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Barrel racing champion Lisa Capps and Newman ride to win.
Racing horses or chasing crooks,
Lisa Capps does her job very well
Lisa Capps’ specialties are barrel racing to win and catching criminals. |
She does both with gusto.
The Grover woman on the Kings Mountain police force and her 16-year-
old registered thoroughbred quarter horse" Newman took the champi-
onship prize in barrel racing for 1993 at Price's Arena recently.
Since March she and her champion horse have racked up about 100
points in a contest in which horse and rider must travel in a clover-leaf
fashion around three 55 gallon barrels set about 90 feet apart in triangular | -
The rules are tough and the slightest infraction may result in disqualifi-
cation. Lisa says that often a fraction of a second may separate the cham-
pion from the nearest runners-up.
She has been on both sides of the split seconds and she knows that the
smallest mistake can drop her from the lead time into the also ran category. ,
"You beat the clock and you win," says Lisa, who beat 13 other fine rid-
vers for the championship prize, a silver and gold belt buckle. If she doesn't
win, she cheers the other riders on and tries again.
Lisa says the crowds go for the fastest horse and the flashiest clothes in
the arena and she thinks she has both. Wearing a bright western shirt with
jeans, boots and a hat, the 23-year-old five-feet four petite blonde and her
horse make a pretty picture.
Lisa owns five horses but two of them, King and Newman, both regis-
tered quarter horses, are her competition horses. King is six years old. She
has raised three of her five horses from birth. |
"Even though Newman is older he can outrun King any day," Capps
says. "Newman is the horse that does all my winning but next year I plan
to train King to win in barrel racing."
Her winning is in competition with men and women and she aims for the
big time in racing. She wants to compete with one of her horses someday
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the big daddy of all horse races, the World
Finals. She has also rode the rodeo circuit and has tried her hand at goat-
Lisa fell in love with horses when she took her first pony ride as a tod-
dler at the Cleveland County Fair. Newman had been out of horse racing
for three years when Lisa got a chance to buy him two years ago. "People
told me he looks like a nag out in the pasture but you get him in the lime-
light and he knows exactly what to do." :
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Hamrick investigating the incident for the Cleve-
Honey Bees to lead KM parade
Is City Council Picking On
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Thursday, November 25, 1993
A fifth report of a gun at school this school
year resulted Friday in suspension of R. V.
Degree, 65, Bethware School custodian.
Schools Personnel Director Ronnie Wilson
said Degree was suspended with pay pending an .
investigation into allegations that he took a gun
to school and showed it to another employee.
Kings Mountain District Board of Education
was meeting inexecutie session Tuesday to act
on Degree’s suspension. Det. Lt. Raymond
land County. Sheriff’s Department, said it will
be up to the school system to prosecute the
Ebenezer Community man.
Degree has worked for the Kings Mountain
District Schools this school year at Bethware,
workitig a part-time evening shift beginning at
2:30 p.m. :
Wilson said that the incident reportedly hap-
pened last Tuesday and was reported to school
The Bee Sharps, from left, Tim Miller, Jerre Snow, Chip McGill and Andy Neisler.
Local barbershop quartet big hit with Hornets fans
who 5,3 lead orenor and is the spokesman for the
The "Bees" upstaged the Hornets at Charlotte
Coliseum Friday night and 23,000 fans of the
Charlotte Hornets loved them.
The "Bees" are Bee Sharps, a new Kings Mountain
barbershop quartet composed of four talented men
who are directed by talented musician Shirley Austin.
The group opened the ball game with their rendition of
"The Star Spangled Banner." 3
"Everyone loved them," said Darrell Austin, hus-
band of Shirley who changed their name to "Bee" and
used pictures of a hornet and a bee to design the
group's calling cards. Darrell has become the group's
unofficial PR man after he arranged their trip to
Charlotte and star billing with the Hornets.
Members of the Quartet are Tim Miller, Bridges
hardwareman who sings bass; Andy Neisler, lawyer
The Charlotte Hornets Honey
Bees will be grand marshals for the
annual Kings Mountain Christmas
parade Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Kings
Mountain Parks and Recreation
Department, this year's parade is
shaping up to be one of the best ev-
Denise Leonard, interim recre-
ation director, said over 100 units
have already been accepted for the
parade and more applications are
coming in daily.
Tentatively scheduled to partici-
pate are the very popular Johnson
C. Smith University and
~ Livingstone College bands. The
Kings Mountain High School
marching band will lead-off the
Another popular band is the
Shriners Steel Drum Band of
Charlotte, which is again being
sponsored by Grover Industries.
Other units will include all the
area Hance studios, area beauty
queens, Scout troops, fire depart-
ments, rescue units, churches, busi-
nesses and others.
Nine floats are entered, includ-
ing the Santa Claus float sponsored
by Ray McKenney Chevrolet-Geo,
Personnel Services Limited,
Century 21, Clevemont Mills,
Shelby Star, Belk-Stevens and
Thomas Petroleum, Dicey Fabrics,
Home Savings Bank and First
Carolina Federal Savings Bank,
and Kings Mountain Herald and
Town and Country Barbecue.
Citizens should take note that
the parade route will be reversed
from past years. The parade will
line up in the area of Carolina State
Bank and will proceed west on
East Gold Street, turn right on
Battleground Avenue (at Minit
Grill), turn right on King Street,
and disband near Highway 161.
For safety reasons, curbside
parking will not be allowed on
Battleground Avenue; however,
parking will be allowed in the
parking spaces along the Southern
"We have had a tremendous re-
sponse from people wanting to be
in the parade,” Mrs. Leonard said.
"We believe this parade will be one
of our best ever."
~ Custodian suspended
for taking gun to school
“It all appeared to be quite innocent,” said
Hamrick. “The man said he was asked if he
didn’t carry a weapon for protection at night and
he brought the weapon to school and showed it
to a teacher’s aide in the break room. Then, the
man took the gun back to his car and locked it
pus, this is a serious problem,” said Supt. Dr.
Bob McRae. “There is no reason for anyone,
including employees, to have a gun on campus.”
Hamrick said the gun was not loaded and had
not been fired. Hamrick said the suspect said he
had no shells for the gun, which he described as
“It doesn’t matter who brings a gun on cam-
“We're talking about a man who can neither
read nor write and thought another employee
was challenging him,” said Hamrick. “He didn’t
realize that what he was doing was wrong.”
"We really got together for the first time at the urg-
ing of my wife, Shearra, who needed entertainment for
the Kings Mountain Little Theatre Sample the
Season,” said Miller. He called Shirley Austin for
names of singers and she suggested Neisler, who also
sings with the Charlotte Oratorio Singers, McGill and
ip McGill, textile machinery representative;
and Jere Snow, computer consultant. Neisler, McGill
and Sncw are all members of Mrs Austin's First
Presbyterian Church Choir and Miller, who sang in a
church choir previously, attends First Baptist Church.
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hurt in £all
His Kings Mountain family is
asking for prayers for Chip Cash,
21, who fell 35 feet from a tree
stand on a hunting trip Friday and
is seriously ill in the trauma inten-
sive care unit at Carolinas Medical
Patti and Randy Cash. Chip's
prarents; Chip's fiancee Dena
Ramsey; and Chip's grandparents,
Starr and Andy Huffstetler, have
been in the ICU waiting room
‘since Friday when Chip came to
the hospital after being airlifted by
helicopter from Lockhart, S.C.
Chip was undergoing surgery for
the third time Tuesday morning.
He has had his spleen and half his
liver removed, his mother said.
Chip has not regained conscious-
ness since the accident.
Mrs. Cash said that Chip has
tracked and killed deer for years
and had gone to Chester County to
hunt with a friend, Brian Smith.
Chip had driven his truck with
Brian to one of his stands and then -
traveled by himself further into the
woods. The two hunters had agreed
to meet at 8:30 and when Chip
didn't show Brian went to look for
him. Brian found Chip lying on the
ground unconscious and bleeding
from his mouth. Brian got in the
truck and drove to the nearest tele-
phone to call 911. Emergency
crews came to the area and took
Chip to a ball field where he was
airlifted to Charlotte.
Since Cash has not been able to
speak, the family knows little
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Jayda Biddix Carrousel Princess
Jayda Biddix, Kings Mountain
High School Carrousel Princess,
will represent the city in the annual
Thanksgiving Day Carrousel
Parade in Charlotte Thursday.
A KMHS senior, she is the
daughter of Jay and Brenda Biddix.
The 17-year-old five-feet-four
blue-eyed blonde ranks No. 2
scholastically in a class of 217 se-
The 1993 Carrousel Parade, a
Thanksgiving Day tradition now in
its 46th year, will kick off at 2 p.m.
in Uptown Charlotte and will fea-
ture a salute to regional law en-
forcement officers. It will be tele-
‘cast by WBTV on a delayed basis,
beginning at 4 p.m.
Miss Biddix is among 48
Princesses from 14 counties vying
for $6,250 in scholarships to be
- shared by. six finalists in the Pepsi
Coronation Ball Wednesday night
which will crown the Carrousel
At KMHS Biddix has been ac-
tive in a number of activities. She
attended Governor's School and is
a nominee for both a Morehead
and Duke Power scholarship. She
attended Tar Heel Girls State,
Summer Ventures in Science and
Math and Presidential Classroom
in Washington, DC. She is active in
the National Honor Society, Beta
Club, was a junior marshal and has
been chosen as one of the top teens
of the Wesleyan Church nation-
She is student body president
and editor of "The Mountaineer."
She is an officer of Contest/Pep
Band, a member of the flag squad
and cross-country team and active
in Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, High Q team and school
Biddix is an officer of the Kings
Mountain Hospital Junior
Auxiliary, organized a tri-annual
food drive for the KM Crisis
Ministry, participated in a adopt-a-
highway program and is a Young
Republican who aspires for a polit-
ical career. She is active in East
Gold Street Wesleyan Church and
teaches a missions class and writes
a monthly newsletter for teens.
After high school graduation,
she plans to attend law school and
pursue a career in corporate law.