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VOL. ao No. 14
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA *8086TUESDAY, FEBRUARY tO, 1879
Applied By Sen. Ollie Harris
ERA Is Loser In Pressure Game
Equal Rights Amendment sup
porters saw they were losing the
game last Wednesday In Raleigh, so
they took the ball and went home.
It was the supporters who affected
the kill, but It was Sen. Ollie Harris
of Kings Mountain who demon
strated to BRAers that he was ready
and willing to bring the matter to a
vote on the floor Immediately.
He told the Senate that they have
been held up long enough by ERA.
“Everybody knows how they’re
going to vote and there’s no use
dragging It out another week.’’
A head-count following the
removal of the nearly 2,000 people
who Jammed the Senate to hear the
ERA debate, supporters of the
amendment were shown the bill
would have been defeated It It had
gone on the floor for a vote.
Early Wednesday morning
Senator Harris called an emergency
meeting of his Judiciary I Com
mittee and asked that his bill calling
I CHOPS ■
tor a state-wide referendum on ERA
to be ratified to call for ERA
ratification. The senator had
planned to vote against his own bill
and he was trying to get ERA on the
Senate floor as quickly ats possible
tor a vote.
However, the committee action
was nullified because a rule which
states that all members committees
are to attend emergency meetings
unless they waive their right or any
action taken Is nullified.
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Herman Cobb Stands With His Padiocked Pump
Gospel Sing Benefit Set
A Gospel Sing for benefit of Kings
Mountain Emergency Services, Inc.
will be held Sat., Feb. 24th, from 7
until midnight at B. N. Barnes
Gospel Singers,’’ ‘"rhe Directors,’’
“The Providers,” “The St. Paul’s
Quartet," “Bob and Jerry" and
“Carl and Chuck.”
ITiere Is no charge for any ser-
Emergency Services, Inc. which
operates on donations with sill
Contributions may be made
payable to Kings Mountain
Emergency Services, Inc., PO Box
Featured groups are “The Faith vices performed by Kings Mountain 189, Kings Mountain, N. C.
Educators To Attend Meet
’Twelve local school board mem
bers and school officials will attend
the annual District 14 meeting of the
N. C. School Boards Association
Thursday at Llncolnton High School
ITie delegation, which will be led
by Supt. William Davis, includes
Larry Allen, Mrs. Wanza Davis,
Mrs. Martha Wright, Mrs. Cozelle
Vance, C. A. Allliion, Joe Hedden,
Forrest Wheeler, Alex Owens, Kyle
Smith, Mrs. Joe Lee and Mrs.
George B. Thomasson.
The meeting will Include several
discussion groups followed by a
District 14 Is composed of Kings
Mountain and Shelby city school ad
ministrative units, Cleveland,
Lincoln and Gaston county school
administrative units, as well as
Charlotte - Mecklenburg schools.
Speakers will Include H. T. Con
ner, Asst. Supt., Research and
Development, State Department of
Public Instruction; Ed Speas, As
sistant Attorney General; Senator
Edward Renfrew, Dudley Flood,
Asst. Supt., Human Relations and
Student Affairs, SDPl.
But the ploy was successful and
ERA may not be heard from again
tor another two years.
Harris said he would rather have
seen a state-wide referendum on
ERA so the Legislature could have a
clear picture of how the citizens
really felt about the amendment. He
also said there Is a possibility that In
the future the amendment will pass.
He said he has found more people
favoring the amendment In his
district than before.
“I feel that most of my con
stituents are are afraid of ERA
because they feel passage would
mean a loss of state’s rights,”
Senator Harris said. “People are
afraid of Congress. Passing this bill,
they feel, would give Congress the
right to tell us what to do.”
The veteran senator also said that
if someone would show him any laws
on the state books that discriminates
against women he will sponsor a bill
to change them.
Fighting Just as hard In favnr •
ERA has been Sen. Helen Kti
Marvin of Gastonia. She Is quotfi-
an article as saying she ' ‘take.s gj
Issue with former Sen. Sam Kr- i.
claiming ERA will wipe out
distinction between men m, i
women. That’s the blgg.-^-;
misconception by the oppunert:i i
ERA: they fall to see the dlfferem
between “distinction” nr.d
Herman Cobb - 66 Dealer
Locked Pump Protests
Penny Gallon Profit
By TOM McIntyre
Herman Cobb says he’s had It.
’The owner and operator of Fran’s
Superette on Margrace Rd. Is
unhappy with treatment by his
gp.sollne distributor and last
Thursday he put a padlock on one of
his gas pumps to protest.
“How am I suppose to pay rent on
equipment, the electrical bill and
wages for someone to stand guard
over the regular gas pump on a
penny a gallon profit?” Cobb asked.
Cobb’s disagreement with L&R Oil
Oo. of Shelby Is not over premium or
unleaded gasoline — Just regular.
“I’m losing money selling regular
gas and yet the public has the idea
I’m making a killing because the
price per gallon of gas keeps going
up. Well, I want the public to know
that it Isn’t people like me who sell to
the public making the money. It’s
the distributor and the oil com
Week before last, according to
Cbbb, L&R Oil went up one and a
halfcents per gallon on premium and
unleaded gas. Last week, he said,
“they went up a permy on unleaded
and a penny on regular. That was
Monday and Thursday.
Cobb said one of L&R’s employes -
Ray Thomas - came by the superette
and changed the price on the pump
last ’Thursday and that’s when Oobb
said, “Why don’t you go ahead and
put a padlock on the regular pump. I
can’t make any money paying the
company 62.9 cents per gallon and
you setting my resale at 63.9 cents.”
Oobb said - superette employe Bill
Whitaker confirmed It - that Thomas
told Cobb he could padlock the
pump.Cobb said he told Whitaker to
lock up the pump. “Then Thomas
told me he would dig up the tanks.
My answer to that was for him to go
ahead If that’s what he wanted to
Cobb said the penny per gallon
profit on regular gas has been going
on for three or four months. And he
Indicated his gripe with the com
pany goes back further than that.
Back to the construction of a com
pany-owned self service station at
the corner of E. King and Cleveland
Ave. Cobb said the other area 66
dealers cannot go up on the price of
regular gas because they could not
compete with the company-owned
station. “When they opened that
station,” Cobb said, “they were
selling gas to the consumer cheaper
than they were selling It to me.”
Tommy Barnette, who owns and
operates a convenience store on
Hwy. 74 west, backed up Cobb’s
complaint. “I haven’t really made
up my mind, but I’m seriously
thinking about padlocking my
regular gas pump. And I understand
other dealers who have L&R Oil as a
distributer are thinking the s '
Cobb said each time a cu.sto.
pumps a penny more of regulai ,
than he pays for, he loses moi.
Because he has no computer Irps.
his store linked to the gas puni>
Oobb said he has had customer:
pump a few dollarts worth, then
the pump back to zero and start
over again. ’Then, he said, they
me for the first run and drive aw
“When you are busy with oth
customers Inside the store It
Impossible to keep track of whsil i
happened outside. 1 would havi >
hire somebody tulltlme to keep ih t
from happening and I can’t affr.- :
that on a penny a gallon profit
Cobb said he has been a Phillip
dealer for at least 10 years, fiv-
them as operator of the station 11'
was located where the compau-
owned self service station now • d-
“Back then the distributor wui u)
allow us to make three or four cei.-s
per gallon, but this Is the worst l
have ever seen,” he said. “It’s like
the distributor wants me to pay hiai
to pump his gas.”
Opens Office Here
Kings Mountain Hospital Is
recipient of an operating grant of
$6,608 from the Duke Endowment
and is among 228 hospitals and chil
dren’s homes receiving the grants In
the two Carolinas.
Grants totaling $2,297,483 have
been distributed within the past
week to 186 hospitals and 43 child
caring Institutions In the two states,
according to Billy G. McCall,
executive director of the hospital
and child care sections of the Duke
Assistance by the Endowment for
operating expenses of hospitals
amounts to $1 for each day of free
care reported by qualified hospitals
tor the fiscal year which ended Sept,
Dr. Abdul R. Gangoo, a native of
Kashmir, will open offices at 810 W.
King St. ’Thurs., Feb. 22 for a solo
practice In Internal medicine and
Dr. Gangoo explains that an In
ternist Is a medical doctor who tries
to determine causes of particular
diseases and treat them. The In
ternist Is particularly Involved In
diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys,
gastric-intestinal tract and blood
“An Internist does not perform
surgery, nor does he deal In ob
stetrics, gynecology, or pediatri
cs,” Dr. Gangoo said.
Besides his private practice In
Kings Mountain, Dr. Gangoo will be
associated with both Kings Moun
tain Hospital and Cleveland
Memorial AHospItal In Shelby.
Dr. Gangoo graduated from the
University of Kashmir In 1968 and
served in the National Health Ser
vice In his state for three years. He
took his post graduate training in
England for a year and a half before
coming to the United States.
Dr. Gangoo took training In In
ternal medicine at Queens. New
York and then specialization
training In Infectious diseases at
Nassau County Medical Center on
the Stony Brook University Campus,
New York. His fellowship was
sponsored by the research foun
dation of Nassau County. He
presented a paper at the American
’Thoracic Society In May 1978 li
He Is board certified In Intern
Medicine and Is a member of tl-
American College of Physlclar
Currently a resident of Cherry\'lli
Dr. Gangoo and his wife, Flrd<.
are planning to move to Klnj.:
Mountain. Mrs. Gangoo Is c'.
Unulng her studies In lab technulo;
here, which she began In New York