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VOL. 103 NO. 28
Thursday, July 18, 1991.
Queen to challenge McCarter
for Mayor's seat in Grover
A race for the mayor's seat de-
veloped in Grover Monday when
Mayor Pro Tem Ronald Queen
filed for mayor.
Queen seeks to unseat veteran
Mayor Bill McCarter, who an-
nounced last week he will seek his
‘Sandra S. Ellis also announced
this week for reelection to town
council. The four-year terms of
Ellis, McCarter and Queen expire
moon with the Cleveland County
Filing period ends August 2 at Board of Elections.
Filing for the municipal city election begins
With five of eight city hall seats up for
grabs, Elections Board Chairman Becky Cook
expects the filing period to be the busiest ever.
Candidates must file with Mrs. Cook at her
‘home at 717 Meadowbrook Road between July
22 and August 9.
To run for city office a person must have
been a resident of the city for six months prior
to filing date. Filing fee for mayor is one-tenth
the annual salary of $6,000 or $60. Filing fee for
commissioner is one-tenth the annual salary of
$3600 or $36.
To be elected are:
+A mayor for a four year term. The term of
first-term Mayor Kyle Smith is expiring.
+Ward I commissioner in the newly-created
Filing for Kings Mountain Mayor, City Council begins Mor
minority/majority ward. This commissioner
must reside in Ward I and will be elected by
only those voters of Ward I.
+Ward 2 commissioner. This commissioner
must reside in Ward II and will be elected by
only those voters of Ward II.
+Two commissioners will be elected at-
large, the high vote-getter to a four-year term
and the other for a two-year term.
Four-year terms of Commissioners Al
Moretz, who now represents Ward I but lives in
Ward 4 in the new ward-alignment; Jackie
Barrett and Norma Bridges, both of whom
represent Wards 3 and 4 but in the new ward-
alignment reside in Ward 2, expire this fall.
Terms of Commissioner Elvin Greene, Ward 3;
Scott Neisler, Ward 4; and Fred Finger, Ward 5,
Kings Mountain, N.C. §
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do not expire this year. Their
In a unique election ye
redistricting in Kings Mountai
elect five of the eight members of
Runoffs, if necessary, wil. cv wviu un
The deadline for registration is September 9
for the election and October 7 for the runoff. No
new registration is required, however, new
voters can register now at Mauney Memorial
Library and voters with address changes may-
also change their addresses on the voting books
by visiting the library.
Election day is October 8.
“I know there will be questions from
candidates. We have ward and precinct maps
available to all," said Cook.
Woodside woes should end soon KM recycling site
Woodside Drive and Monroe
Avenue residents in East Kings
Mountain are seeing a long-await-
ed project get underway.
Storm drainage, a longtime
headache of residents, is getting
the attention of construction work-
ers this week who started putting in
400 linear feet of 42 inch storm
drainage pipe, the city's number
one drainage project this year
which will cost $57,395.00. John
E. Jenkins is contractor for the first
of two phases, which will include
three good size catch basins.
"We are very pleased that work
is underway here in what has been
a continuing problem," said
Woodside property owner Yates
Harbison, who along with property
owners Clayvon Kelly, Whiteside
heirs and Chris Cole gave the city
the required easements.
Community Services Director
Tom Howard estimated the project
will be completed in 60 days,
The one-mile perimeter of
Woodside and Monroe has been la-
beled a "flood plain." When heavy
rains flood the area water backs up
30 to 40 feet in the Kelly resi-
dence, said Kelly, who said his
house has been badly damaged
over the past 15 years. "My wife,
Dot and I appreciate City Manager
George Wood, Tom Howard, and
Karl Moss helping us in getting
this problem solved and feel that
the new drainage pipes is a step in
the right direction." Next phase of
the project is to change the
drainage on Linwood Road and
Cleveland Avenue, said Kelly.
Both Howard and Public Works
Supt. Karl Moss reminded citizens
that during heavy rainfall catch
basins and drainage systems be-
come cluttered or blocked with de-
bris. They ask citizens to remove
limbs and branches if they find
basins clogged and call the public
The city of Kings Mountain
got a major water drainage pro-
ject under way Tuesday in the
Woodside Drive and Monroe
Avenue area. Picture at top
shows some of the 400 linear feet
of 42 inch drainage culvert for
the $57,000 project. Photo at left
shows some of the drainage ditch
and culvert which will carry the
water under Monroe Avenue and
hopefully eliminate the flooding
that has occurred in the area
during heavy rains.
Photos by Gary Stewart
Howard said that in addition to |
the drainage project in East Kings f
Mountain that bond project work is
moving ahead strong" as well as
construction of a five million gal-
lon water tank. During the July 4th §
holiday period when plants were }
closed city crews conducted the an-
nual semi-annual maintenance of
sewer lines and with a TV camera
located lines in need of repair.
Pouring of concrete began at the |
site of the Gaston Street electrical
substation and work is underway at
the York Road electrical substation
with completion expected by
Christmas, said Howard.
A progress report on bond pro-
jects in water, wastewater, sewer
and electric was made at
Wednesday night's meeting of the
city utilities committee.
Kings Mountain People
to open in August
The new Midpines manned solid waste/recycling container site is
shooting for a August 1 opening.
Two large trash compactors and eight containers for eight different
types of materials, bulk waste and household garbage will soon go up on
the site on Margrace Road. Three attendants have been hired to work
from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through ==
Saturdays and 1 -6 p.m,. on Sundays. \
There is no charge to the public.
Cleveland County Recycling
Coordinator Sam Lockridge III
said workers hope to put the fin-
ishing touches on the site this
moith, weather permitting. Rainy
weather slowed the project but the
past month has found workers busy
almost daily with only wiring and
fencing yet to be completed.
Lockridge sgys the best way to get into
the recycling habit is to separate one or two items from your household
garbage. "Don't try to recycle everything in your wastebasket. Pick out
the heavy items-like newspaper and glass. Analyze things before you
throw them away."
Stack newspaper, glass and other recyclables in a basket beside your
garbage can and take the laundry basket around to each of the several
containers at the manned site and throw in the proper items, he says. =
There will be separate bins for glass, plastic bottles, jugs and containers, -
newspapers, scrap metal, white goods, aluminum cans, batteries and mo- =
tor oils, free of water.
The following items cannot be recycled: ceramics, lids, window glass,
windshields, toys, bags, dirt in containers, liquids in containers, brown
bags, string, plastic bags, magazines, storm windows, food in cans, paint
buckets, 55 gallon oil drums, gas tanks from cars, burn barrels, brake
fluids, solvents, paint thinner or household batteries.
Recyclable items are: clean glass, green class, clear glass, brown
glass, food jars, drink containers, clean plastic, 2 liter bottles, 16 oz. bot-
tles, milk jugs, 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon jugs, brown plastic, green plastic,
clear plastic, newspapers, computer paper, ledger paper, clean metal, any
size steel beverage cans, steel food cans, any type used metal, washers,
dryers, refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, ranges, microwaves, furnace
blowers, freezers, fans, dish washers, air conditioners, beverage cans,
any size batteries, lead batteries, calcium lead batteries, motor oil, hy-
draulic oil, transmission fluid, yard waste, including brush, tree trim-
mings, branches, leaves, and grass trimmings. Passenger and truck tires
can all be recycled but a 30 cent fee for passenger and a 60 cent fee for
truck tires will be charged at the site.
Lockridge said recycling protects the environment, keeps the county
from developing more landfills and keeps fees at a minimum, noting
that no charges are made at the recycling center. Mandated by Senate
Bill 111, Cleveland County officials started. charging landfill fees and
weighing garbage July 1, assessing a $19 per ton tipping fee for house-
hold garbage to industry, municipalities, commercial businesses and pri-
vate haulers and assessing a $9.50 per ton fee to construction and demo-
lition contractors for hauling debris such as roofing, old wood, etc. and
$5 per ton to businesses which haul yard waste, leaves, brush, limbs, etc.
See Midpines, 9-A
A "father figure" is how Yates
Harbison, 68, sees himself to the
many young people he worked at
Winn Dixie 35 years.
Every weekend for many years
Yates worked with 35-40 young
people at the store and taught more
in his Sunday School class at First
Baptist Church. "For many of those
guys it was their first job and at 16
years of age a father figure was im-
portant and I wanted to make a dif-
ference," said Harbison, who re-
tired in 1981 but still makes a
difference in CARE, a special pro-
gram underway by dentonks of his
The CARE program, which
started three years ago and is con-
ducted on a daily basis by 15 men,
comforts, assists, reaches out and
encourages people who are shut-in,
hospitalized or who need a hand
for transportation to the doctor or
grocery store or to mow grass or
put in a light bulb.
"We have a long list of people to
help because we have 1,000 mem-
bers in our church but it's the most
rewarding thing I've ever done be-
sides teach a Sunday School class,"
was always a father figure
‘said Harbison, who has taught all
ages of Bible students for 25 years.
His favorite gospel is John.
A native of Morganton,
Harbison grew up on a farm in
Burke County and after graduation
from Morganton High School went
to work at A&P Food Store but
was drafted by Uncle Sam during
World War II and served in the
Pacific Theater of Operations.
After nearly three years in the
Army, he returned to Burke County’
and married his childhood sweet-
heart, Margaret Peeler, in 1946 and
went to work with Winn Dixie,
moving to Charlotte,
TER a a a
food store he worked in at age 18.
— NN a
Gastonia and to Kings Mountain
43 years ago. When Yates came to
. Kings Mountain, Winn Dixie was
located where McGinnis
Department Store is today, then
moved to the present Plonk Tire
building and then to the new store
at Kings Mountain Plaza. His first
job was produce manager and he
worked his way up to store man-
ager and saw many changes from a
small frozen=foods department to a
full-service store, included a deli-
catessen. Cold cuts and bologna
were the first meats in the first
His first real job on the farm was
milking cows and hauling hay,
helping his father who worked for
a tannery in Morganton.
During retirement Yates enjoys
gardening and shares ‘home-grown
vegetables and beautiful azaleas
with friends. His volunteer work
with CARE takes up much of his
time but he also finds time to drive
a Vacation Church School
His family includes two chi
ren; David Harbison of
See Harbison, 9-