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] 7 Kings Mountain Dixie Youth Baseball Team Plays In Hattisburg, Mississippi, Monday, August 14th
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VOL. 101 NO. 32
Citizens Don't Want East
More Discussion Monday
It'1l be back to square one for the Kings Mountain
Board of Education when it holds its regular monthly
The board held the second of two public hearings to
receive input from the public on the possible re-draw-
ing of elementary attendance lines Monday at East
School, and now the board must resume its discussions
and try to make a decision.
The decision could be made as early as Monday
meeting Monday at 7:30 at the Superintendent's
Thursday, August 10, 1989
night's meeting, but board members have not indicated
that. They have placed discussion of the matter on the
meeting's agenda, however.
Over the past several months, the board has dis-
cussed several ways to achieve racial balance at East,
which has a 56 percent minority figure, and at other
schools, which have figures ranging from 14 to 29 per-
cent. Board members have also discussed leaving
things as they are.
See Monday, 8-A
By GARY STEWART
Editor of the Herald
Most of the 20 people speaking at Monday's public
hearing at East Elementary School urged the Kings
Mountain Board of Education not to close the school.
Over 100 people attended the hearing which was
scheduled to receive input from the public on the pos-
sibility of re-drawing attendance lines to achieve racial
One of the options being considered by the board in
its efforts to achieve racial balance is the possibility of
closing East and re-assigning its students to other
schools. However, the board is considering many other
options, including some which would leave East open.
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. 28086
The board will discuss the matter in its regular
monthly meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the
Superintendent's Office. The board has not indicated if
it will make a final decision Monday.
Most of the persons speaking Monday night said
they did not feel the reasons given thus far for the pos-
sible closing of East--such as racial imbalance,
declining enrollment and a small campus which is split
by a city street--are reasons enough to close a neigh-
Of the 20 people who spoke, 17 said they definitely
opposed the closing of the school. Two--former East
Principal C.A. Allison and Mayor Kyle Smith--said
See East, 8-A
PUBLIC HEARING AT EAST - Mrs. Ollie Wheeler of Kings
Mountain speaks at the Board of Education's public hearing on the
Last-minute candidates last
week produced two challengers for
the District 2 Council seat held by
Humes Houston and brought the
number to ten people who seek
three seats up for grabs at City Hall
Gilbert ( Pee Wee) Hamrick, 48,
of 308 Oriental Avenue, and Elvin
. Greene, 44, of 611 Floyd St., will
oppose incumbent Houston in the
October city election.
Hamrick is manager of Days Inn
Restaurant in Bessemer City. A
Kings Mountain native, he is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn
Hamrick. A graduate of Kings
Mountain High School, he served
in the Army with the Military
Police from 1958-61. He is married
to Shirley Owens Hamrick and
they are parents of two sons, Mike
and Scottie. The family is Baptist.
"I want to represent all the peo-
ple of Kings Mountain, and if
elected, will do this to the best of
my ability," said Hamrick.
Greene, supervisor in Halon
Department at Buckeye Fire
Equipment Co., is married to the
former Evonne Falls, daughter of
Nell Falls and the late Doytt
Falls.They have two children,
Stephen Greene, 22, and Crystal,
A 1963 graduate of Kings
Mountain High School, he graduat-
ed from Cleveland Technical
College with business administra-
tion degree. He served in the U. S.
Marine Corps in 1966-68 and at-
tends Chestnut Ridge Baptist
He is the son of Charlie W.
Greene and the late Girleen G.
Greene said in a filing statement:
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elementary attendance lines issue Monday night at East School.
Mrs. Wheeler and others asked the board not to close the school.
Two File To Run Against Houston
"I have nothing materially to gain
as a councilman, I don't belong to
any clubs or organizations in town.
But I promise, if elected, to be the
voice of the citizens of Kings
Mountain on city council and will
bring your suggestions to the board
and work for all the citizens of
Kings Mountain. I am for more
recreation for our young people
and I think we need more help in
our programs for senior citizens
and more programs to help handi-
capped citizens of the city. We
need better streets and roads and
we need to get rid of potholes in
the city. I want to see a smoother
running city government.”
Until this week Houston's seat
was the only one of three uncon-
tested this election year at City
Hall. Now, incumbents Houston,
District 5 Commissioner Fred
Finger and District 6
Commissioner Harold Phillips face
In District 6, four people are
running to unseat Phillips. They
are Will Sanders, Spectrum em-
Grover Man Who Was Hit By Train Dies
A 20-year-old Grover man who was hit by a north- Falls, Ga. He was employed by Anvil Knitwear. He
bound Norfolk-Southern train on July 29 died Tuesday was Presbyterian.
from head injuries at Charlotte
prior to the incident.
Grindstaff, of 113 Brookwood
Drive, was critically injured while
playing chicken on the Main Street
railroad tracks in downtown Grover.
The accident occurred about 1:19
a.m. Witnesses said Grindstaff and
a group of men were hanging around
a parked truck on Main Street just
A native of East Point, Ga., he was the son of J. R.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his daugh-
ter, Amber Dawn Holman of Grover; stepfather, John
Harriman of High Falls, Ga., half-sister, Jamie Denise
Grindstaff of the home; step-sisters, Wendy Clark,
Brandee Stoval and Nikki Harriman, all of High
Falls,Ga., paternal grandparents, Fred and Ellen
Grindstaff of Burnsville and maternal grandparents,
King and Noami Drummond of Fairburn,Ga.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at
Harris Chapel. Rev. Harold Hutchinson will officiate
and interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday night from
Grindstaff of Grover and Patsy Harriman of High 7 to 9 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home.
ployee; Jerry White, a Detective
Sergeant with the Cleveland
County Sheriff's Department;
Willard Boyles, who has been in
management in the printing indus-
try for 30 years, owns Willard's
Tours and Willard's Printing and
Advertising Specialties and serves
as an announcer at Radio Station
WKMT; and Scott Neisler, a sales-
man for Dicey Fabrics who is ac-
tive on City Parks and Recreation
Committee. All the candidates are
Kings Mountain natives.
In District 5, Finger is chal-
lenged by Marshall (Coot) Camp,
retired Army Sergeant and Kings
With the exception of Hamrick
and Sanders, all the challengers are
seeking public office for the first
time. Sanders ran unsuccessfully
for a school board seat several
years ago and Hamrick has run un-
successfully for mayor in several
Three More File
Three more candidates have
filed for an outside-city seat on the
Kings Mountain. Board of
Education bringing the field to six
who seek two outside-city seats
and two who seek one in-side city
seat in November.
Vernon Lawrence (Larry)
McDaniel, 40, of Route 4, Phifer
Circle, Rev. Billy Houze, of Route
2 Box 347, and Rev. Calvin Miller
of 225-C Goforth Road join incum-
bent Paul Hord Jr., Ronnie
Hawkins, and Wanza Davis in vy-
ing for the two outside-city seats
open on the board.
Priscilla Mauney is being chal-
lenged by Tom Bennett, 45, for the
inside city seat.
The filing period ended Friday.
McDaniel is married to Ann
Putnam McDaniel and they are
parents of three children: Lee, 17, a
rising senior at KMSHS, Cale, 13,
a rising 8th grader at KMJH and
Kimberly, 9, a rising 4th grader at
Bethware School. They are active
in Patterson Grove Baptist Church
where he serves as a Sunday
School teacher, deacon and chair-
man of the nominating committee.
For School Board
A member of the Bethware PTO,
McDaniel served with his wife as
co-vice president in 1978-79, as co-
president in 1979-80, co-chaired
with his wife the ways and means
committee, and is a classroom vol-
unteer. His wife has volunteered
for 13 years in the classroom at
Bethware and for three years at
Central School. He is a member of
Bethware Progressive Club.
A member of Bethlehem Fire
Department, McDaniel has served
. as secretary since 1972, as
Lieutenant, Captain, training offi-
cer, assistant chief and for five
years was Chief of the Department.
He resigned as Chief in 1987 to
spend more time with his family.
Presently, he serves as Lieutenant
and as vicechairman and secretary
of theboard of directors. He re-
ceived the Fireman of the Year
award in 1980.
He is a member of Cleveland
County Hazardous Materials Team,
Cleveland County Firefighters:
Association, of which he servedls
past vice president and president
N. C. Association of Fire Chiefs,
Cleveland County Emergency
Planning Committee and on the
board of directors of Kings
Mountain Rescue Squad.
He is employed by Cyprus Foote
Mineral as chief mechanic in heavy
He was educated in the Kings
Mountain District Schools, attend-
ed Grover and Central Schools and
was a member of the first graduat-
ing class in the new Kings
Mountain Senior High School in
1966. He is the son of Dot and
Dennis McDaniel of Grover.
The McDaniel family resides in
the Bethlehem Community .
In filing for the school board,
McDaniel said,"I believe parents
should be involved with their chil-
dren's education to let them know
we care about them and the educa-
tional process. As parents we
should emphasize the importance
of an education to our children,
give them support and encourage-
ment to do the best they can.
Children have a need to know that
Mom and Dad care about them and
what they are doing. If we as par-
ents don't support our children and
become involved with the educa-
See Three, 9-A
Council Approves Issuing Utility Bonds
Agencies rating municipal bonds as to investment
grade will report back to city officials next week, City
Manager George Wood said Tuesday following a spe-
cial hearing by City Council in which the sale of near-
ly $7 million in bonds were approved
In probably the shortest session ever of City
Council-about two minutes-the board approved issuing
$3,789,200 in sanitary sewer bonds, $3,629,500 in wa-
ter bonds and $1,811,5000 in electric system bonds.
The bonds-$6.96 million worth-are part of $9.2
million in utility bonds voters approved in a February
Representatives of Moody Investment Services,
New York, and Standard & Poors Inc., New York,
were in the city Monday and Tuesday conferring with
city officials on the upcoming sale of bonds. Wood ex-
pects to hear from them as early as Monday or
Tuesday about the kind of bond rating Kings
Mountain can expect.
See Bonds, 2-A
STATE CHAMPIONS - Kings Mountain's Dixie Majors won the state tournament Friday in Bessemer
City and will compete in the World Series next week in Mississippi. Team members are, front, left to right,
Travis Queen, Timmy Harrelson, Chris Carrigan, Michael Bell, Todd Martin, Kevin Melton and Bryan
LeFevers. Second row, Sidney Bridges, Kevin Webb, Michael Cobb, Sharee Hopper, Duane Patterson and
Chris Hutchins. Back row, coaches John Queen, Bill Bridges, Charles Putnam and Gerald Carrigan.