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Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 1979-current, December 23, 1980, Image 2

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Pag. 2A-E»as MOUMTAm KaUUD-TuMday. DwMbOT ». INO ■*1 cm 9TeWf\RT Hey, Santa! It's me again PUBUSHED EACH TUESDAY AND THURSDAY GARLAND ATKINS GARY STEWART UB STEWART PublLthw Co-Editor Co-Editor MEMBER OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSOCIATION Tho Horald if publifhod by Horcdd PublUhing Houm. P.O. Box 752. Kin0fl Moun tain, N.C. 28086. Butinoff and oditorial oificM or* locotod at Canterbury Road- Eait King Stroot. Phono 739-7496. Socond cIom pootago paid at Kings Mountain. N.C. Singlo copy 20 conts. Subscription ratos: $12.48 yearly in-stato. $6.24 sU mon ths. $13.52 yoorly out of state. $6.76 six months. Student rates lor nine months. $8.50. USPS 931-040. eoiioiiiNS&opiNori? Dear Santa, Well, old man. I’m running a little late on my Christmas shopping this year. 1 was hoping maybe Christmas would be cancelled, because I haven’t really recovered from last year yet. But, I hear that’s not going to han>en, so I need your help. You probably have your sleigh packed and all ready to go, but would you consider adding some of these requests: A state basket!^ cham{nonship for Kings Moun tain’s Mountaineers, who are off to their best start in years, and a big slam dunk for the Mounties’ S-IO guard, C^l Smith ... Starting jobs for all Kings Mountain players par ticipating in college athletics: Let’s see, that would be footballers Kevin Mack at Clemson, Henry Hager at North Carolina Central, Avery Smith at Gardner-Webb, Chuck Gordon at Appalachian and Kelly Land at Lenoir-Rhyne, and b^ballers Tim Leach and Mark Schuman at Wingate. Since Land and Gordon are already starters at their respective schools, throw them in some All-Conference honors. Twenty-two super athletes for the Kings Moun tain football team next fall. It’s been a long dry spell since the last championship ... A return trip to the state championship series for Kings Mountain High’s baseball team, which lost out in the title game last spring ... Some speedier mail trucks for the U.S. Postal Ser vice. It took seven days for a letter to reach us from Gaston College, which is maybe 10 miles away in Dallas, N.C. But that’s nothing compared to the man in Bessemer City who received a letter a couple weeks ago that was postmarked 1972 ... Twenty boxes of chocolate coverd cherries for our paste-up girl, Melany Bolin, and a case of mello yellos for Dwight Frady, the editor of the Belmont Banner who works over here a couple days a week. If those two ever lose their sweet tooth, two candy factories and three soft drink plants will go out of business ... Some more federal grants for Kings Mountain, and its Mayor with the Midas touch, John Henry Moss. It used to be finding news was easy because you could always call up John Henry and ask him how many federal grants he got this week. But since the HUD audit the money hasn’t come in quite as often ... A one-way plane ticket to the U.S. for the hostages who have been held in Iran fw over a year. I asked you for this last year, Santa, so let’s get on with it ... A crime-free, accident-free, fire-free Christmas day, so dedicated people like policemen, rescuers and firemen can enjoy their Christmas dinner. A seven-foot center for Belmont Abbey basket ball coach Bobby Hussey. Hussey, former KMHS coach, has worked wonders with the Crusader pro gram and a big man is about all he needs to have a powerhouse ... Drafting by a good team for South Carolina’s sen sational Heisman Trophy winner, George Rogers. 1 would hate to see him go with a sorry team like New Orleans or Washington. Now, before you Red skin diehards start calling in bomb threats, remember. I’m a Redskin fan, too. But, you have to admit, they’re the pits this year ... Many more good years for the Shrine Bowl. We may not like the way the teams are picked, and we may be greatly disappointed that it’s been 23 years since Kings Mountain had a player in the game, but it gives us all a good feeling inside to see the Shriners raise $1.S million a year to aid the crippled and burned children ... A very Merry Christmas for East Rutherford High School football player George Bristol, who was left paralyzed after being hit in a game against East Gaston last fall. Thanks to the Shriners and the staff of their Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Bristol is learning to walk again ... A lot of good episodes of Dallas, so our typeset ters Nancy Walker and Rachel Thomas, and yours truly, will have something to talk about on Monday mornings... A return to good health for so many people we know who are not well during this holiday season: young Scott Carrigan of Ocala, Fla., a young athlete who just recently learned he has a rare form of leukemia; our own Mason Rodden, general manager of the Belmont Banner, and Will Hughes, a neighbor and good friend who is now living in Arkansas, both victims of cancer; and so many others whom we do not know but who need our thoughts and prayers this Christmas ... A hot meal, clothes, or a toy for needy people in our own area and around the world who will do without this Christmas and not have even some of the simple things that we take for granted ... And, above all, the true spirit of Christmas for all people everywhere, for if we miss that, this is just another day anyway. TODATS BIBLE VERSE And the angel said unto them. Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. — St. Luke 2:10 Look to The Source The Post Office was filled one morning this week with patrons in a hurry to get to their jobs and stop ping to mail Christmas cards and packages enroute. “I wish Christmas would hurry and get here,” was overheard a lady in line, “because I’ll be so glad when it’s over." How many of us share her frustrations. So much to do, so little time. The gift list is long. All those Christmas cards to address and mail, office and private parties, etc. and etc. Perhaps it would be wise to follow the advice given by ministers from the pulpit this religious season when they tell us to glad. More than anything you do during this time of self-imposed pressure, be glad. Take time to remind yourselves why you are trying to do so much for so many. ^ing glad should lead to The Source, perhaps in the Second Chapter of Luke: “In those days a decree was issued by the Emperor Augustus for a general registration throughout the Roman world. This was the first registration of its kind; it took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria. For this purpose everyone made his way to his own town; and so Joseph went up to Judaea from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to be registered at the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house of David by descent; and with him went Mary who was betrothed to him. She was pregnant, and while they were there the time came for her child to be bom, and she gave birth to a son, her first bom. She wrap ped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. All at once there was with the angel a great com pany of the heavenly hosts singing the praises of God; “Glory to God in highest heaven, and on earth His peace for men on whom his favor rests.” Don't be a victim Sometime between now and New Year’s, a child will pop a bright Christmas tree bulb into his mouth and turn a joyous season into pain and heartbreak. It always happens - somewhere. Don^ let your child become a holiday victim, warns the North Carolina Medical Society which reminds us to follow these Christmas precautions and not be victim of the ugly side of all this glitter. •Check the old stimg of lights and throw away ones that are worn out and brittle. If your household has small children, throw out old bulbs that the toddler could find and pop into his mouth. •Be careful not to overload your circuits - don’t plug more than two strings of lights into a single outlet. •Make sure that your Christmas tree is secured in its stand and won’t topple over when you least ex pect it. •Secure all your extension cords into their outlets so you won’t be shocked when you turn on your tree lights or other electric decorations. •Keep extension cords away from hallways and doors to avoid tripping over them. •Put breakable ornaments and ornaments made with angel hair or other glass filaments on higher branches out of baby’s reach. •Also keep holiday decorations made with real holly and nuts away from small children. Some ber ries, if eaten, can be deadly. Poinsettias are also tox ic if the milky substance from the leaves is swallow ed. •Stay away from real candles on the tree; althou^ they are a pretty sight they can also be dangerous if they fall over. •Christmas trees should have skirts that are nonflammable to cover the stand. Do not put cot ton or paper around the base of your tree. •Make sure that your tree is unplugged if you leave the house. It is also a wise idea to keep the stand filled with water to avoid drying the tree out. •Electrical toys for the children should be chosen with care. Make sure that the wiring is intact and that the toy is durable. •Avoid toys with sharp edges and removable parts that small children may swallow. Lib Stewart Lost Christmas is repeated ... Lost Christmas” has are repeating it this Erma Bombeck’s The become a perennial. We Christmas. There is nothing sadder in this world than to wake Christmas morning and not be a child. Not to feel the cold on your bare feet as you rush to the Christmas tree in the living room. Not to have your eyes sparkle at the wonderment of discovery. Not to rip the ribbons off the shiny boxes with such abandon. What happened? When did the cold bare feet give way to reason a and a pair of sensible bedroom slippers? When did the sparkle and the wonderment give way to depres sion of a long day? When did a box with a shiny rib- bonmean an item on the “charge”? A Child of Christmas doesn’t have to be a toddler or a teen. A child of Christmas is anyone who believes that Kings have birthdays. The Christmases you loved so well are gone. What happened? Maybe they diminished the year you decided to have your Christmas cards printed to send to 1,500 of your “closest friends and dearest obligations.” You got too busy to sign your name. Maybe it was the year you discovered the tradi tional Christmas tree was a fire hazard and the needles had to be vacuumed every three hours and you traded its holiday aroma for a silver one that revolved, changed colors, played Silent Night and snowed on itself. Or the year it got to be too much trouble to sit around the table and put popcorn and cranberries on a string. Possibly you lost your childhood the O year you solved your gift problems neatly and cold ly with a checkbook. Think about it. It might have been the year you were too rushed to bake and resorted to a slice-and- bake with no nonsense. Who needs a bowl to clean or lick? Most likely it was the year you were so efficient in paying back all your party obligations. A wonder ful little caterer did it for you for S3 per person. Children of Christmas are givers. That’s what the day is for. They give thanks, love, gratitude, joy and themselves to one another. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have children around a tree. It’s rather like lighting a can dle you’ve been saying, ^arojiiig when ywr f<|^ tffe 'ToTd, buflffin^ a fire in k eiej^' gri^e, Ending tinsel deep into the rug, lickihj^ "frosting off a beater, jpv- ing something you made yourself. It’s laughter, being with people you like, and at some time falling on your knees and saying. Thank You for coming to my birthday party.” How sad indeed to awake on Christmas and not be a child. Time, self pity, apathy, bitterness and exhaustion can take the Christmas out of the child, but you caimot take the child out of Christmas.” © 0 ^ ♦))- (From Tho Monday, Doc. 24. 1951 Edition of Tho King* Mountain Horald) The first set of twins was bom at Kings Mountain Hospital Sunday morning. The twins, a boy and a girl, were boro to Mr. and Mrs. James Staley, of Route 2. The boy arrived at 6:30 ajn. and the girl at 6:38 ajn. Dr. P.G. Padgett was the attending physi cian. OiO Poets Corner Make the most of Christmas It’s another Christmas season. Around the globe, there exists tensions, which, if short of war, make the imminence of war near. American hostages remain prisoners of Iran for another Christmas and many other world situations do not make a heartening backdrop for the Christmas scene. But it’s Christmas and most folk will make the most of the holiday. It is the nature of mankind to be optimistic, and in spite of the tensions in many parts of the world, almost all look forward immediately to an enjoyable Christmas season, and future Christmas seasons when the principal problems of living are earning a livelihood, rearing the children and attending to the other duties which arise in normal living. The Celebration of the Birthday of the Prince of Peace should not be accompanied by the holocaust of war, enmity, suspicion and envy. A New Year is just around the comer and what it holds in store for the peo|Je of Kings Mountain and of the world none can predict with any surety that the predictions will be correct. May future Christmas seasons fmd “Peace on earth, good will toward men,” and may the bright new year bring with it the promises of many brighter tomorrows. LOVE TAKES HOLD AT CHRISTMAS TIME Love shines at Christmas time as brilliant as the star, that shone the first Christmas night to guide the shepherds afar; Love shines the star of hope above a world of greed, of aU the things that man must have God’s love is the greatest need. • ^ Love shines the star of joy With beams that glow afar, the message of “Peace On Earth” No earthly thing can mar; there’s love in every light that glows on every tree that shines, Reflecting the Christmas spirit that dwells operating in hearts and minds. Love lights a candle in the darkness to guide lost ones on their way. Love takes hold of the hardest hearts to bring joy on Christmas Day. Vivian S. BUlcUH*

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