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Tommy has more fun than
Tom Bamotto hu mor* fun than Uw roat
Bacauaa ha flndi tha humor In moat
altuatlona that drtva tha raat of ua to
If you wara in tor a lon( bua rlda and a tlra
blow baforo you had gono 90-mUoa, wouldn't
that bug you?
How about If you rodo all tha way to Naah-
villa on a bua to aaa Dolly Parton and aha
waan’t thoroT Bnraglng, yoaT
Both thlnga happ«Md to T.B. Raoantly.
‘"nio bua blow a tlra baforo wo wara 30
mlloa out of Sholby," Tommy aald. "I told
tha ladlaa on tha bua to mako good uao of tha
ttmo. Oat out and plek up drink bottloa on tha
alda of tha road. Tou can gat a dime apiece
In Naahvllla Tommy couldn’t aee Dolly
Parton, ao ho did tha noxt beat thing; had hla
picture made with a "Paper Dolly.”
"How do you Ilka me and Dolly?" ho aaka.
"Sho’a aomathlng alao, ain't aha. Mind you,
now, I mlaaod Church laat weak, but I’m
going thla weak. In maantlmo It doean't hurt
an old man Uka mo to got my battery
charged, doaa It?”
The group vlaltad a email country mualc
club while In NaahvUle and right In the
middle of a number. Tommy went up to tha
"I’vo got a group of people over here from
Boaaomor City and they're juat dying to hear
‘Down Yonder' ao they can got up and clog,"
Tommy told tha band loader.
The leader algnaled for tha band to quit
and he made the announcement, then they
played "Down Yonder."
Back at the table Tommy'a group waa
"We'll have you know we're from Shelby
and not Beaaamer City, Mr. Barnette," they
"Well, It waan’t a total loaa,” Tommy aald.
"Some drunk acroaa the room Jumped up
and atarted cloglng all over tha Joint. I told
the othera, aaa. That man'a not aahamed to
be from Beaaemar City. I don't know why I
can't gat along with thoaa folka from
Tommy aald the weekend trip muat'vo
looaened up the reat of the tour group aome,
becauae on the way back they kept aaklng
the bua driver to pull over ao they could
collect bottlea along the aide of the road.
"I gueaa they had ao much fun they wanted
to atart ralalng money to take another trip to
;NaahvUle," Tommy aald.
What’s your opinion?
T3. & paper Dolly
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will not be pubUahed.
Wb haw a lumtar of ocniilalnta
lately concerning the questionable
attention the State Highway Patnd pays
to Oiover Rd. tmtOc.
It seems tvw) patrolmen, cns In a Mack
and silver and the other hi an unmailied
unit, haint a certain atx4;> only a short
dtatanoe tnm I-8S and an busting
people left and right tor two and throe-
miles above the Umtt speeds.
The quesHonahle part comes fat when
you consider the ejqienae of posting two
patrolmen on Gkover Rd. to catch the 80-
car per 80-mlnute traffic while out on
the nqwralab lead-fOoted motorist! are
aoomlng by at 10 to 30 mUea faster than
the BO limit And then there are the
truckeni who will Inhale you and exhale
you through their exhaust p^ If you
don’t watch out
Maybe the patrol knows what Ita
doing. Then again, pertuqn the powere-
that-be ehould give Orover Rd.
q;>eedtnq> more thought.
To The Editor:
I have written to the Postmaster General
suggesting a Commemorative Stamp for the
200th Anniversary of the Battle of Kings
Mountain. I have alae rsquestsd ths
assistance of Representative Broyhlll and
Senators Holms and Morgan In sunwrt of
I would like to have the asalstanee of your
newspaper and Its readers In pushing for this
honor and publicity fOr our dty. The
Issuance of a st^p conunemoratlng the
BatUe would bring to Kings Mountain not
only national but Intematlanal noUco.
Any person Interested Is urged to write to
the Postmaster General, Washington, D.C.,
30360 and express sunport of the Battle of
Kings Mountain Stamp.
Thank you very much. '
Shelby" cultural arts festival. We had ex
cellent participation from Kings Mountain
residents which I know was due in large part
to local media coverage.
Thanks again tor your support and In
To the editor:
D.F. HORD, DDS
We want to publicly thank our mom for
being all that her children could ever want
and need In a mother.
She has so many outstanding qualities;
love, trust, honesty, kindness, gentleness,
patience, sacrificing, spiritual Inspiration,
respect tor self and othera, making us feel.
Important and wanted, meeting our needs
and keeping the family together.
There Is no doubt In our minds that our
mom Is the Mother of The Year • Mrs.
Virginia Adams of Kings Mountain.
McCOY, MARY and DEREK PLUMMER
Rt. 4, Box 107
Bikes are back.
Thousands of people, from 7 to 70, have
discovered bicycling as a healthy sport and
as enjoyable entertainment.
Bicycles have been around since the 1880s
nnd they have previously enjoyed periods of
popularity. Never have they been more
popular than now when there are more than
80 million of them In the United States.
The comeback of the bike has resulted In
many cities designating areas as bike trails.
However, In most cities and towns In the
nation, the bike has to compete with cars and
trucks for its space on the streets and high
With more bicycles on the road there Is a
greater chance of an accident, and a greater
chance that any accident will result In a
"Unfortunately,” said Jesse Barber of
Raleigh, vice president of the North Carolina
Insurance News Service, "more accidents
are occurring. In 1078, 81 bicyclists were
killed In North Carolina; 1,066 were Injured.
Tragically, most of the victims were
children between the ages of five and
fourteen. From our experience, we have
seen that many of these accidents could have
been prevented If both the motorist and the
cyclist had paid more attention to the 'biking
rules of the road'.”
TTie bike has grown up. It has cast aside
the Image of the "little kid” toy. When you
take a bicycle onto the hlghwray, the rules of
highway safety are a must. The North
Carolina Insurance News Service offers
these safety tips In order that bicycling
might be a safe enjoyable sport.
-I-Always ride with all traffic, riding on the
right aide of the road.
-f When In a group, ride single file and stay
together as much as possible.
-f-Obey all traffic signs and signals. Just
like a car or truck.
-HKeep both hands on the handlebars
except when signalling for a turn.
-t-If you must ride after dark, always use a
U^t and wear light-colored clothing.
-fCarry Identification with you at all
-I-Never hitch-hike a ride by hanging on to
a moving vehicle.
•fUse a csuTler basket for small packages,
and never carry packages that might In
terfere with your vision or your steering.
4-Rlde one person to a bike...unless you
have a bicycle built for two.
+Tsd(e care of your bike. Make sure the
tires are Inflated to the right pressure and
that the wheels are turning freely without
rubbing the frame. Lubricate the hubs and
wheels with bike grease and oil.
"Our primary aim In offering these safety
rules Is to reduce accidents,” said Barber,
vice president of Unlgard Insurance Com
pany. "When we reduce accidents It benefits
everyone. If we can reduce accidents, we
will save Uvea and prevent property
damage. And we are making the highway a
safer place tor both the motorist and the
cycUat, and that also helps hold down the
cost of Insurance.”
THE GAME OF CHANCE
Chance la the dice we shake and pick
taking a chance to lose or win.
Playing at life's races with blinders on
taking a chance untU chances are gone.
Taking a chance In search of romance
We lose the heart by love’s sway.
To be broken or stepped upon
or united In a better way.
Taking a chance In the field of finance
We dare to reach tor a star,
trusting our dreams In the hands of another
We wonder where we are.
Chances are, we are taking chances
taking a chance because of aUure,
We are not taking a chance
When we bank on heaven
on thla we can be sure.
Vivian B. BUtcUffe
Thank you so much for providing local
newspaper coverage for the "Spring in
study of test anxiety
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By STEVE OILUAM
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Whan faced with the prospect of taking a
test, do you:
A. Tsnse up?
B. Get nervous?
C. Suffer sweaty palms?
D. Feel your stomach tighten up?
E. Experience an Increased rate of heart
If you answered "yes” to any of the above
symptoms, you might be suffering a few
twinges of the malady that psychologists
refer to as test anxiety.
Almost as ordinary as the common cold—
and nearly as mysterious—test anxiety (or
TA) has been under study since the middle
1360s. It can manifest Itself in any of the
physlologleal ways listed above. It knows no
socio-economic, sex or racial boundaries. It
can strike quickly and be gone, or hang
around for several days.
For more than a yar now. Dr. Scott
Lawrence, an associate professor of
psychology, has been studying some ways
that acute test anxiety can be treated In
research at the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro. While It can be overcome,
Lawrence believes TA la as much a cultural
problem as a psychological one.
"In the last 36 years America has become
Increasingly test-oriented," said Lawrence.
"We’ve built exams and tests that determine
much of what Is Importsuit to us as In
dividuals. from whether we can drive our
"We’re living In what Is iu»w a very
evaluative culture and because of the
realistic Importance of testa, most people
have a certain degree of anxiety over them."
Through the research In UNC-G’s
Department of Psychology, Lawrence and
his graduate assistants have worked with
over 3(XI students and townspeople In a teat
anxiety clinic. The clinic, which offers In
dividual and group coimsellng, la open to any
TA sufferer who meet Its requirements.
"We welcome subjects,” said Lawrence.
"What we’re doing Is training them to help
themselves handle the test anxiety. It's not
something that can be cured and It's not a
form of mental Illness but people can learn
how to handle It.”
The research has centered on two methods
that can assist people. Both are forms of
behavior modification which center on
helping people to relax and cease their
worries in the face of an upcoming test.
Among the ways Lawrence lists that
people can get a grip on test anxiety are;
-fMake an effort to relax, take a deep
breath, take a minute to collect your
thoughts (and get rid of those which might
Interefere with taking the test).
-(-Focus on getting Into the test Itself.
Consider It to be a challenge and not a life
and death matter. In Lawrence’s own term,
"de-catastrophlse” It. Get down to work.
-I-Make sure you have prepared. Thla
might seem simple, Lawrence says, but no
amount of relaxing or worrying will produce
a good grade If no study has preceded the
-I-Remind'lyourself that a little arousal
during a test Is not all bad. As long as the
arousal doesn't turn Into any of the symp
toms of TA, It might actually facilitate
taking the test.
The current theory on test anxiety,
Lawrence explained, comes from some
early research which disclosed that persons
who are high In test anxiety tend to do worse
cn tests than others of equal ability who have
low TA quotients. In short. It can actually
Interfere with a person's performance,
Probing that work a little further,
researchers learned that people taking tests
generally engage In two types of behavior;
task relevant and task Irrelevant. In the
former type, the person will get down to
business taking the test, complete It, and go
In the latter, however. It was learned that
high TA people will begin thinking about
matters not pertinent to the test. "The most
common form Is worrying about per
formance while the test Is going on,” said
Lawrence. "This can result In self-ciitlclsm
like ‘How could I be so stupid as to forget
"People also tend to worry about the
importance of the test or to doubt their
ability to do wall on the teat. Essentially, that
sort of worrying will distract people from
taking the test. It’s knd of a self-fulfilling
prophecy In that respect that feeds on It
Although a lot of people suffer from TA—
Lawrence estlmaUs that a third of the
nation's population or more may do so—It’s
the practlca of the task irrelevant behavior
that Interferes with test psrformance, ac
cording to research in the field, and not any
prvlous apprehension. The physiological
symptoms are emanations of that task
"It's actuaUy okay for peopls to bs a UtUe
apprehensive before a test or at the start-It
can sharpen them up,” he said. "But whan a
person finds It difficult to work on a test
because of this distracting kind of behavior,
then that can cause trouble."
Another aspect In triggering the task
Irrelevant behavior Is the emtdiasls placed
on the Importance of the test. "If a person
comes to believe that tests can decide Im
portant aspecte of hU Ufa, then he can
become overly anxious,” said Lawrence.
"This can be especially true In Instances like
the coUege boards—If the people who ad
minister the tests tend to emphasise things
Uke the Importance of doing weU or that It
can reflect on a person’s InteUectual
abUltles, then this can Interfere.
"It's not common but some people wUl
expend more energy In worrying about the
test than In actuaUy taking It. It’s aU wasted
energy because when the test Is over, their
worlds won't come to an end. People need to
Taking a chance at dawn of day
when we go our way and faU to pray.
Taking a chance In the darkness of night
when we are given a chance to walk In the