Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Vol. 11 No. 12
kings mountain mirror, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1972
8 Pages This Week
’73 United Fund
Is Over The Top
Employees of Fiber Industries contributed $4000 to the Kings Mountain United Fund
Drive, putting them over the top. It was Kings Mountain's share of a record-setting
$90,840 pledged by three thousand and five employees of Fiber’s Shelby Plant during
their ju^ completed UF campaign. The check was presented at a luncheon Monday at
the Fiber Recreation Center. Pictured left to right are: Max Justice, Thurman Burns
and Frances Plonk, Fiber employees and residents of Kings Mountain; J. C. Bridges
and UF President Marvin Teer, receiving the check from Ben Sowers, Fiber Cam
paign Chairman. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)
Friday Was Exception-
Friday was the lucky day in Kings
Mountain it seems as it was the only
day this week without a traffic accident.
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Lt. Johnny Belk
investigated an accident at West Moun
tain Street and Sims Street. Involved
were Kay Mullinax Hambright, 30, of 307
Maner Road and Doris Gaston Little
john, 83, of 814 West Mountain. Accor
ding to the report Doris Littlejohn pull
ed from Sims Street into the paty of Kay
Hambright. Doris Littlejohn was cited
for failure to yield right of way. The
Hambright car had $250 damage and the
Littlejohn vehicle suffered $200 worth.
Lt. Belk was busy again Wednesday at
3:35 p.m. when he responded to a wreck
call at East King and Gaston Street. He
reported that Devere Roger Smith, 19, of
Apt. #26, Georgetown Apartments was in
a funeral procession when he disregar
ded a traffic signal and was hit by a car
driven by Peggy Rippy Rowell, 35, of
613 W. Mountain Street. Peggy Rowell
told Belk that she had the green light and
did not see the patrol car or procession.
Her car also struck a trailer on Gaston
Street inflicting $300 damage. The trail
er was owned by G. L. Strickland of
Shelby. Damage to the Rowell car was
$1000 and $100 damage was one the
Failure to make a movement in safety
was the violation cited against Ruth
Chippard Bagwell, of Route 2. Kings
Mountain after an accident Thursday
morning at 7:09. Ptl. Craig Parker sta
ted that James Rogers Adams of Route
1, Kings Mountain had slowed to dis
charge some passengers on Battle
ground betyeen Dixon and Falls Street
when Ruth Bagwell attempted to pass
and she hit Adams' car. Damage to the
Bagwell vehicle was $250 and Adams
car had $50 damage.
Ptl. Robert Dodge investigated a one
car mishap Saturday morning at 9:45
involving Sarah Gall Butler of Shelby.
She stated that she had left the lot at the
Little Moo heading north on Deal when
she lost control of her car and struck a
fence owned by the City. No charges
were indicated. Dodge stated in his re-
pprt that the car had a flat tire before
the wreck occurred. Damage to the au
to was $193 and $194 damage was done to
A four car pile up Sunday at 12:02 p.m,
saw Lt. Bob Hayes and Ptl. L. D. Bea
ttie on the scene at West King between
Piedmont and Battleground. In the re
port, Henry Spears Mullen, Jr. stated
he saw the cars in front of him stopping
but he was unable to stop his car before
hitting the rear of the car in front of him.
Mullen hit the auto driven by Nathaniel
Ellis of Gastonia. Ellis’ car hit the
Nancy Reynolds car and she hit the Del-
ton Huggins auto. Ellis was charged with
driving while intoxicated and Mullen was
charged with following too close. The
Mullen car had $1450 damage, the Ellis
car $700, the Reynolds auto $750, and
the Huggins vehicle $250.
Monday morning at 8:20 Ptl. Richard
Reynolds investigated a one car accident
on West Gold Street between Juniper and
Phifer involving Beverly Jean Belk, 17,
of 909 Ramseur Street. She told Rey
nolds she was looking at a car she had
just passed when she ran off the right
side of the road. She did $300 damage
to the car and $15 damage to a mailbox
and utility pole at the residence of Leo
nard Anderson on 814 West Gold Street.
She was cited for exceeding a stated
speed and leaving the right side of the
road, an improper driving violation.
John Hall Joins KM
John Hall will join the Kings Mountain
Redev^opment Commission staff as
Assistant Director and Project Manager
beginning Dec. 1, 1972.
John, a native of Georgia, attended
Gardner-Webb College where he met his
wife, the former Miss Faye McSwain of
He is an alumnus of the 82nd Airborne
Div., U.S. Army.
The Halls are members of the First
Baptist Church in Gastonia where John
is currently teaching Sunday School.
Mr, Hail has been active in the PTA
having served as its President.
John is a former member of both the
Rotary and Kiwanis organizations.
Mr. Hail has been a member of the
Professional Staff of the Boy Scouts of
America for the past nine years. His
most recent assignment has been in Gas
ton County for the past three years where
a significant gain was achieved in the
quality and quantity of Scouting in that
The Halls have two children- David
Mark, age 12 and Elizabeth Ann, age 4.
Warren G. Brooks, a former police
man with the Kings Mountain force was
found dead Saturday afternoon in Kil
Brooks was with the Kings Mountain
Police Department from May to Septem
ber of this year.
He came to Kings Mountain from Cal
ifornia where he had worked as a secur
ity guard. Before that job he had spent
22 years in the military and from 1968-
1971 was an advisor to the south Vietna
Mr. Brooks' brother is William Brooks,
Chief of the Gaston Rural Force.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon
in Wilson, N.C. where his mother re
sides at 322 Daniel Street.
The 1973 United Fund Drive in Kings
Ifountain has topped its set goal of $33,
450, having reached a total this week of
The announcement came from Bill
Bates, Campaign Chairman, and Marvin
Teer, President of the United Fund.
A breakdown of each division and the
amount received to date, and the goal Is
as follows. UF Secretary Becky Seism
expects the final figure to Increase, as
all of the collections have not been made.
In the Advanced Gifts division, Mrs.
Helen Hendricks, chairman, a total of
$2,493 has been received, exceeding the
goal of $4,348.50. $2,856 has been re
ceived from the commercial division
headed by Mrs. Louise Lybrand. That
goal was $4,348.50. In the Correspon
dence division, chaired by Charles Ham
ilton the $1,672.50 goal was topped with
$1,783 received. In Bob Suber’s Indus-
trail Division $23,014,45 was collected,
topping that $18,397.50 goal. The Pro
fessional Division came through with
$1,190. Mrs. June Lee Is Chairman of
that group which set a goal of $1,338.
Ministers, headed by Rev. Frank Shir
ley contributed $374, over a goal of
$334. C. A, Allison, chairman of the
Schools Division came through with $2,
468. $2,341 was that goal. Post Office
workers have donated $40 thus far to
ward their goal of $334.50. Bud Medlin
has charge of the Post Office and City
Employees divisions. The city emplo
yees have contributed $146 thus far.
Their goal was set at $669. Don Craw
ford has secured $55 of $334 in the State
B & B Ranch
The case of B & B Ranch and the City
of Kings Mountain entered its second day
Tuesday with no result yet reached.
The matter involves the B & B Ranch
and its action for damages over the pro
perty located at the Buffalo Water Pro
W, K. Mauney of B & B Ranch had
appealed a commission award of $44,
562.60 made on August 13, 1970. The
money posted by the City of IGngs Moun
tain had been taken down by Mauney with
the reservation of right to appeal the case
to higher court. The case was reviewed
by the N.C. Supreme Court and the High
Court found for the city. Their finding
for the city was over matters of legal
ity and they stated the city did in fact
have imminent domain and was in the
right for condemning the property for the
The case is now before the Superior
Court of Cleveland County and the jury
will determine the value to be placed on
The commissioners hearing in the Buf
falo Water Project case of Ambrose
Cline was held Friday at the courthouse
in Shelby with both Cline and the City of
Kings Mountain presenting their case.
According to Ruth Dedmon, Clerk of
Superior Court, both parties presented
their case before the commissioners. A
report filed by the commissioners shor
tly after noon on Friday awarded Am
brose Cline $97,000.
The death of Charles A, (Chip) McCar
ter was ruled suicide this week by
Mecklenburg Medical Examiner Dr,
Chip McCarter, 18, of Y'orkRoad in
Kings Mountain was found shot Saturday
night around 11:15 at a cabin on Lake
Deputy Dale Costner responded to the
call and reported that he found McCar
ter lying on the floor of the cabin shot
once in the mouth with a .22 caliber
McCarter was rushed to Charlotte
Memorial Hospital where he died Mon
Cleveland County Sheriff Haywood Al
len said that witnesses at the cabin
related to him “essentially the same
story.” Reports given Allen said that
there were several people at the Lake
Montonia cabin Saturday night at a par
ty. Witnesses said McCarter had a
pistol in his hand pointing it at himself.
The gun was owned by Robert Benfield
of Hickory. The witnesses said those
at the cabin had their backs to Mc
Carter when they heard a crackling
sound. They turned around and found
McCarter lying on the floor. The Sher
iff said there was no reason to believe
any of the group were playing “Russian
Sheriff Allen said that the gun found
at the scene contained one spent shell
and one loaded cartridge.
In the recent United Fund Campaign for 1973, Duplex Inter
national of Kings Mountain recorded a 94 per cent employee
response, with a total of $3,487 pledged. Here, Plant Manager
Carl DeVane presents the check to UF Campaign Chairman
Bill Bates. Employees of Duplex are, top row: John Turner,
E.F. Goode, Archie Crocker, “Wink” Russell (bottom row)
Oueda Green, Doris Leigh, Joyce Collins, Rosa Vee Lovelace,
Katherine Hardy. (Mirror Photo by Rodney Dodson)
5 Break-Ins Reported In Kings Mountain
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Depart
ment reported five instances of break
ing and entering in the Kings Mountain
area this week, with three of the break-
ins showing larceny.
The first incident occurred sometime
after 3 a,m, November 12 at J. B. Falls
Exxon station at 1-85. According to
Deputy Wilbur Benton, a person or per
sons broke the ventilator glass on an au
to there owned by Edward Campbell, Jr.
of Ashley Acres. Campbell's Ford Fal
con was broken into and found missing
was a crash helmet, a jacket and a tac-
ometer. Total value of the merchandise
taken plus damage to the auto was listed
Deputy Cecil Murray discovered two
break-ins in Kings Mountain Thursday
night while on patrol. The first that
night was at Herman Cash Grocery two
miles west of Kings Mountain on NC 74.
Murray stated that he was on patrol when
he found that the front door of the store
had been opened by some sort of screw
driver used to prise off the lock. The
store had been robbed of $7.00 in penn
ies and a gum ball machine stand. The
robbery was discovered at 2:25 a.m. and
it was reported that the store had been
broken into between the hours of 9:30 p.
m. and 2:25 a.m.
About one-half hour later, Murray pa
trolled Glass Grocery on 216 south of
Kings Mountain and found it too had been
broken into. This was at 3:00 a.m.
Thursday. The deputy reported that
someone had knocked out the front glass
from the door but nothing was discov
Wilson’s American Service Station at
1-85 and NC 216 had a cracker machine
broken into Friday night. Deputy Wil
bur Benton discovered the machine
damage around 3:45 a.m. Damage to the
machine was estimated at $25. It wal al
so reported that the money had been ta
ken out of the machine earlier that day
so no money was taken.
Deputy B. R. McKinney was called out
to the Buffalo Fish Camp Sunday morn
ing at 8 a.m. following a break-in there.
He reported that someone had entered
through the front door and burglarized
three drink machines taking about $35.
There was also damage to other mac
hines in the building.
Arrests from the Sheriff’s Department
were also reported and they were:
Edward E. Stamey, 36, of Route 1,
Kings Mountain, public drunk.
James Houston Mitchem, 35, Route 2,
Kings Mountain, public drunk.
Bobby D. Bridges, 19, of I Bennett Dr.,
driving under the influence.
Robert Lee Bowen, 33, of Route I, Gro
ver, public drunk.
Alcohol Involved In 22 Arrests
Police reported a total of 48 arrests
over the past week, including added
charges of possession of burglary tools
against the foursome arrested for
breaking and entering Mountaineer
Pharmacy last week. Those booked by
the Kings Mountain Police were:
Margaret Hamrick, 38, inspection
violation; J.C. Walker, 47, inspection
violation; James F. Jarrett, 43, driv
ing while intoxicated (2nd offense) and
public drunk; Fred Lee Eaker, 22, pas
sing in intersection; T.C. Byers, pub
lic drunk; Buford Bowen, 19, exceeding
safe speed; Jewel Stewart, 45, larceny
of auto; Colene M. Bennett, 43, speed
ing 45 in 35; Jeanie Etters, 39, tres
passing; Jackie L. Tomblin, 18, driv
ing while intoxicated and speeding 72
in 55; Alien T. Edwards, 19, possess
ion of burglary tools; Wallace Car-
trette, 17, possession of burglary tools;
Kurtis L. Guzman, possession of bur
glary tools; Jack S. Mabry, possession
of burglary tools; Kurtis L. Guzman,
possession of drugs; Jack S. Mabry,
possession of needles and syringes;
Clarance Tomblin, 28, trespassing;
Ronnie D. Bailey, 17, failure to dim
lights; Ellghat Rogers, 50, public
drunk; Charles Veason, 52, public
drunk; James W. Wilson, 27, driving
under the influence; Raymond Curry,
26, non support; Ronnie D. Perkins, 16,
failure to dim lights; Francis K. Fran
klin, 16, reckless driving; Austin Falls,
56, public drunk; Robert Ray Webb, 20,
driving while intoxicated; Ronnie K.
Stinett, 27, public drunk; Johnny H.
Fraley, 23, driving while intoxicated;
Lucy Gamble, 25, speeding 50 in 35;
Janet Brooks, 29, Inspection violation;
Lewis Wright, 37, public drunk; Ralph
H. Hayes, 47, public drunk; Betty L.
Hovis, 35, driving while intoxicated;
William Christenson, 34, public drunk;
Edgar Thomas Pace, 57, failure to dim
lights; Bobby Joe Rankins, 35, red light
violation; Janus H Mitchem, 35, public
drunk; Donald F. Thompson, 31, driving
while intoxicated; Bobby D. Bridges, 19,
driving while intoxicated; Edward Sta
mey, 36, public drunk; Robert W Ma
son, 23, driving while intoxicated; Ral
ph H. Hayes, 47, indecent exposure;
Johnny Lee Varnadore, 18, capias, Hen
ry Mullen, Jr., 20, following too close;
Nathaniel Ellis, 32, driving while in
toxicated; T. C. Byers, 39, public
drunic; Robert S. Clark, 32, driving
while intoxicated; John Wayne Melton,
26, driving while intoxicated.
congratulations Mr. Bridges
Mr. Elbert Bridges, of the Spinning Department at B.V.D.
Textiles is shown as he receives congratulations and a fishing
rod and reel from Mr. Earl Schultz, Vice-Presicent of B.V.D.
Textiles, for his long and faithful service to the company. Mr.
Bridges has been in the employ of the company since 1939 and
is the oldest employ in terms of length of service at the Plant.
Mr. Kyle Smith, Personnel Manager, looks on. When asked
what he liked to do in his spare time, Mr. Bridges says "just
drive and fish.”