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Page 2A—-MIRROR-HERALD Tuesday, October 4, 1877
Rescue aid problem
could cost taxpayers
Representatives from five of the six rescue units now operating in Cleveland
County were on hand at a public hearing on ambulance service held by the
county commissioners Monday.
It was more reiteration of information previously stated than finding a solution
to the obvious problems facing the rescue squads, the commissioners and all of
the county taxpayers.
Upper Cleveland County, Bolling Springs, Grover and the new Kings Mountain
Emergency Services, Inc. will operate on a volunteer — no fee basis. Kings
Mountain Rescue and Shelby Rescue will continue operating on a fee basis with
subsidy help from the county. :
However, dissatisfaction with this situation was evident in Monday's public
hearing, although it was never held like a gun to the county commissioners’
heads. The volunteer units said operation at no fee will continue, while Shelby
and KM must charge a fee and depend on the county subsidy.
An all volunteer no fee program throughout the county would solve the
problem one way and an all-fee - plus subsidy program would solve it another.
However, in the latter the taxpayer is going to find another big bite being taken
from his pocket because the county cannot indefinitely continue forking over the
cash without having another source of income to tap.
Congress trying to
flatten our pocketbooks
Most Americans, we suspect are feeling flat in the pocketbook these days. But
the House of Representatives seems to feel that those pocketbooks are bulging
and need to be tapped for congressional benefits.
You know, of course, that all members of Congress. got a raise of $12,000 in
' February. That's costing us taxpayers an extra seven million a year. Then, in
March, the House increased its members’ office expense allowance by $5,000.
There goes another two million.
Last week the House decided to take a couple more bites. First, it passed, in
lightning fashion a resolution giving its members nearly $8,000 more a year to
spend on district offices. That adds up to another 8.5 million from the taxpayers,
because if any member doesn’t want to use the money for district offices, he can
divert it to some other spending account.
Then, on Friday, the House approved a pension boost for congressional
members about to retire. Instead of basing their pension on average salary for
their last three years (which would include the lower salary they got up until
February), benefits would be computed only on final one-year earnings. This
could mean extra pension up to nearly $8,500 a year. And while we don’t know
what the total cost will be, 25 congressional members have already announced
they'll retire next year or run for some other office, and this bonanza awaits
them — unless, let us pray, the Senate knocks it down.
In all this, the best we can say is that the North Carolina congressmen from
this area — Broyhill, Gudger, Hefner and Martin — voted against the district
office amendment. But the nearest South Carolina congressman, Ken Holland,
‘voted for it. And, on the pension bill, there was no vote at all, or even discussion,
It just sailed through on a ‘‘unanimous consent’’ provision.
Since all this is a way of making your pocketbook flatter, we thought you ought
to know about it. You might have a little complaining to do. — WBTV
The British Army at Kings Mountain curred one of the few
under Lord Charles would persuade His recorded clashes bet-
Cornwallis reached the Lordship to abandon his ween Whigs and Tories
tiny frontier village of
Charlotte Town on
September 26, 1780.
For several hours the
invasion of North
Carolina was stalled
while the ragged local
militia under Colonel
William R. Davie
popped away at Lord
Grenadier Guards from
behind the fences, walls
and trees of the hamlet.
weight of Redcoated
numbers offset the
accuracy of frontier
hunting rifles, and
Cornwallis claimed the
town as his. Pesty bands
of guerrillas dogged the
Redcoats every step,
however, and within two
weeks the British defeat
invasion of this state, at
least temporarily. He
retreated into South
Charlotte Town a
‘‘Hornets’ Nest’' of
His principal op-
ponent in the
mishing, Col. Davie,
would go on to become
one of North Carolina's
most important early
statesman, serving as
Governor, signer of the
‘‘Father’’ of the
University of North
Also In late 3Sep-
tember, exact date
unknown, there oc-
in the area that now
County. The incident
also furnished this State
with one of its few
heroines of the
Graham (no kin to the
later governor of that
name) was com-
manding officer of the
Tryon County militia,
an area including what
is now Cleveland,
and Polk Counties. His
home, known ne
Graham's Fort, was a
large log structure
located on Buffalo
Creek. It was being used
as a refuge by a large
I must be one of those born losers I
keep hearing about.
I have a friend who recently built
himself a game room onto his home by
enclosing his carport. In that room he
has a Bumper Pool table. It has a series
of wooden stobs with rubber rims
situated in the center of the table. The
balls ricochet off the rubber rims and
that’s where the ‘bumper’ part comes
Back in my jaded youth when I used to
spend a little time in the pool hall I
became fairly decent with a cue stick.
No Minnesota Fats, but fairly decent.
But never have I run up against
anything so devastating as a bumper
I have managed to win about one
game in 20 against my friend, but as a
rule he skunks me pretty good. Last
Wednesday night I thought I had him.
He had been celebrating an early
retirement and was (I thought) at the
knee - walking stage, so I challenged
him to a game.
You guessed it. Weaving around the
table my friend sank shots no sober
person would even have attempted. He
beat me three straight games.
Then my friend’s son came in. He
played me. I thought I could take him,
mainly because he had just received
four stitches to close a deep cut in his
thumb that afternoon.
The boy beat me three straight
Wanna know how it makes a person
feel to be skinned by a rummy and a
cripple all in the same evening?
Mayor John Henry Moss has
been appointed by Governor Jim
Hunt to serve on the Cleveland
County planning committee for
the, Governq] go Oop e on
Balanced G and Economic
Seventeen Lead Regional
Organizations (LOR’s) will
assist the Governor in con-
ducting a county conference in
every county of the state prior to
the Governor's Conference.
These county conferences will
serve to gather local ideas on
specific growth and development
problems relating to the needs of
each individual county.
County planning committees
are charged with the task of
organizing and conducting the
county conferences and to draw
up detailed reports for in-
corporation into both the
Governor's Conference on
Balanced Growth and Economic
Development and the State
Board on Goals and Policy.
You’ll never guess what we received
in the mail this week. Nope, it was a
letter to Santa Claus.
Nick always forwards his mail to The
Mirror-Herald so we can let the folks
know who’s been naughty or nice.
The first Santa letter of the season
was written by young Gary Bess of KM.
Hehas listed eight items he wants under
the tree this Christmas. The items are
complete with the department store
Gary wants a new Six Million Dollar
Man, the New Look Ken, Charlie's
Angles Game, Nerf Football, a pair of
Walkie Talkies, a Sno-Cone Machine
and a Mickey Mouse Sing-a-long AM
Atta boy, Gary. Get your name in
early. Avoid the rush. Be there fustest
with the mostest.
Summer has turned to beautiful fall
To paint the leaves with a cover all,
Of Amber gold and pimento red
To leaf a coverlet for the flower bed.
As green leaves turn to wave goodby
Birds -ore the rooftop fly.
Fall flowers are blooming
With the fear of Jack Frost
Pretty roses are ruffled
Contemplating the cost.
Summer has turned to beautiful fall
To enhance the season to enchant us all.
But the days grow short in September
The bright daze of summer
Ilove to remember
VIVIAN STEWART BILTCLIFFE
1780 in Charlotte Town
Cornwallis ran into ‘Hornets’ Nest’
number of Whig
families in that area
when Tory raiders
There seems to have been some
confusion among certain citizens over
the meaning of one of the commissioner
agenda items last week.
The item was authorization for the
city codes department to coordinate
with the redevelopment commission on
utilization of the building adjacent to
Know what? The wording of that
action is confusing. It sounds as if the
city hall and redevelopment boys are
planning to use the building for
But it isn’t true. That building, or
group of buildings along W. Mountain
St., will be demolished by Bradley-
Jenkins of Gastonia. The company
already has the contract and is just
waiting for the okay.
As soon as the new Citizens Service
Center is completed the supplies now
being stored in the condemned buildings
will be removed and the demolishers
will set to work to clear the property.
The city has already agreed to purchase
the property from the redevelopment
commission. The next step will be to
plan a use for the property.
The original plan called for
developing a mini-park and vehicle
parking area. The second plan was to
use the lot for construction of the new
city hall, which is now underway on W.
What will the property be used for?
Perhaps the original planned use.
Perhaps not. Got any ideas? After all, it
the city purchases the lot it will belong
to the public, so your idea has as much
merit as anyone else.
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
TOM MCINTY RE
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several land speculators
from Salisbury, N. C.,
Boone would make
attacked it in late
September. Though full
of women and children,
there were only three
men present. Graham,
his teen-aged stepson
and one elderly man.
The Whigs suc-
with Col. Graham's
filling in loading and
firing a rifle alongside
her brother William.
She was credited, in
fact, with killing one
Tory who had pierced
the fort's defenses and
was pointing his gun at
Another Tar Heel
woman is also involved
with this week in our
appointed Mrs. Sarah
De Crow of Hertford, 8.
C. the job of Postmaster
in that community. She
is generally regarded as
being the first woman
postmaster in the
On September 28,
1778, a restless, oscure
Daniel Boone left his
home on the Yadkin
River in North Carolina
to explore . ‘the 3
dark and dangerous
Ground’ of the Ken-
tucky Territory, a trip
that would bring him
everlasting fame as a
pathfinder and settler of
the American frontier.
Acting as agent for
several long ventures
across the mountains
into the Kentucky area,
eventually leading a
group there to settle and
tame the wilderness.
Indians would torture
and kill one of his own
children, and Daniel
himself would twice lay
claim to large areas of
frontier land, all of his
efforts and sacrifices
would avail Boone
nothing. On both oc-
casions Daniel Boone
would see his land
claims set aside by
court actions brought by
men who had faced no
dangers in the
wilderness, and he
would die penniless,
living on rented land.
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