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Choice comments on the passing parade
You Just never know where you will hear
choice comments on the passing parade.
I gleaned a couple from Carl Mauney,
chairman of the KM Redevelopment
Commission, last week during the RCs
During the discussion on whether to order
aluminum or Iron handrails for a proposed
pedestrian bridge to span the green area In
the Cansler Street Project the merits of both
were brought out. The different costs of the
materials were also discussed.
The aluminum handrails would be bolted
onto the bridge whereas the Iron raUs would
be constructed with the bridge. Aluminum
lasts a long time without maintenance
whereas the Iron rails will rust and need
At this point Chairman Mauney drily
commented, "Maybe we should get the Iron
rails because If the mayor runs again and Is
elected there might be 1,800 city employes
running around without anything to do. They
could scri^ and paint the Iron handrails."
Get out and vote!
Have you exercised your privilege of voting today?
The polls will remain open until 7:80 p. m.
ICngs Mountlans must decide whether District Six incumbent Commissioner
Fred Wright Jr. or challenger James J. Dickey will round out the six-man city
board for the next four years.
Wright Is completing his first two-year term on the board. Dickey Is a former
city commissioner. In the Oct. 11 municipal election Dickey traUed Wright by six
votes. In 1976 Wright and Dickey, again, poUed high vote counts and met In a
j-unoff election with Dickey losing out In that round.
Both men are experienced In local government and In business management,
solid and necessary backgrounds for those who run .this muld-mllllon dollar non-
oroflt corporation known as Kings Mountain.
Today, five Kings Mountain area men are asking for your votes as they
compete for two Kings Mountain District Board of Education seats. The can
didates Include Kyle Smith, Charles Mauney, William McDaniel, Dr. Joseph
Roberts and Fain Hambrlght. Neither of the candidates have ever served on the
education board before, but all are either natives or long-time residents who
have sent their youngsters through the Kings Mountain school system.
The education of youngsters becomes more vital with each passing year and In
their campaigns each of these men have vowed recognition of this fact and have
pledged their efforts toward taking the necessary steps for keeping the local
school district abreast with the times.
Eight Grover residents offer their services as mayor and council members for
the next two years In that community. There are two Incumbent council
members seeking re-election and one incumbent council-appointee seeking
election as mayor. The other five candidates are all novices and all seek the
three available council seats.
Dean Westmoreland Is the lone mayorlsa candidate. Tommy Keeter, Martha
Byers (the Incumbents), Karen Moss, Ray Cash, Harold Herndon, Wendell White
i'jid Ronald Queen are the council candidates.
Local voters will also be given ballots on the Issuance of $300,000,000 In North
Carolina Highway Bonds and and on the Issuance of $230,000,000 In north Carolina
Clean Water Bonds today.
Also on a state-wide level voters are asked to decide today on five proposed
State Constitution amendments, the foremost of which Is the question on the
North Carolina Governor being permitted to seek a second successive term In
office. The amendment applies to a Lieutenant Governor as well.
If approved, the State Constitution would be amended to permit the present
Governor to seek re-election to a second consecutive term.
We make no recommendations on any candidate or Issue, but we do highly
-ecommend to those of you who have not exercised your voting rights today to do
It could be the single most Important decision you will make today because the
outcome will affect many of your tomorrows.
Later In the same meeting while Gene
White, the RCs executive director, reported
on 22 proposed new units of housing for the
elderly to be built by a private firm, he said
the RCs role would be to sell the developer
the needed land.
Mauney said "More units for the elderly?”
then turned to Hazel Brown and asked
"What Is the housing need In Kings Moun
"Rather than more housing for the
elderly,” Brown said, "there Is need for
housing for the single people In the com
Mauney came back rapidly, "I didn't think
single people needed houses. I thought sdl
they needed was vans! ”
Gene White assures me that Chairman
Mauney Is loaded with humorous comments
during their board meetings, so last week’s
chuckles were nothing new.
Now, who said old dude's have no sense
And speaking of choice comments on
passing parades — It seems that each time a
parade Is planned for the downtown area the
merchants and businessmen quietly bite
their tongues and mutter expletives.
When the streets are clogged with people,
all of them with their backs turned toward
the business entrances, business goes down
Not only that, but prior to and following
each parade the stores and shops become so
Jammed with people that It Is difficult for the
business people to keep track of them. And
this Is when the rlpoff artists go to work.
To try to throttle an old established
American tradition called the parade would
be next to Impossible because people, down-
deep, still get a thrill out of seeing the
passing colors and hearing the music. The
merchants and businessmen are aware of
this, so they spread their hawk-eyed work
force wide and hope the grlmllns won't
escape with too much loot.
So, you honest Johns and Janes take heed.
The next time the parade passes and you
wander Into a store, don’t take offense If
there la a clerk or two breathing down your
In reading around I came across an In
teresting Item with a Chicago dateline.
Tbe headline read; "Murderer Gets 1,000-
3,000 Year Sentence.”
Circuit Court Judge James M. Bailey was
the man who passed the stiff sentence and 21-
year-old Henry Biisbon was the man who
received the sentence.
Brlsbon was convicted of murdering a
young couple on a lonely stretch of Interstate
highway In Chicago, after he ordered the
couple to kiss one last Ume.
Judge Bailey said to Brlsbon, "You are an
evil coward. You are the lowest,” then
Under a felony conviction a person Is
required to serve a fourth of the sentence
before becoming eligible for parole. Under a
1,000 to 3,000 year sentence, Brlsbon will be
either 260 or 780-years old before his parole
hearing comes up.
Not a bad Idea for our local Judges to keep
In mind next time their courts convict people
of heinous crime.
A KMer told me this week that his son
received a phone call from a woman who
‘Uowed as how the youngster was eligible to
win a camera plus three eight by ten color
photos (lor only $12) If he could correctly
answer a question she was about to ask.
The question was - What southern state
begins with the letter A and ends with the
letter A and has George Wallace as Its
"My son answered the question correc
tly,” the local dad said.
"Did he win the camera?” I asked.
"He turned down the camera and the
pictures,” the dad said. "Just knowing the
answer to the question was thrill enough for
Gaiy Stewart, our prolific sports writer,
finally had had It this week. It seems his she-
male Boxer BuUdog, Tlnkerbell, has also
been prolific of late turning out a record
number of pups.
"I took Tlnkerbell to the vet to have her
spayed,” Gary said. "When I went to pick
her up — she bit me.”
Can you blame her?
How has your week been? ,
Are you ticked off at about something;
high electric bills, high food bills, lack ot
services either on the local, state or natlonsd
Don’t keep It to yourself. That only lesuls to
further frustration. Share your thoughts with
your friends and neighbors.
On the other hand, are you pleased with
something? Want to tell people what a great
place you live In, how good It Is to have
Good,, bad .otj Indlfferept; Tbs Mirror-
Herald’s Reader -Dialogue portion of the
editorial page U the place for you to voice
your comments so that others mlgbl know
how you feel. It’s a great way to discover
others who share your feelings.
Try It. Write In pen, pencU or crayon (as
long as legible) or type It (double-spaced)
and msdl your comments to Mirror-Herald,
Reader Dialogue, P. O. Drawer 762, Kings
Mountain, N. C., 28088.
All letters must be signed before
publication can be considered.
THE VOICE OF THE UNIVERSE
Wait ’tii next year.
To the editor.
At the time this was written Kings Moun
tain Senior High had lost five football games.
Of the five losses, none of the winning teams
hsul better personnel than the Mountaineers
— at least as far as the players eu-e con
The Mountaineers have received excellent
fan support throughout the yesir, even
though the team, which finished the 1976
season with an 8-2 record, lost five of their
first nine games.
What’s so special about Shelby and South
Point and some of the other teams In thls^
conference that Kings Mountain can’t
compete with them? Maybe It’s because the
other teams have a variety of plays. Up the
middle and every once In awhile a pass on
third down are pretty good plays for the
Mountles, but not If used exclusively game
sifter game. In the East Gaston game, the
Mountles ran a reverse for the first time this
season and scored a TD. Odds were against
the play being used again.
But, I suppose us fans can do sis we have
done for the past 18 years; shout "Walt 'til
S. F. CARPENTER
Godssdd, "I love you”
When He created the heaven smd the earth
Made man In His own Image
And gave us breath at birth,
Oolored the grass and flowers
The sky an azure blue
Pinned a rose on Mother Eeirth
To complete the perfect view.
God said, ”I love you”
When He placed a rsdnbow In the sky
Sent His son from heaven’s glory
The cross to occupy.
When He feathered the singing bird
The sunshine golden bright
Polished the stars to twinkle
The moon that beams out-rlght.
God said, "I love you”
When He steps upon the toe
Places thorns among the roses
And lets the thistles grow.
Guides us through life’s Jimgle
With His never dimming eye
And Invites us "come to dine.”
At His table In the sky.
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Depression: It can be cured
Depression Is an uiness, usually caused by
anger that is turned Inward. It Is fair to say
that depreeslon Is the best understood
psychiatric Illness; and, at best, U curable,
like pneumonia, or a broken home.
It Is Important to know the symptoms and
signs of depression, and catch the Illness
early, before It becomes chronic and
Ingrained. There are usually twenty-four
symptoms and signs by which the
psychiatrists measure the presence and
Intensity of depression. Of these, the five
most Important, but relatively simple signs
to remember are;
(1) Feeling of sadness, blue. Inability to be
Interested In anything — even the dally
chores. Things that used to be simple
become monumental tarics. Things like
gdng to work, planning meals and driving
children to their activities, etc. This lack of
Interest produces guilt feelings.
(2) Insomnia; Most the early morning
variety. The person who wakes up at two or
three o’clock In the morning but cannot go
back to sleep.
(8) Appetite gets lost or the pleasure of
eating dlsappeara. One may as ths result
lose weight. On the other hand one may sat
excessively, "nervous eating,” without
enjoying the food; or tor that matter
knowing whet one Is eating. This, obviously,
results In excessive weight gain. Obesity
may be on unconscious way of punishing
one’s self for one’s guilt feelings.
(4) Headache; Usually a band tlght-llke
headache that squeezes the top of one’s head.
The headache usually Improves as the day
(6) Total lack of sexual drive leading to
Impotence In men. This Impotence may show
up as premature ejaculation, absence of
erection and lack of sexual desire. In women
It may reflect sexual dysfunction such as
frigidity and feeling of repulsion by the Idea
of sex. Also, decreased sensation In the
genital area and looking upon sexual ac
tivities as a "big no good chore.”
Of course, there are many, many other
signs and symptoms that enable a clinician
to make a diagnosis of depression which will
not be Included In this column.
Fortunately there U a wide variety of
chemical, clinical and psychological tests
that are avaUable to the physicians to make,
a diagnosis of depression. Once the diagnosis,
and the type of depression Is pinpointed, the
clinician Is able to prescribe effective
psychotropic antl-depressante that are
available to him. Also, appropriate
psychotherapy and counseling are used
Finally, depression Is a dreadful Illness
that may lead to self-destructive behavior
and suicide. The suicide may be gradual
such as drinking excessively or placing one’s
self In dangerous situations that ordinarily
would manhal death. We are Indebted to the
medical researchers and neuroblologlats for
the tremendous strides that have been made
In the discovery of effective agents to treat
this imwelcome but epidemic disease.
Human beings are essentlaUy eeml-
troplcsd animals. Our bodies at rest and
unclothed are designed to maintain their
Internal temperature effortlessly with the
thermometer at about 86 degrees. However,
with last winter behind us and the chill of this
winter almost here, keeping comfortably
warm has become the national pasttime.
How do we stay warm? We achieve cold
weather comfort Impart by generating more
heat In our Internal furnaces and. In part, by
conserving that heat.
The most Important source of Internal heat
Is our muscles. They use about 70 per cent of
the food energy they consume, at work or at
play, In heat generation. Under average
conditions body muscles produce enough
heat to boll a quart ot freezing cold water
every hour. 8o when you stomp your feet sind
wave your arms while waiting In the cold,
you are stoking your muscles to an even
higher level of heat production.
If you don’t exercise voluntarily to build up
the heat In your muscles they will take over
Miemselvee, Involuntarily to shivering.
Under extreme conditions of exposure. In
tense shivering may even save you from
freezing to death. As one doctor has said, "It
is largely Uilverlng which explains why
many are cold but few are frozen.”
The moot severa_ problem that cold
weather brings upon us Is the danger of
frostbite. If you are caught In sub-zero
temperatures and reach Uielter chilled to
the bone with nipped fingers and ears, what
should you do about It? Don’t follow the
ancient suggestion to rub the frostbitten
parte with mow or Ice. Doing that only
compounds the problem.
Recent research has shown that the Im-
medlata application ot genUe warmth leaves
you with less tissue damage and less
likelihood of Infection or gangrene. You
should be brought Into a worm room as soon
as possible, given a warm drink, and either
wrapped In a warm blanket or placed In a
warm tub ot water.
Two much heat should be avoided. Don’t
use a heat lamp or a hot water bottle, and
don’t expose frostbitten areas to a hot stove.
After the finger, or other affected part la
wanned, exercise It and let the muscles
The best approach to frostbite Is to prevent
Its occuronce In the first place. Dress
warmly enough and dross drily enough.
Exercise to keep warm, especially your toes
end fingers. And, have enough sense to come
In out of the cold.