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‘was not a big surprise
By GARY STEWART
Editor of The Herald
Raymond Hamrick’s landslide victory in Tuesday's
Cleveland County Sheriff's race was not all that surprising.
Hamrick, who defeated incumbent Sheriff Dan Crawford
. by a 2-1 margin in the recent Democratic Primary, soundly
defeated Republican Richard Hill of Grover 77 to 23 percent
in Tuesday's general election.
Hamrick tallied 19,366 votes to only 5,947 for Hill.
Hamrick carried every precinct in the county by a large
“After the primary, I sort of expected it, but I am still
overwhelmed by the support of the people of this county,”
said Hamrick, who was a Cleveland County deputy for 26
See Hamrick, 5A
“Thrilled and thankful
for support in county
By GARY STEWART
Editor of The Herald
Kings Mountain's Tim Moore, making his first bid for
public office, unseated incumbent Andy Dedmon in the
North Carolina House 111th district election Tuesday.
Moore, a Shelby attorney and son of Kings Mountain
Councilman and Mrs. Rick Moore, tallied 53 percent of the
vote - 9,776 to Dedmon’s 8,666.
He carried most of the precincts in the county, including
three of four in his hometown. He defeated Dedmon 484-
341 at KM #1, 475-340 at KM #2, and 623-306 at KM #3.
Dedmon only led KM #4 by a slim seven votes, 226-219.
“I am just thrilled and thankful to the folks in Cleveland
County for coming out and supporting us,” Moore said fol
See Moore, 5A
GARY STEWART / HERALD
Chief Judge Pam Goforth of Kings Mountain Precinct #4 (American Legion) hands ballots and a pen to voter Mary
Ross at Tuesday’s election.
KINGS MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
When fire alarm sounds, Black parade
is one of the first on the scene
By LIB STEWART
Living on Monte Vista
Drive close to the fire station,
Jamie Black heard the trucks
go out long before he
became a volunteer .
"I always wanted to be a
fireman," said the 17 -year
veteran who volunteered for
10 1/2 years beginning at the
age of 19.
His goal is to lead the
local department as chief
Since 1995, Black's job at
the Kings Mountain Fire
Department is fire inspec-
tions and it's mandatory
inspections twice a year for
businesses, every six months
for schools and yearly for
hospitals and health institu-
tions. Black is a Level III fire
inspector who took extra train-
ing to become fire inspector and passed
state board examinations. He is certified as a
fire service instructor to teach Level I and
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Celebrating 128 Years
Level II courses at the area community col-
leges and goes to school at Gaston College
and hopes to complete
courses for a two year degree
When Black graduated
from Kings Mountain High
School in 1984 there was no
fire-related curriculum. Now
students at KMHS can enroll
in elective courses and
receive credits which will
lead to completion of Fire
Protection Technology with
one year of post high school
training.. Black highly rec-
ommends that young people
take the courses and become
firefighters or pursue a goal
in public safety education.
Public safety education is
also part of his job.
Firemen use fire safety
houses from Cherryville and
Cleveland County to teach
children to "stop, drop and
roll" and two ways out of their homes in
event of fire. They also teach fire drills, tell
See Black, 2A
300 W. Mountain St.
BY ABIGAIL WOLFORD
Many citizens of Kings
Mountain have served their
country in the armed forces.
Many others have friends
or loved ones who fought
and died to defend their
November 11, Kings
Mountain will honor these
men and women with a
Veterans Day parade and
ceremony, beginning at 10
a.m. at the War Memorial at
The parade will go from
the War Memorial, where
Shana Butler will sing “God
Bless America,” to the
Veteran's Memorial at
Mountain Rest Cemetery,
where a ceremony will be
held. The keynote speaker
will be Jack Icord, the
District Commander of the
See Veterans, 2A
529 New Hope Road 106 S Lafayette St.
Aiand made this decision together!”
as (City Manager
By ELIZABETH STEWART
City Manager Jimmy Maney, 48,
announced his retirement Friday
afternoon to a surprised city hall
staff after minutes earlier resigning
to the mayor and asking secretary
Marilyn Sellers to telephone each
of the seven council members.
"My wife and I had talked about
said Maney, who said he would be
available on a limited basis through
December 31 and on call to assist
the city as a consultant in the elec-
tric department and in the transi-
tion period to help with budget
details if needed.
Maney called his retirement "a
second chance to take advantage
of other opportunities.”
City Council met Wednesday at 6
p.m. to start the process of adver-
“I would like to
thank the citi-
the elected offi-
cials for their
tising for a new manager and for- trust and confi-
mally accepted Maney's resigna-
tion "with regret." dence they
"Jimmy has been an excellent city placed in me
manager for the City of Kings
Mountain. It was a pleasure work- throughout the
ing with Jimmy while I served as a
City Council member and that rela-
tionship continues during my
See Maney, 2A
goal January 1
By ELIZABETH STEWART
A 27,000 square feet two-floor addition to the emergency
and operating rooms at Kings Mountain Hospital is the
first "out of gate commitment" if a proposed merger of the
local hospital and Cleveland Regional Medical Center
becomes effective, as expected, January 1, 2003.
John Young, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Shelby facility, said 17,000 patients are treated at the Kings
Mountain hospital every year and he said more surgical
procedures are being done at the local hospital, thus the real
need for this expansion.
Young said that drawings of the addition are expected to
be shown to members of the Kings Mountain Hospital
trustee advisory board at their meeting Nov. 26 at 7:30 a.m.
and at the Shelby advisory board meeting November 25.
The two boards of trustees and advisory councils will meet
to finalize the integration of the two hospitals and com-
plete bylaws of the new corporation to be called Cleveland
County Healthcare System.
Young said that once the integration is finalized by the
two boards of directors that the hospitals will maintain
their current operating names.
Young and advisory board members from both hospitals
were present Tuesday night as the Cleveland County board
of commissioners approved unanimously an addendum to
the lease between the county and The Carolinas Healthcare
Systems which sets in motion the expected merger.
Young told the commission that the addendum is impor-
tant because it allows the two facilities to operate under one
See Hospital, 5A
Shelby Bessemer City
225 Gastonia Hwy.