Thursday, October 14, 2004
Vol. 116 No. 42
Worth Waiting For
With flu vaccine in short supply, 200 people
stand in line for shot at KM’s Eckerd Drug
- BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Sleeves rolled up, forms in hand, a crowd
waited for flu shots Friday at Eckerd Drug.
Workers from Maxum Healthcare in
Charlotte visited the Kings Mountain phar-
macy with 200 doses of flu vaccination.
According to company representative
Marcia Miller, no additional vaccine would
For Donald and Betty Conner, both dia-
betic, the chance to get the vaccine was
worth waiting for their number to be called
Donald Conner, who also has COPD, has
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
After being diagnosed
Hyder first knew some-
thing was wrong when he
started losing weight two
years ago. Since then he’s
dropped 50 pounds. The
Oak Grove man finally got
some answers Oct. 5. Tests
revealed severe Chronic
: Obstructive Pulmonary
Disorder and emphysema.
“The results weren't too
good,” Hyder said.
inhalers which Hyder says
are helping. If tests on Nov.
3 indicate his condition has
stabilized and his other
major organs are sound,
Hyder will be placed on a
transplant waiting list. One
exam indicated a possibly
cancerous spot on Hyder’s
lung but doctors were not
able to biopsy because of
the severity of his condi-
In the midst of uncertain-
ty, the family is leaning on
“If it wasn't for church
(David Baptist), I don’t
know what we would be
doing,” Lisa Hyder said.
Most mornings their
See Hyder, 2A
already had the flu three times in two
months, his wife said. Betty Conner said she
called several places searching for the shots
but had no luck.
Jack Horner came from Shelby to get vac-
cinated. His doctor didn’t have any vaccina-
tions, he said.
Horner said he always gets the shot. He
didn’t attend the Cleveland County Fair this
year, fearful he would be infected with the
“I wanted one now. I've had some health
problems. If I even get near a germ...,”
The Cleveland County Health
See Flu, 3A
ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD
. Judy Tate of Maxum Health gives Ruby Hord of KM a flu shot Friday at Eckerd.
— GATEWAY FESTIVAL———
JOSEPH BRYMER / HERALD
Denise Houston spins wool at the Gateway Festival Saturday in Kings Mountain.
For story and more photos, see 8A.
Vets tape tales for Library of Congress
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Kings Mountain's World War II and
Korean War veterans are sharing their stories
with the Library of Congress.
Librarian Rose Turner, who retired from
Mauney Memorial earlier this year. is video
taping their memories for the national proj-
ect. Vets are meeting with Turner and her
camera on the first Tuesday of each month
from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Patrick Senior
Tuesday Voyd Hayes told the group he left
the old mule tied to the porch when the
Army recruiter picked him up. His dad sup-
ported his decision, Hayes said.
First he went to Columbia, S.C., then
Camp Carson, Colo. and cook and bakers
school. Hayes enlisted before the Korean War
See Vets, 3A
ANDIE L. BRYMER/ HERALD
Marine veteran Jim Guyton, right, talks with Voyd Hayes, an Army vet-
eran, and David Saunders, a Navy veteran, during a session to record
veterans’ memories at the Patrick Senior Center.
at CCC forum
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
The six candidates for Cleveland County Commission
fielded questions from moderator Steve Thornburg Tuesday
night during a forum at Cleveland Community College.
How to enhance the county’s “business-friendly environ-
ment” and continue current economic development was
the first question. A
Republican incumbent Ronnie Hawkins talked about
thinking “outside the box.” He praised efforts by the EDC.
Incumbent Democrat and commission Chairperson Mary
Accor and Republican contender William Troutman sup-
ported keeping “taxes at a business friendly rate.”
Democrat incumbent Tom Bridges and Republican con-
tender Johnny Hutchins spoke up for small businesses.
Democrat contender Robin Hendrick said his background
in business would help him. He has served on the EDC
On a question regarding possible changes needed in
county zoning, Accor said the laws should be based on citi-
zen input. Bridges supported zoning as a way of protecting
rights of property owners.
Hutchins pushed for a wider cross section of people on
the zoning board. Hendrick and Troutman called zoning a
“necessary evil.” Hawkins said that through the land use
plan, zoning could be “tweaked” and made to work.
In a question on the best and worst of the current com-
mission, Hutchins and Troutman spoke out against the way
commissioners presented what the two men say is a hike in
the total tax bill as a reduction in the rate. Accor and
Hawkins defended their actions. Hawkins said that proper-
ty revaluation is required by law every four years.
Bridges said not getting a sawmill and plastics manufac-
turer to come to the county was his biggest disappointment.
Hendrick called the county’s not getting a prison a “missed
In closing statements, Troutman said the board needed
“some new ideas.” :
"Accor praised the county’s work on homeland security,
its focus on health and work with the faith community.
Hendrick said his priorities were economic development,
education and law enforcement, in that order. Bridges
praised the merging of the chamber and EDC, building
Kings Mountain Intermediate School, additions at Casar
See Forum, 2A
David Nance to have
stem cell transplant
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
the procedure “risky” and
Medical Center emergency
department nurse Sandy
Woods launched a letter
writing campaign, Nance
said. Soon, hospital Vice-
A Kings Mountain man
who will begin receiving a
stem cell transplant in early
several peo- |i
ple in the President Dottie
local med- Leatherwood, an emergency
ical com- room physician and from
munity for Shelby Family Practice Amy
making the Pearson, a nurse practition-
life saving er, and Dr. Christopher
surgery Madison also wrote.
possible. “I can’t thank them
After NANCE enough. They helped save
being diag- my life,” Nance said
nosed with the rare myelo
fibrosis in February, David
Nance and his family fought
with his insurance company
to approve the transplant.
Initially the company called
Monday. “I was a stranger
to them and they didn’t hes-
itate for one second.”
Nance is also grateful to
the people who have con-
See Nance, 2A
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