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Last week Police Chief Earl Lloyd had to
send for a explosive ordnance disposal team
from Fort Jackson, 8. C. to do away with a 76
mm artillery shell found at the depot.
The full story with pictures is in today’s
issue of The Mirror-Herald.
When the Army chopper landed on the
practice fleld at Kings Mountain Senior
High, out popped two EOD men with their
Chief Lloyd was making introductions. *. .
.and this is our newspaper editor. . ..”
‘Hello, Tom,” said Capt. Hart.
‘How's it going, Rick,” I said.
‘You two know each other?’’ the chief
“Slightly,” I said. ‘‘Rick’s in the family.”
And he is. He’s married to my niece, my
sister and brother-in-law’s daughter.
“Boy,” Chief Lloyd said. ‘‘You run into
people all over the country. Don't you?”
Then he told Capt. Hart how he and I met 10
years ago in San Diego, Calif.
Rick is commander of the 48th Ordnance
Detachment (EOD) at Fort Jackson. His job
covers all of South Carolina, 17 counties in
western North Carolina and several counties
in Georgia. Someone is always finding
unexploded bombs and GI issue artillery’
shells. Rick’s EOD team fly in and take the
explosives away to destroy them.
Prior to President Carter's inauguration
last January Rick was assigned to check out
Page 2A Tuesday, June 14,1977
Saturday promises to be
funtfilled for KM citizens
Next Saturday should be a fun-filled and informative day in Kings Mountain.
It has been designated Ole’ Timey Town Meeting Day at the Kings Mountain
Depot Center. The center will be dedicated to the public also at the festivities.
Tours of the recently renovated facility will be conducted and visitors will be
treated to free musical concerts. Citizens are urged to bring picnic baskets and
spend the day. Beverages will be provided free.
Citizens will also have an opportunity to express their own ideas on programs
the city could undertake that would be of mutual benefit to the community at
large. Workshops in which the picture of the city’s future will be drawn.
But more than an informative meeting, this occasion provides citizens the rare
opportunity to gather for some old fashioned *‘visiting’’ and fun together.
The Mirror-Herald urges you to make plans to attend between 9 a. m. and 4 p.
m. this Saturday.
Women plan revolt, if...
Speaking to the North Carolina House
Insurance Committee in Raleigh on
Tuesday, Assistant Federal Insurance
Administrator, Frank Reilly, told the
general assembly members of the com-
mittee that recommendations from a paid
consultant to develop insurance legislation
sounded much like views the Federal Ad-
ministration Office hears from Kemper
That consultant, John Hall, is on the Ad-
visory Board of Kemper.
Reilly then went on to say that North
Carolina had been an innovator in insurance
reform under Insurance Commissioner John
Ingram. Reilly said North Carolina was in
better shape for the consumer and the in-
surance industry than any state in the
nation. Reilly said New York’s major
problems prove that higher rates do not
solve the problem.
A consumer who came all the way from
Stokes County was irate over the possible
increases that both the House and Senate
bills could bring if passed. By Hall’s own
admission, the increase would be 54 million
dollars alone the first year.
Mrs. Elsie Dearmin expressed those
concerns to reporters. She said about 200
women will drop all their insurance and
continue to drive their cars without in-
surance if the general assembly approves a
bill that would strip the state insurance
commissioner of authority and increase
Mrs. Dearmin said her movement would
spread across the state.
My sincere appreciation
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing with sincere appreciation in
regards to one of your business citizens —
Sam Scott, Jr., owner of East King Exxon.
On the night of Friday the 18th and all day
the 14th I had an unfortunate occurance. I
had had work done a second time on my
camper in Shelby and I was really disap-
pointed in the results.
When I got to Kings Mountain I found I
couldn't continue my trip. I was forced to
pull in at the East King Exxon Station.
Sam Scott and his staff went out of their
way to be kind and had an overall decent
attitude to me over my unscheduled stop.
Having been ‘‘stuck’’ a second time on my
camper repairs left me with a most un.
desireable attitude. A few kind words from
Mr. Scott brought me back to reality and a
more cheerful outlook.
He let my party and I use his phone and
park my camper overnight on his lot. The
next day when I rented a truck, Sam and his
staff located a ramp and helped us load the
VW camper into the truck for transport. So,
all in all, the trip wasn't too bad, even though
I am disgusted with the performance of
Narron Auto Parts in Shelby.
I suggest if you want tourist to come and
spend their time and money, have more
courteous and responsible stations like Sam
Words cannot express my gratitude for
this gentleman and your remarkable City of
Kings Mountain. I hope Mr. Scott will be
commended for this, and I'm sure,
numerous other courtesies he has extended
to travelers through your city.
EDWARD P. MARLER
St. Petersburg, Fla.
TURSDAY AND THURSDAY
TOM MCINTYRE ,
DARRELLAVSTIN CLYDE NILL
. General Manager
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the streets, manholes and underground
passages beneath the reviewing stand.
‘“There were over 1,800 manholes to be
checked as well as the tunnels beneath the
streets,” Rick said. “We almost froze
checking those things out in the wee hours of
the morning. The underground passages
were something else. Down there it must
have been over 100 degrees. Working down
there, then coming back into the open where
it was freezing really hurt.”
Rick and I caught up on all the family news
before he and his team strapped themselves
into the chopper for the hour's ride back to
Columbia, 8. C.
And speaking of police activity. . . .
A citizen called in a strange bit of in-
formation last Wednesday.
“I want to report a man,’ the caller said.
“What about him?’’ the dispatcher asked.
‘‘He’s naked as a jaybird!"’
The young citizen was taking a shortcut
through the woods to his home when he
flushed another young man from the bushes.
Both of them were surprised. The first fellow
moreso because the man from the bushes
was wearing only a startled expression
above his birthday suit.
The young man chased the naked man
through the woods, but when they hit the
railroad track the naked runner was gone
like a jackrabbit.
‘Chief Lloyd said the naked runner should
be easy to identify. He'll be the one with the
scratch marks all over his body.
I followed the route through the woods he
took,” the chief said. ‘‘He ran through
briars, and tore off limbs in his flight.’’
The chief said police know the identify of
the streaker and where he lives. The
problem is he was not identified by anyone
who saw him running publicly in the buff and
he made it home before the police nailed
Welllll, they call him The Streaker.
Fastest thingon two feet. ...
Don’t look, Ethel!
Calling all sidewalk superintendents!
‘According to Gene White, executive
director of the Kings Mountain
Redevelopment Commission, Bradley-
Jenkins Co. will be in town Mon., June 280 to
demolish more condemned buildings.
The buildings slated to go are from the
corner of S. Cherokee St. down to Griffin
Drug Co. Lewis Dellinger and Bill Fulton
have outlet stores set up in these buildings
now, but will be out by next weekend.
The buildings from Warlick Insurance to
the corner of S. Piedmont St. are also slated
to go — that is if the city removes supplies
stored in them presently. This section
belongs to the city and will be used in con-
nection with renovation of the present. city
hall as the police department when the
administrative, business and fire depart-
ments move into the new Governmental
Services Facilities Building to be con-
structed on the former Bonnie Mill property
on W. Gold St.
A RENDEZNOUS WITH YESTERDAY
The old house brags about a new face
But deep roots remain the same,
With towering oaks reaching upward
Shading the veneer frame.
Fancy columns have been replaced
Fine trimmings on the double door,
The mimosa tree still blossoms pink
As in bright days of yore.
Memories echoes are sounding
Sweetly ringing ‘ore the hill,
In the touching, bittersweet eventide
I reminisce by the watermill,
A house may change the face
But the ghosts remain the same,
Andpassion flowers on the vine
Bears no other name.
The spring day seems identical
Except a different calendar year,
The same bright sun is shining
On a spot that warrants revere
The sky overhead portrays
The same wonderment of blue,
Misty mountains scallop the skyline
With the same astounding view.
Morning glories open to greet the dew
In the Cherry trees bluebirds sing,
In a rosy arbor beside the veranda
The breeze moves an empty swing
The old house brags about a new face
Anda coat of brick veneer,
But the mimosa tree still blossoms pink
As another time and another year.
VIVIAN STEWART BILTCLIFFE
As Legislator Introduced It
As Passed Into Law
How Laws Grow
As Committe: Reported It
As Agency Understood It What The Budget Allowed
As Senate Amended It
What The Taxpayer Wanted
Tar Heels set an example
On June 5, 1917, a nationwide registration
was held for the draft in World War One.
North Carolina set an example in patriotism
that day for the rest of the nation, one that
provides a sharp contrast to the sorry
spectacle provided in our own recent past by
draft-card burners and other ‘‘peaceniks.’”
There were parades instead of demon-
strations, and six percent more men (ages
21-80) actually registered than the census
had indicated were in the state's population.
A total of 480,401 men signed up, and draft
officials later speculated that many had
actually lied about their ages in order to
On June 10, 1861, Henry Lawson Wyatt, of
Edgecombe County, earned the unfortunate
distinction of being the first Confederate
soldier killed in action. He was killed at Big
Bethel, Va., in the Civil War's first battle, a
Confederate victory now described by
historians as a ‘‘minor, scrambling con-
North Carolina supplied more men to the
war than any other Southern state, 126,000 in
all. It also suffered the greatest casulties,
some 40,000 killed.
On June 5, 1844, the Historical Society of
North Carolina held its first meeting, in
The association was organized by U.N. C.
President David L. Swain, who had earlier
been, at 81, the state's youngest governor
(1882-35). Swain was responsible for
preservation of many of the state's priceless
early records, without which today's
historians would be lost.
William Sidney Porter, ‘‘O. Henry,’ one of
America’s most famous writers, died at his
home near Weaverville, N. C., near
Asheville, on June 5, 1910. He is buried in
Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery, not far
from the grave of the state's other most.
tamous author, Thomas Wolfe.
Porter was also born in North Carolina,
near Greensboro in 1882, and was raised in
that city. He moved to Texas at the age of 19
to work on a ranch owned by friends in North
Carolina. Later convicted of bank fraud (on
circumstantial evidence) Porter served time
in an Ohio prison, then moved to New York
City to begin his writing career. One of ‘this
nation’s most prolific writers, he often
produced a short story a week for
newspapers, usually containing the surprise
ending that became his trademark.
Benjamin Hawkins, of Warrenton, one of
this state's original U. 8. Senators, died June
6, 1816. Hawkins had earlier served in the
Continental Congress. He resigned his
Senate seat in 1705, when appointed by
President Washington as Indian Agent to the
Creek Nation. Sincerely interested in thé
welfare of the original Americans, Hawkins
served for twenty years as Agent, earning
the title from then ‘‘Beloved Man of Four
Nations," the Creek, Choctaw, Cherokee and
His nephew, William Hawkins, served as
his assistant for a few years, then returned
to North Carolina to enter politics, serving as
Governor of the state during the War of 1812.
Locke Craig, of Bertie County died on June
9, 1925. He served as Governor (1018-17)
during a period when the state was unusually
well-represented in national affairs. Former
N. C. resident Woodrow Wilson had ap
pointed Josephus Daniels Secretary of thy
Navy. David F. Houston Secretary of
Agriculture, and Walter Hines page am-
bassador to England.