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VOL. 89 NO. 10
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 28086 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2,1978
Five Cents Worth
Of Beans And Com
Arthur BUtdiffe is fast.
You've got to keep an open mind and be fast on your feet and
mental digestion to keep up with Um. He literally bowls you
over with a barrage of facts and figires.
Who U Arthur BUtcUffe?
Some people say he's a farmer, others say it ain't so. Arthur
says be is an agriculturist.
Some people say he's a weatherman, others say it ain’t so.
Arthur say shemerdy keeps up with the weather patterns.
At any rate you may disagree on the fanner or weatherman
aspects, but one thing you cannot say and that is Arthur is
Arthur BiltcUffe is a transplanted Yankee. He is a native of
Pawtucket, Rhode Island and htsbeen a Kings Mountian since
U84. He spent 10 years in the military and worked for 16-years
fj a psstal employe. Now he is retired.
So,, how did he become an agriculturist and weatherman?
R all began with five cents worth of bean seeds and five cents
worth of com seeds.
"Ibidltmy own home," Arthursaid. “It took me seven long
years to completeit. I built it in a natural valley off N. Goforth
St. My wife's (Vivian Stewsrt) folks were farmers and I
decided I wanted to plant a garden.''
'Arthur asked Us 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 be trriy wanted a garden to grow.
BIrs. Biltcliffe said ''amen” to the standard procedure.
But Artbir 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 com and been seeds each and went to work.”
Hetooka stick and traced some grooves in his red clay based
hillside and dropped the seeds, then he covered over the seeds
with “trash.” That turned out to befallen leaves, cut grass and
weeds and faDen 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 com. "WhO'e 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 Use’s that year. “And my crops
were oomidetUy disease-free,” he added.
That was in 1946 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
experimentwitb new methods. He spent seven years testing to
see if plants native to different climates could be made to
sirvivehere. “I gave it up and decided that the only idants that
really stand a chance in our climate is plants native to our
dimate,” he said.
He began jotting down data in a journal, reminders to
himself of the best times to idant, 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
extremesofhot and cold only st first Then he decided to make
a chart 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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French Ciiih ^
KMSHS French Club members will
sponsor a hotdog supper Frl., Feb. S, for
benefit of French Club sponsored
Hotdogs with slaw, poUto chips,
dessert and drinks will be served from 6
until 7 p. m. in the lunchroom of KBISHS
at fl.A per plate. Extra hotdogi are
available at 39 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 echoed board
seats and Qerk of Superior Coirt.
The state offices include three seats in
the 2Sth 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 3:30 a. m.
until noon next Monday.
Peeler Files For Sheriff
A contest developed Monday for Sheriff
of ClevMand County when Charles L.
Peeler, 44, of Shelby filed as a candidate.
Mr. Peeler ran unsuccessfully in the
past dection against the Incumbent J.
Said Mr. Peeler, “My decision to nm
again for sheriff was prompted by the
strong support I received In the last
election, and by my contbiued belief that
I CM and wiU help to make Cleveland
County a better, safer and nwre plensant
place to live.”
Pselar's father, the late Randolph
Peeler, was a Deputy Sheriff In the
county for U years.
Charies Peder is presently employed
hy Carolina Frdgbt Carriers Cor
poration of Chetryville, N. C., as a long
line driver. He is a graduate of Bdwood
High Schod and aevdand County
Technical InaUtute, and Is a charter
member of Aldsrsgate Methodist Church
of Shelby, N. C.
He Is a S2nd degree mason and a
shriner. He Is an armed farces veteran
having nerved with the U. S. Army for
two years. He Is presenlly a member of
the Shdby American uiglon Post, the
Disabled Veterans, American Veterans
and the Benevdent and Protective Order
of the Blks, as wdl as betaM a member of
the Fraternal Order of Police.
A aeveland County native, eon of
Rsnddph Peeler and the late Mr. Peeler,
be is married to the former Joan Propst
wltoU the daughter of Mrs. Fred Panther
and the late J. Alvin Propst. She Is a
Shdby native. The Peders have two
chUdren, PauU, a student at aemaon
Udverdty, and Chuck, a student at
Shdby High School They reside at ISIS
Peeler said in his filing statementl "I
loveClevdandCounty and its people, and
my Interests are here. My father was a
D^y Sheriff for IS 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 Clevdand Tech and
have earned an Associates Degree in
Police Sdence from there.
“I am proud of America, being a
veteran of the armed aervkea, but more
specifically I am proud to be a North
CaroHnlan, and a raddmt of Cleveland
County. I want to be a part of Its
orgMiiatlon and 1 want to be able to hdp
with Ito continued growth and prosperity.
“I want to be aharlff of Cleveland
County not only bscause it would fulfill a
boyhood dream, but because I know I will
be a good sheriff. I would dedicate myeeU
THE WEATHERMAN — Arthir BUtdiffe began his study of
weather patterns about 25 years ago using data from the U. S.
WeaUier Bureau dating back to the agency’s beginning in 1886.
Photo By Tom McIntyre
He now predicts we are in for a wet spring and summer and a
mUder winter for 1978-79.
Broyhill Seeks Reelectioii
Democratic candidates wUl be subject
to a primary election on Hay 2 in all but
the county board of education race,
which is non-partisan.
The deadline for new regiatratioa and
changes of address for eligibility in the
May 2 primary is S p. m.' Mon. Apr. 3.
Absentee ballots wiU be issued from Fri.,
Mar. 3 to Wed., Apr. 26. The deadline for
returning absmtee baUots to the county
elections board la 5 p. m. Mon., May 1.
Citizens nuy register to vote at either
the Clevdand County Board Elections
Office, Shelby, or by appointment at the
homes of appointed registrars and
to the job 100 percent of the time. I can
and will bring new and innovative Ideas
to the position. B’s time for a ebaiiBa.”
... .rnas for Sheriff
Veterar Congressr.-.ar Ja j T
BroyhUl of Lenoir announced today from
his office in WaAington that he has of
ficially filed for re-election to Ids ninth
term as a member of the United States
House of Representatives.
“Shice 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 lOth District. Because of
Boy Scout Day
Boy Scout Day In Government wUl be
observed in Kings Momtain on Mon.,
Beginning at 9 a. m. that day the
various department heads wUl meet the
Scouts assigned to them for the day.
The Scouts will observe the functions of
each deparbnmt dtring the day and will
attend the city commissioners meeting
Will Run For
Dwi^t Tbesneer, of Rt. 2, Shelby,
made the coroner’s race a contest when
be filed Theaday nwmbig. The in
cumbent coroner is Bennett Masters of
Kings Mountaia of Harris Funeral
An employe of Lutz-Austell Funeral
Home in Shelby, Mr. Teuneer waa also
on 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-
tonded N. C. State. A graduate of Boiling
aprtnp Hl^ School, he la a member ot
Baplar Sprinp Baptist Church. Mrs.
Ibssneer la the former Joanne Mor^n
snd the couple haa four chUdren.
In his filbig statement, Mr. Tesaeneer
sold, “If sleeted coroner, I wlU serve the
people of Cleveland County to the best of
my ability, as efficiently and
aoonsmically as possibls to maintain a
high standard of service to all con
my cc '.cem for the people of the district,
I expect to continue and to evm 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 (or several terms on the
energy subcommittee, Broyhill is a
recognized authority in the field of
energy legislation. Presently serving as
the second 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
loth District. He also maintains an active
interest in the anas of communications,
consumer affain, 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 Congirsrional
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 Conunlssion. "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 lOth 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
farmed 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 polls,
frequent visits to all areas of the district,
newspaper columns and radfo shows, and
my congressional offices in the district
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REP. JAMES T. BROYHllL