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Vol. 1 No. 5
Kings Mountain, N.C., Wednesday September 29, 1971
10 Pages Today
City Commissioners Table
Rezoning Plonk Property
Kings Mountain City Commissioners
agreed Monday to table action on a re
quest for rezoning oi property of Hal
S. Plonk and Fred W. Plonk on Oak
land Street from R-10 to R-6.
Plonk submitted plans to tbe board
for four units of luxury type apartments
be wants to buld on tbe property. Tbe
apartments would be one, two, and three
One bedroom apartments, said Plonk,
would rent for $130 per month, two
bedrooms for $145, and 3 bedrooms for
$160-165 per month. Included in the
apartment plans are a swimming pool
and golf and putting facilities.
Three interested citizens appeared at
the meeting in opposition to construction
of tbe apartments.
Dr. John L. McGill told the board be
had been assured by real estate men
from Shelby and other areas that the
property value in areas adjacent to the
multi-family dwellings would probably
decrease. "One member of the zoning
commission has a conflict of interest”,
charged McGill, "we feel that this should
The reference was made to Fred Plonk,
chairman of tbe zoning board, and brother
to Hal Plonk. He remained impartial
when the board approved plans for the
property submitted to it last spring.
Tbe question McGill raised was whether
it was a fair decision since Plonk was
acting as chairman of the group.
Commissioner Biddix made a motion
that the request be tabled until the next
meeting, during which time City Attorney
Jack White can determine the legality
Estimated $12 Million
Cost Of By-Pass Has
Doubled In 12 Years
All eyes are on Sally Burton as she is tagged out, as she
tries to slide into home plate. Salty played with Champion
Landscaping in the slow-pitch softball tournament Saturday
night. Champion Landscaping defeated Tony’s Ice Cream.
United Fund Sets Budget
Bill Jackson from IBM Corporation will
give a talk on data processing concepts
and applications at this week’s meeting
of the Rotary Club Thursday at 12:15 at
tbe Country Club. Charles Mauney is
in charge of the program.
The annual meeting of the descend
ants of Col. Fredrick Hambright will
be held on Sunday, October 10, 1971,
at the Grover Rescue Building, begin
ning at 1:00 P.M.
Please bring a picnic lunch - drinks
will be provided.
Pass the word to Kinsmen and friends
and encourage a good attendance for this
Friday, October 1st will be a holiday for
students in the Kings Mountain School
There will be no school that day because
of a North Carolina Association of Edu
cators meeting in Gsstonia,
• According to Bennett Masters, two-
j:ds of the goal for funds for the
Rescue Squad has been reached.
He also added that the amount is
behind what was anticipated.
A 7:30 A.M. breakfast and a down
town parade on October 19th, will kick-
off the 1971-1972 United Fund Drive in
A budget of $34,500 has been approved
for tbe 12 organizations benefltting from
the fund this year.
Committee Chairmen are: Scoop Pe
eler, Correspondence Division; Mickey
Bell and Alfred Grigg, Commercial Div
ision; Jim Kenkins and David Parker,
Industrial Division; Bill Bates, School
Division; Joe McDaniel, Public Employ
ees; Mrs. Grady Howard, Advance Gifts
Division; Mrs. Charles Adams, Prof
essional Division; and Bill Grisson,
A breakdown of the approved budget
shows tbe following allocations; $5,500
lor the American Red Cross, $8,500 lor
the Boy Scouts of America ($1,500 of
which Is local), $4,584 to the Lifesaving
Crew, $4,500 to the Girl Scouts, $2,900
for the Kings Mountain High School Bamd,
$888 to the High School Chorus, $3,000
to the Ministerial Association, $2,499
approved for the United Community Ser
vice, $800 for the Salvation Army, $250
for Mental Health, $666.97 Adminis
trative, and $500 for the Emergency
Fund, bringing the total to $34,500.
For a close-up of one of these organ
izations, see an editorial on page 2.
Ken Mauney, District Engineer with
the State Highway Department in Shelby,
said in an interview last Friday, that
the proposed Kings Mountain By-Pass is
“one of the most desperately needed
roads in North Carolina.”
The proposed 12-million ^llar stretch
of pavement has been a department ap
proved fairway project lor tbe past 12
years, and according to Mauney, the now
estimated cost is almost double the 5
to 6 million estimated for its construc
tion when first proposed.
Mauney cites new design standards,
safety standards, and the general infla
tionary trend, for the increase in con
The public hearing on the By-Pass
has been set for October 12th at 1:30
P.M. at the Kings Mountain Armory.
R.W. McGowan, Assistant Chief En
gineer in charge of planning, from Ral
eigh, will preside over tbe hearing.
A previous public hearing was held
4 to 5 years ago and the by-pass was
Should the project get the go-ahead
this time around, the next step would
be to schedule and send a location party
to run the center line of the road in
on tbe ground, A set of plans would
then be prepared, interchanges designed,
then a design hearing would be held.
After the design hearing, the acquisition
of all right-of-ways would begin.
Mauney said the acquisition of right-
of-way is at least two years away, and
sets a span of 4 years for completion
of tbe proposed by-pass, which would run
from one-half mile west of Bethware to
tbe present interchange east of Kings
Mauney added that he now has on his
desk a petition including 1100 names of
people in favor of the by-pass.
Daily Routine At Kings Mtn. High
Cooking Dinner For 1,000 Takes “A Big Pot”
Imagine cooking dinner for 800-1,000
hungry people, five days a weeki Sound
like an impossible task?
It’s all in a day’s work for Mrs, Joyce
Hord, lunchroom manager at Kings Moun
tain High School, and her staff.
According to Mrs. Hord, the only dif
ference is "at home you’re stirring a
small pot, and at school, you’re stirring
a big pot.”
The experienced cook and her staff of
eight full-time and five part-time work
ers begin their work in the spacious
stainless steel kitchen at 7:30 A.M. and
are in the full swing of preparing the
day’s meals by 8A.M. By 11:30, it’s
time to serve the first group of students
their 35-cent lunch, whch includes a
plate with milk and a choice of salads
AH bread is freshly baked except on
sandwich days. Hot biscuits, cornbread.
and cakes... “It’s not hard to use fifty
pounds of flour a day,” says Mrs. Hord.
Tbe dally milk consumption runs near
1,364 half-pints cartons a day.
Many of the food commodities are fur
nished by the U.S. Dept, of Agriculture,
such as flour, ground beef, cheese, corn
meal, and turkey. Others are ordered
from Goodnight, Diggers, or Sexton.
Mrs. Helen Logan, coordinator of school
food serveces, plans the dally menus for
the high school, junior high, and elemen
tary schools. As Mrs. Hord puts it,
“the high schoolers won’t eat things the
little fellows aat, and the little fellows
won’t eat what the high schoolers eat.”
Mrs. Hord is in her second year at
the high school, and her seventh year in
lunchroom work, having started at the
Park Grace Elementary school. Included
in her staff are. Assistant Manage, Ruth
Lynn; bakers, Gertrude Champion and
Louise Wright; main dish cooks, Lau-
rene Clark and Dorothy Sutton; vegetable
and salad cooks, Evelyn Seism and Eula
Clark. Grace Ledford, Rosa Lee Beil,
and Mary Cornwell are part-time servers.
Vada Herndon and Margaret Hamrick run
the popular A La Carte line, which gives
students an extra choice of dessert, veget-
tables or salads for 5 to 10-cents extra
Cooking for this many students is bound
to require some heavy-duty work-saving
gadgets not found in the average kitchen.
One such device is a 30 gallon steam
pressure pot which sold for $1,090. It’s
used for cooking vegetables, large quan
tities of meat, and soups. Sllcers, grind
ers, and large baking ovens are used
routinely to save time in the kitchen.
What do the high school students think
of the food? To get a cross-section
sampling of opinion, three were asked
of the matter from the state Attorney
General, White said he expects to get
an answer within a week.
Tbe motion was approved.
Hal Plonk defended his stand, saying
he doesn’t think the apartments would
do any damage to any property adjoin
ing, adding that the 6-acre tract is not
in sight of but one residence.
In other action, the board held a pub
lic hearing and for Northwoods Subdivis
ion; and following another public hearing,
approved for rezonlng from R-8 to R-6,
2.11 acres of property located on Landing
Street for Neisler Brothers, Inc.
Also approved, was a motion by Com
missioner Biddix to forward to the street
committee a petition for street paving,
curb and gutter on Scotland Drive from
Lee Ave. to Southwood Street.
their opinion of the meals.
Joe Hedden said: "The food is better
than Central- Tbe food is pretty good
but the third lunch period suffers.”
Meredith McGill: "The best part is
the A La Carte. The regular food is
"Not enough of it. Not
The food is pretty good.”
According to Mrs. Hord; fish, ham
burger, sloppy joes, and strawberry
shortcake seem to be the favorite dishes
with tbe students.
About 1; 15 , after the last group of
students has been served, the lunchroom
staff begins their daily cleaning chores.
Dishes are washed as they are returned,
the kitchen is swept, and the floor is
hosed down in preparation tor another
Kat Ervin Named
Kat Ervin, a Senior at Kings Mountain
High School, has been named the Kings
Mountain Carousel Princess, and will
participate in tbe Carolina Carousel
Thanksgiving Parade in Charlotte.
Miss Ervin was selected from among
entries from the nine Senior homerooms
at the high school by a group of citizens
who interviewed the girls.
She will compete with girls from sur
rounding communities for the title of
Carousel Queen at a Thanksgiving week
end ball in Charlotte. The winner will
receive $1200 in scholarships, and will
be eligible to travel over 12,000 miles.
Chairman of the contest locally is Betty
Gamble, Home Economics instructor at
Kings Mountain High.
The bright orange color of the Mirror
masthead this week, and the full-page
Sterchi’s advertisement on the back, is
just another example of the versatility
of offset printing.
Now advertisers may utilize the added
attractiveness of color in their Mirror
ads for a nominal extra charge.
Red, blue, green... color ads get at
tention. The Mirror offers this extra
dimension as part of our continuing ef
fort to serve the people of Kings Moun
It takes eight full-time workers to prepare the meals at Kings Mountain High. Preparation begins at 7:30 A.M. (Mirror Photo)
800 - 1000 Students are served daUy from 11:30 - 1:15. The A La Carte is a tavorlte with the students.