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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Long-time educator, School Board member

Terry Usery remembered Gaston County Schools, district, friends, others pay tribute to remarkable man Editor michael@cfmedia.info

MR. TERRY USERY (photo by Gaston County Schools) Eagle article about his filing for the Board seat. Hagans noted in the media release that Mr. Usery was a, “…long-time educator with more than 40 years of dedicated service to the profession”, adding he “…worked as a classroom teacher, bus driver, and school administrator” and “…served as principal of Page Elementary School and Cherryville Elementary School before spending more than 16 years as principal of Tryon Elementary School, which he affectionately referred to as ‘the purrrfect place to learn.’” Harrill continued, “Terry See USERY, Page 6

Countering misinformation driving vaccine hesitation People in NC who are hesitant about getting COVID-19 vaccinations have often received incorrect information that can be debunked by CHRISTIAN GREEN Carolina Public Press

Before the coronavirus pandemic, “anti-vaxxers,” or those who oppose vaccinations, were viewed as a small and vocal fringe group, mostly concerned with debunked links between childhood vaccinations and autism. But in the current pandemic, anti-vaxxers are just one of several communities hesitant or resistant to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. While those who outright dispute the merit of a vaccine may be few, many people are vaccine hesitant. In a December poll published by Pew Research, nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said they would “probably not” or “definitely not” choose to receive a vaccine for the coronavirus. But around half reported that they were po-

ASHLYN BEATTIE

ALLIE KAY HOMESLEY

RILEY HUFFMAN

LINDSEY LINGERFELT

March 5 CHS Homecoming to look a little different this year

by MICHAEL E. POWELL

In a recent media release from Gaston County Schools, spokesman Todd Hagans noted “…the Gaston County Schools family is mourning the death of Mr. Terry Usery, who passed away on Feb. 14, 2021.” Mr. Usery was 68 at the time of his death. Usery is perhaps best known as being the longtime CHS Ironmen basketball clock and score keeper, a position CHS AD Scott Harrill said he held for 25 years. Additionally, Mr. Usery was also the Cherryville Township Board of Education representative, having taken over that position in 2016 from Cherryville businessman, Mark Upchurch, who retired after many years of serving on the Board. Usery retired from being the principal at Tryon Elementary in June of 2014, according to a 2016

MAGGIE BEAM

Changes are due to COVID-19 rules and social distancing restrictions by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

According to CHS instructor and NHS advisor Emilie Pope, the CHS Homecoming, set for March 5, will look a little different this year, due to COVID-19 rules about social distancing restrictions. Said Ms. Pope, “It is going to look a little different this year, but we are trying to make it as normal and special as possible.” Pope noted the five young ladies comprising the 2020/2021 CHS Homecoming Court are: Maggie Beam, Ashlyn Beattie,

Allie Kay Homesley, Riley Huffman, and Lindsey Lingerfelt. Ms. Pope added the Homecoming Queen will be chosen at half-time of the scheduled CHS football game at home against Pine Lake Prep, to be played at Rudisill Stadium. Each of the young ladies submitted brief “bio” information to the Eagle, and they are listed here in no particular order. Miss Lindsey Lingerfelt is the daughter of Barry and Susan Lingerfelt. In her “bio” she noted that after graduation she plans to attend Appalachian State University and major in Elementary Education. She is a member of The National Honor Society, The National Technical Honor Society, was a Junior Marshall (2020), in the Interact Club, Fellowship of

Christian Athletes and is a member of the CHS track team. When not in school Lindsey said she works at Knobb Creek Orchards and is a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville. Miss Ashlyn Shayne Beattie is the daughter of Rick and Tonya Beattie of Cherryville. She is a member of both The National Honor Society and The National Technical Honor Society. Ashlyn participates in Drama, Journalism, Interact Club and sings for the school Stage Band. Currently, Ashlyn is an apprentice at Gaston Emergency Medical Services. Following graduation from CHS she plans to pursue a career in either Nursing or Paramedicine. Miss Allie Kay Homesley is the daughter of Kelly

and Trudie Homesley. Allie Kay is a four-year Varsity Cheerleader and was selected for All-Region and the All-State team. She is a six-time State Champion and is the Vice-President of the Senior Class, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, the FCA and the Metalheads Pep Club. Allie Kay is very active in the Youth program at her church, St. John’s Lutheran, and helps with the Backpack Ministry, along with being crucifer and acolyte on Sunday mornings. When she is not cheering, she is spending her time with horses, sometimes her own horse Sandy, or other times she’s working a part-time job at Kristi Buff’s ranch tending to her horses. After high school, Allie Kay plans See HOMECOMING, Page 6

Spring is Youth Soccer time at the Cherryville Family ‘Y’ Youth Soccer registration now open but ends Feb. 27 by MICHAEL E. POWELL

Discarded Covid-19 vaccines are seen in a ‘sharps’ container at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville on Jan. 20. (photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/ Carolina Public Press)

tentially open to receiving the vaccine after other people had gotten it and more information became available. These reservations could have deadly consequences as epidemiologists have estimated at least 60 to 70 percent of Americans will need to be immunized before there is any level of population immunity. Vaccine hesitancy can come from a variety of sources, but misinformation leads the list. A preprint survey study in the United States and the United Kingdom found that people exposed to misinformation are more likely to express hesitancy for the COVID-19 vaccine than those who are not. See VACCINE, Page 2

Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Molly D’Avria, Director of Advancement – Gaston County Family YMCA said they are pleased to let everyone know that Spring is Youth Soccer time at the Cherryville Family “Y”. Registration for Youth Soccer is now open and will end until Saturday, Feb. 27, she said. In a recent media release, D’Avria noted that youth sports at the ‘Y’ “…help children feel healthy, confident, and connected.” She continued, “Being a part of a team develops skills on and off the field as children learn the importance of practice and hard work, and that it isn’t all about winning or losing.” YMCA Youth Soccer has been around a while, but – like many sports-related events – has taken a “hit” thanks to COVID-19. Nevertheless, D’Avria noted Youth Soccer focuses

These little tykes are having fun playing YMCA Youth Soccer. (photos provided by Cherryville family YMCA) on “…age-appropriate progression, increased touches, and building confidence in a small team setting.” She added that leagues will be offered at three locations Cherryville, Pharr (McAdenville), and Warlick (Gastonia). “What is new,” said D’Avria, “is we have updated age groups to accommodate our older players and also added 13-year-olds! Leagues are based on the child’s age as Aug. 31, 2020.”

Those ages are as follows: U5 – ages 3 – 4; U7 – ages 5 – 6; U9 – ages 7 – 8; U11 – ages 9 – 10; and U14 – ages 11 – 13. For Cherryville, where kids can call and sign up at the Cherryville Family “Y”, the U5 – U13 league will practice and play games at Moss Field, and practice takes place once weekly for 50 minutes, she said. The games are scheduled for Saturdays and you must indicate on the registration the

days you CANNOT practice. Practice day/time is based on volunteer coach availability. The Cherryville facilities hours, said Butch Boyd, the Cherryville Family YMCA’s Administrative Coordinator, are Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., and 4 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. through 1 p.m.; and on Saturday, from 7 a.m., to 2 p.m. “On Sunday our facility is closed,” said Mr. Boyd. The Cherryville Family See SOCCER, Page 3