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Opposition to the implementation of a year-round
: school calendar at West Elementary School next year
has developed in the community.
One voice opposing the plan has been past president
of the Kings Mountain PTO Richard Young, who calls
himself a parent first and foremost.
“Our goal is to make sure both sides are told," said
Young, who is also minister of education for First
He has met with Superintendent Bob McRae and
»/" Assistant Superintendent Jane King, as well as with
/ West principal Sherrill Toney to express his views and
findings while researching the year-round school issue.
Young said he began his research with an open
"We wanted to do it if it was better for our kids," he
said, "but we researched it and found some negative
aspects. We did not go looking for the negative."
Young put a call into Dr. James C. Dobson, a re-
knowned child psychologist who has written exten-
sively on the family, to get his feelings on year-round
schools. His secretary said that Dobson was not letting
his opinion be known as yet, but she gave Young the
number for the attorney who is representing parents in
Albuquerque, N.M., where the battle against year-
round schools has been won for now.
The attorney gave Young a source for information
on year-round schools, and Young now has a stack of
research containing pros and cons on the subject.
"We simply want to present our views," Young said.
One of those views is that year-round education
~ does not significantly increase the learning of students.
"Is there really adequate research to prove it (in-
creased learning level in students)?" said Chip Sloan,
who is in agreement with Young. "That's the key ques-
Young also said that going to a year-round calendar
would divide the home. While one child may attend a
traditional school, another could be on a year-round
In addition, Sloan and Young are fearful for what
the schedule may do to church programs, such as
Summer Bible School.
Also, summer jobs for teachers who supplement
their salaries would be interrupted, as well as vacation
jobs for students.
Young has many reasons for his misgivings. He
plans to write a guest column explaining his views be-
fore the Board of Education vote 2 Lallow
West School to convert to both y = tradi-
tional schedules. %
"If it's best for you and your famil ‘€ you
to vote for it," Young said. "But only
all the research."
Young added that anyone interested in
mation may call him at 739-1982. >
Chairman of the school board, Ronnie Hawkins, has
called a special meeting of the board to hear a proposal
to convert West School to year-round schedule on
Thursday moming at 7 a.m. at the school administra-
tion building. Dr. Jane King and Sherrill Toney will
present their recommendations then. Hawkins said the
board would probably vote on the proposal in April.
Charles Hardy, 35, of 1103
Groves St., was
Wednesday morning with murder
four hours after the slain body of
his wife was found at their Kings
Captain Bob Hayes said the
homicide apparently stemmed from
a domestic incident. !
Kings Mountain police respond-
‘ved to a call about 6:50 a.m.
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© wounds about the body and slashes
|" onthe throat.
: Chief Warren Goforth and Det.
+ Lt Richard Reynolds roped off the
Five more Cleveland County
residents joined the 10 Democrats
and three Republicans seeking the
‘three seats open on the Cleveland
County Board of Commissioners,
as the filing deadline passed
Monday at noon.
Commissioner Charlie Harry,
former commissioner Coleman
Goforth, Robert A. Williams of
Polkville, and Gail A. Kirk and
Bob Chadwick, both of Shelby,
filed last week.
The filing by Harry assures a
race in the Republican primary
May 5. The president of Grover
Industries is being challenged by
former Casar Mayor Johnny Short
7% * “woman in her 30's with stab bar
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crime scene and called in the S.B.I.
By noon the crime scene was
cleared, Cleveland County Coroner
Ralph Mitcham had removed the
body for autopsy, and a suspect
was in Cleveland County Jail.
The Hardys had opegated the
* family-type restaurant for several
months and could be seen frequent-
ly with their three-year-old daugh-
ter in the business. Recently, the
couple had also started servin
Hayes said that he had been tol
that the couple separated recently.
Hayes said the police investiga-
tion into the incident is continuing.
Five more candidates
file for county seats
County commissioners earn
$6,000 annually. The candidates
paid a filing fee of $60.72, one per-
cent of their annual salary, when
they filed before the Cleveland
County Board of Elections.
Seats held by commissioners
Joe Cabaniss, chairman; Jack
Spangler and Harry, the lone
Republican on the board, are up for
election in November.
Democrats Spangler and
Cabaniss already have filed for re-
election, joining Jerry Adams, Sam
Gold, Cecil Dickson, Doyne
Allison Sgt. E. T. Van Hoy and
Robbie Morgan Jr.
See Filing, 5-A
Traffic signals going
up at KM High School
Long-awaited traffic signals are
going up at the busy intersection of
Phifer Road and Fulton Drive at
Kings Mountain High School.
Associate Supt. Dr. Larry Allen
said state contractors in three buck-
et trucks were on the scene
Tuesday putting up the signals.
Department of Transportation
officials will activate the lights and
program the timers in the next few
"Allen said state contractors were
notified to proceed this week once
pavement work at the entrance to
the school campus was completed
by the school system.
"We've been given no dates
when the lights will go on but it's
something that's been needed for a
long time," said Allen.
Allen said the KM Board of
Education and City Council have
been working diligently with the
state D.O.T. for several years on
traffic control measures on heavily
traveled Phifer Road. Over 2,100
students are transported by car or
bus twice a day to the high school
and middle school complexes.
Police officers work traffic in
morning school opening rush hour
and school-closing rush hour traf-
fic, and will continue to work traf-
fic until the lights are working, said
Allen. Each direction, he said, will
have a turn lane signal. Lights will
activate in sequence with the regu-
lar through lane. Fulton Road and
the school drive have a trip device
that will activate the change when
traffic demands, said Allen.
The installation of traffic lights
is part of a major thoroughfare plan
submitted by Kings Mountain to
the state but stalled in recent
months due to funds. Allen said
that the state had prioritized this
phase of the project and dedicated
money towards its completion.
Allen submitted a letter Tuesday
to the D.O.T. to accompany a pack-
et of information from the City of
Kings Mountain planning depart-
ment asking that the state update
and reprioritize the Kings
Mountain thoroughfare plan since
the Transportation Improvement
Plan (T.L.P.) is expected to get fed-
The first phase of the thorough-
fare plan seeks the cutting of a new
road at Dixon School Road con-
necting U.S. 74 and 216 South
with the neighborhood beyond the
Middle School on Phifer Road.
The second phase of the plan
calls for widening of Phifer Road.
"We're hoping the state will
move up this project on the priority
list," said Allen.
Summer Time? oi April 27th
North Carolina football legend
Art Weiner will be the speaker at
the fifth annual Kings Mountain
Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall
of Fame Banquet Monday, April 27
at 7 p.m. at the Kings Mountain.
Community Center. :
This year's four inductees will
"Red" Ormand, former profession-
al pitcher Eugene Goforth, former
- KMHS football coach Shu Carlton
The warm, sunny weather that has come to Kings Mountain since
last week's rain has enticed people to get outside. Five-year-old
Tyler Allen, son of Haley and Howard Allen of Kings Mountain,
took advantage of Tuesday's 84-degree temperature to have some
fun on the slides at Jake Early Memorial Park.
Hall of Fame committee.
"We feel like this year's banquet
will be the best ever," said
Chairman Gary Stewart. "We're
very pleased to have Art Weiner
with us. He is truly a living leg-
Weiner, who will be inducted in-
to the College Football Hall of
Fame on December 8, was an All-
American receiver at the
University of North Carolina. He is
one of only five Tar Heels to have
his jersey retired. The others are
Charlie Justice, Andy Bershak,
George Barclay and Cotton
See Weiner, 10-A
be deceased baseball great Hugh
Weiner to speak
at Hall of Fame
slated May 30
Members of the Kings Mountain
Chamber of Commerce are already
getting excited about their annual
The event will be held on May
30 in downtown Kings Mountain
and will feature good food, enter-
ercise enthusiasts, an old railroad
display will be held at the Depot,
and a historical display will feature
interesting artifacts and informa-
tion about the town's past.
Ronnie Whetstine will serve as
chairman of the car show. Only
cars prior to 1968 will be allowed.
Whetstine has already mailed invi-
tations to hundreds of car buffs.
Home Federal Savings Bank and
Wade Ford will sponsor the show.
Geeper Howard will be in
charge of he running events, which
. See Fest, 10-A
events should draw hundreds of ex-
Your United Way money safe
Hieds...... ..8-9B Citizens who donate money to
Classifieds the Kings Mountain United Way
Food........ 6-88 can rest easy. None of the money
collected goes to the American
Obituaries ........ ...2A | United Way and none goes to pay
Fey any salaries, locally or otherwise.
OPINION... AA Ruby Alexander, one of the past
] presidents of Kings Mountain
Police.............s 12B United Way, said people are uneasy
about recent news that money col-
Sports... vere 6-10A lected by the American United
Way has been mis-spent. Much of
Way We Were ..... 1B it has gone to pay outlandish
: salaries of the national director.
Weddings reeds +.B "We're not a member of the
] ! American United Way," said Mrs.
Alexander. "We do not pay them
ings Mountain People
"We're not a member of
the American United Way. .
We do not pay them one
one penny and no amount of mon-
ey that is collected in Kings
Mountain has gone toward any
salaries for American United Way."
In fact, Mrs. Alexander said, 97
percent of the money collected by
Kings Mountain United Way stays
in Kings Mountain and Cleveland
County. Three percent goes to
North Carolina United Way for
programs such as Children's
Homes which benefit local people.
Kings Mountain United Way
funds are audited annually by an
"Kings Mountain United Way is
autonomous in that we have our
own board, and we're governed by
our own board," Mrs: Alexander
pointed out. "We do not have a sin-
gle paid employee. All money col-
lected -- except for a small amount
that goes to printing and little inci-
See Money, 10-A
| Music always a part
of Margaret's life
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Of The Herald Staff
Getting used to being retired
was easy for Margaret McGinnis,
who left the public schools after 40
years in the music field.
Music is the love of her life.
She still direct choirs at St.
Matthew's Lutheran Church, enjoy
concerts, and returns to school to
hear her former students perform.
Sunday, the popular teacher was
honored at a public concert given
High Schools’ Choral Ensemble at
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church,
who surprised her after the concert
by 42 students in Gaston County.
with a dinner at Kings Mountain
The dinner was a complete sur-
prise to Margaret, who was giving
her sister Helen Krause a tour of
the city when the retired Shelby
music educator asked her to stop at
the Woman's Club. Margaret
caught a glimpse of her son, Greg
McGinnis, on the steps and sus-
pected something was up. About
50 people, including students and
family, gathered in the dining room
of the club house to honor the vet-
cran teacher. The choral group took
the occasion to present Mrs.
McGinnis with flowers and a gold
See McGinnis, 2-A