^ons bindery T ‘ ^^^''‘gPTt, ^/.j woe" Tuesday VOLUME 01, MlMHER 58 TUESDA Y, A UG US T 5,1980 15* KINGS MOUNTAIN, NOR TH CAROLINA Saturday Fire Fatal To Johnny Stewart, 3 9 A 39-year-old Kings Moun tain plumber died of smoke in halation Sunday morning in spite of efforts of his nephew and a Kings Mountain policeman to free him from the burning building. Johnny Stewart, partner in Stewart Plumbing Company at 106 Cleveland Avenue, died at 1:28 a.m. of smoke inhalation, according to Cleveland County Coroner Bennett Masters who said his investigation revealed there was no foul play involved in the death of the Kings Moun tain man. Funeral services for Stewart will be held Tuesday (today) at 4 p.m. from Kings Mountain Church of God. Rev. Jerry Smith, pastor, and Rev. Ralph Sparrow will officiate, and inter ment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Masters Funeral Home is in charge of ar rangements. Surviving Stewart are two daughters, Amy and Karen Stewart of Kings Mountain, one brother, Grady Lee Stewart of Sharon, S.C. and one sister, Mrs. Isaac (Betty) Jones of Jonesville, S.C. According to Coroner Masters, a driver for Tallent Transportation Company observed the blaze from Stewart Daniel Britt Dies In Crash 0 Daniel Ervin Britt,72,of 12IS Grover Rd., was killed and Steve Lovell, 18, of Rt. 3, Gastonia, was seriously injured in the head-on crash of their two automobiles Thursday afternoon on Lake Montonia Rd. Mr. Britt was pronounced dead on arrival at Gaston Memorial Hospital at 2:10 p.m. Gaston County Coroner Bill McLean said the Kings Moun tain man was killed instantly and died of head injuries. Lovell remains a patient in Gaston Memorial Hospital where he is being treated for multiple injuries, fractures and possible internal injuries. • • Substitute Teachers To Register All persons who wish to substitute in the Kings Moun tain District Schools must register with Howard Bryant, Assistant Superintendent. Beginning August 25, in order to be a qualified substitute, a per son must participate in a substitute teacher workshop and pass the Kings Mountain Com petency Test. A person holding a valid North Carolina teacher’s certificate is not required to take the local test. The date of the substitute teacher workshop and Kings Mountain Competency Test ad ministration will be on Friday, August 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the library at Kings Mountain Senior High School, 5(X) Phifer Road. The accident occurred about 2 of a mile inside Gaston Coun ty on Lake Montonia Road. The Lovell 1970 Chevy Camaro, operated by Steve Lovell, was traveling North. According to Coroner McLean and in vestigating Ptl. Don Lee, the Lovell car ran off the road and skidded 87 feet and into the path of a 1972 Chevy operated by Britt. There were no passengers in either vehicle. Britt was crushed by the im pact and rescuers worked 30 minutes to pry his body from the car, said Lee. Lovell was thrown from his car into a nearby ditch. Both vehicles were a total loss. Ptl. Lee said charges are pen ding further investigation. A native of Montgomery County, N.C., he was a retired textile employee and son of Mrs. Nancy Dunn Britt of Kings Mountain and the late Arthur Garfield Britt. He was a Mason. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Hannah Diffee Britt; his mother; one son, Daniel Eugene Britt of Kings Mountain; one daughter, Mrs. Gordon (Jo Ann) Beattie of Seneca, S.C.; three brothers, Fred Alfred Britt of Asheboro, Virgil G. Britt and Burnell Britt, both of Troy; two sisters, Mrs. Roscoe (Grace) Helsabeck of High Point and Miss Gertchel Britt of Asheboro; and four grandchildren. Rev. Dwight Edwards of ficiated at the funeral services Saturday at 2 p.m. in First Wesleyan Church. Masonic burial rites were in Mountain Rest Cemetery. Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. f Roy Lanier To El Bethel . Rev. Roy Sidney Lanier, 30, of Durham, has been called as the new pastor of El Bethel United Methodist Church and will assume his new duties next UTY Plumbing as he passed the building Sunday morning at 1:15 p.m. and started blowing his horn. Stewart’s nephew, Donnie Conner, and Rotert Lefevers, returning from car races, had stopped at the nearby Kings St. Exxon Station, raced to the building and arrived at the same time as KMPD Ptl. Gary Sale. According to the Coroner the men saw Stewart walking in the building. ‘They hollered to him and he answered them but ap parently lost his sense of direc tion, and was overcome by the intense heat. Conner was also overcome by smoke in his efforts to reach him,” said Masters. Coroner Masters said that Stewart lived in a bedroom in the business building. The fire Turn To Page 5 KM Students Must Register All students who are to attend Kings Mountain District Schools but who were not in attendance last year should pre-register at the school they will attend before August 8. This will help principals complete teachers’ class rolls before students report to school. The Kings Mountain District Schools have scheduled kindergarten children to entCf their respective schools on the opening days in three groups. All five-year-old children whose last names begin with the letters A through H will report on Mon day, August 25; 1 through Q on Tuesday, August 26; tmd R through Z on Wednesday, August 27. All kindergarten students will attend on Thursday and Friday. August 28 and 29. Kindergarten students will be on a half-day schedule (8:25-12:00 noon) through Friday, August 29. Lunch will be available prior to dismissal time during these days. Lunch prices will be announc ed following the August 11 School Board meeting. All first through 12th grades will be on a full day schedule beginning Monday, August 25. REV. ROY LANIER week. Mr. Lanier will deliver his first sermon on Aug. 10. A native of Fayetteville, Rev. Mr. Lanier was educated in Fayetteville City Schools and received his A.A. degree in 1972 from Mitchell College in Statesville and his B.A. from UNC at Charlotte. He worked as youth director in his home church. Race Street United Methodist Church, and moved to Duke University in 1978 where he served as chaplain at Murdoch Center for the Retard ed and as Associate Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Durham while com pleting his studies for the ministry at Duke Divinity School. He is married to the former Patricia Ann Redmond of Statesville. The new pastor lists his hob bies as golf, trawling, reading and sports. ..V /■ •V Living history demonstration at KM Park.. Park Programs Slated Conserve fuel and energy by taking a mini-trip to the Kings Mountain National Military Park this weekend. The Park ends its season of weekend programs by offering you a chance to learn more about the National Park Service and the Battle of Kings Moun tain. The programs will be held on Friday and Saturday even ings, August 8th and 9th, at 8 pjn. in the National Park V isitor Center. Friday, Aug. 8th, Park Technician Chris Revels in troduces the film “From Yellowstone to Tomorrow,” a widely acclaimed documentary on the people and places of the Nation^ Park Service. The film, narrated by George C. Scott, has been selected for overseas distribution by the United States Information Agency due to its accurate representation of our country’s historical and recrea tional sites. ‘Trom Yellowstone to Tomorrow” also received the gold medal in the educational film category at the Interna tional Film and TV Festival in I New York City. Park Techni cian Revels is a recent graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Recreation and Park Administration. Saturday, Aug. 9th, while the shadows lengthen on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains dare to take a candlelight tour of the 1.5 mile Battlefield Trail with two par ticipants of the battle—a patriot and a loyalist—who return to tell their own stories of the Bat tle of Kings Mountain. Be sure to bring someone you trust to hold your hand. The participants will be portrayed by Park Inter preters Steve Marlowe and Wes Natron. Marlowe is a graduate of Western Carolina University and a political science teacher at Hunter Huss High School in Gtistonia, North Carolina. Nar- ron is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill double majoring in Radio, TV, Motion Picture Broadcastingi’sy chology. Weather permitting, the Liv ing History program will also continue on &turday and Sun- '.I day afternoons through Labor Day. A small Revolutionary War campsite will be set up near the Visitor Center and tended by Park employees in Revolu tionary period dress. 18th cen tury musket and rifle firing demonstrations will be held at I, 2, 3, and 4 o’clock. Also, the 177-year old Howser House will be open for visitation on Sunday afternoon from 1 un til 4 pjn. A member of the inter pretive staff will be stationed at the House to reveal the history behind this locally famous rock structure. Other ongoing daily programs include: an 18-minute film “Kings Mountain—Turning Point in the South”, an 11-minute audio-visual museum tour; 1.5 mile Battlefield Trail; 16 mile system of hiking trails; and 10 mile Horse Trail. The public is encouraged and invited to attend all programs. There are no admission fees for any of the programs. t ii TOP FIREMEN-Th* five Oak Grov* Volunt«*r firumun pic tured above won award* at the department’s annual Awards Night Friday at lackson's Cafeteria in Shelby. Left to right. Herman Wright. Service Award; Billy Queen, Fireman of the Photo by Gory Stewart Year; Ray Blair. Co-Rookie of the Year; Jerry Shull, Co-Rookie of the Year and co-winner of the oward foe answering the most colls; and Stokes Wright, co-winner of the award for answering the most calls. Queen Fireman Of The Year Bill Queen was named Oak Grove Volunteer Fireman of the Year at the department’s second annual Awards Night Friday at Jackson’s Cafeteria in Shelby. Twenty-six firemen and their wives attended the fete, which also saw four other firemen receive awards. Chief William Davis, who was Fireman of the Year a year ago, presented the awards. Stokes Wright and Jerry Shull won awards for answering the most calls during the past year, Shull and Ray Blair shared the Rookie of the Year award and Herman Wright received the Special Ser vice Award. Queen, Stokes Wright and Herman Wright have been members of the department since it was organized in 1968. Blair has been a member two years and Shull one. Chief David cited C)ueen for his all-round dedication, “He’s not only there when there’s a fire,” Davis said, Tnit you can often find him working around the building.” Shull and Wright answered 60 out of 72 calls reported to the department during the year en ding June 30.