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Praise For Boards
More often than not, public bodies receive
criticism for their actions.
But, two local bodies of elected officials should be
praised for their recent actions concerning safety at
Grover Elementary School.
Since nine-year-old Kelli Harry was critically in
jured w hen struck by a pickup truck in front of the
school in December, area citizens have become
more concerned than ever before for the safety of
school children there.
Grover School is located in an area that provides
truck drivers a cut-across from Highway 29 to
Highway 226. Grover officials tried for years to get
the State of North Carolina to ease the problem and
finally succeeded somewhat in getting the speed
limit lowered from 35 to 25 miles per hour.
Since December, the Grover Town Council and
Kings Mountain Board of Education have
cooperated in the hiring of crossing gurads and erec
tion of caution lights in the area.
Grover is supplying two crossing guards at a cost
of about $ 1,100 a year each, and the School System
is paying for the cost of erecting two caution lights.
That cost will be about $550 for each light.
No price is too great for the protection of our
We applaud both boards for their actions.
No Easy Answer
The Kings Mountain District Schools Board of
Education has a problem that won’t go away easily.
And, no matter what decision its members make,
it’s not likely to please everyone.
The problem is transferring of students to and
from elementary schools within the school district.
Many parents living in one school’s attendance
area, for some reason, feel their children should at
tend school in another area.
As Supt. Bill Davis has said on numerous occa
sions, he feels the schools should work with parents
when at all possible, and that transfers are granted
providing they do not create an overloaded
The last few years. Kings Mountain has shown a
gradual growth, and schools have become over
crowded. In fact, earlier in this school year the
board had to re-transfer some students back into
their own attendance area-because of overcrowded
Re-transfers, or transfers denied, create disap
Supt. Davis, and some board members, feel
students who have already been granted transfers
should be allowed to remain, but that it may be
necessary to cut off transfers at the kindergarten
If that decision is made, it could create situations
where one child in a family goes to one school, and
a younger child who has not yet started to school,
will be assigned to another.
If that decision is not made, the problem of over
crowded classrooms and lenient transfers could go
on and on.
There is no easy answer, but, thank goodness, the
board is willing to tackle the problem and will,
hopefully, come up with some decision that will
solve the problem once and for all.
Didn Sign Statement
To the editor:
The five members of the Advisory Committee at
the Aging Program would like to correct a state
ment in your paper of Thurs., Jan. 22, 1981, that
we asked two employees of the city of Kings Moun
tain to resign. None of the five signed any such
As chairman of the committee, I, Halbert Webb,
must respectfully ask that you retract the statement
of your paper of Thurs., 22 of Jan., 1981.
R.H. Webb, chairman
Of Rev. George
To whom it may concern:
In my opinion, the Program for the Aging under
the leadership of Rev. Kenneth George, is the only
good and constructive aspect of all of the millions of
dollars that the City of Kings Mountain has receiv
ed in federal grants.
Having worked in only a minor way in this pro
gram, I know the true heartfelt communion bet-
From Tho Thurs.. Jan. 28, 1960 Edition Oi
Tho Kings Mountain Horald
The Kings Mountain Herald was awarded first
place in news coverage among weekly newspapers
of the state by the judges of the 1959 North
Carolina Press Association contests.
Rev. Thomas Droppers, Rector of Trinity
Episcopal Church, will serve as chairman of the
I960 appeal for funds for the Heart Fund.
Social and Personal
Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Morris announce the engage
ment of their daughter, Linda, to Miles Sumner
Davis. No date has been set for the wedding.
The Junior Woman’s Club is planning a fashion
show Feb. 6. Local chairmen ae Mrs. John H. Gam
ble Jr., Mrs. Bill Bates and Mrs. Charles Alexander.
ween our elderly citizens and Rev. and Mrs.
The money that has been spent on Governmental
buildings, parks and renovation, have not touched
the human, every day needs of this community, as
this program has.
Under Rev. and Mrs. George, far more than “hot
lunches” has been given to these citizens. A call
when one is sick, transportation to the doctor, help
in getting groceries; indeed, a true love for elder per
sons and their personal and physical needs have
been met by Rev. and Mrs. George.
It is time for us to rise up and keep “government
and politics” out of every phase of our lives. Let a
program that is truly working continue to work and
expand with every cooperation of our town.
Marilyn R- Neisler
As we look back, well, now let’s see. We as
Americans have experienced troublesome times
within our history as a nation. From its beginning
hueing ourselves out of a wilderness of despair into
a great nation. Of course, there were many pro
blems, heartaches, with every venture of life, life
had its toll as well.
Yet in the midst of our many problems such as
ttixation, frustrations and in some instances starva
tion our human desire was to build for a greater
future with greater determination.
In the midst of it all we’ve adapted ourselves with
the bitter and sweet and perhaps that’s one of the
envies of other nations that we’ve been able to pick
ourselves up by the boot straps in any given situa
tion and having continued with great stride and
pride as America has proven its willingness to sur
vive under whatever odds, conditions and cir
cumstances, and we’re a long way from being
beaten into submission.
And this within itself is enough for every
American to rally behind the cause of freedom. If
we should ever forget this, we will no longer be the
glue which binds freedom together. Don’t ever lose
sight of the present, freedom, of the greatest nation
on this God-given earth, should we ever do such we
will be faced with the greatest loss mankind has ever
known or experienced. Freedom is precious,
without it we become slaves.
Ingram To Speak Here
From Pag* 1
surance reform for the con
Commissioner Ingram made
North Carolina the leader in the
nation in insurance reform by:
Being first in the United States
to abolish age and sex
discrimination in auto insurance
with a safe driver plan; Being
first in the United States to
abolish the discriminatory
Assigned Risk with a Rein
surance Facility, ending unfair
cancellations of auto liability;
Reducing insurance rates for
mobile bulk tobacco curing
barns by 50*%, tobacco sales
warehouses by 33*%, crop hail
insurance by 10*^0, auto medical
payments insurance by 16.4*%,
recreational motor home in
surance by 50*%, uninsured
motorists insurance by 66.7*%
-saving the people millions of
dollars; Increasing fire and
rescue squad line-of-duty death
benefits from $5,000 to $25,000;
because of sickle cell trait in life
and health insurance - First in
the United States; Requiring
smoke detectors in all new
homes, saving lives and property
- First in the United States; Mak
ing North Carolina one of the
first three states in the United
States to respond to the oil em
bargo with new building code in
sulation requirements saving
money and energy; Creating a
Consumer Insurance Informa
tion Division that has helpoed
over 125,000 North Carolinians
with their insurance problems;
Providing immediate insurance
coverage for newborn infants in
family health insurance policies
-First in the United States; and
Establishing a Special Office for
the Handicapped to remove ar
chitectural barriers - First in the
He is a member of the Na
tional Association of Insurance
Commissioners, and has served
in a host of capacities including
Chairman of the North Carolina
Commissioner Ingram has
testified before numerous United
States Senate and Congressional
Committees on discrimination in
insurance, monopolistic prac
tices and the need to abolish
price-fixing anti-trust exemp
tions for insurance companies.
He advocates repeal of the
federal law which exempts the
insurance industry from our na
tion’s anti-trust laws.
Commissioner Ingram saved
the state’s tobacco farmers from
almost certain economic disaster
in 1979, when the farmers were
faced with losses of about $25
million dollars, that resulted
from their use of a contaminated
He attended high school in
Asheboro and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
where he received a B.S. Degree
in Business Administration and a
Doctorate of Law. He was presi
dent of his law graduating class,
and is a member of Phi Beta
Kappa, Phi Etta Sigma, Beta
Gamma Sigma, Sigma Chi
Fraternity and Phi Delta Legal
He was a I st Lieutenant in the
Judge Advocate General Corps,
He is a Scottish Rite Mason
and a Shriner. He is a certified
Lay Speaker and a Sunday
School Teacher in the Methodist
He is a family man of almost
26 years, married to the former
Virginia (Gini) Brown. The In
gram’s have four children: Gini
Linn, John Randolph II (Randy),
Beverly Brown (BB) and the
youngest, Michelle Palmer. The
Ingram’s reside at 120 Bruce
Drive, Cary, N.C.; however,
they continue to vote in
Asheboro and Randolph County
is their permanent residence.
Rev. George Served
Beyond Call Of Duty
The first time I met Rev. Kenneth George was at
a public meeting for citizens’ input into how the Ci
ty of Kings Mountain could best spend Community
Development Block Grant money which was to be
issued by the federal government.
Rev. George, a Kings Mountain native, then was
pastor of First Wgslsy^.Qiurch in Lincointon.
George took the floor to express his opinion on
how some of the funds could b^t be used. And that
was for the city to establish a program for senior
The city liked the idea, and several months later,
in 1975, the Kings Mountain Program for the Ag
ing was reality.
Rev. George, who in the meantime had
volunteered his services and, often times, expense,
was named as Director of the Program.
Since that time the Kings Mountain program has
grown into one of, if not the best, senior citizen pro
grams in the state.
Rev. George, as any good minister will, went far
beyond the duties of a program director. He not on
ly supervised the usual programs of hot lunches,
and coordinating transporting of the elderly to and
from doctors offices and on special trips, but also
performed services most of the community pro
bably did not realize.
I’m sure some of the services I’ve heard of Rev.
George performing above the call of duty were only
samplings of many others. But, here are just a few:
•Planned funerals for elderly people who had no
family, and on most occasions, conducted those
•Acquired clothing, food, fans in the hot sum
mertime, and heaters in the cold winter time, for
persons who had fallen on hard times and had no
means of supplying those necessities for themselves.
•Learned of one man who was in such poor
shape he was sleeping in a junked car. Rev. George,
through the proper agencies, got him a place to live
and saw to it that he got a hot noontime meal,
through the Senior Citizens program during the
week. On weekends. Rev. and Mrs. George
prepared food at their own home and took it to the
A woman once called me here at the Herald and
told of a family whose father had lost his job and
had no heat in its home. She wanted a story written
in the paper, but I felt like they needed help quicker
So, we called Rev. George, he investigated on his
own time and saw to it that the family’s needs were
taken care of.
To make a long story short. Rev. George did
what had to be done for needy persons, and much
of that work occurred after the usual eight-hour
Rev. George resigned his position last week
because of what he termed “interference” by out
Those charges should be looked into by the City
Board of Commissioners, but that is not the intent
of this column. It’s intent is to give credit and a
public thanks to a man who has performed a great
service to the people of the Kings Mountain area.
Major news in Kings Mountain during the past
week or two has been the “flu.”
It was more news that a person thus far escaped
the ailment than that he hadn’t.
School officials and druggists guessed that the il
lness had been near epidemic stages but school of
ficials were happily reporting at a recent school
board meeting that the ravaging influenza seems to
be abating somewhat and not as many vacant desks
were reported by some of the schools. Grover seem
ed to be the hardest hit by the bug.
The city’s medical contingent was being kept very
busy with a parade of office visitors. Symptoms of
the ailment varied but usually included one or more
of the following: colds, headaches, vomiting, sore
About ThU N That
East School children were wearing yellow ribbons
in their hair Thursday to celebrate the good news
that America’s 52 hmtages were safely home ...
Griffin Drug Store pharmacist-owner Wilson Grif
fin was displaying California “peanuts” on In
auguration Day. The “peanuts” were actually jelly
GOD UNCHAINS THE CAPTIVES
Let freedom ring and monals sing
Of the wonderous works of God,
Who set free the weary hostages
Again familiar steps to trod.
Let heaven and earth sing His praises
Who set the captives free.
To join their families once again
Loose the yellow ribbon from every tree.
We see the result of compassionate prayer
Of families and friends concern.
The time has now been fulfilled
The heart can cease to yearn.
The waiting has been tasteless
With uncertainty in every step,
God was intervening every moment
While the enemy slept.
There s rejoicing now in freedom’s song
In many a home and town.
May long the flag of freedom wave
Never to be cast down.
Vivian S. BiltclUf*