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Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 1979-current, September 30, 1980, Image 2

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Pag* 2-UNGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-TuMdoy. S«ptemb«r 30. 1980 PUBUSHED EACH TUESDAY AND THURSDAY GARLAND ATKINS GARY STEWART LIB STEWART Publisher Co-Editor Co-Editor MEMBER OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSOCIATION Tho Herald is published by Herald Publishing House, P.O. Box 752. Kings Moun tain, N.C. 28086. Business and editorial oiiices ore located at Canterbury Road- East King Street. Phone 739-7496. Second class postage paid at Kings Mountain. N.C. Single copy 20 cents. Subscription rates: $12.48 yearly in-state. $6.24 six mon ths. $13.52 yearly out of state. $6.76 six months. Student rates for nine months. $8.50. USPS 931-040. €DITORI^L9&OPiniOh9 Come and see us To the British commander who was spoiling for a fight with them, they were nothing more than a “pack of backwater mongrels.” However, at the decisive Battle of Kings Moun tain Oct. 7, 1780, the irregulars which British Maj. Patrick Ferguson was so quick to scorn shot or cap tured about 80 percent of his entire command in a little over an hour. Every participant in the battle but one was an American. The only British soldier present-Maj. Ferguson commanded a band of over 1,000 Tories recruited in New York and New Jersey. His goal was to penetrate western North Carolina and become a vanguard in Lord Comwalli cam paign to gain control of the southern colonies. Opposing Ferguson’s Tories were an equal number of “overmountain” men. These rugged patriots from Virginia and the Carolinas were also anxious for a fight. What they got, however, proved to be somewhat onesided. During the brief encounter, Ferguson and 225 of his band were killed, Tory wounded numbered 155 and what remained of the group quickly chose to surrender. Before it was over, patriot commanders were frantically trying to stop the overmountain men from firing on what was left of the Tory force. Patriot casualties were light-25 frontiersmen were killed and 62 were wounded. The engagement at Kings Mountain broke any hold the Tones had on the southern backwoods and also British hopes of taking control of Nonh Carolina in 1780. Kings Mountain is rolling out the red carpet to visitors to attend what is billed as its biggest celebra tion during the week Oct. 3-7. Celebration events are varied and many people have worked to make the Bicentennial of the Battle of Kings Mountain a great success. There’s a lot happening, beginning on Friday with opening ceremonies at Bicentennial Head quarters and culminating on Tuesday with a big parade. Dancing in the streets, rock-a-thons, ptatriotic ceremonies, the outdoor drama at KM Na tional Military Park, and many more festivities are planned. Y’all come to see us. THIS DAY 200 YEARS AGO This day 200 years ago men were confronted by the foe The British were in full anay Their freedom tried to take away; They were met by mountain men To say they feared not would be to sin The British had their homes been burning To get this over they were yearning. On overcoming they were counting But they met them at Kings Mountain There upon this mountain high where tree tops seem to touch the sky It must have been a horrible sound and men were all dying around As the battle was completed the mountain men were not defeated This was the turning point they say Tho the victory was some months away Tho surely we realize it then God was with these mountain men. So let’s not take this all for granted That we may not be self enchanted Let us not forget this when Reminded of these Mountain Men. CALVIN WRIGHT KINGS MOUNTAIN Poets Corner Friendly little raindrops that love to hold me in, I see them from my window like a visit from a friend. Vivian S. Biltcliiia Raindrops In The Fall Friendly little raindrops are falling once again, 1 see them from my window like a visit from a friend, those friendly little raindrops come down to hold me in, bounce up and down when they think how high they’ve been. Pretty little raindrops they love to fall on me, to leave droplets on the hair as on the leaves of trees. I reach out to catch them they trickle down the arm, pleasing little raindrops they bring me no alarm. Refreshing little raindrops 1 never say go away. For they usually come to visit on a cloudy day. Whafs your opinion Somsthlng bothsri&g you? Got it oil your chost. Fool good about somothing? Shoro it. Wo wont to hoar from you. Addross your lot- tors to tho oditors to Roador Dialoguo, P.O. Box 752. Kings Mountain. N.C. 28086. Unsign- od lottors will not bo publishod. "li God Should Go On Striko" How good it is that God above has never gone on strike. Because He was not treated fair in things He didn’t like. If only once He’d given up and said, ‘That’s it; I’m through! “I’ve had enough of those on earth, so this is what III do. “I’ll give my orders to the sun - cut off the heat supply! “And to the moon - give no more light, and run the oceans dry. Then just to make things really tough and put the pressure on, ‘Turn off the vital oxygen till every breath is gone!” You know He would be justified, if fairness was the game. For no one has been more abused or met with more disdain Than God, and yet He carries on, supplying you and me With all the favors of His grace, and everything is free. Men say they want a better deal, and so on strike they go. But what a deal we’ve given God to whom all things we owe. We don’t care whom we hurt to gain the things we like; But what a mess we’d all be in, if God should go on strike. Second Baptist Church Bulletin 0 Stamp collectors interested in KM postal card ^ Kings Mountain postal officials tell lis there is a lot of interest from stamp collectors from far and near in the commemorative postal card of the Battle of Kings Mountain which the U. S. Postal Service will issue Oct. 7. The card is the fifth in a series dedicated to heroes and historic events of the American Revolution. First day of issue ceremonies will be held at 11 ajn. Oct. 7th at Barnes Auditorium. Gerald F. Mer- na, executive assistant to the postmaster general, will deliver the keynote address. Dominating the new card’s vignette is a view of an overmountain man preparing to fire his musket. Other members of the frontier group also appear in perspective in position behind the central figure. Lib Stewart » • Appearing at the upper right comer of the design in a single line of black type is “USA 10 cents” Across the bottom of the vignette in another line of black type is “Battle of Kings Motlhtain 1780”. The designer of the Kings Mountain postal card, David Blossom, also prepared the art for the earlier postal cards issued in honor of American Revolu tion heroes and events. The Weston, Conn, designer also prepared the tributes to Molly Pitcher, heroine of the Eiattle of Mcximouth Qssued in 1978k George Rogers Clark, hontier military leader C>$sued in 1979), Casimir Pulaski, foreign volunteer and ctxn- mander who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Savannah, Ga. (also issued last year) and an earlier 1980 postal card marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the French fleet in Newport,R. I. (July 11 this year). The multicolor Kings Mountain postal card, which measures three and one half by five and one half inches, is being offset printed at the Govern ment Printing Office Collectors wishing to obtain first day cancella tions should address requests to; Kings Mountain Postal Card, Postmaster, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086. Orders, along with a check or money order ^ to cover the cost of the cards requested (W cents ^ each) must be submitted and postmarked no later than Oct. 7. So that postal personnel do not have to apply return addresses to individual cards, collectors are asked to send a self-addressed envelope of an ap propriate size or peeiabic return address labels with their orders. Local folk will recall the efforts of the late Dr. D. F. Hord, an ardent stamp collector and patriot, who wrote numerous letters to local legislators and government officials, an in addition to encouraging ^ local citizens to write letters. Mayor John Moss call ed Eoline Hord the day of the late dentist’s funeral to tell the family that Dr. Hord’s persistence had paid off. GI^RY 9TeWt\RT Of streets^ sports and other stuff Notes and noted; If President Carter...or Mondale...or Rosalyn... comes to Kings Mountain next Tuesday to speak at the Bicentennial Celebration, he or she will see a spruced up Kings Mountain. City crews have been busy for weeks repairing streets, cutting grass, and doing a million other things to make the city look nice. The detours around streets being repaired are in convenient, but will be well worth it if a member of the First families attends. be much-welcomed. If you ever want to know something, consult an expert. — “-i '• Jimmy the Greek is known all over the world by sports fans for his ability to pick the winners. A couple months ago on the first NFL Today of this season, the Greek predicted the New York Jets would win the Super ^wl. The Jets lost their fourth game in a row Sunday and are in last place in their division. Hub Adams of Kings Mountain is doing his part in trying to lure the President to Kings Mountain. Adams, 62, is deaf and legally blind (he is totally blind in one eye and has 20/200 vision in the other), but is a super-talented woodcrafitstnan. He recently made President Carter a goblet and liberty bell and sent it to the White House. He did the same for President Ford when he almost came to Kings Mountain in 1975. “He can use the bell to ring for Rosalyn, and eat peanuts out of the goblet,” quipped Adams. Kings Mountain High tennis coach Ed Guy and several of his players are due congratulations for work they’ve done recently on the KMHS and KM Junior High courts. They have spent several weeks painting both courts, and aske(( no Compensation for their time and talents. ' • - ' Needless to say, both courts look great and their neat appearance adds much to some of the finest high school and junior high atletic facilities in the state. Kings Mountain will soon have another much- needed restaurant in downtown. Fred Kiser, who for years operated the old Silver Villa and Minit Grill, is opening soon on the comer of Battleground and East Gold Street. The spot was a favorite of local diners for years when it housed the old B&B. More recently, it has been used by Kings Mountain Farm Center as a Stove Center. Fred’s good food and friendly conversation will A couple of weeks ago we gave you a report on five former Kings Mountain High football stan douts who are now members of college elevens. Henry Hager, who played tackle for the Moun- ties last fall and signed a grant-in-aid with North Carolina Central, was moved to tight end in pre season drills and later red-shirted. That means he will be eligible for another year of football after his class graduates. With the progress he’s making, that could be a big plus for the school and Hager. City Is Sprucing Up Kings Mountain is sprucing up for a 200th anniversary celebration that promises to riv^ - in spirit at least - some of the Bicentennial festivities staged by the nation’s major cities. Beginning Oct. 3, the City of Kings Mountain kicks off five days of nearly non-stop activities cotnmemorating the 200th an niversary of the Campaign and Battle of Kings Mountain, site of a major Patriot victory over British troops in the Revolu tionary War. Scheduled events include a parade, outdoor dramas, dances, exhibits, special ceremonies and a reenactment of the march of the Overmountain Men who converged on a nearby hill on Oct. 7, 1780, to hand the British a disastrous defeat that may have been a turning point in the American Revolution. President Jimmy Carter and Republican presidential can didate Ronald Reagan have been invited to participate in the celebration along with U.S. Senators, Congressmen and other public officials from the Turn To Page 8 Down Home Fun Small towns in this area, do not have “big city” entertainment but we do have our own forms of “down home fun” that are hard to beat. You can drive to Charlotte and see a big league entertainer or enjoy culture, but for us who like to stay at home, the leisure activities are limited, but refreshing. If you eliminate television, and the movies, our entertainment list would be almost nil. But what’s left is “choice.” The church social, the high school football game, the Sunday afternoon golf or tennis game, the picnic, the visit with a beighbor, are forms of entertain ment that are still cherished in rural America. One of the greatest forms of entertainment in our country is the Friday night high school football game. There is nothing to match its excitement for pure old hometown fun. If you have ever played high school football, then you know the thrill of running out on that field to represent your alma mater. That is a feeling that is hard to describe. Besides the players, however, the marching bands, the cheerleaders, and even the trainers and water boys, have their moments of importance. The coahces. I’m sure are also so excited they can’t stand it. The parents in the stands who have some one down on the field, are also filled with pride and excitement. There is their own kid down there doing his or her thing. Then there are just the fans, who come down in all kinds of weather to urge on their team. And when the lights come on, the bands play, the cheerleaders cheer and the game gets underway, it is pretty hard not to get caught up in the excite ment, even if you don’t understand the game. The high school football game is definitely one of the great American past- times. It is built around good clean, wholesome fun and sportsmanship. That is why it has survived. If you haven’t seen a good high school football game lately, go on out to the stadium.—It’s hometown fun at its best. € » • e> ts t( si bl tl C E tl T S sc c< Cl d • 9 • 6 tl et C yi di J( 4' d< ai ri SI C g< yj bl ri K m te H ol di 2( ol in pi • • tt ir ft sc h tl w 2 y fi u

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