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Photo by Gary Stewart
LEARNING COMPUTER - Ethel Crocker, seated, a teacher's
aide at Grover School, learns how to use the school’s TRS-80
computer while school secretary Shirley Valentine looks on.
The two are using the computer to compile and file all records
on the 360 Grover students.
System Is Unique
_... Children at Grover School, as you read in last. week’s Herald, are
quite proud of the computer programs being introduced this year by
fifth grade teacher Lynda Stewart.
Shirley Valentine, secretary to Principal Jim Scruggs, is also quite
proud of her TRS-80 computer which she has used for three years to
file school records.
The school secured the computer through a grant from the State
Department of Public Instruction.
This year, the school was given permission to use the computer to
compile and store all student records which in the past were kept on
the individual teachers’ registers. Scruggs and Valentine think Grover
might be the only elementary school in the state using a computer
Mrs. Valentine keeps such valuable information as attendance,
parents’ names and addresses and other items of interest on the com-
“We feel like it saves the teachers about an hour’s work each week,”
says Mrs. Valentine. “If they were keeping individual registers, they .
would have to keep it up to date every day and at the end of every 20
days turn in an individual accounting of each student.”
" One of the state’s requirements for approving the program for
Grover was that the school have two people skilled in the use of the
computer. Mrs. Valentine learned to use the computer in a three-day
workshop three years ago, and now she’s training teacher’s aide Ethel
“Eventually, we'll be tied in with the central office and even with
the State Department in Raleigh as all other schools go to the system,”
Mrs. Valentine predicted. “We would actually generate the monthly
statistics which now go from each school to the Superintendent’s of-
fice, and then sent on to, Raleigh.”
Herman Blalock, Harold Wells and Morris Timms caught about 300
pounds of catfish last week at Santee Cooper in South Carolina.
Blalock landed the biggest cat, a 35-pounder...
Kings Mountain’s Curtis Pressley broke into the starting lineup for .
Gardner-Webb College’s football team last week and scored on runs of
20 and 1 yards to help lead the Bulldogs to a 38-10 victory over Liv-
ingstone Saturday night...
Kings Mountain’s Marcus Hager intercepted a pass to help lead
North Carolina A&T to a victory over Johnson C. Smith Saturday
night at Charlotte...
Tracy Johnson, who played his first two years of high school foot-
ball at Kings Mountain, is having a big year for Kannapolis’s unbeaten
Wonders this year. He has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in every
game despite the fact that Kannapolis is so talented that he carries the
ball only about eight times a game...
Kings Mountain District Schools is organizing a Community
Schools Advisory Council which will work with Community Schools
Coordinator Bill Hager in promoting good public relations between the
schools and the community. The council will hold its first meeting
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at East Elementary School...
Donald Preston Patterson of Pompano Beach, Fla., who is a direct
descendant of Arthur Patterson and Preston Goforth who fought in
the Battle of Kings Mountain, is interested in finding the names and
addresses of any other descendants of the two. Any descendants may
write Patterson at 2930 Northeast 23rd Street, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Dixon Presbyterian Church will sponsor a youth rally Thurs., Oct.
18 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The Christian film “Night Song” will be
shown and a free pizza party will be held afterward. All young people
in the community are invited to attend. Parents are also welcome.
Thursday. October 4, 1984-KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Page 9A
Letters To The Editor
Thank You, Boosters
I would like to publically thank Mr. Valentine and the Kings Moun-
tain Sports Booster Club for the installation of seating for handicapped
sports fans. For the first time in years I am able to enjoy sports in
Kings Mountain. ;
To my knowledge, this is the only sports field in this area which pro-
vides free handicapped parking and gate admittance, complete with
seating arrangements for those in wheelchairs, etc. Those of us who
need special facilities are really appreciative of Mr. Valentine and the
Boosters. Our grateful thanks to each of those who participated in pro-
viding these facilities.
To the editor:
Having had a child in the Kings Mountain School System for the
past 12 years leads me to suspect that the “powers that be” have been
manipulating the outcome of various elections. On numerous occa-
sions, rumors have spread among concerned parents that winners were
hand-picked by those in authority, completely disregarding votes cast
in good faith by the student body.
Once again, questions have arisen concerning the election of the
homecoming court. Kings Mountain High School was approached
regarding verification of the election results. This parent was met with
a stubborn lack of cooperation.
In a country whose greatness depends upon our right to fair elec-
tions, can the public be refused access to information which would
assure the veracity of any election outcome?
Mrs. Roger Ross
- Be Sure To Vote
The upcoming election in November 1984 is going to be full of sur-
There’s going to be moaning and groanings as this one is not only
going to determine the future of America as well as its fate, and the
possibilities of the end of the two party system to one party ruling dic-
The deciding factor of this election will be the voters as to whether
we remain a nation under freedom or enslavement.
The decision is left up to the voters turning out in numbers, and
numbers speak loud and clear.
Weigh the issues as to who is best qualified to lead this nation.
Happy birthday today to Charlie Blalock, 75.
Mr. Blalock, who prefers to be called Charlie, stopped working in
the grocery store in 1972 and ever since has enjoyed a hobby which
has kept him busy especially at this season of the year, apple picking
and apple cidermaking. The pruning and spraying of 300 apple trees in
his orchards give him plenty of work to do but leave him spare time for
another hobby, traveling with his wife, Nora, and his family.
Charlie, his brother, Herman, their brother, Jim, and wives took a
8,000-plus mile trip by car out west this summer which lasted four
weeks. Charlie and Nora have also traveled to Hawaii, The Caribbean
The Blalock family surprised Charlie at a birthday party Saturday at
Jack’s BBQ Barn in Shelby and 40 members of the family gave him a
large red wooden apple plaque which they all autographed. Three
classes of Bethware Kindergarten students visited his orchards this
week and presented him a large handmade apple containing birthday
cards from all the class members and addressed to “Charlie
Joe Ann Crawford said her father had no idea what the family had
planned for him Saturday, since Charlie’s birthday isn’t until today.
For several days prior to the big event, Joe Ann had taken apples from
the orchards and used them to decorate the red-check tables of the din-
ing room which further enhanced the rustic decor. Red apples in
miniature bushel baskets centered the tables and Charlie’s birthday
cake was appropriately topped with red apples and decorated with 75
and candles. The 40 members of the family formed a living circle to
sing happy birthday to him as Charlie entered the dining room and
later “roasted” him by talking about family history and family happen-
ings over the years.
Joining Nora and Charlie Blalock for the part were Herman and
Bert Blalock, Bob, Louise and Jim Kale, George and Louise Blalock,
and Frank and Melva Blalock, all of whom are Charlie’s brothers and
sister and their families; Charlie’s daughter, Joe Ann and Donald
Crawford and their daughter, Donna and Joe and children, Billy and
Angela Cornwell; Robert and Betty Crawford, brother and sister of
Don who have adopted Charlie as their dad too; daughter, Sybil and
husband, Lawrence Hamrick, and their daughter, Charlene and her
family, Brandon and Chancey Moss; Sybil’s son, Gary, Susan and
Shan Kiser and Allen Condrey; Sybil’s daughter, Teresa and husband,
Hill and son, Jamie Willis; Sonny Blalock’s daughter, Cindy and Misty
Putnam; daughter, Denise Bolin and Troy Martin; Charlie’s daughter,
freida and husband, Ray Grayston and Melissa and Johnny Eng and
Joe Ann closed the party by reading “Grandfather’s Special Love”:
honoring Mr. Blalock and the group sang, “For He’s A Jolly Good
The Blalock family includes 14 grandchildren and 14 great-
grandchildren and four children, Joe Ann Crawford and Sybil
Hamrick, both of Kings Mountain, Charles Blalock, Jr. of Pikesville,
Ky. and Freida Grayson of Kings Mountain.
50-Year Mystery Solved
Fred Sanders’ family solved a mystery after 50 years this week.
He heard from a cousin who had been missing 50 years. According
to Fred, Coleman McSwain left the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus
Sanders in the Oak Grove Community in 1933. He had not been heard
from since until the past Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when McSwain’s son,
Coleman, Jr. called an uncle, Korn McSwain in Shelby from Poway’s,
California. Coleman McSwain, Jr. had one son and two daughters and
died in 1950, according to Sanders. Coleman, Jr. will come to Shelby
the latter part of October for a visit with Kings Mountain and
Cleveland County relatives, said Sanders.
Thanks To Citizens
(Ed. note - The following is a letter addressed to Mayor John Henry
Moss and the writer asked that it appear as an open letter to KM
Thank you for the hospitality and assistance you gave me during the
evaluation process for our new plant in the Southeast. You should be
proud of your efforts and of your fine community. I only hope the
populace ‘at large is aware of your fine efforts.
Blackhawk Molding Company has purchased an existing manufac-
turing building in Rock Hill, S.C. for our new facility. We did this
because we: were able to get an existing building that closely reflects
our needs. ‘The building is in a convenient location to air, rail and in-
terstate transportation. This is particularly significant as it relates to
moving people, raw materials and finished product. In addition,
because we have selected an existing building, getting into production
should be a quicker process.
As Blackhawk is an expansion mode, I hope there will be the oppor-
tunity to evalilate your community for other projects in the future.
DALE A. BERG
I am a 28-year-old caucasian male from Chicago, Ill. Presently,
however, I am incarcerated at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan Ci-
ty, Indiana. I am serving a 20 year sentence of which on October 23,
1984 I will have four years in on the minimum of 10 years I am re-
quired to serve.
During the past nearly four years I have lost all contact with any
and all people I once had on the outside. My father, wife and daughter
were all that I did have. My father died in January of 1982 and that
same year my wife left me and my daughter was adopted to a foster
family through DCFS in Chicago.
It it is at all possible, would you please run an ad in your publication
for me? I am very much interested in receiving correspondence from
people out there in the free society. My family is gone now and it is
very important to me to maintain some form of contact with the out-
I would greatly appreciate all understanding of my situation and
consideration given in my request.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
RESPECTFULLY ENTREATING ;
KEN CATENACCI :
P.O. BOX 41
MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA
Happy Birthday Charlie
Missing Person Report
Relatives of Billy Gene Hale, 32, of Kings Miuntain, have reported
him missing from home since Sept. 4. Anyone knowing his
whereabouts should contact the Kings Mountain Police Department,
739-3636, or the Cleveland County Sheriff’s [department which is
handling the investigation.
September weather summary, compiled by Ken neth Kitzmiller:
1983 | 1984
Total precip. 37 1.40”
Max. one day 38 (21st) 1'.40 (30th)
Avg. precip. 03” 4”
Year to date 30.27” 40.58”
Min. temp. 38 (22nd) 41 (18th)
Max. temp. ] 96 (10th) 9:4 (14th)
Avg. temp. 70.6 68.4
Note: September, 1984: 38 days between measurable rains; 42 days
between good rains.
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