Vol. H No, 15
Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
KINGS MOUNTAIN MIRROR, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1972
New Traffic Signal System Planned
Solutions Offered In
Highway Commission Study
By Jay Ashley
Mirror News Editor
^ The Kings Mountain City Board met
Monday night to discuss a marathon 28
item agenda which included action on the
B & B Ranch vs, the city case and a re
port on traffic flow and signallzation by
Bob Jenkins of the state highway depart
In the B & B matter, a superior court
jury last month awarded W. K, (Billy)
Mauney and Buford Cline, owners of the
property, a sum of $i75,000.
The B & B property is 247 acres of land
at the Buffalo Water project site.
Attorney for the city. Jack White, told
the board that he bad "made a motion to
set aside the verdict as contrary to evi
dence" but the motion had been denied by
the trial judge, A notice of appeal has
been entered in the case to the N, C.
Court of Appeals, White went further to
say that it would probably be "five mon
ths minimum" before the case is finally
In asking for a motion for the city to
continue appealing the case the Mayor
said, “We have been working with the
engineers on the project for some time
and after these talks it is felt that the
city should continue and finalize the pro
ject in due course.”
It was pointed out that the city has pos
session of the land under eminent domain
and the matter of monetary settlement is
all that remains.
The city has also posted $72,000 in the
Kjobn Cline case which leaves only the
® Ambrose Cline property lor the city to
A motion by Norman King and sec
onded by Seymour Biddix to continue the
appeal procedure was unanimously ap
Bob Jenkins, division traffic engineer
with the state highway commission pre
sented a plan to the board concerning the
proposed traffic flow and signallzation
system lor the city.
According to the plan one signal will
control the whole system along King
Street. Provided the King Street traffic
lights were not tripped by a side street
auto, it would be possible for a vehicle
to travel the entire length of King Street
to hasten the flow of traffic and prevent
mass traffic congestion.
Certain intersections would have the
semi-actuated loop or "trip” that would
activate when a car rolls over them.
These are designed to keep major thor
oughfares on a contlnous flow until some
one approached the intersection. Such
devices would be set for York and Gold;
King and Watterson; King and York;
Cleveland and Piedmont and a few oth
The board voted to approve the princi
ple of the idea but held back on final
approval until parking, lane marking
and other minor traffic details can be
studied. It was hoped by members of the
board that the details could be worked
out and work began on the project by
In other board action it was voted to
award a bid of $6,656 to Worth Keeter of
Charlotte for a rear loading refuse com
paction unit and to award a bid of $7,
149.10 to Dalton International Sales for a
truck cab and chassis for the compact
The board voted to send the following
requests to the zoning board for their
A rezoning request by Mrs. Ruby Hill
to rezone property on Highway 74 from
R-20 to GB,
Request by Ray W. Lutz to rezone pro
perty on Highway 74 from R-20 to GB.
Request by Hal Morris to rezone pro
perty on Highway 74 from R-20 to GB.
Request by A. C. Dugan to rezone pro
perty on Highway 161 north from LI to
Request by George Ruppe to rezone
property of Ruppe Street from GB to HI.
Request by Phillips Development to re
zone property in the northeastern sec
tion of Kings Mountain from R-20 to R-
6 on 9 acres and from R-20 to R-10 on
Other business Included;
Approval of a request from Mrs. S. O.
Kirby to transfer a taxi franchise to
To table for further study bids on an
electric ledger accounting machine from
NCR and Burroughs Corporation. Bur
roughs bid was $19,500 and the NCR bid
Approval of a proposal by Duke Power
Company to furnish power at “delivery
point #2’' located south on York Road.
2500 kw is to be received at this point
for a term of five years. It was termed
as a “step to initiate a program of re
lief for delivery point #1.”
Approval to advertise for bids for a
tractor with ditchers attachment for the
Approval to enter Into an agreement
with Pitometer Associates for a water
pressure and flow survey.
Approval to repair the 1923.500.000
City Receives $63^48 In
Revenue Sharing Funds
On Friday, December 8, the United
States treasury department mailed state
and local governments their first entit
lement payments under the General Re
venue Sharing Program. Cleveland Coun
ty and its municipalities received a total
of $595,381, A breakdown of the money
reads as follows;
Cleveland County (as separate unlt)-
Boiling Springs- $26,948.
Kings Mountain- $63,248.
These payments are for the six-month,
retroactive period from January 1, 1972
through June 30, 1972.
These federal funds may be used for a
variety of public purposes such as en
vironmental protection, public transpor
tation, safety, health, recreation, libra
ries and social services for the poor or
The 10th Congressional District which
includes Alexander, Avery, Burke, Cald
well, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and
Watauga counties received a total of $3,
721,551 of the revenue sharing money.
The first set of checks mailed to sta
tes represent a total of $2.6 billion. Tax
effort, population and per capita income
are factors in formulating the amounts
each state will receive.
Mayor John Moss termed the city’s
$63,248 share as “meaningful to the pro
gress of Kings Mountain.” No specific
uses of the money were given but Moss
did say “the money should go into the
capital improvements of the various city
departments.” He went on further to
explain that “the city has been operating
on a tight budget and the revenue money
should help to alleviate some of the bur
den." At present the city’s share is in
a special account tor interest purposes.
Since the money covers the January to
June 1972 [leriod, another check should be
forthcoming in January 1973. There
after, according to Moss the revenue
sharing allotment will arrive each quar
ter. The sum of the quarterly check was
not known to the Mayor.
School Bid High
According to Donald Jones, superin
tendent of the Kings Mountain School
district, the local school board has the
high bid in one the Cansler property on
West Mountain Street.
The school board entered a bid of $8,
The resale bids were taken Friday at
the courthouse in Shelby.
Tract 1 bidded on by the school board
is located at 508 West Mountain Street.
The Kings Mountain Jaycees have a tree for you, if you hav
en’t put yours up already. The Jaycee Christmas Tree lot Is
located conveniently at the corner of Mountain and Battlegrou
nd. Displaying a handsome evergreen are Jaycee i om Jenk
ins, Chairman of the project, Fred Loop, salesman (center)
and Gene Harris, Co-Chairman (right). (Mirror Photo by Lem
gallon storage tank located on Piedmont
Approval of a resolution requesting ap
proval of application for state funds un
der the Clean Water Bond Act of 1971 lor
Project #NC 370353. This is purported
to be used in the sewer “Improvemenf
Granting of advertising for public hear
ing on annexation request by Karl M. Ja
cobi and wife, Ellse H. Jacobi.
Motions were approved to grant refunds
to the following under the Homestead Ex
emption Act; John R. Pearson, John W.
Foster, Sr., and Mrs. Bryte Ware.
A request lor a six months leave of ab
sence was granted Craig Parker, of the
Kings Mountain Police Department.
Approval of a request by Carl Champ
ion to use the City Stadium for a semi-
pro football team under the same terms
as his softball agreement with the city.
Table for further study a letter from
Hal S. Plonk and Thomas Harper con
cerning street improvements in the
Ashley Park Sub-division.
Approval of Christmas schedule and
bonuses tor city employees. Christmas
Holidays will be observed 23-25 and New
Years 30-i. Bonuses of one full week for
everyone in the city’s employ for one or
more years was granted as well as a bon
us of 1/12 for employees of the city for
less than a year. The 1/12 figure is used
for monthly computations.
Approval of a report given by W. S,
Biddix, chairman of the Insurance Com
mittee. Bids lor city Insurance will
most likely be studied the first part of
1973, according to the Mayor.
The Music Bank, Kings Mountain’s newest headquarters fcr records, tapes, and ac
cessories, officially opened Saturday morning and the mayor was on hand to cut the
ribbon. With him are Kenneth Standridge, Owner; Phil Lynch, Manager and Wanda
Scruggs, Saleslady. The Music Bank is located in the old First National Bank BuUd-
ing on Battleground Ave. (Mirror Photo by Rodney Dodson)
$6000 Damages Result From Accidents
Nine accidents in the city over a one
week period inflicted over $6000 in
damages and injured nine people.
Monday morning at 10 o’clock, Ptl.
Keigh Laughter Investigated an accident
south from Waco Road toward Morris
Street at the Modern Cleaner^ building.
In the report it was stated that James
Arthur Toms of Gastonia was driving a
truck owned by Wilson Transfer Comp
any of Gastonia when the gas pedal stuck
and the vehicle hit the Modern Cleaners.
A.V. Martin is the owner of the cleaning
business. Damage to the truck was $150
and $75 damage was done the building.
Sgt. Marcellls Hunter responded to a
wreck call Tuesday at 11;40 a.m. involv
ing a city truck. Hunter said that James
Ricky Henson of 308 E. ParkerStreetwas
stopped on the hill on Bridges Street to
ward Cansler when the truck rolled back
wards. Henson turned the wheels to
avoid a collision and the truck ran up a
bank and overturned. Damage to the city-
owued vehicle was $500.
Another accident involving a city truck
occurred Wednesday at 11; 55 a.m. on
Gaston Street toward Parker Street.
Driver of the truck, Edgar Harold Bar
ber stated that he was preparing to start
off when the truck rolled backwards and
hit a parked car inflicting $1000 damage
to the car. The car was owned by Por
ter Odell Griggs of 903 E. 9th Street in
Gastonia. Ptl. Jerry White reported no
damage to the city truck.
Failure to yield was the charge against
Edna Bess Roberts, 27, of Route 1, Kings
Mountain in a Thursday accident. Ptl.
Bynum Cook reported that Edna Roberts
had stopped at West King and Cansler and
then pulled out into the path of an auto
driven by Phyliss McLean Dunn of Lau-
rinburg, N.C, Damage to the Roberts car
was $150 and $75 to the Dunn auto.
Ptl. Robert Hall was on the scene Sat
urday at 10;28 a.m, to investigate a
wreck on S. Battleground between Falls
Street and Grover. Hall said that Linda
Montgomery Bowen of 106 Fulton Road
was slowing to pull into a parking space
when she was struck by a car driven by
Billy Wade of 111 McGill Road. Wade was
cited for failure to reduce speed.
Damage to Wade’s vehicle was $100 and
the bowen auto suffered $300 damage.
Lt. Johnny Belk and Ptl. Richard Rey
nolds reported a three car accident Sun
day at 3;25 p.m. at the corner of Battle
ground and Mountain Street. The report
stated that Oliver Preston Lewis, 63, of
309 W. Mountain Street was traveling east
on Mountain to cross Battleground. A
train was coming and the lights were
flashing and he said he didn’t know
whether to stop or not. Johnnie Reed
Caldwell of Route 2, Kings Mountain was
traveling north on Battleground at the
time and did not see either Lewis or the
car driven by Evelyn Jones Bolin of Clo
ver, South Carolina, who was traveling
south on Battleground, The three cars
collided on Battleground, Lewis’ carwas
damaged $300, Caldwell’s vehicle
damaged $400 and $800 damage was done
the Bolin car. Johnnie Caldwell and three
of his passengers were taken to Kings
Mountain Hospital. The passengers were
listed as Diane Parker, 23; Kimberly
Elaine Parker, 4; and Bill Edwin Park
er, 6, all of 406 York Road.
Another three car wreck occurred Sun
day at 8:03 p.m. at King and Gaston
streets. Ptl. Richard Reynolds said that
Garland Floyd Butler of Shelby was stop
ped at the intersection. Reginald Latar
Hunter of Bessemer City was traveling
down the street when he struck the car
in front of him driven by John Wyan Don-
iadson of Route 1, Kings Mountain. The
Donaldson auto was knocked into the
Butler car. Garland Butler and two
passengers, Michelle Hearn and Joanna
Stroup of Shelby were taken to Kings
Mountain Hospital. The Hunter car suf
fered $500 damage, $300 damage was
done the Donaldson car and Butler’s auto
was damaged $100 worth.
Ptl. Preston Cherka investigated an ac
cident Sunday night at 9:30 at tlie inter
section of E. King and Battleground. He
stated that Robert Gene Kimble of Char
lotte was traveling east on King when he
struck the rear of the auto driven by
Charles Furman Sheppard of Shelby.
Sam Watins and Scott Rogers, passen
gers in tlie Kimble car were taken to the
Kings Mountain Hospital. Damage to
Sheppard’s car was $200 and $400 was
done the Kimble auto.
If you’ve noticed those detour signs a-
long West King, then you’ve indirectly
seen some progress on the Kings Moun
tain water pressure problem in the Gas
ton Street/Piedmont Street section.
N. Piedmont has been torn up to allow
the city to replace valves on the oldest
water line in the city. The new valves
are replacing older and some damaged
valves that have probably been causing
water pressure problems to those citi
zens serviced by the antiquated line.
City engineers working with H & S con
tractors are endeavoring to replace the
worn lines and valves that have served
the city for many years.
Pitometer Associates are slated to aid
the city in a future water pressure and
Traffic is now detoured from 216 north
across Cansler Street to U.S. 74 and
from Battleground down to Cansler and
north to Piedmont.
Ptl. Bob Hall looks on as wreckers from Shelby attempt to
upright the 1966 truck which overturned Wednesday morning at
10:30 at Linwood and Craftspun Drive. Ptl. Keith Laughter fil
ed the report which stated that Kay Michael Barkley, 58, of
Route 2, Lincointon was heading east on Linwood when he cros
sed the railroad tracks at Craftspun. Barkley told officers he
pulled to the right to allow an oncoming vehicle more room
and the back wheels went off the soft shoulder causing the truck
to overturn into the ditch. The truck was owned by Banner Rol
ler Mills of 319 Poplar Street in Lincointon. Damage to the
truck was listed at $1000. The driver was not injured in the
mishap, (Photo by Jay Ashley)