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Vol. I No. 47
Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newsprper
Kings Mountain Mirror, Wednesday, July 19,1972
10 Pages Today
4 Teachers Resign, 5 Elected
1972-73 KM School
By Jay Ashley
Mirror News Editor
The Kings Mountain School Board met
Monday night to discuss and act on sever
al items of business. Including the propo
The tentative budget for the year 1972-
73 was discussed and the board voted to
approve this budget. Total operating ex
penses will be $874,389.81 and tbe capital
outlay will be $940,790.48. Tbesefigures
amouiit to a total e
amount to a total expenditure of $1,415,180.
29. Tbe proposed goal expenditure figure
represents a $211, 380 Increase over the
1971-72 budget. Superintendent Jones at
tributed the Increase in expense to an in
crease in programs thatthe system is im
progressive school here in Kings Mountain
and to acheive this goal various segments
in the budget must be increased.” Such
increases fall in the area of maintenance,
janitorial supplies, locally paid teachers,
instructional supplies and cafeteria ex
pense. Motion to approve the budget was
made by J. E. Herndon and seconded by
F our teacher resignations were accepted.
Those resigning were Mrs. JaqulthaReed,
Mrs. Rebecca Champion and Mr. Clifford
Crocker. Tbe three were teaching at the
high school. Also resigning was Miss Gail
Turner, a teacher at Grover.
Five teachers were elected by the board
and they were Mrs. Cathy Goforth, Mrs.
Betty Bates, Mrs. Barbara tail, Mrs. Ca
rol Peeler and Mrs. Gall Powers.
The board also moved to accept a bid
from Asphalt Paving lor paving tbe parking
lot, re-paving tbe south drive, and paving a
track at Kings Mountain High School. The
bid accepted by the board was in tbe amou
nt of $14,377.75. This figure included all
A fixed pay day for teachers was approv
ed. The board set the fixed day at the 25tb
of each month.
Superintendent Donald J ones told the boa
rd that the Cleveland Association of Gov
ernmental Officials (CAGO) bad decided to
initiate a drug program under its auspices.
This program would Increase dues from
$930 to $1287 for a year. Jones praised
this step by CAGO and urged members to
attend a meeting Wednesday night to re
view the programs Intentions.
About 15 typewriters and a calculator will
be put up for public auction sometime in
the future. Tbe board voted to hold the au
ction but the exact day is not known. It will
be, according to Jones, "sometime around
the start of school.”
Alex Owens and Tommy Bridges were
appointed by George Mauney to check into
the expense involved in purchasing a tra
ctor for use on tbe hi^ school football
field. Donald Jones brought several bro
chures from various farm implement
companies for perusal of tbe board mem
bers but it was decided more time was
needed to study costs. Tbe tractor now
used on the field is tearing up tbe grass
and Jones stated a lighter tractor should
A program of liabilty insurance was tab
led until further study could be done. This
new policy program according to Jones is
a little more complete and specific than
the one the board now hs. Such a policy
as preferred is basi^ly designed to cope
with nuisance suits. P. A. Francis quip
ped, "Yes. Lawsuits are popular today.’
Fee schedules were discussed and the
board decided to approve tbe idea that stu
dents who pay for certain materials get to
keep them. An example brought up at tbe
meeting was that if a boy taking shop wants
to build a bookcase or gun rack out of wal
nut instead of tbe basic pine tbe school iss
ues, then he should be able to do so and
keep the project when he is finished. Tbe
other bes are primarily service fees
such as laundry, supplies, etc.
Tbe meeting ended with a letter from
Mrs. W. J. Marable, head of the Head Sta
rt program in Kbigs Mountain. She wrote
to report that the Headstart Committee bad
met and appointed a personnel committee.
They were listed as Diane Davis, a para-
professional, 2 aides, Thelma Patrick and
Sarah Pettis, and a secretary Mrs. Ran
dall. Mrs. Rosa Lee Garth will be the par
ent teacher co-ordinator working between
home and school.
Film Crew To
It was announced this weekbyFour Fel
lows, Inc. tbata Louisville, Kentucky cam
era crew is scheduled to be in Kings
Mountain on July 29th, to begin filming by
the 31st on the movie Sign-Off.
Reb Wiesner, spokesman for the pro
duction company anticipates about three
days of filming at tbe same location. Four
Fellows and Pat Patterson of Charlotte,
who is directing the film, are in the
process of making final script revisions,
and have Issued a request for additional
“attractive young ladies” for parts in tbe
film. It was emphasized that those inter
ested will be interviewed today (Wednes
day, July 19) from 1-8 p.m. at ^34 Wil
kinson Blvd. in Charlotte.
Actually tbe first filming for the movie
took place here a few weeks ago at Cross
roads Music Park, which will be used as an
on-stage segment of tbe film.
These two youngsters are comforted by passersby after a wreck on Barret Road and
Highway 74 at Buffalo Creek. Thechildrenwere passengers in a car driven by their mo
ther. She apparently pulled out from Barret Road into the path of a transfer truck bead
ing east on Highway 74. Both children and the mother were taken to Kings Mountain Hos
pital. (Photo by Lem Lynch)
Bridge Scene Of 2 Accidents
Trooper J. V. Benton Inspects the front half on the 1970 Oldsmobile wrecked on 1-85
Thursday night. The car, driven by Roy Dean Wells of South Carolina was traveling in
excess of 100 miles per how when it hit the bridge that passes over U.S. 216. Wells Is
in unsatisfactory condition at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Lem Lynch)
Over ST-Million County Budget Adopted
The Cleveland County Board of Comm
issioners Adopted the budget tor tbe 1972-
73 fiscal year Monday night, at a tax rate
of 96 cents per $100 valuation. There were
some last minute revisions, but the pre
viously approved tentative budget was over
Cleveland County Sheriff Haywood Allen
was called back into a session of the Cou
nty Commissioners, alter he had finished
presenting salary requisitions for his de
TheSherllf requested salary adjustments
for 6 men, but when Chairman B.E, (Pop)
Simmons called tor a vote, Commission
er Phil Rucker moved to call the Sherllt
back in and go into closed session to dis
cuss each mao’s situation. Simmons then
said "This is the third time we’ve been
over thls-I’m ready to vote.” Commiss
ioner Fritz Morehead seconded Rucker’s
motion, and the Sheriff was called back to
Rucker commented, "I think the boys sho
uld be raised up to where they don’t have
to moonlight to make a better living...
then maybe we can call on them to do a
better job. Morehead was upset over the
fact that every man, including tbe jailers,
were not getting an Increase.
The board unanimously voted the reque
sted pay raises, but in doing so Commiss
ioner Moreh^ stated, "I stiU don’tfeel
I can sit back and vote on this and let go-
I’m voting for these flve-but I think he’s
dropped the ball on 16 other people down
there. The salary Increases come rou
ghly to $2200 annually. The sixth man is
scheduled for an automatic increase in 6
In other action the Board approved un
animously some line-item changes in the
Kings Mountain Schools budget for fiscal
year 1971-72. Also approved was a requ
est tor $4,000 tor Gaston Skills, Inc., a
program which provides training for the
handicapped. Tbe new five-year lease on
the Kings Mountain Hospital property was
Two wrecks occuring almost exactly 36
hours apart at the same place last week is
listed on Highway Patrol Reports.
On Thursday at 1:18 a.m.. Trooper J. V.
Benton investigated a one car wreck on
1-85. According to reports, Roy Dean
Wells of Box 455, Pacolet, South Carolina
ran high 1970 Oldsmobile into the bridge
abuttment where 1-85 crosses U.S. 216.
Benton reported that Wells was going north
on 1-85 when he left tbe fight side of tbe
road at a high rate of speed. His car
struck the bridge and plunged to tbe road
below. Report stated that Wellswas spe
eding in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Damage was listed at $2000. Wells was
taken to KM Hospital and then to Char
lotte Memorial where he was last listed
as in un^tisfactory condition.
The following Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Joe
B. Hill Sr. of 1083 Mimosa Drive Marlon,
Georgia also wrecked his car on the 1-85
overpass on U.S. 216. Reports say that
Joe and Viola Hill were gol^ north on the
1-85 when the 1968 Plymouth they were
driving went into the shoulder area of the
road and tbe car hit the bridge. Trooper
J. L. Evans’ report said Hill thought there
was another lane there. No charge was
made against Hill. The Hill couple was
taken to the Kings Mountain Hospital. Ap
proximately $1200 damage wasdonetothe
Both are listed in fair condition at Kings
Another wreck at 9 o’clock Saturday
morning took place 3 miles north of Grover
00 1-85, .10 of a mile north from R.P. 2245
toward U.S. 29.
Court Rules On
3 Area Men
Included on the docket of last week’s se
ssion of Superior Court were the trials of
three Kings Mountain Residents.
William Lockhart, address listed as P.
0. Box 381 Kings Mountain, was found guil
ty of driving under the influence. Judge
Harry Martin sentenced Lockhart to six
months in the Cleveland County Correct
ional Institution to be assigned to work.
This sentence was suspended for two years
on the condition Lockhart not operate a
motor vehicle for one year and that he pay
$100 and cost of court. Lockhart had re
gistered .14% on the breathalyzer.
Roosevelt McCleary was found not guUty
of the charge of firing a shotgun into a
dwelling house occupied by Margaret Ro-
seboro. The house is located at 102 Car
penter Street. McCleary gave his address
as Route 1, Sparrow Spring Road, Kings
Raymond Curry of #16 Chesterfield Apt.
was found to be in violation of a suspen
ded sentence for inadequate support. Judge
Martin requested a social worker visit the
home to attempt to straighten out the mat
Another area man, Garis Eugene PhU-
beck of Route 1, Grover was found guilty
of operating a car with improper regis
tration. He was given 60 days suspended
for one year on the condition he pay $50
and cost of court and that he not drive a
motor vehicle for the term of one year.
A 1968 Dodge driven by James Hamilton
Courtney, Jr. of 3724 Glenville Drive in
Charlotte was bit by a 1970 Rental Car
driven by John Edward Rice of 8 Elletson
Drive, Greenville, South Carolina.
Trocgjer J. L. Evans investigated the ac
cident and reported that Rice was pulling
a trailer with a horse inside the car when
the car went oft the right side of the road.
It hit a sign and then wentbackacross the
road and hit Courtney’s car.
Damages were listed at $400 to both
Courtney’s car and the rental car driven
by Rice. No charges were made in the
The Cleveland County Sheriffs Depart
ment was kept busy last week with several
arrest in the Kings Mountain area.
Johimy B. Sisk, 36, of Route 2, Kings
Mountain was arrested for non-support
Thomas Wayne Dover, 23, was also ar
rested for the charge of non-support Dov
er’s address was listed as 415 Cherokee
Street Kings Mountain.
RobertSmithof415 Tracy Street in Kings
Mountain was brought in on two capiases.
One wa s a capias for larceny and the other
was failure to comply with court costs.
Transporting Non-Tax Paid Llqour was
tbe cause of arrest against Johnny J.
Stewart. Stewart, 31, resides at 900 W.
Gold Street, in Kl^s Mountain.
The Sheriff’s Department was also in
volved in a break-in in Grover last Wed
nesday. Tbe Keeter Furniture Company
was broken into and items listed as mis
sing included 13 television sets, 2 radios,
3 portable stereos and one record player.
Tbe Department also investii^ed a
shooting of cattle last week. John and
George Yarboro of Route 2, Kings Mount
ain reported that someone bad used a high
powered rifle to kill 3 beef cattle, 3 steers,
and a calf.
Governor Bob Scott met with represent
atives from a four county area Tuesday to
discuss tbe fate of Kings and Crowders
The meeting was held at tbe Charlotte
Athletic Club at 12:30 p.m. Scott told the
men from Lincoln, Cleveland, Gaston and
Mecklenburg Counties that theStatewould
like to see Crowders Mountain become a
state park but could not offer any monetary
help at this time.
About two years ago a mining company
came into Crowders Mountain to test for
minerals. Conservation groups banded
together to keep the mountain from the
mining company and sought help from tbe
State. The quesUon was bogged down for
about a year and was revived bytbe rumor
that tbe mining company was adeeming
in to start strip mining.
Scott, in bis meeting Tuesday with State
pork officials and conservation groups,
voiced his support of making Crowders
Mountain a State Park. He told the group
that a State committee was studying tbe
situation of State parks and that Crowders
Mountain has first priority.
KM Girls Participate
Many local Girl Scouts have participated in the camping program at Golden Valley this
summer. Pictured here are Jane Talbertwhois a counselor and Susan Goforth who is
a unit leader. Kelley Adams, Charlotte Seism and Robin Green attended the third and
final session of camp. It was Robin’s first experience of the two week established cam
ping program. Charlotte was returning for her second year in the program and Kelley,
a real veteran, was enjoying her sixth consecutive year. Jane ia the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Raymond Talbert, Susan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrison Goforth,
Kelley is the daughter ofDr. and Mrs. Charles Adams, Charlotte is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Seism and Robin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dixon.
Charlotte and Robin are members of Junior Troop 155, Kelley is a member of Cadette
Troop 4 and Jane and Susan were both members of Senior Troop 200, all of Kings Mo
untain. (Mirror Photo by Sylvia Holmes)