Cherryville Eagle 1-27-21

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Volume 115 • Issue 4


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Vandals hit City Cemetery Gates to be locked again; warning signage placed; monitoring of Cemetery to begin by MICHAEL E. POWELL Cherryville Family YMCA personnel (L-R) Amy Butler, Sandy Homesley, Debbie Lesenger, and Butch Boyd are all masked up and ready for ‘Y’ members to come in and check out the new exercise equipment. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media or provided)

Gaston Family ‘Y’s’ RESET part of nationwide wellness challenge Theme of “Getting Stronger Every Day!” drives new FREE program by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The Gaston County YMCA’s Director of Advancement, Molly D’Avria is pretty excited these days.

And, she’s not alone, as all of the nation’s, as well as the county’s ‘Y’ branches and their leaders and members are getting ready to RESET with a new community wellness challenge. In a recent media release, D’Avria said, “We are excited to share a new Community Wellness Challenge – RESET! I know I am ready to press the RESET button on See GASTON Y, Page 2

Gaston College’s new Veterinary Medical Technology program building on the Dallas Campus.

Gaston College’s Vet Tech program has a new home Program consistently ranked among the top in the U.S. by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

A spokesperson for Gaston College noted recently in a media release students in their Veterinary Medical Technology program started taking classes in their new home. A short five months ago – August 2020, to be exact – the new Veterinary Medical Technology building on the

College’s Dallas campus experienced its first day of the fall 2020 semester. In her media release, college spokesperson Stephanie Michael-Pickett noted the new building “…gives the growing program larger, more modern facilities than those in the off-campus site that housed the program for over 16 years.” Ms. Michael-Pickett continued, “Having the Vet Tech building on campus rather than off-site allows students to be a part of the college community where they will have better access to the resources the college offers and to student functions.” She said construction on the 15,665 square foot building began December 2018. The project completion, scheduled for early See VET TECH, Page 3


The City of Cherryville’s Clerk, Paige Green, oversees the City’s cemetery program, and has for a number of years. It is a source of pride not only for Mrs. Green but also for the City. Therefore, when the beloved City Cemetery, the resting place for so many of Cherryville’s citizens, was hit by vandals, she was not only shocked by it, but angered by the senselessness of it all as well. “It saddens me that someone has such little respect for the dead and other’s property. They were not raised by my

The marble statue of Jesus Christ in the newer section of the City Cemetery showing the damage done to its hands. parents!” she said. As for the heinous attack, Mrs. Green said she believes it happened “…just before Christmas,” which was when she and City authorities “… realized that three upright markers had been pushed

A row of four very heavy headstones turned over in the old (front) section of the City Cemetery. (photos by Paige Greene over in the old section (the front part) of the cemetery.” She continued, “Also,

someone took a bat, or some kind of tool, to the Jesus See CEMETERY, Page 6

Butter Me Up Bakery Cakes and Catering owner and chef, Rebecca Goins wields the big scissors as she cuts the ribbon, signifying the opening of her business in downtown Cherryville. Helping her out are husband, Justin; daughters, Lily and Piper; family, friends, co-workers and a host of City, Council, Chamber, and Main Street Program officials and representatives. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Butter Me Up Cakes and Catering now open for business in Cherryville Ribbon cutting well attended by family, friends, and City, Chamber, Council and Main Street officials by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

It’s official! The ribbon is cut and Louisiana-born chef and Cherryville resident, Rebecca Goins, is in business for herself as “Butter Me Up Cakes and Catering” in downtown Cherryville, opened Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 at the recently remodeled 200 East Main Street building. The building was recently remodeled by entrepreneur and businessman Patrick O’Leary and Vickie and

Chris Spurling of Spurling Realty, on Main Street. Rebecca said the opening was overwhelming at first, getting everything to come together, but added, “It’s a dream come true. The support we’ve had means so much to us!” Originally Goins ran her business out of her home, but she and husband Justin decided it was time to move to having her own building. Justin, Rebecca and their two beautiful daughters, Lily and Piper were down front when Rebecca took the big scissors and cut the symbolic ribbon to signify her bakery was open for business. Helping Rebecca out in the bakery are two ladies who she said have been at her side pretty much the whole time: her sister, Madeline “Mad-

die” Anthony cookie decorator and so much more, and friend, Maleena White, who works in the kitchen and is one of the idea creators, as Rebecca termed it. They are joined by Megan Carpenter, who “works the front of the house,” and then there is Justin Anthony, whom Rebecca called “an all-around handy man, tech support, and (above all) my brother-in-law.” The bakery is open five days a week, she said, “Monday through Thursdays, from 7 a.m., to 4:30; Fridays until 5:30 p.m. We aren’t open on weekends, and we still cater!” The bakery offer an assortment of baked goods, as well as a breakfast and lunch menu, coffee, and catering for small businesses and events, as well as specialty and custom-made cakes, some of

which can be seen on her Facebook page. Chamber Board Chairman Pete Craft welcomed Rebecca and crew to Historic Downtown Cherryville. He was joined in that welcome by Mayor H.L. Beam, III, who added to his similar welcome the words, “Where life blossoms!” Mayor Beam and Mr. Craft wished Mrs. Goins and her staff and family much success and thanked them for choosing Cherryville’s downtown as a place to do business. Craft noted Goins has overcome a few trials and tribulations, as he called them, in order to open up, but praised her perseverance, sticking with her plan to open her bakery. See BUTTER, Page 6


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