Register for free vacation at
area merchants 7a 6 oA
Filing for four seats up for
grabs in the October 7 city elec-
tion opens Friday at noon and clos-
es August 4 at noon.
Terms of Mayor Scott Neisler,
Ward I Councilman Phil Hager,
Ward II Councilman Jim Guyton
and At-large Commissioner Norma
Bridges are expiring.
Filing fee is $36 for Council
and $60 for mayor.
To run for a two-year term of
office the candidate must have
resided within the city limits for 30
Ward I and II candidates must
live in the wards for which they
run and voters who reside in the
two wards will elect them. All reg-
istered voters will receive ballots in
the mayor's and at-large positions.
Candidates may file with Becky
Cook, chairman of the Kings
Mountain Board of Elections, at
her home by calling 739-3950.
New voters may obtain registra-
tion forms from the Mauney
Memorial Library, from the
Department of Motor Vehicles or
from the Cleveland County Board
KM police chief
to be a ne
in Oak Grove
Ingle's Inc. is looking at property at the intersection
of Oak Grove-Scism Road for a future grocery store
location but Bob Ingle said it will probably be several
weeks before the large grocery store chain makes a de-
cision about whether to proceed to negotiate for the
"I'm planning another visit there," Ingle said Friday.
"We've merely talked about it.",
Ingle said he is "just now talking with a realtor" but
had looked at the area which is across the road from
the entrance of Gold Run Sub-Division.
Seventy-four owners of property at Gold Run repre-
senting 100 percent of the population are petitioning
Ingle's not to build in the area.
Van Wilson, a resident of the area, faxed a copy of
the petition to Ingle this week and also a copy to The
Herald, opposing proposed construction citing home-
owner property devaluation and negative impacts such
as increased vehicle traffic, congestion and noise.
"This particular food store is not wanted by resi-
dents living in the rural/residential area and we will
not support your business operations in any manner,"
said the residents who signed the petition.
Realtors Charles and Ruby Alexander, who devel-
oped Gold Run some years ago, are also opposed to
commercial property in the area.
"I would never show a commercial customer this
property, " said Mrs. Alexander.
"Why put up a grocery store in the middle of a resi-
‘dential development?" said Wilson.
"We want our neighborhood to be free of noise and
that's what attracted some of these residents to Gold
Run," said Alexander. She said many of the residents
of Elections in Shelby and deadline
for new registrations is September
pick up the address change forms
from either of the three places list-
ed and return both the change of
address forms and the new registra-
tion forms to the Cleveland County
Board of Elections, Dale St.,
If a runoff is necessary, it will be
See Filing, 4-A
To make a change of address,
Whether you were interested in swimming, swinging on the playground or to the sound of Mink, eating, or just
watching the youngsters have fun, Kings Mountain Parks and Recreation Department’s Fourth of July
celebration was the place to be Tuesday. After a day of games, hundreds of citizens were treated to a fireworks
spectacular at Jake Early Field.
| work out-of-town and chose the spot because of the Gea
* quiet neighborhood. (ve
Wilson said the property that Ingle's is looking at is
surrounded by single family homes and a short dis-
tance from Patterson Grove Baptist Church.
"This area is simply not suitable for the type of
commercial property Ingle's is proposing,” Wilson
Mrs. Alexander said there is overwhelming opposi-
: tion to a grocery store in the area from the Gold Run
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Of The Herald S taff
Miracles happen every day. Just
ask David Jenkins, 19.
Nearly a year ago David's life
took on new challenges when he
was seriously injured in a swim-
ming accident at Lake Montonia.
This week it was no coincidence
that he chose as the subject for a
English paper at Gaston College,
"Life With A Halo."
His lead sentence was, "Living
life with a halo is nothing like be-
ing an angel.”
A halo vest, as it is more com-
monly called in the medical field,
is used to stabilize the head and
neck of someone who has injured
the cervical area of the spinal cord.
David's severe neck injuries re-
sulted in paralysis of his lower
body. He was hospitalized at
Carolinas Medical Center and later
at the Institute of Rehabilitation of
Charlotte from June 27, 1994 until
October 6, 1994.
Thanks to the White Plains
Shrine Club and Shriners Gary
Whitaker and Carl and Kevin
Champion, the handsome young
Branch 9289 of Aid Association
for Lutherans, a fraternal insurance
company, will sponsor a benefit
BBQ luncheon for David Jenkins
on Sunday, July 16, at 12 noon at
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600
Aid Association for Lutherans is
a non-profit company and will
- match up to $1100 of money raised
at the benefit.
David, a 1993 graduate of Kings
Mountain High School and a varsi-
ty baseball player, attended St.
he came home in a wheel chair on
LIFE WITH A HALO
Jenkins' positive attitude helps him cope
with trials caused by swimming accident
athlete went to Shriners Hospital
in Philadelphia and was cast and
fitted on March 8 with leg braces
which help him to use a walker.
He drives his own car to classes
every day and brought home an
"A" for his English composition.
"I can go about as fast in this
wheelchair as someone with good
legs," laughed David as he relaxed
after school with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Barry Jenkins and his
older brother, Wayne.
"Of course I can't get on the
baseball field which is really the
love of my life."
David's upbeat attitude, by all
accounts, got him through the trials
of his recent illness. He's on the
Six feet two David was the win-
ning pitcher in the second game of
the 1993 KMHS state champi-
onship series which the Kings
Mountain Mountaineers won 2-1
David started playing T ball at
age six and never quit. He played
American Legion baseball three
years and cheers every high school
See Jenkins, 4-A
Resurrection Lutheran to sponsor benefit for David
Andrew's College and currently is
a student at Gaston College.
He is the third of four children
of Nell and Barry Jenkins. He has
an older sister, Mary Frances
Etters; an older brother, Wayne, 26,
and a younger sister, Annie, 15.
The public is invited to partici-
pate in the benefit in the church
fellowship hall. Contributions may
also be made by check to AAL
Branch 9289, Resurrection
Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent
Circle, Kings Mountain, 28086.
Jenkins’ brother injured in car wreck
One year from the date that their
younger son was seriously hurt in a
swimming accident the older son
of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jenkins was
seriously hurt in an automobile ac-
cident in Kings Mountain.
Tuesday Wayne Jenkins, 26,
came home from Carolinas
Medical Center where he under-
went surgery for torn ligaments in
his neck which will require a neck
brace for three months.
"We're just going to have to quit
meeting like this," Dr. Rick Finger,
of Kings Mountain, told family
members waiting after Wayne's
successful surgery at Carolinas
Another "small world" oddity is
that the Jenkins family lives in the
See Brother, 4-A
The new head of the narcotic-
s/vice division in the Cleveland
County Sheriff's Department, Lt.
Billy Benton, is serving in the
same position his late father held
for 17 years before his death in
"I love this challenge and Dad
loved it too," said Benton, who left
the Kings Mountain Police
Department after 21 1/2 years on
The first full-time narcotics offi-
cer at KMPD, Benton worked his
way up through the ranks from pa-
At one time the three Benton
brothers and their father all worked
in Cleveland County law enforce-
ment; the senior Benton in the
county sheriff's office under
Haywood Allen, Billy in Kings
Mountain, Gary Benton in Grover
and later with Gaston County PD
and Larry, a Lieutenant for 22
years in the Patrol Divisin of
Shelby Police Department.
As a rookie cop Benton got his
indoctrination into the role of un-
dercover investigations from his
father. He was asked to make a
drug buy. After that the local ad-
! ministration started a detective di-
vision with veteran officer Lt.
Richard Reynolds as head. In 1987
then Chief Warren Goforth promot-
ed Benton to the detective division.
Benton has been active with the
Blue Ridge Narcotics Task Force
and the Shelby-Kings Moutnain-
Lincolnton 27-B Task Force.
"My most terrifying experiences
were when two of our veteran offi-
cers, Captain Bob Hayes and Sgt.
Johnny Belk, were shot and the re-
alization hit home that we all put
our lives on the line," said Benton.
He will also never forget the ear-
ly morning of February 14, 1989
when his son was born during one
of the worst snow storms to ever
LT. BILLY BENTON
hit this area.
" I had been called out to investi-
gate a break-in at Western Auto
about 4 a.m. that morning and at 6
a.m. my wife said it was time to go
to the hospital," said Benton.
"Her doctor was in Charlotte so I
had to get my Blazer out and fol-
low the tracks of an 18-wheeler all
Born and reared in Shelby,
Benton, 42, graduated from Shelby
High School in 1970 and worked
for a short time at Minette Mills
before reporting for a three year
hitch with Uncle Sam's Army.
After his discharge, he was hired
by Chief Tom McDevitt at KMPD
and then completed rookie school.
Since those early years he served
with four Chiefs, including Junior
Roper, Earl Lloyd, Jackie Barrett
and Warren Goforth and worked
with Barrett and Bob Hayes twice
as interim chiefs.
"I have always enjoyed working
with everyone in the Kings
See Benton, 4-A