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VOL. 101 NO. 28
Six candidates filed this week for three seats open
on the Kings Mountain City Council, the three chal-
lengers assuring races in both District 5 and District 6.
All threg incumbents, Humes Houston of District 2,
Fred Finger of District 5 and Harold Phillips of
District 6 filed for reelection to four- year terms on the
Challenging Finger will be Marshall E. (Coot)
Camp, 58, of 403 N. Cansler St., a retired Army
sergeant who is seeking public office for the first time.
Floyd (Will) Sanders, 53, of 806 Landing St.,
Spectrum Industries employee, filed for the District 6
seat held by Harold Phillips. Sanders lost a bid for a
school board seat two years ago.
Also challenging Phillips is Jerry White, of 200
Fulton Drive, who filed for District 6 on Tuesday.
White is a Detective Sergeant in the Cleveland County
Incumbent Paul Hord Jr. and newcomer Ronnie
Hawkins filed this week for two outside seats open on
the Kings Mountain Board of Education in the
A third inside-city seat is
also up for grabs as terms of
Hord, Bill McDaniel and
Priscilla Mauney expire. Mrs.
# Mauney has indicated she
‘plans to run again for the in-
q side-seat on the board.
plans for retirement.
Hord, 52, is seeking his
# like to sec finished what we
started,” he said, referring to
additions to the junior and se-
nior high school and the im-
plementation of the middle
“8 school program in Kings
; : = Mountain.
RONNIE HAWKINS Hawkins, 37, said his rea-
sons for running are that he enjoys working with chil-
dren and feels his experience as a volunteer with the
Cleveland County Youth Assistance Program gives
some insight into some of the problems facing young
people as he works one-on-one and pushes remedial
education. Hawkins’ mother and stepfather, Mr. and
Mrs. Oscar Jones, have been foster parents for many
Vice President and Co-Manager of Harris Funeral
Home, Hawkins is the son of the late J. B. Hawkins.
He joined Harris Funeral Home nearly 14 years ago af-
ter graduation from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary
Science, Atlanta, Ga. He is a former deacon of First
Presbyterian Church where he and his wife, Libby Dye
Hawkins, are active in the youth program and where
his wife is a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He is
a Mason, a Kiwanian, and director of the Cleveland
County Cancer Society. In 1982, he was voted by the
Jaycees as one of the five most outstanding young men
in North Carolina and received the Distinguished
Service Award as Young Man of the Year by Kings
Mountain Jaycees in 1983. He is a former member of
the KM Rescue Squad, served on their board of direc-
tors and also in the Fire Department. He is active in
the Civil Air Patrol.
A resident of Countryside Drive, Hawkins said he
decided to file for an outside city seat after Chairman
Bill McDaniel decided not to run again.
Hord, Kings Mountain native and son of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Hord Sr., owns and operates Paul's Seafood.
His wife, Joyce, is manager of Kings Mountain High
School Cafeteria. They have three children and six
grandchildren, four of whom attend Kings Mountain
Hord is president of Gideon International, Kings
Mountain camp; a Mason, and a member and deacon
of First Baptist Church. The family resides on York
Filing for the school board continues until Aug. 4 at
noon with the Cleveland County Board of Elections.
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Off And R
Sheriff's Department, a former Kings Mountain police
officer, a former Kings Mountain fireman, and a for-
mer superintendent of the Kings Mountain Natural Gas
System. He was employed by the City of Kings
Mountain for a number of years in different depart-
ments. He joined the Cleveland County Sheriff's
Department in 1981 as a patrolman. He was promoted
to the Detective Division and later promoted to
Detective Sergeant. During that time, he received two
citations recognizing outstanding dedication, leader-
ship and achievement in advancing professional law
enforcement. In 1986, he was named "Investigator of
the Year" by Region C Criminal Justice Advisory
A life-long resident of Kings Mountain, White is
married to Rebecca Gordon White. He is a graduate of
See Running, 3-A
Thursday, July 13, 1989 %
ing For Council
City Council Tuesday night or-
dered the demolition of condemned
property at 803 Second Street in 60
By their action, the board autho-
rized Codes Officer Tom Fields to
demolish condemned property
owned by heirs of Annie K.
McAbee at 803 Second Street.
The item had been tabled since
for three bids for demolition and
will accept the low bid. The
McAbee estate will be billed for all
costs of demolition, lot cleaning,
and $25 administrative fee, he said.
"This property has been an eyesore
for about 12 years and has been
condemned, under law, as unfit for
human habitation," said Fields.
Fields said the city has complied
See Council, 3-A
McDaniel has announced his |}
third term on the board. “I'd
two-year-old girl's life.
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Of The Herald Staff
Jennifer Michelle Foster, 2, laughed and played
with her toys at Kings Mountain Hospital Tuesday
night, as her grandmother, Cathy Gregory, recalled the
horror story of how the child almost drowned Monday
Jennifer is going home to 211 Stowe Acres today to
play with her small brother and get more hugs and
kisses from a big family of relatives.
"She won't be in any more pools this summer,” said
her grandmother, who praised the efforts of her 14-
year-old son, Billy Foster, her four-year-old grandson,
Eric Stewart, her daughter and son, Kathy and
Kenneth Wayne Stewart and City Policeman Derek
Johnson for their quick actions in saving the child's
Mrs. Gregory said Jennifer, her only granddaughter
in a family of five children and six grandchildren, was
playing in a kiddie pool with her cousin, four-year-old
Eric Stewart while the adults were visiting Mrs.
Foster's father, Howard Moore, at 207 Blanton Street.
"The kids hadn't been in the little kiddie pool for about
10 minutes when Eric came running in the house and
said, "Ma-Ma Kathy, Jennifer looks like she's dead."
"My heart stopped and I ran to the door and saw her
floating, face up, in that two-feet deep plastic pool.
She looked swollen so bad that I just went all to pieces
and started screaming."
Gregory's sister, Beverly Inman, picked up the child
from the water. Billy tried mouth-to-mouth resuscita-
tion and the child took a few breaths and spit up some
water and blood, she said. Patrolman Johnson heard
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Tragedy With A Happy Ending
READY TO GO HOME- Jennifer Foster, above, plays in her crib at Kings Mountain Hospital after
nearly drowning in a kiddie pool Monday in her great-grandfather's front yard. Her aunt, Beverly Inman,
left, and her grandmother, Kathy Gregory, say efforts by a city policeman and family members saved the
KM Policeman Saves Child
Who Was Feared Drowned
the call about a possible drowning on his scanner and,
because he was less than a mile away from the scene
and had 11 to 12 years of rescue work, he responded.
When he arrived, he found the child lying in the front
yard surrounded by people trying to help.
Mrs. Foster said her screams brought the whole
neighborhood and that several police and rescue units
responded to the call.
Johnson gave the child mouth-to-mouth resuscita-
tion and a few chest compressions, turning the child on
her side to get the water out of her lungs and stomach.
Then Jennifer gave a faint cry and was sick.
"Eventually she started crying louder and by the time
the ambulance arrived she responded when I called her
name, "said Johnson
Ambulance personnel gave the child oxygen and her
color returned, said Mrs. Gregory. The child was taken
to Kings Mountain Hospital and was moved from
Intensive Care and into a regular room Tuesday.
Mrs. Gregory said her son, Billy Foster, learned
CPR during a camping trip. "Thank God, he did and
Thank God for Officer Johnson," she said.
"The kids were playing only a brief time and I don't
understand what happened to cause/her go under wa-
ter. She just died and the Lord brought her back," she
"What people don't realize is that you can drown in
a spoonful of water if it goes down the wrong
way, "said Johnson.
Foster said Jennifer's pool won't be in use anymore
this summer, despite the sizzling temperatures.
Jennifer, unaware of all the attention, talked on her
play telephone and played with her bear while Ma-Ma
Kathy talked about miracles.
Fields said the city will advertise
Samantha Diane Dellinger, 41, of 606 Bridges St., a
10-year city employee, was arrested Tuesday night at
6:30 p.m. and charged with two counts of embezzling
Mrs. Dellinger posted bond of $9,000 and was re-
leased at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday morning from
Cleveland County Jail.
The Kings Mountain Police Department, with assis-
tance from the Special Bureau of Investigation and au-
ditors for the city, is continuing the investigation,
which began Wednesday, July 5. City Manager George
Wood suspended Mrs. Dellinger without pay
Thursday, July 6.
The Finance Department, which handles utility
billings and collections, employs two collection clerks
and three others with clerk duties. The city collected
about $103 million in gas and electric payments in fis-
cal year 4988-89.
neil discussed the matter in executive ses-
Suny night, then issued a news release on the
Lh pT v a ns Eder aay Feats opt
In order not to domage the invastiga-
this time? said Wood.
Kings Mountain Police served warrants on Mrs.
Dellinger charging her with two counts of embezzle-
ment totaling $6,100.
Embezzlement by a public employee is a felony
punishable by up to 10 years in prison/and or a fine.
Grover Council OK's
Grover Town Board has approved a budget of
$326,488.62 for fiscal year 1989-90 while maintaining
the same tax rate of 29 cents per $100 property valua-
The new budget provides for a general fund of
$152,166.71, Powell Fund for street improvements of
$17,738.64, Utility fund of $80,894.07 and sewer fund
The budget projects that water revenues will bring
in $57,600; water taps, $1,150; local sales tax,
$19,627.98; sewer collections from customers of
$38,000 and ad valorem taxes of $16,830.
The budget appropriates $36,943.10 for the admin-
istrative department, $23,889.24 for Police,
$18,476.23 for maintenance, $10,160 for Town Hall
and office, $7,500 for Fire department, $8,871.00 for.
insurance, $17,738.64 for streets, $500 for sidewalks,
$7,377.10 for professional services, $5,300 for street
lights, $13,944 for sanitation, $1,000 for cemetery,
$750 for election expenses, $611.00 for dues, $2,150
for committees, $2,100 for donations, $5,733.04 for
contingencies, $747.00 for miscellaneous expenses
and $6,125 for Park improvements.
The Town expects to pay $13,809.87 in utility ex-
penses, $25,000 to Kings Mountain for water, $4,500
for legal expenses, $25,0150 for maintenance and re-
pairs, $8,615.64 for bond payments, among major
items in the Utility Fund.
From the Sewer fund, the Town expects to pay
$30,470 for debt retirement, $14,550 in capital outlay,
$8,400 for utilities and $8,050 for professional ser-
vices, among major items.
Mayor Bill McCarter said the Grover Municipal
Sewer System has been completed and is removed
from a major category in the operating budget. Grover
Municipal Park construction has stopped until addi-
tional funds become available. Funds for only minor
work at the Park were budgeted for the coming year.
Alex Owens, 67, Dies While On Vacation
Alex Denton Owens, 67, owner
and operator of Alex's
Greenhouses on York Road and a
former school board chairman,
died Tuesday of an apparent heart
attack while vacationing with his
family at North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Funeral arrangements, which are
incomplete, will be announced by
Harris Funeral Home.
"Alex Owens was a real friend
of education and will be missed in
this community," said Bill Davis,
former schools superintendent who
served with Owens during his 12-
year term on the school board from
1967-79. "Alex was a most effec-
tive chairman," said Davis. Owens
served as board chairman from
Owens' wife, Lina Thompson
Owens, retired in 1985 after many
years of teaching at KM Junior
High and three of four of the
Owens' daughters teach in the
A Kings Mountain native,
Owens was the son of the late Mr.
and Mrs. John C. Owens. He was
graduated from Kings Mountain
High School and was a World War
II veteran. He owned and operated
a dairy farm and Alex Landscaping
for many years and was also a
truck farmer. He was a Mason and
deacon in Kings Mountain Baptist
Surviving, in addition to his
wife, are their daughters, Ann
Bennett, Kathryn Blanton, both of
Kings Mountain, Susan Brown of
Shelby and Margaret Rhodes of
Hickory Grove, S. C.; six grand-
children; three brothers, Richard
Owens, Fred Owens and Charles
Owens, all of Kings Mountain,and
two sisters, Mrs. Mary Allen and
Mrs. Maude McCarter, both of
Saent concerniag it Can Galante.