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The Way We Were
37 Years Ago
VOL. 104 NO. 15
Controversial issues to be acted on
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Mounties take first place,
Several issues will be resolved at the Thursday night
meeting of the Kings Mountain Board of Education,
including the outcome of the year-round school and
personnel policy proposals.
The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the North
Elementary School library.
The first major item on the agenda is a presentation
of the 1992-93 budget for local funding and a public
i on the budget. Action to approve or not will be
Perhaps the most controversial issue to be dealt with
is the year-round school proposal for West Elementary.
Supt. Bob McRae will make a report on his recom-
mendation to the board of whether to implement the
pilot program or to table the plans.
West Principal Sherrill Toney and Assistant Supt.
Jane King have studied the year-round program and
presented plans for such a program to be instituted at
West Elementary beginning in July. They made their
proposal at the March board meeting.
Since then, Toney has sent applications to West par-
ents to seek out interest in participation in the program
for next year. As of Tuesday, Toney said he was still
getting applications returned, especially in the kinder-
garten level. He would not say at that time if there
would be enough interest in the program to go through
McRae has said that he would base his recommen-
dation on reaction and interest from parents, for the
A strong opposition developed against the yeat-
round school proposal and may have had an effect on
parent decision-making over the issue.
If the proposal is approved, West would become a
school running on a dual-track calendar with both tra-
ditional and year-round schedules. Parents would have
an option as to which schedule they choose for their
The board will also hear a proposal regarding the
teaching of driver education during the coming school
Last year, the state changed regulations governing
the driver education program concerning when stu-
dents could participate. The state said that students
could not take driver's education during the five and a
half hours of school instruction, That means that other
time after school hours would have to be found to
teach the course. ‘
Also, beginning with the 1992-93 school year, stu-
dents will be able to take a written test before entering
the driver's education class to possibly exempt the
McRae said these changes are being done to comply
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with state regulations.
In other business, the revised section G, Personnel
Policies, will be presented to the board for final ap-
There has been disagreement over the part of the
policy that deals with reduction in force. McRae main-
tains that seniority should not be the only criterium by
which teachers would be let go in case of a needed re-
duction in force.
Head of the Personnel Policies Committee Betsy
Wells said the committee recommended seniority be
the key element in deciding who to keep and who to
In addition, the board will review and discuss possi-
ble revisions to the elementary reassignment plan, dis-
cuss plans for the expansion of the North School
Media Center and vote on the Park Grace Elementary
History teacher Allen Dixon re-
ceived the Teaching Excellence
Award at the annual Kings
Mountain High School Academic
- Awards Banquet Monday night.
In addition, 133 students were
recognized for achieving and main-
taining a 3.75 grade point average
throughout their high school career.
Thirty-eight freshmen, 32 sopho-
mores, 39 juniors and 24 seniors
were hor :
Dixon, a former KMHS basket-
‘ball coach, is an avid sports fan
and also enjoys music, concerts
and gardening. He is a graduate of
Western Carolina University and is
certified to teach social studies and
See Banquet, 12-A
KMHS Principal Jackie Lavender presents the Excel ence in Teaching Award to Allen Dixon at Monday
night's Academic Awards Banquet at the school cafeteria. Dixon teaches history. :
New sewer plant
Monday was a history-making
day in Kings Mountain.
Shortly before noon the city
started pumping sewage to the new
Crowders Creek Waste Treatment
Plant in Gastonia. :
City Manager George Wood said
Kings Mountain will gradually de-
commission the city's old outdated
Kings Mountain will be paying
Gastonia $63,420.00 per month,
City Council will take a look at
present and future recreational
needs at its second quarterly work
session Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Recreation Director David
Hancock will give an overview of
recreation and respond to questions
of the seven-member city council
in the second-floor conference
room at City Hall.
“based on $1.51 per 1,000 gallons
over a 30-day period. Wood esti-
mates when the plant is fully oper-
ational that the average usage for
Kings Mountain will be 1.4 million
gallons of sewage per day.
Wood said the payments to
Gastonia are the major reason that
city council hiked water and
sewage rates nine percent effective
with the April bills which cus-
tomers get April 30 from the City
now In operation
of Kings Mountain.
Wood said the City of Gastonia
has not tapped on to all industries
along U.S. 321.
Wood says Kings Mountain will
direct normal flow to Crowders
Creek but has the capability via a
new tie-in line on N.C. 161 of di-
verting overflow to the fire muse-
um pump station and pumping over
the ridge to Pilot Creek if neces-
sary. "The problem has been that
have work session
Recreation, one of the big con-
cerns of city council, was evi-
denced by priority setting at the
recent planning retreat. Mayor Pro
Tem Norma Bridges chairs the
committee. Both Mayor Scott
Neisler and Ward 2 Councilman
Jim Guyton are former members of
the Parks & Recreation committee.
City Manager George Wood and
KM Credit Union
merges with Premier
The merger of Kings Mountain
Federal Credit Union Friday ended
weeks of monitoring by the
National Credit Union
Premier Federal Credit Union of
Greensboro was selected as the
merger partner by the NCUA to
provide "a solid capital base and to
offer more and better services," ac-
cording to President and Chief
Executive Officer Kenneth C.
Premier presently serves the em-
ployees of Atlantic Spinners Inc. in
Bessemer City and the employees
of Ingles Food Chain, Cone Mills
Corporation's numerous plants with
headquarters in Greensboro, and
the employees of the City of
Asheville and County of
Buncombe, among others.
Lane said that Premier serves
16,000 members throughout the
Southeast with assets of $66 mil-
lion and is rated among the nation's
leading credit unions in safety and
soundness. Organized in 1963,
Premier offers members a full
range of financial services, ranging
from regular savings accounts to
Individual Retirement Accounts,
and from signature loans to home
cquity loans. Other attractive fea-
tures include access to automated
teller machines and free interest
bearing checking accounts. All ac-
counts are insured up to $100,000
by the federal government.
See Merger, 3-A
Mayor Neisler instituted the quar-
terly work sessions with the elec-
tion of the new administration.
Wood said that council members
will be provided background infor-
mation about the various depart-
ments of city government.
The agenda is designed in an in-
formal setting for council to spend
See City, 3-A
McGill could not handle all the
flow," said Wood.
Kings Mountain's share of the
$26 million project was $500,000.
An EPA grant provided $13.9 mil-
lion. Gastonia, Gaston County, and
neighboring towns of Kings
Mountain and Bessemer City
shared in the cost of the regional
plant. Gastonia plans a formal
opening ceremony in the near fu-
Frederick "Rick" Ferrell Sherrill
Jr., 35, former co-operator of The
Pizza Place, was killed Wednesday
night and his former co-worker,
Shepherd Wolfe "Flip" Lanier, 32,
is in jail, charged with first degree
Lanier is the third man from
‘Kings Mountain jailed in
Cleveland County Jail on homicide
~ charges in the past six weeks.
Darren Schenck, 21, of 206 N.
, and Charles Francis
she was shot, and died.
Wednesday, March 4, a sausage
delivery man found the knife-rid-
dled body of Karen Hardy, 35, of
Groves St., inside Mountaineer
Restaurant on York Road. Three
hours later her husband was
charged with her slaying.
Kings Mountain Police respond-
ed to a 911 call at 11:15 p.m. April
1 at 1010 Sherwood Lane and
found the body of Sherrill, shot
once in the chest with a .44
Lanier, 32, of Oakhurst Mobile
Home Park, a cook and delivery
man at Pizza Place, was arrested by
Kings Mountain Police at 5:30
a.m. Thursday morning.
The shooting took place on the
patio of Lanier's parents’ home
near the Country Club, according
to investigating Det. Sgt. Billy
Benton, after an alleged altercation
between Sherrill and Lanier. Police
3rd murder charge
filed in six weeks
say no one else was at the home
when the incident occurred. A
neighbor called police after hearing
Benton said Sherrill and Lanier
had worked together at the new
Pizza Place before Rick Sherrill
took another job in Charlotte as
manager of Domino's Pizza Store
Inc. Benton said the two men had
Other investigating officers were
Ptl Wayne Thomas, Ptl. Bob
Myers, and Sgt. Derek Johnson.
ing in Shelby, according to Benton.
Benton said Lanier claims he
was acting in self-defense. Benton
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said the weapon used in the shoot- -
ing belongs to Lanier. Two rounds
were fired, according to the detec- :
Rick Sherrill and his brother,
Tracy, assisted their father, Rick
Sherrill Sr., in opening the new
Kings Mountain business several
months ago. Rick Sherrill Jr. and
his wife, Doris, lived in the
Antioch Community near Grover.
Rick Sherrill Jr. was also the son
of Joy Miller Revell of Kings
A memorial service was con-
ducted Saturday at 6 p.m. at
Gordon Mortuary in Blacksburg,
SC. Rev. Bert Midyette officiated.
Burial was Sunday at 2 p.m. at
Catawba Memorial Park in
Mountain Fest shaping up
Get ready! Kings Mountain
Chamber of Commerce is gearing
up for what promoters call the
biggest event in the city's history
on May 30.
President Ruby Alexander, car
show chairman Ronnie Whetstine,
and fun run chairman Geeper
Howard, say interest is running
high among exhibitors for
Dr. Sellers loves to help people
Mountain Fest '92.
Whetstine said local car enthusi-
asts are getting their vehicles ready
to display in a big car show at KM
City Stadium. Howard invites par-
ticipation in a 10K, 5K and fun run
on Saturday morning, May 30.
Vendors and craftspeople are being
encouraged to reserve a space to
See Chamber, 3-A
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Of The Herald Staff
Family and church come first with Dr. Terry
Sellers, Kings Mountain chiropractor, who celebrated
his 15th anniversary in Kings Mountain and his 38th
birthday this week.
Sellers smiles as he recalls how he became a pro-
fessional chiropractor when his goal at 22 was to be a
professional student. The love of his life, pretty wife
Suzanne suggested when they were dating at Lee
College in Cleveland, TN. that he make an appoint-
ment with a chiropractor for nagging headaches
which had bothered him for years.
"Mother always said my headaches were my pop
off valve and God was telling me to stop and slow
down," said Sellers, reared in the church and son of
retired Church of God minister Rev. Garvin C. and
Mary W. Scliers.
It was ncat. My headaches disappeared after the
doctor found the vertebrae in my spine slightly out of
place. Not getting adequate rest triggered the
headaches. When my spine was properly aligned, the
headaches left me," said Sellers who asked himself,
“why not help someone else find a remedy for pain?"
Scllers became a student at Lee College after fin-
ishing the 11th grade in high school and after 2 1/2
years there entered Logan Chiropractic College in St.
Louis, MO. He graduated in January 1977 with
Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Moving to Kings Mountain was a big decision for
Suzannc and Terry Scllers who were considering
Rutherfordton as the place to open their first practice.
They had heard about Kings Mountain from a friend
of Scllers' mother who had attended a church camp in |
the arca. Walking into First Citizens Bank & Trust,
Scllers obtained a loan from banker Charles
Hamilton and his initial and only practice became!
reality at 108 West Mountain Street on April 4, 1
See Dr. Sellers, 3-A