Kings Mountain, NC 28086 « 50¢
KM escapes major storm damage
Except for torrential rain, the Kings Mountain and
Grover areas escaped the wrath of tropical storm
Beryl which demolished a mobile home on Highway
South on Crowe Road in Shelby, damaged a half dozen
homes on Mount Zion Church Road in the southwest
section of ‘the county andi flooded rivers and creeks
Beau Lovelace, Director of Cleveland County
Emergency Management, was assessing the damages
from the storm Wednesday morning.
Rivers and creeks at full bank were being moni-
tored for possible flooding.
Electricity was off for a short time in two sections of
Kings Mountain Wednesday morning after tree limbs
fell on lines at Country Creek Subdivision on Sheby
Road and across a main primary line on Meadowbrook
Road, knocking out a circuit. :
City of Kings Mountain Utility Director Jimmy
Maney said homes were in the dark at Country Creek
from midnight Tuesday until 2:30 a.m. and on
Meadowbrook Road from 1:15 until 2:30 a.m.
Winds estimated at 25-30 miles an hour knocked
tree limbs in lines but Maney said major outage prob-
lems were prevented by the city's extensive, ongoing
tree-trimming program underway for the past five
"Our service reliability has increased tremendously
with tree-trimming and we expect to start again cover-
ing the city as soon as bids are taken for the work," he
Tree limbs blocked a portion of the road on Cansler
Street between Mountain and King Street Wednesday
and debris from leaves and trees washed into catch
basins were the only noticeable aftermaths of a storm
which touched off a tornado in the southwest section
of the county and heavily damaged a wide two-state
Ken Kitzmiller, who keeps a weather log, said
Kings Mountain received nearly three inches of rain-
fall on Tuesday and a total of 4.52 inches of rain in the
past seven days. This compares with .1 of rain for the
same period a year ago.
"At this point in time we have almost a year's nor-
mal rainfall, 41.17 to date," said Kitzmiller.
Kitzmiller said that twigs were blown off his eight
pecan trées in his yard, their limbs almost touching the
"All this rain will help the grass but we'll have to
get out the lawnmower," he said. +
The weatherman was predicting that the rain would
end Wednesday and the promise of sunshine was in the
forecast for the rest of the week.
"Must do" gas line extensions
.got the green light from the city
utilities committee Monday and
from Interim City Manager Maxine
Parsons who said the money is in
- Parsons said the city's bond pay-
ment of $261,000 is due September
1 but state-shared revenues will
help pay the bill. She said, howev-
er, that the city will still be sweat-
ing out big bills from its suppliers
of electricity and gas until fall tax
bills start coming in.
Utility Director Jimmy Maney
said that a tie-in, 10,000 feet of
four inch line, from Tom's Laundry
to Reliance Electric is critical for
new development irithe Oak Grove
area which will bring new gas cus-
tomers to Kings Mountain.
“This plan will assure a double-
feed system, a regulator system,
that would also feed into the
Industrial Park area and open up
residential areas to Reliance
Electric," he said. ;
Sixty new natural gas customers
were added last winter and an addi-
tional 40-50 this fall to the lines
will create pressure problems if
the tie-in is postponed, he said.
"We can't supply the requests for
gas unless we get a loop," he said.
Maney said that $110,000 was
budgeted for gas system improve-
ments in 1993-94 but Chairman
Jim Guyton balked on spending the
entire amount. "We need to keep
some money in a reserve account
because the projected figures might
turn out to be more than anticipat-
Guyton said the loop should be a
Maney said he had already taken
blanket bid proposals and is ready
to go on the construction site. He
said the city's cash flow won't be
impacted all at one time since in-
dividual projects will be billed as
they are completed.
Maney said that currently 3,000
customers purchase natural gas
from the city and that about 100
new customers go on every year.
Maney said that the city's new
See Gas, 7-A
City to seek Block Grant
for proposed water project
A Community Development
Block Grant may be pursued by the
city to run a main trunk line to
serve 78 possible water customers
in the Lake Montonia-Galilee
The idea surfaced at Monday
night's utility committee meeting
when Connie A. Allison, a resident
of Lake Montonia Road, said the
area is in need of water.
Councilman Phil Hager said that
contaminated water in the area has
sent residents scouring for help
from either Kings Mountain or the
Cleveland County Sanitary District
but that it could cost Kings
Mountain $275,000 to run the line.
Interim City Manager Maxine
Parsons suggested the committee
pursue a grant.
However, a suggestion by the
Cleveland County Sanitary District
to Kings Mountain to connect its
line to the city's line fell on deaf
Dreaming about Florida
Luci Bowen, left, is congratulated by Melissa Lawrence of Travel Matters after she won a Dreamer's
Holiday Vacation for two in a drawing sponsored by 36 area merchants and Republic Newspapers.
Newspapers’ Dreamer's Holiday
anniversary surprise for Bowens
Lucille Caveny Bowen could hardly believe her
The Dixon Community resident, the winner of
Dreamer's Holiday for two, will travel with her hus-
band, George, to St. Petersburg, Fla. for a 35th wed-
ding anniversary celebration on January 7, compli-
ments of Republic Newspapers and the 36 merchants
who sponsored a double page advertisement for four
weeks recently to promote their businesses and offer
“their customers a free drawing and a chance for a
"This is the first time 1 have ever won anything,"
said Mrs. Bowen, who was all smiles after her lucky
ticket was pulled on Friday.
Bowen registered with Melissa Lawrence at Travel
Matters in July when she went to the local travel
agency to pick up her airplane tickets to Michigan
where she and her husband visited their daughter and
son-in-law, Dawn and Peter Chisholm and five-year-
old daughter Kaleigh at K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base.
Both Chisholms are in the USAE.
The whole family is excited about the good fortune
of their parents, including son and daughter-in-law,
Brad and Wanda Bowen of Kings Mountain who have
a seven months old daughter, Maggie.
The upcoming dream vacation will be the Kings
Mountain couple's first to St. Petersburg.Beach Hilton
on the Gulf of Mexico in St. = Florida.
Previously, they have stayed in Orlando at Disney
World and in Miami, attending Orange and Gator
Bowls with friends Carl and Pat Champion.
A native of Kings Mountain, Mrs. Bowen has
worked at Commercial Intertech for 13 years. She
formerly worked as a waitress at Western Steer Steak
House in Shelby.
Bowen, a native of Kings Mountain, has worked at
PPG in Shelby for 35 years
Lucy likes to golf but her husband is the most avid
golfer in the family. Both plan to get in some fishing,
boating and golfing on Florida's Pineallas Suncoast in
the middle of winter.
The week's vacation for two also includes a $600
cash travel allowance and lodging for seven days and
nights with morning and evening meals provided along
with round-trip transportation.
See Bowen, 7-A
uation due to the low pressure.
Schools to open
School bells will ring for some
3,900 students in Kings Mountain
District Schools Thursday.
While that figure is basically the
same as last year, Supt. Bob
McRae said pre-registration figures
indicate the enrollment might be
"Normally, we wouldn't expect
our enrollment to be up but it's al-
ways a roll of the dice," he said.
"But our kindergarten pre-registra-
tion is one of the largest we've ever
had, and there are also folks mov-
ing into the system and people
wanting to come in from other sys-
The system will see some
changes early ifi this school year.
Most noticeable. will be the move
of the District Office to the old
Central School in mid-September,
the implementation of a very strict
student code of conduct policy, and
an alternative school for problem
students in grades 6-12 from the
county's three school districts. The
school will be based at the current
KM superintendent's office and
will begin operation no later than
the beginning of the second
McRae said the three county
systems are in the process of inter-
viewing eight people for the princi-
pal's job of the alternative school.
That list includes ai least one em-
ployee from each of the three sys-
"tems as well as people from out-
side the system. The committee
conducting the interviews will
make recommendations to the
three superintendents and they will
meet to choose the principal.
"We want to get the school run-
ning as soon as possible," said
McRae. "But it will take some time
for us to get out of the building and
for them to get in. We would like
to get a staff hired and the program
completely set up as soon as possi-
ble, which I'm sure will be no later
than the start of the second
The new student code of conduct
calls for suspensions for the re-
mainder of the school year for stu-
dents in grades K-12 who take or
"We can't tie our water system
into theirs. I hope we can extend
water to Lake Montonia/Galilee if
they don't beat us to it, but we can't
work out a deal to give them water
and take water in return,” said
Chairman Jim Guyton.
Walt Ollis, Director of
Water/Sewer for the City of Kings
Mountain, said the tie-in could on-
ly be made either at the Margrace
Road or on North Piedmont
Avenue but both places for a "pass
through" present an impossible sit-
"I have no problem with selling
the district water or a tap but let
them pay for it," said Ollis.
Guyton agreed, saying that
Kings Mountain would be respon-
sible for pressure and possibly oth-
"Sell them water at the outside
city rate if they want it."
See Project, 7-A
Councilmen Dean Spears, Phil Hager and Chairman Jim Guyton, left to right, members of the city util-
ities committee, look over plans for state-mandated improvements at City and Davidson Lake dams. Bids
will be opened August 25th at 2 p.m. at City Hall and awarded by City Council at its August 30 meeting
possess a weapon on school prop-
erty. McRae recently mailed letters
to, parents of all KM students ex-
plaining the consequences of vio-
lating the policy, and a copy of the
letter is on the editorial page of to-
In connection with the policy,
Kings Mountain High School will
beef-up security at athletic events,
especially football and basketball
games. The school used metal de-
tectors to search for weapons on all
persons entering the gym at last
year's basketball games, and they
will do the same at football games
beginning with the first home
game. In addition, lighting has
been improved behind the home
stands and the school system is en-
couraging police working the
games to stop loitering behind the
stands during games. A part of the
new policy also calls for police to
crack down on persons using pro-
fanity at athletic-events. Anyone
heard using profanity will be asked
to stop, and if they do not they will
be removed from the games.
"We want to make athletic
events a more wholesome and safer
environment,” said McRae. "We're
going to be asking people to be
seated during game time."
McRae said teachers and staff
have worked hard during the sum-
mer to bring curriculum more in
line with state recommendations.
"This is not a program that
stands out by itself but is as impor-
tant as anything we've done,” he
said. "The people in the schools
have done the best jobs of prepar-
ing for the year than ever before.
They did a better job of getting the
word out for kindergarten registra-
tion and accommodating the needs
of parents. I'm really pleased with
things employees have done to be
ready for the start of school.
"We're still trying to finalize our
budget. There may be more new
things that we'll be able to get in
because of some improvement in
state funding and the supplemental
tax. We hope to know about that by
See Schools, 7-A
to be awarded
Kings Mountain City Council
has set August 30 as the date to let
bids for improvements to City
Lake and Davidson Lake dams,
both major state-mandated projects
which will involve concrete repair
and earth moving operations.
Water/Sewer Department Head
Walt Ollis outlined plans for the
improvements at Monday's meet-
ing of the city utilities committee.
Ollisy said that the State
Department of Environmental and
Health and Natural Resources has
given approval for the repairs and
that W. K. Dickson Co. engineers
has begun advertising for bids and
are negotiating with Southern Bell
Telephone Company about re-
moval of an underground line at
the Davidson dam.
It's still up in the air whether
Kings Mountain or Southern Bell
picks up the tab for the line re-
moval estimated to cost £7,129
See Water, 7-A