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VOL. 104 NO. 27
Prayer ruling upsets KM citizens
By RENEE WALSER
Of The Herald Staff
Some school and community leaders expressed dis-
_ appointment in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last
week that banned prayer during public school gradua-
Chairman of the school board Ronnie Hawkins said
it was his personal opinion that the Supreme Court
made a bad decision.
"It's a shame that the Supreme Court made such a
decision, and I, for one, prefer to keep prayer at gradu-
ation," said Hawkins.
But, as a board member, Hawkins said he and the
board would have to meet and discuss the issue.
"Until we can hear what the scope of the interpreta-
tion is, we don't know what we are dealing with," he
said, adding that the ruling could carry over to other
school functions, such as ball games.
Hawkins said the issue would be on the board agen-
da probably as soon as possible once the board's
lawyer had time to ascertain the scope of the decision.
Supt. Dr. Bob McRae agreed with Hawkins that the
board and school officials needed time to consider
what the opinion meant to Kings Mountain schools.
"The decision seems to speak to graduations,” said
McRae. But he said it could carry over to athletic
events and baccalaureate.
Some school systems have said they would continue
to pray at graduation ceremonies.
"I'm certainly disappointed in the decision," he said.
"I think it's the right of the school system to do these
things. But I don't believe the system should be in the
business of breaking the law. We need to discuss this."
McRae said he was looking for direction from the
state department and the N.C. School Board
Kings Mountain High School principal and gradua-
tion organizer Jackie Lavender said, "I disagree with it
... We haven't had a chance to talk about it yet. But
we'll uphold the law."
"I'm just saddened by the ruling," said Rev. Chip
Sloan, minister at First Baptist Church. "And I hope
that we won't comply with that type of ruling.
"I think this is taking away Christians’ rights. Vice
President Quayle spoke at the Southern Baptist
Convention recently and he made the comment that
there is a cultural elite that calls for tolerance for every
FUN IN THE SUN
Thursday, July 2, 1992
group. But there's no tolerance for Christian values.
What we're seeing is a growing intolerance for
Sloan said that the cultural elite said, "Practice your
faith, practice your religion, but do it in secrecy, do it
in the confinement of the church, don't bring it into the
"But that's not Christianity," said Sloan. "Jesus is
not a segment of the day. He's my life. . . . That's a
cheap version of Christianity."
Tenth District Congressman Cass Ballenger R-
Hickory) expressed disgust with the decision.
"It was a lousy ruling as far as I'm concerned," he
said. "They went out of their way bending over back-
wards to use any excuse. The prayer they ruled against
was almost a non-partisan prayer. It didn't mention
God, Jesus or anything. If we can't say a prayer like
“that, our nation is in pretty bad shape."
Ballenger said citizens need to "light a fire" under
their elected officials.
"We can pass some laws here to overrule the
Supreme Court,” he said. "Citizens should write their
One Kings Mountain citizen is prepared to go a long
Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086
way to battle the court's decision. Juanita Flemi
started a poster campaign to get citizens to wri
"I may go to Timbuktu," she said. "As I h
coming across the news, I was hurt, grieved, ay
mad. It just seemed like I needed to do some
didn't do anything about it in '62."
Fleming said the ruling interfered with our right to
"We didn't have the right to vote, we didn't have a
say-so or anything," she said.
Asked is she felt the community should go ahead
and pray at graduation anyway, she said, "Yes. I feel
like we should stand up and pray."
Ollie Harris commented, "I think it's a shame that
they cannot have prayer in school, much less gradua-
tion. There's not much you can do about it because the
Supreme Court officials are not elected but appointed.
If I had anything to do with it, I'd throw the ones out
that are against it."
Without discussion, Kings
Mountain City Council Tuesday
night adopted a record $18.2 city
budget which sets the same tax
36 cents per $10 roperty
and at Mauney Library since June
5 and a public hearing was held by
Council last month with no
changes in the preliminary budget
proposed by City Manager George
Wood including - priorities set by
Council at a spring planning re-
The total budget is
$18,246,510.00, up slightly from
last year. Council members said at
the public hearing that the budget
held the line on expenses.
Council also approved an
Employee Assistance Program to
provide city employees and their
families with help in dealing with
personal problems. The $3600 cost
is included in the new budget
which went into effect Wednesday.
EAP services give employees a
way to deal with family stress and
financial and legal concerns
See Budget, 3-A
~ show ever,"
SWINGING IN THE SUN -- Tony and Teresa Childers have fun with their children, Jordan, 2, and
Morgan, 3, in the park behind the Community Center last week.
Industries taking shorter holiday
The economy could be picking
up in the Kings Mountain area.
Most plants are shut down tight
this week and employees are off
with vacation pay but a survey of
industry report shorter holidays in
store for some segment of Kings
Spectrum, Clevemont Mills,
Mauney Hosiery Mills, Anvil
Knitwear and Tultex Yarns, all of
Kings Mountain, and Minette Mills
and Grover Industries in Grover
‘are observing the full week for the
ABE Combustion Engineering,
Hayward Pool Products, and
Commercial Intertech will close
only one day, on Friday. Some em-
ployees of Commercial Intertech
will work Friday and Saturday.
Cyprus Foote Mineral employ-
ees will take a three-day holiday,
closing Friday, Saturday, and
PMDC Inc., formerly Philips-
Dupont on Grover Road will close
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Eaton Corporation's Grover
Road plant will be closed on
Friday for the July 4th holiday.
At Preparation Machinery some
employees are taking this week off
and others will vacation next' week.
"This is a very busy season for
us,” said Mikie Smith of
Cab operators granted permits
Three taxi cab operators, R. K.
Moore, Paul E. Hicks and Jimmy
T. Adams, were granted permits
from City Council Tuesday which
stipulated they pass medical and
drug screenings, show proof of in-
surance, and pass vehicle inspec-
The Red Cross bloodmobile will
return to Kings Mountain Thursday
for a one-day visit at First Baptist
Area Red Cross officials say un-
less substantial donations are re-
ceived that an emergency call for
blood will be issued.
Sandi Bolick, Director of Blood
City Manager George Wood said
that other cab operators are in the
process of making formal applica-
tions for permits since the city
adopted a more stringent ordinance
regulating vehicles for hire.
See Cab, 3-A
Services for the Cleveland County
Red Cross Chapter, urges donors to
donate blood from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
With the holidays upcoming,
Bolick said that blood nceds arc
greater than ever.
'The visit is sponsored by Kings
Mountain Board of Realtors and
Commercial Intertech. Smith pre-
dicts that the economy is picking
up in Kings Mountain industry.
Most Kings Mountain retail
businesses will be closed Saturday.
Grocery stores and service stations
will operate on regular schedule.
Downtown stores announcing
they will close on Saturday are
Cooper's, McGinnis Furniture,
McGinnis Department Store,
Sagesport, Dellinger's, AAA
Sports, and Mobile Vibrations.
Plonk Brothers and Heilig-
Myers will open on Saturday.
City financial institutions will be
closed on Friday. Window service
at the Kings Mountain Post Office
will close at noon on Friday but
mail carriers will deliver mail and
monthly social security checks will
be delivered by the post office on
Thursday morning, according to
Post Office official Quay Moss
who said postal authorities had giv-
en the go-ahead for the distribution
of the checks early so that recipi-
ents can cash them on Thursday
prior to bank holidays.
City Hall offices and the Public
Works Department will be closed
Monday but sanitation workers
will be off Friday and there will be
no residential trash collection
Kings Mountain People
Fireworks ‘will light up the sky
Friday .night at 10 p.m. in a pre-
. July 4th color extravaganza expect-
ed to rival last year's show which
drew the biggest crowds ever to th
Director David Hancock, who said
the addition of $1,000 worth of
new fireworks from sponsors will
add to the dazzle and glitter of the
Independence Day celebration.
Working behind the scenes for
months on the patriotic display was
fireman Bill Ware, who has been
playing with fireworks all his life
and masterminded the big show
last year which saluted the heroes
of Desert Storm. Ware is being as-
sisted by Johnny Caldwell and 10
firemen in the Kings Mountain Fire
Department and by Mayor Scott
Neisler and Hancock and members
of the Parks & Recreation
Neisler and Ware have been:
busy on the musical portion of the
program, working with Radio
Station WKMT and Jayda Brown.
Miss Brown will sing Sandi Patti's
rendition of 'The National Anthem"
as the red, white, and blue finale
with fireworks in the background.
Local citizens can hear the music
by turning on their car radios to
1220 on the dial or by carrying a
radio with them set at 1220 to
view the air show.
The nighttime fireworks show: is
not new to Ware, who has been
called on by the city to shoot fire-
works at Mountaineer Day func-
tions and July 4th celebrations for
16 years. He joined KMFD as a
volunteer in 1973. Perfecting a
high quality and safe show using
various types of shells has worked
for Ware. This year's show, he
hopes, will be enjoyable and rival
any of the former events.
Ware said the new shells will
make for a larger show.Some of the
See Fireworks, 3-A
Friday in KM
Frid By. D
An "Almost Fourth of July
. Celebration” will be kicked off at.
noon Friday at Kings Mountain
Community Center and Deal Street
Mayor Scott Neisler and former
Senator J. Ollie Harris will present
opening patriotic remarks, Patriotic
music and a balloon release will
signal the start of activities for al
The City of Kings Mountain ant
the Parks & Recreation
Department are co-sponsoring the
celebration which culminates with
a fireworks display and patriotic
music at 10 p.m.
The popular band, "Mink," will
play for a dance from 7:30 p.m.-
The schedule of events for July
11 a.m. - Horseshoe registration.
11:30 a.m. - Horseshoe plz gets
12 noon - Opening ceremonies,
music, welcome by Mayor, balloon
12 noon - Pool activities begin
and continue until 2 p.m. Free
swim after events. After 2 p.m.
special prices 50 cents per person.
2:30 p.m. - Kids Area opens
with various games, including pup-
pet show and face painting.
3:30 p.m. - Water slide, street
shower, batting cage. +
4:30 p.m. - Watermelon eating
contest and dunking booth.
6 p.m. - Home run derby.
7:30-11:30 p.m. - Band, "Mink,"
10 p.m. - Fireworks extravagan-
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff :
The love that she felt as a child in her grandmoth-
er's house near the railroad tracks is what 81-year-old
Virginia Bird Crawford hopes visitors find in her
comfortable home on S. Watterson Street.
Crawford fell in love with trains as a child riding
the Southern from Columbia, SC to Kings Mountain
to visit her grandparents.
The big two-story home of former Mayor and Mrs.
Squire Kendrick stood at the corner of S.
Battleground Avenue and East Gold Street. It was al-
Always love in Mrs. Crawford's home
The Bird name was familiar with the Southern
Railroad. Three generations of Birds operated trains.
Virginia’ father, William Bird, ran the freight run
* from Columbia, SC. Her grandfather operated the
Special and was among the oldest engineers running
the route from Columbia to Asheville, There were
Bird cousins and an uncle who were train operators.
Captain Bird, as her grandfather was called, was one
of the most popular cngincers. "Some commuters
wouldn't ride with anyone but Captain Bird because
they said his rides were smooth," said Crawford.
Daughter of William and Rossic Bird of Columbia,
Virginia was born in Kings Mountain but lived in
so a boarding house for teachers and commuters.
Standing on the porch across from the tracks,
Virginia waved often to the engineer.
Columbia during her teenage years, returning to
See Crawford, 3-A
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