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Vol. 110 No. 31
City and state Department of
Transportation officials will for-
mally dedicate the J. Ollie Harris
Highway, the stretch of road of the
Kings Mountain by-pass, at 10 a.m.
ceremonies Friday at Kings Moun-
tain City Hall.
Mayor Scott Neisler will present
a resolution from the city to mem-
: 7 bers of the late
the public to
Harris was such
us,” said the
a = Department has
Ollie Harris already in-
stalled the new green signs bearing
the Senator’s name.
Harris, a Kings Mountain morti-
cian since July 1947 when he
founded Harris Funeral Home, held
the record of holding public office
longer than any other person in
Cleveland County, 42 years. Dean
of the North Carolina Senate, he
served 10 terms and was the first
person elected from the newly ’
formed district of Cleveland and
Rutherford Counties. From 1947
until 1970 he was Cleveland County
Coroner. He was president of the
State Board of Embalmers and the
State Funeral Director’s Associa-
tion, Commander of the American
Legion and Veterans of Foreign
Wars, president of the Kings
Mountain Lions Club and American
Red Cross Chapter, former chair-
man of the board of deacons at
Kings Mountain Baptist Church,
and a volunteer fireman. He re-
ceived the Bronze Star after serving
in Bastogne, Belgium during the
Battle of the Bulge in December
He and Abbe Jane Wall Harris
were married 62 years before their
deaths in 1996. They had two
children: Jane Wall Harris of Kings
Mountain and the late John O.:
Harris Jr., of Houston, Texas. Ms.
Harris and John O. Harris III of
Kings Mountain, grandson of
Senator Harris, have been invited to
attend the ceremonies along with
other family members and Harris
Funeral Home staff.
See HARRIS page 2A
Virginia Beach, VA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Kings Mountain +
G. Marshall Whitesides
Birthdays page 5B,
Business’ page 6B.
Church News page 3-5B
Classifieds page 8-9 B
Lifestyles page 1B
Obituaries page 2A
Opinion page 4A
Police Report page 6B
Sports page 7-8A
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| POSTAL SERVICE
READY TO RIDE - Popular postman Bob Hullender
Mountain Post Office.
makes his last mail delivery before retiring from the Kings
Postman Bob Hullender retiring
after 34 years with KM Post Office
by ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Postman Bob Hullender will park his mail truck
Thursday and punch out after 34 years with the
Kings Mountain Post Office.
He doesn’t recall a single day that the U. S. Mail
didn’t go out on time.
“I'm looking forward to retirement,” said
Hullender, who first joined the post office in 1956 as
a college student working in the summer months for
carriers on vacation.
After graduation from Western Carolina Univer-
sity, Hullender served two years in the Army Medi-
cal Corps from 1958-60 and returned to his Home-
town to marry GuyAnne Henderson and go to work
at Belk’s Department Store for three years as assis-
“] saw an ad in the paper about an opening at the
post office and I applied and Charles Alexander
hired me,” said Hullender. Later he became the city
5 full time carrier with 97 percent of his duties
curbside delivery driving the LLB mail truck.
A Kings Mountain native, Bob is the son of the
late Jack and Florence Hullender. He is a graduate
of Kings Mountain High School. He and his wife,
GuyAnne, have four children. Elaine is married to
Jeff Dixon; Ruth is married to Todd Blalock, Trent
Hullender is married to Kim Hallman Hullender
and Michael Todd Hullender is married to Lisa
Dalton Hullender. The eight grandchildren, are
Miranda and Mason Dixon, Brantley and Connor
Blalock; Taylor Hullender, twins Chase and Ryan
Hullender and Dalton Hullender.
See HULLENDER page 2A
PACKING UP - Kings Mountain Post Office City 5
carrier Bob Hullender gets his mail route ready for a
last delivery on his retirement day Thursday.
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City of Kings Mountain
considering 7% increase
A 7 percent increase in water and sewer costs is
expected to be passed on to city customers next
month with the announcement Tuesday that the
City of Gastonia is increasing by $83,755 its costs
to Kings Mountain for treatment of sewage.
“We can’t continue to eat these costs,” City
Manager Jimmy Maney told City Council. But he
recommended that Council hold off until a
consultant can take a look
at the impact on the city’s
Maney said the city paid
Gastonia over $1 million
for sewage treatment at the
Crowders Creek Wastewa-
ter Treatment Plant last
year and $1.1 million the
year before and Gastonia
had raised its rates to
Kings Mountain a total of
18 percent the past two
“Gastonia raised the rate
11 percent last year and we
didn’t pass on the cost to
our customers. 18 percent of $2 million is
$360,000,” he said to Council and previously at a
6:15 pm. meeting of the utilities commission
which okayed postponing any action until the
Maney said the postponement of the rate
increase means the city will miss some revenue
but he wanted to get an outside consultant to look
at the overall rates.” Ea ol
The city utilities commission earlier said it may
look at asking Council to increase the costs of
water taps after the manager gets quotes from
area cities of their charges. Both Councilmen ¢
Clavon Kelly and Rick Murphrey called the city’s
charges for water taps, $400 for water and $300 -
for sewer for inside city residents and $800 for
water and $600 for sewer for outside residents,
In other actions, Council Tuesday; .
Okayed 4-2, Jerry Mullinax and Clavon Kelly
voting against, request by Kings Mountain
Country Club for an entrance sign in the first
median area on Country Club Drive.
By 4-2 vote, Bob Hayes and Rick Murphrey in
opposition, ordered the demolition of a house at
121 Bridges Street. Jim K. Wallace of Gastonia, the
owner, asked for an extension to bring the vacant
property up to codes. Inspections Director Andy
Scoggins said Wallace had not complied for 4 1/2
years to an order to repair.
Heard a report from Scoggins that cleanup
work by the owners on the old Margrace and
Pauline Mill properties was running behind
Approved the employment of two people for
the water and sewer department by vote of 4-2,
Mullinax and Hayes in opposition. Maney esti-
mated costs would run $50,000, including fringe
benefits, but recommended the hiring because he
City officials will cut the ribbon and
No new cases of E. coli have been
reported to the Cleveland County
Health Department since July 19.
See WATER Page 2A
No new cases of E. coli,
but investigation continues
and a number of cars were already in
the parking lot at 4 p.m.
Stallings said employees of the
(and weekends this summer.
“Mayor Scott Neisler invites the public
formally dedicate the new Kings Moun-
tain swimming pool complex Friday at 5
But kids will have to wait until
Saturday at 11 a.m. to take a dip in the
cool, blue waters. The pool will open for
public swimming Saturday from 11 a.m.
until 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-6 p.m.
to turnout Friday for free food and soft
drinks, fanfare, fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
and tours of the facility where gates will
open to the public at 4 p.m.
Ray Boylan and Allen Benton and TV
crews from Cable Channel 6 will be in
town this week doing interviews for their
Hometown show and will broadcast live
from the pool on Cleveland Avenue
“We are planning music, entertain-
ment, food, a hydrant shower by the
See POOL page 8A
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Health Department Director Denese
Stallings said Tuesday the number of
confirmed cases now stands at nine.
The total number of people who have
shown symptoms is 18.
Stallings said transmission of the
infection from those who already have
it is still possible. But proper hand
washing should check the spread of
Stallings said the Shelby Fish Camp,
a family restaurant where 12 of the 18
people symptomatic said they ate the
same food on the same day and
became ill, got a clean bill of health
Monday, earning a Grade A rating for
the 14th consecutive year. The restau-
rant reopened Tuesday after vacation
restaurant were screened for the E.coli
bacteria before they returned to work.
She said samples of food taken from
the restaurant and two others in the
county tested negative at the N. C.
State Public Health Laboratory in
Raleigh and 16 employees from Shelby
Fish Camp tested negative.
Epidemiologists from the North
Carolina Department of Health and
Human Services have participated in
the investigation and Dr. Karen
Southwick, a medical epidemiologist,
has been in Shelby since July 20 and
has actively assisted the health depart-
Stallings said the investigation is not
See E. COLI page 2A