A decision by the Cleveland
County Board of Commissioners
on a lease proposal by Charlotte
Mecklenburg Hospital Authority
and Kings Mountain Hospital is
expected at the 7 p.m. meeting
The Kings Mountain Hospital
Board of Trustees voted unani-
mously recently to approve the
merger which includes $2 million
from CMHA to run the hospital
and establishes a governing board
in Charlotte and an advisory board
in Kings Mountain to replace the
current board of trustees.
The local board asked for a let-
ter of endorsement from commis-
sioners Tuesday night but the com-
missioners put off the decision,
asking for additional information
from City Manager Lane
Alexander and County Attorney
The county board must approve
any change in a lease agreement.
Dr. T. R. Harris, a medical doc-
tor who was appearing before the
commission on another agenda
item, suggested that the board look
at the "entire medical needs of the
county, not one group" and
Commissioner Jim Crawley and
Chairman Cecil Dickson called for
public hearings but Commissioner
Ralph Gilbert opposed.
"We will have groups vying for
individual proposals and we need
to review all the materials and act
on it," said Gilbert,
Dickson distributed to the com-
missioners a copy of a news story
in The Charlotte Observer and the
headline, "Piedmont Medical
Fights Back on Takeover Move by
Wanda Crotts, secretary to the
country manager, said that the
commission is asking for input
from different entities and asking
the manager and attorney to review
the materials and make some rec-
J. C. Bridges, chairman of the
KMH board of trustees, said there
has outwardly been no opposition
to the merger but he said CMHA
will not submit a finalized proposal
until the county approves the lease
in principle, either verbally or by a
KMH Administrator Hank Neal
said she has received numerous
calls from local citizens applauding
the decision by the local hospital
aboard to approve the preliminary
lease proposal by CMHA.
But last week Dickson, who sits
on both hospital boards, questioned
an advisory board replacing the
board of trustees and said a local
person should serve on the
Charlotte Authority and a member
of the county commission should
serve on the local advisory board.
Discussion of a merger between
the Shelby and Kings Mountain
See Merger, 10-A
KM teacher Norma Cissell dies
Her friends at Kings Mountain
High School have fond memories
of Vocational Education teacher
Norma Cissell, 45, who died
Monday of cancer.
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popular with her
"she went to
great lengths to
give them indi-
and beyond the
call of duty as a
«Connor said Cissell placed stu-
dents in jobs in the community and
then checked on them to sce if they
were performing and related well
to the youngsters.
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Chuck Hoyle works on new home near David Baptist Church.
CHUCK'S SECOND CHANCE
Disabling plane crash just made Hoyle enjoy life sitting down
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Chuck Hoyle, 42, counts on his faith to see him
through the hard times.
God gave the Kings Mountain man a second chance
at life after a near-fatal plane crash grounded him sev-
en years ago.
Hoyle credits his close-knit family and friends for
their inspiration to fight
for the disabled.
And his sense of
humor keeps him humble,
The former USAF
pilot and flight instructor
1 gave up his flying career
in 1988 but he moves
faster in a wheelchair than
many people move on two
And the injury did-
n't keep him out of a plane.
"As soon as I was
strong enough I got back
fj on a plane,” said Chuck,
Siving the painful experiences that paralyzed him
from the waist down as he helped his wife stain walls
in the new home they are building on Hoyle's Road in
.the David Baptist Church Community. Chuck
enrolled in law school after six months in a VA
Hospital and over a year of recuperation, working days
as a real estate salesman to pay for night school. He
graduated third in his class last May at Lincoln Law
School in Sacramento and passed the California State
Bar, only to return to his hometown in August to prac-
tice and find that the school he attended is not accred-
ited by the American Bar Association or the North
Carolina Committee of Bar Examiners.
Currently, Chuck drives himself to Charlotte five
days a week to work as a paralegal for Todd, Hefferon
& Hefferon, writing briefs and doing research for the
prominent Mecklenburg County law firm. He plays on
a basketball team and he and his wife are active in the
new Cleveland Community Church organized at
Number 3 School. He plays drums in the music min-
istry and helps out in all areas of the church.
Chuck swims three mornings a week at Neisler
- Natatorium with the early morning crowd, including J.
E. and Glee E. Bridges and Grady Howard. He says he
finds swimming great therapy for his back and "lots of
"God gave me a six feet tall wife to make up for my
shortness," laughed Chuck, who actually is five feet
eight inches tall.
"She does my leg work and we fell in love sitting
June 27, 1988 was a day that Joseph Charles Hoyle
will never forget. The flight instructor for Cameron
Park's Mr. Aircraft had run three miles that morning
before he climbed aboard 23 Tango Whiskey with a
student pilot. It was a good day to be in the air.
Something happened to the single engine plane, it
lost power, the pilot's harness belt jammed and Hoyle
was. trapped inside the plane for five or six hours be-
fore rescue teams arrived about 1/2 mile from the Van
Vieck airstrip east of Loon Lake.
The plane crashed, glazed some rocks, nosed over a
ledge of rocks and then traveled down into the brush.
When friends of the pair noticed Hoyle's plane was
overdue they flew to the area and spotted the downed
plane. They walked to the crash site and found the
young student wandering around in a daze. The Jaws
of Life were used to extricate the pilot from the wreck-
A Kings Mountain native, Chuck entered the USAF
Academy after graduation from Kings Mountain High
School in 1970. He graduated from the Academy in
1974 and then spent six years in the USAF, stationed
in Colorado, Mississippi and Texas and was honorably
discharged in California as a Captain. A pilot, he
logged 3,000 hours of flying time.
See Hoyle, 10-A
"We will certainly miss her at
Kings Mountain High School,"
Connor and his wife, Hallie,
spoke with Cissell by phone from
her hospital bed at Vanderbilt
Hospital in Nashville, Tn.
"She was very upbeat and had a
good attitude about the radiation
treatments which she had started
taking but were taking their toll,"
Cissell slipped into a coma and
died Monday. She was diagnosed
with a malignant brain tumor five
weeks ago and underwent surgery
at a Charlotte Hospital.
School's Personnel Director
Ronnie Wilson said that Cissell
would be missed in the classroom
and also by her co-workers.
(gz IN NI IN 10K
planned on bills
City Manager Chuck Nance said
City Council will probably discuss
alternative proposals to settling
with underbilled utility customers
during a closed session of City
Nance made the remarks
Tuesday during an update of the
negotiations with several cus-
tomers overbilled and underbilled
electric utilities before the city util-
Nance said he has purposely not
tried to collect from all those un-
derbilled until negotiations be-
tween a lawyer for at least one in-
dustry complete deliberations.
"We need to be fair to all,” he
Nance said that City Attorney
Mickey Corry will give a report
from those meetings.
In a related matter, Nance said
that computer consultants are giv-
ing rate codes and other informa-
tion to the Charlotte auditors who
will audit the city's utility accounts.
He said the auditing process should
begin in earnest by the end of May.
Nance said that two industries
have complained to the city about
being charged late fees and want
the 15th of the month deadline for
payment of utility bills to be ex-
tended. Nance said the reason the
companies give is that bills must
go to their headquarters offices in
other locations and they don't re-
ceive them in time to get them to
those locations and back to Kings
Councilman Phil Hager suggest-
ed that the bills go directly from
City Hall to the corporate head-
quarters of the two companies and
that the billing clerks look at the
postmarks on the envelopes that
are sent back with the checks be-
fore assessing a late fee.
Finance Director Maxine
Parsons said if an extended late
date is imposed it would be unfair
to all other customers not to make
it be effective across-the-boards.
Gene Thompson, representing
Woodbridge Golf Links, asked the
board to come to an agreement on
cost of raw water which
Woodbridge has been buying at an-
nual costs of from $4500 to $2000
in recent years due to a loss of the
Thompson asked the board to
reevaluate the Woodbridge Golf
annual fee for raw water.
Councilman Jim Guyton, who
chairs the utility committee, said
Woodbridge Golf Links had a con-
tract with the city to pay $4500 an-
nually for raw water and that
someone cut the price to $2,000.
Water Supt. Walter Ollis said the
price was cut because he had only
a copy of the 1986 agreement and
he said the rate was based on dry
and wet years.
Guyton said he thought $2,000
was a low price for water in a dry
season and $4500 was a little steep
in a wet season.
See Utilities, 10-A
Rick Kirkpatrick, Spectrum's Safety and Environmental Affairs Manager, Plant Engincer Hubert
Johnson, Plant Manager John Hill and Spectrum President Doug Blanchard ,
plaque from N. C. Commissioner of Labor Harry Payne after the Kings Mountain plant attained one mil-
lion employee hours without a disabling injury from September 28, 1993 until March 2, 1995.
left to right, receive a
Can city take on
new gas customers?
Can Kings Mountain afford to
sell natural gas to new industries at
the risk of penalizing its existing
That was the question that
| Spectrum Engineer Hubert Johnson
posted to Utility Director Jimmy
Maney during the city utility com-
mittee meeting Tuesday night.
Maney suggested that the com-
mittee hold a work session with
representatives of all industries is
town in the next 30 days to break
down the customer class and deter-
mine exactly how much industry is
projected to use this winter.
"We'll put everything on the
table" said Maney.
Chairman Jim Guyton agreed
and asked City Manager Chuck
Nance to call a meeting.
The question came up during a
discussion of a new industry's re-
quest for city gas. Sara Lee
Intimates is building a plant near
the new Firestone Plant and will
need gas by mid-summer which
will require the building of two
regulator stations by Kings
Mountain on both sides of I-85 and
a loop on Canterbury Road to serve
at least two existing plants which
are increasing their gas loads.
Finance Director Maxine
Parsons reminded the group that
the gas budget is 12-15 percent un-
der the anticipated revenue. She
said the new line will cost about
$60,000 but Maney said the costs
will be covered in refunds and that
a prior agreement with the
Firestone Plant will bring in
$20,000 to help pay for it.
Water/Sewer Director Walt Ollis
said that officials of Sara Lee plant
had made no direct contact with
city officials until this week about
gas and had provided him with
drawings of the new building this
week. Ollis, Maney and Interim
Planning Director Jeff Putnam
scheduled meetings with company
officials this week.
But the problem, according to
Maney, is that if Kings Mountain
doesn't get more gas to sell the rev-
enues can't go up. The gas supply
By next winter Maney projected
that Anvil Knitwear could be the
biggest user of gas, passing
Spectrum, because of double loads
at the Anvil plant. Customers from
the Margrace area just went on the
"We can nominate what we pro-
ject to use on a monthly basis with
our supplier but then the consump-
tion is locked in and we could lose
big bucks," said Maney.
"But we're taking local cus-
tomer's gas and selling outside the
city limits,” said Guyton.
"We don't want to be calling our
longtime customers and telling
See Gas, 10-A
state safety award
One million hours without a lost
time accident is an enviable record
for an industry and Kings
Mountain's Spectrum Dyed Yarns.
Inc. received the top award
Tuesday from the North Carolina
Department of Labor.
Commissioner of Labor Harry
Payne Jr.. making the presentation
to Company President Doug
Blanchard and Plant Manager John
Hill, said that the certificate of spe-
cial recognition is won only by a
"It's a significant accomplish-
ment,” said Payne.
"Your excellence in
should inspire others."
Payne said he talked to men and
women injured in plant accidents
every day and he found it an in-
See Spectrum, 10-A