VOL. 101 NO. 25
No Speakers At Budget Hear:
Kings Mountain City Council is ready to adopt a
record $17.2 million budget Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
at City Hall.
The budget calls for no funds for extensions outside
the corporate limits but limits spending to improving
the existing systems. A big slice of the budget pie allo-
fo cates funds for capital improvements.
i "I think you can see that our emphasis this year is on
| improving the existing systems," said City Manager
George Wood in presenting a review of the proposed
To Be Approved Tuesday Night
Thursday, June 22, 1989
budget at a public hearing Tuesday night.
The city tax rate will go down one cent. No
changes are anticipated in the gas,water, sewer and
"We have been aggressive in allocating funds for ex-
pansion of our utility systems,” said Wood, who said
the No. 1 priority of the administration is to replace
water and sewer lines on Bridges Drive where the ex-
See Meeting, 7-A
Lonise P. Bias, mother of University of Maryland
basketball star Len Bias, who died of cardiac arrest in-
duced by cocaine intoxication on June 19, 1986, two
days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics, will
speak Saturday at 8
p.m. at B.N. Barnes
Auditorium in Kings
Mrs. Bias is sched-
uled to speak at the
first annual celebration
of the Partners With
Kingston Youth in
Shelby from 4-7 p.m.
Director for Cleveland
County Mental Health,
arranged the programs.
“Mrs. Bias, a na-
er, has turned her per-
- sonal loss into an
} MRS. BIAS opportunity to help
others, and she tours the country addressing the issues
of drugs, alcohol, family, hope and love. She chal-
i ages youth and adults to wage war against substance
y 5 and she addresses the issue of peer pressure in
attempt to instill hope in the lives of young people
steer them away from substance abuse.
in®he has lectured before statesmen, community and
Rélirch organizations, the military, universities, and
a private and public institutions throughout the U.S. and
id abroad. She has appeared on numerous television
shows, including Sally Jesse Rafael, Dr. Robert
Schuler, The’ CBS Morning News, and the 700 Club.
She has received many awards, including the Boston
Herald Community Service Award, The International
© Women in Leadership Award, Christian Excellence
i Award in Presenting Drug Awareness, Sojourner Truth
© Award, Soya Humanitarian Award, the Giant Steps
© Parent Award, and many other Distinguished Service
@ Before taking on this mission, Mrs. Bias was em-
ployed by the National Bank of Washington. She is a
native of Washington and was educated in the public
schools of Washington, D.C. She studied religion at
the District of Columbia Bible Institute. She is a mem-
ber of the Africa Methodist Episcopal Church, which
she has served as Stewardess, Missionary, Youth
Advisor, and choir member. She is married and has
three children. .
Swann said Mrs. Bias was sought to speak at the
Kingston celebration, and then when he learned that
her flight out of Charlotte back to her home in
Hyattsville, Md. would not be until 10:15 p.m., she
o agreed to also speak in Kings Mountain.
Her speech in Kings Mountain will be free and open
to the public.
Man Killed Monday
One man is dead and another man is hospitalized
with injuries after an alleged robbery and assault
Monday night at a private residence.
Det. Lt. Richard Reynolds said Kings Mountain
Police were called to the home of Gene Goins and
Angela Wallace at 305 1/2 East Parker Street Monday
night at 9:34 p.m. and found William Earl Brackett,
24, of Clarksville, Ga., formerly of Kings Mountain,
dead of gunshot wounds and Gene Goins, of 305 1/2
E. Parker Street, injured. Goins was admitted to
Charlotte Memorial Hospital,
Brackett allegedly came to 305 1/2 E. Parker Street
demanding money at gunpoint and a scuffle ensued.
Kings Mountain Police called the SBI into the in-
vestigation which is continuing. Reynolds said results
of their investigation will be turned over to the District
Attorney for review.
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BARNEY AND FLAT NOSE
To Perform In Downtown KM Saturday
Flat Nose Coming Back
Barney Odum and his world-fa-
No one spoke in favor of and no one spoke against
Kings Mountain's proposed $17,239,608.00 budget
Tuesday night as City Council conducted a public
hearing attended by 20 people, all city employees and
the media with exception of one citizen, Grady
"It's very prudently put together," said Councilman
Humes Houston after the presentation by City
Manager George Wood. "It's the best explanation of a
budget I've ever seen," said Mayor Kyle Smith.
Wood distributed copies of the 1989-89 budget to
the mayor, six Council members and media last week
and placed a copy for citizens to review in the office of
City Clerk-Treasurer Marvin Chappell at City Hall.
During his presentation, Wood said the budget is
mous, tree-climbing dog Flat Nose
will be in downtown Kings
Mountain Saturday to entertain the
public from 4-5 p.m. in front of
Barney and Flat Nose are being
brought to town by Carl Plonk of
Plonk Brothers and their manager,
David Godbold of Elizabeth
Weaving in Grover. The show will
Flat Nose will be "autographing”
T-shirts of himself and will also
visit some other stores in the
downtown area. "And, if we can
get a tree up in time, he'll climb a
tree,” Godbold said.
Barney and Flat Nose, who re-
side near Darlington, S.C., have
become famous world-wide during
the last year. Godbold, who dou-
bles as a talent scout and agent,
had known of the pair for years and
they were the first act he recruited.
They've appeared all over the
United States, recently completed a
successful tour of Japan, and have
been on many major television
See Flat Nose, 3
RECEIVES AWARD—Delora Lovekize, bus driver at East School, receives award for
driver safety from Mike Royster of the N.C. Petroleum Marketers Association at Monday
night's meeting of the Kings Mountain Board of Education. Lovelace had driven for 11
years without an accident. See Jon on page 13-A.
KINGS M 3 8086
$1.6 million higher than last y ar uu. go>
tions based on increases to the city's ebv. =; |
tric, and natural gas funds. wh
The budget provides for a one ce 't dec caSg -
tax rate due to the octennial reval:..ation hy
City employees will receive a 3.5% cost- Mg
adjustment. The budget reflects the first fullk, 4 of
funding for the new Personnel Classification and Pay
Plan that was implemented in September 1988. The
3.5% pay increase will become effective July 1, and
each full-time employee will be eligible for a 2.5%
merit increase on his anniversary date during the year.
See Budget, 13-A
Kings Mountain District Schools Tuesday opened
bids for additions and alterations at Kings Mountain
Junior High School, and during the next week will
open bids for the remainder of work necessary to bring
the school into a Middle School-High School organi-
Bids were opened Tuesday for construction addi-
tions and renovations to the existing junior high facili-
ty, as well as plumbing, heating and air conditioning.
However, only one bid for electrical work was re-
ceived and that work will have to be re-advertised.
Bids for construction of a new classroom wing at
the junior high will be opened today. Bids for new
construction and renovations at the senior high will be
opened on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
Supt. Bob McRae, at Monday's meeting of the
Board of Education, said he hopes the board can start
awarding at least some of the bids at the nex: board
: meeting on July, 3.
Bids received tor alterations and Aaditon at the | jo-
nior high Tuesday ranged from $529,741 to $609,000.
Bids for plumbing ranged from $33,859 to $48,000,
and bids for heating and air conditioning ranged from
$74,800 to $105,495.
Base bids on the general contracting included: Beam
Construction, $609,000; Hunter Construction,
$529,741; T.C. Strickland Jr., $580,375; and A.A.
Ramsey and Son, $549,880.
Bids for plumbing included: Gastonia Plumbing and
Heating, $43,872; Ben T. Goforth Plumbing, $33,859;
and Hoyle Plumbing, $48,000.
Bids for heating and air conditioning included:
Butler Air Conditioning and Heating, $74,800;
Southeastern P.H. and Air Conditioning, $92,998; and
Triangle Contractors, $105,495.
In another matter Monday night, the board approved
a bid of $100,085 from Napry Environmental
Company for asbestos removal at North School. Six
bids were received and Napry was the lowest.
McRae said work will begin immediately and
should be completed within three weeks. About two-
thirds of the old building which includes the gym and
several classrooms will have asbestos removed.
See Schools, 13-A
Pioneer Motor Bearing
Company has announced that it is
building a new manufacturing and
repair facility off Highway 29
South near Grover, which is sched-
uled to open in January 1990.
David Jochner, sales manager
for Pioneer, made the announce-
ment in conjunction with the an-
nouncement that Pioneer has
signed a licensing agreement with
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
under which Pioneer will become
the exclusive authorized repair or-
ganization for certain
Westinghouse babbitted products.
Pioneer operates a plant in San
Francisco, California. The compa-
ny is a leading supplier of babbit-
ted products for rotating and recip-
rocating machinery used in steam
turbines, gas turbines, compres-
sors, gearboxes, pumps and large
electric motors and fans. Pioneer
has complemented its new, bearing
manufacturing business by provid-
ing high quality babbitt bearing re-
pair services for almost 70 years,
The new plant will be construct-
ed on 10 acres of land off
Battleground Avenue near Grover.
The plant will employ 10-20 peo-
Pioneer Motor Bearing
To Locate Near Grover
ple initially to supply bearings for
Gene White, Planning Director
for the City of Kings Mountain,
said that the company's location
here was a joint effort of the city,
Gaston County Economic
Development Commission, Gaston
and Cleveland Counties. Cleveland
County will pay for the installation
of water and sewer lines to serve
the new industry which plans to
buy water and sewer services from
Kings Mountain. "Pioneer is a
clean industry with little or no af-
fluent," said White.
Jochner said customers working
with Pioneer have the advantage of
dealing direct with the shop repair-
ing their bearings. "At the same
time, they know we have the sup-
port of the original equipment
manufacturer," he said.
Under the license approved this
week, Pioneer becomes the autho-
rized repair organization for all
Westinghouse babbitted products
designed for land based steam tur-
bines over 60 MW which are in-
stalled in the United States.
Pioneer will have the right to mar-
See Company, 7-A
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