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VOL. 106 NO. 40
Thursday, October 6, 1994
Morrill to speak at Battle anniversary
Dr. Dan L. Morrill will be the
principal speaker Friday at cere-
monies commemorating the 214th
anniversary of the Revolutionary
War Battle of Kings Mountain.
The ceremony will begin at 3
p.m. with the arrival of the
Overmountain Victory Trail
marchers in the Kings Mountain
National © Military Park
Morrill will be on hand at the
National Park Visitor Center from
1:30-2:30 p.m. to sign his
book, "Southern Campaigns of the
American Revolution," a detailed
account of the vital role which the
South played during the American
Morrill is currently a Professor
of History at the University of
North Carolina at Charlotte. He al-
so serves as a Consulting’ Director
for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Historic Landmark Commission.
He has also provided a number of
historical documentaries for educa-
Prior to the 3 p.m. ceremony the
Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes will
perform in the amphitheater at 2:15
p-m.The group is a recreation of a
traditional Scottish musical group.
The bagpipes are supported around
the thrill of the pipes. The band is
composed of the Blue Ridge Brass,
played by specially trained stu-
dents of the Avery High School in
Newland and the Montreat Pipes
and Drums of the Asheville area.
The band is under the direction
of James Laughridge of Avery
The 14-day march by the
Overmountain Victory Trail
Association began on September
See Battle, 12-A
MOUNTAINEER DAY EVENTS
9 am.-noon - Antique Car Show in the area of City Hall. Concessions,
9 am.-4 p.m. - Optimist football at
10 a.m. - Opening festivities for Mountaineer Day 1994 at the entertain- |
ment stage at the Gold/Cherokee Street intersection facing City Hall. Kings
Mountain City Council, Kings Mountain High School Pep Band, under the
direction of Chris Cole and Gil Doggett, and Jada Brown singing "The Star
Spangled Banner," will be featured.
art exhibits, jewelry and crafts galore in the area of the stage and at City
10 a.m. - Three on Three basketball tournament at the Community
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Kids games. Moonwalk, ballwagon, bowler roller,
crazywire, spin art, batting cage, horse rides, Smoke House, D.A.RE. ex-
a.m. - Grover Holiness Bible Church Singers.
- Oriental dancers Laddie Phanthalack, Vickie
Prasongphime and Micky Phanthalack
11:25- 11:45 a.m. - King's Royal Steppers, cloggers.
11:45-12 noon. - Jackie Blanton, storyteller.
12 noon - Cow Patty Bingo at the Community Center.
12 noon - Shag contest at Sagesport parking lot downtown.
12- 4 p.m. - Dunking booth in Western Auto parking lot downtown.
12-12:15 - Terra Roebuck, singer.
City Council, Board of Education members and other officials to partici-
12:15-1 p.m. - Kings Mountain Senior Center Swinging Mountaineer
Band, Mountaineer Line Dancers and Costume Contest.
1-1:30 p.m. - Mike Hayes, Keepsake Recording Artist :
1:30-1:45 p.m. - John Heath, singer. f
1:45-2:05 p.m. - Rev. Theron Feemster and singers
2:05 - 2:10 p.m. - Andrew Bell and Talia Quinn, singers.
2:10-2:30 pm - Talia Quinn, singer.
2:30-2:50 p.m. - Christy Walker, singer.
2:50-3 p.m - Kelly Moore, singer
3-3:20 p.m. - Jerry Edmonson and family.
3 p.m. - WFW wrestling on the stage downtown.
3:20-3:30 p.m. - Arnold Clayton, banjo picker.
3:30-4 p.m. - Walter Elmore and singers.
4-4:30 p.m. - Cheerleading competition, area high school squads.
4 p.m. - Punt, Pass and Kick competition at City Stadium.
4-6 p.m. - Fire Department barbecue at City Hall. Firemen are cooking
4-7 p.m. - Bingo at City Hall sponsored by the Woman's Club. Dessert,
4:30- 9:30 p.m. - Flag football at Ci
4:30-4:50 p.m. - St. Peter's Baptist
Church singers from Grover.
4:50-5:15 p.m. - Gold Street Wesleyan Church singers
5:15-5:45 p.m. - Tao Kwon Do exhibition.
5:45-6:15 p.m. - Long Branch Baptist Church singers
6:15-6:40 p.m. - Telina Griffin, singer.
6:40-6:50 p.m. - Stone Age Beauty Pageant featuring Kelly Beason,
Jaime Sherrill, Shawna Hammons and Erica Day
7-8 p.m. - Jane Campbell's Dance Academy
7 p.m. - Drawing for a $50 gift food certificate from Winn-Dixie and
prize to winner of "Best Iced Tea" contest.
8 p.m. - midnight -Street dance featuring "Mink."
Foster and Richard Stimson.
GROVER - City Councilman
Noel Spivey says he is still not
convinced that the Town of
Grover needs to hire its own police
officers now but several citizens
disagreed Monday, saying spend-
ing the money could save a life.
Spivey based his claims on re-
ports from the Cleveland County
Sheriff's Department that the major
role of local policemen is that of
assistance to county deputies.
Local businesswoman Kay Saltz
said a dryer caught fire in her Main
Street business and it could have
been disastrous recently for all the
adjoining businesses, including
Spiveys' restaurant, had the fire de-
partment not been on the scene.
"I consider your life worth the
cost of paying a policeman to be on
the streets," she said to Spivey. "
You remember the robbery just
across the tracks at Fast Fare and
Grover police were the first on the
"We are already paying the
county for police protection," said
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of The Herald Staff
Edna McGill, 89, taught school
three years during the Depression
for $30) a month. She quit before
the advent of Social Security in
1935 because she found school
teaching wasn't her calling.
"I didn't go to college but I com-
pleted special training in Monroe,
Georgia to teach for three years but
I quit to go to school to learn to
make hats but by the time I got out
of millinery school there were hats
already in the stores,” she laughed.
McGill got her teaching experi-
ence in a one-teacher school where
she taught grades 1-7 at Riverside
School in Gwinnett County. The
next two years she taught in her al-
ma mater, Doraville, Ga, grades I-
Edna Armentine Grant, who
moved to Kings Mountain in 1928
to live with her brother, married
farmer and dairyman Isaac A.
McGill in 1933. They celebrated
their 61st wedding anniversary last
During the early years of their
marriage McGill was the "gopher"
of the family, driving to Bessemer
City, Hilltop Community and
Shelby to pick up workers to chop
and pick cotton and cultivate corn
and soybeans on their St. Luke
Church Road farm. McGill learned
to fry sweet potatoes as a young
girl standing on a box and that ear-
ly training qualified her as a good
cook for 10 people around the
"We lived with my in-laws for
about seven years when we first
married and built our home here in
1940," she said.
Mr. McGill and his brother, WI
McGill, were also carpenters and
built the Davidson Lake Dam. The
McGill brothers cach owned a farm
and operated a farm and dairy farm
The place to be on Saturday in
Kings Mountain is downtown
where Mountaineer Day 1994
promises to be fun for the whole
Mayor Pro Tem Rick Murphrey
and the Kings Mountain High
School Pep Band will kick off the
festivities at 10 a.m. from the stage
area at the corner of Floating
Affections and City Hall.
The day-long activities will fea-
ture varied entertainment, plenty of
good food, home-cooked barbecue
by the Kings Mountain Fire
Department and a dunking booth
that is sure to delight citizens who
want to take a jab at their favorite
.elected officials using a baseball to
Spivey, who said that the board
should at least wait until after the
sheriff's election next magnth to
make a decision fn screening the
11 applicants for the two part-time
jobs the board has advertised.
Former Officer Robbie Sides, a
town councilman, said local police
respond to at least 10 calls a week
within the city limits and said that
log books in the mayor's office lists
974 miscellaneous calls for service
during his recent service on the
"I know that sounds like a lot,"
Sides maintains that only the
four sworn officers, including two
deputies who applied for the part
time jobs, should be considered
among the list of applicants.
"Until you work here you don't
know what goes on in Grover,"
"This is not a contest between
you and me," Spivey said to Sides.
Spivey said four of nine DWI ar-
rests made from January-
Edna McGill has always been a
together on about 700 acres of
farm land on St. Luke's Church
On most days of the week Mrs.
McGill could be seen driving the
family car to pick up machinery
parts when a tractor or bulldozer
broke down and described herself
as the "gopher girl” for many years
and a full time homemaker, putting
up vegetables from the garden ev-
ery summer for good winter eating,
In addition to teaching school
briefly, McGill worked for seven
years at the old Margrace Mill in
Kings Mountain for $13.60 a week,
wrapping spreads and napkins. She
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douse the man or woman from a
perch and in the cold water.
Some two dozen elected offi-
cials, including City Council, City
Manager Chuck Nance and Board
of Education members, have vol-
unteered for the dunking fun which
will start at noon in the Western
Auto parking lot across from City
School and dance groups, musi-
cians, banjo pickers, church
singing groups, drama students, se-
nior citizen line dancers and
Mountaineer Band, and cloggers
are among the entertainers who
will start performing about 10:30
a.m. with a different group slated
about every 15 minutes throughout
Spectrum Dyed Yarns Inc. employees, above, bag up daffodil and tulip bulbs to give free to the crowds
at Mountaineer Day festivities Saturday in downtown Kings Mountain. Spectrum purchased 70,000 bulbs
at cost of $15,000 for distribution by its three plants at community events. From left, T. J. King, Jerry
Hipps, Mary Wood, Ed Fortenberry, Betsy Wolfe, Tarecie Brown, Wilma Pearson, Angie Welch, Cecil
Citizens want police protection
September 1994 were outside the
city limits of Grover.
"There is a very small percent-
age of law enforcement efforts
done in the city limits," said
"T don't feel Grover should pro-
vide police service outside the
"We need to set our priorities.
Why spend $60,000 a year for po-
lice protection we aren't enjoying
inside the city limits when we need
to replace water lines and refurbish
the water tower."
No action was taken on the po-
Spivey and Sides clashed again
on the enforcement of the town or-
dinance which stipulates the town
can cut grass at lots uncut and bill
"We spent money to draw up the
ordinance so why don't we enforce
it?" said Sides.
"I agree in principle but it's hard
See Grover, 15-A
quit public work to help her hus-
band run the farm.
"Being married for 61 years re-
quired a lot of give and take but
we've had a happy life," said Mrs.
McGill. She and her husband were
married by a former president of
Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.
She had bought a new dress and
hat for the wedding but it was rain-
ing and fearing the fabric on the
dress would ruin if it got wet she
changed into a church dress for the
ceremony. The next day she wore
her wedding outfit to Sunday
See McGill, 15-A
Minor's most re
Early morning activities will
feature an antique car show at 9
a.m., Optimist football at City
Stadium, panning for gold, Boy
Scout and firemen exhibits featur-
ing a Smoke House and numerous
concession stands and exhibit
stands featuring quilts, jewelry, ce-
ramics, Christmas crafts, baskets,
woodwork, homemade breads,
frames, cosmetics, dried flowers
Citizens who visit Spectrum's
booth will receive two dozen daf-
fodil and tulip bulbs, a free gift
from the local plant.
Spectrum Dyed Yarn officials
bought 70,000 bulbs to distribute at
See M-DAY, 15-A
has new doctor
Retired US Army flight surgeon
Dr. Walter Minor joined the Kings
Mountain Hospital Monday to
work at the old McGill Clinic on
Watterson Street until January 1.
A retired family physician in
Fuquay Varina, Minor, 63, com-
pleted active duty with the US
Army Friday after an "on and off"
career which spanned 43 years.
ment with the §
Us Army |
parachutist in the Army and made
93 jumps,” Minor said this week.
He flies his own airplane and said
in good flying weather he may fly
from his home in Eastern North
Carolina to Kings Mountain, one
hour flying time.
"I loved the Ai. v and I also
love family practice,’ aid Minor,
who didn't go to medical school
until he was 39. His first practice
was in Northern Michigan.
Minor decided to relocate in
North Carolina and a warmer cli-
mate 17 years ago when he deliv-
ered a baby during a big snow-
Minor delivered two of his five
"I never will forget the Easter
morning I delivered my first grand-
daughter in Raleigh," he said. "The
sun shone through the hospital
window that day and I thought
what a wonderful day to be born."
The baby is now six months old.
Minor also delivered his grand-
son, now seven.
His wife, Virginia Belanger
Minor, a full-time homemaker, and
her husband enjoy babysitting with
the grandchildren. They have five
children who range from the ages
of 19 to 33. Mrs. Minor was 16
when she became the bride of
Minor, then 18. The Minors have
been married 44 years.
See Doctor, 13-A