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Dr. Deepak R. Gelot will open
Carolina Family Care at 707 W.
King Street in mid- April for the
general practice of family
Gelot, 38, has purchased the
Mayse-Robinson medical building
across from the Kings Mountain
Hospital from Dr. Scott Mayse. He
will use the eight rooms in the fa-
cility for examination and proce-
dure rooms and will offer a modern
family practice with the latest di-
agnostic equipment. He is accept-
ing new patients.
Proposed legislation could
hilkce price of school lunch
Gelot said the new practice will
offer basic lab work in-house with
a goal of preventive care for the
Gelot, a native of India, was re-
cruited by Cleveland Memorial
Hospital last summer. He was mar-
ried in Chapel Hill last July to
Tammy Hankins of Martinsville,
Va. and they have moved to the
Moss Lake area.
"I like Kings Mountain and
Cleveland County and I am look-
ing forward to meeting more Kings
Mountain people," he said this
Thursday, March 16, 1995
week. Gelot said he appreciated the
assistance of Gary Whitaker at
Kings Mountain Federal Savings
Bank for helping him locate a
building for his practice.
Gelot has hired Robina
McMillan of Dallas as office man-
ager and Rachel Sellers, formerly
with Kings Mountain Family
Practice, as receptionist. His office
will be open five days a week and
probably on Saturday morning, de-
pending on patient demand. An
open house will be held prior to the
official opening of the family prac-
Retirement Center top goal
of Consortium for Progress
Consortium for Progress Inc.
announced Wednesday at a press
conference at Mauney Memorial
Library that one of its goals will be
the development of a retirement
"If anyone can do it John Henry
Moss can," said former Senator J.
Ollie Harris in his opening re-
marks announcing the formation of
the nearly 50-member group of
business and civic leaders dedicat-
ed to progress.
Harris recalled when Cleveland
County people started talking
about building a lake in "10 years
or so that John Henry said Kings
Mountain could build it quicker."
"Moss Lake, named after former
Mayor Moss, is the best thing that
ever happened "for Kings
Mountain," said Harris.
"Kings Mountain has had
~ progress in the past 20 years partic-
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ularly and outstanding businesses
and industries have come to the
area," said Harris.
"I'm all for what's good for
Kings Mountain and these people
are willing to work for progress for
all of us."
A second priority of the
Consortium will be to attract busi-
The co-chairman of the success-
ful community fundraising effort
which built Neisler Natatorium
compared his request for money to
a ball game to the Kings Mountain
Board of Education Monday.
"It's the ninth inning and two
men are out and we need a pinch
hitter," said Grady Howard, who
asked for $44,000, the balance due
on a bank note by Kings Mountain
Indoor Pool Foundation.
Although board members indi-
cated their support, they put off the
vote until the April meeting.
Board Chairman B. S. Peeler said
it was customary policy to lay such
requests on the table for a month
prior to taking action.
"The success of the indoor pool
and the acceptance from the com-
munity met all our expectations,”
Pool Foundation needs a boost
said Howard, who said he was
making the presentation on behalf
of the fundraiser co-chairman and
Foundation President Scott Mayse
and members of the foundation
board of directors.
The Indoor Pool Foundation
raised $817,000, an all time record
of giving by Kings Mountain citi-
zens, to build Neisler Natatorium.
He said that pledges from citizens
are trickling down and the balance
on the First Union bank note must |
Howard cited the hard work of
Dr. Mayse and his wife, Sarah, and
the efforts of the board of directors,
four of whom were present, includ-
ing Larry Hamrick Sr., former
Supt. of Schools Bill Davis, Odus
Smith and Supt. Dr. Bob McRae.
See Foundation, 11-A
ness and industry and help local
business stay in town.
Moss announced the formation
of seven committees, two non-
profit corporations and three for-
The for-profit corporations are
Economic Development Board Inc.
2000 Development Corporation
Inc. and The Venture Fund Inc.
The non-profits are Citizens Health
Delivery Systems and the Citizens
Moss is President of the
Consortium's Board of Governors
which includes 19 members.
George A. (Tony) Ruppe is first
vice-president, James A. Childers
is second vice-president, Murray
Pruette is treasurer and Darrell
Keller is comptroller. The execu-"
tive committee is composed of 11
members. Committees will have
See Consortium, 11-A
A graduate of Gujarat University
in India and Western Carolina
University at Cullowhee, he holds
a medical degree from UNC at
Chapel Hill, class of 1991. He in-
terned in family practice at
Roanoke Memorial Hospital,
Roanoke, Va. from July 1991-
1994. He is board certified by the
American Board of Family
Practice and is licensed by the
Commonwealth of Virginia and
Gelot was employed by Roche
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elot to open KM office
Biomedical Laboratories in
Burlington from 1986-91 as a med-
ical technologist in the Virology
Department and at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Asheville as a medical
technologist from 1982-91. He
came to this country in 1979,
sponsored at Chowan College by
his uncle, a Ahoskie surgeon.
Gelot is-fluent in three lan-
guages, English, Hindi and
A Tar Heel fan, he says he en-
joys reading, travel, tennis and
KINGS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
.9 million in county funds
School's Supt. Dr. Bob McRae
said he will ask Cleveland County
commissioners to fund $1.9 million
of a proposed $4 million current
expense budget, an 8.4 percent in-
crease over 1994-95 of which 6.4
percent of the money is a continua-
tion of programs rather than new
He said the local system re-
ceived no increase in allocations
from the county in 1994-95.
"We are behind a year and I feel
this is a reasonable request and a
frugal budget," he said.
The proposed $4 million current
expense budget presented to the
Kings Mountain Board of
Education Monday night includes a
request of four percent teacher rais-
es and funding of two new teacher
McRae will also ask the county
to continue the 18 cents supple-
mental school tax.
He said property reevaluation
will produce some extra income for
the school system.
Public hearing on the budget
will be conducted at the school
board's April 10 meeting at 7 p.m.
at Central School.
Five percent of the proposed in-
creased revenues will be used for
McRae said that no across-the-
boards raise went to employees last
A half-time clerical position at
Bethware School would also be
funded due to the growing enroll-
ment of students and new pro-
A 6.4 percent increase is project-
ed in the capital outlay budget
which totals $300,000, including
renovation projects and contingen-
cies. A roof at East School, im-
provements to the high school me-
chanical system, lighting, carpets,
Bethware Cafeteria furniture, com- .
puters for the finance office and
school grants of $5,000 for each of
the seven schools and the district
office are projected.
Aside from teacher pay and
school supplies, the largest new
operating expenses were in the
principals administration category,
which includes $16,790 for new
salary money for assistant princi-
pals and clerical workers and
$10,000 for teacher workshops.
Anticipated revenues would in-
clude, in addition to the $1.9 coun-
ty appropriation and the $1.4 sup-
plemental tax, inventory tax of
$80,634; ABC board share, $5,000;
Gaston County tax, $127,020; tu-
ition, $14,000; contributions,
$30,000; fines, $91,377; local
rental, $8,000; interest, $20,000;
indirect costs, $5,000; county
rental, $1,000; and community
schools, $121,508 plus a fund bal-
ance allocation of $10,000.
See County, 11-A
DR. DR. GELOT
Rev. M. L. Campbell, 78, promi-
nent political leader, Kings
Mountain minister and former
school teacher, died Monday at
Cleveland Memorial Hospieal
pastor of sev-
ture at the old
Campbell was long active in the
Democratic Party and was one of
the longest-serving presidents of
the county. chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People.
A funeral service is planned
Campbell was honored recently
for his lifetime accomplishments
for the NAACP at the group's an-
nual banquet in February. He was
one of the named plaintiffs in a re-
cent Voting Rights Act lawsuit
against the Cleveland County
Board of Commissioners.
Former Kings Mountain Senator
J. Ollie Harris said Campbell
would be remembered for more
than just his work in the political
area. ''"M. L. was involved in
church and school affairs and was a
champion of civil and human
rights," said Harris.
A native of Moore County,
Campbell moved to Cleveland
County in 1939 after graduating
from N. C. A&T University with a
degree in education.
" He studied theology at
Livingstone College. His pas-
torates included Waddell Chapel
AME Zion Church in Shelby;
Neely's Grove Chapel AME Zion
Church in Gastonia, Lincs Chapel
AME Zion Church in Lincolnton
and Rudisill Chapel AME Zion
Church in Cherryville.
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Besides karate, writing poetry is Kathy Tallmage's special Jove Tallmage, who has been fighting opus,
finds relaxation in writing and in karate. Her hobbies have won her awards.
Poetry a gift to conquer fear
The poetry that Kathy Tallmage
writes is all about life, love and
suffering and how the gift of writ-
ing God gave her nearly three
years ago helped her to conquer
her fear of lupus.
In 1992 the Kings Mountain
woman's doctor diagnosed a dis-
ease that had bothered her for years
and confirmed her worst fears that
she would have to stay out of the
bright sunshine and could not fight
in karate tournaments.
The trophies in her living room
in the Northwoods community
prove her excellence in the sport
she has enjoyed with her husband,
Terry, and their three teenage
"I was devastated when my doc-
tor told me to quit karate and then
the Lord told me to write and I
did," said Kathy, an attractive,
slender young homemaker who
married her childhood sweetheart
20 years ago at the age of 15 and
who has worked for six years as a
production operator in the final as-
sembly department of Stablis in
Kathy's illness took 10 years to
diagnose. She was glad to finally
find what was causing her loss of
energy, mood swings and the
change in her personality and ap-
pearance when she stayed out in
An outdoor person, Kathy loved
the pool at her home and the beach
but often she would come indoors
after a morning in the sun to find
her body swollen and bruising at a
touch of the fingers.
"It was weird and I thought I
was going crazy for awhile," said
Kathy who noticed a rash and
ached all over after being out in the
"I finally decided to test myself
to see if my problem was coming
from being out in the sun and I
soaked myself in carrot juice and
olive oil and laid out in the sun and
it was awful."
She started taking steroids in
1992 after she started having
Tallmage family who got good
seizures and was told not to exert,
stay out of the sun and quit karate.
"That year was terrible and at
times I wanted tc die and wrote
such morbid poetry but then I got
God's help and changed my atti-
tude and "A Memory of Me" was
my best work which will published
this fall by the National Library of
Poetry," she said.
Life is good now for the
news that her illness is in remis-
"I take care of myself and write
and paint and 1 am a third degree
brown belt," said Kathy.
She crossstitched a love poem
for her husband on Valentine's Day
and encourages their daughters,
Karen, 14, Rayven, almost 16, and
Stephanie, 11, to enjoy poetry,
painting and writing.
The family is selling its Kings
Mountain home and building a new
house on a farm on 35 acres of
land in Sharon, SC.. where Kathy
See Poetry, 11-A