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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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Local fosters group need more foster parents CTSHealth – NC says there is a great need for concerned, caring people by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

When it comes to ways of helping children to know what a good family life can be like, one Gaston County company suggests fostering. Julie Hill, Licensing Supervisor for CTSHealth – NC, Gastonia, said recently there is a great need for foster parents. Hill noted the company has been active in the state for over 20 years, adding, “Our Foster Care Program has been active for a little over 14 years.” They have agencies in Georgia, South Carolina, and Illinois. She continued, “We provide more services other than foster care.” She noted their Executive Director is Leah Harvell. She noted they are reaching out now to try and get more people to become foster parents, noting, “We have been, and constantly are, in need of foster parents, but COVID-19 has increased this need so much more. The number of children coming into care has doubled since

CHS Ironmen cheerleaders Izzy Wilson, Madison Pruitt, Kylie Reynolds, and Lani Philbeck are shown here with Tryon Elementary Principal Meghan LeFevers (right) and Guidance Counselor Jessica Perfetti. The cheerleaders were taking their “Birthday Bags” to the school to be given out to the kids. (photo provided)

Foster families are a diverse group of people who want to take in, nurture, and foster children of all ages in order to help them grow and be better persons as they get older. (photo provided) COVID began. There actually are some children sleeping at DSS because there are not any homes for them to go to.” She continued, “This increase is due to several reasons: people relapsing with drug and/alcohol addiction; people with mental health disorders (who) may regress due to all the stress and everything else that comes with

this pandemic; people losing their jobs and are unable to provide for their children; and parents at home all day long with their children. “Especially with homeschooling. Not all parents have the patience, education, or are very tech savvy to assist with homeschooling. It also is much more difficult to teach children with an See FOSTER, Page 6

Cheerleaders brighten kids’ day with “Birthday in a Bag” Ladies’ community involvement helps others out in so many creative ways by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Just so you know… cheerleading isn’t just

about, well, cheerleading. It’s also about community involvement and helping others out in so many creative ways, according to head cheer coach Wendy Holt. Coach Holt said recently, regarding a recent “Birthday in a Bag” community outreach – just one of many the ladies have done over

the years, “The CHS varsity cheerleaders have been serving their community for years now. We have an expectation that each cheerleader document community service hours each season. These service hours can be for any community service activity.” She continued, “Each See BIRTHDAY, Page 10

NC lawmaker Hastings comments at recent NCPA legislative roundtable Shelby event, held at legendary Don Gibson Theater, features media reps, and GOP lawmakers by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

T h e NC Press A s s o ciation recently hosted a legislative roundtable on Rep. Kelly Monday, Hastings Feb. 1, at the Don (R. NC-Dist. 110) Gibson Theater. A number of local legislators were invited to join in, either in-person or remotely, via Zoom. The state news-related organization noted via email, that, “…at the NCPA, we are setting up Legislative Round-

tables to create new connections and build on existing ones for the 2021 legislative session. The roundtables are a meet-and-greet between legislators and editors or publishers of newspapers.” There was to be no set agenda, according to the NCPA email. as they noted that – generally – legislators talk about priorities for the upcoming session and NCPA shares those plans and goals, along with what they – the NCPA – have. One of those local legislators, Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Dist. 110), was in attendance, along with Speaker of the NC House, Rep. Tim Moore, as well as other Republican lawmakers. Also in attendance was NCPA Executive Director, Phil Lucey, and legislative counsel, John Bussian, as well as other media representatives and reporters from the general area. The group met at the legendary Shelby venue to talk about, as per the NCPA’s original media release, to discuss “…important issues facing the NC General Assembly as 2021 progresses.” Those there in person See HASTINGS, Page 6

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A scene at the small pond at the Cherryville Golf and Country Club after the brief snow of Saturday night, Feb. 6, and early Sunday, Feb. 7. (photos by Susan L. Powell)

These leaning pines and bright snow and blue sky seem to invite you into taking a walk in the crisp air after Cherryville’s second snow of the 2020-2021 winter season. This scene is looking past one of the holes at the Cherryville Golf and Country Club and to the tree line beyond.

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