VOL. 90 mj. 62 TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1979
KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD
‘Symbol Of Democracy’
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YOUNGEST CITIZEN-Mu-k David BuUer, aeven-
week old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Butler, was
selected the youngest citlsen present at Saturday’s new
city hall dedication and was given the honor of
unlocking the fire department for open house. Mrs.
Butler does the honors while Fire Clilef Gene Tignor
and Commissioner Corbet Nicholson look on.
OLDEST CITIZEN-John Gladden.SS, was the oldest
01 ’A citizen present Satiii 'ay at the city hall dedication and
. T won the honor of unlocking the building tor open house.
Sen OUie Harris and Commissioner Norman King look
on. Harris chaired the committee to select the oldest
i Charges Added To Troop 9i
Danny Parton, who led McDowell
Oounty authorities to the gravesltes
of two women he said he killed, has
also been charged with the rape of a
IB-year-old Kings Mountain girl and
conspiracy to rape a 20-year-old
The fojmer Bessemer City man Is
^now charged with two counts of
tl wmurder, two counts of rape, one
* Visit Set For
k Next Monday
A The Red Cross Bloodmobile will
(I 9 visit Kings Mountain Mon., Aug. IS.
^ The bloodmobile will be located at
H First Baptist Church from 11 a m.
until 4:80 p.m. and the quota for this
visit Is 126 pints of blood.
count of conspiracy to commit rape
and one count of kidnapping.
The alleged rape of the Kings
Mountain teenager alledgedly took
place June 7th at Parton’s home In
the North Cove Community near
Authorities earlier charged
Parton with the slayings of Cathy
Mosely and Mary Kathryn Carnes
Dye, whose bodies were found
burled In the mountains of McDowell
County last month. Parton also told
authorities six more bodies were
buried In the area but refused fur
ther comment after consulting a
Kay Wright, of Kings Mountain,
who went to visit Parton In Jail, was
detained as an accessory, and this
week was charged with conspiracy
to commit rape In connection with
the rape attempt of the Oastonla
Kings Mountain’s Oovemmental
Services FacUltlea Center stands
"as a symbol of democracy and faith
in local government and In a system
of law and order.’’
This was one of the comments
made Saturday by U.S. Senator
Robert Morgan during his
dedicatory address before about 200
persons gathered at the new city hall
on W. Gold and S. Cherokee Sts.
Morgan reminded the crowd that
the building would not "symbolize
perfection In government, but will
act as a reminder of faithfulness of
those who work towsu'd the Ideals of
peace, security, prosperity and
liberty set forth in our Constitution.’’
“And the symbol of your faith (the
structure) will be here long after the
youngest person present has passed
uu for future generations to see and
be reminded of what their
forefathers worked for,’’ Morgan
The Senator from Harnett County
Joked with Mayor John Henry Moss,
telling the crowd he was delighted to
have been asked to speak. He said It'
gave him a chance to see Just what
the mayor has been doing with all
the federal grants the city has
Morgan also said ‘"nie way things
are going, we might be moving the
nation's Capitol here someday.”
The senator also took the op
portunity to urge citizens to un
dertake a rennalssince of America’s
faith "but don’t wait for It to begin In
Washington or New York or
The large gathering waited
patiently In the boiling sun for
members of the Girl Scouts to raise
the colors In front of the new
structure; for Jacob Dixon to sing
the National Anthem; the In
troductions of the state, county suid
local officials on hand; then Joined in
singing "America The Beautlhil”
led by Mrs. Margaret McGinnis.
To unlock the new structure for
the open house, John Gladden, 88,
was selected - the oldest citizen
present; and Mark David Butler,
seven-weeks old - youngest citizen
present - was selected to unlock the
KM Fire Department.
During open house, the crowd
toured the business and ad
ministrative offices, council
chambers and conference rooms
occupying the two msiln area levels.
The fire department occupies the
rear two levels, with a ground floor
bay area large enough to house all of
the departmental vehicles.
The new city hall opened for
regular business Monday.
The building was financed through
a $1 million Economic Development
Administration grant approved In
1977. Architect was Clary and
Associates of Chsirlotte and general
contractor was Cecil’s, Inc. of
Photos by Rick McDaniel
. SPEAKER—U.S. Sen. Robert Morgan delivered the dedicatory ad
dress for ttie new Kings Mountain Governmental Services Facilities
Center Saturday, calling it "a symbol of democracy and citizens faith in
Judge And Jean Hawkins
Ruled In Deaths
Judge and Jean Hawkins of the
Compact Community had been
separated about three weeks last
By 6 p.m. the same day both were
Mrs. Hawkins, 61, died first from
three separate shotgun blast
wounds. Judge Hawkins died from a
single gunshot wound.
Neighbors In the community
witnessed the death of Mrs.
Hawkins, following an argument
between the estranged couple.
Police said the argument began In
the home of a friend of Mrs.
Hawkins, where she had been
staying since the separation. The
home Is about half a mile from the
Hawkins residence. Witnesses told
police the couple took their
argument out Into the street, where
Mrs. Hawkins was shot three times;
In the right eye, abdomen and upper
right leg. The weapon, a 2b-guage
shotgun, was left at the scene when
Judge Hawkins left.
Police said Hawkins attempted to
leave In a pickup truck, but he
abandoned It when It became
lodged in a ditch. Witnesses said
Hawkins then left on foot.
The argument and fatal shooting
occurred about 4:30-4:46 p.m. Mrs.
Hawkins was declared dead about 5
Cleveland County Coroner Bennett
Masters said he accompanied
sheriff's deputies to the Hawkins
home about 6 p.m., where they found
Hawkins In his dining room. MsMters
said Judge Hawkins, 82, died, ap
parently the victim of a self-inflicted
gunshot wound. A second weapon, a
20-guage shotgun, also believed to
have been owned by Hawkins, was
(bund beside the body.
The coroner has ruled murder-
suicide In the two deaths.
A Kings Mountain Boy Scout
Troop-No. 91 of St. Matthew's
Lutheran Church, will be the first
Thr Heel troop ever to participate In
the 11-state Friendship Camporee
Aug. 17-19 In Augusta, Ga.
Scoutmaster Tommy King said his
group of 16 Scouts su'e excited about
participation In the competitions
which will sdso feature olympIc-type
It will be the ISth Camporee which
attracts large crowds to a different
site each year.
Accompanying the Kings
Mountain Scouts will be Scout
master King and Assistant Scout
masters Bill Sellers and Wayne
By Elections Board
Precinct Registrars, Judges
Appointed; Machines Discussed
Precinct registrars and Judges
were to be appointed at today’s
meeting of the Cleveland Oounty
Board of Elections In Shelby.
Board Chairman Nelson Connor
said this morning’s meeting and
a^nda action Is required by state
Last week Connor said the bovd
of elections plans to ask the county
commissioners to finance the
purchase of voting machines.
Connor wsls in Rutherford Oounty
Ust week to observe the operation of
that county’s new electronic punch-
card county system and commented
that the Cleveland County elections
officials are studying "two such
systems” presently. The other
system Is the Valtac Major Tally
Box, which tallies votes by an op
tical scanner. This type Is used In
Connor said the local elections
board will observe Gaston County's
system at work In September.
The cost of each system Is about
Funding to purchase vote systems
has been allocated In the past few
years by the county commissioners.
but no decision was ever reached by
the elections officials on wdilch
system would be more beneficial to
Comlssloner Chailrman Jack
Palmer said the board will seriously
consider the purchase If the elec
tions officials come to them with a
10th Reunion Is Set
Tenth yesir reunion of the Kings
Mountain Senior High School Class
of 1969 will be held Sat., Aug. 11th, at
the American Legion Building.
Tickets are still available at the
door for a Disco Dance to be held
from 8:30 p.m. until 12 midnight.
Tickets are $16 per couple and $7.60
single, said a spokesman for the