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Volunteer work rewarding
for Rhonda Spearman
VOL. 104 NO. 81
Trailer park ordinance may be repea
Thursday, July 30, 1992
A natural gas system expansion
to serve 67 potential city customers
on Old Home Place Road off
Patterson Grove Grove Road was
approved by City Council Tuesday.
Property owners on Old Home
Place Road and Bessie Drive peti-
tioned the city to run the gas lines
so they could tap on to an existing
gas line on Scism Road.
Signing the petition were Sam
and Julia Nichols, Hubert and
Kathy Ledford, Robert L. Craig,
Ronald D. Maples, Keith and Kim
Ramey, James W. Ramey, Michael
E. Camp, all of Old Home Place
Natural Jas approved for community
Road, and Advanced Truss
Systems on Bessy Drive.
Cost of the extension of the
lines is $17,929.00.
City Manager George Wood said
“the cost of the extension should
pay off in 5-6 years and funds are
available. He said city workers
will begin the installation within
the next week or two with the in-
stallations to be completed in three
weeks. Wood said residents want to
heat their homes with gas and in-
stall gas-fueled water heaters.
In other actions, the board:
Received the bid of $6,300 and
a 5 percent deposit of $315.00
from New Bynum Chapel. AME
Zion Church on Cansler Street for
a’ vacant lot of 0.85 acres adjoin-
ing the church and authorized ad-
vertisenfent for upset bids.
Adopted resolution authorizing
the sale of real property, a vacant
lot; on Ellis Street to St. Paul
United Methodist Church. Closipg
of the sale will take place within 90
days. The appraised value of the
property is $6,300.
Issued a special use permit al-
lowing the removal of trees on the
See Gas, 10-A
he said.
that lasts
Of The Herald Staff
.~ When Lynne Mauney holds her
11-months-old healthy, happy
grandson Hunter Davis in her arms
‘she counts her blessings.
Mauney has given the gift of
life-- nearly seven gallons of
blood-- to the American Red
Cross--and husband, Charles,
Mauney Hosiery sRerulive; has
given 13 gallons.
- When their four chile were
seniors in high school and planning
beach trips they were instructed
that if they were "old enough to be
away from home they were old
enough to give blood.” They did
just that.
It isn't unusual that the busy
“homemaker should promote blood-
“giving and its importance. Lynne
and two of her daughters share the
same blood type, the rare RH nega:
tive. :
Lynne became active in the
Cleveland County Red Cross
Chapter more than 30 years ago
but her staunch support of the Red
‘prompted her to become involved
Mountain blood chairman, and
‘Region. This year she co-chaired
d highly successful ARC |
a lifetime
Cross began as a water safety i in-
structor at Duke University in
1958 when she saved a victim from
The need to teach swimming
skills to adult non-swimmers
in the Cleveland County Chapter
and she has been chapter chairman,
national committee member, dele-
gate to national conventions, Kings
long active on the division and re-
gional advisory council and board
of directors of the greater Carolinas
the first.
ladies golf classic. In 1986 she
was honored with a 25 year service
award from the Cleveland Chapter.
She is also former recipient of the
Margaret Noell Award given to the
most outstanding female volunteer.
At the 75th anniversary meeting
July 9 the local chapter honored
her with the prestigious Lifetime
See Lynne, 6-A
Kings Mountain People LL | re)
Lynne gives the gitt Gi
A 1991 city ordinance which would phase out
mobile home parks in the city in 1996 will probably
be repealed by the Kings Mountain City Council fol-
lowing an August 25 public hearing.
Council called the public hearing at Tuesday
night's regular mec ing, referring the matter to the
Kings Mountain Planing & Zoning Board for rec-
ommendation of the zoning change at its August 20
City Manager George Wood said the city passed
the ordinance January 29, 1991 but it's likely it could
be overturned by the state. "Certain uses of amortiza-
tion for removal of billboards, junk cars, and adult
establishments had wide support of a legislative
study commission but there was no support for amor-
tization for removal of non-conforming trailer parks,"
Lynne Mauney holds her 11-month-old grandson Hunter Davis in
her arms as she talks about the Red Cross blood program, the love
of her life besides her family and church.
Bill Stone, 58, succumbs
Family, church, and the Lions
Club were priorities for William
Boyd "Bill" Stone, he told The
Herald recently during an inter-
view about his service work.
Stone, 58, died Tuesday at 1:05
a.m. at Kings Mountain Hospital.
He had been diagnosed with cancer
two months ago.
The personable service clerk at
Harris-Teeter for over 30 years,
Stone's friendly personality en-
deared him to customers and his
wit as a tailtwister in the Kings
Mountain Lions Club initiated him
into many other areas of club work.
He was a past president of the club
and was honored recently with a
on street
Golfers won't be able to park on
Country Club Drive when the park-
ing lot at the Country Club fills up
for big golf games.
Kings Mountain City Council
voted unanimously Tuesday night.
to make both sides of the road and
the median "off limits" to cars and
instructed Chief of Police Warren
Goforth to put up "no parking"
signs and crack down on violators.
Both Commissioners Jim
Guyton and Jerry White called at-
tention to the traffic hazard caused
by cars parking on both sides of the
road leading to the Country Club
and in the center of the traffic is-
The city recently resurfaced and
installed curbing. White said park-
ing between the islands has caused
ongestion and blockage when
jarking at the Country Club be-
-omes limited. "Fire trucks can't
set through,” said White.
See Parking, 10-A
pin for collecting $5,000 for the
Lions Club white cane project for
the blind.
Lion Dougle Davis said that
Stone worked for the Lions during
his vacation every year, calling on
businesses and neighbors to sell the
white canes to help the blind of the
community. "The White Cane pro-
ject was his thing and he loved it,"
said Davis. Stone joined the Lions
Club 11 years ago and was induct-
ed by Luther Bennett.
Davis said Stone was a lifelong
member of Grace United
Methodist Church. "He did so
many generous things for people,
the church, and the Lions club that
to cancer
he kept secret. He was just that
kind of caring man," said Davis.
Before he became hospitalized,
Stone joined other members of his
family on the annual trip to the
beach two weeks ago. "He always
looked forward to family outings,"
said Davis.
A King Mountain native, Stone
was the son of the late Jack and
Viola Putnam Stone. He was a
graduate of Kings Mountain High
Surviving are one brother, Gene
Stone, and one sister, Mary
Valentine, both of Kings Mountain.
_ See Stone, 2-A
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Larry Hamrick Sr., left, was elected vice- chairman, Bonnie Plaster was Ceci ‘secretary, and Jim
Crawley was elected chairman of the newly-organized Cleveland County Economic Development Board
Tuesday at a meeting in Kings Mountain,
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“Should the legislature pass a bill outlawing ‘what
Council wanted to do, it would be a waste of taxpay-
"The opinion of the N.C. League of Municipalities
was that the city had a good case in court but would
not win in the General Assembly."
He said the city's position now is to wait until
General Statutes are passed dealing with amortiza-
tion of trailer parks and to rescind the two ordinances
now on the books.
The rescinding of the ordinance would mean that
residents of three mobile home parks - West Gate,
Deal Street Mobile Home Park, and East Gold Street
Mobile Home Park - won't have to move out in five
years. And, they won't have to comply with the more
stringent zoning laws which under the new ordi-
nance applied to non-conforming mobile home
See Ordinance, 6-A
Firestone to build
new plant near KM
The Firestone Fibers & Textiles
Company of Gastonia finalized an
agreement Monday with Rob and
Claude Suber of Kings Mountain
for 78 acres of land near Kings
Mountain for a new tire cord and
industrial woven fabric facility to
employ 450 people.
Charles R. Ramsey, president of
the firm, said construction will be-
gin in mid-October with comple-
tion in June 1993.
The cost of the land, plant, and
equipment will be about $20 mil-
Lior, said Donny Hicks, director of
+ the Gaston Economic Developnient
+ Commission.
Kings Mountain City Council
Tuesday night during an executive
session voted to authorize water,
sewer, and natural gas services to
the plant which will be located off
the southern frontage road of I-85
between 161 and Canterbury Road
at Crowders Mountain in Gaston
The plant will use an estimated
200,000 gallons of water per day,
with 20,000 gallons going into
waste water through gravity feed
to the Crowders Creek Wastewater
Treatment Plant.
City officials have been talking
with Hicks, Gaston County
Planning Director Larry Hurlocker,
and Shelby realtor John Barker,
along with plant officials and the
property owners, for several
months on the high profile site,
meeting in executive session to dis-
cuss industrial recruitment.
It is the second industrial an-
nouncement in this area recently,
following the announcement by
Dye-Tech of Kings Mountain.
Framing of the new plant is under
way and opening date set for
"We're very pleased that the ef-
forts of both counties have paid off
to land Firestone for this area," said
Mayor Scott Neisler.
The company officials looked at"
about 20 sites in Gaston County:
before settling on the property
which is a portion of a large I-85
corridor more commonly called the
old Kings Mountain Corporate
Center. There are several hundred.
more acres on both the Cleveland
See Firestone, 10-A
Russian visits in KM
Tatjana Alekseeva, 44, watched
the 1991 coup in Russia from her
apartment balcony, initially with
disappointment and fear, and then,
gradually with hope rising as it be-
came apparent the coup was fail-
The Russian native and UNCC
visiting professor shared some of
her observations on upheaval of
her homeland during a visit with
Glee and Martha Bridges Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Bridges visited
Russia in 1988 when communism
was rampant and saw an entirely
different Russia from the one that
three local couples visited recently.
Food shortages aren't a problem
now and there are no long lines at -
the grocery stores, said Alekseeva,”
who said the food that arrived this
winter from the United States and
other countries really helped.
The problem, she says, is infla-
tion, up 300 percent. There is little
money to buy the food. The cost of-
bread goes up as many as four
times in one day. Since everyone
works for the state, the wages are
low. She said in Russia her salary
is about $20 a month in American
"We hear that the cold war is
over but keep in mind that the
Soviet Union wants to be the num-
See Russia, 6-A
EDC sees good future
The chairman of the newly-or-
Cleveland County
Economic Development Board Jim
Crawley predicts "corporate good
results in the community with
broader participation in a spirit of
He said the first priority of the
new board will be to hire a full-
time executive director.
Crawley, plant ‘manager of
Polygram Manufacturing &
Distribution of Kings Mountain,
was scated along with other offi-
cers Larry Hamrick Sr., Kings
Mountain realtor, and Bonnic
Plaster, sceretary, on Tuesday fol-
lowing a noon organizational mect-
ing at Holiday Inn. Crawley served
on the former board as vice-chair-
County Manager Lane
Alexander presided at the clection
of the executive committee.
He said the concept of a nine-
member board offered broader par-
ticipation county-wide from citics,
water districts, and Chambers of
Commerce and met the unanimous
approval of the county board of
commissioners which has budgeted
$94,000 for economic development
in next year's budget.
The $3,000 annual payment
from the board members will also
help fund the salary of the first ¢x-
ccutive director who must hold a
certificate from the Economic
Development Institute, in addition
to other qualifications to be spelled
out in a job description under
scrutiny by board members. The
position is expected to be adver-
tiscd by the interview/recruitment
committee of the board at annual
salary of $34,950-$50,850.
Alexander explained the make-
up of the board, which includes
four county appointees in the per-
sons of Crawley, Hamrick, Jack
Mabry and Jim Boggs; Plaster
{rom the City of Shelby; Al Moretz
from the City of Kings Mountain;
Milt Holloman, chairman of the
former EDC board for three years
from the Cleveland Chamber of
Commerce; Rick Howell from the
See EDC, 10-A

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