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North Carolina Press Association
Vol. 107 No. 49
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KM Christmas parade Saturday
Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
in the 103-unit Kings Mountain Christmas parade.
The sponsoring Kings Mountain Parks & Recreation
Department promises a spectacular opening to the hol-
iday season with pretty girls, high-stepping bands, col-
orful floats, dignitaries and, of course, the star of the
parade, jolly ole Saint NIck.
U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick of the Ninth
District will serve as grand marshal.
Parade Chairman David Dellinger said that the pa-
rade will line up on West Gold Street in the area of
City Hall, proceed right at Fred Kiser's Restaurant and
through the middle of town, turn right at the overhead
bridge at US 74 and disband in the area of Kentucky
Fried Chicken on East King Street.
Dellinger says it isn't too late for more entries and
those interested should call Recreation Director Tripp
Hord at 734-0449.
The Shriners’ Piedmont Pistons, a longtime favorite
of parade watchers, will be No. 99 in the parade line-
up. The Kings Mountain High School Marching Band,
Madison McCollough Brass Master Band and
Greenville CYO Marching Corp will add sparkle to
the parade which will feature dancers, children's
church floats, the Cherryville Police Cadet Drill team,
KMHS Carrousel Princess Christie Hughes, the
Carolina Cruisers Car Club, America Cover Miss
Lauren Williams, Scouts, Gardner-Webb University
cheerleaders, Belkie Bear, Telephone Pioneer Clowns,
the KMHS Homecoming Court, White Plains Shrine
Club float, Shrine Bowl Queen Courtney Elkins,
America's Cover Miss NC Baby Bailey Roxanne
Wright, Cleveland County Junior Miss and many
LITTLE OFF THE TOP
KM's Wyn Huskey, 86, still cutting hair
By ELIZABETH STEWART
of the Herald Staff
Wyn Huskey at 86 says he's the perfect ex-
ample that work won't kill you.
Huskey, a retired poultry farmer and bar-
ber, has been cutting hair since he was 14.
"And that's a lot of hair and a lot of years,"
said Huskey this week as he used his electric
clippers to cut A. W. Causby's hair in the
modern barber shop he built in his back yard
.. in 1967.
Wednesday is probably Huskey's busiest
day but he also opens Thursday, Friday and
Saturday and then he ends the busy week's
activities by eating out with friends at a fish
camp or steak house.
Since Huskey's wife of 62 years, Eula
Dover Huskey, died two years ago he does
some cooking himself - egg custards are his
specialty - but he likes to eat out and spends
as much time as he can with his two sons and
their families. Mrs. Huskey died September
18, 1993, six days after the couple's 62nd
Long active in Patterson Grove Baptist
Church, Huskey is an avid golfer. The whole
family had Thanksgiving dinner with son
Bob and Laura Morris Huskey in
* Huskey turned the business over to his son.
“Dog. Huskey was superintendent
Hendersonville. Huskey's son, Dean and
Nancy Morgan Huskey, came from
Spartanburg, SC to join the family of six
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Huskey spent part of the day golfing with
Huskey used to cut his three brothers" hair
every Sunday morning in South Carolina be-
fore they went to church and in those days he
was too young to have a license and cut hair
with hand clippers. It wasn't long until Pink
Wyn has been cutting hair on a regular basis
since he moved to Kings Mountain in 1939.
In between hair cutting, Huskey worked at
the old Margrace Mill for 14 years. That's
where he got the unusual nickname of Hot
of the dyehouse during the World War II
years and his co-workers tagged him
"Winnie." Hag Goforth, another co-worker,
added Hot Dog and the name stuck.
Huskey built his new home on Oak Grove
Road in 1953 but lived in it only 30 days be-
fore he took a new job at Hyde Park Mills in
See Huskey, 12-A
W. B. Huskey cuts A. W. Causby's hair at the Huskey barber shop
on Oak Grove Road.
KM department heads can live outside city limits
Mayor Scott Neisler broke a 3-3 tie vote Tuesday
night by City Council that changes a policy that now
permits department heads to live outside the city lim-
“Last November the Council approved an ordinance
requiring that department heads live within the corpo-
="f probably would not vote this way if Kings
Mountain had a larger residential area but housing is
so limited in Kings Mountain now and it isn't fair to
ask a new employee who lives a mile or two out of
town to move," said Neisler in siding with Councilmen
Phil Hager, Rick Murphrey and Dean Spears.
Council members Norma Bridges, Jim Guyton and
Jerry White voted against the change. Councilman
Ralph Grindstaff was absent.
City Manager Gary Hicks recommended the new
policy because he said it has limited the city's ability
Uncle Yan Patterson
notes 100th birthday
closed he joined Bunch Inc. and
God has blessed Yancey
to attract quality candidates.
"The residency requirements we now have restricts
who we can hire," Hicks told the board.
"While we would like for them to live inside the
city, if they live outside and commute in, that's to be
expected in today's mobile society."
Under the amended policy only the city manager
will be required to live inside the city limits.
Hicks said it has been difficult to recruit candidates
for two city jobs, the position of planning director and
"The restriction has a negative impact on the person
we get," he said.
But Councilman Jim Guyton said department heads
who don't live in the city won't pay city taxes and utili-
ties and would go home after an eight hour shift.
"If we hire a person who lives 40 miles from here he
won't contribute to the community," said Guyton.
Hicks disagreed, saying that the person hired will be
expected to make some sacrifices and do his job, what-
ever it takes.
Neisler agreed, saying that the employee should be
judged on the job he performs.
"We had a man once whose family was in town
twice the whole time he served us and who's to say the
next person won't be that way?" asked Guyton.
"I'm certainly not a prophet," said Hicks.
Both Councilmen Murphrey and Hager said the city
can't get the most qualified people by making restric-
tions on where they live.
Councilwoman Bridges asked if out-of-town resi-
dents would be driving city cars to work and back.
Hicks said that department heads would use city ve-
hicles only when they are on emergency call and only
then would they drive the city vehicles home, regard-
less of where they lived.
A study/ report presented to City Council identifies
97 violations of state codes at city owned and operated
Deal Street Pool.
Tuesday night City Council took no action on a rec-
ommendation by Recreation Director Tripp Hord and
Rod Worthington of Artesian Pools Inc., who prepared
the study, on starting the bid process for renovations
which would top $182,000.
"We won't be able to operate another summer un-
less some improvements are made," said Hord who ac-
knowledged there were no funds in the recreation bud-
"Council has stonewalled again," said Joe
Champion, a member of the Parks & Recreation
Commission after the meeting.
There was little discussion by Council members.
City Manager Gary Hicks said Council asked for the
study but he suggested that Council take a look at all
the needs of all city departments at budget time and
"I'm not trying to throw cold water on the swim-
ming pool," he said.
Hicks said that with 10 percent cutbacks in every
city department that department heads are being asked
to plan for four or five years ahead, not necessarily a
But Champion said after the meeting that the city
spent $50,000 last year to patch up the pool so it could
operate this summer.
"It was a waste of money," he said.
Mayor Scott Neisler suggested that a county recre-
ation grant of $45,000 could be used to possibly cush-
ion a lease purchase for some of the improvements so
that the pool could be operated next summer.
"This project could be high on our list when it
comes up on the table at budget time but where do we
get the money?" asked Councilman Phil Hager.
Hicks maintained that Council needed to look at the
whole picture before setting the pool as the top price
tag of city needs
Neisler suggested the board look into ways to fi-
nance the project.
"The swimming pool is just one priority afid
Council needs to examine each need," said Hicks.
Champion said the Council has been putting off fix-
ing the pool for three years.
Artesian Pools recommended that the city build a
new junior Olympic pool and wading pool inside the
existing swimming pool, demolish the existing wading
pool and most of the existing concrete patio, pour new
concrete patios, replace all swimming pool piping and
circulation equipment, install a new fence around the
wading pool, replace lavatories, water closets, urinals
and partitions in the dressing and sanitary facilities, re-
pair the existing roof and showers, install 10 year win-
ter safety cover and develop comprehensive operation
and maintenance manuals.
The report outlined extensive structural damage and
code violations, noting that partial renovation of the
pool would not meet the state codes and was not a vi-
See Pool, 6-A
Essie Mae Carroll
a 'Granny on the go'
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Patterson with 100 years on this
earth and Sunday he expressed his
gratitude as friends and relatives
gathered to help him celebrate.
: "Uncle Yan," as he is affection-
ately called by fiiends and rela-
tives, has outlived his eight broth-
ers and sisters in a family that
spans five generations five times.
He smiled and nodded as bal-
loons decorated his wheelchair and
103 friends from near and far
called at Chestnut Ridge Baptist
Church fellowship hall from 2-4
p.1iL. to enjoy a slice of his birthday
Mr. Patterson hears very little
now: but he always has a twinkle in
his eye and loves company.
Clois Price Patterson, his wife
of nearly 72 years in February, was
at his side.
Mrs. Patterson was 15 and her
husband was 28 when they said
their "I do's."
“] guess it's a remarkable feat to
be married as long as we have but
we are happy," she said.
Patterson worked at Margrace
Mill for many years in the machine
shop and when the Margrace
worked there in the machine shop
until about seven years ago. He is
an Army veteran of World War I
and may be one of the oldest living
veterans in this area.
The Pattersons have seven chil-
dren. They include Sue Bullock,
Virginia Putnam, Vickie Moore,
Betty Jane Grant, Jenene Weldon,
James Patterson and Michael
Patterson. A son, Glenn Patterson,
died at age 59.
The only family member not
present for the birthday bash was
Lady Bug, a petite white Maltese
and constant companion of Mr.
"I really had a good time Sunday
because I had seen so many friends
I had not seen in a long time," he
said after the party.
"Uncle Yan" was a century old
on Friday, November 24.
"It's really hard to believe that I
am 100," he laughed. Except for a
hearing problem, he is in apparent
As he said his goodbyes, he in-
vited all his birthday guests to
come to his 101st birthday celebra-
tion next year.
of the Herald Staff
Essie Mae Wilson Carroll, 88 on
Sunday, is affectionately called
"Granny on the Go" by her family
Mrs. Carroll is a spry Avon and
Stanley sales lady who can be seen
in her white 1988 Buick calling on
customers almost every day, deliv-
ering the products but almost al-
ways starting the day with the
breakfast crowd at Hardees.
"I don't have any plans for retire-
ment and expect to live to be 100,"
said the silver-haired grandmother
of 27 who chauffeurs many of her
younger friends to shopping malls
Born November 28, 1907.
Carroll retired from Osage
Manufacturing in Bessemer City
after 30 years of employment and
admits that she has had more fun
since retirement because she en-
Joys meeting new friends through
her business she operates from her
home on Lake Montonia Road.
She never misses a Sunday at
East Side Baptist Church nor a day
ESSIE MAE CARROLL
Center. An active volunteer. she
also visits shut-ins. volunteering at
both the hospital and nursing
"I usually take a group of ladies
out to cat at least once a week at
Captain's Cap fish camp and shop-
ping.” she laughed. saying that a
Yancey Patterson, 100 on Sunday, and his wife, Clois, greet guests at
his birthday party at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church.
at the Kings Mountain Senior
See Granny, FH-A