Vol. 1 No. 52
Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Kings Mountain Mirror, Wednesday, August 23, 1972
10 Pages Today
Three accidents, all involving out of city
people, occured in Kings Mountain Friday.
At 6 a.m. Friday morning, Sgt. Marcel-
lis Hunter, Investigated a wreck at the in
tersection of West King and Mountain Str
eet involving three cars. Nancy McMurry
Greene, 26, of Route 1, Mill Spring, N.C.
was charg^ with improper overtaking of
the vehicle driven by William Robert Hill
of Gastonia. The report stated that Nancy
Greene was attempting to pass Hill’s car
after the double lane had ended. She side-
swiped his car and slid almost hitting a
third car head on. The third car was dri
ven by Billy Joe Shaw, 33, of Route 3, Box
207B, Matthews, N, C. Damages to the
Greene car was listed at $1700, $100 to
Later in the day at 5:29 p.m., Martha
Ray Klslah, 19, of Banner Elk, N.C. was
charged wi^ following too close as the re
sult of a wreck at the intersection of King
Street and Battleground. Richard Reyn
olds, officer at the scene, said that Alvin
Paris Smith, 29, of 726 Mutual Road, in
Gastonia had stopped for the light when
Martha Kisiah hit his vehicle in the rear.
Her car was danaged $25 worth and the
Smith car estimated damage was $200.
Patrolman Donald Ivey reported an ac
cident on King Street, between Gaston and
Piedmont at 6:30 p.m.
The mishap occured as Michael Leon Ca
rpenter, 16, of 108 LeeStreetlnBessemer
City applied his brakes to stop for a truck
in front of him. Ivey’s reportfurtlier sta-
Involve KM Drivers
Three one-car accidents involving Kings
Mountain citizens happened last week, but
no violations of the law occurred, as re
ported by the Highway Patrol Station.
Estelle McGraw McNeely, 48, of Route
1, Box 58, Kings Mountain hit a pony at
9:30 Friday morning.
Trooper J. L. Evans investigated the ac
cident and said tliat the McNeely car was
traveling north on U.S. 216 when a pony
ran into the road and the path of the car.
The wreck happened about 2 miles south
of Kings MountaLi on 216, .2 of a mile
north from RP 2245 toward U.S, 29.
Damage to the 1969 Chevrolet was listed
at $150. The owner of the pony was list
ed as unknown.
An accident on U.S. 74, 1.5 miles east of
Shelby did approximately $1000 damage
Friday at 7:2'' p.m.
Involved in uie wreck was Elvin Edward
Brown, 28, of 308 South Oriental Street in
KM School District
Roger Plato Russ, Jr., 26, of 224 Morrison Street in Shelby was listed in fair condi
tion today following a wreck Monday night. A witness to the wreck stated that Russ was
going west on King Street when he passed a vehicle, then ran off the right side of the
road. Russ then turned back onto the road and hit a G.M.C. truck head on on the left
front. The motorcycle was carried 300 feet after Impact. Damage to Russ’ 1969 Tri
umph was listed at $1500. Thedrlverof the truck was Alton Robinson, 30 of 1202 E. Mc-
Bee Street in Lincolnton. $400 was estimated damage to the truck. The wreck occur
ed at 8:40 p.m. on east King Street about 300 feet west from Canterbury Road toward
Oriental Avenue. (Photo By Jim Belt)
Following Aceidents In City
ted that a car driven by Joe Devrons Jef
feries, 29, of 1715 Amhurst Drive in Cha
rlotte hit the Carpenter Chevrolet in the
rear Inflicting about $200 worth of
damage. Damage to the Jefferies Pontiac
was listed at $150. Jefferies was charged
with following too close.
An accident Monday night involved ano
ther charge of following too close. Dar
rel Duane Goins, 20, of 501 WllsonStreot,
Kings Mountain received the charge after
running into the back of a car driven by
Sandra Susan Flowers of Bessemer City.
The report by Ptl. Ricliard Reynolds sta
ted that Sandra Flowers was slowing down
for a car in front of her when Goins str
uck her from behind. The wreck happen
ed on Cleveland Avenue between Lynn
Street and Woodslde Drive. Damage to the
car was $200.
A Tuesday afternoon mlslap on downtown
Battleground Avenue involved two out of
state men. Richard Thomas Bond, 22, of
505 East 6th Street in Garnett, Kansas and
Jackie Lynn Spencer of 119 Russell Road
in Cayce, South Carolina were involved.
Bond said that he pulled from a parking
space on Battleground, between Mountain
and Gold, and into the path of the Spencer
car. Bond was charged with failure to
yield right of way.
The Bond Chevrolet was damaged $150
worth and Spencer’s 1970 Cadillac was
listed as receiving $250 worth of damage.
Lt. Johnny Belk investigated the mishap.
Kings Mountain. Reports stated that Bro
wn was traveling west on 74 when the car
in front of him suddenly slammed on bra
kes at a caution light. Brown swerved to
miss the car and hit a sign. He was tak
en to KM Hospital where he is listed in
fair condition. Damages to the state sign
were recorded at $25. Trooper G.E. Mull
Investigated the wreck.
Trooper L. D, Brown reported an acci
dent occuring Saturday afternoon at 3 p.
m. The wreck was .3 of a mile west of
Kings Mountain on RP 2033, .6 of a mile
east from RU 2017 toward Kings Moun
According to the report, Bobby Gerald
Henson, 23, address listed as P.O, Box
663, Kings Mountain was going west on
RP 2033 when he was caught in a sudden
rain storm. His car fishtailed through
the curve and ran off the left side of the
road into an embankment. Damages were
listed at $350 to Henson’s 1970 Chevrolet.
Expected This Week
Inside The Mirror!
♦ Local Teenager Gets Glid
ing License...Page 5
* Pee Wees Begin Practice
* Tiger Tompkins Talks Sp
orts... Page 7
By JAY ASHLEY
Mirror News Editor
The issue of Kings Mountain students,
living in Gaston County, and attending
Kings Mountain schools is still undeci
This question, which arose a few months
ago has been shuffled back and forth with
no real end yet in sight. At a meeting of
the school board Monday night, Donald
Jones, superintendent of Kings Mountain
City Schools, told the members that he
and Jack White had been in contact with
the state attorney general’s office in ho
pes of settling the matter.
Jack White, attorney for the board had
been in touch with an agent of the attor
ney general’s office and the agent told
White that some news would be forth
coming by Tuesday. The board then de
cided to hold a special meeting at 12:45
Wednesday afternoon in which White
would address the board and relay the in
formation he receives.
The matter has its roots in the fact that
some students must attend Gaston County
schools because the corporate limits of
the city extend into Gaston County. Al
though they are city dwellers, their re
sidence is in another county, thus the ru
The board also discussed the acquisi
tion of land adjacent to the High School
and a parcel of land on the Cansler pro
perty at West School. The attitudes and
feelings on the subject were fielded by
Chairman George Mauney and it was de
cided that the land committee, composed
of Alex Owens, P.A. Francis and Donald
Jones would negotiate further on the mat
In other business the board elected five
new teachers for the school system. They
were listed as Tracy C. Trammell to be
placed at West, Danny R. McDowell, ten
tatively to be placed at Central, Patsy
Dale Smith, to teach at both East and
West, William F. Young and Mrs. Nan P.
Ormand. Mrs. Ormand will be in the
field of Early Childhood Education.
Donald Jones gave a report on the sub-
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stitute teacher workshop that was held
August 16. Jones reported that he recei
ved “a lot of input from the teachers.”
Review sessions were held in every fa
cet of teaching and ethics of teaching was
The American Management Association
Workshop that was held August 9-12 in
Charlotte was also praised by Jones as
“a great success.” Seven staffers from
the Kings Mountain system attended the
workshop on management. A follow thro
ugh program has been offered and Jones
reported that Kings Mountain was one of
60 systems to attend. It will be a three
or four day affair in which administrat
ion staffs and teachers and perhaps even
students will meet to “map out a plan of
attack lor the whole school program.”
Jones urged that the board send at least
one member to the institute to view its
worthwhile efforts. Several sites had be
en mentioned Including Quail Roost, near
Durham and The Governor’s School, but
no definite location has yet been establi
The board approved a handbook on tea
cher dismissal and nonrenewal of teach
ers contracts. This handbook contains
several plans lor school boards to follow
in initiating such policies.
Requests by students for transfer were
tentatively approved with the stipulation
that space is available to honor the requ
ests. After attendance rolls are com
plete, action will be taken.
After completing the agenda, the board
heard a request by Donald Jones and J.C.
Atkinson. Atkinson explained that there
are several courses Involved in the cur
riculum that only last for a semester.
One such course entitled "Print, Sight,
and Sound” is being taught. The request
was that the board approve a lee of app
roximately $4.50 to be paid by each stu
dent taking this elective course. The fee
will be used for each student to subscribe
to a newspaper for use in the course. Va
rious other methods of getting papers to
the students were discussed and the board
made a tentative approval. George Mau
ney asked Jones and Atkinson to further
study the alternatives and report back.
Grayson’s Jewelry moved to a new location on Mountain Street recently, becoming the
first business relocated by the Redevelopment Commission here. Mrs. Maxine Gray
son, owner, says she is pleased with the move, and hopes others affected by relocation
will be as lucky in relocating.
The store moved from its old location on Battleground Ave. to 133 West Mountain, the
building formerly occupied by First Citizens Bank.
Mrs. Grayson expressed pleasure with the new enlarged quarters, and expressed ap
preciation to Gene White, Redevelopment Director, “He’s bent over backwards to help
me in every way,” she said. (Mirror Photo)
Massive Manhunt Ends
Fourteen Kings Mountain residents
were arrested last week according to Cle
veland County Sheriff’s Department. Arr
est sheets listed the following persons and
Kenneth Mason, 20, of 2010 Midpines,
assault with a deadly weapon. A.C. Bell,
27, of 208 Thornburg Drive, capias lor
assault with a deadly weapon. James Ma
son, 40, of 2010 Midpines, assault with a
deadly weapon. Samuel Falls, 33, ofRid-
ge Street, capias lor non-support. Jerry
Worthy, 24, of Route 1, Box 366, capals
lor non-support. Mike Toney, 26, 5170
Midpines, public drunk. Albert Douglas
Y’arbrough, 29, of West Gold Street, non
support. Ray Edward Ball, 33, of Cobbs
Trailer Park, Midpines, public drunk.
Richard Byers, 20, Route 3, Kings Mou
ntain, worthless check. Franklin Pryer
Childers, 28, 5200 Midpines, non-support
and assault on a female. Earl Dover, 25,
308 Fairvlew Street, public drunk. Larry
dean Gantt, 21, of 514 Broad Street, lar
ceny and aid and abetting to forgery. Ro
ger Dale Philbark, 20, of 31 Chesterfield
Court, forgery. William J. Cutshaw, 41,
of 1-85 Truck Plaza in Kings Mountain,
driving under the influence, violation of
prohibition laws, driving while license re
voked and a count of non-support filed in
The Sheriff’s Department also reported
that Cash Grocery on 74 was robbed Sun
day afternoon. Herman Cash, operator
Have A Heart
The Kings Mountain Division of Kinder
Manufacturing has set up committees to
help the families of 15 Kinder employees
from Wllkes-Barr division in Pennsyl
vania who recently lost their homes by
Linda Marlow has been named public
ity chairman, and Mrs. Dorothy Lane is
chairman of a money raising bake sale to
be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. be
tween Belk’s and Kings Mountain Drug.
Cakes and pies will be baked by women
employees of Kinder and the wives of the
men who work there.
All proceeds will go to the employees who
lost their homes.
Kinder employees are working on other
projects to help their fellow employees.
Details will be announced later.
of the store reported to the Sheriff’s of
fice that tour people, two men and two
women entered his store around 3 p.m.
The women began talking to him and while
they were doing so, the men opened^
the cash register. All four people then
left. Mr. Cash reported that he return
ed to the cash register and found that
they had taken $200 in five dollar bills.
Eltord Coker, who had been declared an
outlaw by the state of North Carolina was
captured Thursday night in York County
According to police reports Coker was
seen walking on the road in South Caro
lina when he was recognized by motorists.
The motorists went home and got rifles
and returned to hold Coker captive until
police arrived. Coker is now in Chero
kee County jail.
The Kings Mountain Police, Cleveland
County Sheriff’s Department and the KM
Auxiliary Police partook in a manhunt
Thursday near Coker’s family home on
Cloninger Street in Kings Mountain. A-
bout 30 officers, including one SBI agent
scoured the woods across the road from
KM High School in an effort to flush Cok
er out. The massive search came on an
anonymous tip. Earlier in the day offic
ers had searched an old abandoned house
behind the high school without luck.
While the search was taking place ano
ther report came in that Coker had been
spotted in a patch of woods between Ma
cedonia Church and the railroad tracks.
Police and deputies searched the area
but nothing was found.
Unless an agreement is made between
the governors of North and South Caro
lina, Coker will remain in South Carolina
to finish the 12 year sentence he was ser
ving for armed robbery. At the time of
his escape, he had served only nine days.
After his term of imprisonment is finish
ed in South Carolina, the detainer placed
on him by Kings Mountain will be served
and Coker will be brought to North Caro
lina to stand trial for rape.
High Speed Crash
A wreck at the intersection of Mountain Street and Phifer left
four people injured and inflicted more than $2000 worth
Lt. Johnny Belk of the Kings Mountain Police Department in
vestigated the mishap Monday night at 9:20. The report stated
that Donald Odell Blackburn, 40, of Route 2 Kings Mountain was
traveling east on Mounta^, off 74, when he slowed for a left
turn. The car behind him, driven by Mima Johnson Brooks, 23,
of Route 2, Box 185 Kings Mountain, hit the Blackburn car on the
left side and then traveled about 53 vards east down MountaLu
Street and struck a utility pole. She was charged with reckless
Peggy Blackburn, 35, Stove Blackburn, D and Donna Blackburn,
6, all passengers in Donald Blackburn’s 1971 Chevrolet were
carried to Kings Mountain Hospital, treated and released.
Mima Brooks was also carried to KM Hospital and was later
transferred to Charlotte where she was listed as being in sat
isfactory condition. (Photo By Jim Belt)