Total Press Run
Vol. 1 No, 45
Greater Kings Mountain’s Progressive f^ewspaper
Kings Mountain Mirror, Wednesday, July 5, 1972
10 Pages Today
Passenger Killed In Sundry Accident
Pictured above Is the car driven by Michael Ernest Harris that
overturned on 1-85 Sunday. Gayheart Sims, passenger In the
Budget’s Aim To Improve City’s Service
in a Uirly brief meeting Wednesday ni
ght the KlngsMountain Board ofCommlss-
toners adopted the preliminary 1972-1973
budget. Motion lor adoption was made by
Commissioner W. S. Blddhi and seconded
by Commissioner J. J. Dickey.
Total projected expenditures for the 1972-
1973 fiscal year Is set at $3,485,647.68.
Spending breakdown by departments is as
follows: UtUlty fund, which Includes water
land sewer, electric and power and natural
gas systems, will be $2,026,500.00. The
general fund, made up by the cemetery, ad
ministrative, sanitary, street, police, fire
and general departments Is estimated at
$812,229.00. The debt service fund, of wh
ich the bond principal payments, bond in
terest payments and flsc^ agency fees are
made Is to be atotal of $364,196.25. Sche
duled capital improvements expenditures
will be$230,801.43 and the Recreation fund
for all operations Is $51,921.00. City em
ployees salaries will raised by 5%.
The income needed to fulfill this budget
is estimated at $3,485,647.68. According
to the budget plan, income will equal ex
penditures sufficiently for 1972-1973.
to be levied In order to raise revenue to
meet the budget appropriations. For gen
eral expenses for the operation of the city
in the general fund the rate will be 15.3%.
In the debt service fund for payments on
the Interest and principal of outstanding
debts theratewlllbe52.7%. Rates for ma
king permanent improvements in the cap
ital fund will be 12.0% and the recreation
fund rate will be 05.0%. This total tax rate
will be 85% which has been the same rate
for citizens of Kings Mountain for the past
nine consecutive years.
Compared with last vear.: budget, the
1972-73 budget is estimated at$411,953.02
more. Mayor Moss attributed the ability
to raise the budget without raising the tax
rate to the co-operation of the citizens of
Kings Mountain with all departments of the
governing bodies. Agrowthintheresiden-
History Comes ToIJfe
A Revolutionary Tory stalks the woods at Kings Mountain Battleground. In an effort to
re-create the atmosphere surrounding the Independence of the U.S. from Britain, the
Park officials have inkltuted a program of "living history.” An encampment around the
U S Monument at the park has been established and each week for the remainder of the
Slimmer this soldier and many other sights may be seen. Tourists will have an opportu
nity to talk with the men, witness the firing of genuine revolutionary firearms and view
authentic garb of this period.
Claim Two Lives
Two accidents occured In Cleveland
County over the weekend taking two lives.
Tony Lane Bell, 18, was dead on ar
rival following an accident on RP 2013
two and one half miles outside Kings
Mountain. The wreck occured at 6:00
p.m. Saturday. Also listed among the
injured were David Bell Jr., 15, Ralph
Johnston Jr., 15, Burkley Bell, 14, Jer
ome Parker, 9, and Jerry Parker, 7. All
victims were listed as having Route 3,
Kings Mountain addresses.
Trooper B, W. Props! Investigated the
accident and reported that Bell was trav
eling north on RP 2013 at a high rate of
speed when he lost control of the car.
The occupants were thrown from the car.
Damage to the 1969 Ford were esti
mated at $2,000.
Another one car fatality was listed by
the Cleveland County Highway Patrol.
Gayheart Sims, passenger in a car driv
en by Michael Ernest Harris, 19, died In
Charlotte Memorial Hospital, 2:00 a.m.
Monday morning. Sims lived at 203 W.
Griffith Street, Woodruff, South Caro
lina. Harris of 1911ErmaStreet, Char
lotte was admitted to Kings Mountain
Hospital where his condition was listed
Investigating officer J.L. Evans said
the 1965 Ford was traveling on 1-85, .7
mile south of U.S. 29 towards NC 216 at
a high rate of speed when Harris lost
control and overturned into the left lane,
throwing both occupants out of the
vehicle. $600 worth of damage was es
timated for the car.
A Kings Mountain man^was involved to
an accident Sunday, near Shelby. Jerry
Thomas BeU, 19, of Route 1, Kings
Mountain was charged with failure to
The investigating officer reported that
Bell pulled his 1972 Ford onto NC 180
into the path of a 1966 Plymouth, The
Plymouth was driven by Glenn Allen
Brooks, 20, of Route 1, Shelby,
The accident at the intersection of NC
180 and RP 2202 left $800 damage to the
Brooks car and an approximate $1200
to Bell’s car. Both men were only slight
ly hurt and were taken to their homes.
Driving too fast for conditions was the
charge against Ricky Patterson of Route
3, Kings Mountain this weekend. The
charge was the result of a wreckSunday
morning at 3 a.m. four miles north of
Shelby on RP 2057.
Patrolman B.W. Propst reported that
the Patterson vehicle ran off the road
after entering a curve and then ran Into
damages estimated at $150.
Harris car was killed when the car overturned and threw both
occupants out. Sims was a native of Woodruff, South Carolina.
tial as well as Industrial population has
made it possible for a wider tax base and
thus leaving the rate steady.
Moss added that the purpose of this years
budget is “to try to establish programs to
raise the quality of service to the citizens
of Kings Mount^ and to respond to com
plaints with an answer in a reasonable len
gth of time.”
In other business the board of commiss
ioners approved a budget amending ordi
nance and an interim appropriations ordi
nance. A 1972-73 Privilege License Or
dinance was also approved.
The board welcomedGene White, new dir
ector of redevelopment to KlngsMountain
and showed their support by adopting a co
operation agreement between the city and
the redevelopment commission.
Congressman Nick Galiftanakis today
urged the U. S, Dept, of Agriculture to ex
tend federal crop Insurance coverage to
apple growers in Cleveland County.
In a letter to Mr. Richard Aslakson, Man
ager of the Federal Crop Insurance
Corporation, Galifianakis said the Cleve
land County apple Industry needs the
coverage "to continue its Impressive
growth” and noted that Federal Crop In
surance is presently available InHei^er-
son, Wilkes and Alexander Counties.
"Your cooperation In making certain that
the request of the apple Industry in Cleve
land County for Federal Crop Insurance
is approved will be gratefully appreciated,
not only by me, but by the many North
Carolinans who will benefit,” GaliflnaUs
"We won’t know how much damage there
is until we can dry everything off and try
to run the machines” was the statement
made by Sonny Peeler upon surveying the
results of a fire Tuesday afternoon. The
fire started In the finishing shop of the El
mer Lumber Company around 10:30 a.m.
The fire was spotted by one of the resi
dents near the lumber company and the fire
trucks were dispatched and ftolshed by 12
No damage estimates had been made at
the time although the heat had been high en
ough to melta circular saw blade The ce
lling of the shop was completely charred
along with the beams. Large plywood pie
ces stacked against the wall were also bur
No speculations were made concerning
how the tire was started.
Postpone Action On Budget
Shelby Asks County To
Extend Zoning Limit
The Cleveland County commissioners
beard Dave Willdson, city manager of
Shelby, in a Monday morning meeting.
Wilki^n showed the board a plan to ex
tend Shelby’s municipal zoning and sub
division control authority beyond its
present one mUe limit. The proposed
extension would be within a radius of two
miles from existing boundaries. Ac
cording to Willdson this extension Is de
signed for the city to have authority to
develop and promote the welfare of the
inhabitants of the area. By citizens being
under this jurisdiction the city can pro
tect their interests by establishing zon
ing ordinances and control of subdivision
Willdson stated that the extension would
not cause the annexation of schools into
the city system of an extension of city
school systems Into the outlying area.
"The only effect,” Willdson said, "that
this plan would have, would be an extens
ion of city zoning laws.”
The city council Is to bold a public bear
ing on the matter on July 17th. The com
missioners voted to stay any action on the
matter until after the public bearing. The
commissioners agreed that the public
hearing would offer a better index of the
feelings of the proposal to the commun
In other business the commissioners
also approved appointments of Mr, Roy
Dedmon, Mr. C.R. McBrayer and Mr.
Bobby Stone to the Shelby Planning and
Zoning Board. The board also approved
three road petitions requests. They
were, extension of Scenic Drive, aband
onment of a section of SR 2228 and
maintenance of Wright Road off N.C. 18.
It was also decided that the board would
meet Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.
to hear requests for budget adjustments
from department heads.
The Kings Mountain Mirror announce:
the addition of James "Jay” Ashley to
its staff. Jay will fill the position of news
editor becoming effective immediately.
Ashley isanative ctGraham, North Car
olina, and is a graduate of the University
of North Carolina of Journalism. He has
worked on the staff of the Alamance News,
and at WCHL Radio in Chapel Hill, prior
to coming to Kings Mountain.
In making the announcement, Co-Pub
lishers Lem Lynch and Rodney Dodson
state that Ashley’s addition to our staff
will allow the Mirror to expand its local
news coverage even more, to include news
of the county which pertains to Kings
Mountain. The Mirror will begin immed
iately reporting the County Commissioner
meetings, and include news from the Sher
iff’s Department and Highway Patrol.
Readers can look to the Mirror for com
plete coverage of events that affect the
people of Kings Mountain. The publishers
believe that this is another step in the Mir
ror’s goal to provide the best possible
newspaper for Kings Mountain.
Jay is married to the former Barbara
Edmonds of Graham, N.C. She is a 1971
graduate of Atlantic Christian College
Inspecting Fire Damage
Sonny Peeler, left. Inspects the damage done to the shop In
a fire Tuesday morning at Elmer Lumber Company, An un
determined amount of property was burned and melted by the
blaze. Joe Peeler, center, and Bill McDaniel attempt to clean
up some of the mess In the shop. Origin of the fire has not yet