Cherryville Eagle 12-9-20

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Volume 114 • Issue 50


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

CFD to host another mask give-away Saturday, Dec. 12 by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

In spite of the last face mask give-away being fairly successful, Chief Jeff Cash and his crew at the Cherryville Fire Department are still in a giving mood. And, let’s face it… FREE is ALWAYS good! With that in mind, CFD Administrative Assistant Brittany Bingham said re-

cently that Chief Cash has decided to hold another drive-through face mask giveaway at the fire station on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m., until 2 p.m. Bingham said the department had originally received about 33 cases of the white, washable face masks. In a previous Eagle article, Assistant Chief Jason Wofford said the masks were donated by FEMA, the Department of Health and

Human Services, and N.C. Emergency Management. In that article AFC Wofford thanked Emergency Management Director Kevin Gordon, who contacted the CFD in August about the availability of the masks for the give-away. Originally planned for this past August, Bingham noted the department had to settle on a September timeframe due to inclement See CFD, Page 6 During last year’s ‘shoot’, CNYSI Secretary Rusty Wise and his son Winston (in red jackets, 2nd and 3rd from left) watch as one of the group’s members prepares to fire his musket. (Eagle/CF Media file photo by Michael E. Powell or Susan L. Powell)

What will be different with this year’s New Year’s Shooters? The obvious (and most discernible) things will be masks, social distancing, and no physical contact At the Saturday, Aug. 29, mask giveaway at the Cherryville Fire Dept., Chief Jeff Cash and with hosts his wife Cynthia (front, far right) show what the masks look like. With them are members of the CFD and HPVFD who came out to help out with the giveaway. Sitting down, from left, are: Colby Heffner and Ryan Gunter; and (standing) the Cashes. Standing, in back, left to right, are: Clay Thornburg (HPVFD), and Richard Winters and Capt. Kurt Black, who are with the CFD. (Eagle/CF Media file photos by Michael E. Powell)

History Made: First woman to hold position since inception in 1977


The Cherryville New Year’s Shooters tradition we have all come to know and love so well will, thankfully,

go on, according to spokesmen for both groups. However – spoiler alert here – things will look a little different than in the past. Cherryville New Year’s Shooter’s, Inc. Secretary Rusty Wise said, “We will be providing each member shooter with a custom logo mask as well as enforcing mask wearing by all shooters, social distancing, and hand sanitizing frequently. “Also, we are asking the hosts to stay on the porch and shooters to stay in the

yard and shooting area.” His counterpart, Traditional New Year’s Shooter spokesman Gary Dellinger, said of changes for their group, “There will definitely be changes this year as a result of COVId-19.” He continued, “All members will be required to wear a mask anytime they are outside of their vehicle; no members will be allowed in a host family’s house, on their porch, or to make physical contact, such as shaking See SHOOTERS, Page 2

Sen. Kathy Harrington elected Senate Majority Leader by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

History has recently been made in the Old North State! Republican State Senator Kathy Harrington, of Gastonia, is the first woman to be elected to the position of Senate Majority Leader, for either caucus, since the position was created in 1977. According to a media release from Mary Marchman, Legislative Assistant to Sen. Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), on Monday, Nov. 30, the Senate Republican Caucus voted unanimously to elect Sen. Harrington as the next majority leader. Marchman noted the position was held by Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow). Sen. Brown has held the post since 2011 and is retiring this year, noted Marchman, in her media release. Harrington, 61, who rep-

Senator Kathy Harrington (R-Dist. 43) resents Dist. 43, has served five terms in the Senate, according to her NC General Assembly website page. She was elected to the seat in 2010. Sen. Harrington said, “It’s such an honor to have earned the faith and trust of my colleagues for this leadership position. North Carolina has been well-served by the past decade of low taxes, responsible spending, and investments in education, and I’m excited to work with my colleagues to continue that agenda.” Marchman included a comment by Senate Leader

Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), who said, “Sen. Harrington is a powerful voice in the caucus and works tirelessly behind the scenes. You may not read about her very often in the paper, but she’s a force in the Senate. I’m excited about her election and I know she’ll do a wonderful job.” Marchman noted, “First elected in 2010, Sen. Harrington has risen through the ranks in the caucus, serving as a co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee during the last biennium.” Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) also commented on Sen. Harrington becoming the state’s first female Senate Majority Leader in a media release from his office. Wrote Rep. McHenry, “Congratulations to my longtime friend Kathy Harrington on this tremendous honor. Kathy is a proven operator within the Republican Caucus who commands the attention of her colleagues when she speaks. Kathy’s election as Majority Leader marks a historic choice for NC Senate Republicans and one I know they will not regret.”

2020 Winners – From left to right: Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen Keelie Jones, Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen Lexi Foy, Miss Mount Holly’s Outstanding Teen Micah Eustache, Miss Mount Holly Anne Marie Hagerty, Miss Gaston County Mariana Linares, and Miss Gastonia Julia DeSerio as they pose for a group picture at the conclusion of the Miss Mount Holly competition, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The six young women are looking ahead to representing the Gaston region in the 2021 Miss North Carolina competition. (photos provided)

Even with no Miss N.C. pageant

Gaston’s representatives still win scholarships Even though this year’s Miss North Carolina pageant was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gaston’s three representatives still managed to win more than $11,000 in scholarships.

Recently, the Miss North Carolina organization awarded a total of $40,500 in benefactor scholarships to the young women in the pageant’s Class of 2020. Miss Gaston County Mariana Li-

nares received $1,000, Miss Mount Holly Anne Marie Hagerty earned $3,000, and Miss Gastonia Julia DeSerio tallied $7,800 – the most scholarship money of any contestant. See SCHOLARSHIPS, Page 6

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