Page 2—MIRROR-HERALD—Tuesday. October 26, 1977
KM needs another
hustler like Billings
Larry BilUnga has been gone from the scene for a couple of months now and.
still the job of downtown business development director Is not filled.
Itmay sound like we’ve become Johnny-One Note on the subject of the central
business district, tiiit It cannot be stressed too often that the heart of the clfy’s
business community la breaking.
Billings had several hot prospects on the line to settle In the CBD before he left*
for greener pastures. What’s happened to those prospects since? To our*
knowledge they have not been followed up on.
We realize there are other Important deals being handled In the community,
but It Is hlgji time the Importance of the salvation of the downtown business
community Is recognized and something constructive is done about It.
Lip service Is never an adequate substitute for positive action. ’Ihere are
empty buildings that need filling and there are vacant lots that need new con
struction and more diversification throughout.
Historically, Kings Mountain has adways been a growing community, a
bustling community. Is It now to become a large bedroom surrounded by large
Industry? ’There Is efforts made on behalf the citizens and efforts made on behalf
of Industry. Is It too much to ask that some efforts now be made on behalf of the
local retail business community?
We are looking to local government for the answers. Somewhere here or out
there surely there Is another hustler like Billings.
Meet the candidates
at forum Wednesday
Visit Jaycees’ haunted house
if you need a good scare
’Ibmorraw night tha Ipcia school board and city board candidates will gather at
thecommunlty canter fora torummaetliig with the voters. ..
Like 'ol fashion stumpin’, the candidates will get to make brief speeches.
Unlike stumpin’, the voters will gat their turn to quia the candidates.
Meetings such as this can be vltalto a community and should be attended by all
concerned dtlzena. After all, we have a group of men asking us to trust them with
(a) the education o< our children, and (b) the handling of our fates as KM
’The forum Is being sponsored by the Cleveland County Voters Reglstratlcn
Association, an organization which has been In existence a Uttle over a year, but
one which has the promise of becoming a viable community force as far as
creating Interest In the election process.
Do yourself a favor and attend Wednesday nl^t’s meeting with the can
Well, folks, it looks Ulrs the ‘ol com cob will make a come back this year as
Sears has started charging |3 for their catalogs: And the Government Is sending
out memos to all departmente telling them to cut down on the amount of paper
they use each day In their work. Oh, yeah, the memo was 13,000 pages long ....
Bellwood ’Trading paper
Have you taken the youngsters to see the
Jaycees’ Haunted House yet?
No? Then schedule It. You’ll have a ball.
The former RosesStore on S. Battleground
Ave. has been transfonned into a chamber of
horrors by the Industrious KM Jaycees and
they only ask a buck and a quarter to see the
I went through It the other evening sind
even these old eyeballs that have seen every
horror picture that ever came down the pike
were a bit wide by the time I escaped from
the ‘"Tlmborwolfa Lair.”
The jaycees have donated their free time
evenings to creating the masterpiece, which
features a ghost train, Dracula,
Frsmkesteln's lab, gUnt spiders, flying
spooks and a lot of weird sounds.
The Haunted House continues tours
tomght through Oct. 81 — Hsdloween uid the
tour Is well w(»th the money. For the
bargsdn hunters there are dUcount coupons
avsiUable at various places In town.
And speaking of Hsdloween, the N. C.
Insurance Service has gotten Into the act
Issuing safety precautions to be exercised on
They warn motorists to be alert for the
little "spooks” wandering suound nelgh-
borhhoods "trick or treating," smd even
suggest Halloween costumes be of materlsd
or applications of highly visible materials.
Makeup Is even more preferable to bulky
masks that may restrict vision. Cardboard
swords, broomsticks or magic wands would
be safer than the real McCoy, both for the
youngster who handles the object and the
other youngsters who may come In contact
For those youngsters who plan to go out
trick or treating. It Is always wise to have
parental supervision, or . reqionslble adults
Youngsters should also remain In their
own neighborhoods where they are familiar
with people and all trick or trick loot should
be examined carefully before being turned
over to the children.
These are Just a few precautioiu and It
never hurts to be on the safe side. Not In this
day and time with all the dingbats on the
Tliers cornea a time In the life of every
parent when tha ultimate queatlcn la asked
and must be answered with honesty and
Many parents dread this moment,
have nall-chewlng shakes thinking about It
"What wlU I say?”
"How can I answer that?”
What’s the question?
"Where do babies come from?"
It happmed to a local couple last week.
Their small daughter had decided she had
the answer to this question. She Informed her
mother she knew babies came from their
mama’s stomachs, "so tell me how the baby
got In there In tha first place?”
It took awhile, but the natural process of
conception was expUlned fully. The young
lady thought It over, carefully digesting all
of the information, then the Uttle wheels
began to turn In other directions and she
excitedly announced to her mama, "The
(family friends) have dona It five times! And
the (more family friends) have dona It
four! But you and daddy have only done It
Out of the mouths of babes ....
The eat came back . . .
It happened to DarreU and Shirley Austin.
They took their ancient cat out Into the
country to stsqr with a family that Uksd cats.
DarreU ssUd a confusing, criss-crossing
route was taken to disorient the feline.
Bright and early Sunday morning there
was a scratching at the Austin’s backdoor.
The cat sat there grinning.
The boss la writing a book on Horace
Albert "Bones" McKinney, one of the most
colorful baskstbaU coaches of our Urns.
Garland Atkins has spent weeks and weeks
interviewing Bones and people who knew
him when. He’s qient more weeks plowing
through tons of press cUpplnga and game
write-ups to flesh out the story.
WhUe Bones was a rounifoaU standout, ha
claims his real ambition wste to be a blgtlms
footbaU player. He reasons that professional
footbaU players get all the girls and all the
big money tor TV commercials. At the same
time he does realise he wouldn’t look as good
In panty hose as Joe Namath.
Aixl since this Is footbsdl season, 1st ms
relate one of Bones’ footbaU stories to you ...
Waks Forsst eras playing the Tar Hsels
one year at Chapel HUl. The Deacons were
trailing and there wgrq. only.a poupis of,
minutes left In the game.
Bones 'Uows as how It ain’t safe to beat the
’Tar Heels in Chapel HUl, but despite that the
Deacon coach decided to play a longshot. He
sent In a lineman, a beefy mental midget, to
teU quarterback to kick a field goal. ’Ths big
lad raced onto the field, but had to make a
dive for the sidelines because he couldn’t
make It before the play wste caUed.
Out on the field the Deacons suddenly
caught fire and drove that baU to a first and
gosU to go situation. Then the beefy lineman
charged Into the Deacon huddle snd told the
qusu’terback, "Coach says kick afield goal!”
"A field goal? He must be crasy! We’re
right on the gosil. We’re going for a touch
down!" the quarterback answered.
’The beefy lineman grabbed the QB by the
shoulder pads and Ufted him off the ground
and growled Into his face, "Damnlt! Coach
says kick a field goal! ’*
So, with the game coming to a close and
the Deacons on the gold with four downs,
they kicked a field goal.
The Deacons won and later In the dressing
room the reporters asked the beefy Uiwman
why they kicked a field goal and he an
swered, "Awww .. . If we didn’t make It, I
knew we had three more chances.”
WHAT IS A FIREMAN?
He’s the guy next door. ^
He’s a man’s man with the sharp memory
Of a little boy who never got over the ,
Excitement of engines and sirens and
Smoke and danger.
He’s a guy like you and me with warts
And worries and unfulfUled dreams.
Yet he stands taller than most of us. '
He’s a fireman. ('
A fireman Is at once the most fortunate
And the least fortunate of men.
He’s a man who savors life because he has
Seen too much death. He’s a gentle man
Because he has seen too much of the
Awesome powerofvlolent forces out of f,
control. He’s a man responsive to a child’s
laughter because his arms have held too
He’s a man who appreciates the simple
pleasures of life... hot coffee held in r
numbed, unbending fingers... the flush ^
of fresh air pumping through smoke and ' t
fire convulsed lungs... a warm bed for J
bone and muscle compelled beyond
feeling... the comraderle of brave men
... the divine peace of selfless service and ,
a job well done In the name of all men. I
He doesn’t weeu* buttons or wave flags or
shout obscenities and when he marches. It *
Is to honor a fallen comrade.
He doesn’t preach the brotherhood of man. ^
He lives It. .. ^
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The Edenton Tea Party was the first
recorded political activity by women toi the
history of the United States. It remains one
of the most famous evente In North Carolina
The Tea Party took place In Edenton on
October 36. 1774, as a protest against "un
just" British taxation of tha colonies.
The mors famous Boston ’Tea Party had
taken place about a year earlier. The Boston
protest was much more violent. It Involved
the dumping of a shipload of tea Into the
harbor at groat financial loss to the East
India Company, and caused the British
government to close the port of Boston In
In Edenton a group of 63 ladles (the figure
Is often mlstaksnly reported as 61) metin the
home of Mrs. Elisabeth King and drank a
subsUtute beverage brewed horn youpon
loaves. Than they signed a proclamation
swearing to "Indulge no longer In the per
nicious habit of drinking tea" with tha hated
Women became poiiticaiiy
active at Edenton Tea Party
The group, led by Mrs. Penelope Barker,
also affirmed Its support of the colonies’
decision to resist oppressive British policies
by purchasing no Brltlsh-made products.
The event, being an early protest and won
by women, received much publicity, both In
America and England. Ironically, ths actual
taxes they protested wore far smaller than
we pay our own government today. The
resentment was more against "taxatlmi
without representation" than against
Tho Confederate ram "Albeinarle" was
sunk In Plymouth harbor on October 37,1864,
In a daring, nighttime raid by union farces.
Nowhere during ths Civil War was the
naval struggle lor control of the South’s
casLstUns fought more bitterly than In the
Albemarle Sound. The Southern decision had
been to attempt breaking ths Noitham
strangelhold by attacking the blockading
Union navy with Iron-clad rams.
The "Albemarle” required two years for
building and did not get Into action until late
1864. It led the successful Southern attempt
to recapture Plymouth, sinking several
Northern ships In the process. It was com
manded by Captain James W. Cooke.
Lieutenant William B. Cushing, a Nor
thern officer, received one of the first
Oongresslonal Medals of Honor for "per
forming the daring feat of destroying tha
‘Albemarle’ with a torpedo.
CUshlng commanded a small steam launch
with a five hundred pound torpedo attached
to the end of a fourteen foot spar, a weapon
nearly as dangerous to users ste to victims.
To make It work the attackers had to line up
beside their target, lower their mine beneath
It and detonate It by pulling a lanyard — sdl
under Ore! Somehow the suicidal mission
was accomplished, sinking both vessels,
cushion was one of the two Union volunteers
TtM loos of the dreaded "Albemarle" cost
the Southern forces control of the harbor and
aUowed the Northern forces to recapture
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