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Vol. 1 No. 20
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, January 12, 1972
8 Pages Today Plus
1 Page Insert
North School Approved For
New Vocational Program
A party was held at the home of John Plonk on Piedmont Street
Saturday night for Irelon Easley, daughter of Pastor and Mrs.
Charles Easley. The Easleys are leaving Kings Mountain and
St. Matthews Lutheran Church for Albermarle.
Approximately 100 gifts were presented and opened.
Shown are; Thomas Hinton, Jodi Smith, Mrs. John Plonk,
Irelou Easley, Laura Plonk, and Tricia Herndon. (Mirror Photo
by Lem Lynch)
Health Department Cites Lack Of Space At KM Clinic
Cleveland County Health Director Rich
ard Sleeves and Mrs. Webb, the nurse
handling the Clinic in Kings Mountain
appeared before the City Board of Com
missioners Monday night to cite a lack
of space and privacy In the clinic which
Is held here In the Community Center
on Friday mornings from 9-11.
"Our only problem Is we don’t have
enough room," explained Mrs. Webb.
"This past Friday we had 54 people. We
are In a 20 X 20 room, and on top of
this we don't have any water."
*0 ^figures Reveal Building Progress
Mr. Woodrow Laughter, City Building
Inspector gave a breakdown to the City
Board Monday of the total building in
Kings Mountain during the past year.
New Kings Mountain Merchants Assn,
officers for 1972 have been jounced by
outgoing President Bill Grissom.
The new President Is Jim Downey,
with Western Auto.
Vice Prelsdent, Is Don Jones, with
Sterchi’s Furniture. Joyce Roark was
The new officers were elected at the
Merchant’s Tuesday morning meeting.
An announcement of new board members
New Radio Ministry
Second Baptist Church has begun a new
radio ministry designed for shut-ins.
It will consist of prayer requests and
church hymns und devotional thoughts.
The program will be aired over WKMT
Fridays from 11; IS to 11;30, conducted
live on the Radio by Rev. Land.
Most of the $3,305,518 In building per
mits during 1971 were issued for single
family homes. During the last 6 months
52 single family homes were build at a
total of $877,422. 86 were build for the
year at a total cost of $1,510,669.
During the last 6 months, 126apartments
units were built at a cost of $1,172,000, a
total for the year of 134 at $1,313,838.
The cost of 5 trailers In the city during
the past 6 months was listed at $24,850,
and $58,850 for a total of 12 trailers
during the year. The total cost of new
housing during the past 6 months Is
The value of new iixlustry and industrial
additions for the year is $196,045, and
$88,700 for the past 6 months.
The total building cost of 17 business
buildings for the year Is $64,301.
26 home additions during the year cost
$55,210. 14 home repairs reported for
the year totaled $21,798; 16 access build
ings at $4,735; 36 zoning permits at $5
each; 89 utility taps at $9,869; The
building Inspector lists a total of 778
Inspections of old and new bousing for
the year. During the year, 20 houses
were demolished and 2 were moved to
A lack of privacy was also brought out.
In the one room, doctors see expectant
mothers, sick children, and babies.
The clinic does not have a private tele
phone line, and has to answer the phone
for the entire community center when no
one else is there.
Mrs, Webb said the clinic has a good
prospect of operating here more than once
After hearing the Health Department’s
recommendations, the board authorized
Mayor Moss to work with the group and
exi^ite an expansion program.
North Elementary School has received
approval of a grant of $17,000 for a Vo
cational Awareness Program affecting
45 students in exceptional children’s clas-
North Principal Richard Greene received
approval of the program on January 7th
from James Barden of the Division of
Exceptional Children, State Department
of Public Instruction in Raleigh.
On January 8th, The Kings Mountain High
School was broken into.
Entrance was made through the Cos
metology room, where they went upstairs
broke Into a drink machine, and into the
office where they stole a pistol and a Re
serve police officers badge from the ass
istant principal’s office.
A total of $27 was taken. The entry is
under Investigation by the Kings Mountain
Two arrests were made for the theft of
9 pairs of boots from Foster Shoe Shop
Jenkins Is New
The City Board of Commissioners Mon
day approved a recommendation by the
chief that Michael Jenkins be employed
as a city patrolman.
Jenkins is married, and lived on Mead-
owbrook Road in Kings Mountain.
The 21 year old officer was sworn in as
a member of the Kings Mountain Police
Department Tuesday morning. New off
icers are employed on a one-year pro
Richard Hamrick Is the North School
Coordinator for the project. Hamrick
formerly taught at Central School.
The purpose of the program, explained
Greene, "is to make these children aware
of occupations, and to simulate job-type
situations.” Field trips to local business
es and industries are planned for the year.
The program is designed to fall In line
with Central’s program of vocational
training , to prepare these elementary
students for the program there.
The $17,000 will be used for salary,
materials, equipment, and in - service
training for Mr. Hamrick and other
The Vocational Awareness Program is
an experimental one. Funds came through
the Education of the Handicapped Act,
Title 6, Part B., and was approved at
North for the 1971-72 school year,
Followlng a public hearing Monday night,
the city Board of Commissioners ap
proved the rezonlng of two parcels of
land on Hwy. 74 from R-20 to G.B. to be
utilized for the building of a shopping
The parcels include 5.29 acres, and
10.32 acres belonging to Mae Sue Goforth
and Garrison Goforth.
Bill Plonk, Beverly Lattimore
The Kings Mountain Police Auxiliary installed new officers for 1972 Monday night.
They are left to right; New President, Judy Belt; Secretary, Glenda Belk; Chaplain,"
Jean McDevitt; and Sergeant at arms, Betty Roper. (Jim Belt Photo)
Pat Taylor Appoints County Co-Chairmen For Campaign
^royhill Expresses Disappointment
With First Session of Congress
loth District Congressman James T.
Broybill speaking to the Toastmaster’s
Club of Gastonia expressed disappoint
ment over the lack of productivity of the
First Session of the 82nd Congress.
Broyhill commented, "Once again pol
itical bickering, indifference and a lack
of follow through on the part of the Con
gress had left a number of Important
pieces of legislation unacted on. Despite
public concern about a number of Issues,
legislative proposals which deal with many
of these concerns are still buried in the
respective Congressional Committees.”
Citing specific examples of Congression
al neglect, the 10th District Representa
tive continued, "Legislative proposals
which could streamline and revamp the
Executive Branch of government and our
present welfhre system remain bogged
down In the Congress. Other urgent meas
ures like water pollution, rural develop
ment, ways to curb transportation strikes,
and changes In the electoral system of
electing the President are still unfinished
According to Broyhill one of the major
> accomplishments of the first session of
Congress was the measure adopted to deal
with the economic situation. He notes that,
"solving the economic crisis our Nation
has been experiencing has beenaprinary
consideration for this Administration
and tor the Congress."
"Every American had been affected by
inflation and the rising cost of living and
high unemployment. lam optimistic that
we are seeing a reversal in our economic
situation because of the bold action and
dynamic policy now In operation. Through
a series of Presidential and Congress
ional measures a new economic policy has
been Instituted to stimulate the economy
to bster growth, bold down the trend of
price increases and right the adverse
balance of international payments which
was draining away billions of dollars to
Senior Superlatives for the 1971-72
school year at Kings Mountain High were
announced last week after being selected
by the Senior Class.
Selected as Most School Spirited were
Kat Ervin and Chip McCarter; Friend
liest; Mike Moss and Lynn Bridges; Most
Talented; Debbie Lee and Larry Huff-
stickler; Best Looking; Katherine Owens
and Jeff Hedden.
Chosen Best all Around; Tim Hunter
and BrendaStone; Wittiest; Charley Baker
and Hetty Cox; Most Likely to Succeed;
Ed Robbs and Ruth Davidson; ,pst Stud
ious; Jason Pouchak and Beverly Plonk;
Most Athletic; David Bolin and Carolyn
Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor announced Saturday
night in Charlotte the appointment of Bev
erly E. "Buck” Lattimore of Shelby and
William L, "Bill" Plonk of Kings Moun
tain as co-chairmen of his campaign for
Governor In Cleveland County.
This is the first in a series of announce
ments concerning Taylor’s Cleveland
County Campaign. Announcements of a 15-
man campaign steering committee, pre
cinct campaign committees, the opening of
a campai^ headquarters and visits to the
county by the candidate will be forthcom
In announcing the appointment of Latt
imore & Plonk, Taylor noted that he "was
extremely pleased to have two men of their
calibre, wide background, and political
experience to handle his local campaign."
Lattimore, 23, of 515 Mauney Ln., She
lby, has been active In local Democratic
Party affairs for the past several years.
Lt. Gov. Taylor, emphasizing his Interest
in the participation of young people. In the
politick process, noted that Lattimore is
one of the youngest men in the state to
manage or co-manage a campaign.
Lattimore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
Lattimore of Rt. 3, Shelby, is a graduate
of Crest High School and earned his B.A.
Degree in Government, graduating with
honors, from Wofford College (1970.)
From 1967 - 1970 he was a member of
U.S. Senator FritzHolllngs’(D.S.C.)staff.
During the 1968 campaign he served as a
Youth Coordinator In Hollings successful
re-election campaign. Hoi lings appointed
Lattimore a U.S. Senate Intern and he
served in Washington during the summer
Mr. Lattimore served as a State Senate
Intern in the office of Sen. Jack White
of Kings Mountain during the 1969 leg
islative session. During the 1970 cam-
paing, Lattimore was office manager of
Cleveland County Democratic Headquart
ers. At present, he is Vice Chairman
of the Cleveland County Democratic Exec
utive Committee and Chairman of the
party’s Youth Affairs Committee.
Lattimore is employed as Director of
Operations of ARR - BEE Enterprises,
Inc., the national franchise distributors
of Little Moo Dairy Barns. Hels married
to the former Pamela Knox of Spartan
burg, who is a staff writer lor the Cleve
land Times. Lattimore Is a member of
Shelby Elks Lodge and a National Guards
man. The Lattlmores are Methodist.
Bill Plonk, 39, of Rt. 1, Kings Mountain,
Is a prominent Cleveland County Dairy
farmer, who is extremely active in local
agriculture, civic and political affairs.
Plonk attended Kings Mountain High
School and earned a degree In agriculture
from N.C. State University in 1954. He
now operates a dairy farm near Kings
Mr. Plonk Is President of the Cleveland
County Farm Bureau; Vice Presidentand
a member of the Beard of Directors of
Rutherford Electric Membership Coop
eration; a member for the past 11 years
and former president of the Kings Moun
tain Lions Club.
Mr. Plonk has been active in the Demo
cratic Party for a number of years and
has served in various leadership posts
in past campaigns tor Lt. Governor and
Governor in Cleveland County. At pre
sent he is one of four representatives
from Cleveland County on the State De
mocratic Executive Committee.
Mr. Plonk is married to the former
Marguerite Thomasson and they have 4
children. The Plonks are Lutheran and
attend St Matthew’s Lutheran Church In
Mr. Lattimore and Mr. Plonk will begin
Immediately to organize the Taylor cam
paign in Cleveland County. They com
mented.. "we feel that Pat Taylor is the
most qualified candidate for governor by
virtue of his years of legislative exper
ience as Speaker of the House and Pre
sident of the Senate and the leadership he
has produced as Lt Governor. We have
a broad cross-section of voters In the
county who support Pat Taylor and we are
confident of winning in Cleveland County
as we will across the state. Pat appeals
to the average man, the working man.
He has been described as a "Southern
Will Rogers" and to know him Is to like
him and to respect him. This will be a
"citizens campaign" -- we have no single
large contributor in the county to under
write our campaign. We’ll depend on the
support of the average voter in the pre
cinct to give his time, efforts and con
tributions as we take Pat Taylors cam
paign directly to the "people” of Cleve
Lt. Governor Pat Taylor, center, meets with his Cleveland
County Gubenatorlal campaign managers, Beverly Lattimore,
(left) of Shelby, and "BlH” Plonk of Kings Mountain.