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VOL. 103 NO. 80
Thursday, August 1, 1991
| Neisler resigns to run for may
Chairman Billy King and retired
teacher B. S. (Sonny) Peeler an-
nounced this week they are running
for the two open seats on the board
of education.
Peeler filed Monday and King's
announcement on Wednesday
makes the race a contest. Mrs.
Shearra Miller filed last week.
King has served on the board
four years. "I think working with
the schools is one of the most im-
portant things we can do," said
King, who has served both as vice
chairman and chairman.
Two announce for School Board
business communications, techni-
cal knowledge and reasoning pro-
cesses,” said Peeler, director of the
Extended Day Program for 16
years, who said his experience as a
teacher in the Job Training
Partnership Program of disadvan-
taged and handicapped students
will bring experience to the job.
Peeler, who is secking public of-
fice for the first time, has filmed
Mountaineer football games for 18
"I have a concern for the youth years at Kings Mountain High
of our community and feel that our School and
students need more training ‘in
is active on the
See School, 3-A
Politicking picked up steam this
week with the filing of
Commissioner Scott Neisler for
mayor and Phillip Hager for Ward
One creating contests for both po-
sitions at city hall.
Both Neisler and Hager resigned
from city positions Tuesday night
at city council meeting. Neisler
was elected two years ago as
District 6 commissioner. Hager has
served for two years on the board
of elections by appointment.
Council did not indicate when it
will name successors to both men.
"I am forfeiting my next two
years on council to run for mayor
and it's with sadness and great ex-
pectations that I resign," Neisler
told the board.
gets Lions
Club award
Civic leader and Kings
Mountain realtor W. Donald
Crawford has been a volunteer all
his adult life.
His service to the Lions Club
earned him the coveted Melvin
Jones Fellow
award by Lions Db
| Foundation re-
4 cently at
College. The
award is the
x highest honor
xy the club confers
CRAWFORD on persons who
demonstrate practical application
to their motto, "We serve."
Crawford's volunteer communi-
ty service over the years has also
included many hours in volunteer
work at the Cleveland County Red
Cross Chapter and as a Deputy
Camp Chief for the Piedmont Boy
Scout Council.
Active in Kings Mountain Lions
Club 15 years, he is a past presi-
dent and currently secretary. In
Zone 31-C, which includes the
five county area of Cleveland,
Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and
Rutherford Counties, he was
Deputy District Governor.
Crawford says he enjoys the
Lions Club because it offers ser-
vice to community and praises par-
ticularly the club's assistance to
the blind. He received an appropri-
ately designed plaque and a lapel
pin acknowledging his humanitari-
an service at the Lions 31-C
awards banquet hosted by
Davidson Lions Club.
Crawford and his wife, the for-
mer Joe Ann Blalock, own and op-
erate Joe Ann Don Agency in
downtown Kings Mountain.
Retired from the National Park
Service, Crawford is a former
Kings Mountain Post Office em-
ployee. He graduated from Kings
Mountain High School and Evans
See Crawford, 12-A
Jack Herndon to run
for Grover Town Board
Tuesday workshop at Grover Elementary School.
The opening of school is still a few weeks away but
some Kings Mountain teachers are preparing for what
they hope will be one of the most exciting years the
system has experienced.
For the past two days two teachers from each of the
systems’ seven schools, as well as all principals and
administrators from the Central Office, have been par-
ticipating in an Effective Schools "training to train"
workshop at Grover Elementary.
Effective Schools, the brainstorm of former
University of Michigan professor and education re-
searcher Larry Lazotte, is being implemented in
KMDS during the -1991-92 school year. KM will be
one of some 40 systems in North Carolina taking part
in the program.
Lazotte will be in Kings Mountain August 14 for a
lecture at B.N. Barnes Auditorium. All KMDS em-
ployees, from Supt. Bob McRae to the custodians, will
be required to attend.
The Effective Schools program stresses that "every
child can learn," and that the community as well as ev-
ery employee of the school system is instrumental in
the learning process.
Nine ‘educators from Kings Mountain took part in
nine days of training in Raleigh and Durham during
Hilda Kiser, Terri Briggs, Susan Denton and Carla Bennett, left to right, talk about Effective Schools at
Making KM Schools effective
the past school year. Two of those nine--Grover teach-
er Teresa Briggs and Bethware teacher Hilda Kiser--
led the workshop this week at Grover. The partici-
pants, in turn, will go into their individual schools to
train others.
Dr. McRae is one of just many local educators who
think Effective Schools will pay big dividends in the
See Workshop, 2-A
until the
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086 «35¢
Neisler is active on the KM
Parks & Recreation Commission,
Cleveland County Habitat for
Humanity, and Cleveland-
Rutherford Kidney Association.
A Kings Mountain native, he is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A.
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Neisler and is a gra a 2 =
Day School and F 2 2
College at Lael 3
health and physica 220
is married to Jan Ce ry
they have two child s
and Garrett, 6, ang 2
First Presbyterian C
been a sales repres¢
family business, Dicy
- 14 years.
His service as m ;
during the past two years has given
him the incentive to run for the top
slot, said Neisler, who has officiat-
ed at July 4th ceremonies and sev-
eral other events. "I thoroughly en-
joy being involved in Kings
Mountain activities and, if elected
See Filing, 2-A |
Higher rates
for utilities
Of The Herald Staff
Higher water and sewer rates
and new garbage collection fees
are among items in the 1991-92
budget formally adopted unani-
mously without discussion by city
council Tuesday night.
The garbage fees of $1.40 per
month were effective June 30 and
the 12% water and sewer increase
was effective July 31.
The $17,392,639.00 budget re-
flects a 1.1 percent increase over
last year and a decrease in property
tax rate, due to Cleveland County's
property revaluation this year, from
37 to 36 cents per $100.
Merit raises to eligible city em-
ployees were approved but cost-of-
living raises were omitted in this
year's budget.
Residents are assessed the
monthly garbage fee on their utility
bills to help the city pay landfill
tipping fees charged by the county.
City Manager George Wood told
the board at a recent public hearing
that the budget is necessarily con-
servative in light of the sluggish
economy and the uncertainty of
state and local funding situations.
Faced with the state budget crunch,
the city had adopted a tentative
working budget to tide them over
er Assembly fin-
ished with the state budget. The
city did not lose the anticipated
$500,000 in state monies.
In 'the general fund, the biggest
portion of money is earmarked for
Kings Mountain Police Department
at $1,043,635.00 followed by
$541,66.400 for sanitation division
and $531,078.00 for streets and
grounds division. The Public Work
administration costs are
$531,078.00 and the Fire
Department receives $346,399.00.
Planning and Economic
Development is budgeted for
$191,262.00. Appropriated for
Mauney Memorial Library is
See Budget, 9-A
Mayor's vote|
puts request
In committee
[id Kyle Smith broke a tie
vote for only thé. third time in his
first nearly four year term Tuesday !
night as the board split on a request i
by Kings Mountain Little Theater i
for free utilities. ;
The non-profit organization is A
looking into the possibility of leas- |
ing. the old Dixie Theater from
Foust Textiles as the possible home
of the Little Theater if a capital
outlay fund can be achieved for
money to renovate the building,
Little Theater President Jeffrey
Grigg presented the request to the i
‘board, saying if the project is suc- | {
cessful it will be a boost to down-
town redevelopment,
- Commissioner Fred Finger sug-
gested the city give the group a
credit for $2400 for one year so
that the projeet could move ahead
but Utility Chairman Al Mosetz
said the board was moving too fast
and making a decision on the re-
quest Tuesday would be by-passing
the utility committee.
Commissioner Scott Neisler
commended the Little Theater for
the new project. "It's great and the
best idea I've heard for downtown.
I'm excited," he said.
Moretz made the motion to refer
the request to the utility committee
but Neisler offered a substitute mo-
tion to grant, seconded by Finger.
Commissioner Jackie Barrett also
approved but Mayor Smith sided
with Moretz and Commissioners
lvin Greene and Norma Bridges
to defeat the motion. Greene,
See Tie Vote, 12-A
A race developed this week for
Grover town council when Jack
Herndon filed for one of the two
seats open in the fall election.
The life-long resident of Grover
is running for public office for the
first time.
"I just want to do what I can for
my town," said Herndon, who has
retired after 33 years with Scars of
Shelby, where he was Hardware
Department manager.
Herndon is married to the former
Betty Burroughs and they have
three children and six grandchil-
dren and arc members of Grover
First Baptist Church.
Son of the late John Lester and
Novella Bookout Herndon, he is an
Army veteran of World War II and
See Herndon, 12-A
in July of 1983, the church was ex-
congregation” went to work, start-
ing a well-organized weekly visita-
programs inside the church.
status changed from part-
full-time and today he m
a congregation of over 2
66, he says he has no
retiring "until the Lord |
The congregation Su
Thornburg Sunday.
When Rev. Dale Thomburg Ry :
came part-time pastor of Eastside
Baptist Church in Kings Mountain
periencing a sharp decline in mem- = 8 o£
Thornburg and an enthisiasiic.- : o 4
After 3 1/2 years Thornburg's |
tion program and reviving many
ad it thoughout my nin
¢ chool. Son of the late Pearl and
f bi ;
i ie ee ey ui to K
1 from the people,” he says. Gare
at Easter dial ae ina oe
a in the. on om. and
at Kings Mountain High :

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