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VOL. 105 NO. 23 Thursday, June 10, 1993
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FACTS
Kings Mountain's Mountaineers hope to win
their second state baseball championship in five
years Friday and Saturday when they host
Eastern champion Asheboro in a best-of-three
series at Lancaster Field.
The Mountaineers defeated South Point 6-2
Saturday night at Lancaster Field to win the
Western Regional championship. Asheboro
decision to Randleman on April 29.
Game two will be played Saturday at 4 p.m.
The third game, if needed, will be played one
hour after the completion of the Saturday
Admission, set by the North Carolina High
School Athletic Association, is $5 per person. If
432. Second baseman Chad Whitson is hitting
409 and leads the club in home runs with five.
Greene, Lawson and Whitson have combined
for 77 runs batted in.
Others over the .300 mark for are pitcher
Avery Rogers (.382), leftfielder Zac Graham
(.367), and pitcher Patrick Bell (.320).
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3 - Saturday (If Necessary)
1 hour after completion of Game 2
Admission - $5 per game.
All games at Lancaster Field,
Kings Mountain High School
hander Patrick Bell (10-1) of the Blue Comets.
Bell was recently drafted in the 54th round by
the Houston Astros.
Asheboro brings a 23-4 overall record into the
contest while Kings Mountain is 21-3. Asheboro
has won 13 games in a row since losing an 8-7
blanked North Lenoir 7-0 Friday for the Eastern
The title series gets underway Friday at 7 p.m.
with KMHS ace right-hander Stephen Fisher
(12-0) going against 6-6, 230-pound right-
a third game is needed, the stadium will be
cleared after the Saturday afternoon game and
fans will have to re-enter the stadium and pay
The two teams appear to be well-matched.
Both have good pitching, consistent hitting and
The Blue Comets have a .353 team batting
average. Alan Hartgrove a junior designated
hitter/shortstop, is hitting .450, junior
centerfielder Jermie Green is hitting .447, and
senior first baseman Jason Lawson is hitting
Bell has a 10-1 record on the mound with 77
strikeouts and a 1.24 earned run average in 67
innings of work. Asheboro's #2 pitcher, Avery
Rogers, who hurled the Eastern Championship
win over North Lenoir, is 7-0 with a 0.60 ERA
in 46 innings of work. Whitson is 3-1 with a
2.10 ERA and 30 innings of work.
It appears that the only big difference in the
two teams is that Asheboro is predominately a
junior team while Kings Mountain has 16
Seniors on its roster.
See Baseball, 10-A
2.5 percent pay hike
in KM's '94 budget
City employees will get a 2.5
percent cost of living wage in-
crease for the first time in three
years and if they qualify a 2.5 per-
cent merit raise in the proposed
1993-94 budget which tops $19
million, up $814,000 over fiscal
City Manager George Wood has
distributed copies of the proposed
budget to City Council. The budget
is on the table for public review at
City Hall and Mauney Memorial
Library. The annual budget hearing
1s June 22 at 7:30 p.m, in Council
The good news for taxpayers is
that the city is holding the line on
taxes and there is no proposed in-
crease in property taxes but the bad
news is there are some increases in
City employees will also feel the
budget squeeze, although they are
getting more take home pay.
BM Natural gas and electricity -
Causby to speak
at school summit
Dr. Jim Causby, superintendent
of Polk County Schools, will be
keynote presenter and facilitator
for the second Education Summit
Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at
Kings Mountain Holiday Inn.
The event is sponsored by the
Kings Mountain District Schools
and Kings Mountain Chamber of
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae said the
purpose of the summit will be to
generate community input as to
how the school system should pre-
pare to best serve students as they
“1 approach the new century.’
“The emphasis of the day will be
to give our community members an
opportunity to dialogue about how
the Kings Mountain District
School can best prepare to serve in
the coming years its students and
the community in which they live,"
said Wade Tyner, Chamber presi-
County Commissioner Cecil
Outside rec fees
may be increased
Kings Mountain may have to |
tack on more non-city residents |
fees in the recreation program if !
Cleveland County Commissioners
cut an annual grant for recreation
City Manager George Wood op-
posed a cut at a meeting of nty |
commissioners last week, noting )
that well over one-half of Moss |. % \
Lake participants of recreational
activities are non-Kings Mountai
Recreation at the lake accounts
for revenue of $162,950.00 in the
budget with an additional
$401,048.00 coming from general x
fund and taxes for recreation at
Moss Lake, the Community Center
and walking track. The Kings
Mountain recreational program
boosts many participants from out-
WESTERN N.C. CHAMPS - Kings Mountain's Mountaineers won the Western 3-A baseball champi-
onship last week and will host the state 3-A championship series beginning Friday. Players include, front
row, left to right, Chris Rider, Caja Ormand, Mike Smith, Kevin Melton, Robert Wingo and Sheldon
Smith. Second row, Robbie Ruff, Todd Ware, Doran Moore, TG Goforth, Stephen Fisher and Rick Marr.
Back row, Shane Webb, Damon Putnam, David R. Jenkins, Ben Ingle, Sharee Hopper, John Bunch, David
C. Jenkins and Lewis Nantz.
will probably go up 4 cents
Kings Mountain said she supported
Dickson says he doesn't see enough
support for a six cent hike in prop-
erty taxes to give two cents to the
three school systems.
The chairman of the board made
the statement before Wednesday's
meeting on the budget which
opened at 1 p.m. in Shelby as The
Herald went to press.
Dickson said there had been a
consensus by the commissioners to
hike the tax rate to four cents per
$100 property valuation.
Commissioner Joyce Cashion of
the six cent hike. Based on her
conversations with two other com-
missioners, she said the commis-
sion is looking at adding another
two cents to the property tax rate to
Dickson said the vote on the
budget will be on June 15. He said
Wednesday's agenda would feature
comments from City of Shelby of-
ficials protesting a cut in municipal
grants and a representative of
Boiling Springs asking for support
of a water shed project.
Commissioner Ralph Gilbert
said that adding the tax increase
was the only way to give the
schools more money but he said a
ruling from the state attorney gen-
eral will prevent the county putting
on a supplement tax for the county
district and omitting Kings
Mountain and Shelby which taxes
its residents for a school supple-
"It would have to be distributed
on a per pupil basis and distributed
equally,” said Gilbert.
Gilbert said that the county is
looking for $1.3 million, a shortfall
created because of $400,000 more
in mandated social services pro-
grams and a loss of $25 million in
tax base when industries closed.
"County Manager Lane
Alexander and Finance Officer
David Dear have cut the budget to
the bone," said Gilbert.
"T just don't know how the wind
will blow," said Cashion, who said
she had no firm commitment other
than her own opinion of higher tax-
es for schools.
For the typical residential cus-
tomer, the cost of gas and electrici-
ty will increase about $2.30 a
month. However, the city has
adopted a monthly billing plan that
will allow the city to quote month-
ly prices based on each industry's
alternative fuels instead of charg-
ing the same as the least expensive
BH Water and sewer - Only indus-
tries will pay higher water and
sewer costs in the coming fiscal
year. Water and sewer rates will go
up 2.7 percent for industries.
side Kings Mountain.
Wood said a county-wide study
recently identified a need for the
county to provide recreation for all
its citizens but noted that essential-
ly Shelby and Kings Mountain, the
two major cities, are providing the
bulk. Wood said that 80-90 percent
of lake users are non-residents of
the city and that a fair share of the
county's appropriations for recre-
ation should be 1/2 of $401,048.00.
"We're getting 25 percent of what it
fairly should be," he said.
Wood said the city has been sub-
BW Landfill fees - For residents,
the monthly landfill fee will in-
crease $1, from $1.40 to $2.40. For
industries, the monthly per-cubic-
yard charge will increase by $1.
Cleveland County is planning to
raise its landfill fees from $19 per
ton to $23 per ton, prompting
sidizing the recreation program for
non residents but that he hopes the
county won't see their annual con-
tribution as a school versus city is-
sue, noting that some county com-
missioners talked giving the
recreation money to the schools to
try to help their budget crunch
Architect to present Central plans
oger ollan wi resent ar- A es)
a a KM NCAE: Use Central
as an alternative school
said at last month's meeting.
Major dollars will be spent in
the renovation, including more
than $100,000 to bring the building
of the old Central School at
Monday night's Board of
Education meeting at 7 p.m. in the
administration offices on Parker
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae said the
Central project is the main item on
the agenda for the June meeting.
Board members are leaning to-
ward going full speed ahead on
moving the current administrative
offices into the old Central School
up to codes, including an elevator,
a $100,00 sprinkler system and a
new roof and partitions.
McRae said that the first reading
of the new policy banning K-8 stu-
dents from door to door fund-rais-
ing will be read.
Betty Gamble will present the
vocational education plan for next
Kings Mountain Association of
Kings Mountain and other cities to
Educators adopted a resolution
Tuesday calling for the Board of
Education to convert part of
Central School as an alternative
school for students with disci-
The resolutions also included a
request to the board that elemen-
tary students have access to regu-
lar, professional counseling by a
full-time counselor and that admin-
istrators,with input from teachers,
formulate alternate scheduling and/
or discipline plans for students
with repeated behavior problems.
Concern about the "lessening of
minority educators,” they encour-
aged the securing of vacant posi-
See NCAE, 11-A
See Central, 11-A
increase landfill fees.
The city's share of employees’
dependent health care is going
down, which means that the 173
employees will pay 10 percent
more for their family coverage.
Wood says that medical costs
continue to escalate at an alarming
See Budget, 13-A
and/or deleting grants during this
tight fiscal year,
Wood said that the $47,290.00
that Kings Mountain receives from
the county for recreation is equiva-
lent to two cents on the tax rate.
"We're hopeful that the county
commissioners will make its deci-
sion before local council votes on
the budget on June 29," he said.
and prioritize improvements, they
Rop new Herald publisher
Bob Rop' has been named pub-
lisher of the Knoxville, Tennessee
based Republic Newspapers' five-
4 paper North Carolina group which
: includes the Kings Mountain
Say Herald, Bessemer City Record,
T J : Cherryville Eagle, Belmont Banner
BE ™& p gay J and Mount Holly News.
i X : : The announcement was made by
Nick W. Drewry, Executive Vice-
President of the media company.
Rop comes here from Farragut,
Tn. where he served the last ycar
as advertising manager and pub-
lisher of the Press-Enterprise. He
joined Republic Newspapers a year
ago after serving five years in ad-
vertising management with a daily
newspaper in Tennessee. to be married later this year to
Rop is a 1983 graduate of Amy Larson of Tennessee and they
Maryville College. He is engaged plan to make their home in Kings
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"I am proud to be a part of this
community,” said Rop. "It reminds
me of my hometown. It's the same
type area that I was brought up in. I
look forward to being a permanent
Rop said no personnel or other
major changes arc planned for the
"We will continue to provide the
same editorial product, and contin-
uc heading in the same direction,"
he said. "The Herald is the commu-
nity's paper and will continue to
scrve Kings Mountain, as it always
Republic Newspapers also owns
seven other community newspa-
pers in Tennessee, Florida,
Kentucky and Texas.
MOUNTAIN FEST - The popular local band Mink performs at Saturday's Mountain Fest in downtown
Kings Mountain. Story and pictures are on page 1-B.