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Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Vol. 1 No. 40
Kings Mountain, N. C. Wednesday, May 31, 1972
16 Pages Today Plus 12 Page Insert
Demos Elect Plonk, Campbell To Executive Committee
£ David Beam of Fallston was unanlmous-
S ly elected chairman o( Cleveland County
Democrats at the party's biennial conven-
|| tion at the courthouse Saturday afternoon,
p Named to serve with him, all elected un-
^ animously, were Mrs. Ben Poston ofShel-
S- by, first vice chairman; the Rev. F. R.
Giles of Washburn Switch community,
second vice chairman; Mrs. Evelyn White-
side of Kings Mountain, sectetary; and
John Washburn of Bolling Springs, fareas-
Chairman Beam, a hatcheryman and for
mer chairman of Cleveland County board
of commissioners, succeeds Cameron S,
Ware of Bethware, who stepped down after
two terms in the top party post.
In the only contested nominations, the
convention elected to membership on the
state Democratic executive committee
W. L. (Bill) Plonk and M. L. CampbeU of
Kings Mountain, Clyde Nolan and Beverly
E. Lattlmore, both of Shelby, James B.
Taylor of Shelby was defeated.
Kings Mountain area residents also were
named to several other Democratic com
mittees. Mrs. Fred Withers of Kings
Mountain was elected to serve with Jim
Beason of Boiling Springs on the slate
senatorial district committee. Mrs.Lulco
Wilson of Kings Mountainand JoeStockton
of Lattlmore were named to the house of
representatives district executive com
mittee, and Jack White Jr. and William
The convention also elected 43 delegates
to the congressional district party con
vention to be held in Hickory City Audi
torium at 1 p.m. June 10, and 43 delegates
to the state Democratic convention to be
held at 11 a. m, Tuesday, June 20, at
Raleigh’s Dorton Arena,
Beverly Lattlmore Introduced a resolu
tion that the county delegation to the con-
Orr, both of Kings Mountain, were elect
ed to the judicial district executive com
King Mountain Mayor John Henry Moss
and U.S. Hamilton of BolllngSprlngswere
elected to the congressional district ex
} A six-month-old child was killed in this head-on crash Friday
at about 1:25 p.m. on Second Street Extension. The driver on the
right was reported In critlcaf condition and has been charged.
Six others were Injured in the wreck and hospitalized. (Mirror
Craftspun Announces New
Employee Motivation Plan
Craftspun Yarns Co. of Kings Mountain
revealed to its employees this week a sw
eeping new motivation and appreciation
program which will be highlighted with a
drawing for a brand new car.
Beginning on June Sth the plant initiates
a 12-week program striving lor perfect
employee attendance. Those with perfect
on-the-job attendance will be eligible for
the drawing for the automobile.
It was also announced that secondary
prizes will be awarded for which perfect
attendance is not required. These are a
new color TV set, a radio-stereo console,
and a portable stereo.
In announcing the revolutionary program,
Randall Hemphill, Assistant Director of
^Manufacturing, said the primary reason
for the program Is the company’s “genuine
interest in our people, and to show appre
ciation for a job well done.’’ Headded that
the company hopes that It will alsomotlvate
people to Improve their attendance.
Asa special bonus, all the employees with
perfect attendance for the 12 weeks will be
honored at a dinner at Kelly’sSteak House
In Blacksburg on June Sth, at company ex
pense of course.
Hemphill said this type of motlvation-ap-
preciatlon program is not very common,
and definitely something new for this area.
Craftspun employs about 500 people at its
plant on L inwood Drive.
Hemphill emphasized that the Incentive
efforts are “secondary to our appreciation
of our employees.”
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Answers ... See pg. 2
Little Hondas Run
Saturday ... See pg. 11
Long Awaited Day
gressional district convention be in
structed to nominate Jack Palmer of
Shelby as a delegate to the national Dem
ocratic convention, withR. Patrick Spang
ler of Shelby as another nominee or al
ternate If there Is a possibility of two
delegates or an alternate being elected
from Cleveland County.
Mrs. Ben Poston offered an amended
motion that Spangler be nominated as del
egate and Palmer as alternate.
M.L. Campbell then told the convention
he was interested inbelngadeiegate, also.
Cameron Ware moved that the motions
be tabled and the convention voted to do so.
leaving the congressional district dele
The convention unanimously adopted a
set of resolutions prepared by a resolu
tions committee including Ware, Mrs.
Poston, Lattlmore and David Banks. The
resolutions called lor the county commis
sion to work toward a countywide water and
sewer system in longrange planning, to
work toward the employment of a county
manager in the near future, and to facili
tate voting and the counting of returns in
the county’s larger precincts either by as-
dlng elections personnel. Instituting voting
machines or adjusting precinct lines.
Another resolution called for nodiscrim
ination as to age, sex, or race in the filling
of vacancies in public agenclesand boards,
with particular attention paid to the em
ployment of minorities in public positions
so that they may have a fuller voice in
State Sen. Marshall Rauch of Gastonia
was keynote speaker for the convention
and issued a call for party unity, noting
that while Democrats have varied philos
ophies they can work together In a great
party to accomplish progress.
The convention also heard short remarks
from some of the local candidates involved
in run-off elections.
Typical of hundreds of sailors who received diplomas from
Principal J. C. Atkinson Friday night is Helen Bees. The 1972
class was the largest to graduate from the Kings Mountain High
School, (Mirror Photo)
Driver Charged In
Fatal Two-Car Crash
Funeral services were held Monday lor
six-month-old Jeffrey Scott Sullens, fata
lly injured Inatwo-carcoUislonhereFri
Investigating patrolman Johnny Penton
reported that a car driven by Cornelius
Young Jr. of Rt. 1 Kings Mountain, collided
head-on at a high rate of speed with a car
driven by Mrs. Doris AnnSullens of Shelby
Read, Kings Mountain. The wreck happen
ed about 1;2S p.m. onSecondStreet Exten
Charges of driving while Intoxicated and
reckless driving resulting In manslaught
er have been filed against Young, who is
still recovering from injuries sustained in
the wreck. Mrs. Sullens was reported in
satisfactory condition in Gaston Memorial
Both vehicles were a total loss, and esti
mated the Young vehicle to be valued at
$1200 and the Sullens vehicle at $500.
Passengers in the Young vehicle included
Douglas Ward of Rt.l, Bessemer City;
Beverly Alexander of Chesterfield Apart
ments, Kings Mountain; Kim Alexander of
Chesterfield Apartments; Wanila Alex
ander of Che^rfield Apartments; and
Stacy Alexander of the same address. All
were hospitalized and reported in falr-
The driver of this car, Cornelius Young Jr, of Kings Mountain has been charged with
driving while intoxicated, reckless driving resulting in manslaughter. There were five
other passengers In the car, all were injured. (Mirror Photo)
KM Rescue Squad Gets New Ambulance
One of six new ambulances has just been
received by the Kings Mountain Rescue
Squad, and according to Captain Delbert
DUon “we’re second tonobodynow.” The
squad now has two first-line vehicles, the
new ambulance plus a ’69 model.
The congregaUon ofFlrst Baptist Church,
Kings Mountain, moved Into a newly-com
pleted building the first Sunday in June,
This Sunday, June 4, 11;00 a.m., a ser
vice of dedication will be held, and a copy
of the paid - In - full note will be burned,
marU^ the retirement of the debt for the
church building and grounds.
Taking part during the morning will be'
members of the original Building Com
mittee, and Rev. B. L. Raines, former
pastor of First Baptist Church, who will
deliver the sermon of dedication.
Scenes of activity In the church will be
shown on slides, and an exhibit of arti
cles and notes of interest concerning the
life of the church during the past twelve
years is being assembled.
Former members and other friends of
the church are invited to attend.
Cleveland County Republicans metatthe
courthouse Friday night and elected Mrs.
Lynda Sparrow of Kings Mountain to serve
as Interim chairman of the party until a
new chairman is elected.
Duane Robinson, past chairman resigned
due to business Interests.
Mrs. Sparrow recognized State Rep. Bob
Baird of Catawba County, who spoke on be
half of the candidacy of J Im Hol^ouser for
Governor. The 10th District Republican
Convention is scheduled for June 9th In
The new ambulance is the GMC carry all
type truck with a raised roof. Other iden
tical ones are located at Grover Rescue,
Boiling Springs Rescue and ShelbyRescue.
The cost of the new ambulance Is $11,750.
Five of the ambulances are GMC carry
all-type trucks with raised roofs. These
will be located at Bolling Springs Rescue,
Grover Rescue, Kings Mountain Rescue,
and Shelby Rescue.
All the ambulances meet all the latest
North Carolina and Federal HighwaySafe-
ty Standards and North Carolina Health
All ambulances are permanently mark
ed and lighted with red lights and flood
lights to use at the scene of any accident.
All ambulances are fully outfitted with
all necessaryequipment--oxygen, vacuum
system aspirator, 110 volt power invert
ers, resuscltator, inhalators, scoop stre
tchers, sphygmomanometers, spine boa
rds, splints, and many other items used
in everyday emergencies.
Total cost of the ambulances and equip
ment is $75,640.00 of which $37,820 is a
federal grant obtained through the Gov
ernor's Committee on Highway Safety,
$18,375 county funds Included In the bud
get by the County Commissioners, and
$19,445 being paid by the rescue squads
All the rescue squads invite all interest
ed citizens to come by their respective
headquarters and inspect these new am
The new emergency medical communi
cations system will installed and in op
eration in July. The new communications
system will be installed and in operation
center equipment has already arrived and
installation is almost complete.
We are extremely proud of all this new
equipment so we can better serve the cit
izens of this county and we appreciate the
citizens of Cleveland County who have
supported our volunteer rescue squads.
This is another project coordinated by
your Cleveland County Office of Emerg
Team Trophy Winner
BAR Smith won this year’s Kings Mountain Mountaineer Softball tourney Sunday at
City Stadium. Accepting the trophy from Carl Champion, as teammates look on is Jerry
Wortman of B & R. (Mirror Photo)