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Volume 115 • Issue 14


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Council discusses topics slated for April 12 session by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Looking down on the Cherryville Fire Department’s large bay showing it full of all those who came by on Saturday, March 27, to get their second and final dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (photo by Ryan Gunter)

CFD’s follow-up Moderna vaccine event goes well This was the second dose for those who received their first on Feb. 27 by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville City Manager and Fire Chief Jeff Cash said the department’s hosting of the administration of the second shot of the two-injection Moderna vaccine went well. Chief Cash said, “This

was the second shot of Moderna for the people who received their first dose at the clinic held on Feb. 27. We provided the facility and volunteers. The vaccines were provided by Kintegra Health. Our contact with Kintegra is Mrs. Reva Holland.” As far as the numbers of those who came to get their second and final Moderna vaccine dose, Chief Cash noted, “We administered approximately 440 vaccinations,” adding “…there were a handful of no-shows.” As with the previous

vaccine event sponsored by Cherryville and CFD, he noted they had, “…Fire Department staff, Police Department staff, (and) Main Street staff (working the event and helping out). We provided approximately 15 volunteers.” He continued, “Kintegra said that the operations flowed well and were very well organized.” Cherryville Police Chief Cam Jenks, whose senior officers, patrol officers, and staff helped out as well at both events, making sure See MODERNA, Page 6

The Cherryville City Council met on Tuesday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m., for their March work session, going over a slate of topics slated for their April 12, regular session. Starting things off was a request by City Manager Jeff Cash for Council to consider and vote on a resolution to request funding for Congressional and federal assistance form their funding program. Mr. Cash told Council he would like them to vote on it that night, if possible, a request that was met as all approved the resolution request. In the work session materials, it was noted the City is located in Rep. Virginia Foxx’s 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the City is also represented in the U.S. Senate by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. The wording of the resolution noted how, “…the City of Cherryville is home to 6,000 North Carolinians and is a duly incorporated municipality supporting all governmental functions and

Cherryville Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jason Wofford with Mayor H.L. Beam, III after being presented with the SHARP Public Sector Employer Award. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) services” and that we have experienced serious budget shortfalls due to the effects of the COVID pandemic, rapid depreciation of our infrastructure and a lack of funding availability through alternate resources. Mr. Cash told Council the Congress recently authorized members of the U.S. House of Representa-

tives to “…request funding for up to 10 ‘Community Projects’ within each member’s district in the upcoming federal year budget.” Knowing that timeline, Mr. Cash said he wanted the vote so Cherryville can get our request for these proposed allocated funds for our following urgent needs: See COUNCIL, Page 2

Oratorical Judges Durwin Briscoe, Tamara Barringer; Greg Stearns; Rep. Virginia Foxx; Dr. Bill Downs and Andrew Hopper Sr. (photos provided)

Burns sophomore Savannah McGlothlin at State Oratorical Finals competition Cherryville’s Jill Parker-Puett, Auxiliary State Vice President, one of the AL Auxiliary luminaries present at event

2021 Cherry Blossom Festival cancelled


According to a media release from Shelby American Legion Post 82, the Shelby American Legion 82 Family hosted the State Oratorical Finals competition at the LeGrand Center on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Auxiliary State Vice President Jill Parker-Puett, of Cherryville, was one of

The 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival’s crowds are a distant memory now, thanks to COVID-19 and its ravages upon our society. However, thanks to a ramped-up vaccination schedule, perhaps in the not-too-distant future Cherryville could see the town come alive again with scenes like this. (Eagle/CF Media file photo)

Events officials decide to cancel 2021 festival, which was originally scheduled for April 16-17 James Moore, State Commander; Savannah McGlothlin $2,000 scholarship winner and Bill Oxford, National Commander. the AL Auxiliary luminaries tants, all winners from their present at the event. particular regions throughout State contest coordinator the state.” Jim Quinlan said, “This was He continued, “This Conthe 83rd annual American Le- stitutional speech contest is gion Oratorical Contest and open to all high-school-aged See COMPETITION, Page 6 had four participating contes-


According to a March 19, media release, Cherryville Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Mary Beth Tackett said that in order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions still in effect by the

state of North Carolina, the Cherryville Events officials have made the decision to cancel Cherryville’s 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival, which was originally scheduled for April 16, through the 17. Said Mrs. Tackett in the release, “The State of North Carolina still has restrictions in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which includes limiting outdoor gatherings to only 50 people. This restriction stays in effect until March 31, 2021. She continued, “Our

Cherry Blossom Festival was set to take place just three weeks after that marker on April 16, and 17, leaving us with insufficient time to plan this event if the above-mentioned restrictions were to be lifted. We felt we had to make a decision at this time that is in line with the guidelines in place. We apologize for any inconvenience.” The Cherry Blossom Festival is a product of the Cherryville Main Street Program, which is a part of the City of Cherryville, and See FESTIVAL, Page 6

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