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VOL. 106 NO. 30
City Council orders
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He'll be officially hired at special meeting
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
After four months of searching
for a city manager, everyone going
into Tuesday night's Council meet-
ing was saying that the new man-
ager would be hired following an
executive session to discuss per-
"If I were you I would wait
around," said Mayor Scott Neisler
to the press.
The action didn't come. Instead,
the mayor announced at 10:15 p.m.
that Council had set a special meet-
ing for Friday at 6:30 p.m. to hire a
City Manager for the City of Kings
‘Mountain. The motion was made
by Councilman Jerry White.
"I'm sorry," the mayor said to the
Herald reporter and the only mem-
ber of the area media present. "Our
attorney told us to wait." :
Mayor Pro Tem Rick Murphrey
said after the meeting that City
Attorney Mickey Corry quoted a
state statute that he said required
that the agenda state the specific
purpose of the personnel session,
to hire a city manager.
"I was disappointed that we
couldn't get this all taken care of
tonight," said Murphrey.
Other Council members were
evidently puzzled by the turn of
When the board went into exec-
utive session to discuss personnel
and a legal matter at 8:45 p.m. the
motion was made and seconded
and the action was unanimous.
City Clerk Marilyn Sellers, who
takes minutes of actions during an
executive session, recalled that the
recommendation by the attorney
was to give citizens and members
of the press advance notice of the
meeting so there would be no ques-
tions of actions taken behind
closed doors and so the public
could meet the new manager.
"Our Council abides by the
Open Meetings Law and Mickey
looked up the state statute only
See Council, 7-A
Nance to be KM's city
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Of The Herald Staff
Charles Nance, 34, Spindale City Manager, has ac-
cepted the job of Kings Mountain City Manager, he
told The Herald Wednesday.
Nance said he spoke with Mayor Scott Neisler and
Council members Tuesday and was told that he will
be officially hired by Kings Mountain City Council at
a special called meeting Friday at 6:30 p.m.
A native of Rutherfordton, Nance has worked in
Spindale for 18 months and before that was City
Manager of Rutherfordton for seven years and city
planner of the Town of Edenton for three years.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086 » 50¢
ties, will help him in his new management role in
Nance said he will resign from his present position
this week after finalizing his agreement with Kings
Mountain officials. He said his salary would be set at
"I am really looking forward to working and living
in Kings Mountain," said Nance, who says he has fond
softball and baseball at the old
Central School. He graduated from RS Central High
School and went immediately into city government af-
ter obtaining his degree in political science and city
planning from Appalachian State University.
Nance said his experience with utility operations in
Spindale, population 4,000, which operates its own
sewer system, and Edenton, which operates three utili-
memories of playing
THE BIRD MAN
Bob King's wood carvings
of birds are breathtaking
By Jim Heffner
No man has ever been more pre-
pared to begin a new hobby than
King, whose B&R Refrig
business has served the community
for over 20 years, is a craftsman
who takes a block of wood and
turns it into a lifelike image, usual-
ly a bird.
"I've carved other figures," King
. said, pointing to a small wooden
dog, "but mostly, I carve birds."
Some of King's work is breath-
taking. He sometimes carves tiny
birds so delicate you feel they
might break in your hand, baby
chickadees for instance. His home
is loaded with ducks, cardinals,
chickadees, cedar waxwings,
greater yellowlegs, and various
other birds of different sizes and
King's intricate designs |
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duck has several groupings of
feathers; primary, secondary,
scapula, lesser, middle and greater
converts, cape and others and that a
duck has a a fluffy protective
sheath on each side called side
pockets into which he tucks some
of those feathers when he relaxes.
"I am constantly reading and
looking at pictures and live birds.
To do it right you have to study. If
you enter a piece in competition,
and the number of primary feathers
See Bird, 7-A
ARTIST AT WORK - Bob King demonstrates part of his carving tech-
nique. King is a prolific woodcarver, who says he cannot estimate how
long it takes him to complete a piece, because he is constantly jumping
from one thing to another. (Staff photo by Jim Heffner)
Ward I Councilman Phil Hager's
name is on a suggested list for one
of the two seats open for minorities
on the Cleveland County Board of
Hager said he has been contact-
ed about having his name placed
on the list and appreciates the rec-
"I am giving it some considera-
tion but there are many things I
want to see completed as a member
of City Council,” in response to a
reporter's question following
Tuesday night's Kings Mountain
City Council meeting.
Rev. John Osborne, President of
the Cleveland County Chapter
NAACP, would not confirm the ex-
istence of a list of hopefuls for the
two positions created last week in a
settlement of a voting rights law-
suit by the county against the
But Rev. M. L. Campbell, Kings
Mountain minister and retired
teacher who was the plaintiff in the
suit, also acknowledged that
Hager's name had come up in dis-
cussions at a meeting of the execu-
tive board of the Cleveland County
NAACP Sunday at Hopper's
Chapel In Shelby.
"It's premature for us to com-
ment at this time since the authori-
ty to expand the board can only
come from the county commission-
ers," said Osborne.
Hager's first. term on City
Council expires next year.
Under. the settlement, the black
commissioners’ will be sworn in
December 5, the same time as the
winners of a race for two existing
Campbell, long active in the
Cleveland County Democratic
Party, said that if Hager got the ap-
Moore running KM chamber office
Jeannie Allen Moore has joined
the Cleveland Chamber as Vice-
President of Kings Mountain
In addition to maintaining the
services of the local office, she will
also develop the Chamber's travel
and tourism information services,
according to Chamber President
Moore returned to her home-
town of Kings Mountain three
years ago after a five year absence.
With a background in business ad-
ministration and design, she had
been working with DeVane
Interiors in Kings Mountain.
Moore and her husband, Pete,
and their daughters, Catherine and
Kelly, reside in Cleveland Pines.
An open house is planned for the
new office location August 8-12.
Office hours at the Kings
Mountain Chamber are from 9
a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hager for county commissioner?
pointment on the county board that
he would have to give up his seat
on the City Council.
"I'm sure Phil would do a good
job in either position," said
Campbell said that whoever the
board seats that the new commis-
sioners must represent all of the
The agreement by the county
commission and NAACP stipulates
that two new seats will come up for
election in 1998, but in the interim,
they will be filled by blacks select-
ed by the commissioners and en-
dorsed by the NAACP.
During settlement negotiations,
the commissioners gave the
NAACP a short list of names.
Chairman Cecil Dickson said,
however, at last week's meeting
that the list probably would include
about 25 people
Kings Mountain People
Friday's special meeting, as will be the date he is ex-
pected to report for work.
Nance and his wife have two children, a five year-
old and a 10 months old baby. Mrs. Nance works for
the Rutherfordton School System in a model state
grant program in Rutherfordton, going into homes and
working with parents from the birth of their child
through the age of three.
Nance will become the city's second city manager in
the city manager/council form of government, suc-
ceeding George Wood, who resigned March 21 to ac-
cept a similar position in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Maxine Parsons, former assistant finance officer, has
served in the interim as manager.
A search committee began looking for a new man-
ager soon after Wood's resignation and the numerous
applications were narrowed to two in recent weeks.
= Two Kings Mountain councilmen
buck county-wide dog proposal
"Stay with what we have," said
Councilman Ralph Grindstaff, re-
acting to a discussion initiated at
Tuesday's City Council meeting by
City Attorney Mickey Corry on a
proposed county-wide animal con-
trol ordinance. 3
Councilman Jerry White agreed
ie said the city's leash law
cement by a sworn police
ce! 0 den works well
unty h ‘leash law
and our leash law is one of the best
in the state," said White.
Mayor Scott Neisler said he had
attended a meeting with county of-
ficials who want to provide county
wide animal control and up user
Corry initiated the discussion
because he said he received a letter
from County Attorney Julian Wray
indicating that he had some "under-
standing that Kings Mountain
might be interested in the county
taking over enforcement of animal
Corry said that if the city gives
authority to the county to use its
ordinance for enforcement the ac-
tion will affect the position of
Kings Mountain's animal control
Linda Haynes, a city patrol offi-
cer with 18 years on the force, is
the current animal control officer
and has filled this position on two
'I love my job and I want to keep
it," Haynes said after the meeting.
"I'm proud of what I do,"
Haynes said she thought it
would be difficult for the county to
consolidate the program. :
~The mayor, who said he favors
county wide consolidation because
it would eliminate duplication of
“some services, said County Health
Director Denese Stallings has of-
fered to meet with city council in
August to explain the proposed
plan in full detail.
, "I think we ought to wait until
we hear the complete plan before
we take a vote," said Councilman
Last week county commission-
ers hired one person for three
months to fill in for an employee
out sick in the animal control de-
partment and approved a consoli-
dation agreement with the City of
"What happens if the county
adopts the ordinance and we don't
See Ordinance, 7-A
LGC official: KM has good budget
Stick with the budget and Kings
Mountain's financial condition will
That's the advice to the City of
Kings Mountain from Vance
Holloman of the Local
Government Commission, which
reviewed the recent budget pre-
pared by Interim City Manager
Maxine Parsons for fiscal year
"It's a step in the right direction,"
said Holloman, during a telephone
interview with The Herald
Holloman said the Parsons-di-
rected budget "is a good budget
and meets all requirements of the
Holloman said the budget in-
cludes debt service for next year, as
the LGC has recommended to
Kings Mountain for several years.
"We checked basically for debt
service appropriations and a bal-
anced budget and everything ap-
pears fine and in good order.
Holloman said numerous letters
from the State Treasurer's Office
had addressed the city's failure to
build a fund balance and on sever-
al occasions city officials gave as-
surance, but did not follow
through, with taking its budget
"Parson's budget is a positive
move for Kings Mountain," said
Anderson's job a challenge
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Turning youth around is a chal-
lenge that Kings Mountain native
Richard Anderson is willing to un-
Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ken Anderson, took over as direc-
tor of the Boys Home of York
County, SC, a private home for
troubled boys, in June.
Already, he has set his sights
high. He wants to see the facility
expanded to develop an education
component/day program that will
enable struggling kids to get
schooling and training for a job.
“You might lose 10 along the
way but if you save one kid, it's
worth it." says Anderson who
fights a daily battle to turn around
young lives scarred by broken
homes, drugs, neglectful or abusive
parents and other social ills.
While the father of two admits
he's disturbed by much of what he
sees, he's also inspired by the
chance to make a difference.
And, yes he takes his work home
with him, even on visits to his par-
ents in Kings Mountain,
"Some of the backgrounds are
just unbelievable," says Anderson,
36. "They come off the streets
where they've seen things and done
things that an 11-year-old child
should never have seen and done.”
Anderson moved from Black
Mountain six weeks ago where he
was managing a 40-bed unit for
mentally ill or disabled children.
His wife, Janice Neu Anderson.
and children, Richard Jr., 6, and
Elizabeth, 13 months. plan to move
to Rock Hill, SC after they sell
Mrs. Anderson is just excited as
her husband about the possibilities
of a big fund drive in the coming
months to help the facility care for
more than its allotted dozen boys
and to give the boys more learning
The Boys Home of York County
is a three-story brick residence on
See Anderson, 7-A