Total Preu Run
Vol. 1 No. 26
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, February 23, 1972
8 Pages Today
Auditions Set For Summer
Plans Announced To
Film Motion Picture Here
By RODNEY DODSON
Plans forafeature-length motion picture
to be filmed In Kings Mountain this sum
mer, starring a cast of local talent, have
I been revealed.
I The announcement was made by Reb
Wiesener of Kings Mountain, one of the
producers of the proposed film.
Four Fellows, Inc., the production Com
pany, consists of Reb Wiesener, Carl
Wiesener Jr., Pete Floyd - all of Kings
Mountain; and Jim Arp, a local radio
announcer from Belmont.
Wiesener describes the film, which has
not yet been filmed, as a detailed look
within a rural town, and will use downtown
Kings Mountain, local homesltes, and
surrounding countryside as the setting.
There is already a working scrip, which
has been copyrighted, according to Wles-
ener, interest in the project has already
been expressed by New York producers,
including Albert T. Viola who created
James A. Belt Kings Mountain police
officer, has submitted his resignation in
a letter to the Board of Commissioners,
Mayor Moss, and Police Chief McDevitt.
Belt has been with the department since
June of 1969. His resignation will become
effective on April 1st.
Belt Is leaving the force to devote full
time to his own detective agency, which
he will operate out of his Kings Mountain
residence for the time being.
His new agency will cover all types of
Wiesener says the movie will probably
be rated “R" or "GP”, and will include
some sex, murder, and mystery, plus a
good portion of country music, with one
segment probably filmed at Crossroads
“We’re trying to produce the movie
ourselves,” Wiesener added, indicating
some local interest has been expressed
in backing it financially, but “if not, we’ll
call the New York Producers.”
He projected that the Company will be
ready for public auditions by June 1st, with
several parts having already been cast.
He expects actual filming to being here
by July at the latest.
The plot, as described by Wiesener in
volves a girl disc-jockey in a rural town
who is murdered. The film will also feat
ure 12 - 15 original new songs. Some
segments will reportedly be filmed at
WKMT Radio StaUon.
The script for the movie was written
by the combined efforts of Jim Arp, Kay
Jenkins, Reb Wiesener, and Pete Floyd,
all local people.
Wiesener said the idea of producing a
film locally was first conceived of about
a year ago.
He says the company is confident that
the film wil 1 bring a lot of people and
money into Kings Mountain.
Reb Wiesener is a member of the
board of Directors of the Kings Mountain
Little Theatre, has been active in past
plays. He is represented by Matt Rend
er, Charlotte talent agent.
His wife Kay has also acted with the
little Theatre, and is an accomplished
Jim Arp is a former country-western
music star, and now radio personality.
Pete Floyd is a song writer, and band
manager. Kay Jenkins is working with
the company’s promotional work.
School Board Discusses
Possible Bond Issue
The Kings Mountain City Board of Ed
ucation has approved the purchase of one
additional school busfortbel972-73year.
The new bus should be in by the last of
July or first of August, and will be re
flected in next year’s budget, at an app
roximate cost of $5300 - 5400.
In making the recommendation. Super
intendent Donald Jones said ‘ ‘one more bus
should put us in good shape,” indicating
that some overcrowdness exists at North
The board discussed overcrowded cond
itions at Kings Mountain High, and the
practicality of combining the 8th and 9tb
grades into one school.
The Superintendent also reminded the
board that as of July 1, 1973, without new
legislation repeal, the district can no long
er issue bonds without approval of the
Jones suggested the appointment of a
committee to work with Principals, get
things finalized and get the problem before
the people and see how they feel about it-
then a petition could be circulated for a
bond issue. Jones also pointed out as a
source of revenue, a loan from the state
literary fund. He explained that when you
borrow from this, payments are set up by
the local government commission fora 10
The Superintendent told school board
members Friday that an excellent re
sponse to the report card and grading
system questionalre has been indicated.
He reported that teachers like the new
grading system a lot better. One teacher
MRS. PAT TAYLOR IN TOWN- The wife of the Gubernatorial
candidate visited in Kings Mountain briefly Monday.
Here she talks With employees at Mauney Mills. Pictured in
left to right order are; Mrs. Taylor, Beula Hood, Ruth Alex
ander, Estelle Clark, Betty Bridges, Peggy McKenzie and Ursula
Elliott; seated is Lora Borov. MIRROR PHOTO By LEM LYNCH
Hunt^ Plonk File For House
reported that it gives the opportunity for
students to have the freedom to learn rat
her than stopping for tests.
Jones Indicated that 85-90% response to
the questionalre was recorded.
The board also agreed to make an off
icial request to the city to tap the boiler
system at Bethware School onto the water
Bethware was dismissed last Friday at
noon when the pump on the boiler went
bad. The water pressure gets down, af
fecting the boiler.
Jones Is New
Head Football Coach Bob Jones has been
names Kings Mountain High School’s new
The approval came Friday by the City
Board of Education upon recommendation
of Superintendent Donald Jones.
It will be the duty of the new athletic
director to lookafter the overall program.
His appointment becomes effective
3 More Enter
Dr. Jack Hunt of Lattimore, N.C. and
Hal S. Plonk of Kings Mountain have filed
as candidates for the North Carolina House
of Representatives from the Cleveland,
Rutherford, Polk County 40th District.
Hunt and Plonk will run at large for two
of the three house seats.
Other candidates running for House seats
are incumbents Robert Jones of Forest
City and Robert Z. Falls of Shelby, and
Shelby businessman Earl Owensby.
Dr. Hunt, who has a dentist office in
Cliffslde, has served as precinct chair
man and member of the precinct commi
He has also served as vice-chairman of
the county Democratic party. He is a
graduate of Lattimore High School, Wake
Forest College, and Emory University
Dental School, He is married to the former
Ruby Crowder of Lattimore, N.C.
In a prepared statement. Hunt Said; “In
announcing my candidacy for the State
Legislature, I earnestly solicit your vote
and support, I am interested in good gov
ernment and will strive toward this goal.
If elected, I will try to represent the peo
ple of Cleveland, Rutherford, and Polk
County to the best of my ability.”
Three more candidates filed Monday
morning for elections to the Cleveland
County Board of Commissioners.
They are Jack Palmer, Jr., Dwight
Tessneer, and Clay Stapleton, all of She
They join 7 other candidates who have
previously filed for County Comm
issioner- Fritz Morehead Jr. of Swalns-
vUle, J.D (Dock) Turner of Lawndale, and
Robert P. Hubbard of Belwood (All In
cumbents), also Coleman Goforth of She
lby, W.H. Dodd of Waco, Clarence C.
Mellon of Shelby, and L.E, (Josh) Hln-
nant of Kings Mountain.
Dr. Jack Hunt
Running for the three at large Senate
seats from the 25th District of Cleveland
Gaston, Lincoln, and Rutherford Counties
are Rep. W.K. Mauney of Kings Mountain,
Rep. Jack Rhyne of Belmont, and Incum
bent Marshall Rauch of Gastonia.
In the 27th Judicial District of Gaston,
Lincoln, and Cleveland Counties, all five
judges have filed to succeed themselves.
They are Joe Mull, of Shelby, Johnny
Mahoney of Shelby, Oscar Mason of Gas
tonia, Lewis Bulwlnkle of Gastonia, and
Robert Kirby of CherryvUle. Bill Puett
of Gastonia is seeking the judgeship now
held by John Mahoney of Shelby. He is
the Only Republican candidate to file.
Incumbent B.T. Falls has filed unop
posed for the Superior Court Judgeship,
and Ralph Tucker is unopposed as candi
date for Register of Deeds.
Assistant Solicitor Ralph Phillips of
Gastonia has filed for election as Dis
trict Court Judge of the 27th Judicial
District comprised of Gaston, Lincoln,
and Cleveland Counties.
Solicitor Phillips is a graduate of the
University of N.C. and Emory University
Law Schools. He practiced law in Gast
onia from 1962 until he was appointed
Assistant Solicitor a year ago. He pre
sently prosecutes in the Gaston, Lincoln,
and Cleveland Courts.
This little girl in the stands at the Kings Mountain-
Shelby basketball game caught the eye of photo
grapher Isaac Alexander.
She was apparently intrigued by the
cheerleaders, and received some instructions from
Out on the floor, she really gets into the swing of