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Thursday, March 3, 1994
Central project taking shape
The renovation project at
Central School should be complet-
ed by late July or early August.
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae anticipates
that moving day for Kings
Mountain District School's admin-
istrative staff from the old
Davidson plant will be August 1,
he told Board of Education mem-
bers during a "walk through" of the
™ Central building Friday afternoon.
McRae and School Architect
Roger Holland detailed the rooms
on the three floors where the vari-
ous staff members will be located
as workmen with Morrison
Construction Company on the
scene put in an elevator and
worked on other details of the half
Water needs for Kings Mountain
in the year 2020 are expected to
bi top 9.4 million gallons on peak
days, according to preliminary fig-
ures in a draft that Director of
Community Services Director Tom
Howard and his staff are working
Howard said that all municipali-
~ ties and sanitary districts that pro-
duce water are required to provide
a water supply plan.
draft to the Kings Mougala Bld
ER oh 14.
meeting to be chaired by new
chairman Jim Guyton, city com-
missioner from Ward 2, the bids
will be reviewed for repairs of a
drainage ditch and sewer line at
-Tate Terrace near. the city walking
track. The bids were opened
Tuesday. The City Council will
award the bids March 29. :
Howard said the utility commis-
sion, which also includes
Commissioners Dean Spears and
Phil Hager, will soon receive cost
projections for stop light signaliza-
tion approved by Council recently
and instructions on how to set up
an intersection with the cost of
The city has already removed
some of the four-way stop signs
that the board approved taking
down but will be coordinating the
traffic flow and signalization with
the state. The costs will be shared
by the city and state.
Howard said that once the state
approves the advertisement for
bids for the Dixon School Road
water line project and Rest
Stop/Welcome Center sewer lines
that the city will begin the adver-
tisement of bids for the $910,000
project. Some land easements are
yet to be acquired, said Howard.
Howard said that a preconstruc-
tion contract was held this week
for repairs to Moss Lake dam.
"We reported back to the state
on the deficiency they found and
expect to begin the seepage repairs
soon," he said.
"This is one of the strongest and best
built buildings we've ever seen."
-Architect Roger Holland
He will present the preliminary
million dollar project.
"It's impossible to get rid of all
the imperfections in the plaster
wall," said Holland, noting that old
buildings traditionally have hair-
line cracks that won't go away.
"This is one of the strongest and
best built buildings we've ever
seen," said Holland.
"Charlie Morrison ( the contrac-
tor) has found nothing rotten."
The spacious building will have
plenty of room for much-needed
storage for the school system and
will also permit meeting rooms,
when needed, for the local commu-
nity, said McRae.
Lowered ceilings and recessed
lighting on the main/first floor,
spacious offices, "break rooms", a
first-ever History Room in Juanita
Lutzs' old classroom for memora-
bilia, and an expansive layout
which will give the public ready
access to personnel, payroll, fi-
nance, the board room and the
Superintendent on the first floor as
you enter the front of the building
on Ridge Street.
A huge board room and execu-
tive conference room are located
across from the Superintendent's
The instructional staff and
Vocational Education, Exceptional
Children's Department, Food
Service and Health Room will be
housed on the second floor.
The ground floor will house
Head Start offices, offices for the
school nurse and social worker and
See Central, 7-A
passed the practice drills with flying colors.
Mock disaster prepares rescuers
If a nuclear disaster had oc-
curred in the Kings Mountain area
Tuesday disaster teams would have
The mock disaster drill drew
volunteers from the American Red
Cross, Cleveland Emergency
Services, Kings Mountain Police,
Kings Mountain Fire Department,
volunteer firemen, the Fire
Marshal, State Highway Patrol
and representatives of virtually ev-
ery county agency which deals
with helping people in time of
Six beds, telephone communica-
tions and service areas were set up
in the gymnasium at Kings
Mountain High School, the local
evacuation center for people to be
taken in event of a nuclear disaster
at the Catawba Nuclear Plant with
contamination victims possibly
coming from a wide area.
A similar exercise was under-
way in other locations in the two
Carolinas and in Mecklenburg
County on Tuesday, according to a
spokesman from the Federal
Association was also on the scene.
"The Red Cross is always ready
in any emergency," said Executive
Director Martha Scruggs.
See Disaster, 7-A
Scism running for Senate
Kings Mountain's Bruce Scism
is running for the 37th District
Senate seat being vacated by Kings
Mountain Senator J. Ollie Harris,
who has announced his plans to re-
Scism, 49, joins
Democrats in the
Teddy and Bobby
Rogers, all of
Shelby, and Dean
The winner of the Democratic
Primary will face Republican
Dennis Davis of Lattimore in the
November general election. Davis
has no opposition in the May
If elected, Scism says his goal is
to give relief and hope to small
businesses and working people,
young and old, "before it's too
"The majority of lawmakers and
law enforcement have only one .
goal in mind, to increase the cash
flow out of our pocketbooks into -
the states for more power, payroll,
pension plans and control, which
puts compassion and justice for
people down the tubes," declared
"It is my humble opinion that the
See Scism, 7-A
event of a nuclear disaster. A Federal Emergency Management expert on the scene said the volunteers
Red Cross launches fund drive
The Cleveland County Chapter
of the American Red Cross kicked
off a campaign today to raise funds
for critical humanitarian services it
carries out locally.
March is traditionally Red Cross
Month and has been proclaimed by
every President since 1943.
This special appeal is for dona-
tions and volunteers.
Last year the Cleveland County
Chapter worked with the blood re-
gion to collect 5,836 units of blood
for hospital patients; helped 1,972
members of the military, their fam-
ilies, civilians and veterans; and in-
structed 4,889 people in first aid,
CPR and water safety. They also
assisted 1,602 victims and firemen
battling house fires, industrial fires
and forest fires, etc. The communi-
ty programs provided to 3,565 citi-
zens included: emergency blood
delivery, Aids education, informa-
tion and referral, Youth, PERT,
Planned Emergency Response
Transportation, during winter
storms and First Aid stations.
"Every day someone, some-
where in our community needs
help," said Martha Scruggs,
"Heart attack victims who need
CPR, a family that loses everything
to fire, an injured child who needs
emergency first aid, a relative who
needs to get an urgent message to a
service member far from home.
Unfortunately the list goes on and
so does the need for funds to pro-
Scruggs said Red Cross is man-
dated by Congressional charter to
provide disaster relief and service
to the military. It is not a govern-
ment agency and does not receive
state or federal funds. Red Cross
depends on the generosity of the
American people to fund its ser-
"We are appealing for public
support so we can maintain our vi-
tal community programs,” said
Kyle Smith of Kings Mountain,
"And when we say every dollar
counts, we meant it. Ninety-two
cents of every dollar donated to the
Red Cross is spent directly on ser-
Among all major non-profits, the
See Red Cross, 7-A
Kings Mountain People
Bill Vancil, Jimmy Morgan and Wolfe Buchner, left to right, install
an elevator in the old Central School which will
become the school
administration office building about August 1.
The first of several meetings
which should lead to forming a
Civitan Club in Kings Mountain
will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
at Mauney Memorial Library. Men
and women over the age of 18 are
The Gaston Evening Civitan
Club plans a series of weekly
meetings and within six weeks
hopes to form a club here with at
Mountain for over 30 years.
The club's three main objectives,
Redding said, are to promote fel-
lowship, knowledge and service.
Civitan has taken the lead in lo-
cal communities and the state in
providing educational programs on
alcohol and drug abuse that is pre-
sented to every kindergarten stu-
dent in North Carolina; sponsoring
a research center at Duke Medical
Center for prenatal and childhood
diseases; and originating Special
Olympics and the North Carolina
Boys and Girls Homes at Lake
Waccamaw. Nationally, the club
sponsors and maintains seven
homes for the mentally and physi-
cally handicapped. Those homes
are financed from proceeds from
honor boxes in local restaurants.
"All of these projects were the
result of an individual club in its
own city starting out with a project
to fill a need in their community,"
Redding said. "The project grew to
the point that it was bigger than an
individual club and was adapted by
the Civitan district and/or interna-
tional, as was the case with Special
Redding said similar projects are
now ideas in the minds of potential
Civitans in Kings Mountain.
"The primary thrust of the local
club is to fill a need in the local
community,” he said. "And. while
we are civic minded as many other
riving, progressive com-
munity. Redding said there has not
.been a Civitan Club in Kings
to begin here
"Civitan ... an avenue
to be of service to
your fellow man ..."
clubs are, probably the thing that
distinguishes us from other clubs is
that we're a more hands-on organi-
zation as opposed to some of the
other clubs that are more check-
year the district sponsors a retreat
on a college campus (Civitan
Youth Conference) which is geared
to acquaint rising seniors with
many facets of everyday life - in-
cluding the love, courtship and
marriage, the judicial system, the
economic System, and family is-
Redding said Civitan is the only
civic club that volunteered to ac-
cept female members.
Although the KM club will be
under the sponsorship of the
Gaston Evening Civitan Club, it
will be organized and led by Kings
"We hope that within six meet-
ings the club will be chartered,"
Redding said. "We envision this
being a bi-monthly club formed by
Kings Mountain people. They will
have their own administration, de-
cide their own projects, set their
own due structure, determine when
they're going to meet and where
they're going to meet. It will be a
club of people from Kings
Mountain for the benefit of the
people of Kings Mountain.
"Kings Mountain is a town that
has in the last few years taken on
the appearance of being a thriving,
growing town. Like any town that
begins to grow there are issues that
require the input of the citizenship.
This gives people a chance without
getting directly into organized poli-
tics to keep abreast of what's hap-
pening in the community. It gives
them an avenue to be of service to
their fellow man."
Maggie enjoyed simple life
Maggie Margaret Louise Friday McClain, 90, re-
members a time when things were much simpler than
"I really lived in the good ole days,"
on her. birthday Tuesday.
"We never locked our doors and it was a much dif-
said the petite homemaker
dressed in a bright red dress which enhanced her salt
and pepper hair. She interspersed her spry humor and
conversation with an occasional dip of her favorite
ferent, relaxed time,"
Strong Galanax snuff.
The surviving member in a family of 12 children
praises God for her long life She reads her Bible and
prays continually every day, thanking God for His rich
said McClain ceiling falling on them. She held the baby and a set of
twins and prayed harder.
"I got all of us out of the house and we started run-
ning to a midwife's house,” she recalled that long ago
day as if it were yesterday.
"The wind just picked us up and put us down at the
edge of my aunt's yard. 1 never did get the whipping
my mother promised me before she left to go to the
her to do 1t
Maggie's job as a teenager was to look after the
younger children and she did, shielding the babies with
her body during a storm which packed hurricane-like
winds that burst windows, ripped off doors and sent a
store that evening."
When Maggie's parents, Essie
strong disciplinarians, gave her a job they meant for
and Jim Friday.