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Thursday, December 20. 1990
Bethware Building Project Addition...
KM To Host Holiday Tourney...
First Possibility Presented To Board
Schools Look At Reassignment
The Kings Mountain Board of
Education will hold a work session
January 3 on reassignment of ele-
The board saw the first draft of a
reassignment study being conduct-
ed by YSAC, Inc., at its regular
monthly meeting Thursday night at
Kings Mountain Middle School.
The plan, which affects all five
elementary schools, would bring
about racial balance in the school
system. If the plan is approved as
presented last week, the racial per-
centages would be: Bethware, 23
percent minority, East 29 percent,
Grover 23 percent, North 30 per-
cent, and West 24 percent.
Bethware's current percentage is 13
percent minority and the percent-
age at East is 61.
Supt. Bob McRae said copies of
the proposed reassignment maps
are on public display at the
A Christmas cantata, "The
Prince of Love," at First Wesleyan
Church Saturday at 7 p.m. and
Sunday at 6 p.m. with high, light
special church services this week-
end. Rev. Mike Hilson will lead the
In addition to morning worship
services at Kings Mountain area
od churches, the Christian celebration
of Christmas will include special
"4 Sunday programs, all open to the
"Lessons and Carols by John
Rutter" will feature the Chancel
Choir at the 11 a.m. service Sunday
at Boyce Memorial ARP Church.
Trip McGill will direct the Chancel
Choir. The sanctuary is decorated
with poinsettias and wreaths are in
the windows and choir loft.
Macedonia Baptist Church will
hold a candlelight worship service
at 6 p.m. Rev. David Philbeck will
lead the service and Lynn Powell
will direct the choir in special mu-
The children's Christmas pro-
gram will be held at 5 p.m. at
Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Karla Bennett and Mary Anne
Gibson will lead the children's
choir in songs. Refreshments will
The annual Christmas program
at Dixon Presbyterian Church will
be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Choir di-
rector Nancy Hughes is directing
two short plays, which will be fol-
lowed by a visit from Santa Claus.
More than 1,000 people attend-
ed First Baptist Church's "Good
News Scrooge" Saturday and
Sunday. Eighty members of the
church and choirs have rehearsed
for nearly a year to present the
Christmas drama, expected to be
an annual community holiday pro-
Trinity Day School's Christmas
program was held Wednesday
night under the direction of
Eleanor Scism, Deborah Sizemore
and Paula Hopson.
CONGRATULATING SENATOR HARRIS -
A gentleman...a compassionate man...dedicated...re-
spected...advisor...trusted public servant...
Those were just a few of the adjectives his friends,
neighbors and fellow politicians used to describe State
Senator J. Ollie Harris at an "Ollie Harris Day" obser-
vance Tuesday morning at a packed Council Room at
the Governmental Services Facilities Center.
Harris, who was defeated in the November general
election, served 18 years in Raleigh and 42 years as an
elected official from Cleveland County. Prior to win-
ning his first Senatorial election in 1972, Harris served
24 years as Cleveland County coroner.
Mayor Kyle Smith, who coordinated the event on
behalf of the city, presented the popular Kings
Mountain funeral director a key to the city and a
framed copy of a resolution the City Council recently
passed applauding him for his years of service to the
city, county and state. Smith also read letters from
Governor Jim Martin and Senator Helen Rhyne
Marvin, who were unable to attend.
Many members of the General Assembly, including
Marshall Rauch, John Weatherly, Edith Lutz and Jack
Hunt, spoke kind words about their friend and col-
league, as did Gastonia Mayor Jick Garland, Kings
Mountain School Superintendent Bob McRae, former
Kings Mountain Mayor John Henry Moss, and others.
Joe Cabaniss, chairman of the Cleveland County
Kings Mountain Senator Ollie Harris, center, chats with
Dub Dickson of Gastonia, right, and Senator Marshall Rauch during " Ollie Harris Day" Tuesday morn-
ing at the Governmental Services Facilities Center. Citizens paid tribute to the retiring Senator, who is
leaving office after 18 years of service as a representative of Senate District 25.
Board of Commissioners, hailed Harris as a "genuine
"He was our personal friend in Raleigh and worked
diligently for our benefit," Cabaniss said. He said
Harris's defeat at the polls will benefit Kings Mountain
and Cleveland County because it "will allow us to con-
tinue to call on him for advice and counsel.”
Garland, a two-term Gastonia mayor, said he left his
City Council meeting to come to Kings Mountain to
"Ollie helped us see what we could become,"
Garland said. "He is highly regarded throughout the
state. I don't know of anyone who would have given
more dedicated service and I'm not sure we'll ever
elect anyone who can follow in his footsteps.
"If there ever was a genuine leader, it has been Ollie
Harris," Garland added. "He's a true patriot and a real
McRae applauded Harris for his support of educa-
tion in Kings Mountain and the state of North
Carolina. He said Harris often called him to seek his
opinion on pending education legislation.
"Anyone who deals with working with children and
their families will miss Ollie Harris in Raleigh,"
McRae said. "He is a great supporter of education in
See Harris, 10-A
Superintendent's Office, Mauney
Memorial Library, and all Kings
Mountain elementary schools.
Also, forms are available for citi-
zens to pick up and submit com-
ments about the plan. Those con-
cerns will be considered at the
January 3 work session. McRae
said the board will also allow per-
sons to sign up prior to the work
session to speak to the board dur-
ing the session.
Tops $3,000 mY
Christmas will be much brighter
for needy youngsters and their
families in Kings Mountain this
year because of the generosity of
Kings Mountain area individuals,
churches and businesses.
The Empty Stocking Fund,
which was lagging last week,
topped the $3,000 mark this week
after $2,066.00 in contributions
. Another week remains in the an-
nual drive. Those who have not yet
contiibuldd san deposit thelr dona-
tions into the Empty Stocking Fund
account at Home Federal Savings
Bank on West King Street
(Business Highway 74), or mail
them to Empty Stocking Fund, P.O.
Box 1461, Kings Mountain, N.C.
Included in this week's contribu-
tions is $287.00 from "Christmas
Memories," this year's theme of the
annual Christmas Celebration host-
ed by Bill G. Hughes "to honor the
true reason for the season, Jesus
Hughes annually hosts the
"Christmas Celebration" and this is
the second year he has taken up an
offering for the Empty Stocking
Fund. Each individual placed his or
her love gift in memory or in honor
of someone who has touched their
"Qur prayer is that others will
see the need of helping," Hughes
This week's contributions:
Dixon Presbyterian Church,
Anne McMackin, in loving
memory of Mommy & Pappy,
Anne McMackin, in honor of
nurses, doctors, and staff at Kings
Mountain Hospital who cared for
Willie Dilling, $500.
Margaret Wise, $25.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Stewart, in
honor of Bud and Beckie Stewart,
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"How long this reassignment
process moves along, we're not re-
ally sure," McRae said. "We want
to take a look at some of the neigh-
borhoods and their socio-economic
concerns. We'll be considering that
prior to the next map (to be pre-
sented by YSAC).
YSAC representatives said it
will take them two to three weeks
See Schools, 3-A
Cleveland County Health
Department, in honor of Dense
Cathy Maney, in loving memory
of Gary maney, $10.
Gloria Grigg, in loving memory
of Doris Dunn, $10.
Gail Brown, in loving memory
of John and Estelle Maddox, $10.
Sandie Young, in loving memory
of Curtis Westmoreland, $50.
Jeon McAbee, in oving membry:
of Cornelia Huffstetler, $7.
Survilla Kithcart, in loving
memory of Mr. and Mrs. Namon
Sharon Eaker, in loving memory
of Lillian Houser, $10.
Doris Bridges, in loving memory
of G.W. Hancock, $10.
Bobbie Ware, in loving memory
of Big Daddy, $5.
Sandra Ray, in loving memory
of Ina B. Payne, $15.
Karen Bumgardner, in loving
memory of Susie Ford Tucker, $10.
Barbara Jones, in loving memo-
ry of Evans Green, $10.
Judy Kelly, in loving memory of
Paul Player, $10.
Terry Putnam, in loving memory
of Marvin Echols, $10.
Joy Wheeler, in loving emory:
of Rev. Clyde Goodson, $10.
Gloria Slycord, in loving memo-:
ry of Essie Stepp, $5.
Leatha Lockhart, in loving mem-
ory of Theodore and Mary
Keli Lockhart, in loving memory
of Carolyn Lockhart, $5.
Julie Phillips, in loving memory
of Bud Green, $10.
Penny Anthony, in loving mem-
ory of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Leighton,
Bill G. Hughes, in loving memo-
ry of Pam Jones and Jeff Langston,
Joy Fox, in loving honor of Bill
G. Hughes, $10.
Received this week: $2,066.00
Previous balance: $950.00
Total to date: $3,016.00
City Approves Money-Saving Computer System
he City of Kings Mountain is
requesting the Cleveland County
Board of Commissioners to recon-
ned garbage collection/recy-
g center at the current site of
th Midpines green box.
ollowing a lengthy executive
ssion at Tuesday night's regular
monthly meeting at the
overnmental Services Facilities
ter to discuss two legal matters,
Council directed Mayor. Kyle
mith to write the chairman of the
Cleveland County Board.
The city is also recommending
‘that the County Board hold a pub-
lic hearing in Kings Mountain
ts recent decision to place a
City Asks County To Reconsider Garbage Site:
about the matter. The ‘County erty contiguous to the city. They
include the property of Betsy
Stowe Allen of 410 Maner Road,
David Lester Hart of 414 Maner |
Road, Henry 1. Wells of 415
Maner Road, James A. Lybrand Jr. |
400 N. Roxford Road, Arthur J.
of i N. Roxford Road, and |
. Powers Sr. of 333
Board has held public hearings in
the past but not in Kings Mountain.
The Council pointed out that a
number of citizens who live in the
Kings Mountain city limits and.
near the city limits have expressed
major concerns about the trash lo- Li
The County plans to place six’ Ms d.
Kings Mountain City Council Tuesday night ap-
. proved the purchase of a Supervisory Control and Data
Acquistion System (SCADA) at a cost of $191,157 to
be acquired on a five-year lease-purchase agreement.
The computer system will allow the city electric de-
partment to automatically monitor the system and cut
voltage during high demand periods, saving the city
over a half-million dollars over a five-year period.
Consulting Engineer W.H. Little and City Manager
George Wood said the savings in fees the city pays
Duke Power during peak demand periods (the hot
summer months) would more than make the yearly
payments on the system.
: The system has the capability of also monitoring the
collection sites around the county. ~The Council also adopted a plan natural gas, water and sewage systems in the future.
Two are already in operation-and for providing services to the pro- | The master computer will be located at the Public
the County, has taken bids for con posed annexation property. Works Department, along with two work stations.
struction of a center at the
Midpines site. ne
In another matter Tuesday night,
intent to annex six parcels of prop-
It was pointed out that the an- |
n move is "involuntary" an-
nexation because the property
the Council adopted a resolution of owners have not requested it. City
See Annex, 11-A
Wood said the city already has the personnel to operate
the computers and will not have to hire additional per-
Wood pointed out that the city pays Duke Power in
two ways: for kilowatt hours used and a demand
charge. The demand charge is assessed in peak periods
because Duke has constructed facilites to handle the
peak loads. "You pay a demand charge because Duke
has had to have more generating capacity to handle
peak periods," he said.
By installing the computer system, Wood said the
city can monitor those peak periods and automatically
reduce the voltage during those times. "It does not af-
fect anybody's equipment or appliances, but it helps us
reduce those demand charges which are a large part of
our payments to Duke Power."
Wood said the system will reduce the city's pay-
ments to Duke an average of over $100,000 per year.
"With a lease-purchase over five years we should have
saved in excess of $500,000, more than enough to pay
for the equipment plus generate some savings to the
city,” he said. "After the equipment is paid-for totally,
all the savings will go to the city electrical fund and
we can use that to help make the payments on the bond
issue. It's really a money saving investment."
See Computer, 11-A