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City Council hears from Centralina’s Manis about economic impact of bonds Also hears from businessman Rusty Wise about power rates and Electric Fund usage by MICHAEL E. POWELL Natalie Poston, Chavis Middle’s 2020 Teacher of the Year is seen here teaching her 8th grade students some of the finer points of Math I. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

JCMS’ Poston “2020 Teacher of the Year” by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

John Chavis Middle School eighth grade Math I teacher Natalie Willis Poston is John Chavis Middle School’s “2020 Teacher of the Year”, an accolade which she said is a “first” for her.

Mrs. Willis, 34, teaches Math I, she said, which is high school level mathematics normally taught to the ninth through 12th grade levels. Her students get high school level credits for it, she added. Mrs. Poston, a 2004 CHS grad, played softball, volleyball, and basketball See POSTON, Page 6

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At last Monday night’s City Council meeting, Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam, III, and the Councilmembers present heard from the Centralina Council of Government’s Mike Manis, City Manager Jeff Cash, and Cherryville citizen and businessman Rusty Wise of Wise Electric and Mr. Sparky about several

Centralina Council of Government’s Mike Manis speaking at the Monday night, Nov. 9, City Council regular session, held at the Cherryville Fire Department. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

important topics regarding the City’s future. Mr. Manis, at the request of Mr. Cash, and Centralina Council of Governments conducted a study of jobs and economic impact scenario utilizing computer matrix and analyzation. Manis told Council his information reflects what he termed “a ripple effect” for Cherryville as it begins using the bond money in its upcoming projects. “This computer modeling system had data induced from the City of Cherryville, Gaston County, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties and the nine-county regional area that falls under Centralina’s See COUNCIL, Page 6

New Cherryville Nazarene pastor says his past is his testimony He wants to help people out of the walls they’ve built around themselves by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

When Rev. Tom Hartis retired as the pastor of Cherryville’s First Church of the Nazarene in 2019, the small church and its faithful congregation set about earnestly praying, seeking God’s help on filling their leadership vacancy. Their search was going all right until the unexpected came along in the See PASTOR, Page 2

Rev. Kyle DeLong, the new pastor for the Cherryville First Church of the Nazarene, stands outside by the church’s sign. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Crouse clay artist Maëlle Keener working on her antique potter’s wheel. (photo provided)

French-Canadian transplant

Keener creates clay art in Crouse Making functional artworks high on the artist’s lists of “to do’s” by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Maëlle (pronounced – My-el) Garneau Keener loves the little town of Crouse. So much so, she decided it was a great place to create some of her signature works of art, which she lovingly creates and works in clay. Keener said she was born in Canada and grew up in the city of Montreal with her parents and younger brother. See ART, Page 9

UP IN SMOKE! – On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Cherryville Fire Department had a controlled burn/firefighter training exercise at three vacant houses on S. Mountain Street given to the city for that purpose. As always, the street traffic was closely monitored by the CFD at all times during the exercise. See more photos on page 3. (photo by Ryan Gunter)