Cherryville Eagle 4-21-21

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Volume 115 • Issue 16


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CPD makes numerous 2021-2022 budget draft drug arrests, netting proposal handed out at April 12 Council session multiple suspects

Cherryville staff and Chief Jenks and Capt. sale and delivery (of con- employees Green; by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor Doolittle noted the numer- trolled substances); posses- Sigmon recognized ous arrests resulted from an sion of methamphetamine, eight-month long narcotics heroin, marijuana and pills. by Council for their Cherryville Police De- investigation. “Other charges that hard work

partment Chief Cam Jenks and Capt. Brian Doolittle recently released information on numerous narcotics arrests the department made on what Chief Jenks noted were, “multiple suspects.”

In the department’s media release, Chief Jenks said the charges that were filed on the listed subjects include possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver (PWIMSD) controlled substances (CS);

were filed include conspiracy to sell a controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for sale of a controlled substance,” said Capt. Doolittle. Doolittle also noted some See CPD, Page 2

New York Bee Gees - Opening Act on May 1, 2021 at Patriot’s Park. (Photo provided)

City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department launches concert series Live Music at Patriots Park to begin May 1st Live entertainment is back at Patriots Park! The City of Kings Mountain Special Events Department is proud to bring live music back to Downtown Kings Mountain with the “Live Music at Patriots Park” Concert Series The series, two years in

the making, brings a diverse group of entertainers to the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre covering Beach, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Classic Rock and much more! “The only thing that is better than music - Live music,” says Christy Conner, Special Events Director with the City of Kings Mountain. “We have a top notch diverse group of talent scheduled to hit the stage.

They are some of the hottest bands currently trending in the entertainment industry.” The line-up for this series includes: May 1 - New York Bee Gees-Opening Act, Gary Lowder and Smokin Hot; Pre-Show 6:00 PM/Concert 7:00 PM. June 5 - East Coast Party Band- Pre-Show 6:00 PM/ Concert 7:00PM. See CONCERT, Page 9


The Cherryville City Council met last Monday night, April 12, at the Cherryville Fire Department, recognizing two employees; one for longevity of service to the City and the other with a proclamation, as well as taking care of items previously discussed at its March work session. Mayor H.L. Beam, III spoke briefly during his “Mayor’s Comments” section talking about the American Recovery (or Rescue) Act that was passed by Congress in which Cherryville could possibly receive as much as $1.78 million to help with various infrastructure issues. The amount, he noted, would be broken up into two parcels of money; $890,000 given sometime this year, and the second $890,000 given out next year.

Center authorities noted need for vigilance as child abuse doesn’t just stop at month of April

“This money will require us to report our usage of it as well as audits and such,” Mayor Beam said, adding that some of the items the money cannot be used for include roads, debt cancellations, and retirement. The money, if we can get it, will go to water and sewer, storm water issues,

COVID salary replacement, and other issues covered in the ARA. According to the web site,, in in part reads that in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), “The United States has provided about $6 trillion See COUNCIL, Page 6

CHS senior end-of-year grad info helps prepare students, parents CHS staff, faculty, Senior class Advisors want seniors to know they look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 by MICHAEL E. POWELL

Lighthouse Center shines light on Child Abuse Prevention

Professional Municipal Clerk Paige H. Green was recognized at the Monday, April 12, Cherryville City Council meeting by Mayor H.L. Beam, III and the Council members with a proclamation recognizing her for her work for the City and recognizing the week of May 2 through May 8, as Professional Municipal Clerk’s Week. (photo by MEP/the Eagle/CF Media)


The Senior Class Advisors, along with Principal Kevin Doran, Assistant Principal Jada Warnock,

and the school’s counselors, teachers and staff know how important it is to have all the proper information handy as 2020-2021 winds down toward graduation. To that end, Mr. Doran noted a letter with all pertinent information was sent to the graduating seniors and their parents with important end-of-year general information. In addition to making sure the graduating senior has paid his or her fines

to the school and turned in their sports uniforms, it notes all scholarship and college acceptance information must be turned in to the school’s guidance counselors and that the letter’s listed dress code for graduation applies to all seniors, adding that the proper cap and gown, with no personalization or decoration, must be worn at that time. It is stressed that any fines not paid by graduation See CHS, Page 2


This year’s high school graduation will take a turn towards normalcy



According to a media release from Gastonia’s The Lighthouse Children’s Advocacy Center, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and they want everyone to know about and be aware of it. After all, a child’s life may well depend upon it.

Because of COVID concerns, last year’s Gaston County high school graduation ceremonies were a socially distant departure from the usual festivities. This year, the Class of 2021 event will look more like the traditional deal – but with a twist on the time frame. Ergo, Gaston County Schools plans to hold in-person ceremonies for high school graduations and the ceremonies will be held

See ABUSE, Page 5 From left to right (Morgan Lail, Shiniqua Lee, Hannah Hopper, Heather Kauffman, and Belinda Butler). (photo provided)

outdoors in cohorts. The graduations were originally scheduled for Saturday, May 29, but Gaston Schools leaders approved a plan at the March 15 meeting that will break graduation up into groups and times to allow for current COVID-19 protocols. Graduation for most Gaston County high schools will be held the night of Friday, May 28. Traditionally, graduations were held on Saturday mornings. Each school would hold

two graduation ceremonies on May 28, with the Cohort A family starting at 5:30 p.m., and Cohort B family starting at 8 p.m. These schools include: Ashbrook, Bessemer City, Cherryville, East Gaston, Forestview, Highland Hunter Huss, North Gaston, South Point, and Stuart W. Cramer. The following schools will hold graduation ceremonies on the following days: Gaston Early College – May 20, Gaston Virtual See NORMALCY, Page 9

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