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Kings Mountain, N.C.
School Board off to retreat
At-Large seat okayed by Justice Department
The U.S. Justice Department has
formally approved an At-Large
seat on the Kings Mountain Board
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae said "all is
go" for the upcoming school board
election in November where two
outside-city seats and one At-Large
seat are up for grabs.
Running for the two outside-dis-
trict seats are incumbent board
chairman Ronnie Hawkins, rccent-
ly appointed member C. A.
Allison, Melony Bolin and Keith
Running for the onc At-Large
Plans taking shape
for Oct. 2 celebration
Plans are shaping for the annual
Mountaineer Day celebration
Saturday, October 2, in downtown
Kings Mountain. .
An opening ceremony at 9:45
a.m. at the stage area at the corner
of Cherokee and Gold Streets will
officially kick-off a day long pro-
gram of activities open to the pub-
lic, according to Denese Leonard
the sponsoring Parks &
Parade at 0 a.m. “Other Spiel
events, for which prizes are also
offered, are a stuffed-animal con-
test, a dog show and "best tea in
town" contest. The prizes will be
presented during the festivities.
A two-hour gospel songfest is
slated for the afternoon entgrtain-
ment under the direction of Evelyn
Bridges. Pony rides, a space walk,
arts,crafts and plenty of good food
will be available. The "Mink Band"
will play for a street dance during
the evening hours. A cheerleading
competition is also in the works.
Mayor Scott Neisler says the
public is invited to join him in a
fun walk at the city's walking track
at 9:30 a.m. on Mountaineer Day;
to take part in a night bike ride on
Friday evening, October 1, at 10
p.m. and to enjoy free swimming at
Neisler Natatorium on October 1
from 10 p.m. until midnight.
No fireworks display will be
held after the Mountaineer Day
festivities. The mayor said the big
fireworks spectacle will be present-
ed at halftime of the KMHS-RS
Central homecoming football game
at John Gamble Stadium.
scat are Billy Houze, who resigned
his seat on the board when he
moved inside the city limits, Larry
Hamrick Jr. and Myron George.
Last October the board voted to
seck legislation to make onc of the
current inside-city scats on the
board an at-large position effective
with the next board clection in
November 1993. The change had
to be approved by the U. S. Justice
Board members say the new
makeup on the board would more
fairly represent the population
which has shifted with more people
living outside the city limits than
The five-member Kings
Mountain Board of Education and
administrators are off for Boone
Sunday for a three-day Advance,
the annual retreat.
Major items on the agenda for
discussion arc what to do about
renovation projects at Central
School since bids came in’ last
week about $400,000 more than
anticipated and a fall audit, the
system's first to examine and finc-
tune the curriculum.
Both items are expected 10 be on
the agenda for the October
Also making presentations, in
addition to Central School architect
Roger Holland and auditor Dr.
Frances Jones, will be Dr. Ed
Dunlap and Dr. Thomasine Hardy
of the State Board of Education
A first for Kings Mountain
who have been invited by the
school board to assist individual
board members in taking a person-
al evaluation of their performances
The curriculum audit will be
done over a three-day period at the
various schools in town by three
people who will then file a com-
plete report to the school board
Supt. Dr. Bob McRac and
Assistant Superintendents Jane
King, Ronnic Wilson and Larry
Allen and finance officer Terry
Haas will also make reports.
School board members planning
to attensl arc Chairman Ronnic
Hawkins, Vice-Chairman Priscilla
Mauncy, Shearra Miller, B. S.
Peeler and C.A. Allison.
Move over men! Make room for the city's first fe-
male sanitation worker Mary Nicholson.
The 30-year-old Kings Mountain resident was
rolling out garbage at 1200 households on her route
Monday d mping. the buggy into the truck and en-
"She's pulling her load,"
Owens and Ranny Caldwell.
Nicholson, who formerly worked in Charlotte at
said Sanitation Supt.
Emmett Moss. Crew leader Rick Putnam agreed.
"She fits in real well," said other members of her
crew on the one mile run on West Mountain and
Gold Streets. Steve Spangler was driving the big
truck and other members of her crew are Rey
McDonald's, said she got lucky when she applied for
the job with the City of Kings Mountain and moved
to Kings Mountain. Already she has become active in
Mount Zion Baptist Church.
What does she like best and worst about her new
job? She loves to walk but she hates the smell.
| ake dredging may start soon
City Council is expected to for-
mally sign a long lease agreement
with Declta Aggregates Inc.
Tuesday night to dredge Moss
Lake of 100,000 tons of sand annu-
ally for the next 10 years.
The barge and pump operation
will start removing the sand soon
from the upper end of Moss Lake
in exchange for the sand, said City
Manager George Wood.
Wood said the city's only cost
for the project will be to build an
Heather Toney, fourth grader at Grover School, accepts a $25
check from Shirley Austin, as winner of the Kings Mountain
Herald's Color Me Safe contest. Austin, the Herald's advertising
representative, made the presentation and thanked sponsors of the
full-page that encouraged children to practice safety enroute and at
school. The contest was open to all K-5 students. Toney is the daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Toney.
access road at the site, secure per-
mits, do inspections and police and
post trespassing signs on the arca.
Dredgers will put up a cranc
ncar the old dam in the upper part
of the lake. The crane will drag a
large bucket across the lake's bot-
tom, dipping out sand onc bucket
at a time and then hauling it to
Delta's asphalt plant in Gastonia.
Council has alrcady given the
green light to the project but will
sign the formal papers Tuesday as
the major item on she September
agenda at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The board is also expected to cs-
tablish the areas in city-owned
buildings where smokers may light
up. Last month Council banned
smoking in city owned buildings
and in city-owned vehicles but in-
dicated that some smoking arcas
could be designated.
Board members will be asked to
finalize strect paving priorities
which quality for matching grants.
Kings Mountain insuranceman Bob Maner left, and U. S.
Congressman Alex McMillan share concerns about the President's
health care plan. President Clinton unveiled the plan Wednesday
Local people tell congressman
health care is real concern
The hot topics in Kings
Mountain during U.S.
Congressman's Alex McMillan's
Thursday visit were NAFTA and
health care reform,
Insuranceman Bob Maner, also a
staunch Republican, urged passage
of the new trade pact with Mexico
which would dismantle nearly all
trade barriers between the U. S.
and Mexico during a 15-year span.
Retired citizen Zeb Plonk and
Fire Chief Frank Burns voiced con-
cerns about health care issues
so voiced his approval for a local
bill now in a committee in the state
legislature which would give fire-
Meet the candidates
Kings Mountain voters can
meet the candidates at a red, white
and blue Chamber of Commerce-
sponsored after-hours get-to-gether
Thursday, Scptember 30, from
5:30-7 p.m. at City Hall.
"The welcome mat is out for the
public to come and talk one-on-one
about the issues to the candidates
for City Council and Board of
Education seats,” said past presi-
dent and chairman Ruby M.
Alexander sgid the lobby of City
Hall will be decorated in patriotic
colors of red, white and blue.
Refreshments will be served from
"It's only 12 days until the City
Council clection and we hope that
voters will use this opportunity to
meet the 13 candidates for four
City Hall positions on October 5
ings Mountain People
men the same benefits of early re-
tirement after 25 years as that of
police. Currently the benefits ac-
crue after 30 years of service by
"Medicaid probably wont exist
after reform,” McMillan predict-
ed." There will be dramatic benefits
but you can probably expect de-
ductibles to be in everything."
McMillan, who has been vocal
on health issues, met recently with
First Lady Hilary Clinton and other
Republicans urging the administra- !
need for bipartisan support,” he
said. "Half of the Republicans in
the House don't want to sec them
See Congressman, Page 3
and the seven candidates for three
school board positions on
November 2," said Alexander.
The City Council candidates are
Kyle Smith, Jerry Mullinax, Frank
Brackett and Dean Spears, At-
Large; Gilbert Hamrick, Charlie
Smith, Ralph Grindstaff, Elvin
Greene and Gary Joy, Ward 3; Jim
Childers and Jerry White, Ward 4;
and Rick Murphrey and Fred
Finger, Ward §.
School board candidates are
Ronnic Hawkins, C. A. Allison,
Keith Miller and Melony Bolin, for
two outside-district seats and Billy
Houze, Larry Hamrick Jr., and
Myron George, for one At-large
scat on the board.
Alexander said that questions
and answers will be on an individ-
See Candidates, Page 3
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
The words flow naturally from
the pen of Kings Mountain poct
Helen Cornwell Logan.
Now that she is officially retired,
her thoughts about babysitting with
a great-grandchild or digging in her
backyard flower garden may soon
be the inspiration for another first
place picce of writing. ;
"I don't really remember my first
poem,” said Logan. Writing is my
form of relaxation."
Logan retired this month after 17
years as Transportation
Coordinator at the Kings Mountain
Senior Center at The Depot.
"Good moming, Senior Center,"
was the friendly voice on the tele-
phone to callers of Kings
Mountain's popular spot for senior
Although poctry is her love,
Logan's first priority is family. Her
comfortable home on East King
Street has always been full of
laughter and the love of her big
Logan's parents, the late C. T.
and Dclla Turner Cornwell, were
among the carly scttlers of Kings
Mountain. Her grandmother,
Lucinda Cornwell, was the first
Baptist in Kings Mountain and
founded the First Baptist Church,
according to a history in the
Mauncy Memorial Library.
For most of her life Helen has
lived on East King Street.
"Once you start writing you just
have to keep on," said Helen of her
love of poetry.
As a young housewife, she
penned notes and often hid them
away in desk drawers. When her
children realized her talent, they
started retrieving the bits of scrap
paper and one day Helen received
notification that she had won a first
place cash prize for a poem. Son,
Larry Logan, had secretly entered
his mother's poem in a state writing
Poems flow freely from Helen's pen
Recently Helen's poem,
Yours, Elizabeth," was published in
a state anthology of the N. C.
Poctry Society. The book, a cele-
bration of 60 years by the North
Carolina Poetry Society, is entitled.
"Here's To The Land."
Helen's love of writing began as
a student at Kings Mountain High
School in 1926 when she wrote the
school's Alma Mater. It is familiar-
ly known as "Dear Ole KM High
We Love You."
"Lucille Cansler Falls and I were
dear friends and we were at my
house with most of the cheerlead-
crs one afternoon and decided we
needed a school song."sad Helen.
"We wrecked my sister Vera's sheet
music as 1 wrote the words and
Lucille suggested we put the words
to the music of 'In The Garden of
; The melody was perfect and that
day the school song was born.
All six Cornwell girls were mul-
ti-talented and the whole family
was a musical family . Mix,
Cornwell played the violin and
Helen's five sisters played piano.
Helen, modest about her talenis,
describes herself as the tomboy of
Sec Logan, Page 2