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Dead man's name was on petition
North Piedmont resident Frank Brackett presented
City Council with a second petition protesting a
trash compactor at the Public Works Facility
This petition, containing 191 names, was the sec-
ond presented by Brackett. An earlier petition also
contained over 100 names.
However, City Manager George Wood said the
first petition included many names which were "not
Wood explained that the Council delayed re-
zoning the city's land behind the Public Works facil-
ity from R-20 to General Business so Brackett's pe-
tition could be checked out.
Wood asked Brackett if he had verified the signa-
tures on the petition and Brackett replied "Yes."
Wood then said City Planner Gene White had con-
tacted 89 people on the first petition and many of
them told White they had not signed it.
"Nine people said they had signed it for other
people, and 12 said they had not signed it at all,”
See Petition, 9-A
The first day that physician's as-
sistant Diane Sanders set up prac-
tice at Kings Mountain High
School, she saw nine students.
Since then, the average number
of students complaining of some
malady or emergency has been be-
tween 10 and 12 a day, she said.
The number one complaint is
headaches, with sprains, menstrual
cramping and viral illnesses -- "not
to mention a bunch of bandaids" --
said Sanders, who is from Shelby
and worked for the Health
Department since 1975.
Chris Tague, a senior, was re-
teatment for a welding
burfi Cn § foot Monday. It was his
first experience at the clinic.
"I think it needs to be done,"
Tague said. "Because if someone
gets something in his eye or hurt in
P.E. class, they can come down
here without the teacher leaving
the rest of the class."
Sanders agreed that having her
on the school grounds made it pos-
sible for students to seek treatment
for minor emergencies and sick-
ness without having to pay a doc-
But, she said, "We try to use
their doctors if at all possible."
Sanders can write prescriptions,
but she said she tries to encourage
the students to go to their family
doctor if they have one.
The school system sent consent
forms to each student's parents. So
far, Sanders has received 175 to
180 forms back. The form is neces-
sary for Sanders to treat a student
except in an emergency situation,
One misconception she wants to
clear up is she does not run tests
and give physicals to students at
"If they have a doctor and they
need an exam, then I would send
them to their doctor,” she said.
Sanders said she has had several
students come to just talk to her
about issues like smoking and
"I try not to lecture,” she said.
"The main thing is they have some-
one to listen to them.
"I can understand how the par-
ents feel," Sanders said about cer-
tain tests, such as pregnancy tests,
that she can perform without the
parents’ permission. North Carolina
General Statute 90-21.5 allows mi-
nors to give consent for certain
medical health services.
"We try to encourage the stu-
dents to communicate with the par-
ents" in such situations, Sanders
The school also has a rule that
requires the parents’ permission for
a student to leave school in case of
illness. Sanders said she can't allow
the student to leave without the
~ TODAY IS
Is m HALLOWEEN
City Council Tuesday night re-
zoned property behind the Public
Works facility to make it possible
for the city to construct a trash
compactor to be used as a transfer
site for city garbage going to the
Cleveland County landfill.
Frank Brackett, a city employee
and a resident of North Piedmont
Avenue, objected to the rezoning,
saying it would be more costly to
the city than the current method of
hauling each trash truck full of
garbage to the landfill. He said it
would be necessary to make 18
Sanders said that a Planning
Committee was begun this summer
as a temporary guide to the clinic
until it got off the ground. One
teacher and two parents are among
the members. One of the parent
members is opposed to the idea of
a clinic and the other parent is for
the clinic. Sanders said it was a
Five seek two school seats
The five-candidate race for two
seats on the Kings Mountain Board
of Education is probably the hottest
Kings Mountain area voters will
Tuesday at the
tion day only
five days away,
and B.: 'S.
last-minute campaign strategies to
get voter support for two inside-
city seats on the Kings Mountain
In the Kings Mountain School
District a total of 9,261 voters are
eligible to vote. Voter turnout is ex-
pected to be good Tuesday since
city runoffs for two seats on coun-
cil will be conducted at the same
time and in the same polling
All the candidates have posted
campaign signs and handed out lit-
erature while pumping hands in
one of the most vigorous cam-
paigns ever waged for seats on the
for streets, lake beach
City Council approved improve-
ments to the swimming area at
Moss Lake and also approved a
priority list of streets to be paved at
Tuesday night's meeting at the
Governmental Services Facilities
Estimated cost of the beach im-
provements at the lake is $6,175.
That includes $5,000 for seeding
the area, $175 for seed, fertilizer
and straw to over-seed two acres,
and $1,000 for track hoe work.
City Manager George Wood
pointed out that every year some
erosion takes place and by seeding
the area behind the beach dredging
would not be necessary every year.
Recreation Director David
Hancock said the man hours to
mow the grass would not be as
great expense as having to dredge
and reshape the beach area every
Councilman Al Moretz, who is
an engineer, said the area also gets
some deposits from other areas.
"This work will save the shore line
but we will still have to dredge it,"
The Council also approved
spending its estimated $66,215.40
in Powell Bill funds to pave
Charles Street, Floyd Street,
Fairview Street; Juniper Street,
Ridge Street, Phenix Street, Third
Street, Clinton Street, and Country
Club Drive. Floyd Street will: also
See Paving, 8-A
board, political campaign watchers
King, chairman of the board
who is completing his first term, is
opposed by three newcomers to
school politics, each of whom have
close ties with the system. Four of
the five candidates are KMHS
graduates. One is a former teacher.
Voters living in the Kings
Mountain School District will go to
the polls at Kings Mountain
Armory, Kings Mountain
Community Center, David Baptist
Church fellowship hall, Grover
Rescue Building and Waco Town
See Schools, 9-A
FOR THE CHILDREN
cross section of people interested
in the program.
"We're very pleased,” said
Principal Jackie Lavender. "She's a
quality professional. . . . It's a real
service to our students."
"The kids are getting use to me,"
she said. "I think they're beginning
to be more comfortable with me. . .
. I feel real good about it. I always
felt like there was a need for it."
Becky makes election go smooth
By ELIZABETH STEWART
trips a week to the landfill, costing
the city $1,044 a week in landfill
"We're talking about a five-yard
compactor,” he told the council.
"The garbage trucks haul 25 yards.
What are we going to do with the
other 15 or 20 yards?"
Supt. of Public Works Karl
Moss, later in the meeting, took is-
sue with Brackett's cost figures and
other comments. "It's true that
we're talking about a five-yard
compactor,” Moss said, "but the
hopper will receive 42 yards. The
Zoning will allow compactor
compactor will take a whole truck
(of garbage) at one time," he said.
"And the hopper compacts by 92
percent where now we're compact-
ing only 40 percent. We will only
have to make three trips a week to
the londetl) or trip,
or roughly pared
to $748 a ZS how."
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Pollwatchers call Tuesday's
runoff for Ward 2 and one At-
Large seat on city council too close
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close
at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain
Community Center and National
All four candidates are spending
the few days remaining before
election day knocking on doors and
with good reason. With only 33%
of the city's 5,000 registered voters
voting in the October municipal
election, the decision on who will
be the two members of city council
to serve with the remaining five,
two of whom are new, and new
mayor Scott Neisler could be left
up to a handful of voters. In Ward
2, where 893 people are registered
to vote, only 288 went to the polls
in the primary. Only those voters
registered in Ward 2 will choose
their representative. All registered
voters in the city may vote for the
one At-Large position.
In the race for the At-Large,
two-year council seat, incumbent
Al Moretz had 515 votes to Joe
King's 513 votes and King official-
ly called for the runoff.
For the Ward 2 race, James
Guyton was the highest votegetter
with 94, but Roy Pearson, who had
77 votes, called for a runoff.
Moretz, completing his first term
GROVER -Voters will elect a
mayor and three commissioners
from nine candidates on the ballot
Since the N. C. Attorney
General has ruled that Town board
cannot appoint a commissioner to
complete the two-year unexpired
term of W. Norman King, who
gave up his seat to run for mayor,
registered voters will be selecting
three council members instead of
two from the six who are running.
Former commissioner King and
former commissioner Ronald
Queen are both trying to unseat
veteran mayor Bill McCarter.
FOR WARD 2
GUYTON PEARSON |
on the board and chairman of the
utility commission, is being chal-
lenged by former Cleveland
County deputy Joe King, also a:
former city policeman who lost in
a close contest with former police
chief Jackie Barrett four years ago.
In Ward 2, former city recreation
See City, 9-A
Nine running in Grover
Running for seats on the board
are incumbent Sandra Spangler
Ellis, former commissioner Don
Rich, Jack Herndon, Dr. Philip M,
Day, Evelyn Willis and Sam
Stevenson. The top two vote-get-
ters will be elected to four year
terms with the third elected to the
two year unexpired term of King.
The top votegetter in the mayor's
race will serve a four-year term.
There are no runoffs and the elec-
tion will be conducted by the coun-
ty elections board.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close
at 7:30 p.m. at the Grover Rescue
Of The Herald Staff :
For over half her life Becky Cook has worked
elections but the recent Kings Mountain municipal
election proved to be her biggest challenge.
The versatile Kings Mountain Elections Board
Chairman works behind the scenes for months before
any clection but this year the chore was tougher be:
cause of redistricting and ward changes.
Organized as she is, Becky still had to burn the
midnight oil to accomplish the smoothly run clection
Gearing up now for a November 5 runoff between
four people for two seats on council, Cook says she
will push city fathers for their ideas for a non-parti-
san election in the future. Cost to. the city. she said,
would be cut in half.
Cook, no stranger'to ¢ity hall since her father, the
latc Floyd Thornburg, was chief of the Kings
Mountain Fire Department from 1962-73, worked
her way up in the clection business, beginning as an
assistant for the county 25 years ago, then serving as
judge and registrar at the polls. Because of her keen
interest and wide experience, she applied for the job
of chairman of thc KM Elections Board in 1985 and
has handled four clections since in her usual profes-
Her carlicst memories of city hall were riding as a
tecnager with her father from their home in Patterson
Grove Community when he was a volunteer fireman,
"We must have been going 90 m.p.h. down Nebo Hill
but Dad heard a fire whistle and he couldn't miss a
fire," she said.
Although city elections only come around cvery
two years, Becky Spends time cach month updating
her books and pays a visit to the county elections of:
fice at least once a month 10 add names of new regis-
See Cook, 9-A