Thursday, May 11, 2006 Vol. 118 No. 19
Coming next week:
Salute to the grads
in area high schools
Never a dull
. moment for
KM Sports Hall of
Fame ceremony set
Saturday at KMHS
Romanians visit Kings
Mountain for National
Day of Prayer service
5A : 2B
Johnson Development, Summit Place, KM
Hospital projects total almost $12 million
Work session set
on KM FY budget
Kings Mountain City Council
will hold its first work session on
the proposed 2006-2007 city
budget Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the
H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life
and Conference Center.
Interim City Manager Marilyn
Sellers and Finance Director Lori
Hall will make the presentation.
Sellers says she anticipates that
the city will underspend last
year’s budget of $29 million and
that the budget will reflect tight-
ening by all departments in pro-
posed expenditures for the new
fiscal year beginning in July.
“We will be presenting the
mayor and council a balanced
budget and they will look at
department needs, the fund bal-
ance, and proposed revenues
and expenditures with possibly
more trimming,” she said.
A hiring and spending freeze
remains in effect in every depart-
ment of the city.
Mayor Rick Murphrey said he
expects the higher cost of natural
gas and fuel oil will be reflected
in the budget.
City council is expected to set a
public hearing on the budget at
the May 30 meeting at 7 p.m. at
Letter carriers food
drive is Saturday
Kings Mountain letter carriers
will conduct their annual food
drive for the hungry Saturday,
City and rural residents are
urged to place non-perishable
food items in a bag by their mail-
box. Letter carriers will collect it
and deliver it to a local food
bank or pantry. Last year, letter
carriers in KM collected 4,500
pounds of food.
Kings Mountain Police will be
running radar May 14-20 at the
Sunday, May 14 - 1-85, US74
Bypass, Waco Rd.
Monday, May 15 - 1-85, US 74
Bypass, Watterson St.
Tuesday, May 16 - 1-85, US 74
Bypass, NC 216.
Wednesday, May 17 - 1-85, US
74 Bypass, Gold St.
Thursday, May 18 - I-85, US 74
Bypass, Walker St.
Friday, May 19 - 1-85, US 74
Bypass, Cansler St.
Saturday, May 20 - 1-85, US 74
Bypass, NC 161.
William Howard Hill, 80
' Glendora Pearson, 85
Mae Humphries, 84
Margaret Goins Pearson, 83
Edna G. Prevatte, 77
John Butler Plonk Sr., 77
. Classified 5B Lifestyles 10A
Obituaries 4A Police 4A
Schools 1B Sports 5A
Business 3A. Worship 5B
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Three major building projects
totaling nearly $12 million dollars
in construction costs are taking
shape in Kings Mountain.
Johnson Developers is adding a
third industrial spec building at
120 Woodlake Parkway, clearing
Charlotte is general contractor for
the 500,000 square foot building to
be located next to Firestone Textiles
at estimated cost of $8.9 million.
Permits have been obtained from
the city by Johnson & Johnson and
Holly Black, the city’s Director of
Building Codes & Zoning
Enforcement, said that grading
and pouring of footings is under-
way at the site.
facility area for residents as well as
nine two-room suites unlike any-
thing that the facility now offers,
according to Executive Director
Each of the suites will feature a
living room, bedroom, mini
kitchen and bath in double the
present square footage, from 270 to
520 square feet of living space. The
new 7,000 square foot addition is
about four months.
“We hope to have grand opening
in September.” said Anthony.
Wishon & Carter Builders Inc. of
Winston-Salem hold the general
contract for the $819,000 new con-
Kings Mountain Hospital, 706 W.
King St., is adding a new 7,000
square foot addition to house an
MRI facility at cost of $2.2 million
land for one of the largest Master
commercial buildings in the
Greater Kings Mountain area.
J E. Schultze Construction LLC of
at Bridges Hardware in Kings Mountain.
The addition of a new wing to
Summit Place, the assisted living
center at 1001 Phifer Road, will
provide a new recreation/ activity
being built at the back of the pres-
ent facility which is licensed for 65
underway, is expected to take
JOSEPH BRYMER / HERALD
Becca Hood and her 15-month-old daughter Hannah check out the spring flowers
at the back side of the emergency
room area, once the doctor’s
entrance to the hospital. Relocation
See $12 Million, 3A
Developer wants to construct
18 town houses on 2.4 acres
Crescent Hill neighborhood residents turned out in force
Tuesday night at City Hall with a petition with signatures
of 178 people opposing the rezoning of 2.4 acres on Joyce
Street for 18 multi-family two-story town houses.
The Kings Mountain Planning & Zoning Board continued
action on the request by James Payseur for rezoning of his
property approximately 135 feet southeast from Joyce and
Meadowbrook intersection from Light Industrial to
Conditional Use R-6(CUR -R6) until June 13., the members
suggesting that the developer meet with residents to respond
to their concerns.
After the meeting, residents and developer Kevin M.
Pedego of Huntersville set a meeting for May 22 at 7 p.m.
and tentatively scheduled it for the fellowship of
Resurrection Lutheran Church in
Areas represented at the nearly full council chambers were
from Hillside, Sandhurst, Crescent Circle, Hawthorne Road,
Meadowbrook, S.Cansler, Oakland, Heritage Court, Marion
Street and Huntingtowne Drive.
Speaking in opposition were Dr. J. C. McGill, Stella Smith,
Dorus Bennett, Lou Dellinger and Dale Hollifield, citing
increased traffic and “unsuitable and bad for the communi-
Y anes Payseur, the owner of the property in his family for
50 years, said he has placed deed restrictions to assure that
the new development would be in keeping with homes in the
community. He said a townhouse is a cross between a condo
and a single family home and would enhance property val-
See Zoning, 2A
State of community discussed
Medicaid will present challenge for commission’s budget
Medicaid and a new emergency com-
munication system were important top-
ics that were highlighted at the Tuesday
morning State of the Community
Breakfast in Earl. Cleveland County
Commissioner Jerry Self said that they
will implement a new emergency med-
ical base in the Industrial Park off of
Shelby Road in Kings Mountain. It will
house the third out of four towers in the
new mega herz emergency communica-
tion system. Self says that the county is in
the forefront of this new technology and
‘the “new design system makes sense for
the future.” The county will also have a
partnership with the towns to use the
towers for communication.
While the new emergency system is a
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plus, he said there is also a negative in
the county’s address and that is medi-
caid. Self said that the health plan will be
14 cents on the tax rate. “It comprises 11
percent of the county budget that we
have no control over,” he said. “We will
probably see a tax increase or a cut in
service because of this.” Self said that
there will be no cost of living increase in
next year’s budget because of medicaid.
‘He encourages people to talk to their rep-
resentatives and county commissioners
for a change.
Also mentioned in the State of the
Community, were the new optic scan
voting equipment, which was purchased
with grant money and has worked well
in the county; the new courthouse securi-
ty system; the renovation at the Health
Department with capital funds; the new
See State, 3A
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School Board Chairman Dr. George Litton speaks at State
of the Community breakfast,
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