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Volume 115 • Issue 28


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

International Express opens new trucking business in Cherryville Firm is located in the Carolina Intermodal Business Park by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville, once the home of one of the world’s largest trucking firms – Carolina Freight – was able to once again have another large trucking firm inside its city limits. City and Chamber officials welcomed Mr. Howard Shope and International Express to Cherryville on Wednesday, June 23, with a ribbon cutting at their 1201 E. Church Street location. International Express Trucking (IET) formed in 2001, according to a Power Point presentation Mr. Shope used to introduce all who came to the ribbon cutting and BBQ luncheon, to the growing company. International Express now has, he noted, counting their

The ribbon is cut by President and CEO Howard Shope (center with the big scissors) and his Michelle (standing next to his left) and Cherryville’s newest business, International Express Trucking, or IET, is officially open for business! (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) new Cherryville hub, five locations in five cities: Atlanta, GA; Lincolnton, NC; Gastonia, NC; Charlotte, NC; and Cherryville.

Shope noted their company has grown over the years to include, “…warehousing, distribution, repackaging, product sorting,

and transportation services.” After the prayer and blessing of the food by City Manager/Fire Chief Jeff Cash, Chamber Board

Chairman Pete Craft welcomed Mr. Shope and his staff and employees to Cherryville, adding that the company’s location to the

site of the old CF company acreage, brought back, “… many memories.” Mayor H.L. Beam, III, See INTERNATIONAL, Page 6

Sweet (Ironmen blue!) Cherryville native Page treats make school new Gaston County DA year a little nicer Honored the bar and Governor have entrusted him with the opportunity to serve

Chamber; local bakery combine to brings smiles to kids and teachers alike



Shortly before the May 2021 school graduations and end-of-year events, the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce decided that this was the year they wanted to do a little “something special” for the Cherryville students. Said Chamber Executive Director Mary Beth Tackett via email, “The Cherryville Chamber wanted to do something special, not only for the Class of 2021, but all of

A close-up of the blue-sprinkled cookies made by Chef Rebecca of Butter Me Up Bakery, located on Main Street in downtown Cherryville. Cherryville’s students, for making it through this very hard school year.”

And how exactly did they do that, you may wonder? See TREATS, Page 11

Gaston County’s newest District Attorney is a hometown product, and is very proud of TRAVIS PAGE his roots. Travis Page, 37, was recently appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the position after the recent retirement of long-time District See PAGE, Page 3

New Gaston County District Attorney Travis Page and wife, Melissa, with their two children: Madison (Maddie), and Harrison (Huck). (photos provided)

MLB’s Braves find a hero in local schools’ Renee Smith “Bigs” club finds a “Community Hero” at Tryon Elementary School by TODD HAGANS Gaston County Schools Special to the Eagle

On a recent Friday af-

ternoon, Tryon Elementary School principal Meghan LeFevers had to call one of her employees to the office, but it was for a good reason. LeFevers had worked behind-the-scenes with the Atlanta Braves and others to set up a Zoom call so Renee Smith, the school’s speech language pathologist, could find out that she is one of the Braves’ 2021 Community Heroes. The special recognition

honors Smith for her efforts to offer a program for students with disabilities to attend after high school. In 2018, Smith cofounded the Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta before moving to Shelby in November 2019. Smith says she is pleased to know that the organization she helped start will receive a $5,000 grant from the Atlanta Braves Foundation. “It is incredible and ex-

citing to know that what we established three years ago is being rewarded,” said Smith. When Smith stepped into LeFevers’ office, she knew something was up. Her colleagues do not typically wear Atlanta Braves attire at school, and the principal’s office is not usually decorated like a celebration is about to happen. “I thought my husband See HERO, Page 10

Tryon Elementary School guidance counselor Renee Smith looks through her box of cool Atlanta Braves baseball-related “swag” with a few of her friends and co-workers. (photos provided)

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