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Cherryville New Year’s Shooter’s fire their guns in Waco “Following the boom” and driving out evil spirits for a better New Year by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The small Cleveland County town of Waco heard the “boom” of musket fire on Jan. 1, 2022, around 1 p.m., as the Cherryville New Year’s Shooter’s, Inc. group congregated at the town’s Community Center to help them welcome in the New Year. Greeting them were Mayor John E. “Butch” Barrett, Jr., and Alderman Linwood Pete Sauls, as well as a number of residents who came out for the popular spectacle.

Mayor Barrett said this isn’t the first time the group has come to Waco, the town whose motto is, “History with Pride and Vision”, to shoot in the New Year. “They shot at my grandparents, A.A. Barrett’s, house in the ‘60’s, and they have shot at the Post Office here in the past as well. For the past six years they have come over and shot at the Waco Community Center. We have always had a good turnout to see and hear them when they come by,” he said. Barrett, who has been mayor of the little town since 2015, added they “…had a huge turnout this year” as can be seen on the town’s Facebook page. Saying it was one of the warmest “shoots” on record for him, Cherryville New Year’s See SHOOTER’S, Page 2 The Cherryville New Year’s Shooter’s Inc., group shot in the New Year on Jan. 1, 2022 at Waco, in Cleveland County. From left to right are: Charles “Brownie” Sisk, Secretary Rusty Wise, Waco Alderman Linwood Pete Sauls, Waco Mayor John E. Barrett, Jr., CNYSI Treasurer and Cherryville City Councilman, Jon Abernethy, and group administrative assistant, Curt Brown. (photos provided)

Charles “Brownie” Sisk and Donnie Alexander, of the CNYSI group starting things out by calling the Town of Waco out (by Brownie) and saying the traditional speech (by Donnie) for the folks at Waco.

Heirloom 19th Century flax wheel finds new home by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

It’s not often old treasures show up on your doorstep, so to speak, but what Mona Ramsey had brought her way in Crouse recently was a rare gem, and not to be passed up, historically speaking! Ms. Ramsey, who is the Crouse Community History & Photo Project director and editor of the group’s newsletter, said recently that on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, Eileen McCloskey DiTullio, who is the daughter of Tillie Eaker McCloskey Brooks, and

A cloud of black powder smoke obscures the line of New Year’s shooters at the Waco Community Center “shoot” on Jan. 1, 2022.

Traditional New Year’s Shooters have large number of shooters this year Start “shoot” at City Hall as they have always done for many years now by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

This antique flax wheel was brought to the history group in Crouse, then donated to Hart Village for preservation and placement in their on-site historical villlage. (photo provided) Debbie Eaker Rinehardt paid a visit to the Crouse See FLAX, Page 2

Gary Dellinger, an officer in the Traditional New Year’s Shooters group, said their group had a great “shoot” this year even if the weather was a bit warmer than normal. “We had a really good year bringing in 2022!” he said. “We had the largest number of shooters we have ever had, and a large group of followers. We had no mishaps and no injuries.”

Mr. Dellinger also noted that nothing changed significantly this year for their group. “When you are trying to preserve a tradition this old, you don’t want to make significant changes unless safety is a concern. We do have discussions each year after the event to try and identify areas that could be improved in the future. But as far as basic operating procedures for the group, we never want to change that,” he said. As far as number of members, or any new additions, Gary noted, “We added close to 60 new members this year, and 30 that joined last year, so we are definitely growing. The largest number of shooters

The 2021-2022 crowd of Traditional New Year’s Shooters and some of their friends and followers ready for the always popular City Hall start to their midnight, Dec. 31, shot. (photos by MEP and Susan L. Powell/The Eagle/CF Media) is always at City Hall and the next several shots after that. The number will drop down to around a hundred or so just before sunrise, then start building back up

as the day goes on. Then it drops again for the last several shots.” He continued, “We added Rev. Keith Huss and See TRADITIONAL, Page 9

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■ POLICE ARRESTS 12-31-21: Breena Nicole Cunningham, 27, 708 E. Main St., Cherryville; one count felony possession of methamphetamine; one count each possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and DWLR; also, a rear lamp violation. $10,000 unsecured bond. 1-1-22: Christina Alexander Shaw, 40, 5029 Old Pine Ln., Cherryville, was arrested at 1832 Martin Rd., Gastonia, by GCPD officers on two (2) counts of a warrant from another agency. 1-1-22: Luca Willie Strange, 18, 1986 Kaylee Dr., Jefferson City, TN; one count each misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving after consuming alcohol (under 21 years old); and no operator’s license (NOL). $2,500 secured bond. 1-1: David William Sisk, 39, 159 Hallman St., Cherryville; one count felony possession of methamphetamine and one count felony WSOJ (Lincoln County). $8,500 secured bond and $10,000 secured bond (on separate arrests reports). 1-2: Douglas Alan Gantt, 63, 400 W. Old Post Rd., Cherryville; one count misdemeanor simple assault. $5,000 unsecured bond. 1-2: Jonathan Blair Gantt, 31, 400 W. Old Post Rd., Cherryville; one count of communicating threats. No bond set. Was allegedly armed with a lethal cutting instrument. 1-4: Deonta Rupert Reid, 29, 705 S. Mountain St., Cherryville, was ar-

rested at 616 S. Mountain St., Cherryville, by GCSO deputies on one count of a warrant from another agency. 1-5: Joshua Lee Kirkland, 30, 813 Requa Rd., Cherryville, was arrested at 1832 Martin Rd., Gastonia, by GCPD officers on one count of an OFA (contempt of court/perjury/court violation). 1-5: Larry Dowell Hudson, 24, 136 Sador St., Cherryville, was arrested at 425 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Way, Gastonia, by GCSO deputies on two (2) counts of a warrant from another agency.

listed controlled substance. Seized: 0.5 grams of methamphetamine. Closed/cleared by arrest. 1-1: GCPD officers report further investigation into larceny from a motor vehicle at 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville. 1-1: CPD officer reports WSOJ on listed suspect for OFA. Closed/ cleared by arrest. 1-2: On Dec. 29, GCPD officers reported a new investigation of a drug/narcotic violation at Sedyewood Ln., and Mozelle Rd., Cherryville.

INCIDENTS 12-31-21: CPD officer reports possession of methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia, and DWLR by listed suspect who had listed controlled substances and did drive w/ license revoked. Seized: 0.80 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of marijuana, three syringes, one tin foil, and multiple baggies. Closed/cleared by arrest. 1-1-22: CPD officer reports simple possession of marijuana; drug equipment violations; driving after consuming (less then 21 years of age); and NOL by listed teen out-of-state suspect who was arrested for listed offenses. Seized: 1.5 grams of marijuana, one plastic container, one glass pipe, one pipe, rolling papers, and a marijuana grinder. Closed/ cleared by arrest. 1-1: CPD officer reports possession of methamphetamine by listed suspect who possessed

1-2: On Jan. 1, GCPD officers reported further investigation into a motor vehicle theft at 2552 Lincolnton Hwy., Cherryville. 1-2: Cherryville woman reports CFS for missing person. Case status: active. 1-2: Two Cherryville men report simple assault and communication of threats by listed suspect who committed listed offenses. Minor injuries reported. Seized: one knife. Closed/cleared by arrest. WRECKS 12-31: A vehicle driven by Carol Regina Cavallaro, 63, 523 North Dr., Cherryville, was traveling south on North Dr/. entering Delview Rd. A vehicle driven by Olivia Tess Lowman, 25, 3012 Eaker Dr., Cherryville, was traveling east on Delview Rd. The two vehicles collided. No injuries were reported. Est. damages to the Cavallaro vehicle: $250; to the Lowman vehicle: $2,500.

Four with Cherryville, Gaston County ties convicted of drug offenses in 2021 Partnerships with federal agencies lead to drug convictions by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

In a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office media release from last week, LCSO spokesman Lt. Larry Seagle said four individuals with Cherryville, Crouse, and Gaston County ties were convicted of drug offenses in 2021. The convictions stemmed from federal charges as far back as April 2020, which were originally sent to the Eagle by the Department of Justice on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. According to Lt. Seagle’s release, during 2020, due to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office partnerships with Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the U. S. Attorney’s Office, “…efforts focused on drug trafficking in and around Lincoln County have resulted in the following federal convictions for methamphetamine trafficking, conspiracy and firearms-related offenses in 2021.” The four with Cherryville, Crouse, and Gaston County ties Seagle noted are: Joseph Michael Vassey, Savannah LeeAnn Goins, Marlee Dare Griffith, and Robert Allen Summerville. All but Mr. Summerville were mentioned in the original April 2020 DOJ media release. According to Lt. Seagle’s release, Mr. Vassey pled guilty and was sentenced to 11 and a half years (active) with five years’ supervised release; Ms. Goins pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years (active) with five years of supervised release; Ms. Griffith pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years (active) with five years’ supervised release; and Mr.


The ladies get in on the act! Both groups have been letting the ladies shoot for some time now and they can handle the weapons just as well as anyone. (photo provided)

SHOOTER’S From Page 1 Shooter’s, Inc. Secretary, Rusty Wise, reaffirmed that their group has indeed been coming over to Waco for a number of years, shooting in the New Year for the town and its residents. “They always are glad to see us when we come by and we like getting out that way,” said Mr. Wise, who also noted their group has always enjoyed shooting at Waco. Wise also noted their group honored the memory of the late Carl C. “Boozie” Dellinger, their President, at their 2022 last shot at Rudisill Stadium in Cherryville on Jan. 1. “We also recognized their family that night as well,” he added. Dennis Devine, of Cherryville, the President of the Traditional New Year’s Shooters group, said by phone recently that their group has also shot in Cleveland County “…many years ago, at the home of the late Roy Kale.” He continued, “We would then go on in to

This youngster was one of the last in line to fire his gun for good luck at the CNYSI Jan. 1, 2022 Waco “shoot”. Photo by Michael Powell Shelby and shoot at a couple of places there, but like I said, that has been a while since we have done that.” The Shooter’s groups and their members are just glad to be “out and about” after the pandemic’s ravages. They are always happy to practice what their chant calls, “the art and science” of firing their guns and to scare away any evil spirits and shoot in a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year.

For more information on the Town of Waco, email them at For more information on the Cherryville New Year’s Shooter’s, Inc., go to For more information on the Traditional New Year’s Shooters, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/Cherryville-Traditional-New-Year-Shooters.

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From Page 1 Community History & Photo Project office in Crouse, bearing gifts. Said Ms. Ramsey (via a media release about the rare gift), “Eileen brought with her items from her mother’s extensive collection of photos, clippings, and even a cookbook from 1956! She also brought an old flax wheel.” Ramsey continued, “Eileen stated, ‘The wheel for sure, belonged to my great-grandmother, Sarah Helms Mauney, but because of its age, may have belonged to her mom, Mary Anna Waycaster Mauney.’ She went on to tell, ‘It was handmade and has some of the original milk paint on it – Mom did try to strip it in the ‘70s unfortunately.’” Mona noted, “It is wonderful to have the chain of ownership of the flax wheel: Bessie Glen Mauney Eaker (18911959) inherited it from her mother, Sarah Helms Mauney (1852-1919), who more than likely inherited the wheel from her mother, Mary Anna Waycaster Mauney (1830-1914). The wheel then passed from Bessie Mauney Eaker (1891-1959) down to her daughter Sarah Matilda ‘Tillie’ Eaker McCloskey Brooks (1925-2020) and then to Eileen McCloskey DiTullio, who held it in her home for at least 30 years.” Ramsey said that after much conversation con-

Savannah LeeAnn Goins

Joseph Michael Vassey

Marlee Dare Griffith

Robert Allen Summerville

Summerville pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years’ (active) with five years’ supervised release. Mr. Vassey was originally listed in the 2020 DOJ document as being from Enoree, S.C. Others listed in the LCSO media release are: Dakota Reese Davis, of Lincolnton (pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing); Kimberly Nicole Wood (pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years [active] with five years’ release); Kenneth Otis Bethea, Jr. (pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years [active] with 5 years’ supervised release; Ryan Andrew Prescott, of Lincolnton (pled guilty and was sentenced to four years and three months [active] with three years’ supervised release); Justin David Barnhill (pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 and a half years active with five years’ supervised release); Matthew Zachary Coleman (pled guilty and received 17 and a half years [active] with five years’ supervised release); Vanna Lo (pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 and a half years [active] with five years’ supervised

release; and Donna Mae Bumgardner (pled guilty and was sentenced to seven years [active] followed by five years’ supervised release). Seagle noted the “total active prison time” of all of these is 115 years and three months and 43 years of supervised release. Said Lt. Seagle, “The investigative team was composed of Task Force officers assigned to Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Agency from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Gastonia Police Department, and Huntersville Police Department, with support from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division as well as North Carolina Probation and Parole.” Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam said, “Our department has a great working relationship with our federal partners and that pays big dividends for Lincoln County in the fight against illegal drugs.”

cerning the flax wheel, Eileen mentioned that she would love for the wheel to be somewhere that it could be “enjoyed by people” and be prewwserved, adding that she “…did not want it to be stored away in an artifact storage area, she wanted it to be seen.” Ramsey continued, “It was at that point that it hit me; Hart Square! The village of cabins created by Dr. Bob Hart in Catawba County; it would be the perfect place for the flax wheel to continue its history.” Ramsey noted this tidbit from their Facebook page, “Hart Square Village – Preserving the past through the largest collection of historical log structures in the US – Vale, N.C.” Mona said she felt that at Hart Square the damaged wheel could be restored and placed within one of the many cabins located on the property and maybe even used to spin flax as Hart Square hosts periodic workshops on spinning. Also, each year on the third Saturday in October Hart Square is open to the public through a ticketed event. It is at this event that craftspeople demonstrate the use of historic items and activities such as spinning, blacksmithing, cooking, and other daily chores. “So, Eileen and Debbie brought the flax wheel in and placed it gingerly in our office, excited that its new home would be the perfect spot,” said Ram-

sey. “The following week I emailed Rebecca Hart, Hart Square Foundation, asking about her interest in the flax wheel and I was pleased to learn that she was indeed interested.” Rebecca’s replied to Ramsey, “It’s not every day we get donated something that was actually from this area with good, well-documented history. It would be lovely to get it. You can drop it off anytime between business hours if you would like. I think our Site Manager will be able to repair it.” Mona noted they decided to wait until after the holidays which would also give time to work up in depth information on the ownership timeline of the flax wheel. The flax wheel was delivered to Hart Square on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Said Ramsey, “Rebecca was so excited to see the wheel and told that once it is restored and placed in a cabin, she would inform us of the new home, so be looking for a flax wheel update as things progress. And a special ‘thank you’ to Eileen McCloskey DiTullio for the safekeeping to this 19th Century heirloom.” For more information on Hart Square Village visit them on Facebook at HartSquareNC.

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High stakes as NC judges At Your Cherryville Branch Library: hear gerrymandering case In 2022, new things for you! by TRACI POLLITT

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Maps legislators drew last year could lock in GOP control of the NC General Assembly and congressional delegation By JORDAN WILKIE Carolina Public Press

Over two days of court hearings this week, several of the country’s leading redistricting experts said Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly intentionally created political maps following the 2020 census as extreme and enduring partisan gerrymanders to favor their own party in the legislature and the state’s congressional delegation. “I found the chance that such maps were drawn by hazard, without an intentional thumb on the scales, astronomically small,” said Jonathan Mattingly, professor of mathematics at Duke University and one of the experts in the case. The advocacy groups suing the legislature argue gerrymandering is bad for democracy and minority groups, especially for black North Carolinians. Their experts, who finished presenting their reports on Tuesday, said Republicans intentionally biased the maps in their own favor, other possible maps were fairer and more responsive to changing political opinions, and gerrymandering is part of a cycle of racially discriminatory laws seeking to disenfranchise Black voters. A three-judge panel from Wake County Superior Court is hearing the case this week and is expected to rule by early next week. Appeals to the N.C. Supreme Court are expected. If the courts uphold the maps, Republicans are all but guaranteed to hold a majority, if not secure a veto-proof supermajority, in the General Assembly, where all 170 seats are up for grabs in 2022. The maps would enable them to keep that power through the rest of the decade, when they would presumably be able to again draw maps in their favor after the 2030 census, locking in power for the foreseeable future. In the short term, North Carolina gerrymandering could also play a decisive role in the federal balance of power, where Democrats hold a fragile majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The current, enacted maps would give Republicans a likely 10-4 and possible 11-3 edge after the state gained an additional seat due to population increase, compared with the current split of eight Republicans and five Democrats. The public can watch ongoing court proceedings on WRAL’s website from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, when legislative defendants are expected to argue the maps are not as extreme as the plaintiffs say and gerrymandering is allowed under the state constitution, according to their court filings. Closing arguments were scheduled for Thursday, Jan.

Left to right, Superior Court Judges Nathaniel Poovey (R), Graham Shirley (R) and Dawn Layton (D), oversee the trial to determine whether maps drawn by the General Assembly are too severely gerrymandered to be allowed under North Carolina's Constitution. (Screenshot courtesy of WRAL) 6. Then, the trial court will need to decide by Tuesday, Jan. 11, whether the court can even block gerrymandering and, if so, what constraints the judges can put on the legislature. The case is significant enough that the state Supreme Court already delayed the 2022 primary elections from March until May and said appeals will be taken up quickly, giving time to redraw maps, if necessary.

Magleby, Carnegie Mellon University’s Wesley Pegden and Tufts University’s Moon Duchin. Each used mathematical models to analyze the legislative maps for partisanship. Across different methods, each independently came to the same conclusions: The maps are partisan gerrymanders intentionally designed to favor Republicans and even survive potential voter swings preferring Democrats.

Outlier maps Much of the expert testimony over the first two days of the trial had to do with legislative intent. In previous rulings, the judges overseeing the case wrote that the plaintiffs may have to show that the Republican legislature intentionally drew hyperpartisan maps in order to win their case. In response, the plaintiffs asked their experts to use math to analyze whether the legislature could have drawn the maps without tilting the scales on purpose. Three different groups, the N.C. League of Conservation Voters, the Democratic Party-backed National Redistricting Committee and Common Cause, are all suing the state over the maps. They all presented their own experts, causing the trial to run like a who’s who of many of the nation’s most prominent redistricting experts who unanimously concluded there was either “vanishingly small” chances or no chance at all Republicans drew their maps without specific partisan intent. The trial started Monday morning, Jan. 3, with University of Michigan political science professor Jowei Chen, who used computer algorithms to generate thousands of possible alternative maps for comparison with the legislature’s maps. Chen said the legislature’s enacted maps depress competitiveness compared with a typical map, meaning that across the state, Republicans will win a disproportionate number of seats even if voting favors Democrats. His testimony, like that of other experts, focused on the criteria the legislature used to draw its maps. Chen said the legislature did not follow its own rules by splitting more counties and voting districts than necessary and by drawing sprawling political districts. Chen was followed by Duke’s Mattingly, Binghampton University’s Daniel

Maps in history The plaintiffs also called on experts in North Carolina’s politics and history to give the long view of how race and party have affected politics in the state. “North Carolina has a long and cyclic history of black political gains answered by conservative white backlash and retrenchments,” said James Leloudis, professor of history at the University of North Carolina who specializes in race, politics and governance in North Carolina. He described a cycle going back 150 years in which black North Carolinians earned the right to vote, which white politicians then took away or severely limited. Leloudis pointed to the last 10 years of redistricting and voting rights cases, in which state and federal courts have repeatedly overturned Republican political maps, voter ID requirements and other voting changes because they are racially discriminatory. “All of those measures, each and every one of them, have been judged by the courts as violations of minority voters’ constitutionally protected rights,” Leloudis said. The plaintiffs’ other expert, Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper, pointed out the historical oddity of the congressional districts Republican legislators drew. Two of the enacted congressional districts paired counties that had never before been grouped together in the state’s history and that there is “pretty much nothing that draws these areas together, other than the fact that they happen to be in North Carolina,” Cooper said. That odd geographic combination served to split Guilford County, one of the most Democratic areas of the state with a high black population, into three districts that would

LEGO Club – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month (Jan. 11 and 25) Family Storytime – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Teen Anime Club – Thursday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Hooks, Needles & Thread – Friday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. CLOSED FOR MLK DAY – Monday, Jan. 17 A new year brings promises of bettering ourselves, from small goals such as flossing our teeth every day to large-scale dreams such as opening a business. The library is one of the best places to head when you’ve got the yearning to make changes! We have books on a wide number of subjects, including how to start those small habits. We have programs such as the Job Fairs being held monthly at our main branch in Gastonia for those looking to switch career paths. However, we know many of us start these journeys online, browsing through sites full of advice, exploring online classes and webinars, and perhaps purchasing an e-book or two. This is a great time to remind our pa-

This month’s digital resource is NC Live. It is North Caroli-na’s statewide library cooperative, supporting 200plus public and academic libraries across North Carolina. (graphic provided) trons of the resources right at their fingertips – all free with their Gaston County Public Library Card. This month’s digital resource is NC Live This is North Carolina’s statewide library cooperative, supporting 200-plus public and academic libraries across North Carolina. NC Live supports North Carolina's libraries – including the Gaston County Public Library – by providing content, products and services, professional development, and technical support. It allows libraries like GCPL to offer full-text articles, e-books, streaming videos, digitized newspapers, language learning software, and more. How can NC Live help you? Perhaps one of your goals for 2022 is to grow your investments. GCPL

cardholders can access Morningstar’s Investment Research Center or read issues of “The Wall Street Journal”. Looking to learn a new language (or brush up on an old one)? Check out Transparent Language Learning! Maybe you’re thinking about furthering your education. The LearningExpress database gives you access to practice tests such as the GED (high school equivalency), the GRE (graduate record exam), the SAT (college entrance exam), and the TEAS (nursing school exam), as well as practice exams for civil service, obtaining a CDL (commercial driver’s license), even cosmetology. The site also has tutorials in basic work skills for those that may have been out of the workforce for a while. If you’d like more information about NC Live or have other library-related questions, give us a call at (704) 435-6767, or stop by the branch at 605 E. Main Street. Our public service hours are 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday. A continued Happy New Year to our wonderful community!

Everything you need to know about Omicron: Q&A with UNC infectious disease expert

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus made a splash in headlines just a few weeks ago, and now the previously unknown COVID variant has caused travel restrictions and concern. Scientists are rushing to understand what exactly this new variant has in store for us. Early data has hinted that the variant may cause more breakthrough infections among vaccinated people, but it’s still too early to tell how the vaccines will stand up against the variant. A South African study released Tuesday indicated that the Omicron variant has the ability to get past people’s primary line of immune defense, which could mean breakthrough infections for

vaccinated people and people who have already been infected. However, vaccines still did offer some protection, and it suggested that booster shots may be key. Pfizer and BioNTech announced Wednesday that three doses of its COVID-19 vaccine could offer increased protection against the new variant. With the holidays coming up, you might be trying to figure out what exactly is happening, whether you should cancel travel plans, and how best to protect yourself. We reached out to David Wohl, professor of medicine at UNC School of Medicine who specializes in infectious diseases, and asked him about this confusing new variant. Responses may be edited for brevity and clarity. North Carolina Health News: What do we know about the new variant right now? And how much of a cause for concern is it? David Wohl: It was detected at a lab in South Africa. Immediately, the researchers alerted the world

that they had found a variation of the virus that had been circulating that had mutations that were concerning. Given we have a library of mutations that we’ve been tracking, and some of them have been associated with different functions – including being able to infect people, and perhaps also eluding some of the immune responses that we get, either from getting infected or from the vaccine. So that caused alarm. And so dutifully, they informed the world and shared data on this variant. Every day, we’re getting more and more data that help us put the pieces together, and what we’re seeing is that in South Africa, where this was first detected, it has caused a dramatic increasing number of cases, including in people who’ve been infected previously. That is concerning because it means their natural immunity didn’t protect them. People in South Africa largely are unvaccinated. A

all be represented by Republicans, Cooper said. Taken with other decisions, such as drawing the strongly Democratic Granville County into a competitive district that may lean Republican at the state House level, Cooper said the maps consistently favor Republicans and disfavor Democrats. The legislative defendants had time to call one witness before proceedings closed on Tuesday, Jan. 4. That expert, N.C. State University political science

professor Andrew Taylor, compared North Carolina’s Constitution with that of other states. Compared across the country, North Carolina has among the fewest restrictions on the legislature’s power to draw political maps, he said. The plaintiffs are collectively pointing to four state constitutional provisions that they argue should block extreme partisan gerrymandering. State law is unsettled about whether they can apply to partisan interest in redis-

tricting. “I find that there’s no real historical association between redistricting and those four provisions of the North Carolina State Constitution – free elections, freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech and equal protection clauses,” Taylor said. The state courts, which have not heard these legal arguments before, will have to decide whether these provisions apply now, with massive consequences for state and federal politics.

Tips for how to stay safe, whether or not to travel and what exactly is going on with the new variant. by ELIZABETH THOMPSON For NC HEALTH NEWS

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Give light and people will find the way. – Ella Baker

Welcome to 2022 everybody! Come in and stay awhile… Well, by the cold time you read white this we will be stuff on 12 days into his cold the new year white 2022 and as far and very as I can tell, it’s bald COVID business head! as usual with “all O.M.G! the usual susI pects!” laughed We’re not until I even two weeks cried. into the new The look By Michael Powell year and it looks on his like the bad old face was year 2021, which looked priceless! PRICELESS! the bad old year 2020! The cameraman didn’t And that looked like the know what to do as he bad old year 2019, which kept going back and forth looked like the… well, to Cantore, then to the you get the picture by WC’s Atlanta newsroom now, I’m, sure! and their stupefied looks, There was one lighter then back to little Jim moment for the wife with his equally dumband I as we watched the founded and befuddle Weather Channel last look, glaring at the snow week as weatherman as if he was angry at it for Jim Cantore, who was in showing up and ruining Nashville, Tennessee behis news story. I mean, moaning all the climate how dare God to allow it change woes and how to snow a mini-blizzard warm it was for winter, just as tiny Jim was going when suddenly a massive on the air to pontificate snow storm appears as if about how our climate is by magic, out of nowhere messed up and is changand dumps some of the ing for the worse (I’m

being sarcastic here folks. Don’t write in a say I’m anti-God!). I mean, Who does He think He is anyway – the Creator of all things? I mean, as Joe B. (a.k.a. Walter the talking dummy) sez, “C’mon man! OF COURSE, HE IS THE CREATOR! DUH! Anyway, once I got over my old man wheezing at the hilarious craziness of seeing that, I called a couple of friends afterwards and asked if they too had seen what we saw. They couldn’t talk they were laughing so hard, so yeah, they did. I said I’d call back later and we could relive it over and over. I said I hoped at least one of them caught it on tape or their DVR or something. I halfway entertained the idea of calling the Weather Channel to gloat over the scene but my wife told me not to waste my time as they would probably deny anything of the sort ever happened. She’s smart like that and a much nicer person than me… I LOVE

pushing buttons! Look, don’t get me wrong here… I do like Mr. Cantore and his stalwart weather prognosticators but sometimes their inherent “we’re far smarter than you unwashed, unlearned masses” piousness grates on my nerves. I think a little dose of humility does ANY talking head like that good occasionally, so long as no one is really hurt by said dose of humility and the man-

ner of its administration (said mini-blizzard). Truth to tell, I will bet even a seasoned weather pro like Cantore had a huge laugh at his own surprise in finding out that God does indeed have a sense of humor after all. He has to, He made us, after all, and we humans are the funniest of all His creations, except – well, when we’re not, and we’re busy at killing or destroying things or kill-

ing or destroying other humans or God’s critters or His great creation, and, well… (oops!) other humans. You get the picture… Nevertheless, it was a hilarious opening new year “salvo” and visual to see the WC people get their noses tweaked. Maybe the new year might not be so bad after all! Happy 2022 y’all!

You should develop Welcome to a New Year! a plan for 2022… Proverbs 29:18 reads, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Everyone needs a strategy. You may be 25 or 85 years in age. Who cares? Probably the only one who Glenn Mollette cares about your age Guest Editorial is you. Your age either tells you that you are too young or too old. Remember, age is only a number. We have to put numbers aside and go with our hearts. If God is in it then don’t worry about the number. What do you want to do? One of the ways to know the will of God is to determine what we believe we would enjoy doing. The will of God is what we would determine to do if we just had enough sense. We will never rise above what we do not want to do. If we want to do something our chances of success are greater. What is stopping you? Consider

your life and where you want to be and determine the blockades. Sometimes the greatest blockade is the decision to move forward. Until we make that decision we aren’t going anywhere. Once we know that, then we can assemble what is required to reach our destination. Learn from the past and put it behind you. Past failures often eliminate us from life participation. We remember when we failed. A life that is fearful usually accomplishes far less than the life that has faith and confidence. Fear freezes us in our tracks. Who are you today? Who you are and the direction you are going is far more important than where you have been. You can’t change the past but you can steer your life in a new direction. Develop a life action plan. Why not plan a strategy for the next six months and even the next year? You and God can determine where you will be. Don’t hesitate… start today!

When humans don’t procreate: An update by DR. MARK W. HENDRICKSON Two years ago, I wrote about the pending global population implosion. Demographers predict that 90 countries will lose population between now and the year 2100. Shrinking populations have portentous implications, including major shifts in geopolitical power and the possible financial collapse of welfare states. The United States’ population is part of this global trend. In a truly stunning article in “The

New York Post”, journalist Suzy Weiss reported, “Last year, the number of deaths exceeded that of births in 25 states – up from five the year before. The marriage rate is also at an all-time low, at 6.5 marriages per 1,000 people. Millennials are the first generation where a majority are unmarried (about 56 percent).” The story gets grimmer: An increasing number of 20-something American women are reportedly undergoing voluntary sterilization. There is a growing antinatalist movement in

America. Once again, the vital question is: Why? I will offer three explanations that overlap somewhat with what I wrote two years ago: ideological indoctrination, stunted psychological growth, and alienation from God. (Please note: I am not stating that every person, female or male, who chooses to remain childless is doing so for these reasons. What I am saying is that there are sweeping sociological currents in play.) Ideology The opening paragraph

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What do we do next? Well, we’ve begin, but ushered 2021 let’s start with out and 2022 in, what I conbut what do we sider importdo next? We’ve ant things. eaten all of the The first one “New Year” for me is relifoods and tried gion. God is to keep all of the very importresolutions, but ant to me. By Anne S. Haynes now we need to Without God consider what I wouldn’t 2022 will bring. be here, but with Him I Many people will work am a whole person who hard at keeping their has eternity in heaven to resolutions while others look forward to through will forget the resolutions God’s Son, Jesus. Shady about as soon as they are Grove Baptist Church has written. been my church all of As the new year of my life, and I could not 2022 approached, I took begin to think about living the time to stop and think apart from it. Being able about what the new year to share my faith through may look like. In reality talking or writing is one of it will probably look a lot the best things I know. like the year of 2021, but And – of course – next, we really don’t know. We for me, is family. can’t speak of the future I am blessed with a with much accuracy, but wonderful family that I it’s always fun to give it thank God for each day. a try. Next to my family are my I’m not sure where to friends. I have so many

friends at school and at church that are too numerous to begin to mention. Next, would be my occupation. I am a retired teacher working in Shelby, and I really love it. I tell people that teaching is what I do, and I can’t imagine not being involved in educa-tion. Just watching students when they work and study and do well on tests is so rewarding. Another important thing to me is my country, the United States of America. I taught American history for years, and I know there are so many people to thank who had a hand in starting this country and others who kept it free. Maybe in 2022 we can resolve to enjoy all of our blessings and work together as “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

clude that “humans are the problem” and “a mistake.” This anti-human animus is one of the major tenets of environmentalism I was subjected to myself as an undergraduate a half-century ago. Then, the “green bible” was Paul Ehrlich’s “Population Bomb” and its related activist group ZPG (Zero Population Growth).

The message then was that there would be mass die-offs of humans as the world’s population swelled. As it turned out, a more populated world became a less poor and less polluted world. Today’s youth are petrified (needlessly so) about global warming. One poll

of Ms. Weiss’ article told of a young woman from a conservative background who went to college and had a “political awakening … toward progressivism.” A key component of progressivism is environmentalism. According to one professor interviewed for the article, many 20-somethings have come to con-

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Pulling Christians together going forward into 2022 some might be over As we the future, we must are now remind ourselves in the year that the church was 2022, we Jesus’ idea, not must reours! It will survive alize that our mistakes and there is a whatever cultural great posmovements happen sibility of around us. We cerchange REV. KEITH HUSS tainly don’t always coming. Pastor – Mt. Zion Baptist get things right, Change Church, Cherryville but Christ has an that is beincredible history yond our control, but never out of of pulling together Christians in every generation control of our Lord. For every time there is to share His love for a broa change in history, there’s ken world. With that being potential to gain and I be- said, many individual lieve the potential to gain congregations and some is greater than the potential entire denominations may to lose. You may be ask- not make it. The differing, why? As hopeless as ence will be between those

our model of what Christ would have us be as a body. Some professing Christians believe the best thing to do is to give up on Christian gatherings of any kind. This is minimal thinking at best. While it is true, some will leave the church body, it does not change the fact that the church has always gathered because the church is indeed a shared vision. In addition, what we can do assembled together far surpasses what we can do alone and that is why there will always be an organized church of some form. Our gatherings might shift and look different

who cling to the cross and its mission and those who cling to the model of what the world wants. Look at the changes in the publishing, music and even photography industry in the last few years. Can you see a change? We have gone from things like eight tracks and cassettes, to streaming live audio and video each Sunday service. We must see that the church body and community does not lose focus on the cross of Christ and the mission Jesus Christ intended for us to follow. Then, we can lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ while being exceptionally groundbreaking in

within months of starting 2022, But Christians will always gather to do more than we ever could on our own. If we become less about self and more about Jesus and the world He loves, then the church that remains will be decidedly outward focused and words will be accompanied with deeds of love. Let us begin right now in this New Year of 2022 by meeting the physical needs, by getting involved with treating people with kindness and compassion in our daily lives while attending to the individual’s spiritual well-being. Let us become people which are outward focused

and forward looking. Let us become people driven for Christ Jesus as the First Century church was. I’m very excited for what 2022 holds and I am so honored to be part of the Cherryville community that has, at its heart, the desire to create a home for those in need; a place that anyone would love to be a part of. While the expression of what that looks like may change as a church or community body, the intent to tell the world about our Jesus will not! May each of you find the love and joy of Christ along the way.

REJOICE Cherryville Area Everyday that we are able to wake up, we have been given a precious gift called “the present”. The past is behind us and the future is not promised. We only have the moment that we are living in. Unfortunately, many are wasting their moments on con- DANYALE PATTERSON stant anger, worry, fear, guilt and regret; these things steal joy, peace, and strength. Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4 (NIV) exhorts, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Here’s a man that was beaten, left for dead, shipwrecked, imprisoned, bitten by a snake, and much more. He had every reason to complain and hate his life. Yet, he encourages us to express joy. Why? An “Anyhow” Praise Paul recognized two things: First, God is always good, mighty, and awesome. Jehovah is worthy 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to be praised. Revelation 4:11 (ESV) says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” The key words in Philippians 4:4 were “in the Lord.” He took the focus off his awful circumstances and looked up to his maker. Apostle Paul gave God an “anyhow praise.” In other words, he chose to honor and thank God even in his challenging problems, difficult situations, and painful trials. He states in I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV), “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Secondly, as Paul leaned into God’s Presence through praise, he received something from God - supernatural strength. Nehemiah 8:10b (ESV) says “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” To have joy, you must choose it - or else the other things will zap your strength. PRAY THIS PRAYER: “Lord, like the song “Worthy” says, your name is worth to be praised Jesus. You deserve all the praise. That song “Worthy” keeps reminding me of how amazing you are. You are the Creator of the universe; the one who is, who was and is still to come. I will sing praises of your name O God: I will extol you who rides on the clouds. I will rejoice before you whose name is the Lord. You are a father to the fatherless, and a defender of widows. Thank you for being with me through everything I have gone through; You will never leave me nor forsake me. Forgive me for dwelling on situations or people that make me hate my present moment. Help me to remember to rejoice in you always. I know when I spend time with you, I am refreshed by your presence. You fill me with your love and peace, and I can rest in you. I love you Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.” Danyale Patterson is co-founder of Enlighten Ministries, a 501c3 organization with her husband Brandon Patterson. Contact her at to share a testimony, send a prayer request, or book her to speak.

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PROCREATE From Page 4 cited by Weiss: “39 percent of Gen Z-ers are hesitant to procreate for fear of the climate apocalypse.” The blame for this epidemic of baseless fear lies with the media, an outof-touch global political elite, and especially with our public school system. The indoctrination of children into environmentalist alarmism under the cynical, self-serving supervision of the EPA is

professional malpractice and inhumane. Unfortunately for the women getting sterilized today, by the time they realize today’s scary predictions are as baseless as Ehrlich’s decades ago, it will be impossible for them to have children should they so desire. Psychology Recently, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) posted an article about John B. Calhoun’s “mouse utopia” experiments in the 1960s. Briefly, mice were pro-

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vided with utopian (ideal) conditions – the ultimate in cradle-to-grave security. Eventually, the pampered mice became antisocial. They shunned sex and procreation, and consequently died out. Calhoun concluded from his experiments that, “When all sense of necessity is stripped from the life of an individual, life ceases to have purpose. The individual dies in spirit.” I have commented before about the paradox of prosperity – that the wealthier capitalism has made human societies, the more individuals despise capitalism. Today, the wealthier and easier that life becomes compared to what our ancestors experienced, the more reactions there are like Isabel’s. She states, “I think it’s morally wrong to bring a child into the world. No matter how good someone has it, they will suffer.” In other words, since the perfect life is unattainable, today’s better life becomes a tragedy to be avoided. Spiritual alienation Pagan greens disparage human life as a “cancer,” “plague,” “vermin,” “disease,” etc., and

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openly long for humans to decrease. They reject the Christian belief that life is a gift from God and that we humans should “be fruitful and multiply.” “I don’t want to work my life away,” says Isabel, an avowed antinatalist. Like the mice in Calhoun’s experiments, when creature comforts abound and life is without challenges to survival, it seems that the zest for life atrophies, and along with it, the desire to procreate and share the joys of life with children. If this attitude becomes dominant – if more and more people view children as a burden instead of a gift, and life as a dreary nuisance rather than a splendid opportunity to enjoy God’s creation – our population will indeed implode. If taken to an extreme, societal suicide becomes a possibility. We may not be at the point of an existential crisis yet. But it is ominous that an increasing number of young people no longer include child-bearing in their concept of what constitutes a fulfilled life. God help us.

West/Midwest All-Star Basketball Games schedule for March 2022 by MIKE POWELL Special to the Eagle

The top players from Cherryville, Bessemer City and Highland Tech, along with those from 13 other schools, will compete in the West/Midwest All-Star Basketball Games March 19, 2022, at Cherokee High School. Members of the event’s executive committee met Oct. 13 to finalize plans for the annual event, which is now in its eighth year, and is directed by longtime Cherryville assistant basketball coach Dr. Bud Black. Both girls’ and boys’ games are scheduled, and the event will occur after the North Carolina High School Athletics Association championship games have been completed. The Midwest schools from which top players will be drawn are Avery, Bes-

semer City, Cherryville, Draughn, Highland Tech, Mitchell, Rosman, Mountain Heritage and Thomas Jefferson. The West teams will feature players named to All-Conference teams and voted on by coaches. In the Midwest, one player will be named from each participating school. Teams in the West division are Cherokee, Highlands, Hayesville, Murphy, Hiwassee Dam, Nantahala, Andrews, Blue Ridge, Swain and Robbinsville. Among the officials attending the Oct. 13 virtual meeting were Black, Gaston County Board of Education member Lee Dedmon, treasurer and Cherryville athletics director Scott Harrill and media representative Mike Powell.





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Varsity CHS men’s hoops squad currently 9-4 overall by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The CHS Ironmen hoops squads faced two tough schools last week while still on their holiday break; the East Gaston Warriors and cross-county rivals, the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets. The CHS men’s team came away with a win over the Warriors but lost to the BCHS squad in a road game on Friday, Jan. 7. The Lady Ironmen, still battling valiantly in every game, were unable to get a win in either of their two match-ups. Against East Gaston On Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 the Lady Ironmen took on the visiting East Gaston Lady Warriors and were defeated 55-22 by that team at Nixon Gym. High scorer for the ladies was Gabbie McCorkle, with 9 points (one a threepointer), followed by Terayha Bess and Evionna McDowell who each had six points. Ragan Hovis and Krista Davis scored five points apiece in this one, and Ceniya Powell scored two points for the Lady Ironmen. The CHS varsity men defeated the East Gaston Warriors by a score of 66-57 in their matchup on the Bud

Black Court at Nixon Gym, immediately following the girl’s game. Junior Carson Kelly led all Ironmen scorers with 26 points, followed by senior Landon Hahn’s 14 points. Senior Jack Mulvey and sophomore Khanye Kennedy had nine points and seven points respectively in this game, followed by junior Numarius Good’s four points. Getting two points apiece in the game against the Warriors were seniors Cooper Sloan and Carter Spangler, and sophomore Chance Hunt. Against Bessemer City No matter the sport, it is always a royal rumble whenever these two schools meet and go at it. Such was the case last Friday, Jan. 4 in two road games at BCHS as the Lady Ironmen and the Ironmen took on the Yellow Jackets teams. In the first game the Lady Ironmen just couldn’t seem to find any momentum as the Lady 'Jackets came out swinging, and raced ahead to a 60-14 lead at the half. By the game’s running clock-shortened end, the BCHS ladies had sealed the win with final score of 77-29 over the CHS ladies. Leading scorer for the Lady Ironmen was Gabbie

McCorkle, with 16 points. Krista Davis had five points, followed by Terayha Bess and Ragan Hovis, who each had four points apiece in this matchup. In the men’s game afterwards, the varsity BCHS men sprinted to a 26-13 halftime lead against the CHS Ironmen and things didn’t get much better in the second half as the Yellow Jackets downed the Ironmen 75-56. Leading scorer for the Ironmen was Carson Kelly who had 22 points, five of which were three-pointers. He was trailed in double digits by senior Jack Mulvey who scored 16 points. Cooper Sloan had eight points and Numarius Good had four points. Seniors Gavin Cease and Carter Spangler had two points apiece and senior Landon Hahn and sophomore Khanye Kennedy each one point apiece. The Ironmen faced the Highland Tech Rams squads at Nixon Gym on Tuesday night, Jan. 11, and will be on the road, traveling to East Gaston to once again play the Warriors on Tuesday, Jan. 18. All varsity games start at 6 p.m.

CHS senior Terayha Bess shoots a foul shot in the home game against the East Gaston Lady Warriors last week. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

(Additional information by Susan L. Powell) Lady Ironman Krista Davis passes the ball to teammate Ragan Hovis in last Friday’s matchup against the BCHS Lady Yellow Jackets.

Ironman junior Carson Kelly caught in action against the visiting Warriors of East Gaston in last week’s game at Nixon Gym. Lady Ironmen shooter Gabbie McCorkle puts up a shot though she is surrounded by a host of Lady Yellow Jackets.

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EMPLOYMENT SANDY RUN BAPTIST CHURCH Is seeking a part time Secretary, 15-20 hours per week. Exp. with Power Church Program preferred but not required. Send resume to (704) 434-6771 SANDY RUN BAPTIST CHURCH Is seeking a part time Minister of Music. Please send resume to PO Box 297 Mooresboro, NC 28114 or (704) 434-6771 ROOM ATTENDANT HOUSEKEEPING. Flexible hours, possible overtime and competitive wages. Require 6 months hotel experience. Clean and maintain guest rooms. Ensure a clean environment. Ability to move small furnishing. Clean and maintain equipment. Attention to detail and strong work ethic. (828) 639-5443 GUEST SERVICE HOTEL FRONT DESK. 6 months - 1 year of hotel front desk experience required. Flexible hours. Possible overtime. Register and assign rooms to guests. Confirm phone and online reservations. Respond to guests needs, requests or complaints. Collect payment from guests. Communicate information to designated departments. Email:

BLANTON’S TREE SERVICE TREE TRIMMING AND REMOVAL, STORM CLEANUP, DRIVEWAY AND OTHER SMALL GRADING JOBS .. FREE ESTIMATES. CALL KALEB 704-692-4203 OR 704-692-3562 TRIPLE D PAINTING, LLC. All your painting needs. Free estimates. Over 25 yrs experience! Framing, facial boards and much more wood work available! Making your home, building or business look new again. (704) 418-5736 JIM’S PAINTING SERVICES. Exterior painting only. Free estimates. You will be pleased with our work. We have references. 828-287-9272. 828429-7511. (828) 429-7511 IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drugfree, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980-295-0750. CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tune-up Special, $59.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704-477-9119 or 704-472-9367. RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE “SPECIALIZING IN DECKS” Repairs and New Construction. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Contact Bob at (828) 476-6058

IMMEDIATE HIRING EXPERIENCED SALES ASSOCIATE. FULL-TIME POSITION FOR CLOTHING STORE IN SHELBY. GOOD PAY! APPLY IN PERSON. Call (704) 482-0082 CARE GIVER LOOKING TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONES. 20+ years. Excellent references. Bathe, light housekeeping/cooking, meds, errands. 704-974-5706 ONE ON ONE CARE is hiring for full/part time in the group homes for 2nd shift. Transport experience recommended not required. Hrs are 2p-11p weekdays and 8p-8a weekends. Apply in person at 203 Lee St. Shelby FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

BUSINESS SERVICES SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 5321587 MORGAN’S DOWN TREE SERVICE. Prices start at $300. Call 828-395-0758. HANDYMAN. All rental and residential services. No job too small. Call Wray at 704674-0494

TWO CEMETERY PACKAGES at Eternal Hills, Rutherford County. Regular price $6,200. Will sell for $5,000. Plots, vaults, opening/closing. Text 828-289-2895. FOR SALE Best Offer! Kitchen China Cabinet, Dresser, Oak King Size Bed with Rails, Coffee Table, Hutch Top, Copy Machine. All For $400.00 Obo. Call 704-4825205 NC4EVER.COM BEST DOG TENNIS BALL is where you get the BEST Tennis Ball for your dog!

TWO GOLF CARTS FOR SALE. One white and one Carolina blue. Call Hillard Wise, Cherryville, 704-4773500 931 CATERPILLAR STEEL TRACK. 4 in 1 Bucket Loader. Good Tracks. & Sprockets. Only $14,800. Call anytime (704) 284-1694 LIKE NEW Men’s Huffy Bicycle. Great Condition Must See! $50.00 Great Trail Rider call 828-782-7221 HORSE HAY FOR SALE. Square bales $6, round bales $40. (704) 692-6325

WINCHESTER SX3 20 Gauge, 3 inch mag. Black, Cantilever, Buck Auto. Shotgun. (Rifle Barrel) In Box! 15 Boxes of Shells Included. $650 (704) 739-7621

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Full size truck $120, short bed $80, 9’ dump truck $250. Seasoned wood & fire pit wood. Delivery available. (828) 4612379

MORGAN’S FIREWOOD SERVICE. Green oak, small stove wood. $75, delivered. Call 828-395-0758.

55 GALLON FISH TANK, COMPLETE. Brand new Total Gym and brand new green tool box with some tools. (704) 772-6585

4 WHEEL SCOOTER $845 Pride 4 wheel scooter, less than two years old, charger, basket, delivered with a warranty. Call Scooterman John (704) 951-4224 CABRIOLET VW. Best Offer! Parts only. Does not run. Call (704) 300-1818

24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 300-2332

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704482-2243. (704) 538-5788


DAVID ALLAN COE COLLECTORS LP “Buckstone County Prison” 1978 Soundtrack Album $75.00 Call 980-329-2648 or (704) 435-8382

TWO CEMETERY LOTS at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery in Boiling Springs. $1,000 each. 828-289-3601.

HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855


FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. $4.50 per bale. Call 704-5384110. If no answer leave message.

MOSSBERG 12 GAUGE PUMP SHOTGUN. 2 3/4” - 3 1/2” Shells. Camo. $300 (704) 739-7621

GENERAL LAND MANAGEMENT. Bush Hogging, Backhoe & Box Blade Work.”We Do Land Clearing & Cleanup. Driveways and Roads. Tree and Debris Removal. “Reasonable Rates!” Satisfaction Guaranteed! Contact David Gregory at (256) 636-1255

NEED A CAR DISMANTLER at Auto Parts of Shelby. Apply in person at 1021 County Home Road, Shelby, NC 28152. 704-487-5234

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864-492-4793 or 803627-9408.

TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC. (704) 434-6389 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. HAVE A STORAGE BUILDING NOT USING, OUTGROWN IT? Sell it, trade in for new bigger one. We take trades, we buy used buildings. Must be factory built, able to move. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. CARPORTS, GARAGES, BUILDINGS, RV, BOAT COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best selection, quality price. J. Johnson Sales, Inc. 2690 Hwy. 221S., Forest City. 828-245-5895. FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828-245-5895. 16’X40’ OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. UTILITY BUILDINGS, STORAGE BUILDINGS. Steel, Wood, Vinyl. Some fully insulated, 1 to 2 day delivery if buy from stock. Cash or low down payment with monthly payments. No credit ok. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-2455895. DUMP TRAILERS “WE GOT ‘EM” 6’x10’, 6’x12’ and 7’x14’ (5 & 7 Ton) “All the Options on All! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 6921006 DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828-289-1175.

FARM & GARDEN 931 CATERPILLAR STEEL TRACK. 4 in 1 Bucket Loader. Good Tracks. & Sprockets. Only $14,800. Call anytime (704) 284-1694

PETS & LIVESTOCK FOUR PUPPIES & ARRAY OF Lap Dogs. $100 to $200. Chihuahua & Feist Mixed. They will remain small, beautiful and loving! Now ready for good homes. (704) 473-8300

GORGEOUS REGISTERED BOERBOEL MASTIFFS. 8 weeks old, up to date on shots and deworming. 2 males, 4 females. Dad’s weight 154. Mom’s weight 120. $1200.00 Please call or text 704-600-5388.

COUCH, 2 TABLES, 2 LAMPS $500. Grey Super Comfy Couch is less than a year old, two light colored wood end tables, two lamps. (828) 315-0935

DOG KENNELS. 7x7, 5x10, 10x10, 10x20, 20x20 tops, split kennels. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. 828-245-5895.

JAZZY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR $350. 2 yr old Jazzy power wheelchair. FDA Class II Medical Device. (828) 3150935 zamcey2003@yahoo. com

EIGHT GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. Born November 23rd. Should be ready in 3 weeks. Registered parents on site. 704-689-5253

RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GOKARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828-980-0853, 704-4769383.

LABRADOODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE. 6 weeks old, 1st shots, vet checked, $900. 864-492-2880 ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz, 50% hatch rate guaranteed. (704) 4769943 AKC REGISTERED BELGIAN MALINOIS PUPS. 9 weeks old. $850 (704) 2842099

WANT TO BUY I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197 CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704692-6767, (704) 487-0228 WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WE BUY USED TRAILERS with Titles. J. Johnson Sales Inc. Call 828-245-5895.

CKC GERMAN SHEPHERD MALE PUPPIES. These two adorable boys are looking for their forever families. Born October 8th, they are vet checked, dewormed, and vaccinated. Asking $600 each. Please call for more details. (704) 734-7088 FLEMISH GIANT RABBITS FOR SALE Flemish Giant baby rabbits for sale. They are great with kids! We have a variety of colors and located in Kings Mountain, NC. (704) 734-8392 ccwade2012@


WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES. WE BUY JUNK CARS, TRUCKS AND VANS ANY CONDITION MUST HAVE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP AND ID (704) 487-5244 CRESTMIDDLE@AOL.COM WE NEED YOUR PALLETS. Contact Custom Pallets of the Carolinas. We also need people experienced in pallet repair. Call Amanda at (828) 748-7844

NEWLY RENOVATED BEACH HOUSE in OCEAN LAKES. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Also pullout couch, golf cart. Weeks and weekends. Call 704-472-5182 OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-718-2659.


FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY EXTRA NICE 5 ROOM HOUSE. Carpeted, appliances, good area. $700 month, deposit & references required. No Pets. (704) 482-9002 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, MOBILE HOME. Outside City of Kings Mountain, on a large private lot, not pets, no smoking, references required. Call 704-418-3790 2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $700-$850. Call (828) 234-8147 MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. Visit us online at Oakwood Rentals, Shelby. Call (704) 473-4299 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS. Will stop taking applications effective December 1, 2021 for our 1 bedroom waiting lists. 704-487-1114

LOST & FOUND FOUND 2 ADULT DOGS in the Bostic, NC Community in late December. One has collar. Looking for the rightful owner. Call to identify. (828) 245-7179



TWO SEVEN YEAR OLD YORKIES. 1 male, 1 female. Need fenced yard or housekept. All shots. $600 each negotiable. 828-200-7441.

DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704-300-5341; Steve: 704-472-8865; Todd: 704692-1627

2012 BMW 5 SERIES 550i, 4.4 Lt. V8 Twin Turbo, Leased Fleet Car, Dark Saffire, 150,000 miles, Sold new for $90,000. Owner selling for $17,000, (704) 435-0617


EZ GROUT MUD HOG MIXER. EZ Grout Mud Hog Mixer, Grout Concrete Mortar Mixers. This mixer is less than 1 year old with very light duty. The mixer is over $11,000 new. (865) 296-2787

RECLINER LIFT CHAIR $500. Navy blue. 1 yr old oversized lift recliner. Raises to standing position. velvety soft fabric. (828) 315-0935

2014 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN Call for Price. Braunability Handicap Van. Side entry ramp. Transfer driver seat. Ideal van for disabled person who uses a wheel chair and can still drive. Equipped to add hand controls. (704) 692-6248 buck@

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, (704) 482-7723

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 487-6354 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259.

2013 HONDA ACCORD SDN. White, Automatic, 84,000 miles, Excellent Condition, Under Warranty, Service Records Available. $12000. Call (704) 600-5491 1991 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z-28. 5.7 Litre Automatic, New Paint & New Tires, Nice Project Car! $3000 (704) 5388393

2 BEDROOM, 1-1/2 BATH HOUSE for rent. Close to town, central hvac, safe area. $850 month, $850 deposit. Call 704-300-2820 RUTHERFORD COUNTY 40X40 FT. METAL STORAGE BUILDING for rent. $200.00 per month. Poors Ford Road near the Polk County Line, Rutherfordton, NC. 603-540-3813.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Cherryville Eagle

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CHS students set new school record for Yards for Yeardley On Monday, Dec. 13, the Health and Physical Education classes of Coach Tim Pruitt (at Cherryville High School) participated in “Yards for Yeardley”, a program that provides awareness for dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. Pruitt noted Yards for Yeardley is a national movement to bring awareness to victims of domestic violence. Yardley Love was a female Lacrosse player at the University of Virginia who died as a result of domestic violence. After her death her friends and family began a foundation that provides information to college and high school students around the United States. Said Coach Pruitt, “(Our) students were encouraged to participate in the Yards for Yeardley movement in response to learning that just over one in three females and just under one in three males will be a victim of domestic violence in their

lifetime. “The classes also received information on signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and how they can help someone who is being controlled in a negative manner.” The three classes in Coach Pruitt’s first, second and fourth periods covered 332,640 yards, which Pruitt said is a new school record for this one-day event. “Six girls walked or ran over 5,500 yards as part of the event, and they were: Lynsie Seate (5,600), Kenzie Perry (5,880), Marisela Contreras (6,300), Elizabeth Diaz (6,300), Jada Litttlejohn (6,300) and Camryn Cash (7,700). Five boys walked or ran over 9.500 yards, they were: Logan Ervin (9,660), Malachi Beam (9,800), Amir Starr (9,940), Jared Varela (9,940) and Jachobi Powell (10,080),” he said. Coach Pruitt added 78 students took part in this event which took the entire period.

Sparks fly and flame shoots out as this TNYS member lights up the night with a powerful musket blast, heralding the New Year 2022! (photos by MEP and Susan L. Powell/The Eagle/CF Media) Pruitt noted he would like to take time to thank all of his students for their effort, energy and attention to this serious matter by completing Yards for Yeardley. For more information on Yards for Yeardley, Pruitt said to go to the website

A couple of the ladies of the TNYS group prepare to fire their muskets to scare away any evil spirits who might be hanging around.

Some of the students in the three CHS PE classes of teacher and Coach, Tim Pruitt’s first, second, and fourth period classes as they covered 332,640 yards for their annual Yards for Yeardley event. This is, according to Coach Pruitt, a new school record for this one-day event. (photos provided)

As the crowd watches, these youngsters get ready to take their shot at one of the TNYS host’s house on New Year’s Day 2022.

Adopting the standard shooter’s crouch as they fire their guns, these two musketeers bring in the New Year at a host’s house.


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From Page 1 Kurt Thornburg to the route this year. Both those shots went well and we hope to return for many years to come.” As for that over-warm weather, Dellinger said, “It was so warm I thought I should be wishing people a happy Fourth of July instead of a happy New Year! I can’t recall a year that was that warm. I tend to like it a little on the cold side. I think it makes the guns sound better, but it really doesn’t matter what the weather is, we shoot, regardless.” Gary said he and their group wanted to thank CPD Police Chief Cam Jenks and the Cherryville Police

Dept., along with Sherriff Alan Cloninger and the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Sherriff Bill Beam and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Gaston and Lincoln County’s emergency services, and the City of Cherryville for all their fine support. Said Gary, “There is a lot of planning that goes on behind the scenes that makes this event run as smoothly as it does. Anytime you are moving this many people and vehicles around for 18 hours, there are challenges for these agencies to make sure services for all the citizens are not compromised. We work closely with these agencies and take the feedback they give us seriously in our planning.”

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OMICRON From Page 3 pretty large proportion of adults are HIV infected. So that could lead to very different circumstances than we have here in the United States, for instance, but it does look like they saw a big spike and a lot of this is Omicron – but not all. If there’s any good news, it’s that many of the people that are being infected with the new variants are not severely ill. And we’ve seen the same thing from reports of other countries subsequently that have detected Omicron, largely they’re talking about this mostly in people who’ve been vaccinated and who have no or very mild symptoms. So that’s really good. On the one hand, I think what we know is that this can spread pretty readily in certain populations. But right now, we don’t have any good indication that it causes any more severe disease than Delta. And some, perhaps, indication that people who are vaccinated seem to not have the severe disease, but this is all extremely preliminary. NCHN: And when we’re talking about severity and transmissibility, what is the difference between those two things? Wohl: We should break it down because one thing we want vaccines to do more than anything else is not let us get deathly ill with COVID19. A vaccine is successful if it prevents people from getting very critically ill and dying. If we had to bet on one thing that we would like the vaccine to do, that would be it. In addition, it can do other things, if it’s successful or it’s highly successful, and that would include us not having too many symptoms if we get it – or even better yet, protecting us from getting infected. But the good news is all three vaccines that are available here in the United States do all the above. Some of them do better than others. We do know that you can get infected, even if you’re vaccinated, although the risk is much lower compared to not being vaccinated. And that’s a point that some people who are skeptical of vaccines don’t seem to understand: Just because you still can get infected doesn’t mean

The Cherryville Eagle the vaccines are not offering protection. People wearing bulletproof vests sometimes get shot and injured. But people who don’t wear a bulletproof vest die. There’s a big difference between wearing a bulletproof vest and not, and a big difference between getting vaccinated and not getting vaccinated. You’re still protected. It’s not 100 percent absolute, we know that, but just because somebody gets infected, who is vaccinated, that is not a sign of failure. A sign of failure is if they go on and get sick, and then end up in hospital and die. And we see that very, very rarely, and probably in people for whom the vaccine just didn’t take, their immune system didn’t respond to it for one reason or another. So, vaccines are highly successful across the board. A virus being infectious and a virus causing severe disease are two different things. If a virus gets into your system and infects you, but you get mild symptoms, okay, that’s not fantastic, but it’s not the end of the world. In fact, that describes most cold viruses. But making you really sick, like we saw with Delta in people who are unvaccinated, that is a big deal. We’re not seeing that Omicron can make people largely really sick. Yeah, that’s something we’re concerned about. Worst case scenario would totally be a variant that comes along, and people who are vaccinated, including boosted people get sick, really sick from it. I don’t think that’s what we’re seeing. NCHN: Should you get a booster now? What would you say to those hesitant about getting one? Wohl: We know really well that for previous variants of concern, including Delta – which is a really, really bad variant to be clear – we were worried that our vaccine would not protect us against it. It does. The more antibodies you have, the higher level of antibodies you have can overcome some inherent resistance of the virus to the vaccine-produced immunity. So, what that means is higher levels of antibodies overcome some of the ability of a variant to escape from our vaccine protection. Now is actually the perfect time to get boosted,

especially as we are at the foothills of what I’m worried about a mountain of cases that are spreading because of Delta. Let’s be clear, 100 percent pretty much all the virus being circulated right now in North Carolina is Delta. Now is the time to protect yourself against Delta. I suspect and hope that higher levels of antibodies produced by a booster will better protect you against Omicron, which is coming, than if you’re not boosted. I know people say, “well, but then we’ll need another booster in three months.” We don’t know that we’re going to need a specific booster. If we do in three or six months, then we get that, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be protected now, especially with Delta surge. Yeah, it’s like people have kind of forgotten that we still have the COVID that we’ve been dealing with, which is Delta even, even though we’re worried or there’s cause for concern with the new variant. That doesn’t mean that Delta has gone away yet. NCHN: What are things that you should keep in mind if you are traveling and/or seeing family? Should you be canceling those plans? What’s your advice to those people? Wohl: Throughout the pandemic, people have had to make risk/benefit assessments. Therefore, it really does depend upon your tolerance for risk, your vulnerability to infection and severe disease, and the importance of the event. Clearly, there are going to be life events for which we need to be present and travel happens, whether it be work-related or family-related. There may be other events that are less important, that are less crucial. And I think people have to make a decision for themselves. We know that travel right now is not risk-free. And we saw a really dramatic illustration when Omicron was first being announced by the South African investigators. There were two planes with about 600 people from South Africa to land in Amsterdam. On arrival, those planes were halted on the tarmac and people were testing 600 people. Sixty-one of them had COVID, even though they all had to have certificates saying that they had tested negative within

three days and boarding the flight. They didn’t catch it on the plane, they came positive. We know just based on that, that maybe as much as 10 percent of people on a plane are positive, and if we are pulling off our masks at the same time to eat our little snacks or meals, we could potentially spread the virus. So, it worries me to travel right now. If it’s really important for you then do everything to lower the risk, which is making sure you are vaccinated, if not boosted. Make sure that you mask up in the airport whenever you’re around other people. I would try to keep my mask on the whole time as much as possible. If people are served a meal, I want to wait till everyone finishes and then start my meal. My mask is not off at the same time their masks are off. I’m a big fan of the rapid tests, the tests you buy over the counter. Before entering the household, you can test yourself. People in the household can test themselves. And then if everyone’s negative it means that there’s probably not anyone who has a high level of virus. These are all little things that together, stack the odds more in your favor. For me, I think the safest bet is to postpone the travel. NCHN: Do you have any idea about what the timeline is for when we should expect to hear a little bit more about the variant? Wohl: Folks should really appreciate just how great science is working in our favor. Science has brought us vaccines. We have rapid tests that are fairly good at telling us if we have someone with high levels of COVID in their nose and they’re basically made of cardboard and plastic and available at local pharmacies. We also have treatments that can help people stay out of the hospital, and soon we’ll have pills that also help reduce your risk. And those are going to be really important, especially for those who might get sick from infection. Every day we’re learning more about Omicron. We will know a lot more a week from now, two weeks from now and a month from now. We will know tremendously more. So, more and more data is coming from across the world. We’ll get laboratory data that will help point us in the right direction that will be definitive.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 NCHN: How will the treatment pills change the landscape? Wohl: So, molnupiravir is a drug that is an oral therapy. It hasn’t been approved yet, but it’s been reviewed by the FDA and recommended for authorization. It’s a medicine that in treatment trials reduced the risk of getting hospitalized, and people who were at some risk of having severe disease. It wasn’t as profound as I think we had hoped. Partly, maybe because as the study progressed, people who got placebos did better than they did earlier. So early in the study, there was a stark difference. It’s not that the molnupiravir stopped working or didn’t work as well, it’s just that the comparison group, the placebo arm, started to not have a severe disease and that may have to do with how the study was conducted. I think the drug works if the drug is taken early enough. I think the drug is going to be important for a lot of people to nip in the bud productive virus infection early on. I think it’s going to be important. It’s only going to be the first of probably many therapeutics that we’ll have out there. And it’s certainly better than nothing. Monoclonal antibodies are available right now. They probably work much better. But there are hassles to getting them. You have to go to an infusion center, and it can be given under the skin of the belly almost like insulin is given. There’s only a few places that do that. We have to scale. Soon, we’ll probably have monoclonal antibodies that can be given as a shot. And I’d love to see that introduced into pharmacists’ and doctors’ offices. There’s another medicine called Paxlovid that, according to one press release, seems to work much more effectively than molnupiravir. But it’s hard to compare across studies. So the devil will be in the details. That could be a game changer in which people would start that and much like we take Tamiflu for flu. I’m very hopeful. I think therapeutics are the answer to helping us get out of this pandemic along with vaccination. You need both. We need to turn this around so that we’re no longer the prey of some predator out there and we’re always

fearful and running away. We have the tools, and as they scale up and we take advantage of them, we have fewer and fewer people vulnerable to getting hospitalized. Everything we’re doing right now, all the masking, all the finger-wagging about distancing, being careful in public, all the research and everything going into therapeutics and vaccination is to keep people out of our intensive care units. Our intensive care units are spilling over with people. If we’re running out of ventilators, if we’re running out of machines to support people’s life functions, that’s a catastrophe. Everything we’re doing is to prevent that from happening. And if we can get to a state where COVID-19 is what we call endemic, it’s just around, it’s circulating but at fairly low levels, and not causing our ICU to overflow or really even be full of people with COVID-19 then we can relax. NCHN: What’s the best thing you can do for your health right now? Wohl: Don’t be dumb by ignoring what was in front of you. We make mistakes, but don’t make the mistake of wishful thinking that you’re not going to get it, that you’re not going to give it to somebody else or they won’t give it to someone else. We are in the midst of a pandemic whether we like it or not. We don’t get to decide. The virus doesn’t care if it’s Christmas, it doesn’t care if you have a ski vacation scheduled or country music festival to attend. It just does what it does. So, we have to react intelligently. Masks work, anyone who thinks that masks don’t work has blinders on or is grossly misinformed. We have to use them as a tool. We have to pay attention to who we’re around while we’re having a surge. We just have to be smart, get vaccinated and get boosted. There is no good reason for 99.9 percent of us to not get vaccinated and boosted. Wear a mask when you’re in public. Use testing if you don’t feel well. If you have symptoms, don’t blow it off. Get tested. Get your flu shot. They’re just practical things that we could do using the tools we have.


How to Write a Loved Ones Obituary Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any tips on how to write an obituary? My dad, who has terminal cancer, has asked me to write his obituary, which will be published in the funeral program and run in our local newspaper. Not a Writer

If your newspaper accepts family-written obits, find out if they have a template to guide you, or check with your dad’s chosen funeral provider. Most funeral homes provide forms for basic information and will write the full obituary for you as part of the services they provide.

Dear Not, I’m very sorry to hear about your dad’s prognosis. Writing your dad’s obituary would be a nice way for you to honor him and sum up his life, not to mention avoiding any possible mistakes that sometimes occur when obituaries are hurriedly written at the time of death. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips and tools to help you write it.

You also need to be aware that most newspapers charge by the word, line or column inch to publish an obituary, so your cost will vary depending on your newspaper’s rate and the length of your obit – most range between 200 and 600 words.

Contact the Newspaper Before you start writing your dad’s obituary, your first step is to check with the newspaper you want it to run in. Some newspapers have specific style guidelines or restrictions on length, some only accept obituaries directly from funeral homes, and some only publish obituaries written by newspaper staff members.

details of the funeral service (public or private). If public, include the date, time, and location of service.

Also note that many newspapers offer free public service death listings too, which only include the name of the person who died along with the date and location of death and brief details about the funeral or memorial service.

Other relevant information you may also want to include: cause of death (optional); place of birth and his parents’ names; his other survivors including his children, other relatives, friends and pets and where they live; family members who preceded his death; high school and colleges he attended and degrees earned; his work history and military service; his hobbies, accomplishments and any awards he received; his church or religious affiliations; any clubs, civic and fraternal organizations he was members of; and any charities he feels strongly about that he would like people to donate to either in addition to or in lieu of flowers or other gifts. You’ll also need to include a photo of your dad.

Obituary Contents Depending on how detailed you want to be, the most basic information in an obituary usually would include your dad’s full name (and nickname if relevant), age, date of birth, date of death, where he was living when he died, significant other (alive or dead), and

Need Help? If you need some help writing your dad’s obituary there are free online resources you can turn to like Legacy. com, which provides tips and articles at Or consider the 25-page e-book “Writing an Obituary in Four

Easy Steps” available at for $5. This guide will help you gather the details of your dad’s life so you can write an obituary that will reflect his personality and story. Online Memorials Many families today also choose to post their loved one’s obituaries online and create digital memorials. Some good sites that offer this are, and, which provide a central location where family and friends can visit to share stories, memories and photos to celebrate your dad’s life. Or, if your dad used Facebook, you could also turn his profile into a memorial (you’ll need to show proof of death) where family and friends can visit and share anytime. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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