Football Vlfnnors Named Thursday
Hie rain which forced postponement of the Kings Mountain-Chase football
game Friday nlg^t also postponed the announcement of the winners of the
MliTor-Herald’s weekly football contest.
The KM-Chase game, which was the tie-breaking game In the contest, wasn’t _
played until last night... too late for the Mirror-Herald’s deadline.
’Ihus, the winners of last week’s contest will be announced In Thursday’s
This week’s contest Is on page 8 of today’s paper. It Includes five high school
games scheduled for this Friday and five college games which are on tap for
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THE TUKDAY EDITION
VOL. 88 NO. 76
SEPTEMBER 20, 1077
How Well Do
You Know Your
Would The Ufe
Or His Hobby
The Story With
SION RESCUE PETITIONS — Following a public meeting at the
community center concerning the formation of Kings Mountain
Emergency Services, Inc., citizens from the audience lent their
support by signing petitions. Shown here are Ben Hord, director of
KM Rescue Squad, chatting with Jim Weathers, Shelby Dally Star
For KM Emergency Services, he.
Photo By LJb Stewart
reporter, while Mickey Corry, local attorney who drew the KMES,
Inc. charter appllcatlcna observes Bob Hope and Betty Jones, COPE
president signing papers. Lstwrence Stewart, member of KM Rescue
Squad, Is seen In the background.
Second In a series of “one-on-
oie” local government meetings
will be held ’Tuesday night In
District Four at 7 p. m. at Second
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
Commissioner Norman King
and Mayor John Henry Moss will
co-host the meeting. Also ex
pected to be present Is a
representative of the state
Department of ’Transportation to
answer questions on progra.ss of
h - proposed U. S 74 Sypaas for
The jump from District One to
District Four was made at the
request of District Two Com
missioner Humes Houston,
whose wife, Dorothy, enters
^rtanburg Hospital THiesday
Purpose of the "one-on-one”
meetings, to be held In each of
he six district this Fall and
igaln In each of the districts next
aimmer prior to an annual town
neetlng. Is to get citizen Input on
shat they feel will Improve city
Last ’Tuesday’s Initial meeting
was a dlsiq>polntlng turnout of
five citizens and four elected
officials but was the first step In
what Mayor John Moos hopes to
be Isu-ge citizen partlclpatlai.
Charter Application Is Submitted
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Pledging to support a new rescue squad, a group of 26 citizens
Wednesday night at the Oonununlty Center applied for a charter to
establish Kings Mountain Emergency Medical Services, Inc., a
non-profit all-volunteer rescue squad which won’t charge a penny
The movement Is led by Bob Hcg>e, Kings Mountain native and
former Captain of Kings Mountain Rescue Sqiud who Is a 16-year
veteran officer who was temporarily suspended from the squad last
qning after a disagreement with one of the members and quit after
tie overheard one of the members ask a caller if he could pay for the
ambulance service he was seeking.
"That call for help ]ust tore me up,” said Hope, who reiterated
.that “we’re not downing anybody and not trying to run anybody out
ot business. We’ll back them (the Rsscue Squad) 100 percent and
hope they’d help us. My argument Is that the rescue equipment
belongs to the citizens of Kings Mountain, not to the rescue squad.
And If wo charge the people to use it, it would be the same as
charging a parson to ride In his own automobile.”
' In July the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad began charging a
minimum of ISO for ambulance service when area funeral homes
got out of the ambulance business due to Increase In state
Hope pointed out at Wednesday’s meeting that the Kings
Mountain squad didn’t have enou^ manpower to cover the extra
calls during the day and “I was first man to advise the county of
this. I realize that ambulance service In the county does fall on the
shoulders cf ttie county commission but they (the county) should
stop charging after the volunteers come on duty.
”1710 day I left the Rescue Squad, we had $16,000 In the bank, that
was five months ago. I was elected Captain four years ago and
served three years and four months before I was asked to step
down. I won’t pick up the first patient and charge him.”
Ben Hord, a member ana director of the present squad, agrees
with Hope that “some folks Just can’t afford to pay and shouldn’t
when they gave the funds to start the Rescue Squad 20 years ago.”
Others In the audience expressed displeasure at charging for
Mickey Corry, attomey-at-law who drew up the charter for the
group, said the charter has been forwarded to the Secretary of
State’s office In Raleigh and Is expected to be approved within two
weeks when the group will meet again to organize and elect of
To a question from the audience, Corry would not spell out if
there Is any way those procedures could be blocked or for what
reasons the charter could be disapproved.
Corry said the petition being circulated Is only a "show of
A total of 66 citizens had signed a petdlUon this week and more
were being circulated. Several members at the Initial meeting
Wednesday signed the petition.
Tb a question from Bobby Herndon on legality of whether the new
squad could perform ambulance service along with rescue ser
vices, Corry said he saw no reason It could not. He said It was his
opinion that a non-profit organization should not have a profit and
that It appears when the county charges a "set fee” for pick-up
rather than a "contribution of any amoimt” that It Is questionable.
Hope said that the new squad already has received some
donations from the public imd promises of an ambulance and crash
truck as well as a place for meeting. He also said that 22 people
have said they would Join the new squad and five are emergency
medical technicians. He said some of the members will come from
the old squad.
"Our people will be qualified,” he declared. "I’ll never send a
man out without experience as I’ve seen done.”
Several members of Hope’s family were In the audience. His
mother, Mrs. Oeorge Hope, said she was most appreciative of the
KM Rescue Squad and had furnished four sons of Its members.
Hope’s two sisters, Mrs. Polly Klmbrell and Mrs. Joe Herndon,
also spoke of the fine service rendered by the Rescue Squad, but
declared that charges should not be made for services.
To a question, Ben Hord replied that If the new organization were
"to fold,” that the equipment would be sold and funds donated to a
Hope told the group that "the Rsscue Squad kept me going and
has been my whole life. I have some good friends on the present
Squad and I’m not out to hurt anybody. I know we’U have to start
all from scratch, but If Kings Mountain citizens are behind us, we
can do It.”