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The new gasoline tax hike has
local service station operators and
their customers grumbling.
If your gas tank holds 10 gallons
of gas it will cost 52 cents more to
fill it up at the pumps today in
"We really hate to do this,"said
Cecil Ingram at Kings Mountain
Exxon which is posting an extra 5
cents per gallon increase on the
tanks. "We're going to absorb the
rest,” he said of the 5.25 cent per
gallon increase, part of a massive
$9:1 billion tax package approved
by the North Carolina legislature
last week, which pushed the North
Carolina tax at 21.15 cents per gal-
lon to slightly behind Nebraska's
22.3 cents and slightly ahead of
See Tax, 3-A
Local programs will likely be advanced by in-
creased spending for roads in the $9.1 billion tax pack-
age approved this week by the N. C. Legislature and
covering a 13 1/2 year period but they may not be seen
in this area soon.
In the next two years, 6.36 miles of secondary
roads are approved for paving in this area. Others are
among improvements in this area are Road 2353
limits and Road 2017 off Oak Grove Road.
road bill just approved by the legislature. They are:
12th Division Highway Engineer T. G. Brooks said
which dead ends just west of Highway 74 west city
of the N. C. Department of
Transportation, said that - big projects in Division 12
will be likely advanced with approval of funds in the
GAS PRICES UP-Service station owners are passing on increased
tax costs to customers this week. Cecil Ingram, above, posted a 5
cent increase on the pumps at Kings Mountain Exxon.
Local Roads Will Be Improved
Widening to six lanes the Shelby By-Pass of U. S.
Four lane construction and relocation of N. C. 150
from existing 150 to South Dekalb Street in Shelby
Widening of N. C. 180 to multi-lane highway from
U. S. 74 Bypass to U. S. 74 Business
Widening of N. C. 18 from Shelby to N. C. 182 to
Widening of N. C. 150 to four lane from U. S. 74 to
Paving of 218 miles of unpaved roads, 120 of which
will be improved and paved by year 2001 and 89 miles
to be improved by year 2004.
Eight Cleveland County towns will receive in-
creased Powell Bill monies over the 13 1/2 year period
See Roads, 3-A fl 5
Funeral services for James Brooks ( Jim) McGinnis,
55, of 705 Marion St., Kings Mountain businessman,
were conducted Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew's
Lutheran Church of which
he was an active member.
His pastor, Rev.
Harwood Smith, officiated.
Interment was in Mountain
I Rest Cemetery.
He died Friday af-
ternoon at North Carolina
Baptist Hospital at Winston
Salem after declining health
for several months due to
kidney and lung difficulties.
A native of Kings
I Mountain, he was the
; youngest of 13 children of
; the late Mr. and Mrs. W.
JIM McGINNIS Hinkle McGinnis. He at-
tended the local schools and completed high school at
Konnarock Lutheran School, Konnarock, Virginia. He
attended Lenoir Rhyne College at Hickory.
Since 1962, he has been associated with McGinnis
Furniture Company, Inc. and served as Treasurer of the
family-owned and family-operated corporation. He
was a partner with Jerry Ross in J&J Knitting and
partner with Danny Shockley in East King Shell
Station, now a Dixon Road Texaco station.
On May 12, 1957 he married Doris Suther of
Concord. They are the parents of three daughters,
Elizabeth McGinnis of Concord, Laura McGinnis of
Atlanta, Ga. and Julie McGinnis of the home. He was
In addition to his wife and three daughters, he is sur-
vived by four sisters: Mrs. Lucille Sawyer of
Charlotte, Mrs. Dot Whetstine of North Myrtle Beach,
S. C., Mrs. Janet Eagle of Kannapolis, and Mrs.
Virginia Sabetti of Kings Mountain; and three broth-
ers, Hubert McGinnis, Donald McGinnis and Bill
McGinnis, all of Kings Mountain.
KM Home Federal Planning
Conversion To Stock Bank
Thursday, August 3, 1989 ;
ublic Hearing Set
On School Closing
The Kings Mountain District Schools Board of
Education will have a public hearing Monday at 7:30
p.m. at East School to receive input from the commu-
nity on the possibility of closing East School and re-
drawing the elementary schools attendance zones.
A decision on the matters will not be made Monday
night but could be made as early as the board's next
regular meeting on Monday night, August 14 at the
The possibility of re-drawing attendance lines came
up several months ago when the board learned that the
percentages of minority students in the elementary
schools ranged from 14 percent at Bethware to 56 per-
cent at East.
The board has discussed the matter several times
over the past several months, trying to come up with a
way to bring all of the schools more in line with the
The board has discussed at least seven options,
some of which include closing of East and assigning
its students to one or more schools, leaving East open
and re-assigning students to achieve racial balance,
and leaving things as they are.
A public hearing was held earlier in the year at
Kings Mountain High School but only five persons
spoke, and the only one to address the possible closing
of East was its former principal, Cozelle Vance.
Supt. Bob McRae said he hoped many area citizens
will attend and speak at next Monday's meeting, which
will be held in the school's multi-purpose center
"I think probably this public hearing is more impor-
tant to the board, because they've not talked too much
specifically about closing East before and would not
want to close it without talking to the people in this
kind of setting," he said.
"At the previous hearing we had a very small
turnout," McRae noted. "With this hearing being in the
East attendance zone, if there's a small turnout it will
be reflective of the fact that the people have Sofi,
\ See Hearing, 2A
Solving Drug Problem ~~ Vipin fad
POLICE LAUNCH "DARE" PROGRAM-With the completion of special schooling by DARE officer
Alan Hardin, Kings Mountain Police Department and Kings Mountain Schools are ready to launch a
drug education program in Grades 5-6. From left, Police Chief Warren Goforth presents certificate to
Hardin as schools’ health coordinator Cindy Borders looks on.
Cop To Teach DARE Program
Fifth and sixth graders in the Kings Mountain
School System will participate in a unique pilot-tested
program this fall with the Kings Mountain Police
Department. Their teacher will be a specially-trained
police officer, Ptl. Alan Hardin, who will be assigned
to each elementary school one day a week.
Project DARE is a cooperative effort of the North
Carolina Department of Justice and the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction to prevent drug abuse
in children and youth.
Ptl. Hardin has recently completed a two week's
course of instruction in the program content for DARE
which will be organized into seventeen 45-60 minute
lessons with suggested extended activities to be taught
by the regular classroom teacher. Hardin will conduct
the lessons for 10-11 year- old students on a weekly
Hardin and Chief of Police Warren Goforth say
DARE offers a variety of activity-oriented techniques
which are designed to encourage student-generated re-
sponses to problem-solving situations. An important
element of Project DARE is the use of student leaders
who do not use drugs as positive role models in influ-
encing younger students not to use drugs.
The program emphasis is to help kids recognize and
resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to
experiment with alcohol and marijuana. In addition,
program strategies are planned to focus on feelings re-
See DARE, 3-A
‘chairman Bill McDaniel
For School Board
A race for the inside-seat on the Kings Mountain
Board of Education developed Tuesday when Clyde
Thomas (Tom) Bennett Jr., 45, announced he will
challenge incumbent [ .
Priscilla H. Mauney. i
The race for two out-
side-city seats drew a fifth
candidate on Monday
when Rev. Calvin C.
Miller, of 225 C Goforth
Road, announced his can-
didacy. Miller, Paul Hord
Jr., Ronnie Hawkins and |
Wanza Davis seek two |
seats up for grabs this
election year. Terms of in-
cumbent Hord and board
are expiring. McDaniel
does not plan to seek re-
Term of Mrs. Mauney is also expiring this year. She
announced her reelection plans last week.
Bennett said in a filing statement; "With my in-
volvement over the past eight years with the students
who have participated in the various Kings Mountain
Boys Club programs, I think that I have gained a par-
ticular insight into the problems and challenges that
face our youth both in and out of the school environ-
ment. I am firmly convinced that the solution to many
of these problems lies with the quality and commit-
See Bennett, 3-A pit J
INSIDE AT A GLANCE
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Omni Capital Group, Inc., Federal Savings Bank and simulta- Sports 1-B
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Mountain, today converts from mutual stock owner- Food 6-C
jointly an- ship. The S&L Board approved the |] 37 xetreesnssssnsesss any
nounced a plan action Monday. 28
whereby Home The completion of the proposed
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will convert to a federal stock sav-
by the Federal Home Loan Bank
See Bank, 5-A
WEATHER: Hot and humid with a chance of afternoon
and evening thunderstorms. .
Filing Deadline Friday
May Be Home Free
With only 1 1/2 days remaining until the candidate
filing deadline, the race for District 2 Councilman and
three seats on the Grover Town Council remain un-
Without takers for those positions, veteran council-
man Humes Houston and Grover candidates are
"home free." In Grover, incumbents Jim Howell and
Don Rich and former Kings Mountain city commis-
sioner Norman King are unopposed. King filed last
week for the seat on the board formerly held by the
late Grady Ross.
"I'm a little disappointed that no more candidates
have come out in Kings Mountain but maybe they are
all waiting until the last-minute. I remember during the
last election two years ago several candidates did just
that," said Elections Board Chairman Becky Cook.
Kings Mountain has just purchased $11,000 worth
of mechanized voting equipment to be used for the
first time at the two city voting polls in October. "This
equipment will speed up counting of votes which had
formerly been done by hand," said Mrs. Cook.
Mrs. Cook said she anticipates that voter turnout
will be good, since a five-man race has developed in
District 6 where Floyd (Will) Sanders, Jerry White,
Willard Boyles and Scott Neisler are challenging in-
cumbent Harold Phillips and in District 5 where
Marshall (Coot) Camp is challenging incumbent Fred
Finger. "Normally 30 to 35% of the registered vote
turns out for a commissioner year even when a mayor
is not being contested," said Mrs. Cook.
Kings Mountain candidates may register with Mrs.
Becky Cook at her home on Meadowbrook Road until
noon Friday. Filing fee is $36.
Grover candidates may register with Clerk Debora
Philbeck at Grown Town Hall until noon Friday. Filing
fee is $5.
Board of Education candidates may register at the
Cleveland County Board of Elections in Shelby until
Kings Mountain's municipal election is in October.
Grover's municipal election and the school board
election will be in November.
Ollie To Introduce
Kings Mountain Senator J. Ollie Harris will intro-
duce this week an amendment to a lottery bill in the N.
C. legislature. He thinks the Senate will pass the bill
but doubts the House will get around to discussing lot-
teries this session.
As the General Assembly ends its fourth week of
overtime, nobody seemed to have an answer either to
the lottery question or when this session will end, said
Harris said the lottery issue was taken off the calen-
dar Tuesday by Senator Kenneth Royal of Durham
who had sponsored its passage for four terms. "This
late in the game I don't think it will ever get to the
See OLLIE, Page 6-A