Greater Kings Mountain’s Progressive Newspaper
Vol 1. No. 34
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, AprU 19, 1972
10 Pages Today
Property Ready Soon
Old Bonnie Demolition
In A Cloud Of Dust...
A crew ol city workers using heavy equipment went to work
Monday morning, but It was a tearing down job, the object being The vacant property will be cleared and according to redevelop-
the old Bonnie Mill olflces at the corner of Cherokee and Gold. ment plans - rebuilt by private interests. (Mirror Photo)
Students To Walk For Pollution Control
Several people In the Kings Mountain
Shelby, and Bolling Springs area will
participate in a pollution control walk
Saturday, April 22.
The walk will consist of students from
Kings Mountain High School, Shelby High
School, Gardner Webb College, and some
parents of the students. The 24 mile
walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the court
square in Shelby where the walkers will
proceed to the Kings Mtn. City limits and
then back to the courtsquare.
All members are very concerned about
the pollution problem surrounding us, and
would welcome help in anyway. Anyone
who might like to walk with the group or
would like to help sponsor the walk and
make pledges for each mile walked should
call Sharon Sanders at 739-3710, or Tonda
Conner at 487-6579. Each person needs
a sponsor and any help will be greatly
appreciated. All donations will be sent to
the Cleveland County Air Pollution Control
Nick Smith Challenges
Morgan For Joh
Nicholas Arthur Smith, 33, a Kings Moun
tain native is running for the office of At
torney General of North Carolina on the
Republican ticket In the May 6th primary.
Smith, currently at Chapel Hill, is a tea
cher at N. C. State and Duke University.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A.
Smith of 303 Battleground, In Kings Moun
tain. He is married to the former Carolyn
Walker of Kings Mountain, daughter ol Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Walker ofBenfleldRaad.
They have three children.
Smith has graduate degrees In Law and
Anthropollgy, and Is a former Assistant
Solicitor of Durham County. Smith at
tended UNC, got his law degree from Ten
nessee, and a degree in Anthropology from
The youthful candidate has championed
the cause of the Indians at Pembroke State
College. He wants theAttorneyGeneral’s
office to place stronger emphasis on law
Wants Attorney General’s Job
Renee Bailey, 9, getting her pony ready tor last Saturday’s horse show.. See inside
Photos. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)
Phase Of Redevelopment
The old Bonnie Mill offices at the corner
of Cherokee and Gold Streets was demol-
Jshed Monday morning, completing an
other phase in the redevelopment program
tor downtown Kings Mounts.
According to Joe Laney, outgoing Rede
velopment Director, the 38,000 square feet
of land on the site will be prepared for re
sale and private development. The zoning
will be commercial, and according to La
ney, there Is enough s^cefor several re
tail buildings or a complex. He says the
topography of the site can beputtoadvan-
tage with the construction of a two-story
building, suitable for businesses with a
large stock of merchandise.
The Redevelopment Commission is shoo
ting for May 1st to have the prc^rty ready
for resale. There Is still, said Laney, a
matter of Duke Power moving the trans
forming station near the site, and the re
routing of a main sewer line which goes
across the property.
The Redevelopment Director Is also sho-
The Kings Mountain City Beard of Edu
cation reviewed some budget changes for
the 1972-73 year Monday night, including
a 5 percent salary Increase for all loc
ally paid personnel, including secretarial,
cu^odial, maintenance, etc. employees.
There will be a change In the base salary
of cafeteria workers from $1.60 per hour
to $1.65. The 5 percent increase is in
line with the other school systems in the
The Board approved a supplemental
budget for Driver Training for salaries to
be sent to Raleigh for approval.
The Board also approved continuance of
the pilot Life student accident Insurance
coverage, with rates of $2.50 for students
and $2.25 for teachers. There are now
approximately 3,100 students protected
by the insurance.
The board agreed to adopt a resolution
asking that the Kings Mountain schools be
exempt, as a public institution, from
paying a building permit fee. The board
was reportedly charged with a permit for
a metal building behind Central School,
which hasn’t been done in the past.
About 200 applicants, male and female,
turned out for public auditions for the mo
vie "Sign-Off” being produced by Four
Fellows Inc., ol Kings Mountain, and plan
ned for filming here this Summer.
According to Carl Wlesener, Jr., a
spokesman, part seekers came to the Fri
day and Saturday public auditions at the
Royal Villa from as far aqay as Greens
boro, and even Nashville.
The company was pleased with the turn
out, and hope to begin casting from the
Jesse Helms, Republican for the U, S.
Senate from North Carolina, made a very
brief campaign stop In Kings Mount
Helms, a conservative broadcasting ex
ecutive from Raleigh, was to be at the Ro
yal Villa at 1:30 p.m. and the press was
invited. When the local press arrived.
Helms had already gone. There was a
conflict In schedules, and the candidate had
to rush off to Waynesvllle.
Nevertheless, Helms was hereSaturday,
following a morning of campaigning in She
Bill Schmidt of Shelby, Helms’ campaign
manager, said the candidate would prob
ably return ho campaign in Kings Moun
tain following the May Primary.
oting for May 1st for the completion of the
mini park on Mountain Street, which has
been shaping up recently. Some green
park benches are on order and should be
here soon. Everything for the fountain is
ready except for a submersible pump.
When thepark is completed, ceremonies
will be held at which time the park will be
dedicated to the city. Laney pointed out
that when the project is finished, the Re
development Commission will be out of It
County’s Fourth Disposal
Area Placed Near Margrace
The Cleveland County Health Department
announced this morning that with the sup
port of the County Commissioners, the
fourth Forty Yard Container has been pla
ced in the County for the disposal of trash
and garbage. The new site is in the Mid
pines area and is located 9/10 mile from
The County would again like to express
its thanks to the owner of the sites that
the containers are on as they have made
this property available as a public service.
Margrace Mill, on State Road 2263 (On left
going to Midpines); or 4/10 mile from the
Kings Mountain City Limits onRoad2263.
Shields Blasts Two
J. Don Shields, Cleveland County Coor
dinator of EmergencyServices, has level
ed a stinging attack on County Commis
sioners F rltz Morehead and Phil Rucker
for, as be put it, being "harassed for four
years by Mr. Morehead and two years by
The charges were made by Shields In a
report to the County Board of Commis
sioners and the citizens of Cleveland Cou
nty, a written report of which was released
to the press.
"I regret our county has gotten to the
point this report is necessary,” Shields
began, "however, with all the misinfor
mation being given out I am forced to make
He oharged the two commissioners with
having as their main goal his dismissal.
Shields said he would be willing to sacri
fice his position If the two commissioners
would resign from office.
Said Shields, "The only way I have been
able to tolerate all this harassment Is the
other three commissioners being so great
and all the people who call me telling me
what has been said and encouraging me to
"hang in there” that I am needed, and al
so I love doing this for our county.”
Shields said he feels some of his rights
have been violated by Morehead and Ruck
er, "I have a right as a department head to
be able to present my programs to the
Commissioners who are supposed to have
an open mind, to hear all the bets, weigh
them against other needed programs and
then take action.”
"As is my custom,” said Shields, "I
have not responded to their attacks; I had
been hoping they would let offtheirhotalr
and stop. I do not believe they will stop.
I must now defend myself and my agency
from these attacks.”
In concluding bis report. Shields pleaded
for support of the county's emergency
School Broken Into
A classroom was ransacked and a small
amount of petty cash was taken when East
Elementary School was broken into
The vandalism was retried Tuesday
Morning by Mr. Allison. An investigation
by police discovered that the building was
entered on the north side through a window
in the lady’s restroom.
A drink box and towel machine had been
broken into, and $1.50 to $2.00 was taken,
plus other small amounts unknown.
There will beaYoungRepublicanOrgan
izational Meeting Saturday night at 7; 30 at
the Cleveland County Republican Head
quarters in Shelby.
Speakers will be W, W, "Duke” Dickson
from Gastonia, who is the Tenth District
Republican Chairman, and Brent Kincaid
from Lenoir, N. C., who Is Congressman
James T. BroyhlH’s campaign chairman.
Anyone who is Interested in the Young
Republicans is invited to attend the meet
"Lost Generation”, the latest release
from World Wide Pictures, will be shown
on Wednesday, April 26th, at the First
Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
Filmed In Eastmancolor, "Lost Gener
ation” utilizes multiple screen images
and a probing documentary style to inves
tigate attitudes of dissent, violence, the
mood of America, and the answers that can
be found by this generation as they face the
decisions of life. According to the Rev
erent S. L. Lamm, pastor of the church,
the opinions of both young and old, urban
and rural, rich and poor, are brought to
the screen as the camera focuses on
people of various backgrounds throughout
the Nation. Location shots were filmed In
Alaska, the Southern states, on the farms
and in the small towns of mid-America,
and in the dying Haight-Ashhury hippie di
strict of San Francisco.
The feature-length film, which includes
special appearances by Billy Graham, Art
Llnkletter, and Jack Webb, was described
by one reviewer as a "moving film that
calls on us to make a decision about how
much we want to get involved in the
troubles of our times. It Is a relevant sto
ry that demands our Immediate attention. ’ ’
“Lost Generation” will be shown onceat
7:30 P.M., with no admission charge. The
public is cordially Invited.
Donna Dunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Dunn of Bake Street, finds tasclnatioa
in a dandelion, growing on a warm Spring day in April. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)