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VOL. 104 NO. 45
Thursday, November 5, 1992
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086 +35¢
Republican Lauch Faircloth un-
seated his former friend Terry
Sanford in North Carolina's U.S.
Senate race Tuesday.
Unofficial statewide results
showed Faircloth with about 52
percent of the vote to 42 for the
former North Carolina Governor
Lauch Faircloth wins
and former President of Duke
Faircloth, a 64-year-old farmer
and former Democrat, trailed the
75-year-old Sanford in the polls
until less than two weeks ago when
Sanford was hospitalized for heart
See Faircloth, 3-A
Cleveland County Democrats
completed their clean sweep of the
Board of Commissioners Tuesday
by ousting the lone survivor,
Republican Charlie Harry of
Two Democrat members of the
board - Joe Cabiness and Jack
Spangler - lost in the May primary
to the three men who won seats in
Tuesday's election, E.T. Van Hoy,
Sam Gold and Cecil Dickson.
Van Hoy, a retired Highway
Patrolman, led the voting Tuesday,
just as he did in the May
Democratic primary. He collected
16,327 votes to 15,708 for Dickson
and 15,043 for Gold.
Harry and fellow Republicans
“Johnny Short and Robert Williams
The old adage "As Maine goes,
so goes the nation" held true in
Tuesday's Presidential election as
Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas
unseated President George Bush.
With 98 percent of the precincts
counted at the Herald's Wednesday
morning press deadline, Clinton
had won 32 states and 360 elec-
toral votes (270 are needed for
election) while Bush had won only
17 states and 160 electoral votes.
Clinton won 43 percent of the
popular vote with more than 42
million votes while Bush took 38
percent and over 37 million votes.
Independent Texas billionaire Ross
Perot won 18 percent and 18 mil-
lion votes, but no electoral votes.
While much of the country felt it
was time for a change, voters in
Kings Mountain and Cleveland
County apparently were happy
with the way the Bush administra-
tion had led the nation during the
past four years. They gave the
Republican a narrow victory over
Clinton, with Bush collecting
13,647 votes (43.8 percent) to
13,039 votes for Clinton (41.8 per-
cent).- Perot ran third with 3,784
votes (12.1 percent).
Bush carried 13 of the 23
Cleveland County precincts, win-
ning over Clinton at Bethware
(932 to 505), Boiling Springs (592-
416), Casar (371-158), Fallston
See Clinton, 3-A
going back to Raleigh
Jim Hunt wins
Kings Mountain's Ollie Harris
and John Weatherly will be return-
ing to Raleigh after scoring big
victories in Tuesday's election.
Harris was elected to his 10th
term in the State Senate, defeating
political newcomer Dennis Davis
of Lattimore in the race for the
37th district seat.
Weatherly, who served one term
before losing in the 1990 election,
ran second in the race for the three
|. seats from House District 48.
Lutz were reelect
Harris, who lost two years ago
due to a heavy Republican victory
unt and Edith
Mountain and Shelby,” Harris stat-
ed. "It couldn't have been any bet-
Harris said he looks forward to
returning to Raleigh and serving
"The main thing is to go up there
and see how much appropriations
in Gaston and Lincoln counties, re-
ceived 23,053 votes in the re-struc-
tured 37th District, while Davis, a
Crest High School teacher, re-
A big margin in Kings Mountain
and Shelby precincts were the keys
for Harris, who won Cleveland
you've got and see where the need
is, and spend the money wisely,"
Harris expects to continue his
work on health and mental health
problems in the state, areas in
which he gained an unmatched rep-
utation as a leader in his previous
did not have opposition in the May
Republican primary. Harry, a one-
term commissioner, ran the
strongest of the three with 14,947
f votes, while Short received 9,849
and Williams 9,266.
Harry ran strong in his native
Sharon Earney, at computer, went back to school at the new Parent Resource Center which opened two
weeks ago at West School. Looking on is trainer Barbara Bridges. There is no cost to the adult education
Grover and in the large Shelby and
King Mountain precincts, and at
Bethware, but his opponents domi-
nated in other areas of the county.
The Grover Industries executive
led with 979 votes in Bethware,
269 in Casar, 544 in Grover, 1,151,
in West Kings Mountain, 1,217 in
Shelby #2 and 1,117 in Shelby #7.
Van Hoy carried seven precincts
and ran strong in all of the county's
23 precincts. He was particularly
popular in the rural areas of upper
Gold carried five precincts, in-
cluding East Kings Mountain
where he received 852 votes, Holly
Springs, Mooresboro, Polkville and
Rippy. Dickson led at Boiling
Springs, Fallston, Shelby #4 and
Van Hoy garnered 52.4 percent
of the vote and Dickson 50.4. None
of the other candidates topped the
50 percent mark.
A total of 31,141 voters went to
the polls. The county has 45,182
One way to assure that the less fortunate children have toys
and clothes is to contribute to the Kings Mountain Empty
Let's fill this stocking
Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to begin
thinking about what to give our loved ones. When you make
your list, don't forget those less fortunate.
Some children in the Kings Mountain area will not have
presents under their tree if their neighbors don't reach out to
Adults learn new skills
in West Resource program
After being out of high school
17 years and raising two teenagers
Sharon Earney is learning key-
boarding and using a word proces-
sor almost every day at the new
Parent Resource Center at West
"I was here when the doors
opened two weeks ago and find it a
good opportunity to learn what my
kids are learning so I can help them
with their homework," said Earney,
who said her typing was "a little
rusty" but she has picked up speed.
"She's a good student,” says
Barbara Plonk Bridges, the KM
District School's Parent-Teacher
Trainer for the Chapter I-funded
program which is available to not
only the parents of the 300-plus
The fund, beginning its fourth year, is sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Ministerial Association and Kings Mountain Herald.
Its sole purpose is to provide Christmas for children while other
arms of the Ministerial Association and other groups provide
assistance during crisis situations throughout the year.
All gifts - no matter how great or small - will be appreciated.
You may give in honor or in memory of a loved one, give
unanimously, or give in licu of exchanging gifts or Christmas
Churches, individuals, businesses and civic clubs are invited
Donations may be taken to Home Federal
Savings Bank and deposited in a special
account there; or they may be mailed to The
Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1461, Kings
Mountain, N.C. 28086. All donations are tax
Title I students but to all interested
A planning meeting of adults in-
terested in adult education classes
two mornings a week at West
school will be held November 10
at 9 a.m. Adults can improve their
reading and basic skills or study to
receive their high school diplomas.
Or, they can visit the Resource
Center and find a number of helps,
including tapes, books, pamphlets,
support services, computer classes,
videos, and parent conferences to
help them help their children.
Mothers like Earney and Valerie
Shipp are taking advantage of the
Center's software and reading pro-
gram for adults. Shipp is learning
to type and is interested in a course
on time management. Both house-
wives say the computer instruction
will be valuable when they apply
for jobs. Earney formerly operated
a sewing machine at Clevemont
Bridges, a resource teacher for
three years, also heads up a reading
lab for teachers and the new pro-
gram, CORE - Child Oriented
"Parents can help their kids learn
and help them do better in school,"
says Bridges, who has been sur-
veying parents of school-age chil-
dren about the resources they need.
She has found it frustrating be-
cause working people have so little
See School, 3-A
[Kings Mountain People
County by 13,302 votes to 10,798.
Davis carried Rutherford County
with 9,849 votes to 9,751 for
The Kings Mountain funeral
home owner said the victory was
"very gratifying, particularly after
losing two years ago because of
Gaston and Lincoln County."
Harris praised Davis for running a
clean race. "He did outstanding for
Harris won 14 of the county's 23
precincts and had phenomenal sup-
port in Kings Mountain and
Shelby. He out-polled Davis 1,291
to 730 in his home precinct, West
Kings Mountain, and won by 1,222
to 566 in East King Mountain.
Harris led 892-761 at Bethware
and 605-380 in Grover.
In Shelby, where Harris lived be-
fore moving to Kings Mountain in
the late 1940's, Harris won five of
the six precincts. Davis's biggest
support came in upper Cleveland
County and Boiling Springs.
"I had excellent support in Kings
“I've pretty well been assured
that I'll be chairman of Human
Resources again, and I will be the
Democratic dean of the Senate,” he
Weatherly, a Republican, unseat-
ed Democrat Bill Withrow, who,
incidentally, defeated Weatherly
for his House seat two years ago.
Weatherly ran second to Democrat
Jack Hunt. Incumbent Edith Lutz
Hunt led the big, re-structured
48th district, which includes
Cleveland and Rutherford counties
as well as parts of Gaston and
Polk, with 31,845 votes. Weatherly
received 31,673 and Lutz 30,804.
Withrow ran fourth with 29,510
and Republican Dean Allen was
fifth with 25,517.
"I am certainly very pleased,"
Weatherly said, "especially because
I overcame a terrific gerrymander-
ing handicap. I did well in Gaston
See Hunt, 2-A
Hazel Gill loves to help others
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Hazel Lee Gill, 70, is a survivor.
Back in 1954 there were no
black-owned ambulances and fu-
neral businesses in Kings
Mountain. A few had started and
failed. Equipment was expensive.
It was hard for an independent
business to survive.
Gill, who had bought a dump
truck in 1948 and started Hazel
Lee Trucking, bought a 1936
Packard ambulance in 1954 and
launched an ambulance and funcral
service with his brother-in-law,
Raleigh Brown. The business is
operated today, 38 years later, as
J.W. Gill and Sons Funeral Home,
named after his father, Joshua
Wilson Gill, and his brothers.
Gill conducted three funerals the
first year of operation in Kings
Mountain. With hard work he stuck
to the profession and built it into a
HAZEL LEE GILL
solid business while sending two
sons to college. He ran for city
council when it was virtually im-
possible for a black to be clected
and won the praise and respect of
"I reckon people saw something
in me that was instilled as a boy
growing up on the farm," said Gill,
who attributes his apparent good
health to not drinking milk and not
eating butter, half cooked eggs and
Gardening, watching baseball
and the news on TV are hobbics he
cnjoys when he isn't working at his
funeral business/chapel at 103 S.
He is proud of his wife, Gladys,
and their twin sons, Ronnell and
Donnell, two grandchildren and his
daughter-in-law and considers fam-
ily top priority.
Gill still turns the dark red soil
with a shovel at his home on Lake
Montonia Road, growing vegeta-
bles and sharing them with neigh-
bors and fricnds.
See Gill, Page 12:A