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VOLVME 90 - NUMBER 71 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, 1979 - KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
Photo by Okrjr Stewart
GROWTH CONTINUES—A huge crowd ia shown continues through Sunday. No services will be held
worshipping in the open air at Gamble Stadium in the tonight. In case of bad weather, services will be held at
community-wide Christian Growth Celebration which Barnes Auditorium.
The Christian Growth Celebration
resumes Friday at 7:80 p.m. and
runs through Sunday night at John
The week-long series of worship
services began Sunday night. Ser
vices will not be held tonight due to a
conflict in the use of the stadium.
Rev. Harwood Smith, pastor of St.
Mathew’s Lutheran Church, will
speak Friday. His text will be
Romans 13:4-6 and his sermon topic
will be "Our Responsibility in the
Rev. Pruella Kilgore, pastor of
Adams Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church,
will preach Saturday night. Her text
will be James 2:14-17 and her ser
mon topic "Our Responsibility in the
Rev. Tom Patterson, pastor of
Macedonia Baptist Church, will
deliver the message on Sunday
night. He will preach on "Our
Hope", taken from Romans 8:38-39.
Singing groups scheduled for the
remainder of the week include:
PMday, James M. Rogers, soloist;
and Daybreak from First
Saturday, Adams Chapel Church
Choir and Bethlehem Church of God
Sunday, Delores White, soloist;
and Bynum Chapel Church Choir.
The Christian Growth Celebration
Is sponsored by the Kings Mountain
Ministerial Association. All
proceeds over and above the cost of
the services will go Into the
association’s Helping Hand fund
which benefits needy families in the
In case of bad weather, services
will be held In Barnes Auditorium.
To Leave Building
Kings Mountain Redevelopment
Commission, in process of phasing
out Its 13-year operation In the city.
Is flirting with an eviction notice
from Its landlord if the commission
doesn’t vacate present location soon.
Attorney Scott Clonlnger,
who rents the suite of
offices to KMRC, told the board
’Tuesday morning that the additional
q>ace Is required for expansion of
his own offices, to include his newly-
acquired partner, Andy Nelsler, and
to accommodate Barry Jenkins,
certified public accountant, who has
rented offices upstairs In the former
First Union National Bank Building.
Clonlnger plans to use the upstairs
offices for a law library and con
Executive Director Gene White
said the commission has been In
process of setting up office space in
the new City Hall but had hoped to
remain In the present office until the
closeout procedure Is effective and
the city assumes full responsibilities
fbr completing projects imderway
by the redevelopment commission.
’Ihls Includes, continuing, under the
city’s community development
program the land acquisition,
families. Individuals and business
relocationlng and demolitions.
Resolutions from the city board of
commissioners outlining the
closeout procedures have gone to the
I'-partment of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) for flnsd ap
proval or rejection. Mr. Whte
guessed that It will probably be mid-
November or December when the
city receives the surplus In money
(approximately tSOO.lXXI) plus the
value of 46 unsold lots (about
3166,000) In the Canaler St. project.
In the CBD project, surplus funds
are estimated up to $60,000.
White said both projects, the
Oentrsd Business and Canaler St.
Urban Renewal, are essentially
"Ideally,” said Mr. White, "we’d
like to remain in this location
through November for the financial
Attorney Clonlnger said he had
conferred with CD Director Arnold
Gordon-Wrlght and was advised that
room dividers were on order and
would require 13-16 weeks to
relocate the Redevelopment
Cbmmlsslon In permanent fsuslUtles
in the new City Hall. He had In
dicated that a temporary location
might be obtained.
Commissioner members Lieroy
Blanton, CSialrman Carl Mauney,
Paul McGinnis, John Plonk and
Attorney Bob Bradley questioned
the timetable tor moving, several
suggesting that the offices could be
moved "over a weekend."
Our most basic problem now,"
said Director White, "Is the In
volvement with HUD in finishing the
financial settlement and It would be
a tremendous undertaking Just to
pick up and move today."
Directors authorized White to take
Immediate steps to begin moving
Into other facilities.
Mr. Clonlnger had advised the
board to vacate the building by Aug.
Mayor John Moss, who appeared
briefly at opening of the regular
meeting, commended the KMRC
board of directors for Its long and
"outstanding service" to the
community since the board's In
ception in July 1967. He asked, and
members agreed, to continue in an
advisory committee after the close
out of KMRC In the city. "We vedue
your experience,” said the mayor,
"which represents 100 person plus
years of service on this body In
cluding membership and staff.”
Bob Bradley, attorney for the
group since It was appointed by
Mayor Moss, praised the volunteer
group for their devotion to duty and
said he was gratified that this body
would continue to serve In an ad
visory capacity, even though the
KMRC was phasing out.
Paul McGinnis, a board member,
said he was proudl of the ac
complishments of the community
but disappointed by general citizen
response but could understand that
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MEMBER OF MONTH
. DEA’TH SCENE—Members of the Kings Mountain
Rescue Squad and Kings Mountain PoUce Department
prepare to remove the body of Luther Ford from the
side of the Southern RaUway tracks Tuesday. Ford, 63,
Photo by Gary Stewart
was killed as he walked to Kings Mountain. Left to right
are rescuer Roy Hammett, police officers Robert
Dodge and Lem Beattie (partially hidden) and rescuer
Oops! ’The football season hasn’t
oven started yet, and we’ve already
In the Herald’s first "Pick the
Winner" football contest, found on
page 10 of ’Tuesday’s paper, two
games are listed twice. It’s causing
some confusion for the contestants.
’The games In error are Vlllianova
at Maryland and Richmond at
Virginia. You’ll find them as games
nine, 10, 14 and 16 in the contest.
To set things straight. Just
disregard either games nine and 10
or 14 and 16, and there’ll be only 18
games to predict. «
We apologize for the slipup, but
keep those entries coming in. Bring
them by our office at 481 N. Pied
mont or mall them to P.O. Box 762.
Next week you may be $76 richer!
KM Man Killed By Train
A 63-year-o!d Kings Mountain man
who often walked to town along the
Southern Railway tracks was killed
Monday when he w’as struck by a
northbound freight train at 9:30 a.m.
Luther Ford, who lived at 8
Chesterfield Courts, was killed In
stantly after he reportedly crossed
the tracks In front of the train and
began wedklng north toward Kings
Mountain several hundred feet south
of the Hawthorne Street crossing.
According to the Kings Mountain
Police Department, the "part of the
engine that sticks out the side"
struck Ford in the back and threw
Ford’s brother, Harvey, who was
at the scene, said he had often
warned his brother about walking
the tracks. "He walked to town a lot
to see our sisters," Ford said.
T.L. Allen of Greenville, S.C., was
engineer. The police said no charges
will be tiled.
Ptl. Houston Corn Investigated.
Officers Lem Beattie and Robert
Dodge and members of the Kings
Mountain Rescue Squad assisted.
Frank B. Glass Post 9811 VFW will
sponsor a dance Saturday night
from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Post
Home on Grover Road.
Music will be by "J.R. (tompany,”
featuring rock and roll, country and
beach and boogie selections.
Tickets are $6 couple and $4 single.
Bobby King has been named Kings
Mountain Rescue Squad member of
the month for August. He was
selected for making the most
volunteer trips and working the
Kings Mountain Police Auxiliary
will meet Monday night at 7 p.m. at
the home of Mrs. M.L. W’illiams,
"Here’s What’s Cooking” from the
kitchens of Boyce Memorial ARP
Church are once again available In
the Kings Mountain area from youth
of Boyce Memorial ARP Church.
’The cookbooks sell for $6.60 and all
proceeds are earmarked for the
Candidate filing In the 1979 city
election ends Friday at noon.
Contact Luther Bennett, chairman
of the city board of elections, 739-
3100 after 6 p.m., or Mrs. Betty
Mercler, 739-2192. Filing fee Is $6 for
city commission and $10 for mayor.
Four seats, the mayor, and districts
1, 3, and 4 are open.
Grover ’Town Board will hold the
regular September meeting Monday
night at 7 p.m. in ’Town Hall at
Grover. The meeting was
rescheduled due to the Labor Day
holiday. Mayor W.W. McCarter will
'The September meeting of the KM
Board of Education will be held
Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the
Administrative Offices on Parker St.
Board Chairman Alex Owens will
preside over business of the
Kings Mountain Board of City
Commissioners will meet Monday
night at 7:30 p.m. In the Council
Room of the new City Hall. Mayor
John Henry Moss will preside over
business of the meeting.
Gary and Lib Stewart have been
named co-editors of the Kings
Mountain Herald, It was announced
today by Publisher Garland Atkins.
’Die Stewarts are probably the
only brother-sister editing team In
North Carolina. Both have been
associated with the Herald for a
number of years.
’They are son and daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. George Stewart of the
Atkins also announced that ’Tom
McIntyre, former editor of the
Herald, will assume new duties as
editor of the Gaston Independent,
recently purchased by Herald
Publishing House, and Clyde Hill,
tormer advertising director of the
Herald, will be General Manager of
the Cherryvllle Eagle, also recently
purchased by Herald PubUshlng
Mr. Stewart, 83, ia married to the
former Mary Jo Rogers of
’Taylorsville and Is the father of two
children, Leigh Anne, age five, and
(3ary (Dee) Jr., age three. He la a
member of Dixon Presbyterian
Church, where he la a ruling elder,
senior high youth''teacher, and co
director of the youth fellowship. He
is a tormer member of the Salary
Support Committee of Concord
He began his newspaper career in
1964 and since that time has served
as a sports writer-photographer for
the Gastonia Gazette, Kings
Mountain Mirror and Herald. He is a
1964 graduate of Kings Mountain
Miss Stewart Joined the staff of the
Herald under the editorship of the
late Martin Harmon after
graduation from Grover High School
and a year of trsdnlng at Montreal
College. She served as state
president of the American Legion
Auxiliary In 1976-77 and Is serving
her third year in a national chair-
msuishlp. She served for several
terms as president of the local Unit
A former chairman of North
CbroUna Press Women, she has won
first place awards for news and
She is also active In Dixon
Yard Sale Set
Kings Mountain Emergency
Services will sponsor a hotdog
supper and yard sale Saturday at 608
All proceeds will be earmarked for
The KMES telephone number Is