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Carrousel Piiicess Elizabeth Baker
Riding high on a float in the
"fourth largest Thanksgiving parade
in the United States", Kings Moun-
tain's Carrousel Princess Elizabeth
Baker will wave to the throngs of
spectators in uptown Charlotte Thurs-
day. She'll smile for the cameras and
somewhere in the crowd of over
100,000 spectators, her loving family
and friends will be smiling, too.
She will be surprising her family
this week with a story she wrote dur-
ing her internship at the Kings Moun-
tain Herald as part of her senior
project. The story can be found in this
week's special edition of "My Home-
town" in The Herald.
Elizabeth Baker, 17-year-old
daughter of, Dr. and Mrs. Bryan
Baker, has been selected to represent
See CARROUSEL, 5A
Thanks to all
2 ELIZABETH STEWART
Kings Mountain citizens were get-
ting ready for Thanksgiving this
Not only were kitchens expected
to be busy. places but businesses were
putting out sale signs and stocking
shelves for "black Friday" on No-
vember 26, expecting crowds to con-
verge on stores and shopping centers.
Cleveland County students and
teachers are already on holiday.
While "Tom Turkey" may be the
centerpiece for most Thanksgiving
tables, attention will also be geared to
the annual Carolinas Carrousel pa-
rade in Charlotte and broadcast on
WBTV-3 and to football and parade
Elizabeth Baker, Kings Mountain
See THANKFUL, 5A
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There’s a special kind of
thanks in giving and during this
week of Thanksgiving it was seen
in the smiles of Arise Church
parishioners, pleased to feed the
hundreds of people who showed
“up for dinner Monday at the
Patrick Senior Center. By 6:30
p.m. they had fed more than 400.
Arise Church Pastor Charles
Pruitt said that they started cook-
ing at the center at 1 p.m. prepar-
ing for the meal at 4. But by 3:15,
he said that a line had already
little after 4 p.m.
This was Arise Church’s sec-
ond annual Community Thanks-
giving. Feast in which talented
“ cooks served up plates piled high
with turkey, ham, cranberry
sauce, green beans, corn, sweet
potatoes and a roll. Slices of
sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie,
apple pie and cherry pie were of-
fered for dessert.
Last year, this church of less
- than a dozen members, fed 300
people in the community. Now
with close to 50 members, Arise
Church passed that amount of
plates in about an hour.
formed outside. The tables in the
cafeteria were filled with diners a
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In his first few falls, Roger Goins remem-
bers hearing the people trying to wake him
up, trying to shake him back to conscious-
ness. In his last fall, he says he didn't hear
anything. He didn't feel anything.
He said he only remembers what he saw
- a bright white that encompassed his total
range of vision.
Perhaps he was in that tunnel of light he's
heard pastors and near-death survivors talk
about. He isn't sure. But one thing he is sure
of now is what he has to do. It's something
he's done several times in the past. He wants
to help people.
See ARISE CHURCH, 5A
at the Senior Center.’
Roger Goins, former owner of Roger's
‘BBQ, is on a mission, working with city
. leaders to feed and help those plagued with
hunger and hardships find some solace in this
crippling economy. He needs your help.
He has teamed up with Mayor Rick Mur-
phrey, incoming city Councilman Keith
Miller and city Special Events Director Ellis
Noell to reach out to big corporations and the
public to raise money for the Kings Moun-
tain Crisis Ministry. The non-profit organi-
zation helps those in dire situations with
food, clothing, shelter, utilities and medi-
cines. The Ministry's list of clients is grow-
ing, but its budget is shrinking.
See GOINS, 5A
Thank you Arise, Thank you Roger
Arise Church feeds
Lynn Pruitt and Dennis Green, volunteers with Arise Church, pile the plates
high at the church’s second annual Community Thanksgiving Feast Monday
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Grady and Katie Costner pictured with some of their lights in the Midpines community.
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The switch will be flipped Thursday
night at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Grady
and Katie Costner in the Midpines
Community on Kings Mountain's
longest-running Christmas light dis-
play that some have dubbed "Mini
"We're ready," says Grady Costner,
who has added a few more spectacular
sights to the more than 200,000 lights
in his yard and in the Bradford Mobile
Home Park across the street. Steel rods
welded meticulously by Costner be-
come creative masterpieces when illu-
minated by sparkling lights and delight
the young and young at heart.
Says Katie, "We just keep adding
every year and start putting all this to-
gether in September."
It's all free but because the Costner
electric bill for December is enormous,
See COSTNERS, 3A