The Kings Mountain Herald
June 21, 2007
FURMAN ‘POPSIE’ WILSON
. KINGS MOUNTAIN - Furman “Popsie” Wilson, 81, 805 Linwood
Road, died June 10, 2007 at Crawley Memorial in Boiling Springs.
He was born in Cherokee County, SC, son of the late Walter
Holmes and Louzetta E. Lovelace Wilson. He was also preceded in
"5 death by his brother, Paul “Jack” Wilson.
He was retired from Pneumafil Corp. after 30
years of service. He was a veteran of WW II serv-
ing in the United States Army and a member of
Grace United Methodist Church in Kings
Mountain where he was a former Sunday school
teacher and served in other capacities.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Payseur
Wilson of Kings Mountain; son Walter “Jeep”
Wilson and wife Tonya of Kings Mountain; grand-
children Dr. Micheal Scott Wilson and fiance Dr. Kelly Brooks of
Charlotte, and Adam Clay Wilson of Kings Mountain; sister-in-law
Audrey Wilson of Belvidere, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Danielle Hammett at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Grace United Methodist Church.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of
Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights, Shelby, NC 28150 or to
Grace United Methodist Church, 830 Church Street, Kings
Mountain, NC 28086.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Gary Carroll, 38, 708 Crescent Circle, died
June 10, 2007 in Gastonia.
He was born in Cleveland County. He was a former employee of
EDC, Grover, as an inventory control specialist for 14 years and a for-
mer professional boxer and kick boxer.
He is survived by his parents, W.J. Carroll and
Pat Carroll of Kings Mountain; paternal grandfa-
ther Woodrow Carroll of Blacksburg, SC; brother
Ronnie Carroll and wife Melisa of Forest City; sis-
ter Elizabeth Nicholson and husband David of
Kings Mountain; niece Jenna Nicholson; nephew
Tyler Pennington; and girlfriend Kelli Hayes of
The funeral was conducted by the Rev. James
Allen at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2007 at Family
Worship Center Church of God. Interment was in Mountain Rest
A memorial may be made to the Gary Carroll Memorial Fund, c/o
W.J. Carroll, 709 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
5/51. Rob Dalton completes
“ “ial Forces
s/s. Robert Dalton pradunted June 1, 2007 from the Special
Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg; as a result of this training,
he is now a Green Beret. During this train-
ing he was named to the Commandant’s
List of the Special Forces Communication
Rob has been in the US Army since 1998.
During this time he has spent a year in
He has served in Operation
Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan 2001-2002
for 10 months and also served in Operation
Iraqi Freedom, Iraq in 2003-2004 for 16
received an Army Commendation Award
and two Joint Service Achievement Awards.
During these operations he
Rob will be stationed at Fort Campbell,
KY. with the 5th Special Forces.
He i is a 1996 graduate of Kings Mountain High School and is the
son of Mike and Vickie Dalton and the grandson of Bob and Betty
Ware all of Kings Mountain, and the late Archie and Kathleen Dalton
Pop Wamer football sign-up June 30
Sign-up for Optimist Club
football and cheerleading will be
Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m.-12
noon at City Stadium.
Boys and girls ages 5-13 are
eligible. For more information
call Sharon Putnam at 704-739-
Because of the fast actions of the
firemen, only two units were
completely destroyed and are
listed at a total loss. One unit did
sustain some damage, but its sta-
tus is listed as repairable. The
other three apartments were not
singed by the blaze. Of the six
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units, the saved apartments
were, however, previously dam-
aged by vandals.
The Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad also responded to the call
and stood on-hand ready to
assist anyone who needed them.
The arson is still under investi-
gation by the KMFD, KM Police
Department and the Cleveland
County Fire Marshal's office.
“Everyone at Dr. Hannon’s office is
~ Sammi Brothers, Gr. 10 !
lar bridge (was) erected in 1919.”
In the latter part of the 19th-cen-
tury a wooden trestle bridge was
used in its place and passed over,
what was then, a single track
through Kings Mountain. “While
the earlier wood bridge at this
location had provided an over-
head crossing of the single origi-
nal track, the new bridge was a
modern structure that accommo-
dated increasing automobile and
truck traffic,” the NRHP study
Just as the “horseless carriage”
traffic began to trickle into town,
the idea for the “modern” bridge
was put into action. Today, it
remains as one of the oldest
bridges of its kind in North
Carolina and as one of only two
in the state: built by Southern
Railway still being utilized.
The only other Southern
Railway-built tee-beam bridge in
North Carolina that is intact and
in use today is located in
Bessemer City, but plans loom in
the future for its reconstruction
and/or historic demise.
According to the study, “When
that occurs, this bridge in Kings
Mountain will survive as the old-
est, single, and intact Southern
Railway-built tee-beam bridge in
However, the bridge looks
more distinguished today than it
does old. The report stated, “The
reinforced concrete tee-beam
bridge is a remarkably simple,
intact structure that appears to
survive virtually unaltered since
its construction in 1919.” There
are few, if any, cracks today that
hint to its old age and its feet are
marked with modern tags of
The bridge’s next door neigh-
bor, the King Street Overhead
Bridge, was listed in the NRHP
1877 it was reorganized as the
Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line
Railway. In 1881 the company
was leased to the Richmond and
Danville Railroad, which operat-
ed it successfully for a time until
falling into receivership itself in
1892. In 1894 these lines and their
in 2005. parent company, the Richmond
& West Point Terminal Railway
History of the bridge and Warehouse Company, were
reorganized as the Southern
Railway Company by Drexel,
Morgan and Company which
installed Samuel Spencer, its rail-
road advisor as president.”
The report further states that
Spencer was a legendary figure
of the American railroad history
who laid Southern Railway on its
track of success. The Southern
Railway Company Overhead
Bridge helped them get there.
According to the study submit-
ted to the NRHP, the bridge was
constructed “about 47 years after
a single track was built through
KM in 1872 by the Atlanta and
Richmond Air Line Railway.
Despite its success in directly
linking important cities of the
American South by rail for the
first time, the company suffered
changes in ownership, and in
He said that he is excited about
her quest for the Senate seat and
added that if she gets it, they
should be able to get more done
in the Assembly. “We have some
needs in Cleveland County and
it will help to have a little push in
the Senate,” he said. The 74 By-
pass is one of the issues, he
She is currently serving her
seventh term, representing the
110th district (in Cleveland and
Gaston counties) in the NC
General Assembly. After 13 years
as a representative, she is ready
for the Senate seat and excited
about the future.
Clary, a native of Cleveland
County, currently resides at
Moss Lake. According to her
website, repclary.com, she “is a
Award for ‘“Advocacy and
Commitment to the Prevention
of Adolescent Pregnancy” in
former broadcaster in Shelby,
where she owned and operated
WADA Radio.” Today she is a
marketing agent for Millennium
Marketing Group, Inc. She has
received several awards over the
years for her work in the General
Assembly, including a Home
Care “Hero” Award in 2002 from
the NC Home Care Association,
two Region C-Law Enforcement
Walter Dalton (D-Cleveland,
Rutherford) is currently serving
his sixth term in the Senate.
Beverly Perdue (D) has served as
Lieutenant Governor since 2000.
She plans to run for governor in
gently to become better writers.”
Kings Mountain Middle
School scored the highest profi-
ciency level and improvement
among the four middle schools
in the district. This year’s profi-
ciency at 62.8 percent is up from
last year’s level at 48.2 percent.
Sophomores at Kings
Mountain High School really
brought their A-game to the
writing desk. Scores show a
whopping 28.7 percent increase
in this year’s proficiency level
(79.5) from last year’s (50.8).
KMHS also boasts the highest
proficiency levels in the county,
among Burns, Crest and Shelby
“We're very excited and we
knew that our teachers would be
excited,” said Assistant Principal
* Jon Fleisher, who had the pleas-
ure of relaying the good news.
When he told the teachers they
exploded in cheers, high-fives
and general pride. “The score
last year wasn’t good enough for
those folks so they worked hard
to improve,” he said, and
improve they did.
The six teachers pulled togeth-
er to collaborate, share ideas and
restructure their approaches,
finally proving that six heads are
better than one. “If I know this
group they've got their sights set
in the 80s for next year,” Fleisher
He added that the teachers
deserve all of the glory for the
“goals they put into place and the
students deserve the glory for
working hard to achieve those
goals. There was, however, a lit-
tle bit of an extra incentive for
the students. If they did not at
least score a level III on their
writing tests, then they faced a
summer day writing workshop
at KMHS rewriting their essay
until it reached level III status.
Each of the writing tests are
graded in four levels. Students
Legislator of the Year awards 2008.
and the Luther “Nick” Jeralds
who receive four-seven points ed below.
Bethware Elementary: 72 out of
103 students tested proficient
(69.9 percent), down 4.6 percent
from last year’s score of 73 out of
98 (74.5 percent) testing profi-
East Elementary: 35 out of 42
students tested proficient (83.3
percent), down 6.1 percent from
last year’s score of 34 out of 38
(89.5 percent) testing proficient.
North Elementary: 40 out of 60
students tested proficient (66.7
percent), down 3.1 percent from
last year’s score of 30 out of 43
(69.8 pércerit) testing proficient.
West Elementary: 47 out of 72
students tested proficient (65.3
percent), down 11.9 percent from
last year’s score of 44 out of 57
(77.2 percent) testing proficient.
Davidson School (7th grade):
one out of 19 students tested pro-
ficient (5.3 percent), same as last
year. In 10th grade: one out of 11
students tested proficient (9.1
percent), same percentage as last
out of a possible 20 make level I,
eight-11 points make level II, 12-
16 points make level III and 17-
20 points make level IV.
According to preliminary results
across the state, only 2.94 percent
of the 107,285 students tested in
fourth grade scored level IV, 0.76
percent of the 108,937 seventh-
graders made a level IV and 0.18
percent of the 97,871 10th-
graders made a level IV.
According to CCS’ 2006-07
Report, 10 schools are suspected
to” show expected growth this
year, up from 9 last year; 10
schools are anticipated to show
high growth from 3 last year;
only two schools of the 22 in the
district are suspected to show no
recognition; and 19 out of the 22
schools are suspected to have
made adequate yearly progress.
Preliminary writing scores
from other local schools are list-
Kevin Pennington and Vicki
Carnes, officials from Brinks
Home Security, were at the meet-
ing to discuss home security
issues. “One of the best things
that you can do for yourself is to
pull together as a community
and really watch out for your
neighbors. It’s one of the first
steps you can take at making
yourself a safer neighborhood,”
Carnes said, “The bad guys
like quick, quiet and dark. Take it
away from them.” She got an
“Amen” from Capt. Bobby Steen
with the Cleveland County
Sheriff's Department. Most
crimes, like burglary and thefts,
are crimes of opportunity. When
those opportunities are limited,
so often are the crimes. Carnes
reminded the crowd that during
the day when everyone else is
working, someone else may be
“We would have never been
home. It just so happened to be
our five-year anniversary,” Mrs.
McDonald said. She knew that
the vehicle they saw that day at
her mother’s house was out of
place. “It definitely pays to know
your neighbors, know their
schedules, when they're home
and when they're not,” Mrs.
“Times have changed. It's get-
ting bad,” Steen said. “You guys
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nal record. He brought it to the
meeting for the public to see.
“We're going to do more than
just watch each other’s homes
for criminals,” Mrs. McDonald
said. The McDonalds organized
this first Bethlehem Community
Watch Meeting and have ideas
for a National Night Out, giving
neighbors a chance to meet the
deputies that patrol their streets.
The next Community Watch
meeting is set for Thursday, July
19 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem
Volunteer Fire Department.
are our eyes and our ears. We
can’t do it without you.”
He urged people to never be
afraid to call 911. Officers would
rather come out and it be noth-
ing than to not be notified and it
be something. Community mem-
ber Pete Burnett secured a web-
site for the Community Watch
program at bcwp.com. But he
said it might take a little time to
get it set up. After hearing about
the McDonald incident he went
to the courthouse and pulled the
accused’s lengthy 17-page crimi-
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