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Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 1979-current, September 30, 1980, Image 1

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Football Contest Winner: Ruth McCree Tuesday 20° A “wee wi ¥ Pp 7 Friday At 11 AM. Aha i Senator Robert Morgan AACY pe a —— A OVERMOUNTAIN MARCHERS-Modern-day frontiersmen reenacted the march along the Overmountain Victory Trail when they set out from Abington. Va. last Wednesday to signal the official start of the 200th Celebration of the Battle of Kings Mountain. They are being Bloodmobile ¢ Here Friday Kings Mountain industry will sponsor a community visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile Friday from noon until 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on W. King St. Goal of the collection is 200 pints of blood. Mrs. Martha Scruggs, ex- ecutive secretary of the Cleveland County Red Cross Chapter, said that a Friday visit of the blood bank is slated for Boiling Springs at Gardner- Webb College where donors will be processed from 10:30 a.m. un- til 4 p.m. in the Bulldog Room at Charles 1. Dover Center. Donors are asked to give blood in honor of cancer patient Laura Mixson, a Gardner-Webb student. Mrs. Scruggs said that blood giving is critical since Cleveland County was short 190 pints of its goal in September. She reminded citizens that blood can only be donated at regional visits of the blood collecting unit, and said that “The need is great for blood now.” joined along the 219-route to Kings Mountain by other reenactment groups representing North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia and will arrive at the Military Park here next Tuesday. PHOTO BY JIM RYAN Free Bus Transportation To Be Provided By KM Park The National Park Service will provide free bus transporta- tion into Kings Mountain Na- tional Military Park for the Oct. 7 ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Supt. Andrew M. Loveless said park roads will be closed at noon on the day of the com- memorative program scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the park visitor center. Public parking will be provid- ed at Westmoreland Farm on S.C. 216 and at Lake Crawford in Kings Mountain State Park. Chartered buses will run con- tinuously from the parking areas to the visitor center, Loveless said. “We're fully prepared to han- dle a big crowd and there should be no delays getting in and out of the park,” he said. Loveless said the Park Service has called in extra personnel to help with the event, which will cap a five-day celebration of the battle’s bicentennial. Secretary of the Ifiterior Cecil ~ D. Andrus will be the featured speaker on the afternoon pro- gram. Units reenacting the march of the Overmountain Men will arrive in the park just prior to the start of the ceremony. Other participants will include U.S. Senators and Congressmen, state governors or their represen- tatives, a representative of the British government, Chris T. Delaporte, Director of the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, Roy Wood, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Interior for the Southeast Region, and Joe Brown, Southeast Regional Director, National Park Service. Former South Carolina State Senator P. Bradley Morrah Jr. will be master of ceremonies. To Launch Activities U. S. Senator Robert Morgan (D-N. C.) will make the keynote address at Il a.m. Friday morning at Celebration Headquarters as the community launches the 200th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Kings Mountain. This community of nearly 10,000 is sprucing up for a celebration that promises to rival-in spirit at least some of the Bicentennial festivities staged by the nation’s major cities. U.S. Senators, Congressmen and other public officials from the five Southern states that sent militia into the Battle will be on hand to participate in the celebration. Mayor John Henry Moss, chairman, said that while the Descendants Are Invited To Register All descendants of Revolu- tionary War heroes at the Battle of Kings Mountain are invited to register their names and ad- dresses with representatives of the Daughters of American Revolution who will be conduc- ting the registration at various events next week. Mrs. HA. (Hilda) Goforth will serve as chairman of the registration committee and in- vites other DAR members who will assist to call her at 739-5160. The registration will be open at major festivities, including the Friday opening at ll am. at Celebration Headquarters, the Saturday night Ball at the Ar- mory, the Sunday afternoon religious program at B. N. Barnes Auditorium, the Tuesday Celebration luncheon at 11:30 at KMHS the Stamp Cancellation program at a.m. Tuesday at Barnes Auditorium, the Tuesday address following the | p.m. parade and the Park program at 3:30 Tuesday. Celebration Chairman John Moss is also encouraging citizens to dress in Bicentennial attire, if they would like, to further carry out the Celebration motif. Mrs. Goforth encourages citizens to dress up in Bicentennial attire for Sunday church services. SEN. ROBERT MORGAN marchers are making their way toward the battlefield numerous activities are planned. Exhibits by the U. S. Navy, Kings Moun- tain school children and Boy and Girl Scout troops will open Fri- day and run throughout the celebration in the downtown area and at the new City Hall. A 4:30 p.m. rock-a-thon will begin at the Depot Center, a pie throw- ing contest will start at Depot Center at 9:30 p.m. and a street dance is planned at the Depot Center beginning at 10 p.m. Adding to the pageantry of the celebration will be the display of the five flags represen- ting the Southern states par- ticipating in the mammoth celebration. Bicentennial headquarters, in the old bank building downtown, will be manned each day as an information center. Souvenir items, including a limited number of souvenir pro- grams, are available as well as tee-shirts, caps and monuments. Friday will also mark the third performance of the outdoor “Then Conquer We Must”, which played to capacity au- diences Friday and Saturday nights and was rained out Sun- day. Citizens with tickets to Sun- day’s show can use the tickets at performances Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednes- day. The Oct. 7th show tickets are $4 and $5 and reservations are requested as soon as possible. visiting dignitaries will be recognized at the Oct. 7th show, the battle anniversary date. Human Chain Along 74 Slated For 12:30 Sunday A human chain along U. S. 74 South will celebrate Religious Heritage Day next Sunday, Oct. 5th, as one of the events planned to commemorate the 200th an- niversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. The chain is expected to ex- tend from the city limits on the East side of town to the city limits on the west side of town, or approximately two miles long. According to Zeb Plonk, a spokesman for the Religious Heritage Day activities, chur- ches will conclude their morning worship services in time for all worshippers to arrive at Highway 74 by 12:30. No seg- ment of the chain will be reserv- ed for any one person or group of persons. Everyone is urged to go from church, home or wherever he or she may be, to the nearest point, or any other point in the city limits, on Highway 74 and join the forma- tion of the chain. Mr. Plonk said that when the chain has been formed, the par- ticipants will sing two or three patriotic songs and the ceremony will be concluded in about IS minutes. In event of heavy rain at 12:30, on Oct. Sth, each church may wish to ask those present to form a human chain in its own sanctuary and sing one or more patriotic songs. Said Mr. Plonk, “October 5th is World Communion Sunday and it is afitting day to demonstrate our friendship, uni- ty and determination to live together in peace.” Oliver Tate's painting of Kings Mountain was suggested PAINTING IS HOBBY-Oliver Tate. a rural mail carrier for nearly 30 years, likes to paint. One of his favorite oil paintings is a rural for use on the commemorative postal card which the U.S. Postal Service will issue next Tuesday. The multi-color card, however, is postoffice. PHOTO BY LIB STEWART scene with the mountain in the background. Tate is pictured with his painting at the the design of David Blossom, who prepared the art for the earlier postal cards issued in honor of American Revolution heroes and events. Mr. Tate's oil painting, which depicts a rural landscape with the mountain in the background, hangs in the office of KM Postmaster Fred Weaver. Painting has been Tate’s hob- by for seven years and some of his landscapes and seascapes have been given to friends, not only in Kings Mountain but in Portland, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The Kings Mountain native, a mail carrier for nearly 30 years, has chosen rural Cleveland County as many of his subjects to paint. His Kings Mountain painting was done from a photograph made from 1-85, he said. Oliver joined the KM postof- fice staff Mar. 1, 1951 as a clerk- carrier following a three hitch with Uncle Sam in the USAF. His early duties were to dispatch mail and take out parcels. Thirty years ago a messenger took the mail to the depot for the trains to pick up or catch pouches hang- ing on poles in the downtown area held the mail which was caught by the non-stop trains as they passed through the city. There were three rural routes and six city routes in 1951 as compared to four rural routes and six city routes today “Mail has become big business”, says Oliver, who started delivering mail on Route 4 about nine years ago. His patrons then numbered about 200 less than they are today, a total of 634 boxes on a heavy du- ty route that requires about five hours to complete each day. “Our patrons used to be able to set their clocks by the mailmen”, laughed Tate, who noted that with the increase of “junk mail” a postman can’t predict how heavy his mailbags will be for the next day. “We always knew we had a Herald to deliver on Thursday morning but now we have two Heralds a week plus the regular mail and a heavy supply of circulars and boxholders”, said Tate. Mr. Tate said that that KM postmen carry six or seven sets of boxholders a week and this area has set a record in this type of mailing. Oliver Tate has worked for Mailman Paints Peak Of Kings Mountain four postmasters during the past 30 years. He was hired by the late W. E. Blakely, then worked for the late W. Ted Weir, Charles L. Alexander and now Fred Weaver. Mr. Tate, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Tate of Kings Mountain, graduated from Kings Mountain High School. He is married to the former Helen Robbs, also of Kings Mountain, and they have four children, Mrs. Gene Har- din, Jimmy Tate and Mrs. Lynn Tate Yates, all of Kings Moun- tain, and Brad Tate, 19, of the home. Oliver's brother, Fred, is also a Kings Mountain rural car- rier and delivers mail on Route 2. Another brother, Gene Tate, lives in Portland, Oregon. What Tate likes best about be- ing a mailman are the people he meets on his route. “We're really a traveling postoffice”, he says, noting that he sells stamps, picks up packages and offers all the service that a patron receives up- town. “I wouldn't want to change jobs with anyone”, he said, reflecting on the many good friendships he had made with R4 patrons since he took over the route.

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