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VOL. 104 NO. 18 , Thursday, March 26, 1992 Kings Mountain,
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By RENEE WALSER April board meeting. Richard Young, one of the parents against the year- That was the end of 1990%.....c weaw year, tie pro-
of the Herald Staff About 30 concerned parents and staff members round schedule, quoted from a 1987 report of the gram expanded from one school to six schools with
came to hear Toney's explanation of the year-round National Education Association: "Year-round school 850 students participating. And in 1991-92, 1,200 stu-
Emotions ran high at last Wednesday's parent meet-
ing at West School on the possibility of introducing a
year-round program in July.
One mother had an emotional voice and said she
Toney discussed the calendar and explained the in-
tersession plans, which include a week of remediation
and a week of enrichment. He said that ideas for en-
generally does not have significant positive effects on
Asked if he had figures showing an increase in
dents were enrolled in the year-round program.
There is a great deal of research maintaining the bad
effects of year-round schools. McRae acknowledged
was losing sleep over the prospect. But she said she re-
spected the teachers’ and administrators’ views that the
year-round program could work for West School.
However, she still had serious reservations.
This week West principal Sherrill Toney and staff
will try to contact all the parents of West students and
poll them on whether they want their children in the
traditional program or a year-round calendar. The ap-
plications need to be returned to Toney by April 1. The
results will be presented to Supt. Dr. Bob McRae, who
will make a recommendation to the board during the
Strict zoning may force
businesses out of town
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Jack Barrett, owner and operator
of Barrett's Floor Covering on
Dixon School Road, and former
city policeman Jim Belt share a
Both businessemen want to op-
erate businesses in the Kings
Both businessmen say strict zon-
ing laws may force them out.
Both businesses, a proposed car
wash on E. King Street and a car-
- Both men say Cleveland County
stands to lose tax dollars to Gaston
Barrett asked the city to rezone
his property in the one-mile
perimeter from R-20 to GB last
year. Neighbors of the old
Compact School property objected.
loudly. Both the Planning &
Zoning Board and Kings Mountain
City Council denied the request.
Meantime, Barrett has moved
his expanded I-85 salvage business
to a building he rents from Jim
Testa adjacent to the KM Truck
Plaza a short distance from his pre-
sent carpet business. He has ex-
panded the old school building but
wants to house his salvage business
Emma Frances "Fanny"
Carpenter, 93, of 118 E. Mountain
St., died March 23, 1992 at Kings
Mountain Convalescent Center.
A native of Kings Mountain, she
was daughter of the late Anderson
Pinckney Carpenter and Caroline
Hoke Carpenter, a pioneer Kings
Mountain family. She was a gradu-
ate of Georgia Normal College,
now the University of Georgia at
Athens, and taught school for near-
ly 40 years, 35 in the Kings
Mountain system and five years in
She was a charter member of
First Baptist Church, which her
mother helped found in Kings
and growing carpet business under
Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at
City Hall Barrett will renew his re-
zoning request to the planning and
zoning board. He expects adjoining
property owners to again object.
He says that neighbors have made
a road out of his property for
ingress and egress to a nearby
church and homes. Barrett may
fence his property if he decides to
move part of his operation to
Barrett said 75-80 percent of his
: Barren id he spent $100,000 in
renovations of the school after buy-
ing the property from KM District
Schools in 1984. Barrett has oper-
ated the business in the Kings
Mountain area since 1975 and be-
fore that started the business in
1968 in a rural area of the commu-
Barrett said that the old school
building was formerly operated as
a commercial business by J. E.
"I thought I'd approach the city
one more time," said Barrett.
Belt's building is vacant on E.
King Street. City officials say
granting his request to accommo-
See Zoning, 5-A
Mountain, and was also a charter
member of Kings Mountain Baptist
She was a member of Colonel
Frederick Hambright Chapter
Daughters of the American
She had been a resident of
Kings Mountain Convalescent
Center since June 1989.
Surviving are five nieces, Hazel
Fryer, Carolyn Dilling, Dorcas
Plonk, all of Kings Mountain,
Elizabeth Brown of Columbia,
S.C. and Irene Whorley of
Jacksonville, Fla. and ten nephews,
Charles T. Carpenter Jr. of Kings
Mountain, Marion Herndon of
Oak Grove residents
can get county water
Oak Grove Community residents
can sign up for water Thursday
and again on Tuesday from 7-10
p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church
Officials with the Cleveland
County Sanitary District will be on
hand to answer questions.
Residents can go at anytime during
the three-hour sign-up period both
The Oak Grove project includes
households on Stony Point Road
from New Camp Creek Church
Road south to Reliance Electric
Co., Kellom Drive east to the inter-
section with Ware Phifer Circle,
Ware Phifer Circle, Wave Road,
Bell Road to Wave Road, Hardin
Drive, Wooding Place, Hoyle Road
and state roads 2617, 2621, 2163,
Mike Richardson, manager of
the county water authority, said a
fair number of people have signed
up since volunteers started can-
vassing the community offering
water service that should be avail-
able to some households in the
community as early as summer.
The Oak Grove project, which is
expected to offer water service to
about 275 households, is part of a
long-term expansion effort that by
1996 should reach about 8,000
households along approximately
500 miles of water main.
Last Thursday night the authori-
ty held a meeting with Patterson
See Water, 5-A
Zusinoss LEOmos from Gaston
richment could include programs from Discovery
Place, Energy Explorium, the military park, parks and
recreation and the local colleges.
The initial survey of parents this winter resulted in:
89 who said yes, they would be interested in a year-
round program; 37 who were undecided; 59 who said
no; and 25 who did not respond.
During questioning, opponents of the issue brought
out examples of schools where the year-round program
had not increased learning and achievement, which is
the goal of the program, according to proponents.
EXERCISING A RIGH
achievement due to year-round education, Toney told that.
the group of Crockett Elementary School in Conroe,
Texas. The school had 54 students in the optional year-
round program. No remediation or enrichment weeks
were offered because educators wanted to see if just
the changing of the calendar upped achievement.
The results: The year-round students showed seven
more months of growth in reading and four more
months in math. Their grades were generally higher
than the traditional students’. They showed more ap-
propriate behavior. And the parents were more satis-
fied with their children's education. vey.
Teports. . .
wait their turn.
Kevin Blalock, 18, didn't say how he plans to vote in the May
Primaries but he is anxious to cast his first vote after registering
with election officials Thursday. Hilda Dixon administers the oath
to the new voter as seniors Carla Swink and David Mark Collins
Plans are shaping up for the fifth
annual Kings Mountain Chamber
of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame
Banquet, which will be held
Monday night, April 27 at 7 p.m. at
the Kings Mountain Community
University of North Carolina
football legend Art Weiner will be
the guest speaker, and several other
sports personalities have indicated
they will be in attendance.
The late Hugh "Red" Ormand,
Eugene Goforth, Shu Carlton and
Otis Cole will be inducted.
ntain Chamber of Contrerts
Kings Mountain Herald, McGinnis
Department Store, Champion's
Contracting, and from any member
of the Hall of Fame Committee.
ketball coach and now an assistant
at Virginia Tech, will be on hand to
induct Otis Cole, who starred on
his championship teams in 1967-68
Jack Ruth, former three-sport
standout at KMHS and a former
quarterback at Davidson College,
will induct Shu Carlton. Ruth was
Carlton's first scholarship athlete at
Kings Mountain (1948). He is now
president of First Union National
Bank in Hendersonville.
Many more former Mountaineer
| Fanny Carpenter, 93, dies
Charlotte, i V. Phillips Jr. of
Gaffney, SC, Meek A. Carpenter of -
Greenville, SC, C. E. Carpenter Jr.
of Rocky Mount, Rev. James A.
Carpenter of New York City, Ed
Long of Carolina Beach, Ben Long
of Winnabow, Oscar Long Jr. of
Leland, and Perry Long of
The graveside service will be
conducted by Rev. Robert Collins
and Rev. J. C. Goare Thursday
‘morning at 10 a.m, at Mountain
Rest Cemetery. The memorial
service will be held at 11 a.m. at
Kings Mountain Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends af-
ter the church service.
: of The Herald Staff
sports stars and coaches will be in
attendance, but the spotlight will
be on the inductees and Weiner,
who was a popular coach with the
students and the Kings Mountain
community during a time when the
school was building its winning
Weiner was an All-American re-
ceiver at UNC in 1948 and 1949,
and was All-Southern and All-
State all four years there (1946-
49). He was the school's all-time
pass-catching star on the same
team that included the school's leg-
endary rushing star, Charlie "Choo
Weiner is one of just five
Carolina football greats to have
their jerseys retired. The others are
Charlie Justice, Andy Bershak,
George Barclay and Cotton
Bob Hussey, former KMHS bas-.
"We're not here to say research findings are all for
year-round education," he said. "You'll find conflicting
A large percentage of the staff and faculty
think that it shows promise, and we want you to decide
if it's best for you.
"It may be the worst thing we've done; it may be the
McRae has said that his recommendation to the
school board will be heavily based on the parent sur-
Tickets are on sale
for KM Hall of Fame
Weiner broke into college foot-
ball in 1946 by catching a touch-
down pass on his first collegiate
play. He averaged 19.8 yards a re-
ception as a sophomore in 1947,
hauling in 20 passes for 396 yards
on a team that featured a number of
Weiner caught 31 passes and fin-
ished seventh in the nation in re-
ceiving his junior year, and led the
country in pass receptions with a
school record 52 his senior season.
Even in this day of wide open of-
fensive football, Weiner's career
records still stand as second best in
Weiner was voted the most out-
standing lineman in the Senior
Bowl in 1949 and was hailed by
Georgia coaching legend Wally
Butts as "the greatest pass-catching
end I've ever seen.”
Weiner played one year with the
New York Yanks of the NFL be-
fore an injury ended his playing ca-
reer. He came to Kings Mountain
in 1951 to coach football while
Coach Shu Carlton was serving a
tour of duty in the Korean War.
"lI am looking forward to being
in Kings Mountain for the fifth an-
nual Sports Hall of Fame
Banquet," Weiner said. "I have
very fond memories of Kings
Mountain and the many great peo-
ple that we met there."
See Weiner, 9-A
ny ELIZABET H STEWART
he takes off to his favorite vacation Si house
boat on Lake Wylie.
Once Smith and wife Jo Ann auction their remain.-
Odus Smith Ir. has worn many caps duting 36-plus
~ yearsasa downtown merchant.
Claiming to be semi-retired now that he closed
Western Auto Store December 31, Smith plans to
start taking life easy once he completes : a multitude
housed his business since January 1974.
He also rents, repairs and furnishes beach condo-
~ miniums and is helping develop Colonial Woods, a
new residential section off Maner Road. Service ori-
~ ented, he maintains an active interest in community
- endeavors and civic clubs.
Ask the busiest person in town to do a job and
folks look no further than Smith's desk, piled high
~ with community jobs that requirc his attention before
ing stock and fixtures at Western Auto Store, they
of chores, including an auction of stock left in his ’
~ two-story 15,000 square foot building which has
plan to look for a rentor/buyer for the store and spend
more time together. The couple plans a vacation in
June to Russia.
Smith opened the Kings Mountain store in 1955 on
Main Street next door to the old Bridges Hardware.
Oldtimers spent hours in the store chatting about "the
good ole days" and it was a meeting place for new
and old friends . As time passed, many of them quit
dropping in; due to illness or other commitments.
Smith said he missed the comraderie they shared.
"We all get so busy with this fast-paced world that
we don't take as much time anymore to enjoy life,"
See Smith, 5-A