VOL. 87 NO. 80
TUESDAY, DECEMBEB 7,1076
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THE TUESDAY EDITION
City’s Teenagers Learn About Business
Those 80 enthusiastic young
people downtown who are ottering
you a share ot stock at tl In their
newly-twoned companies are Junior
Meeting weekly on Mcnday nights
tor two hours at First Union Na
tional Bank Omterence Room, they
have formed a board ot directors, a
working force and sales statt,
elected their own ottlcers and
chosen two companies, Teeko
Unlimited and Digltron, and are now
beginning to make and sell their
What Is Junior Achievement? Ron
Tranpklns, Eaton executive who
started the ball rolling to torm the
program, says It’s an International
business education program In
which high school students organize
and manage their own small-scale
companies under the guidance ot
adult advisers from local business
Chip Owens by, junior student at
KMSHS who Is vice-president In
charge ot marketing tor Teeko
Unlimited, said his company's name
was derived trom Initials ct some ot
the sponsors, Eaton Corporation,
Belk, and FUN Bank. This group ot
students, IS In all, began work
Monday night on the manutacture ot
calendar and pen sets which they
will sell tor approximately M.
Fifteen more students have for
med Digltron and will begin Monday
night the manutsicture of their
product, digital thermometers.
Your Inltlsd dollar will be returned
phis Interest In May It the selling
products earn a profit.
Owensby explained that they
capitalize their business through the
sale ot stock at fl a share and he sold
the first certificate to Mayor John
Henry Moss this week at dty Hall.
Junior Achievers also pay
themselves salaries (their
president, secretary - treasurer)
BROTHERHOOD - The Rev. Clyde Bearden
(center) displays the feeling of brotherhood among
members of the Kings Mountain Ministerial
Association as the 1977 president. With him are (left)
Rioto By Tosb Hekrtyre
Rev. J C. Ooare, secretary-treasurer, and Rev. Dwtgbt
Edwards Jr., vice president. The new ottloers were
Installed last nmrsdiQr night.
Making A Joyful Noise,,,
What do you get when ministers
from all denominations gather
under one root?
A joyful noise tmto The Lord!
The event was laat Thursday at
First Baptist Church Fellowship
Hall and the gathering was the
ministers who are members of the
Kings Mountain Ministerial
Association and their wives.
Following a steak dinner,
arranged by the Rev. Russell
^ Hinton, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist
Church, special entertainment was
held. Rev. AUen JoUey, minister of
music at First Baptist, and his wife
topped the bill with a pantomime to
a recording by Porter Waggoner and
Then Rev. H(nton, Rev. JoUey and
Rev. Gary Bryant, pastor ot First
Presbyterian Church, took the stage
with guitars and mandolin to "pick
and grin” a UtUe Blue Grass for the
Rev. JoUey then led the group In
singing Christmas carols ranging
from "Rudolph The Red-nosed Rein
deer” to “White Christmas.”
As Rev. JoUey put It: "Nowhere In
the Bible have I read that you can’t
have a good time. So let's sing.”
'f Rev. Hinton said last Thursday’s
meeting was the first "of this
magnitude we have held. Last
summerwe did have a cookout. Last
week’s meeting was an attempt at
fellowship and for a chance for the
wives of the ministers to meet and
During a brief business meeting
following the progrsun, conducted by
Rev. Frank Shirley, pastor of
Temple Baptist, the 1976 Helping
Hand program was discussed and
reset for this Thursday. The date
was changed as not to conflict with
the Klwanls Peanut Sale held last
Helping Hand la a fund-raising
project using booths to be set up at
Winn-Dixie, In the Central Business
District and at TGAY In the West
Gate Plaza Shopping Center.
Ministers and volunteers from the
Individual churches wUl man the
booths from 10 a. m. untU 7 p. m.
doUy through Christmas Eve.
The funds raised are used to
supplement the funds given the
ministerial association by the Kings
Mountain United Fund. The money
Is used to purchase food, medicine,
fuel and clothing for the area needy
and transient citizens.
The association also works with
the KM Fire Department to
distribute toys to the needy children
during the Christmas Season.
Rev. Hinton said the association-
sponsored food bank and clothing
closet will be operated again this
year. Both have been located at the
community center, but the clothing
closet will be relocated and operated
separate from the food bank.
"We are looking for ample floor
space In the community for the
clothing closet,” Rev. Hlntson said.
Oiristmas Concert Thursday
Kings Mountain School Choirs,
over 180 voices strong, will usher In
the Christmas season with a
Christmas concert, free and open to
the community, Thursday night In
B. N. Barnes Auditorium.
The 8 p. m. program wUl be di
rected by Mrs. J.N. McClure, KM
District SchooU Choral Director.
It wUl Include Christmas anthems
and traditional Carols.
Featured as soloists will be Jeff
Boggan, Glenn Ellis, Debbie Schab-
buetthl. Sherry Norman, Linda
Smith, Janet Bagwell, Ramona
Burris, Kathy Roberts, Tammy
Blanton, and Rene Bradley.
Plano accompanists will be Rox
anne Seism and Karen Lall.
The choral program wlll_ feature
selections by the Junior Choir, Girls
Choir and Senior Choir of the Kings
Mountain school system.
about tl-.OO per month and they
decide on sales commissions for
themselves as salesmen. In ad
dition, they keep company books and
records, pay rent for their work
space, pay taxes, pay dividends to
their stockholders If their enterprise
Is successful and liquidate their
companies at the end of the school
year and Issue stockholders reports.
Hopefully the company offices will
be moved In the next week or two to
the old FUNBank buUdlng In the
downtown area where the young
people will have more working
space on Monday nights to produce
and sell their products.
Owensby said the Junior
Achievement Club here can ac
commodate 10 more students, five In
each of the two companies.
Declaring that the members are
learning how to operate a business
and make a profit, young Owensby
said the local members will have
also a chance to exchange ideas with
other young people at conferences
during the year.
Chairman Tompkins said training
sessiois are an importsmt feature of
the weekly session.
Officers of Teeco Unlimited are
Ronnie Blanton, president: Donna
McGinnis, secretary; Norman
Pressley, vice president In charge of
manufacturing; Chip Owensby, vtce
president In charge of marketing;
Vernon Whlttnum, treasurer;
Officers of Digltron Co. sue Debbie
HuUender, president; Donnie
Brooks, vice-president In charge of
msirketlng: Sarah Davidson, cor
porate secretary; Noah Gsudner
vice president In charge of per
sonnel; Karen Edwards, vice
president In chsu-ge of numufac-
turing; and Orous Guskey,
Advisors representing the various
business and Industry are: Tom
pkins, Jim Smith, Jerry Grarman,
Joe Roblllard, Haywood Homesley,
aU of Button;
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Just before the meeting broke up
last Thursday Rev. Shirley, the
outgoing association president, said,
"There are lot of things good to say
about IQngs Mountain and In the
way the ministers In this community
work together for the common good
of all. I have never been to a place
where the men worked so closely as
they do here.”
Leaving office along with Rev.
Shirley were The Rev. C. A. Boat,
vice president, and Rev. Hinton,
Taking office for the coming year
were The Rev. Clyde Bearden,
president. Rev, Dwight Edwards,
vice president, and Rev. J. C. Gore,
Attending Thursday’s dinner
Rev. and Mrs. Frank F. Simpson
— Foursquare Gospel; Rev. and
Mrs. Clyde Bearden — First Bap
tist; Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Boland —
Resurrection Lutheran; Rev. C. A.
Boot — Church of Nazarene; Rev.
Gary Bryant — First Presbyterian;
Rev. and Mrs. S. Guy Cabanlss —
Westover Baptist; Rev. and Mrs.
Leroy Cox — East Gold St
Wedeyan; Rev. BUI Daniel —
Trinity Church of The Living God;
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Edward* —
Boyce Memorial ARP; and Rev. and
Mrs. Dwight Edwards Jr. — First
Also Rev. and Mrs. RusseU Fltta
— Bethlehem Baptist; Rev. and
Mrs. RusseU Hinton Oak Grove
Baptist; Rev. J. C. Gore — Kings
Mountain Baptist; Rev. George
SherrUl — Grace United Methodist;
Rev. and Mrs. D. H. Lutz — El
Bethel Methodist; Rev. and Mrs.
MltcheU Pruitt — Chestnut Ridge
Baptist; Rev. and Mrs. Mark
Roberson — Kings Mountain Pen
tecostal Holiness; Rev. and Mrs.
FYank Shirley Temple Baptist;
Rev. and tirs. Robert Boggan Jr. —
Central United Methodist; and Rev.
James WlUlams — Bostalde Baptist.
Special guests were Mr. and Mrs.
Cecil Thompson, missionaries
visiting with First Baptist Church
and Rev. C. C. Crowe, retired.
The avallabUlty of personal lines
Insurance In North Carolina is
worsening daUy, according to the
CaroUnas Association of Mutual
Knox HUlman, CAMLA president,
said the latest membership survey
Indicates that "even more com
panies have cancelled agency
contracts, prohibited the writing of
any new business or otherwise
restricted the availability of
necessity Insurance to customers.”
Larry Hamrick, an Independent
Insurance agent in Kings Mountain,
said, "The market for automobUe
physical damage and other lines,
like homeowners eind Workmen’s
Compensation, Is very tight in our
"in effect,” Hamrick continued,
"we can’t always provide the
coverages that our customers would
be willing to buy at any price since
many companies are just not wUllng
to write new business.”
Hamrick said In his 31 years In
Insurance he has never seen the
market so tight and feels the
problem Is directly due to the
Inadequate rate structure that exists
In North Carolina.
"For four years Commissioner
John Ingram has repeatedly
rejected the needed rate Increases,”
Hamrick said. "Meanwhile Inflation
has been running wild to the extent
of a 40 percent Increase during this
same four years.”
Since September the number of
Are and casualty companies placing
restrictions on agents have gone
from 30 to 70 by late November. The
survey also Indicates that about 60
agencies have been cancelled by one
or more companies In the past six
months. A total of 30 companies
have told their agency force not to
accept any new Insurance
customers for certain lines until
Hamrick said It Is obvious that the
public will not accept a 40 percent
reduction In their claim settlements,
“so the insurance companies are
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neta By Tesa MeMyre
LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS — The 80-foot tree In froat of BlaiMy
Memorial Library Is all aglow with bright Chrisanas lights each evealag
to mark the coming of the holiday season. TUs year the city decided oa
all-white lights Instead of different colors to keep to a oommonity-wide
theme of getting back to a purer form of celebralloa. Hie decorations oa
the library tree Is part of the city’s beautlflcatloa commission program,
which extends to other simple decorations In other parts of the city.
Ob-Gyn To Open Offices
Cr. Keh-Fang Chen has been ap-
polntod to the medloal staff of Kings
DR. KEH-FANG CHEN
Mountain Hospital emd will be
opening an office for the practice of
obstetrics and gynecology In Kings
His office will be located at 106
Edgemont Drive, across from Boyce
Memorial ARP Church. Present
plans are for the office to open al the
end of this week.
Dr. Chen Is a native of Talwsm,
China. He received his under
graduate and M. D. degrees from
National Taiwan University. His
residencies were at National Taiwan
University Hospital and Catholic
Medical College and a teaching
appointment at Mary Immaculate
Hospital, New York. Other post
graduate education Includes studies
at Harvard Medical Schools.
Dr. Chen Is a Board Certified
Member of the American College ot
Obstetrics and Gynachology.
Dr. Chen Is married and plana to
reside In Kings Mountain with his
wife An-An and their three young
Mayor John Henry Moss has ap
pointed W. A. Russell and Mrs.
Charles Hamilton III as co-chalr-
persons of the city’s (Cardio
pulmonary Resuscitation Com
Training directors for the pro
gram are Lyn (Cheshire, George H.
(Sandy) Mauney, Jr, Fire Chief
Gene TTgnor, Police Chief Earl
Lloyd and (Captain Bob Hope of the
KM Rescue Squad.
The mayor said that city-wide
members of the committee will be
announced In the next few days.
January 10 Is the tsurget date for
opening Kings Mountain’s CPR
program to the general public.
FTre and rescue departments of
the city and the (Cleveland County
(Chapter of the American Red (Crosa
are sponsoring the program which la
aimed at goal of 78 percent of citizen
Members of the fire and rescue
departments are currently taking
the CCPR Instructors course.