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(Kings Mountain Boys and Girls
Club Basketball League results).
Magic 34, Bullets 26
Magic - Brandon Roberts 10,
Jason Nichols 10. Bullets - Sedrik
Young 10, Dashawn Young 10.
Bulls 40, Jazz 33
Bulls - Brad Thombs 11,
Jermaine Smith 10. Jazz - Ronald
Goode 12, A.J. Link 10.
Rockets 43, Hornets 33
Rockets - Pierre Owens 11,
Tyler Adams 10, Grayling Elliott
10. Hornets - Josh Burris 10,
Micah Burris 10.
Lakers 42, Sonics 39
Lakers - Marcus Odums 12,
Adrian Parker 11. Sonics - Sergio
McClain 13, Joran Young 11.
Jazz 43, Bullets 34
Jazz - Pablo Peralta 18, A.J.
Link 12. Bullets - Dashawn Young
12, Jeffery Currence 10.
Rockets 51, Lakers 49
Rockets - Joe Leach 10, Tyler
Adams 10, Pierre Owens 10.
Lakers - Banieca Watkins 13,
Crystal Miller 10, Toni Adams 8.
Heat 36, Hornets 31
Heat - Bubba Smarr 11, Chris
Leach 10. Hornets - Troy Link 12,
James Biggers 8.
Sonics 57, Suns 55
Sonics - Maurice Hunt 14, Tae
Roebuck 10, Steven McCleave 10.
Suns - Michael Adams 17, Tony
Crocker 10, Cahari Poole 10.
Arkansas 92, Kansas 84
Arkansas - Alex Burris 20, Jason
Wade 19, Anthony Pettyjohn 11.
Kansas - Brad Jones 26, Cameron
Banks 13, Dyke Moore 10.
UCLA 86, Michigan 78
UCLA - Ralphel Williams 18,
Lamar Adams 16, Kenny Moore
13. Michigan - Thomas McClain
12, Tarbarac Bell 11, Sarbarac Bell
Michigan 92, Arkansas 88
Michigan - Sarbarac Bell 14,
Shawn Adams 14, Rodney Smarr
10, Tarbarac Bell 10. Arkansas -
Anthony Pettyjohn '18, Michael
Wilson 16, Kevin Henderson 11.
UCLA 130, Kansas 103
UCLA - Lamar Adams 17,
Ralphel Williams 26, Tony Crank
16. Kansas - Troy Owens 25,
Rodney Brown 12, Mike Wilson
Players of the Week - Tae, .
Roebuck (9-under), Grayling
Elliott (10-under), Tyler Adams
(11-under), Pierre Owens (13-un-
der), Tarbarac and Sarbarac Bell
(14-under), Ralphel Williams (16-
Academic player of the week -
Rookie of the week - Shamar
12-under standings - Rockets 2-
0, Magic 1-0, Bulls 1-0, Heat 1-0,
Lakers 1-1, Sonics 1-1, Jazz 1-1,
Suns 0-1, Hornets 0-2, Bullets 0-2.
17-under standings - UCLA 2-0,
Arkansas 1-1, Michigan 1-1,
Carolina 1-1, Duke 0-2, Kansas 0-
This week's games:
Thursday - Bulls vs. Rockets
5:30; Lakers vs. Heat 6:30.
Friday - 5-7 year olds vs.
Gastonia, 7 p.m.; 8-9 year olds vs.
Gastonia, 8 p.m.
Saturday - Hornets vs. Suns
11:30, Jazz vs. Lakers 12:30, 10-12
year olds vs. Gastonia 12 noon,
Michigan vs. Kansas 1:30,
Arkansas vs. UCLA 2:30, Carolina
vs. Duke 3:30, Gardner-Webb trip
Monday - Magic vs. Hornets
5:30, Bullets vs. Suns 6:30.
(Kings Mountain Parks and
Recreation Department Basketball
7-8 YOUTH LEAGUE
Celtics 10, Magic 8
Magic - George Myers 4. Celtics
- Matthew Harbinson 6.
Lakers 30, Bulls 14
Bulls - Matt Rice 6. Lakers -
Will Franks 10 Darik Gary 10.
Freightliner 65, Spectrum 51
Freightliner - Bobby Bell 11.
Spectrum - Gary Carter 22.
Bali 68, Anvil 57
Anvil - Scott Brooks 13, Banks
13. Bali - Mike Helms 24.
Commercial 72, Wirtz 70
Commercial - Mike Herring 13.
Wirtz - Barry Powell 25.
Resurrection 96, Family 86
Res. - Daniel Honeycutt 36.
Family - Kyle Sellers 27
1st Baptist 75, 1st Wesleyan 69
FB - Ryan Hollifield 30. FW -
. Toby Deaton 21.
could not be made from funds
which ended the year with a profit
such as the water and sewer fund
which ended the year with $1.18
million. Parsons explained that the
electric department borrowed
$414,000 from the water/sewer
fund and it took until December to
repay it. State law says funds bor-
rowed must be repaid in 60 days
and establishes other criteria for
transfers, she said.
Mayor pro tem Phil Hager sug-
gested that Council could have
made a budget amendment and
transferred money from the
water/sewer fund to reach the 8
percent figure in reserves for this
year. Keller said state statutes
say that in order to transfer from
one utility account to the other
there must be cash to make the
transfer and the transfer can't cause
the expenditures to exceed the rev-
Parsons said the next letter from
the LGC will outline how transfers
can be made and the necessary
steps. She said that the mayor and
full Council will receive copies of
the letter which was being mailed
Parsons said the LGC acknowl-
edged that the city has made im-
provements in its financial picture.
It's evidence that Council made
the correct decision last year in ap-
proving the budget," said Keller.
Keller, in response to Bridges,
said that even though the
water/sewer fund showed a profit
of $175,000 at December 31, 1995
that no transfers could be made or
expenditures would have exceeded
Bridges wanted to know why the
Secondary roads remained coat-
ed with ice Thursday night when
the second winter storm of the
The city's garbage truck was at a
standstill most of the week but
Public Works Supt. Karl Moss said
citizens could leave their trash in
plastic bags on curbside and sanita-
tion crews in a city pickup would
collect the garbage. As soon as the
sunshine melted the roads Monday,
the big truck was back in service.
1... There were no power outages re-
ported and ‘no busted water pipes
reported by residents in the Kings
Mountain city limits.
City crews estimated that be-
city could not have made budget
amendments to satisfy the state so
the city would quit getting slapped
every year for failing to meet crite-
Both Neisler and Bridges asked
why Powell Bill Funds could not
be utilized to pay salaries of street
workers to relieve the pressure off
the general fund.
Councilman Rick Murphrey re-
minded that even though the wa-
ter/sewer fund has money in the
bank that a $600,000 water bond
payment is due this spring as well
as a $300,000 payment for a water
treatment plant basin.
"We need to build up the re-
serves in each fund as we attempt-
ed to do in the budget we adopted
last year and it's a start in the right
direction," he said.
Bridges said the Council needs
to take whatever steps necessary to
get the city in a better position with
The mayor says he is concerned
there is a moratorium on gas taps
he called the bread and butter of
the city and the water and sewer
department with $1 million in the
"We need to hire employees in
the gas department and we need to
put gas taps in the ground," he said.
Hicks agreed that measures
should be taken to sell more gas
and said the staff is working on
ways to allocate funds for taps.
The Mayor said he is also con-
cerned that residential water rates
went up and the city has $1 million
in surplus in the water/sewer de-
"If the city had not raised rates
we would not have had all of this
surplus," said Councilman Dean
tween 2-3 inches of the white stuff
fell again Thursday, resulting in
few problems for citizens. The
first winter snow brought 4-6 inch-
es to the area.
Because of the depth of ice on
roads plus the added layer of snow
some roads in the county were im-
passable Friday and both city and
county road crews were getting
District Highway Engineer
Clyde Ledbetter said 70 workers
rotated shifts and were on duty
constantly since the first snow be-
gan to fall last Saturday, January 6.
More than 1,100 tons of salt had
been used to clear at least a portion
of the more than 1,200 miles of
state-maintained roads in the coun-
ty. Early costs of the clean-up have
been estimated at over $200,000.
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"We have no problem with pay-
ing the bond payments this spring
or our creditors and that's because
each one of you has made an effort
to stay within the budget that you
adopted last year," he said.
Keller pointed out that several
years ago during the recession that
the cash balance was very low.
"You can't control what will hap-
pen during a recession and that's
why we need to get this 8 percent
fund balance every year," he said.
"You need a cushion to protect
yourselves in emergencies."
Keller said that even though the
city may realize a profit of
$141,000 during the first half of
the fiscal year that the amount will
be only half the amount of money
it takes to pay interest on bonds the
city owes, not even half of the
"If you duplicate that profit in
the next six months it still won't
pay the bond payment and that's
bad," he said.
Mayor Scott Neisler said he
hoped that revenues would rise in
utilities during the next six months.
Keller suggested that the board
meet with him in April for another
review of the financial picture to
stay on top of it.
"If we fall short we will need to
make some budget amendments,"
said interim Manager Gary Hicks.
Hicks cautioned the board that it
must monitor spending and keep a
close eye on keeping within the
"You could be looking at a
break-even year instead of a prof-
it," said Keller.
Hicks suggested that the board
look at the financial figures again
at end of February and monitor the
situation month by month and
Council agreed unanimously.
At year-end the city had spent
only $160,000 in Powell Bill mon-
ey and budgeted $596,120 but
Parsons said that streets approved
had not been paved.
Neisler suggested that some of
the Powell Bill funds be used to
ease the pressure off the general
fund and for salaries and other
"I see nothing wrong with that
suggestion," said Hicks, who said
he had never worked for a city be-
fore that did not use its Powell Bill
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monies for street salaries and
Hicks said he would review the
correct procedures. "It's at your
discretion how you spend the mon-
ey," he said.
Hicks said he would get a list of
streets that have already been ap-
proved for improvements and have
them ready for Council at the next
meeting and that work orders
would be used for all equipment
and for portions of eligible salaries.
"It's foolish not to use some of
the money for salaries," he said.
"We're sitting on a half million
dollars of Powell Bill money and
not using it," said Councilwoman
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