City Limits 7.193
(Final Unofficial Census 1950)
Immediate Trading Area 15.000
(1945 Rati.on Board Figures)
VOL.61 NO. 28
Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. July 14, 1950
PRICE FIVE CENTS
All interested persons are ur
ged to meet at Bethlehem Bap
tist church Saturday morning
to clean the cemetery grounds.
Each person Is reminded to
bring tools It was stated.
The city issued two building
permits this week. They inclu
ded one to W. M. Gantt, for
enclosing a porch, and one
for $200 to Dalsey Schenck, 410
Ridge street, tor a three room
addition to a dwelling.
Loy Costner, salesman at
Plonk Brothers & Company, has.
.resigned his position, effective.
.Saturday, to accept a position,
.with a retail dry goods firm in
St. Joseph, Mo. Mr. Costner and
his family expect to move to
to St. Joseph next week.
JAYCEES TO MEET
Regular meeting of the Kings
Mountain Junior Chamber of
Commerce will be held Tues
day evening at the- Woman's
club at 7 o'clock. Program for
the meeting has not been an
Rev. Wm. L. Pressly left Sun- j
day night for Princeton, N. J.,
attend the Institute of Theolo- j
gy. Mr. Pressly will be away j
for ten days. In his absence, Mr.
John Reagan will preach at the
ARP church. Mr, Reagan is
WARREN McGILL ILL
I. Warreh -McGlll, former
Kings Mountain citizen. Is cri
tically 111 In a Little Rock, Ark.,
hospital, according to informa
tion received by relatives here
this week. Mr. McGlll is suf
fering from a heart condition.
Rev. P. D. Patrick, Assistant
Pastor John Reagan, C. D. Blan- i
ton and J. G. Darraoott repre
sented First Presbyterian
church and Dixon Presbyterian
church at the 114th session of
Kings Mountain Presbytery,
held Tuesday at First Presby
terian church in Lincolnton.
MRS. MAUNEY ILL
Mrs. D. C. Mauney is a pa
tient in Mercy Hospital, Char
lotte. She became ill at her
home at Crescent Beach, S. C.
last week, and entered the hos
pital for examination and treat
ment on Wednesday. Her ill
ness had not been finally diag
nosed Thursday morning, but
members of her family aakl
doctors attributed the Illness
to a virus Infection.
Privilege licenses purchased
by Kings Mountain business
firms through Thursday total
ed $4,210.50. Persons and firms
required to buy 'licenses ere
being reminded that July 31 la
the deadline for buying privi
lege licenses without penalty.
The 1949-50 licenses expired
June 30. City officials estimate
that more than half the privi
lege licenses have been pur
Annual Red Cross
, Annual meeting of the Kings
Mountain Red Cross Chapter 1s
scheduled to be held at City Hall
Monday flight at 7:30 according
to announcement by Mrs. J. l?
The agenda includes election
of new officers for the coming
yea r and reading of annual re
ports of the organization.
L. L. Benson is chairman of the
chapter and Mrs. Pride Ratterree
During the past year the or
ganization conducted a fund
raising and membership 'drive,
sponsored visits of the regional
bkjod mobile and offered welfare
services to- a great number of
King* Mountain area wwWents.
The organization also engaged in
civilian relief. "'vv"' V
Everyone holding a Red Crass
. membership card is vrged to at
tend the meeting, Mrs. Gamble
Draft Board Go Back To Work;
County Board Met On Thursday
K. M. Member
On Draft Body
Selective service ^ ? commonly
known as the draft ? was to be
reactivated on full -time basis in
Cleveland ' County Thursday
night, at a meeting of the board
Members of the board include
T. W. Grayson, of Kings Moun
tain, B. K. Dellinger, chairman,
and Dr. J. L. Raymer.
Mr. Grayson told the Herald
that the board would employ a
lull-time clerk, and would ready
itself for pre-induction physical
examination calls on the county.
Some 18 months ago, the selec
tive service agency was consoli
dated. In tho past ?-jcverul months,
Mrs. Grace T. Kale, of Lincolnton,
has served as clerk to the board
and has maintained a two-day
per week schedule at the Shelby
North Carolina's first quota un- 1
der the new draft law i9 610 men,
but county boards have not yet
been assigned quotas. According
to the announcement from North
Carolina draft headquarters, the
services want 610 men from Nor- *
th Carolina in uniform by Sep- 1
Drafting will start with 25
y ear-old registrants who are now
veletans, but CoL Thomas Up
ton, deputy state director, esti
mated that few men would be ob
tained from this age group and
that some 22-year-olds will be in
cluded in the first group. He es
timated 1,800 registrants would
be required for pre-induction
physicals to fill the quota.
It was announced from Wash - 1
ington Wednesday that draftees,
would receive 14 weeks of basic j
training and would then be as- 1
signed to posts in the United
States. Overseas duty, if any,
would come later.
Under selective service law,
young men becoming 18 years of
age have been and are required
to register with their draft boards.
However, present selective serv
ice ?policy calls for the drafting
of no men under 19 years of age.
O. T. Hayes, Sr., and Miss Dor
othy Hayes have purchased Tal
bert Cash Grocery from Floyd and
Raymond Talbert it was announ
ced this week.
Mr. Hayes said the sale took
place on Tuesday and was effec
tive as of that date. No consider
ation was announced.
The business, which was for
merly ? Allan's Grocery, was op
erated for many years as Baker
Grocery and is located on West
Mountain street in the downtown
Mr. Hayes has around 15 years
experience in the grocery busi
The firm will be known as
Hayes Cash Grocery.
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State Is Short
On Bond Quota
Saturday is the final day of
the U. S. Savings bond Inde
pendence Drive, and Allison
James, of Greensboro, state di
rector, says North Carolina will
fall considerably short of its
57,057.000 quota unless bond
purchases are heavy during the
Cleveland county's quota in
S87.000 in the familiar "E" se
ries bond, which sell* in de
nominations as low as SI 8.75.
The bonds mature In 10 years,
and the $18.75 bond is then
George Blanton, Cleveland
i coun*Y chairman, is urging all
citizens to buy as many bonds
as possible, both to aid the
government and for future se
Abee Bound Over
Under $750 Bond
' Jess Willard Abee, 32-year old
Baker street resident, was bound
( ?Yef ' *? Superior court under bond
jof $750 by Judge Faison Barnes
jin city recorder's court Monday,
j on finding of probable cause on
j a charge-of assault with a dead
ly weapon with intent to kill
Police arrested Abee on June
30, after a c^ll to Baker street.
Patrolman VV. D. Sawyer and city
policemen made the arrest. Abee
allegedly attempted to kill Frank
Dotson with a butcher knife.
| Other cases in the Monday ses
jSjon were more routine. Ethel
Dover, charged with assault on a
female, and Juanita Herndon,
charged with slander of a wo
man, were taxed with the costs.
Willie Lipscomb drew a fine
of $25 and costs for driving with
|out an operator's license, and W
L. Rose berry, crippled soldier, had
prayer for judgment continued
on the same charge. John Mc
Murry, charged with speeding
and reckless driving, asked that
the case 'be transferred to county
court at Shelby.
Ben Adams, charged with tres
passing and indescent language,
Elmer H. Allen, speeding, costs.
Averill A. Johnson, speeding
and reckless driving, costs.
Austin Barrett, public drunk
J. K. Rippy, public drunkenness.
$5 and costs.
Bank Is Commended
On Progress Booklet
The First National Bank is re
ceiving wide response and com
mendation on the "FJfty Years of
Progress" booklet it began dis
tributing last week.
In addition to letters of con-*
gratulatlon received from bank
ing, industrial and commercial
firms throughout the East and
South , Radio Station WBT has
requested 100 copies of the book
let for distributions to major ad
vertisers of the nation. Press re
views also appeared in the Char
lotte Observer, Oast on la Gazette,
Shelby Star and other papers.
The Cleveland County Mobile
X-Ray unit will be In Kings
Mountain all day Friday to make
free X-Raya of persona desiring
the service it was announced
yesterday by Mrs. Virginia Ray
mer, who la in charge of operat
ing the unit.
The unit la located in front of
Beik's Department Store and will
be open from to a. m. to 4 p. m.
. The current vlatt marks the
first visit of the machine to Kings
Mountain in the second year of
operations. Purchased jointly by
the Kings Mountain and Shelby
Junior Chambers of Commerce,
the portable X-Ray unit and e
qulpment was donated to the ci
tizens of the -county for free use.
Mm Raymer pointed out that
persona who were first X- Rayed
when the unit made k's initial
visit to Kings Mountain In June
1949 should arrange to'viatt the
machine Friday for another 'ipic
ture." Experience has taught that
it ts beet to have an X-Ray made
once every year, Mr*. Raymer
Since the unit went into opera
tion in May, 1949, over 13,000 X
Rays have been made of citizens
of the county. Every tilgh school
student has visited (he unit, Mrs,
Raymer continued, and every in
dustrial plant in the cdunty ex
cept two have been vtaited and
they are scheduled tor a visit
Children 12 years of age may
receive a free X-Ray ?t locations
other than at schools. It was
pointed out. Incidense of tuber
culosis appears highest in the 17
25 age group she said.
"Every person in the Kings
Mountain art* and in the county
Should take advantage of this
free service. Incidense of tuber
culosis ts highest in the textile
workers group. II caught in time
T-B can be conquered. Plan to
visit the unit today," Mrs. Ray
To Be Played
A doubleheader featuring a
regulation Softball Association
league game between the front
running Burlington nine and the
runner-up Automotive team is
scheduled for Friday night at
i City Stadium. First game of the
program is set to get underway
at 7:30 p. m.
The game is to be sponsored by
the Kings Mountain Amateur
Softball Association and proceeds
are to go to the Recreation Park
First game of the tvin-bill pits
the Parker Street "Ramblers" and
the Burlington "Bullets."
The league game, matches th?
? two rurremfy ? best ? teams in
the eight team loop.
Burlington has won 10 and lost
one in league play and have a.
season record of 16 wins, two
I losses counting exhibitions gam
l In loop play Burlington lost to
| Auto on 11 to 8 on June 12 and
the other loss was to Ranlo mill i
I of Gastonia. Two exhxibition vie
J tories were posted against the
i strong Bessemer City softball
I nine. I
Auto has won 8 league games j
! and dropped three. Craftspiin,
i Church and Town clubs defeated
j the "Mechanics."
Friday night's game pits the
I two teams against each other for i
! the second time this year.
The game is expected to be a 1
; pitcher's battle between Right
i Hander Roy Pearson, ace of the
Burlington staff, and Southpaw |
Joe Hemdon, "Mechanic" ace. j
Both have pitched excellent ball
this season and many observers I
consider them to be the top hurl- ?
(Cont'd on page five)
Members and coaches of the
\ 1.950 Kings Mountain American
Lotion Juniors wore guests of
honor at the regular meeting of
the Kings Mountain Lions ci"ub
\V. L. Plonk, . Lions program
chairman and Legion athletic of
ficer, wus in charge of the pro
gram, and C. T. Carpenter, Jr.. as
sistant athletic officer, presented
the team members.
During the meeting, the Legion '
player voted Howard (Sonny) -j
White, pitcher - outfielder, as the1
team's most valuable player for
the past year, and a suitable gift
is to be awarded to him.
Coach J. K. tBuddy) Lewis, of j
Gastonia, expressed his appreci- !
ation to the community for the)
opportunity to coach the Legion j
team and stated that he had nev- j
er seen a group of boys any more j
courageous, eager, or sportsman !
like than the Kings Mountain!
Assistant Coach J. R. Bradshaw ;
-saia-n-<riramd ? uiuicrwriie ?
statements of Coach Lewis and^
presented pins to members of the
Prior to the program, members
of the Lions club gave reports for
the previous year, which ended
June 30. C. P. Barry, retiring
treasurer, gave the financial re
port, which showed a cash in
crease of some $300 for the year
1949-50, and also showed a long
list of activities, and of contribu
tions <0 civic projects, jncluding j
payment of $150 toward the sal
ary of the school Bible teacher, |
and $100 to the lunch fund for 1
Dr. N. H. Ret?d gave the report
of the committee on sight con: j
servation, reporting purchase of
glasses for many with deficient j
sight, 49 free eye examinations
during the past six months, dis- j
tribution of Christmas baskets to
the blind, and other activities. j
President Otto Williams an
nounced that the next meeting of
the club would be a picnic din
ner at El Bethel church, and the
(Contind on i*gc .^ght)
Emergency Visit Nets
113 Pints Of Blood
Kings Mountain citizens gave
113 pints of blood to the Red
Cross blood bank at the emerg
ency visit of the Bloodmobile unit
Thursday, ft was a new record
for Kings Mountain donations,
highest previous total having
been 100V4 pints of blood.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile unit
set up at the Woman's Club
Thursday morning and began
processing donors at 11 o'clock.
By 2:30 p. m., some 55 persons
had donated a pint of blood for
use in emergencies.
The emergency call by the Red
Cross was made following the
outbreak of the Korean war.
Blood banks reported quantiti
es of blood dangerously low, ev
en for civilian use, and described
the need "acute" due to ipcreased
requirements by the armed ser
Mrs. Mary B. Goforth, chairman
of the Kings Mountain Red Cross
recruitment program, said Thurs
day afternoon she was most plea
sed as the response of Kings
Mountain people to the emergen
"As usual," she said, "King#
Mountain people can be counted
on to do their part/'
The Bloodmublle had not been
previously scheduled to return to
Kings Mountain until several
Blood given by donors 1s pro
cessed Into plasma and stored St
the area Blood Bank In Charlotte,
where it is available to hospitals
Sll over the area for emergency
use at no charge.
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Kings Mountain amateur. ra
dio enthusiasts are to organize
a dub at a meeting next Wed
nesday night at 7:30 at the
Harold HunnVcutt "Doghouse."
AH persons interested in short
*ave radio are requested at at
tend the meeting.
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First Baptist Picnic
Set For Wednesday
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The First Baptist church will
have its annual picnic Wednes
day evening, July 19, at Lake
Montonia. Transportation will be
provided from the church at 4:30
p. m., and the group will enjoy
fun and fellowship under the di
rection of L. E. Abbott and his
committee until 6:30 when sup
per will be served.
Immediately following the pic
nic a Vesper service will be held.
Demauth Blanton, student at
Mars Hill college, will .be in j
Every member of every family
in the church is being urged tf> !
take a basket and attend the pic
A Civil Service Examination for
the position of Quarterman
Transportation, for appointment
?t the U. S. Naval Proving
Ground, Dahlgren, Va.. is now
open, it was stated today by Mr.
M. J. McAuHffe, Regional Direc
tor, Fourth U. S. Civil Service Re
gion. Salaries range from $4472
to $4784 per year.
The examination is being held
toy the Fourth U. S, Civil Service
i Region, and applications must be
on file with the Director. Fourth
United States Civil Service Re
gion, Temporary Building "R",
3rd and Jefferson Drive, S. W.,
Washington 25, D. C, 'not later
than August 14, 1950.
Applicants will be .rated on the
toast* of a written test, adminis
trative atoility, experience and
fitness *for the position,
i Complete information and ap
plicatkyi forms may be obtained
from the Fourth U. S. Civil Servi
ce Region, Temporary Building
"R", 3rd and Jefferson Drive. S.
W., Washington, D. C., and first
or - second -clsss post office In
ttots area, or from the Central Of
fice, U. S. Civil Service Commis
sion, 7Wt and "F" streets, N. W.
Washington 25. D. C.
Budget Is Largest In History;
Tax Rate Again Sl.HO Per $ 100
City To Buy
For Watei Lines
The city board of commission
ers, in i[s Wednesday meeting,
acted to extend and improve the
city's water distribution air', fire
prevention system by adopting a
resolution instructing Utilities
Superintendent L. C. Pardons \o
buy a large amount of six-inch
The city anticipates laying six
inch water lines and installing
hydrants on Linwood Road, and
on Cansler street and Meadow
The expenditure for pijx? will
bo a portion of the $12,000 ear
marked in tlie 1950-51 budget for
water line <*M?ensiwn - -
Remaining portion of the meet.-,
ing was principally Routine as
the board also passed a required
resolution calling for sale of
property for delinquent 1949 tax
es on the second Monday in Sep
A delegation of taxi operators,
headed by Jake England, asked
the city's permission to use a por
tion of the "No parking" area at
the corner of Battleground aven
ue and the Gold St. -Railway
crossing for a taxi parking lot.
Mayor J. E. Herndon . informed
the group that the property be
longed to Southern Railway, and.
while the city would inquire ol
the Railroad concerning the mat
ter, it had no Jurisdiction over use
of the property.
? Wayne L. Ware, member of the
county advisory commission on
rural roads, conferred with the
board concerning city tie-in of
West Gold street with the Bee
son Creek Road (which runs by
Bennett brickyard from Moun
tain street to the Margrace mill)
and which is now being prepared
for hard-surfacing under the
state's rural road program.
Mr. Ware said he would rec
ommend full cooperation
with the city in making the Gold
street extension possible.
Plans for remodeling and im
proving the Legion building will
be discussed at the regular meet
ing of Otis D. Green Post 155, A
merican Legion, to be held Friday
night at 8 o'clock.
Announcement of the meeting
was made by James Bennett, ad
Also scheduled will be installa
tion of 1950-51. post officers.
The adjutant also requests no
tification by Legionnaires eligi
ble. for five, ten, fifteen, twenty,
twenty-five and thirty year mem
Parking meter receipts for the
week ending Wednesday at
noon totaled $161.83. accord
ing to announcement by city
Case Of Polio
Dr. P. G. Padgett icported a
caso of polio in Kings Mountain
The victim is Henry Carroll,
a 17-year-old Negro youth who
lives in the iOO-block of N.
Tracy street with his parents
Dr. Padgett said the Carroll
. boy has all the symptoms of
polio and that Dr. Z. P. Mitch- .
ell. county health officer, had
agreed with him in hiB diagno
sis. The polio is of the non
paralytic type. Dr. Padgett add
i ed, and he does not expect long
term ill effects
It is the first c ate of polio
reported here this year.
To Arrive Here
The Methodist Youth Caravan
will be welcomed at Central Me
thodist church by a covered dish,
supper Saturday at 7. o'clock in
the evening, after which the Car
avaners will meet with the Youth
(Council at 8 o'clock t<> make
: plans for the week.
On Sunday morning at 10 o'
clock, Caravaners will be visitors
in the three youih classes, and
at the 11 o'clock service will have
complete charge of the morning
Youth Caravan week really gets
off to a start on Sunday evening
at <i o'clock wheij a Fellowship
supper will be served in thechur-'
ch basement by the Woman's So
ciety, for the entire youth fel
lowship. The evening program
[begins at 7 o'clock with fellow
jship, a discussion by- the cara
vaners on "Why 1s the Caravan
; Here?", worship and recreation.
Workshop pediods are planned
for 4 o'clock each afternoon Mon
:day through Friday. This is a
time for visitation, improving e
quipment and resources for you
th work at the church, developing
i Christian activities in the com
munity, and enriching personal
lives through skills.
Fellowship suppers will be shr
ived at 6 o'clock each evening,
j and the evening program consist
ling of worship," forum discus
'sions, and recreation, will begin
at 7 o'clock and end at 9 o'clock,
j with the exception of Thursday*
when a commission planning
session will be held following
supper, before the Worship pro
gram; and Friday, when a plan
i nlng session for the ehtlre group
I will be held at 7 o'clock, and a
! special service of dedication will
I be held at 8:30.
Courses to be offered are to
"seniors, older youth, and their
adult leaders; "The Methodist
| Youth Fellowship"; to IntermedJ
ates and their adult leaders, "Our
j Intermediate Fellowship," and to
adults, "Working with Youth."
Registration for these courses was
i held Sunday.
Korean War Still Biggest News;
Citizens Await Draft Effects
The Korean was was still the .
biggest news in Kings Mountain j
and the world thte week.
As American forces continued
to retreat and were evidently in
ferior in manpower and gunpo
wer, developments in this nation
slowly swung around toward a
partial war footing.
Prime interest here, and In the ;
nation, was in the reorganization !
of selective service and a first
call for 20.000 men. With North
Carolina's quota of 610, odds were
that Cleveland County's portion
of the first call would be very
Big question wa? on future
needs, assuming the Korean sit
uation becomes drawn out, wors
ens, or spreads to other spots on
Reservists wondered It and
when calls would be received for
At least one Kings Mountain
man, reserve pilot In the air corps
was tirvHed to volunteer far ac
tive duty, provided tie could <pass
the physical examination. How
ever, it was not an order to re
port for active duty.
Another Kings Mountain man,
a naval air reserve flyer, Jimmy
Pressley, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.
H. (Buck) Pressley, fiew to Wash
ington early this week to volun
teer for active duty. He was told
in Washington th/it he was not
wanted immediately, might be in
twow eeks, but that they know
nothing definite Mr. Pressly only
recently was placed on inactive
The Kings Mountain National
Guard unit, on two-week en
campment at Fort Jackson, S. C.,
is scheduled to complete the
training period Saturday and to
Otherwise, it was' a case of
waiting out the situation.
Domestically, the Korean war
had eliminated pVsstbility of a
cut in federal excise taxes, and
there were calls in some quarters
for gearing the economy to a war
footing. The stock market contlnu
ed to gyrate with the latest news
and, generally, was on the down
Fund oi 840,000
The city l>oard of commission ?
ers, in regular July .session Wed
nesday afternoon, adopted a rec
ord budget of $34-1, 48-1.35. for the
fiscal year 1950-51.
The board also formally set the
| Tax rate at $1.80 per $100 valua
tion, same rate as wjis in effect
for the previous year.
Biggest. jump in anticipated ex
Ipendi lures is for capital outlay,
where the city anticipates expen
ditures of $10,100. Budgeted are
the following capital items:
| Street Dept. -dump truck $ 2,500.00
j.Police Dept. Radio 3,000.00
Polite Dept.-Cax 2,000.00
Mr* fX|Tp 1 h >T m >V- 1 \ i ' *850.00 ?
-HOU gal. wpray tank 2,000.00
' Shed ' 3,000.00
Water extension 12,000.00
. Streets 6,000 00
I Equipment 3,500.00
Lot and Garage-in
'City and fence 4,000.00
Traffic lights . 1,250.00
The city anticipates expendi
ture of ?253,541 in general funds,
i divided as follows:
Administrative Dept. $18,070.00
Street Dept. 37,300.00
Sanitary Dept. 11,125.00
Police Dept. 31.960.00
i Fire Dept. 6,295.00
' General Expense 9,400.00
I Water A Sewer Dept 38,986.00
Light & Power Dept. 91,730.00
Recorder's Court 3,700.00
Cemetery Dept 4,975.00
Fixed item in the expenditure
category is debt service, which
, calls for a total of $45,803.85. The
Uotal includes $31,000 in bond
principal, $14,705 in interest pay
ments, and $9H.85 bank com
, A total of $5,039.50 is set up
? for contingencies.
A* is customary, the city an
ticipate largest revenue from sale
of power and water. Anticipated
revenue from sale of power is
$145,000, and from sale of water,
$36,000. Largest remaining Item
of income anticipated is from ad-.
! valorem taxes, from which the
1 city expects to receive $90,749 for
1950 taxes. and $3,200 from taxes
for prior years which are as yet
unpaid. tMore than one-third o f
I the estimated amount of 1950
(taxes has already been pre paid
j by city taxpayers.!
i The city anticipates income of
$7,000 from privilege licenses,
(Contind on page eight)
J The Kings Mountain American
i Legion junior baseball team is
scheduled to face the Shelby Ju
I niors in City Stadium Saturday
j night in the finale of a three
game series between the two
teams, Game time is 8 p. m.
, The series was scheduled to
get underway last night (Thurs
,day> at City Stadium. The two
| team.s are to move to Shelby for
| the middle game tonight (Fri
i Both teams were eliminated
from first round Area -4 play but
? were in different leagues and did
nqt face ??ach other in elimination
There was some variance in
jthe arrangements as to which
teams would play the series? the
1950 team or the 1951 prospects.
Kings Mountain will play the
? 1950 team.
The series will mark the final
games for the following Kings
I Howard (Sonny) White, and
Charles Klrby, pitchers, Jerry
Barker and Jim Huffsrtetler, out
fielders, and Billy Watts, third
base, all of Bessemer City.
? Bob Bridges, first base, of Beth*
Don White, pitcher, Grover.
Glenn Oates, pitcher, of Clover,
Holland Smith, of Margarce
The Shelby team will be coach
ed by Babe Hamrick, assistant to
B1U Hallyburton, who coached
the team during the pre season
and elimination periods.
The Shelby nine posted the on
ly defeated suffered by Haywood
County's Juniors, who won th?
top spot in first round play ii\ -.,x
(Contlnd on page eight)