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17-year-old David Adkins
battling A Plastic Anemia
worsened and we took him for tests at the hospital and
to our surprise found he had A Plastic Anemia," said
the senior Adkins.
Young Bud was in the Carolinas Medical Center for
three weeks and two days and Tuesday he returned to
the hospital for more blood tests and more platelets
and continues taking medication at home while wait-
ing for a bone marrow match.
Mrs. Adkins, who is medically disabled, is caring
for Bud and taking him on regular visits to the doctors
and hospital. Her husband continues on his job at
Minette Mills in Grover.
The Adkins have two other children, Kenneth, 15,
who is his brother's best friend, and Virginia Black, 19.
David "Bud" Adkins, 17, is facing a major challenge
in his life but he's leaving the problem to God and tak-
ing one day at a time.
The Midpines Community resident and Minette
Mills employee needs a bone marrow transplant. His
name has been entered in a world-wide bank which
matches up prospective donors.
Until two months ago "Bud," as he is affectionately
called by his friends, worked the first shift at Minette
Mills in Grover, leaving work with his father, David,
about 5:30 a.m. each morning. He usually spent after-
noons playing baseball or basketball or just hanging
out with his friends.
"Bud was slow getting up one morning and said he
didn't feel well and then he started vomiting blood,"
said his father.
"My wife Sheila and I took him to a doctor and he
was at first diagnosed with sinus infection but things
See Adkins, 12-A
They are a close-knit family who moved from the Oak E
Grove Community to the Midpines community 2 1/2
Shelby Police Lt. Willie McIntosh led his party in
the Cleveland County Primaries Tuesday as voters
ousted incumbent county commissioner Cecil Dickson
and also nominated Democrats Jack Spangler, politi-
cal newcomer John McBrayer and Republicans Joe
Cabaniss of Shelby and political newcomers Ruby
Alexander of Kings Mountain and Ray Thomas of
~ November's general election will pit two former
county commissioners, Spangler, a Democrat, and
Cabaniss, a Republican and former Democrat, against
Incumbent Republicans hang on
In the 48th House District
Debbie Clary, a Shelby radio
broadcaster, led the field with
3,809 votes or 30 percent of the
vote and John Weatherly, a three
term state representative from
Kings Mountain, placed second
with 3,742 votes or 29 percent.
Incumbent Republicans survived
challenges in both the 37th District
Senate and 48th House District
Crest High School teacher and
freshman Senator Dennis Davis of
Lattimore beat Shelby businessman
C. C. Guy 54-44 percent in unoffi-
cial returns and faces
Rutherfordton lawyer Walter
Dalton in the fall election.
Dalton was unopposed for the
Democratic nomination. Davis had
Bonnie Reece of Kings
Mountain easily won reelection to
her office as Cleveland County
Register of Deeds over two oppo-
nents Tuesday in the May
Dean Allen survived a close three Primaries which saw a light turnout
way contest for the final spot with of voters go to the polls in Kings
2,162 votes or 17 percent. Tony Mountain and throughout the coun-
Helton won 1,744 votes or 14 per- ty. ;
cent of the vote and Rutherford
County. Planning Commission
Reece received 4,359 votes.
Second place finisher was 1s Gaynell
third term in the 25th Senate de-
feating Polkville water chemist
Buck Carr 87-13 percent in the
Democratic primary. Hoyle re-
ceived 6,932 votes to Carr's 1,015.
The victory set up a Hoyle vs.
Hoyle ticket in the fall. David
Hoyle will face Ray Hoyle, a
Republican who had no primary
opposition. The Hoyles are not re-
the 48th House Seat Shelby pahior
Andy Dedmon led the field with
8,041 votes or 28 percent of the
vote. Dedmon was a close con-
tender for the seat in the 1994
Doug Pearson, a former
Rutherford county school superin-
Reco was nied May 1995
by the Democratic Executive
Committee and approved by the
county commissioners in June
1995 to succeed the retiring Doris
Borders. She came to her present
position from the Cleveland
County Finance Department where
. she served six years.
See Election, 12-A
City workers, prison inmates
prepare Moss Lake for summer
Mclntosh's appointment by the board was over-
turned last year by a federal judge citing possible con-
flict of interest because MclIntosh's boss, Police Chief
Charlie Vanhoy, is the son of commissioner E. T.
Vanhoy. The senior Vanhoy did not seek reelection.
Dickson, who has served as board chairman, re-
ceived 1,858 votes.
Mcintosh led the Democrats with 4,484 votes;
Spangler, a retired truck driver from Lawndale, had
3,651; and McBrayer, an industrial sales representative
from Shelby, had 2,732 votes. Fourth place finisher
was Ken Cook of Kings Mountain, a political new-
comer, with 2,601 votes and fifth place finisher was
John Goforth, son of a former commissioner, with
2,361 votes. Frank Cloyd received 1,391 votes and
Robert Williams received 956 votes.
Leading the Republicans was Cabaniss, a retired
savings bank executive from Shelby with 1,663. votes
‘| Alexander, Kings Mountain building contractor and
: de lope ad 1, 482 votes and Thomas, a petroleum
talking with more citizens. * said lores
A field of 12 candidates - eight Democrats and four
Republicans - were inthe running.
While the candidates participated in several forums
in the county they did not address controversial topics
and focused on crime as being a major target on which
the board should focus attention during the next four
Sam Christopher casts his vote in the May
Primaries Tuesday at the Grover precinct at
Grover Town Hall. See Dickson, 12-A
Three percent pay increase
included in proposed budget
City crews led by Public Works
grounds maintenance supervisor
Jeff Hall and his four-man crew
and seven inmates with the Gaston
Correctional Center at Dallas are
sprucing up and cleaning up the
grounds and picnic areas at city-
owned Moss Lake.
"It looks like a different place,"
said Hall last Thursday afternoon
as workers cut off banks high with
grass and debris, cleared dead
limbs from trees, picked up trash
and painted buildings and rest
rooms at bath houses.
Hall was recently assigned the
lake duty along with his responsi-
bilities overseeing the city's 11 ma-
jor pieces of equipment bushhog
and grass cutting activity.
Department of Corrections
Officer Ben Sharpe said prison
work crews had been involved in a
number of clean-up activities with
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae presents plaques to Mary Accor, left, Principal of the Year, and Laura Dixon,
Teacher of the Year, during the annual Service Awards Banquet of Kings Mountain District Schools
the streets and public works depart-
ment and last Thursday was a per-
fect day to work outdoors and par-
ticularly at Moss Lake where his
crew was busy all day but enjoyed
the lake atmosphere.
Recently work crews cleared the
banks at old City Stadium high
with grass and limbs and the city's
knuckleboom equipment hauled off
2 1/2 loads of trash.
It was the same story Thursday
as the knuckleboom operated by
Jeff Hannah was busy.
The inmates have been in Kings
Mountain four or five times since
December 11 on various beautifi-
Hall joined the city staff about a
yedr ago and previously worked
with the City of Gastonia.
Grass and weeds at least two
See Lake, 12-A
Jeff Hannah operates the city's knuckleboom as Correctional
Center inmates load debris at the city-owned Moss Lake as workers
cut grass and cleaned up the park and picnic areas.
Kings Mountain's Teacher of the
Year Laura Dixon got her incentive
to teach as a third grader growing
up in Hendersonville and peer tu-
toring first graders.
The Kings Mountain Middle
School 8th grade teacher of
Science and Reading received the
Kings Mountain District School's
top award among eight teachers
tapped by their respective schools
at the ninth annual Service Awards
Banquet at Kings Mountain High
School Cafeteria Monday night.
Other teachers vying for the cov-
eted honor were: Sandra Mullinax,
fifth grade, Bethware; Heather
Tallent, fourth grade East; Tommy
Wright, fifth grade Grover; Mark
Bryson, third grade North; Suzie
Roberts, first grade West; Dan
Potter, High School; and Belinda
A 3 percent across-the-boards
pay raise for all city employees and
cost of privatization of sanitation
pickup will be penciled in the new
city budget for 1996-97, said inter-
im City Manager Gary Hicks after
the city's mini retreat Saturday.
Hicks said the Council will
make the final decision during a
presentation of the budget at a later
Saturday the five of seven City
Council members gave the okay to
Hicks to proceed with budget de-
liberations taking in the two items.
"Council will have to make the
final decision on how to spend
money in the upcoming budget and
how to pay for any capital pro-
jects," said Hicks after the meeting
which began at 9:15 a.m. and end-
ed about 2 p.m.
Hicks said the city can save
money by contracting sanitation
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae said all
eight teachers were on the front
lines of education but that every-
one played a supporting role in
their successes in the classroom.
"The excellence comes from
planning and dedication to duty,"
he told the large crowd.
Carole Elliott, 1996 Teacher of
the Year, presented the plaque to
Wife of Eric Dixon, Kings
Mountain native and Belmont
banker, Mrs. Dixon came to
KMMS six years ago from Grier
Junior High School where she
taught seventh grade Science for
two years. Daughter of Ken and
English Parker Street
' Pat Calhoun of Hendersonville, she
graduated from Hendersonville
service not only now but in future
Hicks said the annual savings
would be $52,404 to the city with
the curbside pickup to homeowners
cut from $8.61 to $7.75 for a once
per week pickup. Currently, 3,450
households are served twice week-
Under the contracting service,
solid waste pickup would be limit-
ed to once per week with recycled
items picked up once per week us-
ing vendor supplied 18 gallon con-
tainers. Total monthly cost on the
present system is $28,725 com-
pared with total contractor operat-
ing cost for a year at $320,850.
Although Department heads pre-
sent at the meeting did not present.
publicly their "wish lists" for capi-
tal improvements, discussion cen-
See Council, 12-A
Dixon KM Teacher of Year
High School and earned her under-
graduate and graduate degrees
from UNC at Chapel Hill. The
Dixons, who now reside in
Gastonia, have a son, Alex, 3 1/2.
Mrs. Dixon is active in the Gaston
Junior League. The family attends
Central United Methodist Church
in Kings Mountain.
The announcement of the
Principal of the Year award to
Bethware Principal Mary Accor
was made earlier in the school year
but McRae took the occasion to
present the plaque to Accor.
A former teacher, assistant prin-
cipal and first principal of the new
alternate school at Parker Street,
Mrs. Accor is a member of the
county board of commissioners.
See Awards, 11-A