Page 4A-THE KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Thursday, October 25, 1990
: Guest Column
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Support United Fund
Being an avid football fan, I have seen a few games
where one team's performance varied significantly
from the first half to the second.
That's a pretty good analogy of this year's United
Fund campaign. We got off to a roaring start, reaching
better than 50% of the campaign goal early on. Our
performance in the ‘second half’ has been the direct op-
posite. In an effort to understand what is happening
and why, I have sought the wisdom and advice of my
division chairpersons and our president. Any effort to
evaluate campaign performance includes many subjec-
tive assumptions. Still, there are some elements of the
campaign that are clear and discernible.
The School Division, chaired by Dr. Bob McRae,
eclipsed its goal last week and is currently at 105%.
That comes as no surprise to anyone given the quality
of leadership and commitment to the community on
the part of their staff, faculty and school employees.
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Congratulations to each of you and thanks for a job
The back bone of our campaign is the Industrial
Division, and Pat Carter is doing an admirable job of
directing their efforts. The employees of the various
plants in the area have come through most generously.
Its interesting to note that inspite of lagging business
and the economic uncertainty we all face, as a group,
the rank and file industrial employees have started
down that obstacle and continued with their financial
support of the Campaign. To those individuals we ap-
plaud you for your commitment and offer a heart-felt
thanks for the sacrifices you make to insure a success-
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Bridges are enjoying good suc-
cess in the Advanced Gifts/Correspondence Division.
They have achieved 82% of their goal and are well on
their way of reaching the 100% mark. The other divi-
sion chairpersons are working feverishly to generate
pledges and collections. I appreciate the enormous ef-
forts of all of our division leaders.
We began the campaign with two unique objectives.
One was the largest budget we have ever set, the other
was to conclude by Oct. 31. I remain firmly convinced
the monetary goal will be attained. I'm not as certain
we will achieve it by month-end. To be very frank, one
objective was a matter of convenience, the other has
clearly more serious ramifications. While most of us
are familiar with the various agencies of the United
Way, it's easy to overlook the plight of those individu-
als who use their services that we may not know. In
that case we may not fully perceive how critical those
needs are. Then there's the case of someone we may
“have known that was declined assistance. I bring this
up because as I have visited around the community
that unfortunate situation is occasionally brought up. I
can't speak to those particular situations, nor is it my
purpose to challenge anyone or defend any decisions
that may have been made. I can tell you that the
- Agencies operate in an environment where needs sim-
ply outstrip resources available to them in any cases. I
can also tell you that some of the most caring, consci-
entious people I have ever met work with (many on a
! volunteer basis) our agencies. When you consider the
| tremendous volume of help and assistance provided by
the agencies, you begin to understand and appreciate
the value of life they add to their client.
: It comes down to matter as simple as this: for those
that are financially able, are you concerned enough to
i make a difference in the lives of those around you that
' need your help? The easiest thing in the world to do is
: to move on from this article to another. I'm asking you
‘on behalf of those nameless, faceless people whom
‘you may never know, to please respond with your
: donation or pledge. Our Campaign is presently falter-
‘ing, will you accept the challenge to make a difference
1in the outcome?
. As of Oct. 22, 1990, we have $88,943.00 in collec-
‘tions and pledges, representing 70% of the total goal
(Glenn Anderson is chairman of the Kings
Mountain United Fund).
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Is That Trick Or Treat?
Well, it's almost Halloween again, and every time it
comes around I'm reminded of my favorite story.
There was a lady in Greensboro, I think it was, who
decided she would pull a fast one on her husband one
Halloween night a few years back. She dressed the
kiddies in their scariest costumes and took ther trick
or treating. The couple agreed, as was their custom,
she would bring the children by the house, after can-
vassing the neighborhood, so that their father could see
them in action.
She, herself, wore her fur coat, and nothing else. I
mean, underneath the coat she was naked as the day
she was born.
The playful mother rang the door bell, and, as the
door opened threw open the coat and said, in her most
seductive voice, "trick or treat."
What she didn't know was that her husband had
asked his buddy next door to snap a picture of the kids
when they came calling. So, when the door opened,
the flashbulb flashed and the neighbor got a great pic-
ture of his buddy's wife in the altogether. pL
Boy, Halloween certainly has changed since I was a
boy. Of course, everything has changed since that long
ago time. I keep forgetting I'm no spring chicken any-
more. Anyway, as a youngster in York, we kids were
happy just to cover our faces and go to town on
Remember "false faces?" That's what everybody
wore and the standard joke at school that day was
when another kid would come up to you and ask "why
did you wear your false face to school today?" Of
course you didn't have one on, so everybody got a
chuckle. Clever huh?
My favorite disguise was a Lone Ranger mask. I re-
member always being certain nobody would recognize
me in such an elaborate get-up. As well as I recall they
cost ten cents. False faces went for as much as 39
cents. Today, parents pay as much as fifty bucks to
dress their children in costumes ranging from witches
and vampires to Dick Tracy.
There wasn't much trick or treating going on around
York in those days. Mostly kids just paraded around
town or went to a party.
There were tricks. A favorite was the overturning of
outhouses by some of the older youngsters. I've heard
many stories of teenagers falling in the hole. Ugh!
That's disgusting, but it used to happen.
I remember one Halloween when a couple of my
cousins and I decided we'd smear soap all over my
Uncle Louis Doster's car, Louis was ready for us. As
soon as we finished, he sort of materialized from the
shadows with a hose in his hand. "Ok, boys," he said,
"now that you've got it soaped up good, you may as
well finish the job." We had to wash his car before we
could continue our mischief.
I guess about the best Halloween prank I ever took
part in occurred when I was stationed with the U.S.
Navy in Okinawa.
There was a Chief Petty Officer named Gotto whose
sole purpose was to make life miserable for us North
American Blue Jackets. I don't remember what the
Chief's specific duty was, but he used to drive around
in a yellow jeep, and if he saw a sailor discard a
cigarette on the ground or if he spotted someone with-
out a hat, which was called out of uniform, or any pet-
ty infraction of the rules, he took great pleasure in
putting the perpetrator on report.
Along came Halloween and away went Gotto's jeep.
It was a great mystery to almost everyone. The jeep
just seemed to disappear into thin air. There were plen-
ty of navy blue jeeps around. There was even a sprin-
kling of gray jeeps on the base, but no yellow jeep in
Nobody seemed to notice that one of the gray jeeps
parked outside the enlisted men's club had a fresh coat
of paint. It had been a simple matter to get the guys in
the paint shop to run the jeep through and stencil new
ID numbers on it--took about 45 minutes as I recall.
Chief Gotto was without his transportation for over
a month before anyone caught on. He. took to riding a
bicycle, which brought a great deal of satisfaction to a
number of young sailors.
Vote for Weatherly
To the editor: |
On behalf of the citizens of the 48th N.C. House
district, I would like to commend Rep. John Weatherly,
Republican of Cleveland County, on a job well done in
his first term to the North Carolina House of
Representatives. In his first term, Rep. Weatherly
fought to lower taxes, encouraged cuts in wasteful
spending, worked to preserve traditional family values,
and authored legislation to make the roads of North
Carolina safer for us all.
In his first term he has proven how effective a
Representative can be. I am truly grateful for all of his
hard work and uncompromising dedication he has giv-
en to the state and the district. With all that Rep.
Weatherly has done for our district, we would be re-
gressing if we didn't reelect him to the N.C. House. So,
on November 6, vote for lower taxes, family values
and safer roads. Vote for John Weatherly, N.C. House
Timothy K. Moore
Thanks to merchants
To the editor:
On behalf of the Kings Mountain Optimist Club, I
would like to say a special thank you to the merchants
who helped make our homecoming game and activities
a big success.
My sincere appreciation to Allen's Flower Shop,
Dee's Florist, Kings Mountain Florist, Floating
Affections, Weiner Works, and Kings Mountain Office
Supply. Also, to Mrs. Lavender and Mr. Ellis of Kings
Mountain High School for working with us to provide
us with the beautiful arch and scenery.
A special thanks also to those who donated door
prizes: Ed and Penny Anthony, C&S Mart, Clark Tire,
Cooper Furniture, Dellinger's Jewel Shop, Grover
Industries, Heilig-Meyers, Paul's Seafood, Lees
Auction, Little Dans #1, Loves Fish Box, McGinnis
Department Store, McGinnis Furniture, Pic n Pay,
Triple A Sports and Wade Ford.
Kings Mountain Optimist, the Pop Warner football
players and the cheerleaders are truly grateful for your
KM Optimist Homecoming Chairman
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Action Needs To Remain On The Playing Field
By now you've probably heard that there was sup-
posed to be a gang present at last week's Kings
Mountain-Shelby football game to "get" one of the
Kings Mountain players.
Normally, I wouldn't devote an inch of space to a
jerk who would threaten violence at a high school
football game. But because there has been violence at
other games in this area this year, including a killing at
a game in Charlotte, we mention it to salute local
school and city officials who took the matter seriously
and did such a great job of preventing anything from
Approximately a week and a half before the game,
someone reportedly attached a note to the car of a KM
player (supposedly from a gang) saying they'd "get"
him at Shelby game. Within days rumors were spread-
ing like wildfire and word got to police departments in
both Shelby and Kings Mountain.
When violence occurs at football games it will prob-
ably not be advertised in advance. That kind of thing
just happens. But we commend the Kings Mountain
Police Department and KM Schools for taking extra
Chief Warren Goforth not only assigned extra offi-
cers to work the game (there are usually four police-
men assigned to varsity football games) but also saw
to it that extra lights were installed in dark areas.
Bethlehem, Kings Mountain and Oak Grove fire de-
partments also provided light trucks and several K-9
units were assigned.
Police used metal detectors to check suspicious-
looking characters at each gate, and even though a few
pocket knives were found, Chief Goforth said not a
single weapon, like a gun or large knife, was found.
"Everything turned out real well," Goforth said. "We
had a few incidents that you're always going to have at
See Football, 13A
JANIE MOORE PAULINE BRIDGES
‘Perry Mason." | think ‘As The World Turns.’
soaps have got so I've been watching
silly I've quit that show for years.
What is your favorite soap opera or TV show?
‘General Hospital." It's
always full of mystery
‘As The World Turns.’
|'ve been a faithful
fan for the life of the
‘Paradise’ on Cosby Show." It's
Saturday night. | good, clean fun and
watch it for makes me laugh.