Photo Bjr Tom Mdiitjrre
THE TUESDAY EDITION
V(M.. 88 NO. 1
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA 88086
Monday In Kings Mountain
lUESDAV. JANUARY 4. 1977
Snowfall Creates Havoc
THREE HURT IN HEAD-ON CRASH - Tliree Klnf*
Mounteln people were hurt In n grinding two-onr bend-
on cmih on Ice-aiick Orover Rd. Monday morning.
Police aald driven of the two can were Scenetta Falla
Photo By Gary Stewart
and Waddell Chamben. Mra. Chamben waa alao In
jured in the craah. KInga Mountain Police Department
had anawered 14 wreck calla during a period of 90
PO Back To Normal
Thlnga are back to normal at the
KInga Mountain Post Office after
what Poatmaater Charles Alexander
termed a "normal” Christmas rush.
"We kept fatrly busy,” Alexander
aald of the Christmas mailing sea
son, "and now we’re going Into a
slack period which Is normal this
time of year.”
Alexander said the Christmas
mailing waa as heavy as usual and
possibly heavier because of the
recent United Parcel Service strike.
"We certainly saw a decrease In
our business when the UPS strike
ended,” said the veteran KM
Postmaster. "But there's no way we
can tell how the UPS strike affected
the mailing because the strike ended
during the Christmas rush season.
"There wam't too much dif
ference between this Christmas and
last Christmas,” he continued.
‘ This year people started mailing 10
days earlier due to the UPS strike,
so the mailing waa spread out for 10
"When I came here 30 years ago,”
he recalled, "everybody waited until
the last week to mall Christmas
cards. We were kept quite busy at
that time. But there aren’t as many
people mailing cards m there were
Alexander aald the post office
didn’t add on smy help during the
rush season but worked Its own
employes on em overtime basis.
"We couldn’t tell whether our
Christmas business was heavier
because of the UPS strike or not,” he
added. "But we do know we had
psLTcels running out our ears.”
Tax Listing Underway
County tax listing began Monday
and continues through January 81,
according to Township Four Tax
Lister Edwin Moore.
The tax listers, Moore, Mrs.
Charles Bstllsud and Mrs. Jack
Hauser are on duty weekdays from
8:80 a. m. until 6 p. m.
Moore said the bMks will be set up
In Orover on Sat., Jan. 8 and 33 from
8:80 a. m. until 1 p. m. and In Kings
COPE Meet Friday
COPE will hold Its regular
meetingFii., Jan. 7 at 7 p. m. at city
This Is a very Important meeting
to discuss changes within the
organisation and all members are
urged to attend.
One project COPE has been asked
to take on Is raising 8880 to purchase
a film entitled the "Pulse Of Life,”
to be used In the community-wide
(CPR) program slated to get un
derway this month.
Mountain, Sat., Jan. IB and 39 at the
"We have been fairly busy so far,”
Moore aald, "but this Is normal. The
first and last weeks of tsuc listing
each year are usually our busiest
times. With this In mind we would
like to urge dtlaens In Number Four
Township to come In all through the
month of January and not wait until
Moore also reminds cltlaana who
are disabled and over 86 yeans of age
they are entitled to a |S,000 value
exemption If their Income annually
does not exceed $7,600. Moore has
forms for these persons to fill out
and file with him by January 81 or
with the Shelby Tax office not later
than February 16. Moore aald this
form must be filled out each year at
listing time in order for disabled and
the over 66 group to qualify for their
Persons wishing to list by mall
should call the Shelby Tax office for
a mallout form.
Tax blUe will be Issued In August
and are > payable, without penalty,
by December 81, 1977.
Kings Mountain cltlsens slipped
and slid yesterday during a first
snowfall of New Tear 1977 which
transformed the roads Into an Icy
The first winter’s snow started
fSLlllng shortly before 7:80 and
during a period of 90 minutes the
Kings Mountain Police Department
had already anawered a total of 14
^.'^k c.alls In L’le area’
At least three people were Injured
In the wrecks, which also Included a
report that one school bus carrying
children home from school had left
the highway on Waco Rd.
Schools were dismissed shortly
after they opened for the dsiy much
to the delight of the kids who could
hsudly wait to get outside and romp
and play In the white stuff.
Their parents were having a
harder time, however, navigating
the driving conditions.
aty garbage collection was called
off early Monday morning after a
collection vehicle reportedly went
Into the ditch near West Oate
Shopping Center. Collection will not
be resumed, according to Mayor
John Moss, until the roads are safe.
□ty public works crews were
dispatched about mld-momlng to
spread sand over the streets. The
city was divided Into quarters and
woriced one quarter at a time. This
Included state roads and bridges.
Scraping operations were also on the
schedule as soon as enough snow
The police, on the tall of all of the
accidents reported, were pleading
with motorists to slow down.
District Court Judge Berlin
Csirpenter, traveling west to Shelby
cm U. S. 74 for district court today,
became a stranded motorist on
Shelby Rd. nesu- TOItT about 8:80
and a police officer waa summoned
One fireman, Lsury Smith, slipped
and twisted his ankle In a house fire
Monday morning at 7:80 a. m. at the
comer of Phifer Rd. and Scotland
Dr. City firemen said the fire, which
apparently started In the fomace
room, had already "broke through
the roof’ when they arrived. Mr.
and Mrs. Oene Tatum, who own the
home and had Just moved In the new
residence on Christmas Eve,
escaped Injury. According to early
reports, Mr. Tatum waa shaving and
the "lighting began to flicker on and
off.” Mr. Tatum U employed by
Blazer Construction Co. Damages
were estimated at $80,000 to the
residence which had not been
constructed completely at the time
of the fire.
Scenetta Falls, Waddell and Edith
Chambers were all Injured In «
grinding two-csu- head-on crash on
N. C. 316 In front of Timms Fur
niture. According to police reports,
one of the Injured had teeth
“knocked out” and Scenetta Falla
wsM admitted to the hospital. KM
Hospital Emergency nurses
reported that Roy HoUlfteld was also
admitted after a wrack on Ice^llck
Then Came AA
By TOM McINTYRE
When David A. Rae died a tew months ago It could be said he was well-
known In Kings Mountain for a transplanted citizen.
He was a funny little Scotsman who had the ability to wear you out
talking to you. The words In his reedy-thln voice were completely In
distinguishable at times when he tell back on the Scottish brogue.
But he made a great dead of sense In the ime subject that apparently
"I am analcohoUc,” he would say. "And I will be one until the day I die
even though I have not hada drink since 1943."
And the things he had to say were Important to many families and
family friends In Kings Mountain.
"Most people would be shocked to learn that more than 300 deaths In
this community over the past couple of years were due to alcohol sind not
to natural causes,” he would say. "These deaths I am talking about were
not due to fires, car accidents or some of the other causes ususdly listed.
These people simply drsuik themselves to death.”
Perhaps these people were addicted to the boose, the way you become
addicted to cigarettes or drugs, he was told.
"It Is an addiction," he said, "but you might be surprised at vriiat the
alcoholic Is addicted to. It’s the taste of alcohol. It was a surprise to me,
too, but It’s true.”
How In the world can anyone become addicted to the taste of something
that bums the throat and stomach lining, makes breathing difficult and
many times causes you to vomit with violent spasms?
He said to the alcoholic the taste becomes as sweet as chocolate candy
to the chocolate freak.
"Alcoholism Is a sickness,” he sstid. "A true sickness. And you would be
surprised at the number of very sick people we have living right here In
Rae knew what he wsus talking about because for several yea’’e he
worked directly with these people through a local ch^ter of Alcoholics
Anonymous. Rae said he and his co-workers were not always successful
In their bid to help an alcoholic help himself to recovery.
"Iknowexactly what they go through,”he said. “Ihaveheard aUof the
arguments and reasons for not wanting to give up drinking. I used the
same arguments myself, Jiut as every other alcoholic who ever lived has
used them. These are not reasons, but symptoms of the lUnesa.”
So, David Rae’s story ivas the same as the others. The same as the
stories he heard from local people he helped through AA.
David Rae waa an engineer and his work carried him all over the world.
But hla drinking began befwe that when he was drafted Into the military.
He confided he was a rlp-roarlng drunk when he waa 18 or 19 years old. He
spent 46 yeSLTS of life drinking and working until drinking became the
number one goal.
"I was dying because my need to drink,” he said. "It waa an obsession
of the mind coupled with the body. When I waa 461 could no longer handle
a Job. I waa weak, unable to support my family.
"I had been In many places, hospitals and clinics,” he said. "Thoae
places can’t help you. You either end up In hospitals or Jails. I have a
mental picture of coming to wakefulness In these places all over the
country. I have vivid metniXA^ oi Che LTs that developed l-i the hurqcltols
because of no access to alcohol I have seen these horrible hsduclnations
In myself and from others. Even now, after so many years. It Is still not
possible for me to enme these memories."
Rae ssdd his comments were not Intended to entertain but to let the
people In this city know that there can be recovery from alcoholism.
The beginning of the end of boozing for David Rem came on Jsmuaiy 3,
1943, In New York City. He waa so drunk he stepped In front of a truck and
knocked to the pavement. He still managed somehow to get to the home of
a friend of hla, a man who worked for the same company lui he. The friend
dressed his banged-up head and took him home about 4 a. m. that mor
ning. On January 9,1943, Rae waa recovered enough to get out of bed. His
first thoughts were not of hla Injuries, not of the friend who had cared for
him. His first and only thought was to get a drink.
"I must have a drink. I must!" Ram aald. "That waa the only thought I
had. It la a compulsion no one understsinds but the alcoholic. I was In my
robe as I rushed out of the house. On the porch I collided with a man and
we fell Into the rose bushes. The man’s name waa Gordon Mac. He asdd I
have some good news and you can’t drink It! This man became my
sponsor In AA."
Rae said a woman, a recovered alcoholic, had sent Gordon to see me.”
Gordon stayed with me. He went wsdklng with me. He talked. Still I was
determined to get a drink. I told him this from my heart,” Rae said. "He
told me, ‘Scottle, you are an alcoholic. ’ I asked what was that and he said
It’s a man who doesn’t come back.”
Rae said that AA Is not a magic cure-all for alcoholics. The wlU to st(q>
drinking has to come from the Individual smd It Is ultimately iq> to the
Individual in the final ansdysls. However, he said, family and friends play
an Important role In aiding the alcoholic recover. This Is where such
organizations as Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon come In helpfully.
"No one starts out to be an alcoholic,” Rae said. "It happens through
constant ImUblng. It comes through losing control.”
Rae always had a sense of humor about funny things that happens vriien
a person Is Intoxicated, but he never allowed anyone to think he felt It was
the smart thing to do. On the contrary, he felt It was an Illness that had to
be dealt with. And that’s what he tiled to do for over 80 years In New York
and finally In Kings Mountain.
Rae said the public alcoholic, who either gets Into fights or puts on a
comic show, is In essense pleading for some kind of help. The quiet
drinker also shows signs that are requests for help. "Of course the
moment you try to help out come all the arguments. The alcoholic feels
there Is a world-wide conspiracy agstinst him or her. In some cases the
alcoholic has no desire to be helped and these su’e the ones who run you
Rae said the family and friends of an alcoholic do nothing to help wdten
they disregard the drinking or abet It by covering up and hiding the fact
from others. He said these people are only fooling themselves because
you cannot hide the fact you have a drinker In the family, unless that
person neverleaves his or her room and even then It is Impossible to hide
‘ ‘The family of an alcoholic needs guidance and help in dealing with the
situation,” Rae said. "AA can provide Information. A family doctor can
usually point you In the right direction to finding where a helpful AA
agency Is located.”
Arson Is Suspected
bi Residence Blaze
Arson Is suspected In a fire Tliea-
day night at the residence of Mrs.
Ann Crunch at 606 Floyd St.
Cleveland County Fire Marshal
Delane Davis and Kings Mountain
Police Department are Investigating
Davis said that neighbors reported
the house fire which extensively
damaged a bedroom while the occu
pants of the house were away. Evi
dence of criminally deliberate set
ting of the fire was found on the
scene, Davis said. A flammable
liquid had been poured In a bedroom
cloaet, across the floor and In other
areas of the burning house.
In other Are reports, Bethlehem
Volunteer Fire Department put out a
Are In a trash container In Mldplnes
at 9:17 p. m, Wednesday.