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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Leonhardt Farms of Lincoln County had quite a bit of fresh produce for sale at the June 18, first day for the 2020 Cherryville Farmer’s Market. (Eagle/CF Media file photo by Michael E. Powell)

Chamber announces 2021 Farmer’s Market Opening day is Thursday, June 3 by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Chamber Executive Director and Cherryville Farmer’s Market Manager Mary Beth Tackett said the Cherryville Farmer’s Market (CFM) is set to start up on June 3. To say she is excited about it is an understatement. Said Mrs. Tackett, “We are so excited for this year’s market! Last year’s market exceeded years past in attendance and we hope to keep that going. We are very lucky to have such a great group of local vendors that return year after year to offer locally grown, locally made goods.” Tackett continued, “The

Cherryville Farmers’ Market, which created a thriving and ‘healthy’ local food market for the Cherryville area, was a huge success in its first seven years of 2013-2020, both in enhancing local commerce and benefitting local consumers. “The local economy was made stronger by creating a market for local family farmers to connect with area residents. In turn, our residents have benefited greatly from gaining easy access to healthier food, as well as, from simply having the comfort of knowing where their food is being produced.” To that end, they offered earlier sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 market, See MARKET, Page 2

Gaston Co. School’s Superintendent’s

Message for Class of 2021 by W. JEFFREY BOOKER, Ed.D. Special to the Cherryville Eagle

Congratulations to the Gaston County Schools Class of 2021! We are Dr. W. Jeffrey Booker extremely proud of our graduates, and we are pleased to join your family and friends in celebration of your many achievements. This is the time for everyone in our community to salute the Class of 2021 and praise our graduating seniors for their

hard work, dedication, perseverance, and commitment to success. This year’s seniors have received numerous awards for excellence in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, community service, and other areas. And, they have earned millions of dollars in scholarships to attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in our state and across the country. Without question, their accomplishments are worth celebrating. When our seniors entered the ninth grade four years ago, no one would have ever though that a global pandemic would interrupt their high school career. Our seniors had to made sacrifices. They had to adjust to a different approach to school that involved remote learning and social distancing. They had SEE MESSAGE, Page 2

Some of the Cherryville Police Department staff and crew who serve and protect the citizens of Cherryville on a daily basis. From left to right are: Lt. Brandon Parker, Capt. Brian Doolittle, Sgt. Wesley Bennett, Officer Vince Burleson, Officer Jason Parton, Dispatcher Maddie Freeman, Chief Cam Jenks, Officer Sable Cranford, Officer Derek Thom, and Det. Lt. Mark Stout. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Cherryville Main Street hosts CPD Mini Park ‘Meet & Greet’ Community gets a chance to talk with and thank those men and women who daily serve and protect them by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

The Cherryville Police Appreciation Day to Honor

CPD, sponsored by the Cherryville Main Street Program, was held on Thursday, May 20, at the Cherryville Mini Park. Police Chief Cam Jenks and other CPD officers and staff were on hand to ‘Meet and Greet’ citizens from 4 to 6 p.m. They had some small prizes and gifts with them as well to hand out to the kids. One of those prizes was a booklet titles, “Connecting

the Pieces to Stop the Violence”, which is a 32-page booklet dealing with such timely issues for youth today such as conflict and its resolution, anger issues, bullying, self-esteem, ‘sexting’, dating violence, stalking, gangs, hate crimes, suicide, and weapons in school. In a previous media release, it was noted the event was held so “Cherryville citizens, young and old,” could

come by and “get to know and thank Cherryville police Chief Cam Jenks and several CPD officers at a Meet and Greet in the Mini Park.” Downtown Director David Day noted also in the release that, “The event (commemorated) Cherryville Police Appreciation Day as part of the nationwide celebrations in May honoring law enforcement officers.” See CPD, Page 2

Council discusses ordinances; proposed city budget at work session by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor michael@cfmedia.info

Last Tuesday night’s May 25, City Council work session was essentially one where they discussed the City zoning and subdivision ordinances regarding revised and updated language and terminology in the 160D sections. Mr. Matthew Gallman, of the Centralina Regional Council, updated Council on 160D’s language as it relates to six specific areas where the terms were so updated. Those areas are” Conditional Use Permits are now called Special Use Permits (a simple change in terminology, Gallman noted); Parallel Conditional Uses Districts are now Conditional Zoning Districts; Vested Rights Procedures explicitly listed in ordinance (these can take on a number of different approval processes depending on municipal goals and objectives); Public Hearings are now called either “Evidentiary Hearing” (quasi-judicial decisions), or “Legislative

Mr. Matthew Gallman, of the Centralina Regional Council, speaks to the City Council at last Tuesday night’s May 25 meeting at the Cherryville Fire Department’s Training Room. Mr. Gallman clarified updates to the 160D zoning and subdivision ordinance changes. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) Hearing” (legislative decisions); Subdivision Ordinance (Gallman said ours had only two text changes he has recommended); and lastly, Mr. Gallman recommended that if Council has any rules of procedure for the planning board or board of adjustment he said he would look at them, if that was Council’s wish, to make sure

they were in alignment with the 160D changes as well. City Manager Jeff Cash told Council the Council has to adopt these changes by July 1, 2021. The Council also approved a resolution regarding receiving federal funds under the American Rescue Plan, or ARP Act. Revenue received, noted the resolution, will be

kept in a separate fund and will not be “comingled with other (City) revenue.” Downtown director David Day updated Council on the Architectural Review Board Grants. Mr. Day said these updates were to clarify the language in the grants material and to trim down some of the excess or repetitive See COUNCIL, Page 6

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