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VOL. 89 NO. 10
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1978
"KINGS MOUNTAIN MIRROR
Five Cents Worth
Of Beans And Corn
Arthur Biltdliffe is fast.
You've got to keep an open mind and be fast on your feet and
mental digestion to keep up with him. He literally bowls you
over with a barrage of facts and figures.
Who is Arthur Biltcliffe?
Some people say he’s a farmer, others say it ain’t so. Arthur
says he is an agriculturist.
Some people say he’s a weatherman, others say it ain’t so.
,Arthur sayshemerely keeps up with the weather patterns.
"At any rate you may disagree on the farmer or weatherman
aspects, but one thing you cannot say and that is Arthur is
Arthur Biltcliffe is a transplanted Yankee. He is a native of
Pawtucket, Rhode Island and hasbeen a Kings Mountian since
1984. He spent 10 years in the military and worked for 16-years
#3 a postal employe. Now he is retired.
So, how did he become an agricuiturist and weatherman?
It allbegan with five cents worth of bean seeds and five cents
worth of corn seeds.
“Ibuilt my own home,” Arthur said. ‘It took me seven long
years to completeit. I built it in a natural valley off N. Goforth
St. My wife's (Vivian Stewart) folks were farmers and I
decided I wanted to plant a garden.”
'Arthur asked his father-in-law how to go about planting a
garden and was told he had to plow furrows and use fertilizer
and a lot of other things if he truly wanted a garden to grow.
Mrs. Biltcliffe said “amen” to the standard procedure.
But Arthur had different thoughts.
“I thought that was a bunch of baloney,” he said, “so I
decided to try things a different way. I went down to Bridges
and Hamrick’s Hardware Store and bought myself five cents
worth of corn and been seeds each and went to work.”
Hetook a stick and traced some grooves inhis red clay based
hillside and dropped the seeds, then he covered over the seeds
with “trash.” That turned out to be fallen leaves, cut grass and
weeds and fallen twigs.
‘My father-in-law and all my neighbors gave me the horse-
laugh,” Arthur said. “They all told me nothing would ever
One day Arthur took his father-in-law a mess of beans and
some corn. “Where did you get this?’ his father-in-law asked.
“Out of my garden,” Arthur answered.
What had happened was Arthur's garden grew earlier,
faster and finer than anyone else’s that year. ‘‘And my crops
were completely disease-free,” he added.
That was in 1945 and from that moment on, Arthur became a
dedicated agriculturist. He calls himself that because he is not
content with merely following age-old tradition. He likes to
experiment with new methods. He spent seven years testing to
see if plants native to different climates could be made to
survive here. “I gave it up and decided that the only plants that
really stand a chance in our climate is plants native to our
climate,” he said.
He began jotting down data in a journal, reminders to
himself of the best times to plant, what conditions to look for.
“The Bible says there is atime and a place for everything,” he
said, “and I believe it. I also believe the moon plays an im
portant part in the success of planting. The N. C. Department
of Agriculture says that's baloney. They even wrote and told
In that daily journal he made notes on the weather, the
extremesof hot and cold only at first. Then he decided to make
achart and keep up with the weather on a daily basis.
“I had used water gauges for years to measure rainfall,” he
said. “The next thing I did was buy an outdoor weather ther-
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Photo By Tom McIntyre
He now predicts we are in for a wet spring and summer and a
milder winter for 1978-79.
THE WEATHERMAN — Arthur Biltcliffe began his study of
weather patterns about 25 years ago using data from the U. S.
Weather Bureau dating back to the agency's beginning in 1886.
Broyhill Seeks Reelection
French Ciub *
KMSHS French Club members will
sponsor a hotdog supper Fri, Feb. 8, for
benefit of French Club sponsored
Hotdogs with slaw, potato chips,
dessert and drinks will be served from 5
until 7 p. m. in the lunchroom of KMSHS
at $1.50 per plate. Extra hotdogs are
available at 35 cents each.
.Among French Club projects is the
sponsorship of a student teacher from
France. Kings Mountain has participated
in the Smith program to bring a student
here for the past two years.
The filing deadline for candidates in
county and state office elections is noon
on Mon., Feb. 6.
The offices open for election this year
include the Cleveland County Sheriff,
county coroner, two county com-
missioner seats, two county school board
seats and Clerk of Superior Court.
The state offices include three seats in
" the 25th Senatorial District and three
seats in the 40th House of Representative
Candidates may file in Cleveland
County at the county elections board
office in Shelby from 8:30 a. m. until 5 p.
m. today and Friday and from 8:30 a. m.
until noon next Monday.
Democratic candidates will be subject
to a primary election on May 2 in all but
the county board of education race,
which is non-partisan.
The deadline for new registration and
changes of address for eligibility in the
May 2 primary is 5 p. m. Mon. Apr. 3.
Absentee ballots will be issued from F'ri.,
Mar. 3 to Wed., Apr. 26. The deadline for
returning absentee ballots to the county
elections board is 5 p. m. Mon., May 1.
Citizens may register to vote at either
the Cleveland County Board Elections
Office, Shelby, or by appointment at the
homes of appointed registrars and
Peeler Files For Sheriff
Acontest developed Monday for Sheriff
of Cleveland County when Charles L.
Peeler, 44, of Shelby filed as a candidate.
Mr. Peeler ran unsuccessfully in the
past election against the incumbent J.
Said Mr. Peeler, ‘My decision to run
again for sheriff was prompted by the
strong support I received in the last
election, and by my continued belief that
I can and will help to make Cleveland
County a better, safer and more pleasant
place to live.”
Peeler's father, the late Randolph
Peeler, was a Deputy Sheriff in the
county for 15 years.
Charles Peeler is presently employed
by Carolina Freight Carriers Cor-
poration of Cherryville, N. C., as a long
line driver. He is a graduate of Belwood
High School and Cleveland County
Technical Institute, and is a charter
member of Aldersgate Methodist Church
of Shelby, N. C.
He is a 32nd degree mason and a
shriner. He is an zcmed forces veteran
having served with the U. S. Army for
two years. He is presently a member of
the Shelby American Legion Post, the
Disabled Veterans, American Veterans
and the Benevolent and Protective Order
of the Elks, as well as being a member of
the Fraternal Order of Police.
A Cleveland County native, son of
Randolph Peeler and the late Mr. Peeler,
he is married to the former Joan Propst
who is the daughter of Mrs. Fred Panther
and the late J. Alvin Propst. She is a
Shelby native. The Peelers have two
children, Paula, a student at Clemson
University, and Chuck, a student at
Shelby High School. They reside at 1318
Peeler said in his filing statement! “I
love Cleveland County and its people, and
my interests are here. My father was a
Deputy Sheriff for 15 years, and while
this does not qualify me for the position of
sheriff, it has instilled in me a deep sense
of pride and respect for law enforcement,
and an interest so keen that I completed a
two year course at Cleveland Tech and
have earned an Associates Degree in
Police Science from there.
“I am proud of America, being a
veteran of the armed services, but more
specifically I am proud to be a North
Carolinian, and a resident of Cleveland
County. I want to be a part of its
organization and I want to be able to help
with its continued growth and prosperity.
“1 want to be sheriff of Cleveland
County not only because it would fulfill a
boyhood drcam, but because I know I will
be a good sheriff. | would dedicate myself
to the job 100 percent of the time. I can
and will bring new and innovative ideas
to the position. It’s time for a change.”
CHARLES L. PEELER
+ +... runs for Sheriff
Veterar Congressriar. Ja: = T
Broyhill of Lenoir announced today from
his office in Washington that he has of-
ficially filed for re-election to his ninth
term as a member of the United States
House of Representatives.
“Since coming to Congress in 1963, I
have placed prompt and efficient service
to my constituents as the most important
function of my congressional office,”
Congressman Broyhill said
“The knowledge and experience, along
with seniority, which I have gained
during the past 15 years in Washington
have enabled me to be of service to many
citizens in the 10th District. Because of
Boy Scout Day
Boy Scout Day In Government will be
observed in Kings Mountain on Mon.,
Beginning at 9 a. m. that day the
various department heads will meet the
Scouts assigned to them for the day.
The Scouts will observe the functions of
each department during the day and will
attend the city commissioners meeting
Will Run For
Dwight Teesneer, of Rt. 2, Shelby,
made the coroner's race a contest when
he filed Tuesday morning. The in-
cumbent coroner is Bennett Masters of
Kings Mountain, of Harris Funeral
An employe of Lutz-Austell Funeral
Home in Shelby, Mr. Tessneer was also
an EMT with the Shelby Rescue Squad of
which he was a member for 12 years. He
is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of
Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Ga., at-
tended N. C. State. A graduate of Boiling
Springs High School, he is a member ot
Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Mrs.
Tessneer is the former Joanne Morgan
and the couple has four children.
In his filing statement, Mr. Tesseneer
said, “If elected coroner, I will serve the
people of Cleveland County to the best of
my ability, as efficiently and
economically as possible to maintain a
high standard of service to all con
my coacern for the people of the district,
I expect to continue and to even improve
this record of service.”
Broyhill is the second senior
Republican on the prestigious House
Interstate and Foreign Commerce
Committee, which is one of the busiest
and most important committees in
Having served for several terms on the
energy subcommittee, Broyhill is a
recognized authority in the field of
energy legislation. Presently serving as
the secand senior Republican on the
Subcommittee on Health and En-
vironment Broyhill has gained a
reputation in the area of health affairs, a
growing concern of the citizens in the
10th District. He also maintains an active
interest in the areas of communications,
consumer affairs, and small business
legislation. He is the senior Republican
on the Subcommittee on Consumer
Protection and Finance. He has been
directly involved in efforts to reduce
foreign aid expenditures.
The Lenoir Congressman is a co-
sponsor of the tax reduction legislation
which would reduce taxes for the
average taxpayer by 33 percent across-
the-board during the next three years.
He also introduced the Congressional
Review Amendment which was passed
by the House. The effect of this amend-
ment is to give Congress the authority to
review and veto any rules put into force
by the Federal Trade Commission. “It
was past time to make sure that the
bureaucracy does not become the
legislative branch of government, and
this amendment is extremely important
in this aspect,” Broyhill said.
Commenting on his bid for re-election,
Broyhill said, “Representing the people
of the 10th District has been an honor and
a privilege which I do not take lightly.
When I first ran for Congress, I pledged
to make an aggressive effort to keep in
touch with my constituents, to listen to
their concerns, and to keep them in
formed about what is going on in
Washington. I continue to represent the
views of the people who elected me and to
provide them with the best possible
service with problems which they might
be having with the federal government. I
believe that my public opinion polis,
frequent visits to all areas of the district,
newspaper columns and radio shows, and
my congressional offices in the district
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REP. JAMES T. BROYHILL
+. .Mles for re-election