Lot of ‘Nunsense’
at KM Little Theatre
North Carolina Press Association
Vol. 108 No. 20
KM dental hygienist
dies in ValuJet crash
Around the dentist office Linda Jarvis had
amotto, “Sure we can,” when the schedule got
“It just seemed so impossible that some-
one so alive as Linda could have been on that
plane,” said Dr. Grady Howard Jr. at the shock-
ing'news Saturday that his dental hygienist for
16 1/2 years and her husband, Dan Jarvis, were
among the 109 people on board ValuJet Flight
592 which crashed in the Everglades minutes
after takeoff from the Miami airport.
Jarvis began working for Howard when he
opened his Kings Mountain practice in 1980.
She was out about a year when she had back
surgery but Howard said her abilities as a den-
tal hygienist went far beyond the call of duty,
recalling that she helped many of her patients
struggling with family problems or with health
problems and was always smiling and upheat
and fun to be around.
“Linda was a good neighbor to people from
all walks of life,” said Howard.
Howard’s office was closed Monday and
pathies to the families.
“ The only comfort is that Linda and Dan
were both Christians and we have the assur-
ance that they are in God’s presence,” said
KM Schools Superintendent
faces ticket scalping charge
A scalping tickets charge lev-
eled against Schools Supt. Dr. Bob
McRae March 7 and dropped April
3 by a Guilford County Assistant
District Attorney is being reopened
by the Greensboro Police
Lt. L. A. Rorer said a warrant
"With us getting the warrant
Friday afternoon I am assuming. it
did not go out in the mail until
Monday," Rorer said.
A spokesman in the Records
Department of the Greensboro
Police Department Linda Brandon
said that the warrant was mailed
on May 13 to the Cleveland
County Sheriff's Department.
A spokesman for the Cleveland
County Sheriff's Department said
the warrant had not been received
Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
Two detectives with the Vice
Division of the Greensboro Police
Department drew the new warrants
after a voluntary dismissal of the
charge against McRae was granted
on April 3 by Assistant DA David
Churchill in the Guilford County
Rorer said Herman Wright
Blalock Jr., also of Kings
Mountain, pled guilty to the same
charge and paid $60 court costs.
Rorer said that McRae, 48, of
Merrimont Avenue, and Blalock,
57, of 605 Plantation Place, were
arrested March 7 by vice officers
posing as basketball fans at the
Holiday Inn Four Seasons, 3121
High Point Road, near the
against McRae was reissued May
3 the ch
"Bob McRae didn't have
anything to do with it.”
arge was dismissed.”
"We were surprised when we
heard that the case had been dis-
missed and it was certainly not vol-
untary on the part of the police de-
partment,” said Rorer. Churchill
could not be reached for comment.
According to Dub Blalock, he
was staying at the Hilton in
Greensboro and had already pur-
chased upper level tickets but
learned that someone at the
Holiday Inn Four Seasons had tick-
ets near courtside.
"I said, T'm going over there and
get them and improve my seating,’
and Bob McRae said, Tl ride over
there with you."
Blalock said-he planned to sell
his upper level tickets "for what I
had in them" before purchasing the
lower level tickets. After entering
the lobby of the hotel, he said he
saw a man and woman in plain
clothes who appeared to be man
and wife who were asking if any-
one had tournament tickets to sell.
"When I started their way, Bob
McRae walked away," he said.
"Bob McRae didn't have anything
to do with it. I gave the man (Det.
Hoover) the tickets and he flashed
See McRae, 8-A
the entire staff went to Gastonia to extend sym-
Linda’s love for animals, particularly
horses and dogs, was evident in the pictures
around her station as she worked and she
brought flowers to work almost every day, said
“She was a tremendous dental assistant
who never failed to tell her patients to brush
and floss and to take care of their teeth, very
knowledgeable and an asset to our firm,” said
“We will miss both Linda and her husband
Howard called Mrs. Jarvis “a wonderful
teacher in dental hygiene who helped make his
practice in Kings Mountain a better place.
See Jarvis, 3-A
KM student wins
Dream Girl pageant
Thursday, May 16, 1996
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"If it's not broke, don't fix it,"
said Center Street resident Scott
Moss who Tuesday night joined
nine other neighbors, including
major industries, in opposing the
annexation by the city of 758 acres
along Canterbury Road, Second
il. Street and Industrial Park.
Public hearing by the City of
Kings Mountain on a major annex-
ation plan which will take in 775
acres, 131 people and 18 business-
es attracted about 30 people to
City Hall for a 45-minute public
hearing conducted by City Council.
Council members present were
Phil Hager, Dean Spears, Rick
Murphrey, Jerry Mullinax, Norma
Schools ask county for $2.5 million
County commissioners got a $2.5 million funding
request package from the Kings Mountain District
"I hope you brought us back the right answer," said
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae Monday night to county com-
missioner and Bethware Principal Mary Accor.
Mrs. Accor was present at the regular board meeting
for another reason. She was one of five Kings
Mountain elementary principals honored for success-
fully completing the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schols five year review. Also recognized were
principals and their representatives from West, East,
Grover, and North Schools.
Accor said the board is taking the school board's re-
quest for a 14.2 percent increse in funding into consid-
Tabled until next month action on the proposed
ninth grade family life curriculum revision. McRae
- said that one entry in the curriculum involving statis-
tics was questioned at the recent public hearing and the
figures needed to be researched.
Set May 24 as an all-day work session beginning at
8:30 a.m. in the administration building.
Endorsed the nomination of Hoyt Bailey of the
county board of education for reappointment to the
Board of Trustees of Cleveland Community College.
Took the recommendation from finance director
Terry Haas regarding student insurance and awarded
the insurance program to American Bankers Life at
$8,996 yearly for athletic insurance or $30.60 per ath-
lete and offered parents a choice of basic, economy or
Funding levels aren't expected to be set by county premium plans for student accident and dental insur-
commissioners before June 30. ance .
The proposed operating expense budget projects a
five percent raise for teachers, a five percent supple-
mental increase, 4 1/4 new teaching positions, $5 per
child for instructional supplies and an after-school re-
medial program for K-8 students. Money would also
go for fax machines, state contracted work in mainte-
Former Kings Mountain resident Ed Henry Smith presents books
written by his late wife, Elizabeth Simpson Smith, to Kings Mountain
District School's Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Jane
King. The books will be placed in the libraries of the elementary
schools. One of Smith's books was published in braille and another
won a national award.
nance and for athletic insurance.
education or cut some programs.
In actions of the meeting, the board:
Approved the last day of each month as the pay
date for ten month employees pending needed legisla-
tive action to rescind the current legislation which set
the pay date at the 15th of each month.
Awarded the low bid to Modular Technologies Inc.
of Kinston at $21,304 for a modular classroom to be
Unless the system gets funding requests McRae said placed at East School. McRae said the space situation
at a recent meeting that the options were to raise the 18 is becoming critical at East Elementary. The double-
percent supplemental tax, use sales tax revenues for wide mobile unit would be placed on the Bypass side
of the building and would accommodate a regular size
Bridges and Ralph Grindstaff.
Councilman Jerry White was ab-
sent. City Manager Gary Hicks,
City Attorney Mickey Corry,
Mayor Scott Neisler, City Clerk
Marilyn Sellers and several depart-
ment heads were also present.
No action was taken. The mayor
said the Council could act within a
period of 10-90 days of the public
hearing. The next meeting of
Council is May 28.
Speaking against the annexation
by Kings Mountain were Charles
Ford, representing Firestone; Ken
Yarbro representing Buddy
See Road, 3-A
The North Carolina Department
of Transportation (NCDOT) will
hold a public hearing Tuesday at 7
p.m. at B. N. Barnes Auditorium to
i oposed new highway
to Shelby Road (US 74 Business).
The proposed project will re-
quire realigning and extending sev-
eral intersecting roads and the con-
struction of a bridge over the
Additional right of way and the re-
location of homes and businesses
will be required for this project.
All interested individuals are en-
couraged to attend the hearing.
NCDOT representatives will be
available to provide information,
answer questions and receive com-
ments. Maps setting forth Alternate
I - the preferred location and de-
sign - and Alternate 2 are available
for public review in the Kings
Mountain City Hall lobby at 101
West Gold Street in Kings
The Kings Mountain Board of
Education, in a letter to DOT
April 1, requested that should the
project be done in phases that the
first phase to be completed be the
phase that would connect Business
74 to Phifer Road.
"This would alleviate the traffic
congestion and efficiently move
cars away from our schools to their
particular destinations,” said
Chairman Ronnie Hawkins.
Steve Killian, the city's planning
director, said right of way acquisi-
tion is expected to begin in 1997
and construction is expected to be-
gin in 1998 for the $6.8 million
Dixon School Road extension.
Right of way acquisition costs
are estimated to be $860,000.
Alternative I would displace 10
residences and one business.
The new road would provide
motorists with a north-south con-
nector between Business 74 and I-
85 and create road user costs sav-
ings. Also a grade separated
railcrossing over the Norfolk
Southern would be beneficial, said
Killian when he outlined the plan
for members of the Board of
Adjustments meeting in March.
Alternative I is labeled the state's
The new route, as proposed,
would cross SR 2305 (Compact
School Road), NC: 216,
(Battleground Road), the Norfolk
Southern Railway, SR 2263,
(Margrace /Road, SR 2256 (Phifer
Road) approximately 1500 feet
west of the Kings Mountain
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