Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Vol. 1 No. 32
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, April 5, 1972
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Too Far Gone!
Fire swept through the home of Mike Toney off Foote Mineral
Road early Sunday morning, apparently the result of a burst hea
ter. The bmllywasawayfromhome, and when firemen answer
ed the call around 5:30 a.m,, the house was so Car gone that the
Kings Mountain and Bethlehem Fire Departments concentrated
on wetting down the surrounding houses to save them. According
to the fire department, a heater had been reportedly left on, and
Chief Floyd Thornburg said the heater was found burst wide open
after the fire was extinguished. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)
Bonnie Hinnant Is
By Sylvia Holmes
There were five girls and one boy, live
sixth graders and one seventh grader,
five right handers and one southpaw.
All six were contestants in the Kings
Mountain schools spelling contest on Wed
nesday, March 29th. Each was represent
ing one school and competing for the right
to represent Kings Mountain in the eight
eenth annual spelling bee next month.
The rainy weather did not dampen the
enthusiasm of these wizards with words.
It was a written test of one hundred
words enunciated clearly, plus a short
phrase showing use of that word, then
a final pronunciation. It took Mr. Howard
Bryant about forty minutes to administer
the test which included a short break
for leg stretching, half way through at the
fifty word mark.
Cont. on Page 9
Auditions Set For New Play
Would You Like To
Be The Mirror’s
Would you like to be the Mirror’s June
The young lady selected as the Kings
Mountain Mirror’s first "June Bride” will
be featured in a special section of the
newspaper in June.
She will be the object of a special per
sonal feature and photographic layout, and
will be photographed, along with the
groom-to-be, on a shopping tour of Kings
Mountain businesses, looking for all the
good things necessary to begin housekeep
To be eligible for the distinction of being
"The June Bride”, any girl in the Kings
Mountain area getting married in June
need only come by the Mirror and register.
This will not be a drawing, however; the
“June Bride” will be selected by the staff
of the Kings Mountain Mirror. Remember,
to be considered, you must register be
tween now and May 20th.
Public auditions for parts in the Kings
Mountain Little Theatre’s upcoming pro
duction of "Ladles in Retirement” will be
held on Saturday, April 8th from 12 noon to
6 p.m. at the Park Grace School auditor
ium. There are roles in the play for six
ladies and one man.
The director is Stephen H. Baity and he
hopes that anyone who is interested in try
ing out for a part will come to the
auditions. Prior stage experience is not
necessary and the Little Theatre is anx
ious for some new faces behind the foot
Help backstage is also needed and any
one interested in set construction, tech
nical work or make-up is also invited to
come to the auditions to meet the director.
Donations of old clothes and furniture
will also be accepted by the Theatre at
Park Grace on April 8th.
KMHS Band Superior
The Kings Mountain High School Band
•ecelved a Superior Rating at the State
Band Contest in Marion, N.C. on March
The band participated in grade 5 Music
On May 18, all Kings Mountain City
School Bands will participate in a concert
at Central Junior HighSchool Auditorium.
Wade Tyner, owner of Wade Ford in Kings Mountain, is pre
sented with honorary membership into the North Carolina Traf
fic Safety Education Association by the Kings Mountain School
Left toRlght are Bill Cashion, Driver Training Co-ordinator,
Police Chief Thomas McDevltt, School Superintendent Donald
No Real Clues
Shotgun Bandit Surprises
Local Motel Clerk
By Rodney Dodson
“I don’t know how he got in—I was work
ing here—I turned around and he was stan
ding there with a double-barrel shotgun
pointed at my head.”
E. W. Anderson was back on the job Mon
day night at the Royal Villa Motor Inn, re
lating what happen^ when he was held up
at gunpoint and robbed of approximately
$300 Sunday morning about 3 a.m.
Anderson, who lives in Shelby, has been
working the desk at the local motel on the
11 p.m. - 7 a.m. shift for 3 months.
"I was scared,” he said frankly. Late
at night the front door to the motel is us
ually locked, but "we had a very full motel
Saturday night--a lot of traffic,” Ander
The bandit came in alone and Anderson
saw no car.
"He asked for all the money we bad, and
gave me a paper bag. Then he put me on
the floor and told me not to get up.” The
bandit was reportedly black, and was
wearing a stocking over his head.
Chief of Police Thomas McDevitt said
Tuesday afternoon that the department
may not have a single clue to go on.
Jones, making the presentation, to Tyner, and Bill Bates, Com
munity Relations Director lor the school system. Jones said
of the presentation to Tyner, “He has shown a tremendous
amount of interest in the school system’s driver training pro
gram. The award is presented to people throughout the state
who have contributed to the program. (Photo by LG. Alexander)
Plans Are To Relocate
McGinnis Property By Summer
Redevelopment Director Joe Laneysays
plans are to relocate tbeMcGinnisDepart-
ment Store Annex and McCurdy Cleaners
on Battleground Avenue by early summer,
and offer the 5,400 square-feet property
for private building of a new retail focil-
The property, owned by Paul H. McGin
nis, was acquired by ttie Redevelopment
Commission on March 29th, at a purchase
price of $21,450.
This is the tenth property to be acquired
for the downtown renewal project. Laney
also reported that the last residence has
been demolished on the Bonnie Mills pro
perty. He expressed hope that the proper
ty can be cleared and offered for sale by
No Injuries In 3 Wrecks
Congressman Nick Galifianakis today
named attorney George Thomasson as man
ager of his U. S. Senate campaign in Kings
Thomasson, a lifelong resident of Kings
Mountain, is a member of the Cleveland
County Bar Association, the North Carolina
Bar Association, and the North Carolina
State Bar Association. A former judge in
the Kings Mountain Recorders Court, he is
chairman of the local March of Dimes, a
past president of the Lions Club, and a past
president of the Jaycees. He will be coor
dinating his efforts in behalf of Galifianakis
with state campaign manager Russell Walk
er of Asheboro and Cleveland County Mana
ger Bill Lamb.
After the announcement Thomasson said
he had decided to work tor Galifianakis, who
is running for the Democratic nomination
for U. S. Senator in the May 6 primary, be
cause "he is not only the best qualified can
didate, but the one most concerned with the
particular problems of Western North Car
olina. Nick is a strong anddynamic leader
who will give us energetic representation
now and for a long time into the future.”
Galifianakis will be campaigning in Shelby
and Kings Mountain today.
Compared to F ebruary, March was a quiet
one for the RescueSquad. Squad members
answered 62 calls, 9 involved car ac
cidents, 19 were transport trips to carry
patients to the hospital and 6 were made
to take patients home, 4 house calls,
2 stood relay, 1 shooting, 2 cuttings, and
5 service calls were also made.
Members were also present for the Mu
sic Park shows and Wrestllngat the Com
Out of town trips were 5 to Charlotte, 2
to Shelby, 1 each to Forest City and Bes
semer City. A special trip was made to
carry children from the Orthopedic Hos
pital in Gastonia to Charlotte to see the
The squad traveled 1,006 miles and stood
554 man hours on duty.
The Police Department investigated three
wrecks during the past week, resulting in
thousands of dollars in damage, but for
tunately no injuries.
An accident Thursday, 10; 15 a.m., at the
intersection of U. S. 74 and Battleground
occurred when Albert Edward Florin! of
of 1047 Rocky Ridge Road reportedly
reached down to pick up a book that had
bllen from the front seat, when his 1971
Olds struck the rear of a 1970 Ford dri
ven by Zeb Monroe of Bladenboro, N. C.
Damage to the Florini car was listed at
$1800. The 1970 Ford owned by Bladen
boro Cotton Mills was not seriously dam
Another accident at 4 p.m. Thursday at
King and N. Goforth Streets involveda ’69
Plymouth driven by WalterGeraldGladden
of Route 2, Kings Mountain, and a ’67 Ply
mouth driven by Billy Miles, Jr., of 802
Tryon St., Shelby.
The Gladden vehicle reportedly stopped
behind tialfic for a traffic light, and was
hit in the rear by the vehicle driven by
Milles. Mines reported that his car was
then struck by a third vehicle. His car
suffered $350 damage. Damage to the
Gladden car was set at $150.
lij: • A Springtime hike to the top
ijil of Kings Mountain ... See
jij Page 8.
* Bonnie Hinnant is City spel-
ling champ. . .Photos!
* Wbat’s new in Grover???
Read Jackie Rountree...
••'I Page 5.
On Sunday, April 2nd, at 4:45 p.m., Paul
Heina Grohman of Charlotte was traveling
east on King Street in a 1969 Cadillac, and
had stopped for traffic when a 1964 Volks
wagen driven by Donald Eiwood Caldwell
of Wilmington, N. C., reportedly struck
his car in the rear. Driver of the VW sta
ted that vehicle 1 (Cadillac) pulled over to
the right side of the road in front of him.
Traffic was reported very heavy at the
time. Damage to the Caldwell car was lis
ted at $ 300, damage to the Grohman car,
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church has re
grouped its scouting efforts, and after on
ly three meetings a fine nucleus has been
organized, and is functioning as a Scout
Adult leaders are Wallace Stawls, Scout
master; Joe Smith, Committee Chairman;
Josh Hinnant, Advancement; Aubrey
Mauney, Membership; Lee McIntyre, Fi
nance; Charles Dixon, Transportation;
Douglass Falls, Membership; and Ricky
Falls, Assistant Scoutmaster.
Junior leaders are Roger Hovis, Jr. As
sistant Scoutmaster, Scott Hovis, Sr. Pa
trol Leader; Curtis Hovis, Patrol Leader;
Randy Oliver, Patrol Leader; and Scouts
Tony Oliver, Bill Patterson, and Phillip
Troop 91 will climb Brown Mountain two
weeks alter Easter Sunday. Church ser
vices will be held on top of the mountain.
Anyone who would like to make the trip
should meet withTroop91atSt. Matthew’s
Lutheran Church, Monday nights at 7 p.m.
An Easter Egg Hunt at the home of Bessie Bumgardner Monday afternoon was attended
by area youngsters getting their last opportunity to hide the eggs in the old Easter trad
The camera caught this candid expression of David Grant, 7, as he finds his first egg.
David is the son of Nan Jean Gantt Grant. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)