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VOL. 1038 NO. 1
Happy New Year
From The Gulf
Chris Smith, 20, called his father from the Persian
Gulf New Year's Eve to wish him a happy new year.
It was 9:30 p.m. in Kings Mountain but aboard the
oy USS John E Kennedy it
was 5:30 a.m.
The Kings Mountain
Petty Officer has been in
the Desert since Aug. 15
and recently won his pro-
motion. He gave his par-
ents news of his promotion
and talked to them about
being away from home at
"It was difficult being
away at Christmas for
Chris, a newlywed who
a missed his wife and fami-
uty ly," said his father, Dennis
CHRIS SMITH Smith. "We sent him
gloves, books, magazines, food and mailed some sur-
prise gifts to his supervisor for a surprise party the
ship crew planned on Christmas Eve. Chris said the
gifts from home were great but the letters from home
are most important.” His address is: G2 Division, USS
J. FE. Kennedy CV-67, FPO New York, N.Y. 09538-
2800. Local people who want to write other sailors
may address letters in care of J. FE. Kennedy, c/o
Chaplain's Office, FPO New York, 09438-2800.
Chris attended Crest Junior High and is a 1988
graduate of Hunter Huss High School. After gradua-
tion, he graduated Naval Recruit and Airman
Apprentice Training in Orlando, Fla
d in Norfolk, Vr. 2 .
Potter, is on the same shup ‘n served 10-
gether in Norfolk and shared rides home on several oc
casions. : 2 oe
Christopher Brian Smith and Rhonda Braswell were
married in April 1990. He is the son of Dennis Smith
and Cecilia Meade and grandson of George and
Levaughn Smith of Kings Mountain and Mrs.
Christine Morrison of Kings Mountain and the late W.
D. Morrison. :
"Chris has been lucky that he was able to call home
four times since he's been in the Persian Gulf," said
Before he stopped talking with family members
Monday, including his 11-year-old sister, Megan, Chris
Smith asked that they remember and pray for him and
all those serving in the Middle East. He wants to come
Stocking Fund Total $3,621
Kings Mountain's Empty Stocking Fund fell
$367.17 short of its 1989 collection but was still able
to help over 100 people during the Christmas season.
The final total for this year was $3,621.
Contributions of $180 were received during the final
week. The 1989 total was $3,988.17.
"We want to thank everyone who contributed to the
Empty Stocking Fund on behalf of the sponsors, the
Kings Mountain Herald and the Kings Mountain
Ministerial Association, and also for those who re-
ceived of their generosity," said a spokesman for the
Stocking Fund Committee.
The Empty Stocking Fund was able to help 16 fami-
lies (which included 50 children) with toys and food.
In addition, 40 Head Start children in Kings Mountain
District Schools each received a toy, caps and gloves.
"We will continue to have this fund as long as the
need is there and individuals, clubs, businesses and
Fla. He was formerly
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Member of the
North Carolina Press As
READY FOR THIS?-If you ride by the home of Billy and Linda
Hoyle in Gold Run you might look twice. But, no, it hasn't snowed
on that end of town. This snow man was built out of old parts in
the assembly department of Hayward Pool Products during the
plant's annual Christmas decorating project.
churches are willing to share with those less fortu-
nate," said a spokesman.
Final week's contributions:
In loving memory of Estelle H. Ware, by C.D.
In memory of Catherine Thomasson, by Mr. and
Mrs. Johnny Thomasson, $10.
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. George Hull, by Mr.
and Mrs. Johnny Thomasson, $10.
In honor of Mrs. Virl Burton, by Mr. and Mrs.
Johnny Thomasson, $10.
Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club, $100.
Received last week: $180.00.
Previous Balance: $3,441.00. $
Total for 1990: $3,621.00
Mrs. Nellie Hord Ledford,
83, of 302 Waco Road, was
killed Wednesday morning at
10:14 a.m. when she apparently
pulled into the pathway of a
truck hauling brick a short
distance from her home,
Mountain Police Department.
Police identified the driver of
the truck as Lemuel Odum, of
Kings Mountain, operating a
truck owned by Earthfall
Mountain Police Department.
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086
Looking To '91
Kings Mountain Hopes To See
Completion Of Bond Projects
Kings Mountain will see the completion of
$9 million worth of water, sewer and electric
bonds projects in 1991, the result of a
referendum passed in February 1989.
Community Services Director Tom Howard
said many of the projects were started this
summer. The remaining bonds for utility
improvements are to be sold this month,
except for $500,000 to be kept in reserves for
improvements at Moss Lake Dam.
Howard said another major project is the
renovation of the new Law Enforcement
Center at the old post office downtown. He
expects the design to be completed in the
early part of the new year with contract
letting in 1991.
"This has been a big year for the city but
1991 will be even bigger-and better," he said.
Widening of Cleveland Avenue was one of
the major improvements accomplished by all
city departments working with the
Department of Transportation and state
highway crews. Bridges Drive
-improvements, which began in 1990,
Woodside Drive drainage projects and
building a new water line for Gold Street
will continue in the new year. Construction
which got underway at Pilot Creek
Wastewater Treatment plant will also be
completed in the new year, as well as water
plant and electrical upgrading. The purchase
of a knuckleboom loader got the city in the
recycling business and revolutionized
roadside garbage pickup. Two recycling
centers are being used by citizens on a
regular basis. As the nation becomes more
serious about recycling, Howard sees KM
citizens getting on the recycling bandwagon.
Howard predicts that some water shed
regulations will be necessary in 1991 to
protect the city's water supply. Results of a
dam study will be completed in 1991 to cover
Moss Lake and spillway.
See City, 8-A
Schools Hope To Assign Students
Serious work sessions on the elementary
student assignment plan by the Kings
Mountain Board of Education could lead to
adoption of the plan in the early months of
he reassignment plan is the
‘major initiative of the new year by the board,
which will hold another work session
Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the District
office on Parker Street. :
The board is reassigning some students
because of racial imbalance in elementary
schools, particularly at East and Bethware.
"We have had meetings explaining the
process and don't know how many more may
be held to deal with the solution,” said
McRae said the three major building
projects at Grover, West and Bethware
Schools will be completed in 1991 and East
School students, now housed at Central
School, will be returning to their old campus
Kings Mountain District Schools and Kings
system is looking at a late-winter com!
The New Year brought more lay-
offs and another plant closing in
the Kings Mountain industrial
Recession is taking hold with a
deeper sting in the Kings Mountain
area with the announcement that a
second major industry-Kinmont
Mills-is closing and 140 people
will be looking for jobs next week.
"We have no orders for soft-
goods and home furnishings and
accessories but we've been hoping
for a miracle,” said Kinmont Plant
Manager Wendell Burton.
* Burton said Kinmont gave em-
ployees notice Christmas week that
the plant will shut down after in-
ventory is completed and all or-
Schools, Businesses To Launch Dropout Prevention Program
"We are very excited about this venture between
with West School students replacing them at
the Central campus next year while
improvements are going on at the West
Ww cosilhi i Shy MER ae
date at Grover. At the East plant, where
construction is also underway at a \fos 3
probably be mid-summer. At Betfaware
$1.25 million, the completion dat
School, where projects are also under
cost of $1.25 million, the timetab
completion is Fall 1991, iu
Big news for the Kings Mountain is was
in 1990 was the opening of KM /atherly
School and McRae says that the tr
was smooth. "We are very pleased 1anning
progress in 1990 and feel that 1991 + !
even bigger and better year for educ3sed Jim
See de 90 5 ‘a Charlotte,
Kinmont Closes, 140 Lose J"
ders shipped out by end of Parents
"There are no plans for
ing and the ‘for sale sign’ M¢ and
up,” said Burton, who joi
plant four years ago. Buri" Lake
that Friday will probably be £¢0™"
day with the business. wer
"It's sad, like a death in the fz,
ly," said Burton. "Lay-offs®St
Christmas is not a gift we like"#
give," said Burton, who blamed
slow-down of the ecénomy and re-
cession which caused the plant to
phase out its one-shift operation of
manufacturing bedspreads, home
furnishings and accessories.
Without orders, the plant can't op-
See Kinment, 9-A
~ WINS SHOPPING SPREE - Wendell Barton, left, won a $500 shopping spree at McGinnis Department
Store in a drawing at Baucom Chevrolet-Geo in Kings Mountain last week. Pictured with him are Homer
Baucom, center, General Manager, and Harry Splawn, salesman.
maid AT bh i AB Sema
Mountain Chamber of Commerce will launch a new
Key Business Program targeted at keeping kids in
school at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7
p.m. in the Board Room of the District Office on West
The press conference will be held prior to the regu-
lar January meeting of the board of education at 7:30
Community To Pray For
A community-wide prayer service for world peace
will be held Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at Central United
Methodist Church under sponsorship of Kings
Mountain Ministerial Association.
Local ministers will lead the ecumenical, non-de-
nominational service open to the public. Families with
loved ones and friends serving in the Middle East are
encouraged to call Dr. Eric Faust at 739-8072 with
names to include in the prayer petitions that ministers
will use in leading the special prayer service.
"Many in our community are concerned about
events in Kuwait and have loved ones serving in
Operation Desert Shield. This service will give Kings
Mountain citizens the opportunity to come together for
business and the schools to keep both business and the
schools up-to-date on how students are progressing as
employees and students and encouraging students to
stay in school and work too," said Supt. Bob McRae.
The public is invited to help kick-off the new pro-
gram with representatives of the Chamber of
Commerce and business community.
World Peace January 13
worship and pray for peace and strength in this time of
waiting and uncertainty," said Faust, incoming presi-
dent of the Ministerial Association. Time for: prayers
of local concern will also be provided, 2s well as time
for silent prayer and meditation.
Rev. John Futterer, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran
Church, Rev. George Simmons, pastor of East Gold
Wesleyan Church and president of the Ministerial
Association, and Dr. Faust are heading up the service.
Names and addresses of service people serving in
Operation Desert Shield may also be mailed to Dr.
Faust at PO Box 1188, Kings Mountain, 28086. Faust
wants to prepare a mailing list to distribute to those in-
terested at the prayer service.