Vol. II No. 17
Greater Kings Mountain's Progressive Newspaper
Units from Uie Kings Mountniu, B«ss«mer City and Cbapel
Grove Fire Departments were called out last Wednesday after
noon to fight a fire at the trailer home of Larry Crocker In
Stinnett Acres. The call was received at 5:15 p.m. and the
Kings Mountain department was the first on the scene. Besse
mer City brought a pumper and the Chapel Grove unit brought
Breaking & Entering At 1-85 Rest Area
Det. Paul Barbee of the Cleveland Coun
ty Sheriff's Department reported a break
ing, entering and larceny last Sunday
morning near the 1-85 rest area.
Barbee said that a person or persons
entered a trailer office of Bryant Elec
tric near the rest area and took a drill,
some tools and a tool box. The break-in
occurred after 8 p.m. Saturday night and
was reported early Sunday morning.
The arrests for the past two weeks were
also listed at the Sheriff’s Department.
Woodrew Brown, 42, 109 Watterson
Street, KM, capias.
Helen Wilson, 27, Route 1, Box 473, K
M, assault with a deadly weapon.
Keith Jordon, 22, 213 Parrish Drive, K.
Larry Joe Biddlx, 36, Route 3, KM, in
Cheryl T. Smith, 26, Route 2, Besse
mer City, public drunk.
James P. Rogers, 28, Route 1, Box 372,
assault with a deadly weapon.
George Earle, Jr., 35, Route 1, KM,
Gilbert Clifford Toms, 18, Route 1, Gro
ver, failure to stop for blue light and sir
en, no operators licence and driving un
der the influence.
With lots of toys and games and such so prolific around Christmas time, this young
ster found a lot of simple pleasure from the rain. Arme^l with rubber galoshes and a
plastic airplane he zoomed into the puddle and thoroughly splashed himself, oblivious
to the water soaked pants. Maybe simple pleasures are the best! (Photo by Lem Lyn
Two pedestrian mishaps and an automo
bile accident were the only incidents on
the streets of Kings Mountain over the
The first pedestrian accident occurred
at Gold Street and York Road Friday night
at 6:20. According to Ptl. Robert Dodre.
Gary Steven Plonk, 18, of Route 3, Kliji
Mountain was traveling north on Yorkand
was making a left onto Gold when his auto
struck Hilliard Guy Coker, 52, of 605
The driver of the auto told Dodge that
Coker was in the center of the street and
he did not see him. Coker said that he
had just stepped off the curb when he was
hit. No charges were indicated on the re
port. Coker’s injuries were slight.
The second pedestrian incident was
Christmas night at 7 o’clock on the Mar-
grace Road. Trooper M.V. Reavls of the
State Highway ^trol Investigated the
accident. According to police on the
scene, Henry Tate was crossing the road
when he was hit by a car operated by a
Mrs. Whitaker. Mrs. Whitaker’s first
name was not available. Tate was taken
to Kings .^^ountain Hospital and later
transferred to Gaston Memorial by the
rescue squad. Police said that Mrs.
Whitaker was taken to Kings Mountain
Hospital where she was treated for shock.
No charges have been made in the matt
An accident Saturday at 11:29 a.m. at
Kings Street and Phifer Road involved
Harley Spurgeon Scruggs, 66, of 818 Sec
ond Street in Kings Mountain and William
Blakely Young, 59, of Charlotte.
Ptl. Richard Reynolds reported that
Scruggs was heading west on King and
had stopped at the light at Phifer Road
when he was struck from behind by
Young’s auto. Damage to the Young car
was S400 and SlOO damage was done the
Flooding Rains Keep
a tank and pumper in to extinguish the blase. Efforts to save
the home were futile as the home was called ”a total loss” by
city firemen. Some articles of clothing and some money were
saved from the fire but such items of furniture were damaged
by smoke and water. Faulty wiring on the Christinas tree was
reportedly the cause of the blaze. (Photo by Lem Lynch)
The waters came again last Friday to
the east Ridge Street area bringing work
ers out into the rain to unclog that clog
A call came in Thursday night report
ing that the water had begun backing up
again and employees for the city left the
city Christmas party around 11:00 p.m.
and began ditching and pumping in the low
Friday morning Roscoe Wooten, head of
the Sanitation Department, was at the
Ridge Street area inspecting the situa
tion. Workers were in the creek, near
the drain, shoveling leaves and other de
bris in an attempt to get the flood waters
flowing. One employee crawled into the
drain and came back out again with a
double armload of leaves and sticks and
reported that there was much more trash
blocking the drain,
“The problem of this flooding,” said
Wooten, “is that great amounts of leaves
are being washed into the creek and into
the drain. You can look along the edge
of the creek and see what we’ve gotten
out today.” Wooten pointed along the
creek bank at a rather large ridge of dead
leaves that his men had forked out of the
creek bed. “Last night (referring to
Thursday) the situation was so bad that
the trash in the creek had caused a dam
and when the water finally broke through.
Fields Young, Inc. of Shelby, owners
and operators of several apartment com
plexes in the area held its annual door
decoration contest last week and winn
ers in Kings Mountain were announced.
At Georgetown Apartments first place
winner- Charles Blanton; second place-
Hugh Hallam, Jr.; third place- Derr
At the Gold Street Apartments two pla
ces were given. First went to Brent
McDaniel and second went to Charles
A spokesman for the apartment owners
said the contest is held annually at Christ
mas to find the best decorated door.
Mainly, however, the contest is put on to
bring the tenants closer together as
First place winners received $25, sec
ond got $1S and third took home $10.
it carried everything into the drain,”
Work continued Friday afternoon to
clear the drain before more rain fell.
Pretty 18-year-old Patti Fisher, a Charlotte, N.C. freshman
will reign over the 7th Gardner-Webb College Holiday Basket
ball Touranment December 29-30. Gardner-Webb will host
Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, Term., Western Carollnaand
Fort Hays State of Kansas.
The post office in Kings Mountain received a unique item in
the weekend mall addressed to J. A. Strlckland...a ten pound
Strickland of 803 '^ .uthwood Drive was mailed the gigantic
candy bar from his wife’s people in Pennsylvania. Strickland
told us that the giant Hershey Chocolate Bar could only be pur
chased in one city in the United States aside from the Hershey
Plant in Pennsylvania and that town is Oil City, Pa.
The ingredients are exactly the same as a small bar that we
can buy around here except In larger proportions, naturally.'
The bar weighs in at 10 lbs. and enjoys dimensions of 18 inches
in length, 9 inches in width and 11/2 inches thick. Such bars
sell tor about $8-$10 in Oil City. Postage on the monster con
fectionery was $2.10. Strickland said he planned to take mure
pictures of the bar before allowing his three children to dig in
to it. When asked how long he thought the bar would last Strick
land replied, “probably just through Christmas.” Take it easy
kids, three pounds of chocolate apiece could render one heck of
a stomachache! (Photo by Jay Ashley)