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Volunteer workers are on 24-hour duty, 7 days a week (grating ACTION phones.
Recognition Banquet Held
Battleground District Scouters Recogni
tion banquet was held Wednesday Night,
November 10th at the Elks club InShelby.
Awards and recognitions highlighted the
• igram with the presentation of awards
Individuals and Scout units. District
leers for the 1972 year were installed.
Webelos Scout David Barrett from Pack
94, Central United Methodist Church in
Kings Mountain Installed Mr. Henry Weat
hers, Sr. as District Chairman and Mr.
Joe Laney from Kings Mountain and John
Ed Davis from Shelby as District Vice-
chairmen. Mr. Ellis Monroe was Installed
as District Commissioner.
Lin Thompson, Boy Scout from Troop
100, Shelby Presbyterian Church talked
on what Scouting meant to him. The 1971
National Good Turn Project of the Boy
Scouts of America, Project Save Our
American Resources, was outlined. Pro
ject Reach, a program on drug abuse will
be featured during 1972. Lin stated that
to save a boy from drug abuse Is the same
as saving a boy from drowning.
Awards and recognitions were as follows;
National Camping Award winner from
Kings Mountain, Pack 294, Resurrection
Lutheran Church, Tommy Yarbrough,
Cubmaster; and Troop 93, Bethware Pro
gressive Club, Emmett Moss, Scoutmas
$20 Honor Recipient, Troop 93, Beth
ware Progressive Club, Kings Mountain.
Wood Badge, Training Recipient, LeRoy
Llnhardt, District Training Committee,
Recruit of the Month winner. Troop 92,
First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain,
Jim Yarbro, Scoutmaster. Troop 93,
Bethware Community Club, Emmett Moss,
Cleveland County Fair Winner from
Kings Mountain was Pack 94, Central
United Methodist Church, Raymond
The Bethware School PTA extends a
special invitation to all parents, friends,
students, and patrons to attend the BIG
FALL FESTIVAL at the school on Friday
night, Nov. 19th.
There will be fun and food for everyone,
including hot dogs with all the trimmings,
homemade ice-cream, cake walks, for
tune telling, a shopping bazaar, and auc
tion with give-away deals.
Bethware PTA members will be expect
in g you - remember, Friday, November
19th, 5:30 P.M. till...
Favors Volunteer Military
BY SYLVIA HOLMES
The second training course for telephone
counselors will be completed this week
when “Action” volunteers will be sub
jected to simulated telephone calls.
"Action” was incorporated here InJan-
urary 1971 and the telephone counseling
service was started in Kings Mountain, in
July. Currently, Kings Mountain has ap
proximately tUrty trained volunteers
some of whom took their training in Char
lotte and some in the first course which
was offered here last summer. There are
eight new volunteers presently completing
their training which has been comprised
of one three hour session per week over
a period of 8 to 10 weeks. Training is
varied and new volunteers, after receiv
ing orientation, hear a variety of speakers
who deal in topics such as family related
problems, suicide prevention, medical
back up and problems leading to crime.
Why “Action"? Community service of
this type originated several years ago in
Sydney, Australia when a minister was
called by an anonymous young man com-
templating suicide. After several calls
over a short period of time, the caller did
eventually take his own life and the min
ister was troubled by the fact that this
young man was surrounded by many people
in that immense city and yet no one was
aUe to listen to him or help him. As a
result, a telephone ministry known as
LIFELINE was founded and grew rapidly
soon spreading to other cities.
In 1968, the Australian minister was in
vited to the U.S.A. on a speaking tour and
later that year, Dallas, Texas, became
the first U.S, city to orgiuiize a telephone
counseling ministry. The second city to
offer that service was Charlotte, North
Carolina. The name in Charlotte is
"CONTACT” and after three years of
operation it is a vital part of the commun
In Kings Mountain, ACTION, is a tele
phone counseling ministry staffed by lay
volunteers. It operates 24 hours per day
and 7 days a week.
The purpose of ACTION is to provide
people with an opportunity for help with
their problems through the anonymity of
the telephone. It is not Intended to com
pete with or substitute for any other ser
vice. Where the need is Indicated, Action
refers clients to other agencies and pre-
fesslonals In the community.
From its Incept on July 1st to the end
of September, ACTION received 200 calls.
In October alone another 200 calls were
answered. What kind of problems do
people call about? Almost everything you
can name - drinking, emotional, problems,
marital disagreements, drugs, dating,
pre-marital sex, abortions, homosex
uality, racial problems, suicide,
calls received by ACTION come from
Shelby and Gastonia as well as Kings
Mountain. Women callers outnumber men.
The important tact is that someone who
cares, will answer the telephone and lis
ten sympathetically to any problem no
matter how small or large, trivial or
As a fresh group of volunteers prepare
to shoulder their share of telephone an
swering, there is still a need for further
volunteers. If you are Interested In per
forming this service call ACTION at
If you are Interested in havingthe ACT
ION telephone available to the community
but do not feel qualified, or have the time
to serve, then it is possible to help fin
ancially, ACTION Is a non-profit organ
ization supported to tally by contributions
which are tax- deductable.
Vol. 1 No. 12
Kings Mountain, N.C., Wednesday, November 17, 1971
8 Pages Today
Tables Communications Policy
School Board Approves
By RODNEY DODSON
The City Board of Education meeting
Monday night unanimously approved a list
of procedures to be followed in care of
student disruptions or other emergencies.
In presenting the list to the board, Supt.
Donald Jones notes that the steps have
been reviewed and approved by the prin
cipals, and the safety of students and
staff must take priority in decision mak
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Captain B.F, Randall, Treasurer, Robert Wells, and member
Dennis McDaniel of the Grover Rescue Squad with new Crash
The GMC 4 wheel drive truck does not carry patients, only
emergencies, including; Port a power Jack -
Block aiKl Tackles - Generator - lights and
Mirror photo by Lem Lynch.
The procedures involve the following
1. The Principal will call Police:
Follow directions given by police depart
2. The school will notify Superintendents
Give all information as to what has taken
place, any injuries or property damage.
Keep Superintendent’s Office Informed of
all actions or developments.
3. Superintendent’s Office will open a
Hot Line (739-5156) to the public to Inform
them of what has actually taken place,
4. Superintendent’s Office will notify
School Board Members of developments
and action taken.
5. Superintend’t Office will notify a Cit
izen’s Committee to form a telephone tree
to open up lines of communication in the
community to control public reaction.
6. Set up a press room at the area so
that all Information can be accurately
unicate with the press to the press room.
7. The Board of Education or a committee
of the Board designated by the Chairman
may be called in to review actions and
advise administration as to future steps
to be taken.
The board tabled another list of proced
ures, this dealing with communications
between the schools and the public, to be
reviewed by the policy committee. This
committee is established by the board,
and consists of theSuperintendent, a prin
cipal, two people designated by the NCAE
and two representatives of the ACT (Assn
of Classroom Teachers.)
In issuing these proc^ures. Superin
tendent Jones asserted that “We in ad
ministration realize that this is one of our
most important areas.”
The new rules would set up a chain of
authority for the public to follow regard
ing school matters or complaints.
Probably the most effective part of the
, rules would be the procedure to give due
process of hearing. The school board
would hear anyone who has a complaint
SEE PAGE 8
10th District Poll Shows Support For Wage-Price Freeze, Vietnamization
Tenth District Congressnean James T.
Broyhill has announced tiie results of an
optnlon poll taken of constituents in June
of this year.
A total of 11,110 people responded to the
poll, and both husbands and wives were
asked their views.
The result of the poll, taken two months
before the President’s wage-price freeze.
indicated a strong support for such a pol
icy here in the 10th district.
“This response indicated to me that the
American people are willing to accept
economic controls in order that the Nat
ion’s economy can be brought back to a
state that will benefit everyone in the
country, and are willing to put the nation
al good ahead of personal gain.” said
According to the poll, the war in Viet
nam continues to occupy the thinking of
Americans, despite the winding down of
our military committment. More than
80 per-cent of those polled Indicated that
they would support a gradual withdrawal
of U.S. troops from Vietnam and turning
responsibility for defense over to the
Broyhill concluded that the people of the
10th District belle ve that after 10 years
of U.S. support, our committment has
been filled and it’s time to give the lead
role back to South Vietnam.
The poll also indicated that the people of
this district are no longer satisfied with
the present draft system as a means of
maintaining our military troop strength.
The armed serviced have been emphas
izing the volunteer concept in order to
obtain more enlistments and cut down on
the number of draftees needed.
Broyhill asked if a volunteer military
force would be acceptable as an alter
native to the draft, and nearly 60 percent
responded that it would be. Broyhill stated
that he too favors the volunteer system
and has cosponsored legislation that would
make it a reality.
The poll consisted of 18 questions relat
ing to a variety of Issues. It was distri
buted through the mail to nearly every
mailbox and home in the eight counties
represented by the Congressman.
Editor’s Note; The questions in this
column are asked strictly at random, with
no attempt to solicit pro or con answers,
nor are the answers kited to favor a cer
tain opinion. The answers are those of the
individual only, and are unedited, if print
able. The answers in this column do not
necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of
this newspaper. It is not intended as a
public poll, but merely an opportunity for
^^^Ivlduals to speak out on issues.
President Nixon announced last Friday
that hewould withdraw 45,000 more Amer
ican soldiers from South VietnambyFeb-
ruary 1, retaining a combat force of 139,
Our question this week, do you favor the
President’s method of winding down
American Involvement In the war?
W.G. BOWEN; * ‘The faster we get outthe
better I like it. It seems to me like a
waste the way our boys are being lost over
there. It’s a rich fnan’s war and a poor
CARL GANTT: “Yes, I do! In fact I
don’t think we had any business there in
the first place... I’m with him 100 percent
on that. We’re meddling in other countries
affairs too much.”
STEVE WILSON: “I sure do. I don’t
think we should be in it. I don’t think we
should send our boys where war is not
declared. I approve of the way he’s bring
ing them home, I Just wish hewould speed
BOLL SURBER; “I’ve never favored it too
much - I’ve got a boy in the Navy and I
feel like we’ll be losing a lot to pull out
and lose everything we’ve fought for.”
MABRY: “Yes, I’m in favor of
he’s bringing the troops home.”