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Thursday, July 28, 2005
"ELECTION ‘05
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. Vol. 117 No. 30
KM Guard unit to be deployed |
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER special events coordinator. hand Tuesday to see what Specialist
° Staff Writer Tuesday afternoon sol- items soldiers would like William
Cc or diers were at the Armory . ~~ mailed to them during their Yow
The Kings Mountain inspecting clothing and field deployment. She also works inspects
505th National Guard Unit equipment. Approximately ~~ with families while the unit ‘his equip- A
° is being deployed again. A 140 to 150 members will be is away. ment :
ouiege send-off ceremony will be deployed, according to First “We try to be here for Tuasday ,
held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sgt. Mauney. anything they need,” Dale at the
Kings Mountain High . said. National ; 3
By GARY STEWART School, Barnes Auditorium. This is the unit's second o ar ESA
Editor of The Herald No details on the ceremo- deployment since the Groups which would like Kinny {
: ny are available at this time ~~ September 11 terrorist to do fund raisers or other Mountain,
Races continue to develop but the public is invited. attacks. The unit served at shows of support for the ; A
for Kings Mountain City The unit will leave for Fort Mead, Maryland in troops may contact Dale at
Council, but as the filing Fort Dix, New Jersey next 2002 and 2003. adpd@charter.net, 828-294- ANDIE
period heads into its final Thursday for training, Family Readiness Group ~~ 0989 or 1921 Woodridge | BRYMER/
eight days Ward 4 is with- according to Ellis Noell, city leader Paula Dale was on T HERALD
out a candidate and Wards
1'and 2 incumbents have no
opposition.
Former Councilman Dean
Spears filed Monday for
one of the two at-large
seats, joining Butch Pearson
in that race. Then on
Tuesday, Garland Wayne
Edwards, who had filed on
Monday for the Ward 1
seat, returned to the Board
of Elections and changed
his filing to at-large.
Also on Monday, Tommy
Hawkins filed to run
against incumbent Jerry
Mullinax in Ward 3.
To date, Ward 4 Councilor
Kay Hambright and at-large
members Rick Moore and
Houston Corn have not
filed for reelection.
Edwards, 55, a Vietnam
veteran and a former city
employee, is running for
public office for the first
time. He said his main con-
cern is for city employees
and persons in the commu-
nity who have to live on
low incomes.
“I was on the police force
for five years and I'm famil-
iar with how some city
employees have to strug-
gle,” he said. “I have the
utmost respect for police
officers and they, as well as
other city employees, are
not getting what they're
worth.”
Edwards, who served
with KMPD from 1971-76,
said he favors making
incentives available for all
city employees. “With
incentives you get a better
working government,” he
said.
Edwards said he is also
concerned with low income
families, especially the eld-
erly, who are facing mount-
ing expenses.
“It’s hard to get by on
what they get,” he said.
“They have to pay power
bills that keep surging
upward and upward and
never go down. It’s hard for
these people to live.”
Spears, who lost to
Hambright in the Ward 4
race two years ago, said he
decided to file at-large this
year because he is well-
known all over town and
people all over town “know
what I did previously.”
Before being upset in the
2003 race, Spears had spent
eight years on council,
including the first four as
an at-large representative
and the last four as Ward 4
representative.
If elected, he said he
would work on several
goals, many of which were
started while he served on
Council.
“Naturally, I'm for eco-
nomic development,” he
said. “I think any incentive
that we could give would
be too little. I think we
should give incentives to
attract industry.”
Spears said he also wants
to see work start back up on
the main water line from
Moss Lake to the city. That
project started several years
ago and two phases were
completed, but nothing has
been done recently.
“We need to work on
that,” he said. “We put a
See Election, 4A
Drive; Hickory, NC 28602.
Beating the heat
ANDIE L. BRYMER/HERALD
Katelyn Gladden, 5, cools off under a spray of water during Kings Mountain’s annual Beach Blast Saturday after-
noon at Patriots Park. The heat wave which hit 100 degrees Tuesday and 102 Wednesday with a heat index of
115, is expected to break today and high temperatures should be in the 80s this weekend. :
Council
Heat should ease off by weekend
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Staff Writer
Cleveland and neighboring counties
have been under a National Weather
Service heat advisory this week with
temperatures reaching triple digits.
Relief is expected to begin today as
temperatures drop to between 80 and
90 degrees.
Heat related calls are up at
Cleveland County EMS this week,
National Ni
Kings Mountain will host its third
annual National Night Out Tuesday,
Aug. 2 at Patriots Park from 5:30 to 9
J
Police Chief Melvin Proctor
describes’the event as a chance to build
the bridge between law enforcement
and the community.
Police will grill hot dogs and ham-
burgers. Top 40 band Mink will play.
There will be helium balloons.
Dream Come True
Shane Davis sworn in as Grover Police Chief
according to Joe Lord, agency director.
Most of these emergencies involve
elderly individuals with existing respi-
ratory problems like COPD, asthma
and CHE :
Lord advises staying inside between
noon and 6 p.m. when temperatures
reach their peak. Drinking plenty of
fluid throughout the day instead of
waiting until dehydration has set in
and getting more rest also helps, he
said. :
The Patrick Senior Center offers a
cool environment for seniors. Games,
puzzles and television are available in
addition to regular programming.
Through a Duke Energy grant, cen-
ter staff purchased 33 20-inch box fans.
In the last month, 29 of those have
been distributed. Seniors age 60 and:
older without air conditioning are eli-
gible for the fans. Seniors who cannot
use their air conditioning due to arthri-
See Heat, 7A
ht Out Tuesday in KM
KMPD detectives, traffic enforce-
ment officers, Community Oriented
Policing members and Explorers will
meet with the public. Representatives
from Kings Mountain Fire Department,’
Cleveland and Gaston counties
Sheriff's offices, North Carolina
Highway Patrol and Cleveland County
EMS also will be at the event.
Child identification kits will be dis-
tributed.
Police say a good relationship with
the public means safer communities.
“Without their help we could never
do it,” Proctor said.
He credits the department's work
with members of Mountain Crest
Neighborhood Watch for cleaning up a
drug problem there in 2001. The
department is working with residents
in Crescent Circle, Kings Row
See Night Out, 7A
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER has worked for Kings said.
Staff Writer Mountain Police Davis is so eager to get to
: Department for the past work that he already has
Shane Davis fulfilled an seven years as both a patrol researched and applied for
almost lifelong ambition sergeant and as a criminal grants for the newly formed
Monday night when he was investigator. department.
sworn in as Grover’s chief For Davis answering calls Since the early 1990s
of police. is the best part of law Grover contracted with the
“It’s always been a enforcement. Cleveland County Sheriff's.
dream,” he said.
A Grover native, Davis
“You can visibly see the
difference you've made,” he
Office to provide one full-
See Davis, 3A
requires
fences for
all pools
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Staff Writer
All swimming pools in
Kings Mountain, regardless
of when built, must be
fenced, City Council decid-
ed Tuesday night.
In a unanimous vote,
council approved the meas-
ure which first came up last
summer. Grandmother
Betty Humphries made an
impassioned plea that the BOCs
rules be changed. She was 488
concerned that a partially 4 1
fenced pool near her grand-
children’s residence was a
safety hazard. Since then
work on that fence has been
completed.
The new rule also gives
the city the power to keep
pool owners from filling
pools during a drought and
from draining during peri-
ods of excessive rain. Nor
can pools be left untreated
to become a mosquito
breeding ground or be
drained onto neighboring
yards.
In other business,
council unanimously
passed a rezoning request: :
which will allow property *:
across from Mountain Rest
Cemetery “0 be developed
for patio and town homes.
Developer David Faunce
says he plans to sefffthe,
property to a company ©
which will build the resi- :.
dential community. x]
Council unanimously ~~ :°
approved a measure which
would allow non-profit
agencies to have scrolling
message signs. Until
Tuesday, only government
agencies could have the
signs. ;
The new rule also allows
businesses to put the date
on electronic signs. Until
the measure passed, busi-
nesses had only been
allowed to post the time ~~ -:
and temperature. won)
During the public com- .-. |
ment portion of the meet- -
ing, Realtor Kelly Hastings : -
asked the council to join ~~ :.
him in opposing Pentagon -:
budget decision 753. The 5k
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ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD
Shane Davis on the job as Grover’s new police chief.
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