A parent meeting at Kings Mountain Middle School
Tuesday night is expected to draw opponents and pro-
ponents to the sex education portion of the new health
curriculum "Revised Standard Course of Study for
Healthful Living" for grades 6-8.
Jean McAbee, who has been an outspoken critic of
the new sex education curriculum, was circulating
copies of "Family Life Education," a supplement to the
State of North Carolina Comprehensive Health
Education Curriculum for grades 5-9, to several pas-
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"Review the materials before you come."
McAbee said she is concerned that the School
Health Council supports a new curriculum which in-
cludes instruction for seventh grade boys and girls in
the same classroom.
McAbee says that she understands the students will
be shown audiovisuals of how a baby is born and that
the language is sex explicit, for instance, masturbation
and erection, and students will be given answers on
ways to interfere with conception and contraceptive
The cover sheet on the supplement states that "absti-
nence from sexual intercourse will be emphasized in
In the "guidelines to teachers,’ it is pointed out that
the Kings Mountain Board of Education adopted the
state's Family Life Curriculum supplement which local
teachers were to teach" conservatively."
The Board said that "substitutes and teaching assis-
tants will not teach the lessons and any lessons will be
postponed if the health teacher/and or guidance teacher
tors and other parents this week.
"We hope that everyone will come out to the 7 p.m.
meeting and ask questions," said McAbee.
Kings Mountdin Hospital Board
of Trustees will meet Friday at
5:30 p.m. to finalize a contract
with ‘Charlotte Mecklenburg
Hospital Authority to run the Kings
Mountain Hospital, the trustee's at-
torney Andy Neisler said
Neisler said that the board will
also vote on the termination of the
present administrator, Huitt Reep,
since under the proposed contract
the Authority will provide an ad-
Neisler said he expects the new
contract to be signed prior to
Monday, April 11, the target date
for the new arrangement to begin.
Reep has an employment con-
tract with the local hospital which
Neisler did not spell out.
Neisler said the local hospital
trustees gave Reep a 10-day notice
Neisler said that some signifi-
cant changes in the expected con-
tract between the two institutions
have been agreed upon by both
parties. He would not elaborate on
the details. However he said the
changes were "critical for us."
Scott White, a spokesman for
Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital
Authority, told the Herald the con-
tract "is still with the Kings
Neisler said the expected
changes in leadership at Kings
Mountain Hospital were not a re-
flection of Reep's loyalty to the
hospital for many years but were
necessary, due to the downward
scale of the present economy.
Hospital Authority runs Carolinas
Medical Center which has proved
to be a very successful institution,"
Trustee Chairman J.C. Bridges
was out-of-town Wednesday and
unavailable for comment.
Neisler said the Kings Mountain
Hospital trustees signed a contract
this week with Dr. John McGill,
owner of McGill Clinic, to lease
the clinic on Watterson Street and
employed its first physician.
Dr. Edward Butler of Atlanta,
Ga. was hired this week by the
Kings Mountain Hospital to work
at McGill Clinic.
Local supplementary materials are available from
the Kings Mountain District Schools Office.
The Board stipulated that "students may be excluded
from Family Life classes but that Physical Education
SWING INTO SPRING
Lanisha Wilson, left, and Mario Wilson, on swings, get a boost from Jeanette Greene, standing left, and
Lakeisha Wilson during a fun day in the sun Tuesday afternoon at Kings Mountain Parks and Recreation
Department. The youngsters were enjoying their Easter break from school.
City planning retreat this week
The fourth annual planning re-
treat by Kings Mountain City
Council will be held Saturday and
Sunday at Williams Observatory
on Stadium Drive at Gardner-Webb
University in Boiling Springs.
The formerly 16-hour marathon
session, which started last year
with an all-day meeting on Friday,
has been cut to 11 hours and will
begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday,
continuing until 5:30 p.m., and re-
cessing until 2 p.m. Sunday after-
noon for a three-hour wrap-up.
Mayor Scott Neisler will call the
8:30 a.m. Saturday meeting to or-
der, introduce facilitators from the
Institute of Government in Chapel
Hill, review the format and agenda
and discuss ground rules.
All seven Council members, all
Department Heads and city
administrators will be in atten-
dance for the morning session at
which Department heads will pre-
sent special requests for funding in
the 1993-94 city budget.
At 1:30 p.m. Jack Voght of the
Institute of Government will mod-
erate a question-answer session by
Council concerning department re-
City Council will start the pro-
cess of prioritization and looking at
budget issues at 3:30 p.m.
The Sunday afternoon session
begins at 2 p.m. with a discussion
on "Working Together as A Team -
Roles and Expectations” led by
Voght and followed by a 15-minute
critique of the retreat. Adjournment
is slated for 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Saturday schedule for
Department heads on the program
9 a.m. - Financial overview by
Acting City Manager Maxine
9:30 a.m.- Fire Chief Frank
See Retreat, 12-A
Kings Mountain People
A flight surgeon aboard the AHI
Cobra in the Persian Gulf Conflict
was the highlight of Dr. Frank
Sincox's long medical career.
Sincox, who will be 62 in May,
has set May 31 as a possible retire-
ment date from McGill Clinic,
where he has cared for hundreds of
sick folk for 31 years.
On his desk in his office is a
model of the AHI Cobra. A mem-
ber of the U.S. Naval Reserves, he
saw duty with the US Marines in
the Gulf War and came home with
many memories of life and death
“I will never forget those guys,"
said the popular, veteran family
doctor who along with Dr. Charles
Adams, joined the staff of McGill
Dr. Sincox will miss clinic,
but will continue to serve
Clinic in 1963 after Dr. Kenneth
McGill left to work as a missionary
in Africa. Since the retirement of
Dr. John C. McGill, the Clinic has
been staffed by the two veteran
doctors and eight other staff mem-
bers who have racked up an im-
pressive 165 years in the medical
Sincox plans to remain in the
community and practice medicine
in a limited capacity away from the
demands of private practice.
"I'm interested in exercising op-
tions with limited hours but I will
continue to serve the community in
various aspects,” said Sincox.
Sincox says he wants to see a
smooth transition at McGill Clinic
See Sincox, 12-A
Dr. Frank Sincox, veteran Kings Mountain family doctor, is pic-
tured at his familiar desk at McGill Clinic where he came to work over
30 years ago.
curriculum meeting Tuesday
may not be substituted for the course. In addition, the
board said "alternate health assignments would be giv-
en at the discretion of the teacher and if the non-partic-
ipation number is significant the school administration
will determine alternate plans/schedules."
The Board said that the "coordinated use of materi-
als within the school system would be scheduled by
the Health Coordinator and that new and useful visual
materials could be recommended by the Health
Advisory Council after a review."
The teacher materials noted that a listing of lesson
schedules would be available to parents upon request.
See Meeting, 13-A
_ Grover Board
silent on cop
GROVER - Citing personnel
confidentiality laws, Town Council
refused Monday night to comment
publicly on the recent dismissal of
policeman Robbie Sides but ac-
cepted petitions with 391 names
calling for the officer's reinstate-
ment on the police force.
The board took no action after
an executive session.
At one point when tempers
flared, the mayor called for order
and said he would not tolerate any
disruptions. Police Chief Paul Cash
sat in the hall as citizens over-
flowed the meeting room.
Sides said Cash fired him with
Council's approval. Although Sides
verbally gave permission for the
Mayor to respond to questions
about him, Sides changed his mind
when Town Attorney Mickey
Corry said that permission must be
in writing. Sides said he wanted to
confer with his attorney.
Corry cited the Personnel
Privacy Act which prohibits the re-
vealing of information about a pub-
lic employee unless written per-
mission is given by the employee.
Sides was elected in 1993 to Town
Council. He was hired on the po-
lice force April 12, 1991.
Sides has said that he was fired
because he used poor judgment in
chasing down a suspected violent
criminal on March 10. He said he
was reprimanded for passing the
Sides says he was asked to re-
sign in February 1993, August
1993 and February 1994 but re-
fused each time.
Cash has said the firing was af-
ter an administrative investigation
and had noting to do with factors
outside the department.
But Sides said recently that "All
of this started after I put my name
on the ballot for commissioner."
Lynn Foster asked the board to
account for the hours on duty by
Grover's lone policeman since the
firing of Sides two weeks ago. "I've
seen the Chief three times," she
Cindy Cooke, a local beautician
and a recent candidate in Grover's
See Grover, 12-A
GROVER - The Town Board
unanimously killed a proposal
Monday for zoning in the one-mile
perimeter, tabling indefinitely a
map and zoning plan for the imme-
diate outside area.
Mayor Ronald Queen said the
board had never intended to annex
the one-mile perimeter in Grover.
He took the occasion to thank
the first-ever zoning board for their
work on development of a plan for
inside city zoning, which the board
were up in arms at last month's
public hearing, protesting the zon-
ing plan for the extra territorial ju-
risdiction area of the town. Council
accepted the inside zoning map last
month after a lengthy hearing but
delayed action on a zoning map for
the outside-city area until another
hearing could be scheduled.
The motion to table indefinitely
was made by Councilman Noel
Spivey and seconded by
Councilman Robbie Sides.
In other actions,
Council approved the appoint-
ment of five members and one al-
ternate to the town's first board of
adjustments to work closely with
the new zoning board. The mem-
bers are Joe Rountree, Kathy Neely
and Tim Rowland, three year
terms, and David Chadwick and
Jim Howell, two year. terms Jimmy
Ledford was named an alternate.
Queen said that lab tests are on-
going on water from Grover wells
which the state has mandated must
be tested four times a year. He said
the wells were tested March 29 and
the cost was $5200.
Queen said that several side-
walks have been repaired and the
costs are included in the current
passed last month, and for their
work on zoning in the one mile
Residents of the one mile area
Central renovation on schedule
April is paint up and fix-up time
at old Central School.
Painters are spreading paint on
the walls and other workers are
working on a sprinkler system and
finishing up carpentry work and
plaster work this week.
"Everything is moving along on
schedule," said Becky Scism, sec-
retary to Schools Supt. Dr. Bob
Scism said that several adminis-
trators visited the school Tuesday
to check the decor and progress of
the renovation. Scism said they
liked what they saw.
Moving day for the
Administrative staff is only four
McRae said at the recent school
board meeting that he hopes to be
in the new building by early
August and after that an open
house will be held to give the pub-
lic a chance to look at the major
renovations to the former Central
In 1876, Kings Mountain citi-
zens built a two-story frame build-
ing on the present site on Ridge
Street. A wing was added and in
1878 another addition was made
and the name of the city's first
school was changed from the
Kings Mountain Military School to
the public high school. From 1887
to 1905 Central School was fi-
nanced on the tuition basis. In 1905
the school was changed to a graded
school. On the same site in 1910, a
two-story red brick building
trimmed in gray granite was erect-
ed. This building contained a mu-
sic room, office, 12 classrooms and
The high school was accredited
in 1920 and in 1924 the Rudisill
property was purchased for the
building of more classrooms that
later became the primary depart-
See Central, 12-A