Page 2A-KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Thursday. March 1, 1984
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TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE :
And it came to pass while he blessed them, he was parted from them
and carried up into heaven. St. Luke 24:51.
By Reporting Crimes
Since the opening of the Kings Mountain By-Pass there are fewer
on-street accidents. There were nine off-street wrecks in 1983. Since
the beginning of 1984, there were 14 off street fender bumpers in
driveways, parking lots, etc.
Chief of Police Jackie Barrett made these remarks during a report to
the city board of commissioners Monday night. He said (major assaults
are-down 24 percent in town and that crime prevention is only as good
here as the people help to make it.
The Chief made some good observations and we should take them.
Call the Police Department, he said, and report anything and
everything. You'll be doing you and your neighbor a service.
\ The Chief also said that some of our citizens, unfortunately, have no
ard for the properfy of others. Everyday there is & report of a
larceny in the area. It’s beginning to be a daily occurance. |
% The local police department handled 7,591 radio calls, 1983 in the
“Patrol Division alone, there were 701 reports of larcenies, break-ins, a
total of 345 reports and accidents, patrolmen traveled 13,577 miles,
served 326 warrants, made 937 other arrests, including traffic, and
spend 416 hours in court. Two detectives and Chief spent 500 hours in
Only four accidents have occured on one-busy King Street since
January 1 and property damages are down $6,000 since the By Pass
The city has logged 1,234 days without a traffic fatality.
During the months of November, December, and January there
were reports of 203 incidents involving breaking and entering and
larcenies and damage to personal perperty. The thief estimates there
will be 800 or more before the year ends.
And everyone doesn’t file complaints with police as the should, says
Little Theatre Deserving
Of Community Support
One local organization deserving of support, and at times, receiving
a little less than needed and deserved, is the Kings Mountain Little
Theatre in its regular play production ventures.
The organization works throughout the year to bring regular
dramatic offerings to the Kings Mountain area.
Upcoming is the Little Theatre's production of “Arsenic and Old
Citizens would do well to make their plans well in advance to attend
the show this weekend or next.
The curtain goes up Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon
in Park Grace Auditorium.
Hospital To Sponsor
Visit By Bloodmobile
The beat goes on ONLY if we
take the time to be a blood
donor. Kings Mountain Hospital the American Red Cross Blood
is sponsoring a community Services meet those patients’
bloodmobile on Thursday, needs.
March 8, from 12:30 to 6:00 The Red Cross’s mission is to
p.m. at the First Baptist Church. provide an adequate supply of
Every day, all year round, pa- voluntarily donated blood at all
tients need blood. Your volun- times to meet anyone’s transfu-
sion need. Helping provide that
adequate supply is a responsibili-
ty we all share as members of
this community. We when we
do, everybody’s® provided
for...automatically, equally, fair-
ly, fully, whether or not they
themselves can donate.
There is only one way to
guarantee that blood is available
for patients who need it; that one
way is for enough donors to keep
on donating regularly. This way,
the beat does go on!
tary blood donation and dona-
tions from others like you help
THE BEAT GOES ON......
ONLY WHEN YOU GIVE!
Lois Smith’s Story
To Be On Television
In this day and time when people talk about disliking work, Lois
Smith, Bessemer City editor of The Record, is a job to be around. She
loves to work but more especially hearing about and reporting the
news in her hometown of Bessemer City.
Lois is Bessemer City’s first and only editor of The Bessemer City
Record since the newspaper was founded in 1957 by P.S. Amos of
Granite Falls. She has worked for two other publishers, Lowrance
Newspapers, and now W. Garland Atkins, Herald Publishing House
of Kings Mountain.
Endearing herself to her many friends in Bessemer City when she
married the late Bill Smith 40 years ago, Lois never tires a having
readers call her at all time of the day and night to report news events.
Most any day a visitor to her comfortable home on Washington Street
will encounter friends dropping by and calling to give Lois a news
item, a personal note for her social page, or pictures. :
Last Thursday a WBTYV reporter and photographer from “Carolina
Camera” found out how popular Mrs. Smith is in Bessemer City. For
the first time in a long while Lois said she was at a loss for words. “It
was hard being on the other side of an interview”, she said. Before
long, however, Lois was asking Mark Garrison and George Williams
how long they had been on the staff of WBTV. Their story will pro-
bably be in this week’s edition of the Record when it hits the streets
Lois started her busy career as a freelance correspondent for The
Gastonia Gazette in 1939, the year after she was injured in a carruck
accident which left her a paraplegic. [.ois was a sophomore student at
Agnes Scott College and she and her friends were out riding.
Lois was never able to walk again. She was 18 years old at the time
and was looking forward to graduating, marriage and raising a family.
On May 25, 1983, Lois observed her 45th anniversary as a paraplegic
and has enjoyed a longer life span than any other person in her condi-
tion. The Bessemer City Record published a pictorial accont of Lois’
life on the anniversary date and the town honored her with a special
“The Is Your Life Lois.” Mrs. Smith lost her beloved husband August
25, 1983. They had three children: Annette Stilwell and Lisa Smith;
both whom live in Atlanta, Ga., and Sam Ssmith who lives in Grosse
Pointe Park, Mi. There are four grandchildren.
Lois Smith is never idle and she never takes the time to worry about
a handicap. She lives each day to the fullest and counts her blessings.
Some years ago her health permitted to drife her own car and pick-
up the news from friends. now, she does all her work at home. Her
readers bring the news to her house and Lois uses her hospital; bed for
a desk and has already worn out several ‘electric typewriters. Her
Record pages are always full of news, features and pictures. Most
every week the paper is “overset” because Lois has turned in more
news at the Herald than she has pages to put it on. Features are her
specialty. She dislikes writing obituaries and weddings.
Lois was honored as North Carolina’s Handicapped Person of the
Year in 1967 and the award was presented to her in Raleigh by Gover-
nor Dan Moore.
One of her best pieces of writing was a death experience feature she
wrote after her “close call”, she recalls. The feature was carried in The
Charlotte Observer, The Gastonia Gazette and the Bessemer City
Lois said that Dr. Robert Williams, Gaston College professor, and
featured in a recent Carolina Camera show, suggested she would be a
good subject for the Carolina Camera interview.
“People in Bessemer City just read about me in May and I know
they) don’t" want to sde anything else in the paper”, she exclaimed
modestly. aes !
Lois Smith is very deserving of the honor. She has touched alot of
lives through her weekly newspaper. The Bessemer City Record is her
love and her readers share her affection.
&Wii Peeps Into The Past
BESSEMER CITY EDITOR ON CAROLINA
CAMERA Bessemer City Editor Lois Smith,
pictured with Carolina Camera reporter Mark
Garrison and Senior Photographer George
William are pictured in Mrs. Smith's living
: room in Bessemer City, which also served as
her office for editing the Bessemer City
"Record. Mrs. Smith will be featured in one of =
Carolina Camera's programs on WBTV 3 this
8:00 - Kings Mountain Little Theatre is presenting a “Arsenic and Old
Lace” in Park Grace Auditorium. Admission $4 for adults and $2 for
8:00 - Kings Mountain Little Theature is presenting “Arsenic and Old
Lace” in Park Grace Auditorum.
3 p.m. - Kings Mountain Little Theatre is presenting “Arsenic and Old
Lace” in Park Grace Auditorium.
From the March 5, 1953 edition of The Kings Mountain Herald.
The city board of commissioners and the city planning board met
formally Tuesday night and agreed to the calling of a city manager
Mrs Elaine Queen will assume the duties of secretary of Kings
Mountain Merchants Association on Monday, according to J.C.
A. Letters To The Editor
Kelly E. Weaver, Kings Moun ain High School senior, and winner
of the Cleveland County Oratorical contest sponsored by the
American Legion, has been declared 28th District Winner.
Radio Station WKMT, Kings Mountain, goes on the air early Tues-
day morning with regular programs continuing throughout the day.
Thanks From KM Shriners
To the editor:
Every member of the White Plains Shrine Club would like to thank
the citizens of Kings Mountain and surrounding areas who so
generously supported our donkey basketball game Saturday night at
the Kings Mountain Community Center.
The gym was packed ard we certainly appreciate the great turnout.
The real winners were the burned and crippled children at the
Shriners Hospital in Greenville, S.C. All monies earned from the sell of
tickets and concessions Saturday will go to that very worthwhile
Thank you all.
White Plains Shrine Club
It’s Lonely Here
I’m presently seving in an Ohio prison and I have lost all contact
with the outside world. Therefore, I would sincerely appreciate it very
much if you would print my letter in your newspaper in hopes that
some of your readers will write me.
It gets lonely in here, and contact with the beautiful people in your
community would improve my moral immensely.
I’m 34, white, and my zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Thank you and I’m hoping to hear from some of your readers soon.
RONNIE GOETZ 169134
Box 15802 St. Rt. 104
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Be A Donor
Dear Editor: ;
The week of March 4-10, 1984 has been set aside for North
Carolina Organ Donor week by Governor Hunt. The Clinical
Transplant Programs and to interested parties plan a major public
education campaign for that week. We ask the public’s support of our
We urge your readers to learn more about organ donation. We have
found that continued exposure to the idea of organ donation helps.
We thank you for your support of our effort. For more information,
please contact the Clinical Transplant Program in your area.
Brenda C. Melton, P.A.-C
Coordinator Organ Donor Week
Duke University Medical Center