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THE THURSDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 46
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1977
Elizabeth Simpson Smith of
Lincoln County near Iron Station
was awarded last week the Sullivan
Bowl and a $50 cash award in a
statewide short story contest. She is
the wife of Kings Mountain native
Edward Henry Smith, whose column
appears weekly in the Mirror-
The award banquet was held May
24th at the Radison Plaza in Char-
lotte, presented by the estate of the .
late Walter Sullivan, editor and
publisher of the Charlotte Observer.
The memorial was initiated in 1822
and has been continued for 55 years.
Mrs. Smith bears the distinction of
the only N. C. writer to have won the
bowl for three years, 1869, 1970 and
1977. Her manuscript was a con-
temporary short story entitled ‘‘Dis-
section at Howard Johnson's Off
The contest was conducted by the
Charlotte Writer's Club and was
open to all North Carolina writers.
Mrs. Smith was also awarded first
place in the statewide non-fiction
contest conducted earlier this year.
Her entry was ‘‘Russians Gum It
Up,” a humorous account of the
Smith's recent visit to the Soviet
Mrs. Smith is a free lance writer,
publishing regularly in regional and
national magazines. She is currently
at work on an historical novel
depicting life during the War of 1812
at Vesuvius Furnace Iron Plan-
tation, where the Smiths now reside.
Sunday will be Homecoming Day
at Penley’s Chapel Methodist
Church on Cherryville Rd.
Rev. W. Leonard Huffstetler,
pastor, will fill the pulpit at the 11
o'clock worship hour.
Picnic lunch will be spread at
12:80 on the church grounds and
members, former members and
friends are invited to attend.
A song service, featuring the
Rainbows of Charlotte, will begin at
1:80 p. m.
Kings Mountain Senior High
School will offer a Summer School
Program to operate June 18 to July
29, from 8:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. Price
will be $50 for one unit and $25 for
Course offerings will be Algebra,
Geometry, and English.
Car Wash Project
The Kings Mountain Jaycees will
sponsor a car wash at KM Savings
and Loan on Mountain St., Sat.,
June 11 from 10 a. m.-4 p. m.
“A spokesman said cars will be
washed by hand on the exterior only
for $2 and all proceeds go for
sponsorship of the club's Little
League ball team.
Tennis lessons for Kings Mountain
Country Club members will be
taught at the Country Club begin-
ning Mon., June 13th,
Those interested in beginner or
advanced tennis lessons should
contact Kathy Wheeler at 482-4668.
An organizational meeting to
discuss the beginning of tennis
classes will be held June 15 at 10 a.
m. at Deal Street Pool Tennis courts.
The tennis classes, to be instructed
by Becky Summitt, will begin June
MRS. PEGGY McDOWELL
Honored During ACT Luncheon
Mrs. Peggy McDowell Teacher Of The Year
Mrs. Peggy Fishe McDowell, a
minister's wife and special educa-
tion teacher at Central School, is
Kings Mountain's Teacher of the
She was honored at the annual
luncheon Wednesday sponsored by
the Association of Classroom
Teachers at Kings Mountain Junior
Wife of the Rev. Robert Howard
McDowell, United Methodist minis-
ter from Stanley and pastor of
Brown's Chapel United Methodist
Church of Catawba, Mrs. McDowell,
has taught special education in the
KM system for seven years. She had
previously taught in the primary
grades at Mitchell School at Vale
and from 1960-65 as language arts
and math teacher at Newbold School
She affirms that ‘children learn
by doing’’ and that ‘‘if children are
given a chance they will do what
they are capable of doing’’,
declaring that ‘‘every child is spe-
cial regardless of academic
achievement or ethnic background’
and has always tried to find some
good qualities in each child.
Mrs. McDowell has extended love
of teaching to the church where she
has served as Director of Christian
Education, a member of the Pastor-
Parish Relations Committee, ad-
ministrative assistant to the pastor
and director of Vacation Church
School. She enjoys cooking, sewing,
macrame, reading and traveling.
The McDowells reside at 501
At Annual Banquet Monday Night
Teer Installed Chamber President
An award for traffic safety was
presented to the City of Kings
Mountain today for not bpving a
traffic fata ’ty during 1976.
A framed certificate from the N.
C. State Motor Club was given yo
Mayor John Henry Moss and Police
Chief Earl Lloyd, by Ray Thomas,
Division Manager of the Motor Club.
Kings Mountain is one of 28 North
Carolina cities that had no traffic
deaths during the year.
‘We are proud of your ac-
complishment,”” Thomas told the
town officials, ‘‘and hope that 1977
will be an even better year for
saving human lives."
RAY THOMAS, MAYOR JOHN MOSS AND CHIEF EARL LLOYD
Citizen Injured, Property Damaged
Sudden Severe Storm Takes Toll
An unexpected storm with winds
up to 65 m.p.h. late Monday af-
ternoon caused injuries to at least
one motorist and resulted in
property damages and power
outages in the area.
Delilah Whitesides, of Pine Manor
Apartments, received minor in-
juries when lighting struck a tree at
5:80 p. m. on York Road near Kings
Mountain Inn and the tree fell on her
Volkswagon, heavily damaging the
car in the front top and rear, ac-
cording to Kings Mountain Ptl. Don
Ivey. Mrs. Whitesides was treated at
Kings Mountain Hospital and
released. She was alone in the car.
Power was out in nearly every
section of the county and one
spokesman for Duke Power Co. said
that in 18 years of work he had never
experienced a summer storm as
severe as Monday's.
A roof 100x40 was blown from the
shipping area of Neisco Mills on
Margrace Rd. and lightning
damaged several barns in the area.
Assumes Church Position
Miss Connie Renae Laws, a 1976
graduate of Pfeiffer College,
assumed the full-time staff position
of Educational Assistant at Central
United Methodist Church on June 1.
She succeeds Jerome Cash who has
moved to Raleigh, to begin his
seminary training in the fall.
Since June of 1975, Miss Laws
served as Educational Assistant at
Trinity United Methodist Church in
Kannapolis, N. C. Her job there
carried responsibilities for youth
work; leader development; depart-
mental work with children, college-
age, and adults; and general sup-
port of the total church program.
Miss Laws holds an Associate in
Arts degree from Brevard College
and a B. A. in Christian Education
from Pfeiffer College. During her
college years she was selected to
Who's Who Among American Junior
Colleges (1973) and Who's Who
Among American Senior Colleges
(1975) was President of the Christian
Council and President of the
Christian Life Council. Miss Laws
presently serves as a member of the
Pfeiffer College Alumni Board of
As a professional Christian
educator, Miss Laws belongs to both
the national and the Western North
Carolina Conference units of the
Christian Educators Fellowship.
For the past year she served as
Coordinator of Children’s Ministries
for the Salisbury District, and as
Secretary of the Western North
Carolina Conference Council on
Miss Laws is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. James C. Laws of
A TOWN MEETING
Power was off for approximately
four hours in the Dixon community
and two hours in some sections of the
Lightning struck a power pole at
First Baptist Church on W. King
Street, stringing lines across the
road, sald Harry (Dutch) Wilson,
Electrical Superintendent who said
that tree limbs caused ‘‘blown’’ lines
on Hillside Dr. and a secondary line
on Pledmont Ave. near the residence
of Mrs. G. E. Still.
The Kings Mountain Fire
Department went to the power line
fire on Phifer Road, and no serious
damages were reported.
The storm was less severe here
than in other parts of Cleveland
Other nominees for Kings
Mountain Teacher of the Year are
Mary Suzette Roberts, West School
kindergarten teacher; Donald J.
Deal, Kings Mountain Senior High
Band Director; Kenneth E. Napier,
Kings Mountain Junior High coach;
Rachel P. Gladden, North School
teacher; Michael Smith, fifth grade
teacher at East School; Rebecca
Alexander, kindergarten teacher at
Grover School; and Phyllis C.
Misenheimer, third and fourth grade
teacher at Bethware School.
Marvin L. Teer, vice president of
First Union National Bank, was
installed as the new president of the
Kings Mountain Chamber of
Commerce and Merchants Associa-
tion at the second annual banquet
Monday night at KM Country Club.
President Teer succeeds Lyn
Members of the Board of Direc-
tors, terms expiring in 1878are Glee
E. Bridges, Jim J. Dickey and W. 8.
Fulton III; directors with terms ex-
piring 1879 are Charles Blanton, E.
Wilson Griffin, Jr., Charles E.
Hamilton, Jr. and Marvin L. Teer.
Directors, with terms expiring 1880,
are Jerry Nation, Thomas Grayson,
Jr., Lee A. McIntyre and Hugh
Outgoing officers are Robert A.
Kingery, second vice president, and
Glee A. Bridges, secretary-
treasurer. Outgoing directors are
Charles Alexander, William
Grissom, Robert A. Kingery and
Ronald E. Plummer.
President Cheshire was master of
ceremonies and Rev. Timothy
Taylor, newcomer to the city and
manager of Clark Tire Co., gave the
President-Elect Teer presented
plaques of appreciation to the
outgoing president and to outgoing
Mayor John Henry Moss, guest
speaker for the occasion, cited
several of Kings Mountain's
‘‘programs for progress,’’
illustrating with pictures new
construction now underway in the
city, including the new City Hall,
Public Works Building and ex-
pansion of the Community Center,
and pointing out that a key factor in
Kings Mountain's tremendous
growth is ‘‘citizen input’’ and noted
that $700,000 worth of new
residential construction is now
underway in Kings Mountain with 40
citizens to move into new public
housing units for the elderly on
Friday. Kings Mountain has
catapulated from a $18, million tax
base to a record $87 million with new
industry, new jobs, expanded water
and sewer services, a ‘‘service
oriented’’ police department, and
many other aspects of good com-
munity life enhanced by human
resources of our people. Quoting
Robert Frost, the Mayor closed his
remarks by saying that “we have
miles to go ‘before we sleep.’’
Four KM Educators
Receivd\ Special Degrees
Four Kings Mountain educators
received Educational Specialist
Degrees in commencement exer-
cises at Western Carolina University
They are Connie A. Ellison,
principal of East School; Billy Gene
Bates, assistant superintendent of
Kings Mountain District Schools,
Mrs. Betty R. Gamble, chairman of
the Home Economics Department at
Kings Mountain Senicr High School,
and Ronald E. Nanney, principal of
William H. Hager, teacher at
Kings Mountain Junior High,
received his Master's Degree.
Lemuel Lee Lovelace, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Frank Lovelace of
Rt. 1, Grover, received his
United States Senator Robert
Morgan delivered the com-
mencement address and degrees
were conferred by Dr. H. F.
Robinzon, WCU Chancellor.