Page 4A-THE KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Thursday, June 15, 1989
Your Right To Say It
To State Champs
Nothing, it seems, brings a small community togeth-
er as much as its high school ball teams.
Whether it's football, basketball, or baseball, every-
one in town who has any interest in sports loves to
back a winner.
Last week, Kings Mountain High's baseball team
played for--and won--the North Carolina High School
Athletic Association 3-A championship. The
Mountaineers defeated Rockingham County 8-6 and
10-0 to sweep the best-of-three championship series at
KM's Lancaster Field.
Not since the "Early days" of Kings Mountain base-
ball has the town been in such an uproar over the
Old-timers have often recalled the exciting baseball
days of the 1920's, 30's and 40's, when Kings
Mountain turned out such talent as major leaguers Jake
Early and George Wilson, Gene Goforth, Charlie
Ballard and many, many others. They say baseball was
so exciting here that the downtown merchants closed
their doors when a ballgame was being played.
It's not likely a merchant would miss a sale these
days to go to a ball game, but with most games being
played at night the businessmen could tend to store du-
ties during the day and cheer for the Mountaineers at
It's hard to imagine baseball being any more excit-
ing than it was this year. The Mountaineers had a
"Murderer's Row" in the hitting department, blasting a
state record 51 home runs in 30 ballgames and featur-
ing a junior first baseman (Paul Brannon) who set state
records for most home runs in a season (20), most
home runs in a career (25) and most consecutive
games hitting a home run (7).
It was only fitting that the press voted Brannon the
state tournament's most valuable player trophy. He
clubbed three home runs in the two state finals games,
played good defense at first base, and, even if he'd
gone hitless, his mere presence in the lineup was
enough to keep opposing pitchers pitching from be-
hind. Congratulations to Paul Brannon, who could not
have accomplished what he did without the support of
Raymond Couch, Bryan Dellinger, Daniel Honeycutt,
Keith Allen, Kevin Whittington, Eric Peppard, Shane
Sessoms, Chris Henson, Chris Plonk, Todd McDaniel,
Ken Crook, Chris Bullock, Chris Morris, Chip Cash,
Toby Deaton, Stuart Spires, Chad Plonk, Jon Reid,
Dale Greene, and coaches Bruce Clark, Bud
Bumgardner, Ronny Funderburke and Rusty
We salute all of the players and coaches for their
hard work and dedication this year. They won 23 of 30
ballgames and put the KMHS baseball program back
on solid ground. And they conducted themselves like
winners both on an off the playing field.
We salute the community for backing the team, es-
pecially in the playoffs. Almost a thousand fans turned
out for the Mounties! first playoff game with Enka, and
as the home team won each game, the attendance
would grow the next game. Over 1,300 fans turned out
inthe rain for Thidrsay's state championship game.
! Also to be commended are the dozens of people
around town who volunteered their time and talents to
work on the field, not only Thursday but throughout
the season, man the concession stands, ticket booths
and press box, and do any other chore they were called
upon to do.
The excellent coaching, excellent playing and
tremendous community support all had a hand in the
Keep up the good work!
The Herald is accepting nominations for its sec-
ond annual Old-Timers Honor Roll. To be eligible,
one must be at least 85 years of age or older or
must have held the same job or been self-employed
for 40 years. Mail your nominations to Old-Timers
Honor Roll, P.O. Box 769, Kings Mountain, N.C.
I would like to nominate:
He/She is 85 years old:
He/She has held the same job or has been self-em-
ployed for 40 years or longer:
Name of Nominee:
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My Uncle Amos Ramsey was a quiet man. When he
had something to say, he meant it. All the kids in the
neighborhood knew that, especially his own. Amos
never had to tell his children anything more than once,
but that's another story. ;
One day Amos' son, Jack, and I were sitting on his
front porch playing with toy cars. We were about eight
years old. Amos was sitting in the front porch swing
reading a newspaper.
Their porch was one of those high ones with about
twelve steps down to the ground. There were two
shrubs in the front yard and a patch of woods about 75
yards away. A small creek meandered through the
woods and we used to play there a lot.
"Jack!" said Amos. "Go into the house and get my
rifle and that box of shell."
Jack hustled off to do his father's bidding and was
soon back carrying a .22 rifle and a box of bullets.
Amos didn't say a word. He simply opened the box,
loaded the rifle, brought it to his shoulder, aimed mo-
mentarily and fired toward one of the shrubs.
I jumped about 6 feet, thinking surely my uncle
Amos had taken leave of his senses.
"Go out there," he told us, "and throw that copper-
head in the trash, but be careful, sometimes they'll still
bite after they're dead."
Wrapped around the base of one of the shrubs was a
dead copperhead, but there was no danger of his biting
us as his head was now smashed.
Amos returned to his newspaper. 9%. 5
Copperheads. We are told by those that suppose y
know that the copperhead is the only poisonous snake
in this part of the state. And yet, a few years ago, a
man in Gastonia was plowing a field and found two
rattlesnakes on opposite sides of that field. I'm not
firmly convinced the area is completely devoid of wa-
At any rate, I'm reminded of another incident in-
volving a copperhead. My good friend, Albert
Murdock of Marion, N.C., loved to fish. He and a bud-
dy were sitting on a river bank fishing one balmy af-
ternoon when Albert put his hand down right on top of
a coiled copperhead. The snake bit him of course. It
got him right between the thumb and forefinger.
Albert, being somewhat of a woodsman, wasn't too
concerned. But his pal got excited, pulled out his
knife and cut an X on the bite mark. As he bent to at-
tempt to suck the poison our Albert recoiled.
"Are you crazy?" he exclaimed.
“That's what you have to do!" replied the other.
He was wrong and Albert knew it. The sucking out
of the poison used to be an accepted emergency proce-
dure until medical people realized that anyone with a
decayed tooth or an open sore around the area of the
mouth was endangering himself.
Albert calmly gathered his tackle and drove to his
doctor's office. Tag
"I'm not too worried about the snakebite," the doctor
told him, "but that knife wound might kill you unless I
get it sterilized."
Copperheads, in fact, kill very few people and those
that do succumb are usually young children. Actually,
more people are killed world-wide by honeybees than
poisonous snakes each year. Don't misunderstand, all
poisonous snakes are to be avoided. Snakes in this
country are not aggressive. They will do anything to
avoid humans, but, if they have no other choice, they
will bite you. The only really aggressive snake I've ev-
Snake Bite? The Knife Wound'll Kill
er heard of is the black mamba of Africa. The mamba
will actually chase human beings and will bite repeat-
Speaking of snake poisons, the venom of a king co-
bra is so deadly that one gram can kill 150 people. Just
getting the substance on the skin can put a human be-
ing into a coma.
There are copperheads around here, so be careful,
especially around old woodpiles. That's their favorite
TRUMP'S TRIPE - Billionaire Donald Trump says
that successful people are born. "It's in the genes." he
says. What a lot of hogwash. I suspect Trump equates
success with riches. Most wealthy people get their
money the old-fashioned way—they inherit it. But
many millionaires have started with nothing and made
their fortunes through hard work and enterprise. To be
successful is not necessarily to be rich. A woman of
modest means can be a very successful mother. A man
can be a successful husband and father without a lot of
money. : :
All people, men and women, have it within them-
selves to become successful, and yes, wealthy. The
trick is not"genes." The trick is attitude, work and per-
sistence. The most important of these is persistence.
CHINA SYNDROME - I don't know about you but
I'm getting pretty tired of reading and hearing about
China. The almost constant barrage of news stories did
get me curious though, so I did a little research and
found out some interesting things about that strange
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the
Chinese took revenge on their enemies by lacing their
food with finely chopped tiger whiskers. The barbs
played havoc with the digestive tract, producing
painful sores and infections.
Some of the guards on the Great Wall never set foot
on the ground. Many of them were born on the wall,
lived there, married and raised families there, died and
were buried there.
In ancient China people committed suicide by eating
a pound of salt.
The Chinese invented eyeglasses. Marco Polo re-
ported seeing the Chinese wearing glasses in 1275,
500 years before lens grinding became an art in the
* While researching China, I stumbled on the follow-
ing unrelated item: In 1970, an Arizona attorney,
Russel H. Tansie, filed a $100,000 damage suit against
God (I kid you not). If seems Lawyer Tansie's secre-
tary, Betty Penrose, accused God of negligence when
he allowed a lightning bolt to strike her home. Tansie
won the case when the defendant failed to appear.
There in no word on whether Miss Penrose collected.
ACCOLADES - Congratulations to the Mounties!
These young men have accomplished something they
will cherish for the rest of their lives. They are a credit
to themselves and the community.
Thanks For Support
To The Editor:
A very special word of thanks to each citizen of
Cleveland County who continually supports the efforts
locally of the American Cancer Society.
This year our public education efforts have already
exceeded the goals set for our area. To date we have
reached 12,515 adults with a yearly goal of 7,337.
Numbers of youth reached year-to-date exceed 8, 534
with a yearly goal set of 6,846. Special programs such
as Fresh Start, Taking Control, Breast-Self Exam,
Testicular-Self Exam, and many, many others have
proven vital in saving lives.
Please continue to support our efforts as we pull to-
gether to make 1989 the best year yet for sharing our
CINDY B. BORDERS
PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAIRMAN
CLEVELAND COUNTY UNIT
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Leave Guns Alone
This is in response to Jim Heffner's column on June
7. titled "You Don’t. Need A AK-47.
I agree, I don't if the legislation proposed by Senator
Metzenbaum only affected AK-47's I wouldn't be tak-
ing time to write this.
The Metzenbaum bill would outlaw the sale & pos-
session of "any rifle, shotgun or pistol capable of ac-
cepting a twenty round magazine.” One doesn't have to
be a rocket scientist to figure out that any gun that has
a magazine is included in this bill, since the only limit-
ing factor to the number of shots in a magazine is the
"height of the person shooting the gun. If you're 6 feet
tall, you can have a 5-foot magazine made, for in-
stance. As far as his assertation that semi-automatic
weapons were designed for one thing - to kill people,
so were match locks, flint locks percussion caps and
revolvers. Knives, slingshots, and in the case of Caine
and Able, rocks do a fine job, too. If given the choice
of weapons knowing that I were going into combat sit-
uation, I would definitely take your shotgun over any
AK-47 or similar weapon, a view shared by the US
Army which has issued shotguns from the Winchester
Model 13 in World War I to the Mossburg 500 in
Vietnam. By the way, all shotguns except double bar-
rels are on the banned list, also.
I, too, am not a hunter, and have never fired at gun
at anyone and hope I never have to. I am a target
shooter who uses a $1000 custom made target pistol to
punch holes in targets. My pistol is on the banned list
also, simply because it takes a magazine that holds
seven slots, but is capable of taking a larger one, even
though no one makes such a magazine.
Mr. Heffner, the start of this gun ban was the
Stockton, California School yard shooting, a heinous
crime that should have never occurred. Patrick Purdy,
the maniac who did the shooting, had been arrested
seven times on felony charges that had been plea-bar-
gained down to misdemeanors. His background check
for a pistol he carried with him on that terrible day, if
properly done by the police, would have revealed that
he was a mental patient and a drug addict who was
judged "a danger to himself & others" by the probation
office. This would have been enough to enable the po-
lice to take his guns away before the shooting oc-
Mr. Heffner, criminals are criminals because the
don't follow the law. The won't turn in their guns when
they get arrested because they're now felons.
The solution to crime is to make sure criminals stay
in jail. The average "life sentence" is 15 years with
good behavior. This is absurd. President Bush is on the
right track with the mandatory jail term for using a
firearm in certain crimes, but this in snot enough.
Write your Congressman and tell them to get tough on
crime and drugs. And if you value the rights that mil-
lions of Americans have died for, tell them to leave our
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769, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086.
Being Father Hard Work, Good One Even Harder
Father's Day, unlike the immortalized day for moth-
ers, is not shrouded in ceremony with children coming
from far away to pay respect to their father.
As a matter of fact, if not reminded by the mothers
of the world, fathers would probably be the first to for-
get Father's Day. It just shows how little attention it re-
But fathers like that. They don't want to attract all
the extra attention to themselves, So some just keep
quiet and hope it goes quietly by.
Despite their desire, fathers deserve a day of their
own. After all, they have to put up with a lot from their
kids and are always the one who says "no." They need
at least one day out of the year to call their own.
The idea for Father's Day was suggested 80 years
ago by Mrs. John Bruce Dodd, who felt that men like
her own father deserved a day of recognition. Her fa-
ther, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, had been
widowed when his daughter and five sons were very
young. Realization of the difficulties he must have had
raising his young motherless family on a farm in cast-
ern Washington and appreciation for his constant de-
vetion to his family, sparked Mrs. Dodd's desire to
honor all fathers.
As a joint venture between Mrs. Dodd, the Spokane
Ministerial Association, Spokane Ministers Alliance
and city YMCA, the first Father's Day was obscrved in
Spokane on the third Sunday of June-the month of
Dodd's birthday- in 1910. Among the first notables to
endorse Mrs. Dodd's idea was the orator and political
leader William Jennings Bryan. He complimented her
on the inspiration of Father's Day and remarked that
"too much emphasis cannot be placed upon the parent-
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson took part in a
Father's Day celebration by pressing a button in his
Washington office that unfurled a flag in Spokane.
The observance of Father's Day did not spread
rapidly. Congress did not give Father's Day national
holiday status until 1972, when President Richard M.
Nixon signed a congressional resolution establishing
Father's Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on
the third Sunday in June each year. Father's Day is also
celebrated in at least 20 foreign countries, although not
necessarily on the same day as in the United States.
It takes a lot of hard work for a man to be a good fa-
ther. He has to spend his time watching his sons and
daughters fall, as toddlers, as beginning bike riders, as
students and even as adults working at their careers.
He is always close enough to make sure they don't get
seriously hurt and yet far enough away so his children
Even though it hurts him to watch each time they
fall, he knows many times it's the best way for them to
But children are so busy growing up they rarely no-
tice father anxiously watching from his vantage point.
Even when a child takes his first step, father is there
just far enough away to let him think he is on his own
and yet close enough to pick him up if he falls.
Children grow up at their father's knee. It's one of
the happiest places for a child.
Being a father is hard work but being a good father
is even harder. Home is never the same after a child
loses a father. The last day our father was at home was
on Father's Day 1983. By Labor Day that year he had
gone to heaven.
Make Father's Day a day to honor your father.
Show him you appreciate him on Sunday.