‘By JOHN HOUZE
As we look at the frag-
mentation of society, the
_ gotten meaning of “One
Nation Under God,” I ask
myself the same question
about the body of Christ.
People proudly display
stickers that read “in God
we trust,” but do we? Or
stickers which read “togeth-
er we stand” but do we?
The words of Rodney
King still haunt me. These
words came from a man
who had been brutally beat-
en so bad that it sparked
riots in one of the nation’s
largest cities. When he saw
the destruction that was
« going on, he put aside his
indifference with the city
and thought about the
greater good of the whole.
Maybe we could learn
something from this man.
“Why can’t we get
along?” Some years ago I
would listen to my grandfa-
ther Gainwell and his best
friend Clyde debate over
what they believed. They
debated over power win-
dows versus manual win-
dows. One of them would
say that the power windows
might malfunction with the
window rolled up or down
and there you are stuck. The
other would say “it doesn’t
make sense to stop your car
and roll up a passenger
window when you could
press a button and keep
33 Well, each appeared to
have a valid point. Even
. though they did not see eye
to eye, they still walked
hand in hand. They were
just like very close brothers.
I never knew of a time
) when one was in need that
« "the other did not make him-
5 self available. I guess I owe
these two old ministers a
lot. They taught me that we
can have different views but
do not have to become
I believe serving God is
the same way, only from
different points of view. I
remember probably the last
debate these two men had
because they dragged me
into it. Since I had been
driving a few years, they
must have figured that I
was smart enough to make
a rational decision ( they
really asked me). The debate
was over which was better
for a truck, an automatic or
I told them it really didn’t
make a difference to me just
as long as I got to where I
needed to be (bad mistake).
Then I was accused of not
wanting to make a decision.
See Houze, 5A
Why sleep in a
tent when you
have a house?
My husband wants to go camping but
I refuse. When I was a child, I thought
Golden Valley Girl Scout Camp and trips
with my family to Green Mountain and
the beach were fun.
I had not realized my perspective had changed so radi-
cally until early in our marriage Joey and I took off for the
coast. We arrived at the Outer Banks around midnight.
The area was too crowded for us so we drove west for
an hour and ended up at the entrance of Pettigrew State
Park. The gates were locked so we slept as best we could
in a car filled with a tent, gas stove, changes of clothes,
food, cookware and camera equipment.
Shortly after daybreak a park ranger arrived and let us
in. We set up our tent and finally stretched out for some
real rest. Anyone that’s ever been to eastern North
Carolina in August is already laughing. The place is a
Normally people don’t wish for rain during a vacation
but we welcomed the showers which started about a day
after we arrived. Between the swamps, forest, canals and
frogs, the place was a rainforest.
At first it was charming but after a few days I began to
feel like an amphibian. We made up songs about the roley
poley bugs which had taken over the tent. Sand was
everywhere - our clothes, our shoes, our car, our tent.
I tried to lighten the mood by preparing a nice dinner
over the campfire. I placed a pot of water on the grate
covering the fire pit. The distance between the flames and
the pot meant the water was not going to boil. I dumped
pasta in anyway, hoping for the best.
In another pot I mixed up a powdered alfredo sauce
and veggies. After the noodles had soaked in what was
essentially a warm bath for 30 minutes; I drained them
and mixed with the alfredo. i
It was one of the most disgusting things Shave ever
tasted. The pasta was a gunky mess. The satice was luke-
warm. Joey still occasionally asks me if we are having
Since that adventure, he has managed to retain the
belief that camping is fun. I, however, have lost my enthu-
Why would I want to live in a tent when I have a
house? It’s small but it has real walls, running water, a
commode, air conditioning, an electric stove and refrigera-
tor. No sand anywhere in the yard, only grass.
Call me lazy, call me old, call me boring, but I'll stay
home any day.
Kings Mountain players and coaches grab a piece of the North Carolina State championship trophy after the
Mountaineers defeated Rockingham County for the 1989 championship at Lancaster Field.
The Kings Mountain Herald Thursday, June 17, 2004
title in ‘89
From the June 15, 1989
edition of the Kings
Rockingham County 8-6
and 10-0 Wednesday and
Thursday night at
Lancaster Field to win the
North Carolina High
School Athletic Association
baseball title. The victories
gave the Mountaineers a
final record of 23-7.
Six Mountaineers made
Conference baseball team.
They were pitchers Stuart
Spires and Todd McDaniel,
infielders Dale Greene and
Paul Brannon, outfielder
Toby Deaton, and designat-
ed hitter Chad Plonk.
Bruce Clark was voted
coach of the year.
The Dilling Street
entrance to Mountain Rest
Cemetery was damaged
$5,000 Tuesday morning
when a Roadway Express
truck failed to clear the
canopy, pulling down the
canopy, two large brick
columns, and two antique
street lights. The truck was
making a delivery to the
cemetery but the top sec-
tion of the trailer couldn't
clear the right side of the
Chamber of Commerce set
the wheels in motion
Tuesday at noon for hiring
of an executive director.
Kings Mountain City
Council Tuesday night
approved a 180-day ban on
new commercial off-prem-
ises signs. The Kings
Mountain Planning and
Zoning Board recommend-
ed the change last month
and said the ban will per-
mit some time to toughen
the city’s current ordi-
Kings Mountain's prop-
erty tax rate would be
trimmed by one cent under
the proposed $17.2 million
budget for 1989-90 which
is about $1 million or 1°0%
more than last year and
gives city employees a
GARY STEWART / HERALD FILE
Batten down the hatches and put up the
walls, here comes another load of junk from
those disgruntled politicians who want to get Jim Heffner
rid of George Bush. Columnist
John Frank Kerry is beginning to talk
about setting a date for removal of the troops
from Iraq. It’s deja vu all over again. Who can forget old George
McGovern running around all over the country using those
exact words during the fracas in Vietnam? All it got George was
the state of Massachusetts in the general election.
Somebody ought to tell John Frank to go back to sleep, we'll
wake him when it’s time to go home to the catsup queen.
I'm so tired of these people who continue to spend all their
waking hours trying to point out how bad this country is. I've
seen those prison photos so much they're emblazoned in my
alleged brain. Don’t you get weary of hearing people talk about
what monsters we are for that? They don’t seem to remember
Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg, nor do they remember the American
bodies dragged through the streets or hanging from a bridge.
Where is the outrage from our so-called friends in the
Middle East, such as the Saudis? I suspect they enjoyed the
atrocities committed against Americans as much as anybody.
And don’t you get tired of hearing about how there was no
connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Quaida? Some of
that terrorist organization's leaders have been in and out of Iraq
for years, and everybody in the world knows it, but the argu-
ment from liberals persists that there was no connection. An Al
Quaida cell was broken up in the Northern part of the country,
but that fact has been ignored because that is Serb country.
The people who swear there was no connection say that
because they want it to be true. Anybody who thinks there was
no cooperation between Saddam Hussein and Al Quaida is
either naive or dumb.
Have you noticed the talk about the absence of weapons of
mass destruction has tapered off to nothing? Could it be because
shells with traces of mustard gas and Sarin have been found?
Who cares about the international community? The UN is a
talking organization, not an action organization. I've never heard Cleveland County
of a war being won with vowels and consonants. Health Department is
It’s tragic when anyone is killed in any kind of war, but being flooded with calls
think about this. We've lost less than 900 troops in Iraq.
Compare that with the 58,000 killed in Vietnam or the 400,000
lost in WWII. For that matter, bear in mind we lost 3,000 in the
bombing of the World Trade Center.
Are we in a war against Muslims? I don’t know. I suspect
there are plenty of good Muslims in the world. I do know, how-
ever, that every terrorist act committed against the United States
in the last 20 years was committed by Muslims.
We always had nuclear weapons to deter the Russians and
others, but there is no deterrent for people who want to die, and
who have absolutely no conscience at all. They’d just as soon
dynamite babies as go to lunch. Life means nothing to them.
from anxious mothers
whose children may have
been bitten by ticks. The
concern is not so much
over Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever as it is over
Lyme disease, one of the
newest communicable dis-
eases to plague the popula-
The only way to get rid of them is to hunt them down and Barbara Woodward is
dispatch each one to that meeting with the 70 virgins. Somebody Kings Mountain Aging
has to do something about the Middle East and terrorism. We're Department's Volunteer of
already there, so it might as well be us. the Year.
By ANDIE BRYMER
The world. I miss him. He
lives in Florida.
He always meant the
world to me. He’s dead
Tabitha Whittaker and gone now.
Kings Mountain Aaron Conner
daughter of Darrell Kings Mountain
Carman son of Ralph Conner
Best dad in the world.
Kings Mountain Mona Nieves and dad.
daughter of Wilbur Kings Mountain Shelby McDonald
Morgan Kings Mountain
My dad meant everything
to me. I was his little girl.
My mom is my dad. She's
been the greatest mom
daughter of Morris Berger
: daughter of Hazel Smith