Member North Carolina Press Association Vol. 109 No. 06 a City looks at Bojangles site plans City Planning Director Steve Killian said the city has looked at a site plan for a proposed Bojangles and negotiations are still underway by the company for property acquisition. Meantime, Killian said that construction is well underway for a permanent Doctor's Clinic on Cleveland Avenue in the same area that Bojangles is looking at property for a restau- rant. A temporary Doctor's Clinic is operated presently on Cleveland Avenue by Gaston Memorial Hospital. Other proposed construction projects are taking shape. Landscaping contractors started clearing away under- brush and old trees last Wednesday at White Oak Manor in preparation for a $48,000 landscaping project in line with neighborhood re- quests for more buffering. White Oak plans a 60-bed ex- pansion and City Council gave approval to the rezoning re- quest last week. Killian said that grading is underway at the site of the pro- posed assisted living retirement complex across from the Kings Mountain Middle School in Southwoods Development. "With good weather we should see more progress there," he said. Ingles has not Somitien a re- quest for a building permit nor a site plan. However, Killian said Ingles has the option to seck an amendment from City Council to the portion of the re- cently adopted zoning ordi- nance Ingles questions or to re- quest a variance to the Kings Mountain Board of Adjustment. Ingles has raised objections to a provision in the new ordinance requiring more trees, citing safety reasons to prospective customers. Killian said the planning board will take a look at a re- zoning request from Phillip Elam of Mars Hill, formerly of Kings Mountain, at the February 18 meeting. Killian said that an Indiana company is eying the 80 acres off Crocker Road to build manufactured homes that could employ up to 250 people. Shelby Realtor John Barker . has submitted the Elam applica- tion for rezoning from residen- tial to light industry. Members of Brownie Scout Troop 984, sponsored by the North mene School PTO, took advantage of Monday's sun and 69-degree temperature to have some fun on the sliding board at 0 playgr : GROVER - The Town of: ~ Grover currently uses an honor system to employ three part time police officers and some- times it poses a dilemma, ac- cording to Mayor Ronald Queen. Queen on Monday appoint- ed veteran officer and Grover ..resident Ed Pheagin to super- vise the present staff of part- time officers Jerry White and Debbie Arrowood and run the police department. Grover may consider GROVER - Town Council may look at farming out the garbage collection business to an independent hauler, Mayor Ronald Queen said Monday. The matter surfaced at the Town Board meeting when Queen said the town must re- duce by 40 percent the amount of garbage it hauls to the county . landfill in the next 10 years. Queen was directed by the board to send out a letter to all residents strongly encouraging w ich The mayor said the dilemma arises when the three officers, who are employed full time by Cleveland County Sheriff's Department, must report to their full time jobs first and there is. none to meet Grover schedules. "We're working with volun- teers but I am going to push for a full time officer in the upcom- ing budget," Queen said at Monday night's board meeting as the board took his suggestion recycling. "I am concerned that we are spending quite a bit of money to do the job ourselves when we may be able to get a contractor to do the work cheaper," he told the board. The town owns its own garbage truck and pays for the labor to haul the garbage to the county landfill. Queen said that residents are using the recycling bins at City Hall mostly to dump newspa- pTHE-9808L, 7a! LOH ia 9 AY "5 5000 %% 1805 A NIV LNOOH SNES A INAH 89 Te Wi 2661-1 AY Leal Sonn a Kings Mountain, N.C. « 28086 * 50¢ Area citizens speak in favor of building a new 5-6 school A majority of people attending the first public hearing on how to spend school bond money Thursday night favored the building of a new 5- 6 school. An informal poll taken by Board of Education Chairman Ronnie Hawkins revealed that 49 of the 50 people present at Kings Mountain Middle - School preferred a grades 5-6 school instead of two other options: a new K-5 school or using the $6.1 million for capital projects at the present school plants. Several parents said that using the money to fix up the present plants when there was little room for expansion was merely applying a bandaid. The next public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the board room of Central School. The third and last public hearing will be held Feb. 18th at 7 p.m. at Grover School. Supt. Dr. Bob McRae, who reviewed three op- tions for the use of the bond funds, said a grades 5-6 school would mean less redistricting and de- crease the overcrowded situation at the Middle School but it would cost about $10 million. "We would have to stretch to get the extra mon- ey and we would need about 20 acres of land which could cost as‘ much as $5,000 per acre," he said. McRae said a grades 5-6 school could house 800 students and would create another principal- ship in the system Tim Echols asked how the system would raise ‘the additional cash. McRae said a local bond issue would not be a strong possibility. School counselor Florrie Hamrick said that a new grades 5-6 school would be ideal for 11 and 12 year old children who are finding it hard to make the transition to middle school. "We have sixth graders at the Middle School striving for attention because they want to im- press their older friends," she said. Hamrick and her husband, Larry Hamrick Jr., called a band aid in their opinion, the school population . lo / ws: Bethw : well together and also applauded the idea of a new grades 5-6 school. McRae pointed out that building a new grades K-5 school would create a significant redistricting of clementary school lines, a reshuffling of in- town students who would not have a great dis- tance of bus travel. He said an elementary school could require 10-15 acres of land and had no sug- gestions as to its location. Hawkins said that since the growth area is primarily in the Grover and Bethware areas that it had been suggested the school be located in the Bethlehem Community. "We've already had a few people come forward with land to sell,” Hawkins said. Board member B. S. Peeler suggested that per- haps a land owner would donate some property. McRae said the school bond money could be used for new schools and to buy land or renovate present buildings but not for maintenance or for mobile units or to use for any projects at the Central office complex. McRae said grades K-3 are the largest in the : system with some 400 students and that the ele- mentary schools and middle schools "are already cramped for space." He said the system may have to utilize as many as four mobile units next school year. McRae said the schools receives a half million dollars a year from Cleveland County sales tax distribution and Kings Mountain citizens pay a supplemental school tax. He also said the system receives $280,000 from the county each year but that money is needed for emergencies such as roof repairs and could not be used to fund build- ing projects. McRae said the Middle School opened in the late 1980s with 825 students and is projecting 1050 by the turn of the century. He said currently grades i isatiy | to name veteran officer Pheagin as supervisor in charge of the police department. "We need a person in charge to be sure that the accident re- ports and other paperwork are handled and sent to Raleigh," said the mayor, who is a full- time supervisor at Grover Industries. A But Robert Roper and William Farrell questioned the need for a Grover Police Department, saying that per- haps the Soul could take over the responsibility Farrell com- pared the population of Grover with neighboring Patterson Springs which operates no po- lice department. But Councilman Robbie Sides, a former county deputy and a former city policeman, and Grover native Martha Hicks Turner said a local police department is a real need. "People think the streets roll up at night but there is crime in farming out garbage pers. Board member Elizabeth Throop said she usually loaded her car with recyclables and took them to the recycling cen- ter at Midpines in Kings Mountain. "There is also a county recy- cling center in Earl that Grover residents could use," she added. In a related action, Council member Robbie Sides made the motion and the board agreed that the city offer to pick up re- _ cyclables at the homes of elder- ly residents. Councilman Jack Herndon agreed, saying that most senior citizens recycle but have difficulty getting the items to Town Hall. In other actions, the board: Approved a $1,000 per month payment to the Grover Fire Department for fire protection. The town gave the department a 100-year lease for $1 a year and that contract is up for re- newal in 2088. . ® Kings Mountain People this area," said Sides, who said county officers can't possibly cover every town in the county = at the same time. = "We are a municipality and we pay taxes for police protec- = tion," Sides said. £ "Our goal is to make people feel safe and I'll do what I can to keep the police here." Turner said she was proud of the good service she secs from police on a daily basis. collection Authorized City Attorney Mickey Corry to draft an ordi- nance to regulate parking on Main Street, at the railroad side and curbside. Violation would mean a civil penalty. Councilman Noel Spivey was asked ' to fcontact ithe Department of Transportation for signs. Approved a $1500 grant to the city recreation department for a basketball league. Edith Queen Crow, 85, never dreamed she'd be a minister's wife. "My husband brought me flowers one day and then pro- posed after a courtship of two months,” said the petite grand- mother and widow of retired Baptist minister Rev. C. C. Crow. She said she listened to his sermons from the pew but nev- er critiqued them during their nine years of marriage. Mrs. Crow was introduced to Rev. Crow by his former wife who died after an illness. "She used to come and visit me while C.C. was on preaching missions all over the Kings Mountain Baptist Association and we be- came great friends,” said Edith Crow. Mrs. Crow has a reputation with her West Mountain Street neighbors as being a caring homemaker who shares vegeta- bles almost year round from her | garden, cakes from her oven and beautiful handmade quilts she can turn out from her quilt- ing frames in quick time. The winter months are Crow's favorite times to quilt and one of her favorites now on her frames is a blue and white star quilt. Another quilt features dessert plates. At an age when her contem- poraries relax in their rocking chairs on the porch, Edith Crow mows and rakes her own yard, with assistance at times from friends like Mary Adams, tends her own garden with assistance in preparing the soil from friend John Beam and drives her 1985 Ford Station Wagon." Crow used to drive to the mountains about four times cv- ery year but admits she doesn't take quite as many trips now. She served her last tomato from her winter garden this week but her freezer is stocked with homemade soups and oth- Edith likes being neighborly er delicacies that she shares with company and neighbors. Fifteen years ago Mrs. Crow underwent surgery for a pace- maker and is in apparently fine health. She walks to nearby First Baptist Church when the weather is good and used. to walk at least two miles a day. She is a familiar neighbor to C. D. Ware and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Austin and often helps Mr. Ware with exercises since he has been homebound for some time. She visited Ware Tuesday on his 89th birthday. Collecting dolls is a hobby that Crow started years ago and she has received dolls from friends all over the country. Born in Marble in in the Western North Carolina moun- tains near Murphy, Crow never received dolls as a child grow- ing up in a family of seven chil- dren. See Crow, 8-A LIKES BEING NEIGHBORLY - Sharing with her neighbors and friends her hobbies of garden- ing, quilting and doll collecting keeps Edith Crow busy.