One Field Complete Others Lining Up
The field is complete for the
October 6 Kings Mountain
Board of Commissioners elec
Johnny A. Ross filed last
Wednesday for the District Five
race, bringing the final number
of candidates to seven.
The current District Five com
missioner, Bill Grissom, did not
file for re-election.
Even though there are three
commission seats up for election,
there will be races in only two.
No one filed to oppose District
Two Commissioner Humes
Houston, who is completing his
second term in office.
District Sbt Commissioner Jim
Dickey faces a challenge from
Jan Deaton and Johnnie
Caldwell, and Ross faces a fight
in District Five from Curt Gaff
ney and William Orr.
Ross is a resident of 602 West
Gold Street and is a lifelong resi
dent of the city. He was
employed for 25 years by A&P
and now works part-time at
Mincey Food Mart on Bessemer
City Road. He is married to the
Dedicated School Board
Key To System’s Success
By WILLIAM F. DAVIS
The successful operation of public schools at the local level depends
greatly on dedication, sincerity and integrity of citizens who serve on
the local board of Education. The citizens of Kings Mountain have
traditionally elected capable and concientious citizens to be responsible
for the governance of the local school system. The vision and genuine
concern for good schools which have been characteristic of local
leadership over the years have enabled the local school system to main
tain good schools through years of economic depression, wartime,
teacher shortage, immense social change and economic inflation. The
progression of years has seen the steady expansion and improvement
of the instructional program and improvement of the school districts
The men and women who have served on the Board of Education in
Kings Mountain over the years have done so at considerable sacrifice
in terms of time and effort that is diverted from home, work and
leisure. School Board members receive no pay and sometimes are the
brunt of public criticism because they must often deal with controver
sial issues which place them in the midst of no-win situations. As often
as not there is apt to be little expression of gratitutde for the many
hours of free community service that a School Board member invests
in his public responsibility over the span of a term of office.
At the end of this article is a list of local citizens who have served on
the School Board since 1931. The list,represents thousands of hours of
unselfish community service.
THE RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY OF THE
LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION
North Carolina school law says that local boards of education, sub
ject to any paramount powers vested by law in the State Board of
Education or any other authorized agency, shall have general control
and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools in their
respective administrative units.
Some of the general powers and controls which are specifically
delegated to local school boards by the public school laws of North
Carolina are; power to divide administrative units into attendance
areas, power to regulate extra curricular activities, fixing time of the
opening and closing of schools and the length of the school day, power
to regulate fees, charges and solicitations, power to accept and ad
minister federal or private funds, power to make just and needful rules
and regulations governing the duties of teachers, principals and super
The School Board is a body corporate and as such is empowered to
hold all school property. The building of all new school buildings and
the repairs of all old school buildings is under the control and direction
of the School Board. School Boards have authority to adopt rules and
regulations by which school buildings, including cafeterias and lun
chrooms, may be used for other than school purposes.
This partial list of powers and duties of the School Board
demonstrates the wide range of matters with which School Board
members are involved.
School Board members are sometimes frustrated because of the
limitations which restrict their action. Limitations in the form of state
and federal regulations and laws are numerous. Considering the fact
that about 70*?'o of the funds for the operation of local schools come
from the state regulations governing local schools.
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Chapman And Greene
Split Football Prize
Upsets in the pro ranks made
it difficult for the guessperts
entered in last week’s Herald
Most entrants missed more
games than they predicted cor
rectly, and seven persons tied for
first place with six misses in 20
After the tie-breaking method
was used, a tie still existed bet
ween Loyd Chapman of Route
2, Kings Mountain, and Charles
Greene of 305 North Carpenter
Street, Kings Mountain. Thus,
they will split the first $75 pot
and pocket $37.50 apiece.
Four of Chapman’s sbt misses
were in the pro ranks. He missed
Baltimore’s win over New
England, Kansas City’s victory
over Pittsburgh, Houston’s win
over the LA Rams and Denver’s
upset of Oakland.
He also missed Shelby’s vic
tory over Hunter Huss and East
Carolina’s win over Western
Greene was fooled on five pro
games. He missed Baltimore’s
win over New England, KC’s
win over the Steelers, Green
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former Faye Huffstetler and has
three sons, Ronnie, Roger and
He is a World War 11 Navy
veteran and has been music
director at Westover Baptist
Church for over 30 years.
He has a number of goals he
would like to see accomplished if
elected to the city board.
“1 would like to see an improv
ed recreation program for the
young people,” he said, “and I
would like to see roads repaired.
A lot of them are in bad shape. 1
want to see the town keep pro
gressing as it has the last few
This is the first attempt at
political office for Ross, Deaton
and Caldwell. Dickey has served
several terms on the city board
and Gaffney and Orr were un
successful candidates in previous
Filing for the upcoming Kings
Mountain School Board and
Grover Mayor and City Council
races begin Friday at noon and
will continue through noon Oc
Two inside city seats on the
Board of Education-currently
held by board chairman Marian
Thomasson and June Lee-will
be open. In Grover, the seats of
Mayor Bill McCarter and all five
Juanita Pruitt, Martha Byers,
Ronald Queen and Edward
Philbeck-will be up for grabs.
The date of both elections will
be November 3. Polls will open
at 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Persons interested in running
for the Kings Mountain Board of
Education may register at the
Cleveland County Board of Elec
tions office in Shelby, and
Grover candidates may register
by contacting Buren Randall,
Chairman of the Grover Board
Photo by Gary St*wart
PAVING STREETS - Kings Mountain's Public
Works D*partm*nt has b**n busy during th*
past s*v*ral w**ks paving str**ts. This photo
was tak*n on North Sims Str**t n*ar Davidson
Park. Public Works Director Ted Huffman said
the city has purchased 4.000 tons of asphalt so
far this year and paving of streets will con
tinue until winter time.
Dedication Service Set
The newly renovated sanc
tuary of the Kings Mountain
Baptist Church will be dedicated
during the 11 o’clock worship
service Sunday, September 13.
The renovation work, which
was begun the first of the year,
was completed in June. J.C.
Bridges served as chairman of
the renovation committee.
Others on the committee were
Mrs. Eugene Roberts, Robert
Hullender, Mrs. Jack White,
Alex Owens, Mrs. Bob Herndon
and Mrs. Virginia Crawford.
Major changes have been
made in the sanctuary, including
a new baptistry, alteration of the
choir, pulpit and instrument
areas, new choir seats, wall-to-
wall carpeting, refinishing of the
pews redesigning of balcony
floor and rail, replacement of the
heating and cooling systems, and
purchase of a baby grand piano.
The total cost of the project
was $76,000., which was be
queathed to the church by Mrs.
Harold (Octavia) Coggins. ‘The
renovated sanctuary will be
dedicated to the glory of God
and in loving memory of Mr.
and Mrs. James Harold Coggins.
Mrs. Coggins was a member of
the renovation committee before
her death in 1977.” Rev. J.C.
Special memorial gifts include
a cross for the baptistry, given by
the family of Harold Crawford,
Sr., offering plates given by Dr.
and Mrs. Robert Litton of
Shelby in memory of Dr. D.F.
Hord, and new hymnals con
tributed by Mrs. B.O. Weaver
and Mrs. Alvin Yarbro in
memory of Miss Helen Logan.
Other hymnals were given by
various individuals of the church
in memory of friends and loved
‘The members and minister of
the church cordially invite the
public to attend the special ser
vice with them,” Rev. Goare
The Kings Mountain School
Board race already has one par
ticipant. Jerry Ledford announc
ed today that he intends to file.
In announcing his candidacy,
Ledford said, ‘There aren’t too
many things that are more im
portant than educating our
children. I’ve certainly seen the
value of education in my own
Ledford is a native of Kings
Mountain. He graduated from
Kings Mountain High School in
1967 and from there went on to
N.C. State University. He is
employed as Corporate Con
troller for E.L. Lowie & Co., a
multi-state manufacturer and
distributor. “My business
background will be an asset on
the School Board,” he said.
“Budget cutbacks are already
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The newly-organized Kings
Mountain Sertoma Club is seek
ing nominations for its first Ser
vice to Mankind Winner.
Lynn Welborn, president of
the club, announced that the
Sertoma Club will sponsor the
contest to recognize an outstan
ding citizen of the Kings Moun
tain area for his or her
humanitarian, heroic, civic or
other type of service to the com
munity, state or nation.
Any citizen is eligible to com
pete for the award, except
members of the Sertoma Club
and their wives. Nominations
can be made by mail to Lynn
Welborn, 802 Lee Street, Kings
Mountain, N.C. 28086, before
The area’s Service to Mankind
Award winner’s entry will be
submitted to compete for the
District Service to Mankind
Award. Winners of the District
Awards will compete for the
Regional Award and from the
Regional winners, the Interna
tional Award winner will be
selected and honored at the Ser
toma International Convention.
‘The club’s name, Sertoma, is
derived from the words “Service
to Mankind’ and the club
members feel it is only fitting to
honor a citizen who fulfills their
Gus Huffstetler Dies
Funeral services for C.A.
“Gus” Huffstetler, chief deputy
of the Cleveland County
Sheriffs Department, were con
ducted Wednesday at 4 p.m. at
Resurrection Lutheran Church,
where he was a member, by the
Rev. Gerald Weeks and Dr. Tom
Patterson. Burial was in Moun
tain Rest Cemetery.
Huffstetler died at 4 a.m.
Monday at the Veterans Ad
ministration Hospital in Durham
after several weeks illness. He
Huffstetler was a law enforce
ment officer in Cleveland Coun
ty for almost 30 years. He began
his police career in 1952 with the
Kings Mountain Police Depart
ment and became a Constable in
Number Four Township in
1954. He had been with the
Sheriffs Department for the past
23 years and eight months.
Huffstetler served as court
baliff, detective sergeant and
detective lieutenant before being
named chief deputy last year by
Sheriff Dale Costner.
Costner remembers Huff
stetler as a close friend and good
law enforcement officer.
“He was a very dear friend,”
Costner said. “He had been with
the department 23 years and I
worked with him all that time.
He’s been an asset to the depart
ment and I’m going to miss him.”
Huffstetler was known as a
dependable, dedicated officer,
and will be hard to replace,
Huffstetler had been on the
critical list for the past week. He
learned only three months ago
that he had liekemia and bone
He was a native of Kings
Mountain and the son of the late
Thomas Edgar Huffstetler and
Mary Ross Huffstetler. He was a
World War II Navy veteran, ser
ving in the European and Pacific
He is survived by his wife,
Faye Barrett Huffstetler of the
home; one daughter, Sandra
Moss of Kings Mountain; one
stepson, Glenn Harrelson of
Newton; four brothers, Thomas
E. Huffstetler of Gastonia, War
ren H. Huffstetler of Bessemer
City, and Roy L. Huffstetler and
Clyde Huffstetler, both of Kings
Mountain; three sisters, Ms.
Louise Huffstetler, Mrs. Gaddis
“Selma” Owens and Mrs. Boyce
“Vergie” Eaker, all of Kings
Mountain; and five grand
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be sent to the Chaplain Ser
vice of the VA Hospital in
Durham, N. C.