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VOL. 101 NO. 23
Mountaineers Host Cougars
State 3-A Championship |
First Game Tonight
At Lancaster Field
For the first time in its rich sports history, Kings
Mountain High School will host a state championship
beginning tonight.
The Mountaineer baseball team, which defeated
Statesville 3-1 Saturday night for the championship of
Western North Carolina, will face Eastern champ
Rockingham County in a best-of-three series at
Lancaster Field. 3
The first game is set for 7:30 tonight. The second
game will be played at 7:30 Thursday night and the
third game, if needed, will be at 7:30 Friday night.
Admission is four dollars. Mayor Kyle Smith and
School Superintendent Bob McRae will welcome
Rockingham County team members and fans during a A
special pre-game ceremony tonight.
Both state finalists came on strong toward the end of
the season to earn spots in the championship series.
Rockingham County, 16-9 overall, finished third in the
Triad Conference and Kings Mountain, 21-7 overall,
was second in the Southwestern Conference.
The coaches, Bruce Clark of Kings Mountain and
Sam Jones of Rockingham County, expect the series to
Wednesday, June 7, 1989
A — PR
SAFE ON CLOSE PLAY - Deshay Cuttrell, a courtesy runner for Statesville
pitcher Gary Davis, slides safely into third on a close play in fourth inning of
Saturday night Western N.C. championship game with Kings Mountain's
Pilot Creek Master Plan
To Be Presented To Council
Engineering proposals totaling $94,000 for system-
wide topographic mapping of the city's sanitary sewer
collection system and existing water system, hydraulic
analysis, construction manuals and a 20-year master-
plan for Pilot Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will
be presented to City Council Tuesday night
Kings Mountain Utilities Commission last week ap-
proved the proposals submitted by W. K. Dickson en-
gineer David L. Pond. City Manager George Wood
said the costs, some of which will run over a two-year
period, are included in the upcoming budget pending
approval of the city board.
In addition, Council will hold public hearing on nu-
merous street assessment improvements and members
will receive the preliminary budget for 1989-90 for re-
view and set public hearing on the budget.
The system-wide mapping of the city's sanitary sew-
er collection system proposes to utilize college stu-
dents over the next two summers with the city phasing
the work so that the McGill Basin will be undertaken
first. The work will include a set of reproducible my-
lars, sanitary sewer collection system, utilizing
1"=200" scale topographic maps. Information to be
shown on the maps will include line location, size, ma-
terial, manhole location, and manhole rim and invert
elevations. City crews will give assistance in locating
sanitary sewer lines not shown on the plans or maps,
uncovering of manhole rims which had been paved
over or for which access is impossible and assist with
traffic control where required. The projected cost is
The city-wide hydraulic analysis will be undertaken
in two phases. The first phase will consist of mapping
of the existing water system city-wide on 1"=200 aeri-
al topographic maps. The second phase would consist
See Pilot, 6-A
Registration Books Open
For Fall City Election
SCHOOL'S OUT! - Central School students are excited about getting out of school and ham it up for °
Mountaineers at Lancaster Field. Making the tag for KM is third baseman
Dale Greene. KM won 3-1 to advance to the state championship series against
Rockingham County. That series begins tonight at 7:30 at Lancaster Field.
the photographer after school was dismissed for the summer Friday afternoon. Youngsters will jump right
out of bed early and spend a lot of time outdoors until August, when it'll be time for the school bells to -
ring again.
match the Cougars’ outstanding pitching staff against
the powerful Mountaineer hitting attack which has
clubbed a state record 45 home runs.
The Cougars’ ace is righthander Brad Everette, who
has fanned 113 batters and has a 1.79 earned run aver-
age. Jason Pruitt, a 6-5 sophomore. righthander, has a,
Sei record and 3.50 ERA and Jason Lawrence, 2/63
righthander, is 4-2 with a 2.22 ERA. {
Clark says the Cougars also have an outstanding hit-
ting team, led by shortstop Wayne Hamilton with a
.389 average. Center fielder Lonnie Galloway is hit-
ting at a .326 clip and clean-up hitting first baseman
Mark Young is hitting .306.
The Mountaineers have one of their heaviest hitting
teams of all time. Four starters are hitting over .400
and several others are hitting over .300.
Paul Brannon, a junior first baseman who has hit a
state record 17 home runs, carries a .478 batting mark.
He also leads the club with 38 runs batted in, 32 runs
scored and 42 hits.
Also hitting .400 are centerfielder Toby Deaton
(:446), third baseman Dale Greene (436) and desig-
nated hitter Chad Plonk (.425). Plonk is also second on
the team in home runs with 10 and in runs batted in
with 28. Chris Plonk and Greene have four homers
each and Ken Crook and Chip Cash have three each.
Chris Henson is hitting .386 and Todd McDaniel .345.
Kings Mountain has a solid 1-2 mound punch in se-
niors Stuart Spires and Todd McDaniel. Spires sports
an 11-2 record but McDaniel is 9-4 with nine saves
and has done an excellent job in relief during the play-
The Mountaineers, who have won seven conference
championships in baseball, have not won a state cham-
pionship since joining the North Carolina High School
Athletic Association. The Mountaineers played for the
title in 1980 but lost to Greene Central. When the
school was in the old Western North Carolina
Association, they won the title in 1969.
Parkdale And Spectrum Make State's Top 100 List
Two Kings Mountain industries-Parkdale Mills Inc.
and Spectrum Dyed Yarns Inc.-are represented in this
year's Arthur Andersen & Co. ranking of North
Carolina's 100 largest privately held companies.
Parkdale ranks number seven, moving from sixth
position last year, and Spectrum ranks 60, moving
from number 46 last year.
Parkdale manufactures cotton and cotton/synthetic
yarns for the apparel and industrial trades.
Spectrum is a package dyer of textile yarns for the
knitting and weaving industries.
Parkdale remained in the Top 10 headed by
Candidate filing for the October
municipal election opens a month
from today and, outwardly, poli-
ticking is quiet.
The rumor mill has failed to
grind out names of any new candi-
dates seeking the three board seats
up for grabs on the Kings
Mountain City Council.
None of the incumbents,
Councilmen Humes Houston,
District 2; Fred Finger, District 5
and Harold Phillips, 6 have made
public plans to seek reelection, al-
though they are expected to run
Becky Cook, chairman of the
Kings Mountain Board of
Elections, said the filing period of-
ficially opens at noon July 7 and
closes at noon Aug. 7.
Candidates must register with
Mrs. Cook at her home on
Meadowbrook Road. The filing fee
has gone up, from $5 to $36.
Registration books for the mu-
nicipal election are open now and
will remain open until 5 p.m on
Sept. 4. New registrations, or
changes of addresses, should be
See Books, 8-A
McDevitt and Street Company, Charlotte contractors,
which reclaimed the number one spot this year after
slipping to number two in 1988. Greensboro's Cone
Mills Corporation took the number two spot.
Capturing the number three spot and appearing on the
list for the first time was Halstead Industries of
Greensboro. Rounding out the top ten were Dillard
Paper Company of Greensboro, four; Golden Corral
Corporation of Raleigh, five ; Stowe Pharr Mills of
McAdenville, six; Boddie-Noell Enterprises Inc. of
Rocky Mount, eight ; The Lundy Packing Company of
Clinton, nine, and Klaussner Furniture Industries Inc.
Suicide Ruled
A Kings Mountain teenager found hanging in a
Cleveland County jail cell about 5:15 a.m. Sunday
committed suicide, according to results of an autopsy
performed at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Brian Keith Rogers, 17, of 1119 Groves St., was ar-
rested Friday after he wrecked following a 90 m.p.h.
police chase.
He was pronounced dead Sunday morning at
Cleveland Memorial Hospital.
Another inmate, who had been cleaning the jail,
spotted Rogers hanging by his bed sheets from cell
bars about 5:15 a.m., 15 minutes after a jailer had
made a round of checks. Rogers was alone in the cell
and out of view of the other cells, according to
Cleveland County Coroner Ralph Mitchem.
Police say Rogers led up to 15 police cars on a 20-
minute chase along U. S. 74 into Shelby Friday after
he turned around when he approached a license-check
of Asheboro, ten.
"The competition for a spot in the North Carolina
100 is especially keen," stated Dave Hunt, the Arthur
Andersen & Co. partner who headed the project.
"Fifteen companies made the list in 1989 that were not
included in 1988, plus total combined revenues and
the number of people employed by the North Carolina
100 companies increased by 14% this year," Hunt
commented. "Manufacturing companies, both textile
and furniture, continue to be the backbone of North
Carolina economy and those companies experienced
See Plants, 6-A
In Death
roadblock in Forest City and crossed the median to
avoid a second roadblock, repeatedly driving directly
toward police cars, said Shelby police Sgt. Doyle
Police say the car had been reportedly stolen May
30 in Bessemer City.
Rogers ran a stoplight and hit a van at U. S. 74 and
S. DeKalb Street in Shelby, police said. He then left
the car, ran and was apprehended in nearby woods.
Rogers was treated for injuries from the wreck at
Cleveland Memorial Hospital before be was jailed un-
der a $75,000 bond on at least 18 charges, including
possession of stolen goods and six counts of assault on
an officer with deadly weapon. Investigating officers
said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse.
: oe was a junior at Kings Mountain Senior High
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