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with the Causbys
KM Juniors play
for Area IV championship
VOL. 104 NO. 29
By RENEE WALSER
Of The Herald Staff
The heat hasn't broken any
records, according to local weather
buff Kenneth Kitzmiller, but we're
getting there, he said Tuesday.
And air conditioners and fans
are selling well, said Bobby
Childers, owner of C & C Heating
and Cooling in Kings Mountain.
"The business is real good, let's
‘put it that way," he said this week.
Temperatures, according to WA-
DA-Shelby, have been in the mid-
90s since the middle of last week.
Kitzmiller said Monday had a
high of 99 degrees and we haven't
seen any moisture since July 6,
which brought 0.11 inches, just a
| wig-aY But things are starting to look a
little cooler for this weekend. The
forecast has a few clouds moving
in Friday and Saturday, and with
them, the temperature will be about
88 for a high and 70 for the low.
Childers had a few tips on how
fans to beat the heat.
"After about 90 degrees, you're
just circulating air," said Childers.
He recommended ceiling fans,
which work well with or without
Maintenance on your air condi-
See Weather, 3-A
to best utilize air conditioners and
Shades of Grandma's Day!
Plonk Brothers is turning the clock
back and will soon be offering a
one-stop-shopping store and
changing its name to Plonk's
The third generation Plonk, Carl
Plonk, 29, grandson of the founder
John O. Plonk Sr., got the idea to
sell everything under one roof as
his grandfather did before him.
Plonk signed in June with The
Cotter Company of Chicago, a na-
tional and international cooperative
with buying power for over 10,000
member stores and an annual vol-
ume in excess of $2 billion.
What this means for Kings
Mountain customers of the 93-
year-old firm, the city's oldest and
operated by the family throughout
its history, is that Plonk's is under-
going a major facelifting and will
soon departmentalize, offering ev-
erything from thread to crafts, vari-
ety merchandise, hardware items,
picture frames, school and office -
supplies, postage stamps, flowers,
jewelry, candies, luggage, fabric,
brand name, high quality men's and
ladies clothing, shoes, and in-
fantwear. In addition customer ser-
vices will include UPS and
. Federal Express shipping, bottled
gas availability, custom framing,
Cotter charge accounts, shoe re-
pair, free alterations, and craft
Refixturing and renovating the
interior of the store got underway
this week in the expanded Men's
Department in the on-street corner
building of the 15,000 square feet
store on Railroad Avenue. Front
awnings will soon stretch the
length of the two buildings. About
one-fifth of the floor space in the
main department store will house
ladies ready-to-wear. Other areas in
See Plonk, 3-A
First Habitat home
dedicated in town
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Brian and Nancy Curry and their
children, Latoya and Rodney,
opened their new Habitat house for
a tour of 75 people Saturday morn-
ing following a worship service
dedicating the house built by car-
ing hands of the community.
"It's a miracle," said Curry, de-
scribing his joy of being the occu-
pant of Kings Mountain's first
Habitat for Humanity house. Curry
will be repaying an interest-free
loan to Habitat and volunteering
500 "sweat hours" himself to help
build another home going up in
Mrs. Curry echoed her husband's
joy and the children enthusiastical-
ly gave visitors a tour of the three-
bedroom, 1,000 square feet house
on North Tracy Street. The house
was built with labor by Kings
Mountain area volunteers, includ-
ing young people from the carpen-
try class at Kings Mountain High
School and donations by business-
es and church people.
Mayor Scott Neisler said the
movement by Kings Mountain
people to share Habitat's theme of
providing "a decent house for ev-
ery family" was a moving, reli-
gious experience for the many peo-
ple who participated and for him
"I get really choked up when I
think of what has happened here,"
he said as he stood at the front of a
huge tent that city workers put up
to shield the 90-plus degree tem-
peratures on Saturday from the
group who gathered for the dedica- -
- "Unless the Lord build the
house," said the psalmist,"those
who build it labor in vain."
That psalm set the theme of the
dedicatory remarks by Dr. Eric
Faust, pastor of First Presbyterian
Church, and the prayers offered by
Rev. Bob Little, pastor of Central
United Methodist Church, Rev.
Bob Collins, pastor of Kings
Mountain Baptist Church, Rev.
D.C. Wilson, pastor of Ebenezer
Baptist Church, and by Rev. John
White, who chairs the county's
Habitat of Humanity Chapter.
"I have never in my life seen the
cooperation that I've seen here -
the white and the black, the rich
and the poor," White said.
. "Everyone came together to build
Neisler gave White a key to the
city and an appreciation plaque
from to the city and White gave the
Currys a key to their new home
and a Bible.
The drive to build a Habitat for
Humanity house in Kings
Mountain began last spring when
KM City Council voted to give
Cleveland County's Habitat for
Humanity the Tracy Street lot. By
October, a foundation was in place
“and volunteers had begun building
the house. It was built for less than
$20,000. Today, the house alone is
worth nearly $30,000.
"The Lord built this house," said
Faust. "Not by a bright flash of
light or a loud rumbling and shak-
ing of the earth or by a sudden,
dramatic appearance. The Lord
built this house through the hands
of ordinary people."
See Habitat, 3-A
Thursday, July 16, 1992
foe WE PO ed
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086 +35¢
Jake Call is manager of Advance Auto Parts which holds grand opening Friday at 10 a.m. in the old
TG&Y building on Shelby Road.
Carl Plonk stands in front of Plonk Brothers, which is changing its name to Plonk's General Store.
Major changes are underway in the town's oldest business.
Rev. John White presents the keys to their new home to Nancy
and Brian Curry and their children, Rodney and Latoya, as Mayor
Scott Neisler, second from left, and Morris Lacey, a member of the
board of Habitat for Humanity, look on. Kings Mountain's first
Habitat for Humanity house at 103-A North Tracy Street was dedi-
Campbell at Demo convention :
Rev. M. L. Campbell of Kings
Mountain is a delegate from the
9th Congressional District to the
national Democratic convention
underway in New York City's
Madison Square Garden through
An active Democrat for many
years, Campbell is among 98 dele-
gates and 14 alternate delegates.
North Carolina has the 11th largest
delegation at the convention.
Campbell is the only delegate from
Campbell was chosen, along
with the other delegates, at 12 dis-
trict meetings throughout the state
in May. The delegates were rati-
fied at the state convention in June.
The remainder of the delegation
See Campbell, 3-A
Advance Auto Parts will hold
grand opening Frday at its 246th
store at 1316 Sk ‘by Road in the
old TG&Y buildir 3.
A "ribbon" of «10 bills will be
cut and donate¢ to the Kings
Mountain Rescue Squad at 10 a.m.
and will mark the official opening
of the store. 5
Mayor Scott Neisler and Jake
Call, store manager, will share the
scissors and present the $200 rib-
bon to Greg Smith, representative
of the Kings Mountain Rescue
"Advance Auto Parts has a long
association with rescue squads,"
Garnett Smith, Advance president,
said. "Arthur Taubman, who
founded our company in 1932, was
involved, in the establishment of
the first rescue squad in Roanoke,
Virginia. We hope to work closely
with these groups in all areas
where we have outlets. We think
they provide an invaluable ser-
The newest Advance Store will
be managed by Jake Call, formerly .
of Wilmington and a native of
Hudson, Call has opened two other
stores for Advance since he joined,
the firm three years ago. Call, who
owned and operated Technician
Shop in Granite Falls for six years,
has built racing cars and raced in
late model, stock, dirt, and duro
events for many years. A certified:
technician, he has won 30 certifi-
cates in automotive mechanics.
"With my background in vehicle
parts we take pride in offering a:
customer-service shop in over
6,500 square feet of floor space,”
said Call. He said one feature of:
the business will be a recycling
center for old car batteries for
which the company will pay one
dollar each. The recycling depart-
See Advance, 3-A
M .L. CAMPBELL
Ex-councilman Nicholson dead +
Former city commissioner
Corbet Nicholson helped organize
the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad
in the basement of the old City
Hall in the 1950's when the first
equipment was a donated ambu-
lance, wooden splints, and
The lifetime member and former
Captain of the all-volunteer squad
died at his home at 901 Henry
Street July 13 at the age of 67.
Nicholson was employed as City
of Kings Mountain Gas
Superintendent in the early 1960's.
He served on City Council from |
Ward 3 from 1973-87.
He was owner of Nicholson
Heating & Air-Conditioning
Company. He was a Mason,
Shriner, veteran of the U.S. Marine
Corps during World War II, and a
See Corbet, 3-A