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Westmoreland Selected As Honorary
Chairman For Battle Celebration
The “Screaming Eagles”
general, General William C.
Westmoreland, U. S. Army
Retired, will serve as honorary
chairman of the 200th anniver
sary celebration of the Battle of
Mayor John Henry Moss,
Celebration Chairman, said the
former Commander of the
United States forces in Vietnam,
Chief Staff of the Army; and a
member of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, confirmed this week that
he will be a guest of the Oct. 7th
celebration which the Mayor
said is shaping up to be the most
celebration in the history of
Western North Carolina beginn
ing on Sept. 23 at Abington, Va.
and culminating through Oct.
7th in Kings Mountain.
Westmoreland is a native
South Carolinian and attended
The Citadel for one year before
receiving an appointment to the
U.S. Military Academy, West
Point. He graduated there in
1936 and was commissioned as a
second lieutenant in the Army.
Westmoreland served with
distinction in World War II and
the Korean Conflict, winning
promotion to brigadier general
during the latter. He was 38
years old at the time.
Following service on the Ar
my Staff in Washington, D. C.,
from 1953-58, the general com
manded the 101st Airborne Divi
sion at Fort Campbell, Ky. and
developed the division into the
most ready division of the U. S.
Army stationed in the United
States. He also commanded the
XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort
Bragg. He was also Superinten
dent of West Point for three
In January, 1964,
Westmoreland reported for duty
in Saigon, South Vietnam. A few
months later he was promoted to
full general and appointed by
President Lyndon B. Johnson as
Commander of the U. S. Armed
Forces and Military Advisor to
the Republic of Vietnam.
On July 3, 1968, the general
was sworn in as Chief of Staff,
the highest position in the Army.
Westmoreland holds five
honorary degrees from colleges
and universities and is recipient
of 19 U. S. military decorations
and has been decorated by 16
foreign countries with 29
awards. He retired in 1972
following 36 years of federal ser
vice. Since that time he has serv
ed in several leadership positions
in his native South Carolina, as
well as traveling extensively on
the lecture circuit.
In addition to his military
decorations, Westmoreland has
received numerous civilian
awards, including selection as
“Man of the Year” for 1966 by
Susan Goforth Wins Football Contest
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VOLUME 91 - NUMBER 68 - TUESDA Y, SEPTEMBER 9,1980 - KINGS MOUNTAIN, NOR TH CAROLINA
Local Committee Named
To Head Special Events
Plans for the 200th anniver
sary celebration of the Battle of
Kings Mountain continue to
shape as more spiecial events are
Photo by Gary Stowart
JA. MODEL T-SHIRTS - Four Kings Mountain High studsnts or*
^ pictursd horo wsaring T-shirts promoting th* 200th onnivor-
scoy of th* Battl* of Kings Mountain. Studsnts includ* Mary
Ann McClain, front and back row, l*ft to right, Markus Hag*r.
Bridgst GIcms and Boo Robinson.
Grover Residents To Vote
In November For Beer, Wine
Grover voters will go to the
polls for the first time in history
Nov. 4 to decide whether they
will allow the off-premises sale of
ir- beer and4>r unfortified wine.
^ A total of 92 names appear on
• petition which has been turned
In to the Town Board of Elec-
i^ons and necessary to call for
gjthe vote. Only 49 names, or 20
ercent of the 242 registered
_,„Fvoters were required for the
Although neither beer or wine
is legally sold in Grover town
nits, tx>th are available to the
sblic just across the South
rolina line at Fast Fare.
'Hugh Wester has served as
nan of the Wet forces in
ver and there has been no
vard opposition from Dry
forces. Mr. Wester, a Grover
merchant, said that he he could
throw a rock from his store and
hit Fast Fare, indicating the
closeness of the South Carolina
store to other merchants and
residents within the city limits.
Petitions are being circulated
in Kings Mountain requesting
that the city call for an election
to establish an ABC store but
Scott Cloninger, an who drew up
the petition at the request of
several citizens, ^d that the
group has no plans for the Nov.
4th general election but is expec
ting to have petitions in order to
call for a special election on the
issue in either January or
February. Voters turned down
the issue here five years ago.
planned each day.
Mayor John Moss today an
nounced a 23-member special
events committee, which will be
in charge of coordinating the
many special activities of the
week-long celebration which
climaxes Tues., Oct. 7.
President Jimmy Carter has
been invited to speak at the Oct.
7 finale, and Mayor Moss said
the prospect of his coming is
good. A number of other
. dignataries, including
Republican Presidential Can
didate Ronald Reagan, have also
The special events committee
includes Schools Superintendent
William Davis, chairman;
Senator J. Ollie Flarris, Charles
Mauney, Wade Tyner, Jim Tate,
Sarah Faunce, Robert McRea,
Jerry Nations, Jonas Bridges,
Nancy Smith, Rev. Clyde
Bearden, Kyle Smith, William
Hager, Gary Shields, Rev.
Roben E. Boggan Jr., Scott
Cloninger, Tom Franklin, Dr.
William Briggs, James Petty,
Darrell Austin, Rev. M-L-
, Campbell, Mike Loveless, Allan
Propst and Hilda Goforth.
A number of special events
are already planned, including a
on the grounds of the Govern
mental Services Facilities Center
on Sat., Oct. 4 through Mon.,
British forces will set up
camps on one end of the huge
lawn and American forces will
camp on the other end. There
will be various di.splays of how
life was in 1780.
The encampment will be coor
dinated through the National
Park Service. Mike Loveless,
superintendent of Kings Moun
tain National Military Park, said
over 140 people from as far
away as New Hampshire have
already indicated theyll par
Similar encampments are set
up each weekend during the
summer at the Military Park.
A traditional drinking of spr
ing water by Governor Jim Hunt
of North Carolina and Governor
Jim Riley of South Carolina will
take place on the morning of
Oct. 7 at the North and South
Carolina state line. The gover
nors will use hand-hewn sour-
wood mugs which are replicas of
mugs used by battle participants
200 years ago.
Other special events will be
announced in the coming weeks,
leading up to the big announce
ment of the featured speaker on
Oct. 7, which celebration of
ficials hope will be that the Presi
dent is coming.
FINAL PLANS - Kings Mountain Mayor John
Henry Moss, seated, and government
employees discuss final plans for a postage
stamp commomorating th* 200th anniversary
of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Standing, left
Photo by Gory Stewort
to right, or* Kings Mountoin Postmoster Fred
Weaver, Notion^ Pork Superintendent Mike
Loveless, and Willi* Stratford, representative
of th* U.S. Posted Service in Charlotte.
Principal McRae To Head Bike-A ^ Than
Bob McRae, Kings Mountain
Senior High Principal, has
volunteered to lead local
residents in organizing a Bike-A-
Thon to be held on October 18,
in Kings Mountain for benefit of
the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Cystic fibrosis, the most
serious lung-damaging disease, is
incurable. One in every 1,600
American children inherits this
devastating disease when they
receive a gene for it from each of
their pvents. It is estimated that
10 million Americans are symp
tomless and unknowing carriers
of the gene which can cause CF
in their child. Through research
funded by the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, a test to identify
carriers is being sought and
scientists are pursuing a cure or
control for cystic fibrosis.
The bike-a-thon will help sup
port these research programs
and medical care to lengthen the
lives of all lung-damaged
children through over 120 Cystic
Fibrosis Centers in the United
States. These CF Centers
specialize in the diagnosis and
care of children with cystic
fibrosis and other lung-damaging
diseases like chronic bronchitis,
bronchiectasis, severe asthma
and recurrent pneumonia.
Participants in the bike-a-thon
who raise $25.00 or more will
win a T-shirt from the CF Foun
dation. For further information,
contact McRae at 739-5401 or
The bike-a-thon will originate
at Kings Mountain Senior High
School at 9KX) a.m. Pledge forms
are availaUe in all local schools.
Photo by Gory Stewart
SOURWOOD MUGS - lim Ryon. left, publicity chairman for
th* Bottle of Kings Mountain celebration, and Mike LoveloM.
superintendent of Kings Mountedn Notionol Military Park,
show off th* sourwood mugs which Carolinas governors Jim
Hunt cmd lim Riley will us* for th* traditional drinking of spr
ing water on th* North and South Carolina line on October 7.
Th* hand-corved mugs or* replicas of mugs used in th*
Revolutionary War period.