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Thursday, May 24, 1990
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Sports Hall Of Fame Banquet Thursday
The third annual Kings Mountain Sports Hall of
Fame banquet will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the
Kings Mountain Community Center.
Don Parker, the most victorious coach in KMHS
sports history; former Mountaineer All-American quar-
terback George Harris; and former Kings Mountain
pitching great Charlie Ballard will be inducted.
Perry Champion, chairman of the Hall of Fame
committee, said tickets will be sold at the door and can
also still be purchased at area businesses, including
McGinnis Department Store, C&S Mart, Sagesport,
Western Auto and the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets
are $10 each. :
Ronnie Wilson, personnel director for Kings
Mountain Schools and a popular speaker, will be mas-
ter of ceremonies. Guest speakers are Ken Pettus, as-
~ By JIM HEFFNER
_ The chances of a writer selling a short story the first
time out area about one in 200,000.
Linda Moss of Kings Mountain has beaten the odds.
Admittedly, she had a better chance. Moss submit-
ted her story to the Charlotte Writers Club children's
story contest and carted off the blue ribbon and $100.
There were just 27 entries, but some of the other con-
testants were professionals and some had won the con-
test in the past. Viewing it from that perspective, she
may have been bucking greater odds.
uble finding the house," she says. "It looks like
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which is remarkable, because, for the past 13 years shy
has suffered from severe headaches.
Linda's problems began when her jaw joints Were
damaged during the removal of wisdom teeth. The
condition is called Tempora Mandibular Joint dysfunc-
half days without a headache," said Linda.
Asked how she deals with pain on a daily basis she
said, "After a period of time, pain becomes your friend,
your buddy, your ally and you become comfortable
with it. Finally, one day you just crawl off into a cor-
ner, just you and Mr. Pain and you just sit there togeth-
The TMJ, thus far has required four major surgical
procedures at a cost of over $300,000. The latest, in
April of 1989, seems to have been successful.
"We found a doctor in St. Petersburg, Florida, who
rebuilt my jaw joints, inserted plastic discs and recon-
structed a good part of my lower face," she said. "Prior
to the last surgery, I was forced to take strong pain
killers every day, but now I just take an over-the -
counter medication. I still have headaches but they are
not as severe. It's just short of a miracle."
Miracle doesn't describer her winning of the short
story contest, but phenomenal isn't too strong a word.
"I saw the notice in a newspaper,” she said, "and I
had an idea so I decided to enter. I thought: I'll write a
little story for the school kids. I scribbled it out in
about 10 minutes. When it was finished I remembered
there was no typewriter so I borrowed one from an old
friend and pecked it out while the soaps were playing
on TV. My typing was atrocious. I showed the story to
my friend Brenda Falls and she offered congratulations
and told me it was a good thing typing wasn't a consid-
The story is about a white mouse named Rooney
who leads a classroom of school children to safety dur-
ing a tornado. It is entertaining, thought-provoking and
a lesson in safety for small children.
"I have great fears that children might find them-
selves exposed to a tornado or some other dangerous
situation they're incapable of handling. That's why I
wrote the story," she said.
Linda Moss lives, with husband, Larry, and daugh-
§ ter, Laura Beth, on El Bethel Road. "You won't have
"During the past 13 years I've gone two and one §
sistant football coach at N.C. State, and Buzz Peterson,
assistant basketball coach at N.C. State.
Shu Carlton and Bill Bates, former KMHS football
coaches, will induct George Harris and Don Parker, re-
spectively. Former Mayor John Moss will induct
The meal will begin promptly at 7 p.m., with the in-
duction ceremonies and special recognition to follow.
The annual Special Recognition Award will go to
the 1989 KMHS baseball team, which won the state 3-
A number of former KMHS athletes will be
Punch Parker, star of the 1960 team and still owner
of the school scoring record. He went on to make
Honorable Mention All-American at The Citadel.
When Linda had finished her short story, she no-
ticed the entry deadline was that day. She jumped into
her car and drove to the Charlotte restaurant where the
Charlotte Writers Club was meeting. By the time she
arrived the meeting was in session.
"I didn't want to disturb them, so I just left the story
with the girl at the cash register and forgot it. A few
days later, I got a call from a lady who told me I'd won
first prize and $100. I had no idea there would be a
monetary award. It was a complete surprise,” she said.
The Charlotte Writers Club invited Linda to their
next meeting to receive her prize.
"I thought it would be a small affair with just a few
people, but when Laura and I arrived we were shocked
to see about 200 people. It was a very exciting
evening. They asked me to read my story, but Laura
read it instead. She's so talented.”
Paul Jernigan, President of the club, attests to that
fact. "They're both talented people--quite a pair,” he
As a direct result of the reading, Laura was invited
to join the Charlotte Actor's Guild. The 16-year-old is
vitally interested in dramatic theater. Her latest role
See Linda, 3-A
Rusty Bumgardner and Aubrey Hollifield, stars of
the Shempionship 1986 KMHS team and now team-
mates at ¢ Forest University. Hollifield pl i
the Shrine Bowl. ¥ reid phoysd in
Brent Bagwell, another star of the 1986 team who is
now a lineman at N.C. State. Bagwell was selected to
play in the 1987 East-West All-Star game.
2 nan Stephens, a Shrine Bowler on the 1985
team and now a starting offensive d
South Carolina. 2 nme
Brad Wilson, who played on three conference
championship golf teams at KMHS and now a standout
golfer at Campbell College.
Bryan Jones, former KMHS All-American tennis
player and now an All-ACC standout at North
Dale Greene, one of the stars of last year's state
championship baseball team and now a freshman
starter at Wingate College.
Members of the championship 1955 KMHS football
team (teammates of George Harris) have been invited
and many are expected to attend.
Previous Hall of Fame inductees were:
1988 - Major league baseball great Jake Early,
Clovaleny Browns raaning back Kevin Mack, former
-American basketball player Geor
Mayor John Moss. ply SOEs cams, ad
1989 - Retired Wake Forest women's athletic direc-
tor Marge Crisp, All-American football star Pat
Murphy of KMHS and Appalachian State, former
KMHS and Catawba football star Jim Dickey, and the
Kings Mountain People
championship 1964 KMHS football team.
Closing Two City Schools
The 17-member committee
studying elementary school reorga-
nization is recommending closing
East and West Schools and consoli-
dating the present five elementary
schools into three larger K-5 cam-
puses at North, Bethware and
John Goforth, Principal of East
School and chairman of
~said he will formall
the 70- page report |
board of education at a special
p.m, at the School Offices on
Parker Street. Goforth said that
members of the board received
copies of the recommendation this
Goforth said the committee
adopted the recommendation 10-3
on April 26 after narrowing 10 sce-
narios to two.
If the plan is adopted by the
board of education, the report
states consolidation would take ef-'
fect by school year 1992-93.
Among the advantages of con-
solidation of the five schools to
three offered in the report:
+ A solution to achieve racial
imbalances and problems of de-
clining enrollments at some
+Staffing, planning, mainte-
nance., utilities and other services
would cost less;
+Kings Mountain's share of the
$30 million in county school bonds
could be used to improve North,
Grover and Bethware rather than
for maintaining all five schools.
+The three remaining schools,
each with enrollments of 500 to
700 students, would be better lo-
cated to handle westward growth in
+The larger schools could offer
a wider variety of programs for
+With elementary school size in
the range of 500-700 students (cur-
rent size of Bethware is 470) the
following can be provided: larger
professional staffs having more di-
verse approaches and specialties to
offer students, thus providing a bet-
ter opportunity for matching stu-
work session Monday night at 6
Odell Benton Stays Busy
Odell Benton, 65, is a man of many talents.
Whether he's doctoring cows with pink eye or haul-
ing cattle to the sale barn, cutting wood or hauling hay,
Odell stays busy. He never plans to retire because stay-
ing indoors is not something he likes to do.
"I like to be outside and I always find something to
do on the farm," says Odell, who was reared on a farm
near his present home and got his training with cows,
initially, as a milker with the old Archdale Dairy. That
was before the days of electric milkers. Odell got up at
4 am. in the morning and milked 70 cows by hand
three times a day, at 4 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. "People
find it hard to believe that we milked that herd more
than once a day but we did and Archdale Farms was a
popular place for folks to visit to see a dairy in opera-
tion and I worked there until 1947 when Betty Jo Bell
and I got married," he said. Neisler Brothers owned the
dairy farm and Holland Dixon was manager of the
large operation, Odell recalled.
"I reckon working with cattle got in my blood,"
laughed Odell, who makes regular trips hauling cattle
in a specially-built trailer to a sale bam in Shelby on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. He and his wife own 40
head of beef cattle and until eight years ago were poul-
try farmers, breeding 5500 hens. At one time he oper-
ated his own welding shop on their 37-acre farm on
Benton Road. When cotton was no longer king in this
‘ See Benton, 5-A
dent needs with teacher strengths; a
uniform structure allowing each
school to have more teachers and
classes on each grade level (ap-
proximately 4-5 classes) giving
more opportunity for grade level
planning; grouping of students, ac-
cording to their needs, and enhanc-
ing academic capabilities.
+Larger schools would better
utilize support staff. More time
could be spent at each site when
staff is divided three ways instead
of five. There would be less travel
or no travel for support staff. Due
to increased time at schools, sup-
port staff could better schedule
their pull-outs from regular class-
rooms, giving larger blocks of time
to classroom teachers for instruc-
tion of basic skills and planning.
+Funding supplied on a per-
pupil formula means that larger
schools are able to purchase a
greater variety of materials and
equipment, books, special pack-
aged programs, computers and
+Available research suggests
that larger institutions are more
conducive to higher levels of
pupils achievement than their
smaller counterparts. Due to the
more balanced size of the three ele-
mentary schools, all students
would have a equal opportunity in
their elementary education.
+The Department of Public
Instruction and the State Board of
Education believe that elementary
schools ranging from 450-700 stu-
dents offer the most efficient use of
space and personnel at a reasonable
cost per student without losing per-
sonal contact with and among stu-
Goforth said the committee
narrowed scenarios to two: clos-
ing East and West and enlarging
Bethware, Grover and North; or
West, North and East would be-
come K-3 and 4-5 schools, two of
the schools would be K-3's and one
school would handle 4-5. Bethware
and Grover would remain K-5. All
schools would be affected by re-
drawing of school lines.
"The committee has had at least
a dozen long sessions over the past
four months since the school board
gave us this tough assignment and
the members have worked diligent-
ly using outside resources and
much material to study, including
several elementary plans," he
Since 1988, school officials have
searched for a solution to racial im-
balances at East and Bethware and
declining enroliment at East.
Is Tuesday Night
Commencement exercises for
234 graduating seniors of the Class
of 1990 of Kings Mountain Senior
High School will begin Sunday
night with the baccalaureate ser-
mon and end on Tuesday night
with graduation exercises.
Rev. David Philbeck, pastor of
Macedonia Baptist Church, will
deliver the sermon at 7 p.m. in B.
N. Barnes Auditorium. Members
of the senior class are on the pro-
gram for the 7 p.m. finals exercises
at 7 p.m. Tuesday in John Gamble
Memorial Football Stadium.
At Sunday night's service Rev.
John Heath, pastor of East Kings
Mountain Church of God will give
the invocation; Rev. Robert Little,
pastor of Central United Methodist
Church, will read the scripture;
Rev. John F. Bridges, pastor of
First Baptist Church of Grover,
will introduce the speaker and Rev.
Larry Dixon, pastor of Long
Branch Baptist Church of Grover,
will pronounce the benediction.
Noi Ouaneoudone will give the
invocation at the graduation exer-
cises Tuesday and SPO President
John Wade Hendricks IV will give
the welcome. The KMSHS Choral
Union will sing special music after
which Class President Rivers
Smith will present the Class of
1990. Class Secretary Ashley
Champion will recognize honor
graduates. Principal Jackie
Lavender, assisted by Supt. Robert
McRae and Chief Marshal Michael
Jordan will present diplomas, Class
Treasurer Carmen Smith will pre-
sent the Class of 1990 gift which
will be accepted by Doyle
Campbell, chairman of the Board
of Education, The benediction will
be pronounced by Class Vice
President Scott Belcher.
The Ninth Grade Band will play
for the processional of seniors.