Thursday, May 5, 2005
Vol. 117 No. 18
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RELAY FOR LIFE
ANDIE BRYMER / HERALD
Cancer survivors take the first lap around the Kings Mountain Walking Track at Friday’s Relay for Life. Below, 2-year-old
Trevor Pearson plays in the sand.
No rain, largest turnout yet
for annual cancer fund raiser
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Kings Mountain took up the fight against cancer Friday
night and Saturday morning.
The eighth annual Relay for Life attracted more teams
and participants than ever before, according to organizers.
While no fund raising totals are available yet, co-chairper-
son Tammy Hogue was confident the event exceeded its
B A total will be announced during the June 13, 6 p.m. wrap
up party at the Patrick Center.
Rainy weather held off until late Saturday morning after
the outdoor event had wrapped up. During the opening cer-
emony Friday night Hogue said that when she awoke that
morning to rain she cried, then told her children to pray.
“God must have answered our prayers,” she said.
Hogue and co-chair Melissa Davis began planning Relay
last fall with other volunteers joining to make the event a
success. Hogue also credited local residents.
“If it had not been for the community we wouldn’t have
been able to do it,” she said.
Committee chairs included Tammy White, entertainment;
Missy Bailey and Buffy Murphey, accounting; Frank Burns,
logistics; Joyce Roark, corporate; Mary Anne Gibson and
Jody McDaniel, luminaries; Diane Whetstine, survivors;
Betty Mitchell and Eddie Anderson, team recruitment, and
David Ozmore, publicity.
When over 1,000 luminaries were purchased students
from the Kings Mountain Middle School Sundancer team
volunteered to fill the bags with sand.
Six participants who raised over $1,000 each wore gold
shirts declaring their membership in the Grand Relay Club.
They were Tracy Bledsoe, who also was honorary event
chair, Taylor Davis, Joyce Roark, Diane Whetstine, Micah
Waters and Morgan Scism.
Prior to Relay, Kings Mountain Fire Department, Summit
Place and the Patrick Center sponsored a dinner for sur-
See Relay, 5A
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
GROVER - National dis-
count chair Dollar General
is building a store in
Grover. It will be the first
retail chain to build i in the
“I love it,” said Mayor
Grading began last week.
- The store should be open in
~~ 30 to 45 days, according to
It will be located on a
Cleveland Avenue across
from Bethany Baptist
Sides said the store will
- be an economic help to the
‘town. He expects it will do
See Grover, 5A
Adelaide Moschler’s first job out of col-
lege sent her to rural, west Africa. The
Kings Mountain woman returned in April
from a two-year Peace Corp assignment in
Mali, the fifth poorest nation on the planet.
She is the daughter of Beverly and Jack
Moschler lived in a mud brick house
with no electricity or running water in the
village of Perakuy. There she worked with
the chief, elders and residents to establish a
grain bank. Before starting the project,
Moschler spent three days meeting with
villagers to determine what they wanted.
Men and women gathered separately.
According to Moschler, women will not
speak up with men in the room.
The community-owned grain bank
allowed villagers to borrow food when
their personal supplies ran out. Before,
families who ran out of food had to borrow
from their neighbors. Because it is a subsis-
KINGS MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
Addie Moschler home after two
years with Peace Corp in Africa
tence economy, pay backs are in labor, not
cash. The labor requirement means families
who borrow have to work the crops of the
people they are paying back before starting
on their own. This puts them behind, rais-
ing the chances of having to borrow again.
The grain bank breaks the cycle, allowing
families to pay back with their own crops
at the end of the growing season.
Moschler observed that the Maliese peo-
ple don’t worry about the future, making
them susceptible to food related debt.
“Planning ahead is a western concept,”
So far the project has worked well.
Instead of doing it for them, Moschler
made sure the villagers owned the project.
This gave it a greater chance of succeeding
when her term was up.
While the project is working well, it did-
n’t run as smoothly as the projects
Moschler learned about in her sustainable
development classes at Appalachian State
See Addie, 5A
‘89 champs going
into KM Sports
Hall of Fame
By ANDIE BRYMER
Kings Mountain residents
will likely see an increase in
water, sewer, gas and
garbage pick-up in this
year’s budget though prop-
erty taxes are holding the
Compared to Mt. Holly,
Belmont, Lincolnton, Shelby
and Gastonia, Kings
Mountain's electric rate is
better. Water and sewer
rates are better with the
exception of Mt. Holly.
Kings Mountain charges
36 cent per $100 of property
valuation. Belmont charges
46 per $100 valuation; Mt.
Holly, 45 cent; Lincolnton,
51 cent and an additional 5
cent for the recreation fund;
Shelby 42 cent and Gastonia,
Under the proposed
budget, Kings Mountain
will charge $45.02 for water
and sewer a month based on
8,000 gallon usage. Belmont,
$68.20; Mt. Holly, $36.32;
Lincolnton, $58.01; Shelby,
$48.69; Gastonia, $67.40.
Kings Mountain will con-
tinue to charge $141.14 a :
month for electric service for
2,000 kilowatt hours used.
Belmont nor Mt. Holly pro-
vide electric service.
Lincolnton charges $171.04
for comparable service;
Shelby, $142.46 and
Kings Mountain will
charge $188.34 a month for
natural gas based on 150 ccf.
. Shelby charges $216.04.
PSNC serves Gastonia resi-
dents at $183.84. Neither
Belmont, Mt. Holly nor
Lincolnton provide gas serv-
Garbage pick-up will cost
$6 in Kings Mountain each
month. Mt. Holly charges
$5; Shelby, $4.95. Belmont,
Gastonia and Lincolnton do
not bill separately for
garbage pick-up instead this
is included in property
See Rates, 5A
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
A Kings Mountain
woman was killed Monday
when her car hit a tractor-
trailer on N.C. 161. .
Eugena Cole, 33, died at
the scene, according to the
North Carolina Highway
Cole’s 1999 Nissan was
left of the center lane when
it hit a truck driven by
Roland Watson of McGee
Road, Rock Hill, South
Carolina. Watson was driv-
ing for Salem Leasing, a
Troopers don’t know why
Cole crossed the center lane.
The accident happened at
the crest of a slight hill and
in a curve, according to the
. Highway Patrol. There are
no skid marks nor any
marks to suggest Cole had
run off the road and over
The medical examiner's
office will perform an
autopsy. Results will be
in wreck on 161
available in four to six
Cole was not wearing a
seat belt. The accident hap-
pened at 9:30 a.m Monday
Cole’s was Kings
Mountain’s second traffic
fatality in less than two
weeks. O. Max Gardner IV
was killed April 24 when
the 1975 Porsche he was rid-
ing in was involved in a sin-
gle car accident.
That accident happened at
the intersection of Oak
Grove Road and U.S. 74.
The accident is still under
investigation, according to
Kings Mountain Police
Chief Melvin Proctor.
“It’s fairly close to being
completed,” he said
Tuesday. No accident report
has been released.
Charles Leabron Rogers
Jr., 33, 212 Country Club
Road, was the driver of the
car, according to a press
release issued last week by
ANDIE L. BRYMER/HERALD
Addie Moschler has returned home after a two-year
assignment in west Africa in the Peace Corp.
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