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Vol. 1 No. 8
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday October 20, 1971
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Weekend Storm Causes
M Power Failures, Flooding
Diane Cornwell and Susan Cashweretwo of the Kings Mountain
High School majorettes who gave out brochures during United
Fund Day in Kings Mountain Tuesday. Diane hands fund
brochure to Bill, Belk manager, while the pep band plays
in the background.
(Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)
Kickoff Begins Fund Drive
The Bethlehem Fire Diriment is having
a bar-be-que chicken supper Saturday Oct.
23rd from 5 - 8 P.M. at the fire depart
Tickets may be bought from any fireman.
First Presbyterian Church services
conducted by Dr. Paul K. Ausley, pastor,
will be broadcast over radio station
W.K.M.T. October 24th.and 31st.
The Singing Doss Family of China
Grove, N.C. will present a program of
gospel singing during the Sunday School
and morning worship hour on Sunday
October 24 at the East Gold Street Wes
leyan Church of Kings Mountain. The
public is Invited to attend. Rev. Edwin
A. Chrisoee, Pastor.
The Kings Mountain Jaycees are spon
soring a Halloween carnival Saturday, Oct.
30, at Central Junior High School.
. Games for children will begin at 6 P.M.
^Hth the carnival beginning at 7 P.M.
Prizes will be given for the most
original costume In contests for boys,
girls, and adults.
A magician from Gastonia is also sch
eduled to make an appearance.
The carnival is designed to keep chil
dren off the streets, and has been well
received in the past.
Admission is $1 per person.
Dr. H.C. Evans Jr., President of Lees-
McRae College and Chairman of Voca
tional Guidance ^r the Carolinas Dis
trict, will be the speaker at the Klwanls
Club meeting Thursday night at 6:45 at the
North School PTA will meet Tuesday Oct.
26th at 7:30 P.M. for Open House resched
uled from last Tuesday.
Has Busy Week
I During the past week the squad made
' nineteen trips, traveling 461 miles and
standing 301 man hours on duty.
They answered one wreck call, made
three flood relays, eight trips to the Kings
Mountain Hospital with patients, carried
one patient to a doctors office and made
one service call.
Two trips were made to Charlotte Mem
orial, one to Gaston Memorial, one to the
Medical Building in Gastonia and stand
by duty for one ball game.
The Kings Mountain United Fund cam
paign was held Tuesday, beginning with a
7 A.M. Kickoff Breakfast at the Royal
This year’s goal was set at $34,500.
By 11 A.M. Tuesday, Campaign Chair
man Marvin Teer reported that $11,500
had been raised.
At the kickoff breakfast, Sen, Ollie
Harris spoke about the various agencies
benefltting from the fund. Woody Rals
ton presented a film on the United Way,
and Duplex International presented a check
Also attending were campaing workers
aind representatives from the Red Cross,
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army,
Kings Mtn. High Chorus, Band, Ministers
Helping Hand Fund, and Mental Health
The City Board of Education Monday
approved a $1,000 request lor funds to
replace old bond instruments.
Superintendent Donald Jones said bids
will be taken for the Instruments, mostly
small Instruments such as flutes and cor
The board also approved the Superin
tendent’s Recommendation that students
be assigned as they are now enrolled.
Jones reported that N.D.E.A. funds in
the amount of $5,429 have been alloted
for library materials.
"We met with the physical science
department, and recomment that $2,000
be applied to the department to be match
ed with local funds. This will update the
physical science department, and give a
new approach to its teaching... 1 recom
mend that these appropriations be made
appropriately,’’ said Jones.
The recommendation was approved,
The superintendent also suggested that
the board reject the highest bids of $200
on two pickup trucks for sale by the city
schools. Jones said he feels like the
trucks are worth at least $350 each.
At 9 A.M., the Kings Mountain High
School pep band was out on Battleground
Road to provide music while majorettes
gave out United Fund Brochures.
Boy Scouts Get
Twenty Boy Scouts from Battleground
District, Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts
of America completed their Junior Lead
er Training course Saturday and Sunday
in Rutherford County.
Those receiving their Junior Leader
Training certificates were; Micheal Mad-
don and James Camp, Troop 409, Camp
Community; Chris Ager, GarylinHoweU,
Zeno Borders and Ricl^ Wilson, Troop
400, Washington Baptist Church, Waco;
Glenn Roberts and Bo Maner, Troop 92,
First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain;
Richard Lawson, William Peace, Joe
Peace, and Bo Maner, Troop 99, Waco
Ruritan Club, Waco; Herman Blrdges,
Jim Cline, and Charles White, Troop
117, First Baptist Church, Boiling Sp
rings; Danny Parker, and Donnie Hunt,
Troop 291, Casar United Methodist
Church; Coleman Keeter, Troop 112,
Lawndale Methodist and Baptist Churches;
Danny Green, Joe London, Mike Green,
Troop 401, Salvation Army; J.B. Nichol
son and Charles Lofite, Troop 415, Am
erican Legion, Kings Mountain; Bryan
Shull, Mark Buse and Jody iUndrlck,
Troop 100, Shelby Presbyterian Church.
The Rotary Club’sannual pre-game pan
cake supper Friday night was a big
According to Joe Laney, Rotary Presi
dent, the club took in an estimated $654
from the ticket sales.
Unseasonable thunder storms Friday
night and early Saturday morning brought
an estimated 5 inches of rainfall down on
Kings Mountain, resulting in street
damage, power ^ures, and flooding in
low lying areas.
By 9:30 Friday Evening, the city’s em
ergency crews in the electrical, water
and sewer, street, and gas departments
were in effect in order to continue ser
vice in these areas.
Mayor Moss worked with the emergen
cy crews until about 4 A.M. Saturday.
"It was the most rainfall I’ve ever seen
in Kings Mountain,’’ said the Mayor, who
expressed his appreciation for the mem
bers of the various city departments who
helped to restore normal services.
Flooding was reported in the areas of
Landing, Bridges Drive, Hillside, Mead-
owbrook, Monroe Ave., about seven areas
of the city in all suffered water damage.
A cement block pump bouse and three
small wooden bridges at the Country Club
were destroyed by the flooding. Numerous
basements. Including city hall’s were
flooded. Several downtown stores also
reported water damage.
School Superintendent Donald Jones re
ported Monday that water was standing
24 inches deep on the south end of the
Power transformers were knocked out
in different areas of the city.
A spokesman for the electrical depart
ment reported that a transformer on
Cleveland Ave. was out for about half an
hour Friday, and power on LandingStreet
was knock^ out for about one hour, also
transformers on York road were out for
about an hour.
Two transformers behind the Country
Club were knocked out, but not detected
until Monday morning.
By Monday afternoon, all city power
was functioning as normal.
The power failure interrupted the high
school football game at halftime , and
the police department had to assist inre-
The Northwestern Bank, fifth largest in
North Carolina, has applied to the Slate
Banking Commission to build a branch
If approved. Northwestern would become
the fifth bank in the County.
Glenn Bowers, Assistant Vice President
of Northwestern which is headquartered
in North Wilkesboro, was asked Monday
if the bank plans to establish a branch in
Kings Mountain sometime in the future.
"Not at this time,’’ he replied, but added
that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility.
Of the four banks in the county. First
Union is in Kings Mountain, while First
Citizens has branches in Kings Mountain
and Shelby. Union Trust has branches in
Shelby and other locations in the county,
while First National, the oldest bank in
the county, has three locations in Shelby,
and a fourth under construction.
moving stranded motorists from the park
ing lots. Some cars were reported strand
ed as water flooded the parking areas.
Rising water at the Kings Mountain water
project was kept under control. In the
vicinity of the dam, the water level rose
approximately 12 feet, according to Mayor
The bridge maintenance department of
the Highway Commission reports that two
bridges were washed out in the lower end
of the county. The Long Creek bridge
between Grover and Archdale is out, clos
ing the road for an estimated 30 days.
Damages to bridges in the county was
estimated at $50-$60,000.
The heavy rains and flooding left much damaged property in its wake. This
cement block pump house at the country club was demolished by the flood water.
Investigates Alleged Injury
After looking into charges that a stu
dent received a fractured arm in an al
leged fight at the high school. City School
Superintendent Donald Jones said Tuesday
that a check with the attending doctor re
vealed that no fracture was incurred.
Jones and the City Board of Education
were confronted at Monday’s regular
meeting by Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Con
ner of Kii^s Mountain. The Conners
reported that their 16 year old son had
been in a fight at school on a Wednesday
about three weeks ago, and as a result
was sent by the school for X-Rays which
revealed a fracture of the arm.
Conner said when he went to the school
to find out about the incident, the princi
pal said nothing happened.
He further charged that the boy who
fought with his son wasn’t even a student
at the school. "There’s a good deal of
fighting going on”, said Conner, "no dis
cipline, kids doing as they darn well
please...8 to 10 boys taking belts off and
beating up onel”
Superintendent Jones replied that he has
a report that Mr, Atkinson on what took
place at the high school, and there is noth
ing in it about the incident.
“Mr. Atkinson is conscientious, and
works hard at liaving the type of school
the people of Kings Mountain want. There
have been a lot of rumors about what went
on over there.”
Conner cited another incident where
someone tore the side mirror off his son’s
car at school and scraped the paint down
the side of the car.
Jones promised to check out the Incident,
and set up an appointment with Conner and
his son to discuss it further.
Regarding the presence of unauthorized
persons on school property, the
Superintendent said that signs have been
ordered to be posted at the schools, all
visitors to register at the school office
before visiting anyone.
Police Chief Thomas McDevitt was
brought into the discussion when Conner
brought up another incident which al
legedly occurred at the end of school
Conner charged that three kids at the
high school had blocked off the hallway
and had a case of beer and a pint of liquor
in their possession. According to Conner,
one of the students became so intox
icated that the Chief of police had to go
remove him. Conner said the chief him
self had confirmed this.
Jones promptly call Chief McDevitt on
the phone to confirm or deny the incident.
Affer talking with the chief, Jones said;
"The chief said at the end of the year
he was called out to the school by Mr.
Bates to remove a boy who was drinking.,
but he did not see any beer or whiskey.
"Bad Information can tear up a bmily,
school, or anyone else,” Superintendent
Jones offered, but once again stated his
intention to personally investigate the
The City Board of Commissioners meet
ing Monday approved the rezonlng of pro
perty belonging to Hal S, and Fred W.
Plonk on Oakland Street from R-10 to
Plonk went before the board three weeks
ago and submitted plans for tour units of
luxury type apartments he wanted to build
on the property. The request tor rezon
lng was tabled at that time until the city
attorney could check with the Attorney
General on the legality of an approval
of the property by the zoning board, on
which Fred Plonk served ns chairman.
Scoreboard Telia The Story Aa Kinga Mountain And Shelby Tie In Monday’a Laat Half Of Play.