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VOL. 101 NO. 46
KM Citizens Prepare To Give Thanks
With few exceptions, Kings Mountain citizens were
readying for Thanksgiving this week.
Plans by many citizens were traditional with butcher
sales indicating turkey to be the menu favorite.
Community-wide Thanksgiving services will be
held Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church
with Rev. Robert W. Little, pastor of Central United
Methodist Church, to deliver the message. Combined
choirs of churches in the Greater Kings Mountain
Ministerial Association will present special anthems
and an offering will be received for the new crisis min-
- Drug involvement is blamed for the high percentage
of school drop outs last year in the Kings Mountain
But Ann Brant, Drop-Out Prevention Counselor,
those figures (109 or 7 % of the student body in
work actively with the citizens volunteer group of par-
ents, and Beulah Carroll, the in- schools suspension
counselor at Central School.
In addition the program includes a teen support
group for teenage parents and pregnant teens at Kings
Mountain Junior High which Diane Hollifield serves
as counselor , the Latch Key Kids program at Central
School led by counselors Kevin Plonk, Paula Goforth
and Lori Whiteside and the Spark Plug program at
Kings Mountain Senior High School headed by Denise
Buchanan where teachers are adopting students who
are potential drop outs.
Very Involved Parents groups have been highly suc-
cessful in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System
and one VIP group is active in Gaston County. The
VIP program was developed by the University of
North Carolina at Charlotte and is designed for use by
agencies, schools, churches, advocacy groups and
community organizations to teach parents more about
how to help and protect their children in today's soci-
Dr. Bobbie Rowland and Jo Ann Springs of UNCC
led a training session here Nov. 17 at KM Community
Center. The workshop taught the prospective teachers
how to use one of four training manuals: parents of
preschoolers, teenage parents and parents with latch
key children and parents of children with alcoholic
Eight lessons are included in the program which
will be coordinated by Florrie Hamrick and the VIP
groups will then start functioning with 10-12 parents
in each group.
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The public is invited.
At least three Kings Mountain churches plan
Thanksgiving breakfasts, including congregations of
First Presbyterian Church, Boyce Memorial ARP and
Central United Methodist Churches. The Central
Methodist breakfast will be served by Men of the
Church from 6 until 8 a.m. A worship service will be
held at 8:30. A Thanksgiving service will be held at
7:30 at Boyce Memorial ARP Church followed by
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breakfast at 8 a.m. by Men of the Church. Men of First
Presbyterian Church will serve breakfast from 7 until 9
Dixon Presbyterian church will host a joint service
by congregations of Love Valley Baptist, Dixon and
Victory Baptist churches Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
with the Thanksgiving message by Rev. Dennis
Aldridge, pastor of Love Valley Church. Choirs of the
three churches will present special music.
Refreshments will be served by the host church after
the service, open to the public.
carries his Bible as a weapon
prepares to ride patrol duty w
He's armed with a Bible, instead of a police re-
volver, when he rides in a police car a couple of nights
and days each week and patrols the streets of Kings
He's also armed with a Bible each Sunday when he
stands before the congregation at First Wesleyan
Church where he has been a minister since July.
But Rev. Mark Bardsley, 30, the minister, and Rev.
Mark Bardsley, the new chaplain of Kings Mountain
Police Department, have the same goal-to serve the
people of Kings Mountain and to open lines of com-
Bardsley, who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and
weighs 220 pounds, sees his new role as a chaplain for
10 reserve officers and 21 regular policemen, as a
challenge and a calling from God.
Police Chief Warren Goforth, who hired volunteer
Bardsley as a reserve officer Nov. 1, armed him with a
badge that identifies him as a chaplain and a patrol-
man's uniform. Unlike, patrolman, however, the
preacher will not be wearing a gun but will be carrying
‘fhe new chaplain of the Kings Mountain Police Department
Rev. Mark Bardsley, left, pastor of First Wesleyan Church,
3 Hayes. He joined KMPD Nov. 1 as chaplain to 32 officers.
eapon Is The Word
Bardsley's presence with other officers on patrol has
resulted in complete consternation on the faces of
some law breakers when they suddenly look up and
see the title "Rev." on the silver nameplate pinned to
But Goforth thinks the presence of a "man of God"
will bring a change in attitude, and hopefully, a change
in people who may have never known a preacher nor
practiced a religious faith.
“We hope his presence will subside violent tenden-
cies in people that we deal with every day and will be
a calming effect during any arrest situation,” said the
"T was really surprised at the tremendous size of
Kings Mountain when I rode with a city policeman for
the first time," said Bardsley. "These fellows cover a
large area and I was impressed with the way they han-
dle themselves when making arrests."
"Police are under stressful situations. A chaplain can
offer our officers and the people they come in contact
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Geneva Deaton, 64, spent many
no one would hire the full time ba-
Thanksgivings as a child in the
Shriners Hospital in Greenville, S.
Even though that was in 1932-
39, Geneva won't ever forget the
special treatment she received nor
the tender, loving care that helped
her to learn to walk again at age
"We were living in Grover at the
time and I was sick for a couple of
weeks and then became totally
crippled from the hip down. The
‘Shriners had a regional hospital in
family doctor, and Theodora
Roark, a nurse, contacted the hos-
pital for my father and they ad-
mitted me free of charge," says
"My back still bothers me and
my right leg is shorter than my left
but I'm able to work and will al-
ways be grateful to Gaither for giv-
ing me a chance," she said.
This Thanksgiving Deaton is al-
so grateful for her family. nephews.
Born in a family of 12 children of
the late Claude and Lona Bell, she
never married and she considers
her nieces and nephews her own.
Residing with her are her broth-
er, Maynard, and her 10-year-old
French poodle Pierre Beauregard
(Beau) who has the run of the
house. She plans to spend the up-
coming holidays with her nieces,
Cindy Lee in Hickory, Libby Nail
Deaton, who now resides at 402 S.
She was a continuing patient un-
til she was 14. At that time
Shriners Hospitals kept a patient
until that age. Now, patients are ad-
mitted up to 18 years of age, she
"The Lord was with me then and
I am thankful every day for
Shriners and wish I could, some-
how, repay them for that miracle,"
A second "miracle" occurred
when Geneva was 42. The late
Gaither Ledbetter gave her a job at
Mauney Hosiery where she prices
and bands about 300 pairs of socks
a day. Until 17 years ago, she said
in Mount Holly and Barbara Anne
Sisk in Charlotte. Her three
nephews are Scott and Roger
Payne of Mount Holly and Tim
Payne of Hickory. Her seven living
brothers and sisters are Ettra,
James, Clarence, and Maynard
Deaton, Helen Owens, all of Kings
Mountain, Stoy Deaton of
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» Martha is a 30-year-old mother of four.
Her husband is in prison.
Her oldest child, a 12-year-old, is severely mentally
retarded and blind. Her medical problems are severe
and she needs constant attention. She has to be dia-
pered like a 3-month-old baby.
Martha holds down a full-time job which is her only
means of support. Her paycheck barely covers the rent
on her trailer and the power bill. There is little money
left over for groceries and none at all to buy Christmas
for her children.
Martha's a hard worker but it's tough for one person
to raise four growing children. Her other three chil-
dren, ages 10, 8 and 6, try to help out but they can only
do so much.
Martha would love to see her children have some
much-needed clothes, toys and other items for
Christmas. In her 30 years, she's never even had a
That's where you can help. Through your gift to the
Kings Mountain Empty Stocking Fund Martha's four
children, and many others like them, will know what it
is to have a merry Christmas.
Mail your tax-deductible donation to the Empty
Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1491, Kings Mountain, N.C.,
28086, or take it by Home Federal Savings and Loan
a deposit it in the special Empty Stocking Fund
Stocking Fund Needs Help
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In addition to television coverage of holiday parades
and football games from all over the country Kings
Mountain people have front-row seats via WBTV
Channel 3 at 3 p.m. for the Carolinas Carrousel in
Charlotte where Shea Barber, KMSHS senior, will rep-
resent Kings Mountain as Carrousel Princess.
Most downtown businesses will close for the day.
City Hall and financial institutions will also be closed.
Kings Mountain District Schools will be closed
Thursday and Friday, reopening on Monday after a
Kings Mountain junior and senior high students will
begin seeing a 12-minute newscast by satellite next
The Board of Education, in a special meeting
Monday morning, approved a contract with Whittle
Communications of Knoxville, Tn., to provide the cur-
rent Events | news program to the Kings 3 Mountain Bs :
Channel One News is seen by 6.5 junior and senior i
high school students each day and the program is ex-
panding nationwide. The system will be hooked on in
Kings Mountain March 5. The contract calls for three-
year service beginning in the next school year.
The news is coming to Kings Mountain free of
charge but the system is required to show 95 percent of
the broadcasts which include two minutes of commer-
cials. The system can end the contract at any time and
Whittle can end it anytime if Kings Mountain does not
show 95 percent of the broadcasts.
Principals Jackie Lavender at KMHS and Jerry
Hoyle at KMJH will be responsible for designating
someone to tape the news each morning. It will then be
shown in classrooms by VCR and television equip-
ment supplied by Whittle.
Leventhal said the program has been well-received
in this area. Lincoln and Cleveland County Schools
have approved it as well as many others in North
Carolina. Leventhal said the school systems which did
not approve it objected because of the advertising,
However, Leventhal said, advertising is necessary to
provide the service free of charge and objectionable
advertising is not accepted. The advertising in a tape
shown to the board at last week's meeting included one
for hair shampoo and another for jeans. He said gam-
bling, alcohol, drug, religion, tobacco, solicitation of
funds and many other type commercials are not ac-
Last week's donations:
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Murgita $25.00
Adult Class-Dixon Pres. Church $70.00
(Last week's total) $105.00
(Previous balance) $350.00
New total $455.00