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Class of '92
VOL. 104 NO. 22
Mountain Fest Saturday in Kings Mountain will be
kicked off at 9 a.m. by runners in a 10-kilometer, 5-
kilometer, and mile fun run and at 10 a.m. in a brief
opening ceremony followed by an hour concert by
Mayor Scott Neisler and Chamber of Commerce
President Ruby Alexander will welcome visitors to
the city. Cindy Wood will sing "The National
Anthem," accompanied by "Mink."
But that's not all that the Kings Mountain Chamber
of Commerce has planned for the day's event.
Alexander says Mountain Fest is projected to be
A 30-second commercial adver-
tising Kings Mountain as a "great
place to live" is being aired by
Jones Intercable and the Kings
Mountain Chamber of Commerce
Briefly, the video shows color
shots of religious, sports, school,
and community activities, touting
the city as "a place to look into and
a place you should know about, a
great place to live only 25 milgs
from Charlotte and offering hidden
treasures for many people."
The video shows people at play
and at work, a shot of Moss Lake,
beautiful homes, a church, and
The Kings Mountain Board of
Education met Monday morning to
go over redistricting plans and to
hear bids on the North School li-
There was much discussion on
the choice of plans to bring all
schools within the plus or minus 5
percent of racial balance. The sys-
tem-wide figure taken in April of
25.3 percent was used to determine
the goals for each school.
Nine plans were formulated and
presented to the board for consider-
ation. The ninth plan was finally
approved with a four to one vote.
Board member Billy Houze was
the sole vote against the plan. He
felt that the figure at North of 31.9
percent was not acceptable.
Coming from a family of teach-
ers, Juanita Lutz, Kings Mountain
School District Teacher of the
Year, had visions of becoming a
teacher while growing up.
"I just dreamed as a child grow-
ing up to be a teacher," she said.
Her grandfather taught in a one-
room schoolhouse, she said, and
used to tell her stories of walking
20 miles to school each day.
"Fascinating," she said.
What makes her such a good
teacher? It's probably because she
loves to teach.
"I'm never happier than when
I'm in here teaching," she said. She
usually in her third-grade class-
Thursday, May 28, 1992
one of the city's biggest-ever fun events for the whole
The mayor urges Kings Mountain area citizens to
take their families to all events of the all-day event.
"We appreciate what the Chamber committees have
done to bring special exhibits for our enjoyment and
hope that Mountain Fest will be one of the biggest
celebrations ever held in our city,” said Neisler.
A big car show at KM City Stadium, a model rail-
road display at the Depot Center, a historical display
at the old Post Office, and food, crafts, and entertain-
ment covering the block of East Mountain Street in
front of the old Post Office arc sure 10 please every ~ am. in front of First Federal Sf
member of the family .
In addition, a Fire Safety House donated by Home
Builders Association of Cleveland County will be set
up on the grassy area beside the Kings Mountain
Police Department for children to learn first-hand
how to exit a burning house. Kings Mountain Fire
Department will be on hand to operate the exhibit.
Geeper Howard, race chairman, said the Mountain
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086 +35¢
Fest road race will start at Mountain and Cansler
Strects and wind through the Crescent Hill residential
section. The registration booth will be set up at 8
: Chamber of Commerce President Ruby Alexander, Mayor Scott Neisler, and Charles Alexander stand
in front of the Depot, setting for, a big model, train exhibit free to the public: Saturday. Mr, Alexander is a:
member of the exhibit committee led by Glenn Anderson. BB&T sponsors the unique show,
"I don't like us beginning out of
percentage,” said Houze.
Others on the board commented
that the percentages and figures
would fluctuate once school began
in the fall.
"We may not be able to attain
the goal year after year," said Dr.
Larry Allen, assistant superinten-
"It pretty much takes a year to
judge," said Supt. Dr. Bob McRae.
"We can't go on the first month of
Plan nine calls for the following
moves: 24 students living in the
City, Cansler, Tracy, Ellis, Parker
and Watterson Streets, and Cook
and Campbell Circles area will
move from North to West School;
room at West by 7:30 a.m. and as
soon as the students file in, she be-
gins teaching whether the bell has
rung or not. She also spends two or
three hours a night on planning.
"We don't waste a minute,” Lutz
Lutz said a good teacher and
loving to teach go hand in hand.
"I believe that every teacher
must possess the personal trait es-
sential for continued happiness in
teaching and that is having a gen-
uine love for children and a desire
to work with them," she said.
She has taught at West for 17
years, 21 all together, counting her
first four years in Catawba County.
School Board to reassign si
students in Chesterfield
Apartments, behind the VFW and
Pierce Street will move from West
to Bethware; and students living on
Crocker Road will move from
Grover to Bethware.
Those moves will bring North's
percentage down from as high as
38 percent this year to 31.9 per-
cent. And it will increase
Bethware's to be closer to the sys-
tem-wide figure of 25.3 percent.
One advantage to the approved
plan, said McRae, was it didn't call
for a move of students who had to
move last year.
"It's not ever desirable to move
children,” he said, "but at least it
spreads the impact of the children
who have to move."
Lutz graduated from Lenoir Rhyne
College and grew up six miles
from Kings Mountain.
"This was really home for me,"
Lutz is a firm believer in society,
including parents and community,
getting involved in the educational
"I'm seeing less and less empha-
sis put on education in our society,"
she said. "Society has changed, not
our teaching. . . . I'm believing
more and more that it takes a
whole village to raise a child.
"I respect each individual stu-
dent in my classroom. I am most
See Lutz, 3-A
Allen said the board plans to
monitor the situation at North more
closely and control it more effi-
ciently by using the transfer policy.
Minority: students will not be al-
lowed to transfer into North while,
at the same time, nonminority stu-
dents will be encouraged to trans-
fer into the school.
Under the approved plan; all
schools except North will meet the
board's goal of plus or minus five
The board heard bids on the
‘North School library project and
accepted the bid from Barton
Contractors, Inc., of Gaffney, S.C.
The estimated cost was placed at
around $180,000. The accepted bid
Gwen Feemster, 35, will bc one
of the proudest among the 315
graduates who receive their diplo-
mas Sunday from Gaston College.
The Kings Mountain woman
made a career change in February
1987 which changed her life. A ho-
tel reservation clerk since her grad-
uation from KMHS in 1974, she
applied for a job five years ago at
Gaston College and has worked
full time since as a sccretary and
two years in the evenings as a
The first member of her family
to graduate from college, she went
back to school after raising a child
as a single mother. Kristi, a ninth
grade student at KMHS, helped her
mother with her toughest subject,
mathematics. Mother and daughter
are honor students and Gwen re-
ceives the award as Gaston's "Most
"It's been tough and challeng-
ing," said Feemster, who resides
with her daughter at Carolina
Her cffort has been rewarding.
She graduates with the highest
G.PA. of 3.4 among students in
the Social Services Department
Education changes life
and after graduation plans to trans-
fer to the Adult Education
Department of ‘Gardner-Webb
College and work toward a B. S.
degree in human services. Her goal
is to open a home for underprivi-
leged geared to women her own
age who want to better themselves.
As sceretary to Kings Mountain
resident Melba Huffstetler in
Gaston College's Department of
Human Resources, Gwen describes
herself as a Girl Friday, handling
with case the paper work for scver-
al departments and serving also as
See Feemster, 3-A
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A light vote is being predicted in
Tuesday's run-off primaries both
by political observers and the can-
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close
at 7:30 p.m. at the No. 4 Township
polling places: East Kings
Mountain at the Community
Center; West Kings Mountain at
The National Guard Armory;
Bethware at David Baptist Church
Fellowship Building; Grover at
Grover Rescue Squad; and Waco at
Waco Town Hall.
Cleveland County Democrats
will return to the polls Tuesday to
determine two nominees from
among four candidates for seats on
the county board of commission-
Cleveland County Republicans,
in a state-wide runoff, will choose
between two nominees for
Superintendent of Public
In the county commission race,
incumbents Joe Cabaniss and Jack
Spangler, and challengers Cecil
Dickson and Sam Gold face off for
the two Democratic slots on the
November general election ballot.
In the May 5 primary only E.T.
Vanhoy collected enough votes to
avoid a runoff, leading the field of
11 candidates for three seats up for
grabs on the board.
Vanhoy and the two top voteget-
ters Tuesday will face Republicans
Charlie Harry, incumbent; Johnny
See Runoff, 3-A
The four Democratic candidates
for two seats on the Cleveland
County Board of Commissioners
agree that the county board should
not initiate a merger of the county's
three school systems:
The two incumbents--chairman
Joe Cabaniss and two-term mems
ber Jack Spangler--face two stronf;
challengers running for change’ in
the persons of political newcomers
Cecil Dickson, owner of Dickson
Auto Supply in Shelby, and Sam
Gold, carpenter for Duke Power
Company. Spangler is a business-
man and truck driver from
Lawndale and Cabaniss is director
of business development for First
Carolina Federal Savings Bank in
A third Democrat, former high-
way patrolman E. T. Vanhoy was
the only one of 11 Democrats to
win a clear majority at the May pri-
mary. Vanhoy and the two winners
of the Democratic runoff Tuesday
will face Republicans Charlie
Harry, incumbent, Iohiiny Short,
and Robert Williams in November.
See Issue, 9-A
Kings Mountain to run
natural gas to Woodbridge
City Council told Woodbridge
property owners Tuesday night
they can expect a gas contract by
March 21,1994 with tentative com-
pletion date for gas lines in place
by Fall 1994.
The action came after a two-
hour executive session and fol-
lowed a letter from Byron
Hendricks of Woodbridge
Homeowners Association pushing
for a commitment from the city.
Woodbridge wants to buy gas
from Kings Mountain but if Kings
Mountain won't supply it they said
they would go to Shelby.
Mayor Scott Neisler said a ball-
park figure for the construction of
the line is $200,000. "If enough
people tic on to the line the line
. would soon-pay for itself.”
Neisler said he thinks about 16
property owners are interested in
gas at this point but once the city
makes a decision where to run the
linc--from Stoney Point Road or
Oak Grove Road--that others will
want to tie-on. i
Woodbridge residents have said
the city has hedged for some
months on their requests for gas
"We thought it only fair and rca-
sonable to give them some dead-
line to go on," said Neisler,
By direction of the board, City
Manager George Wood will draft a
letter to the Homeowners
Council also authorized Wood (0 =
accept the low bids on street im- of
provements on City Street and¥
City Council axes shrubbery
City fathers won't spend S2100
for shrubbery on Country Club
Drive anytime soon.
"How can we justify money for
beautification when we can't raise
employees and repair streets,?”
asked Ward 2 Commissioner Jim
"We turned down Arts Council
and Little. Theatre requests and
need to pay for sewer lines,” he
said. "Let's look at other projects
The vote was 6-1 against accept-
ing the low bid for low line shrubs
to replace the crabapple trees that
city crews removed from Co
runs in the median, City N
George Wood recommend@d (hat
nance and give better visibility.
Council approved @licr public
hearing a request fordrezoning of
4.08 acres from Bafret!'s Floor
Covering for anguddition on
Compact School R@#d. No one op:
posed the rezonigk. Councilman
See City, 9-A