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Thursday, July 10, 2003 Vol. 115 No. 28 Since 1889 50 Cents
Mayor seeks reelection
By ANDIE BRYMER
Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey has filed for re-
Murphrey points to the city’s growth during his tenure as
Three file for at-large seats
By GARY STEWART
Editor of The Herald
Filing for the November city
council election opened Monday at
noon at the
Houston Corn and downtown
businessman William “Bill”
The second at-large incumbent, .
Gene White, had not announced
his intentions at the Herald's press
The city has built a new police department and a fire sub-
station in the western part of town. Kings Mountain now
partners with the county health department to provide
services to local residents at a clinic here.
The city has built a new playground and walking track
and partners with the YMCA to provide recreation.
“I enjoy working closely with the council and staff to
insure Kings Mountain moves progressively forward,” he
Murphrey also cites economic accomplishments. The city
now has an incentive program to attract new industry. It
See Mayor, 3A
County Board of
already an inter-
J esting race is
shaping up for
the two at-large
Rick Moore, who
MOORE is completing his
first two-year term, is being chal-
lenged by retired Police Chief
All three candidates are re listing
creating jobs as one of their top
Moore also favors hiring a quali-
fied city engineer and expanding
city services to areas that have
been annexed as well as some
areas that aren’t currently in the
city limits but show tremendous
potential for economic develop-
ment. He also wants to continue
Iommnlenis Trio file for
file in wards ki |
1,4 and 5 Ward 3 seat
By GARY STEWART |
Editor of The Herald Ey ANDILPRYMER
[pcambent City Two former Kings Mountain City Council
Councilmen Howard Shipp, members -Jerr Melia and
Dean Raloh Grindeaif on
Spears and 2iph Crinasiail hope to
Carl return to office and political
D newcomer Tommy Hawkins
eVane : .
have filed is challenging them for the |
for foclas. Ward 3 seat in the November
Hon and council election:
thiss far Mullinax, 63, is running i
} f on a platform of industry 2 §
1. are unop- recruitment and elimination
| posed in of what he calls wasteful HAWKINS
DEVANE wards. In a telephone interview
All Tuesday afternoon, Mullinax 2.
seven said he would support offer- A
Council ing a break in utility fees as :
seats and an industry recruitment ;
gf the ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD incentive. :
t Mayor's Roger Cozart, left, sells lottery ticket to Donnie Lingerfelt Tuesday in Grover. “We've got to find a way
seat are to get them to come here,” he i
available d said. ®
in the Mullinax said he feared |
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4 election. may leave the county. This
Filing . . . ® : coupled with the loss of
deadline is industry like Anvil Knitwear
=i | millionaire 240 times over | minimis:
August 1 ! hurt the town’s budget.
at 12 noon. : : : : “When you lose those type
: BY ANDIE L. BRYMER line to purchase tickets in Grover on Tuesday morning. y yp
Shipp Staff Writer South Li Stores near the Lingerfelt says bell be altru- of utility users, it (revenues)
Topiescnts border have experienced long” istic if he wins. has got to come from some-
Word 5 Someone may be $240 mil- lines, especially last weekend “That's $240 million I could where,” the candidate said.
Spears lion richer today. South and in the evenings. © do alot of good with. It would Mullinax describes himself
ISpISsents Carolina’s Powerball lottery Donnie Lingerfelt of Vale be a sin not to do some good,” as an advocate for re Se" MULLINAX
SPEARS. Vard4 held a drawing Wednesday at ~~ was one of those who felt lucky he said. iors. To keep tax and fee a
and 11 p.m. for the jackpot. and make the trip. He and Lingerfelt promises if he increases at bay, he proposes scrutinizing cur-
DeVane represents Wind 5 The chance to win that kind Jerry Sain, also of Vale, visited wins, his church will get 10 Tent spending. }
Thus fr, no one has fled of money has many North Cherokee Fireworks and sever- percent of the payoff. Friends We've got to oi a oe what were
for the o ET a Carolinians crossing the state al other stores just south of See Millionaire, 3A purchasing. It Oe a a a play
See At-Large, 3A MARCELLINO 1
KM School Board
By ANDIE BRYMER
Staff Writer Ban -
Ellis, Bennett file
for office in Grover
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
GROVER - Two political newcomers are making bids for
office in Grover.
Bill Ellis, 73, has filed for mayor. If elected, Ellis would like
to see a more permanent police presence in the
town. Currently the town contracts with the
Cleveland County Sheriffs Office to provide
an officer. Ellis would also like to see animal
leash laws enforced.
Getting a grocery store in the town is another
goal for Ellis.
Ellis has extensive volunteer experience with
young people. He has worked with the Boy.
Scouts, Youth Assistance and Smash programs
and Head Start. Ellis studied early childhood
education at Cleveland Community College.
He has also been active in the theater, appear-
ing in four Greater Shelby Community Theater productions.
He has portrayed Santa Claus and Uncle Sam for the Shelby
Uptown Association and ‘a bear at the Cleveland Mall.
See Grover, 3A
The two Kings Monts District Schools board members up
for re-election filed on Tuesday.
Board chair Shearra B. Miller, 45, and board member Stella
N. Putnam, 48, will run for the two inside city seats in the
November election. The two outside city and one at-large seats
are not up for election this year.
Putnam said she hopes to continue the fight to keep Kings
Mountain schools out of a merger with Shelby. City and
Cleveland County schools.
“The people I've talked to in this town don’t think its the
best thing for our kids,” she said.
Putnam believes keeping the district local Allows for a more
one-on-one approach. She credits this for helping raise test
Putnam said coinmnication and community involvement
are two. key issues for the schools. : 3
~ This year she completes her first four-year term.
a bookkeeper at Neisler Brothers Inc. and a finan-
ad Plantation Inc., a turf business. :
See School, 3A :
ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD
William McAbee cools off with a big slice of water-
melon. McAbee sells produce on Piedmont Avenue.
cial officer for O
529 New Hope Road 106 S Lafayette St.
225 Gastonia Hwy.
300 W. Mountain St.
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