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Volume 115 • Issue 2

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Commemorative Veterans’ LCSO Dive Team assists flag orders being accepted HPVFD in recovering Cherryville accident victim This year’s CMSP program began Jan. 5; lasts until March 15

NCHP on-scene during search, recovery operation from local pond

by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Cherryville Downtown Director David Day said last week the Cherryville Main Street Design Team is again taking orders for commemorative veterans’ flags to be displayed on Main Street during patriotic holidays. They started on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Mr. Day said, “We’re accepting orders up to March 15.” He continued, noting that, along with the orders for the “Hometown Hero” pennants, the CMSP also needs a formal portrait photograph of the uniformed veteran who is to be honored must be either emailed to Day at (dday@cityofcherryville. com), addressed to him at: Cherryville Downtown Director David Day, 220 East Main St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or delivered in person to him at the Main

by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

An example of the “Hometown Hero” flag the Cherryville Main Street Program is wanting to start up again. This one is of U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Jerry Walker, who proudly served his country from 1960 to 1964. (photo provided) Street/Chamber of Commerce office at 220 East Main, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a cost so please either email them and inquire as to the cost or call them at (704) 435-3451, or email him at the already

listed email address. Mr. Day noted all checks – after finding out the price – must be made payable to: “City of Cherryville” and tagged on the memo line “Veterans Flags”. Once made, the flags See FLAG, Page 8

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 a Cherryville man, Gerald Clontz Parker, was found deceased in his vehicle, which accidentally went into a pond just outside of Cherryville. According to a media release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, spokesman Lt. Larry Seagle said the LCSO Dive Team “…assisted the Hughes Pond Fire Department in recovering a vehicle and a body from a pond near the intersection of Mount Zion Church Road and Highway 274 in Gaston County.” North Carolina State Highway Trooper R.H. Pierce said Mr. Parker, 90, See ACCIDENT, Page 6

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office divers locate a vehicle in a pond just outside of Cherryville. The deceased victim was later identified as Mr. Gerald Clontz Parker. (photo provided)

CHS coaches’ commitment to professional development

CHS earns spot on national honor roll by TODD HAGANS Chief Communications Officer Gaston County Schools Communications/Public Information Department

Cherryville High School has earned a spot on a national honor roll. The school is the only one in Gaston County and among only 33 in North Carolina to achieve Level One status in the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) Honor Roll program. The NFHS is a national-level organization for state high school athletic associations as well as schools involved in their state association. Last March when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the NFHS launched a program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches. The courses are made available on the NFHS Learning Center website for coaches to complete.

Cherryville High School has earned a spot recently on a national honor roll. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) Schools gain Level One, Level Two, or Level Three recognition based on the sequence of courses completed by at least 90 percent of a school’s coaching staff. Cherryville’s coaches completed the Level One courses: Concussion in Sports; Sudden Cardiac Arrest; Protecting Students from Abuse; and Fundamentals of Coaching. “Oftentimes when we talk about professional development, we think about courses that focus on academics, classroom management, student behavior and discipline, and other topics that relate

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to the classroom,” said CHS principal Kevin Doran. “It is wonderful to see professional development options for educators that go beyond the classroom to an area such as athletics.” Doran continued, “We are proud of our Ironmen coaching staff for their efforts to engage in professional development that concentrates on learning about sports-related topics. It shows their commitment to excellence in both athletics and academics.” “As a school principal, I am lucky to have such a dedicated group of professionals See CHS, Page 8

While starting as a few weak flakes, Cherryville’s first snow of 2021 eventually picked up intensity, with the flakes getting bigger and fatter, if only for a short time. (photo by Susan L. Powell)

Cherryville’s first snow of 2021 only a light dusting State roads, highways, brined in anticipation of more, as per forecasts by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Cherryville’s first snow

of 2021 amounted, in spite of various weather models and forecasts, to only a light dusting. That dusting started around the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 8, and eventually petered out as the day wore on. However, it appeared that our area dodged the a bullet in the form of the heavier snow-

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fall the mountain counties received as mainstream news media weather forecasters called for between 2 to 6 inches for our end of the state, with more – as was noted – for the mountains up around Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe, Avery and other mountain counties, with snow reaching as far See SNOW, Page 6