VOL. 104 NO. 48
A textile art exhibit at Cleveland
Community College and textile
speakers in the community's 4th
grades highlight the area's obser-
vance of Textile Week.
The art show, featuring artwork
by artists from the two Carolinas
and Virginia, is being held in lieu
of Textile Olympics and is expect-
ed to draw art lovers from a wide
area to the Shelby campus.
Rita Lawing of Clevemont Mills
in Kings Mountain is chairman of
the textile design show, open to the
public during school hours and on
display in the CCC auditorium.
Marlene Reynolds, of Parkdale
Mills in Kings Mountain and
Randy Allen of Clevemont Mills,
are leading industrial talks in the
4th grades of the KM District
Schools and Ronnie Blackburn of
Doran Textiles of Shelby is leading
talks in 4th grades of the county
and Shelby systems.
Chairman of the celebration is
Kathy Poe and treasurer is Brenda
Lemmons, both of Doran Textiles
of Shelby. Randy Patterson of
Grover Industries headed up the
committee on fair booth exhibits at
the Cleveland County Fair.
Other members of the textile
week committee are Kelly England
of RT Industries of Shelby, Lillian
Harmon and Mike Wright of
Cleveland Industries of Lawndale,
Jack Waters, Frank Wilkins, and
Chris Heaton of Doran.
Other industrial sponsors are
Dicey Mills of Shelby and
Spectrum Dyed Yarns of Kings
At Clevemont Mills employees
are taking part in a health fair this
week. "Our health room looks like
a M*A*S*H unit," said Lawing.
BUSH TRAIN WAHISTLED, BUT DIDN'T STOP
- Since 1889 -
Thursday, Gctober 22, 1992
President George Bush rides through Kings Mountain Wednesday morning on whistle-stop tour of
KM ‘gateway’ to growth
County looks to future
The Cleveland County of
Tomorrow could include a regional
airport, a regional recreation com-
plex, a consolidated school system
and more industrial parks with
higher paying jobs.
Bill McCoy, of the Urban
Institute of UNC at Charlotte, out-
lined some of the goals Tuesday
night of a task force of more than
150 people and sub-committees
numbering nearly 500 working to-
gether for nearly two years to plan
future growth of the county.
"We know that school consoli-
dation is coming and we need to be
prepared,” said McCoy who said
that 650 people contacted during a
telephone survey agreed with the
subcommittees identifying the is-
sues and the keys to the future as
education and economic develop-
"As Charlotte becomes more
crowded people are moving out to
smaller communities. People don't
mind commuting and Kings
Mountain is in an ideal location,"
said Sherrill Roberts, data collector
on the Institute staff.
"Kings Mountain is the gateway
to industrial growth in the county,"
said KM Chamber of Commerce
President Ruby Alexander, one of
the five panelists for the first town
meeting at Barnes Auditorium,
Alexander said the county has be-
come more unified as the result of
the work done by the task force
and she is excited about the future.
"How can we fail when we all
work together?" asked Meg
Kessler of Kings Mountain, mem-
bership director for the Cleveland
Chamber of Commerce.
Although Tuesday's kickoff
Former Legion baseball head
Carl Wilson dead at age 74
Carl Franklin Wilson, 74, of 809
Monroe Ave., was a big Atlanta
Braves baseball fan.
Wilson died October 20, 1992 at
Carolina Medical Center after a
lingering illness with cancer but
not before he saw the Braves win
the National League pennant.
"Dad was pleased that the
Braves made it to the World Series
and watched every game until
Sunday night when he entered the
hospital,” said his son, Jerry. "Dad
had his tomahawk out at home and
was really enjoying the games."
Besides his family and church,
Wilson said baseball was the love
of his father's life. Former
American Legion Baseball
Commissioner, he liked to see kids
enjoy the sport and worked long
and hard with young boys who
wanted to pitch and swing their
bats when he was the state com-
missioner for the veteran's organi-
A native of Forsyth County, he
moved to Kings Mountain in 1928
and retired in 1983 from Foote
Mincral Company after 30 years as
superintendent of maintenance.
He was working in the
See Wilson, 2-A
meeting was sparsely attended,
several people applauded the work
of representatives from the county,
Kings Mountain, Boiling Springs
and Shelby and none opposed the
far-reaching goals outlined by
Panelists reminded the audience
. that input is needed and that four
other town meetings will be held
on the same format to get people's
concerns and their ideas.
Speakers said the county is a
sleeper now but in a good position
to market its communities. "You'll
be left behind if you don"t," said
McCoy said the steering com-
mittee, task force and town meet-
ings are designed to give more sug-
gestions on how the county can
See Cleveland, 12-A
DR. BILL McCOY
Kings Mountain, N
ride by KM
Crowds estimated at between
6,000-7,000 lined the Southern
railroad tracks from Grover to
Kings Mountain Wednesday to
cheer President George Bush and
wave American flags as he passed
through on a whistle-stop cam-
paign tour of the Carolinas.
"You kids work hard and listen
to your teachers," Bush told 500
Grover students in a crowd of over
1,000 who lined the tracks in
Grover as the colorful "Spirit of
America" slowed but picked up
speed by the time it reached Kings
Kings Mountain people got up
early Wednesday morning to stand
along the tracks and to sit on
* bleachers and yard chairs to be a
part of history.
The excitement mounted as the
KMHS Blazer band started playing
spirited patriotic music.
The first train came through
town, evoking some humor from
the crowd. "Maybe Perot bought
out the President's train," said one
onlogker with a camera in one
hand, a flag in the other and
Bush/Quayle signs in front of him.
When a helicopter was seen
overhead, excited children in the
crowd could hardly wait.
‘Students from East and West
Elementary Schools mounted big
signs "Welcome Mr. President”
and "You Can't Have It Both Ways
Bill" along with more red, yellow
and green signs from the adults,
"It's A Matter of Trust," and stop
signs made by elementary students,
" Please Mr. President, Stop In
"There were no protesters along
the route and no Clinton/Gore and
Perot signs. "It would have been
tacky to display other signs when
he's the President of the United
States,” said one onlooker.
Mr. President didn't stop in
Kings Mountain and it appeared
his train was going much faster
than speeds the advance publicity
teams had advertised. "Trains ap-
pear to be going much faster to a
person standing still," said Chief of
Police Warren Goforth.
We want Bush, we want Bush"
shouted the children.
"I feel like I'm 10 years old my-
self,” said Cindy Bell.
As the train reached the main
portion of the business district, the
cheers swelled as the band played
"Hail to The Chief." In a brief mo-
ment, the president's car, the last
one on the long passenger train,
had passed under the overhead
bridge decorated with the big Stars
and Stripes. Standing on the obser-
vation deck, the President waved to
"He really looks younger and
rested,” said air onlocker. "I'm sur-
Pamela Ruppe got up at 4:30
a.m. to find a place to stand at the
railroad tracks. Tm voting for Bush
because he's experienced and be-
cause of his record the past four
years," she said. ;
Roxanne Gaffney, Lauren, 4,
Lindsay, 9, and Hunter, 7, and
Cindy Stinchcomb, Kimberly ,9,
and Ashley, 6, all Bush fans, had
signs and flags and stood in a
roped off section where kids could
get a good view of the tracks.
See Bush, Page 9-A
Is water, sewer
rate increase next?
An increase in water and sewer
rates may be proposed by the city
utility commission at its Thursday
meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Tom Howard, Director of
Community Services, says the item
is up for discussion at the meeting.
City Council talked about anoth-
er increase in water and sewer rates
during a planning session last
spring and indicated the additional
hike could come later this year.
Council has the final say on recom-
mendations by the utility commis-
Howard said the commission
will also ask for funding for a
small utility building for the elec-
tric department to be built on
Public Works property on North
97% of United Fund
dollars remain in KM
Kings Mountain United Fund
President Pat Carter wants Kings
Mountain people to know that
KMUF is not a member of the na-
tional United Way organization and
majority of the funds stay here
He made the remarks this week
as drive leaders held a first report
meeting marking the completion of
21 percent of its goal--or
$25,067.00 raised as of today. The
goal of the campaign for 16 agen-
cies is $121,500.00.
"Ninety-seven percent of all the
money raised in Kings Mountain
stays in Kings Mountain," said
Carter, exccutive officer of.
Clevemont Mills, who said that
three percent of the funds are used
for administrative costs. "Local
people need not be concerned that
their money may go for national
dues. It will not."
Campaign chairman Maude
Norris urged volunteers to com-
plete their solicitation work as soon
as possible. She said she will put a
thermometer board in the business
district to record the results of the
campaign on a weckly basis.
Gifts to Kings Mountain United
Fund will benefit American Red
See United Fund, 12-A
Tree trimming, a report of a
study on city lake and Davidson
lake dams, and a report on moni-
toring wells at Pilot Creek and
Moss Lake Spillway will be dis-
Joe Champion will present a re-
quest for sewer extension to his
residence on Stoney Point/Oak
Howard will also update the
commission on the installation of
1100 feet of 12 inch water lines
from Shelby Road to Countryside
Road to serve Dye-Tech, a new in-
dustry which plans a November
Chairman Al Moretz will con-
duct the meeting in the second
floor conference room at the
Governmental Facilities Center.