Cherryville Eagle 7-7-21

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Volume 115 • Issue 27

Wednesday, July 7, 2021


Large crowds come out for music; fireworks at City’s Independence Day celebration by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

The Friday, July 2, Cherryville Independence Day celebration wasn’t a casualty of the weather after all as the projected rain and storms predicted blew through the area earlier then moved off to the east. In short, the town had great weather and was able to not only welcome the large crowds which seem to populate the city every year during the Fourth of July festival, with the exception of 2020, which was a COVID -19 curtailed year, but, once again, was able to have a great celebration, culminating in their always astounding fireworks show. Though the crowd was

estimated to be a tad smaller than what the city is normally is used to during these festivals; still folks came from far and wide (one lady from Florida was there and was also celebrating her birthday as well) to hear the band, “Too Much Sylvia”, and to watch the stellar fireworks display put on by Fire Chief Jeff Cash and his hardy crew of firefighters. The city also had the Cherryville Police Department and a few members of the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office there to help make sure things were orderly. GEMS units were on hand as well to make sure no one got hurt, and that they had quick access to care if something happened. This year, and despite leftover coronavirus restrictions, a number of food ven-

dors plied their tasty wares via stalls and food trucks as folks lined up, masks on and socially distanced. The kiddies had their fun as bouncy houses and sellers of various trinkets and fun things got their attention, as well as mom and dad’s money! The overall, general feeling and attitude was one of intense joy and gratitude by all that they were able to get out and just have fun, shagging to some great beach music, eat some great food, get reacquainted with old friends, and just generally have a good time, before the coronavirus shut things down for a year. The guys with the band noted they were glad to back in Cherryville again and See CELEBRATION, Page 4

Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam, III, waves to and greets the large crowd in the Mini-Park as they wait patiently for the start of the City’s 2021 Independence Day celebration. Beam also introduced this year’s entertainment, the beach band “Too Much Sylvia”. (photo by Michael & Susan L. Powell/The Eagle/CF Media)

Council’s June 29 Old savings and loan/law office building work session short taken down in second controlled burn but loaded with important issues by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor


The Tuesday night, June 29, City work session was a short one but important issues were brought up that will be discussed in detail and voted on at the City’s July 12 regular Council session. The Council discussed and voted on a proposed sidewalk café ordinance brought up by Planning and Zoning Director Derrick Mackey. Discussed were Sections 3-36; 3-37;

3-38; and 3-39 of Article II – Consumption and Possession of Alcohol Beverages of the City P&Z’s Code Enforcement Office dealing with defining what a sidewalk café is, what a permit is and will do, how to apply for one, and the operation of said sidewalk café. The last part of the ordinance’s sections simply note that “Alcoholic Beverages may be served in approved sidewalk cafes provided the following requirements are met”, with a list of seven (7) points that must be followed See COUNCIL, Page 3

The Cherryville Fire Department conducted their second controlled burn to clear land on the corner of North Cherry and East Church Streets on Saturday, June 26. This time it was the building originally known as the Southeastern Savings and Loan, and later, as the Black Law Office Building. Chief Jeff Cash said the fire crews started around 7 a.m., adding, “We wrapped it up around 3 p.m. There wasn’t as much wind that day and the weather cooperated with us. Everything went well. There were no problems See BURN, Page 4

Getting things started early Saturday morning, June 26, at the old bank building controlled burn by CFD firefighters and others from Waco and Howard’s Creek VFDs. (photo by Ryan Gunter)

Puett installed as 94th NC American Legion Auxiliary Department President Her17-year journey has brought her to this high honor by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

At the N.C. State Convention for American Legion, held June 10-13 in Raleigh, Cherryville Councilwoman Jill Parker-Puett was inducted in as the Department President for the American Legion Auxiliary. She said it was a great honor, adding in a short “bio” of herself, one she said she “… never dreamed” of, adding, “…that 17 years later I would be installed at the American Legion Auxiliary in Raleigh on June See PUETT, Page 9

Newly-installed American Legion Auxiliary state president, Jill Parker-Puett of Cherryville, speaks at the June 10-13 State Convention in Raleigh, N.C. (photo provided)

LITTLE LEAGUE 11/12 ALL-STARS WIN DISTRICT 1 CHAMPIONSHIP – The District 1 Little League Tournament 11/12 All-Stars seen here after their win and showing off their rings and their championship banner. They are: Canon Whitesides, Trevor Dalton, Kenan Fowler, Landon Sain, Kayden Smith, Tristan Towery, Ryder Dellinger, Curtis Kester, Jayden Adams, and Cole Carpenter. Team coaches are: Head coach Tyler Sain, assisted by Tony Owens, Dusty Smith, and Jason Sain. See story and more photos on page 6. (photos provided)

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