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VOLUME 90 - NUMBER 81 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1979 - KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
All Incumbents Win
By UB & GARY STEWART
Mayor John Henry Moss easily
won re-election to his seventh and
second four-year term Tuesday as
1,400 Kings Mountain voters
HOT DOG SALE
Kings Mountain Emergency
Services will sponsor a hot dog sale
all day Saturday at Its building on
Center Street. Phone 739-8088.
UF CHECK UP DAY
Final report day In the Kings
Mountain United Way campaign for
386,000 Is slated for Friday at a noon
luncheon at KM Motor Inn for
United Way volunteers. Chairman
Terry Sellers encourages all
volunteers to make as many con
tacts as possible this week for
pledges to the campaign.
Congressman James T. BroyhUl
has announced a revised monthly
office hours schedule for the 10th
Congressional District. He will be at
Kings Mountain City Hall the third
Ihursday of each month from 11 -
ITie Wesleyan Five and the Gospel
Four will be featured in a gospel
singing Saturday at 7 p.m. at
Piedmont Baptist Church on
CherryvlUe Highway. Rev. Ansel
Center, pastor of the church, ln^'ltes
Revival services will be held
October 14-21 at Piedmont Baptist
Church on CherryvlUe Highway.
Rev. Mayfield Pruitt of South
Carolina wlU lead the services each
night at 7 p.m. Pastor Ansel Center
Invites everyone to attend.
returned all Incumbents to City Hall
positions for the next four years.
Early returns at the two Kings
Mountain polling places, which
showed Moss leading by 4-1 margins
his other two opponents-Jerry
Mulllnax and Gilbert Hamrick,
continued throughout the evening.
Mulllnax received 297 votes and
Closest race, as expected, was In
the District 3 race where Incumbent
Corbet Nicholson was chaUenged by
REASON to SMILE. . .
Mayor Moss wins seventh term.
KM Seeks Funds
The City Elections Board wUl
officially canvass the votes from
Tuesday's city election this morning
at 11 a.m. at City HaU. Moss Ad
ministration VII wlU be sworn In
office to a four-year term on Dec. 10
In Council Chambers.
KM Community Schools Program
will sponsor a course In floral and
Christmas crafts, beginning
Tuesday, and continuing every
TViesday from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. at
North School. The 10-week course Is
sponsored by Cleveland Tech and
the registration fe' s $8. June Ray Is
Instructor. For pi .eglstratlon, call
BUI Hager at 739-2346, Ex. 6.
By EUZABETH STEWART
The city board of commissioners
In one of Its shortest meetings on
record—30 minutes—Monday night
^proved resolutions to apply for
hinds from the State Clean Water
Act to aid construction of water and
sewer systems extensions to serve
Commercial Shearing Plant.
Commercial Shearing is a new
Industry which Is planning con-
strucUon at Canterbury Road and
U.S. 74 east of the city.
The adopUon of the resolutions
was the major action of the full
board of commissioners.
In other actions, the board:
+ Set Nov. 12 as the date for a
pubUc hearing on closing six streets,
where no residents are affected, at
the request of the KM Redevelop-
metn Commission and as a part of
the Cansler Urban Renewal Area
program. The streets are Davidson,
Rosewood Avenue, West Ridge from
Watterson to Cansler, ElUs from
Patterson to North Tracy, North
Tracy from EUls to Parker, and
ChUders from Watterson to North
+Approved the sale of 8,833
square feet of land for $300 to Mount
Zion Baptist Church In the Cansler
Street Urban Renewal Area. The
property is to be developed as a
church faclUty and Is portion of
Disposal Parcel 69 which was
authorized March 7, 1978, according
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T.J. (Tommy) Ellison, a former
commissioner In that ward for many
years, and by two newcomers, H.L.
Baity and Wayne Worcester. It was
nip and tuck all evening In the
Ellison-Nlcholson contest and when
the totals were finally taUled about
9:30 the clear winner was Nicholson
who polled only 10 more votes than
the combined totals of his opponents.
Ellison garnered a total of 611,
Baity, 44, Worcester, 28, and Mr.
Harry (Dutch) WUson, former city
employe, also gave veteran com
missioner Norman King a run for
the District Four commissioner
post. When the final votes were
tailed King received 787 and WUson
District 1 Comm. Jim CihUders
was not challenged and received a
total of 1,067 foUowing closely behind
the top vote-getter. Mayor Moss.
There were 44 write-ins In this ward
Including Cemetery Supt. Ken
Jenkins who got 19 votes, former
Comm. Ray Cline who received 10
votes; Don Conner, who received
two votes; Vernon (Peanut) Smith,
three votes; Dr. Charles Blair, two
votes; Melvin Faucette, two votes
and Jo)m Belk, one. Rocky Ford
received three write-ins and Don
McAbee, a former clmmlssioner,
one write-in In District 4. Walter D.
Harmon, Glee E. Bridges, J.C.
Bridges, B.S. Peeler, Jr. and Jim
Amos received write-ins lor mayor.
A total of 603 citizens from
Districts 1, 2 and 3 went to the poUs
at the East KM precinct at the
Community Center and 797 citizens
from Districts 4,6.6 voted at the KM
the voting totals were tabulated In
about two hours and results were
announced at the new City HaU
where a crowd of weU wishers were
"I am very grateful,” said the
Mayor, "for the continued support
by the citizens of Kings Mountain. I
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TALLY VOTES. . .Jim Childers
posts fiffures as Betty Mercier phones for more.
HOW DID WE DO?
Norman King, left, Corbet Nicholson retained seats.
Aides Are Upset
By GARY STEWART
Supt. of Schools William Davis
told teacher aides at Monday's
monthly board meeting at Central
School that the system Is within
state guidelines in the new pay scale
drawn during the summer.
Aides were upset that their salary
scale was based on 90 percent of last
year’s pay with a five percent In
crease that was recommended for
all state employes.
Davis read a letter from Dr.
Jerome Melton, assistant to
superintendent of public Instruction
Dr. Oalg PhUllps, which Indicated
KM was within the guidelines or
dered by the state legislature and
state departmetn of instruction.
Larry AUen, director of federal
programs, said the scale was based
on payment for 90 percent of an 8:10
a.m. until 3:30 p.m. workday, or 33H
hours per week. Aides felt they
should be paid for a full day, same as
regular teachers, because they do
not take regular breaks except for
"natural causes” such as going to
Given To Bank
Dr. Trevor G. Williams,
psychiatrist at Trl-County Mental
Health Center in Salisbury, has
hand-carved two Kings Mountain
Centennial Medallions and
presented them to the Kings
Mountain office of Independence
The handsome medallions
represent the celebration of the
Kings Mountsdn Centennial for the
Revolutionary War Battle of Kings
Mountain Oct. 7.
Mrs. John O. Plonk and Howard B.
Jackson, co-chairmen of Kings
Mountain Centennial Celebration,
designed the medallion and Dr.
Williams spent over a year doing the
meticulous wood ctuwlng for the two
large medallions which will be hung
over the teller’s window at the bank
on East King St.
TTie woodcarvlngs were presented
to the bank this week by Dr.
Williams. Mrs. Jackie Mauney,
branch manager. Kings Mountain
Mayor John H. Moss, and Centennial
Oo-Chalrmen Jackson and Mrs.
Plonk accepted the awards.
Dr. Williams, formerly of Forest
City, has been Interested In wood
carving as a hobby for over five
years and has done a number of
carvings which have been shown In
various shows In the North Carolina
“We appreciate very much this
handsome addition to our town,”
said Mayor Moss, who added, “I
think It very fitting that these
handsome medallions are presented
during the week of celebration of the
Battle of Kings Mountain."
Ms. Mauney took the occasion to
present a commemorative coin
medallion to Dr. Williams.
MEDALLION WOOD CARVINOS-Two wood car
vings of the Kings Mountain medallion tor the Cen
tennial Celebration were presented to Independence
National Bank by Dr. Trevor Williams, who did the
elaborate carvings. From left. Mayor John Moss,
•Jackie Mauney, branch manager. Dr. Williams making
the presentation, and Howard B. Jackson and Mrs.
John O. Plonk, co-chainnen of the successful Cen
tennial Celebration and designers of the original
the bathroom, and most of their
limch break Is spent watching
“We wrote the state board and
asked them for advice on whether or
not we had followed the guidelines,”
said Davis. "They can find no place
where we’re off track. We’ve been In
compliance and Dr. Melton’s letter
leaves no question as to the solid
base on which we have done our
Aides pointed out that they were
given morning and afternoon
breaks, plus a 30-mlnute lunch
period when they worked by a time
clock, but under the new scale, work
Supt. Davis point out that
"teachers have different kinds of
responsibilities. In moat cases. It
Involves working at home."
Aides were also upset that neigh,
boring systems are paying higher
aide salaries, and one asked "Why
can't we be uniform?” with
Cleveland smd Gaston County.
"The state provides pay
schedules,” noted Davis, “but
doesn’t provide funds to Implement
It. We’re spending all of our state
funds plus putting In a lot of local
Another thing that concerned the
aides was the rate of advancment on
the scale. Aides feel they should
advance one step each year, but
Allen said the local aides advance a
step every two years.
‘ ‘The state does not say one level Is
equal to one year,” he said. "Some
stay on the same level until given a
promotion based on merit.”
In other business Monday, the
-I-Heard a report from Principal
Richard Greene, assistant principal
Glenda O'Shields and teachers Ethel
Bumgardner and Sharon Baldwin on
Central School programs.
Mrs. O'Shlelds reported that the
new bus system, which gives Central
Its own fleet. Is working nicely and
has eliminated a number of
discipline problems. Central has 428
students riding on 10 buses.
"The supplement our system
pays Its drivers plus the raise from
the state has helped us get qualified
drivers,” she pointed out. Central
tias five adult and five student
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