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VOL. 101 NO. 36
Cited As Reasons
By GARY STEWART
Editor of the Herald
Monday was a sad day for
Wanda Kyle and other volunteers
at the People That Love Center on
After 3 1/2 years of trying to
help the needy people of the area,
Mrs. Kyle watched as volunteers
for Cornerstone Christian Mission
in Gastonia cleared the building of
its donated items, and then she
closed the door.
Growing debts made it impossi-
ble for the Center to stay in opera-
Mrs. Kyle and her husband,
Harry, a Kings Mountain police-
man, with the encouragement of
the Rev. Elwood Barnes, started
the center in April 1986. At that
time, the Kyles were members of °
the First Assembly of God and
Rev. Barnes was their pastor.
"We had gone out during
Christmas with food for needy
families," Mrs. Kyle recalled, "and
all the while it was like God was
«saying to me, 'people need help the
Mrs. Kyle shared her feelings
support of others. A building
across the street was rented and the
PTL Center, patterned after the one
founded by Jim Bakker at Heritage
U.S.A., was opened.
During the years, Mrs. Kyle and
17 other volunteers who served
from time to time, were able to
help thousands of needy families in
the area. Pandora Burris volun-
CLOSING DOWN LOVE CENTER - Wanda Kyle, right, director of the People That Love Center on
Piedmont Avenue, helps a customer with a purchase during a yard sale Saturday to help raise funds to pay
off the debts of the crisis agency. Because of a sharp decrease in donations and a high overhead, Mrs. Kyle
was forced to close the center which had provided help to needy families in the area for 3 1/2 years.
teered her services and was one of
only a few volunteers to continue
through the years.
The hungry, naked, homeless,
penniless, drug and alcohol
abusers, battered women, senior
citizens, toyless children, street
people, pregnant teens, and many
others found a friend at the Love
Center. In fact, over the years, the
Center averaged helping 100 fami-
lies per month and those families
ranged from four to eight mem-
Each Thanksgiving, the Center
prepared dinner for around 75
needy families and last Christmas
the Center fed 142 needy Sage
and provided toys to over 350 ¢hi
dren who otherwise would x a
have had a Christmas.
But, over the past several
months, donations have dropped to
almost zero and Mrs. Kyle cannot
continue to come up with the $400
per month necessary to keep the
center open. When she closed the
doors Monday, she owed over
$1,000 which she vowed to pay out
of her own pocket.
“It's really sad,” said Mrs. Ra
"But I've always believed
when the Lord closes oie do
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lastyweek that the Nimisihial
Association 15 planning a Crisis
Ministry at the Community Center
and I hope and pray it's a success.
We would be working with the
same people so there's no need for
both of us to operate."
Mrs. Kyle, who is employed
with the Mental Retardation
Department in Lincoln County, has
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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. 28086
Drowned In December
The body of a Kings Mountain fisherman who drowned in Lake
Murray, S.C., on December 17, 1988 surfaced Monday.
The Newberry County Coroner's office identified the body as Ernest
McNeal, 35, of Northwoods Drive, Kings Mountain.
McNeal and Robert Lewis Crawford, 57, of 811 Rhodes Avenue,
Kings Mountain, drowned when their boat took water and sank after
Crawford put it into reverse to retrieve a light that had fallen overboard.
Crawford's body surfaced on January 14.
McNeal's son, Ernest Pettis, 19, survived the incident. He was rescued
by passengers in another boat which was nearby.
McNeal's body surfaced in front of an off-duty Columbia, S.C., po-
liceman, who was boating on the lake Monday at 3:15 p.m., according
to John Evans of the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources.
Evans said the body had been submerged in about 40 feet of water
and surfaced within 150 yards from where the boat sank in December.
Crawford and McNeal were frequent fishing buddies. They had left
Kings Mountain early on the morning of Sat., Dec. 17. They had set out
from Holland's Landing on Lake Murray at daybreak. According to re-
ports filed by the Wildlife Department, weather conditions became
windy and turbulent. When the men stopped and began to back the boat
to retrieve the lost light, a large wave came over the rear of the boat and
filled it with water, causing it to tip over and throw all three men into the
water. Pettis was reportedly holding onto his father when Crawford
yelled for help and McNeal swam to try to rescue him. Both of the men
went under water.
Pettis told rescuers at the time that he held his hands up and yelled for
help. He said he saw a boat nearby but the men in the boat did not see
him and almost ran over him. He grabbed at the boat as it passed and the
men in it realized what was happening and came back and pulled him to
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McDaniel Retires But Still
Plans To Be Traveling Man
By GARY STEWART
Editor of the Herald
Bill McDaniel has covered a lot
of miles in the past 24 years as
Kings Mountain Route 1's rural
He made his last trip as the
Route 1 carrier Friday and retired
Sunday from the U.S. Postal
Service. But the popular Kings
Mountain resident says he'll con-
tinue to be on the road a lot.
McDaniel plans to travel--some
for his own pleasure and some as a
chartered bus driver--between now
and the time he retires on Social
For the past eight years,
McDaniel has driven part-time for
America Charters in Gastonia. He's
driven in 46 of the original 48
states in the last four years and has
traveled almost all the way across
Canada on weekends and vaca-
tions. "I've seen a lot of the coun-
try," he says.
McDaniel got the driving bug as
a high school student when he
drove a Grover school bus. He
graduated from Grover High in
"Ever since I was a kid I wanted
to drive a bus," he said. "I just fi-
nally got the opportunity to do it. I
really enjoy driving and being with
the people who go on the tours."
McDaniel has been to several
World Fairs, including the 1986
fair at Vancouver, has done a tour
of Nova Scotia, been to
Yellowstone National Park three
times, the Grand Canyon three
- times, and to several other points
of interest in the U.S. and Canada.
"People have always wanted to
know how you drive in big cities,"
McDaniel says, "but if you can
drive on Independence Boulevard
in Charlotte you can drive any-
where in the world."
McDaniel has been a familiar
face at the Kings Mountain post of-
fice since 1960, when he left Harris
Funeral Home to become a substi-
See Bill, 2-A
Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Use
NFL Suspends KM's Mack
Cleveland Browns running back
Kevin Mack of Kings Mountain
has been juspended by NFL
Pete Rozelle for
30 days after the
KM star pleaded
WR ouilty to cocaine
use in a
will miss the
KEVIN MACK pre-season and
first three regular season games.
Mack pleaded guilty to cocaine
use in Cuyahoga County Common
Pleas court last week. He was ar-
rested on June 28. Judge Richard J.
McMonagle said he would sen-
tence Mack after receiving a pre-
sentence parole and dependency
report. The maximum sentence is
18 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Mack recently completed a
month-long rehabilitation in the
Cleveland Clinic. Browns owner
Art Modell said he had hoped
Mack's completion of that program
would have satisfied Rozelle.
"It was Rozelle's decision, and I
think it's fair," said Modell. "I don't
like it, but I think it's fair."
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Mack has rushed for 2,989 yards
in his four seasons with the
Browns. He rushed for 1,104 yards
in his rookie season of 1985 and
was named the AFC's Rookie of
the Year. He's been injured part of
every season since, He gained 485
yards in 123 carries last year when
he missed all or part of 10 games
Mack was an All-State running
back at Kings Mountain High
School in 1979, when he gained
1,585 yards, and he was a member
of Clemson's national champi-
onship team of 1981.
Lee Bell of Route 5, Rings)
Mountain, edged two other contes-
tants on the tie-breaker to win the
$100 prize in the first Herald foot-
ball contest last week.
Bell predicted 17 of 20 winners,
as did David L. Dellinger of Route
6, Kings Mountain, and Paul
Godfrey of Grover. Bell predicted
38 points would be scored in the
tie-breaker game (Ashbrook-South
scored. Dellinger predicted 33
points and Godfrey 35.
All three contestants missed one
college game and two high school
games. Bell mis-fired on East
Rutherford's victory over Freedom,
Harding's win over Independence
and Texas A&M's victory over
See Bell, 5-A
KM District Schools Again
Offers S.K.A.T.E.S. Program
Kings Mountain District Schools is again offering a free speech, lan-
guage and hearing screening for children 3 and 4
years old through the preschool S.K.A.T.E.S.
In addition to the screening, special
speech classes will be offered at North and
Grover Schools and also at Bolin and
Linwood Day Care.
The S.K.A.T.E.S. program is under the
direction of Mrs. Jean Thrift, Exceptional
Children's Coordinator. Speech and lan-
guage therapy is provided by Mrs. Barbara
Puceta, therapist, and Mrs. Alesa Doty, teach-
The screenings will be held this year at North School on Sept. 19 from
1-6 p.m., and at Grover School on Sept. 20 from 1-6 p.m. Parents are invit-
ed to bring their children to be screened free of charge. The children should
be 3 by this Oct. 15. No appointment is necessary. Parents may drop in
anytime between 1 and 6 p.m.
How does a parent know if their 3-4 year-old needs to be tested? Use
these questions as a guide.
Do other people understand what my child says?
Does my child talk in short sentences of at least three words at a time?
Does my child seem to hear me?
If you can answer "no" to any of the above questions, this speech screen-
ing could be very important to you and your child.
Last year 26 children received speech and language therapy through the
S.K.A.TE.S. program. This year, Mrs. Puceta hopes to help even more.
For further information call Barbara Puceta at 739-7762.
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