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Thursday, October 26. 1989
KINGS MOUNTAIN. N.C. 28086
Eight Seek Three Seats
School Board Forum Monday
The eight candidates running for three seats open on
the Kings Mountain Board of Education will partici-
pate in a public forum Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at B.
N. Barnes Auditorium.
Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce is sponsor-
ing the forum as a public service program open to the
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to
elect three members of the Kings Mountain Board of
Education. All registered voters of the Kings Mountain
Out Bad Odor
What residents describe as a "sickening, obnoxious
odor of rotten eggs" in the western section of the city
has got the attention of a state agency which sent an
inspection team to Kings Mountain Wednesday to
check out the complaint.
Marty Allen, director of the Environmental Health
Section of the Cleveland County Health Department,
called Steve Maynard, of the Western Section of the
Division of Environmental Management, and
Maynard, acting on numerous complaints, was doing a
routine inspection of a local industry where 10 percent
of its dyes are sulphur-based.
"The routine check does not mean that the industry
is out of compliance. We are just trying to determine if
the odor is coming from dyes, from sewer, or from
something else,” said Allen, who said he was contact-
ed by City Manager George Wood about the reports of
odor coming from the plant.
Kings Mountain has no equipment to monitor air
Kings Mountain city officials are finishing up the
paperwork in hopes that the city can recover $600,000
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
which is supposed to reimburse cities in disaster areas.
Kings Mountain and Cleveland County were de-
clared a disaster area after Hurricane Hugo caused ma-
jor damages last month. The city's electric system sus-
tained about $450,000 in damage and the clean-up
costs will run $150,000. This week City Manager
George Wood filed an initial request for $50,000 for
debris removal, estimating the debris removal will
amount to $150,000. A city files for relief after it
spends the money.
Wood said the debris left by Hugo should be
cleaned up without two weeks. City crews have made
one complete sweep through the city picking up limbs
and stumps and are half way through the second pass.
A third round will be made.
Wood said the beginning of the fall leaf season has
slowed the city's clean up efforts.
Church To Honor Hugo Heroes
School District, which includes Kings Mountain city,
Bethware, Grover, Oak Grove, Patterson Grove, El
Bethel, Dixon community and outlying areas in the
school district can vote for three people. Two of the
members selected will represent the outside-district
and one will represent the inside-district seat on the
Running for two seats are Wanza Y. Davis, Ronald
J. Hawkins, Paul A. Hord Jr., Billy D. Houze, Vernon
(Larry) McDaniel, and Calvin J. Miller.
Running for one seat are Priscilla H. Mauney and
Paul Hord Jr. and Priscilla Mauney are the incum-
bent members on the board. The six challengers are
seeking public office for the first time.
Moderator for the forum will be William (Bill)
Davis, former superintendent of schools.
The format of the forum will follow that of the re-
cent city candidate forum in which the audience was
asked to submit questions of each candidate. Each can-
Taking A Dive
Kings Mountain policemen have
iformed a rescue diving team.
Scuba diving may be fun and ad-
venture for some but for members
of Kings Mountain Police
Department's first diving team it's
It's impossible for a non-diver to
understand what diving is like and
experience sensations unique to
diving, like breathing under water
for the first time and the feeling of
floating weightless, like an astro-
naut in space, says Team Leader
Ptl. Randy Davis.
With the proper equipment,
knowledge and skills, however,
rescue diving has added a new di-
mension for the Kings Mountain
Police Department with a five-
member diving crew which started
training in May with the blessings
of Chief Warren Goforth who gave
POLICE DIVERS-Sgt. Derek Johnson, above, is pictured diving during a training class in which five
qualified as rescue divers. Kings Mountain Police Department recently
them the time off from their job to
take the necessary and required
training in open water and rescue
The team returned this weekend
from Siler City where Sgt. Derek
Johnson, Ptl. Davis and Ptl. Melvin
Proctor completed the rescue dive
course. They along, with other
crew members Ptl. Charles
Bundrick, assistant team leader,
and Ptl. Benny Melvin had already
finished basic six weeks training
and advanced courses.
The advanced open water diver
course gave them additional skills
and supervised experience which
was prerequisite for Professional
Association of Diving Instructors
course (PADI). SCUBA, self-con-
tained, underwater, breathing appa-
ratus) was taught by Joe Hartsell of
Shelby and the rescue dive was un-
der the direction of Larry Ware.
By spring all divers will be certi-
fied as rescue divers and the next
course of study will be master
Scuba diving if divers can obtain
the necessary equipment and tu-
ition fees which are quite costly.
During the recent course of
instruction, the divers learned un-
derwater navigating, night diving,
deep diving and search and recov-
ery diving. They haven't had to use
their training, for which they are
thankful. No major boating acci-
dents have been reported at city-
owned Moss Lake but Sgt. Johnson
reminds that diving teams are used
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Heroes of Hugo will be honored by Central United Methodist
Church Men Monday night as Channel 9 Meteorologist Ray
Boylan entertains the group of volunteers at 7 p.m.
Methodist Men will cook and serve chicken and dumplings
with all the trimmings as an appreciation gesture to policemen,
firemen, rescue workers, Red Cross volunteers, electrical crews
and other Kings Mountain area heroes of Hurricane Hugo.
Boylan joined the Channel 9 Eye Witness News team as
Director of Weather Services and Chief Meteorologist in
December 1986. He came to WSOC-TV. from WTLYV, the ABC
affiliate serving Jacksonville, Fla.
He is a highly experienced forecaster and holder of the Seal of
Approval from the American Meteorological Society with 23
years of active duty with the U. S. Navy's Naval Weather
Service, including several thousand hours experience in tropical
storm operations and research for the National Hurricane Center.
He has flown hundreds of missions with the Navy's famed
"Hurricane Hunters" based in Jacksonville, Fla. A Vietnam
veteran, he has also served as a specialist in winter storm
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operations and research for the Regional Weather Center, East
When Boylan retired as an officer in 1975, he joined WTLV.
There, he became an integral part of that station's service to
viewers in North Florida and Southern Georgia. In his 11 years
with that station, he further honed his skills, becoming very
familiar with the weather patterns which affect the Southeast. He
was named advisor to the American Red Cross Disaster
Preparedness Committee for five North Florida and three South
Georgia counties. He is a published author of numerous
technical manuals in General Meteorology and Meteorological
Instrumentation and is a college level instructor in Natural
He uses a variety of means to communicate the daily weather
patterns of the Carolinas to Channel 9's viewers, including Storm
Track Doppler color weather radar, computerized graphics and
access to the National Weather Service radars throughout the
Boylan and his wife Gail have five children.
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didate will be given time to respond to the written
questions. No oral questions are to be submitted.
Polling places are East Kings Mountain at the
Community Center, West Kings Mountain at The
Armory, Grover at Grover Rescue Squad Building and
Bethware at David Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. At
the two polling places in Kings Mountain, voters will
also decide a run-off race for city commissioner in
Ward 2 and Ward 6 between Humes Houston and
Elvin Greene in Ward 2 and Harold Phillips and Scott
Neisler in Ward 6.
Former Assistant City Clerk-Treasurer Judy
Hollifield Harmon, 46, of 800 Rhodes Avenue, faces
one count of embezzlement in Cleveland County
Superior Court Nov. 13.
Kings Mountain Police arrested Harmon Monday.
Her bond of $5,000 was unsecured.
A conviction of felonious embezzlement carries a
penalty of up to 10 years in prison and fines deter-
mined by the presiding judge.
The Cleveland County Grand Jury found sufficient
evidence last Monday to indict Mrs. Harmon on
charges she embezzled $25,820 in city funds between
March 6, 1986 and June 30, 1988.
The indictment of Mrs. Harmon came as part of a
probe into missing money in the utilities department
which began in July.
Thursday, former city utilities employee Dianne
Dellinger pleaded guilty to embezzlement and re-
ceived a five year suspended sentence.
As part of their duties with the city, both Harmon
and Dellinger were responsible for making bank de-
posits for the city. Mrs. Harmon was Mrs. Dellinger's
supervisor. Apparently no conspiracy between the two
women with respect to the embezzl¢ments and their
completion éxisted. :
Pn July 11 the city brought charges hesinst
Dellinger alleging two counts of embezzlerent of
public funds. :
Harmon resigned her job after 28 years with the
City of Kings Mountain on August 14 in the middle of
a SBI and police investigation into allegations of miss-
ing funds in the city utilities department. She had not
been charged prior to last Monday's bill of indictment
by the Grand Jury.
City Manager George Wood. who had suspended
Dellinger, fired Dellinger the day after Harmon re-
Det. Lt. Richard Reynolds said the investigation was
completed last month and findings turned over to
District Attorney Bill Young.
Gets Suspended Sentence
Dianne Dellinger, 41, of 606 Bridges Drive, former
accounts payable clerk for the City of Kings Mountain,
pled guilty to three counts of embezzling city funds in
Cleveland County Superior Court Thursday and re-
ceived a five-year suspended sentence.
Judge Charles Lamm ordered Dellinger to pay
$36,324. 54 in restitution to the City of Kings
Mountain, along with court costs. She will be on pro-
bation for five years.
Dellinger was indicted on two counts of embezzle-
ment Sept. 5 and one count Oct. 16. She worked for
the city from August of 1979 until she was fired in
August of this year.
The verdict was the first conviction connected to
the state and local probe of the city utilities department
which began in July.
Agents from the State Bureau of Investigation and
detectives from the Kings Mountain Police
Department closed their probe in September and
turned their findings over to Cleveland County
District Attorney Bill Young.
Dellinger faced three separate indictments, each car-
rying a maximum 10-year prison term.
Daylight Savings Time
Ends Sunday Morning
Do you feel worn out all the time? Just don't have any energy? When
you awaken each morning are you still as tired as you were when you
went to bed the night before?
Well, cheer up buddy! We've got good news for you.
That hour of sleep you lost last April has been dragging you down for
months. But Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday moming and you'll re-
gain that hour and when you awaken Sunday morning you'll be re-
freshed and ready to face the world with a smile.
Remember, when you go to bed Saturday night, turn your clock back
one hour. If you don't, you'll be the welcoming committee for Sunday
morning's church services.
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