Total Press Run
Vol. 1 No. 24
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, February 9, 1972
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The driver of this car, Charles Thomas Lowe, Jr., of Grover off S. Battleground and stopped against this tree In front of
was arrested for driving under the influence and hospitalized Flrst-Cltlzens Bank.
when his 1968 Plymouth cut down a utility pole after running The accident occurred at 10:31 p.m. Thursday. The car was
Bowles To Campaign Here Friday,
Open County Headquarters Sat.
Cleveland County supporters of Har
grove (Skipper) Bowles will be the first
In the state to open a county campaign
& 'l^^headquarters for the Democratic guber-
T ^^^natorlal candidate.
4| The county headquarters in downtown
I Shelby will be opened with official public
X ceremonies next Saturday, Feb. 12, and
w Bowles’ local supporters are gearing to
I make the event one of the biggest days in
i the campaign,
g Plans for Saturday include a festive
\ reception for Bowles to which all Cleve-
j landers are invited, and a major news
Bowles will arrive In the county Friday
in advance of the opening and get in some
campaigning in the Kings Mountain area.
He has chosen the Cleveland County
headquarters opening as the occasion for '
plank. He’ll hold a scheduled news con
ference for the state press, radio and
television at 9:40 a.m, Saturday in the
campaign office in Shelby.
He’ll remain at headquarters from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to greet Clevelanders
during a reception. He’ll be accompanied
by two of his four children -- daughter
Holly, who is the wife of John GeU, and
daughter Martha Bowles, freshman at the
University of North Carolina, at Chapel
Kings Mountain supporters will host a
dinner and reception for Bowles on Friday
Mauney Names Grafton Withers
Representative W.K. Mauney, Jr., has
appointed Kings Mountain High School
StiKlent Body President, Grafton Withers,
«o represent the 40th House District at
'th e 1972 Youth Legislative Assembly,
Withers wUl be sponsored as a delegate
to the assembly by the Kings Mountain
The purpose of the youth assembly,
which is held in Raleigh on March 10-12
is to give youth a chance to propose leg
islation in the form of resolutions, which
will be presented to the N.C. General
On Friday night, March 10th, a debate
between the Gubernatorial candidates will
be staged. This will give them a chance
to voice their opinions and the youth a
chance for their voice to be heard.
The Kings Mountain Rescue Squad had
14 calls last week. They were, two trips
to Charlotte to pick up blood for the hos
pital, one trip to Cleveland Memorial,
three transport trips to the Kings Moun
tain Hospital, one house call, three ser
vice calls, theyalsoansweredacallwhere
a small child was reported lost and had
stand-by duty at the Crossroads Music
Park and the Community Center and one
tire. The squad traveled 250 miles making
trips and stood 365 man hours of duty.
Big Boost For Boys
A $100 check from the Kiwanls Club of Kings Mountain is presented to North School
to help finance a Cub and Boy Scout troop made up of students in Special Education
23 boys are eligible for membership in the troop which has already been chartered
and is under the supervision of North School.
Participating in the Check presentation Monday were (left to right) Lou Sabetti, Pre
sident of Kiwanls; Richaid Hamrick Scoutmaster; Richard Greene, Principal at
North; and Marvin Teer, Kiwanls Committee Chairman of the project. (Mirror Photo)
Sixth Candidate Enters
County Commissioner Race
Fritz Morehead, Jr., 37, filed yesterday
afternoon for another term on the Cleve
land County Board of Commissioners.
Morehead was first elected to the board
in 1968. He is a resident of the Swalns-
vUIe community and employed at the Lit
hium Corporation of America in Bess
In filing for his second term, Morehead
joins five other candidates competing for
the three vacant seats. They are J.D.
(Dock) Turner, Robert Hubbard, Josh
Hlnnant, W.D. Dodd, and ColemanGoforth.
In announcing his candidacy, Morehead
issued the following statement:
"If re-elected to another term on the
Cleveland County Board of Commiss
ioners, I will continue to try to serve a
very special group of approximately
75,000 people. This is every resident in
Cleveland County, regardless of their
wealth, section they live in or their pol
I wUI continue to work by the majority
of the taxpayers wishes and to continue
to answer all questions even though it
takes a few days to get a ruling from the
attorney generals office.
In my opinion, there are many needed
projects in Cleveland County. There are
also many that are not needed. I will
continue to work for the ones that are
needed as well as rid us of the ones that
are not needed.
Our Education System is one of the areas
we need to improve. This is not only
for the scholastic level of the schools
from grammar through high school and
Cleveland Tech, but for the physically
and mentally retarded children of our
county. It is also necessary to educate
some of the residents on littering of gar
bage on the roadsides as well as turning
dogs loose to prey on others whether it
be children, cattle, or personal property.
It is the responsibility of the county to
provide a place for the dogs as well as
a suitable place to dispose of garbage and
waste of all kinds. In order to do these
things, we will have to re-arrange the
money and funds we now have.
I see no need for a property lax increase
to provide lor the finances of this county
for the next few years. With 3/4 of a
million dollars per year coming in from,
the sales tax and the state take over of
some of the counties expenditures, we
should be able to provide for all the needs.
We should be able to out the tax rate to
under a dollar per 100 value. This will
give many a change to say no. This could
be proven in a complete fin^cial state
ment with an income and expense state
ment to let every taxpayer know where his
money is going as well as where all money
comes from. I have tailed to get this
published as often as I would like because
of the wishes of other board members.
I have tried on at least a dozen occasions
and promise to try for another 4 years if
necessary, to make available this infor
mation to every resident of this county.
Plans for the opening and campaign
swing in the area are being worked out by
Bowles ’ state co-manager, R. Patrick
(Pat) Spanger of Shelby; Tom Camp,
Horace Ledford, Mrs. Fred Flowers and
Mrs. Donald Crawley, his Cleveland Cou
nty campaign coordinators; and L.E.
(Josh) Hlnnant, his Kings Mountain co
The Cleveland County headquarters is
located at 114 W. Warren St. in Shelby
beside Hotel Charles. Decked out in red,
white and blue, the headquarters already
is open for business from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. dally. Mrs. E.C. Sparrow is serv
ing as headquarters hostess.
Is Feb. 15
The Kings Mountain Jaycees will have
their annual DSA- Boss of the Year Ban
quet at 7 p.m. on February 15th at the
Royal VUU Motel.
The banquet is held for the purpose of
honoring the jaycees’ bosses.
The Distinguished Service Award will
be presented to Kings Mountain’s Young
Man of the Year. The outstanding teacher
in Kings Mountain will be presented the
Outstanding Young Educator award.
Tom Dean, President of Thomas J. Dean
Associates, will be guest speaker.
All Jaycees, their bosses, former DSA
winners, and the press are invited.
Increase Noted In State
Birth Rate , Illegitimacy
For the first time since the downward
trend started in 1962, an annual in
crease in the birth rate has been re
ported in North Carolina, according to a
report released today by the Vital Stat
istics Department of the State Board of
Health. However, the past decade .showed
a downward trend of 19.4 births per 1,000
population, a 20 percent decrease since
1960. A total of 98,455 births were re
gistered in North Carolina in 1970.
White births increased by 14 percent,
compared to three percent for nonwhites.
According to the U.S. Bureau of the Cen
sus, the population of North Carolina in
1970, was 5,082,059, an 11 percent in
crease over 1960. In 1970, whites com
prised 77 percent of the population and
females outnumbered males by 107,275.
The Increase of births over deaths was
The report also showed that 98.5 percent
of all live births in North Carolina during
1970 occurred in hospitals. For non
whites, the percentage of hospital births
rose from 74 to 95 percent since 1960.
Approximately one out of eight North
Carolina infants born in 1970 was ill
egitimate. Nonwhite births out of wed
lock occurred at a rate of one out of
three. Although the incidence of illeg
itimacy is less for whites, the illegitimacy
rate for whites rose by 65 percent during
The number of marriages registered in
North Carolina during 1970 was 48,291,
about 900 less than in 1969. This was
the first annual decrease observed since
registration began in 1962.
Divorce decrees and annulments of mar
riage numbered 13,702 during 1970. The
rate has more than doubled since 1960.
New Junior Police Officers have been
elected to 6 month terms.
They are Keith Falls, Sergeant; Mich
ael Brown, Captain; Kenneth Burris, Lieu
tenant; Johnny Roberts, Sergeant; Larry
Brown, Sergeant; and Donnie McDevltt,
I would ask that every eligible voter to
make sure he is registered and go to the
polls and vote on May 6. Everybody must
be registered to vote. Remember if you
are not registered, you not only can’t vote
for me, but you can’t vote against me
1 n closing, I would like to say, when
you vote for 3, remember me.’’
Charles Porter and Buell Carrigan an
nounce the formation of their own com
pany - Capo Mechanical Contractors,
which will specialize in plumbing.
Headquarters for Capo will be at Oak
Grove, between the Church and fire de
partment. The phone number is 739- 7512.
Prior to the new venture. Porter has
been general manager of Queen City Mecn
anlcal Co. of Charlotte for the past three
Carrigan has been associated with Met-
rollna Sprinkler Co. of Charlotte.
Befor e joining the Mecklenburg firms.
Porter was foreman of W.O. Blackstone
Plumbing of Columbia, S.C. and Carrigan
worked for Viking Pipe Co. of Virginia.
Both hold master plumber licenses
in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and
Carrigan is married to the former Dor
othy Scruggs and are parents of two sons.
Porter is married to the former Joan
Ford and they have two daughters.
Both Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Carrigan are
imployees of Kings Mountain Drug. Co.
Capo will offer 24 hour plumbing and
Eleven Counties in Western North Car
olina were represented Monday when
Health Department officials and nurses
convened at the Cleveland County Office
Building for a Health Club Workshop,
sponsored by Cleveland County Technical
The subject for the inservice education
program was "Health Care in the United
State - Do People Receive the Care They
Following the welcome by Mrs. Annie
Eskridge, Nursing Supervisor of the local
Health Department, RichardSteeves,Dir
ector of the Department, introduced the
speakers for the day’s session.
February Is Heart Month. HeartSunday
is February27th. ClevelandCounty’sGoal
Not Like A Fox...
Pat Martin and children, Sandy and Dickie of Llnwood Road play with their pet fox
which they adopted as a little pup and is now tame as doggie.