VOLUME 90 - NUMBER 73 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th, 1979 - KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
j. NEWS BRIEFS J •
Local Methodist will go to
Brackett's Cedar Park Thursday for
a Laity Rally beginning at 6:15 p.m.
and featuring an address by Dr.
Gene Little, superintendent of the
Mrs. Becky Cook, 717
Meadowbrook Rd., 739-3960, Is
registrar for West Kings Mountain
voters, not Mrs. Gordon Myers. Mrs.
Myers Is the Republican judge In
that precinct. Registrar for Bast
Kings Mountain voters Is Mrs.
Margaret White, Grover Rd., Ph.
The second annual Hullender-
Burton-Falls annual reunion will be
held Sun., Sept. 16th, at Shelter No.
Two at the Picnic Area at Lake
Crawford. Picnic lunch will be
spread at i p.m.
ON OBAN’S U8T
Mary Jane McLeymore, William
Keith FaUs, Deborah A. Hullender,
and WllUe Mae Robbins are listed on
the Dean's List for the summer
quarter at Gaston College. Miss
McL«ymore was recognized lor
outstanding scholarship as a
member of the President’s Honor
The Mountaineer Boosters Club
will meet Monday at 8 p.m. at
Barnes Auditorium. After the
meeting, films of the Kings Moun-
taln-Ashbrook game will be shown.
KMSHS Junior students are
currently conducting the annual sale
of magazines, records, tapes,
cassettes and books to earn funds for
a jimlor-senlor prom. The benefit Is
slated Sept. 13-24.
Klgns Mountain Lions Club will
sponsor a free glaucoma clinic Sept.
27 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. In the
Fellowship Hall of First Baptist
Church. W.K. Mauney, Jr. Is
chairman of the clinic which Is
aimed at citizens age 36 and older.
ITie check-up requires about one and
one-half minutes and Health
Depcu-tment officials will conduct
Holiness ChrlsUan Mission at 216
Blanton St. will sponsor a gospel
sing Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Featured group will be "Jane and
the Starllghters" of Channel 16,
Greenville, S.C. The community Is
Invited to attend.
VICTORY TRAIL MEETING
There will be a public meeting
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kings
Mountain National Military Park to
gather Information for the National
Park Service's proposed study of the
Over mountain Victory Trail which
runs between Sycamore Shoals,
Tenn. and Kings Mountain.
All Interested persons are urged to
Deadline for classified ad
vertisements to be received In The
Herald Is 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 6
p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday. Office hours on Wed
nesday are 8:80 a.m. until 3 p.m. The
Herald offices are closed on
Tri-Fleet Bus System Helps
By GARY STEWART
With their fuel allocation cut by 20
percent. Kings Mountain schools
could feel an energy pinch by the end
of the 1979-80 term.
Members of the board of education
got that disappointing news at their
monthly meeting Monday night by
Larry Allen, director of federal
Allen pointed out that some steps
are being taken to use less gasoline,
but "by the end of the year we’ll
have to make some big adjustments
to have enou^ gas to finish the
Allen noted that the schools
Initiated a trl-fleet bussing system
this fall and thus far it has reduced
gasoline usage. As of September 6,
busses used 536.6 gallons compared
to 643.7 at the same time last year,
when a dual-fleet system was used.
This year. Central School has its
own fleet and those students do not
have to make trips to the junior and
senior highs. Allen said the practice
not only has cut mileage but
decreased disciplinary problems.
“We're doing all we can to shorten
trips,” says Allen. “We realize we’re
going to make some people unhappy,
but we're abiding by the state rule of
pin-pointing our stopping- points at
least two-tenths of a mile apart. Few
stops will save gas.
"In some cases In the past we’ve
sent busses down dead end roads
which measured only two or three
tenths of a mile,” he added. "Now
students on such roads must meet
the bus at the end of the road. Two or
three-tenths of a mile doesn't seem
like much but over a period of a year
It adds up."
Allen said special activities like
athletics shouldn’t be affected, since
transportation to those events come
from another fund.
"We’re being encouraged to cut
back and save as much as possible In
that area,” Allen said, "but we don’t
see any elimination of them.”
Asked what would happen If the
current gas allocation runs out
around March or April, Allen said,
"If we don't get the state legislature
to allocate additional gas, we’ll just
have to stop the busses. But we hope
we can make some adjustments In
the routing and conserve enough to
get us through the year.”
In other business Monday, the
-Heard a report on the opening of
school from Superintendent Bill
Davis. Davis called the opening
“smooth” with a minimum of
Davis called the school system,'
with 502 employes, "one of the top
two or three largest businesses In the
school district. It makes you feel
quite responsible,” he said. "In
addition to 602 employes, we have
almost 4,300 students and about that
many homes and families affected,
so we want to do as good a job as we
Davis reported total enrollment as
4,284 compared to 4,323 last year.
Enrollments at Bethware, Grover,
West and the junior high are up and
East, North, Central and the senior
The biggest difference In
enrollment Is at the senior high,
where Monday’s figure was 868
compared to 925 a year ago.
Davis said there's a possibility
some of the students who failed the
competency test last year decided
not to return to school,
”I hope that’s not the case," he
said, "but I'm afraid some of them
may have become discouraged and
dropped out. I plan to check that
Davis said Kings Mountain's
eimollment Is running ahead of the
figures projected In the state survey.
The state had projected 4.097
students for this year, 4,022 next
year, 3,928 in 1981-82 and 3,876 In
"If the state projection holds true
we’ll probably be closing out son.e
classrooms and losing some
teachers,” Davis said ' But I don't
think that will happen.’
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KM Board Approves 201 Plan Bethware
By EUZABETH STEWART
aty commissioners Monday night
unanimously approved the Gaston
County Complex Area 201
wastewater facilities plan, a long-
range, mammoth two-volume study,
which among other things, spells out
the city’s handling of domestic
, waste water from the neighboring
town of Grover.
Waste from Grover will be
"strictly residential” with fees, for
which negotiations have been un
derway by both towns for several
months, yet to be determined.
Replying to question by District 1
Comm. Jim Childers, Mayor John
Moss said that the city board will
"ultimately” set the fees schedule
after "cost effective” and "cost
recovery” alternatives are
established. "Many things go Intr
the fee,” said the mayor, as usere
must share the necessary cost to
construct and operate the facility.
Two separate waste treatment
plants are recommended under the
plan. Bald the mevor, 'ncj. Sing the
expansion of the existing Pilot Creek
plant to accept the domestic waste
from Grover and another plant to
replace the present McGUl facility.
Displaying the large two-volume
study, contained In two books, the
Mayor pointed out that the study
"covers a great period of work, a
review, study and proposal of Kings
Mountain’s waste water sewer plans
covering the next decade and half.”
“If you envision a map covering
Eastern Cleveland County from a
line east of Buffalo Creek en
compassing all of Gaston County to
the Catawba River Including such
areas as Belmont, Bessemer City,
Gastonia, Cramerton, Dallas,
i.rover Ixjwell, Mount Holly, Ranlo,
Spencer Mountain. Stanley, etc.
you’ll have an Idea of this plan’s
scope,” he said, and adding,
"they've projected our needs for the
entire area for many years to
"Implementation of this plan Is
the next step,” said Walter GUIs,
section superintendent for the city,
w*o also recognized Don Dllllng,
superintendent of the Pilot and
McGill Creek plants.
Elaborating on the study, Mayor
Moss explained that Public Law 96-
2600, which covers the 201 study,
deals with the “cost efficiency” ano
"cost recovery” factors that go Into
setting fees for services.
Responding to question by Comm.
Childers If additional funs will be
obtained for equipment at Pilot
Oeek, the Mayor said that “Input
from various agencies will also be
utilized” and that ultimately there
will be shifts In technology to handle
demands. "As we enter the late 80’s
and early 1990’s, we will see a higher
degree of sophistication In the
treatment of waste water,” he said,
noting that funding from the federal
government will be available on a 76
percent basis along with 12^4 per
cent from the state.
In a related motion, the board
authorized the city to file application
with the Local Government Com
mission for approval of Issuance of
$40,0(X) In general obligation bonds to
build a sludge treatment facility at
T.J. Ellison Treatment Plant as
required by the state and federal
The weatherman was smiling
yesterday on opening of the 32nd
annual Bethware Community Fair,
Perfect Fair weather greeted the
exhibitors who were flocking to ;r.e
Exhibit Halls with entries of
homemade and agrlcultur.. i
Judging of exhibits w 111 take placi
today (Children's Day) and ca.-^r.
prizes will go to winners. Reduc
price midway rides are al.-
avallable to kiddles today, until
p.m., and the Midway Is full of ride;
and concession stands.
The Fair opens at 1 p m. Thur
sday, at 3 p.m. Friday and at l p.rn.
Saturday, closing at midnight or
Saturday. There Is no admission
charge to the grounds of Bethwaie
School, site of the larger-than-eve:
community event which Is spor,
sored by Bethware Progressive
Ann Grant Is Queen of the 1979
Fair and Charles Seism Is president
of the sponsoring organization.
..EAGLE SCOUT—Mark O’Brien Brooka, center, ia
flanked by his parents, Burma O’Brien Brooks of
Gastonia and Kay Carswell Brooks of Kings Mountain
after receiving the Eagle Scout Award In ceremonies
Monday at St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church. Mark is a
member of Troop 91. Photo by Ronnie Hawkins
Mark Brooks Eagle Scout
Mark O’Brien Brooks, 16 year old
son of Mrs. Kay Carswell Brooks of
914 Brookwood Dr., Kings Mountain
and Burma O’Brien Brooks of
Gastonia, has achieved the Eagle
Scout award, the highest rank In
A member of Troop 91 of St.
Mathew’s Lutheran Church, Brooks
was given the award by his father.
His mother. Scoutmaster Tommy
King and Rev, Harwood Smith,
pastor of St. Mathew’s, also par
ticipated In the ceremony held
Monday night at St. Mathew’s.
A sophomore at Kings Mountain
High School, Mark has received
academic recognition for the highest
academic average In science, and
academic e'^cellence In French and
English. He won the Student of the
Year Award In the sixth grade. He
served as library aslstant at Central
School and was a member of the
safety patrol when a student at East
Mark has won two DAR awards
for good citizenship and excellence
In history. In March of this year he
was selected to represent Kings
Mountain Junior High School In the
Algebra I division of the annual
Wingate College Mathematics
At KMHS, Mark Is a member of
the band, track team and Is a
sophomore class representative.
Among his other scouting awards
were election to the Order of the
Arrow and World Conservation
Award. He Is now a member of the
Other scouts receiving awards
were: Joe Smith, Robert Bradshaw,
Hamilton McGill, Brent Herndon,
Rocky Lutz, Gerald Gladden, Steve
Fain. Tim Farris. John Llneberry
and Jody Sellers.
Oeveland County Fair Tickets On Sale
Advance sale general admission
and ride tickets to the Cleveland
County Fair may be purchased at
reduced prices at KM Savings &
Loan Association, West Mountain St.
General admission tickets, priced at
$2 each, are on sale at $1.60.
Universal ride tickets, a $3 value,
are priced at $2. Special discount
prices are In effect through Sept. 27.
The Fair opens Sept. 28 and con
tinues through Oct. 6.
By KATRENA McCALL
Grover City Cfouncil met Mon.
night at 7 p.m. with the mayor and
all commissioners present.
First on the agenda was the In
troduction of Steve Walker, the new
Grover Chief of Police, to the
council by Commissioner Martha
Following the Introduction, Msiyor
McCarter gave his administrative
report. He reported having talked
with Les Hall who stated that the 201
study will be presented to the state
by 9:16 on Sept. 16 and that Kings
Mountain has not passed a
resolution concerning their Intent to
treat Grover’s sewage. (Resolution
by the city boad was passed Monday
Tlte mayor also accepted the
resignation of Dot McDaniel from
the Grover Board of Elections and
appointed Ethel Crocker to fill the
A resolution was passed to hold
Grover municipal elections to elect a
mayor and five commissioners on
Nov. 6. Filing dates will be from
Sept. 14 beginning at 12 noon to 12
noon Oct. 6. Registration books will
close Oct. 8. Filing fees for all
candidates will be $6.
The mayor also reported lliat he
and Steve Walker attended a Region
C meeting In McDowell County on
Aug. 30 at which Walker was ap
pointed to the Region C advl3or>
Leary White, Chairman of thi
Grover Action Committee,
presented recommendations (or tr
construction of a new town hall Hi
asked the council to consider using
the present building as an ad
ministrative building and extending
the No. 1 plan to 78' feet, whlc?'
would Involve converting the
present kitchen Into two - omm'"-
rooms and constructing a new kli
Chen. He also asked the council ic-
consider locations (or the m
construction. Commissioner liarol'
Herndon proposed that an archl’t.
be consulted to obtain estlmat.- ■ o-
the cost of the proposed struoturr
and Mayor McCarter appointed
committee to study the situation and
report to the board at the next
Thomas Keeter reported that the
water sample sent to the N.C Dept
of Human Resources from Grover
was found to be acceptable.
Street Commissioner Harold
Herndon told the council that con
struction on the sidewalks from
Briarcllff Dr to Carolina .\ve. tuid
from the Intersection of Cleveland
Ave. at the First Baptist Church
down Carolina Ave to Walnut St.
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