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City Council okayed plans Tuesday night to
build a public swimming pool by summer in a
master recreation plan.
City Manager Jimmy Maney and Recreation
Commission members praised the board for "tak-
ing a step in the right direction."
Establishing by unanimous vote a capital pro-
jects fund, the board earmarked $500,000 for a
new swimming pool; $1 million for a new law en-
forcement building; and $300,000 for improve-
ments to Davidson and Jake Early Parks.
The board authorized Parks & Recreation
Commission members to give input on the layout
of the park improvements with engineer Al
Moretz and authorized City Manager Jimmy
Maney to work with Stewart & Cooper Architects
and engineers to develop specifications so that
bids could be taken as soon as possible.
"We need to move on this project to have the
pool and two parks ready by summer," said
"Recreation improvements are just the begin-
ning," said Maney who said that capital projects
on the back burner for 10 year are now on the
"This is a step in the right direction," said an
elated David Allen, the new chairman of the
recreation commission succeeding veteran chair-
man councilwoman Norma Bridges. Mrs. Bridges
introdu : d Allen and other members of the com-
Earth-moving equipment graded the| site last
Wednesday as ground was broken for| the first
100,000 square feet structure in a nejw Kings
Mountain industrial pirk on the southbjbund ser-
vice road on the east side of I-85 off York) Road.
The project ay million invest--
ment for Johnson Development Assdciates of
Spartanburg, SC. A eee A ab
"This is a great day for Cleveland Cou|nty," said
Ted Hall, chairmati of the Cleveland County
nt Commission. |
: ent Foster Chaprian, Jim
© Crawley, chairman of the county board] of com-
missioners, and K ngs Mountain Magror Scott
Neisler echoed Hall's excitement. | I
Other county ¢ommissioners atten ding the
ere Mary Accor, Ray (Thomas,
Norma Bridges, Phil Hager and Dean Spears.
Also recognized| during the ceremonifs were’
; gry and Senator Walter| Dalton,
county EDC Dirgctor Steve Nye, Kings Mountain
City Manager Jimmy Maney, city planniihg direc-
tor Steve Killign and John Barker Sr. dnd John
Baker Jt. of Shelby, site location consultiints and
|| See Park, 3A] :
HOMECOMING QUEEN - Senior J
Joe Cabaniss; Other jmembers.
of City Council attending were Rick Murphrey,
ada Clark was crowned
Kings Mountain High homecoming queen during halftime cere-
monies of Friday night's game with igetom at John Gamble
GROUNDBREAKING - Plant and county officials break ground, above, for a new Kings Mountain
Industrial Park off York Road. From left, Ted Hall, chairman of the Cleveland County Economic
Development Commission; Garrett Scott and Foster Chapman of Johnson Development of
Spartanburg, SC; Phil Hager, Don Yelton, both of the county EDC, Steve Nye, EDC executive di-
rector, Franklin Mabry of the EDC board and John Barker Jr., realtor.
Funeral Friday |
for Rev. Bob Davis
Rev. Robert Gray Davis Sr.,
63, Hawthorne Road, died
Tuesday, October 7 at his home.
A native of Independence,
Mississippi, he was the son of
the late Van
Sr. and Ann
He was a
Education from Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary.
He pastored churches in
Kentucky, Indiana, West
Virginia, Virginia and Lowell,
NC. He was appointed career
missionary by the Southern
Baptist Home Mission Board in a= rors
1978. He became director of OVERMOUNTAIN MARCHERS - Pictured are
church and community min- Kings Mountain National Military Park Tuesday
See Davis, 7A Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain.
- Kings Mountain Hospital has new surgeon 2A
FBI looking for KM resident, $15 million 5B
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new swimming pool,
board's special meeting to review the conceptual
"We're all in agreement for the most part but
we want to review the plans," said Allen. "You
did say recreation is getting $800,000, didn't
you?" he asked.
Both Robinson and Bennett objected to other
activities in the walking track area designated for
senior citizens and walkers.
"We fought hard to get this track for the older
population and skateboarding and other activi-
ties would not be ideal," Robinson said.
Commission members also questioned if there
was adequate parking.
Under the proposed plan for Davidson Park
would be the addition of two T-ball fields, two
Little League baseball fields and two soccer fields
or in Moretz' words, "a little people's park." His
plan also calls for a one way street around the
complex and more than 120 parking spaces.
Moretz suggested closing Deal Street at the rear
of the community center and moving the swim-
ming pool closer to the community center, create
a skateboarding facility adjacent to the walking
track and place volleyball courts in the center of
the walking track. His plan also called for a small
amphitheater on the southeast side of the walk-
ing track and the addition of a baseball diamond
to the facility that contains Jake Early field. He
recommended the addition of 200 parking spaces.
Architects had recommended construction of a
Public hearing set
on sign for hospital
Public hearing by the city zoning board of ad-
justment on a request for a sign variance by Kings
Mountain Hospital has been continued until
Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers.
The board delayed action Tuesday to give Alex
Bell time to confer with doctors about consolida-
tion of a new sign that would include the names
of all doctors who currently operate clinics.
Currently the hospital has four free standing
signs on its property and is applying for a fifth
sign to be placed on King Street to list the names
of all doctors on staff.
Kings Mountain's zoning ordinance only per-
mits two signs. Currently the hospital has a mar-
quee type sign at the front of the building and in-
cidental signs on Edgemont and Sipe Street.
Herman Greene suggested that the hospital
consolidate the signs to conform with the ordi-
nance. He suggested that doctors who put up
signs at the front of their clinics attach wall signs
instead and include their names on a bigger sign
the hospital wants to put up on King Street for
benefit of patients.
Bell said the hospital has a number of physi-
cians ‘who operate clinics but the public doesn't
know about them.
See Sign, 3A
the Overmountain Marchers as they arrived at
at the celebration of the 217th anniversary of the
nior Olympic pool and a chil-