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Volume 114 • Issue 51

Wednesday, December 16, 2020


Dr. White receives NC Family Physician of the Year Award Cherryville physician’s medical practice always been about his patient’s best interests by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville physician Dr. Thomas Rhyne White was honored on Friday, Nov. 6, with the prestigious NC Family Physician of the Year Award. Said White recently of the honor, “It’s an award I’ve witnessed being given every year at the Grove Park Inn (in Asheville) for as long as I can remember. “It’s not voted on and you are nominated anonymously. A committee meets and looks at all of the nominees and goes from there.” White, a 1972 Cherryville High School grad, said a career in the medical field was not on his radar then; he instead said he wanted to be a basketball coach and a biology teacher. “I knew I wanted to go to Duke at a young age – around 5, I believe – and told my mom that’s what

Cherryville Head Start Center Manager Ms. Beverly Mobley and Classroom 2 teacher, Ms. Lakisha McCorkle. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

After 2018 fire

Cherryville Head Start now back to business of teaching

Dr. Thomas R. White with his NC Family Physician of the Year Award, which he received on Nov. 6, 2020. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)


I wanted to do and what I wanted to be,” he said. That all changed when, as a senior at CHS, young White had a serious burn injury requiring treatment by Dr. Marshal E. Agner, who White watched ear-

The Cherryville Head Start program is back open, as of October 2020, and is moving forward after a devastating fire almost crushed their hopes of being able to provide quality care and

nestly as he treated him and affected his eventual healing. “He was an inspiration to me, as was Dr. Forrest Houser. Watching these See WHITE, Page 2A


education for Cherryville children. Spokesperson Debra Lutz said the fire occurred on April 24, 2018, and forced the teachers and their students out of the building while Cherryville firefighters took care of the problem. There was, sadly,

a great deal of smoke and water damage, which forced the closing of the building, located a little behind and to the side of the Cherryville Post Office. Said Ms. Lutz, “The building had significant damages that caused the See HEAD START, Page 2A

Gaston takes top rankings in “Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour” Career and Technical Education – Building Community Pride When it comes to credentials, school district is first for highest number and highest percentage by TODD HAGANS Chief Communications Officer Gaston County Schools

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education have released Career and Technical Education (CTE) credential performance data for the 2019-2020 academic year, and it provides “good news” for Gaston County Schools. Gaston County is first in the state for the number of CTE credentials earned by students and first in the state for the percentage of students earning more than one credential in a particular CTE area. It is the only time since the state began tallying credential performance data in 2010-2011 that the same school district has earned top rankings in both categories in the same year, according to the State Board of Education.

Number of CTE Credentials Earned by High School, 2019-2020 Ashbrook High School (ranks 5th in the state) Bessemer City High School Cherryville High School Stuart Cramer High School (ranks 14th in the state) East Gaston High School Forestview High School (ranks 13th in the state) Gaston Co. Virtual Academy Highland Technology Hunter Huss High School (school ranks 2nd in the state) North Gaston High School South Point High School Warlick Academy Total for Gaston Co. Schools (district ranks 1st in the state) Highest number of CTE credentials Gaston County had 14,986 credentials earned by students during the 2019-2020 year – the highest amount in the state among all school districts and charter schools. Wake County, the largest school district in the state, based on student enrollment, was second with 12,895 credentials. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the second largest school district in the state, was fifth with 7,016 credentials earned by stu-

2,297 1,287 1,051 1,706 865 1,721 40 486 2,976 1,082 1,318 157 14,986

dents. Gaston County is the tenth largest school district in the state. In 2018-2019, Gaston County was second in the state with 10,811 credentials earned by students and was second in 2017-2018 with 12,566 credentials. When the credential numbers were first calculated by the state in 2010-2011, Gaston County had only 386. Highest percentage of CTE credentials Gaston County ranks first See GASTON, Page 7A

In the summer of 2000, Gaston Together began a program for school children to enhance the awareness of Gaston County and grow Community Pride. By building on the study of the community in the third grade, Gaston Together worked with Gaston County Schools to develop the “Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour” field trip for all third graders in the county, including both public and private school students. As of the 2020 – 2021 school year, over 50,000 students have participated in this program since its inception. Just like much of the rest of year 2020, this year’s tour was different. It went virtual! With the help of Gaston County Travel & Tourism, we were able to provide a virtual tour that showcased all sixteen sites in the Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour Activity Book. In addition, two of the sites traditionally visited on the field trip tour, the Schiele Museum and the Gaston County Museum of Art & History, created customized videos for the students. The virtual tour and classwork components were conducted in November. Although very different, the virtual format did provide

Students from North Belmont Elementary and McAdenville on the 2019 Fall “Pride Tour”, learning about residents at Holy Angels. (photos provided) advantages for the overall program. First, the teachers had more flexibility in scheduling the program for their class. They usually have to follow a fixed calendar due to scheduling over 2500 students with the tour loca-


tions. Also, using the virtual summary video overview gave the students an opportunity to see something of each site featured in the Activity Book. Each student participating in the program receive See PRIDE, Page 8A

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