Greater Kin^s Mountain’s Progressive Newspaper
Vol. II No.l
Kings Mountain Mirror, Wednesday, October 25, 1972
14 Pages Plus 16 Page Tabloid
1-85 Crash Claims Life
Members of the Grover Rescue Squad surround the automo
bile that was wrecked Friday night on 1-85, seven miles south
from Kings Mountain about one mile north from tlie South Car
olina State Line.
Trooper Blair W. Props! was at the scene and reported that
the car was traveling north on the interstate when it ran off the
road into the median and struck a huge boulder that had recent
ly been unearthed due to construction. The car then flipped in
the air, turned over and landed on its top in a deep ravine. Wil-
“No one can say patriotism is dead in
Kings Mountain,” was the words spoken
Monday at Mountain Rest Cemetery by
Maj. General Ferd Davis at a Veterans
Day memorial service. Davis, who is the
N.C. Adjutant General praised all those
who participated in and attended the ser
vices as patriots.
The services were sponsored by the Otis
D. Green Post 155 oftheAmerlcanLegion
and the Frank B. Glass Post 9811 of the
VFW and both posts’ auxiliaries.
Davis arrived by helicopter at the cem
etery around 5 p.m. and took the stage
along with the Veterans and other officials.
The Star Spangled Banner was led by Mrs.
B. M. Jarrett of Shelby, National Vice
President of the American Legion Aux
iliary. Following the anthem, Ben Case
led the pledge of allegiance and Marion
Dixon had the invocation. Both men were
past commanders of the Frank Glass Post
|9811 of VFW. Chairman of the 23rd Dis-
"trict of the American Legion welcomed
guests to the special services and the
Kings Mountin High School Choir ren
dered renditions of “God Bless Amer
ica,” "The Battle Hymn of the Repub
lic” and "Let There BePeaceOnErrth.”
Recognition of Units was cited by Jack
Smith, commander of Frank Glass Post
9811 and guests were recognized by the
American Legion Commander Lindbergh
Dixon and Jack Smith.
Gold Star mothers, lathers, wives and
sisters were introduced by Mrs. Robert
Ruff, President of Frank Glass Post 9811.
Mayor Moss introduced Maj. General
Ferd Davis and Davis delivered a brief
speech on the assets of patriotism and
honor to the country.
After the speech, the mayor placed a
wreath in honor of the veterans of wars
and the High School band played "Taps.”
About 250 to 300 people were on hand
in the misting rain to hear the speaker
and observe the Veteran's Day Services.
Two Injured In Wrecks
Five wrecks occurred in Kings Moun
tain over the past week injuring two
persons. The accident causing the in
jury was investigated Saturday at 11:28
p.m. by Ptl. Jerry White. Those Injured
were the driver of the lone vehicle, Ric
hard Woodrow Rigdon, 23, of 717 Gantt
Street in Kings Mountain and an occupant
in the car, Donald Dean Clontz of Shelby.
Apparently Rigdon was traveling west on
Lackey Street when the car left the road
on the left side and struck a house. The
dwelling was owned by Ray Plonk, of 207
Lackey Street. $700 damage was done to
the house. Clontz and Rigdon were tak
en to the Kings Mountain Hospital.
The rains did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance at the Veteran's Day cer
emonies at Mountain Rest Cemetery Monday afternoon. Maj. Gen. Ferd Davis was the
guest speaker for the event. Gold Star mothers, fathers, wives and sisters were also
On the stage was the Mayor, commissioners and officials from the American Legion
and VFW. The audience was also entertained by the Kings Mountain High School
Choir and Band. The local national guard unit advanced the colors during the cere
mony. The event was sfionsored by the American Legion and VFW and their auxilia
ries and Mayor Moss placed a memorial wreath '.o top the program. (Photo by Rodney
Bowles Stumps In KM
As Election Day Nears
By Jay Ashley
Mirror News Editor
Hargrove (Skipper) Bowles, described
as the "Issue Oriented Candidate” vis
ited Kings Mountain Tuesday and ad
dressed a crowd of about 100 support
Bowles arrived about 5 o’clock from a
heavy day of campaigning in Shelby.
Mayor Moss Introduced the smili^
candidate as a hard working person and
hard working candidate. He also cited
Bowles work as the head of the North
Carolina Department of Conservation
and a three term member of the N.C.
General Assembly as an example of his
work for the State.
The gubernatorial candidate told the
crowd that he was indeed issue oriented
and would continue to be so right up to
the day of election. Concerning the
closeness of the governor’s race Bow
les stated, “I’m glad it’s close. To me
a close race will make for a better gov
ernment for the people of this state.”
"I have spent this whole race talking
about the issues,” Bowles continued,
"and I will do so for the next two weeks
more than ever. I will talk about roads.
education, welfare reform and getting the
drunk driver off the road.”
"If I win and am riding around Raleigh
in that long black Cadillac smoking a big
cigar with Billy Mauney (State Senator
elect) and Marshall Rauch (State Sena
tor) on either side, you can bet we won’t
forget the people who put us there.”
Bowles went further with all serious
ness, "we will know that the people have
put us there to do a job. And that job is
to make North Carolina a better place.”
Bowles ended his speech with a short
story about an old man who had renova
ted a broken down ferry boat to one of
the finest ones afloat. “And that is what
we aim to do for this great State, make
it the best it can be.”
Also as part of the ceremonies, Bow
les presented a North Carolina State
flag to Mayor Moss and the city of Kings
Mountain to be flown at the community
center and the candidate added, "If I
win. Mayor, send it to Raleigh and I’ll
make sure It flies one day over the Cap
itol and then I will send it back for the
community center to be proud of. We
need to fly the American flag but I also
want to see more interest in our own
State flag and its heritage.”
KMPD Calls It A “Quiet Week”
lie Paul Mixon, S3, of 515 Pennsylvania Avenue in Bessemer
City was killed in the accident. He was also listed as owner
of the vehicle. A passenger, Daniel Lewis Walker, Jr., of 1312
West Second Street in Gastonia was injured and taken to Kings
Both occupants were thrown from the car during its 50 feet
flight in the air. The driver of the car has not yet been deter
mined. (Photo by Lem Lynch)
Patriotism Not Dead-
Says Veterans Day Speaker
An accident at the intersection of Chu
rch Street and Cleveland Avenue invol
ved one car and a utility pole Wednesday
morning at 6 o’clock. According to in
vestigating officer Lt. Bob Hayes, David
Keith Mann, 16 of Bessemer City was go
ing south on Cleveland and was turning
onto Church. Mann said his front end be
gan to shake and he lost control and
struck the piole. Damage to his 1972 Pon
tiac was listed at $500 and $50 was the:
damage done to the pole. Driving left of j
center was the cause listed on Haye’s re- '
Two wrecks on King Street happened I
Thursday. The first was at West King j
and City Street involving Michael Ray I
Mode of Shelby and Verton Marcelle |
Carpenter of 102 N. City Street. Lt. [
Johnny Belk reported that Carpenter was I
turning right onto King and Mode started |
to pass on the right and the cars collid
ed. Mode said that Carpenter swung left I
causing him to attempt to pass. Mode’s
car was damaged $25 worth and $200 |
damage was done to the Carpenter vehicle.
Mode was cited tor improper overtaking I
and Carpenter was cited for giving no
The other Thursday accident happened!
at East King and N. Gaston and was re-1
ported by Ptl. Garland Edwards. Ed-1
wards said in his report that Larry Step-1
hson Evans of Gastonia was headed west I
on King when he stopped for traffic and I
was struck from behind by Paul Ander- [
son Howard of Route 1, Kings Mountain. I
Violations against Howard were listed as |
exceeding stated speed and following too I
closely. Evans 1966 Ford was damaged [
$75 worth and the Howard car also $75.
A Friday morning wreck on Childers 1
Street between Watterson and Tracy saw I
William Joe Gist of 317 Tracy Street clt- [
ed for driving left of center. Investiga
ting officer Lt. Bob Hayes said that Gist I
was stopped for a car in front of him and I
that he attempted to pass and hit a car
driven by George Washington Ramsey
head-on. Ramsey of 908 First Street in
Kings Mountain tried to avoid the colli
sion by pulling off the road but damage
was stUl Inflicted. Gist’s 1966 Chevrolet
was damaged $500 worth and$550damage
was done to the Ramsey 1968 Ford.
The Kings Mountain Police Department
reported a very light week with only 23
persons being listed on the arrest re
ports. This weeks arrests bring the to
tal for October to 132.
Steffy Ezra Eugene, 49, trespassing;
Bynum Ham Cook, 53, non support; Lin
da Tignor, 31, simple assault; Linda
Tignor, 31, trespassing; Ethel A. Conner,
36, driving while intoxicated; Howard L.
Moore, 52, Improper registration; Cha
rles R. Harrl^n, 18, no tag; Daniel G.
Butler, 25, public drunk; Dennis H. But
ler, 30, public drunk; David D. Lawson,
30, capias; Donald G. Foster, 24, non
support; Charles N. Blackmon, 38, pub
lic drunk and driving while intoxicated;
During July, August and September 1972,
a total of $321, 451 in food stamps was
issued to residents of Cleveland County,
according to United States Department of
Agriculture’s Food and NutritionService,
Concord, N.C. Of this amount, $204,321.
95 was the “free” or bonus portion. An
average of4,090 persons participated each
month. The cash outlay or purchase re
quirement totaled $117,138.75. Thereare
108 stores authorized in this county. Per
sons desiring information about the Food
Stamp Program should contact their local
Department of Social Services.
Only authorized stores may accept food
coupons. Any store desiring information
about authorization should contact the
Food and Nutrition Service Field Office,
Room 12, Morris Bldg., 54 South Union
Street, Coacord. North Carolina 28025.
Fredrick J, Campbell, 32, driving while
intoxicated; Basil G. Hoyle, 38, driving
while intoxicated; James Bratton, 37, 45
in 35 zone; Willie J. Perkins, 25, non
support; Joyce Thompson, 23, larceny
of money; William Mltchem, 58, public
drunkeness; Paul Chambers, 42, assault
on a female; Charles E. Parker, 32, pu
blic drunk; Paul Chambers, 42, public
drunk, Harrison Tate, 17, stop light vio
lation; Richard Messer, 17, driving un
der the influence; Doris McClain, 27, lar
ceny of money; Richard H. Messer, 17,
driving while intoxicated; Wlllo Dean
Ashford, 20, stop light violation; Johnnie
Jackson, 46, public drunk.
School Bond Election
A 1969 F ord LTD Station Wagon was
stolen from the Dixon Chevrolet used
car lot Saturday night according to Capt.
William Roper and Lt. David Corn of the
Kings Mountain Police Department.
The officers reported that someone en
tered a window of the building and made
off with three N.C. 20 day license tags
and 14 Inspiection Ackers. The theives
also stole a whole box of used car keys
from the office.
The car was apparently stolen Satur
day night according to police who fur
ther stated that an employee of Dixon’s
had seen the car Saturday morning.
Another employee of the establishment
said that he had driven by the lot Sun
day and saw that the car was gone. He
said he thought one of the salesmen was
using it. The theft and break-in was re
ported Monday morning by J.T. McGin
nis, salesman for Dixon.
A larceny of money from a customer
in Cato’s was rejxjrted Friday morning
at 11:55 a.m. Reporting the larceny was
Mrs. Mary Boone, an employee of Caro
lina Throwing. According to the rejwrt
filed to Capt. William Roper and Ptl.
Ernest Beam, Mrs. Boone’s billfold was
taken by two women in the shop at the
same time. Apparently Mrs. Boone had
left her purse unattended and when she
returned, the money was gone. The wal
let centred $55. She recognized one
of the two girls who took the money as a
co-worker. TTie two were arrest^ aixl
were listed by police as Doris McClain,
27, of 47 Chesterfield Court and Joyce
Thompson, 23, of 15 Chesterfield Court.
Day Moved To Dec. 16 In $10
The Kings Mountain City School Bond
election previously set for December
9th, has been postponed one week later,
on December 16 due to legal technical
ity, Superintendent Donald Jones annou
nced Tuesday. Efforts by the attorney
for the board of education to keep the
date as previously announced were un
successful, and the bond election will be
held on the 16th.
Registration for voting in the election
is the same as for state, county or na
tional elections. Those not registered
should do so by November 17th and may
do so by contacting the precinct regis
trar. Their names and phone numbers
are as follows: Bethware-Mrs. Alice
Connor, 739-3657; Grover-Mrs. J. B.
ElUs, 937-7772; East KM-Mrs. Nell
Cranford, 739-3132; West KM-Mrs. J.H.
Well, it looks as though we had another
upset week as far as football games go.
This week’s MIRROR contest saw some
hard battling for that number one slot.
Hickory vs. Huss; Crest and Kings Mou
ntain were the two most missed games
of the whole lot of entries. But out of the
dust of contest entry battle emerged an
almost iperfect ballot. It came from
Helen Roark. She guessed them all rig
ht excejit for the Huss victory and gues
sed a total points of...are you ready....
361! That figure just happens to be on
the proverbial nose as far as deciding a
winner from tied entries. Here is a
quickie breakdown including total jMints.
First Place-Helen Roard-9 right with
36 total points.
Second Place-Roger Cobb-9 right with
39 total points.
Third Place-Philip Cari>enter-9 right
Members of the Kings Mountain Rotary Club turned the flap-
jacks Friday night Just before the Kings Mountain-Crest foot
ball game. Tickets were sold lor the event and the proceeds
are to go for the scholarship set up by the Rotary Club. The
scholarship goes to any student from KMHS that goes into fur
ther study of foreign language. The final figures have not been
tallied but Alfred Grigg, chairman of the project, reports that
the net profits should be in the neighborhood of $575. Approx
imately 600 people were fed and this year’s event was termed
"One of the best years we’ve had.” Grigg also stated that
“The Rotarians did a fantastic job as far as active participa
tion and procurement lor the supper and I was really proud of