SON RANE AN ALL EXPENSE Pf ATION TO FLORIDA See Pages 6A & 7A U %3 V | by é Mle Me J l id N JF ~E 5 es Sgn wd” SF gy oY Zs ; LA VOL. 106 NO. 26 Budget committee named City budget finally approved 7-0 Thursday, June 30, 1994 Randy Parker wants Mayor out City post office employee Randy Parker, of 103 Cameron Drive, called publicly for Mayor Scott Neisler's resig- nation Tuesday if the mayor "can't work with the entire board and city admin- istration." Parker accused the mayor of "con- tinually mislead- ing and misin- forming the NEISLER citizens and the media about the state of the city's finances." "This is now obvious to the people of this town," he said and held up the June 23, 1994 front page of The Kings Mountain Herald. : "The Herald pretty much tells the whole story about the city's un- fortunate financial situation," said Parker. The citizens deserve to be led by a good, well informed vora- cious leader." "Due to the events of the past month we would like for you to work with the entire board and city administration. However, if you feel you can not, we would like you to resign as mayor of Kings Mountain," said Parker. Parker said he was recently con- tacted by citizens whose concerns represent a large percentage of the population of the town. "I would like it noted that their concerns are the same as mine. We are very concerned about the pre- sent condition of the city that has taken several years or more to reach." Neisler said Parker was entitled to his opinion. "I am not a ceremonial mayor and I plan to always stand up for See Parker, 5A Hearing set July 11 - GROVER - Former police offi- cer Robbie Sides says he is eager to tell his side of the story of his fi llow council mem- to consider Sides' request for a hearing. The hearing will deter- mine if Sides termination is over- turned, as he requests. Police Chief Paul Cash will also give details of the incident which resulted in Sides' leaving the de- partment in March. The closed hearing on the firing was announced by Mayor Ronald Queen after the board reconvened the meeting at 8:45 p.m. . Sides was fired after what Cash called an internal investigation into his role in a March high speed chase of a man suspected of rob- bing and assaulting a cab driver at Cleveland Mall parking lot. The chase ended in a wreck that sent both men to the hospital and to- taled Grover's police car. After the meeting Sides was hugged by supporters outside town hall. doors for two hours Mon ay night | Grover budget adopted in three minutes, flat GROVER - Without fanfare, Grover Town Board adopted a $424,000 budget in less than five minutes Monday night after a brief public hearing in which no one spoke. The budget reflects a 27 cents three full-time employees "Has anybody looked at the bud- get?" asked Mayor Ronald Queen, who received no response. The budget anticipates water and sewer revenues of $125,000; $20,000 from ad valorem taxes; $2000 from water taps and $3,000 from reconnect and penalty fees. The General Fund expenditures project $17,601 for: administration costs, $9600 for salaries and wages of the mayor and five council members, and total office operation expenses of $46,756. Town Hall operations, estimated to cost $36,050, include $8000 for legal and professional services, $1500 for election expenses, and $10,000 for insurance. Total maintenance operations will cost $67,160, including $12,000 for equipment purchases, See Grover, SA Independence Day celebration. City Council, still divided over whether the city is in financial cri- sis, finally approved 7-0 a $18.8 million budget Tuesday night after over an hour of debate. As a strong electrical storm rum- bled outside City Hall, Mayor Scott Neisler and Council bickered over a budget which City Auditor Darrell Keller says will restore money reserves if the city holds the line on spending. After the adoption of the budget, Keller asked the mayor to appoint a first, permanent audit committee of three Council members to serve as a liaison committee between the Council and auditor and to function as an oversight committee for the June 30 audit of the city's books. Neisler appointed Councilmen YMMM. GOOD. - Snes weather weuslly calls for ice cream and July ath celebrations. Shannon Johnson, 4, enjoys ice cream, above. The Johnson family plans to be in the crowd at the Community Center Monday for the annual community-wide Rick Murphrey, Phil Hager and Jim Guyton and insisted, although the auditor did not specify, that the city manager sit on the committee. Keller suggested that members rotate from the committee each year so that eventually all Council members would serve at some point in the active audit of the books. Keller said he planned to hold workshops with the new committee so that the Council would be fully informed. "There's a lot of questions here as to where we stand financially. There's a lot of cash there we didn't know we had, and yet we've been told we're in a crisis financially," said Neisler. "I just don't feel comfortable Day. Hardy. is $2. | Celebration on July 4th A community-wide July 4th celebration will be he. Monday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Deal Street Park complex and Community Center and culminated by a +} fireworks display at 10 p.m. | Bruce Clark, Director of the sponsoring Parks & tion Department, said the fireworks display is Concessions will be t y atio Commission members and Keith Falls and Katherine Jo Herndon is in charge of pony rides and Derice Ellis will offer face-painting to kids. Activities include: 11 a.m.- Horseshoe tournament with trophies awards for singles and doubles competition. Entry fee 12 noon = Pool events, including innertube relays, swimming relays, watermelon carry, big splash an lit- tle splash. Ribbons will be awarded to winners. 3-5 p.m. - Music provided by Howell Brothers, DJ, of Cherryville. Games, sack races, three-legged race, | water balloon toss and dunking booths. 6 p.m. - Homerun derby. Registration fee $10. Trophies to be awarded. 6-10 p.m.- Music by Howell Brothers. 10 p.m. - Fireworks display. asking our citizens for a 4-cent tax increase when our finances are not that bad. I guess time will bear me out." The property tax-hike would raise the tax about $30 for the own- er of a $75,000 home, for example. The average residential water user would see an increase of $1.50 on his monthly utility bill. "I think the citizens understand that when you have the situation we have you have to do these things," said Councilman Rick Murphrey. Councilmen Murphrey, Ralph Grindstaff, Jerry White and Dean Spears supported the budget which also calls for an eight percent across-the- boards water and sewer See Council, 5A d budget restrictions. EE — EE ——————————— | Kings Mountain People Christy Walker, 17, has been in | a gospel singing family all her life. So it's only natural that she was se- lected in a "Star Search" to audi- ition for a major § record company in Nashville, Tennessee. N ow 2 Hole, "Holy a Jd Ground," is out WALKER on the gos- pel/country label of St. John Records and she has been told by Larry West of Genesis Management Agency and West Way Productions that her voice is being aired in seven countries abroad. : Walker made the recording re- West and engineer Ken Isham. "I'm really excited because it's been my dream to sing profession- ally," said Walker. Since the age of four, the rising high school senior has sung for small gatherings of family mem- bers, at church, or to strangers as the family vacationed and traveled as "The Singing Hayes Family." cently at Texana Recording Studio’ in Nashville with Producer Larry "She would take every opportu- nity to sing," said her proud father, Jeff Walker. "Christy realizes that her talent is God-given and is dedicated to using this talent to spread the word of God though song." This summer Christy is using her time off from Kings Mountain High School to work at Summer Day Camp at West School and to travel back and forth to Nashville, Tennessee. Her back-up is a sound track and she sings gospel and country and hopes that her tal- ent will take her to the stage of the Grand Ole Oprey. Christy's parents started singing together when they got married and members of Patsy Hayes Walker's family joined in. Patsy's father, Jonas, plays guitar and her broth- ers, Michael and Lynn Hayes are in the group with Patsy's mother. Lynn Hayes is the bass player and Jeff Walker is on keyboard. Christy's brother, Jeffrey Walker, 13, applauds from the sidelines. The two families practice to- gether about twice a week. Christy practices about six hours a day, keeping her voice and physical health in tip top shape. Christy Walker sings from her heart "It has been only three months since I entered a Star Search con- test in Gastonia and was among the top five performers picked to audi- tion in Nashville," said Christy. Doors have continued to open for the bright young woman who plans to stick with gospel and in- tersperse some of her numbers with country. "I really love Christian music and I sing from my heart," said Christy. Walker says that Christy is booking singing engagements such as concerts, church services, chari- ties and benefits and that he will be happy to make the arrangements for those interested by calling 704- 739-9368. "Christy needs the experience and with school out for the summer she wants to sing for audiences as much as possible," said Walker. The Singing Hayes Family likes to spread the word of God through song and is elated that one of the group is out in the music world on her own. If she ever makes it to the big time, Christy says she wants to give the credit to God and her mu- sical family. Leonard resigns city job Denise Leonard is quitting her job as Recreation Program Supervisor at the Kings Mountain Community Center effective today. Leonard submitted her resigna- tion June 16 to Recreation Director Bruce Clark, Interim City Manager Maxine Parsons, Mayor Scott Neisler, Recreation Commission Chairman Norma Bridges and Most area plants to be c A large segment of industrial Kings Mountain will take a holi- day next week, majority of the city's textile plants scheduling July 4th week vacations and with pay. Local financial institutions, the Kings Mountain Post Office and City Hall will be closed on Monday. Carolina State Bank, which nor- Personnel Director Winston Bagley. Her annual salary is $19,952. "Due to circumstances beyond my control I find it in my best in- terest to resign my position as Recreation Program Supervisor ef- fective June 30, 1994," said Leonard. She requested on her last day of employment that she receive osed mally opens on Saturday morning, will also be closed this Saturday for the holiday. Eaton Corporation, Commercial Intertech and Cablelink reported shortest holiday, Independence Day only. Closing for the full week, and with pay to their employees, are See Closing, 5A Federal funds to help recruit KM doctors Kings Mountain Hospital has announced that grant funds under the Housing and Urban Development Rural Health Care Network project at the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Hospital Authority will be made available to KMH for physician recruitment efforts. These funds will be used to bring prospective physicians to vis- it Kings Mountain. In addition, funding will be provided to update the hospital brochure. In making the announcement, Hank Neal, Administrator of the Kings Mountain Hospital, said, "Kings Mountain is a wonderful community in which to live and work, and we are hopeful that new physicians can be attracted here to add to our present medical work- force. Working with the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Hospital Authority See Funds, 5A all earned vacation pay and "any other pay due me." Dale Greene, full-time athletic director, has also resigned to accept a job with Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Greene has been re- placed by Monty Deaton. Rusty Bumgardner and Keith Dixon have been hired full-time in the maintenance department and summer workers in outdoor main- tenance are Rick Fortner and Mike Smith. Kim Roper, receptionist, will work part time beginning Friday. Leonard was acting director for three months last year following the resignation of David Hancock who was succeeded by former coach Bruce Clark. She headed up Parks & Recreation's planning for Mountaineer Day, July 4, and the annual Christmas parade. A 1976 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, Leonard came to the city as Recreation Center supervisor in 1989 after working for three years at Clyde A. Short Company and before that as a school system reading aide. In her present position she headed up athletic and special events and ar- ranged programs at the Community Center. Leonard is married to Preston Leonard and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hord Jr. She has three children: Cameron Falls, 16; Liza Falls, 14; and Tyler Falls, 11.