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Annual Sale Saturday To Benefit Crippled And Burned Children
Mark your calendars now!
The White Plains Shrine Club's annual spring barbe-
' cue is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the vacant
lot beside Bridges Auto Parts on Highway 161 at East
Two barbecue sandwiches will sell for $4 and a bar-
becue shoulder will sell for $30. Tickets may be ob-
tained from members of the Shrine Club or may be
purchased at the sale on Saturday morning.
This year, Shriners are also selling Vidalia onions
for $10 a bag.
The sale will end when the Shriners run out of bar-
+ The: barbecue sale i is one of the favorite of all the an-
nual projects put on by the club, which was organized
in 1982 and annually ranks as one of the top clubs in
North Carolina in terms of per capita donations. In the
Kings Mountain club's first year of existence, it turned
in $13,000 at the Oasis Temple's fall ceremonies in
Asheville. Last year, it turned in $33,100, it's biggest
year ever. In seven years of existence, the club has
raised $174,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Crippled |
Children at Greenville, S.C.
It will take about 50 Shriners and members of the
Shrinettes Auxiliary to prepare and serve this week's
barbecue. Shriners have already cut the hardwood
which will fuel the fire. They'll spend much of the day
See Shriners, 5-A
‘SHRINERS CUT WOOD FOR BBQ
system Joules, for places to cut.
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Kings Mountain District school
officials will be wielding the bud-
get ax over the next few weeks as
they look for $139,860.00 to cut
from their budget.
Supt. Bob McRae said the sys-
tem has until April 30 to report to
the State Department of Public
Instruction how they plan to come
up with the money to deal with
their share of the state budget
shortfall. He says he may ask for
an extension of the deadline as the
McRae ha$ already frozen state
monies coming to the system, with
exception of salaries, and he has
frozen vacant positions. "My per-
sonal opinion is that the state is set-
ting a bad precedent when they or-
der school systems to find the
money to give back to the state by
delaying or eliminating summer
schools or by laying off people as a
last resort. Although it has not been
mentioned, I think the best solution
and least damaging option of the
ones we are considering is to close
schools for two days," he said.
"Everybody does a job that's im-
portant in the schools and I would
not want to try to determine who
would be laid off. We could delay
summer school and use some of
that money in the budget, although
it isn't enough. However, this is
risky business, too, because we’
don't know if we'll be budgeted for
summer school next year and in
Kings Mountain our summer
Sub-Station Action Expected
City Council is expected to re-
ceive a recommendation from the
Utilities Committee Tuesday night
that a new 15,000 volt sub-station
be erected on what has become a
controversial site-Sims and Parker
Street near Davidson Park.
Davidson Park residents oppos-
ing the site are expected to attend
the 7:30 p.m. Council meeting at
City Hall. Last Thursday night at a
public hearing, Mayor Kyle Smith
received a petition with 30 signa-
tures opposing the site. Three citi-
zens spoke in opposition.
Jack ‘Howell, of 201 N. Goforth
Street, said he had read no litera-
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school program is very important.
When you compare a person's
livelihood and summer school with
the loss of two days of employ-
ment, I feel this is our best option,"
he added. Some superintendents
are not in favor of closing schools
to deal with an estimated $419 mil-
lion state budget shortfall in 134
public school district.
McRae and school board mem-
bers will make a recommendation
at a special school board meeting
Fibs 30 and Aller they re-
Orleans, La. School board mem-
bers Billy King, Priscilla Mauney
and Billy Houze are attending the
meeting, accompanied by Supt.
McRae and Asst. Supt. Larry
McRae, School board chairman
Doyle Campbell and Billy King
represented the Kings Mountain
system at a county-wide meeting in
Shelby with school representatives
of Shelby City and Cleveland
County Schools Monday to share
concerns and ask for help in next
year's state budgets from the the
local delegation to the N. C.
The cuts, which total $40 mil-
lion state wide, are the result of a
decrease in the amount of state
funds available for education dur-
ing the fourth quarter of the year
resulting from declining revenue
collections since November.
See Schools, 7-A
ture saying that living next to a
sub-station was "good for you." "I
read that kids who live underneath
high lines are more susceptible to
leukemia and those families living
around them had higher cases of
cancer." Howell said he flew over
KM's other sub-station sites and
saw no new construction ‘and old-
cr homes. Howell said the presen-
tation by the city omitted pictures
of how the present sub stations
look and the area around them."I
would have liked to have seen a
committee made up of citizens in
the city who could meet with
Duke Power officials and study the
Ducks on The Pond
Photo by Dieter Melhorn
Ducks on Moss Lake are also enjoying the balmy temperatures along with
weekend crowds who started their annual trek to the shores during Easter
weekend and spring vacation season The weatherman is calling for more
sunshine the rest of the week.
A Kings Mountain High coaching legend and two,
former Mountaineer athletes will be inducted into the
Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of
Fame at the third annual banquet Thursday, May 24 at
7 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Community Center.
The inductees are Don Parker, who coached basket-
ball at KMHS from 1943 through 1967; Charlie
Ballard, a standout baseball player in the 1940's; and
George Harris, Kings Mountain's first All-American
football player and first Shrine Bowl performer.
The selections were announced today by the Sports
Hall of Fame committee, which has been meeting for
weeks to plan this year's event.
Perry Champion is chairman of this year's Hall of
Fame committee. Other members are Carl Champion,
Mearl Valentine, Gary Stewart, Dr. John McGill, Ly:
Cheshire, John McGinnis, Bob Jones, Lucille
Williams, Chuck Gordon, Scott Neisler, Denny Hicks,
Denese Falls, David Hancock, and Loretta Cozart.
The Hall of Fame inductees were chosen from a list
of 90 candidates who were recommended by the pub-
lic during the Hall of Fame's first year of existence. A
special selection committee was named by the entire
committee and the selection list was narrowed to five
choices. The entire committee voted on the selections
with the top three vote-getters being selected.
Parker compiled a 247-139 coaching record at
KMHS. He coached conference championship teams
in 1945, 1965 and 1967.
When he first came to King,
| Jboached all sports, including girls basketball. In later
years he was head coach in boys basketball and golf
and was an assistant football coach. He coached his
1965 golf team to the Western N.C. High Schools
Activities Association championship.
Parker's first three boys basketball teams at KMHS
had a combined record of 47-3 and the 1944 team had
an unbeaten 16-0 record and won the school's first
conference championship in basketball. His 1967 team
won 20 straight games before falling in the bi-confer-
Parker was an all-state football, basketball and base-
ball player at Hendersonville High School and at Mars
Hill and Maryville colleges. He played several years of
professional baseball and played with the Kings
Mountain Vets semi-pro team in the late forties.
A hard-throwing right hand pitcher, Parker hurled
several no-hitters in high school, two in college and
one in the pros. He still holds the Smoky Mountain
Conference strikeout record, which he set at Maryville.
Ballard was the ace pitcher and star hitter on the
1941 KMHS baseball team which compiled a 17-1
record and won the Western 2-A Conference champi-
onship. In those days, the conference included all 18 2-
See Hall, 11-A
Popular Nazarene Minister
P.D. Montgomery, 80, Dies
& Mountain Parker.
situation,” he said.
Ross, 110 W. Sims St., i Bill
Hager, of Route 5 Box 262, also
spoke in opposition. Ross said he
was disturbed that property values
could decrease. "You need to take
into the consideration the people
living in this area,” he said.
Hager, Community Schools di-
rector for KM Schools, said that
the people who live in the
Davidson Park area "are totally
against it." "The sub-station will
destroy the beauty of the neighbor-
hood and poses a danger to chil-
dren. Kids will challenge a fence, "
See Hearing, 11-A
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William Orr, 64, hasn't ruled out the possibility of
running for another city political office. He savors his
close association with politics, the love of his life.
Orr, a life-long Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for the
county board of commissioners in the 1960's, lost for a
bid for District 5 commissioner several years ago in a
hotly-contested race with barber Curt Gaffney and lost
his bid for a seat on the Kings Mountain Board of
Education some years ago.
"I loved being on the campaign trail and meeting
people, although I'm not sure I'd get in the race for
Mayor in 1991," he said, since the Ward 5 seat is not
up for reelection.
Orr sees the city manager form of government as a
big asset to Kings Mountain's future. As chairman of
Orr A Politician At Heart
the Kings Mountain Housing Authority he's pushing
for more family dwellings. Orr is only the PHA's sec-
ond chairman, succeeding veteran John L. McGill who
announced he was stepping down from the position
last year. Both Orr and McGill have served on the
board since its inception in 1969 upon appointment of
former mayor John Moss.
"When we first started looking at sub-standard hous-
ing in Kings Mountain in the 1960's and applied for
federal funds we knew there were insufficient homes
but we didn't know how many we needed. Public
housing has been a blessing for Kings Mountain," said
Orr, who said that more public housing is needed in
See Orr, 6-A
GROVER - Rev. Perry D.
Montgomery, 80, of Main Street,
died Saturday, April 14, 1990 at
Cleveland Memorial Hospital.
A Cherokee County, S.C., na-
tive, he was the son of the late
William Thomas and Lila Black
Montgomery. He was a retired
Nazarene minister and a member
of the First Church of the Nazarene
in Rock Hill, S.C.
Rev. Montgomery was converted
at an outdoor meeting in the woods
near Archdale Farms and conse-
crated his life in a service at the old
: Dixon School in January of 1935.
He completed a four-year home
course from the Church of the
Nazarene and did evangelistic
work for the Church of the
Nazarene for a number of years.
His first church was First
Nazarene Church in Wallace, S.C.
He pastored the Thomasboro
Church of the Nazarene in
Charlotte for eight years and was
pastor of the First Church of the
Nazarene in West Columbia, S.C.,
for 23 years.
Two of the churches he pastored
built new sanctuaries and another
built a new parsonage during his
pastorate. He was also active in de-
nominational and Ministerial
After his retirement, Rev.
Montgomery supplied several
churches in the area, including
Nazarene, Presbyterian, Baptist
and Wesleyan Methodist churches.
REV. P.D. MONTGOMERY
He was interim pastor on two dif-
ferent occasions at the Shelby
Church of the Nazarene and was
interim for six months at the Kings
Mountain Church of the Nazarene.
Rev. Montgomery was noted as
an outstanding speaker and minis-
ter to the sick and shut-in.
Rev. Montgomery preached his
last sermon on January 30, 1989 at
the First Church of the Nazarene in
Rock Hill, S.C. Since that time, he
had been confined to his home
with a lung disease.
Rev. Montgomery is survived by
his wife, Lottie Childers
Montgomery; one son, Jack
See Montgomery, 2-A