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Downtown Streetscape construction moving quickly Streetscape progreses with completion set for late summer by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

There have been many questions about the state of affairs with Cherryville’s City Streetscape work in the Downtown area lately. Citizens look around and can see what has been done so far, and what is still being done. To that end, and thanks to a recent media release from Cherryville’s Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Program, spokesman Steve Panton and Chamber Director David Day, as well as Mayor H.L. Beam, III, City Manager Brian Dalton, and City Public Works Di-

rector Brandon Abernathy, all addressed those questions and concerns. The City staff personnel and officials noted they “… are pleased with the progress (of the ongoing) Downtown construction,” adding, “And they’re looking forward to being finished before late summer. City Manager Brian Dalton said in the release, he was pleased with how things were moving along. “Our contractors have been great,” said City Manager Dalton, who added, “We’ve had good weather and they’ve moved really fast. The first phases are already complete.” According to Mr. Dalton, Dominion Energy completed their gas line work in October, and the construction company, See STREETSCAPE, Page 2

In this image of Main Street’s improvements, the image on the left is what the City currently looks like, and the image on the right is an artistic rendering of what it will look like with the newly-completed sidewalks and brick work. (graphic image provided)

CHS; trainer Ira Fowler, receive NATA’s Safe Sports School Award Lady Ironmen pitcher Raegan Nowowiecki warms up her throwing arm last week at CHS’ softball field. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Softball; baseball teams get in a little warm-up time


Cherryville High School Athletic Director Scott Harrill recently noted that CHS is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Warm weather facilitates their breaking out the bats and gloves

CHS Athletic Trainer Ira Fowler demonstrates the correct way to tape an athlete’s injury to his or her ankle with help from Ironmen JV basketball player Rayshawn Sewell. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Ironmen sports programs.

Harrill added, as per a media release he forwarded See AWARD, Page 4

Auxiliary President Puett’s project provides Robotic Pets to help veterans


Cherryville High’s diamond kings and queens took advantage of last week’s warm weather, dusting off their bats and gloves to get in a little warm-up time before their sports seasons start. Softball season 2022 sees the return of head coach A.J. Henley, and needless to say, he is very happy to be back. Said Coach Henley, “I am extremely excited to get back into the swing of things. This year is going to be a good year with returners and new girl.” Henley continued, “I think we will have a good group of girls this year. We have a lot of talent this year.”

Program recognizes high schools that prioritize keeping young athletes safe


Head softball coach A.J. Henley is back, and is very happy to be so, as he sits in the sun dropping softballs into the pitching machine for the ladies to dust off their bats and take a few warm-ups cuts at school’s batting cage. As for the new SPC 1A/2A conference lineup, Coach Henley said, “I am excited to play Burns, East Gaston, and Shelby. I think it will be good for us to have some new competition this year and get to play some new teams.” Helping Coach Henley this year as his assistant is Coach Jeff Williams, who is no stranger to CHS’ small ball teams. For baseball, head coach Scott Heavner too is very glad to be back on the field at

Fraley and is looking forward to a great season in the new conference. “We are looking forward to the official start of the season on Monday (Feb. 14). There is always a special excitement that happens right before you begin. We have a lot to do before we scrimmage on (Saturday) Feb. 19, so let’s hope for some good weather to start with,” he said. The baseball Ironmen return 11 players from last year, See SOFTBALL, Page 10

Jill Parker-Puett is the Unit 100 Ladies Auxiliary President and she wants everyone to know about a “pet” project of hers – getting Robotic Pets to America’s veterans who suffer from a host of maladies and diseases. Said Mrs. Puett, “The Robotic Companion Pets are already being used at the Asheville VA Medical Center. They absolutely are thrilled about this program and will contact some of our Units close to them to get money to purchase more of them. Patients who suffer from See PETS, Page 2

Shelby Post 82 American Legion Commander Jim Quinlan and Unit 100 Auxiliary President Jill Parker-Puett. (photo provided)

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Jimmy Richard “Ace” Lail (Jan. 24, 1936 – Feb. 4, 2022)

HUNTERSVILLE – Jimmy Richard “Ace” Lail passed away on Feb. 4, 2022 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. He was born on Jan. 24, 1936, to Ruffin and Gazzie Buff Lail in Cherryville, N.C. He graduated from Cherryville High School and attended Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He was married for 65 years to the love of his life, Doris Leonhardt Lail, who predeceased him last February. Together they raised two daughters, Robin and Kristen. Jim was the consummate businessman. He began his career with Wiley Brothers, owned and operated Lail’s Gulf in Cherryville, with his brother, Jerry, and then moved on to the hardware industry. He was employed for 16 years at Vermont American Corporation where he advanced from Eastern Sales Manager to Company President. After leaving Vermont American, he and Doris established Jim Lail & Associates, Inc. Jim played second base for the 1953 Cherryville American Legion Baseball team that went to the American Legion World Series in Miami, Florida. The team created memories that last until this day and he was proud to have been a part of that brotherhood. He signed minor league contracts with the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles and was inducted into the Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame. He had a lifelong love of fishing and hunting and was named ‘Top Gun’ at the Grand National Quail Hunt in Enid, Oklahoma. If you knew Jim, you heard many stories

about the big fish he caught and his bird hunting adventures. He was also an avid golfer. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton, a former member of the Lincolnton Rotary Club, served on the Lincoln County Economic Development Commission, was past President of the Lincoln County Republican Men’s Club and past Chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party, and former President and Secretary of the Southern and Eastern Hardware Association. He was a founder of Carolina Trust Bank and served on its Board of Directors. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved to share stories of their accomplishments. In addition to his beloved wife, Doris, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Hazelene Beam, and brothers, Earl Lail, Roy Lail, and Carrol Lail. He is survived by his daughters, Robin Goins and husband, Wayne, of Salisbury, N.C., and Kristen Willis and husband, Ed, of Lincolnton, N.C.; his grandchildren, Travis Goins and Amy White, Heather Goins Alexander and husband, J.C., Braden Willis, and Graham Willis; and great-grandchildren, Dylan and Lucas Alexander. He is also survived by his brothers, Darrell Lail and wife, Joyce, and Jerry Lail and wife, Rita. He lay in state at Warlick Funeral Home, 125 Dave Warlick Dr., Lincolnton, N.C., on Monday, Feb. 7 through Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, between 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. The family was not present during those times. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 6073 Flay Rd., Cherryville, with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall for one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 East Main St., Lincolnton, N.C., 28092, or to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Lail.

■ POLICE ARRESTS 2-3: Desmond Tyrell Izard, 23, 301 Brown St., Cherryville, was arrested at 325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, by GCSO deputies on three (3) counts of a warrant from another agency. 2-4: Michael Robert Carver, 36, 216 Putnam St., Cherryville, was arrested at this address by GCPD officers on one count of larceny/other. 2-4: Steven Dewayne Faulkenbury, 59, 251 St. Mark’s Church Rd., Cherryville, was arrested at Old Pine Ln., and St. Mark’s Church Rd., by GCPD officers on two (2) counts of a drug/narcotic violation, and one count of a weapons law violation. 2-5: Wesley Michael Lovelace, 38, 1210 Mary’s Grove Church Rd., Cherryville, was arrested at this same address by GCPD officers for one count of family offense. 2-5: Kenyon Jabez Oneal, 20, 1412 Baseline Rd., Apt. 312, Charlotte; consuming alcohol while underage and possessing an open container of alcoholic beverage in vehicle. Summoned/cited.

2-6: Larry Dean Davis, 49, 317 E. 6th St., Apt. 2, Cherryville; one count each misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana (up to ½ ounces), and possession of drug paraphernalia; and expired registration and inspection sticker. Summoned/cited from a traffic stop. 2-6: Christopher Dean Beam, 46, 106 Lariat Ln., Cherryville, was arrested at 116 Sedyewood Ln., Cherryville, by GCPD officers for two counts each of an OFA (contempt of court/ perjury/court violation) and parole/probation violation. 2-6: Johnny Franklin Reynolds, 45, 1205 Tot Dellinger Rd., Cherryville, was arrested at this same address by GCSO deputies on one count of an OFA (contempt of court/perjury/ court violation). 2-7: Steven Dewayne Faulkenbury, 59, 251 St. Mark’s Church Rd., Cherryville, was arrested at 325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, by GCPD officers on one count each of a drug/narcotic violation

INCIDENTS 2-5: GCPD officers report closing/clearing by arrest a Family Offenses incident at 704 E. Church St., Cherryville. 2-5: GCPD officers report further investigation into a Family Offenses incident at 209 E Main St., Cherryville. 2-5: CPD officer reports consuming of alcohol by underage suspect who also possessed an open container of alcohol. Listed suspect also possessed marijuana. CPD officer noted in the report the vehicle looked suspicious to him, therefore he stopped it. Closed/cleared by arrest. 2-6: Cherryville man reports “all other larceny” (misc. glassware & unknown other items) from his specialty store by listed suspects who committed listed larceny.


city will work hard to keep disruption to businesses to a minimum.” He continued, “One key initiative will be to lay new temporary surfaces in the alleys behind the businesses on both the north and south sides of the street before any street construction starts. That’s going to open up parking and allow people to enter our merchants through their back doors.” Cherryville Downtown Director Day said, “The Main Street Program office will keep merchants, community members, and visitors informed,” adding, “We have a website page that we’ll update frequently. And, we’ll have signs directing street and pedestrian traffic.” Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam, III, pointed to the

citizens of Cherryville as the driving force behind the project’s success to date. Said Mayor Beam, “Our citizens saw the need. Then, they stepped up, voted, and met it.” He continued, “So far, our citizens have delt amazingly well with the interruptions. We know the last phase will be the hardest. But, we’re on the home stretch now. Generations of Cherryville’s citizens will be blessed because of the sacrifices of this one.” Mr. Day was enthusiastic about what the changes will mean for the economic development of Cherryville’s downtown. Said Day, “Savvy investors are already pouring millions of dollars into renovating our old buildings. We’re expecting several new restaurants and a

brewery in the near future.” Day continued, “But that’s not all. We’ll soon see new retail and office space and many new apartments.” Additionally, Day noted how several new restaurants have expressed interest in joining the Main Street community of merchants. “Downtown’s future is bright,” said Mr. Day. For those who have further questions or just want more information about downtown construction, Mr. Day said to call the Main Street Program office at (704) 435-3451, or visit the City’s new website at www.cityofcherryville. com.

the VA in Asheville, I decided to use this program to help our veterans. The money that I raise at my fundraisers will be divided between the four VA Medical Centers. They will order the Robotic Pets which, for them, is tax-free.” Mrs. Puett said she will gladly take donations for this project and any donations or checks can be mailed to her. “Make your check payable to the American Legion Auxiliary, and mail it to 2041 Eaker Dr., Cherryville, N.C., 28021. I will get the checks to our Department in Raleigh,” she said. Puett said the Legion’s Poor Man’s Dinner, held last week, was a great success, and at last check they had over approximately $1,500. Both the Legion and the Sons of the Legion also contributed, along with the Ladies Auxiliary. “I think it was about 200 plates served,” she said. In attendance at the dinner, said Mrs. Puett, were Jr. Member Claire Harris, and Marjorie K. Eastman, who is a distinguished veteran, business leader, mom and ‘outsider’ so far as politics is concerned. Puett noted Eastman, a Cary resident, is running for the U.S. Senate and is an Afghanistan veteran and as is her husband, who is a 20-year veteran. “She heard about our Poor Man’s Dinner, and

she and her campaign manager, also a veteran drove up here just to come see us and ask for our support. “She’s a very nice lady! She will be in the May 17th primary and asks that we send an ‘outsider’, veteran and mom to the U.S. Sen-

ate,” Jill said. Lastly, Mrs. Puett noted that what she like about our projects is that “…100 percent of the funds go to our veterans. There is NO overhead with the American Legion Auxiliary.”

From Page 1 Cajan, finished their sewer work in November. Mr. Dalton added he expects Sealand’s work on the water lines to be finished “…within weeks.” Mr. Day also noted that next up, work will begin on the streetscape to lay new sidewalks, bury cables, erect new streetlamps, put in new plantings, and repave Main Street. Mr. Dalton continued, “They’ll start at Depot Street and move west section by section. Once they reach Mulberry Street in late summer, Main Street will be totally transformed.” As Mr. Abernathy, public works director, stated in the media release, “The

PETS From Page 1 dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD find them beneficial.” Puett noted that the staff and nurses say that they calm the veterans and are so soothing to them to have something so life-like to hold and rub them. “When you rub the animal, they will bark or purr, then will stretch out and move. The dog will pant and move his head and tail,” she said. “They have used them with veterans that have a psychotic break with PTSD and it works wonders.” Jill also said the three other VA Medical Centers heard about this program and want to get some pets as well. “We have had some Units across the state to purchase for Salisbury and Fayetteville,” she noted. Puett said these Robotic Pets are NOT toys, but are rather what she termed are adult therapy animals that are manufactured by Hasbro. Jill said, “Every American Legion Auxiliary Department President has a Presidents Project. Seeing the need come from ALL four VA Medical Centers to have these robotic pets for their dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD patients and knowing how well they were working in

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Robotic Pets banner hung on the Post 100 Building railing.

Unit 100 Auxiliary President Jill Parker-Puett (center), with Auxiliary Junior Member Claire Harris (right), and Marjorie K. Eastman, who is a distinguished veteran, business leader, mom and self-described political ‘outsider’ candidate. (photos provided)

and a misdemeanor drug/ narcotic violation. 2-8: Tyler Kent Stamey, 40, 310 Colonial Dr., Cherryville, was arrested at 425 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, by GCSO deputies on one count of a warrant from another agency.

2-6: CPD officer reports possession of Schedule IV controlled substance; possession of marijuana (up to ½ ounces); possession of drug paraphernalia; expired registration; and expired inspection sticker by listed suspect who possessed Schedule IV & VI controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Seized: 2.2 grams of marijuana; one (1) dosage unit of Clonazepam; one (1) gram of a crystal-like substance; two (2) straws w/white residue; and red torch lighter. Subject cited for the listed possessions due to a traffic stop. Closed/cleared by arrest. WRECKS 2-3: A vehicle driven by Bambi Lynn Sanders, 67, 3426 Sorrels-Baxter Rd., Cherryville, was backing up in the parking lot of Local Market when she collided with the gas pump behind her vehicle. No injuries reported. Est. damages to the Sanders vehicle: $100; to the gas pump: $20,000.

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Gaston County hires former acting Cool things coming U.S. Attorney as County Attorney up at Your Cherryville At its Tuesday, Jan. 25 regular meeting, the Gaston County Board of Commissioners hired Belmont resident William Stetzer as its new County Attorney. Stetzer has served for the past four years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina as First Assistant United States Attorney, and more recently, as Acting United States Attorney. Stetzer has extensive prosecutorial experience in both Charlotte and Gaston County, where he served as an assistant district attorney during the late 2000s. During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stetzer supervised more than 50 attorneys and oversaw the office’s Criminal, Civil, Appellate and Administrative Divisions. He partnered with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section

WILLIAM STETZER to successfully prosecute “United States v. Lindberg, et al.,” which is one of North Carolina’s most prominent bribery cases involving public officials. A resident of Belmont, Stetzer has received commendations for his work from the FBI and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Support Group, and received the Justice Department’s Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. Stetzer was hired by the Board of Commissioners

after a thorough search that saw the interviews of multiple high-caliber candidates. “It speaks to where we are as a county that we are able to attract a person as talented as Bill,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Chad Brown said. “We look forward to working with him to continue to take Gaston County forward and make it an even better place to live and do business.” At his request, Mr. Stetzer will take his oath of office in a private ceremony with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board before he begins his duties. Stetzer’s first day with the County was Jan. 31. Courtney Rogers, who has served as the Interim County Attorney following the resignation of Jonathan Sink in the fall, returned to her role as Deputy County Attorney.

Branch Library! by TRACI POLLITT Cherryville Branch Manager Gaston County Public Library

LEGO Club – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month (Feb. 22) Family Storytime – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING DAY – Monday, Feb. 21 We have some exciting digital news! We’ve written before about the NC Digital Library and all the wonderful ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more available on that site. We’ve mentioned that you can also access these items on your digital devices using the Libby app. Both the NCDL and Libby are powered by Overdrive, a digital distributor to libraries and schools. Overdrive has added some new features through Libby and your Gaston County Public Library is offering them to you! There are four databases available: Craftsy, IndieFlix, Qello Concerts by Stingray, and The Great Courses. Craftsy is an online resource for all creative makers. There are videos with basic instructions for beginners to advanced techniques for those that feel more knowledgeable in various areas. Patrons will find classes on everything from baking to quilting to photography to yoga, and much more. Most classes offer downloadable resources, and the videos allow patrons to work at their own pace as well as the ability to rewind, pause, and fast forward. A great way to browse various craft ideas and pick up new skills! IndieFlix is a streaming movie

Overdrive has added some new features through Libby and your Gaston County Public Library is offering them to you! There are four databases available: Craftsy, IndieFlix, Qello Concerts by Stingray, and The Great Courses. Check them out! (graphic provided) service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Qello Concerts has the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries ready to be streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. Finally, The Great Courses offers engaging and understandable lectures by esteemed professors, professionals, and experts in topics ranging from history, better living, science, language learning, and much more. To start exploring these new offerings, simply open the Libby app on your digital device. If you don't have a device, you can still access these databases via a web browser by going to https:// Once on the homepage, scroll down and look for “Extras”. Click on

any one of the databases and then choose “get”; this gives you a 7-day pass for that database. You can watch as many videos as you want in those 7 days, and the best part is that this does not count against your monthly borrowing limit for Libby. The only thing you need is your GCPL library card, which (as any library lover knows) is the best card to have in any wallet! For more information about these databases, help downloading the Libby app, and all other library-related questions, call us 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. Oh, yeah, one more thing… happy viewing!

Cherryville photographer earns Master of Photography

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Frank Zayas of Frank Zayas Photography in Cherryville has earned the Master of Photography Degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Zayas by PPA President Mary Fisk-Taylor at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2022. The Master of Photography degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Zayas has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. He has been awarded the degree in recognition of his superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. In 2022, he was one of only 165 recipients worldwide. Zayas’ degrees, and all the expertise they require illustrate his accomplish-

PPA President Mary Fisk-Taylor (left), and Frank and Teddi Zayas (center and right) posed for their formal portrait as Mr. Zayas was awarded his Master Photographer degree at Imaging USA in Washington, D.C. (photo provided) ments and talents as one of a select few. Zayas moved to Cherryville from Atlanta this past summer with his wife, and Cherryville native, Teddi Thornburg Zayas. He has opened a studio at 703 East Main St., in Cherryville. He is a PPA Certified Professional Pho-

tographer and specializes in weddings, family and business portraiture, real estate photography and commercial work. Zayas can be reached at (678) 488-8819, or at, or at his website at www.

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Democrats shore up dominance on N.C. State Board of Education

Fighting Back

by DAVID BASS Carolina Journal

AWARD From Page 1 about the award, that “… the award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.” Harrill further praised the school’s athletic trainer, Ira Fowler, for his commitment to the Ironmen athletic programs and taking care of the student-athletes that comprise them. Said Harrill, “We are very thankful for the work of our head athletic trainer Ira Fowler and the hard work he does for the Cherryville High School athletic department. Ira is a very hard worker and helps our student athletes to be able to perform at a high level.” He continued, “CHS is honored to receive this recognition from NATA. We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices, and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship, and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.” NATA President Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC, said, “The health and safety of student athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to safety in sports. We are proud to see the list of award recipients grow exponentially each year as schools see the immense value in holding themselves to best practices and policies that ensure a high standard of athlete care.” Fowler, who has been at his profession now for nine years, said of his career path, “As to why I chose the profession; I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do out of high school and my school really didn’t have a trainer, so most of my exposure was from watching NBA players and trainers interact on TV. I grew up loving basketball and figured being an athletic trainer would be a way for me to stay close to the game after high school. I honestly wasn’t really aware of what an athletic

trainer did other than tape (injuries, etc.) so once I got into (my) college classes it was bit of a shock to realize there was more to the job than taping.” Fowler, 31, is originally from South Webster, Ohio, and said he actually ended up going to the local college near his hometown, Shawnee State University. “I graduated with a degree in athletic training in 2013. My career goal was to work in the NBA or college basketball and I knew I would have to have an advanced degree,” he said, adding he “ended up graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2015.” Fowler continued, “I always had a love for North Carolina since my dad grew up in the state and when the basketball athletic trainer job was posted at Western Carolina (University) I knew it was my chance to pursue what I had been preparing for since undergrad.” Fowler noted that as for the award nomination process; any high school can apply for the award, but just because you apply doesn’t mean you’ll get it as the requirements are quite rigorous, especially if you want first team designation like CHS has. He said, “The application process is typically started by the AT and, with the help of school administrators and coaches, the appropriate steps can be made to win the award.” Fowler also noted anytime the place he works for or with can receive national recognition from an influential organization such as the national athletic trainer’s association it’s a big deal. “The NATA lays many of the guidelines that ATs follow from the high school level all the way up to the Olympic and the professional ranks. For CHS to be recognized by the NATA for taking the critical steps needed to keep the student athletes safe and on the field is a testament the school, staff and CaroMont Health has to the community. “I’m grateful to Scott Harrill and the rest of the administration and coaches at CHS who’ve worked with me and provided the resources to get this award.” Fowler said he believes the banner for the award should arrive sometime next week but doesn’t know when or where the school will eventually place it. Ira said he has been with CaroMont Health and CHS “since January of last year, so little over a year.” “I was fortunate enough

to reach my career dream before age 30 and was tired of the hectic travel and work schedule. I still wanted to stay in N.C., and CaroMont happened to have an opening at the time. During the interview process CaroMont emphasized a balance between personal and work life, which is what I was looking for,” he said. As for his future, Fowler said, “I’ve been fortunate enough to reach my career goal and do what I set out to accomplish. Right now, it’s just about establishing my future. For the high school, the goal is finishing out the winter sport seasons right now and enjoying a slower schedule before spring season rolls around and just making sure the kids are able to go into their next season healthy.” He continued, “Personally, I like to take advantage of my time off to enjoy what the state has to offer. I’ve hiked to over 450 waterfalls in N.C. within the last year and a half, so continuing on that journey is an ongoing process. Also, I’m looking forward to doing some more whitewater kayaking as the weather warms up.” In the media release about the award, it was noted that in order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as CHS did, athletic programs must do the following: Create a positive athletic health care administrative system’ provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations; promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities; plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment; provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes; develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions; provide or facilitate injury intervention; create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan; provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education; and be sure athletes and parents are educated about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities For more information about the Safe Sports School Award, please visit

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Of the 11 members on the N.C. State Board of Education, four are Republican appointees. With a recent resignation, that number dips to just three. Todd Chasteen resigned from the board on Feb. 1, warning of a trajectory away from education toward political activism, especially on new social studies standards OK’ed by the State Board last year. “In full transparency, in February when the board passed Social Studies Standards by a slim majority, standards that many of us concluded, and thousands of parents agreed, were unproductive, regressive and unhelpful to the students of this wonderful state, it became more difficult to see where I could add value,” Chasteen wrote in his resignation letter. Chasteen was appointed by former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016. His term was set to expire in March 2023, but his departure means that Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will have the option of immediately appointing a replacement. “Serving on the State Board of Education is a multi-year, time-consuming, and unpaid commitment,” said Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation. “I commend Mr. Chasteen for his faithful service to North Carolina public schools over the last six years and appreciate the indulgence of his employer, Samaritan’s Purse.” With Chasteen’s departure, only three members of the board are Republican appointees: Olivia Oxendine, Amy White, and Eric Davis, who chairs the board and is registered unaffiliated. Republicans have added

Eric Davis, chairman of the N.C. State Board of Education, at a July 14, 2020, COVID-19 briefing. (file press pool photo) strength from ex officio members in Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and State Treasurer Dale Folwell, who are not appointed and serve until their terms in office expire. The State Board voted 7-5 along party lines – with Davis joining the Democrats – in February 2021 to approve the new social studies standards. At the time, Robinson called the standards “politically charged” and “divisive” for teaching American history through the lens of racism and discrimination. Critics have contended the new social studies standards open the door for Critical Race Theory instruction in public schools. Critical Race Theory views U.S. history and civics exclusively through the lens of race and contends all white people are inherently oppressive. During debate over the standards, Chasteen leaned on his experience as legal counsel for the international Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse to demonstrate the importance of a system in the United States that doesn’t discriminate or use

race as the basis for decision making. “My biggest challenge with the standards is there seems to be a lot of weight on group identity conflict and negativity,” Chasteen said. Before final approval, GOP board members were able to tone down some of the more controversial language in the standards, such as switching “systemic racism” to “racism” and “gender identity” to “identity.” GOP lawmakers in the General Assembly also ran legislation last year to delay adoption of the standards, an effort that fell short. “Fortunately, North Carolina has a system of checks and balances,” said Stoops. “If the Cooper appointees on the State Board of Education allow their progressive impulses to inform their policy decisions, the legislature can intervene. The North Carolina Constitution specifies that all rules and regulations approved by the board are subject to laws enacted by the General Assembly.

In the group shot, from left to right: Commissioner Tom Keigher (Gastonia Township), Commissioner Ronnie Worley (South Point Township), Chairman Chad Brown (Riverbend Township), Commissioner Allen Fraley (Cherryville Township), Commissioner Kim Johnson (Gastonia Township), and Vice Chairman Bob Hovis (Crowders Mountain Township). (photo provided)

Local, state leaders celebrate Gaston County’s 175th anniversary A crowd containing local and state leaders gathered on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at the Harley B. Gaston Public Forum in the Gaston County Courthouse to celebrate the County’s 175th Anniversary, or its “demisemiseptcentennial”. Representatives from the U.S. House, the N.C. State House, leaders from Gaston County and its municipalities, as well as residents attended the special ceremony commemorating the event.

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Gaston County Human Resources Director Amia Massey served as emcee during the ceremony. Guest speakers included Gaston County Board of Commission Chairman Chad Brown; Gaston Business Association COO, Steve D’Avria; Gaston County Museum of Art and History Director, Jason Luker; and Curator and Founder of the African-American Museum of History and Culture, Dot Guthrie.

The event also featured readings from the 175th Anniversary Poetry Contest winners, Mason Powers (Youth Division), Nuoya Liu (Teen Division), and Charity Clark (Adult Division). Gaston County will continue to celebrate its 175th Anniversary throughout 2022. Many of the county’s municipalities will hang banners in the new year to mark the occasion.

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We should all strive to be Varsity Christians can catch better and It’s that throw harder and time again. more accurately than Dixie SoftI can. I’m excited to ball regissee where she goes tration is from here. open. This All this got me will be my thinking about the daughtime and money we ter’s 7th have invested in this year play- WILL UPCHURCH pastime. It’s been ing ball. Pastor – Long Creek a lot but not nearly I looked Presbyterian Church what I have seen back in other parents invest. my picI know parents that tures and spend thousands of videos on my phone and dollars on equipment, prifound one of her playing vate lessons, and camps. I Tee-ball. She was so little know kids that have pracand we were so proud of tice four and five nights a her. By the end of her first week, and haven’t had a season, she could ‘cream’ weekend off in three years. the ball off the tee, field It’s not just ball, it’s cheer grounders, and throw in the and dance as well. Yet, at general direction of her tar- the very best, our children get. Mary has come a long will play and cheer into way since then. The tee their late 20s. Most will has been replaced by girls be done by the end of high throwing 40-plus mph. She school.

dance? Don’t misunderstand me – I love watching my kids play but we need to put the most important things first. I also know many reading this may not have kids. However, every Christian man is a father, and every woman is a mother to the next generation. So, everyone’s responsibility is to start showing Christ the kind of respect we give coaches. It’s time we start fearing millstones. Mathew 18:6 says, “If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in Me – to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” I think part of the problem is that we adults have become complacent in our own skill level. We are

I wonder what would happen if we invested the same amount of time, money and effort into their faith development. We seem to do the opposite. While we would never consider a middle schooler who still needs to hit off a tee a “good” player, we are okay with our kids and even adults having “Teeball” faith. Shame on us! Do any of us know parents that invest thousands of dollars in Bibles and Bible study equipment, or private scripture lessons and faithbased camps? Do we know anyone who would clear their whole week’s schedule and sacrifice vacations to make sure our kids don’t miss Sunday school, worship and youth? Do we know any parents who cherish the immortal soul of their children as much as 20 years of sports or

Tee-ball Christians. We are baptized, attend worship when it suits us and even pray when we need something. We are no saints, but we are decent people. Sorry, that is not good enough. Shame on us. We look to the pros of the faith and think, “Well, we will never be Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, or our own preacher. Maybe not. Maybe we will never “go pro”, but we should at least be varsity level Christians. We should be reading God’s word daily. Yes, daily. If we read two chapters a day, every day, we will finish the entire Bible in a year and a half. We should pray for an hour every day. Yes, pray an hour a day. Look at our phones, we waste years of our lives watching trash. Use an hour of that time

to talk to God. Saying, the “Our Father” is like using a tee. Start with it but move on to real conversation – share what is on your mind, your likes, your dislikes. God wants to hear from you. We need to worship at least once a week. I know most of us don’t have Monday to Friday 9-5 jobs. A lot of us work on Sunday but this is no excuse not to worship. Most churches are online or worship multiple times a week. Be there in some way, shape or form. Our duty; our joy, is to be able to show the next generation how to play God’s game. I pray no Christian stays in the Tee-ball league, but that we all strive to be varsity Christians.

The Blessing Cherryville Area (Part 3 of “The Good Life” Series) Do you remember as a kid that when your mom would tell you to do something that you didn’t want to do, and if you were brave enough you asked why? The reply sounded like this, “BECAUSE I SAID SO!” That really was not the answer I wanted to hear, but in my mother’s DANYALE PATTERSON mind she was the authority figure in my life and she knew what was best for me, so for her - obedience was the only response she was expecting. Of course, I would think to myself, “I can’t wait to become a grown-up so I can do whatever I want!” However, I didn’t think about all the people I would have to obey in the future like supervisors, professors, bill collectors, etc. Also, in my immaturity I didn’t realize that obedience would lead me to having a good life - a blessed life. Deuteronomy 5:33 (Message) says, “So be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Walk straight down the road God commands so that you’ll have a good life and live a long time in the land that you’re about to possess.” The Choice God desires for us to have a great life, but sin, rebellion, and rejection of the love of God brings death and destruction into our lives. In Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) he states, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” God never forces us to obey his word and his Holy Spirit. Instead, he is always leading us in the right direction and pointing us toward the path of peace, love, and joy. A Greater Price There is always a higher price tag for disobedience; it costs way more! If I break the law, I pay a fine or go to jail. If I cheat on my spouse, I wreck my marriage and devastate my family. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 is a long list of tragedies that happen when we refuse to obey the word of God. That list is much longer than the Deuteronomy 28:1-13 list of blessings. I don’t know about you, but I want the blessing of obedience!!! PRAY THIS PRAYER: “I praise you for You are righteous, all knowing and good. Forgive me for rebelling against your ways and wanting to do my own thing. Lord, you want to protect, help, transform, and bless me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Please, give me an obedient heart - I surrender my life to you. I accept that I don’t have to understand every detail of the bible, but I believe it. I don’t have to agree with it all, just like I didn’t agree with everything my parents established for me, but later I realized they were right. Lord, I trust you! 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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First Church of the Nazarene 301 North Elm Street Cherryville, NC 828-838-2428 First Presbyterian Church 107 West Academy Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6064 First United Methodist Church 601 N. Pink St. Cherryville, NC 704-435-6732 First Wesleyan Church 800 North Pink Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-6069 Free Saints Chapel Church 813 Self Street Cherryville, NC 704-435-0949 Gospel Way Baptist Church 3904 Tryon Courthouse Rd. Cherryville, NC 866-356-3219 Jesus Servant Ministries 108 N. Mountain St. Cherryville, NC 704-769-8085 Legacy Church 805 Self Street Cherryville, NC 704-457-9615

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It was millions of years in the making! The Schiele Museum roars through February with the return of their 18th annual Fossil Fair! Sponsored by Piedmont Lithium, visitors can experience vendors, 'dino’ bingo, planetarium shows, programs, fossil digs and of course, fossils. There’s something for the entire family at Fossil Fair on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! “Fossil Fair is one of our most popular annual events,” Tony Pasour, Head of Interpretation, said. “Fossils tell us stories about the prehistoric past and the living things that we didn’t get a chance to see. Everything from primitive algae to a T. rex!” The Fossil Fair will host over 20 vendors with interesting specimens to explore. Delve into rocks, minerals, fossils, and skeletons while you learn from the experts who collect them. “Guests can talk with experts and even purchase some specimens to add to their personal collections,” MC Douglas, Outreach and Volunteer Manager, said. “This year, we are featuring a new presentation on fossil diving in the Carolinas.” Other programs, such as ‘Living Fossils’ and ‘Fossil Record,’ will leap into the Mesozoic Era. Though, dinosaurs aren’t the only animals featured at this year’s Fossil Fair. “The Jurassic Bark contest is a fun way to engage our community and their furry best friends,” Douglas said. The finalists’ owners of

the Jurassic Bark contest will attend Fossil Fair for visitors to vote for their favorite dino-dog! Winners will receive special prizes for their four-legged pals. “We are excited to see the creative ‘doggosaur’ costumes people come up with,” Douglas said. Along with Jurassic Bark, guests can identify their own treasures to take home with in mini fossil digs and gemstone mining, weather permitting. “Our fossil hunt activities are always a hit because visitors can keep all the tiny fossils that they find,” Pasour said. “We are glad to partner with Piedmont Lithium to make these fossil digs happen for our guests!” Search for aged bones and encounter real-life skeletons of creatures past with the DinoSafari and Cats Untamed exhibits. “Fossil Fair is an event that nearly everyone can find something interesting to learn about and enjoy,” Pasour said. “Travel back thousands of years ago and explore at Fossil Fair!” For more information, please visit schielemuseum. org, or follow The Schiele Museum on social media. (The Schiele Museum of Natural History – Inspiring wonder and appreciation of the natural world, The Schiele provides the region with a unique educational resource. Whether through formal instruction or visiting the various exhibits, visitors to The Schiele gain insight into the marvels of the world around. To find out more, visit www.schielemuseum. org or follow The Schiele Museum on social media.)

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CHS’ Harrill gets 400th career win as Ironmen down TJCA 59-51 by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville High School’s head basketball coach Scott Harrill picked up a massive victory on Friday night, Feb. 11, against the visiting Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons as he notched his 400th coaching win. Harrill, mobbed by family, friends, fellow coaches and players alike, stood in the middle of an Ironmen scrum thanking everyone for the well wishes and support. Coach Harrill noted he couldn’t have done what he has done without the help and support not just of his many players throughout his many years of coaching, but thanked also his lovely wife, Teresa; sons, Trevor and Lane; his mom and dad, Marie and Howard Harrill, as well as his assistant coaches Dennis Tate, Dr. Bud Black, and Antonio Griggs, as well as longtime team manager Lee Roy Montgomery, and all the CHS Ironmen school principals, staff, Booster Club folks and other Ironmen team personnel who contributed so much throughout the years to the hoops teams’ successes. Principal Shawn Hubers said of the accomplishment, “400 wins is an amazing accomplishment! Coach Harrill always gets the best out of his players and this year is no different. Cherryville High School is blessed to have Coach Harrill leading our basketball team and athletic department.” Last Friday night was Senior Night for the basketball seniors and the cheer squad seniors as CHS said “good-bye” to the following seniors student/athletes: Terayha Bess (girls’ basketball); Abby Burleson, Khya Brooks, Sydney Grace Abernathy, and Rylee Grace Burgis (cheerleading); and Gavin Cease, Carter Spangler, Jack Mulvey, and Cooper Sloan (men’s basketball). All the seniors were escorted onto the Bud Black Court at Nixon Gym

CHS Athletic Director and Ironman head coach Scott Harrill is surrounded by players, family, fellow coaches, and a host of friends and admirers as they proudly help the man; the legend – celebrate his 400th career win last Friday night, Feb. 11, at Nixon Gym. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) by the parents. Against NCSD Bears The Ironmen played non-conference matches last week and the week before against the Bears of the North Carolina School for the Deaf and won both of those games. Against the TJCA Gryphons The Lady Ironmen played the TJCA Lady Gryphons and lost to them 1855. Four ladies got on the boards with points and they were Gabbie McCorkle (9 pts.); Terayha Bess (4 pts.); Krista Davis (3 pts.); and Ragan Hovis (2 pts.) The Lady Ironmen finished their regular season at 2-19 overall; 1-11 in SPC 1A/2A play. In varsity men’s action the Ironmen hoops squad had a bit of a time handling the Gryphons right out of the gate as they didn’t appear to want to just roll over and play dead, battling the running and gunning Ironmen squad hard, going not just toe-to-toe with them, but matching them shot for

shot, three-pointer for threepointer. The final score for this game – Coach Harrill’s 400th win – was 59-51, the Ironmen. Carson Kelly led the men with 22 points (5 three-pointers), followed by Landon Hahn with 12 points. The remaining Ironmen scorers were: senior Gavin Cease (6 pts.); Khanye Kennedy (5 pts.); senior Cooper Sloan (4 pts.); Numarius Good and Chance Hunt (3 pts. apiece); and seniors Carter Spangler and Jack Mulvey with 2 points apiece on the night. The men finished their regular season at 16-7 overall; 6-6 in SPC 1A/2A play. The varsity Ironmen boys were slated to play East Gaston Tuesday night, Feb. 15, at Nixon Gym as the Conference Tournament started on Feb. 14, and run until Feb. 18. The Sectional Playoffs are Feb. 19, 22, and 24, at locations to be determined. (Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell, Danny Eaker, and Scott Harrill.)

Lady Ironman Krista Davis passes the ball to one of her teammates at last week’s matchup against the Lady Gryphons at Nixon Gym.

The banner says it all! Coach Scott Harrill notches his 400th win last Friday night, Feb. 11, in the game against TJCA’s Gryphons. Holding the banner is his wife, Teresa, and some unseen friends. In front of the sign are his mom and dad, Marie and Howard Harrill, and son, Trevor.

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CHARITY BIBLE COLLEGE SPRING CLASSES. Charity Bible College offers 12 weeks of classes supplemented with out of class assignments toward a degree in Theology or Christian Education. Classes resume each Monday night 6:30pm to 9:00pm starting February 7th through April 25th, 2022. Classes Offered: The Book of Proverbs, The Temple, The Life of Joseph, and Christology. CBC is affiliated with Macedonia Baptist College of Midland, NC as a part of their satellite school program. For information call or email us! Look us up on Facebook and on our Webpage at: (704) 419-4574 UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION. Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Hot Wheels, Jewelry, MORE. Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on FB. 828-3820075. CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GIRLS SOFTBALL TRYOUTS! Charity Christian School will have Varsity Girls Softball Tryouts on Tuesday, February 15th at 3:30pm at the Zion Baptist Field, 525 W. Zion Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28150. Thursday, February 17th will be an alternate date. Homeschool Students may qualify to participate. Call the School Office for more details! (704) 419-4574 charitychristianschool@

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FULL TIME EXPERIENCED AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC. Apply In Person at A+ Automotive at 1900 Elizabeth Ave., Shelby, NC (704) 482-0441 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 WANTED SITTER MON.-FRI. FOR ELDER PERSON. Quiet setting, located Rutherford/Polk County line area. Some housekeeping & errands required. Interested applicants please call Patty, 828-980-5386 between 9am-7pm. JANITORIAL / HOUSEKEEPING. Full time and part time janitorial positions in Blacksburg. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd shift available. Pay starts at $14/hr. Must pass Drug Screen. Call 864-5907675 for more information. (864) 590-7675 teresachandler77@ COATS PERFORMANCE YARN. 501 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC. 8 & 12 hour shifts. Apply within. For more info, email kimberly.durden@coats. com or call 980-291-5331. FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

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65” SAMSUNG TV. New, 4K Smart TV-$600. Watch 7000 channels for $200. Electric Lawnmower in good condition-$100. Cut your electric bill, used air cooling system for room & office-$150. New credit card machine-$250. 704-962-9007.

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3 AKC MALE TOY POODLE PUPPIES. Black with white chest. Ready for new homes 2/25/22. Both Parents on site. Contact for more info. (828) 9803225 TEA CUP MALTESE PUPPIES. TIny Tea Cup Maltese puppies for sale at only $850. More info and pics upon request. (213) 222-6177

ITEMS FOR SALE. One Ladies Urn for sale, 1 Male Maltese for sale and 6 inch stove pipes. Call 704-538-3809. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned Oak by truck load also bundles. Will deliver within 15 miles of Cherryville. (704) 4353970 2 GOLF CARTS FOR SALE. 1 is Carolina blue with weather cover and 1 white. 2 seats and good batteries. $4000 each. 704-4773500 WILL BUY. I Want to Buy old 45 records and 78’s call 704-7820647


TWO POMERANIAN PUPPIES. CKC Pomeranian Puppies, 8 weeks, soft brown and white in color. One male and one female. up to date on Vaccine and worming. Puppy comes with puppy pack, first weeks food, vaccine and worming, current record and future needs. 100% Pomeranian Bloodline. Delivery arranged in two State area.$1000 each. Don 864-492-5138 CKC breeder since 2014. (864) 492-5138

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, Pop-Up Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-2891488. WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006

PETS & LIVESTOCK PIGMY GOAT WITH TWO eight week old babies. Both are nannies. Sell only together. Will not separate. $350. 828-248-8060.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. 8 weeks old. CKC reg. These puppies will grow up to be great family protectors. Shots & worming UTD. $300 ea. (704) 466-3135

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COCKAPOO PUPPIES BORN JANUARY. 6 Tails docked, dew clawed. Parents on site. Ready February 21. $200 deposit. Call Greg after 8am. 828-305-2181.

BELGIAN MALINOIS FULL BLOODED PUPS OFF WORKING BLOODLINE. (910) 2805508 davidannegriffin@yahoo. com AKC REGISTERED LAB PUPPIES. Black and chocolate. Ready middle of March. Parents on site. Champion Bloodline. Great disposition. $925. Taking deposits, $250. 704-914-8241

ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455.

FORD BEDLINER 6.5 FT. (Fits 2015-2020 Ford Pickup) Tonneau Hard Cover. $300 (Paid $600) “Like new!” Call (704) 300-7563

COINS * COINS * COINS. We Buy & Sell Coins. “Coin Collector Supplies.” JAKE’S KNIVES & COLLECTIBLES. 1008 South Lafayette Street, Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 (980) 295-5568

CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE. Two cemetery plots $1600/ea. Or Best Offer. Current market value $1850/ea. Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery Shelby, NC. Plots located in Chimes Tower section. Seller pays transfer fee (225) 276-8033

CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228

FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS. CD60CE, electric pickup and hardcase. Like new. $250. 704-974-4851

BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em”and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-245-5895.

FLAG POLES & FLAGS. 15ft., 20ft., 25ft. “All American Made!” Delivery and installation is available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City, NC. Call 828-245-5895.

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


FIREWOOD FOR SALE. All types already split. Can deliver. Truck & Trailer loads, starting at $75. Will negotiate. 704-4667623

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


FOR SALE. BEST OFFER! Couch excellent Shape, Off White in color $175.00 Round Glass Coffee Table, 36x36 $50.00 call 828-429-1573


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


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KENNELS, DOG KENNELS, DOG HOUSES. 7x7x4, 5x10x6, 10x10x4, 10x10x6, 10x20x6, 20x20x6. Roof tops. Delivery & Installation is Available! J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City,NC. 828-245-5895. 8 GAME ROOSTERS $10 EACH. 7 Hens $5 each. 704477-5175, (704) 937-7448

DOBERMAN PINSCHER PUPPIES READY. NOW Born 11/22/21. Full-blooded. All males. 1st shots, tails docked, dew claws removed. CKC $600. 29702 area. Text 864-492-5385 (864) 492-5385 GAME CHICKENS FOR SALE. 980-552-9108.


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PETS & LIVESTOCK ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz, 50% hatch rate guaranteed. (704) 476-9943






BEAUTIFUL LABRADOODLES Born 11/14/2021 F2’s. No shedding, 2 males, one red, one black. I also have 2 straight haired doddles (reduced pricing) Vet checked and first shots on all. Text for more info. Located in Gaffney (864) 492-2880





BEAGLE PUPPIES. ONE boyFIVE girls. Puppies will be ready for their forever homes on February 12, 2022. They will have been wormed and 1st shots. $800.00 each. (304) 419-4041

CARS & TRUCKS 2011 FORD RANGER 4 cyl., auto., spray in bedliner, cloth seats. 29,000 miles, $7,995. 828-287-3820.

TAILS UP STANDARD POODLES. AKC registered standard poodle puppies,8 & 9 wks. Parents OFA certified, Embark tested, AKC Reunite microchipped, shots, dewormed, tails docked, no dewclaws, health certificate, ch bloodlines, 2 year guarantee, brown, black, red, apricot, Partis limited 2000, full 2500 website: or Facebook page: Tails Up Standard Poodles (318) 614-1130

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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

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803718-2659.


ROSE HILL MEMORIAL PARK PLOTS. For Sale. $800 each for (2) spaces. Section 1, Lot number 74 Spaces 1 & 2. These are in the center section and prime locations. Lawndale, NC 28090 (919) 696-7867 HOUSE FOR SALE. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1996 double wide on 3.3 private wooded acres, approximately 1850 sq ft, brick foundation including steps and porches, open floor plan, fridge, stove, washer and dryer included, connected to county water, carpet and vinyl floors need to be replaced. Casar area. Call 704-284-3331 for more info. $149,000 OBO. Call after 5pm. Lawndale, NC 28090 (704) 284-3331 cookestacy@ TURN YOUR HOUSE INTO CASH? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704-472-0006. OUT OF AREA GREAT FIXER UPPERS WITH LAND. Two Great Fixer uppers with 4.91 acres of land. Excellent location, hwy 21, 2 mins. from I-77 close to town. Houses have hardwood floors and do not leak, just need some TLC. Endless possibilities for this property. Serious inquiries only. $275,000. OBO. Jonesville, NC 28642 (336) 462-5796

WANT TO RENT VICTIMS OF HOUSE FIRE. Need Home to rent. Prefer 3 BR, 1 BA. 828-429-4252.

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 ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Now accepting applications for our waiting list at Lanier Pointe Apartments (704) 480-5982 and Lanier Pointe II Apartments (704) 482-3517. Call for price (704) 480-5982

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Now accepting applications for our waiting list for Cleveland Ridge Apartments (704) 734-4000 and Kings Falls Senior Living Apartments (704) 739-6591. Call for Price (704) 734-4000 NICE COUNTRY LIVING. 2 BR mobile homes for rent. 10 minutes from Shelby. NO PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299. MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417

GASTON COUNTY OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT. Gastonia city limits, 980-8887258 (704) 421-5464 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

NO HEAT BILLS HERE. 3 room apartment, (1 BR, 1 BA), Shelby, excellent location, Second floor. Not HAP eligible. No pets or smoking. Heat & water included in $525 month. Available 3/1/22. 704-487-5480.



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CHS’ Carson Kelly looks for a way around the TJCA defender at the game last week at Nixon Gym.

Registration for Dixie Girls Softball 2022 Spring Registration for Cherryville Dixie Girls Softball will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 28. Online registration is available at through Feb. 28. There will also be in-person registration Feb. 19 and 26 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Cherryville Fire Department and Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at FBC Creed Coffee House for anyone who

needs assistance with registration or would like to pay in person with cash/check. For questions about fees/ costs, or to sponsor a team, contact us on Facebook at Cherryville Dixie Girls Softball, or at We want to say a “BIG THANK YOU” again to every person or business who supported us last Spring and for the 2021 NC Dixie Girls Softball State

Tournament last summer. We had a successful state tournament, three (3) State Champion teams, and one World Series winner. Cherryville Dixie Girls Softball is a volunteer organization and a great way to give of your time/talents back to the community. We need volunteers to serve on the Board, to be coaches, assistants, etc. Any inquiries or questions, contact us on Facebook or by email.

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Front row (L-R) are: seniors Khya Brooks, Sydney Abernathy, Rylee-Grace Burgis, and Abby Burleson; middle row (L-R) are: Landyn McBride, Lani Philbeck, Payton Godfrey, Madison Humphries, Avery Beam, Kylie Reynolds, and Chloee Stroupe. Back row (L-R) are: assistant coach Tammy Wilson, head coach Wendy Holt, Kendall Chupp, Anna Leigh Jones, Sarah Eaker, Ava Miller, and assistant coach Dr. Heather Porter. (photo provided)

22 (Twenty-second state title) in 22!

Assistant baseball coach Seth Freeman tosses a couple pitches to some of the baseball players who came out last week to the warm ups, taking advantage of the nice weather.

Ironman slugger Will Newsome warms up his bat last week at Fraley Field. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Cherryville High School participated in the North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association (NCCCA) state championship on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Southern Alamance High School. They won the Small Varsity D2 performance division and placed second in the D2 Game Day division. Not only did they win their division but they had the second highest score for all the performance division teams. The only

school that scored higher was Cardinal Gibbons HS. CG is a private school out of Raleigh with over 1,500 students. This championship brings CHS and head cheer coach Wendy Holt’s total to 22 state titles. Earlier this season, in December 2021, CHS also won the NCHSAA Small Varsity D2 Championship and the D2 Game Day Championship. This competition marks the end of an outstanding competition season.

CHS was joined by the Spirit of Cherryville recreation teams at this event. Legacy is a youth 1 level team and Dynasty is a junior 2 level team. This was their first competition of the season. Both teams received a first place trophy. SOC will be competing several times this month at local Fever Productions competitions and they will end their season on March 19, 2022 at the Fever Productions Nationals in Gatlinburg, TN.


new conference and the opportunity to play in a split conference. This should help us in our strength of schedule for the new playoff calculations. It will be nice to play Burns and Shelby again because they are close by and we have a history of playing those teams.” The Lady Ironmen softball scrimmages start on Sat. Feb. 19, at Cherryville with the following teams in action: CHS, North Gaston, BCHS, West Lincoln, and Hickory.

Their first game is Monday, Feb. 28 at West Lincoln with their first home game scheduled for Friday, March 4, against Lincoln Charter, weather permitting of course. For the baseball scrimmages, they are scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 19, at East Lincoln (in Denver) at the FCA Jamboree; another on Feb. 22 (Tuesday) at North Gaston; and the Ironmen’s first home baseball game is Tuesday, March 1, against North Gaston, at Fraley Field.

From Page 1 said Heavner, who added, “Nine of those players started at some point in the season.” On the coaching end of Ironmen baseball, in addition to Coach Heavner, there are his assistant coaches, Brian Kiser, Seth Freeman, Michael Whitesides, and A.J. Hayes. Coach Heavner said he is “…looking forward to our


Do I Have to File Income Tax Returns This Year? Dear Savvy Senior, What is the IRS standard tax deduction for 2021? I didn’t file a tax return last tax year (2020) because I lost my job and my income in March due to COVID. But I got a part-time job in 2021 and am wondering if I made enough money that requires me to file this year. Part-Time Retiree Dear Retiree, Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year depends not only on how much you earned last year (in 2021), but also the source of that income, as well as your age and your filing status. Here’s a rundown of this tax season’s IRS tax filing requirement thresholds. For most people, this is pretty straightforward. If your 2021 gross income – which includes all taxable income, not counting your Social Security benefits, unless you are married and filing separately – was below the threshold for your filing status and age, you may not have to file. But if it’s over, you will. • Single: $12,550 ($14,250 if you’re 65 or older by Jan. 1, 2022). • Married filing jointly: $25,100

($26,450 if you or your spouse is 65 or older; or $27,800 if you’re both over 65). • Married filing separately: $5 at any age. • Head of household: $18,800 ($20,500 if 65 or older). • Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child: $25,100 ($26,450 if 65 or older). To get a detailed breakdown on federal filing requirements, along with information on taxable and nontaxable income, call the IRS at 800-829-3676 and ask them to mail you a free copy of the “1040 and 1040-SR Instructions for Tax Year 2021,” or you can get it online at Check Here Too You also need to be aware that there are other financial situations that can require you to file a tax return, even if your gross income falls below the IRS filing requirements. For example, if you earned more than $400 from self-employment in 2021, owe any special taxes like an alternative minimum tax, or get premium tax credits because you, your spouse or a dependent is enrolled in a Health Insurance Marketplace plan, you’ll need to file.

You’ll also need to file if you’re receiving Social Security benefits, and one-half of your benefits plus your other gross income and any tax-exempt interest exceeds $25,000, or $32,000 if you’re married and filing jointly. To figure all this out, the IRS offers an online tax tool that asks a series of questions that will help you determine if you’re required to file, or if you should file because you’re due a refund. It takes approximately 12 minutes to complete. You can access this tool at Help/ITA – click on “Do I Need to File a Tax Return?” Or you can get assistance over the phone by calling the IRS helpline at 800-829-1040. Check Your State Even if you’re not required to file a federal tax return this year, don’t assume that you’re also excused from filing state income taxes. The rules for your state might be very different. Check with your state tax agency before concluding that you’re entirely in the clear. For links to state tax agencies see state-tax-agencies.

Tax Prep Assistance If you find that you do need to file a tax return this year, you can free file through the IRS at if your 2021 adjusted gross income was below $73,000. Or, if you need some help, contact the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (or TCE) program. Sponsored by the IRS, TCE provides free tax preparation and counseling to middle and low-income taxpayers, age 60 and older. Call 800-906-9887 or visit to locate services near you. You can also get tax preparation assistance through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide service. Call 888-227-7669 or visit for more information. 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.