KM fans celebrate title-clinching win at R-S
Gerald Byers scored his only basket of the night
on a tip-in at the buzzer to give Kings Mountain’s
Mountaineers a 40-38 win over R-S Central Friday
night at Spindale. The victory clinched at least a tie
for the Southwestern 3-A Conference title. 3-A
North Carolina's Tar Heels came from behind
with four victories in the last five matches to hand
previously unbeaten Clemson its first loss in the
ACC in wrestling action Saturday night at the
KMHS gym. 4-A.
The Kings Mountain Community Schools pro
gram will begin several classes in the area tonight.
Concerned citizens in Grover will sponsor a
benefit for Kelli Harry on Valentine’s Day at
Grover School. 8*A
Dr. Craven Williams, president of Gardner-Webb
College, will be guest speaker Thursday night at the
meeting of the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club 8-A
Leigh Mauney of Kings Mountain served as a page
in the North Carolina Senate last week. 8*A.
Jeff Lineberger of Kings Mountain is a finalist in
the running for a Merit Scholarship at N.C. State
VOLUME 94, NUMBER 11
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1981
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
1980 Arrest Report: 840 Arrests, 121 Break-Ins
Kings Mountain Police
Department arrested 840 of
fenders on various charges rang
ing from traffic violations to
homicide during 1980.
Marti Southards, clerk to the
Police Department, said that ar
rests are under, by three, the
1979 total of 833.
Ms. Southards said that traffic
violations head the list, with
speeding charges, failure to yield,
driving left of center and runn
ing stop sign among the leading
Sixty-seven people were ar
rested on assault charges, 32 for
larceny, 10 on breaking and
entering, three for robbery and
one person was arrested on
Records show that a total of
121 breaking and entering in
cidents were reported to Kings
Mountain Police during the past
year. There were 350 larceny
reports, 48 reports of assault,
350 reports of vandalism, seven
robberies and one homicide.
The large traffic violation count
did not include those persons through UCR, the crime repor-
charged and arrested with driv- ting network for the state, that
ing under influence, said Ms. more Kings Mountain offenders
Southards. were arrested for traffic viola
tions, assault, driving under in
fluence and issuing worthless
Ms. Southards said that on checks, in that order, than for
crime reports that she submits any other crime.
Hambiight To Retire
After 44-Year Tenure
OFFICERS OF MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION
— Pictured ore the new officers of the Kings
Mountain Ministeriol Association. They are
Rev. Graham Wood, pastor of Dixon
Presbyterian Church, vice president. Rev.
Photo by Lib Stewart
Leroy Cox, pastor of East Gold St. Wesleyan
Church, president, and Rev. Tom Patterson,
pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, right,
On Vacation In Georgia
Heart Attack Fatal
To Jack Arnette, 68
Funeral services for Jack C.
Arnette, 68, retired purchasing
agent of Margrace Mill, were
conducted Sunday afternoon at
3 p.m. from First Presbyterian
Church, of which he was a
Rev. Gary Bryant officiated at
the rites, and interment was in
Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Honoray pallbearers were
members of the First
Presbyterian Church Men’s Bi
ble Class and active pallbearers
were Tolly Shuford, George
Houser, Fred Wright, Clyde
Whetstine, H.O. Williams, W.C.
Ballew, Bill Fulton and ^n T.
Mr. Arnette died Friday after
noon at 1:25 p.m. in West
Georgia Medical Center in La
Grange, Ga. He and his wife,
Genny, and Mr. and Mrs.
George Houser were on a vaca
tion trip at Calloway Gardens
when Mr. Arnette suffered a
heart attack Friday and was
rushed to the hospital.
He was the son of the late
John Coleman and Marie
Simonton Arnette and was a
veteran of World War II. His on
ly son, Ranny Arnette, was kill
ed during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of Kings
Mountain Country Club and
long active in the city’s civic and
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Virginia McDaniel Arnette;
their daughter, Mrs. L.A.
(Jackie) Smith Jr. of Greenwood,
S.C. and his sister, Mrs. J.J.
Mclilwain of Columbia, S.C.
The family has designated
memorials to the Arnette-
Cranford Scholarship Fund of
First Presbyterian Church.
Myers T. Hambright, who has
seen vocational education grow
since school consolidation in
1960 from a stereotyped pro
gram to “big business,” will retire
after this school year.
Mr. Hambright, Director of
the Vocational Education
Department in the KM District
Schools for four years, will com
plete on June 30th a 44-year
tenure with the KM School
He reflected on the many
changes in the program this
week as he and his 22-member
staff prepared for “Vocational
Education Week” which will
feature on Wednesday from
7:45-8:30 a.m. a coffee to be
hosted for KMSHS teachers and
staff by the Cosmetology, DE
and ICTT programs, special ex
hibits by woodworking students,
free shampoo and sets for senior
citizens on Tuesday, and a
statewide television forum on
Thursday night. Local patrons
are invited to take part in the
forum at 7:30 p.m. in the Board
Room at Superintendent
William Davis’ office on Parker
Mr. Hambright has seen, not
only an expanded program in the
curriculum, but increased in
terest among students, many of
whom work and go to school at
the same time.
And the subjects are not
limited to all males and all
When Mr. Hambright became
agriculture teacher at Bethware
School in 1946, all students in
the Ag Department were males.
There were no other vocational
courses offered, except home
economics, and this was an all
Last year 54 males were
enrolled in the Home Economics
classes and 29 females learned
about agriculture. There were 10
girls enrolled in drafting, one
male student in cosmetology,
and one woman student in Auto
Mechanics to compare just how
today’s student wants to be in
volved in a varied program of
Seventeen KMSHS students
held office jobs last year and
went to school, working 1,572
hours and earning $4,983.00.
Twenty nine students worked in
local industry a total of 18,686
hours and earned $69,715.00.
Thirteen seniors worked 11,456
hours, earned $44^94. Seven
worked during the summer a
total of 2,830 hours and earned'
$11,647.00. Twelve students in
Distributive Education worked
8,053 hours and earned
$24,840.(X). Seven DE students
had summer jobs, worked 2030
hours and earned $6,269.00.
The list of his students’ ac
complishments in school and out
are quite impressive. Mr. Ham
bright and his staff compile
repwrts on each student for four
years after graduation and chart
his or her progress.
‘This has been a very rewar
ding job, of course,” said Mr.
Hambright, a Clemson graduate
who took his first job just after
graduation in Edgeville County,
S.C., living next door to Senator
Strom Thurmond. “1 knew him
as an enterprising young
lawyer,” said Hambright. He
taught from January until June
in South Carolina, then moved
to Fallston with the Cleveland
County Schools in 1939. During
the War years he served a four
year hitch with Uncle Sam’s
Navy and came to Bethware
School in 1946. With school con
solidation in early 1960, he mov
ed to Kings Mountain High
School and served as ICT coor
dinator in the Vocational Educa
tion program during the 10 year
tenure of Supt. Don Jones. Four
years ago he became director of
the program which is conducted
in the KM Junior High, the KM
Senior High and at Central
School for seventh graders.
From two vocational courses,
home economics and
agriculture, the school cur
riculum has expianded to serve
394 Central students, 570 junior
high students, and hundreds of
KMSHS boys and girls who take
more than one course on a
regular basis. On any given day,
a visitor to the classroom can
observe piarticipation in typiing.
shorthand, accounting, business
business law, office occupiations,
agriculture, ornamental hor
ticulture, child development,
clothing and textiles, home
economics, food service,
marketing, salesmanship, adver
tising, distributive education, in
dustrial cooperative training,
auto mechanics, drafting,
cosmetology, welding, wood
working and suppx)rtive services
for the disadvantaged and han
Carolyn McWhirter is voca
tional guidance counselor and
placement co-ordinator, Beth
Eubanks is secretary, and the
staff includes: Ann Bennett at
Central; Harrill Blanton,
Carolyn Finger, Lina T. Owens,
Mark Withers and Glista K.
Young at KMJH; and Jimmy
Wilson, Kathy Goforth, Ja-
quitha Reid, Sheila Sisk,
Adelaide Allison, Peggy Baird,
Betty Gamble, Kenneth Blan
ton, Bud Bumgardner, Edgar
Guy, William Johnson, Lillian
Whitworth, B.S. Peeler and Ann
Brandt at KMSHS.
“It will be with mixed emo
tions that I retire this summer
but 1 expxct to enjoy my family
and quit work for a little while,"
said the ptersonable and pxtpular