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“They gave their last full measure of devotion’
Guard members, loved ones gather to remember four airmen who lost their lives $2ving others
National Guard members, loved ones gather to remember he four airmen who lost their lives helping extinguish wildfires
threatening homes in South Dakota.
Photo by ALAN HODGE
to KM couple
= ELIZABETH STEWART .
He loved what he did and loved life.
That's what his family, including his Kings Mountain in-
laws, will remember about Senior M/Sgt. Robert (Robbie)
Cannon, 50. :
A flight engineer for 29 years, Cannon, along with three
other airmen, died when a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting
System (MAFFS)- equipped C-130 belonging to the 145th
Airlift Wing, North Carolina National Guard, crashed during
an aerial fire-fighting mission at 6:30 p.m.(MST) on June 30,
2012 near the Black Hills of South Dakota. Two others, in-
cluding Boiling Springs resident Josh Marlowe, were seri-
The support or civil authorities during natural disasters is
a key and unique mission of the N.C. National Guard which
also supports training missions for troops. in the U.S.
"T'll see you Friday, I love you," Cannon told his wife and
. last of many missions.
SR/MSGT. ROBERT CANNON
two children June 29 when he left for what would be his
James Russ described his son-in-law as a friendly,
helpful; committed, adventurous and family-oriented man
who wanted nothing more than to spend time with his
family, wherever they were and whatever they were
See FAMILY, 7A -
Wing Grillin’, Ice Cream Crank-Off,
Bikini contests set for Beach Blast
A Backyard Chicken
Wing Grillin' competition,
an Ice Cream Crank-Off and
a Teenie-Weenie Bikini Con-
test will highlight the city-
sponsored Beach Blast July
21 at Patriots Park.
Bikini: Contest for "beach
babes" age 6 and under will
kick off at the Gazebo at
noon. The contest is spon-
sored by Reno Chiropractic.
Eric Pardo, Big E's BBQ
Catering, and 238 Cherokee
Street Tavern will sponsor
the grillin' competition
which will benefit the Amer-
ican Legion Scholatship
Funds raised in the Ice
Cream Crank Off, sponsored
by The Green Banana Proj-
ect and Kings Mountain
Herald, will benefit Relay
will win a Kindle Fire tablet.
Registration will be held
from 10 a.m.-noon July 21 at
the West entrance (shady
side) of Patriot's Park. There
is a $5 entry fee for the
Contenders must bring
one half-gallon of their ice
cream for public tasting and
one half-gallon of their ice
cream for judging. Cate-
gories are vanilla, chocolate,
fruit, gourmet, with nuts, and
Judging and public tast-
ing ($5 donation to judge)
~ will begin at 1 p.m. Salt, ice
and power will be provided.
Green Banana Ice Cream
will be sold for $2 a scoop or
$3 for two scoops at the
The grilling eompatitioh
will be limited to 20 teams
who will grill chicken wings
on a backyard gas grill.
Teams will be provided five
pounds of chicken wings to
prep and grill (delivered,
picked up) at 10 a.m. Set up
time begins at 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
with grilling started no ear-
lier than 11 a.m. Five wings
will be submitted to the
judges area no earlier than
12 noon and no later than
12:30 p.m. Awards cere-
. mony, with prizes for first,
second, and third, and Peo-
ples’ Choice award will be
presented at 2 p.m. Entry fee
is $25 for each team.
Any sauce or combina-
tion of flavors can be used to
season the chicken wings.
During the People's
Choice on Saturday, Ameri-
See CONTESTS, 6A
== ALAN HODGE
& Special to The Herald
Hundreds of family, friends, and fellow fliers gathered
Tuesday, July 10 at the North Carolina Air National Guard
145th MAW base at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
to pay tribute to the four airmen based there who lost their
lives in the crash of their C-130 plane while fighting wildfires
in South Dakota.
The event was a heartfelt outpouring of grief and appre-
ciation for Maj. Joe McCormick of Belmont, Maj. Ryan
David of Boone, Lt. Col: Paul Mikeal of Mooresville, and
Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon of Charlotte...
Sgt. Josh Marlowe of Boiling Springs and another crew
member were also on board the C-130 and suffered injuries.
The four that lost their lives were eulogized by a number
of their comrades, as well as civilian and military officials.
Governor Bev Perdue was one of the speakers.
See LOVED ONES, 7A
needed to help
a family rebuild
EMILY WEAVER, ELIZABETH STEWART
Kings Mountain citizens are stepping up to help a family
rebuild part of its home and reclaim its life at 131 Kristie
Lane after an early morning fire June 27 forced them out.
Volunteers and tools from handsaws and sledge hammers
to shovels, rakes .and wheelbarrows are needed for a clean-
up and rebuilding effort July 21 at 9 a.m.
"It won't take long to do
WANT TO HELP?
this," said one organizer who
has offered to feed volunteers :
Call Kerry McKenzie
704-905-7908 to find
at the house Saturday. "There
are only like three walls and
out how you can help.
part of a roof that needs to
A local electrician has of-
fered his services to get the house's power back on once re-
building efforts are complete. Another citizen, all who wish
to remain anonymous, has offered a camper for the family to
stay in until they can move back in.
Vivian Smart Williams was sharing her two bedroom
home with her caretaker, Deanna Powell, two grandsons, her
See VOLUNTEERS, 7A
Film fest to feature
and gripping dramas
« EMILY WEAVER
Documentaries revealing little-known secrets of runaway
health care costs and hiding immigrants, are set to highlight
this year's 13th Annual Real to Reel International Film Fes-
tival July 18-21.
Twenty-three films, from shorts and animations to fea-
tures and documentaries, will be showcased during the festi-
val at the newly renovated Joy Performance Center.
Filmmakers from as far away as Austria, Taiwan, the
Ukraine, Australia and the United Kingdom and as close to
See FILM FEST, 7A
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