Cherryville Eagle 5-26-21

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Volume 115 • Issue 21


Wednesday, May 26, 2021


In this photo from the recent senior awards ceremony held earlier this month, CHS seniors will be seated socially distanced at the May 28 graduation at Rudisill Stadium, in a manner similar to this arrangement. (Eagle/CF Media photo by Michael E. Powell)

Wise; Mister Sparky of Cherryville, receive honors


Also inducted into President’s Club; awarded for Excellence in Leadership and gets Top 5 Franchise by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville businessman Rusty Wise, owner of Mister Sparky of Cherryville, and Wise Electric of Cherryville, recently received several “Honorable Mentions” during the franchise’s parent company – Authority Brands – virtual awards ceremony on April 29. In a media release, Mr. Wise said they had received the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ Award, which is “… presented to the franchise owner who has consistently set a positive example for other Mister Sparky franchise owners by actively providing support and encourage-

Important changes to the CHS graduation times; setup

Mr. Sparky of Cherryville franchise owner Rusty Wise, who also owns and operates Wise Electric of Cherryville. (photo provided) ment, while personifying the brand’s values and purpose.” Rusty added also that he was inducted into the 2021 President’s Club, for achieving double-digit, top-line revenue and profit growth for the 2020 calendar year. “We also received the Top 5 Franchise Award for our location’s standout performance,” he added. See WISE, Page 5A

Cherryville High School Principal Kevin Doran announced on Friday, May 21, that they some changes have taken place concerning the upcoming Friday, May 28 graduation. “We are excited to announce that we will have a single graduation ceremony for all students Friday, May

28, at 6 p.m.,” said Mr. Doran, via an email to the Eagle. “Students are to meet in Nixon Gym by 5:15 p.m. Also, the rain date change will be Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m.” He continued, “Students will report by 8:15 a.m. Graduation practice will still be at 9 a.m., at Rudisill Stadium on Friday, May 28. All students must be in attendance to participate in the ceremony. Masks must

be worn by all students and staff while in a building. Masks are not required to be worn by any students, staff or spectators while outside.” Doran noted also there will be no capacity restrictions for the stadium, thereby making tickets unnecessary for the event. As usual, and as per CHS information, seating will be ‘first come, first served’. The gates at Rudisill Stadium will open at 5 pm.

Mr. Doran also noted that students must remain seated six (6) feet apart and will be spaced as they approach the podium to receive their diploma. As has been the case in the past, Carolina Photography will be at the event to take pictures for later purchase. Said Doran, “We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021!”

City names ABC Store in memory of Terry R. Fisher Cherryville icon ardent proponent in getting ABC store built by MICHAEL E. POWELL

Gaston Together 2021 officers; new Board members Charlotte businessman Thomas “Jason” Austell named new Chairman by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Donna Lockett, Executive Director of Gaston Together: Communities of Excellence, noted in a recent media release that their organization announced their 2021 Officers and new Board Members. Thomas “Jason” Austell, of Mass Mutual Carolinas, located in Charlotte, was named the 2021 Gaston Together Chairman, according to Lockett. In her release, she noted also that, “The Board of Directors, known as the Council, is the policy making and fundraising arm of Gaston Together. Under its program of work are the Gaston Clergy & Citizens’ Coalition (GC3), a non-denomina-

JASON AUSTELL 2021 Gaston Together Chairman (photo provided) tional ministerial association dedicated to building racial harmony and community improvement; the Gaston Together Healthcare Commission (GTHC), an organization of volunteers and healthcare providers whose mission is to improve the health status of the citizens of our county currently focused on the obesity issue (Healthy Gaston) and policy/advocacy (Gaston Controlled Substance Coalition and Health in All Policies); and the Leadership Team, facilitating the development/growth of a pool of See GASTON, Page 6A


Cherryville’s ABC Board building and store was officially named in honor and memory of its first store manager, the late Terry R. Fisher, on Thursday, May 20, in a well-attended ceremony. City Council members, Mayor H.L. Beam, III, and City staff, along with current ABC store General Manager and Gaston County Commissioner, Allen R. Fraley, members of the ABC Board and the See FISHER, Page 6A

At the May 20, naming of the Cherryville ABC Store building for the late Terry Fisher, are his close friend, Mayor H.L. Beam, III; Terry’s daughter, Rebecca and her daughter (in front of her mom, Rebecca), Thea; Terry’s wife, Janet; Terry’s other granddaughter, Megan Batchler, Megan’s mother and Terry’s daughter, Carol Atkins; and Terry’s sister, Debbie Peeler. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

CHS Baccalaureate service held at First Baptist Church The Cherryville Ministerial Association sponsored the 2021 CHS Baccalaureate on Sunday night, May 16, at 6 p.m. It was hosted at Cherryville’s First Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner welcomed the class and prayed for them. The message was brought by Rev. Bob Holtsclaw, of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church. Scripture readings, poetry, and special music

were presented by the following students: Riley Huffman; Ty Heavner; Addie Seate; Ashlyn Beattie; Ashley Reep; Allie Kaye Homesley; Ryan Riffle; and Markize Heard. The Rev. Ben Kifer, of St. John’s Lutheran Church, gave the benediction after a Gideons representative handed out small New Testaments to the students.

See more photos on pages 4A & 5A

The Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner, pastor of Cherryville’s First Baptist Church, welcomes the 2021 CHS seniors who attended the Sunday, May 16, Baccalaureate service. (photo provided)