The Kings Mountain Herald
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206 South Piedmont Ave.
Kings Mountain, N. C. 2808B
A weekly newspaper devote'l to the promotion fjf the general welfare and published
for the enlightenment, cntortainmnt and benefit of the citizens of Kings Mountain
and its vicinity, published every Thursday by the Herald Publishing House.
Entered a? sec.-ond class matter at the post office at Kings Mountain, N. C., 2808G
under Act of Congress of March 3. 1873.
Martin Harmon Editor-Publisher
Miss Elizabeth Stewart Circulation Manager and Society Editor
Miss Deo.,ie Thornburg Clerk, Bookkeeper
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TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE
And v:e kn-jvi that all things work together for good to them that Icne the Lord. Romans «. '?
Should Hold Line
Several bills have been introduced
in the North Carolina CJeneral Assembly
which would increase the tax bites con
One woud double the soft drink ta.x
to two cents per bottle, and another
would double the cigarette tax from
two cents to four per package. Yet an
other would increase the state income
Everyone believes the old saying “it
takes money to make the mare go” but
it would seem North Carolina is going
pretty well now with the additional
taxes on soft drinks, gasoline, cigarettes,
Hquor, and motor vehicle licen.scs im
posed by the Assembly of 1!)69.
Governor Bob Scott brags about
the states being a “low tax” state and
The General Assembly .should hold
the line and protect that reputation.
The report of Engineer Dennis Fox
on the water project as being 90 percent
complete was both a good report and
The essentials are complete and the
city has been taking water from Buffalo
Creek since before Christmas.
On Tuesday the city began fluori
dating the supply, according to State
Board of Health specifications. That
u as good news, too, to doctors, druggists
and parents of children who have been
fluoridating their children with fluoride
ters might have been getting too much.
With property ac(iuisition getting
closer to completion it should not be
too long until the big five-foot pipe can
be plugged and Buffalo Lake become a
It is good that the city will conduct
again its annual spring cl'ean-up, paint-
up, fix-up campaign.
Debris collects as almost everyone’s
home or place of business.
Building inspector Woodrow Laugh
ter reports he has agreement from own
ers of seven derelict houses to raze them
and adds “there are many more which
ought to go”.
Derelict houses are a mar on the
community, make a breeding place for
This effort has always received
good cooperation from citizens and this
year should prove to be no exception.
The 1100 drop in traffic fatalities in
the nation during 1970 is enheartening.
It was the first decline in ten years.
But there were 5,300 traffic deaths
loss, though off by
5374 million was still a whopping .$16 2
Better roads are one key to improv
ed traffic safety, srtatistics on accidents
showing that the interstates are safer.
Another help would be Ic.ss heavy
right feet. Speed, chance-taking in its
right, leads to other violation of
the rules of the road.
There were 91,450 smash-ups dur
The Supreme Court says that ju.st
because people can’t pay fines they can
not be jailed and in another decision
have ruled that divorces cannot be de
nied unhappy spouses merely because
they cannot raise the required fees. The
Supreme Court is often villified on its
decisions but these two appear to be
right in the direction of equal treatmeirt
under the law.
Gardner Biogrc_ y
The Herald has not yet read the
biography of O. Max Gardner by Au
thor Joe Morrison but is sure it will
make interesting reading.
The late author was a craftsman
and his .subject was one of the nation’s
Taking office in 1929 as governor
was a rough time with the Great De
pression shortly to strike.
But Governor Gardner was the man
for the job. He fathered the .state’s as
suming re.sponsibiIity for roads and the
Local Government Commission to super
intend the fiscal affairs of the broke and
near-broke cities and counties. These
two items alone were of major import
ance to North Carolina and have proved
.so in the light of the test of time.
Hard To Win
The use of salts for de-icing snow-
bounds roads in the northern United
.'States has increased .steadily for the
past decade. The salts do their job well.
But there now has developed anoth
er side to the coin. The de-icers have
been labeled pollutants of a quite harm
ful variety. The .salts kill roadside grass
but worse creep into water supplies. In
Massachusetts last year 62 communities
were warned by the State Health De
partment that their water supplies con
tained enough sodium to endanger the
lives of persons with kidney ailments.
Highway officials responded with a
what-you’re-going-to-do? If we don’t de
ice, the rate of traffic accidents is sure
to escalate. Such has proved to be the
case in Burlington, Mass., which aban
doned de-icing after its drinking water
showed unusually high sodium content.
It is an unhappy law of life that
one problem solved often creates anoth
Two ladies in Kings Mountain gov
ernmental offices are retiring, Mrs. Lena
W. McGill, completing a dozen years of
.service on the board of education, and
Mrs. Maude R. Walker, completing three
as Ward 5 commissioner.
Both have rendered good service to
the respective bodies.
Mrs. McGill, a onetime teacher, ad
dressed herself to school operations with
Mrs. Walker’s association with her
husband’s water and sewer system con
struction business proved valuable to
the city’s several projects in those areas.
’The work of elected governmental
officials is not easy but i also re
Congratulations to Sam R. Suber,
Sr., who just observed his 86th birthday.
He came to this country as a young man
and the coincidence of his locating in
Kings Mountain is a happy one. He was
and is one of the community’s most so
Best bows to Don Jones, the schools
superintendent and new president of
Kings Mountain United Fund, and to
Marvin Teer, Kings Mountain’s ’Young
Man of the Year, who has accepted re
sponsibility for conducting the United
Kings Mountain has again showed
its appreciation of the contribution of
Gardner-Webb College to the welfare of
the area by over-subscribing its $30,000
goal for the college capital fund. Con
gratulations to Tom Tate, drive chair
man, and the other members of the fund
tiA :i.pu -.M - Ml A I M!V-.L. .■’ -...•.'■-1 ^
By MAR-nN HARMON
Oscar .M>'oi-s was in the ha.>!t
of calc-hiiig a c-ily 'ous to the u:?
town terminal in Charlotte fo-
■ his four times weekly trip a.
Kings Mountain. One mornin;;
I as he was v.aitin,'! on the city
I bus, a fellow ,sto;>ix?d his car and
asked O.'*-ar. ‘ You going up
'town?’’ Oscar replied he was gc
; ing to Lhe bu-s terminal. “Get m."
I the stranger invi.ed. 'Til droj
' you off ’’
As they rode along, Oscar ask
ed, “Why idld you pick me up’
You don’t know me from Adam."
“Well, you looked Mice a good
fellow and I like to a? (ommodat '
people," O.soars new foun 1
Since on two of the four morn
ings each week Oscar rode up
toum with Ray Williams wh j
'.torked at a service station, that
is until three weel;s ago. Mean
time, Mr. and Mrs. Myers start
ed trading at the s t-vice station
and they got to know each ot’.ier
Thursday, March 4, 19j
Janice llomrlck, Wilburn
Amy .Stewart, OflO VV. GdI |
W. R. Taylor, lit. 1, Clover,
.Maggie V. I*hifer, Route 2, t il
Ge.). IVrole, Itoule 3, City
Win. E. Goins, <>02 Plieniv .m
.Mrs. Jack E. Dtivis, Bo\ a|
Bowling Grieii, .S. f,
Biirgin Dellinger. Ri>ute .3, ( gl
.Mr.s. Billy E, Kroni-hurger, 1!;
Ulovt'r, .S. C.
■Mr.s. J k- Df-an Moss. Rout,.
Ilirkory Grove. S. f.
.Mrs. Tlielma C. .Summitt, ii,
l.inwood Rd.. City'
.Mr.s. Hunter Wylie, 107 fPm sj
,'laude B<‘am, .oOT Red 'at.. B.ig|
Monday night three weeks ago,
when Oecar arrived hom:, Mrs.
.’Mye.-s reported Ray Williams
had been shot an<i was under in-
i tensive care at the hospital. A
man wl'.o Williams knew had
called and asked that he take
him somewhere. The accommo
dating tV'illiams said, “Sure.”
The man had been drinking and
a.s they walked down the steps
he stumbied, causing a 22-caIiber
tevolver in his coat pocket to
fire. Th bullet had hit Williams
in the stomach. Happily, (Jscar
reports, his griend Williams has
been removed froir the inten
sive care section and he is now
\v-ell on the mend.
Viewpoints of Other Editors
Luckily, Ohcar comments, it i
The report that Kings . ioun-
tain is once again considering a
project that coiJd lead to a
state park in the southeast cor
ner of Cleveland County is goorl
news. We have long felt that
the county has be -n denied state
recreational facilities, altiiougii
we have also realized that thi.s
state’s park system is lagging
.overall. 'Tlie impetus that Kings
Mountain might give to a state
park in eonjunetion with fne
mountain th e and perhaps ev
en adjacent to the battlegroun'
could give this countv and York
must hove been r. cheap pistol, i *'*<? largest
'The bullet stopp.d and lodged be
fore it reached Williams' .spine.
total recreation an a.s anywhere
A South Carolina state park
alread-.- exists in connection with
the national battleground park,
and a North Carolina pan: thai
covers the Ki.o.s Mountain
Williams is also a friend of
Ted Gamble they having work-
^ i. - . IwondeiLul place to enjoy. In
- m-m 'addition, it is just possi’ole that
I such a move might encompass
I don’t ktiow what the moral I Crowders Mountain that could
of that event is, out it can
be! .spare it from the ravages o'
correctly concluded th,-*! sc.ne- j strip mining. In any event, the
times playing Good S.an.a: itan is ' talk in Kings Mountain council
hard on the Samaritan. hambers the other night is en
; Particularly noteworthy a'
Senator Skipped Bowles, vt .’io '^e countywidc land
made the principal addre-os at facilities studies that Cl.
file Gardner-V/ebb '.’inn.r honor-'Couty commissioners an'
ing Pat .'spangler last week is a eianning-zoeing board have jus'
very effective sp aker. He dust-1 rort>ived. That report fovctails
ed off a word I hadn’t heard us-1 b^'sctly with the Kings Mountain
ed in scr.e years, calling on peo- ’ par!:, although it al.'’c’ .sag-
pic of the state and nation to be- ! gbsts recreational arras in fovr
gui using “gumption" again.
“Gumption", I suppose, is a syn
onym for old-lashioned “com
other locations throughout fne
county. -It would be gratifying if
the Kings Mou.ntain interest in a
park there could be channeliol
with the interest prie;;-’d by the
community potential study ior
the eoimty as a w'hole. Working
tajethcr, it is very possible lhat
all the projects could eventually
polities and government ever I ■ projects
^Ce vinmeiu ever j (ny^jy^ j^,j,gs Mountain, at tile
mountain itself and around the
■ If anyone can produce a more;
duraole commune than the fam- 1
ily — mom, pop and tlie kids —;
I’d be charmed to see it. -And
siunned.” vVe have seldom seen'
a more sur vl.;rt c.- to-the-point.
statement on the ducaoility of
and ralionale for tite institution
j: m.'in;";.’ Ilian these words by!
column; Harriet van Horne in j
the Now York Post. Furthermore,-
it Is a pleasure to see someone'
stand Up and forthrigiitly defend j
■an iiiKtit’jtlon which, f.ir from
having outli-.ed its central role I
in society, is as fundamental a.s i
ever a.s :i means of rai.sing the '■
species, strengthening morality.!
protecting the weak and form- !
ing a warm and affectionate nu- j
cleus around which those who i
wi.sli may gatlicr. '
Daily 10:30 to 11:30 .M.
3 to 4 PJ4. and 7 to 8 P.M.
Mr.s. Ru hard Bridges. .308 iVa
er .St., City
Glenn Dover, IGII .Sln lb) l> | |
Mrs. niosh. H. Gib.son, 52.3
Maple nt.. Dallas
.Mr.s. Wayn<‘ Haney. Hit W.
.Mrs. Nell Kircus, 109 Kuliunl
Steven Reid. Rt. 1. Mtn. B;. ..
.Mrs. Gar>- L. Robinson, Rt ’
Clarence Staney. Ge;i.
Be.s.sem<T City I
J. D, Wyatt.. 107 N. Oiieniaij
Mrs. Dura .\. Hamrick, Rt 3 |
Mrs. Wilbert -Aldrich, Rt. 1, Cli
-Mrs. Willie Bell. 614 M’in.l'y |
Hill Dr., Ga.sitonia
Mrs. Blanche Byers, 41.3 Fr.n
lin .Ave., Sliel.oy
.Mr.s. Steven Brooks, Rt. 1, Dill is
ReixH'ca Hinkle. Rt. 2. Box 192,
Mrs. Otto C. Ki.ser, .Sr. Rt. 2
Box 90, City
Johnnie .Aiartin, 524 Baker .s
One can .say of wxdlotk what
Winston Qiurchill .said in sub- |
irtai'ice; of,. (Uiaa)wac,y, tliat it;
Htst wleh one compares j
It with the altornativcs. And |
where there are imperfections in [
each, the remedy lies, not in de- !
stroying tiie irieplaceable, but in
seeking to perfect it.
That marriage needs such per
fecting can be seen from the lat
est federal .statistics whicii show
tiiat the American divor-e rate
in 1970 was ono-third higher than
in IfK'iO — when it was already
one of tire highc.st in the world.
But c.'/rrec'tion never comes
’’ rough despair, !: 'comes from
impr.rvin.g what has already stood
the list of the ages. Few facets
of human life have stood drat
test better titan wcdl.rck.
Christian Science ^tonitOI
I first knew Skipper at Chapel
I-IIU, where he was president of
Ids class during his sophomore
year. He has been interested in
He j^ed about his being a
Methodist land being invite<j to
speak at an essentially Baptist
function. It remmCed him of the
story about the prominent Ba[>
tist layman who was ill and who
asked the Methodist minister to
visit him. The minister rang the
doorbell and was greeted by the
man’s daughter. The mlnhiter
suggested the Baptist pastor
must be ill. “No,'* the daughter
replied, “we were afraid Father’s
illness might be contagious and
we couldn’t afford to risk our
Skipper is quite well aetjuaint-
cd with private and church-relat
ed colleges and the good work
they are doing. He servos on
the board of trustees of both
Pfieffcr College at .Misenheimer
and Guilford College near Green
He is considered -
fate fe- ■
./ -us^a background
iphy from which to
draw. He was born and reared
in Union County, gaduated from
the University, married In Gas
tonia to the former Jessamine
Boyce, and lives in Greeasboro,
His speeches are sincere and
his personality open and win-
Buffalo Creek reservoir. Anotl’.er
involves the ge'neral Casar area,
and yet another involves th
Broad River south of Boiling
Springs. This is the sort of rec
reational program that Cleve
land County can and should bav ■
for all its people. The Kingi
Mountain interest, expertise anc
incentive can w, 11 be utilized t i
benefit the county a.s .a wiiole tp
all the recommended r. creation
—Shelby Daily Star
He v/ill be a formidable candi-
It is welcome nows that .Swls.s
women have at last won the right
to vote in federal elections anti to
hold federal office.
A constitutional amenrlment
giving women the vote was iip
'proved in a referenfrum of .Switz
erland’s male votor.s la t .Sunday
by a majority of two 'r one.
As expected the biggest num
ber of noes came from the con
servative German-speaking rural
cantons where women's place is
-still largely considered to be Ihd
'"'mo. T^e 'people of the.se ean-
ns are akin to the 'populaition of
S’witaerland's tiny neighbor, Li
echtenstein, which i.s now the on
ly country in the West not to
have given women the vote.
As Seerctairy General U Thant
pointed out in his annual report
<on women’s rights, there arc on
ly four at,her countries in the
United Nation.s family of 140 na
tions where women may neither
vote nor run for elcictive office.
TTiey are Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi
Airalbia, and Yemen, all Muslm
and all in the Arab world.
Switjerl'Xnd, whoae successful 1
Mrs. James Miller
Mrs. Stanley .Adams
Mrs. Kob Adams
Mrs. Claude Arrowood
Mrs. CLiude Camp
Mrs. Love Carroll
AVm. .M. Clack
J. D. DavL:
John .A. Fisher
E. VV. Griffin
Mr.-!. Lela Houser
Mrs. Billy D. Hoyle
Mrs. O. O. Jackson
Kirs. Ada La'ason
Mrs. Zay Moore
Ronnie Parton '
Mrs. BcAsie Ramseiir
Mrs. .Alvenia Schuler
Mrs. VVm. Ware
Mrs. Minnie Webber
Mrs. Frances We.st
Martin L. Wilson, Sr.
Mrs. Wilma Kennedy
Jack C. Gibson
Mrs. Ruth E. Haics
Mrs. Floyd Ledford
.Mrs. Tlieodore Lortchart
Mrs. Fred Spencer
Tnos. W. Wells
I Nan.-y Butler, Rt. 6, .Shelby
I Herbert Tinriail. .301 Fulton Dr
■Mrs. Roy Btwme, 417 E. Cj,
Ave.. Be.saxmer City
Claude R. Oakes, 410 Chcr.'-y.
ville Kd.. Siicl'oy
Edward Sullens, Rt. 1. City
Ermon Marton, Route 2, (it,,
Mrs. Ola Mae Paisley, P.O. lii.x
221, Bi'ssemer City
Mrs. Jame.s Hoinesley, Ht. 3.
Mrs. Erx-in Ellison, Box 211. C. y
Mr.s. Rj>bt. Leonard, Route 1
3o\ 160, Grover
Donny Grwne. 812 Ellison .«t
Theresa Hodge, Route 1. B' -.
32.A, • Bessemer City
.Mrs. Wilma B. Yandle, BoxWf'
Mrs. Rutli .S. Bratton, Route
Kings Creek, .S. C.
Lori Ne.vman, ,305 W. View .81.,
AT THE MOON
A.S this is written, the out
standing acliiev<>ment of man’s
latest flight to, walk on. and de
parture from the mo>jn has been Qjjy
Che almost ujibeliovable accuracy
witli which thaso various steps
were made. When two men can
be set down on the moon witliin
some 80 feet of tlieir goal and
within a minute or two of a prev
iously worked out time-schedule,
and when two .spacecraft ran
come together again with the
precision of a man bringing his
two hand.s together, tlicn all the
vvxrrld can feel pride in the hu
man capacities thus revealed.
Efiual pride ran be felt In the
fact that, a.s the tliree astronauts
sped biick towards earth, they
impeUod to voice the hope that,
in some way, their adiievements
could con tribal I c to worl d iietioe.
We see this as heartening indi- !
cation that, as men’s aceomplLsh-
ments increase and tlieir vision is
broadened, tlieir attitude to
wards their fellow men also be-
com.'S lilghcr and nobler.
Techqieally, the feats of Apollo
14 at the moon are invaluable.
The scientific data obtained have'
openetl many new p'alhs to broad
er knowledge. But far more note
worthy should bo the effeti
which the.se can have upon man's
view of his place and role in the
universal scheme. It is already
■historical fact that America’s
space program lias helpc'd focus
sliarpcr attention on diallenges
at home. Thi.s is bound, in the
long run. to be one of the pro
gram’s greatest contributions.
Christian Scienco Monitor
Mrs. Sarah M. Boheler, 1.38 W.
Va. Ave., Bessemer City
Mr.s. fkme Carpenter, Route 2.
Mrs. E. W. RiSges, 802 Kather
ine Ave., City
Mrs. Myrtle J. Mack, 703 Churhe
-Mrs. Brice Robinson, 309 Faulk
ner St., Clover
TOUGH ALL OVER
Everybod.j- blames tlie autoni .
bile- and Hie aiiqilane for the il.'.
lay of the railroad.-:, but the sit
uation gets eonfusing.
First the Penn Central, a b'e
railroad, fell down and wc •
Tiien th(> financial pages 5<'-
gan to toll us that the air linc.s
wliieh were suppixsed to be fat
telling the passenger basincss,
were also in trouble.
And n y.v Rolls Royee, which
makes automoniles. h;is g •is-
To cap it ail. tiie siioe f:u‘Iorlc.<
are closing up.
Tills leaxes tran-spirtatioii in a
fix. No trains, no planes, no
$2o,000 automobiles and finaliv.
no shoes for walking. No faciiiric,-
for horses and bad weather for
bityeles and pogo sticks.
Space travel .seemg to be doing
well. Pi'rhaps the answer Is a
rocket under every commuter.
integration of peoplc.s of differ
ent race.?, religions, and languag
es ha.s been an example for the
world, is to be congratulated on
having finally eliminated an an
achronism that put it on a par
with some of the world's Least
Christian Science Monitor
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