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Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Vol. 1 No. 44
Kings Mountain Mirror, Wednesday, June 28, 1972
12 Pages Today
Two Camp LeJeune Marines lost their lives In this car about Midnight Friday, when it
apparently went out of control and crashed over an embankment on 1-85 a mile south of
the Hwy. 161 interchange. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)
Two Marines Killed In Crash On 1-85
Two Camp LeJeune marines were killed
in a single-car wreck on 1-85 one mile sou
th of Kings Mountain about midnight Fri
Pronounced dead on arrival at Kings Mou
ntain Hospital were Charles Randolph
Bradley, 22, of 715 Crescent Dr., Ander
son, S.C., and Harold F. HoUaday, 19, of
6581 Cabot Dr., Nashville, Tennessee.
Trooper J.R. Reid was unable to deter
mine who was driving the compact auto.
He reported that Bradley’s body was ab
out 25 feet from the rear of the car and
HoUaday’s body was partially trapped un
der the car. According to Reid, the wreck
was discovered about 6 a.m. Saturday by a
passing motorist. Medical Examiner Dr.
Sam Robinson estimated that the bodies
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A two car wreckat the intersection of Cleveland Ave. and Linwood Ave. Tuesday morn
ing injured two Kings Mountain men. (Jim Belt Photo)
Oak Grove firemen answered a call at
9:30 a.m. Monday at the Woodbrldge De
velopment Company. An overturned truck
had caught fire owned by American Classic
Homes. Six firemen answered the call.
Monday night, at 6:30 p.m. there was a
controlled burning of a torn that was own
ed by Woodbrldge D. Co. The fireman
made plans for all day4thof July celebra
KM To Celebrate 4th With
Field Day, Patriotic Ceremony
A special patriotic ceremony, to be hi
ghlighted by an address by Senator J. 011-
ie Harris titled "This is our country,"
will be held on Monday, July 3rdatthe co
mmunity center softball field at 4 p.m.
Country and Western music will be fea
tured. Also speaking on the program will
be Josh Hinnant, County Commissioner el
ect from Kings Mounbin, and Rep. W. K.
City-wide church services will be held
Sunday, July 2nd, at 7;30 p.m. at the soft-
ball field adjacent to the Kings Mountain
The serWces, to which everyone Is Ihvit-
ed, are sponsored by the City Recreation
Department. Invocation for the service
will be given by Rev. Frank Shirley, pas
tor of Temple Baptist Church. Dr. Char
les Edwards, of Boyce Memorial A.R.
Presbyterian Church will deliver the wel
come. The sermon text will be presented
by Rev. Paschal Waugh of Central United
Methodist Church. A special music pro
gram will be offered.
If you are the kind of kid that is constan
tly saying "There’s nothing to do around
here,” maybe you haven’t heard about the
Fourth of July Celebration. Maybe you’re
an ace In the water. If this Is the case
there will be swimming and diving con
tests. If swimming is not your "bag,”
then maybe you would like to Jump into a
bag and sackrace. Still you say there Is
nothing to do. You are wrong again. Just
take a look at this schedule. There Is so
mething for everyone. Come on out to
Davidson and Deal Street Parks.
ages 6-11 years; 12 -14 years; 15 - up ye
Relieve Overcrowded Conditions
No Tax Increase
1972 - 1973 City
Budget Ready For
had been on the scene for about 6 hours.
According to officer Reid, the driver ap
parently lost control of the car and ran off
the right side of the rood, struck a road
sign post, and overturned several times
down the slight embankment.
A two car collision at the Intersection of
Cleveland Avenue and Lynwood Road 11:30
a.m. Tuesday left two men hospitalized.
Marlon Jackson Coleman, 27, of 1005 Fi
rst Street In Kings Mount^ was Injured
when his car was struck by George Moore.
Moore, 69, ofRoute 2, Kings Mountain, ac
cording to police report, ran the red light
at the intersection and ^uck the left side
of Coleman’s car.
Damage to Coleman’s 1964 Plymouth was
estimated at $750 and Moore’s 1963 Ford
suffered damages of $550. Officer Hayes
Investigated the accident and both Moore
and Coleman were admitted to Kings Mou
By RODNEY DCOSON
Editor, The Mirror
Mayor John Moss goes to the board of
commissioners Wednesday with the pro
posed city budget for the 1972-73 fiscal
The mayor was quick to emphasize that
the new budget does not call for a tax in
crease, and the present tax rate will re
main the same.
Moss would release no actual figures on
the budget prior to Its presentation at a
6 p.m. meeting with the board at city hall
We^esday, but did Indicate that there will
be a larger capital outlay this year for str
eet paving, a fire pump and truck, and a
new electrical substation-a part of what
the mayor termed additional expenditures
in capital Improvements over last year.
He added that all departments are to re
ceive additional funds this year.
The proposed budget, according to Moss,
will also contain a proposal on salary in
creases for city employees, but he would
not disclose any amounts prior to the me
Moss said the budget Is designed to give
quality service to the citizens with strong
emphasis placed on better planning, man
agement, and implementation. He empha
sized that the budget as presented will pro
vide for continued Job training In the police
and fire departments.
In conclusion, the mayor said, “Ibelieve
It Is a realistic preliminary budget.”
BUI Simpson dressed as "Sheriff Bull,” the character he portrayed in the movie
Preacherman, chats with fUmmaker Pat Patterson from Charlotte. Both were at Cross
roads Music Park last weekend for fUming of the Four FeUows producUon - Sign-Off.
(Mirror Photo by Rodney Dodson)
Film Crew Begins
Work On KM Movie
The Cleveland County Board of Commis
sioners wlU meet In a special called
session on Thursday, June29, at9;30a.m.
and llabUlty insurance lor the volunteer
units. Also scheduled are some budget
amendments to be approved before the end
of the year.
FUmmaker and director Pat Patterson
of Charlotte, along with BiU Simpson, la-
mUiar to many folks as Sheriff "Bull” in
the movie "Preacherman,” were out at
Crossroads Music Park Saturday to begin
fUmlng some sequences of the new movie
"Sign Off” being produced by Four Fell
ows of Kings Mountain.
It was an added attraction for the crowd
who turned out for the Country Music Fes
tival this past weekend.
Patterson talked enthusiastically about
the movie, and revealed that the picture,
although Just begun. Is already booked In
30 of the Carollnas’ top theatres, on the
strength of the script alone.
Patterson and Simpson, who is a Char
lotte fUm distributer, both were very up
set about a recent fUm attempt In Char
lotte which went bankrupt, saying such
incidents hurts the reputation of other fU-
mmakers. Pattersonadmonished any ske
ptics by stating that the money is in the
bank for his movies before the fUming
starts, and that this is his 12th.
Patterson is convinced that the use of am
ateur talent in his films doesn’t hurt the
quality. “The differencebetweenanama-
teur aixl a professional is that the profess
ional gets paid,” he said emphatically. He
cited enthusiasm andawilli^esstowork
as more important virtues.
He sees filmmaking as a business, point
ing out that Hollywood has spent Itself out
of the business. "Filmmaking has its gla
mour, but it’s also a serious business,” he
Diving; High and Low, to 8 years, 9 and
Sackrace-10;00-10:30, Egg Throwing
11:00 - U;30, Plate ThrowingContest-ll;30-
12:00, Softball Throwing Contest for Dis
tance - 1:00 -1:30, Wheeltorrow-l;30-2:00,
Basketball Free throw - 2:00 - 2:30, Soft-
ball Throw for Accuracy - 2:30 - 3:00, Ju
mping Rope Contest -3:00-3:30, Horse
shoes-3; 30-4; 00.
And last but not least there will be a gre
asy pole climb with awards given for the
first three places.
The celebration Is sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Recreation Department and is
lor all boys and girls from 14 years old
A teenage dance wUl be held from 7-11
p.m. Admission Is $2 at the door.
NEW LION OFFICERS: Presenting gavel to Richard Green, new
President of the Kings Mountain Lions Club, Tuesday nl^t Is
outgoing president Dave Saunders. Other new officers shown are
First Vice President-Charles Blanton, Second Vice President-
Bill Bates, Third Vice President-Jim Downey, (not pictured).
Directors: Edwin Moore, Ray Holmes (not pictured), and Connie
Allison (not pictured). Treasurer-George Thomasson, Tail
Twister-C.P. Barry, and Lion Tamer-Tlm Gladden. (Mirror
Photo by Lem Lynch)
Proposed School Bond Would Accomplish Goals
By Jay Ashley
Mirror Staff Writer
Initial plans tor the proposed school bond
Referendum for Kings Mountain School
system have begun to take shape. Plans,
although not finalized, do give the citizens
an idea of what to expect.
According to Donald D. Jones, Superin
tendent of the Kings Mountain City School
System, the bond Issue would strive for
four major goals:
1. A new building to bouse 8th and 9th
grades. This Junior High will be located
on Phifer road and separated from Kings
Mountain High by the stadium and tennis
2. The erection of a new auditorium at
Kings Mountain High. This auditorium wo
uld seat close to 1200 persons and would be
used by the high school as well as by the
3. To renovate existing facilities at East
and West Elementary Schools. Neither
school has an indoor recreation center or
assembly area. The library at WestSch-
ool, presently in the cafeteria would be
4. To build coolers and freezers at the
Bethware, Grover, East, and West Scho
ols. This wUl provide facilitites to store
perishable foods at each school.
These proposed ideas have been in the
planning stages for about five years. Cur
ricula and teaching procedures have been
evolving to fit the progressive school pl
ans. Jones stated that whether the bond
issue passes or not, the High School will
have to have additional space. Currently
federal funds are being sought for constr
uction of the new Junior High and auditor
ium. If such funds are forthcoming, a bond
issue would not have to be held, but as Jo
nes said, "It looks like a long shot,”
The curriculum at the new Junior high wo
uld be of the progressive nature. Subjects
such as shop or typing would not formally
be offered but equipment and time would
be made available to the student to follow
his own Interests. Superintendent Jones
calls the program an “Introduction Into
One of the main reasons tor the new Jun
ior high Is to put an end to the overcrowd
ed conditions. Such a move would be bene
ficial to both students and teachers. The
Central School will in the future house the
6th and 7th grades. Also construction of
the new Junior high will reduce crowded
conditions in Kings Mountain High. The
High School at present contains over 1300
students in a complex designed for 1000.
The proposed date for the election Is De
cember 9,1972. The election has to be he
ld before July 1, 1973 In order for the peo
ple of Kings Mountain to have a say In in
dividual school districts. Jones explained
that after July 1,1973 school bondswUlbe
voted on in a county wide basis. A dist
rict election as proposed now would be the
last time that people of Kings Mountain can
vote on the Kings Mountain system.