Cherryville Eagle 10-6-21

Page 1




N.C. TRACTOR & FARM SUPPLY 299 Railroad Ave., Rutherfordton • 828-288-0395 Mobile: 828-429-5008 •

Volume 115 • Issue 40


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Saint John’s Lutheran Church of Cherryville’s new pastor, Rev. G. Scott Homesley, at the pulpit. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Rev. Homesley new pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church Pastor Homesley: “I love the feeling of coming home to Cherryville and ministering!” by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Just like St. Paul, the Apostle, many men and women of God who are called into His service often find the pathway takes them to many other places in their lives before they actually wind up standing behind a pulpit preaching His gospel. Such was the case with the Rev. G. Scott Homesley, Saint John’s Lutheran Church’s new pastor. Though

born and raised in Cherryville, Rev. Homesley’s road to service in Christ has had a couple of turns at being what he calls a “second career pastor.” A 1978 graduate of Cherryville High School and trombonist in the CHS band, Rev. Homesley said, “I originally wanted to be a band director because I love music.” Though wishing to attend East Carolina University and get involved in their band, things didn’t work out as he wished. He was invited by a couple of Lenoir-Rhyne faculty members to visit their campus and look at their music program. He did, and fell in love with the university and its culture. The Eagle See PASTOR, Page 10

Hall of Fame committee members who were present at the event were Jerry Hudson (President), Scott Harrill (Vice-President), Mike Powell (Treasurer), Dennis Tate, Danny Eaker (Secretary), Calvin Hastings, Dr. Bud Black, Al Graves, and Dr. Floyd Wright. Not present due to other commitments were Larry Sipe and Rocky Bennett. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Cherryville Hall of Fame Sports Banquet inducts 10 new members 1985 CHS Basketball State Championship team also inducted by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

At the Saturday, Oct. 2, Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet, 10

individuals and one sports team from CHS were honored by a large crowd of family and well-wishers. The 6 p.m., dinner was held at Cherryville’s First Baptist Church COC. The crowd was regaled by guest speaker and 1994 Duke Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Banks. Banks was part of the 1977-

1978 team that reached the NCAA Championship that year, according to his short “bio”. Banks also played two seasons in the NBA, continuing his pro career in Italy and Israel. In his introduction, Hall of Fame Committee member Calvin Hastings, himself a 2002 Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame mem-

ber, noted that Banks “… coached in the NBA with the Washington Wizards,” and is currently the Athletics Director for Gaston College and their new team, the Rhinos. Banks is also special assistant to Gaston College President, Dr. Hauser, said Hastings. Hall of Fame committee See BANQUET, Page 9

JCMS teacher nominated for GCS Leadership Academy Meghann Sneed one of 14 nominated for school administration program by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

With the recent Lincoln County Schools new mask-optional policy in place, some students wore masks and some didn’t during the West Lincoln High School college fair in Vale. (photo courtesy of Lincoln County Schools)

Judge says:

NC school boards don’t have to mandate masks Parents and Disability Rights NC lose ruling in lawsuit against Lincoln County’s school board over mask-optional policy by KATE MARTIN Carolina Public Press

The Lincoln County Board of Education may con-

tinue its mask-optional policy throughout its school district, a judge ruled Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30. Superior Court Judge James Morgan declined to issue a temporary restraining order that would require the district to enforce a mask mandate for students, staff and visitors to their schools. Masks became optional for students in the district on Wednesday, Sept. 29, after a 4-3 vote by the board earlier in the month. Parents of 13 See MASKS, Page 6

John Chavis Middle School teacher, Meghann Britton Sneed, is one of 14 Gaston County Schools’ finest to be nominated to the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy. Sneed, 30, is a 7th-grade Math and Science teacher at the Cherryville middle school and has been a teacher for five years, she said, having first taught for three years at Belmont Central Elementary School before coming to Chavis. She said she is “happy to have been nominated” and is looking forward to growing and going forward as an education professional. Mrs. Sneed comes from a family of educators as her mother and father both teach in Cherryville school: her mom, Lara Britton, is a current 5th-grade teacher at W.B. Blaine Beam Intermediate and her father, Jeff Britton, has worked for Gaston County schools for several years. Meghann noted, “My

John Chavis Middle School 7th-grade Math and Science teacher Meghann Sneed will soon be attending the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy at Gardner-Webb University. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) dad is currently is a Pre-Kindergarten Assistant at Cherryville Elementary, and husband, Josh Sneed is an EC Assistant at W.B. Beam Intermediate as well.” She and her husband have been married for almost four years now, she said, adding, “We have a 2-year-old little boy, Jude. We also have a pug, Karl. We love to take walks in our neighborhood and be outside.” Additionally, Mrs. Sneed said her grandmother, Penny Buff, is a retired high

school English teacher who taught at Bessemer City High School for a number of years. Sneed noted she was informed of the nomination to the Leadership Academy via a letter from Dr. Melissa Wilson Balknight, Associate Superintendent of Academic Services of Gaston County Schools. In that letter, Dr. Balknight stated GCS “…looks forward to having (Sneed) among the 14 teachers who will complete the master’s degree program in school

administration through Gardner-Webb University. Furthermore, we anticipate having you prepared to be an administrator in our school district within the next two years.” The school system told Sneed they were very impressed with her credentials and achievements in education as well as her eagerness to become a school administrator in the county. The letter to Mrs. Sneed closed with these words, “We are confident that this See JCMS, Page 10

LOCAL 704-484-1047


Every Wednesday

Page 2

The Cherryville Eagle

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Inmate threatens to kill Gaston County judge, DA, and jurors


Dr. James Calderbank ASHEVILLE – Dr. James B. Calderbank, 74, my sweet husband of 27 years died peacefully on Sept. 24, 2021. He ended his journey at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville after a fourmonth illness. He was born in Greenwich, CT, to the late John Jacob Birrell Calderbank and the late Luise Helene Meyer Calderbank. Jim had a way with words that I don’t possess and as I was struggling to find the right words, I thought, “I wish he were here to polish and rewrite this.” It would take much more than a few sentences to express how special he was to me and all our family and friends. He was a kind, compassionate physician in private practice in Internal Medicine for nine years, followed by Emergency Room Trauma Care. He completed a second Residency in Anesthesia and worked 22 years as an Anesthesiologist. He retired in 2016 from Mission/St Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, NC. He enjoyed tinkering with toys, was an avid birder, loved riding motorcycles and was an experienced radio-controlled model pilot. We enjoyed many cross-country motorcycle trips together and many trips to beautiful places to photograph and watch wildlife. He possessed one of the most amazing brains, with the ability to analyze and comprehend beyond my imagination. Jim completed his sacred and precious journey to Heaven surrounded by God’s saving grace and love in Jesus. I will miss him terribly, but he left behind many cherished memories of our life together. He will also be greatly missed by our poodle, Helton. Jim is survived by myself, Sandra Mauney Calderbank, also known as Sandy Gram to the grandchildren; his son, Doug (Keri); his daughter, Jen (Scott); brothers, John (Nancy), and Dave (Judy); and niece and nephew, Lizbeth and John. He was Grampy Jim to Ian, Ella, Quinn and Anna. A Memorial service for family and friends, led by Dr. Michael Hester, will be held at Sabbath Rest Farm, 152 Edna Roberts Dr., Alexander, NC, 28701, on Oct. 17, 2021, at 3 p.m. Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in the Black Family section of the Cherryville City Cemetery, Cherryville, NC, led by Pastor Adam Guice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hillsdale College. Condolences may be made to Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Dr. Calderbank.

Ann Self Sigmon OLD FORT – Ann Self Sigmon, 73, of Old Fort, formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at her residence into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. She was born April 14, 1948, in Lincoln County to the late Robert and Fleta Boggs Harrill. Ann was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church. She was the founder and owner for 40 years of Carolina’s Independent Trucker’s Services, Inc. Ann enjoyed gardening and all the beautiful flowers. She had a servant’s heart and was always helping others. Ann lived the life of a Proverb’s 31 Woman: 1.) She was more precious than jewels to all who knew her, especially her family. The Lord used Ann to bring healing to her blended family. She was a peacemaker and loved everyone as her own. 2.) She was a good wife. Her husband knew that she was trustworthy and faithful. Ann enriched his life, being a comfort and an encouragement to him. She brought him much joy and love all the days of their life together. 3.) She was a homemaker. Ann took excellent care of her home and family. Every holiday, birthday, or special event was a celebration of family, fun and good food. 4.) She was charitable. Ann was generous. She shared what she had from her abundance, giving money to the less fortunate or those in need, giving of her time and talents to benefit others. Ann was always ready to help anyone when she saw they had a need, never expecting anything back in return. 5.) She was prepared for the future. A Proverbs 31 Woman rejoices over the future because she makes sure that her family is ready for it. Ann was a picture of God’s grace and love as she walked through her battle with cancer, understanding that the battle was the Lord’s and not hers. Ann pressed in with the Lord and His Word, constantly reminding her family and friends, that God was in control and she trusted Him. Ann stated many times that she was prepared to meet her Savior and go to heaven. Ann was confident and secure in her position in Christ. She was clothed in kindness, truth, beauty and grace. She is praised because of her steadfast and worshipful fear of the Lord. Her family truly rises up and calls her blessed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Eddie Don Self.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Sigmon; daughter, Stacie Self; sister, Linda Harrill Rudisill (Ken); stepchildren, Tina Grindstaff (Barry), Tami Waters (Mickey), Billy Sigmon (Debra), and Joey Sigmon (Aleshia); grandchildren, Chelsea Comadoll (Lucas), Chandler Grindstaff (Taylor), Chad Grindstaff, Jordi Mayes (Hal), Graci Schultz, Breanna Sigmon, Garrett Sigmon, and Brooklyn Woody (Garrett); great-grandchildren, Hartley, Boone, Wilder, and Logan Mayes and Kiara and Gavin Woody; BBFFC; and the girls at Carolina’s Independent Trucker’s Services, Inc. A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at 1 p.m., at Cross Memorial Baptist Church in Marion with Pastor Ryan Bennett and Rev. Richard Anderson officiating. Burial was private. Memorials may be made to Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 15 Cross Memorial Baptist Church Loop, Marion, NC, 28752. Condolences may be made to Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Sigmon.

Mike Perham CHERRYVILLE – Michael “Mike” Craig Perham, 72, of Requa Rd., passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He was born March 21, 1949, in Waterloo Iowa to the late Richard Melvin and Aurilla Phyllis Parkes Perham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Shih Tzu, Sassy. Mike was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mike was a simple man who lived a simple life, but had a heart of gold. Survivors include his loving partner of 27 years, Edith Robeta Bell; his Cocker Spaniel, Chloe; several children and stepchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Services will be private. Condolences may be made to Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Perham.

Taylorsville man sentenced to 30 months for threatening

Aura Ann McGinnis

Tommy Whitely

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Aura Ann McGinnis, 90, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln. Mrs. McGinnis was born in Gaston County, N.C., on June 23, 1931, daughter of the late Forest Davis and Mable Brown Davis. She retired after 28 years of service with Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville. Mrs. McGinnis was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hilbert “Deed” McGinnis, and a brother, Bob Davis. Survivors include a son, Joel McGinnis and wife Cheryl; a brother, Jack Davis and wife, Helen all of Cherryville; special friend who was like a daughter, Leann Nguyen and her children, who were like grandchildren, Gary, Jason and Steven Quach; a nephew, John Davis of York, PA, and several cousins. Also, special friends, Richard and Gayla Kerley and Steve Wilson. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating. Burial followed the service at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville. Memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA, 01061-0515. A guest register is available at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. McGinnis.

EDEN, N.C. – Tommy Gene Whitley, 71, passed away on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at The Brian Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Eden, N.C. He was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., Jan. 8, 1950, the oldest of four children born to Bobbie Whitley and Viola Garren Stone. Those left behind to cherish his memory are brother, Danny Whitley and wife Debbie; sister, Diane Austin and husband Harlan; brother, David Whitley; niece, Michelle and husband Rocky Craig; nieces, Elizabeth (Beth) Whitley and Lynette Whitley; nephews, David and Robert Barnes, Michael and Jason Whitley, great-nephews, Eric Craig and Jason Whitley; and great-niece, Emma Craig. He loved living at the Center and they all loved him. Many came in to tell him good bye. He was known to all as Super Man, and loved being called Super Man. His favorite singer was Elvis Presley. Elvis and Tommy were born on the same date, Jan. 8. (to Tommy, he and Elvis were brothers). “Tom -Tom”, your family and friends truly miss you. Interment will be at Cherryville City Cemetery, Cherryville, N.C., next to our Mother. There will be no service or memorial due to COVID-19. Wilkerson Funeral Home served the family of Mr. Whitely.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joel Michael Cliett, 45, of Taylorsville, N.C., was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, for mailing a threatening communication, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making last week’s announcement. According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on Aug. 21, 2020, Cliett sent a threatening communication via U.S. Mail to a state judge in Gaston County. In the letter, Cliett claimed he was wrongly convicted of a crime, and threatened to kill the state judge, the judge’s family, the District Attorney, and the 12 jurors who convicted him of the crime. Cliett further stated in the letter that, “With enough C-4, I can kill all of you through the mail.” Cliett also boasted in the letter that, “There is nothing you can do to me.” Cliett sent the threatening letter while he was incarcerated at the Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C. Cliett pleaded guilty on May 13, 2021, to mailing a threatening communication. He is currently in federal custody. The sentence of imprisonment was ordered to run consecutive to the North Carolina state sentence he is currently serving associated with his prior state convictions. The FBI and USPIS investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Odulio, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

Gaston County man wins $100,000 lottery RALEIGH – Sunilkumar Desai of Gastonia is the latest winner of a $100,000 prize in the Ultimate 7’s game. “It felt real good to win,” Desai said. He bought his Ultimate 7’s ticket from his store, Waco Stop & Shop, located on Cherryville Rd., in Waco. Claiming his prize last Friday, and after the required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,756. He said he will use the money to go on vacation and pay off some bills. The $20 game launched in May with four $2 million top prizes and eight $100,000 prizes. Two $2 million top prizes and three $100,000 prizes remain. Ticket sales from draw scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise

Jeff Cash for Mayor Leadership Integrity Vision Passion Experience

Vote November 2nd Paid for by the committee to elect Jeff Cash for Mayor

more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $13.4 million raised by the lottery

made a difference in Gaston County in 2020, visit www. and click on the “Impact” section.

50th Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. David Kiser

Mr. and Mrs. David Kiser will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Julia Louanna Moore and David Lewis Kiser, Junior, were married at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, October 10, 1971. They celebrated their honeymoon in Florida, being some of the very first visitors to Disney World which had just opened on October 1, 1971. They lived in Charlotte for several years before moving to Cherryville and making it their permanent home in 1973. They are proud parents to two children Brian Kiser (Leigh) and Meredith Gaddy (Tom) and three grandchildren, Rileigh Kiser, Thomas Gaddy and Miles Gaddy. David and Louanna have been active members of First Baptist Church Cherryville since moving to Cherryville in 1973 and have spent the last 50 years serving their family, their church and their community well. They rarely miss their grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, but when they have free time to spare, they spend it traveling, supporting Cherryville High School’s athletic events, attending NC State football games and spending time with their family. They have provided their children and grandchildren a wonderful example of love, encouragement, grace and commitment and we are so thankful to share this golden milestone with them. We love you Mom and Dad!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Cherryville Eagle

Page 3







71 64

71 61

73 60

74 59

77 59

78 58

Scattered Thunderstorms

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

Scattered Thunderstorms

Scattered Thunderstorms

A BLAST FROM THE PAST – This photo of the 1986 Cherryville Rotary Club members is courtesy of Mr. Palmer Huffstetler, Sr. Some of the names are incomplete or are not known. First row, left to right: Hubert McGinnis, Joey Cabeniss, Mac Brawley, Palmer Huffstetler, Sr., Billy Crews, David Moss, a Mr. Osborne, Paul Bedenbaugh, and Bill Edwards. Second row, left to right: David Kiser, David Ferguson, Bill Upchurch, unknown, Jerry Hudson, Calvin Hastings, Mark Shelly, Fenton Larson, Bill Allen, Mark Upchurch, and Billy Nail. Back row, left to right: Bob Faires, Paul McGinnis, Steve Bowen, Dr. Cordell Scott, unknown, Howell Stroup, Max Beam, Hector Stroup, Aaron Moss, unknown, and Gary Allran. (photo provided)

■ POLICE ARRESTS 9-21: Sammy Leroy Wooten, 31, 149 McIntyre Rd., Cherryville; RDO; DWLR; and OFA/DWLR (Gaston Co.). $3,500 secured bond. 9-21: Dalton Riley Reynolds, 28, 498 Old Lincolnton-Crouse, Lincolnton; one count misdemeanor WSOJ (Gaston Co.). $3,500 secured bond.

9-26: Johnny Franklin Reynolds, Jr., 45, 1205 Tot Dellinger Rd., Cherryville; one count misdemeanor RDO. $2,500 secured bond. 9-27: Philip William Bolick, Jr., 24, 395 Mooregate Ln., Apt. 395, Lincolnton; misdemeanor WSOJ. $1,500 secured bond. 9-28: Desmond Tyrell Izard, 22, 301 Brown St.,

Cherryville; two (2) counts felony PWIMSD Schedule IV & II controlled substances, and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for sale of controlled substances. $20,000 secured bond. 9-28L Shane Rashon Faw, 33, 123 Sante Cir., Gastonia; one count felony PWIMSD Schedule IV & II controlled substances. $10,000 secured bond.







or more $3<








INCIDENTS 9-14: Shelby woman reports burglary/B&E and destruction/damage/vandalism of property ($475/misc. items) by unknown person(s) forcing entry into Cherryville residence and taking listed items. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-15: Cherryville woman reports B&E and larceny after B&E ($15,326/many misc. items) by unknown person(s) who broke in to her apartment and stole listed items. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-22: Cherryville gas and convenience mart reports call for service (CFS) due to a counterfeit $10 bill being presented as payment. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-22: Cherryville business reports larceny ($1,500/ architectural exterior shingles and misc. roofing ridge vents, caps) by unknown person(s) who took listed Owens Corning construction items/materials. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-23: Cherryville salon reports vandalism by unknown person(s) who defaced store window w/graffiti. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-23: City of Cherryville and Cherryville woman report larceny of a water meter ($300) by unknown person(s) who stole listed item. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-23: CPD officer reports CFS by responding to a reported overdose by listed person who OD’d on half a dosage unit of an unknown drug. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-23: CPD officer and Cherryville man report assault w/a deadly weapon w/intent to harm; possession of a firearm by a felon; and discharging a firearm w/in city limits by listed suspect who discharged firearm and assaulted listed subjects w/said firearm. No injuries reported. Seized: four (4) shell casings. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-24: GCPD officers report closing/clearing by arrest a simple assault at Mary’s Grove Church Rd., and Beattie Rd., Cherryville. 9-26: CPD officer reports RDO and obstructing traffic flow by listed suspect who committed listed incidents at Pink St., and City Cemetery. Case is active. 9-27: CPD officer reports WSOJ/warrant service on listed suspect who had an outstanding warrant. Closed/cleared by arrest. 9-27: Crouse man and

woman report call for service as unnamed person(s) took subject from Cherryville residence. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-28: CPD officer reports CFS/barring notice on listed suspect who remained on business property, causing a disturbance. Case closed by other means. 9-28: CPD officer reports PWIMSD Schedule IV controlled substance; PWIMSD Schedule II controlled substance; and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for sale of controlled substances by listed suspects who possessed illegal narcotics. Seized: $6,920 in cash; 15 dosage units of Oxycodone HCl, and 58 dosage units of Alprazolam. Case is active and under further investigation. 9-28: GCPD officers report further investigation into a larceny/other incident at 558 Doc Wehunt Rd., Cherryville. WRECKS 9-15: A vehicle driven by Ashley Marie Blanton, 20, 303 W. Main St., Cherryville, and a vehicle driven by Terry Blake Taylor, 57, 1515 Home Trl. Lincolnton, were traveling on E. Church St., when the Blanton vehicle collided head on w/ the Taylor vehicle. Ms. Blanton told responding officer she fell asleep while driving, that’s when she collided w/the Taylor vehicle. Ms. Blanton was treated at the scene by GEMS and transported CaroMont Regional Medical, Gastonia. Mr. Taylor was treated at the scene by GEMS and transported to Atrium Health – Lincoln, in Lincolnton. Est. damages to the Blanton vehicle and the Taylor vehicle: $10,000/vehicle. The Blanton vehicle was towed to McDaniel’s Towing by McDaniel’s Towing; the Taylor vehicle was towed to KT Towing by KT Towing. 9-18: A vehicle driven by Bianca Marie Mendez-Rodriguez, 27, 1541 23rd Ave., Ct., NE, Hickory, told responding officer she was approaching the intersection of E. Church St., and Rudisill Ave., and attempted to stop when her vehicle possibly malfunctioned (brake failure), causing her to collide w/a vehicle driven by Kenaz Montel Byers, 27, 1217 Lavender Rd., Grover, causing a chain reaction collision w/the other listed motorists: Andrew Logan Beck, 32, 219 Waverton Dr., Greer, S.C., and Jackie Lavon Lucas, 59, 203 Wildlife Trl., Greer, S.C. Mr. Beck said he was stopped in the travel lane, when his vehicle was struck in the rear while stopped, which caused him to strike the vehicle in front of

him due to the original collision by the first vehicle, and so forth. A passenger in the Beck vehicle was injured and treated at the scene by GEMS, but not transported. No other injuries reported. Est. damages to the Mendez-Rodriguez vehicle: $2,500; the Byers vehicle: $1,500; the Beck vehicle: $1,000; and the Lucas vehicle: $1,000. The Mendez-Rodriguez vehicle was towed to McDaniel’s Towing by McDaniel’s Towing. 9-19: A vehicle driven by Deidra King Gantt, 60, 6996 W. Hwy. 27, Vale, and a vehicle driven by Kelandria Denise Brown, 17, 108 Enola Dr., Shelby, collided in the parking lot of 1011 E. Church Street. No injuries reported. Both vehicles reported minor damage. 9-21: A vehicle owned by James Mitchell Davis, P.O. Box 4, Lincolnton, was parked in a parking space in the Cherryville Food Lion parking lot when he discovered later in the day there was damage done to the left rear quarter panel. He didn’t witness the accident but said he believed an unknown motor vehicle collided w/his parked vehicle and left the scene of the accident. There is no other information at this time. No est. damages reported. 9-26: A vehicle driven by Timothy William Hullender, 33, 906 W. Georgia Ave., Bessemer City, and a vehicle driven by Justin Antonio Jones, 27, 707 S. Mountain St., Apt. A, Cherryville, were involved in a minor collision at S. Jacob St., Cherryville. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and no injuries were reported. 9-27: A vehicle driven by Charles William Boydston, 60, 4949 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill, S.C., and a vehicle driven by Jimmy Dean Black, 64, 5995 Fairview School Rd., Vale, collided on East Main Street. Mr. Black told responding officer that he was stopped in the travel lane due to a trash truck stopped in the roadway. As he was waiting, his dump truck was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Mr. Boydston, who told the R.O. that he was traveling straight ahead and sneezed, causing him to become distracted, striking Mr. Black’s vehicle. No injuries reported. Est. damages to the Boydston vehicle: $2,500; to the Black vehicle: $0. The Boydston vehicle was towed or driven to the owner’s desired destination by the owner.

Page 4

The Cherryville Eagle

Wednesday, October 6, 2021



If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. –Milton Burle

Reality, thy name is OLD AGE! Well, if ever I needed a sign to let me know I’m getting older – other than stopping long enough to look in the nearest mirror – I sure got one by way of a dose of reality last Saturday! It came as the wife and I were eating lunch at a great little eatery that will go unnamed, mainly because I don’t want them to freak out thinking that what I’m going to say was their fault. The only thing they did wrong (which was nothing) was their food and appetizers were so bloody good I had the common bad grace to break a tooth while munching down on some amazing fare. I felt something go “crunch” and felt a bit of grit as I chewed what was basically not supposed to be a gritty-type food or a seafood item, i.e. oysters, clams, or even shrimp or lobster. Wondering what it could possibly be I chomped down on, I did what any tough guy oldster does in these circumstances,

By Michael Powell

chew, chew, chew, and swallow! Now, I pride myself on my choppers being in pretty fair condition for an old guy (67 now, thank you!), and while they may not be Brad Pitt “purty”, I’m sort of taken with them, since they are still in decent shape – with the exception of one that gave up his prized position in my upper gum a while back, thanks to a cavity the size of… well, you get the idea, right? As my uber-patient dentist points out, more visits to the office might be in order to stave off any further loss of the

pearly not-so-whites. That said, after said crunching sound, I felt something sharp prodding my tongue and realized, to my horror, it was my tooth (lower jaw, left side, thank you) that had given way and dissolved into so many crumbles of dentin, enamel, and whatever else a tooth is made of, thanks to… what? Hard food? (NO!) The devil? (Uh…no!) I was clueless! I told my wife after she wisely asked me if I was all right and did I swallow a fly? I looked as if I might have done just that to her, I guess, so I assured her that wasn’t it. No, the truth was I had swallowed the giblets and tooth dust of one of my prize choppers, which had broken off somehow and made their way south into my stomach! “Yuck,” she said. “That’s way too much information, especially here at lunch! Gross!” By way of reply I sat back and pouted, not finishing my delicious

God’s marvelous ways provide a time for all seasons Most of the sisters worked people I know beside her have a favorite planting corn season or time of and cotton the year. Some and vegetable love summer gardens and when school is then gathering out and beach the harvest trips are untogether as derway. Some well. She used like winter with to tell me she By Anne S. Haynes Thanksgiving loved autumn and Christmas and plenty when life slowed down a of snow. And then there little after all of the crops are others, like my huswere harvested and the band, Tommy, who look canning of fresh fruits and forward to spring when vegetables was completed. they can work the ground Now I am confident that and plant seeds and watch there were plenty of addithem grow. tional chores on the farm, When I think of the fall but the workload did beseason, I think of my mom come lighter. who has been in heaven I’m not sure which seafor many years. She grew son is my favorite, but I am up on a farm in Cleveland sure of how much I like County where the family summer. Part of the reason planted plenty of crops I am fond of summer is and toiled the fields tirebecause my teaching calessly. Her brothers and reer always meant summer

was basically my vacation time. It was when I could slow down a little and rest and eventually begin to prepare for a new school year. It gave me time to reflect on the past year and work toward finding ways to prepare for more student progress. I wonder if everyone does have a favorite season, or are they inclined to merely like each one in various ways. I can understand this way of thinking because it is all God’s creation. I must admit that there are parts of each season that I enjoy. No matter if it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, God did create it. After all, He makes no mistakes, and the marvelous ways He has created this beautiful world never cease to amaze me no matter what season the calendar displays.

lunch, and sipped on my soft drink, all the while probing the chasm in my tooth with my tongue as if I might find that it somehow had magically grown new enamel and such in mere seconds. On Monday, I promptly called my dentist, set up an appointment and went by the

office at the scheduled time, sat in the chair and received the news as to what could be done, what my options were, and so on and so forth. So, now I’m at the place in my life where I have to make yet another decision about my health I was hoping to avoid. On top of this dental sit-

uation, I am also going to have to have cataract surgery in October, which I’m not sure my Medicare insurance will cover. Still, life goes on and my new reality is simply this: Powell…you’re OLD! Get used to it and get over it! Be safe, and stay healthy, y’all!

The explosive growth of homeschooling, including among black Americans by EMILY BURKE Parents are taking their children’s education into their own hands in record numbers after a disastrously tumultuous school year. The U.S. Census Bureau’s experimental Household Pulse Survey, which is an online survey recording social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrates a dramatic shift towards homeschooling within the past year and a half. The survey included roughly 22–23 million American households spanning from the spring of 2020 to the fall of 2021. During Phase 1 (April 23 to May 5, 2020) of the survey, about 5.4 percent of households with schoolaged children said they were homeschooling. By the fall (September 30 to October 12, 2020), 11.1 percent of households with schoolaged children reported homeschooling. The number increased to a staggering 19.5 percent by May of 2021. Fall 2021 statistics on homeschooling have not yet been published. This embrace of home education is diverse. The survey respondents indicated that homeschooling in black households increased from 3.3 percent in the spring of 2020 to 16.1 percent in the fall of 2020. The possible reasons for such a monumental and unprecedented switch to homeschooling are numerous, and include pandemic shutdowns, strict masking, and critical race theory. The profound failure of school shutdowns during the pandemic was evidenced by the drop-off in student test scores in reading and math

and soaring rates of students attempting suicide. Unscientific mask mandates for school-aged children also received outcry from concerned parents. Even though many young students have reported headaches, dizziness, and brain fog from masking for 8-hour or more school days, some school boards and states still require them. From Broward County to Loudoun County, parents have protested nationwide against mask mandates. The immense, national backlash to critical race theory in schools may have also catalyzed the turn towards homeschooling. Parents across the country have protested against CRT at school board meetings, claiming the instructional tool promotes racism and hatred. Some states, including Oklahoma, Idaho, and Florida have even banned CRT from schools. Dr. Anika Prather, a professor of Classics at Howard University and founder of the Living Water School, is an advocate for diverse classical education and a supporter of school choice. Prather told The American Spectator that personalization is a benefit of homeschooling, as parents maintain direct agency over their children’s education. Dr. Prather elaborated: “In the family that chooses to give their children more freedom in how they’re educated, that parent is now free to protect and advocate for their child’s freedom to learn. If the family is Christian, the parent has the freedom to disciple that child in the faith. If that family is Afrocentric, that family has

the freedom to make all of their lessons geared to the child learning their African heritage.” Similarly, radical gender theory and progressive sex education have infiltrated schools, and have even reached preschools. Schools across the country have adopted LGBTQ+ curriculums, taught “porn literacy” courses, and embraced sexually explicit books accompanied by the use of “sex apps.” Jeremy Tate, CEO of the Classical Learning Test, an alternative standardized test to the SAT or ACT with a classical approach, is an advocate for classical education. He told The American Spectator that parents are becoming aware of what their children are actually being taught. He said, “Parents are waking up to the reality that mainstream education has gone completely off the rails. It is now radically disconnected from the kind of education that gave birth to America.” Parents may be flocking to homeschooling because what our Founding Fathers believed about education is now fundamentally lost, Tate said. He also echoed Dr. Prather’s insights on minority families and homeschooling, saying that “We have witnessed the largest exodus of black families from public schooling in American history. The founder of National Black Home Educators, Joyce Burgess, reports a three times growth in homeschooling among blacks. They are voting with their feet.” Prather summarized this


A tale of two critiques highlights Democratic contradictions by MITCH KOKAI Carolina Journal Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest veto tosses the debate about N.C. public school indoctrination back into the hands of state lawmakers. If Republican legislative leaders move to override Cooper’s veto of House Bill 324, it will be interesting to listen to Democrats’ responses. They might employ two contradictory attacks against the bill, which would ban public schools

from promoting a list of 13 controversial concepts. The proscribed statements defy America’s core liberal principles. It’s not possible for the contradictory points of criticism to be true at the same time. Every voting N.C. House Democrat said “no” to the final version of H.B. 324 on Sept. 1. Back-to-back speeches on the House floor that day highlighted the contrasting arguments that pushed Democrats toward “no.” One Democrat crit-

icized Republican colleagues for trying to ban 13 concepts that never appear in public schools. The other criticized Republicans for trying to ban at least one concept that should be taught in school. The two critiques should not coexist. They stand diametrically opposed to one another. “Why is this here?” freshman Rep. Abe Jones, D-Wake, asked his colleagues during the House debate. “Who’s out doing


Published every Wednesday • USPS 163-580 by Community First Media, Inc. Periodicals postage at Cherryville, NC 28021 Office: 503 N. Lafayette St., Shelby, NC 28150 • Phone (704) 484-1047 • Fax (704) 484-1067 Annual mail subscription rates. Prices include 7% NC State Sales Tax Gaston & Cleveland Counties $38 • Other NC Counties $43 • Outside NC $58

Michael Powell - Editor Greg Ledford - Display Advertising Kathy Reynolds - Legal Notices & Subscriptions Classified Advertising Mike Marlow - Circulation Phone 704-484-1047 Fax 704-484-1067

Cherryville Eagle’s publisher and its advertisers are not responsible or liable for misprints, typographical errors, misinformation herein contained. We reserve the right to edit, reject or accept any articles, advertisements, or infor, INC mation to be printed in this publication. We “Creating Business For People” will provide ad proofs for pre-paid ads or ads that are placed by established clients. No proofs may leave our premises without payment and permission and are copyright by Community First Media. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. No individual or business is permitted to place or attach any flyer, poster or any type of advertisement of any kind to our boxes or on our racks. CANCELLATION OR CORRECTION DEADLINE: The cancellation deadline is the same as the order deadline because much of our cost is involved in the production of the ad itself. If you have to cancel an ad after deadline, it may be necessary to charge for the time and materials we’ve already spent on preparing the ad. Display & Classified Deadline is Friday at 12 Noon. APPROVAL: All content is accepted subject to approval by the publisher. ERRORS: We want your ad to be accurate and correct, and normally there will be no errors. However, should there be an error and it is our fault, we will give you a correction letter and return (or give credit) for the actual space occupied by the incorrect item. Of course you should notify us of the error, before the ad runs a second time.



The Cherryville Eagle

Do you ever wonder, is God mad at you?

We all may have some issues with the past. Past problems, past mistakes, past sins, Mollette past de- Glenn Guest Editorial cisions and past ignorance. We live and we learn if we are fortunate enough to live. Sadly, too many obituaries are of young adults who were barely starting life. Some young adults don’t think that much about the past because so much of life is in front of them – they hope. Most of us believe life is in front of us. It’s difficult to imagine not existing, but as we all know, life ends. If you live long enough, you’ll make enough mistakes that will embarrass you, worry you, frighten you, or simply make you wonder if God is mad enough to assign you to an everlasting hell. Usually, the pain or aggravation of life’s past problems, valleys, hurts and pain is enough hell for all of us. If hell is any worse than

the weight of life’s regrets, sorrows and foul-ups then it surely is more than a terrible place. People who live long lives typically remember 50 years ago like it’s today. Throughout all of life, sadly, what we often are weighted down by are our transgressions or mistakes. Often it may not be some egregious sin but simply something we wish we could do one more time because we know if we could try again, we could do it better. Unfortunately, we don’t get a second chance. We have one opportunity to raise our children. We have one span of time to be good to our parents. We have one brief work career that we both work hard at and do well or ‘fiddle-diddle’ it all away. Hindsight is always 20/20, but at the time we can’t stop long enough to see what we are doing. Most of the time our lives are filled with good deeds, lots of good events and lots of good memorable occasions that we should dwell more upon. We forget most of these but the bad stuff always rises to the top. Bad stuff is like bad news. Bad news travels

Prepared for eternity October 3, 2020, was the saddest day of my life; watching my number one cheerleader and friend crossover to the other side broke my heart. She was the one person who had known me the longest, and she had sacrificed more for me than anyone else. My dear mother, Mrs. Edlena Davis had finally left this side of pain and trials to enter into her eternal rest. I was extremely sorrowful, and I felt like I had a deep hole in my soul. Yet, as I DANYALE PATTERSON looked at her body lying peacefully in her bed while praise and worship music was softly playing, a burst of joy rose up in me and I exclaimed, “Mama, you made it!” I was very happy for her, because I knew she had prepared herself for eternity! I had heard her pray fervently whether she was in the kitchen, in her bedroom, or in church. In addition, she talked about Jesus being her friend, and she showed me how to have a relationship with him, not just be a church attender. She even had spiritual encounters throughout her life that she didn’t like to share, because she thought people would think she was crazy or wouldn’t believe her. I always told her if it happened in the Bible, I believe it can happen now! Here’s one account that she had: “I was in bed, and I felt my breath leave my body. Then suddenly, I was standing in front of Jesus. He was wearing a white robe and he was glowing. I was running so fast toward him, and I didn’t have any pain in my knees. Jesus held up his hand and pointed down. I said, “Oh no! I’m going there to hell!” He shook his head and said, “No. Your time is not yet.” Then, he blew on me, and I was back in my body.” Apostle Paul confirms her story with a similar experience in I Corinthians 12:2. He states: “I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows.” My mother lived a full and long life of having an experiential and authentic relationship with her Redeemer. She persevered and fought the good fight of faith. Since I observed the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit operating in her life, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, she was ready to meet her Lord and Savior! How about you - are you prepared for eternity? PRAY THIS PRAYER: “Father the world says it’s crazy to believe in you, but I ask that you cause me to know you better. Open my eyes, so I may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me of everything I have said and done that has offended you. Wash me thoroughly and make me brand new. I surrender my heart and will to you Lord. May I never be ashamed of your name! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.” Danyale Patterson is co-founder of Enlighten Ministries, a 501c3 organization with her husband Brandon Patterson. Contact her at to get spiritual resources, share a testimony, send a prayer request, or book her to speak. • Working Moms • Homeschool Moms • College Praying Moms • Moms of Career Age Young Adults • Military Families • Moms Praying For Prodigals • Special Needs Praying Moms • Church Based Groups • Language Based Groups • Prison Based Groups

OUR MISSION: Moms in Prayer International impacts children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray.

Page 5

What do I really need?

fast. Good news may or may not get around. The bad stuff is typically what climbs its way to the top of our minds and camps out there to torment us. The work of the Devil is surely to imprison us, if possible. The work of Jesus is to set us free. I heard a parable about Jesus seeing the Devil with a cage. Inside the cage the Devil had a man. Jesus said, “Old Devil, what are you going to do with that man?” The Devil said, “Hurt him, torture him and make his life hell.” Jesus asked, “Old Devil, what would you take to set that man free?” With a hiss of hate the Devil looked at Jesus with a sinister stare and said, “Every ounce of your blood.” Keep in mind this day that Jesus has paid the price for your freedom. Don’t worry about it anymore.

If I what I really need is walked strings. up to you This scenario with a guireminds me of the tar in my story recorded in the hand and Gospels of Matthew said, “Hey, (9:1-8), Mark (2:1I have this 12), and Luke (5:17guitar that 26). I want to In these passages, DALE HENDRICKS play. It some men brought Senior Pastor doesn’t a man who could Shady Grove Baptist have any not walk to Jesus in Church, Cherryville strings hopes He would heal but, it is a the man. When they nice-looking guitar. The arrived, the crowd was so problem is, I don’t have a large that they could not get pick. Can you tell me where in to see Jesus. So, they had I can get a pick so I can play an idea. They took the man it?” What would you say to up on the roof. Then, they me? You would probably tore the roof off to lower tell me that even if I had the paralytic man down a pick, I still would not be to Jesus. When Jesus saw able to play the guitar be- their faith, He said to the cause it doesn’t have any paralytic, “Son, your sins strings. You see, you can are forgiven you.” play a guitar without a pick, I wonder if this was a but you can’t play a guitar surprise to the men that without strings. Therefore, let him down? They had

let him down in hopes that Jesus would heal him, in which, He did, but not before forgiving him of his sins. Jesus knew that even more than being physically healed, this man first needed to be spiritually healed. Yes, Jesus goes on to tell this man to rise up and to take up his bed and walk. However, if that was all that Jesus did that day, then this man would have missed out on receiving what he really needed: forgiveness of sins, which leads to eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord in that wonderful place called Heaven. Sometimes what we really need may not be what we think we need. In this life, the most important need we will ever have is placing our faith in Jesus Christ and receiving Him as our Savior.

Cherryville Area

Places of Worship

Gospel Way Baptist Church 3904 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville Anthony Grove Baptist Church 100 Anthony Grove Road Crouse, NC 704-435-6001

First Baptist Church 301 East 1st Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-3796 First Church of the Nazarene 301 North Elm Street Cherryville, NC 828-838-2428

Bess Chapel United Methodist Church 6073 Flay Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-7969

First Presbyterian Church 107 West Academy Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6064

Bethlehem United Methodist Church 6753 NC 182 Highway Cherryville, NC 704-435-1608 Blessed Hope Baptist Church 3357 Fallston-Waco Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-8530 Body of Christ Fellowship Center 405 S. Cherokee Street Cherryville, NC

First United Methodist Church 601 N. Pink St. Cherryville, NC 704-435-6732 First Wesleyan Church 800 North Pink Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6069

Free Saints Chapel Church 813 Self Street Calvary Way Holiness Church Cherryville, NC 1017 Second Street 704-435-0949 Cherryville, NC Pastor Clifton Morgan Gospel Way Baptist Church 3904 Tryon Courthouse Rd. Cherryville Church of God Cherryville, NC 810 East Main Street 866-356-3219 Cherryville, NC 704-435-2275 Jesus Servant Ministries 108 N. Mountain St. Cherryville Missionary Cherryville, NC Methodist Church 704-769-8085 318 W. Ballard Street Cherryville, NC Legacy Church 704-435-6934 805 Self Street Cherryville, NC Emmanuel Baptist Church 704-457-9615 1155 Marys Grove Church Road Living Word Ministries Cherryville, NC 306 East Academy Street 704-435-5764 Cherryville, NC 704-435-3213 Fairview Baptist Church 415 South Mountain Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-4299 If your church is in the Cherryville area and is not listed, please give Lorri a call at 704-484-1047 or email

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service

405 North Dixie Street, Cherryville, NC


Marys Grove United Methodist Church 1223 Marys Grove Church Rd Cherryville, NC 704-435-5544 Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 235 A.W. Black Street Waco, NC 704-435-8842 Mt. Zion Baptist Church 112 Mt. Zion Church Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-9636 North Brook Baptist Church 7421 Flay Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-4471 Oak Grove AME Zion Church 542 Flint Hill Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-3687 Oak Grove Baptist Church 219 Tot Dellinger Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-3053 Revival Tabernacle 1104 Delview Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-4073 Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church 417 South Mountain Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-5621

Second Baptist Church 201 Houser Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-9657 Shady Grove Baptist Church 3240 Tryon Courthouse Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-9605 St. John’s Lutheran Church 310 West Church Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-9264 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 1203 St. Mark’s Church Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-5941 Victory Life Assembly of God 1655 Shelby Highway Cherryville, NC 704-435-5539 Waco Baptist Church 262 N. Main Street Waco, NC 704-435-9311 Washington Missionary Baptist Church 1920 Stony Point Road Waco, NC 704-435-3138 Word of Faith Ministry 306 Doc Wehunt Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-5560 Zion Hill Baptist Church 3460 Zion Hill Road Cherryville, NC 704-435-3355



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

CARS THAT FIT YOUR BUDGET 704-487-5520 tel/fax 1016 College Ave. (Hwy. 150) Shelby, NC 28152 (Near Boiling Springs, NC)


400 N. Lafayette St., Shelby


Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8:30am-5:30 pm • Sat. 8:00am-3:00pm Closed Wednesday and Sunday

The Cherryville Eagle

HOMESCHOOL From Page 4 shift in education: “Homeschooling is powerful because it gives the parent complete authority in how their child is educated . . . There is a joy in being able to design the educational experience you want for your

child. Our founders knew that this freedom was important, and the Constitution protects our rights as parents to choose the education we prefer for our children. That is something to be celebrated.” (Editor’s note: This article first appeared at “The American Spectator.”)

MASKS From Page 1

children sued the board, saying it was not considering the effects that a lack of masks would have on their children and extended families. Some said they have elders living at home or were worried their children would be bullied if they wore masks. Disability Rights North Carolina joined the parents in their lawsuit. DRNC supervising attorney Ginny Fogg said she is disappointed with the judge’s decision. “We are particularly concerned about its effect on Lincoln County students with disabilities and their families, as we know many students with disabilities are at far greater risk of complications from COVID-19,” Fogg said. “We urge the Lincoln County Board to consider the data and reinstitute the mask requirement as soon



Stamey-Cherryville Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Funeral Home Home and Cremation CremationService Service J.J.Pete PeteCraft, Craft,Manager Manager

Accounting & Tax Service Judy Gordon

POBox Box427 427• •405 405N. N.Dixie DixieStreet, Street, Cherryville, Cherryville, NC PO 704-445-8144••704-445-8119 704-445-8119 Fax Fax 704-445-8144

All interested or affected parties are invited to attend and present any evidence or testimony in favor of / or opposed to the matter set above


LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NORTH CAROLINA GASTON COUNTY CITY OF CHERRYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Notice is hereby given that the Cherryville Planning and Zoning Board will meet on Monday, October 18th, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the Cherryville Community Building, 108 S. Jacob St., to hold a Public Hearing to consider the following:

Scism & Son Paint & Body Shop Phillip Scism

Charles Scism


2027 Shelby Rd., Kings Mountain


Serving you since 1997!



1034 Marys Grove Rd.

806 W. Church St.




A lray Tire Center Alignments • Brakes • Oil Change Mechanic On Duty



CDC Matthew Dellinger - President

Cherryville Distributing Co., Inc 322 E. Main St., Cherryville • 704.435.9692

401 E. MAIN STREET • CHERRYVILLE • 704-802-4048 327 W. DIXON BLVD. • SHELBY • 704-600-6105 226 CARBON CITY RD. • MORGANTON • 828-430-7232 247 W. MAIN ST. • FOREST CITY • 828-229-3246


Full Service Auto Body and Repair Shops 24 Hour Towing - 704-297-0436


CE (10/6, 10/13/2021)

FAX: 704-435-8298

Please Call For Appointment

109 W. Main Street • Cherryville, NC 28021


Serving Cherryville Over 15 Years Derrick Mackey Zoning Administrator




Rezoning request presented Wellspring Carolina Investments, LLC 2133 Garden View Ln, Weddington, NC 28104 to rezone 1404 Shelby Hwy. (parcels # 160116,160117,160120,216819 and 305089) Deed Book: 4369 Page:194 from R-40 to Special Use R-9 Cluster, Special Use RMF, and B-2

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for school transportation and a state requirement for quarantine and contact tracing. While the state “has strongly recommended face coverings in schools,” the school board can decide whether they are mandatory or not,” Morgan wrote. “The board made the decision at a public meeting after considering input from the local health director.” Lincoln County’s seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 – that is, the percentage of people who test positive compared with everyone who was tested in a seven-day period – is at 14.98 percent, compared with the statewide rate of about 10 percent, according to data from the CDC. Like much of the rest of the United States, and every county in North Carolina, Lincoln County is experiencing “high” spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC.



Notice is hereby given that the Cherryville Planning and Zoning Board will meet on Monday October 18th at 6:00 pm at the Cherryville Community Building 108 S. Jacob St. to hold a Public Hearing to consider the following:

as possible.” Disability Rights NC spokeswoman Cas Shearin said the organization is considering its next steps. Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Aaron Allen issued an emailed statement: “Like all other school boards in North Carolina, the Lincoln County Board of Education will continue to review its face-covering policy on a monthly basis, as required by law.” Judge Morgan said the Board of Education was acting within its legal authority to lift a mask mandate, the decision for which occurred during a public meeting. Morgan noted in his nine-page ruling that the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services provided a toolkit that school leaders can refer to for guidance in stopping the spread of COVID-19. However, no mandate to follow that advice is in place, aside from a mask mandate from the


any of the 13 things that are prohibited? Who in the world but a Nazi or a Klansman would even teach this stuff?” “If you read through the list, I mean, it’s crazy stuff,” Jones added. “I can’t imagine a single teacher standing up and teaching somebody that one race or sex is inherently superior to another.” That last statement is one of the 13 concepts that H.B. 324 would ban public schools from promoting. Jones mentioned others: that a person’s race could make him inherently racist or that a person’s race or sex should subject him to discrimination. “Who is doing this?” Jones asked. “Where are you getting this information? It’s a bogeyman.” “I’d like to see a film or a picture of somebody actually standing in front of a group of students in North Carolina – in a classroom – and teaching what’s in those 13 parts,” he said. “That is abhorrent, if it is happening.” Jones doesn’t believe anyone is promoting the “abhorrent” concepts. Instead, he thinks H.B. 324 is designed to allow “Big Raleigh” to dictate statewide teaching policies. Jones believes those decisions should be left to local school boards. Moments after Jones completed his remarks and sat down, Rep. Kandie Smith, D-Pitt, offered her own objections to H.B. 324. While her Wake County colleague labeled the 13 proscribed concepts “abhorrent” and “crazy,” Smith signaled that at least one of them represented an accurate portrayal of American

clear guidance. It specifically permits discussion of the “historical oppression of a particular group of people based on race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, or geographic region.” Smith’s hypothetical teacher should have no problem teaching that every signer of the U.S. Constitution was a white male property owner. That same teacher could explain that constitutional protections initially extended only to selected members of the American nation. It’s even possible for the teacher to broach the 13 controversial concepts, even those Jones labeled “abhorrent.” The teacher could discuss those concepts “in contexts that make clear the public school unit does not sponsor, approve, or endorse” them, according to the text of H.B. 324. Whether you think the 13 proscribed concepts are “crazy stuff,” like Jones, or fair game for teachers, like Smith, there’s no good reason to think H.B. 324 would block thoughtful, fact-based discussion of America’s complicated past. We could learn soon whether Democratic lawmakers will stick to their “no” votes – and their contradictory complaints.


From Page 4

history. Smith reminded colleagues that the U.S. Constitution was signed by “39 white, land-owning men” and that it “explicitly excluded women, minorities, indigenous Americans, and individuals who did not own land.” “There’s a problem here,” Smith said. “If I were a teacher, and if I taught these two facts in my classroom, I could be in violation of part 8 of subsection c of this bill, which states that teachers cannot teach that ‘The United States was created by members of a particular race or sex for the purpose of oppressing members of another race or sex.’” Smith did not say directly that she believes the U.S. Constitution offers proof that the nation was formed “for the purpose” of whites oppressing blacks. But her comments suggested that the proscribed concept is close enough to the truth to give her serious concerns about H.B. 324. It’s not clear whether Jones listened to Smith’s remarks. If he did, he should have realized that his colleague had just shattered his argument about the legislation being a “bogeyman.” Neither Jones nor Smith referenced the bill’s final substantive section. That’s telling. The ignored language addresses both of their concerns directly. H.B. 324 states clearly that none of its new restrictions applies to “speech protected by the First Amendment.” Plus, the bill specifically exempts “impartial discussion” in schools of “controversial aspects of history.” For those worried about attempts to whitewash negative aspects of America’s story, including slavery and Jim Crow, the bill offers



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

09/28/22 09/28/22

Page 6

To Place Your Ad Call Scott Helms at 704-473-0080 Today!

Rezoning request presented by Eugene and Betty Courtemache, 117 Mary Lane, Cherryville, NC to Rezone 406 North Mulberry St. (parcels #130027) Deed Book: 2390 Page: 717 from BMC to R-9

Derrick Mackey Zoning Administrator CE (10/6, 10/13/2021)

Carports • Garages • Portable Storage Buildings Metal Roofing and Accessories 704-482-7880 1705 S. Lafayette St. • Shelby, NC


All interested or affected parties are invited to attend and present any evidence or testimony in favor of / or opposed to the matter set above

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Cherryville Eagle

Page 7

Lady Ironmen volleyball team’s win streak hits four games Five seniors honored at 2021 Senior Night by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Lady Ironmen volleyball coach Leigh Kiser said that for the first time all season her ladies are on a 4-game win streak. Kiser said her team has gotten hot in the back end of the SP 1A/2A Conference schedule and are looking to finish off the regular season with a bunch of wins. Kiser said on Tuesday, Sept. 28, her ladies played host to Shelby on Senior Night at Nixon Gym and came away with a 3-0 win by scores of 25-16, 25-16, and 25-15. “Taylor Digh had nine digs and two aces,” she said, adding that “…Carson Reed had five kills, Skye Reed had six kills and two aces, while Addie Eaker had nine kills,

CHS Lady Ironmen volleyball seniors honored at Senior Night last Tuesday night were 2020 All-Conference Addie Eaker, Terayha Bess, Skye Reed, Katie Eaker, and Jessica Martin. and Rileigh Kiser had 26 assists, four kills, and eight

digs.” Honored in a pregame

As her teammates watch, senior varsity player Addie Eaker powers the shot back across the net for the score!

ceremony by the underclassmen were five Lady Ironmen

seniors. Seniors honored were 2020 All-Conference Addie Eaker, Terayha Bess, Skye Reed, Katie Eaker, and Jessica Martin. Said Kiser, “This group of seniors have been together for four years and after some tough seasons, was putting together a strong finish. Some of these ladies will leave their mark on the CHS record books for years to come.” On Thursday night, Sept. 30, the Lady Ironmen played host to rival Lady Yellow Jackets of Bessemer City and was victorious again 3-0, by scores of 25-17, 25-19, and 25-13. Coach Kiser said, “Everybody who dressed for the varsity match saw action in this one as our team led from start to finish. She continued, “Laila Davis had four aces and three kills, Terayha Bess had nine kills, Taylor Digh had five aces, Addie Eaker had four

kills, and Rileigh Kiser had 16 assists.” Kiser said afterwards, “It feels really good to be on a winning streak! We hope to keep it going next week.” In JV action the junior Lady Ironmen lost to Shelby 2-0 (no stats were available for the contest). Kiser noted the team did get into the win column against BCHS’s JVs with a 2-0 win. Scores in that one were 25-7 and 2515, with Lexi McSwain with eight aces, Laila Davis with six aces, and Ceniya Powell with six aces leading Cherryville. In next week’s action the Lady Ironmen are on the road at Highland Tech and then host Hunter Huss on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in a non-conference match. Currently the teams’ records are: varsity 9-11, overall; 6-3 in SPC 1A/2A play. The JVs are 2-14 overall. (Additional stats and information by Brian Kiser)

CHS senior volleyball player Terayha Bess gets up, ready to slam one back across the net to the visiting Lady Yellow Jackets of BCHS.

Ironmen lose 22-14 to visiting Patton Panthers Team is currently 1-5 overall this season by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The CHS Ironmen, currently at 1-5 overall this season, filled an open day in their new 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference schedule, adding a home game against Patton High School’s Panthers. The bruised Ironmen, shy of a couple of key players, managed to battle the Panthers hard, staving off a total rout scenario like those that have plagued their county rivals at BCHS and Highland Tech, who were blanked by their recent Cleveland County opponents last week. The final score for the CHS/ Patton game was 22-14, Panthers.

Aside from some stellar carries and rushing by the Ironmen, along with a bit of great work by both the offensive and defensive lines, the tale of the tape was, once again for the CHS club, one of slim numbers. Just too few of what was needed by Coaches Pruitt, et al and their band of iron warriors. However, that stalwart band fought, as they always do, ’til the end and never rolled over, giving the game every last ounce of all they had and then some. The Cliff Notes version of this one for the Ironmen gridders reads like a well-read novel or movie plot: give the ball to either Mr. Sloan of Mr. Cease, or have Mr. Miller call his own number and carry it down field, presumably for a score. With speedster Landon Hahn on the sidelines for this one and other Ironmen play-makers also sidelined

for various reasons, it’s everybody stepping up and making things happen, which the Ironmen – far better than some give them credit for – are more than able to do. And Kadin Beaver seems to have transitioned well from his QB slot to being more of a defensive guy in this game. He too was making plays, along with Mason Grindstaff and Kam Bolin and others, such as Jackson Owens, Gavin Cease, Josh Ward, Carter Spangler, and hitters like Jack Dellinger, Mitchell Lackey, big tackle/tight end Caleb Hovis, and Tobias Miller, just to name a few. The Patton game was – as all Ironmen games are – a team effort and what an effort! The Ironmen’s first TD came in the second quarter on a Sloan 30-yard play. The CHS 2-point conversion was good. The second Ironmen TD came in the third quar-

Quarterback Chase Miller carries one of the CHS flags out onto the field as the team bursts through the cheerleader’s banner. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) ter, again off a Sloan scamper into the end zone. The PAT after was no good, and the Ironmen would have to content themselves with 14 points on the night. At the end of the night, Cherryville came away with

175 rushing yards and 51 passing yards for a total of 226 yards in this game. The Ironmen play the Highland Tech Rams at High-

land Tech on Friday, Oct. 8, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Additional information by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)




JA’MARRA WALL Ironman Tobias Miller (#17) and the CHS defense go up hard against the Panthers offense, trying to stop the run.

A close-up shot of the CHS Ironmen defense line as they go toe-to-toe with the Patton Panthers’ O-line.


Bennett Insurance Group Inc Rocky Bennett CIC, President

Auto • Home • Business • Life A little goal line action between the Ironmen and the Panthers during the first half of last Friday’s CHS/Patton game at Rudisill Stadium.

116 W. Main St., Cherryville, NC 28021-3228 704-435-0270 • Fax: 704-435-0271

Page 8

The Cherryville Eagle

Wednesday, October 6, 2021



EMPLOYMENT CARPENTERS & CARPENTER HELPERS NEEDED. Lake Lure area. Pay between $14 and $18 per hour. Must have dependable transportation. Dale Fender 828-289-9399.

CHARITY BIBLE COLLEGE FALL CLASSES. Charity Bible College offers 12 weeks of classes supplemented with out of class assignments toward a degree in Theology or Christian Education. Classes resume each Monday night 6:30pm to 9:00pm starting October 4th through December 20th, 2021. CBC is affiliated with Macedonia Baptist College of Midland, NC as a part of their satellite school program. For information call or email us! (704) 419-4574

FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

BUSINESS SERVICES JIM’S PAINTING SERVICES. Exterior painting only. Free estimates. You will be pleased with our work. We have references. 828-287-9272, (828) 429-7511

BUSINESS SERVICES BRADFORD PEAR TREES REMOVAL Whole tree or limbs. FREE Estimates. 828395-0758. IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drugfree, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980-295-0750. RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE for small job repairs and fixes. Deck repair a specialty. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Bob, 828-476-6058. PAINTING SERVICES. Over 25 years experience, affordable prices. Professional results. References available. Free estimates. Charles, or leave message. (704) 4358062.

LOCK ‘N’ ROLL STORAGE. “ALL NEW” 10’x10’ and 10’x15’ Storage Units Available. Self Store Dawn til Dusk. Secure and Convenient! Located at 1002 Polkville Rd., (Hwy 226 N.) Shelby. Located next to 5 Star Auto Sales. or Call (704) 484-4112 LOOKING FOR 1961 CLASS PHOTO. For Compact High School, Kings Mountain, NC. (240) 422-1907

COINS * COINS * COINS. We Buy & Sell Coins. “Coin Collector Supplies.” JAKE’S KNIVES & COLLECTIBLES. 1008 South Lafayette Street, Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 (980) 295-5568 ALL WELCOME. North Carolina State Good Sam Rally Fall Festival Oct 28 thru 31st. Located at Tom Johnsons Campers, 1885 US-70 Marion, NC 28752. Call 1/800225-7802 or 828-724-4105 to Register. Cost $20.00. Door Prizes, Live Music, Bingo, Crafts, Food Trucks, Dog Show, Much More

REUNIONS THE ANNUAL OCTOBER GETTYS REUNION will not be held this year because of the Covid virus. For more info, call (704) 487-5480

EMPLOYMENT TOP DOG FAST FOOD NOW HIRING! Good pay with bonuses. Cooks, other positions. Apply in person. 351 Oakland Road, Spindale. NOW HIRING Roofing Laborer. Call 704-477-0516.


COMPLETE CARE INC. Is seeking CNAs / In Home Aides for Cleveland and Gaston Counties. Apply M-F, 8am-4pm at 404 W. Warren St, Shelby, NC 28150 or call (704) 480-9340 ALIVE APPAREL SCREEN PRINTING. Hiring for Production Worker, Warehouse, Screen Department needed. Apply in person M-F 10am3pm. 331 Jim Cline Road, Fallston, NC. 28042 NOW HIRING FOR TEACHERS. CONNECTED KIDS CDC. Call Mandy or Erica. 704-487-5792. NOW HIRING FOR TEACHERS. Berryland Clubhouse Inc. Blom@BLC. Ask for Tina Pettis. 704-313-7019. FULL TIME EXPERIENCED AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC. Apply In Person at 1900 Elizabeth Ave., Shelby, NC (704) 482-0441 ONE ON ONE CARE is hiring for all shifts. Full/parttime hours available. Group homes are 6 beds or less. CNA/Nursing assistant jobs available but not required. No exp. necessary, all trainings included. Please apply in person at 203 Lee St., Shelby.

YARD SALES CLEVELAND COUNTY SALE SAT., 10/9 Antiques, furniture, tools, new Halloween costumes, sterling silver/costume jewelry. 4133 Polkville Rd., Polkville (226) GASTON COUNTY 3 HOMES/FAMILIES YARD SALE. Sat Oct 16th, 8:00am until. Too many items to list. 12317 Hunting Ridge Drive, Belmont, NC 28012 BIG YARD SALE Sat, Oct. 9th, 8am-1pm. Rain dateOct. 16th. Lots of Christmas items for inside and outside, Furniture, Household goods, Handmade crafts, Old English Bantam Chickens, Wall Hangings, Clothes and lots more. 879 Marys Grove Road, Cherryville, NC 28021

ANTIQUES UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION: Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Jewelry and MORE. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on FB. 828-382-0075.

FOR SALE JOHN DEERE RIDING MOWER. LA 145, 48” cut, 22HP V-twin. Runs good, 471 hours $600. (704) 466-2184 BOAT MOTOR, TRAILER, BIRD CAGE. Aquarium, rabbitt cage. Boat, motor, trailer $1500. Large bird cage $50. Aquarium/stand 50gl $100. Rabbit cage $40. Text for photos. (704) 600-5596 DEER CORN. SHELLED, 50lbs, $10.05. 828-287-3272. CPAP SO-CLEAN 2 SANITIZER. $195 Brand new unopened in the box. SoClean 2 CPAP sanitizing machine. Keeps your equipment in tip-top shape. Being sanitized it will keep your lungs healthy and help prevent contracting respiratory viruses. A necessity with Covid and upcoming flu season. This is CHEAPER THAN WALMART prices! (704) 472-5871 CHEST OF DRAWERS & PYREX. Antique Chest of Drawers, 3 drawers, Handcrafted $55. VTG Pyrex Bowl, Square Flowers 4 QT. White Green $10 (704) 300-4705

LOCK ‘N’ ROLL STORAGE. “ALL NEW” 10’x10’ and 10’x15’ Storage Units Available. Self Store Dawn til Dusk. Secure and Convenient! Located at 1002 Polkville Rd., (Hwy 226 N.) Shelby. Located next to 5 Star Auto Sales. For Info Call (704) 484-4112

PURE RAW LOCAL HONEY. $18 per quart, $10 per pint. Produced in Rutherford County. Call or text Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823. WHIRLPOOL AIR CONDITIONER. 18,000 BTU, 220, thermostat control $200. Wolff system Solar Wave tanning bed. /runs on 110 outlet $400. (704) 297-0063

SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 5321587




METAL BURNING BARRELS. Plastic Barrels solid top, $10. #2 totes $75, Food grade $100. Plastic barrels with lids, rings, also 30 gallon jugs plastic $20. Call Jeff, Hickory, NC. (828) 327-4782

PROPANE GRILL TANKS RE-FILLED. Only $10.99. Call 828-287-3272.

POMERANIAN PUPPIES. Can register CKC. 8 wks old, shots UTD, have records. Variety of colors $1200. (828) 289-8952

MITER SAW. Scroll saw, tiller, weed trimmer, treadmill, furniture items. No Saturday calls. (828) 286-3529 POWER CHAIR IN GOOD CONDITION. Must sell! $350. All electric power chair hoist with slide in unit $350. (704) 466-2409 IVERMECTIN HORSE WORMER $7. Antifreeze $6 per gallon. Hundreds of Saddles on sale now at Bridges Riding Equipment. 5 miles south of Boiling Springs on Hwy 150. Call (704) 434-6389 HANDI-QUILTER, SWEET 16 QUILTING MACHINE. Plus table with sides, bobbin winder, stitch regulator. Only serious buyers need call. (704) 434-6337 HORSE HAY FOR SALE. $6-square and $40-round. 704-692-6325. DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. 704-300-5341- Steve; 704472-8865 - Cletus; 704-3005341- Todd (704) 692-1627 RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GOKARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828-980-0853, 704-4769383. HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855 HALLOWEEN / CHRISTMAS Decor, Toys, Gifts and clothing at 70%-90% OFF original retail. SIDE DOOR SALE. Oct 2nd 9am-5pm. CASH ONLY. Next to Mighty Dollar Forest City. 132 Commercial Drive, Forest City. FRIDGIDARE WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER. Good clean 15,000 BTU. Do not need. Asking $80 (704) 419-3862 TWIN BEDS, desk, book case, night stand, mattress, comforters, and linens (706) 318-1654

Carolina GO TO:

UTILITY BUILDINGS, STORAGE BUILDINGS. Steel, Wood, Vinyl. Some fully insulated, 1 to 2 day delivery if buy from stock. Cash or low down payment with monthly payments. No credit ok. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-2455895. 7 TON & 5 TON EQUIPMENT TRAILERS. In Stock! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704482-2243. (704) 538-5788

MARY JANE HIPP LOOKING FOR Peggy Dimsdale and Ilene McMurry. Call 828305-3272, ask for Charles.

WANT TO BUY PROPERTY WITH A CREEK. Does anyone have property with a creek for sell? If so, please call 704-477-3460. DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828-289-1175. WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES. WE PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR VEHICLES RUNNING OR NOT, MUST HAVE A TITLE OR ID. (704) 487-5244 CRESTM IDDLE@AOL . COM WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. NEED TO SELL YOUR HOUSE? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704-472-0006.

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load, Full loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864-492-4793 or 803627-9408.

I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197

REFRIGERATORS, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS. Discount Prices. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby NC. (704) 487-4443

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935.

FOR SALE 3x8 Welding Table. South Bend Commercial Lathe, 2 Large Steel Racks, 1 Small Rack. Call 828-7554273 Leave Message ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. NEW CANNING JARS with Lids & Seals. $17.67 per case. Call 828-287-3272. ACEPHATE FIRE ANT KILLER. Works great! $12.99. Call 828-287-3272. KILL ALL YOUR WEEDS! Ranger Pro 2.5 gallon. $44.00. 828-287-3272. HAVE A STORAGE BUILDING NOT USING, OUTGROWN IT? Sell it, trade in for new bigger one. We take trades, we buy used buildings. Must be factory built, able to move. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. HAVE A TRAILER NOT USING? SELL IT! J. Johnson Sales INC. Buy, Sale, Trade trailers. Must have title. Call 828-245-5895.

FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828-245-5895. 16X40 OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895.

BLACK LAB FOR SALE. “Still in the pup stages”, but he’s over 1 year old. I need at least $200. Serious inquires may call (704) 473-8300


6X10 & 6X12 DUMP TRAILERS In STOCK. (5 Ton) contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

EZ-GO GAS GOLF CART. Needs repair, $800 Troy-Bilt push mower with grass catcher, $100. (704) 477-6458

FREE TO GOOD HOME. 5 year old neutered male cat. Due to my allergies, I have to find him a new home. Always inside cat. Loves lazing in the sun on the screened porch. Shots are current and have all vet records. 704-284-3382.

TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC. (704) 434-6389

CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704692-6767, (704) 487-0228

CARPORTS, GARAGES, BUILDINGS, RV, BOAT COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best selection, quality price. J. Johnson Sales, Inc. 2690 Hwy. 221S., Forest City. 828-245-5895.

CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tune-up Special, $59.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704-477-9119 or 704-472-9367.

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

CASH FOR YOUR RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron. (919) 314-7579 WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 6921006

FARM & GARDEN 1950 8N FORD TRACTOR. Looks & runs good. Lots of new parts, nice paint job, 18mos ago. $3500. (704) 4662184 YANMAR 26HP DIESEL TRACTOR Rebuilt head. New water pump and hoses. 4 new tires, rear tires filled with antifreeze. New radiator and new starter. Oil and filter changed, new antifreeze. Comes with new 30’’ reversible pan scoop. Excellent condition! $4625.00 ‘’NO TRADES’’ (704) 718-9122 NEW SOUTHERN 5 FT. BUSH HOG. $1,250. 828-2873272.

BOATS PONTOON Great Deal! Pontoon Boat For Sale. 22 ft with Trailer, 50hp Johnson, Fish Finder, runs good. $4500.00. Call 828-223-8808

PETS & LIVESTOCK REHOMING (F)GIANT & (F) TEACUP SCHNAUZERS 1 Giant (5yr) and 1 Tcup (6yr 3pd) Schnauzers separately. Indoor only. No small children. (214) 784-5498 TOY AUSSIEDOODLES. Pups. Mother toy Aussie. Father AKC toy Red Poodle. (704) 530-6448 jlittlehorse@

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. I have full blooded German Shepherd puppies for sale $400 ea. Mother is registered and has all AKC papers. Father is full blooded but not registered. Call Perry for more info. (883) 305-2683 PUPPIES & NUMEROUS DOGS FOR SALE. Starting at $100. “All Lap Dogs”. Chihuahua & Feist. They are small, beautiful and loving! Serious inquiries may call (704) 473-8300 MALE LLAMA for sale or want to buy female llama. Please call 828-248-8060. LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPS. Chocolate & silver. Parents are AKC registered but selling pups at unregistered prices. DOB 8/8/21, 1st shots & worming. Chocolate $400, Silver $600. Call or text. Please leave message. (828) 429-0210 FREE CHICKENS STILL LAYING. AND 1 Pot Belly Pig. You must pick up. 704-926649 (704) 739-9040 5 SAUSAGE HOGS. Weigh about 800-900 lbs. 2 or 3 weigh about 500 lbs. Have to look at them for prices. 40 cases used, clean Mason jars, $4 case. 10 Chihuahua puppies. $100 each. 6 wks old. Need to find homes. (704) 308-4721 LAYING HENS FOR SALE $10EA. Call (509) 432-4914 GOLDEN DODDLE Puppies For Sale Cream colored Ready Sept 11 $600.00 each First shots and De-wormed Henry Miller 1608 Walls Church Rd, Ellenboro Nc 28040 GUINEA CHICKS, $5; BANTAM BABIES, $3; Quail, 3 to 4 weeks old, hatching eggs, 50% guaranteed hatch. (704) 476-9943 DOG KENNELS. 7x7, 5x10, 10x10, 10x20, 20x20 tops, split kennels. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. 828-245-5895. HEDGEHOGS AND SUGAR GLIDERS HOME. Male and female are available for both babies contact us if interested and for more info (915) 201-5269

CARS & TRUCKS 2008 CHEVROLET EQUINOX. Bad engine, Body & Parts good! Rebuilt transmission (Under Warranty). Good tires and battery. 160,000 miles, $1600. (704) 473-9254 2002 HONDA CR-V. Sunroof very clean and well maintained. Clear title, all service records and local auto mechanic for all service repairs (828) 429-9473 rwalters89@ 2007 BUICK LACROSSE. V-6, 3.8 All Pwr, local Forest City car, 160k miles, $3900, call 828-980-8461 (828) 9808461 mjohnson2837@gmail. com 2007 FORD F-150 4WD. No mechanical problems, new brakes, 143k miles. $8500. (704) 616-5522 CLASSIFIEDS CONTINUED TO PAGE 9

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Cherryville Eagle

Page 9





2015 GMC YUKON XL DENALI. 4x4, Pearl White, 94,000 miles, Leather, Sunroof, 20” Alloys, Heated & Cooled Seats, $37,500. “Top of the Line!” Call (704) 4820441

TO PLACE AN AD GIVE US A CALL AT 704-484-1047 OR GO TO CAROLINACLASSIFIEDS.COM BANQUET From Page 1 members who were present at the event were Jerry Hudson (President), Scott Harrill (Vice-President), Mike Powell (Treasurer), Dennis Tate, Danny Eaker (Secretary), Calvin Hastings, Dr. Bud Black, Al Graves, and Dr. Floyd Wright. Larry Sipe and Rocky Bennett were unable to attend due to other commitments. Banks noted, “We are here honoring some great folks tonight.” Banks said his decision to attend Duke didn’t come readily as he was looking at six other colleges and their winning basketball programs. Banks said he likes what he sees in Cherryville, adding, “I like the energy I see here. And to the inductees… job well done!” Terry Whisnant, Jr., one of the top scorers in North Carolina high school basketball history, and Thomas Bess, a three-sport standout, were among those voted in to the 2021 class by the committee as were the following: Larry Boyles (posthumously), Skeet Brackett (posthumously), Trentavious “Trent” Friday (one of the fastest men in Cherryville and Gaston County sports history and a track star who holds three state records and a national record in sprint events.), CHS Athletic Direc-

2007 ITASCA NAVION $15,500. 23ft. Sleeps 5, 2 A/C, 2.7L diesel engine with 20,710 miles, non smoker. Contact: jeffnc@mailrub. net or call (910) 442-8771

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-718-2659. OCEAN LAKES BEACH HOUSE. For rent, 2 bedroom 2 bath with sleeper sofa, WiFi, golf cart inc. Summer & Fall availability. Halloween weekend open. 704-4731494.










MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. Visit us online at Oakwood Rentals, Shelby. Call (704) 473-4299

2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $600-$750. Call (828) 234-8147


2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME. Available Oct 1st. $500 month, $500 deposit. 704-300-3647.

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, (704) 482-7723

1/2 ACRE LOT UNRESTRICTED!! Near TIEC, $15,000. Call 864-909-1035 or visit:

FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. NO HEAT BILLS HERE! 1 bedroom apartment, excellent location, Shelby. Second floor. Not HAP eligible. No pets or smoking. Heat & water included in $525 month. (704) 487-5480

1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES. Shelby, NC. We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Call or visit us today, Laurel Hill Apartments 704-487-1114. Equal Housing Opportunity. PRIVATE RV/MOBILE HOME hookup. Text to 336-4143618 for more information.

tor and head basketball coach Scott Harrill (his record at Cherryville stands at 384-170, so far), Sonja Hoyle, Ebonee Johnson, Cameron Lovelace, Abby Owens, and the 1985 State Champion CHS men’s basketball team, who won the N.C. 2A championship under the leadership and coaching of the late David Watkins. Fan of the Year awards went to Mrs. Linda Ballard and the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner. Inductee Skeet Brackett was a recreation and youth sports activist and Larry Boyles was an acclaimed amateur boxer in the 1950s and a member of the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame. Brackett’s widow, Libby accepted on her late husband’s behalf, noting how honored Skeet was to serve on the Hall of Fame Committee and how much he loved sports, whether it was coaching, or playing golf, a game he truly loved. “He loved sports and he enjoyed teaching kids how to play the game,” she said. Sports Hall of Fame President Jerry Hudson noted the group has been “…inactive for more than a decade, but met in March of this year to regroup, elect officers, and set a new agenda.” The Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame has not inducted any new members since 2009, according to Treasurer Mike Powell. With this year’s induc-

the stress out of your out of state move. FREE QUOTES! Call: 855821-2782 Home Improvement BATH & SHOWER UPDATES in as little as ONE DAY! Affordable prices - No payments for 18 months! Lifetime warranty & professional installs. Senior & Military Discounts available. Call:833-9870207 Jobs Wanted FTCC. Fayetteville Technical Community College is now accepting applications for the following positions: Carpentry Instructor (10 month). Part-time Respiratory Therapy Clinical Instructor. Department Chair Funeral Services Education. Department Chair Mathematics Quantitative Literacy Pathways. Department Chair Business Administration/ Operations Management & Leadership Studies. Associate Degree Nursing Instructor (10 month). Associate Degree Nursing Instructor (12 month). For detailed information and to apply, please visit our employment portal at: https://faytechcc.peopleadmin. com/Human Resources Office Phone: (910) 678-7342 Internet: http://www.faytechcc.eduAn Equal Opportunity Employer Miscellaneous DONATE YOUR CAR FOR KIDS! Fast Free Pickup - Running or Not - 24 Hour Response - Maximum Tax Donation - Help Find Missing Kids! Call 888-908-0664 Miscellaneous Attention: Auto Injury Victims. If you have suffered a serious injury in an auto accident, call us! Our attorneys have the experience to get you the full compensation you deserve! Call Now: 844-545-8296 Miscellaneous Donate your car, truck or van. Help veterans find jobs or start a business. Call Patriotic Hearts Foundation. Fast, FREE pick-up.

FOR LEASE - OFFICE SPACE. Over 800 s.f. Break room included. $1250 per month. 112 E. Dixon Blvd. Suite 2, Shelby, NC 28152. (704) 923-1698

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 4 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOUSE. Rutherford County. Partially furnished, resort area, no pets. Background check, application info required. $1200 + deposit. (704) 482-2810

MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 487-6354

ICC AREA Small efficiency apartment. Includes electric, water, sewer and garbage. $450 plus deposit and references. 828-248-1776. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.

Mrs. Hoyle, who said she is 83, was a CHS Lady Ironmen basketball player. She said she was happy to be inducted, as did fellow Lady Ironmen basketball inductees Ebonee Johnson and Abby Owens Hawkins. Johnson, the school’s alltime leading Lady Ironmen points scorer, said, “Thank you for all of the great years and great memories!” Cameron Lovelace was noted as being one of the alltime great athletes to ever come from CHS by Coach Harrill. Lovelace, like all of the inductees, thanked the committee Some of the 2021 Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame inductees after the banquet posed for a group photo. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) for inducting him, adding it “… is a blessing to be inducted.” Lovelace thanked Dr. Black, and apologized to him for all the “…broken clipboards.” He also thanked Coach Dennis Tate and Coach Harrill, as well as Leroy Montgomery, of whom he said, “We wouldn’t have the team we have if it wasn’t for him.” Lovelace also thanked his mom and dad, who taught him about hard work. A large crowd was on hand last Saturday night, Oct, 2, at First Baptist Church of CherHe closed his comments by ryville’s COC to watch as 10 Cherryville sports figures and one championship team were saying, “I’ll always be an Ironinducted into the 2021 Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame. man!” Abby Owens Hawkins tion, the total of members in inductions. a speech Bess sent for him to the Cherryville Sports Hall of Bess, who lives now in read to everyone, expressing thanked former women’s bashis wish to be here “…and see ketball coach Alan Mauldin Fame stands at 11 members, Texas, was unable to be here to all your smiling faces!” and said she will always cher15 of whom are posthumous accept but Dr. Bud Black read Terry Whisnant, Jr.’s ish the memories she made playing CHS sports. “I want to thank all my coaches, my parents, my sister, and I pray my daughter Max tax-deduction. Operators are A-1 DONATE YOUR CAR, Publications sold at all major continues to standing by! Call 1-866-955-1516 RUNNING OR NOT!! FAST FREE secular & specialty Christian Miscellaneous PICKUP. Maximum tax deduction. bookstores. CALL Christian Faith enjoy sports. I DENTAL INSURANCE from Support United Breast Cancer Publishing for your FREE author especially want Physicians Mutual Insurance Fdn programs. Your car donation submission kit. 1-855-658-2057 Company. Coverage for 350 plus could save a life. 888-641-9690 Miscellaneous to thank my procedures. Real dental insurance Miscellaneous Don’t let the stairs limit your mobilhusband, Chad - NOT just a discount plan. Do not Guaranteed Life Insurance! ity! Discover the ideal solution wait! Call now! Get your FREE (Ages 50 to 80). No medi- for anyone who struggles on the Hawkins.” Dental Information Kit with all the cal exam. Affordable premiums stairs, is concerned about a fall Harrill noted details! 1-844-496-8601 www. never increase. Benefits never or wants to regain access to their #6258 decrease. Policy will only be can- entire home. Call AmeriGlide that inductee CHS AD and head basketball coach and Miscellaneous celled for non-payment. 833-380- today! 1-888-618-0918 Credit Card Debt Relief! Reduce 1218 Miscellaneous Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame Vice-Pres- Terry Whisnant, payment by up to 50%! Get one Miscellaneous Never Pay For Covered Home ident Scott Harrill and guest speaker, Gene Jr., who is in LOW affordable payment/month. Denied Social Security Disability? Repairs Again! Complete Care Florida celeBanks. Reduce interest. Stop calls. FREE Appeal! If you’re 50+, filed SSD Home Warranty COVERS no-obligation consultation Call and denied, our attorneys can ALL MAJOR SYSTEMS AND brating his son’s 888-841-0674 help! Win or Pay Nothing! Strong, APPLIANCES. 30 DAY RISK birthday, was Miscellaneous recent work history needed. FREE. $200.00 OFF 2 FREE grandmother, Bonnie WhisBecome a Published Author. 877-553-0252 [Steppacher Law Months! 1-888-660-1252 the NC state basketball player nant accepted for her grandson, We want to Read Your Book! Offices LLC Principal Office: 224 Miscellaneous of the year, voted the Number thanking the committee. Dorrance Publishing-Trusted by Adams Ave Scranton PA 18503] DONATE YOUR CAR OR Authors Since 1920 Book manuMiscellaneous TRUCK TO HERITAGE FOR Friday, a professional ath- One roundball player in Gaston script submissions currently LONG DISTANCE MOVING: Call THE BLIND. Free 3 Day Vacation, lete now living in Orlando, County, had the most 40-point being reviewed. Comprehensive today for a FREE QUOTE from Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Fla., thanked his family, Coach or more games in the history of Services: Consultation, America’s Most Trusted Interstate Paperwork Taken Care Of. CALL Production, Promotion and Movers. Let us take the stress out 1-855-869-7055 Harrill, who he said has been Ironmen basketball, went on Distribution Call for Your Free of moving! Speak to a Relocation Sale “…like a father” to him, and to play college ball at Florida Author`s Guide 1-888-575-3018 or Specialist, call 866-985-1738 DISH Network. $64.99 for 190 all his friends who believed in State, then later in Europe as visit Miscellaneous Channels! Blazing Fast Internet, Miscellaneous GENERAC Standby Generators $19.99/mo. (where available.) him. well as playing semi-pro ball. Life Alert. 24/7. One press of a provide backup power during util- Switch & Get a FREE $100 Visa Harrill also thanked his button sends help FAST! Medical, ity power outages, so your home Gift Card. FREE Voice Remote. family; wife, Teresa, his sons, Terry’s grandmother, Bonnie Fire, Burglar. Even if you can’t and family stay safe and comfort- FREE HD DVR. FREE Streaming reach a phone! FREE Brochure. able. Prepare now. Free 7-year on ALL Devices. Call today! Trevor and Lane; his mother Whisnant, accepted his inducCALL 844-902-2362 extended warranty ($695 value!). 1-877-920-7405 tion plaque. and father; and his coaches. Miscellaneous Request a free quote today! Call Time Share Lastly, the 1985 CHS “It has been an honor and a Looking for assisted living, mem- for additional terms and condi- Wesley Financial Group, LLC ory care, or independent living? tions. 1-844-938-0700 Timeshare Cancellation Experts. privilege to coach these kids. men’s basketball team was inA Place for Mom simplifies the Miscellaneous Over $50,000,000 in timeshare You know, becoming a coach ducted, and five of their memprocess of finding senior living at AT&T TV - The Best of Live & debt and fees cancelled in 2019. was my dream,” he said, hold- bers were on hand to accept for no cost to your family. Call 1-833- On-Demand On All Your Favorite Get free informational package 658-8691 today! Screens. CHOICE Package, and learn how to get rid of your ing back his emotions. the team. Members there were Miscellaneous $84.99/mo for 12months. Stream timeshare! Free consultations. He continued, “It’s about all BANKRUPTCY RELIEF! Help on 20 devices at once in your Over 450 positive reviews. Call Jay Moss, Kenny Poston, Jamie of us. It’s a community thing. stop Creditor Harassment, home. HBO Max FREE for 1 yr 844-213-6711 McSwain, Guerry Reardon, Collection Calls, Repossession (w/CHOICE Package or higher.) Wanted to Buy or Trade The kids keep me young. I and Legal Actions! Speak to a Call for more details today! (some FREON WANTED: We pay $$$ for hope I have taught them some- and Phillip Bradley. Professional Attorney and Get the restrictions apply) Call IVS 1-855- cylinders and cans. R12 R500 R11 (Additional notes/informathing. The Lord has blessed me Help You NEED! Call NOW 844- 548-9839 R113 R114. Convenient. Certified 404-0601 Miscellaneous Professionals. Call 312-291-9169 tion for this article by Susan L. and these kids have become my Miscellaneous Become a published author! or visit Powell) own.”


Education Attention Active Duty & Military Veterans! Begin a new career and earn your Degree at CTI! Online Computer & Medical training available for Veterans & Families! To learn more, call 877-354-3499 Education EARN YOUR HOSPITALITY DEGREE ONLINE! Earn your Associates Degree ONLINE with CTI! Great career advancement with the right credentials! Learn who’s hiring! Call 833990-0354. The Mission, Program Information and Tuition is located at (M-F 8am-6pm ET) Health Services ATTENTION OXYGEN THERAPY USERS! Inogen One G4 is capable of full 24/7 oxygen delivery. Only 2.8 pounds. FREE information kit. Call 866-579-0885 Home Improvement UPDATE YOUR HOME with Beautiful New Blinds & Shades. FREE in-home estimates make it convenient to shop from home. Professional installation. Top quality - Made in the USA. Call for free consultation: 844-250-7899. Ask about our specials! Home Improvement Eliminate gutter cleaning forever! LeafFilter, the most advanced debris-blocking gutter protection. Schedule a FREE LeafFilter estimate today. 15% off Entire Purchase. 10% Senior & Military Discounts. Call 1-877-649-1190 Home Improvement Never Pay For Covered Home Repairs Again! Complete Care Home Warranty COVERS ALL MAJOR SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES. 30 DAY RISK FREE. $200.00 OFF + 2 FREE Months! 866-501-1596 Home Improvement White-Glove Service from America’s Top Movers. Fully insured and bonded. Let us take

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

Page 10

The Cherryville Eagle

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Reverend G. Scott Homesley, Saint John’s Lutheran Church of Cherryville’s new pastor, stands outside the church by the sign proudly announcing him as their new pastor. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

PASTOR Enjoying a light moment in her classroom at John Chavis Middle, 7th-grade Math and Science teacher Meghann Sneed shares a laugh with her class. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

JCMS From Page 1 quality program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and preparation necessary to serve as an effective administrator and educational leader for Gaston County Schools.” Sneed noted that with the scholarship, which is essentially what this is, she noted, both Gardner-Webb University and Gaston County Schools will be covering the amount of her tuition for the full 20 months. “This averages out to $20,000 per person,” she said. “I will only be responsible for the cost of my

books, which will be about $200 per semester.” Sneed is a 2009 CHS grad who attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, graduating from there in 2014. “I earned my bachelor’s degree in Statistics with a minor in English. I worked in the corporate world for a few years and decided to go back to school to become a teacher.” She noted her classes for the master’s “…will not take time away from (her) teaching at Chavis for now. Classes will be online a few nights a week with a few Saturdays in person per semester.” As for what she wants this graduate degree to do for her, so far as your advancing in your chosen field and what Gaston

County Schools expects from her in return, she had this to say, “I would love for one day to become an Assistant Principal and possibly a Principal in the future. As a participant, Gaston County Schools requires a commitment of five years with GCS after the program.” John Chavis Middle School Principal Matt W. Rikard said of Meghann and her nomination to the Leadership Academy, “Mrs. Sneed is a leader in her class and I feel confident that she will excel in this new journey. As she steps out of her classroom, I feel confident that she will grow into a phenomenal leader in the building at JCMS and for Gaston County.”

Meghann Sneed at her desk at JCMS, where she teaches 7th-grade Math and Science.

From Page 1 Scout and future Reverend earned his Bachelor of Music Education at L-R in 1983, then earning a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1996. Pastor Homesley said he served as an Intern Pastor at Union Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C., for three years before receiving his first call to the pulpit, which took him to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Southern Pines, N.C., for five years, upon, as his short “bio” notes, “…the retirement of the Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. David Keck.” “I was then called as Senior Pastor, or head of staff, at Our Savior for an additional 10 years,” he said, adding he was then called, in 2011, to St. John Lutheran Church in Abingdon, Virginia, where he served for 10 years. He began his first day at his new church, Saint John’s Lutheran of Cherryville, on Sept. 15, and he said, for him, “It feels like I’m coming home!” Pastor Homesley, 61, grew up on Mary’s Grove Road, in Cherryville, said of his being

A pastor’s work is never really done after Sunday and Wednesday, as is evidenced by Rev. Scott Homesley, the new pastor of Cherryville’s Saint John’s Lutheran Church, who is seen here working in his office. a “second career pastor,” that, “…immediately after college I worked for two years as a herdsman on the Cherub Jersey Dairy Farm in the Mountain View area of Hickory (N.C.). I then became a District Executive for the Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America (Gastonia, N.C.) for four years, and was promoted to Field Director in Hickory for additional four years.” He met his wife, Robin Horton Homesley in 1981, and

they have three adult children and three grandsons. Robin is retired, noted Pastor Homesley, from being a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. “Nicholas and his wife, Tawny, are parents of James and Blake, and they live in Hickory. Jeremy and wife, Ashley, are the parents of Roan, and they live in Cherryville, and Elisa and her husband, Alex, live in Harrisburg, N.C.,” he said.

Of the many important aspects of Rev. Scott Homesley’s job as pastor of Cherryville’s Saint John’s Lutheran Church, one is to serve Holy Communion at the Lord’s Table on Sunday mornings.


How Does Social Security Work When a Spouse or Ex-Spouse Dies? Dear Savvy Senior, Who qualifies for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year, so I would like to find out if me or my 17-year-old daughter are eligible for anything? Divorced Survivor Dear Divorced, If your ex-husband worked and paid Social Security taxes and you and/or your daughter meet the eligibility requirements, you may very well be eligible for survivor benefits, but you should act quickly because benefits are generally retroactive only up to six months. Here’s what you should know. Under Social Security law, when a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, certain members of that person’s family may be eligible for survivor benefits including spouses, former spouses and dependents. Here’s a breakdown of who qualifies. Widow(er)’s and divorced widow(er)’s: Surviving spouses that were married at least nine months are eligible to collect a monthly survivor benefit as early as age 60 (50 if disabled). Divorced surviving spous-

es are also eligible at this same age, if you were married at least 10 years and did not remarry before age 60 (50 if disabled), unless the marriage ends. How much you’ll receive will depend on how much money (earnings that were subject to Social Security taxes) your spouse or ex-spouse made over their lifetime, and the age in which you apply for survivor benefits. If you wait until your full retirement age (which is 66 for people born in 1945-1954 and will gradually increase to age 67 for people born in 1960 or later), you’ll receive 100 of your deceased spouses or ex-spouses benefit amount. But if you apply between age 60 and your full retirement age, your benefit will be somewhere between 71.5 – 99 percent of their benefit. There is, however, one exception. Surviving spouses and ex-spouses that are caring for a child (or children) of the deceased worker, and they are under age 16 or disabled, are eligible to receive 75 percent of the worker’s benefit amount at any age. Unmarried children: Surviving unmarried children under age 18, or up to age 19 if

they’re still attending high school, are eligible for survivor benefits too. Benefits can also be paid to children at any age if they were disabled before age 22 and remain disabled. Both biological and adoptive children are eligible, as well as kids born out of wedlock. Dependent stepchildren and grandchildren may also qualify. Children’s benefits are 75 percent of the worker’s benefit. You should also know that in addition to survivor benefits, a surviving spouse or child may also be eligible to receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255. Dependent parents: Benefits can also be paid to dependent parents who are age 62 and older. For parents to qualify as dependents, the deceased worker would have had to provide at least one-half of the parent’s financial support. But be aware that Social Security has limits on how much a family can receive in monthly survivors’ benefits – usually 150 to 180 percent of the worker’s benefit. Switching Strategies Social Security also provides surviving spouses and ex-spouses some nice strat-

egies that can help boost your benefits. For example, if you’ve worked you could take a reduced survivor benefit at age 60 and switch to your own retirement benefit based on your earnings history – between 62 and 70 – if it offers a higher payment. Or, if you’re already receiving retirement benefits on your work record, you could switch to survivors benefits if it offers a higher payment. You cannot, however, receive both benefits. You also need to know that if you collect a survivor benefit while working, and are under full retirement age, your benefits may be reduced depending on your earnings – see For more information on survivor benefits, visit Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.