Cherryville Eagle 6-23-21

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Volume 115 • Issue 25


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New CaroMont Health office building coming to Cherryville Relocation of CaroMont Family Medicine will also add Urgent Care by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

According to a media release from CaroMont Health, they announced last week (Thursday, June 17) their plans of a partnership with the City of Cherryville, to build a new primary and urgent office in Cherryville. As per the media release, “The future site, located at the corner of East Church Street and North Cherry Street, will relocate CaroMont Family Medicine and add extended urgent care hours for patients and fam-

ilies in Cherryville and the surrounding areas.” It further stated that site clearing “…will be completed this summer, with construction for the new, state-of-the-art medical practice beginning in the fall.” As CaroMont’s Media Relations coordinator, Meghan Berney noted in the release, the new Cherryville CaroMont Family Medicine and Urgent Care facility, like the primary care and urgent care locations in Gastonia, Dallas, Cramerton and Belmont, “…will offer expert, compassionate primary care during regular business hours, as well as flexible care options for urgent medical issues with extended hours.” In attendance at the June

17, meeting were CaroMont Medical Group President and CEO, Chris Peek; and CaroMont Medical Group Vice President Ryan Campbell, along with Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam, III; Cherryville City Manager and Fire Chief Jeff Cash; and Cherryville Main Street Director David Day. Said Mayor Beam, “It’s great to see CaroMont Health growing and bringing an upgraded experience and new option for medical care to families in Cherryville. We are looking forward to the addition of this medical care facility and the convenience it will offer our residents.” Berney noted that to prepare for the new practice, CaroMont Health recently See CAROMONT, Page 2

At last Thursday’s June 17 meeting at the Cherryville Fire Department, City officials met with CaroMont Health to discuss the new health office and Urgent Care that is coming to Cherryville. Left to right are: City Manager and Fire Chief Jeff Cash; Downtown Director David Day; Mayor H.L. Beam, III; CaroMont Health Group President and CEO, Chris Peek; and CaroMont Health Group Vice President Ryan Campbell. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Council approves 160D zoning updates; votes on FY 2021-2022’s Fiscal Budget City Clerk Green’s recertified as an NC Certified Municipal Clerk by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville Fire Department fill-in volunteer Ethan Milwood, Driver/Engineer Jacob Richardson, and Capt. Kurt Black with three of the five Stryker Lifepak 1000 defibrillator units the department was able to purchase, thanks to a generous anonymous donation. (photo provided)

Generous donation helps CFD purchase five Stryker defibrillator units AC Wofford: Cost of the defib units was $11,114.79 by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The Cherryville Fire Department was recently the recipient of a generous anonymous donation to purchase small, Lifepak 1000 heart defibrillators for use on their units. Assistant Fire Chief Jason Wofford said the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, noted via email that the defib units cost $11,114.79, to be precise. “Five of the Lifepak 1000 units were purchased

to replace five of the six we currently had,” said AC Wofford, adding, “To minimize cost we only replaced five units and these five are sufficient for our apparatus.” AC Wofford said the bright yellow units purchased are the Stryker brand and they are compatible with what the Paramedics use for Gaston Emergency Medical Services and are the same as those currently in use all over Gaston County. As for who all on the CFD staff knows how to use the units, he also noted, “All of our fulltime staff are trained and more than half our volunteer staff, who are certified EMT’s, are trained to use this equipment.” Regarding other material or equipment the department is still in need of AC Wofford said, “Fortunately, over the past couple years we have replaced all needed equipment. We will always have the yearly replacement See CFD, Page 6

The City Council’s Monday night, June 14, regular session saw the Council, after approving their previous work session’s and regular Council meetings’ minutes, move right into Mayor H.L. Beam’s comments. Mayor Beam noted receiving cards of thanks and of commendation from the family of the late Terry “Fish” Fisher regarding the ABC Store plaque dedication, as well as from the family of Mrs. Jean Aderholdt Beam. Mayor Beam also addressed an email he received from the NC DOT about teen highway deaths, naming essentially three primary issues causing them: not wearing seat belts;

At last Monday night’s, June 14, Cherryville City Council regular session, Certified Municipal Clerk Paige Green, stands while Mayor H.L. Beam, III, reads from the letter he received on her recertification as an NC Certified Municipal Clerk. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) impaired driving; and speeding. “I also want to take this time with the Mayor’s Comments to make sure we all remember that Cherryville will play host to three sports tournaments that will be played here, namely the Little League District All-Stars game, starting June 26; the

Dixie Youth Softball Tournament on July 9; and the American Legion State Tournament starting July 27.” Mayor Beam also noted the town’s well-known (and amazing) Fourth of July Festival will be held on July 2, with everything starting at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m. The band for the event

will be “Too Much Sylvia”, whose vocalist recently won a big beach music award, added the mayor. There were no citizens who called in to be heard and one citizen spoke briefly about folks speeding on the street that runs in front of his home, endangering his See COUNCIL, Page 6

Ryan Wright serves his country as a United States Marine by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Ryan Wright’s dream, ever since he was a tyke, was to be a United States Marine. So says his father, Larry Wright, who is the City’s Wastewater Plant Superintendent/ORC. So, thanks to the USMC’s Delayed Enlistment Program, young Wright – later to be PFC Ryan Wright – while still in Cherryville High school – began his military career with the United States Marine Corps in August 2019 by enlisting in the Delayed Entry Program. His dad, Larry, said, “The DEP allowed him to prepare mentally and physically for boot camp.” Shortly after PFC Wright graduated Cherryville High School on June 5, 2020, Larry said he left for boot camp on June 7. However, it must be noted that as part of the restrictions for COVID-19, he attended the Citadel for a two-week See WRIGHT, Page 4

Due to USMC personal security rules and regulations, only PFC Ryan Wright (in the front row, down on one knee) can be allowed to be named. Ryan’s dad, Larry, said that anyone else cannot be named. However, Larry said they are the guys Ryan graduated with from Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island. (photo provided)