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Kings Mountain's Reliable Newspaper
VOL. 82 No. 34
Kings Mountain, N. C.. Thursday, ^^gust 26, 1971
PRICE TEN CENTS
To Launch Paper
Kings i.Mnuntain’s Little Tliea
tre announeos that its fall pro-
cliretion will 'be “The Mou^-
trap" a .suspense mystery by
Performances are scheOuli^
for the first two weekends in
AiHlitions will be 'held on Mon
day tand 'I'liesday, August 30 and
31 at S p. m. at Park Grajce
There are parts in tihe play for
five men and three women.
All interested persons should
alten<i the auditions and also
anyone inirrestwi in backstage
work. Dirixling “The Mousetrap”
will he .Mrs. JoaVnn tlBoots) Mc
Lo.m Lynch, 25, and Rodney
Dodscn, 24, both of Shelby, an
nounced Wcdney'ay their plans
to publish a new weekly news
paper in Kings Mountain.
First edition of “The Kings
Mounitain Minor", is scheduled to
appear on newsstands Wednesday
morning, Septem'ber 1, said the
Mr. Dcld.?on wfU serve as editor
and Mr. Lynch will be photogra-
pher and advertising manager.
For the past two weeks Mr.
Dods.on has been employed as
managing editor of toe Cleveland
rimes at Shelby. He attended
Gardner Wobb college and prev-
icxtsly worked as a news photo
grapher with the Spartanburg
Herald Journal and on the news
staff of the E'laicksiburg, S. C.,
Times. He is married to the for
mer Sue Hall of GaEiney, S. C.
Mr. Lynch, who owns and op
erates his own commercial photo
graphy busine.ss in Shelby, was
a photographer while stationed
with the Anmy in Vietnam. He
has done photograpFy work for
the Kings Mounitain Herald, the
Shelby Daily Star, the Cleveland
Times and the Charlotte Observ
er. He is a graduate of Shelby
high school and is single.
The Mirror will be published
each Wednesday morning by Mir
ror PubUshing Company wfliich
will open offices tn Kings Moun
tain within a week, said the 00-
ownersr- Mrs. Dodson will be re
The newspaper will utilize off-
•set printing and will be prmted
in Lincolnton at the Lincoln
The Mirror will be the second
newspaper in Kings Mounitain and
tile fourth in the county.
CBD Renewal Support Reiterated
T, W. Graysoa’s
II requires a building permit to
tear down a building.
Howard Kobin.son, Jr., of Besse
mer City, bouglit one ($10) this
week to demolish tile building at
N. Cuipentcr street. ___
nitrrwisc, p<Tmit activity was
liini'led to purchase of two trailer
pennit.s by Dotiald Connor to in
stall two off Waco road, and by
To'inmy Yarboro to 'install one
trailer on tlie Gastonia highway.
Belli will be located within the
city’s mile zoning jurisdiction.
Schools of the Kings Mountain
listriet got off to a good start
this week and all activities were
running smixithly wit'h 4,169 stu-
derrts registering for the first full
day yesterday, according to Sup
erintendent Donald Jones. The
number is expected to increase
some with late registrations, he
The number include/; 12iX en
rolled at Kings Mountiaiir/ high
school, which la.st year enirolled
1,283 and m;iirkc-d the largest
student body ever. Breaking down
the number at toch scliool, re
ports yesterday showed 373 stu
dents at Bethwarc; 350 at East;
415 at Grocer; 625 at North; 341
at West; 53 in the first and sec
ond grade Early Childihoiod Edu
cation program at COmipalct; 62
in the kindorgairlcn program at
Compact; 709 at C^traf Junior
PASTOR — Rev. Alfred Wright,
formerly of Kings Mountain,
has ossum'Ed new pastorate du
ties at Unity Baptist church in
Rev. Alfred Wright, Kings Moun
tain native and son t>f Mr. and
Mrs. Marvin Wright, ha.s assumed
new pa.-itcrate duties at Unity
Baptist church in .Gastonia and
lie and his family are rc'siding
therc^ on Uonnybrook road.
'Mr. Wright served for over four
years as pastor of Greeirsboro't
tSCu-member 16th St. Baptist
fliureh. During his iiastoiatc
there merrtbership iii'creased more
Ordained at age 17 by Scc.ind
Balintist church licre by the laU
Rev. B. F. Au.stin,_ Rev. Mr. Wrigli
is a 1955 graduate of Kings Moun
tain high sciicxil, attended Gaixi
iier Webb and Wingate colleges
and graduated Irani LuMier Rice
Seminary in Miami, Fla. Ik' is
married to tlie focmer IXs-'is 1 i.sli-
or ot Concord and they have foui
sons, Jeel, Joni, Joiiat’iian and
Jared W right.
■ City of Kings Mountain 1971
projKTty tax pre-payments totaled
$21,336 Wednesday atternocin.
Mrs. Judy Hinmon, a.'csistant
collector, deseribt'd the payments
as largely from small aecounl.s.
Tuesday will be tiie final day
pre-payers can earn the full two
On Sei'iembcr 1. tire dl-count
drops to one percent, and to one
half one percent on CX-tober 1.
Taxes are payable at par during
November and Decembt'r and a
two ixiilcent iM'iitilly iipplics Jan
uary 1. The General -Issembly
dianged tlie law in tlie past ses
sion, the former (K'nalty date be
ing February 2.)
City offieia'ls say tliey exTrict
a large number of pre payments
in the final two days of August.
Tlie city budgeted $318,400 from
1971 tax revenues.
Mis. Ramsey s
Funcnal rites for Thomas
Woodixjw ( World I Grayson, 58,
vin.gs .Mountain jeweler, were
.iclci Wednesday allermxm at 4
I'clrak from Cenlral United
Aletliudist (liurcli of which he
was a member.
Rev. 1‘usc.ial Waugh d ficial-
(Xi at the final riti'S, a.ssisted by
a former minister. Rev. I). B.
Alderman. Interment was in
Mountain Rest cemetery with
full .Masonic rites conducted by
memliers of F'airvii w Lodge 33.
AF&A.VI. Active pallbearers wen
KKigo members ami iiorrors pali
bearers w'ere D.ivi(l Saimdeis,
Joe Costner, Charlie Ballard,
Charles Wilson. Bill McGinnis,
Dr. George W. Plonk, Willie Wil
liams, Howard Bryant, Jack
tVhile and W. D. Morrison.
iMr. Grayson, ailmitled to the
Kings .Mountain hospital last
fuesday for a s dden gtil lilad-
(ier attack, died Monday at ll:.tO
1, m. He had been in declining
health for several years with a
heart condition but liad been im-
aoving and had returned to
work at Grayson's Jewelry which
le liad owned and operated for
a number of years.
He served with tiie Atany in
Europe during World War H,
was a mem'her of American Le
gion Post 155. a Mason and
Sltrincr. He was the son of I lie
late Pearl Van Dyke and John
Henry Grayson and a nalive of
York County, South Carolina,
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Maxine Grayi'OTi, ou'*
mentary scltooi leaclier; two
.sons, Titomas Woodrow Grayson,
•Ir. and James Wesley Grayson,
bother of the home; one brother,
Harry B. Gi iyson of Greens
boro; and three sisters, Mrs.
Fred A. Dixon of Kin.gs Moun
tain, Mrs. Ralnh A. Brown of
Columbia, S. C., and Mi-ss Lu-
nice Grayson of Lincolnton.
Ey MAl.uN H.4RMON
I Till- jirc 1. c..; 1,! D(,.vnt wn.
' 111,'., vi'herl vith till' citv omini.s-
I .i ,n .".t .Monday night's meeting
■ an.l i--ue.l a ia:i:ir.".i siipp-.r,-
j, . t an - 111 tlie .ommi.ssici,
"to t ,:r.inuc y. nr i.isi.ive ap-
;)i-.)c.. .i taki; . ni''e i. .-.ry actioi.
, ha. ..1 .1 :..'c '.nK;il o} I'l
.■g.oi O'-I ) P am”
Ciiai'os Eiaiit m. Jr., i.s tlio pres-
i'Icr.t ol the 11 .a-,.: ;1: i ,r,;c.r ition
•,v ii:m a:
SUC2UME3 — T. Wood Gray
son, Kings Mountain jovrelcr,
succumbed Monday morning.
Funeral rites were held Wed
E. D. Si
Flint ral ri-'c-i for Kn a ll D. San-
.Ir.-s, 63 oi .Mi.Vdcnville. lonner
Kings M antain re-iident, wen-
held We.l:icsday at 4 p.m. fiom
Penley'r Uliapcl MeilvoiiMi -•hurcli
witii the lie\. W. 1- iiiifb'.,-il:-r
and the Ret - S. \\. .Yvery officiat-
Interment was in Mountain
M,'. Sanders died at 3 p.m.
M inday after illness of .several
lie was tile son of the late Mr.
and .Mr.-;. William Sandois.
Surviving are liis willow, .Mrs.
11a Pi'jitt Sandei-s; one daugliler.
Mrs. Martini Falls of .Mc.Y.lenville;
one brother. Jolin Sanders of
Kimrs .Mi'untain; thn-e sisters.
.Mrs! Etta Cr.nv.ler, -Mrs. .■^iimnr.r
Grecne and Mr.s. .Mary .Mycis, o.
Kings Mouulain; and two .grand
WINS MASTER'S — Mrs. Mich
ael Clark the former Beverly
Willis of Kings Mountain, earn
ed her master ol arts degree in
J a.ly childhood education Fri-
ny from Western Carolina Uni
versity at Cullowhe*. She was
among 341 students receiving
degrees In summer cemmeitce-
“it is the quietest opening since
I’ve been superinlendenit,” Mr.
Jones commented. "We had the
best eloss distribution wipiicn will
hold transfers, if any, to a min
It is possible a fourth kinder
garten class may be added in
Novem'ber, he continued, depend
ing on demand and budget limi
Thirty-live out-of-district stu
dents who live In the Gaston
County 'piKTlion of BaSt Kings
Mountain are enrolled.
Funeral rites for Wade Douglas
Bennett, 80, were heM Tuesday
afternoon at 4 o’clock from the
^iiapel of Harris Funeral Home,
interment following in Mountain
Rev. C. A. Bost officiated at the
Mr. Bennett died Sunday night.
He was the son ot the late Mr.
and Mrs. John Bennett and hus-
.lanil of the late Nancy Bennett.
He was a member of St. Mat
thew’s Luilhcran cBuirch.
Survivors include one brother,
Gus Bennett, of Kings Mounitain,
and one sister, Mrs. John Ford of
Nephews of Mr. Bennett were
Interment of Josepli Bynum
Hord, who died in Greenville, S.
C.. Gencr.il Ilo-siiital Wednesday
morning at 7:30 will be at Moun
tain Rost (.x'lnelery licre follow
ing funeral -rites in Greenville.
Hour of the services had not
been set at mid-afternoon Wed
A Cleveland County native, Mr.
Hord was a brother of Mrs. Marie
Ramsey, of Kings Mountain.
Other survivors include his
wife, Mallie Smith Herd, of
■Greenville, two sons, Lawrence
Hord, of the home and I’aul H;ird,
Brunswick, Ga., anotlier si-sler
■Mrs. -Ynn Bridwcll, Decatur, Ga.
a half-brother, J. C. Hord, of
Cherryvillo, and a lialf-sistcr, Mrs.
Irene Bynum, of Atlanta, Ga.
Senator J. OlHc Harris was
discharged Tue.sday from Char
lotte Prcsbyiterian hospital after
undergoing surgery and is re
cuperating at ills home.
The ei'ly of Kings Mountain be- j
gins its annual drive to alert ;
motori.sts to drive with extra
care in scliool area.s and ne.ir
sclioiil buses tills wei'k.. .anil dur
ing tile weeks to come.
Colorful “School’.s Open” pest
ers are being di-ipl-ayed throa.gli-
out tlie community as part of tlic
national effort by tlie American
.-Yutomoliile Association and tlic
Carolina Motor Club to reduce the
deatli and injury of our ehildren.
Citing nation-al,figures revealed
in a reicenf AA.\ nationwide sur
vey. Chief of Police Tom McDevitt
ixiiiiti^d out that oacli year some
501) soliool elii-ldren aged 5-11 are
killed and nearly 11,000 are in
jured as they travel to and from
BecaiLse the AAA .study showed
that kindergarten and fir.-it grade
youngsters suffer tlie greatest
number of school-route pedestrian
injuries, Cliief M.'Devitt urgeit
jiarents lo walk willi llieir ciiil-
dren at least on tiie opening d ly
of seliool to make certain lli.il
tile y.'iung.sters take tlie sa[e.--l
rmile to scIukiI.
I£ at all [casible,, tiie ciiie;
said, parents sliould avoid dri\‘-
ing ehildren lo .scIkk:! heeiu-e
(his onl.v adiis to the traffic con
fusion around school aivas. tine
creating I'Xtra hazards for all
youngsters going to si-IkkvI.
laycees To Lead Fund Campaign
For Liie-Saving Squad Equipment
The 22-mC'mber Kings .Mountain
Rescue Squad and Life Saving
Crew will kk'k-off a $8,465.19 fund
drive for new equipment next
Kings Mounitain Juycees will
lead llic two week promtrtion
aimixi In otiltaining donations to
purchase a new ambulance at
cost of $11,848.32, radio i-quip
ment, and pay for a rented am
bulance now in use by the de
Gifts from tiie UniFed Fund will
not pay for all the costs, explain-1
ed a cri'W member, and a total
of $8,465.19 will h' needed lo de
fray ixi-s's of the eqiill>m<-nt “bad
ly iiei'ded to proviiic sen ice to
Kings M.mnt-.iin which wo arc
Tie Jaycees will serve on com-
miltrx's to ask fund.s from bud
ne.ismen and iniliislry and also
plan a Ra lio Day ami oilier
events during the two-week iht-
iod wliioh begins September 2.
The Re.scue Squad is a volun
teer non-profit organization.
The city comniissinn .Monday
ni"lit pas.-ied a re.soiuii-.in amen I-
ing the municipal .igrcenieni wiih
tile Stale lligliway ficparnncnt i:i
re.gard to tlio rc.vntly <ii.n;il> tod
Can.sler street project.
A resolution was pas.sed by the
full board at its lad moeliiig re
questing the lligliway is'ininis-
sion to I'stablisli no parking areas
along Canslc-r f-'tr'i''i. Mayor J >hn
[ Henry Ma.-cs said lie bad coiiferied
I willi a higlnvay commission rcii-
! reseiitativc v.dio informed liini an !
j ami-ndincnt to tlie municipal o’li i
i rcscivlalive who informe.i liim -an
, amendment to the iminicilial a ,
I greement siiould he [la.^sed. , i
1' The board received a Icitci
! signed by James E. dams, trca.s i
! urer and Irusti'i' of Bynum Chafiel
' .\ME Zion cluirch on lielialf of I
.several eliur. lies and businc.s.ses l
i requesting tliat parkin.g h' al- j
I lowed in front of tlie.r biiilding.s '
on Can.sler stri'ot bix-ause there i
was no prolierty avaiia'bie for Itu’ j
I .ain-.triielkm of a parKing lot, -
’ Named in tlie letter wi're. in ad .
dilion lo Byiuim , ii ipel. .New ]
! ii.-i e I'leshytorian ehurcii, St, '
' Paul MeilMilisi clniri li. J. VV. Gill
I .g .-ten Funeral llunie. Carolina
1 C.ile. Briwn’s Sna.-k .8lic;i, Dr. .N.
H. Reed and Di. D. E. Hor-I.
Tile hoard jiasseil a roseliition
granting tlie reque.st.
On rec. mnicn(i:ili-’n of Connn
\V. S. Bidiiix. till' bon.I ills) jia.s-
e.i a re.scliilion reni'iving tin'
temporary traffic liglil at I'ii 1
m.inl and NVaco road an:l tlial
irartic marker! Iv mo\ed iia.-k iqi
to 30 feet from the intiTsiH-tion
pendin.g di.scil.ssion with piuperly
. nets in the arei to extend
tin m be.voiid 30 feel if i)j.s.siblo.
p ; \ o 1 1 . - t
vide ficc i .., .1,.
C't .ii; 111. 11....- I i.'.o.'. e l ■'.vr,
■1 , te, e, : ,. O',' If II F" .vn, bar
r\ lia-nr. \ Lc.vi.s Uellin-ger anJ
W. .0. 1 lil'on, Jr. .-Mso iircsent weix
\ii'. and -M—. Dan r.ir.er an.l
l.din . hi !|;iie. Jr.
'leijl I till' ■ a-emeni f iMi.-ws.
“fur i 'ain.-oii n is drdi; itc-.-
.- im, r M .'i'ia and in :i -110;
till' d-iwnii .Ml .h.eco.n'g disiric:
Our niein ic o I'. i e hi .'ii ni'tive ;a
t.m e; oil ii-r ni.'iiy yiar.-o Five
ytai's ago i.u: piiv.itc venture to
renovate a two ol ick area was
ii’isui...-Slid .la-' to :: .'.gerin.c
Cl-Sts', and natural r<''i-cati'c<- I'l
■liangc. iio.\e.i-r, tiianks to- til-'
eiferl of -May :■ .\1; -y and the Cil;.
■oard ol L . ;ii.n-s ■amers. lie; e foi
Die fulu.e the d'Will wvn li.i-'
. v.ve! ai l-ic; th.ac with th •
- 'I'.ili hni.’:i) i.'t iiie Kin .*! .\f nin-
■•in lie le . ' ;■ ni'iil Ci 'nmi.o.-.i " i
- .i Mihs. :;ai I’t aiipr xal of
1. 1 . in fe.leral aid tc renov,
.do Ci.t'.i'i' tliir','. a re d'wnUiv.'ii
■ I.ei. Wc heartilv eiidor.se thi-
H ci-.-,- artii.u w'liicli c.i.ords the
i'i/'i.-’ -.li Kings .Mountain tin
i.ip . '.uiiiiy t- ren.ivate and pro-
■I'.xe liie maikil place of our his -
I lie i.:y. ■
"tile e.'i riomi.'s of the dirwn- i
lew 11 ri'devehipment are .s.ninil
and wc ai! will iM-nefit Irom the
. .o.gia n. The iniiilic funds are
I used to iiiipioce jiuhlic facilities; .
'n'l'ts. sid.'waliis. walkw-.iys,
lark.s an.l u'llitii s. This exiiendi-,
lire encoiu':i.ges private invest- ■
! aient liy tlie liusuie.s.mien and
j tir.ipi rly ewner- t" hiiild new :
I t 'res an.l renovate older prop- ■
erty, n f.icl, we liie members of'
Do-wnii.'-.-a, In:, plan to inve.st in'
.11 ,,h 111 p-aii 1 iiarking -ireas. This
aeti.n will reverse the dcciiiio of
; iir dc'wnlown; hu.slne.ss will ,
[I'.oiit tin-ough in.-reased traile.
,1.,petty .I'.Murs will reaiize ap-
..rscia-lic.n arni higher in..line, the
ily will benctil tlirougli ad.lition-
.li rcvcn'ue genej-aled by privalt',
inve.-'tment, and the indiUdual i
I iti/.eu will eajey tiie cmvenieiice
f a niodcrn slioi 'ping area here ■
".\t long last till' fi.'.st i-oncrote
evideii.'O .'1 jirogre.ss is visible. ;
The Re.ieveleiiinenl Commission
is moving t change Ilie iace of
the i.idral bu-ines; dislriit and!
I.hc B.iar.l cf Dircclor.s of D iwui--
l.iwa In,', (ic.sires to take lliis . 'i- |
p- rtunity lo njinimend both the
City Toiird --f Cuniniissioiiers and
tile' Kin.gs Mountain Rc.levelop- 1
ineiit Coinmis-ion fir tlie inilia-.
Ci'iiliiuinl On 7’(i'/e Ei'tht I
RITES TODAY — Military fune
ral rites for Al/C Gary David
Henderson, 20, will be held
Thursday afternoon from Pat-
tersor. Grove Baptist church.
Mes In Crash
Full military funera) rites for
A-IC Gary D.avid Henderson. 20,
will be hold Thursday afternoon
al 4 o'clock from Patterson
Gro\e iRaptist church of which
lie was a niomlier.
Rev. Richard Piyler will Of
fil iate al the final riti'S, and in
terment, witli military honors,
will be in Mountain Rest ceme
Tile body was taken to the
home on Route One Waco road
Wednesday. The liody will lie in
slate al the chuix-h 30 minutes
before the services.
Airman Henderson died al 2
a. 111. August 22nd in Grank Fork
North Dakota, <F injuries re
ceivi'-d in a m-ilor.'ycle ai'cident
in whiih anither airman also
dieil. According to report of As
sistant Coroner Bennett Masters,
a spokevm-an for the '(Jraiid
Fork AFB said tlie two airmen
were enroute lo the airbase
wtien llieir molorcyele was struck
in Ilie rear by an automoliile.
A-IC Henderson joined the
U.t.AF in Octolier 1970. He had
graduated in .line 1970 from
Kings Mountain high school.
A native of Kings Mountain,
lie was the .son of Eminitt ami
-Margaret I’ridmoro Henderson.
Be.sides ins parents he is surviv
ed by two brother. IXiniiy Tdll-
; man Ilender.smi and Larry Ma
son Henderson, both of the home
and two sisters. Miss Nancy
Jane llenderon and Miss Fran-
eo Lynn llenderon, both of the
She May Reject
Mrs. Frances Green, recuperat
ing in Charlotte .Memorial hespi-
tal from a kidney transplant Aug.
I, was to undergo surgc.y yester
day afternoon lo remove what
her hu.-inand termed a “block be
tween her new kidney and olad-
Oscar (Bud) Green sal
.vile returnisl to a kidnt.
chine for six hour); izea
Tuesday first time she had .. v
the machine since .she received
the life-sustaining kidney from
her sister, .Mrs. Jean BurdeKe of
rdyetteville, in a transplant eper-
-Ml'. .Green said doctors were
afraid this week the patient was
■going to rejecit the kidney” and
put her back on the machine to
try to remove the block and avoid
■Mrs. Green undenvent more
X rays on Wednesday morning and
lion necessary for the kidney to
unction prc.)erly, Mr. Green said
his wife told him in a telephone
conversation fre.-n the hospital.
The 41-year-old mo'.her of six was
also receiving blood transfusions
,it mid-afternoon WcHinesday.
The Green familif was in Char-
loltte with Mrs. Green yesterday
MeriitS Faroily Second Runner-up
In tiudm For All-American Honor
-Adult Beginners’ dressmaking
ind tailoring classes will be of-
ered this year beginning the
veek of September 13’h at the
'ommunky Center under spon-
;c-.-ship of Cleveland Technical
nstitute and Kings Mountain
Seven rias.«es will be taught
and interesleii stucents may pre-
rogi.stor by calling 739-3794.
.Instructors for the classes will
be Mrs. Betty R. Gaimble, Mrs.
.Margaret Baird, and Mrs. Ade
laide Allison, all of the high
•ichool home economics depart
ment, and .Vl'.cs. Mae Tignor.
Mayor Moss Named
Mayor John Henry Moss has
been afipointed to the resolutions
committi’e of the Nortti Carolina
D'ague of Municipalities which
will make its reeoonmendations
at the annual Lo.igue ironvention
Mayor Moss was appointed by
t.be li'aguo president, Mayor Ferd
L. Harrison, of Scotland Neck.
Tile League will convene in
Durham October 10-12.
Penalty To Advance
City Clerk .T:>e M<-Daniel, Jr.
reminded delinquent purelia-xcrs
of city privilege li -ense.-i Wed-
ne.sdiiy that the iienally fol
iate payment' is five jicrccnt
Tile five pi’reent ix'nalty w.is
aiyplied .'Yugast 1 and another
will apply September 1.
Bill and Betty Patrick 'Monilt
and tlicir tlii'ee sons. Rii.ss, 21,
I’al, 19, and Dave, l.'i, ol Roa
noke, Va. weie voted .Ymeiica's
ina.st poi-ular family by ballot
vote of the 276 family members
in the national compciition and
were sec.ind lunncr-iip in the
All-Amei'i.-an Family I'ageant in
Leliiirli Acres. I-'la.
iMr.s. .Merrill i.s daigiiU'r of
Mr.s. P. D. Pal rick of lllai k
.'il.fimliin, fori'ierly ot King.s
Mo'jarain, and of the late Dr.
Pairick. lor many yc.ir.s iiastor
'of Kings Mmml.iin'.s Di.xon and
' Fir.st I'ro.sbylcri in cimi i lie.s.
li'ul Mrs. Merri'.l ihnms the
■gr.caU’sl cxperii nee i-ame when
her family was singled mil as
ihe rnos' popular of the 51 .state
and Distriit of Coi.mhia reiire.s-
The award was diH'iiled by in
dividual iballot vote of the '276
family inember.s in llic competi-
lion and based on |)erson-li)-per-
(-.1.1 c.ml.icl .mil invohemonl
j liirin:; i.ie lOday iiageant.
' ".',ow 1 know u.iy pco-ple I'l'f
.in sir'll .siliiatinns.'' Mrs. Morriti
sa.vs, admilling lhal slie wai
le.'iiyeyed dining irni'll of the
all-expcnsi'.s ] .li.l whirluind holi
"We'xe always been a el-'.s'
family," siie lys, "hut lliroii h
0.1 liie eomiiciilion then' were
.little Ihin'gs that made me roal
iz it more.”
1 And Mrs. Merritt admits lhal
I from the original involvement in
the oimpetition, she has often
asked liei.self. “Why us? We're
just a typical family.”
The Meri'itts xvere nominated
for the stale searcli by Ilie
Bramhlcion Junior Women's club
j and even Ihe-i Betty Merritt
! "knew nolliing of wliat it was
(Among organi'/xition si>on.xor-
ing till' pageant were the Gen
eral I-'ederalioti of Women's
Cliilis, Ilie .National I'onfei'e'icc
if Chi'islian and Jews and Ihe
All-.Ymerican Family Inslitiilc. 1
Mrs. Merritt's association with
lh«' Bramlilelon Juniors came
iliroiigli lier joli ■.‘'or eight years
now as a .s]ieckil isiiiealion learli-
or for emotionally disturbed ehil-
Iren. Her class at Highland
Park scliool is sponsored by tlie
■lub, and niemliers regularly
.s<>rve as xxilunteers in the iiro-
After being -selerted as stale
semifinalists, fhe Merrltts were
iterviewixi in their home by a
igeint official, wlio came ifter
linnet' "wlien things were a bit
■iished and there wasn't lime
o iK' nerx'oii.s. J- st an All-Ameri-
xn s em'e." she remembers, I
Tlien notificalion came that ]
hey were to represent Virginia, '
•in.i Mrs. Merritt telephoned last
ear'.s family. Ihe Rev. and Mrs.
Marvin Goodpasture of F'erriim.
to learn more about w'lvat was :
VMlinucd Vn Pag* Eight i
In New Posts
Addition of five new teachers
brings to 194 the number of faiC-
ulty members who oegin the
sehoolterm yesterday in Uie dis
Tliey are Patricia .M. Satter-
white. North; Mary S. Hardin,
We-it; Clara C. Jackson, Grover;
Kenneth Blanton, Central; and
Hairill Blanton. Central.
Twins Second Time
For John Conners
Jolin Conner has fiis chest
On Friday, August 13, his
wife, the former Donnie Vee
Cooke, delivered the Conners’
scxsmd set oi; twins and their
fifth and sixth children.
The first sot of twins, San
dra and Cheryl, arrived IGS
Tlie recent iy arrived ttvins
are Ixiys. Dr. John C. McGill,
'attending ph.vsician, logged
Donnie’s arrival six minutes in
advance of Johnny's.
Tlie Conner family numiber
two other .girls, Sheila Lynn
17'-j. and Gina J.eo. 14.
Mr. Conner is 38, liis wife
Tliey reside at 300 Lackey