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Total Press Run
voi. 1. No. n
Kings Mountain, N.C. Wednesday, December 22, 1971
10 Pages Today
Three More Shopping Days
with only three more shopping days left
before Christmas, downtown stores are
beehives of activity, as shoppers wrap
up another gift buyl^ season.
The last minute shoppers scurry from
one brightly decorated store entrance to
another, some carryingarmloadsofpack-
ages, others - weary from walking-dang
ling shopping bags beside them.
The sidewalk traffic Is heavy with men,
women, and students on Christmas vaca
Inside the stores, some of which have
taken on extra help for the heavy buying,
it's the typical seasonal rush.
A survey of Kings Mountain merchants
reveals that buying is running ahead of
what it was a year ago.
One store reports sales are far ahead
of last year, and other estimates run
from “slightly ahead’’ to "about the
A clothing store reported that people
are shopping earlier this year, buying
more, and paying less attention to price.
“Quality Is what tbey’reafterthisyear”
said a jewelry store owner, who has had
a large quantity of lay-a-ways. Fe has
also noted less credit buying this year.
A television retailer reported his credit
and cash sales are about equal, with bus
iness running about the same as last
year, and the heaviest shopping recorded
right after Thanksgiving.
In the toy buying department, one store
reported their wheel goods were selling
big, especially bikes, which are hard to
stock. "We’ve had more traffic this year.
people are spending more and are more
selective In their buying.”
“It’s very much like last year, with a
lot of last minute traffic” explained the
manager uf a local drug store, with mens
and ladies cosmetics items reportedly
The overall trend of more spending is
good news to buyers and merchants alike
as they enter into the new year with an
eye on the economy.
Many local industries and businesses
were generous with those Christmas bon
uses this year which is always a boom to
For whatever reason, the local mer
chants are not complaining this year.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC Is reflected In the eyes of children, es
pecially the very young, who are most affected by the anxiety
of waiting for Santa to fill all those stockings hung over the
fireplace with care.
Filling this classic Christmas setting is Kenneth Lewis (Lew)
Dellinger, age 2, He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dellinger
of Kings Mountain. (Mirror Photo)
Mrs. Eunice Chapman (left) and Mrs. Emma Lou Easley, both teacher’s aides at North
Elementary School, were presented gifts last week by Principle Richard Green on be
half of the faculty, as they ended their duties at the school,
Mrs. Easley, whose husband is being transferred from St. Matthews Lutheran Church
to Albermarle, was presented a pin. Mrs. Chapman, whose position was closed due to
a cutback in Title 1 funds, were presented bookends. (Mirror Photo by Rodney Dodson)
Attempted Supermarket Holdup Foiled
An attempted armed robbery at the A&P
Supermarket on 401 S. Battleground was
foiled by store employees Saturday even
Tom Davison, store manager, reported
to police that a black male entered the
back door of the A&P, about 7;05 Sat
urday night, pointed a gun at the meat
cutter telling him to put his hands up, that
this was a hold-up.
They walked up the aisle toward the cash
Mr. Davison yelled out, the boy started
toward him, then turned aind ran backdown
the aisle and out the back door of the A&P.
He dropped the gun, then picked it back
Found on the scene were 5-38 bullets,
and two pieces of plastic gun butt.
Davison described the man as 6’ tall
and about 155 lb. wearing a ski mask.
An employee, Scott Falls, reported seeing
a white Mustang parked across the street
with the lights on and the motor running.
Terrell Houser, another employee, att
empted to run out the front door, which
was locked. He saw two addiUoi^ men
in front of the store with ski masks on.
Other employees advised that the sid
mask, worn by the man was brown and
trimmed in orange.
Rites Held For Grady Yelton
The Town »n(l Country Garden Club has announced the winn*
ers of their decorative door contest.
Here. ( Itib I'resident Lou Ballet and *‘Voltaire’' admire her
diMir decoration which won third prize.
See details and photos on other winners on Page 5.
To College Fund
Cleveland County alumni are continuing
their support of the 1971-72 Alumni Annual
Giving Campaign of the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro, according
to the latest report by Mrs. Aubrey Mau-
ney. Box 547, Kings Mountain and Mrs. H.
Eugene LeGrand, 1000 Blanton St., Shelby
The recent personal visitation part of
the campaign conducted in the county has
produced gifts amounting to $323, the re
The Cleveland County workers who helped
conduct the personal visitation campaigns
are ; Mrs. James Edward Amos, 409 Edge-
mont Dr., Mrs. Clarance Plonk Jr., Rt.
3, Mrs. W.L. Ramseur, 405 W. Mountain
St., all of Kings Mountain; Mrs. Dennis
Beam Jr., Box 400, Mrs. Tom Patterson,
243 Country Club,Mrs. A.V, HamrlckJr,,
Box 53, Mrs. Hardin LeeJr., 602 Hanover
Dr., and Mrs. John P. Llngle, 701 West-
over Terrace, all of Shelby.
For Rev. Mann
A reception will be held in the lounge
following Sunday evening worship services
at First Baptist Church for Rev. Robert
Mann and Family.
This will be Rev, Mann’s final service
before leaving for the First Baptist Church
Everyone in the community Is invited to
attend this reception.
The Kings Mountain National Military
Park wUl be closed on Christmas Day.
Little Theatre Meet
Little Theatre Board of Directors meet
ing on Wednesday, December 29th at 7:30
p.m. at the home of Boots McDaniel.
A Candlelight Christmas Eve service
will be held at theEastGoldStreet Wesle
yan Church, 610 East Gold Street, Kings
Mountain, Friday evening at 8;00 P.M.
The Interested public Is Invited toworship
with the congregation. Rev. Edwin A.
St. Mathews Lutheran Church wUl have
its Annual Candle lightService Christmas
Eve at 11 p.m.
Special music will be provided by the
Rev. Easley’s sermon will be "I Wonder
as In Wander.’’
Grady C, Yelton, 63, of 607 Groves St.,
died at 4 p.m, Friday in Kings Mountain
Hospital after several months of Ulness.
A native of Gaffney, S. C., he was director
of public works for the City of Kings
Mountain. He was a former superintendent
of Lavender Brothers Construction Co. of
Earl, F.D. Cline Construction Co. ofRal-
elgh and Ray. R. LowderConstructlonCo.
of Albemarle .
He was a member of First Baptist
Church of Kings Mountain and the Kings
Mountain Lions Club.
He is survived by his widow, Geneva
Smith Yelton: One son, Charles Yelton of
Spartanburg, S.C.: his mother, Mrs. Jose
ph H. Yelton of Kings Mountain; three
sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Harmon of Charlotte
Has Yule Party
The Kings Mountain Rescue Squad held
their annual Christmas party Saturday
night at Helen’s restaurauit in Bessemer
Squad members and their wives were
present for a steak supper.
The squad answered 27 calls last week.
6 were for wrecks, 9 transportations, 2
trips to doctors offices, 2 false alarms.
Mrs. L.W, Carpenter of Bessemer City
and Mrs. LC. Davis of Kings Mountain;
and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at
3 p.m. at First Baptist Church by the
Rev. Robert Mann.
Burial was in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were handled ^
Harris Funeral Home,
Appointment Judy Rayfield
Gets Play Role
Nell O. Johnson of Kings Mountain,
former General Manager of mineral op
erations and director of special products
for Foote Mineral Co. has been appointed
by North Carolina State University to dev
elop programs for land reclamation.
Johnson will work on a part-time basis
with officials of the School of Engineering
at the Raleigh campus and with experts
at the NCSU Minerals Resources Research
Laboratory In Asheville,
He is a graduate of the Colorado School
of Mines, the LaSalle School of Business
Administration, and during World War II
he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the
Army Corps of Engineers in the Helds of
construction, research, and engineering.
Judy Rayfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J.W. Rayfield of Kings Mountain, has been
selected for the lead role in the Broadway
Musical “Fantastics” to be presented in
February by the speech and theatre arts
department at Western Carolina Univer
sity at Cullowhee.
The cast will consist of eight people.
Judy will have the only female part in the
Auditions were judged by the musical
director and play director.
Judy is a SoiAomore at W.C.U. and a
voice major under the direction of Dr.
Temple Smith. She is a graduate of Kings
Mountain High School.
As the pre-Christmas shopping days draw rapidly to a close,
there’s still time to do some last minute shopping. Downtown
stores are remaining open later at night, beckoning customers
with their attractively decorated windows.
Doing some nighttime window shopping here are Mr. and Mrs.
Burgin Proctor and daughter, Jackie, age 6, of Route 2, Shelby
Road. (Mirror Photo by Lem Lynch)