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Thursday, Dec. 10
12 noon - Kings Mountain
Rotary Club meets at Ramada,
1-5:30 p.m. - Red Cross
Bloodmobile, First Baptist
6:30 p.m. - King Mountain
Kiwanis Club meets at Central
United Methodist Church.
7 p.m. - John H. Moss
Reservoir Commission meets
at Moss Lake Beach House.
7:30 p.m. - Kings Mountain
Middle School 8th Grade,
Kings Mountain High 9th
Grade, and KMHS Blazer
Bands’ annual winter concert
at B.N. Barnes Auditorium.
Friday, December 11
7:30 p.m. - Kings Mountain
High School football team
faces Winston-Salem Carver
in the North Carolina High
School Athletic Association
AAA championship game at
Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill.
Saturday, December 12
8-11 p.m. - Christmas dance,
Kings Mountain Woman's
Club. Open to public. $15 sin-
gle, $25 couple. Call 739-1917
Monday, Dec. 14
7 p.m. - Kings Mountain
Board of Education meets at
District Office, 105 E. Ridge St.
7 p.m. - Elliot Engle’s
Dickens and Christmas, B.N.
7:30 p.m. - Fairview Lodge
339 AF&AM meets at Masonic
Auesday, Vee 15
7 p.m. - Kings Mountain
City Council meets at City
1 B Kings Mountain
High's football team defeats
Concord 20-7 for first Western
North Carolina Regional
Championship, and prepares
to take on Winston-Salem
Carver Friday at 7:30 in
Chapel Hill for the state
4B Kings Mountain High
volleyball star Kristie
Brinkley, and Mountaineer
cross country standout Chad
Pearson have been selected
Players of the Year in the
Southwestern 3A Conference.
6B Kings Mountain mer-
chants have some last-minute
gifts and stocking stuffers for
4A santa and Mrs. Clause
wave to crowd at Kings
Mountain Christmas parade
5A Chamber of
Commerce honors retiring
vice-president Jeannie Moore.
9A Gas prices should re-
main low through the holi-
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Mountaineers beat Concord for Regional crown, face Carver for State 3A Championship
Kings Mountain High's football players and
fans will go after something they've never had
Friday night - a state championship.
After defeating Concord 20-7 for the Western
Regional crown last Friday at KM'’s John Gamble
Stadium, the Mountaineers hit the road to Chapel
Hill where they will face Eastern champion
Winston-Salem Carver at 7:30 p.m. at UNC's
All of Kings Mountain is excited about the
prospects of bringing home a football champi-
onship to go with baseball titles won in 1989 and
1993, a golf championship in 1990, and the wom-
en’s volleyball crown won last month in
“Everybody is so excited,” said KMHS staff
member Sandra Bumgardner, who is coordinat-
ing advance ticket sales and bus trips. “The office
has been buzzing all week with people coming in
and out. It hasn't stopped. We had to recruit some
volunteers to come in and help us sell tickets.”
Bumgardner, whose son, Rusty, is one of the
Mountaineer coaches, said tickets will be sold
through 4 p.m. Thursday. Advance tickets are $6.
Tickets at the game will be $7.
Bumgardner said a local Mountaineer support-
er has chartered eight buses to carry KM fans to
the game. Four have already been filled. Persons
wanting to ride may call the school at 734-KMHS.
The cost is $10.
Buses will load Friday at 1:30, and will leave
the KMHS parking lot no later than 2 p.m.
Bumgardner said fans may park in the parking
lot at Neisler Natatorium or the parking lot be-
hind B.N. Barnes Auditorium. The buses will re-
turn to Kings Mountain after the game.
Kings Mountain has been designated as the vis-
iting team. The KM seating section will be in the
South stands on the old Kenan Field House end.
Fans should enter Gate 6. The band and cheer-
leaders must enter Gate 5.
Gates open 1 1/2 hours before game time.
From 5-7 p.m, fans are invited to tour the Hall of
Honor in the new Kenan Football Center.
KM community goes tob bat
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All Ed and Judy Guy want for Christmas is
for their younger son, Anthony,
traditional family holiday.
In this the season of hope and miracles, the
Kings Mountain family has embarked on a
journey to Mexico for treatments for Anthony
who is battling brain cancer.
“There’s no place like Kings Mountain,”
said Ed Guy from the family room at a motel
near the Mexican border, their home away from
home since November 28.
“We appreciate so much the support of Kings
Mountain people during this difficult time for
our son and we ask for their continued
24, to enjoy a
’ said Ed, a teacher at Davidson School.
Friday night a Interact Club-sponsored bene-
fit for young Guy at the Kings Mountain High
School football game raised $2,326. Former stu-
dents of Guy, Dale and Connie Greene, winners
of the 50/50 raffle, donated $500 of their take of
$1,163 to bring the Guy fund to $1,663. A spe-
cial fund for Anthony has been set up at First
Presbyterian Church. Those wishing to donate
should make checks payable to Anthony Guy
Medical Fund, First Presbyterian Church, PO
Box 639, Kings Mountain, 28086.
See Guy, 7A
Rhodes to head KM Chamber office
Jay Rhodes will become vice
president of operations for the
Kings Mountain branch of the
Cleveland County Chamber of
Commerce on January 4.
Rhodes has most recently
held the position of senior vice
president of First Charter
National Bank in Kings
Mountain. He is also play-by-
play announcer for the Kings
Mountain High School football
Rhodes will succeed Jean
Moore, who had held the posi-
tion for four years and recently
moved from the Kings
“We were very fortunate to
find someone of Jay's calibre for
this position,” said Chamber
President Rob Youngblood. “He
is well known and well liked in
the Kings Mountain area, and
he is quite familiar with the lo-
cal business community and the
citizens. Jay is a recognized
leader in this community.”
Rhodes was employed by
First Charter National Bank and
Carolina State Bank in Kings
Mountain for eight years. For
six years prior, he worked for
Lincoln Bank in Lincolnton.
Rhodes held numerous posi-
tions in education and coaching
before pursuing a career in
“I have been involved in the
Chamber for several years and
appreciated the organization's
work in the business communi-
ty,” he said. “I look forward to
working directly with my fel-
low Kings Mountain citizens to
promote business in the city
Rhodes will work three full
days a week in the new part-
time position. The Chamber
Board of Directors recently ap-
proved the new position at the
urging of the Chamber’s Kings
Mountain Advisory Council.
The Boards of Directors of
First National Bank and First
Carolina Federal Savings Bank
announced today that they had
entered into an agreement
whereby First Carolina will be
merged with and into First
National in a cash transaction
whereby shareholders of First
Carolina will receive approxi-
mately $15.3 million for all of
the issued and outstanding
shares of First Carolina.
On a fully dilated basis, it is
anticipated that the sharehold-
ers of First Carolina will receive
banks plan to merge
approximately $41.33 per share
for each share of First Carolina
The merger, if approved by
stockholders and regulatory
agencies, will become effective
in the first quarter of 1999 and
will expand First National's of-
fices from eight to 11 in
Cleveland and Gaston
Counties. First National cur-
rently operates eight offices in
Shelby and Cleveland County.
“We are delighted to be able
to expand into Kings Mountain,
Gastonia and Bessemer City, es-
pecially by being associated
with such a fine long-standing
institution as First Carolina,”
said Adelaide Craver, President
of First National. “We will be
honored to have the opportuni-
ty to serve he customers of First
Carolina and look forward to
providing them with the prod-
‘ucts and services they now
have plus additional hometown
Michael C. Wiseman,
President of First Carolina,
commented: “First National is
300 W. Mountain St.
the premiere bank of Cleveland
County and we are looking for-
ward to joining them as we
serve the citizens of this area.
Our deposit and loan customers
will be well served and our
shareholders are being reward-
ed for the investment they have
made in First Carolina. This is
an exciting event for all parties
Brenda Lovelace, Corporate
Secretary of First Carolina,
pointed out that the institution
See Bank, 7A
529 S. New Hope Rd.
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Although no plans are firm,
engineer Al Moretz says the
Ingles Markets project may be
back on the front burner.
Ingles Markets’ plans to build
a new store on Oak Grove Road
hit a snag due to costs of run-
ning sewer to the site.
Moretz was contacted by
Ingles officials this week and
they and city officials are look-
ing for a new route for a sewer
line to serve the proposed gro-
cery store on Oak Grove Road.
. Moretz says that the way to
go may be a gravity line which
should prove to be cost effec-
Moretz, City Manager Jimmy
Maney and Ingles consultants
are meeting Tuesday to take a
look at maps of an alternate
“After we get all the options
together we will look at a cost
analysis to determine the extent
of participation by both the city
and Ingles in this project and
make a report to City Council,”
Moretz said he expects that a
gravity sewer line would figure
in a good budget for the con-
City Council meets Tuesday
at 7:30 p.m. for the December
meeting and Maney expects the
agenda to be light. The meeting,
usually held on the fourth
Tuesday in the month, is being
held early due to the Christmas
holidays. City Hall will be
closed Christmas Eve and
Carole George, the city’s com-
puter analyst, is on the Tuesday
night agenda. She will update
Council on progress and prepa-
rations for the year 2000.
“Carole has been working
See Ingles, 7A
1238 E. Dixon Blvd.