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VOL. 102 NO. 52
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Longer plant holidays in an already-declining textile
economy is bad news for Kings Mountain this holiday
Early 1991 will, hopefully, see most plants resuming
normal operations, say local officials. "It's sad to see
people out of work at Christmas," said a plant supervi-
At Sadie Cotton Mill, where 250 people were laid
off June 1 and the plant is closed, the mill remains
silent. Although several prospective buyers have
looked at the plant, the "for sale” sign is still up and
former employees who have not found new employ-
ment are signing up at the local employment office.
At two Kings Mountain plants--Tultex and
Clevemont--hourly paid employees are signing up for
unemployment compensation and taking longer than
usual Christmas holidays.
Some 50 Tultex employees started signing up
December 1 but the four shifts are resuming operations
January 2, said Al Woodberry, who said inventory is
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high and the local Tultex outlet is well stocked with
sweat shirts and pants for the holiday market:
Woodberry blames the economy and fear of recession
and war for the troubles facing local industry.
Randy Allen of Clevemont said hourly-paid
Clevemont workers are also signing up. The plant
closed December 12 and will resume operations
January 7. Allen also blames the sluggish economy for
At most industries, Christmas week will be a plant
holiday, and with pay, for employees.
Mauney Hosiery, which closed December 20, will
resume operations January 2. Vacation bonuses based
on length of service will be paid to eligible employees,
who received gift certificates for turkeys and hams.
Anvil Knitwear, which closed at the end of the third
shift Friday, reopens January 2 at 6 a.m. Employees re-
ceived vacation pay, turkeys and gifts.
Combustion Engineering and New Minette Mills of
Monday, December 24, 1990
Grover reported the shortest holiday. Employees will
be off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with pay.
Commercial Intertech closed Friday night at 10 p.m.
and reopens January 2. Both December 25 and January
1 will be paid holidays for employees, who were treat-
ed to a dinner-dance last Saturday night at American
Legion Post 155. Employees also received the gift of
their choice from a catalog. "Business looks good for
the first of the year," said a plant spokesman.
Cyprus Foote Mineral will close Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Holiday pay will
Dependable Knits, Inc. closed at 11 p.m. Friday and
reopens January 2. Bonuses were paid based on length
of service and Christmas gifts were presented.
Grover Industries closed at 6 a.m. December 22 and
reopens at 6 a.m. January 2. Christmas bonuses were
distributed. A plant party for 200 people was held at
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Cleveland 1ds Exhibit Hall December
Eaton Corporation will give employees the full
Christmas week with holiday pay. The plant will re-
open January 2.
Hayward Pool Products closed December 21 and re-
opens January 3. Bonuses were paid based on length
of service. A Christmas dinner was served Tuesday.
K.M. Knit Fabrics will be closed the full Christmas
week, reopening January 2.
Parkdale Mills No. 5 closed at 11 p.m. Friday and
reopens at 7 a.m. January 2. Bonuses, hams and
turkeys were distributed to employees.
Philips and DuPont Optical will be closed
December 24, 25, 26 and January 1. Employees re-
ceived holiday pay and shift parties were held.
Spectrum closed December 21 and reopens January
2. Bonuses were distributed based on length of service.
Reliance Electric will be closed the full Christmas
week but some maintenance people will be on duty.
Christmas Eve services are
Mrs. Darrell Austin will direct
Stocking Fund reached $3,441 last
week after $425 was received
Thursday and Friday.
Because of the Herald's early
deadline for Christmas, the final
total will not be available until next
week's paper. The current total is
through Friday morning, Dec. 21.
“aw The fund dn
eT drive was helped suc
stantially earlier last week with
conlributions of $2,066, which
were reported in last week's
Herald. "Christmas Memories," a
celebration sponsored by Bill G.
Hughes, raised $287 and the fund
received $1,000 from Anne
McMackin of Charlotte in loving
memory of "Mommy and Pappy,"
and in honor of the doctors, nurses,
and staff at Kings Mountain
Hospital who cared for Willie
Employees 68) the Cleveland
County Health Department also
gave $104 in honor of Denese
If you have not yet contributed,
you are encouraged to deposit your
donation into the Empty Stocking
Fund account at Home Federal
Savings Bank or mail it to the
Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box
NOW,LISTEN CLOSELY, SANTA - Children at the Dance Academy in Kings Mountain got a chance to
tell Santa Claus what they wanted him to bring them for Christmas when the Jolly Old Man from the
North Pole made a special visit. Photos show Melissa Franks, daughter of Kim and Linda Franks, and
Sara Caulder, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Ron Caulder. Santa returns to Kings Mountain tonight to bring
lots of toys and goodies for good little children like Melissa and Sara.
planned at six Kings Mountain
churches, three of which plan can-
dlelight communion at 11 p.m.
Choirs of Resurrection Lutheran
Church, under the direction of Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Deal, will sing
traditional carols at 11 p.m. and
Ra Inhii Fattever will lead the
service of worship. Two Chrismon
trees, grapevine wreaths and all-
live White Pine garlands with
torches at each pew decorate the
Mrs. Margaret McGinnis will di-
rect the Chancel Choir at the 11
p.m. candlelight service at St.
Matthew's Lutheran Church, where
Mrs. Virginia Hinnant will be or-
ganist and Rev. Harwood Smith
will lead the service. At 4 p.m., the
children's service will be held and
"The Coming of the Christ Child"
will be depicted by the children,
who will be led in a carol sing by
Mrs. Priscilla Mauney. Greenery
and red poinsettias decorate the
the choir in the 11 p.m. candlelight
communion service at First
Presbyterian Church. Dr. Eric
Faust will lead the service. The
sanctuary is decorated with
Chrismon trees and red poinsettias.
Central United Methodist
Church will hold a 7 p.m. candle-
light communion service led oy
Rev. Bob Little. Chrismon trees
decorate the sanctuary.
Trip McGill will direct the choir
of Boyce Memorial ARP Church in
the 7 p.m. candlelight worship ser-
vice to be led by Rev. William
‘Carols and Christmas readings
will feature the 9 p.m. service at
Trinity Episcopal Church to be led
by Rev. Dan McCaskill. Yvonne
Parker will be pianist and special
music will be presented by Stewart
and Daniel Marlowe, Hart and
Brett Wells, Travis Black, John,
Steven and Kenny Grant and the
Larry Meunch family. Lay readers
See Church, 2-A
Local Real Estate Firms To Merge
ny «Presbyterian Church, $100.
1461, Kings Mountain, N.C.
Contributions this week:
Adult class, Dixon
' Anonymous, $100.
Kings Mountain Herald, $100.
Darrell and Shirley Austin, in
memory of Caroline Harper, $50.
Bill and Tina Russell, $20.
Eugene and Joyce Dye, in
memory of Sam and Emma Mae
Dye, $25. :
Received this week: $425.
Previous total: $3,016.00
Total to date: $3,441.00
MARLENE PEELER (LEFT), RUBY ALEXANDER
Two well-known Cleveland Country real estate
firms have announced their plans to merge effective
January 1, 1991. ERA Marlene Peeler & Associates,
founded in Shelby in 1980, will merge with Alexander
Realty, which has served the Kings Mountain area for
more that 30 years. i
The combined firm will retain the name ERA
Marlene Peeler & Associates, according to
broker/owner Marlene Peeler. It will become the first
real estate franchise to serve the Kings Mountain area.
ERA Marlene Peeler & Associates is affiliated with
Electronic Realty Associates, Inc. (ERA*), the nations’
second largest real estate franchise network.
Ruby Alexander, currently broker/owner of
Alexander Realty, will remain with ERA Marlene
Peeler & Associates as broker in charge.
"Ruby and I have successfully worked together on
said. "The merger will allow Ruby to continue to serve
her real estate clients, and devote more time and atten-
tion to her contracting business."
Alexander is president of Alexander, Inc., a con-
tracting firm which has built homes, apartment build-
ings and office buildings throughout the Kings
"During the past two years we have been checking
out real estate franchises, and found ERA to be the one
most suitable for our clientele," said Alexander.
"While we were considering purchasing a franchise
from ERA, the idea was created of two successful
firms joining together and bringing the name of ERA,
Marlene Peeler & Associates to Alexander Realty."
"Because Kings Mountain is closer to the Charlotte
metropolitan area, the merger allows us to better serve
the growing number of families and individuals who
many occasions over the past few years and decided
that this arrangement would benefit both of us," Peeler
See Merger, 5-A
LEARNING TO BE SAFE - Kings Mountain department heads and line supervisors took part in a two-
hour accident investigation and safety workshop last week. It was led by representatives of the N.C.
League of Municipalities. Left to right are Bob Hager of the N.C. League of Municipalities, City Personnel
Director Charles Webber, Gene Whitworth, Dan Pearson of the N.C. League, J.R. Van Dyke and Sharon
Kings Mountain Supervisors
Learn Accident Prevention
Department heads and first line
supervisors for the City of Kings
Mountain got a select lesson in ac-
cident investigation and prevention
in a two hour session held Tuesday
in the Fire Department training
Kings Mountain was selected as
the first site for the Supervisors
Accident Investigation Training
Program developed and conducted
by the North Carolina League of
Municipalities. "I guess you could
say that Kings Mountain was the
pilot program for the League," said
Charles Webber, city personnel di-
The objective of the program is
to-help supervisors and department
heads reduce accidents and injuries
and claim costs by preventing ac.ci-
dents. Specific objectives of he
program are to present an c ga-
nized plan for investigating zcci-
dents and improving accident con-
trol and to train supervisors in
proper accident investigation meth-
ods. This is aimed at equipping su-
pervisors to recognize and control
conditions responsible for econom-
ic loss in their departments.
Instructors at Tuesday's session
were Bob Haynes, risk manager for
the N.C. League of Municipalities
and Don Pearson, western regional
consultant on risk management and
safety for the League.
"Everybody was pleased with
the training we received,” said
Webber. "We don't have the worst
safety record in the state, but it's
not the best either. I think we fall
about in line with the state average,
we do a decent job and want to do
e in better.
"We've liever gone over the loss
control ratio set by the state. We
know that by improving safety and
reducing accidents, we'll also re-
duce the number of claims paid.
This will help keep our insurance
fund costs down and make those
funds available for other things,"
Those participating in the semi-
nar were given an organized plan
for investigating accidents and spe-
cific methods to determine acci-