavendar, principal, will make special
remarks and present diplomas to the graduates. She
will be assisted by Supt. Robert R. McRae Jr. and
Junior Class Chief Marshal Elizabeth Adams
Leigh Anne Fulton, class treasurer, will present the
class gift to School Board Chairman W.B. McDaniel.
William Gray Rikard, vice president, will pronounce
the benediction. :
Senior Class sponsors are Mrs. Peggy Baird, Mrs.
Linda Dixon, Mrs. Pam Goforth, Steve Lazenby, Mrs.
Barbara Lovelace, Mrs. Brenda Neal, Annette Parker,
Mrs. Jaquitha Red, Mrs. Patsy Rountree, Mrs. Donna
Russ, Mrs. Sheila Sisk and Mrs. Elizabeth Throop.
Junior Class Marshalls are Elizabeth Adams
Mcintyre, chief; Karin Elizabeth Bush, Ashley Rae
Champion, Ashley Paul Dover, Charlene Lee Hardin,
John Edward Heath, Katherine Lynn Jenkins, Nancy
Janelle McCoy, Lori Ann McDaniel, Michael Shane
Sessoms, Angela Marie Subler and Mary Kristin
See Graduation, 2-A
KM United Way Allocation Meeting Slated June 12
Kings Mountain United Way will hold its 1990
Agency Allocation Meeting on Monday, June 12, at
First Union National Bank, 125 S. Battleground
Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
United Way President Bob McRae said requests
from 15 agencies will be heard by two committees si-
multaneously. One committee will meet in the Board
Room and the other in the Break Room. The meeting
rooms are located on the second floor of the bank
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Special Memorial Day Features
Mounties Advance In
The agencies meeting with United Way officials in
the Board Room are: American Red Cross at 6:30
p.m., Grover Rescue Squad at 6:45 p.m., Kings
Mountain Ministerial Association at 7 p.m., Child
Abuse Prevention at 7:15 p.m., CODAP at 7:45 p.m.,
Boy Scouts at 8 p.m. and Cleveland County Abuse
Prevention Council at 8:15 p.m.
The agencies meeting with United Way officials in
. the Break Room are Kings Mountain Rescue Squad at
6:30 p.m., Girl Scouts at 6:45 p.m., Cleveland
Vocational Industries at 7 p.m., Hospice at 7:15 p.m.,
Cleveland County Mental Health Association at 7:30
p.m., Kings Mountain Boys Club at 7:45 p.m. and
Salvation Army at 8 p.m.
McRae has asked each agency to present 25 copies
of their presentation materials to him no later than
Friday, June 9, at the office of Kings Mountain District
Schools, 500 West Parker Street.
King Named To P&Z Board
Kings Mountain realtor Jerry
King was appointed to the Kings
Mountain Planning and Zoning
Board by City Council Tuesday
King joins Chairman Wilson
Griffin, M. C. Pruette, C. A.
Allison, Donald Adams, James
Adams, and David Faunce on the
board. City Councilman Al
Moretz, who had formerly served
by appointment, resigned several
months ago and the position had
not been filled. Moretz chairs the
city utility committee.
"The board at one time num-
bered about 15 people but now
we're doing some restructuring,”
said Community Development
Director Gene White.
The board will meet Thursday
night at 8 p.m. at City Hall to con-
sider a 180-day ban on erecting
new, commercial billboards until
the city's sign ordinance can be
amended. "The zoning board will
take a look at our present ordi-
nance on signs and then return a
recommendation to City Council
for a public hearing on June 13,"
Also Thursday night the Zoning
Board will censider two requests
Betty and Otha Campbell,
Second Street, are requesting their
property rezoned from G-B to R-
J. W. Tesseneer, North Cansler
St., is asking that his property be
rezoned from R-6 to G-B so that he
can repair and sell textile equip-
Memorial Day holiday.
Herald To Close Friday
The Kings Mountain Herald will be closed Friday for
The Herald will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and reopen
at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.