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PROGIA " BUCKWHERT
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the label, I hope it stays around a
In This Area,
Fred’s A ‘Star’
Got a letter just this morning,
It was postmarked Omaha.
It was typed and neatly written,
Offering me this better job.
Better job and higher wages,
Expenses paid and a car.’
But I'm on TV here locally
And I can’t quit I'm a star.
I come on TV agrinning,
Wearing pistols and a hat.
It's a kiddie show and I'm a hero
Of the younger set.
I'm the number one attraction
In every supermarket parking lot.
I'm the king of Kansas City,
No thanks, Omaha, thanks a lot.
Change the names of the towns and the two
verses from Roger Miller’s country hit of several
years ago, “Kansas City Star”, would be the perfect
description of Fred Kirby. ‘i :
The ageless singing cowboy from WBT and
WBTYV in Charlotte has spent his lifetime (up to this
point) entertaining youngsters on his weekly TV
show on Channel Three, fighting the Indians at
Tweetsie Railroad and doing charity work around
Mention the names of world leaders and some
people in this part of the country might have a
puzzled look. Mention the name Fred Kirby and
they’ll all know who you're talking about.
Kirby’s entertainment career began on WBT with
the “Briarhoppers” even before television came on
the scene. For over 20 years he brought us the Little
Rascals on Channel Three and most recently has
hosted Fred Kirby's Ricochet Roundup each
“I brought you up,” Kirby told me recently when
he paid a visit to the Kings Mountain Convalescent
Center to entertain while patients there held a Rock
N Roll Jamboree, “And everyone else under 50.”
A weekend wouldn’t be complete for a youngster
if he couldn’t get up early, turn on Fred Kirby, and
sing along as Fred strums his guitar and gives the
Back in my Little Rascal days, Fred had a Little
Rascal’s Club. Just for the writing, one could get an
official membership card and an 8 x 10 picture of
the Little Rascals, and both, signed by Fred. -
The only thing that could top that was Fred’s
Saturday morning visits to the local theatres. He’d
sit at a table in the lobby and sign autograph after
autograph and spoil every child that came by. Later,
he’d jump up on stage with his old guitar and sing
about his horse Calico, the Little Rock Candy
Mountain, Atomic Power, and other goodies. And,
after that, several Little Rascal films.
His Saturdays now are spent at Tweetsie Railroad
where youngsters get just as big a kick out of seeing
him fight the Indians and sing while riding on the
back of the train. And, to have your picture made
with Fred is a priceless possession.
Fred is a genuine hero. There’s nothing phoney
about him. His true colors come out just as bright in
his charity visits as on his TV programs.
“Pm a Christian,” Fred said during his visit here.
“If I weren’t I wouldn’t be here. I love everybody. I
might not approve of someone’s ways, but I still
love everybody.” :
He went on to tell of his younger days as the son
of a preacher, and how many of his songs, especially
the religious numbers, were inspired by God.
He’s truly a “star.”
Weather Good For Sailing
Into Wild Blue Yonder
Reallocation Of Tax Money
Would Put Burden On Towns
Just about every municipality in Cleveland County, including Kings
Mountain, has registered displeasure and resolutions of protest with
the county board of commissioners about a recent suggestion by
Chairman Jack Palmer that the county look into distributing the sales
Mayors throughout the county say the proposed change, which, in
effect would send a big hunk of sales tax money the towns are now get-
ting into the school system, would leave their towns in a mess.
Towns in Upper Cleveland could lose their only source of revenue.
Kings Mountain currently receives $40,000 annually from this source.
Under a 1972 law, N.C. counties can either distribute sales tax
revenue to their communities on a population basis or on a basis of
how much local property tax the communities collect. Cleveland
County opted to distribute the money by population, as do 63 other
counties, iricluding Catawba, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.
Some 36 of the state’s 100 counties, including Mecklenburg, Cabarrus
and Union counties, base distribution on local taxes.
The switch would mean that Cleveland County could make a bun-
dle at the expense of the communities.
If the commissioners make the switch, state law requires them to
notify the N.C. Revenue Department in April if the change is to
become effective this year.
Reallocation of tax money is an important step which we hope the
county board of commissioners will take a long, hard look at before
switching a long-standing policy which is an incentive for growth for
our small towns and municipalities a change would put a burden on all
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If there ever was a day for perfect flying weather, Saturday was it
and I couldn’t back down from a story I had planned for this week’s
Herald on Kings Mountain’s two newest women pilots, April Brown
Morris and Tencie Eubanks Rhea. What better way to do a story than
to take a ride in a two-seater Cessna which students use at Shelby
Aviation School to learn to fly? Ronnie Hawkins, of Harris Funeral
Home, and a veteran pilot himself, had given me the story tip and had
offered to take me up when I got up enough nerve. Saturday’s
beautiful weather helped me decide to take Ronnie up on his offer to
soar the wild blue yonder. :
It was quite nice, actually, and I was amazed that a small plane can
fly so smoothly and that the pilot can take off and land so smoothly. I
have been on much rougher rides in a big jet.
We flew below 3,000 feet around the Shelby-Kings Mountain area,
over our farm in the Dixon Community (nobody came out to wave at
us because they didn’t believe it was me and over the KM Country
Club Golf Course where our General Manager Darrell Austin and
other golfers were enjoying the sunshine. (“D” didn’t wave either). We
got a good view of the entire are and if we had taken a picture the
scenery would have been magnificent. However, my brother, Gary,
who is the expert photographer on the staff, had told me that a pilot
would have to dip the wing in order for someone in the co-pilot’s seat
to get a picture from the air. There was no way I'd try that! When I
fastened my seatbelt, I had warned Ronnie that if we hit any bumps or
he made any fast turns or maeuvers in the air, he might l6se his
I’ve never experienced air sickness but I could envision the door of
that little plane coming open and Lib falling out over muddy Moss
The fact that the pilot uses his feet so much in the operation of a
From the Thursday, Feb. 26,
1953 edition of The Kings
The city planning board has
unanimously asked Cleveland
County Rep. B.T. Falls, Jr. to in-
troduce legislation to provide a
special municipal election on the
question of adoption of a city
manager form of government.
Mrs. J.C. Nickels was honored
by the Park Grace Elementary
School P-TA for 26 years service
to the school at the regular Mon-
day night meeting of the group
at the church.
Kings Mountain Radio Sta-
tion WKMT will tentatively go
on the air March 11, according
to announcement by John C.
Greene, co-owner and manager
of the station.
Mr. and Mrs. Marriott Phifer
plane was fascinating. April Morris was explaining that in the air the
wheel controls the wings and the pilot uses his feet on the ground
when the control wheel is not effective. She also told me, after I was
back on the ground, that her door actually came open to her second
lesson in the pilot’s seat.
Ronnie explained that the. student pilot has to learn there are air-
waves for pilots just like road maps for those operating ground
Flying in a small plane at a low altitude gives the passenger a chance
to enjoy the scenery. Saturday’s first ride in a small plane made me
realize I felt no different than I do in a big plane which Arlene Barrett
and I plan to take to Washington, D.C. Tuesday. I always feel better
after I get back on the ground.
Next time we'll take Gary along and he can make the pictures.
PHOTO BY LIB STEWART
daughter, Tuesday, Feb. 25th,
Gaston Memorial Hospital.
yearly in-state. $5.20 six months. $11.44 yearly out of state. $5.72 six months.
Student rates for nine months, $7.80. USPS 931-040.
birth of a“
"ENTERTAINS LIONS - Kathryn Hamrick of
Boiling Springs. newspaper columnist, is pic-
tured with Lion Edwin Moore, right. and
District Governor Rudy Topping at the recent
Valentine ladies night banquet of the civic
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