Thursday, February 2, 2006
Vol. 118 No. 5
In God’s hands
Double lung transplant candidate
Hyder looks to faith to sustain him
Wayne Hyder, 50, adamantly refuses
to let his life-threatening illness keep
him from enjoying everyday life.
“I leave my problems at the altar,”
says Hyder, who is a candidate for a
double lung transplant.
Hyder says his faith in God will sus-
tain him and his family during the dif-
Upbeat and positive, the Oak Grove
community man plans to beat Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(COPD) which includes Emphysema.
He asks for prayer from the commu-
nity and said he is thankful for the
support of his church family, David
Baptist Church, and other churches
and individuals who have held
fundraisers and made donations to
help the family with medical bills.
“I never called in to work sick a day
in my life until August 2004,” said
Hyder, who started losing weight and
feeling overly tired. His family doctor
ordered chest x-rays and a pulmonary
specialist sent him to Duke Hospital
where he got the news that he has
See Hyder, 2A
Wayne Hyder is at Duke University
Hospital this week for chest X-rays.
KM comes to the
aid of stem cell
KM council puts
back to residential
First Wesleyan Church members packed Kings Mountain
city hall Tuesday night and loudly applauded city council's
vote of 6-1 to reverse a former board's decision and rezone
property at 605 N. Piedmont Avenue from General Business
to Residential. Councilman Jerry Mullinax cast the no vote.
The controversial zoning issue heated up last November
when city council voted 6-1,
with councilman Houston
Corn voting no, to rezone
Glenn Carroll's property near
the church to General
Business. The action came
Dwight Tessneer of Kings
Mountain has announced
his intention to run for
offices begins on Monday,
Feb. 13 at 12 noon and clos-
es on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the
Cleveland County Board of
Tessneer is a former
employee of Harris Funeral
Home in Kings Mountain
and is presently employed
by Stamey Funeral Home of
Fallston and Cherryville.
Prior to joining Stamey
Funeral Home, he was pres-
ident and co-founder of
Cleveland Funeral Services
Tessneer is a native of
Cleveland County and is
married to the former
Joanne Morgan. They have
four children, Dr. Roger
Tessneer of Kings
Mountain, Alan Tessneer of
Hereford, TX, Susan Blair of
Gastonia, and Betsy
Tessneer of Kings
Mountain. They have eight
grandchildren and one
is a member of First Baptist
Church and Gideons
International, which he
serves as Program Assistant
for the five-county Area IV,
and is a former member of
the Shelby Rescue Squad.
Tessneer is a graduate of
Boiling Springs High School
and attended North
Carolina State College. He
is a graduate of Gupton
Jones College of Mortuary
Science in Atlanta, GA.
Tessneer has been a funer-
al director and embalmer
for over 30 years. He has
served as Assistant Coroner
on two different occasions
for a total of seven years.
He currently assists
Coroner Doug Tysinger,
who does not intend to seek
Tessneer ran for County
Coroner in 1978, losing by
approximately 900 votes to
Bennett Masters of Kings
The coroner acts as med-
ical examiner and is called
to investigate deaths that
are unattended or question-
Tessneer pointed out that
the coroner ’s office has had
good cooperation with the
See Tessneer, 5A
on quitting anytime soon.
* ELIZABETH STEWART
KINGS MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
Bill Bridges has been cutting hair in Kings Mountain for 46 years and doesn’t plan
Bill Bridges has been
cutting hair for 46 years
over objection of the planning and zoning board which on
several occasions had denied the rezoning. Adding to the
mix, council in November refused to set a second public
hearing on the matter on request of church member Robert
Bazzle, 901-2 Sterling Drive. Bazzle, then on behalf of the
church, applied to the zoning board again for rezoning on
December 13, 2005 and the zoning board and planning staff
recommended the change to residential and asked city
council to set public hearing on Jan. 31, 2006. Carroll then
filed a protest petition, a new law which forces a legislative
body to pass an ordinance with a “super majority.” That
meant three-fourths of the city council voting on the issue
must be in favor of the change for it to pass.
Tuesday's action came after a public hearing in which
Bazzle and Rev. Don Williams, First Wesleyan pastor, spoke
in favor of the rezoning and attorney Doug Arthurs spoke
on behalf of Carroll. The attorney noted there had been no
changes in the property since the rezoning matter surfaced
last September. He maintained that half of the church prop-
erty is zoned for commercial use.
“There is a high likelihood that a business could locate
near our church which would undermine the work of the
church which teaches that alcohol, tobacco and gambling
destroys lives,” said Williams.. He also cited increased traf-
| fic and said that if a business “goes on that corner that
See Council, 6A
News voting machines
to be used in Grover
The April 4 beer and wine referendum in Grover will
probably be the first election in which Cleveland County
Board of Elections uses its new voting equipment.
According to Elections Board Chairman Steve Wells of
Kings Mountain, the board has ordered two machines “and
it’s beginning to look like we may be able to use them
down at Grover.”
The Elections Board was meeting Wednesday morning to
discuss the Grover referendum, new voting equipment and
other items pertaining to the 2006 election year.
Grover Town Council voted 3-2 at its January 9 meeting
to have a referendum. Councilors Calvin Huffman, Jackie
Bennett and Brent White voted for the referendum and
Barry Toney and Adam Green opposed it.
Although he could not vote unless the matter ended in a
In its heyday the old Phenix Plant of
Burlington Industries provided hundreds
of jobs for Kings Mountain citizens who
were customers in Bill Bridges” comfort-
able barber chair across from the mill on
They came early for a hair cut and
shave as his customers still do because
Bridges, 82, gets up early to greet his
morning customers with a friendly smile.
They never have to make an appoint-
ment. “They know I'm here and they
come,” said Bridges, a Kings Mountain
Relaxing between customer visits on a
recent morning, Bridges said he started
cutting young friends” hair when he was
a young man.
“It was something I liked to do,” he
said, “but I didn’t start cutting hair for a
living until 1960 when I went to work
with Baxter Wright at Wright's Barber
Shop at the corner of Gold St. and
Railroad Avenue in downtown Kings
Those were the days when a shave and
haircut cost a buck and both barbers
enjoyed a large clientele. Customers lined
up at the front door and business was
brisk until 7 p.m. closing time.
See Bridges, 5A
tie, Mayor Robert Sides approved of the decision stating
that Grover is losing all of the revenues and profits from
alcohol sales just across the South Carolina state line.
Wells said Grover has 429 registered voters and he pre-
dicts a turnout of from 200 to 250.
“Grover will be a test site for us” in the use of the new
equipment, Wells said. “We're in a transition period with
the new voting machines and originally we thought we'd
have to hand count the ballots.”
Actually, two machines will be in use, one for the blind
and visually impaired and another for other voters.
The machine for the visually impaired includes a screen,
hand set and a braille keyboard. Voters will use the head set
to follow directions, or they can use the screen. Then, they
use the braille keyboard to type in their vote.
The layout of the ballot will be different from the tradi-
See Grover, 6A
barber for 46 years.
Glen Raven razed to make room for progress
A Kings Mountain landmark is
Glen Raven Mill (formerly Park
Yarn) on South Battleground
Avenue, is getting the wrecker ball
to make way for development.
The textile mill is owned by the
non-profit Consortium for Progress,
Inc. The group is talking with
would-be residential, industrial and
strip mall developers, according to
President John Henry Moss.
“We've not come to any firm con-
clusions what the development will
be,” Moss said.
Demolition should take six
weeks, he said.
The mill was given to the consor-
tium in 1995 by Glen Raven.
Remedying environmental problems
delayed development, Moss said.
The mill was built by the Johnston
family in approximately 1910 and
operated as Park Yarn, according to
Jim Potter, a former general manager
In 1974 it was sold to the
Washington Group. Two years later
Stevcoknit purchased it. That com-
pany kept the mill until 1983 when it
was purchased by J.P. Stevens. Six
months later Glen Raven purchased
and operated it until 1990.
Originally, Park Yarn was a tradi-
tional “cotton mill,” taking raw cot-
ton and processing it into yarn.
Harold Flowers of Kings
Mountain worked there for a num-
ber of years and also lived in the
“mill village,” which consisted of
about 40 homes that the mill rented
Lafayette Pearson of Kings
Mountain never worked at the mill,
but his father Robert Lee did, and
the family lived in the village.
“I grew up there and left there in
1948 when I went into service,”
Pearson noted. “I know they worked
the hell out of them. It was hard
See Glen Raven, 6A
~ JOSEPH BRYMER / HERALD
Heavy equipment levels old Gien
Raven Mill on S. Battleground Ave.