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Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Vol. 1 No. 42
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, June 14,1972
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City electrical crews, supervised by Mayor John Henry Moss on ladder, attempt to
restore power to the North GastonStreetSub-Stationwhlcb was struck by lightning during
a severe electrical storm Friday evening. Power was off In the city tor several hours.
(Mirror Photos by Lem Lynch)
I BVD Textiles, formerly known as Crafts-
pun Yarns, gave a dinner party for local
and state officials as well as local digni
taries at Kelly’s Steak House in Blacks
burg, S.C. last Tuesday night, June 6. Mr.
Robert Grohman and Mr. Stanley Gold
berg, President and Vice President of BVD
addressed the group, announcing Improve
ments being made In the plant along with
the name change. Also participating In the
program were Gerry tenBrlck, Director of
manufacturing, and Mr. Karl Jacobi,
Director of administration at the Kings
The purpose of the dinner was to establisli
a closer relationship between BVD and the
community from which this plant draws its
On display at the dinner were dress
shirts, T shirts, and man’s underwear
from BVD cut and sew operations InMul-
Un, S. C. and Livingston, Tennessee.
Present at the dinner were State Sen.
Ollie Harris, W.K. Mauney, Jr., Mayors
of Kings Mountain, Shelby, Bessemer City,
and the Mayor Pro Tern of Blacksburg;
City Commissioners of Kings Mountain,
Police Chief Thomas McOevitt, School
Superintendent Donald Jones, Martin Har
mon, editor of the Kings Mountain Herald,
Charles Hamilton representing First Cit
izens Bank, J.C. Bridges representing
Bridges Hardware, andRev. JamesWilder.
Debbie Timms In Charlotte
For Miss N.C. Pageant
Debbie Timms, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Gene Timms of Kings Mountain left Sun
day for Charlotte where she is competltlng
all this week for the title of Miss North
Debbie, a Junior at Limestone College
in Gaffney, S. C., currently wears the
crown of Miss Limestone. She is a 1970
graduate of Kings Mountain High School.
She was interviewed Monday by the pag
eant judges, and participated in the talent
competition Tuesday night. She did a piano
concerto. Wednesday she participates in
swimsuit competition, and Thursday is a
free night and she can watch other per
formers from the audience. Friday night
is evening gown competition, and Saturday
the finals will be televised live from Char
lotte’s Coliseum. Debbie is beingaccomp-
anied in Charlotte this week by Mary Wade
Result Of Severe Storm Friday
City To Cut Power Sunday
For Electrical Repairs
Name Change, Gives Dinner
Electrical power in the city will be turned
off from about 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday to
repair the Gaston Street substation struck
by lightning about5:30a.m.Frlday,during
a severe storm which left Kings Mountain
without power for several hours.
The lightning burned 3 holes in the plate
d steel covering on the substation. 3 bush
ings will have to be replaced Sunday.
Friday’s storm, which ravaged with
severe windsand torrential rains for about
30 minutes, was almost a repeat of a storm
last October 15th, also on a Friday night,
which brought an estimated 5 inches of
rainfall down on the city, resulting in
street damage, power failures, and flood
ing in low lying areas.
Power was not fully restored in the Lin-
wood area Friday night until about 11:30,
due to trees wUch bad fallen over the
power lines. According to Earl TurbyfiU,
electrical department superintendent, the
lightning also struck a transformer on
Morris Street, blowing off the main switch.
Debbie Timms leaves Sunday afternoon tor Charlotte where she will be representing
Kings Mountain alt this weekat the Miss North Carolina Pageant (Mirror Photo by Lem
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Tree in front of a home on North Piedmont was uprooted by the harsh winds which rav
ished property and left minor damage in its wake Friday.
A Route 2 man was listed in fair condition
at Cleveland Memorial Hospital after the
car be was drlvingwas Involved inawreck
with a highway patrol car Saturday night.
The driver, Clyde Arthur Huskey, was
charged with driving under the influence
and driving left of the center. The wreck
occurred at 8 p.m. Saturday, five miles
south of Shelby on N.C. 198.
Patrolman Gary Mull was treated and
released at Cleveland Memorial, also
Jessie Barrow of N. Morgan St., Shelby,
and George Atkins of Shelby, both pas
sengers in the Huskey vehicle. Another
passenger, Amos McCluney of Crocker
Road, Kings Mountain was admitted and
According to the patrol report, Huskey
was headed north on N.C. 198, and patrol
man Mull was headed south. Damage to the
Huskey car was estimated at $600, and
$1000 to the patrol car.
Harold Dean Smith of 204 Crawford Drive,
Kings Mountain was listed in fair condition
Monday at Kings Mountain Hospital follow
ing a single car wreck at 12:30 a.m. Sat
urday, four miles south of the city onI-85.
According to trooper J. L. Evans, Smith
was passing a tractor-trailer truck when
bis vehicle ran off the road on the left and
overturned. He was charged with driving
under the influence. Damages were esti
mated at $300.
To Set Up
The Kings Mountain Board of Commis
sioners has adopted a resolution request
ing the County Board of Commissioners
to establish a program for solid waste dis
posal in the county. The resolution asked
specifically that the county adopt a solid
waste program that will include establish
ing and operating landfills to serve all
citizens at the earliest date possible, if
feasible by July 1, 1972.
In other business, the board approved a
request to rezone a tract of land on the
west side of York Road and east side of
York Road from neighborhood businessto
general business. The property was re
zoned for John Dilling for construction of
a new building.
- Authorized the Mayor to appoint a com
mittee to evaluate Duke Power’s increase
to the city.
- Accepted a bid of $13,000 from Mill
Power Supply Co. for construction of a new
electrical substation on York Road.
- Approved request to rezone 9,852 acres
from LI to NB by Maude P. Harper, et al.
- Adopted an ordinance to e:rtend cor
porate limits following public hearing on
petition for a nexation by Robert and Ann
- Adopted ordinance to extend corporate
limits following public hearing for annexa
tion by Dorse aid Alma Whiteside.
- Accepted the maintenance of Waters
Ed Smith of Kings Mountain was elected
to serve as an elector to the Electorial
College at the 10th District GOP Conven
tion Friday night held in Morganton. Smith,
a former GOP county chairman, was an
elector in 1968. He was nominated by Paul
Vogel of Shelby.
Seven Raised $150 In
March For Clean Air
Concerned students from Cleveland and
Rutherford Counties decided to do their
part in helping to fight Air Pollution. Or
ganized and led by Tonda and Suzanne
Conner of Shelby, they staged a March for
Clean Air from Shelby to Kings Mountain.
Sponsors were found to back each walker
with contributions lor each mile walked.
In addition to the students from Shelby,
Crest, East Rutherford and other hi^
schools, and Gardner Webb College took
up donations from any person who wanted
to join the fight for clean air. Rain post
poned the walk from April 22 to May 20.
Rain again came but the students were not
to be put off again.
Seven brave students walked fifteen miles
in intermittent rain. The students raised
over $150.00 in pledges and contributions.
Major contributors were Richardson Mo
bile Homes, Shelby Motor Lines, Dixie In
dustrial Supply, SUvercote Warehouse, E
& N Mobile Homes, and over $50.00 from
students and concerned citizens. March
ers were Suzanne Conner, Tonda Conner,
Sharon Sanders, Mike Sweezy, Billy Con
ner, and Ann Hughes.
Mrs. Yates Conner accompanied the stu
dents Tuesday afternoon in presenting the
contributions to Derr Leonhardt and
James Phillips of the Air Pollution Con
trol Program. An informal discussion was
held at the presentation with students ask
ing questions about the methods for con
trolling air pollution. All present agreed
that now is the time to work together for
Inside The Mirror!
* KM Lions Down Tryon in T
* Interview With Kitty Wells...
See Page 3
* Mirror Asks...We May See
You Next...See Page 2
* What’s Up in Grover...Page
City May Pay
The Kings Mountain Board of Commis
sioners has approved a request by the
local United Fund Finance Committee to
waive the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad’s
utility charges, subject to its legality as
set forth in a 1971 legislative act.
Marvin Teer addressed the board on be
half of the United Fund, "We’re concerned
about the rescue squad...their 1971 annual
report showed a cost of $ 1,171 for
utilities.’’ Teer cited that other cities are
underwriting the utility bills tor their vol
unteer rescue squads.
Commissioner Ray Cline replied, "Don’t
get me wrong, but what would we open up
might feel like they shouid be exempt.’’
Teer posed the question of what would
happen if the community were not able to
run the rescue squad. He added that he
didn’t think it would open the doors to
Commissioner Blddlx offered his opinion
that the squad deserves all the help they
City Attorney Jack White ottered that pre
vious to 1969 it was illegal tor municipal
ities to make contributions to organiza-
tioDs, buta 1969 legislative act did allow
cities to make such contributions, and de
clared what would constitute a necessary
expense in the 1971 session. White said he
would check to see if rescue squads were
included under the law as necessary ex
School Superintendent Donald Jones
voiced concern on behalf of the UF for the
rescue squad, pointing out their service
during the power failure Friday night.
Hospital administrator Grady Howard
concurred that "the squad is one of the best
buys this community has. We all enjoy free
ambulance service as a result.’’
Upon a motion by Commissioner Jonas
Bridges, the request, pending its legality,
A high vantage point shows rescue operations just minutes after
a dune buggy apparently crashed into an abutment at Buffalo
Creek Bridge on Highway 74 last Wednesday. Both passengers
in the vehicle were thrown into the water. 19-year-old Robert
Larry Bean of Rt. 8, Lexington died Friday at Cleveland Memor
ial Hospital after having been revived by members of the Kings
Mountain and Shelby volunteer rescue squads.
John HeathGolding, the other passenger, was reported improved
and out of intensive care at Charlotte Memorial Hospital Monday.
(Photo by Lem Lynch)