Cherryville Eagle 5-19-21

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Volume 115 • Issue 20


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Council honors former mayor; sets date for proposed budget hearing Names historical museum building for long-time volunteer, tireless worker, Mrs. Barbara Yount “Bobbie” Rudisill by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

At their Monday, May 10 regular session, Cherryville City Council honored former Mayor Robert D. “Bob” Austell; issued proclamations for National Poppy Day and National Police Memorial Week; and approved a date (June 14, 2021) for a public hearing on the proposed 2021-2022 City budget. Robert D. “Bob” Austell, who served five terms, or 10 years, as mayor of Cherryville (2004 to 2014), was

Former Cherryville Mayor Robert D. “Bob” Austell, who served five terms, or 10 years, as mayor of Cherryville, was presented with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the start of the May 10 regular City Council meeting. With him for the presentation is his wife, Caryl Beam Austell. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) presented with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the start of the meeting. Mr. Austell had many family members and friends present

who arrived early for a brief get-together prior to his being given the award. “Bob is my mentor,” Mayor H.L. Beam, III, said

The National Poppy Day proclamation was read by City Councilwoman Jill Parker-Puett, who is also with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 100. The proclamation designates May 28, as National Poppy Day to honor America’s fallen military men and women. Mrs. Puett presented the proclamation to the members and representatives, young and old alike, who came to the meeting. Auxiliary members present are (back row, left to right): Nancy Rudisill; Jean Skibo; Debbie Harris; Jill Parker-Puett; Monica Lockwood; and Tammy Snider. Front row, left to right, are: Irene White; Claire Harris; and Auxiliary Unit 100 President Lynette Christensen. Behind the Unit 100 members are Council members Jon Abernethy, Mayor H.L. Beam, III, and Councilman Malcolm Parker.

of the former mayor at the reception before the Award’s actual presentation. “We are very proud of Bob, and are

very honored he has been chosen for this Award.” Mayor Beam referenced four letters written to nom-

inate Mr. Austell, and then talked about what august company the former mayor See COUNCIL, Page 2

Firefighter Colby Heffner gets Three firefighters receive Fire Inspector II certification pins at April swearing One of four CFD personnel to hold such

in/pinning ceremony




Cherryville firefighter Colby Heffner now joins three CFD personnel who hold one of the tougher certifications a firefighter can get: NC Fire Inspector II. He adds that to a growing list of other accolades he has accrued in his young life and appears not to be finished growing and learning yet, when it comes to his profession – being a firefighter. Said young Heffner, “I have been a firefighter for 12 years. My current title is Driver/Engineer and I am full-time.” Heffner added he is one of two members on the “C Shift” at CFD, the other being Capt. Nathan Bowman. In addition to this newest certification, Colby holds


CFD Driver/Engineer Colby Heffner proudly holds his NC Fire Inspector II Certification. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) the following: NC Firefighter I & II; NC EMT– Basic; NC Driver Operator; NC Aerial Operator; NC

Fire Officer I; NC Fire Investigator Technician; Chief 101; Hazardous Material See HEFFNER, Page 6

On April 29, at 3 p.m., the Cherryville Fire Department held a pinning/swearing in ceremony for three firefighters, Kurt Black, Trent Rayfield, and Jacob Richardson. The event was held in the CFD’s training and meeting room and was attended by the three firefighters, their family members, and mayor, H.L. Beam, III, City Manager and Fire Chief Jeff Cash, City Clerk Paige Green, and Assistant Fire Chief Jason Wofford, as well as others. Captain Kurt Black was pinned by his wife, Kasey Black, while firefighter Trent “Bam Bam” Rayfield was pinned by his mother, Roxanne Rayfield, and firefighter Jacob Richardson was pinned by AC Wofford. AC Wofford

Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam, III speaks at the April 29, ceremonial pinning of three Cherryville firefighters. See more photos on page 3. (photo provided) also recognized the guests and dignitaries who attended. The invocation and ben-

ediction were given by Rev. Jhoan Alfaro, of First Baptist Church.

Gaston Co. ECA recognizes 2020 Volunteer Service DALLAS, N.C. – NC Extension & Community Association (ECA), in collaboration with NC Cooperative Extension, held its annual Achievement Day celebration on May 6, 2020. This event honored and celebrated Gas-

ton County ECA volunteers’ hard work and community activities of 2020. Although COVID greatly impacted the organization’s activities last year, it certainly did not prevent ECA volunteers from serving our community. Last year, ECA contributed approximately 5,263 volunteer hours – an estimated value of $133,838 – to Gaston County. Volunteers

contributed many hours to making face coverings for Gaston County businesses and residents, along with surrounding areas of North Carolina. Also, ECA volunteers continued working on projects that could be safely done at home, such as making baby quilts and caps for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at CaroMont Regional See VOLUNTEER, Page 10

ECA Achievement Day 2021 was held Thursday, May 6, at the Citizen’s Resource Center in Dallas. Standing left to right are: Sandi Henderson, Jane Falls, Mary Upton, Karen Rhyne, Linda Minges, Patti Wells, Pamela Myers, Pam Bryson, Cindy Miller, Audrey Hunt, and Dana Croston. (photo provided)

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