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St WI B / Page 1-B, Thursday, February 23, 1984
Mrs. Hamrick Speaks
At Lions Meeting
Kathryn Hamrick, Boiling Springs farmer's wife, delighted Kings
Mountain Lions Clubbers and guests with anecdotes about marriage
to her “funny Valentine” at Tuesday night’s Lions Valentine Ladies
Night banquet at Holiday Inn. Mrs. Hamrick’s column appears each
Thursday in The Shelby Daily Star.
Declaring that “cupid must have had a bad day when he matched up
the farmer and me”, Mrs. Hamrick kept her audience laughing with
stories of how a city bride learned to love life on the farm and some of
her earlier experiences as a young wife and mother of now four grow-
ing sons. She said her “funny valentine” usually remembers Groun-
dhog Day but seldom Valentine’s. A city girl ignorant of country
ways, she told stories on herself and how she went to the country store
to buy chicken legs, was told the grocery didn’t sell parts and subse-
quently asked, when he offered to sell her a whole fryer, how many
legs will it have? Before their first baby was born, she said her husband
showed her a fabulous lesson when old 38 freshened with calf and she
watched the birth. Farmers make good husbands, however, she said,
and their marriage survived because they learned to mix humor with
serious things and they agreed on the basics: kids, money, sex and
work. She suggested that married couples should be more cheerful,
- cultivate a sense of humor, express their love for one another in word
and deed, and try to be a loveable person. She said the secret of a hap-
py marriage is “lots of hard work.” '
Lion Edwin Moore was master of ceremonies and introduced the
speaker. Lion Johnny Reavis led the pledge to the flag, Lion Tim Glad-
den gave the welcome and Lioness Rachel Gladden responded.
Among special guests were District 31-C Governor Rudy Topping and
Mrs. Topping and wives of Lions members. George and Jackie Sherrill
were guests of Don and Joann Crawford and Beulah and Wynn
Huskey were guests of the Edwin Moores. Lions sang “Let Me Call
You Sweetheart” to the ladies and presented them with red carnation
Valentine corsages and Valentine cards. Steak with all the trimming
was served from tables appointed in red and white cupids, Valentines
and candles in the King’s and Queen’s Room of the Holiday Inn.
Lion President Bill Stone, who is a bachelor, took some good-
natured ribbing from his fellow Lions when Lion W. Donald Crawford
presented him with his own “Special Valentine Lioness” a cuddly stuff-
Up, Up, And Away!
Tence Rhea, April Morris Learn To Fly
Move over men! Two Kings
Mountain women now hold
their private pilot’s licenses and .
are flying high in what used to
be a male-only domain.
Tence (Mrs. Bud) Rhea and
April Mrs. Jerry) Morris recent-
ly completed 40 hours of flight
training at Shelby Aviation.
Was it worth the hard work
and effort? You bet, they both
But neither Mrs. Morris or
Mrs. Rhea will tell you that it’s
It takes sheer determination,
guts, and discipline to learn how
to and then to get into a two-
seater Cessna 150 and fly solo
cross country 300 miles.
But flying, according to Mrs.
Rhea, is a whole new world and
the most relaxing hobby im-
aginable. It’s the way to go.
Mrs. Morris, who got her
license just recently, agrees
Both women admit to some
self-doubts when they first
enrolled in the program with
Worth Davidson as instructor at
the Shelby Airport. Mrs. Rhea
signed up during the winter and
bad weather kept her from com-
pleting her flying lessons as
quickly as she had planned.
April enrolled in the spring. Mrs.
Rhea received her license in
Both women had some en-
couragement from local pilots,
including Ronnie Hawkins, of
Harris Funeral Home, and Dr.
Thomas Durham and his son,
Casey. Both Tence and April like
to travel and love to fly as a
passenger. Both are busy wives
and homemakers and Mrs. Mor-
ris is a nurse on the staff of Kings
Mountain Family Practice.
Neither woman was prepared,
however, for what lay ahead
when they started flying lessons
as they started poring over
manuals and instrument panels,
sectional and weather maps.
North Elementary School has
received a $1,000 grant from the
O. Max Gardner Foundation of
Shelby to help fund the first
micro computer lab at the
The award was presented on
February 10 from John Mull
Gardner, president of the foun-
dation, to William Hager, direc-
tor of the Community Schools
Program in Kings Mountain.
Hager said the total computer
project won’t be completed until
next year. He said the Com-
munity Schools Program will ap-
ply for grants from other sources
to fund the remainder of the pro-
ject, which is expected to. cost
$4,000 or more.
“We appreciate the grant from
the Gardner Foundation,”
Hager said. “The computers will
be used by the students during
the regular school program and
by adults in the Community
Schools Program. We believe
that since students are becoming
computer aware, parents need to
become aware of what com-
puters can do.”
All schools in the Kings
Mountain System have at least
one computer, Hager said, and
use of computers in regular
school programs is increasing
each year. The Community
Schools Program sponsors two
computer awareness classes for
adults at Kings Mountain High
Central School has a .com-
puter awareness lab which is us-
ed by every student before he
leaves the middle school. North
will be the first elementary
school with a computer lab.
“Eventually, we’d like to have
a lab at all schools,” Hager said.
Senior Citizens Calendar
Activities. at the Kings Mountain Senior Center for Thursday,
February 23rd through Wednesday, February 29th:
Thursday: Escort Service, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M., Bingo, 11:00 a.m.,
Nutrition, 11:30 a.m., Crochet Class, 12:30, Grocery Day, 1:00 p.m.
Friday: Escort Service, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Nutrition, 11:30 a.m.
* Monday: Escort Service, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Nutrition, 11:30
a.m., AHOY -Exercise Class, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Escort Service, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Nutrition, 11:30
a.m., Quilting, 12:30 p.m., Band Practice, 12:30 p.m., Artist Guild,
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Escort Service, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Nutrition, 11:30
a.m., AHOY -Exercise Class, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Swinging Mountaineers will be performing on Friday February
24th at the Brian Center in Gastonia at 2:00 p.m.
Seniors from the Life Enrichment Center will visit the “Depot” on
February 28th at 12:30 p.m. to hear the Swinging Mountaineers.
CESSNA TWO SEATER - This is the Cessna 150
two-seater which Tence Rhea and April Morris
are licensed to fly. Earning their private
pilot's license was a lot of hard work, deter-
mination and self-discipline.
INSTRUMENT PANEL - This is the instrument
panel of the Cessna 150 required learning and
NEW PILOT WITH INSTRUCTOR - Tence Rhea,
left, and April Morris, right, are flanked by
Worth Davidson, their instructor. at Shelby
Aviation. They are standing in front of the two
seater Cessna 150 which they flew to earn
their private pilot's licenses.
“Stalls” were the hardest
hurdles for April and Tence who
quickly learned that an airplane
can stall at any speed. Learning
to climb, to descend, to make an
S turn across the road, to cruise
up. to 90 miles per hour, and to
solo fly VFR (Visual flight) with
at least three miles visibility and
not fly into the clouds (which
they are not permitted to do), are
all skills they both mastered.
It takes four to five months,
depending upon the weather, to
master all the steps.
“Sometimes I'd go home after
a flying lesson and I'd tell Bud I
wasn’t going back”, said Tence.
But flying is the best prescrip-
tion for discipline, both April
and Tence agree.
Now they are tremendously
glad they stuck it out and they
plan to go back to the airport as
often as possible just to enjoy
Mrs. Rhea is also a member of
the “99s”, a club organized by
Amelia Earhart for women
pilots. The area chapter meets
once a month at the Greer, S.C.
Airport. This August its national
convention will be held in An-
chorage, Alaska. Mrs. Rhea is
planning to attend.
When April joins the area
chapter she will be among its
newest members. The club
numbers women pilots from all
over the world.
To become licensed, a pilot is
required to make three landings
mastering for any pilot.
after the instructor says she’s
ready to solo fly. The longest trip
has to be 300 miles with short
trips in between.
Tence flew to Greenwood,
S.C. and back, to Anderson, S.C.
and back, to Monroe and back,
and to Augusta, Ga. and Toc-
coa, Ga. and back to Shelby. She
said she had encountered some
stormy weather in the air but
had never experienced vertigo
which bothers some people who
fly particularly in windy or chop-
April has also encountered
thunderstorms in the air and on
one trip had to detour and land
I didn’t tell anyone that I had
enrolled in flying class for a long
time until I got over my fear of
flying in a small plane”, said
Mrs. Morris, who now loves to
fly and has co-piloted on a trip to
the coast recently after qualify-
ing to operate both a two-seater
and a four-seater. She has also
carried her children along, but so
far her husband hasn’t ridden
April said on her second trip
out with the instructor her door
flew open. “What am I gonna
do”, she frantically asked. “Just
control the plane”, he said,
“forget about the door right
Ground fog in Augusta, Ga.
forced her to return to Colum-
bia, S.C. on one trip. On her long
cross-country flight she flew to -
Florence, S.C. and back. There
were short trips to Greenwood,
S.C., Anderson, S.C. and Colum-
bia, S.C. On her longer trips she
had no difficulty with weather,
conditions and she said she was
quite surprised to find, after
several times, that she really en-
joyed the exhiliration of flying
the airplane herself. She goes
back to Shelby Airport frequent-
ly to fly both the two-seater and
four-seater planes and takes the
kids with her. They enjoy the
sport as much as their Mom.
Both pilots were trained on
“dead reckoning” and radar and
radio instruments and know how
to use them in event of emergen-
cies. Weather determination was
hard for both of them, they
Both Mrs. Rhea and Mrs.
Morris can now operate a single
engine two passenger plane.
Neither Bud Rhea or Jerry Mor-
ris have joined their wives in
the air yet, but one day soon the
ladies hope to take the
gentlemen up for a drive
overlooking Kings Mountain.
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