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Vol. 117 No. 36
Thursday, September 8, 2005
WANT TO HELP?
- Local and area agencies that are col-
lecting money, food and other items
for victims of Hurricane Katrina:
M Kings Mountain police and fire
fighters will be at major intersections
collecting money for Red Cross relief
efforts on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4
B The City of Kings Mountain has
joined a county-wide effort to help
Laurel, Mississippi. Supplies can be
dropped off at both fire stations.
HM The Kings Mountain YMCA and
Fidelity Bank are collection sites for
Red Cross donations. The YMCA is
open Monday through Friday from 5
a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
The following items are needed by
both city and Red Cross efforts:
canned foods with pull tops or manu-
al can openers, sugared powered
drink mixes, commercially bottled
water, Gatorade, Ensure, diapers,
unscented baby wipes, paper prod-
ucts, plastic utensils, combs, brushes,
soap, tooth paste, toothbrushes, insect
repellent, sunscreen, liquid antiseptic
hand wash, hand wipes, flashlights,
batteries, tarps, chain saws, genera-
tors, duct tape, bleach, detergent, toys
and pet food.
Nothing in glass should be donat-
ed; no clothing, perishable, carbonat-
ed, unmarked or damaged items.
HM Earthen Vessels ministry is col-
lecting goods at Family Worship
Center Church of God. The following
items are especially needed: paper
products, non-perishable food, under-
wear and socks.
For more information, call 704-739-
4520 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
MB The YMCA is taking a group of
Gardner-Webb University students to
clean up storm damage and work in
shelters Oct. 21 to 25. Others who are
interested in going should call 704-
BM Samaritans Purse is partnering
with the Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association to collect relief supplies
including baby food, formula, linens,
bedding, hygiene items, underwear
Contributions can be dropped off at
the Operation Christmas Child ware-
house Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of
September. The warehouse is located
on Township Road off South Tryon in
HM Financial donations to the Red
Cross may be made by visiting red-
cross.org or by mailing contributions
to P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C.
20013. To direct the donation to relief
from Hurricane Katrina, note this in
the check’s memo.
HM North Carolina Baptist men have
been assigned to Meridian,
Leakesville and Gulfport by the
Southern Baptist disaster relief coordi-
Contributions may be made to the
NC Baptist Men, designated for
Hurricane Katrina, and mailed to NC
Baptist Men, Baptist State
Convention, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC
27512. Online donations are accepted
Individuals interested in helping
should call 800-395-5102 ext. 341 or
919-467-5100 ext. 341 or e-mail kmor-
email@example.com. More information and
volunteer registration is available at
BM Food boxes are being collected at
the Baptist Men's Warehouse, 6499
North Highland Blvd., Grifton, NC;
Baptist State Convention of North
Carolina, 205 Convention Drive, Cary,
NC; Piedmont Baptist Association,
2009 Sharpe Road Greensboro, NC;
Sun Drop Bottling Company, 360 Old
Salisbury-Concord Road, Concord;
and Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403
Rutledge Drive, Hendersonville, on
Sept. 14 and Sept. Is from 9 a.m. to 4
Pn The following directions should be
followed: use a small moving box 16 x
12 5/8 x 12 5/8 (1.5 cubic feet). The
box should have a weight rating of
approximately 65+ pounds. These are
available from most packaging stores
and moving companies. Line the box
with a kitchen trash can liner. Pack
the items by quantity listed below.
Tape the box with durable packing
Back with the following items:
sugar, one 5-pound bag (1 bag); cook-
ing oil, 480z. plastic bottle (1 bottle);
canned tuna (or canned chicken) ,6-
oz. cans (3 cans);
See Help, 2A
Kings Mountain area comes
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aid of Hurricane Katrina victims
ANDIE L. BRYMER/HERALD
Dawn Parker packs goods for the hurricane ravaged Guif Coast. Parker
organized a supply drive over the weekend.
Young girl to hold yard
sale for hurricane victims
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
After Maranda Brooks saw televi-
sion footage of storm damage in
Biloxi, Mississippi where she vaca-
tioned with her family in June, the
Kings Mountain Intermediate School
sixth-grader wanted to help.
She asked her mother Michele
Putnam if they could give the profits
from an upcoming yard sale to the
A few remaining landmarks like an
IHOP sign in a news clip were
enough for the family to identify the
parking lot of the motel they had
stayed at three months ago. It was
destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The yard sale starts Saturday at 7
a.m. at the U-Haul building at the
corner of Stony Point and Oak Grove
roads. Items for sale include baby
toys, CDs, children’s books, toys,
computer games, infants’ clothing
size newborn through 12 months,
girl's sizes five through eight,
women’s clothes sizes seven and nine
“She hopes to sell out,” Putnam
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Higher gas prices are affect-
ing individuals and govern-
Kings Mountain City
Manager Greg McGinnis has
asked all departments to take
“extraordinary measures” to
conserve gas. Across the city,
all non-essential travel has
been curtailed and vehicles
are not to be idled.
When Kings Mountain
Police got word of quickly ris-
ing prices Wednesday morn-
ing, conservation measures
went in place cutting the
department's fuel use in half
by the following day.
Officers are riding two to a
car and doing more stationary
monitoring. Police are taking
reports over the phone of
some smaller crimes when
there are no suspects.
“Response times are going
to be longer unless it’s an
emergency,” Chief Melvin
Two years ago the city put
in place fuel conserving
measures when gas prices
started to climb. At that time
most officers stopped driving
work vehicles home. Now no
employees do unless they are
on call, Proctor said.
ANDIE L. BRYMER/HERALD
Michele Putnam and her daughter
Maranda Brooks are planning a yard
sale Saturday to benefit Red Cross
disaster relief efforts.
High gas prices affecting
Electric Director Nick
Hendricks said that his
department will continue to
respond to public safety and
emergency calls but mainte-
nance will be delayed until
fuel prices go back down.
The fire department has cut
its vehicle floor testing - a
preventive maintenance test -
from daily to weekly.
Public works is mowing
grass, doing street repairs and
cleaning sewer lines less
often. Pump stations are
checked twice weekly instead
of three times each week,
+ See Gas, 2A
City, county join together
to help Mississippi town
BY ANDIE L. BRYMER
Television and newspaper images of the hurricane rav-
aged Gulf Coast have moved Kings Mountain residents to
donate money and goods and in a few cases visit the area.
Cleveland County Commission Chairman Ronnie
Hawkins flew Shelby’s mayor to Laurel, Mississippi on
Saturday. Kings Mountain has joined with the county-wide
effort to help the city of 20,000. Goods will be collected at
both city fire stations.
“What a great opportunity to elp people in need,” Kings
Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey said.
Hawkins describes the damage done to Laurel as similar
to that from Hurricane Hugo.
“It's not good,” he said. “It's a community that needs
Trees have fallen on homes and electricity is out but there
has been no flooding or deaths reported, Hawkins said.
Some looting has occurred. The city’s business district has
* Hawkins saw block-long lines of people waiting to get -
gas in small containers. He said this fuel was used for chain
saws in the clean up effort. Vehicles were lined up for a
mile to fill up.
Located just 90 miles from New Orleans, the town is tak-
ing in around 1,000 storm refugees despite its own prob-
lems. Churches and the city’s civic center are housing them.
The Cleveland County representatives met with the
town’s mayor and were taken on a tour by local police.
Disaster volunteers and emergency personnel there are
tired and need relief so they can check on their own homes.
Some Cleveland County area emergency workers may be
sent to Laurel to give them a break, Hawkins said."
Dawn Parker, a mother of three, was so upset by the sick
and injured children of the Gulf Coast, that she worked to
set up a collection site for supplies.
“I wouldn't want mine to go through that without help,”
Patrick Mills loaned her a trailer and Harris Teeter
allowed it to sit in their parking lot. Parker was there all
day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and took a vacation
day to be there again on Tuesday. Friend Diane Whetstine
helped her over the long weekend.
By Tuesday morning the trailer was half full. Teams from
local churches accepted donations at the Harris-Teeter
entrances, collecting $1,374. Victory Baptist in Grover
brought its $1,300 collection to the grocery store where they
bought supplies to donate.
“There's a lot of people with big hearts,” Parker said.
The donation which touched Parker the most was a Bible.
Young Kasey Church handed it to Parker, explaining that he
and his mother didn’t have any money to give. He had
written inside “From our family to yours. God bless you.”
“Of course I cried,” Parker said.
The local, interdenominational ministry Earthen Vessels
plans to take what Parker has collected on its next run to
the Gulf Coast.
Partnering with Operation Compassion, the ministry has
already sent five trailers to the Gulf Coast. The supplies
were collected from a site at Family Worship Center.
Pastor Roger Woodard of Family Worship Center left for
the devastated area Sunday evening. He toured areas
around Birmingham, Ala. and Gulfport and Biloxi,
Mississippi, shooting footage and interviewing survivors
for the church’s Voice of Triumph television show.
The show airs at 5 p.m. Monday in Kings Mountain and
Shelby on Time Warner lease access channel 9. There are
other regional broadcasts in addition to audiences in 81
Woodard saw both mansions and homes in poorer com-
“It looks like a bomb has gone off,” Woodard said.
Kings Mountain firefighters collected $900 for the Red
Cross at Friday night's ball game. They'll be joined by
police on Saturday to collect at major intersections.
ANDIE L. BRYMER/HERALD
Bryan Alderman of Kings Mountain puts
three gallons of gas in his 1998 Ford